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Greetings, Glen Forest Families! 

 

As the 2023-2024 school year comes to a close, we want to say thank you for sharing your little Eagles with us! We have had the pleasure of watching them learn, grow, and stretch their brains! Please make sure that students are still attending school Monday, June 10th-Wednesday, June 12th. 

 

We hope you have a safe and fulfilling summer break. We want to wish our 5th graders the best of luck at Glasgow in 6th grade! We look forward to welcoming you back in August! 

 

--Glen Forest Staff 

 

 

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

🌞Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early. Students will be dismissed at 2:05. 

 

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal

Alexandra Franck, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades -  [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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5/31/24

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Greetings, Glen Forest Families! 

This school year is flying by! Over the next week and a half, our students will be celebrating all they have accomplished this year. I want to continue to emphasize the importance of attendance, even in the final stretches of the school year. Last week, 5th grade won our school-wide attendance challenge! We can't wait to see you all next week; who will win?!

 

📝 Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 TestsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Anna Keomalavong [email protected] for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

 

 

 

In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people. Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

 

 View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Caribbean American Heritage Month.

In June, people throughout the United States celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Caribbean American heritage includes a kaleidoscope of languages, customs, music, art, and cuisine that have enriched communities. This exploration offers an opportunity to dismantle stereotypes and misconceptions, replacing them with a nuanced understanding of the interconnectedness and shared human experiences that connect us.

Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early. Students will be dismissed at 2:05. 

 

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal

Alexandra Franck, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades -  [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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4/5/24 News From the Nest: Family Edition

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4/5/24

Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

As we embark upon the final stretch of the 23/24 school year, I wanted to take a moment to emphasize the importance of attendance. As we all know, regular attendance plays a vital role in academic success and overall student well-being.  Consistent attendance is crucial for academic progress, building relationships, and developing responsibility. Together, let's support our students in finishing the school year with confidence and achievement. Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's education.

Chronic Absenteeism Update 

As of today, our CA (Chronic Absenteeism) rate is 17.8%. We are headed in the right direction! Our goal in our SIIP (School Innovation & Improvement Plan) is 15%. You are urged to prioritize attendance and encourage your child to attend school consistently. Of course, we understand that occasional absences may be unavoidable due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. In such cases, please ensure to communicate with us in accordance with our attendance policies.

Solar Eclipse - Monday, April 8th

Viewing glasses have been purchased for all students! The eclipse begins at 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m., and ends around 4:32 p.m. This is an exciting time for students to learn about and experience a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon. Please visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse site at this link for more information. Kindergarten students will be staying inside, but grades 1st - 5th will be going outside.  Please let your child's teacher know if you would like your child to stay inside. 

No School Wednesday, April 10th

School is session every day except for Wednesday next week.  Wednesday, April 10th is a school holiday in observance of Eid al-Fitr.  We look forward to seeing your children Monday morning!

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

Free Online Tutoring

FCPS students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  Visit this link to find out more information! 

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. 

FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)


***Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.
Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services
Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.
• Parents or guardians can initiate the screening process by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or Assistant Principal by April 15, annually.
• The AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form may be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs-aap/advanced-academic-program-aap-forms or by searching “AAP Forms” at https://www.fcps.edu/.
• Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.
Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services
Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.
Appeals Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services
If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher or Assistant Principal.

 

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services Overview


***Subject Specific and Part-Time Services in Elementary School


FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students. Students have:
• Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
• A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.
Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:
Updated 3/13/2023
Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)
All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.
• All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
• Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.
Because Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.
Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)
Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:
• Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
• Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
• Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.
Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)
Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.
• Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
• Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.
Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.


Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services


***Screening Timeline for Full-Time Services


Screening for full-time (level IV) AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for full-time (level IV) services occurs during two specific screening cycles:
• Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
ο Fall referrals are due October 15, annually.
• Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.
ο The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.
For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.
Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)
Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).
Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:
• Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
• Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.
Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal, [email protected]

Liz Manning, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades - Manning, [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or compliments, please email me at [email protected].  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued partnership in their education.  

From Many, We are ONE!  Team Glen Forest!  #GFeaglessoar

Warmly, 

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Your Proud Principal

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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DATE CORRECTION: 3/18/24 News From the Nest: Family Edition

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements2 months 3 weeks ago

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3/18/24

Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

Sorry for the confusion regarding Kindergarten Orientation.  The paragraph below had "Monday" instead of "Tuesday."   It has been corrected.

Kindergarten Orientation - NEW DATE

Spread the word!  Kindergarten Orientation will be TUESDAY, April 2nd from 3:00pm-4:00pm.  (Originally April 1st)  Parents and rising kindergarten students are invited to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and take a bus ride through the neighborhood.  

Mark Your Calendars!

PTO Meeting, 3/19 at 7:30pm via Zoom

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93477400889

Wednesday, 3/20 - Family Food Market @ 5:30pm-7:00pm in the cafe

Friday, 3/22 - Last Day of Quarter 3

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29 - SPRING BREAK - No School

Monday, 4/1 and Tuesday, 4/2 - Teacher Workdays - No School

Tuesday, 4/2 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 3:00pm-4:00pm

Wednesday, 4/10 - Student Holiday - No School

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal, [email protected]

Liz Manning, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades - Manning, [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or compliments, please email me at [email protected].  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued partnership in their education.  

From Many, We are ONE!  Team Glen Forest!  #GFeaglessoar

Warmly, 

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Your Proud Principal

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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3/18/24 News From the Nest: Family Edition

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3/18/24

Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

Neurodiversity Celebration Week!

Neurodiversity Celebration Week is March 18th to 22nd!  FCPS created this poster to support FCPS’ equity efforts and foster awareness and appreciation for the diverse spectrum of human uniqueness in all spaces during and extending beyond the week of celebration.  We celebrate our Glen Forest Eagles for who they are and how they learn!

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” ~Alexander den Heijer

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

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

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!  The survey is open until March 22nd!

Message from the PTO 

Please join us tomorrow night at 7:30pm via Zoom for our PTO Meeting.

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93477400889

 

Items to be discussed are as follows:

Spring Clubs/Bingo Night Recap

Spring Elections

5th Grade Promotion

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Fun Run

Volunteer Opportunities/Donations Needed

 

We hope to "see" you tomorrow night.  All are welcome!

Katie McGrorey

President GFES PTO

Friendly Reminder - Check in at Front Office

If you are visiting Glen Forest, please check in at the front office with your photo ID before going anywhere in the building.  This is critical in order to keep our building safe, our staff safe, and your children safe.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Attendance Updates

Currently, we have a chronic absenteeism rate of 19%.  This mean that these students have missed 10% of school so far.  If your child has missed 11 or more days of school so far, they are considered chronically absent, which significantly disrupts their learning. 

Did you know that missing just 2 days of school each month causes a student to miss 30 hours of math instruction and 60 hours of reading and writing instruction.  Attendance is critical to student success.  Remember...its' cool to be in school!

If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance.

Kindergarten Orientation - NEW DATE

Spread the word!  Kindergarten Orientation will be Monday, April 2nd from 3:00pm-4:00pm.  (Originally April 1st)  Parents and rising kindergarten students are invited to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and take a bus ride through the neighborhood.  

Mark Your Calendars!

PTO Meeting, 3/19 at 7:30pm via Zoom

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93477400889

Wednesday, 3/20 - Family Food Market @ 5:30pm-7:00pm in the cafe

Friday, 3/22 - Last Day of Quarter 3

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29 - SPRING BREAK - No School

Monday, 4/1 and Tuesday, 4/2 - Teacher Workdays - No School

Tuesday, 4/2 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 3:00pm-4:00pm

Wednesday, 4/10 - Student Holiday - No School

Free Online Tutoring

FCPS students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  Visit this link to find out more information! 

23-24 SIIP (School Improvement & Innovation Plan) 

Our SIIP is now posted on our school website at this link. We have 3 goals (1 reading, 1 math, and absenteeism) which are directly aligned to the new FCPS Strategic Plan. Visit this site to learn more about the Strategic Plan. 

A team of staff members started to analyze data this past July, and these findings are what helped drive our SIIP plan. Region 2 leaders also provided input and feedback.  The plan will be monitored every quarter.  

Follow Glen Forest on social media! Look for updates and reminders and get a peek at what is happening in classrooms and around the school!  Look for "Glen Forest Elementary School" on Facebook and Instagram and click follow!

What will your child be learning this year

You can visit this link on the FCPS website to see the elementary school academics by grade level.  

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal, [email protected]

Liz Manning, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades - Manning, [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or compliments, please email me at [email protected].  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued partnership in their education.  

From Many, We are ONE!  Team Glen Forest!  #GFeaglessoar

Warmly, 

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Your Proud Principal

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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3/3/24 News From the Nest: Family Edition

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3/3/24

Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

 

Author Jarrett Krosoczka visited our school on Friday, March 1st.  Students enjoyed an assembly where he talked about his journey as an author and each student received a signed copy of one of his books!  Visit his website at this link to learn more about Jarrett.  Thank you to Title 1 for funding an exciting experience for our students! 

It's Read Across America Spirit Week!

Glen Forest will be celebrating reading this week with a reading challenge and spirit days with the goal to inspire children to read every day all year round.

Each day your child will be coming home with a reading minute tracker for you to sign each night. If your child’s class reaches their minute goal for reading at home each day
then on Friday, they will receive a popcorn party!

MONDAY - Reading Gives Us a Bright Future!
Theme: Wear a college shirt or your Glen Forest gear
Challenge: Read a new genre you haven’t read in awhile

TUESDAY - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

WEDNESDAY - Hats off to Reading!
Theme: Wear your favorite hat
Challenge: Trade books with a friend to read something new

THURSDAY - Pajama Day
Theme: Get cozy in your pajamas and read your favorite book
Challenge: Find a calm and quiet spot to read in your classroom

FRIDAY - Book Character Day
Theme: Dress like your favorite book character
Challenge: Read a book your character is in

LET'S READ!

PTO Bingo - This Friday, March 8th

We hope to see you Friday for our annual PTO Bingo!  Food trucks, raffle prizes, Bingo prizes, and tons of fun!  Please see the fliers that have been sent home for more details.

Food Trucks from 5:30pm-6:30pm

Games Begin at 6:30pm

Good luck!

PTO Clubs Start This Week

Last chance to sign up for Spring PTO clubs!  Clubs start this Thursday, March 7 (K-2 run club starts at 8 am.  All other clubs start after school with pick up at exactly 5:30).

Space is still available for -

3rd, 4th and 5th grade Justice STEM- work with Justice High School students (under a teacher's supervision) each week on exciting hands on experiments, coding, robotics and more!

Running Clubs (k-2  meet Tues and Thurs before school from 8-9 am/3-5 grade meets Thursdays after school with pick up at 5:30) Learn about running while having fun with friends to work toward the Glen Forest Fun Run held May 11!

Story Stretchers- Have fun with different stories through crafts and play while working in your reading

Readers Theater- Calling all actors!  Act out your favorite stories with your friends

Chess- Are you a grandmaster?  Learn how to play chess and battle your friends!

Sign up and check for space online at www.ptaglenforest.org

Hope to see you Thursday!

Attendance Updates

Currently, we have a chronic absenteeism rate of 20%.  This mean that these students have missed 10% of school so far.  If your child has missed 11 or more days of school so far, they are considered chronically absent, which significantly disrupts their learning. 

Did you know that missing just 2 days of school each month causes a student to miss 30 hours of math instruction and 60 hours of reading and writing instruction.  Attendance is critical to student success.  Remember...its' cool to be in school!

If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance.

Kindergarten Orientation

Spread the word!  Kindergarten Orientation will be Monday, April 1st from 9:00am-10:00am.  Parents and rising kindergarten students are invited to meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and take a bus ride through the neighborhood.  

Mark Your Calendars!

Tuesday, 3/5 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

Thursday, 3/7 - PTO Clubs Begin

Friday, 3/8 - PTO Bingo @ 6:00pm

Friday, 3/15 - 1st Grade Family Engagement Event @ 10:00am-11:00

Wednesday, 3/20 - Family Food Market @ 5:30pm-7:00pm in the cafe

Monday, 3/25 - Friday, 3/29 - SPRING BREAK - No School

Monday, 4/1 and Tuesday, 4/2 - Teacher Workdays - No School

Monday, 4/1 - Kindergarten Orientation @ 9:00am-10:00am 

Free Online Tutoring

FCPS students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  Visit this link to find out more information! 

23-24 SIIP (School Improvement & Innovation Plan) 

Our SIIP is now posted on our school website at this link. We have 3 goals (1 reading, 1 math, and absenteeism) which are directly aligned to the new FCPS Strategic Plan. Visit this site to learn more about the Strategic Plan. 

A team of staff members started to analyze data this past July, and these findings are what helped drive our SIIP plan. Region 2 leaders also provided input and feedback.  The plan will be monitored every quarter.  

Follow Glen Forest on social media! Look for updates and reminders and get a peek at what is happening in classrooms and around the school!  Look for "Glen Forest Elementary School" on Facebook and Instagram and click follow!

What will your child be learning this year

You can visit this link on the FCPS website to see the elementary school academics by grade level.  

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal, [email protected]

Liz Manning, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades - Manning, [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or compliments, please email me at [email protected].  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued partnership in their education.  

From Many, We are ONE!  Team Glen Forest!  #GFeaglessoar

Warmly, 

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Your Proud Principal

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

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2/26/24 News From the Nest: Family Edition

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2/26/24

Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

Author Visit Assembly!

Author Jarrett Krosoczka will be visiting our school on Friday, March 1st.  Students will attend an assembly where he talks about his journey as an author and each student will receive a signed copy of one of his books!  Visit his website at this link to learn more about Jarrett.  This experience has been paid for through Title 1. 

PTO Updates

Please join us tomorrow night (Tuesday, 2/27) for the PTO Meeting at 7:30pm via Zoom at the link below.  All are welcome!

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93477400889

 

Spring PTO After School Club sign ups are going on now!  New!!  Register online!  See what's available, register, pay and receive confirmation in one easy spot.  See the QR code below or visit www.ptaglenforest.org to see open spots and sign up!

New club!  We are so excited to partner with Justice High School to offer STEM clubs for 3,4 and 5 graders.  Students will partner with Justice High Schoolers on weekly coding, experiments, robotics and other exciting hands on activities. GFES teachers will also be part of the STEM clubs! 

We also have:

Lego Robotics grades 1-3: students will use Lego kits to build robots

Art grades 3-5:  weekly hands on art projects

Running clubs k-2 meet Tues and Thurs before school/3-5 meet Thurs after school:  students train to run longer and stronger for an optional 5K at the end of the season

Readers theater grades 1-2: students read, create crafts and act out different stories

Story Stretchers grades k-2: students will work on reading skills while enjoying activities/crafts that go along with the stories

Soccer grades 1-3:  students work on soccer skills and teamwork

Chess grades 4-5: students learn the strategies and basics of chess playing with friends

Eagle Fun, Art, and Soccer are full already!  Register online to confirm your spot!  Can't register online?  We are accepting paper forms with payment, but these are processed on a first come/first served basis.  All clubs meet Thursdays after school until 5:30 pm March 7-May 2 with the exception of K-2 run club noted above.  Questions?  Email [email protected].

Family Engagement Opportunities

Over the past few weeks, Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade have invited our families to come in and see what we've been learning.  

Our Kindergarten students began with a driving question: How can we as a global community raise awareness and bring about exposure to different cultures where everyone feels seen and represented?

The kindergarten team along with students, and Specialists traveled to different countries by virtual airplane/flight simulator. Students selected and decorated a country of their choice to represent their country and showcase the country in the hallway. Classes traveled to different classrooms with their passports and learned about the culture through foods, games, artifacts, toys. 

Our 2nd graders were weather reporters and shared with their families through oral presentations and posters characteristics of extreme weather, and 3rd graders created and hosted n Ancient China showcase to include research (done individually) and posters (completed collaboratively in small groups).

Thank you to all of the families who were able to come.  The students are proud of their accomplishments and get very excited to share!  First, fourth and fifth grade parents, stay tunned for your invitations!

Attendance Updates

Currently, we have a chronic absenteeism rate of 20%.  This mean that these students have missed 10% of school so far.  If your child has missed 11 or more days of school so far, they are considered chronically absent, which significantly disrupts their learning. 

Did you know that missing just 2 days of school each month causes a student to miss 30 hours of math instruction and 60 hours of reading and writing instruction.  Attendance is critical to student success.  Remember...its' cool to be in school!

If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance.

Free Online Tutoring

FCPS students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. Tutoring may be on-demand and/or scheduled at a time convenient for the student and/or family.  Visit this link to find out more information! 

23-24 SIIP (School Improvement & Innovation Plan) 

Our SIIP is now posted on our school website at this link. We have 3 goals (1 reading, 1 math, and absenteeism) which are directly aligned to the new FCPS Strategic Plan. Visit this site to learn more about the Strategic Plan. 

A team of staff members started to analyze data this past July, and these findings are what helped drive our SIIP plan. Region 2 leaders also provided input and feedback.  The plan will be monitored every quarter.  

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, 2/29 - Family Engagement Meeting - Topic: GFES Rules and Regulations hosted by AP, Mr. Musgnug and Dean, Mr. DeMesme @10:00am in the cafe of via Zoom at: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91858978715

Tuesday, 3/5 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

Thursday, 3/7 - PTO Clubs Begin

Friday, 3/8 - PTO Bingo @ 6:00pm

Wednesday, 3/20 - Family Food Market @ 5:30pm-7:00pm in the cafe

Follow Glen Forest on social media! Look for updates and reminders and get a peek at what is happening in classrooms and around the school!  Look for "Glen Forest Elementary School" on Facebook and Instagram and click follow!

What will your child be learning this year

You can visit this link on the FCPS website to see the elementary school academics by grade level.  

Glen Forest Administration:

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Principal, [email protected]

Liz Manning, Assistant Principal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades - Manning, [email protected] 

Chris Musgnug, Assistant Principal for Kindergarten, 4th, and 5th Grade, [email protected]

Jessica Green, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and Special Education, [email protected]

Rashad DeMesme, Dean of Students for all Grades, [email protected]

If you have any comments, concerns, questions, or compliments, please email me at [email protected].  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for your continued partnership in their education.  

From Many, We are ONE!  Team Glen Forest!  #GFeaglessoar

Warmly, 

Dee Dee Herndon-Wilson, Your Proud Principal

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

Attendance: Submit Online or Call 703.578.8019 

Web Twitter | Facebook

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