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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
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].
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:
Come join Crossfield’s Kids Run the Nation team!!
- 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 __?
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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