Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Algebra I class works at different stations
FCCPS Photo/Jennifer Jayson

Honing Math Skills at Variety of Stations

George Mason school logoAlgebra 1 students are rotating through some different stations, completing a variety of activities. They are working to put functions in standard form, taking Ax+By=C, and putting it into y= and x= form. At another station, students are connecting situations with their function, graph, and input/output tables to form connections and practical understanding of the math. There was also a chance to improve math fluency and logic skills through KenKen puzzles.
The week has brought back into focus the need to articulate how closing and delay decisions are made in FCCPS. Be assured that when the decision is made to cancel or delay school, FCCPS is relying on the best regional and local information available. Winter weather in our region varies greatly (snow, sleet, freezing rain, extreme cold, ice storms) so each weather event requires careful consideration.
How We Make "The Call"

Two Coffees this Morning
Principal's Coffee on Wellness

ME Henderson school logoJoin Principal Valerie Hardy this morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Henderson library for a discussion about student wellness including mental health, and aspects of the school's race action plan. "The Gift of Failure," a book by Jessica Lahey, will also be a part of the hour long discussion.

Parent Coffee on Super Friends

Jessie Thackrey school logoThis morning at 10:00 a.m. at Jessie Thackrey preschool, join other parents to hear a presentation on Super Friends, the school's social emotional program. Parking is available at the FC Presbyterian Church lot off of N. Fairfax, a short walk through Frady Park to the school. 
Graphic of a Power Pack

Donation Deadline
GIVE Day on Monday

FCEPTA logoToday is the last day for food donations to be dropped off at the elementary schools. See the list of items here. Donations will be used to make Power Packs, the snack/meal kits for students region-wide who are in need. To donate money to supplement the FCEPTA's purchases to complete the kits, please see the link here. The goal is 1500 Power Packs and $6 covers the cost of one.
All are welcome to help on Monday from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the TJ Gym and cafeteria as Power Packs are assembled, toys are made for animal shelters, and adults donate at the INOVA Blood Mobile (9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). 
Students on recent Saturday in Learning Lounge
FCCPS Photo/Jason Perkins

Make Use of GM Learning Lounge

George Mason school logoWhat is the GM Learning Lounge? It is a favorite Saturday morning spot for students who have work to finish or studying to do. It is a quiet place to study with the bonus of being able to get help from peer tutors. See the GMHS home page for the tutoring sign up link or find it here. All Mustangs are welcome for any or all of the weekly 3-hour session.

Plan Ahead
Songs and Desserts You'll Love

George Mason school logoHenderson MS logoThe GMHS and MEHMS choirs are performing at the 2nd Annual Broadway Desserts performance showcasing the students performing Broadway songs. At intermission, audience members have the opportunity to enjoy delicious desserts and beverages. Tickets are available in advance through the Choir departments and will be sold at the door:
$10 Adults, $5 Students, and children under age 2 are free. All proceeds benefit the Choir departments. Plan to come Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. to the Henderson cafetorium.

Monday at Noon

Participate in Local MLK Commemoration March 

FCCPS logoGMHS logoRight here in Falls Church City on Monday at noon, you can attend the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration March. The event begins at the Tinner Hill Memorial at S. Washington Street and Tinner Hill. It is followed by a program at the Historic Falls Church. See the flyer here. Students from the GMHS's Black Student Alliance are making signs to recognize and honor local African American families.

Long Weekend
Teacher Work Day and Holiday

FCCPS logoTomorrow - Students do not attend school. It is a teacher work day.
Monday is a federal holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all FCC Public Schools are closed. The FCEPTA is hosting GIVE Day at TJ from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. All elementary students and their families are welcome.
Tuesday - All schools will reopen at their regular times.
The end of the semester has been extended to Thursday, January 24.

Today's Calendar

Start times 
  7:45 a.m. - BIE Advisory Committee meeting (CO)
  8:05 a.m. - Mary Ellen Henderson MS  
    + Principal's Coffee on Wellness - 9:00 a.m.
  8:05 a.m. - George Mason High School  
  8:20 a.m. - Jessie Thackrey Pre-School 
     + Parent Coffee on Super Friends - 10:00 a.m.
  8:50 a.m. - Mount Daniel Elementary  
  8:50 a.m. - Thomas Jefferson Elementary 
Extra Curricular  
  5:00 p.m. - Scholastic Bowl, District Tourney (GM)
  6:30 p.m. - Parent/Adult English Classes - Intermediate (TJ)

Friday, no school

12:30 p.m. - Wrestling in Four-way Meet at TJHSST (Map)
  6:00 p.m. - JV Boys Basketball at Clarke County (Map
  6:00 p.m. - JV Girls Basketball vs Clarke County (GM Main Gym)
  7:30 p.m. - Boys Basketball at Clarke County (Map
  7:30 p.m. - Girls Basketball vs Clarke County (GM Main Gym)


  9:00 a.m. - GM Learning Lounge (GM Library)
  9:00 a.m. - Wrestling Tournament at Strasburg HS (Map
  5:30 p.m. - Boys & Girls Swim vs Clarke, Madison (Map)

Monday, no school

  9:00 a.m. - GIVE Day's INOVA Blood Drive, book a time (TJ
10:00 a.m. - Elementary Schools' GIVE Day (TJ)  
12:00 p.m. - MLK, Jr. Commemoration March (Map
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