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August 19, 2021 Kiss and Ride Safety & Registration Contract

Kiss and Ride Safety & Registration Contract - Printable Version

2021 -2022 School Year

Below is the contract for participation in Kiss and Ride at Aldrin. Upon receipt of this signed contract, you will be issued a printed Kiss and Ride card with your child’s last name in large, bold print.  Display this card on your dashboard prior to pulling into the school driveway and the Kiss and Ride area.  Please read the following rules and procedures for Kiss and Ride, sign this form and return it to school.  Together we can ensure a safe and efficient procedure when dropping off/picking up your child in Kiss and Ride each day.

 

It is only necessary to complete one form per family.

  • I understand that I need to display the Aldrin Kiss & Ride card on the dashboard of my car prior to pulling into the school driveway and the Kiss and Ride area.  Upon seeing my card displayed, a staff member will alert my child(ren) that I have arrived.  Another staff member, with the assistance of a safety patrol, will do his or her best to have my child(ren) at curbside soon after my arrival. 
  • I understand that children are to enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side only.
  • I understand that my child will be dismissed from the gym by name based on the order of arrival of the cars.
  • I understand that I may not leave my car unattended in the Kiss and Ride area, since it is in a Fire Lane.
  • I understand that children may be dropped off no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and picked up beginning at 4:05 p.m.
  • I understand that once in the Kiss and Ride area, I may not attempt to pass other cars.

By signing this form, I agree to the above procedures.

 

Child’s Name

Child 1

Child 2

Child 3

 

Teacher

Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Teacher 3

 

Parent

Parent(s)

 

Phone

Parent #

 

Address

 

 

Signature:      _________________________         Date:__________________________

 

Please return this contract to James Chrisman or Stephanie Naski in the main office or email to: @email

August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

Dear Aldrin Families,

We are getting very excited about the 2021-2022 school year and hope you are too! We cannot wait to be returning 5 days a week in-person with our Aldrin kiddos. We are busy cleaning the school, planning new programs, registering our new Aldrin Eagles, and planning for an exciting return for teachers and students. We want to say hello, let you know about some changes, and encourage you to prioritize communicating with the school, using the many tools we have.

As many of you know, Ms. Rachel Charlton, Assistant Principal, left Aldrin to become the Acting Principal at Dogwood Elementary School last year. She led Dogwood through some of the toughest times of the pandemic and kept the school moving forward, with student safety and success as her focus. This year, Ms. Charlton’s experience and expertise has been tapped to support the students and staff at Clearview Elementary School.  We are proud of Ms. Charlton and all that she did to support student academic success at Aldrin. She leaves behind a strong legacy of putting kids first and a commitment to best practice staff development for all of us. We also applaud Ms. Charlton for ensuring equity was at the center of all we do at Aldrin. Her commitment to the development of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and her strong support of our many Special Education Programs at Aldrin, has made a meaningful impact on our school community. 

We are excited to announce Mrs. Katie Friedman will continue to support the Aldrin Elementary School Community as our Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs. Friedman, one of our former music teachers, has been in this role since January of 2021, and has done an outstanding job supporting the mission and goals of our school, during some of the toughest times we’ve ever experienced in education. Mrs. Gist and I are thrilled that she has agreed to continue in this role and can’t wait to see all the exciting things to come from her leadership. We are proud of her commitment to our students, staff, and the success of our entire school community. Please join me in welcoming her back to the role of Assistant Principal as we open this exciting school year. 

We hope you will all join us for the Community Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 19th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the blacktop. 

Our mission and vision continue to be aligned with what we believe and practice each day—Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. 

Below are some of the back to school updates for this year. 

Welcome to our New Staff:

New Office Assistants:  Mr. James Chrisman and Mrs. Stephanie Naski

Part Time Art Teacher:  Mr. Thomas Baybrook (W, Th, F)

Public Health Nurse (PHN):  Mrs. Jeanne Frost, R.N.

Custodians:  Ms. Kim Tran and Mr. Vu Phan

Social Worker:  Ms. Rebecca Hollow (T, W, Th)

TSPEC: (Network Support W, F) Mr. Philip Magill

School Health Aide (SHA):  TBD

Teacher Grade Level Changes:

Ms. Megan Walters from Preschool Autism Teacher to Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Karen Patel from Grade 5 Teacher to ESOL Teacher

Ms. Jennifer Bullen from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Dawn Edwards from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Mr. Raju Tiwana from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Kat Hughes from Grade 3 Teacher to Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Latoya Wilson from Grade 3 Teacher to Grade 2 Teacher

Mr. Craig Coraggio from Grade 5 Teacher to Grade 4 Teacher

Ms. Amy Schehl from Grade 4 Teacher to Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Theresa Reedy from STEAM Teacher to Grade 5 Teacher

Aldrin Web: 

Visit our “Best of the Web,” FCPS-award winning Aldrin home page ! We keep it updated with lots of great information for families. 

News You Choose:

News You Choose is a service that allows subscribers to receive email notifications and updates from Aldrin.  

If you haven’t signed up, we encourage you to do so today!!

Twitter: @AldrinEagles

Follow us on Twitter for pictures and events at the school throughout the year. This is an excellent way to keep in touch with all the special moments at Aldrin. 

Please click on the following link for important return to school information. Return to School 2021-2022 Important Information

 

Your Principals,

Shane, Barbara, and Katie

Every Student.  Every Day.  Whatever It Takes.

 

2021-2022 ALDRIN ELEMENTARY—IMPORTANT INFORMATION

2021-2022 ALDRIN ELEMENTARY—IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Open House – Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.                         PAC, Preschool, Enhanced Autism, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon                          Kindergarten Tours
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.                         PTA Sponsored “Popsicles on the Playground” (PAC, PS, K & 1st)
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.                         New to Aldrin Tours (Grades 1 through 6)
  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.                              Open House (Grades 2 through 6)
  • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.                              PTA-Sponsored “Popsicles on the Playground” (2 through 6)

During our “Open Houses” we will have several staff members located in the lobby to help you and your child find their classroom.  Masks are required for all visitors while inside the building. There will also be staff available to assist with information about buses, forms from the school clinic and other school information.  Please remember that Open House is a time for the teacher and students to meet and is not intended as a time for a Parent Teacher Conference.   If you want to meet with your child’s teacher, please set up a time outside of Open House and Back to School Night by calling or e-mailing them for a designated time.  This ensures teachers get a chance to meet  the children and parents who have been waiting for this very exciting time.

The Aldrin Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will host a special tour of the building for Kindergarten and new Aldrin families.  Kindergarten families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and should meet in the lobby at 11:30 a.m.  “New to Aldrin” families are scheduled for noon.

Tours give families a chance to see the entire school, including the gym, the cafeteria, the library, etc.  Families will see their child’s classroom and meet their teachers at the same time as other Aldrin students during the “Open House.” 

Parking for Open House: 

Limited parking is available in our front parking lot.  Additional parking can be found along the street in legally marked spaces and at the Baron Cameron Park located behind the school.  Please do not park in the marked turning lanes on Center Harbor Road.   Carpooling or walking is suggested on this day to avoid parking lot congestion and delays.

Popsicles on the Playground: 

Mark your calendars……Another great opportunity to re-connect and meet new families is at our annual Popsicles on the Playground, sponsored by the PTA.  Popsicles on the Playground times are listed above. This event is so much fun for everyone!     

The biggest question of the summer is:  Who is my Child’s Teacher? 

Please know the staff take the placement of your kiddos very seriously and have made every effort to place them with the teacher we feel will be the best fit for each individual child.  We appreciate you trusting and believing in us.    All families will find student classroom teacher placements in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVue Account under the student’s Schedule tab on Wednesday, August 18th.

First Day of Day of School is Monday, August 23rd: 

(We are so excited!!)  Your child will bring home some VERY important forms for you to read, sign and return to school the next day.  After the first day, Thursday Recorder envelopes are sent home each Thursday. (Please return the envelope each Friday.)  Helpful Hint: Your child’s FCPS identification number is included at the top of the Thursday Recorder envelope for any forms requiring this information.

Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th are Student/Staff Holidays.

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 8th.  

Back to School Night (BTSN) is an opportunity for teachers to meet you, share information about their instructional programs, and learn more about their students.  Look for a separate detailed flyer in your child’s Thursday folder prior to BTSN.  We anticipate some changes to our regular format.

The PTA will also vote on their budget and have information on membership and volunteer opportunities. 

Safety Protocols:

The State Health Commissioner’s Public Health Order expired on July 25, 2021, giving school divisions the ability to implement local mask policies based on community level conditions and public health recommendations. 

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings. This includes:

  • All staff and students inside the school building.
  • Anyone riding school buses or school transportation.
  • Community members who are visiting a school building.
  • Band members will use covers/special masks (inside the school building).
  • A small group of students with disabilities, and staff who work with them, will have access to clear masks (e.g. center-based students with hearing impairments, teachers of deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech language pathologists, and some students receiving speech services as needed).

Student Devices:

All students should be assigned a computer the first week of school.

PreK:  The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) device issued to your child is meant to stay home for your child’s school-related use. You should not send the device to school with your child each day.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Students will be assigned a device that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.

Grades 3 through 6: Students will be issued an FCPS device for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day and should come to school each day with their device fully charged.

ParentVue/SIS:

Not Sure How to Access Your SIS Parent Account?  It’s EASY!  New to FCPS?  FCPS mailed (via US Postal Service) every new parent/guardian to FCPS a letter providing a web address, activation key, and directions on registering for a SIS Parent Account.  FCPS provides electronic access to attendance, grades, and other information related to students via its SIS Parent Account system.  **It is very important that you take time to register for your account today.  Not new to FCPS?   If you have not received or misplaced your SIS Parent Account activation letter,  please e-mail Linda Adgate at @email and she will be happy to e-mail you a new activation letter. 

If you have forgotten your SIS Parent Account login or password, go to https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/PXP2_Login_Parent_OVR.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True and click “More Options.”   

Emergency Care Updates Now in ParentVUE:

Parents can update their student’s emergency care information online using weCare@school (weCare) which is now linked within SIS ParentVUE.  Learn more about weCare and ParentVUE here

Schoology Learning Management System  **VERY IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION**

The FCPS contract with Blackboard ended on June 30, 2021. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology is now being used division-wide. https://www.fcps.edu/schoology  Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students had a Schoology account set up by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. Please take a moment to get to know a little more about Schoology.  LINK

Bus Transportation Information:

Bus routes are finalized by FCPS Transportation Department.   Please log in to your ParentVue Account to find your child’s bus route:  https://sisparent.fcps.edu/PVUE/PXP2_Login_Parent_OVR.aspx?regenerateSessionId=True

Supply Lists and Pre-Ordered Supplies through the PTA:

The student supply list can be found on the Aldrin website at https://aldrines.fcps.edu/resources/supply-lists .  Pre-ordered supply packages, ordered through the PTA, will be available for pick-up during our Open House in the Little Theater.  If your child is unable to attend the Open House, their packages will be delivered to their classroom before the first day of school.  

Health Room Information

Jeanne Frost, Public Health Nurse (PHN) and a new (to be hired School Health Aide), will take care of the students’ needs this year.    Ms. Frost will be in the School Health Room to accept medications.  James Chrisman, our former SHA  is now an Office Assistant will also be in the Main Office during the Open House to answer your questions. 

First Week of School

Due to Safety Protocols, this year we will ask that you say good-bye to your child at the entrance to the school.  It isn’t safe to have so many people in the building and would be impossible to contact trace.

Many staff members will be located throughout our school during arrival and dismissal times to assist all children the first day of school and throughout the first week.  They will help children learn their way around the school and make sure that all riders board the correct bus each afternoon.  Walkers dismiss through exit 5, and students using the Kiss and Ride will go to the gym for dismissal.   **Please be sure your child knows how they are getting home from school each day. If a change occurs, please call the Main Office so a note can be sent to your child’s teacher prior to dismissal.

Staff members are assigned to the lobby daily from 8:55 to 9:15 am.  Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:55 am.  At 8:55 a.m. children may enter the building and wait in the Gym (Grades 3 through 6) and Cafeteria (Grades K through 2) until they are dismissed to their classrooms.  Breakfast bags will be offered to each student as they arrive.  Students are marked tardy if they are not in their classroom, and ready to learn by 9:20 a.m.

Distribution of Information

Efforts to conserve paper will continue to be made this year by reducing the printed materials that are sent home and by posting handbook information, newsletters, notices, PTA fliers, and other information on the Aldrin website. 

Also, when possible, we will send information home in e-mail format through the e-Notify or News You Choose system, so please be sure we have your correct e-mail address on file.    Paper copies will be available to anyone on request, without internet access. 

School Hours:

Classroom Hours:                       9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Main Office Hours:                     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers:                                                       

Main Office:.............................   703-904-3800

FAX .........................................   703-904-3897

Health Room ...........................   703-904-3815

Attendance Line Recorder ……….  703-904-3818

(Available 24 hours a day)

Cafeteria ..................................... 703-904-3821

Fairfax County SACC ..................... 703-449-8989

Reminder about the FCPS Student Dress Regulation

FCPS Regulation 2613 outlines the expectations for student dress.  At Aldrin Elementary, we encourage students to wear sneakers or soft-soled shoes daily since they are usually comfortable and are safer when students are at recess and on stairs.  Sandals that have ankle straps and do not have a wedge or high heel may be worn.  Rubber/plastic beach/pool flip flops are not allowed for safety reasons.  Students must wear sneakers to be able to participate in physical education. 

Aldrin ES Birthday Treat Policy: 

At Aldrin ES, like many other schools, we have quite a few students who suffer from life-threatening allergies.  As a school community, we must do all we can to reduce the chances of an allergic incident happening and must work diligently to keep our students safe.  We also have a continuing concern over childhood obesity and concern for families that can’t afford to purchase treats /items for an entire class.  So, based on feedback and collaboration from parents, students, teachers, and administrators, we have determined that we will limit student birthday celebrations to a birthday pencil and a birthday card from the Principal and Assistant Principals.  No treats or gifts should be sent in to be shared with the class for birthday celebrations.

Volunteers are Welcome at Aldrin!

Aldrin Elementary School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our building this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.  Volunteers must arrange the days and times they plan to volunteer with their child’s classroom teacher or the main office.  

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child’s teacher or Assistant Principal, Barbara Gist, at 703-904-3800.   We look forward to welcoming you to our school!

Early Pick-Up:

If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please arrive at Door #1.  When the office staff answers the bell, please tell them who you are there for.  Be sure to bring a State-Issued Photo ID whenever you want to visit or pick up children from Aldrin.  Someone from the office will call your child down and bring them to you.  To make the process easier, please send a note in with your child to their teacher.  You may also leave a message on the attendance line at 703-904-3818 or email: @email

Thanks so much for your support in ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. 

Cafeteria:

Great News!!  ALL students will receive free breakfast and lunch this year.

Menus

● Menus, allergens, nutrition information are all available online at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/

Breakfast

● Aldrin will serve Grab & Go breakfast at the school entrances for students to take meals directly to the classroom upon arrival.

Lunch

● Lunch will be served in the cafeteria serving lines.  We will not have Salad Bars at this time.

Where will students eat lunch this year?

Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria with their classmates.  We will continue maximizing physical distance as much as possible and require frequent hand washing/sanitizing.  Students will wash their hands before and after lunch each day.  Student lunch times will be spread out to minimize the numbers of students in the cafeteria at the same time.   Masks will be required to be worn by all students and staff members except when they are consuming their lunch.   Once students finish their lunch, they will need to put their mask back on.  Staff members will be in the cafeteria to remind students about mask wearing.   No sharing of food is allowed.

A La Carte Items:

● A la carte offerings for sale at the beginning of the school year will be limited to milk, bottled water, entrees, fruits, and vegetables.

Special Diet Requests:

  • The PHN and the FCPS FNS Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) coordinate all special dietary requests by following the FCPS Allergy Handbook.
  • Written documentation signed by a recognized medical authority must be provided to the RDN for each student requesting a special diet before any substitutions or accommodations may be provided.  The medical documentation must include the student’s name, an identification of the medical or other special dietary condition that restricts the child’s diet, and the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet. 
  • The RDN evaluates the medical documentation and contacts the school food service manager and supervisor to discuss the special dietary requests, substitutions, and/or accommodations.  The RDN reviews any new procedures with the food service manage.

Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Using the app is EASY!  From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Once signed-in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.

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