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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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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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Principal's Message

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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

Beech Tree Principal Welcome 2019-2020

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Hello Beech Tree Families!

We are so excited to welcome students to the 2019-2020 school year!  Our staff have been collaborating with our Literacy and Math Coaches to plan for the first quarter! Everyone is glad to be back and ready to make this another great year!

Students will soon receive their letter with their class assignment in the mail. Please see below for important dates, to include our Back To School Morning on August 23rd from 9:30-11. Be sure to bring school supplies so students don’t need to carry them with them on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL on Monday, August 26th!

Important Dates:
  • BACK TO SCHOOL MORNING, August 23, 2019 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

Check out Healthy Minds, a collaborative project between FCPS and Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, that includes a number of strategies to help your student make a successful transition back to school. Link: https://www.fcps.edu/blog/tips-making-successful-transition-back-school

 

Sincerely,

Karim Daugherty, Principal

Contact Information Twitter: Principal Daugherty@BeechTreeElem Email: KDDaugherty@fcps.edu Website: https://beechtreees.fcps.edu/

Reminders:

Students Schedules Available in SIS August 22  - Student schedules will be available in SIS StudentVue and SIS ParentVue on Thursday, August 22 at 6:00am. For more information about obtaining a ParentVue account, please click here to access support on the FCPS website. Please note that an “activation key” is required to activate a ParentVue account. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Do at sndo@fcps.edu.

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

 

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

Transportation to and from Beech Tree - Bus Riders: All students are strongly encouraged to take the bus to and from school each day. FCPS Transportation consists of a team of dedicated routing, safety, and administrative specialists combined with a host of drivers and attendants that work together to maintain a high level of service for students and parents.

Prior to the start of school, FCPS transportation will contact each parent via eNotify to inform you of your child’s bus number, and where to meet the bus. Please remember the first few weeks of school can be very hectic as morning routines are re-established, so students should allow adequate time to catch the bus. Bus drivers will often need to get their routes down and make necessary adjustments to schedules to arrive at school on time, so students are encouraged to arrive at their bus stop at least 10 minutes before their scheduled arrival time. By arriving early, it will help alleviate the stress of students missing the bus.

Here Comes The Bus Mobile App- Know when your bus is approaching your stop! How to Get Started

Kiss & Ride - Parents who drop off/pick up their student (KG-5th Grades Only) to school must do so at the entrance, Door #2. Students can be dropped off beginning at 8:50am. Keep in mind that congestion and backup can be significant. causing your student to be late to their class if you drop off your student after 9:15am.  School ends at 4:00pm.

Student Lunch Accounts - Parents may access the MySchoolBucks app to add money to student lunch accounts, see menu options, check ingredients and allergen information, and much more. The official FCPS mobile app is available for iOS and Android at no cost. Lunch menus can be viewed online at Beech Tree Elementary School Lunch Menu.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals- Learn more about the criteria and process to apply for free or reduced-priced breakfast and lunch Application Process

School Supply List Now Available - There are a few supplies every Beech Tree student will need for the upcoming school year. You can find the list on our website: Supply List

 

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June Upcoming Events

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Join us tomorrow for our Last PTA Meeting of the Year!

All parents, teachers, PTA members and non members are welcome. Let’s vote on next year’s board. 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. Child Care is Provided.

  Spring Fling is Friday, June 7th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Beech Tree’s Spring Fling is Friday, June 7th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Enjoy a fun night of music with our live DJ. Eat dinner before you come, but meet us in the school gym for dancing, drinks, and treats. Admission is $1 per person (adult supervision required). Donations for the bake sale are needed. Please email Jessamy6@earthlink.net

 

Calling all Volunteers for Field Day, June 10th

Once again, it is time to kick off Field Day at Beech Tree Elementary.  We’re working hard to make the day fun and memorable.  We hope you are able to join us on June 10th for this event.

If you would like to join us for Field Day, we have listed the schedule for the day below.

Field Day 2019

  • 10:00– 11:15 – Upper Grades (3-5) Field Day
  • 12:20-1:35 – Primary Grades (K-2) Field Day
  • 2:30-3:30 – Teachers vs Fifth Grade soccer game (Lunch schedule will remain normal)

Parent volunteers are needed to make the day a success.

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Attendance: 703.531.2626 | Web | Twitter

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