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In This Issue Clermont News
  • Lightspeed Information from Ms. Salata
  • DEA Guest Speaker at Franconia ES
  • Advanced Academics News
District News
  • Preparing for Winter Weather
Calendar
  • Calendar Spotlight
Lightspeed Information from Ms. Salata

Dear Clermont Families,

Recently, a new program has been purchased by FCPS for all schools to help parents and staff monitor the websites students are browsing during lessons within the school day when laptops are being used. This internet content filtering services is called Lightspeed.

In the spirit of always wanting to maximize transparency for you, and safety for your children, I want to share with you that any parent or guardian interested in knowing more about their child’s internet browsing activity on an FCPS device can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed at no cost. This report will provide a list of the top sites your child visited that week. 

Additionally, the weekly Parent Report offers you the ability to sign up for free access to the Internet Use Parent Portal. Through this portal, you may pause your child’s access to the internet on their FCPS device during non-school hours.

Sincerely,

Ms. Salata, Principal

DEA Guest Speaker at Franconia ES

Franconia Elementary School is extending an invitation to Clermont families to attend their next PTA General Membership meeting to hear a guest speaker. The guest speaker is from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and will discuss illegal drug use, fentanyl, how kids use social media apps to purchase drugs, and the steps parents can take to address this issue.

All Clermont families are welcome to join!

Date: Tuesday, December 5

Time: 7 pm

Location: Franconia Elementary School Cafeteria

NOTE: Free childcare for school-aged children will be provided

Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. 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 for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Calendar

December 7-15: Chanukah 

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 8: PTA Student Social Event, 5:30-8:30 pm

December 12: Strings Concert, 7:00 pm

December 18 - January 1: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 2: Classes Resume

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 7: Orthodox Christmas

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

Calendar Spotlight

December 7-15: Chanukah

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids

December 8: Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 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, including Bodhi Day. 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. 

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Dear Clermont Families,

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for each and every one of you. From our incredible students and families to our dedicated staff, each of you plays a vital role in making our school the special place that it is. We are truly grateful to be a part of such a caring and supportive community. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Warmly,

Ms. Salata and Mrs. Younger

🦃 Calendar Reminder: Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.

See the complete school year calendar.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 27th - December 1st!

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, and look forward to working with you! Questions? Email Kannan Cangro, Clermont Librarian, at [email protected].

Volunteer Sign-Up

Fall Picture Retakes

Fall pictures were distributed to teachers last week, so be sure to check your child's backpacks for photo orders and proofs.

Photo retakes will be held on November 28th. If you would like your child to have their photo redone, please notify your child's teacher by retake day. 

Any student who was absent on picture day will have their photo taken on November 28th. If you would like to order pictures, you may do so at barksdalestorefront.com. (Access Code: 0036778AR)

Questions? Call 1-800-220-7667

Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Calendar

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 27 - December 1: Scholastic Book Fair

November 28: Book Fair Night, 4:00-7:30 pm

November 28: Photo Retake Day

November 29: Chorus and Advanced Band Concert, 7:00 pm

December 7-15: Chanukah 

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 8: PTA Student Social Event, 5:30-8:30 pm

December 12: Strings Concert, 7:00 pm

December 18-31: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 2: Classes Resume

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 7: Orthodox Christmas

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

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🦃 Calendar Reminder: Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed November 22-24. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Thank You!

Thank you so much for donating to the food drive for Koinonia. It is a tremendous support for families in our community. If you are interested in donating year-round, here is the information for Koinonia:  

http://www.koinoniacares.org/   

6037 Franconia Road Alexandria, VA  22310

703-971-1991

Also, thank you for donating to the Candy drive. Donations went to first responders, homeless shelters, rehab centers, and others in need in the community.

Thank you for caring for others!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held November 27th - December 1st!

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, and look forward to working with you! Questions? Email Kannan Cangro, Clermont Librarian, at [email protected].

Volunteer Sign-Up

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs. 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Fifth graders are engaged during a lesson with Ms. Troutman

Family Assistance Requesting 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. 

Show You CARE by Supporting Families in our Community

Some of you have reached out to express an interest in supporting families in our community.
If you are looking for ways to help, please read and submit this form to learn about ways  YOU can show you CARE.  Contact Mrs. Treger, School Counselor, with questions.  

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

Mrs. Treger, School Counselor                                                           

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (Habla espanol)   

Fall Picture Retakes

Fall pictures were distributed to teachers last week, so be sure to check your child's backpacks for photo orders and proofs.

Photo retakes will be held on November 28th. If you would like your child to have their photo redone, please notify your child's teacher by retake day. 

Any student who was absent on picture day will have their photo taken on November 28th. If you would like to order pictures, you may do so at barksdalestorefront.com. (Access Code: 0036778AR)

Questions? Call 1-800-220-7667

🏆November Soaring Eagle Nominations NOW OPEN!

Has a Clermont teacher or staff member gone above and beyond to make your child's day better and brighter? Nominate them for the Soaring Eagle Award! 🏆

Every month, we celebrate Clermont Elementary School’s incredible teachers and staff who make a significant difference in the lives of our students. Let's celebrate the Clermont teachers and staff who make our school community shine!

Nominate Your Soaring Eagle Here!

Nominations for the November award are due by November 30th. 

For more information, visit the PTA website: PTA Website or contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Congratulations to October Soaring Eagle, Emily Hobson! 
  • National Family Engagement Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Calendar

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 27 - December 1: Scholastic Book Fair

November 28: Book Fair Night, 4:00-7:30 pm

November 28: Photo Retake Day

November 29: Chorus and Advanced Band Concert, 7:00 pm

December 7-15: Chanukah 

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 8: PTA Student Social Event, 5:30-8:30 pm

December 12: Strings Concert, 7:00 pm

December 18-31: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 2: Classes Resume

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 7: Orthodox Christmas

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

Calendar Spotlight

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Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held from November 27th - December 1st. 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. 

You can 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, and look forward to working with you!

Questions? Email Kannan Cangro, Clermont Librarian, at [email protected].

Volunteer Sign-Up

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. Learn more about the history of Veterans Day at va.gov. 

Clermont Elementary began the day today with a breakfast to honor our Veteran parents, and also our active duty military families. The JROTC Cadets from Edison HS came over to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Veteran and active duty parents then went to all of our classrooms and talked about their time in the service with our students during Morning Meeting. Thank you to the PTA and all of our military connected families for making this a memorable Veterans Day for the children at Clermont!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Clermont Elementary's Scholastic Book Fair will be held in person from November 27th - December 1st. 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! Questions? Email Kannan Cangro, Clermont Librarian, at [email protected].

Volunteer Sign-Up

Diwali

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.

FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.

FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).

FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.

The Edison Pyramid hosted a virtual parent information night this week. If you missed the session, the materials are now available in the All Parents/Guardians course in Schoology.

Family Assistance Requesting 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. 

Show You CARE by Supporting Families in our Community

Some of you have reached out to express an interest in supporting families in our community.
If you are looking for ways to help, please read and submit this form to learn about ways  YOU can show you CARE.  Contact Mrs. Treger, School Counselor, with questions.  

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

Mrs. Treger, School Counselor                                                           

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (Habla espanol)   

Fall Picture Retakes

Fall pictures were distributed to teachers today, so be sure to check backpacks soon for photo orders and proofs.

Photo retakes will be held on November 28th. If you would like your child to have their photo redone, please notify your child's teacher by retake day. 

Any student who was absent on picture day will have their photo taken on November 28th. If you would like to order pictures, you may do so at barksdalestorefront.com. (Access Code: 0036778AR)

Questions? Call 1-800-220-7667

Winter Break STEM Kits

FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is pleased to offer an exciting winter break learning opportunity for FCPS students. ACE has launched a new STEM kit program for students (grades 3-5) focused on extending learning when students are out of school. ACE is offering a comprehensive STEM kit that includes five exciting projects and fifteen learning activities. And better yet, all materials are included! ACE STEM Kits will surely stimulate curiosity and engage students in the rapidly growing area of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Order Today!

Edison Academy Culinary Arts Gingerbread House Workshop December 9, 2023

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.

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

Registration and money payment is required by December 1st.  

Register Here

Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Calendar

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 27 - December 1: Scholastic Book Fair

November 28: Book Fair Night, 4:00-7:30 pm

November 28: Photo Retake Day

December 7-15: Chanukah 

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 18-31: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 2: Classes Resume

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 7: Orthodox Christmas

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

Calendar Spotlight November is National Family Engagement Month

This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family support is vital to student well-being and success. 

FCPS has many resources designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

Additionally, every school has a family liaison who available to welcome and orient families, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. Clermont's family liaison is Carolina Guido-Parada. They can help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, you may email Mrs. Guido-Parada at [email protected], or visit FCPS’ website for a list of region representatives

  • Native American Heritage Month
  • November 13-17 - American Education Week
  • November 13-17 - Geography Awareness Week

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Veterans Day Celebration

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Clarification for Veterans Day Celebration

All Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Service members, please join us for light breakfast treats, with your spouse and Clermont children, to honor you!  

When: Nov. 10th, 8:15-9:00 am (before school)

Where: Clermont Elementary School Cafeteria

Bring your Clermont student and enjoy light refreshments together with Ernie the Eagle and more!

Afterwards, from 9:05-9:35, we’re hoping you will join classrooms to share a little bit about military life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to better understand why we celebrate Veterans Day while creating meaningful interactions for students and veterans.  

Some ideas:

  • Share why you serve
  • Bring in an artifact to share
  • Share a short story of your time in service
  • Share a favorite memory or experience
  • Share what you like best or your biggest challenge
  • Share what you’re most proud of etc. 
  • Also, we can provide a story for a read aloud connected to military life 

Click here to RSVP and sign-up to visit a classroom.  

Point of Contact: Tiffany Velishka at [email protected]

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Reminder: No School Monday and Tuesday

As a reminder, today, Friday, November 3, is the last day of the first quarter. Schools are closed for students on Monday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 7 for school planning and teacher workdays.

See the complete school year calendar.

Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall Back)

This Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!

We spotted some Minions at Clermont on Book Character Day! 

It's Time to Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey!

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you have not already filled out the form online, paper forms were sent home this week. (Please check your child's backpack!) Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Please watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page for more information.  

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).

Family Assistance Requesting 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. 

Show You CARE by Supporting Families in our Community

Some of you have reached out to express an interest in supporting families in our community.
If you are looking for ways to help, please read and submit this form to learn about ways  YOU can show you CARE.  Contact Mrs. Treger, School Counselor, with questions.  

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

Mrs. Treger, School Counselor                                                           

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (Habla espanol)   

Ms. Deveney had "A Bad Case of the Stripes" on Tuesday!

✅ Election Day is Next Week

The 2023 School Bond Referendum will be on the ballot Tuesday, November 7. Remember to vote! 

November 7 will also be a teacher workday and a holiday for students. For more information on voting, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Veterans’ Day Celebration

All Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Service members, please join us for breakfast to honor you!  

When: Nov. 10th, 8:15-9:00 am

Where: Clermont Elementary School Cafeteria

Bring your Clermont student and enjoy light refreshments together with Ernie the Eagle and more!

Afterwards, from 9:05-9:35, we’re hoping you will join classrooms to share a little bit about military life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to better understand why we celebrate Veterans’ Day while creating meaningful interactions for students and veterans.  

Some ideas:

  • Share why you serve
  • Bring in an artifact to share
  • Share a short story of your time in service
  • Share a favorite memory or experience
  • Share what you like best or your biggest challenge
  • Share what you’re most proud of etc. 
  • Also, we can provide a story for a read aloud connected to military life 

Click here to RSVP and sign-up to visit a classroom.  

Point of Contact: Tiffany Velishka at [email protected]

Caution: Wild leopards on the loose! 

Provide Input on FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Please join FCPS’ Chief Equity Office for a virtual meeting regarding the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Regulation. The event will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. You may register at this link.

Your feedback will help ensure that FCPS policies align with the school division’s mission and values. It will also help identify any specific considerations that need to be addressed for the 2024-25 school year. 

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. A Certified Deaf Interpreter will be available as well. Get information on the SR&R

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.

FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.

FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).

FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.

The Edison Pyramid is hosting a virtual parent information night on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. You may join the zoom session at this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92243134340 

Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

The Virginia Repertory Theatre performed "The Velveteen Rabbit" for our youngest students this week. 

Calendar

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 9: FLE Preview Night (Virtual)

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 27 - December 1: Scholastic Book Fair

November 28: Book Fair Night, 4:00-7:30 pm

November 28: Photo Retake Day

December 7-15: Chanukah 

December 8: Bodhi Day

December 18-31: Winter Break - No School

December 25: Christmas

January 1: New Years Day

January 2: Classes Resume

January 6: Three Kings Day/Epiphany

January 7: Orthodox Christmas

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 19: Orthodox Epiphany

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

Calendar Spotlight

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.

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Reminder: Early Release Tomorrow, Friday Nov. 3. No School Monday, Nov. 6 & Tuesday Nov. 7

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Reminder: Two-Hour Early Release Tomorrow, No School Monday and Tuesday

As a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, November 3, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Clermont will dismiss at 1:50 pm.

Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 7 for school planning and teacher workdays.

See the complete school year calendar.

Nominations Open for Clermont's Outstanding Employee Awards Nomination Deadline: November 3, 2023

It’s that exciting time of year when FCPS asks us to recognize our outstanding staff at Clermont Elementary School for going above and beyond! If you would like to nominate a staff member for Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete this Google 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, family liaisons, student monitors

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 3, 2023.

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

✍️ Mark Your Calendar 📅

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 18-31: Winter Break - No School

January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

January 25: End of Second Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

January 26: No School/Teacher Workday

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Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser

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Dear Families,

The 4th grade class is conducting an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser to help offset the cost of their spring field trip. The fundraiser has been extended until Friday, November 3rd, 2023. You can order online at this link: https://www.shopfund.com/Shop. If you order online and are prompted for a student name, please use "Keytrell Slack" as the name; Mrs. Slack is one of our 4th grade teachers. Our 4th grade class will receive 40% of the total profits sold. You can expect to receive your orders at Clermont during the first week of December. Information on to how to pick up your orders will be sent home once the orders arrive.

If you have any question, please reach out to Keytrell Slack at [email protected] or Lisa Gibson at [email protected].

Have a wonderful day and thank you for helping 4th grade.

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First graders participate in a "pumpkin math" counting and carving activity.

Book Character Day

Book Character Dress Up Day for students will be on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to dress up like a character from a book they have read and bring the book to school. (No costume masks or face coverings, and no fake weapons please.)

Leftover Halloween Candy Drive

Donate your individually wrapped candy! Donations will go to first responders, homeless shelters, rehab centers, and others in need in the community.

Collection boxes will be in the front office from Nov. 1st-3rd.

PTA News Collection Drive

Have any items in your home that your family has outgrown? Are you are looking to clear some space before the holidays? The Clermont PTA is hosting a collection drive benefitting the Vietnam Veterans of America on Saturday November 11, 2023 from 10am – 2pm in the driveway in front of the school.

A variety of items, including clothing, household items, toys, electronics, and more, are needed. The full list of acceptable donations can be found at this link.

You may package your donations in bags or boxes. The only request is that the container holding your donation be small and light enough for one person to easily lift and carry.

Questions? Please contact Diane Lundin at [email protected]

Clermont Strings students perform with others at Edison High School 

Family Assistance Requesting 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. 

Show You CARE by Supporting Families in our Community

Some of you have reached out to express an interest in supporting families in our community.
If you are looking for ways to help, please read and submit this form to learn about ways  YOU can show you CARE.  Contact Mrs. Treger, School Counselor, with questions.  

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

Mrs. Treger, School Counselor                                                           

Mrs. Guido-Parada, Parent Liaison (Habla espanol)   

Debugging Strategies

Bullying in FCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

Children learn the definition and examples of bullying through lessons with the school counselors and from their teachers. Clermont staff teaches the students that when someone is teasing you, they are trying to “bug” you. We practice the following “debugging” strategies:

  1. Ignore
  2. Walk away
  3. Use a friendly I-message such as I feel ____ when you ____.  I wish you would ____.
  1. Use a firm I message with a warning such as, I feel ____ when you

      ____.  I want you to ____ or I will ____.

  1. Talk to an adult.

Students also learn to skip to step 5 if they are being physically hurt or if they are scared. The upper grade students are familiar with these strategies, and they go on to learn even more. 

Our school wide focus is about being an Upstander rather than a passive bystander. Click here to watch an UpStander video. Helping others who are teased or bullied isn’t difficult when you have strategies to use such as:

  • Interrupt
    • Take the target away
    • Change the subject/Distract
  • Be a buddy to the target
  • Speak up - Use your words to stand up for the target in a respectful way
  • Stand up as a group
  • Talk to an adult

Clermont Elementary School is a wonderful place where students feel safe each day. By working together, we can promote a caring and safe culture at Clermont ES. Parents and guardians can reinforce these skills at home, further supporting our efforts. If you would like more information on the Bully Prevention Program at Clermont Elementary School, please contact Mrs. Treger or Mr. Gayl, the school counselors. 

Food Drive

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

Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others. 

Celebrations at School

Please note that due to significant food allergies in our building, and out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, birthday and other celebrations at Clermont ES are non-food-related until further notice. Please do not plan to send food in to share with your child’s class for birthdays or other events. Items like pencils, erasers, a donated book, an indoor recess game for the classroom, or arranging with your child’s teacher to read a book to the class are great alternatives to food.

Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Access your student’s attendance records, grades, and assignments at any time with SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers should receive an activation code when they register their child. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Veterans’ Day Celebration

All Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Service members, please join us for breakfast to honor you!  

When: Nov. 10th, 8:15-9:00 am

Where: Clermont Elementary School Cafeteria

Bring your Clermont student and enjoy light refreshments together with Ernie the Eagle and more!

Afterwards, from 9:05-9:35, we’re hoping you will join classrooms to share a little bit about military life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to better understand why we celebrate Veterans’ Day while creating meaningful interactions for students and veterans.  

Some ideas:

  • Share why you serve
  • Bring in an artifact to share
  • Share a short story of your time in service
  • Share a favorite memory or experience
  • Share what you like best or your biggest challenge
  • Share what you’re most proud of etc. 
  • Also, we can provide a story for a read aloud connected to military life 

Click here to RSVP and sign-up to visit a classroom.  

Point of Contact: Tiffany Velishka at [email protected]

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.

FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.

FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).

FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.

The Edison Pyramid is hosting a virtual parent information night on Thursday, November 9th from 5:30 - 6:00 pm. You may join the zoom session at this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/92243134340 

Sixth graders collaborate with their first grade reading buddies. 

Advanced Academics News

Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals

Full-Time referrals for students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For your convenience, here are the links for the Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire. All documents should be emailed to Ms. Acosta at [email protected] no later than December 15th.  For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here.  You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Calendar

October 27: PTA Trunk or Treat (5-7pm)

October 31: Book Character Day

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 28: Photo Retake Day

Calendar Spotlight: October

National School Principals Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

 

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🏈TONIGHT: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools tonight, October 20th, for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles! Food Drive

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

Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others. 

Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Access your student’s attendance records, grades, and assignments at any time with SIS ParentVUE. Caregivers should receive an activation code when they register their child. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. Access SIS ParentVUE by using an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Book Character Day

Book Character Dress Up Day for students will be on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to dress up like a character from a book they have read and bring the book to school. (No costume masks or face coverings, and no fake weapons please.)

Veterans’ Day Celebration

All Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Retired Service members, please join us for breakfast to honor you!  

When: Nov. 10th, 8:15-9:00 am

Where: Clermont Elementary School Cafeteria

Bring your Clermont student and enjoy light refreshments together with Ernie the Eagle and more!

Afterwards, from 9:05-9:35, we’re hoping you will join classrooms to share a little bit about military life. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to better understand why we celebrate Veterans’ Day while creating meaningful interactions for students and veterans.  

Some ideas:

  • Share why you serve
  • Bring in an artifact to share
  • Share a short story of your time in service
  • Share a favorite memory or experience
  • Share what you like best or your biggest challenge
  • Share what you’re most proud of etc. 
  • Also, we can provide a story for a read aloud connected to military life 

Click here to RSVP and sign-up to visit a classroom.  

Point of Contact: Tiffany Velishka at [email protected]

📰 Newsletter for Military-Connected Families

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends a monthly newsletter for military-connected families? Subscribe today.

Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, October 20, and ends Sunday, October 22. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. View the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines for more information.

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.

FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.

FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).

FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.

Save the Date: FLE Parent Preview Night will be held on November 9th at Cameron Elementary School. Families are invited to attend this informative session to learn more about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials. (More details coming soon.)

PTA News Trunk or Treat

Trunk-or-Treat is back and we can't wait to see you all on Friday, October 27th from 5-to-7 p.m. 

This event will be held in the Clermont parking lot. 

We're looking for 3 vehicles per grade level and also candy donations. The PTA will also be purchasing candy, but we all know how quickly it goes. 

Candy donations can be dropped off in a box in the main office of the school. 

And new this year, a best Trunk contest! Each person who attends will get a vote. The top three win prizes!!! 

Please note, we will not be offering food at this event but feel free to bring dinner. Bathrooms will also be available inside the school. 

Trunk or Treat: Trunk and Candy Sign-Up

PTA Event Volunteers Needed!

Silent Auction! Student Socials! International Festival! We have so many fun events planned for the year, and need help to make sure they run smoothly. 

While you may not be interested in being the Restaurant Chair or the 2024-2025 Assembly Coordinator (see below for information on both of these opportunities above) we are always looking for volunteers. Please click the link to fill out our survey so we can contact you in the future to be a volunteer. 

PTA Volunteer Sign Up

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Level IV services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 pm. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here. You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Calendar

October 27: PTA Trunk or Treat (5-7pm)

October 31: Book Character Day

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 28: Photo Retake Day

Calendar Spotlight: October

National School Principals Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

 

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Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

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Nominations Open for Clermont's Outstanding Employee Awards Nomination Deadline: November 3, 2023

It’s that exciting time of year when FCPS asks us to recognize our outstanding staff at Clermont Elementary School for going above and beyond! If you would like to nominate a staff member for Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete this Google 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, family liaisons, student monitors

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is November 3, 2023.

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

 📚 Lexia Parent Night: Learn About Literacy Support

FCPS funds Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with the data to identify students who need further support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.

Attend an information night to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom. Parents/caregivers will also get tips for supporting their students at home. 

Information nights will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, October 18, at Thoreau Middle School (Cafeteria)
  • Thursday, October 19, at Edison High School (Auditorium)

Register to attend or submit a question in advance

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.  

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Food Drive

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

Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others. 

Book Character Day

Book Character Dress Up Day for students will be on Tuesday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to dress up like a character from a book they have read and bring the book to school. (No costume masks or face coverings, and no fake weapons please.)

🥗 New School Lunch Menu Options 

FCPS' Food and Nutrition Services team will be rolling out improvements to the menu that better reflect the diversity of our student body and focus on fresh, healthy food. Learn about FCPS’ new menu options.

Family Life Education

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a comprehensive Family Life Education (FLE) program.

FLE instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. FLE includes topics in human growth and development and social and emotional health. FLE instruction helps students gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy, responsible, and life-enhancing decisions related to relationships and their physical, emotional, and social health. Parents and guardians are partners in their child’s learning.

FLE instruction supports the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community. Parents and guardians can review FLE materials. Parents/guardians can access FLE lessons in Schoology using their SIS username and password. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media titles online. Lessons and media are available for review at school by contacting your child’s teacher. Lessons only are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).

FLE program descriptions and opt-out forms are available on the FCPS website.

Save the Date: FLE Parent Preview Night will be held on November 9th at Cameron Elementary School. Families are invited to attend this informative session to learn more about Family Life Education (FLE) lessons and materials. (More details coming soon.)

PTA News 2024-2025 Assembly Coordinator Needed

Our amazing Assembly Coordinator, Lea Anne Foster will be stepping down next year, as the 2023-2024 school year is her last as a Clermont parent.

For a smooth transition, we invite anyone interested in holding the position to shadow Lea Anne Foster. This is a fun opportunity to volunteer in a role that positively impacts every Clermont student. This role allows lots of flexibility to the parent ready to step in and serve our kids.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Clermont administrators and PTA exec team to coordinate and schedule school assemblies.
  • Choose performances based on PTA budget.
  • Help facilitate performance days at school with simple set up and serving as POC for artists visiting Clermont.
  • Manage grant application process, if needed.

If you're interested or would like to learn more, please email Lea Anne at [email protected].

Math Night for Grades K-2

Join us for the first in our series of Math Nights on Wednesday October 18th at 5pm.

Students in grades K-2 can join us for a night of math fun! 

Math Night Registration Link

Math Night Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help run the Math Night Activities.  If you are interested please sign up here!  

Trunk or Treat

Trunk-or-Treat is back and we can't wait to see you all on Friday, October 27th from 5-to-7 p.m. 

This event will be held in the Clermont parking lot. 

We're looking for 3 vehicles per grade level and also candy donations. The PTA will also be purchasing candy, but we all know how quickly it goes. 

Candy donations can be dropped off in a box in the main office of the school. 

And new this year, a best Trunk contest! Each person who attends will get a vote. The top three win prizes!!! 

Please note, we will not be offering food at this event but feel free to bring dinner. Bathrooms will also be available inside the school. 

Trunk or Treat: Trunk and Candy Sign-Up

October Soaring Eagle Nominations NOW OPEN!

Has a Clermont teacher or staff member gone above and beyond to make your child's day better and brighter? 

Nominate them for the Soaring Eagle Award! 🏆

Every month, we celebrate Clermont Elementary School’s incredible teachers and staff who make a significant difference in the lives of our students. Let's celebrate the Clermont teachers and staff who make our school community shine!

Nominations for the October award are due by the 31st. 

Don't miss this chance to show your appreciation!

For more information, visit the PTA website or contact Diane Lundin at [email protected]

Nominate a Soaring Eagle!

Congratulations to Rosemary Evans, September Soaring Eagle recipient!  Join the Clermont PTA!

New school year = New Clermont PTA Dues! Parents must pay their $10 dues every year to remain a member of the PTA. As a member of the Clermont Parent Teacher Association, you're building the Clermont community, enhancing student learning, partnering with staff and teachers, and making the school year a special experience for everyone. Join the Clermont Parent Teacher Association today for just $10.

Become a member!

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Level IV services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 pm. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here. You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Save the Date: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools on October 20th for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles!

Calendar

October 18: PTA Math Night - Grades K-2 (5pm)

October 20: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

October 27: PTA Trunk or Treat (5-7pm)

October 31: Book Character Day

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 28: Photo Retake Day

Calendar Spotlight: October

National School Principals Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

 

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Indigenous Peoples Day - No School Monday, October 9

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 9, is a student holiday and staff development day. Learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day from the National Museum of the American Indian. See the complete school year calendar.

Food Drive

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

Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others. 

PTA News Math Night for Grades K-2

Join us for the first in our series of Math Nights on Wednesday October 18th at 5pm.

Students in grades K-2 can join us for a night of math fun! 

Math Night Registration Link

Math Night Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help run the Math Night Activities.  If you are interested please sign up here!  

Trunk or Treat

Trunk-or-Treat is back and we can't wait to see you all on Friday, October 27th from 5-to-7 p.m. 

This event will be held in the Clermont parking lot. 

We're looking for 3 vehicles per grade level and also candy donations. The PTA will also be purchasing candy, but we all know how quickly it goes. 

Candy donations can be dropped off in a box in the main office of the school. 

And new this year, a best Trunk contest! Each person who attends will get a vote. The top three win prizes!!! 

Please note, we will not be offering food at this event but feel free to bring dinner. Bathrooms will also be available inside the school. 

Trunk or Treat: Trunk and Candy Sign-Up

October Soaring Eagle Nominations NOW OPEN!

Has a Clermont teacher or staff member gone above and beyond to make your child's day better and brighter? 

Nominate them for the Soaring Eagle Award! 🏆

Every month, we celebrate Clermont Elementary School’s incredible teachers and staff who make a significant difference in the lives of our students. Let's celebrate the Clermont teachers and staff who make our school community shine!

Nominations for the October award are due by the 31st. 

Don't miss this chance to show your appreciation!

For more information, visit the PTA website or contact Diane Lundin at [email protected]

Nominate a Soaring Eagle!

Join the Clermont PTA!

New school year = New Clermont PTA Dues! Parents must pay their $10 dues every year to remain a member of the PTA. As a member of the Clermont Parent Teacher Association, you're building the Clermont community, enhancing student learning, partnering with staff and teachers, and making the school year a special experience for everyone. Join the Clermont Parent Teacher Association today for just $10.

Become a member!

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Level IV services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

Two parent information meetings focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process were held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th and Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 pm. You can watch the video of the October 2nd meeting here. You can find the presentation from both meetings on Schoology. Visit your child’s homeroom teacher’s course and then the Advanced Academics folder. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Webinar: Cultivating Resilience in Military-Connected Children

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 | NOON (EST)

As parents, we want our military-connected children to not only bounce back but thrive when faced with challenges and changes. Join us as we share tips on how to foster resilience in the everyday lives of our children.

This program is sponsored by the Navy Child and Youth Programs

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Odyssey of the Mind Hey Clermont!

Do you like to write?

Do you like to sing?

Do you like to create things out of cardboard?

Do you play an instrument?

Do you like collaborating with friends?

Are you ready for an AMAZING creative adventure?

Odyssey of the Mind is a one-of-a-kind creative problem-solving program for K-12 students sponsored by the Clermont PTA. From October to March, teams work to solve a long-term problem, then present their solutions at a regional competition. Each team develops their own unique solution and do ALL the work themselves, encouraged by parent coaches. There is a weekly commitment on a day and time that the team agrees upon. You’ll find more information at www.odysseyofthemind.com.

Next steps: We will form teams within the next two weeks. New to Odyssey and ready to dive in? Returning OMer? Sign up here.

Please note that the number of teams we are able to assemble is entirely dependent upon having enough parents willing to coach.

Interested? Please join us at an informational Zoom meeting Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Jones, the Clermont OOTM Coordinator at [email protected]

Save the Date: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools on October 20th for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles!

Calendar

October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day - No School/Teacher Workday

October 18: PTA Math Night - Grades K-2 (5pm)

October 20: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

October 27: PTA Trunk or Treat (5-7pm)

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Calendar Spotlight: October

National School Principals Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

 

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Thank You Clermont Custodians!

October 2 is Custodian Appreciation Day. At Clermont, we are lucky to have an amazing custodial team. They are: Agnes Owusu Bempah, Jessica Lopez, Dina Mendoza, and Kossiwa Addor. Their hard work ensures that we all have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work. Thank you Custodial Team!!!!

Fall Picture Day

Clermont's fall picture day will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd. This year, we are partnering with Barksdale School Portraits. Please visit barksdalestorefront.com to view available photo packages, and place your orders online. (This is a pre-pay event. Place your order by October 3rd!)

Photo Orders: barksdalestorefront.com

Access Code: 0036778IN

(Password expires 24 hours after picture day)

Volunteer Opportunity: If you would like to help with picture day, please email [email protected]!

Food Drive

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

Donations of shelf-stable, non-perishable food items are accepted during the month of October. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby.

Canned fruit, beans, soups, tuna and vegetables are needed. Boxed foods are fine too. No glass containers please.

Thank you for showing you CARE for others. 

Thank You Families!

Thank you Clermont Community for your support of our Boosterthon Fun Run!  With your support, we raised over $40,000 to fund programs that benefit the entire student body such as: teacher start up funds, field trip buses, True (free) book fair, assemblies, student socials, school programs such as Flocabulary, BrainPOP, Peardeck and supporting our Young Scholars! The kids had a blast during this high energy fun run!

Counselor's Corner

Last year we focused on the use of Coping Tools to manage strong emotions. We reviewed this topic in several grade levels this month. Click here if you are looking for strategies to reinforce this important skill.

Our classroom lessons during August and September focused on the following topics:

Kindergarten - Understanding of the role of the school counselor. Gaining a deeper understanding of the CARE program: Cooperation, Acceptance, Responsibility and Effort.

1st gradeReviewing the role of the school counselor and reviewing coping tools to handle strong emotions. Discovering how being organized can help us and learning strategies to be more organized. Click here to learn ways to reinforce the use of Coping Tools when your child experiences strong emotions.

2nd gradeReviewing the role of the school counselor, learning about conflict, distinguishing between little and big problems. Identifying the nine KELCO’s choices and discovering how they can solve problems. 

3rd gradeReviewing the role of the school counselor and reviewing coping tools to handle strong emotions.

4th gradeReviewing the role of the school counselor and reviewing coping tools to handle strong emotions.

5th gradeReviewing the role of the school counselor and learning how to handle and address peer pressure.

6th gradeResiliency in the face of adversity: Learning to use your abilities to their fullest and demonstrating effective coping skills when faced with a problem.

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

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Full-Time (formerly known as Level IV) advanced academic services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process will be held virtually on Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 pm. Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) will provide information about levels of service and answer questions about advanced academic services. You can access the virtual meeting on October 2nd by clicking this link. If you attended the information meeting on September 26th, please note that the same information will be shared at the October 2nd meeting. You do not need to attend both meetings. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Odyssey of the Mind Hey Clermont!

Do you like to write?

Do you like to sing?

Do you like to create things out of cardboard?

Do you play an instrument?

Do you like collaborating with friends?

Are you ready for an AMAZING creative adventure?

Odyssey of the Mind is a one-of-a-kind creative problem-solving program for K-12 students sponsored by the Clermont PTA. From October to March, teams work to solve a long-term problem, then present their solutions at a regional competition. Each team develops their own unique solution and do ALL the work themselves, encouraged by parent coaches. There is a weekly commitment on a day and time that the team agrees upon. You’ll find more information at www.odysseyofthemind.com.

Next steps: We will form teams within the next two weeks. New to Odyssey and ready to dive in? Returning OMer? Sign up here.

Please note that the number of teams we are able to assemble is entirely dependent upon having enough parents willing to coach.

Interested? Please join us at an informational Zoom meeting Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Jones, the Clermont OOTM Coordinator at [email protected]

Save the Date: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools on October 20th for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles!

Calendar

October 2: National Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3: Fall Picture Day

October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day - No School/Teacher Workday

October 20: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Calendar Spotlight: October

National School Principals Month

LGBTQIA+ History Month

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

Head Start Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

 

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Picture Day Information - Next Tuesday, Oct. 3

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Fall Picture Day

Clermont's fall picture day will be held this coming Tuesday, October 3rd. This year, we are partnering with Barksdale School Portraits. Please visit barksdalestorefront.com to view available photo packages, and place your orders online (preferred method). This is a pre-pay event. Place your orders by October 3rd!

Personalized picture day fliers have also been distributed, so keep an eye out for those in backpacks today or tomorrow. (If using the paper order form, please make sure that the correct student name is on your form.)

Photo Orders: barksdalestorefront.com

Access Code: 0036778IN

(Password expires 24 hours after picture day)

Volunteer Opportunity: We are still seeking two volunteers to help with picture day. If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected]!

Reminder: Pajama Day is Tomorrow!

Great job Clermont Families! We exceeded our Boosterthon goal of having 75% of students register for the Boosterthon. We have earned a school-wide pajama day tomorrow, September 29th!

(Please remember to send your child in shoes appropriate for PE and recess.)

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Yom Kippur — No School Monday, September 25

All FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 25, for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. See the complete school year calendar. Learn more about Yom Kippur on Brittanica.com.

Blue Star Welcome Week

Every year, approximately 600,000 military-connected families relocate. Most of these families move to new duty stations, while some transition out of the military and others transition in. Most of these moves take place over the summer, and Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring our military families feel welcomed and a sense of belonging to their local community. 

Blue Star Welcome Week is an opportunity for our community to welcome our military-connected families and show them our appreciation for their service and sacrifices. Throughout the week, FCPS will help ease their transition through events, messages, actions of welcome, and opportunities to make meaningful connections. Please help us welcome our military families during Blue Star Welcome Week, September 23 - October 1, 2023, and throughout the year! #BlueStarWelcomeWeekFCPS 

Nominate a Soaring Eagle!

Calling all Parents and Guardians!

Has a Clermont teacher or staff member gone above and beyond to make your child's day better and brighter? Nominate them for the PTA's Soaring Eagle Award! 🏆

Every month, we celebrate Clermont Elementary School’s incredible teachers and staff who make a significant difference in the lives of our students. This is your chance to recognize their dedication and positive impact.

How to Nominate:

  • Fill out the nomination form online 
  • Share your story - Tell us how the person you are nominating has made a positive impact on your child or a group of students.

Criteria:

  • The educator's actions should have significantly improved a student's day or overall experience.
  • Nominations can be for any teacher, staff member, or school employee who interacts with students.

Benefits:

  • The chosen educator will receive the Soaring Eagle Award.
  • Recognition in the PTA Happenings Newsletter, PTA Facebook page and PTA website.
  • A $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Let's celebrate the Clermont teachers and staff who make our school community shine! Nominations for the September award are due by the 30th.

For more information, visit the PTA website or contact Diane Lundin at [email protected].

Fall Picture Day

Clermont's fall picture day will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd. This year, we are partnering with Barksdale School Portraits. Please visit barksdalestorefront.com to view available photo packages, and place your orders online. (This is a pre-pay event. Place your order by October 3rd!)

Photo Orders: barksdalestorefront.com

Access Code: 0036778IN

(Password expires 24 hours after picture day)

Volunteer Opportunity: If you would like to help with picture day, please email [email protected]!

Thank you to the Fairfax County Fire Department for presenting to our kindergartners about fire safety this week! 

After School Enrichment is Back!

The Clermont PTA is partnering with Tiny Chef and SciGenius to offer after-school classes starting the week of October 2. Classes will be held at Clermont, once a week for 8 weeks. Spaces are limited! Further details can be found below including registration links and fees for the classes. If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].

SciGenius

Our LEGO Robotics class is perfect for the students who want to build and program their own personal robot using Lego Wedo. From building your rover to frog. “Jr. Lego Robotics”, Grades K-2 - Mondays 4-5 p.m. - $175.00 - https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SciGenius?season=3392534&session=60658436 (top of page)

 “Lego Robotics”, Grades 3-6 - Mondays 4-5 p.m. $175.00 - https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SciGenius?season=3392534&session=60658436 (middle of page)

Tiny Chef

Students will push the limits on the snack concept and prepare a variety of sweet, savory, delicious and unique nibbles like sweet mango salsa with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, veggie quesadilla with fresh salsa, and Homemade Pretzels. All recipes are nut-free. “Snack Attack” Grades K-3 - Thursdays 4-5 p.m. $200- https://tinychefs.com/event/clermont-es-snack-attack-thursdays-k-3rd/

“Snack Attack” Grades 4-6 - Fridays 4-5 p.m. $200 - https://tinychefs.com/event/clermont-es-snack-attack-fridays-4-6th/

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Level IV services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th at 9:30AM. Our AART will provide information about levels of service and answer questions about advanced academic services. You can access the virtual meeting on September 26th by clicking this link. Another virtual parent meeting that will cover the same information will be on Monday, October 2nd at 6:00PM. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Save the Date: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools on October 20th for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles!

Calendar

September 23 - October 1: Blue Star Welcome Week

September 25: Yom Kippur - No School

September 27: Purple Unicorn Day

September 29: Pajama Day

October 3: Fall Picture Day

October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day - No School/Teacher Workday

October 20: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Calendar Spotlight

September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Fairfax County's inaugural Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Fairfax Fiesta, is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at the PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike). The free event, presented by the Fairfax County Government and Celebrate Fairfax!, aims to provide an extraordinary experience for all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about Fairfax Fiesta.

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Tomorrow: Boosterthon Fun Run!

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Our Boosterthon Fun Run is TOMORROW, September 22nd. Tonight is the LAST night to donate on MYBOOSTER.COM! We’re grateful for the support we’ve seen toward reaching our goal of $30,000 to fund programs that benefit the entire student body such as: teacher start up funds, field trip buses, True (free) book fair, assemblies, student socials, school programs such as Flocabulary, BrainPOP, Peardeck, and supporting our Young Scholars! If we reach our goal by race day, Ms. Salata will kiss Todd the Bearded Dragon!

Here are a few reminders before your student(s) participate in the big event:

  • Have your student(s) get a good night’s rest. Our event will be about 30 minutes of movement.
  • Make sure your student(s) wear appropriate foot and clothing attire to move and groove.
  • Make sure your student(s) bring a water bottle so they can stay hydrated during the event! 

Every student can participate and receive a free shirt whether they have received donations or not. If your family feels it’s not in the position to financially support the school, that’s ok. Families can actually support our school by also SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and family online.

Thank you for supporting our school! We can’t wait for the Clermont Fun Run happening on September 22, 2023!

Volunteer Sign-Up

We can't run this event without help from parent volunteers! Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4AAAAF2CA0F85-clermont2 to help on the day of the event!

If you have any further questions, please contact Meagan Tiedemann at [email protected].

FAQs about Boosterthon: 

What is the Clermont Fun Run? 

The Clermont Fun Run is a 9 day program and is this semester’s biggest fundraiser, taking place on 09/22/2023. Families will be getting donations for the laps their student completes at the Clermont Fun Run. Funds raised from this event will go toward programs that benefit the entire student body. Our goal is to raise $30,000.

How can families register their student(s)?

First, families log in or sign up on mybooster.com. Then, families can register their student as a participant on mybooster.com by searching for the school by name. Students get a FREE prize just for being registered. 

How can students get donations? 

Families can help connect students to sponsors by sharing their fundraising link on Facebook, through email, or even a text. Sponsors can enter and pay for those donations online through students’ fundraising link! 

Will my student really complete 30-35 laps? How big is the track? 

Yes, even kindergarteners! The Outdoor Fun Run track is about 1/16th of a mile, 1/4 the size of a normal high school track. The average student will complete 30-35 laps and will have a goal to complete at least 30 laps to help their school. The most any student will be counted for is 35 laps. 

Can students receive a prize for flat donations? 

Yes! All flat donations count toward donations and are rounded by 30 (the average student will complete over 30 laps. So, a $30 donation is the same as $1 per lap. A $60 donation is the same as $2 per lap, etc. 

What if families don’t have the Internet? 

If a student’s family does not have Internet access, families can use the Fundraising Guide to record all donations and send in the payment with the Fundraising Guide (if applicable). If students turn their donation and payment into their teacher, please make sure the student and teacher name are listed on the Fundraising Guide. 

How do sponsors pay? 

Sponsors will be prompted to pay online for all donations, even per lap donations. Sponsors will receive an email after the Clermont Fun Run with the amount of their payment based on how many laps were completed. 

Can I make a donation if I don’t want to pay online? 

YES! You can either turn in the payment for a donation listed on the Fundraising Guide, or you can request to turn off online payments for your account through our help desk on mybooster.com. When is donation money due? Donation money is due within ONE WEEK after the event. Families have one week to collect their donations after the Clermont Fun Run. 

Can I write a check? 

For donations not made on mybooster.com, you can still turn in cash or check. Please make checks out to: Clermont PTA

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Boosterthon Fun Run

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Less than 24 hours left to earn the bonus weekend prize for Boosterthon! We’re well on our way towards our $30,000 goal, but we need your help! Sign up today and get a donation in order to earn a special weekend prize! Help our students see Ms. Salata kiss Todd the Bearded Dragon and earn a whole school pajama day. We can’t do it without your help!

The Boosterthon team will be on campus all this week with the students! This year's theme is World Changer Workshop. Throughout the days leading up to the Fun Run, students will engage in spirit events and character building lessons with the Booster Team! This culminates in the HIGH ENERGY Fun Run which will be held on Friday, September 22nd. Students will run up to 35 laps to build fitness and raise money for Clermont. This year our goal is to raise $30,000 to fund programs that benefit the entire student body such as: teacher start up funds, field trip buses, True (free) book fair, assemblies, student socials, school programs such as Flocabulary, BrainPOP, Peardeck and supporting our Young Scholars! Students may obtain sponsors or donations and then redeem these pledges by running laps on the day of the Fun Run. Every student can participate and receive a free shirt whether they have received donations or not. If your family feels it’s not in the position to financially support the school, that’s ok. Families can actually support our school by also SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and family online.

Here’s how you can support Clermont Elementary:

  1. Register on mybooster.com tonight. It’s so easy!
  2. Share about our fundraiser with your family and friends using the SHARE BUTTON on mybooster.com.
  3. Give a donation, if you are able.

Thank you for supporting our school! We can’t wait for the Clermont Fun Run happening on 09/22/2023!

We can't run this event without help from parent volunteers! Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4AAAAF2CA0F85-clermont2 to help on the day of the event!

If you have any further questions, please contact: Meagan Tiedemann  at [email protected].

FAQs about Boosterthon: 

What is the Clermont Fun Run? 

The Clermont Fun Run is a 9 day program and is this semester’s biggest fundraiser, taking place on 09/22/2023. Families will be getting donations for the laps their student completes at the Clermont Fun Run. Funds raised from this event will go toward programs that benefit the entire student body. Our goal is to raise $30,000.

How can families register their student(s)?

First, families log in or sign up on mybooster.com. Then, families can register their student as a participant on mybooster.com by searching for the school by name. Students get a FREE prize just for being registered. 

How can students get donations? 

Families can help connect students to sponsors by sharing their fundraising link on Facebook, through email, or even a text. Sponsors can enter and pay for those donations online through students’ fundraising link! 

Will my student really complete 30-35 laps? How big is the track? 

Yes, even kindergarteners! The Outdoor Fun Run track is about 1/16th of a mile, 1/4 the size of a normal high school track. The average student will complete 30-35 laps and will have a goal to complete at least 30 laps to help their school. The most any student will be counted for is 35 laps. 

Can students receive a prize for flat donations? 

Yes! All flat donations count toward donations and are rounded by 30 (the average student will complete over 30 laps. So, a $30 donation is the same as $1 per lap. A $60 donation is the same as $2 per lap, etc. 

What if families don’t have the Internet? 

If a student’s family does not have Internet access, families can use the Fundraising Guide to record all donations and send in the payment with the Fundraising Guide (if applicable). If students turn their donation and payment into their teacher, please make sure the student and teacher name are listed on the Fundraising Guide. 

How do sponsors pay? 

Sponsors will be prompted to pay online for all donations, even per lap donations. Sponsors will receive an email after the Clermont Fun Run with the amount of their payment based on how many laps were completed. 

Can I make a donation if I don’t want to pay online? 

YES! You can either turn in the payment for a donation listed on the Fundraising Guide, or you can request to turn off online payments for your account through our help desk on mybooster.com. When is donation money due? Donation money is due within ONE WEEK after the event. Families have one week to collect their donations after the Clermont Fun Run. 

Can I write a check? 

For donations not made on mybooster.com, you can still turn in cash or check. Please make checks out to: Clermont PTA

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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Attendance: 703-921-2424 | Web | Facebook | Twitter

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Boosterthon Fun Run!

Boosterthon is underway and it’s almost the weekend! 🥳 Quick update about the Clermont Fun Run fundraiser: we have a BONUS PRIZE OPPORTUNITY for all students! It’s for this weekend only, so time is limited to earn this extra reward.

🚨Click here to log into MYBOOSTER.COM to learn more about this prize!🚨

Reminder: We’re raising $30,000 for to fund programs that benefit the entire student body such as: teacher start up funds, field trip buses, True (free) book fair, assemblies, student socials, school programs such as Flocabulary, BrainPOP, Peardeck and supporting our Young Scholars, which will directly impact students and staff here at Clermont. We can’t do this without your help!

We've already achieved our goal of 50% registration which means Ms. Salata and Ms. Younger will sing karaoke! Let's bust our goal of 75% registration to earn a WHOLE SCHOOL PAJAMA DAY!

Have a great weekend! We can’t wait for the Clermont Fun Run happening on September 22nd!

Boosterthon is underway, and Clermont students are pumped! Don't forget to register on mybooster.com!

After School Enrichment is Back!

The Clermont PTA is partnering with Tiny Chef and SciGenius to offer after-school classes starting the week of October 2. Classes will be held at Clermont, once a week for 8 weeks. Spaces are limited! Further details can be found below including registration links and fees for the classes. If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected] or [email protected].

SciGenius

Our LEGO Robotics class is perfect for the students who want to build and program their own personal robot using Lego Wedo. From building your rover to frog. “Jr. Lego Robotics”, Grades K-2 - Mondays 4-5 p.m. - $175.00 - https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SciGenius?season=3392534&session=60658436 (top of page)

 “Lego Robotics”, Grades 3-6 - Mondays 4-5 p.m. $175.00 - https://campscui.active.com/orgs/SciGenius?season=3392534&session=60658436 (middle of page)

Tiny Chef

Students will push the limits on the snack concept and prepare a variety of sweet, savory, delicious and unique nibbles like sweet mango salsa with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, veggie quesadilla with fresh salsa, and Homemade Pretzels. All recipes are nut-free. “Snack Attack” Grades K-3 - Thursdays 4-5 p.m. $200- https://tinychefs.com/event/clermont-es-snack-attack-thursdays-k-3rd/

“Snack Attack” Grades 4-6 - Fridays 4-5 p.m. $200 - https://tinychefs.com/event/clermont-es-snack-attack-fridays-4-6th/

Advanced Academics News

New to County Level IV Referrals

Are you new to FCPS? Are you interested in referring your child in grades 3-8 for Level IV services? Full-Time (Level IV) referrals for the fall screening cycle are due Saturday, October 15, 2023. Full-Time referrals for all other students are due no later than Friday, December 15, 2023. Please visit the FCPS AAP site for helpful information regarding the referral process. For more information about all of the AAP services we offer, please visit your child’s Schoology course and look in the Advanced Academics Folder for the AAP September Newsletter. Use your ParentVUE login credentials to access Schoology. If you have any questions, please contact our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting focusing on the AAP levels of service and the Full-Time (Level IV) referral process will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 26th at 9:30AM. Our AART will provide information about levels of service and answer questions about advanced academic services. You can access the virtual meeting on September 26th by clicking this link. Another virtual parent meeting that will cover the same information will be on Monday, October 2nd at 6:00PM. If you have any questions, please contact our AART, Raechel Acosta, at [email protected].

🤧 Tips to Stay Healthy

Flu season is quickly approaching and communicable diseases continue to be present in our schools. Families and staff are encouraged to follow the health practices below to prevent the spread of illnesses and help keep our schools safe:

  • Make an appointment to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine (with rare exceptions). Flu vaccines are widely available at doctors’ and pediatricians’ offices, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not done so already. As of Tuesday, September 12, updated COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use among those aged 6 months or older for the 2023-24 season. Find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in your community by visiting Vaccinate Virginia, or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA or 877-829-4682. Note: Flu vaccines and COVID vaccines can be provided in the same appointment.
  • Check with your student’s healthcare provider to make sure they are up to date on their required school entrance immunizations. Immunization records can now be updated in SIS ParentVUE through the Online Verification Update form.
  • Check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. If a child is sick, please keep them home and get them tested for COVID-19 to stop further spread from occurring. Additional guidance on when to keep your child home due to symptoms and illness is available on the FCPS Attendance webpage. FCPS employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.
  • Don’t forget to wash hands regularly, avoid touching the face with unwashed hands, cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and limit the time children spend in large group settings with contagious individuals whenever possible.

The most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 school health practices is available on the Health and Safety Guidance webpage.

Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our schools safe and healthy.

Substitute Information Session

Interested in becoming a substitute teacher? Attend a virtual information session on Wednesday, September 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Register for this session!

Visit the Recruitment Events calendar for a list of all FCPS job fairs.

Blue Star Welcome Week

Every year, approximately 600,000 military-connected families relocate. Most of these families move to new duty stations, while some transition out of the military and others transition in. Most of these moves take place over the summer, and Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring our military families feel welcomed and a sense of belonging to their local community. 

Blue Star Welcome Week is an opportunity for our community to welcome our military-connected families and show them our appreciation for their service and sacrifices. Throughout the week, FCPS will help ease their transition through events, messages, actions of welcome, and opportunities to make meaningful connections. Please help us welcome our military families during Blue Star Welcome Week, September 23 - October 1, 2023, and throughout the year! #BlueStarWelcomeWeekFCPS 

Save the Date: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

Join our pyramid schools on October 20th for the Edison vs. Justice football game! The game will be held at 7:00 pm at Edison High School. 

Elementary and Middle School students get in free with a paying adult, and can go onto the field at 6:40!

Let's go Eagles!

Calendar

September 16: Rosh Hashanah (begins sundown 9/15 - sundown 9/17)

September 22: Boosterthon Fun Run 

September 23 - October 1: Blue Star Welcome Week

September 25: Yom Kippur - No School

October 9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day - No School/Teacher Workday

October 20: Edison HS Football Pyramid Night

November 1-2: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos

November 3: End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release

November 6: No School/Teacher Workday

November 7: Election Day - No School/Teacher Workday

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Diwali

November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Calendar Spotlight

September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Fairfax County's inaugural Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Fairfax Fiesta, is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23, from noon to 5 p.m., at the PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike). The free event, presented by the Fairfax County Government and Celebrate Fairfax!, aims to provide an extraordinary experience for all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about Fairfax Fiesta.

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Attendance: 703-921-2424 | Web | Facebook | Twitter

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