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FCPS Values Your Opinion!

On March 24th, you will receive an invitation from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools to participate in the 2019 FCPS Family Engagement Survey! 

We would love for you to complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of:

  • Providing you opportunities to partner.
  • Developing positive relationships.
  • Ensuring student success and more.

The survey will be available between March 24th- April 12th.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email after March 24 for an invitation with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the Belvedere front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

For more information, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you in advance!

Cecilia Vanderhye

Principal

Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night at Belvedere (6 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 4/2: April PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, 4/5: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Saturday, 4/6: April Outdoor Club Outing - Annual Stream Clean Up
  • Wednesday, 4/10: Spring Partners in Print Event
  • Monday, 4/15-Friday, 4/19: Spring Break

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Spring Testing Dates

SOL tests have been scheduled for grades 3-5. Please take note of the dates that apply to your child. Additional information will follow as we get closer to May. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have questions at this time.

5th Grade

  • Tuesday, May 7: Science
  • Thursday, May 9: Advanced Math
  • Thursday, May 9 & Friday, May 10: Base Math
  • Wednesday, May 29 & Thursday, May 30: Reading

4th Grade

  • Wednesday, May 8: Virginia Studies
  • Tuesday, May 14 & Wednesday, May 15: Math
  • THursday, May 23 & Friday, May 24: Reading

3rd Grade

  • Thursday, May 16 & Friday May 17: Math
  • Tuesday, May 21 & Wednesday, May 22: Reading
Last call for yearbook orders!

Yearbooks are on sale through March 22, 2019. Please see the February 21 Wednesday Folder for details, pricing, and order forms. You can also purchase a yearbook online using the link below.

Online Yearbook Order Link

3rd Grade Author Visit Book Orders

Author Tracey Kyle will visit our third graders on Friday, April 26. Students have the opportunity to order signed copies of her books using the order form in today's Wednesday Folder. Orders are due back to school by Thursday, April 11.

Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night at Belvedere (6 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, 4/2: April PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, 4/5: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Saturday, 4/6: April Outdoor Club Outing - Annual Stream Clean Up
  • Wednesday, 4/10: Spring Partners in Print Event
  • Monday, 4/15-Friday, 4/19: Spring Break

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Dear Belvedere Families,

We are excited to share with you that Marcie Atkins, Belvedere librarian, was named the Potomac Region 2019 Librarian of the Year. This award is sponsored by the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL), which includes seven regions. The Potomac region covers Northern Virginia, including Fauquier, Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington, and Loudon counties. The seven region winners are now in the running for Librarian of the Year for the state, which will be announced at the VAASL conference in November.

Ms. Atkins’ contributions to the Belvedere community are many. She regularly collaborates with grade level teams to write curriculum, and she engages students through inquiry-rich instruction. She consistently contributes ideas that help expand others’ thinking, resulting in better outcomes for students. Ms. Atkins is comfortable with technology integration. She ensures that students are well-versed in navigating electronic resources, such as encyclopedias, reading databases, and internet resources. During library sessions with individual classes, Ms. Atkins regularly incorporates the use of technology, including interactions on the Smart Board and use of laptops and iPads. Ms. Atkins also works closely with the school’s technology teacher to run the school’s student-led news program.

Ms. Atkins regularly extends her knowledge by attending workshops and building professional connections with other librarians. She consistently shares new learning with staff. Ms. Atkins is also a writer and she regularly connects with authors who share their knowledge with the students at school. Through her leadership, the Belvedere library program consistently deepens and expands students understanding of literacy and resources available. Congratulations, Ms. Atkins!

Pennies for Patients starts tomorrow!

On March 14 we will begin a Pennies for Patients Drive to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We will kick off the drive that Thursday with a superhero spirit day, and students are invited to dress as their favorite superhero! Donation boxes will be available in every classroom for students to donate pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Our school goal is to have every classroom participate at least one day during the drive.

Friday is the 3rd Grade Seed Sale!

Please join us on Friday, March 15, for the annual third grade seed sale! Students will be selling seeds in the front lobby between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and at the PTA Silent Auction at Glory Days Grill starting at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public; come out to support our students!

Special Request: Donate your tissue boxes

Please consider donating tissue boxes for the Kindergarteners’ counseling lesson this month. They will be creating “Worry Monsters” as a follow up to last month’s lesson about worries and what to do with them. Donations can be dropped off at the front office or brought in to the Kindergarten classrooms. Boxes may be full or empty. Thank you from the Counseling Department!

Author Visit Book Orders

Two authors will be visiting our school in March, and students have the opportunity to order some of their books ahead of the visits! Please see the dates below as well as flyers in the February 13 Wednesday Folder for details.

Sue Fliess—author visit for K-1-2 on March 27

  • Book order deadline is March 20
  • Note: these orders will go through BES (Please make checks payable to Belvedere ES.)
Order your yearbook!

Yearbooks are on sale through March 22, 2019. Please see the February 21 Wednesday Folder for details, pricing, and order forms. You can also purchase a yearbook online using the link below.

Online Yearbook Order Link

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 3/15: 3rd Grade Seed Sale (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Belvedere Lobby)
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction (6 p.m., Glory Days Grill)
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night (6 p.m.)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Parent Coffee Tomorrow!

Belvedere parents are invited to attend a parent coffee with Chrissy Berl, one of our counselors, and Laura Doughty, our parent liaison. Chrissy and Laura will talk about Parent Tools for School/Morning Routines. We hope you can join us in the parent center at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow for a cup of coffee and conversation!

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 3/13: Parent Coffee (9:15 a.m.)
  • Friday, 3/15: 3rd Grade Seed Sale (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Belvedere Lobby)
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction (6 p.m., Glory Days Grill)
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night (6 p.m.)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Early Release on Monday

Students will be released three hours early at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Please note that the school office will also close from 1:30-2:30 that day.

Spring Pictures will be taken this week!

Spring pictures will be taken on Thursday and Friday, March 7-8. Please see the announcement in today's Wednesday folder or on the BES website for the picture day schedule and order information.

Vote for Belvedere!

Please continue voting every day in the WTOP Click for Kids Contest! If we win, we could get up to $10,000 for our environmental education program!

Link to vote for Belvedere

Third Grade Seed Sale

Please join us for the annual Third Grade Seed Sale on Friday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Belvedere front lobby and during the PTA Silent Auction at Glory Days Grill. To preview the seed choices or complete an order form, please see today's Wednesday folder

Author Visit Book Orders

Two authors will be visiting our school in March, and students have the opportunity to order some of their books ahead of the visits! Please see the dates below as well as flyers in the February 13 Wednesday Folder for details.

Sue Fliess—author visit for K-1-2 on March 27

  • Book order deadline is March 20
  • Note: these orders will go through BES (Please make checks payable to Belvedere ES.)
Order your yearbook!

Yearbooks are on sale through March 22, 2019. Please see the February 21 Wednesday Folder for details, pricing, and order forms. You can also purchase a yearbook online using the link below.

Online Yearbook Order Link

Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, 3/7-Friday, 3/8: Spring Picture Days
  • Thursday, 3/7: March PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, 3/11: 3-hour Early Release for Students
  • Friday, 3/15: 3rd Grade Seed Sale (8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Belvedere Lobby)
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction (6 p.m., Glory Days Grill)
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night (6 p.m.)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Click for Kids: Vote for Belvedere!

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Vote for Belvedere!

Belvedere is participating in the WTOP Click for Kids contest, and we need your help! If we win, we could get up to $10,000 for our environmental education program. Here's how you can help:

  1. Vote for our school using the link below every day until March 13. Our district is listed as "Fairfax."
  2. Share the link with your friends and family. Consider forwarding this email or posting to your social media. Encourage friends and family to vote every day!
Link to vote for Belvedere

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Our Lost and Found is overflowing!

Lots of winter clothing is piling up in our Lost and Found. Please encourage your children to stop by and claim items they are missing! The Lost and Found is located outside the cafeteria.

Save the Date for Family Science Night!

Family Science Night is returning to Belvedere! Our families will have the opportunity to try  hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math with Belvedere teachers and volunteers from the Children's Science Center. We hope you will join us for this event on Tuesday, March 26, from 6-8 p.m!

It's Read Across America Week!

Belvedere students are celebrating with spirit days connected to Dr. Seuss books and additional activities geared toward reading. Don't forget about the remaining dress up days this week:

  • Thursday: Dress up for the job you want (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)
  • Friday: Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to school (The Sleep Book)
Author Visit Book Orders

Two authors will be visiting our school in March, and students have the opportunity to order some of their books ahead of the visits! Please see the dates below as well as flyers in the February 13 Wednesday Folder for details.

Sue Fliess—author visit for K-1-2 on March 27

  • Book order deadline is March 20
  • Note: these orders will go through BES (Please make checks payable to Belvedere ES.)
Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are on sale through March 22, 2019. Please see the February 21 Wednesday Folder for details, pricing, and order forms. You can also purchase a yearbook online using the link below.

Online Yearbook Order Link

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, 3/2: March Outdoor Club Outing (details in link)
  • Thursday, 3/7-Friday, 3/8: Spring Picture Days
  • Thursday, 3/7: March PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, 3/11: 3-hour Early Release for Students
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction
  • Tuesday, 3/26: Family Science Night (6 p.m.)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Read Across America Week

February 25-March 1 is Read Across America Week. To celebrate, we will have spirit days to match different books by Dr. Seuss:

  • Monday: Wear your favorite hat (Cat in the Hat)
  • Tuesday:  Wear crazy socks (Fox in Socks)
  • Wednesday: Wear your clothes backwards or inside out (Wacky Wednesday)
  • Thursday: Dress up for the job you want (Oh, the Places You'll Go!)
  • Friday: Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal to school (The Sleep Book)

There will also be chances for classes to win books for their classroom libraries!

Yearbook Orders

Yearbooks are now on sale through March 22, 2019. Please see the February 21 Wednesday Folder for details, pricing, and order forms. You can also purchase a yearbook online using the link below.

Online Yearbook Order Link

Author Visit Book Orders

Two authors will be visiting our school in March, and students have the opportunity to order some of their books ahead of the visits! Please see the dates below as well as flyers in the February 13 Wednesday Folder for details.

Leah Henderson—author visit for 4th and 5th grades on March 13

  • Book Order Deadline is February 25
  • Note: these orders will go through One More Page (checks made payable to them).

Sue Fliess—author visit for K-1-2 on March 27

  • Book order deadline is March 20
  • Note: these orders will go through BES (checks made payable to Belvedere ES)

Please note that third graders will have an author visit in April, and details about ordering books will be sent home closer to the visit.

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, 3/2: March Outdoor Club Outing
  • Thursday, 3/7-Friday, 3/8: Spring Picture Days
  • Thursday, 3/7: March PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, 3/11: 3-hour Early Release for Students
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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From our Principal

Dear Belvedere Families:

The International Baccalaureate (IB) evaluation is around the corner. So what is this and what does this mean? Every five years, IB evaluates the  implementation of IB programs in IB schools. At Belvedere, we adhere to the IB-Primary Years Program (PYP), which is the elementary years IB program.  Believe it or not, this is our fifth year as an authorized IB-PYP school, and it is time for IB to carry out the evaluation visit. This will take place on February 21 and 22.

The aim of this PYP Program Evaluation is to:

  • evaluate the extent to which the school is meeting the IB program standards and practices
  • improve implementation by identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas for future focus
  • serve as a vehicle to reinforce the support and commitment for the program

To prepare for the visit, Belvedere staff participated in a yearlong self-study process, which is a detailed reflection about all aspects of the program implementation. The self-study provided the opportunity for Belvedere staff to identify where the school excels, where it has shown growth and what needs additional attention. This work, led by Ms. Louder, the school’s PYP Coordinator, resulted in well prepared documentation to share with IB evaluators when they visit.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support of our school.  We feel honored to support your children’s learning each day.

Sincerly,

Cecilia Vanderhye

Calendar Reminder

All FCPS schools will be closed Monday, February 18 in honor of the Presidents' Day holiday. School will resume on Tuesday, February 19.

Author Visit Book Orders

Two authors will be visiting our school in March, and students have the opportunity to order some of their books ahead of the visits! Please see the dates below as well as flyers in today's Wednesday Folder for details.

Leah Henderson—author visit for 4th and 5th grades on March 13

  • Book Order Deadline is February 25
  • Note: these orders will go through One More Page (checks made payable to them).

Sue Fliess—author visit for K-1-2 on March 27

  • Book order deadline is March 20
  • Note: these orders will go through BES (checks made payable to Belvedere ES)

Please note that third graders will have an author visit in April, and details about ordering books will be sent home closer to the visit.

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 2/11-Friday, 2/15: Spring Book Fair
  • Wednesday, 2/13: PTA Spelling Bee (6 p.m.) & Evening Book Fair Shopping
  • Monday, 2/18: Presidents' Day Holiday (no school)
  • Saturday, 3/2: March Outdoor Club Outing
  • Thursday, 3/7-Friday, 3/8: Spring Picture Days
  • Thursday, 3/7: March PTA Meeting (7 p.m.)
  • Monday, 3/11: 3-hour Early Release for Students
  • Friday, 3/15: PTA Silent Auction

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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From our Principal

Dear Belvedere Parents,

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is studying how school environments relate to discipline practices in the Division. As part of the study, you will receive a survey from FCPS’ Office of Research and Strategic Improvement (ORSI). The surveys are designed to help FCPS understand your and your child’s thoughts about the school environment and how discipline is approached in their school.

Surveys to parents will be translated into multiple languages and will come via eNotify.

Participation is voluntary for you and your child, and all responses will be anonymous.

I encourage you to participate in this important survey to help FCPS understand what is working well and where we can improve.

Sincerly,

Cecilia Vanderhye

5th Grade Families: Glasgow MS Open House is tonight!

The Glasgow MS open house was cancelled due to snow and has been rescheduled for tonight, Wednesday, February 6, at 6 p.m. Details for this event can be found on our website.

PTA Meeting and Movie Night this Friday

The February PTA meeting will take place this Friday at 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria. Late Day Learners and board nominations are on the agenda. PTA will provide a pizza dinner for this event!

After the meeting, the 5th grade parents are hosting a movie night to support the 5th Grade End of Year Celebration. There will be a snack bar and 50/50 raffle in addition to the movie, Small Foot.

More details can be found in today's Wednesday folder.

Outdoor Club Outing Rescheduled

The February Outdoor Club outing has been rescheduled for this Saturday, February 9. Please contact Ms. Evers if you plan to attend!

Support Belvedere by visiting the Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Belvedere February 11-15. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. On Wednesday, February 13, the Book Fair will be open until 7 p.m. Please stop by before the Spelling Bee! Students will also visit the Book Fair during their normal library time. We accept cash, credit cards, and checks (made payable to Belvedere PTA). You can also order online February 7-22 at: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/belvedereelemsch.

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 2/6: Glasgow MS Open House for 5th grade families (6 p.m.)
  • Friday, 2/8: February PTA Meeting (5:15 p.m.) and Movie Night (6 p.m.)
  • Saturday, 2/9: Outdoor Club Outing
  • Monday, 2/11-Friday, 2/15: Spring Book Fair
  • Wednesday, 2/13: PTA Spelling Bee (6 p.m.) & Evening Book Fair Shopping
  • Monday, 2/18: Presidents' Day Holiday (no school)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Calendar Reminder

Please note that Monday, February 4, is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 5. 

Volunteer at the Spring Book Fair!

We need volunteers to help make the spring book fair a success. The book fair will be held Friday, February 8-Friday February 15. More details can be found in today's Wednesday Folder or on the BES website. Please sign up using this Sign Up Genius link if you can help out!

Family Science Night is Coming to Belvedere!

Join us for Family Science Night on Tuesday, March 26, brought to you by the Children’s Science Center. Activities include: Castle Geometry: Math in 3D!, Are you My Baby?: Animal Adaptations, How Slow Can You Go?: Defying Gravity, Fingerprint Analysis: Forensic Science and Shrink Me!: Taking Metric Measurements among others. Students will participate in these hands-on experiments, specially designed to provoke interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

Volunteers are needed from 5-9 p.m. to set up, assist students with activities, and clean up. Contact Jen Buchanan at jkbuchanan@fcps.edu to volunteer. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events
  • Monday, 2/4: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Wednesday, 2/6: Club and Candid Picture Day
  • Friday, 2/8: February PTA Meeting (5:15 p.m.) and Movie Night (6 p.m.)
  • Friday, 2/8-Friday, 2/15: Spring Book Fair
  • Wednesday, 2/13: PTA Spelling Bee (6 p.m.) & Evening Book Fair Shopping
  • Monday, 2/18: Presidents' Day Holiday (no school)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Calendar Reminder

Please note that Friday, January 25 is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. Classes will resume on Monday, January 28. 

It's time to register for Kindergarten!

Children born on or before September 30, 2014 need to register for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year. Please refer to information in today's Wednesday Folder or the BES website for details. 

Belvedere will hold a Kindergarten Orientation event on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m. All rising kindergarten students and their families are invited to attend!

Volunteer at the Spring Book Fair!

We need volunteers to help make the spring book fair a success. The book fair will be held Friday, February 8-Friday February 15. More details can be found in today's Wednesday Folder or on the BES website. Please sign up using this Sign Up Genius link if you can help out!

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 1/23: Winter Chorus Concert (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 1/25: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Tuesday, 1/29: 5th Grade Fundraiser at Chipotle (5-9 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 1/30: Glasgow MS Open House (6 p.m., 5th graders only)
  • Saturday, 2/2: February Outdoor Club Outing (TBA)
  • Monday, 2/4: Student Holiday (no school)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Calendar Reminders

Please take note of the upcoming early release days and student holidays in January:

  • Friday, 1/18: 3-hour Early Release (students dismissed at 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (no school)
  • Friday, 1/25: Teacher Workday (no school)
FCPS Bus Drivers Wanted

FCPS invites applicants to join its transportation team! Pay starts at $19/hour, plus benefits (including health insurance, life insurance, paid sick leave and retirement plan), and a flexible schedule. To qualify, applicants must: be at least 21 years of age; have a good driving record; pass a physical exam, drug screen and background check; and be willing to complete a 5-week training program for a commercial driver’s license.

For more information, call 571-423-3000, or go to www.fcps.edu and search for “Bus Driver.”

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 1/18: 3-hour Early Release (students dismissed at 1:05 p.m.)
  • Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (no school)
  • Wednesday, 1/23: Winter Chorus Concert (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 1/25: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Wednesday, 1/30: Glasgow MS Open House (6 p.m., 5th graders only)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Preschool Information Sessions for 2019-2020

If you are interested in our preschool program (FECEP/Head Start) for 2019-2020 school year, please stop by the Parent Center at one of the following times: 

  • January 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • February 14 from  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • March 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Please bring these items with you:

  • Copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • Family Income Verification ( example, 2018 tax return, w-2, current pay stubs, employment verification, child support, TANF, SSI etc.)
  • Copy of current rental agreement / lease

Olga Simpson will be available to accept applications and answer any questions you might have about the program.

AAP Parent Referrals due Thursday

Thursday, January 10 is the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV referral deadline. Parents of students in grades 2-7 may refer for full-time AAP placement.

Parents or guardians of students not in the second grade screening pool may initiate the full-time AAP Level IV screening process by completing and submitting an Advanced Academic Programs Level IV Referral Form to the school. The referral form plus forms for additional optional information are available on the FCPS website and in the Parent Information Packet available at the school.

If you have any questions please contact Margaret McGuire at mmcguire@fcps.edu.

Upcoming Events
  • Friday, 1/18: 3-hour Early Release (students dismissed at 1:05 p.m.)
  • Friday, 1/18: PTA Winter Movie Night (TBA)
  • Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (no school)
  • Wednesday, 1/23: Winter Chorus Concert (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 1/25: Student Holiday (no school)
  • Wednesday, 1/30: Glasgow MS Open House (6 p.m., 5th graders only)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Winter break is almost here! Students have been continuously engaged in learning experiences that grow their skills across the curriculum and engage them in deep thinking. Please help us keep this learning going over the break as much as possible.

Some things you can do at home to support this are:

  • Read with your child. This varies depending on the child’s age and reading skills. It can mean looking at the illustrations and telling a story, listening to your child read, taking turns reading, reading to your child, or listening to your child share about his or her reading.
  • Encourage your child to write. This can include writing letters, keeping a journal, drawing and writing about the picture, and writing lists.
  • Encourage your child to measure and count, possibly while cooking or shopping with you.

We hope this break allows for time with friends and family. On behalf of the entire Belvedere staff, we wish you a restful break and happy holidays!

Sincerely,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal

Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Winter Break Reminder

FCPS Winter Break is scheduled from December 24-January 4. All schools and offices will be closed during the break. Please note that Friday, December 21 is a full day for students. Classes resume on Monday, January 7.

View the complete 2018-19 school year calendar on the FCPS website.

PTA Spelling Bee

Join us for a night of spelling E-X-C-I-T-E-M-E-N-T! This year’s Belvedere Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, February 13, starting promptly at 6 p.m. The Word Study List, registration form, and more details can be found in this week's Wednesday Folder. You can also sign up online: https://goo.gl/forms/HBKsczJtFIR3l5Z43

The winner of the Belvedere Spelling Bee will advance to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee, and the winner of the county Bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee! The Belvedere winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, and 2nd and 3rd place finishers will each receive $25 Amazon gift cards. Look for volunteer sign-ups after Winter Break!

Photos of the Week

Take a look at what's going on inside and outside our classrooms by viewing last week's Photos of the Week on the BES website!

Upcoming Events
  • Winter Break: December 24-January 4
  • Wednesday, 1/9: January PTA Meeting
  • Friday, 1/18: 3-hour Early Release
  • Friday, 1/18: PTA Winter Movie Night
  • Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (no school)

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

3-hour Early Release on Friday, 12/14

Please note students will be released three hours early on Friday, December 14. Belvedere students will be dismissed at 1:05 p.m. Find a complete list of holidays and other events on the Belvedere website.

Emergency Communications

Fairfax County Public Schools will be moving to a new vendor to provide emergency and essential email, text, and phone notifications beginning December 14, 2018. If you currently receive emergency and essential communications via email, text, or phone, you do not need to do anything as you will continue to receive this information. 

Parents and guardians who have included a cellphone number (in the cellphone field) on a student’s emergency care card will receive a text message on December 14 to confirm the account is set up to receive text messages from FCPS. You do not need to do anything when you receive the text message from the new vendor, School Messenger, on December 14th. If you do not receive a text message, please check the contact information listed on your child’s emergency care card in weCare. Your cellphone number must be listed in the cellphone field in order to receive text messages from FCPS.

New this year, parents can enter their student’s cellphone number in weCare so that their student will also receive text messages for delayed openings, school closings, and late bus notifications. The student’s cellphone number will need to be entered in Section 4, under Additional Information. If the student’s cellphone is listed in weCare, they will also receive the text message on December 14. 

Emergency and essential information includes:

  • Emergency
  • Delayed openings/school closings
  •  Attendance
  • Early release
  • Buses running late
  • Low lunch balance
  • Power, telephone, internet outages or facility repairs
  • Back to school information
  • Important testing dates

If you have recently changed your contact information, please be sure to update the emergency contact information in weCare.

As a reminder, in addition to email and text messages, all FCPS weather delays and openings are also posted on Twitter, Facebook, FCPS website, school websites, and local radio and television broadcasts. Read more about Weather Cancellation Procedures.

Photos of the Week

Take a look at what's going on inside and outside our classrooms by viewing last week's Photos of the Week on the BES website!

Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, 12/12: AAP Level IV Screening Information Session (6:30 p.m., cafeteria)
  • Thursday, 12/13: AAP Level IV Screening Information Session (2:45 p.m., Parent Center)
  • Thursday, 12/13: Winter Strings Concert (7 p.m., Gym)
  • Friday, 12/14: Three-hour early release
  • Winter Break: December 24-January 4

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Wednesday Folder Information

Please find electronic copies of your child's Wednesday folder items on the PTA website. Thanks for going green and accessing these items online each week! If you would like to change your preferences for paper or electronic copies, please contact the office.

Dear Belvedere Family:

This past week has been filled with good news. The Preschool Team held an International Potluck for their families with many families attending and sharing wonderful food from around the world. Thanks to our Preschool Team for providing a great community-school event. Everyone had a great time!

On Thursday morning we were all surprised by a visit from our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Zuluaga, the Executive Director of Apple FCU Education Foundation, Ms. Steven Sengstack, and Lisa Barrow, Director of Professional Growth and Career Development. They came to share the good news that Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation awarded Belvedere a $4000 grant to improve the preschool playground. The funds will allow us to make modifications to give students increased opportunities with hands-on experiences in an outdoor setting, including a mud kitchen, sensory tables, and outdoor seating. Congratulations to Stacey Evers, Environmental Teacher, and the preschool teachers for all their work in writing the grant!

Last week, we had a successful first week of composting. The students understand the importance of composting and their efforts prevented nearly 70 pounds of food scraps from going to the landfill. We encourage you to talk to your child about the experience.  Students will continue composting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

Math Night is this Thursday! There will be a free pasta dinner served, and the book fair will be open. See below for details. We look forward to seeing you at Belvedere!

Math Night, Pasta Dinner, and Book Fair this Thursday!

Please join us for Math Night on Thursday, December 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. A free pasta dinner will be served from 6-6:30, and the book fair will be open for shopping during the whole event. The book fair accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. All proceeds go to purchasing new books for the library. Details about these events can be found on the BES website.

Environmental education teacher, Stacey Evers, and the BES Preschool team were excited to accept a grant from Apple Federal Credit Union to revamp the preschool playground to expand outdoor learning opportunities for our youngest students. Congrats to Ms. Evers and the Preschool Team!

Upcoming Events
  • Monday-Friday, 12/3-7: Fall Book Fair
  • Thursday, 12/6: Math Night & Pasta Dinner
  • Friday, 12/7: PTA Meeting (9:30 a.m., cafeteria)
  • Friday, 12/7: AAP Level IV Screening Information Session (10 a.m., cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, 12/12: AAP Level IV Screening Information Session (6:30 p.m., cafeteria)
  • Thursday, 12/13: AAP Level IV Screening Information Session (2:45 p.m., Parent Center)
  • Friday, 12/14: Three-hour early release
  • Winter Break: December 24-January 4

Find a complete list of events on the Belvedere website.

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Attendance: 703-916-6868 | Web | Twitter

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