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This wee was Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. One week is not enough to express how thankful we are for all of the Clermont educators and staff members who come together to make this a great place to learn and work!

Thank you also to the PTA and parents who helped to make this week special for our staff! 

Monday: Clermont Kindergarten Orientation

If your child will be joining Clermont for Kindergarten in the fall, please join us for a virtual orientation on Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 1:00 pm for Kindergarten Orientation. Join with Google Meet!

Kindergarten Registration

We're excited to welcome our newest Eagles!

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2021, please fill out the new student registration signup/intake form on our website. More information about student registration, including links to required forms, can be found at clermontes.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Simmons, our Student Information Assistant, by email at kesimmons@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Bingo Prize Pick-Up

Did you or your child win prizes at a PTA Bingo night? If so, please pick up your prizes from the main office at Clermont any day next week between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Unclaimed prizes will be returned to the PTA. 

Summer Programs

You may have already heard that all elementary schools in the county will be offering summer programs from July 12 – 30. Clermont will be hosting some summer classes, and these will be located at Cameron ES. Please note that classes are capped at 12 students and the programs are not open enrollment. Attendance is by invitation only for students who meet specific qualifying criteria. Emails will be sent to parents/guardians of qualifying children next week.

All Students to be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students. All Clermont students will log into classes from home by 9:00 am. 

Get more information about the primary elections.

Clermont Library

Our fabulous Clermont Librarian, Kannan Cangro, will be on leave for the remainder of the school year. We are pleased to welcome Amy Killian as our long term substitute librarian. If you have any library related questions, you may contact Mrs. Killian at ABKillian@fcps.edu, or you may call the main office at (703) 921-2400.

Vaccination Appointments Open for All County Residents

As of April 18, all All individuals who are 16 or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Visit the U.S. Health and Human Services website for more information or go to the Health Department’s site for specifics on how to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

Food Drive

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

Donations are accepted during the month of May.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.

Below is a list of items that Koinonia is requesting however, all food items are welcome.

  • Gravy
  • Chili
  • Beef stew
  • Manwich
  • Hamburger, Chicken & Tuna Helpers
  • Instant coffee
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Instant potatoes
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Shaving cream

No glass containers please.

Counselor's Corner Will you be moving this summer?

As part of the counseling program at Clermont Elementary, we have small group counseling on the topic of moving. The groups meet one time per week for 3 weeks. Meetings are during the school day and last for thirty minutes. 

Please complete this form if you would like your child to participate. 

If you have any questions or concerns or are unable to electronically fill out the form, please contact your child’s counselor at one of the email addresses below.

Please complete form no later than May 10th.

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

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

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

May 10: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation at 1:00 pm 

May 13: Eid al Fitr (begins sunset  5/12)

May 13-14: 4th Grade SOL - Math

May 18-19: 3rd Grade SOL - Math

May 20: 5th Grade SOL - Reading

May 27: 5th Grade SOL - Math

May 27: 6th Grade SOL - Math

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 2: 5th Grade SOL - Science

June 3: 6th Grade SOL - Reading

June 8: All Virtual Day/No In-Person Class (Students log in by 9:00am)

June 11: Last Day of School - 2-hour Early Release

June 18: Juneteenth

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Plan Ahead: 2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar 

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Clermont Student Among Winners of Washington Post Poetry Competition

Clermont Elementary second grader Fiona Moats was chosen as one of the winners of the “Poetry of the Pandemic” contest by KidsPost. Fiona's poem (featured below) was published in Wednesday's issue of the Washington Post, and can be viewed online at washingtonpost.com/kidspost. Congratulations Fiona! 

  Light in the dark

By Fiona Moats, 7. Alexandria, Virginia

When the world hit the bell that dinged at danger

and the people faced massive destruction,

we knew that good things end

but so do the bad.

If you close your eyes, you can see a gap in the dark, and you

know that light is never really gone as long as you believe.

And we all have our voices and I still have

pancakes with my family on Saturday

mornings.

Vaccination Appointments Open for All County Residents

As of April 18, all All individuals who are 16 or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Visit the U.S. Health and Human Services website for more information or go to the Health Department’s site for specifics on how to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

Spring Has Sprung!

And our Kindergarteners are turning into gardeners! We need your help protecting our newly planted seeds. Please be mindful of the Kindergarten garden beds behind the school by not running, digging, or playing in the Kindergarten Garden beds.

Thank you for your support!

The Kindergarten Team

Food Drive

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

Donations are accepted during the month of May.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others.

Below is a list of items that Koinonia is requesting however, all food items are welcome.

  • Gravy
  • Chili
  • Beef stew
  • Manwich
  • Hamburger, Chicken & Tuna Helpers
  • Instant coffee
  • Pudding
  • Jello
  • Instant potatoes
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Shaving cream

No glass containers please.

Counselor's Corner Will you be moving this summer?

As part of the counseling program at Clermont Elementary, we have small group counseling on the topic of moving. The groups meet one time per week for 3 weeks. Meetings are during the school day and last for thirty minutes. 

Please complete this form if you would like your child to participate. 

If you have any questions or concerns or are unable to electronically fill out the form, please contact your child’s counselor at one of the email addresses below.

Please complete form no later than May 10th.

Our classroom lessons during May and June will focus on the following topics:

Kindergarten- Understanding the concepts of job and career.

1st grade- Learning “upstander” strategies to support friends who are bullied or teased.

2nd grade- Learning about the benefits of and practicing teamwork skills 

3rd grade- Explore and practice bully prevention and intervention strategies.

4th grade- Creating safe personal boundaries and safe environments. This is the third lesson in the FCPS 4th grade harassment lesson series. Learning and practicing problem solving steps.

5th grade- Reviewing and practicing upstander strategies for bully and harassment prevention. This is the third lesson in the FCPS 5th grade harassment lesson series. Identifying career choices through exploration.

6th grade- Twain counselor, Ms. Annece Flood-Wright, will meet virtually with all of the 6th grade students from 9:25-9:55 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 to answer any questions they may have about transitioning to Twain Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. Additionally, students will learn about and practice opening a variety of combination locks, over the final 4 weeks of the school year.

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

All Students to Be Virtual on June 8 Due to Democratic Primary Election

Tuesday, June 8, is the Democratic Primary Election. Because the Fairfax County Electoral Board and City of Fairfax Electoral Board will be using 165 school facilities as polling locations, June 8 will be a virtual synchronous  learning day (no in-person classes) for students. All Clermont students will log into classes from home by 9:00 am. 

Get more information about the primary elections.

Kindergarten Registration

We're excited to welcome our newest Eagles!

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2021, please fill out the new student registration signup/intake form on our website. More information about student registration, including links to required forms, can be found at clermontes.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Simmons, our Student Information Assistant, by email at kesimmons@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Clermont Kindergarten Orientation

If your child will be joining Clermont for Kindergarten in the fall, please join us for a virtual orientation on Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 1:00 pm for Kindergarten Orientation. Join with Google Meet!

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

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

May 4-5: 3rd Grade SOL - Reading

May 13: Eid al Fitr (begins sunset  5/12)

May 13-14: 4th Grade SOL - Math

May 18-19: 3rd Grade SOL - Math

May 20: 5th Grade SOL - Reading

May 27: 5th Grade SOL - Math

May 27: 6th Grade SOL - Math

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 2: 5th Grade SOL - Science

June 3: 6th Grade SOL - Reading

June 8: All Virtual Day/No In-Person Class (Students log in by 9:00am)

June 11: Last Day of School - 2-hour Early Release

June 18: Juneteenth

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Plan Ahead: 2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar 

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Kindergarten Registration

We're excited to welcome our newest Eagles!

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2021, please fill out the new student registration signup/intake form on our website. More information about student registration, including links to required forms, can be found at clermontes.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Simmons, our Student Information Assistant, by email at kesimmons@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-921-2400.

Clermont Kindergarten Orientation

If your child will be joining Clermont for Kindergarten in the fall, please join us for a virtual orientation on Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 1:00 pm for Kindergarten Orientation. Join with Google Meet!

Vaccination Appointments Open for All County Residents

As of April 18, all All individuals who are 16 or older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Visit the U.S. Health and Human Services website for more information or go to the Health Department’s site for specifics on how to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vaccination Process in Fairfax County: A Webinar for Families

Join the Fairfax County Health Department and the FCPS Parent Resource Center for important updates about COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to help prevent disease.

Topics will include:

  • COVID-19 impacts (health, economic, education)
  • The vaccine
    • Community immunity: What is it and How do we get there?
    • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines— how they work and their effectiveness 
    • Safety of vaccines
  • Vaccination process: Eligibility and How to register
  1. Tuesday May 4:       Session in Vietnamese – Register here
  2. Tuesday May 11:     Session in Korean – Register here
  3. Tuesday May 18:     Session in Arabic – Register here
  •  Sessions are subject to change or cancellation based on the number of registrations

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

FCPS Parent Resource Center 

Web | Email: prc@fcps.edu | Phone: 703-204-3941

Bus Schedule Adjustments: Check Your Child's Bus Times in ParentVue

As more students attend school in-person, some bus routes may have been adjusted. Please log on to ParentVue to confirm your child's bus pick up and drop off times to ensure they have not changed. If you do not have a SIS ParentVue account, feel free to call the Clermont Office at (703) 921-2400 to confirm your child's bus information. 

The Special Education Process: How It Works

The FCPS Special Education Handbook for Parents includes details on how the special education process works. This process occurs sequentially, over a period of time, with each step building upon the previous step(s). It is important for parents to understand how the special education process works so they can effectively participate and collaborate with school staff members to make appropriate decisions regarding their child’s educational needs. Parents are an integral part of the decision-making team.

More information on the special education process 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. 
Calendar

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

April 27: Theravada New Year

May 13: Eid al Fitr (begins sunset  5/12)

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 11: Last Day of School - 2-hour Early Release

June 18: Juneteenth

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Plan Ahead: 2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar 

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Bus Schedule Adjustments: Check Your Child's Bus Times in ParentVue

As more students attend school in-person, some bus routes may have been adjusted. Please log on to ParentVue to confirm your child's bus pick up and drop off times to ensure they have not changed. If you do not have a SIS ParentVue account, feel free to call the Clermont Office at (703) 921-2400 to confirm your child's bus information. 

Last Call for Yearbook Orders! The deadline to order Yearbooks is TODAY! 

Don't miss your chance to order your Clermont Yearbook!! We know that this year has been unforgettable, and so will this year's Yearbook! Featuring lots of parent submissions, this will be a yearbook not to miss! Place your order here! Yearbooks will be delivered to the school.  

Clermont Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to welcome our new Kindergartners for the 2021-2022 school year! If your child will be joining Clermont for Kindergarten in the fall, please join us for a virtual orientation on Monday, May 10th, 2021 at 1:00 pm for Kindergarten Orientation. Join with Google Meet!

PTA Meeting Next Thursday!

Our next PTA meeting will be held on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 pm (shifted back a week from the previously scheduled date). 

The Nominating Committee will be announcing the slate of nominees for the 2021-2022 Clermont PTA Board!

You must register to attend. Please register here!

Please Return Your Library Books!

Do you still have Clermont library books from the 2019-2020 school year? Please return them to school! There is a cart in the front lobby to place your library book returns on. We still have approximately 200 books that have not been returned from our library.

Do you think you have returned your books already and got an email? Please let our librarian Mrs. Cangro know by emailing kncangro@fcps.edu.

Virtual student? Library books can be returned to school any day the office is open from 9AM - 3PM including Mondays.

April is Month of the Military Child Wear Purple on Wednesday, April 21!

Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. At Clermont, we are proud to have military families as part of our school community. Military-connected youth face unique challenges living the military lifestyle. Our teachers and school support team are here to support any and all families needing assistance.

On Wednesday, all are welcome to PURPLE UP! It is a day to recognize the strength and sacrifices of our military connected students.  Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine Corps red, and Navy blue. All students and staff, virtual and in person, are invited to wear something purple on that day to celebrate!

Military Connected Families Ins & Outs of IEPS

*For Military Connected Families Only*

April 29, 2021 | 11:30 AM

This presentation will help prepare parents by providing a glimpse into IEP
meetings, practical advice on how to participate in meetings and how to have a productive, student-focused meeting. 

From preplanning to working together afterward, this presentation will support the building of collaborative relationships and development of parent's advocacy skills while focusing on the needs of the students. 

Register Now

Sponsored by Fort Myer EFMP

Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.

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

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

April 21: Purple Up! Day to Show Support for Military Connected Youth 

April 22: PTA Meeting @ 7:00 pm - Register Here!

April 27: Theravada New Year

May 13: Eid al Fitr (begins sunset  5/12)

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 11: Last Day of School - 2-hour Early Release

June 18: Juneteenth

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Plan Ahead: 2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar 

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Support Needed to Launch Our 4 Day Return to the Building

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In order to comply with 6ft social distancing during lunch and snacks, the Clermont PTA is looking to support the school by purchasing 40 Folding "TV Tray" style tables. These will by set up for snacks and lunch to ensure all kids are properly socially distanced while eating. Donate HERE!

We're looking to raise $750 by Friday, 4/16.

All donations are very much appreciated!!

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Like you, we are very excited about the updated CDC guidance that will allow us to offer four days of in-person instruction to more students. The leadership and administrative team have been hard at work determining classroom capacity and staffing, and making logistical arrangements in order to bring this option to as many of our students students as is possible. We have begun contacting parents from certain classes, but please note that it will take several more days for us to complete this process for all classes and grade levels. There is no cause for alarm, and no need to contact the school at this time, if you have not yet heard from us. We thank you for your patience as we work through this process together! 

The Clermont PTA Needs YOU!

Do you love the energy of Boosterthon? Are your kids crazy about Odyssey of the Mind? Is recognizing our amazing staff for a job well done your jam?

Then YOU should be a Vice President of the PTA!

We’re currently seeking to fill the three VP Positions for Fundraising, Outreach and Enrichment. The current Veeps will give you great training to get you off to a strong start and your committees are already in place. We just need YOUR fearless leadership! Join the fun and become part of the PTA Board.

Email nominations@clermontpta.org for more info or ask Tysen, Elizabeth & Jolynn directly.

April Is Month of the Military Child; Purple Up Day Is April 21

Military-connected youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle. By understanding the lifestyle of military-connected youth we can better meet their needs as they transition with their family members who serve our nation. Currently over 14,000 military-connected youth call FCPS home. Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. April 21 is Purple Up! day. All are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth.

Yearbook Sale

Yearbooks are on sale NOW! We know that this year has been unforgettable, and so will this year's Yearbook! Featuring lots of parent submissions, this will be a yearbook not to miss! Place your order here! Orders must be placed by Friday, April 16th! Yearbooks will be delivered to the school.  

Technology Reminder

This is a quick reminder that students should "restart" school-issued laptops once a week. This is not just "shutting down" after school ends and starting the next morning but instead selecting restart and having the laptop reboot.  This allows the laptop to perform updates. Many technical issues can be resolved through a "restart" rather than a "shut down." 

Military Connected Families Introduction to Autism and ABA 

*For Military Connected Families Only*

April 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM

This workshop will provide attendees with a basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
From the characteristics of autism to the functions of behavior, this presentation will allow participants to learn about autism and take away some practical tools to use in supporting children on the spectrum.
REGISTER NOW: https://bit.ly/3tsZmOC

For more information about this event, please contact partners@peatc.org

Sponsored by Naval Support Activity Washington EFMP

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

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

April 27: Theravada New Year

May 13: Eid al Fitr (begins sunset  5/12)

May 31: Memorial Day - No School

June 11: Last Day of School - 2-hour Early Release

June 18: Juneteenth

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Plan Ahead: 2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar 

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Important Note about Return to School

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Dear Clermont Families,

 

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT RETURN TO SCHOOL: YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY A CLERMONT STAFF MEMBER IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR CHILD TO RETURN FOR 4 DAYS OF IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION. If you are not contacted, please do not plan to send your child to school for 4 days of in-person instruction at this time.

Earlier this week, Dr. Brabrand shared some information regarding In-Person learning, including the updated CDC guidance which will allow schools the opportunity to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet social distancing at some times, thereby possibly providing more days of In-Person instruction. 

We are committed to bringing back as many of our In-Person students to four days of instruction as our capacity restraints allow. Currently, we are beginning with students identified by our school staff through the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) process. A variety of factors prevent us from expanding as far as we would like to do immediately, and our current classroom capacities may prevent us from expanding the option to all students who would like to return. We need time to work out the details regarding space and staffing, such as the continued requirement for students to eat meals (breakfast, snack, and lunch) at 6 feet apart. We must continue to adhere to all the CDC regulations and FCPS guidelines for furniture, transportation changes, classroom setup, and scheduling changes.

Please be patient as we work through the updated guidance to see if we are able to shift additional In-Person students to four day instruction in the near future, recognizing that we may not be able to honor four-days for all grade levels or in every classroom within a grade level due to the factors shared above.

Should our capacity guidance allow your child to return to school for four days each week, our school staff will reach out to you. Please know that we are proactively working to accommodate as many students as possible and there are no actions you need to take at this time in order for your child to be considered for four days of in-person instruction. 

 

Ms. Salata, Principal

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Clermont ES Health Update: COVID CASE INVESTIGATION COMPLETED 

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Clermont ES Health Update: COVID CASE INVESTIGATION COMPLETED 

 

April 7, 2021

 

Dear Staff and Community:

Yesterday, April 6, 2021, we notified you that an individual onsite at our school tested positive for COVID-19.  As a result, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has worked closely with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to determine any exposure to students or staff while at school. 

The FCHD Containment Branch has completed their investigation. All potential contacts have now been contacted by the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD).

If you have not received further communication from the FCHD, you are not considered a contact at this time.

Based on the results of the contact investigation and tracing, FCPS has addressed all recommendations of the FCHD.

If you have questions, you may contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 am to 7 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekends). You may also email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 am to 6 pm weekdays).

FCPS maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard that shows daily cases at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting. This provides information on our division health metrics and COVID-19 cases.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has created anxiety for many individuals in our community. Please know that this information is being shared to keep you informed and aware as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread.

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/#COVID-19-resources.

Thank you for your cooperation, support, and patience as we work through the COVID-19 emergency together.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata, Principal

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Clermont ES Health Update: COVID CASE NOTIFICATION

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April 6, 2021

 

Dear Clermont Staff and Community:

In cooperation with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), this letter is to inform you an employee at Clermont ES has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will identify and communicate with close contacts of this individual and tell them what action to take, such as testing or quarantine. During this time, you may opt at any time to have your child engage in virtual instruction while the FCHD conducts its contact tracing and investigation.

If you do not receive a call from the Health Department, you are not considered exposed to this case.

If you have questions, you may contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-267-3511 (9 am to 7 pm weekdays and 9:30 am to 5 pm on weekends). You may also email ffxcovid@fairfaxcounty.gov (monitored 8 am to 6 pm weekdays).

FCPS maintains a COVID-19 Dashboard that shows daily cases at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting. This provides information on our division health metrics and COVID-19 cases.

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic has created anxiety for many individuals in our community. Please know that this information is being shared to keep you informed and aware as we all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at https://www.fcps.edu/blog/stop-spread.

For more information on COVID-19 Supports and Resources, please visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/#COVID-19-resources

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata, Principal

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Dear Clermont Families,

As we head into Spring Break, Ms. Peace and I want to wish all our Clermont Families a healthy and restful break. Our school will be closed during Spring Break, and as such school staff members will not be replying to emails during the break in order to spend much needed time with family. When we return on April 6, we will be entering the 4th and final quarter of school. Student attendance is more important than ever as we approach the last quarter so please reach out to administration or your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions when we return. 

Enjoy the break,

Ms. Salata, Principal

Calendar Reminder: Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

Next week, March 29-April 2, is Spring break! There will be no school, and the Clermont office will be closed. Also, Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

School Board Adopts SY 2021-22 Calendar

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to approve a calendar for the 2021-22 school year that is designed to recognize, respect, and honor the plurality of religious and cultural observances in Fairfax County.

Check out the full calendar here: https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/2021-22-standard-school-year-calendar

Yearbook Sale

Yearbooks are on sale NOW! We know that this year has been unforgettable, and so will this year's Yearbook! Featuring lots of parent submissions, this will be a yearbook not to miss! Place your order here! Orders must be placed by Friday, April 16th! Yearbooks will be delivered to the school.  

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

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

Using the app is EASY! You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account. (If you do not have a SIS account, please contact Katie Simmons at kesimmons@fcps.edu for an activation code. Allow 24-48 hours after creating a new SIS Parent Account before using the app.)  From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.

For detailed instructions and FAQ, please visit www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/transportation-services/here-comes-bus-mobile-app 

Meal Distribution During Spring Break

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals March 26 through April 5 when there is one early release school day, the week of spring break when schools are closed, and one teacher workday when students are not in school. See the food distribution webpage for more information.

Counselor's Corner

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

Kindergarten- Identifying qualities of a good friend. Learning to show respect for others.

1st grade- Practicing problem solving and decision making skills.

2nd grade- Managing Conflicts Using Kelso’s Choices: Continued

3rd grade- Exploring and applying various test taking strategies.

4th grade- Reviewing and practicing test taking strategies.

5th grade- Understanding and coping with bullying and harassment. This is the second lesson in the FCPS 5th grade harassment lesson series. 

6th grade- Understanding and practicing conversation skills to use when meeting someone new.

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

FCPS Special Education Conference to Be Held April 17; Registration Now Open

FCPS will hold its 16th Annual Special Education Conference on Saturday, April 17, virtually. Registration is now available online. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now. A student strand will be held for youth ages 14-22. FCPS educators, administrators, and pre-service teachers will earn five recertification points for attending the entire conference.

For more information or to register, visit the Special Education Conference webpage

Spring Break Plans?

Spring break is March 29 – April 2. Here are some safety tips to be aware of, especially if you are planning on traveling during Spring Break. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions.
  • Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID-19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their children at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.
FCPS Family and School Partnerships Tip: Teach Your Child to See People's Strengths

See the positive character traits in a person. Differences between people may cause tension at home, in school or in society.

If we think negatively of someone, we may act negatively towards them. Seeing the positive traits in people makes it easier to get along, cooperate and accomplish things together.

Explain to your child that there is usually more than one way to interpret a situation or why someone reacts as they do.  Talk about ways to view a person’s characteristics. Might there be positive traits that contrast with negative ones such as: open minded and direct, gentle, curious, determined, standing up for beliefs, and calm.

Positivity is a key personal characteristic in school success. For more on social emotional learning, check out FCPS school counseling services.

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Military Connected Families In the Trenches: Military Connected Families Training

PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is excited to offer this free online training event is open to all servicemembers, their spouses, and their families who support the military-connected student.
You will hear information about Special Education in Virginia, transition to adulthood, collaboration with schools, and other topics related to disability services in Virginia.
This self-paced training will be accessible during the week it is offered. A live Q&A time with PEATC will be offered during this training as well.

Dates:

Option 1: Saturday, April 17, 2021 – Saturday, April 25, 2021
https://inthetrenchesapril.eventbrite.com 

Option 2: Saturday, July 17, 2021 – Saturday, July 25, 2021
https://inthetrenchesjuly.eventbrite.com

Both options have LIVE meetings at 7 PM on the Thursday of that week.

For more information, contact PEATC at partners@peatc.org or 800-869-6782.

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

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

March 26: Pajama Day

March 27-April 3: Passover

March 29-April 2: Spring Break - No School

April 2: Good Friday

April 4: Easter

April 5: Teacher Workday - No School

April 12-May 11: Ramadan 

April 27: Theravada New Year

2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

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Dear Clermont Families,

It has been invigorating to welcome students back into the building over the past several weeks. We are equally thrilled to work with our students at home who continue to participate in virtual learning. Our teachers and staff are working hard to ensure that we are all ONE community of learners, regardless of the space you are learning from! Thank you to all of our families for being flexible, patient, and supportive of our students and staff. Your encouraging words help motivate all of us. Together we are Virtually Unstoppable!

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata

Requests to Change from 100% Virtual to In-Person

As you know, we have been taking requests from parents to change their children from virtual to in-person school. Many of these requests have been approved and many still remain on our wait list. The ability to change is based on available safe space in classrooms. On March 26, Clermont ES, along with all schools in FCPS will no longer allow any changes from 100% virtual to in-person instruction. Also on March 26, students who have not yet appeared for in-person for their scheduled days of in-person instruction will lose their space in the class and be switched to the 100% virtual option. We will continue to approve parent requests to change from in-person to 100% virtual classes after March 26.

Clermont Bell Schedule First Bell: 8:50 a.m. – Doors Open Second Bell: 9:00 a.m. – Class Begins Dismissal: 3:30 p.m. Calendar Reminder: Two-Hour Early Dismissal on March 26; Spring Break Is March 29-April 2

As a reminder, Friday, March 26, is the last day of the third quarter. Students will be dismissed two hours early and attend their in-person or virtual classes as planned.

Spring break is March 29-April 2. Also, Monday, April 5, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students. Teachers will not be available for office hours and students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Spring Break Plans?

Spring break is March 29 – April 2. Here are some safety tips to be aware of, especially if you are planning on traveling during Spring Break. Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges all Virginians to avoid non-essential travel, especially if you are at higher risk of COVID-19 or if you will be visiting someone at higher risk of serious COVID-19 complications. This recommendation applies to everyone, even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have fully recovered from COVID-19.

  • FCPS does not currently have travel restrictions.
  • Students are not required to quarantine or provide COVID-19 test results for either domestic or international travel. Parents may opt to keep their children at home for 14 days after they return from travel, however, it is not required.
  • Any student, staff or visitor demonstrating symptoms of illness is asked to stay home to help “Stop the Spread” of COVID-19.
Kiss & Ride Safety 

If you are driving your child to/from Clermont, you must use the Kiss and Ride loop for everyone’s safety.

  • You should always remain in your car. Again, please stay in your vehicle.
  • If your child uses a booster seat, it should be on the passenger side of the car, if possible, so that Clermont staff can help your child exit/enter your vehicle.
  • At no time is it ever safe to park and walk your child through the parking lot traffic, the bus loop, or the Kiss & Ride loop. Children follow the example of adults, and other children may see you doing this with your child and think it is ok to walk through the moving cars as well.
  • The front loop of Clermont is for busses only during arrival and dismissal.
  • Please use the designated Kiss and Ride loop and avoid parking on Clermont Drive.
  • Please line up on the school side of Clemont Drive to minimize the impact on the flow of traffic going down Clermont Drive.
  • Remember: Safety First!
Meal Distribution During Spring Break

FCPS is committed to providing all students access to meals March 26 through April 5 when there is one early release school day, the week of spring break when schools are closed, and one teacher work day when students are not in school. Extra meal distribution begins March 22.  See the food distribution web page for more information.

Additionally, the United States Department of Agriculture announced this week that no-cost breakfast and lunch meals for all students have been extended through September 30.

Fairfax Meal Kits

Fairfax Meal Kits will be offered at several sites, containing seven (7) days of breakfast and lunch items packed in bulk, with some sites also serving afternoon snack and supper meals in the box. 

Meal kits will be available for pick up every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted.  Please watch for delayed opening or closure notices due to inclement weather.  

All meals are available at no-cost to FCPS students and children eighteen (18) years of age and under. Parents/caregivers may pick up for children and adults may purchase kits for $28.00.

Please wear a mask when picking up the meal kits. 

The closest pick-up locations to Clermont are:  

To see the full list of distribution sites, please visit www.fcps.edu/return-school/food.

Military Connected Families EFM/SLO Training "On the Front Lines"

PEATC, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Education, is excited to offer this free training for EFM/SLO professionals that support military families who have students with disabilities.
This year, attendees will benefit from learning more about inclusive education, turning 18 in Virginia, and early childhood special education.
These self-paced trainings will be accessible anytime within the week that they are scheduled.

Both options have LIVE meetings at 12 PM on the Tuesday of that week.

For more information, contact PEATC at partners@peatc.org or 800-869-6782.

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

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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Grades 3-6 Return to School Reminders

Next week, in-person students in grades 3-6 will return to the building. By now you should have received a letter in the mail letting you know which days your child has been assigned to. 

If you have not already done so, please notify your child's teacher how your child will be transported to and from school each day. If you requested bus transportation for your child, their route information is available in ParentVUE.

If you have questions about your scheduled days or bus information, please call the main office at (703) 921-2400 or email lmgibson@fcps.edu

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

If you have not already done so, please complete the  Health Screening Commitment Form prior to your child's 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 (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

Daylight Saving Time Begins: Move Your Clocks Ahead One Hour on Sunday

 

This Sunday, March 14, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!

Family and School Partnership Tips: Building Confidence in Children

Each child is unique. Parents know their children’s strengths and weaknesses. Here are excerpts from The Parent Institute’s, Quick Tip Series on building confidence in children.

Messages Children Need to Hear

  • You are loved. This message builds self-esteem.
  • You are you. This message recognizes and honor the child’s unique talents.
  • You are growing up. This message prompts parents to increase responsibility and encourage children to express their opinions.

Teaching New Skills When teaching new skills, make the job manageable for success.

  • Break the task down into small parts that can be accomplished.
  • Show how to do the job, step by step.
  • Have your child do the job with you.
  • Praise what your child does correct more that you criticize what is wrong.
  • Be patient and don’t redo the job yourself.

For more information visit our website

Workshop: Understanding Special Education for Military Connected Families March 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM

This workshop will help you identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning. Come and learn the phases of the special education process and identify the specific actions you
may take during the special education process. You will become familiar with how to address disagreements, formally and informally, and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel. 

If you are a military family residing in NC, we will have Nicole Bougie, ECAC, with us to share the information that is specific to NC.

REGISTER NOW: https://bit.ly/3iQq132

Sponsored by NAS Oceana EFMP

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

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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Playgrounds

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Dear Clermont Families with In-Person Students,

It has been exciting to welcome some of our students into the building over the past few weeks! If you participated in one of the Parent Nights prior to your child’s return to the school building, you may have heard questions and comments regarding the playground being closed during recess time. At the time of our Parent Nights, the guidance from FCPS was that the playgrounds were to remain closed during recess. Wednesday, FCPS sent out new guidance around playgrounds during recess. 

Clermont will still be adhering to some restrictions regarding our playground; however, a schedule will be created so that two classes at a time will be allowed on the playground during recess time. We have worked very hard to maintain the integrity of the daily schedule so that both the virtual and the in-person students still have the same 11:50 – 12:50 block of time for lunch and recess in the middle of the day. Therefore, a very specific schedule will be worked out for classes so that each class does get an opportunity to use the playground at some point during their two days in-person.

As soon as the new playground schedule is available it will be communicated to teachers, along with the new mandatory protocols and procedures. Until then, students will still receive their outdoor recess time in their designated areas, and the teachers will continue to guide the children through safe and fun activities.

Please email if you have any questions at rsalata@fcps.edu.

Sincerely, 

Ms. Salata 

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Calendar Reminder: Student Holiday on March 8

As a reminder, Monday, March 8 is a student holiday and staff development day. On this day, students are not expected to complete asynchronous assignments. Teachers will participate in a variety of professional development and planning activities and will not be available for office hours. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

Return to School Reminders Return to School Dates

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

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

Grades 1-2 parents should have received letters letting them know which days their child has been assigned to. Letters for grades 3-6 were mailed this week, and should arrive next week. If you do not receive your letter in a timely fashion, please call the main office at (703) 921-2400 to find out which days your child is assigned to. 

Transportation

If you have not already done so, please notify your child's teacher how they will be transported to and from school each day. 

Kiss & Ride Safety 

If you are driving your child to/from Clermont, you must use the Kiss and Ride loop for everyone’s safety.

  • You should always remain in your car. Again, please stay in your vehicle.
  • If your child uses a booster seat, it should be on the passenger side of the car, if possible, so that Clermont staff can help your child exit/enter your vehicle.
  • At no time is it ever safe to park and walk your child through the parking lot traffic, the bus loop, or the Kiss & Ride loop. Children follow the example of adults, and other children may see you doing this with your child and think it is ok to walk through the moving cars as well.
  • The front loop of Clermont is for busses only during arrival and dismissal.
  • Please use the designated Kiss and Ride loop and avoid parking on Clermont Drive.
Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to the food drive to benefit Koinonia! This is a tremendous support for families in our area. If you are interested in donating year round, the information for Koinonia is below: 

www.koinoniacares.org   

6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA  22310 

(703) 971-1991.

Thank you for caring for others!

Recording: How to Talk to Kids About Race

Thank you to all of the families who were able to join us for Dr. William’s presentation on How to Talk to Kids About Race. Dr. Williams has shared the recording of the content of his presentation which can be found here. Please use the passcode: ^.4$?i%x to access the recording.

Dr. Williams has also shared additional resources which can be found here.

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

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

March 8: Staff Development Day - No School

March 9 & 11: Grades 1-2 In-Person Students Return to 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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PTA Meeting This Thursday!

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The next virtual PTA Meeting is THIS THURSDAY, March 4th at 7pm.

You must register to attend! 

During the meeting, the PTA is excited to be hosting a presentation by Parent Coach Mary Smith on (Re)Building Boundaries.

(Re)Building Boundaries: During this ongoing pandemic, many parents have coped by easing up to give kids some space. But that often leaves us, as parents, unwittingly feeling angry or resentful. How to get back on track? Boundaries, well, everything in fact, starts with connection. In this talk, Mary will share how the pandemic impacts mental health and your child's developing brain.

Mary Smith is a Master Certified Parent Coach who transforms parenting by altering the parenting perspective to one of understanding how kids’ (and their!) brains work. She coaches parents to replace behavior struggles with cooperation and a sense of calm while helping them deepen parent-child connections so critical to nurture happy, empowered and resilient people. Coaching, consulting, speaking:  www.marysmithparentcoach.com

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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. 

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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

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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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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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