Crossfield News - 12/7/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, Dec 9 - PTO - Sweet Treats Buffet 

Wednesday, Dec 12  - Winter Pajama Jam!

Wednesday, Dec 14 - PTO - Lucia's Spirit Night 

December 19 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break, No School 

Sweet Treats Buffet - Friday, December 9 Lots of slots are still available! Sign-up Here!


The annual Sweet Treat Buffet for the Crossfield Teachers and Staff will be Friday, December 9. Teachers and staff will enjoy a warm beverage as they pack their goody boxes full of holiday treats! 

We are 2 days out and have lots of sweets still in need of being filled! Slots still in greatest need to be filled are: cookies (homemade or store bought) baked goods (anything goes), candy & other pre-packaged treats (ex.holiday themed Reese trees, hershey kisses, Lindt truffles, Ghirardelli's, etc.) Healthier items (Clemintines, PopSmart, 100% fruit bars)! Please package any home baked goods in individual portions! 

2022 Holiday Giving at Crossfield

You Can Offer Hope to Families in Need

If you would like to help some of the Crossfield families in need of holiday assistance this year, please follow these instructions:

  1. Purchase a gift card(s) to Wal-Mart and/or Target (preferably in $20 increments).
  2. Write the amount on the gift card.
  3. Bring the gift card to Crossfield’s main office by Friday, December 2, 2022.

How to Inspire Kids to Give 

It can be challenging for kids to see how donating money is meaningful. A few easy, stay-at-home ways you can provide your children inspiration for giving include: 

  • Read books about the importance of giving. Some examples include: Those Shoes, The Spiffiest Giant in Town, The Gift Inside the Box, What Is Given from the Heart, or Under the Lemon Moon
  • Have a family movie to watch a film that encourages the spirit of giving (after checking commonsensemedia.org, of course). Gandhi, The Ultimate Gift, Pollyanna, Batkid Begins, Pay It Forward or Millions, to name a few.
  • After your children feel inspired, you may be able to encourage them to include a few dollars from their own piggy bank to help with holiday giving at Crossfield. 

For more information, please contact Lea Fadden at [email protected].  

Lucia's Spirit Night

On Wednesday, December 14, help support our school and a terrific local business. Join us at Lucia's (2531 John Milton Drive) from 11:00 am-10:00 pm for a delicious lunch or dinner. Click here for additional details. 

*Valid for Dine-in, Carry-out, Delivery or Curbside. Not valid on online orders.

Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

Thank you Crossfield!!

A big thank you to all who participated in the Square 1 Art fundraiser.  By ordering your child’s amazing art on memorable keepsakes, you celebrated your child’s creativity AND helped raise over $2,000 for our school!!!!  

If you missed out on ordering or would like to order additional unique gifts, you can order (and ship directly to your house) year round. Artwork from previous years is available as well.

www.square1art.com

New this year: keepsakes will be shipped directly to the address you provided when ordering. Contact Emily Simon ([email protected]) with questions. Thank you for your support! 

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

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Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Crossfield News - 11/30/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, December 1 - PTO - Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights

Thursday, Dec 1 - PTO - Square 1 Art orders due 

Friday, Dec 9 - PTO - Sweet Treats Buffet 

Wednesday, Dec 14 - PTO - Lucia's Spirit Night 

December 19 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break, No School 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Spotlight

The five competencies of Social Emotional Learning:

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Responsible Decision-Making

Relationship Skills

Social Awareness

With the busy holiday season upon us, it may seem overwhelming to put one more thing on your list, but there are many opportunities to focus on children’s social emotional development this time of year.  Getting kids involved in the holidays and identifying their feelings along the way is a fun and easy way to encourage SEL development.  Two articles with easy resources to implement during the holidays are 4 Tips to Support Social and Emotional Learning During the Holidays and Social & Emotional Development During the Holidays. 

PTO Sponsored Square 1 Art

If you haven’t had a chance to order yet, you’re in luck. Our Square 1 Art order deadline is EXTENDED TO THIS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st!!! This is the final date to have 33% of your purchase go back to the school. (You may place additional orders all year, but Crossfield will only earn 15% on orders after Dec. 1st.) Thanks for raising money for our school by buying these special keepsakes! Visit https://www.square1art.com to order today and receive your items in time for the holiday season! Emily Simon is the Square 1 Art Coordinator. 

Crossfield Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Join the Crossfield community for Winter Walk of Lights on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.  The Winter Walk is more than a half-mile long, one-way route providing an enchanting and safe evening activity.  Crossfield will have a dedicated check-in table to pick up your discounted $13 tickets.  You may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 9pm to enter the gardens. Please put an estimated time your family intends to arrive. We won't hold you to it, but it will help us gauge crowds and manage volunteers. Purchase your discounted tickets before November 28th, 2022!  

We are excited to share that our friends at the Reimann Group Realtors are generously providing 50 vouchers to be redeemed the night of the event for a S'mores kit to enjoy while there. We will randomly select 50 names from the list of people who have purchased tickets by NOVEMBER 22nd. If selected, the voucher will be included with your entry ticket envelope to pick up upon arrival.

Click Here - Purchase Crossfield Meadowlark Tickets

2022 Holiday Giving at Crossfield

You Can Offer Hope to Families in Need

If you would like to help some of the Crossfield families in need of holiday assistance this year, please follow these instructions:

  1. Purchase a gift card(s) to Wal-Mart and/or Target (preferably in $20 increments).
  2. Write the amount on the gift card.
  3. Bring the gift card to Crossfield’s main office by Friday, December 2, 2022.

How to Inspire Kids to Give 

It can be challenging for kids to see how donating money is meaningful. A few easy, stay-at-home ways you can provide your children inspiration for giving include: 

  • Read books about the importance of giving. Some examples include: Those Shoes, The Spiffiest Giant in Town, The Gift Inside the Box, What Is Given from the Heart, or Under the Lemon Moon
  • Have a family movie to watch a film that encourages the spirit of giving (after checking commonsensemedia.org, of course). Gandhi, The Ultimate Gift, Pollyanna, Batkid Begins, Pay It Forward or Millions, to name a few.
  • After your children feel inspired, you may be able to encourage them to include a few dollars from their own piggy bank to help with holiday giving at Crossfield. 

For more information, please contact Lea Fadden at [email protected].  

Sweet Treats Buffet - Friday, December 9

The annual Sweet Treats Buffet for the Crossfield Teachers and Staff will be Friday, December 9.

Teachers and staff will enjoy a warm beverage as they pack their goody boxes full of holiday treats!  


We need help with donations of lots of sweets and treats. Anything goes - individually portioned cookies, brownies, cupcakes, baked goods, candy, chocolates, fudge, etc.  Healthier items and non-food treats are welcome too! Please package any home baked goods in individual portions, snack size baggies work great!

Please sign up to contribute Here! 

Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

Spirit Wear

The Crossfield Elementary School holiday sale is on until November 30th.  Save 20% all of November on everything in the store.  Free shipping on all orders over $75! Choose from hundreds of spirit wear designs and garments. Guaranteed delivery by Dec 23rd or its FREE! 

Visit:  https://1stplace.sale/97237 

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Crossfield News - 11/22/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, November 24 - PTO - Square 1 Art due 

Thursday, November 23 thru 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday 

Thursday, December 1 - PTO - Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights

December 19 thru Jan 2 - Winter Break, No School 

PTO Sponsored Square 1 Art

There’s still time to order! Square 1 Art orders are due this Thursday, November 24th! These are the perfect keepsakes for aunts, uncles, grandparents, or surprises for your own children for the holidays!

Did you know you can look up your child’s artwork online even if you’ve lost their personalized flyer? Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order from there! You may also upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload! This year, all orders will ship directly to your home. Orders over $75 receive free shipping, so consider combining orders with a neighbor! 

Orders Are Due: 11/24/2022

Questions? Contact Customer Care here or email our Crossfield Square 1 Art Coordinator, Emily Simon, at [email protected].

Crossfield Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Join the Crossfield community for Winter Walk of Lights on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.  The Winter Walk is more than a half-mile long, one-way route providing an enchanting and safe evening activity.  Crossfield will have a dedicated check-in table to pick up your discounted $13 tickets.  You may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 9pm to enter the gardens. Please put an estimated time your family intends to arrive. We won't hold you to it, but it will help us gauge crowds and manage volunteers. Purchase your discounted tickets before November 28th, 2022!  

We are excited to share that our friends at the Reimann Group Realtors are generously providing 50 vouchers to be redeemed the night of the event for a S'mores kit to enjoy while there. We will randomly select 50 names from the list of people who have purchased tickets by NOVEMBER 22nd. If selected, the voucher will be included with your entry ticket envelope to pick up upon arrival.

Click Here - Purchase Crossfield Meadowlark Tickets

2022 Holiday Giving at Crossfield

You Can Offer Hope to Families in Need

If you would like to help some of the Crossfield families in need of holiday assistance this year, please follow these instructions:

  1. Purchase a gift card(s) to Wal-Mart and/or Target (preferably in $20 increments).
  2. Write the amount on the gift card.
  3. Bring the gift card to Crossfield’s main office by Friday, December 2, 2022.

How to Inspire Kids to Give 

It can be challenging for kids to see how donating money is meaningful. A few easy, stay-at-home ways you can provide your children inspiration for giving include: 

  • Read books about the importance of giving. Some examples include: Those Shoes, The Spiffiest Giant in Town, The Gift Inside the Box, What Is Given from the Heart, or Under the Lemon Moon
  • Have a family movie to watch a film that encourages the spirit of giving (after checking commonsensemedia.org, of course). Gandhi, The Ultimate Gift, Pollyanna, Batkid Begins, Pay It Forward or Millions, to name a few.
  • After your children feel inspired, you may be able to encourage them to include a few dollars from their own piggy bank to help with holiday giving at Crossfield. 

For more information, please contact Lea Fadden at [email protected].  

Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

Spirit Wear

The Crossfield Elementary School holiday sale is on until November 30th.  Save 20% all of November on everything in the store.  Free shipping on all orders over $75! Choose from hundreds of spirit wear designs and garments. Guaranteed delivery by Dec 23rd or its FREE! 

Visit:  https://1stplace.sale/97237 

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Crossfield News - 11/15/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 15 - PTO Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, November 17 - FLE Preview Parent Meeting (Virtual) 

Friday, November 18 - PTO Thanksgiving Staff Lunch

Monday, November 21st - PTO - Movie & PJ Day!

Thursday, November 24 - PTO - Square 1 Art due. 

Thursday, November 23 thru 25 - Thanksgving Holiday 

Let’s celebrate our diversity! We love all the cultures represented here at Crossfield! This year we would like recognize that diversity by displaying a small exhibition in the lobby to honor different heritage months throughout the year! If you would like to participate by sharing any related artifacts or décor for the highlighted culture please send them in with you child or drop them off in the main office by the specified dates. You can also send an email to Mrs. Willis (our Equity Lead- [email protected]) with stories to share or for other details. Please include your name and student’s class information on a label or piece of tape attached to your object so that if can be returned properly. Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and knowledge filled showing to honor during these special months! Be sure to come check out our small gallery some time!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- contribute by January 11th

Black History Month- contribute by February 11th

National Women’s History Month- contribute by March 11th

Oakton Pyramid Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

The Elementary Assistant Principals are offering an opportunity to meet with us virtually to discuss the FLE curriculums and how to access lessons through Schoology with your ParentVue account for our elementary students. The virtual meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. using the following link:

Join URL:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91721313373?pwd=VkhNZnNTc04zMmR1YmR6bzFHVmpCQT09

Meeting ID: 917 2131 3373

Passcode: 199880

A general information letter for the preview has been placed in the All Parents Schoology folder for your review. FLE lessons are available for you to review in the All Parents Schoology folder at your convenience.

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. We love sending items back home!  They are on display in our main hallway.  Please look to see if we have something missing from your childs closet.  All unclaimed items will be donated on Friday, November18. Please note:  not all items are pictured. 

THE FUN RUN RESULTS ARE IN!

Thank you for your hard work and unbelievable support. The Crossfield Community is simply AMAZING!

Congratulations to 2000’s: 1st Grade Team for having 100% participation and winning the Grade-Level Ice Cream Party!

Congratulations to William K (2010’s: Kindergarten Team), Lucy D (2000’s: 1st Grade Team), Devan G (1980’s: 3rd Grade Team), Kieran G (1950’s: 6th Grade Team) and Alida L (2010’s: Kindergarten Team) for being our most successful fundraisers and winning the chance to silly string a Teacher/Staff.

And because of your tremendous support, we’re proud to announce that ALL STUDENTS & STAFF will have a Movie & Pajama Day on Monday, November 21st - wear your pajamas to school!

Thank you for your unbelievable support and spirit!  We are grateful for every donation and the profound impact it will make for our school.

With heartfelt thanks, The Crossfield PTO Board 

Thanksgiving Staff Luncheon

It's another wonderful time of year to show our thanks to our Crossfield teachers and staff. The PTO will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving luncheon buffet for them on Friday, November 18th.  The PTO is sponsoring Boston Market catering of the main courses in addition to parent donations and volunteers to assist on the the day.  We would appreciate your help!

(1) Volunteers: assist in set-up, serving and clean up

(2) Donations: side dishes, salads, vegetarian items, drinks and desserts 

Sign-up for Thanksgiving Staff Luncheon

PTO Sponsored Square 1 Art

The PTO is sponsoring our annual Square 1 Art fundraiser this year! Flyers with your child’s artwork will come home today. The Square 1 Art fundraiser is an opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child's art. As a bonus, every order benefits our school. Order online today!

Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter state, school name, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order from there! You may also upload additional art if you like, using Art Upload

This year, all orders will ship directly to your home. Orders over $75 receive free shipping, so consider combining orders with a neighbor!

Orders Are Due: 11/24/2022

Questions? Contact Customer Care here or email our Crossfield Square 1 Art Coordinator, Emily Simon, at [email protected].

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

  • If you answer yes to box 1, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer yes to box 2, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer no to both boxes 1 and 2, answer box 3. Sign and date. 
Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

We’re pleased to announce Bruster’s Real Ice Cream Thanksgiving Pie Fundraiser! 

On the form below, you are able to select a ready-to-serve and delicious ice cream pie of your choice.  You will see 4 pie combinations. (crust flavor, gooey layer and ice cream flavor).  

Select your favorite combo (or 2) 

  • Select your pick-up day / time @ Bruster's Fairfax 
  • Add the name of your Fundraising group (Crossfield Elementary) 

A few clicks and your Thanksgiving dessert is covered!  

Cost:  $31.99 ($4 donated back to Crossfield)  

You have until Monday, November 21 @ midnight to place your order!  OR until we reach maximum freezer space, so don't delay!  

.Order Here: https://forms.gle/YtZEg3yb1RnXEoyB8

Crossfield Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Join the Crossfield community for Winter Walk of Lights on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.  The Winter Walk is more than a half-mile long, one-way route providing an enchanting and safe evening activity.  Crossfield will have a dedicated check-in table to pick up your discounted $13 tickets.  You may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 9pm to enter the gardens. Please put an estimated time your family intends to arrive. We won't hold you to it, but it will help us gauge crowds and manage volunteers. Purchase your discounted tickets before November 28th, 2022!  

We are excited to share that our friends at the Reimann Group Realtors are generously providing 50 vouchers to be redeemed the night of the event for a S'mores kit to enjoy while there. We will randomly select 50 names from the list of people who have purchased tickets by NOVEMBER 22nd. If selected, the voucher will be included with your entry ticket envelope to pick up upon arrival.

Click Here - Purchase Crossfield Meadowlark Tickets

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Crossfield News - 11/8/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, November 8 - Holiday 

Friday, November 11 - School Planning Day (No School)

Tuesday, November 15 - PTO Chick-fil-A Spirit Night-Reston-Sunset Hills Rd.

Thursday, November 17 - FLE Preview Parent Meeting (Virtual) 

Friday, November 18 - PTO Thanksgiving Staff Lunch

Thursday, November 23 thru 25 - Thanksgving Holiday 

Let’s celebrate our diversity! We love all the cultures represented here at Crossfield! This year we would like recognize that diversity by displaying a small exhibition in the lobby to honor different heritage months throughout the year! If you would like to participate by sharing any related artifacts or décor for the highlighted culture please send them in with you child or drop them off in the main office by the specified dates. You can also send an email to Mrs. Willis (our Equity Lead- [email protected]) with stories to share or for other details. Please include your name and student’s class information on a label or piece of tape attached to your object so that if can be returned properly. Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and knowledge filled showing to honor during these special months! Be sure to come check out our small gallery some time!

Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month- contribute by November 11th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- contribute by January 11th

Black History Month- contribute by February 11th

National Women’s History Month- contribute by March 11th

Oakton Pyramid Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

The Elementary Assistant Principals are offering an opportunity to meet with us virtually to discuss the FLE curriculums and how to access lessons through Schoology with your ParentVue account for our elementary students. The virtual meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. using the following link:

Join URL:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91721313373?pwd=VkhNZnNTc04zMmR1YmR6bzFHVmpCQT09

Meeting ID: 917 2131 3373

Passcode: 199880

A general information letter for the preview has been placed in the All Parents Schoology folder for your review. FLE lessons are available for you to review in the All Parents Schoology folder at your convenience.

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. We love sending items back home.

Items are on display in the main hallway. 

Please look to see if we have something missing from your child’s closet.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

  • If you answer yes to box 1, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer yes to box 2, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer no to both boxes 1 and 2, answer box 3. Sign and date. 
Thanksgiving Staff Luncheon

It's another wonderful time of year to show our thanks to our Crossfields teachers and staff. The PTO will be hosting our annual Thanksgiving luncheon buffet for them on Friday, November 18th.  The PTO is sponsoring Boston Market catering of the main courses in addition to parent donations and volunteers to assist on the the day.  We would appreciate your help!

(1) Volunteers: assist in set-up, serving and clean up

(2) Donations: side dishes, salads, vegetarian items, drinks and desserts 

Sign-up for Thanksgiving Staff Luncheon

Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategy
Questionings 

Active learners constantly question. When students take responsibility for asking their own questions, they become more productive and engaged in the learning processes. Metacognition, or thinking about thinking, involves questioning our individual learning processes.
Thoughtful questioning helps us to solve problems by developing, implementing, and evaluating plans of action. Such questioning applies to students’ academics as well as personal problem solving. Guiding the development of thinking skills in all students empowers them, increases their independence, and helps them develop to their maximum potential.
Try this:
• When your child asks you a question, answer and then ask one of your own; if you can’t think of one right away try one of these questions/statements to get started:

  • What makes you ask/why do you ask?
  • What do you think about?
  • What else?
  • How do you plan to?

 Use your child’s love of books to your advantage. Read books to or with your child that contain an abundance of questions or are built around questions. To enhance the thinking process, ask questions like:

  • Why do you think this happened?
  • Why do you think the character reacted this way?
  • How might you get out of a problem like the one in the book?
  • Frame your questions as discussions. As a society, we place a lot of importance on being correct. By framing questions as exploration, you can help your child understand that being correct is not always best. Rather, the benefits of questioning are to discover, and construct knowledge, often through trial and error.
  •  Make sure you allow plenty of wait time for children to process what you are saying through discussion and questioning
  • Use active listening strategies: make eye contact, encourage children to share ideas, and restate or summarize what they say.
    Adapted from: https://blog.friendscentral.org/
REMINDER!  Fun Run Campaign ends November 10th

The Fun Run Campaign ends soon!  Please make your final donations at CrossfieldFunRun.org and bring all donation forms with cash/checks to the school by Thursday November 10th. We will announce the winners next week!  We are grateful for every donation, and excited to share the campaign total soon!

 

With heartfelt thanks for your unbelievable support,

The Crossfield PTO Board

Crossfield Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Join the Crossfield community for Winter Walk of Lights on Thursday, December 1st, 2022.  The Winter Walk is more than a half-mile long, one-way route providing an enchanting and safe evening activity.  Crossfield will have a dedicated check-in table to pick up your discounted $13 tickets.  You may arrive anytime between 5:30 and 9pm to enter the gardens. Please put an estimated time your family intends to arrive. We won't hold you to it, but it will help us gauge crowds and manage volunteers. Purchase your discounted tickets before November 28th, 2022!  

Click Here - Purchase Crossfield Meadowlark Tickets

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

Crossfield News - 11/3/22

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Dear Crossfield Community,

Our hearts are so full and we are overjoyed and humbled by your support of the Crossfield PTO Fun Run. Special thanks to everyone who attended to volunteer and cheer on our students! Seeing our students, staff, parents and grandparents all together is what makes our Crossfield Community so special! It was a day full of excitement, smiles, and lots of laughter. Our kids cheered, danced, ran and celebrated their "Decade” with school-spirit and popsicles!

This vendor-free event would not be possible without the work of our parent volunteers and our amazing Crossfield Staff. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped over the past few months with t-shirts, marketing materials, sponsorships, website maintenance, and donation tracking. Thank you to all the parents who attended to mark off laps on shirts, hand out popsicles, and take class pictures! We could not do it without you. Mr. Tony "Fitness" Felt and Ms. Holly "Speedy" Sims kept us all laughing and the kids engaged with their all-day MC roles. Nobody rocks Crossfield socks and sweatbands better! Mrs. Heather “Booky” Baucum, our librarian, produced all our awesome promotion videos, delivered regular updates to all students on the WCES morning news, and documented the event yesterday with videos and photos. Mr. Granieri hit his 10,000 steps by lunchtime as he ran with every grade level team. Our teachers and staff members all came to cheer, dance and run, some even with fun accessories representing their decade!

This event is a great fundraiser, but more importantly, it brings every part of our school together in celebration of our awesome Crossfield Community!

Congratulations to Kieran Gonchikar for winning the raffle, thanks to Monumental Sports & Entertainment!  More announcements and prizes coming soon! 

We are grateful for every donation, and the campaign will remain open through Thursday, November 10th at CrossfieldFunRun.org.  

With heartfelt thanks for your unbelievable support,

The Crossfield PTO Board

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Crossfield News - 11/1/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Monday, November 7 - Students Pictures, Retakes only!

Monday, November 7 - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture 

Tuesday, November 8 - Holiday - No school 

Tuesday, November 15 - PTO Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

Thursday, November 17 - FLE Preview Parent Meeting (Virtual) 

Let’s celebrate our diversity! We love all the cultures represented here at Crossfield! This year we would like recognize that diversity by displaying a small exhibition in the lobby to honor different heritage months throughout the year! If you would like to participate by sharing any related artifacts or décor for the highlighted culture please send them in with you child or drop them off in the main office by the specified dates. You can also send an email to Mrs. Willis (our Equity Lead- [email protected]) with stories to share or for other details. Please include your name and student’s class information on a label or piece of tape attached to your object so that if can be returned properly. Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and knowledge filled showing to honor during these special months! Be sure to come check out our small gallery some time!

Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month- contribute by November 11th

Martin Luther King Day- contribute by January 11th

Black History Month- contribute by February 11th

National Women’s History Month- contribute by March 11th

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

  • If you answer yes to box 1, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer yes to box 2, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer no to both boxes 1 and 2, answer box 3. Sign and date. 
Individual Student Pictures

LifeTouch will be in our school on Monday, November 7 from 9:30 until 11:30 for retakes.  Retakes are for:  

  • Newly enrolled students
  • Students that were absent on the original picture day
  • Students/Parents not pleased with photos from original picture day
Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. We love sending items back home.

Items are on display in the main hallway. 

Please look to see if we have something missing from your child’s closet.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SCREENER

The SEL screener will be completed at Crossfield October 17-November 4, 2022 and March 1-24, 2023. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return this opt-out form to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator (Lea Fadden and/or Ashley Mangan) with questions.

Tutor.com 

Imagine the doors of opportunity that could be opened for ALL students if each had access to unlimited academic support before, during, or after school at no cost to their families. Guess what? This exists for FCPS students! Through our partnership with Tutor.com, students have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, on-demand tutoring in Schoology.

Click here for more information on how it works.

Oakton Pyramid Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview

The Elementary Assistant Principals are offering an opportunity to meet with us virtually to discuss the FLE curriculums and how to access lessons through Schoology with your ParentVue account for our elementary students. The virtual meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. using the following link:

Join URL:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/91721313373?pwd=VkhNZnNTc04zMmR1YmR6bzFHVmpCQT09

Meeting ID: 917 2131 3373

Passcode: 199880

A general information letter for the preview has been placed in the All Parents Schoology folder for your review. FLE lessons are available for you to review in the All Parents Schoology folder at your convenience.

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of the FLE program, please complete the opt out form included in this link and return the form to school prior to FLE instruction. Link to Opt Out Forms

Portrait of a Graduate  

One of the POG Attributes we focus on at Crossfield and across FCPS is being a Communicator. What are some of the characteristics of a good communicator? 

  • Applies effective reading skills to acquire knowledge and broaden perspectives
  • Employs active listening strategies to advance understanding
  • Speaks in a purposeful manner to inform, influence, motivate, or entertain listeners
  • Incorporates effective writing skills for various purposes and audiences to convey understanding and concepts
  • Uses technological skills and contemporary digital tools to explore and exchange ideas

How can you support your child’s Communication skills? Share examples of how you were a Communicator during your day or within your job. Provide specific examples and explain how these skills helped you. 

“I was a Communicator today when I ___________________. This was helpful because_______________.”

Monitor Needed!

Crossfield is in need of a monitor to assist with various classes and students from 9:00am-4pm on Fridays. This hourly position pays 16.36 per hour.

The application link is here.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

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Crossfield News - 10/27/22

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TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY! CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO FUN RUN! Friday, October 28  2022

The time has come! 

The Crossfield PTO Fun Run is tomorrow, Friday, October 28th! 

Please send your students to school in their Fun Run Shirt, athletic shoes and a water bottle.

The race is close - which decade will win?  Help your students collect those final donations at CrossfieldFunRun.org.  Tomorrow, we will also announce our raffle winner!

It’s not too late to help - please sign up here to volunteer!

Parents, Grandparents and siblings are all welcome to attend and cheer on the runners!  Students will need your encouragement as they run, jog, walk, or dance around the track for approximately 25 minutes. They will stop at their Class Area each lap to have their t-shirt marked by a volunteer.  The event will be on the LOWER FIELD so please park in the parking lot (not the bus loop).

Here is the event schedule:

Thank you for your support and donations.  Our school and community are amazing!  Remember, this is our primary fundraiser for the year, so we need and appreciate the support from every Crossfield Family.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] 

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Crossfield News - 10/26/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, October 27 - Book Character Day

Friday, October 28 - PTO Fun Run & Student Early Release (2 hour)

Monday, October 31 - Student Holiday, No school 

Monday, November 7 - Students Pictures, Retakes only!

Monday, November 7 - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

  • If you answer yes to box 1, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer yes to box 2, complete the right side. Sign and date.
  • If you answer no to both boxes 1 and 2, answer box 3. Sign and date. 
Book Character Day

Students are invited to participate in Book Character Day on Thursday, October 27, 2022.  Students may come to school dressed up as a character from a favorite book that they have read or heard recently. Please work with your child to plan a simple costume. Your child may bring a copy of the book to school that day. Please note that students may not wear masks, bring any props that resemble weapons, or wear a costume that has material which may be considered offensive.

CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO Fun Run! Friday, October 28, 2022

The time has come!  The Crossfield PTO Fun Run is this Friday, October 28th!  

The race is close - which decade will win?  Help your students collect those final donations at CrossfieldFunRun.org

  • The top five student fundraisers get to Silly String a Teacher/Staff Member!
  • The grade with the most students who receive a donation wins an Ice Cream Party! 

It’s not too late to help - please sign up here to volunteer

Here is the event schedule, so you can cheer on your runners!

Thank you for your support and donations.  Our school and community are amazing!  Remember, this is our primary fundraiser for the year, so we need and appreciate the support from every Crossfield Family.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Individual Student Pictures

LifeTouch will be in our school on Monday, November 7 from 9:30 until 11:30 for retakes.  Retakes are for:  

  • Newly enrolled students
  • Students that were absent on the original picture day
  • Students/Parents not pleased with photos from original picture day
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SCREENER

The SEL screener will be completed at Crossfield October 17-November 4, 2022 and March 1-24, 2023. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return this opt-out form to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator (Lea Fadden and/or Ashley Mangan) with questions.

Portrait of a Graduate  

One of the POG Attributes we focus on at Crossfield and across FCPS is being a Communicator. What are some of the characteristics of a good communicator? 

  • Applies effective reading skills to acquire knowledge and broaden perspectives
  • Employs active listening strategies to advance understanding
  • Speaks in a purposeful manner to inform, influence, motivate, or entertain listeners
  • Incorporates effective writing skills for various purposes and audiences to convey understanding and concepts
  • Uses technological skills and contemporary digital tools to explore and exchange ideas

How can you support your child’s Communication skills? Share examples of how you were a Communicator during your day or within your job. Provide specific examples and explain how these skills helped you. 

“I was a Communicator today when I ___________________. This was helpful because_______________.”

Monitor Needed!

Crossfield is in need of a monitor to assist with various classes and students from 9:00am-4pm on Fridays. This hourly position pays 16.36 per hour.

The application link is here.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

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Crossfield News - 10/20/22

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Thank you to all who have donated to the PTO Fun Run fundraising campaign. Our goal is for each of our students to receive a donation, and I have some great news to share that will help us achieve that goal…..

Next week, Crossfield Families will have a chance to win a set of 4 tickets to a mutually agreed upon Washington Capitals or Wizards Game, in a suite with food and beverage included, donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment!

All students who have received a donation for the Fun Run by end of day Wednesday, will be entered into a drawing. We will select a winner and announce it on WCES on Friday, October 28. If your student has not received a donation yet, now would be a great time to donate to the campaign! Remember, any amount counts! All donations directly benefit our school.

Please visit CrossfieldFunRun.org and click on Donate. You can find your student's name at checkout or your student may bring in their cash/check donation to the front office.

Thank you for your support and hope to see you at the Fun Run next Friday 10/28!  We are still looking for volunteers to help - please sign up here to volunteer!

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Crossfield News - 10/18/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, October 20 - Virtual AAP Parent Meeting

Monday, October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali), No school 

Thursday, October 27 - Book Character Day

Friday, October 28 - PTO Fun Run & Student Early Release (2 hour)

Monday, October 31 - Student Holiday, No school 

Monday, November 7 - Students Pictures, Retakes only!

Monday, November 7 - 6th Grade Panoramic Picture 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

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

Advanced Academic Programs 

Screening Information Meeting for the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (Level IV)

(Parents of students in grades 2 – 6 only)

A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom (login information below) to learn about the screening process for full-time AAP services.  These services are for grades 3 – 6.

Melissa Graham is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Advanced Academic Programs Screening Information Meeting

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Screening Meeting for Full Time AAP Services (Level IV)

Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

Passcode: 936227

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Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

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FCPS Digital Citizenship Week is this week! We are engaging students with daily activities, working to weave digital citizenship lessons throughout the year, and promoting the importance of teaching digital citizenship to our school community using resources from Common Sense Education.

 Use these conversation starters to help your kids talk about their digital lives:

Math Spotlight

Looking for a fun way to practice math with your child every night? Check out https://bedtimemath.org/ for a fun, new math problem each day.  Each day is a different topic that begins with a fun story and is followed by a math question with three varying levels of challenge.  You can sign up to get them as an email, download their app, or check out the website each day. 

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, Oct. 24 is a holiday for teachers and students. 

Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. The festival represents the symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. 

Book Character Day

Students are invited to participate in Book Character Day on Thursday, October 27, 2022.  Students may come to school dressed up as a character from a favorite book that they have read or heard recently. Please work with your child to plan a simple costume. Your child may bring a copy of the book to school that day. Please note that students may not wear masks, bring any props that resemble weapons, or wear a costume that has material which may be considered offensive.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING SCREENER

The SEL screener will be completed at Crossfield October 17-November 4, 2022 and March 1-24, 2023. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return this opt-out form to the school or complete the opt-out via your SIS ParentVUE account.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact your student's school counselor or the school's test coordinator (Lea Fadden and/or Ashley Mangan) with questions.

CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO Fun Run! Friday, October 28, 2022

Our Crossfield PTO Fun Run fundraiser is now in full swing.  Each grade did an amazing job bringing their DECADE team spirit to our Pep Rally on Friday!  It was a three way tie - Congratulations to Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th Grade Teams for having the most school spirit.  Your enthusiasm earned a special donation from Mr. Graneri. 

Help your student see the progress of each grade and raise funds at CrossfieldFunRun.org.  The Fun Run is organized entirely by the PTO (no vendors), so all dollars raised go directly to our students, teachers, and school.

Thank you for your support and donations.  Our school and community are amazing!  Keep those donations coming in and help your student earn prizes!!  Remember, this is our primary fundraiser for the year, so we need and appreciate the support from every Crossfield Family.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Individual Student Pictures

LifeTouch will be in our school on Monday, November 7 from 9:30 until 11:30 for retakes.  Retakes are for:  

  • Newly enrolled students
  • Students that were absent on the original picture day
  • Students/Parents not pleased with photos from original picture day
Monitor Needed!

Crossfield is in need of a monitor to assist with various classes and students from 9:00am-4pm on Fridays. This hourly position pays 16.36 per hour.

The application link is here.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield News - 10/13/22

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CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO FUN RUN Pep Rally Friday, October 14, 2022

 

Please remember to have your student wear their Fun Run T-Shirts tomorrow for the Fun Run Pep RallyWe’re “Rocketing through the Decades” with each grade level representing a different decade.  Have your student wear accessories from their decade! 

Speedy Sims and Fitness Felt will lead the classes outside and Mr. Granieri will get everyone excited for our Fun Run.  Mr. Granieri will make a special donation to the two grade levels with the most spirit, so bring your pom poms and cowbells! 

Help your children raise money for Crossfield. Visit CrossfieldFunRun.org to see the progress of each grade.  We’re off to a great start, but keep those donations coming to support our amazing school!

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Crossfield News - 10/11/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, October 11 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid 

Tuesday, October 11 thru 14 - 2nd grade CogAT Testing

Tuesday, October 11 - PTO Chipotle Spirit Night 

Wednesday, October 12 - Open PTO Meeting 

Thursday, October 20 - Virtual AAP Parent Meeting

Monday, October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali), No school 

Friday, October 28 - PTO Fun Run & Student Early Release (2 hour)

Monday, October 31 - Student Holiday, No school 

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.     [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

2nd Grade CogAT Testing

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all second grade students at Crossfield October 11-14, 2022. It is important that your child attend school on these days.  The purpose of the CogAT is to provide information about students’ developed abilities in verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. Score reports will be provided to parents once results become available. Typically, these reports are available in January. If you have any questions about this test, please contact the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Melissa Graham ([email protected]), or School Test Coordinator, Lea Fadden ([email protected]), at your child's school.

Chipotle Spirit Night - Tuesday, October 11(5:00-9:00 pm)

Take a break from making dinner and instead join us at Chipotle on Tuesday, October 11 between 5:00 to 9:00 pm.Location: 13354 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon, VA 20171.  Ordering in person - Mention "Crossfield" to give back to our school community! Ordering online - Use the code "3KRD77B"

PTO Open Meeting: State of the School Featuring Mr. Granieri

Join the PTO Board and Mr. Granieri at our PTO Open Meeting on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in person at Crossfield in the cafeteria. Agenda items that will be covered:

  • State of the School
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Approval of PTO Budget
Advanced Academic Programs 

Screening Information Meeting for the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (Level IV)

(Parents of students in grades 2 – 6 only)

A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom (login information below) to learn about the screening process for full-time AAP services.  These services are for grades 3 – 6.

Melissa Graham is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Advanced Academic Programs Screening Information Meeting

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Screening Meeting for Full Time AAP Services (Level IV)

Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

Passcode: 936227

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Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

Passcode: 936227

Language Arts Spotlight:

Have you ever wondered what your child’s brain does in order to read? If so, check out this resource!   Brain Builders is a FREE animated video series to help students and caregivers understand what the brain does in order to read.  Join Minh on his journey as his babysitter, Tamara, helps him cultivate a love for reading and understanding the Science of Reading. This is a 13 episode series that you and your child can learn from! Most episodes are less than 5 minutes long! 

 October Book Highlight

 Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son By: John Parra

Juanito takes his sketchbook along to draw when he goes to work with Papa, a landscape contractor. Later, he uses his artistic talents to help his father create the plan for an entire garden and help plant it.

 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Spotlight

The five competencies of Social Emotional Learning:

Self-Awareness

Self-Management

Responsible Decision-Making

Relationship Skills

Social Awareness

With Digital Citizenship week coming up, this is a great time for families to engage in conversations about how SEL impacts digital life.  Common Sense Education has family conversation packets to get everyone talking. Find them here (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) and bring the discussion to the dinner table!

FCPS Digital Citizenship Week

FCPS Digital Citizenship Week kicks off next week! We are engaging students with daily activities, working to weave digital citizenship lessons throughout the year, and promoting the importance of teaching digital citizenship to our school community using resources from Common Sense Education.

 Use these conversation starters to help your kids talk about their digital lives:

CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO Fun Run! Friday, October 28, 2022

The annual FUN RUN kicked off this week!  This year’s theme is “Rocketing through the Decades” meaning each grade level will represent a different decade.  Help your children register and raise money for our school by visiting CrossfieldFunRun.org.  There are prizes for the top student fundraisers and the grade level with the highest participation. The Fun Run Pep Rally will take place this Friday, October 14th. Send your students to school in their new Fun Run T-Shirt and accessories to represent their decade!  Crossfield spirit items like pom poms, cowbells, or signs are always welcome too! The PTO is excited for this year’s Fun Run and look forward to another amazing community-building event!

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield News - 10/4/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, October 5 - Student Holiday (Yom Kippur), No school 

Monday, October 10 - Staff Dev. Day (Indigenous Peoples' Day), No school 

Tuesday, October 11 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid 

Tuesday, October 11 thru 14 - 2nd grade CogAT Testing

Tuesday, October 11 - PTO Chipotle Spirit Night 

Wednesday, October 12 - Open PTO Meeting 

Thursday, October 20 - Virtual AAP Parent Meeting

Monday, October 24 - Student Holiday (Diwali), No school 

Friday, October 28 - PTO Fun Run & Student Early Release (2 hour)

Monday, October 31 - Student Holiday, No school 

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to here to attend.     [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

2nd Grade CogAT Testing

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will be administered to all second grade students at Crossfield October 11-14, 2022. It is important that your child attend school on these days.  The purpose of the CogAT is to provide information about students’ developed abilities in verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. Score reports will be provided to parents once results become available. Typically, these reports are available in January. If you have any questions about this test, please contact the Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Melissa Graham ([email protected]), or School Test Coordinator, Lea Fadden ([email protected]), at your child's school.

We are asking your help in better securing our gates on school days while students are in classes on campus.

You may notice this cord on our gates. As you walk the Crossfield campus, if you see a gate open please close it and reconnect the bungee. If the bungee cord is missing let Barbara Fant ([email protected]) know.

We truly appreciate the community support of this effort.

Advanced Academic Programs 

Screening Information Meeting for the Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (Level IV)

(Parents of students in grades 2 – 6 only)

A parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom (login information below) to learn about the screening process for full-time AAP services.  These services are for grades 3 – 6.

Melissa Graham is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Advanced Academic Programs Screening Information Meeting

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Screening Meeting for Full Time AAP Services (Level IV)

Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

Passcode: 936227

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        +1 646 931 3860 US

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 309 205 3325 US

Meeting ID: 953 4206 1173

Passcode: 936227

PTO Open Meeting: State of the School Featuring Mr. Granieri

Join the PTO Board and Mr. Granieri at our PTO Open Meeting on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in person at Crossfield in the cafeteria. Agenda items that will be covered:

  • State of the School
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Approval of PTO Budget
Language Arts Spotlight:

Have you ever wondered what your child’s brain does in order to read? If so, check out this resource!   Brain Builders is a FREE animated video series to help students and caregivers understand what the brain does in order to read.  Join Minh on his journey as his babysitter, Tamara, helps him cultivate a love for reading and understanding the Science of Reading. This is a 13 episode series that you and your child can learn from! Most episodes are less than 5 minutes long! 

 October Book Highlight

 Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son By: John Parra

Juanito takes his sketchbook along to draw when he goes to work with Papa, a landscape contractor. Later, he uses his artistic talents to help his father create the plan for an entire garden and help plant it.

 

CROSSFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO Fun Run! Friday, October 28, 2022

The annual FUN RUN is kicking off this week! This year’s theme is “Rocketing through the Decades.”  More information about this important fundraising event will be in your student's Tuesday Folder.  Help your children register and raise money for our school by visiting CrossfieldFunRun.org.

Students will receive their FUN RUN T-Shirts this week and should wear them every Friday to show their Crossfield school spirit!  The PTO is excited for this year’s Fun Run and look forward to another amazing community-building event!

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield News - 9/27/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Thursday, September 29 - Virtual AAP Parent Meeting 

Friday, September 30 - Virginia Growth Assessment

Tuesday, October 11 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid 

Tuesday, October 11 - PTO Chipotle Spirit Night 

Wednesday, October 12 - Open PTO Meeting 

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments.

Please register to here to attend.   

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Advanced Academic Programs  Information Meeting for Parents of Children in Grades K-6

A parent information meeting will be held from Crossfield Elementary School on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom (login information below). The AART will provide information about levels of service, briefly explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. 

An additional meeting will be held Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom when the AART will discuss the screening process for full time AAP services (Level IV). 

A link to the recorded meetings will be shared.

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We are asking your help in better securing our gates on school days while students are in classes on campus.

You may notice this cord on our gates. As you walk the Crossfield campus, if you see a gate open please close it and reconnect the bungee. If the bungee cord is missing let Barbara Fant ([email protected]) know.

We truly appreciate the community support of this effort.

Portrait of a Graduate

Across FCPS and at Crossfield we prioritize the development of Portrait of a Graduate skills that will empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future. These skills are categorized within the attributes of Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical & Global Citizen, Creative & Critical Thinker, and Goal-directed & Resilient Individual. In each classroom, students will learn about the skills, including what they look like and why they are important. They will apply the skills while learning. Students will reflect on how the skills helped them find success and what they can do to grow. How can you help? Ask questions that encourage your child to talk more deeply about their day. These questions will lead to specific answers of what they really did and how they did it!

Virginia Growth Assessment

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Crossfield’s 3rd-6th students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on September 21st and 30th. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932). The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Lea Fadden, if you have questions. 

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield News - 9/20/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Mon thru Fri, September 19-23 - PTO Book Fair

Wednesday, September 21 - Virginia Growth Assesment

Monday. September 26 - No School, Teacher Work Day

Friday, September 30 - Virginia Growth Assesment

Tuesday, October 11 - Community Coversation with Dr. Reid 

Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Please save the date for a very special event!  Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Oakton High School on Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know the Oakton Pyramid school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

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

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BOOK FAIR WEEK

The annual PTO Book Fair is HERE through Friday! There's lots of amazing books, activity sets, journals, and more! Please sign up to volunteer today as we have a few cashier spots left to fill (no experience necessary...we will train you at your shift). To set up your child's eWallet for easy shopping, please click here. Remember this is the only book fair this school year

Parents: We need your consent!

At Crossfield, we will use a variety of FCPS-approved digital tools that support student learning this year. We need you to give consent for your child to access some of these tools. Please visit our website to view tools that are used at Crossfield that require parental approval.

If you have not yet given parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions. 

Portrait of a Graduate

Across FCPS and at Crossfield we prioritize the development of Portrait of a Graduate skills that will empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future. These skills are categorized within the attributes of Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical & Global Citizen, Creative & Critical Thinker, and Goal-directed & Resilient Individual. In each classroom, students will learn about the skills, including what they look like and why they are important. They will apply the skills while learning. Students will reflect on how the skills helped them find success and what they can do to grow. How can you help? Ask questions that encourage your child to talk more deeply about their day. These questions will lead to specific answers of what they really did and how they did it!

Virginia Growth Assessment

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Crossfield’s 3rd-6th students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on September 21st and 30th. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932). The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Lea Fadden, if you have questions. 

Arrival & Dismissal

Thank you for your cooperation and support of arrival and dismissal procedures as well as advance notice of changes in your student’s dismissal routine.

Kiss and ride students need to be able to get themselves out of or into the vehicle. If you or your student need additional time, plan to park in the large lot after passing the school building and walk your student to the main doors. Do not park in the Kiss and Ride area for the safety of all.  

Walkers, first through sixth grade are dismissed from door 2 at 4:00; Kindergarten walkers are met at door 2 at 4:00.

Most buses are arriving and departing within the expected timeframe.

Math Spotlight

Ways to build a positive math mindset and help your child enjoy math:  

  • Be positive! Everyone can do math.
  • Link mathematics with daily life. Math is everywhere! Counting, sorting, making change, creating a schedule, measuring ingredients while cooking are only a few examples. Make math an important part of your everyday activities.
  • Make mathematics fun! Play board games, solve puzzles, or do brain teasers.  Share the math that is involved in these activities and have your child discuss his or her strategies.
  • Learn about mathematics related careers. There are so many different careers that use math in various ways. Check out Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Math, by Diane Lindsey Reeves to learn more.
  • Support homework, don’t do it.  You can facilitate your child’s homework by asking questions and encourage your child to explain their thinking out loud while showing their work.  
Critical and Creative Thinking Strategy

Try this at home:

Consider using and talking about the Visualization strategy when building a mathematical mindset.  Use this strategy to

  • Put a “picture in a mind’s eye” when planning steps for critical thinking games like Qwirkle.
  • Talk through and illustrate mathematical problem solving; ask your child to draw what he or she is thinking.
  • Practice finding sets of items around the house; ask your child what the common attribute is; how many can be in the set - use mathematical language.
  • Practice estimation when measuring ingredients; talk about the difference in amounts.    
I-Ready Assessment in September

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) adopted iReady assessments as an academic universal screener for all elementary school students in grades 1-6. In addition to the iReady assessment, all elementary school students in grades 1-6 complete the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA). 

The purpose of iReady assessments is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. iReady tests are also used to measure student progress in reading and mathematics skills. The purpose of the DSA is to measure the development of spelling skills.

The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. In grades 1-3, teachers also assess students’ oral reading fluency to fulfill state testing requirements. Based on test results, some students may require additional assessments to further diagnose specific skills that may need support. 

All students complete iReady and DSA in fall and spring each year. Depending on fall performance, a student may take an assessment again in the winter. iReady and DSA are delivered within the classroom instructional block. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Students at Crossfield will take iReady assessments in August & September. 

Additional information can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield News - 9/14/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Friday, September 16 - PTO Book Fair Family Shopping & Popsicles                                                        on the Playground 

September 16 thru 23 - PTO Book Fair

Monday. September 19 - Picture Day!

Parents: We need your consent!

At Crossfield, we will use a variety of FCPS-approved digital tools that support student learning this year. We need you to give consent for your child to access some of these tools. Please visit our website to view tools that are used at Crossfield that require parental approval.

If you have not yet given parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions. 

Picture Day is Monday, September 19

Lifetouch will be taking our fall individual student and staff pictures.  Please see this flyer for details.  

We are looking for volunteers who can help the day run smoothly. Please sign up here  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AA5AA22A57-fall.

Volunteers will be given a LifeTouch voucher for a FREE Basic package. 

Arrival & Dismissal

Thank you for your cooperation and support of arrival and dismissal procedures as well as advance notice of changes in your student’s dismissal routine.

Kiss and ride students need to be able to get themselves out of or into the vehicle. If you or your student need additional time, plan to park in the large lot after passing the school building and walk your student to the main doors. Do not park in the Kiss and Ride area for the safety of all.  

Walkers, first through sixth grade are dismissed from door 2 at 4:00; Kindergarten walkers are met at door 2 at 4:00.

Most buses are arriving and departing within the expected timeframe.

Social Emotional Learning

At Crossfield, and across FCPS, we are focusing on SEL in classrooms.  According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), “SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.”A fun and easy way to create engaging SEL discussions at home is to make a stress ball.  Follow these easy steps for a fun family project. Ask your students what they know about SEL while you create!

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Let’s celebrate our diversity! We love all the cultures represented here at Crossfield! This year we would like to kick off recognition of that diversity by displaying a small exhibition in the lobby to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month (September)! If you would like to participate by sharing Hispanic artifacts or décor for this highlighted area please send them in with you child or drop them off in the main office by September 16, 2022. You can also send an email to Mrs. Willis (our Equity Lead- [email protected]) with stories to share or for other details. Please include your name and student’s class information on a label or piece of tape attached to your object so that if can be returned properly. Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and knowledge filled showing to honor this special month! Be sure to come check out our small gallery!

Virginia Growth Assessment

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Crossfield’s 3rd-6th students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on September 21st and 30th. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932). The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Lea Fadden, if you have questions. 

I-Ready Assessment in September

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) adopted iReady assessments as an academic universal screener for all elementary school students in grades 1-6. In addition to the iReady assessment, all elementary school students in grades 1-6 complete the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA). 

The purpose of iReady assessments is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. iReady tests are also used to measure student progress in reading and mathematics skills. The purpose of the DSA is to measure the development of spelling skills.

The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. In grades 1-3, teachers also assess students’ oral reading fluency to fulfill state testing requirements. Based on test results, some students may require additional assessments to further diagnose specific skills that may need support. 

All students complete iReady and DSA in fall and spring each year. Depending on fall performance, a student may take an assessment again in the winter. iReady and DSA are delivered within the classroom instructional block. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Students at Crossfield will take iReady assessments in August & September. 

Additional information can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

URGENT NEED FOR BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS: FAMILY SHOPPING NIGHT

The annual PTO Book Fair is almost here, but we CANNOT RUN THIS EVENT WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS. We are in great need of cashiers for family shopping night, among other volunteer positions. Please sign up to volunteer today. This will be the ONLY Book Fair this school year, and we need help to make this event a success.

 

PTO After School Classes

Registration for PTO After School Programs opens on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 7PM. Classes will take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:05PM to 5:10PM starting the week of September 27th and ending the week of December 8th. Please click here to learn more and to register. Registration closes on Sunday, September 18th at 11:59PM. Registration is first come, first serve. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at [email protected] or Annie [email protected].

Come join Crossfield’s Kids Run the Nation team!!

Kids Run the Nation is a nationally recognized running program for boys and girls to teach and encourage kids to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Crossfield’s Kids Run the Nation team is for boys and girls in grades 2nd-6th. This 9-week curriculum teaches kids to be strong, healthy and confident and concludes with a celebratory 5K to end the season. Registration fee is $75.  This includes a team t-shirt & swag, as well as the 5k race fee.  

Please click here to register your child.

Practices will be at Crossfield Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:45 - 9am.  Our first practice will be September 20th. If you are interested in helping or want to learn more, please email [email protected].  We are in need of additional coaches (could help one or both days)!

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear anytime before Wednesday, September 14 and receive 30% off. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

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Crossfield Scholastic Book Fair

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Dear Parents and Families,


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our PTO, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

The Book Fair will kick off with our annual ‘ Popsicles on the Playground’ family shopping night this Friday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 pm and continue during school hours the week of September 19 .

You are welcome to set up an eWallet digital payment account for your student(s) for worry-free, cash-free purchases, although cash and credit cards are accepted. If you can’t make it to the Fair, you can shop at our school’s Online Book Fair .

All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping.

Last but not least, we count on the generosity of volunteers to run the Book Fair. This year we’ll only be having one Book Fair, so let’s make the most of it. Catch you at the Fair!

Happy reading,

Mark Granieri
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Principal - Crossfield Elementary

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Crossfield News - 9/06/22

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Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, September 6 - Back To School Night:  K and 1st (5:45-6:30) and                                                 2nd and 3rd (6:40-7:25)

Wednesday, September 7 - PTO Big Buns Spirit Night

Monday, September 12  - Back To School Night:  4th and 5th (5:45-6:30) and                                             6th (6:40-7:25) 

Friday, September 16 - PTO Book Fair Family Shopping & Popsicles                                                        on the Playground 

September 16 thru 23 - PTO Book Fair

Monday. September 19 - Picture Day!

Picture Day is Monday, September 19

Lifetouch will be taking our fall individual student and staff pictures.  Please see this flyer for details.  

We are looking for volunteers who can help the day run smoothly. Please sign up here  

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AA5AA22A57-fall.

Volunteers will be given a LifeTouch voucher for a FREE Basic package. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Let’s celebrate our diversity! We love all the cultures represented here at Crossfield! This year we would like to kick off recognition of that diversity by displaying a small exhibition in the lobby to honor National Hispanic Heritage Month (September)! If you would like to participate by sharing Hispanic artifacts or décor for this highlighted area please send them in with you child or drop them off in the main office by September 16, 2022. You can also send an email to Mrs. Willis (our Equity Lead- [email protected]) with stories to share or for other details. Please include your name and student’s class information on a label or piece of tape attached to your object so that if can be returned properly. Thank you for helping us to create a memorable and knowledge filled showing to honor this special month! Be sure to come check out our small gallery!

Virginia Growth Assessment

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. Crossfield’s 3rd-6th students will take the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics on September 21st and 30th. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932). The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school test coordinator, Lea Fadden, if you have questions. 

I-Ready Assessment in September

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) adopted iReady assessments as an academic universal screener for all elementary school students in grades 1-6. In addition to the iReady assessment, all elementary school students in grades 1-6 complete the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA). 

The purpose of iReady assessments is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. iReady tests are also used to measure student progress in reading and mathematics skills. The purpose of the DSA is to measure the development of spelling skills.

The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. In grades 1-3, teachers also assess students’ oral reading fluency to fulfill state testing requirements. Based on test results, some students may require additional assessments to further diagnose specific skills that may need support. 

All students complete iReady and DSA in fall and spring each year. Depending on fall performance, a student may take an assessment again in the winter. iReady and DSA are delivered within the classroom instructional block. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Students at Crossfield will take iReady assessments in August & September. 

Additional information can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator.

Covid Case Manager

Crossfield has a Covid Case Manager this school year, Ms. Stefanie Ragano.  You may include her on emails alerting Crossfield that your child has tested positive. Ms. Ragano will communicate with families with the official letter and a timeline for returning to school for covid-positive students. Ms. Ragano’s email is [email protected].

Parental Consent

FCPS offers powerful digital tools for learning that require parental consent for use. Please visit our website to view tools used at Crossfield that require parental approval.  Not all tools will be used by every student.

If you have not yet given parental consent for each student in your family, please follow this link and follow the provided directions. 

Crossfield Transportation Survey

If your child is NOT taking a FCPS bus home every day, we need to know how they will depart school. Click here! 

Join us for our first spirit night at Big Buns in Franklin Farm!  Enjoy a salad, burger, or milkshake and 20% of the proceeds will be given back to our school community!

Date: Wednesday, September 7

Time: 4:30-8:30 pm

Location: 13300 Franklin Farm Rd, Herndon, VA 20171

Popsicles, PTO Book Fair, & eWallet

The annual PTO Book Fair is almost here! Join us for Family Shopping Night & Popsicles on the Playground on Fri., Sept. 16 from 6-8pm to shop the fair, then enjoy FREE popsicles, our Crossfield Spirit Shop, and awesome raffle prizes! RSVP here for popsicles. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each (cash only) during the event. Winners do not need to be present to win.

It's always a great time for all, but WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please sign up to volunteer today. This will be the ONLY Book Fair this school year!

You can now create an eWallet account for your children, which allows them to shop cashless during the bookfair week. Create an eWallet here.   

PTO After School Classes

Registration for PTO After School Programs opens on Wednesday, Sept 7 at 7PM. Classes will take place after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:05PM to 5:10PM starting the week of September 27th and ending the week of December 8th. Please click here to learn more and to register. Registration closes on Wednesday, September 14th at 11:59PM. Registration is first come, first serve. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at [email protected] or Annie [email protected].

FUN RUN 2022

It's that time of year to start getting pumped for the Fun Run!!Do you own a local business, or work for a fantastic company that likes to support the community?  If so, please consider partnering with our school by being a Fun Run sponsor!  Now is your chance to be a crucial part of our school’s main fundraiser. Your sponsorships help cover costs so that all dollars raised go directly to support our students, teachers, and school.  If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Emily Christenson ([email protected]) or Heather Scott ([email protected]). The sponsorship deadline is Sept. 9.  Please click here for details on how your sponsorship can also help your business.

Language Arts Spotlight

 Some ways to build a reading routine:  

  • Bring books everywhere: car, plane, train- books are an easy carry on that provide hours of entertainment.
  • Visit the library: plan trips to the library to engage in all of the books and genres that the library has to offer.
  • Listen to books: listening to books on audio is a great way to kids to read to some of their favorite books that they might not be able to read… yet! Download a favorite book before a long road trip. 

Make reading appealing to your child by: 

  • Creating a unique reading spot.
  • Suggesting a book swap with friends.
  • Creating an outside of school book club with friends. 
  • Modeling reading for enjoyment at home. 

September Book Highlight

Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome 

By: Kat Zhang 

With the help of her family, Amy finds a way to welcome the new student in her class who has just come from China and does not speak much English.

Critical and Creative Thinking Strategy

  Try this at home:

Consider using the PMI strategy for independent reading books, a new family game, or even a family trip.

Strong thinking routines encourage students to share Positive/Negative/Interesting information in equal amounts, learn to form opinions, and explore their thinking.

Source: FCPS Critical and Creative Thinking Website 

 Sample Questions to Support Plus-Minus-Interesting in Language Arts: 

  • What are the positive or good things about the (character, plot, setting, what else)?
  • What are the negatives about, or situations that might be a problem (with the characters, plot, etc.) ?
  • What are interesting ideas about __?
  • What is the value of ___? What makes you say that?
  • What would most people not know about (vocabulary, setting, culture, etc.)?
  • What questions do you have about __? 
Come join Crossfield’s Kids Run the Nation team!!

Kids Run the Nation is a nationally recognized running program for boys and girls to teach and encourage kids to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Crossfield’s Kids Run the Nation team is for boys and girls in grades 2nd-6th. This 9-week curriculum teaches kids to be strong, healthy and confident and concludes with a celebratory 5K to end the season. Registration fee is $75.  This includes a team t-shirt & swag, as well as the 5k race fee.  

Please click here to register your child.

Practices will be at Crossfield Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:45 - 9am.  Our first practice will be September 20th. If you are interested in helping or want to learn more, please email [email protected].  We are in need of additional coaches (could help one or both days)!

Crossfield Spirit Wear Store

Click here to purchase your Crossfield spirit wear anytime before Wednesday, September 14 and receive 30% off. Lots of new designs and we have spirit wear for students, women and men!

 

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
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Crossfield Band & Strings Sign Up

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Band & Strings Sign Up (Gr. 4,5,6)

Students in Grades 4,5,6 have the opportunity to sign up for Strings.

Students in Grades 5 and 6 have the opportunity to sign up for Band.

Please use the links below to sign up and Ms. Frank and Dr. Kohut will be getting in touch with you soon.

4th Grade Link: https://forms.gle/1Q2hY8wVuS7KFY5QA

5th Grade Link: https://forms.gle/U9NMQUxR7NHiVDWa6

6th Grade Link: https://forms.gle/8tgijuELoXAV5Mf36

 

2791 Fox Mill Road, Herndon, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-295-1100
Attendance: 703-295-1142 | Web | Twitter | Facebook

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