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Yesterday students experienced our kickoff event to start raising funds for Keene Mill Elementary! This program only lasts for ⏰ONE WEEK⏰, so please register your student TODAY on MYBOOSTER.COM. Share your donation page with family and friends.

💥Register your student for our all-inclusive event💥

Thanks for your support of Keene Mill Elementary School!

Linda Peace

Proud Principal

Keene Mill Happenings

Students and staff were busy at Keene Mill this week.  On Thursday, students participated in Chalk for Kindness to culminate the Helping Games!  Congratulations to the yellow team for coming out on top!  On Friday, Ms. Peace and Mrs. Colter met with our military connected students to allow them to form connections and share experiences.

Lockdown Notification

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon. 

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe.

PTA News IT'S BOOSTERTHON TIME! 

The 2024 Kanga Boosterthon started on Thursday! All are invited to attend the Fun Run on Friday, April 19, and cheer on their student(s) as they run, walk, and have a great time during the high-energy, music-packed celebration on the field behind Keene Mill. 

REGISTER and SHARE NOW at http://mybooster.com

This is our annual (and only!) fundraiser for Keene Mill, and our goal is to raise $28,500 for classroom libraries, continued garden improvements, classroom rugs, continuing PTA initiatives, classroom supplies, and other school and PTA programs and events. 

Last year’s Boosterthon funds have been put to use throughout the school: new classroom rugs, a hallway mural, a sensory walk on the blacktop, day-long author visit from Ralph Masiello, three assemblies with Mad Science DC, courtyard garden upgrades, Family Science Night, and much more. Your donations make a direct impact on our Keene Mill students and we thank you for your support!

YEARBOOK ORDERS DUE APRIL 21

The deadline for ordering your 2023-24 yearbook is quickly approaching! Yearbooks can be ordered online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ until Sunday, April 21.

Keene Mill Yearbook ID: 14606724

Mark Your Calendar

Friday, April 19-Boosterthon Fun Run

              Grades 5 & 6            9:30 am

              Grades 3 & 4            1:25 pm

              Grades K, 1, & 2       2:45 pm

Friday, April 26-Twin Day

Sunday, April 28-Pyramid Challenge

Friday, May 3-No School for Students

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Keene Mill News & Notes-picnic cancelled

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Picnic on the Playground is Cancelled

Due to the rain forecast for this evening, Thursday, April 11, the activities on the playground are cancelled.  

Come out on the evening of Friday, May 17 to cheer on the sixth grade volleyball games and connect with your Keene Mill friends and classmates.

Keene Mill Purple Up! Day is Tomorrow, Friday, April 12

As part of this month-long recognition, Keene Mill will celebrate Purple Up! on April 12, 2024.  We encourage all students to wear something purple tomorrow to show support and appreciation for our military students and families.  In addition to Purple Up! Day, FCPS school communities are coming together to honor their military-connected students in meaningful and creative ways. 

To connect with more FCPS resources, please email [email protected].

Solar Eclipse 2024

Keene Mill students and teachers were amazed by the solar eclipse on Monday.  

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No School Tomorrow Wednesday, April 10

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School Closed - Tomorrow, April 10

Wednesday, April 10 is a FCPS holiday. All schools and offices will be closed for the Eid al-Fitr Holiday.

SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Thursday, April 11. See the school year calendar

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Dear Parents,

We're excited to inform you that approved glasses have been secured for all students, ensuring a safe viewing experience during the upcoming solar eclipse.  Our school recognizes the educational value of the celestial event and will be offering classes the option to participate in observing the eclipse.

Please rest assured that safety remains our top priority.  If you have a concern or question regarding your child's participation, please reach out to your child's teacher.  This is an optional activity.  

Thank you for your continued support as we provide enriching educational experiences for our students.

Best regards

Linda Peace

Principal 

Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024

It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

Month of the Military Child

Throughout the month of April, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will be honoring the invaluable contributions of military-connected youth with the Month of the Military Child and Purple Up! Day.  

FCPS would like to express its gratitude to these unsung heroes. With approximately 14,000 military-connected students, FCPS recognizes the extraordinary strength military-connected students possess in order to navigate the military lifestyle. The resilience and courage of our military-connected youth does not go unnoticed, and their commitment to supporting their service member parents and guardians deserves the utmost admiration and respect.  

As part of this month-long recognition, Keene Mill will celebrate Purple Up! on April 12, 2024.  Schools and community members are encouraged to wear purple as a visible gesture of their appreciation and support for military-connected youth. In addition to Purple Up! Day, FCPS school communities are coming together to honor their military-connected students in meaningful and creative ways. 

To connect with more FCPS resources, please email [email protected].

Kiss & Ride

Please remember that morning Kiss & Ride closes promptly at 9:15 am.  The teachers and patrols who supervise Kiss & Ride need to be in class at 9:15 am.  If you drive up to Kiss & Ride and the doors are closed, you must bring your child to the front office to check in and receive a tardy pass.

Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) School Health Services Internal Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians of FCPS students. Parents/guardians will be asked for feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community. The survey will be distributed electronically via FCPS This Week. The survey window is April 15 - April 26, 2024. Survey link: www.redcap.link/FCHDSchoolHealthSurvey.

Survey results will provide a basis for quality improvement of School Health services. The data-driven process is in alignment with the FCPS Strategic planning process, and the survey results will contribute positively to the FCPS Strategic Plan that reflects a shared consensus among stakeholders.

PTA News

The deadline for ordering your 2023-24 yearbook is quickly approaching! Yearbooks can be ordered online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ until Sunday, April 21.

Keene Mill Yearbook ID: 14606724

IT'S BOOSTERTHON TIME! 

The Kanga Boosterthon kicks off Thursday, April 11! All are invited to attend the Fun Run on Friday, April 19, and cheer on their student(s) as they run, walk, and have a great time during the high-energy, music-packed celebration on the field behind Keene Mill. 

There will be a lot more information coming, but we wanted to let you know that you can REGISTER and SHARE NOW at http://mybooster.com. It takes less than 5 minutes to get ready for Boosterthon!

This is our annual (and only!) fundraiser for Keene Mill, and our goal is to raise $28,500 for classroom libraries, continued garden improvements, classroom rugs, continuing PTA initiatives, classroom supplies, and other school and PTA programs and events. 

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, April 8-Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, April 10-No School, Eid-al-Fitr

Thursday, April 11-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Thursday, April 11-Chalk 4 Kindness

Thursday, April 11-PTA Boosterthon Kickoff, Picnic on the Playground, 6:00 pm

Friday, April 12-Purple Up Day!  Wear purple to support military kids. 💜

Friday, April 19-Boosterthon Fun Run

Sunday, April 28-Pyramid Challenge

Friday, May 3-No School for Students

 

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Keene Mill Families,

It is hard to believe that the 3rd quarter is almost over, and we are heading into spring break! 

As you enjoy this time with your loved ones, unplugging, and recharging, our staff will be doing the same. We have encouraged them to take this time to disconnect from work and emails. Staff will respond to any emails upon their return on April 1st. 

Please keep in mind that the school building and office will be closed during spring break. We will return on April 1, 2024.We look forward to seeing all our students back on Wednesday, April 3rd as we start the 4th quarter.

Linda Peace

Proud Principal

Keene Mill closed out the third quarter with many events to include an amazing author visit with Ralph Massiello, Helping Games Shoe Drive, Dress Like a Teacher Day, and field trips to Gunston Hall, Huntley Meadows and the National Portrait Gallery.  

 

 

  Kindergarten Orientation

Join us on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00 to meet the kindergarten teachers, other Keene Mill staff, and the principals.  We are looking forward to meeting our future Kangas and their families.

 

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

PTA News KEENE MILL SPRING SPIRIT WEAR ON SALE NOW!

Did you miss the spirit wear sale in November? Now is your chance to grab a t-shirt or sweatshirt in this year's spirit wear design! 

Orders can be placed online through the PTA website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com, click on the “Forms & Payments” page. 

All clothing items must be pre-ordered by April 5. Clothing items will be delivered to your student's classroom near the end of April.

BOOSTERTHON KICKS OFF APRIL 11 WITH “PICNIC AT THE PLAYGROUND”

Join other Kanga families on Thursday, April 11 from 6:00-7:30 PM for a Picnic at the Playground as part of our Boosterthon Kickoff celebration! Kona Ice will be there with refreshments and InCourage MA will give a martial arts demonstration.

VOLUNTEER FOR APRIL’S PYRAMID CHALLENGE

The make-up date for the West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is set and volunteers are needed to help make this event run smoothly! The Pyramid Challenge has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 from 2:00-4:30 PM at Irving Middle School.

Among the areas that could use volunteers are Keene Mill check-in table, parking lot attendants, staffing the charity table, and baked goods donations for the concession stand.

Please click on the link to see available slots and thank you for your help! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DAEA82BA5FC1-48455466-2024#/

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29-Spring Break, office closed

Monday & Tuesday, April 1 & 2-Student Holiday

Tuesday, April 2-Kindergarten Orientation, 3:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 3-Fourth Quarter Begins

Wednesday, April 3-Wednesday, April 11-Helping Games Kindness Week

Thursday, April 4-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Thursday, April 4-WS Pyramid Art Show, @West Springfield HS, 5:00-8:00 pm

Thursday, April 11-Chalk 4 Kindness

Thursday, April 11-PTA Boosterthon Kickoff, Picnic on the Playground

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Keene Mill Families,

We had a wonderful and busy week here at school! Our library hosted our annual book fair, and our students were excited to peruse and purchase books. Thank you to our wonderful PTA and all the parent volunteers for helping with  the book fair and spring pictures!

The Helping Games finished the third week, and students donated their coins to Pennies for Patients.  Students also continued to bring in photos of helping in the community.

Third grade went on a field trip to the Natural History Museum today.  Next week first grade and sixth grade will go on field trips.

Third quarter will end next Friday and Spring Break will begin Monday, March 25th. Students will return for the start of the 4th quarter on Wednesday, April 3rd. We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Warm regards,

Linda Peace

Principal

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today! 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Principal Evaluation Feedback Form

On Monday, March 18, you will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Staff Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program and offers staff an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, human resources leadership, organizational management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, professionalism within the school, and student academic progress.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. All written responses will be shared with both Principal Peace and Region Assistant Superintendent. Your feedback matters!

Kindergarten Orientation

Join us on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00 to meet the kindergarten teachers, other Keene Mill staff, and the principals.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives.  Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Please contact Chris Franco to register your future kindergartener at 703-644-4704.

Upcoming Testing Dates

Monday, April 22     Integrated Reading/Writing SOL         Grade 5

Monday, May 13     Reading SOL                                       Grade 5

Tuesday, May 14    Reading SOL                                       Grade 6

Wednesday, May 15   Reading SOL                                   Grade 4

Thursday, May 16   Reading SOL                                       Grade 3

Friday, May 17        Science SOL                                        Grade 5

Monday, May 20     Math SOL                                             Grade 5

Tuesday, May 21    Math SOL                                             Grade 6/7

Wednesday, May 22  Math SOL                                          Grade 4

Thursday, May 23    Math SOL                                            Grade 3

PTA News

LAST CALL FOR PYRAMID CHALLENGE REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 18 

** All runners must register/re-register ** West Springfield Pyramid Challenge: Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:30 PM at Irving Middle School

The rescheduled West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is a FREE fun run event, but students wanting to participate need to RE-REGISTER for it. Your registration for the postponed run in November will NOT be carried over. 

If you were unable to make the November date but want to participate on April 28, you are also welcome to register for this fun community event! Everyone who wants to participate must sign up by March 18: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Springfield/2023PyramidChallenge

 

CELEBRATE YOUR SIXTH GRADER WITH A YARD SIGN!

Share your pride in your 6th grader with all your neighbors by purchasing a Yard Sign. Yard signs are 18"x24" and come with a metal H-shaped holder.

Deadline to order is Thursday, March 21. Delivery of signs is expected in early April.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, March 18-Friday, March 22-Helping Games Shoe Drive 👞👟

Wednesday, March 20-Keene Mill Chipotle Night

Thursday, March 21-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Friday, March 22-End of Third Quarter

Monday, March 25-Friday, March 29-Spring Break

Monday & Tuesday, April 1 & 2-Student Holiday

Tuesday, April 2-Kindergarten Orientation, 3:00-4:00 pm

Wednesday, April 3-Fourth Quarter Begins

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PTA WELCOMES SPEAKER MARCH 14 TO DISCUSS “SCIENCE OF READING”

The KMES PTA welcomes all Keene Mill families to join us Thursday, March 14 as we host a discussion with Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence, Equitable Access to Literacy Plan. She will discuss the new FCPS reading curriculum and the Science of Reading.

This meeting will be held in-person in the cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 PM. Spanish translation services will be available at this meeting.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Spring Individual and Class Pictures

Friday, March 15 all students will have their individual pictures and class picture taken.

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Congratulations to our February KANGAS Care awards recipients!  These students are cooperating, accepting, responsible, and empathetic!

Principal's Message

Keene Mill Families,

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact us regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

On Monday, March 18, you will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Staff Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program and offers staff an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, human resources leadership, organizational management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, professionalism within the school, and student academic progress.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. All written responses will be shared with both Principal Peace and Region Assistant Superintendent. Your feedback matters!

In closing, attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school will host our annual Kindergarten Orientation, April 2 from 3pm-4pm. This is an opportunity to meet the kindergarten teachers and other members of the Keene Mill staff.  Eligible children can register now and throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. No registration will be completed at the kindergarten orientation.

Remember daylight savings is this weekend. Have an amazing weekend! 

Principal Peace

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Family Engagement Surveys were emailed to families on Sunday. Now is your chance to give feedback on what is going well and how we can improve. It is available in 10 languages. Your responses are confidential. The survey is open through March 22. Check your email inbox or take in now: https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024.

Need help with the survey? Contact our Family Liaison at 703-644-4773 or 571-546-5241.

Meet the Author Series: Gifted and Distractible with Julie Skolnick

Does your child exhibit giftedness and behavioral issues like meltdowns, power struggles, and difficulty relating to peers? Are they out-of-the-box thinkers requiring different teaching and learning methods?

Join us for a discussion with author Julie Skolnick about her innovative and timely book for families of twice-exceptional children.

  • Presenter: Julie Skolnick
  • Date: April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 7- 8 p.m.
  • Format: Virtual

Register for this event

Behavior Solution Series: Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication

We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

  • Presenter: FCPS Behavior Intervention Services
  • Date: April 19, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual

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Rec-PAC Summer Camps

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children) summer camp, operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six-week structured recreation program where participants enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Sessions run from June 24-August 1. Partial scholarships available.  Registration opens on March 12! https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/sites/parks/files/Assets/documents/camps/rec-pac/recpac-brochure.pdf

Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in the Fairfax County area. In our area, the eclipse will begin around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m. This timing overlaps with some dismissal times and it is crucial that schools reiterate the importance of safe viewing practices.  

FCPS website link 

PTA News PTA WELCOMES SPEAKER MARCH 14 TO DISCUSS “SCIENCE OF READING”

The KMES PTA welcomes all Keene Mill families to join us Thursday, March 14 as we host a discussion with Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence, Equitable Access to Literacy Plan. She will discuss the new FCPS reading curriculum and the Science of Reading.

This meeting will be held in-person in the cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 PM. Spanish translation services will be available at this meeting.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR CONTINUES NEXT WEEK!

The Scholastic Book Fair continues next week from March 11-13 in the KMES library. Sales are open from 9:20 AM to 3:45 PM. 

Book Fair Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094AABA82EA1FE3-keene#/

The book fair is a significant undertaking for our school and an event the students look forward to all year, so your help is needed and appreciated. Volunteers will help at the registers, organize inventory and assist students, and staff the novelty items area. 

PYRAMID CHALLENGE: NEW DATE AND REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 18 

** All runners must register/re-register ** West Springfield Pyramid Challenge: Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:30 PM at Irving Middle School

The rescheduled West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is a FREE fun run event, but students wanting to participate need to RE-REGISTER for it. Your registration for the postponed run in November will NOT be carried over. 

If you were unable to make the November date but want to participate on April 28, you are also welcome to register for this fun community event! Everyone who wants to participate must sign up by March 18: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Springfield/2023PyramidChallenge

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, March 11-Friday, March 15-Helping Games Pennies for Patients 🪙

Thursday, March 14-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Thursday, March 14-PTA Meeting: Science of Reading, Library, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 15-Spring Individual and Class Pictures

Monday, March 25-29-Spring Break

April 1 & 2-Student Holiday

April 2-Kindergarten Orientation, 3:00-4:00 pm

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FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT SUCCESS

Thank you to all our Keene Mill families who joined us for Family Science Night on Tuesday! It was a great way to conclude our STEM celebrations in February. The Children’s Science Center said it was one of their most well-attended events they’ve ever hosted. Our Kangas are eager to discover, experiment, and learn more about science!  Thanks to the PTA for sponsoring this event!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Our school is conducting kindergarten registration currently and Kindergarten Orientation will be Tuesday, April 2 at 3:00 pm. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

Prepare for registration by gathering documents and completing forms. We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Please contact Chris Franco to register your future kindergartener at 703-644-4704.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK!

Get ready to read, Kangas! The Scholastic Book Fair will be at Keene Mill Elementary from March 6-13 in the KMES library. (No sales Saturday or Sunday.)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT KEENE MILL'S SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR PAGE

Join us for Family Night After students preview the books with their classes during the day, please join us for Family Night to kick off sales on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Book Fair Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094AABA82EA1FE3-keene#/

The book fair is a significant undertaking for our school and an event the students look forward to all year, so your help is needed and appreciated. Volunteers will help at the registers, organize inventory and assist students, and staff the novelty items area. 

PTA News PTA WELCOMES SPEAKER MARCH 14 TO DISCUSS “SCIENCE OF READING”

The KMES PTA welcomes all Keene Mill families to join us Thursday, March 14 as we host a discussion with Dr. Diane Leipzig, FCPS Principal in Residence, Equitable Access to Literacy Plan. She will discuss the new FCPS reading curriculum and the Science of Reading.

This meeting will be held in-person in the cafeteria from 6:30-7:30 PM. Spanish translation services will be available at this meeting.

PYRAMID CHALLENGE: NEW DATE AND REGISTRATION

** RESCHEDULED from November **

All runners must register/re-register by MARCH 18 West Springfield Pyramid Challenge: Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:30 PM at Irving Middle School

The rescheduled West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is a FREE fun run event, but students wanting to participate need to RE-REGISTER for it. Your registration for the postponed run in November will NOT be carried over. 

If you were unable to make the November date but want to participate on April 28, you are also welcome to register for this fun community event! Everyone who wants to participate must sign up by March 18: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Springfield/2023PyramidChallenge

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, March 4-Friday, March 8-Helping Games Book Drive 📚

Monday, March 4-Club Pictures

Tuesday, March 5-Presidential Primary-NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, March 6-Book Fair Begins/Family Night, 5:30-7:30 pm

Thursday, March 7-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Thursday, March 14-PTA Meeting: Science of Reading, Library, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 15-Spring and Class Pictures

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Helping Games started today!!  Ask your student about the Helping Games assembly they attended with Mr. Lachance and Mrs. Ehlers.  Bring canned food to donate next week.

Arrival and Dismissal Safety

We continue to get reports of unsafe driving and stopping on Bardu Avenue during arrival and dismissal. Parents are dropping students off on Bardu Avenue and allowing them to cross the street with cars and buses blocking visibility.  U-Turns on Bardu Ave. are both illegal and very, very dangerous.  The safety of our school community is compromised every time someone does this. Please take the time to use Kiss-n-Ride, walk or ride the bus. Thank you!

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

PTA News TUESDAY IS FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT!

TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 6:30-8:00 PM KMES Gymnasium & Cafeteria

Keene Mill families are welcome to attend our annual FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT on Tuesday, Feb. 27! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, families can attempt a variety of STEM experiments for all ages in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

BOOK ORDERS FOR ILLUSTRATOR RALPH MASIELLO DUE MARCH 1

Keene Mill and the PTA are pleased to welcome children’s book illustrator Ralph Masiello, who will be speaking to each grade on March 20. He will discuss his job as an illustrator, draw pictures, and explain his creative process to the kids with grade-appropriate content. 

Along with illustrating books of other authors, Mr. Masiello has created a series of Learn-to-Draw books. We are offering a pre-sale selection of his books through the “Forms and Payments” section on our PTA website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com. An order form was also in each student’s Thursday folder last week. For all orders submitted, Mr. Masiello will sign and personalize each book! 

ORDERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, MARCH 1. 

WATCH D.O.G.S. PROGRAM STARTING AT KEENE MILL

This spring, in partnership with the PTA, Keene Mill launched the nationally recognized Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) program. This is an opportunity for dads and father-figures in our student’s lives to volunteer their time during school hours. Please email [email protected] if you would like to sign up or receive more information. 

As a reminder, for the remainder of this school year, our focus is to have Watch D.O.G.S. at lunch and recess periods (generally, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM). During this time, you will be able to eat lunch with your student and help maintain a safe environment during recess. 

We still have many openings, so feel free to send an email listing any days that you would like to volunteer in the school. We can also have more than one Watch D.O.G.S. member helping in the school at a time, so there will not be a time when a date is already taken.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, February 26-Friday, March 1-Helping Games Canned Food Drive 🥫

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

Thursday, February 29-Wear Helping Games t-shirt 👕

Monday, March 4-Club Pictures

Tuesday, March 5-Presidential Primary-NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, March 6-Book Fair Begins

Thursday, March 14-PTA Meeting: Science of Reading, Library, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 15-Spring and Class Pictures

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Keene Mill celebrated the 100th day of school and Lunar New Year last week.

Kindergarten Registration:It's as Easy as 1-2-3...

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.  Call Chris Franco at 703-644-4704 or email [email protected]

You can also go to the Keene Mill website below, fill out the intake form and a packet will be sent to you.

https://keenemilles.fcps.edu/student-services/new-student-registration

After the appointment at the school, the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

If you have neighbors with young children, please let them know about kindergarten registration.

 

Kindergarten Orientation

Our newest Kangas and their parents are invited to Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 3:00-4:00 pm. 

Book Fair and Author's Visit

March will be a great month for literacy at Keene Mill! We have two great events lined up, the book fair, and the author's visit.

  1. The book fair will start on March 6th with a student preview during school hours, and an evening family event from 5:30 to 7:30. It will continue during school hours until March 13th . You may set up an e-wallet for your students to shop without carrying cash at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/keenemillelementaryschool starting February 14th 
  2. Author and illustrator Ralph Masiello will visit our school on March 20th . If you would like to purchase one of his autographed books, please be on the lookout for the order form in your Thursday folder. Orders must be received by March 1st 
SEL Screener

The Spring Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener will be administered to students in grades 3-6 during the week of March 4th.

Students use the SEL Screener twice a year to share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed.

The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. More information is available about the SEL Screener by accessing this link: 

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener  

If you have any questions, please reach out to our SEL Lead, Sandi Yost, at 703-644-4735.

FCPS Cares!

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Keene Mill ES. We love our KMES staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

PTA News FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT 

TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 6:30-8:00 PM KMES Gymnasium & Cafeteria

Keene Mill families are welcome to attend our annual FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT on Tuesday, Feb. 27! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, families can attempt a variety of STEM experiments for all ages in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

Friday, February 23-Helping Games Begins

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

Monday, March 4-Club Pictures

Tuesday, March 5-Presidential Primary-NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, March 6-Book Fair Begins

Thursday, March 14-PTA Meeting: Science of Reading, Library, 6:30 pm

Friday, March 15-Spring and Class Pictures

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Parents/Guardians,

This week, you received a letter about your student's attendance.  The purpose of the letter is to bring to the family's attention how many absences their student had up until February 6 and to emphasize the critical importance of regular school attendance for your child's success and well-being. While occasional absences are understandable, missing too many school days can have significant negative consequences that extend far beyond missed assignments.

Learning goes beyond digital textbooks and worksheets. The school fosters crucial social development through interaction with peers and teachers. Regular attendance allows students to build strong relationships, participate in discussions, and gain confidence in expressing themselves. These interactions shape their ability to collaborate, communicate effectively, and become well-rounded individuals.

Missing school translates to missed lessons, important instructions, and valuable classroom time. Catching up can be challenging, leading to academic struggles, frustration, and falling behind. Consistent attendance ensures students progress with the curriculum, build upon previous learning, and master essential skills at the appropriate pace.

Attending school daily instills positive habits of punctuality, commitment, and self-discipline. These skills are crucial for future success in college, careers, and personal life. By prioritizing school attendance, you empower your child to develop a strong work ethic and understand the importance of personal responsibility.

Feeling connected to their school community is essential for students' emotional well-being. Regular attendance fosters a sense of belonging, reduces isolation, and allows them to access social and emotional support systems within the school environment.

We understand that unforeseen circumstances may necessitate absences. However, we encourage you to work with us to minimize missed days. Please communicate any known absences in advance and promptly inform us of the reason for any unexpected absences. We're here to support you in finding solutions and ensuring your child has the best possible learning experience.

Together, we can work towards a culture of regular attendance where all students thrive and reach their full potential. Thank you for your partnership in prioritizing your child's education and well-being.

Sincerely,

Linda Peace

Proud Principal

Keene Mill Kangas displaying Cooperation, Acceptance, Respect and Empathy!  Congratulations to these Kangas Care recipients!

WATCH DOGS

Thanks to all the dads who came out for WATCH DOGS this morning.  We are looking forward to seeing you around the building!

National School Counseling Week

We would like to highlight the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic and social success. Let's thank Mrs. Leigh Ashurst and Mrs. Sandi Yost for tirelessly working with our students. If you would like to learn more about the School Counseling Services program please visit the following link Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

PTA News FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT IS FEB. 27

TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 6:30-8:00 PM KMES Gymnasium & Cafeteria

Keene Mill families are welcome at attend our annual FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT on Tuesday, Feb. 27! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, families can attempt a variety of STEM experiments for all ages in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!

SIXTH GRADE FAMILIES: ORDER YOUR T-SHIRTS TODAY!

One of Keene Mill’s annual traditions is a student-designed 6th grade t-shirt distributed to everyone in the class. Members of the class are encouraged to wear their t-shirts every Friday through the school year. Orders can be placed through the PTA site: keenemillpta.ptboard.com or by completing the form sent home with the 6th-grade students. Deadline for ordering is February 23. 

Help Still Needed: We are still looking for a chairperson for our committee overseeing the annual 6th grade vs. Teachers volleyball game. Please email Courtney Marsh ([email protected]) if you’re interested. 

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

Tuesday, March 5-Presidential Primary-NO SCHOOL

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Keene Mill Kangas displaying Cooperation, Acceptance, Respect and Empathy!  Congratulations to these Kangas Care recipients!

WATCH D.O.G.S

Calling all Dads/Male Caregivers! Make a lasting impact in your child's education. WATCH D.O.G.S are hosting Donuts with Dads on February 9, 2024. at 8:45 am.  Dads/Male Caregivers play a crucial role in the life of their child/ren.  Join the WATCH D.O.G.S and connect with other dads and hear about how you can support Keene Mill by participating in the WATCH D.O.G.S.  Please sign up for Donuts for Dads breakfast below.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

FCPS CTE Camps

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

 The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

 All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

PTA News

 

EUREKA! IT’S FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT FEB. 27

FEB. 27, 6:30-8:00 PM KMES Gymnasium & Cafeteria

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 27 for our annual FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, families can attempt a variety of STEM experiments for all ages in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 PM. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there! Volunteers are still needed for this event! Register at keenemillpta.ptboard.com.

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

In this month of expressing our admiration, the Keene Mill PTA would like to give a BIG shout out to all our great volunteers who have given their time so far this school year. We could not do what we do without you, so THANK YOU! 

If you're interested in helping at Keene Mill, there are opportunities both during the school day and in the evening. Please sign up through the “Volunteer Signup” page on our website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com

*FEB. 14: Valentine deliveries to our teachers and staff

*FEB. 27: Family Science Night station assistants

*WEDNESDAY MORNINGS (Feb.-May): Chorus Helpers

*2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH (Feb.-May): Roo Crew

SIXTH-GRADE CLASS T-SHIRTS ORDERS NOW OPEN!

One of Keene Mill’s annual traditions is a student-designed 6th grade t-shirt distributed to everyone in the class. Members of the class are encouraged to wear their t-shirts every Friday through the school year. 

Orders can be placed through the PTA site: keenemillpta.ptboard.com or by completing the form sent home with the 6th-grade students. Deadline for ordering is February 23. 

NOTE: We are still looking for a chairperson for our committee overseeing the annual 6th grade vs. Teachers volleyball game. Please email Courtney Marsh ([email protected]) if you’re interested. 

Mark Your Calendar

Friday, February 9-Donuts with Dads-8:45 am

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

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Thank You

I wanted to express my sincere thanks to all of you who took the time to attend our Parent Coffee on Thursday, January 25. Your presence and active participation truly made the Parent Coffee a success. I appreciate parents making the commitment to be there, especially with everyone's busy schedules. Your support for Keene Mill is truly invaluable.

The lively discussions, thoughtful questions, and valuable feedback is appreciated. The gathering was an excellent opportunity for parents to meet Principal Peace and some of the PTA board members. Thank you, PTA, for sponsoring this event!

Linda Peace

Proud Keene Mill Principal

Neon and tie dye filled the halls yesterday during Decades Day.

WATCH D.O.G.S

Calling all Dads/Male Caregivers! Make a lasting impact in your child's education. WATCH D.O.G.S are hosting Donuts with Dads on February 9, 2024. at 8:45 am.  Dads/Male Caregivers play a crucial role in the life of their child/ren.  Join the WATCH D.O.G.S and connect with other dads and hear about how you can support Keene Mill by participating in the WATCH D.O.G.S.  Please sign up for Donuts for Dads breakfast below.

WATCH D.O.G.S.

PTA News

Family Science Night Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Volunteers are needed to make this a superb scientific event! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, volunteers will lead various science activity stations in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria or help direct foot traffic and manage crowds.

Please sign up through our PTA website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com

Mark Your Calendar

Friday, February 9-Donuts with Dads-8:45 am

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

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WATCH D.O.G.S

Calling all Dads/Male Caregivers! Make a lasting impact in your child's education. WATCH D.O.G.S are hosting Donuts with Dads on February 9, 2024. at 8:45 am.  Dads/Male Caregivers play a crucial role in the life of their child/ren.  Join the WATCH D.O.G.S and connect with other dads and hear about how you can support Keene Mill by participating in the WATCH D.O.G.S.  Please sign up for Donuts for Dads breakfast below.

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Friendly Reminder

PTA Parent Coffee on January 25, 2024 at 9:00-10:00 am.

KMES parents and caretakers are invited to the cafeteria the morning of Thursday, Jan. 25 for a Coffee Catch-Up from 9-10 AM. All families, but especially those new to Keene Mill or who were unable to attend the fall Open House, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Members of the Keene Mill administration, the PTA board, school counselors, and our new Family Liaison contact will be there to welcome families, answer any questions, and discuss upcoming events for 2024. Please stop by to catch up over coffee and treats!

Reminder: Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Keene Mill will dismiss at 2:00 pm. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day.

Encouraging School Attendance In Elementary School

Regular attendance in elementary school is a strong predictor of grade-level performance. Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. 

PTA News VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT KEENE MILL

There are several opportunities to volunteer at Keene Mill! Please sign up through our PTA website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com

Family Science Night is TUESDAY, FEB. 27. Volunteers are needed to make this a superb scientific event! With help from the Virginia Children's Science Center, volunteers will lead various science activity stations in the Keene Mill gymnasium and cafeteria or help direct foot traffic and manage crowds.

Our amazing KMES music teachers have asked for volunteers to help with the 5th and 6th grade chorus rehearsals on WEDNESDAY MORNINGS this spring.

The PTA has openings in both its Board Nominating Committee and Audit Committee. They meet in May and July, respectively. 

Thank you in advance for your help – we couldn’t do this without you!

KANGA CAR MAGNETS AND VINYL STICKERS FOR SALE

 

Looking for something to show off your Keene Mill spirit? The PTA has magnets and stickers available while supplies last! Order them through our website: keenemillpta.ptboard.com.

 

Magnets and Vinyl Stickers will be delivered to your students' classroom upon completion of the order. Please allow 3-5 days to receive the magnets and stickers.

Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, January 25-PTA Coffee Catch Up, 9:00 am

Thursday, January 25-Two hour early release at 2:00 pm

Friday, January 26-Teacher Workday-NO School

Friday, February 9-Donuts with Dads-8:45 am

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

Tuesday, February 27-Family Science Night

 

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Keene Mill News & Notes

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I hope everyone’s 2024 has started out well and families have reflected on the positive memories from 2023.

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.  In honor of the upcoming celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr, let us take a moment to reflect on his words and legacy:  "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" 

Linda Peace

Principal

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Mark Your Calendar

Monday, January 15-Martin Luther King Day-NO School

Thursday, January 25-PTA Coffee Catch Up, 9:00 am

Thursday, January 25-Two hour early release

Friday, January 26-Teacher Workday-NO School

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

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PTA Meeting Tonight!!!

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PTA Meeting Tonight

Please join the Keene Mill PTA this evening.  The meeting will feature speaker Anthony Capizzi, a Crime Prevention Specialist with FCPD. He will discuss online safety and social media concerns and will be available for questions following his presentation.

 

When

01/11 6:30pm - 01/11 8:00pm 

Where

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PTA Meeting Tonight

Please join the Keene Mill PTA this evening.  The meeting will feature speaker Anthony Capizzi, a Crime Prevention Specialist with FCPD. He will discuss online safety and social media concerns and will be available for questions following his presentation.

 

When

01/11 6:30pm - 01/11 8:00pm 

Where

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FCPD SPEAKER ABOUT ONLINE SAFETY

Our next PTA General Meeting will take place virtually on Thursday, Jan. 11 starting at 6:30 PM. Please join us as we welcome Anthony Capizzi, a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Fairfax County Police Department. He will give a presentation on tips for parents about online safety and social media, followed by a time for questions. 

A link to the meeting will be emailed out to members and is posted on our PTA website: KeeneMillPTA.PTboard.com.

Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

February Webinars from Family Resource Center Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Looking for research-based advice for families on how to raise their children to be well-rounded and achieve their full potential, helping them learn to take on life's challenges, communicate well with others, and remain committed to learning? These are the "essential life skills" that Ellen Galinsky has spent her career pursuing.

The good news is that there are simple everyday things that all families can do to build these skills in their children for today and for the future. They don't cost money, and it's never too late to begin.

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary and Secondary Families

Join staff from the FCPS Behavior Intervention Services Department to help families encourage positive communication and behavior at home.

Elementary Webinars

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication Add to Your Calendar.

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More Add to Your Calendar.

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Secondary Webinars

4/19 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication  Add to Your calendar.

  • We will equip you with strategies for navigating the teen years. Uncover the secrets to fostering open communication, building trust, and transforming challenges into opportunities for growth.

5/31 Taming the Teenaged Brain Add to Your Calendar.

  • Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. We will provide practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for all or part of the Behavior Solution Series for Families

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help with Ann Dolin

Disappointing grades are not always a fair indication of how hard your child is trying, how much they’re learning, or what their potential for success is later on in life (especially for those with ADHD and other learning differences).

On the surface, disappointing grades represent a failure at school. But there’s usually a lot more to it and many emotions for parents and students at stake!

Webinar Highlights:

  • What to do if your child comes home with bad grades (and how to prevent over-reacting)
  • How to talk to your child about their school performance, including some easy conversation starters
  • Ways to investigate why it’s happening and the two most common reasons for poor grades
  • What to do about it moving forward, including strategies to help your child study more effectively and stay organized
  • Whether you should set consequences for your child’s bad grades (or reward them for good grades)

Join Ann Dolin, educator, author, and Educational Connections Founder for new strategies to tackle these sticky situations while preserving your relationship with your child. 

February 23, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m. Add to Your Calendar.

Register for How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help

PTA News JOIN US FOR A COFFEE CATCH-UP!

KMES parents and caretakers are invited to the cafeteria the morning of Thursday, Jan. 25 for a Coffee Catch-Up from 9-10 AM. Members of the Keene Mill administration, the PTA board, school counselors, and our new Family Liaison contact will be there to welcome families, answer any questions, and discuss upcoming events for 2024. Please stop by to catch up over coffee and treats!

Mark Your Calendar

Wednesday, January 10-School Picture Retakes

Thursday, January 11-PTA General Meeting, 6:30 pm, virtual

Monday, January 15-Martin Luther King Day-NO School

Thursday, January 25-PTA Coffee Catch Up, 9:00 am

Thursday, January 25-Two hour early release

Friday, January 26-Teacher Workday-NO School

Monday, February 19-Presidents Day-NO School

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