Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving break. We are excited to have everyone back in school. Students have jumped right back into the school learning routine!

At Belvedere, learning through inquiry is an essential part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program. Students not only engage in collective inquiry, but they also pursue personal inquiries. Asking questions and following up on those questions is a lifelong skill, something students do daily in school but something they can also do outside of school. Inquiry can be about content taught in school, but it can also be about the world around us, such as nature, sports, hobbies, and other areas of interest to the students. To support inquiry at home, IB has developed a guide you can find here.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Book Fair!

The library will be hosting the Bookworm Book Fair again this year, from December 6 to 10. Classes will browse during their regular library lesson and checkout time.

Please note that, due to COVID-19, we cannot invite parents into the school to shop. Parents wishing to buy books can send money on their student's purchase day, or shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Outdoor Club on Saturday, December 11

The next Outdoor Club outing will be to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 11.  We will tackle the Wolf Trap TRACK Trail (approximately 1.5 miles), which is geared toward children and families.  Bus transportation will be provided from Belvedere and from Barcroft View apartments.

Information/interest forms will be sent home in Wednesday folders today (you can also see that information here).  Signed forms are due Thursday, December 9.

Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach (asauerbach1@fcps.edu) with any questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting 19 COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 9 schools for students ages 5-11 years.  Schools include Hutchinson, Annandale Terrace, Woodlawn, Centreville, Providence, and Franklin Sherman.   Attendees are not required to be a student at that school. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older.  No appointment is necessary, vaccinations are free, and children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult.

More details are available here.

Free or Low-Cost Internet through Cox's Connect2Compete Program

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have Internet access at home. Through the FCPS Cox Connect-to-Compete program, FCPS will pay for Internet service for qualifying families through June 2022. Cox’s Connect2Compete program provides low-cost internet to families that meet these qualifications:  

  • have at least one child that attends an FCPS school; 
  • participate in, or qualify for, one of these government subsidy programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF or Public Housing; and
  • have not had Cox standard Internet services in the home within the last 90 days. 

If your family is in need of Internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process.

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to our AART, Preshion Lynch, no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Ms. Lynch at pmlynch@fcps.edu. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Belvedere.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Although this school year breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students, we encourage families who believe their children might qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to apply for this program. Qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals has many added benefits, beyond the free meals. For elementary students, these include:

  • Reduced or waived musical instrument rental fee
  • Information about holiday assistance
  • Information about non-FCPS scholarships, classes and other non-FCPS educational related services
  • Pupil placement fees

There are also many other benefits and fee waivers that apply to students in middle school and high school (see this earlier letter from Dr. Brabrand).

Belvedere is a Title I school. A school’s Title I status is calculated based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. As a Title I school, Belvedere benefits from grant funds that support many school programs.

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please go to this website.

We are here to support you. If you need help completing this application, please call the school.  We can help you over the phone or schedule a time for you to come to school and complete the application.

Thank you for considering this important matter.

Family Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Items for the Family Center

If you would like to donate items to out Family Center, Ms. Hidalgo has compiled this Amazon Wish list with some of our most-desired items.

Bus Information

Parents can access bus delay information at the FCPS Bus Delay website (we encourage you to bookmark this site!), or via the Here Comes the Bus app.

PTA Meeting on Tuesday, December 14

The next Belvedere PTA meeting will be on Tuesday December 14 at 6:30pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Spanish). The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. Click here to join [Meeting ID: 872 5659 8890; Password: 952095].

We want to hear from  you! If you have a question or topic you’d like us to address at the meeting, please submit it here.

We hope to see you there! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, December 14: PTA Virtual Meeting (6:30 English/7:30 Spanish)
  • Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31: Winter Break (Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thanksgiving break is just around the corner. If you have not yet met with your child’s teacher for a parent-teacher conference, please reach out to the teacher or school so that we can schedule a conference.

This week we began optional COVID-19 testing for students whose parents enrolled them in the testing program. A testing team came to school and students were brought to the team for testing. All went well! Parents should receive results within a day or two.

If you pick up your child by car at the end of the school day, please make sure you do so by going through the kiss and ride line. Currently, during dismissal there are some cars that pull into our parking lot to pick up students. This results in cars going both ways in the parking lot, making it unsafe for pedestrians crossing. Ensuring the safety of all is a priority, and we thank parents who use the kiss and ride line.

We hope you enjoy the fall weather!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Thanksgiving Holiday (November 24-26)

School will be closed Wednesday, November 24 through Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting 19 COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 9 schools for students ages 5-11 years.  Schools include Hutchinson, Annandale Terrace, Woodlawn, Centreville, Providence, and Franklin Sherman.   Attendees are not required to be a student at that school. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older.  No appointment is necessary, vaccinations are free, and children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult.

More details are available here.

Reminder:  Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to our AART, Preshion Lynch, no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Ms. Lynch at pmlynch@fcps.edu. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Belvedere.

Parent Meeting on AAP Screening and Identification Process

The Level IV (full time) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-8 being considered for participation in the Level IV Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-8 for Level IV screening. All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services.

Please join our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Preshion Lynch, at this session to learn about the screening and identification process for level IV (full time) AAP services:

We hope to see you there!

Free Thanksgiving Meal Items

Grace Ministries is a community outreach program serving low-income families living in Northern Virginia.  Every November, for the past 12 years the ministry donates Thanksgiving Day meal items to families in need to prepare for their loved ones. 

Grace Ministries will be distributing food, diapers and food staples using a CONTACT-FREE distribution on Saturday, November 20th beginning at 7AM.

More information is available here.  If you have questions, please call St. Stephens United Methodist Church directly at 703-978-8724.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Although this school year breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students, we encourage families who believe their children might qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to apply for this program. Qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals has many added benefits, beyond the free meals. For elementary students, these include:

  • Reduced or waived musical instrument rental fee
  • Information about holiday assistance
  • Information about non-FCPS scholarships, classes and other non-FCPS educational related services
  • Pupil placement fees

There are also many other benefits and fee waivers that apply to students in middle school and high school (see this earlier letter from Dr. Brabrand).

Belvedere is a Title I school. A school’s Title I status is calculated based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. As a Title I school, Belvedere benefits from grant funds that support many school programs.

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please go to this website.

We are here to support you. If you need help completing this application, please call the school.  We can help you over the phone or schedule a time for you to come to school and complete the application.

Thank you for considering this important matter.

Bus Information

Parents can access bus delay information at the FCPS Bus Delay website (we encourage you to bookmark this site!), or via the Here Comes the Bus app.

From our Counselors

Please check out the November/December newsletter from our School Counselors, Paige Simpson and Tracy Ballard.  They discuss their activities in classrooms and with student groups. Thank you!

Thanksgiving Breakfast for Teachers & Staff

The PTA is sponsoring a breakfast to thank our teachers and staff for all their hard work! Please visit this link to sign up to donate food. Please drop off donations by Monday morning November 22. 

For any questions, please contact Paola Long at bespta.va@gmail.com.

THANK YOU!

Belvedere Spirit Wear!

The PTA is running a Belvedere Spirit Wear sale through November 30!  Click here to see a list of items for sale.  Click here to order!

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 11/18 at 6:30 p.m.: Parent Meeting on AAP Screening and Identification Process
  • Wednesday, 11/24 to Friday, 11/26: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Veterans' Day

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

On this Veterans’ Day, we remember and honor anyone who currently serves or who has served in the United States Military. Students across all grade levels engage in learning opportunities about Veterans’ Day. These vary by grade level and include some of the following activities:

  • Read aloud of books, such as The Wall by Eve Bunting
  • Writing Thank You cards to Veterans
  • Welcoming a Veteran into the classroom to share about Veterans’ Day
  • Class discussions about the importance of Veterans’ Day

To all Veterans, Thank You for your service.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Fall weather is here, and children are excited to see the changes the fall season brings.  Many students are interested in collecting leaves of different colors, sorting and arranging these into various shapes and collages.  We hope you have an opportunity as a family to enjoy the outdoors.

This past Saturday approximately 70 people joined Outdoor Club for its first 2021-2022 outing to Huntley Meadows Park. Two buses funded through Title I funds helped transport families to the park. Everyone attending had a chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the park. Participants saw a bald eagle, great blue herons, mallard ducks, Canada geese, a spotted salamander, and a variety of other birds and fish while exploring the boardwalk over the wetlands and the woods. Belvedere’s Outdoor Club welcomes students, parents, staff, spouses, siblings, and other relatives to participate in its adventures at local parks. We hope you can join us next time the Outdoor Club meets. Please be on the lookout for more information soon.

Community clinics and local pediatricians have begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on the FCPS website.  FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video you can learn how the vaccine works and about its safety.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Early Release on November 11

Please note that Veteran's Day (Thursday, November 11) is a 2-hour early release day, so students will be dismissed at 2:05.  

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. 

Classes will resume on Friday, November 12. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar here.

Fall Picture Retakes on November 16

Strawbridge will be at Belvedere for Fall Picture Retakes.  Pictures will be taken for:

  • any children who were absent on our Fall picture day (September 27);
  • any children new to Belvedere since September 27, and
  • any children who did not like their first picture and would like a new one taken.

If you are taking a new picture, your child should bring in their original pictures and give them to the photographer.  Please call the office (703-916-6800) if you have any questions.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Although this school year breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students, we encourage families who believe their children might qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to apply for this program. Qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals has many added benefits, beyond the free meals. For elementary students, these include:

  • Reduced or waived musical instrument rental fee
  • Information about holiday assistance
  • Information about non-FCPS scholarships, classes and other non-FCPS educational related services
  • Pupil placement fees

There are also many other benefits and fee waivers that apply to students in middle school and high school (see this earlier letter from Dr. Brabrand).

Belvedere is a Title I school. A school’s Title I status is calculated based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. As a Title I school, Belvedere benefits from grant funds that support many school programs.

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please go to this website.

We are here to support you. If you need help completing this application, please call the school.  We can help you over the phone or schedule a time for you to come to school and complete the application.

Thank you for considering this important matter.

Parent Meeting on AAP Screening and Identification Process

The Level IV (full time) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-8 being considered for participation in the Level IV Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-8 for Level IV screening. All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services.

Please join our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Preshion Lynch, at one of two virtual sessions to learn about the screening and identification process for level IV (full time) AAP services:

We hope to see you there!

From our Counselors

Please check out the November/December newsletter from our School Counselors, Paige Simpson and Tracy Ballard.  They discuss their activities in classrooms and with student groups. Thank you!

Belvedere Spirit Wear!

The PTA is running a Belvedere Spirit Wear sale through November 30!  Click here to see a list of items for sale.  Click here to order!

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 11/12 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, 11/18 at 6:30 p.m.: Parent Meetings on AAP Screening and Identification Process
  • Tuesday, 11/16: Fall Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, 11/24 to Friday, 11/26: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. I hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.

Last week, FCPS shared the 2022-23 Calendar Survey with the community and staff. Due to some technical issues, you may have had trouble opening the survey or it may have been redirected to spam or junk folders. We apologize for the inconvenience. FCPS will be sending out an updated version of the survey as soon as the technical issues are resolved.

We encourage you to complete the survey at your earliest convenience. Employees and students in grades 7-12 will be invited to take a similar survey as well. The results will be used to inform and support FCPS staff as well as the Fairfax County School Board as they work to adopt the 2022-23 calendar. All responses are confidential. If you have any questions about the survey, please email FCPSsurvey@fcps.edu.  

This year, FCPS is using a different process to develop the calendar. Learn about the criteria being used in the development of the 2022-23 calendar, and about the calendar process in general, here.  You are also invited to attend a Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m. FCPS will share information on how the calendar is developed and invite you to provide feedback on a series of questions related to this process. You can register to attend the Webinar here.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Early Release on November 11

Please note that Veteran's Day (Thursday, November 11) is a 2-hour early release day, so students will be dismissed at 2:05.

Parent Meeting on AAP Screening and Identification Process

The Level IV (full time) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-8 being considered for participation in the Level IV Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-8 for Level IV screening. All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services.

Please join our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Preshion Lynch, at one of two virtual sessions to learn about the screening and identification process for level IV (full time) AAP services:

We hope to see you there!

Belvedere Outdoor Club

We are excited to announce the return of the Belvedere Outdoor Club!  The Outdoor Club meets on Saturday mornings several times per year to explore our area parks.  Bus transportation is provided from Belvedere and from Barcroft View apartments.

Our first trip will be on Saturday, November 6, to Huntley Meadows Park.  More information and interest forms will be sent home in Wednesday folders today (you can also see that information here).  Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach (asauerbach1@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Belvedere Spirit Wear!

The PTA is running a Belvedere Spirit Wear sale through November 30!  Click here to see a list of items for sale.  Click here to order!

Please Return Impact Aid Forms

The Student-Parent Surveys for Federal Impact Aid were sent home last week in students' backpacks.  If you have not already done so, please complete and return your forms to your child's teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation!

November PTA Meeting

Join us at our next PTA meeting! 

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Spanish). The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. 

We want to hear from you! If you have a question or topic you’d like us to address at the meeting, please submit it here.

We hope to see you there! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available here. People reviewing the material online may complete this electronic comment sheet. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Community Review of K–8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K–8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K–8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available here. People reviewing the material online may complete this electronic comment sheet. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Upcoming Dates
  • Saturday, 11/6: Belvedere Outdoor Club Outing (Huntley Meadows Park)
  • Monday, 11/8: FCPS Calendar Development Webinar (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 11/9: Belvedere PTA Meeting (6:30 English / 7:30 Spanish)
  • Friday, 11/12 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, 11/18 at 6:30 p.m.: Parent Meetings on AAP Screening and Identification Process
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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

Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Belvedere will be hosting "Trunk-or-Treat" tomorrow from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. in the school’s side parking lot.  Parking will be limited, so you may need to park in the neighborhood.  We hope to see you there!

As an IB-Primary Years Program school, our teachers work together to develop four (Pre-K and K) or six (grades 1-5) units of inquiry. These units focus on a central idea that connects learning across subject areas.  While planning and teaching the units, teachers also consider the IB Approaches to Learning skills that will most help students.

The IB Approaches to Learning support students’ lifelong learning skills in and out of a school. These skills help learners develop:

  • Thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Social skills

When you visit the IB-PYP page on our website, you can read about all of the PYP elements and learn about each grade level’s units of inquiry.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Trunk-or-Treat and Storybook Character Day

Belvedere will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Teachers will have their cars parked and decorated in the side parking lot, ready to receive trick or treaters.  All families are welcome to bring their children to enjoy trick or treating!  Please note that parking will be limited, so we encourage you to walk or park in the neighborhood surrounding the school.  If you would like to donate candy or other items for this event, you can drop them in the bin outside the front entrance through Monday, October 25.

Students are welcome to wear a storybook character costume to school on Friday, October 29. However, due to COVID-19, Belvedere will not be holding our traditional Storybook Character parade this year.

Early Release on October 29 and November 11; Student Holidays on November 1 and 2

Please remember that Friday, October 29 and Thursday, November 11 are 2-hour early release days, so students will be dismissed at 2:05.

Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 are student holidays.

Free Clothing Distribution on Tuesday, November 2

We have received a donation of new clothing items for boys and girls, as well as a large supply of cloth masks.  We will be distributing them from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 in the Belvedere cafeteria.

We will also have staff available to assist with applying for Free and Reduced lunch.

Belvedere Outdoor Club

We are excited to announce the return of the Belvedere Outdoor Club!  The Outdoor Club meets on Saturday mornings several times per year to explore our area parks.  Bus transportation is provided from Belvedere and from Barcroft View apartments.

Our first trip will be on Saturday, November 6, to Huntley Meadows Park.  More information and interest forms will be sent home in Wednesday folders today (you can also see that information here).  Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach (asauerbach@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Belvedere Spirit Wear!

The PTA is running a Belvedere Spirit Wear sale through November 30!  Click here to see a list of items for sale.  Click here to order!

Please Return Impact Aid Forms

The Student-Parent Surveys for Federal Impact Aid were sent home last week in students' backpacks.  If you have not already done so, please complete and return your forms to your child's teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Seeking Volunteers for Food Pick-Up

Belvedere has been approved to received unsold bakery products from Panera that can be picked up once a week. However, we need a volunteer to handle the pick up and packaging of the products.

Pick up would be at 9:00 p.m. (closing time) one night per week the Panera at 5578 Vincent Gate Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.  Panera requires groups to commit to picking up the donations on a weekly and on-going basis and for the products to be used within 36 hours. Please email Mrs. Ballard at tmballard@fcps.edu if you would like to volunteer for this ongoing program, or if you have any questions.

Attention Kiss & Ride and Walker Families Walkers

If your child is a walker and you do not live within walking distance of the school, please remember to be conscious of our neighbors' driveways.  Please do not block access to a neighbor's driveway.  Please also consider other parking options.  There are two paths that lead to the rear of the Belvedere grounds--one located on Bent Branch Road, and one on Foxwood Nook.

Kiss & Ride

As you pull up in the Kiss & Ride line during dismissal in the afternoons, please do not block the driveways of our neighbors on Whispering Lane and the service road between Whispering Lane and the Belvedere parking lot.  If you do find yourself blocking a driveway that a car is trying to enter, please temporarily exit your space in line to allow them to pass.

This can be a source of great frustration for the people living in the homes near our school, and we have received recent complaints on the matter.  Thank you for your consideration!

Training Series for Students in Grades 5-8

Youth in grades 5 through 8 are invited to participate in four virtual sessions of CATCH My Breath. Participants will learn healthy habits and build skills. This evidence-based program covers topics such as:

  • Resisting their own curiosity
  • Peer and advertising pressure to experiment with e-cigarettes
  • Understanding that e-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy, and not as popular as they think; and
  • Influencing friends and peers not to use e-cigarettes.

Participants who attend regularly earn gift cards! Session dates are October 27, November 3, 10 and 17, 2021, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

This program is open to all interested participants. Register at FormedFamiliesForward.org or https://catchfall21.eventbrite.com. Call 703-539-2904 for more information.

November PTA Meeting

Join us at our next PTA meeting! 

The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9 at 6:30pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Spanish). The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. 

We want to hear from you! If you have a question or topic you’d like us to address at the meeting, please submit it here.

We hope to see you there! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Justice HS Youth Night

Justice High School will be hosting its annual “Youth Night” for Justice Pyramid schools during the Varsity Football Game on Friday October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Please check this flyer for more details.

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available here. People reviewing the material online may complete this electronic comment sheet. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

Community Review of K–8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K–8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K–8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available here. People reviewing the material online may complete this electronic comment sheet. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 10/28: Trunk-or-Treat (Belvedere Parking Lot, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/29: 2-hour Early Release (End of First Quarter)
  • Monday, 11/1 and Tuesday, 11/2: Student Holidays
  • Tuesday, 11/2: Free Clothing Distribution (Belvedere Cafeteria, 1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 11/6: Belvedere Outdoor Club Outing (Huntley Meadows Park)
  • Tuesday, 11/9: PTA Meeting (6:30 English / 7:30 Spanish)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

In support of our commitment to safety, Belvedere will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8. 

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Please Return Impact Aid Forms

The Student-Parent Surveys for Federal Impact Aid were sent home earlier this week in students' backpacks.  If you have not already done so, please complete and return your forms to your child's teacher.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Trunk-or-Treat and Storybook Character Day

Belvedere will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Teachers will have their cars parked and decorated in the side parking lot, ready to receive trick or treaters.  All families are welcome to bring their children to enjoy trick or treating!  Please note that parking will be limited, so we encourage you to walk or park in the neighborhood surrounding the school.  If you would like to donate candy or other items for this event, you can drop them in the bin outside the front entrance through Monday, October 25.

Students are welcome to wear a storybook character costume to school on Friday, October 29. However, due to COVID-19, Belvedere will not be holding our traditional Storybook Character parade this year.

Early Release on October 29 and November 11; Student Holidays on November 1 and 2

Please remember that Friday, October 29 and Thursday, November 11 are 2-hour early release days, so students will be dismissed at 2:05.

Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 are student holidays.

Seeking Volunteers for Food Pick-Up

Belvedere has been approved to received unsold bakery products from Panera that can be picked up once a week. However, we need a volunteer to handle the pick up and packaging of the products.

Pick up would be at 9:00 p.m. (closing time) one night per week the Panera at 5578 Vincent Gate Terrace, Alexandria, Virginia.  Panera requires groups to commit to picking up the donations on a weekly and on-going basis and for the products to be used within 36 hours. Please email Mrs. Ballard at tmballard@fcps.edu if you would like to volunteer for this ongoing program, or if you have any questions.

Attention Kiss & Ride Families

As you pull up in the Kiss & Ride line during dismissal in the afternoons, please do not block the driveways of our neighbors on Whispering Lane and the service road between Whispering Lane and the Belvedere parking lot.  If you do find yourself blocking a driveway that a car is trying to enter, please temporarily exit your space in line to allow them to pass.

This can be a source of great frustration for the people living in the homes near our school, and we have received recent complaints on the matter.  Thank you for your consideration!

Training Series for Students in Grades 5-8

Youth in grades 5 through 8 are invited to participate in four virtual sessions of CATCH My Breath. Participants will learn healthy habits and build skills. This evidence-based program covers topics such as:

  • Resisting their own curiosity
  • Peer and advertising pressure to experiment with e-cigarettes
  • Understanding that e-cigarettes are addictive, unhealthy, and not as popular as they think; and
  • Influencing friends and peers not to use e-cigarettes.

Participants who attend regularly earn gift cards! Session dates are October 27, November 3, 10 and 17, 2021, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

This program is open to all interested participants. Register at FormedFamiliesForward.org or https://catchfall21.eventbrite.com. Call 703-539-2904 for more information.

Service Dog at Belvedere

A service dog in training will be coming to Belvedere Elementary School with our Guidance Counselor, Tracy Ballard, starting next week. Service animals are highly trained to perform specific tasks, and generally do not need very much additional supervision or care while they are working.  Please talk with your child about this animal. It would be helpful for you to emphasize that the service dog in training is a working animal, is not a pet, and should not be petted or fed without guidance from Mrs. Ballard.

We understand that you may have concerns regarding your child’s exposure to an animal on school grounds. Please contact the Belvedere office if your child is allergic to dogs or has a fear of dogs that would prevent him or her from possibly coming into contact with the service dog in training. We believe that a safe school environment is everyone’s right and will work with you regarding your concerns.

Student Rights & Responsibilities: Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  A separate form must be filled out for each student.  Thank you!

Translated versions of the Student Rights and Responsibilities are available here.

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Glasgow Outdoor Movie Night

The Glasgow PTA will host a FREE movie night on the Glasgow Field on Friday, October 22, featuring Shrek

The movie starts at 7:00pm so come early to get a good seat.  FREE for the whole family!!  Jake’s Ice Cream, popcorn & drinks will be available for purchase.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

**Students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult during the event.**

We are excited to see everyone there on Friday!

Justice HS Youth Night

Justice High School will be hosting its annual “Youth Night” for Justice Pyramid schools during the Varsity Football Game on Friday October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Please check this flyer for more details.

Volleyball Clinic at Justice HS

The Justice High School varsity volleyball team will be hosting a one-day volleyball clinic for boys and girls in grades 4 through 7 on Saturday, October 23.  The clinic fee is $25.  To register, click here.

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 10/28: Trunk-or-Treat (Belvedere Parking Lot, 5:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/29: 2-hour Early Release (End of First Quarter)
  • Monday, 11/1 and Tuesday, 11/2: Student Holidays
  • Tuesday, 11/9: PTA Meeting (6:30 English / 7:30 Spanish)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Widespread vaccination is working to keep our students learning in person. As of this week, 0.004% of FCPS’ approximately 180,000 students are impacted by quarantines. If you, your child, or someone you know is eligible to receive the vaccine or a booster, we have great news for you. 

A multi-agency effort to move into the next phase of vaccinations, with booster shots and the potential for children under 12 to be vaccinated, launches the Fairfax Community Vaccination Center (Fairfax CVC) on Friday, October 8. This large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic will open at the former Lord & Taylor store at Tysons Corner Center.

The center will offer:

  • First and second doses of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine to individuals eligible for the vaccine booster.
  • An additional dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for individuals who are immunocompromised.

The Fairfax CVC will operate Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Individuals seeking a booster of the Pfizer vaccine or an additional dose of either vaccine are asked to bring their vaccination card showing the dates of previous doses. 

Read more about the Fairfax CVC online. To find an appointment visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA. 

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Student Rights & Responsibilities: Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  A separate form must be filled out for each student.  Thank you!

Translated versions of the Student Rights and Responsibilities are available here.

PTA Restaurant Fundraiser

Join us for a fantastic Restaurant Fundraiser tomorrow (Thursday, October 14) to culminate our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring Bolivian cuisine from Luzmary!

Click here for all the delicious details!

PTA Class Directory

The PTA is putting together a class/grade level directory so that parents can connect with each other and students can stay in touch outside of school. 

Please fill out this form by October 15, with the information you feel comfortable sharing! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Volleyball Clinic at Justice HS

The Justice High School varsity volleyball team will be hosting a one-day volleyball clinic for boys and girls in grades 4 through 7 on Saturday, October 23.  The clinic fee is $25.  To register, click here.

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 10/28: Trunk-or-Treat (details TBA)
  • Friday, 10/29: 2-hour Early Release (End of First Quarter)
  • Monday, 11/1 and Tuesday, 11/2: Student Holidays
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

School is in full swing with students expanding their thinking and making connections as they learn and explore units of inquiry. As a Primary Years Program IB World school, we engage in grade-level team collaboration to write integrated units of inquiry that connect all subjects. Ms. Rogers, the school’s PYP Coordinator, facilities this collaborative process among staff.

Currently our students are learning about the following central ideas:

  • Preschool: Our bodies help us learn.
  • Kindergarten: People help each other and work together in a community.
  • First Grade: Our responsibilities and actions impact communities.
  • Second Grade: Within a system every part has a role to play.
  • Third Grade: We observe change to understand ourselves and our world.
  • Fourth Grade: Availability of resources leads to community choices.
  • Fifth Grade: Humans examine and create systems to organize the world.

While we update the PYP information on our school website, you can learn more about the PYP here.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

FLE Parent Preview Night

FCPS students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4 and 5 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here.

Please join us for an opportunity to preview the FLE media and lessons, and to talk with school staff about the program, on Thursday, October 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will meet virtually via Zoom using this link [Meeting ID: 993 6518 3609;  Passcode: 612796; Dial by phone 929-205-6099].  This link is also posted on the Belvedere website here.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year; you may also access the opt out forms online here. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal in writing before instruction begins.

Student Rights & Responsibilities: Parent/Guardian Acknowledgement

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, please help us by filling out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form.  A separate form must be filled out for each student.  Thank you!

Translated versions of the Student Rights and Responsibilities are available here.

Extra Items at Lunch

Lunch this year is at no cost for all FCPS students; what this means is that a student may choose a 4-component meal at no cost.  Students may purchase an additional meal after receiving their 4-component meal; students may also purchase an additional serving of vegetable, fruit, milk or bottled water. The cost of these additional items is:

  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetable: $1.00
  • Milk: $.60
  • 8 oz bottle of water: $1.00
  • 2nd meal: $4.50

Students will need either cash or funds in their MySchoolBucks account to purchase additional items.

In the event that your student does not know their cafeteria PIN, the cafeteria has classroom lists with PIN numbers.

Volleyball Clinic at Justice HS

The Justice High School varsity volleyball team will be hosting a one-day volleyball clinic for boys and girls in grades 4 through 7 on Saturday, October 23.  The clinic fee is $25.  To register, click here.

PTA Class Directory

The PTA is putting together a class/grade level directory so that parents can connect with each other and students can stay in touch outside of school. 

Please fill out this form by October 8, with the information you feel comfortable sharing! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 10/7: FLE Parent Preview Night (6:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 10/11: Student Holiday (Staff Professional Development Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Happy Wednesday! We hope you have been enjoying this fall weather as much as we have. Sunshine and cooler temperatures make recess so much fun. Our students are loving their time outdoors.

This week we began livestreaming for students who are absent due to Covid-related reasons. Please keep in mind that livestreaming is by invitation only and exclusively for students who are absent due to Covid-related reasons. It will begin for identified students no later than their third day of absence.  Teachers send invitations to watch the livestreaming of mathematics and reading focus lessons only. These lessons usually last 10-15 minutes each. In addition to livestreaming, students will be able to access asynchronous work via Schoology. An assigned teacher will also be checking in with each identified child once every other day.

We continue to be very vigilant about students who present Covid-like symptoms, sending home children when necessary. We are also very mindful of proper mask wearing and social distancing as much as possible. We recognize this is a challenge for you and thank you for your understanding. Please continue to check each morning if your child presents any Covid-like symptoms. If they do, please do not send the child to school that day.  Covid-like symptoms include:

  • fever and/or chills
  • cough (not related to another health condition)
  • nasal congestion or runny nose
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not related to another health condition)
  • sore throat (not related to another health condition)
  • muscle aches not related to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • new onset of poor appetite or poor feeding

The full list of daily health screening questions is available here.  We want everyone to remain healthy and for as many students as possible to be at school each day. 

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

FLE Parent Preview Night

FCPS students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4 and 5 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here.

Please join us for an opportunity to preview the FLE media and lessons, and to talk with school staff about the program, on Thursday, October 7, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. We will meet virtually via Zoom; a meeting link will be posted in this space next week, and on the Belvedere website here.

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year; you may also access the opt out forms online here. If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify your child’s school principal in writing before instruction begins.

Advanced Academic Programs Overview Night

Please join Mrs. Lynch, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, to learn about the different Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County Public Schools.  FCPS offers different levels of AAP service for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners.

The session will be held virtually on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:30 and Spanish interpretation will be provided.  Please plan to attend so that you can learn about the AAP levels of service, including Young Scholars, that FCPS has to offer.  To connect to the Zoom session, please click here.  [Meeting ID: 947 4436 9601; Passcode: 723479]

For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.  (Arabic version available here; Spanish version available here.)  Please note that parents or guardians may request a one-time retake of the CogAT and Naglieri ability tests during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Assistant Principal Kelly Cabezas, no later than October 15, 2021 for the NNAT.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lynch.

Fall Picture Day

Our Fall Picture Day was held on Monday, September 27.  If your child had their picture taken, there is still time to order!  You can return paper order forms to the office until the end of this week.

To order your child's photos online, go to strawbridge.net, click "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM371866.

If your child missed picture day, there is a make-up picture day scheduled for Wednesday, November 10.

Extra Items at Lunch

Lunch this year is at no cost for all FCPS students; what this means is that a student may choose a 4-component meal at no cost.  Students may purchase an additional meal after receiving their 4-component meal; students may also purchase an additional serving of vegetable, fruit, milk or bottled water. The cost of these additional items is:

  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetable: $1.00
  • Milk: $.60
  • 8 oz bottle of water: $1.00
  • 2nd meal: $4.50

Students will need either cash or funds in their MySchoolBucks account to purchase additional items.

In the event that your student does not know their cafeteria PIN, the cafeteria has classroom lists with PIN numbers.

Stretch your Food Dollars with SNAP

Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your SNAP dollars at Annandale Farmers Market!  For more information, click here.

Backpack Friday Permission Slips

If your child received a letter regarding the backpack Friday program, we ask that you please turn in the form by September 30, 2021. After the deadline, we will contact parent/guardians individually. If you have any questions or comments, please email School Counselor: Paige Simpson at psimpson@fcps.edu or call 703-916-6829. Thank you!

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Volleyball Clinic at Justice HS

The Justice High School varsity volleyball team will be hosting a one-day volleyball clinic for boys and girls in grades 4 through 7 on Saturday, October 23.  The clinic fee is $25.  To register, click here.

PTA Class Directory

The PTA is putting together a class/grade level directory so that parents can connect with each other and students can stay in touch outside of school. 

Please fill out this form by October 8, with the information you feel comfortable sharing! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 9/30: AAP Overview Night (6:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 10/7: FLE Parent Preview Night (6:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 10/11: Student Holiday (Staff Professional Development Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Fall weather is creeping into our mornings and evenings, but days continue to bring wonderful outdoor weather. In our school gardens, Monarch caterpillars are eating away at milkweed plants and forming cocoons, green with a thread of gold, under window ledges and on walls. All students, but especially our second graders who study Monarch butterflies, are fascinated by this cycle of life happening before our eyes.

Thank you for continuing to help us by adhering to our health safety guidelines, particularly proper mask wearing. It would be very helpful if you can also reinforce with your child the importance of maintaining some distance from other students. We strive for students to be three feet apart as much as possible.

A big win for this week was our first fieldtrip! Half of 5th grade traveled via coach buses to Patuxent River Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The students also had a chance to travel on a boat! The second half of fifth grade will go on the same trip in October. As you receive notification about field trips and requests for chaperones, please keep in mind that all field trip chaperones must be vaccinated. So, if you are helping us during a field trip, please have your vaccination card with you on the date of the trip or a picture of the card on your cell phone to show at school and potentially at the fieldtrip venue.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Fall Picture Day on September 27

Our Fall Picture Day will be on Monday, September 27!  Order sheets were sent home in today's Wednesday folders.

To order your child's photos online, go to strawbridge.net, click "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM371866.

To subscribe to Strawbridge Studios online ordering, click here. As a subscriber, you will receive emails letting you know when your pictures are ready to order, as well as promotional deals and discounts on your child's pictures.

Seeking Parent Helpers for Picture Day

We are seeking 1-2 volunteers to help on picture day.  Volunteers will help with order forms, labels, and making sure that the students maintain social distancing.  You do not need to stay for the entire day--just an hour or two would be great.  Parent helpers will receive a picture voucher for $15.

If you are interested, please contact the main office.  Thanks for considering!

Extra Items at Lunch

Lunch this year is at no cost for all FCPS students; what this means is that a student may choose a 4-component meal at no cost.  Students may purchase an additional meal after receiving their 4-component meal; students may also purchase an additional serving of vegetable, fruit, milk or bottled water. The cost of these additional items is:

  • 1 serving of fruit or vegetable: $1.00
  • Milk: $.60
  • 8 oz bottle of water: $1.00
  • 2nd meal: $4.50

Students will need either cash or funds in their MySchoolBucks account to purchase additional items.

In the event that your student does not know their cafeteria PIN, the cafeteria has classroom lists with PIN numbers.

Advanced Academic Programs Overview Night

Please join Mrs. Lynch, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, to learn about the different Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County Public Schools.  FCPS offers different levels of AAP service for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners.

The session will be held virtually on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:30 and Spanish interpretation will be provided.  Please plan to attend so that you can learn about the AAP levels of service, including Young Scholars, that FCPS has to offer.  A session link will be available closer to the date.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lynch.

For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.  (Arabic version available here; Spanish version available here.)  Please note that parents or guardians may request a one-time retake of the CogAT and Naglieri ability tests during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Assistant Principal Kelly Cabezas, no later than October 15, 2021 for the NNAT.

Stretch your Food Dollars with SNAP

Get more fruits and vegetables when you spend your SNAP dollars at Annandale Farmers Market!  For more information, click here.

Schoology Information Session

Thank you all to who attended the Schoology Information Session on Monday. It was a great turnout and participation! Please check your child’s teacher’s newsletter in Schoology for the follow up links, video recording, etc.

We will conduct another information session in the coming weeks!

Backpack Friday Permission Slips

If your child received a letter regarding the backpack Friday program, we ask that you please turn in the form by September 30, 2021. After the deadline, we will contact parent/guardians individually. If you have any questions or comments, please email School Counselor: Paige Simpson at psimpson@fcps.edu or call 703-916-6829. Thank you!

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

Lebanese Taverna PTA Fundraiser (Friday, September 24)

Order your dinner this September 24 from Lebanese Taverna restaurant. Enjoy a delicious dinner and support the Belvedere PTA. Order your dinner ahead of time and pick it up ready-to-eat in the afternoon!

Drive to the truck, give your name and we'll put it in your trunk. No contact is necessary. During the collection, please maintain social distancing. Your safety is our primary concern.

To order click here.  You must place your orders before 9 pm on Thursday, September 23.

PTA Class Directory

The PTA is putting together a class/grade level directory so that parents can connect with each other and students can stay in touch outside of school. 

Please fill out this form by October 8, with the information you feel comfortable sharing! 

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

In addition to the Lebanese Taverna fundraiser described above, there are several other ways to support the PTA:

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 9/24: Lebanese Taverna PTA Fundraiser (ordering deadline is 9/23 at 9:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 9/27: Fall Picture Day
  • Thursday, 9/30: AAP Overview Night (6:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, 10/11: Student Holiday (Staff Professional Development Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended yesterday’s PTA meeting. We are so fortunate to have a supportive and caring parent community and PTA board.  Working together, we will ensure the school year is successful for all.

As Paola Long, PTA President, shared, the PTA is always looking for volunteers to support a variety of initiatives. We highly encourage you to join the PTA and to work with them to support our school.

For additional ways to support the PTA, please see the "Support the Belvedere PTA" section below.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Fall Picture Day on September 27

Our Fall Picture Day will be on Monday, September 27!  (Please note that this date has recently changed.)  Order sheets will be sent home next week.

To order your child's photos online, go to strawbridge.net, click "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM371866.

To subscribe to Strawbridge Studios online ordering, click here. As a subscriber, you will receive emails letting you know when your pictures are ready to order, as well as promotional deals and discounts on your child's pictures.

Schoology Family Information Night on Monday

On Monday, September 20, from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Belvedere’s School-Based Technology Specialist (Sanya Chopra) and Family Liaison (Ashley Hidalgo) are holding a virtual Schoology information session for families. The purpose of the session is to get a better understanding of how to navigate and use Schoology. They ask that you please have a ParentVue account before joining the session.

Please join the session here.  We look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Advanced Academic Programs Overview Night

Please join Mrs. Lynch, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, to learn about the different Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in Fairfax County Public Schools.  FCPS offers different levels of AAP service for students K-12 that build upon students' individual strengths and skills and maximizes academic potential for all learners.

The session will be held virtually on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6:30 and Spanish interpretation will be provided.  Please plan to attend so that you can learn about the AAP levels of service, including Young Scholars, that FCPS has to offer.  A session link will be available closer to the date.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lynch.

For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here.  Please note that parents or guardians may request a one-time retake of the CogAT and Naglieri ability tests during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Assistant Principal Kelly Cabezas, no later than September 17, 2021 to request the CogAT or by October 15, 2021 for the NNAT.

Backpack Friday Permission Slips

If your child received a letter regarding the backpack Friday program, we ask that you please turn in the form by September 30, 2021. After the deadline, we will contact parent/guardians individually. If you have any questions or comments, please email School Counselor: Paige Simpson at psimpson@fcps.edu or call 703-916-6829. Thank you!

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

First Day Forms to Return

If you have not already done so, please complete, sign, and return to school the following forms:

Thank you!

Lebanese Taverna PTA Fundraiser (Friday, September 24)

Order your dinner this September 24 from Lebanese Taverna restaurant. Enjoy a delicious dinner and supporting the Belvedere PTA. Order your dinner ahead of time and pick it up ready-to-eat in the afternoon!

Drive to the truck, give your name and we'll put it in your trunk. No contact is necessary. During the collection, please maintain social distancing. Your safety is our primary concern.

To order click here.  You must place your orders before 9 pm on Thursday, September 23.

Support the Belvedere PTA

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.  

In addition to the Lebanese Taverna fundraiser described above, there are several other ways to support the PTA:

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 9/20: Schoology Family Information Night (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 9/24: Lebanese Taverna PTA Fundraiser (ordering deadline is 9/23 at 9:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 9/27: Fall Picture Day (please note the change of date)
  • Thursday, 9/30: AAP Overview Night (6:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, 10/11: Student Holiday (Staff Professional Development Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Tomorrow we welcome you to our Virtual Back to School Night.  Included in this News You Choose are links to our welcome message, links to school board member messages, and the link you will use to access your child’s grade level presentation.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in Fairfax County and the entire nation, we want to share some additional information about the COVID processes in place. Thank you for your help in keeping our students and staff safe at school.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Daily Health Screen Questionnaire

If your child has any COVID-like symptoms, please keep them child home.

The most important way you can help as a parent is to keep your child(ren) home if they present with any illness or symptoms that are associated with COVID 19. 

Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening, and students who are sick should not come to school. Please consider the questions in the Health Screening Questionnaire each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 

If your child comes to school and presents with COVID-like symptoms, they will be placed in the Care Room and will be sent home. Your child must then be seen by a medical provider or remain home for ten days to be able to return to school. 

Please be overly cautious and keep your child home if you are awaiting COVID 19 test results. 

Keep your child home if you suspect your child may have come in contact with someone who has COVID 19.

Communicate Quickly with the School

If your child tests positive for COVID 19, please let us know. We work closely with the health department to provide information that allows them to begin contact tracing. W only reveal the name of a student to the health department.

Ensure Your Children Come with an Appropriate Mask 

Aligned with guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has established procedures for the use of face coverings/masks (cloth or disposable) for students, staff, and visitors designed to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. This document highlights the types of masks that are appropriate for students to wear to school. 

What will happen if a student in my child’s class tests positive for COVID?

If a student tests positive and was at school during the infectious period (within 48 hours of onset of symptoms), we will alert the entire school community. The school will review seating assignments throughout the school day and identify potential close contacts to the student who tested positive for Covid-19.

If your child is considered a potential close contact, you will be notified. If your child is currently at school, we will ask you to come to school to pick up your child.  

What happens if FCPS staff determines my child is a potential close contact?

Any student who is identified as a potential close contact by FCPS staff will have to stay home from school until the Health Department completes contact tracing and closes the investigation. This may last up to 72 hours. While your child is at home, your child’s teacher will provide assignments for them to access. If your child does not have their computer at home, we will work with you to pick it up at school.

Please note that FCPS staff can only identify potential close contacts; we are not identifying students who must quarantine. Only the Health Department can determine if your child needs to quarantine through their contact tracing investigation. 

Case Information

We cannot disclose personal identifying details of students or staff who test positive for COVID 19. The health department will contact you directly if your child must quarantine. The school will notify the entire community when the contact tracing is complete. Once the Health Department has completed their investigation, we will also invite any student who was staying home per FCPS staff direction and who has not been required to quarantine per the Health Department to return to school.

Virtual Back-to-School Night

We are excited to welcome you to our Back-to-School Night this Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a virtual event where the grade level teams will present two back-to-back sessions, one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m.  Please click here for a welcome message from the Belvedere Principal and Assistant Principal.

Below you will find the link to access the grade level presentations:

  • Kindergarten  [Meeting ID: 962 2035 9558; Passcode: 383679]
  • Grade 1 [Meeting ID: 936 9739 6709; Passcode: 989969]
  • Grade 2 [Meeting ID: 952 8175 1797; Passcode: 486341]
  • Grade 3 [Meeting ID: 981 3558 4225; Passcode: 488293]
  • Grade 4 [Meeting ID: 958 6606 8053; Passcode: grade4]
  • Grade 5 [Meeting ID: 993 2182 4080; Passcode: 739639]

To call with a mobile device, dial 301-715-8592 and enter the grade level meeting ID and Passcode.

Here is a file that explains how to select to hear the presentation either in English or in Spanish.  The Spanish interpreter will be doing simultaneous interpretation.  Please keep this handout for future school-related virtual meetings, including PTA meetings.

The Fairfax County School Board members have prepared video messages for parents. You can access their messages by clicking on each school board member’s name below:

We look forward to welcoming you to Back to School Night.  If you have any questions, please call the school. We are here to support you.

Fall iReady Assessments

The online iReady assessment (also known as the Universal Screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. This fall, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady reading and mathematics assessments. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Backpack Friday Permission Slips

If your child received a letter regarding the backpack Friday program, we ask that you please turn in the form by September 30, 2021. After the deadline, we will contact parent/guardians individually. If you have any questions or comments, please email School Counselor: Paige Simpson at psimpson@fcps.edu or call 703-916-6829. Thank you!

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

Also, if you are in need of school supplies for your child, please contact Ms. Hidalgo by email or phone (703-916-6824).

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

First Day Forms to Return

If you have not already done so, please complete, sign, and return to school the following forms:

Thank you!

Consent for Digital Resources

At Belvedere, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here.

Each student's enrolling parent or guardian should complete this form to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval, and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Clothing Needed for Parent Center

The Parent Center is in need of children's clothing, in particular:

  • boys elastic-waist shorts and pants, especially sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 10-12 (gently-used is fine);
  • boys underwear in sizes 5-6, 7-8 and 10-12 (must be new); and
  • gently-used boys shoes.

The Parent Center maintains a small supply of clothing for students who might need a change of clothing during the day (due to bathroom accidents, cafeteria spills, etc.), and our supply of these items is critically low.  Thank you for your donations!

Screen for Illness Every Day, Stay Home When Sick

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or has COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated versions can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance webpage

This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

Read more about checking for symptoms and how to prepare to return to school after illness.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 9/9: Virtual Back-to-School Night (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 9/14: PTA Virtual Meeting (6:30-7:30 p.m.)--please note corrected date
  • Tuesday, 9/28: Fall Picture Day
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

It is a joy to see your child at school each day! Thank you for working with us to ensure your child is ready for learning, supported both at school and at home. We are so glad to partner with you for our students’ well-being.

I am pleased to let you know that buses and Kiss and Ride are working much better than last week.  Our buses have been arriving and leaving in a timelier manner. Additionally, Kiss and Ride is moving along at a faster pace. Thank you for your patience during this early part of the school year.

Just a reminder that during arrival, students should not be dropped off before 8:55 in the morning. Prior to that time, we do not have supervision. Also, during arrival, please do not park around the cafeteria loading dock.  This causes traffic issues and places students and staff in danger with cars moving in and out.  Please help us keep students safe following our schedule. 

Some of you have shared your desire to provide air purifiers for us to use in classrooms.  We have consulted with facilities and learned the following:

  • The use of air purifiers in every FCPS classroom is not necessary to support fresh air ventilation.   Air purifiers are generally recommended for spaces that need additional air cleaning or that recirculate indoor air.  Our schools are designed to ventilate fresh outside air in every classroom with each air exchange.   HVAC systems are built for full building occupancy and, when installed, exceed the ASHRAE minimum guidance of 15 cubic feet per minute (cfm) per person. 
  • When needed, FCPS uses the Blueair Classic 605 Air Purifier, a Consumers Report top-rated purification system that is designed to kill particles as small as coronavirus (.06 microns) and the Enviroklenz UV-C Air Purifier, effectively combining advanced chemistry technology, germicidal UV-C, and HEPA filtration to capture and destroy airborne particulates, bacteria, viruses, and other allergy triggers. 
  • If an appliance is going to be used in a classroom, it must first be approved by the principal and be inspected by Facilities Management to assure that it is UL listed to meet fire code requirements and to ensure that the proper electrical circuitry exists to safely operate the appliance.
  • Principals may allow parents to donate a portable air purifier and HEPA filters, but FCPS would not be responsible for any maintenance, repairs or replacement for donated portable air purifiers and HEPA filters. Therefore, donated equipment must include replacement filters.

If you would like to donate an air purifier, please contact the school.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed September 3 to September 6 for Labor Day Break

Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day.

As a result, Friday, September 3, is a holiday for students and staff members in addition to the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

Parent Center Resources

Our Family Liaison, Ashley Hidalgo, has created this padlet where you can view information from FCPS and outside organizations to help support our families, including information on personal finances, tutoring services for students in grades K-7, FCPS webinars, and more!

Ms. Hidalgo will continue to add resources to this padlet as she receives them.  We will highlight noteworthy items in this space as well.

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education.  

Listen and Subscribe here:

First Day Forms to Return

If you have not already done so, please complete, sign, and return to school the following forms:

Thank you!

Consent for Digital Resources

At Belvedere, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here.

Each student's enrolling parent or guardian should complete this form to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval, and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Clothing Needed for Parent Center

The Parent Center is in need of children's clothing, in particular:

  • boys elastic-waist shorts and pants, especially sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 10-12 (gently-used is fine);
  • boys underwear in sizes 5-6, 7-8 and 10-12 (must be new); and
  • gently-used boys shoes.

The Parent Center maintains a small supply of clothing for students who might need a change of clothing during the day (due to bathroom accidents, cafeteria spills, etc.), and our supply of these items is critically low.  Thank you for your donations!

Water Bottles

Due to COVID-19, school water fountains are not available.  We encourage parents to send an empty reusable water bottle in their child’s backpack, which can be filled at classroom sinks.

Screen for Illness Every Day, Stay Home When Sick

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or has COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated versions can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance webpage

This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

Read more about checking for symptoms and how to prepare to return to school after illness.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/6: School Closed (Labor Day Break)
  • Wednesday, 9/8: PTA Virtual Meeting (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 9/9: Virtual Back-to-School Night (times TBA)
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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We are back at school and so excited to see your children every day! Thank you for your support, kindness, and patience as we get the school year started. We feel so fortunate to partner with you to support our students.

Students are excited to be at school and, despite the masks, it feels like we are back to normal. Thinking, creating, problem-solving, and so much learning is taking place in each classroom. We are so proud of the work of our teachers, and we thank you for supporting them.

As you know, dismissal has had its challenges with late buses and a very long Kiss and Ride line. We are working as fast and efficiently as we can to solve issues and smooth dismissal. We thank you for your continued patience and ask that you please help us by attending to the following:

  • Kiss and Ride has over 200 vehicles at dismissal, which is more than double what we have had in the past. We are tweaking things to make the line go faster by taping numbers to the students’ backpack, calling students to kiss and ride in groups of 12, and grouping students more strategically in the cafeteria while they wait.
  • If you are picking up your child through Kiss and Ride, please stay in the line and be patient. Parking your car along the street or in our school parking lot and walking to the front of the school only makes dismissal more difficult.
  • If you decide to change the way in which your child goes home, you MUST call the office to let us know. If you change without notifying us, it is difficult for us to find the child quickly and it requires extra work for staff members on dismissal duty. If possible, please communicate any  transportation changes to the front office by 3:00 p.m., so that we have time to be sure that the student and teacher are aware of the change.
  • If your child is a walker, they will be dismissed through door #8, at the back of the cafeteria. Please do not come to the front of the school to pick up a child who is walking home.
  • All staff working through dismissal have the children’s best interest in mind. Thank you for being kind and patient when you interact with staff.

Again, thank you for your support and patience. We are here to serve you.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

First Day Forms to Return

At either the Open House or on their first day of school, all students received a packet of informational materials from FCPS and Belvedere.  Included in those packets were several items that parents should complete, sign, and return to school:

If you have not already done so, please complete, sign and return these items to school in your child's backpack.  Thank you!

Consent for Digital Resources

At Belvedere, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here. Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here.

Each student's enrolling parent or guardian should complete this form to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval, and why we must request your consent before using certain tools.

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Clothing Needed for Parent Center

The Parent Center is in need of children's clothing, in particular:

  • boys and girls elastic-waist shorts and pants, especially sizes 5-6, 7-8, and 10-12 (gently-used is fine);
  • boys and girls underwear in sizes 5-6, 7-8 and 10-12 (must be new); and
  • gently-used boys shoes.

The Parent Center maintains a small supply of clothing for students who might need a change of clothing during the day (due to bathroom accidents, cafeteria spills, etc.), and our supply of these items is critically low.  Thank you for your donations!

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed September 3 to September 6 for Labor Day Break

Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day.

As a result, Friday, September 3, is a holiday for students and staff members in addition to the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 6. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

No Outside Use of Playground During School Hours

Please note that outside personnel are prohibited from using Belvedere grounds, including the playground, during school hours.

Water Bottles

Due to COVID-19, school water fountains are not available.  We encourage parents to send an empty reusable water bottle in their child’s backpack, which can be filled at classroom sinks.

Screen for Illness Every Day, Stay Home When Sick

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or has COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated versions can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance webpage

This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

Read more about checking for symptoms and how to prepare to return to school after illness.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 9/3 and Monday, 9/6: School Closed (Labor Day Break)
  • Wednesday, 9/8: PTA Virtual Meeting (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 9/9: Virtual Back-to-School Night (times TBA)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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Belvedere Back-to-School News & Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We are so excited to welcome you to Belvedere this school year!  Our staff is working hard to get classrooms ready and to welcome you to Open House this Thursday.  Please see schedule below:

  • First through Fifth grade Open House will take place on Thursday, August 19, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. We welcome you to stop by at any time during Open House hours.
  • Preschool Autism will schedule individual Open House times in the Preschool Autism classroom on Thursday, August 19 from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Preschool Special Education classes will contact each family to schedule a time to meet.
  • FCPS Preschool families (former FECEP) will hold a virtual Orientation on August 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Open House is an opportunity for students and parents to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and drop off supplies.  We will hold a virtual Back to School Night on September 9, which will be the time when you will learn about the grade level curriculum and school procedures more in depth.

The first day of school is Monday, August 23. Our school hours are from 9:20 until 4:05. You may drop students off beginning at 8:55. To keep our students safe,  parents will NOT be allowed to walk their children into the building.  Thank you for understanding.

We welcome you and look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

 

Classes Start on Monday, August 23 for 2021-22 School Year

We look forward to seeing students in the fall, as we return for 5 days of in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.

The first day of classes for Kindergarten through grade 5 will be Monday, August 23. 

Our Preschool Autism Class (PAC) will also begin on August 23.  All other Preschool classes will begin on August 30.

Please note that our Bell Schedule will be 9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. this year.

Belvedere Open House this Thursday, August 19

Please join us for our Open House for students in grades 1-5 this Thursday, August 19 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Drop by anytime during these hours to meet your teacher, see the classroom, drop off your school supplies, and get excited for the new school year!

Child's Route Home after School

To ensure a smooth beginning of the school year, we would like to know how your child (or children) will be getting home on the first day of school, and what their regular mode of transportation from school after the first day will be. If you have not already returned the paper form, please complete the survey here for each of your children at Belvedere by Friday, August 20.

If your child's transportation needs to be changed during the year, please call  (703-916-6800) or email the school office to notify us of the change.

Important Forms to be Returned

All students will receive a packet of "first day forms" either during the Open House on August 19 or on the first day of school.  Please review, sign, and return these forms to your child's teacher.

Parents can also opt to submit their child's Emergency Care and Health Information Forms through "weCare@school" in SIS ParentVUE.  There are detailed instructions for weCare here.

Digital Consent Form

Fairfax County Public Schools uses a variety of resources to support student learning. In cases where FCPS contracts with a vendor to host student information, FCPS requires that the vendor adhere to the security and privacy requirements specified in a confidentiality agreement included in their contracts. FCPS does not have contracts with every instructional tool vendor.  Many valuable instructional tools are governed by Terms of Service (TOS) and include both free and paid tools. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. 

Here is where you can find out what tools we are planning on using this year at Belvedere.

You will need to provide parent consent for each child in your household. Please click this link to do that!  Instructions on how to complete the consent form are available here.

Masks

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS buildings. 

Students will all wear masks indoors. There are some situations in school when students and staff are permitted to remove their masks, including:

  • When actively eating or drinking (if eating indoors, individuals are required to put their masks back on when not actually eating or drinking)
  • When outside (e.g. outdoor recess, outdoor physical education, outdoor instructional groups; anyone not fully vaccinated is recommended, but not required, to wear a mask in crowded settings)
Water Bottles

Due to COVID-19, school water fountains are not available.  We encourage parents to send an empty reusable water bottle in their child’s backpack, which can be filled at classroom sinks.

Screen for Illness Every Day, Stay Home When Sick

One of the most important prevention strategies guidelines is screening students daily for any signs of illness prior to leaving home for school. Any student who is ill or has COVID-like symptoms should remain at home. The daily health screening questionnaire and all translated versions can be found on our Health and Safety Guidance webpage

This document provides the details of the policies and protocols related to COVID-19, and it is continually updated to align with public health guidance as it evolves during the school year. Daily completion of the health screening is done on an honor basis and does not need to be sent to the school.

Read more about checking for symptoms and how to prepare to return to school after illness.

School Supplies

Lists of recommended school supplies for each grade (K-5) can be found here.

PTA Kindergarten Playdate moved to Friday, August 20

Dear Kindergarteners,

Welcome to Belvedere--we are thrilled to have you! Due to bad weather we are re-scheduling the Kindergarten playdate to Friday, August 20. The playdate is hosted by the PTA and will be at the school’s playground from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Please come meet the PTA Board and your fellow classmates and parents!  This event is a great way to mingle and meet new parents and classmates, hopefully making the little ones' transition into this new and exciting stage a little easier.

We look forward to meeting you all this Friday!

--The Belvedere PTA

FREE Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22

Inova Health System, in partnership with United Healthcare Community Plan, will be offering a Pediatric Health Fair on August 22 from 10am to 2pm, including:

  • Well-child checkups (age 5+),
  • School physicals (age 5+),
  • Vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccination clinic for the whole family (age 12+)
  • Plus fun & activities, Back-to-School swag, Food trucks, and Washington Football Player Meet & Greet!!

When: August 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Inova Cares Clinic for Children, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church VA 22042

Who: Medicaid holders and uninsured children + COVID-19 vaccination for the whole family (12+ years old)

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 8/19: Open House for grades K-5 (2:00 to 6:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 8/23: Classes begin for K-5 and Preschool Autism (PAC) classes
  • Monday, 8/30: Classes begin for remaining Preschool classes
  • Thursday, 9/9: Virtual Back-to-School Night (times TBA)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

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

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