5/14 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere!🐾

3. Kiss and Ride Drop-off Reminder 🚗

4. SPOTLIGHT on Belonging 🔦

5. Important Spring testing information❗

6. Parent Input form ✏️

7. Principal Q&A  and PTA meeting info📆

8. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

9. Updated Rising 7th grade Immunization requirement

10. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

11. Volunteers Needed - PTA Executive Board 🆘

12. Technology Help Information💻

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We had a busy week at Poplar Tree! Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders took the Reading SOL this week. And it was great to see many of our virtual students return in person to take the test. We continue our SOL testing over the next two weeks. 

SOL testing is an indicator that we are quickly approaching the end of this school year and heading towards summer. Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services offers several summer camp programs from June through August for students ranging from rising 1st graders to teens. For more information on these summer opportunities click here.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!

🗣️ 3rd Graders Share Virtually with Classmates💻 ♻️ Kindergarten Recycling Projects! ♻️ Kiss and Ride Drop Off

Please remember that the earliest time students may arrive at school/be dropped off in Kiss and Ride is 8:45 a.m. Supervision for students is not available prior to this time. 

Thank you.

SPOTLIGHT on Belonging:  Meet Angela Velasquez!

At Poplar Tree we recognize that equity means more than just access to programs and curriculums.  Equity means creating an inclusive learning community where each staff person and student feels like they belong.

This is the first in a series of interviews that will highlight Poplar Tree staff persons, their journey to belong and their strategies for creating an inclusive learning community here at Poplar Tree.   

Interview:  Poplar Tree Spotlight on Belonging

Questions about the interview or equity at Poplar Tree? 

Contact Shari Hirsch, School Counselor & Co-Equity Lead

Important Testing Information Spring Universal Screener (iReady)

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides a snapshot of students’ skills to help teachers monitor progress in reading and mathematics. Spring reading testing is scheduled for all students in grades K-2, and select students in grades 3-6. Spring math testing is scheduled for all students in grades 1 & 2, and select students in grades 3-6. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

Students may take iReady at home or at school depending on whether families have selected virtual or in-person learning. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 

SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Emails were sent in the last week with testing details to each student's family. Separate emails were also sent if your child required transportation.

If your child is taking the SOL test, please make sure they bring their FCPS charged laptop, power cord, and water bottle. Cell phones are not permitted and should be left at home.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

SY 2021-22 Parent Input Form

As we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, we are asking for your input. We value our partnership between home and school and appreciate your thoughts on your child's learning needs.  

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 28, 2021.

This system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored.

 

Thank you in advance for your support, 
Poplar Tree

Principal Q&A Session and PTA Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, May 19 for a Principal Q&A session at 6:30 followed by the PTA meeting at 7:00

🔗To join the meeting click here.🔗

Library Curbside Checkout 

The LAST Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, May 17 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (5/17)

Updated 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to our registrar, Kirsten Cordial (kkcordial@fcps.edu), as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! POPLAR TREE NEEDS FOUR (4) VOLUNTEERS FOR FOUR (4) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PTA POSITIONS!

The Executive Committee develops goals for the PTA; appoints committee chairpersons for individual committees; and makes time-sensitive decisions between regular board meetings.

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions! It is a very rewarding experience and the PTA’s efforts have a positive impact on our school by enriching the experience for students, parents, and teachers.

The outgoing Executive Board Members will be available to assist with transition activities.

If interested, please complete the Nomination Form which includes position descriptions located at the link below and email it to Mike Santoro at misantor@gmail.com.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1flt8MP4aBpbccFOlc7_S5PHhhJep9dW0/view?usp=sharing

 

everychild. onevoice.

Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding!

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🐾 Panther News Show - Week of May 10 🎥

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  📰 Week of May 10🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

In this week's show, learn about a cool opportunity to play games with the Connections Crew, get a tip for getting a good night's sleep, and hear a fun fact about Nintendo's Mario character!

ENJOY!

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5/7 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere!🐾

3. SPOTLIGHT on Belonging 🔦

4. Important Spring testing information❗

5. Hero Squad Update 🩸

6. Dining with Daniels 🥗

7. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

8. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

9.Updated Rising 7th grade Immunization requirement

10. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

11. Virtual Kahoot Challenge 🖱️

12. Volunteers Needed - PTA Executive Board 🆘

13. Technology Help Information💻

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We hope everyone had a good week. This week FCPS shared plans for the fall. We are excited to have all staff and students return in the fall to five days of in-person instruction! Our schools are safe. Our in-school transmission rates remain less than 1%, even as we have reduced social distancing to three feet in our schools. 

We do realize that some students may have a documented health or medical need for virtual instruction. Enrollment in FCPS’ Virtual Program for the 2021-22 school year will be VERY limited. Eligibility will be based on a health/medical certification of need completed by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or a licensed clinical psychologist. Families will need to apply. Enrollment will be based on the health needs of the student only and not on the health of their family members. All currently enrolled virtual families should have received communication about next year and the steps to take this month.

We are looking forward to next school year!

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!

💻 1st Graders at home! 🏡 🏫 4th Graders around the building 🍎 ♻️ Kindergarten Recycling Projects! ♻️ SPOTLIGHT on Belonging:  Meet Angela Velasquez!

At Poplar Tree we recognize that equity means more than just access to programs and curriculums.  Equity means creating an inclusive learning community where each staff person and student feels like they belong.

This is the first in a series of interviews that will highlight Poplar Tree staff persons, their journey to belong and their strategies for creating an inclusive learning community here at Poplar Tree.   

Interview:  Poplar Tree Spotlight on Belonging

Questions about the interview or equity at Poplar Tree? 

Contact Shari Hirsch, School Counselor & Co-Equity Lead

Important Testing Information Spring Universal Screener (iReady)

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides a snapshot of students’ skills to help teachers monitor progress in reading and mathematics. Spring reading testing is scheduled for all students in grades K-2, and select students in grades 3-6. Spring math testing is scheduled for all students in grades 1 & 2, and select students in grades 3-6. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

Students may take iReady at home or at school depending on whether families have selected virtual or in-person learning. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 

SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Emails were sent in the last week with testing details to each student's family. Separate emails were also sent if your child required transportation.

If your child is taking the SOL test, please make sure they bring their FCPS charged laptop, power cord, and water bottle. Cell phones are not permitted and should be left at home.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

Hero Squad Update

The SCA would like to give a HUGE thank you to the Poplar Tree community for the incredible support of the Hero Squad program. Due to the generosity of our community we were able to surpass our $5,000 goal with a grand total of $7,775. We are so thrilled to be able to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society in this way and couldn’t have done it without you!

The third graders donated the most money combined as a grade level, so Mrs. Sniffin, Mrs. Salamone, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Turner will be completing a dare voted on by the third graders. The dare will be recorded and sent out to the community for all to enjoy! Stay tuned.

Again, thank you SO much!

Celebrate the LAST Episode of Dining with Daniels!

Whether you are at school OR at home, you are able to participate in the LAST EPISODE which will air Wednesday, May 12th

  • Who: all students wanting to participate
  • What: Cup of Dirt (YUMMM)
  • Where: Dining with Daniels BBCU (tune in on your classroom’s smartboard or at home!)
  • When: During your lunch block (11:50 OR 12:25)

If you would like to participate, you can bring your personal ingredients to school:

  • 1 serving of pudding
  • Oreos or chocolate cookie to crumble
  • 1 Spoon
  • 1 Napkin
  • 1 Ziplock bag
  • Optional: Gummy worms (or gelatin free gummies of any kind)
Library Curbside Checkout 

The LAST Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, May 17 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (5/17)

Updated 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to our registrar, Kirsten Cordial (kkcordial@fcps.edu), as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Join us for a Virtual Kahoot Challenge! 

Students in  grades 4-6 are invited to  join the Connections Crew Club on Monday the 10th at 2:00 p.m. for some Kahoot fun! We will host three kahoot challenges and there will be prizes given out to the winner of each! The topics of those three kahoots are Marvel, Fun Foods, and  Teacher Trivia. The link for the google meet will be posted on the Virtual PTES Student Site on Monday morning. 

Join us for tons of fun!

 

POPLAR TREE NEEDS FOUR (4) VOLUNTEERS FOR FOUR (4) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PTA POSITIONS!

The Executive Committee develops goals for the PTA; appoints committee chairpersons for individual committees; and makes time-sensitive decisions between regular board meetings.

Please consider volunteering for one of these positions! It is a very rewarding experience and the PTA’s efforts have a positive impact on our school by enriching the experience for students, parents, and teachers.

The outgoing Executive Board Members will be available to assist with transition activities.

If interested, please complete the Nomination Form which includes position descriptions located at the link below and email it to Mike Santoro at misantor@gmail.com.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1flt8MP4aBpbccFOlc7_S5PHhhJep9dW0/view?usp=sharing

 

everychild. onevoice.

Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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Optional Parent Input Form for the 2021-22 School year

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As we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, we are asking for your input. We value our partnership between home and school and appreciate your thoughts on your child's learning needs.  

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 28, 2021.

This system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored.

 

Thank you in advance for your support, 
Poplar Tree

 

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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PTA On-line Auction

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PTA On-line Auction

Poplar Tree's 6th Annual Online Auction started on Friday, April 30 at 6pm and closes on Tuesday, May 4th at 9pm. 

Thanks to the generosity and creativity of our parents, teachers, neighboring businesses and organizations, we have a great variety of really cool and unique goods, services, and experiences that we hope will be exciting to everyone!

Here is the login link for bidding: 

https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=5919

On the site you will find further instructions and details. Prize pickup will be arranged after the auction.

Big THANKS again to all who contributed! This couldn't have been pulled off without your help. 

Please spread the word, mark your calendars, and Happy Bidding!!

GO PANTHERS!!!!

 

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🐾 Panther News Show - Week of May 3 🎥

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  📰 Week of May 3🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

In this week's show, Mrs. Sniffin will share how much money was raised during our Hero Squad Campaign, learn about a celebration on May the 4th, and also hear some fun jokes!

ENJOY!

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Teacher Appreciation Next Week May 3- May 7

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Teacher’s Appreciation Week is next week! 

Let’s do our part to make sure our hard-working teachers at Poplar Tree feel extra special! 

Thank you to our amazing room parents who are working hard to make sure their classroom teachers feel the love! Please look out for any emails from them regarding any Teacher’s Appreciation activities. 

In addition, we will have bins set out in front of the school for families to drop off handmade cards/notes, treats (commercially wrapped), gift cards or something else special you have in mind. Please note which day you can drop off those items based on the day your child’s grade was assigned to: 

Monday, May 3: Kindergarten and 1st grade

Tuesday, May 4: 2nd and 3rd grade

Wednesday, May 5: 4th and 5th grade

Thursday, May 6: Panera Luncheon Day to include classroom, specials, and special ed teachers!

Friday, May 7: 6th grade

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4/30 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. We love our Office Staff!❤️

3. SPOTLIGHT on Belonging 🔦

4. Important Spring testing information❗

5. Kindergarten Orientation 🎒

6. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

7. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

8.Updated Rising 7th grade Immunization requirement

9. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

10. Technology Help Information💻

11. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

12. Doughraiser reminder🍕

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Happy Friday!  It was another busy week of learning. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we certainly appreciate our wonderful staff! They have risen to every challenge and change this year. Please take a moment to thank your child's teacher next week. 

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

We love our Office Staff!

Last week was Administrative Professionals Week. Our front office staff is outstanding and things certainly would not run as smoothly without their hard work. Thanks for all you do for our students and staff!

SPOTLIGHT on Belonging:  Meet Angela Velasquez!

At Poplar Tree we recognize that equity means more than just access to programs and curriculums.  Equity means creating an inclusive learning community where each staff person and student feels like they belong.

This is the first in a series of interviews that will highlight Poplar Tree staff persons, their journey to belong and their strategies for creating an inclusive learning community here at Poplar Tree.   

Interview:  Poplar Tree Spotlight on Belonging

Questions about the interview or equity at Poplar Tree? 

Contact Shari Hirsch, School Counselor & Co-Equity Lead

Important Testing Information Update Requirements for FCPSOn Devices for SOL Testing and Virginia Remote Student Progress Test

All virtual students, whether they take the SOL or the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT), need to make sure that computers have been restarted and are updated prior to testing.  Students who are in-person will update their computers when they are here at school.

Additional information about the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test is available here.

Virtual students will have the opportunity to come into the building and connect to the FCPS Wi-Fi and restart their computers and update prior to testing. The dates and times are:

  • Monday, May 3, 2021 from 10 AM- 12 PM
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM

Students should enter the school through the Poplar Tree Cafeteria door.  Parents may escort their child into the cafeteria, or wait in the car for them to return. There is no need to sign-up for a specific time -just come what when it works for you within these times. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Simons (jmsimons@fcps.edu ), Technology Specialist or Carol Larsen (calarsen@fcps.edu ), Assistant Principal.

Spring Universal Screener (iReady)

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides a snapshot of students’ skills to help teachers monitor progress in reading and mathematics. Spring reading testing is scheduled for all students in grades K-2, and select students in grades 3-6. Spring math testing is scheduled for all students in grades 1 & 2, and select students in grades 3-6. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

Students may take iReady at home or at school depending on whether families have selected virtual or in-person learning. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher. 

SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Virtual students are invited to come in to take the tests at the same time as the in-person students and should plan to arrive at school between 9:00-9:15 a.m. Additional details will be sent closer to the testing dates. Most students will complete the test in the morning, finishing at around lunch time.  If a student is not available the day of testing make-up testing dates will be offered.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

Dear Incoming Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to Poplar Tree!  We hope this message finds you healthy and safe. For those of you new to Poplar Tree ES and Fairfax County Public Schools the message you are reading is called a News You Choose (NYC) message. We send a weekly NYC messaged called the Paw Print on Fridays during the school year and we also send other NYC messages throughout the year with other school information.

This spring we are not having an in-person kindergarten orientation. Instead we will be offering a virtual Kindergarten Q&A session on Thursday, May 6 at 6:30. Prior to our Q&A session we invite you to review the slideshow below to learn more about kindergarten at Poplar Tree ES.

In August we will have an opportunity for your child to visit Poplar Tree in-person. Stay tuned for details in July.

We are excited to welcome your children to Poplar Tree and look forward to partnering with all of you to make next year a fun and memorable one.

Stay safe and healthy!

Sue Andujar, Principal

Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal

Check out this slide deck that delves deeper into the daily life of a Kindergarten student!

And check out this slide deck about Clinic and Health Services.

🔗To join the Q&A session on Thursday, May 6 at 6:30 please click here. 🔗

Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, May 3 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (5/3)

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The next distribution day will be April 26th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 26th pick up.

Updated 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to our registrar, Kirsten Cordial (kkcordial@fcps.edu), as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding! PTA Online Auction Starts Today!

Poplar Tree's 6th Annual Online Auction starts today Friday, April 30 at 6pm and closes on Tuesday, May 4th at 9pm. 

Thanks to the generosity and creativity of our parents, teachers, neighboring businesses and organizations, we have a great variety of really cool and unique goods, services, and experiences that we hope will be exciting to everyone!

Here is the login link for bidding: https://www.biddingowl.com/PoplarTreeElementary

Take an early peek before bidding starts to check out the goodies! On the site you will find further instructions and details. Prize pickup will be arranged after the auction.

Big THANKS again to all who contributed! This couldn't have been pulled off without your help. 

Please spread the word, mark your calendars, and Happy Bidding!!

GO PANTHERS!!!!

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🐾 Panther News Show - Week of April 26 🎥

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  📰 Week of April 26 🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

In this week's show, you'll learn about our College Day Spirit Day on April 30, get some updates from our Hero Squad Campaign, and of course, hear some fun jokes!

ENJOY!

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4/23 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. SPOTLIGHT on Belonging 🔦

3. Hero Squad Campaign 🦸🏻‍♀️

4. Principal Q&A session & PTA meeting 📆

5. Kendra Scott PTA Fundraiser 📿

6. SOL Testing Schedule Information 📆

7. SCA Spirit Day 🐾

8. Chantilly Pyramid College Day 🎓

9. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

10. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

11.Updated Rising 7th grade Immunization requirement

12. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

13. Technology Help Information💻

14. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy.  We are excited to share a new feature in the Paw Print called SPOTLIGHT on Belonging. The concept of belonging is a core value at Poplar Tree. Our hope is that every student, every family member, and every staff member feel welcome when they walk through our doors. I’m sure there have been times when that has not been the case, and we are committed to working hard until every member of our community feels that sense of belonging. We all have a story and when we truly listen with an open heart and mind to people’s stories, we take that first step towards understanding each other. Please take a few minutes to listen to our first SPOTLIGHT interview with Angela Velasquez, one of our Spanish teachers.  

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

SPOTLIGHT on Belonging:  Meet Angela Velasquez!

At Poplar Tree we recognize that equity means more than just access to programs and curriculums.  Equity means creating an inclusive learning community where each staff person and student feels like they belong.

This is the first in a series of interviews that will highlight Poplar Tree staff persons, their journey to belong and their strategies for creating an inclusive learning community here at Poplar Tree.   

Interview:  Poplar Tree Spotlight on Belonging

Questions about the interview or equity at Poplar Tree? 

Contact Shari Hirsch, School Counselor & Co-Equity Lead

Hero Squad Campaign

We are in the FINAL week of our Hero Squad campaign. The campaign ends on 4/30. We are so close to meeting our goal of $5,000! Please help us reach our goal by using one of the ways below to donate. Keep sharing these links with family members and friends or on social media. Students will earn a variety of prizes for donations this year. Prizes earned will be mailed directly to your home at the close of the campaign.

  1. Donate on our school’s online donation page at https://events.lls.org/pages/nca/PoplarTreeElementarySchool-2020-2021
  2. Donate on your child’s classroom donation page. Check in with your child’s classroom teacher for more information and their specific link.

This year, we are doing a grade level competition at Poplar Tree. The grade level that donates the most money will have some brave teachers complete a dare voted on by students. So, keep raising money to see some of Poplar Tree’s teachers dump slime over their head or get turned into a human sundae!

Please contact Mrs. Sniffin, SCA teacher sponsor, at smsniffin@fcps.edu if you have any further questions. Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful cause!

Principal Q&A Session and PTA Meeting

Please join us on Monday, April 26 for a Principal Q&A session at 6:30 followed by the PTA meeting at 7:00

🔗To join the meeting click here.🔗

Kendra Scott PTA Fundraiser SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Virtual students are invited to come in to take the tests at the same time as the in-person students and should plan to arrive at school between 9:00-9:15 a.m. Additional details will be sent closer to the testing dates. Most students will complete the test in the morning, finishing at around lunch time.  If a student is not available the day of testing make-up testing dates will be offered.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

SCA Spirit Day

The next SCA Spirit Day is Friday, April 30, and it’s College Gear day. If your child doesn’t have college gear, encourage them to wear the colors of their favorite college. We can’t wait to see different colleges represented both at home and in-person.

Chantilly Pyramid College Day 2021

We are excited to announce that Poplar Tree will continue its annual tradition of College Day on Friday, April 30!   Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • College Spirit Day! Students and teachers are encouraged to wear their college gear or college colors--t-shirts, hats, whatever! Parents are welcome to join in the fun, too! 
  • Take a photo of your spirit wear and share on Twitter with the hashtags #ptescollegeday2021 and #amazingthingshappeneverywhere and tag us- @PoplarTreeES and @PTES_Counselors. We can’t wait to see your College Spirit! 
  • Students will explore colleges with games and activities on our Virtual College Day 2021 Google Site. They can also check out where their teachers went to college and explore some college websites. 

It’s never too early to start thinking about college! For more information about how parents of elementary aged children can prepare for college, check out this College Preparation Checklist Brochure

Questions about College Day?  Contact Poplar Tree school counselors, Ms. Mertens & Mrs. Hirsch.

Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, May 3 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (5/3)

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The next distribution day will be April 26th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 26th pick up.

Updated 7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).            

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

Please provide one of the following documents to our registrar, Kirsten Cordial (kkcordial@fcps.edu), as soon as possible:

  1. An updated immunization record showing that the student has received the missing immunization(s).
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

Immunizations are available from your student's healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/immunization/school or by calling 703-246-2411.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding! PTA Online Auction

The Online Auction is Coming and We Need Help!

Poplar Tree's annual Online Auction will be May 2nd - 4th this year! In order for this popular event to happen, we need your help! Please contact Brooke Smith to contribute either or both of the following:

1. Goods or services to donate: Poplar Tree families are very talented and resourceful! Please consider donating goods or specialty services to the Auction. 

2. Help soliciting donations: While the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, there are several that are thriving during this time. For ease, we have lists and templates to use, or feel free to use your own contacts!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
Website | Twitter

🐾 Panther News Show - Week of April 19 🎥

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  📰 Week of April 19 🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

April is National Poetry month! Learn about this, hear some fun jokes, and get a tip for staying healthy on this week's show!

ENJOY!

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4/16 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere! 🏫💻

3. Bus Information 🚍

4. Hero Squad Campaign 🦸🏻‍♀️

5. Attention 6th Grade Parents  ❗

6. SOL Testing Schedule Information 📆

7. Purple Up for the Military Child 💜

8. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

9. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

10. Rising 7th grade Tdap requirement

11. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

12. Technology Help Information💻

13. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We hope everyone had a great week. It's hard to believe that we are already halfway through the month of April. The end of the 2020-21 school year is quickly approaching, and as a school we are looking at ways to celebrate the end of this school year. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing our plans for those in-person and virtual celebrations. And, we also hope to offer opportunities for students that have participated in school virtually this year to attend some of these celebrations in-person. Stay tuned for further information.

As we close out one school year, we are also looking ahead to next school year. We are looking forward to in-person instruction as the primary mode of learning for all FCPS students during the 2021-22 school year. Virtual learning options will be very limited and will be the exception. We believe in-person learning is the best options for students and we look forward to seeing ALL Poplar Tree Panthers return to the school building in the fall. Over the next several weeks, the county will be sharing more details about Fall 2021.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!

  🥳👒Crazy Hair/Hat Day🧢⛑️

Students (and teachers) had fun with crazy hair/hat day!

  🏡 Learning from home! 🏡

4th and 6th Graders are having fun learning from home!

  🚶🏾‍♂️ In-Person Classes 🚶🏼‍♀️

6th graders enjoying being back in the classroom!

1st graders show their writing to their classmates in-person and online using a document camera. It's so great that we have technology that helps us stay connected!

Be On Time for the Bus

As students begin to attend 4 days a week in person, bus stop times will be adjusted next week.  Please remember to get to your bus ten minutes before the listed bus stop time.  You can view bus stop information in SIS Parent VUE.  Parents should also consider getting the Here Comes the Bus APP which tracks the bus and will let you know exactly when it may arrive at your bus stop. 

 

Hero Squad Campaign

Thank you all for helping to make our first week of the Hero Squad campaign a success! The campaign continues for the next two weeks (ends 4/30). Please donate using one of the ways below and keep sharing these links with family members and friends. Sharing on social media is another great way to help us reach our goal of $5,000! Students will earn a variety of prizes for online donations this year. Prizes earned will be mailed directly to your home at the close of the campaign.

This year, we are doing a grade level competition at Poplar Tree. The grade level that donates the most money will have some brave teachers complete a dare voted on by students. So, keep raising money to see some of Poplar Tree’s teachers dump slime over their head or get turned into a human sundae!

Please contact Mrs. Sniffin, SCA teacher sponsor, at smsniffin@fcps.edu if you have any further questions. Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful cause!

Attention 6th Grade Parents SOL Testing Schedule Grades 3-6

Students in Grades 3-6 will take the SOL tests in May.  Below is the schedule for testing.  Virtual students are invited to come in to take the tests at the same time as the in-person students and should plan to arrive at school between 9:00-9:15 a.m. Additional details will be sent closer to the testing dates. Most students will complete the test in the morning, finishing at around lunch time.  If a student is not available the day of testing make-up testing dates will be offered.

Grade 3:  May 14 (Reading) & May 26 (Math)

Grade 4: May 11 (Reading) & May 21 (Math)

Grade 5: May 12 (Reading), May 20 (Science) & May 25 (Math)

Grade 6: May 19 (Reading) & May 27 (Math)

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (Calarsen@fcps.edu)

April 22nd Purple Up for the Military Child

In honor of our students whose parents are connected to the military you are invited to wear purple on April 22nd.  Why Purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. Over 14,000 military connected youth are currently students in FCPS.  If you are a military family, you are encouraged to visit the FCPS Military family resource page: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/military-families.

Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, April 19 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (4/19)

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The next distribution day will be April 19th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 19th pick up.

Rising 7th Grade Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

 Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding! PTA Online Auction

The Online Auction is Coming and We Need Help!

Poplar Tree's annual Online Auction will be May 2nd - 4th this year! In order for this popular event to happen, we need your help! Please contact Brooke Smith to contribute either or both of the following:

1. Goods or services to donate: Poplar Tree families are very talented and resourceful! Please consider donating goods or specialty services to the Auction. 

2. Help soliciting donations: While the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, there are several that are thriving during this time. For ease, we have lists and templates to use, or feel free to use your own contacts!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
Website | Twitter

🐾 Panther News Show - Week of April 12 🎥

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  📰 Week of April 12 🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

Did you know that April is the month of the military child? Learn more about this and our Hero Squad campaign during this week's Panther News Show!

ENJOY!

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4/9 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere! 🏫💻

3. Hero Squad Campaign 🦸🏻‍♀️

4. SCA Spirit Day   🐾

5. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

6. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

7. Rising 7th grade Tdap requirement

8. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

9. Technology Help Information💻

10. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Happy first Friday of April! It was a very busy week at Poplar Tree. We hope everyone had a great Spring Break, came back refreshed, and ready to finish the school year strong.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!

  😁 All Smiles 😁

6th Graders are ALL SMILES while learning from home!

  👍🏾Thumbs Up!👍

It's THUMBS UP for some of our 5th grade in-person learners!

  🧘🏻‍♂️ Take a Break! 🤸🏾‍♀️

1st graders in the classroom and at home take a much needed stretch break! 

  💻 Laptop Distribution 💻

FCPS has purchased new devices for our 3rd - 5th graders. This week our Paw Tech Squad helped us with distribution! They are always so eager to help!

If you have a child in one of these grades that has not yet received their new laptop, please email Leslie Leisey at lfleisey@fcps.edu to schedule a time for pickup.

Hero Squad Campaign

Over the next three weeks (April 12-April 30), our school will be participating in the Hero Squad campaign, formerly known as Pennies for Patients. Our school goal this year is to raise $5000. We are so excited to be able to raise money to help find a cure for Blood Cancer and to support the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. This year, our campaign will be 100% virtual. In order to donate, please do one of the following:

  1. Donate on our school’s online donation page at https://events.lls.org/pages/nca/PoplarTreeElementarySchool-2020-2021
  2. Donate on your child’s classroom donation page. Check in with your child’s classroom teacher for more information and their specific link.
  3. We encourage you to share these links with family members, community members, and through social media to help us raise as much money as possible.

Students will earn a variety of prizes for online donations this year. Prizes earned will be mailed directly to your home at the close of the campaign.

Please contact Mrs. Sniffin, SCA teacher sponsor, at smsniffin@fcps.edu if you have any further questions. Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful cause!

SCA Spirit Day

The next SCA spirit day is Wednesday, April 14, and it is Crazy Hair and Crazy Hat Day! We can’t wait to see some school spirit both in person and at home!

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The next distribution day will be April 19th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 19th pick up.

Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, April 19 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (4/19)

Rising 7th Grade Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

 Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding! PTA Online Auction

The Online Auction is Coming and We Need Help!

Poplar Tree's annual Online Auction will be May 2nd - 4th this year! In order for this popular event to happen, we need your help! Please contact Brooke Smith to contribute either or both of the following:

1. Goods or services to donate: Poplar Tree families are very talented and resourceful! Please consider donating goods or specialty services to the Auction. 

2. Help soliciting donations: While the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, there are several that are thriving during this time. For ease, we have lists and templates to use, or feel free to use your own contacts!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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Updates from the Principal

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Dear Poplar Tree Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. Yesterday, Dr. Brabrand shared with the community the school system’s plan for moving forward based on the new social distancing guidelines from the CDC. In that communication, Dr. Brabrand acknowledged that each school will look different. This message will help you to understand how these changes will look at Poplar Tree as well as the timelines for implementing any changes.

This week Mrs. Larsen and I will be:

  • Reviewing our class lists.
  • Evaluating our furniture inventory.
  • Checking the square footage of our classrooms.
  • Adjusting our master schedule as needed.
  • Determining space logistics. Students will be 3 feet apart in the classrooms but need to be 6 feet apart during lunch.  That requires our school to find new spaces for the students to eat safely.

Our focus will be on identifying as many of our current in-person students as possible for 4 day per week attendance. Based on a variety of factors, we do not have space to accommodate any additional in-person requests at this time. 

During the week of April 12th, families whose students are currently receiving in-person instruction may receive an email inviting their child or children to attend school in-person 4 days per week. 4 day a week instruction will begin on Tuesday, April 20th. Our classrooms will continue to have virtual-only students as well. 

This school year has been filled with many challenges and changes. The one thing that has remained constant is the dedication of our outstanding teachers and staff to provide the best learning experience for our students. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this most recent change. 

Amazing things happen everywhere!

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Sue Andujar

Principal

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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Power Outages this morning

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Dear Poplar Tree Families,

We recognize there is a large scale power outage this morning in the Northern Virginia area. Poplar Tree ES has power. Classes, both online and in-person, will be held on time and as scheduled. Given the outages, there may be some bus/transportation delays.

Staff is aware that many students may have difficulty accessing online classes today due to the power outages.  Students should log in to class as they are able once power is restored and check for messages from their teachers in Google Classroom. Absences will be excused.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Sue Andujar

Principal

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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🐾 Panther News Show - Week of April 5 🎥

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  📰 Week of April 5 🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

In this week's News Show we'll learn a little about a famous American named Frederick Douglas, get some info about how you can support the SCA's Hero Squad campaign, and of course, hear some fun jokes!

ENJOY!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
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3/26 Paw Print

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 In This Week's Paw Print:

1. Principal's Message📬

2. Amazing Things Happen Everywhere! 🏫💻

3. STEAM Checkout Kits 🤖

4. Library Curbside Checkout Information📚

5. School Based AAP Spring Newsletter📰

6. Testing Information 🎓

7. FLE reminders ❗

8. Rising 7th grade Tdap requirement

9. Panther Praise Staff Recognition Form👏

10. Technology Help Information💻

11. PTA Online Auction information🛍️

Dear Poplar Tree Families,

Happy Friday! It was great seeing you last night at our Principal Q&A session and PTA meeting. In case you missed it, HERE are the slides that were shared. Due to Spring Break next week, there will not be a Paw Print next Friday.

Stay safe and have a wonderful Spring Break!

Sue Andujar

Principal

Carol Larsen

Assistant Principal

Check out some of the amazing things that are happening everywhere around Poplar Tree! Whether in-person or virtually, we are all one school and one community!

  📚 Authors Message

3rd Graders both at home and in-person read the book Dreamers with Mrs. Riddile and then shared what they thought was the author's message using Padlet!

  👀 Look

Students practice and explore the core word "look" while also learning about science!

Interested in checking out a Dash Robot or Steam Kit?

Check out the STEAM tab on the Poplar Tree Student Resources Site to learn more! (must sign in with student fcpsschools.net account)

The first distribution day will be April 5th from 1-3 PM!  Checkout Form

You will be notified by PTESSTEAM@gmail.com if you are chosen for the April 5th pick up.

Library Curbside Checkout 

The next Grab n’ Go curbside library book pickup at Poplar Tree will be on Monday, April 5 from 1-3pm. Students who are learning from the school building may now select an option to have their book bags delivered to them in their classroom. Families who are interested can fill out the book request form and a personalized book bundle will be created just for you with the latest and greatest from the Poplar Tree Library!

Log into Google Apps with a student login, then click the link below to fill out the form:

Poplar Tree Library Book Request Form (4/5)

Spring School Based AAP Services Newsletter

Click here to read the Newsletter.

 

Testing Information

All First Grade Parents of Virtual Only Students need to complete this Google Form by March 26th to indicate if your child will or will not take the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) on April 12th.  The test is administered in-person only. You may opt your child out without penalty this spring.  Additional opportunities for abilities testing will be provided in the 2021-2022 school year. 

All Parents of Virtual Only Students  in Grades 3-6 need to complete this Google Form by April 5th to indicate if you do or do not want your child to participate in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in late April/May.  These tests are in-person.  There is no penalty for non-participation. Students who opt out will not receive a score and will have the opportunity to take the new virtual Virginia Remote Assessment.  Parents of in-person students also have the right to opt their child out of testing, using the same Google Form. 

If you have questions please contact Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal and Test Coordinator at Poplar Tree (calarsen@fcps.edu).  

Family Life Education Human Growth and Development Lesson Information

Grades 4, 5, and 6 will be conducting the required Human Growth and Development Lessons in April on designated Mondays.  Additional information was sent earlier this month.  All parents have the right to opt students out of select or all FLE lessons.  Students who have opted out will not be provided with the BBCU link for the session and will be provided a separate asynchronous assignment they can choose to do.  FLE lessons and the opt-out lessons are not graded.  For more information about the curriculum and opt outs please visit this website:  https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education

If you wish to opt your child out you may email Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal the opt out form or email her the information (student name, teacher, and which lessons your child is opting out).  For our planning purposes, we request that you please send the opt out information by March 26th. You will receive a confirmation email from Mrs. Larsen once this is received.

If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher or Carol Larsen, Assistant Principal (calarsen@fcps.edu ).

Rising 7th Grade Tdap Immunization Requirement

Virginia Law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine prior to the beginning of school. The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is usually given around the age of eleven.

For your child to begin 7th grade you will need to submit one of the following documents before the first day of school.  It is recommended that all paperwork be submitted to the school office by July 31, 2021.

 Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your child’s immunization record showing the Tdap vaccine.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the Tdap vaccine was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf

The Tdap booster is available from your child’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. The Health Department Clinic locations and hours are available online at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/clinics or by calling 703-246-2411. Please note that students receiving immunizations at the Health Department must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their immunization records with them.

Seventh grade students will not be allowed to begin school in August 2021 without submitting proper documentation.

Poplar Tree Staff Panther Praise!

We are starting a new online tradition here at Poplar Tree that gives 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! Tech Help Info

We know that as we move through Virtual Learning, technology issues arise. If you're having trouble with your FCPS laptop, here's a few things to try:

  1. Restart your computer! (We have found that this solves MANY of our problems - including those microphone, camera, and sound issues!)
  2. Visit this webpage to checkout some self-help guides!
  3. FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
  4. If you still cannot get your laptop working, students and/or parents can submit an IT support ticket to get help with district digital resources or your FCPS issued laptop.  Find the portal here.
We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding! PTA Online Auction

The Online Auction is Coming and We Need Help!

Poplar Tree's annual Online Auction will be May 2nd - 4th this year! In order for this popular event to happen, we need your help! Please contact Brooke Smith to contribute either or both of the following:

1. Goods or services to donate: Poplar Tree families are very talented and resourceful! Please consider donating goods or specialty services to the Auction. 

2. Help soliciting donations: While the pandemic has had a detrimental effect on many businesses, there are several that are thriving during this time. For ease, we have lists and templates to use, or feel free to use your own contacts!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
Website | Twitter

Principal Q&A and PTA Meeting tonight

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Principal Q&A Session and PTA meeting

Please join us tonight (Thursday, March 25) at 6:30 PM for a Principal Q&A session followed by our PTA meeting at 7:00 PM.

During the Principal Q&A, Mrs. Larsen will share SOL testing information.

🔗To join the meeting please click here.🔗

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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🐾 Panther News Show - Week of March 22 🎥

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  📰 Week of March 22 🎥

Check out this week's Virtual Panther News Show HERE!

In this week's News Show we'll learn a little about a famous woman in American history Marie Curie, hear some fun SCA jokes, and listen to an excerpt from an amazing poem in honor of World Poetry Day on March 21!

ENJOY!

13440 Melville Lane, Chantilly, VA 20151  |  Main Phone: 703.633.7400
Attendance: 703.633.7474 or PoplarTreeESAttendance@fcps.edu
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