Principal Message 12.4.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Happy December! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends during the Thanksgiving Break! We had a large, blended group for Thanksgiving this year and it was both energizing and fun!

Yesterday, our chorus went on a field trip with three stops: 1) Thomas Jefferson Library, 2) Gatehouse Administration Center, and 3) Willow Oaks Administration Center. They conducted “Community Caroling” and shared so much cheer that FCPS staff are still talking about how wonderful our students were! Staff said they were not only wonderfully talented, they were also very polite, especially as they selected and received cookies from our Region 2 Assistant Superintendent. The librarian at Thomas Jefferson Library actually asked our students to sing as they paraded around the library! Don’t librarians usually say, “Shhhh?” Speaking of the library performance, young toddlers and their caregivers filled the auxiliary room and the little ones joined our chorus, dancing and “high-fiving!” Thank you for allowing your child to participate in chorus and on the field trip! Videos and pictures can be found on our Twitter of the Community Caroling.

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 5th, we invite you, family, and friends to our Fall Curriculum Night. We will be in the Gym, Library and Blue Hallway. Play Math and Virginia Studies games! Check out our Maker Space! Create patterns with Ms. Bacha and Ms. Koziol! Identify Colonial Architecture in Art! Learn about motion with 1st grade! This is an active learning evening! All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

As a reminder, our SCA’s Winter Food Drive will continue through Thursday, December 19th.  Please consider donating non-perishable foods and canned goods. Collected items will go to local food pantry in our area! Also, should you choose to sponsor any family for the holidays, we ask that you bring all gifts wrapped and labeled with the family number # to the main office by close of business on Monday, December 16th. The link to below will give you the information you need. Please use the link to sponsor the family or families so we each know who is left to sponsor. Thank you for your kindness! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AAFAC23A75-beech


Please consider signing up for our PTA’s annual 5K Race, which is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 9:00am. A large group who has supported our 5K over the years, has pulled out this year and our PTA could really use everyone’s support. Please sign up using the link below. https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319


As always, thank you for your trust. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


See you tomorrow night!

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

Important Dates:
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 –Thursday, December 19th  
    SCA Winter Food Drive
  • Thursday, December 5th Curriculum Night 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 11th PTA Beech Tree restaurant night at DC Steakholders All Day
  • Thursday, December 12th PTA Sing Along/Winter Concert 6:30pm
  • Saturday, December 14th PTA 5K Race  9:00am https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319
  • Monday, December 23rd –January 3, 2020 NO SCHOOL Winter Break
Important Reminders:

Rising 6th Grade Parent Night at Glasgow Middle School

Come to Glasgow Middle School on January 30 from 6-8pm for an Open House to learn more about what middle school at Glasgow is all about! They will offer short (optional) sessions on our various Glasgow programs, and teachers will be in their classrooms throughout the evening to share all about our core and elective courses for 6th Graders. The goal is for you to leave this event excited about all the opportunities you will have as a Glasgow Panther and prepared to complete your course request form! If you have any questions, please contact Joash Chung at jhchoung@fcps.edu.

Breakout Sessions on the following topics will be offered throughout the evening:

  • Welcome to Glasgow!
  • Course Request 101
  • Level IV Advanced Academic Program
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
  • Special Education Office
  • Math Course Placement and Selection Q&A

 Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Principal Message 11.26.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

This past weekend, we took two buses to The National Museum of Natural History. The new dinosaur exhibit is so impressive! If you have not had a chance, I recommend taking a day trip over the break. Here is a link of events taking place in our area: http://balancingtoday.com/8-things-to-do-in-the-dc-area-thanksgiving-weekend/


This week we give thanks for all our blessings, so I would like to begin this message by giving thanks to our community. Thank you for trusting us to spend five days a week with you children! Watching them learn and grow throughout the years is an amazing experience. Thank you also for your partnership as we work together to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging school experience. I hope, this Thanksgiving, you are surrounded by friends and family, share happy memories and make new ones!

Not only am I thankful for your children and your partnership. I am also thankful for the dedicated professionals I work with every day at Beech Tree:

Our staff work together collaboratively to teach the whole child. They are experienced in planning and providing for academic, social, and emotional growth and I have seen the positive results year after year. They make it look so easy, but I assure you that what they do takes constant planning and reflection. I would trust them each to teach my own son. Only the best take time to reflect and grow!

When we return from Thanksgiving Break, Ms. Kiri Cooper, our Music Teacher, is taking our Chorus to three community locations for some festive caroling!  We will be at the Thomas Jefferson Library @ 10:30 am, the Gatehouse Administration Center @ 11:15 am and the Willow Oaks Administration Center @ 11:45 am.

Also, Superintendent Scott Brabrand showcased Beech Tree and our very own Dr. Kristen Hollen in his weekly video message. Take a look! watch this short video 

As a reminder, our SCA’s Winter Food Drive has begun and will continue through Thursday, December 19th.  Please consider donating non-perishable foods and canned goods. Collected items will go to local food pantry in our area!

As you know, our school community has a number of families who could really use your help to make their holiday much brighter!

Should you choose to sponsor anyone, we ask that you bring all gifts wrapped and labeled with the family number # to the main office by close of business on Monday, December 16th. The link to below will give you the information you need. Please use the link to sponsor the family or families so we each know who is left to sponsor. Thank you for your kindness! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4AAFAC23A75-beech


Our PTA’s annual 5K Race is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 9:00am. Please sign up below to support them😊 https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319

 

Wishing you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

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

Important Dates:
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 –Thursday, December 19th   SCA Winter Food Drive
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 27-29 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
  • Wednesday, December 11th PTA Beech Tree restaurant night at DC Steakholders All Day
  • Thursday, December 5th FLE Preview Night 6:00pm-6:45pm
  • Thursday, December 5th Curriculum Night 6:30pm
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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

Principal Message 11.20.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Thank you to all who supported our PTA’s Book Fair last week! This week we are hosting “Fall Into Playful Learning,” an early childhood fair for Falls Church area children who have not started Kindergarten, yet. Thank you to all who have donated gently used books for each child to take one home Thursday evening. We will also host Level IV Advanced Academics Info Night in the Library from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Ms. Patty Settel will have more information to share about the placement process.

This Saturday, we will go on our second Family Field Trip of the school year. Please be sure you have submitted your rsvp, if you are coming. Friends and family are welcome to join you. We just need to know how many are coming in advance. We will be going to the National Museum of Natural History! We will leave Beech Tree by bus at 9:30am and leave Washington, DC at 12:30pm.

Thank you to those who have donated coats to our students. Ms. Ahmad’s gym, which is the veteran-owned DMV Iron Gym, advertised our “Winter Coat Drive”, and we have received many new coats, hats, and gloves. If you get a chance, I am sure they would love to receive “Thank you” notes from our community! Their address is: 5424 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304. We will be sending them a staff photo with staff signatures as a thank you from all of us!

As a reminder, next week, schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving Break. Please know that at Beech Tree, we are thankful for your partnership and your trust. We wish you a very safe and happy family break! We will see you on Monday, December 2nd.

 

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

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, November 21st, Early Childhood Fair/Level IV AAP Info Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 23rd, Saturday Morning Family Field Trip at 9:30am to The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 27-29 NO SCHOOL
    Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 5th Curriculum Night 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 11th PTA Beech Tree restaurant night at DC Steakholders All Day
  • Thursday, December 12th PTA Sing Along/Winter Concert 6:30pm
  • Saturday December 14th at 9:00am- PTA 5K Race https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319
  • Monday, December 23rd –January 3, 2020 NO SCHOOL Winter Break
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

Quick Links:

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

Retirement Reception for Sandy Evans

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Retirement Reception for Sandy Evans

 

You are invited to celebrate Sandy Evans, the Fairfax County School Board’s Mason District representative Retirement. Thursday, November 21st 7:00pm-8:30pm at Justice High School Little Theater. This is a family friendly event, children are welcome to attend. We have a poster size thank you cards available to sign. Please RSVP using the Eventbright link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reception-for-retired-school-board-member-sandy-evans-tickets-78242370035    

 

 

 

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Principal Message 11.13.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

This Monday, November 11th, we celebrated giving thanks through our Thanksgiving Luncheon and then honored our veterans through a beautiful and respectful Veterans Day Assembly. Commander Smith, a Beech Tree parent, taught us about the creation of Veterans Day, its purpose, and reminded us of some well known veterans. Did you know that Darth Vader is a veteran? Ms. Cooper, our music teacher, taught all grade levels patriotic songs that each group of students proudly sang. Focusing on what unites us through all our interactions helps us build up our students and community. I am always proud to see our students graduate from Justice High School. Our school may be the smallest in the pyramid, but it houses the students with the most confidence in their abilities, pride in what unites them as a community, positive attitudes and kindness. They continue to progress in their future endeavors and they grow to be productive, contributing members of society we can all be proud of. Watching our students grow fills me with hope each and every day. They represent the best of us. As always, thank you for trusting us with that which is most dear to you.

As we experience colder temperatures we are finding friends who need a winter coat. Please help us out with “Winter Coat Drive”, encouraging members of the community to wash their gently used coats and consider donating them to Beech Tree. 

This Thursday evening, our PTA will host their annual Book Fair & Ice Cream Social. Please come out to reinforce your child’s love of reading, while also supporting our PTA, which pays for our buses so we can continue to provide Field Trip experiences for all students. We will see you at 6pm Thursday night!

We are also continuing to collect gently used book donations for the Early Childhood Fair we are hosting the evening of Thursday, November 21st. We would like to make sure every child leaves with fair with a book. Donation boxes are in the lobby. Thanks so much to those of you who have already donated!

Also, please rsvp for our next Saturday Morning Family Field Trip. The flyers will go home again in our Wednesday Folders tonight. We are going to the National Museum of Natural History! We will leave Beech Tree by bus at 9:30am and leave Washington, DC at 12:30pm.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed for Thanksgiving Break Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th, my birthday—I always celebrate my birthday with a bunch of turkeys 😉

Mark your calendars for the PTA 5k on Saturday, December 14th and use the link below to sign up for the race, which can be walked, strolled, and skipped, as well as run hard! https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319

This week, I’ve seen our students wearing their winter coats, boots, hats and gloves. Thank you for reminding them that although Northern Virginia afternoons may still feel like summer, our mornings will still feel like winter! As a reminder, I am including Fairfax County Public Schools’ Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans below:

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans; Make Arrangements Now in Case of an Unforeseen Schedule Change

Cold and wintry weather will soon be here! Due to inclement weather or other emergency situations, it may be necessary to close schools for the entire day, to open schools late, or to close early.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go if a parent will not be home.

FCPS has several schedules set up to deal with inclement weather; these are put into effect when conditions threaten the safety of students and staff members:

  • Keep schools closed.
  • Open two hours late.
  • Close two hours early.

When Fairfax County Public Schools has a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated in several ways as soon as the decision is made

Note: The official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations.

Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent, there will likely be a lag between the time a FCPS Twitter alert is posted and receipt of an email in your inbox.   

 

As always, thank you for your trust. Reach out to me if you have 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

 

Important Dates: Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

Quick Links

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

Principal Message 10.30.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Tomorrow we will have our annual “Character Day Parade” after all buses have arrived. Ms. Lopez and I are hoping it’s a bit chilly tomorrow, as we plan to surprise our students in our “furry” costumes that honor this year’s Disney Musical, “The Jungle Book!”

Thank you for helping to remind our students of the importance of hand-washing! I am hopeful we are all getting past some of those pesky viruses. Now we are entering that time of year when students may be having sleep overs and indoor “end of season” parties. With those fun celebrations, uninvited visitors we call, “Lice” or just plain “Itchy! Itchy! Itchy!” tend to show up. I am attaching a Health Department link as a friendly reminder to keep those uninvited guests from joining us at school. https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services/lice-treatment-and-prevention

Tomorrow evening, some students from Beech Tree ES and our surrounding area will choose to go “Trick-Or-Treating.” This link has some great reminders for us all: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/halloween-guide/

This weekend is also when “Daylight Saving Time” will end. It’s time to “Fall Back.” Please remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before going to bed. I am sharing a link to an article that was written a few days ago and may help you help our students adjust to the time change. If you figure it out, will you please let me know? “Daylight Saving Time” and I are not friends. I believe sleep is a beautiful thing that should not be disturbed during any season of the year…  https://drcraigcanapari.com/daylight-savings-time-and-your-child-falling-back/

This month, we are collecting gently used books for our Early Childhood Fair on Thursday, November 21st , which will be from 6-7:30pm in our Gym. Please invite any friends and neighbors who have young children. We will host “Playful Learning” along with multiple Falls Church area services such as Fairfax County Office for Children. We have boxes placed in our lobby ready to receive the gently used books for the children to take home at the end of the evening. Thank you for cleaning out your shelves and sharing the love of reading!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 23rd, for our Saturday Morning Family Field Trip to The Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History. There is just so much to see and learn! Be sure to RSVP when the flyers come home next Wednesday, November 6th.

Mr. Skrtic, our SCA Sponsor, would like to remind us all to get the new “Box Tops App” and scan our grocery store receipt so that Beech Tree ES will instantly get credit for your Box Tops purchases. I used it the other day and it’s quite easy! Here’s a link to help you out: https://www.boxtops4education.com/How%20To%20Earn

I would also like to remind you on behalf of our PTA to link your Harris Teeter and Giant savings cards to Beech Tree ES. We all need groceries, so it’s an easy way for us to get “free money” that comes right back to our students. Thank you for taking the time to visit these two links: Harris Teeter must be done yearly https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education and Giant only needs to be done once www.giantfood.com.

As always, thank you for your trust! Let me know if you 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

 

Important Dates:
  • Monday &Tuesday, November 4th and 5th NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 5th, PTA Election Day Bake Sale whether it's baking or selling, please help the Beech Tree PTA's Election Day Bake Sale https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f45a9ac22a7ff2-beech3       
  • Thursday, November 7th, PTA Meeting 6:30pm
  • Monday, November 11th, Beech Tree Thanksgiving Day Lunch
  • November 11-14, PTA Book Fair
  • Thursday, November 14th, PTA Ice Cream Social 6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 21st, Early Childhood Fair/Level IV AAP Info Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 23rd, Saturday Morning Family Field Trip at 9:30am to The Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History
  • Wedneday through Friday, November 27-29 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
  • Saturday December 14th at 9:00am- PTA 5K Race https://beechtreeelementary5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8319
Federal Impact Aid Forms

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned to school as soon as possible. All results are confidential.

Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

Quick Links

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

Principal Message 10.23.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

I am excited to share with you that our Dr. Kristen Hollen, STEM Teacher, was recognized with an FCPS Excellence Award last week. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated, intelligent staff members at Beech Tree and we are so very grateful to have Dr. Hollen as a colleague.

 Tomorrow, October 24th, Beech Tree will be visited by our Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand, as well as the FCPS camera crew. We are happy to have him stop by our school.  Ms. Lopez and I would like to invite you to join us tomorrow evening to learn more about Title I in FCPS and at Beech Tree. We will be in the library at 6:30pm. This evening, please be sure to look in your student’s bookbag for the Wednesday Folder. You should have a Picture Day Form for this Friday’s Picture Day, should you wish to order a package. We recommend that you send in a personal check, as they can be voided if a student loses them. If you choose to send in cash, please send in the exact amount. It’s not possible for our office staff to make change. Thank you!

 Next week, we will have our annual Character Day Parade on Thursday, October 31st. Ms. Lopez and I are excited to surprise our students with our “furry” costumes to honor this year’s Disney Musical, “The Jungle Book!”

Please continue to remind students about hand washing and sneezing into their elbows or armpits. Some students and staff have had viruses that have resulted in sinus infections and some have also had flu-like symptoms. We are reminding students to wash their hands often here at school and our custodial crew are disinfecting classrooms and bathrooms.  We appreciate your doctor notes and your keeping our students home when they are contagious. As adults, we are doing our best not to share the illness by coming into school sick, too! Please continue to ensure our students are here on time and on a daily basis when they are not sick. Whenever students have frequent tardies and/or absences, it is difficult for them to keep up with the learning at the same rater as their peers. Our staff provide interventions and supports for students, as needed, but they have to be present for them to have a positive impact. Thank you for you constant partnership!

Reminders:

  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 31st, Character Day Parade

As always, thank you for your trust and feel free to reach out to me with 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

Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Principal Message 10.16.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

 

Fall has arrived! Thank goodness for the much needed rain! Tomorrow, Thursday, October 17th, we invite you to join our Advanced Academics Teacher, Patty Settel, in the library at 6:30pm. She will share information about AAP in FCPS and at Beech Tree. Next week, on Thursday, October 24th, we invite you to join our assistant principal, Maureen Lopez, and myself, to learn more about Title I in FCPS and at Beech Tree. We will be in the library at 6:30pm.

One of my favorite events to enjoy when my son was young enough to go where Mom wanted to go, was a Fall Harvest Family Day at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. There is an entrance fee, but it was such a unique Virginia experience, you may want to consider checking it out. Here’s the link for the event:

https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/FallHarvestFamilyDays/

The last week of October, we will host our annual Character Day Parade, on October 31st at 9:20 in the morning. All are encouraged to be creative and dress like a favorite story book character. Ms. Lopez and I already have our costumes in honor of this year’s musical, “The Jungle Book!” We’re hoping for a nice cool day, because being furry warms you up! 😉

We also wanted to let you know that beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Here is a video link with more information: - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

As always, thank you for your trust and feel free to reach out to me with 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

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, October 17th AAP Information Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Principal Message 10.9.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

It finally feels like Fall! Please keep practicing hand-washing routines at home. We’ve had some fevers in school this week due to viruses and sinus infections. Allergies are impacting our friends, too!

This week’s Positivity Project focus is on “Being Present & Giving To Others.” As parents, we are always multi-tasking. We can sometimes be so focused on our other many responsibilities that we may accidentally send our children the wrong message. As we are teaching the P2 traits, they are serving as powerful reminders to us as adults. Small actions can often be the most powerful. When our children are suddenly excited to share something, let’s remember to turn off the radio or the TV, to put our phone down, or close our laptop. They grow up so fast and the most important message we can send our favorite people, our children, is that they matter. This is a message we try to send here at school, as well. When our students need us, we each try to drop everything and be present and available. Obviously, both at home and at school, it’s not always possible to drop everything, but we can say, “Give me a minute to finish this and then I am all yours.” Together, we will continue to teach our Beech Tree Beavers that they matter and that giving our time to each other is the greatest give we can give and receive. More information on The Positivity Project can be found here: https://posproject.org/

I look forward to seeing you this Thursday, at 6:30pm for our PTA meeting, in the cafeteria! Also, this Friday is  Justice High School’s Homecoming Football Game at 7:00pm. Please consider going with your family to support our Wolves!

As always, 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

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, October 10th, PTA Meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30pm
  • Monday, October 14th, SCHOOLS are CLOSED
  • Thursday, October 17th AAP Information Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Principal Message 10.2.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

Tis the season for illnesses to visit our schools and homes. We have had a few friends go home for various different reasons: rashes, tummy aches, fevers, to name a few. Please practice hand washing with your students. We will support you here at school, as well. Our Building Supervisors Ms. Navarro and Mr. Sanchez are making sure to complete deep cleaning in classrooms as a precaution, as needed. We are also using Lysol wipes on door knobs throughout the day. You may wish to pick up a few extra wipes for your home and car, as well.

Speaking of the season, it seems as though we might finally feel October has arrived this weekend. Don’t forget to stop by “The Taste of Annandale” on Saturday, October 5th. The “Taste of Annandale” is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive.

While visiting Ms. Bacha’s Arabic class this week, I was reminded of just how much our students are learning! There are times that I am able to figure out what they’re saying, based on visual cues and interactive SMARTboard lessons. Other times, I am just blown away and all I can do is watch in amazement! Today was one of those days. Our 3rd graders were begging Ms. Bacha to let them have a turn at the SMARTboard to show me all they know. We have so many reasons to be proud of our students! Their love of learning and their kindness are two big reasons for us to praise their efforts.

This past Saturday we had two bus loads of families go on our Family Field Trip. Our Family Field Trips are some of our favorite opportunities to come together as a community. Please consider joining us for our next Family Field Trip, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd to the Natural History Museum. We leave Beech Tree at 9:30am and board the bus to return to school by 12:30pm.

As always, thank you for your trust. Reach out to me if you 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

 

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, October 10th, PTA Meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30pm
  • Monday, October 14th, SCHOOLS are CLOSED
  • Thursday, October 17th AAP Information Night 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Principal Message 9-25-19

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Message from the Principal

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We are excited to see you this Saturday, September 28th for our Family Field Trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. Please be sure you sent in your rsvp. The buses will leave Beech Tree at 9:30am.

As a Positivity Project School, this week, we are focusing on “Teamwork.” Please use the link to hear co-founder, Mike Erwin, speak about the value of teaching this P2 Trait in schools: https://youtu.be/gL2Puv9dR4k

 One of the things we are most proud of in the Beech Tree community is that our students develop empathy and understanding, as well as respect for each other. Our students learn about special needs such as autism, since we are fortunate to have an Enhanced Autism center. Ms. Yolanda Adams, our school counselor teaches guidance lessons to Kindergarten through 2nd grade once a week and once a month to 3rd-5th grade. This month, she has taught students about what autism is and our students have learned more about their fellow classmates with special needs. They are learning how to respond appropriately. One very empathetic question that was asked was, “What about Lockdown Drills and our friends with Autism? Are they able to stay quiet?” We reassured our students and gave examples of how we support our friends during all drills. I’m so glad our students feel safe asking questions to better understand each other.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 5th for “The Taste of Annandale.” The Taste of Annandale is a free, family-friendly street festival featuring food trucks, live music, an aerial dance performance, a best-dressed pet contest, a full day of children’s entertainment, 5K race, the police helicopter, a chili cook-off, vendors, and more. The Taste of Annandale 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2BMXVUr. For more information visit: https://tasteofannandale.com/.

As always, thank you for your trust. Reach out 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

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, October 10th, PTA Meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30pm
  • Monday, October 14th, SCHOOLS are CLOSED
  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
Important Reminders:

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

Principal Message 9.18.19

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Dear Beech Tree Families,

The school year is off to a great start! Students have been engaging in meaningful learning activities such as, learning about autism and how we are all special, learning about the rivers of Virginia and what makes rivers important for society, team building, ratios and proportional reasoning, counting, comparing and grouping money, keeping a steady beat, writing in Arabic, patterns, ecosystems, digital citizenship, and how to monitor our reading to “fix” our comprehension.
I am very proud of their efforts!

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to follow my twitter account at PrincipalDaugherty@BeechTreeElem, as well as our Beech Tree staff twitter accounts, which you can find through my followers and through my retweets. Twitter is a great platform for sharing photos and videos of students participating in learning and celebrating successes. For many teachers in FCPS, including myself, using social media in a professional capacity allows us to give the Beech Tree parents and community a lens into the amazing learning, collaboration, and creativity that takes place in our buildings.

I find that sharing our class activities and lessons on Twitter serves as an opportunity to actively participate in valuable professional development opportunities that are available to educators on social platforms at no cost. Also, uncovering relevant, innovative instructional practices or resources for our classrooms help us learn and grow. It is always exciting to bring these discoveries back to our students.

Rest assured that our using social media in a professional capacity will not detract from students’ learning. If you have any questions about your child being featured in my FCPS social media post(s), please let me know.

Thank you,

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

https://twitter.com/BeechTreeElem

https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

Kddaugherty@fcps.edu

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

Important Dates:
  • Saturday, September 28th, Family Field Trip to The National Museum of the American Indian at 9:30am
  • Thursday, October 10th, PTA Meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30pm
  • Monday, October 14th, SCHOOLS are CLOSED
  • Thursday, October 24th, Title I Parent Meeting in the library at 6:30pm
  • Friday, October 25th, Fall Picture Day
Important Reminders:

Justice High School Football

YOUTH NIGHT

Sponsored by Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads

All students and families are invited

WHAT:  Varsity Football Game vs. Herndon HS

WHEN:  Friday September 20th, 2019 @ 7:00 PM Kickoff

WHERE:  Justice High School – Jerry Fauls Football Stadium

3301 Peace Valley Lane, Falls Church, VA 22044

TICKETS: $5 Per Person – Concession Stand Open All Night!

 

First Day Packet Forms - Past Due: Please return first day packet forms listed below to your student's Classroom teacher as soon as possible.

  • Emergency Care Card
  • Health Information Form

For the emergency care card, please take time to look over the card, make any necessary changes, sign the card and return it with your student to school. If there are no changes that need to be made, the card still needs to be signed and returned to school. Thank you for taking time to review and update this important information.

Free and Reduced Price Meals Application: Did you know that free and reduced price meal application forms need to be completed EVERY year? We encourage you to apply online using this link. Applications are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog, French, and Vietnamese. To change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen. For more information, please click here.

Opt-Out Forms - Get information on the 2019-20 opt-out choices related to surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights. Click here

FLE Opt-Out Forms - If you wish to opt your child out of all or some of the Family Life Education lessons, please complete this form and return it to your child’s classroom teacher prior to FLE instruction. Click here

New App - "Here Comes the Bus" - Here Comes the Bus app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone. The FCPS school district code is 28982. Click here for more information about Here Comes the Bus.

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Principal Message September 13, 2019

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Message from the Principal

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We just completed our first five day week of 2019-2020! Thank you to all our parents who joined us last night for our PTA meeting. Megan Laboy, our PTA president described all the different ways our PTA supports students and staff at Beech Tree. Greg Skrtic, our SCA sponsor, spoke to us about SCA fundraisers such as Box Tops, which are now on an App. Check your student’s Wednesday folder for how to download it to your phone so you can scan your receipts instead of having to cut out Box Tops from cereal boxes and tissue boxes. I needed a little help to download the App last night and I was still able to download it and select Beech Tree within five minutes!

I also reminded parents about our September Family Field Trip. Please be sure to RSVP if you and your family are able to join us on Saturday, September 28th. We will go the National Museum of the American Indian. Buses will leave from our school at 9:30 am. I can’t wait to see you!

I hope your children are sharing their love of learning when they go home! We love to hear them explain their thinking! Please share some anecdotal stories with us. We like to know that our students are happy, engaged and learning!

Here’s a link about the Fall Festival this weekend in Falls Church VA:

https://www.fxva.com/event/taste-of-falls-church-and-fall-festival/5461/

 

Thank you for another wonderful week at Beech Tree! Enjoy your weekend!

  

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

 kddaugherty@fcps.edu

 PrincipalDaugherty@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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Principal Message 9.4.19

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope you enjoyed your four day weekend as a family. It sure was beautiful here in Virginia! Our students have continued to enjoy time outside during recess, thanks to the weather’s cooperation. Beech Tree Beavers are engaged in their classrooms, beginning each day with a Morning Meeting, practicing greeting each other, sharing, reading their Morning Message, and participating in a morning activity. If you would like to know more about our school-wide Responsive Classroom approach, please review the following site: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/. We are also a Positivity Project School or P2 School.  We teach the 24 character traits that help us establish and maintain positive relationships. Please look into the P2 story at https://posproject.org/our-story/.

 

Thank you for helping us establish smooth transitions during arrival and departure. If you ever need to change how your child will go home, please inform the office as soon as possible. Last minute changes are difficult to communicate and can lead to confusion.

 

If you would like to volunteer at Beech Tree and be a PAL Mentor, please contact our school counselor, Yolanda Adams at yeadams@fcps.edu. Students enjoy spending time with our community members!

 

Please mark your calendar with the dates below. We look forward to receiving your RSVP for our upcoming Family Field Trip!

  Important Dates
  • PTA Meeting: Thursday, September 12th 6:30pm
  • FAMILY FIELD TRIP: Saturday, September 28th 9:30-12:30 to
    The National Museum of the American Indian

 

Karim Daugherty

Principal

Beech Tree ES

703-531-2600

kddaugherty@fcps.edu

PrincipalDaugherty@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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Message from the Principal 8/29/19

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Message from the Principal

Dear Beech Tree Families,

It’s been a beautiful first week of school! First of all, I am so glad the weather has cooperated so that our students could enjoy the great outdoors together for recess. They need it!

 

Class routines and procedures have been established and practiced. Students are engaged, using Math manipulatives, building their language skills, and creating Interactive Notebooks. Our newest members of the family have learned Kindergarten expectations and are learning to communicate wants and needs, while developing a sense of independence. Please ask students about their Morning Meetings. Ask students to share an example of how they were kind to someone and how someone was kind to them. Ask students to share how they used problem solving. Ask them about a book they read, whether it was a read aloud, buddy reading or independent reading. Ask them about a favorite character and what they like about the character.

 

Your children are such a joy to know and teach! Thank you for your trust. We hope this four day weekend is a celebration of all their hard work this first week of school and we look forward to our second week of school, beginning, Tuesday, September 3rd.

 

Karim Daugherty, Principal

Contact Information Twitter: Principal Daugherty@BeechTreeElem

Email: Kddaugherty@fcps.edu

Website: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

 

Dr. Brabrand Back to School Video Link

Superintendent’s Welcome Back to School Videos

Please share the Superintendent’s welcome back to school videos with your parents and students in your first week communications with families. The videos are available at the following links: 

Spanish:  https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8

English: https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

 

Important Dates
  • LABOR DAY WEEKEND: No school from Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd
  • PTA Meeting: Thursday, September 12th 6:30pm
  • FAMILY FIELD TRIP: Saturday, September 28th 9:30-12:30 to The National Museum of the American Indian

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Message from the Principal

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We can’t wait to see everyone at our Back To School Morning, Friday, August 23rd from 9:30-11am! Bring school supplies and meet your student’s teacher. Monday, August 26th is our 1st Day of School. Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd, school will be closed for Labor Day Weekend. We will see our students again on Tuesday, August 3rd!

 

I’d like to take this moment to remind you of how important routines are for students. We understand that the first day of school for Kinders is more difficult for us, as parents, than it is for students, so you might want to sign in and walk your child to the classroom and you might choose to use the Kiss & Ride Drop Off even though they will ride the bus the rest of the year. We each need to know our children are happy and safe! Please do prepare your student to be able to hug and kiss you good-bye on the second day of school, from the bus stop or from the front of the school. We have adults stationed around the arrival/departure areas, as well as in the hallways. We will help them walk safely to their classroom. Our students grow to be confident, self-assured individuals because of the trusting relationships we build between school and home.

 

If your student is struggling with walking to class independently, please reach out to our counselor, Yolanda Adams, at yeadams@fcps.edu We are here for you and our students.

 

We look forward to a great year!

 

Karim Daugherty, Principal

Contact Information Twitter: Principal Daugherty@BeechTreeElem

Email: KDDaugherty@fcps.edu

Website: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

 

Important Dates
  • BACK TO SCHOOL MORNING, Friday August 23rd 9:30am-11:00am
  • First Day of School Monday, August 26th 9:15am-4:00pm
  • LABOR DAY WEEKEND: No school from Friday, August 30th and Monday, September 2nd
  • PTA Meeting: Thursday, September 12th 6:30pm
  • FAMILY FIELD TRIP: Saturday, September 28th 9:30-12:30 to
    The National Museum of the American Indian

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

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