Thank you to the Falls Church News-Press and Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) for recognizing my entry for the 2018 FCEF Gala & Auction theme. I proposed “Lights, Camera, Action” to encapture the sophistication and glamour of the movies, but more importantly, to highlight the spirit of action that makes our Falls Church community unique.
Residents of Falls Church City have historically maintained a high level of engagement with civic, geopolitical, non-profit and other important issues that need our attention. It was my hope with this theme that residents will be inspired to continue, begin, or increase support for the many worthy causes in our little city.
I challenge each of you to assess where your talents, time, and resources might make a difference - by attending or sponsoring auction items for the FCEF Gala & Auction; volunteering or participating in the Run for the Schools; supporting our local businesses and retail community; sustaining environmental and eco-initiatives; volunteering with the Falls Church Homeless Shelter; joining or assisting with our various civic organizations; contributing to Falls Church arts and humanities by attending First Friday events and local theater productions; running for school board or office (or becoming familiar enough with the platforms and agendas of potential leaders to cast an informed and educated vote), to name a few.
My husband and I support the FCEF Gala & Auction every year. 2018 will be no different. I will be donating the tickets I won to a teacher and his or her guest, and my hope is that this year’s theme will inspire others to take action - whether great or small. Together, we can continue to build on the spirit of progressiveness of our Falls Church community. With optimism, creativity and generosity, we can work together to achieve and sustain a future of excellence.
Thank you again.
FCEF is proud to support the family entertainment for the English Learners night at TJ. This evening is about celebrating the progress these students have made and working with families to ensure communication about available resources within FCCPS and at the Mary Riley Styles Library.
FCEF is proud to award a grant to TJ Special Education teacher for Orton-Gillingham training this summer. This trains teachers how to work best with dyslexic students. Joanne Woods will be able to share her knowledge gained with colleagues in the special ed department as well as classroom teachers.
"Thank you so much for this opportunity to further my training in this excellent language program. I am excited to become more adept in this program and to share it with the FCCPS family.
"Our grant from the foundation was used to study the effects on stress and attention of teaching mindfulness skills to my students. The results were so positive that I continue to teach these skills to all of my students even though the study was completed last year. I am also currently writing a curriculum to further strengthen the program by including metacognitive strategies to help students study more effectively. This was definitely a worthwhile project that will benefit many students, both here in Falls Church and elsewhere, now and in the future." - Dr. Nisha Sensharma, Social Studies / Psychology Teacer, GMHS
The thanks are rolling in this week ... as you contemplate sponsoring, donating and/or attending FCEF events, keep in mind the proceeds go to support our students and staff. One recipient of a teacher training grant for students with dyslexia and other reading challenges writes "Dear FCEF, Many thanks for the very generous monetary contribution to my Orton-Gillingham training this August with Arlington Public Schools! It will greatly help our students at Mount Daniel that struggle in reading. I can see the impact of using a multi-sensory approach from some basic online training I have had with OG. I appreciate your help! Sincerely, Brenna Mary."
Why attend an FCEF event? Sponsor, donate or volunteer? Because you're making a difference in the daily lives of our FCCPS students and staff. Beth Jenkins, MEH teacher, writes:
"Hello Ms. Hiscott,
I just wanted to send off a quick note of thanks. Jessica Rafter and I were the grateful recipients of a grant this year. We used the funds to purchase additional materials for the 7th grade team. These items are designed to increase movement and motor engagement throughout the school day, and they are really working well.
Today I was co-teaching a math lesson on finding the volume of a cylinder - meaty work for a Friday morning. I have two students very softly bouncing on the ball chairs. Their hands are in the air every time Ms. Blanchard asks a question. Several others are using the chair bands to toggle their feet and move the large muscles in their legs. I have one student who really just can't sit for another 90 minutes at the end of the day, so he works at a standing desk during his last class. In science, when we are listening to information on photosynthesis or cellular respiration, several students are usually working the thinking putty in their hands while they listen.
It is only thanks to the generosity of the foundation that we can offer these advanced tools to all our students so that they can attend and learn more efficiently. Thank you and the foundation for making our grant possible.
Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) announced seven nominees for the Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) Teacher of the Year award. These seven nominees were selected by colleagues, students and parents for their outstanding dedication as educators.
Nominees were surprised in their classrooms with balloons by a prize patrol that included Interim Superintendent Bob Schiller, FCEF President Cecily Shea, Executive Director Debbie Hiscott, and board member Tom Clinton.. All nominees will receive tickets to attend the FCEF Annual Gala in May, and will be recognized at the annual FCCPS "Celebration of Excellence."
The winner, who will be announced in April, will be selected by a panel of judges and will be awarded $1500 from the FCEF. The winner will also be entered as a finalist in the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. The nominees were Beth Green, Lisa Allen, Lacy Gandy, Miguel Gonzolez, Lisa Meuller, Mark Coffren and Eleanor Hawkesworth.
You're Invited to the
Homestretch Independence Day Celebration
...celebrating the success of Homestretch moving families to INDEPENDENCE!
Starring Michael Thornton of the Capitol Steps
Music by Sudden M Pac &
Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 7:00 - 11:00 PM
The State Theatre
220 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
Live & Silent Auction
Dessert & Dancing
Please join us to celebrate Homestretch and its remarkable success in helping homeless families achieve INDEPENDENCE. Homestretch changes the lives of homeless families by moving them into homes and providing comprehensive services to enable them to succeed.
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or RSVP via mail. Make all checks payable to Homestretch
303 S Maple Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
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