Beech Tree PTA's Staff Appreciation Week April 22-26

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Beech Tree PTA's Staff Appreciation Week April 22-26

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We're excited to enlist your support as we gear up for a week dedicated to celebrating all of our amazing teachers and staff. Beech Tree's Staff Appreciation Week is scheduled to take place from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26

There are many ways to show our love, admiration and gratitude to the enthusiastic Beech Tree staff for their tireless efforts in shaping the future of our children. 

 

Here's a breakdown of the festivities:

Monday, April 22: POTLUCK LUNCH

Families of Pre-K through 3rd grade students are invited to contribute lunch items for all staff to enjoy. To participate, please click the following link: potluck donation

Donations should be delivered to the front office by 11 am on April 22nd.

Tuesday, April 23: FLOWER DAY

Students can express their appreciation by drawing or bringing a flower to give to their teacher or any staff member.

Wednesday, April 24: DESSERT BAR 

Families of 4th and 5th grade students are encouraged to donate sweet treats for our dessert bar. To contribute, please click the following link: dessert donation

Dessert donations should be delivered to the front office by 11 am on April 24th.

Thursday, April 25: WEAR RED

Let's show our staff just how much we love and appreciate them by wearing red.

Friday, April 26: BEECH TREE STAFF ARE NOTEWORTHY!

Take the opportunity to make a card or use the heart flyer that will be provided in this week's Wednesday folder to write a note of gratitude to staff members you wish to thank.

 

Additionally, the PTA will be providing chalk near the front entrance for families to participate in CHALK THE WALK! Feel free to share your creativity by drawing pictures or writing thank you notes on the front sidewalks to brighten someone's day! 🌟

 

Thank you for your continued support and participation in making Staff Appreciation Week a memorable and uplifting experience for our dedicated Beech Tree staff.

 

Warm regards,

Beech Tree PTA

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

I want to extend warm wishes to all those who celebrated Eid al-Fitr. We hope your Eid was filled with joy, peace, and togetherness with loved ones.

It's been another fantastic week here at Beech Tree! Our classrooms have been lively with enthusiastic learning and our students continue to grow as we finish out the last couple months of the school year.

As a reminder, tomorrow we have our family field trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center. The buses will leave Beech Tree at exactly 9:30 a.m. We are excited for a day of learning and fun together!

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

Important Dates:
  • Saturday, April 13th Family Field Trip Udvar-Hazy Center 9:30am 
  • Wednesday, April 17th Purple Up! to Support Military Families
  • Saturday, April 20th Beech Tree Earth Day 10:00am
  • Saturday, April 28th Last Day to Place Yearbook Orders-Online Only 
    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*

Next Wednesday, April 17th is Purple Up Day! This is your chance to celebrate our military children by wearing purple! Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

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

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

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

 

✅ School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

 

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Immigrant Family Reunification Class

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

Give Your Feedback on the Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

We will be showcasing a Purple Up Hall of Fame honoring our Beaver’s parents and family members in the military. If you would like to highlight someone, please email me ([email protected]) a picture of them with the following:

  • Military Member Name:
  • Branch Served:
  • Time Frame Served:
  • Student Name:
  • Student Relation to Military Member:
Now accepting Yearbook Orders

It is now time to place your order for the 2023-2024 school yearbook. Please visit our official website at beechtree.fcps.edu to make your purchase. The deadline for orders is April 28th, therefore we encourage you to place your order promptly. The cost of the yearbook is $10.00, and orders can only be processed online through our website. Do not hesitate, secure your copy today.

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!

Hello Beach Tree,

🌷 Spring is in full bloom, and so are our exciting events! We're thrilled to announce that Staff Appreciation Week is just around the corner, running from April 22nd to April 26th. It's the perfect time to show our wonderful staff how much we appreciate all they do!

 

🍽️ Donation Opportunities:

·       Monday, April 22: Calling all families with Pre-K through 3rd graders! We're hosting a Staff Appreciation Potluck, and your contributions will make it extra special. Sign up to bring your favorite dish to share by visiting: Potluck lunch donations signup link

·       Wednesday, April 24: Families of 4th and 5th graders, this one's for you! We're setting up a delightful Dessert Bar to treat our staff. Contribute to the sweetness by signing up to bring a delicious dessert here: Dessert donations signup link

Let's come together as a community to make Staff Appreciation Week unforgettable for our amazing staff members! 🌟

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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

Beech Tree Yearbook Deadline Purchases April 28th

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Beech Tree Yearbook Deadline Purchases April 28th

We kindly remind you to place your yearbook order by April 28th, as this will be the final opportunity. Please note that additional copies will not be available after the deadline. Yearbooks are only available for online purchases.

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Solar Eclipse Monday, April 8th

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Solar Eclipse Monday, April 8th

We are all very excited for the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th! It's a rare astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety protocols.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Beech Tree, we have been able to collect approved eyewear so that students can safely view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the eyewear.

Please help prepare your child for this special event by sharing these important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

El 8 de abril de 2024 se produce un eclipse solar

El 8 de abril de 2024 se produce un eclipse solar. Es un fenómeno astronómico raro y emocionante, que requiere importantes recordatorios de seguridad.

Mirar directamente al sol, incluso durante un eclipse, puede dañar permanentemente los ojos. En Beech Tree, hemos conseguido lentes aprobadas para que los estudiantes puedan ver el eclipse de forma segura SÓLO con los lentes puestos.

Aquí tienes algunos recordatorios importantes:

  • No mires el sol sin lentes aprobados. Esto se aplica a estudiantes y personal, y les animamos a reforzarlo en casa.
  • No es suficiente con ponerse lentes de sol normales. Proporcionaremos lentes aprobadas para ver el sol.
  • Horario del eclipse: El eclipse comienza alrededor de las 2:04 p.m., alcanza su punto máximo a las 3:20 p.m. (que coincide con la salida para algunos estudiantes), y termina alrededor de las 4:32 p.m. Por favor, recuerde a su hijo ser especialmente vigilantes sobre la seguridad de los ojos durante la salida. Si le preocupa que su hijo vuelva a casa caminando o en autobús, por favor organice un transporte alernativo.

Para más detalles, visite la página web de FCPS Solar Eclipse.

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Beech Tree ES Family Message-April 5, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We are excited to share with you highlights from our recent 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade assembly, "Walk in My Shoes." This special event was designed to develop empathy, creativity, and understanding of others' perspectives. Students focused on the importance of kindness, empathy and inclusivity by imagining themselves in someone else's shoes. We are incredibly proud of our students’ dedication to promoting acceptance and respect in our school community. We believe that events like these not only enrich the learning experience but also help foster a culture of accepting everyone and lifting all. Thank you to everyone involved in organizing and volunteering to make this event successful! It could not have been done without your support.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

Important Dates:
  • Monday, April 8th Spring Pictures-Orders Online Only
  • Saturday, April 13th Family Field Trip Udvar-Hazy Center 9:30am 
  • Wednesday, April 17th Purple Up! to Support Military Families
  • Saturday, April 20th Beech Tree Earth Day 10:00am
  • Saturday, April 28th Last Day to Place Yearbook Orders-Online Only 
    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, April 8th Spring Pictures

Hello! Victor O'Neill will be taking Spring Pictures (both individual and class pictures) on Monday, April 8th, 2024.  You will be able to view and order your child’s photos from their online gallery approximately two weeks after picture day, there will not be an order form, online orders only.  If you have any questions leading up to picture day, please reach out to Victor O’Neill Studios by emailing:  [email protected] 

¡Hola! Victor O'Neill tomará fotografías de primavera (tanto individuales como de clase) el lunes 8 de abril del 2024.

Podrá ver y ordenar las fotografías de su hijo desde su galería en línea aproximadamente dos semanas después del día de la fotografía, no habrá un formulario de pedido, pedidos en línea únicamente. Si tiene alguna pregunta antes del día de la fotografía, comuníquese con Victor O'Neill Studios enviando un correo electrónico a: [email protected]

New Regulation on Meditation and Silent Reflection Spaces

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

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

 

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

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

 

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

 

🗳️ Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

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

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

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

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

 

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

 

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

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

🏫 Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback.  

Now accepting Yearbook Orders

It is now time to place your order for the 2023-2024 school yearbook. Please visit our official website at beechtree.fcps.edu to make your purchase. The deadline for orders is April 28th, therefore we encourage you to place your order promptly. The cost of the yearbook is $10.00, and orders can only be processed online through our website. Do not hesitate, secure your copy today.

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!

TALLER DE REUNIFICACION FAMILIAR

La serie de talleres de Reunificación Familiar es un programa para satisfacer las necesidades de las familias que tienen dificultades para volver a reconectarse con sus hijos después de una larga separación. Esta serie de tres clases guía a los padres/familias a través de un proceso de reconexión con sus hijos después de pasar un año o más separados para apoyar y establecer una dinámica familiar más sólida. Esta clase se reunirá virtualmente una vez a la semana durante 2:30 horas por cada sesión. Regístrese a continuación para asistir a esta serie de tres talleres de Reunificación Familiar.

Sábados de Abril 13, 20 y 27 de 9am a 11:30am, link    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-VZUiBgVIFSk0XOrXMbfDIATaOLy5gD9T63oIcpMW2sjFXw/viewform

Dear Beech Tree Community,

We extend a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who generously contributed their time and effort to make Walk In My Shoes a success! Your dedication truly makes a difference in our community. We'd also like to express gratitude to everyone who attended the recent PTA meeting; your participation helps shape the future of our school.

What is next?

Join us on Saturday, April 20th, from 10 am - 12 pm, as we celebrate Earth Day with Ms. Cleer and the Green Club! Come together for a fun-filled morning of activities dedicated to our planet. Ms. Cleer will provide more details about this exciting event.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming restaurant night on Tuesday, April 30th, at Chipotle Seven Corners. Stay tuned for more information on this delicious opportunity to support our school community.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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

PTA Meeting Thursday April 4th Beech Tree Cafeteria

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PTA Meeting Thursday, April 4th Location: Beech Tree Cafeteria 6:30pm

We are thrilled to invite you to our in-person PTA meeting this Thursday! Join us at the cafeteria at 6:30 pm for an evening filled with exciting discussions and great company. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and make a difference in our community. See you there!

3401 Beechtree Lane, Falls Church, VA 22042  | Main Phone: 703.531.2600
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Calling Volunteers: Walk in My Shoes

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Calling Volunteers: Walk in My Shoes

We’re seeking energetic parent volunteers for Thursday, April 4th as we bring Walk in My Shoes to Beech Tree!

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

5th Grade: 9:30am - 10:30am

4th Grade: 10:30am - 11:30am

3rd Grade: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Volunteer Signup

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Beech Tree ES Family Message-March 22, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

As spring break approaches, I want to extend my warmest wishes for a fantastic break! Our students, teachers, and staff have dedicated themselves tirelessly over the past few months, and I am thrilled for everyone to have a well-deserved rest. For those of you planning to travel, I wish you safe journeys. For those staying local, enjoy a staycation! There are a few important updates to share:

  • I am excited to say that the crosswalk signage has arrived. FCPS has specked out the sign location and we are now awaiting pole placement. We have been informed that underground utility infrastructure has to be finalized prior to the pole installation. Thank you to all as we exercise patience in waiting for the completion of this project.
  • Please be reminded that when visiting a FCPS school a photo ID must be brought with you. We cannot accept a picture of your identification. It is mandatory to bring your license or state-issued ID card. Visitors must scan their driver’s license to obtain a photo-label name tag before entering the school. This requirement is essential for the safety of our students and staff.
  • On April 8th, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from our area. Initially, we purchased eyewear for safe viewing, but the district determined that schools could not use any eyeglasses. They have revised their stance on this decision. However, all eyewear has been returned and is now on backorder. In the effort of safety, please feel free to send your child in with protective eyewear for the eclipse.
  • In preparation for this event, students will be making FCPS recommended safety equipment during their STEAM class that will allow them to safely indirectly view the eclipse. This hands-on activity will not only enhance their understanding of the eclipse but also assist with safety during this rare astronomical event.

We hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable time together during this break.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

Important Dates:
  • Friday, March 22 is the end of the third quarter
  • March 25th -29th Spring Break-No School
  • Monday, April 1st Student Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Student Holiday-No School
    Kindergarten Orientation at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 3rd Classes will resume
  • Saturday, April 13th Family Field Trip Udvar-Hazy Center 9:30am 
  • Wednesday, April 17th Purple Up! to Support Military Families
  • Saturday, April 20th Beech Tree Earth Day 10:00am
    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*

🖍️ Kindergarten Orientation

Our Kindergarten Orientation will be on April 2 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. Incoming kindergarten students and families will get to experience "A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener" while receiving a tour of Beech Tree. We can't wait to meet our incoming kindergarteners and our newest Beaver families.

🤧 Updated COVID Recommendations

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

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

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

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

Should I Send My Child to School?

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

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

 

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

 

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

 

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools 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 a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

  🏐 New Athletic Opportunities for Students

The FCPS advertised budget for next school year expands high school athletics with boys volleyball and girls wrestling, giving students more ways to nurture their passion and enhance their well-being. FCPS is now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback. See the Budget Calendar for details. Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

LOST and FOUND - What are you missing?

As we transition to spring weather, it’s the time of year when we find long sleeves all over the building when the afternoons warm up, and those items end up in Lost and Found! Please check to see if you have your child's winter coat (or if you are missing any other jackets, lunch boxes, etc.). The Lost and Found is located at the entrance of the cafeteria. Thank you! 

We will be donating unclaimed items after spring break.

Now accepting Yearbook Orders

It is now time to place your order for the 2023-2024 school yearbook. Please visit our official website at beechtree.fcps.edu to make your purchase. The deadline for orders is April 28th, therefore we encourage you to place your order promptly. The cost of the yearbook is $10.00, and orders can only be processed online through our website. Do not hesitate, secure your copy today.

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!

Hi Beech Tree Parents!

We’re seeking energetic parent volunteers for Thursday, April 4th as we bring Walk in My Shoes to Beech Tree!

The Walk in My Shoes program's mission is to create a more welcoming school environment so that all students feel included, understood, and supported. We encourage parents of children with ADHD, Autism (sensory processing), Food Allergy, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) to sign up to volunteer. For the ESOL parent volunteer, we ask parents who speak a language other than Spanish and Vietnamese since they are our dominant languages at Beech Tree.

While this event is only being offered for students in 3rd to 5th grade, we encourage parents from all grade levels to sign up to volunteer. Our goal is to share a modified version of the curriculum with our Kindergarten to 2nd grade students during their class counseling lessons with Ms. Torres.

 

There will be a 45-minute virtual training prior to the event. If you have questions, please email Penny, our PTA President at [email protected] or Ms. Torres, our School Counselor at [email protected].  

 

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

5th Grade: 9:30am - 10:30am

4th Grade: 10:30am - 11:30am

3rd Grade: 11:30am - 12:30pm

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0544AEAB2DA5F85-48626217-beech#/

 

Ms. Torres

Diamond Torres, M Ed.

School Counselor, Beech Tree Elementary

[email protected]  | Office: 703.531.2668

Summer School Camps

Hello Beech Tree Community!

Fun Fair Success! We are almost at Spring Break, but before that, we want to thank everyone who donated and participated in the Fun Fair last weekend! It was an incredible success, and we hope everyone had a fantastic time. We are looking forward to sharing more feedback at our next PTA meeting, so make sure you join us!

Yearbook Orders Just a friendly reminder that yearbook orders are due by April 28th. Don't miss out on capturing all the wonderful memories from this school year! Order yours today here, or look for more information in the Principal’s messages.

Have a Wonderful Spring Break, Everyone!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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Beech Tree PTA Thank You, Beech Tree Community!

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Thank You, Beech Tree Community!

Thank you for contributing to the success of our annual Fun Fair! The PTA hopes that you had fun and made great memories. Many thanks to those of you who generously donated items for the grade-level baskets, baked sweet treats for the cake walk or dedicated their time to assist with set-up, manage activities and games, and help with cleanup. We appreciate the generosity of our Beaver community!

 

For raffle winners unable to attend the drawing, we will be reaching out to you directly to coordinate and distribute prizes this week. Additionally, the highest bidders of our inaugural Silent Auction of classroom plates will be contacted this week. Once again, thank you for your unwavering support and participation!

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

The past week has been truly amazing with the weather being so pleasant and beautiful. I hope that you were able to get outside with your children, friends or neighbors and enjoy the fresh air. As we all know, being outdoors is a great way to rejuvenate ourselves.

I am excited to announce that our biggest event of the year, the PTA Fun Fair, is taking place tomorrow from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. It is open to everyone, and I would encourage you to attend. There will be a variety of fun-filled activities, such as amazing raffle baskets, cake walks, food trucks, community resources, and new exciting games. It is going to be a fantastic day! I hope to see you there.

As we approach Spring Break, please be reminded that it is from March 25-29. The main office will be closed during that time. We will eagerly welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3rd. Please note that student attendance is essential. Studies have shown that even two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let's work together to ensure that your children have a successful school year.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

Important Dates:
  • Friday, March 22 is the end of the third quarter
  • March 25th -29th Spring Break-No School
  • Monday, April 1st Student Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Student Holiday-No School
    Kindergarten Orientation at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 3rd Classes will resume
  • Wednesday, April 17th Purple Up! to Support Military Families
  • Saturday, April 20th Beech Tree Earth Day 10:00am
    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*

🖍️ Kindergarten Orientation

Our Kindergarten Orientation will be on April 2 from 3:00 p.m.-4:00p.m. Incoming kindergarten students and families will get to experience "A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener" while receiving a tour of Beech Tree. We can't wait to meet our incoming kindergarteners and our newest Beaver families.

How to Help Kids Balance Phones and Screens with Sleep Tips for managing TV, tablets, phones, and tech so your kids can get a good night's sleep.

Phones and devices are a major part of a kid's daily routine, and that extends to nighttime as well. In fact, over half of preteens and teens surveyed by Common Sense reported using their phones overnight.

Not getting enough sleep can affect children's physical and mental health. Staying up too late can even impact their attention, behavior, and development. When it comes to screens and sleep, there are a few things to remember:

  • Blue light at night interrupts natural sleep rhythms. So it's best to avoid it before bed. (Blue light from the sun keeps us alert during the day. The highly concentrated blue light from screens does the same thing.)
  • Just using a device is stimulating. Using screens before bed makes it harder to fall asleep, because they keep your brain alert when it should be winding down.

Young people can face a lot of pressure during the day. So it's understandable that many turn to their phones to relax. Try to help your kids reflect on their tech experiences without judgment. Then, check out these ideas to support them in balancing their tech use at night:

  • Limit using screens before bed. Whenever possible, shut everything off—including phones and tablets—at least an hour before bedtime. Set a screen-free routine with your child, like reading or listening to podcasts, to help them settle in for the night. And for older kids who might be doing online homework late, help them find a routine that calms their brain and body down after they turn off their device.
  • Block the blue light. Make sure kids are using "night mode" on their devices after sunset. Apple and Android devices have options to adjust display color based on time of day.
  • Turn off notifications. Make sure your kids turn off their notifications at night. You can use built-in features like Apple's Screen Time or Google's Family Link to set limits.
  • Keep phones out of the bedroom or sleeping area at night. Teens tell us that putting their phone in another room overnight is the best way to help them resist the temptation to use it—and this leads to better sleep. But some kids use their phones to play background noise or music to fall asleep. If this is the case for your child, try other options, like a white noise machine. Or have them turn off notifications and set "do not disturb" on other apps overnight so the phone's only job is to play music.
  • Talk about tech expectations. Use a Family Tech Planner to create rules for how everyone uses devices. This will give kids a say and develop a shared understanding of how they can make the most out of entertainment and tech time.
  • Walk the walk. Of course, adults can also have a hard time putting down their devices. Whenever you can, model healthy tech habits that you want your kids to pick up.

 

🏅 Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion 

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

LOST and FOUND - What are you missing?

As we transition to spring weather, it’s the time of year when we find long sleeves all over the building when the afternoons warm up, and those items end up in Lost and Found! Please check to see if you have your child's winter coat (or if you are missing any other jackets, lunch boxes, etc.). The Lost and Found is located at the entrance of the cafeteria. Thank you! 

We will be donating unclaimed items after spring break.

Now accepting Yearbook Orders

It is now time to place your order for the 2023-2024 school yearbook. Please visit our official website at beechtree.fcps.edu to make your purchase. The deadline for orders is April 28th, therefore we encourage you to place your order promptly. The cost of the yearbook is $10.00, and orders can only be processed online through our website. Do not hesitate, secure your copy today.

🩹 Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

#InvestInExcellence ✨

The average amount of funds transferred from Fairfax County to FCPS was 52.6% of county disbursements from Fiscal Years 2019-2023. It dipped to 51.6% in 2024. The county’s budget proposal for next year would transfer 51.4% of total disbursements. If the county returns to 52.6% for the upcoming year, that would be $63 million more as an investment in excellence for our schools.

We are in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback.

Give your feedback on the Fairfax County budget: https://engage.fairfaxcounty.gov/FY25Budget 

Contact your state and federal elected officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov 

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget: https://bit.ly/FCPS-AdvBudget-FY25

From FCPS This Week 

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 (IFTA) 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. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

FCPS ACE Online STEM Courses

Fairfax County’s Adult and Communication (ACE) are offering K12 Enrichment classes starting in Jan. They are offering classes for grades 2-12. Learn more at ACE 4 KIDS or at the ACE K12 FCPS website.

FCPS Summer Learning Page 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning

Summer Programs for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

Please see the camps in the links below.

https://dmv.kidsoutandabout.com/content/preschool-summer-camps-dc-metro-area

https://dcmoms.com/ages-stages/toddler/toddler-friendly-summer-camps-in-dc/

https://www.brighthorizons.com/programs/summer-camp

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!

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY

Please consider filling out the survey that will remain open until next Friday 22nd.  You can find it in your language by clicking here  Survey - Encuesta and it would only take 10 minutes of your time. As our principal said, we sincerely value your feedback, and we will read the results of it and carefully consider how to use it to improve our school and community.  Also, remember that we can provide printed copies of it if that works best for you, just send me a text at 571-587-1569 or on talking points or call me at 703-5312692 and I’ll put it on your child’s backpack.

Your feedback matters!!

Hello Beech Tree Community!

Here are this week’s exciting news:

Don't forget, the Fun Fair is TOMORROW from 10 am to 2 pm!

Preordered tickets have been sent home with your child. For convenience, remember to fill out your raffle tickets before arriving.

Tickets will also be available at the door: Game tickets are 3 for $1, and Raffle tickets are $1 each. Please note: PTA can only accept cash, checks, or Venmo payments.

Bring a reusable bag to carry all your prizes!

Enjoy delicious food from DC Steakholders and DC Slices Food trucks, serving from 11 am to 2 pm.

The raffle ends at 12 pm, followed by winner announcements in the cafeteria.

Don't miss the Silent Auction, featuring classroom plates created by your child's class! Bidding closes at 2 pm.

  • Magnus Chess Club:
    Interested in joining our spring chess club? Check out the attached flyer for details!

The club will meet on Friday mornings starting April 5th. Don't miss out on the fun!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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BEECH TREE PTA FUN FAIR SATURDAY 3/16

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The Beech Tree Fun Fair is THIS Saturday from 10am - 2pm!

Bring your family and come play, bounce, win cakes and see loads of smiles. Game tickets and Raffle tickets are available for pre-order. Game tickets are 4 for $1 and raffle tickets are 2 for $1, but prices will go up at the door. Pre-order forms were sent home in the Wednesday folders last week and will go out again tomorrow. Pre-orders must be returned by Thursday.

 

Please note: the raffle will end at 12pm on Saturday and winners will be drawn and announced on Saturday afternoon.

 

DC Steakholders and DC Slices food trucks will be on site in the Kiss & Ride parking lot.

 

We have plenty of volunteer opportunities still available. Please consider volunteering to help us make the Fun Fair a memorable event. Sign-up today: https://signup.com/go/uyxaLZR

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

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

Recently, you should have received an email from Fairfax County Public Schools regarding our Family Engagement Survey which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22.  These results will be reported out across the division to help school principals and school leaders to make informed decisions regarding each individual school.  At Beech Tree, Mrs. Louder and I will receive a detailed report that we will be sharing out with our teachers as part of our continuing plans for improvement. 

We sincerely value this feedback, and our promise is we will read all the feedback results, and carefully consider how to use this feedback to improve our school and our community.  If you have time, please take a moment to take the family engagement survey by searching your email for this subject, “Your feedback matters! Complete our FCPS Family Engagement Survey”.

Thank you again for your feedback contributions and we look forward to hearing from our families.  If you are having trouble finding the survey or have any questions about the survey, you can find more resources and access the survey itself using this site: Family Engagement Survey 

Update News regarding the signage for the crosswalk by the Kiss and Ride Entrance. We have been in contact with FCPS Groundskeeper Senior Supervisor Mr. Lopez, and we are pleased to inform you that the signage has been ordered. We kindly remind you to exercise caution and avoid obstructing the crosswalk when using it. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring everyone's safety.

Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., when daylight saving time begins! We are excited to have additional daylight in the evenings!

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

Important Dates:
  • March 13th-15th Spring Book Fair
  • Saturday, March 16th PTA Fun Fair 10:00am
  • March 25th -29th Spring Break-No School
  • Monday, April 1st Student Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Student Holiday-No School
    Kindergarten Orientation at 3:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 3rd Classes will resume
    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*

🖍️ Kindergarten Registration

We are starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 academic year. Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2024, are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at Beech Tree next school year, and you have not already been in contact with our registrar Sandra Merino, complete the new student intake form here to start the registration process: Kindergarten Registration

Please spread the word to your neighbors who don’t already have a child at Beech Tree. Feel free to pass this information along or have neighbors with rising kindergarteners call the office at 703-531-2600 to be added to our kindergarten mailing list. Registration information will be provided to all families who complete and return this intake form. If preferred, you may request a mailed packet of registration forms by calling the office or emailing our registrar.

A child’s record of immunization, physical examination (within 12 months prior to entering kindergarten), proof of residency, and original birth certificate must be submitted when registering the child. For more information regarding kindergarten registration, you may visit the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website 

Our annual Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 2 at 3:00pm

 

Reading Together, A Webinar for Families

The Virginia Department of Education is excited to celebrate Family Reading Month in March. Join the Virginia Department of Education & Virginia PTA for a Reading Together. A webinar designed for families to learn about best practices in reading instruction, the event also covers how families can support their students through all stages of learning to read and improving reading comprehension.   The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 13th from 7-8pm. Registration is required to participate and is open to the public.

Activities:

Bingo Board

Literacy Scavenger Hunt

Additional resources such as printable materials, infographics, videos and more can be found within the Virginia PTA Reading Toolkit.

Contact: Office of Parental Engagement (VDOE)

From FCPS This Week 

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 (IFTA) 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. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

FCPS ACE Online STEM Courses

Fairfax County’s Adult and Communication (ACE) are offering K12 Enrichment classes starting in Jan. They are offering classes for grades 2-12. Learn more at ACE 4 KIDS or at the ACE K12 FCPS website.

FCPS Summer Learning Page 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning

Summer Programs for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

Please see the camps in the links below.

https://dmv.kidsoutandabout.com/content/preschool-summer-camps-dc-metro-area

https://dcmoms.com/ages-stages/toddler/toddler-friendly-summer-camps-in-dc/

https://www.brighthorizons.com/programs/summer-camp

Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8.

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!

Dear Beech Tree Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well. Here are some important updates and opportunities to get involved:

Fun Fair Support:

Fun Fair is just around the corner, and there are numerous ways you can contribute! Check out the attached flyer for details on how to get involved and help us make this event unforgettable.

Volunteer Sign-Up:

Ready to roll up your sleeves? Sign up to volunteer and be part of the Fun Fair excitement. Your help makes a significant impact! Volunteer Sign-Up Link

Donate for Grade-Level Baskets:

We're collecting items for grade-level baskets until March 12. Consider donating items from a local shop or check out our Amazon wish list for ideas and easy shopping: Amazon Wish List

Fun Fair Ticket Pre-Order:

Don't miss out on discounted prices! Advanced day ticket order forms were sent home in Wednesday folders. Return the pre-order form by Thursday, March 14, to secure lower rates for game and raffle tickets.

Gratitude to our Beech Tree Community:

A heartfelt thank you to our incredible Beech Tree community! Your support has turned recent events like Anthony's restaurant night, Talent Show, PTA Bake Sale, and Bawadi restaurant night into major successes.

Your involvement and enthusiasm make our school community vibrant and thriving. We look forward to seeing you at Fun Fair!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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Beech Tree PTA's Election Day Bake Sale

Whether it's baking or selling, please help the Beech Tree PTA's Election Day Bake Sale, Tuesday, March 5th! The bake sale will be open the entire time the polls are open (6am - 7pm.) Use the link to sign-up for donating a baked good (bought or homemade) and slots for working the bake sale. Baked goods can be dropped off during the day Monday (3/4) at Beech Tree School or at: The Scherer House (3330 Beechtree Lane). Email me if you need a different time.

Contact Amanda Scherer if you have any questions. [email protected] or 703-969-5661

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Beech Tree ES Family Message-March 1, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

It has been wonderful seeing families enjoy the Beech Tree lunch visitation schedule. Connecting over food is a comforting past time that I am happy to reestablish within our community.

As we enter the month of March, we also welcome back the beloved Fun Fair. This event is a cornerstone of our community and promises to be as enjoyable as ever. We have added some exciting new elements that are sure to delight everyone.

I sincerely hope that each of you finds time to unwind and recharge this weekend.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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. Please bring your picture ID, as it will be required for check-in with the front office. 

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.

March 5 - Student Holiday 

March 5th is a student holiday / school planning day / Presidential Primary

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

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

March 10th Daylight Saving Time Begins

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!

As a result of the time change, some students may be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Important Dates:
  • Thursday, March 7th PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Zoom link will be sent by 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 5th Student Holiday-No School
  • March 13th-15th Spring Book Fair
  • Saturday, March 16th PTA Fun Fair 10:00am
  • March 25th -29th Spring Break-No School
  • Monday, April 1st Student Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Student Holiday-No School
    Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 3rd

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*

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Beech Tree Elementary kindergarten orientation will be held on April 2nd at 3:00pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

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

Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Purple Up! on April 17 to Support Military Families

Join our community and turn FCPS purple on Purple Up! Day, Wednesday, April 17. Wear purple in recognition of FCPS’ 14,000 enrolled military-connected students. 

Purple Up! T-shirts are available for purchase through Friday, March 8.

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

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!

Hello Beech Tree Families,

We have some exciting updates for you:

Primary Election Day Bake Sale:

o   Indulge your sweet tooth and support Beech Tree! Sign up to contribute to our bake sale on Primary Election Day, March 5th. Click here to be part of this delicious initiative.

Grade-level Raffle Baskets for Fun Fair:

o   Be part of the Fun Fair excitement by contributing to grade-level raffle baskets. Donations are accepted until March 12th. Check out the flyer attached and explore our Amazon wish list here for easy donation options.

Fun Fair Volunteer Sign-Up:

o   The Fun Fair is approaching, and we need your help! Sign up to volunteer and make this event a memorable one. Click here to join the team of volunteers. You can sign up for hourly shifts or longer.

Thank you for your continued support, and let's make these events a great success together!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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Beech Tree PTA's Election Day Bake Sale

Whether it's baking or selling, please help the Beech Tree PTA's Election Day Bake Sale, Tuesday, March 5th! The bake sale will be open the entire time the polls are open (6am - 7pm.) Use the link to sign-up for donating a baked good (bought or homemade) and slots for working the bake sale. Baked goods can be dropped off during the day Monday (3/4) at Beech Tree School or at: The Scherer House (3330 Beechtree Lane). Email me if you need a different time.

Contact Amanda Scherer if you have any questions. [email protected] or 703-969-5661

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Beech Tree ES Family Message-February 23, 2024

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A Message From Principal Clarke

Dear Beech Tree Families,

I am excited to share some wonderful highlights from the past week. Our 3rd-grade students and teachers had an enriching experience on Thursday during their field trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. The trip provided hands-on learning opportunities in social studies and science, particularly in areas such as ancient Egypt and the ecosystem. The exhibits were captivating, bringing their classroom studies to life.

Our week concluded with the PTA Talent Show last night, which was a remarkable event. It was heartwarming to witness the diverse talents of our students, from piano playing to dancing, singing, comedy, and more. Our Beavers truly shone brightly, showcasing their skills and fearlessness. Thank you for coming out and supporting this event. It was great seeing so many of you in attendance.

During our first week of Beech Days, we enjoyed seeing families lunch with their students. Next Friday concludes Beech Days for the month of February. However, next week's newsletter will entail March's Beech Days dates, so be on the lookout.

Looking ahead to spring, we have many exciting school events to anticipate as a community. I will readily keep you updated. Let us continue to support and celebrate our students as they learn and grow.

 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

With appreciation,

Principal Clarke

Beech Days Lunch Visitation Schedule

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.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 3rd Grade Field trip PTA Talent Show Important Dates:
  • Thursday, March 7th PTA Meeting 6:30pm
    Zoom link will be sent by 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 5th Student Holiday-No School
  • March 13th-15th Spring Book Fair
  • Saturday, March 16th PTA Fun Fair 10:00am
  • March 25th -29th Spring Break-No School
  • Monday, April 1st Student Holiday-No School
  • Tuesday, April 2nd Student Holiday-No School
    Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 3rd

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*

🤒 Students Sent Home from the Health Room

After being seen by the PHN or SHA in the Health Room, students sent home, due to a fever of 100.4 or greater and/or COVID-19 respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose), may return to school when the student is fever-free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours and symptoms have improved.

Refer to FCPS Attendance Guidance for more information. 

 

🚪Check-Outs

Please remember you must sign your student out in the main office. All student exchanges and contact must go through the office.  You will need to sign them out on the "Sign out Binder" located in the office.  Be prepared to show your photo ID when you arrive. The office works efficiently to retrieve students from wherever they are in building, so please arrive early enough to give staff enough time to locate your student so you can arrive at your next destination on time. The front office will not call for students prior to parents arrival for pickup. Thanks for your cooperation in making sure our student population is safe while at school!

  Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

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

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

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

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

💭 Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

 

💻 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:

 

  • Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan (FBA/BIP) Essentials for Families
    Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support them? Learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges. This webinar is presented by staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support. 
    February 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. or March 1, 10-11 a.m.

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

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!

Hey Beech Tree Families,

Thank You for an Amazing Talent Show! A big shoutout and heartfelt thanks to all the talented performers and fantastic attendees who made our Talent Show a night to remember! It was a blast, and your support means the world.

 

Bawadi Restaurant Night - March 6, 4 - 10pm Save the date for a delicious night out at Bawadi Mediterranean Grill! Join us on Wednesday, March 6, from 4 to 10 pm for dine-in or carry-out. Present the attached flyer, and we'll get a fantastic 20% back. Check out the attached flyer for all the details.

 

Get Ready for Fun Fair - We Need Your Help! Our upcoming Fun Fair on Saturday, march 16th is a community effort, and we need your support. Whether you can volunteer your time (high school students are welcome to volunteer), donate items or talents, or contribute cakes for the cake walk, every bit counts. Check out the attached flyer for more details or drop us an email at [email protected].

Let's make these events even more memorable with your participation and support. Thank you for being the heart of our Beech Tree community!

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

Parent Liaison: Mariangeles Quinto (703) 531-2692 

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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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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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Beech Tree ES Family Message-February 16, 2024

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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

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