The Red Bird Express

Building Our Future... One Child at a Time

May 23 - 27, 2016

Quote of the Week:


“The circumstances of our lives have as much power as we choose to give them.” ~ Anonymous

Redford the Red Bird Award - Melanie Maahs

"Melanie goes out of her way to help everyone. She has a very kind heart and cares about our students the most. She invests personal time to check up on students on her way to lunch or between classes. She always jumps in to assist our preschoolers in the hallway to make sure they are safe and stay with the group. You are WONDERFUL MELANIE!!" ~ Lucia Ortiz

Congratulations Heather and Tom

Henry Herschel Hendershot was born this morning weighing in at 6 lbs 11 oz. Everyone is doing great and is so happy he is here.

It's Testing Season!!

When walking throughout the building over the next few weeks, please remind your students to walk quietly and respectfully. Our Kindergarten and FECEP teachers use the hallway outside their classrooms for testing and intervention. First and Second grade teachers are giving the DRA and MRA. Most importantly, SOL testing is taking place in the Library, Computer Lab, and some of the surrounding rooms in the pod. We appreciate your help with maintaining a quiet hallway!

2016 Summer Academy Catalog

The FCPS 2016 Summer Academy catalog will be available online beginning May 20 at http://www.fcps.edu/is/academy/catalog.shtml and through the “Course Offerings” tab on MyPLT. Online registration will begin on June 6 at 5 p.m.


Once the registration window opens at 5 p.m. on June 6, you can register for courses by clicking the registration link under each course description in the Academy Catalog. Or, you can log onto MyPLT and follow these steps:


  • Go to http://www.fcps.edu/pla/oas/MyPLT/index.shtml.
  • Click on the LOGIN button.
  • Type your FCPS domain name in the username field.
  • Type your FCPS network password.
  • Click on the LOGIN button.
  • Click the Course Offerings tab on the upper left.
  • Search for the course you want to take. Use “quotes” around your search terms for more precise results.


If you have problems with your user name or password, contact the IT Service Desk at 703-503-1600 or ITServiceDesk@fcps.edu.

Next Year Class Grouping Cards

This week, Debbie will have in your box the transition and grouping cards. These pink and blue cards are used to support the grouping meetings that will begin in a couple of weeks. More dates and information about these meetings will be coming soon.


If you have a student that has continued to be consider for grade level retention and have completed the parent conference meeting, please email me with the names and a retention form will be given to you for information and work samples to be prepared prior to the end of the school year.

Happy June Birthdays

  • June 2 - Jane Conboy
  • June 6 - Abdul Kanu
  • June 10 - Joanna Rydalch
  • June 12 - Joy Goddard
  • June 15 - Laura Annett
  • June 19 - Samantha Lewin
  • June 20 - Elaine Chisenhall
  • June 21 - Baillie Rechin
  • June 24 - Christine Harley
  • June 25 - Charlotte Hart
  • June 29 - Jason Johnson
  • June 30 - Rebecca Barry, Liz Karp, Liz Rutkowski

A Special Thank You To...

  • Vince, Katie and Cari for holding down the SOL testing fort while Satonya was gone.
  • Laura Annett and Jessica Swope for continuing to support the students in need of an extra bit of care coming back to school last week.
  • Kelley McVay and Joanna Rydalch for continuing to respond to the needs of students in the school.
  • All the staff members who supported the Talent Show Auditions last Thursday.
  • Brian, Janene, Kaitlin, Maria, and Renee for supporting perspective teacher interviews.
  • All the staff members who supported the Lanier family with their presence at the Memorial Service on Saturday and with the generous gift cards sent.

Looking Ahead...

May 31

  • Grade 5 Math SOL Test (Part 1)

June 1

  • Grade 5 Math SOL Test (Part 2)
  • Grade 5 Advanced Math SOL Test

June 2

  • Grade 3 Math SOL Test
  • Talent Show Auditions (4:00 - 5:00)

June 3

  • Grade 4 Virginia Studies SOL Test

June 6

  • Grade 6 Math SOL Test
  • Grade 6 Advanced Math SOL Test

June 7

  • Grade 5 Science SOL Test
  • PTA Meeting (9:15 - 10:15)
  • Band Rehearsal (9:25 - 10:25)
  • SCA Meeting - Officers Only (1:05 - 1:35)

June 8

  • Grade 4 Reading SOL Test
  • Band Rehearsal (9:25 - 10:25)
  • AAP Screening Grades 3 - 5 (9:30 - 4:00)

June 9

  • Make Up SOL Testing
  • Band Concert (10:00 - 10:45)
  • Fairfax County Federation of Teachers Provides Lunch in Teachers Lounge (11:00 - 1:30)
  • Talent Show Auditions (4:00 - 5:00)

June 10

  • FAC Meeting (8:15 - 8:45)
  • Make Up SOL Testing

June 13

  • SOL Retakes (9:30 - 1:00)
  • Public Library Visit (9:30 - 12:30)
  • Field Day - Kindergarten & FECEP (12:30 - 2:00)

June 14

  • SOL Retakes (9:30 - 1:00)
  • Strings Rehearsal (9:30 - 10:25)
  • FECEP End of Year Celebration (2:15 - 3:15)

June 15

  • SOL Retakes (9:30 - 1:00)
  • Strings Rehearsal (9:30 - 10:25)

June 16

  • SOL Retakes (9:30 - 1:00)
  • Strings Concert (10:00 - 10:30 & 7:00 - 7:30)
  • Talent Show Rehearsal (4:00 - 5:00)

June 17

  • SOL Retakes (9:30 - 1:00)
  • FECEP Last Day of School
  • Field Day - Grades 1 - 6 (9:15 - 3:15)