The Tiger Times

The Thomas Jefferson Elementary Parent Newsletter

March 19, 2020

Chalk Dust: Notes From The Principal's Desk

My strong hope is that this brief newsletter finds each of you doing well, staying healthy, and managing what can be a hard and heavy emotional time as the nation works through this crisis. I also am hopeful that day 1 of online learning went well. While no technology can replace a teacher, those of you that have seen the lessons our staff put together have been again reminded, I believe, of the extraordinary dedication and skill of our teachers. I want to thank our staff once again for their incredible work and dedication in this time, a time that has no precedent in our generation.


I want to share with you that a common theme of the feedback I have heard from my staff is that seeing your children during our videoconferences has been a genuine bright spot for us. At the end of the day, beyond academic issues like curriculum, instruction, differentiation, and all those phrases of education jargon, is the shared relationship and love between teachers and kids.


While this moment in time does not require any philosophical ramblings, I think it is worth noting thinking about the issues schools have faced in the last week. We have taken steps to continue the education of kids. We have taken steps to return medication to families who keep medicine at our schools. We have taken steps to ensure that at-risk families have food. We have taken steps to ensure that families without access to the internet have wireless "mini's" that give them access to wireless networks. We have taken steps to have counselors available to our kids through videoconferences. And on and on.


It's a reminder of just how integral schools are and how many needs beyond academics they are called on to meet. That is a reality that in itself is worth acknowledging and respecting. We have been deeply gratified and touched by the affirmations, thanks, and compliments of the TJ family. Thank you very much for that.


We will absolutely get through this together. Let's continue to take care of one another and do as science advises us to do. When all this is over, we will celebrate and give thanks together.


Take good care, All. We will continue to be in touch.

FCCPS Information About Coronavirus Responses

FCCPS continues to provide updates to the FCCPS family about the division's responses to the Coronavirus emergency. Please check out https://www.fccps.org/o/FCCPS/page/covid-19-plan#march17 for updates from Dr. Noonan and other FCCPS resources and information items.

Online Assignments For TJ Students

For those of you who need it, here are the links to each grade level's online assignments:


3rd grade: shorturl.at/ouFGN

4th grade: shorturl.at/suwKQ

5th grade: shorturl.at/htwxy

General Overview For Families: shorturl.at/djzW0

Yearbook Order Deadline Approaching

At the current time, the deadline for yearbook orders is April 17, 2020. Families can continue to purchase yearbooks at ybpay.lifetouch.com and using ID Code 11380120. If you choose to order online, please use your child's name as it appears on their school records. The yearbook price is $25.00.


Should you have any questions about the yearbook, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Brooke Davis, TJ's librarian and yearbook sponsor, at davisb1@fccps.org.

Learn About The Falls Church Elementary PTA

FCCPS elementary schools are incredibly lucky to have a great partner in the Falls Church Elementary PTA (FCEPTA). To learn more about the FCEPTA, please visit https://fcepta.org/.

About TJ

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School is a grade 3-5 school in Falls Church. Like all Falls Church City Public Schools, TJ is an IB school. Our students are the beneficiaries of the Primary Years Program, which focuses on thematic instruction, international mindedness, and the development of the whole child.