Key Center on NBC4 and WUSA9 News this Evening!!!

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We are EXCITED to announce NBC4, WUSA9 and WTOP were at Key Center School today!    Some of our students were filmed during Animal Assisted Instruction. 

We hope that you will be able to watch!

NBC4 will be aired at 4:55pm and 5:55pm this evening.  We have not heard as when it will be aired on WUSA9. 

Please continue to support us!

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National Wear Red Day- this Friday, February 3rd


In honor of the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, staff and students of Key Center School are invited to wear RED on Friday February 3rd.  Get your steps in and proudly WEAR RED. WearRedDay.org

ABA Parent Training


Communication: A Foundation for Independence

This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC), Enhanced Autism Classrooms (EAC) and CAT B secondary classrooms.

Topics covered will include:

▪ Communication wants and needs
▪ Using social interactions and environments to facilitate communication
▪ Breaking down how to teach communication

Date:  February 15, 2023

Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link:
https://meet.google.com/hbr-rdpx-pfx

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend ABA Parent Training. To register or to request an interpreter, contact Liane Sprunk at (571) 423-4110 or by email at [email protected] at least two weeks in advance and provide your name and contact information (phone number and/or email) in case we need to contact you. For questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at [email protected].

Inclement Weather Statement: If FCPS announces a two-hour delay, training will take place as scheduled. If there is an early closing and/or cancellation of afterschool activities the evening session will be canceled. If there is a full day closing both training sessions will be canceled.

February Webinars and Events from the Parent Resource Center (PRC)


FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February:

February is Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. We look forward to seeing the interesting and creative ways that our staff will embed Black History Month content into classroom instruction and activities this month!

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

New Text-to-Speech Feature on FCPS Websites

 

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the Key Center School website (and all other FCPS websites). This feature will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

Key Center Recognized with FCPS Award for Communication Excellence


Fairfax County Public Schools presented five schools with awards for outstanding school communications at the School Communicators Conference held January 27th.  We are proud to announce Key Center was one of the five schools recognized with the FCPS Award for Communication Excellence.  

This award celebrates the creation of excellent website, newsletter, and social media content that informs and engages readers. The award seeks to recognize the talent, effort, and leadership of FCPS principals, newsletter editors, social media leads, and school website curators.  The Key Center Communication team includes Patti Alexander, Administrative Assistant I; Helly Ahmadyar, Administrative Assistant II and Beth Curtis, School Based Technology Specialist.

In attendance to receive Key Center’s award were:  Helly Ahmadyar, Administrative Assistant II; Beth Curtis, School Based Technology Specialist; and Ann Smith, Principal.

Staff Spotlight- Lauren Swale

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Lauren Swale.  Lauren began working at Key Center in 2021 as a Behavior Resource Teacher.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Lauren Swale.

Join the Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  Please check your student’s backpack today for a membership form, or use the following links:

Key Center PTA Donations

Key Center PTA Membership

Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

For questions, please contact PTA President, Cecilia Allen, at [email protected] or (301) 646-7447.

Upcoming Dates:

February 20         Presidents’ Day - Holiday
March 2               2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am Dismissal
March 3               Student Holiday/School Planning Day
April 3-7               Spring Break

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Reminder: End of Second Quarter


All FCPS schools have a 2 Hour Early Release Day tomorrow Wednesday, January 25 for the End of 2nd Quarter progress report work.  Dismissal is 11:50am for students. On Thursday, January 26, schools are closed for students as staff engage in a staff development day and Friday, January 27, schools are closed for students due to the teacher workday. 

Key Center PTA Information


Thank you to all who were able to join us last week for the PTA and Pizza event.  It was a successful evening.  Not only were we able to elect a slate of officers for the 2022-2023 school year, it was also a time to meet fellow Key Center stakeholders form collaborative relationships.

PTA Representatives:
President: Cecilia Allen
Vice President:  Lalin Courtney
Treasurer:  Dena Sonneborn
Secretary: Beth Curtis
Special Projects Chair: Sophia Harris

Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  Find the membership form on the PTA page of our school website.  

Key Center’s Animal Assisted Instruction program to be featured by FCPS


Animal Assisted Instruction (AAI) is a popular student activity at Key Center School.  This unique program has been chosen to be featured by Fairfax County Public Schools.  At our last AAI session, members of the FCPS Media Relations Team, Office of Communication & Community Relations visited to gather material for a feature story.  Stay tuned for more details about when this feature will be available.

Staff Spotlight- Patricia (Patti) Alexander

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Patti Alexander.  Patti began working at Key Center in 1994 as a classroom paraprofessional.  She is now in an administrative role and one of the first friendly faces that you encounter as you enter our front office.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Patti Alexander.

FCPS Strategic Plan


Key Center wants to highly encourage our family members to offer input into programming for students who attend Key Center School.  Your input is needed to ensure the breadth of FCPS student population is represented in the conversations around this important process.  For more information, visit the FCPS Strategic Planning webpage.

2023 Family & Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey

Caregivers of people with disabilities have unique experiences. The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey seeks to understand these perspectives. The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with The Arc of the United States, is conducting a survey of caregivers. This survey seeks information from caregivers to answer the following questions: What are the life experiences of caregivers and their family members with IDD? What are the most difficult or stressful aspects of caregiving? What is most rewarding about it? What would make life easier or better for caregivers, their families, and people with IDD they support across the life course? Help create a future of better supports and opportunities. Take the survey here.

Sensory-Friendly Pool Time

When:  February 11, 2023 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Where: Prince William Aquatic Center 

13833 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112

Sensory-friendly Open Pool Time, sponsored by Paragon Autism Services, is a free event for children and adults with disabilities and their families. The leisure pool and shallow pool are open for this event. The waterslide will be available for those past height (48 inches). Siblings are welcome! This event is hosted by Evan's Voice Community Center.

Transition Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students


WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY CHILD GROWS UP?

FUTURE PLANNING FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening of transition-focused workshops. Sessions will cover a range of transition topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision-Making, and student self-determination. This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. Attendees also can visit a CTS courses, programs, and services exhibitor fair.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

 

At their January 17 work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of the school board’s Work Session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process.

FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget Highlights

 

At the January 12 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on attracting and retaining teachers and staff, initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap for all students, and gives our youngest learners a strong start, including investments for special education students impacted during the pandemic.

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction. The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs. 
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being. 
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the board. Access the presentation slides on Boarddocs.

Upcoming Dates:

January 25     End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26     Staff Development Day - Student Holiday

January 27     Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 20    Presidents’ Day -   Holiday

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TODAY!  PTA and PIZZA EVENT!

Please complete the RSVP by 2:00 this afternoon to let us know if you are able to attend. If you replied, we do NOT need you to send it again, thank you!


The Key Center PTA is planning their first annual meeting.

Date:        Wednesday, January 18th
Location: Key Center School Cafeteria
Time:        5:30pm

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by a student’s family member, thank you Key Center parent Berit Buontempo for providing this donation! 

Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week


This week is Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week.  We want to recognize our enthusiastic and dedicated principal, Ann Smith. Please join us in expressing your thanks to  Ms. Smith for her energetic and compassionate leadership of our school.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities


Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

End of Second Quarter


As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday.

Key Cafe Bakery

The students in Ms. Marielle’s class run a bakery business at Key Center School!  Each week the students bake and package muffins.  They visit classrooms with their bakery cart each Wednesday, selling their yummy muffins to our hungry (and appreciative!) staff members!

Staff Spotlight- Kelly Altman

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Kelly Altman.  Kelly worked as a teacher for 8 years at Key Center.  This school year she accepted a position as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, and happily, she continues to serve our students at Key Center.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Kelly Altman.

Special Education Workshop Series

PEATC is presenting a virtual workshop series for parents and professionals who want to learn more about special education in Virginia.

You can register to attend one or all of these workshops, which are presented online at 6:30PM.

February 1:     From Referral to Eligibility
February 15:   Anatomy of an IEP
March 1:         Measurable IEP Goals
March 15:       Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings
March 29:       Dispute Resolution Options in Virginia

Upcoming Dates:

January 18       PTA Sponsored Pizza Night - 5:30pm  - tonight! 

January 25       End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26       Staff Development Day - Student Holiday

January 27       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 20      Presidents’ Day -   Holiday

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The Key Center PTA is planning their first annual meeting. Date:        Wednesday, January 18th
Time:        5:30pm
Location: Key Center School Cafeteria

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by a student’s family member, thank you Key Center parent Berit Buontempo for sending in this donation!  

Proposed Slate of PTA Officers:

President- Cecelia Allen
Vice President- Lalin Courtney
Treasurer- Dena Sonneborn
Secretary- TBD
Special Projects - Sophie Harris

 

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Resources for Families- Check Student Backpacks for Fliers

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Training Session for Families- IFSP Funding Opportunity


The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) recently announced that they would be accepting applications for funding requests soon.  IFSP-Funding provides direct assistance to families and individuals who are on Virginia’s DD waiver waitlist. Individuals with a developmental disability who are on the DD waitlist or their family members are eligible to apply. 

The following dates have been provided:

  • Monday, January 23rd for Waitlist Priority 1
  • Wednesday, January 25th for Waitlist Priorities 2 and 3

To assist families in completing applications, there will be a virtual training session offered by IFSP on January 18th from 1:00-2:00PM.  A QR code linking to the registration can be located on the flier being sent home with students today.

The best way to stay updated regarding this funding opportunity, make sure to join the IFSP email list.  The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP): First Septs Guide can be found on our school website.   Please contact our social worker, Caroline Phan by email,or by phone at 703-313-4032 if you have questions or need assistance with the IFSP Funding process.

ABA Parent Training- Steps for Systematically Teaching New Behaviors


This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC), Enhanced Autism Classrooms (EAC) and CAT B secondary classrooms.

Topics covered will include:

▪ How are behaviors taught?

▪ What are the “learning to learn” behaviors?

▪ How do I select a behavior to teach?

Date: January 18, 2023

Time: Choose one virtual session:  10:00am-11:30am OR 7:00pm-8:30pm

Session Link: https://meet.google.com/hbr-rdpx-pfx

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The Key Center PTA is planning their first annual meeting.

Date:      Wednesday, January 18th
Time:       5:30pm
Location: Key Center School Cafeteria

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by a student’s family member, thank you Key Center parent Berit Buontempo for sending in this donation!  

Proposed Slate of PTA Officers:

President- Cecelia Allen
Vice President- Lalin Courtney
Treasurer- Dena Sonneborn
Secretary- TBD
Special Projects - Sophie Harris

Please complete the RSVP to let us know if you are able to attend.

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The Key Center PTA is planning their first annual meeting.

Date:       Wednesday January 18th
Location: Key Center School Cafeteria
Time:       5:30pm

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by a student’s family member, thank you Key Center parent Berit Buontempo for sending in this donation!  

Please complete the RSVP to let us know if you are able to attend.

Transition Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students


WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE MY CHILD GROWS UP?

FUTURE PLANNING FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening of transition-focused workshops. Sessions will cover a range of transition topics: CTS programming and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision-Making, and student self-determination. This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and the transition process. Attendees also can visit a CTS courses, programs, and services exhibitor fair.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities


SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

IFSP Funding Opportunity

The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP) recently announced that they would be accepting applications for funding requests soon.  IFSP-Funding provides direct assistance to families and individuals who are on Virginia’s DD waiver waitlist. Individuals with a developmental disability who are on the DD waitlist or their family members are eligible to apply. 

The following dates have been provided:

  • Monday, January 23rd for Waitlist Priority 1
  • Wednesday, January 25th for Waitlist Priorities 2 and 3

To assist families in completing applications, there will be a virtual training session offered by IFSP on January 18th from 1:00-2:00PM.  The link has not yet been released.  The best way to stay updated regarding this funding opportunity, make sure to join the IFSP email list.  The Individual and Family Support Program (IFSP): First Steps Guide can be found on our school website.  

Please contact our social worker, Caroline Phan by email,or by phone at 703-313-4032 if you have questions or need assistance with the IFSP Funding process.

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled


Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data; and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.

FCPS CARES


The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Key Center School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

Upcoming Dates:

January 16        Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 25        End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26        Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27        Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 20       Presidents’ Day -   Holiday

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SAVE the DATE- PTA and PIZZA EVENT!

 

The Key Center PTA is planning their annual meeting.

Date:  Wednesday January 18th

Location: Key Center School Cafeteria

Time:The time for this evening meeting has not yet been finalized.  Yet, we wanted you to save the evening on your calendar so you can make plans to attend.  The event time will be released as soon as it has been set.

During this meeting, we will elect new PTA board members. A pizza dinner will be provided free of charge.  Additionally, there will be a raffle for a wonderful quilt handmade by Key Center parent, Berit Buontempo!  

We hope that you make plans to join us!

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for Students and Families

 

Ready Fairfax invites you to join us as we discuss local emergencies and natural disasters.

Participants will learn how to take steps to prepare themselves and those in their care to be resilient and prepared in the event of a crisis.  We will also discuss some special considerations to keep in mind for those with disabilities when creating an emergency plan and kit.

January 10, 2023
5:30 - 7:00 PM

James Lee Community Center
Multi-Purpose Room
2855 Annandale Rd.
Falls Church, VA  22042

Register by January 6th:  http://bit.ly/3VKBZNd

Community Travel Opportunity Offered by The Arc of Northern Virginia

 

This Friday, January 6th, join The Arc of Northern Virginia Tech for Independent Living team on a short, practice MetroRail trip. Leaving from and returning to the Dunn Loring station, individuals with disabilities (+ a designated adult) will learn basic travel skills and become more comfortable using the Metro.

You can register for this opportunity at: http://ow.ly/j5fC50MhEVh

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Thursday, January 26, 2023  9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

School Picture Retake Day


Lifetouch will be at Key Center for picture retakes on January 11, 2023.  If your student missed picture day earlier in the fall, they will have a photo taken on this retake day.

Caregiver Training Offered through Virginia Office of Integrated Health

The Office of Integrated Health - Health Supports Network (OIH-HSN) at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) offers training for caregivers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Pre-registration is required for all training sessions. After registering a link will be sent which should be added to your calendar to show the alphabetical passcode needed to enter the training. Attendees of each OIH-HSN training session will receive a certificate of participation, and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint presentation along with any other educational materials where applicable.  

Topics covered include:  VDH Special Needs Oral Health, Nutrition, Diabetes, Skin Integrity & Pressure Injuries, Transfers Training, Skilled Nursing- Private Duty Nursing, and Dysphagia & Modified Diets.

Access the Winter 2023 OIH-HSN Caregiver Training Schedule for more information as well as registration links.

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Elizabeth Ganley.  This is Elizabeth’s seventeenth year at Key Center as a Classroom Teacher.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Elizabeth Ganley.

Welcome Back from Winter Break

Students and staff are happy to be back together again at Key Center!  For more pictures of our return to school on Tuesday morning, connect with us on Facebook.

Upcoming Dates:

January 16       Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 25       End of 2nd Quarter - 2 Hour Early Release - 11:50am

January 26       Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

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Winter Break (Student holiday)- December 19 - January 2


We want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season! 

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Our main office will be closed during winter break, yet we will monitor our voicemail on our main telephone number of 703-313-4000 for any pertinent messages. Please feel free to reach out should you or your family have any needs. We know life doesn’t take vacations, feel free to call and see if we can assist you.  We will be back in the office January 3, 2023.

Thank You Families for Your Support of Our Staff


We are grateful for the snacks and supplies that families contributed to support our staff this week.  We have enjoyed a visit from the treat cart, an early morning hot chocolate bar, and more.  We feel so appreciated- thank you!

Holiday Giving Option

We know that many families like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff with a gift around the holiday season. We are offering an option for holiday giving, using a service called GiftCrowd.  You will be able to use this GiftCrowd page to leave a note and a gift for any staff member who has made a difference to your family. The list includes all teachers and staff at Key Center, so you can give to as many people as you’d like, all in one place.  

We are hoping this will be easier for all involved, and that gift recipients will benefit from one larger group gift that they can choose how to use.  Staff members will be able to redeem their gifts from one or more gift cards (including Amazon, Target, Walmart, or hundreds of others).  GiftCrowd does not charge any fees to either gift buyers or gift receivers - It is free to use. 

Participation is completely optional. The receiver will see the names of people who contribute, but will only see the grand total of money contributed-not the individual contributions.   

The deadline to contribute is Thursday, Dec. 15th at 10pm.  All gifts will be emailed to teachers and staff that evening.  Please contact Beth Curtis ([email protected]) if you have questions about the use of GiftCrowd for holiday giving.

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five Fairfax County locations from January 3-5 between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Staff Spotlight


This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Johanna Isani.  We would like to congratulate Johanna on her retirement at the end of this month!  She has worked as an English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher at Key Center for the last six years. Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Johanna Isani and her plans for her retirement. Thank you Johanna for your efforts to positively impact our students!

Social Emotional Wellness Programming

Our students have been enjoying visits from ZamDance/ZamMovement Inc.  This non-profit organization is run by Jackie Zamora and focuses on helping students with intellectual and developmental differences, gain self-esteem, confidence, focus and experience happiness.  The students love the opportunities for dance and movement.

Upcoming Dates:

December 19- Jan 2      Winter Break (No School)

January 16       Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 26       Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

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Outstanding Employee Winners

 

Key Center is pleased to announce the following winners:

Sean Ganley- Outstanding Teacher 

Greg Hoobchaak-  Outstanding New Teacher

Beth Curtis- Outstanding Professional Employee

Jennifer Cassady - Outstanding Operational Employee

Spirit week-  December 12th to16th


Monday (12/12) Red/White Day:
Wear anything red and white!

Tuesday (12/13) Festive Twinning Tuesday:Match with a friend/class! 

Wednesday (12/14) Winter Sports Day:Wear Sports jersey or attire from your favorite team!

Thursday (12/15)  Holiday/Winter Hat Day: Wear your most festive winter or holiday themed hats and headgear!

Friday (12/16) Silly Sweater Day:Wear your silliest holiday shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt!

        **Participation in spirit week is completely optional!!**

  Please email any pictures from spirit week to [email protected]

Staff Snack Bar- December 14th We need your help!!!


We will be setting up a treats/snack bar for our staff to celebrate all of their hard work.  Please send in some sweet or savory items for our staff! 

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/12 and 12/13 and no later than 10am on 12/14.

Holiday Giving Option

We know that many families like to show their appreciation for teachers and staff with a gift around the holiday season. We are offering an option for holiday giving, using a service called GiftCrowd.  You will be able to use this GiftCrowd page to leave a note and a gift for any staff member who has made a difference to your family. The list includes all teachers and staff at Key Center, so you can give to as many people as you’d like, all in one place.  

We are hoping this will be easier for all involved, and that gift recipients will benefit from one larger group gift that they can choose how to use.  Staff members will be able to redeem their gifts from one or more gift cards (including Amazon, Target, Walmart, or hundreds of others).  GiftCrowd does not charge any fees to either gift buyers or gift receivers - It is free to use. 

Participation is completely optional. The receiver will see the names of people who contribute, but will only see the grand total of money contributed.   

The deadline to contribute is Thursday, Dec. 15th at 10pm.  All gifts will be emailed to teachers and staff that evening.  Please contact Beth Curtis ([email protected]) if you have questions about the use of GiftCrowd for holiday giving.

School Board Member Visits Key Center

We were pleased to welcome school Board Member, Stella Pekarksy, to Key Center this week.  During her visit, Ms. Pekarsky met with Key Center staff and students, while learning about our programs and services.  We appreciated the opportunity to help her learn about our awesome school!

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can help raise money for Key Center just by shopping at Amazon? 

Shop at https://smile.amazon.com and name Key Center School PTA as your charity!  Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Key Center PTA at NO COST TO YOU!

Please remember to login to Smile.Amazon.com. 

It stays connected to your account-- set it up once and Key Center will receive funds each time you shop using the https://smile.amazon.com link.  As always we thank you for your support!

Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan 

FCPS will be developing a Special Education Enhancement Plan to help inform our work to increase outcomes for students with disabilities. On November 15, FCPS staff shared their proposed process for developing the plan at a School Board work session. This process includes many opportunities for community feedback and collaboration from a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders such as FCPS students, employees, parents/caregivers, and content experts. View the presentation on YouTube. Get more information on BoardDocs.

Preparing for Winter Weather

 

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

The administration will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat, a hat if possible and any other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.  Our students love being outdoors! 

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Diane Young.  This is Diane’s second year at Key Center as a Behavior Resource Teacher.  She has a very interesting vocational background- visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Diane Young.

Students Participate in Community Based Instruction


Key Center students participate in Community Based Instruction (CBI).  CBI provides students with opportunities to experience the “real world” of their communities before reaching adulthood when their lives will be lived within those communities. These experiences contribute to the development of independence in students as they practice critical skills within the natural setting of their community.

Upcoming Dates:

December 12- 16  Spirit Week

December 19- Jan 2  Winter Break (No School)

January 16  Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 26 Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27 Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

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Save the Dates Spirit Week-  December 12th to 16th

Themes include:  Red/White Day, Twinning, Winter Sports Day, Festive/Holiday Hat Day and Silly Sweater Day.  

Schedule to be shared soon!

 

Staff Snack Bar- December 14th - We need your help!!!


We will be setting up a treats/snack bar for our staff to celebrate all of their hard work.  Please send in some sweet or savory items for our staff! 

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/12 and 12/13 and no later than 10 am on 12/14.

Amazon Smile

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Shop at https://smile.amazon.com and name Key Center School PTA as your charity!  Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Key Center PTA at NO COST TO YOU!

Please remember to login to Smile.Amazon.com. 

It stays connected to your account-- set it up once and Key Center will receive funds each time you shop using the https://smile.amazon.com link.  As always we thank you for your support!

National Special Education Day


National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Inclusive Schools Week


December 5-9 is Inclusive Schools Week.  This week celebrates the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”

Community Event- IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair


This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and FCPS. 

Date: Saturday, December 3rd
Time: 9:00 AM to Noon 
Location: Annandale High School

Registration check-in opens at 8:30, and the program will begin at 9:00. Please register in advance for a proper headcount.

They will begin with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Then attendees can attend breakout sessions that will cover the different components of an IEP document.

There will also be a Special Education Resource Fair featuring information tables from community resources and service groups.

CE Recertification Credits are available for FCPS Staff.

Find more information about IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair on the SEPTA website.

Webinar: Turning 18 in Virginia

This webinar is provided by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).

Turning 18 in Virginia: What Individuals with Disabilities Need to Consider 

December 9th | 10:00 am 

Turning 18 is a big deal. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia and can make legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in their life. For some individuals with disabilities, this will not be an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as your loved one turns 18. Presented in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Prince William. Find out more and register for this event on the PEATC website.

Community Food Drive

Key Center is collecting non-perishable goods to be donated to the West Springfield Food Pantry.  The following items are particularly needed:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cereal
  • Jelly
  • Granola bars
  • Small fruit cups
  • Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut butter crackers

If you are able to contribute to this community service project, please send items in with your student, (or drop off during school hours) by December 12th.

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Betsy Komoniewski.  Betsy has been a special educator in Fairfax County Public Schools for 27 years.  This is her tenth year serving Key Center as our Assistive Technology Coach.  Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Betsy Komoniewski.

Student Business- The Key Café

As part of the Key Café, run by the 17-22 year old classes, Ms. Caitlin’s class runs a coffee cart!  The students brew and deliver coffee to staff throughout the building.  Students helped develop the business plan, they created the menu, and they shop weekly for inventory.  Students applied and were assigned jobs as either a barista, delivery specialist, or cleaner.  All of the students really enjoy participating in the coffee cart!

Upcoming Dates:

December 12- 16  Spirit Week

December 19- Jan 2  Winter Break (No School)

January 16  Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday-  Holiday

January 26 Staff Development Day- Student Holiday

January 27 Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

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Thanksgiving Break


As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

International Family Engagement Month


National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

This Week is Spirit Week!

Students and staff are having a great week showing our Key Center Spirit!  

The themes for the remaining 2 days of spirit week are as follows:

Thursday, 11/17- 

Purple Day- Wear purple to show awareness for National Epilepsy month

Friday, 11/18- 

Comfy Cozy Day- Wear your comfiest clothes to get ready for the holidays

Staff and students wore Key Center spirit gear on Monday to observe Spirit Wear Day

National Caregivers Month


National Family Caregivers Month – celebrated each November -- is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country.Read the 2022 Presidential ProclamationCelebrating Family Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month enables all of us to:

  • Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
  • Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
  • Educate family caregivers about self-identification
  • Increase support for family caregivers on the 

Learn more about National Caregivers month on the Caregiver Action Network website.

Webinar: Turning 18 in Virginia

This webinar is provided by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).

Turning 18 in Virginia: What Individuals with Disabilities Need to Consider 

December 9th | 10:00 am 

Turning 18 is a big deal. An 18-year-old is legally considered an adult in Virginia and can make legal, financial, medical, and educational decisions in their life. For some individuals with disabilities, this will not be an issue. Others may need support. This workshop will share basic information about things that need to be considered as your loved one turns 18. Presented in collaboration with The Arc of Greater Prince William. Find out more and register for this event on the PEATC website.

American Education Week

 

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Key Center School community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association

Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares.

Community Food Drive

 

Key Center is collecting non-perishable goods to be donated to the West Springfield Food Pantry.  The following items are particularly needed:

  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cereal
  • Jelly
  • Granola bars
  • Small fruit cups
  • Soup
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanut butter crackers

If you are able to contribute to this community service project, please send items in with your student,(or drop off during school hours) by December 12th.

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Johann Horn. This is Johanna’s second year at Key Center.  She is our music therapist. Key Center’s students have a great time participating in music class!

Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Johanna Horn

Community Event- IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair

 

 

This event is sponsored by the Fairfax County SEPTA (Special Education PTA) and FCPS. 

Date: Saturday, December 3rd

Time: 9:00 AM to Noon 

Location: Annandale High School

Registration check-in opens at 8:30, and the program will begin at 9:00. Please register in advance for a proper headcount.

They will begin with a simulated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting. Then attendees can attend breakout sessions that will cover the different components of an IEP document.

There will also be a Special Education Resource Fair featuring information tables from community resources and service groups.

CE Recertification Credits are available for FCPS Staff.

Find more information about IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair on the SEPTA website.

School Board to Discuss Framework for Special Education Enhancement Plan

At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged American Institutes for Research® (AIR) to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. AIR presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. View their key findings. Next steps include working with a diverse stakeholder group to develop a comprehensive Special Education Enhancement Plan to address areas of need.

The School Board will discuss a framework for the plan at their work session on Tuesday, November 15, at 1:30 p.m. Watch it live on FCPS’ YouTube Channel or Channel 99. For more information on the Special Education Review, visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage.

Connect with Us on Facebook!


Key Center would love to connect with you on Facebook.  We regularly share updates about events and activities happening at school on our Facebook page.  To be sure to see our updates on your feed, follow the link above to our facebook page then select the ‘Like” button at the top of the page.

Upcoming Dates

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 19- January 2 - Winter Break (No School)

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Jill's House Parent Support Group November Meeting

 

We look forward to, once again, welcoming Dr. Liz Maury to our

Virtual Parent Support Group

on Monday, November 14, 2022 7-8 pm

During our November meeting, Dr. Maury will lead us in a discussion of

“Anger! What do I do with it?”

We all experience it. None of us enjoy it. What can we do about it?

If you are able to join us (and we hope you are!) please contact us by email requesting the link. You should receive the link around 6:45 pm.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Warmly,

Deonne Snare
Jill's House
Family Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veterans Day


As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service.

Learning Opportunities for Families

 

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), presents the following training opportunities:

Currently Open:

 Transition University - Fall 2022 is a free, self-paced online course that focuses on providing parent-friendly information to help make transition planning easier. The fall edition of this course will be open through November 29, 2022. Participants who complete the full course will receive a certificate of completion showing 7.5 hours.

 IEP University (IEPU) is a free, self-paced online course for families and professionals that provides useful and accurate information around IEP development and meetings. This course will be open through November 20, 2022. A certificate of completion for 6 hours will be provided for all who complete the training.

Coming Soon!

Building Strong Parent Advocates is a free training that provides information to help families build solid foundations in understanding the special education process while empowering them to be their child's best advocate. This program can be accessed anytime between November 21, 2022, and December 12, 2022. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion showing 6 hours.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season


Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Native American Heritage Month


Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar


In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Sub and Save the Day!


Key Center is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference. If you know someone who may be interested in finding out about substitute opportunities, please contact us- thanks!

National School Psychology Week/Staff Spotlight

This week we are observing National School Psychology Week.  This is a time to celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. Key Center is grateful for our school psychologist, Laura Taylor, and all that she does to support our students and programming! To learn more about school psychology, visit the National Association of School Psychologists. Visit the Staff Spotlight on our school website to learn more about Laura Taylor.

New Yoga Program for Students

Key Center students have begun participating in a yoga program led by Teresa Christopher of Create Calm.  Create Calm is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal and inclusive access to healing and wellness and to developing healthier, happier communities through mindfulness-based behavioral health education.Yoga classes provide a non-competitive learning environment for growth, fostering positive interpersonal relationships, and building a more vibrant and successful school community.  

Upcoming Dates

November 11 - Veterans Day - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

December 19- January 2 - Winter Break (No School)

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Show Your Appreciation by Nominating an Outstanding Key Center Employee

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Key Center School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories, please complete the nomination through Google link for each category found below. You may nominate one or more employees at Key Center (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. Link to nomination form.

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.  Link to nomination form

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.  Link to nomination form

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.  Link to nomination form

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).  Link to nomination form

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 10, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Helly Ahmadyar at [email protected]

Lifetouch Picture Day

Picture Day is Next Week, Wednesday November 9th!  Check your student’s backpack, flier coming home soon!

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

Formally recognized by Congress since 2003, the Epilepsy Foundation has long since promoted its importance to bring awareness to the incurable disease.

Please join Key Center Staff to acknowledge Epilepsy Awareness by wearing Purple on Friday, November 4th.

Strategic Planning


Students will soon be shown a short informational video at school and be asked to complete a survey providing feedback on their experience at school. This feedback will be used to help inform FCPS leadership as they work on planning for the future of the school system. Parents are invited to view the survey questions and get more information. At Key Center, all students will be taking the modified grades 3-6 student survey.  We have reduced the number of questions, simplified language and provided picture supports for response.  Surveys will be administered during the week of November 7, 2022.  If you prefer that your student not participate in the Strategic Plan Student Survey, you may opt them out by contacting us to request an opt-out. 

Guidelines on Religious Accommodations for Students

FCPS makes reasonable accommodations so individuals are able to meet their personal religious obligations. Parents, teachers, and administrators are encouraged to consult the Guidelines for Religious Activities for Students. You may also access this information from FCPS’ website by clicking Calendars on the menu, then clicking Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observance Days. 

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Willow Oaks Administrative Center  Room 1000 A&B 

6:30-7:00 Presentations-7:00-8:30 Exhibitor Fair

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy and more. This event will include various support programs in the community available to students. This event includes a brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services followed by an exhibitor/vendor fair. Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing support after graduating from high school. 

Register for the Community Resource Fair.

Trick or Trash


Reminder- Key Center is collecting candy wrappers to be sent away for recycling by the programs called Trick or Trash.  Please continue to collect candy wrappers in the brown lunch bag that was sent home with your student.  Return candy wrappers to school by November 9th to be recycled.

Homecoming Week

We had a wonderful, spirit-filled Homecoming Week last week.  Thank you to all who helped us celebrate!

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Becky Edmondson . This is Becky’s eleventh year at Key Center.  She is a classroom teacher.  Learn more about Becky on our school’s website.

Upcoming Dates

November 8 - Election Day (No School)

November 11 - Veterans Day - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

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Nominate an Outstanding Key Center Employee

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Key Center School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories, please complete the nomination through Google link for each category found below. You may nominate one or more employees at Key Center (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. Link to nomination form.

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.  Link to nomination form

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.  Link to nomination form

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.  Link to nomination form

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).  Link to nomination form

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 10, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Helly Ahmadyar at [email protected]

 

VDOE Special Education Parent Involvement Survey

Each school year FCPS distributes a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) survey to parents of students with disabilities and the results are used by the VDOE to improve parental involvement and engagement in the special education process and improve outcomes for all students within the Commonwealth. Surveys will be sent home to parents by November 11, 2022.     

Parents – please consider advocating for continued options for virtual meetings, should you feel this works best for your family.  We are finding this to be a very good way to maintain meeting timelines while also supporting the various family needs of our students and parents/guardians. Please know, we do offer either an In Person OR Virtual meeting option, whatever works best for you. 

Let the office know if you need any assistance in completing your parent involvement survey, we’ll be happy to help.

Trick or Trash


Key Center continues to collect candy wrappers to be sent for recycling by the Trick or Trash organization.  Please continue to collect any wrappers that you may have in the brown paper bag that was sent home last Wednesday.  Collected wrappers that are sent back to school in the collection bag by November will be sent for recycling. 

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Helly Ahmadyar. This is Helly’s third year at Key Center.  She works as an Administrative Assistant in our front office.  Learn more about Helly on our school’s website.


Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, October 29.

Upcoming Dates

October 27 - Week 2 -Yoga classes- 5 sessions

         Homecoming Dance

October 28 - End of 1st Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

October 31 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 8 - Election Day (No School)

November 11 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

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Federal Impact Aid Forms Check your student’s backpack for your form!

On Wednesday October 19th, your student will receive the Federal Impact Aid Form. 

This is a mandatory form that gets filled each year to help the county collect additional tax monies due to military presence in our area.   For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school by October 28th. 

If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3 and sign/date at the bottom of the form.  Please return the form in your child’s backpack. All results are confidential.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Fall Homecoming Spirit Week 10/25-10/28  check your student’s backpack for the flier

We are so excited to announce that Homecoming Spirit Week is back this school year! 

Monday (10/24) – Student Holiday

Tuesday: Theme Day!! Wear plaid for the fall theme

Wednesday: PEP RALLY!! Fall Hall Colors

A Hall wear your Orange gear   B Hall wear your Brown gear

C Hall wear your Black gear  D Hall wear your Purple gear 

Teachers will circle your student’s hall!

Thursday: Homecoming Dance!! Dress to impress for the dance

Friday: FALL PARADE!! Dress for the fall parade through the hallways! 

 

Digital Citizenship Week

Digital Citizenship Week 2022 is October 17-21. Ten years ago, Common Sense Education started Digital Citizenship Week to highlight the importance of helping kids, families, and teachers navigate our 24/7 digital world. FCPS has been celebrating for the past decade with student learning opportunities, spirit weeks, and community engagement events. To celebrate Digital Citizenship Week at Key Center, students are participating in classroom lessons with the School Based Technology Specialist, Beth Curtis. Students are learning about being a good digital citizen and good friend, using the book Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds.

Staff Spotlight

This week’s Key Center Staff Spotlight is on Colleen Rose.  Colleen has worked at Key Center for 5 years.  She is an Occupation Therapist, working on our team of related service providers.  Learn more about Colleen on our school’s website.

Special Education Review- Final Report

FCPS is committed to providing excellence for all students, and continues to seek ways to improve and ensure the highest quality of special education and related services for students and families. At the request of the School Board, the FCPS Office of Auditor General engaged a consultant to conduct an independent, third-party review of FCPS’ special education program in October 2020. 

American Institutes for Research® (AIR) presented their final report during the School Board’s October 4 work session. Watch the video of AIR’s presentation and visit FCPS’ Office of Auditor General webpage for more information.

The School Board will hold a second session to discuss a framework for the Special Education Enhancement Plan at their Tuesday, November 15 work session.

FCPS Office of Ombuds

Did you know that FCPS has an Office of the Ombuds that is available to support you? An ombuds is someone who helps resolve conflict by facilitating communications and sharing available resources. The Office of the Ombuds works as an independent confidential resource to help students, families, community members, and employees get questions answered, resolve concerns, and voice complaints regarding FCPS matters.  The ombuds is available to: 

  • Share strategies for parents to improve communication with, and between, school and home.
  • Help to resolve disagreements between parents and schools or disagreements involving employees in the workplace.
  • Provide ideas to foster parent participation in Individual Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plan meetings.

They do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

If you have concerns, questions, or complaints to share with the Office of the Ombuds, please call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], or visit their webpage, You may also submit a question

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply.

Trick or Trash


You don’t have to trash those candy wrappers and doom them for an eternity in a landfill- or, even worse, our oceans.  By putting your wrappers in a custom candy wrapper recycling box, you can keep our planet clean and contribute to the circular economy. 

Key Center is participating in the Trick or Trash recycling program. Staff and families are invited to send in candy wrappers to school.  Students from our vocational program will collect the wrappers from classrooms and add them to the collection box for recycling.  Please check your student’s backpack for a collection bag.  Simply add candy wrappers over the next couple of weeks and return the bag to school. Wrappers returned to Key Center by November 9, 2022 will be sent to Trick or Trash for recycling.  Thank you for helping to make Halloween sweet and sustainable! 

Learn more about this program on the Trick or Trash website.

Upcoming Dates

October 20  Yoga classes start - 5 classroom sessions

October 24- Diwali (No School)

October 27 - Week 2 -Yoga classes- 5 more sessions

                     Homecoming Dance

October 28 - End of 1st Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

October 31- Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

November 8 - Election Day (No School)

November 11 - Student Holiday, Teacher Workday

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar

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Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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