Weekly Words - Sep 23

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Weekly Words  September 23, 2022 We are Better Together!

Dear Island Creek Community,

The entire school is excited for next Friday’s Croc Rock-N-Run! A heartfelt thank you to the PTA, Christine Mehrtash (5th Grade Teacher), and Lindsey Barber (PE Teacher) for their tireless effort with organizing what will be an amazing day of fun and physical fitness for all of our Crocs! The PTA has purchased Croc Rock-N-Run shirts for every student and staff member, and classroom teachers will be disseminating shirts to students on Friday morning.

We hope all of our Island Creek families have a safe, fun, and happy 3-day Fall Weekend!

Your Proud Administrative Team,

                        Jen Fallert                                    Karen Baxter  
                  [email protected]                      [email protected]
                          Principal                                  Assistant Principal


Second Grade Met an Author

Thanks to our Librarian, Maura Keaney, and our Second Grade Team (Michelle Hopler, Shannon Query, Meghan Ritter, Stephanie Reininger, and Brad Stillions), our Second Graders were able to meet author Maria Gianferrari! All of our Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade classes have read some of her books and our Second Grade students were able to ask her questions.

Calendar Reminder: Rosh Hashanah

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday (no school for students, professional work day for teachers). 

It is also Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. “Shanah tovah” to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur. 

Looking Ahead: Yom Kippur, October 4 and 5

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

Wednesday, October 5 is a holiday for teachers and students (only 12 month employees report). 

Young Crocs in Motion

The Young Crocs in Motion running club is offered to students in Grades 4, 5, and 6. The students meet as a team and have lessons about character traits, leadership skills, and confidence through fitness and social peer relationships. The Young Crocs in Motion will create goals and run a 5K.

Registration for Young Crocs in Motion is due by Wednesday, October 5th and the fee of $45 is also due on Wednesday October 5th with checks made out to Island Creek PTA.

Practices will be held on Thursday mornings from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. The team will meet at the front of the school and will have time to change and eat breakfast before the start of the school day.

There will be a Fall and Spring session offered. The capacity for each session is 60 students. If a child registers but does not make it into the Fall Session because of team capacity, their participation in the Spring Session is guaranteed. If a child participates in the Fall Session and also wants to participate in the Spring Session, they will be placed on the waitlist.

Click here to register for Young Crocs in Motion.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Student Voice At Island Creek

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The celebration started on September 15th and runs through October 15th. This year's theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. Our diversity is our strength, and our contributions to the culture, the economy, and the future of our nation cannot be denied. It’s a wonderful time to pass on the beauty of Latino culture to children of Latino descent or expose any child to learning about a diverse group of people and new cultures

Island Creek students have two opportunities in which they may share about the Hispanic culture.

First, we invite our students who identify as Hispanic to share something from that culture with their Island Creek friends.

Second, we invite all students who would like to learn about the Hispanic culture to share their learning (ie., facts, poems, artwork, traditions, history, music, celebrations, contributions of notable Hispanic Americans, etc.) with their Island Creek friends.

If your child is interested in recording a 1-2 minute segment for our Morning News Show please use this link https://flip.com/2ec3a9bc as we would love to learn from them! Should you need additional information about the recording, please contact Ms. Keaney, Librarian ([email protected]). Alternatively, if your child would prefer to make a poster to display in the hallways at Island Creek, please have them bring their poster to Ms. Fallert, Principal ([email protected]).

BonusThe first 50 students to share about Hispanic Heritage (poster and/or recording for ICES News Show) will receive a Friendship Bracelet that was handmade in Peru. Ms. Fallert expects delivery of the bracelets by the end of September.

Meet our Specialists Bullying

At Island Creek we strive to develop classroom communities that are inclusive, respectful, and celebrate the unique strengths and personalities of each of its members. Even so, students may have missteps or disagreements with classmates.  

Bullying in Students Rights and Responsibilities is defined as:  “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. “Bullying” includes cyberbullying. “Bullying” does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.” If you have questions about bullying, or want to learn more about how FCPS responds to bullying accusations, please see this FCPS website reference or contact your child’s teacher or counselor (Grades: K, 1, 2, 3 and 5 – Ms. Shelesky at [email protected] and Grades 4 & 6 – Ms. Liverpool at [email protected] )

Kindergarten:  Students were read the story Words Are Not for Hurting  and learned that bullying is defined as being mean or trying to hurt someone's feelings or body on purpose over and over again.

Grades 1-6: Students were read the story The Juice Box Bully which focuses on the role of the bystander.  Bystanders are those who see bullying behavior happen but do nothing about it. Bystanders make up the largest population of the “bullying circle” – the person(s) who bullies, victim(s)/target(s), bystanders – and therefore, have the power to reduce bullying behaviors by speaking up – by being an upstander.

Students are taught to implement a Plan of Action:

What do you do when someone is bullying you? 

STOP – inform the person to stop

WALK – walk away if it doesn’t stop

TALK – report the behavior to an adult

Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The Department of Special Services is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year. 

We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities, and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement. 

The commitment would be a meeting each month during the school year.

If interested, please complete the form below and email to [email protected]

ACSD Public Interest Form

FCPS Parent Resource Center

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Click to view the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar 

  • Monday, September 26 - Rosh Hashanah (student holiday)
  • Wednesday, September 28 & Thursday, September 29 - Virginia Growth Assessment (grades 3-6)
  • Thursday, September 29 - First Quarter Interim Reports sent home for school-age students
  • Friday, September 30 (during grade-level Specials)- Croc Rock-N-Run
  • Friday, September 30 - Student Rights and Responsibilities Signature Due
  • Wednesday, October 5 - Yom Kippur (holiday) 
  • Monday, October 10 - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (student holiday)
  • Friday, October 21 (6:00-7:30 PM) - PTA  “Oh the Places You’ll Go”
  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali (holiday)
  • Friday, October 28 (dismissal at 1:20 PM) - First Quarter Ends, 2 hour Early Dismissal
  • Monday, October 31 - Teacher Workday (student holiday)

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Meet the Author: Maria Gianferrari

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Meet the Author: Maria Gianferrari

The Island Creek Library has exciting news!  We have been selected as a partner school for the very first FCPS Meet the Author TV program this year, which will be broadcast on the Fairfax Network, Red Apple 21, on Thursday, September 22 at 1:00 PM.

Maria Gianferrari is the author of many “pawsome dog tails,” such as Hello Goodbye Dog, Operation Rescue Dog, and To Dogs with Love, perfect for students in grades K-4. https://mariagianferrari.com/books/

On Thursday’s program, Gianferrari will talk about her latest picture book, Being a Dog: A tail of Mindfulness, inspired by her late rescue pup, Becca.  Island Creek second graders will be connected live with the author live and will have opportunities on camera to ask questions about books by Gianferrari that they have read this year in the library and homeroom. Students in other grades may also submit questions via email, while schools from around FCPS and around the country will also be watching live and be able to call in with questions.

Through our partnership with the program, we have added several new titles by Gianferrari to our Island Creek library collection, some of which are being read as a class during library time, and others which can be borrowed by teachers and families. The Fairfax County Public Library also carries 11 books by Maria Gianferrari that may interest your readers. Tune in on Thursday, September 22 at 1:00PM to join the show! Tune in live on Red Apple Channel 21 on cable television in Fairfax County, or stream live online at https://www.fcps.edu/tv. The program will be recorded and available on the FCPS Meet the Author web site for viewing any time. https://www.fcps.edu/node/46204

For questions about the program, or to volunteer in our library, please reach out to Ms. Keaney, our librarian, at [email protected].

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Rescheduled: Duct-Taping Ms. Barber

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Rescheduled: Duct-Taping Ms. Barber

We will now duct-tape Ms. Barber to the column during arrivals on Tuesday, September 27. We invite ICES students to help! We'll get things started, but we'll have tape strips for students to grab and apply to Ms. Barber during arrivals! At 8:30 a.m., we'll take photos for social media!  We're looking for volunteers to help cut strips of tape, beginning at 7:45 a.m. If you would like to volunteer, please email [email protected]

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Student Voice at Island Creek

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Student Voice At Island Creek

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The celebration started on September 15th and runs through October 15th. This year's theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. Our diversity is our strength, and our contributions to the culture, the economy, and the future of our nation cannot be denied. It’s a wonderful time to pass on the beauty of Latino culture to children of Latino descent or expose any child to learning about a diverse group of people and new cultures

We would like to offer two opportunities for our students to share about the Hispanic culture in two ways.

First, we invite our students who identify as Hispanic to share something from that culture with their Island Creek friends.

Second, we invite all students who would like to learn more about the Hispanic culture to share their learning (ie., facts, poems, artwork, traditions, history, music, celebrations, contributions of notable Hispanic Americans, etc.) with their Island Creek friends.

If your child is interested in recording a 1-2 minute segment for our Morning News Show please use this link: https://flip.com/2ec3a9bc as we would love to learn from them! Should you need additional information about the recording, please contact Ms. Keaney, Librarian ([email protected]). Alternatively, if your child would prefer to make a poster to display in the hallways at Island Creek, please have them bring their poster to Ms. Fallert, Principal ([email protected]).

We’d love to start seeing posters adorn our walls and hear video recordings of our students on the News Show next week!

BonusThe first 50 students to share about Hispanic Heritage (poster and/or recording for ICES News Show) will receive a Friendship Bracelet that was handmade in Peru. Ms. Fallert expects delivery of the bracelets by the end of September.

Your Proud Principal,

Jen Fallert

[email protected]

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Weekly Words - Sep 16

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Weekly Words  September 16, 2022 We are Better Together! A Message from our Administration

What a fun and exciting week our Crocs had with 2 Spirit Days – Super Hero Day and Crazy Socks Day! The students and staff are excited for the Croc Rock-N-Run that is only 2 weeks away and will take place on Friday, September 30th.

At Island Creek we want to ensure that every child and family feels welcome at school. If you and/or your child(ren) are interested in sharing about a tradition/celebration that you recognize, please read the Island Creek Celebrates Diversity section of this newsletter.

Thank you for partnering with us and please reach out if you have a question, suggestion or concern. #ICESBetterTogether

Your Proud Administrative Team,

                          Jen Fallert                                    Karen Baxter                                            [email protected]                       [email protected]                                               Principal                                 Assistant Principal

Advanced Academic Information Meeting

Amy Ivey, our Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AART), will be hosting an Advanced Academic Information Meeting on Thursday, September 22 at 9:15 AM in the cafeteria. This meeting is for all families of students K-6 who are interested in learning more about Advanced Academics Programs and the Continuum of Services in FCPS. The information session will be recorded. Please contact Amy Ivey ([email protected]) with any questions you might have.


Hispanic Heritage Month

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

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPS reconoce y celebra las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los miembros de nuestra comunidad cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur. 

Some resources including resources and events from the Smithsonian can be found here. In addition, below are some books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. 

Island Creek Celebrates Diversity!

We want to empower our Island Creek students to have a strong voice, share their experiences, and learn from, and celebrate, each other! We would love to hear from our Crocs about the various traditions, holidays, observances, and cultural experiences families celebrate or recognize.

During the month of September, we would like our students to recognize and learn about the following observances:

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 25-27
  • Additional September observances or celebrations that your child would like to share

If your child is interested in recording a 1-2 minute segment for our Morning News Show please use this link: https://flip.com/2ec3a9bc as we would love to learn from them! Should you need additional information with recording, please contact Ms. Keaney, Librarian ([email protected]). Alternatively, if your child would prefer to make a poster to display in the hallways at Island Creek, please have them bring their poster to Ms. Fallert, Principal ([email protected]).

Meet our Staff

Island Creek would like to welcome our new staff members and introduce them to the community through our 'about me' page. 

This week we are welcoming: Julie Gillett (Kindergarten Teacher) and Miranda Sevier (Preschool Teacher).

September Character Trait: Safe

Our Positive Behavior Approach Committee has revamped and rejuvenated the Crocs Creed. Each month our Island Creek students will focus on a different character trait and have monthly opportunities for recognition!

For the month of September our character trait is SAFE! Students will learn how to be safe throughout the school building, at recess, and to/from school. During Morning Meeting and Closing Circle, classes will define what being safe means. On the last school day of the month,  each homeroom will have at least 2 students recognized as Croc Stars for demonstrating Safe choices and, along with a certificate, their names will be shown on the Morning News!  An additional surprise that day…..Crocky will be outside at student arrival to give high-fives!

There are many opportunities in the community where students can display safe choices. We encourage students and family members to support our school effort in making safe choices. 

Parent Report Available to Monitor Child’s Online Activity (Lightspeed)

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s online activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families.

You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours.

Find out more and sign up for these services on our Lightspeed Parent Report Request website.

Tutor.com Available All School Year

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional video: 

Tutor.com: How it Works Elementary

Important Forms

Emergency Care Form

Family Life Education Opt-Out Forms (FLE) 

Student Rights & Responsibilities Signature Sheet   -  Booklet 

Medical 

Epinephrine Authorization Form 

Medication Authorization Form 

Classroom Monitors Needed

Come join our Island Creek team! Do you have between one – five days that you are free?  Would you like to help in classrooms?

Island Creek is looking for Classroom Monitors to cover classes when teachers have meetings as well as help out in classrooms as needed. This is a paid position! 

For more information or to apply for the job, please contact Karen Baxter at 571-642-6300 or email her at [email protected]

Substitute Teachers and Substitute Instructional Assistant Information Sessions

FCPS is hiring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants.  If you are interested in supporting the mission of FCPS, please consider attending one of the information sessions.  Registration links can be found below.

https://www.fcps.edu/event/fcps-substitute-teaching-and-substitute-instructional-assistants-information-session-09-14-22

https://www.fcps.edu/event/fcps-substitute-teaching-and-substitute-instructional-assistants-information-session-09-21-22

https://www.fcps.edu/event/fcps-substitute-teaching-and-substitute-instructional-assistants-information-session-09-28-22

Click to view the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Thursday, September 22 (9:15 AM, Cafeteria) - Advanced Academics Info Meeting 
  • Monday, September 26 (No School)- Rosh Hashanah Student Holiday
  • Wed, 9/28 & Thurs, 9/29- Virginia Growth Assessment (Grades 3-6)
  • Thursday, 9/29- First Quarter Interim Reports sent home for school-age students
  • Friday, September 30 (during grade-level Specials)- Croc Rock-N-Run Run
  • Friday, September 30 - Student Rights and Responsibilities Signature Due
  • Wednesday, October 5 (No School) - Yom Kippur, Holiday
  • Monday, October 10 (No School) - Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Student Holiday
  • Friday, October 21 (6:00-7:30) - PTA, “Oh the Places You’ll Go”
  • Monday, October 24 (No School) - Diwali, Holiday
  • Friday, October 28 (1:20 dismissal) - First Quarter Ends, 2-hour Early Dismissal
  • Monday, October 31 (No School) - Teacher Workday, Student Holiday

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Reminder: Tomorrow is Super Hero Day and Friday is Crazy Socks Day

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Tomorrow is Super Hero Day Friday is Crazy Socks Day

Since we reached (and have now surpassed) our first Croc Rock-N-Run goal of $6,000 we will have Super Hero Day tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14. Have your child(ren) wear a t-shirt with their favorite Super Hero! Please no masks or weapons.

We will be celebrating that PTA has reached 200 members on Friday, September 16, with Crocs in Crazy Socks Day! Your child(ren) can wear mismatch socks or crazy socks!

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Island Creek Crossing Guard - 20 year recognition

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20 Years Serving the Island Creek Community Recognition

This month marks the 20th anniversary for our caring, dependable, and amazing Crossing Guard, Ms. Kim Barber, serving the Island Creek community to ensure that our students safely cross Morning View Lane to/from school!

We would like to encourage our students and families that are Walkers to show appreciation to, and celebration of, Ms. Barber by delivering hand-made cards to her anytime this month.

Thank you for your support with recognition of Ms. Barber!

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Upcoming: Advanced Academics Program Meeting

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*Sent with date correction from last week's (9/9) Weekly Words. 

Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Meeting

The Island Creek Advanced Academic Program parent information meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 9:15 AM in the Island Creek Cafeteria. The Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Amy Ivey, will provide information about levels of Advanced Academic service and discuss examples at Island Creek. This meeting will focus on AAP services in elementary school. Additional information about middle and high school programs can be found in the AAP Overview video. For more information about AAP Services, please go to the AAP Website.

AAP Fall Newsletter

The meeting is open to all K-6 parents.

Please contact Amy Ivey at [email protected] with questions.

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Super Hero Day (9/14) and Crazy Socks Day (9/16)

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$6,000 Raised = Super Hero Day on Wednesday, 9/14 200 PTA Members = Crazy Socks Day on Friday, 9/16

We reached our first Croc Rock-N-Run goal of $6,000! To celebrate, we will have Super Hero Day on Wednesday, September 14. Have your child(ren) wear a t-shirt with their favorite Super Hero!

We’re also celebrating that the PTA has reached 200 members! On Friday, September 16, we’ll have our Crocs in Crazy Socks Day!

 

Raffle time‼️

Every child registered for the Croc Rock-N-Run by Wednesday, September 14, at 8 a.m., will be entered into a raffle to win a box of Beanboozled Jelly Beans‼️ There will be FOUR winners‼️

If your child(ren) hasn’t heard of Bean Boozle Jelly Beans, check out this video 

 

Challenge alert!

When we reach $9,000, Mr. Magagnoli (PE) and Ms. Laws (1st) will do a BEANBOOZALE CHALLENGE on the morning show. Which flavor do you hope they get? Stinky socks? Stink bug? Rotten egg? If you haven't registered your student to receive their individual fundraising link or would like to donate, please visit our fundraising page! Need more information? We recommend reading our parent packet

 

Thank you to Elite M.A. Centers, Yoga6, CoffeeIn, The Red Wagon Learning Center, OrangeTheory Fitness Kingstowne, and Kingstowne Pediatric Dentistry for their support of this event.

 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please direct all questions to [email protected]

 

Thank you!

ICES PTA BOARD

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Weekly Words - Sep 9

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Weekly Words  September 9, 2022 We are Better Together! A Message from our Administration

We have had an amazing start to the 2022-23 school year and it’s hard to believe that we’ve already finished 3 weeks of school. The children at Island Creek arrive to school ready to engage with their learning, teachers, and classmates. A shout-out to our 6th Grade students and Patrols as they are great role models and helpers for the younger Island Creek Crocs!

All students demonstrated flexibility and resiliency on Wednesday when we had an extended Fire Drill (15-20 minutes) that was silenced by the Fairfax County Fire Department (Thank you, FCFD!). I was on the blacktop area with Preschool, Kindergarten, 5th Grade, and a 6th Grade class and the students literally cheered when the fire alarm was silenced and we were able to go back inside the building! 😊

Thank you for partnering with us and please reach out if you have a question, suggestion or concern. We are Better Together!

Your Proud Administrative Team,

                          Jen Fallert                                    Karen Baxter    
                     [email protected]                      [email protected]  
                            Principal                                   Assistant Principal

Popsicles with the Principals - Today! 4:00 PM on the playground

Families are invited to meet and socialize with one another while joining Ms. Fallert (Principal) and Ms. Baxter (Assistant Principal) on the Playground!

Today - Friday, September 9
4:00-5:00 PM

September Character Trait: Safe

Our Positive Behavior Approach Committee has revamped and rejuvenated the Crocs Creed. Each month our Island Creek students will focus on a different character trait and have monthly opportunities for recognition!

For the month of September our character trait is SAFE! Students will learn how to be safe throughout the school building, at recess, and to/from school. During Morning Meeting and Closing Circle, classes will define what being safe means. On the last school day of the month,  each homeroom will have at least 2 students recognized as Croc Stars for demonstrating Safe choices and, along with a certificate, their names will be shown on the Morning News!  An additional surprise that day…..Crocky will be outside at student arrival to give high-fives!

There are many opportunities in the community where students can display safe choices. We encourage students and family members to support our school effort in making safe choices. 

Island Creek Celebrates Diversity!

We want to empower our Island Creek students to have a strong voice, share their experiences, and learn from, and celebrate, each other! We would love to hear from our Crocs about the various traditions, holidays, observances, and cultural experiences families celebrate or recognize.

During the month of September, we would like our students to recognize and learn about the following observances:

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 25-27
  • Additional September observances or celebrations that your child would like to share

If your child is interested in recording a 1-2 minute segment for our Morning News Show please use this link: https://flip.com/2ec3a9bc as we would love to learn from them! Should you need additional information with recording, please contact Ms. Keaney, Librarian ([email protected]). Alternatively, if your child would prefer to make a poster to display in the hallways at Island Creek, please have them bring their poster to Ms. Fallert, Principal ([email protected]).

Remembering 9/11 Through FCPS Service Learning and Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating Volunteer Fest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17. This is a great opportunity for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about Volunteer Fest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website. Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org

Anonymous Tip Line Puts Safety First

If you or your child have concerns or information relating to feeling unsafe in any way at school, the FCPS Office of Safety and Security has a safety tip line that you can access anonymously online, by text (888-777; Keyword TIP FCPS), or by phone (571-423-2020).

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

Students, staff, and community members should report school safety issues such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tip line users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Concerns that do not impact the safety of our schools—concerns or information about programs, regulations, or policies—can be sent to the FCPS ombudsman online, at 571-423-4014, or [email protected].

Advanced Academic Program Parent Information Meeting

The Island Creek Advanced Academic Program parent information meeting will be held on Wednesday September 22, 2022 at 9:15 AM in the Island Creek Cafeteria. The Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Amy Ivey, will provide information about levels of Advanced Academic service and discuss examples at Island Creek. This meeting will focus on AAP services in elementary school. Additional information about middle and high school programs can be found in the AAP Overview video. For more information about AAP Services, please go to the AAP Website.

AAP Fall Newsletter

The meeting is open to all K-6 parents.

Please contact Amy Ivey at [email protected] with questions.

Meet our Staff

Island Creek would like to welcome our new staff members and introduce them to the community through our 'about me' page. 

This week we are welcoming: Sarah Laird, Deb Tien (Music Teachers), Amber Hicks (Strings Teacher), Laura Creque (Band Teacher), and Maya Rivers (Psychologist).

FCPS Early Literacy Programs Begin in October

Registration is open for the FCPS Early Literacy Programs, free interactive parenting programs developed for parents of children from birth to age five. Early Literacy programs are available in African-Heritage and Arabic that are taught in English, Spanish programs taught in Spanish, and Korean programs taught in Korean. The programs are designed to promote essential early literacy skills for student success and children participate in fun “school-like” experiences using a 37-topic curriculum that is aligned with evidence-based instruction. Classes meet two times per week and are taught by trained instructors. Access the FCPS Early Literacy Programs webpage for additional information.

Fairfax County Government Parenting Education September Programs

The Fairfax County Parenting Education sessions are free family centered classes proven to help parents and children develop healthy, nurturing relationships. New sessions for families with children in the 0-4 age range and the 5-11 age range begin on September 12th . Virtual sessions for families with children in the 12-18 age range begin on September 27th. Most classes include 14 weekly sessions and new sessions are scheduled throughout the year. Call 703-324-7720 or email [email protected] for more information or access the Fairfax County Parenting Education Programs webpage.

How to Receive FCPS Messages in Other Languages 

You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. There are several ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.

FCPS This Week is distributed in other languages to parents/guardians who have filled out the Home Language Survey form and selected a language supported by FCPS as their preferred language for communication. Home Language Survey forms are available in the following languages: Amharic | Arabic (العربية) | Chinese (中文) | Farsi (فارسی) | Korean (한국어) | Spanish (español) | Urdu (اردو) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt).

Learn more about other communications that are translated. 

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  • Playground, Popsicles, Principals – Today, Friday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • PTA Meeting – Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 PM, Cafeteria
  • Rosh Hashanah Student Holiday – Monday, September 26
  • Virginia Growth Assessment (Grades 3-6)– Wed, 9/28 & Thurs, 9/29
  • First Quarter Interim Reports sent home for all students (Grades K-6) – Thursday, 9/29
  • Croc Rock-N-Run Run – Friday, September 30
PTA News Membership Drive Update

We are so close to reaching our first goal. We are currently at 150 members. When we get 200 members, we will have a crazy sock day at Island Creek! Join today at https://ices.memberhub.com/store! Enroll the whole family! Let's feed the hungry croc! 

"Oh, the Places You'll Go"

The PTA will host "Oh, the Places You'll Go" on Friday, October 21, from 6–7:30 pm. Help us explore all the places you'd like to visit - whether real or from your favorite story or movie! We are looking for families who would like to decorate their car/van as a real place or something out of a movie or book and distribute candy as our Island Creek students come by. We are looking for families who would like to host a trunk or donate candy! Registration will be available in the PTA store through October 19. Pre-registration is required to help us know how many food trucks and candy to have, so please register each family member who will attend! During the event, we will also have the food truck Lunchbox on Wheels onsite.

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Upcoming Picture Day Information - Sep 8 & 9

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Picture Day Information

Good Morning ICES Parents & Guardians,

This Thursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9, are our fall picture days! Please see the schedule and some FAQs below.

Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade – including Ms. Odell’s class, will photograph on Thursday, September 8.

Students in 4th grade through 6th grade – including PAC and preschool classes, will photograph on Friday, September 9.


What if my student is absent/tardy on their picture day?

If your student is absent on Thursday, they can take their photo on Friday.

For those who know ahead of time that they will be absent on Friday, please email the teacher so that their photo can be taken Thursday.

Students who arrive late – missing their class photo time, will photograph later on that same afternoon. 


What if my student is absent both picture days – will they still have a photo for the yearbook?

Students that are absent both picture days can take their photo on our retake day (an email will be sent closer to that date) or their spring photo can be used for the yearbook.


How do I pre-order photos?

Photos can be pre-ordered using the paper order form (sent last Thursday, September 1) or online at mylifetouch.com using Picture Day ID: EVTBSVWC3. Please keep in mind that orders paid for with cash must be exact change only. Order envelops should be given to the photographer at the time of their photo.


Can I still order photos after picture day?

Yes, photos can still be ordered online after picture day – in fact, 4-6 weeks after pictures, a photo proof sheet will be sent home (from school) to preview. This sheet will also include an individual Picture ID and Access Code. With this ID and code, different backgrounds and themes can be applied to the sample proof before purchasing at mylifetouch.com. For any additional questions about ordering photos please contact LifeTouch customer service at 1800-736-4753.

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Little Library at Island Creek

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We have a Little Library!

A heartfelt thank you to Andrew Contreras, former ICES student, as Island Creek is one of the school's chosen for his Little Library Eagle Scout project! Additionally, thank you for Erin Black, 4th Grade Special Education Instructional Assistant, for painting and decorating our Little Library!

You are welcome to stop by our Little Library and Take a Book, Leave a Book, Love a Book, Keep a Book! We hope you're enjoying a safe and fun 4-day weekend and taking time to Read, Read, Read!

Best, 

Jen Fallert

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Weekly Words - Sep 1

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Weekly Words  September 1, 2022 We are Better Together! A Message from our Administration

Our Island Creek Crocs had a wonderful second week of school and we loved welcoming our preschool students!  At Island Creek we are utilizing the Responsive Classroom format for Morning Meeting and Closing Circle to support students’ social-emotional learning, ensure a sense of belonging and establish  warm, accepting, respectful classroom communities. You may want to ask your child which Morning Meeting Greeting they enjoy the most. To learn more about Responsive Classroom, you may peruse www.responsiveclassroom.org.   

I have had the pleasure of reading a story to ALL of our school-age homeroom classes and your children were excellent listeners and great thinkers! The books I read (and highly recommend) include: Color Monster Goes To School, The World News More Purple People, After the Fall, and One Word for Kids.

Thank you for sharing your amazing children with us and please reach out if you have a question, suggestion or concern. We are Better Together!

Your Proud Administrative Team,

                      Jen Fallert                                    Karen Baxter
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                        Principal                                   Assistant Principal

At Island Creek We Celebrate Diversity 

We want to empower our Island Creek students to have a strong voice, share their experiences, and learn from, and celebrate, each other! We would love to hear from our Crocs about the various traditions, holidays, observances, and cultural experiences families celebrate or recognize.

During the month of September, we would like our students to recognize and learn about the following observances:

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 25-27
  • Additional September observances or celebrations that your child would like to share

If your child is interested in recording a 1-2 minute segment for our Morning News Show please use this link: https://flip.com/2ec3a9bc as we would love to learn from them! Should you need additional information with recording, please contact Ms. Keaney, Librarian. Alternatively, if your child would prefer to make a poster to display in the hallways at Island Creek, please have them bring their poster to Ms. Fallert, Principal.

Come Join us for Playground, Popsicles, and Principals 

Families are invited to meet and socialize with one another while joining Ms. Fallert, Principal, and Ms. Baxter, Assistant Principal, on the Playground!

Playground, Popsicles, Principals

Friday, September - 4:00- 5:00 PM 

Labor Day Weekend

Please note that next weekend will be a four-day weekend for all students and staff in FCPS. Schools and offices will be CLOSED Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day. School will reopen on Tuesday, September 6th at the regular time.

Ordering Student Photos

Parents who would like to pre-order their student's individual photos from LifeTouch can do so online using the Picture Day ID: EVTBSVWC3.

Photo proofs usually take 2-3 weeks to process for viewing; pictures can still be purchased at this time. If you have any questions about ordering photos, LifeTouch customer service can be reached at 1-800-736-4753. 

Meet our Staff

Island Creek would like to welcome our new staff members and introduce them to the community through our 'about me' page. 

This week we are welcoming: Linsey Barber & Joe Magagnoli (PE Teachers), Allison Rozycki (Art Teacher), and Joyce Morris (Kindergarten IA).  

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

To ensure a safe arrival dismissal for every student, please follow these guidelines:

  • Walkers – Door 1
  • Families who park their vehicle and walk – Door 1
  • Kiss & Ride – Door 2; please ensure that your car pass is displayed in your rear-view mirror and that your child enters/exits on the passenger side. Our patrols and staff will open/close your car door; however, are unable to support with seatbelts.
  • Back Gate – the back gate will be unlocked before and after school
  • Bus Loop – vehicles should not access the bus loop from 8:15-8:35 or 3:15 until at least 3:35 when the last school-age bus has boarded.
  • Bus Transportation- During the first few weeks of schools, FCPS Transportation is fine-tuning routes and buses may be running behind.
Upcoming Assessments

The Virginia Department of Education and Fairfax County Public Schools require a number of screeners and assessments be given at the beginning of the school year to aid in designing instruction to fit the needs of our students and track growth over the year. We have several testing windows quickly approaching and have links here for parents to learn more about each.

iReady Universal Screener (Reading and Math) and Developmental Spelling Analysis - Grades 1-6

Virginia Growth Assessment (Reading and Math) Grades 3-6

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) ScreenerGrades K-6

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP)Kindergarten only

Information will also be included in class newsletters and/or separate eNotify emails. Please be on the look-out for these communications.

Please contact your child’s teacher, or the School Testing Coordinator, Mark Moran, at [email protected] with any questions.

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document

Please log on to your SIS ParentVue account and sign to acknowledge review of this document or sign and return the Signature Sheet to you child’s school by September 30, 2022.

Parental Consent for Select Digital Resources

At Island Creek Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at Island Creek - Parent Consent.

Included on this page is also a link to the Application Permission Form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Parent Information Lines

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills

Attendance

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies

Community Conversations with the New Superintendent Coming to Hayfield and Edison Next Month!

Please save the date for two very special events! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at both Hayfield Secondary School and Edison High School in September.

The Hayfield session will be held on Monday, September 12th, and the Edison session will be held on Wednesday, September 14th. The time for both will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments.

Register to attend the Hayfield Community Conversation here.

Register to attend the Edison Community Conversation here.

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  • Labor Day School Holiday - September 2-5
  • Student Picture Days – Thursday, 9/8 and Friday, 9/9
  • Playground, Popsicles, Principals – Friday, 9/9, 4:00-5:00
  • PTA Meeting – Tuesday, 9/13, 7:00
  • Croc Fun Run – Friday, 9/30
PTA News Membership Drive Update

We are so close to reaching our first goal. We are currently at 150 members. When we get 200 members, we will have a crazy sock day at Island Creek! Join today at https://ices.memberhub.com/store! Enroll the whole family! Let's feed the hungry croc! 

Croc Rock-N-Run

Information for the Croc Rock-N-Run will be shared with parents next week in their student's Thursday Folder, from their teacher, and via the PTA! We hope you'll be as excited as we are about this event! 

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Weekly Words - Aug 26

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Weekly Words  August 26, 2022 We are Better Together! A Message from our Administration


What an amazing first week of the 2022-2023 School Year! We are thankful to have the opportunity to work with your family this year and will work every day to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for your child.

Our staff have worked hard to prepare for a great year of learning. Everyone is already building positive relationships and routines and embracing Morning Meeting and Closing Circle. We have included some photographs from the first week of school for you to enjoy.  

Please contact us when there is a question or concern. Thank you for your support and being part of our team! We are Better Together!

Your Proud Administrative Team,

                         Jen Fallert                                    Karen Baxter
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                           Principal                                  Assistant Principal 

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, September 2 & Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 8 & Friday, September 9 - Picture Day  

Monday, September 26 - Rosh Hashanah (Student Holiday) 


Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5 are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. 

Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established. If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Area 1 Transportation Office at 703-446-2150 with questions during school hours. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 pm), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Kindergarten Colors Week

Next week, August 29 - September 2, Island Creek's kindergarten students will be exploring colors. To generate school wide fun and excitement, the kindergarten team is inviting everyone to participate! 

Monday, August 29 Wear Red Tuesday, August 30 Wear Orange  Wednesday, August 31 Wear Yellow Thursday, September 1 Wear Green Tuesday, September 6 Wear Blue  Wednesday, September 7 Wear Purple  Thursday, September 8 Wear Pink Friday, September 9 Wear Red, White, and Blue
(Patriot Day Eve)  Meet our Staff

Island Creek would like to welcome our new staff members and introduce them to the community through our 'about me' page. 

This week we are welcoming: Jen Fallert (Principal) and Tracy Bank (Art Teacher).  

Birthday Book Donations

To commemorate your child’s special day, please consider a lasting gift to our school library: a birthday book donation! Choose a book from our birthday book wish list to donate to our school library before your child’s birthday. Ms. Keaney will process the book for library circulation and create a bookplate for the inside front cover with a message of your choice. Your student will be the first checkout for the book and your child’s teacher can share it with the class on your child’s birthday. At the end of the school year, students are excited to find out how many times their book has been taken out by other Crocs!

For birthday book donations, Ms. Keaney, our librarian, maintains a wish list of 150+ books that fit the library’s book selection criteria, including meaningful picture books, books that support our curricula, and in-demand student favorites that need additional copies such as books in the popular Dog Man series. Books on the Island Creek Library Birthday Book Wish List do not have to be purchased through Amazon. Books purchased through the Amazon wish list itself will be delivered directly to the Island Creek library. Be sure to include the full student name and teacher name on the gift receipt.

When donating a birthday book to the library, please complete this form so Ms. Keaney can create the bookplate to be placed inside the book. Please note the library cannot accept birthday book donations of used books or books that do not fit our selection criteria. Please email Ms. Keaney at [email protected] if you have any questions or a suggestion of a book not on yet the list. Thank you for considering a book to add to our collection!

SOL Test Results

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced 2021-22 Standards of Learning (SOL) data for school divisions that shows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made steady progress towards a return to pre-pandemic levels.

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.

Tutoring Services Update

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: 

South County Dance Team Clinic 

South County High School is inviting Island Creek students to participate in a dance clinic on Thursday, October 13; with a chance to perform at the SCHS Football game on Friday, October 14.

Attached is a flyer and application with more information for those who are interested - submit to: Kristin McIntire at [email protected] by October 4. 

Follow ICES on Social Media

TWITTER: @islandcreekes

FACEBOOK: Island Creek Elementary School

FACEBOOK (PTA): Island Creek Elementary PTA

Ms. Fallert (twitter): @FallertJen

ICES Website:  https://islandcreekes.fcps.edu/

PTA News PTA Fall Membership Drive

The PTA is essential to Island Creek Elementary, and we're excited to kick off our fall membership drive for the 2022-2023 school year! This year's membership drive theme is "Feed the Croc." The more members we gain, the happier our Croc will be! You don't want a hangry Croc showing up at Island Creek! 

Enroll your whole family today - help us meet our membership goal of 500 this year. We were already at 83 members before the first week of school ended! We are so happy to see how engaged the community is already.

We welcome grandparents, extended family, and community members! We have the option to select a family bundle; purchase the bundle that best describes your family! It only takes 5 minutes and $10 to join. Visit https://ices.memberhub.com/store to join! Enroll your whole family! If we meet these membership goals, the whole school will join in on the fun!

  • 200 members: Crocs in Crazy Socks
  • 300 members: School-Wide Pajama Day
  • 400 members: Favorite Hat Day 
  • 500 Members: The Principal and Assistant Principal will wear a croc costume all day

Our membership drive will take place over two major PTA events; our Croc Rock-N-Run on Friday, September 30 (during school hours) and the PTA's “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 22 (evening event). 

ICES Fitness Week

Fitness Week will take place in September and will culminate with the Croc Rock-N-Run, our largest fundraiser of the year. It will be a fun week for our children to focus on fitness and to promote the fundraiser! The ICES PTA, PE department, and the ICES Administration are working closely together to handle this event from start to finish! Parents will be encouraged to come to cheer their students on. All students will receive a T-shirt and a small prize from the PTA on the day of the run. Information about the run and fundraiser will be sent over the next few weeks. Thank you to CoffeeIn, Elite M.A. Centers, Red Wagon, and Yoga6, for their support of this event.

We'll close our membership drive during the Trunk or Treat, so make sure your family has joined by the close of the event! 

We’ll have one more exciting new event scheduled for this fall. On November 18, we’ll host a STEM night with activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Music, and Math. 

Information about these events will be sent out over the coming weeks – join the PTA as soon as possible to make sure you’re on our mailing list for event updates!  Our first PTA General Membership Meeting will be held on September 13, from 7-8 pm, in the school cafeteria. We hope you can join us! 

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islandcreekpta                                         Visit our website: islandcreekpta.org 

Check out our new Island Creek Spirit Wear at 30% off! Sale lasts through Sept 21 - grab your new spirit wear now! www.tinyurl.com/CrocSpiritWear

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Island Creek ES First Day of School

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First Day of School

Dear Island Creek Crocs,

The entire Island Creek Staff is excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 School Year! Our staff is ready of help you learn new concepts and enhance your relationships with others. It was wonderful seeing so many of you on Thursday and at our popsicle events held during the summer.

We wanted to provide a few reminders for our opening day tomorrow

  • Please be patient and show grace to all FCPS employees! Bus drivers, teachers and support staff want our students and families to have a great first day, first week and year! 
  • Doors open at 8:20 AM and class begins at 8:35 AM.  School ends at 3:20 PM. 
  • Please follow staff direction when dropping off students as we want to keep all of our students safe.
  • We encourage you to use the Here Comes the Bus App to track your child’s bus.
  • Please make sure your child's teacher knows how your student is getting home. 

Student Arrival

  • Students can enter the building starting at 8:20
  • Children should be in class ready to start their school day by 8:35 AM
  • All Walkers use Door 1 (main entrance)

Kindergarten Students

  • During the first week only, parents of Kindergarten students may use Door 1 to enter the building with their child during student arrival
  • All Kindergarteners must be met (at school or at the bus stop) and walked home with a family member/guardian/day care provider who is in 13 or older

Kiss and Ride

  • Kiss and Ride opens the doors at 8:20 am, daily for arrival. Please follow the line and pull up to Door 2. If the door is closed, please park and bring your child to the Main Office to check in.  

  • Pick up for Kiss and Ride will begin at 3:20 pm, and please place your tag on your vehicle's rear view mirror. 

  • Remember to stay in your car for Kiss and Ride. A staff member or patrol will open your car for your child to exit or enter your car.  

PTA Boo-Hoo and Yahoo Breakfast

  • Our amazing PTA is hosting a Boo-Hoo and Yahoo Breakfast tomorrow morning starting at 7:50 at the front of the school

We know that the first day comes with excitement and some jitters.  Please know that we will be ready to support all students and families. Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate returning to school in the safest and most efficient way possible. If you need anything, don't hesitate to let us know.

Your Administrative Team,

Jen Fallert and Karen Baxter

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Ms. Fallert (twitter): @JFallertFCPS

ICES Website:  https://islandcreekes.fcps.edu/

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Weekly Words - Aug 19

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Weekly Words  August 19, 2022 Welcome Back Island Creek! 

We at Island Creek Elementary and our Region 3 Principal, Karen Corbett Sanders, are excited to welcome back our students for the 22-23 school year! Please view Mrs. Sanders' back to school message here

School Security and Safety 

Island Creek takes the security of our students and staff very seriously. Every visitor/adult who enters the building is monitored. As per the recommendation from FCPS’ Office of Safety and Security, after ringing the doorbell, office staff will kindly ask visitors, “Welcome to Island Creek, how may I help you?” and obtain the purpose of the guest’s visit. All visitors walking into Island Creek ES must ring the doorbell, state their name and purpose of the visit, show a valid driver’s license at the doorbell camera, and come to the office with a valid driver’s license to sign in using the Visitor Management System (VMS). The VMS will issue each visitor a sticker that should always be worn when in the building. 

Please note that this applies to all visitors, including those who are known to office staff. 

Transportation, Arrival, and Dismissal 

Bus Routes

Bus were routes posted to SIS ParentVUE accounts on August 12th. 

Walkers

Walkers will use Door 1 (the main entrance).  We welcome all students into the school at 8:20 am, and students need to be in class by 8:35 am, each day.  

We ask that parents/guardians say goodbye to their walkers at Door 1 beginning the first day of school for students in Grades 1-6 and no later than Monday, August 29th for all students, including Kindergarten. We always have staff members to ensure students get to their classrooms safely. 

Kiss and Ride 

Kiss and Ride opens the doors at 8:20 am, daily for arrival. Please follow the line and pull up to Door 2. If the door is closed, please park and bring your child to the Main Office to check in.  

Pick up for Kiss and Ride will begin at 3:20 pm, and please place your tag on your vehicle's rear view mirror. 

Remember to stay in your car for Kiss and Ride. A staff member or patrol will open your car for your child to exit or enter your car.  

COVID-19 Protocols

While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. The 5 Day Isolation Period will also continue for COVID positive students and staff

  • Students demonstrating any of the following symptoms will be sent home from school: Fever (100.4 or greater), Chills, Cough, Shortness of breath, Loss of taste/smell, Sore throat, Fatigue, Muscle aches, Runny Nose/Congestion, Stomachache, Diarrhea, Nausea/Vomiting, Headaches. The parent/guardian will be notified and the FCPS Guidance for Student Sent Home from the Care Room with COVID-like Illness form will be sent home. 
  • Parents are expected to pick up their child within one hour of notification.
  • For students with chronic symptoms similar to COVID-like symptoms/illness, parents/guardians are encouraged to complete and regularly update the Health Information Form (HIF).
Clinic Room Care

Your school health room services include:

  1. Care of sick (except COVID-like symptoms/illness) and injured students according to the FCPS School Health Emergency COVID Temporary Care Guidelines.
  2. Administration of medication provided by parents/guardians with proper authorization completed by their health care provider.
  3. Coordination of care for students with chronic health conditions during the school day.
  4. Hearing and vision screening (grades K, 3, 7, 10, new to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and those students referred by teachers and parents/guardians).

 How can you help your school health room provide the best possible care?

  • Keep your student home when they are sick.
  • Advise the School Health Aide or the Public Health Nurse of any special health concerns.
  • Immediately notify the physical education (PE) teacher if your child has any PE restrictions.
  • Provide current home, work, and alternate telephone numbers for the Emergency Care Information form.
Interested in Band or Strings?  

If your child is interested in being in the band or strings program at Island Creek this year, simply click here to sign up. 

We are excited about another year of IN PERSON music making, and we don’t want anyone to miss out!

Please feel free to email the Band and Strings teachers if you have questions:

Laura Creque, Band  [email protected]

Amber Hicks, Strings [email protected]

Lunch in our Cafeteria 

We are excited about the possibility of opening our cafeteria back up for parents to eat lunch with their child(ren) in the future. As we start this new school year, we are currently not able to accommodate parents visiting during lunch. All students will be eating in the cafeteria and we do have large class sizes at some grade levels. To ensure we have time to teach and reinforce cafeteria routines, and to assess our seat availability, we will be delaying the visitation of parents during lunches. Stay tuned for updates!

Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy 

Students in K-8 must keep phones, smart watches and other similar devices silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Cell phones and other electronic devices may only be used on campus before and after school.

No Dogs on School Grounds 

With the exception of service animals, dogs are not allowed on school district grounds, playgrounds or sports fields at any time throughout the calendar year. Please leave your pets at home when coming to school. 

Go Paperless 

You can opt to “Go Paperless” in ParentVUE and receive only online report cards. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students and progress reports for ES students. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all your associated students, no matter what school level!

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians* will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless."

Dining Room Assistant Wanted

Looking for a way to support our school for a few hours each day? We are in need of a dining room assistant to help out during lunch. Our dining attendant (a paid position) supports students during lunch, with working hours from 10:30 AM-1:45 PM. Please contact our Assistant Principal, Karen Baxter, at [email protected], if you are interested! 

Follow us on Facebook! PTA News Movie on the Lawn

Hosted by Island Creek's PTA

Help us say goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year by joining us for a movie on the lawn this Friday, August 19!

Invite your friends, neighbors, and new classmates to connect before school begins!

We’ll be showing Sing 2. The movie will start at dusk.

We’ll set up on the fields behind the school. Bring chairs, a blanket, and snacks! Doors will open at 7:45 pm.

Note: In the case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook for the most up-to-date information. We will make a decision by 3 pm, on the day of the event.

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Island Creek - Back To School Extravaganza

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We take the security of our students and our staff very seriously. Every visitor/adult who enters the building is monitored. As per the recommendation from FCPS’ Office of Safety and Security, after ringing the doorbell, office staff will kindly ask visitors, “Welcome to Island Creek, how may I help you?” and obtain the purpose of the guest’s visit. All visitors walking into Island Creek ES must ring the doorbell, state their name and purpose of the visit, and come to the office with a valid driver’s license to sign in using the Visitor Management System (VMS). The VMS will issue each visitor a sticker that should always be worn when in the building.

Class Assignments

Students’ individual classroom teacher assignments will be emailed directly to families this afternoon at approximately 4:30 pm.  As Island Creek is a dedicated Professional Learning Community, teachers at every grade level collaborate interdependently throughout the school year to support the academic and social-emotional achievement of all students.  All teachers are highly qualified and were selected as members of this staff because they meet the high standards and expectations we have in our community.  We appreciate your support of all of our talented teachers!  

Island Creek Back To School Extravaganza for School-age Students - Thursday, August 18

Please meet us in the cafeteria for you child/children's welcome to their new grade level! Staff will host an information session and then there will be time in the classroom to meet the teacher and connect with new and former classmates! Families are encouraged to bring students' school supplies

Thursday, August 18

Kindergarten: 8:25-9:25

1st Grade: 9:30-10:30

2nd Grade:  10:35-11:35

3rd Grade:  11:40-12:40

4th Grade:  12:45-1:45

5th Grade:  1:50-2:50

6th Grade:  2:55-3:55

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  • Today - Class assignments sent via email to families at 4:30
  • August 18, Back to School Extravaganza (Door 1) - Times shown above
  • Monday, August 22 - First day of 2022-2023 School Year!!; PTA Boo-Hoo and Yahoo Breakfast (outside at Door 1), 7:50-8:20
  • Labor Day School Holiday - September 2 & 5

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Island Creek, Weekly Words; Volume 1; 8-12-22

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Dear Island Creek Families:

We are so excited preparing for the return of our students on Monday, August 22.  Our staff has been collaborating throughout the summer to ensure a wonderful school year for each child where they are embraced in warm, caring environment in which they belong. Our first priority is ensuring that all children feel welcome and secure at Island Creek!

Throughout the summer, we’ve had many well-attended Popsicle on the Playground events (New Families, Meet the Principals, and Kindergarten Play Dates). On Thursday, we had a fun-filled hour learning from our 6th Graders while they shared the glows and grows for our school and this morning our staff held tours for families new to Island Creek!

We look forward to welcoming ALL families at our Back to School Extravaganza on Thursday, August 18. This event will be an opportunity to learn all things related to learning from your child's grade level in the cafeteria and then you will walk to your child's classroom to meet their teacher, see old and new friends, and drop off school supplies. Please use Door 1 to enter the cafeteria at your the grade-level designated time.

Our school hours are 8:35 am - 3:20 pm, with the doors opening at 8:20 am.  Because of our concern for safety, along with our desire to begin establishing important routines on the first day of school, we do not allow parents to walk children to classrooms on the first day of school, with the exception of our kindergarten students and new to Island Creek students. Families with Kindergarten students may walk students directly to the classroom the first week of school; however, typically students find greater success with starting routines the first day of school.

Please reach out should you have any questions. We can't wait to welcome everyone back to school! 

Take Good Care,

Jen Fallert, Proud Principal                

Karen Baxter, Proud Assistant Principal

  School Security and Safety

We take the security of our students and our staff very seriously. Every visitor/adult who enters the building is monitored. As per the recommendation from FCPS’ Office of Safety and Security, after ringing the doorbell, office staff will kindly ask visitors, “Welcome to Island Creek, how may I help you?” and obtain the purpose of the guest’s visit. All visitors walking into Island Creek ES must ring the doorbell, state their name and purpose of the visit, and come to the office with a valid driver’s license to sign in using the Visitor Management System (VMS). The VMS will issue each visitor a sticker that should always be worn when in the building.

Class Assignments

Students’ individual classroom teacher assignments will be emailed directly to families on Wednesday, August 17th .  We are still registering students; therefore, are unable to finalize class rosters.  As Island Creek is a dedicated Professional Learning Community, teachers at every grade level collaborate interdependently throughout the school year to support the academic and social-emotional achievement of all students.  All teachers are highly qualified and were selected as members of this staff because they meet the high standards and expectations we have in our community.  We appreciate your support of all of our talented teachers!  

Island Creek Back To School Extravaganza for School-age Students - Thursday, August 18

Please meet us in the cafeteria for you child/children's welcome to their new grade level! Staff will host an information session and then there will be time in the classroom to meet the teacher and connect with new and former classmates!

Thursday, August 18

Kindergarten: 8:25-9:25

1st Grade: 9:30-10:30

2nd Grade:  10:35-11:35

3rd Grade:  11:40-12:40

4th Grade:  12:45-1:45

5th Grade:  1:50-2:50

6th Grade:  2:55-3:55

Kiss and Ride

ICES uses a hang tag Kiss & Ride system. Each family will receive 2 numbered hang tags, along with corresponding backpack tags for each student. These will be sent home with the oldest student in the Back to School packet.

Families should attach the backpack tags to their student’s backpack and place the hang tags in their vehicles. Families utilizing Kiss & Ride will be required to display the hang tag on their rearview mirror anytime they use Kiss & Ride. The hang tag, along with the corresponding backpack tag(s), will support a safe system of getting all students to their cars in an efficient manner. Even if you don’t use Kiss & Ride regularly, we ask that you set this up for your family as this will be required anytime you use Kiss & Ride.

 Please review the Kiss & Ride procedures for drop off times and safety measures included in your Back to School packet.

2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families.Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

  • Students in K-8 must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency, or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. (Except in secondary schools where students in grades 7 and 8 may use phones during passing periods)

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. 

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Parental Permission to Use Digital Resources

At Island Creek, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://islandcreekes.fcps.edu/digitalresources

Additionally, you can find more information about approved digital resources in FCPS here: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/digital-resources. Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Please reach out to Mark Moran, our School-Based Technology Specialist at [email protected] if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Update Emergency Care Contacts in SIS ParentVUE

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to ensuring that the climate in all FCPS facilities is safe and secure. In support of this goal, FCPS provides [email protected] (weCare), an emergency care information system, available to FCPS parents and guardians who have registered for their own Parent account. 

WeCare helps manage emergency medical information by enabling parents to go online to enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communications tool for FCPS emergency, transportation, attendance, weather closings and delays, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email and text messages. Occasional phone messages are sent as well

Get more information about updating your emergency care information.

Three ways to purchase meals

Put money on your child's account online using www.MyschoolBucks.com. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.

Check - Make checks payable to "Island Creek Food Services" and give to the attention of the Food Service Manager in the Cafeteria.

Cash - Cash may be brought to the Food Service Manager's office for deposit on your student's account.

Find out more here:

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Dining Room Assistant

Looking for a way to support our school for a few hours each day?  We are in need of a dining attendant to help out during lunch.  Our dining attendant (a paid position) supports students during lunch, with working hours from 10:30 AM-1:45 PM.  Please contact our Assistant Principal, Karen Baxter, at  [email protected] if you are interested

Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here.  You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process. To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here.  Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Upcoming Sessions:

August 17, 24 and 31

Boo-Hoo and Yahoo Breakfast

Join the PTA as we celebrate the first day of kindergarten and new students' first day at Island Creek Elementary! Stop by the outside tent between 7:50 - 8:20 a.m. Learn about the Island Creek PTA, enjoy a morning snack, and it is an opportunity to meet other parents and students on the first day of school. We'll provide tissues for those who need them! Questions? Please contact the PTA at [email protected]

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  • August 17 - Class assignments sent via email to families
  • August 18, Back to School Extravaganza (Door 1) - Times shown above
  • Monday, August 22 - First day of 2022-2023 School Year!!; PTA Boo-Hoo and Yahoo Breakfast (outside at Door 1), 7:50-8:20
  • Labor Day School Holiday - September 2 & 5

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Island Creek Summer Updates, August 4

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Class Assignments

Students’ individual classroom teacher assignments will be emailed directly to families on Wednesday, August 17th .  We are still registering students; therefore, are unable to finalize class rosters.  As Island Creek is a dedicated Professional Learning Community, teachers at every grade level collaborate interdependently throughout the school year to support the academic and social-emotional achievement of all students.  All teachers are highly qualified and were selected as members of this staff because they meet the high standards and expectations we have in our community.  We appreciate your support of all of our talented teachers!  

Tax-Free Weekend

As a reminder, this upcoming weekend, August 5-7, is Virginia’s sales tax holiday. School supplies are eligible for tax free purchases. See this link for more information https://www.tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday.

Calling All 6th Grade Students

Ms. Fallert and Ms. Baxter would like to extend an invitation to all rising 6th Grade students. We would like to invite our 6th Grade Students to the Island Creek Cafeteria on Thursday, August 11 from 11:30-12:30 for pizza and conversation. Our purpose is to get to know our 6th Graders better and hear thoughts from our 6th Graders about the wonderful things they've experienced at Island Creek and how we can improve to ensure that all students feel welcomed at school! If your 6th Grade student is able to attend, please RSVP to Jen Fallert at [email protected] on or before Monday, August 8.

Families New to Island Creek

Welcome to our new Island Creek families! We are excited to have you join our amazing Island Creek Community!

Popsicles on the Playground for Families new to Island Creek - August 8 (11:00-12:00)

Welcome Tours for Families New to Island Creek:  Friday, August 12 (9:00-10:00)

Kindergarten Popsicle Play Dates

Come meet other rising Kindergarten students and families for popsicles and fun at the playground! Representatives from the PTA, Kindergarten Team, and Administration will be present. 

Tomorrow, Friday, August 5 (11:00-12:00) 

Thursday, August 11 (3:30-4:30) 

Island Creek Back To School Extravaganza for School-age Students - Thursday, August 18

Please meet us in the cafeteria for you child/children's welcome to their new grade level! Staff will host an information session and then there will be time in the classroom to meet the teacher and connect with new and former classmates!

Thursday, August 18

Kindergarten: 8:25-9:25

1st Grade: 9:30-10:30

2nd Grade:  10:35-11:35

3rd Grade:  11:40-12:40

4th Grade:  12:45-1:45

5th Grade:  1:50-2:50

6th Grade:  2:55-3:55

Hayfield Secondary School Event PTA Call for Sponsors

The Island Creek Elementary School PTA is seeking monetary, in-kind, or goods donations from local businesses to sponsor a new event! The Croc Rock-N-Run will take place during the school day on September 30, 2022, and is open to all students. Information about the event will be shared with students in the fall. If you own or work at a local business that would be interested in sponsoring this event, please email [email protected]

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/icespta/events-programs/croc-rock-n-run?authuser=0

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  • Tomorrow, August 5, 11:00-12:00 (Playground) - Play Date for Rising Kindergarten Students and Families 
  • August 8, 11:00-12:00 (Playground) - Popsicles on the Playground for Families New to Island Creek
  • August 11, 11:30-12:30 (Cafeteria) - Sixth Grade Reflections; Rising 6th Grade students, we want to hear from you (please RSVP to Jen Fallert at [email protected] no later than August 8)
  • August 11, 3:30-4:30 (Playground) - Play Date for Rising Kindergarten Students and Families
  • August 12, 9:00-10:00 (Door 1) - Welcome Tours for Families New to Island Creek
  • August 17 - Class assignments sent via email to families
  • August 18, grade-level times shown above (Door 1) - Back to School Extravaganza
  • Monday, August 22 - First day of 2022-2023 School Year!!

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Better Together!

We are excited to share Island Creek Elementary School's 2022 - 2023 school year theme.....Better Together! At Island Creek, we believe student success is best supported through collaborative efforts of staff and families. The Island Creek Staff will work with one another and families to ensure that our students are seen, valued, heard, and challenged.  

Calling All 6th Grade Students - we want to hear from you!

Ms. Fallert and Ms. Baxter would like to extend an invitation to all rising 6th Grade students. We would like to invite our 6th Grade Students to the Island Creek Cafeteria on Thursday, August 11 from 11:30-12:30 for pizza and conversation. Our purpose is to get to know our 6th Graders better and hear thoughts from our 6th Graders about the wonderful things they've experienced at Island Creek and how we can improve to ensure that all students feel welcomed at school! If your 6th Grade student is able to attend, please RSVP to Jen Fallert at [email protected] on or before Monday, August 8.

School Planning Updates

As you may have seen from the superintendent's community message, FCPS is committed to ensuring that we will have a licensed educator in every classroom for the first day of school.

I want to assure you that at Island Creek we are almost fully staffed as we head into the school year. We have plans in place to address any remaining vacancies. These plans are student-centered and designed to meet the needs of all our students. 

We look forward to welcoming your child to Island Creek! We will send a final update on or around August 15.

Popsicles on the Playground with your Principals

Come join your principals, Jen Fallert and Karen Baxter, for some popsicles! We will be on the playground this afternoon from 4:00-5:00 and August 2nd from 5:00-6:00.

July 22 (4:00-5:00) and August 2 (5:00-6:00)

 

Families New to Island Creek

Welcome to our new Island Creek families! We are excited to have you join our amazing Island Creek Community!

Popsicles on the Playground for Families new to Island Creek - Today (4:30-5:30) &  August 8 (11:00-12:00)

Welcome Tours for Families New to Island Creek:  Friday, August 12 (9:00-10) and (3:00-4:00)

Kindergarten Popsicle Play Dates

Come meet other rising Kindergarten students and families for popsicles and fun at the playground! Representatives from the PTA, Kindergarten Team, and Administration will be present. 

Friday, August 5 (11:00-12:00) 

Thursday, August 11 (3:30-4:30) 

Island Creek Back To School Extravaganza for School-age Students - Thursday, August 18

Details will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 18!

Kindergarten: 8:25-9:25

1st Grade: 9:30-10:30

2nd Grade:  10:35-11:35

3rd Grade:  11:40-12:40

4th Grade:  12:45-1:45

5th Grade:  1:50-2:50

6th Grade:  2:55-3:55

Submit Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Now

Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application is available now.    

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. Click to edit this placeholder text.

PTA Call for Sponsors

The Island Creek Elementary School PTA is seeking monetary, in-kind, or goods donations from local businesses to sponsor a new event! The Croc Rock-N-Run will take place during the school day on September 30, 2022, and is open to all students. Information about the event will be shared with students in the fall. If you own or work at a local business that would be interested in sponsoring this event, please email [email protected]

To learn more about sponsoring this event, please visit: https://sites.google.com/view/icespta/events-programs/croc-rock-n-run?authuser=0

Click to view the 2022-2023 FCPS School Calendar

  • Today, 4:30-5:30 (Playground) - Popsicles on the Playground for Families New to Island Creek
  • August 2, 5:00-6:00 (Playground)- Popsicles on the Playground with Your Principals
  • August 5, 11:00-12:00 (Playground) - Play Date for Rising Kindergarten Students and Families
  • August 8, 11:00-12:00 (Playground) - Popsicles on the Playground for Families New to Island Creek
  • August 11, 11:30-12:30 (Cafeteria) - Sixth Grade Reflections; Rising 6th Grade students, we want to hear from you (please RSVP to Jen Faller at [email protected] no later than August 8t)
  • August 11, 3:30-4:30 (Playground) - Play Date for Rising Kindergarten Students and Families
  • August 12, 9:00-10:00 and 3:00-4:00 (Door 1) - Welcome Tours for Families New to Island Creek
  • August 18, grade-level times shown above (Door 1) - Back to School Extravaganza
  • Monday, August 22 - First day of 2022-2023 School Year!!

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