Summer Notes from CPES

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CPES Summer Office Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm Yearbooks Available

Didn't get a yearbook ordered in time this year?  You are in luck!  There are extra 2018-2019 yearbooks available.  Contact Susan Dyer for details.

2019-2020 School Supplies

School supply packs are on sale now!  You should have received a paper order form in this week's Friday Folder. And remember, you can easily place your online order at http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

Enter our School ID: CUN017

Online Orders Due: June 30th

Contact Stacey with any questions: stacey_leimbach@yahoo.com

Dates to Remember
  • Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, & August 1, 8 - CPES Pop-Up Library, Thoreau MS Cafeteria, 5:00-7:00pm (free books, snacks, water, and friends!)
  • Saturday, July 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES playground, 10:00-11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 7 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES playground, 10:00-11:00am
  • Week of August 19 - Student Placement Notification Sent to Parents
  • Thursday, August 22 - CPES Open House, 1:00-2:30
  • Monday, August 26 - First Day of School
  • Wednesday, August 28 - Back to School Night, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2 - Labor Day Break (Schools Are Closed)

Full FCPS Calendar 2019-2020

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Dear Families and Friends,

Our last full week of school was packed with amazing celebrations of learning! 

The week started with showcases of the CPES fine arts department.  Our band, strings, and chorus put on two extraordinary performances, where all of the students’ hard work was beautifully on display.  The growth within the three ensembles is astounding!  Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Easton, and Dr. K for bringing out the best in our young musicians. Congratulations to our performers for giving it all your heart!

Wednesday, our sixth grade held their annual Probability Fair.  Students had worked hard to invent games that tested their mathematical understandings of probability. When fifth graders arrived to play the original games, they rose to the challenge of thinking strategically and learning how the games worked.

Thursday, Mother Nature cooperated for the entire school to participate in Field Day.  All grades enjoyed the activities that the PE department taught and coordinated.  Congratulations to Mr. Winfree, Mrs. Petty (who had organized much before leaving for maternity leave), and Ms. Sinclair (our guest PE teacher) for a successful and fun day! 

Field Day concluded with an all-school relay race, and then a surprise! During our Read-a-Thon earlier this year, the two of us extended a reading challenge we were certain the student body could never achieve. But Cardinals always rise to the occasion, and together, students of CPES read more than we ever expected! Since students won the challenge, they got to hit the both of us in the face with pies. That will for sure show us to never underestimate our students again!

Friday, sixth grade celebrated their own unique future potential by hosting a Portrait of a Graduate Fair.  Using their positive traits, students figured out careers they might like to pursue.  They researched various paths that could help them achieve their goals.  The displays of the of their findings took over the cafeteria, and parents, students, and friends of Cunningham Park were blown away by the bright possibilities our students uncovered within themselves!

Before we close this edition of Cardinal's Message, we share some bitter-sweet news of one of our beloved Cunningham Park family members. Alice Bredin-Karny, who has taught art at CPES for more than 30 years, is capping her long, celebrated career in retirement. It is impossible to estimate the number of lives Ms. Karny has touched, and her mark will always remain on our hearts. She looks forward to a future with family, and to adding to the beauty of the world through original works of art. We wish Ms. Karny the best, with the greatest appreciation for her dedication to our children.

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend. Here’s to the upcoming “Final Four” – four final days of the 2018-2019 school-year. It has been a wonderful year!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Students share steps they can take to follow their dreams.

Calendar Reminder

Thursday, June 13th,

CPES dismisses for the final time of this school year at 12:35pm.

From our youngest Cardinals... ...to our oldest... CONGRATULATIONS! A Celebration of Performing Arts that Burst at the Seams! Dates to Remember
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 11 - News Crew Field Trip to Channel 21
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 6th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm
  • Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, & August 1, 8 - CPES Pop-Up Library, Thoreau MS Cafeteria, 5:00-7:00pm (free books, snacks, water, and friends!)
  • Saturday, July 20 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES playground, 10:00-11:00am
  • Wednesday, August 7 - Rising Kindergarten Playdate, CPES playground, 10:00-11:00am

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Upcoming Cardinal's Message

Cunningham Park alumni return for a visit. Graduates, you are an inspiration to our students. Good luck to you!!

The authors and editors of Cardinal's Message are attending Madison High School's graduation this evening to cheer on our Cardinals, Class of 2019. Therefore, this week's newsletter will be delayed until this weekend.

Until then, congratulations, Warhawks!  We are proud our students today and always!!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

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Dear Families and Friends,

Wow, we are winding into the last two weeks of school, and learning continues in every corner!  Just today, we visited first grade, where students used persuasive writing strategies to convince us we should start recycling dried markers to help protect the environment.  On the second floor, our hallway is beginning to transform as sixth graders prep their original math games for their annual Probability Fair next week.  And all students in PE have been learning games in a unit that will culminate with Field Day next Thursday!  Ms. Sinclair, our guest PE teacher for the rest of the year, joined us this week, and has loved being a part of our community!

With summer quickly approaching, it is a great time to think about getting some new books for your children. Starting Monday, our book fair will be open in the library. There are a variety of picture books, chapter books, and books in Spanish as well.

The sun is shining and warm weather is upon us! We hope you enjoy this beautiful weekend, and will see you on the other side.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

A Note of Thanks

The ESOL department thanks the Cunningham Park community for your generous donations to our "Keep Reading" program to keep books in students' hands all summer!

2019-2020 School Supplies

School supply packs are on sale now!  You should have received a paper order form in this week's Friday Folder. And remember, you can easily place your online order at http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

Enter our School ID: CUN017

Paper Orders Due: June 13th

Online Orders Due: June 30th

Contact Stacey with any questions: stacey_leimbach@yahoo.com

Spring Book Fair is Coming!
  • Monday, June 3, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, June 4 and 6, 9:00-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th 9:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 7th, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Read-a-thon Book Bucks will be distributed during class shopping time.

Parents are welcome to shop with their students during the school day!

Dive Into Reading! CPES Summer Pop-Up Library

*New Location* : Thoreau Middle School Cafeteria

Every Thursday

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8

5-7 pm

Lots of books to take home and KEEP!

Snacks and water for everyone!

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7 - Spring Book Fair
  • Monday, June 3 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings Concert, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 4 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings School Assembly, 9:15am
  • Thursday, June 6 - Field Day
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 11 - News Crew Field Trip to Channel 21
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 6th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

This week, we extend our congratulations to the amazing CPES PTA for being recognized for their incredibly hard work in establishing the strong partnership that exists between Cunningham Park and our families! On Wednesday, the Fairfax County Council PTA awarded our school PTA with the Family Engagement Award, which was also included in the Congressional Record by Congressman Connolly.

According to PTA President, Tracy McCarty, “This was a TEAM effort and we appreciate every family that took time to participate in and volunteer with the PTA and our events!”

We agree whole-heartedly, and are thrilled to see our PTA celebrated by others! Congratulations!!

With Memorial Day coming up, we take time to remember those who selflessly sacrificed for our country. We wish you the best with family and friends this long weekend, and look forward to seeing students again on Tuesday!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Monday, students from first and fourth grades shared PBL work they have done this year with students from other schools and Mayor DiRocco.

2019-2020 School Supplies

School supply packs are on sale now!  You will receive a paper order form in next week's Friday Folders. But you can place your online order today at http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

Enter our School ID: CUN017

Paper Orders Due: June 13th

Online Orders Due: June 30th

Contact Stacey with any questions: stacey_leimbach@yahoo.com

Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Student Preview: Friday, May 31st

Shopping:

  • Monday, June 3, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, June 4 and 6, 9:00-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th 9:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 7th, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Read-a-thon Book Bucks will be distributed during class shopping time.

Parents are welcome to shop with their students during the school day!

Dive Into Reading! CPES Summer Pop-Up Library

*New Location* : Thoreau Middle School Cafeteria

Every Thursday

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8

5-7 pm

Lots of books to take home and KEEP!

Snacks and water for everyone!

SOL Assessment Schedule

Wednesday, 5/29

6th

Math

Beginning 5/30

 

Make Ups

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, Schools are Closed
  • Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7 - Spring Book Fair
  • Monday, June 3 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings Concert, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 4 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings School Assembly, 9:15am
  • Thursday, June 6 - Field Day
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 11 - News Crew Field Trip to Channel 21
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 6th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm

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This week, students in 3rd grade combined simple machines to invent original Rube Goldberg Machines, and showed them off to 2nd grade students!

Cardinal's Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Check it out! Coming home in today's Friday Folders are exciting announcements from the Town of Vienna.  This summer, they are offering two camps to children for FULL SCHOLARSHIPS.

With this offer, ALL our students can take advantage of enriching activities that will keep them engaged, curious, exploring, and on the move throughout the summer! 

Cunningham Park families who would like to sign children up for scholarship may do so by coming to the school next Thursday, May 23rd, between 8:00-9:30am.  We will be waiting for you outside Door 3 (closest to our playground).

For more information about all camps being offered, visit the Town of Vienna Summer Camp online.  Note: some additional camps offer partial scholarships.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Student Preview: Friday, May 31st

Shopping:

  • Monday, June 3, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday, June 4 and 6, 9:00-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 5th 9:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, June 7th, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Read-a-thon Book Bucks will be distributed during class shopping time.

Parents are welcome to shop with their students during the school day!

Dive Into Reading: CPES Summer Pop-Up Library

*New Location* : Thoreau Middle School Cafeteria

Every Thursday

July 11, 18, 25

August 1, 8

5-7 pm

Lots of books to take home and KEEP!

Snacks and water for everyone!

Cunningham Park and Thoreau Middle School Join Forces to Feed Vienna Families

Can you imagine starting the weekend not knowing from where your next meal might come?  Families in our own community face this challenge every week, and we can help!  Donate to our joint CPES/ TMS food bank by shopping the list at Amazon.  Use email: thoreaumsfoodbank@gmail.com, and password Thoreaufood.  Needed food will be sent directly to the food bank, where it is sorted and distributed to families in need.

Thank you for your help!

SOL Assessment Schedule

For your planning purposes, below is the testing schedule for SOLs this spring.  All assessments begin at the start of the school day and are untimed, so students may take as much time in one day as they need.  It is helpful to avoid scheduling outside appointments for students on an assessment day.

Tuesday, 5/21

6th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/22

3rd

Math

Thursday, 5/23

4th

Math

Friday, 5/24

5th

Math

Wednesday, 5/29

6th

Math

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, Schools are Closed
  • Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7 - Spring Book Fair
  • Monday, June 3 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings Concert, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 4 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings School Assembly, 9:15am
  • Thursday, June 6 - Field Day
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 11 - News Crew Field Trip to Channel 21
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 6th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm

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Cardinal's Message: Student Edition

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Cardinal's Message: Student Edition

This week's Cardinal's Message is written especially for the students of Cunningham Park.  It is based on a message sent by Mrs. Le last year to share her thoughts on what is important in education.  She still believes this, and so does Mr. Kemmerer, so this year, it comes from us both.  Please share this with your children, who are the reason we are here. 

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal, and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Dear Cardinals,

We see you, we hear you, and we care about you.  It is important to us that you know this because now, students start testing for SOLs, and when you’re testing for SOLs, it’s easy to forget what learning is all about.

It might start to seem like the only reason you learn is to pass these SOL tests. It might even seem like the reason your teachers and we want you to learn is so you will pass these tests.

It’s not.

Your teachers and we want you to learn because it is our privilege to see you grow and be the amazing unique individuals you are.

You are not a number on a test.

You are not a “pass,” “pass advanced,” or otherwise.

You are full of beauty of your own kind. You may be an artist, an athlete, a reader, a philosopher - you are not just one thing, no one word or number describes you. You are made up of millions of qualities, and you will be made up of even more as you grow and continue to learn.

The SOL tests do not measure who you are, how you’ve grown, how smart you are, or how hard you’ve worked.  No test does.

Tests tell how much you remember on that particular day you take the test. They help us know how memorable our lessons are.  They help us decide what and how to teach next year.

SOL tests do not decide who you are, how happy you’ll be, nor how much or what kind of success you will find.  These tests do not determine the joy you will have in life.  

You do that.

By exploring, taking risks, asking questions, reading, collaborating, playing, thinking, trying, failing, trying again, and being you, you decide who are and who you will become.

And your teachers, families, school staff, and we, we’re all here to help.

You are not alone.

We are in this together.

And we are all happy you are here.  Period. No matter what.

So do your best, and relax.  You are you, these tests won’t change that.  

And we’re not here to see your test scores.  We are here to see you.  We are here to hear you.

Love,

Mrs. Le and Mr. Kemmerer ❤️

Thank You!

For your time, generosity, and kindness during this Teacher Appreciation Week and always!

Sincerely,

CPES Staff

P2 Focus Next Week: Other People Matter

Next week’s example of the Other People Matter Mindset comes from one of our P2 Partner Schools. This past December, Adam Erbrecht, Principal at Liberty Middle School (in Fairfax County Public Schools), became a living kidney donor. -Postivity Project

Cunningham Park and Thoreau Middle School Join Forces to Feed Vienna Families

Can you imagine starting the weekend not knowing from where your next meal might come?  Families in our own community face this challenge every week, and we can help!  Donate to our joint CPES/ TMS food bank by shopping the list at Amazon.  Use email: thoreaumsfoodbank@gmail.com, and password Thoreaufood.  Needed food will be sent directly to the food bank, where it is sorted and distributed to families in need.

Thank you for your help!

SOL Assessment Schedule

For your planning purposes, below is the testing schedule for SOLs this spring.  All assessments begin at the start of the school day and are untimed, so students may take as much time in one day as they need.  It is helpful to avoid scheduling outside appointments for students on an assessment day.

Friday, 5/10

5th

Reading

Tuesday, 5/14

4th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/15

3rd

Reading

Thursday, 5/16

5th

Science

Friday, 5/17

4th

Social Studies

Tuesday, 5/21

6th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/22

3rd

Math

Thursday, 5/23

4th

Math

Friday, 5/24

5th

Math

Wednesday, 5/29

6th

Math

Dates to Remember
  • Sunday, May 12 - Happy Mother's Day!
  • Monday, May 13 - 6th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Frying Pan Park
    • PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, Schools are Closed
  • Monday, June 3 - Friday, June 7 - Spring Book Fair
  • Monday, June 3 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings Concert, 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 4 - Band/ Chorus/ Strings School Assembly, 9:15am
  • Thursday, June 6 - Field Day
  • Monday, June 10 - 6th Grade Luncheon
  • Tuesday, June 11 - News Crew Field Trip to Channel 21
  • Wednesday, June 12 - 6th Grade Promotion, 9:30am
  • Thursday, June 13 - Last Day of School, 3 Hour Early Release, CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm
A Note from the PTA

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

What a busy week of hands-on learning we've had here, at Cunningham Park!  Many grade levels took advantage of the great weather and traveled away from the building for field trips.  For example, on Tuesday, Kindergarten went to the National Zoo and enjoyed the many animals who were out and about.  Also on Tuesday, fifth grade traveled to the Baltimore Aquarium.  While there, many students had the opportunity to touch various forms of sea life, including a sting ray and a jellyfish!  Wednesday, Head Start went to Frying Pan Park to investigate barnyard animals.  Thursday, second graders went to Imagination Stage and saw an interactive “choose your own adventure’-style play where they got to help decide the main character’s actions.  Students were excited to lead the play in the direction that they saw fit.  And finally on Friday, our sixth grade went to Manassas Battlefield, where they hiked among the some of the very historic sites they have been researching in their Civil War studies. 

We cap the week off with a celebration - announcing the birth of our newest Cardinal!  Our PE teacher, Mrs. Petty, welcomed daughter, Cora, this afternoon.  The Petty's are all doing well, and we couldn't be more excited for them!

Tomorrow, the PTA has organized a harvest of the lettuce growing in our school garden.  Come join in the fun and help yourselves to some veggies at 9:00-11:00am!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

CPES' annual Fine Arts Festival filled the hallway, gym, and cafe with art, movement, music, poetry, and culture as students shared favorite songs on recorder and in Spanish.

2019-2020 Class Placement Parent Input

To help with making decisions about student placements for next year, we would like input from you, our students’ parents. While we will not take requests for particular teachers, we appreciate knowing your thoughts on the types of learning environment that help your child thrive.

We value parent input. If you feel there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, email Katie Le at CPESParentInput@fcps.edu by May 10th. 

During our annual Fine Arts Festival, students (and some parents!) got moving in the gym for physical fitness.

SOL Assessment Schedule Considerations for Families who Celebrate Ramadan

This spring, the SOL assessment window has significant overlap with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan 2019 begins on the evening of Sunday, May 5th and ends with Eid-al-Fitr on Wednesday, June 5th. 

All  assessment sessions at CPES are in the morning, but if you have a specific concern about the scheduling in light of the dates of Ramadan, please contact Jon Kemmerer to determine what options might be available to address the student’s needs.

An FCPS This Week e-newsletter article will be published soon to directly communicate this overlap to families and provide additional details. 

P2 Focus Next Week: Leadership

This strength means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders, rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people. -Positivity Project

SOL Assessment Schedule

For your planning purposes, below is the testing schedule for SOLs this spring.  All assessments begin at the start of the school day and are untimed, so students may take as much time in one day as they need.  It is helpful to avoid scheduling outside appointments for students on an assessment day.

Friday, 5/10

5th

Reading

Tuesday, 5/14

4th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/15

3rd

Reading

Thursday, 5/16

5th

Science

Friday, 5/17

4th

Social Studies

Tuesday, 5/21

6th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/22

3rd

Math

Thursday, 5/23

4th

Math

Friday, 5/24

5th

Math

Wednesday, 5/29

6th

Math

Dates to Remember
  • Saturday, May 4 - Spring Harvest in the School Garden, 9:00-11:00am (watch Facebook for weather-related updates or cancellation)
  • May 6-10
    • Teacher Appreciation Week
    • School Nutrition Employee Week
    • Walk/ Bike/ Scooter to School Week
  • Wednesday, May 8
    • 1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo
    • PTA Read-a-Thon Night at the Movies, 6:00pm
  • Thursday, May 9 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Jamestown
  • Friday, May 10 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Meadowlark Gardens
  • Monday, May 13 - 6th Grade Panoramic Photo
  • Tuesday, May 14
    • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Frying Pan Park
    • PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday, Schools are Closed

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Students and teachers came back from Spring Break rested and rejuvenated, ready for a strong finish to the school year.  Readers across multiple grade levels are learning about functional text and how it is used in our every day world.  In fourth grade, for example, students created bridges from Legos and wrote directions for someone else to re-build the same bridge step-by-step.  The creativity and thought that was put into the bridges and their directions were awesome!  In sixth grade, studies of functional text started with analysis of advertising and fliers.  Next, they moved on to investigate websites as functional text. Students were enthusiastic as they collaboratively analyzed various websites for a scavenger hunt. 

This afternoon ended quite unusually with a tornado warning at around 3:00.   All students evacuated rooms with windows and moved to shelter areas within the building calmly and peacefully. The tornado drill was brief, and students returned to learning once the warning was lifted. Because of predicted incoming storms, walkers were dismissed first at the end of the day to allow maximum time possible for them to arrive home safely. That was a switch in our normal order of dismissal, so students may have arrived home a few minutes earlier than usual.

We hope to see you at our Fine Arts Festival next Tuesday, April 30, at 6:30pm!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Call for Donations for the ESOL Department

Hello Cardinal Families!

Are you thinking about starting your spring cleaning?  While you clear out, think about our summer "Keep Reading" program for our beginning language learners here at Cunningham Park. 

We collect gently used children's books, games, and puzzles to give out at the end of the school year.

Monetary donations are welcome as well.  Make checks payable to Cunningham Park Elementary School and write "Keep Reading" in the for line.

Drop off donations any day, just address them to Laurie Chaker. Donations are being collected through mid-May.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Laurie Chaker, ESOL Teacher, Cunningham Park Elementary School

Literacy Is For Tomorrow (L.I.F.T.)

LIFT letters went out in last week’s Friday Folders (see copy at the bottom of this newsletter).  The deadline for returning them is Friday, May 3rd.  Please help your child reach our school-wide goal of reading at least six books over the summer.  Children will “shop” and order books in May, and then  the books are given out in June and mailed directly to your home in July and August.  Please help us reduce summer slide by keeping reading going all summer long!  If you need a lift form you can print one here.  Please contact our Reading Specialist, Kelly Carper, with any questions you  may have at kacarper@fcps.edu.  

2019-2020 Class Placement Parent Input

To help with making decisions about student placements for next year, we would like input from you, our students’ parents. While we will not take requests for particular teachers, we appreciate knowing your thoughts on the types of learning environment that help your child thrive.

We value parent input. If you feel there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, email Katie Le at CPESParentInput@fcps.edu by May 10th. 

Upcoming P2 Focus: Purpose

Having a clear sense of purpose in life, and a belief that you’re connected to a larger meaning, gives individuals
strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances, or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life – and are more fulfilled. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, April 29 - School Assembly: Author's Visit
  • Tuesday, April 30
    • Kindergarten Field Trip to National Zoo
    • 5th Grade Field Trip to National Aquarium
    • CPES Fine Arts Festival, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 1 - Head Start Field Trip to Frying Pan Park
  • Thursday, May 2
    • Counseling Presentation with Mrs. Lujan: Trauma in Children 8:40-9:40am
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Imagination Stage

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Cardinal's Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

We are rolling into the fourth quarter with our staff and students excited to start Spring Break!  This week's annual Battle of the Books was historic because it ended in a first-ever tie!  A huge thank you goes out to Meg Brinkhuis, who met with students before and after school, set-up the entire battle, and even made it possible for multiple students to participate remotely from Greece and Turkey.  The event was a huge success and we are astonished at how much information students retained from the books they read.

Congratulations, also, to our young artists who were featured in the Madison Pyramid Art Show last night!  The following students' creativity and artistic talents shone brightly amongst their peers from all other schools in the Madison pyramid: Yuna Chung, Leela Ranpuria, Jiah Rim, Tyler McCarty, Sadie Rayburn, Ryan Kristick, Ethan O’Keefe, Abby Ham, William Depaz, Vy Cao, Madison Moseley, Sophia Sicard, Joey DeRosa, Ashley Mendez-Amaya, Donna Pham, Casey Abbott, Aidan Bennett, Junior Amaya-Lopez, Will Gates, and Noah Weinberg.

With that, we wish everyone a safe and fun Spring Break.  Enjoy time with your friends and families during the week away from school.  We look forward to seeing the students on Monday, April 22 for our first day back!

Sincerely,.

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Spring Newsletter from the Advanced Academic Programs Office

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in grades K-8. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extensions of the Program of Studies (POS). Teachers, administrators, and advanced academic resource teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services in each elementary school:

Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students in kindergarten through grade six receive level I services which consist of model lessons that are designed to teach critical and creative thinking skills.  The lessons are modeled in all classrooms by AARTs and the thinking strategies are then used throughout the year by classroom teachers and other teachers who work with students. Student responses to these model lessons are used as part of the identification process for AAP services. Parents may also practice the thinking strategies during family conversations and activities. A description of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found here.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenge through lessons and resources that extend and enrich the POS. Level II services are part of a talent development pool. Students are rescreened annually to make decisions about the need for this level of service.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Students identified by a local school screening committee for part-time advanced academic services are challenged through models and strategies designed to extend and enrich the POS in the four core subject areas. Students receive direct instruction from the AART at the local school using curriculum from the AAP Curriculum and Resources to Support the Differentiated Framework.  Students identified for Level III services continue to receive level III services through grade 6. 

SCREENING FOR SCHOOL-BASED (LEVEL II-III) SERVICES

Screening for school-based services can happen at any time during the school year but is done school-wide in Spring to determine services for the next school year. Parents or guardians may initiate the screening process for school-based (level II and III) services by submitting the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form (found here) to Dan Solsberry, AART, prior to spring screening by May 3rd, 2019.

Multiple criteria are used to screen students for all levels of AAP services. 
 
If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to Dan Solsberry. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact Cunningham Park's Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mr. Solsberry.

Becoming Experts: 3rd Graders Conduct Various Scientific Experiments to Begin Learning About Simple Machines

Students construct vehicles, then test to see which travel the farthest

Students apply different types of force to various objects to understand physics of motion

Upcoming P2 Focus: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence 

This is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember
  • April 15-19 - Spring Break (the school and office are closed)
  • Wednesday, April 24 - Head Start/ Preschool Field Trip to Giant
  • Friday, April 26 - Progress Reports Distributed to Students
  • Monday, April 29 - School Assembly: Author's Visit
  • Tuesday, April 30
    • Kindergarten Field Trip to National Zoo
    • 5th Grade Field Trip to National Aquarium
    • CPES Fine Arts Festival, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 1 - Head Start Field Trip to Frying Pan Park
  • Thursday, May 2
    • Counseling Presentation with Mrs. Lujan: Trauma in Children 8:40-9:40am
    • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Imagination Stage

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Purple Up Day Tomorrow

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April Is Month of the Military Child; Purple Up Day Is April 10

Each year our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle. During the month, one day is selected as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military connected youth. 

Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. This year, Purple Up day will be celebrated on April 10.

Visit the FCPS Resources for Military Families web page

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Friends and Families,

We have made it to the end of the 3rd quarter!  The students here at Cunningham Park are excited for the 4th quarter and for the spring weather to be in full effect.  This week was a busy week for our students and staff.  In second grade, students constructed 3D shapes during their geometry unit.  They had a great time creating different shapes and demonstrating their understanding of the concepts.  In first grade, students used M&Ms in math class to practice data analysis. The students had a SWEET time participating in this lesson.  We also welcomed our rising Kindergarteners, as the class of 2032 came to Cunningham Park for their kindergarten orientation. 

If you haven’t heard, the city bus line that serves the Cunningham Park community has been restored!  This week Mayor Laurie DiRocco, Delegate Mark Keam, Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Supervisor Jeff McKay, Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, and coordinator of VOICE Pastor Austin Almaguer joined our own PTA President Tracy McCarty and CPES parent Angy Friedman for a ribbon cutting to kick off the new service.  Mr. Kemmerer was there to represent Cunningham Park and capture the moment in photos.

Connector bus 467 is in full service.  All rides are free on this bus line until April 30th.  Please utilize this great resource that many members of our community worked tirelessly to make a reality.  We are so excited to have access to this new bus!

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week in the 4th quarter.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Welcome Future Cardinals!

Today, the class of 2032 filled our kindergarten classrooms and cafe to meet each other and our teachers for Kindergarten Orientation

The Connector is Back

This week's ribbon cutting event to kick off Connector service back in Vienna with our own CPES parents Angy Friedman and Tracy McCarty among the guests of honor

CPES Represents in All County Chorus

Congratulations to our own Kyra Aukofer, Weston Borodin, Lydia Mikhin, Laila Xayachak, Gracie Rayburn, Jenna Jumaili, Savannah Vernon, and Lauren Garrett who, along with Dr. K, represented CPES with pride in an amazing All County Chorus Festival! 

The concert airs on Channel 21. Check out this site for dates and times.

Family Engagement Survey Update from FCPS

We value your opinion so much that we are sending out a special reminder for you to complete the FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

On March 24th, you received an FCPS Family Engagement Survey!

Please complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of

  • communicating,
  • providing you opportunities to partner,
  • developing positive relationships,
  • ensuring student success and more.

The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email for an invitation sent with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school iPads or computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

For a direct link to the survey click HERE

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make it a better place for ALL!

Kindergarteners Hard at Work Upcoming P2 Focus: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention. So, the answer is clear: we need to pay attention to people in our lives. That’s going to be good for individuals, small groups, and large societies. -Positivity Project

Debate Club Applies Aristotle's Four Appeals to Compose and Present Persuasive Essays Dates to Remember
  • Tuesday, April 9 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • Thursday, April 11 -
    • Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6, School Assembly
    • Head Start Walking Field Trip
    • Madison Pyramid Art Show, 6:00-7:30pm at Madison High School
  • April 15-19 - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 26 - Progress Reports Distributed to Students

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Cardinal's Message

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On Thursday evening, Cunningham Park's cafe was filled with friends and games from Sweden, Germany, and Italy. There were games in Spanish, some played Chess, some played Taboo, and all ate, chatted, and enjoyed our first ever International Game Night!

Cardinal's Message

Dear Cunningham Park Families,

On March 24th, you should have received an invitation from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, to participate in the 2019 FCPS Family Engagement Survey. 

We would love for you to complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of:

  • Communicating 
  • Providing you opportunities to partner
  • Developing positive relationships
  • Ensuring student success and more

The survey will be available between March 24th- April 12th.The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.

  1. Check your email after March 24 for an invitation with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
  2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
  3. Complete the online survey using one of the school computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.

We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools. We strive to make school a great place for ALL!

For more information, please contact the CPES main office at 703-255-5600.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

2nd Grade historians explore Thomas Jefferson's home using Google Expeditions.

Upcoming P2 Focus: Humor

Humor means that you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people. It is a sense of playfulness and lightness. A way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing at the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember
  • Saturday, March 30 - All County Chorus Festival, 3:00pm @ Hayfield Secondary School
  • Monday, April 1 - Spring and Group Photos
  • Friday, April 5
    • Teacher Workday: No School for Students
    • Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00am
  • Tuesday, April 9 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • Thursday, April 11 -
    • Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6, School Assembly
    • Head Start Walking Field Trip
    • Madison Pyramid Art Show, 6:00-7:30pm at Madison High School (*Note: this is an updated time from previous advertisements)
  • April 15-19 - Spring Break
  • Friday, April 26 - Progress Reports Distributed to Students

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Cardinal's Message

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Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

Did you hear the news?  CPES staff faced off against Vienna Elementary School in a rousing game of basketball this Wednesday, and the winner was... EVERYONE!  We loved getting together with our neighbors up the street for some good, clean fun, and thoroughly enjoyed the CPES hip-hop dance crew at halftime.  Thanks to all our cheerleaders who came out and joined in the fun!

March is National Social Work month, which is the perfect time to highlight services that support our students.  At Cunningham Park, our Social Worker, Katherine Doyle, stops at nothing to ensure our children and families have everything they need to succeed.  On any given day, Ms. Doyle can be found on the phone acquiring free glasses for a student in need, working on social skills with groups of children, consulting with parents for services to support at home, and so very much more.  Ms. Doyle’s genuine love for children is always evident, and as she often says, “I have the best job in the world!”  

We actually think we have the best Social Worker in the world!

You can learn more about social work services offered in FCPS.  Feel free to reach out to Ms. Doyle for support, to ask questions, or to share appreciation for her hard work.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

6th grade students create models of atoms to illustrate elements from the PeriodicTable.

Upcoming P2 Focus: Fairness

Fairness means that you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. Fairness is complex. That’s because it is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember
  • Thursday, March 28 - International Game Night, 6:00-7:00pm - Let's cap off March Madness with some games of our own!
  • Friday, March 29 - March Madness Team Day: Wear gear for your favorite team (basketball, ice hockey, soccer, gymnastics, curling, dance, chess...)
  • Saturday, March 30 - All County Chorus Festival, 3:00pm @ Hayfield Secondary School
  • Friday, April 5
    • Teacher Workday: No School for Students
    • Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00am
  • Tuesday, April 9 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • Thursday, April 11 -
    • Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6, School Assembly
    • Madison Pyramid Art Show, 6:30-8:00pm at Madison High School

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Cardinal's Message

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School Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, talks with a group of students about our Play Space PBL on the school's playground.

Dear Cunningham Park Families and Friends,

What a busy week here, in Cardinal Nation! We were treated with spring-like weather towards the end of the week, and our students enjoyed as much fresh air as possible.  Back inside classrooms, great things are happening daily! 

Vienna police officers visited Head Start and kindergarten classes on Wedensday.  They showed students their tools, uniform, and even allowed them to see the police vehicle.  It was great to learn about our community helpers. 

In third grade, a writers' celebration was the culmination of a six week content area research project.  During the celebration, students displayed the results of their findings using nonfiction literary techniques.  We have quite some authors on our hands!

Friday, Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, Dr. Brabrand, visited Cunningham Park as a part of his Friday visits to schools series.  He toured the school and met with a group of students, to learn about our Play Space PBL (pictured).  Dr. Brabrand was so impressed with our students' poise, knowledge, and grit, he offered to share their ideas with the FCPS Leadership Team. 

As always, our students represented Cunningham Park with pride, and they remind us the future is bright in their hands!

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Using technology, students propose adding a mini zipline to our playground for Superintendent Brabrand.

Second graders learn to use new strategy games purchased by the CPES PTA.

New Strategy Games Roll Out in Classrooms!

Thanks to the generous support of our PTA, boxes of strategy games are being rolled out in classrooms by our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mr. Solsberry, together with classroom teachers. When students learn to think strategically while playing, higher order thinking strategies become second nature and directly benefit learning.  We are thrilled to have these new games in our classrooms!

Thank You CPES PTA!!

When students develop higher order thinking skills through play, those skills become second nature.

SOL Assessment Schedule

For your planning purposes, below is the testing schedule for SOLs this spring.  All assessments begin at the start of the school day and are untimed, so students may take as much time in one day as they need.  It is helpful to avoid scheduling outside appointments for students on an assessment day.

Friday, 5/10

5th

Reading

Tuesday, 5/14

4th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/15

3rd

Reading

Thursday, 5/16

5th

Science

Friday, 5/17

4th

Social Studies

Tuesday, 5/21

6th

Reading

Wednesday, 5/22

3rd

Math

Thursday, 5/23

4th

Math

Friday, 5/24

5th

Math

Wednesday, 5/29

6th

Math

Upcoming P2 Focus: Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured, and to allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has caused them pain. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember It's Time for March Madness!
  • Wednesday, March 20 -
    • CPES Spirit Day: Wear CPES spirit-wear or anything red!
    • 6th Grade Field Trip: Smithsonian Art Museum
    • Staff Basketball Game: CPES vs/ VES, 7:00pm @ Madison High School (doors open @ 6:00pm)
  • Friday, March 22 - March Madness Basketball Season College Day: Staff will wear their favorite college gear, students are welcome to join in if they would like
  • Thursday, March 28 - International Game Night, 6:00-7:00pm - Let's cap off March Madness with some games of our own!
  • Friday, March 29 - March Madness Team Day: Wear gear for your favorite team (basketball, ice hockey, soccer, gymnastics, curling, dance, chess...)
  • Friday, April 5 -
    • Teacher Workday: No School for Students
    • Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00am
  • Tuesday, April 9 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Volunteer Breakfast
  • Thursday, April 11 -
    • Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6, School Assembly
    • Madison Pyramid Art Show, 6:30-8:00pm at Madison High School

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Dear Cardinal Families and Friends,

Finally, a full week of school in 2019 here at Cunningham Park.  The students were excited to be here and their enthusiasm shone throughout the week.  In music classes, the sounds of recorders filled our hallways.  It was great to hear and see the participation by students who play the recorder.  In PE, our badminton unit started.  Birdies were flying all over the gym as students learned to volley and serve to one another.  In art class, students continued working on their stitching projects.  A first grader stated, “Football players stitch in the offseason to strengthen their hands.”  They all did an outstanding job with their projects.  On Friday, fifth graders had a poetry celebration, where they displayed original poems while their classmates wrote positive words of encouragement about the poems.  The creativity displayed through their poems was a sight to see!

Don’t forget about Daylight Savings time this weekend, set those clocks ahead an hour.  We also have a three-hour early release Monday for students.  Have a restful and fun weekend.

Katie Le, Principal and Jon Kemmerer, Assistant Principal

Last week's evening performance was enjoyed by families and friends, alike!

Reminder: How to Change Your Child's Dismissal Temporarily

If your child is going home with a friend or has any other change in his/her usual dismissal plan, you must notify the office before noon that day. If the plans involve going home with another child or getting picked up by another parent, it is your responsibility to ensure the other family notifies the office prior to noon as well. Notice must be received from all parties before noon in order to authorize the dismissal change. This also applies to riding the bus home with a friend - temporary bus riders need a yellow bus pass from the office or the driver may not let them on.

One Easy Way to Do this: Email CunninghamParkElem.Attendance@fcps.edu and copy your child’s teacher. It may also be helpful to include any other parents involved so they can just “reply all” to confirm.

In the case of an emergency, remember to use your emergency contacts as they are authorized to pick up your child.  Through weCare@school you can manage your emergency medical information, and enter and update your child’s medical data at your convenience online.

Thank you for your cooperation as we all work together to ensure a safe and expedient dismissal.

Scenes from last week's daytime Variety Show performance.

Kindergarten Orientation: April 5, 2019

Our Kindergarten Orientation is on 5th April at 10:00 am for parents of incoming kindergarteners born on or before 9/30/2014. Registration packs are now available from the school office and on our website.

You can turn in your completed application and supporting documents during office hours.  If you need more information, please contact our registrar, Lesley Hite, or call 703-255-5600.

Call for Donations for the ESOL Department

Hello Cardinal Families!

Are you thinking about starting your spring cleaning?  While you clear out, think about our summer "Keep Reading" program for our beginning language learners here at Cunningham Park. 

We collect gently used children's books, games, and puzzles to give out at the end of the school year.

Monetary donations are welcome as well.  Make checks payable to Cunningham Park Elementary School and write "Keep Reading" in the for line.

Drop off donations any day, just address them to Laurie Chaker.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Laurie Chaker, ESOL Teacher, Cunningham Park Elementary School

A student breaks a wooden board during last week's Variety Show.

Upcoming P2 Focus: Love of Learning

People who love learning experience positive feelings in the process of acquiring skills, building on existing knowledge, or learning something completely new. Over time, individuals with this strength may develop deep and wide knowledge. Their knowledge enables them to make significant contributions to others’ understanding. -Positivity Project

Dates to Remember
  • Monday, March 11 - 3 Hour Early Release; CPES Dismisses at 12:25pm
  • Tuesday, March 12 - PTA Meeting, topic: Bullying Prevention, 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 14 -
  • Wednesday, March 20 -
    • 6th Grade Field Trip: Smithsonian Art Museum
    • Staff Basketball Game: CPES vs/ Vienna ES, 7:00pm @ Madison High School 
  • Thursday, March 28 - International Game Night, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Friday, April 5 -
    • Teacher Workday: No School for Students
    • Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00am
  • Tuesday, April 9 - PTA Meeting, 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Volunteer Breakfast (details to come soon)
  • Thursday, April 11 -
    • Battle of the Books, Grades 4-6, School Assembly
    • Madison Pyramid Art Show, 6:30-8:00pm at Madison High School

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A Note About Digital Citizenship

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Dear Cunningham Park Families,

The news lately has indicated an online hoax is going around, in particular targeting YouTube users.

Keeping our children safe and happy under any circumstance comes down to one major thing: maintaining open communication. Open communication between the child and parent remains the one essential constant whether we’re talking about stranger awareness, appropriate relationships, online digital citizenship, and any area of student safety and wellness.

When children feel safe talking to a trusted adult without being judged, it is amazing what parents are able to learn. And when parents are aware of their children’s true concerns and worries, parents can take appropriate action to keep children happy and safe.

When it comes online activity, Fairfax County Public Schools recommends a four-pronged approach for supporting children:

  • establish expectations by developing and enforcing media and device plans with their children
  • select and use age-appropriate media (games, apps, videos, books, etc.)
  • use parental controls to support your child
  • mediate your child’s technology use by using it with them 

FCPS further advises that using technology with your children provides opportunities to:

  • talk about content and help your children understand and interpret what they experience
  • share and discuss your own experiences
  • model and promote safe, respectful, and healthy practices
  • enjoy time together

Additional online support for parents can be found by visiting FCPS’ Digital Citizenship: Establishing Expectations at Home and at Digital Citizenship Resources for Families.

At Cunningham Park, we are close to becoming a Digital Citizenship Certified school, which means we have been actively teaching our students about appropriate online behavior.

For questions regarding technology, reach out to our School Based Technology Specialist, Dr. Keri Mina, for information on mental health, contact our counselor, Lisa Lujan, and with any other thoughts or questions, feel free to reach out to our Assistant Principal, Jon Kemmerer, or me.

Together, CPES and our families can make great strides to keep our children safe and happy. Thank you for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Katie Le, Principal

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