Weekly Newsletter 6/12/2024

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Principal’s Message 

Dear Parents and Guardians-

It’s the last full day of school as I write this final note of the school year. As I reflect on the buzz of our activities this week, I just want to share that joy is in the air! While everyone is ready for a break from the usual school routine, both our students and staff are bustling with activity as we close out another school year. The joy of engaging in new activities, experiencing new things, and the thrill of trying something different are felt throughout the school. This is yet another testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff, who are truly remarkable-right until the last day. 

I hope you and your family have a fantastic summer break away from the school year's routine. Some students will return shortly to participate in ESY, while others will take the time to rest and recharge. Our school will reopen in August, ready to deliver another quality program for your children.  Our staff will return, as they always do, brimming with joy and energy to share with students and with each other! 

Please remember that school offices will operate on a modified schedule over the summer.  Our office and administrative staff however remain available and will promptly respond to any messages to address any concerns or needs you or your family may have over the next few weeks. 

Enjoy your summer break!

Ann 

Summer Office Hours


Office hours will be from 8am – Noon.  Messages will be checked multiple times per day. Our social worker and administrative team will be in and out of office over the summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need any assistance. Administrative staff will be around and are happy to help with anything you may need from us. 

Extended School Year - ESY


We are excited to kick off another Key Center ESY program this summer! Emily Kaltenmark will be our ESY Principal again this summer. Your assigned teacher will be reaching out to you on June 27/28th. ESY dates and times are below.  Transportation will notify you of your pick up/drop off times prior to ESY.  Please note that breakfast will be provided but not lunch.   

Dates: July 1 - July 26 

Time:7:45 – 10:45

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 &sisters of children with special needs.
  •       Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  •       Play games and have fun!

June 28, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon 

Leis Center (map) 7423 Camp Alger Ave Falls Church, VA 22042

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Register for this event

Free fresh produce

Where:   

Corner of Maple Street and Cupp DriveFairfax, Virginia 22030

When:

Sundays at 3pm until supplies run outJune 2 through October 20, 2024

Who:

This produce is available to anyone in need.  It is donated by the farmers at the Fairfax City Sunday market and distributed by the volunteers at A Place to Stand, Inc.

The Spectrum of Decision-Making Options in Virginia: Supported Decision-Making to Guardianship and Everything in Between
  • Date/Time: June 18, 2024 | 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: Virtual

Join the Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services (DBHDS) webinar to learn more about the decision-making options available to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia. Learn the difference between capacity, competency, and consent and how people can get help making decisions from the least restrictive options (i.e. supported decision-making) to the most restrictive options (i.e. legal guardianship). 

REGISTER HERE

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation


The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

Reminder - End of Year Medication Pick-Up


The school 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, Wednesday June 12th or for students attending ESY at Key Center School, no later than student dismissal time on the last day of ESY, July 26. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools at another center, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Sensory Friendly Time at Our Special Harbor


The sensory friendly time at Our Special Harbor welcomes individuals and families who need spaces with reduced sensory input.

Our Special Harbor is a fully accessible Chesapeake-Bay themed spray ground with fun features including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. Designed for children of all abilities, the spray ground includes wheelchair-accessible features such as water tables and gentle bubblers. Water wheelchairs are available. 

The designated sensory friendly time allows attendees to experience limited capacity and reduced sounds. Staff trained to respond to children with special needs will be on hand.

Admission is free for families. Sensory friendly times are scheduled 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday through the end of August.

 Learn more

Key Center PTA Elects Officers for the 2024-2025 School Year


Currently, the PTA President position is VACANT and we are finalizing the slate with interested candidates.  If you would like more information or have a nominee, please contact Cecilia Allen at [email protected] or 301-646-7447.

President- Vacant

Vice President- Emily Bell

Treasurer- Cecilia Allen

Secretary- Lalin Courtney

Your participation and support help make our PTA thrive, and we look forward to another fantastic year!

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE


Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, assessment scores and your student’s IEP.

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for your FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. An app is also available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more.

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information on ParentVUE.

           Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA

Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


July 1-26                     ESY Dates (No School July 4& 5)

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Last Day of School- Early Dismissal


The last day of the 2023-2024 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early. Key Center dismissal will be at 11:50am.  Remember some students do not attend school on the last day, so your child’s bus may not take as long to get your student home as usual, please plan ahead.

Congratulations Key Center School Class of 2024!


Caps off to the five fabulous 2024 graduates of Key Center School, Calliem, Maryam, Paul, Valeria and Vincent!  Your positive attitude and tireless work ethic have taken you far!  Congratulations to each of you and your families on this momentous achievement. Wishing you all the best as you step into the next chapter of your lives.  Key Center will miss you!!

Reminder - End of Year Medication Pick-Up


The school 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, Wednesday June 12th or for students attending ESY at Key Center School, no later than student dismissal time on the last day of ESY, July 26. Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools at another center, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services. A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Extended School Year - ESY


We are excited to kick off another Key Center ESY program this summer! Emily Kaltenmark will be our ESY Principal again this summer. Your assigned teacher will be reaching out to you on June 27/28th. ESY dates and times are below.  Transportation will notify you of your pick up/drop off times prior to ESY.  Please note that breakfast will be provided but not lunch.   

Dates: July 1 - July 26 

Time:7:45 – 10:45 ESY

Sensory Friendly Time at Our Special Harbor

The sensory friendly time at Our Special Harbor welcomes individuals and families who need spaces with reduced sensory input.

Our Special Harbor is a fully accessible Chesapeake-Bay themed spray ground with fun features including a spraying osprey nest, Chessie the sea serpent, misting sunflowers and a lighthouse. Designed for children of all abilities, the spray ground includes wheelchair-accessible features such as water tables and gentle bubblers. Water wheelchairs are available. 

The designated sensory friendly time allows attendees to experience limited capacity and reduced sounds. Staff trained to respond to children with special needs will be on hand.

Admission is free for families. Sensory friendly times are scheduled 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday through the end of August.

 Learn more

Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Summer Office Hours


Office hours will be from  8am – Noon.  Messages will be checked multiple times per day. Our social worker and administrative team will be in and out of office over the summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need any assistance. Administrative staff will be around and are happy to help with anything you may need from us.

Key Center PTA Elects Officers for the 2024-2025 School Year


Currently, the PTA President position is VACANT and we are finalizing the slate with interested candidates.  If you would like more information or have a nominee, please contact Cecilia Allen at [email protected] or 301-646-7447.

President- Vacant

Vice President- Emily Bell

Treasurer- Cecilia Allen

Secretary- Lalin Courtney

Your participation and support help make our PTA thrive, and we look forward to another fantastic year!

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE


Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, assessment scores and your student’s IEP.

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for your FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. An app is also available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more.

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information on ParentVUE.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


June 12               Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

July 1-26             ESY Dates


2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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Reminder - Tomorrow,  May 30, 2024 Early Release for Key Center Students


Key Center’s 2024 graduation ceremony will take place tomorrow,  May 30, 2024 at 12:30 in the Key Center gymnasium.  Students will be released early at 10:30AM

Please make plans for this early release day. 

Key Center Prom 2024


Key Center Prom rocked the school gym on Friday, May 24th, with our high schoolers joining in the fun. Music pumped, friends danced together, and families arrived in time for the last dance of the event.   Once again, Key Center Prom was a day filled with laughter and smiles!

Key Center PTA Elects Officers for the 2024-2025 School Year


A big thank you to all PTA members who joined our evening meeting on May 24th!  We gathered to review our year's activities and successes. 
Many THANKS! to the 2023-2024 outgoing officers for all their hard work and support.  CONGRATULATIONS to the newly elected slate of officers for the upcoming school year.  Currently, The PTA President position is VACANT and we are finalizing the slate with interested candidates.  If you would like more information or have a nominee, please contact Cecilia Allen at [email protected] or 301-646-7447.

President- Vacant

Vice President- Emily Bell

Treasurer- Cecilia Allen

Secretary- Lalin Courtney

Your participation and support help make our PTA thrive, and we look forward to another fantastic year!

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE


Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, assessment scores and your student’s IEP.

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for your FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. An app is also available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more.

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information on ParentVUE

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year


All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to your school office. Students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall high schools, and Davis Center can ride Metrobus for free, in addition to the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. Visit the Fairfax County website for details and approved Metrobus routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office. Children 12 and younger ride for free on the Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 30          Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12         Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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Memorial Day- No School May 27th


All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.  Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

Reminder - Graduation May 30, 2024 Early Release for Key Center Students


Key Center’s 2024 graduation ceremony will take place on May 30, 2024 at 12:30 in the Key Center gymnasium.  Students will be released early (10:30AM) on graduation day.  Please make plans for this early release day. 

PTA Meeting- Thursday, May 23rd, 5:00-6:30, Board Positions Open


Please plan to join us tomorrow, Thursday, May 23rd from 5:00-6:30, for the final PTA meeting of the school year.  Dinner will be provided at this meeting and students are welcome to attend with their families. Please RSVP to let us know that you plan to attend.  

The main item of business is to vote in the new Key Center PTA Board.  The Slate of Officers is:

Secretary:  Lalin Courtney

Treasurer:  Cecilia Allen

The Key Center Nominating Committee is still looking to finalize two positions on the PTA board:  President and Vice President.  If interested, please reach out to Cecilia Allen at [email protected] or via phone 301-646-7447.  Join a great team and work together to support the Key Center Staff and Students.

Science Fair 2024 Was  a Great Success!


Key Center School was abuzz with scientific discovery this past week at the annual Science Fair! Every class participated, creating fantastic projects and informative boards showcasing their findings. Each class visited the Science Fair and students voted for their favorite projects.  Congratulations to the students of Ms. Edmondson and Ms. Ganley for their winning project- Magnetic Cereal!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month


May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  At Key Center we are lucky to have a team of three Adapted Physical Education teachers who support our students’ physical fitness needs.  Adapted Physical Education (APE) is an approach to physical education that is tailored to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. APE programs provide specialized instruction and modifications to traditional physical education activities to help students with disabilities improve their physical fitness, motor skills, and cognitive abilities. The goal of APE is to ensure that all students, regardless of their abilities, have the opportunity to participate in physical activities and develop lifelong habits of physical fitness and well-being. By providing adaptive equipment and teaching strategies, APE programs aim to remove barriers to participation and help students with disabilities achieve success in physical education. Many thanks to our wonderful Adapted PE Team:  Sean Ganley, Greg Hoobchaack, and Mike Reish!

Student Bus Passes Offer Free Transportation All Year


All Fairfax County middle and high school students can get a Student Bus Pass SmarTrip card to ride the Fairfax Connector and Fairfax CUE buses for free! With the pass, fares are free from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, all year. Learn more about the Student Pass. Complete the application and return it to your school office. Students at Justice, Annandale, Falls Church, and Marshall high schools, and Davis Center can ride Metrobus for free, in addition to the Fairfax Connector and City of Fairfax CUE. Visit the Fairfax County website for details and approved Metrobus routes. Complete the application and return it to your school office. Children 12 and younger ride for free on the Fairfax Connector with a paying adult.

Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver


Virginia is in the process of expanding funding to provide services for those individuals on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver (often referred to as DD Waivers) Priority One Wait List. The goal is to provide significantly more waiver slots for Virginians with developmental disability so that they can receive services and supports to improve their and their families’ lives and wellbeing.

Attend a community orientation for individuals and their families to gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate the DD Waiver process.

Attend an information session:

What to Expect When Allocated a Developmental Disabilities Waiver May 30, 2024 at 11:00 am

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza!

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth.

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 27         Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30         Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12        Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am 


2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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PTA Meeting- Thursday, May 23rd, 5:00-6:30


Please plan to join us on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:00-6:30 for the final PTA meeting of the school year.  Dinner will be provided at this meeting and students are welcome to attend with their families. The slate of officers for the 2024-2025 school year will be presented and voted upon at this important meeting.  Questions? Please contact Cecilia Allen at: [email protected]

Graduation May 30, 2024- Early Release for Key Center Students


Key Center’s 2024 graduation ceremony will take place on May 30, 2024 at 12:30 in the Key Center gymnasium.  Students will be released early (10:30AM) on graduation day.  Please make plans for this early release day. 

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  You can order your yearbook today for just $12!  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!  The deadline to order this year’s yearbook is May 17, 2024.

ZamDance Closes Out Another Great Year


We enjoyed this school year’s last visit from ZamDance on May 9th. As always, the energy was high, everyone was in motion, and a great time was had by all.  We would like to extend our thanks to ZamDance’s Jackie Zamora for supporting our students’ social emotional health through her programming.  Her goal of bringing joy and happiness through music and dance has definitely been met once again this school year!

Get your child’s immunizations up-to-date


Immunization services are available to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the country, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date.

By Appointment Only.  Call 703-246-7100

May 16, 4-8pm - Mt. Vernon8350 Richmond Hwy. #233Alexandria, VA

Appointments are also available during regular clinic hours (all day Monday–Thursday and Friday mornings). Please call or connect with them online to make an appointment.

Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver


Virginia is in the process of expanding funding to provide services for those individuals on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver (often referred to as DD Waivers) Priority One Wait List. The goal is to provide significantly more waiver slots for Virginians with developmental disability so that they can receive services and supports to improve their and their families’ lives and wellbeing.

Attend a community orientation for individuals and their families to gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate the DD Waiver process.

Attend an information session:

What to Expect While Waiting for a Developmental Disabilities Waiver May 20, 2024 at 11:00 am

What to Expect When Allocated a Developmental Disabilities Waiver May 30, 2024 at 11:00 am

Jewish American Heritage Month


May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza


Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Transition Support Group


Date
: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cherry Blossom Conference Room at Venture 3060 Williams Dr. Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22031

A group to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, or just a safe place to be heard!  We are focused on individuals who are about to transition out of a school system, or who have already transitioned out of a school system.  This group is guided by Nicole Zupan, DD Waiver Support Coordinator with the Arc of Northern Virginia.

Registration available here.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 27       Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30       Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12      Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am


2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

Weekly Newsletter 5/8/2024

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Staff Appreciation Week


Thank you to our PTA for the wonderful start to our Staff Appreciation Week!  We have already been treated to a delicious pancake breakfast and an energy-boosting coffee bar.  We are looking forward to more events as the week continues!  Please feel free to send in cards, notes or treats that you think the staff would appreciate.

National School Nurse Day


National School Nurse Day is today, Wednesday, May 8.
It is a day to recognize the many contributions that school nurses make to student health and learning.  

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) appreciates the role of School Public Health Nurses (PHNs) for their contribution to the health and welfare of all our students. Professional school nurses support the needs of students through their delivery of healthcare, contributions to local school communities, and promotion of safety, prevention, and wellness throughout the year. School nurses are essential to our community and work tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.  We are fortunate to have two phenomenal nurses supporting our Key Center students!  Please join us in thanking our nurses Jeannette Mitchell and Maureen Holt for their hard work and dedication to our students. 

Fundraising Auction and the Pucker Palooza Event


Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Pucker Palooza Fundraising event, scheduled for Noon-5:00PM at Settle Down Easy Brewing Company, on May 11th, has been canceled.  The many terrific auction items that were generously donated will still benefit our PTA.  They will be auctioned through our PTAs online site.  Bidding on these great items opens today, May 8th and will continue through Wednesday May 15th at 4:30PM.  Auction items include Washington area sports team tickets and memorabilia, tickets to a variety of great local experiences, gift certificates to some great restaurants, and so much more!  Please support the Key Center PTA by visiting the auction site and generously supporting the online auction.

National Speech-Language-Hearing Month


May is here, and with it comes an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions of our speech therapists, Karie Huynh and Aimee Rand. As we observe National Speech-Language-Hearing Month, we want to extend our gratitude to Aimee and Katie for their dedication in providing exceptional speech services to our students.  Aimee and Katie play a pivotal role in helping our students develop essential communication skills, empowering them to express themselves and better navigate the world around them.


During National Speech-Language-Hearing Month, we also want to express our appreciation to two valuable members of our school team: Teacher of the Hearing Impaired, Rachel Lee and Audiologist, Sheila Moore-Neff.  Rachel and Sheila work with our students with hearing impairments and their classroom teams to ensure that they are supported in accessing their environment and educational services.

Happy National Speech-Language-Hearing Month, and thank you for all that you do!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  You can order your yearbook today for just $12!  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!  The deadline to order this year’s yearbook is May 17, 2024.

Get your child’s immunizations up-to-date


Immunization services are available to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the country, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date.

By Appointment Only.  Call 703-246-7100

May 9, 4-8pm – Annandale7611 Little River Tnpk. #400EAnnandale, VA

May 16, 4-8pm - Mt. Vernon8350 Richmond Hwy. #233Alexandria, VA

Appointments are also available during regular clinic hours (all day Monday–Thursday and Friday mornings). Please call or connect with them online to make an appointment.

Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver


Virginia is in the process of expanding funding to provide services for those individuals on the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver (often referred to as DD Waivers) Priority One Wait List. The goal is to provide significantly more waiver slots for Virginians with developmental disability so that they can receive services and supports to improve their and their families’ lives and wellbeing.

Attend a community orientation for individuals and their families to gain a deeper understanding of how to navigate the DD Waiver process.

Attend an information session:

What to Expect While Waiting for a Developmental Disabilities Waiver May 20, 2024 at 11:00 am

What to Expect When Allocated a Developmental Disabilities Waiver May 30, 2024 at 11:00 am

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza


Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

FCPS Ombuds Provides Confidential Guidance


The Office of the Ombuds engages with families, students, and staff to offer resources and improve the experience of each and every member of the FCPS community. They work as an independent confidential resource to help get answers to questions, offer options to resolve concerns and hear complaints regarding FCPS matters.  

Anyone seeking assistance from the Office of the Ombuds may call 571-423-4014, email [email protected], visit their webpage, or submit a question. Ombuds staff do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

ABA Family Training- Maintaining Routines Outside of School


This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • The benefits of keeping a home routine
  • Way to maintain structure outside of school

May 15, 2024Choose one virtual session:10:00am - 11:30am  OR  7:00pm - 8:30pmJoin using this meeting link:  https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend ABA Family 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 additional questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at [email protected].

Morning at the Museum at the National Museum of Natural History


The Smithsonian’s Morning at the Museum event at the National Museum of Natural History is on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Pre-registered families will be able to explore the first floor of the museum before it opens to the public.Pre-visit materials will be sent to registered families prior to the program. Due to high demand,  you are asked to only reserve passes for your immediate family (maximum of 8 passes). 

Please use the Etix link below to sign up for this program.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/39694734/morning-at-the-museum-at-the-national-museum-of-natural-history-washington-national-museum-of-natural-history 

The next two Morning at the Museum programs will be:

National Zoo, Bird House on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00-10:30am

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Sunday, June 30 from 9:30-11:00am

Transition Support Group

 

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cherry Blossom Conference Room at
Venture 3060 Williams Dr. Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22031

A group to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, or just a safe place to be heard!  We are focused on individuals who are about to transition out of a school system, or who have already transitioned out of a school system.  This group is guided by Nicole Zupan, DD Waiver Support Coordinator with the Arc of Northern Virginia.

Registration available here.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 6- 10      Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 26          Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30          Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12         Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Calendar Reminder- May 3rd


May 3rd is a teacher workday, there is no school for students.

Planning for 2024 Staff Appreciation Week

 

We’re gearing up for Staff Appreciation Week, which will be celebrated May 6-10.  Our Key Center School PTA is planning to thank the Key Center Staff with a variety of activities and experiences throughout the week.  They are hoping to receive financial support from families.  There are two options:

1- Provide a donation through the PTA’s Givebacks Store website.  The PTA will do the shopping for you!  

2- Sign up to send in food donations using this SignUpGenius.  Donated items will be accepted at the school on Monday, May 6th and Tuesday, May 7th.

Thank you for your support of this effort!

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  You can order your yearbook today for just $12!  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!  The deadline to order this year’s yearbook is May 17, 2024.

ABA Family Training- Maintaining Routines Outside of School


This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • The benefits of keeping a home routine
  • Way to maintain structure outside of school

May 15, 2024Choose one virtual session:10:00am - 11:30am OR 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join using this meeting link:  https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend ABA Family 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 additional questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at [email protected].

Morning at the Museum at the National Museum of Natural History


The Smithsonian’s Morning at the Museum event at the National Museum of Natural History is on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Pre-registered families will be able to explore the first floor of the museum before it opens to the public.

Pre-visit materials will be sent to registered families prior to the program. Due to high demand,  you are asked to only reserve passes for your immediate family (maximum of 8 passes). 

Please use the Etix link below to sign up for this program.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/39694734/morning-at-the-museum-at-the-national-museum-of-natural-history-washington-national-museum-of-natural-history

The next two Morning at the Museum programs will be:

National Zoo, Bird House on Saturday, June 15 from 9:00-10:30am

Smithsonian Folklife Festival on Sunday, June 30 from 9:30-11:00am

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!


As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

Supported Decision Making for All


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
11:00 a.m.
Live, on-line presentation on ZOOM

If you or a loved one with a disability are thinking about how to get help understanding and making choices now and for the future, it is time to learn about Supported Decision Making. This collaborative, empowering process helps leverage the strength of the person with a disability and their network while maintaining maximum civil rights and autonomy. Hear our Director of Advocacy, Lucy Beadnell, review what Supported Decision Making is, how to get started, and other related resources in this webinar. 

Register for Supported Decision Making for All

Transition Support Group


Date
: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Cherry Blossom Conference Room at
                 Venture 3060 Williams Dr. Suite 300
                 Fairfax, VA 22031

A group to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, or just a safe place to be heard!  We are focused on individuals who are about to transition out of a school system, or who have already transitioned out of a school system.  This group is guided by Nicole Zupan, DD Waiver Support Coordinator with the Arc of Northern Virginia.

Registration available here.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 3            Teacher Workday, no school for students
May 6- 10      Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 26          Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30          Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12         Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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Planning for 2024 Staff Appreciation Week


We’re gearing up for Staff Appreciation Week, which will be celebrated May 6-10.  Our Key Center School PTA is planning to thank the Key Center Staff with a variety of activities and experiences throughout the week.  They are hoping to receive financial support from families.  There are two options:

1- Provide a donation through the PTA’s Givebacks Store website.  The PTA will do the shopping for you!  

2- Sign up to send in food donations using this SignUpGenius.  Donated items will be accepted at the school on Monday, May 6th and Tuesday, May 7th.

Thank you for your support of this effort!

Students Learn About Spring Through Engaging Activities


Students from Ms. Williams, Ms. Hudson and Ms. Lansang’s classrooms got together last week for a great group lesson.  The students learned about spring and some of the senses that you might use to notice spring changes.  They also made fun sensory bags.  Students chose from various springtime objects to place in their sensory bags.  They then chose to fill the bags with the gelatin, selecting the gelatin of their choice, based upon scent and color.  After sealing the bags, they were able to explore, using their senses of touch and smell.

Speech & Hearing Program


Fairfax County Health Department Speech and Hearing clinic offers complete diagnostic evaluation and treatment for both children and adults. The clinic staff are ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and are licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Call to make an appointment, 703-246-7120.  Medicaid is accepted. 

Services include:Speech & Language- Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Speech Sound Disorder, Swallowing, Tongue Thrust, Voice & Resonance, Fluency, Stuttering, Cleft Palate, Pragmatics, Social Skills, and Teletherapy

Hearing- Speech Audiometry--Air & Bone Conduction, Immittance (middle ear mobility), Otoacoustic Emissions, Hearing Aid Evaluations

Clinic Locations are:

Joseph Willard Health Center
3750 Blenheim Boulevard
Fairfax, VA  22030

Herndon-Reston District Office
1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA  20190

Mt. Vernon District Office
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 233
Alexandria, VA  22309

For more information, access the Fairfax County Government website.

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey


The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).   To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.  Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.


Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 27th. 

Click on the link below for more information and for locations for drop off unused or expired medications. 

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/news/2024/april-27-take-back-day

Supported Decision Making for All


Tuesday, May 7, 2024
11:00 a.m.
Live, on-line presentation on ZOOM

If you or a loved one with a disability are thinking about how to get help understanding and making choices now and for the future, it is time to learn about Supported Decision Making. This collaborative, empowering process helps leverage the strength of the person with a disability and their network while maintaining maximum civil rights and autonomy. Hear our Director of Advocacy, Lucy Beadnell, review what Supported Decision Making is, how to get started, and other related resources in this webinar. 

Register for Supported Decision Making for All

Transition Support Group


Date
: Saturday, May 18, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Cherry Blossom Conference Room at Venture 3060 Williams Dr. Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22031

A group to share thoughts, ideas, concerns, or just a safe place to be heard!  We are focused on individuals who are about to transition out of a school system, or who have already transitioned out of a school system.  This group is guided by Nicole Zupan, DD Waiver Support Coordinator with the Arc of Northern Virginia.

Registration available here.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 3               Teacher Workday, no school for students
May 6- 10         Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 26             Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30             Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am
June 12            Last Day of School - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

Weekly Newsletter 4/17/2024

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Get2Green Earth Week - April 22-26


Students and staff are invited to wear the color matching each day’s theme to show your Earth Week spirit!

Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day

Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day

Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day

Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day

Friday, April 26 - wear a nature print for Wildlife Day

Check the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for everything you need to get started.

Get2Green Club Activities


Great things are happening in our garden area at Key Center.  Thanks to a generous grant from FCPS Get2Green, we have begun the process of expanding and upgrading our garden area.   We have added some new raised garden beds and are now preparing them for planting.  We are using a gardening method called hügelkultur.  Never heard of it?  We’re basically filling the bottom of the beds with various organic materials that will break down over time and create rich, new soil.  The bottom layer is created using cut wood.  The students have been enjoying moving wood from the wood pile to the garden beds!  If anyone in our community has wood, branches or grass clippings to donate to our hügelkultur project, please contact Beth Curtis at [email protected] to coordinate getting materials to Key Center- thank you!

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award


The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey


The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024.Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

Storytelling as an Advocacy Tool


Fairfax County Special Education PTA (SEPTA) is co-sponsoring a discussion panel with other community organizations bringing Tiffany Hammond, New York Times Best Selling Author of  "A Day with No Words" to Fairfax County later this month. If you're not yet familiar with the book, "A Day with No Words" shares the "bond between mother and child and follows them on a day where they use a tablet to communicate with others." 

This event will not be a typical book signing event. Rather, this event will be a discussion about the important role individual stories play in advocating for improved supports and services for people who need and use Augmentative and Alternative Communication. The event is geared toward individuals who want to find out how to participate in efforts to improve services and supports for people who use and need AAC

Here are the event details and registration link. Please RSVP ASAP, as space is limited.

Storytelling as an Advocacy Tool: An AAC Community Discussion with Tiffany Hammond
Sunday, April 21st, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Ravensworth Baptist Church
Register at: https://bit.ly/AAC-VA


Take advantage of a free, convenient, confidential, and safe disposal of unused or expired medications during Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, April 27th. 

Click on the link below for more information and for locations for drop off unused or expired medications. 

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/news/2024/april-27-take-back-day

First Responder & Safety Event Fair


When:  Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time:    11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Kenmore Middle School            
200 S Carlin Springs Rd            
Arlington, VA 22204

Admission:  Free but pre-registration is required

A resource fair and practice event with Arlington first responders and community partners to learn about emergency and crisis resources, and practice navigating emergencies. You’ll be able work on creation of the DD identification cards to hand to first responders to identify a disability in the event of an emergency. You can also work with first responders to role play a variety of situations and ask questions about how you can navigate emergencies safely.

For the first time, staff from the Marcus Alert team will join the event. They can help you set up an emergency health profile. The Emergency Health Profile allows individuals to voluntarily create a free emergency health profile to provide first responders with their vital health and medical information (behavioral health related information included) when calling 9-1-1 during an emergency or crisis. Individuals over the age of 16 may sign-up for an Emergency Health Profile through the Emergency Health Profile Association. Legal guardians may sign up individuals under the age of 16. This team will also discuss 988 and options to call during a behavioral/mental health emergency, and what you can expect.

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s award winning Tech for Independent Living team will also be present to talk about Arc2Independence, our free customizable app to help people with disabilities learn important life skills, gain more independence, and enhance their personal safety.

Click here to register.

Save the Date!  Pucker Palooza Fundraiser for Key Center School


Mark your calendars now for a fun afternoon of raising funds for Key Center PTA.  Join us on Saturday, May 11th from Noon until 5PM for:

  • Live auction of fantastic items such as National tickets
  • Live music
  • Cornhole tournament
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Delicious food
  • Featuring a variety of sour beers

Settle Down Easy Brewing Company
2822 Fallfax Dr.
Falls Church, VA  

Look for more information coming soon!

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

DSANV Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fun


Mark your calendars, lace up your running shoes and help us celebrate the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) with our third annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run.

When:  April 21, 2024

Time:   5K Run/Walk starts at 8:00am          
             Fun Run starts at 9:15am
Where
: Occoquan Regional Park            
             9751 Ox Road             
             Lorton, VA  22079

Proceeds will go towards supporting DSANV’s mission to ensure all individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in the Northern Virginia area, receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of the life in their communities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Students and Staff will receive Registration discount!  Please use coupon code: WDSDAY24

Register: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/2024-dsanv-spring-sprint-5k-run-walk-fun-run

For questions and event details, please email [email protected]

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit


Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


May 3 Teacher     Workday, no school for students

May 6- 10             Annual Staff Appreciation Week

May 26                 Memorial Day Holiday, No School

May 30                 Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at 10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

Weekly Newsletter 4/9/2024

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Purple Up! Day


To show our support for all our military-connected families, we are inviting all Fairfax County students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” on April 17  for military children.

Why purple? Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force and Space Force blue.

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  Take advantage of early bird pricing and order your yearbook today for just $10!  After April 17th, the price will increase.  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Program


Registration for Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp opens tonight at midnight, April 10th.  For more information about Therapeutic Recreation Summer Programs, please refer to the flier sent home before Spring Break, or access the Therapeutic Recreation website.

Save the Date!  Pucker Palooza Fundraiser for Key Center School


Mark your calendars now for a fun afternoon of raising funds for Key Center PTA.  Join us on Saturday, May 11th from Noon until 5PM for:

  • Live auction of fantastic items such as National tickets
  • Live music
  • Cornhole tournament
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Delicious food
  • Featuring a variety of sour beers

Settle Down Easy Brewing Company
2822 Fallfax Dr.
Falls Church, VA  

Look for more information coming soon!

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award


The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

ABA Family Training - April 17, 2024


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:

  • Ways you can get your child to demonstrate the same skills at home and in school
  • Strategies to get your child to do the things they do with you with other family members
  • How to promote learning and maintenance of skills across settings, materials and people.

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend.  To register or to request an interpreter, contact Liane Sprunk at 571-423-4110 or email at [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.  For questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at [email protected].

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh
10:00am - 11:30am or 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Muslim American Heritage Month


Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

National Arab American Heritage Month


FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

DSANV Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fun


Mark your calendars, lace up your running shoes and help us celebrate the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) with our third annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run.

When:  April 21, 2024

Time:   5K Run/Walk starts at 8:00am         
             Fun Run starts at 9:15am

Where
: Occoquan Regional Park            
             9751 Ox Road             
             Lorton, VA  22079

Proceeds will go towards supporting DSANV’s mission to ensure all individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in the Northern Virginia area, receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of the life in their communities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Students and Staff will receive Registration discount!  Please use coupon code: WDSDAY24

Register: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/2024-dsanv-spring-sprint-5k-run-walk-fun-run

For questions and event details, please email [email protected]

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates

April 10                       Eid al Fitr - Holiday, No School
April 17 Purple            Up! Day - wear Purple for Military Connected Families
May 3 Teacher            Workday, no school for students
May 6- 10                    Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 26                        Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30                        Graduation - All students not graduating will
                                    dismiss at 10:30am

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Wednesday, April 10- FCPS Holiday (Eid al-Fitr)


Wednesday, April 10
, is an FCPS holiday and all schools and offices will be closed.  In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Muslims dress in new clothes, give charity, and pray in congregation. Eid is celebrated with the exchange of presents and delicious food with family and friends. Read more at Britannica.com. 

See the complete School Year Calendar.

Today is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!


Wednesday, April 3rd is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!  On this special day, we would like to express our gratitude to our incredible paraprofessionals. They are the heart and soul of our classrooms, providing invaluable support that empowers our students to thrive.

Their dedication to their job, and to our students makes a world of difference.  Their patience, creativity, and positive spirit create a nurturing environment in which our students feel valued and can reach their full potential.

Paraprofessionals- thank you for all that you do!

Key Center Spirit Wear - Deadline Extended!


Online ordering for our NEW spirit wear is now extended through April 5th.  Shirts are available in short sleeve, long sleeve and hoodies.  Both adult and child sizes are available.  You can order directly from our partner, Custom Ink.  Visit our web store here.

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  Take advantage of early bird pricing and order your yearbook today for just $10!  After April 17th, the price will increase.  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!

Updated COVID Recommendations


In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

ABA Family Training - April 17, 2024


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:

  • Ways you can get your child to demonstrate the same skills at home and in school
  • Strategies to get your child to do the things they do with you with other family members
  • How to promote learning and maintenance of skills across settings, materials and people.

All family members and caregivers are welcome to attend.  To register or to request an interpreter, contact Liane Sprunk at 571-423-4110 or email at [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.  For questions, contact Tina Wilkerson by email at [email protected].

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh
10:00am - 11:30am or 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Month of the Military Child


April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

Autism Acceptance Month


April is Autism Acceptance Month. One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC. Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

DSANV Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fun


Mark your calendars, lace up your running shoes and help us celebrate the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia (DSANV) with our third annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run.

When:  April 21, 2024

Time:   5K Run/Walk starts at 8:00am          
             Fun Run starts at 9:15am

Where
: Occoquan Regional Park            
             9751 Ox Road             
             Lorton, VA  22079

Proceeds will go towards supporting DSANV’s mission to ensure all individuals with Down Syndrome and their families in the Northern Virginia area, receive the support necessary to participate in, contribute to and achieve fulfillment of the life in their communities.

Fairfax County Public Schools Students and Staff will receive Registration discount!  Please use coupon code: WDSDAY24

Register: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/2024-dsanv-spring-sprint-5k-run-walk-fun-run

For questions and event details, please email [email protected]

Family Summit


The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide support for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available soon.

Principal Feedback Survey


On Monday, March 18, Key Center School parents/guardians were sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire is open until April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. As principal, Ann Smith values the time you offer this important feedback tool - thank you in advance for offering your time and input.

ParentVue


Did you know that you can access convenient, electronic copies of your student’s IEP, Progress Reports and more through ParentVue and the ParentVue Mobile App?  To find out more about accessing your student’s information, please, visit the ParentVue Account Overview page on the FCPS website.

Therapeutic Recreation Summer Program


Registration for Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp opens on April 10th.  The registration process uses their program called TRACERS.  If you do not yet have a TRACERS account, you can register at this link now so your registration process will go smoothly when it opens on the 10th.  For more information about Therapeutic Recreation Summer Programs, please refer to the flier sent home before Spring Break, or access the Therapeutic Recreation website.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates

 
April 10           Eid al   Fitr - Holiday, No School
April 17           Purple Up! Day - wear Purple for Military Connected Families
May 3             Teacher Workday, No school for students
May 6- 10       Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 26           Memorial Day Holiday, No School
May 30           Graduation - All students not graduating will dismiss at
                                            10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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Calendar Reminder Spring Break

 

March 25-29 is our Spring Break.  Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 2, are School Planning and Teacher Workdays and are both student holidays.   All FCPS schools and school offices will be closed.  Key Center phone messages will be monitored, feel free to reach out if your family needs anything.

We wish our students, teachers, and all our school-based staff a happy and restful spring break!

See the school year calendar.

Principal Feedback Survey

 

On Monday, March 18, Key Center School parents/guardians were sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire.  

ParentVue


Did you know that you can access convenient, electronic copies of your student’s IEP, Progress Reports and more through ParentVue and the ParentVue Mobile App?  To find out more about accessing your student’s information, please, visit the ParentVue Account Overview page on the FCPS website.

Order your Key Center Yearbook Today!


Our yearbook team has been hard at work, diligently compiling the highlights, achievements, and special moments from throughout the year. From the first day of school to community trips, assemblies,and everything in between, our yearbook captures the spirit of our school community.  Take advantage of early bird pricing and order your yearbook today for just $10!  After April 17th, the price will increase.  Don't miss out on the chance to relive all the wonderful memories from this school year!

Jill’s House Dads Brunch

 

Join other Jill’s House Dads for good food and conversation!

What: Brunch & Coffee (Courtesy of Jill’s House)When: Saturday, March 30thTime: 10:30am - 12:30pmWhere: Silver Diner: 8101 Fletcher St. McLean, VA  22102

RSVP @ [email protected]

Therapeutic Recreation Camp Dates & Registration

 

Therapeutic Recreation offers affordable summer camp experiences for individuals (ages 5-22) with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or attention deficit disorders. The summer will be packed full of special events, art activities, sensory play, games, sports, outdoor play, music activities and more.  Summer 2024 registration begins April 10, 2024. Registration is through TRACERS

For questions or concerns related to any of the Summer Camp programs or other services offered by Therapeutic Recreation Services, please contact us at 703-324-5532, TTY 711 or [email protected].  More information can be found on the Therapeutic Recreation website.

Key Center Spirit Wear is Available for Purchase!


Would you like to show your Key Center School pride?  Online ordering for our NEW spirit wear is now open!  Shirts are available in short sleeve, long sleeve and hoodies.  Both adult and child sizes are available.  You can order directly from our partner, Custom Ink.  Visit our web store here.  Don’t delay- the deadline to order spirit wear is April 2nd!

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Nominations Open for First-Class Awards

 

Is there a Key Center staff person who consistently goes above and beyond to meet your student’s needs?  Would you like to recognize the exemplary performance of a Key Center employee?  Now is your chance!  

The FCPS Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the 2024 First-Class Awards.  The First-Class Awards are an annual celebration of individuals in Fairfax County who support, implement, or design programs and activities which include students with disabilities that result in improving outcomes for all students. Submit your nominee using this form.  Award winners will be recognized at the Family Summit on April 20, 2024.  NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 22, 2024 TO BE CONSIDERED

Immunization Clinics

 

Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Thursday, March 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Joseph Willard Health Center.Walk-ins are accepted until 7 p.m.

Friday, March 22, 1-5:30 p.m., Annandale District Office. Walk-ins are accepted until 5 p.m.

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

Virginia DMV comes to the ARC

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031

**DMV Connect will take place in Main Floor Lobby Meeting Room**

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is coming to The Arc of Northern Virginia! The DMV Connect teams are equipped to conduct all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. This includes obtaining your REAL ID driver’s license, regular drivers licenses, identification cards and vehicle titles & registrations, parking placards, and more.

To prepare: Depending on what services you need, there may be documents (originals, not photo copies) that will be required. Please prepare ahead of time by reviewing the DMV’s website.

Meet up: This event location is the main floor lobby meeting room of The Arc of Northern Virginia offices.

Registration: You must register with The Arc of Northern Virginia and schedule an appointment by emailing [email protected].

Contact: This event isn’t hosted by OSG, so please email [email protected] with any questions.

First Responder & Safety Event Fair

 

When:  Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time:  11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Kenmore Middle School            
200 S Carlin Springs Rd            
Arlington, VA 22204

Admission:  Free but pre-registration is required

A resource fair and practice event with Arlington first responders and community partners to learn about emergency and crisis resources, and practice navigating emergencies. You’ll be able work on creation of the DD identification cards to hand to first responders to identify a disability in the event of an emergency. You can also work with first responders to role play a variety of situations and ask questions about how you can navigate emergencies safely.

For the first time, staff from the Marcus Alert team will join the event. They can help you set up an emergency health profile. The Emergency Health Profile allows individuals to voluntarily create a free emergency health profile to provide first responders with their vital health and medical information (behavioral health related information included) when calling 9-1-1 during an emergency or crisis. Individuals over the age of 16 may sign-up for an Emergency Health Profile through the Emergency Health Profile Association. Legal guardians may sign up individuals under the age of 16. This team will also discuss 988 and options to call during a behavioral/mental health emergency, and what you can expect.

 The Arc of Northern Virginia’s award winning Tech for Independent Living team will also be present to talk about Arc2Independence, our free customizable app to help people with disabilities learn important life skills, gain more independence, and enhance their personal safety.

Click here to register.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

 

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Family Resource Center

 

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Key Center PTA

 

Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates

 

March 22                  End of 3rd Quarter
March 25-29             Spring Break
April 1                       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
April 2                       Staff Development Day - Student Holiday
April 10                     Eid al Fitr - Holiday
May 6- 10                 Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 30                     Graduation - All students not graduating will be
                                                        dismissed at 10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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March Spirit Week


Monday  3/18/24 -  Wear Baseball Hat

Tuesday 3/19/24 - Wear Red White and Blue or Key Center Spirit Wear 

Wednesday 3/20/24 - Wear Your Favorite Baseball Team Gear    

Thursday 3/21/24 - In Honor of World Down Syndrome Day- Wear Blue & Yellow and/or Crazy Socks!

Friday 3/22/24 - Wear Comfy Cozy Clothes

Key Center Spirit Wear is Available for Purchase!


Would you like to show your Key Center School pride?  Online ordering for our NEW spirit wear is now open!  Shirts are available in short sleeve, long sleeve and hoodies. Lettering is Key Center colors, blue on red.  Both adult and child sizes are available.  You can order directly from our partner, Custom Ink.  Visit our web store here.  Don’t delay- the deadline to order spirit wear is April 2nd!

Family Engagement Survey is Now Open


FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

Nominations Open for First-Class Awards


Is there a Key Center staff person who consistently goes above and beyond to meet your student’s needs?  Would you like to recognize the exemplary performance of a Key Center employee?  Now is your chance!  

The FCPS Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the 2024 First-Class Awards.  The First-Class Awards are an annual celebration of individuals in Fairfax County who support, implement, or design programs and activities which include students with disabilities that result in improving outcomes for all students. Submit your nominee using this form.  Award winners will be recognized at the Family Summit on April 20, 2024. 

NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 22, 2024 TO BE CONSIDERED

Key Center’s Get2Green Club


Students from the Get2Green Club held their March meeting this week.  Students learned about  spinach!  Using the USDA’s Grow It, Try It, Like It! curriculum as a model, activities involving investigating and learning about this healthy plant were completed.  We are excited to grow spinach in our garden this year.  Students used their senses (touch and smell) to investigate spinach-some even opted to taste it!  We used spinach leaves to create interesting leaf prints, and even planted spinach seeds.  After spring break, we should have a healthy batch of spinach seedlings to transplant to our garden. 

National Women’s History Month


Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

First Responder & Safety Event Fair


When:  Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time:  11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Kenmore Middle School            
200 S Carlin Springs Rd            
Arlington, VA 22204

Admission:  Free but pre-registration is required

A resource fair and practice event with Arlington first responders and community partners to learn about emergency and crisis resources, and practice navigating emergencies. You’ll be able work on creation of the DD identification cards to hand to first responders to identify a disability in the event of an emergency. You can also work with first responders to role play a variety of situations and ask questions about how you can navigate emergencies safely.

For the first time, staff from the Marcus Alert team will join the event. They can help you set up an emergency health profile. The Emergency Health Profile allows individuals to voluntarily create a free emergency health profile to provide first responders with their vital health and medical information (behavioral health related information included) when calling 9-1-1 during an emergency or crisis. Individuals over the age of 16 may sign-up for an Emergency Health Profile through the Emergency Health Profile Association. Legal guardians may sign up individuals under the age of 16. This team will also discuss 988 and options to call during a behavioral/mental health emergency, and what you can expect.

The Arc of Northern Virginia’s award winning Tech for Independent Living team will also be present to talk about Arc2Independence, our free customizable app to help people with disabilities learn important life skills, gain more independence, and enhance their personal safety.

Click here to register.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs


Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


March 22                  End of 3rd Quarter
March 25-29             Spring Break
April 1                       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
April 2                       Staff Development Day - Student Holiday
April 10                     Eid al Fitr - Holiday,
May 6- 10                 Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 30                     Graduation - All students not graduating will be                                               dismissed at 10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Nominations Open for First-Class Awards


Is there a Key Center staff person who consistently goes above and beyond to meet your student’s needs?  Would you like to recognize the exemplary performance of a Key Center employee?  Now is your chance!  

The FCPS Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the 2024 First-Class Awards.  The First-Class Awards are an annual celebration of individuals in Fairfax County who support, implement, or design programs and activities which include students with disabilities that result in improving outcomes for all students. Submit your nominee using this form.  Award winners will be recognized at the Family Summit on April 20, 2024. 
NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 22, 2024.

National School Social Worker Week


March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school system. We are so appreciative of the skills, teamwork and positive energy that  our Social Worker, Caroline Phan brings to our building!  Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS.

Key Center Partners with Local Food Bank to Fight Hunger!


We are proud to announce a new partnership with Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), a local organization dedicated to assisting families in need in the Burke/Springfield community.  

Through this partnership, students participating in our vocational program are playing a vital role in supporting those in need. Each Wednesday, student volunteers collect extra unopened food items from classrooms.  They then sort the food to ensure its freshness and suitability for donation. Finally, the students load the food onto a bus and deliver it to ECHO, where it will be distributed to families facing food insecurity.

This initiative not only helps combat hunger in our community, but also provides valuable experience for our students. By participating in this program, students not only get to give back to their community, they also get to practice valuable skills such as communication, sorting, counting, and packaging.

We are excited to be a part of this meaningful collaboration with ECHO and empower our students to make a positive impact in their community!

Ramadan


This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

Developmental Disability Awareness Month


March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”  The theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2023 is “Beyond the Conversation.” It is time to ask the question, “Once the conversations have taken place, what comes next?” What are communities doing to create change?

More information about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month can be accessed on the Fairfax County website.

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)


Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3


FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

Welcoming environmentCommunicationStudent successAdvocacyFamily and school partnershipsCommunity partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. In today;s backpacks, you should find a flier with a QR code that will link you to the survey.  If you do not want to complete the survey electronically, we are able to provide you with a hardcopy of the survey.  Please contact our office at (703) 313-4000 to make a request for a hardcopy of the survey.

Therapeutic Recreation Services- Summer Camp Open House


We welcome you and your family to join our open house to learn more about TRS summer camp programs for individuals with disabilities (ages: 5-22). Come take part in a variety of family friendly activities, talk to camp staff, and experience a taste of the fun we have during summertime! 

  • Photo Booth - Sensory Room - Arts & Crafts-
  • Sensory Activities- Light Refreshments & Snacks -
  • Summer Camp Info Session - And More! 

Click on this link  to RSVP or call at 703-324-5532

Springfield Challenger Baseball


Springfield Challenger Baseball, Little League Baseball for kids, teens and adults with special needs, will open its 31st season starting April 7th.  They are looking for and have plenty of opportunities for new players.

2024 Spring Season

April 7- June 16
Game Times: 1:00 -3:00

Beginning in 1993 with only nine players, they have grown to become one of the largest Challenger programs in the world, fielding over one hundred players annually in three age appropriate divisions. The program is geared to all ages, Little Challengers (ages 4-12), Majors (ages 13-19), and a young adult league.

All games are on Sunday afternoons at West Springfield Little League Byron Avenue fields, games are non-competitive and adapt to each player’s individual needs.

For more information, contact either Eddie Garretson ( [email protected], 703-304-2330) or Logan Bruno ( [email protected], 571-331-1167).

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


March 25-29             Spring Break
April 1                       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
April 2                       Staff Development Day - Student Holiday
April 10                     Eid al Fitr - Holiday,
May 6- 10                 Annual Staff Appreciation Week
May 30                     Graduation - All students not graduating
                                 will be dismissed at 10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

Weekly Newsletter 2/28/2024

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Calendar Reminder - March 5th


As a reminder, March 5 is a School Planning Day- Student Holiday.

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3


FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

Welcoming environment Communication Student success Advocacy Family and school partnerships Community partnerships.

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Spirit Wear Design Contest Update

design #5

Thanks to all who participated in our 2024 Spirit Wear Design Contest!  We had eight awesome entries.  After an invitation to our students, staff and community to vote, design #5 (shown above) has been chosen as the winner!  Look for order information coming soon!

Therapeutic Recreation Services- Summer Camp Open House


We welcome you and your family to join our open house to learn more about TRS summer camp programs for individuals with disabilities (ages: 5-22). Come take part in a variety of family friendly activities, talk to camp staff, and experience a taste of the fun we have during summertime! 

  • Photo Booth - Sensory Room - Arts & Crafts-
  • Sensory Activities- Light Refreshments & Snacks -
  • Summer Camp Info Session - And More! 

Click on this link  to RSVP or call at 703-324-5532

Springfield Challenger Baseball


Springfield Challenger Baseball, Little League Baseball for kids, teens and adults with special needs, will open its 31st season starting April 7th.  They are looking for and have plenty of opportunities for new players.

2024 Spring Season

April 7- June 16
Game Times: 1:00 - 3:00

Beginning in 1993 with only nine players, they have grown to become one of the largest Challenger programs in the world, fielding over one hundred players annually in three age appropriate divisions. The program is geared to all ages, Little Challengers (ages 4-12), Majors (ages 13-19), and a young adult league.

All games are on Sunday afternoons at West Springfield Little League Byron Avenue fields, games are non-competitive and adapt to each player’s individual needs.

For more information, contact either Eddie Garretson ( [email protected], 703-304-2330) or Logan Bruno ( [email protected], 571-331-1167).

Jill’s House Moms-Mix and Mingle


Whether you’ve just joined Jill’s House or you’ve been in the family for years, join to meet, reconnect, and share with other Jill’s House moms.

What: Light dinner and time to chat

When: Thursday evening February 29th

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Solace Outpost Brewery

444 W Broad St., Falls Church

RSVP: [email protected]

Family Resource Center


Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter.

Key Center PTA


Not yet a member of our PTA?  We would love to have you join!  

Key Center PTA Membership
Key Center PTA Donations
Key Center PTA Volunteer Opportunities

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

Upcoming Dates


March 5                    School Planning Day- Student Holiday
March 25-29             Spring Break
April 1                       Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
April 2                       Staff Development Day - Student Holiday
April 10                     Eid al Fitr - Holiday
May 30                     Graduation - All students not graduating
                                                      will
be dismissed at 10:30am

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

6404 Franconia Road Springfield, VA 22150  | Main Office: 703-313-4000
Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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