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Attention All Musicians at Kings Glen!!
Due Friday, September 9
This week your child heard a demonstrations in Chorus (5th/6th grades), Band (5th/6th grades), and Strings (4th/5th/6th grades). Enrollment forms were sent home with all students on Tuesday, Aug 30 in their Tuesday folder. You can also access the enrollment forms below:
Please do not hesitate to email Dr. Keenan (Strings), Ms. D’Alelio (Chorus), or Ms. VanValkenburg (Band), if you have any questions. Enrollment forms should be completed and turned in no later than Friday, September 9.
Payments for instrument rentals can be made via MySchoolBucks, or by cash or check (payable to Kings Glen ES).
2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update
The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families.
Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include:
- Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
- Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
- A new section on cell phones.
The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.
Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. (Except in secondary schools where students in grades 7 and 8 may use phones during passing periods)
If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered.
Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.
Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature September 30th
FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment.
Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.
Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.
Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.
Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.
Text Messages for Parents
Parents can Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information
Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using [email protected].
Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders.
Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.
Tutor.com Available All School Year
FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.
Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional video:
Tutor.com: How it Works Elementary
What Is Schoology? (FCPS' Classroom Learning Software System)
Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.
A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:
- Your child’s classes.
- Your child’s upcoming assignments.
- School, class, and group announcements.
Parent accounts will be available after August 18. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account.
More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online
Parent Report Available to Monitor Child’s Online Activity (Lightspeed)
FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s online activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families.
You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.
Find out more and sign up for these services on our Lightspeed Parent Report Request website.
The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Kings Glen ES or any FCPS employee.
Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages
Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.
Lake Braddock Cheer Team Parents Night Out
Friday, September 9, 6-9 p.m.
On September 9th from 6-9pm the Lake Braddock Cheer is hosting a Parents Night Out event for students in PK- 8th grade. While you enjoy a night out, your child will enjoy a pizza dinner, games, a craft and will learn a few cheers/stunts, all while making new friends. All participants are welcome to join the Varsity Cheer team on the sideline during the first quarter of the next home game on September 16th! To register you can email Coach Gaines or register here.
Need Tech Help?
Resources for parents and students using FCPS technology are available online. Visit this website for quick help resetting passwords; accessing Schoology, Google, Zoom, or activity reports; and basic computer use questions. If your questions are not answered on that page, look for the link to submit a help ticket.
KP/KG PTA News
First PTA Meeting of the School Year
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00pm in the Kings Glen Library (also available on zoom) for the first PTA meeting of the 2022-2023 school year! We will be voting on the PTA budget and look forward to discussing with the community everything we have planned. Zoom details are available on Facebook and on our Google calendar.
PTA Ice Cream Social/Community Resource Fair
Please join us on Friday, September 16 at 6:30pm at Kings Glen! Enjoy a cold treat and meet with some of our local after school and community vendors while the kids play on the playground. We still have space available for any group that is interested in having a presence - email [email protected] if you are interested!
Join the PTA
Thanks to everyone that has already joined the PTA for the 2022-2023 school year! We hope all families will consider joining this year. Being a PTA member has numerous benefits -- it's a great way to meet new friends and become more involved in your child's school and community. Join on our website!
Keep in Touch with the PTA
A great way to keep in touch with the PTA is to subscribe to our emails and/or join our Facebook group. An updated PTA events calendar can also be found here. Reach out to [email protected]gmail.com if you have any questions.
Boosterthon Fun Run
The Boosterthon Fun Run is the PTA's largest fundraiser of each school year. We are excited to kick off this year's event with a digital kickoff on Wednesday, September 14 and the actual Fun Run on Friday, September 23. The PTA is looking forward to a fun event that supports our wonderful schools!
Volunteer with the PTA
Volunteering is certainly not a requirement of joining the PTA, but we are always looking for more help! Please complete this form to let us know how you can help!
Fall after-school Activities
Registration will be opening up soon for the fall. Kings Park will offer chess, yoga, and coding, and Kings Glen will offer chess, Run Fit Kidz, and coding. Stay tuned for more details!
Care to Share
We have launched the Care to Share program for the new school year! Its success depends on volunteers - more information can be found here.
The store is OPEN! Check it out here and place your orders before September 19th. Questions? Email [email protected]
Sept 8: PTA Meeting (7 p.m. at Kings Glen ES)
Sept 9: Band/Strings/Chorus Enrollment forms due
Sept 9: LBSS Cheer Team Parents Night Out (6-9 p.m. at LBSS)
Sept 14: PTA Boosterthon Kick-Off
Sept 16: PTA Ice Cream Social/Community Resource Fair (6:30 p.m. at Kings Glen ES)
Sept 23: PTA Boosterthon Fun Run
Sept 30: SR&R forms due
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