Weekly Principal's Message - February 5, 2023

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Submission in our February Student Challenge: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. created by 7th grader, Alexander Carr. How can you as a digital artist, create a mosaic illustrating important people or events to honor the contributions and legacy of African Americans across U.S. history and society?

Dear Stone Families, 

We hope to see everyone this week at the Stone Middle School Curriculum Night. on Thursday February 9th. This is an important event for families as it is time to understand what your student's academic expectations will be for next school year. It is a chance to meet teachers and ask questions about curriculum so that you can help your student make the best choice for their classes. 

This month our school is celebrating Black History Month through various events in the building culminating in our first ever student black history bowl trivia. Please encourage your student to participate in the various activities throughout the building. 

Sincerely,

Sonya Williams, Principal

Student of the Month - January

Congruatulations to our January Student of the Month students who were chosen by their teachers for exemplifying our Stone PRO expectations of: 

  • Being Prepared
  • Being Respectful
  • Being On Time

These students were honored on our Panther News shows and will receive a certificate and Student of the Month magnet. Keep up the great work Panthers! 

Energy Star Award

Stone Middle School has earned an FCPS Energy Star Award. To earn this award a school must operate more efficiently, meaning we use “an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings”.

Stone Middle earned one of the top scores in the county this year. We have also earned this award in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016 and 2015!

Bingo Night is Back!

Join us next Friday, February 10 from 6:00 - 7:00pm in the Stone Cafeteria for a night of fun and community engagement!

This Friday night we hope to see you attend our first Bingo NIght of the new year!  There will be many prizes to be won including a gift basket from our friends at Grace Covenant and some baskets that will include some of our highly coveted “Hype Squad” tee shirts.  The event will begin promptly at 6pm and will conclude at 7pm in the cafeteria.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Panther Leadership will be selling pizza, water, and baked goods at Bingo Night on 2/10. Pizza will be $2 a slice and water will be $1. We will have an assortment of baked goods for purchase as well. Come hungry! We will also begin selling our Pura Vida custom made Stone bracelets. Bracelets will be available for purchase for $6.00 each. All proceeds will benefit ongoing Panther Leadership school-wide activities and projects.

Helping Students Dream Big is the theme of this year’s National School Counseling Week. We will celebrate the work of Ms. Brumett, Mr. Garcia, Ms. Bricker, Ms. Marrefi and Ms. Powell throughout this week for their impact on student wellness and achievement.

After School Program

The new quarter has begun and so have our new assortment of clubs!  Click here to view the updated activity calendar for this quarter.

Local Parent Workshops and Events

Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs

Fairfax Academy Open House

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023
  • Fairfax High School
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  
  • Learn about Academy courses offered and meet the staff!  Enter through Door 1.  For more information on the courses available or the Open House, please visit, https://fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu/event/academy-open-house-1

For additional parent support and information on a variety of topics, please visit our Stone Family Engagement webpage

Eating Disorder Parent Information

The Code of Virginia, 22.1-273.2, requires Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2022),

“Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. While no one knows for sure what causes eating disorders, a growing consensus suggests that it is a range of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors. Eating disorders are not fads or phases, and can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.”

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a webpage with detailed information and resources to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. This information may be found at the following link:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/37440

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Draft Calendar Updates
  • Regional Science Fair
  • Scholastic Art Award Winners

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

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Weekly Principal's Message - January 29, 2023

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Congruations to our very own Ruby Brown, FCPS Cares Region 5 winner.

Dear Parents and Families, 

We welcome students back into the building to start third quarter. Only two more quarters to go for this school year. On Monday morning, some students will be receiving new schedules as they start new electives so we  will start our day with all students reporting directly to their panther block for a quick check in. 


Last week, we honored one of our very special teachers, Ms. Ruby Brown, math teacher. Ms. Brown was honored by Stone and FCPS Cares program for her dedication to students and creativity in the  classrom. 

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to recognize a Stone MS Staff Member by sharing your story.  https://www.fcps.edu/careers/recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

 

The Academic Advising season for the 2023-2024 school year is underway!  All students will be selecting their academic courses for the 2023-2024 school year with the support of their school counselor.  All Academic Advising material, dates and timelines are posted on our Stone Student Services Academic Advising website.   If you have questions, contact your child’s school counselor:

Student Last Name A-Gq - Ms. Marrefi [email protected] 

Student Last Name Gr-Og - Mr. Garcia [email protected] 

Student Last Name Oh-Z - Ms.Bricker [email protected] 

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, February 9th - Parent Curriculum Night & Electives Fair 6:00pm - 8:00pm (with optional sessions starting at 5:30pm)

Please see this flyer on our webpage for details!

 

For translations of this message, please visit the Stone MS website. Click here.

Sincerely, 

Sonya Williams

Principal

After School Program

Due to the FCPS Strategic Planning Forum at Stone MS, the After School Program will not be running on Monday, January 30.  Late bus will also not be running on Monday. The After School Program and late buses will resume third quarter activities on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Please make sure you check out the After School website to see the new Quarter 3 Activity Calendar for clubs and activities being offered.

Questions? Contact our After-School Specialist, Nick Anderson at [email protected]

PTA Meeting - January

Please join us on Tuesday, January 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Stone MS Library for our General Membership Meeting where we will share and discuss upcoming PTSA events, projects, and more!

Summer Learning Programs Registration: Opening Soon! 

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Stay tuned for weekly highlights from Stone on how will honor this important month.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February: 

Click on the title for more information and to register.

Job Opportunity - FCPS Food and Nutrition Services District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Community Feedback on Calendars
    • Text-to-Speech Function on Websites

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

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Weekly Principal's Message - January 22, 2023

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Good evening Stone community,

 

Last week was an exciting spirit week leading up the re-match volleyball game versus Liberty Middle School. Kudos to all our students and staff who participated and attended the game.


We are already at the half way point of the school year as this is a short week wrapping up the end of the second quarter.  Let's keep pushing forward showing our growth and celebrating our student success.  

 

Sincerely,

Sonya Williams

Principal

End of Quarter Reminders and Student Holiday

As a reminder, Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

FCPS Weekly Progress Reports will not be sent to parents Monday, January 23, through Monday, February 6, during second quarter grading and report card generation.

Additionally, the GradeBook and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed Wednesday, January 25, at 4 p.m. until Monday, February 6, at 6 a.m.

Stone MS Quarter 3 at a Glance

Stay on top of all the Quarter 3 events and happenings for students and families on our Family Engagement webpage.  A printable version is also available. We hope to see you at many of these events!  

Wishing good fortune to those in our community who celebrate Lunar New Year! In many east Asian countries, the Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year and is all about ushering in luck & prosperity with family. Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids

FCPS Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan: Make Your Students’ Voice Count! Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations. Please encourage your students to participate in this unique opportunity to share their voices.

FCPS is currently seeking secondary students in grades 7-12 who are interested in participating in a Strategic Plan focus group. This focus group provides an opportunity to share feedback in a small group with other FCPS students and a trained facilitator. FCPS is hosting four virtual focus groups for secondary students in February and March:

  • February 9, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.
  • March 16, 3:30-5 p.m. or 5:30-7 p.m.

Interested students should check their email for a form to sign up for the focus groups. Students will be asked to provide their student ID, so their parents/caregivers can be identified and contacted to ask for consent to participate.

If you have any questions about the student focus groups or you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact [email protected]  

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Cell Phone Policy

Parents please stop text messages your student during the school day…

Parent Workshop/Online Webinar: Teen Sexting & Sextortion

6:30-8:00 PM Online Webinar presented by: Fairfax County Communities of Trust

Register Online: https://bit.ly/reg4webinar012523

Please send questions, in advance, for panelists to [email protected]

Webinar: Human Trafficking

The Roles of Families in Human Trafficking: Participation, Prevention, and Intervention

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Department’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools’ National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, is hosting a two-part miniseries focused on the roles of families in human trafficking, including participation, prevention, and intervention:

Part 1: “Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Familial Human Trafficking” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, 3–4:30 p.m. ET

Part 2: “Engaging Families in Preventing and Addressing Human Trafficking” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, 3–4:30 p.m. ET

Register here for the Jan. 25 webinar. Please note both webinars will be archived on its event webpage, including a recording of the presentation, slides, transcript, speaker information, and related resources.

Message from Westfield Pyramid Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

How to Talk About Alcohol Safety

Stores have been packed with holiday savings, credit cards have been charged, and food has been consumed. The holidays are often a time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories with one another. The matching holiday pajamas leave a lasting impression on social media, but what impression does your relationship with alcohol leave on your child. Although difficult, conversations about alcohol safety are necessary. When consuming alcoholic beverages around young people, consider the  message you would like for them to receive. Have you caught yourself saying any of the following: “ I need a drink,” “a drink would help me relax,” or “wine helps me sleep better at night”. These statements could inadvertently cause your child to believe that alcohol is a suitable replacement for healthy coping strategies.

 It’s never too early to have age-appropriate conversations with your child about alcohol. About 10% of children say they have tried alcohol and that number increases to 50% by the time they are 15 (SAMHSA). Early and frequent conversations about alcohol and other drugs tend to be more effective than having “the talk” once. If you choose to not have the conversation with your child as a parent, they will still have the conversion with their peers. Silence communicates as loudly as a verbal conversation, so it’s up to you to decide what message is explicitly shared.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

 Sources & Resources

Why You Should Talk With Your Child About Alcohol and Other Drugs

Talk, They Hear You

FCPS SAPS Program

For further Information & support: Stacey King, MSW, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FY 2024 Budget Highlights
  • Draft School Year Calendar Options
  • FAFSA Help

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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Principal's Weekly Message

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Good evening Stone families,

Last week, we had two events in our building that caused an interuption to our school day. On Tuesday, we had an odor in a portion of the building that the fire department researched and deemed safe. On Thursday, we had an incident near the school requiring our school to secure the building for approximately 30 minutes until we received an all clear. I am grateful to our staff and students who followed directions quickly. These events could cause fear and anxiety in students. Here are some suggestions of how you might be able to support your student if they are feeling some of these emotions. 

Keep your explanations age appropriate. 

Reassure students that they are safe. 

Make time to talk. Be patient; children do not always want to talk about their feelings. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet.

As always, our school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker can be of support to your family.

Addtionally, this is holiday weekend honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As I am enjoying the weekend, I am reflecting on  Dr. King's quote "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?".  I hope that you will encourage your student to get out in the community or at home and to do something for someone else. Volunteer Fairfax collaborates with FCPS to offer opportunities for students to build their portrait of a graduate skills, such as becoming an ethical and global citizen.  To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Enjoy your holiday weekend. We will see students on Tuesday, January 17th. 

-Sonya Williams

Principal 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

The end of the quarter is quickly approaching. Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday. 

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Planning process is well underway, with the Community Forums beginning in less than three weeks. But why do we need a new strategic plan? 

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Register Now for Community Forums!

Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for the schedule of Community Forums. Register for the one that is most convenient for you and get more information on our exciting Strategic Planning process! 

Friends 4 KEEPS

This group is a good fit for neurodivergent tweens who can verbally communicate with others and may be experiencing challenges due to a particular diagnosis. This may include but is not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety.

Date: Starts mid-late January until mid-late March

Time: Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Ages: Middle School age

Location: In Person at JSSA Fairfax Office (3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 450, Fairfax, VA 22031)

This is a 10-week social skills program for motivated tweens eager to learn ways to develop and keep friendships through building social skills that show Kindness, Empathy, Engagement, Perceptiveness, and Self-Esteem (KEEPS).

Structure:

The weekly group sessions will highlight a different social skill related to the five core traits (KEEPS) that are emphasized in this program. Weekly activities to take home will be assigned each week to practice the skills learned in the session. Two virtual parent sessions will provide feedback on the progress and generalization of social skills learned in the program. These sessions will be held on weeks 4 and 8.

Enrollment: Ongoing enrollment until maximum enrollment is met. A minimum of 6 participants is needed. The program is being offered to Virginia and Maryland residents if they are willing to drive to the Fairfax office. This group will be in person and will not have a virtual capacity.

Cost: FREE

To register or learn more about the program, contact Sheena Reddick at [email protected] or Jessica Eliason at [email protected]

Group Facilitators:

Sheena Reddick is a graduate student intern at JSSA. She is completing her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. She enjoys working with children and families and has experience in working with families and children on the autism spectrum through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in a variety of settings. She has also worked as a student volunteer with both teens and adults in an inpatient setting.

Jessica Eliason is a graduate student intern at JSSA. She has extensive experience assisting parents and families with children who experience behavioral and intellectual challenges navigate the school system and facilitating peer support systems.

Winter Coat Closet

Cornerstones is an organization that helps families stay warm, by providing free coats.  Please refer to this link for dates and more information:

https://www.cornerstonesva.org/donations/drives/winter-coat-closet/

If you have an emergency and need faster assistance with winter clothing, please contact your Social Worker, Amy Young, or Family Liaison, Denisse Stein, here at Stone Middle School 703-631-5500.

English Classes

Registration for English Classes for this term has started and spots are limited!  Register soon.

Classes are being offered by several organizations and for different levels and skills. Please use this link for detailed information. Once you click the link, if you need the information in a different language, you may change the language of the site, by clicking the flags on the top left corner of the page:

https://stonems.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement#english-language-classes

If you have any additional questions, please contact Denisse Stein, our Family Liaison, @ 703-631-5901 or email her [email protected]

Attend a High School Academy Open House

FCPS high school academies will hold open houses for interested students beginning in mid-January. 

A high school academy is a center within a high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that can prepare students for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will have opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/career-and-technical-education-cte/academies-and-specialized?utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

FCPS Parent Center is offering several webinars, on a variety of topics, that you may register for free: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center

Some of their previous Workshops and Webinars posted on their site.  If you were not able to attend to a past Webinar, or are looking for information on a specific topic, please take a look at the Workshops and Webinars they offer…there is a lot of good information for parents and great topics to be able to refer to (i.e. Digital Citizenship, Mental Health, Special Education, Executive Functioning, Early Learning, General Parenting & Wellness Supports, Military-Connected Youth, etc)

The Parent Resource Center will present the following webinars in January:

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood on Friday, January 20, at 10 a.m.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning on Tuesday, January 24, at 10 a.m

Upcoming Events

 

January 20th: Volleyball Game at Stone MS vs Liberty MS

January 25th: End of the 2nd Quarter, 2 hour early release

January 26th & 27th: Student Holidays 

February 6th: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Distributed 

February 10th: Bingo Night

 

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Weekly Message

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January is a typical time of year to set your yearly resolutions and commitments. While your households are thinking about your 2023 priority we at Stone are also starting to think about our 2023-24 school year priorities, commitments and goals. Starting this month, students will begin the planning process to establish their academic plans for next school year. It is important to have conversations with students about their passions, interests and long term goals so you as caregivers can help them make good decisions. Remember, we are always here to help. 

-Sonya Williams, Principal

Stone Academic Advising

The Academic Advising season for the 2023-2024 school year is underway!  All students will be selecting their academic courses for the 2023-2024 school year with the support of their school counselor.  All Academic Advising material, dates and timelines are posted on our Stone Student Services Academic Advising website.   If you have questions, contact your child’s school counselor:

Student Last Name A-Gq - Ms. Marrefi [email protected] 

Student Last Name Gr-Og - Mr. Garcia [email protected] 

Student Last Name Oh-Z - Ms.Bricker [email protected] 

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, February 9th - Parent Curriculum Night & Electives Fair 5:30 - 8:00pm

Please see this flyer on our webpage for details!

English Classes

Registration for English Classes for this term has started and spots are limited!  Classes are being offered by several organizations and for different levels and skills.  Please follow this link for more information, and you will find 5 different options.  If you need the information in a different language, please note you can change the language of the site, by clicking the flags on the top left corner of the page: https://stonems.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement#english-language-classes

If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to your Family Liaison, Denisse Stein for more information: 703-631-5901 or [email protected]

Community Events

Chantilly Bible Church is hosting another meal packing event in partnership with Generosity Feeds on Saturday, January 21st. Please visit chantillyfeeds.org to sign up to volunteer for this event. Chantilly Bible Church donates some of these meals to Stone MS for families in need.

What Should I Do Before My Child Grows Up

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education Session

February 15, 2023

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School 3020 Gallows Road

Falls Church, Virginia 22042

^Snow Date: February 22, 2023

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult. Ensuring postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, and Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success.

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.

FCPS Educators register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event.

Register online: https://tinyurl.com/4ak8b6t7

More information can be found on our website at https://stonems.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement.

Food for Neighbors

Stone Middle School has partnered with Food For Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in counties as wealthy as Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun at least one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

 Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to our students every week through our food pantry.

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food For Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day (all collection dates are  listed on the tag). And don’t worry, they send reminders.

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house, the food sorted at a local school and delivered directly to the school food pantry at our school. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here. Check out what items FFN collects as they are targeted to ready-made, individually packaged food items that students and teens can eat on-the-go or with little preparation.

The organization also offers volunteer opportunities including Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles. This is a great way for students to receive community service hours, too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sonya WIlliams [email protected]  or Karen Joseph [email protected]

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support! 

New Year's Resolutions

In December, many people will head to their local Target or Michaels to find a new planner. The crisp, fresh feeling of new paper to write new and improved goals gets some of us excited. When thinking of your goals consider making them SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound), this method breaks your goals down into specific objectives and makes it easier for you to track your progress. What goals would you like to share with your child, to show them examples of healthy adult introspection? Introspection, looking within, is necessary to learn how to manage stress in a healthy manner. What regular coping skills can be implemented into your daily/ weekly routine? Some goals may be physical, spiritual, financial, or emotional. Would it be easier to have serious conversations over a family dinner? Or maybe regular family dinners, spark joy and connection that’s often missing.

Research has shown that family therapy is the best treatment option for young people who misuse drugs and alcohol (SAMHSA). Many people use drugs to manage life’s hardships when they feel disconnected from themselves or others. The opposite of addiction is connection, and young people benefit from connection with their families. Families who have a common mission based on autonomy and openness instead of secrecy and silence thrive. Families teach young people how to manage stress when they communicate honestly and openly with one another. Learning how to manage stress early in life could be a major factor in whether or not a young person decides to use drugs.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Sources & Resources

Why Small Conversations Make a Big Difference

SMART Goals Quick Overview

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

 

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW, M.Ed

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

EMAIL: [email protected]

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Happy New Year

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Good evening Stone community, 

 

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the winter break. We are excited to open the doors and welcome students back into the building. Tomorrow will be an even day for students starting with 2nd period and we will have after school programming. Although our first day back we will experience nice weather, please remind your students to dress appropriately for the daily outdoor breaks. Additionally, if your student does not feel well please keep them home from school so that we can stop the spread of any illness as we all return together. We have a couple more weeks until the end of the quarter so we will start strong tomorrow. 

Sonya Williams

Principal

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Weekly Principal's Message - December 18, 2022

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Cheers to Winter Break! 

Please enjoy your winter break from December 19, 2022- January 2, 2023. The school and offices will be closed during this time. 

I would like to wish you a joyful and restful holiday season. Can’t wait to see you again in 2023!

 

Sincerely, 

Sonya Williams, Principal

2023-2024 Acadmic Advising 

The Academic Advising season for the 2023-2024 school year is underway!  All students will be selecting their academic courses for the 2023-2024 school year with the support of their school counselor. 

All Academic Advising material, dates and timelines are posted on our Stone Student Services Academic Advising website. If you have questions, please contact your child's school counselor:

SAVE THE DATE! February 9th is Parent Curriculum Night & Electives Fair from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

See this flyer on our website for more infomation! 

Mental Health, Coping and Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.

Resources:

For further Information & support:

Stacey King, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Email: mailto:[email protected]

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Stone MS Picture Retakes

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Stone Parents,

This is a reminder that School Picture Make-Up  Day is tomorrow, December 14, 2022. 

Please review the reminders below if your student will be taking make-up pictures tomorrow: 

Retake Day Reminders:

  • New students or students who were absent during the original picture day/s should come to the camera on Retake Day.
  • Students who would like a retake must bring their original portrait packet to the camera and return it to the photographer.

Thank you,

Stone Middle School

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Weekly Principal's Message - December 11, 2022

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Good morning Families,

We have reached the last week before winter break and we hope all students will participate in our winter spirit week and various activities throughout the building this week, including our winter wonderland after school program party. 

Stone is honored to recognize our outstanding employees of the year. 

  • Ms. Magwire (Band): Outstanding Teacher 
  • Ms. Candeletti (Science): Outstanding New Teacher
  • Ms. Costanza (SBTS): Outstanding School Based Professional 

As a reminder, winter break will be held December 19 to January 2. To help make sure you and your children have a restful break, we have asked that no homework be assigned during this time. Teachers may assign long-range assignments in the weeks ahead of the break, allowing students to practice time management skills, but no assignments will be due immediately following the break. 

We hope all families enjoy the holiday season and have a restful winter break!

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year.

Sonya Williams

Principal

After School Program - Winter Break

There will be NO After School Program on Friday, December 16. 

The After School Program will resume on Monday, January 9.

Spirit Week Student Winter Party Hype Squad T-Shirt

T-shirt cost is $10.00 and can be purchased through MySchoolBucks or cash during lunches. 

Conversational English Classes
  • January 16 - April 3, 2023
  • Monday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00pm
  • Chantilly Bible Church (4390 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly)
  • Classes Beginning to Advanced
  • User friendly and practical!
  • Class book is $13.00
  • www.chantillybible.org/english

Ingles Conversacional
  • 16 de enero - 3 de abril 2023
  • Cada tunes 7:30 - 9:00pm
  • Chantilly Bible Church (4390 Pleasant Valley Road, Chantilly)
  • Del principio hasta avanzado
  • Programa util y practico
  • Libros S 13
  • www.chantillybible.org/english

Parent Resource Center: December and January Webinars

Register for Free online Webinars and Events through our Parent Resource Center, check often to see what is new on the calendar.  For a list of events and to register use this QR code or this link: https://bit.ly/3zjZrGH.

Coming soon:

  • December 16, 2022 at 10:00am, presented in Spanish: Stress Management Series.  Please register using this link: regístrese aquí.
  • January 12, 2023 at 6:30pm OR Friday, January 13, 2023 at 10:00am: Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We Are All Neurodiverse? Join us to examine the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.  Register here.
  • Friday, January 20, 2023 at 10:00am, Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood. Register here.  Join us to identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood and discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development.
  • Friday, January 24, 2023 at 10:00am, Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning.  Join us to hear how teachers and school staff are building schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. Register here.
Food For Neighbors

Our school is partnering with Food For Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity outside of school hours. Even in a county as wealthy as ours, one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger. Through the Food For Neighbors’ Red Bag Program, you’ll make a difference in a local student’s life just by adding a few extra items to your shopping cart five times a year. And the best part - our students will immediately benefit from your generosity! To learn more about how you can help, visit the Food For Neighbors’ website at www.foodforneighbors.org/get-involved

Your Comprehensive Guide to Events in the DMV

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Stay Up to Date on COVID 19 Testing Sites and Vaccines

People 6 months and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 5 years and older is eligible for a booster dose. The Fairfax County Health Department offers several ways to schedule vaccines and boosters.

In partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department, FREE Covid testing sites are available for students and families. 

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

FCPS NewsIn case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Outdoor Learning Spaces
    • Job Opportunities for Bus Drivers and Food Services Workers
    • Strategic Planning Community Forums

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

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Weekly Principal's Message - December 4, 2022

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Students in Ms. Egber's FACS class are getting ready for winter weather. They are proudly showing off their hand sewn felt hats.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe that it is already December. I am not sure about you but it feels like the first day of school was just a week ago. As we wrap up the last two school weeks in December we will stay busy with spirit weeks, field trips, winter concerts and a winter wonderland dance. Although numerous fun events are planned for the building it is so important that students are staying academically focused. Stone has some pretty intelligent and talented students across the building and it brings me joy to see their individual growth and successes in and outside of the classroom. 

Let’s enjoy these next two weeks!

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec. 5 - 9 - Inclusive Schools Week
  • Dec. 8 - Bodhi Day
  • Dec. 12 - 16 - Winter Spirit Week

  • Dec. 14 - Winter Band Concert (correction from last week)

  • Dec. 15 - Winter Orchestra Concert - (correction from last week)
  • Dec. 19 - Jan. 2 - Winter Break

Sincerely,

Sonya Williams

Principal

School Picture Retakes

School picture retake day is on December 14, 2022. In order to have retakes done, students are asked to return their original package on Picture Retake Day.

Pictures can be ordered at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/

Picture Day ID: EVTKZDCKJ

A flyer was sent home with your student on Friday, December 2.

Inclusive Schools Spirit Week

Stone Leadership classes have planned a Spirit Week to raise awareness about all inclusive schools. The will be celebrated with activities being incorporated through Panther Leadership, Panther News, SEL Lessons, Morning Announcements, and during lunches. 

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and make sure your child is bringing home their laptop and charger before a weather event.

Hope Heals

For the upcoming holidays, the organization Hope Heals is distributing toys at no cost to families in need.  If this would be helpful to your family, please plan to go to their event at:

Warrenton Community Center

Day: December 17th, 2022

Hours:  12pm – 3pm

Address: 430 E Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186

Para las próximas fiestas, la organización Hope Heals estará distribuyendo juguetes sin costo alguno a las familias necesitadas. Si esto sería útil para su familia,

planee ir a su evento en:

Warrenton Community Center

Dia: 17 de Diciembre, 2022

Horas de repartición: 12pm – 3pm

Direccion: 430 E Shirley Avenue, Warrenton, VA 20186

Hunger is Closer Than You Think

Stone Middle School has partnered with Food For Neighbors to help feed our local students who deal with food insecurity because even in counties as wealthy as Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun at least one in four kids in our area are struggling with hunger.

Food for Neighbors is a local organization addressing this problem by collecting food from our community via the Red Bag Program and donating directly to our local schools. The food is then distributed to our students every week through our food pantry.

We hope you will consider participating in the Red Bag food collection program. You can make a difference in a local student’s life by simply adding a few extra items to your shopping cart every 2 months.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a reusable Red Bag here and Food For Neighbors will drop it off at your house.
  2. Fill the Red Bag with food items that are listed on a tag on that bag.
  3. Put the Red Bag outside your front door in the morning on the next bag collection day (all collection dates are  listed on the tag). And don’t worry, they send reminders.

Your Red Bag will be picked up from your house, the food sorted at a local school and delivered directly to the school food pantry at our school. As an added benefit, you can get a tax deduction for the food that you donate!

With your help, even more kids can be fed. For more information on the Red Bag program click here. Check out what items FFN collects as they are targeted to ready-made, individually packaged food items that students and teens can eat on-the-go or with little preparation.

The organization also offers volunteer opportunities including Driving to pick up filled Red Bags and Sorting the donated food during the Red Bag Day events. Visit the FFN FAQ page to find out more about and to sign up to volunteer in these 2 very important roles. This is a great way for students to receive community service hours, too.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sonya WIlliams [email protected]  or Karen Joseph [email protected]

Thanks for helping us provide food to students who need that extra support!

Keeping Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Your school’s principal will monitor the weather for low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Multicultural and Language Resources for Families

FCPS’ Office of Family and School Partnerships would like to remind families of some of the many resources available to them:

  • Bilingual community liaisons support student registrars by providing families with information about school and community services offered in Fairfax County. Liaisons are available to help families speaking Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. Once registered at a school, families can contact their family liaison for assistance. 
  • Early literacy programs are available to Fairfax County residents for parents of children up to 5 years old. These programs help prepare children for school and build confidence in parents as their child’s first teacher. They also help parents become active partners in their child’s education. Programs are available in African-Heritage, Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. 
  • Parent Information Phone Lines are available in eight languages for parents who speak languages other than English. 
  • A Multilingual Family Podcast is produced by the offices of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Family and School Partnerships, and Professional Learning and Equity. It covers important information for parents in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. 
  • ESOL services are available in Fairfax County not only for students, but also for adults and families. Information on Spring classes will be posted in March 2023. 

 Visit the Family Engagement webpage for more resources. 

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Proposed Process for Special Education Enhancement Plan
  • Provide Feedback on Secondary World Languages Basal Resources

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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Weekly Principal's Message - November 27, 2022

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Hopefully everyone got a chance to rest and rejuvenate this Thanksgiving break. We have only three more weeks of school before the next extended break. During these next three weeks, the building will be busy with spirit weeks, testing, and field trips. Although it is hard, students should try their best to maintain their sleep routines and morning schedules. Thank you caregivers for all you  do to support the students ensuring they are at school everyday and ready for learning; we appreciate you. 

Upcoming Dates:

December 6: Winter Choir Concert

December 9: Drama Field Trip

December 14:  Winter Orchestra Concert

December 15: Winter Band Concert

December 15:  Winter Wonderland Dance sponsored by Stone After School Program

December 19, 2022 - January 2, 2023: Winter Break/No School

-Sonya Williams, Principal

PTSA News

Please consider supporting the Stone PTSA. Visit their website to explore the most recent fundraising activities: https://stonemsptsa.org/ There is still time to order holiday wreaths and other items. THANK YOU to all the families who contributed to the November 11th staff breakfast. 

Post-Thanksgiving COVID Diagnostic Testing

COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county November 28-30 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

IEP Palooza and Community Resource Fair

Saturday, December 3rd

IEP Palooza & Community Fair - Join us for an interactive event celebrating the IEP process & learn more about community supports.  Event will be at Annandale High School from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  Register for free here.

Westfield HS Theatre Presents....

Westfield Theatre is thrilled to present Mischief Theatre's comedic play-within-a-play THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!

 

Welcome to opening night of the Cornley Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. The 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

 

Performances at Westfield High School

December 1st and 2nd at 7:00 pm

and December 3rd at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

 

Reserved tickets are $10 students and $15 adults.

Don't delay! Buy tickets your here:

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15474/

 

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Weekly Principal's Message - November

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week was quite busy at Stone. We hosted another Parent Coffee discussing advanced academics, 504 and IEPs, our PTSA hosted a restaurant night with pre-orders from Moe’s and we  hosted our first Bingo night. Thank you to all who came out to participate in the various activities around the building. I really enjoyed meeting families and having a little fun. We will continue this week with our after school program’s Gobbler’s Gallop on Monday and our annual Career Day on Tuesday. Thank you in advance to all the parents and community members who have volunteered to present to our students for Career Day. 

If you did not get a chance to come to any of these events…do not worry. We are actively planning another bingo night, parent coffee, winter wonderland dance and we will be hosting three music concerts in December. 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. We will not have after school academic support this Tuesday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

Sincerely,

Sonya Williams

Principal

After School Programming this Week

Due to the Thanksgiving break, Monday, November 21 is the only day for after school programming this week. All regular clubs and activities scheduled for Monday are still happening, along with late buses. 

We have two special events happening after school on Monday.

  • Nintendo Switch "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" Tournament in Room 118.
  • Gobbler's Gallop race around the school. The race is 2.1 miles around the school with prizes for the top 8 finishers. See details in the flyer below.

There will be no after school programming or late bus runs on Tuesday, November 22. 

Laptop Care

Our technology office is seeing a large increase in broken/cracked laptop screens. Laptop screens are delicate and should be treated gently. 

Please remind your student of these tips for laptop care: 

  • Keep it somewhere safe when you aren't using it. (in a case, a sleeve inside your backpack, and have a charging station at home)
  • Don’t carry your laptop by the screen.
  • Check to make sure you are not leaving items (headphones, pencils,etc.) on the keyboard before closing the lid.
  • Put your backpack somewhere safe where it cannot get stepped on. 
  • Do not allow others to use your laptop. 

These are the most frequent reasons for screen damage we are seeing at Stone. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Costanza or Mr. Eley. The FCPS Student Device Guidelines webpage has more information. 

National Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers.

At Stone, our monthly Parent Coffee Series is offered as an opportunity to engage with you to answer questions, share resources, and learn more about ways you can support the success of your Stone Panther.

More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The national standards for family-school partnerships include welcoming all families, communicating effectively, supporting student success, speaking up for every child, sharing power, and collaborating with the community. 

If you are looking for additional resources, please check out the following resources that are available to all FCPS families:

FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others.

Anyone may submit an FCPS CARES for an employee through filling out the form found at: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/employee-recognition-programs/fcps-cares-program

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • FCPS Calendar Survey
    • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
    • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
    • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

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Volunteers Needed at Stone!!!

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History 7  School Based Field Trip

This year, the  Stone Middle School History 7 team will provide an in-house field trip surrounding the Ellis Island and Angel Island experience.  We are looking for living descendants of Ellis Island and Angel Island immigrants who can offer at least 20 minutes of their time to share stories or to sit down for interview session(s) with students.  The activity is scheduled for November 29 and 30.  If you or someone you know can volunteer, please contact Ms. Shannon Outlaw at [email protected]

We could also use some parent volunteers to help out with this school based field trip. We need several volunteers for each time slot listed below. Please contact Ms. Shannon Outlaw at [email protected] if you can volunteer. 

 

Tuesday, November 29

7:15 am-9:15 am

10:30 am -12:45 pm

12:30 pm-2:15 pm 

 

Wednesday, November 30

7:15 am -9:15 am 

8:45  am -10:30 am 

11:05 am -12:45 pm 

 

 

Weekly Principal's Message - November 13, 2022

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For the first time in a couple of weeks, we will have a full week of school for students. The week will start with  an alternate bell schedule to accommodate for some building wide survey needs. 

Students should have come home last week with report cards in hand to show you their success from the first quarter but if that report card is not exactly a symbol of their capabilities, please encourage your student to use flex back periods or Tuesday after school support to gain additional remediation. We  honored and celebrated our 7th and 8th grade students who earned all As during our first quarter Honor Roll ceremony. A special thank you to Westfield High School students, Pat Bartro and Anthony Moore who share their personal journey and encouraging words with our Stone Panthers. Students really enjoyed the special doughnut treat at the end of the ceremony! Special thanks to the Student Services department for organizing this wonderful celebration of academic accomplishments. 

In honor of Veteran’s day, we would like to acknowledge our community of Veterans and families of Veterans, THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice. At Stone, we are extremely proud of our Veterans Mr. Kevin Eley, Technology Specialist, (Army), Mr. Armando Garcia, Counselor, (Navy) and Officer Virgil Swartz, School Resource Officer (Army).

Quick reminder….It seems this week the weather will be changing to more seasonal cooler temperatures. Please remind your students to dress appropriately especially for the bus stop. 

Let’s have a great week Panthers, 

Sonya Williams

Principal

“Hidden in Plain Sight” Program

Parents please consider attending this very informative, interactive event.

Join us Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Sully District Station (4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly).

Register here: https://bit.ly/hipsnov22. Seats are limited.

This is a hands-on learning adventure for PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ONLY! We guide you through a presentation that opens your eyes to what is right in front of you. This program begins with a setup of a teenager’s bedroom which includes close to 100 “red flags” that indicate risky behavior. Parents are encouraged to touch everything and identify our red flags. Times have changed since we were teenagers… do you think you can find them?

The hands-on portion is followed by an educational section that includes a presentation detailing the red flag props that the room contained and how it is indicative of — or used in — risky behavior. We include up to date statistics and local trends, and law enforcement officers will share their experiences they have had in our community identifying risky behavior and helping to put kids on the right path to a healthy life. Let’s open the door to communicating with our teens!

Winter Coats - Distributions & Donations

Cornerstones, in partnership with the Hunter Mill District Supervisor’s Office, is once again operating the Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet for 2022 – 2023 in order to provide free winter coats, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to all who need them.

All distribution events will be outdoors, and all participants will be encouraged to wear masks to ensure everyone’s safety.  If the date of a distribution event should have inclement weather, the distribution will be moved indoors, and masks will be required. 

For more information visit: https://www.cornerstonesva.org/donations/drives/winter-coat-closet/ 

District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Calendar Survey, Coming Soon!
    • Family Engagement Resources
    • School Board Presentation: Academic Matters

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Weekly Principal's Message - Nov. 6, 2022

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Parents and Families, 

Daylight saving has come to an end and it is time to fall back. Typically, this is a big adjustment for all of us on our bodies, routines and sleep patterns.  The time change along with the normal fall flu, cold, and allergy season can be challenging for some. Please take care of yourselves.

This week will be a shortened week for students as we will only have school on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.  Although it is a short week, attendance matters. Students need to be here each day and on time. 

Last week, Stone honored the November Portrait of a Panther students and staff members. The November honorees were the entire Stone Panther News Team. These ten students work diligently every day to interview people in the building and gather important information for the student body. They have exhibited many of the Portrait of the Graduate attributes through their work such as communication, collaboration and global ethical citizenship. These students are lead by Ms. Costanza who models the Portrait of the Graduate attributes herself and works diligently to challenge students everyday. THANK YOU! 

I hope to see you all at our upcoming Parent Coffee and Stone Community Bingo Night on November 17. Our Parent Coffee begins at 5:30pm in the Library followed by Bingo at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria. This event is free and is an opportunity for our Stone community to come together and meet each other. 

If you would still like to donate to our Stone Community Pantry or Stock the Teacher Lounge, the Amazon Wish List can be found at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/V3RKM2710MJS?ref_=wl_share

Have a great week Panthers!

Sonya Williams

Principal

After School Program - Q2 Updates!

This quarter features some new clubs being offered and some favorites that will be returning. Also, we are excited to announce that we will be offering late bus runs on Mondays beginning November 7. 

New Clubs:

  • Art/Mural Club with Mrs. Scheetz
  • Coding Club with Mrs. Crumpler
  • Girls Workout Club with Ms. Bella
  • Photography Club with Mr. Dickason
  • STEAM Scholars
  • E-Sports Friday

For a full calendar of offerings, please visit the After School Program page on our website at https://stonems.fcps.edu/activities/after-school-program

Contact Mr. Anderson at [email protected] with any questions. 

Progress Reports and End of First Quarter SIS Updates

FCPS weekly progress reports will not be sent to parents through Wednesday, November 9, while first quarter grading and report cards are created.

Also, the Grade Book and Report Card modules in SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed until Wednesday, November 9 at 6 AM.

We will distribute paper copies of first quarter report card to all our students during 8th period on Wednesday. Feel free to reach out to your child's teachers and counselor for any questions. 

Parent Coffee Series - Advanced Academics, 504s & IEPs

Join us for our Parent Coffee on Thursday, November 17.  We will have two different sessions for your convenience - 10:00am or 5:30pm. 

Learn more about the Advanced Academics and what 504’s & IEP’s services are, and how to find out if your child may qualify for any of these. 

Please let us know if you are able to attend by clicking on this link, or calling Denisse Stein (Family Liaison) to RSVP.  Also, remember that after the 5:30pm session, we will be hosting our first Community Family Night…BINGO! BINGO will start at 6:30pm.

Military Appreciation Spirit Week Wellness Screening - 7th Graders

This school year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a prevention program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help. 

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.  

Here are the Outcomes of the SOS program:

  • Student will learn that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  
  • Student will learn how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 
  • Student will learn to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 
  • Student will learn who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it  

On November 16-17 in Health & PE, all 7th grade students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video,  students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.   Students will also be asked to complete a response slip which asks if they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns.  School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. 

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.  Please also view this Parent Information Video as a resource.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program, please contact Tami Brumett at 703-631-5527 or [email protected]  or your child’s school counselor. If you would like to opt your child out of participating in this lesson, please click here to complete the form.

Important Dates

November 8: Election Day (Student Holiday)

November 10: Quarter 1 Honor Roll Ceremony (Live streaming available for Parents. Link will be sent the morning of the event.)

November 11: Veterans Day (School Planning Day/Student Holiday)

November 17: Parent Coffee at 5:30pm (Topic: 504/IEP & Advanced Academics) 

November 17: Stone Bingo Night at 6:30pm 

November 23-25: Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Why Does FCPS Need a New Strategic Plan?

By now, you may have heard that FCPS is developing a new Strategic Plan. Here are some reasons why the school division is engaging in this important work. 

Our last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

At Stone MS, Mrs. Williams will host a student focus group to gather information from students to share with the FCPS strategic plan groups. If you would like your student to participate, please email Mrs. Williams at [email protected] 

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

The nomination window for employee awards is NOW OPEN through November 11. Please use this link for nominations.

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two describing how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category.  We look forward to hearing from our Stone MS Community!

Outstanding Teacher: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal:  Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader:  At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator. Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director or Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.  Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.   Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

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Weekly Principal Message - Oct. 30, 2022

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Parents and Families,

First quarter has come to an end! Thank you to our Stone PTSA who prepared a sweet treat for all the students as they left the building on Friday afternoon. The students were thrilled to get their weekend goodie bag and I was thrilled to pass them out! One student shared “that is the coolest thing a Principal has ever done for me”. THANK YOU PTSA! 

We will start the 2nd quarter on Tuesday, November 1. The quarters go by quickly so please remind your students to stay on top of assignments throughout the quarter by checking SIS and communicating with their teachers. If they need academic support, it is available every Tuesday afternoon. 

This quarter the building was full of engagement and learning. We had fun with our spirit weeks, but time in the classrooms was spent learning things such as, the importance of safety goggles, how to make predictions, the importance of a plot, the western frontier and farming, voting and elections, and scientific notation. I hosted my first Coffee and Conversations with the Principal. Thank you to all who could participate. I plan to host one every quarter and the next one will be in the evening or virtually so that we can have more participation. Additionally, Stone will plan for a quarterly community event to promote families getting to know each other and learn from one another. Our first community event will be our Bingo Night on November 17th at 6:30pm. We hope to see you there! Please visit our website to stay up to date with all the events for students and families. 

As I stated in my coffee on Friday, I cannot do this job alone. I need partners in the community, school and home. It has been shared with me that there are a lot of students gathering at the Giant/Starbucks shopping center.  Most of the students are there to simply chat with friends or treat themselves to a snack. However, some students are NOT making good decisions. When others make poor decisions around you it can be hard to make a good decision for yourself or avoid problems. Recently, the police were called to the shopping center to respond to student behaviors. I ask that parents/caregivers please talk with your students. We want to prevent things from happening as much as possible.

A reminder there is no school on Monday, as we have teacher workday. I hope you and your families are able to enjoy the weekend. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and I look forward to a wonderful second quarter. 

Sincerely, 

Sonya Williams 

Winter Clothing

If your student or your family is in need of winter clothes or blankets, please contact either Amy Young, Social Worker at [email protected] or 703-631-5526 or Denisse Stein, Family Liaison at [email protected] or 703-631-5901, and they will be happy to help!

Student Fees

Just a friendly reminder, please pay your student’s class fees via MySchoolBucks.com. All invoices for class fees have been posted in MySchoolBucks. 

Stone Pantry

Stone Middle School is starting a food and clothing pantry for families in need in collaboration with our local business partners, Erin Peterson Foundation & Grace Covenant Church. In order to operate this pantry we need donations; so we established an Amazon wish list for anyone who would like to donate needed items to the pantry.  This wish list can be found at, 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/V3RKM2710MJS?ref_=wl_share 

Thank you in advance for any donations to our efforts.

Stock the Teacher Lounge

Additionally, our teachers at Stone work really hard providing opportunities for learning for the students. We love to reward our teachers with treats as much as possible so the same Amazon wish list has items to help us stock the teacher's lounges with various treats throughout the school year.

If you are viewing the wish list, some items are marked “for pantry” and some items are marked “for teacher’s lounge” and a couple of items are marked “for teacher’s lounge and pantry”. 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/V3RKM2710MJS?ref_=wl_share 

Parent Resource Center - Free Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) 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, the PRC hosts 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

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Weekly Principal's Message - October 22, 2022

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Stone Families, 

As we enter the final week of the first quarter I can't believe how quickly these first nine weeks have gone by. Students continue to do a great job in their classes and we thank you for your continued partnership.

Stone Middle School is starting a food and clothing pantry for families in need in collaboration with our local business partners, Erin Peterson Foundation & Grace Covenant Church. In order to operate this pantry we need donations; so we established an Amazon wish list for anyone who would like to donate needed items to the pantry.  This wish list can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/V3RKM2710MJS?ref_=wl_share 

Additionally, our teachers at Stone work really hard providing opportunities for learning for the students. We love to reward our teachers with treats as much as possible so the Amazon wish list has items to help us stock the teacher's lounges with various treats throughout the school year. If you are viewing the wish list, some items are marked “for pantry” and some items are marked “for teacher’s lounge” and a couple of items are marked “for teacher’s lounge and pantry”. Thank you in advance for any donations to our efforts. 

As a reminder, Monday, October 24 is a holiday for students and teachers. Stone Middle School's main office will also be closed on that day. 

Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, Oct. 31, for a teacher workday. You can find the 2 hour early release bell schedule on our website at https://stonems.fcps.edu/about/bell-schedule.

 

Sonya Williams, Principal

 

Diwali (Student Holiday)

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, Oct. 24 is a holiday for teachers and students. The main office at Stone will be closed on Monday, October 24th.

Learn more about Diwali.

Digital Citizenship Week 2022

Ten years ago, Common Sense Media started Digital Citizenship Week to highlight the importance of helping kids, families, and teachers navigate our 24/7 digital world. Over those 10 years, media and technology have changed dramatically. There have also been big shifts in the ways we teach and learn in today's classrooms.

As a part of SEL lessons, our Panther News Show and across our social media platforms we discussed: 

  • Healthy Digital Habits
  • Cyberbullying
  • Online Safety
  • Finding Credible News
  • Friendships & Social Media
Promoting Digital Wellness Webinar Recording

If you were unable to attend the Promoting Digital Wellness webinar, you can find the session recording at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RjnpYg3r8g

Highlights include:

  • How the attention economy makes technology irresistible 
  • How adolescent development impacts youth technology use 
  • How schools and families can build the skills needed to navigate the complexity of online life

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Educational Specialist, Educational Technology, and Bethany Demers, FCPS Educational Specialist, Mental Wellness

Costume Day at Stone

Friday, October 28th is our Costume Day Spirit Day. Please remind your student to keep their costumes respectful and appropriate.

Students are reminded costumes cannot completely cover their faces and accessories such as plastic swords or weapons of any kind are not permitted.   Costumes containing language or images that are vulgar, revealing, discriminatory or obscene that promote illegal or violent conduct are prohibited.   Students not in compliance will be asked to cover the noncomplying clothing or change clothes. In some instances, the student's parent or guardian will be notified and the student will be sent home to change their clothing or remove make-up. 

Stock the Lounge

 

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Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS will be asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All results are confidential. 

2022-23 Strategic Planning

You may have heard FCPS is developing a Strategic Plan that will serve as the school division’s roadmap for the future. We encourage every parent/caregiver, student, employee, and community member to participate in this important work. 

The first engagement opportunity will be an optional survey, which will be open to students in grades 3-12. Knowing what is important to students will be very helpful to Dr. Reid, as she leads the planning of FCPS’ future. All schools, including ours, will schedule a date and time during the school day to administer the survey between November 2-18. If you would prefer that your child not participate, you may opt your child out of taking the survey. Please visit FCPS’ website for more information

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

It’s coming.... The nomination window for employee awards is opening soon: October 31-November 11 (stay tuned for the google link).  All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two describing how the employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category.  We look forward to hearing from our Stone MS Community!

Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Principal Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding New Principal Eligibility:  Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

Outstanding Leader Eligibility:  At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal).  Common positions in this category:  Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director or Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership.  Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee.   Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)

Westfield Bulldog Gear

The Westfield High School Health & PE department is selling some bulldog gear and  wanted to extend the invitation to Stone Middle. This link, https://westfieldhighschoolfall2022.itemorder.com/shop/home/  will provide all the instructions and cost. The online store closes on Sunday November 6th  all purchases will be delivered to Stone when they arrive.   

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