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June 3, 2020
Dear Fairview Families,
Our country is experiencing deep pain and turmoil. This is a time of change, and the Fairview staff will continue to play an important role in this evolution. As FCPS Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand shared, “Racism and hate have no place in FCPS. FCPS is a place where we strive for love, inclusiveness, and compassion for all while providing hope for the future.”
At Fairview, we will continue to challenge our norms, practices and structures. We will continue to listen to each other’s stories, to hear the perspectives of our students and their families, and to build relationships that embrace and celebrate our individuality and diversity. We are committed to teaching our young students how to be compassionate and brave individuals who respect and honor differences. We will foster open hearts and open minds.
Our Fairview community is on my heart and mind today and always. If there is anything our school staff, including our counselors, can do to support you or your child, please let me know. If there’s any insight that you wish to share with me so that Fairview can continue to be an accepting, empowering, and fair place for you and your child, I hope that you will reach out to me.
Together, we will see a better tomorrow. We are FAIRVIEW STRONG.
Sara Van Aalst
We offer these tools and resources to support the conversations you may choose to have with your children.
Teaching Tolerance, Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education:
American School Counseling Association Race and Equity Resources:
Fairview is hosting a Vehicle Curbside Pickup of student items on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. Our schedule is based on Oldest & Only.
What does Oldest & Only mean? Your family needs to only attend ONE pickup date and time which is determined by the grade level of your oldest or only child. (Example: A family has a student in fourth grade and first grade. Your family will come during fourth grade’s assigned time.)
How will the curbside pickup be organized? Please display the first and last name of your student(s) clearly in your front window. Access the school parking lot from Burke Centre Parkway only and follow the directions of staff. We ask that you remain in your vehicle at all times. Staff will deliver items to your car.
During the pickup students may return items that they have borrowed from school and/or their teacher (books-classroom or library, patrol belts, etc.). We will not be collecting laptops during this time. If you have borrowed a laptop, there will be a separate return process for these items.
If you do not wish to retrieve your child’s classroom belongings at all, please fill out the following form to let us know. Please note that by filling out this form, your student’s items will not be bagged or available for pick-up. School supplies may be donated or saved for future use.
Curbside Pickup Schedule
Come based on your oldest or only student's grade level!
Thursday, June 4
Kindergarten: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
First Grade: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Second Grade: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Friday, June 5
Sixth Grade: 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Fifth Grade: 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Fourth Grade: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Third Grade: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Fairview Volunteer Celebration
Friday, June 5
We appreciate our volunteers' commitment to Fairview Elementary. Each volunteer makes a difference in the day for our staff, students, and families. This Friday we will honor you with a special virtual "thank you."
Last Day of
Thursday, June 11
Teachers are preparing exciting virtual end of the year events for our students. Please be on the lookout for emails from your child's teacher with specific details.
Ms. Kousmat Shares A Book
Ms. Kousmat is our instructional assistant who supports literacy instruction.
Chapter 4: https://safeYouTube.net/w/GZzI
Continuity of Learning: Summer Plans
Due to school closures, FCPS will offer free resources for all students and families who wish to continue distance learning throughout the summer. Virtual resources will be available on Blackboard 24-7. Additionally, two Essentials Summer Practice Books – one for Language Arts and one for Mathematics – will be mailed home to students.
Selected teachers will hold weekly office hours from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020, to address student questions and review content from the Essentials Summer Practice Books.
Our program coordinator is Ms. Rachel Bowerman, Fairview's Literacy Coach.
Additional information will be forthcoming.
Social & Emotional Learning Supports
Our school psychologist, Jillian Hinkley, is sharing resources that can be used at home to support your child's social and emotional health. Ms. Hinkley can be reached at email@example.com if you have questions, concerns, or needs as a parent/guardian.
Authors are partnering with Boys Town Press to read stories on Facebook Live every Thursday. The records are available afterward as well. The schedule of authors and books are available at the following link.
Several FCPS school psychologist have created short lessons on feelings based on the Kimochis curriculum.
This article includes five mindful activities that parents can do with their children.
School Supplies 2020-2021
Hey Parents! We know you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. Make things a little easier to get prepared for next year. Order your 2020-21 school supplies today online. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online. EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. Order now with our School ID of FAI210 at
Fairview Instructional Schedule
8:45 Virtual Good Morning Fairview (A special edition every Friday!)
9:00-10:00 Virtual Teacher-Directed Instruction: K- 2nd Grade
10:00-11:00 Virtual Teacher-Directed Instruction: 3rd and 4th Grade
11:00-12:00 Virtual Teacher-Directed Instruction: 5th and 6th Grade
*Instruction will focus on Math and Language Arts with the integration of science and social studies concepts.
Specials (PE, Music, Art, Spanish)
Specials begin at 1:00 PM.
Note: Band & Strings are providing instructional materials through
Staff Virtual Office Hours
Student Roles & Responsibilities
Establish daily routines for learning.
Identify a space in home where you can learn and study comfortably.
Regularly check FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) for announcements and feedback from your teachers.
Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty.
Do your best to meet due dates.
Communicate with your teacher if you need help.
Be a good digital citizen.
Digital Citizenship Reminders
As we enter a distance learning environment, it becomes more important than ever to apply practices of good digital citizenship. Students have been learning digital citizenship at Fairview all year, but reminders are always helpful. We strongly encourage adults to actively monitor students' use of technology to help maintain a safe and productive digital community.
Resources to families can be found on the FCPS Digital Citizenship webpage.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT...
Specific course, assignment, or learning resource
Supports or accommodations for students with disabilities
Special education case manager or 504 School Based Coordinator (Beth Schires at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supports of accommodations for English learners
ESOL teacher (Jamie Amrhein at email@example.com)
Problem with an FCPS-issued laptop
IT Service Desk (ITServiceDesk@fcps.edu)
Technology related problem or issue
School-based technology specialist (Ross Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Personal, academic, or social emotional concern
School counselor (Beth Schires at email@example.com or Justin Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Other issue related to distance learning
Principal (Sara Van Aalst at email@example.com) or Assistant Principal (Bunny Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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