Belvedere News and Announcements - February 16, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

As we navigate through the month of February, we wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the kindness shown by our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) during this Valentine's season. Staff arrived on Valentine's Day to find chocolate treats. Thank you!

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. On Wednesday, we had the honor of welcoming our Region 2 leaders, Megan Vroman and Margaret Barnes, who came to surprise Ellen Rogers, PYP Coordinator, with the Region 2 Outstanding Professional Employee Award. This recognition is a testament to Ms. Rogers's dedication, hard work, and exemplary contributions to our school. We couldn't be prouder of Ms. Rogers.  She is now a candidate for the district Outstanding Professional Employee award, and we are eagerly awaiting the results!

As we head into the long weekend, we wish you a wonderful and potentially snowy three-day break. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school next Tuesday. Thank you once again for your unwavering support, dedication, and partnership in nurturing a thriving learning environment for our students.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

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. See the complete school year calendar.

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

After School Club Registration

Registration closes Sunday, February 25 for Belvedere PTA’s after school clubs. Spots are filling up fast! Glee Club has just been added for music lovers and vocalists! Check it out at the registration page at https://www.belvederepta.org/

Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts clubs after school. The Spring 2024 session begins March 4 and ends on May 10. 

Register here: https://www.belvederepta.org/

Email: [email protected]

Upcoming Boundary Study

The Fairfax County School Board received boundary study scope recommendations to address capacity challenges at Glasgow Middle School at the February 8 meeting. The School Board will take action on the Boundary Study Scope at the February 22, 2024 School Board Meeting.

The following schools are included in the recommended boundary scope:

  • Glasgow Middle School and AAP Center
  • Holmes Middle School
  • Poe Middle School
  • Frost Middle School AAP Center
  • Belvedere Elementary School AAP Center
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School AAP Center

Once the boundary study scope is approved by the School Board, FCPS staff will develop possible program and/or boundary change scenarios using the approved scope. The scenarios will be shared and community meetings will be held March 6 and March 13 for all schools and communities identified in the boundary scope. These meetings will be an opportunity for the public to weigh in on these options and continue to engage in this important process. 

Both community meetings will be held at Glasgow Middle School. Registration is helpful but not required for the community meetings. Language interpretation will be provided.

Stay informed by checking the Glasgow Middle School Capacity Challenges webpage. While there, sign up for the mailing list. Communication about this ongoing work will also be shared by the school and your school board representative, Dr. Ricardy Anderson. 

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in

International Night at Justice High School

Where: Justice HS

When: February 28th

Cultural showcase and international food: Cafeteria 4:30-6:00 pm

Performance: Auditorium

Tickets are $5 per seat

Download the flyer for a link to purchase tickets. 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3rd - 5th   during the week of March 4th . Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

If you have any questions please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Paige Simpson, at [email protected] or 703-916-6829.

Belvedere Career Day 2024

Our 4th and 5th grade students will attend Career Day on Tuesday, June 4, from 9:40 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Career Day consists of students rotating to four different 20-minute sessions.

Please download this flyer for more information on ways you can help or sign up to be a presenter. Thanks!

Counselor Corner

Read the latest newsletter from our school counselors. 

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

👩‍🏫 Help Students Achieve Their Dreams. Teach for FCPS!

Save the date! Attend FCPS’ instructional job fair on Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m.-noon, at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Network and take advantage of interview opportunities with representatives from various FCPS schools. Employment offers may be extended during the fair. Register today

Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation 

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III.

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process.

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

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

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

Fairfax County Science and Engineering Fair Open House

Members of the general public are invited to attend the science fair open house at Robinson Secondary School on Sunday, March 17, 1-3 p.m.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

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.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

PTA News  Volunteers needed! Belvedere Auction Fundraiser in April 

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the auction. We can use several people to help with soliciting, classroom basket, help setting up the website, etc. If you are able to volunteer in any way, please email us at  [email protected]

Lebanese Taverna Food Truck - Order today!

Back by popular demand, the Lebanese Taverna food truck will be at Belvedere on Thursday, February 29. Order in advance for pick-up between 4:15-5:15 pm. Order here or click link in flyer: Lebanese Taverna (https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=c6f53b22). A portion of the sales will go to support the Belvedere PTA.

  Belvedere Ballers in March 

Belvedere Ballers is coming back Thursday, March 21! Look out for more information coming next week. Also if you or your child is interested in playing, please let us know by March 1 ([email protected]).

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Please note the revised date for our next PTA meeting: Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Election Day (No School)
  • Wednesday, March 13 - PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 22 - End of Quarter
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break 
  • April 1-2 - Student Holiday (Professional Workdays)
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Belvedere News and Announcements - February 9, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

What an amazing night we had yesterday! Bingo was an absolute hit, with an incredible turnout from so many families in attendance. It was heartwarming to see everyone come together, enjoy each other's company, and have a blast playing games, munching on popcorn, and eating pizza. Your presence truly made the event unforgettable. We want to extend our deepest gratitude to each all who contributed to making this event such a resounding success. Whether you helped with setup, brought snacks, or simply brought your joyful spirits, your participation was invaluable, and we couldn't have done it without you.

On another note, we have some exciting news to share with you all. Please join us in welcoming Mr. Cesar Machado as our new building custodian! Mr. Machado started with us this week, and he is already making a noticeable difference. Our floors are gleaming, and our school is shining bright, thanks to his hard work and dedication.

As we continue on this journey together, let's embrace the sense of community and support that makes our school so special. We look forward to creating more memorable moments with you all in the future.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Upcoming Boundary Study

The Fairfax County School Board received boundary study scope recommendations to address capacity challenges at Glasgow Middle School at the February 8 meeting. The School Board will take action on the Boundary Study Scope at the February 22, 2024 School Board Meeting.

The following schools are included in the recommended boundary scope:

  • Glasgow Middle School and AAP Center
  • Holmes Middle School
  • Poe Middle School
  • Frost Middle School AAP Center
  • Belvedere Elementary School AAP Center
  • Canterbury Woods Elementary School AAP Center

Once the boundary study scope is approved by the School Board, FCPS staff will develop possible program and/or boundary change scenarios using the approved scope. The scenarios will be shared and community meetings will be held March 6 and March 13 for all schools and communities identified in the boundary scope. These meetings will be an opportunity for the public to weigh in on these options and continue to engage in this important process. 

Both community meetings will be held at Glasgow Middle School. Registration is helpful but not required for the community meetings. Language interpretation will be provided.

Stay informed by checking the Glasgow Middle School Capacity Challenges webpage. While there, sign up for the mailing list. Communication about this ongoing work will also be shared by the school and your school board representative, Dr. Ricardy Anderson. 

International Night at Justice High School

Where: Justice HS

When: February 28th

Cultural showcase and international food: Cafeteria 4:30-6:00 pm

Performance: Auditorium

Tickets are $5 per seat

Download the flyer for a link to purchase tickets. 

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3rd - 5th   during the week of March 4th . Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed. The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

If you have any questions please reach out to our SEL Screener Lead, Paige Simpson, at [email protected] or 703-916-6829.

📚 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of 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 data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

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

Belvedere Career Day 2024

Our 4th and 5th grade students will attend Career Day on Tuesday, June 4, from 9:40 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Career Day consists of students rotating to four different 20-minute sessions.

Please download this flyer for more information on ways you can help or sign up to be a presenter. Thanks!

Counselor Corner

Read the latest newsletter from our school counselors. 

Lunar New Year - February 10

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Ash Wednesday - February 14

Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

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.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

PTA News  BINGO! 

A huge thanks to Jessica Strelitz, the amazing 5th graders, and all of you for making the Belvedere Bingo Night such a success and a lot of FUN! 

  Belvedere Auction Fundraiser in April 

The PTA is hard at work planning for an in-person auction fundraiser this April. More details and info coming soon! If you are able to volunteer in any way, please email us at [email protected]

Lebanese Taverna Food Truck - February 29

Back by popular demand, the Lebanese Taverna food truck will be at Belvedere on Thursday, February 29. Order in advance for pick-up between 4:15-5:15 pm. Order here: Lebanese Taverna. A portion of the sales will go to support the Belvedere PTA. 

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
  • Tuesday, March 5 - Election Day (No School)
  • Wednesday, March 6 - PTA Meeting
  • Friday, March 22 - End of Quarter
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break 
  • April 1-2 - Student Holiday (Professional Workdays)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on X

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Office: 703-916-6800
Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Bingo Night Tonight! Plus, Get Ready for Pajama Spirit Day Tomorrow!

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Reminder! BINGO Night TONIGHT, Thursday, February 8th

Get ready to shout "BINGO!" and win some amazing prizes at this fun-filled family evening. Pizza, drinks, snacks, special raffles and more excitement. All proceeds support BES 5th grade graduation events.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 8
Hours: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Belvedere ES Cafeteria

Please bring cash to purchase refreshments, raffle tickets (with prizes for kids and adults) and extra BINGO cards. All BES students will receive a free reusable Bingo card + popcorn.

Pajama Day - Friday, February 9

Congratulations to all of our Belvedere readers! Our PTA-sponsored Read-a-Thon was a great success! To celebrate, we will have a school-wide pajama spirit day this Friday, February 9th! Dress warm and cozy!

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Pajama Day and Bingo Night!

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Pajama Day - Friday, February 9

Congratulations to all of our Belvedere readers! Our PTA-sponsored Read-a-Thon was a great success! To celebrate, we will have a school-wide pajama spirit day this Friday, February 9th! Dress warm and cozy!

Reminder! BINGO Night this Thursday, February 8th

Get ready to shout "BINGO!" and win some amazing prizes at this fun-filled family evening. Pizza, drinks, snacks, special raffles and more excitement. All proceeds support BES 5th grade graduation events.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 8
Hours: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Belvedere ES Cafeteria

Please bring cash to purchase refreshments, raffle tickets (with prizes for kids and adults) and extra BINGO cards. All BES students will receive a free reusable Bingo card + popcorn.

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Belvedere News and Announcements - February 2, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We trust this message finds you well and that you've had a wonderful week and a smooth transition into the second semester.

As we embark on the second half of the school year, we want to emphasize the significance of student attendance. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for our students to learn, connect, and grow. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in ensuring our students attend school each day, contributing to their educational journey.

We are proud to share that Belvedere Elementary School was highlighted by FCPS as a wonderful example of why inclusion matters for our very youngest learners. This video highlights the benefits to students with (and without) disabilities. FCPS is in the process of creating a comprehensive Pre-K plan that will be shared with the community later this spring. 

As we enter the month of February, we also mark the beginning of Black History Month. This is an annual celebration dedicated to recognizing the achievements of African Americans and acknowledging their central role in U.S. history. We encourage teachers to incorporate relevant lessons into their curriculum to promote awareness and understanding among our students.

We look forward to a month filled with learning, celebration, and continued academic growth. Thank you for your ongoing support, and let's make the remainder of the school year a rewarding and successful journey for our students.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Black History Month

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

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Bingo Night

Get ready to shout "BINGO!" and win some amazing prizes at this fun-filled family evening. Pizza, drinks, snacks, special raffles and more excitement. All proceeds support BES 5th grade graduation events later this school year. 

Date: Thursday, Feb. 8 

Hours: 5:30-7:30pm

Location: Belvedere ES Cafeteria 

We need everyone's help to make this event a success! If you can help out that night, we need adult volunteers to manage our student support. Sign up here for a shift: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BA9AE2CA5F49-47614392-bingo

We also need refreshment donations! If you're headed to the store, we are looking for drinks, chips and some desserts to sell alongside the fresh  pizza: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0D4BAAAF2BA6FB6-47546013-concessions/50955757#/

Please bring cash on Feb. 8 to purchase refreshments, raffle tickets (with prizes for kids and adults) and extra BINGO cards. All BES students will receive a free reusable Bingo card + popcorn.  All fifth graders will have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer to help during the event. We will share the assignments back with them in advance, and have that information available on site on Feb. 8. If you're a fifth grade family member, please encourage your student to get involved to support their class. 

Questions? Want to help? Contact Jessica Strelitz Stewart at [email protected]

Parent Coffee - Friday February 9th

Please join us for a parent coffee with an informative presentation from our Reading Specialist, Ms. Smith, about the Science of Reading. See details below:

Belvedere Career Day 2024

Our 4th and 5th grade students will attend Career Day on Tuesday, June 4, from 9:40 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Career Day consists of students rotating to four different 20-minute sessions.

Please download this flyer for more information on ways you can help or sign up to be a presenter. Thanks!

Counselor Corner

Read the latest newsletter from our school counselors. 

Rising 6th Grade Families Have questions about middle school course selection?

Please join Ms. Ballard, Ms. Simpson and the Glasgow Director of Student Services for an information session on Thursday, February 8th from 8:30-9:15 in the Belvedere cafeteria.

Download the flyer for more details. 

Important Form for Parents of Rising Kindergartners!

We sent home a form in Friday folders for parents with a rising kindergartner for the 2024-25 school year.

Completing this form is crucial for the enrollment process, and we kindly ask all eligible parents to take a moment to fill it out and send it back to our dedicated Student Information Assistant, Ms. Belcher. Your cooperation ensures a smooth transition for your child into the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school office. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to welcoming the newest members of our Belvedere community!

Thank you for your cooperation.

FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

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.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

PTA News  Belvedere Bingo Night (February 8)

Mark your calendars for Belvedere Bingo Night on Thursday, February 8th (5:30-8:30pm) in the Belvedere cafeteria. We will be selling pizza and refreshments. If you would like to help volunteer or have questions, please contact Jessica Strelitz ([email protected]).

Belvedere Auction Fundraiser in April 

The PTA is hard at work planning for an in-person auction fundraiser this April. More details and info coming soon! If you are able to volunteer in any way, please email us at [email protected]

Lebanese Taverna Food Truck - February 29

Back by popular demand, the Lebanese Taverna food truck will be at Belvedere on Thursday, February 29. Order in advance for pick-up between 4:15-5:15 pm. Order here: Lebanese Taverna. A portion of the sales will go to support the Belvedere PTA. 

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, February 7 - PTA Meeting
  • Thursday, February 8 - Bingo Night from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Friday, February 9 - Parent Coffee 9:50-10:30 am
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on X

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements - January 26, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We trust this message finds you well and enjoying the shift from freezing temperatures to the warmth of spring. We encourage you to take the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones.

On a bittersweet note, we want to share news about a cherished member of our Belvedere family. Nora Bonilla, our dedicated building supervisor, is set to retire this coming Monday after an incredible 28 years of service. Nora has been a pillar of strength, diligently caring for our entire community and ensuring the smooth operation of our facilities. To honor Nora's remarkable journey, the staff came together to celebrate her contributions yesterday. It was a heartfelt gathering filled with gratitude for the years of dedication and hard work that Nora has poured into making our community a better place.

As we bid farewell to Nora next week, we can't help but feel a tinge of sadness at her departure. Her presence and commitment will be deeply missed by all who have had the privilege of working alongside her. Please join us in extending our warmest wishes to Nora as she embarks on this new chapter of her life. May retirement bring her the joy, relaxation, and fulfillment she truly deserves. We are immensely grateful for her years of service and the positive impact she has had on our Belvedere family.

We also want to thank our incredible PTA for planning and hosting the VIP and Me breakfasts earlier this week. We had a wonderful turnout and it was heartwarming to see all of our families come together to start the school day.  The PTA will also be hosting a Bingo Night next week on Thursday, February 8th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  This event will help raise funds for our 5th graders to have an end of year celebration. There will be prizes for winning, pizza, and snacks to purchase, and a couple fun raffles. We hope to see you there!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Parent Coffee - Friday February 9th

Please join us for a parent coffee with an informative presentation from our Reading Specialist, Ms. Smith, about the Science of Reading. See details below:

Important Form for Parents of Rising Kindergartners!

We sent home a form in Friday folders for parents with a rising kindergartner for the 2024-25 school year.

Completing this form is crucial for the enrollment process, and we kindly ask all eligible parents to take a moment to fill it out and send it back to our dedicated Student Information Assistant, Ms. Belcher. Your cooperation ensures a smooth transition for your child into the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school office. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to welcoming the newest members of our Belvedere community!

Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Thank you for supporting VIP and Me!

We had a great turnout for VIP and Me this week! It was fun to see all the special people in students’ lives. Thank you for joining us to celebrate!  

  Belvedere Bingo Night (February 8)

Mark your calendars for Belvedere Bingo Night on Thursday, February 8th (5:30-8:30pm) in the Belvedere cafeteria. We will be selling pizza and refreshments. If you would like to help volunteer or have questions, please contact Jessica Strelitz ([email protected]).

Belvedere Auction Fundraiser in April 

The PTA is hard at work planning for an in-person auction fundraiser this April. More details and info coming soon! If you are able to volunteer in any way, please email us at [email protected]

Lebanese Taverna Food Truck in February

More details coming soon!

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, February 7 - PTA Meeting
  • Thursday, February 8 - Bingo Night from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Friday, February 9 - Parent Coffee 9:50-10:30 am
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on X

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Office: 703-916-6800
Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements - January 22, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We hope this message finds you well. We trust that the unexpected snow days last week brought joy and excitement to your families. Managing the students' enthusiasm about the winter weather was a delightful challenge in such a short school week.

As we embark on another brief week, please be reminded that Thursday is an early release day, and Friday will be a teacher workday with no classes for students. Our dedicated staff will be diligently finalizing progress reports, marking the conclusion of the first half of the school year. It's astonishing how quickly time flies, and February is just around the corner.

This week also brings an opportunity for some special moments with our PTA-hosted VIP and Me Breakfasts. On Wednesday, from 8:40 am to 9:15 am, we invite Kindergarteners through third graders to join a special parent, grandparent, or dear family friend. At that same time on Thursday morning, this heartwarming event extends to fourth and fifth graders. We encourage you to participate and make these breakfasts memorable for both you and your children.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to making the most of the remaining days in this school year's first half.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Important Form for Parents of Rising Kindergartners!

We sent home a form in Friday folders for parents with a rising kindergartner for the 2024-25 school year.

Completing this form is crucial for the enrollment process, and we kindly ask all eligible parents to take a moment to fill it out and send it back to our dedicated Student Information Assistant, Ms. Belcher. Your cooperation ensures a smooth transition for your child into the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school office. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to welcoming the newest members of our Belvedere community!

Thank you for your cooperation.

Families of Rising 6th grade Glasgow Students

You are invited to attend our Rising 6th Grade Middle School Transition night on January 24thth from 6:00 – 8:30 pm (snow date January 31st from 6:00 – 8:30 pm).  This is an opportunity for families and students to learn more about Glasgow, the course selection process as well as the English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL), Special Education, Advanced Academics, and the AVID programs.  We will also have electives teachers available to talk about class options for students to choose from for 6th grade.  The evening will allow families to attend sessions during the following times:

Welcome and General Information Session

(Choose one session to attend)

6:00 – 6:30 PM

6:30 – 7:00 PM

Cafeteria

Special Education Information Session

(Choose one session to attend)

6:30 – 7:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Library, left side

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Information Session

 

6:30 – 7:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Library, right side

Advanced Academics Information Session

6:30 – 7:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Lecture Hall

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

6:30 – 7:00 PM

7:00 – 7:30 PM

7:30 – 8:00 PM

8:00 – 8:30 PM

Room B115

Electives Fair

6:00 – 8:30 PM

Gym

 

Students are invited to attend and must be accompanied by an adult.

Bus transportation is available for families who need it.  Buses will pick up  and drop off at the following locations:

  • Baileys Elementary 6111 Knollwood Dr, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041
  • Skyline 5599 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041
  • Willston Community Center 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, VA 22044

Buses will pick up for the even at 5:45 pm and will leave Glasgow at 8:30 pm.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Save the Date Bingo Night Feb 8 from 5:30-7:30

The 5th graders are hosting a Bingo night for the school to help raise funds for their end of the year celebration.  Please mark your calendars and join us as we bring back this tradition.

There will be prizes for winning, pizza, and snacks to purchase, and a couple fun raffles.

Read-a-thon Results

Congratulations all Our Bulldog Readers!  We surpassed our goal this year and will be giving out the prizes within the next two weeks.  Stay Tuned 

VIP and Me

Every student gets to invite someone special to them to have a breakfast treat.  We hope to see everyone at their allotted times.

Kindergarten through 3rd grade Wednesday, Jan 24 from 8:40 to 9:15 am

4th and 5th grade Thursday, Jan 25 from 8:40-9:15 am

Download the flyer for the event here!

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, January 24 - VIP and Me (Kinder-3rd Grade) 8:40-9:15 am
  • Thursday, January 25 - VIP and Me (4th-5th Grade) 8:40-9:15 am
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End / Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Work Day (No School) 
  • Wednesday, February 7 - PTA Meeting
  • Thursday, February 8 - Bingo Night from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on X

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Belvedere News and Announcements - January 12, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

We've successfully navigated through our only five-day week of January! As we look ahead, please mark your calendars for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. The following week brings a two-hour early release on Thursday, January 25th, and a teacher workday on Friday, January 26th. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, as there's a chance of snow next week. Stay tuned to local news stations and the FCPS website for any schedule adjustments. More details about potential snow days are included in this newsletter. Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your loved ones!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

Volunteer with Give TogetherVolunteer with Give Together

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children (ages 5-12) in service learning.  Projects will include a food drive, assembling caring kits for community members who need support, making no-tie fleece blankets for veterans, environmental stewardship, and support for animal welfare. 

Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Free Resources for Families

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.

Belvedere Spirit Wear

The deadline to order Belvedere spirit wear has been extended to January 14 - order today! 

https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Mason Neck State Park! Outdoor Club meets on select Saturday mornings to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

This year’s remaining Outdoor Club trips are tentatively scheduled for 3/16, 4/13, and 5/18. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

Save The Date! Rising 6th graders curriculum night at Glasgow

Glasgow Middle School’s Curriculum night is January 24, 2024 with a snow date of January 31, 2024. Families will have the opportunity to learn about course offerings at Glasgow Middle School. Please stay tuned for communication from your student’s counselors with additional details such as timing. Please note, this event is held at Glasgow Middle School. Interpreters will be on site at Glasgow to provide translation for families in several languages.

Important Form for Parents of Rising Kindergartners!

We're excited to inform you about an essential form that will be sent home in this week's Friday folders. This form is specifically for parents with a rising kindergartner for the 2024-25 school year.

Completing this form is crucial for the enrollment process, and we kindly ask all eligible parents to take a moment to fill it out and send it back to our dedicated Student Information Assistant, Ms. Belcher. Your cooperation ensures a smooth transition for your child into the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our school office. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter and look forward to welcoming the newest members of our Belvedere community!

Thank you for your cooperation.

Bailey's Crossroads and Culmore PBI Coalition Community Listening Session

Join us in welcoming the first Latino Mason District Supervisor, Andrés Jiménez, to Culmore!

Supervisor Jiménez wants to meet community residents and hear your thoughts about what changes you would like to see in your neighborhood.

Free lunch and childcare will be provided. All are welcome.
WHERE:
BAILEY’S ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA
6111 KNOLLWOOD DRIVE

WHEN:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 10 AM - 12 PM

Read the flyer for more details. 

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Belvedere Spiritwear - Order by January 14!

The deadline to order Belvedere Spiritwear has been extended to January 14 - order today! https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

VIP and Me

VIP and Me is back and scheduled for January 25. Stay tuned for more information coming soon....

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (No School)
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End / Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Work Day (No School) 
  • Wednesday, February 7 - PTA Meeting
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

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Belvedere News and Announcements - January 5, 2024

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

Happy New Year to all our wonderful families! We hope you had a fantastic holiday season. We're thrilled to be back at school and diving into 2024 with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

We have an exciting event planned for next Friday - a parent coffee session from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. We'll be discussing the upcoming PYP Evaluation Visit. Every five years, IB schools undergo an evaluation process where IB staff visits the school, and we're eager to share more about this important process with you. 

Join us for an informative discussion about the evaluation visit and what it means for our school community. Your participation and insights are invaluable as we prepare for this milestone. We can't wait to see you there!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Belvedere Spirit Wear

The deadline to order Belvedere spirit wear has been extended to January 14 - order today! 

https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

Save The Date! Rising 6th graders curriculum night at Glasgow

Glasgow Middle School’s Curriculum night is January 24, 2024 with a snow date of January 31, 2024. Families will have the opportunity to learn about course offerings at Glasgow Middle School. Please stay tuned for communication from your student’s counselors with additional details such as timing. Please note, this event is held at Glasgow Middle School. Interpreters will be on site at Glasgow to provide translation for families in several languages.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

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.

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 2024, 10-11:30 a.m

Contact: Family Resource Center 703-204-3941 or [email protected] Free - Registration Required

Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students.

Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.

  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.

  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.

  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

Digital Citizenship: Support at Home

Educate yourself and your children.

Digital citizenship is learning process and your child will need sustained support from parents and teachers. Visit bit.ly/fairfaxdigcit for a fun and interactive parent-child course that can help your family start conversations about navigating the online world.

Establish rules and expectations.

Have you thought about the rules you want to establish with your child for setting up accounts and the privacy settings you expect your child to use? What are your expectations and how will you monitor your child’s online activities?

Help your child monitor and manage their screen time.

It’s easy to spend hours on a device, especially when it's new.  Use strategies to help your children learn to monitor and manage their screen time.

Discuss privacy settings and accounts.

Teach your child to protect their personal information and model the use of privacy settings.  Discuss why these settings are important and teach them how to make privacy setting choices for every app and service they use. This resource can help you get started.  

Give your child action steps.

Discuss potential situations that may arise before they happen and give your child action steps. Do they know what to they can do if cyber bullied, harassed, or if someone sends them something they don’t want to see? Every difficult situation is an opportunity to help prepare them for life beyond your home. These short parent advice videos, which can be filtered by topic and age, can help you identify action steps you can share with your child.  

Teach your child to assess risks and make good choices.

Online communication is public and permanent. Talk with your children regularly and remind them that what they do online can impact future opportunities. Their online reputation can also affect their relationships in the face to face world.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Belvedere Spiritwear - Order by January 14!

The deadline to order Belvedere Spiritwear has been extended to January 14 - order today! https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

VIP and Me

VIP and Me is back and scheduled for January 25. Stay tuned for more information coming soon....

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, February 7, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (No School)
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End / Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Work Day (No School) 
  • Wednesday, February 7 - PTA Meeting
  • Monday, February 19 - President's Day (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Office: 703-916-6800
Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements - December 15, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

As the holidays are upon us and 2023 comes to a close, we wanted to share our heartfelt gratitude to our staff and families that make our community as wonderful as it is. We wish you a festive season filled with joy, laughter, and precious moments with your loved ones. We wish everyone a fabulous break and look forward to seeing and hearing our hallways full of joy and energy on January 2, 2024.

Cheers to cherished memories and a wonderful holiday season.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

Winter Break (Student Holiday)

As a reminder, winter break will be held Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

See the complete school year calendar.

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Belvedere Spirit Wear

Second chance! Purchase Belvedere spirit wear and show your Bulldogs pride.

Place your orders by December 17th!

https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

Counselor's Corner

Check out the December newsletter from our school counselors!

Winter Resources

⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter BreakAlthough mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Down Time

ParentVUE and StudentVUE will experience downtime from Friday, December 15, at 5 p.m. through Wednesday, December 20, at 6 a.m. 

Grade Book progress reports will not be emailed to parents/guardians during winter break. Emails will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

Get ready for Virtual Math Week from Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, in English and Spanish, for families with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. 

This is a free experience designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

🙋️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators who provide a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers who lend a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT) Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

 

Fairfax County Public Library News

Cold weather is here and George Mason Regional Library has cozy reads, recipes for comfort food and some tools to help you make your home warmer. Stop by or visit us online.

Winter Music with the NOVA Mountain Dulcimers

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11198453

Welcome the colder months with a musical performance and learn a bit about the history of this unique instrument. Coffee provided by Beanetics. All ages. Register if you’d like a reminder.

Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm

Plant Swap & Seed Library Launch

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11124224

Explore new greenery this year. You can bring your cuttings, seeds, seedlings and transplants for this in-person plant swap. You can also participate in our new Seed Library program. Adults.

Monday, December 18 at 10:00 am

Jingle Bell Magic

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11354166

Out of school and want to have a magical time? Watch in amazement as Steve Somers performs surprising tricks and knee-slapping comedy, with some learning about the magic of sharing thrown in. All ages.

Every week

Storytime

Library Events - Fairfax Library Calendar

We have morning storytimes for kids of different ages every week. Check out our schedule and register for the fun.

Find more free events at all the branches (and online!) at: https://fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events.

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 2024, 10-11:30 a.m

Contact: Family Resource Center 703-204-3941 or [email protected] Free - Registration Required

Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students.

Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.

  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.

  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.

  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, January 3rd, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
  • Wednesday, January 3 - PTA Meeting (6:30 PM)
  • Monday, January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (No School)
  • Thursday, January 25 - Quarter End / Early Release
  • Friday, January 26 - Teacher Work Day (No School) 
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

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Belvedere News and Announcements - December 8, 2023

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Dear Belvedere Families,

What an incredible week it has been, filled with vibrant celebrations and cultural delights! The past few days have been a whirlwind of joy as we came together to celebrate three significant family cultural events: the second-grade cultural feast, the preschool family feast, and our much-anticipated PTA sponsored family culture night. It's heartwarming to witness such enthusiastic participation and engagement from everyone involved.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each one of you who contributed to the success of these events. Your presence, involvement, and the delicious array of foods shared truly made these celebrations memorable. It's inspiring to see our community coming together, sharing traditions, and fostering an environment where diversity is cherished and celebrated. Your active participation reflects the strength of our community and the value we place on cultural exchange and understanding.

As we conclude school in the month of December, let's carry forward the spirit of unity, appreciation, and cultural richness that these events have instilled in us. Together, we've created lasting memories and strengthened the bonds that make our community so special. Thank you for making these celebrations a resounding success, and here's to many more moments of shared joy and cultural appreciation ahead.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Belvedere Spirit Wear

Second chance! Purchase Belvedere spirit wear and show your Bulldogs pride.

Place your orders by December 17th!

https://stores.blue84spirit.com/BULLDOGSBELVEDERE 

A note from Jaclyn Walsh, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

Parent Referrals to full-time Advanced Academics Services are due by December 15th. Please submit all referral forms and packets in PDF form to [email protected].

Late Day Learners

Registration closes TODAY, December 8 for Belvedere PTA’s after school clubs, Late Day Learners! We still have a few open spots in some of our clubs. We still have scholarship spots in our running club. All other scholarship spots have been filled.

We need volunteers to make the program successful. Parents who give 10 hours of their time will receive one free class for an entire next session and will receive priority registration. To volunteer or ask questions: Contact [email protected]

Register here: www.belvederepta.org

BES Winter Spirit Week: December 11-15

We hope all teachers, students, and staff will join SCA in celebrating Winter Spirit Week next week! Please check out each day's theme below:

Counselor's Corner

Check out the December newsletter from our school counselors!

Chanukah

Happy Chanukah to all in our community who celebrate! This Festival of Lights is an 8-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple, and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple's menorah for 8 days

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. 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.Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. See the complete school year calendar.

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.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

🙋️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators who provide a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers who lend a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources

📝 Keep Learning Over Winter Break with Tutor.com

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

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.

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT) Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

Fairfax County Public Library News

Cold weather is here and George Mason Regional Library has cozy reads, recipes for comfort food and some tools to help you make your home warmer. Stop by or visit us online.

Winter Reading Adventure

December 1, 2023 – January 31, 2024

https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/reading-challenges/Winter-Reading

Experience all the feels and carve out some time to read this winter! Reading is its own reward but it’s nice to earn coupons for activities, ice cream and books while you’re at it. All ages.

Meters & Readers

https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/lot/meters

No, not like people who read like you and me, but as in Things that Read... Radon levels or Air Quality or what that error message on your car might mean. Borrow one just like you would a book.

Selected Events at George Mason Regional Library

Saturday, December 9 at 11:00 am

Winter Music with the NOVA Mountain Dulcimers

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11198453

Welcome the colder months with a musical performance and learn a bit about the history of this unique instrument. Coffee provided by Beanetics. All ages. Register if you’d like a reminder.

Sunday, January 28 at 3:00 pm

Plant Swap & Seed Library Launch

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11124224

Explore new greenery this year. You can bring your cuttings, seeds, seedlings and transplants for this in-person plant swap. You can also participate in our new Seed Library program. Adults.

Monday, December 18 at 10:00 am

Jingle Bell Magic

https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/event/11354166

Out of school and want to have a magical time? Watch in amazement as Steve Somers performs surprising tricks and knee-slapping comedy, with some learning about the magic of sharing thrown in. All ages.

Every week

Storytime

Library Events - Fairfax Library Calendar

We have morning storytimes for kids of different ages every week. Check out our schedule and register for the fun.

Find more free events at all the branches (and online!) at: https://fairfaxcounty.gov/library/events.

The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 2024, 10-11:30 a.m

Contact: Family Resource Center 703-204-3941 or [email protected] Free - Registration Required

Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

Transitioning into middle and high school can be challenging for many children and their families, especially for twice-exceptional students.

Join Dr. Nonye Oladimeji, FCPS Educational Specialist for AAP twice exceptional (2e) children, as she shares ideas for families and schools on how to ease the transition for students.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Learn about the tools and strategies to help your child navigate this period of change successfully.

  • Learn about how to help your child establish and maintain a strong support system.

  • Learn how to help your student balance the increased academic responsibility while trying to expand their horizons into clubs and extracurricular activities.

  • Learn how parents and families can stay involved and keep the lines of communication open.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News  Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, January 3rd, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
  • January 3 - PTA Meeting (6:30 PM)
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday (No School)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Office: 703-916-6800
Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements - December 1, 2023

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Dear Belvedere Families,

Temperatures this week have reminded us that winter is here. Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat, and gloves when they leave for school in the morning.  If you need warm outerwear for your child, please reach out to the parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824.

The PTA is hosting Family Cultural Night this coming Wednesday, December 6th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We hope you can participate by bringing a dish from your culture to share. Families are also invited to participate in sharing a dance or cultural tradition. A sign up genius is available here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C054BA9AA2EA4F49-46512388-family/150891144#/

We are a strong community because we are diverse, and we hope you can join in helping us celebrate our many cultures. Everyone is welcome, and we hope to see you here!

Next week, third, fourth and fifth graders will be taking the winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA). The VGA in reading and math are tests to measure growth on current grade level standards understanding. The tests help teachers determine next steps for instruction and prepare students for the end of year SOL testing.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

Need Help with Food, Financial Assistance, or Medical Assistance?

You may qualify for federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Food Assistance (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Financial Assistance for Families), Energy Assistance (Fuel, Cooling), and more. Visit https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ or call 1-833-522-5582 to apply. Call 703-324-7500 or visit Fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/financial-and-medical if you need help applying.

Children who do not qualify for Medicaid may qualify for the Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP), a reduced-cost healthcare program for children under 18 from low-income families. Call 703-324-7315 for more information.

Please click here for more information about food, financial and medical assistance available to students and families.  If you need support or have questions, please contact the Belvedere parent liaison, Ivanova Plazas, at 703-916-6824 or at [email protected].  We are here to support you and want to support all who may qualify to access this assistance.

Registration is OPEN for Belvedere PTA’s Winter After School Clubs!

Registration is open for Belvedere PTA’s after school clubs! We have expanded our offerings. Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts clubs after school like soccer, basketball, fencing/archery, yoga, STEAM, and cooking. The Winter 2024 session is 8 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 2 and ends on February 23. Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms. Students must be picked up at 5:15 p.m. from Door 2 (Far left door at the front of the school). SACC students can be picked up by parents from SACC as usual. No Classes on student holidays and early release days. A limited number of scholarships are available.

We need volunteers to make the program successful. Parents who give 10 hours of their time will receive one free class for an entire next session and will receive priority registration. To volunteer or ask questions: Contact [email protected]

Register here: www.belvederepta.org

Family Culture Night: December 6 6:30-8:30 PM

Join us at Belvedere on Wednesday, December 6th for Family Culture Night! Please share a dish important to your family with others present. We also welcome any cultural dancing or performances you would like to share.

Please email [email protected] to RSVP and ask questions!

We hope to see you there!

THE 3rd ANNUAL PE WINTER OLYMPICS IS RETURNING!

Back for the third year, the PE department proudly presents Winter Olympics 2023!

The week before Winter Break, students will participate in winter themed games and relays.

Please help us by donating a bag of marshmallows (large marshmallows) for our winter Olympic games!
*Marshmallows will not be eaten.

Please send in donations by Friday, December 8th.

Questions?

Please email Mrs. Abby Novak at [email protected]
Or
Mr. Dan Bowles at [email protected]

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Lake Accotink Park! Outdoor Club meets on select Saturday mornings to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

This year’s remaining Outdoor Club trips are tentatively scheduled for 1/20, 3/16, 4/13, and 5/18. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

Counselor's Corner

Check out the December newsletter from our school counselors!

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

National Special Education Day

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

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to help 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].

Chanukah

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

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

FCPS’ 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.

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supportsthe 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.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Family Culture Night (December 6, 6:30-8:30PM) - Volunteers Needed!  

On the night of the last PTA meeting for the year, we will be hosting a Family Culture Night for students and families. Please sign up here if you are interested in bringing a dish or just coming to enjoy new food and see friends. 

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • December 6 - International Night/PTA Meeting
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
  • January 3 - PTA Meeting (6:30 PM)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 | Office: 703-916-6800
Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Registration is OPEN for Belvedere PTA’s Winter After School Clubs!

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Registration is OPEN for Belvedere PTA’s Winter After School Clubs!

Registration is open for Belvedere PTA’s after school clubs! We have expanded our offerings. Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts clubs after school like soccer, basketball, fencing/archery, yoga, STEAM, and cooking. The Winter 2024 session is 8 weeks beginning Tuesday, January 2 and ends on February 23. Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms. Students must be picked up at 5:15 p.m. from Door 2 (Far left door at the front of the school). SACC students can be picked up by parents from SACC as usual. No Classes on student holidays and early release days. A limited number of scholarships are available.

We need volunteers to make the program successful. Parents who give 10 hours of their time will receive one free class for an entire next session and will receive priority registration. To volunteer or ask questions: Contact [email protected]

Register here: www.belvederepta.org

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Family Culture Night - December 6th

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Family Culture Night: December 6 6:30-8:30 PM

Join us at Belvedere on Wednesday, December 6th for Family Culture Night! Please share a dish important to your family with others present. We also welcome any cultural dancing or performances you would like to share.

Please email [email protected] to RSVP and ask questions!

We hope to see you there!

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 21, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

As we are approaching our fall break, we want to send a reminder that there is no school Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of this week.  We are encouraging our Belvedere team to disconnect from school and spend time with family and friends.  We hope you are able to do the same.

We wish you all a wonderful fall break filled with warmth, joy, and gratitude.  We are grateful for our fabulous community and the memories we continue to create. Have a great break!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

Thanksgiving

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

Family Survey on IB Program

Belvedere Elementary School is approaching the International Baccalaureate evaluation, which happens every five years after a school has been authorized as an IB world school. During evaluation, IB staff will be visiting Belvedere and will assess the school’s implementation of the IB program. In preparation for the IB evaluation, the entire school community is asked to reflect on the school’s implementation of the Primary Years Program. To support this process, we kindly ask for your feedback and thank you in advance for completing the following survey. Below are links to the survey both in English and in Spanish. We sincerely appreciate your time and reflection.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYMNCKS

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/FQSSSN6

Belvedere Spirit Wear

Watch for information in your Friday folders or click here to order Spirit Wear before the holidays! Orders must be placed by November 26th!

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Lake Accotink Park! Outdoor Club meets on select Saturday mornings to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

This year’s remaining Outdoor Club trips are tentatively scheduled for 1/20, 3/16, 4/13, and 5/18. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

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.

Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement in Education Month! When schools and families work together to support learning and healthy development, everyone benefits! Check out this calendar for ideas of how to stay involved with your child's education. 

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.

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.

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!

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Belvedere November Read-a-thon (November 8-22)!

The Read-a-thon fundraiser is going strong! Please review the email from 99Pledges and share your child's personalized fundraising page with family, friends and colleagues! Also do not forget to fill out reading logs with your child each day - classes with the most minutes will earn prizes! Keep reading!

Belvedere Spirit Wear

Watch for information in your Friday folders or click here to order Spirit Wear before the holidays!

Family Culture Night (December 6, 6:30-8:30PM) - Volunteers Needed!  

On the night of the last PTA meeting for the year, we will be hosting a Family Culture Night for students and families. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] directly! Stay tuned for more information coming soon....

Happy Thanksgiving Break! Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • November 8-22 - Read-a-thon
  • November 22-24 - No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • December 6 - International Night/PTA Meeting
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 17, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

We are delighted to share the highlights of another fantastic week at our school. Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday brought together over 230 families, creating a heartwarming atmosphere filled with joy and smiles in the cafeteria. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the families who joined us, as your partnership plays a crucial role in creating precious memories for your children.

On Thursday evening, Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence for the Equitable Access to Literacy Plan, provided valuable insights into the changes related to the Language Arts progress report. Parents had the opportunity to learn more about supporting their child at home in building strong foundations for literacy.  Additionally, our AAP Resource Teacher, Ms. Walsh, hosted an informative session about our Advanced Academic Program on Wednesday night, with another virtual session scheduled for next Monday.

In other exciting news, our 4th graders embarked on a fascinating field trip to Jamestown this Tuesday. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated parent chaperones and teachers who made this educational experience both enjoyable and enriching for our students.

As we look ahead, please note that there will be school next Monday and Tuesday. Following that, we will observe a break from Wednesday to Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th. Wishing you all a restful and joyous Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

Family Survey on IB Program

Dear Belvedere Families,

Belvedere Elementary School is approaching the International Baccalaureate evaluation, which happens every five years after a school has been authorized as an IB world school. During evaluation, IB staff will be visiting Belvedere and will assess the school’s implementation of the IB program. In preparation for the IB evaluation, the entire school community is asked to reflect on the school’s implementation of the Primary Years Program. To support this process, we kindly ask for your feedback and thank you in advance for completing the following survey. Below are links to the survey both in English and in Spanish. We sincerely appreciate your time and reflection.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYMNCKS

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/FQSSSN6

A note from Jaclyn Walsh, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

FCPS provides a continuum of services to challenge and engage all students. Full-time AAP services support students in grades 3-5. To learn more about full-time AAP services, please join me for a virtual session on Monday, November 20th from 12 - 1 PM. Link below. 

Additional information can be found at the FCPS AAP site using this link. Please note parent referrals are due by Dec 15, 2023. 

Topic: Parent Orientation for Screening and Identification for Full-Time AAP Services

Time: Nov 20, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting 

Phone one-tap:           US: +13126266799,,92495915433#,,,,*968205# or +16469313860,,92495915433#,,,,*968205# 

Join URL:        https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92495915433?pwd=cElSaGxNTElEYU40a0FLMzRhMUFwdz09&from=addon  

Meeting ID:     924 9591 5433

Passcode:       968205

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Lake Accotink Park! Outdoor Club meets on select Saturday mornings to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

This year’s remaining Outdoor Club trips are tentatively scheduled for 1/20, 3/16, 4/13, and 5/18. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

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.

Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement in Education Month! When schools and families work together to support learning and healthy development, everyone benefits! Check out this calendar for ideas of how to stay involved with your child's education. 

Thanksgiving

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

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.

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.

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!

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Belvedere November Read-a-thon (November 8-22)!

The Read-a-thon fundraiser is going strong! Please review the email from 99Pledges and share your child's personalized fundraising page with family, friends and colleagues! Also do not forget to fill out reading logs with your child each day - classes with the most minutes will earn prizes! Keep reading!

Belvedere Spirit Wear

Watch for information in your Friday folders or click here to order Spirit Wear before the holidays!

Family Culture Night (December 6, 6:30-8:30PM) - Volunteers Needed!  

On the night of the last PTA meeting for the year, we will be hosting a Family Culture Night for students and families. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] directly! Stay tuned for more information coming soon....

Glasgow Middle School play: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Come watch our neighbors and friends perform at Glasgow this weekend. The amazing Ms. Smits has returned as the director and promises to have a great show for all! Showings are: November 17th at 7PM and November 18th at 6PM. Doors open 15 minutes early ($8 Admissions; Kids 5 and under are free). Purchase tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15648/glasgow-middle-school-theatre

Happy Thanksgiving Break! Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • November 8-22 - Read-a-thon
  • November 22-24 - No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • December 6 - International Night/PTA Meeting
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2023-2024

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Reminder! Family Literacy Night - Thursday, November 16

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Family Literacy Information Night

Thursday, November 16

6pm-7pm

School divisions across Virginia, including FCPS, are transforming literacy instruction to align with the findings of research about how children best learn to read and write. Come join us to hear from Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence for the Equitable Access to Literacy plan, about what this means for teaching and learning at Belvedere. Get an overview of the related changes to the Language Arts progress report and learn how you can support your child at home in building strong foundations for literacy.

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Reminder! Family Literacy Night - Thursday, November 16

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Family Literacy Information Night

Thursday, November 16

6pm-7pm

School divisions across Virginia, including FCPS, are transforming literacy instruction to align with the findings of research about how children best learn to read and write. Come join us to hear from Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence for the Equitable Access to Literacy plan, about what this means for teaching and learning at Belvedere. Get an overview of the related changes to the Language Arts progress report and learn how you can support your child at home in building strong foundations for literacy.

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Reminder! Family Literacy Night - Thursday, November 16

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Family Literacy Information Night

Thursday, November 16

6pm-7pm

School divisions across Virginia, including FCPS, are transforming literacy instruction to align with the findings of research about how children best learn to read and write. Come join us to hear from Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence for the Equitable Access to Literacy plan, about what this means for teaching and learning at Belvedere. Get an overview of the related changes to the Language Arts progress report and learn how you can support your child at home in building strong foundations for literacy.

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 10, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

I hope this message finds you well. As we transition into the colder months, we want to ensure the safety and comfort of our students. Although temperatures have been relatively warm so far, we anticipate colder air will be descending upon us soon. Please take a moment to check that your child is equipped with appropriate winter clothing, including a warm jacket, hat, gloves, and suitable shoes. It's  crucial that they are prepared for the changing weather to stay comfortable during outdoor activities. We understand that providing winter outerwear can be challenging for some families. If you find yourself in need of assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to the school. Our dedicated parent liaison, Ms. Plazas, is available to help connect you with resources to ensure your child has the winter gear they need.

Additionally, we are excited to announce our Thanksgiving/Harvest Luncheon, which will take place next Thursday, November 16. We invite families to join us for this special occasion. Meals will be available for purchase at the school, and we hope you can make it to share in the festivities with us.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the school office. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at the Thanksgiving/Harvest Luncheon.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Tara Boone, Assistant Principal

Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal 

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.

Diwali

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.

American Education Week

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Belvedere 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.

Family Survey on IB Program

Dear Belvedere Families,

Belvedere Elementary School is approaching the International Baccalaureate evaluation, which happens every five years after a school has been authorized as an IB world school. During evaluation, IB staff will be visiting Belvedere and will assess the school’s implementation of the IB program. In preparation for the IB evaluation, the entire school community is asked to reflect on the school’s implementation of the Primary Years Program. To support this process, we kindly ask for your feedback and thank you in advance for completing the following survey. Below are links to the survey both in English and in Spanish. We sincerely appreciate your time and reflection.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYMNCKS

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/FQSSSN6

A note from Jaclyn Walsh, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher

FCPS provides a continuum of services to challenge and engage all students. Full-time AAP services support students in grades 3-5. To learn more about full-time AAP services, please join me Wednesday, November 15th from 6:00-7:00 PM

A virtual session is scheduled for Monday, November 20th from 12 - 1 PM. Link below. 

Additional information can be found at the FCPS AAP site using this link. Please note parent referrals are due by Dec 15, 2023. 

Topic: Parent Orientation for Screening and Identification for Full-Time AAP Services

Time: Nov 20, 2023 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting 

Phone one-tap:           US: +13126266799,,92495915433#,,,,*968205# or +16469313860,,92495915433#,,,,*968205# 

Join URL:        https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92495915433?pwd=cElSaGxNTElEYU40a0FLMzRhMUFwdz09&from=addon  

Meeting ID:     924 9591 5433

Passcode:       968205

Family Literacy Information Night

Thursday, November 16

6pm-7pm

School divisions across Virginia, including FCPS, are transforming literacy instruction to align with the findings of research about how children best learn to read and write. Come join us to hear from Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence for the Equitable Access to Literacy plan, about what this means for teaching and learning at Belvedere. Get an overview of the related changes to the Language Arts progress report and learn how you can support your child at home in building strong foundations for literacy.

Upcoming Author Visit - Last Day to Order Books is TODAY!

We are looking forward to welcoming local author, Laura Murray, to Belvedere on Friday, November 17th! Students in grades K-3 will get to hear from Ms. Murray about writing strategies and using one’s imagination to inform story creation. Ms. Murray is best known for her Gingerbread Man Loose in the… books, such as The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School. Any families that wish to order Ms. Murray’s books may do so BY November 10th at https://bardsalley.square.site/school-visits  Ms. Jopeck will bring the books for author signing from the book shop.

Our thanks to the Office of Title I for supporting this visit. Upper grades will have their own author visit on December 5th, with Sue Fleiss.

Justice Girls Lacrosse Fall Clinic

Justice Girls Lacrosse is hosting a Fall Clinic on November 13, 14, 15 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Justice High School! This clinic is open to anyone, but we are targeting girls in grades 5th – 8th in the Justice Pyramid. No experience or equipment is required. The cost is $52 and includes a t-shirt! Lacrosse is a growing sport in the country and will be a part of the 2028 Summer Olympics! We are hoping to grow the sport in our community and give girls the opportunity to try a new sport and express themselves in a new way! In the past five years, our Varsity team has made history and we are hoping to continue the success each year! We most recently finished our season as National District Runner-Ups and Occoquan Region Semi-Finalists and with the National District Player and Coach of the Year! 

If you are interested in registering, please complete the form HERE.

Here is the flyer for you to review all the details.

Beauty and the Beast Character Party and Performances Presented by the WP Theatre at Justice HS

There will be performances November 9th through November 11th.  Download the flyer for more information and to purchase tickets

Also, meet your favorite characters from Beauty and the Beast at the character party on Saturday, November 11th after the 2pm show!

Dads at Belvedere (DAB)

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads1#/

Download the flyer!

Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

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.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207 7510 Lisle Avenue Falls Church, VA 22043 

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty.

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

🎨 Observance Graphics Created by Students in Design Challenge

In May, the FCPS Office of Communications called for entries for new graphics to help acknowledge the religious and cultural observances identified on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar. Eleven winning designs will be featured on FCPS and school social media platforms, and in newsletters leading up to the holidays starting with Diwali, which falls on Sunday, November 12. See the full list of winners.

Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement in Education Month! When schools and families work together to support learning and healthy development, everyone benefits! Check out this calendar for ideas of how to stay involved with your child's education. 

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.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Belvedere November Read-a-thon (November 8-22)!

The Read-a-thon fundraiser is off to a strong start! Please review the email from 99Pledges and share your child's personalized fundraising page with family, friends and colleagues! Also do not forget to fill out reading logs with your child each day - classes with the most minutes will earn prizes!

Enjoy dinner from the Saté Food Truck on November 16 to support our school! 

Use this link (and below) to order dinner from the Saté Food Truck for pickup at Belvedere on Thursday, November 16 between 4:30-6:30pm.
https://www.sate.co/

Thanksgiving Lunch (November 16) - Volunteers Needed!  

On Thursday, November 16 students' families can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving lunch at school. Sign up to volunteer at the Thanksgiving Lunch via the embedded link. 

International Night (December 6) - Volunteers Needed!  

On the night of the last PTA meeting for the year, we will be hosting an International Night for students and families. If you are interested in volunteering, please email [email protected] directly! Stay tuned for more information coming soon....

Become a Member of the PTA and/or Support Belvedere with a donation

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom through events like movie night, teacher appreciation, international night, read-a-thon, and more.

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to https://www.belvederepta.org/membership and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Visit belvederepta.org for more information about our PTA or to make a donation.

Save the date for our next meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 6:30 pm. 

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Upcoming Dates
  • November 8-22 - Read-a-thon
  • November 16 - Thanksgiving Lunch
  • November 22-24 - No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • December 6 - International Night/PTA Meeting
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break
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