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Call for Committee Chairs 2014-2015

Have you wanted to get more involved at Fairview but don’t know where to start? Signing up to help with a PTA committee is a great way to get to know other Fairview parents and learn more about the school.  If you’re up for more of a challenge, we have several committees that will need someone to take the lead on planning as soon as possible.  If you would consider taking on a very important role in the PTA, please visit the volunteer page to submit your name for the committee chair position.  If you have any questions, please contact  Thank you!

Labels for Education

We have learned that we have more than 11,000 points, which we will use towards recess equipment and art supplies to benefit all students. Mary Benger has graciously agreed to chair this committee next year and we’ll be looking to increase our earning opportunities. More information will be shared in the fall, but, in the meantime, please start saving the labels. They will make a difference for your children.

Fairview Footprint Blog

Trish Wotowiec has started a blog, dedicated to the eco-friendly initiatives underway at Fairview. She and her Green Team have done a spectacular job helping make Fairview more environmentally friendly. Please subscribe to learn about what’s underway and planned in and around the Fairview premises. The blog’s address is:

Fall Family Night

Join your family and friends for a great evening of fun and games. Scheduled for Friday, September 5 (yes…first Friday we’re back to school), this will be a fun time for everyone. Plan to attend.  Since planning is occurring this summer, the committee could always benefit from volunteers who can help make this a successful event. If you can help this summer—even on a limited basis—please contact Karla Kaywork at

Mark Your Calendars

June 23      Snow Make-Up Day:  Follows normal Monday Schedule

June 24      Snow Make-Up Day:  Follows normal Tuesday Schedule

June 25      Last Day of School:  Early Release at 11:35am (6th Grade Grand March before dismissal)



FCPS Master Calendar & Early Release Mondays

The FCPS Board is getting ready to entertain a potential Master Calendar change for the division which would affix our school year to 180 days and eliminate early release ‘half-day Mondays’ in elementary school, a practice in place since the 1970’s. Please note, Deputy Assistant Superintendent Dan Parris and a working group of principals and staff developed sample Master Calendars taking into account a myriad of issues.

The working group said this could be done for the coming 2014-15 school year.  Originally, the working group had planned on a recommendation for 2015-16, however there are some changes which must be made in any event to address State Accreditation and other matters (see below). The question, thus, is whether to do incremental changes for 2014-15 and again more changes the following year or to just make the changes for the 2014-15 school year.

The proposed changes to the Master Calendar are reasonable to examine considering the many associated benefits – including:

  1. addressing teacher workload;

  2. meeting Standards of Accreditation;

  3. aiding student achievement;

  4. consistency for students, families and educators;

  5. efficiencies in transportation and personnel;

  6. create a consistent schedule across the division’s elementary schools ensuring at least 20 minutes per day to address disparate practices and inconsistency regarding recess;

  7. parity with best practices and surrounding jurisdictions; and

  8. fixing the school End-of-Year date and, notably, eliminating the need to add additional days in the future at the end of the school year or changing holidays to school day due to snow/inclement weather.  

Teacher Workload:

Elementary teachers will find a significant improvement in unencumbered, teacher-directed planning time. This will greatly assist the current problems teachers face regarding work burden and inadequate time to grade work, plan, etc. Principals from each of the elementary, middle and high school levels participated with staff in the working group and kept a focus on remediating the lack of adequate teacher-directed planning time throughout the course of its work. I became aware of State Accreditation issues shortly after becoming elected and have been working toward improving the Master Calendar and fixing the workload and unencumbered time for teachers with FCPS staff ever since.


1.       A standard calendar school year is defined by the Virginia Board of Education to be 180 days (or 990 hours).

2.       The additional days at the end of this 2013-14 school year, plus the change of some holidays or half-days to full instruction days, are a direct result of FCPS’ inability to meet Virginia Board of Education mandates

As we learn more, we will share it with you either through this newsletter and/or the Fairview PTA Facebook page. Not a member, please request to join.