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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.  At Clermont we are proud to celebrate black history this, and every month. Learn more about Black History month.

Deadline Extended for Feedback on Draft School Year Calendars

FCPS  has extended the deadline to give feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24 school year. The four proposed drafts of the 2023-24 school year calendar vary by start date, length of winter break, and end date among other items.

If you haven't had a chance to share your thoughts about the draft school year calendar options, please participate today.

The form will close on Monday, February 6, at noon. The School Board is scheduled to vote on a calendar on Thursday, February 9.

World Read Aloud Day

Some of our Clermont readers celebrated World Read Aloud Day in the library with Mrs. Cangro, our librarian. Ms. Shott’s second grade heard author Kate Albus read from her book “A Place to Hang the Moon” and Ms. Sarsour’s Kindergarten class heard author Melanie Ellsworth read from her book, “Clarinet and Trumpet.” Both classes had the opportunity to ask questions as well. Thank you to both authors for joining us virtually on World Read Aloud Day!

Healthy Minds Blog Filling Your Child’s Emotional Bank Account

Read the latest Healthy Minds blog to understand why relationships are like savings accounts, and how you can help build trust and security with your children.

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at AffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.

Yearbook Orders Now Open

To order your 2022-23 Yearbook follow this link: 

2022-23 Clermont Yearbook Sale

Submit Your Pictures to the Clermont Yearbook Club!

Submit your yearbook photos here

Or, email your pictures to: 

[email protected]

In a fun activity combining cooperation skills and science, kindergartners take turns tracing each other's shadows.

Find Free COVID-19 Testing in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free testing sites near them. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours.

2023 Parent Presentations: Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations About Alcohol & Drugs

Please join the Parent Resource Center and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

In-Person Event

Edison High School Lecture Hall
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
6:00-8:00 pm

Division-wide Virtual Event

Hosted by the Parent Resource Center
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
10:00-11:30 am

Register for this event

Both events are adults only.

Sue Fliess Author Visit

Local author Sue Fliess will visit Clermont Elementary on February 21! She'll talk about being an author, how to get story ideas, STEM, fractured fairytales, show us her new books and answer questions. 

We're working with Scrawl Books to offer books for sale and signing for Sue's Author Visit. Please order books online by February 14th at www.scrawlbooks.com/sue-fliess

During check-out, in the Calculate Shipping Cost dropdown, choose our school. In the order comments, include your child's name, who Sue should sign the book(s) to, and the teacher's name. Sue will sign them and the school will distribute books to students when they come in. For every 20 books ordered, the school receives a "bonus book" for the library or classroom.

Summer Learning Programs Registration Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

Calendar

February 20: No School - President's Day

February 21: Sue Fliess Author Visit

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-7: No School - Spring Break

April 13: Animal Spirit Day - Animal Costumes & Animal Print

April 13: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

April 14: No School/Prof Workday - Good Friday

April 21: No School - Eid al Fitr

May 29: No School - Memorial Day

June 16: Country Western Spirit Day 

June 16: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm) - Last Day of School

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Counselor's Corner

Sixth grade students learn which coping tools work best for them when they are experiencing strong feelings. 

Classroom lessons during January focused on the following topics:

Kindergarten - Learning the benefits of having a growth mindset. Discovering the “Power of Yet”.

1st grade - Acquiring coping tools to handle stress at school, home and with friends.

2nd grade - Practicing conflict management skills using Kelso’s Choices curriculum.

3rd grade - Learning how friendship challenges are normal and not permanent. Problem solving when challenges arise, including those involving jealousy.

4th grade - Understanding the importance of self-talk. Compiling a set of coping tools to handle stress in and out of school.

5th grade - Continuing to identify personal coping skills.

6th grade - Continuing to identify personal coping skills. Understanding the impact of and practicing empathy.

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the school counselor, please contact us.

Mrs. Treger - [email protected]

Mr. Gayl - [email protected]

703-921-2400

Give Your Feedback on the Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendars!

FCPS is seeking community feedback on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24 school year. The four proposed drafts of the 2023-24 school year calendar vary by start date, length of winter break, and end date among other items.

Please share your thoughts on the proposed calendars by filling out this form by Tuesday, January 31 at 1 p.m.

The School Board is scheduled to approve a final 2023-24 calendar on February 9, 2023.

1st & 2nd Grade Math Night

Math Night (Grades 1 & 2) is Tuesday, January 31, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Math Night will give our students the opportunity to engage in math activities, using fun learning experiences and games. These experiences inspire students’ interest in math, help them understand math concepts, promote STEM literacy, and empower families to support their children’s success in math.

All registered attendees that complete all the activities that evening will receive a take-home prize!

Wednesday was Dress Like a Famous Person Day at Clermont, so naturally our ESOL teacher, Mrs. Velishka, dressed as the most famous person she knows: Principal Salata! We love the attention to detail!

Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

Nominate Your January Soaring Eagle!

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member whose impact on a student made you grateful?               

Nominate them for the January Soaring EAGLE Award! Any Clermont teacher or staff member who has made the day better and brighter for a student or group of students is eligible. 

The Clermont PTA Board will evaluate all the submissions and present the winner with the award in February. 

Nominations

Questions? Contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Submit Your Pictures to the Clermont Yearbook Club!

Submit your yearbook photos here

Or, email your pictures to: 

[email protected]

Yearbook Orders Now Open

To order your 2022-23 Yearbook follow this link: 

2022-23 Clermont Yearbook Sale

Summer Learning Programs Registration

Opening Soon! FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

February Webinars and Events for Parents from the Parent Resource Center

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

Calendar

February 20: No School - President's Day

February 21: Sue Fliess Author Visit

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-7: No School - Spring Break

April 13: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

April 14: No School/Prof Workday - Good Friday

April 21: No School - Eid al Fitr

May 29: No School - Memorial Day

June 16: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm) - Last Day of School

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Tomorrow: Early Dismissal @ 1:50 pm

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As a reminder, tomorrow Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Clermont will dismiss at 1:50 pm. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26 for staff development and Friday, January 27 for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Reminder: No Pets on School Property

Families, please be advised that pets, including dogs, are prohibited on school grounds. We know you love your pets, and we love our pets too! However, for the health and safety of all students and staff, we ask that you do not bring your dog with you during school arrival and dismissal. We have seen an increase in the number of dogs being brought to arrival and dismissal, and to ensure everyone’s safety we are asking you leave your dogs at home. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter. 

Calendar

January 25: Spirit Day: Dress Like a Famous Person! 

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

February 21: Sue Fliess Author Visit

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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As a reminder, next Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Clermont will dismiss at 1:50 pm. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26 for staff development and Friday, January 27 for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Thank You Ms. Salata!

It’s Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week! Let’s hear it for our amazing principal, Roxanne Salata!

Thank you Ms. Salata for everything you do for our school and community!

1st & 2nd Grade Math Night

Math Night (Grades 1 & 2) is Tuesday, January 31, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Math Night will give our students the opportunity to engage in math activities, using fun learning experiences and games. These experiences inspire students’ interest in math, help them understand math concepts, promote STEM literacy, and empower families to support their children’s success in math.

All registered attendees that complete all the activities that evening will receive a take-home prize!

Lunar New Year- January 22

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

Nominate Your January Soaring Eagle!

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member whose impact on a student made you grateful?               

Nominate them for the January Soaring EAGLE Award! Any Clermont teacher or staff member who has made the day better and brighter for a student or group of students is eligible. 

The Clermont PTA Board will evaluate all the submissions and present the winner with the award in February. 

Nominations

Questions? Contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Submit Your Pictures to the Clermont Yearbook Club!

Submit your yearbook photos here

Or, email your pictures to: 

[email protected]

Yearbook Orders Now Open

To order your 2022-23 Yearbook follow this link: 

2022-23 Clermont Yearbook Sale

Clermont students find their zen during yoga drumming this week.

Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School? 

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. See how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

Fairfax County Public Schools has three elementary magnet schools: Bailey’s Elementary for the Arts and Sciences, Bailey’s Upper Elementary, and Hunters Woods Elementary. These schools provide programs that enhance and enrich the Program of Studies and permit a wide range of possibilities for expression of knowledge in science, technology, and performing arts. 

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Wednesday March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, 2023. No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Informational Nights:

  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 13, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In-person
    • Snow date: February 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Upper, February 15, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - Virtual 
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 16, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. - In person
    • Snow date: February 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.

More information is available online.

Tech Adventure Camp 2023 Program

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science.

Details

Cost: $275 per week

Dates:  

Week 1: July 10 - 14

Week 2: July 17 - 21

Week 3: July 24 - 28

Time: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Location: Lake Braddock SS

Eligibility: Current Kindergarten to 6th graders

Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided! 

Students can register online by visiting the Tech Adventure Camp website and clicking on the register button.

Visit bit.ly/FCPS_TAC for more information!

Registration is open from February 1 to June 9, 2023.

For questions, please contact the Career and Technical Education department, at [email protected].

Calendar

January 25: Spirit Day: Dress Like a Famous Person! 

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

February 21: Sue Fliess Author Visit

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Team IMPACT matches children facing serious illness and disability with college sports teams, creating a long-term, life-changing experience for everyone involved. This week, five Georgetown Men's Lacrosse players joined one of our kindergarten students and classmates for a fun afternoon of reading and outside play. Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse is currently ranked #3 in the latest NCAA poll.

Book Fair Profits

Thank you again to our fantastic volunteers who helped to make our fair such a great success this year. It was so wonderful watching everyone pitch in and offer to take on extra shifts and responsibilities during our book fair event. A special shout out to Amber Finnegan, Jamie Ash, and Meagan Tiedemann for ensuring that our week ran smoothly!! Here are the final financials from our fair: 

Total Sales: $17,138.08 (this includes our online sales)

 

Clermont’s Profit for Library: $8,390.08  

The book fair profit provides the opportunity to place orders through Scholastic for new books and materials for the Clermont library. New books and materials incite interest and allow us to replace our worn copies of favorite books. 

 

Additional “All For Books” donations raised: $307.25

These funds were used to purchase books from the book fair that directly support our curriculum. The books were purchased and integrated into our Literacy Book Room as instructional materials for teachers to check out and use with their students during instruction.

Thank you, Clermont Community, for your generosity and commitment to purchasing books through our Book Fair. It is always such a joy watching our students read books for pleasure!

Submit Your Pictures to the Clermont Yearbook Club!

Submit your yearbook photos here

Or, email your pictures to: 

[email protected]

Yearbook Orders Now Open

To order your 2022-23 Yearbook follow this link: 

2022-23 Clermont Yearbook Sale

Hands-On-Learning

Mrs. Collier's students made birdseed cakes and hung them around Clermont for the local birds to enjoy. 

Mrs. Collier's class poses in front of a tree adorned with one of their handmade birdseed cakes. 

Register Today for the Clermont PTA Spelling Bee!

The Spelling Bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

There will be two Clermont PTA Spelling Bees:
Jr. Bee (Grades K-2) - February 10, 2023
Sr. Bee (Grades 3-6) - February 17, 2023


The top three finishers from the Jr. Bee will be invited to the Sr. Bee.
Both events will take place from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

Click HERE to register your child.
Click HERE for more information on the rules and study guides.
Please contact Jessica Hammersla, Coordinator, Clermont PTA Spelling Bee
with any questions at [email protected].

Tech Adventure Camp 2023 Program

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science.

Details

Cost: $275 per week

Dates:  

Week 1: July 10 - 14

Week 2: July 17 - 21

Week 3: July 24 - 28

Time: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Location: Lake Braddock SS

Eligibility: Current Kindergarten to 6th graders

Transportation from select FCPS schools is provided! 

Students can register online by visiting the Tech Adventure Camp website and clicking on the register button.

Visit bit.ly/FCPS_TAC for more information!

Registration is open from February 1 to June 9, 2023.

For questions, please contact the Career and Technical Education department, at [email protected].

FCPS Job Opportunities Upcoming School Bus Driver Job Fairs

Attend one of our school bus driver job fairs and become part of the FCPS team! The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:

Next Job Fair: 

In addition to a $3,000 signing bonus for all new drivers, FCPS offers competitive pay, excellent retirement plans, health and dental plans, paid training, and other benefits.

Learn more about upcoming school bus driver job fairs. If you have questions, please call 571-423-3000 or email [email protected].

Hiring Now! Food and Nutrition Services

From Food Services van drivers to managers-in-training, FCPS has many job opportunities related to food and nutrition. Benefits include paid training and school holidays off, and some positions offer full-time benefits for part-time work. See Food and Nutrition Services job opportunities online to apply. Call 703-813-4800 with any questions. 

View all current job openings.

Calendar

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: Spirit Day: Dress Like a Famous Person! 

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Welcome back Clermont families! We hope that everyone had a restful break, and that those of you who celebrated Chanukah and Christmas while we were out had very happy holidays!

Submit Your Pictures to the Clermont Yearbook Club!

Submit your yearbook photos here

Or, email your pictures to: 

[email protected]

Yearbook Orders Now Open

To order your 2022-23 Yearbook follow this link: 

2022-23 Clermont Yearbook Sale

Register Today for the Clermont PTA Spelling Bee!

The Spelling Bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

There will be two Clermont PTA Spelling Bees:
Jr. Bee (Grades K-2) - February 10, 2023
Sr. Bee (Grades 3-6) - February 17, 2023


The top three finishers from the Jr. Bee will be invited to the Sr. Bee.
Both events will take place from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

Click HERE to register your child.
Click HERE for more information on the rules and study guides.
Please contact Jessica Hammersla, Coordinator, Clermont PTA Spelling Bee
with any questions at [email protected].

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Upcoming School Bus Driver Job Fairs

Attend one of our school bus driver job fairs and become part of the FCPS team! The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:

Next Job Fair: 

In addition to a $3,000 signing bonus for all new drivers, FCPS offers competitive pay, excellent retirement plans, health and dental plans, paid training, and other benefits.

Learn more about upcoming school bus driver job fairs. If you have questions, please call 571-423-3000 or email [email protected].

Hiring Now! Food and Nutrition Services

From Food Services van drivers to managers-in-training, FCPS has many job opportunities related to food and nutrition. Benefits include paid training and school holidays off, and some positions offer full-time benefits for part-time work. See Food and Nutrition Services job opportunities online to apply. Call 703-813-4800 with any questions. 

View all current job openings.

Three Kings Day (Friday, January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. 

Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered. 

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at their school site. Meetings will begin on January 11. Details regarding access to virtual meetings will be available on the Dual Language Immersion registration page by the meeting date. 

Get more information on DLI programs and registration.

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

SEPTA, the Fairfax County Special Education Parent Teacher Association, was created to empower and connect families, students, and educators to ensure students with disabilities develop their full potential as individuals and community members. Learn more or become a member on the SEPTA website

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is a state mandated Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). Parents/guardians, students, teachers, administrators, staff, and others interested in special education at FCPS are welcome and encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, and/or public comment related to the unmet needs of students with disabilities.

FCPS’ Office of Special Education Procedural Support provides guidance to staff, families, and students in areas related to the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 

Families of students in special education programs can find more resources in the Special Education Handbook for Parents. (Translations are available from the Parent Resource Center (PRC).) 

The PRC offers free webinars, consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. Their YouTube channel includes videos of workshops and webinars for families and educators to support student success. Sign up for their newsletter to receive information on upcoming webinars and other resources. Please contact the PRC with any questions at [email protected] or call 703-204-2941.

Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to parents/caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Staff in the Office of the Ombuds believe that by being transparent and connecting families with available supports and services, children with special needs can equitably access public education.

Contact the ombuds by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected] 

Calendar

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: Spirit Day: Dress Like a Famous Person! 

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Dear Clermont Families,

Winter Break is upon us! On behalf of all the staff at CES, I want to wish you a happy and healthy Winter Break! I am thankful and honored to be working with dedicated educators, supportive parents and community members, and of course our amazing students. Each of you help make Clermont such a wonderful place to learn and grow. In order for staff to rejuvenate and spend quality time with their families, I am asking them to disconnect from email over the Winter Break. Staff will be back online Tuesday, January 3. Enjoy the break, and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata, Principal

Counselor's Corner

Our school wide focus for counseling lessons this quarter is Identifying and Using Coping Tools. Students are learning which coping tools work best for them when they are experiencing strong feelings. Each student will participate in an activity to select their personal coping tools. Students will be asked to keep this paper in their take home folder so that it is accessible whether they are at school or home.  

Other classroom lessons during November and December focused on the following topics:

Kindergarten - Gaining a deeper understanding of the CARE program - Responsibility and Effort.   

1st grade - Learning that mistakes produce growth.  

2nd grade - Understanding our identity. Learning about the different parts of ourselves and our families.

3rd grade - Practicing upstander strategies to cope with teasing and bullying.  

4th grade - Understanding and practicing the skills used in collaboration.

5th grade - Understanding and practicing the steps involved in time management.  

6th grade - To become aware of courses available in middle school. To understand how to select courses.

If you or your child would like to make an appointment with the school counselor, please contact us.

Mrs. Treger ([email protected]) & Mr. Gayl ([email protected]) 703-921-2400

Spelling Bee Registration for the 2023 Clermont PTA Spelling Bee is live!

The Spelling Bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

There will be two Clermont PTA Spelling Bees:
Jr. Bee (Grades K-2) - February 10, 2023
Sr. Bee (Grades 3-6) - February 17, 2023


The top three finishers from the Jr. Bee will be invited to the Sr. Bee.
Both events will take place from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the school cafeteria.

Click HERE to register your child.
Click HERE for more information on the rules and study guides.
Please contact Jessica Hammersla, Coordinator, Clermont PTA Spelling Bee
with any questions at [email protected].

Social Emotional Learning Screener

Students in grades 3-6 took the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during the month of November. The SEL Screener reports will be delivered to families in January. This link includes a Family Guide which will help you understand the screener report.  

Please reach out to Mrs. Younger or Mrs. Treger if you have further questions.

Calendar

December 18 - 26: Chanukah

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Thank you to the Clermont Elementary PTA for treating staff to delicious, gourmet hot chocolate from the Maui Wowi Hot Chocolate Truck today. It made our day! We love our PTA!

Family Life Education Parent Information Session

For Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools

Parents are invited to attend an optional Zoom session to learn about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials.

Monday, December 12th, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

Lost & Found

Clermont's Lost and Found is overflowing! We have accumulated a large number of coats, sweatshirts, and outerwear. Please remind your child to look for their lost item next week. We have temporarily relocated the Lost and Found to the front lobby. All unclaimed items will be donated over winter break.

Look who came to visit! Beloved retired Clermont teacher, Kim Stickel, was the Read-to-Me guest for Ms. Crouse's class today. 

Nominate Your December Soaring Eagle!

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member whose impact on a student made you want to celebrate?               

Nominate them for the December Soaring EAGLE Award! Any Clermont teacher or staff member who has made the day better and brighter for a student or group of students is eligible. 

The Clermont PTA Board will evaluate all the submissions and present the winner with the award in January. 

Questions? Contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Nomination Form

Congratulations to Carolina Guido-Parada, Clermont’s November Soaring Eagle!

The PTA Silent Auction is BACK!

Save the date for the Silent Auction: March 25, 2023 at the Masonic Temple!

In order to pull off this amazing event we need an amazing committee of volunteers like YOU! Please fill out the form below to volunteer with coordination of items such as collecting auction items, decorations, food/beverage coordination.

Questions? Contact [email protected]

Volunteer at Auction

Fourth grade "doctors" participate in a medical school activity: Find the correct text feature to heal the patients!

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. If your child took the CogAt this year, you should be receiving CogAt scores soon. Universal screener referrals are still not available. The universal screener referral is intended to capture a group of students at each school who may require advanced differentiation based on one of many measures that are considered. This referral pathway is also one way to ensure that a student whose family may not yet be familiar with FCPS AAP and the referral process is not missed for consideration. If you are interested in your child being screened for Level IV services, please do not wait for the universal screener referral notification. For more information, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Mrs. Acosta, Mrs. Cangro, and Mrs. Younger accompanied Clermont’s Young Scholars in 4th-6th grade on a field trip to Thinkabit labs in Falls Church. Students learned about innovation, learned to program arduinos, and created robots in pairs while learning about STEAM careers.

Coming Soon...

Students in 6th grade, along with staff, will participate in the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions. More details, including opt-out information, will be coming after winter break. 

Calendar

December 18 - 26: Chanukah

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

March 25: PTA Silent Auction

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Don't forget to Come support Clermont at Panera in Kingstowne from 4:00 - 8:00 PM TOMORROW: Thursday, December 8, 2022.  

You need to eat, so why not support Clermont at the same time!

20% of profits are donated to Clermont. To make sure the order is designated for Clermont you will need to a show a copy of this flyer (digital or it can be printed out) OR enter code: FUND4U when ordering online or at the in store kiosk!  Thank you for your support! Questions: [email protected]

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Spirit Night at Panera

Come support Clermont at Panera in Kingstowne from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2022.  

You need to eat, so why not support Clermont at the same time!

20% of profits are donated to Clermont. To make sure the order is designated for Clermont you will need to bring the flyer OR enter code: FUND4U when ordering online or at the in store kiosk! Thank you for your support! Questions: [email protected]

Lost & Found

Clermont's Lost and Found is overflowing! We have accumulated a large number of coats, sweatshirts, and outerwear. Please remind your child to look for their lost item next week. We have temporarily relocated the Lost and Found to the front lobby. All unclaimed items will be donated over winter break.

Clermont Spelling Bee

In February 2023, the Clermont PTA is hosting a Scripps’ affiliated Spelling Bee at Clermont! The spelling bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

Currently, we are gauging students’ interest in the spelling bee from parents. There is no commitment at this time—we will reach out later with additional details for registration.

Take the Spelling Bee Interest Survey Here (Survey closes December 6)

5th graders experiment to see which surface material create more or less friction.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

During National Family Engagement Month, the Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. Clermont's family liaison is Carolina Guido-Parada, and she can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 921-2441. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean.
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County for students as well as adults. Information on spring classes will be posted in March 2023.

Additional resources are available on the Family Engagement webpage.

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Thursday, Dec. 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Family Life Education Parent Information Session

For Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools

Parents are invited to attend an optional Zoom session to learn about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials.

Monday, December 12th, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Link

Student Voice: Holiday News Show Segments

Clermont students have a strong voice! We would love to hear from our students about the various holidays they celebrate. Does your family celebrate Bodhi Day, Hannukah, or Christmas? If your child is interested in recording a segment for our news show, we would love to hear their thoughts! Please contact Mrs. Cangro at [email protected] by December 5 for more information. (We will try to include as many students as possible. Videos may not be used in their entirety.)  

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. 

(If you are interested in helping for the holidays, please sign up today so we have time to send you important information.)

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. If your child took the CogAt this year, you should be receiving CogAt scores soon. Universal screener referrals are still not available. The universal screener referral is intended to capture a group of students at each school who may require advanced differentiation based on one of many measures that are considered. This referral pathway is also one way to ensure that a student whose family may not yet be familiar with FCPS AAP and the referral process is not missed for consideration. If you are interested in your child being screened for Level IV services, please do not wait for the universal screener referral notification. For more information, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it!

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, FCPS plans to use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

Important Dates

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 18 - 26: Chanukah

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Clermont Spelling Bee

In February 2023, the Clermont PTA is hosting a Scripps’ affiliated Spelling Bee at Clermont! The spelling bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

Currently, we are gauging students’ interest in the spelling bee from parents. There is no commitment at this time—we will reach out later with additional details for registration.

Take the Spelling Bee Interest Survey Here (Survey closes December 6)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Next Week!

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is next week! 

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place in our Clermont library:

Book Fair dates: Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2

Shopping hours for families: Tuesday, November 29 from 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Students shop with their class (your child’s teacher can you know their buying day): Wednesday, November 30 - Friday, December 2.

Please note: we are required to charge sales tax this year on all purchases from our book fair.

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet - your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. Our Online Fair is available from November 22 to December 2.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/clermontes

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering your time by helping to advertise, decorate, set up, work at the fair during school hours, work after school during our late night, and help to pack up at the end of the week. We especially need volunteers Monday morning, Tuesday evening, and Friday afternoon of Book Fair Week.

Sign Up Today to be a Book Fair Volunteer! 

Questions? Please feel free to send an email to: [email protected]

Fall Picture Retakes

Fall picture retakes will be next week, on Tuesday, November 29. If you would like your child to have their photo retaken, please notify their teacher. Additionally, all students who were absent on picture day will have their photo taken.

Family Life Education Parent Information Session

For Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools

Parents are invited to attend an optional Zoom session to learn about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials.

Monday, December 12th, 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Zoom Link

Student Voice: Holiday News Show Segments

Clermont students have a strong voice! We would love to hear from our students about the various holidays they celebrate. Does your family celebrate Bodhi Day, Hannukah, or Christmas? If your child is interested in recording a segment for our news show, we would love to hear their thoughts! Please contact Mrs. Cangro at [email protected] by December 5 for more information. (We will try to include as many students as possible. Videos may not be used in their entirety.)  

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. 

(If you are interested in helping for the holidays, please sign up today so we have time to send you important information.)

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Important Dates

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

November 29: Book Fair Night

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Calendar Reminder: Thanksgiving

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Family Life Education Parent Information Session

For Edison Pyramid Elementary Schools

Parents are invited to attend an optional Zoom session to learn about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials.

Monday, December 12th, 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Zoom Link

Student Voice: Bodhi Day for the News Show

Clermont students have a strong voice! We would love to hear more about the various holidays our students celebrate from our Eagles. Does your family celebrate Bodhi Day? If your child is interested in recording a segment for our news show, we would love to hear their thoughts! Please contact Mrs. Cangro at knca[email protected] by December 5 for more information. 

Kindergartners learned all about fire safety this week, and even got to check out a real fire truck!

Fall Picture Retakes

Fall picture retakes will be held on November 29. If you would like your child to have their photo retaken, please notify their teacher. Additionally, all students who were absent on picture day will have their photo taken.

Book Fair Parent Volunteers Wanted!

Get ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. AND - as always - every book they buy earns rewards for our school library.   

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place in our Clermont library:

Book Fair dates: Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2

Shopping hours for families: Tuesday, November 29 from 4:00 - 7:30 pm

Students shop with their class - your child’s teacher will let you know their buying day: Wednesday, November 30 - Friday, December 2.

Please note: we are required to charge sales tax this year on all purchases from our book fair.

This year, say goodbye to cash and hello to eWallet - your child’s digital payment account. Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases. Anyone can contribute! Share each child’s eWallet so friends and family can add funds and give your kids more books to enjoy.

If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. Our Online Fair is available from November 22 to December 2.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/clermontes

Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

Please consider volunteering your time by helping to advertise, decorate, set up, work at the fair during school hours, work after school during our late night, and help to pack up at the end of the week. We especially need volunteers Monday morning, Tuesday evening, and Friday afternoon of Book Fair Week.

Sign Up Today to be a Book Fair Volunteer! 

Questions? Please feel free to send an email to: [email protected]

World Kindness Day is November 13 

See below for a way to celebrate!

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. 

(If you are interested in helping for the holidays, please sign up by Nov. 22 so we have time to send you important information.)

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information

Jonathan Roth Author Visit

Author Jonathan Roth visited 1st-5th graders at our school this week. Thank you to Hooray for Books and Clermont Librarian, Kannan Cangro, for arranging this opportunity for our students!

Jonathan Roth Book Order Update

We are waiting on a few books before we send them home (personalization error). We anticipate having the corrected books on Monday and will send all books home on Monday or Tuesday at the latest. We apologize for the delay, and thank you for your understanding.

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process

FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:

Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22. 

Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Important Dates

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

November 29: Book Fair Night

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Clermont thanks all the Veterans in our community for their service. This Veterans Day, Clermont ES was presented with a flag of the United States of America that was flown over the Pentagon!

Many of our military connected family members joined us this week for Clermont's High Five for Heroes parade. Our students and staff were thrilled to get to express their appreciation for all of the past and present service members in our community. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for this special day, and to the many volunteers who helped us put this event together. Pictures from the event can be found throughout this newsletter, and on the Clermont Facebook page

Clermont Spelling Bee

In February 2023, the Clermont PTA is hosting a Scripps’ affiliated Spelling Bee at Clermont! The spelling bee is an opportunity for students to develop language skills and increase their vocabularies, practice poise under pressure, strengthen life skills including work ethic, build confidence, and have fun!

Currently, we are gauging students’ interest in the spelling bee from parents. There is no commitment at this time—we will reach out later with additional details for registration.

Take the Spelling Bee Interest Survey Here

Help Out With Clermont's Spelling Bee!

We need a Spelling Bee coordinator, Judges, and Pronouncers for our Spelling Bee!

The Spelling Bee team will start meeting in November to plan for the Spelling Bee to take place in late February.

Learn more about the program below, and if you are interested in helping out, please email [email protected].

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Military Kids Club

We are excited to announce that Clermont Elementary is forming a Military Kids Club, to bring together military-connected youth through sharing experiences, supporting relationships with civilian peers, and binging awareness and support to the military lifestyle. Please note that as our meetings will be about 45 minutes long and during the school day, it may be possible that your child will have to make up school work independently. If you would like your student to be part of this club, please complete the form below which will act as your consent to participate. We are looking forward to getting to know and support your military-connected child!

Fill out form

FCPS Calendar Survey Coming Soon!

In an annual planning process, FCPS uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. The Calendar Survey will be sent to parents/caregivers, FCPS employees, and students in grades 7-12 next week.

The FCPS framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as FCPS works to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable.

Nominate Your November Soaring Eagle!

Would you like to recognize a teacher or staff member whose impact on a student made you thankful?                   

Nominate them for the November Soaring EAGLE Award! Any Clermont teacher or staff member who has made the day better and brighter for a student or group of students is eligible. 

The Clermont PTA Board will evaluate all the submissions and present the winner with the award in December. 

Questions? Contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Congratulations to Kelly Convery, Clermont’s October Soaring Eagle!

Want to learn more about ecosystems? Ask a 4th grader!  Clermont's 4th grade students have been busy observing, drawing, and creating their own ecosystems.

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Mrs. Slack's students hard at work creating their own ecosystems.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Mrs. Leestma's students made scientific observations and illustrations of ecosystems at Clermont.

Family Assistance

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.

Please email one of us if you have questions or concerns.

Mrs.Treger, School Counselor: [email protected] 

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (habla español): [email protected]                            

Show you CARE by supporting families in our community. 

Many 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.

Announcing Clermont's Superhero Dance!

The PTA is hosting a Superhero Dance!

When: Friday, November 18th

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Clermont Elementary Cafeteria

Join the Clermont PTA for their first-ever Superhero Dance! Clermont students can bring a parent or adult special guest, a.k.a. their "superhero," to the school for dancing, refreshments, and fun! Feel free to dress up as a superhero for the event or come as you are!

The event is free, but does require an RSVP. Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you plan to attend!

RSVP Here! 

Book Fair Parent Volunteers Wanted!

Sign Up Today to be a Book Fair Volunteer!

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 28th – Dec. 2nd. Help is needed in preparing for the fair and throughout the week it is open. Please consider volunteering your time by helping to advertise, decorate, set up, work at the fair during school hours, work after school during our late night, and help to pack up at the end of the week. 

Please feel free to sign up to volunteer for an hour, a couple of hours, or for the entire week. Whatever works for you! The book fair is a lot of fun and is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your time and efforts. We look forward to working with you! Kannan Cangro (Librarian) Questions? Please feel free to send an email to: [email protected]

Students in grades k-3 were treated to a live performance called “The The Emperor's New Clothes”, by the Virginia Repertory Theatre this week! 

Edison Academy Culinary Arts Gingerbread House Workshop

December 10, 2022
Snow Date: Dec 17, 2022
Session 1: 9:00 am-10:30 am
Session 2: 10:30 am-12 noon

Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family with Gingerbread FUN! Let us take care of all the mess and stress. Our talented culinary students will assist you in creating a truly unique house for display during the holiday season. The workshop includes all the ingredients to decorate a beautiful gingerbread house. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available after your decorating experience.

Pricing: $45 and a minimum of 4 canned goods per house (the canned goods will be donated to the Koinonia Foundation food pantry).

Due to limited space a maximum of three people per house, including parent and/or guardian.

Recommended age: 5 years old and up. Participants 13 and under must have an adult chaperone.

Registration and payment is required by December 1st. (limited to 24 paid participants). Register Now

Together We Shine!

Here is great resource to help children SHINE! 

S H I N E

The Healthy Minds Blog is linked there as well which discusses youth mental health and wellness!

Important Dates

November 18: PTA Superhero Dance (6:30 pm)

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 28 - December 2: Scholastic Book Fair

November 29: Book Fair Night

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break (Office Closed)

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Reminder: No School Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 8 (Election Day)

As a reminder, there will be no school tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8th for election day. Don’t forget to get out and vote! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

No School Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)

Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Wear Red, White, and Blue on November 10!

All students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on November 10 in honor of all those who have served! 

Important Dates

November 8: No School - Election Day

November 10: Spirit Day: Wear Red, White, & Blue! 

November 11: No School - Veterans Day

November 18: PTA Superhero Dance (6:30 pm)

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Daylight Saving Time Ends Nov. 6

Daylight saving time will end this Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 8 (No School)

As a reminder, there will be no school on Tuesday, November 8th for election day. Don’t forget to get out and vote! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 11 (No School)

Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Veterans Day Invite for Military Connected Families

Clermont is a Purple Star school and we embrace opportunities to celebrate our military connected families! This year, Clermont will be honoring our Veterans, as well as our current active military families, on Thursday, November 10.

As part of the celebration we would like to have any available Veterans or active military parents, grandparents, and guardians join us for a short High-Fives for Heroes parade on Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 AM. Led by our very own mascot, Ernie the Eagle, we will start in the cafeteria at 9:15 AM and begin parading through the school hallways at 9:30 AM. The parade should take about 10 minutes to complete. We will finish with a brief American flag presentation in the cafeteria with some light refreshments. The mornings’ activities should be complete by 10:30 AM and are sponsored by our wonderful PTA.

If you are able to join us for this honor, please RSVP here.

We look forward to seeing many of our military connected parents and guardians on November 10!

Wear Red, White, and Blue on November 10!

All students and staff are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue on November 10 in honor of all those who have served! 

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Kindergarten pumpkin math fun!

Advanced Academics Information

If you are interested in having your 2nd through 6th grader screened for Full-Time (Level IV) services, please submit all documents no later than the deadline, December 15, 2022. The Level IV Referral Form is required and is linked below. The Parent/Guardian Questionnaire is optional, however it is highly recommended that you submit this as well. You may also submit up to two digital pages of work samples. Please email all documents to our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected] on or before December 15, 2022. Please reach out to Mrs. Acosta with any questions.

Level IV Referral Form

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

If you missed the Understanding the Level IV Referral and Screening Process parent meeting on October 28, 2022, the recording is linked below.

This meeting was recorded and covered the Level IV referral and screening process. The presentation for this meeting and the AAP Overview meeting are located on the Clermont homepage.

Staying Healthy this Cold/Flu Season

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit our Return to School website.

Yoga at Clermont

Would you like your child to be involved in a free before or after-school yoga club? Click here to let us know if you're interested and tell us about your child's availability. Teachers trained in Yoga 4 Classrooms will help empower students with tools to become less stressed and overwhelmed and more mindful and connected with an increased ability to focus and self-regulate.   

Students in grades 4, 5, & 6 were treated to a live performance called “The Wright Stuff: First in Flight”, by the Virginia Repertory Theatre this morning! The actors told the story of Orville, Wilbur, and Katharine Wright!

Family Assistance

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.

Please email one of us if you have questions or concerns.

Mrs.Treger, School Counselor: [email protected] 

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (habla español): [email protected]                            

Show you CARE by supporting families in our community. 

Many 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.

More pumpkin math fun in first grade.

MCEC Webinar: Supporting Young Children of Veterans

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 | NOON EST

When a Service Member leaves the military, the child leaves the military as well. This webinar shares positive strategies to address the implications for young children of Veterans who are transitioning or have recently transitioned out of the military.

Register Now Link

Military Child Education Coalition

Sponsored by Department of the Air Force School Liaison Program

Announcing Clermont's Superhero Dance!

The PTA is hosting a Superhero Dance!

When: Friday, November 18th

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Clermont Elementary Cafeteria

Join the Clermont PTA for their first-ever Superhero Dance! Clermont students can bring a parent or adult special guest, a.k.a. their "superhero," to the school for dancing, refreshments, and fun! Feel free to dress up as a superhero for the event or come as you are!

The event is free, but does require an RSVP. Space is limited, so please only RSVP if you plan to attend!

RSVP Here! 

Bully Prevention

Bully Prevention lessons are taught throughout Fairfax County Public Schools each year.

Bullying in 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:

  1. Ignore
  2. Walk away
  3. Use a friendly I-message such as I feel _____ when you _____. I wish you would _____.
  4. Use a firm I message with a warning such as, I feel _____ when you _____. I want you to _____ or I will _____.
  5. 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. Helping others who are teased or bullied isn’t difficult when you have strategies to use such as:

  • Interrupt
    • Take the target away from the bully
    • 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

Click here to watch an UpStander video.

Clermont ES is a wonderful school and our students feel safe coming each day. We can all work together to promote a caring, safe culture at Clermont ES. If parents/guardians take time to practice these skills at home, it will help reinforce them. 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.

Book Fair Parent Volunteers Wanted!

Sign Up Today to be a Book Fair Volunteer!

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 28th – Dec. 2nd. Help is needed in preparing for the fair and throughout the week it is open. Please consider volunteering your time by helping to advertise, decorate, set up, work at the fair during school hours, work after school during our late night, and help to pack up at the end of the week. 

Please feel free to sign up to volunteer for an hour, a couple of hours, or for the entire week. Whatever works for you! The book fair is a lot of fun and is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your time and efforts. We look forward to working with you! Kannan Cangro (Librarian) Questions? Please feel free to send an email to: [email protected]

Clermont staff went all out for Book Character Day! 

Important Dates

November 8: No School - Election Day

November 10: Red, White, & Blue Day! 

November 11: No School - Veterans Day

November 18: PTA Superhero Dance (6:30 pm)

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break

January 16: No School - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 25: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

January 26: No School/Prof. Workday

January 27: No School/Prof. Workday

February 20: No School - President's Day

March 2: 2-Hour Early Release (Dismissal at 1:50 pm)

March 3: No School/Prof. Workday

April 3-6: No School - Spring Break

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Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

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Nominations Open for Clermont's Outstanding Employee Awards Nomination Deadline: November 9, 2022

To submit a nomination for a Clermont Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination by clicking on this Google form link: Outstanding Employee nomination. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards, and the eligibility requirements are listed below.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher, librarian, or specialist with three or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher – a new teacher, librarian, or specialist within the first three years of their teaching career

Outstanding Principal - a current principal who has completed at least three full years as a principal

Outstanding School-Based Leader - an employee who has at least one year of experience in current position - this position could include Assistant Principal, DSA, DSS

Outstanding Professional Employee – an employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialists (SBTS), Technology Support Specialist (TSSpec), Psychologist, Social Worker

Outstanding Operational Employee – an Operational employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, student information assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants, parent liaisons

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 9, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Gibson at [email protected].

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Veterans Day Invite for Military Connected Families

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Dear Clermont Community,

Clermont is a Purple Star school and we embrace opportunities to celebrate our military connected families! This year, school is closed for the November 11 Veterans Day holiday so Clermont will be honoring our Veterans, as well as our current active military families, on Thursday, November 10.

As part of the celebration we would like to have any available Veterans or active military parents, grandparents, and guardians join us for a short High-Fives for Heroes parade on Thursday, November 10 at 9:30 AM. Led by our very own mascot, Ernie the Eagle, we will start in the cafeteria at 9:15 AM and begin parading through the school hallways at 9:30 AM. The parade should take about 10 minutes to complete. We will finish with a brief American flag presentation in the cafeteria with some light refreshments. The mornings’ activities should be complete by 10:30 AM and are sponsored by our wonderful PTA.

If you are able to join us for this honor, please click on the link below to log your RSVP, or you can email Ms. Salata directly at [email protected].

We look forward to seeing many of our military connected parents and guardians on November 10!

Response Form for Nov 10 Parade

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata, Principal

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This Friday, October 28 is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Clermont will dismiss at 1:50pm. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Tonight: PTA Trunk or Treat

The PTA Trunk-or-Treat is tonight!

Today, Friday, October 28

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Clermont Elementary parking lot

Pizza and Chick-fil-A will be available for purchase (cash only). 

RSVP Here

Yoga at Clermont

Would you like your child to be involved in a free before or after-school yoga club? Click here to let us know if you're interested and tell us about your child's availability. Teachers trained in Yoga 4 Classrooms will help empower students with tools to become less stressed and overwhelmed and more mindful and connected with an increased ability to focus and self-regulate.   

Family Assistance

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.

Please email one of us if you have questions or concerns.

Mrs.Treger, School Counselor: [email protected] 

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (habla español): [email protected]                            

Show you CARE by supporting families in our community. 

Many 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.

Leftover Halloween Candy Drive

Donate your individually wrapped candy! Donations will go to Wmata Youth Programs. Collections boxes will be in the front office from Nov. 1-4th.

Feliz Día de los Muertos to all Clermont families celebrating next week! Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are “O” Days this year. While Dia de los Muertos is largely celebrated in Mexico and Latin America, it also coincides with All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2). These days are celebrated by Catholics, Anglicans, and some Protestants worldwide.

The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Book Fair Parent Volunteers wanted!

Sign Up Today to be a Book Fair Volunteer!

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 28th – Dec. 2nd. Help is needed in preparing for the fair and throughout the week it is open. Please consider volunteering your time by helping to advertise, decorate, set up, work at the fair during school hours, work after school during our late night, and help to pack up at the end of the week. 

Please feel free to sign up to volunteer for an hour, a couple of hours, or for the entire week. Whatever works for you! The book fair is a lot of fun and is one of our most popular volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your time and efforts. We look forward to working with you! Kannan Cangro (Librarian) Questions? Please feel free to send an email to: [email protected]

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form 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.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

Amazon Smile

Did you know that when you shop at smile.amazon.com,
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the
Clermont Elementary School PTA???

To Sign Up 

From a web browser: 

  1. Visit: https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com 
  3. Go to: smile.amazon.com and choose Clermont PTA as your designated charity.
  4. Then start shopping! 
  5. Remember to bookmark smile.amazon.com for all your future Amazon shopping needs.

From the Amazon app on your mobile device:

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app
  2. Navigate to the main menu (≡)
  3. Tap on Settings, then select “AmazonSmile” 
  4. Search for and select: “Clermont Elem PTA”, then follow the
    on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app.
Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1

Important Dates

October 28: PTA Trunk or Treat (5:30 - 7:30 pm)

October 31: No School/Prof. Workday

November 8: No School - Election Day

November 11: No School - Veterans Day

November 23-25: No School - Thanksgiving Break

November 29: Fall Picture Retakes

December 19 - January 2: No School - Winter Break

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Reminder: Dismissal at 1:50 pm Tomorrow/No School Monday

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As a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, October 28 is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students.

Clermont will dismiss at 1:50pm tomorrow.

Also, schools are closed for students this Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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