Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Principal's Message Dear Whitman Community, Next week is an exciting one at Whitman! We have quite a bit going on. First of all, the PTSA will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival at Whitman MS on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. We encourage students accompanied by their parents to attend for an evening of fun and games. We will also have quite a number of faculty members sponsoring Trunk or Treat in the front parking lot. See the flyer below and make your plans to attend today! Also next week, we begin our first musical concerts of the year! On Tuesday, October 22 at 7 PM, Mr. Lackie and his students will be performing the Fall Choral Preview. And then on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 PM, Mr. Meltzer and Ms. Hardin will lead their students in the Fall Instrumental Preview. Please come out and enjoy these performances. I am pleased to welcome our new Military & Family Life Counselor, Ms. Karen Jones. She is here to support our military connected students. Her background in counseling spans over 10 years; 8 of those years were spent working with children ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She comes to us from Lee County, Virginia which is near the Kentucky/Tennessee border. Parents of military connected students are asked to complete a consent form if they would like their student to receive support/services from Ms. Jones. You can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is hard to believe but the first grading period comes to an end in two weeks. Make sure your students are checking in with their teachers to see if they have any work to complete. I’m hoping we will have an all-time high number of students making the Honor Roll this quarter! If you as parents have any questions, be sure to contact your school counselor or your child’s teachers.
Thank you for all you do to support the Whitman Community and have a great week! Craig Herring, Principal PICTURE RETAKES - OCTOBER 21ST Picture retakes will be taken this Monday, October 21st from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the lecture hall. If your child was absent during the first picture day, or if you did not like the proof that was sent home this week, please have them talk to their morning teachers so they can have their pictures taken. If you have any questions, please call Ms. Miller in the attendance office, 703-660-2405. We are looking for parents interested in volunteering to help with the vision and hearing screening on October 21st! If interested please call the Health Room at 703-660-2410. Thank you! Mariah Eichelberger, BSN, RN, CPN Public Health Nurse, School Health
Impact Aid Student-Parent Survey Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.
The federal presence in our area and the significant tax exemptions available to federally connected personnel, businesses, and agencies has permitted Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be eligible for federal Impact Aid grants.
Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become a part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving about $3,000,000 annually in Impact Aid funds.
FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. Starting on October 21, the survey will be distributed to all FCPS families.
For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school by October 30. 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 October 30. FCPS staff will process the information with the utmost confidentiality. To ensure complete accuracy, please use the pre-filled survey that was sent home with your child. If it is not available, please use the form below.
If you need more information regarding the Student-Parent Survey, please call 703-329-7655 to speak with an Information Technology staff member. Additional information about Impact Aid Programs and grants is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website at DoED Impact Aid Programs.
Video link - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow
Parents of Middle School Students: Free College Financial Aid Awareness Workshop Thursday, October 24, 2019 (7-9 pm) at Whitman Middle School
This program is designed for middle and elementary school parents to give them a “30,000 feet” view of the basics of post-secondary education, college savings plans, and the resources available through FCPS. Register to attend on the College Access Fairfax website.
Acompañenos a una presentación gratuita sobre la Ayuda Financiera de la Universidad para los Padres de la Escuela Intermedia Jueves, 24 de octobre de 2019 (7-9 pm) á Escuela Intermedia Whitman
Este programa está diseñado para que los padres de escuelas intermedias y elementales les brinden una visión a grandes rasgos de los conceptos básicos de la educación postsecundaria, los planes de ahorro para la universidad y los recursos disponibles a través de FCPS. Ofrecen servicio de traducion. Regístrese para asistir en el sitio web de College Access Fairfax.
Family Life Education Instructional Program Information
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.
Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.
Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at email@example.com
.Información del Programa de Instrucción sobre Educación para la Vida Familiar
Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax (FCPS) proporcionan un programa secuencial y exhaustivo de Educación para la Vida Familiar (FLE) para alumnos desde kindergarten hasta el grado doce. La instrucción se considera una labor conjunta entre los padres, los tutores legales, la escuela y la comunidad a fin de apoyar el aprendizaje que es esencial para establecer lazos familiares sólidos, relaciones positivas y una comunidad saludable.
Los padres o tutores legales pueden optar por excluir a su hijo del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar o de parte de él. A los alumnos que optan por no participar se les proporciona, sin sanción alguna, instrucción alternativa sobre salud según su edad, y se hace el mayor esfuerzo posible para fomentar el respeto por las decisiones de la familia. Si desea excluir a su hijo del programa FLE o de parte del programa este año escolar, usted encontrará los formularios de exclusión incluidos en los paquetes de regreso a clases y de orientación de su hijo y en el Internet en Primaria (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education, Intermedia (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle y Secundaria (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Por favor, llene el formulario de opción de exclusión y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo antes de que empiece la instrucción del programa de Educación para la Vida Familiar.
La descripción detallada del programa está disponible en el internet según el grado en Primaria (K-6) , Intermedia (7-8) y Secundaria (9-12). Los padres pueden ver en el Internet las lecciones específicas por grado y los videos para los cuales FCPS tiene derechos de transmisión en la cuenta Parent View 24-7 (Blackboard) de FCPS https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Encontrará información sobre esta cuenta en su escuela local o en el Internet en http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. También puede encontrar las lecciones específicas por grado en la Biblioteca Regional del Condado de Fairfax en la ciudad de Fairfax (esta biblioteca no cuenta con los videos de las lecciones). Las lecciones y los videos del grado de su hijo que no pueden verse en línea se encuentran a su disposición en la biblioteca de la escuela de su hijo si usted los quiere revisar. Debido a los derechos de autor, no podemos transmitir todos los videos por Internet.
Las preguntas que tenga con respecto al programa puede dirigirlas a la escuela de su hijo o puede llamar al Departamento de Servicios de Instrucción al 571-423-4550 o enviarle un correo electrónico a Elizabeth Payne, coordinadora del programa de Salud y Educación Física, a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walt Whitman Middle School has partnered with Food for Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in a county as wealthy as Fairfax, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.
Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to the students on Friday afternoons and through our food pantry.
We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.
Here’s how it works:
- Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food for Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
- Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
- Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day. (Collection dates are also listed on the tag.)
Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house and the food delivered to Whitman MS and then distributed to students in need through a Weekend Snack Program. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!
With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here.
Other volunteer opportunities include Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karisa Gearheart (school social worker) email@example.com or Laura Wainwright (FFN parent liaison) firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!
The Whitman PTSA board would like to thank you in advance for your support. Questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome. PTSA email is Parentsforwhitman@gmail.com. We also post upcoming events on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WhitmanPTSA/.
Co-Presidents: William Curtis & LaShawne Curtis
Vice-President: Stephanie Reynolds
Co-Secretaries: Ian and Jade Spurgeon
Treasurer: Marie McCain