Belvedere Summer News & Announcements

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

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

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

Summer Office Hours

The Belvedere office will be open on a reduced schedule during the summer.  Office hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Summer Program Dates

If your child is registered for one of the summer programs at Belvedere, please note the dates below:

  • Summer SACC (Camp Fairfax): June 21 to August 13
  • PAC (Preschool Autism): Begins July 2
  • Young Scholars, Bridge to Kindergarten, Bridge to 1st Grade, and SOARS: July 12 to July 30
Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) is Open Now

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

For more information, please contact the SACC office at 703-449-8989.

Summer Practice Books

Dear FCPS Community,

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students in grades PreK-8 to provide suggested activities to support continued learning. Students will be mailed books based on course enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. Links to the Adapted Curriculum, PAC, and Special Education Early Childhood books will be emailed to identified families in a separate email. 

If your mailed books do not arrive before the end of June, please reach out to your school to request a print copy. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will not receive mailed copies of books.  Digital versions of Summer Practice Books can be accessed below and will be available through July 30, 2021.

Links to the Summer Practice Books are available here.

Glasgow JumpStart for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School Rising 6th grade JumpStart Program: August 2 & 3 or August 4 & 5

Help your student get a JumpStart on middle school! Students take a tour of the school and engage in a series of group activities and learning experiences to prepare for in-person sixth-grade in the fall. All rising sixth-graders registered for Glasgow Middle School in the fall of 2021 are eligible to register. Space is limited, so please register soon.

Check out the JumpStart Promotional Video here!

See this flyer for details. To register, click here.  For more information please email: Melinda HedenbergRushel Grillo or Emily Wasserman.

Backpack Friday Food Distribution to Continue this Summer

Every Friday this summer, the Belvedere Parent Center will distribute food through our "Backpack Friday" program. Distribution will be on these dates:

  • Friday, June 25
  • Thursday, July 1
  • Friday, July 9
  • Friday, July 16
  • Friday, July 23
  • Friday, July 30
  • Friday, August 6
  • Friday, August 13, and
  • Friday, August 20

Children enrolled in one of the summer programs at Belvedere will be given food bags in-person.  Children who are not attending summer school can pick up their bags at Belvedere.  If you cannot come on the dates listed above, or if you have any questions, please contact the Parent Center at 703-916-6800.

Free Meals Available Throughout the Summer, June 28-August 5

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to no-cost meals over the summer months at meal kit sites and on bus routes. Each site and bus route will offer meal kits containing seven days of breakfast and lunch. Please note that locations of the meal distribution sites and all bus routes have changed from the school year plan. 

Summer Meal Kits will be offered on Mondays at 10 sites throughout the county beginning June 28 and ending August 2. Please note that meal kits will be distributed on Tuesday, July 6, due to the Monday, July 5 holiday. Meal kits contain 7 days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. The meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or until supplies are exhausted. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children and adults may purchase kits for $28. 

Meal Kit bus routes will run June 28 through August 5. Buses will run weekly routes throughout the community distributing meal kits, containing seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. The buses will not distribute meals on a daily basis. The bus stops are weekly and run Monday-Thursday only. Please note that on Friday, July 2, Monday bus routes will operate to cover the Monday, July 5, holiday. Meal kits are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children. Adult meals will not be available for purchase on the bus routes. 

Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program this year that begins on June 11. Click here to read more. Students also have access to e-books all summer long. We hope you’ll keep your Belvedere Bulldog reading all summer!

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children 12-15

Good news! Vaccine providers in Virginia began vaccinating teens between 12-15 years old, following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu and FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent a joint letter to parents stressing the important role that vaccinating young people plays in keeping our schools a healthy place to learn. Check out FCPS teens from Justice High School who are sharing why they are getting vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available now:

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to the Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to the Inova COVID-19 scheduling webpage.
FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Free Summer Soccer Camp

The Culmore Soccer Camp is a county-sponsored program that is free for all participants in the Bailey’s community. This soccer camp is a place where young athletes, ages 6 to 16, can continue to develop their skills and participate in a team setting during the summer months.

Please visit their website here for more information. For a registration form in English, click here. For a registration form in Spanish, click here.

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

It’s hard to believe this is the last message from us for the 2020-2021 school year! What a year it has been!  And we made it! We would be remiss in not recognizing the huge role you have played this year, teaching alongside us while in your homes.  Thank you for all that you have contributed to your child’s learning and for your unwavering support.  We could not have done this without you!

With summer heat and humidity firmly settled into our area, we end this year looking forward to the new year to begin in August.  Fairfax County Public Schools is excited to welcome back students for five days per week of instruction in an environment that is as close to pre-COVID times as it can be.  We are excited to welcoming our returning students back!

Last night was the final PTA meeting of the school year. We thank our outgoing PTA board for their dedication and support throughout this year.  Ms. Chodos, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Rogers, and Ms. Long have led the PTA through collaboration with parents and the school, supporting students, staff, and families alike. Thank you for your dedication!

The PTA meeting also resulted in the election of a new PTA board for this coming school year.  We are excited to continue to work with Ms. Long in her role as new PTA president; Ms. Owens as Vice President; Ms. Kelley as Secretary; and Ms. Magoulas as Treasurer.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to our fifth graders and to the fifth-grade families.  This past Monday, they embraced the heat and humidity while spending hours painting the blacktop area of the school.  The result is a fabulous array of spaces where students can play games and enjoy the outdoors. What an incredible gift from our graduating 5th-grade class! On behalf of Belvedere students and staff, we thank you. Please see pictures below.

Please remember to have your child return their laptop, MiFi (if applicable), power cord, and mouse before leaving for the summer. Please also return any math manipulatives you may have at home.  See below for more information about return of supplies.

Finally, we remind you that Friday, June 11 (the last day of school) is a two-hour early release day, and school ends at 2:15 p.m.

We wish you a wonderful summer!

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

5th Grade Graduation

We are planning a fun virtual graduation celebration for our fifth-graders on the last day of school, Friday, June 11.  Click here for more details!

End-of-Year Return of School Supplies

We are looking for your child to find and return these items to school before the end of the school year:

  • Technology Items: Laptop, charger, carrying case (if given), and MiFi device (if given) 
  • Language Arts Items: Bags of Books that had the Return to BES Teddy bear sticker on it
  • Math Items: Any dice, counters, Unix cubes, base ten blocks, 100s charts 
  • You do not need to return: any notebooks, folders, or art supplies.

For In-Person students, please bring items to school with you and give to your teacher.

For Virtual students, please return all items during one of these times:

  • Friday, June 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your items off beforehand!

Medication Pick-Up

If you left medications for your child at Belvedere, they must be picked up no later that 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11.  Any medications remaining at Belvedere after that date will need to be destroyed, in accordance with FCPS regulations.

Summer Practice Books

Dear FCPS Community,

Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students in grades PreK-8 to provide suggested activities to support continued learning. Students will be mailed books based on course enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. Students will receive the following books:

  • Pre-Kindergarten students will receive one interdisciplinary Summer Practice Book.
  • Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book by course enrollment. These books will also include information and guidance about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.
  • English Learners and students receiving Special Education services may receive additional or customized books. Links to the Adapted Curriculum, PAC, and Special Education Early Childhood books will be emailed to identified families in a separate email. 

If your mailed books do not arrive before the end of June, please reach out to your school to request a print copy. Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will not receive mailed copies of books.  Digital versions of Summer Practice Books can be accessed below and will be available through July 30, 2021.

Links to the Summer Practice Books are available here.

Glasgow JumpStart for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School Rising 6th grade JumpStart Program: August 2 & 3 or August 4 & 5

Help your student get a JumpStart on middle school! Students take a tour of the school and engage in a series of group activities and learning experiences to prepare for in-person sixth-grade in the fall. All rising sixth-graders registered for Glasgow Middle School in the fall of 2021 are eligible to register. Space is limited, so please register soon.

Check out the JumpStart Promotional Video here!

See this flyer for details. To register, click here.  For more information please email: Melinda HedenbergRushel Grillo or Emily Wasserman.

Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program this year that begins on June 11. Click here to read more. Students also have access to e-books all summer long. We hope you’ll keep your Belvedere Bulldog reading all summer!

Order your School Supply Kits Now!

School supply kits for next school year are now available for purchase through the Belvedere PTA!  School supply kits allow you to do your back to school shopping risk free from the comfort and safety of your own home. Get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at big box retailers.  To purchase next year's supplies, Click here!

Free Summer Soccer Camp

The Culmore Soccer Camp is a county-sponsored program that is free for all participants in the Bailey’s community. This soccer camp is a place where young athletes, ages 6 to 16, can continue to develop their skills and participate in a team setting during the summer months.

Please visit their website here for more information. For a registration form in English, click here. For a registration form in Spanish, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children 12-15

Good news! Vaccine providers in Virginia began vaccinating teens between 12-15 years old, following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu and FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent a joint letter to parents stressing the important role that vaccinating young people plays in keeping our schools a healthy place to learn. Check out FCPS teens from Justice High School who are sharing why they are getting vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available now:

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to the Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to the Inova COVID-19 scheduling webpage.
Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

Library Books Overdue!

If your child has library books at home, please return them to the tubs at Door 1 as soon as possible. We still have hundreds of books out. If your child is learning virtually, please bring them to the school. Contact Mrs. Atkins with questions at: mfatkins@fcps.edu.

Want to find out what books your child needs to return to the library? Watch this short video.

Meal Kit Distribution Dates

Dear Belvedere Family:

The end of the school year is coming quickly, and we have a few meal distribution days left. We want to share the days and times with you so you can take full advantage of the remaining days:

  • Thursday, June 10: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)
  • Monday, June 14: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)

Best,

Gloria Acosta, Food Services Manager

Free Meals Available Throughout the Summer, June 28-August 5

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to no-cost meals over the summer months at meal kit sites and on bus routes. Each site and bus route will offer meal kits containing seven days of breakfast and lunch. Please note that locations of the meal distribution sites and all bus routes have changed from the school year plan. 

Summer Meal Kits will be offered on Mondays at 10 sites throughout the county beginning June 28 and ending August 2. Please note that meal kits will be distributed on Tuesday, July 6, due to the Monday, July 5 holiday. Meal kits contain 7 days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. The meal kits will be available for pick up from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. or until supplies are exhausted. All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children and adults may purchase kits for $28. 

Meal Kit bus routes will run June 28 through August 5. Buses will run weekly routes throughout the community distributing meal kits, containing seven days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk. The buses will not distribute meals on a daily basis. The bus stops are weekly and run Monday-Thursday only. Please note that on Friday, July 2, Monday bus routes will operate to cover the Monday, July 5, holiday. Meal kits are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. Parents and caregivers may pick up food for children. Adult meals will not be available for purchase on the bus routes. 

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, 6/11: Last Day of School, 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, and 2-hour Early Release
Keep in Touch

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Report student absences

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We are a little more than a week away from ending this most unusual school year. Your commitment to your child’s learning and to our school is impressive. We could not have done this without you. Thank you!

As you know, the School Board unanimously approved a budget for FY 2022. It places the well-being of all students, staff, and families at its core, during a time when the county's finances have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. The budget prioritizes and funds resources that support our students’ academic and social-emotional needs. A total of 86% of the $3.4 billion budget will go directly to instruction and instructional support. It also recognizes the sacrifices and commitment of FCPS teachers and staff during the pandemic with a 2% Market Scale Adjustment (MSA) for all employees. Learn more about the FCPS budget here.

This week, 5th-graders are sharing their PYP Exhibition projects. If you are a parent of a fifth grader, you already know how thoughtful and reflective our students are about what matters to them. Their topics are varied and touch on the many issues that affect our world and our society today. They are champions for justice and inclusion of all people, supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and the rights of LGBTQ+ people; they care about protecting the flora and fauna of our planet; and they have a unique perspective on COVID-19 as young children who are living through this pandemic. Their bravery and commitment to making the world a better place makes us proud.

We wish you a wonderful week and weekend ahead.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Family Literacy Night on Monday, June 7

The much-loved Family Literacy Night (formerly known as Partners in Print) is back. We want all our families to attend!

This year, there will be two parts:

  • From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., visit Belvedere or Barcroft View Apartments playground. Your child will pick a brand-new book plus a grab bag of books to grow your home library. (Additional goodies may be available, too!)
  • From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., families will be invited to attend a virtual workshop with our wonderful Belvedere staff. BBCU links will be sent the day of the event.  

We would like to estimate how many children/families will attend. Please RSVP by filling out this google form.

Contact Alexa McKenrick at akmckenrick@fcps.edu with any further questions.

Calendar Reminder: All Students to Be Virtual on Tuesday, June 8

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

Beware of Ticks

With our students spending time in our outdoor classroom spaces, we wanted to remind parents to be on the lookout for ticks, which can carry disease.  For more information, click here.

Please Send your Child to School with a Water Bottle!

With the return of hotter weather this week, we wanted to remind parents to send children to school with a water bottle.  Water fountains are not available due to COVID restrictions, but students can refill water bottles at classroom sinks.

Thank you!

End-of-Year Return of School Supplies

We are looking for your child to find and return these items to school before the end of the school year:

  • Technology Items: Laptop, charger, carrying case (if given), and MiFi device (if given) 
  • Language Arts Items: Bags of Books that had the Return to BES Teddy bear sticker on it
  • Math Items: Any dice, counters, Unix cubes, base ten blocks, 100s charts 
  • You do not need to return: any notebooks, folders, or art supplies.

For In-Person students, please bring items to school with you and give to your teacher.

For Virtual students, please return all items during one of these times:

  • Friday, June 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your items off beforehand!

Medication Pick-Up

If you left medications for your child at Belvedere, they must be picked up no later that 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 11.  Any medications remaining at Belvedere after that date will need to be destroyed, in accordance with FCPS regulations.

5th Grade Graduation

We are planning a fun virtual graduation celebration for our fifth-graders on the last day of school, Friday, June 11.  Click here for more details!

Glasgow JumpStart for Rising 6th Graders

Glasgow Middle School Rising 6th grade JumpStart Program: August 2 & 3 or August 4 & 5

Help your student get a JumpStart on middle school! Students take a tour of the school and engage in a series of group activities and learning experiences to prepare for in-person sixth-grade in the fall. All rising sixth-graders registered for Glasgow Middle School in the fall of 2021 are eligible to register. Space is limited, so please register soon.

See this flyer for details. For more information please email: Melinda HedenbergRushel Grillo or Emily Wasserman.

Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program this year that begins on June 11. Click here to read more. Students also have access to e-books all summer long. We hope you’ll keep your Belvedere Bulldog reading all summer!

Order your School Supply Kits Now!

School supply kits for next school year are now available for purchase through the Belvedere PTA!  School supply kits allow you to do your back to school shopping risk free from the comfort and safety of your own home. Get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at big box retailers.  To purchase next year's supplies, Click here!

Free Summer Soccer Camp

The Culmore Soccer Camp is a county-sponsored program that is free for all participants in the Bailey’s community. This soccer camp is a place where young athletes, ages 6 to 16, can continue to develop their skills and participate in a team setting during the summer months.

Please visit their website here for more information. For a registration form in English, click here. For a registration form in Spanish, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children 12-15

Good news! Vaccine providers in Virginia began vaccinating teens between 12-15 years old, following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu and FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent a joint letter to parents stressing the important role that vaccinating young people plays in keeping our schools a healthy place to learn. Check out FCPS teens from Justice High School who are sharing why they are getting vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available now:

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to the Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to the Inova COVID-19 scheduling webpage.
Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

Library Books Overdue!

If your child has library books at home, please return them to the tubs at Door 1 as soon as possible. We still have hundreds of books out. If your child is learning virtually, please bring them to the school. Contact Mrs. Atkins with questions at: mfatkins@fcps.edu.

Want to find out what books your child needs to return to the library? Watch this short video.

Meal Kit Distribution Dates

Dear Belvedere Family:

The end of the school year is coming quickly, and we have a few meal distribution days left. We want to share the days and times with you so you can take full advantage of the remaining days:

  • Monday, June 7: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)
  • Thursday, June 10: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)
  • Monday, June 14: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)

Best,

Gloria Acosta, Food Services Manager

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

New Meal Distribution Bus Routes Begin May 17

On Monday, May 17, many of the bus routes used for meals distribution will change. Please see the bus route schedule to check if yours has been affected.

Don't miss out! Most of the Grab & Go locations have switched to a Fairfax Meal Kits site. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk. The kits will be available for pick up every Monday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Please see the Return to School food webpage for locations.

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, 6/8: Synchronous Learning Day - No In-Person Classes (Primary Voting Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: PTA Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/11: Last Day of School, 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, and 2-hour Early Release
Keep in Touch

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Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022 (Next Year)

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Meal Kit Distribution Dates

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Meal Kit Distribution Dates

Dear Belvedere Family:

The end of the school year is coming quickly, and we have a few meal distribution days left. We want to share the days and times with you so you can take full advantage of the remaining days:

  • Wednesday, June 2 (Tomorrow): 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Monday, June 7: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)
  • Thursday, June 10: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)
  • Monday, June 14: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (7 day meal kit-Breakfast and lunch)

Best,

Gloria Acosta, Food Services Manager

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Cicadas have brought our school into the news spotlight!  This week Channel 7 visited our school and WTOP did a virtual interview. Both news networks wanted to learn about the many activities our students have been doing to explore and learn about cicadas.  FCPS also published a story about learning about cicadas at Belvedere. Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam also shared the cicadas story from FCPS This Week with a nice shout-out to teachers. You can view/read all the news here:

Thank you for all your support! We are so proud to lead this school and to work with teachers, students and families that come together for the good of all students.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Please Send your Child to School with a Water Bottle!

With the return of hotter weather this week, we wanted to remind parents to send children to school with a water bottle.  Water fountains are not available due to COVID restrictions, but students can refill water bottles at classroom sinks.

Thank you!

School Pictures are Here!

We received the prints & second-chance order forms from our photographer, Provine!  Distribution will begin this week.

For In-Person students:

  • If you ordered prints, they will be sent home with students this week.
  • If you did not order prints, a second-chance order form will be sent home with your child.  If you wish to order prints, you may use these forms to do so.

For Virtual students who had their pictures taken:

  • If you ordered prints, you will receive an email from Mr. Hemmens with pick-up instructions. Parents will be able to pick up their prints from the office through the end of the school year.
  • If you did not order prints, a second-chance order form will be mailed home shortly.
End-of-Year Return of School Supplies

We are looking for your child to find and return these items to school before the end of the school year:

  • Technology Items: Laptop, charger, carrying case (if given), and MiFi device (if given) 
  • Language Arts Items: Bags of Books that had the Return to BES Teddy bear sticker on it
  • Math Items: Any dice, counters, Unix cubes, base ten blocks, 100s charts 
  • You do not need to return: any notebooks, folders, or art supplies.

For In-Person students, please bring items to school with you and give to your teacher.

For Virtual students, please return all items during one of these times:

  • Friday, June 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.;
  • Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or
  • Tuesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are moving or leaving before the last day of school, please drop your items off beforehand!

Optional Parent Input Form for Class Placement

We will soon be considering class placements for next year.  If you would like to provide input on your child's learning style, or on adult characteristics that your child responds to best, please complete this form.

Reponses must be submitted by Tuesday, June 1. If you need a paper copy of the form, please contact the Belvedere office.

5th Grade Graduation

We are planning a fun virtual graduation celebration for our fifth-graders on the last day of school, Friday, June 11.  Click here for more details!

Save the Date: Family Literacy Night on Monday, June 7

The much-loved Family Literacy Night (formerly known as Partners in Print) is back. We want all our families to attend!

This year, there will be two parts:

  • From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., visit Belvedere or Barcroft View Apartments playground. Your child will pick a brand-new book plus a grab bag of books to grow your home library. (Additional goodies may be available, too!)
  • From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., families will be invited to attend a virtual workshop with our wonderful Belvedere staff. BBCU links will be sent the day of the event.  

We would like to estimate how many children/families will attend. Please RSVP by filling out this google form.

Contact Alexa McKenrick at akmckenrick@fcps.edu with any further questions.

Summer Reading Program

The Fairfax County Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program this year that begins on June 11. Click here to read more. Students also have access to e-books all summer long. We hope you’ll keep your Belvedere Bulldog reading all summer!

Order your School Supply Kits Now!

School supply kits for next school year are now available for purchase through the Belvedere PTA!  School supply kits allow you to do your back to school shopping risk free from the comfort and safety of your own home. Get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at big box retailers.  To purchase next year's supplies, Click here!

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children 12-15

Good news! Vaccine providers in Virginia began vaccinating teens between 12-15 years old, following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu and FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent a joint letter to parents stressing the important role that vaccinating young people plays in keeping our schools a healthy place to learn. Check out FCPS teens from Justice High School who are sharing why they are getting vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available now:

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to the Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to the Inova COVID-19 scheduling webpage.
Student Application for Virtual Enrollment, Based on Health Needs, Due May 28

If your child is currently attending school virtually and you would like for them to remain virtual due to their documented health or medical needs for the 2021-22 school year, the deadline to submit the COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form and the Virtual Enrollment Application is Friday, May 28, which is one week later than the original deadline of May 21. Please be aware that the medical need must be based upon the student, not a sibling’s or a family member’s health condition.

All parents of virtual students were sent a letter on May 17 with information on how to apply.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

Calendar Reminder: FCPS Schools and Offices Closed on May 31 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

End of the Year Library Information

Want to find out what books your child needs to return to the library? Watch this short video

Link to the library catalog

Important End of the Year Dates
  • May 21--Last day for curbside pickup for virtual students
  • May 21--Last day for students to checkout library books in-person
  • May 28--ALL library books should be returned

Your child can return library books to their classroom OR you can return books to the bins at door 1.

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

New Meal Distribution Bus Routes Begin May 17

On Monday, May 17, many of the bus routes used for meals distribution will change. Please see the bus route schedule to check if yours has been affected.

Don't miss out! Most of the Grab & Go locations have switched to a Fairfax Meal Kits site. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk. The kits will be available for pick up every Monday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Please see the Return to School food webpage for locations.

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 5/31: School Holiday - No Classes (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: Synchronous Learning Day - No In-Person Classes (Primary Voting Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: PTA Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/11: Last Day of School, 5th Grade Promotion Celebration, and 2-hour Early Release
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2020-2021 (Current Year)

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022 (Next Year)

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We hope you are enjoying this weather as much as we are!  It is glorious outside and so nice for our students when they are at recess. We know the heat is coming soon, but for now, we treasure the perfect temperatures.

We are thrilled to share with you that we have added yet one more exciting outdoor learning area for students to use and enjoy.  This past weekend, Eagle Scout candidate Derek Smits and his volunteers created the new trail between the neighborhood paths (see the picture below). It looks fantastic and gives the space a purpose.  It also connects to our other learning space in the woods on the other side of the path.

In the past ten years, our community has worked so hard to make our outdoor areas an extension of our indoor learning spaces.  Students at Belvedere benefit from having butterfly gardens, gardens to grow vegetables, a timeline garden, an adjacent area with space for an entire class, an interior courtyard that is a true oasis, and many other spaces.  Just in the last few years, Scouts have done an array of impressive work for our school.  We are so grateful!

  • Ryan Ernest - Outdoor cabinets and looms
  • Ronan Bates - Outdoor classroom seating
  • Andrew Bryceland - Digging pit and hideout refresh
  • Nell Crofford - Raised beds and meditation garden
  • Derek Smits - Trail and outdoor cabinet retrofit

Lastly, third through fifth grade students have nearly completed SOL testing.  Thank you for your flexibility, and for working with us to make this happen.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Optional Parent Input Form for Class Placement

We will soon be considering class placements for next year.  If you would like to provide input on your child's learning style, or on adult characteristics that your child responds to best, please complete this form.

Reponses must be submitted by Tuesday, June 1. If you need a paper copy of the form, please contact the Belvedere office.

5th Grade Graduation

We are planning a fun virtual graduation celebration for our fifth-graders on the last day of school, Friday, June 11.  Click here for more details!

Save the Date: Family Literacy Night on Monday, June 7

The much-loved Family Literacy Night (formerly known as Partners in Print) is back. We want all our families to attend!

This year, there will be two parts:

  • From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., visit Belvedere or Barcroft View Apartments playground. Your child will pick a brand-new book plus a grab bag of books to grow your home library. (Additional goodies may be available, too!)
  • From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., families will be invited to attend a virtual workshop with our wonderful Belvedere staff. BBCU links will be sent the day of the event.  

We would like to estimate how many children/families will attend. Please RSVP by filling out this google form.

Contact Alexa McKenrick at akmckenrick@fcps.edu with any further questions.

COVID-19 Vaccine Available to Children 12-15

Good news! Vaccine providers in Virginia began vaccinating teens between 12-15 years old, following federal approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week. Fairfax County Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu and FCPS Superintendent Scott Brabrand sent a joint letter to parents stressing the important role that vaccinating young people plays in keeping our schools a healthy place to learn. Check out FCPS teens from Justice High School who are sharing why they are getting vaccinated.

Vaccines are widely available now:

  • To learn how to get a vaccine at a Health Department clinic site, including the Fairfax County Government Center, George Mason University, and the Tysons Community Vaccination Center, go to the Fairfax County COVID-19 Vaccine webpage or call the Fairfax County Health Department vaccine call center at 703-324-7404. You can schedule directly, and you don’t need to pre-register.
  • Walk-in appointments are also being offered at the Tysons Community Vaccination Center Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This center is in the former Lord & Taylor site at Tysons Center at 7950 Tysons Corner Center in McLean.
  • To schedule an appointment at Inova’s Stonebridge site at 5001 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, go to the Inova COVID-19 scheduling webpage.

FCPS Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in SchoolsRegister Here!

FCPS is scheduling free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students ages 12 and up at some high schools between May 25 and June 4.

Vaccinations are free, transportation will be provided to and from the clinic from the student’s base school, and registration is required.

Interested families must complete a parent/guardian consent form in order to participate. This form must be received by 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, for your student to participate. Please register now at https://redcap.link/FCPSvaxA letter was sent to all families of 7th-12th graders on Monday, May 17, announcing these convenient vaccination opportunities.

Student Application for Virtual Enrollment, Based on Health Needs, Due May 28

If your child is currently attending school virtually and you would like for them to remain virtual due to their documented health or medical needs for the 2021-22 school year, the deadline to submit the COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form and the Virtual Enrollment Application is Friday, May 28, which is one week later than the original deadline of May 21. Please be aware that the medical need must be based upon the student, not a sibling’s or a family member’s health condition.

All parents of virtual students were sent a letter on May 17 with information on how to apply.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

Calendar Reminder: FCPS Schools and Offices Closed on May 31 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous learning day (no in-person classes) for students.

Get more information about the primary elections.

End of the Year Library Information

Want to find out what books your child needs to return to the library? Watch this short video

Link to the library catalog

Important End of the Year Dates
  • May 21--Last day for curbside pickup for virtual students
  • May 21--Last day for students to checkout library books in-person
  • May 28--ALL library books should be returned

Your child can return library books to their classroom OR you can return books to the bins at door 1.

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

New Meal Distribution Bus Routes Begin May 17

On Monday, May 17, many of the bus routes used for meals distribution will change. Please see the bus route schedule to check if yours has been affected.

Don't miss out! Most of the Grab & Go locations have switched to a Fairfax Meal Kits site. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk. The kits will be available for pick up every Monday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Please see the Return to School food webpage for locations.

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 5/31: School Holiday - No Classes (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: Synchronous Learning Day - No In-Person Classes (Primary Voting Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: PTA Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/11: Last Day of School and 5th Grade Promotion Celebration
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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FCPS Calendar: 2020-2021 (Current Year)

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022 (Next Year)

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting last night.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. We hope you can attend this important meeting when meeting participants will vote on next year’s board.

The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed FCPS’ model of providing five days of in-person instruction for all children this fall. This endorsement by a highly respected group of pediatricians validates FCPS’s belief that in-person learning is best for children. The AAP’s Virginia Chapter also believes that virtual instruction should be utilized only when necessary and in consultation with a child’s physician or medical team. This supports FCPS’s efforts to encourage all students to return for five days of in-person learning this fall.

We have begun to see a few cicadas on school grounds, and soon they will be all around.   At school, we hope to nurture students’ curiosity about these amazing creatures and their very long life cycle.  Did you know blue-eyed cicadas are very rare?  Students will be on the lookout for these.

This week, the Crofford family and Ms. Evers, environmental education teacher, finished a new special outdoor space for all to enjoy: the meditation garden.  In it, a variety of herbs scent the air and a windchime with bulldog paws brings musical notes.  We are so grateful for this garden. Thank you!

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

SOL Testing for Grades 3-5

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing is well underway.  To review the schedule for SOL testing, click here.  Please note that there are separate schedules for Virtual (Online-Only) and Hybrid (In-Person) students.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care (SACC) Coming Soon

Fairfax County’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program will be open to provide before- and after-school services for the 2021-22 school year. The SACC program is currently assessing Center capacities based on health and safety protocols. More information for the 2021-22 school year program will be available by June 15 on the SACC website. Families who were previously enrolled will be contacted to determine their need for services.

May Specialists' Newsletter

Click here to read about what's happening in Art, Music, Health & PE, Spanish & Library classes in May!

End of the Year Library Information

Want to find out what books your child needs to return to the library? Watch this short video

Link to the library catalog

Important End of the Year Dates
  • May 21--Last day for curbside pickup for virtual students
  • May 21--Last day for students to checkout library books in-person
  • May 28--ALL library books should be returned

Your child can return library books to their classroom OR you can return books to the bins at door 1.

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

New Meal Distribution Bus Routes Begin May 18

On Monday, May 18, many of the bus routes used for meals distribution will change. Please see the bus route schedule to check if yours has been affected.

Don't miss out! Most of the Grab & Go locations have switched to a Fairfax Meal Kits site. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk. The kits will be available for pick up every Monday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Please see the Return to School food webpage for locations.

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 4/26 to Tuesday, 5/18: Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing
  • Monday, 5/31: School Holiday - No Classes (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: Synchronous Learning Day - No In-Person Classes (Primary Voting Day)
  • Tuesday, 6/8: PTA Meeting (6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, 6/11: Last Day of School
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

This week is Staff Appreciation Week! We are so grateful for our wonderful staff who give their all each day to make a difference for our students. We feel fortunate to work with such an amazing group of people.

We thank our PTA who is making each day special for staff, serving smoothies, giving plants, and bringing staff lunch. We are lucky to have a supportive partnership with the PTA and all parent volunteers. These treats have brought many smiles to our days!

As you know, Ms. Evers and Ms. Auerbach lead our environmental program, which includes gardening in our outdoor areas. If you are interested in gardening, please see the message below:

Would you like to grow your own food but don’t have a space?

Families and staff who would like to grow their own food can sign up to use a garden bed at Belvedere. You may use the school’s tools, and BES garden coordinator Stacey Evers will help you if needed. Contact Stacey at severs@fcps.edu with questions or to get started.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

School Pictures are Here!

School pictures are underway! If your student is attending school Virtually (Online-Only), and you have not yet had your child's picture taken, click here to sign up for a time to bring your child to Belvedere tomorrow (Thursday, May 6) between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Order your School Pictures Now!

Don't wait to order your school pictures--orders will close on Sunday, May 9!  To order school pictures for your child, go to http://www.prepayorders.com, and enter Flyer Code: be7434.  You can view the Provine flyer here.

We anticipate delivery of school photos around June 1.

SOL Testing for Grades 3-5

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing has begun.  To review the schedule for SOL testing, click here.  Please note that there are separate schedules for Virtual (Online-Only) and Hybrid (In-Person) students.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

May Specialists' Newsletter

Click here to read about what's happening in Art, Music, Health & PE, Spanish & Library classes in May!

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

Seeking PTA Board Members for 2021-22

Now more than ever, the PTA is crucial in supporting our school and community!  In this year like no other, fresh ideas and funding are critical.

Joining the PTA Board will afford you the opportunity to be at the front line in helping to create and implement new activities and initiatives for these changing times. Serving as a PTA Board member at this unique time in our history will also give you the opportunity to help create unforgettable experiences that will affect our students and staff for years to come!

The PTA Board currently has openings for all positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for 2021-22. A desire to serve is all that is required! No experience? No problem! Comprehensive training is available over the summer.

Come join us and help shape the narrative and support our diverse community.  Email latoya.louis.va@gmail.com with a short statement indicating your desire to serve today!

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 4/26 to Thursday, 5/20: Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Picture Days for Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, during the school day: Picture Days for All Hybrid (In-Person) Students
  • Sunday, 5/9: School Picture Ordering Closes 
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Belvedere News and Announcements

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Dear Belvedere Family:

The PTA held a very successful plant sale this past weekend. Parents and staff who purchased plants drove to school on Saturday to pick up their plants.  Thank you to all who volunteered their time and energy to make this happen.

We are so excited that it is finally warm outside! It has been a long cool spring. We are eagerly awaiting the cicadas to emerge after their 17-year cycle. Ms. Atkins is putting together an outdoor story walk about insects and Ms. Evers and Ms. Auerbach have shared a lot of valuable cicada information with teachers. Here is a resource that can help you talk to your child about cicadas.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

School Pictures are Here!

We are excited to announce that we will be taking school pictures this year!  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 26:  Pre-K through Grade 3 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, during the school day: All Hybrid (In-Person) Students

If your student is attending school Virtually (Online-Only), click here to sign up for a time to bring your child to Belvedere.  Any Pre-K through Grade 3 students who missed the picture day on Monday, April 26 can sign up for a slot on May 5 or 6.

To order school pictures for your child, go to http://www.prepayorders.com, and enter Flyer Code: be7434.  You can view the Provine flyer here.

SOL Testing for Grades 3-5

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing has begun.  To review the schedule for SOL testing, click here.  Please note that there are separate schedules for Virtual (Online-Only) and Hybrid (In-Person) students.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

Virtual Orientation for Incoming Kindergarten Students

We will be holding a Virtual Orientation for incoming Kindergarten families on Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  For a link to the event, please email our registrar, Bessi Moreno, at bymoreno@fcps.edu.

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

Rec-PAC is Back!

Rec-PAC is a structured recreation program operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority for elementary school children.  Six one-week sessions will be offered this summer, from June 28 to August 5.  Rec-PAC locations near Belvedere include Parklawn, Bailey's Primary, and Bren Mar Park Elementary Schools

Participants enjoy activities such as fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, special events, talent shows, and play sessions.  Fees are designed to be affordable, and scholarships are available.

For more information, click here.

Seeking PTA Board Members for 2021-22

Now more than ever, the PTA is crucial in supporting our school and community!  In this year like no other, fresh ideas and funding are critical.

Joining the PTA Board will afford you the opportunity to be at the front line in helping to create and implement new activities and initiatives for these changing times. Serving as a PTA Board member at this unique time in our history will also give you the opportunity to help create unforgettable experiences that will affect our students and staff for years to come!

The PTA Board currently has openings for all positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for 2021-22. A desire to serve is all that is required! No experience? No problem! Comprehensive training is available over the summer.

Come join us and help shape the narrative and support our diverse community.  Email latoya.louis.va@gmail.com with a short statement indicating your desire to serve today!

Backpack Friday Pickup

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be coming to school in-person, we will send your child home with food.

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be attending online-only, you will be able to pick up your food during regular office hours on Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  If you would like to be added or removed from the Backpack Friday list, please call the school office at 703-916-6800.

From the Library

If your child is coming to school in-person, we will be delivering library books to their classroom. If your child is attending school virtually, we will continue to offer our Friday curbside library book pick-up. For information about how to request books for pick-up, please follow these directions. We received new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health about isolating library books. We had been asked to isolate books for 7 days before allowing another student to check them out. That has been updated to 24 hours. We will start following this new guidance immediately.

Please reach out to our librarian, Marcie Atkins, (mfatkins@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

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

Substitute Teaching

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

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, 4/26 to Thursday, 5/20: Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing
  • Thursday, 4/29:  Kindergarten Virtual Orientation (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Picture Days for Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, during the school day: Picture Days for All Hybrid (In-Person) Students
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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FCPS Calendar: 2020-2021 (Current Year)

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022 (Next Year)

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Belvedere News and Announcements

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Dear Belvedere Family:

Yesterday’s verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial has us reflecting on how to continue to strengthen values that eliminate racism and that promote the utmost respect for all people. At Belvedere, we work to help students see one another for who they are as individuals and to appreciate the richness our diversity brings to the community. Last night, Dr. Brabrand’s letter included resources you may find useful:

This week we have almost doubled the number of students who are in the building each day! To accommodate more students, we have adjusted lunch and recess schedules, as well as relied on the flexibility of all staff to support each other during transitions and throughout the instructional day. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated staff and a student body committed to learning. Thank you also for the support you provide each day.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

New Bus Routes to be Issued Soon

We have been informed by Transportation Services that we will have new bus routes this evening. Please check your SIS ParentVUE account and/or your email (or your student’s FCPS email) Thursday for your new bus route information.

Please be aware that some bus drivers may not have their new route information in time for their morning routes on Thursday, April 22, so it is possible that buses are late or miss some stops tomorrow. If that is the case with your student, we encourage you to drop off your child at school. If you are not able to drop your child off at school, they may participate in class virtually. 

Thank you for your patience as we transition to our new 4 days/week schedule for In-Person instruction.

Virtual Meeting on Boundary Study TONIGHT

FCPS is considering adjusting the attendance boundary for some schools in the Justice High School pyramid to relieve facility crowding. There are some elementary schools with capacity that can accommodate additional students.

The next step in the process is to hold a virtual boundary study meeting.

FCPS staff have developed possible boundary adjustment options based on the community input collected during the meetings held in March. The options will be presented at the boundary study meetings. After the presentation, community members will work in virtual breakout rooms to share feedback on the options. The feedback will be collected and shared with the School Board and the Superintendent.

Please join us at the virtual boundary study meeting: 

Wednesday, April 21 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please register here and indicate if you need an interpreter.

Any change to the elementary school boundary will not change the middle school or high school boundary.  Read more about the boundary adjustment process here.

School Pictures are Coming!

We are excited to announce that we will be taking school pictures this year!  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 26:  Pre-K through Grade 3 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, during the school day: All Hybrid (In-Person) Students

If your student is attending school Virtually (Online-Only), click here to sign up for a time to bring your child to Belvedere.

To order school pictures for your child, go to http://www.prepayorders.com, and enter Flyer Code: be7434.  You can view the Provine flyer here.

SOL Testing for Grades 3-5

Last week, we distributed the schedule for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing for students in grades 3-5.  Please note that there are separate schedules for Virtual (Online-Only) and Hybrid (In-Person) students.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

We will be holding a Virtual Orientation for incoming Kindergarten families on Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  More details to follow! 

PreK and Early Head Start for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK.

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FCPS has released its calendar for next school year, which is available here.

Click here for a printable version.

Seeking PTA Board Members for 2021-22

Now more than ever, the PTA is crucial in supporting our school and community!  In this year like no other, fresh ideas and funding are critical.

Joining the PTA Board will afford you the opportunity to be at the front line in helping to create and implement new activities and initiatives for these changing times. Serving as a PTA Board member at this unique time in our history will also give you the opportunity to help create unforgettable experiences that will affect our students and staff for years to come!

The PTA Board currently has openings for all positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for 2021-22. A desire to serve is all that is required! No experience? No problem! Comprehensive training is available over the summer.

Come join us and help shape the narrative and support our diverse community.  Email latoya.louis.va@gmail.com with a short statement indicating your desire to serve today!

Reminder--PTA Plant Sale Pickup Saturday!

Reminder! Pick up your plants this Saturday, April 24 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Belvedere. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the pickup, please meet us in the front of the school at 7:30 a.m. 

Thank you so much for your support of our school!

Backpack Friday Pickup

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be coming to school in-person, we will send your child home with food.

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be attending online-only, you will be able to pick up your food during regular office hours on Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  If you would like to be added or removed from the Backpack Friday list, please call the school office at 703-916-6800.

From the Library

If your child is coming to school in-person, we will be delivering library books to their classroom. If your child is attending school virtually, we will continue to offer our Friday curbside library book pick-up. For information about how to request books for pick-up, please follow these directions. We received new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health about isolating library books. We had been asked to isolate books for 7 days before allowing another student to check them out. That has been updated to 24 hours. We will start following this new guidance immediately.

Please reach out to our librarian, Marcie Atkins, (mfatkins@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

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

Substitute Teaching

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

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, 4/21: Virtual Meeting on Boundary Study, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 4/26 to Thursday, 5/20: Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing
  • Monday, 4/26:  Picture Day for Pre-K through Grade 3 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Picture Days for Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, 5/5 and Thursday, 5/6, during the school day: Picture Days for All Hybrid (In-Person) Students
Keep in Touch

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2020-2021 (Current Year)

FCPS Calendar: 2021-2022 (Next Year)

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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Dear Belvedere Family:

Ramadan Mubarak! The most important holidays for our Muslim families and students are happening now. Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan, 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 their 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.

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting last night. The PTA is in the process of putting together a new board for the coming school year and needs your help. If you are interested in being part of the PTA board, please contact the PTA (bespta.va@gmail.com).

With so much news about the pandemic all over the media, students hear bits and pieces of information, often putting these together into thoughts that may not be fully accurate or that may be alarming without a complete understanding of the situation. We highly encourage you to check in with your child about what she or he is thinking and what might be something of concern. Being able to speak about their thoughts and feelings can help children feel at ease and supported. Here is a resource that might be of help. If you feel your child needs the support of a counselor at school, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to our school counselors, Ms. Leyla Mastroianni and Ms. Tracy Ballard.

Best Regards,

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal and Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Virtual Meeting on Boundary Study

FCPS is considering adjusting the attendance boundary for some schools in the Justice High School pyramid to relieve facility crowding. There are some elementary schools with capacity that can accommodate additional students.

The next step in the process is to hold a virtual boundary study meeting.

FCPS staff have developed possible boundary adjustment options based on the community input collected during the meetings held in March. The options will be presented at the boundary study meetings. After the presentation, community members will work in virtual breakout rooms to share feedback on the options. The feedback will be collected and shared with the School Board and the Superintendent.

Please join us at the virtual boundary study meeting: 

Wednesday, April 21 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please register here and indicate if you need an interpreter.

Any change to the elementary school boundary will not change the middle school or high school boundary.  Read more about the boundary adjustment process here.

School Pictures are Coming!

We are excited to announce that we will be taking school pictures this year!  Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, April 26:  Pre-K through Grade 3 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, 8:00-9:00 a.m.: Grade 4 & 5 Virtual (Online-Only) Students
  • Wednesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 6, during the school day: All Hybrid (In-Person) Students

Early next week, we will communicate additional details about School Pictures, including sign-up procedures for Virtual Students, ordering instructions, and more.

SOL Testing for Grades 3-5

Last week, we distributed the schedule for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing for students in grades 3-5.  Please note that there are separate schedules for Virtual (Online-Only) and Hybrid (In-Person) students.

Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old on September 30, 2021, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall!  Please contact the Belvedere office (703-916-6800) for additional information on registering your incoming Kindergarten student.

We will be holding a Virtual Orientation for incoming Kindergarten families on Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  More details to follow! 

Specialists' April Newsletter

Click here to learn about what our specialists have planned for your students in Art, Music, Health & Phys Ed, Spanish & Library during the month of April!

Book Fair!

The Bookworm Central Book Fair is open now through the last day of school. It’s a great way to support the library, a local business, and keep your student reading!  Belvedere’s Book Fair site is here. You can also see more specific directions here.

AAP Spring Newsletter

Please click here to read the Spring AAP Newsletter, which describes the Level I, II and III AAP service offered at the elementary level, and contains instructions for parents to initiate screening for Level II and III services by Monday, April 19.

2021-2022 School Year Calendar

FCPS has released its calendar for next school year, which is available here.

Click here for a printable version.

Seeking PTA Board Members for 2021-22

Now more than ever, the PTA is crucial in supporting our school and community!  In this year like no other, fresh ideas and funding are critical.

Joining the PTA Board will afford you the opportunity to be at the front line in helping to create and implement new activities and initiatives for these changing times. Serving as a PTA Board member at this unique time in our history will also give you the opportunity to help create unforgettable experiences that will affect our students and staff for years to come!

The PTA Board currently has openings for all positions (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for 2021-22. A desire to serve is all that is required! No experience? No problem! Comprehensive training is available over the summer.

Come join us and help shape the narrative and support our diverse community.  Email latoya.louis.va@gmail.com with a short statement indicating your desire to serve today!

Backpack Friday Pickup

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be coming to school in-person, we will send your child home with food.

If you participate in the Backpack Friday program, and your child will be attending online-only, you will be able to pick up your food during regular office hours on Fridays from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  If you would like to be added or removed from the Backpack Friday list, please call the school office at 703-916-6800.

From the Library

If your child is coming to school in-person, we will be delivering library books to their classroom. If your child is attending school virtually, we will continue to offer our Friday curbside library book pick-up. For information about how to request books for pick-up, please follow these directions. We received new guidance from the Virginia Department of Health about isolating library books. We had been asked to isolate books for 7 days before allowing another student to check them out. That has been updated to 24 hours. We will start following this new guidance immediately.

Please reach out to our librarian, Marcie Atkins, (mfatkins@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

Employment Opportunities New opportunity:  Classroom Monitors

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

Substitute Teaching

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

PTA Direct Donation Campaign

As of now, our generous Belvedere community has raised nearly $1,000 for our school!  The PTA supports Belvedere's students and staff in many great ways.  For example this year, PTA funds will go towards school technology, teacher training, software licenses, school spirit, and so much more.

Instead of asking our students and staff to sell various fundraising products, we ask all members of our community to contribute to the important work of supporting our school by making Direct Donations.  Our fundraising goal this year is $8,000 to help our school!  Please consider donating whatever you can today.  You may mail payments by check to "Belvedere Elementary School PTA, 6540 Columbia Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041" or through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/belvederePTA

From the PTA In Case You Missed It FREE COVID-19 Testing at George Mason Regional Library

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

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

Information about additional COVID-19 testing sites in Fairfax and surrounding jurisdictions is available here.

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