Resources

FCPS Links

PTA Links

PTA Partners

March 2015 PTA Meeting
The Internet Safety Night presentation. Internet Safety Contract, Family Contract and Resources Documents are available here for review.

November 2015 PTA Meeting
Brock Jolly, The College Funding Coach presented the Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College.  The site includes many more useful resources for families, students and educators.

April 2012 Assembly sponsored by the PTA
Paul Hadfield, licensed therapist of  thebullyplan.com presented an assembly entitled “Everyone Belongs” and shared his Bystander Skills poster, which provides easy to remember tips for all kids when they see a peer being bullied.

See also Fairfax County’s fact sheet on bullying. This fact sheet is filled with helpful information, including pointers for parents, links to additional resources, and an overview of the “Three to Succeed” analysis. Data has shown over the years that if youth have just three positive assets (e.g. strengths in themselves as well as their families, friends, schools, and community), it will dramatically reduce the chance of risky behaviors. It is a positive approach that parents can see and act on for their children.

Resources for Parents

GIVE Youth Tutoring Program
Growth and Inspiration through Volunteering and Education (GIVE) offers FREE tutoring at area libraries.  See the Parent/Student Information Sheet for more information.  Register your child for the program which meets every Saturday from 2-4 pm at Chantilly library.

FCPS Resources for Parents
Advocacy Toolkit, Help With Homework, Nutrition at School, Before- and After-School Programs, Prepare for Graduation and Beyond,  Get Involved & FCPS Publications

FCPS Parent Resource Center
The Parent Resource Center of the Fairfax County Public Schools promotes parent awareness of the services provided by the Fairfax County Public Schools for children with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities and their families. The Center encourages parent participation in the educational decision-making process and provides seminars, training programs, and information to foster the parent/professional partnership. The Center also serves as a resource for educators through our Educator Connection and the community through our Community Link.

PTA Parents’ Guides to Student Success
Guides include:

  • Key items children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once Common Core Standards are fully implemented
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher
  • Tips for planning for college and career

Scholastic for Parents
Expert advice on children’s books & reading, arts & crafts, activities & school achievement. View the parent’s newsletter, articles, weekly picks

U.S. Department of Education
Reading resources, special education, helping your child learn, paying for college

Special Education Resources

Local programs and workshops — all opportunities are free except where noted.

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) helps parents of students with disabilities. It sponsors workshops, has a lending library, and has Parent Liaisons to help solve problems. They also post (on their website) the 2e Twice-Exceptional Newsletter, which is on supporting gifted students with disabilities.
http//www.fcps.edu/dss/osp/prc/index.shtml
English: 703-204-3941 Español: 703-204-3955

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Guide
www.fcps.edu/dss/osp/prc/documents/2016ASDRESOURCEGUIDEFINAL.pdf

Listings of 2016 camps for children and youth with special needs:
http://formedfamiliesforward.org/summer-camps-201/

Materials from the FCPS 11th Annual Special Education Conference
Now available at www.fcps.edu/dss/conference/2016/materials/

Fun Ahead: Creating Your Family’s Summer Bucket List 
Ideas to help you plan for a healthy, happy summer with this PowerPoint presentation by kinship expert Dr. Kathy Dial. http://formedfamiliesforward.org/images/SUMMER-FUN-KDial-May-2016.pdf

Future Fairfax SEPTA
A SEPTA is a Special Education Parent Teacher Association for a whole school district — not just for one school.  It accommodates the needs of parents and teachers of students with disabilities.  If you are interested in helping form a future Fairfax SEPTA, send an email to FairfaxCountySEPTA@gmail.com or find us on FaceBook:  Future Fairfax County SEPTA.

ONGOING

iCan Bike After School Program
An amazing after-school program that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride two-wheel bicycles and become lifelong riders! FREE to FCPS students with a disability who are 8 years and older. Available at selected FCPS Middle Schools through June! Register:  http://www.fcps.edu/cco/prc/documents/OutreachflierforFCPSiCanBikeASPSpring2015.pdf

CHADD:  Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria Parent Support Group meets the 4th Monday each month 6:30-7:30 pm at Aldersgate UM Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd. Alex. Contact Jenny adhdparentmountvernon@gmail.com
  • West Fairfax Parent Support Group meets each 2nd & last Thurs. at 7:30 pm  (May 12 & 26) Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax.  Contact Sharon  clintob@aol.com.
  • Oakton ADHD Parent Group meets on the 4th Tuesday each month at 7:30 pm at Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place.  Contact Maureen Gill:  maureen@adhdcoachforparents.com

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD meets the first Sunday of each month, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
4031 University Dr., Fairfax, VA — enter on South St. No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building. Contact: coach@BrainRelief.org (703) 641-8940

Support Group for High School Students with ADHD meets the first Sunday of each month, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
4031 University Dr., Fairfax, VA — enter on South St. No parents!
Call 703-403-3335 to enter the building. Contact: coach@BrainRelief.org (703) 641-8940

Support Group for Parents of Teens and Young Adults with ADHD
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month (June 15) at 7:30 pm
Fairfax Circle Church 3110 Chichester Lane, Fairfax, VA 22031
For more information: phone/text 703-489-4626 or ocgreulich@aol.com

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.
Family Support Groups:  www.nami-northernvirginia.org/families-and-friends.html

OCD Family Support Group
1st Mon. of each Month, 7:30 pm  St. Andrew’s Episcopal. Church, 4000 Lorcom, Ln. Arlington
Contact: 202-215-5859, familygroupocd@verizon.net