Updated 6/1 

It is hard to believe it is June and we only have two more weeks left of school.  I am sure you all are looking forward to a much deserved break.  We appreciate all the work you are doing at home with your child during this unprecedented time.  

We would love for your child to participate in one of our last two Zooms, the dates and times listed below:
Monday, June 1st & June 8th 1st & 2nd Grade at 1:00 PM
Tuesday, June 2nd & June 9th 3rd Grade at 3:00 PM 
Wednesday, June 3rd & June 10th 5th Grade at 2:30 PM 
Thursday, June 4th & June 11th 4th Grade at 3:30 pm 

We hope to be able to wish them a wonderful summer and say our "goodbyes" in this unconventional way.  The Zoom link is posted below. 
Additionally, if the small group Zoom time does not work for you we encourage you to sign up for an individual conference utilizing our Sign up Genius links.  
If you are looking for resources or support with continued learning over the summer we would be happy to consult and provide resources during one of the above mentioned conferences. 

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Mrs. Shore & Ms. Carter


Updated 5/11 


Please continue to check for weekly updates via email.  Emails contain Zoom links and individual conference sign up forms. This weeks Zoom are scheduled as follows: 

3rd Grade - Tuesday at 3:00 PM 
5th Grade - Wednesday at 2:30 PM
4th Grade - Thursday at 3:30 PM
1st/2nd Grades - Friday at 3:30 PM


Updated 5/4 

Good Morning, 

We hope you all are having a great week.  Please check your email for our weekly update.  Your child's progress notes are attached. Please respond to the email just to verify you received these important documents.
While we don't have much else new information to report this week, this is just a reminder of some of the optional supports we have in place.   

Our Weekly Zoom Calls will continue this week.

Monday 5/4 1:00 PM 1st & 2nd grade 
Tuesday 5/5 3:00 PM 3rd Grade 
Wedne
sday 5/6 at 2:30 PM 5th Grade 
Thursday 5/7 at 3:30 PM 4th Grade 

You can find the invitations to these reoccurring meetings in the weekly email. 
Keep signing up for individual Zoom meetings with us via the Sign Up links in our weekly update!  When you sign up on Sign Up Genius we will then email you the Zoom meeting link for your scheduled time. 
So far in these meetings we have consulted with parents on strategies and resources, read with students, walked students through technology, as well as worked through various NearPods.  When signing up if you have something specific in mind please let us know so we can have resources prepared.  Also, if possible please try to sign up 24 hours in advance to give us time to prepare materials and send out the Zoom Link. 
Feel free to reach out with any questions via email, also our websites are great places to look for helpful resources. 
We hope to connect with your child this week.  

Mrs. Shore & Ms. Carter 

Updated 4/27 
Good Afternoon,  

It was so wonderful to see so many of our students during our 1st small group zoom last week.  We plan to continue this weekly and hope to see even more of you this week. Check your emails for this weeks Zoom Links. 

1st/2nd Monday at 1:00 PM 
3rd Grade Tuesday at 3:00 PM
5th Grade Wednesday at 2:30 PM
4th Grade Thursday at 3:30 PM

If this time does not work for you all, please let us know because we may have some flexibility if needed.
  Please be sure to vote for a book we will be reading together via the survey link shared in our weekly email.  We will announce the winner during our 3rd-5th grade small group meetings this week.

Also, a reminder to sign up for individual student or parent conferences on our sign-up links, they are updated with dates and times available under 5/15.  We have really enjoyed this opportunity with some of you.  We are happy to review concepts or assignments with students or consult with parents on strategies and resources.  If you would like us to cover something specific prior to the meeting, please let us know so we can gather resources. 

Our websites continue to be updated with new resources as we find them, so make sure to check those out when you get a chance.   Additionally, we are posting resources that specifically align to the assignments being given by your child’s classroom teacher.  To find these on our websites click on Files and Documents, you will see the grade level folder aligned with your child.

We are here to support you and your child throughout these next few months and if you need anything do not hesitate to reach out.

Have a great week, we hope to see you on Zoom this week! 

~Mrs. Shore & Ms. Carter 

Updated 4/20 
Good Evening, 

We hope you all are having a great week of virtual learning. This is just a reminder of our upcoming small group Zooms this week.  Check your emails for the Zoom link. 
1st/2nd Monday's at 1:00 PM 
5th Grade Wednesday's at 3:30 PM 
4th Grade Thursday's at 3:30 PM
Also, a reminder to continue to sign up for individual conferences with myself or Ms. Carter as needed.  We have enjoyed meeting with some of you already! 
   
We hope to see you all virtually this week. 🙂 


Updated 4/15/2020 
Good Afternoon Students and Families,

We hope you all managed to find some time to take a break last week, as we know how much it is needed especially during these often uncertain and stressful times.

Ms. Carter and I wanted to write a note to update you on where we are right now with regards to special education supports and services.

First, IEP and Eligibility Meetings will still occur virtually.  We have begun holding some of these meetings via Zoom.  If your child’s IEP is up for review prior to the end of the school year we will plan to meet via virtual platforms.  Similarly, as before you will receive the formal Meeting invitation, however via email, please respond letting us know if that time and date work for you.  If that does work, we will send out an email the day before the meeting explaining the process for the virtual meeting and provide the meeting link.

With regards to special education direct services, while services will not be occurring during our time away from school, we wanted to let you know the ways we plan to support you all, as well as our students.

First, we have been trying to make as many of your child’s class zooms as possible and have loved getting to see so many of their sweet faces. 

Second, we are collaborating with all classroom teachers to provide visual aids and other resources that may support your student with some of the optional assignments they provided.  You may have already even seen some of these visuals sent via email or posted on class websites.

Third, in an effort to make ourselves available to you all and your child we will be setting up optional individual virtual conferences via the sign up link listed emailed to you. 

If you wish to sign up for a time, this can be to simply catch up, answer questions, or provide any support on concepts or assignments provided by their classroom teacher.  We began by creating time slots for the rest of this month but will continue to update for the remainder of the school year. 

Also, we would like to set up a weekly group Zoom call by grade level for any students that may be interested in touching base with myself or Ms. Carter as well as the peers they see in both of our classrooms.  We will send this link out weekly, however it is recurring.  Feel free to participate if you can!

Lastly, we have updated our websites with various links and documents that may be beneficial if you are looking for additional activities.  We know how overwhelmed you may already feel with resources currently being provided so this is not intended to overwhelm, but instead just optional supports if needed.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, anytime. 

Thanks so much!


Updated 3/31/2020 

hope you are all doing well during this interesting and uncertain time.  Unfortunately,  we will not be returning to school in-person for the rest of this school year.  I am saddened by this news and already miss seeing you all!  I have enjoyed getting to see some of you via our Zoom meetings. 

I know many of you may feel anxious during this time.
  Please know that students and parents can send me an email anytime (leahyb@pwcs.edu).  I would love to hear from you all!  have set up Microsoft Teams and Zoom platforms as well.  Both platforms allow for video or phone calls.  Please let me know if you or your child would like to set up a time to meet and say hi for a few minutes during the upcoming weeks. 

I have posted some resources to this page but please know they are not required.  Do not hesitate to reach out if you need anything. 

Hope to talk with you all soon! 

Mrs. Shore 


Prince William County Wide Updates:

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) is providing the following update regarding changes caused by the COVID-19 shutdown. Previous updates and more information are available at www.pwcs.edu.

 May 1, 2020

NEW INFORMATION – 

  1. ACCESS TO FREE WI-FI – Seven PWCS schools have been designated as sites at which students and others can access free Wi-Fi in the parking lot:
    • Fitzgerald Elementary School, 15500 Benita Fitzgerald Drive, Woodbridge
    • Forest Park High School, 15721 Forest Park Drive, Woodbridge
    • John D. Jenkins Elementary School, 4060 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge
    • Mullen Elementary School, 8000 Rodes Drive, Manassas
    • Old Bridge Elementary School, 3051 Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge
    • Parkside Middle School, 8602 Mathis Avenue, Manassas
    • T. Clay Wood Elementary School, 10600 Kettle Run Road, Nokesville
    Map of locations is available on the PWCS website and on the My PWCS  mobile app.
     
  2. COMPUTER SURVEY – At this point, all PWCS families should have received a phone survey asking for the number of children in the household needing computers to borrow from PWCS. If you missed this phone call, and your student is in need of a computer for home learning, please contact your child’s school directly.
     
  3. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING - The Prince William County School Board will meet Wednesday, May 6. This will include a budget update and a pandemic update from the Superintendent. Patrons may learn more about the Board Meeting, and changes to the agenda required by the COVID-19 response.
     
  4. CONTINUITY OF LEARNING – PWCS began Phase 4 of the Continuity of Learning Plan* for all students on April 14. The Continuity of Learning Timeline provides more information on Phases 5 and 6 of the Learning Plan.
     
  5. GRADING – Marking periods one, two, and three will be graded. The sum of the grade for each of the three quarters will be divided by three to determine the final grade. Students may use the fourth quarter as an opportunity to work with their teachers on opportunities to improve their overall grade, and grades from the first three marking periods.
     
  6. REPORT CARDS – The third quarter ended April 24, and report cards will be available in The Hub by May 5. Middle and high school report cards will be mailed home. Parents of elementary students desiring a paper copy of the report card will receive information from their school.
     
  7. SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOURCES – A Frequently Asked Questions page for parents of students with disabilities, along with additional learning resources, are available on the website.
     
  8. WEEKEND FOOD SUPPORT: The Prince William County Community Foundation, Inc. Chow Wagon serves non-perishable and perishable foods each Friday to help families provide food for the weekend. The Chow Wagon will be distributing food from 9 to 11 a.m. on the following dates:
    • May 8 at Lake Ridge Middle School;
    • May 15 at Saunders Middle School;
    • May 22 at Potomac View Elementary School; and
    • May 29 at Fitzgerald Elementary School.
    Everyone is welcome.
     
  9. FREE FOOD AND DIAPERS – ACTS, located at 3900 ACTS Lane in Dumfries, provides free food and diapers Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., and from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. for residents of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas City.

*Due to the challenges related to this historical world health event and national emergency, it will be necessary for our teams to adapt how we support our students. As a result of Governor Ralph Northam’s order, PWCS schools must remain closed for the remainder of the school year. As we ensure the safety and well-being of students, PWCS can no longer offer its students an instructional day and services on IEPs, 504 plans, gifted education plans, and required EL services as it does when schools are open for instruction. In the place of instruction, our schools and team members are implementing the following plan to provide students with opportunities to learn, to challenge themselves, and to review and retain past lessons. All teachers will work collaboratively and use proactive strategies to continue engagement in learning for all students, including our English learners, special education, dually identified, and twice exceptional students providing the supports possible given the limitations of virtual learning under these conditions.

PREVIOUS UPDATES: 

SCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSED TO STUDENTS THROUGH JUNE
 – By order of the Governor of Virginia, all Prince William County Public Schools will remain closed to students through the end of the 2019-20 school year (June 2020), due to the health concerns caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY – the highest priority now is to stay healthy. Parents and guardians should follow CDC Guidelines for physical distancing of children. If children meet outside of school in bigger groups, it can put everyone at risk. Please visit the Prince William County COVID-19 website to see additional local guidance.   

PWCS AND PARENT PARTNERSHIP FOR HOME LEARNING – STUDENT LEARNING CONTINUES -  Although our school buildings and grounds are closed, learning is open, and staff and teachers are working daily. First and foremost, we want all families to know that the continued learning of our students is important to us.

  1. FOOD SERVICE – PWCS will continue to provide to-go meals from 9–11 a.m. at locations across the County. USDA has created a waiver for parents to be allowed to collect meals without their children. However, we are awaiting guidance from VDOE before we can implement this practice locally.  More details about meal service.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION - Prince William County Public Schools has opened online kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year. Find more information here.