Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.In this week's Paw Print:
1. Principal Message 🐾
2. Indoor Sensory Walks 👣
3. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️
4. Light Up Poplar Tree - December Spirit Week 🕯️
5. Level IV Advanced Academics Referral Deadline 🧠
6. Fairfax County Police Toy Drive 🏍️
7. Rocky Run's Gift Drive 🎁
8. SCA Free Little Library 📚
9. Panther Praise 🙌🏼
10. VGA Reading Testing Dates 📆
11. Support FCPS Science Fairs 👨🏼🔬
12. PTA Information 🤲
Dear Poplar Tree Families,
Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.
FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay). All Elementary Schools would start instruction at 10:30 and end the school day at 3:15. This virtual day also includes a lunch and recess break.
FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.
Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected] and bookmark the FCPS website.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sue Andujar, Principal
Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal👣 Indoor Sensory Walks 🔄
We ordered two indoor sensory walks for Poplar Tree! One for the first floor and one for the second floor. The installation process requires many hands and we are hoping you can help!
Click here to read about why we bought sensory walks for Poplar Tree and see one in action.
Click here if you are interested in helping.🗣️ Talk About It Tuesday! 🗣️
This year, at Poplar Tree, we are focusing on helping our students be good Communicators and Collaborators! Each Tuesday, we are sharing a video of students practicing Communicating on our Good Morning Poplar Tree news show!
Check out the video below where some of our multi-age students share what they are thankful for!🕯️ Light Up Poplar Tree! 💡
We're going to celebrate the last week before Winter Break with a Spirit Week!📆 Referral Deadline 📆
We are so happy to see how much love and use the Little Free Library is receiving! We’ve noticed it is getting low on books. As a reminder, please feel free to add any unwanted books you might have around your house. We hope to continue to be able to keep it stocked for the community to enjoy! Thank you for your support of the Little Free Library and the SCA of Poplar Tree!Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!
We truly appreciate all our Poplar Tree staff and would like to give the community the opportunity to say thank you and/or show appreciation for all of the effort the Poplar Tree Staff is putting in day and night! We will share these praises with the staff members. To submit a Staff Panther Praise, please fill out this form!Thank you for helping to recognize our amazing staff! ✏️VGA Reading Testing Dates✏️
3rd Grade - Wednesday, December 7 @ 9:00
4th Grade - Tuesday, December 6 @ 10:15
5th Grade - Tuesday, December 6 @ 9:00
6th Grade - Wednesday, December 7 @ 10:15
The Math VGA testing will be held the week of January 9th.
Scores from the Fall VGA testing should be available in SIS Parent View next week.
If you have any questions please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal and Test Coordinator ([email protected]).👨🏼🔬Support FCPS Science Fairs🔬 📖 Poplar Tree Read-a-Thon! 🔖 11/15 - 12/16: Read-a-Thon Sponsors
Encourage students to get Read-a-thon sponsors from friends and family from 11/15 – 12/16. Donations are not pledges per book read, but a flat donation for participating and for celebrating their love of reading. Donations are all done online – https://app.memberhub.gives/ptesreadathon – search for your child’s name to access & share their fundraising page!
**Having trouble with the Read-a-thon site?! Check out THIS VIDEO to learn how to donate and give credit to your child!!**
Our goal is to exceed last year’s PTES Read-a-thon and raise $7,000!
All proceeds will go to supporting Poplar Tree school grants that benefit ALL students!12/1 - 12/16: Read-a-Thon!!
Students will participate in reading sessions at school and can also log reading sessions at home. Congratulations to our Bookmark contest winners - first place was Abigail Zhang from Ms. Loudin's class and second place was Winston Hu from Mr. Schroll's class. Each student will receive a bookmark with their designs before winter break!Read-a-Thon Spirit Days
Friday, 12/9 - My Many Colored Day
- Dress head to toe in your favorite color or colors representing how you're feeling
Friday, 12/16 - "Read-in" Day
- Wear pajamas or cozy clothes. Teachers will encourage reading throughout the day. Students can bring in books from home to share with friends throughout the day (labeled with student’s name)
Thanks to everyone who has joined us for the Running Club this year! The final day for Running Club will be next Thursday, December 8.✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅
You can still join online for the 2022-23 school year at:
After you log in/create an account, click on "Join the PTA."
Your support makes it possible to support the following things that fall outside of the school budget:
- School music and art programs
- Student technology resources such as Pear Deck, Reading A to Z, and Book Creator
- Stipends for teacher supplies and teacher appreciation events
- New outdoor benches, fence art & library furniture
- Author visits, assemblies & choral show
- Access to a mobile app directory to connect with other families
We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!