Principal's Newsletter - English

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements1 week ago

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Greetings, Glen Forest Families!

We hope this newsletter finds you and your family well.  Please know that our school community is thriving!  Heading into the 2nd quarter, your child’s teacher(s) have been busy digging into student progress data and are strategically planning how to move each one forward.  Thank you for the support you provide for your child’s education because you are an important part.  We look forward to the day when we are back to “normal” so that we can invite you in to see all of the wonderful teaching and learning happening here at GFES!  In the meantime, reach out to your child’s teacher with questions and initiate conversations with your children in the evenings.  Here are some ideas to get the conversation going:

What did you learn today?  What are you finding difficult?  What subject do you feel confident in?  How are your relationships with your teachers and classmates going?  

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments at dlherndonwi1@fcps.edu.  Goooo Eagles!  #GFeaglessoar

Educationally yours,

Diane “Dee Dee” Herndon-Wilson, Proud Principal

Bus Behavior Update

We are continuing to work with our students about safe and appropriate bus behavior.  Unfortunately, we are receiving numerous violation referrals, such as standing up while the bus is in motion, inappropriate language, and unnecessary physical contact.  We want our eagles to be the best they can be and we ask for your help.  Please review with your children the importance of staying seated, keeping hands and feet to yourself, and using appropriate language.  After Thanksgiving Break, all students will have assigned seats to better support safety.  If a student cannot remain safe, a temporary suspension from the bus is possible.  In this case, the parent would need to transport the student to and from school.  Thank you so much for your support.  We are a team!

Thanksgiving Break

In honor of the Thanksgiving Break, there will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 24, 25 and 26.  School will resume on Monday, November 29.  From our school to your homes, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you Know?????

There is a way for parents to check on their child’s school progress and attendance with just one click on your computer?  Yes and it’s super easy!   Please check out this short video on all the benefits from having a Parent Vue account.   Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwkkemipws

I would like to encourage you to create a Parent Vue account today if you have not already done so.  If you need assistance in doing this, please call the main office at 703-578-8000.  This is an excellent way to keep the parent-school partnership strong.

Student Covid Vaccine

Beginning Tuesday, November 16, the Fairfax Health District and FCPS will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, at ten clinics located at schools across Fairfax County. All children are welcome, and a parent or responsible adult must accompany them. We are encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated as a way to keep our schools open and safe as we come out of the pandemic.The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website.

Find out if you can schedule your child’s COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time.

Local pediatricians share their advice for children with underlying health concerns, and if your child can get the flu shot at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine in this short video.

Student Covid Testing

Pre-registration for optional COVID-19 screening testing for students began last week. Parents and guardians may pre-register their child(ren)and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination status and consent for testing.

Mark Your December Calendars

December 8 @ 10 am - Parent Connection Meeting - topic: mental health

December 10 @ 6pm-8pm - “Cool Reads” Virtual Family Event.  More details coming home via email and Tuesday folder.

December 15 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm - Family Food Market

December 18 - January 2 - WINTER BREAK!!!

January 15 - Picture Make-Up Date

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

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GFES: Family Life Education - parent info meeting/preview

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements1 week 4 days ago

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Click here for ZOOM meeting link: 

Haga clic aquí para ver el enlace de la reunión ZOOM:

انقر هنا لتكبير ارتباط الاجتماع:  

 https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93431324962?pwd=cnBQWHY3OW9nMktUaDdOb2djYmF4Zz09

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GFES: Advanced Academics Newsletter - ENGLISH

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements2 weeks ago

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Advanced

Academics

Program

Newsletter

Level IV Referral Information

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Level IV information meeting on Tuesday evening. In case you missed it, a county video reviewing the same information can be found on our GFES Schoology site.

 

**As a reminder, the Level IV referral deadline for students in Grades 2-5 is Wednesday, December 15, 2021.**

 

No referrals will be accepted after the deadline. We ask that parents/guardians complete the AAP Level IV Referral Form as well as the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire which can both be accessed using the link below, or by searching “AAP Forms” on the www.fcps.edu website.

 

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

 

News from our Level IV Classrooms

 

5th Grade: Level IV Classroom:

Students have been engaged in a wide range of fun and challenging activities across reading, writing, math and science. As a culminating activity for our creative writing unit, students created Dodecahedron Summary Cubes to compare the classic Cinderella story to a Fractured Fairy Tale version. Students explored a variety of both traditional and fractured fairy tales to inspire them.This project enabled students to combine their writing and artistic talents to create wonderful masterpieces.

Students created amazing book projects for Literature Circles. At the completion of their novels students had the opportunity to select a project of their choice to showcase their book. These projects included Body Summaries, MindMaps, and Scrapbooks to name a few. Students were encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to bring these books to life and they did!

We enjoyed reading The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe as our Socratic Seminar last week. Students tackled this poetic masterpiece with deep questioning which got to the crux of the story. They enjoyed dissecting this text and investigating the meaning and symbolism while utilizing an AAP strategy called, C.S.I. (Color, Symbol & Image) in which students selected the best color, symbol and image to represent this text.

 

In math students utilized Frayer Models to capture their thinking around math vocabulary. This graphic organizer helped students to think outside of the box and create both examples and non-examples of exponents. Students worked collaboratively to come with their definitions and characteristics of this important mathematical concept.

 

Our oceans science unit has inspired students to figure out ways they can become stewards of our planet and protect our oceans from plastic pollution. To encourage their passion for our blue planet students in Mrs. McLarty’s class engaged in a Trash Bash to help clean-up the school campus!

4th Grade Level IV Classroom

The first quarter focus for the 4th grade Level IV Classroom was the concept of change and systems. This year’s curriculum focus is a two hour Interdisciplinary Workshop of language arts, VA Studies, and science; and Advanced Math. In Math, the students have been using the Mentoring Mathematical Minds (M3) Factors, Multiples, and Leftovers unit to begin their study of multiplication and division.

 

Students in Mrs. Kendrick’s classroom started the year with a PBL, with the driving question “How can we, as a new class, change the classroom community so that everyone feels included, affirmed, and safe so we can all learn together? As the class culminating project, the students decided to create a book outlining classroom procedures. The book was titled “A Guidebook to Success in Room 313.” Their next PBL was the culminating project for the study of the Native Peoples of Virginia. The driving question was “How can you, as a museum curator, create a virtual exhibit that shows how Native Peoples used the 5 regions of what is now Virginia to live and thrive in the past, and how they are living and thriving today?” Each student presented a virtual museum to show how the Native Peoples lived in the past and how they are living and thriving today.

 

In addition, the students began their study of grammar with a look at some Latin stems. Using Michael Clay Thompson’s Grammar Town, Mrs. Kendrick’s 4th graders are learning to recognize and use the 8 parts of speech. The students are very excited that book clubs have begun! These student-led book clubs promote inquiry thinking and allow the students to openly discuss the texts. Stay tuned for more on their book clubs!

 

3rd grade Level IV Classroom

The first quarter focus for the 3rd grade Level IV Classroom was the concept of change. This year’s curriculum focus is a two hour Interdisciplinary Workshop of language arts, social studies, and science; and Advanced Math. The 3rd graders, in Mrs. Gundlach’s class, have been learning about the parts of speech through activities in Michael Clay Thompson’s Grammar Island. Using a selection of stories, the students learned to apply the concept of change by identifying the following change generalizations in each story:

  1. Change is everywhere.
  2. Change can be positive or negative.
  3. Change is linked to time.
  4. Change may be perceived as orderly or random.
  5. Change may happen naturally or be caused by people.

 

As they begin the 2nd quarter, the 3rd graders will begin their first PBL focused on their study of world geography. Stay tuned to read about the culminating projects for this PBL “A Narrative Adventure-A Trip All Over the World”.

 

 

Other AAP Happenings at GFES

 

First Grade Math

 

Students in first grade are engaging in an M2 Geometry unit called Exploring Shape Games: Geometry with Imi and Zani. M2 units are designed for advanced learners, but are accessible to ALL learners, as teachers work to meet students where they are. Throughout the unit, students help out two characters named Imi and Zani, all while learning how to classify shapes by their attributes (sides, angles, and vertices). Students will play games, sort and group shapes, and learn vocabulary, all in an engaging way.

 

1st and 2nd Grade Young Scholars

 

We are excited to begin our weekly Young Scholars groups in 1st and 2nd grade! Throughout the year, Young Scholars will be working on activities to sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills.

 

This week in 2nd grade, students read a book called Take Away the A. They were then challenged to turn one word into a new word by removing a letter, and drawing a picture to go along with it. For example, CROWN becomes CROW by removing the letter N.Students might then draw a crow wearing a crown.

 

This week in 1st grade, we read a book called The Beautiful Oops. In this book, every mistake is turned into a new masterpiece! The students were then challenged to use the Critical and Creative Thinking skill Visualization. They looked at a squiggle (Our version of an “oops” mistake), and visualized it as something else by adding on to the squiggle to create a new picture. Next week students will work to add details and refine their designs. We’re looking forward to a great year of learning with our 1st and 2nd grade Young Scholars!

 

We look forward to sharing more great news with you next month!

Your Advanced Academic Resource Teachers,

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Rothman, and Ms. Ulsh

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GFES: AAP Parent Info Meeting for Grades 2-5 VIRTUAL

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements2 weeks 4 days ago

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GLEN FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LEVEL 4 Advanced Academic Program (AAP) PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT

 

At this meeting, Parents of 2nd-5th grade students will learn about Fairfax County’s AAP Level IV Referral, Screening, and Identification Process. Spanish and Arabic translators will be available.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

6:30-7:30 PM

Access via Zoom Link:

 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98500596417?pwd=a1prWXd6SktwTGNEaDVpM3FNUi84dz09

 

مدرسة غلين فورست الابتدائية

 

المستوى 4 البرنامج الأكاديمي المتقدم (AAP) معلومات ولي الأمر ليلاً

 

في هذا الاجتماع ، آباء 2 اختصار الثاني -5 ذ سيتعرف طلاب الصف على عملية الإحالة والفحص وتحديد الهوية من AAP في مقاطعة Fairfax. سيتوفر مترجمون إسبانيون وعربيون.

 

الثلاثاء 9 نوفمبر 2021

 

6:30 - 7:30 مساءً

 

الوصول عبر رابط التكبير:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98500596417?pwd=a1prWXd6SktwTGNEaDVpM3FNUi84dz09

 

ESCUELA PRIMARIA GLEN FOREST

 

NOCHE DE INFORMACIÓN PARA PADRES del Programa Académico Avanzado (AAP) de NIVEL 4

 

En esta reunión, los padres de 2 Dakota del Norte -5 th Los estudiantes de grado aprenderán sobre el proceso de identificación, evaluación y derivación de nivel IV de la AAP del condado de Fairfax. Habrá traductores de español y árabe disponibles.

 

Martes, 9 de noviembre de 2021

 

6: 30-7: 30 p. M.

 

Acceso a través de Zoom Link:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/98500596417?pwd=a1prWXd6SktwTGNEaDVpM3FNUi84dz09

 

 

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GFES: Behavior Wellness Team newsletter - ENGLISH

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements1 month ago

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Greetings from the Behavior Wellness Team! The Behavior Wellness Team supports students, families, and staff with their social emotional needs. Listed below is our contact information and a brief description of our roles. 

 

Lauren Allen

School Behavior Resource Teacher

Grades PK-5

lhallen@fcps.edu

Kiera Guralnik

School Counselor

Grades Pre-K, K, 4, 5

krguralnik@fcps.edu

Sarah Jacoby

School Counselor

Grades 1, 2, 3

scjacoby@fcps.

edu

Erica Ruja

School Psychologist

Grades PK-5

eruja@fcps.edu

Michelle Wenz

School Social Worker

Grades PK-5

mdwenz@fcps.

edu

Behavior Specialist: 

The primary objective of this position is to support teachers and students in their refinement of school-wide expectations and routines. The behavior specialist will provide students with the structures and behavior supports so that they may access curriculum and social opportunities. 

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 wellness and success. 

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. 

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 in the 5th 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: “Positivity In Action.” In September classes explored the "other people mindset,” and the character strengths curiosity and teamwork. This year P2 has launched P2 for Families. Check out https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/  for a way to engage with your child about what they are learning in school! Make sure you are logged into your child’s FCPS gmail account to see the resources. 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL):

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). 

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These skills are important for collaboration and perspective taking. They also help students manage their feelings, address challenges, and reach their goals.

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GFES: Family Food Market - TOMORROW evening

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Family Food Market @ GFES

Tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5:30 - 7:00 pm

سوق أغذية الأسرة @ GFES

غدا!

الأربعاء 20 أكتوبر 2021

5:30 - 7:00

Mercado de alimentos para la familia en GFES

¡Mañana!

Miércoles, 20 de octubre de 2021

5:30 - 7:00 pm

 

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GFES: Principal's Newsletter

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements1 month 1 week ago

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Good evening, Glen Forest families!

It’s been a great week at Glen Forest ES!  I appreciate all of your support with your child’s education.  We are here to partner with you to make the learning experience as successful as can be.  Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments at dlherndonwi1@fcps.edu.  Goooo Eagles!  #GFeaglessoar

Mark your calendars!  The “Book Character Bus Tour” is coming to a neighborhood near you soon!  On Saturday, October 29th between 10:00am - 12:30 pm, some of our Glen Forest staff members and I will be traveling on school buses throughout the neighborhoods to come read to our students and to hand out books for them to keep at home and enjoy with their families.   A detailed itinerary will be sent home in the Tuesday folder next week!  We hope that you and your student(s) can come enjoy listening to stories and to receive a book to keep!   

Parent & Family Engagement Survey

Glen Forest ES is a Title 1 School and with this designation, parents are a vital part of the educational process.  We greatly value and appreciate parent & family involvement, engagement and input.  Please take a few minutes to provide your thoughts on how best GFES can achieve a strong school-home connection to benefit your children and our students.

Survey link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqg7ugNMa6P-BxgUhuSJf1MFVUeQol8yMCJP6sbQ0-YhWm0A/viewform

Progress Reports

The 1st quarter ends on Friday, October 29, 2021.  Progress reports will be available online for parents to view via your ParentVue account on Saturday, November 6, 2021.   Paper progress reports will be sent home on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Family Food Market

GFES will host its 1st Family Food Market for this school year on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 ~ 5:30-7:00 pm.  This year it is a contactless food market where families can drive up and pre-boxed/pre-bagged groceries will be placed in your car.  Please watch your emails for all future Family Food Market dates.

The annual GFES Scholastic Book Fair will be held the week of October 25 - 29, 2201.  Students will be attending the Book Fair in our library during school days that week.  We encourage students to shop for and purchase books of their choice for pleasure reading.  Due to Covid protocols, we are not able to have a Parents’ Night nor allow parents to attend the Book Fair during the school day this year.  Reading is so important and we hope you will allow your child(ren) to participate in this Book Fair.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Membership

Please consider joining the GFES PTO Today!  Family membership is only $25.00 per family.  Your membership dues and donations help pay for:

  • Teacher Support – funds for classroom supplies, decorations, games, etc.
  • Field Trip Transportation
  • School beautification
  • Teacher appreciation

Your membership dues provide you with:

  • Concession discounts at PTO-sponsored events
  • Early registration and discounted cost of PTO-sponsored after-school programs

You can pay cash, check or online via PayPay:

PTO Meeting Reminder

Parents are invited to the next GFES PTO meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 6 pm.  This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please join us using this link:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91943872729?pwd=ZmcxNTh2cGd5Q0tNY0ZKK2pNNlR4Zz09

Calendar Reminders

Friday, October 29, 2021 

2 hour early release date; dismissal at 2:05 pm

Monday, November 1, 2021 

Student holiday for end of 1st quarter

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 

Student holiday for end of 1st quarter

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 

Start of 2nd quarter - students back to school

Thursday, November 11, 2021 

2 hour early release date; dismissal at 2:05 pm

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GFES: Principal-Parent Coffee Chat - please join me

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Please join me for a Parent/Principal Coffee on Friday, October 15th at 11:00 for a Q&A Session!  I can answer COVID related questions and concerns.  To join me, please use this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93960957283?pwd=aWJQVXk2SDRNdVNDNTJyMy9pbU1xZz09&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

 

يرجى الانضمام إلي للحصول على قهوة الوالدين / الرئيسية يوم الجمعة ، 15 أكتوبر في الساعة 11:00 لجلسة أسئلة وأجوبة! يمكنني الإجابة على الأسئلة والمخاوف المتعلقة بـ COVID. للانضمام إلي ، يرجى استخدام هذا الرابط: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93960957283؟pwd=aWJQVXk2SDRNdVNDNTJyMy9pbU1xZz09

 

¡Por favor, acompáñenme a un café para padres / directores el viernes 15 de octubre a las 11:00 para una sesión de preguntas y respuestas! Puedo responder preguntas e inquietudes relacionadas con COVID. Para unirse a mí, utilice este enlace: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93960957283?pwd=aWJQVXk2SDRNdVNDNTJyMy9pbU1xZz09

 

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GFES: Principal's Parent Newsletter - ENGLISH

Glen Forest ES News and Announcements1 month 2 weeks ago

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October 8, 2021

Good evening, Glen Forest families!

I am proud to say that we have had a very successful first month of school!  Despite navigating the pandemic and wearing masks all day, it is so refreshing to have all of our Eagles in the building under one roof.  Thank you for sharing your children with us and entrusting us with their education.  We value and love each and every one of them.   

Our teachers have been busy building relationships with your students, as well as assessing where they are in the learning process.  If your child’s teacher had any concerns, either academically or with work habits, you should have received an interim in the Tuesday folder on October 5th.  Please review the interim, sign that you acknowledge, and return to school.  An interim is one important communication tool to inform parents about their children’s progress.  You will be contacted soon to schedule a virtual parent-teacher conference by the end of the first quarter.  

PTO Membership Drive - Hopefully you have seen two fliers in the Tuesday folders asking for your family to join the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization).  Our PTO supports your students by   The class in each grade level with the most memberships by October 29th will have a Popsicles Party, compliments of the PTO!  Since the fee is $25 per family, each one of your children’s classrooms will receive credit for signing up.  Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO!

Family Life Education

Families wishing to preview the Family Life Education lessons, please visit the Parent Preview - FLE Instruction folder in the All Parents Schoology Course. Lessons have been shared for students in grades K-12. Opt-out forms can be found by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders:  Please make sure your child arrives on time to school if he/she is a walker or Kiss N Ride.  Our doors open at 9:08am and the late bell rings at 9:20am.  Our teachers start the day right away and sometimes a child can feel a bit anxious if he/she has missed announcements or directions.  If a bus arrives on campus after 9:20am, they will not be counted tardy.  In the afternoon, we dismiss at 4:05pm.  We ask that you are here on time if you pick up your child.  Thank  you so much for your cooperation.  

COVID Updates -  We continue to take safety measures in response to the pandemic.  Hand washing, hand sanitizing, cleaning surfaces, and extra spacing at lunch remains a priority.  Please know that our students, your children, are doing a wonderful job following the guidelines.

If we have a positive case at Glen Forest ES, I will communicate this to you on Friday of that week.  If your child has been considered a “close contact” to a COVID-positive person, you will be informed and your student will most likely be put on “pause” while the Fairfax County Health Department conducts their investigation.  While “paused,” the classroom teacher will be offering either recording of the math and language arts lesson or a live stream.  Also available will be asynchronous activities.  Clearance to return to the school comes from the Health Department, not the school.  If I am notified before the family that the student is cleared, I will let you know.  At times, the family may find out before the school and vice versa. 

New Staff Position, COVID Case Manager:  The county has provided funding for every school to hire a COVID Case Manager.  We have hired Dr. Vanessa Cossio.  Her role is to assess students with COVID-like symptoms and communicate with families, staff, and the Health Department when necessary.  If you are asked to come pick up your child, she is likely the person to bring you your child and explain the process for being able to return to school.  If you need to contact her, her email is vcossio@fcps.edu.  We are very appreciative of her expertise and support.

Please join me for a Parent/Principal Coffee on Friday, October 15th at 11:00 for a Q&A Session!  I can answer COVID related questions and concerns.  To join me, please use this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/93960957283?pwd=aWJQVXk2SDRNdVNDNTJyMy9pbU1xZz09

I appreciate all of your support with your child’s education.  We are here to partner with you to make the learning experience as successful as can be.  Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or compliments at dlherndonwi1@fcps.edu.  Goooo Eagles!  #GFeaglessoar

Educationally yours, 

Diane “Dee Dee” Herndon-Wilson

Principal

Be Informed, Stay Involved!

Keep your contact information up-to-date

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GFES: Advanced Academics Program Newsletter - ENGLISH

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Advanced Academics @ GFES

We’ve truly enjoyed engaging with all students so far this year. We are looking forward to more learning to come! Thank you to everyone who attended our AAP information session on September 21st. Please see our October Newsletter below.

AAP Experience Overview

Each quarter, all students in grades K-5 will be working on an AAP experience in their classrooms. Advanced Academic Resource Teachers are working with classroom teachers to provide these opportunities for students. In the first quarter, each grade level will engage in a reading comprehension program called Jacob’s Ladder Affective. In addition to reading comprehension, this program focuses on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Below is a highlight of each grade level’s Jacob’s Ladder lesson.

Kindergarten: Kindergarten students have been enjoying reading Kitten's Full Moon, a story about perseverance and determination. Students then investigated the story using a set of affective questions from the Jacob’s Ladder curriculum. Through this exercise students will communicate and collaborate to dig deeper into the story while making connections with characters and discussing how they change in a story. Students will also be discussing the social and emotional journey of each main character and making connections to their personal lives.

1st Grade: In first grade, students will be reading a book called Owen by Kevin Henkes. After reading the story together, students will discuss what it means to be comforted, and list ways in which the main character is provided with comfort. They will then connect it to their own lives and provide Owen with some advice. This activity allows students to form strong connections between reading and emotions.

2nd Grade: In second grade, students will begin by reading a book called Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. They will then explore what it might feel like to have an idea that you can’t explain or act upon. Finally, they will share their thinking with their classmates, and use critical and creative thinking to develop their own Ish creation based on what they read in the book.

3rd grade: In third grade, students will listen to a story called After The Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Up Again) by Dan Santat. Before reading the story together, the students will discuss the definition of fear and make connections to something they fear. After the story is read, the students will discuss Humpty’s fear and how Humpty overcame his fear. Using the Affective Jacob’s Ladder Recognizing and Analyzing Adverse Situations and Challenges, students will discuss Humpty’s greatest challenge. As a culminating project, students will write about a fear that they had and how they overcame it.

4th Grade: In fourth grade, students will watch the short Pixar movie Geri’s Game. This movie does not have words and is an excellent way for all students to discuss the movie from multiple perspectives. After watching the movie, students will use the questions from the Affective Jacob’s Ladder to discuss the social and emotional journey of Geri and compare his journey to their own lives. After the discussion, the students will write a letter to Geri giving him possible solutions.    

5th Grade: Fifth graders enjoyed Geri’s Game, a Pixar short film about the impact of relationships. Students then investigated the story using a set of affective questions from the Jacob’s Ladder curriculum. Through this exercise students will communicate and collaborate to dig deeper into the story while making connections with characters and discussing how they change in a story. Students will also be discussing the social and emotional journey of each main character and making connections to their personal lives.

 

Schoology

Thank you again to everyone who was able to attend our AAP information session. If you missed it, don’t worry! You can find the recording on our Glen Forest Schoology site. Speaking of Schoology, we invite you to join our Glen Forest AAP Schoology group! Here you can find information related specifically to Advanced Academics, such as important dates, forms, information session recordings, links, and newsletters like this one. To join, see the direction below.

 

To join an existing Group:

  • Click Groups at the top of Schoology.
  • Select My Groups.
  • Click Join Group on the right.
  • Enter the Group Access Code (NCQR-2BGP-348KH).
  • Click Join.

 

Testing Updates

*CogAT - The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice K-12 assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions. The CogAT is a group-administered aptitude test which is one measure that helps to identify students for the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in FCPS. Students in grades 2-5 without a CogAT score will be taking this test in school starting the week of October 12th through October 22nd.

*NNAT - The Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is a nonverbal test used for qualifying K-12 students for AAP. It is a group-administered aptitude test which utilizes shapes and figures to evaluate the problem-solving and reasoning abilities of a child without relying on their language skills which assesses how a student thinks instead of what a student knows. Students in grades 2-5 without a NNAT score will be taking this test in school starting the week of November 15th-19th.

 

SAVE THE DATE

The AAP Level IV Parent Information Night is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, 2021, from 6:30-7:30 PM, via Zoom. This meeting is open to parents of 2nd-5th grade students who are interested in referring their student for Level IV AAP Services.

 

Once again, Welcome Back to Glen Forest and to our monthly AAP Newsletter filled with exciting learning opportunities!

Until next month, we are:

Your Advanced Academic Resource Teachers,

Mrs. Patricia Edwards (pwedwards1@fcps.edu) 3rd and 4th grades

Mrs. Avery Rothman (agrothman@fcps.edu) 1st & 2nd grades

Ms. Angela Ulsh (alulsh@fcps.edu) Kindergarten & 5th grade

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