"Being kind to yourself is one of the greatest kindnesses"
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month.
April reminds us to embrace the inclusive goals of our school and our community. We focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism. We also prioritize and center the voices of individuals with autism. We continue to nurture and celebrate the many strengths and talents of being neurodiverse. We recognize everyone's creativity, innovation, ability to think outside-the-box, problem-solving skills, unique insights, and perspectives. For these reasons, this month we celebrate our fellow Golden Eagles who see the world in a million little details and show love in all different kinds of ways.
By Roland Kilpatrick
Too many noises
Too many sights
Too many voices
It’s just too bright
So I cover my ears
‘Cause I still need to see
But all of this input
It overwhelms me
Don’t know where to look
Don’t know how to play
Please excuse my long pauses
I’ve plenty to say
But a lot’s trapped inside
It won’t come out on cue
Please be patient with me
‘Cause I really need you
Right now I’m still little
But I won’t always be
Maybe then I’ll help others
Just like you and me
Our Golden Eagles are true Heart Heroes!
Our Kids Heart Challenge event runs from March 9th through April 9th. All (cash and/or check) donations will be collected on April 8th and 9th. Please see the PE Canvas module for more information.
Thank you gifts from the AHA were distributed on Monday, March 22nd. Mrs. Pernot and Ms. Chimento will be distributing thank you gifts again on Monday, April 12th in front of the school (8-9 am and 4-5 pm). Thank you to all who have registered on the KHC website! Miss Marjorie got pied in the face and soon we may see Mrs. Pernot get SLIMED! Register at www.heart.org/khc. It's free! Will we get to see Ms. Chimento as a crazy CHICKEN? Will we get to make Ms. Danielson a human ICE CREAM SUNDAE!?
Pre-School peer models needed
Rosa Parks Elementary School is looking for peer models for their Integrated Preschool Class. Our Integrated Program at Rosa Parks Elementary School will serve three and four-years old children with developmental delays, along with their appropriate peer models. There will be six openings for children three and four years of age to serve as peer models during the 2021-22 school year. Children must be at least 36 months old by September 30, 2021 for the 3's program and 48 months old by September 30, 2021 for the 4's program and live in the Rosa Parks Elementary school attendance area. If interested, please contact Katie Waldie - firstname.lastname@example.org (3's program) or Patricia Reeves - email@example.com (4's program) for more information.
Attention Fifth Grade Parents!
MIDDLE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES for the 2021-2022 School Year
Prince William County Schools is opening a new middle school in the 2021-2022 school year. This new middle school effects the attendance boundaries for most, if not all, other middle schools. Many of our Rosa Parks Families that live in the “M” streets have sent your older children to Beville Middle School. Next year ALL Rosa Parks students that live in the “M” streets will now attend Saunders Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have questions, please contact Arthur Lockamy or Terri Faulkner, School Counselors.
April begins our End of the Year Assessments
This time of year we begin our end of the year assessments. It is important that students who are in person eat a good breakfast (which is free at school), and get a good night's sleep.
You also need to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Virtual parents please do not help your child so that we can assess their current knowledge. Let them be independent during the testing situation. It is OK for our students not to know everything. We are all doing the best we can.
Information about SOL Testing - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY - This information was sent to you in February by the Office of Accountability.
Each school year, students across Virginia participate in Standards of Learning (SOL) tests or alternative assessments in response to federal law, state regulations, and graduation requirements. The specific test or tests that a student takes depends on their grade level and course enrollment. Earlier this school year, the United States Department of Education (USED) notified states that they are to administer summative assessments, like the SOL tests, during the 2020-2021 school year. This presents a unique challenge for PWCS and families of students who are receiving instruction virtually because SOL tests must be administered under secure, standardized testing conditions at the school and in the presence of school personnel. As such, we would like to share the following information with you about how SOL tests will be administered this spring in PWCS.
Grades 3rd-8th SOL Tests
Grades 3-8 Math SOL tests, Grades 3-8 Reading SOL tests, Grade 5 Science SOL tests, and Grade 8 Science SOL tests will be administered in elementary and middle schools between April 26, 2021 and June 4, 2021. Retakes for Grades 3-8 tests will not be offered this school year. Students who are receiving instruction in-person will be tested on days when they are physically present in schools. Families of students who are receiving instruction 100% virtually will be contacted by their school to coordinate testing schedules and transportation for students in need. If families decide to exclude their student from testing because they have concerns related to COVID-19, then their student’s score report will reflect that the test was refused due to COVID-19, but there will not be a negative impact on their student’s final grade. Please note that PWCS will not administer the Grade 4 Virginia Studies SOL test, the Grade 8 Civics and Economics SOL test, or the Grade 8 Writing SOL test this school year. Rather, PWCS has elected to exercise an option offered by the state to use locally developed alternative assessments instead of administering SOL tests to help mitigate the stress on families.
Families of participating students should be aware that all health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19 will be followed during testing, including physical distancing, sanitizing workstations, and wearing an appropriate face-covering. If you have questions about testing schedules or coordinating transportation for your student on test days, please contact your student’s school directly.
Summer school information
Forms will be completed online.
Here is the link for the summer school information on the PWCS website:
On the intranet, they have the forms for each school. Here is the form for Rosa Parks ES:
Parents can complete the form or call the school. Deadline to register for Summer School is April 30. Late registration is in May.
News from the PTO
The next PTO meeting will be April 13th at 6:30pm. Email the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom meeting link.
Virtual Spring Book Fair - April 19th - May 2nd
To kick off the Spring Book fair, we have scheduled a virtual author visit. The author is just releasing a new book and each one of our students will be receiving one of the new books. The dates of the author visits with times and grade levels will be sent home and announced after spring break
PWCS School Food and Nutrition Services now offers FREE Snack Bundles
Students who are in-person may chose to receive a Snack Bundle.
Snack Bundles are designed as a compliment to your student’s packed lunch.
Students have the following two Snack Bundle choices:
a. Scratch Made Dinner Roll, Fresh Fruit, and Milk
b. Cheese Stick, Fresh Fruit, and Milk
Of course, students can choose to take a full lunch for FREE instead!
Visit www.pwcsnutrition.com to check out our menu. If you have any questions, please ask to speak to our school’s Food Service Manager, Mrs. Steinberg at SteinBMD@Pwcs.edu or contact the Office of School Food and Nutrition Services at 703.791.7314.
If your child/children are attending Rosa Parks ES on a daycare transfer, you must complete a transfer form each year. Daycare transfers for next school year 2021-22 are due to Mrs. Ferrandino by April 30th. Email Mrs. Ferrandino at email@example.com with any questions.
Here is the link for Transfer information: