🐾 12/02/22 Paw Print 🐾

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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 📆

All referrals for Level IV Advanced Academics services are due to Kim Keleher by Friday, December 15. For more information click HERE.

🎁Fairfax County Police Toy Drive🎁  🎁Rocky Run's Gift Drive🎁 Little Free Library

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)
🏃🏼‍♂️ Running Club 👟

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:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 11/18/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

3. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

4. Level IV Advanced Academics Referral Deadline 🧠

5. Chantilly Technology Fair 💻

6. FLE Parent Feedback ✅

7. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We wanted to make sure that everyone was aware that all FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit the FCPS website.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

  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! 🗣️ 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 6th graders talk about what it means to be a leader!

📆 Referral Deadline 📆

All referrals for Level IV Advanced Academics services are due to Kim Keleher by Friday, December 15. For more information click HERE.

 💻Chantilly Technology Fair 💻 Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

📖 Poplar Tree Read-a-Thon! 🔖 11/15 - 11/21: Poplar Tree Bookmark Art Contest  *All entries due by 11/21

Design must be 2”x 6” in size. There will be a box outside the front office for submissions or scanned/digital submissions can be sent to [email protected]

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! 

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. Each student participant will receive a custom Poplar Tree bookmark!

Read-a-Thon Spirit Days
  • Friday, 12/2 - Fox in Socks Day
    • Wear wacky/silly socks, clothes, and/or hair to celebrate 3 days of sharing our love of reading
  • 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)
  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon!  Please help us make this fundraiser a success by signing up to help with the Read-a-Thon event, which will last several weeks, and give the kids an opportunity to receive donations for participating in the Read-a-Thon.  

The Kickoff Event for the Read-a-Thon this year will coincide with the first night of the PTES Book Fair, which will be November 15th, 2022!  We are SO excited to have the Book Fair return as an in-person event this year!  Look forward to seeing you all there, and thank you again for any volunteers who can help make these events a success!  

Sign-up here!

We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 11/11/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Llama Fun - The Bookfair is coming! 📚

3. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

4. Outstanding Employee Nominations 🎖️

5. Level IV Advanced Academics Referral Deadline 🧠

6. 6th Grade Youth Survey✏️

7. Sock Hop Information 🧦

8. FLE Parent Feedback ✅

9. PTA Information 🤲

 

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We had a wonderful Veteran's Day assembly yesterday honoring members of our Poplar Tree community that are serving or who served in the military. Thank you to all our Veterans and their families for the sacrifices made for our country. A special thank you to the Veterans who attended our first school wide assembly since 2019! It was truly a remarkable event!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Message from our Principals for the Day

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We really enjoyed being Principals of the Day on November 10th.  We loved visiting some classrooms to interact with students and read.  The staff were really nice.  We noticed that some classrooms were set up differently to meet the needs of students.  There were lots of rooms that we never knew about and many pipes!!!

 

Krish and Kavi Mathuria

📚The Book Fair is Coming!!🔖

This year it will be live and in-person, and will feature a whole “llama” books for you and your students to purchase. From November 14-18, the library is transformed into a book store where your students can browse the latest and greatest titles.

Family Night, when grown-ups can come shopping with their students, is on Tuesday, November 15 from 4-7 PM.

  • 🦙 Come enjoy the alpaca petting zoo between 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • 🍕 Grab a slice from the Fly Pizza Food Truck.
    • (MUST PRE-ORDER HERE!)
Help us kick off the Poplar Tree PTA Read-A-Thon while supporting the Poplar Tree Library!

  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!

 

All referrals for Level IV Advanced Academics services are due to Kim Keleher by Friday, December 15. For more information click HERE.

Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

We have so many amazing staff members at Poplar Tree ES...now is the time to submit a nomination for an Outstanding Employee!

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards.

Please Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is TODAY Friday, November 11, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Doyle at [email protected].

6th Grade Youth Survey

Dear 6th grade parents and guardians,

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey in our schools. Poplar Tree Elementary School will administer the survey to our 6th grade students on November 21, 2022.  A detailed letter and opt out forms will go home in the Friday Folders on October 21. Opt-out forms are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Thank you!  

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

📖 Poplar Tree Read-a-Thon! 🔖 11/15 Family Fun Night at the Book Fair Sponsored by the PTES Library & PTA

Pre orders are open for Fly Pizza Truck DC at Family Fun Night at the Book Fair on November 15th! No walk ups will be accepted. Select "choose pick up time" and select PTES and your preferred time slot.

https://www.goodfynd.com/vendors/fly-pizza-dc

11/15 - 11/21: Poplar Tree Bookmark Art Contest  *All entries due by 11/21

Design must be 2”x 6” in size. There will be a box outside the front office for submissions or scanned/digital submissions can be sent to [email protected]

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! 

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. Each student participant will receive a custom Poplar Tree bookmark!

Read-a-Thon Spirit Days
  • Friday, 12/2 - Fox in Socks Day
    • Wear wacky/silly socks, clothes, and/or hair to celebrate 3 days of sharing our love of reading
  • 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)
  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon!  Please help us make this fundraiser a success by signing up to help with the Read-a-Thon event, which will last several weeks, and give the kids an opportunity to receive donations for participating in the Read-a-Thon.  

The Kickoff Event for the Read-a-Thon this year will coincide with the first night of the PTES Book Fair, which will be November 15th, 2022!  We are SO excited to have the Book Fair return as an in-person event this year!  Look forward to seeing you all there, and thank you again for any volunteers who can help make these events a success!  

Sign-up here!

We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 11/04/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Veterans Day Celebration 🎖️

3. Llama Fun - The Bookfair is coming! 📚

4. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

5. Outstanding Employee Nominations 🎖️

6. 6th Grade Youth Survey✏️

7. Impact Aid Forms 📰

8. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

9. Sock Hop Information 🧦

10. FLE Parent Feedback ✅

11. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Although the community level of COVID-19 in Fairfax County is currently low, cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses are on the rise. It continues to be important to wash your hands regularly, cover coughs and sneezes, monitor your health daily, and stay home if you are sick. For more tips, visit the FCPS Return to School website

As we deal with the rise of illness, FCPS is always looking for substitutes. FCPS will hold a virtual job fair on November 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. FCPS is seeking those interested in positions as substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, student monitors, instructional assistants, public health attendants (PHAs), and public health training assistants (PHTAs) positions. Learn more and register to attend or view current job openings. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

🎖️PTES Celebrates our Veterans🎖️ Family members of our Poplar Tree students who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to join us for an in-person celebration on Thursday, November 10, 2022!
  • The celebration will go as follows:
    • ⭐ 9:00 am - Reception for Veterans in the Library
    • ⭐ 9:30 am - Schoolwide Assembly in the gym
    • ⭐ 10:15 am - Veteran/Student Meet & Greet in the Library
  • To have your Veterans' photo in a video slideshow we will be showing at the celebration, to sign up for your Veteran to speak at our assembly, or to RSVP to the in-person event, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, November 4!

 You will have to have a Google account to share your photo on this form. If you do not have one, you can send the photo via email to Leslie Leisey at [email protected].

👉 Please know that the slideshow will be shared with the Poplar Tree community via a News You Choose Message so it will be available to the public.

⭐We look forward to honoring all of our Veterans!⭐ 📚The Book Fair is Coming!!🔖

This year it will be live and in-person, and will feature a whole “llama” books for you and your students to purchase. From November 14-18, the library is transformed into a book store where your students can browse the latest and greatest titles.

Family Night, when grown-ups can come shopping with their students, is on Tuesday, November 15 from 4-7 PM.

  • 🦙 Come enjoy the alpaca petting zoo between 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • 🍕 Grab a slice from the Fly Pizza Food Truck.
Help us kick off the Poplar Tree PTA Read-A-Thon while supporting the Poplar Tree Library!

  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! Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

We have so many amazing staff members at Poplar Tree ES...now is the time to submit a nomination for an Outstanding Employee!

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards.

Please Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Doyle at [email protected].

6th Grade Youth Survey

Dear 6th grade parents and guardians,

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey in our schools. Poplar Tree Elementary School will administer the survey to our 6th grade students on November 21, 2022.  A detailed letter and opt out forms will go home in the Friday Folders on October 21. Opt-out forms are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Thank you!  

🗣️ 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 5th graders talk about their favorite subject!

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

♟️Save the Date for Family Game Night! 🎲

Join us for family board and bingo games in the Poplar Tree cafeteria on November 4 from 6:30-8:30PM. 

RSVP and pre-order food

If you have family games you are looking to move along, please drop off in the blue bin outside of the school before next Friday! 

Volunteers needed for food/drink tables, game & prize tables! Sign-up here!

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon!  Please help us make this fundraiser a success by signing up to help with the Read-a-Thon event, which will last several weeks, and give the kids an opportunity to receive donations for participating in the Read-a-Thon.  

The Kickoff Event for the Read-a-Thon this year will coincide with the first night of the PTES Book Fair, which will be November 14th, 2022!  We are SO excited to have the Book Fair return as an in-person event this year!  Look forward to seeing you all there, and thank you again for any volunteers who can help make these events a success!  

Sign-up here!

We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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Outstanding Employee Awards Nominations

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Nominations are now open for the 2022-2023 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

We have so many amazing staff members at Poplar Tree ES...now is the time to submit a nomination for an Outstanding Employee!

If you would like to nominate a staff member, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.) All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal). Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an
administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons

Please Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 11, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Doyle at [email protected].

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Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🐾 10/28/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Veterans Day Celebration 🎖️

3. Llama Fun - The Bookfair is coming! 📚

4. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

5. 6th Grade Youth Survey✏️

6. Impact Aid Forms 📰

7. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

8. Thomas Jefferson Science Fair 🔬

9. FLE Parent Feedback ✅

10. PTA Information 🤲

 

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

It was a busy and exciting week! We listened to 6th grade choral students sing at the Chantilly Pyramid Choral Concert at Rocky Run on Tuesday night. Then on Thursday we enjoyed the kindergarten Halloween parade in the morning and had fun ending our day with the Panther Prowl. Today we were amazed by the creativity of the character costumes that students and staff wore. It's been wonderful to return to all of these traditions.

Just a reminder that Monday is a student holiday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

🎖️PTES Celebrates our Veterans🎖️ Family members of our Poplar Tree students who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to join us for an in-person celebration on Thursday, November 10, 2022!
  • The celebration will go as follows:
    • ⭐ 9:00 am - Reception for Veterans in the Library
    • ⭐ 9:30 am - Schoolwide Assembly in the gym
    • ⭐ 10:15 am - Veteran/Student Meet & Greet in the Library
  • To have your Veterans' photo in a video slideshow we will be showing at the celebration, to sign up for your Veteran to speak at our assembly, or to RSVP to the in-person event, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, November 4!

 You will have to have a Google account to share your photo on this form. If you do not have one, you can send the photo via email to Leslie Leisey at [email protected].

👉 Please know that the slideshow will be shared with the Poplar Tree community via a News You Choose Message so it will be available to the public.

⭐We look forward to honoring all of our Veterans!⭐ 📚The Book Fair is Coming!!🔖

This year it will be live and in-person, and will feature a whole “llama” books for you and your students to purchase. From November 14-18, the library is transformed into a book store where your students can browse the latest and greatest titles.

Family Night, when grown-ups can come shopping with their students, is on Tuesday, November 15 from 4-7 PM.

  • 🦙 Come enjoy the alpaca petting zoo between 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • 🍕 Grab a slice from the Fly Pizza Food Truck.
Help us kick off the Poplar Tree PTA Read-A-Thon while supporting the Poplar Tree Library!

  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! 6th Grade Youth Survey

Dear 6th grade parents and guardians,

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey in our schools. Poplar Tree Elementary School will administer the survey to our 6th grade students on November 21, 2022.  A detailed letter and opt out forms will go home in the Friday Folders on October 21. Opt-out forms are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Thank you!  

Impact Aid Forms

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education.
These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school.
If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.
All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

🗣️ 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 students share their favorite digital tool!

🔬Thomas Jefferson Science Fair🥽

The TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will be hosting their 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023. 5th-8th grade students are invited to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free.

Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. They help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc.

Their first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  All interested students should sign up using the form HERE

Check out their website at tjsciencefair.wordpress.com or email them at [email protected].

Feedback Welcome on Proposed Family Life Education Changes

The Fairfax County School Board is reviewing recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and invites public feedback as part of the review process. In May 2022, the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC) presented recommended curriculum changes, to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year. Those changes include adopting gender-combined instruction, and exploring instruction of gender identity, recommended media, and other instructional changes. 

The recommendations reflect leading education and child development research and expert advice. According to research cited in the recommendations, these changes will create a more inclusive learning environment, result in higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate.

Public feedback will be shared with FLECAC and the School Board. FCPS staff and the School Board will consider all feedback but are unable to reply to individuals. 

Learn more about the recommended changes on our website. The public feedback form will be available on our website and will be open October 31 through December 1.

♟️Save the Date for Family Game Night! 🎲

Join us for family board and bingo games in the Poplar Tree cafeteria on November 4 from 6:30-8:30PM. 

RSVP and pre-order food

If you have family games you are looking to move along, please drop off in the blue bin outside of the school before next Friday! 

Volunteers needed for food/drink tables, game & prize tables! Sign-up here!

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
🍂Panther Prowl!!!👟 Thanks to all who participated in the Panther Prowl! A great time was had by all!  Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

It's time for the 2nd Annual Read-a-Thon!  Please help us make this fundraiser a success by signing up to help with the Read-a-Thon event, which will last several weeks, and give the kids an opportunity to receive donations for participating in the Read-a-Thon.  

The Kickoff Event for the Read-a-Thon this year will coincide with the first night of the PTES Book Fair, which will be November 14th, 2022!  We are SO excited to have the Book Fair return as an in-person event this year!  Look forward to seeing you all there, and thank you again for any volunteers who can help make these events a success!  

Sign-up here!

We still have several open volunteer positions for the school. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🐾 Social Emotional Learning Information and Resources

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Hello Parents and Caregivers! 

Are you interested in learning more about what Social Emotional Learning looks like at Poplar Tree? Would you like some tips for how to support this learning at home? We are excited to partner with you in this effort and prepared a short video presentation to explain our Social Emotional Learning work and provide you with suggestions and resources for continuing the learning and practice at home.

Please join us on Thursday, October 27 at 4:45 outside the school to check out our Social Emotional Learning materials we use at Poplar Tree before you join the Panther Prowl. We look forward to seeing you then! 

Partnering with Parents: Social Emotional Learning at School and At Home: an Overview

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🐾 10/21/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Fall Spirit Week 🍂

3. Red Ribbon Week 🎗️

4. Veterans Day Celebration 🎖️

5. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

6. Specials Schedule Change 📆

7. Partnering with Parents 🤲

8. 6th Grade Youth Survey✏️

9. Impact Aid Forms 📰

10. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

11. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

12. PTA Information 🤲

 

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We wanted to share with all of you that Mrs. Shari Hirsch, school counselor, is retiring. After 19 years at Poplar Tree, her last day will be November 30. As a school, we will celebrate her during her last week. Mrs. Hirsch has begun sharing this information with the students and we wanted to make sure you all knew as well. She has had a tremendous impact on students and families throughout the years and will be missed! We have started searching for a replacement. Mrs. Hirsch leaves big shoes to fill and we appreciate your patience as we try to find the best match for the position. Mrs. Mertens, our full-time counselor, will assist all students at Poplar Tree during this transition time.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

🍂Fall Spirit Week 👕

Next week, from Tuesday, October 25 - Friday, October 28 we will have a Fall Spirit Week! See the flyer below!

*Remember, Monday, October 24 is a staff and student holiday!

What is Red Ribbon Week?

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Mexican-American man working for the DEA after serving in the Marine Corps, being a fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff in California. While on assignment in Mexico for four years, he was on the trail of the country’s biggest marijuana and cocaine traffickers. He was getting close to exposing a multi-billion dollar drug pipeline in 1985, until he was kidnapped that February. He was headed to lunch with his wife when he was last seen being thrown into a van by masked men, his body wasn’t discovered until a month later. After his death, “Camarena Clubs” were launched in his hometown of Calexico, California. Hundreds wore red ribbons and pledged to lead a drug-free life in his honor. Then President Ronald Reagan was in office, so club members presented a proclamation to First Lady Nancy Reagan which brought it national attention. The campaign became official in 1988by the National Family Partnership with President Reagan and “Just Say No” creator Mrs. Reagan as honorary chairpersons. Red Ribbon Week is celebrated annually from October 23-31st.

At Poplar Tree ES, will be sharing a short video about Red Ribbon week with our students at the end of GMPT on Tuesday.  Students in grades 5 and 6 will be invited to sign a pledge in support of Red Ribbon week and bring the pledge home for parents to sign as well.  Thank you for your support in having open conversations with your child about making safe and healthy choices.

🎖️PTES Celebrates our Veterans🎖️ Family members of our Poplar Tree students who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to join us for an in-person celebration on Thursday, November 10, 2022!
  • The celebration will go as follows:
    • ⭐ 9:00 am - Reception for Veterans in the Library
    • ⭐ 9:30 am - Schoolwide Assembly in the gym
    • ⭐ 10:15 am - Veteran/Student Meet & Greet in the Library
  • To have your Veterans' photo in a video slideshow we will be showing at the celebration, to sign up for your Veteran to speak at our assembly, or to RSVP to the in-person event, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, November 4!

 You will have to have a Google account to share your photo on this form. If you do not have one, you can send the photo via email to Leslie Leisey at [email protected].

👉 Please know that the slideshow will be shared with the Poplar Tree community via a News You Choose Message so it will be available to the public.

⭐We look forward to honoring all of our Veterans!⭐

  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!        Specials Schedule Change          

Due to classes missed on the Monday holidays, this Tuesday, October 25th students will attend the specials classes (Music, PE, Art, FLES) that they usually have on Mondays. 

In addition, this Friday, October 28th students will have a shortened specials time, attending just one 30-minute special due to the early-release.  Band and Strings classes will not be held.  Please contact your child’s teacher for details. 

6th Grade Youth Survey

Dear 6th grade parents and guardians,

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey in our schools. Poplar Tree Elementary School will administer the survey to our 6th grade students on November 21, 2022.  A detailed letter and opt out forms will go home in the Friday Folders on October 21. Opt-out forms are due by Friday, Nov. 18. Thank you!  

Impact Aid Forms

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education.
These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school.
If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.
All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

🗣️ 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 students share what it means to be a good digital citizen!

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
🍂Panther Prowl!!!👟 Looking forward to seeing those who registered at the Panther Prowl next Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm!
  • Order ahead Chick-Fil-A HERE
  • Volunteer to help with the event HERE
  • Still want to register? No T-shirts are available, but you can still register for $5 HERE!
  • Check out the race map below!

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school.

Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🐾 10/14/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Panther Praise 🙌🏼

3. SEL Screener Information ✏️

4. Message to 6th Grade Families 📰

5. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

6. Centreville Day 2022 🎃

7. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

8. PTA Information 🤲

 

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

This week we celebrated the FABULOUS work of our multi-age low incidence team as they won an FCPS Excellence award for their innovative commitment to supporting their students and helping them grow. These teachers are defined by their ability to see promise in each of their students and by their creativity and persistence in developing and implementing an academic program to nurture that promise.  

Congratulations to Victoria Bowen, Danielle Houston, Mclaine Sheehy, Danielle Spiroch, Chitra Venkatanarayanan & Mandy Walter! Thank you for always being able focus on what the students are ABLE to do, thus eliminating typical barriers to instruction and communication.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

  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! SEL Screener Grades 3-6

Students in grades 3-12 only will take the SEL Screener this year.  The fall window is from October 17-November 4th.  Click here for more information about the SEL Screener. Opt-Out letters were sent in September.  If you would like to confirm your child’s status, please visit SIS Parent Vue (logged into the web version, not the app).  Click on Student Info.  Scroll down and you will see your child’s opt-out status. 

If you have questions please contact your child’s counselor, Beth Mertens Grades K, 1, 5, & 6 ([email protected] ) or Shari Hirsch Grades 2, 3, & 4 ([email protected] ). 

 

Message to 6th grade parents/guardians:

Beginning the week of October 31, 6th grade students will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors.  In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they can focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure. 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  Letters that provide more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of these lessons and the opt out forms will go home on Friday, September 30 in your student’s Friday Folder.

If you do not receive the letter or opt-out form or have any additional questions, please contact the 6th grade school counselor, Beth Mertens at 703-633-7400.

🗣️ 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 videos below of some of our 3rd graders sharing what it means to be Poplar Tree Panther!

Centreville Day 2022

See below for information about a fun community event!

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
🍂Panther Prowl!!!👟 Looking forward to seeing those who registered at the Panther Prowl on Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm!
  • Order ahead Chick-Fil-A HERE
  • Volunteer to help with the event HERE
  • Still want to register? No T-shirts are available, but you can still register for $5 HERE!
  • Check out the race map below!

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school.

Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🎖️ Veterans Day Celebration 🎖️

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🎖️PTES Celebrates our Veterans🎖️ Family members of our Poplar Tree students who have served or are currently serving in the military are invited to join us for an in-person celebration on Thursday, November 10, 2022!
  • The celebration will go as follows:
    • ⭐ 9:00 am - Reception for Veterans in the Library
    • ⭐ 9:30 am - Schoolwide Assembly in the gym
    • ⭐ 10:15 am - Veteran/Student Meet & Greet in the Library
  • To have your Veterans' photo in a video slideshow we will be showing at the celebration, to sign up for your Veteran to speak at our assembly, or to RSVP to the in-person event, please complete THIS FORM by Friday, November 4!

 You will have to have a Google account to share your photo on this form. If you do not have one, you can send the photo via email to Leslie Leisey at [email protected].

👉 Please know that the slideshow will be shared with the Poplar Tree community via a News You Choose Message so it will be available to the public.

⭐We look forward to honoring all of our Veterans!⭐

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🐾 10/7/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Picture Day 📸

3. Field Day Reminder 🏀

4. Message to 6th Grade Families 📰

5. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

6. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

7. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

It was another busy week of learning! 

As a reminder, Monday, Oct. 10 is a student holiday and staff development day. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar. Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Picture Day is Coming!

Thursday, October 13

Order before picture day at http://mylifetouch.com.

 Poplar Tree Picture Day ID is EVTW3W7V2.

Can't wait to see those smiles!

Field Day Reminder Friday, October 14

Grade 3 and Grade 5: 9:15-10:30

Grade 4 and Grade 6: 10:45-12:00

Grades K-2: 1:15-2:30

Thank you to those that have volunteered to help in the PTES field day!  All spots have been filled.  Please arrive at the designated time so we can begin each group promptly. 

Students are asked to wear a colored shirt that matches their team color (Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow or Purple).  If a team color is unavailable, please have your student wear a neutral color (white, black or grey)

Any questions?

Carrie Baranowski: [email protected]

Rob Thompson: [email protected]

Message to 6th grade parents/guardians:

Beginning the week of October 31, 6th grade students will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors.  In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they can focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure. 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  Letters that provide more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of these lessons and the opt out forms will go home on Friday, September 30 in your student’s Friday Folder.

If you do not receive the letter or opt-out form or have any additional questions, please contact the 6th grade school counselor, Beth Mertens at 703-633-7400.

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 videos below of some of our 2nd graders sharing what it means to be a good friend!🗣️

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

  🎉 Chick Fil A Spirit Night 🐔   ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
🍂Last chance - Panther Prowl!!!👟 Register by the end of the day TODAY to get a T-shirt with the above logo designed by 6th Grader Faith Stoffer!
  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Starting and ending at the PTES parking lot!
  • You can register for the Panther Prowl HERE

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school.

Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🐾 9/30/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Yom Kippur and Student Holiday 🗓️

3. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Introduction 🛑

4. Message to 6th Grade Families 📰

5. Field Day Information 🏀

6. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

7. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Identifying whether your child’s behaviors are normal or a warning sign of a mental health concern can be difficult. Talk to your child and pay attention to their actions. Also, consider these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.
  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.
  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.
  • Lack of sleep, or too much sleep.
  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.
  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family. 
  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. At Poplar Tree we have two school counselors (Beth Mertens, Shari Hirsch), a school psychologist (Farah Fazel), and a school social worker (Carrie Clark). Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. 

Take care,

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Yom Kippur & Student Holiday

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, which begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement

Resources:

Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

For further Information & support:

Ally Jacobi, MSW

[email protected]

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

Message to 6th grade parents/guardians:

Beginning the week of October 31, 6th grade students will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors.  In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they can focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure. 

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment.  Letters that provide more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of these lessons and the opt out forms will go home on Friday, September 30 in your student’s Friday Folder.

If you do not receive the letter or opt-out form or have any additional questions, please contact the 6th grade school counselor, Beth Mertens at 703-633-7400.

Field Day, October 14

Grade 3 and Grade 5: 9:15-10:30

Grade 4 and Grade 6 : 10:45-12:00

Grades K-2: 1:15-2:30

We need volunteers to make the day successful! All students will be trained in the events so you do not have to teach them the games.  You will be there to monitor safety and keep the station running smoothly.   Volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to grade level start time and you will be assigned an event upon arrival. Please sign up with this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054cafa829aaff2-ptes

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
Upcoming Events   🍂 SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Fall Fun Run!👟

This year there will be a one AND two mile option!

  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Starting and ending at the PTES parking lot!
  • You can register for the Panther Prowl HERE! Register by Friday, October 7 in order to receive a T-shirt!

**The cost of registration will go to $5 after October 7**

This event is sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Spirit Wear Sale

Did you miss our spirit wear sale? Good news - we have extra t-shirts size Youth XS-L for sale online! Place your orders HERE to get your shirts in time for field day on October 14th!

Shirts will be delivered to your child's teacher!

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

➕➖➗✖️Math Club

  • Who we are: Math Club at Poplar Tree is a parents-run, after-school club

  • Who can join: Grades 3-6

  • Requirement for joining the club: PTA membership

  • What we do: Club members will participate in at-home practice tests and worksheets (provided by the Math Club) and will come to the school for contests such as Math Olympiad, Noetic, and Math Kangaroo. We will NOT offer synchronous in-school coaching to the students this year.

     

  • Duration: November 2022 to May 2023. (The first contest will be in November)

  • Meeting Day for Contests: Tuesdays, Between 6-8 PM

  • Meeting Place for Contests: PTES Cafeteria

  • Information Session for Parents: 3rd October, Monday, @ 7:00 PM (WebEx Meeting: 2631 275 9716 Password: 31415)

  • Registration Due Date: 14th October 2022 Registration Link: https://forms.gle/PJBzCe1EGtjfH93g9

  • Registration Fees: $50 per student (3rdGrade); $75 per student (4th, 5th, 6th Grade) (Due by 14th Oct 2022; Payment links are available on the registration form)

  • Math Club Contact: Rikin Thakker Email: [email protected]

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school.

Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 9/23/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message 🐾

2. Student Holiday and Rosh Hashanah 🗓️

3. Talk About It Tuesday 🗣️

4. Field Day Information 🏀

5. Digital Tools Parental Consent ✅ 

6. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

7. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? View this morning checklist, available in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, our school counselors Shari Hirsch (Grades 2,3,4) or Beth Mertens (Grades K, 1, 5, 6), or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit the FCPS website for more attendance resources. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Have a great weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Student Holiday & Rosh Hashanah

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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 videos below of some of our Kindergarten & 1st graders!🗣️

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Field Day, October 14

Grade 3 and Grade 5: 9:15-10:30

Grade 4 and Grade 6 : 10:45-12:00

Grades K-2: 1:15-2:30

We need volunteers to make the day successful! All students will be trained in the events so you do not have to teach them the games.  You will be there to monitor safety and keep the station running smoothly.   Volunteers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to grade level start time and you will be assigned an event upon arrival. Please sign up with this link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054cafa829aaff2-ptes

Thank you to the 87% of our families who have given consent for the use Digital Tools!

If you haven't done so yet, you can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent HERE.  To provide your consent, click HERE!

Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Leslie Leisey ([email protected]) if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year. THANK YOU!

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

  ✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

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
Upcoming Events   🎦 Movie Night 🍿
  • When: TONIGHT Friday, September 23 at 7:15 pm
  • Where: Will be moving INSIDE due to the windy weather!
  • This is a parent & child event - no drop offs!
  🍂 SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Fall Fun Run!👟

This year there will be a one AND two mile option!

  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Starting and ending at the PTES parking lot!
  • You can register for the Panther Prowl HERE

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

➕➖➗✖️Math Club

  • Club members will participate in practice tests and worksheets and will come to the school for contests like Math Olympiad, Noetic, Math Kangaroo and Math Counts etc. For Grades 3-6. Meets on Tuesdays between 6-8PM beginning in October.
  • Information Session for Parents: 3rd October, Monday, @ 7:00 PM
  • (WebEx Meeting: 2631 275 9716 Password: 31415)
  • Contact: [email protected]

🔬Science Olympian for Grades 3rd - 5th

  • What is SO: “Science Olympiad or “SO” is an international non- profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Please read more at: soinc.org and virginiaso.org.

  • This year’s Science Olympiad events are going to have two different in-person events on different days:

    • Build Event Day: November 5th, 2022 @ Langley High School
    • Base School Testing Day (Online Testing while on school premises): November 19th, 2022 @ Poplar Tree

Each school is allowed to have a maximum of 45 participants. Eligibility is assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please use this link to register.

Registration will be closed on September 23rd, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

For more information please contact, [email protected]

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school.

Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 9/16/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message

2. National Hispanic Heritage Month 🎉

3. SCA Little Free Library 📚

4. Digital Tools Parental Consent ✅ 

5. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

6. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The county has posted the results for the 2021 survey

The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts. 

The results provide a snapshot of our youth in Fairfax County but also serve as a barometer of our own effectiveness as a community in fostering healthy choices in our young people. Data from the Fairfax County Youth Survey is used as a measurement tool in the FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 2 - Caring Culture - Healthy Life Choices.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Visit our website for more information on the upcoming Fairfax County Youth Survey

Have a great weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

SCA Little Free Library

We are so happy to see how much love and use the Little Free Library is receiving at the start of this new school year! 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!

Thank you to the 79% of our families who have given consent for the use Digital Tools!

If you haven't done so yet, you can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent HERE.  To provide your consent, click HERE!

Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Leslie Leisey ([email protected]) if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year. THANK YOU!

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Save the Date! Please join Mrs. Majkowski and Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be explaining about Advanced Academics and the different levels of service. Mrs. Majkowski will be giving a brief overview on the Science of Reading.

  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

 

✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

After you log in/create an account, click on "Join the PTA."

All memberships purchased before 9/22 will be entered in a raffle to win RESERVED FRONT ROW SPOTS at OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT on 9/23!

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
Upcoming Events

🎦 Movie Night 🍿

  • When: Friday, September 23 at 7:15 pm
  • Where The Poplar Tree ES parking lot
  • Bring a blanket and chairs! This is a parent & child event - no drop offs!
  • Don't forget to pre-order pizza and drinks from the the PTA website!

👟 Panther Prowl - Fall Fun Run! 🍂

SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Fall Fun Run! This year there will be a one AND two mile option!
  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Starting and ending at the PTES parking lot!
  • Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks!

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw/store?store=3458

➕➖➗✖️Math Club

  • Club members will participate in practice tests and worksheets and will come to the school for contests like Math Olympiad, Noetic, Math Kangaroo and Math Counts etc. For Grades 3-6. Meets on Tuesdays between 6-8PM beginning in October.
  • Information Session for Parents: 3rd October, Monday, @ 7:00 PM
  • (WebEx Meeting: 2631 275 9716 Password: 31415)
  • Contact: [email protected]

♟️ Chess Club

  • The PTES Chess Club meets Fridays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm from September 23 – January 20. Everyone in grades 2 - 6 interested in learning and playing chess is welcome, beginners and advanced players! Players are grouped by ability, not age. We teach the rules to beginners and strategy to experienced players.
  • https://chessctr.org/poplartree/

🔬Science Olympiad for Grades 3rd - 5th

  • “Science Olympiad or “SO” is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. We need an assistant coach and parent volunteers to help with this program at PTES! 

    Sign-up here: https://poplartree.ptboard.com/sgnvw?signup=Vc7GDSaZTlShrElVjEMBLHN___6E7iXS9X___n3Pljml

    More details coming soon regarding registration. Key dates are November 5th and 19th. 

 

🎟️🎭Not Just Dance

  • Each class will consist of theatre games, acting terminology, performance etiquette and scene work. Gain confidence and use your imagination. Meets Thursdays 3:30-4:30, Dates: Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
  • https://notjustdance.net/after-school-program/

Details, flyers and sign-ups are available on our website at:

https://poplartree.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=1155

 

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school year including assembly coordinator and lost & found coordinator. Check out open opportunities HERE!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
Website | Twitter

🐾 9/9/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message

2.  Lockdown Drill Information and Notification ❗ 

3. PM Pickup 🚗

4. Curriculum Info 📚🧠

5. Digital Tools Parental Consent ✅ 

6. VGA testing dates ✏️

7. SR&R Information 🏫

8. Items from home 🥘

9. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We had a great third week of the school year and it was great seeing many families virtually at our PTA meeting last night! Please see below for some important information.

Have a great weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larson, Assistant Principal

Lockdown Drill Information and Notification

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school soon. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

Student PM Pick-up

If you need to pick your child up early from school, please notify the PTES main office by sending an email to [email protected].

We also ask that you pickup your child no later than 3:00 PM. After 3:00, we will ask you to wait for our regular dismissal. Dismissal is a busy time and this helps ensure that all student remain safe. Thank you for your help!

Thank you to the 79% of our families who have given consent for the use Digital Tools!

If you haven't done so yet, you can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent HERE.  To provide your consent, click HERE!

Please reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Leslie Leisey ([email protected]) if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year. THANK YOU!

📚 Curriculum Info 🧠
  • Click HERE to view our Fall Advanced Academics Newsletter.
  • Save the Date! Please join Mrs. Majkowski and Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, September 22 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be explaining about Advanced Academics and the different levels of service. Mrs. Majkowski will be giving a brief overview on the Science of Reading.

  • Mark your calendars! Please join Mrs. Keleher on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 for a parent meeting. Mrs. Keleher will be sharing information about the Level IV screening process. Please plan to attend if you are interested in referring your child this school year.

VGA Testing Information Grades 3-6

We will be administering the Virginia Growth Assessment on the following dates this fall.  Please try to avoid absences on these dates.  Further information about the assessment will go home in next week’s Friday folder with a form that must be returned by all parents.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Larsen ([email protected])

 

Grade Level

Test Date

Time Test Begins

Subject

5

Sept. 20

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

4

Sept. 21

10:15 a.m.

VGA Reading

6

Sept. 22

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

5

Sept. 27

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

3

Sept. 28

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

6

Sept. 29

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

4

Oct. 4

10:15 a.m.

VGA Math

3

Oct. 6

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Parents and Guardians please review this year’s SR&R document online click here

We also encourage you to review the Quick Guide that provides summarized information specific to the elementary level. 

After reviewing these documents, please complete the acknowledgement form in SIS Parent VUE.  If you need to create a Parent VUE account, please click here

If you would like to complete a paper version of the acknowledgement form, please click here, print, sign and return to school by September 28, 2022.  Thank you!

Items From Home

 

✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

After you log in/create an account, click on "Join the PTA."

All memberships purchased before 9/22 will be entered in a raffle to win RESERVED FRONT ROW SPOTS at OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT on 9/23!

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
Upcoming Events

🍕 Spirit Night 🍨

  • When: Wednesday, September 14 from 111am - 10pm
  • Where: MOD Pizza & Sweet Frog in Greenbriar Shopping Center
  • Be sure to tell them you're there to support Poplar Tree PTA!
  • Order online through MOD Pizza using Fundraiser code: MODF9880

🎦 Movie Night 🍿

  • When: Friday, September 23 at 7:15 pm
  • Where The Poplar Tree ES parking lot
  • Bring a blanket and chairs! This is a parent & child event - no drop offs!
  • Don't forget to pre-order pizza and drinks from the the PTA website!

👟 Panther Prowl - Fall Fun Run! 🍂

SAVE THE DATE for our Annual Fall Fun Run! This year there will be a one AND two mile option!
  • When: Thursday, October 27 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Where: Starting and ending at the PTES parking lot!
  • Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks!

These events are sponsored by the Poplar Tree PTA and operated independently of the Fairfax County School Board, Superintendent and Poplar Tree Elementary.

Before & After School Programs

The Poplar Tree PTA serves as a sponsor for before/after school programs at PTES! These programs are facilitated by parent volunteers and vendors. You must be a PTA member to participate in the programs. This year we are proud to be offering:

🏃🏼‍♂️👟Running Club

  • We are continuing the before-school Running/Walking Club for all students grades 1-6. If a Kindergartener wants to join, please have a parent come and run or walk too. Best of all, it’s FREE! We meet from 7:45 to 8:20 AM Thursday mornings starting September 29th - December 2nd.
  • https://poplartree.ptboard.com/formvw?store=3458&form=1

➕➖➗✖️Math Club

  • Club members will participate in practice tests and worksheets and will come to the school for contests like Math Olympiad, Noetic, Math Kangaroo and Math Counts etc. For Grades 3-6. Meets on Tuesdays between 6-8PM beginning in October.
  • Information Session for Parents: 3rd October, Monday, @ 7:00 PM
  • (WebEx Meeting: 2631 275 9716 Password: 31415)
  • Contact: [email protected]

♟️ Chess Club

  • The PTES Chess Club meets Fridays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm from September 23 – January 20. Everyone in grades 2 - 6 interested in learning and playing chess is welcome, beginners and advanced players! Players are grouped by ability, not age. We teach the rules to beginners and strategy to experienced players.
  • https://chessctr.org/poplartree/

🎟️🎭Not Just Dance

  • Each class will consist of theatre games, acting terminology, performance etiquette and scene work. Gain confidence and use your imagination. Meets Thursdays 3:30-4:30, Dates: Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17
  • https://notjustdance.net/after-school-program/

Details, flyers and sign-ups are available on our website at:

https://poplartree.ptboard.com/school/cm?mid=1155

❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We have several open volunteer positions for the school year including assembly coordinator and lost & found coordinator. Check out open opportunities HERE!

🏞️Cub Scout Pack 1459🏞️

September 12th Event for all PTES Boys K - 5th Grade 

Cub Scout Pack 1459 invites all PTES Boys K - 5th Grade on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 PM at the Poplar Tree ES Field to Build and Launch Water Rockets. 

More details are available at: https://www.pack1459.org/events/water-rockets/

This activity is not sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools

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🐾 9/1/22 Paw Print 🐾

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In this week's Paw Print:

1. Principal Message

2. Labor Day Holiday Reminder 🚩

3.  Student Pickup in the PM 🚘

4. Birthday Celebrations 🧁

5. VGA Information ✏️

6. iReady Information ✏️

7. SR&R Information 🏫

8. School Meal Information 🍕

9. PTA Information 🤲

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

It was wonderful seeing many of our families in-person this year at our Back to School Nights. We want to thank the PTA for providing dinner to the staff staying for the evening events. It was appreciated! We hope to see many of you on-line for the virtual PTA meeting next week. The meeting details are listed below.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Labor Day Holiday Reminder

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Student PM Pick-up

If you need to pick your child up early from school, please notify the PTES main office by sending an email to [email protected]. We also ask that you pickup your child no later than 3:00 PM. After 3:00, we will ask you to wait for our regular dismissal. Dismissal is a busy time and this helps ensure that all student remain safe. Thank you for your help!

Birthday Celebrations in School

No food treats! No toys!

Parents can read a story to the class, donate a book or game to the class, bring in pencils, book marks or stickers for the class or have an extra or extra long recess.

VGA Testing Information Grades 3-6

We will be administering the Virginia Growth Assessment on the following dates this fall.  Please try to avoid absences on these dates.  Further information about the assessment will go home in next week’s Friday folder with a form that must be returned by all parents.  If you have questions, please contact Carol Larsen ([email protected])

 

Grade Level

Test Date

Time Test Begins

Subject

5

Sept. 20

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

4

Sept. 21

10:15 a.m.

VGA Reading

6

Sept. 22

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

5

Sept. 27

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

3

Sept. 28

9:00 a.m.

VGA Reading

6

Sept. 29

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

4

Oct. 4

10:15 a.m.

VGA Math

3

Oct. 6

9:00 a.m.

VGA Math

Universal Screener iReady Grades 1-6

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) adopted iReady assessments as an academic universal screener for all elementary school students in grades 1-6. In addition to the iReady assessment, all elementary school students in grades 1-6 complete the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA). 

The purpose of iReady assessments is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. iReady tests are also used to measure student progress in reading and mathematics skills. The purpose of the DSA is to measure the development of spelling skills.

The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. In grades 1-3, teachers also assess students’ oral reading fluency to fulfill state testing requirements. Based on test results, some students may require additional assessments to further diagnose specific skills that may need support. 

All students complete iReady and DSA in fall and spring each year. Depending on fall performance, a student may take an assessment again in the winter. iReady and DSA are delivered within the classroom instructional block. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator will share the specific dates scheduled for testing. You can find information about general timing of iReady and DSA testing on the grade level tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests). 

Additional information can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator (Carol Larsen [email protected] ).

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Parents and Guardians please review this year’s SR&R document online click here

We also encourage you to review the Quick Guide that provides summarized information specific to the elementary level. 

After reviewing these documents, please complete the acknowledgement form in SIS Parent VUE.  If you need to create a Parent VUE account, please click here

If you would like to complete a paper version of the acknowledgement form, please click here, print, sign and return to school by September 28, 2022.  Thank you!

School Meal Information

Just a reminder that school meals are not free this year. Students will need to enter their pin number in order to buy a school meal. All parents received an email with directions and your child's pin number.

To add money onto your child's account, please visit https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home

For school menu information:

https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/menus-eula

Please note that menus are subject to change due to supply chain issues. Thank you for your understanding.

 

✅PTA 2022-23 Membership Drive✅

You can also join online for the 2022-23 school year at:

https://poplartreepta.membershiptoolkit.com/

Congrats to the Buchy family for winning our first membership raffle! Stay tuned for our next raffle for all members! 

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 
💻PTA Virtual Meeting September 8th💻

Save the date! Please join us for our first virtual Parent-Teacher Association Meeting on September 8th at 7 PM to meet our new Executive Board, hear about upcoming events, and share your ideas for the school year ahead. Prior to the PTA meeting, there will be a Principal and Assistant Principal Q&A session at 6:45. Join the Zoom session HERE!

  ❤️Volunteer Opportunities❤️ 

We are in need of volunteers for the back-to-school night - there are shifts so you can still visit your child/children’s classroom or volunteer on a night you don’t have a class visit! Sign up HERE!

We also have several open volunteer positions for the school year including assembly coordinator and lost & found coordinator. Check out open opportunities HERE!

  🏞️Cub Scout Pack 1459🏞️

September 12th Event for all PTES Boys K - 5th Grade 

Cub Scout Pack 1459 invites all PTES Boys K - 5th Grade on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 PM at the Poplar Tree ES Field to Build and Launch Water Rockets. 

More details are available at: https://www.pack1459.org/events/water-rockets/

This activity is not sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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🎬 School Board Member Videos 🎬

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Messages from our School Board

Each year, our School Board members share videos welcoming our FCPS community back to school. We had intended to share these videos at Back to School Night last night, but ran into some technical difficulties.

Please see this year's videos linked below!

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Attendance: 703.633.7474 or [email protected]
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