Save the Dates: Updated

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Save the Dates: Updated

Dear Island Creek Families,

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we had to change the time for our Open House which will now be held on Thursday, August 15 from 3:00-5:30. Open House is an informal event when students and families may stop by any time between 3:00-5:30 to meet their teachers, connect with friends, drop off school supplies, and sign up for activities such as PTA and Scouts.

Back to School Night (Wednesday, August 28 from 5:45-7:00) is a more structured opportunity for parents and guardians to meet with teachers and learn important information about academic outcomes, curriculum changes, expectations for the school year, supports for students, communication methods, and more.

Our annual 6th Grade Chat and Chew will be held on Friday, August 9 from 11:30-12:30. Ms. Baxter, Ms. Cash-Pinckney, and I are looking foward to spending time with our rising 6th Grade students! An email will be sent to families of 6th Grade students regarding details about this event.

We look forward to welcoming our Croc students, staff, and families, back to school in August!

Sincerely,

Jen Fallert, Proud Principal

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Summer Updates: July 12, 2024

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🌟Message from Ms. Fallert

🌟Summer Office Hours 

🌟 Save the Dates! (popsicles on the playground, 6th Grade chat & chew, tours for new families, Open House, and Back to School Night)

🌟 School Supply Lists

🌟Early Release Mondays

🌟 Follow Island Creek on Facebook

🌟 FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar (First day of School is Monday, August 19)

Message from Ms. Fallert

Dear Island Creek Families,

We are thrilled to share that Ms. Cash-Pinckney joined us this week as our second assistant principal. The Admin Team has been busy preparing for the new school year and next week we will attend the Region 3 Kickoff Meeting and FCPS Kickoff Meeting.

The new flooring in the front office looks beautiful and next week the furniture will be moved back into the front offices. Ms. Baxter and I, along with her younger daughter and my oldest son, spent a Sunday afternoon painting our offices.

We are excited to share that Ms. Samantha Jacobson will be changing positions from 1st Grade Teacher to STEAM Teacher (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Ms. Jacobson and Ms. Mehrtash (SBTS) have already started planning STEAM experiences for our Crocs!

We hope our students, families, and staff have a wonderful summer filled with books, joy, and fun in the sun.

All the best,

Summer Office Hours

The office will be open daily from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.

Main Office number: 571-642-6300

Save the Dates: We miss our Crocs! School Supply Lists

School supply may be accessed from the Island Creek website using this link.

Additionally, the Island Creek PTA offers families the option to purchase a School Supply kit that will be delievered directly to your child's classroom. Order online:

www.campussurvivalkits.com/islandcreek

Early Relase Mondays

As you may have heard, a requirement for Elementary Teachers (classroom, special education, and ESOL) from the Virginia Literacy Act includes approximately 27 hours of asynchronous training focused on the Science of Reading and evidenced-based literacy during the 2024-2025 school year. As a result, Fairfax County Public Schools has planned for 7 early release Mondays starting in September. 

Please note the dates and times for your calendars listed below. These dates only apply to elementary school-age students.

Island Creek Elementary will release school- age students at 12:20 pm on the following days:

  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • Februray 10
  • March 10
  • April 21
  • May 12

FCPS has created a webpage to provide detailed information about the early release Mondays.

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services is offering virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

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FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar

The FCPS School Year 2024-2025 calendar may be accessed here.

We look forward to welcoming our Crocs to the new school year on Monday, August 19 at 8:20!

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Summer Updates: June 28, 2024

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🌟Message from Ms. Fallert

🌟Staff learning about the new basal program

🌟Summer Office Hours 

🌟 Save the Dates! (popsicles on the playground, 6th Grade chat & chew, tours for new families, Open House, and Back to School Night)

🌟 School Supply Lists

🌟 Follow Island Creek on Facebook

🌟 FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar (First day of School is Monday, August 19)

Message from Ms. Fallert

Dear Island Creek Families,

We hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful start to summer! We are exctiedly preparing for the 2024-2025 school year.

As you may have heard, a requirement for Elementary Teachers (classroom, special education, and ESOL) from the Virginia Literacy Act is approximately 27 hours of training focused on the Science of Reading and evidenced-based literacy during the 2024-2025 school year. As a result, Fairfax County Public Schools has planned for 7 early release Mondays starting in September. 

Please note the dates and times for your calendars listed below. 

Island Creek Elementary will release students at 12:20 pm on the following days:

  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18
  • Februray 10
  • March 10
  • April 21
  • May 12

FCPS has created a webpage to provide detailed information about the early release Mondays.

We hope our students, families, and staff have a wonderful summer filled with books, joy, and fun in the sun.

All the best,

Jen Fallert, Principal

[email protected] 

Staff Learning About the new Basal Summer Office Hours

The office will be open daily from 9:00 am -1:00 pm.

The office will be closed for renovations the week of July 1-3 and July 8-12.

All FCPS Schools and Offices are closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for the Independence Day Holiday.

Main Office number: 571-642-6300

Save the Dates School Supply Lists

School supply may be accessed from the Island Creek website using this link.

Additionally, the Island Creek PTA offers families the option to purchase a School Supply kit that will be delievered directly to your child's classroom. Order online:

www.campussurvivalkits.com/islandcreek

❤️Follow Island Creek on Facebook

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FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar

The FCPS School Year 2024-2025 calendar may be accessed here.

We look forward to welcoming our Crocs to the new school year on Monday, August 19 at 8:20!

Cooling Centers

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Summer Updates: June 21, 2024

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🌟Summer Office Hours 

🌟 ESY at Island Creek 

🌟 Save the Dates! (popsicles on the playground, 6th Grade chat & chew, tours for new families, Open House, and Back to School Night)

🌟No-cost breakfast and lunch

🌟 School Supply Lists

🌟 Summer Reading

🌟 ST Math

🌟 Cooling Centers

🌟 Follow Island Creek on Facebook

🌟 FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar (First day of School is Monday, August 19)

Summer Office Hours

The office will be open daily from 9:00 am -1:00 pm, except holidays. The week of July 8-12, the office will be closed for renovations. 

Main Office number: 571-642-6300

ESY at Island Creek

We are excited to host the Extended School Year (ESY) program again this summer at Island Creek. We look forward to welcoming children from 11 FCPS elementary schools the month of July! 

Save the Dates No-cost breakfast and lunch

During summer break, no-cost breakfast and lunch are available to all children 18 years of age and younger at FCPS sites across the county. Please access this link to find a meal site near you. 

School Supply Lists

School supply may be accessed from the Island Creek website using this link.

Additionally, the Island Creek PTA offers families the option to purchase a School Supply kit that will be delievered directly to your child's classroom. Order online:

www.campussurvivalkits.com/islandcreek.

Summer Reading

Students will still have access to digital reading resources, as well as community resources.  Take a look at the list below to book your summer:

  1. The Fairfax County Public Library has tons of print, audio, and Ebook options.  Go to the website on your computer or download the Libby by Overdrive app on your tablet or phone. 
  2. MyOn has many books at a variety of levels, including many chapter books.
  • Students log in with their FCPS username and password.
  • Tumblebooks has a variety of levels, including many chapter books.
  • After signing in, click on the ebook tab for chapter bookss.
  • MackinVia is a collection of FCPS ebooks and audiobooks.
  • Students log in with their FCPS username and password.
ST Math

All students have access to ST Math over the summer that they can access through Schoology. This video shows students and families how to access: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQR_drzeR9E

In addition to the information listed below, it is recommended that students who are moving from a standard level math class to an honors level math class have their ST Math journey reassigned to the next grade level. 

Cooling Centers

A heat advisory has been issued for Fairfax County for tomorrow, Saturday, June 22. The National Weather Service issues a heat advisory when there is a heat index of 100 degrees or higher for at least two days and nighttime air temperatures staying over 75 degrees. When a  heat advisory is announced, Fairfax County has resources that will help the public stay cool will activate its heat plan, which calls for opening cooling centers in public facilities. A map of cooling centers in Fairfax County may be accessed here.

❤️Follow Island Creek on Facebook

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FCPS 2024-2025 Calendar

The FCPS School Year 2024-2025 calendar may be accessed here.

We look forward to welcoming our Crocs to the new school year on Monday, August 19 at 8:20!

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Weekly Words - Jun 12

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Weekly Words  June 12, 2024 Happy Summer Break, Crocs!  Congratulations Hayfield Secondary, Class of 2024!

Congratulations to our Island Creek Alumni who graduated Monday morning from Hayfield Secondary!

We loved having our graduates visit on Tuesday morning for a clap out, sharing their favorite memory from Island Creek and future plans, and playing kickball on the staff team!

6th Grade versus Staff Kickball Game 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony Save the Dates: Summer Happenings at Island Creek Blue Star Museum Program for Military Connected Families

The summer months present opportunities to connect and explore with your family and friends! Virginia and the surrounding areas provide many great indoor and outdoor adventures, especially for our military-connected families! 

In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense, more than 2,000 museums across the country are offering free admission to active-duty, National Guard, and Reserve personnel and their families. Military-connected families can visit sites such as the National Building Museum in DC, the Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, the B&O Museum in Baltimore, the Annapolis Maritime Museum, and many more!

For more information and a list of participating museums, visit Blue Star Museums. The program ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2024.

Every Kid Outdoors Program for 4th Grade Students and Their Families

Every Kid Outdoors is an initiative where fourth grade students and their families can gain free entrance to parks, lands, and waters. Visit the Rules and Instructions  web page for more information. 

Museums for All 

The Museums for All program provides free or reduced admission to museums throughout the United States for families with a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer card (SNAP EBT). Browse the full list of participating museums.

PTA Year End Review

Check out our PTA's Year End Review here

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Thursday, August 15: Open House (4:00-5:30)
  • Monday, August 19:  First Day of the 2024-2025 School Year!
Thank You for Your Support This Year!

Can you believe school ended this week? This year has gone by so fast, but it was full of fun and community spirit!

We wanted to share with you what we accomplished this year. Take a moment to review our 2023-2024 year in the review document shown below. We've summarized what and how much we've raised and what we spent it on.

We also held elections on Tuesday, June 4, and elected our 2024-2025 Executive Board. See below for our election results and a letter from the 2023-2024 Executive Board. The new Executive Board will meet over the summer to develop the budget and plan the events we'll hold, so please complete our feedback survey to let us know what's most important to you! 

The school supply lists are up and ready for you to order. Get a head start by purchasing your kids for next year now so you can sit back and enjoy your summer. Order online: www.campussurvivalkits.com/islandcreek.

As we move into the summer break, we encourage you to stay connected with us through our Facebook page. It's not just a social platform, but a direct source of information and engagement. By following our page, you'll be the first to know about our school's activities and events, ensuring you're always in the loop.

See you next year!

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Weekly Words - June 7

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Weekly Words June 7, 2024

Dear Island Creek Families, 

Excitement is in the air as we celebrate this year’s accomplishments! On Monday, our 5th and 6th Grade Chorus gave a beautiful concert led by one of our spectacular Music Teachers, Ms. Sarah Laird and Ms. Deb Tien. On Wednesday, our 5th Grade students had Medieval Day with their incredible Wax Museum. Wednesday was the last day for our preschool class-based students, and we already miss our youngest Crocs’ smiling faces. On Thursday, we had our 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Strings Concert led by our amazing Strings Teacher, Ms. Amber Hicks. 

We are look forward to Tuesday morning as we welcome the Island Creek Crocs from the Hayfield Secondary Class of 2024! Tuesday will also be our Staff versus 6th Grade Kickball Game. On Wednesday, we look forward to congratulating our sixth graders at their Promotion Ceremony at 9:00 in the Cafeteria! Wednesday is the final day of the 2023-2024 School Year and students will dismiss two hours early at 1:20.

As we approach the final days of the 2023-2024 school year, we want to thank our wonderful Island Creek families for entrusting us with your amazing children as it’s truly a privilege to serve this community. We appreciate your support and collaboration, and are grateful for our students, staff, families, PTA, and community.

All the best,

Jen Fallert, Principal

Karen Baxter, Assistant Principal

Island Creek Staff Promotions

Ms. Christine Mehrtash, 5th Grade Teacher, has been promoted to Island Creek’s School-Based Technology Specialist (SBTS) effect July 1. Ms. Mehrtash is a beloved Island Creek educator and brings classroom experience and strong instructional pedagogy into the role of the SBTS. Ms. Mehrtash has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Special Education. Her passion for ensuring every student receives what they need to demonstrate their learning aligns directly with the role of the SBTS with supporting students and staff to incorporate technology to share their knowledge. Additionally, Ms. Mehrtash will lead STEAM at Island Creek.

Ms. Bickerstaff, Office Assistant, has been promoted to Island Creek’s Student Information Assistant (SIA) effective July 1. Ms. Bickerstaff is dependable, knowledgeable, and reliable, and coupling her experience at Island Creek with her degree in Social Work, she will be an excellent contact for new families and records.

Well Wishes to Departing Staff

Please join us in wishing these outstanding Croc staff members happiness and success in their future endeavors!

  • Jane Horowitz, Family Liaison, is retiring! We are appreciative of her work with the Island Creek families, Student Ambassadors, and Purple Star.
  • Ms. Theresa Painter, Student Information Assistant, is retiring! We are appreciative of her work with everything related to student records.
  • Ms. Steff Shelesky, Counselor, is retiring!  Our students and families are appreciative of her caring support!
  • Ms. Michelle Hopler, 2nd Grade Teacher, is leaving FCPS and moving to Richmond.
  • Ms. Bobbie Kurle, ABA IA, is leaving Island Creek and moving to Florida.
  • Ms. Amy Ivey, AART, is leaving Island Creek and joining another FCPS Staff.
  • Ms. Deb Tien, Music Teacher, is leaving Island Creek to teach Marching Band part-time at Hayfield Secondary.
  • Ms. Annise Winslow, ECCB Teacher, is leaving FCPS to be closer to her family.
  • Mr. Ty Turner, IA, is leaving FCPS and moving to New Jersey.
  • Ms. Ashley Chapman, Librarian, is leaving Island Creek and joining another FCPS Staff. Ms. Maura Keaney will be returning as Island Creek’s Librarian after a leave of absence.
  • Ms. Mary Kolodne, Special Education Teacher, will be leaving Island Creek and will be a Behavior Intervention Resource Teacher with FCPS.
  • Ms. Mary Osei, PAC Teacher, will be leaving Island Creek and joining another FCPS Staff.
  • Ms. Rachel Williams, Part-Time Art Teacher, will be leaving Island Creek and joining another FCPS Staff as a full-time Art Teacher.
May Croc Stars Character Trait: Resilient! Preschool Water Day Spectacular 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert

Monday evening, we were treated to our annual Spring Chorus Concert at Island Creek! Our 5th and 6th grade chorus students sang a variety of songs for their families, led by Ms. Sarah Laird. Kudos to Ms. Laird, our chorus, and the families who supported their students' musical development throughout the year.

5th Grade Medieval Day Amazing 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Strings Concert

Thursday evening, we were treated to our annual Spring Strings Concert at Island Creek! Our 4th, 5th and 6th grade strings students played a variety of songs for their families, conducted by Ms. Amber Hicks. Kudos to Ms. Hicks, our Croc musicians, and the families who supported their students' musical development throughout the year.

Principals’ Student Advisory Council


Ms. Fallert and Ms. Baxter have enjoyed working with our student advisory council as each of these students is amazing with great ideas!

📈 SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students – the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students – the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.   

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5 and older with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required; no walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. 

 Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Family Literacy Newsletter

Literacy tips for families

Student Laptop Collection

All ICES student laptops and chargers should be returned on Monday, June 10. The only exceptions are for students enrolled in a summer school program who need their laptop to participate. Our ICES plan is to ensure we are in compliance with FCPS while respecting the last week of academic instruction. Please read the information below carefully and work with your teachers to help us make this process as efficient as possible.

Students returned their laptops and chargers to the classroom on Monday, June 3. They may continue to use their laptops at school for the rest of the week at the teacher’s discretion, but they are not to go home after Friday, June 7.

Any students using their FCPS laptop for a summer program must return it to Island Creek on the last day of the program.

Please direct any questions you have about the laptop return process to your child’s classroom teacher, including inquiries about financial replacement for missing laptops or chargers.

Sixth Grade Promotion Information

The Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at 9:00 in the cafeteria. Attendees may gain access to the school cafeteria starting at 8:40 am.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, 6th Grade students will process out of the gymnasium, and report directly to their respective homeroom classrooms. FCPS Progress Reports will be handed out, along with any remaining student belongings. Parents/Guardians may take their son/daughter home immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony. Any remaining students will be asked to participate in the remainder of the school day ending at 1:20 pm. Parents/Guardians must sign-out all students with their homeroom teachers, not the front office. 

Students should "dress their best" in appropriate attire for this special day.

Health Room Medication Pick Up by Wednesday, June 12th

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than student dismissal time on the last day of school (1:20)Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed per policy.  Mediation cannot be sent home with your student.  If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by FCPS, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick-up the medication before student dismissal time on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program.  If you have any questions, please contact the Health Room at 571-642-6310.

🥳 Looking Ahead: Early Dismissal June 12, Last Day of School

As a reminder, the last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12. Students will be dismissed 2 hours early at 1:20pm.

The first day of school for 2024-25 will be Monday, August 19. See the complete school year calendar for 2023-24 or 2024-25

Save the Dates: Summer Happenings at Island Creek June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people. Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

June is Caribbean American Heritage Month

FCPS celebrates the rich diversity and honors the many contributions of immigrants of Caribbean heritage to our nation during the month of June. Caribbean individuals are some of the most ethnically diverse in the world. There are more than 8.5 million individuals in the United States born in the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry. Learn more about Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Fairfax County Government Parenting Education Programs

The Parenting Education Program is enrolling for virtual and in-person classes for the summer. Check online for the full schedule which includes classes in English, Spanish, and an African American culturally-focused class beginning on June 26. Email for more information.

Fairfax County Government Parenting Information - Is Your Child Ready to Be Home Alone?

For many parents, deciding how their children should spend their time when schools are closed can be a challenge. A big part of this decision is considering if a child is ready and responsible enough to be left at home alone. Check out this article to help assess their readiness using our Child Supervision Guidelines. In addition, there are some steps Fairfax County suggests to prepare your child to be left at home.

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, June 10: Kindergarten Farewell Performance (2:00, Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Cafeteria); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)
  • Thursday, August 15: Open House (4:00-5:30)
  • Monday, August 19:  First Day of the 2024-2025 School Year!

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Island Creek's Read-A-Thon

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Island Creek's Read-A-Thon

Please make sure your child/children return their Read-A-Thon pledge sheet, reading log, and collected donations* Monday, June 3 or Tuesday, June 4.

*Only Island Creek families will be able to use MySchoolBucks for Read-A-Thon donations.  All other donors must issue a check payable to Island Creek Elementary (ICES).

PRIZES!

  • Every student received a bookmark with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the greatest number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream party (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

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Weekly Words - May 31

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Weekly Words May 31, 2024

Dear Island Creek Families,  

Thank you to our incredible PE Teachers, Lindsey Barber and Joe Magagnoli, for today’s fun-filled Field Day! We are also very appreciative of the families that were able to support with Field Day. 

Excitement is in the air as we celebrate this year’s accomplishments! On Tuesday, FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid visited our Crocs. On Wednesday, we had our 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert led by our amazing Band Teacher, Ms. Laura Creque. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our school community. On Thursday, our 6th Grade students shared their POG-POL presentations.

Today is the last day of our Read-A-Thon!

All the best,

Jen Fallert
Principal
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FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid visits Island Creek

On Tuesday, we welcomed FCPS Superintendent Dr. Reid to Island Creek. Dr. Reid enjoyed meeting our Croc students! Thank you to our SCA President Westin and SCA Vice President Audrey for being wonderful tour guides with Dr. Reid.

Congratulations to Island Creek’s Family Liaison, Ms. Jane Horowitz, with her upcoming retirement!

Congratulations to Ms. Jane Horowitz, Island Creek’s Family Liaison, on her retirement! Ms. Horowitz has been a wonderful resource for hundreds of Island Creek families and has taken the lead with Island Creek’s Student Ambassadors! We thank Ms. Horowitz for her dedication to the Island Creek community and wish her all the best!

Today is the final day of our Read-A-Thon! Crocs loved Field Day! Amazing 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert

Wednesday evening, we were treated to our annual Spring Band Concert at Island Creek! Our 5th and 6th grade band students played a variety of songs for their families, conducted by Ms. Laura Creque. Kudos to Ms. Creque, to our Croc musicians, and to the families who supported their students' musical development throughout the year.

Sites Around School Specials: Art

Busy, busy and more busy! Our art department has been bustling and Mrs. Rozycki and Mrs. Williams are so very proud of our young artists. Our Hayfield Pyramid Art show had representation of over 50 Croc artists who were excited to share their work with their families, friends and teachers, our other neighboring elementary schools and also middle school and high school students/ families from Hayfield Secondary.

Our kindergarteners have been learning about sculpture and created some amazing works using line art. Some have learned a bit about weaving, too, creating some adorable crocodiles. First grade has been learning about “Duck Architecture” and are taking hold of the blue prints with their creativity in desiging their own structures. Second and third grades have been learning about weaving working with paint and discussing colors of the seasons and some are learning to wrap a loom and use yarn to create small rugs. Fourth grade learned about landscapes and tapped in to their Virginia Studies to create one of the five regions using tempera paint or oil pastels. Fifth grade has been learning about the Middle Ages and created illuminated letters using aluminum. Sixth grade has focused on becoming shoe designers in creating “sweet shoes” inspired by their favorite sweet or savory candy or snack. We wish our sixth graders well as they get ready to make the jump to middle school.

Lastly, we wish all a most joyous upcoming summer and hope that all will take some time to create some art at home or enjoy visiting a museum (we have so many wonderful ones so close to us in Washington DC). 

🥳 Looking Ahead: Early Dismissal June 12, Last Day of School

As a reminder, the last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12. Students will be dismissed 2 hours early at 1:20pm.

The first day of school for 2024-25 will be Monday, August 19. See the complete school year calendar for 2023-24 or 2024-25

Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information

🥗 Remember to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance!

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on your plate. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to check your student’s MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Families who earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals (FRM). However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If you have a current balance and think you may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year.

Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure

Fairfax County Public Libraries are sponsoring a Summer Reading Adventure program for youth and adults beginning June 12 through August 18, 2024. Follow these steps to participate:

  • Beginning June 5, go to fairfaxcounty.beanstack.org and register for the Summer Reading Adventure appropriate for you or your children. 
  • Depending on your age, earn ten or fifteen virtual badges by reading or listening to books, reading for 20 or 30 minutes, completing activities or a combination of all three.
  • Once you have met the reading goals for your age/grade, visit your local library branch and receive prizes for finishing the program!

Learn more about the program at the library’s Reading Adventures for Youth and Adults web page.

Summer Offerings for Students from FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE)

ACE is offering a variety of K12 classes over the summer, providing students with valuable opportunities to enhance their learning and skills during the break. These summer programs are designed to cater to different interests and academic needs, ranging from Digital Music Creation to Young Business Builders! The goal is to keep students engaged and intellectually stimulated, while also having fun.

One of the highlights of the summer offerings is the robust selection of STEM courses, which include coding, animation, and more. These courses not only aim to foster a love for science and technology but also prepare students for future academic and career endeavors in these fields. 

Check out all of the options and enroll today

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, June 3: Chorus Concert
  • Thursday, June 6: Spring Strings Concert
  • Monday, June 10: Kindergarten Farewell Performance (2:00, Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Cafeteria); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

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Field Day and Read-A-Thon

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Field Day: Tomorrow, Friday, May 31

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help volunteer at a station! We are extremely grateful for everyone taking the time to make this a fun day for all our students. We will send out station volunteer information soon.

Currently our morning station volunteer slots are full. We still need volunteers for our afternoon stations. If you are interested in volunteering to operate a station, please sign-up with the link below. If you are viewing the sign-up genius on a cell phone, you will need to click 'next page' to see all the slots available.

Field Day Sign-up Genius 

  • Please have your child(ren) wear sneakers and bring a water bottle
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home
  • All parent/guardian volunteers and guests must have their driver’s license and sign-in at the front office (Door 1) before joining our Crocs on the field
Read-A-Thon (final day)

Our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon ends tomorrow, Friday, May 31! Students will record the number of minutes they read (or are read to) daily. There will be prizes!!

  • Every student received a bookmark with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the greatest number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream party (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

READ, READ, READ!!

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Week of May 28-31

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Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, we express gratitude for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Learn about the history of Memorial Day

Read-A-Thon (final week)

Our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon is underway through this Friday, May 31! Students will record the number of minutes they read (or are read to) daily. There will be prizes!!

  • Every student received a bookmark with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the greatest number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream party (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

READ, READ, READ!!

Field Day: Friday, May 31

Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help volunteer at a station! We are extremely grateful for everyone taking the time to make this a fun day for all our students. We will send out station volunteer information soon.

Currently our morning station volunteer slots are full. We still need volunteers for our afternoon stations. If you are interested in volunteering to operate a station, please sign-up with the link below. If you are viewing the sign-up genius on a cell phone, you will need to click 'next page' to see all the slots available.

Field Day Sign-up Genius 

  • Please have your child(ren) wear sneakers and bring a water bottle
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home
  • All parent/guardian volunteers and guests need to have their driver’s license and sign-in at the front office (Door 1)

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Attendance: 571-642-6363 or Submit Absence Online

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Weekly Words - May 24

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Weekly Words May 24, 2024 

Dear Island Creek Families, 

Island Creek Crocs had a great week! Our Crocs have finished SOL Testing! 6th Grade held their Great Debate and our Kindergarten students went on a Field Trip to Green Spring Gardens. We appreciate the financial support from our PTA with providing transportation for our field trips.

Our Read-A-Thon is underway, and students are actively engaging with literacy! READ, READ, READ!

School will be closed Monday for Memorial Day as we express gratitude for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

All the best,

Jen Fallert Principal [email protected]

Memorial Day Holiday

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

Congratulations to Island Creek’s two Retirees!

Congratulations to Ms. Theresa Painter, Island Creek’s Student Information Assistant, on her retirement! Ms. Painter is one of the first staff members that families meet, as she registers every student. We thank Ms. Painter for her 20+ years of dedicated service to the Island Creek families and staff and wish her all the best as she moves to North Carolina!

Congratulations to Ms. Stef Shelesky, Island Creek School Counselor, on her retirement! Ms. Shelesky is loved by the Croc students! Ms. Shelesky has helped thousands of children and their families during her tenure at Island Creek and will be missed by all. We thank Ms. Shelesky for her dedication to Island Creek and wish her all the best as she spends time with her father, children, and grandchildren!

Island Creek’s Second Annual Read-A-Thon! (May 22-31) Island Creek Crocs love to Read, Read, Read! Field Day 

Next Friday, May 31, Island Creek will host our annual Field Day!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has signed up to help volunteer at a station! We are extremely grateful for everyone taking the time to make this a fun day for all our students. We will send out station volunteer information soon.

Currently our morning station volunteer slots are full. We still need volunteers for our afternoon stations. If you are interested in volunteering to operate a station, please sign-up with the link below. If you are viewing the sign-up genius on a cell phone, you will need to click 'next page' to see all the slots available.

Field Day Sign-up Genius 

  • Please have your child(ren) wear sneakers and bring a water bottle
  • Sunscreen should be applied at home
  • All parent/guardian volunteers and guests need to have their driver’s license and sign-in at the front office (Door 1)
Specials: Music

The 2023-24 school year may be approaching the end, but our musicians are still hard at work at Island Creek! A few highlights from the 4th quarter:

  • We celebrated Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by listening to music from all of the different regions of Asia.
  • In April, the 3rd graders began recorder study and have been mastering songs with the notes B, A, and G.
  • Kindergarten is mastering the concept of steady beat, demonstrating it by creating beat patterns and tapping a heart chart.
  • Students in other grades are continuing to learn new melodic and rhythmic concepts and are growing as singers by performing more rigorous forms of songs including canons and partner songs.
  • The end of year Chorus concert is on Monday, June 3 and will feature upbeat songs from movies and musicals!
Sites Around School! Library Books due Friday, May 31

Students have enjoyed reading so many books this year! A few important dates are coming up quickly. Our last day for checking out books in the library will be Friday, May 24th. All library books are due on Friday, May 31st. Please help your child(ren) locate and return all their books! Thank you for your support from home.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form.

Fairfax County is hosting its 1st Puzzle Hunt!  When: Launches June 15, 2024

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work, creating an exhilarating adventure for puzzle solvers. We are thrilled to announce the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to  www.solvingfun.com/fairfax.

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun

FCPS Summer Extravaganza

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 31: Island Creek Read-A-Thon
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday (School closed for students and staff)
  • Wednesday, May 29: Spring Band Concert
  • Friday, May 31: All Library Books due;  Field Day (Rain date:  Friday, June 7)
  • Monday, June 3: Chorus Concert
  • Thursday, June 6: Spring Strings Concert
  • Monday, June 10: Kindergarten Farewell Performance (2:00, Cafeteria)
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Cafeteria); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

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Island Creek's 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon starts tomorrow

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Island Creek’s 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon starts tomorrow! (Wednesday, May 22 - Friday, May 31)

To continue to instill a love of reading, tomorrow starts our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon from Wednesday, May 22-Friday, May 31! Students will record the number of minutes they read (or are read to) daily. There will be prizes!!

  • Every student received a bookmark last week with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the greatest number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream party (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

READ, READ, READ!!

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Weekly Words - May 17

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Weekly Words  May 17, 2024 

Dear Island Creek Families, 

To continue to instill a love of reading, next week we will start our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon from Wednesday, May 22-Friday, May 31! Students will record the number of minutes they read (or are read to) daily. There will be prizes!!

  • Every student received a bookmark last week with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the greatest number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream party (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather and spend time with a good book!

All the best,

Jen Fallert
Principal
[email protected]

Field Day Volunteers Needed

On Friday, May 31, we will be hosting our annual Field Day! If you are interested in volunteering to operate a station, please sign-up with the link below. 

Update:

Thank you to everyone who has already signed-up! We are looking for more afternoon volunteers - if you are viewing the sign-up genius on a cell phone, you will have to click 'next page' to see all of the slots available.  

Field Day Sign-up Genius

Thank you for all your help! 

Young Crocs in Motion Race Communication and Collaboration at Island Creek! Specials:  Physical Education (PE)

During the fourth quarter in PE classes students in grades Kindergarten through 4th had a special visit from Elite Martial Arts Academy. These wonderful instructors led a PE class and walked the students through a typical Martial arts class. 

All students in KDG- 6th grade practiced their foot skills during the next unit and learned about dribbling and passing skills used in soccer. All students had the challenge of not using their hands during the unit and they really had to put their foot skills to the test. We also had a day where students had to use their feet only to complete different cone flip challenges and use their critical and creative thinking skills.

All students in KDG- 6th also participated in fitness stations and practiced different exercises. Students in 4th , 5th, & 6th grade participated in functional fitness testing. This included the balance challenge, plank challenge, sit and reach challenge, shoulder stretch challenge and the step challenge. All students practiced running the Pacer test which is a VA wellness fitness test. 

Our next few weeks of PE classes will be preparing for field day and practicing outdoor games that students can play outside of school during the summer.

Island Creek’s 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon! (May 22-31) Library Books due Friday, May 31

Students have enjoyed reading so many books this year! A few important dates are coming up quickly. Our last day for checking out books in the library will be Friday, May 24th. All library books are due on Friday, May 31st. Please help your child(ren) locate and return all their books! Thank you for your support from home.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Our Crocs have been learning about contributions from Asian American and Pacific Islanders on the morning news.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is designated Jewish American Heritage Month to recognize the history of Jewish contributions to American culture and acknowledge the diverse achievements of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Next week our Crocs will learn about contributions from Jewish Americans on the morning news.

FCPS Summer Extravaganza

FCPS invites all families to get a jump on summer learning by participating in the Summer Extravaganza, an event designed to provide engaging, educational, enriching, and fun activities for Fairfax County students. Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the Summer Extravaganza as well. We will have learning games, tips, strategies, and helpful information for families. Language interpretation services will be available. 

The Summer Extravaganza is FREE and will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. It is being held at Woodson High School - Parking Lot, 9525 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22031. Registration is not required but will help us coordinate logistics. 

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 pm. View details and a feedback form

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 31:  Island Creek Read-A-Thon
  • Tuesday, May 21:  5th Grade Science SOL
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday (School closed for students and staff)
  • Wednesday, May 29:  Spring Band Concert
  • Friday, May 31: All Library Books due;  Field Day (Rain date:  Friday, June 7):
  • 9:00-11:20 (KDG-2nd Grade)
  • 9:45-10:45 (PAC, AM ECCB)
  • 12:30-2:50 (3rd-6th Grade)
  • 1:30-2:30 (PM ECCB)
  • Thursday, June 6:  Spring Strings Concert
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Cafeteria); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

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Weekly Words - May 10

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Weekly Words May 10, 2024

Dear Island Creek Families,

A heartfelt thank you to our PTA and families for showering the Island Creek Staff with appreciation! Staff loved the delicious treats and sweet cards. An extra special Thank you to Corinne Kunkel, Karie Jordan, and Jodi VanWoerkom who led the PTA’s appreciation efforts and beautifully decorated the lounge. We are so fortunate to have an amazing community!

Best of luck to our Croc in Motion students and staff who will be participating in tomorrow’s race! Thank you to Lindsey Barber, Sarah Kubicek, Rebecca Laws, Virginia Ughade, Deb Tien, Maria Agurcia, and Samantha Jacobson. 

To continue to instill a love of reading, Island Creek will have our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon from Wednesday, May 22-Friday, May 31! Students will record the number of minutes they read (or are read to) daily. There will be prizes!!

  • Every Croc student received a bookmark yesterday with a fun animal fact!
  • Every student who raises at least $10, will receive a Croc Keychain!
  • The student from each class who reads the most minutes, will receive a prize!
  • The class that reads the most number of minutes will receive a pizza or ice cream prize (one lower grade, one upper grade)!

Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather and spend time with a good book!

All the best,

Jen Fallert
Principal

[email protected]

Class Placement: Parent/Guardian Input (optional) due Friday, May 17

Our staff will be starting to create tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-August.  As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we consider in creating classroom placements, including the staffing of our teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this form by Friday, May 17. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.

1st and 3rd Grade Book Buddies! Bike and Roll to School was a huge success! Save the Dates: Spring SOL Testing for Grades 3-6 Island Creek’s 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon! (May 22-31) Library Books due Friday, May 31

Students have enjoyed reading so many books this year! A few important dates are coming up quickly. Our last day for checking out books in the library will be Friday, May 24th. All library books are due on Friday, May 31st. Please help your child(ren) locate and return all their books! Thank you for your support from home.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Our Crocs have been learning about contributions from Asian American and Pacific Islanders on the morning news.

Jewish American Heritage Month


May is designated Jewish American Heritage Month to recognize the history of Jewish contributions to American culture and acknowledge the diverse achievements of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Next week our Crocs will learn about contributions from Jewish Americans on the morning news.

6th Grade Promotion Ceremony Family Summit Resources Available Online

Did you miss the FCPS Family Summit in April? Videos of the welcome session, guest speakers, service awards, and online special education resource fair are now available. View our YouTube playlist to find helpful information on parenting, opioids, accommodations, special services, and other topics. Read about the speakers and sessions on the Family Summit webpage.

Fairfax County Government Virtual Parent Cafe: Teaching Your Kids to be Safe at Home and Safe Alone

Children and young teens need more than a cell phone to keep them safe when they’re home alone. It’s important to develop a family plan to ensure safety, especially in the summer. Join us Tuesday, May 14 for a facilitated discussion on what to consider and how to create family rules and plans. Fairfax County parents or guardians with children ages 0-18 years old are welcome at this group which meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Sign up by sending an email or call 703-324-7720 to register at least one business day before the Parent Café date. Learn more about parenting resources. 

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 31: Island Creek Read-A-Thon
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday (School closed for students and staff)
  • Wednesday, May 29: Spring Band Concert
  • Friday, May 31: All Library Books due;  Field Day (Rain date:  Friday, June 7):
  • 9:00-11:20 (KDG-2nd Grade)
  • 9:45-10:45 (PAC, AM ECCB)
  • 12:30-2:50 (3rd-6th Grade)
  • 1:30-2:30 (PM ECCB)
  • Thursday, June 6: Spring Strings Concert
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Gymnasium); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

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Field Day Sign-up

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Field Day Sign-up  Friday, May 31, 2024 

Dear Island Creek Families, 

On Friday, May 31, we will be hosting our annual Field Day! If you are interested in volunteering to operate a station, please sign-up with the link below. 

Field Day Sign-up Genius 

Thank you for all your help! 

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Island Creek's new Assistant Principal

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Dear Island Creek Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that Ms. Denise Cash-Pinckney will be an Assistant Principal at Island Creek Elementary, effective July 2024.

Ms. Cash-Pinckney is joining us from Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences where she serves as the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Resource Teacher and School Testing Coordinator. Prior to assuming the role of MTSS Resource Teacher, she served as an Acting Assistant Principal, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher/Interventionist, and 4th Grade Teacher within the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) system.

Ms. Cash-Pinckney's professional journey also encompasses significant contributions at J.R. Ingram Elementary School in North Carolina, where she served in various capacities including Literacy Specialist, Curriculum Support Coach, and General Education Teacher across multiple grade levels (Grades 1-4). Her dedication and performance were recognized when she was honored as the “Teacher of the Year” for the 2019-20 academic year.

Ms. Cash-Pinckney demonstrates collegial leadership by fostering teacher self-efficacy and enhancing staff capacity. Her approach emphasizes the importance of developing strong relationships with all stakeholders. Ms. Cash-Pinckney ensures equitable access and opportunities for all students to grow and develop to their fullest potential. She utilizes a data-driven approach to inform decision-making, effectively addressing both academic and socio-emotional needs of students.

Ms. Cash-Pinckney is a graduate of Wando High School in Charleston County, SC and earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education at the University of NC at Pembroke.  She has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University, an Executive Certification in Administration and Supervision, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Liberty University.

Ms. Cash-Pinckney was introduced to the Isladn Creek Staff this morning. Ms. Cash-Pinckney looks forward to meeting the Island Creek students and families this summer at events and in August at Open House. Ms. Baxter and I are thrilled to have Ms. Cash-Pinckney join the Island Creek Administration Team and look forward to collaborating and teaming together!

 

Respectfully yours,

Jen Fallert

Principal

Island Creek Elementary

 

 

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Weekly Words - May 2

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Weekly Words  May 2, 2024

Dear Island Creek Families,

Happy May! Next week is Staff Appreciation Week and we're excited to celebrate our amazing team. Together with the PTA, we'll be showering our staff with extra love and appreciation.

SOL testing begins next week. Our 3rd and 4th grade students take the Reading SOL on Wednesday, May 8. Our 5th and 6th Grade students take the Reading SOL on Thursday, May 9. Please ensure that your child(ren) have a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive to school on time.

As a reminder, tomorrow is Orthodox Greek Friday and school will be closed for students.

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for entrusting us with your amazing children!

All the best,

Jen Fallert, Principal

[email protected]

No School for Students Tomorrow

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher workday. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day.

6th Grade All-County Choral Festival

Congratulations to Sarah Laird, Deb Tien, and seven 6th Graders for this Saturday afternoon’s amazing performance at the 6th Grade All-County Choral Festival!

Please congratulate our seven 6th Grade Crocs!

  • McKinsey
  • Avni
  • Kelsey
  • Delina
  • Keira
  • Nishka
  • Jordan
Congratulations to our Croc Stars!  Thank you Island Creek Bus Drivers! A visit from Fairfax County Police and Fire Departments

Our kindergarteners loved the visit from Fairfax County's Police Department and our local Fire Station. 

6th Grade Field Trip to the Frontier Culture Museum Yearbook Orders

Online ordering for yearbooks has closed but we are still accepting cash and checks (make payable to: Barksdale School Portraits), $25.00. 

Class Placement: Parent/Guardian Input (optional) due Friday, May 17

Our staff will be starting to create tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-August.  As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we consider in creating classroom placements, including the staffing of our teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this form by Friday, May 17. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Island Creek Elementary. We love our Croc Staff!

Bike and Roll to School Day: Wednesday, May 8

We are celebrating and encouraging students to include a safe route to school as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Students who ride their bikes can park their bikes during the school day in the gym. Please bring your bike to the back of the school and into the gym, at Door #6. Students who are in SACC, childcare or not within walking distance are welcome to participate with parent approval/ supervision. We will have a small prize and stickers for all!

If you ride your bike to school:

  • All students must wear a helmet. Fairfax County law requires any-one under 15 to wear a helmet.
  • Check their equipment: Air, Brakes and Chain
  • Obey all traffic laws, a bicycle is a vehicle
  • See and be seen
  • Go with the flow of traffic, ride on the right.
  • Be predictable, stay alert
  • If riding on a sidewalk, yield to pedestrians and walk your bike if the sidewalk is crowded with walkers
  • Beware of cars coming out of driveways if you ride on the sidewalk
Save the Dates: Spring SOL Testing for Grades 3-6 Island Creek’s 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon! (May 22-31) 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony ️ Save the Date for FCPS' Summer Extravaganza

Don't miss a day of family fun and learning at FCPS' Summer Extravaganza!

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth.

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, story time, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Fairfax County Government School Age Child Care

Fairfax County Government’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program provides fun, safe, and educational care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is available before school, after school, and during school breaks in select Fairfax County public elementary schools and community centers. SACC registration is now open for the 2024-25 school year and the Camp Fairfax summer program. 

Healthy Together Fairfax

The Fairfax County Health Department invites families to an engaging, free community event centered around health and active living! Healthy Together Fairfax will be held on Sunday, May 19, from 12-3 pm at Franconia Park. Find more information about the event HERE.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

Super Saturday at Hayfield

The Sophomore Class of 2026 is hosting an indoor field day for students in grades 3-6. Register here to attend the event (cost: $20.00).

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  • Friday, May 3:  No school for students; Teacher Work Day
  • Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10:  Staff Appreciation Week
  • Wednesday, May 8:  Bike and Roll to School Day
  • Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 31:  Island Creek Read-A-Thon
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday (School closed for students and staff)
  • Wednesday, May 29:  Spring Band Concert
  • Friday, May 31:  Field Day (Rain date:  Friday, June 7):
  • 9:00-11:20 (KDG-2nd Grade)
  • 9:45-10:45 (PAC, AM ECCB)
  • 12:30-2:50 (3rd-6th Grade)
  • 1:30-2:30 (PM ECCB)
  • Thursday, June 6:  Spring Strings Concert
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Gymnasium); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

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Last Chance - May 2: Field Day T-Shirt

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Last Chance: Field Day T-Shirt

Due to popular demand, we are extending our sale of the Field Day T-Shirts for today only! We are accepting cash or checks (made payable to: Island Creek Elementary) in the amount of $12.00. 

Please drop off your payment today, May 2, before 3:05 PM or after 3:40 PM to allow for our student dismissal. Thank you! 

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Weekly Words - Apr 26

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Weekly Words April 26, 2024

Dear Island Creek Families,

What a wonderful week at Island Creek celebrating our amazing Administrative Professionals!

  • Kathleen Black
  • Sorenda Bickerstaff
  • Tawnie Jewett
  • Theresa Painter

We are so fortunate to have THE BEST students, families, and staff!

Take good care,

Jen Fallert, Principal

[email protected]

Spirit Day: Monday, April 29 Class Placement: Parent/Guardian Input (optional) due Friday, May 17

Our staff will be starting to create tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in mid-August.  As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we consider in creating classroom placements, including the staffing of our teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.

If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this form by Friday, May 17. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider.

Reading Buddies  Sixth Grade reading with Second Grade Spotlight on Specials: Library

The library continues to be a busy place! Students have been practicing being a Communicator by:

  • Making connections to what I read or hear.
  • Speaking clearly so others can understand me.
  • Listening and asking questions so I can understand.

Students learned about the Solar Eclipse and how to use databases and non-fiction books to find more information. Earth Day was on Monday, April 22nd and classes listened to stories about how we can help our Earth. Ask your child about different ways they can help the Earth at home. Students in grades K-2 have been listening to Virginia Readers’ Choice books. Beginning this week, students have a chance to vote for their favorite. We can’t wait to find out which book our students like the most! The Spring Book Fair was a huge success, and we could not have done it without the support of our amazing families. Students were excited to once again, independently make their wish lists and purchase their items. As we head into May, please help your child start returning books they have finished reading and look for any overdue/lost books. The last day for checking out books will be May 24, 2024. Happy Reading!  - Mrs. Chapman

SEL Screener Results

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions.

The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE.  For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage.  For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

Bike and Roll to School Day:  Wednesday, May 8

We are celebrating and encouraging students to include a safe route to school as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Students who ride their bikes can park their bikes during the school day in the gym. Please bring your bike to the back of the school and into the gym, at Door #6. Students who are in SACC, childcare or not within walking distance are welcome to participate with parent approval/ supervision. We will have a small prize and stickers for all!

If you ride your bike to school:

  • All students must wear a helmet. Fairfax County law requires any-one under 15 to wear a helmet.
  • Check their equipment: Air, Brakes and Chain
  • Obey all traffic laws, a bicycle is a vehicle
  • See and be seen
  • Go with the flow of traffic, ride on the right.
  • Be predictable, stay alert
  • If riding on a sidewalk, yield to pedestrians and walk your bike if the sidewalk is crowded with walkers
  • Beware of cars coming out of driveways if you ride on the sidewalk
Save the Dates: Spring SOL Testing for Grades 3-6 Island Creek’s 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon! May 22-31 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony STEM Kits for Third - Fifth Grade Students 

Looking for fun and engaging STEM activities to engage learners? The FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is offering STEM kits that include hands-on materials and curriculum with step-by-step instructions for children to build six exciting projects and complete 15 challenges and activities. Intended for third through fifth-grade students, the STEM Explorer Pack features activities across science, technology, engineering, and math that also incorporate reading, art, and more! All activities are completely hands-on and will have your learners engaged for hours as they create, explore, invent, and, most importantly, have fun! Instruction booklets come in both English and Spanish. Order a kit using this link.

Free Upcoming Virtual Webinars from the FCPS Family Resource Center
  • April 30 - Counseling Services in Virginia for Mental Health and Substance Abuse: How to Get the Help You Desire

Join a private practice therapist and FCPS’s Senior Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist to help attendees understand how to locate and become involved with mental health treatment services in VA. 

Register for this event scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 am. 

  • May 10 - Apego: Creando una relación con mi hijo donde se sienta seguro y protegido. (presentado en español)

Como ayudar a mi hijo a sentirse seguro en la relación que tiene con nosotros como padres. Cuatro de los retos más comunes que puede presentar mi hijo durante su desarrollo emocional. Estrategias para responder a estos retos sin afectar el desarrollo de un apego seguro.

Regístrate para este evento programado para el 10 de mayo de 2024, hora: 10 - 11:30 a.m.

  • May 14 and 15 - Covid-19 (C19) Compensatory Services Partnership Between FCPS and Varsity Tutors

Join an information session about a new partnership between Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) and Varsity Tutors. This partnership will provide students with disabilities an additional opportunity to receive compensatory education as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic in accordance with their IEP.

Register for this event scheduled for  Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 10-11 a.m..  A

  • May 17 - Meet the Author Series: The Breakthrough Years by Ellen Galinsky

Join best-selling author, Ellen Galinksy, as she shares her latest research on raising thriving teens.

Register for this event scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

  • May 31 - Behavior Solution Series for Secondary Families: Taming the Teenaged Brain

Navigate the rollercoaster of teenage emotions with our training on behavior strategies, tailored to support you at home during those challenging adolescent years. Learn about practical insights and proven techniques to foster understanding and communication with your teenager.

Register for this event scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

 

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

Click to view the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar

  • Monday, April 29:  Croc Spirit Day!
  • Friday, May 3: Orthodox Good Friday (School closed for students; Teacher Workday)
  • Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10:  Staff Appreciation Week
  • Wednesday, May 8:  Bike and Roll to School Day
  • Wednesday, May 22 – Friday, May 31:  Island Creek Read-A-Thon
  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day Holiday (School closed for students and staff)
  • Wednesday, May 29:  Spring Band Concert
  • Friday, May 31:  Field Day (Rain date:  Friday, June 7)
  • Thursday, June 6:  Spring Strings Concert
  • Wednesday, June 12: Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony (9:00, Gymnasium); Last day of the 2023-2024 School Year (2-hour early dismissal, 1:20)

7855 Morning View Lane, Alexandria, VA 22315 | Phone: 571-642-6300

Attendance: 571-642-6363 or Submit Absence Online

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Reminders: Admin Professionals Week, Field Day t-shirts, Croc Spirit Day, Bike to School Day

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Happy Administrative Professionals Week

Thank you to our Wonderful Office Staff for all they do! 

Ms. Black, Ms. Painter, Ms. Jewett, and Ms. Bickerstaff

Field Day T-Shirts 

This Friday, April 26, is the last day to order a field day t-shirt. Orders can be placed online via MySchoolBucks or with cash ($12).

Bike and Roll to School Day: Wednesday, May 8

We are celebrating and encouraging students to include a safe route to school as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Students who ride their bikes can park their bikes during the school day in the gym. Please bring your bike to the back of the school and into the gym, at Door #6. Students who are in SACC, childcare or not within walking distance are welcome to participate with parent approval/ supervision. We will have a small prize and stickers for all!

If you ride your bike to school:

  • All students must wear a helmet. Fairfax County law requires anyone under 15 to wear a helmet.
  • Check their equipment: Air, Brakes and Chain.
  • Obey all traffic laws .A bicycle is a vehicle.
  • See and be seen.
  • Go with the flow of traffic, ride on the right.
  • Be predictable, stay alert.
  • If riding on a sidewalk, yield to pedestrians and walk your bike if the sidewalk is crowded with walkers.
  • Beware of cars coming out of driveways if you ride on the sidewalk.
SEL Screener Results

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Screener during the month of March, providing updated information on their SEL skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships, and making responsible decisions.

The screener also asks students how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE.  For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage.  For support in understanding your individual student’s results or for ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s school.

VIP CAMP - Summer Camp for Rising Middle Schoolers

 Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program! Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

All rising middle schoolers are invited to attend a summer of fun and leisure with VIP Camp. VIP Camp — which takes place Monday, July 1, to Thursday, August 1 — is designed to encourage teens to develop healthy and positive recreation interests and features a wide variety of leisure activities and programs. 

Registration is open. VIP Camp costs $100 to attend. Reach out to your school's after-school specialist for scholarship availability due to financial hardship. This camp is sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. 

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