The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

March 7 - 11, 2016

Quote of the Week:

"The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart." ~ Helen Keller

Good News Gets Around!

  • To Kira Saiban - Thank you for your support on rainy days at Kiss and Ride dismissal - Kathy Long Wilmot
  • To Olga Sullivan - Thank you for your efforts to support the students and families as they navigated the sign-up process for soccer on Monday night. Your continued investment with families is such an important part of our school success! You make great things happen!!
  • To Karen Raze - Thank you for teaching Brian's class when there was no substitute available. Thank you for supporting preschool as they conducted an eligibility for a colleague. You are always so willing to jump in and support the mission.
  • To Laura Annett - Thank you for your coordination of the soccer sign-up for the students who are in the most need of participating in a team sport. Thank you for working with Olga and the wonderful people at Messiah to make it happen.

A Special Word of thanks from Tina Kosabud to:

  • Ms. Shannon has let me sit in on her small reading group with my case study student and taken time to answer so many questions. I've learned so much!
  • The kindergarten team has lent me stacks of books and shared similar patterns I asked about after giving my first informal reading assessment. They are truly wonderful to work with!
  • Ms. Austin has also lent me books and taken time to answer questions, never making me feel like I am bothering her.
  • Mr. Nash often checks up on me asking how everything is going and shares what knowledge he has learned through his experiences through the cohort and transitioning to teaching.
  • Kira and Liz have given me great insight as well.
  • Lucia has been so supportive and always encouraging me to think forward, challenging me with if this was your classroom how would you do this...I'm beyond appreciative.

National Breakfast Week

This week we are celebrating healthy eating habits which begins with a healthy breakfast. On March 9th, our cafeteria will be serving breakfast free of charge to students and staff. Everyone must still key in their pin number, but they will receive a FCPS Food Service breakfast of juice, milk and a bagel.

Let's Help Our Custodians!

If you would like to have the custodians wipe off your students' desks, please have them clear everything from their desks before they leave in the afternoon.

Employee Engagement Survey

If you haven’t taken the confidential FCPS Employee Engagement Survey, there’s still time! The survey is open until Friday, March 11.

The survey is being conducted to determine how connected employees are to their jobs and FCPS. Your feedback will help FCPS better understand its strengths and needs so they can support you in your work.

Check your FCPS email today for your personal survey invitation. K12 Insight is sending the email link, administering the survey, and compiling the results. Your responses are strictly confidential!

If you are having trouble opening the link or did not receive one please contact K12 Insight at If you have additional questions about the survey, visit the information page on the FCPS intranet at (VPN or Network Access required), or contact

Sexual & Gender-based Harrassment Training 2015-2016

All teachers, instructional assistants, and school counselors are required, under an agreement with the federal Office of Civil Rights, to annually complete training about how to prevent and intervene in student-on-student sexual and gender-based harassment. This training, available on eLearnIT, must be completed by April 15, 2016. To access the course, staff members should sign in to eLearnIT, click on “catalogue” and scroll down to find the course under “S.”

Summer Curriculum Development Application Website Available on March 7

The website listing 2016 summer curriculum development projects from Instructional Services and Special Services will be available March 7. Interested teachers are encouraged to apply online. Projects begin as early as the latter part of June 2016 and vary in length. The deadline to apply is March 21.

For further information contact LouEllen Brademan at or 571-423-4853.

Note: Summer Curriculum Development projects are contingent upon 2016-17 (FY 2017) budget approval.

Summer Clinic Employment Opportunities

The Department of Special Services offers a Summer Clinic from June 28 through August 18 at Lanier MS and Edison HS in order to meet special education timelines regarding child find, eligibility, reevaluation, and individualized education programs (IEP). General education and special education teachers are needed to staff this program. Applicants will designate their weekly work availability during the application process. Teachers chosen to work Summer Clinic will be compensated at their per diem rate, up to $45.57 per hour and could be asked to work up to 30 hours per week. Daily work schedules may vary depending on the needs of the program. Applicants interested in employment through Summer Clinic must apply via FCPS Google Apps at: To complete your online application please send a copy of your resume to The application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2016 at 5pm. For additional information, call Due Process and Eligibility at 703-317-3000. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Happy Belated Birthday!!

March 6 - Christine Hannam

A Special Thank You to...

  • The 3rd Grade Team, Carla, Lauren Austin, David Nash and Karen Raze for organizing a successful SOL Night for the 3rd grade families! Your efforts gave students and their families the opportunity to learn more about what to expect when they take the SOL tests in May!
  • Joe and Roxanne for organizing the Book Swap! You made it possible for all of our students to choose a "new" book to take home!

Looking Ahead...

March 7 - 11

  • Naglieri Testing in the Computer Lab (9:30 - 11:00)

March 11

  • FAC Meeting (8:15 - 8:45)

March 14 - 18

  • Science Expo Week

March 14

  • Kid Talk Meetings (9:25 - 3:50)

March 16

  • 6th Grade Basketball Game @ Irving MS (6:00 - 9:00)

March 17

  • SCA Meeting - Representatives & Officers (1:05 - 1:35)

March 18

  • Chili Cook-Off (11:00 - 1:30)
  • Safety Patrol Meeting (3:00 - 3:40)

March 21 - 25

  • Spring Break

March 28

  • Teacher Workday