Hello Haycock...11.24.20

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Dear Haycock Families,

 

Thank you for your unwavering support of our teachers and staff members.  I am thankful to be part of such a wonderful staff and a caring school community.  Please know how grateful we are for your children.  They bring us joy and inspiration every day. 

 

Please enjoy your holiday and students will have class again on Monday, November 30, for morning meeting and small group instruction.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

Dr. Liz Beaty

Principal

FCPS Health Metrics

 

Health conditions do not currently support bringing Group 5 (kindergarten) students back to school in person on December 1 as we had hoped. For a group of students to be brought safely into the building, the rate of new COVID cases for our area must remain below 200 per 100,000 residents, and the rate of positivity must remain below 8%.   Both metrics must remain this way for 7 consecutive calendar days. 

 

Families can check the daily COVID metrics here

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/key-measures/pandemic-metrics/school-metrics/

 

Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

 

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their students is screened for AAP in the coming screening cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.

 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

 

Please email referrals to both Mrs. Lee (eclee1@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Brower (lsbrower@fcps.edu).

 

Library Curbside Pick-Up Hours

 

Starting Monday, November 30, the Library Curbside pick-up hours will be adjusted to 9:00am - 1:00pm Monday through Friday.   

 

Pick Up/Return Process

* Student will receive an email when books are ready for pick up.

* Books will be in a bag marked with student's name on a library cart, under the awning by the main entrance of Haycock Elementary School.

* Books may be picked up Monday-Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm.

* Return books Monday-Friday in bins outside of the main entrance.

 

Mrs. Farrell, Librarian and Mrs. Chamberlain, Library Assistant, look forward to checking out books to you.  Please contact us with any questions or comments. 

Hiring Classroom Monitors

 

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

 

Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

 

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Hello Haycock...11.20.20

Haycock Hello 1 week 4 days ago

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Dear Haycock Families,

 

We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.  Thank you for your unwavering support of our staff.  We will continue to communicate any new information to you regarding the FCPS plan for return of students to the building. When our students are able to safely return to Haycock, we'll be ready!  In the meantime, our staff members are focusing their efforts on providing high quality virtual instruction for all our students. 

Dr. Liz Beaty

Principal

 

FCPS Health Metrics

 

The anticipated return of our Kindergarten students this past week was put on pause due to the health metrics for our region.  For a group of students to be brought safely into the building, the rate of new COVID cases for our area must remain below 200 per 100,000 residents, and the rate of positivity must remain below 8%.   Both metrics must remain this way for 7 consecutive calendar days. 

As of yesterday, the metrics for our area were this:

238.9 per 100,000 new cases of COVID

7.2% positivity rate

 

Families can check the daily COVID metrics here

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/key-measures/pandemic-metrics/school-metrics/

 

Monday and Tuesday, 11/23 and 11/24

 

Teacher planning days scheduled for next week will be rescheduled for later dates.  Monday, 11/23, will be a normal Monday, remaining a day for small groups from 9-12.  Tuesday, 11/24, will be a teacher directed virtual day for students.  

 

 

AAP Level IV Referrals

 

All AAP Level IV referrals must be submitted by the end of the school day on December 1st. Please email your referral and any additional documents to both Mrs. Brower (lsbrower@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Lee (eclee1@fcps.edu). In the subject line please include Haycock and the grade level. Please send all documents in one email.

Please refer to the AAP website for additional information: Level IV referrals

 

Important Update on Grab and Go Meals: Delivery Times and Some Bus Stop Locations Have Changed

 

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

As of November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations have changed. The updated bus schedule is now available online. Bus delivery times were changed to accommodate the need for more buses to transport students returning to school buildings for in-person learning.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

 

William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education Spring 2021 Saturday Enrichment Programs

 

Spring 2021 SEP registration is now open for students grades 3-12. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to offer 2 different spring sessions with courses available in the areas of art, STEM, botany, writing, poetry and many more.  Please see our Spring SEP 2021 flier for more information.  William & Mary’s SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students.  The program is not meant to supplement the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.  Click for More Information.   Any questions can be directed to Katie Latimer, Program Coordinator:   SEP@wm.edu or 757-221-2166.

 

Hiring Classroom Monitors

 

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

 

Kids Heart Challenge Prizes 

 

The PE team has been able to label and sort the Kids Heart Challenge prizes from last school year (2019/2020). 

Your child’s teacher should have e-mailed you if you need to come pick up prizes.  Please pull up to the front bus loop.  We will get the prize(s) for you and hand them to you while you stay in your vehicles.

Monday, November 23rd: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

Playground

 

The playground is currently available during school hours for community use, as students have been delayed in returning to school.  Once we begin phasing-in kindergarten students for in-person instruction, we will notify the community of playground use after school hours. 

 

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Haycock Hello 11.13.20

Haycock Hello 2 weeks 4 days ago

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Haycock Families,

We are excited to welcome our Kindergarten students back into the building next week.  We are ready, and we've been waiting for them!  Our staff has been working hard to ensure that we are prepared instructionally and with safety protocols in place for our students to come into the building beginning on Tuesday, November 17. A warm welcome to our youngest Haycock Cougars!

We have received many questions from you regarding concurrent instruction and what that will look like for our students.  Please take a few minutes to watch this short video from one of the pilot schools in FCPS.

Concurrent Instruction Example

Our grade level teams and wonderful teachers have been learning and increasing their knowledge about best practices for concurrent learning.  Grade level teams will implement concurrent learning in an intentional way that is in the best interests of our students and in a way that ensures success for all.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support,

Dr. Liz Beaty

Principal

Updated Return of Student Cohorts

Return of Cohort 6- Grades 1 and 2 is now the week of December 8

Teacher planning/student independent learning days:

11/16, 11/20, 11/23, and 11/24 (these will remain the same as before)

Return of Cohort 7- Grades 3-6 is now the week of January 14

Teacher planning/student independent learning days:

1/4, 1/7, 1/8 and 1/11

Thank you, PTA!

Thank you to the PTA for their continuing support.  On Monday, November 2, the PTA provided box lunches from Jersey Mike’s for all our staff members in a curbside lunch pick up.  Additionally, room parents prepared gift bags for all staff members.   Staff members felt appreciated and once again enjoyed the generosity and support of the PTA.

Kids Heart Challenge Prizes from Last Year

The PE team has been able to finally label and sort the Kids Heart Challenge prizes from last school year (2019/2020).  If your child has earned prizes that they have not received yet, please pull up to the front bus loop during one of these times.  We will get the prize(s) for you and hand them to you while you stay in your vehicles.

Monday, November 16th: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 23rd: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AAP Referrals

All AAP Level IV referrals must be submitted by the end of the school day on December 1st. Please email your referral and any additional documents to both Mrs. Brower (lsbrower@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Lee (eclee1@fcps.edu). In the subject line please include Haycock and the grade level. Please send all documents in one email.

Please refer to the AAP website for additional information: Level IV referrals

Hiring Classroom Monitors

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

Family Holiday Travel Plans

For families selecting in person instruction, we encourage you to follow guidance in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health Travel Guidelines around any travel quarantine requirements for people arriving in the Commonwealth of Virginia from other U.S. or international locations. 

In addition, we encourage families to practice the following measures to remain healthy when choosing to travel:

  • When around others, stay 6 feet apart (two arms’ length)
  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Watch your health. Look for symptoms of Covid-19, take your temperature if you feel sick use the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire
Safe Community Coalition Rolls Out Managing the Moments Video Series

The Safe Community Coalition has launched a series of short videos for the community featuring the psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers of the SCC’s mental health committee.

The short segments, approximately 10 minutes each, touch on a wide variety of topics designed to help parents and students in dealing with a range of issues, from younger children’s challenges staying focused while distance learning to effective communication strategies when families feel the strain of too much togetherness.

The first six videos include:

  • Deescalating Conflict
  • Effective Communication
  • How to Talk to Your Parents
  • Brain Breaks During Distance Learning
  • Self Care and Calming Techniques
  • How Are You?

Additional videos will be rolling out in the weeks to come.

All videos and any accompanying tip sheets are free and available on the SCC website, mcleanscc.org.

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Haycock Hello 11.6.20

Haycock Hello 3 weeks 4 days ago

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Haycock Families,

I want to thank you for replying to our email from last week to confirm or revise your choices for your child’s educational program (continuing with 100% online or moving to in-person instruction).  It was important to hear from you, even if you maintained your decision from this summer. We have made phone calls to many of you this week to confirm your decision.

Yesterday,  Kindergarten parents received an email from school (HaycockES@fcps.edu ) that explains next steps. Next week, parents of grade 1 and 2 students will receive a similar email.  By the end of next week, parents of students in grades 3-6 will be notified by email. As you know, changes to class rosters and schedules are coming.  I regret that some students will be assigned a new teacher in a few weeks.  But I also know that our staff is exceptional and that they’ll be ready to establish great relationships with new students and build joyful, new classroom cultures.  All our teachers are members of a grade level team.  They plan lessons together, solve problems together, and advocate for kids together. I am confident that a new teacher, should your child have one, will continue the great work her/his teammate has started this fall.

Changes to classes are necessary due to the many factors involved in shifting to an in-person program for more than half of our students.  We must honor all parent choices, I must protect staff members with health conditions, and I must stand up two simultaneous programs (online & in-person school) with the same staff.  I appreciate your patience and flexibility.

Specific information will be coming to you via email by early next week for 1st and 2nd grades.  Parents of 3rd-6th graders will receive information the week of the 16th.

As a reminder, FCPS is planning to bring students back to in-person school on the dates below (all dates subject to change):

Week of Nov. 16    Kindergarten

Week of Nov. 30    1st & 2nd Grades

Week of Jan. 4        3rd-6th Grades

In advance of the return dates, teachers will be provided time to plan for the change.  These days will be listed in a forthcoming email, and on these days, work will be assigned but live lessons will not occur.

Thank you,

Dr. Liz Beaty, Principal

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AAP Updates

All AAP Level IV referrals must be submitted by the end of the school day on December 1st. Please email your referral and any addition to documents to both Mrs. Brower (lsbrower@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Lee (eclee1@fcps.edu). In the subject line please include Haycock and the grade level. Please send all documents in one email.

 

Please refer to the AAP website for additional information: Level IV referrals

Monitors Needed

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

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

 

 FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

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

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Haycock Hello 10.30.20

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Thank you to all of you who joined us for our two Town Halls this week.  We appreciated the many questions we received.  We are excited to welcome many of our students back into the building.  Our kindergarten students will return on Tuesday, November 17.  Our first and second grade students will return on Tuesday, December 1

 

Many of you have questions regarding the health and safety cohorts of students return to the building.  Please visit this resource to see what preparations and protocols are being put in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

https://www.fcps.edu/returntoschool/familyguide

 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

With Haycock pride,

Dr. Liz Beaty

 

Town Hall Resources

Here is the link to the Town Hall presentation.

Here is the recording of our Town Hall. 

Here are the FAQs with responses.

Parent Intent for Instructional Setting

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your student(s) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction, we will assume you will continue in that format. If your circumstances have changed, please complete this form by 11 p.m. on October 30th Parent Preference Change Request

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, November 2, and Tuesday, November 3, are student holidays. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete new asynchronous assignments. Regularly-scheduled classes will resume on Wednesday, November 4. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Community Use of School Grounds

Beginning on Tuesday, November 17, school grounds will be closed for community use Tuesday through Friday.  This is so our students returning to the building can have outdoor recess in a socially distanced, safe way. Click to edit this placeholder text.

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Hello Haycock...10.25.20

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Hello Haycock Families,

 

We are excited and busy preparing for a small group of our students to return to the building this coming week. Safety measures and protocols are in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff members.

 

Friday, Oct. 30 is an early release day for our students so that teachers can work on report cards, conferences, and planning. Students will be released from virtual instruction at 1:30. There will not be synchronous instruction after 1:30 on Friday.

 

Our Kindergarten students will be the next cohort returning to our building on Tuesday, November 17. Our first and second graders are tentatively scheduled to return to the building on Tuesday, December 1, and our students in grades 3-6 are tentatively scheduled to return on Tuesday, January 5.

 

You will be receiving a letter on Monday morning explaining this timeline. If your circumstances have changed, this letter includes a form that you can complete to update your choice (virtual or face to face instruction) if it has changed since July. Please complete this form only if you are changing your choice from July. This change form must be completed by Friday, October 30.

 

We will hold two Town Halls this week to share information and answer your questions regarding the plan for virtual, concurrent, and face to face instruction. We will have a Town Hall on Wednesday, October 28 at 12:00 noon and another Town Hall on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m.

 

As our students come back into the building, the school playground will be closed during school hours (9:20-4:05) Tuesday through Friday beginning on Tuesday, November 17. This is so our students who are in the building can go outside for recess and play in the fresh air. The playground may be used by the community on Mondays during school hours when students will not be in the building. We appreciate your support and cooperation with this.

 

Finally, teachers are working hard to complete report cards and will be offering parent conferences over the next few weeks. Report cards will be mailed home in November, but you can access your child’s report card through your SIS ParentVUE account prior to it being mailed home. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, reach out to Ms. LaValle for an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview.

 

As always, we welcome feedback on how your student is doing. We are here to support you.

Virtual Learning Parent Feedback

 

With Haycock Pride,

Dr. Liz Beaty

 

Student Information System—SIS ParentVUE Account Overview

A SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE account is where you can access information about your child's attendance, course history, grade book (for middle and high school), progress reports, and report cards. Customized for elementary, middle, and high school students, your SIS ParentVUE Account login credentials can also be used to access FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View.

Get more information on SIS ParentVue accounts

Video: Creating a ParentVue Account

Do you need help creating a SIS ParentVue account? This video walks you through the steps on how to do so. Watch this video to learn how to set up your account

 

HAYCOCK RESTAURANT NIGHT Take-Out Edition

October 26 & 27 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

BADD PIZZA 

(Two locations in McLean and Falls Church) Schedule your Pick-Up in person, via phone or online at www.baddpizza.com

 

When you order, tell them you are from Haycock and mention the

Code:  HESDN2 to the staff when ordering.  

The PTA will receive 15% of all sales from both locations.  

MAKE SURE TO SAY THE CODE!!!

 

HAYCOCK SPIRIT WEAR ON SALE NOW!!!

Deadline to purchase is November 1st

 

There is an AWESOME selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants, pullovers, hats and more.  For adults and kids!!  

 

Below is the link to order:

https://customoutfitters.myshopify.com/collections/haycock-elementary-school-spirit-wear-online-store

 

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Hello Haycock...10.16.20

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Parents and Families,

 

We had a good day of planning and learning on this past Monday, the student holiday. Several staff members shared ideas and strategies for creating high quality, engaging online instruction for our students. We learned from the experts in the house!

 

Please make sure to sign the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) acknowledgement form sent out again yesterday. https://forms.gle/kQuX3LJWvvrEGHBz9   This form must be signed each year for each student. SR&R materials and resources are located here www.fcps.edu/srr. Our assistant principals, Dana Chen and Heather Boyd, have reviewed SR&R with all our students.

 

Please continue to share information with me about your student and how they are doing:

Virtual Learning Feedback

 

Thank you for your assistance and support from home.

Dr. Liz Beaty

 

 

TODAY is the Last Day of our Haycock PTA Fundraising and Membership Drive 

 

If you haven’t been involved before, the PTA (Parent/Teacher Association) is a great way to stay informed and involved in the Haycock Community.  The PTA holds monthly meetings, hosts events (virtually this year), sponsors clubs like Science Olympiad, Girls on the Run and Mathcounts.  The money raised by the PTA goes to critical school needs like library books, on-line resources, continuing education for teachers, and community building activities.

 

If you haven’t joined the PTA or contributed to our Armchair Fundraiser, click on the link below.  

 

We need 44 more families to join and help us raise the remaining $4,700 to our goal.  

 

Here is the link to contribute:

 https://form.jotform.com/202415247091145

 

 

School Spirit Day - Friday, October 30 Book Character Day

 

Students and staff are invited to dress up as their favorite book character.  Classes may decide to coordinate on characters or themes, or students may decide to dress as individual characters.  All we ask is that students do not wear masks as we want to see students’ faces in this virtual world!

 

 

HAYCOCK SPIRIT WEAR !!!

Deadline to purchase is November 1st.

 

There is an AWESOME selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, pajama pants, pullovers, hats and more.  For adults and kids!!  

 

Below is the link to order:

https://customoutfitters.myshopify.com/collections/haycock-elementary-school-spirit-wear-online-store

 

 

Attention 5th and 6th graders!  Are you interested in becoming a part of Haycock’s SCA? 

 

The process may look different this year, but we are so excited to continue this tradition and elect officers for the 2020-2021 school year!

 

The SCA helps to spread positivity within the Haycock community.  SCA officers help to develop the fun spirit weeks that we can have virtually as well as come up with fundraising ideas that help others in the community. 

 

To be an SCA officer, you must:

  • Attend monthly meetings before school
  • Promote school spirit days, fundraisers, and other SCA events
  • Check your fcpsschools email account weekly in order to stay in contact with other officers and advisors
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and be a positive role model and leader at Haycock

Please be aware meetings that are held for SCA take place mornings before school, beginning around 8:30 am. Make sure that this is something you can commit to all year before deciding to apply. 

 

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19th at 3:00 p.m.  

Click Here for the link to the application.

 

We look forward to reading your applications!

Ms. Baker and Mrs. Hecht

 

  Did You Know …?

 

This year, elementary parents have the option to support the environment and go paperless!

 

Please log into your Parent View account, select "My Account" and check the "Go Paperless" option.  Parents can view student report cards and receive electronic communications, rather than paper copies. 

 

Take advantage of this option.  Save our trees and help the environment! 

 

 

Return to School Town Hall

 

Dr. Brabrand is conducting a Return to School Town Hall on Monday, October 19 at 7:00.  Use the link below to access the Town Hall meeting.

https://www.fcps.edu/tv/ch99

 

  Food and Nutrition Services

 

As many schools will be used as polling places on November 3rd, Food and Nutrition Services will not be providing meal service on Election Day. 

 

We will provide two days-worth of meals on November 2nd.

 

  Haycock Yearbooks

 

Haycock will have a yearbook this year and more information will be sent to parents at a later date.  In the meantime, please DELETE the email that families received from Lifetouch as we do NOT have a contract with Lifetouch.

 

  Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Dear Parents,

We need your help.  Teachers were given the wrong link to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Parent Acknowledgement Forms.  Please take a minute to review and sign the SR & R form for each of your Haycock students, even if you had previously submitted your form. 

 

Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using THIS link:     

https://forms.gle/kQuX3LJWvvrEGHBz9

 

Thank you!

 

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Hello Haycock...Bike Safety Course....10.13.20

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  Hello Haycock Cougars!    FCPS Safe Routes To Schools has drawn a Chalk Bike Safety Garden on the outdoor Basketball courts at LONGFELLOW this morning.  This is a great opportunity to get outside and practice bike safety while the Bike Garden is available.  The lines are in chalk, so it will wash away at the first rain.   Go on over to LONGFELLOW’s outdoor Basketball courts with your bike, helmet and mask.  Take pictures and post them on Twitter with a #Hayfam and @HaycockES_PE  so we can see you biking safely!!!

 

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Hello Haycock...10.10.20

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  Greetings Haycock Families,

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us at our Principal Coffees on Thursday. The presentation highlights are below.

Our staff continues to work very hard to plan for and deliver high quality instruction for all our students in this virtual setting. We ask that you work with us as partners to ensure that requests for technical assistance, conversations with teachers, or registering your concerns does not take place during the time teachers are providing instruction or small group support to our students.  

We’ve had some questions regarding the iReady Universal Screener assessments that our students are taking. These assessments provide valuable data for teachers to plan instruction that is tailored to meet the needs of each student. For more information about iReady and to view resources that explain how you can support your student at home when taking these assessments, please see https://www.fcps.edu/us.

We want to hear how things are going at home! Please give us feedback on the following Google form.

Haycock ES Virtual Feedback

With Haycock Pride,

Dr. Liz Beaty

Principal

 

 

Welcome, Dr. Liz Beaty!

* Special Education Teacher - Union Mill ES, Deer Park ES, Virginia Run ES, Oakton ES

* Assistant Principal - Braddock ES, Chesterbrook ES

* Adjunct Professor - George Mason University

 

Our Vision:

* Celebrate the things we are doing well

* Share our great story and Haycock pride!

* Continue to expand opportunities and access for all to rigorous, high quality instruction

* Focus on equity and honor diversity

* Together, we can virtually accomplish anything

  Online Instruction:

The best ways to assist your child:

* Provide a quiet spot for them to work

* Allow students to answer and participate

* Encourage and support

* Rally around the teachers (they are working so hard!)

* Instructional blocks are what they are

* Small group support times are what they are

* We are working closely together as home-school partners

 

  Haycock Library Book Checkout

Option One: Request up to 10 books by completing this form on line.

Option Two: Search the Haycock Library Catalog and place a hold on books using your FCPS network username and password.

 

Pick Up/Return Process

* Student will receive an email when books are ready for pick up.

* Books will be in a bag marked with student's name on a library cart, under the awning by the main entrance of Haycock Elementary School.

* Books may be picked up Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm.

* Return books Monday-Friday in bins outside of the main entrance.

 

Mrs. Farrell, Librarian and Mrs. Chamberlain, Library Assistant, look forward to checking out books to you.  Please contact us with any questions or comments. 

**Once books are returned, FCPS requires that they are quarantined for 7 days.*

 

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT - BE ONE OF THE 51

 

Don’t wait one more day to join and contribute to the Haycock PTA!

This is the last week of our annual PTA fundraising drive.  

 

We are only 51 families away from hitting our goal of 50% parent participation in our PTA Armchair fundraiser and $5,200 away from hitting $30,000 raised. Let’s bring this thing home!

 

A huge thank you to the 224 families who have contributed and joined the PTA so far.   

The question is, are you one of the 224?  

 

If not, please consider joining the PTA and making a one-time contribution to our Armchair fundraiser. The money we raise helps pay for supplement educational tools for our teachers and students, continuing education for our teachers, registration fees for club participation, books, computers and more.  

 

To contribute visit the Haycock PTA website (haycockpta.org) OR click this link:   https://form.jotform.com/202415247091145

 

P.S. Does your employer match contributions?  If so, and you need a letter of receipt, please contact Paige Hahn at paigehahn@gmail.com.  She’d be happy to provide one.

 

 

Attention 5th and 6th graders!  Are you interested in becoming a part of Haycock’s SCA? 

 

The process may look different this year, but we are so excited to continue this tradition and elect officers for the 2020-2021 school year!

The SCA helps to spread positivity within the Haycock community.  SCA officers help to develop the fun spirit weeks that we can have virtually, as well as come up with fundraising ideas that help others in the community. 

 

To be an SCA officer, you must:

  • Attend monthly meetings before school
  • Promote school spirit days, fundraisers, and other SCA events
  • Check your fcpsschools email account weekly in order to stay in contact with other officers and advisors
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and be a positive role model and leader at Haycock

Please be aware meetings that are held for SCA take place mornings before school, beginning around 8:30 am. Make sure that this is something you can commit to all year before deciding to apply. 

 

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19th at 3:00 p.m.  

Click Here for the link to the application.

 

We look forward to working with you this year!

Ms. Baker and Mrs. Hecht

 

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Walking Wednesdays

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Walking Wednesdays

 

Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote community values of physical and mental health. The initiative is supported by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Safe Routes to School, Fairfax County Park Authority, and INOVA. Students and parents are encouraged to get out and walk each Wednesday before the virtual school day begins. Join your neighbors and feel connected to one another before your school day begins.

 

Each month will have a specially designated Wednesday.

This Wednesday, October 7th, is “Walk to School Day” anyway that you can.

 

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Hello Haycock...10.2.20

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Hello Haycock Families,

 

I am excited to start my journey as a Haycock Cougar. I have enjoyed my first week and have so appreciated the warm welcome from our wonderful staff. It is a great pleasure to work alongside such a group of dedicated and caring professionals.

I want to express my deep thanks for the work that Mr. Augie Frattali has done here at Haycock over the past year, and for all he and the assistant principals have done to facilitate a smooth virtual opening. Mr. Frattali is working through the end of next week with me to facilitate a smooth transition.

We hope that you will be able to join us for one of the Meet and Greet Principal Coffees next week. These will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. that same evening. I look forward to introducing myself and sharing my vision for Haycock with all of you.

 

With Haycock pride,

Dr. Liz Beaty

Principal

 

 

Meet Dr. Beaty - Parent Coffees

We will be offering two opportunities for you to meet the new principal, Dr. Beaty, to get to know her, and ask any questions you may have. 

 

Thursday, October 8th at 10am Link to Join

Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm Link to Join

 

  Grab and Go Meals

 

Grab and go meals are available at Haycock.  Each day we have a delivery from 7:02 AM -7:12 AM for breakfast and lunch.

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go meals, as well as other county children that are eighteen (18) years and under. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

We want to make sure all Haycock families are aware of food services. 

For additional information regarding the county's free meals for children you can find information below: All food resources for families are listed here: www.fcps.edu/return-school/food That page also links to the complete list of meal bus routes here: www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus Fairfax County Government created a helpful map here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/food-resources

 

  AAP Important Upcoming Dates

 

We would like to invite all interested parents to attend information sessions about the Advanced Academic Program at Haycock.  

 

The Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Session is scheduled for October 7, 2020, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. This session is open to all parents and we will share information about different levels of AAP Services. Here is the AAP Overview presentation that we will be using if you would like to review it in advance or if you are unable to attend. Here is a narrated version, AAP Overview Video of the same presentation. We will not be discussing Level IV referrals at this session.  Please use this meeting link to attend the session.  

 

The AAP Level IV Screening and Identification Information Session is on October 14, 2020, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for 2nd-6th grades. Here is the presentation that we will be using if you would like to review it in advance or if you are unable to attend.   Please use this meeting link to attend the session. 

 

Important to keep note:

-Link for AAP Level IV referral form

-Deadline to submit a Spring Referral is December 1, 2020, for all returning students, 2nd-6th grade

-Deadline to submit a Fall Referral is October 8, 2020, for all NEW TO FCPS (since January 2020)  students, 3rd-6th grade

-Please use this link to access and view the AAP website and AAP video/presentations for more specific information.  

Also, visit the September AAP Newsletter for more info. 

Contact AARTs:  Loren Brower, lsbrower@fcps.edu (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades); Esther Lee, eclee1@fcps.edu (K, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades) for more information.

 

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Hello.Haycock....9.26.20

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Starting September 28th Dr. Liz Beaty will be taking over the role and responsibilities as Haycock Principal. I am confident that Dr. Liz Beaty will continue the high level of engagement and achievement at Haycock and lead the school to new heights. She is a consummate professional and a strong leader. Haycock is the perfect fit for her skills and talents. Liz, along with Heather Boyd and Dana Chen, the two assistant principals, will complement one another to make a dynamic team.

I wanted to reach out to you to express my gratitude. Over the past two years I have had the privilege of working with a staff that aspires to provide the finest education for the Haycock students. Their professionalism and dedication are amazing. 

In addition, this community of parents has been incredibly supportive and are strong advocates for their children’s education. Even through this pandemic and distance learning, the students at Haycock never cease to amaze me and brought a smile to my face each day. With them I have celebrated, laughed, and learned. Please know that each student has impacted me in a special way that I will never forget. 

I have enjoyed my time at Haycock. I will cherish the memories that I have encountered at this wonderful school.

Sincerely,

Augie Frattali

“It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”  Ernie Harwell

 

  AAP Information Sessions

 

We would like to invite all interested parents to attend information sessions about the Advanced Academic Program at Haycock.  

 

The Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Session will be held on October 7, 2020, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. This session is open to all parents and we will share about different levels of AAP Services.

* Here is the AAP Overview presentation that we will be using if you would like to review it in advance or if you are unable to attend. We've included a narrated version, AAP Overview Video of the same presentationWe will not be discussing Level IV referrals at this session. 

*Please use this meeting link to attend the session.  

 

 

The AAP Level IV Screening and Identification Information Session is on October 14, 2020, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for 2nd-6th grades.

* Here is the presentation that we will be using if you would like to review it in advance or if you are unable to attend.  

* Please use this meeting link to attend the session. 

 

 

For New to FCPS Families (as of January 2020) only, we will have a Question & Answer session on September 30, 2020, at noon. Please fill out this Google form to register for the session and a meeting link will be sent to you.  

 

 

Important to keep note:

-Link for AAP Level IV referral form

-Deadline to submit a Spring Referral is December 1, 2020, for all returning students, 2nd-6th grade

-Deadline to submit a Fall Referral is October 8, 2020, for all NEW TO FCPS (since January 2020)  students, 3rd-6th grade

-Please use this link to access and view the AAP website and AAP video/presentations for more specific information.  

Also, visit the September AAP Newsletter for more info. 

Contact AARTs:  Loren Brower, lsbrower@fcps.edu (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades); Esther Lee, eclee1@fcps.edu (K, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades) for more information.

 

  How To Get A Library Card And Sign Up For RBdigital ebooks

 

Good news! The public library is open and you can go there to borrow books.

The LEAP pass provides a great opportunity for every student to borrow books. It starts on October 1st.  FCPS students can use their name to check out books. Ask a library staff member for help.  (However, if you sign up to get a regular library card, you can check out even more books!)

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Hello Haycock...9.18.2020

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Dear Parents,

 

Fall is in the air! We hope you and your family are getting out to enjoy the seasonal activities. Dr. Beaty’s first official day is September 28th, but she is already preparing for her arrival and taking over the mantle of the principal.  The staff is excited to welcome her to the Haycock family.

As you know, we have an extremely talented and dedicated staff who work earnestly to provide your children with an appropriately challenging and motivating school experience. Meeting the students’ needs is central to everything they do.  The amount of time that they take in planning their virtual and synchronous lessons, responding to parents’ questions, providing support and enrichment activities for students, and creating a positive learning climate for the school is unlike anything we have witnessed.  There positive can-do attitude is contagious.  Please take time to recognize their efforts for all that they do in order to educate your children.

The article this week focuses on looking at the glass half full in education in leaning in a virtual environment.  We often focus on all of the negatives but the article tweaks out some of the positive outcomes for our children and teachers.

 

Augie   Heather     Dana

 

 

A Silver Lining to the Year’s Disruptions?

           

In this Education Week article, Sarah Sparks reports on ideas for moving beyond the current crisis and innovating for long-term improvement and equity. She quotes Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford University), who believes that today’s massive disruption in K-12 schools could create something of an education renaissance. “We’re in a moment in our country right now where the most important modus operandi is inventing and sharing,” she says. “You know people have to invent ways to do things they haven’t done before, and then they need to share those things with others and they need to be able to access what others are sharing about their inventions.” Some avenues for long-term improvement:

  • Close the digital divide.
  • Strengthen distance and blended learning.
  • Address homelessness, housing instability, and food insecurity.
  • Leverage more-adequate and equitable school funding.
  • Establish community schools and wraparound supports.
  • Provide expanded learning time.
  • Redesign schools for stronger relationships.
  • Assess students’ academic and social-emotional needs.
  • Ensure supports for social and emotional learning, including mental health needs.
  • Emphasize authentic, culturally responsive learning.
  • Prepare educators for reinventing school.

 

“What Do Schools Need to Be Better After Coronavirus?” by Sarah Sparks in Education Week, September 2, 2020

 

  Haycock Spirit Days September 22-25

 

Show your Haycock Pride and join us next week in our Spirit Days!

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link:     

https://forms.gle/Y41Kwgjmjv2mtQtSA

The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

 

  Back to School Forms

 

Required Forms - click on links to access forms

 

Emergency Care- This form can be completed and submitted electronically. To complete this form, log onto FCPS 24-7 and click the ‘Enter weCare@school’ link.

You must have a ParentVUE (SIS) account to access this site. If you need help with your login, please contact clavallee@fcps.edu.  Click here for instructions about how to enter information once you are logged into the weCare@school system.

 

Health Information- This form only needs to be completed if you have changes or updates. If you complete this form, please email it to Christine LaVallee at: clavallee@fcps.edu

If you would like paper copies of these forms mailed home, please email: mtsmith2@fcps.edu

 

 

Optional Forms

 

Family Life Education: Here is a letter to parents regarding Family Life Education Parent FLE Letter. The following forms only need to be completed if you wish to opt your child out Family Life Education. Each form contains links that explain the FLE curriculum. Email completed forms to: clavallee@fcps.edu

Kindergarten Opt-Out Form

First Grade Opt-Out Form

Second Grade Opt-Out Form

Third Grade Opt-Out Form

Fourth Grade Opt-Out Form

Fifth Grade Opt-Out Form

Sixth Grade Opt-Out Form

 

Military Connected Students: Please complete the Identification of Military Connected Students form if your family is connected to the military. Email completed forms to: clavallee@fcps.edu

 

Scoliosis Fact Sheet: This information is for parents of 5th and 6th grade students. Please follow this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/ScoliosisFactSheet.pdf

 

Haycock PTA: We highly encourage you to join the Haycock PTA. Please click here to read about the PTA and to join this wonderful group.

 

Health Coverage: Health insurance for children is available through Cover Virginia. Follow this link for more details: https://coverva.org

 

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/opt-out-forms

 

Homeless Student Referral Form: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se299.pdf

 

  Digital Resources at Haycock Elementary School 

 

This year, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted Digital Resources.

 

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year in each grade level.

 

To provide your parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions.  Provide consent.

 

 

Band/Strings Sign-Up

 

The deadline for 4th-6th grade Music Selection is TODAY, Friday, September 18.  All 4th-6th grade families should complete the form below, even if your child does not want to participate in Band or Strings.

 

https://forms.gle/FXcAYxmiiaVU8sJF7

 

 

We all need a little support from our friends!  This week, our staff is celebrating the extra love and we get from our pets, many of whom have made guest appearances during instruction!  

 

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Hello.Haycock...9.11.2020

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Dear Parents,

 

Thank you for an absolutely wonderful first week back!  We have simply loved seeing the students again and are excited to celebrate all of the learning that is happening. You have shown patience with the adjustment to online instruction and have shared joy with your children as they start a new year. Your support is appreciated as we celebrate student engagement and participation. Each day, we have noticed increased comfort from students with the virtual learning format. 

 

Thank you for sharing your child's successes with the teachers and for sending notes of gratitude to the teachers for their work and efforts. Thank you for your patience when the technology did not work as expected and for communicating with the teachers when you have questions. 

 

We appreciate your support as we navigate online learning and new tools for students. We have had a few incidents where parents tried to engage the teacher during instruction by asking questions. In addition, some parents have utilized the chat feature in the virtual classroom to communicate with other parents. Both the chat and the microphone functions are exclusively for the use of students to engage in the lesson. These types of incidents interrupt the teacher and affect the flow of instruction for students. While there may be times when you may need to support your child with the technology, please do so without disrupting the classroom.

 

Although this is not our preferred way to teach and learn, we will continue to rely on each other and make our best efforts to improve each day.  We are all in this together and are appreciative of that partnership.

 

Augie, Dana and Heather

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference

 

This year FCPS will continue to partner with INOVA and Kaiser Permanente to host the 7th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. The conference will feature multiple keynote speakers who will address social emotional learning and resiliency. Virtual sessions will be offered September 14th-October 3rd. The kickoff panel will be hosted by NBC 4’s Eun Yang. Registration is available at the following website: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/mental-health-and-resiliency/mental-health-and-wellness

Additionally, Our Minds Matter will be hosting a student summit for the Mental Health and Wellness Conference. Students may register here: bit.ly/ommsummit2020

 

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link:     

https://forms.gle/Y41Kwgjmjv2mtQtSA

The form must be filled out one time per student each year.

 

  Safety Patrols

 

Welcome back to our new school year Haycock Cougars!  Mrs.Callsen and Mrs. Hecht wanted to reach out to the 5th and 6th graders. We understand that there are many 5th and 6th graders who want to apply to be a Safety Patrol and there are many 6th graders who want to know what their role will be this year.  We are currently in a waiting period to hear from the county what the role of Safety Patrols will be this year. Please be patient with us and when we know more information we will be sure to share it with you. 

 

We miss you all! 

Mrs. Callsen and Mrs. Hecht

 

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Haycock.Hello...9.8.20

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Haycock Parents,

 

Happy first day of school! We really enjoyed seeing your students today. They were both engaged and excited to be back in school. We are so appreciative of our teachers, who have worked hard over the last few weeks to prepare for this school year. We also thank you all for the support and encouragement you provided your students today. We saw many of you in the classrooms today helping your students get connected. Although we are not in the building together, we are still on Haycock family. 

 

Virtual learning will certainly be a journey and we ask that you have patience with your child's teacher and with the technology. As is always true, we will adapt and improve instructional practices to meet the needs of our students. 

 

Please keep teachers and counselors in the loop on how your students are adapting to the virtual setting. 

 

 

Let’s Scrap the Neuromyths: No, You Aren’t a ‘Visual’ or ‘Auditory’ Person

·August 30, 2020

 

Summary: Believing in neuromyths, especially concerning learning styles, may be dangerous to personal development. Researchers debunk the concepts surrounding neuromyths.

Source: The Conversation

Who hasn’t heard the statement that we only use 10 percent of our brain? That listening to Mozart’s music makes you smarter or that most learning happens in the first three years of life? Or that a person who is “right-brained” is more creative? Another widespread idea is that we are either visual, auditory or kinesthetic (more sensitive to touch) and that we learn better according to these “styles.”

All these claims are in fact “neuromyths” — false beliefs about the brain and learning, none of which are scientifically based. In short, you are as likely to get a visit from the Tooth Fairy as you are to learn how to paint a sunset faster, supposedly because you are a “visual” person.

At the Cognitive Health Research Laboratory at Laurentian University, our research team is particularly interested in the neuromyths of learning styles called VAK, for visual, auditory, kinesthetic. Surveys conducted in 14 countries, including Canada, reveal that 90 per cent of teachers strongly believe that their students are visual, auditory or kinesthetic. And in an effort to meet their needs, these teachers adapt their teaching according to this mirage of individual differences, with visual students viewing pictures or diagrams, auditory students listening to sounds or speech and kinesthetic students manipulating objects.

Unique brains?

At the root of the VAK neuromyth is the misconception that each brain develops differently and therefore that each child learns differently. Yes, it is true that from the 100 billion neurons that the brain has at birth, a unique network of synaptic connections develops. On the other hand, no, this development does not entirely individualize the brain to the point of predisposing it to better process information in a “dominant” sensory modality.

In fact, human brains have infinitely more commonalities than differences. In each brain, the visual, auditory and kinesthetic sensory areas are highly interconnected. When we hear a noise, not only is the auditory area activated but also the visual and kinesthetic areas. This intermodal and automatic transfer ensures optimal information processing.

Skeptical? Show a friend a picture (visual modality) of a person covered with mosquitoes. You will notice that your friend unconsciously starts scratching (kinesthetic mode) without even realizing it! The real functioning of the brain sometimes escapes our intuitions.

No scientific evidence

The hypothesis that people learn best when information is presented in their “preferred” or “dominant” learning style has been the subject of numerous scientific studies. No study to date has been able to prove this hypothesis. There is even a $5,000 reward offered to any research team that succeeds in proving the effectiveness of the learning styles.

So are neuromyths harmless? Not really. A student labelled as “auditory” because she excels in music could feel doomed to learn one way (with her ears) and lose her motivation for subjects like geography or chemistry.

The scientific community has felt the need to issue a warning to the world of education saying that pedagogical practices inspired by learning styles are not based on any evidence. Unfortunately, the energy devoted by teachers to unfounded pedagogical practices may delay the adoption of practices that are truly supported by research.

Debunking neuromyths

Avenues of intervention are being explored to dispel neuromyths among teachers.

Many false beliefs in education are based on a simplistic conception of how the human brain works. Could the inclusion of a university neuroscience course in teacher training counter neuromyths? Plausible, but unfounded. Taking a course would improve neuroscience knowledge among future teachers but likely without reducing their false beliefs.

All is not lost, however. Rebuttal texts, in which scientific arguments are raised to debunk neuromyths, are promising. Coupled with personal reflections, these texts reduce these false beliefs in apprentice teachers. However, one question remains: will their future practice be free from neuromyths? That is far from certain.

The powerful confirmation bias

It is not enough to present scientific evidence to persuade someone to abandon his or her deepest convictions. A frontal attack such as a scientific rebuttal text can even have the opposite effect and amplify the false belief. That’s part of the backfire effect.

There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that people can be classified as visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners. Image is in the public domain.

 

Confronted with rebuttal texts, 90 percent of teachers say they reject the pedagogical usefulness of learning styles. However, one-third of them still intend to adapt their teaching to the styles of their students. To justify this, 89 percent of those teachers refer to their personal experience (“science says it’s not effective, but I observe it in the classroom”).

Why favour anecdotal observations to the detriment of science? A powerful psychological mechanism is in play: the confirmation bias. A teacher observing a student learning better with the help of a diagram could see it as confirmation of her feeling that this student has a “visual” style.

Fighting with anecdotes

Our team has designed an intervention for teachers in which a personal anecdote is created from scratch. The teachers experience “personally” the uselessness of learning styles.

The anecdote is meant to be a deterrent. It is an activity in which words to be memorized are accompanied by images or sounds. If VAK styles have pedagogical validity, the “visuals” should retain more words with pictures than words with sounds. And vice versa for the “auditory” participants. Our activity is modelled on scientific experiments carried out all over the world. All of them, without exception, have failed to prove that such a matching of “image = visual style” or “sound = auditory style” is effective.

The results of a first attempt to demystify this for apprentice teachers were published in the journal Neuroéducation. After participating in our “Sounds and Images” activity, trainee teachers found that their memory had nothing to do with their preferred VAK style. However, 60 per cent of them still intended to adapt their teaching to their students’ learning styles.

Why is there such resistance? What if the activity was done with students instead? Teachers witnessing the test would then have a story that would likely be more powerful. This is one of the avenues of research we are exploring.

Until then, be aware that all human brains love to receive information in more than one sensory modality. This strengthens the synaptic connections between sensory areas. Presenting learning materials in a variety of formats is therefore an encouraged pedagogical practice, supported by research. And it’s not the Tooth Fairy who says so!

 

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Hello Haycock...8.28.20

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Dear Parents,

 

This week our wonderful school staff has engaged in continued professional learning and planning to prepare for virtual learning.  Our technology team has been working at school to pass out laptops and provide technology support.  We finished the week by celebrating our amazing teachers with a drive-up hot dog lunch distribution of "Augie's Doggies!"  

 

Our teachers and staff are looking forward to starting a new school year with their students and connecting with parents through a virtual orientation early next week. Classroom teachers will be contacting you to schedule individual family meetings for introductions.

 

There have been a lot of questions pertaining to the Monday schedule and attendance. Monday is a required day for students and the day will begin with a morning meeting with classroom teachers. During that time, teachers will inform the students of the expectations for the day. This may include: asynchronous work, support opportunity for students, extensions, and work that needs to be submitted. In addition, students who are receiving special services will have an opportunity to receive program supports. As well, our band and string programs will offer virtual instruction on Monday afternoons. Again, attendance will be taken at morning meeting and students are expected to participate throughout the school day. 

 

Virtual Orientations

Next week, your child's classroom teacher will be scheduling individual conversations with you and your child to share information about logging on the first week of school and to begin building a relationship with you. 

 

School Supply Lists

School supply lists can be found here.

 

Open House

On Thursday, September 3rd you will receive links to our recorded Open House, which will include introductions to all staff members and teams. Please plan on watching with your child as a kickoff to this school year.

 

Tech Resources

 

This year, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use will require your consent before they can be used. You can find Haycock’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Adopted Digital Resources.

 

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the technology resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year in each grade level.

 

Required Forms

 

Tech Support for Parents and Students

 

To support families who are working with their children during Distance Learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24th. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices, and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.

FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly.

SUMMER READING Choice Boards

turn in by Friday, September 11

 

“The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; and the more you like it, the more you do it.  And the more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow.”   Jim Trelease

  • Turn in your choice boards and reading lists by Friday, September 11th
  • Copies can be mailed (preferred) to:
  • Mrs. C. Farrell, Librarian, Haycock Elementary School, 6616 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 OR photo/scan/digital copy emailed to Barbara Bosworth, Reading Specialist at bybosworth@fcps.edu
  • Two lucky students from each grade level will get a gift card from Bard’s Alley independent bookshop.
Important Dates:
  • August 31-September 2:  Virtual Home Visits (classroom teacher will provide time)
  • September 3: Virtual Open House For Students/Parents
  • September 8:  First Day of School
  • September 15: Virtual Back to School Night, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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