Coates Family Newsletter for 12/03/2021

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Coates Families,

As always, we have some important announcements.  The most important is our farewell and congratulations to an awesome staff member.  Ms. Doris Velez, office assistant, will have her final day at Coates on Wednesday, December 15th.  After that she will begin her new position as student information assistant at Cub Run ES.  We congratulate her on her promotion, but we are very sad to say goodbye. Congratulations, Ms. Velez!

STMath and Imagine Learning Parent Night

Join us next Tuesday, December 7th at 6:00pm for information about these two programs, how to use them at home with your child, and time to explore these programs. Please have your child bring their computer. 

 

Cold Weather Safety

As the weather begins to get colder we ask that parents please have your child prepared to play outdoors with jackets, gloves and hats. Please label these items with your student's name.

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Coates Family Newsletter for 11/23/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

Coates will be closed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

On Monday, November 29th our new principal, Mr. Basdekis, will officially start. He is very excited to continue to meet students, parents, and staff.  We also look forward to him beginning his journey at Coates!

We hope the Coates Community has a wonderful Thanksgiving break filled with family, friends, love, and positive connections. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. King, Acting Principal

 

 

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Coates Family Newsletter for 11/19/2021

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Reminder: Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Mrs. Laura Hunter at lmhunter@fcps.edu no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Mrs. Laura Hunter at lmhunter@fcps.edu. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Coates ES.

COVID-19 Screening Testing and Thanksgiving Holidays

Remind your families that COVID-19 screening testing will be on hold next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday using the following messages.

Parents and guardians can use the secure online portal to register their child(ren). If you do not want your child to participate, no action is required. You will have the option to update your child’s vaccination status and/or withdraw consent for testing anytime.

Student-athletes do not need to pre-register with the LTS online portal for screening testing, they will use a separate portal provided by their school’s student activities director.

There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break.

For more information on student COVID-19 testing, visit the FCPS website.

Mark Your Calendars:

Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26:  Holiday (Thanksgiving)

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Coates Family Newsletter for 11/12/2021

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Family Life Education-Virtual Parent Preview Night

You are invited to attend a preview of the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:00pm using this link

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in Kindergarten through grade three receive instruction in an emotional and social health unit. Students in grades 4-6 receive instruction in a human growth and development unit and an emotional and social health unit. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

More information on curriculum detail and opt-out forms can be found at:

FLE information and Opt out forms

All FLE lessons can also be located on the "All Parents: Coates Elementary Schoology Course" here. You must have a ParentVue account to access Schoology.  Those directions are here.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Nominations Open!

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels. Once again, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate outstanding employees, who may go on to win at the pyramid, Region, or even Division levels. 

Categories include:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher (first three years)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee 
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

We are asking you, the Coates community, to help us gather names for this process.

If you would like to nominate a Coates staff member for any of the above awards, please email Amy Marney at ajmarney@fcps.edu no later than Monday, November 15 for more information.  All responses will be kept confidential.  Please keep in mind the following criteria for your submission:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
  • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership

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Coates Family Newsletter for 11/5/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

November already? How did that happen! As we begin the 2nd quarter of school and enter into the Thanksgiving season, I want to say thank you for sharing your kids with us, for supporting your child’s teachers, and for instilling good character in your children.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray, Acting Assistant Principal

Ages 5-11 Vaccination Update

Community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website

We asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Nominations Open!

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels. Once again, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate outstanding employees, who may go on to win at the pyramid, Region, or even Division levels. 

Categories include:

  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding New Teacher (first three years)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee 
  • Outstanding Operational Employee

We are asking you, the Coates community, to help us gather names for this process.

If you would like to nominate a Coates staff member for any of the above awards, please email Amy Marney at ajmarney@fcps.edu no later than Monday, November 8 for more information.  All responses will be kept confidential.  Please keep in mind the following criteria for your submission:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve
  • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students
  • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership
Mark Your Calendars:

Thursday, November 11:  Two-hour early release

Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26:  Holiday (Thanksgiving)

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Coates Family Newsletter for 10/29/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

Thank you to all of our families and Coates staff who attended the PTA Fall Festival last night.  It was so wonderful to see everyone together again. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our PTA for bringing everyone together.

Please remember that Monday and Tuesday, November 1 and 2, are teacher workdays. Teachers will be planning, finalizing progress reports, and holding teacher conferences.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray, Acting Assistant Principal

Please help us to welcome our newest staff member, Mrs. Jackie Cruz, our new office assistant. She comes to us after working 10 years at the Disney Store in Tyson’s Corner.  We are so glad to have her!

COVID Testing in Schools

In support of our commitment to safety, Coates ES, along with all other FCPS schools, will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 15

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Families may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional. More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website.

Mark Your Calendars:

Thursday, November 11:  Two-hour early release

Wednesday, November 24 – Friday, November 26:  Holiday (Thanksgiving)

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Coates Family Newsletter for 10/22/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

As always, we have some important announcements.  The most important is our farewell and congratulations to an awesome staff member.  Mrs. Fran Peckham, administrative assistant, will have her final day at Coates on November 1st. She will then begin her new position as finance technician at Stone MS.  We congratulate her on her promotion, but we are very sad to say goodbye.  Many of you have been helped by Mrs. Peckham over the last 11 years.  She started as an instructional assistant in Kindergarten before moving to the front office, and she has added value to every team she has been on. Congratulations, Mrs. Peckham!

PTA Fall Fun, Thursday, October 28

The Coates PTA is excited to host a Fall Fun event.

When: Thursday - October 28th at 6:00pm

Where: Coates Front Bus Loop

  • Kids can dress in character costumes.
  • They will have music, pre-packaged candy, snacks, and glow sticks.
  • There will be sidewalk chalk for the kids to draw on the sidewalks.
  • There will be games such as bean bag toss, glow tic-tac-toe, and ring toss.
Students Rights and Responsibilities

Here is a PDF version of the Student Rights and Responsibilities document which explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.

Also, this link includes videos and quick guides for families with translations.  

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R by printing, and signing this Parent Signature Sheet  and return it to your child’s teacher.  Or, parents can e-sign through ParentVue.

Signed agreements of the Students Rights and Responsibilities is due to the school by October 29, 2021. 

If you need assistance, please contact the school at 703-713-3000. 

Mark You Calendars:

Friday, October 29: Two-hour early release; End of Quarter 1; SR&R Signature page due

Monday, November 1-Tuesday, November 2: Teacher workdays (Student holidays); Parent conferences

Thursday, November 11:  Two-hour early release

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Coates Family Newsletter for 10/15/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

Our students and staff are in a great groove as we move into fall with beautiful weather outside and engaging learning opportunities at Coates. One of the experiences we would like to highlight is class meeting, which is a way that teachers build a strong sense of community in their classrooms while highlighting the Positivity Project strengths. The purpose of class meeting is to set children up for success each day socially and emotionally.

We want to take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication our staff members put in each day. They have been working hard to connect with students, plan engaging lessons and collaborate with one another. If you would like to acknowledge a Coates staff member, we invite you to submit your story through FCPS Cares.

We also want to acknowledge all the support families provide to our students and staff. We are grateful to have such dedicated families as partners in their child's education. 

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Mrs. Jenn Gray, Acting Assistant Principal

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Please check your child's Thursday folder from yesterday for your pre-printed survey for you to complete as soon as possible and return to your child's teacher. 

All information is treated confidentially. 

The federal presence in our area and the significant tax exemptions available to federally connected personnel, businesses, and agencies has qualified Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be eligible for federal Impact Aid grants.

Find out more here:  https://www.fcps.edu/impact

Federal Impact Aid Video

Thank you for your support of Fairfax County Public Schools! Digital Citizenship Week

Digital Citizenship week is October 18th-22nd. This year’s theme brings together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explore SEL in Digital Life. Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success.  Each day here at Coates we will focus on a message that introduces students to an important idea around being a good digital citizen.  We will hold spirit days each day to reinforce the message.  Look for tips, and of course pictures, on social media each day!

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, October 29: Two-hour early release; End of Quarter 1; SR&R Signature page due

Monday, November 1-Tuesday, November 2: Teacher workdays (Student holidays); Parent conferences

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Coates Family Newsletter for 10/8/2021

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Dear Coates Families,

Mrs. Gray, Acting Assistant Principal, and I had a wonderful 1st week!  We spent time in all classrooms and loved seeing students so engaged in their learning. We have some important messages below. As always, thanks for working so well with our staff and for sharing your children with us!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Jessica King, Acting Principal

Monday, October 11: Student Holiday-No School

Monday, October 11, is a student holiday and a professional development day for staff, in observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the beautiful traditions and cultures of Indigenous People, not just in America, but around the world.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Here is a PDF version of the Student Rights and Responsibilities document which explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.

Also, this link includes videos and quick guides for families with translations.  

Signed agreements of the Students Rights and Responsibilities is due to the school by October 29, 2021. 

Parents can print the form, sign and return to school with their child or electronically sign the agreement from the ParentVue account.

If you need assistance, please contact the school. 

Digital Permission Form 2021-22

At Coates, we use variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication with students and families.  Please be sure that you fill out the online permission form here. Thank you for your support.

Mark Your Calendars

Friday, October 29: Two-hour early release; End of Quarter 1; SR&R Signature page due

Monday, November 1-Tuesday, November 2: Teacher workdays (Student holidays); Parent conferences

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Coates Family Newsletter for 9/30/2021

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Farewell, Mr. Kraft

Today was a full day of farewells and best wishes to Principal Kraft.  We wish him well as he starts his new job as executive principal of Region 3 schools in FCPS.  Check out his farewell message to parents and families here.   See Coates social media for more picture and videos.

Coates PTA News

We had a great first meeting on Monday night where we approved our budget for this year and elected a new executive board. 

 We are excited to welcome the leadership of Valina Kelly (president), Dipika Gupta (vice-president), & Malini Madras (treasurer)!  Future meeting and opportunities to volunteer or otherwise support PTA activities will be announced soon.  For now, we encourage all parents and teachers to formally join PTA (membership info, including PayPal link is here).  Thanks to the many who have already joined!  Coates PTA thanks our outgoing president, Mrs. Tisha Bowman, for her service and wishes a fond farewell to Mr. Kraft.  We look forward to supporting the next school administration and promoting a strong sense of community among our amazing families.

 Questions about PTA can be sent to coatespta@gmail.com

Welcome to Mrs. Gray

Coates is proud to welcome our new administration!  Acting Principal, Mrs. Jessica King, will be joined by acting assistant principal, Mrs. Jenn Gray.  They are excited to lead our awesome school!  Welcome, Mrs. Gray!

FCPS Region 5 will begin its interviewing process next week and should conclude in a few weeks.  Please watch your email for an official announcement naming the new principal.

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Coates Family Newsletter for 9/23

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Coates Families,

Can you believe that we’re half-way through the first quarter of school?  Time is flying, and we have some important messages for you below.  As always, thanks for working so well with our staff and for sharing your kids with us!

Jesse Kraft, Principal & Jessica King, Ass’t Principal

Coates PTA Meeting on Monday – Farewell to Mr. Kraft

Join us for our first General PTA Meeting of the school year this Monday, September 27th at 6:30PM.  We'll be meeting outside, socially distanced with chairs, and the weather will be perfect!

We will take care of a few major topics: joining our PTA, officially electing our 2021 - 2022 Board Members and adopting our budget for the year.

Afterwards, we'll have a few minutes to say farewell to our beloved Principal and even share a few surprises with him!

If you're at all curious about joining our Board or learning more about our PTA, please email us at coatespta@gmail.com or coateptapresident@gmail.com

See you Monday night!

Elementary Advanced Academics (AAP) Parent Information Meeting

A virtual parent information meeting will be held at this link on September 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm. Mrs. Hunter our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) will provide information about levels of service and examples at Coates Elementary School, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Arriving at School Too Early

Some of our walking students are getting to campus too early each morning.  Please know that there is no staff supervision of kids outside of the school prior to 8:55.  We ask that Kiss & Ride parents not release their children prior to 8:55 and that parents of walkers ensure that their children don’t leave home too early. 

What Happens on Oct. 1?

Mr. Kraft’s final day as principal is Thursday, Sept. 30.  Beginning Oct. 1, Mrs. King will become the acting principal until FCPS Region 5 leadership completes is interview and selection process, which may take weeks.  As assistant principal at Coates, Mrs. King is well-known to our students, staff and families and will surely take care of our school.  She will be joined by an acting assistant principal, Mrs. Jenn Gray (who currently works in central office supporting schools).  You’re in good hands!

Interim Reports Sent Home Today

Expect an interim report for your child today that informs you on how s/he is doing so far in academic areas and citizenship/study skills.  Remember that interims are not official quarterly progress reports – they are a mid-point informational report intended to signal you and your child if s/he needs to make improvements.  They can also reassure you that your child is making good progress. Feel free to contact teachers if you need more information and wish to schedule a conference prior to the end of the quarter.

Note: During the first quarter, we send interim reports for all students.  In later quarters, we only send interims home for students needing improvement.

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Lockdown Drill

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Lockdown Drill Today

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Every school in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan in place. Keeping students and staff safe is a priority. We practice a number of safety drills throughout the school year, including lockdown drills which helps us know what to do if there is a potentially violent intruder inside the school or on school property.

Today, our school conducted a lockdown drill and teachers talked to students to prepare them for the drill. As a part of our safety training we also show students a video regarding lockdown drills so students would know what a lockdown looks like in the school.

I am very proud of our students today. They listened to directions and the drill was conducted in a calm and orderly fashion. Our students did a great job, and I encourage you to discuss the drill with them.  Additional guidance on discussions with your child about lockdown drills can be found in the Parent/Guardian tip letter, as well as on the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

Our emergency preparedness plans have been developed in coordination with the FCPS Office of Safety and Security, local law enforcement, emergency management officials, and FCPS mental health professionals. The plans are regularly reviewed and updated and include procedures on how to respond to critical incidents such as fires, tornadoes, and other events. Students and staff regularly practice safety drills.

I will continue to keep you informed of safety and security measures in place at our school. If you have questions, please call or contact the school office.  I appreciate your continued support in these matters.

Sincerely,

Mrs. King

Assistant Principal

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Coates Family Newsletter for 9/16

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Coates Families,

As always, we have some important announcements.  The most important is our farewell and congratulations to an awesome staff member.  Mrs. Ashya Otero, office assistant, will have her final day at Coates tomorrow.  Next week, she begins her new position as student information assistant at Daniel's Run ES.  We congratulate her on her promotion, but we are very sad to say goodbye.  Many of you have been helped by Mrs. Otero over the last 11 years.  She started as an instructional assistant in our autism program before moving to the front office, and she's added value to every team she's been on.  Congratulations, Mrs. Otero!

Laptop Charging at Home (2nd-6th Grades)

We thank you for taking care of your child's FCPS laptop at home each night.  Charging it at home ensures that it's ready to go for the next school day!

Interim Reports

On Thursday, Sept. 23 your child's teacher will be sending you an interim progress report for the first quarter of school.  Interims are not the official progress reports with quarterly grades.  They are actually a mid-point message that serves to let parents know who things are going so far.  If your child is needing improvement in a subject, there is still time to address the needs.  Look for interims via email, Talking Points, or Thursday Folders.  Feel free to ask your teachers questions so that you can help at home.

Necessary Form - Please Complete

If you have not already done so, please complete this digital resources parental consent form (link).  This allows us to use school-approved websites, programs, and tech equipment with your child at school.  If you do not complete this form, your child will lose access.

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ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

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ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level: 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I) 

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve. 

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness
  • Classroom teachers provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) 

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services. 

  • Students work with students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV) 

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Mathematics curriculum with depth and complexity that is at least one year above grade level.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Levels II-IV

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Eligibility decisions for Level II and Level III services are made by a committee at the local school

Screening for Level II and Level III services is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for Level II or III services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART and the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time Level IV services are made by the countywide central selection committee.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:  

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • Fall referrals are due October 7, 2021
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student 
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

Referral forms for Levels II-IV are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Jessica King, jaking@fcps.edu no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline.

Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A virtual parent information meeting will be held at Coates Elementary School on September 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The AART will provide information about levels of service and examples at Coates Elementary School, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Young Scholars

FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students also have learning disabilities. These twice-exceptional, or “2e” students need strengths-based instruction. Their learning challenges also must be supported. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Middle and High School AAP

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

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Coates Family Newsletter for 9/10

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Coates Families,

As we complete the third week of school, I’m proud of the work our teachers have done to accomplish so much in so little time with your children.  Classes have routines established, and we’re deep into the curriculum in all subjects!  We also appreciate your support of your child’s teacher.  Kids who were nervous about coming back to school are comfortable.  Kids who weren’t in the habit of working so hard are building stamina.  It’s working!

Thanks to the many parents who came to our Principal’s Coffee last week.  One of our main topics was our Home-School Compact, which is our partnership agreement between school and home.  Check it out here.  Our staff looks forward to doing our part and we hope that every parent will do theirs!  It’s really does take a village!

As always, please read through the important information below.  Lots to share!  Have a great weekend.

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

Jessica King, Proud Assistant Principal

Community Meeting

All parents and staff members are advised to check their emails from Tuesday.  You should have received an email from “Region 5 Office” that explained the process for selecting the next principal of Coates.  As you know, Mr. Kraft will begin his new job as executive principal for Region 3 on October 1, and FCPS must fill the position. 

To provide your input and ensure that Coates has a great new principal, we hope that everyone will attend the virtual meeting on September 14 (details below) and provide your written input on the link below.  As stated in the email, Coates Assistant Principal, Mrs. Jessica King will serve as acting principal between the time when Mr. Kraft departs and FCPS Region 5 finalizes the hire of a new principal.

Meeting Info:

Sept. 14 @ 4:30  (English) – Link to Meeting

Sept. 14 @ 5:30  (Spanish) – Link to Meeting

You are invited to share your input on what attributes you’d like to see in the next principal by Monday, September 20, 2021 to apmcgeehan@fcps.edu  or mail to: Adam McGeehan, Suite 1114, Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA   22042-1203​​​​​​​

Keep your child home from school with any symptoms that are COVID-like.

The most important way you can help as a parent/guardian is to keep your child(ren) home if they present with any illness or symptoms that are associated with COVID: runny nose, coughing, headache, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, etc. If you keep your child home, and they are feeling better the next day, then they do not need documentation from a medical provider to return. However, if your child comes to school and presents with symptoms, they will be placed in the Care Room and will be sent home. Your child must then be seen by a medical provider to return to school and you will be given a form to get completed by the doctor. 

Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction. Please consider the questions in the HealthScreeningQuestionnaire for 2021-2022.pdf each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 

Response to COVID Cases

In the interest of transparency, FCPS updates a daily report of positive COVID-19 cases on its website, which any parent may access here.  You will notice that Coates has had more than one confirmed positive cases this week, and a separate community message will go out today, per FCPS and health department guidelines.

While the community message may be delayed from the day of the reported cases, we want to assure you that we do not delay in responding to positive cases.  We rapidly begin contact tracing and identifying potential close contacts.  We contact parents of close contacts immediately and pause in-person instruction where appropriate.  Obviously, students who test positive may not return until cleared by a medical professional.  We welcome any questions.

While there is no synchronous (live, virtual lesson) program for paused students at this time, Dr. Brabrand did outline ways to provide better connection to classroom learning at last night’s School Board meeting.  If your child is currently paused pending health department approval to return, look for a message from the teacher early next week with directions for connecting with class assignments.  We regret that we must send students home when they are considered close contacts and realize that this greatly impacts working families.

Thursday Folders

It’s important that parents check their children’s backpacks each evening to see if the teacher has sent home any important information.  On THURSDAYS, we often send home more graded student work, flyers, and school messages.  Please check your child’s folders for this information.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

At the end of the first quarter, we offer parent-teacher conferences to all families.  This is an important opportunity that we hope you will take advantage of.  Teachers will talk about your child’s classroom performance and grades.  Conferences also give you chance to create a stronger partnership with the teacher!

Watch your teacher’s messages in the coming weeks as they offer opportunities to conference with them at the end of October or beginning of November.   Conferences may be virtual or in-person depending on parent or teacher preference.

New Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year, FCPS is introducing a new Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Universal Screener. We have attached the information to this email. Students in grades 3-12 will participate during the Fall, Winter, and Spring windows. K-2 will participate in the Winter and Spring. The Fall window is 10/12-10/22.

Options to opt out are also included in the attached flier and are requested no later than Friday, September 17th. For more information and additional translations, please use the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/43941

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Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 10                Recognition of Sept. 11 on News Show

Sept. 23                Interim Grade Reports Sent Home to Parents

Sept. 23                Picture Day

Sept. 30                Mr. Kraft’s Final Day at Coates

Oct. 11                  Indigenous People Day – Student Holiday

Oct. 29                  End of First Quarter

Nov. 1&2              Student Holidays

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Coates Family Newsletter for 9/2

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Coates Families,

Congratulations!  We have completed the first two weeks of school.  That’s 9 days down, and about 170 more to go!  I’m thankful for your support of our staff as we came back strong with full-time, in-person school this year.  We’re taking our time building a sense of community in each classroom, teaching and re-teaching rules and good habits for school, and building stamina and skills in all subjects.  It takes a lot of time and attention to put the pieces back together.  I’m proud to say that we are succeeding!

Thanks for your great attendance (virtual and in-person) at Back to School Nights last week.  Thanks for your patience as we managed crowd size and acted responsibly as visitors.

Thanks to so many of you for joining the PTA already.  I hope more people do!  Go here for the membership forms and PayPal info!

Thanks for completing the student information forms you received last week (at BTSN or sent home) and sending them back to school.  Having updated health info and contact info for you is essential.

Thank you to so many parents for sending kind words of appreciation to our teachers.  It’s an active job, and they’re understandably tired.  Acts of appreciation go a long way!

Thanks for doing your part at the bus stops to supervise your kids and keep them safe and for being patient with the drivers.  We also appreciate our Kiss & Ride parents for learning our system and respecting it – even with so many cars this year, things are moving much more quickly compared to the first days of school! 

Thanks for erring on the side of caution and keeping your children home if they're sick.  Thanks for being honest with us about home illnesses, and getting tested and seeing doctors so quickly when there's been a need.  Basically, thanks for taking care of your children and considering everyone else's (and our staff too).

Finally, thanks for the kind words so many of you have sent me this week in regard to my promotion.  I appreciate your congratulations and understanding.  To be clear, I dread leaving Coates even while I’m excited about the next step in my career.  I’ll say more about the special-ness of our school in the weeks to come.  You still have me through September!

And speaking of that, watch for information soon about ways you can give your input into the principal selection process. Expect a virtual meeting that includes staff and families where FCPS  Region 5 leadership will ask you what Coates needs in its next principal.  Make your voice heard!

Please read the announcements below.  Follow our social media and read those Talking Points texts from teachers to stay up to date.  Enjoy the long weekend!

Jesse Kraft, Proud Principal

A New Homework Assignment for Grades 2-6

Beginning next week, teachers in 2nd through 6th grade will begin sending students’ laptops home with them each night.  Students are expected to charge their laptops at home and bring them back to school each day.  This new expectation accomplishes two things:

  1. It ensures that all students have a fully-charged laptop each day at school.
  2. If a student is absent or otherwise away from school, s/he can access some assignments on Schoology, our new online platform for assignments.

Please help your child make a space at home for laptop charging each night and remind him/her to bring the laptop back to school every day.

Birthday Treats

Before the pandemic, parents were permitted to send treats to school with their child on their birthday.  Often, parents sent cupcakes or cookies which the student distributed to his/her friends during lunch.  We cannot do that this year. If you wish to send in a birthday treat, you may so long as you follow these rules.  Birthday treats must be:

  • individually-wrapped treats
  • in a sealed package
  • no nuts
  • enough for the whole class

Please do not send in party favors or any other item.  Unfortunately, we are not allowing parent visitors during lunch, including birthdays.  We hope to return to an open-door policy for lunch once we get back to normal.  Parents are under no obligation to send in birthday treats.

Reading Routines at Home

Our new reading specialist, Mrs. Paula Cortes, gave parents great ideas a Back to School Night for promoting good reading habits at home. You can find the resources we shared on the Coates website as well.  We’ve created short videos and booklets that can give non-teachers exactly what they need to help kids read at their level.  Please check them out!  The best way you can support academics in elementary school is to promote reading at home.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

*Please check your child's Thursday folder for grade specific opt-out forms. Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

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Important Announcement for Coates Families & Staff

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Dear Coates Staff & Families,

It is with mixed emotion that I tell you that my time as principal of Lutie Lewis Coates Elementary School will be coming to an end soon.  Today, FCPS announced that effective October 1,  I will be serving as Executive Principal of Region 3 schools.  In this new role, I will have the opportunity to support 45 schools in another region of Fairfax County.  After 25 years of service and over 12 years as a principal, I feel ready for this next step in my career.

While I’m excited by a new professional challenge, I am saddened to leave Coates.  I’m immensely proud the of the work we’ve done together to make our school an awesome experience for all children.  In the past 5 years, we’ve raised test scores, narrowed achievement gaps, grown our PTA membership, increased minority placement in advanced academics, implemented the Positivity Project, built a home-school compact that brought staff and families together, developed a shared mission that resulted in our rigorous Ready to Shine learning opportunities for all kids, survived the pandemic shut-down and distance learning, achieved consistently high working conditions ratings, grew our awareness of bias and tools to combat it, taught kids to “talk like a boss”, and hired and retained the best staff in FCPS.  The list could go on!

I am most proud of playing my part in preserving the best thing about Coates – our warm, affirming culture.  Metaphorically, this place is one big hug.   In my first days here, I could observe the everyday acts of kindness, recognize the trust among everyone, and basically feel the warmth.  That won’t end when I go – it’s part of the Coates DNA.

I will explain myself to the students tomorrow at school.  I want them to understand how promotions work and to hear directly from me how much they mean to me and how much I will miss them when I go in a few weeks.

As I complete my final weeks at Coates, I am confident that our Region 5 Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rebecca Baenig, will work tirelessly to ensure that Coates continues its path of excellence under highly capable leadership. The Region Office and FCPS Human Resources Department will begin the principal search process in the next few weeks. Ms. Baenig will be in touch very soon to share additional details on how you can learn more about the principal selection process and ways you can provide written input regarding the skills, experience and leadership characteristics needed for our school.

Sincerely,

Jesse Kraft

Proud Principal

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Coates Family Newsletter for 8/25

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Coates Families,

Thanks for a great start to the school year!  As of now, we’ve completed all our Back to School Nights and worked out many of the arrival/dismissal challenges that come with the beginning of a new school year.  Thanks for your great support of our teachers and your cooperation with school rules related to arrival and dismissal.  Below are a few important reminders and information that all families should know.

Staying in Touch with the Teacher

All Coates teachers use the Talking Points app to send group and individual text messages to families.  This is the best way to stay connected to the class.  If you are not already on your teacher’s text group, please email him/her to be added.

Once you’re added, you can text the teacher directly when you want to share information or ask questions.  Please be aware that teachers do not have the capacity to reply instantly.  Teaching is an active, all-day job, and teachers should not be on their phones when they are supervising children.  Please allow up to 24 hours for replies.  Teachers are usually much faster!

Join PTA

Like most schools in FCPS, Coates has a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that plans and runs events for our community and raises money to benefit our school.  In the coming weeks, you’ll receive information from our new board.  For now, we invite all parents and teachers to join the PTA to become members.  The membership form was provided at Back to School Night and is available here along with PayPal information.

If you're looking to volunteer time to help with PTA events, more information will be coming soon.  Joining PTA and paying membership fees does not commit you to volunteering - it's a just a great way to support PTA.

Dismissal Time

On the first day of school, dismissal took a very long time.  Buses were late arriving.  The Kiss & Ride had a much longer-than-average line, and many parents were not sure where to pick up walking students.  By the end of Day 2 and today, all buses and Kiss & Ride students were gone by or about 4:20.  We expect that each day things will improve.  Even pre-covid, the dismissal process during the first week of school always had notable delays.  It always gets incrementally faster each day.

It’s important that all parents do their part to follow our dismissal procedures.  Please read below:

If your child is a walker…

At dismissal time, we route all walkers out Door 3, which is in the back of the school by the playground.  The door is supervised by staff and using this door helps us avoid crowding and bottlenecking inside the school at the end of the day.  If your child walks, and you wish to pick him/her up, please go to Door 3.

If your child uses Kiss & Ride for Dismissal…

You may NOT leave your car.  Staff will only release students to their cars when your car is close by the bench area.  Some parents have been leaving their cars in the lane and walking down the sidewalk to get their kids.  Since there is no passing lane at the back of Kiss & Ride, this does not save you time, and we will not permit you to pass due to the unsafe nature of such a maneuver.  It also slows down the process for every parent behind you. 

Obey the crossing guard and staff.  Move your car up as far as possible at the pick-up area.  Stopping short slows down the process for every parent behind you.  Move forward as the staff directs you.  Your child will come to you.

If you park your car somewhere and prefer to personally pick up your child…

Your child is considered a walker if you are picking them up this way.  Your child will be directed to dismiss from Door 3 (near playground behind school).  This removes the walkers and walking parents from the Kiss & Ride crowd and traffic. 

There is no option for parents to pick up walkers from any other door without approval from the principal.

No parent should ever be walking across the parking lot while buses are lining up or boarding students.

 

Be sure that your child’s teacher knows the way you want your child to dismiss every day.  If you have a change in plans and want your child to dismiss in a different way, please contact your teacher in writing and call the front office at 703-713-3000.

Thank You!

Our staff has enjoyed meeting you at Back to School Nights!  Please stay in touch with your teacher and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  We love when the family-teacher relationship is a partnership, and we look forward to a great year!

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Back to School Night Info for Grades 2-6

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Dear 2nd-6th Grade  Parents,

Tonight, our teachers are offering Back to School Night for 2nd & 3rd Graders only at 6:00 PM.  Tomorrow, Aug. 25, we are offering Back to School Night for 4th, 5th & 6th Graders only at 6:00 PM.  We hope to see you either virtually or in-person for this event.  Back to School Night is a time for you to hear from your child’s teacher, visit the classroom, and learn about our plans for Coates this year.

You may join us virtually or come in-person.  Details are below.

If you are joining us virtually, please watch for an email from your child’s teacher this afternoon with a link for you to join him/her at 6:15 on your appropriate night.  Please be patient if there is a wait since your teacher will be welcoming in-person students and parents to their class at that time and sharing info with both of you simultaneously.  Please mute your microphone when you join.

If you are joining us in-person, please come to school by 6:00 and check in at the table we have set up by Door 2 (near the Kiss & Ride parking lot).  We will start our event outside and then rotate groups of parents and students through sessions with their teachers in the classroom.  We will conclude by 7:30.

Please adhere to the following rules for tonight:

  • Check in at the table near Door 2.
  • Only 1 parent per family. You may bring your child.  Do not bring siblings.
  • Masks are required for all when inside the school.

Part of your evening will be in the classroom with your child’s new teacher.  Part of it will be outside for a short presentation from the principals, reading specialist, counselors, and family liaison.  We want to get you ready and excited for the great year ahead!

When the evening is over, the principals will be stationed in front of the school to say goodbye and welcome any questions about safety or any topic.

Looking forward to seeing you tonight or tomorrow night!

Sincerely,

Coates Administration

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Coates Family Newsletter for 8/22

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Coates Families,

We are looking forward to seeing all our students tomorrow for the first day of school at 9:00! Thanks to the many parents in kindergarten & 1st grade who’ve already met their child’s teacher at Back to School Night last week.  Everyone else, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening (2nd & 3rd grades) or Wednesday evening (4th, 5th & 6th grades) at school at 6:00.

We thank our teachers for an incredibly busy preparation week.  They trained, they planned, they set up classrooms, and did countless other tasks that result in the safe and organized opening of school for 730 students.  That’s a lot!

Please read below so that both you and your child are prepared to have a great first week of school!  Information on breakfast, lunch, arrival & dismissal, safety, and other topics can be found below.

Jesse Kraft, Principal (jkraft@fcps.edu )

Jessica King, Ass’t Principal (jaking@fcps.edu )

Coming to School

We will not be allowing parents to escort their children to class this year.  If you are walking your child to school, please say goodbye to him/her outside the school.  If we allowed parents to come with our students into the school tomorrow, we’d have tightly packed hallways and sustained times where kids and adults would be in proximity.  We aim to avoid situations like this as much as possible.  Thank you for your understanding.  We will have many staff members positioned inside and outside the school to help students find their classrooms.

You can help by making sure your child knows the following:

  • His/her grade level
  • His/her teacher’s name
  • How he/she is going home each day (bus, walker, Kiss & Ride, daycare van)

If you do not think your child can remember this information, please write it down and send it with your child and/or email/text your child’s teacher directly.  

Bus Riders

Please be patient with drivers and expect that bus stop times on your schedule are approximate.  Come to your stop early and be prepared to wait.  Northern Virginia traffic is always a challenge to our routes at the beginning of each year.  Also, there is a national bus driver shortage that is impacting FCPS, and some routes may take longer or experience delays as  the FCPS Office of Transportation works through the situation.

Kindergarten parents, please remember that your child must have someone meet him/her at the bus stop after school.  Our drivers will not release a kindergartner from the bus unless s/he has an adult or older sibling (older than elementary school) at the stop wait for him/her.

Kiss & Ride

Coates has a supervised Kiss & Ride lot where parents may drive their children to school and drop them off.  Parents who use Kiss & Ride must follow all rules including the following:

  • Obey the crossing guard and staff
  • Do NOT leave your car. Your child leaves the car when you drop off.   If you pick up your child in the afternoon, you will not leave your car.  Train your child to recognize your car, and our staff will help him/her find you.
  • There is no passing lane at AM Kiss & Ride. All vehicles wait in line and move as one line.
  • If you arrive early to Kiss & Ride (prior to 9:00) and there is no staff member present, please do NOT drop off your child. S/he would not be supervised.
  • When driving, please do not text or use hands on your cell phone. This is dangerous to the many students nearby.
Walkers

Walking students may come in through Door 3 or the main entrance at arrival.  At dismissal time, we route all walkers out Door 3, which is in the back of the school by the playground.  The door is supervised by staff and using this door helps us avoid crowding and bottlenecking inside the school at the end of the day.  If your child walks, and you wish to pick him/her up, please go to Door 3.

Breakfast & Lunch

All students may receive one (1) no-cost breakfast and one (1) no-cost lunch meal each school day. The cost of an adult or a second student breakfast is $2.30. The cost of an adult or a second student lunch is $4.50

Menus, allergens, and nutrition information are all available online. School menus will be published weekly beginning a week before the first day of school.

You do not need to “sign up” for breakfast or lunch if you want your child to have it.  You may also send your child with a lunch from home any day.

Staying in Touch with the Teacher

If your teacher has not yet emailed you, please call the front office at (703) 713-3000 to get connected.  Our teachers use the Talking Points app to communicate with all parents via text messages.  Your teacher can tell you how to get these texts.

At the beginning of each week, all Coates teachers will send a group text to parents keeping you abreast of some important topics for the upcoming week.  You may also text your teacher outside of the group.

Please realize that a teacher’s daily schedule is intense, and s/he is actively teaching or supervising your child and the rest of the class with very little break time.  Allow up to 24 hours for responses to questions.

Lunch Time

As noted previously, lunch is a time when students may remove their masks to eat.  Most classes eat lunch in the cafeteria.  We have created a schedule that reduces seating to about 50 capacity at our tables (our tables have built-in seats for 10, and we will be seating 4-6 to each table).  When kids are finished eating, they will be required to pull their masks back up. 

We clean tables between classes and all hands are washed or sanitized before and after lunch time.

Accommodations for Lunch or Arrival

Some parents have requested to pick up their child at lunch time to take them out of school to eat with them.  This is a reasonable request, and we are happy to work with any parent who wishes to do this so long as they pick up their child at his/her scheduled lunch time and return on time.  If you wish to do this, please contact your teacher.  Someone from our office will confirm with you.

On a related note, some parents have requested to drop their child off a few minutes after the 9:15 bell to avoid the crowds at arrival.  This is also a reasonable request, and we are happy to work with any parent who wishes to bring their child to school between 9:20-9:30.  If you wish to do this, please contact your teacher.  Someone from our office will confirm with you.

Staff Vaccination Requirement

This week, Superintendent Brabrand announced that FCPS is requiring all staff members to be fully vaccinated or to submit routine negative COVID-19 tests beginning in October.  The vast majority of FCPS staff are already vaccinated.

FCPS continues to encourage vaccination for everyone, including students as soon as they are eligible. This summer, Fairfax County has seen vaccination rates for our young people soar. We have some of the highest vaccination rates across the country for this age group.

Among youth ages 12-15 in Fairfax County, 61.9% are fully vaccinated – up 24.2 points since July, while 75.3% have had one dose – up 19.4 points since July. Of 16-17-year-olds, 74.4% are fully vaccinated, while 84.8% have received one dose.

If you or your child would like to be vaccinated, vaccination opportunities can be accessed through the Fairfax County Health Department or Vaccines.gov. COVID-19 vaccines are accessible and free.

Important Forms

At Back to School night, you’ll be provided with paper copies of many important forms that need to be updated.  Watch for a separate News You Choose email with reminders and online access to some of these forms.

ParentVUE

The SIS (Student Information System) Parent Account is an online tool that parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, class schedule and performance, discipline incidents, health information, and more. If you registered in the past, your account is still active. If you have not, please create an account using this link. Please contact the Main Office if you have any questions or need support. 

Information parents will be able to access includes:

  • Progress Reports
  • Attendance
  • Health information
  • Significant Discipline incidents
  • Name of Classroom Teacher
  • Teachers’ email addresses
  • FCPS calendar
  • Student’s emergency contact information
  • Transportation information including bus stops and times
Mark Your Calendars

Aug. 24:   Back to School Night for 2nd & 3rd Grade Families, 6-7:30 PM

Aug. 25:   Back to School Night for 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Families, 6-7:30 PM

Aug. 31:   Parent Coffee, 9:15-10:15 AM

Sept. 3:   Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 6:   Labor Day Holiday

Oct. 11:   Student Holiday

Expect more events to be scheduled in the coming weeks.

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