SLES News You Choose

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SLES Thanksgiving Luncheon 2023

Mr. Morris, Ms. Stephens, and Ms. Williams helping out in the kitchen

After a three (3) year hiatus, our Thanksgiving Luncheon returned to Stratford Landing and we welcomed nearly 450 special guests during our scheduled lunchtimes. It was wonderful to see our cafeteria filled with families celebrating love and community together as a school. Special thanks to our Cafeteria Manager, Mr. Jerry Reynolds, our office assistant, Ms. Barbara Flores, and Assistant Principals Stephens and Williams for the organization of the event. We also had many helping hands from our SLES staff to ensure our luncheon operated smoothly and successfully. We are also appreciative of so many families that were able to attend the special event.

Window for Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV Referrals to Close December 15, 2023

All parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7, who would like their child to be considered for Level IV Full-Time AAP services, may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form and optional materials to our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers Tene’ McBee and Arlene Ventimiglia by emailing [email protected] and [email protected]. Please cc’ our Assistant Principal LaChelle Williams [email protected]  no later than December 15, 2023. 

How to Submit Referral Materials

Please submit the referral form and optional materials in one email with the subject line “Full-Time Level IV AAP Referral for (Your child’s initials, Teacher last name)”. If you prefer, you may drop off a hard copy with our office staff during regular school hours.

What to Submit

-Referral Form- required*

-Parent/Guardian Questionnaire- optional

-Two pages of work samples (pdf or jpg files or 8.5x11” one-sided page)- optional

-Additional Testing if applicable (i.e. from a previous school or an ability or achievement test administered outside of Fairfax County Public Schools that you would like included.)- optional 

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your referral materials. Please note that late referrals cannot be accepted.

Additional information can be found on the  Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu) website.

Fun with iPads in PreK

In today's exciting world of education, SLES littlest learners are discovering a new way to learn and play with the help of iPads. These magical devices bring a world of interactive adventures right into the classroom, making learning fun and engaging. Check it out on our webpage.

Holiday Spirit Week - 12/11 to 12/15 Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Special Education

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our SLES 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!

Special Education Parent Involvement Survey for the 2022-2023 School Year

All parents of school-aged children and youth with disabilities who receive special education services in Virginia are requested to complete the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) annual Special Education Parent Involvement Survey. This survey will remain open through December 15, 2023. Please complete one survey for each of your children who received special education services during the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions regarding this survey, please contact Dr. Chiquita Seaborne, Family Engagement Specialist/Special Projects Coordinator, via email at [email protected], or via telephone at (804) 418-4672.

Special Education Resources for Families

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]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

PTA News Family Volunteer Workspace

We are opening a family volunteer workspace at Stratford Landing! We are looking for volunteers to assist teachers with photocopying, laminating and other clerical work that's very time consuming. If we can get this fully staffed, we could be a HUGE help to our amazing teachers! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.

SLES Book Fair - Nov 30 to Dec 7 

Book Fair is open from 9:15 to 4:30 

Extended Hours on November 30 & December 6 from 9:15 to 6:30

Volunteers still needed to work the fair! Sign up: https://signup.com/go/VjOwbBb

On Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, classes visited the fair and made wish lists. Students may purchase books during their normal library time, or they may visit the fair at any time during the week, with teacher permission. (Students will not check out library books during the week of the Book Fair.)

Give your child a safe, cashless way to shop the Book Fair with Scholastic’s eWallet. With this digital payment option, you create an account for your child and add an exact amount of money for them to spend. (Please be aware that any money remaining in the eWallet account cannot be refunded. It will be carried over for future use or can be donated to the library.)

Create an eWallet account: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stratfordlanding

Books will sell out at the fair, and restocking is limited this year due to supply chain issues. Items can be purchased online, though merchandise may vary between the online fair and the in-person fair.

Visit the ONLINE Book Fair:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stratfordlanding

2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest

Attention all STUDENT ARTISTS! It’s time to create your artwork for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest! The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 yearbook.

This contest is open to ALL current students of Stratford Landing Elementary School, and the artwork should reflect your feelings about being part of the school community!

Requirements:

  • The following text must appear in your artwork: 

Stratford Landing Elementary School Yearbook 2023-2024

Stratford Landing: Tell Your Story

  • Check all text for spelling! Check all text to make sure all words are included! We cannot include artwork if it has misspellings or missing words.  
  • The artwork should reflect the yearbook theme (Stratford Landing: Tell Your Story).
  • Artwork must be on  8.5” x 11” paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred) – all other sizes of artwork and lined notebook paper will NOT be considered for the yearbook contest.
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait format (NO landscape format) to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All artwork must be original and individually created.
  • Parents may NOT assist their child in the creation of the piece.

Deadline and Submission Instructions:

  • All artwork must be submitted by the end of the day on Friday, December 8, 2023.
  • Please upload your art to the yearbook’s Google Form: https://forms.gle/6uD5x96TV7cBdD1n6  
  • Please keep your original artwork in a safe place until we announce the contest winner. We might need your original.

If you have questions, please contact Isabel Fernandez or Rebecca Benner at [email protected].

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Letters That Love Program

A West Potomac High School student started a program called Letters That Love. The program's mission is to send cards annually, during holidays and special occasions, to children who had a parent or close loved one pass away. Cards are to be sent around the time of the parent or close loved ones passing and near major holidays. These cards will be written by West Potomac students to provide support in the years following a parent or close loved ones passing.

Five years ago, the student's mother passed away. In the years since, outside support has faded, which inspired her to start Letters That Love, so that children in our community would not have to experience the lack of support she experienced. Letters That Love would be open to all students with a parent or close loved one that has passed. Click on Letters That Love if you think your children could benefit from this lovely, kind, and thoughtful program.

Inclusive Schools Week

The Inclusive Schools Network is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 4-8, 2023, in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the world.

This year’s theme, “Draw Me In,” provides an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to inclusive education, extend previous successes, and redirect our talent, time and energy to improving outcomes for students and their families. Participating in art provides a pathway to self-discovery, and sharing art opens doors to understanding and respecting different ways of thinking.

Inclusive Schools Week (ISW) highlights and celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, including those who are marginalized due to disability, gender, ethnicity, geography and language. It also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and families to discuss what else needs to be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. ISW is sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network and Stetson & Associates, Inc. 

For more information about the Inclusive Schools Network and Inclusive Schools Week, please visit http://inclusiveschools.org or email [email protected]

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SLES News You Choose

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A Message from Mr. Morris

I wanted to share an update to our Stratford Landing News You Choose (SLES NYC) communication. Our next SLES NYC will be sent on December 1, 2023. Beginning Dec 1, 2023 our SLES NYC communication will be weekly. SLES NYC communication will also include PTA announcements and communication. Part of the reason for this shift to one weekly communication is to decrease multiple emails from different sources, as well as reduce the amount of content we shared in our bi-weekly communication. Additionally, this will ensure timely communication for our families. If you have questions about our SLES NYC, please reach out to me directly.

Thank you for your partnership.

Kevin Morris, Principal 

Lost and Found Retrieval!

Families, please encourage your child to take a look at the lost and found table for missing items. You may also stop by the school, check in at the main office and take a look at the lost and found table to retrieve items. A gentle reminder that we encourage families to put names on their children’s clothing, particularly outer wear, as we are able to return those missing items directly to students. We will be donating all remaining items at the end of the school day on Tuesday, Nov 21.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Award

The Nomination deadline for our FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards has been extended to Wednesday, November 29th !

The Outstanding Employee awards are a great way to recognize some of the amazing people at our school and highlight some of the outstanding ways they have contributed to our students and school community. The link to nominate a staff member is: https://forms.gle/1yN81xbdq1DMtYmh6

Holiday Spirit Week Window for Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV Referrals to Close December 15, 2023

All parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7, who would like their child to be considered for Level IV Full-Time AAP services, may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form and optional materials to our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers Tene’ McBee and Arlene Ventimiglia by emailing [email protected] and [email protected]. Please cc’ our Assistant Principal LaChelle Williams [email protected]  no later than December 15, 2023. 

How to Submit Referral Materials

Please submit the referral form and optional materials in one email with the subject line “Full-Time Level IV AAP Referral for (Your child’s initials, Teacher last name)”. If you prefer, you may drop off a hard copy with our office staff during regular school hours.

What to Submit

-Referral Form- required*

-Parent/Guardian Questionnaire- optional

-Two pages of work samples (pdf or jpg files or 8.5x11” one-sided page)- optional

-Additional Testing if applicable (i.e. from a previous school or an ability or achievement test administered outside of Fairfax County Public Schools that you would like included.)- optional 

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your referral materials. Please note that late referrals cannot be accepted.

Additional information can be found on the  Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu) website.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

PTA News SLES Book Fair - Nov 30 to Dec 7 

Book Fair opens from 9:15 to 4:30 

Extended Hours on November 30 & December 6 from 9:15 to 6:30

Volunteers needed to work the fair! Sign up: https://signup.com/go/VjOwbBb

On Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1, classes will visit the fair and make student wish lists. Students may purchase books during their normal library time, or they may visit the fair at any time during the week, with teacher permission. (Students will not check out library books during the week of the Book Fair.)

Give your child a safe, cashless way to shop the Book Fair with Scholastic’s eWallet. With this digital payment option, you create an account for your child and add an exact amount of money for them to spend. (Please be aware that any money remaining in the eWallet account cannot be refunded. It will be carried over for future use or can be donated to the library.)

Create an eWallet account: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stratfordlanding

Books will sell out at the fair, and restocking is limited this year due to supply chain issues. Items can be purchased online, though merchandise may vary between the online fair and the in-person fair.

Visit the ONLINE Book Fair:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/stratfordlanding

2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest

Attention all STUDENT ARTISTS! It’s time to create your artwork for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest! The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 yearbook.

This contest is open to ALL current students of Stratford Landing Elementary School, and the artwork should reflect your feelings about being part of the school community!

Requirements:

  • The following text must appear in your artwork: 

Stratford Landing Elementary School Yearbook 2023-2024

Stratford Landing: Tell Your Story

  • Check all text for spelling! Check all text to make sure all words are included! We cannot include artwork if it has misspellings or missing words.  
  • The artwork should reflect the yearbook theme (Stratford Landing: Tell Your Story).
  • Artwork must be on an 8.5” x 11” paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred) – all other sizes of artwork and lined notebook paper will NOT be considered for the yearbook contest.
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait format (NO landscape format) to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All artwork must be original and individually created.
  • Parents may NOT assist their child in the creation of the piece.

Deadline and Submission Instructions:

  • All artwork must be submitted by end of day on Friday, December 8, 2023.
  • Please upload your art to the yearbook’s Google Form: https://forms.gle/6uD5x96TV7cBdD1n6  
  • Please keep your original artwork in a safe place until we announce the contest winner. We might need your original.

If you have questions, please contact Isabel Fernandez or Rebecca Benner at [email protected].

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

SLES Special Education Parent Workshop Special Education Resources for Families

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]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

American Education Week

For American Education Week (11/13 to 11/17) we celebrate ALL who work in our Stratford Landing ES community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership, and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares

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SLES News You Choose

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Stratford Landing Team Contact

Here is important contact information for our Stratford Landing Team including all our instructional teams. Learn more about each grade level’s curriculum.

Helpful Website for Learning at Home

At Stratford Landing, we are working on creating a digital hub (in addition to what FCPS already offers) of learning resources that families and students can use at home when they are reading and writing and learning for pleasure. Additionally, we want to provide resources for families to help reinforce learning at home. This website has been shared on our FCPS Literacy Schoology Group as a resource for homework/learning at home. We are working on additional resources that families may access through Schoology and our website.

Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you filled out the paper form that was sent home, please be sure to return it by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household 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.

Please watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page for more information.  

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).

Reminder: Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to  Advanced Academic Resource Teachers Tene’ McBee and Arlene Ventimiglia by emailing [email protected] and [email protected]. Please cc’ our Assistant Principal LaChelle Williams at [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Advanced Academic Resource Teachers Tene’ McBee and Arlene Ventimiglia by emailing [email protected] and [email protected].

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

Thank You Voters! 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage. 

Thanksgiving

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Getting To Know (GTK) Fairfax County Public Schools 

The Getting To Know (GTK) FCPS is a presentation available to any families who would like to learn more about FCPS and the opportunities available to their children. This orientation is designed for families that would benefit from learning more about FCPS (families that are new to FCPS, families that are new to the country, families that would love to learn more about the school district). Families interested can register here. You can also ask your family liaison for assistance if needed.

Family Needs Assessment: We Need Your Input! 

The Wellness Team at Stratford Landing Elementary aims to support the students and their families throughout the school year. We are seeking parent/guardian input to help us identify, understand, and support specific family needs. Our goal is to use the information to encourage family engagement and connect families with the appropriate school and community resources. As parents/guardians, your involvement and input are vital to the school’s improvement process. Please complete this form at your earliest opportunity. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration! 

Evaluación de Necesidades Familiares: ¡Necesitamos Su Opinión! 

El Equipo de Bienestar de la Escuela Primaria Stratford Landing tiene como objetivo apoyar a los estudiantes y sus familias durante todo el año escolar. Estamos buscando la opinión de los padres/tutores para ayudarnos a identificar, comprender y apoyar las necesidades específicas de la familia. Nuestro objetivo es utilizar la información para fomentar la participación familiar y conectar a las familias con los recursos escolares y comunitarios apropiados. Como padres/tutores, su participación y aportación son vitales para el proceso de mejora de la escuela. Por favor complete este formulario lo antes posible. Haga clic aqui para completar la encuesta.

Diwali - November 14

We wish a fun Diwali to all celebrating! Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs & some Buddhists. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day (RBWTSD)

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day (RBWTSD) is the perfect opportunity for children to learn about the civil rights movement and connect to today's collective efforts for change. RBWTSD allows children to celebrate Ruby's courage by walking at or to school. To learn more about Ruby Bridges click here.

**Presentations will be in Spanish only. If you want to learn more about Executive Function please click here for various English webinars about the theme.

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Action for Families: Complete the Federal Impact Aid Survey

Watch this video for detailed explanation on Federal Impact Aid Survey

Please fill out the Federal Impact Aid Survey Form. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household 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.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. Find out how to get technical support for ParentVUE

Background Information for Families:

FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. The federal presence in our area and the significant tax exemptions available to federally connected personnel, businesses, and agencies has qualified Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be eligible for federal Impact Aid grants.

Impact Aid programs and grants designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 in Impact Aid funds.

Federal Impact Aid provides revenue to local education agencies to mitigate costs of educating children in areas impacted by federal activity. The Impact Aid policy was designed to compensate local school districts for the local funding share that is reduced or eliminated because of a Federal presence that is not taxable.  School districts with federal lands, military installations, federal low-rent housing or Indian Trust land within their boundaries lose local revenues.  Impact Aid is designed to compensate school districts for this lost revenue. Impact Aid goes into the general fund and is intended to offset the costs (e.g. staff, facilities, and transportation) associated with educating military dependent children and other special groups.

Get2Green Program at Stratford Landing

Stratford Landing is making significant strides in promoting sustainability and environmental awareness through the innovative Get2Green program. Students at Stratford Landing have embraced this initiative, transforming their school into a hub for recycling and gardening practices, fostering a sense of responsibility and ecological stewardship. This supports the United Nations Sustainable Goals.

Get2Green, a comprehensive environmental education and sustainability program, has provided Stratford Landing students with invaluable resources and opportunities to engage with eco-friendly practices. Through this program, students have developed a deep appreciation for the environment and a strong desire to protect it. 

Recycling efforts at Stratford Landing have been rejuvenated thanks to Get2Green. Students have embraced the concept of recycling and are actively participating in the collection and sorting of recyclables. The school has clarified uses of recycling bins in classrooms and common areas, making it convenient for students to deposit paper, plastic, and other recyclable materials. The Get2Green program also educates students about the environmental benefits of recycling, encouraging them to reduce waste and reuse materials. 

In addition to recycling, Stratford Landing students have been cultivating a thriving garden, contributing to the local ecosystem and enhancing their understanding of sustainability. The school's garden program, bolstered by Get2Green, has introduced students to the fundamentals of horticulture, biology, and healthy eating. It has also become a source of pride for the students, who have taken ownership of their garden beds and regularly participate in tending to the plants.

Our school’s ultimate goal is to attain Eco School Certification. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this effort. Contact Thao Nguyen if you are able to help.

FCPS Buildings Benefit All Community Members

 

In addition to our students and teachers, we estimate millions of visits by students and community members to Fairfax County public schools. Most of the public meeting and recreational facilities available in the county are FCPS facilities. FCPS works with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services and with the Fairfax County Park Authority to ensure that school facilities and athletic fields are available to the public after school hours. 

The 2023 Bond Referendum will be on the ballot in November. Vote on Tuesday, November 7. Learn more about registering to vote.

Quarter End, Early Release and Student Holiday

As a reminder, Friday, November 3, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 6, for a school planning day, and on Tuesday, November 7, for Election Day (Teacher Work Day for Staff). See the complete school year calendar

Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days.

Stratford Landing Fall Spirit Days

 

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-2025 school year. A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers met in August to review the state-approved Cycle I materials. The committee will re-convene in January to review the state-approved Cycle II instructional materials under consideration. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. Please share the information included in this communication with school staff and community by November 13, 2023.

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online from November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the website during the review period

Understanding Your Child’s Assessment Scores, Fall Assessment Reporting for Families and Student Progress Conferences

At our most recent Parent & Guardian Advisory Council meeting, we had a dialogue and discussion around beginning of the year assessment results for students. As a result, Stratford Landing will continue to support our families so they may fully understand their child’s progress and assessment data. Here is a helpful link from FCPS to help families understand some assessment results. We will continue to work as a school to ensure we are communicating student data clearly to families.

Families should expect the following information available via ParentVUE:

  • iReady (including ORF) grades 1-6 reports will be posted via SIS ParentVUE in late October 
  • MI/RI grades 6-12 reports will be posted via SIS ParentVUE in late October 
  • VGA grades 3-8 reports will be sent via U.S. Mail by the end of November
  • VRKP grades PreK-K reports will be sent via U.S. Mail in early December

Teachers will be conducting Student Progress Conferences between now and Winter Break, Friday, Dec 15. We are providing a large window of time to accommodate the schedules of our teachers and all our families. Teachers will be sharing specific student data with you at these conferences. As always, if you have any significant concerns about your child’s performance and progress, you may reach out to the teacher directly to share those concerns. The Stratford Landing administration is also available to speak with you.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Students at Stratford Landing

In Fairfax County Public Schools, we use a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to support our students. MTSS is:

  • Teachers and schools using student data to plan for instruction
  • Schools providing more time and support through intervention
  • Students receiving support in academics, wellness, and behavior

Students might receive different tiers of support based on their needs:

  • At Tier 1, all students receive high quality instruction that is aligned to grade level standards that meets your child’s needs and additional support as needed. Teachers and schools use data to plan for Tier 1 instruction for all students. 
  • At Tier 2, some students receive small group reteaching and intervention in addition to Tier 1. Teachers and schools use data to determine if students need tier 2 instruction.
  • At Tier 3, few students receive intensive intervention, or intervention on specific area(s) of need based on data in addition to Tier 1, and possibly Tier 2. Teachers and schools use data to determine if students need tier 3 instruction.

Intervention is additional, meaningful instruction and skill building based on research for your student, as needed.

  • At Stratford Landing ES, we use a 30-minute time block during the day called, “Dolphin Time” to provide interventions to students who need them in reading, math, behavior, and wellness.
  • During this time, students who need intervention in reading engage in a program called UFLI Foundations, an explicit and systematic program that teaches students the foundational skills necessary for proficient reading.
  • Some students may also engage in a program called Orton Gillingham, in which students are learning language by ear (listening), mouth (speaking), eyes (seeing), and hand (writing). The delivery of instruction follows a well-defined scope and sequence, which provides a logical progression of skills that move from simple to more complex.

Please find more information about MTSS on the FCPS website. 

Fall Picture Retake - Nov 14

November’s picture re-takes are for students who were absent on our September 28th Fall Photo Day, or those who purchased a package and are returning the package for a re-take. Students returning packages for picture re-takes must bring the full contents of their package to the photographer. 

A Message from SLES PTA

Dear Stratford Landing Community:

We are excited to share the progress we've made, thanks to your support and generosity. Together, we have raised $40,611 and this includes sponsorship and offline donations!

However, our fundraising is not over, and there's still more to raise! 

We are $10,000 away from the obstacle course and $15,000 from Mr. Morris getting pied on the morning news!

To continue our efforts and reach even greater heights, we have decided to keep the donation link open through the end of October. Your continued contributions can make a significant impact across all areas of our budget including 6th grade final year activities. 

Your support means the world to us, and we are truly grateful for every donation we've received so far. With your help, we can make an even bigger difference.

To make a donation or to share with others, please click on the following link:

 https://slpta.org/donations/rnr2023/

If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

Once again, thank you for your support and LET'S GO DOLPHINS!.

Warm regards,

PTA

Library Volunteers Needed

Assist Mrs. Snow checking in, shelving and checking out books for Kindergarten and 1st grade students. Times for checking in and shelving books can be flexible. Background checks are not required. Sign up here to volunteer.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Neurodiversity Workshop - Nov 3

Come and join our presenter Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist, to learn and understand Neurodiversity. To register for this event please e-mail Lena Feldman. See the flyer below for more information

Family Needs Assessment: We Need Your Input! 

The Wellness Team at Stratford Landing Elementary aims to support the students and their families throughout the school year. We are seeking parent/guardian input to help us identify, understand, and support specific family needs. Our goal is to use the information to encourage family engagement and connect families with the appropriate school and community resources. As parents/guardians, your involvement and input are vital to the school’s improvement process. Please complete this form at your earliest opportunity. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration! 

Evaluación de Necesidades Familiares: ¡Necesitamos Su Opinión! 

El Equipo de Bienestar de la Escuela Primaria Stratford Landing tiene como objetivo apoyar a los estudiantes y sus familias durante todo el año escolar. Estamos buscando la opinión de los padres/tutores para ayudarnos a identificar, comprender y apoyar las necesidades específicas de la familia. Nuestro objetivo es utilizar la información para fomentar la participación familiar y conectar a las familias con los recursos escolares y comunitarios apropiados. Como padres/tutores, su participación y aportación son vitales para el proceso de mejora de la escuela. Por favor complete este formulario lo antes posible. Haga clic aquí para completar la encuesta: https://forms.gle/8Ye6jxxBU7qxTjwm8

Newsletter for Military-Connected Families

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends a monthly newsletter for military-connected families? Subscribe today.

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.

Tips to Help Keep Children Safe

The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) reminds parents and caregivers that it’s important to talk to your children about safety topics including:

  • What parents should know about their children’s plans.
  • Having a meeting spot in case of getting separated.
  • Establishing safe areas. 
  • What to do if you are followed.

Visit the FCPD website for more details on how to discuss safety topics.

Día de los Muertos and All Saints Day

Día de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Wednesday, November 1, and Thursday, November 2, are observance days this year. To learn more about Día de los Muertos, watch this video. While Día de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide to honor those who have died and gone to heaven (All Saints Day) and those who may still be in purgatory (All Souls Day). The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back) - Nov 5

This Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

National Family Engagement Month

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

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

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

Events Hosted by the FCPS Family Resource Center

The FCPS Family Resource Center (FRC) offers 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. Some of the November events are: 

Click the links above to register for the events. For more information, visit the Family Resource Center webpage.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

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Rock n Run Donations

 

Rock n Run donations are coming in! Please consider supporting our school by donating and sharing the link below! All donations go right back into the school.  Go Dolphins!!

https://slpta.org/rock-n-run-donations/?fbclid=IwAR3ZsZatPcLM90-6wWjL4AjRTIADW5O0EezfljlgnR8EN4Y-pDNW0WzDC9U

Rock n Run Volunteers

 

20 More Volunteers Needed for Rock N Run!

Please sign up to help out at this year’s Rock N run. We need your help to make it a great event for the kids!

 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B48A4AF2DA1FF2-44707774-2023

Inaugural SLES Trunk or Treat - October 28, 1-3 pm

 

See the flyer below for invitation about the first annual SLES Trunk or Treat event, and info on how you can volunteer and donate candy for the event!

PTA Bingo Night 11/9/23

 

Our annual PTA Bingo Night will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 6:30-8:00 pm at Gum Springs Community Center. Join us for 10 exciting rounds of Bingo and a chance to win one of our exciting prize baskets! A pizza dinner will be provided, courtesy of your SLES PTA! 

 

We cannot wait to see you there! Fliers will be sent home in Wednesday folders soon and a call for volunteers will go out via email and social media. Please sign up to help if you can! Thank you! 

Questions?  Join our Facebook Page, view the  PTA website or 
e-mail:  [email protected]

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It’s Rock and Run season at Stratford Landing! We kicked off the fun with our RNR pep rallies this week. We are so appreciative of the time and effort our families put into to RNR. From those working behind the scenes to those making donations, RNR is a great time for our community to come together for a common cause - our great school!

This year, it is a whole school effort to raise money to support our school. Our PTA is diligent about ensuring dollar amounts raised and prizes offered go directly to our students and staff. For example, last year some money raised by RNR contributed to upgrades of classroom libraires and our very own ukulele program. Wow! Please consider donating to support learning at Stratford Landing. And rumor has it there is a principal waiting to get a pie in the face if we reach our fundraising goal.  

Good luck, Dolphins.

Until next time …

Kevin Morris, Principal

Stratford Landing Wants to Hear From You

Here is a way to share your impressions, thoughts, and ideas with our school: How are we doing at Stratford Landing? Provide feedback and get involved

Reminder for New Families- Window for Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV Referrals to Close October 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students who are new to FCPS (since January 2023) in Grades 3-7, who would like their child to be considered for Level IV Full-Time AAP services, may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form and optional materials to our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers Tene’ McBee and Arlene Ventimiglia by emailing [email protected] and [email protected]. Please cc’ our Assistant Principal LaChelle Williams [email protected]  no later than October 15. 

How to Submit Referral Materials

Please submit the referral materials in one email with the subject line “Full-Time Level IV AAP Referral for (Your child’s initials, Teacher last name)”. If you prefer, you may drop off a hard copy with our office staff during regular school hours.

What to Submit

  1. Referral Form - required*
  2. Parent/Guardian Questionnaire  - optional
  3. Two pages of work samples (pdf or jpg files or 8.5x11” one-sided page) - optional
  4. Additional Testing if applicable (i.e. from a previous school or an ability or achievement test administered outside of Fairfax County Public Schools that you would like included.) - optional

You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your referral materials. Please note that late referrals can not be accepted.

Additional information can be found on the  Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu) website.

SLA (Student Leadership Association) for 5th & 6th grade

Hi SLES 5th & 6th grade families!

We are happy to introduce the SLA, (Student Leadership Association) this school year! To provide our upper grades with meaningful leadership opportunities that have a more inclusive approach, we will be encouraging students to engage in this opportunity this school year. This means we are retiring traditional SCA elections and student campaigning. In the past, SCA (Student Council Association) resulted in the whole school voting for 8 members from the 5th and 6th grade who ran for varying positions—and we would like to expand our reach and opportunities to participate.

To create an opportunity of leadership to a broader group of students to benefit our student body as a whole, we would like to utilize this new Student Leadership Association to provide a space for collaboration and supporting our fellow SLES dolphins, be a voice of student needs, thoughts, and ideas within the school building, and also support various service opportunities within the community.

If your dolphin is interested in being a leader and a voice for the student body, please have them fill out the interest form by Friday, November 3rd.

The link for students is also found on Schoology. 

The 2023-2024 Yearbook Team is Looking for Parent Volunteers!

If you'd like to help our school and have an interest in yearbooks, editorial, publishing, or design, this could be a great volunteer opportunity for you! Please note that this is a time-intensive role, particularly in the spring (typically February through April). However, support and training will be available. If you are interested in finding out more, please email [email protected], and we can set up a time to chat! Please contact us by Friday, 10/20. We’re interested in learning about your interest within the next few weeks so that we can properly plan this year’s yearbook strategy as well as define roles.

New School Lunch Menu Options 

FCPS' Food and Nutrition Services team will be rolling out improvements to the menu that better reflect the diversity of our student body and focus on fresh, healthy food. Learn about FCPS’ new menu options.

Know Our Security Terms

Security Scenarios video

FCPS uses specific terminology to specify the actions school staff and students should take to ensure safety in a variety of situations. It is important for staff, families, and students to understand what the different terms mean and how they impact school operations.

Watch the video above to learn more about the definitions of the security terms: lockdown; secure the building; and stay put, stay tuned. If students, staff, or community members have a safety concern at school (that is not an immediate emergency), they should submit a tip to the FCPS Safety Tipline. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Lice Information and Resources

During SY 22-23, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) updated the Head Lice Guidelines to be in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Although lice do not spread disease, they can be a nuisance and cause great concern in the community. If you notice signs or symptoms of head lice in your child look for treatment as soon as possible.

Learn more about lice and its treatment on FCPS Lice: Treatment and Prevention page and Head Lice Treatment and Prevention easy to read brochure. Translated versions of these resources are also available through those links.

Upcoming Solar Eclipses and How to View Them Safely

There will be an annular eclipse on Saturday, October 14. Virginia is not in the direct path of the moon’s shadow, so we will only be able to see a partial eclipse in this region. FCPS has gathered resources for students and families to learn more about the eclipse, and how to view it safely. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon that is interesting for students of all ages.

Save the date for a more dramatic event! On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will be viewable from North America.

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. To help develop a common understanding of bullying, below is the FCPS definition as included in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document: 

Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, an argument, or peer conflict.

For more information on how FCPS handles a bullying situation, please visit the FCPS Bullying Prevention and Intervention webpage. Our goal is to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at school. If you have questions or concerns about a situation at school, please contact the front office so they can support you, and most importantly, your student.  

Alcohol and Football

As the cooler weather comes in, the leaves begin to change, we exchange our sandals for boots and Pumpkin flavored favorites, and football becomes the topic of many conversations. Families gather one or more times a week, wearing sport paraphernalia to root for “their team”, often enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Adults may have these interactions in the safety and confines of their own home, at a friend's house, or in a noisy establishment with televisions and a bar. When this routine becomes a habit seen by teens regularly, they may begin to associate alcohol with football. So when they attend their school’s football game, it’s now their night out with friends, and the close association between football and alcohol has already been established for them. 

Media ads from various companies showcase their ice-cold brew options with stereotypical attractive people at a bar, appearing cool. When adults attend in-person games, tailgating seems mandatory as part of the full experience. When teens meet up before attending football games, pre-game drinking may be something they consider. 

Alcohol.org states that people who watch games at viewing parties, average consumption of 7 drinks and those who tailgated averaged 8 drinks. In a country that values football and has connected football to the consumption of alcohol, it’s easy to see how teens may be conditioned to do the same. If a student is old enough to attend football games, they’re old to have conversations about alcohol safety.

Here are some tips to help:

  1. Establish clear and consistent boundaries “I will not tolerate…”. 
  2. Explain why adults have the privilege to drink and adolescents are not allowed to drink.
  3. Do not exaggerate.
  4. Set a desired outcome for the conversation: Think about what you want your teen to understand before you get into the conversation.

Resources

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs https://dl.ebmcdn.net/fcps/courses/ATODParentPresentationRequired103119b/story_html5.html 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further information & support: Contact Elizabeth Knudson, SAPS, LPC, 703.718.2749, [email protected]

Dyslexia Open House

In celebration of October as Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will host a Dyslexia Open House on October 26th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Registration is open now and will be open through October 26th. Register for the training using this link

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Lexia Parent Night: Learn About Literacy Support

FCPS funds Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with the data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize. Attend an information night to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom. Parents/caregivers will also get tips for supporting their students at home. 

Information nights will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on: 

Wednesday, October 18, at Thoreau Middle School (Cafeteria)

Thursday, October 19, at Edison High School (Auditorium).

Register to attend or submit a question in advance

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.  

Teach Your Child How to Call for Help in an Emergency

It’s National Fire Prevention Week. Ensure your children know how to call 9-1-1 and what to say in an emergency. Watch this video for some tips on teaching them about 9-1-1

Fire & Rescue Department - Open House Oct. 14

All Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department stations are hosting open houses on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for kids. Stop by your local station to check out the fire safety activities. 

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A Message from Mr. Morris

With the conclusion of the first six weeks of school there is learning momentum at Stratford Landing. Our classrooms are busy places. Students are writing personal narratives, participating in book clubs, completing Project Based Learning (PBL) activities and engaging in challenging math tasks.

We’ve completed many beginning of the year assessments, and grade levels are wrapping up their Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) window (Grades 3-6). This beginning of the year data helps inform instruction. Teachers address student learning needs during small group instruction and “Dolphin Time”, time set aside in our instructional schedule to provide targeted instruction to individual and small groups of students. Though most grade levels have not fully begun some of these targeted interventions the process is beginning. If you have questions about Dolphin Time or academic interventions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

We are ready to welcome our family volunteers into the building to support our operational and instructional school day. Continue reviewing this edition of SLES News You Choose to learn more information about how to volunteer at Stratford Landing.

Until next time …

Kevin Morris, Principal

2023-2030 Strategic Plan — Goal 5: Leading for Tomorrow's Innovation

The 2023-30 strategic plan sets five student-centered goals to create positive change in FCPS. These five goals show where we should focus our attention and will help us align our efforts. 

Under Goal 5, every student will graduate ready to thrive in life after high school with the skills they need to navigate, adapt, and innovate for a sustainable future. Using data gathered from students, we will ensure they are ready for a wide variety of options for their futures. 

Visit FCPS’ Strategic Plan webpage to learn more about how we will measure the success of Goal 5. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgment Due 

FCPS’ updated Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) booklet is available online and in SIS ParentVUE. The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents/caregivers to review and sign the SR&R. The SR&R will be visible upon logging in to SIS ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgment has been completed.

Signatures are due by Friday, September 29. Please contact our front office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. Visit the SIS ParentVUE Account Overview

We Welcome our Family Volunteers!

Our family volunteers are welcomed to connect with their child’s teacher(s) and express interest to  provide academic and/or operational support to our school. If you are a “Badged Volunteer” (IYKYK), email Ms. Busch by Friday, October 6 to have your ID badge renewed. You do not need to reapply to be a badged volunteer. Once you get the green light from Ms. Busch, you may begin volunteering in classrooms.

Are you interested in volunteering at SLES this school year? Learn more about our volunteer program.

Birthday Treats for Students

Celebrating your child’s birthday is always exciting. When celebrating at school, if you wish, your child may bring in a treat for each classmate. The treat should be able to be distributed by the student, and the treat should not need additional time to set up or serve to students (such as a sheet cake that an adult would need to cut and serve to students) . Contact your child’s teacher to ensure there are no serious food allergies in the classroom. Families should not bring any gifts to their child during school, such as balloons or flowers. Mylar and latex balloons are prohibited in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Important Safety Reminder – Arrival and Dismissal

Riverside Road has become very congested and dangerous. Concerning driving maneuvers have been observed by SLES staff. For example, speeding, stopping on the street or u-turning from the side of the road across to the other side of the street with oncoming traffic. If your child does not walk to and from school, and they are met or dropped off by an adult in a vehicle, that vehicle should use our kiss and ride loop to pick up and drop off students. Even if accompanied by an adult, students and families should never run across the bus loop or Riverside Road. We ask all families and students to use the crosswalk to cross Riverside Road. Your cooperation is critical to a safe school arrival and dismissal.

Zones of Regulation Activities for Families

Our teachers continue to engage in learning with students about self-regulation through our Zones of Regulation curriculum. Pictured below, kindergarten students are doing a “Zones check in” with their teacher before they enter the classroom. They identify their zone and a feeling associated with that zone, and that helps teachers connect with students and get a sense of their well-being each school day.

Parent conversation at home: Regulation is something everyone continually works on whether we are aware of it or not. We all encounter trying circumstances that can test our limits. If we can recognize when we are becoming less regulated, we are able to do something about it to manage our feelings and get ourselves to a healthy place. This comes more naturally for some, but for others it is a skill that needs more attention and practice.

Have a “Zones Convo” with your child. Share a recent personal experience where you became less regulated and you were able to manage your feelings to get yourself to a healthy place. Or maybe you had difficulty doing so. These personal conversations can help students understand all humans encounter feelings and emotions and must learn how to respond and cope during self-regulation challenges

Kindergarten students doing a “Zones check in”

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Watch this video with tips from Fairfax Pyramid principals and visit FCPS’ Attendance webpage for tips and strategies.

Importance of Strong Attendance Habits 

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include:  

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.
We All Belong

Each one of us is  unique. And every student matters. If a student is having a difficult time attending class, please tell a trusted adult at school. There are solutions.

Visit FCPS website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

When a Student Should Stay Home From School

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify their teacher, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent. 

Happy Chuseok to our Korean community

Chuseok, also known as the Korean Thanksgiving, is a day to express gratitude to the ancestors for a bountiful harvest.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Fairfax County Economic Mobility Pilot - last day to apply is Oct. 3

The Fairfax County Economic Mobility Pilot (FCEMP) will provide monthly cash payments to eligible, randomly selected households – along with optional financial coaching and supportive resources – to promote economic stability and social capital. Please see flyers below. More information on Fairfax County website.

Digital Equity and Inclusion Free COVID-19 Tests

Every U.S. household can place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

Review health and safety guidance for schools to stay up to date on the best ways to prevent the spread of disease, and for information on when students should stay home from school.

Workshops and Webinars for Caregivers Available on YouTube

The Family Resource Center offers a range of workshops and webinars on YouTube to help families and educators support student success. Topics covered in these videos include executive functioning, challenging behavior, autism, early childhood, digital citizenship, ADHD, mindfulness, calm parenting, special education, military-connected families, and twice-exceptional students. Contact the Family Resource Center at [email protected] or 703-204-3941 for more information.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

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

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اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Hello Stratford Landing Families,

 

Wow! We are off to a great start this school year. I’m so proud of our students and teachers. Our teachers have established routines, expectations and procedures to maximize our school day, and our students are excelling. Each school day I’ve observed students trying their best, working hard to make safe choices and treating each other kindly. A 2nd Grade student shared with me, “I really like the company during my school day.” What a great feeling for a student! Each morning on our live news show I share these “feel good” stories that students stop and share with me. Some students have written “feel good” stories and shared them with me.

Our teachers are busy with beginning of the year assessments for students as well as instructing first quarter academic standards. I spent some time with the 1st Grade team reviewing their beginning of the year writing assessments from students about their favorite toy. The care the team put into reviewing the assessments and talking about their students’ strengths was terrific. These conversations inform instruction and help our teachers identify individual needs of students. 

Be sure to review the weekly newsletters your teachers are sending you to identify what your child is learning each week. If you have any questions about this weekly communication, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Until next time …

 

Mr. Morris, Principal

Zones of Regulation

We’ve committed to social emotional learning (SEL) schoolwide by utilizing Zones of Regulation with our students, K-6. This provides an opportunity for our students to understand and express their feelings and build a toolbox of skills to help self-regulate. All four zones are a-okay for students to be in, and we are providing opportunities for students to explore these big emotions and feelings. A 5th grade student shared with me, “I was feeling in the red zone all day, so I just took a lot of breaks. My teacher helped me, too, and I felt okay at the end of the day. I was proud that I didn’t get in trouble or make any of my friends angry.” Ask your child to share what they’ve learned so far this school year about self-regulation, their feelings and the four zones.

Parent/Guardian Advisory Council

This is the last call for volunteers to serve on our Parent/Guardian Advisory Council. Complete this google form to help us to plan deeper for our work together this school year. Family input is critical to our success. The Advisory Council will provide feedback, ask questions, and engage in conversation and activities with other families and Stratford Landing Leadership to problem-solve and advise implementation of best practices for academic, social and emotional learning.

Managing COVID-19 and Other Illnesses, FCPS Attendance Requirements

We’ve come a long way in FCPS since March 2020. Use these links to best navigate your decisions to keep your child home from school. COVID-19, and other illnesses, should be communicated with the school when your child is absent.

Health and Safety Guidance

FCPS Attendance Guidance

Back-to-School Preventative Health Practices

Flu season is quickly approaching, and communicable diseases continue to be present in our schools. We are committed to providing students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. Families and staff are encouraged to engage in the following health practices to prevent the spread of illnesses. 

  • Make an appointment to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine (with rare exceptions). Flu vaccines are widely available at doctors’ and pediatricians’ offices, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not done so already. An updated COVID booster for the 2023-2024 season should be released in the coming weeks and will more effectively target the current circulating strains of the virus. Find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in your community by visiting: vaccinate.virginia.gov or call (877) VAX-IN-VA or (877) 829-4682.
  • Check with your students’ healthcare providers to make sure they are up to date on their required school entrance immunizations. Immunization records can now be updated online in SIS ParentVUE through the Online Verification Update form.
  • Check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents/caregivers are advised to keep their children home if sick and get them tested for COVID-19 to stop further spread from occurring. Employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.
  • Don’t forget to wash hands regularly, avoid touching the face with unwashed hands, cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and limit the time children spend in large group settings with contagious individuals whenever possible.
Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

Hello, I am Inge Gatti, your new Family Liaison at Stratford Landing. This is my first year working at FCPS and my second year as a FCPS parent. My kids have attended schools in a few different countries, so I know how important it is to engage with people and find resources in a new school/community environment. Prior to joining SLES, I worked overseas as a community liaison for the U.S. State Department.

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

AAP News (Advanced Academics Program)

Please find out everything you need to know about the Advanced Academics Program at Stratford Landing clicking on this link. For detailed information for this Fall view the AAP Fall Newsletter. Spanish version available here

The general AAP overview parent information meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 20 in Stratford Landing’s cafeteria from 6:00-7:00 pm. The AART will provide information about the continuum of services, explain the screening process and answer questions about advanced academic services for interested K-6 parents. Information will also be provided for new families (new to FCPS since Jan. 2023) who are interested in referring their child for the full-time Level IV AAP. 

Students Are Learning Every Day

As you plan upcoming trips and other family events, please remember the importance of sending your child to school every day. Review the FCPS School Year Calendar and try to plan any time away during long breaks from school. 

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent (missing 18 days or more) in kindergarten and first grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade.

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits

Support Your Child’s Success

Access your student’s attendance records, grades, and assignments at any time with SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers should receive an activation code when they register their child. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an 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. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. 

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

Wednesday, October 4 Walk and Bike to School Day

Let's walk or bike to school on October 4. See flyer below.

STEAMOLOGY STEM Fest Offers Hands-On Activities for Students

Students are invited to participate in STEM FEST on Saturday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South County High School. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade can participate in robotics demonstrations, coding experiments, and more. High school students are invited to volunteer. Visit the STEAMOLOGY website for more information

SEL Screener Parent Notification and Updates

FCPS is committed to supporting the mental wellness of all students. The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener helps our students share their perspectives on how their schools and communities support them and help them develop the skills they need to succeed. 

The screener is offered to all students in grades 3 through 12 in the fall and spring. It addresses skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. Students also share how successful their school and community are at making them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to plan programming for the division, schools, and individual students. 

Key updates to the screener this year include:

  • Different versions for students in grades 3-5 and 6-12. 
  • Fewer topics with more questions to provide schools and families with more data to support planning. 
  • Additional questions aligned with FCPS’ commitment to educational equity.

Results are mailed home to families after each screening. Families who wish to opt their child out may do so by completing the opt-out form in the Annual Notice packet or SIS ParentVue. 

For more information, please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage or contact us at (703) 619-3600. 

Please note that the SEL Screener differs from the anonymous Fairfax County Youth Survey. For more information about the Youth Survey, see the Fairfax County Youth Survey site.

Caregiver Checklist: Have You Completed These Important Forms? 

During the first weeks of the year, caregivers receive many forms to complete. Several of the most important ones are below:

  1. Digital Resources Consent: Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent/caregiver consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Digital Resources - Parent Consent page. This page also includes directions on how to provide permission. 
  2. Student Rights and Responsibilities: This document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses. Parents using SIS ParentVUE will be prompted to sign the document when they log in to that platform. A printable version of the document with a signature sheet is available on the SR&R webpage.
  3. Opt-Outs: The Opt-Out Booklet is online or available from your child’s school. It contains information on: 
    1. Parents’ rights to inspect and consent or opt out before their child participates in certain surveys.
    2. Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials.
    3. Rules regarding student records and disclosure of student information (including photo/video of students) and the right to opt out.
    4. Parents’ rights to opt out of the Social Emotional Learning Screener, physical exams not required by state law, career or social emotional counseling, Library Equity Access Pass Project, and/or Tutor.com.
    5. The process by which complaints may be filed if parents or students believe their rights have been violated.

Diapers needed for the preschool classrooms

We are in need of diapers size 4T-5T (SM) for boys. If you would like to help, please get in touch with the school and tell them you would like to donate to the Family Resource Center. We are very grateful for all your support. 

How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com 

Students learning with tutor.com

All FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Student participation is optional and parents/caregivers can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Get more information on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services webpage.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

Saturday, September 16 Stock the Block - Volunteer opportunity

See flyer below for this great volunteer opportunity to help our Community. Use the flyer QR code or go to this link for registration.

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