Thoreau Matters Newsletter- October 22nd, 2021

Thoreau Matters

October 22, 2021


Week of October 25-29: Spirit Week!

Monday, October 25 - Pajama Day! (No blankets, stuffies, pillows/accessories)

Tuesday, October 26 - Hat Day! (Hoods do NOT count as hats)

Wednesday, October 27 - Dress Your Best Day!

Thursday, October 28 - Sports Day! (Apparel only, NO equipment)

Friday, October 29 - Halloween Costumes (No masks, weapons, or face makeup)

October 29 - End of 1st QTR - 2 Hour Early Release

November 1 & 2 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workdays

November 11 - Veterans Day - 2 Hour Early Release

November 24 - 26 - Schools and Office Closed - Thanksgiving


After-School activities and clubs are continuing to grow each week! Students & staff are making new connections and exploring interests. After-School runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between the hours of 2:25pm - 4:45pm.


NO After-School Activities or Late Bus Transportation on the dates below:

Fri. 10/29 – Early Release

Thurs. 11/11 – Early Release


Shoutout to Ms. Korovesis for having a very large turnout of students during the Winter/Spring Musical interest meeting for Legally Blonde Junior last week! Can’t wait to see the show! 


NEW CLUB ALERT! Star Wars Club with Ms. Cain (Wed. 1st session in room A105)


Students now have an icon for After-School Club Sign-In (Attendance) on their FCPS laptop desktops.



 How can students participate in After-School Activities?


  1. Registration: Students need a completed After-School Registration Form to participate in any activity, club, or stay for academic help with a teacher during After-School hours. This is a general acknowledgement and parent permission form - it is not a club or specific activity registration.
  2. After-School Schoology Folder: Students should check this folder weekly as this is where the weekly After-School clubs schedule will be posted as well as important announcements:


Schoology > Courses > All School Courses > After-School Program Folder

  • Clubs & Activities Sign-In: Most activities are drop in (no-commitment) and your child’s participation may vary, depending upon activity capacities and sponsorship (teachers willing to supervise a club). Students should plan ahead each day there is After-School and check the weekly club schedule on Schoology to coordinate what clubs they plan on attending. Once students are in the room where the club is taking place during the After-School hours, they must sign-in for attendance purposes using the After-School Club Sign-In form mentioned above. This is not optional and helps us respond to parent inquiries and locate students quickly and accurately. The sign-in form is only accessible when already logged into a student FCPS Google account.





How can students get home from After-School?

Late Bus Transportation is provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays following After-School dismissal at 4:30pm. Students can find out what late bus they ride by going to the Late Bus Routes document within the After-School folder on Schoology or asking the front office. Students may be picked up by caregivers/designees any time before 4:30pm and will be picked-up at the Kiss N Ride area by door 12. All students are expected to be picked-up on time (no later than 5pm) or access transportation provided. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds and return for or during After-School hours. Students are allowed to use their cellphones during After-School. Staff will continue to monitor appropriate usage of cellphones and if students do not comply, they will be asked to put their phone away. If students do not have a cellphone and need to communicate to a parent/guardian, there are phones in the Main Office students may use.


How can students start a new club if there is not one currently being offered that they wish to join?

Thoreau’s After-School Program is student-centered & student club creativity is encouraged! We need your voice and participation! We are open to club suggestions and feedback. If a student wishes to create a club and it is permissible, there is multiple student interest (minimum of 10 students interested) and there is a sponsor is available, students should fill out the After-School New Club Proposal Form. Ms. Taylor will check the submissions weekly and coordinate with the student on approving the new club.



Email Ms. Colleen Taylor at @email or call 703.846.8089.

One Chip Challenge

Here at Thoreau, we have seen an increasing number of students participating in the “one chip challenge.” This challenge involves eating an extremely spicy chip that often causes extreme burning/pain/watery eyes/etc. When students are completing this challenge, it is a safety concern and is becoming disruptive to the school environment. Please encourage your child to NOT participate in this challenge and not to bring this chip to school. It is sold in a package as an individually wrapped chip as pictured here.    



22Attention all Thoreau families and friends. This year, Thoreau is looking to celebrate our community’s Veterans through an in-person event at the school on the morning of November 11th. All Veterans are invited to participate in a short ceremony, parade, and light reception. If your family has or knows a Veteran that is interested in participating in this event, please complete the Veterans Day at Thoreau form by October 15th. If you have any questions,  please reach out to Jihoon Shin (@email), Jillian Rouse (@email) or Olivia Hinrichsen (@email). We look forward to hosting all of our Veterans on November 11th.

We are Looking for Student Monitors!

Here at Thoreau, we are seeking someone who can provide supervision of students throughout the school day to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order  and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and noninstructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students. This job pays at an hourly rate of $15.73/hour.

If you know of anyone who would be a great fit for the position, please have them apply here!

Grade 7 Wellness Screening

Thoreau Student Services will be conducting a wellness screening for our 7th grade students this fall. The dates are Tuesday, November 9th and Wednesday, November 10th and the screening will take place through our 7th grade Health & Physical Education classes. Parents do have the opportunity to opt their child out of this screening; this information was sent home with a letter in early October and is also available on our web site.

In order to ensure this is a meaningful learning opportunity for our students, we must closely partner with our parent community. To that end, I would like to share how to access an informational parent portal which is supported and maintained by a nationally recognized organization, MindWise Innovations. This portal will not only allow you an opportunity to review the materials and topics we will cover in our screening, but will also connect you with resources and educational materials related to adolescent mental health issues.

This information is available to all Thoreau parents. Please know that if you have opted your 7th grader out of the wellness screening, we will ensure he/she has plans for an alternate location on our screening dates. Regardless of participation, we remain committed to the well-being of your child and consider this to be valuable information for you to have access to in the comfort of your own home.

Parent Login Information:

Username: thoreau-par

Password: thoreauSOS

Translated Parent Videos:

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s assigned counselor or Rebecca Aguilar, Director of Student Services, at @email.

Lost and Found

At the end of every month, we will begin donating lost and found items that are not claimed within a months time. Please make sure your child claims their items located in the school cafeteria. 

Picture Day


On Tuesday, October 26, and Wednesday, October 27, Lifetouch will be at our school to conduct student portraits for picture day. The students will be getting their pictures taken during their respective Health and Physical Education classes on Tuesday (blue day) and Wednesday (gold day). 

Please refer to our website for package options and more details. 

FCPS Solicits Public Comment on K - 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources Under Consideration for Adoption

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is soliciting public review and comment on basal instructional resources under consideration for K - 8 Science.  A basal resource review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December of 2021 to review and recommend new K - 8 Science instructional resources to the School Board.  Citizens are encouraged to review materials under consideration and complete the online public comment form so that valuable community feedback may be shared with the School Board and committee as part of the review process.  

K - 8 Science basal instructional materials may be accessed online October 14th through November 14th.  Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link ­ beginning October 14th.

FCPS is Looking for Substitutes!


FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Subs save the day- apply today!

Cafeteria/Lunch Information

Our cafeteria routines, expectations and procedures continue to be something we reinforce with our students on a daily basis at Thoreau. We wanted to take some time to share some reminders/information with our families as well.

  • While we are thankful that we are able to provide free lunch for all students, we ask that you remind your student that they are only able to receive one free lunch. We are seeing an influx of students who are visiting both lunch lines attempting to get two free lunches. Students wishing to get a second lunch may do so but will be required to pay for it. 
  • Due to supply issues, we have had some recent challenges with food/drink offerings as well as limited choices available. We are working to ensure that there is minimal impact to our students and will continue to make this a priority. 
  • We are continuing to utilize social distancing to the maximum extent possible in our eating spaces. Please remind your child of the importance of following the seating directions in the cafeteria (sitting every other seat) as a health and safety precaution.
  • Masks are required at all times unless students are actively eating or drinking. Students should have their masks on when they are up and around in the cafeteria, visiting the lunch line, throwing things away, etc. 
  • For questions regarding lunches, our cafeteria manager, Ms. Hill, can be reached at @email


Parent and/or Guardian Signature Sheet

Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. Please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.


7th Grade Ice Cream Meet & Mingle

It's always a good day for ice cream! 7th grade students and families are invited to an Ice Cream Meet & Mingle on Sunday, November 7th from 3:00 - 5:00pm on the blacktop at school. This is a great opportunity for families to get to know one another and meet your child's new middle school friends. We will have several ice cream and flavored ice treat options. Just click on this link to buy your tickets ($2 per person). Attendees will receive their own TMS wristband. We hope you and your family can make it on the 7th! 

8th Grade Dinner 8th Grade Families Please Save the Date Friday Oct. 29! Because our 8th graders missed last year's "7th Grade Dinner" we have decided to have an event this year instead! Introducing... 8th Grade Family Dinner! Dinner will be held on Friday Oct. 29th from 5-7:30pm. Our location will be the Vienna Moose Lodge on Old Courthouse, across from Nottoway Park. This will be an outdoor event (with access to restrooms inside). Dinner will be a boxed meal (subsidized by the PTA) from Vienna's own The Sandwich Shop (yummy! great chance to try them if you haven't already!).  Additionally, all attendees will receive their own TMS wristband. Tickets are $8 per person and are now available via MemberHub. If your family would like to attend but need financial assistance, please have your student contact their counselor and we will arrange for tickets. All 8th graders and their families are welcome to attend! Tickets are limited - get your tickets by Oct 24

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