Weekly Newsletter 2/14/2024

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Presidents Day (Holiday)


All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

100th Day of School

On Thursday, February 8th, Key Center observed the 100th Day of School.  Using a picture of Key Center’s staff and students, a poster-sized 100 piece puzzle was created.  Each class received a supply of the puzzle pieces.  The students worked together to build the ‘100 Days Together at Key Center’ puzzle.  Great teamwork all!

Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planned for their child’s future. A question/answer session will follow.

February 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Click on the link to Register for Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

ABA Family Training


Teaching Self-Help and Independent Skills This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Topics covered will include teaching:: 

  • Social Activities 
  • Self-help and living skills 
  • How to use visuals to facilitate independence

Date:  February 14, 2024 

Choose one virtual session: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

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


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

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

March 2, 2024, 9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

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

Jill’s House
Jill’s House Virtual Parent Support Group

Are you ever excited, delighted, or amazed by what your child with disabilities has done and you don't have someone to share it with who "gets it"? Do you wish you could get some validation or appropriate response from people after sharing how incredible you have found a certain situation involving your child with special needs?  Please join the Jill’s House VIrtual Parent Support Group on February 26th, 7-8PM, to share those experiences with others and we promise to engage at all the right places and cheer you on! 

To receive the meeting link, please contact [email protected].  You should receive the link around 6:45 pm on Monday.

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.

Key Center Graduation - May 30 at 12:30


Key Center School graduation is scheduled for May 30, 2024 at 12:30.  All students not graduating will be dismissed at 10:30am. Breakfast will be provided but there will be no lunch served on this day. 

Upcoming Dates


February 19              Presidents’ Day- Holiday
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

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter 2/72024

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Spirit Week


Please join us as we celebrate love in the sweetest way!

Monday, February 12th- Show your love with the colors RED, PINK and PURPLE

Tuesday, February 13th- Twin Flames- find a friend(s) to TWIN with

Wednesday, February 14th- Wacky HEADGEAR Wednesday

Thursday, February 15th, Show Your Key Center Love- wear Key Center SPIRITWEAR

Friday, February 16th, Dress to Impress- wear your finest for the Sadie Hawkins Dance

*participation is optional

Key Center Spiritwear Contest


We recently invited our Key Center community to submit entries for our 2024 Spiritwear Design Contest.  Some great entries were received!  We are now beginning the process of selecting a design.  Students will be voting as part of a classroom activity.  We invite you to join in the voting process to help us choose our next spiritwear design.  We hope that you will access the designs and cast your vote.  Voting will close on Wednesday, February 14th.  Once the design is selected, families will be invited to order their spirit gear!

Black History Month


February is Black History Month which is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Here Comes the Bus


Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Reading Opens the World Book Drive and Family Literacy Fair Free Books for Families and Educators


Books are available on a first-come, first served basis, so arrive early!

Parents and guardians are welcome to choose up to 10 free books per child for home libraries with a 30 books maximum limit per family.

Educators and school staff may choose up to 50 free books for their classrooms.

Fun family activities including DJ, food trucks, and free Valentine’s Day card making area.

When: February 10th

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Lorton Community Center9520 Richmond HwyLorton VA  22079

For more information, please contact David Walrod: [email protected]. 703-451-6840

Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planned for their child’s future. A question/answer session will follow.

February 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Click on the link to Register for Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

ABA Family Training


Teaching Self-Help and Independent Skills This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Topics covered will include teaching:: 

  • Social Activities 
  • Self-help and living skills 
  • How to use visuals to facilitate independence

Date:  February 14, 2024 

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

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

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 Graduation - May 30 at 12:30


Key Center School graduation is scheduled for May 30, 2024 at 12:30.  All students not graduating will be dismissed at 10:30am. Breakfast will be provided but there will be no lunch served on this day. 

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


February 19              Presidents’ Day- Holiday
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

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter 1/31/2024

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Key Center Graduation - May 30 at 12:30


Key Center School graduation is scheduled for May 30, 2024 at 12:30.  All students not graduating will be dismissed at 10:30am. Breakfast will be provided but there will be no lunch served on this day. 

Key Center is Collecting Pop-Tabs


Please collect Pop-Tabs and bring/send in pop tabs to Key Center.  Ask your neighbors, ask your friends!  All proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.

Special Needs Family Appreciation Night


Celebrate Special Needs Family Appreciation Night on February 7th at the Washington Wizards game. The first 50 people to purchase will get to take a group picture on the court after the game. Tickets start at $25.

For questions on accessible seats or groups of 10+, contact Ashley Miller at [email protected] or Andrew Cecil at [email protected]

Link to purchase tickets: https://fevo.me/snfa-wiz24

Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planned for their child’s future. A question/answer session will follow.

February 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Luther Jackson Middle School 3
020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Click on the link to Register for Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

ABA Family Training


Teaching Self-Help and Independent Skills This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Topics covered will include teaching:: 

  • Social Activities 
  • Self-help and living skills 
  • How to use visuals to facilitate independence

Date:  February 14, 2024
Choose one virtual session: 10:00am - 11:30am or 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

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


February 19              Presidents’ Day- Holiday
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


2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter 1/24/2024

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Reminder -


As a reminder, Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Key Center students will be released at 11:50 am.  Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday.

Thank You for Supporting Our Polar Plunge Team!

Thank you to all who supported the Key Center Rockets Team, at the Mosaic Polar Plunge on Saturday, January 20th.  Our team raised $4,870.00 for Special Olympics Virginia and Key Center School!  It was a bitter cold day (24° at the time of the plunge!), but our team happily embraced this opportunity to raise funds for this great cause!

Key Center is Collecting Pop-Tabs


Please collect Pop-Tabs and bring/send in pop tabs to Key Center.  All proceeds will go to Ronald McDonald House.

Spirit Week


This week is Key Center’s GAME ON Spirit Week.  During this sports-themed week, students will be competing in sporting activities that they have learned about during the month of January-- Hockey, Football, Soccer and Basketball!

Monday, January 22nd-- Bright as Torch- wear your brightest clothes

Tuesday, January 23rd-- TRAINING Tuesday- dress like you’re going to work out

Wednesday, January 24th-- We are linked TOGETHER like the Olympic flag- wear patriotic themed colors of red, white and blue

Thursday, January 25th-- REST after a hard workday Thursday- wear comfy, cozy clothes

Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planned for their child’s future. A question/answer session will follow.

February 21, 20246:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Click on the link to Register for Transition Planning, The Younger Years: Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

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


January 25           End of 2nd Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am
January 26           Teacher Workday - Student Holiday
February 19          Presidents’ Day- Holiday
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


2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter 1/17/2024

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Reminder -


As a reminder, Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Key Center students will be released at 11:50.  Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday.

Spirit Week


Next week is Key Center’s GAME ON Spirit Week.  During this sports-themed week, students will be competing in sporting activities that they have learned about during the month of January-- Hockey, Football, Soccer and Basketball!

Monday, January 22nd-- BRIGHT as Torch- wear your brightest clothes

Tuesday, January 23rd-- TRAINING Tuesday dress like you’re going to work out

Wednesday, January 24th-- We are linked TOGETHER like the Olympic flag- wear patriotic colors of red, white and blue

Thursday, January 25th-- REST after a hard workday Thursday - wear comfy, cozy clothes

Key Center T-Shirt Design Contest


Show off your creativity- enter the Key Center Spiritwear Design contest!

To participate, simply create a design that showcases Key Center spirit.  From the submitted designs, a winner will be chosen and the design will be printed on spirit gear.  Look for information about ordering spirit wear during the month of February.

The deadline for submission of your design is February 1st, 2024.  Please submit your design to Beth Curtis at [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.

Transition Parent Support Group Meeting- The Arc of Northern Virginia


Date:  Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time:  10:00 - 12:00 noon
Location:  
IN-PERSON 
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031

The purpose of this support group is to share resources and experiences primarily among families who have young adults who have aged out of a school system or who are in their last year of school and will age out of a school system next June.

At this meeting, the speaker will be Cathy Gagnon.  Cathy is married and has 3 daughters.  Her middle daughter, Megan, is 45 years old and was diagnosed with autism at about age 5.  Cathy found that placement in programs was always difficult because 40+ years ago levels of autism were not yet recognized.  As a result, Cathy learned early on that she would have to be Megan’s advocate. Cathy will share with the group the organizational binder she’s created that provides all the primary info on her daughter should someone else need to step in. Cathy will also share her experiences over the years since her daughter left school – the challenges and successes!

There is no cost to attend the group meeting, but pre-registration is required. Attendance for this meeting will be limited to 25 attendees.

Register for the Meeting

Morning at the Museum- Smithsonian


Morning at the Museum (MATM) is a free, sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodivergent and their families in which they can visit a Smithsonian museum prior to opening on designated Saturday or Sunday mornings. Monthly programs rotate between Smithsonian museums. Registration is required. Pre-registered families visit one Smithsonian museum before it opens to the public, where they can participate in activities or explore the exhibitions independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, pre-registered families receive “pre-visit” materials to help them prepare for their visit including social narratives, sensory maps, visual schedules, and tip sheets. Similar pre-visit materials are available to help families plan for visits that take place outside of MATM program hours. These materials can be found in the “Resources” section of the Access Smithsonian website here.  

To learn more about Morning at the Museum or to sign up for the mailing list, please email us at [email protected].

The next event is on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (8:00 a.m.).  Registration is required- you can register here.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, March 9, 2024 National Museum of American History
Saturday, April 27, 2024 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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


January 22-25          Spirit week- GAME ON

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

January 26               Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

February 19              Presidents’ Day- Holiday

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter 1/10/2024

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Key Center T-Shirt Design Contest


Show off your creativity- enter the Key Center Spiritwear Design contest!

To participate, simply create a design that showcases Key Center spirit.  From the submitted designs, a winner will be chosen and the design will be printed on spirit gear.  Look for information about ordering spirit wear during the month of February.

The deadline for submission of your design is February 1st, 2024.  Please submit your design to Beth Curtis at [email protected].

Extended School Year (ESY) Dates Announced


The dates for the 2024 sessions of Extended School Year services have been confirmed.  Students will attend July 1 – July 26 (July 4-5 are holidays).  Student hours are 8:00–11:00.  

Transition Parent Support Group Meeting- The Arc of Northern Virginia


Date:  Saturday, January 20, 2024
Time:  10:00 - 12:00 noon
Location: 
IN-PERSON 
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031

The purpose of this support group is to share resources and experiences primarily among families who have young adults who have aged out of a school system or who are in their last year of school and will age out of a school system next June.

At this meeting, the speaker will be Cathy Gagnon.  Cathy is married and has 3 daughters.  Her middle daughter, Megan, is 45 years old and was diagnosed with autism at about age 5.  Cathy found that placement in programs was always difficult because 40+ years ago levels of autism were not yet recognized.  As a result, Cathy learned early on that she would have to be Megan’s advocate. Cathy will share with the group the organizational binder she’s created that provides all the primary info on her daughter should someone else need to step in. Cathy will also share her experiences over the years since her daughter left school – the challenges and successes!

There is no cost to attend the group meeting, but pre-registration is required. Attendance for this meeting will be limited to 25 attendees.

Register for the Meeting

Developmental Disabilities Rally 2024- The Arc of Northern Virginia


Date:  Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Time:  10:30 a.m.
Location:  
Capitol Bell Tower
1000 Bank Street, 
Richmond, VA

Hundreds of Virginians with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers and allies will gather to join voices in advocating for our shared legislative priorities and the vital importance of ensuring "A Life Like Yours" for every citizen in our Commonwealth.

Historic turnover in Virginia’s General Assembly means WE MUST SHOW UP! With this significant turnover, there's now a wave of new legislators who need to understand the pressing needs of the DD community -- your involvement is crucial. Without the full network actively participating, securing funding and passing legislation becomes more challenging because these newcomers won't recognize the strength and impact of our collective advocacy. This Rally is about a show of force. But we still encourage you to meet with your members of the General Assembly before or after the rally if possible. We will have Legislative Agenda materials for you to share with your legislators.

Register now both for this rally and our bus trip to Richmond on February 6, 2024.

ABA Family Training, January 2024


When:  January 17, 2024 10:00 am-11:30 am

Topic:  Communication: A Foundation for Independence

Information covered will include:

▪ Communication wants and needs

▪ Using social interactions and environments to facilitate communication

▪ Breaking down how to teach communication

Join the training using this link.

Morning at the Museum- Smithsonian


Morning at the Museum (MATM) is a free, sensory-friendly program for children, teenagers, and young adults who are neurodivergent and their families in which they can visit a Smithsonian museum prior to opening on designated Saturday or Sunday mornings. Monthly programs rotate between Smithsonian museums. Registration is required. Pre-registered families visit one Smithsonian museum before it opens to the public, where they can participate in activities or explore the exhibitions independently at their own pace. Prior to each program, pre-registered families receive “pre-visit” materials to help them prepare for their visit including social narratives, sensory maps, visual schedules, and tip sheets. Similar pre-visit materials are available to help families plan for visits that take place outside of MATM program hours. These materials can be found in the “Resources” section of the Access Smithsonian website here.  

To learn more about Morning at the Museum or to sign up for the mailing list, please email us at [email protected].

The next event is on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (8:00 a.m.).  Registration is required- you can register here.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, March 9, 2024 National Museum of American History

Saturday, April 27, 2024 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Safe Students, Safe Schools


Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.

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


January 15           Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday

January 22-25      Spirit week- GAME ON

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

January 26           Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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

Weekly Newsletter, January 3, 2024

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Appreciation for the Key Center Community

We would like to thank the Key Center community for the generous donation of treats for our staff celebration before Winter Break. A special thanks to the South County High School Baking Buddies for their donations of festively packaged cookies. We felt so appreciated- thank you all! 

Welcome Back from Winter Break

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

Key Center Gives Back to Our Community

Key Center staff and families gave back to our community this holiday season.  During November and December, we collected non-perishable goods.  On December 13th, our students took a community trip to deliver a substantial collection of non-perishable goods to the West Springfield Food Pantry.  Thank you to all who supported this effort!

ABA Family Training, January 2024

When:  January 17, 2024 10:00 am-11:30 am

Topic:  Communication: A Foundation for Independence

Information covered will include:

▪ Communication wants and needs

▪ Using social interactions and environments to facilitate communication

▪ Breaking down how to teach communication

Join the training using this link.

Key Center PTA

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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

January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday

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

January 26               Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

   

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Winter Break (student holiday)- December 18 - January 1


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

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18th through Monday, January 1. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Our main office will be closed during winter break, yet we will monitor our voicemail on our main number of 703-313-4000 for any pertinent messages. Please feel free to reach out should you or your family have any needs. We know life doesn’t take vacations, feel free to call and see if we can assist you.  We will be back in the office January 2, 2024.

Key Center Winter Spirit Week- December 11th to 15th


Get into the holiday spirit by participating in our fun-filled spirit week activities.

Monday, December 11th- Wear Holiday Headgear

Tuesday, December 12th- White Out Attire

Wednesday, December 13th- Holiday Color Wars

  • A Hall- Wear Red
  • B Hall- Wear Yellow
  • C Hall- Wear Blue
  • D Hall- Wear Green

Thursday, December 14th-  Flannel/Comfy Cozy Day

Friday, December 15th- Ugly Sweater Day

Key Center Substitutes Needed


We are always looking for kind and caring substitutes. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please email Patti Alexander, Administrative Assistant, at  [email protected] and apply online.

Substitutes will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $80 for each of the 18 designated high-volume days they work. All substitute instructional assistants will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $55 for each high-volume day they work. See the list of high-volume days.

A bonus program for substitutes:

  • Substitutes working 50 days within a school year will earn a $200 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 100 days within a school year will earn a $300 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 150 days within a school year will earn a $400 bonus.

Bonuses will be paid quarterly in December, March, June, and July. Get more information about the pay schedule.

Snow Days This Winter


For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

ABA Family Training for December 2023


This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Toilet training readiness and prerequisite skills
  • Methods of toilet training
  • Troubleshooting night-time and diaper dependence issues

December 13, 2023

Virtual session:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link.

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


December 18-29       Winter Break

January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday

January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday

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

January 26                Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

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Key Center Winter Spirit Week- December 11th to 15th


Get into the holiday spirit by participating in our fun-filled spirit week activities.

Monday, December 11th- Wear Holiday Headgear

Tuesday, December 12th- White Out Attire

Wednesday, December 13th- Holiday Color Wars

  • A Hall- Wear Red
  • B Hall- Wear Yellow
  • C Hall- Wear Blue
  • D Hall- Wear Green

Thursday, December 14th-  Comfy Cozy Day

Friday, December 15th- Ugly Sweater Day

Inclusive Schools Week


Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.  

Inclusive Schools Week allows us all to take a moment to applaud the progress we’ve made toward building more inclusive school communities while pledging to continue our work toward becoming a more inclusive society.  The theme for this year’s Inclusive Schools Week is ‘Draw Me In’.  Key Center students are observing the week by creating a Key Center School Art Quilt.  Each student is creating their unique artwork on a canvas panel.  When the panels are placed together like a patchwork quilt, it will demonstrate how special our school environment is when all of the unique and special individuals come together to learn and grow.

Food Drive- An Opportunity to Help Our Community


Key Center is participating in a Food Drive to collect non-perishable goods for the West Springfield High School Food Pantry.

Requested items include:

Deodorant
Pasta Sauce
Cereal
Shampoo
Peanut Butter
Conditioner
Jelly
Boxed, Non-Refrigerated Milk
Rice
Pasta

Please send donated items to Key Center by December 12th. Thank you for your support!

Staff Snack Bar- December 13th-- We need your help!!!


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

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/11 and 12/12 and no later than 10am on 12/13.

Key Center Substitutes Needed


We are always looking for kind and caring substitutes. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home parents, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please email Patti Alexander, Administrative Assistant, at  [email protected] and apply online.

Substitutes will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $80 for each of the 18 designated high-volume day they work. All substitute instructional assistants will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $55 for each high-volume day they work. See the list of high-volume days.

A bonus program for substitutes:

  • Substitutes working 50 days within a school year will earn a $200 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 100 days within a school year will earn a $300 bonus.
  • Substitutes working 150 days within a school year will earn a $400 bonus.

Bonuses will be paid quarterly in December, March, June, and July. Get more information about the pay schedule

ABA Family Training for December 2023


This workshop is intended for parents of students with the low incidence disabilities of

Autism and Intellectual Disabilities.

Topics covered will include:

  • Toilet training readiness and prerequisite skills
  • Methods of toilet training
  • Troubleshooting night-time and diaper dependence issues

December 13, 2023

Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or  7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link

Preparing for Winter Weather


Winter weather will be here before you know it! 

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

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


December 18-29       Winter Break

January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday

January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday

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

January 26               Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Outstanding Employee Winners


Key Center is pleased to announce the following winners:

Lauren Swale - Outstanding Teacher 

Mallory Strawther- Outstanding New Teacher

Beth Curtis- Outstanding Professional Employee

Anastasia Kosmakos - Outstanding Operational Employee

Food Drive- An Opportunity to Help Our Community


Key Center is participating in a Food Drive to collect non-perishable goods for the West Springfield High School Food Pantry. 

Requested items include:

  • Deodorant
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Cereal
  • Shampoo
  • Peanut Butter
  • Conditioner
  • Jelly
  • Boxed, Non-Refrigerated Milk
  • Rice
  • Pasta

Please send donated items to Key Center by December 12th.  Thank you for your support!

Staff Snack Bar- December 13th-- We need your help!!!


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

Items can be sent in with students or dropped off at the front office during school hours on 12/11 and 12/12 and no later than 10am on 12/13.

National Special Education Day


National Special Education Day is recognized each year on December 2nd.  This is a  commemoration of President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]
Social Security Benefits for People With Disabilities – Everything You Wanted To Know


Friday, December 1, 2023 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am via Zoom

A FREE Workshop from Social Security

Information about Disability Benefits and the application process

What are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and how do you qualify?

What other Social Security programs are available and who qualifies?

Families with individuals with disabilities often depend on supplemental resources in order to survive and receive the support they need. Government programs are an important part of planning for the financial security and success of adults with disabilities. The challenge comes in knowing which benefits to apply for, when to apply and how to apply.  Join our online event to get information for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance, Retirement, Survivorship and Disabled Adult Child (SSDI).

Register for the Webinar

ABLE Accounts and the ABLEnow Program


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. Join this information session to discover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the national ABLEnow program. In just one hour, we’ll cover the answers to these questions, and more:

• What are ABLE accounts?
• Who is eligible?
• How can I use the money in an ABLE account?
• What are the features and benefits of ABLEnow?
• How can I learn more and open an account?

For more information on ABLEnow, please visit ablenow.com.

Register for the Webinar

ABA Family Training for December 2023


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

Topics covered will include:

● Toilet tr aining readiness and prerequisite skills
● Methods of toilet training
● Troubleshooting night-time and diaper dependence issues

December 13, 2023

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

Join using this meeting link.

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


December 18-29       Winter Break

January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday

January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday

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

January 26                Teacher Workday - Student Holiday


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Dear Key Center Families,

As we approach the season of gratitude, I want to take a moment to express heartfelt thanks to each and every one of our Key Center families. Your support and involvement in our school community make a significant difference, and I am truly grateful for the partnership we share.

This Thanksgiving, may your homes be filled with warmth, laughter, and the comforting aroma of delicious feasts. As we gather with loved ones to count our blessings, let's also take a moment to reflect on the importance of community and the joy that comes from working together toward a common goal—providing the best possible education for our students.

On behalf of the entire Key Center team, I wish you a Thanksgiving overflowing with love, joy, and moments to cherish. May this holiday season be a reminder of the wonderful connections that make our Key Center family so special.

Warmest wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ann Smith
Principal
Key Center School 

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Thanksgiving Break


As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24 .  Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.   Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Federal Impact Aid Survey! Veterans Day Observance at Key Center


On Friday, November 10th, Key Center School observed Veterans Day.  We displayed a wreath display and staff members added the names of veterans in our lives.  We also created an America’s White Table display honoring veterans.  The students participated in lessons and activities to learn about veterans and how they help and protect our country.  Thanks veterans- we appreciate you! #FCPSHonorsVeterans

Get Support Accessing Metro Services- Metro Comes to The Arc

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive
Fairfax, VA 22031

Register on the Arc of Northern Virginia’s website.

At this event, representatives from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will be on site to assist with:
● Taking photos and processing applications for the Reduced Fare Program.
● Taking photos and accepting applications for the MetroAccess Door to Door Paratransit program.
● Renewing expired Reduced Fare Cards or MetroAccess Services.

These are two separate programs, with separate application forms. Please take the time to understand which program you want to access, and understand the application process. THIS CAN BE COMPLICATED if you do not take the time to read and understand. We want to make this as easy for you as possible on the date of the event. But that can only happen if you come properly prepared.

IMPORTANT: Application forms MUST be signed by a healthcare professional AND MUST be completed and emailed to Ashley Africa by November 21, 2023. You must bring the original with you on the day of the event November 28th.

To SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS, or if you have questions, email Ashley Africa at [email protected] or phone 703-208-1119 x140.

American Education Week


American Education Week is celebrated November 13-17.  We celebrate ALL who work in our Key Center School community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association.

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

The National Museum of the US Army - At Ease - Low Sensory at the Museum


November 18th (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) At Ease- “Low Sensory Day at the Museum". This free public program is for visitors to enjoy late afternoon access to the Museum with additional modifications to provide a more sensory-friendly environment. Anxiety coping devices will be available at the Welcome Desk. Service dogs and miniature ponies are allowed during this program as well as during normal operating hours. A hands-on special educational program and docent led tours will be available.

To Reserve your free tickets, please click the National Museum At EASE link.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABS) Family Training Opportunity


The focus for the November family training is- Steps for Systematically Teaching New Behaviors

This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC),EnhancedAutismClassrooms(EAC) and CAT secondary classrooms. Topics covered will Include:

▪ How are behaviors taught?
▪What are the “learning to learn”behaviors?
▪ How do I select a behavior teacher?

Date of Session- November 15, 2023
Choose one virtual session:

7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

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


November 22-24       Thanksgiving Break - Holiday   
December 18-29       Winter Break
January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday
January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday
January 25                End of 2nd Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am
January 26               Teacher Workday - Student Holiday

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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IMPORTANT -  Federal Impact Aid Survey - check your student’s backpack


Your student received the Federal Impact Aid Survey from school in their backpacks on November 1st.
 

This is a mandatory survey that gets filled each year to help the county collect additional tax monies due to military presence in our area.   For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school by November 14th.

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

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

Remember that families can complete the Impact Aid Survey online using their ParentVue accounts.  Learn more about creating a ParentVue account.

Come and enjoy Thanksgiving lunch with your child on November 16th!


Key Center invites you to come to school to enjoy the FCPS Thanksgiving school lunch on November 16th, 2023.  If you would like to purchase a Thanksgiving meal from the cafeteria you must pre-order by November 10th. Please see the flier in your student’s backpack today.  

The cost of a meal is $4.75.  Payment with cash is required and change may be limited so exact change is preferred.  Classroom mealtimes may be slightly adjusted on the 16th, to accommodate this special lunch event.  Your student’s actual mealtime will be shared by your classroom teacher once the schedule is finalized.

Trash or Treasure- Save Those Candy Wrappers!


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

Key Center is participating in the Trash or Treasure recycling program. Staff and families are invited to send in candy wrappers to school.  Students from our vocational program will collect the wrappers from classrooms and add them to the collection box for recycling.  Please check your student’s backpack for a collection bag.  Simply add candy wrappers over the next couple of weeks and return the bag to school. Wrappers returned to Key Center by November 10, 2023 will be sent to Trash or Treasure for recycling.  Thank you for helping to make Halloween sweet and sustainable! 

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

Virginia DMV comes to the ARC


Tuesday, November 14,2023
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Arc of Northern Virginia
3060 Williams Drive, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
**DMV Connect will take place in First Floor conference room**

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) personnel will be at The Arc of Northern Virginia on Tuesday, November 14th from 9:30-3:30. Appointments are encouraged and are offered every 15 minutes. DMV Connect teams are equipped to conduct all DMV transactions except vital records and testing. This includes obtaining your REAL ID driver’s license. Other DMV services available include regular drivers licenses, identification cards and vehicle titles & registrations, parking placards, and more.

To schedule your appointment, email [email protected].

Click this link for more information on DMV Connect, or contact Allie Shelby at 703-208-1119.

DMV employees securely process real-time transactions. The new ID card is mailed from a secure central location to the customer’s address

The National Museum of the US Army - At Ease - Low Sensory at the Museum


November 18th (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) At Ease- “Low Sensory Day at the Museum.” This free public program is for visitors to enjoy late afternoon access to the Museum with additional modifications to provide a more sensory-friendly environment. Anxiety coping devices will be available at the Welcome Desk. Service dogs and miniature ponies are allowed during this program as well as during normal operating hours. A hands-on special educational program and docent led tours will be available.

To Reserve your free tickets, please click the National Museum At EASE link.

Diwali- November 12th


Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

National School Psychology Week- Let’s Grow Together


This week we are observing National School Psychology Week.  This is a time to celebrate the important work school psychologists do to help all students thrive. Key Center is grateful for our school psychologist, Ted Tynan, and all that he does to support our students and programming! This year's theme is "Let's Grow Together," inspired by the importance of both personal and shared strengths in our growth as individuals and school communities in every season of life. The theme recognizes every aspect of growth, as fundamental to effective learning environments and to school psychologists' role in supporting student well-being and learning.

To learn more about school psychology, visit the National Association of School Psychologists.

Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABS) Family Training Opportunity


The focus for the November family training is- Steps for Systematically Teaching New Behaviors 

This workshop is intended for parents of students with Autism served in preschool autism classrooms (PAC),EnhancedAutismClassrooms(EAC) and CAT secondary classrooms. Topics covered will Include: 

▪ How are behaviors taught? 
▪What are the “learning to learn”behaviors? 
▪ How do I select a behavior teacher?

Date of Session- November 15, 2023
Choose one virtual session:

10:00am - 11:30am or 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join using this meeting link: https://meet.google.com/cgn-udci-kbh

Moving on to Life in the Community Resource Fair Thursday, November 9, 2023, Annandale High School -- 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.


This event is designed for students with more significant disabilities and their families to meet with adult agency and vendor representatives to gather information about available services for adults in need of ongoing support once they transition from FCPS. Agency and vendor representatives will be available to share information on adult service providers, employment and training programs, residential options, leisure activities, and self-advocacy during this exhibitor fair.

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Veterans Day


Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov.

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


November 22-24       Thanksgiving Break - Holiday   
December 18-29       Winter Break
January 1                  New Year’s Day - Student/Staff Holiday
January 15                Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday - Student/Staff Holiday
January 25                End of 2nd Quarter - 2 hour Early Release - 11:50am
January 26                Teacher Workday - Student Holiday   

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

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Attendance: 703-313-4000 | Web | Facebook

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