FCPS policy on masking

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Dear FCPS Community,

As we return to school after the holiday weekend, we want to let you know that FCPS will continue universal masking for all students and staff.

FCPS continues to require universal mask wearing in alignment with CDC guidance. Our layered prevention strategies have proven effective in keeping transmission rates low in our schools. We know our students are best served by in-person instruction. Adhering to our layered prevention strategies, especially universal masking, keeps our schools open and safe places for students to learn.

FCPS is reviewing Governor Youngkin’s executive order issued this weekend. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to share any updated information with you around FCPS COVID-19 practices and protocols as needed. You can review current health and safety guidelines on our website

Sincerely,

Scott S. Brabrand

Superintendent

Fairfax County Public Schools

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Seahawk Fall Photos

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Seahawk Fall Photos – It’s Not Too Late! 

Student fall photos are still available to view/purchase online – including those students photographed on makeup day.  It’s not too late to order or re-order!!  Please visit: https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000876069   

and use your student ID when prompted for the online code.  Also enjoy the additional offer of free shipping on orders over $20.00!  Use promo code TWENTY22!  This offer is  good until 1/21 at 11:59 PMFor questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

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Seahawk Weekly News - 01/14/2022

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Silverbrook Families,

 

Thank you for helping us have a great week. As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 17, we are also watching for the potential of winter weather early in the week. We used all of our traditional snow days during last week’s snowstorm. Any future inclement weather days will include virtual learning, whenever possible. 

 

We all need to prepare to have a successful inclement weather virtual learning day. Here at Silverbrook, teachers and staff will make sure students have the devices and accessories they need and will go over how to log in to their virtual learning tools. Teachers will let students know what to expect for their classes.

 

At home, we ask that you do a few simple things that will make an inclement weather virtual learning day run smoothly:

  • Make sure students bring their device home Friday and be sure the device is charged ahead of Tuesday. 
  • Review the Student Technology Readiness Checklist with your child and complete all the at-home readiness steps. 
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay, so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. 
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.

 

During weather events, FCPS must consider power outages, technical connection issues, and whether students have access to devices that they may not have taken home the night before. FCPS will announce a virtual learning day in the weather closure announcement on our website and social media channels and through email communications and local media. 

 

Thank you for your help in making sure an inclement weather virtual learning day is a successful one for your child. Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to engaging with our students on Tuesday.

Schoology Parent Meeting Link

For those of you who missed our parent session last week and those who need a quick refresher on Schoology the recording is provided https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXP5Fs0Z84Y

Indoor Dining

We instituted the hallway dining this past week. On Monday, students were able to turn, talk, and engage in lively conversations during lunch and have done a fantastic job monitoring their voice levels. Each day we looked for ways to improve students’ dining experience and value your input. Our indoor dining has a new look.

 

Jan. 18-20

Desmond, Eck, Goetz, Haje, Kerr, Nasher, Patton, Tull, Wilkerson

Jan. 25-28

Carr, Festekjian, Haidacher, Hicks, Martin, McGovern, Snider, Takacs, Thompson, J.

 

Superintendent Search

FCPS is conducting a nationwide search for a new superintendent to lead the school district when Superintendent Brabrand's contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Your input is an important part of the search process! Please attend a Superintendent Search Virtual Town Hall to provide feedback on the characteristics and personality traits you would like to see in the new superintendent. 

 

The town halls will be hosted on Zoom on January 13 and 18. Visit FCPS’ Superintendent Search webpage to register

Also, please take the Superintendent Search Survey if you haven’t already. FCPS parents/guardians, staff, and high school students were sent their own survey link via an email from “FCPS and GR Recruiting.” Community members can access the survey link on our website.

Mark Your Calendar
  • January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Schools Closed
  • January 20- 2 hour early release/End of quarter
  • January 21- Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • January 24- Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

 

 

9350 Crosspointe Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039  | Main Office: 703.690.5100
Attendance: 703.690.5151 | Web | Twitter

Seahawk Weekly News - 01/14/2022

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Silverbrook Families,

 

Thank you for helping us have a great week. As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 17, we are also watching for the potential of winter weather early in the week. We used all of our traditional snow days during last week’s snowstorm. Any future inclement weather days will include virtual learning, whenever possible. 

 

We all need to prepare to have a successful inclement weather virtual learning day. Here at Silverbrook, teachers and staff will make sure students have the devices and accessories they need and will go over how to log in to their virtual learning tools. Teachers will let students know what to expect for their classes.

 

At home, we ask that you do a few simple things that will make an inclement weather virtual learning day run smoothly:

  • Make sure students bring their device home Friday and be sure the device is charged ahead of Tuesday. 
  • Review the Student Technology Readiness Checklist with your child and complete all the at-home readiness steps. 
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay, so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. 
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.

 

During weather events, FCPS must consider power outages, technical connection issues, and whether students have access to devices that they may not have taken home the night before. FCPS will announce a virtual learning day in the weather closure announcement on our website and social media channels and through email communications and local media. 

 

Thank you for your help in making sure an inclement weather virtual learning day is a successful one for your child. Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to engaging with our students on Tuesday.

Schoology Parent Meeting Link

For those of you who missed our parent session last week and those who need a quick refresher on Schoology the recording is provided https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXP5Fs0Z84Y

Indoor Dining

We instituted the hallway dining this past week. On Monday, students were able to turn, talk, and engage in lively conversations during lunch and have done a fantastic job monitoring their voice levels. Each day we looked for ways to improve students’ dining experience and value your input. Our indoor dining has a new look.

 

Jan. 18-20

Desmond, Eck, Goetz, Haje, Kerr, Nasher, Patton, Tull, Wilkerson

Jan. 25-28

Carr, Festekjian, Haidacher, Hicks, Martin, McGovern, Snider, Takacs, Thompson, J.

 

Superintendent Search

FCPS is conducting a nationwide search for a new superintendent to lead the school district when Superintendent Brabrand's contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Your input is an important part of the search process! Please attend a Superintendent Search Virtual Town Hall to provide feedback on the characteristics and personality traits you would like to see in the new superintendent. 

 

The town halls will be hosted on Zoom on January 13 and 18. Visit FCPS’ Superintendent Search webpage to register

Also, please take the Superintendent Search Survey if you haven’t already. FCPS parents/guardians, staff, and high school students were sent their own survey link via an email from “FCPS and GR Recruiting.” Community members can access the survey link on our website.

Mark Your Calendar
  • January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Schools Closed
  • January 20- 2 hour early release/End of quarter
  • January 21- Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • January 24- Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

 

 

9350 Crosspointe Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039  | Main Office: 703.690.5100
Attendance: 703.690.5151 | Web | Twitter

Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT

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Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT

If you are like us, our heads are spinning with all the new information and updates we are receiving from our division. We would like to share with you as much as we can, so you are informed. Please join us for a Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT at 6:00pm.

We will begin the evening reviewing Schoology and respond to your questions on logging in and accessing assignments. Then we will discuss our current COVID reality. We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday.

Please use this link to access the meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97958601790

 

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Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT

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Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT

If you are like us, our heads are spinning with all the new information and updates we are receiving from our division. We would like to share with you as much as we can, so you are informed. Please join us for a Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting TONIGHT at 6:00pm.

We will begin the evening reviewing Schoology and respond to your questions on logging in and accessing assignments. Then we will discuss our current COVID reality. We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday.

Please use this link to access the meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97958601790

 

9350 Crosspointe Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039  | Main Office: 703.690.5100
Attendance: 703.690.5151 | Web | Twitter

Seahawk Weekly News - 01/07/2022

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Dear Silverbrook Families:

We hope your Winter Break and Snow Days have been filled with time to relax and have fun with your family and friends.  We are excited to welcome our Silverbrook Seahawks back to school as we begin the second half of the school year. 

With the increase in the number of positive COVID cases, we understand that you may have questions about how we will keep everyone safe and healthy.  At Silverbrook, we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID while covering classes to keep our school operational. We also want to ensure that we are prepared should we need to temporarily move to asynchronous or synchronous virtual instruction for an individual classroom or for our school.

Preparing to Return to School
  • Please take time with your child to review and to stress the importance of following all layered prevention strategies to include correct and consistent use of well-fitting masks at all times (except when eating), washing hands frequently (hand sanitizing when washing is not feasible), and staying physically distant as much as possible in classrooms, cafeteria, hallways and other areas.
  • CDC mask guidance has not changed. HERE is the Oct. 25, 2021 CDC guidance on the type of recommended/not recommended face masks. Masks should have multiple layers and be well fitted to one’s face.

 

Student Health

Although we have missed seeing our students over the last three weeks, please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. If your child has Covid-like symptoms while at school, your child will be sent to our Care Room.  We will call you to come pick up your child immediately. To return to school, your child will need documentation of either a negative COVID test or clearance from your healthcare provider.

Please remember to screen your child for the following Covid symptoms before sending them to school: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose 
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache 
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If your child displays any of these symptoms, please keep your child home. This will help us minimize the spread of COVID.

Students Who Have Tested Positive for COVID

Students who are COVID-19 positive are able to return to school when all of the following criteria is met:

  1. Student completes at least ten (10) days of isolation from symptom onset for symptomatic students or 10 days since tested for COVID for asymptomatic students; AND
  2. Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  3. The student’s symptoms have improved; AND
  4. Student submits the FCPS Isolation Letter with the return date to their attending school

 

Close Contacts

Students who are close contacts and required to quarantine are able to return to school when all the criteria for one of the two options below is met:

Option 1:
  1. Student completes five (5) days of quarantine; AND
  2. Student is asymptomatic; AND
  3. Student is able to wear a face mask for Days 6-10; AND
  4. Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
Option 2:
  1. Student completes ten (10) days of quarantine; AND
  2. Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school

*Students with mask exemptions will need to utilize Option 2 to return from quarantine

If your child is fully vaccinated, please complete the COVID Contact Vaccination Verification survey. Sharing your child’s vaccination status will help the health department expedite your child’s return if your child meets the criteria. 

 

COVID Testing

FCPS will offer free COVID testing for students who may be showing symptoms at various locations including the Gatehouse Administrative building in Falls Church.  To access a list of testing locations, click here.  No appointment is needed.  In order to have your child tested, you will need to register here. You will need to have your child’s student ID number. This is the same 7-digit number that they use as their log-in on their computer.

Laptops

We will also begin to send laptops and chargers home on Monday for students in grades K-2.  Kindergarten students will leave their laptops at home and students in 1st and 2nd grades will bring their laptops home daily. Laptops should be charged each night and returned to the school. We will be contacting families to determine if there is a need for a MiFi device so students can access their assignments online should we move to asynchronous or synchronous virtual instruction.

Looking ahead to the first few weeks in January, it is possible that some of our teachers may be out because of their own illness or a family member’s. Despite this, we will work to make sure your children continue to receive high quality and engaging instruction. 

Our staff at Silverbrook is here to help you as we prepare to return to school next week so please do not hesitate to contact us. You can always send an email if you have additional questions or concerns.

Indoor Dining

As the weather is getting colder, we have brought our outdoor dining indoors. We have set seventy-five dining stations around the lower level of our school for 6 ft. apart. Having students in different spaces around our school reduces the number of students in the cafeteria. Students in the cafeteria are still seated in every other seat with plexiglass partition on the table. We are doing all we can to ensure our students are safe and comfortable

Indoor Dining Station Rotations

Jan. 10-14

Bouamri, Ginez, Goldstrom, Magill, Mason, Samuels, West

Jan. 18-20

Desmond, Eck, Goetz, Haje, Kerr, Patton, Tull, Wilkerson

 

 

Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting

If you are like us, our heads are spinning with all the new information and updates we are receiving from our division. We would like to share with you as much as we can, so you are informed. Please join us for a Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 6:00pm. We will begin the evening reviewing Schoology and respond to your questions on logging in and accessing assignments. Then we will discuss our current COVID reality. We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday. Please use this link to access the meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97958601790

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Schools Closed
  • January 20- 2 hour early release
  • January 21- Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • January 24- Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

9350 Crosspointe Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039  | Main Office: 703.690.5100
Attendance: 703.690.5151 | Web | Twitter

Seahawk Weekly News - 01/07/2022

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Dear Silverbrook Families:

We hope your Winter Break and Snow Days have been filled with time to relax and have fun with your family and friends.  We are excited to welcome our Silverbrook Seahawks back to school as we begin the second half of the school year. 

With the increase in the number of positive COVID cases, we understand that you may have questions about how we will keep everyone safe and healthy.  At Silverbrook, we are doing everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID while covering classes to keep our school operational. We also want to ensure that we are prepared should we need to temporarily move to asynchronous or synchronous virtual instruction for an individual classroom or for our school.

Preparing to Return to School
  • Please take time with your child to review and to stress the importance of following all layered prevention strategies to include correct and consistent use of well-fitting masks at all times (except when eating), washing hands frequently (hand sanitizing when washing is not feasible), and staying physically distant as much as possible in classrooms, cafeteria, hallways and other areas.
  • CDC mask guidance has not changed. HERE is the Oct. 25, 2021 CDC guidance on the type of recommended/not recommended face masks. Masks should have multiple layers and be well fitted to one’s face.

 

Student Health

Although we have missed seeing our students over the last three weeks, please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. If your child has Covid-like symptoms while at school, your child will be sent to our Care Room.  We will call you to come pick up your child immediately. To return to school, your child will need documentation of either a negative COVID test or clearance from your healthcare provider.

Please remember to screen your child for the following Covid symptoms before sending them to school: 

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose 
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches 
  • Fatigue 
  • Headache 
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

If your child displays any of these symptoms, please keep your child home. This will help us minimize the spread of COVID.

Students Who Have Tested Positive for COVID

Students who are COVID-19 positive are able to return to school when all of the following criteria is met:

  1. Student completes at least ten (10) days of isolation from symptom onset for symptomatic students or 10 days since tested for COVID for asymptomatic students; AND
  2. Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  3. The student’s symptoms have improved; AND
  4. Student submits the FCPS Isolation Letter with the return date to their attending school

 

Close Contacts

Students who are close contacts and required to quarantine are able to return to school when all the criteria for one of the two options below is met:

Option 1:
  1. Student completes five (5) days of quarantine; AND
  2. Student is asymptomatic; AND
  3. Student is able to wear a face mask for Days 6-10; AND
  4. Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
Option 2:
  1. Student completes ten (10) days of quarantine; AND
  2. Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school

*Students with mask exemptions will need to utilize Option 2 to return from quarantine

If your child is fully vaccinated, please complete the COVID Contact Vaccination Verification survey. Sharing your child’s vaccination status will help the health department expedite your child’s return if your child meets the criteria. 

 

COVID Testing

FCPS will offer free COVID testing for students who may be showing symptoms at various locations including the Gatehouse Administrative building in Falls Church.  To access a list of testing locations, click here.  No appointment is needed.  In order to have your child tested, you will need to register here. You will need to have your child’s student ID number. This is the same 7-digit number that they use as their log-in on their computer.

Laptops

We will also begin to send laptops and chargers home on Monday for students in grades K-2.  Kindergarten students will leave their laptops at home and students in 1st and 2nd grades will bring their laptops home daily. Laptops should be charged each night and returned to the school. We will be contacting families to determine if there is a need for a MiFi device so students can access their assignments online should we move to asynchronous or synchronous virtual instruction.

Looking ahead to the first few weeks in January, it is possible that some of our teachers may be out because of their own illness or a family member’s. Despite this, we will work to make sure your children continue to receive high quality and engaging instruction. 

Our staff at Silverbrook is here to help you as we prepare to return to school next week so please do not hesitate to contact us. You can always send an email if you have additional questions or concerns.

Indoor Dining

As the weather is getting colder, we have brought our outdoor dining indoors. We have set seventy-five dining stations around the lower level of our school for 6 ft. apart. Having students in different spaces around our school reduces the number of students in the cafeteria. Students in the cafeteria are still seated in every other seat with plexiglass partition on the table. We are doing all we can to ensure our students are safe and comfortable

Indoor Dining Station Rotations

Jan. 10-14

Bouamri, Ginez, Goldstrom, Magill, Mason, Samuels, West

Jan. 18-20

Desmond, Eck, Goetz, Haje, Kerr, Patton, Tull, Wilkerson

 

 

Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting

If you are like us, our heads are spinning with all the new information and updates we are receiving from our division. We would like to share with you as much as we can, so you are informed. Please join us for a Parent Schoology & COVID Updates Meeting on Monday, January 10, 2022 at 6:00pm. We will begin the evening reviewing Schoology and respond to your questions on logging in and accessing assignments. Then we will discuss our current COVID reality. We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday. Please use this link to access the meeting. https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97958601790

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • January 17- Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Schools Closed
  • January 20- 2 hour early release
  • January 21- Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • January 24- Staff Development Day (Student Holiday)

9350 Crosspointe Drive, Fairfax Station, VA 22039  | Main Office: 703.690.5100
Attendance: 703.690.5151 | Web | Twitter

Silverbrook Return to School 2022

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12/31/2021

Dear Silverbrook Families,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the winter break with your family & friends. Mr. Thomason and I have enjoyed spending time with our families as well and are ready to welcome the year 2022. As you may have noticed, COVID cases have increased since we were last in school on December 17, 2021.

At Silverbrook, we will continue to engage in practices to lessen the effects and transmission of the Covid virus when staff and students return on Monday, January 3. As stated in communication sent from FCPS to families, “The US Secretary of Education recently provided schools with key strategies to stay open. Here in Fairfax County Public Schools, we have already implemented and will continue with these strategies including vaccinations, testing, and universal masking. We have also been accepted as part of the state test-to-stay pilot program starting in January.”

Below are some questions you may have regarding COVID protocols, responses and our return to school:

 

When and where can I get my child tested for COVID?

FCPS is offering free COVID testing for students and staff who may be showing symptoms on Friday, December 31,2021, Saturday January 1, 2022, and Sunday, January 2, 2022 at the Gatehouse administrative building in Falls Church. Here is a link to its location: Gatehouse Administration Center Testing will occur from 12noon to 4:00pm for students in the parking garage. No appointment is needed, however, lines were reported extremely long. In order to have your child tested, you will need to register here. You will need to have your child’s student ID number. This is the same 7-digit number that they use as their log-in on their computer.

 

What if my child is not feeling well when school starts on Monday, January 3, 2022?

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. This includes having a fever, cough, runny nose and/or vomiting. Please report your child’s absence on the attendance line. If the symptoms go away on their own, your child can return to school as soon as they are fever or symptom free without medication for at least 24 hours. No medical note or test will be required if you keep student home on your own.

 

What happens if I send my child to school with a runny nose, cough, or other COVID-like symptoms?

Your child will be sent to our Care Room, and we will call you to come pick your child up. In order to return to school, your child will need documentation of either a negative COVID test or clearance from your healthcare provider.

 

As identified on the FCPS website, students demonstrating any of the following symptoms will be sent home from school: Fever (100.4 or greater) - Chills – Cough – Shortness of breath – Loss of taste/smell – Sore throat – Fatigue – Muscle aches – Runny Nose/Congestion – Stomachache – Diarrhea – Nausea/Vomiting – Headaches. The parent/guardian will be notified and a FCPS Guidance for Student Sent Home From the Care Room with COVID-like Illness Form will be sent home.

 

What if my child recently tested positive for COVID? When can they return to school?

The following information was sent to families from FCPS and gives further information regarding quarantine guidance.

Updates to Quarantine Guidance

We are aware of the recent CDC announcement that changes the recommended quarantine and isolation period from 10 days to five days. We are working with the Fairfax County Health Department to determine how this impacts schools. For the time being, we are continuing to follow our existing guidelines regarding returning to school or work following an exposure.

 

My child does NOT have COVID. But they were close to someone who tested positive. What should I do? When can they come to school?

First, email or call the school to share that your child is a close contact. Please include administrators if you are sending an email. Click on this link to the FCPS websites for updated information on students who have been identified as a close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 OUTSIDE of FCPS section.

As for their return, it depends. If your child is fully vaccinated, you will work with the health department to verify that your child is vaccinated. Once that is done, the health department notifies us, and if your child is not showing symptoms, they can come to school.

If your child is not fully vaccinated, they will need to stay at home for seven days (from the date you reported to us that your child has been identified as a close contact). If your child remains

symptom-free AND you provide a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, your child may return to school on Day 8.

 

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

The first place I go for answers is our FCPS website, in particular this page: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/health-and-safety-guidance-document

 

There is a lot of information to digest, and our staff at Silverbrook is here to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach out. You can always email Mr. Thomason and I and we will work to find an answer for you.

As we move through January, we may face challenges and we thank you in advance for your continued support. Our staff is excited to continue engaging students in 2022. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

Dr. Pamela Simpkins, Principal

Mr. Travis Thomason, Assistant Principal

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Silverbrook Return to School 2022

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12/31/2021

Dear Silverbrook Families,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the winter break with your family & friends. Mr. Thomason and I have enjoyed spending time with our families as well and are ready to welcome the year 2022. As you may have noticed, COVID cases have increased since we were last in school on December 17, 2021.

At Silverbrook, we will continue to engage in practices to lessen the effects and transmission of the Covid virus when staff and students return on Monday, January 3. As stated in communication sent from FCPS to families, “The US Secretary of Education recently provided schools with key strategies to stay open. Here in Fairfax County Public Schools, we have already implemented and will continue with these strategies including vaccinations, testing, and universal masking. We have also been accepted as part of the state test-to-stay pilot program starting in January.”

Below are some questions you may have regarding COVID protocols, responses and our return to school:

 

When and where can I get my child tested for COVID?

FCPS is offering free COVID testing for students and staff who may be showing symptoms on Friday, December 31,2021, Saturday January 1, 2022, and Sunday, January 2, 2022 at the Gatehouse administrative building in Falls Church. Here is a link to its location: Gatehouse Administration Center Testing will occur from 12noon to 4:00pm for students in the parking garage. No appointment is needed, however, lines were reported extremely long. In order to have your child tested, you will need to register here. You will need to have your child’s student ID number. This is the same 7-digit number that they use as their log-in on their computer.

 

What if my child is not feeling well when school starts on Monday, January 3, 2022?

Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. This includes having a fever, cough, runny nose and/or vomiting. Please report your child’s absence on the attendance line. If the symptoms go away on their own, your child can return to school as soon as they are fever or symptom free without medication for at least 24 hours. No medical note or test will be required if you keep student home on your own.

 

What happens if I send my child to school with a runny nose, cough, or other COVID-like symptoms?

Your child will be sent to our Care Room, and we will call you to come pick your child up. In order to return to school, your child will need documentation of either a negative COVID test or clearance from your healthcare provider.

 

As identified on the FCPS website, students demonstrating any of the following symptoms will be sent home from school: Fever (100.4 or greater) - Chills – Cough – Shortness of breath – Loss of taste/smell – Sore throat – Fatigue – Muscle aches – Runny Nose/Congestion – Stomachache – Diarrhea – Nausea/Vomiting – Headaches. The parent/guardian will be notified and a FCPS Guidance for Student Sent Home From the Care Room with COVID-like Illness Form will be sent home.

 

What if my child recently tested positive for COVID? When can they return to school?

The following information was sent to families from FCPS and gives further information regarding quarantine guidance.

Updates to Quarantine Guidance

We are aware of the recent CDC announcement that changes the recommended quarantine and isolation period from 10 days to five days. We are working with the Fairfax County Health Department to determine how this impacts schools. For the time being, we are continuing to follow our existing guidelines regarding returning to school or work following an exposure.

 

My child does NOT have COVID. But they were close to someone who tested positive. What should I do? When can they come to school?

First, email or call the school to share that your child is a close contact. Please include administrators if you are sending an email. Click on this link to the FCPS websites for updated information on students who have been identified as a close contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 OUTSIDE of FCPS section.

As for their return, it depends. If your child is fully vaccinated, you will work with the health department to verify that your child is vaccinated. Once that is done, the health department notifies us, and if your child is not showing symptoms, they can come to school.

If your child is not fully vaccinated, they will need to stay at home for seven days (from the date you reported to us that your child has been identified as a close contact). If your child remains

symptom-free AND you provide a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, your child may return to school on Day 8.

 

I still have questions. Where can I get answers?

The first place I go for answers is our FCPS website, in particular this page: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/health-and-safety-guidance-document

 

There is a lot of information to digest, and our staff at Silverbrook is here to help you. Don’t hesitate to reach out. You can always email Mr. Thomason and I and we will work to find an answer for you.

As we move through January, we may face challenges and we thank you in advance for your continued support. Our staff is excited to continue engaging students in 2022. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.

Dr. Pamela Simpkins, Principal

Mr. Travis Thomason, Assistant Principal

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Seahawk Weekly News - 12/17/2021

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Dear Silverbrook Families,

On behalf of the entire staff we wish you the brightest holiday season. Please be safe and we look forward to greeting our students on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Office Closed

The school and offices will be closed throughout the entire winter break.

Outdoor Dining Rotations

Jan. 3-7

Bouamri, Ginez, Goldstrom, Magill, Mason, Samuels, West

 

Mark Your Calendar

December 20-31 Winter Break

January 13- PTO Board Meeting

January 17 – MLK Day

January 21- 2-hour early release

January 24- Teacher Workday

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Virtual Coffee Tomorrow at 9:30am

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Virtual Parent Coffee Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec 14 at 9:30am 

Silverbrook’s clinical team—counselors, social worker, psychologist-- and our family liaison are hosting a parent coffee to discuss holiday stress in children.  Join us to review how we can support our children through the holidays.  

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Seahawk Weekly News - 12/10/2021

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Topic: Student Quarantine Options Now Include a 7-Day Timeline

CDC guidance allows for a reduction of the student quarantine period to seven days “when diagnostic testing resources are sufficient and available.” With FCPS now offering drive-through diagnostic testing at six sites across the county, in addition to the many alternative ways to access COVID-19 testing, FCPS is now providing the option for students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to return to school and in-person activities after seven days.  

 

If your child is quarantined due to exposure at school, please keep them at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met:

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

If your child is quarantined due to exposure outside of the school, please contact the school as soon as possible and you will receive a Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS. The timeline for quarantine return begins when you alert the school. Keep your child at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates (you must contact your school to request the letter at the beginning of the quarantine period); or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

The above options only apply to a student returning to in-person learning and school-sponsored activities. Other organizations, such as SACC, may have different requirements for return.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

Winter Break Homework Expectations

Winter break is coming soon, and we are looking forward to enjoying time to relax and enjoy being with family and friends. To ensure students take a well-deserved break, no homework will be assigned over winter break. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills. No assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.

Student Records - Vaccination Status 

Please update your student(s) health vaccination record once they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by submitting a copy of their vaccine card to Mrs. Priestley at [email protected] or drop off a copy to the school office.

Has your child lost a jacket?  A lunch box or water bottle?  Have you been looking for your children’s personal items and haven’t found them?  Please visit our lost and found located under the stairwell near the gym.   

At the end of the day, on Friday, December 17th,   All unclaimed lost and found items will be removed and donated.

 

Outdoor Dining Rotations

Dec. 13-17

Carr, Festekjian, Haidacher, Hicks, Martin, McGovern, Snider, Takacs, Thompson, J.,

Jan. 3-7

Bouamri, Ginez, Goldstrom, Magill, Mason, Samuels, West

 

Mark Your Calendar

December 20-31 Winter Break

January 13- PTO Board Meeting

January 17 – MLK Day

January 21- 2-hour early release

January 24- Teacher Workday

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A Holiday Message from the PTO

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Looking for the perfect gift for those that mean the most to us this time of year can be a challenge for all of us!

Your PTO has collected Staff Wishlists and Favorites for years, but we had a little trouble with distribution this year due to the constraints of the pandemic. I have received lots of messages that you all are looking for this information, so we came up with a solution for this year!

If you are looking for inspiration or ideas, please visit https://www.silverbrookpto.org/staffwishlists for Staff Wishlists & Favorites! The password is seahawksrock.

If you have any questions, please let us know at [email protected]!

Have a wonderful holiday season!
Sandy Anderson
Silverbrook PTO

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Family Night for Last Names A-M

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Dear Silverbrook Families,

 

We have been having so much fun watching your kids get excited about reading! From eager glances into the library to full wish lists, this is definitely a most wonderful time of our year!

 

Family Night is tonight, Tuesday, December 7th: 5pm-8pm

(For families whose last name start with A-M), and we wanted to take a second to share some information for the event.

 

(For families whose last name start with N-Z) Family Night is Thursday, December 9th: 5pm-8pm.  And don’t worry, we will do a full restock on popular items just in time for your night!

 

Teacher Wish lists| Back by popular demand this year, participating teachers from throughout the school pulled together a few of their favorites. You will find these lists on the bulletin board in the library. If you would like to help your child’s teacher build their class library, locate their list, choose a title, and take the book with you to the register. Let the volunteer at the register know the book is from a teacher wish list, and you can fill out a book plate. Books can be left there to be delivered, or you can take them with you to gift for the holidays!

 

Free Drawing| Also, please don’t forget to have your child enter the drawing to win a $15 gift certificate for not only them, but an additional $15 gift certificate for their classroom teacher as well!  Drawings will be announced the following morning on the news show!

 

We can’t wait to see you tonight!

 Thank You!

Please direct any questions or concerns to Lesha Edwards at [email protected].

 

 

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Seahawk Weekly News - 12/03/2021

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Food Drive

The staff and students at Silverbrook would like to thank our community for the outpouring of non-perishable food items during our food drive. We collected 7,200 pounds of food. The food was retrieved by the Lorton Community Action Center just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Cold Weather, Recess and Lunch

During typical winter days, we will consider factors such as wind chill, whether the ground is frozen or the sun is shining, how well students are prepared to play outdoors, what activity the students are participating in, and the length of time to be spent outside. Outdoor activities will be limited during National Weather Service issued Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings.

 

When outdoor dining is paused, the pause is for all students; and students will not be able to choose to eat outside. Please keep in mind that when outdoor dining is cancelled for the day, it does not necessarily mean that there will be no outdoor recess. Please have your children dressed in layers and wear proper outdoor attire.

Holiday Parties

In following school traditions around the holidays our classes can choose to have a holiday party to celebrate the season. Students will enjoy their individual snack during the festivities. Classes can choose to enjoy a movie, make a craft, or play games.

Teachers will reach out to parents if there are at home projects you can do to support crafts (such as sending in items). We are asking your continued patience with not visiting.

Virtual Parent Coffee

Silverbrook’s clinical health team and family liaison is hosting a parent coffee to discuss holiday stress in children.  Join us to review how we can support our children through the holidays.  The virtual meeting will occur on Tuesday, December 14 at 9:30am at the following link:

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Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Diane Wadsworth  [email protected] no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Mrs. Wadsworth created a special presentation that highlights and explains the County Level IV Screening Process. This recording will allow you to view the presentation as your schedule allows. If you have questions, please watch this updated presentation about the Spring 2022 County Screening Cycle. The presentation details all the parts of a county screening file and answers questions about the family role in the process. To access the presentation recording click here: County Level IV Screening Information Presentation 2021 Feel free to email Mrs. Wadsworth with any additional questions that the presentation does not answer. Due to the workload associated with county screening, Mrs. Wadsworth is unable to meet with parents individually regarding the county referrals, but she will happily answer questions via email or over the phone to assist you with the process.

Toy Drive

NOVEMBER 22nd through DECEMBER 8th.  

Please send in NEW, UNWRAPPED toys!  Some of the most requested items this year are Legos, Paw Patrol and Fortnite toys, LOL dolls, and science/craft sets. Gift cards are also great!  

Amazon link only available through Sunday, December 5th

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/25SRPAMY0D1I1?ref_=wl_share

Lunch Rotations

December 6-10

Desmond, Eck, Fernezian, Goetz, Haje, Kerr, Patton, Tull, Wilkerson

December 13-17

Carr, Festekjian, Haidacher, Hicks, Martin, McGovern, Snider, Takacs, Thompson, J.

 

Mark Your Calendar
  • Book Fair Family Night hours: Library
    • Tuesday, December 7th: 5pm-8pm (For families whose last name start with A-M)
    • Thursday, December 9th: 5pm-8pm (For families whose last name start with N-Z)
  • December 20-31 Winter Break

 

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Student Records - Vaccination Status

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Student Records - Vaccination Status 

Please update your student(s) health vaccination record once they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by submitting a copy of their vaccine card to Mrs. Priestley at [email protected] or drop off a copy to the school office.

 

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The Book Fair Is Coming!

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The “Snow Much to Read: Arctic Book Fair!” is coming this Week!

We are so excited to announce that this year’s Scholastic Book Fair at Silverbrook Elementary will again be just in time for the holiday season,

December 3rd-December 10th

Hours for the week:

Friday December 3rd: 9am-3pm

Monday – Thursday, December 6th-9th: 9am-3pm

Friday, December 10th: 9-11am

 

Family Night hours: Library

Tuesday, December 7th: 5pm-8pm (For families whose last name start with A-M)

Thursday, December 9th: 5pm-8pm (For families whose last name start with N-Z)

 

eWallet

Also, consider using a more secure alternative method to sending money with the kiddos: eWallet! www.scholastic.com/bf/silverbrookelemschool

 

 

We need your support to make this book fair an “Arctic adventure”! Please check out the attached link for volunteer opportunities!   Volunteer Link

 

 Thank You!

 

Please direct any questions or concerns to Lesha Edwards at [email protected].

 

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Seahawk Weekly News - 11/23/2021

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Dear Silverbrook Families,

On behalf of the entire Silverbrook team, we wish you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  Whether you are traveling or staying at home please remain safe as you enjoy time together.  On a personal note both Mr. Thomason and I will remain local as we spend time with our individual families.

Teachers have been encouraged to activate their “Out of Office Reply” throughout the holiday break. It is important that they are free from being attached remotely. They are spending valuable time with their families. If you have a question or concern, please email your child’s teacher on Monday, November 29th.

Sincerely,

Dr. Simpkins and Mr. Thomason

FLE Virtual Parent Preview Night 

Monday, November 29th at 6:30pm

Parents/guardians are invited to preview Family Life Education (FLE) instruction scheduled for the week of Dec 13-17 for students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades.  This virtual meeting will include a slide presentation with time for answering any questions you may have. The meeting link will be sent out on Monday morning.

Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of FLE instruction may return the competed opt-out form either in hardcopy or attached in email.  Parents may also send an email stating the lesson(s) they are opting out of to their classroom teacher.

Grade 4 Opt Out Form

Grade 5 Opt Out Form

Grade 6 Opt Out Form

Picture Make-up Day is Coming!

Silverbrook Picture Make Up day will be the morning of Tuesday, November 30th.  Make Up Day is for students new to Silverbrook since the original fall photo days, students that were absent on their fall photo day, or students that purchased a package and are returning the package for a re-take.   Students that are returning packages for re-takes must bring the full contents of the package back to have their photo re-taken.  Put your smiles on! 

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Last Chance Nominate An Outstanding Silverbrook Employee

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Outstanding Employee Awards Program 

Last chance to submit a nomination for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Deadline is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 23rd.

To submit a nomination for a  Silverbrook Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link here.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category). 

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.  

Outstanding Teacher   

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category 

 

Outstanding New Teacher  

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category 

 

Outstanding Principal 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)  

 

Outstanding New Principal 

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)  

                                        

Outstanding Leader   

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):  

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services 

 

Outstanding Professional Employee   

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership  

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school  

 

Outstanding Operational Employee  

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee 

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)   

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Latowia Mason at   [email protected].

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