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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

With only two days of this school year left, we look back and celebrate the growth we have seen in our students. The culmination of the elementary school IB-PYP journey is the Exhibition. Fifth graders worked with passion and enthusiasm on their final projects, teaching us about topics ranging from climate change, vaping, taking care of feral cats, self-image, and getting sea turtles off the endangered list, among many other topics.

Their commitment to making the world a better place is exemplified in the thoughtful actions of each group. Teaching other students, sending persuasive letters, collecting books, donating to animal shelters and creating a cool down zone at school are some of the actions taken by the Exhibition groups.

Each year, life changes and personal choices result in some Belvedere staff moving to pursue other opportunities. This year, three of Belvedere’s long-time staff members are retiring. Ann King, lead special education teacher, began at Belvedere as a parent and PTA president. She has been teaching at the school for the past twenty years. She is looking forward to spending time with her husband and to enjoying more time with her grandchildren. Margeaux Frank has worked as a special education instructional assistant for the past fifteen years. Her flexibility and willingness to support anywhere she is needed has led her to work with students from kindergarten through grade five. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family by the water. Rosie Ferraro has been a preschool teacher at Belvedere for the past 23 years, with a total of 31 years in Fairfax County Public Schools. Her love of young children and her commitment to supporting their growth is her passion. Ms. Ferraro will be sorely missed.

We have some other staff members leaving due to changes in work location, changes in careers, and other life changes. These staff members are:

  • Ms. Van Peenen, kindergarten teacher
  • Ms. Hammel, ESOL teacher
  • Ms. DiPietro, second grade teacher
  • Ms. Combs, preschool special education teacher
  • Ms. Watson, third grade teacher
  • Ms. Ramirez, enhanced autism teacher
  • Ms. Davis, special education instructional assistant
  • Ms. Peacock, reading teacher
  • Ms. Linarte Saavedra, office assistant

We wish these staff members the best on the next steps in their careers. They will be missed at Belvedere.

We thank you for your incredible support throughout this school year. Your kind words and gestures have meant so much for our staff. Thank you!

We wish you a wonderful summer!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

2-Hour Early Release on Friday, June 10

Please note that Friday, June 10, which is the last day of school for students in grades K-5, will be a 2-hour early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 2:05 on June 10.

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

The 5th Grade promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Please join us in celebrating as we send our 5th graders off to middle school!

Each 5th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 5th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.

Please sign in at the main office with you arrive before proceeding to the Gym.  If your child will be leaving after the ceremony, please be sure to check them out in the office.

Order School Supplies for Next Year!

If your child is returning to Belvedere next year, you can order school supplies now through July 1.  Follow these steps to order:

  1. Go to this link (note that this link has been updated; the link sent last week was faulty)
  2. Enter our ZIP code: 22041
  3. Click on the "Supply Kits" button for Belvedere Elem.
  4. Select your child's grade level for next year.

The kits have items selected by our teachers. You can also order additional items such as backpacks, lunch coolers, and water bottles. The supply kits will be delivered FREE to your home over the summer!

Thanks to the Belvedere PTA for organizing this activity!

From our Counselors

Click here for our latest Counselors' Corner newsletter, which contains summer resources for parents.  Thank you for your support!

Gardening Volunteers Needed

Interested in helping take care of Belvedere’s gardens over the summer? Contact Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) if you would like to help water, weed, harvest, and plant in our gardens. Instructions and tools will be provided.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Yearbooks are Here!

Pre-ordered Yearbooks have been distributed to students.

If you did not pre-order a yearbook but would like to purchase one, a limited number of copies are now available for purchase in the main office. The cost is $18 ($10 for students on free/reduced lunch).  Please provide exact change or a check payable to "Belvedere PTA."

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, June 10: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10 a.m.) and Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)
  • Monday, August 22: First Day of School (K-5)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is less than two weeks away. The last two weeks of school are busy times for all. Today, fourth and fifth graders participated in Career Day. We are so grateful for all the volunteers who came to share about their various careers. Our school counselors, Ms. Ballard and Ms. Simpson, worked tirelessly to organize this special day.

Tomorrow all students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in field day. Mr. Bowles and Ms. Novak, Belvedere physical education teachers, have many fun activities planned for all students to enjoy. Our preschoolers had their water day today, enjoying a very fun summer activity with sun and water.

Next week is the fifth-grade PYP Exhibition, the culminating IB-PYP project. Students have been working in teams on an extended research project, identifying an action to take because of what they are learning. The entire community is invited to the Exhibition, which will take place on Wednesday, June 8 from 10 a.m. until noon.

The fifth-grade promotion ceremony will be on the last day of school, June 10, from 10:00 until 11:00.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Field Day Tomorrow, June 2!

For Field Day we ask that you send your child with extra clothes to change into for the rest of their day (they will get wet!), a towel (optional), sunscreen, and their water bottle.  Thank you!

For Parent Volunteers

Thank you to all the parents that have signed up to volunteer for Field Day! On Field Day we ask that you come at 30 minutes early if possible (9-9:15 for morning session, 12:30-12:45 for afternoon) so that we can show you your station and explain a few things about it.  Please sign in at the office when you arrive, and then proceed to the gym.

Please dress comfortably--it is forecasted to be HOT!

Thank you for all your help and support!

--The PE Team

2-Hour Early Release on Friday, June 10

Please note that Friday, June 10, which is the last day of school for students in grades K-5, will be a 2-hour early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 2:05 on June 10.

Order School Supplies for Next Year!

If your child is returning to Belvedere next year, you can order school supplies now through July 1! To order, go to this link for 1st Day School Supplies, and select your child's grade level for next year.

The kits have items selected by our teachers. You can also order additional items such as backpacks, lunch coolers, and water bottles. The supply kits will be delivered FREE to your home over the summer!

Thanks to the Belvedere PTA for organizing this activity!

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

The 5th Grade promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Please join us in celebrating as we send our 5th graders off to middle school!

Each 5th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 5th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.

Please sign in at the main office with you arrive before proceeding to the Gym.  If your child will be leaving after the ceremony, please be sure to check them out in the office.

Gardening Volunteers Needed

Interested in helping take care of Belvedere’s gardens over the summer? Contact Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) if you would like to help water, weed, harvest, and plant in our gardens. Instructions and tools will be provided.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Yearbooks are Here!

Pre-ordered Yearbooks have been distributed to students.

If you did not pre-order a yearbook but would like to purchase one, a limited number of copies are now available for purchase in the main office. The cost is $18 ($10 for students on free/reduced lunch).  Please provide exact change or a check payable to "Belvedere PTA."

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, June 2: Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 8: 5th Grade PYP Exhibition (10 a.m. to noon)
  • Friday, June 10: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10 a.m.) and Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Our hearts go out to the community and the families of the victims of yesterday’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This senseless and horrific event is beyond comprehension. We are heartbroken.

We are committed to keeping our school, and the students and staff within them, safe. FCPS and Belvedere Elementary School work to make critical safety upgrades to our buildings, plan and practice day-to-day safety and security measures, and respond swiftly to any concern or possible event. School doors are locked during the day, and staff is vigilant about who comes to our school. We always put students’ safety first.

We know students may have questions and concerns after learning about this tragic news. Our teachers keep a close eye on the students and address concerns as they arise. They work closely with our school mental health team to ensure students receive any needed guidance. Teachers and counselors will communicate with you should your child need additional support.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a helpful resource for families and educators to support them when talking with students about school violence. If you or your child need additional support, please reach out to our school counselors. 

As we gather this evening for the Math and Literacy Carnival, we value the many gifts each one of us brings to our school community. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s education and for your continued support. We love our students and feel so fortunate to partner with you.

We stand together, as Belvedere community and in solidarity with the Robb Elementary School community.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Belvedere Carnival Tonight!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere tonight (Wednesday, May 25) from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information click here.

Field Day on June 2

The end of the school year is sneaking up upon us. We will be having our end of year Field Day celebration on Thursday, June 2. This is our day to celebrate all the growth and success the students had in Physical Education this year.

For Field Day we ask that you send your child with extra clothes to change into for the rest of their day (they will get wet!), a towel (optional), sunscreen, and their water bottle.  Thank you!

For Parent Volunteers

Thank you to all the parents that have signed up to volunteer for Field Day! On Field Day we ask that you come at 30 minutes early if possible (9-9:15 for morning session, 12:30-12:45 for afternoon) so that we can show you your station and explain a few things about it. Please dress comfortably--it is forecasted to be HOT!

Thank you for all your help and support!

--The PE Team

Yearbooks are Here!

Pre-ordered Yearbooks have been distributed to students.

If you did not pre-order a yearbook but would like to purchase one, a limited number of copies are now available for purchase in the main office. The cost is $18 ($10 for students on free/reduced lunch).  Please provide exact change or a check payable to "Belvedere PTA."

Ordering School Supplies for Next Year

The PTA is finalizing the supply lists and website for ordering school supplies for students returning to Belvedere for the 2022-2023 school year.  Look for details in this space next week!

From the Library

Like all FCPS schools, Belvedere’s school library books MUST be returned by Friday, May 27. On this date students may no longer borrow books from the school’s library and are encouraged to use their teacher’s classroom library and public library for the final two weeks of school.

During May, all children with late books have been given weekly reminders. If your child needs another look at what they have checked out from the library, they can access their checkouts in the “My Stuff” tab after logging into the library catalog with their FCPS Google credentials. If they cannot find a book looking “everywhere”, they should speak with our librarian, Ms. Jopeck.

Thank you for supporting your child’s love of reading!

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

The 5th Grade promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Please join us in celebrating as we send our 5th graders off to middle school!

Each 5th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 5th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.

Please sign in at the main office with you arrive before proceeding to the Gym.  If your child will be leaving after the ceremony, please be sure to check them out in the office.

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday, June 2: Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 8: 5th Grade PYP Exhibition (10 a.m. to noon)
  • Friday, June 10: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10 a.m.) and Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

With Covid cases rising, we want to remind everyone of the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. The CDC released updated health guidance that included new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Based on this new guidance, Fairfax County’s COVID-19 community level is medium and the following prevention steps are recommended:

Currently, there are no plans to close classrooms or schools due to public health/communicable disease reasons. Masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. FCPS encourages families and staff to consider wearing a mask when reports of COVID cases are high or if they or a family member is at high risk. CDC advises individuals to wear a mask when there is a lot of COVID in your community. See a full list of masking recommendations on the CDC website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Belvedere Carnival Night on May 25!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, May 26).

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information click here.

Field Day on June 2

The end of the school year is sneaking up upon us. We will be having our end of year Field Day celebration on Thursday, June 2. This is our day to celebrate all the growth and success the students had in Physical Education this year.

Please be on the lookout for this flyer in your child’s Wednesday folder for more details. We will need some volunteers to make this day a huge success. If you are available please have your child bring the flyer back to Mrs. Novak or Mr. Bowles before May 20.

Thank you for all your help and support!

--The PE Team

Yearbooks are Here!

Pre-ordered Yearbooks will be distributed to students in preschool through Grade 4 on Friday, May 20. (Students in Grade 5 received their Yearbooks earlier this month.)

If you did not pre-order a yearbook but would like to purchase one, a limited number of copies will be available in the main office beginning Monday, May 23.  The cost is $18 ($10 for students on free/reduced lunch); please provide exact change or a check payable to "Belvedere PTA."

5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

The 5th Grade promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, June 10 starting at 10:00 a.m.  Please join us in celebrating as we send our 5th graders off to middle school!

Each 5th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony, which should be in their Wednesday folders today. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 5th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.

Please sign in at the main office with you arrive before proceeding to the Gym.  If your child will be leaving after the ceremony, please be sure to check them out in the office.

From the Library

Like all FCPS schools, Belvedere’s school library books MUST be returned by Friday, May 27. On this date students may no longer borrow books from the school’s library and are encouraged to use their teacher’s classroom library and public library for the final two weeks of school.

During May, all children with late books have been given weekly reminders. If your child needs another look at what they have checked out from the library, they can access their checkouts in the “My Stuff” tab after logging into the library catalog with their FCPS Google credentials. If they cannot find a book looking “everywhere”, they should speak with our librarian, Ms. Jopeck.

Thank you for supporting your child’s love of reading!

Order Get Back in the Book by Larry Issa

Last week, our students in Kindergarten and grades 1 & 2 enjoyed an author visit by Larry Issa. Mr. Issa discussed his new book, Get Back in the Book.

Parents who wish to order a signed copy of the book should click here for more information.

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday, June 2: Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 8: 5th Grade PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, June 10: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10 a.m.) and Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We had a fantastic staff appreciation week at Belvedere. The PTA’s generosity and the support of parent volunteers made every day so special for our staff.  Thank you for the wonderful lunch, pancake breakfast, bagels and doughnuts, and plants for the gardens. You made everyone feel special!

Last week was also the annual Jewelry Shop. The students had a wonderful time selecting a piece of jewelry for a special someone in their lives. Thank you to the PTA and to the parent volunteers who made this happen.

We are close to finishing SOL testing. This week students in grade three through five are completing the mathematics SOL test. Next week, students who missed a test, or who qualify for a retake, will complete testing. Thank you for your ongoing support.

We are looking forward to next school year being a more typical school year with parents in the building, classroom setup that allows for more collaboration, and many school activities. One of the considerations we have had over the years is ensuring students have leadership opportunities. To this end, we have created this document describing the student leadership opportunities we have available at Belvedere. We share these so that you can discuss them with your child and know which opportunities might conflict with others. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the staff members listed in the table.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Belvedere Carnival Night on May 25!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, May 26).

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information click here.

Field Day on June 2

The end of the school year is sneaking up upon us. We will be having our end of year Field Day celebration on Thursday, June 2. This is our day to celebrate all the growth and success the students had in Physical Education this year.

Please be on the lookout for this flyer in your child’s Wednesday folder for more details. We will need some volunteers to make this day a huge success. If you are available please have your child bring the flyer back to Mrs. Novak or Mr. Bowles before May 20.

Thank you for all your help and support!

--The PE Team

Techstravaganza at TJ this Saturday!

This Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will host their Techstravanagza event!

From hands-on activities to mind-blowing demonstrations, Techstravaganza inspires students to explore their passion for STEM. Past Techstravaganza exhibitors include Robotics for Youth, JEL Design Studios, and the American Society for Naval Engineers. This is a self-paced event, so students are free to visit whichever booths interest them! Students can look forward to raffles, merchandise, and goodie bags.

The event is open to all elementary and middle school students.  Students from Title I elementary schools (like Belvedere) will be offered lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.

For more information, click here.

Order Get Back in the Book by Larry Issa

Last week, our students in Kindergarten and grades 1 & 2 enjoyed an author visit by Larry Issa. Mr. Issa discussed his new book, Get Back in the Book.

Parents who wish to order a signed copy of the book should click here for more information.

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday, June 2: Field Day
  • Wednesday, June 8: 5th Grade PYP Exhibition
  • Friday, June 10: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (10 a.m.) and Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

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FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you for your incredible support in helping us celebrate Staff Appreciation Week. Yesterday, staff enjoyed a wonderful Chick-Fil-A lunch and today the day began with bagels and doughnuts. Parent volunteers kept everything running smoothly as teachers came and went to get their food. Treats like these make such a difference in a teacher’s life. It puts smiles on teachers’ faces and brings forth a warm feeling of appreciation. Thank you for being so supportive of the Belvedere staff! 

This is week two of SOL testing. So far fifth grade has completed science and reading tests, fourth grade has finished the reading test, and third grade completed the first half of the reading test today. Parents who volunteered to help supervise the hallways have been incredibly helpful. It allows teachers to easily send students to the bathroom and supports transitions as needed. Thank you!

The Jewelry Shop is in full swing, just ahead of Mother’s Day this weekend. Each class will have a chance to visit the Shop that parent volunteers have set up in the family center. Children love thinking about a special someone and selecting just the right piece of jewelry as a gift. Thank you to the PTA and the generous parent volunteers who made the Jewelry Shop possible!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Belvedere Carnival Night on May 25!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, May 26).

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information click here.

Seeking Career Day Speakers

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Career Day at Belvedere Elementary School and we need your help to make it a success! 

We are currently seeking parents, family members and neighbors of students from any grade level who are interested in sharing with students about their careers. Those who are interested in participating will be asked to give a short presentation (15-20 minutes) with time for questions.

Our fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in this event on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 9:30-12:05.  We will also be inviting speakers into our first, second and third grade classrooms during May lessons. 

Please see this letter and response form for more information.  If you are interested in participating, please return the response form as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!

From the PTA: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 to May 6

We are celebrating our annual teacher & staff appreciation week this week.  This year's theme is "Teaching is a Work of Heart!"  Here are the suggested themes for the remainder of the week:

  • Thursday, May 5: Bring in one of your favorite snacks for your teacher
  • Friday, May 6: Write a sweet note for your teacher or staff member

These ideas are optional suggestions. If you have other ideas or would like to show your appreciation for teachers and staff in different ways, please feel free to do so!

Justice HS Mini-Golf Tournament on May 5

Justice High School will be hosting our first Justice High School Mini-Golf Tournament for our Justice Pyramid at Jefferson District Park tomorrowThursday, May 5 at 6:30 and 7:30 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to an awesome night with our community!

Come out and enjoy an evening with family, music, mini-golf, a mini-meal, and most of all FUN!

Sign-up here.  Check out the flyer here.

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

This week our 4th and 5th graders took their first SOL Assessments. The students have been working so hard and we are proud of their continued efforts!

Next week is our Jewelry Shop for Moms, organized by the PTA. All students children will have an opportunity to "shop" for one free piece of costume jewelry for their mother, grandmother, stepmother, or another special woman in their life.  Thank you to the PTA for organizing this wonderful event! We have received many donations and we appreciate all of the time and effort that went in to making this event successful.

As the flowers continue to bloom and the sun shines we hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors with your family.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Outdoor Club Outing on April 30

Mark your calendars for the next Belvedere Outdoor Club outing this Saturday, April 30!  We will visit Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC. Kenilworth is a unique spot with aquatic gardens, a tidal marsh, and forested areas near the Anacostia River.

Detailed information and the permission form was sent home last week and is also available here.

Belvedere Carnival Night on May 25!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, May 26).

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information and an RSVP form, please check your child's Wednesday Folder this week, or click here.

Seeking Career Day Speakers

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Career Day at Belvedere Elementary School and we need your help to make it a success! 

We are currently seeking parents, family members and neighbors of students from any grade level who are interested in sharing with students about their careers. Those who are interested in participating will be asked to give a short presentation (15-20 minutes) with time for questions.

Our fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in this event on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 9:30-12:05.  We will also be inviting speakers into our first, second and third grade classrooms during May lessons. 

Please see this letter and response form for more information.  If you are interested in participating, please return the response form as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support!

From the PTA: Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 to May 6

We will be celebrating our annual teacher & staff appreciation week during the first week of May.  This year's theme is "Teaching is a Work of Heart!" Here are the suggested themes for the week:

  • Monday, May 2: Find or make a flower for your teacher
  • Tuesday, May 3: Bring in a used book for your teacher's library
  • Wednesday, May 4: Wear your teacher's favorite color
  • Thursday, May 5: Bring in one of your favorite snacks for your teacher
  • Friday, May 6: Write a sweet note for your teacher or staff member

These ideas are optional suggestions. If you have other ideas or would like to show your appreciation for teachers and staff in different ways, please feel free to do so!

The PTA is also asking for donations for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week.  Please click here to sign up!

Annie Jr. at Glasgow MS

Come see Annie Jr. this weekend at Glasgow Middle School!  Performances are as follows:

  • Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $8; children under 5 are free.  We hope to see you there!

Justice HS Mini-Golf Tournament on May 5

Justice High School will be hosting our first Justice High School Mini-Golf Tournament for our Justice Pyramid at Jefferson District Park on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 and 7:30 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to an awesome night with our community!

Come out and enjoy an evening with family, music, mini-golf, a mini-meal, and most of all FUN!

Sign-up here.  Check out the flyer here.

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Justice HS Summer Basketball Camp

Justice High School is hosting a basketball camp for rising 4th through 9th graders from June 13-17.  For more information, see the flyer below.

To register for the basketball camp, click here.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, April 26 through Friday, May 27: SOL Testing
  • Saturday, April 30: Outdoor Club Outing to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Dear Belvedere Family:

It was a surprisingly cold start to the week.  We look forward to warmer temperatures ahead!

Spotting Ticks and Poison Ivy

With Spring comes the resurgence of ticks in the outdoors. Below is some information that Ms. Auerbach, Belvedere’s environmental educator, has shared with all teachers at Belvedere. You may also find this useful.

As you spend more time outside, a few things to remember:

  • Do a tick check after spending time outdoors
    • Ticks are not just in the meadow or woods. They may also be on the field, playground, and garden areas—anywhere mice and deer go
    • Learn to do a tick check with Tick Check 1-2, a Lyme Disease Prevention Rap from Fairfax County. Also see this information from the CDC
    • The CDC and the Fairfax County Health Department offer more information about preventative measures, tick checks, identification, and removal
  • Lookout for poison ivy
Upcoming Student Testing

We are entering the time of year where all students in our building will be taking assessments in all subject areas. Students in grades three through five will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments starting from April 26 through May 27. Students in all grades will also be taking individual reading assessments throughout May and June to determine reading levels.

Your child’s teacher will be communicating specific dates to you. We ask that, if possible, you avoid travel and appointments on days your child will be testing. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions!

Some students in grades three through five who do not pass the SOL tests, but are just a few points short of a passing score, may have the opportunity to retake the test. (The retake score ranges are determined by the state.)  If your child is eligible for a retake, we will contact you so that you can give permission and learn the specific dates for retakes.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Parent Volunteers to help as hallway monitors during our SOL testing at Belvedere.  Volunteers are needed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 26-29, May 9, and May 12.

If you are available to help, please sign up using this Sign-Up Genius link, or call the Belvedere Office (703-916-6800).  Thank you for your support!

AAP Level IV Orientation on Tuesday, April 26

On Tuesday, April 26, there will be an orientation for Parents of Students found Eligible to receive level IV services at Belvedere in 2022-23.  This orientation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Belvedere gymnasium.  At this time, we will share information about our school, our International Baccalaureate Program, and the Primary Years Programme.  Spanish interpretation will be provided.

The orientation will be held simultaneously in person and online. The details to join the orientation virtually are:

If you have any questions regarding the advanced academic programs in FCPS, you may email Preshion Lynch, advanced academic resource teacher, at [email protected].

Outdoor Club Outing on April 30

Mark your calendars for the next Belvedere Outdoor Club outing on Saturday, April 30!  We will visit Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC. Kenilworth is a unique spot with aquatic gardens, a tidal marsh, and forested areas near the Anacostia River.

Detailed information and the permission form is being sent home in today's Wednesday folder and is also available here.

Belvedere Carnival Night on May 25!

We are excited for our first annual Carnival Night focused on literacy, mathematics & play! Join us for delicious snacks, games hosted by our creative staff and free books to enjoy at home!

Carnival Night will be held on the field and blacktop at Belvedere on Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (rain date: Thursday, May 26).

Belvedere families will get to choose at least two fun math and literacy experiences from a number of offerings by our staff. Students will also choose a math book, a new independent reading book and enter into a raffle for a playful prize!  All Belvedere students and families are invited!

For further information and an RSVP form, please check your child's Wednesday Folder this week, or click here.

Seeking Career Day Speakers

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Career Day at Belvedere Elementary School and we need your help to make it a success! 

We are currently seeking parents, family members and neighbors of students from any grade level who are interested in sharing with students about their careers. Those who are interested in participating will be asked to give a short presentation (15-20 minutes) with time for questions.

Our fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in this event on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 9:30-12:05.  We will also be inviting speakers into our first, second and third grade classrooms during May lessons. 

Please see this letter and response form for more information.  If you are interested in participating, please return the response form by April 25.

Thank you for your support!

Costume Jewelry Donations Needed

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Belvedere PTA will be hosting a "Jewelry Shop for Mom" in early May. Every Belvedere student will be able to earn a ticket to "shop" for one free piece of costume jewelry for their mother, stepmother, grandmother, or other special woman in their life.

We’re collecting donations of gently used:

  • necklaces
  • bracelets
  • pins
  • pierced or clip earrings

If you have any costume jewelry you no longer wear, we’d be grateful to have it. The jewelry doesn’t have to be fancy – just something in good condition that might make a student and one of their "moms" smile on Mother’s Day.

We need about 1,000 pieces of jewelry to give the students a wide selection to choose from. We’re also accepting monetary donations to help pay for supplies – tissue paper, gift bags and card tags. Checks can be made payable to "Belvedere PTA" with "jewelry shop" in the memo line.

There’s a donation box in the Belvedere front office or you can contact Ann Sisson at 703-945-0228 or [email protected] to arrange a pick up.

Please submit all donations by April 27.  Thank you!

PTA Meeting Tonight (April 20)

Join our Belvedere PTA meeting tonight (Wednesday, April 20) at 6:30pm (English) and 7:30 pm (Spanish). The meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook Live. 

Click here to join.  [Meeting ID: 872 5659 8890; Password: 952095]

PTA Plant Sale on Earth Day! Plant Sale

The deadline for plant pre-orders has passed.  Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered plants!  Plants must be picked up at Belvedere on Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you did not pre-order plants, it's not too late! There will be additional plants for sale at Belvedere on April 23.

Tour Belvedere's Gardens

When you come to pick up your plants, you can also take a tour of Belvedere's gardens, meadow, and woods, and speak with a Belvedere Student Educator!

We are looking for student volunteers to serve as tour guides, educators, and sales team on the day of the event. Families are also invited to volunteer.

There is something for everyone!

Please contact Amanda Grier at [email protected] or 202-374-3435 (text or call) to volunteer. Students must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Justice HS Mini-Golf Tournament on May 5

Justice High School will be hosting our first Justice High School Mini-Golf Tournament for our Justice Pyramid at Jefferson District Park on Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 and 7:30 PM. All staff, families, and students are invited from our feeder schools! We are looking forward to an awesome night with our community!

Come out and enjoy an evening with family, music, mini-golf, a mini-meal, and most of all FUN!

Sign-up here.  Check out the flyer here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Justice HS Summer Basketball Camp

Justice High School is hosting a basketball camp for rising 4th through 9th graders from June 13-17.  For more information, see the flyer below.

To register for the basketball camp, click here.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, April 20: PTA Meeting (6:30 English, 7:30 Spanish)
  • Saturday, April 23: PTA Plant Sale Pick-up 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Belvedere Parking Lot
  • Tuesday, April 26: AAP Level IV Orientation (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) 
  • Tuesday, April 26 to Friday, May 27: SOL Testing
  • Saturday, April 30: Outdoor Club Outing to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Wednesday, May 25: Belvedere Carnival Night (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 30: No School (Memorial Day)
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Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

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Bus Delay Website

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Ramadan Mubarak! The most important holidays for our Muslim families and students are happening now. Ramadan is the month-long period of fasting and prayer that commemorates the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. Ramadan culminates in Eid al-Fitr, a three-day celebration.  At school, we have arranged an alternative space for students who are fasting to spend their lunch time.  Students from very different countries, including Yemen, Afghanistan, and Indonesia, come together and discover how cultural and religious traditions are the same.  What a fabulous lesson for our students: as people, we are so alike and have so much in common, no matter what part of the world we come from.

We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! We are happy to have students back in the building for our final quarter of the school year.  Students have returned full of energy and ready to learn!

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Seeking Parent Input on Belvedere's Family Engagement Compact, School Innovation and Improvement Plan

The school year has flown by and we have started planning for next year!  As we plan for family engagement events, we would like to have your feedback on our current Family Engagement Compact and School Innovation and Improvement Plan.  Please read our Family Engagement Policy Compact and School Innovation and Improvement Plan and provide feedback to our school for improvements.

Please provide feedback by Friday, April 15. We appreciate your partnership in this effort!

Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for Parent Volunteers to help as hallway monitors during our SOL testing at Belvedere.  Volunteers are needed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 26-29, May 9, and May 12.

If you are available to help, please sign up using this Sign-Up Genius link, or call the Belvedere Office (703-916-6800).  Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Kindergarten and AAP Orientations Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, April 19

Orientation for parents of rising Belvedere kindergarteners will be held on Tuesday, April 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Orientation will be held in-person or virtually; parents who have already registered their kindergarteners for 2022-23 will be contacted with further details.

If you have any questions, please contact the Belvedere office.

AAP Level IV Orientation on Tuesday, April 26

On Tuesday, April 26, there will be an orientation for Parents of Students found Eligible to receive level IV services at Belvedere in 2022-23.  This orientation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Belvedere gymnasium.  Spanish interpretation will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding the advanced academic programs in FCPS, you may email Preshion Lynch, advanced academic resource teacher, at [email protected].

Counselors' Corner

Click here for the April edition of the Counselors' Corner newsletter from our wonderful counselors, Paige Simpson and Tracy Ballard!

Purple Up! on Wednesday, April 20

April is the month of the military child. On Wednesday, April 20 wear purple to help Belvedere celebrate and honor all FCPS military families and their children.

Outdoor Club Outing on April 30

Mark your calendars for the next Belvedere Outdoor Club outing on Saturday, April 30!  We will visit Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC. Kenilworth is a unique spot with aquatic gardens, a tidal marsh, and forested areas near the Anacostia River.

Look for detailed information and the permission form in next week’s Wednesday folder.

Seeking Career Day Speakers

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming Career Day at Belvedere Elementary School and we need your help to make it a success! 

We are currently seeking parents, family members and neighbors of students from any grade level who are interested in sharing with students about their careers. Those who are interested in participating will be asked to give a short presentation (15-20 minutes) with time for questions.

Our fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in this event on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 9:30-12:05.  We will also be inviting speakers into our first, second and third grade classrooms during May lessons. 

Please see this letter and response form for more information.  If you are interested in participating, please return the response form by April 25.

Thank you for your support!

Optional Student COVID-19 Screening Testing to End on April 22

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County is currently classified as low; this classification has continued for the past month. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status information indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine). More than 80% of residents have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Vaccination rates by age group indicates that more than 50% of students ages 5-11 and more than 90% of students ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 Vaccinations are free and available at various locations in our community.  

Based on these metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22, 2022: 

  • Optional weekly screening testing for all schools 
  • Diagnostic testing for symptomatic students and staff at FCPS drive-through sites

Our last day for screening testing here at Belvedere will be Tuesday, April 19.

Costume Jewelry Donations Needed

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Belvedere PTA will be hosting a "Jewelry Shop for Mom" in early May. Every Belvedere student will be able to earn a ticket to "shop" for one free piece of costume jewelry for their mother, stepmother, grandmother, or other special woman in their life.

We’re collecting donations of gently used:

  • necklaces
  • bracelets
  • pins
  • pierced or clip earrings

If you have any costume jewelry you no longer wear, we’d be grateful to have it. The jewelry doesn’t have to be fancy – just something in good condition that might make a student and one of their "moms" smile on Mother’s Day.

We need about 1,000 pieces of jewelry to give the students a wide selection to choose from. We’re also accepting monetary donations to help pay for supplies – tissue paper, gift bags and card tags. Checks can be made payable to "Belvedere PTA" with "jewelry shop" in the memo line.

There’s a donation box in the Belvedere front office or you can contact Ann Sisson at 703-945-0228 or [email protected] to arrange a pick up.

Please submit all donations by April 27.  Thank you!

PTA Plant Sale on Earth Day! Plant Sale

Buy Plants for your Garden to Support Belvedere's PTA, donate plants to Belvedere's gardens, or donate directly to the Belvedere PTA!

Pre-order plants at: https://app.memberhub.gives/belvederebulldogs 

DEADLINE EXTENDED!!  The deadline for plant pre-orders has been extended to April 16!  Plants must be picked up at Belvedere Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  If you do not wish to pre-order plants, there will be additional plants for sale on April 23.

Tour Belvedere's Gardens

When you come to pick up your plants, you can also take a tour of Belvedere's gardens, meadow, and woods, and speak with a Belvedere Student Educator!

We are looking for student volunteers to serve as tour guides, educators, and sales team on the day of the event. Families are also invited to volunteer.

There is something for everyone!

Please contact Amanda Grier at [email protected] or 202-374-3435 (text or call) to volunteer. Students must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Spring Class Photos

We will be taking class group photos on Monday, April 18!  To order the group photos, go to https://www.strawbridge.net, click on "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM374811.

For additional details, please see the flyer here.

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Justice HS Summer Basketball Camp

Justice High School is hosting a basketball camp for rising 4th through 9th graders from June 13-17.  For more information, see the flyer below.

To register for the basketball camp, click here.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, April 14: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Belvedere students
  • Monday, April 18: Class Group Picture Day
  • Tuesday, April 19:  Kindergarten Orientation (6:00 to 8:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, April 20: Purple Up! Day
  • Tuesday, April 26: AAP Level IV Orientation (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.) 
  • Saturday, April 30: Outdoor Club Outing to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Despite the cold weather this week, spring is here, and spring break is next week. We hope your time with the children at home allows for family time and fun.

Although it’s hard to believe, we are only a couple of months away from the end of the school year.  This means SOL testing for students in grades 3-5 will begin at the end of April and continue through the month of May.  All students in K-5 will be assessed on their reading and spelling skills, helping us see the overall growth they have experienced since the beginning of the year. Additionally, student in grades 1-5 will for the third time this year complete the problem-solving assessment, a grade level specific assessment that focuses on the most important math problem solving skills for that age group.  Ongoing small assessments and observations, as well as these bigger assessments, help guide instructional plans and teacher support for the students. 

Our students work so hard while at school, our hope is that they have a relaxing time during spring break.  We also encourage the students to read a little over break.  This can take on many different forms, including reading alone, reading with a partner, being read to, taking turns reading, and reading to someone. The goal is to enjoy the experience. Thank you for your support.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

All-Belvedere Authors Visit: Tuesday, April 12

We are proud to welcome multiple-award-winning children’s book author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Jeffrey Weatherford on Tuesday, April 12. Ms. Weatherford’s 2021 book Unspeakable is the most-awarded book of the year. They will be discussing their new book Call Me Miss Hamilton and reflect on the meaning of identity and "What is a Noun?"

The authors will present virtually from 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to parents by email prior to April 12, and will be shared with your students in their Schoology courses.

Click here for more information

Mark your calendars now for this wonderful event! Our thanks to the Title I office for providing funding for the event.

3rd Grade Seed Sale a Big Success!

Third Grade held their Seed Sale earlier this week. Here some photos all of the activity!

AAP Spring Newsletter

The spring advanced academic programs’ newsletter provides families with important information about AAP levels of service and the Young Scholars program in Fairfax County Public Schools. Screening for AAP levels II-III and Young Scholars is done at the base school.

If you have any questions regarding the advanced academic programs in FCPS, you may email Preshion Lynch, advanced academic resource teacher, at [email protected].

Counselors' Corner

Click here for the April edition of the Counselors' Corner newsletter from our wonderful counselors, Paige Simpson and Tracy Ballard!

PTA Plant Sale on Earth Day! Plant Sale

Buy Plants for your Garden to Support Belvedere's PTA, donate plants to Belvedere's gardens, or donate directly to the Belvedere PTA!

Pre-order plants at: https://app.memberhub.gives/belvederebulldogs 

Pre-orders for plants are due by April 11.  Plants must be picked up at Belvedere Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  If you do not wish to pre-order plants, there will be additional plants for sale on April 23.

Tour Belvedere's Gardens

When you come to pick up your plants, you can also take a tour of Belvedere's gardens, meadow, and woods, and speak with a Belvedere Student Educator!

We are looking for student volunteers to serve as tour guides, educators, and sales team on the day of the event. Families are also invited to volunteer.

There is something for everyone!

Please contact Amanda Grier at [email protected] or 202-374-3435 (text or call) to volunteer. Students must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

Last Chance to preorder PTA Yearbook!

The deadline to preorder the 2021-22 Belvedere Yearbook is April 1.

For $18 you can have a wonderful keepsake book of photographs from the 2021-2022 school year, including portraits of every child at Belvedere, candid photos of the kids at work and play, and pictures of Belvedere teachers and staff.

Go to www.strawbridge.net, click Order Pictures/Yearbooks and enter the code YB115015

If your family is eligible for free or reduced lunch, use the code BES8OFF to order at the discounted rate of $10. 

Purple Up! on Wednesday, April 20

April is the month of the military child. On Wednesday, April 20 wear purple to help Belvedere celebrate and honor all FCPS military families and their children.

Spring Class Photos

We will be taking class group photos on April 18!  To order the group photos, go to https://www.strawbridge.net, click on "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM374811.

For additional details, please see the flyer here.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Justice HS Summer Basketball Camp

Justice High School is hosting a basketball camp for rising 4th through 9th graders from June 13-17.  For more information, see the flyer below.

To register for the basketball camp, click here.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Thursday, March 31: 2-hour early release
  • Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8: Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 12: All-Belvedere Virtual Author Visit (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 14: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Belvedere students
  • Monday, April 18: Class Group Picture Day
  • Wednesday, April 20: Purple Up! Day
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather.  Cherry trees are in full bloom so perhaps you have a chance to see them in Washington D.C.

Special Education Conference

Registration is open for 2022 virtual Special Education Conference, which will be this Saturday, March 26. The Conference theme is Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now available online here. Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help. 
FCPS Family Engagement Survey

On Sunday, March 13, you were emailed the FCPS Family Engagement Survey. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE or visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

3rd Grade Seed Sale March 29 and 30!

Third grade will be holding a Seed Sale on Tuesday, March 29 from 9:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Wednesday, March 30 from 9:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend!

Pre-order forms are available here.

For more information, check out the flyer here, or visit the Seed Sale website (created by Mr. LeLoup's class!) here!

PTA Yearbook Sales Have Begun!

For $18 you can have a wonderful keepsake book of photographs from the 2021-2022 school year, including portraits of every child at Belvedere, candid photos of the kids at work and play, and pictures of Belvedere teachers and staff.

Go to www.strawbridge.net, click Order Pictures/Yearbooks and enter the code YB115015

If your family is eligible for free or reduced lunch, use the code BES8OFF to order at the discounted rate of $10. 

Sales end April 1 – so be sure to buy your yearbook soon! 

Spring Class Photos

We will be taking class group photos on April 18!  To order the group photos, go to https://www.strawbridge.net, click on "Order Pictures and Yearbooks," and enter code FM374811.

For additional details, please see the flyer here.

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register. 

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

¡Regístrese para el jardín de infantes ahora!

La inscripción para el año escolar 2022-2023 está en marcha. Si tiene un hijo que cumplirá 5 años antes del 30 de septiembre de 2022, ¡será elegible para el jardín de infantes este otoño! Comuníquese con la oficina de Belvedere (703-916-6800) o visite nuestro sitio web aquí para obtener información adicional sobre cómo registrar a su estudiante entrante de jardín de infantes.

Justice HS Summer Basketball Camp

Justice High School is hosting a basketball camp for rising 4th through 9th graders from June 13-17.  For more information, see the flyer below.

To register for the basketball camp, click here.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Summer STEAM Camps through CTE

FCPS's Career and Technical Education office will be offering a Tech Adventure Camp for students in grades 2-6.  Students will explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science topics by rotating through daily classes.  For additional details, click on this link to see the flyer, or click on this link for more details and registration links.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30: Third Grade Seed Sale
  • Thursday, March 31: 2-hour early release
  • Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8: Spring Break
  • Monday, April 18: Class Group Picture Day
  • Thursday, April 24: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Belvedere students
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Dear Belvedere Family:

The second Family Engagement Survey in the 2021-22 school year is now open and will close on April 3. Family engagement is a shared responsibility between home and school, and FCPS’s goal with the survey is to recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division.

The survey addresses the following topics:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

We know that when schools build strong partnerships with families, respond to their concerns, and honor their contributions, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and increased likelihood of high school graduation.

You can access the survey in various languages at this link.  The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

We highly encourage you to complete the survey so that you make your voice heard around important topics impacting your child’s success. Please note that all responses will be confidential.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Belvedere Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 14

The COVID-19 vaccination clinic for current Belvedere students age 5-11 will be held on Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 14.

The first dose will be administered on Friday, March 18 and the second dose will be administered on Thursday, April 14. If your child has received their first dose and is need of a second dose, they can bring their consent form and their CDC Vaccination card on the day of the clinic.

Please contact Jen Buchanan at [email protected] or call the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 to sign up or if you have any questions.

Belvedere PTA Online Auction NOW Until March 20!

The PTA's annual auction fundraiser will be held online between March 14 and March 20 this year!  Auction items include:

  • Room baskets and amazing teacher experiences including principal for the day
  • Capitals hockey tickets
  • Small group swim lesson at Kids Swim
  • Passes to Bonds Escape Room
  • A weeks Vacation in Pawley’s Island
  • $250 in gift cards donated from Virginia Orthodontic Partners 
  • Nationals tickets and a baseball autographed by Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg
  • Botox and Facials from Alexandria Associates of Dermatology
  • Born to Dance and Goldfish Swim classes
  • Kids Dream Room Design and proposal
  • Congressional summer camp gift card
  • D1 training package
  • Mathnasium assessment and tutoring
  • And much more!

Click here for more information.  Thank you for supporting the Belvedere PTA!

3rd Grade Seed Sale March 29 and 30!

Third grade will be holding a Seed Sale on Tuesday, March 29 from 9:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Wednesday, March 30 from 9:20 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  The public is welcome to attend!

Pre-order forms will be circulated in Wednesday folders next week.

For more information, check out the flyer here, or visit the Seed Sale website (created by Mr. LeLoup's class!) here!

PTA Yearbook Sales Have Begun!

For $18 you can have a wonderful keepsake book of photographs from the 2021-2022 school year, including portraits of every child at Belvedere, candid photos of the kids at work and play, and pictures of Belvedere teachers and staff.

Go to www.strawbridge.net, click Order Pictures/Yearbooks and enter the code YB115015

If your family is eligible for free or reduced lunch, use the code BES8OFF to order at the discounted rate of $10. 

Sales end April 1 – so be sure to buy your yearbook soon! 

From Our Counselors

Please click here for the latest Counselors' Corner newsletter from our wonderful school counselors, Ms. Simpson and Ms. Ballard!

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register. 

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Summer STEAM Camps through CTE

FCPS's Career and Technical Education office will be offering a Tech Adventure Camp for students in grades 2-6.  Students will explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science topics by rotating through daily classes.  For additional details, click on this link to see the flyer, or click on this link for more details and registration links.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, March 14 to Sunday, March 20: Belvedere PTA Online Auction
  • Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 24: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Belvedere students
  • Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30: Third Grade Seed Sale
  • Thursday, March 31: 2-hour early release
  • Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8: Spring Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Although temperatures dipped a little today, it feels like spring.  Trees are starting to bloom, and warmer weather is around the corner. The official first day of spring is March 21.

This week has been another great week of learning at Belvedere.  Across grade levels, teachers continue to embed thinking routines to strengthen the culture of thinking at Belvedere. To fully understand thinking routines, teachers themselves engage in thinking routines as part of team instructional planning.  For example, Ms. Rogers led the third-grade team in unpacking an upcoming unit of inquiry under the theme Where We Are in Place and Time by using routine Zoom In.  Working in pairs, teachers considered the theme in small parts, each time revealing more of the theme and reflecting on what the theme encompasses.  Below are some images of the theme being revealed in stages, and of teachers engaged with this thinking routine:

 

Using this thinking routine led the team to a more robust understanding of the theme. The conversations that ensued as each part of the theme was revealed helped the team understand the depth of research and connections encompassed within the unit.  Teachers were also able to make connections between the various parts of the theme and the study of ancient civilizations included in this unit.              

March 8 PTA Meeting                               

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting yesterday.  The Belvedere mental health team presented about internet safety. You can find a link to the presentation here. If you did not attend the meeting, we hope you take time to look this over. Now more than ever, internet safety for all students is paramount.

Some additional computer-related questions were raised during the PTA meeting:

  • My daughter has been asked to watch the news as part of her government unit in third grade. I wanted her to watch the state of the union address on her school laptop, but she said she wasn’t allowed. What are the rules?
  • Answer: If a teacher has asked students to do something for school, whether it is to watch or create something, students are able to use their school issued laptops to complete the assignment.
  • My children have been playing ABCya at school as a provided FCPS resource. It has advertisements directed at children (like toys). Is there a way to turn off the ads or revoke my children’s permission to use the program? I’d rather they not be exposed to ads.
  • Answer: There is not a way to turn the ads off. If you would like your student to no longer have ABCya as an option, please let his or her teacher know.
  • Can you explain "Interland," a computer game that the kids play to teach internet use at Belvedere?
  • Answer: Interland is a fun way to teach students about internet safety through games. Kids will help their fellow Internauts combat badly behaved hackers, phishers, over sharers, and bullies by practicing the skills they need to be good digital citizens. Interland is part of Google’s Be Internet Awesome Program, which teaches youth the fundamentals of digital citizenship and provides parents and educators with resources to help youth navigate the web and their online interactions.

Best regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Date Change:  COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Belvedere Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 14

Please note that the dates of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic for current Belvedere students age 5-11 have been changed to Friday, March 18 and  Thursday, April 14. Please check your child’s backpack for more information, including the revised consent forms.

The first dose will be administered on Friday, March 18 and the second dose will be administered on Thursday, April 14. If your child has received their first dose and is need of a second dose, they can bring their consent form and their CDC Vaccination card on the day of the clinic.

Please contact Jen Buchanan at [email protected] or call the Belvedere office at 703-916-6800 to sign up or if you have any questions.

From Our Counselors

Please click here for the latest Counselors' Corner newsletter from our wonderful school counselors, Ms. Simpson and Ms. Ballard!

Back-to-School Pediatric Immunization Clinic on March 12

The State of Virginia requires immunizations for entry into kindergarten, 7th grade, 12th grade, and when transferring into FCPS. The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special immunization clinic for Fairfax County students to complete their school vaccine requirements (the COVID-19 vaccine is not a required vaccine). 

The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 12, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, #400-E, Annandale, VA 22003. Appointments are required.

To make an appointment, call 703-246-7100.

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register. 

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) or visit our website here for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Justice HS

Belvedere families are invited to Justice High School Theatre's spring musical production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Prepare to be entertained with an uplifting revue of songs and vignettes based on the classic comic strip by Charles M. Schultz. This family friendly show is sure to put a smile on your face and remind us all how we can find happiness in the simplest of things!

Show will be on Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now at Etix.

Charlie Brown Character Party on Saturday, March 12

Join us after the Saturday matinee, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., for a special You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown character party! Meet and greet Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, take photos, participate in a scavenger hunt, and more! Tickets for the character party are $5 per child and are available for purchase here.

Belvedere PTA Online Auction March 14 to 20

The PTA's annual auction fundraiser will be held online between March 14 and March 20 this year!  Auction items include:

  • Room baskets and amazing teacher experiences including principal for the day
  • Capitals hockey tickets
  • Small group swim lesson at Kids Swim
  • Passes to Bonds Escape Room
  • A weeks Vacation in Pawley’s Island
  • $250 in gift cards donated from Virginia Orthodontic Partners 
  • Nationals tickets and a baseball autographed by Nats pitcher Stephen Strasburg
  • Botox and Facials from Alexandria Associates of Dermatology
  • Born to Dance and Goldfish Swim classes
  • Kids Dream Room Design and proposal
  • Congressional summer camp gift card
  • D1 training package
  • Mathnasium assessment and tutoring
  • And much more!

Click here for more information.  Thank you for supporting the Belvedere PTA!

Volunteer Needs Food Fridge: Deliver to Food for Others

Please help Belvedere nourish our community and keep good food out of the landfill by signing up to deliver unopened milk (and some food) from the cafeteria to Food for Others. Every volunteer makes a difference, so please let us know even if you can only go once!

  • We would like to deliver twice a week. 
  • Food for Others is on Prosperity Road, between Route 50 and Lee Highway near Mosaic, Sweetwater Tavern and the Unique thrift store. 
  • Deliveries can be made between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Please contact Margeaux Frank ([email protected]) and Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) if you are interested in volunteering or have questions. 

Thank you!

Continue to Shop the Book Fair Online

The library's Bookworm Book Fair ended on December 10, but you can still shop online using the Online Book Fair link here.  The shopping link will be open for the rest of the school year!

Summer STEAM Camps through CTE

FCPS's Career and Technical Education office will be offering a Tech Adventure Camp for students in grades 2-6.  Students will explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science topics by rotating through daily classes.  For additional details, click on this link to see the flyer, or click on this link for more details and registration links.

U.S. Citizenship Classes through Fairfax County Libraries

The Fairfax County Public Libraries are offering classes to help prepare for the U.S. Citizenship Exam.  For more details, click here.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for considering this important matter.

PTA News Support the Belvedere PTA

Our PTA supports Belvedere in myriad ways: organizing school events, enrichment and outreach activities; providing funding for field trips, library books, and technology in the classroom; and building a school community outside the classroom.  

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, March 14 to Sunday, March 20: Belvedere PTA Online Auction
  • Friday, March 18 and Thursday, April 24: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Belvedere students
  • Thursday, March 31: 2-hour early release
  • Friday, April 1: Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, April 4 to Friday, April 8: Spring Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

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