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Good Morning and happy Wednesday! This week's newsletter is full of information and fun things to do with the family. I hope you all have a great rest of your week and be looking out for next week's newsletter:)PTA MEETING TONIGHT!
Time: Sep 21, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 849 7567 3536
Social and emotional learning competencies are foundational skills for success in school and beyond. Students will participate in the SEL Screener in the fall and spring this year. The screener provides valuable information that guides planning and learning opportunities for families, staff, students, and school communities.
Join us in an informational session to learn more about SEL in FCPS, the role of the SEL Screener, and how families and schools might partner to foster skills over time.
- Learn about SEL in FCPS
- Unpack the SEL Screener: What it is and how it's used?
- Understand student results
- Explore ways to continue conversations about SEL at home
Presented by: Lisa Phifer, FCPS Educational Specialist, Trauma Informed SEL, and Jaynie Van Sant, FCPS Social and Emotional Learning Systems Specialist
October 7, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.
Access to technology provides limitless opportunities to connect with others, explore diverse perspectives, share and build upon ideas, get involved in the community, and find opportunities. However, many kids are online almost constantly, which poses a number of challenges that impact youth wellness.
Highlights will include:
- How the attention economy makes technology irresistible
- How adolescent development impacts youth technology use
- How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life
Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness
October 14, 2022 10-11:30 a.m.
Paige is a happy kid with a unique fashion sense and creative imagination. Despite being bullied because of the things that make her different, she enjoys using her creativity to entertain her family and friends with stories in which she and her dog, Peppermint, are Super Heroes who always save the day!
Join us as the authors, Nalani Butler and Leila Butler, read Paige Saves the Day and share their experiences with families.
Children are welcome to join with their families for this very special webinar and book reading.
October 27, 2022 7-8 p.m.
Part #1: Manejar los momentos estresantes de la vida 28/10/22 at 10 a.m.
- ¿Qué es estrés?
- Diferencia entre estrés agudo y estrés crónico.
- Síntomas del estrés en adultos.
- Cómo los síntomas del estrés afectan las habilidades de crianza.
- Síntomas del estrés en niños .
- Cómo el estrés afecta el rendimiento escolar en los niños.
Part #2: Estrategias de manejo del estrés 16/12/22 at 10 a.m.
- ¿Qué es el autocuidado?
- ¿Por qué es importante el autocuidado?
- Cómo practicar el autocuidado.
- Técnicas de relajación
- Gestión del tiempo
Part #3: Apoyando a sus hijos durante tiempos estresantes 17/3/22 at 10 a.m.
- Construyendo Resiliencia
- Reestructurando nuestro pensamiento
- Cómo reparar la relación con nuestros hijos.
- Aynalem (Nalem) Valdes, MS.Residente en Consejería de Salud Mental en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia, Centro Multicultural
- Ana Stevenson, MS. Trabajadora Social Clínica Licenciada en Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia ,Centro Multicultural
It’s time for a new Halloween tradition at Burke Lake Park! Announcing the inaugural year of the Ghost Town event at Burke Lake Park, located at 7315 Ox Road in Fairfax Station. Staff are transforming the parks’ mini golf, birthday shelters, carousel, train, and the entire activity area surrounding the ice cream parlor into a friendly ghost town. (For this event, the train ride will be called “The Frogwarts Express” and the carousel ride will be the “scare-o-sel.”). It’s a grand spooktacular destined to become a local favorite this October.
Ghost Town celebrates the fun of Halloween without the scares. Activities will include a decorated train ride and carousel, bounce house, magician, face painting, themed mini golf, pumpkin painting and a trick-or-treat house. Hidden Pond Nature Center will also be joining the event and will bring a reptile and amphibian interactive exhibit.
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. Online tickets are available in advance through Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 for $15 per person. Day-of tickets may be purchased at the park for $20 per person.
The Ghost Town is a general admission event. All Ghost Town activities are included in the price of admission. Food and beverage will be available at the ice cream parlor for an additional cost. Depending on crowds, some activities may have waiting lines. There will not be a rain date for inclement weather. In the case of weather-related cancellations, ticketholders will be reimbursed. So, grab your best costumes and head on over, we look forward to seeing you!
Burke Lake Park is located at 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Virginia. For more information, visit Burke Lake Park or call 703-323-6600.Emergency Kits are an Essential Part of Being Prepared
Emergency kits of various types are essential resources in an emergency. These include kits for sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating (known as a go-bag), and for keeping in your vehicle(s). Emergency kits include basic supplies and are tailored to every person’s need.
You will need additional supplies if your household has children, older adults, individuals with access and functional needs, or pets. Kits should be stored in useful, accessible locations and be easily transportable. Fairfax County recommends every household keep three to five day’s worth of food, water and supplies in their kits for each member of the household.
You can use the Emergency Kit Checklist in the Community Emergency Response Guide (last page) to help you build your kit!Cursive Club Bring Your Child to the Kingstowne Library’s Cursive Club to Learn the Basics of Cursive Handwriting Sept. 22
Come join us and learn the basics of cursive handwriting! Enjoy learning this skill set in a small group setting. Ages 8-12.
Enjoy nature-themed stories in different languages in the magical setting of the Children's Garden at Green Spring Gardens. On Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., the program will be held in Persian. On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., it will be held as a fully interpreted event in American Sign Language. The stories will also be read in English, so all are welcome regardless of language-skill levels.
After each program, take a walk around the gardens or plan for a picnic. Families can also enjoy children's activities and Ribbit the frog will make an appearance! In the case of inclement weather, the program will take place indoors.
This program is free and appropriate for families with young children. International Storytime is sponsored by the Friends of Green Spring (FROGS) and will be offered in additional languages in the future.
Green Spring Gardens is located at 4603 Green Spring Road in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, call 703-642-5173 or visit Green Spring Gardens.Meet the Author: Kris Spisak and The Baba Yaga Mask-Sept. 29th 7pm-8pm Join us for a book talk with author Kris Spisak! We will discuss her debut novel, The Baba Yaga Mask, and the Ukrainian culture and folklore behind the story.
About the Author:
Kris Spisak wrote her first three books—Get a Grip on Your Grammar: 250 Writing and Editing Reminders for the Curious or Confused (Career Press, 2017; HarperCollins India 2020), The Novel Editing Workbook (Davro Press, 2020), and The Family Story Workbook (Davro Press, 2020)—to help writers of all kinds sharpen their storytelling and empower their communications. Her “Words You Should Know” podcast, Grammartopia® events, and Story Stop Tour programs follow the same mission. Her debut novel, The Baba Yaga Mask (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, 2022), was inspired by her family’s experience in the post-WWII Ukrainian diaspora and has been called “A complex, poetic tale” by Kirkus Reviews. Kris has been spotlighted in Writer’s Digest and The Huffington Post for her work as an editor and author dedicated to helping other writers. When not working on her own projects, she is an active speaker, workshop/webinar leader, and fiction editor. Kris is on the advisory board of James River Writers and is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Virginia Writers Club, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.INVITE
This program is appropriate for ages 18+. An invitation to join this virtual presentation will be sent to participants one day prior to the event. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
Kenya J. Finley-Jean, Supervisory Park Ranger, Civil War Defenses of Washington, will share insights from the National Park Service.
For a few years between Reconstruction and the beginning of the Jim Crow era, African Americans rode a wave of reform to some of the most important political offices in the land. Roughly 2,000 Blacks took office on the state, local and federal level, and nearly a dozen former slaves served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. These trailblazers faced mistreatment and intimidation from both the public and their fellow lawmakers, but they also served as some of the nation’s most prominent advocates of racial equality. From a former manservant to a little-known Civil War veteran, meet five men who rose up from slavery to become part of the United States’ first generation of Black congressmen. Adults. Teens. School-age children.
Thank you so much for reading, and as always feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or concerns.