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Picture Day Photos Have Arrived!

Photos and proofs from Lifetouch have arrived. If you ordered photos please stop by Clermont ES on Monday, March 1st between the hours of 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to pick them up. Families who did not already order photos were sent a proof of their child’s picture. It’s not too late to pick up your proof on March 1st between 11:30 and 1:00 and order pictures. Lifetouch sent the ordering information with the proof. If you have any questions please email Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu.

Glasses for the Masses

Donate your used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses! Help a local Boy Scout with his Eagle Scout project by donating used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses for the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club. Drop off your used prescription glasses in the Clermont vestibule 8:30am-3:30pm Tuesdays-Fridays through March 10.

Thank you for helping our community serve others around the world!

Questions? Contact Tama Quaid: tdquaid@fcps.edu

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

All parents/caregivers of in-person students will be sent letters that contain a Health Screening Commitment Form prior to their return to school date. This form must be completed before students re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) (preferred) or via hard copy. If you have not yet created a SIS ParentVUE account, please contact Katie Simmons at kesimmons@fcps.edu for an activation code. PDFs of the form and all available translations can also be found online here: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document

Current 5th and 6th Grade Patrols

Patrol Meeting Monday, March 1st at Noon.

Google Meet

Mrs. Velishka will share new walker stations, safety protocols, announce officers, and answer any questions you have. All patrols should attend this meeting.

On Monday, March 8th, bus roles and responsibilities will be covered. All bus patrols should attend this meeting.

These meetings will be recorded and put in the Clermont Safety Patrol Classroom for your viewing if you can’t attend the meeting.

Interested in Becoming a Patrol?

At this time, we may have openings for additional patrols on certain buses, or as walker patrols. If your child is interested, and is a fifth or sixth grader, please have them email Mrs. Velishka at tvelishka@fcps.edu.

Counselor's Corner

Our classroom lessons during March will focus on the following topics:

Kindergarten- Identifying bullying behaviors. Exploring and practicing prevention and intervention strategies.

1st grade- Continuing to explore and practice bully prevention and intervention strategies.

2nd grade- Identifying bullying behaviors. Practicing prevention and intervention strategies.

3rd grade- Continuing to learn and practice test taking strategies.

4th grade- Respecting boundaries and personal space. This is the second lesson in the FCPS 4th grade harassment lesson series.

5th grade- Understanding boundaries and perspectives. This is the first lesson in the FCPS 5th grade harassment lesson series (correction from last month’s Eagle Gram- In February, we focused on learning about study strategies that matched our personal learning styles.)

6th grade- FCPS Mandatory Sexual Harassment Lessons March 5-10, 2021.(Opt-Out information was previously shared with parents via email.)

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us OR submit this referral form and we will contact you. Mrs. Treger (pmtreger@fcps.edu) & Mrs. Manzo (mlmanzo@fcps.edu) - School Counselors

Spirit Wear Sale

Show your school spirit by picking up some Clermont SPIRIT WEAR! Tees and Sweatshirts are available for kids and adults. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, March 3rd.

Order your Clermont SPIRIT WEAR here!

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Draft Calendars for 2021-22 School Year

Draft calendars for the 2021-22 school year were developed with a focus on instruction and learning time for students. The School Board will vote on the calendars at their regular meeting on Thursday, March 4. View the draft calendars.

Upcoming Events

March 5: 2-hour Early Release

March 9 & 11: Grades 1-2 In-Person Students Return to School

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 16 & 18: Grades 3-6 In-Person Students Return to School 

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

Note: Although FCPS previously stated early release days would be all virtual, that has now changed. In-person students will report to school on their scheduled days even if they fall on early release days. 

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Dear Clermont Families,

We are excited to welcome some of our kindergarten students back to the building on Tuesday, February 23! As we prepare to begin opening our doors, I want to share with you the steps Clermont will take if a positive COVID case is identified at school as more children and adults return to the building. Here are some key points:

  • We are required to report when any person (child or adult) has tested positive for COVID and visited our school within the past 14 days. A communication will go out to the entire community.
  • We report this information to the Fairfax County Health Department who investigates and then begins contact tracing. The FCHD will reach out to each person they determine to be at-risk of infection.
  • The Health Department and FCPS will work together to determine what next steps need to be taken with quarantines for individuals, classrooms, or the school. 
  • Staff at Clermont ES are not authorized to share private information about anyone's COVID status. 

If you have questions about our procedures, please don't hesitate to reach out. Thank you to everyone for sharing updates that help keep us all safe. We're all in this together and are looking forward to a safe phase-in experience for all.

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata

School Meal Service Menus

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to provide “Grab-and-Go” meals at several school sites and on bus routes throughout Fairfax County. Grab and go meals are offered at no cost to ALL students throughout the county through June 30, 2021.  

Free of charge, Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will also be provided for all in-person students who would like them. To view school lunch menus, click here: https://fcps.nutrislice.com/ 

Yearbook News from the PTA Calling All Artists -- Yearbook Art Contest!

Calling all student artists!  We are looking for some student's artistic interpretation of our Virtually Unstoppable theme to use in our yearbook!  While we will not be able to use the images for the cover, we will include the top-selected submission from each grade level as pages included in the yearbook.  Here is how you submit your piece of art for consideration:

  1. Create a piece of art that embodies "Virtually Unstoppable" 
  2. Take a photo OR scan the piece of art and email it to vpoutreach@clermontpta.org.  Please be sure to include your student's first/last name and their teacher's name in the email submission. 
  3. The submissions will be considered and judged by the art teachers from Clermont Elementary.

A winner from each grade level will be announced, included in PTA Happenings, and included in the Yearbook!

Yearbook Photos

We understand that some students were unable to attend Picture Day to capture their school portrait. We still would like all students represented in the Yearbook, and as such, will be collecting photographs from parents. If you'd still like your student to be included on the portrait page of their class, please upload a photo, sized 4x6 portrait size, to https://bit.ly/CESYearbook

Please make sure that the photo file name includes your student's first/last name and their teacher's name. If you have previously sent in an individual photo but did not include the student and teacher's name and/or did not size the photograph, please resubmit to the website.   

Please note that by sending the photograph in for consideration, you are granting permission to the PTA to publish the photograph in the Clermont yearbook and in other PTA correspondence.

Spirit Wear Sale

Show your school spirit by picking up some Clermont SPIRIT WEAR! Tees and Sweatshirts are available for kids and adults. All orders must be placed by Wednesday, March 3rd.

Order your Clermont SPIRIT WEAR here!

Edison Pyramid: How to Talk with Your Child About Race

Edison Pyramid Principals have partnered with our respective PTA’s to provide parents in the Edison Community an opportunity to meet virtually with Dr. Joseph Williams from UVa to discuss the benefits of talking to children about race and racism. Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and is affiliated with the UVa Center for Race and Public Education in the South. If you are interested in learning more about how to speak to your child about topics around race and culture that may be uncomfortable, difficult, or highly emotional please join us to find out about some of the recommended best practices from Dr. Williams.

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, please sign up using this Google Form as space is limited: https://forms.gle/xvYvuNC13eqUaNEr5

A link to the meeting will be sent to those who have registered in advance.

Canned Food Drive

Clermont is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit Koinonia, an organization which distributes food to families in our community.

Donations are accepted during the month of February. A collection box will be placed at the front of the school, either outside the front door or right inside the vestibule.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.   

Virtual Author Visit

Meet author Kwame Alexander!

Event Details: Virtual Program on Zoom

Date/Time: Monday Feb. 22nd, 2:30pm

Join the Fairfax County Public Library for an interactive session with best-selling author Kwame Alexander.

This 45 min virtual session will include a moderated Q&A and short reading. Come prepared to ask Alexander questions about the writing of his poetry or the writing process in general. Registration is required.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FCPLBHM

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

February 22: 1st Grade Parent Info Night - 6:30 pm

February 23 & 25: Kindergarten In-Person Students Return to School

February 23: 2nd Grade Parent Info Night - 6:30 pm

March 5: 2-hour Early Release

March 9 & 11: Grades 1-2 In-Person Students Return to School

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 16 & 18: Grades 3-6 In-Person Students Return to School 

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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New Bell Schedule Begins Next Week!

Beginning Tuesday, February 16th, students will need to be logged on by 9:00 am for Morning Meeting. Clermont's new bell schedule is 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. For virtual students, Family Choice Time will take place from 3:15 - 3:30 pm Tuesday – Friday.

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on February 15 for Presidents Day Holiday

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, for the Presidents Day holiday. Students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments that day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 16. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Letters Are On the Way

If you chose for your child to return to in-person learning, please make sure to check your mailboxes over the next two weeks for a letter from Clermont ES letting you know which days of the week your child is scheduled to come back. Your child will be scheduled for Red Days (Tues/Wed) or Blue Days (Thurs/Fri). Thank you for your patience while we work to get these letters sent out.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

The above referenced mailing will also contain a  Health Screening Commitment Form. Parents and caregivers are asked to complete this form before your student(s) re-enter school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep students home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through ParentVUE (PVUE) (preferred) or via the hard copy included in the mailing. 

Edison Pyramid: How to Talk with Your Child About Race

Edison Pyramid Principals have partnered with our respective PTA’s to provide parents in the Edison Community an opportunity to meet virtually with Dr. Joseph Williams from UVa to discuss the benefits of talking to children about race and racism. Dr. Williams is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and is affiliated with the UVa Center for Race and Public Education in the South. If you are interested in learning more about how to speak to your child about topics around race and culture that may be uncomfortable, difficult, or highly emotional please join us to find out about some of the recommended best practices from Dr. Williams.

Date: Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, please sign up using this Google Form as space is limited: https://forms.gle/xvYvuNC13eqUaNEr5

A link to the meeting will be sent to those who have registered in advance.

Happy Chinese New Year!  February 12, 2021 Canned Food Drive

Clermont is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit Koinonia, an organization which distributes food to families in our community.

Donations are accepted during the month of February. A collection box will be placed at the front of the school, either outside the front door or right inside the vestibule.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.   

Counselor's Corner

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th.  Research shows that doing a kind act, receiving a kind act, or even watching a kind act has positive effects! No matter how big or small, kind acts can make a difference in someone’s life. Here are some ideas you might try:

  • Make Kindness Rocks and leave them out for people to find. 
  • Schedule some special time with a friend or family member to maintain that important connection with loved ones. Meet virtually if needed.
  • Download this calendar which is FULL of ideas to practice kindness.  Have your family create your own kid-friendly version.
  • Create a Kindness Club with friends and neighbors. Meet, virtually if needed, to discuss things you can do in your community to make a difference and spread kindness.  
  • Write an uplifting chalk message on someone’s driveway or post an inspirational sign. 
  • Donate to the canned food drive during the month of February. Boxes are in the Clermont lobby. 
  • Click here to explore more ways to celebrate.

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us OR submit this referral form and we will contact you. Mrs. Treger (pmtreger@fcps.edu)  & Mrs. Manzo (mlmanzo@fcps.edu) - School Counselors

Virtual Author Visit

Meet author Kwame Alexander!

Event Details: Virtual Program on Zoom

Date/Time: Monday Feb. 22nd, 2:30pm

Join the Fairfax County Public Library for an interactive session with best-selling author Kwame Alexander.

This 45 min virtual session will include a moderated Q&A and short reading. Come prepared to ask Alexander questions about the writing of his poetry or the writing process in general. Registration is required.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/FCPLBHM

Fitness Testing News Flash

A brand new and exciting method of fitness testing is upon us!  Instead of the traditional pacer, push up, curl up, and flexibility tests that we’re required to measure three times throughout the school year, we are fortunate to utilize a new website called Focused Fitness with all new tests. As part of our Staying Active unit which will conclude at the end of March, students will be required to complete new fitness challenges while learning from home. No worries, we will guide students through the entire process during PE. Some ways to support your child are as follows: check out the website with your child, try out some challenges with them, ask them which fitness skill they want to improve on, and as always, continue to encourage full attendance during specials. Please email Mrs. Velishka at tvelishka@fcps.edu, Mr. Blakeman at tgblakeman@fcps.edu, or Mrs. Hammons at rkhammons@fcps.edu with any questions or concerns, and thanks for your support with our new Fitness Test!

Attention K-6 Artists Doodle 4 Google Art Contest is now open through February 26th!

Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

What makes you uniquely strong?

How do I participate?

1. DOODLE : USE ANY MATERIALS (what you have at home or digital)

2. WRITE : FILL OUT THE FORM (including your Artist’s Statement)

3. SEND : choose one 

  • Submit ONLINE HERE. (Due Feb 26th)
  • MAIL your artwork with the THE FORM  (Due Feb 26th) (mail to : Google LLC, Doodle for Google 1 Market St, Spear Tower, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94105 )
  • Drop it off at Clermont main office (Due Feb 22nd): Put it inside the Doodle 4 Google box and fill out the entry form near the main entrance. 

Prizes can be found HERE.

Entry Form can be found HERE.

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms.Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 

Happy Valentine's Day Clermont! 

Upcoming Events

February 12: Chinese New Year

February 14: Valentine's Day

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

February 16: New Bell Schedule Begins - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

February 22: 1st Grade Parent Info Night - 6:30 pm

February 23 & 25: Kindergarten In-Person Students Return to School

February 23: 2nd Grade Parent Info Night - 6:30 pm

March 5: All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 9 & 11: Grades 1-2 In-Person Students Return to School

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 16 & 18: Grades 3-6 In-Person Students Return to School 

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Canned Food Drive

Clermont is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit Koinonia, an organization which distributes food to families in our community.

Donations are accepted during the month of February. A collection box will be placed at the front of the school, either outside the front door or right inside the vestibule.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.   

Attention 6th Grade Parents: Twain Parent Info Night Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Schedule

6:00 – 7:00 pm:

  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Program: (appropriate for all parents of rising 7th and 8th graders)
    • Presentation from teachers representing all subject areas
    • Overview of the course selection process for the 2021-22 School Year
    • 7th Grade Link

7:00 – 8:00 pm:

  • AVID Information Session: (parents of recommended students will be invited, but all are welcome to join)
    • Presentation of the AVID elective class and selection process
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
    • AVID Link 
  • Advanced Academic Information Session: (appropriate for the parents of Level IV eligible students)
    • Beth Baldwin, Advanced Academic Specialist for Middle Schools will present
    • Student Panel with Q&A to follow
    • AAP Link 
Counselor's Corner

Our classroom lessons during February will focus on the following topics:

Kindergarten- Gaining a deeper understanding of the CARE traits. This month we will focus on Responsibility and Effort

1st grade- Identifying bullying behaviors. Exploring and practicing prevention and intervention strategies

2nd grade- Identifying bullying behaviors. Practicing prevention and intervention strategies 

3rd grade- Learning and practicing test taking strategies

4th grade- Respecting differences and building empathy. This is the first lesson in the FCPS 4th grade harassment lesson series

5th grade- Understanding boundaries and perspectives. This is the first lesson in the FCPS 5th grade harassment lesson series

6th grade- Selecting Middle School Courses and exploring Twain MS via a virtual scavenger hunt.

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us OR submit this referral form and we will contact you. Mrs. Treger (pmtreger@fcps.edu)  & Mrs. Manzo (mlmanzo@fcps.edu) - School Counselors

Attention K-6 Artists Doodle 4 Google Art Contest is now open through February 26th!

Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

What makes you uniquely strong?

How do I participate?

1. DOODLE : USE ANY MATERIALS (what you have at home or digital)

2. WRITE : FILL OUT THE FORM (including your Artist’s Statement)

3. SEND : choose one 

  • Submit ONLINE HERE. (Due Feb 26th)
  • MAIL your artwork with the THE FORM  (Due Feb 26th) (mail to : Google LLC, Doodle for Google 1 Market St, Spear Tower, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94105 )
  • Drop it off at Clermont main office (Due Feb 22nd): Put it inside the Doodle 4 Google box and fill out the entry form near the main entrance. 

Prizes can be found HERE.

Entry Form can be found HERE.

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms.Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Digital Citizenship Tips from Common Sense Education Help Kids Post, Comment, and Upload Responsibly

As soon as you share the first photo of your kid, you're establishing their digital footprint. As kids get older and start creating their own content or engaging with others online, it's important for them to understand the tracks they're leaving behind and what those tracks might reveal. Parents can help guide kids toward creating the kind of footprint they can be proud of.

Check out these tips
  • Be a role model. Before you post a photo of your kid on social media, ask if it's OK to share. Not only will you give them control over their own digital footprint, you'll also be showing them what you expect them to do with others' photos.

  • Use privacy settings. Together, go through all the settings on new apps to make sure you both know what information your kids are sharing. Especially in the beginning, it's better to share very little. 
  • Question everything. Before you sign school forms or register for a new online service for your kid, check the privacy policy to see what kind of information you're giving the school or company and who they're sharing it with. Sharing some data might be required, but you may be able to opt out of others. Talk with your kid about why it's important to protect your personal data. 
  • Use a celebrity as an example. With older kids, choose a celebrity or another famous person and look through their Twitter or Instagram posts with your kid. Discuss your impressions of them based on what they post. Ask your kid what kind of image they'd like to project online.

For more tips, visit www.commonsense.org/education/family-resources

Upcoming Events

February 12: Chinese New Year

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

February 16: New Bell Schedule Begins - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

February 23 & 25: Kindergarten In-Person Students Return to School

March 5: All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 9 & 11: Grades 1-2 In-Person Students Return to School

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 16 & 18: Grades 3-6 In-Person Students Return to School 

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Note from Ms. Salata

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Dear Clermont Community,

This week, a Return to School plan was been confirmed by the school board. As a result, I am currently receiving a high volume of emails asking about switching the choice you previously made for your child to return In-Person or remain 100% virtual. Please understand that schedules, teacher coverage, monitor support, and classes have been strategically built off of your previously submitted intention. Due to the overwhelming number of requests I am receiving regarding switching formats, I may not be able to get back to you within 24 hours. I am only able to grant the switch if there is space in the classroom to safely do so. I appreciate your understanding as we navigate this new challenge.

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata

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Reminder: Picture Day is Tomorrow

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Picture Day is tomorrow! There are still some time slots still available at the sign-up link here. If there are no slots available on the sign-up, please email Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu and she will create a new slot for you.

Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day). Pictures will be taken in the Clermont cafeteria from 9:00am – 3:00pm, at your designated time. You will enter through door #2, which is at the cafeteria near our Kiss and Ride loop.

We have safety protocols in place that must be followed before you can enter the building. To expedite wait times, please click here to complete the online health screening questionnaire prior to coming to Clermont. If you do not answer the questionnaire before coming, you may scan the QR code posted at cafeteria door with a mobile device to complete onsite, or complete a paper copy of the form. Everyone present will need to wear a face covering at all times. At the exact time when the student is being photographed, the photographer will have the child take their mask off and hold it down where it will not be seen in the photo.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu or Coral Mullin at cjmullin@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

If FCPS decides that school buildings will be closed on Wednesday, February 3, due to inclement weather, we will send out an email notifying you of next steps.

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Canned Food Drive

Clermont is sponsoring a canned food drive to benefit Koinonia, an organization which distributes food to families in our community.

Donations are accepted during the month of February. A collection box will be placed at the front of the school, either outside the front door or right inside the vestibule.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.   

Return Your Library Books During Picture Day!

Do you still have Clermont library books and are coming in for picture day? Bring them with you! There will be collection carts available for returned  books.

Can't make it that day? Library books can be returned to school Monday - Friday from 9AM - 3PM.

Students Make Great Strides in PE and Health!

Second quarter was packed full of healthy mind and healthy body lessons. Students danced their way through topics such as naming and managing stress and emotions, in addition to disease prevention and stopping the spread of germs! All applicable topics for today. Moving into the third quarter, the focus will be on staying active and eating healthy, with a little jump rope fun. Check out this great resource for families that incorporates many of the above topics, in our quest for wellness. Families can certainly join the fun in applying PE lessons to real life. And what a great opportunity to practice heart healthy behaviors during the Heart Health Month of February! Don’t forget to wear your red on Friday, Feb. 5th!

Check out the link from Wide Open Schools to learn more about daily challenges you can do at home.  Winter Wellness Challenge

Attention K-6 Artists Doodle 4 Google Art Contest is now open through February 26th!

Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

What makes you uniquely strong?

How do I participate?

1. DOODLE : USE ANY MATERIALS (what you have at home or digital)

2. WRITE : FILL OUT THE FORM (including your Artist’s Statement)

3. SEND : choose one 

  • Submit ONLINE HERE. (Due Feb 26th)
  • MAIL your artwork with the THE FORM  (Due Feb 26th) (mail to : Google LLC, Doodle for Google 1 Market St, Spear Tower, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94105 )
  • Drop it off at Clermont main office (Due Feb 22nd): Put it inside the Doodle 4 Google box and fill out the entry form near the main entrance. 

Prizes can be found HERE.

Entry Form can be found HERE.

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms.Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

School Picture Day for Clermont Students

Picture Day is Wednesday, February 3! If you have participated in school pictures before, the process will be a little different this year. Pictures will be taken by family this year instead of by class. If you would like to have your Clermont students photographed, please click here to sign-up for a time slot your family. If there are no available sign-ups at the link, please email lmgibson@fcps.edu for scheduling. Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day.)

Pictures will be taken in the Clermont cafeteria from 9:00am – 3:00pm, at your designated time. You will enter through door #2, which is at the cafeteria near our Kiss and Ride loop. We have safety protocols in place that must be followed before you can enter the building. Everyone present will need to wear a face covering at all times. At the exact time when the student is being photographed, the photographer will have the child take their mask off and hold it down where it will not be seen in the photo. We will send a link the night before for you to answer some health questions online. If you do not receive the email, or forget to answer the questionnaire before coming, we will have a QR code at the door that you can scan with a mobile device and complete onsite.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu or Coral Mullin at cjmullin@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Digital Citizenship Tips from Common Sense Education Help Kids Balance Their Media Lives

From phones and tablets to streaming movies and YouTube, tech and media are everywhere. Kids love easy access to shows, games, and information. Parents and caregivers love that kids can learn on the go (and stay busy when dinner's cooking). But it's easy to overdo it when the phone never stops pinging and the next episode plays automatically. Families can keep media and tech use in check by following a few simple practices.

Check out these 5 tips
  1. Create screen-free times and zones. Help kids take breaks from tech by limiting screen time in bedrooms, during study time, or at the dinner table.
  2. Try parental controls. Set content limits that make sense for your family. Alongside conversations about healthy media habits, use features such as content filtering, privacy settings, and time limits offered by the apps and platforms your family uses to help manage access and exposure to media.
  3. Establish clear family rules. Decide together what kind of media and tech is OK -- and when it's OK to use it. A family media plan can help get everyone on the same page.
  4. Watch and play together. Choose quality, age-appropriate media to enjoy with your kids. Visit commonsensemedia.org to find shows, games, and more.
  5. Help kids identify healthy behaviors. Practice talking about feelings -- both physical and emotional -- during screen and non-screen activities.

For more tips, visit www.commonsense.org/education/family-resources

Tech Tips for Parents

If you would like to receive free text message tips about how to practice healthy media habits at home, send a text message with the word “kids” to 21555 from your cellphone!

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

February 3: Clermont Picture Day (Participation Optional)

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

March 5: All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Technology Note for All Clermont Families

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Clermont is receiving reports that many of our student laptops are receiving a message that says the “Your Windows license will expire soon”.

If your child’s laptop is having this issue, please complete the following to solve the problem:

1. Go to the outside of any FCPS building.

2. Turn the computer on.

3. Login while connected to the Fairfax Wifi.

4. Let the computer load completely.

5. Restart the computer from windows menu in lower left of screen.

6. Restart the computer again from menu in lower right of screen on login window.

7. Login to computer.

8. Shut down the computer.

9. Connect to your WiFi at home.

If after trying this the problem continues, please submit a ticket at this link: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/

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Dear Clermont Families,

Dr. Brabrand and the FCPS Leadership Team have drafted new Return to School dates. On February 2, 2021, Superintendent Brabrand will share these dates, along with his Return to School Plan, during a School Board Work Session. The Return to School dates that apply to Clermont ES are as follows:

Kindergarten – February 23

Grades 1 & 2 – March 9

Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 – March 16

More information about these transitions back into the building for those that chose the hybrid return to the building model will be forthcoming after the February 2 school board meeting.

This week has been quite eventful, and I want to pause for a moment to recognize Monday's messages of hope, service, and unity in honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as Wednesday’s messages of patriotism and unity during the Inaugurations of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Both are important reminders that the work we do as educators must continue, regardless of the method of delivery. We will continue to keep equity and kindness at the heart of what we do.

Enjoy the three-day weekend! Take care of yourself and each other.

Ms. Salata, Principal

Reminder: Student Holiday Monday, January 25

As a reminder, Monday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a student holiday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Employment Opportunity in FCPS: Classroom Monitors

FCPS schools and centers are hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when some staff members continue to work virtually. If you would like more information about the position, review the job description online and apply if interested. Please share information about this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested. 

If you would like to be considered for a classroom monitor position at Clermont Elementary, please apply via the link above and email Principal Salata at RSalata@fcps.edu to express your interest. 

Attention K-6 Artists Doodle 4 Google Art Contest is now open through February 26th!

Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

What makes you uniquely strong?

How do I participate?

1. DOODLE : USE ANY MATERIALS (what you have at home or digital)

2. WRITE : FILL OUT THE FORM (including your Artist’s Statement)

3. SEND : choose one 

  • Submit ONLINE HERE. (Due Feb 26th)
  • MAIL your artwork with the THE FORM  (Due Feb 26th) (mail to : Google LLC, Doodle for Google 1 Market St, Spear Tower, Ste 400, San Francisco, CA 94105 )
  • Drop it off at Clermont main office (Due Feb 22nd): Put it inside the Doodle 4 Google box and fill out the entry form near the main entrance. 

Prizes can be found HERE.

Entry Form can be found HERE.

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms.Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

School Picture Day for Clermont Students

Picture Day is Wednesday, February 3! If you have participated in school pictures before, the process will be a little different this year. Pictures will be taken by family this year instead of by class. If you would like to have your Clermont students photographed, please click here to sign-up for a time slot your family. If there are no available sign-ups at the link, please email lmgibson@fcps.edu for scheduling. Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day.)

Pictures will be taken in the Clermont cafeteria from 9:00am – 3:00pm, at your designated time. You will enter through door #2, which is at the cafeteria near our Kiss and Ride loop. We have safety protocols in place that must be followed before you can enter the building. Everyone present will need to wear a face covering at all times. At the exact time when the student is being photographed, the photographer will have the child take their mask off and hold it down where it will not be seen in the photo. We will send a link the night before for you to answer some health questions online. If you do not receive the email, or forget to answer the questionnaire before coming, we will have a QR code at the door that you can scan with a mobile device and complete onsite.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu or Coral Mullin at cjmullin@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

February 3: Clermont Picture Day (Participation Optional)

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

March 5: All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 26: End of 3rd Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27: Passover Begins 

March 29 - April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12: Ramadan Begins 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed Monday, January 18 and Wednesday, January 20

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, and on Wednesday, January 20, for Inauguration Day.

Friday, January 22, is the last day of the second quarter and is a two-hour early release day. Monday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a student holiday

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

School Picture Day for Clermont Students

We are happy to announce that Picture Day is Wednesday, February 3! If you have participated in school pictures before, the process will be a little different this year. Pictures will be taken by family this year instead of by class. Click here to sign-up for a time slot for the Clermont students in your family. Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day.)

Pictures will be taken in the Clermont cafeteria from 9:00am – 3:00pm, at your designated time. You will enter through door #2, which is at the cafeteria near our Kiss and Ride loop. We have safety protocols in place that must be followed before you can enter the building. Everyone present will need to wear a face covering at all times. Temperatures will be taken before entering the cafeteria. At the exact time when the student is being photographed, the photographer will have the child take their mask off and hold it down where it will not be seen in the photo. We will send a link the night before for you to answer some health questions online. If you do not receive the email, or forget to answer the questionnaire before coming, we will have a QR code at the door that you can scan with a mobile device and complete onsite.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu or Coral Mullin at cjmullin@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Counselors Corner

Our classroom lessons during January will focus on the following topics:

Kindergarten- Gaining a deeper understanding of the CARE traits. This month we will focus on Cooperation and Acceptance.

1st grade- Understanding the importance of perseverance and working hard when trying to achieve a goal

2nd grade- Understanding how mistakes are essential for learning

3rd grade- Learning how to set, monitor and achieve goals

4th grade- Identifying study techniques that appeal to individual learning styles

5th grade- Identifying and understanding personal learning styles

6th grade- Understanding and Utilizing Empathy for Students of Bullying and Harassment

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us OR submit this referral form and we will contact you.Mrs. Treger (pmtreger@fcps.edu)  & Mrs. Manzo (mlmanzo@fcps.edu) -School Counselors

What to Tell Kids When the News is Scary

Here are the key points from an NPR Upfirst podcast from Jan. 10, 2021.  

Click on the link below to read the script or listen to the podcast. https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716704917/when-the-news-is-scary-what-to-say-to-kids

 We can control the amount of information we share with our children.  

  • Keep it on a need to know basis.  
  • Supervise them when they are listening to the news.
  • Don’t have the news on all day.

When you decide to talk to them, allow them to reflect.

  • Pick a quiet time.
  • Ask what they see.
  • Ask how they feel.
  • Ask who they think the story is about.
  • Their imagination can cause them to make up things that might be worse than reality. For example, a young girl who was hearing reports of guerrilla warfare had wild misconceptions/fears because of her limited background knowledge.  
  • Children may not have a concept of the geological location. Get a map out to show the distance. IF the scary event WAS nearby, remind them that it is rare - that’s why it’s on the news. Media can’t tell every story.  The stories they don’t have time to tell are stories of the many children who are safe in their homes.  

Give facts and context based on the questions they ask and what you think they need at the current time. You know them best.

  • Don’t overload them with details.
  • Different children need different facts.

When they ask WHY it happened…

  • Avoid easy answers that label people. For example, “bad people” do “evil things”. It is overused.  
  • It is okay to admit you don’t have all of the answers and that you don’t know why.
  • We get in trouble with children when we don’t know the answers and we fake it.
  • Highlight the good! Look for the stories of helpers. This can be empowering.
  • Research shows that talking about the helpers helps children shift their perceptions.

Encourage children to process by letting them tell their own story. 

  • Have your child draw, write, play, create music, etc. to reconstruct the story in their own way.
  • Helps them make sense of the world around them.
  • Adults do this when they have conversations about the events with their friends.

Don’t just talk, take action.

  • Ask how do you see yourself as a helper? Don’t just look for heroes, be one!
  • Ideas to take action:
    • Go to a peaceful protest.
    • Raise money.
    • Write to elected officials.
    • If the scary situation is a natural disaster, include your child in the safety preparation/procedures.

Remember, Mrs. Treger and Mrs. Manzo, your school counselors, are available to support your child if they are struggling.  Please feel free to reach out to either of us with your questions or concerns.

FCPS CTE Summer Enrichment Tech Adventure Camp

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Ed including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, business and marketing.

Camp Details
• Time: 8:30 am to 2 pm
• Cost: $275 per week
• Eligibility: Current 2 - 6 grade students

For more information and to register, please visit the Tech Adventure Camp website bit.ly/FCPS_TAC 

For questions, please contact Beth Mehr, CTE Summer Programs Educational Specialist, at bgmehr@fcps.edu.

Parent Resource Center February Webinars From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

How are YOU doing?  Really, how are you?

Trying to lead a family during these times can be exceedingly difficult. Children's mental health is declining, and parents are concerned about their own mental health. 

  • Are you feeling helpless and overwhelmed by the uncertainty and fear surrounding your child’s future and the impact this time is having on their ability to learn?  
  • Are you worried about increased anxiety and stress leaving you feeling depleted and overwhelmed? 

Learn practical tools that can be applied IMMEDIATELY to restore your sense of calm and focus so you have the energy and confidence you need to cultivate joy and connection in your family.

Presented by Corinne Coppola, M.A., and Well-Being Professional.

Friday, February 12, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for From Chaos to Calm: Strategies for Families to Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families

Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Social and emotional learning starts at home. Parents and families are critical partners in helping their children develop social and emotional know-how. They can model the kinds of skills, attitudes, and behaviors we want all students to master. 

This webinar will highlight:

  • What is social-emotional learning?
  • Strategies to use our children’s behavior and emotion as forms of communication.
  • Strategies to create emotional safety.
  • Strategies to recognizing and supporting personal and family strengths.

Join FCPS Social Worker, Jeanne Veraska & FCPS School Psychologist, Lisa Phifer for this important webinar.

February 17, 2021 6:30 - 8 p.m. or February 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home: A Webinar for Families

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: Spirit Day! Movie & TV Show Character Day

January 22: End of 2nd Quarter- 2-hour Early Release

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

February 15: Presidents Day - No School

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School Picture Day for Clermont Students!

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We are happy to announce that Picture Day is Wednesday, February 3! If you have participated in school pictures before, the process will be a little different this year. Pictures will be taken by family this year instead of by class. Click here to sign-up for a time slot for the Clermont students in your family. Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day.)

Pictures will be taken in the Clermont cafeteria from 9:00am – 3:00pm, at your designated time. You will enter through door #2, which is at the cafeteria near our Kiss and Ride loop. We have safety protocols in place that must be followed before you can enter the building. Everyone present will need to wear a face covering at all times. Temperatures will be taken before entering the cafeteria. At the exact time when the student is being photographed, the photographer will have the child take their mask off and hold it down where it will not be seen in the photo. We will send a link the night before for you to answer some health questions online. If you do not receive the email, or forget to answer the questionnaire before coming, we will have a QR code at the door that you can scan with a mobile device and complete onsite.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at lmgibson@fcps.edu or Coral Mullin at cjmullin@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

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Dear Clermont Families,

I hope that Winter Break was enjoyable for you and your family. The staff at Clermont ES wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

This week, Superintendent Brabrand met with our school board to discuss his Return to School plan. The school board recommended pausing this plan now, and Superintendent Brabrand will meet again with the school board on February 2 to present them with a new Return to School plan. Therefore, our return to the building has been postponed at this time for all grade levels.

Because school busses will not be transporting students to and from school during the pause in our plan, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule of 9:05 am – 3:20 pm, with 3:20 pm – 3:50 pm remaining Family Choice Time.

I also want to clarify Clermont’s schedule for Mondays. The county has been advertising some Mondays as asynchronous. Clermont teachers will still be doing Morning Meeting on asynchronous Mondays. Our team feels that doing a Morning Meeting every day, including Monday, creates consistency for students and helps build community in the virtual setting. It also allows teachers to set the students up with their asynchronous work for the day. Please have your children plan on attending Morning Meeting every day.

Monday, January 11 will consist of our daily Morning Meeting, and then children will remain involved in independent (asynchronous) learning for the remainder of the day.  

Once I have new dates for students and staff to return for in person instruction in school buildings, I will communicate this with you. Please email me with any questions you may have about the Return to School plan at rsalata@fcps.edu.

Take care of yourself and each other,

Ms. Salata

Clermont's Mental Wellness Team is Here to Help

Like most of you, we were shocked and disturbed by what transpired at our Capitol on Wednesday. We know that it can be difficult for all, and especially children, to process the emotions brought up in times like these. Clermont’s Mental Wellness Team is available to help you support your child. If you or your child would like to make an appointment with one of our school counselors, you may submit this referral form or reach out directly to a member of the team below. Additionally, families and students experiencing stress are encouraged to utilize supportive resources here.

Clermont’s Mental Wellness Team

Paula Treger, School Counselor pmtreger@fcps.edu

Maureen Manzo, School Counselor, mlmanzo@fcps.edu

Jane-Ellen Monson, School Psychologist, jmonson@fcps.edu

Karla Romero, School Social Worker, kgromero@fcps.edu

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night Next Tuesday

FCPS REGION 3 EDISON PYRAMID
January 12th at 5:30pm
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Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools: Bush Hill, Clermont, Mount Eagle, Cameron, Franconia, Rose Hill

This meeting is for K-6 parents who want to learn more information about the FLE curriculum that will be taught to students.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. 

If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available online for Elementary (K-6). Select the appropriate grade level FLE Opt-Out form for your child. On the form, enter your child’s name, teacher name, check the line next to the lesson(s) you do not want your child to take part in, sign and date the form. If possible, please scan completed form(s) and email them to kesimmons@fcps.edu. If you are unable to scan the completed form(s), please drop them off at the Clermont main office.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed your child’s teacher or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

Save the Date - Picture Day on February 3

Clermont ES and the Clermont PTA are working with Lifetouch to plan a school picture day on February 3rd. More details, as well as a sign-up link, will be sent next week. Parents may order photos at www.mylifetouch.com using picture day ID: EVT6BG86D (This code is good up until 24 hours after picture day.)

Book Fair Profits

Thank you again to all our wonderful Clermont families for purchasing from our online Scholastic book fair. 

Here are the final financials from our fair: 

Our total sales: $1,853.10 

Profit (25% in Scholastic Dollars): $463.24

Total funds for the library that can be used through Scholastic: $463.24

Thank you all for your generosity by purchasing books through our book fair!

Dual Language Immersion Programs for Next Year’s K and 1

Have you ever thought about your child learning to speak a second, or third, language? Several  FCPS Schools offer a Dual Language Immersion Program for students who will be in Kindergarten or 1st Grade next year. Registration for these programs will open in January 25, 2021. Information about the programs are available by visiting https://www.fcps.edu/academics/world-languages-immersion-programs.

And information to register for the lottery can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration

Parents will be directed to register via grade level links. Parents will need their FCPS SIS account to register.

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

January 11: Morning Meeting Followed by Asynchronous Day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: End of Second Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

January 22: Spirit Day! Movie & TV Show Character Day

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

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Winter break is here and the New Year is right around the corner! On behalf of the staff at Clermont, we wish everyone a wonderful winter break. Ms. Peace and I would like to take a moment to share our thanks, gratitude, and awe of our community's support and engagement. 2020 has been a wild and unexpected ride for all of us and your support and encouragement has remained consistent throughout. 

Students and staff at Clermont ES are fortunate to benefit from such a supportive community and 2020 has been no different. Have a happy and healthy winter break. 

*Please note that the school office will be closed over winter break as we all take some much needed time to be with family and rejuvenate for 2021.

 

From everyone at Clermont, we wish joy and light to all of our families who are celebrating Chanukah! Outstanding Employees

We are pleased to share the wonderful staff nominations for the amazing Clermont staff. The below staff were nominated for an FCPS Outstanding Employee Award. Please join us in congratulating the following staff members whose efforts of going above and beyond have been recognized. Thank you to our families for taking the time to highlight the extraordinary efforts of the CES staff.

Outstanding Teacher 

Cati Shott 

Kim Stickel

Amy Reed

Outstanding Operational Employee

Amy Kaufman 

 

To all Clermont families who celebrate Christmas, we hope that your holiday is merry and bright! Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night

FCPS REGION 3 EDISON PYRAMID
January 12th at 5:30pm
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Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools: Bush Hill, Clermont, Mount Eagle, Cameron, Franconia, Rose Hill

This meeting is for K-6 parents who want to learn more information about the FLE curriculum that will be taught to students.

 

Educacion de la Vida Familiar (FLE)

12de Enero a las 5:30pm
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Escuelas Primarieas: Bush Hill, Clermont, Mount Eagle, Cameron, Franconia, Rose Hill

Esta reunion es para los padres de (Kinder – 6) que quieren saber masinformacion sobre el plan de estudiantes que se ensenara a los estudiantes.

Tis the Season for…The Nutcracker!

Clermont students have been learning about The Nutcracker in music class this month. Ms. Flay and Ms. Fowler would like to share some additional resources for those interested in exploring more about The Nutcracker. There are numerous free ways to enjoy The Nutcracker from the comfort of your homes this year. Visit The Kennedy Center’s website to see what is on offer. Please contact Ms. Flay (cflay@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Ms. Flay

Winter Wonderland of Fun Activities

Many holidays are celebrated within our Clermont community and with that in mind, several winter themed movement links are available along with holiday themed activities. Difficulty and silliness levels vary and can be enjoyed by all!  There’s enough to try one each day of winter break (with a few extras)!

 Grades K-2

 Grades 3-6

All Grades

Clermont Eagles C.A.R.E.

At Clermont Elementary, our students participate in the C.A.R.E. character education program. The traits we focus on are cooperation, acceptance, responsibility and effort. Together they spell CARE. Our school expectations are based upon the CARE traits:

  • C = COOPERATE with everyone.
  • A = Be ACCEPTING. 
  • R = Be RESPONSIBLE for your behavior.
  • E = Show your best EFFORT.
Now, the P.T.A. has created their own C.A.R.E. program and is asking Clermont parents to take the Virtual Parents C.A.R.E. Pledge!

With most students still in a virtual setting, we hope that parents and teachers are able to continue to work together in the best way possible for our students. Stay tuned after winter break for more ways that parents can get involved and show they C.A.R.E.!

  • Collaborate - Virtual parents collaborate with their fellow parents and with their teachers to keep students excited about learning. This happens through parental participation in classroom activities and through regular two-way communication to teachers and parents.
  • Assist - Virtual parents assist their teachers by setting their child up for success. By teaching and enforcing digital etiquette with their children, all classroom students will get the most effective learning environment to succeed.
  • Respect - Virtual parents respect that the virtual classroom is led by the teacher independently. Parents should refrain from communicating during the school day with the teachers over the virtual chat.  This cooperation will enable teachers to lead their classrooms in the most effective manner.
  • Engage - Virtual Parents are active participants in their child’s learning. Whether that be volunteering to monitor lunch or simply ensuring their students have all the needed supplies in their virtual learning space, all parents can engage.
Dual Language Immersion Programs for Next Year’s K and 1

Have you ever thought about your child learning to speak a second, or third, language? Several  FCPS Schools offer a Dual Language Immersion Program for students who will be in Kindergarten or 1st Grade next year. Registration for these programs will open in January 25, 2021. Information about the programs are available by visiting https://www.fcps.edu/academics/world-languages-immersion-programs.

And information to register for the lottery can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration

Parents will be directed to register via grade level links. Parents will need their FCPS SIS account to register.

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Calendar Reminder: Winter Break December 21st - January 1st

As a reminder, Winter Break will be held from December 21st through January 1st

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Clermont Office Closed

The Clermont school office will be closed over winter break as we all take some much-needed time to be with family and rejuvenate for 2021. See you for Morning Meeting on January 4!

Upcoming Events

December 10 - 18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18

December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: End of Second Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

January 22: Spirit Day! Movie & TV Show Character Day

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

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Return to School Updates

This afternoon, Ms. Salata sent out an update regarding the Return to School timeline and Clermont's bell schedule. Please check your email for this important information!

 

From everyone at Clermont, we wish joy and light to all of our families who are celebrating Chanukah!

5 Days Left of the Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

Please shop our virtual Scholastic book fair from now until December 16th! Proceeds will benefit our school library!

Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25, and books ship directly to your home. See the virtual book fair flyer for some exciting new Scholastic titles! Thank you for fostering a love of reading in our students!

Clermont Virtual Book Fair Flyer

Clermont Book Fair Website

Questions? Please contact our librarian, Kannan Cangro, at kncangro@fcps.edu

Calendar Reminder: Winter Break December 21st - January 1st

As a reminder, Winter Break will be held from December 21st through January 1st. The Clermont office will be closed during the break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th. 

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Supporting Your Grade 3-6 Children in Math: A Webinar for Families from the Parent Resource Center

Families with child in Grades 3-6 will explore and dive deep into how to support their child in mathematics.

We will focus on three big ideas:

  1. Math Takes Time, 
  2. Focus on Understanding, and 
  3.  Asking Questions.  

This session will support parents as they partner with their child and examine what is the critical content of their child’s mathematics and ways to support learning that content.

Presented by Spencer Jamieson, FCPS Elementary Math Specialist 

Friday January 22, 2021 10 -11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting your Grade 3-6 Children in Math: A Webinar for Families: Link Correction

To view previous webinars from the PRC, check out the FCPS Parent Resource Center YouTube Page!

K-6 Artists: NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest

The NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now open through December 15

Help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. 

Entries will be judged on the creativity, artistic presentation, and relevancy to the theme of:

  1. How marine debris impacts the ocean and the Great Lakes environment.
  2. What you are doing to help prevent marine debris.

Previous winner artworks can be found HERE.

Entry from and release form can be found HERE

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms. Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

November 23 - December 16: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

December 10 - 18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18

December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: End of Second Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

January 22: Spirit Day! Movie & TV Show Character Day

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

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Thank You Clermont PTA!

Prior to the Thanksgiving Break, the Clermont PTA surprised all staffers with "Virtually Unstoppable" yard signs. Thank you to the PTA for this token of appreciation, and especially to Lisa Marie Czop for organizing! 

Watch our thank you video here!  

Mark Your Calendars for a Virtual Cyber Safety Workshop!

Join us for City of Alexandria Detective Betty Sixsmith’s virtual presentation of Cyber Safety at the next PTA meeting on Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm. The one hour presentation is being brought to you by Clermont’s PTA.

You must register to attend!

Please register for the meeting here.

Clermont Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Please shop our virtual Scholastic book fair from now until December 16th!* Proceeds will benefit our school library!

Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25, and books ship directly to your home. See the virtual book fair flyer for some exciting new Scholastic titles! Thank you for fostering a love of reading in our students!

Clermont Virtual Book Fair Flyer

Clermont Book Fair Website

Teacher Ewallet Contributions (Replaces wish lists this year)

*For delivery by Christmas, place your orders by December 10th!

Questions? Please contact our librarian, Kannan Cangro, at kncangro@fcps.edu

Calendar Reminder: Winter Break December 21st - January 1st

As a reminder, Winter Break will be held from December 21st through January 1st. The Clermont office will be closed during the break. Classes will resume on Monday, January 4th. 

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Counselor's Corner

Our classroom lessons during December will focus on the following topics:

Kindergarten: Managing strong feelings

1st grade: Understanding how mistakes are essential for learning

2nd grade: Using GRIT and perseverance

3rd grade: Becoming more self reliant and independent

4th grade: Understanding personal strengths and weaknesses related to learning

5th grade: Using time management skills

6th grade: Identifying the relationship of course content, educational achievement, and career choices as related to middle school and beyond 

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the counselor, please email us OR submit this referral form and we will contact you.

Mrs. Treger (pmtreger@fcps.edu) & Mrs. Manzo (mlmanzo@fcps.edu) - School Counselors

K-6 Artists: NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest

The NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now open through December 15

Help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. 

Entries will be judged on the creativity, artistic presentation, and relevancy to the theme of:

  1. How marine debris impacts the ocean and the Great Lakes environment.
  2. What you are doing to help prevent marine debris.

Previous winner artworks can be found HERE.

Entry from and release form can be found HERE

More detailed information can be found HERE.

Questions? Contact Ms.Lee ylee4@fcps.edu

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

November 23 - December 16: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

December 10 - 18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18

December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: End of Second Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release

January 22: Spirit Day! Movie & TV Show Character Day

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

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Next Week: Cyber Safety Workshop & PTA Meeting

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Mark Your Calendars for a Virtual Cyber Safety Workshop!

Join us for City of Alexandria Detective Betty Sixsmith’s virtual presentation of Cyber Safety at the next PTA meeting on Thursday, December 10 at 7 pm. The one hour presentation is being brought to you by Clermont’s PTA.

You must register to attend!

Please register for the meeting here.

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Important Advanced Academics Information

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Please shop our virtual Scholastic book fair from November 23rd - December 16th! Proceeds will benefit our school library!

Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25, and books ship directly to your home. See the virtual book fair flyer for some exciting new Scholastic titles! Thank you for fostering a love of reading in our students!

Clermont Virtual Book Fair Flyer

Clermont Book Fair Website

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs or contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at rbacosta@fcps.edu.

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Dear Clermont Families,

As we prepare for Thanksgiving Break, Ms. Peace, the Clermont Staff, and I want to express how thankful we are for your patience and support this school year. We are grateful for your willingness to let us explore new ways of instruction, and for sticking by our sides when technology was less than friendly. We hope your Zoom Thanksgiving dinners are joyful, and you get some time to spend with family and friends whether virtual or in person. From our house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

In PE class, students have been talking about managing emotions and using yoga, dance, and movement as a healthy way to express ourselves. Mrs. Velishka put together these links that can be enjoyed by all who are willing to get a little silly over the Thanksgiving break.

Take care of yourself and each other,

Ms. Salata

Thanksgiving Fun

K-2

Jack Hartman Pow Wow     

Gobble Gobble Turkey Wobble   

turkey hokey pokey   

Turkey Dance Kids Learning Station

turkey dance freeze

Turkey Fitness and Yoga

K-6

turkey day ninja

Turkey day Ninja 2

Turkeys On the Run

3-6

Turkey Chase Game

Turkey Platter Game      

Turkey Day This or That 

This or That

Thanksgiving I Spy

Reminder: Spirit Day Tomorrow!

Many families will be watching football over Thanksgiving Break, so lets kick it off with a spirit day this Tuesday, November 24th! Show your team pride, and wear your favorite team jersey to your virtual classes tomorrow! 

Clermont's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair Now Open for Your Holiday Shopping!

Please shop our virtual Scholastic book fair from now until December 16th! Proceeds will benefit our school library!

Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25, and books ship directly to your home. See the virtual book fair flyer for some exciting new Scholastic titles! Thank you for fostering a love of reading in our students!

Clermont Virtual Book Fair Flyer

Clermont Book Fair Website

Teacher Ewallet Contributions (Replaces wish lists this year)

Questions? Please contact our librarian, Kannan Cangro, at kncangro@fcps.edu

Meals for Students during Thanksgiving Week

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to providing all students access to meals during the entire week of Thanksgiving. 

All grab & go school sites and bus routes will serve additional meals on Tuesday, November 24, as there will be no meal service between November 25 – 27, 2020.  Please see details here.

Please visit the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. Clermont classes will resume for morning meeting on Monday, November 30th. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

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Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed November 25-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1. Monday, November 30 is an asynchronous day. 

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Spirit Day Tuesday!

Many families will be watching football over Thanksgiving Break, so lets kick it off with a spirit day this Tuesday, November 24th! Show your team pride, and wear your favorite team jersey to your virtual classes on Tuesday! 

Clermont Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Please shop our virtual Scholastic book fair from November 23rd - December 16th! Proceeds will benefit our school library!

Enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25, and books ship directly to your home. See the virtual book fair flyer for some exciting new Scholastic titles! Thank you for fostering a love of reading in our students!

Clermont Virtual Book Fair Flyer

Clermont Book Fair Website

Important Advanced Academics Information

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1. 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs or contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at rbacosta@fcps.edu.

Counselor's Corner

Can showing Gratitude be good for your health?

We often reflect on what we are grateful for at Thanksgiving time. Why not practice gratitude all year long? Here are some reasons why:  

Research suggests that gratitude may be associated with:

  • better physical and mental health
  • increased happiness and life satisfaction
  • decreased materialism

When you recall and reflect on a happy memory, the same chemical is released in your brain that is released when you were in the actual moment. 

Some ideas to consider:

  • Have members of your family keep a personal gratitude journal- jotting down a brief note about what they are grateful for in the moment or at a specific time daily or weekly.  
  • Have a family gratitude journal that is shared with all members
  • Have a gratitude jar. Family members write down things they are grateful for on a small piece of paper and put it in the jar.  
  • Read the items in the journal or jar periodically or when someone needs a boost. 
  • Encourage children to think beyond “family, food and shelter.” Watch Kid President in this video as he talks about feeling grateful for the small stuff.
  • Create a gratitude picture (see sun picture) and display it as a reminder.
  • Have a gratitude moment during dinner or at bedtime. You and your child can share what you are grateful for.  
  • Encourage your child to write letters of gratitude to friends, family members or anyone they feel grateful for. 
  •  Express gratitude and show appreciation. Say “thank you” more often within the family and as you go about your routine outside of the home.

For more information: The Science of Gratitude: A white paper prepared for the John Templeton Foundation by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley May 2018 

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online

Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home.

  • If there is a problem with your Clermont issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via the Parent and Student IT Portal.
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions. 
  • Broader inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941, or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages. 
Upcoming Events

November 24: Spirit Day - Wear Your Favorite Team Jersey!

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 10-18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18

December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 20: Inauguration Day - No School

January 22: End of Second Quarter- All Virtual Day - 2-hour Early Release  

January 25: Teacher Workday - No School

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar. 

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Tonight: Community Tech Night

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Please join us tonight for an hour long Community Tech Night starting at 6:30 pm. During this event, you will get a chance to learn about some basic troubleshooting skills and tips. We will also talk about good digital citizenship and explore with you a few of the tools teachers currently use for instruction..

The Community Tech Night will be available at this link today, November 18, at 6:30 pm: Clermont Community Tech Night BBCU Link    

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