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.يرجى زيارة موقعنا الألكتروني لقراءة هذه النشرة الإخبارية بلغات أخرىIn this week's issue:
- Important Dates
- Principal's Message
- Last Week to Order Your KJMS Yearbook
- Staff Appreciation Week
- Update Your Emergency Care Information Through [email protected]
- New From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
- Upcoming 8th Grade Finance Park Field Trip
- Proposed Updates to the SY 2023-24
- Sign Up For Summer Camp: KJMS Thinkabit Summer Camp
- Request From the FHS PTA
- In The Library
- KJMS Family Liaisons
- FCPS Weekly News
- Parent Resource Center New Webinars
- FCPS Cares
- Stay in Touch with Us
- March 25 - District Choral Assessment at KJMS (Saturday)
March 27- 30 - Field Trip to Finance Park - Civic Classes
- see schedule section below
April 3-April 7- Spring Break - Main office will be closed
- Returning on April 10, which is an ODD day
April 13 - End of 3rd Quarter-2 Hour Early Release (12:15 PM)
- April 13 - 7:00 PM PTA Meeting (Zoom link)
April 14 - Teacher Workday/Student Holiday/Orthodox Good Friday
April 21 - Eid al Fitr/Student/Teacher Holiday-Schools closed
Good afternoon, KJMS Families,
Spring has sprung in our region! The cherry blossoms are in bloom with peak expected in the coming days. Let’s hope the March winds slow down enough to leave the flowers on the trees for our viewing pleasure as long as possible. Our nation’s capital looks beautiful this time of year. Go and enjoy it!
Spring break is approaching fast. As a reminder, in FCPS, we do not assign homework or large projects during spring break. Students also should not have tests or quizzes on the first two school days back from the break. We truly want our students to unplug, relax, and spend some quality time with family and friends.
We ended the week with some great news from our 8th grade civics classes. Recently, our students wrote letters to government officials to express their concerns regarding issues that they believed could be improved upon at the local, state, or federal level. Jacob W., one of Mr. Long’s students, wrote to President Biden. He was quite surprised today to learn that he received a letter back from the White House! (See our Twitter feed!) We also have students who will soon be meeting with both our Fairfax County and our City of Fairfax School Board Superintendents. It is great for our students to see that their voices are heard and do make a difference!
In closing, we began to open the library this week for our students who have begun fasting for Ramadan. Please speak with your fasting students about this to encourage them to go to the library during lunch if that is your desire. Should there be any concerns with this, we will give you a call to ensure everyone is in agreement about your expectations.
PrincipalLast Week to Order Your KJMS Yearbook Deadline is Friday, March 31
Don't wait! Order your KJMS yearbook today through Barksdale website Purchase & Payment page. There is no service fees
KJMS access code is 0037625YB
See our KJMS website yearbook page for more information.Staff Appreciation Week
Our Staff Appreciation Week is rapidly approaching, May 8- May 12, and we are looking for your help! We are asking for donations of gift cards and/or gift baskets. We need to collect a total of 150 gift cards, to cover our entire staff. We plan to raffle off any gift baskets and other items, we acquire. Thank you in advance for your donations and generosity and thank you for helping make our Staff Appreciation Week a memorable one. Donations can be dropped off in the main office.
Another way to express your "thank you" for a staff member is by using the FCPS Cares Program. This 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.Update Your Emergency Care Information Through [email protected]
Fairfax County Public Schools provides [email protected] (weCare), an emergency care information system, to parents/caregivers who have registered for their own parent account. weCare helps manage emergency medical information by allowing parents to enter and update their children’s medical data online at their convenience. That contact information automatically enrolls parents/caregivers 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 delay, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent via email, text, and occasionally phone.
Learn more about updating your emergency care information.New From our Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Read more
What is binge drinking? Binge drinking refers to consuming a large amount of alcohol quickly. It’s a practice that pushes up blood alcohol levels fast. Read more
For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.
For further Information & support:
De’Ja Ruffin, MSW
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
- March 27th – Nighthawks (Coyne’s Civics Classes)
- March 28th – Panthers (S. Kim’s Civics Classes)
- March 29th – Highlanders (Long’s/Wright’s Civics Classes)
- March 30th – Cavaliers (Sterzinger’s Civics Classes) and Calderon’s Panthers’ Students Only
Student Rights and Responsibilities and feedback Opportunities
Last week, we shared information about the Department of Special Services’ virtual meetings regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Regulation for the 2023-24 school year. The meeting scheduled for Monday, March 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. is currently on hold. Please check the event webpage for updates. Please stay tuned for details. Visit FCPS’ website.April Observances
- Month of the Military Child
- National Arab American History Month
- School Library Month
- Autism Acceptance Month
- Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
- National Poetry Month
Does your student like inventing and/or robotics? If so, the Thinkabit Summer Camp is the place to be!
- This FREE camp will run from June 20-23, 2023 – 9AM-1PM at Katherine Johnson Middle School
- Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to apply
- All supplies are provided, they just need to bring a lunch
- Students must have their own transportation to and from camp
Click here to apply to the Thinkabit Summer CampRequest From the FHS PTA
DO YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT WILL BE A FRESHMAN AT Fairfax High School IN THE FALL??
We are currently filling positions for the Fairfax High School PTSA board.
Being on the board is a great way to get to know other parents, be involved and get to know the Principal and Administrators on a more personal level. Now is more important than ever to BE IN THE KNOW!
Below is a list of the positions, let me know which one you would like to know more about!
Please contact Susan Skare at [email protected] for more information.
Let’s make the 2023-24 school year the best yet!
Go Lions!!In The Library
Lunchtime Parent Volunteers
Lunchtime is the busiest time of day in our library. We are seeking parent volunteers to help supervise students having fun in the library between 10:45-12:45. Interested?
There’s still time to check out our Black History Month display to learn more about important events in Black History, as well as important people, past and present. Next up in March is Women’s History Month. We celebrate our namesake, Katherine Johnson, in both months.
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus is our current most popular title. Right behind is A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson.
#TeamLibrary has an Amazon Wish List!KJMS Family Liaisons
If you need to contact one of our parent liaisons, Ana Maxey (Mon.,Thur., Fri.) or Jennie Choi (Tues. & Wed.), please call 703-934-2454 and leave a message with your name, your student's name and phone number. You may also contact them via email: Ana Maxey at [email protected] or Jennie Choi at [email protected]FCPS Weekly News
In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:
- Update Your Information in [email protected]
- Centreville Prom Dress Shop Open
- SR&R Feedback Opportunities
Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.Parent Resource Center New Webinars
The Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers free workshops (webinars), consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities
Upcoming Webinars for Parents
FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. Upcoming PRC webinars include:
Unlocking the Mysteries of Sleep and the Developing Brain: Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a.m.
Presented by experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, this two-part webinar will provide an overview of the sleep and wake cycle, illustrate the consequences of insufficient sleep, and other information.
The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for families, 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 Katherine Johnson MS. We love our staff members; let's tell them how we feel!Stay in Touch with Us
- Katherine Johnson Middle School website
- Sign up or change preferences for News You Choose
- Katherine Johnson MS PTSA website
- FCPS 2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar
- Keep up with Dr. Reid’s work and visits around the county by reading her Weekly Reflections and following her Instagram page.
Parent Information Line Available in Eight Language
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.
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