The North Star
Frederick Douglass Elementary School's Newsletter
September 20th - September 24th
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Dear Frederick Douglass Families,
Thank you for your support in helping our students have a successful week!
Last week, we kicked off a contest to encourage all students and staff to take responsibility for keeping our school clean. To help motivate our Stars to keep their classrooms tidy, we started a Golden Broom Contest. Below are the winners from last week, students in the winning classes will receive a prize from our prize cart and teachers will have read aloud covered by our leadership team. Shhh, winning classes will be announced on the Star Scoop News Show each Monday.
Since next week starts the Autumn Solstice, on Thursday, September 23, 2021 is a Fall Football and Sports Spirit Day! Represent your favorite team from any sport. As Fall approaches please remember to label your student's jackets and sweaters with their names.
LCPS Quarantine Period Lowered to 10 Days:
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Ziegler announced on Friday, September 17, that the quarantine period for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 in school will be lowered from 14 to 10 days.
Since the 2021-22 school year began on August 26, there have been 59 student COVID-19 cases reported out of a student population of 81,569. This translates to a rate of .0072, or .07% of students. A total of 259 students or .32% (a rate of .0032) have been quarantined as a close contact to an individual confirmed to have COVID-19.
“Based on the extremely low number of student cases, we will continue to follow the Virginia Health Department guidance which allows for shorter quarantine durations as acceptable alternatives in K12 schools to allow prioritization of school attendance,” said Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Ziegler. “For a lot of children and their families, quarantining for 14 days is a hardship, economically and in regard to their mental health. This is especially true in grades kindergarten through six, where students are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.” At Tuesday’s meeting of the Loudoun County School Board, Ziegler said the school division could eventually move to seven days of quarantine with proof of a negative test after day five if the data supports the shift.”
With this change, students who are currently quarantined for 14 days may return on the 11th day if they have no symptoms and have not tested positive. Students who are fully vaccinated and have no COVID-19 symptoms will not need to quarantine. However, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact of a person infected with COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 10 days. LCPS will continue to work closely with the Loudoun County Health Department and follow guidelines from the CDC and VDH as they are provided. LCPS will continue to review transmission data to consider additional guidance regarding reduced quarantine periods with negative COVID-19 tests.
For more information about who needs to quarantine or isolate, view the Quarantine Isolate Flow Chart.
Let's make this a great week! Remember, together we shine bright!
Melissa Logan, Principal
Anne Harris, Vice Principal
Brandon Hunt, Dean
Tanya Mayer, Dean, Special Education
As shared previously, students may also be exempt from immunization requirements if they file for religious exemption or qualify as McKinney Vento. Parents must submit the attached (notarized) religious exemption form if they wish to file under religious exemption. If they have insurance, parents may go to participating Walgreens, Target, Costco, Giant, Harris Teeter, or CVS and get a vaccination for their student. Without insurance there is a charge. Here is the list of vaccinations that students are required to have by January 4, 2022. Please work closely with your school nurse or HCS to identify students that have not turned in their immunization form and encourage them to complete their immunizations as soon as possible and before January 4. Use this LINK to find providers in our area that may provide vaccinations.
LCPS is extending to families ‘provisional status’ through January 4 to comply with the immunization requirements. This decision aligns with Region 4 school divisions.
Bus Transportation Updates
LCPS Transportation sent a communication to all Parents/Guardians to check ParentVUE for bus changes as bus transportation continue to receive and process changes to student transportation arrangements. The following schedule below is for when changes will be posted in ParentVUE and when the change will begin.
Wednesday after 10 a.m. Thursday
Changes in effect
Friday after 10 a.m. the following Monday
These changes can include stop locations, bus numbers, or times. Transportation anticipates routes to stabilize over the next few weeks.
School Nutrition Update
Students in grades 1-5 will participate in MAP Testing. Students are given the Measure of Academic Progress three times per year. Teachers use this data to know what their students have mastered and what they are ready to learn.
The new school year brings a welcome return to in-person learning, creating opportunities to see what academic skills our students retained from last year and what supports they need for success this year. It is important that teachers spend time collecting data to inform their instruction so they can consistently remediate and enrich student learning. Some of the data is collected through day to day informal assessments and other data is obtained through formal methods, such as state and federal testing.
To support student learning, the Virginia Department of Education has developed new growth assessments in reading and math which will be administered for the first time October 1-15, 2021. These tests will aid teachers in identifying any unfinished learning from last year and set a benchmark for measuring future growth, within year and across years. The online, computer-adaptive growth assessments will be administered to students in grades 3-8. Students will take these tests in addition to the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.Student Detail By Question (SDBQ) score reports from the growth assessments will be available for parents/guardians in ParentVUE under the Documents tab, soon after the test window has closed. The reports will show the academic standards on which the student was assessed and whether the test item was answered correctly, without assigning a passing or failing score. Questions about the report or the test administration can be directed to your student’s school.
A message from our Librarian, Mrs. Ricci:
Our FALL BOOK FAIR is coming soon! Mark your calendars for October 4-8 🙂 The fair will run from 8:00-2:30 Monday-Friday, with special shopping hours for families on Wednesday, October 6th from 3-6pm!
Click HERE for more information. Would you like to set up a cashless account for your child?
Click HERE to set up an eWallet 🙂 We will also accept cash and check from students and credit cards with a parent. Note: During family shopping hours, we ask that families stay together as a group and limit time to about 15 minutes; due to social distancing requirements, our maximum capacity will about 25--families will sign in-- 1st come, 1st served. See you at the fair!
- Would you like to HONOR YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDAY with a special book donation to the Frederick Douglass Elementary library? Click HERE!
- Would your Grade 3-5 child like to join our online community of readers as we share monthly responses to the 2021-2022 Virginia Readers Choice books? CHAPTER CHAT will be available to all students throughout the school year! Click HERE for more information. These students will have a chance to earn "Book Bucks" to shop quarterly at the library prize cart!
- Does your K-2 student read at home for at least 15 minutes each day? Encourage him/her to participate in our monthly REACH FOR THE STARS program! These students will earn personalized lanyards and beads that they can wear at home and at school to share their reading success 🙂
- Does your Grade 3-5 student enjoy trying new genres of books? REACH FOR THE STARS for our older students begins this week! See Schoology for all the details. These students will earn Schoology genre badges and vinyl laptop/water bottle stickers throughout the year to share their reading success 🙂
- Does your K-5 child enjoy a challenge? Each month, the library will have optional CONTESTS, such as Breakout Rooms, Reading Passports, and themed activities. Students who participate will have a chance to earn "Book Bucks" to shop quarterly at the library prize cart! See Schoology for all the details.
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Tips for Communicating with Frederick Douglass Elementary
Frederick Douglass Elementary Schoolschool welcomes and encourages communication from parents and guardians. You are partners in your child’s education and experience, and we value your thoughts, feedback, questions, and concerns.
There are different ways to reach out to school staff for support, and the one you choose depends on your needs and the situation. When a question or concern arises, it should be addressed at the first level of the organization where it occurred. Typically, that's the classroom teacher. A brief email or note to your child’s teacher is appropriate for a first-time concern or question. If the same concern comes up again, consider a phone call with the teacher or school counselor. If further discussion is needed, schedule a 20-minute conference with your child's teacher or school counselor.
Organizational Chart for Communication, including concerns and order of levels for escalation:
Teacher (classroom, special education, English Language, and/ or Specialists) or School Counselor (email format is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brandon Hunt (email@example.com) for Instruction, School Climate, Transportation, etc.
Tanya Mayer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant Principal: Anne Harris (email@example.com)
Principal: Melissa Logan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elementary Executive Principal: Teri Finn (email@example.com)