Mrs. Choate's Chat Newsletter

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Dear Glen Forest Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed our first snow day! Based on meteorologists’ predictions, weather in January and February should be mild but by March we will start seeing snow storms. So, if they are right, don’t put those snow boots away!

As we enter the new year, we are busy preparing our students for a variety of assessments required at the mid-year point of the year. We will be assessing children’s reading and math growth, as well as their language development. Many times, parents want to know how they can help. Honestly, you’ve already been helping! When you read with your children every day, ensure they do their homework and attend school, you have been helping and modeling that school is important! Once the assessments are completed, teachers will be able to share with you our “next steps” in developing instruction that meets the specific needs of your children.

This week we were honored to serve as a host school for educators from Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania.   We were specifically tasked to highlight how our teachers in our primary grades (kindergarten through 2nd grade) infuse the Advanced Academic curriculum to ensure rigor for ALL children. Of course, our teachers were amazing, and the visitors were treated to kindergarteners doing analogies, 2nd graders using the CSI strategy (Color, Symbol, Image) during their poetry unit, and 1st graders participating in a Jacob’s Ladder task sequencing the stages of a caterpillar from a poem they had read aloud. Our final presentation was from a 1st grade teacher who taught our Young Scholars program last summer and is utilizing various AAP curriculum pieces throughout the school day. I am so incredibly proud of our staff! They did an excellent job representing their colleagues and the collective work our staff is committed to, to ensure ALL students receive rigorous tasks and critical and creative thinking skill opportunities.

In the upcoming weeks, we are hosting a variety of evening events and day-time workshops. Please take a moment to mark your calendars and join us!

Sincerely,

Cindi Choate

Principal

Monday, January 20, 2020

Student Holiday

Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

MLK Day was designated a national holiday to honor the activist and minister, Dr. King, who was assassinated in 1968. He worked tirelessly for equality for all peoples – regardless of race or color of skin. His accomplishments have continued to inspire generations of Americans.

1st Grade Curriculum Night

Thursday, January 23, 2020

6 – 7:30 pm

Parents of 1st graders are encouraged to attend to learn about strategies to support their child at home.

2nd quarter ends

No school

Monday & Tuesday, January 27 & 28

January calendar

20                  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday – no school

23                  1st grade Curriculum Night @ 6 pm

23                  5th grade Honors Choir @ Justice HS @ 7 pm

24                  End of 2nd Quarter

27 & 28         Teacher Workdays – no students

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

Keep your contact information up-to-date

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Advanced Academics Program @ Glen Forest ES

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Advanced Academics @ GFES

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a relaxing winter break and that 2020 is off to a wonderful start for you and your family.

All classes Kindergarten through 5th grade have been using “Jacob’s Ladder”, which is an Advanced Academic Reading Comprehension program from the Center of Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. The reading passages engage students to move from lower order to higher order thinking skills. In Kindergarten, they have been analyzing the poem, “Caterpillar”. They began by learning to sequence the story from beginning to end. Next, they will think about the cause and effect of the changes in the caterpillar and finally, the consequences and implications of these changes.

Throughout the school year, students at Glen Forest have been engaging in PBLs, Project-Based Learning activities. In 1st grade, students used their knowledge of different types of motion-back and forth, circular, and straight to create a Rube Goldberg machine. Students worked in teams, creating a machine that used at least 2 materials to move a marble into a cube. During their design process, students used their creativity to find unique ways to move the marble into the cup and refined their machines through trial and error.

In their PBL, 2nd grade students acted as meteorologists, creating visual displays to educate others about extreme storms and provide information on how to prepare for these events. Students presented their finish products to their classmates. Ask your child to share about what to do to prepare for a tornado or blizzard!

The 3rd graders used their creativity in creating floats and puppets for their Annual “Balloons over Broadway” parade, which took place here at Glen Forest on the last school day before Thanksgiving break. Each of the students used their Portrait of a Graduate attributes of Collaborator and Communicator as they planned, created, and showcased their finished products.

The 3rd graders have been studying Ancient Egypt in social studies. Using the Document Based Questioning (DBQ) unit of “How Did the Nile Shape Ancient Egypt?”, students have been analyzing primary and secondary documents to prepare an answer to this question. Ask your 3rd grader to convince you how the Nile shaped Ancient Egypt.

In 4th grade, the students have been studying Jamestown in their Virginia Studies unit. They are using the Document Based Questioning (DBQ) unit of “Early Jamestown: Why did So Many Colonists Die?” The students have been busy analyzing primary and secondary document to answer the question. Ask your 4th grader to explain to you about “brackish” water.

Fifth grade is jumping into Fantasy this month! Students have been immersed in an author study on author/illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg. Students have enjoyed exploring his books and identifying the various elements of fantasy writing. We will continue our author study with a Jacob’s Ladder and Socratic Seminar centered around two of his most famous books; Jumanji and Two Bad Ants.

In the Level IV classroom, Ms. Neubig’s class is focused on fantasy writing. To inspire our fantasy writing students selected an illustration of their choice from Van Allsburg’s, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, to create a short fantasy story and worked on a hashtag to encapsulate the message/meaning of the illustration. Ms. Neubig’s class also enjoyed exploring Salvador Dali’s, Persistence of Memory portrait during a Socratic Seminar. Students were actively engaged in a collaborative discussion centered around this surrealist painting filled with symbolism and imagery which evoked many thoughtful questions and explored various perspectives/interpretations.

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Early dismissal today - Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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Glen Forest ES 2 Hour Early Release at 2:05 pm

Good Morning,

Fairfax County Public Schools has announced a 2-Hour Early Release today due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today. Because of this early release, Glen Forest ES will dismiss at 2:05 PM this afternoon. More information about the early release procedures including details about SACC and after-school activities can be found here.

Our staff will be working hard this afternoon to ensure a safe trip home from school for all of our students.  We will reach out to you throughout the day if there are any additional updates. 

The PTO After School Club scheduled for today is canceled. A make-up date will be determined and relayed to students/parents in the near future.

Thank you and stay safe.

~~Glen Forest ES

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GFES December Newsletter

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Dear Glen Forest Families,

We have had a wonderful week celebrating with your children as we close out 2019! On Tuesday, we surprised the student body with a magician named Joe Romano. Mr. Romano is a renowned magician and professional illusionist who has performed in major theme parks across the country, as well as at the White House and was even the half-time show for a Washington Redskins – Dallas Cowboy football game. His newest show highlights the magic surrounding the love of reading and it was a great show! A big THANK YOU to our wonderful Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) for funding this gift! We couldn’t have done it without the generous contribution of our families who have joined our PTO!

 

We started today with a special treat listening to our chorus. These children have incredible voices and were able to perform last Friday night at the National Zoo’s “Zoolights” in front of hundreds of people. We were fortunate to send 4 bus loads of our families to this annual Washington D.C. event in support of our students and to enjoy the festive atmosphere. As we ended our day, we had our annual sing-along assemblies featuring holiday songs from around the world! What a wonderful way to highlight our diversity and the fellowship we value as a school community.

On behalf of the staff, we want to thank you for sharing your incredible children with us! We are truly blessed to serve this community, as every child brings a smile to our face and your continued support and partnership ensures that ALL our students are successful! We hope you have a wonderful break with your family and friends. See you in 2020!

Sincerely,

Cindi Choate

Principal

Student Support Services

The Student Support Team hopes you and your family are looking forward to winter break just as much as we are. Below we have addressed some important information regarding your child's social, emotional, and physical development. Have a wonderful break and please reach out with any questions.

 

Sleep Patterns:

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has set guidelines outlining recommended sleep duration for children. They found that adequate sleep leads to improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, emotional regulation, quality of life, and mental and physical health.

Below are the recommended sleep durations for infants to teens.

  • Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.
  • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours per 24 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health.

 

The AAP also suggests that screens are not allowed in a child's room and that all screens are off at least 30 minutes before bed time.

 

From <https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Supports-Childhood-Sleep-Guidelines.aspx#:~:targetText=Children%206%20to%2012%20years,basis%20to%20promote%20optimal%20health.>

Here are some simple activities to do as a family that do not require any electronics! Created for FCPS by The Parent Institute.

Car/Bus Games

-Memory magic: Choose any subject (ex. Vegetables; name of cars; animals; cities). The first person names one item (ex. corn). The second person repeats the first item and ads another. "Corn, tomatoes." This continues until someone mixes the order or forgets one.

-Serial story: one person starts telling a story. As they get to an exciting or suspenseful part, they stop talking and the next person takes over. Here's one example: "Once upon a time, there was a princess who was very beautiful, but also very sad. She lived in a castle with her parents and her puppy. One day, the princess and the puppy were walking in the forest near the castle. Suddenly they saw… " (pass to the next story teller.)

Make an 'I'm Bored' Jar

At the beginning of a school vacation, have your child make a list of activities they can do when they get bored. Examples could include:

  • Listen to a favorite song
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Paint a picture
  • Plan a trip
  • Work on a puzzle

Write each activity on a slip of paper and drop it into an 'I'm Bored' jar.

When your child is bored, they can draw a slip of paper from the jar.

What happens if your child is still bored? Post a list of chores you'd be glad to suggest--weeding the garden, clean out closets, do the dishes, etc.

Start a Costume Box

In a large box, keep a collection of old clothes and hats that can be transformed into costumes. In addition to the usual adult clothing include some big pieces of fabric that can be turned into capes, costumes, and tents. Have a contest and see who can come up with the funniest, scariest, or most unusual costume.

 

Space is still available in the following clubs which will start the week of January 6th.  To sign up, please submit your registration form and payment to the office on Monday, January 6th!

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Basketball (grades 4-5):  Learn about basketball and run some drills to develop skills in the future. The goal of this club is to show kids that there is more to life than video games and exercise can be fun!  Taught by Mr. Reinaltt and Mr. McDermott.

*This club meets two days per week and is therefore $80 for PTO member families / $100 for families that are not PTO members.

**Due to a student holiday on 1/28, a make-up class meeting will be held on Monday (March 2).

Wednesdays

Art (grades 3-5):  Create extra special art projects we don’t do in our normal art class.  Taught by Ms. Castillo and Ms. Williams.  $40 for PTO members, $50 for families that are not PTO members.

Coloring (grades 3-5):  students keep their minds engaged for 7 hours a day in class.  Coloring can be a great way to relax and decompress before going home.  Students will work on a club mural, have coloring challenges and of course individual time to work on their own. Taught by Ms. Stanley.  $40 for PTO members, $50 for families that are not PTO members.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

Keep your contact information up-to-date

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Attendance: 703.578.8019 | GlenForestESAttendance@fcps.edu

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AAP December Newsletter

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Advanced Academics Program

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that a new decade is just a few weeks away! As 2019 draws to a close, our students continue to grow as critical and creative thinkers. During their geometry unit, all first-grade students learned geometry through the M2 Unit “Exploring Shape Games: Geometry with “Imi and Zani”. Students learned about attributes of shapes and compared and contrasted shapes using a Venn Diagram. Students also became shape detectives, identifying right angles in their classroom. Ask your first grader to find some right angles at home!

Before the Thanksgiving break, students read the book Duck for Turkey Day. Using the Jacob’s Ladder resource, they sequenced important events, discussed the cause and effect between these events, and created alternative endings for the story. As you read with your child over the break, ask them to consider different ways that a story could have ended. How would this different ending affect the characters? Would they like this new ending better-why or why not?

Fifth grade students have been busy exploring non-fiction texts and engaged in a cross-curricular Jacob’s Ladder focused on world renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall. They explored non-fiction text features to make sense of the article and used the knowledge gained to explore author’s purpose and discussed importance of Jane Goodall’s work and how it has impacted our understanding of primates during a Socratic Seminar.  

During winter break, you can explore the family resources from the FCPS AAP website available here. These resources provide opportunities to support the development of research and critical and creative thinking skills at home.

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. Please submit your level IV referral to your child’s grade level AART.

2nd Grade

Tracy Haynes (tlhaynes@fcps.edu)

3rd and 4th Grade

Patty Edwards (pwedwards1@fcps.edu)

5th Grade

Angela Ulsh (alulsh@fcps.edu)

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding the level IV screening process.

Wishing you a wonderful winter break and a Happy New Year!

Your AARTs, Mrs. Edwards, Ms. Ulsh, & Mrs. Haynes😊

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Mrs. Choate's Chat newsletter

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Dear Glen Forest Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Over the break, my four sons were all at home and I was extremely thankful to have three full days with our family back together. It meant lots of noise and around the clock cooking, but I loved every minute of it!

As we count down the days until our winter break, our staff is still busy with mid-year assessments, hosting curriculum nights, arranging field trips and student assemblies. We are packing in lots of events during the last 15 days of school!   Our student assemblies are one way we celebrate with your children how thankful we are to be a school community! We wish our parent community could join us, but with over 1,100 students, we unfortunately don’t have the capacity to extend an invitation. However, we will post photos and videos on our Twitter and school website for you to enjoy.

On behalf of the staff, we hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable winter break. We want to thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! They are curious, eager learners, kind and compassionate and we are so appreciative of the opportunity to serve this incredible community! Take care and Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Choate

Principal

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. 

Referrals can be submitted to our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (Patty Edwards, Tracy Haynes & Angela Ulsh) at any time up through January 9th. 

Attention 4th & 5th Grade Families:

5th Graders: Starting on Monday, December 17 students will begin the Family Life Education lessons.

4th Graders: on Friday, December 21students will have their FLE lesson.

Students who have opted out of these lessons will have alternate lessons plans.

Parent Connection Meeting

Wednesday, December 11 @ 9:45 am

Glen Forest ES

“Saving for College”

     

Please join us for an informative and beneficial presentation about how to “Save for College”. This information will be presented by financial officers from Bank of America.   It’s not too early to start saving for college for your child(ren)! They will explain the current programs already in place for you to start the saving process.

Kindergarten

Parents/Guardians

Glen Forest Elementary School invites you!

Please join us for a Curriculum Night on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 ~ 6:00 – 7:30 pm to learn about strategies to support your child at home. We will meet in the kindergarten classrooms.

3rd Grade

Parents/Guardians

Glen Forest Elementary School invites you!

Please join us for a Curriculum Night on Thursday, December 12, 2019 ~ 6 – 8 pm to learn about strategies to support your child at home. We will meet in the 3rd grade classrooms.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

Keep your contact information up-to-date

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Student Support Services Newsletter

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Positivity Project

The two-character strengths students explored during the month of November were creativity and gratitude. Students also discussed the Other People Matter mindset: our words and actions affect others. To build these themes, some classes participated in a 30 Days of Gratitude journal. At the end of every day during the month of November, Ms. Forsyth & Ms. Hine's 3rd grade students wrote down one thing they were grateful for. Each day they had to write something new! By the end of the month, each student had 30 different things they were grateful for! What are you grateful for today? Keep track with this calendar from Ms. Forsyth and Ms. Hine!

Internet Safety Tips

In the spirit of gratitude and kindness, here is a quick reminder of the importance of being mindful of what we post on the internet. Before anyone posts anything to the internet they must THINK:

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&ved=0ahUKEwintNHfx_vlAhWpmOAKHQUgApsQMwhbKAAwAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmilady.cengage.com%2Fblog%2Fthink-before-you-post&psig=AOvVaw0Q_MxrxRVeafDVSJIEGeof&ust=1574434512118390&ictx=3&uact=3

Parent Resource Classes

You can sign up for any of the following workshops through the Parent Resource Center's website. All classes are held at the Dunn Loring Parent Resource Center:

                                Dunn Loring Parent Resource Center

                                2334 Gallows Road

                                Vienna, VA 22182

Zones of Regulation

Learn to help children identify their feelings and use strategies to cope with emotional regulation.

Thursday, December 5th from 10:00am-noon

Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High-Pressure Culture We all want children to feel good about themselves and reach their full potential. Friday, December 6th from 10:00am-noon

Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know Learn what FCPS does to provide schools and families with twice exceptional students.

Friday, December 13th from 10:00am-noon

Parent Info Night: Vaping/Drug Use by Teens

Learn about the latest trends: JUUL, vape pens, pills, liquid THC, marijuana

Monday, December 9th from 7:00-8:00 PM

Justice High School Auditorium

From all of us at Glen Forest Elementary School we want to wish every GFES family a very happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all our teachers, staff, students and their families.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29. School will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2019.

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Advanced Academics @ GFES

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AAP November Newsletter


Students are busy learning and growing at Glen Forest Elementary School! They are immersing themselves in many challenging hands-on, minds-on activities. All fifth-grade classes enjoyed an AAP Experience this past quarter. Classes dug deep into their mentor texts by working on Jacob’s Ladder and discussed what they learned by utilizing the Socratic Seminar method. We are looking forward to our next AAP Experiences.

In our Level IV fifth-grade class, taught by Ms. Neubig, students enjoyed learning about scale factor and combined a variety of scale factors to create their own unique, “Juggles the Clown.” Students got to tap into their artistic side by creating “Mind Maps” based on characters from mentor texts which supported their reading unit on Character Change. They identified character traits and developed their own theories about why and how the character changed.

Our Level IV 4th grade class, taught by Ms. Lee, has been studying the concept of change through Literature and their math M3 Unit, Factors, Multiples, and Leftovers. The students are using their Portrait of a Graduate Collaborator skills while participating in an afterschool STEM club led by a group of Thomas Jefferson students, STEM Mayhem. Here are some pictures from their second club meeting, where they had to work together in groups to build structures out of spaghetti. Can you believe some of the structures could hold weight without breaking

 

Our Level IV 3rd grade class, taught by Mrs. Gundlach, has been building their classroom community and using their Portrait of a Graduate Communicator skills to introduce themselves through an “ALL About Me” poster. These posters are on display in the hallway of the 3rd grade trailer. Mrs. Gundlach’s students are also exploring the concept of change through Literature and their math M3 Unit, Moli Stone. This mathematical unit looks at the place value system of the “Land of Treble”, which was base 3 and compared it to our place value system of base 10.

 

Our second grade students have been growing as readers and writers during the first few months of school. Using AAP language arts curriculum such as Jacob’s Ladder, students have been sequencing important events in the stories, analyzing the cause and effect of these events, and discussing the consequences and implications of characters’ choices. We will continue to build all critical thinking skills as readers during second quarter!

 

Additionally, second grade students have been beginning to participate in Socratic Seminars. After reading a passage and creating open-ended questions, students discuss the questions whole class and reflect on how the discussion has changed their understanding of the text. Below is a photo of Ms. Huber’s class discussing the implications of Peter and Judy finding the game Jumanji from the picture book of the same name.

 

Using their knowledge of Positivity Project character strengths, first graders explored the ideas of bravery and determination while reading the book Kitten’s First Full Moon.  After putting the events of the story in order, students discussed which character strength helped Kitten to reach her goal and how they can use lessons from the story to achieve their own goals.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS: * Monday, December 9th =Level IV Parent Information Night @ 6:30pm in the Cafeteria      

  • This meeting is for 2nd-5th Grade Parents interested in referring their students for Level IV Advanced Academic Program (AAP) services on

 

Happy Thanksgiving! From Your Advanced Academic Resource Teachers: Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Haynes, and Ms. Ulsh

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Mrs. Choate's Chat newsletter

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Dear Glen Forest Community,

The last two weeks have been extremely busy! I shared in my last newsletter that we were preparing for a visit from Channel 5 Fox News. During their visit, some students and staff members were interviewed, and we held a mini pep rally that was highlighted on the morning news. Our students did an amazing job cheering on the Nationals by singing the “Baby Shark” song. Of course, it helped as the Nats won the World Series the other night! If you missed the news footage, you can see the interviews and our mini pep rally on our Glen Forest website.

This week we held our annual Book Fair and children had the opportunity to buy some wonderful books at very reasonable prices! We love the fact that our students love to read! Hopefully, you had an opportunity to stop by and purchase some books for upcoming special occasions with your family.

For some, yesterday was Halloween, but at Glen Forest, it was our Book Character Day, and everyone enjoyed dressing up to highlight their favorite book. I know the students enjoyed the festivities and especially the parade, and our staff outdid themselves with being creative in their team outfits! Check out our Twitter feed to see photos from our day.

Today ends our 1st quarter of school and students will be off on Monday, November 4th and Tuesday, November 5th. Teachers will be holding parent conferences and learning about our new initiative, POG POL! POG POL means “Portrait of a Graduate Presentations of Learning” and highlights the five essential attributes for student development and growth during their educational experience in Fairfax County Public Schools. These attributes are:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Creative & Critical Thinker
  • Ethical & Global Citizen
  • Goal-directed & Resilient Individual.

For this year, our staff is focusing on various skills within the Communicator and Collaborator attributes. We are very excited to be selected as a pilot school for the county!

This year we have made a change and moved our annual Family Thanksgiving Luncheon to Veterans’ Day, so that more of our families can join us as we celebrate and are thankful for being part of this wonderful school community. Please consider parking further from the school as we anticipate a large crowd! Check your children’s backpacks next Wednesday for detailed information.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Choate

 

School Board member, Sandy Evans, is retiring at the end of the year.  The Mason District community is hosting an informal retirement reception for her on November 21 from 7-8:30 pm at Justice High School.  If you would like more information and/or would like to attend, please use this link.  The entire school community is invited as well as our parent community and students.  See below for more information.  

 

Also, if you would like to assist in other ways; such as artwork or centerpieces to decorate the room, please contact Jenna White, Glasgow PTA VP of Outreach at 703-863-3604.

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

Quick event details

Thursday, November 21

7:00-8:30pm

Justice High School Little Theater

please rsvp using the Eventbright link

No school:                

Monday, November 4, 2019 AND Tuesday, November 5, 2019

These are TEACHER WORKDAYS. It is also the end of 1st quarter.

Enjoy the long weekend! School reopens November 6.

Please complete and return your student's Impact Aid form as soon as possible! The survey helps FCPS identify federally-connected students and support its request for Impact Aid resources. FCPS anticipates receiving about $3,000,000 annually in Impact Aid funds. Thank you!

Glen Forest Elementary School

Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon

Monday, November 11, 2019

You are cordially invited to join your child(ren) during their lunch time(s) in the GFES Cafeteria.

             Guest lunch cost = $4.50           GFES student lunch is FREE

Alternate option: Black Bean Burger on Bun

Purchase tickets at door on November 11. Exact change would be greatly appreciated.

No bills over $20.00 will be accepted.

The Glen Forest Parent Liaisons host a series of Home-School Learning Connections for families of GFES students. The goal is to equip parents with skills, programs and strategies to ensure that their children perform at their highest educational level.

Wednesday, November 13 @ 9:45-10:45 am

Glen Forest ES - Cafeteria

Motivating for Student Success

Please join us for a presentation about how to motivate your student to achieve academic success. This information will be presented by Ms. Angela Ulsh, one of our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AART) who will explain how to use specific strategies with your child at home.

We look forward to seeing you then!

The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) of Glen Forest Elementary School happily presents a new and unique series of parent meetings for the 2019-2020 school year. These meetings will be held once a month from 7 – 8 pm at GFES. The topics will range from FCPS parent resources, fire safety, health department and the list goes on.   Mark the dates and more information will follow. We hope you will join us for these informative meetings. Our next meeting is:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

7 pm to 8 pm

GFES Cafeteria

Please join us for an informative session on childhood health and wellbeing.   Our Public Health Nurse, Parisa Saifollahi, from the Fairfax County Health Department, will present an overview of how to keep your child(ren) healthy all year long and how to best take care of them when they are sick.

Translators will be available.

Please join us for a great evening.

Get connected to help you and your children be healthy.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Positivity Project at Glen Forest Elementary

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month! During classroom lessons, counselors are defining bullying behaviors, victims, and bystanders.

 

The students were also taught what to do when they see bullying occurring.  Students should be an active bystander and tell an adult.  Students should say, "Stop!" Walk away with the victim and tell an adult nearby.  If your child reports bullying, contact your child's teacher or school counselor.

 

Behavior:

At school, staff clearly teach students behavioral expectations throughout school settings. Just as we do with academic material, we should offer children the opportunity to first learn our behavior expectations and then practice those expectations. Staff have taught routines, such as walking in the hall, checking out books, sitting in their own space, etc. Parents can do the same at home  by clearly teaching home expectations such as how to make the bed, where to unpack their school belongings, clean up after themselves, etc. After you show and teach these routines to your child, be sure to practice with them.

 

Upcoming Workshops from the FCPS Parent Resource Center in Dunn Loring:

      • Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope, Friday, November 1, 10:00am-noon
      • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beginning Your Journey, Friday, November 8, 10:00am -noon
      • Special Education: Understanding the Process and Collaborating with Your School, Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-8:30pm
      • Building Success in Physical Education, Friday, November 15, 10:00am-noon
      • Parenting Through Challenging Times: Supporting Your Child Through Life’s Ups and Downs, Friday, November 22, 10-noon

 

Positivity Project:

      • In the past month classes explored the following character strengths: open-mindedness, integrity, perspective, and the "other people matter mindset:" being present and giving others my attention.   Perspective means that you appreciate when people see things in different ways and you have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. People who embody perspective are able to learn from their mistakes and make changes in their future. In the month of October, fifth grade students explored different characters' perspective during their reading groups and were able to identify Positivity Project strengths in their readings! 

"You only understand people if you feel them in yourself."

John Steinbeck, American author

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Mrs. Choate's Chat Newsletter

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Mrs. Choate's Chat...

Dear Glen Forest Community,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather, as I know your children are enjoying being outside every day for 30 minutes for recess! The laughter and smiling faces of your children as they come back into the building just makes my day!

We are very excited to share that on Monday, October 21st, Channel 5 Fox News will be at Glen Forest to highlight the Nationals heading to the World Series. Our understanding is that we will be “live” at 8:45 am, 9:30 am, and between 10:00-10:15 am. We plan to have our eagle and shark mascots join us in the celebration and have our students on the field singing “Baby Shark” to wish the Nationals’ good luck! If your children have a red shirt, please have your children wear it to show support for our hometown team. This is a wonderful way to highlight our amazing school community!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Choate

STUDENT-PARENT SURVEY FOR FEDERAL IMPACT AID

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

We are happy to continue our tradition of Workout Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, every 90 minutes, our students hear a bell, and for 60 seconds they complete an exercise or workout wherever they are in the building. This is a fun and creative way for us to involve more activity into the students’ day and to workout together as an entire school.

Each week’s workouts will be listed on the school’s public website, along with videos that you can do with your child at home. The students are so excited for this year’s Workout Wednesdays. We highly encourage you to go over the exercises with your children. Physical activity is so important for our students, that making Workout Wednesdays a regular part of the school week is an easy choice.

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

Glen Forest – Book Fair – October 28 – November 1

Dear Parents and Families:            

Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Mark your calendar to join us for a celebration of reading! Book Fair dates/times: Monday, October 21 – Friday, November 1

PARENT NIGHT – Tuesday, October 29 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Visit scholastic.com/fair for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

The FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is holding a Meet and Greet for families, staff, and community members to learn how we advise the school board and superintendent about needs for special education in FCPS. The Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9 pm at Luther Jackson MS in Falls Church. Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Services will be present to introduce themselves as well. All families, staff, and community members are welcome. We are looking forward to meeting you! 

Are you ready to have some fun? Dress up as your favorite storybook character for the school-wide parade in the afternoon!

NO masks. NO toy weapons or props.

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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Advanced Academics @ Glen Forest ES

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Advanced Academics @ GFES

 

           News from Your Advanced Academics Resource Teachers

We are so excited about the start of this school year! One of our school goals is to make sure that every student in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade has an Advanced Academics Program (AAP) curriculum experience.

The year started out with a parent information night, which highlighted the Fairfax County Continuum of Services for Advanced Academics, that was held on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 6:30 PM, in the cafeteria. If you missed the presentation, which was open to all K-5 families, you may access it on the FCPS website under Parent Presentations at

 https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

In fact, the FCPS Advanced Academics Program (AAP) office spent the summer updating the website to make it more user friendly for all families. We hope that you enjoy it!

Mark your calendars for our next parent information night. It will be for 2nd grade-5th grade parents who are interested in referring their student for Level IV Advanced Academic Program services. The information night will be held on December 9, 2019, at 6:30 PM, in the Glen Forest Cafeteria.

Did you miss our Odyssey of the Mind information night? Well, we are starting to form teams. However, each team needs at least one coach, so we need you!

 

Look for the opportunity to signup in your student’s Tuesday folder. If you would like more information, you may access the official Odyssey of the Mind website at https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/ or you may contact our school coordinator, Patty Edwards, at pwedwards1@fcps.edu .

Did you know that we have a liaison to Thomas Jefferson School of Science and Technology? She makes sure to notify our school of STEM activities around the County. Most of these activities are at no cost to the families. Please see the attached flyer for an upcoming STEM festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 3-7 PM, at Walt Whitman Middle School, in Alexandria, VA.

Stay tuned for highlights about AAP experiences in each of the grade levels and the Level IV classrooms.

From Your Advanced Academic Resource Teachers

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Haynes, and Ms. Ulsh

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Glen Forest Elementary Newsletter

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Mrs. Choate's Chat...

Dear Glen Forest Community,

I am thrilled to announce that Ms. Elizabeth Manning is our new assistant principal! Ms. Manning has been a member of our 5th grade team and a resource teacher assisting with small group instruction since August 2018.  Prior to working at Glen Forest, Liz was the interim assistant principal at Churchill Road Elementary, the reading resource teacher at Spring Hill Elementary and a primary and upper elementary teacher for 11 years in FCPS.  In addition to working for FCPS, Liz worked for 6 years in hospital outreach programs in children’s hospitals and medical facilities addressing the educational, emotional and recreational needs of children with terminal illnesses.  Ms. Manning will oversee our Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade teams.

We are also excited that we have established a comprehensive Student Support Team to assist our school community. We have full-time counselors, social worker, psychologist, and a behavioral specialist that are available to help students and their families with their various needs. An overview of their function is later in this newslettter for your use.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Cindi Choate

Principal

Ms. Elizabeth Manning

Assistant Principal

Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade

The Glen Forest Art team is excited for another school year filled with creativity and imagination! We are so eager to connect with you and your children through their amazing ideas and artwork. In fact, did you know that the Art Team has their very own Instagram? We love to share and show off what everyone is making. Be assured, we do not show any of our student’s faces or their names. If you recognize your child’s artwork, you can feel free to give them a “shout-out” in the comments! So, go ahead and follow us on Instagram @GlenForestArt. If you have any questions, contact your child’s art teacher.

See you on Instagram!

Ms. Williams, Mr. Reinaltt, and Mrs. Castillo

Glen Forest Art Team

Upcoming Events:

October 9 & 10 - Fall Picture Days

October 14 - Holiday for students - NO school

October 28 - November 1 - Book Fair!

Introduction of the Student Support Team

Kiera Guralnik

School Counselor

Grades PK, 2, 3

krguralnik@fcps.edu

703-578-8123

Katie Innes

School Counselor

Grades PK, K, 5

kminnes@fcps.edu

703-578-8123

Sarah Jacoby

School Counselor

Grades PK, 1, 4

scjacoby@fcps.edu

703-578-8123

Joan Kelleher

School Psychologist

Grades PK-5

jakelleher@fcps.edu

703-578-8010

Lauren Ortiz

School Behavior Interventionist

Grades PK-5

lortiz1@fcps.edu

703-578-8123

Michelle Wenz

School Social Worker

Grades PK-5

mdwenz@fcps.edu

703-578-8010

Behavior Interventionist:

This new position at Glen Forest and in FCPS is a support for teachers and students in their refinement of school-wide expectations and routines. The goal of the behavior interventionist is to provide students with the structures and behavior supports so that they may access curriculum and social opportunities. Students and staff are supported within their classrooms daily. Glen Forest is excited to have Ms. Ortiz as part of the Glen Forest staff!

School Counseling Services:

Elementary school counselors primary objective is to assist students in reaching their potential to become effective learners. Their goal is to complement the learning environment in the classroom by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach.

Counseling will be conducted with students individually and in small groups, when requested by parents and teachers and determined appropriate. This service is short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parent notification is given to any extended individual or group counseling. There will also be monthly classroom counseling lessons focused on student success. We have three counselors this year to help our students learn and grow!

School Psychologist:

The School Psychologist is available to consult with parents, teachers, counselors, community agencies, and private providers to help ensure that students’ social, emotional, and academic needs are met.  They complete assessments that explore students’ strengths and areas of need to help the school team to identify educational needs and generate interventions, and provide counseling to help students improve their social skills and self-regulation.  Ms. Kelleher is grateful to be a part of the Glen Forest team and looks forward to working with our students this year!

School Social Worker:

FCPS school social workers are committed to assessing and addressing those social, emotional, and behavioral factors that may stand in the way of students realizing their promise. They apply social work principles and methodologies in the educational environment with the primary goal of removing barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling his or her academic potential. Our Social Worker, Michelle Wenz is excited to work with the Glen Forest families and community this year!

Positivity Project:

Glen Forest is on the third year of implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 fosters stronger relationships by learning and recognizing the 24  character strengths in ourselves and others under the theme: "Other People Matter." In September classes explored the "other people matter" mindset, and the character strengths curiosity and teamwork. Check out the interactive bulletin board in the front lobby that Ms. Jessen's 5th grade class made. What is your top character strength? Add it to the bulletin board! 

For more information about P2, visit www.posproject.org.

Family Food Market:

We are fortunate to partner with the Capital Area Food Bank for five years to provide Family Food Markets to our community. The market is a monthly, no-cost,  grocery distribution at our school! Each month we receive several pallets of fresh produce and shelf stable food to help families extend their monthly food budget. This is truly a community event as parents, teachers and other community members volunteer to help distribute the groceries. New this year is an electronic sign-in system. After filling out an intake form with basic family information, each family is given a key card with a barcode to make check-in as easy as a swipe! Come check out the next Family Food Market on October 16th to get some great food and see Glen Forest staff in action!

Upcoming Community Events:

Mental Health & Wellness Conference:

Saturday, October 5, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm; 12:30-4:00 pm

https://www.fcps.edu/event/mental-health-and-wellness-conference

Parent Resource Center Events:

Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

Register for Moving on to Life in the Community: A Resource Fair for Students with Disabilities

Helping your Child Cope with Stress

Register for Helping your Child Cope with Stress

Irritability in Children and Youth: How to Help Children Cope

https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age

https://www.fcps.edu/node/28019

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

Keep your contact information up-to-date

5829 Glen Forest Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041 |  Phone: 703.578.8000

Attendance: 703.578.8019 | GlenForestESAttendance@fcps.edu

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