Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

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Have a Wonderful Summer

 

On behalf of the staff and faculty at Silverbrook Elementary School we wish each and every one of our students a relaxing fun and safe summer season. We look forward to seeing our students in the fall!

6th Grade Drive-by

 

Our 6th Grade students were sent off to middle school in style. We’ll miss you and the best to you as you transition to South County Middle School!

Parent and PTO Affirmation

We have had a year like no other; and we know we would not have been able to get through this year without your support. On behalf of the staff at Silverbrook please accept this tribute as our thanks.

 

Summer Office Hours

Silverbrook office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm.

2021-2022 School Supply Opportunity - EduKit

https://www.edukitinc.com/schools/1260/Silverbrook%20Elementary

If you are one of those busy families that dreads the back-to-school shopping, don't worry! Your PTO has you covered. Silverbrook Elementary is once again offering delivery of your 2021/22 EduKit school supplies right to your home. Simply order online by June 30th for the best pricing. Easy! Done! A box of new supplies will arrive mid August right to your front door. 

Spotlight on Math

Top 10 Ways to Stay Engaged with Math Over the Summer

1

ST Math is active all summer long. FCPS students login through Clever as normal.

2

Dreambox is active all summer long. Silverbrook students login through Clever as normal.

3

FCPS Summer Practice Workbooks  https://www.fcps.edu/node/41224  Watch your mail in June!

4

The Quantile® Summer Math Challenge is a free six-week program full of daily activities that are designed to help prevent summer learning loss. Register here: https://hub.lexile.com/Summer-Math-Challenge

5

Bedtime Math solves problems connected to real world scenarios. Bookmark the link for the Daily Math Problem https://bedtimemath.org/category/daily-math/ or register to receive the emails directly to your inbox https://bedtimemath.org/what-we-do/daily-email/

6

Origo at Home provides daily math activities focused around specific topics designed to be presented and used by a parent or caregiver.  https://www.origoeducation.com/athome/

7

Play games as a family! Let your child be the banker in games like Monopoly and the score keeper in card games like Spades and Canasta. Set the technology tools aside for fun with board games and card games!

8

Cooking with kids! Did you know cooking and baking is a fabulous way for your child to learn measurement concepts? Recipes are rich with fractions, weight, volume and capacity concepts. Cooking is a hands-on experience of math in action.

9

Grocery Store Explorations! Enjoy the air condition on a hot summer day and take some extra time at the grocery store just to do math. Use the scales in the produce department. Discuss unit rates and do price comparisons on products of different sizes. Keep a mental estimated total. See who comes closest to the actual total at checkout! Talk about decimals and money. Calculate change when using cash.  Combine cooking and shopping by planning a meal or party, estimating the costs, and doing the shopping! So many possibilities for bringing math to life!

10

Talking Tips! Dining out this summer? Make it your student’s job to calculate the tip. Younger students can do estimates with 10% while older students can do more complex computations like 18%. Teach your child your personal tricks for calculating the tip in different scenarios.

 

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Laptop Collection in the Gym - Door 12

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Laptop Collection Location Update: Today- 2:00pm- 5:00pm - In the GYM 

(Please do not arrive before 2:00pm as we will not have staff available before 2:00pm - thank you!)
 
Due to the rainy conditions, our laptop collection will take place this afternoon in the GYM near the bus loop.  Please come in through door #12 

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REMINDER: LAPTOP RETURNS

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Laptop Return-Virtual Students

Friday, June 11 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.  It will be a quick drive-through process in the bus loop at Silverbrook.  The bus loop won’t be accessible until dismissal is complete at 2:00 pm.  If your child is enrolled in a summer program in FCPS, they WILL NOT turn in their computer on this date, rather they will hold onto their computer until their program is finished.  Some notes about turning in your equipment:

  • Please remember to bring both the laptop and charger.  The charge for any equipment that isn’t returned is $472.00 for the laptop, and $28.00 for the charger.  You will need to pay this by My School Bucks (MSB) by June 16, 2021.
  • Remember to remove any mouse dongles or similar items from the laptop before returning it.
  • Please remove any stickers and extra adhesive left behind from said stickers.
  • Please leave the name card holder on it with the student id card inside of it. 
  • Please wipe down the computer and charger with a Clorox wipe before returning it.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will not return their carrying cases that came with their laptops.  Please hold on to these as you will use these next year (new ones will not be provided next year). 
Laptop Return-In Person Students

Thursday, June 10.  Equipment will be collected within your child’s classroom.  If your child is enrolled in a summer program in FCPS, they WILL NOT turn in their computer on this date, rather they will hold onto their computer until their program is finished Some notes about turning in your equipment:

  • Please remember to bring both the laptop and charger.  The charge for any equipment that isn’t returned is $472.00 for the laptop, and $28.00 for the charger.  You will need to pay this by My School Bucks (MSB) by June 16, 2021.
  • Remember to remove any mouse dongles or similar items from the laptop before returning it.
  • Please remove any stickers and extra adhesive left behind from said stickers.
  • Please leave the name card holder on it with the student id card inside of it. 
  • Please wipe down the computer and charger with a Clorox wipe before returning it.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will not return their carrying cases that came with their laptops.  Please hold on to these as you will use these next year (new ones will not be provided next year). 

 

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Summer Garden Volunteer Opportunity

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SILVERBROOK ES SCHOOL GARDEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Please sign up to maintain the Silverbrook ES Garden for one week during the summer! It is an exciting annual summer event!

The garden is in the front of the building on the left side near the cafeteria. The nearby garden shed is supplied with all the gardening equipment that you will need. I recommend weeding and watering the garden 3 days during your week. Please pick and take home any vegetables from the garden. After signing up, more detailed instructions will be sent to you.

Please use the following link to sign up for a week that is convenient for you:

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A4AE23AA8-silverbrook4

Thank you for volunteering!

 

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Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

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Our Three Priorities

The Leadership Team at Silverbrook has drafted three priorities of focus for next year.

  1. Strong Tier 1 Instruction
  2. Caring Culture
  3. Cultural Responsiveness, Awareness, and Equitable Practices

Tier 1 Instruction: We will provide rigorous and relevant tier 1 instruction for all students by working as strong collaborative learning teams, using the workshop model in reading (to include working on phonemic awareness and phonics instruction), math and ensuring intervention and enrichment.

Caring Culture: We will provide social emotional support to all students, creating a sense of belonging, safety and inclusivity by using Positivity Project and Responsive Classroom practices, discussing students by name and need and creating safe spaces for student discussions.

Equitable Practices: We will work towards eliminating gaps in opportunity, access, and achievement for students by including equity guiding questions on our collaborative team meetings and discussing disaggregated data.

Lost and Found

Parents please remind your child to check our Lost and Found (in our SACC room) for jackets, caps, books, etc. We want to ensure that all items get back to their rightful owner.

Laptop Return-Virtual Students

Friday, June 11 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. 
It will be a quick drive-through process in the bus loop at Silverbrook.  The bus loop won’t be accessible until dismissal is complete at 2:00 pm.  If your child is enrolled in a summer program in FCPS, they WILL NOT turn in their computer on this date, rather they will hold onto their computer until their program is finished.  Some notes about turning in your equipment:

  • Please remember to bring both the laptop and charger.  The charge for any equipment that isn’t returned is $472.00 for the laptop, and $28.00 for the charger.  This will be charged to you through your MySchoolBucks account. 
  • Remember to remove any mouse dongles or similar items from the laptop before returning it.
  • Please remove any stickers and extra adhesive left behind from said stickers.
  • Please leave the name card holder on it with the student id card inside of it. 
  • Please wipe down the computer and charger with a Clorox wipe before returning it.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will not return their carrying cases that came with their laptops.  Please hold on to these as you will use these next year (new ones will not be provided next year). 
Laptop Return-In Person Students

Thursday, June 10.  Equipment will be collected within your child’s classroom.  If your child is enrolled in a summer program in FCPS, they WILL NOT turn in their computer on this date, rather they will hold onto their computer until their program is finished Some notes about turning in your equipment:

  • Please remember to bring both the laptop and charger.  The charge for any equipment that isn’t returned is $472.00 for the laptop, and $28.00 for the charger.  This will be charged to you through your MySchoolBucks account. 
  • Remember to remove any mouse dongles or similar items from the laptop before returning it.
  • Please remove any stickers and extra adhesive left behind from said stickers.
  • Please leave the name card holder on it with the student id card inside of it. 
  • Please wipe down the computer and charger with a Clorox wipe before returning it.
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will not return their carrying cases that came with their laptops.  Please hold on to these as you will use these next year (new ones will not be provided next year). 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON LITERACY: SUMMER READING

The summer months are when students have more time for pleasure reading. The Virginia Readers’ Choice book lists, chosen by the Virginia State Literacy Association, have outstanding books that your child might enjoy reading during the summer. Virginia Readers’ Choice books are categorized into primary titles, elementary titles, and middle school titles. Each highlighted book this month comes from a different VRC category. Silverbrook families may enjoy a read aloud of the book The Oldest Student. Families could also enjoy looking at book trailers for Things Seen from Above and Charlie Hernandez & The League of Shadows by clicking on the links below. The link to the complete VRC book lists is also below.

The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Oge Mora-Read Aloud

https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=K4FbgX2-Uck

Virginia Readers’ Choice 2021-22 Primary Title

This is the true story of Mary Walker who was born a slave in 1848. At age 15 she was freed and began working many jobs including cooking, cleaning, and babysitting. Ms. Walker’s family always read to her, and at age 114 she was the last remaining member of her family. So, at age 116, with great determination, Mary Walker learned to read!

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Things Seen from Above by Shelley Pearsall-Book Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jTJoAGo5HY

Virginia Readers’ Choice 2021-22  Elementary Title

April is struggling to make friends in sixth grade, so she volunteers to be a Buddy Bench monitor for fourth grade recess. Joey Byrd is a fourth grader who spends recess wandering around the playground alone dragging his foot in the dirt. Over time, April discovers that Joey isn’t making random circles and lines. When she looks at Joey’s designs from above, April sees the purpose of these lines.

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Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadow by Ryan Calejo-Book Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih-b5jUNk5Q   

Virginia Readers’ Choice 2021-22

Middle School Title

Charlie Hernandez has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the myths thanks to his abuela’s stories. Charlie thought the stories were make believe, but now his entire world has turned upside down. A fire destroyed his house, and his parents have disappeared. On top of all this, Charlie is growing horns and feathers like a creature from one of his abuela’s myths. Then, the other creatures from abuela’s myths walk from the pages into his life. goodreads.com

Link to the complete list of Virginia Readers’ Choice Books. Click on 2022 to download:

https://www.vaasl.org/virginia-readers-choice

 

Calendar Reminders
  • June 7-Promotion Ceremony for Ms. Drier and Haje’s classes
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous Learning (No In-Person Classes)
  • June 9-Promotion Ceremony for Ms. Ginez, Mr. Henry and Ms. Tull’s classes
  • June 10- 6th grade car parade
  • June 10-Laptop return for in-person students
  • June 11- Last day of school - Early dismissal at 1:30pm 
  • June 11- Return of laptops for virtual classes 2:00-5:00pm

 

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Medication Pick-Up

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Medication Pick-Up 

The Silverbrook health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school. 

Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room.

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Weekly News from SIlverbrook ES

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Announcement

We all have bittersweet moments in our lives, and this is one of them. After twenty-eight years at Silverbrook Ms. Bena Barham is retiring. Ms. Barham took a moment to reflect on her time here at Silverbrook.

 

I joined the Silverbrook faculty in 1993 as a half time kindergarten teacher. The Silverbrook community was growing quickly, and I was a full-time kindergarten teacher by midyear. I enjoyed working with the kindergarteners as we cooked, counted, read, tumbled on mats, and sang in our yearly kindergarten musical production. In 1997, I became a first-grade teacher at Silverbrook. My first graders were named Barham’s Bunch, and they worked hard in guided reading groups, math groups, and outside exploring nature with our class tree. In 2009, I joined the second grade, team. My second graders worked to improve their reading, learned all about Monarch butterflies, and conquered subtraction with regrouping. I became the Silverbrook librarian in 2017. I have enjoyed reading and researching with all the Silverbrook students. With the help of my assistant Mary Anne Haskins, we were able to move the Silverbrook library into its new home. Thank you for allowing me to work with your children. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Silverbrook Elementary School community for 28 years.

 

Ms. Barham, we salute you, and thank you for ALL you’ve done to support our students; over the years you have influenced and molded thousands of lives throughout your career as an educator. You will be missed and are greatly loved by the students, staff, and community of Silverbrook. After you’ve taken time to relax and travel, feel free to come back and visit, there will always be room for you here.

Silverbrook Preschool

We know that early intervention is best and providing various opportunities and experiences for children helps them grow and learn. We are proud to announce that in the new school year Silverbrook will have a preschool autism class (PAC) in our building! The class will have approximately 6 students. The classroom will be outfitted with everything a preschool classroom would need and more! We are looking forward to welcoming our youngest learners.

Calendar Reminders
  • May 31- Memorial Day Holiday
  • Grade 5 Science SOL Testing
  • June 3 - Virtual PTO Meeting
  • June 7-Promotion Ceremony for Mrs. Drier and Mrs. Haje’s classes
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous Learning
  • June 9-Promotion Ceremony for Mrs. Ginez, Mr. Henry and Mrs. Tull’s classes
  • June 10-Laptop return for in-person students
  • June 11- Last day of school - Early dismissal at 1:30pm
  • June 11- Laptop return for virtual classes 2:00-5:00pm

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Silverbrook PTO Virtual General Meeting- June 3rd

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The last PTO meeting of the year will be held June 3rd at 7:30pm on Zoom using the login information below. We will be utilizing all the appropriate safety measures to ensure this meeting is secure. This meeting will close out this weird year and get us ready to go for next year!

Best,
The Silverbrook PTO Board

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Topic: June 2021 PTO General Meeting

Time: Jun 3, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting

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Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

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Our Garden is Growing

Ms. Barham and a few students have revitalized our garden. Students worked collaboratively to weed and clean our outside garden. A few weeks later we see our veggies beginning to sprout.

ST Math (Spatial Temporal Math): Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families

*This webinar will NOT be recorded.

Every student has the potential to deeply understand and truly love math. This belief helps ST Math become a powerful tool many students are using in FCPS. Students develop their math knowledge through challenging puzzles, non-routine problem solving, and informative feedback.

Join us for this important webinar to learn how families can use ST Math with their children to help them develop a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Discover how learning occurs in ST Math
  • Support students working in the program from home
  • Uncover how to view student progress
  • Locate additional resources for ST Math use at home

Presented by Jim deBerjeois, and Vivian Doughty, Professional Learning Specialists at MIND Research Unit.

May 24, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m ; and June 7, 2021 10-10:45 a.m. and 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Register for ST Math: Help Children Love Math This Summer: A Webinar for K-6 Families

SPOTLIGHT ON LITERACY

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Silverbrook Library Team is honored to spotlight these three books from our collection written by Asian American authors. Silverbrook families might enjoy reading together Fish for Jimmy and Fauja Singh Keeps Going. Families could also listen to an interview with the author Hena Khan who wrote Amina’s Voice. Click on the links below for the videos.

Fish for Jimmy by Katie Yamasaki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwWeosQRvEY

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States went to war, Taro and Jimmy’s lives completely changed. Their family is forced to leave their home and go to an internment camp. Taro completely loses his appetite, and Jimmy decides to do something about it on his own. Fish for Jimmy is based on a true story from the author’s family.

Katieyamasaki.com

Fauja Singh Keeps Going by Simran Jeet Singh

https://asiasociety.org/video/fauja-singh-keeps-going-true-story-oldest-person-ever-run-marathon

This is the true story of Fauja Singh who became the first one-hundred-year-old man to run in a marathon. Fauja Singh is determined. He is determined to strengthen his body, mind, and heart. Fauja Singh is determined to run so he can feel his best, and he is determined to run in marathons. This is the first book published by a major publishing company with a Sikh main character.

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Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan:  Author interview

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3B1NIB562Y

Life changes when Amina, a Pakistani-American, enters middle school. Her best friend Soojin is now hanging out with the cool girls. Soojin is also talking about changing her name. Amina has a wonderful voice, but she is trying to find the courage to share her talent with others. Then her local mosque is vandalized.

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Calendar Reminders
  • May 31- Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 8- Election Day Synchronous Learning
  • June 11- Last day of school - Early Release at 1:30pm

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Last Call for Yearbook Sales

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Yearbook Orders

LAST CALL to order your 2020-2021 Silverbrook Yearbook. 

Purchase is only available online at

 http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09895432.   Sales will run through Wednesday, May 19th at midnight.  Only those who order now will be guaranteed a copy.  Due to Covid there will be NO extra copies ordered this school year.  

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Reminder: Yearbook Sales & Photo Submissions

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Yearbook Orders

It’s time to order your 2020-2021 Silverbrook Yearbook. 

You may purchase your yearbook today.  Purchase is only available online at

 http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09895432.   Sales will run through Wednesday, May 19th at midnight.  Only those who order now will be guaranteed a copy.  Due to Covid there will be NO extra copies ordered this school year.  Order now to make sure you reserve your copy today!

Unphotographed Students

If your student missed having their photo taken in March, there is still an opportunity for them to be included in the yearbook.  The following conditions must be met to include photo.  Photos not submitted in this format will not be published in the yearbook. 

 

Photos must be to the following specifications:

  1. In .jpg, .png, or .tif format
  2. 320 pixels by 400 pixels and a 300 ppi/dpi resolution
  3. ONE individual photo per student only – as much like a traditional portrait as possible
  4. Students need to be in front of a neutral background (door, wall, etc)

 

You must include student’s FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, GRADE

Please put the Teacher’s name in the DESCRIPTION box.

 

Submit the photos to:

https://images.schoolannualonline.com/416174999 

 

Upload pictures using “ReplayIt” from Jostens

 

Final Deadline: Friday, May 14th

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Chipotle Tonight? 6th Grade Fundraiser

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Take a break from cooking and order from Chipotle TONIGHT ... all proceeds support the 6th grade class’s end of the year celebration?

On Wednesday, May 12 between 5-9pm, Chipotle at 9447 Lorton Market St in Lorton will donate 33% of all proceeds to the Silverbrook 6th Grade Celebration!

Be sure to mention the fundraiser when ordering or show this flyer on your phone at checkout.

If ordering online, use code LH2KDZH before checkout in promo field to ensure your order counts towards the fundraiser. 

Please help share this fundraising opportunity with friends and neighbors!

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Health Update: COVID CASE NOTIFICATION

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May 10, 2021

Dear Silverbrook Staff and Community,

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), this letter is to inform you a student at Silverbrook has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will identify and communicate with close contacts of this individual and tell them what action to take, such as testing or quarantine. During this time, you may opt at any time to have your child engage in virtual instruction while the FCHD conducts its contact tracing and investigation.

If you do not receive a call from the Health Department, you are not considered exposed to this case.

If you have questions, you may contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 am to 7 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekends). You may also email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 am to 6 pm weekdays).

FCPS maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard that shows daily cases at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting. This provides information on our division health metrics and COVID-19 cases.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has created anxiety for many individuals in our community. Please know that this information is being shared to keep you informed and aware as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread.

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/#COVID-19-resources

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Simpkins

Principal

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Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

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Thank You Silverbrook PTO and Families,   

  

On behalf of the teachers and staff at Silverbrook we would like to thank our fabulous PTO for the wonderful way we were recognized during Teacher Appreciation Week. We also appreciate all the love shown to us by our families. Thank you for all you have done to support us! 

Topic: American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses FCPS’ Five Days of In-Person Learning

Great news! This morning, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed FCPS’ model of providing five days of in-person instruction for all children this fall. This endorsement by a highly respected group of pediatricians validates our belief that in-person learning is best for children. The AAP’s Virginia Chapter also believes that virtual instruction should be utilized only when necessary and in consultation with a child’s physician or medical team. 

This is incredible news for FCPS in support of our efforts to encourage all students to return for five days of in-person learning this fall. 

Yearbook Orders

It’s time to order your 2020-2021 Silverbrook Yearbook.  You may purchase your yearbook starting today.  Purchase is only available online at

 http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09895432.   Sale dates will run Friday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 19th at midnight.  Only those who order now will be guaranteed a copy.  Due to Covid there will be NO extra copies ordered this school year.  Order now to make sure you reserve your copy today!

Unphotographed Students

If your student missed having their photo taken in March, there is still an opportunity for them to be included in the yearbook.  The following conditions must be met to include photo.  Photos not submitted in this format will not be published in the yearbook. 

 

Photos must be to the following specifications:

  1. In .jpg, .png, or .tif format
  2. 320 pixels by 400 pixels and a 300 ppi/dpi resolution
  3. ONE individual photo per student only – as much like a traditional portrait as possible
  4. Students need to be in front of a neutral background (door, wall, etc)

 

You must include student’s FIRST NAME, LAST NAME, GRADE

Please put the Teacher’s name in the DESCRIPTION box.

 

Submit the photos to:

https://images.schoolannualonline.com/416174999 

 

Upload pictures using “ReplayIt” from Jostens

 

Final Deadline: Friday, May 14th

 

Kiss and Ride

Our staff is doing all we can to make our Kiss and Ride move quickly and efficiently. We are still experiencing a large volume of cars in the loop spilling onto Crosspointe Drive, down to Silverbrook Road. In some cases, parents who arrive early are waiting up to twenty-five minutes for dismissal. We reached out to Safety and Security who suggested parents place students on the bus and arrive closer to dismissal time to alleviate the stream of cars on Silverbrook Road. It was also noted that cars should not block the crosswalk on Silverbrook Road.

Safety and Security also noticed a dog on the property and pointed out signage which states that pets are not allowed on school grounds. We need your continued support to ensure the safety of our students and community.

FLE Information Night

Parents of students in grades 4-6 are invited to the Family Life Education (FLE) Information Night on Monday, May 10 at 6:00pm. Please use this link to access the meeting: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/2cf1eaf996184ec8b82aa2e01c94c4c1

SPOTLIGHT ON LITERACY

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Silverbrook Library Team is honored to spotlight these three books from our collection that tell about the varied experiences of Asian Americans. Silverbrook families might enjoy reading these books together. Click on the links below for the videos.

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFz0wktGr2k

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho is a picture book with beautiful artwork by Dung Ho. A young Asian girl notices that her eyes are different than many of her peers. She has “eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea” Using lyrical verse, the book explains how the girl’s eyes are like the women and girls in her family, yet each of these family member’s eyes are unique. This is a book of self-acceptance and having confidence.

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In the book The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin, the reader meets Pacy Lin the Taiwanese-

American child of two immigrant parents. When her family celebrates the Lunar New Year, Pacy learns the Year of the Dog is a time to find her talent, make a new friend, and manage disappointment.

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td59o8PUKjY

In A Different Pond by Bao Phi a young boy wakes early in the morning to go fishing with his father. They are catching dinner for their Vietnamese refugee family before the father goes to his second job. While fishing, the father tells the boy about his memories of a different pond in Vietnam. The story is based on the childhood memories of the author.

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Calendar Reminders
  • May 10- FLE Parent Review Night 6:00pm
  • May 17- Reading SOL for Virtual Student 
  • May 18 - Reading SOL for In-Person Students
  • May 24 - Math SOL for Virtual Students
  • May 25 - Math SOL for In-Person Students
  • May 31- Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 1- Science SOL for Grade 5 
  • June 8- Election Day Virtual Synchronous Learning
  • June 11- Last day of school

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Weekly News from Silverbrook ES

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4 Days in School

The Silverbrook staff was delighted to welcome our students back to four days of instruction. Our school was abuzz all week with relearning routines and procedures as we merged two sets of students into one cohesive group. Our students had a great week together!

Safety First!

Parents, we are having a continuing challenge with dismissal. We have to work together as a community to ensure student safety and ease with leaving the premises.

You can help by:

  • Allowing students to ride the bus.  This small action will reduce our Kiss and Ride significantly.
    • If doing Kiss and Ride, remember to pull up as far as you can in the line, stay in your car, and follow the directions of school personnel.
  • Reminding students they need to cross in the cross walk, Students are crossing in the middle of the street and this is not safe.
  • Reminding students to walk their bikes along the sidewalk, cross at the crosswalk, and then get on their bike after they have crossed the street.
  • Not parking along the street and having the student cross the street. This is a safety issue.

Thank you in advance for joining us in our efforts to reduce congestion in Kiss and Ride and ensuring our students are crossing the street safely.

It’s Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! May 3rd - 7th 

A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself, to light the way for others.  ~Anonymous  

FLE Virtual Parent Preview Night 

Monday, May 10th at 6:00pm

Parents/guardians are invited to preview Family Life Education (FLE) instruction scheduled at the end of the year 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.

This year we are following FCPS guidance in limiting lessons to: 

Grade 5   Lessons 1, 2 

Grade 6   Lessons 1, 2, 3, 5

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.

Summer Practice Books

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021.  Families will receive email communication in May about upcoming book arrival.  Digital versions of books will be emailed to the enrolling parent SIS account in PDF format the week of June 7, 2021.

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment.  These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and Special Education students may receive additional or customized books.   

More information can be accessed on the Summer Practice Books public webpage

Spotlight on Math

“What’s the relationship? How are the ideas connected?”

Jo Boaler’s book, Mathematical Mindsets, highlights the importance of finding relationships and making connections in mathematics. This means when we communicate about math, we are also connecting ideas together. Finding these relationships and making connections among mathematical concepts leads back to sense-making. Making connections in mathematics also leads to a deeper understanding of the WHY. As your student develops a mathematical mindset, they will hopefully learn to see math as a connected subject. When an isolated skills-based approach is used, the student misses out on the opportunity to connect an idea to the bigger idea and to see the relationships among ideas. As you work with your child in mathematics, remember workbooks may help build procedural fluency, but the ultimate goal is for your student to be able to apply those isolated skills in the larger context of a mathematical world! Whenever you have an opportunity, TALK MATH with your student! Apply math ideas in the world around you as you go about your day.

 

For a short journey to see the marvelous connections in mathematics from early third grade fraction concepts to high school geometry, check out the video! Math is about multiple connected relationships! https://www.youcubed.org/resources/tour-mathematical-connections/ What connections can you discover today?

Calendar Reminders
  • May 3 - 7 Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 10 FLE Parent Review Night 6:00pm
  • May 17 - June 4 SOL Testing 
  • June 8 Election Day - Virtual instruction for all students

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PTO Silverbrook Teacher & Staff Appreciation

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Good afternoon,

We wanted to take a second to let you all know what your Silverbrook PTO has planned for Staff Appreciation Week, May 3rd through May 7th!  While we have come a long way compared to where we were last year at this time, this school year’s celebration still offers a set of unique constraints to our traditional plans to show our amazing Silverbrook staff how much we appreciate them! Therefore, the PTO board made the decision to coordinate a schedule for the teachers that did not require student involvement in an organized way.

Below you will find the schedule our teachers will enjoy next week:

3rd  Monday: Brunch on the Go!

4th Tuesday: Pens and Petals

5th Wednesday: Customize a Seahawk water bottle of your own!

6th Thursday: Popcorn Bar

7th Friday: Kona Ice

Along with the schedule the PTO has planned, we know some of you may want to share your own personal gift to your classroom teacher or special staff member. We have encouraged the staff to share their favorite place for gift cards or Amazon wishlists, but please remember that simple acts of gratitude are always appreciated as well. A special note from your Seahawk, a slide show of favorite memories of the year, or a video thank you are just a few examples!

Thank you so much for your continued support! We are looking forward to ending out our school year #seahawkstrong! Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions at info@silverbrookpto.org.

Best,
The Silverbrook PTO Board

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Link Correction: RTS / SOL Parent Night

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Recording of Return to School / SOL Testing Parent Information Night

Thank you parents and families who joined us yesterday evening for the Return to School / SOL Testing Information presentation. 

Link Correction: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/recording/5d80de10ecc34d96a5393feef46fbdd6

We covered a wealth of information and answered many questions pertaining to the safe return to school protocols and discussed SOL testing logistics for both in-person and virtual families. We encourage everyone to view the video if you were unable to join us.

Thank you!

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Recorded Presentation - RTS / SOL Parent Night

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Recording of Return to School / SOL Testing Parent Information Night

Thank you parents and families who joined us yesterday evening for the Return to School / SOL Testing Information presentation. View Recording Here

We covered a wealth of information and answered many questions pertaining to the safe return to school protocols and discussed SOL testing logistics for both in-person and virtual families. We encourage everyone to view the video if you were unable to join us.

Thank you!

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Tonight RTS/SOL Information Night

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Tonight RTS/SOL Information Night

We are looking forward to seeing our students this week for 4-days of instruction. To provide information and respond to questions you may have, we are hosting and combining our RTS town Hall with our SOL Information Night tonight on April 26th at 6:00pm. Please use this link to join the meeting.

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