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Seahawk Weekly News - 09/17/2021
Dear Silverbrook Families,
Thank you for attending our BTSN it was nice seeing you virtually. We hope you received timely and pertinent information about your child’s school day, expectations, and a peek at the curriculum. Should you have any other questions or need clarification about the classroom or questions about how your child is doing please reach out to your child’s teacher first. Your teacher has first-hand knowledge of the inner working of the classroom and would love to partner with you.
Parents often ask, “What do you need?” Teachers would be able to provide the best response. Some teachers may ask for games that can be used for indoor recess, while others might need books for their classroom library, or a few more glue sticks. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with this question also. One thing we do need help with is your support in reminding students to put their mask back on immediately after consuming snack and lunch. We have adults here at school to remind, and the reinforcing voice from home will go a long way in supporting us.
We are also having some challenges with fidgets and know these are popular items. It would be helpful if you would limit the number of fidgets your child brings to school (only one please) and we need students to be respectful to teachers when asked to put them away. As you can imagine having more than a few fidgets going in the classroom is a distraction. Teachers will set parameters around the use of fidgets and will also teach and model the appropriate use of the fidgets. Unless your child uses a fidget as an accommodation, the teacher is permitted to direct your child to put it away until the next instructional block if it’s not being used appropriately. We appreciate your support with this.
We appreciate all you do to support us at Silverbrook and we’re looking forward to a great year. As a side note we also hear that we’re getting closer to an approved vaccine for our children. We’re waiting in anticipation!!
Dr. Simpkins and Mr. Thomason
Introducing our new Family Liaison
Mr. Eber Martinez has joined the staff at Silverbrook as our Family Liaison. He is here to partner with families, direct families to resources needed, and be a listening ear to the needs of our community. He is a graduate of George Mason University and has a passion for soccer and supporting our school. He is on staff M-F from 9:30am -1:30pm. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Rights and Responsibilities
School-wide expectations focusing on safety, mutual respect, individual responsibility, and FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities are necessary in order to ensure a safe place for all students and adults. A classroom environment that supports student efforts to reach their potential provides the best environment for learning. Students need to have a clear understanding that the teacher is the authority in the classroom and that no student has a right to interfere with the learning of others. Fairfax County Public Schools’ Student Rights and Responsibilities clearly state county expectations for student behavior and should be reviewed regularly as appropriate. You may download a copy of this document at FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R). Please complete the Parent and/or Guardian Signature Sheet and return to school by October 29, 2021.
VGA Testing Dates:
Sept 21 - Grades 3 & 4 - Reading
Sept 22 - Grades 5 & 6 - Reading
Sept 28 - Grades 3 & 4 - Math
Sept 29 - Grades 5 & 6 - Math
Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu)
New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting COVID-19 Contact Interviews
The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD.
StreamIN/CheckIN is FCPS’ solution to provide meaningful instructional support for students who are paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19. Livestreaming, or StreamIN, is the key element--a process where students have live access to watch and hear what’s happening in the classroom via Zoom or Google Meet. Teachers may choose to record and post lessons instead of livestreaming. Our target launch for StreamIN is September 27.
Topic: Boundary Policy Review
Provide Input on Boundary Policy Review at a Virtual Community Meeting
The Fairfax County School Board is in the process of reviewing Policy 8130, Facilities Planning, Local School Boundaries, Program Assignments, and School Closings.
In July 2019, the Board requested the Superintendent hire an outside consultant to work with the Board to identify best practices in boundary policy and engage the community in the discussion.
MGT Consulting Group (MGT), an education consulting firm, will be sharing information about the boundary policy review at three upcoming community meetings and seeking community input in a survey.
You are invited to attend a virtual community meeting on Monday, September 20, from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Each meeting will provide the same information and use the same format. No specific boundary changes will be discussed at the meetings.
Please register online to receive the meeting link and indicate if you need an interpreter.
MGT has sent enrolling parents an email with the survey link to collect input. The community meetings will not be discussing any boundary changes for any schools within FCPS. The information shared will focus on what factors should be considered when making boundary changes. Please take part in the FCPS Boundary Policy Review Community Survey. The survey closes on Friday, September 24.
More information about the Boundary Policy Review is available online.
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