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Friday, November 30, 2012

Shrevewood Elementary School Develops Daily Themes for National Inclusive Schools Week

In observance of National Inclusive Schools Week, December 3-7, the students and staff members at Shrevewood Elementary School will participate in a different activity each day designed to encourage inclusion for all students. Shrevewood Elementary School is a Fairfax County public school.

On Monday, the school community will be introduced to the concept of National Inclusive Schools Week, which advocates providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who may be marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.  The week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.  To begin the week, Shrevewood will celebrate Unity Day on Monday, and everyone is encouraged to wear a school spirit or red shirt.

To accompany Tuesday’s theme, “Everyone is Special,” students and staff members are encouraged to wear crazy socks to express their uniqueness. The day will also underscore how children learn differently.

Wednesday’s focus is “Include Everyone” and will feature the message that it’s not okay to make fun of other people. One goal of the day is to make sure that no one feels left out.

Family is the focus of Thursday, and the role that families play in making a school inclusive will be highlighted. Friday’s theme is Make a New Friend; students are encouraged to sit with someone they don’t know very well in an effort to make a new friend at lunch. 

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and is held each year during the first week in December.

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Note: For more information, contact Michelle Eugene at 703-645-6600 or mieugene@fcps.edu.