Garfield Announcement - July 13, 2020

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Hello Garfield Families,

Please join the principals of Lee Pyramid for a Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday July 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm. We will be taking your questions and providing as many answers as we can to help inform you decision for how your children will receive their schooling for the 2020-2021 school year. This information will be presented in both English and Spanish. Please click this link at the time of the event to join.

Spanish:

Hola familias de Garfield,

Únase a los directores de Lee Pyramid para una reunión del Ayuntamiento Virtual el dia martes 14 de julio de 2020 a las 5:00 pm. Responderemos sus preguntas y le daremos todas las respuestas que podamos para ayudarle a informarle sobre cómo sus hijos recibirán su educación para el año escolar 2020-2021. Esta información se presentará en inglés y español. Haga clic en este enlace al momento del evento para unirse.

 

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Garfield Announcement

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Good Morning Garfield Eagles,

I hope that you are all finding some time to do things that bring you joy during these continuously stressful days. As we continue the process to appoint our new principal, I will be serving in the acting principal position. I am excited to provide this consistency for our community. As a reminder, there is the opportunity for your children to check in with a grade level teacher each week through the week of July 27th. Your child has received a link in their fcpsschools.net gmail account. Please see the schedule below for the weekly time slot for each grade/specialty.

If you have not yet completed your selected choice for the fall, please do so at your nearest convenience. Selections are due by next Friday, July 10th. If you have any questions regarding this matter please reach out to me. My email is rawaters@fcps.edu. Additionally, the PTA is excited to be hosting a Zoom meeting next Wednesday at 7:00 in order to support any questions that you may have regarding the choices that are available. Please Submit questions for that meeting ahead of time to ensure they discuss anything that might be important for the Garfield community. A recording will be made available. To join the Zoom Meeting click on the following link.
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Dear Garfield Families,
We are so proud of our students and all of their hard work this year!

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering continuity of learning during this summer. Each student will be receiving a summer packet for language arts and math. You should receive these packets no later than June 29th. These packets are a review of the essential and most critical standards from this school year. Additionally, from June 29th-July 31st, each grade level, as well as special education and ESOL will host one hour per week for students to log in and consult on the information in the packet. Every student will receive a link to the office hour in their FCPS google email. There is no registration necessary. Please see the schedule below for the instructor as well as the hour that they will be available online. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Waters at rawaters@fcps.edu


Ms. Slattery
Please have a safe summer and take good care.

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Garfield News You Choose - June 5, 2020

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Dear Garfield Families,

I know we have all spent the last few days trying to process the news that is coming in from across our country. Many in our community are hurting right now, and therefore, we are all hurting. As a community, our physical separation poses a challenge to supporting each other so I want to share some resources provided by FCPS below that may help to support your family.

As educators, we strive to help our students see themselves in the world around them – and to learn empathy, respect, and understanding of those who are different from them. We’ve spent countless hours teaching our students to understand different perspectives in literacy and history – and how this is reflective of the world we live in.

I also want to remind you that our school staff are available to speak with you or your children. They can provide resources that may support you and can provide a safe place for your child to express how they are feeling. Should you wish to receive some support, please reach out to our staff.

At Garfield Elementary, we are always striving to ensure a welcoming and culturally responsive environment where everyone in our community feels safe, seen, heard, and valued. Please know that our entire Garfield staff are here to support you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help.

Sincerely,

Christine Slattery
Principal

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Spanish:
Estimadas familias de Garfield:

Sé que todos hemos pasado los últimos días tratando de procesar las noticias que llegan de todo nuestro país. Muchos en nuestra comunidad están sufriendo en este momento y, por lo tanto, todos estamos sufriendo. Como comunidad, nuestra separación física plantea un desafío para apoyarse mutuamente, por lo que quiero compartir algunos recursos proporcionados por FCPS a continuación que pueden ayudar a mantener a su familia.

Como educadores, nos esforzamos por ayudar a nuestros estudiantes a verse a sí mismos en el mundo que los rodea, y a aprender empatía, respeto y comprensión de aquellos que son diferentes a ellos. Hemos pasado innumerables horas enseñando a nuestros estudiantes a comprender diferentes perspectivas en alfabetización e historia, y cómo esto refleja el mundo en que vivimos.

También quiero recordarles que nuestro personal escolar está disponible para hablar con usted o con sus hijos. Pueden proporcionar recursos que pueden apoyarlo y pueden proporcionar un lugar seguro para que su hijo exprese cómo se siente. Si desea recibir ayuda, comuníquese con nuestro personal.

En Garfield Elementary, siempre nos esforzamos por garantizar un ambiente acogedor y culturalmente receptivo donde todos en nuestra comunidad se sientan seguros, vistos, escuchados y valorados. Tenga en cuenta que todo nuestro personal de Garfield está aquí para apoyarlo a usted y a su familia. No dude en comunicarse con nosotros si podemos ayudarlo.

Sinceramente,

Christine Slattery
Principal

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Garfield News You Choose - June 1, 2020

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Dear Garfield Families,

It is hard to believe it is June and we are in the last two weeks of school! If you were not able to pick-up your child’s materials and would like to, we will have an additional time on Monday, June 8 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Please come to the Kiss and Ride line at this time and staff will support with this process. 

 

Have a great day!

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Garfield News You Choose May 5, 2020

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Dear Garfield Families,

Tomorrow we recognize our “Teachers and Staff are Noteworthy!  Please write an email to thank your child’s teacher(s).  Some ideas to include in the message may include:

  • your favorite part about being in their class
  • what you miss about seeing them at school
  • thank you for all they are doing to help you keep learning

 

Thank you!

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News You Choose 5/1/20

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Dear Garfield Families,

We have had a fantastic week of Distance Learning! Students have been engaged in their virtual learning sessions. Thank you for your continued support during Distance Learning. Next week is Staff Appreciation week at Garfield. I am so grateful for our amazing teachers and staff at Garfield! In collaboration with the Garfield PTA, we will celebrate our teachers and staff virtually next week.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Slattery

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Garfield News You Choose April 26, 2020

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Hello Garfield families!

Tomorrow, Monday, April 27, 2020, we will resume Virtual Learning. Students will be using a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link sent to their FCPS Gmail email accounts. Last Friday, students had an opportunity to practice logging in to their session. All students have been provided with unique login links for their Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session. The links have been emailed to students’ FCPS Gmail accounts. You can log in to those accounts through the FCPS G Suite page. The username/password used for logging in is the same information used to access the FCPS Blackboard page – your child’s 7-digit ID number and password. The same, student-specific link will be used for all classroom instruction and teacher office hours moving forward. Thank you so much for all of your support. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

 

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Garfield Announcement April 24, 2020

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April 24, 2020

Dear Garfield Staff and Families, 

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you, that I have been offered and have accepted a principal position in Wisconsin, effective July 1, 2020.  As I reflect on my ten years at Garfield it has truly been an honor to serve as your principal.  As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me to make because I absolutely love being your principal and a member of the Garfield community.  I am originally from Wisconsin and will be able to serve as the principal of the elementary school I attended as a child as well as be closer to my family.

As I reflect on my time at Garfield, I am flooded with so many wonderful memories.  I remember the first time I came to Garfield and immediately knew it was a special place with amazing people.  It’s the students, staff, and families who make Garfield such a remarkable school!  I am proud of our work of embedding the Responsive Classroom philosophy to create a caring community to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of our students.  As a Garfield staff, we have been working as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) where the focus is on teams of teachers collaborating and taking collective responsibility for all our students. This commitment to the PLC process focuses on learning, collaboration and improved student learning and is deeply embedded at Garfield.

We also worked as leaders in the county as our teams learned and led with Project Based Learning (PBLs), Portrait of a Graduate (POG) embedded lessons and piloted the POG Presentation of Learning as we continued our focus of embedding innovative practices for all students. The creation of a group of parent ambassadors is developing leadership opportunities for our parents which I know will continue to grow and thrive in the coming years.  Garfield received a new look as we completed the process of our multi-million-dollar renovation resulting in an addition, renovated learning spaces and new playground equipment.

I will dearly miss Garfield Elementary and all the wonderful students and staff that I have had the privilege to work with each and every day.  In addition to the wonderful memories, the people and my time at Garfield will always have a special place in my heart.  I know each time I think of Garfield, it will bring a smile to me.  I always share with staff, “Once a Garfield Eagle, always a Garfield Eagle.”  I am proud to be a forever Garfield Eagle!

Please be assured that the Region 3 leadership team will work with the staff and the community to find the next principal for Garfield Elementary School.  They will communicate with you soon regarding next steps.  It has truly been an honor to partner with students, teachers, and parents during my tenure.  Thank you for making Garfield such a special place!

 

Sincerely,

Christine Slattery

Principal

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News You Choose-April 22, 2020

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Garfield Announcement

Good morning,

Following a meeting with FCPS leadership, elementary schools received new directions to move forward with our Distance Learning. Teachers will be trained this week on creating individualized links to send to students through their FCPS Gmail accounts. The link does not require access to the Blackboard 24-7 portal. Teachers will be sending out directions to students with their individualized link.

Asynchronous learning will continue Wednesday and Thursday (i.e. Choice Boards, learning packets, etc.). 

Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to schedule a time to practice logging on to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra on Thursday or Friday.

We will continue to provide you information about this new process as it becomes available.

 

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