Aldrin Family Newsletter--June 12, 2024

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June 12, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

As the school year winds down, we can't help but feel a surge of pride. It's been a year filled with incredible growth, exciting learning, and unforgettable moments. And through it all, your unwavering support has been instrumental.

Thank you to all of you who volunteered in the cafeteria, in classrooms, on the PTA Board, attended field trips, during special events like the bookfair and field day, you've made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students. 

A heartfelt thank you also goes to our dedicated teachers and staff. Your passion for education, your commitment to our students, and your unwavering support for one another make Aldrin Elementary a truly special place.  We are a family and it shows! 

Finally, to our amazing students – you are the stars of the show! Thank you for your infectious enthusiasm, your willingness to learn, and your bright smiles that light up our hallways. You've accomplished so much this year, and we can't wait to see what you achieve next.  Congratulations to our sixth graders who are moving on to middle school.  We will miss you and know you will do amazing things as you enter the next phase of your educational career. 

As we head into summer, we wish you all a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable break. We look forward to welcoming you back to a new year of learning and adventure at Aldrin Elementary!

Proud, 

Shane and Barbara

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Aldrin Staff Update

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June 4, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

As you can imagine, this is a busy time of year for us as we take stock of who is leaving the Aldrin Family and who will be returning.  Change is always hard, and we would like to give you the opportunity to bid farewell to the staff members who will not be returning to Aldrin next year.  Won’t you take a moment and thank them for their hard work and join us in wishing them great success in their new adventures!

Please know that we can never replace these valued staff members, but we are working hard to find new staff members to join the Aldrin family.  As soon as we get closer to the start of the new year, we will let you know about our final selections and about staff members who are staying at Aldrin but who will have new positions.

James Racine is being promoted to School Information Assistant at another FCPS school.  Congratulations to James! 

Tracy Ausburn is moving.  

Katherine Hughes is moving and will be at a new FCPS school.

Latoya Wilson is moving.

Scott Houston is moving to a new school. 

Leah Marie Peterson is moving. 

While these staff members are leaving us, they will always be Eagles!  

Shane and Barbara

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Dress Code

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June 4, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

As the weather grows warmer, it seems an appropriate time to send a reminder about appropriate student dress. 

While we want our students to be comfortable,  we are noticing that some of our children are wearing clothing that may be too short (short shorts) or otherwise disrupts our learning environment.  As you know, we are obligated to observe the FCPS student dress code Regulation 263.12.

We are asking for your help to ensure that all our Eagles feel comfortable at school. 

The learning continues through the last day of school, and we are striving to finish Aldrin Strong! 

Thank you!

Aldrin ES

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Aldrin Family Newsletter--May 31, 2024

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May 31, 2024

 

Dear Aldrin Families,

We are in the last stretch! There has been tremendous growth in the students this year! Thank you for helping to foster a love for learning in our Aldrin community. Please check out the newsletter as there are links to summer learning resources, summer camps, school supplies, and other useful information for the 2024-2025 school year! 

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Highlights include:

  • End of Year and Summer Information (All Grades)
  • Mathematics Independent Learning Options for Families (All Grades)
  • Family Resource Center
  • Family Life Education Materials Available for Review (All Grades)
  • End-of-Year Medication Disposal Guidelines (All Grades)
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th Graders (Grade 6)
  • Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow—Let’s Finish the year STRONG! (All Grades)
  • Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza (All Grades)
  • Calling All Alumni and Friends! (All Grades)
  • School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget (All Grades)
  • It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!  (All Grades)
  • Resources for Newly Registered Families (All Grades)
  • Online Campus Summer Registration Closing Soon! (All Grades)
  • Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages (All Grades)
  • Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring (All Grades)
  • PTA Volunteer Leaders Needed! (All Grades)
  • Dining for Dollars at MOD Pizza: June 6 (All Grades)

Thank you,

Shane and Barbara

11375 Center Harbor Rd., Reston, VA 20194  | Main Office: 703.904.3800

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In Honor of Memorial Day

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Friday, May 24 SPIRIT DAY--RED & BLUE

 

Tomorrow is Red & Blue Spirit Day! We're wearing red and blue by grade level.  Join in!

Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades are wearing Red.

1st, 3rd, and 5th are wearing Blue.

We can't wait to see the sea of patriotic and Aldrin colors!

Monday, May 27 MEMORIAL DAY HOLDAY

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar

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Principal Wolfe Recognized for

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Aldrin Elementary is proud to announce that Principal Shane Wolfe was awarded the VA PTA Principal Partner of the year at the 2024 VA PTA Annual Meeting on May 19, 2024, in Richmond.  Pictured above are Principal Wolfe, VA PTA President Jenna Alexander, and PTA President-Elect Ben Pearson-Nelson.  Earlier in the month, he was recognized by the Fairfax County Council, who put his name forward.

Principal Wolfe's collaborative approach has significantly boosted parent engagement and created a stronger unified school community.  From hosting ice cream socials to Cultural and Heritage Nights, Book Fairs, Family Reading Nights, Career Day, and Bingo, Principal Wolfe's warm and welcoming attitude has re-engaged families in school activities.

The Aldrin Reads initiative, where staff bring books, snacks, and activities to the community twice a year, has filled student's homes with libraries and spread the love of reading.

Mr. Wolfe has spent nearly his entire administrative career in the Herndon/Reston area beginning as Assistant Principal at Terraset Elementary School and Armstrong Elementary School.  At the time of his appointment to Armstrong, he was the youngest principal in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Following his six-year tenure as Principal of Armstrong Elementary, Mr. Wolfe accepted a position as Principal at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Falls Church.   Mr. Wolfe returned to Reston as Principal at Aldrin Elementary School in July 2012.   Mr. Wolfe has received numerous awards and accomplishments over the years to include:

  • The Bruce Oliver Leadership Award for Building Strong Business Partnerships in FCPS                      
  • The Nancy F. Sprague Leadership Award, Commendation for Excellence, Outstanding First Year Principal 
  • The 2012 Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) Virginia School Bell Award
  • Board of Directors for VAESP for six years, serving as the At-Large Member and President-elect before being elected President and serving his 2014-2015 term.
  • Principal Wolfe also served as the 2011 President of the Fairfax Association of Elementary School Principals (FAESP) after serving in several roles.  He is currently the At-Large representative.
  • Honored with a Commendation by the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate, Joint Resolution 153 in 2012 for unwavering commitment to the children of The Commonwealth of Virginia

Mr. Wolfe also serves as President of his homeowner’s board and on a Fairfax City committee.

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Family Newsletter--May 17, 2024

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May 17, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

What a Week at Aldrin! We're bursting with excitement to share some incredible news from our school community.

Glow Run Shines Bright!

A huge Aldrin THANK YOU to all our amazing students and parents who participated in the recent Glow Run! Your energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to this event were truly inspiring. And guess what? Thanks to your incredible participation, we surpassed our fundraising goal of $20,000! This means…I am getting slimed! Stay tuned for more information about the epic sliming ceremony coming soon! 

A PTA Powerhouse!

We can't express enough gratitude to our dedicated PTA and all the volunteer parents who poured their hearts into making the Glow Run a tremendous success. From planning and organization to cheering on runners, your efforts were instrumental in creating a day to remember.

Attendance on the Rise!

We're thrilled to announce a significant improvement in student attendance! Thanks to your commitment to getting your children to school each day, our chronic absenteeism rate has dropped from 20% to a fantastic 9.5%. Excellent work, Aldrin families! Remember, regular attendance is crucial for student success, and we appreciate your dedication to their learning journey.

Staff Appreciation Week: A Week of Thanks!

A warm thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made Staff Appreciation Week so special for our incredible teachers and staff. Your generosity and thoughtful gestures brought smiles and joy to the entire Aldrin team. We couldn't do it without you!

Stay Connected!

We'll keep you updated on all the exciting things happening at Aldrin. Be sure to follow us on social media for upcoming events and announcements.

Together, we continue to make Aldrin a place where we live by our mission:  Every Student.  Every Day.  Whatever It Takes.

Proud,

Shane and Barbara

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Community Conversations

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May 15, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final two Community Conversations are below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for one of the last two community conversations of the school year. Please register for a time and place that is convenient for you. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

Upcoming Community Conversations:

 

May 16, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Poe Middle School 7000 Cindy Lane, Annandale, VA 22003   REGISTER  HERE   May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Katherine Johnson Middle School, 3801Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA 22030  REGISTER  HERE

 

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at one of the last two Superintendent Community Conversations of the school year.

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LIFT Program

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LIFT Reminder:

Our Summer Reading program of LIFT is back! For $40, students may select 6 books to be delivered near the end of the school year. Shopping and ordering days are May 6 and 7, so sign up to participate and get your child some books to read over the summer! Flyers to sign up came home on Friday, April 26th.  .

For questions, contact Tina Simons at [email protected]

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Aldrin Family Newsletter

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May 4, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

Spring is now in full bloom! We had a successful beautification day last week. Aldrin’s STEAM teacher, Kevin Curtis, planned and led the efforts with the help of the many Bright Spot volunteers. Classes were able to go outside and participate throughout the day. Please be sure to take in the beautiful grounds the next time you stop in!

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Highlights include:

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (All Grades)
  • Jewish American Heritage Month (All Grades)
  • SOL Testing Dates (Grades 3 - 6)
  • Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results  Now Available on SIS ParentVUE (Grades 3-6)
  • End-of-Year Medication Disposal Guidelines (All Grades)
  • Required Immunizations for Rising 7th Graders (Grade 6)
  • Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! (All Grades)
  • Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza (All Grades)
  • Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue (All Grades)
  • Give Your Feedback on the Budget (All Grades)
  • It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!  (All Grades)
  • Resources for Newly Registered Families (All Grades)
  • Summer Arts Camp (Grades 2 - 5)
  • Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps (All Grades)
  • Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring (All Grades)
  • Middle School Start Times - Virtual Date Added! (All Grades)
  • Thank you! (All Grades)
  • PTA Volunteer Leaders Needed! (All Grades)
  • Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers Needed! (All Grades)

Thank you,

Shane and Barbara

11375 Center Harbor Rd., Reston, VA 20194  | Main Office: 703.904.3800

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Aldrin Family Newsletter--April 19, 2024

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April 19, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

We have a few fun events coming up in the next two weeks. Next week we will be celebrating Earth Week. On May 2, the PTA Glow Run will happen during the school day. Please check out the newsletter for more detailed information!

Please also note that there is no school due to a teacher workday on Friday, May 3.

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Highlights include:

  • Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day: May 3 (All Grades)
  • Autism Acceptance Month (All Grades)
  • Earth Week: April 22 - 26 (All Grades)
  • SOL Testing Dates (Grades 3 - 6)
  • Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon (All Grades)
  • Give Your Feedback on the Budget (All Grades)
  • Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3… (Rising Kindergarteners)
  • Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion (All Grades)
  • School Health Services Satisfaction Survey (All Grades)
  • Summer Arts Camp (Grades 2 - 5)
  • Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps (All Grades)
  • Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring (All Grades)
  • Middle School Start Times - Virtual Date Added! (All Grades)
  • Nominate Someone Today for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award (All Grades)
  • PTA Volunteer Leaders Needed! (All Grades)
  • Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers Needed! (All Grades)

Thank you,

Shane and Barbara

11375 Center Harbor Rd., Reston, VA 20194  | Main Office: 703.904.3800

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School Health Services Survey

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Offer Your Feedback!  School Health Services Satisfaction Survey April 15 - 26, 2024

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Health Services invites parents/guardians of FCPS students to participate in a survey requesting feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community.

FCHD employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in FCPS. To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians who interact with the school health rooms. The survey will open on April 15, 2024 and will remain open until April 26, 2024. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Submit your survey.  (Translated into multiple languages.)

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School Holiday Tomorrow--April 10, 2024

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School Holiday Tomorrow--April 10th

Wednesday, April 10th, is an FCPS holiday; all schools and offices, including Aldrin ES, will be closed for the Eid al-Fitr Holiday.  See the school year calendar.

Vacaciones escolares
Mañana... 10 de abril

El miércoles 10 de abril es feriado en FCPS; Todas las escuelas y oficinas, incluida la escuela primaria Aldrin, estarán cerradas durante el feriado de Eid al-Fitr. Ver el calendario del año escolar school year calendar.  

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Aldrin Family Newsletter--April 5, 2024

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April 5, 2024

Dear Aldrin Families,

We hope everyone had a relaxing Spring Break and is ready for the last quarter of the school year! 

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Highlights include:

  • Eid al-Fitr (School Holiday on April 10)
  • Autism Acceptance Month (All Grades)
  • Lexia Parent Night: Helping Children Learn to Read (All Grades)
  • 2023-2024 Yearbook (All Grades)
  • Earth Week: April 22 - 26 (All Grades)
  • Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue (All Grades)
  • Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction (All Grades)
  • Fairfax County’s Funding of the FCPS Budget (All Grades)
  • Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3… (Rising Kindergarteners)
  • Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit (All Grades)
  • Updated COVID Recommendations (All Grades)
  • Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring (All Grades)
  • Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps (All Grades)
  • Community Forums on Middle School Start Times (All Grades)
  • Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery (All Grades)
  • Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 (All Grades)
  • Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award (All Grades)
  • PTA Sponsored Before and After School Programs (All Grades)
  • PTA Volunteer Leaders Needed! (All Grades)
  • Staff Appreciation Week Volunteers Needed! (All Grades)

Thank you,

Shane and Barbara

11375 Center Harbor Rd., Reston, VA 20194  | Main Office: 703.904.3800

Attendance: 703.904.3818 | Web | Twitter

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