Reminders: Meal Kit Distribution on Tuesday, November 24 and No Classes November 25-27

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Meal Kit Distribution on Tuesday, November 24

Due to the Thanksgiving break, the 7-day Fairfax Meal Kits will be distributed this week on Tuesday, November 24 at Belvedere, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out.  Regular Wednesday distribution of Meal Kits will resume for next week, December 2.

Meal kits are available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit contains breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, there will be no classes November 25-27 for Thanksgiving break.  Asynchronous classes resume on Monday, November 30.

Have a great break!

No Book Bus on Friday, November 27

Belvedere Books by Bus will NOT run on Friday, November 27 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll see you again on Friday, December 4!

Looking to do some shopping over the break?  Belvedere’s Fall Book Fair is 100% online! You can buy books and have them shipped to your house. Buy now for holiday gifts!

Click on this link to find out how to order. All proceeds will go to support our wonderful library program.

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

As you learned this week, the health metrics used to determine if it is safe for students to return to in-person instruction are above the established threshold, resulting in FCPS temporarily pausing the return of additional student groups to school.  We will keep you informed when this changes and when students can return for in-person instruction.

In the meantime, virtual instruction continues, and our staff is committed to ensuring all students have opportunities to grow as learners. As parents and caregivers, you are key players in the daily instructional life of the child.  If you notice your child struggling and needing additional support, whether academic or emotional, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to the school counselors. We want each one of our students to feel safe and to engage in learning each day.

As the pandemic stretches on, I reflect on what matters most in life, and I am thankful for the love and health of my family.  With Thanksgiving approaching, I hope you can find ways to connect with your loved ones and to take time to value the blessings you have. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye

Referral Window for AAP Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. Full-time AAP Level IV services begin in grade 3.  The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV.

Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1 to our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Preshion Lynch, at pmlynch@fcps.edu and to Ms. Vanderhye at CVanderhye@fcps.edu.    

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

Click here for information about a new FREE COVID-19 testing site at George Mason Regional Library.

Individuals who exhibit any symptoms, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should get tested.  Fairfax County has an incredible array of services and supports to help individuals who test positive!

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Substitute Teaching

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Belvedere Book Fair!

Belvedere’s Fall Book Fair is 100% online! You can buy books and have them shipped to your house. Buy now for holiday gifts!

Click on this link to find out how to order. All proceeds will go to support our wonderful library program.

Tag Day to Support Justice HS Band, Chorus & Orchestra

Like so many other things, Tag Day 2020 has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and appropriate health safety protocols. This year, the Justice High School band, chorus and orchestra students are bringing our show directly to your inbox!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

Your gift enables the Music Department to fund additional instruments, equipment, special music, software, technical services, and tailored instruction, particularly important in our virtual learning world. Tag Day donations also support live concerts and competitions, as soon as we are allowed to participate.

Please make a donation to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice High School. Two ways to give:

  • By mail: Send your check (made payable to: Justice High School Band Boosters, Inc.) to PO Box 1640, Falls Church, VA 22041.
  • Online: Visit our new webpage. Include your email address to receive a receipt for your tax records.

Now more than ever, our world needs the joy and optimism music engenders. Won’t you please help us to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice High School? Amplify our sound:  share this note with your neighbors, friends, and family. Questions? Contact JusticeBandBoosters@gmail.com

Speech, Voice, and Language Screenings for New-to-FCPS Students in K-3

Students newly enrolled in FCPS in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by the assigned speech-language pathologist(s).

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be held during the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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!

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

Virtual 5K for Justice HS Athletics

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5K Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers, $25 for parents and relatives! Click this link to register.

We would love to see many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion. Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It: Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, 11/25 to Friday, 11/27:  School Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting yesterday evening. The PTA held two back to back meetings, one in English and one in Spanish, and both were well attended. Belvedere's lead Special Education teacher, Ms. King, shared about the special education process and types of services.  If you have any lingering questions, please contact the school. We are here to support you in any way we can.

We are almost ready for our kindergarten students to return next Tuesday!  Our classrooms will include cameras that allow at-home students to see the teacher and the students present in the classroom.  Teachers will also have microphones, a second monitor, and a document camera.  All classrooms also have Smartboards.  As we begin concurrent instruction, we ask for your patience and support.  Our staff is working hard to manage multiple devices and to smoothly switch between them.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful teachers and assistants who work diligently to meet all students’ needs.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye

FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

Click here for information about a new FREE COVID-19 testing site at George Mason Regional Library.

Individuals who exhibit any symptoms, or who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should get tested.  Fairfax County has an incredible array of services and supports to help individuals who test positive!

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Substitute Teaching

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

News from our Specialists!

Want to learn what's happening in your child's Specials classes?  Click here to read this month's Specialists' Newsletter for all the details about Art, Music, Health & Physical Education, Spanish and Library lessons.

Belvedere Book Fair!

Belvedere’s Fall Book Fair is 100% online! You can buy books and have them shipped to your house. Buy now for holiday gifts!

Click on this link to find out how to order. All proceeds will go to support our wonderful library program.

Tag Day to Support Justice HS Band, Chorus & Orchestra

Like so many other things, Tag Day 2020 has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and appropriate health safety protocols. This year, the Justice High School band, chorus and orchestra students are bringing our show directly to your inbox!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking here.

Your gift enables the Music Department to fund additional instruments, equipment, special music, software, technical services, and tailored instruction, particularly important in our virtual learning world. Tag Day donations also support live concerts and competitions, as soon as we are allowed to participate.

Please make a donation to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice High School. Two ways to give:

  • By mail: Send your check (made payable to: Justice High School Band Boosters, Inc.) to PO Box 1640, Falls Church, VA 22041.
  • Online: Visit our new webpage. Include your email address to receive a receipt for your tax records.

Now more than ever, our world needs the joy and optimism music engenders. Won’t you please help us to KEEP THE MUSIC ALIVE at Justice High School? Amplify our sound:  share this note with your neighbors, friends, and family. Questions? Contact JusticeBandBoosters@gmail.com

Speech, Voice, and Language Screenings for New-to-FCPS Students in K-3

Students newly enrolled in FCPS in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by the assigned speech-language pathologist(s).

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be held during the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays, beginning October 21.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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!

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

Virtual 5K for Justice HS Athletics

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5K Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers, $25 for parents and relatives! Click this link to register.

We would love to see many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion. Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu.

Anti-Racism Seminar

The NoVa District PTA is hosting an Anti-Racism Seminar this Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1:00-5:30 p.m.  Click here for more information, and click here to register.

From the PTA Pick up your Free "Belvedere Strong" Yard Sign!

Come and pick up your free yard sign at Belvedere this Saturday from 9-11 a.m. or Sunday from 2-4 p.m.  Non-contact delivery, masks required! 

In Case You Missed It: Upcoming Dates
  • Saturday, 11/14 (9-11 a.m.) and Sunday, 11/15 (2-4 p.m.): "Belvedere Strong" Yard Sign Pick-Up
  • Week of 11/16: In-Person Head Start and Kindergarten Students Return to Building
  • Wednesday, 11/25 to Friday, 11/27:  School Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • Week of 11/30: In-Person 1st-Grade and 2nd-Grade Students Return to Building
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended last week’s Q&A regarding return to in-person learning.  I want to thank everyone for replying to our email from last week to confirm or revise your choices for your child’s educational program (continuing with 100% online or moving to in-person instruction).  It was important to hear from you, even if you maintained your decision from this summer. Based on parent selections, we are preparing for the return to in-person instruction for identified cohorts of students as follows:

  • FCPS PK and Kindergarten- return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, November 17
  • First and second grade students- return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, December 1
  • Third through fifth grade students- return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 5

By Friday, Head Start and Kindergarten parents will receive an email from school (sender: bjhemmens@fcps.edu) that indicates the child’s type of instruction (100% virtual instruction or in-person instruction, including the weekdays the child will attend school) and the assigned classroom teacher. First and second grade parents will receive a similar communication next week. Parents of students in grades three through five will receive this communication in December.

As you know, changes to class rosters and schedules may be necessary at times.  Please know that our staff is exceptional and that they’ll be ready to establish great relationships with new students and build joyful, new classroom cultures.  All our teachers are members of a grade level team.  They plan lessons together, solve problems together, and advocate for students together. I am confident that a new teacher, should your child have one, will continue the great work her/his teammate has started this fall.

Before students can return to school for in-person instruction, parents MUST complete a health commitment form, which can be found through this link.  As indicated in that form, parents commit to reviewing this health questionnaire each morning before sending the child to school. 

Children will have their temperature taken before boarding the school bus and upon arrival at school. If a child presents with a fever of 100.4 F or higher, s/he will not be able to board the bus. Therefore, parents or a responsible adult or middle school or high school sibling must accompany the child to the bus stop each morning.  Once at school, if the child presents with a fever or any flu/COVID-like symptoms, the child will be taken to the isolation room and be sent home.

Thank you for helping us make the return to in-person instruction as safe as possible. 

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye

Early Release on November 11

As a reminder, there will a 2-hour early release on Wednesday, November 11 (Veteran's Day). This will be a Synchronous (virtual) learning day for all students, including those students who have begun in-person classes in the school building. Classes will conclude 2 hours earlier than usual.

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Substitute Teaching

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS!

News from our Specialists!

Want to learn what's happening in your child's Specials classes?  Click here to read this month's Specialists' Newsletter for all the details about Art, Music, Health & Physical Education, Spanish and Library lessons.

Book Bus Changes

As we continue to have more students join us in the building for in person learning, we have to make some adjustments to our Book Bus delivery schedule.  Our buses will be delivering books during your student's lunch break between noon and 1:00 p.m. starting Friday, November 6.  You will receive a personal email with the time and location of your child's stop early next week.  The location won’t change, just the time.  You will continue to put your books on hold the same way.

Thanks for your flexibility and supporting our Book Bus program!  Click on this link if you need a reminder on how your child can participate.

"Paperless" Report Card Option

Parents can now opt to review their child's report card online in SIS ParentVue, rather than receiving a paper version by mail.  If you are interested in this option, you will need to:

  • Log into SIS ParentVue
  • Go to "My Account"
  • Select "Go Paperless"

Please know that selecting the "Go Paperless" option will set that preference for all of your students, regardless of their school and grade level.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays, beginning October 21.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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!

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

Virtual 5K for Justice HS Athletics

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5K Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers, $25 for parents and relatives! Click this link to register.

We would love to see many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion. Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu.

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

From the PTA Girl Scouts Interest Virtual Meeting

There will be a virtual meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 4, for families that may be interested in Girl Scouts.  Here is the meeting information:

1. Click to join the meeting:

https://chime.aws/1676618583

Meeting ID: 1676 61 8583

You can use your computer’s microphone and speakers, however, a headset is recommended.

2.  Or, call in using your phone:

United States: +1-267-866-0999
Meeting PIN: 1676 61 8583

Contact:  Michele Randall – mrandall@gscnc.org or 703-372-4352

In Case You Missed It: FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, 11/11: Veteran's Day (2-hour Early Release and Virtual Day for all students)
  • Week of 11/16: In-Person Head Start and Kindergarten Students Return to Building
  • Wednesday, 11/25 to Friday, 11/27:  School Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • Week of 11/30: In-Person 1st-Grade and 2nd-Grade Students Return to Building
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Book Bus Changes and Flu Shot Information

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Book Bus Changes

Dear Belvedere Families,

As we continue to have more students join us in the building for in person learning, we have to make some adjustments to our Book Bus delivery schedule.  Our buses will be delivering books during your lunch break between noon and 1:00 p.m. starting next Friday, November 6.  You will receive a personal email with the time and location of your child's stop early next week.  The location won’t change, just the time.  You will continue to put your books on hold the same way.  Thanks for your flexibility and supporting our Book Bus program.  Click on this link if you need a reminder on how your child can participate.

The Belvedere Team

FREE Flu Shot Clinics

Inova Care Clinic for Families (ICCF) is offering FREE flu vaccines for uninsured people, while supplies last.  Click here for details on the dates and locations of the free flu shot clinics.

Click here for additional information about ICCF.

The Fairfax County Health Department is also offering a free flu shot clinic on Sunday, November 7.  Click here for more information.

Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

Belvedere News and Announcements

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Early Release on October 30

Friday, October 30 is the end of the first quarter, and will be a Synchronous (virtual) learning day for all students, including those students who have begun in-person classes in the school building.  October 30 is also a 2-hour early release day; classes will end two hours earlier than usual.

No Classes on November 2 and 3

As a reminder, there will be no classes on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 for School Planning and Teacher Work Days, respectively.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 4.

"Paperless" Report Card Option

Parents can now opt to review their child's report card online in SIS ParentVue, rather than receiving a paper version by mail.  If you are interested in this option, you will need to:

  • Log into SIS ParentVue
  • Go to "My Account"
  • Select "Go Paperless"

Please know that selecting the "Go Paperless" option will set that preference for all of your students, regardless of their school and grade level.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays, beginning October 21.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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!

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

Virtual 5K for Justice HS Athletics

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5K Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers, $25 for parents and relatives! Click this link to register.

We would love to see many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion. Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu.

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this year! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

From the PTA Storybook Character Day

On Friday, October 30, students should dress as their favorite book
character and wear it on BBCU!  Please click here for more details.

Spooky Decoration Challenge

The PTA is sponsoring a Spooky Decoration Challenge!  Click here for more details.

In Case You Missed It: FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 10/30: Storybook Character Day and 2-hour Early Release
  • Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3:  No Classes (School Planning and Teacher Work Days)
  • Wednesday, 11/4: Distribution of Meal Kits (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 11/11: Veteran's Day (2-hour Early Release)
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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family,

Today was our second day with a handful of preschool special education students in the building. With masks, shields and gowns, students and teachers work together to make learning a positive experience. We thank our parents for making every effort to keep students at home anytime they have any cold/cough/flu like symptoms.

Moving forward, we are scheduled to welcome back more students as follows:

  • This coming week we will add three small groups of beginning English Language Learners and special education students.
  • The week of November 16, FCPS preschool and kindergarten students will return to the building.
  • The week of November 30, first and second grade students will return for in-person instruction.
  • After winter break, the week of January 4, we will welcome the remaining elementary students back to the building.

As always, you have a choice of opting for in-person or virtual instruction for your child. Last July, parents had a chance to make a choice, and all parents whose students are scheduled to return to in-person instruction will receive a letter letting you know you also have the right to modify the choice you made in the summer. If you change your original choice, please contact the school to let us know.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

AAP Services Presentations

Please join our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, for presentations on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP).  These presentations address the Full-Time (Level IV) AAP classes that begin in grade 3, and the process for determining which of this year's second-graders will be eligible for AAP classes next year.  All second-grade families are encouraged to attend!

Kindergarten Return to the Building Q&A

Join Principal Cecilia Vanderhye on Wednesday, October 28 to discuss Kindergarten students' return to in-person learning.  Ask your questions and learn what an in-person school day will look like!  There will be two sessions:

  • From 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. in English
  • From 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Spanish

Please use this link to participate.

"Paperless" Report Card Option

Parents can now opt to review their child's report card online in SIS ParentVue, rather than receiving a paper version by mail.  If you are interested in this option, you will need to:

  • Log into SIS ParentVue
  • Go to "My Account"
  • Select "Go Paperless"

Please know that selecting the "Go Paperless" option will set that preference for all of your students, regardless of their school and grade level.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays, beginning October 21.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.!

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!

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

Virtual 5K for Justice HS Athletics

Justice High School Athletics is offering a Virtual 5K Community Event and Fundraiser. Cost is just $20 for students and teachers, $25 for parents and relatives! Click this link to register.

We would love to see many of our students, parents and community members exercising and showing their school and Justice Spirit! All participants will receive a t-shirt, racing bib, and certificate of completion. Questions? Email Dylan Forshay at dtforshay@fcps.edu.

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this year! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

PTA Student Directory

The PTA is putting together a Student Directory!  Opting in to the Directory will allow you and your student to connect with other Belvedere families!  The Directory is completely free and will be sent to all students who opt in.  To opt in, please send the following information to latoya.louis.va@gmail.com by October 26, 2020:

Student's Grade

Student's Teacher

Student's Name

Student's Nickname (optional)

Parent(s) Name(s)

Parent(s) Email(s)

Parent(s) Phone(s)

More from the PTA Storybook Character Day

On Friday, October 30, students should dress as their favorite book
character and wear it on BBCU!  Please click here for more details.

Spooky Decoration Challenge

The PTA is sponsoring a Spooky Decoration Challenge!  Click here for more details.

In Case You Missed It: FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates Keep in Touch

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Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family,

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting last night.  Our guidance counselors, Ms. Mastroianni and Ms. Ballard, together with the Procedural Support Liaison, Ms. Schneider, shared the different ways we support students, and they also talked about strategies parents can use at home to help students find success in virtual school.

Tonight is our Back to School Night! Teachers in the same grade level will be presenting together, and presentations will also have Spanish interpreters present. Our teachers have put together information to share about our school, the classrooms and the curriculum.  If, after hearing the presentation, you have specific questions regarding your child, please consider reaching out to the teacher to ask to schedule a conference. We look forward to seeing you tonight.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us to ensure your child has a successful year. It truly takes all of us to make sure our students connect to class, remain engaged, and complete their work.  If your child is struggling for whatever reason, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to our counselors. We are here to support you and your child.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Back to School Night

Belvedere's virtual Back to School Night will be held tonight, Wednesday, October 14, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  There will be two sessions for each grade level and each session will be interpreted into Spanish. You will be receiving a separate invitation to Back to School Night with the detailed times and Blackboard Collaborate link to the grade level specific session.

FREE Fairfax Meal Kits

We are excited to announce that we will begin distributing FREE Fairfax Meal Kits--containing seven days breakfast and lunches--at Belvedere on Wednesdays, beginning October 21.

The kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., or until they run out. Meal kits will be available to ALL FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost. Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week. Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child. Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.

Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided.  Initially, meal kits will be distributed every Wednesday.

Don’t miss out! Stop by Belvedere and pick up your no-cost Fairfax Meal Kit on October 21st!

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.  The form must be filled out one time per student.  Thank you!

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

Newsletter from our Specialists

Want to learn what's happening in your child's Specials classes?  Click here to read this month's Specialists' Newsletter for all the details about Art, Music, Health & Physical Education, Spanish and Library lessons.

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

AAP Services Presentations

Please mark your calendars for presentations by our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP):

  • Thursday, October 22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Links for these sessions will be included in a future issue of News You Choose.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

From the School Counseling Team

Please click here to read the October newsletter from our School Counselors! Learn about our lesson plans for Anti-Bullying Month, our new student group, and a School Counseling Google site for students.

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this year! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

PTA Student Directory

The PTA is putting together a Student Directory!  Opting in to the Directory will allow you and your student to connect with other Belvedere families!  The Directory is completely free and will be sent to all students who opt in.  To opt in, please send the following information to latoya.louis.va@gmail.com by October 26, 2020:

Student's Grade

Student's Teacher

Student's Name

Student's Nickname (optional)

Parent(s) Name(s)

Parent(s) Email(s)

Parent(s) Phone(s)

More from the PTA Storybook Character Day

On Friday, October 30, students should dress as their favorite book
character and wear it on BBCU!  Please click here for more details.

Spooky Decoration Challenge

The PTA is sponsoring a Spooky Decoration Challenge!  Click here for more details.

In Case You Missed It: FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, 10/14: Back to School Night (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 10/21: Distribution of Meal Kits (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 10/22: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/23: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 10/28: Distribution of Meal Kits (8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/30: Storybook Character Day
  • Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3:  No Classes (School Planning and Teacher Work Days)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

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,

We hope this message finds you well.  We are excited to be in week five of the school year with students actively engaged in instruction with their peers and teachers.

We are thrilled to share that Kelly Cabezas, our assistant principal, and her husband welcomed a baby boy into their lives this past week. Cristhian Cabezas is their second son and his brother Matias is thrilled to be a big brother. Kelly will be out on leave until early December. Ms. Bunny Lancaster, retired principal, has agreed to once again support Belvedere, taking on the role of interim assistant principal. She will begin her work with Belvedere on October 15.

As you have learned from Superintendent Brabrand, Fairfax County Public Schools will begin to reintroduce some students to in-person instruction.  For our school this includes preschool special education classes, enhanced autism class, and a very small group of beginning English learners in grades 3-5.  Our first groups returning will be the week of October 19.

We are excited to share that Belvedere has been selected as a pilot school for distributing Free Fairfax Meal Kits to families. Each kit, which can be picked up on Wednesday mornings starting on October 21, contains seven days of breakfast and lunches for every child 18 years and under in the household. These meals are free for all families. Please be on the lookout for additional information coming home this week.

On Wednesday, October 14, Belvedere staff will hold a virtual Back to School Night from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  There will be two sessions for each grade level and each session will be interpreted into Spanish. You will be receiving a separate invitation to Back to School Night with the detailed times and Blackboard Collaborate link to the grade level specific session.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Back to School Night

Belvedere's virtual Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, October 14, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  There will be two sessions for each grade level and each session will be interpreted into Spanish. You will be receiving a separate invitation to Back to School Night with the detailed times and Blackboard Collaborate link to the grade level specific session.

No Classes on Monday, October 12

Please note that Monday, October 12 is a designated Teacher Work Day.  Students will not have any class sessions on that day.

Newsletter from our Specialists

Want to learn what's happening in your child's Specials classes?  Click here to read this month's Specialists' Newsletter for all the details about Art, Music, Health & Physical Education, Spanish and Library lessons.

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.  The form must be filled out one time per student.  Thank you!

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

AAP Services Presentations

Please mark your calendars for presentations by our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP):

  • Thursday, October 22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Links for these sessions will be included in a future issue of News You Choose.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

From the School Counseling Team

Please click here to read the October newsletter from our School Counselors! Learn about our lesson plans for Anti-Bullying Month, our new student group, and a School Counseling Google site for students.

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this year! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

From the PTA

In Case You Missed It:

FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 10/12: No Classes (School Planning Day)
  • Wednesday, 10/14: Back to School Night (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, 10/22: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 6:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/23: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3:  No Classes (School Planning and Teacher Work Days)
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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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 in the air as we are in the middle of week four of school.  We visit classrooms daily and are always excited to hear our students share their thinking and understanding about reading, math, science, and all other matters discussed in class.  We thank you for supporting and encouraging your child to remain engaged.  We know this can be more challenging for some students than others, and we are committed to working with you to ensure all students have a positive school experience. Thank you for partnering with us.

Last Friday was our first bus distribution of books for all students who requested books, and distribution of weekend food for select students.  It was a true team effort between library staff, counselors, office staff, custodians and transportation staff. We are excited to report that the distribution was a success!  This will continue every Friday until further notice.  Click on this link to find out how your child can participate in the book distribution.  Please note that the deadline to place holds on books will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday.

We hope the new schedule is working well for your child. Our goal is for all students to be actively engaged in school. If you need help, please call the school. We are here to support you!

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.  The form must be filled out one time per student.  Thank you!

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

AAP Services Presentations

Please mark your calendars for presentations by our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP):

  • Thursday, October 1 (Link):  Presentation on the continuum of AAP services at Belvedere (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Links for these sessions will be included in a future issue of News You Choose.

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here

There are currently two bus routes delivering food within the Belvedere boundary:  COAH-21001 and COJS-24003.  Details on those bus routes can be found here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated!

These buses stop at Belvedere at 6:30 a.m., and at Barcroft View Terrace (at the bus stop on the Columbia Pike Service Road) at 7:10 a.m. every day Monday to Friday.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Our Title I Family Engagement Policy and Compact

As a Title I school, Belvedere has collaborated with families to develop a Family Engagement Policy and Compact describing the school’s approach to involve families in students’ learning.  This includes a compact expressing the partnerships among staff, caregivers, and students to reach high academic goals for every student.  To read the full Family Engagement Policy and Compact, click here.

From the School Counseling Team

Please click here to read the October newsletter from our School Counselors! Learn about our lesson plans for Anti-Bullying Month, our new student group, and a School Counseling Google site for students.

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this year! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

From the PTA

In Case You Missed It:

FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 10/1: Presentation on AAP services at Belvedere (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.) [Link]
  • Monday, 10/12: No Classes (School Planning Day)
  • Thursday, 10/22: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/23: Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 11/2 and Tuesday, 11/3:  No Classes (School Planning and Teacher Work Days)
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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

We hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather with crisp air and clear skies.  It’s hard to believe this is already the third week of school! Thank you for working together with our teachers to support our students.

In these first few weeks of school, we have been taking a close look at instruction, considering what is working and what is a challenge for students.  Across the board, we have noticed that the last hour of the school day is a time when many students struggle to sustain focus. We have also heard from some parents who have expressed concerns about the length of screen time in the afternoon.  In response to these issues, we have taken a closer look at our overall class schedules and made a change at the end of the day. Rather than having one of the independent/choice sessions placed somewhere in the middle of the school day, we have moved this session to the end of the school day, making the last 40-50 minutes of the day a time for independent family choice/no screen time. Additionally, although individual teachers have built in small five to ten minutes breaks throughout the day, we have formalized these breaks by indicating them in the schedule for each grade. We believe this will better meet the needs of our students and will aid in their ability to remain focused during afternoon instructional times

The schedule for each grade level is here. Please note that there may be some unique differences on a given day of the week for your child's class. When your child’s teacher communicates next week’s schedule this Friday, you will see your child’s specific schedule.

We thank you for your continued support.  Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns. We are here to support you and your child.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Home Internet Access Assistance

FCPS is working to ensure that all FCPS students have internet access at home. FCPS is transitioning to a new program in partnership with Cox Communications, in which the school system will pay for internet service for qualifying families for the school year. 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.
  • Have not had Cox standard internet services in the home within the last 90 days.

If your family needs internet service at home so that your student can participate in virtual learning, please contact the Belvedere office to begin the application process. If you qualify for the program, the school will contact you to let you know how to complete the steps to receive your internet service.

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.  The form must be filled out one time per student.  Thank you!

Important Information about Grab and Go Meals

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on its website here. It is important for families to check this information. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. In addition, FNS will offer breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday during distribution on Fridays.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated.

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning this Friday, September 25! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday, so the deadline for this Friday's deliveries has passed.

AAP Services Presentations

Please mark your calendars for presentations by our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP):

  • Thursday, October 1 (Link):  Presentation on the continuum of AAP services at Belvedere (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Links for these sessions will be included in a future issue of News You Choose.

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.

News from the PTA

The PTA has put together this awesome Fitness BINGO Card for the September PTA fitness challenge!  Students can complete various physical activities to make a "BINGO" on their card through September 25.  Winners will be featured in the next PTA newsletter!  More information is available through the link above.

In Case You Missed It: First Day Forms

An electronic version of First Day Forms was distributed to families on Tuesday, September 8.  If you need paper copies of any of these forms, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800.

FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit the Belvedere website here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 9/25: Library Books by Bus Begins
  • Thursday, 10/1:  Presentation on AAP services at Belvedere (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.) [Link]
  • Monday, 10/12: No Classes (School Planning Day)
  • Thursday, 10/22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)
Keep in Touch

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting yesterday evening. Thank you also for the support you have shown our staff! They are working together to help all students feel welcome and learn.

Some of you have shared concerns regarding the amount of screen time students have each day. We hear you, and are working to make adjustments to make sure there are breaks in the day. We will communicate any changes we make.

As I shared at the PTA meeting last night, we have been working with transportation to schedule weekly library book deliveries to all students, and food for select students. Students will be able to request library books through our online system and on Fridays, beginning September 25, our bus routes with large buses will come to our regular bus stops to drop off books.  (Information about your child’s bus stop, and information about book delivery for students who are walkers, will be sent home next week.) For more information, see the "Library Books By Bus!" section below.

Again, thank you for your support. We feel so fortunate to partner with you to make a difference for all our students.

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

First Day Forms

An electronic version of First Day Forms was distributed to families on Tuesday, September 8.  If you need paper copies of any of these forms, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here.  Please note that this information has recently been updated.

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

Library Books by Bus!

Belvedere will be delivering library books by bus on Fridays, beginning on Friday, September 25! Click on this link to find out how your child can participate.  Please note that the deadline to place holds will be Tuesdays at noon for book deliveries that Friday.  The first such deadline will be at noon on Tuesday, September 22.

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.

AAP Services Presentations

Please mark your calendars for presentations by our Advanced Academic Resources Teacher, Ms. Lynch, on the Advanced Academic Program (AAP):

  • Thursday, October 1:  Presentation on the continuum of AAP services at Belvedere (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, October 22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English beginning at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)

Links for these sessions will be included in a future issue of News You Choose.

News from the PTA

The PTA has put together this awesome Fitness BINGO Card for the September PTA fitness challenge!  Students can complete various physical activities to make a "BINGO" on their card through September 25.  Winners will be featured in the next PTA newsletter!  More information is available through the link above.

In Case You Missed It: FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

Other Tech Help Resources

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit our website here.

Public Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP)

On October 1, 2020 the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) program will launch, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card.  Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download.  Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time.  At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicate they are an FCPS student.  A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee.
  • Checkouts are limited to physical books.  eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account.  Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.
Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 9/25: Library Books by Bus Begins (Book holds due by noon on Tuesday, 9/22)
  • Thursday, 10/1:  Presentation on AAP services at Belvedere (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, 10/12: No Classes (School Planning Day)
  • Thursday, 10/22:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English at 6:00 p.m.; in Spanish at 7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, 10/23:  Presentation on the AAP Level IV screening process (in English with Spanish interpretation, beginning at 2:00 p.m.)
Keep in Touch

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Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Families,

The school year is off to a great start! These first two days, we had high attendance and participation, with students learning to use technology tools in ways that help them communicate with one another and with the teachers. Our teachers are busy building classroom communities where students feel safe and supported. 

Thank you, parents, for your support! We know this requires a lot of planning and follow-through on your part at home. We thank you for making sure your child logs on and participates in school.

We want to remind you that on Monday, September 14, all students will begin the day with Morning Meeting. The rest of the morning will include small group support for some students and specials choice sessions for all students who want to participate. Information about these sessions will be sent home on Friday with the class newsletter and next week’s schedule.

Kind Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

First Day Forms

An electronic version of First Day Forms was distributed to families on Tuesday, September 8.  If you need paper copies of any of these forms, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here.

Student name and student ID information will be required at the time of meal pick up.

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

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.

FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

Other Tech Help Resources

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit our website here.

Public Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP)

On October 1, 2020 the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) program will launch, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card.  Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download.  Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time.  At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicate they are an FCPS student.  A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee.
  • Checkouts are limited to physical books.  eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account.  Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.
PTA Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15

The September Virtual PTA Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 English (7:40 in Spanish).  The guest topic will be Title I.

To join the PTA email list, please click here.

Laptop Distribution and School Supplies

If you requested a computer and have not yet picked it up, or if you need to pick up your child's school supplies, please call the school at 703-916-6800 to schedule a time to pick them up.

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, 9/15: September PTA Meeting (6:30 English/7:40 Spanish)
  • Monday, 10/12: No Classes (School Planning Day)
Keep in Touch

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Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Greetings Belvedere Families,

We are only days away from the start of school, and we are so excited to welcome your child!  By now, you and your child should have met with the classroom teacher. If you have not yet been able to meet, please call the school and we will help you schedule a time. Our goal is that each one of you will have a chance to meet your child’s teacher before classes begin.

Teachers have been collaborating to develop plans that will support the learning of every child.  Instruction will include whole group and small group opportunities for learning.  Every day, including Mondays, will begin with a morning meeting for all students.  This will be an opportunity to build and strengthen the classroom community.  During morning meeting children engage in greeting one another; they have opportunities to share; they engage in a group activity; and they review the morning message for the day.

After morning meeting on Mondays, some students will participate in small group support and all students will have access to choice sessions in physical education, music, art, and Spanish.  Students will also be assigned homework or asynchronous activities for Mondays only.  There will be no homework on Tuesdays through Friday. 

Classroom teachers will send families weekly communication, including the students’ schedule and learning goals for the week.  We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 3, we invite you to join our virtual "Principal's Coffee"--a parent Q&A session with us. The details and link are provided below.

We wish you a wonderful Labor Day weekend and look forward to seeing your child next Tuesday, September 8!

Kind Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Virtual "Principal's Coffee" on Thursday

Ms. Vanderhye and Ms. Cabezas will be hosting virtual monthly “Principal’s Coffee” meetings this year. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and hear about what is happening at school. Our first gathering will be on Thursday, September 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in English, and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Spanish. Please join using the BBCU link here!

Belvedere Office Closed on Friday, Sept. 4

The Belvedere Office will be closed on Friday, September 4 for a scheduled school holiday and Monday, September 7 for Labor Day.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

Reminder about Daily Schedules

When school starts on Tuesday, September 8, our daily school schedule begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 4:05 p.m.  From Tuesday to Friday, we will follow our full-day schedule starting at 9:20 a.m. and ending the day at 4:05 p.m. The Monday schedule will begin at 9:20 a.m. and end at 12:20 p.m. and will look different from the Tuesday to Friday schedule.  Your teacher will communicate specifics about the class schedule no later than Thursday, September 3.

You will find the Tuesday through Friday master schedule for all grade levels here.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here.

Student name and student ID information will be required at the time of meal pick up.

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

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.

FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

Other Tech Help Resources

For a list of Tech help resources, please visit our website here.

Public Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP)

On October 1, 2020 the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) program will launch, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card.  Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download.  Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides: 

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time.  At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicate they are an FCPS student.  A virtual account exists and identification is not required. 
  • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee.
  • Checkouts are limited to physical books.  eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account.  Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.
Laptop Distribution

If you requested a computer for your child to use and have not yet picked it up, please call the school at 703-916-6800 to schedule a time to pick it up.

Student Supplies

School supplies were distributed to students in preschool on Tuesday, September 1, and to students in grades K-5 on Wednesday, September 2.  If you were not able to pick up your students’ supplies, please contact the Belvedere office to arrange pick-up.

Please refer to the Belvedere Website here to see what supplies Title I provided, and what you will need to purchase for your student this year.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 9/3: Principal's Coffee (2-3 p.m. English; 3-4 p.m. Spanish)
  • Friday, 9/4 and Monday, 9/7: Belvedere Office Closed
  • Tuesday, 9/8: Classes Begin
  • Tuesday, 9/15: September PTA Meeting
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Greetings Belvedere Families,

As summer winds down our teachers are busy learning and preparing for our students to start our virtual learning on September 8. We have been gathering supplies, preparing laptops, learning new ways to teach and learn, and meeting with students and families in virtual meetings. We are all so excited to start learning together!

I will be hosting virtual monthly “Principal’s Coffee” meetings this year. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and hear about what is happening at school. Our first gathering will be on Thursday, September 3 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in English, and from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Spanish.  Please join me using the BBCU link here.

Kind Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Free and Reduced Lunch

Fairfax County Public Schools will be offering healthy breakfasts and lunches throughout Fairfax County during the school year.  To find out more about this service and find locations click here.

Student name and student ID information will be required at the time of meal pick up.

Belvedere is a Title I school and our Title I status is determined based on the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced price meals.  If you think you might qualify for free and reduced meals, please click here to apply.  If you need help with the application, please contact the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 and we will help you with the application.  If you would like a paper application, they can be picked up at all food distribution sites. 

New FCPS Tech Help Desk

To support families who are working with their children during virtual learning, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call.

If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will request help from the appropriate FCPS team.

Helpful Tech Links

Below are several links that will help to answer many of your technology-related questions:

Parent and Student IT Support Portal homepage

Self Help Hub

Password Management

Tips for Online Learning Success

Laptop Distribution

If you requested a computer for your child to use and have not yet picked it up, please call the school at 703-916-6800 to schedule a time to pick it up.  If you have a 5th-grader and have not yet picked up their laptop, please call the school to arrange a time to pick it up. If your situation has changed and you now need a laptop, please contact the school office so we can prepare a laptop for your child.

Laptops are being prepared for each Preschool student; they will be distributed on Tuesday, September 1. Preschool teachers will be connecting with parents about laptops. 

Student Supplies

Please refer to the Belvedere Website here to see what supplies Title I will be providing, and what you will need to purchase for your student this year.

We are awaiting the arrival of the supply kits from Title I, and tentatively plan to distribute supplies to ALL students in grades K-5 on Wednesday, September 2.

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!

Yearbooks and Spring Pictures

Any 2019-20 Yearbooks and Spring Pictures that have not been picked up will be mailed home.

Looking for outside, non-screen time?

Ms. Evers is looking for folks to join the new Garden Committee. We’ll plant, weed, water, and harvest Belvedere’s gardens. Students and siblings are welcome, but must have an adult with them. Adults can garden without kids, too. Contact Stacey Evers (severs@fcps.edu)with questions or to sign up. Starting in a couple of weeks, Ms. Evers will send out a weekly sign-up for a limited number of gardening slots. If you don’t have gardening tools and gloves, sanitized ones will be provided. We will respect all distancing guidelines.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 8/24 to Friday, 8/28: Virtual One-on-One Meetings with Teachers
  • Tuesday, 9/1: Pickup of Laptops and Supplies for Preschool Students
  • Wednesday, 9/2 (tentative): Distribution of Supplies to Students in Grades K-5
  • Thursday, 9/3: Principal's Coffee (2-3 p.m. English; 3-4 p.m. Spanish)
  • Tuesday, 9/8: Classes Begin
  • Tuesday, 9/15: September PTA Meeting
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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We are so looking forward to welcoming you and your child to this new school year!  Last week, our office staff prepared and sent home class placement letters as well as a specific date and time for you to meet with your child’s teacher.  These meetings will be virtual, so there is no need to come to the school. Meetings will take place next week, during the afternoons of Monday, August 24 through Friday, August 28.  On Friday, August 21, you will receive and email with the BBCU link to access the scheduled meeting next week.  If you have not received a letter from the school or if you have a conflict with the time scheduled for your meeting, please call the school at 703-916-6800 and we will reschedule your meeting.  Our goal is for you and your child to meet the classroom teacher before we begin classes on September 8.

The virtual visit with the teacher will be an opportunity for you to get to know your child’s teacher, and for your child’s teacher to learn about you and your child.  We understand the importance of working closely with you to best support the education of our students.  The teacher will also make sure you and your child know how to connect to BBCU, how to access Google Classroom, and how your child accesses their fcpsschools.net email.  Another goal of these visits is to make sure we have the most up-to-date contact information for you so that we can remain in close communication.

When school starts on Tuesday, September 8, our daily school schedule begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 4:05 p.m.  From Tuesday to Friday, we will follow our full-day schedule starting at 9:20 a.m. and ending the day at 4:05 p.m. The Monday schedule will begin at 9:20 a.m. and end at 12:20 p.m. and will look different from the Tuesday to Friday schedule.  Your teacher will communicate specifics about the class schedule no later than Thursday, September 3.

You will find the Tuesday through Friday master schedule for all grade levels here.

Thank you for your continued support and for partnering with us to make this school year a success.  We look forward to welcoming you and your child to Belvedere.

Warm regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Check on your Belvedere-Issued Laptop

Hello families!

If you have a school issued laptop at home right now, please see the following information to be sure that your child’s laptop is ready for the first day of school.

In order for us to prepare those laptops remotely, students who have a laptop at home should to do the following once per week beginning in August:

  • Plug the device into an outlet.
  • Turn the device on and let it boot up.
  • Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
  • Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional log-in’s or activities are required.
  • Do this once per week beginning in August to ensure the laptop has the latest updates.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Student Supplies

We are excited to share with you that Title I has just informed us that they will be providing all of our student with general supplies for this year!  We will be scheduling pick up of these supplies during the week of August 31.  There are a few items we will ask you to purchase that are not being included in our supply kits.  Please see the information below.

Supplies that will be in your kits (parents do not need to purchase these items):

  • Composition book (qty 2, wide rule, 100 sheets)
  • Crayons (qty 1 box, 24 count)
  • Eraser (qty 1, large pink)
  • Folders (qty 2, plastic, various colors, with 2 pockets, no prongs)
  • Glue sticks (qty 2, .21 oz)
  • Pencils #2 (qty 1 box, 10 count)
  • Colored Pencils (qty 1 package, 12 count)
  • Earbuds w/ mic (qty 1)
  • Pencil sharpener (qty 1)
  • Scissors (qty 1, 5” blunt tip stainless)
  • Pencil Pouch (qty 1, soft sided, not pencil box)
  • Dry Erase Marker (qty 1, black)
  • Dry Erase Board 8.5x 11 (qty 1)

Supplies that parents will need to purchase (these items will not be in your kits):

All Grades, for Art:

  • 8 color watercolor set (Prang preferred)
  • Modeling Clay (Play Dough or something similar)
  • Small package of construction paper
  • 2 black fine tip pens

Kindergarten Families:

1 pack of wide-tip washable markers

A plastic shoe size box with a lid (can be found at the dollar store). This will be used to store your supplies, and when/if you return to in person learning, you will use this to carry your supplies in your backpack for school.

1st Grade Families:  do not need any additional supplies at this time.

2nd Grade Families:  1 spiral notebook, 1 package of erasers, 1 package of dry erase markers, 4 packages of sticky notes (3’3): 2  packages of lined sticky notes/2  packages of regular sticky notes

3rd Grade Families: 1 pack of washable markers

4th Grade Families:  do not need any additional supplies at this time

5th Grade families do not need any additional supplies at this time

Laptop Distribution

We are distributing laptops to all students in grade 5, to and any other student that needs one.  If your child is in grade 5 and did not pick up a computer on Tuesday, please plan to come on Thursday, August 20 between 8:00 a.m. and noon, or from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The county has supplied new laptops for all 5th-graders and we would like you to use them.

Students in 4th grade that requested a laptop but were not able to come on Tuesday should also come on Thursday, August 20.  All other students that requested a laptop through the Google form can pick up their laptops during their scheduled times:  8:00 a.m.-noon for students in Kindergarten or 1st grade; and 1:00-4:00 p.m. for students in 2nd and 3rd grade. 

If your situation has changed and you now need a laptop, please contact the school office so we can prepare a laptop for your child.

Preschool and Headstart students will be issued laptops on Tuesday, September 1.  More information about laptop distribution for preschool and Headstart students will come next week.

Yearbooks and Spring Pictures

If you ordered a yearbook or spring pictures last year and have not yet received them, you may come by the school on Friday, August 21 to pick them up.  If you are unable to do so, they will be mailed to you next week.

Looking for outside, non-screen time?

Ms. Evers is looking for folks to join the new Garden Committee. We’ll plant, weed, water, and harvest Belvedere’s gardens. Students and siblings are welcome, but must have an adult with them. Adults can garden without kids, too. Contact Stacey Evers (severs@fcps.edu)with questions or to sign up. Starting in a couple of weeks, Ms. Evers will send out a weekly sign-up for a limited number of gardening slots. If you don’t have gardening tools and gloves, sanitized ones will be provided. We will respect all distancing guidelines.

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, 8/20:  Laptop Pickup at Belvedere
  • Monday, 8/24 to Friday, 8/28:  Virtual One-on-One Meetings with Teachers
  • Tuesday, 9/8:  Classes Begin
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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

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