Belvedere News and Announcements - January 20, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

As we approach the completion of the first half of the school year, we celebrate all the good things that are part of our school day.  This is the first year since the pandemic began where we have run school as we used to in pre-pandemic times. As part of students’ ongoing learning experiences in schools, this year includes interesting fieldtrips, exploration of our outdoor areas, thinking routines in whole group and small groups across subject areas, opportunities to be creative and to explore making, playing with friends on the playground, and enjoying lunch together. In part as an outcome of communication during the pandemic, communication between home and school happens on a weekly basis with the classroom teacher and includes updates from all specialist teachers on a regular interval. We welcome your feedback regarding what is working and where you would like to see improvements. 

We are super excited to welcome two parent liaisons to support our school on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Maria Nogales, who is a parent liaison three days per week at Columbia Elementary, will be supporting our school as parent liaison on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Also, Iva Plazas , parent liaison at Sleepy Hollow Elementary, will be supporting our school on Fridays.  Please feel free to reach out to them when you come by our school.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar. FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At their January 17 work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of Tuesday’s Work Session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Please visit the link below for more information:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

FY 2023-24 Proposed Budget Highlights

At the January 12 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on attracting and retaining teachers and staff, initiatives aimed at closing the achievement gap for all students, and gives our youngest learners a strong start, including investments for special education students impacted during the pandemic.

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction. The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs. 
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being. 
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the board. Access the presentation slides on Boarddocs. 

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

Research has shown that young people with at least one trusted mentor are less likely to skip school, less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, and more prepared to enter college or the workforce. Yet one in three children lack a mentor. 

All it takes is one person to serve as a trusted adult to help change a young person’s path in life. Mentors provide attention, support, and enrichment, and help connect their mentees to resources that may help them on their journey in life. 

FCPS’ MentorWorks program matches mentors with students in schools near where they live or work. They meet for at least 30 minutes a week. Learn more about how to become a mentor for an FCPS student. Please contact Martha Macdonald, mentoring specialist, for additional information at [email protected].  

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.

  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

Monday, March 6, 2023 6-8pm

@Justice HS Library

Click here to view the flyer with additional details. 

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School?

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. Read how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
  • Thursday, March 2: Early Release
  • Friday, March 3: No School (School Planning)
  • Monday-Friday, April 3-7: Spring Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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Belvedere News and Announcements - January 13, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We have just completed our only five days of school week in January.  Next Monday, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The week after includes a two-hour early release day on Wednesday, January 25th, and two teacher workdays on January 26th and 27th. Students do not have school on those two days.

This afternoon we held a Parent Coffee, continuing our conversation around the Primary Years Program.  We discussed the Transdisciplinary Units, which is the way we structure our curriculum. Each unit is centered on a theme that captures universal, enduring understandings. Teachers combine subject specific topics together within the transdisciplinary units. These units allow for students to explore real world contexts and build understandings together. After completing a unit, students reflect, and teachers send home a progress report.

We also talked about inquiry and action, both central to the Primary Years Program. Teachers carefully consider how to teach in a manner that sparks inquiry.  The inquiry process helps students use their voice, make choices, and take ownership.  Action is authentic, meaningful, and mindful. It can happen at any time, and it can be short or long term, revisited or ongoing. Demonstrations of action can include participation, advocacy, social justice, social entrepreneurship, or lifestyle choices.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to attend a parent coffee, we encourage you to attend in the future. Our next parent coffees will be on Friday, February 10 at 9:30 a.m. and on Friday, March 10 at 3 p.m.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual only
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

Please visit the link below for more information:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. Outdoor Club meets on Saturday mornings several times per year to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

Outdoor Club trips are scheduled for 3/18, 4/29, and 5/20. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

From the Counselors Parent Resource Center Webinars

Parents, please view this flyer about webinars that cover a variety of topics, including social- emotional milestones in children.

Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night

Our Rising 6th grade curriculum night is January 18 with a snow date of January 25.  We received budget approval to have buses come to/from Glasgow at three locations:

    • Baileys Elementary 6111 Knollwood Dr, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041
    • Skyline 5599 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041
    • Willston Community Center 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, VA 22044

Please see this flyer from Glasgow Middle School and their January 18th event. Ms. Simpson & Ms. Ballard will be in attendance and hope to see you there!

We will need to have all Rising 6 course selections finalized by March 15 so that we can send mock/draft schedules to families in early May.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

Research has shown that young people with at least one trusted mentor are less likely to skip school, less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, and more prepared to enter college or the workforce. Yet one in three children lack a mentor. 

All it takes is one person to serve as a trusted adult to help change a young person’s path in life. Mentors provide attention, support, and enrichment, and help connect their mentees to resources that may help them on their journey in life. 

FCPS’ MentorWorks program matches mentors with students in schools near where they live or work. They meet for at least 30 minutes a week. Learn more about how to become a mentor for an FCPS student. Please contact Martha Macdonald, mentoring specialist, for additional information at [email protected].  

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.

  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

Monday, March 6, 2023 6-8pm

@Justice HS Library

Click here to view the flyer with additional details. 

Strategic Planning

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan? The Strategic Planning process is well underway, with the Community Forums beginning in less than three weeks. But why do we need a new strategic plan? 

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Register Now for Community Forums!

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for the schedule of Community Forums. Register for the one that is most convenient for you and get more information on our exciting Strategic Planning process! 

Tutor.com Tutor.com Testimonials

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
  • Thursday, March 2: Early Release
  • Friday, March 3: No School (School Planning)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Belvedere News and Announcements - January 6, 2023

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Happy New Year! We hope you have a calm winter break.  Students are excited to be back at school and returned seamlessly to the rhythm of school.

The months of January and February bring with them a lot of testing.  This includes iReady for identified students, WIDA for English Language learners, and problem-solving math assessments in grades kindergarten through five. The data we gather helps us notice growth, identify academic strengths, and identify areas for targeted intervention and support.

January is also the end of the first half of school.  Report cards will be sent home the second week of February. If you have concerns or wonderings about your child’s learning or schooling, please reach out to your child’s teacher. 

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

From the Counselors Parent Resource Center Webinars

Parents, please view this flyer about webinars that cover a variety of topics, including social- emotional milestones in children.

Rising 6th Grade Curriculum Night

Our Rising 6th grade curriculum night is January 18 with a snow date of January 25.  We received budget approval to have buses come to/from Glasgow at three locations:

    • Baileys Elementary 6111 Knollwood Dr, Bailey's Crossroads, VA 22041
    • Skyline 5599 Seminary Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041
    • Willston Community Center 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church, VA 22044

We will send a different flyer when exact timing that families should be at those locations is confirmed by transportation.

We will need to have all Rising 6 course selections finalized by March 15 so that we can send mock/draft schedules to families in early May.

FCPS CARES

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Belvedere Elementary School. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!

National Mentoring Month

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month

Research has shown that young people with at least one trusted mentor are less likely to skip school, less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, and more prepared to enter college or the workforce. Yet one in three children lack a mentor. 

All it takes is one person to serve as a trusted adult to help change a young person’s path in life. Mentors provide attention, support, and enrichment, and help connect their mentees to resources that may help them on their journey in life. 

FCPS’ MentorWorks program matches mentors with students in schools near where they live or work. They meet for at least 30 minutes a week. Learn more about how to become a mentor for an FCPS student. Please contact Martha Macdonald, mentoring specialist, for additional information at [email protected].  

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Capital Improvement Projects

Building and Renovation Plan Focuses on High Quality Facilities

Fairfax County Public Schools outlined plans to build three new elementary schools and to acquire land that will be used for a new high school during the School Board meeting on December 15. 

Other projects include three new and/or repurposed school facilities, the renovation of 25 schools, and the relocation of modular buildings. Timelines for capital projects will be posted on CIP project web pages, where you can follow the progress of each approved project. 

The proposed CIP will be discussed at the January 10 School Board work session. A public hearing is scheduled for January 12. The School Board is scheduled to take action on February 9. Read more in the CIP news release.

School Improvements Supported by County Bonds

Capital projects reflect a $205 million investment approved by Fairfax County voters in the November 2021 bond referendum. 

Funding allocations to FCPS from bond sales have increased in recent years due to positive collaboration and partnerships between the Joint CIP Committee of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the School Board. FCPS appreciates the continued support from Fairfax County leadership.

Voters will have the opportunity to approve additional bond funding for school projects included in the CIP in November 2023, which will support the division’s ability to continue to work through construction and renovation needs. 

Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.

  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

Monday, March 6, 2023 6-8pm

@Justice HS Library

Click here to view the flyer with additional details. 

Strategic Planning Community Forums Scheduled

Beginning January 30, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our Strategic Plan development process. The schedule and locations for the sessions are posted on FCPS' Strategic Planning webpage. Planning teams, which include a diverse range of voices from the FCPS community, are continuing to review student achievement, access, and survey data;and crafting a collective vision for the school division. Key communicators will soon receive strategic planning materials to share with their groups and networks. Preparations for divisionwide student focus groups are underway, and there will be opportunities for employees to engage in a survey and “reality check” sessions in the upcoming months. For the latest information, please visit the Strategic Planning web page and check it often.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Tutor.com Tutor.com Testimonials

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
  • Thursday, March 2: Early Release
  • Friday, March 3: No School (School Planning)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Belvedere News and Announcements - December 16, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Winter break is here! We wish you and your family a wonderful winter break and holiday season.  As we shared earlier, all students in grades K-5 will be taking home laptops and iPads (kindergarten only) during winter break.

Students have multiple ways to engage in learning while at home.  Click here to access our digital resources page for students.  We encourage you to ask your child about the learning platforms they are using.  Also, our Math Department wanted to share with you some ways to joyfully engage in mathematics as a family. Please check out the BES Winter Break Math Choice Board. We would love for you to share any pictures or playful mathematics you tried over winter break! You can e-mail Mary Beth Dillane at [email protected] with any photos or questions!

Happy Holidays!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Winter Break: December 19 - January 2

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.  Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Get Access to the Internet Cox Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families who live in Fairfax County, enabling children to have internet access at home for homework help, online educational materials, and job searches. Qualifying families—those who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who meet other qualifications—will be offered Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years.

For more information about the program, call 1-855-222-3252 or visit https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national non-profit organization working in partnership with Internet providers, hardware and software manufacturers, digital content creators, libraries, and nonprofits to deliver free and affordable internet access, hardware, software, and training to all America.

Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials

Families of children on free or reduced-price meals living in the Comcast service area may be eligible for $9.95 monthly internet access and low cost computers.

Learn More

Community Internet Access Maps

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has maps and a list of community internet access sites in your neighborhood and the surrounding area.

Learn More

Wi-Fi Free Spots

Wi-Fi Free Spot is a directory of local businesses and locations with free WiFi access.

Learn More

From the Math Department

We hope that your Winter Break is a time of rest & relaxation with the ones you love! We wanted to share with you some ways to joyfully engage in mathematics as a family. Please check out the BES Winter Break Math Choice Board. We would love for you to share any pictures or playful mathematics you tried over Winter Break! You can e-mail Mary Beth Dillane at [email protected] with any photos or questions!

-Ms. Dillane, Ms. Mundy & Ms. Davis

Belvedere Web Resources for Students

From typing and coding, to math and reading activities, students have multiple ways to engage in learning while at home.  Click here to access our Digital Resources page for students.  

After-School Enrichment Program

Belvedere’s PTA is once again offering after school enrichment programs! Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts classes like soccer, fencing/archery, basketball, tennis, yoga, dance, cooking, chess, and STEAM. 

The winter session starts Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and ends Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Registration is now open and available on a first come first served basis, with limited spots available.  A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify for a free/reduced lunch. 

Register here: https://www.belvederepta.org/programs

Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms to their club at the end of the school day. Students must be picked up at the front of the school at 5:15pm. SACC students will be sent to SACC and parents may pick them as usual. Clubs are cancelled during student holidays and early release days. We need volunteers to make the program successful. Email [email protected] to volunteer or if you have any questions. 

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

From the Counselors

Click here to read the latest newsletter from our school counselors. 

Speed Cameras 

On December 6, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to launch a pilot program that will have 10 speed monitoring devices (speed cameras) installed throughout the county. These cameras will be in nine school zones and one construction zone. Thanks to our county partners for helping to improve the safety of our students and staff.

Studies show that speed camera enforcement is effective in improving safety by reducing speeding, accidents, and injuries. Read more about the school zone speed camera pilot program.

Strategic Planning

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

Tutor.com Tutor.com Testimonials

Are you wondering what experience other FCPS families have had with Tutor.com? Read some comments below: 

  • “As a parent, I logged in for the first time to see what my student could expect here. The tutor I chatted with was very helpful with my questions and gave me some great tips to try with my child. Next time, I will log in with my child and hopefully match with a tutor that will help him realize learning can be done in different ways.” -Elementary school parent

  • “My child used tutor.com last night and said her math tutor was EXCELLENT. She was happy and so now I'm happy, too, as she's been grinding it out solo in the hardest math.” -High school parent

Unless they have been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet students’ needs from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. 

Learn more on FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

Attendance Give Your Student the Gift of Education

We recognize that holidays are an important time to reconnect with family and expose children to their heritage and culture, whether they grew up in another part of the United States or a different country. If your family’s holiday plans include extended travel, please remember the impact to your children’s education if they miss too much school. Visit our website for more attendance resources

Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Belvedere News and Announcements - December 9, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We only have one week left before winter break! How time flies!

All students in grades kindergarten through five will be taking home their laptops and/or iPads (kindergarteners) during winter break, allowing them to access various FCPS approved sites to continue learning.  Additionally, should severe winter weather hit our area, and should we have more than five snow days, students will need their laptops to participate in synchronous instruction beginning on the 6th day of no school due to snow.

This year in FCPS, students can explore the online program “Lexia® Core5®”. Lexia is an adaptive blended learning program that accelerates the development of literacy skills for students of all abilities, helping them make that critical shift from learning to read to reading to learn. At Belvedere students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be using Lexia in the classroom as a part of their Structured Literacy program. In 3rd through 5th grades students are encouraged to use the Lexia program at home for 15 minutes a night to support their other at home reading assignments. We encourage students to access Lexia a few times per week during winter break.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Get Access to the Internet Cox Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete supplies broadband internet access to low-income, unconnected families who live in Fairfax County, enabling children to have internet access at home for homework help, online educational materials, and job searches. Qualifying families—those who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who meet other qualifications—will be offered Internet service for $9.95 per month, a free modem rental, free installation, and a price guarantee for two years.

For more information about the program, call 1-855-222-3252 or visit https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

Connect2Compete

Connect2Compete (C2C) is a national non-profit organization working in partnership with Internet providers, hardware and software manufacturers, digital content creators, libraries, and nonprofits to deliver free and affordable internet access, hardware, software, and training to all America.

Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials

Families of children on free or reduced-price meals living in the Comcast service area may be eligible for $9.95 monthly internet access and low cost computers.

Learn More

Community Internet Access Maps

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has maps and a list of community internet access sites in your neighborhood and the surrounding area.

Learn More

Wi-Fi Free Spots

Wi-Fi Free Spot is a directory of local businesses and locations with free WiFi access.

Learn More

From the Math Department

We hope that your Winter Break is a time of rest & relaxation with the ones you love! We wanted to share with you some ways to joyfully engage in mathematics as a family. Please check out the BES Winter Break Math Choice Board. We would love for you to share any pictures or playful mathematics you tried over Winter Break! You can e-mail Mary Beth Dillane at [email protected] with any photos or questions!

-Ms. Dillane, Ms. Mundy & Ms. Davis

After-School Enrichment Program

Belvedere’s PTA is once again offering after school enrichment programs! Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts classes like soccer, fencing/archery, basketball, tennis, yoga, dance, cooking, chess, and STEAM. 

The winter session starts Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and ends Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Registration is now open and available on a first come first served basis, with limited spots available.  A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify for a free/reduced lunch. 

Register here: https://www.belvederepta.org/programs

Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms to their club at the end of the school day. Students must be picked up at the front of the school at 5:15pm. SACC students will be sent to SACC and parents may pick them as usual. Clubs are cancelled during student holidays and early release days. We need volunteers to make the program successful. Email [email protected] to volunteer or if you have any questions. 

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

AAP Screening and Identification for Full-Time (Level IV) Services for Grades 2-7

The Full-Time (Level IV) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-7 being considered for participation in the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-7 for Full-Time Services screening.  All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services. The window closes on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to submit a referral for Full-Time Services

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

From the Counselors

Click here to read the latest newsletter from our school counselors. 

Many of you have inquired about students who are in need holiday assistance this year. The counselors have a list of 333 students who qualify for free and reduced meals and are using that list to identify students for holiday assistance as well. To date, we have two organizations who will be providing gifts to 8 families and we have 19 gift cards. But many more will need help.

If you are wishing to donate, or wanting to support, we would love $25 gift cards to either Target, Walmart, Aldi or Giant. If we get enough we can provide a gift card to each of the remaining students on the list. Also, if you are part of an organization that might be able to sponsor a family or families, please let Paige or Tracy know and we can coordinate.

Paige Simpson, School Counselor - [email protected]

Tracy Ballard, School Counselor - [email protected]

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy, here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further Information & support:

Anna Teeter

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: [email protected]

ESSER III Community Conversation on December 13

A Community Conversation on ESSER will be hosted on Tuesday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be hybrid, offered both on Zoom or in-person at the Gatehouse Administration Building in the café. All are welcome. Please register to attend. 

Watch the video above to see how Poe Middle School used funds to support positive behavior interventions, and how fun and games support values of respect, accountability, and positivity. 

Learn more about the ESSER III grant.

Strategic Planning

Beginning in late January 2023, FCPS will host a series of community forums as part of our strategic planning process. View the schedule on our Strategic Planning website. We will add more details as they become available.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

To purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Belvedere News and Announcements - December 2, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to those who attended today’s Parent Coffee. Parents had an opportunity to learn about the IB-Primary Years Program and its impact on students at Belvedere.  We discussed the PYP framework that focuses on three large pillars:

  • The Learner
  • Learning and Teaching
  • The Learning Community.

Within each of these, there are ideas about teaching and learning that drive the instructional approach at Belvedere.

We explored the Learner Profile, which supports students in developing international-mindedness and in taking action for positive change. The learner profile are traits or ways of being that help students in their learning and in their lives. These traits include being knowledgeable, inquirers, reflective, balanced, principled, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, caring, and open-mindedness.  The learner profile is specifically taught and reflected on during the units of inquiry.  For example, students learn to be Caring and Inquiring during trips to Mason District Park to learn about ecosystems and human impact.

Our next parent coffee will be on January 13, 2023, and we hope you can join us then.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

After-School Enrichment Program

Belvedere’s PTA is once again offering after school enrichment programs! Students can join weekly athletic, academic, and fine arts classes like soccer, fencing/archery, basketball, tennis, yoga, dance, cooking, chess, and STEAM. 

The winter session starts Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and ends Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Registration is now open and available on a first come first served basis, with limited spots available.  A limited number of scholarships are available for students who qualify for a free/reduced lunch. 

Register here: https://www.belvederepta.org/programs 

Students will be dismissed directly from their classrooms to their club at the end of the school day. Students must be picked up at the front of the school at 5:15pm. SACC students will be sent to SACC and parents may pick them as usual. Clubs are cancelled during student holidays and early release days. We need volunteers to make the program successful. Email [email protected] to volunteer or if you have any questions. 

AAP Screening and Identification for Full-Time (Level IV) Services for Grades 2-7

The Full-Time (Level IV) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-7 being considered for participation in the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-7 for Full-Time Services screening.  All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services. The window closes on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to submit a referral for Full-Time Services

From the Math Department

We hope that your Winter Break is a time of rest & relaxation with the ones you love! We wanted to share with you some ways to joyfully engage in mathematics as a family. We would love for you to share any pictures or playful mathematics you tried over Winter Break! You can e-mail Mary Beth Dillane at [email protected] with any photos or questions!

-Ms. Dillane, Ms. Mundy & Ms. Davis

From the Counselors

Many of you have inquired about students who are in need holiday assistance this year. The counselors have a list of 333 students who qualify for free and reduced meals and are using that list to identify students for holiday assistance as well. To date, we have two organizations who will be providing gifts to 8 families and we have 19 gift cards. But many more will need help.

If you are wishing to donate, or wanting to support, we would love $25 gift cards to either Target, Walmart, Aldi or Giant. If we get enough we can provide a gift card to each of the remaining students on the list. Also, if you are part of an organization that might be able to sponsor a family or families, please let Paige or Tracy know and we can coordinate.

Paige Simpson, School Counselor - [email protected]

Tracy Ballard, School Counselor - [email protected]

National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Free Dental Hygiene Screenings - Annandale HS

Northern Virginia Community College and Medical Care for Children Partnership will bring our Mobile Dental Vans to Annandale High School to provide free dental screenings for children from 3- 19 years old. A parent or guardian must be present so that we can discuss how to find affordable dental treatment if needed. We will also teach children about good dental care to prevent cavities and other dental problems. And we have goody bags for them!

Medical Care for Children Partnership (MCCP) works with community partners to offer access to comprehensive medical and dental care to eligible uninsured children of working families in Fairfax County. NVCC’s Medical Education Campus in Springfield has an excellent dental hygiene training program with a clinic that offers dental cleanings at a reasonable cost. Together we are working to bring dental care to communities that have had limited access to dental preventive services and treatment.

Date: Saturday December 3

Time: 10 am- 1 pm

Click here to view the informational flyer.

IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair

Join us for an interactive event celebrating the IEP Process.  

  • Visit our Resource Fair to learn about community supports
  • Watch a simulated IEP meeting
  • Attend breakout sessions explaining the various parts of the IEP

Saturday, December 3, 2022

9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon (Registration begins at 8:30 AM)

Annandale High School

Click here to download the flyer and register in advance.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Bodhi Day (O Day)

Bodhi Day, Thursday, Dec. 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources.

Strategic Planning

The success of our strategic planning process depends on our entire community being engaged. Watch as some of our amazing elementary students share their hopes and ideas for the future of schools. Also, stay tuned for information on upcoming opportunities to participate in the development of FCPS’ Strategic Plan.

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, February 20: No School (Presidents' Day)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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Parent Coffee - Friday, December 2

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Parent Coffee - Friday, December 2

We hope you can join us this Friday for coffee with our principal and assistant principal.  We will be reflecting on the student-led conferences and sharing information about the Primary Years Program, our IB program.  We can’t wait to see you this Friday December 2, from 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

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LAST DAY TO ORDER - Belvedere Spirit Wear Sale

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SPIRIT WEAR SALE - Order Today!

TODAY is the last day to order your spirit wear! Show your Belvedere spirit! They make great gifts for family and friends too! Tshirts, sweatshirts, hoodies. PTA profits go to support Belvedere programs, with a focus on field trips and scholarships for after school programs.

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SPIRIT WEAR SALE - Order by Sunday, November 27

Don’t forget to order your spirit wear by this SUNDAY, November 27. Show your Belvedere spirit! They make great gifts for family and friends too! T- shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies. PTA profits go to support Belvedere programs, with a focus on field trips and scholarships for after school programs.

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SPIRIT WEAR SALE - Order by Sunday, November 27

Don’t forget to order your spirit wear by this SUNDAY, November 27. Show your Belvedere spirit! They make great gifts for family and friends too! Tshirts, sweatshirts, hoodies. PTA profits go to support Belvedere programs, with a focus on field trips and scholarships for after school programs.

Click here to purchase:

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FCPS Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

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Strategic Plan - Family Team Nominations

Dear BES Community, 

Developing the Strategic Plan will involve assembling multiple work teams that represent the perspectives of school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. FCPS is currently seeking nominations for families and caregivers who are interested in contributing to the strategic planning process as part of the Family Team (FT). This team will come together four times during the next several months. The families and caregivers of our current or prospective students can self-nominate or can be nominated using this form. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22.

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 18, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

This week we had so many parents at school. Dads at Belvedere (DAB) began last week, and to date we have had four fathers spend the entire school day at Belvedere.  As a DAB volunteer, dads get to experience the flow of the school day while visiting various classrooms and by supporting during kiss and ride, cafeteria, and recess.  We are so grateful to the PTA for spearheading this initiative and to the fathers who volunteer to come and support our school.

This past Tuesday evening was Partners in Print.  Thanks to the PTA, families had a chance to enjoy a free spaghetti dinner before attending the Partners in Print sessions. Belvedere staff facilitated sessions for all ages, focused on fun activities around family stories and story elements; word games; rhymes and songs in English and Spanish; and creating graphic novels to solve conflicts together. All students attending received a free book.  Also, our counselors distributed winter coats to keep students warm this winter.

Belvedere is going through policy reviews this year as an International Baccalaureate school. The Primary Years Programme is required to have four policies: Inclusion, Assessment, Academic Integrity, and Language. We are hoping to gather a small panel of guardians who are interested in reading over the revisions of the policies and providing feedback.

The first policy being revised and in need of review is the Inclusion Policy. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that our school supports all students to reach their full potential. This policy describes the interventions for students who need language support and learning support. (ESOL, Sped, and AAP) We are hoping to gather the panel together for a meeting before Winter Break.

If you are interested in participating in the Inclusion Policy Review Panel please contact Ellen Rogers, PYP Coordinator: [email protected]  or Cecilia Vanderhye, principal: [email protected] with the policy you are interested in and times you might be available.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Author, Tracy Kyle, Visits Belvedere

On Wednesday we had an author visit. Tracy Kyle spent the day in the library meeting with all classes in grades kindergarten through five. The students enjoyed listening to her read her books and had a chance to ask many questions.  We thank our librarian, Ms. Jopeck, for organizing various author visits throughout the school year.

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

AAP Screening and Identification for Full-Time (Level IV) Services for Grades 2-7

The Full-Time (Level IV) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-7 being considered for participation in the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-7 for Full-Time Services screening.  All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services. The window closes on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to submit a referral for Full-Time Services

Academic Matters

At the last School Board meeting, a new feature was introduced called Academic Matters. During this portion of the Board meeting, updates will be provided on important academic topics. At the November 3 meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid talked about some common misconceptions concerning the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment. Watch the presentation on YouTube.

FCPS Calendar Survey

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey was sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 this week.

Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Counselor's Corner

Click here to read the November Counselor's Newsletter!

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Thanksgiving (Holiday)

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

How Can You Help Your Child Have Good Attendance?

Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation. 
  • Help your child maintain routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s  sleep.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe at school. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

Visit our website for more attendance resources.

Strategic Planning

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

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PIP Family Night & FLE Preview - Tomorrow, November 15

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Partners in Print - November 15th 5:15-7:00 PM.

We are so looking forward to our annual Partners In Print (PIP) Night that is back in person this year! We will be welcoming families to BES on Tuesday, November 15th from 5:15-7:15 PM. From 5:15-6:00 there will be a Spaghetti dinner served by the PTA and an opportunity for students to pick out books to take home. After that, there will be two learning sessions, 6:00-6:30 and 6:35- 7:00, for families to attend.

FLE Instruction Preview - November 15 4:30-5:00 PM

Students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher.   Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.  Students in grades 4 and 5 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for.  Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
    • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school.  Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:30-5:00 in the library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

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

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for students who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction occurs at various during the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 11, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

The end of the warm fall weather is here, and tomorrow there is rain in the forecast.  We hope you stay warm this weekend.  If you need a winter coat for your child, please reach out to your child’s teacher. We have some donated coats for students who need one.

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov. 

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

We hope you enjoy the weekend.

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Outdoor Club - Neabasco Creek Boardwalk

We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather for last Saturday’s Outdoor Club trip to the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk. More than 60 people participated, including 28 students and their families. We explored the boardwalk, spotted turtles, and enjoyed the sunshine and fall colors.  

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449A4A722A64-dads

Partners in Print - November 15th 5:15-7:00 PM.

We are so looking forward to our annual Partners In Print (PIP) Night that is back in person this year! We will be welcoming families to BES on Tuesday, November 15th from 5:15-7:15 PM. From 5:15-6:00 there will be a Spaghetti dinner served by the PTA and an opportunity for students to pick out books to take home. After that, there will be two learning sessions, 6:00-6:30 and 6:35- 7:00, for families to attend.

FLE Instruction Preview - Tuesday, November 15

Students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher.   Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.  Students in grades 4 and 5 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for.  Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
    • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school.  Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:30-5:00 in the library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

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

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for students who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction occurs at various during the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

AAP Screening and Identification for Full-Time (Level IV) Services for Grades 2-7

The Full-Time (Level IV) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-7 being considered for participation in the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-7 for Full-Time Services screening.  All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services. The window closes on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to submit a referral for Full-Time Services

Counselor's Corner

Click here to read the November Counselor's Newsletter!

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

American Education Week: November 14-18

For American Education Week we celebrate ALL who work in our Belvedere community: our bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, support staff, teachers, leadership and more! Learn more from the National Education Association. Want to recognize someone from our school who goes above and beyond? Submit a nomination to FCPS Cares.

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage.

How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, November 15: FLE Preview 4:30-5:00 PM (Library)
  • Tuesday, November 15: PIP Night 5:15-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
  • Monday, January 16: No School (MLK Jr.'s Birthday)
  • Wednesday, January 25: Early Release (End of Semester)
  • Thurs-Fri, Jan. 26-27: No School (Staff Dev. and Teacher Workday)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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Belvedere News and Announcements - November 4, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended the PTA meeting last Wednesday. We are excited for all the support our PTA gives our school, including paying for buses for two fieldtrips per grade! As our teachers design curriculum and plan engaging learning for students, teams also consider how to enhance learning with meaningful fieldtrips. Currently, grade level teams have plans for various fieldtrips, including trips to the Capitol, to various National parks, and to Jamestown.

The PTA will also organize the family pasta dinner on November 15th before the Partners in Print school event. The dinner has historically been a wonderful family event. We hope you can join us for that and then participate in Partners in Print. Partners in Print is a family literacy night where parents and students will have opportunities to engage in literacy experiences they can then do at home.

Next Wednesday, November 9, is the Level 4 Screening and Identification-Parent Information night. If you child is in grade 2, if you are new to FCPS, or if you are thinking about referring your child for level IV services, we highly encourage you to attend this evening. It will be a virtual event and you can find the link below in this News You Choose edition.

We hope you enjoy the gorgeous fall weather this weekend!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms needed to be signed, dated, and returned by today, November 4. If you have not submitted your form yet, please send it in with your child next week. All results are confidential.

Belvedere sent home these forms on Friday, October 21st in your child’s Friday Folder. 

AAP Screening and Identification for Full-Time (Level IV) Services for Grades 2-7

The Full-Time (Level IV) center services of the Advanced Academic Program in Fairfax County are designed for students who are highly motivated and who demonstrate an exceptional ability to apply knowledge and exceptional creative/productive thinking. In Fairfax County, there is a central-selection screening committee which reviews information on each student in grades 2-7 being considered for participation in the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program. This is the time of year to start thinking about whether or not to refer your child in grades 2-7 for Full-Time Services screening.  All students need to be referred in order to be screened for services. The window closes on Thursday, December 15, 2022 to submit a referral for Full-Time Services

There will be two virtual presentations on the screening and identification process for Full-Time (Level IV) Advanced Academic Services.  The presentations will include information about the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program, the identification process through which students may be found eligible for Full-Time services, the kind of information you might include about your child, and the forms that you will need to complete.   Spanish interpretation will be provided and we hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 979 3118 5523

Passcode: 701346

Friday, November 11, 2022, 10:00am-11:00am

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 955 3463 5023

Passcode: 418764

Chorus Program

We are extending another invitation for fifth grade students to join chorus.  The prior invitation had a final performance inadvertently scheduled during Ramadan.  Therefore, we have rescheduled the final chorus performance for Monday, March 20th at 6:30 PM.  Additionally, families and classes will be invited to a dress rehearsal on Friday, March 17th during the afternoon. 

If your child had expressed interest in joining the chorus but your family schedule conflicted with the final performance, please consider signing the permission for your child to attend chorus rehearsals and performance. Revised chorus permission slips are being sent home this week in today’s Friday folders.

Dads @ Belvedere

Dads at Belvedere (formerly Watch D.O.G.S.) is a program to help our school be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role-model. Dads this is your chance to get involved in a fun atmosphere at school!

Dads will volunteer at the school for one full day. School will provide the schedule to include activities such as: recess, lunch, specials, classroom time, etc.

Our kids love seeing the grown-ups in their life at school! Additionally, Dads are demonstrating through their presence that education is important.

Sign up for a day on our calendar using the Signup Genius below:

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BES PTA Restaurant Night - TACO ONE

Pickup will take place on November 9, 5:00-7:00pm in Belvedere ES Parking Lot. 10% of sales go to Belvedere!

PRE-ORDER ONLINE Starting Monday, November 7

How to place your order:

  • Go to: https://gfynd.in/dl/ZiJ7 or scan the QR code attached in the flyer below
  • Scroll down to Current Pickup Location
  • Choose Belvedere Elementary
  • Select your pickup time
  • Add your items
  • Click the bag in the upper right-hand corner
  • Click Proceed to Checkout
  • You will receive a text message when your order is ready

Download the flyer for all the details!

Partners in Print - November 15th 5:15-7:00 PM.

We are so looking forward to our annual Partners In Print (PIP) Night that is back in person this year! We will be welcoming families to BES on Tuesday, November 15th from 5:15-7:15 PM. From 5:15-6:00 there will be a Spaghetti dinner served by the PTA and an opportunity for students to pick out books to take home. After that, there will be two learning sessions, 6:00-6:30 and 6:35- 7:00, for families to attend.

FLE Instruction Preview - Tuesday, November 15

Students in grades K-5 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher.   Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit.  Students in grades 4 and 5 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit.  For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-family-life-education-fle.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for.  Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
    • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.
  • Your child’s school.  Please contact the school to schedule a time to review lessons and/or media.
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library – lessons only.  Media is not available.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 4:30-5:00 in the library. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

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

An alternative non-FLE health instructional program is provided for students who do not take part in FLE instruction, and every effort is made to foster understanding and respect for family choices and to avoid peer pressure for or against participation in the program.

Instruction occurs at various during the school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific dates of FLE instruction. We look forward to working as your partner in providing information that will help your child make healthy choices related to the exciting changes and new challenges he/she will be facing in the next few years.

Counselor's Corner

Click here to read the November Counselor's Newsletter!

End of Quarter SIS Updates

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created. Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9, at 6 a.m.

Tutor.com

Does your child need homework help or feedback on their writing? How about a practice quiz to get ready for a test? Tutor.com is open to FCPS students in all grades, on-demand, 24/7, at no cost to families. Learn more.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage.

How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to develop the calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Watch your email for a feedback form, which will be shared with parents, staff, and middle and high school students.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Election)
  • Wednesday, November 9: BES PTA Restaurant Night
  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran's Day/School Planning)
  • Tuesday, November 15: PIP Night at Belvedere
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Parent Coffee: Literacy Updates - Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:00 PM

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Parent Coffee: Literacy Updates

Dear Belvedere Families,

Tomorrow, November 4 at 3 p.m., there will be a parent coffee with the principal and the school’s reading teachers focused on literacy. We will be sharing about the enhanced approach to literacy adopted by FCPS. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you.

-The Belvedere Team

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Belvedere News and Announcements - October 28, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended Trunk-R-Treat last night. It was a perfect fall evening, and everyone had so much fun. We appreciate all staff who volunteered their time to make this exciting for our families. We are also grateful for you, parents, who donated candy and treats. The PTA also paid for a pizza dinner for staff who stayed late to participate. Thank you all.

We are excited to have all students in grades kindergarten through five participate in student involved/led conferences. Teachers have been meeting with parents throughout the month of October and will continue to do so until November 11. The students have spent time preparing and are eager to share with you, parents, their learning and growth. It means the world to them when you attend the conference.

Next Wednesday, November 2nd, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. there will be a virtual PTA meeting. Attending the meeting is a great way to get to know the PTA board and to hear about school and PTA updates. We hope you can attend!

Also, on November 4 at 3 p.m., there will be a parent coffee with the principal and the school’s reading teachers focused on literacy. We will be sharing about the enhanced approach to literacy adopted by FCPS. We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential.

Belvedere sent home these forms last Friday, October 21st in your child’s Friday Folder.

Belvedere Outdoor Club

Join Outdoor Club trip on Saturday, November 5, at the Neabsco Creek Boardwalk. Outdoor Club meets on Saturday mornings several times per year to explore local parks with students and their families. Bus transportation is available from Belvedere and Barcroft View apartments. More information and permission slips were sent home in Friday folders (also available here). Space is limited and participation is first come, first served, as forms are received. 

Outdoor Club trips are scheduled for 1/21, 3/18, 4/29, and 5/20. Please contact our Environmental Educator, Andrea Auerbach ([email protected]) with questions.

No School - Monday, October 31

Today, Friday, October 28, marks the end of the first quarter of the school year.  Monday, October 31 has been designated as a teacher workday/student holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 1. 

From our School Counselors

Click here for the October Counselors' Corner Newsletter!

The school counselors need a weekly or 2x/month volunteer to man and organize the Family Center. Please email Mrs. Ballard if you are interested. [email protected]

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

Opportunity for Students to Help Inform FCPS’ Future

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Friday, October 28: Early Release (End of Quarter)
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)
  • Wednesday, November 2: PTA Meeting
  • Friday, November 4: Parent Coffee with the Principal
  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Election)
  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran's Day/School Planning)
  • Tuesday, November 15: PIP Night at Belvedere
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Storybook Character Parade & Trunk-or-Treat: Thursday, October 27th!

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Storybook Character Day & Trunk-or-Treat

Dear Belvedere Families,

We are excited for our Storybook Character Parade tomorrow, Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 am.  Students may dress up as their favorite storybook character.  We welcome parents to come watch from the front lobby and hallway as the entire school parades around the building. Please sign in to the office when you arrive. Third Grade students will leave from their field trip immediately following the parade.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 27, Belvedere will be hosting a Trunk or Treat from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm in our side parking lot.  We are excited to welcome all families to this fun event! Teachers have been busy planning their trunk decorations! Thank you to all who donated candy for this event.  Parking will be limited, so please plan to park in the neighborhood or you may park at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, across Columbia Pike.

We hope to see you there!

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Belvedere News and Announcements - October 21, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

We have just finished the first week with the full five days at school in a long time.  So much learning took place this week.  A big highlight was author Hena Khan’s evening visit this past Wednesday. Ms. Khan is an award-winning children’s book author, including Amina's Voice, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. We were so excited to welcome her and thank you for celebrating her work with us. You can visit her website here: https://henakhan.com/

As an IB-PYP school, we strive to generate learning spaces and opportunities that spark student inquiry.  This means that students have opportunities to deepen their understanding of topics and experiences of particular interest to them.  An example of this can be found in the recent kindergarten unit of inquiry where students were learning about community helpers.  The kindergarten team called on parent volunteers to come and share about their jobs, and nineteen parents generously gave of their time. Student learned about a broad range of jobs, including engineers, nurses, and drone pilots.  Their curiosity was immense, and in each class, students wanted to learn more about different aspects of what they heard.  This meant that the classroom teachers tailored the learning opportunities and exploration to the class’s particular interest. In one class, for example, students became extremely curious about fiber optics and how cement is made.  Giving space for curiosity to blossom and exploration to follow motivates students to have fun and to love learning.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas, Assistant Principal

Trunk-or-Treat

BES Staff will pass out treats to students in the BES Parking Lot on October 27th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Families can park on Whispering Lane or the service road that night.

We are collecting candy and treat donations all month.  Please drop off any donations to the office or send them with your child. 

Open this flyer for all the details!

Celebrated author, Hena Khan, visits Belvedere!

The amazing author, Hena Khan, joined us at Belvedere on Wedenesday evening to share her journey with our students.  

Our students created a welcome wall to connect to her books and life in many different ways!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. Belvedere will be sending home these forms TODAY in your child’s Friday Folder.

From our School Counselors

Click here for the October Counselors' Corner Newsletter!

The school counselors need a weekly or 2x/month volunteer to man and organize the Family Center. Please email Mrs. Ballard if you are interested. [email protected]

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

FCPS Multilingual Podcast

Fairfax County Public Schools produces a multilingual podcast every two weeks to highlight relevant information for families in their own languages. It is produced in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 

The latest episode introduces the FCPS Trust Policy and reminds families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Learn more about the Podcast.

Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

FCPS Strategic Plan

Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan.

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

The goal is to have the final strategic plan by June 2023. For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

Model Policy Comment Period

A new proposed model policy (pdf) was recently proposed by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the “privacy, dignity, and respect for all students and parents in Virginia’s Public Schools.” A 30-day public comment period on the model policy began September 26 and closes October 26. You may provide feedback to the Virginia Department of Education on the new drafted policy. If you missed Superintendent Reid’s message regarding the new proposed model policy, please view it on our website.  

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • Thursday, October 27: Trunk-or-Treat (5:30-6:30 p.m. - BES Parking Lot)
  • Friday, October 28: Early Release (End of Quarter)
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)
  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Election)
  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran's Day/School Planning)
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
  • December 19-January 2: Winter Break
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

Belvedere News and Announcements - October 14, 2022

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From the Administration

Dear Belvedere Family:

Thank you to all who attended the PTA Meeting on Wednesday evening.  Our IB Coordinator, Ellen Rogers, shared information about Student Led Conferences.  Over the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to attend a Student Led Conference with your child.  Teachers will share highlights about what students have been learning, but more importantly, you will have a chance to hear from your child and see the learning they have been engaged in.  We hope that you find this way of learning about your child valuable and that it gives you a greater insight into the learning that goes on in the classroom. If you haven’t yet scheduled a student-led conference with your child and his or her teacher, please reach out to the teacher to find a time to meet.

We are looking for volunteers to help in the cafeteria during lunchtime (11:30 am-2:00pm).  If you are interested, please email Kelly Cabezas, [email protected].  We welcome all families and look forward to seeing you!

We are thrilled to welcome author Hena Khan next Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30-7:30 in the gym. We hope to see you all at this exciting event!  Please see below for more information.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Cecilia Vanderhye, Principal, & Kelly Cabezas

Trunk-or-Treat

BES Staff will pass out treats to students in the BES Parking Lot on October 27th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Families can park on Whispering Lane or the service road that night.

We are collecting candy and treat donations all month.  Please drop off any donations to the office or send them with your child. 

Open this flyer for all the details!

Celebrated author, Hena Khan, comes to Belvedere!

Join us Wednesday, October 19th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Belvedere Gym for a presentation of why cultural representation matters in children’s books. Suitable for the whole family, Ms. Khan will deliver remarks and sign her books during the time with us.

Bus transportation will be provided to and from Barcroft View starting at 5:45 p.m. Parking is also available at the school. Enter through Door #2.

Families wishing to purchase any of Ms. Khan’s books at a discount can visit: https://bardsalley.square.site/belvedere-elem-author-event  Pre-orders may be picked up at the event for signing.

This event is sponsored by the Title I Office and hosted by the Belvedere Library. Open this flyer for all the details! Questions should be directed to our librarian, Ms. Jopeck. We hope to see you there!

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. Belvedere will be sending home these forms on Friday, October 21 in your child’s Friday Folder.

COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS students, teachers, and staff at five locations across the county on October 17, 18, and 19. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Overview

For an overview of the continuum of AAP services, click here. The overview is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

From our School Counselors

Click here for the October Counselors' Corner Newsletter!

The school counselors need a weekly or 2x/month volunteer to man and organize the Family Center. Please email Mrs. Ballard if you are interested. [email protected]

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Justice High School on November 21st, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend.

FCPS Multilingual Podcast

Fairfax County Public Schools produces a multilingual podcast every two weeks to highlight relevant information for families in their own languages. It is produced in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 

The latest episode introduces the FCPS Trust Policy and reminds families to review the Student Rights and Responsibilities document. Learn more about the Podcast.

Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

FCPS Strategic Plan

Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan.

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

The goal is to have the final strategic plan by June 2023. For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

Model Policy Comment Period

A new proposed model policy (pdf) was recently proposed by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the “privacy, dignity, and respect for all students and parents in Virginia’s Public Schools.” A 30-day public comment period on the model policy began September 26 and closes October 26. You may provide feedback to the Virginia Department of Education on the new drafted policy. If you missed Superintendent Reid’s message regarding the new proposed model policy, please view it on our website.  

Social and Emotional Learning Activities and Screener 

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them.

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health 

Identifying whether your child’s behaviors are normal or a warning sign of a mental health concern can be difficult. Talk to your child and pay attention to their actions. Also, consider these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.
  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.
  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.
  • Lack of sleep, or too much sleep.
  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.
  • Alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family. 
  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. All Fairfax County public schools have at least one school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker. Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. Call your school or visit their website for staff members’ contact information. Find additional information to support your child’s wellness on FCPS’ website. 

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis such as thoughts of harm to self or others, please take action:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the CrisisLink hotline or call them at 703-527-4077.
  • Go to the nearest emergency room or contact the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.
  • Call 911.
Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

Buses and Delays

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report.  Use code 28982 when registering for Here Comes the Bus. 

PTA News Join the PTA!

The QR Code in last week's PTA Membership / Direct Donation Flyer is no longer working.  Please do not use the QR code.  In order to purchase a membership or make a direct donation, please go to belvederepta.memberhub.com/store and choose your membership type (Staff $5 or Parent $10) and/or select Direct Donation to make a one-time or recurring donation. Thank you again for supporting the Belvedere PTA!  

Questions or concerns? Email [email protected].

Support the Belvedere PTA

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

There are several ways to support the PTA:

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, October 24: No School (Diwali)
  • Thursday, October 27: Trunk-or-Treat (5:30-6:30 p.m. - BES Parking Lot)
  • Friday, October 28: Early Release (End of Quarter)
  • Monday, October 31: No School (Teacher Workday)
  • Tuesday, November 8: No School (Election)
  • Friday, November 11: No School (Veteran's Day/School Planning)
  • Wednesday-Friday, November 23-25: No School (Thanksgiving)
Keep in Touch

Daily Health Screening Questionnaire

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Visit the Belvedere website

Report student absences

Bus Delay Website

Follow Belvedere on Twitter

Follow our PTA on Facebook

Change your email preferences

FCPS Calendar: 2022-2023

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

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