The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

April 4 - 8, 2016

Quote of the Week:

"Caring for yourself is not self-indulgence, it's self-preservation." ~ Audrey Lorde

Redford the Red Bird Award - Vince Wang

"The decision to nominate Vince Wang for the Red Bird award was unanimous. Vince is a team player beyond measure! Keeping our technology running is only where it begins… Always asking if he can help, jumping in to assist at every turn whether it is running a tardy student to class or delivering a lunch dropped off by a parent. He never passes through the office without seeing what there is for him to assist with! We are so thankful to have him here on the Mighty Red Bird Team!" ~ The CFES Office Staff

April is...

Wear Pink on Wednesday

Please wear pink on Wednesday as we think pink "Get Well Quick" thoughts for Teresa Freeland who will be leaving for the rest of the school year. She will begin treatment for breast cancer on Thursday.


We have another staff member who just got her results from a possible return of breast cancer...it was good news and the MRI said it was all clear! Great News!


Pink ribbons will be on hand for those who do not have any pink in the closet as well as pink finger nail polish to paint one thumb nail as we all say, "Cancer needs to hit the road, Jack." A donation can will be available in the office for staff donations to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.


Please keep Teresa in your thoughts as she and other like her will be doing some heavy lifting on their treatment and recovery in the coming weeks and months.

Wellness Week

The counseling team and student ambassadors are happy to present Wellness Week. This is a week to focus on wellness and learning ways to distress! Below is an overview of the week’s events. Morning news messages each day this week will help students identify with each day’s theme. Don't forget to send Laura Annett pictures of you participating in one of your favorite de-stressing hobbies. They would love to post these outside your door before Friday’s Spirit day.

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DreamBox Webinar

Please take a few minutes to watch the DreamBox Webinar: Increase Math Proficiency & Growth in Your Classroom. During this webinar, you will


  • determine the progress your students make as they work through the DreamBox curriculum
  • learn how to navigate the updated dashboard and access student data
  • review best practices for usage and implementation of DreamBox


You can access the webinar at https://dreambox.wistia.com/medias/3oya5x388z. A copy of the DreamBox Best Practices document can be accessed on CFESPublic in the Dreambox folder. Please see Elaine Chisenhall or Chris Fisher if you have questions.

Medication Administration on Field Trips

As field trips approach, please review the following information regarding medication administration on field trips:


  • Emergency care cards are not to be given to parents or volunteers on any field trips.


  • Medications are to be administered to students only by FCPS staff trained in the administration of medications by the Public Health Nurse (PHN). Parent volunteers or chaperones on field trips may not administer medications to students. Parents or guardians may administer medication to their own student if they are going on the trip.


School Health Program 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 for all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS Office of Program Evaluation. An electronic version of the survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHstaffsurvey2016. The survey will take less than ten minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information. Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.

Happy Birthday This Week!!

April 6 - Amanda Scheetz

April 8 - Janet Morgan

A Special Thank You To...

  • The staff that attended the PTA Family Fun Fair. The kids loved seeing their teachers and your help with games, food, selling tickets, clean up and so much more is so appreciated.
  • Mr. Kanu, Louisa and a field custodian for their efforts in getting the building back to normal after snow cone spills and other food items spread throughout the building during the fair.
  • Chris Fisher and Mr. Ewell who are planning the outdoor vegetable garden. They are beginning small and have big dreams of each grade level growing vegetables that will be harvested by students and community members. The AAP Level 3 students have started the seeds that will the first plantings in the garden.
  • Staff for supporting the continuous safety of our staff and students through a successful Tornado Drill on Wednesday.
  • Laura and Jessica for planning a terrific way to teach strategies for lifelong wellness this week. Remember to practice along with the students.

Looking Ahead...

April 4

  • Baby Shower for Lauren Austin @ 4:15 in the library

April 7

  • PTA Meeting (9:15 - 10:15)
  • Kindergarten Literacy Night (5:30 - 7:00)
  • SCA Meeting - Officers Only (1:05 - 1:35)

April 8

  • FAC Meeting (8:15 - 8:45)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Smithsonian Museum (9:30 - 12:30)

April 9 (Saturday)

  • West Springfield Pyramid Art Exhibit at The Workhouse Art Center (6:00 - 9:00)

April 11

  • FECEP Parent Meeting (9:15 - 10:15)

April 13

  • Delegate Dave Albo Visits 4th Grade (12:40 - 1:40)
  • Unstuck and On Target Training (7:00 - 8:00)

April 14

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Native Lands (9:30 - 1:30)
  • SCA Meeting - Officers & Class Representatives (1:05 - 1:35)
  • Grades 4 - 6 Curriculum Night (6:00 - 7:30)

April 15

  • Purple Up Day - Wear Purple to celebrate the Month of the Military Child
  • Strings Performance in the Lobby (8:50 - 9:00)
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to National Zoo - (9:30 - 1:30)
  • 6th Grade History Day (1:45 - 3:00)

April 18

  • Kid Talk Meetings (9:25 - 3:50)

April 20

  • 4th Grade Wax Museum (9:25 - 10:25)

April 21

  • Author Visit - Laura Murray (9:30 - 1:30)
  • Two Hour Early Release @1:50
  • Kindergarten Orientation (2:30 - 4:00)

April 22

  • Teacher Work Day - Student Holiday
  • PBIS Committee Meeting (2:00 - 3:00)