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First graders participate in a "pumpkin math" counting and carving activity.
Book Character Day
Book Character Dress Up Day for students will be on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to dress up like a character from a book they have read and bring the book to school. (No costume masks or face coverings, and no fake weapons please.)
Leftover Halloween Candy Drive
Donate your individually wrapped candy! Donations will go to first responders, homeless shelters, rehab centers, and others in need in the community.
Collection boxes will be in the front office from Nov. 1st-3rd.
Have any items in your home that your family has outgrown? Are you are looking to clear some space before the holidays? The Clermont PTA is hosting a collection drive benefitting the Vietnam Veterans of America on Saturday November 11, 2023 from 10am – 2pm in the driveway in front of the school.
A variety of items, including clothing, household items, toys, electronics, and more, are needed. The full list of acceptable donations can be found at this link.
You may package your donations in bags or boxes. The only request is that the container holding your donation be small and light enough for one person to easily lift and carry.
Questions? Please contact Diane Lundin at [email protected]
Clermont Strings students perform with others at Edison High School
During the year, some of our families find they need assistance with food, clothing, or other items. There are a number of community services available to provide help. If your family needs support, please return this form. I will contact you with information about getting assistance.
Show You CARE by Supporting Families in our Community
Some of you have reached out to express an interest in supporting families in our community.
If you are looking for ways to help, please read and submit this form to learn about ways YOU can show you CARE. Contact Mrs. Treger, School Counselor, with questions.
Please email one of us if you have questions or concerns.
Mrs. Treger, School Counselor
Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (Habla espanol)
Bullying in FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”
Children learn the definition and examples of bullying through lessons with the school counselors and from their teachers. Clermont staff teaches the students that when someone is teasing you, they are trying to “bug” you. We practice the following “debugging” strategies:
- Walk away
- Use a friendly I-message such as I feel ____ when you ____. I wish you would ____.
- Use a firm I message with a warning such as, I feel ____ when you
____. I want you to ____ or I will ____.
- Talk to an adult.
Students also learn to skip to step 5 if they are being physically hurt or if they are scared. The upper grade students are familiar with these strategies, and they go on to learn even more.
Our school wide focus is about being an Upstander rather than a passive bystander. Click here to watch an UpStander video. Helping others who are teased or bullied isn’t difficult when you have strategies to use such as:
- Take the target away
- Change the subject/Distract
- Be a buddy to the target
- Speak up - Use your words to stand up for the target in a respectful way
- Stand up as a group
- Talk to an adult
Clermont Elementary School is a wonderful place where students feel safe each day. By working together, we can promote a caring and safe culture at Clermont ES. Parents and guardians can reinforce these skills at home, further supporting our efforts. If you would like more information on the Bully Prevention Program at Clermont Elementary School, please contact Mrs. Treger or Mr. Gayl, the school counselors.
Clermont is sponsoring a food drive to benefit Koinonia, an organization which distributes food to families in our community.
Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.
Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.
Thank you for showing you CARE for others.
Celebrations at School
Please note that due to significant food allergies in our building, and out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, birthday and other celebrations at Clermont ES are non-food-related until further notice. Please do not plan to send food in to share with your child’s class for birthdays or other events. Items like pencils, erasers, a donated book, an indoor recess game for the classroom, or arranging with your child’s teacher to read a book to the class are great alternatives to food.
Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online
FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE.
Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.
Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.
Need to Register for ParentVUE?
Access your student’s attendance records, grades, and assignments at any time with SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers should receive an activation code when they register their child.
Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.
Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.
Veterans’ Day Celebration
All Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Service members, please join us for breakfast to honor you!
When: Nov. 10th, 8:15-9:00 am
Where: Clermont Elementary School Cafeteria
Bring your Clermont student and enjoy light refreshments together with Ernie the Eagle and more!
Afterwards, from 9:05-9:35, we’re hoping you will join classrooms to share a little bit about military life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to better understand why we celebrate Veterans’ Day while creating meaningful interactions for students and veterans.
- Share why you serve
- Bring in an artifact to share
- Share a short story of your time in service
- Share a favorite memory or experience
- Share what you like best or your biggest challenge
- Share what you’re most proud of etc.
- Also, we can provide a story for a read aloud connected to military life
Click here to RSVP and sign-up to visit a classroom.
Point of Contact: Tiffany Velishka at [email protected]
Family Life Education
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.
FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.
FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).
FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.
The Edison Pyramid is hosting a virtual parent information night on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. You may join the zoom session at this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92243134340
Sixth graders collaborate with their first grade reading buddies.
Advanced Academics News
Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals
Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].
Elementary Parent Information Meeting
Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here. You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].
October 27: PTA Trunk or Treat (5-7pm)
October 31: Book Character Day
November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos
November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release
November 6: No School/Teacher Workday
November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday
November 11: Veterans Day
November 12: Diwali
November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School
November 28: Photo Retake Day
Calendar Spotlight: October
National School Principals Month
LGBTQIA+ History Month
Disability History and Awareness Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
Head Start Awareness Month
National Dyslexia Awareness Month
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