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May 9, 2020
Hello Halley Families!
Thank you for all the kind messages and gestures of gratitude toward our staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. They love the work they do and strive to provide the best for all students. Your messages warmed our hearts! We also send a special thank you to our marvelous PTO. The Amazon gift cards were very much appreciated by Halley teachers!
Starting the week of May 11th, we will be offering “Office Hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11 and Wednesdays from 2 – 3. If you have inquiries, or need support and want to touch base quickly, please call 703-551-5700 or email Mary King at MLKing@fcps.edu. We will respond and follow-up as quickly as we can!
Blessings, Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Johnson and Dr. Simpkins
Happy Mother’s Day to our Halley Moms
We wish you a lovely Mother's Day and hope your children will spoil you with the love, hugs and homemade cards you deserve. You have earned special recognition this year!
Dreambox Math is back at Halley!
We are pleased and excited to offer Dreambox math available now
through June 30, 2020 for all Halley students.
Dreambox is a K-8 digital math program that independent studies have found to raise student achievement and better prepare children for future successes. If you have a home account, Dreambox does not have capacity to merge your home account with our school account. Use whichever account you desire. Through the school account, teachers may assign certain focus areas and lessons for students to use. These assignments will be not be available through a home paid subscription or free home trial. Please decide which account option is best for your family. We are pleased to be able to bring Dreambox to all our students!
LOGGING IN USING OUR SIGN-ON PORTAL (CLEVER)
- Open an internet browser on your student's computer, laptop, or tablet. Chrome works best.
- Navigate to Halley's Student Links page on our website and click the DreamBox icon
- Log in using your student's regular school network account (Student ID and PW). The same login your child uses in order to access Blackboard or an FCPS laptop.
- The teachers have also added the Dreambox login portal to their Blackboard and/or Google Classroom courses. Find the Dreambox button inside the classroom course and login using this additional access point. Check with your child’s teacher if you cannot find the link in the blackboard course or Google Classroom.
LOGGING IN USING A SINGLE SIGN-ON PORTAL for iPad/Tablet.
- Make sure that the DreamBox Math app is downloaded.
- Open your browser app.
- Navigate to your school portal and log in using your Single Sign-On information either on the Halley website or through the Blackboard course access portal.
- Select the DreamBox Learning icon in order to launch the DreamBox app.
- The DreamBox Math app will open with the student automatically logged in. Note: You do NOT need the school code (qk88/d3pa) if you login correctly using the Halley website link, the Blackboard connected portal, or the link in your child’s Google Classroom.
Support Options: DreamBox Learning is conducting live webinars: https://www.dreambox.com/parent-webinars
Other Support Resource Links:
How Students Log in on an iPad
How Students Log in on a Computer
DreamBox Resources for Home Learning
Please contact your child’s teacher directly for help regarding FCPS network login information and password resets.
Mrs. Rzucidlo’s Math Tidbit for the week!
Halley’s marvelous mathematicians love math mysteries!
Try these activities with your mathematician this week.
Estimation is an important math skill. It helps mathematicians determine the reasonableness of their answer. Estimation empowers students to use mental math and is a skill used in the real-world every day. We estimate with money, time, distances, and even while we are cooking dinner. Enjoy these activities that build on the important estimation skill.
Esti-Mysteries inspired by Steve Wyborney: You will need to use a google account to access the Google Form links below.
Grades Prek- 2nd: https://forms.gle/oWkzQYC9RYbGGR2C6
Grades 3rd-6th: https://forms.gle/A7mHb3NXGhomFy3i6
3-Act Task inspired by Graham Fletcher: The links below will take you to Mrs. R’s YouTube page.
Grades Prek- 2nd: Bag-O-Chips
Grades 3rd-6th: Deep Freeze
Calling all students in 4-6th grade!
The AART will be offering Genius Hour sessions once a week. This is a chance to pursue your interests and teach others about it.
In the Genius Hour students will research independent topics of interest, learn how to find good sources, use research skills, and learn how to present to an audience using different formats. This is open to all students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade. To join Genius Hour use the Google Classroom code: bkyybx5.
Sessions started Wednesday, May 6th at 2:30. Mrs. Symionow looks forward to seeing you! Links to the live sessions will be posted in Google Classroom about 20 minutes before class starts.
Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021
We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year. This will allow us to consider staffing needs for our school. For families NOT RETURNING to Halley Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” at your earliest convenience. Due date extended to Friday, May 15th, 2020.
You have two options to complete this form.
Please choose ONE way to send the form!
1.Complete the Form at this Link. Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Halley Elementary School
2.Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable. Student ID Number may be left blank. Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to email@example.com
Third Quarter Progress Report
Third quarter grades will be available in ParentVUE on Saturday, May 9th. Report cards will be printed and mailed directly from FCPS central offices to parent/guardians beginning on Tuesday, May 12th ad should arrive by May 23rd.
If you have a child or know a child who is coming to Halley for Kindergarten next year, please join us as we explain the kindergarten program at Halley and help parents with registration questions. For now, we ask that you help spread the word in our community so that parents of our rising kindergartners can mark their calendars.
Join the Halley Team for a
Virtual Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 12th
Register at the link below:
Please contact our Halley Registrar, Nicole Kendall for more information and to register your child. You may reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrollment forms can be found here
Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?
If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please be sure to contact Nicole Kendall at email@example.com to let her know. This is to ensure that your family will get learning packets and other important information for the rest of the year. Please note that even if you have moved or do move out of the Halley boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue to access Halley distance-learning resources through the last day of school.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center Is Ready to Serve You
During the covid-19 school closure, the FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members. The PRC provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. For example, the PRC can help you:
• Learn about the options, services, and resources available to help your child and family within FCPS and the community.
• Learn how to work collaboratively with your child’s school.
• Provide tools so that you may better advocate for your child.
More information about the Parent Resource Center is available online.
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