Crestwood Elementary School Teachers Receive Honors

Melissa Porfirio Named FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year

Melissa Porfirio, a first grade teacher at Crestwood Elementary School, has been named the Fairfax County Public Schools 2013 Teacher of the Year. Porfirio will represent FCPS in Virginia’s Teacher of the Year competition; the winner will be announced in fall 2013.M. Porfirio

Porfirio has also won the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for educational excellence, which is presented annually to a teacher from each school division in the Washington metropolitan area. The goals of the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards are to recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction, and to contribute in a substantive way to improving education in the Washington area. 

Principal Timothy Kasik praises Porfirio for the efficient way her classroom runs. “It is always amazing to see how smoothly everything functions,” he explains. “The students have routines and systems in place for all transitions and there is never a moment of down time.” Kasik also notes that Porfirio has a way of making learning fun for her students. “Her students love coming to school and each one of them always has a smile on his or her face,” he adds. 

Parents agree that Porfirio is skilled at meeting individual students’ needs. Jennifer Killmer says that the teacher made a huge difference in her son’s life as she worked with him to improve his reading skills to grade level in a matter of three months. “Not only did she do amazing things with his education, but she also made him love school. She had these fun cheers that she would do with (students) and still today he uses them all the time.” Parent Heather Trammell says that Porfirio “took the time to learn sign language so that she could better capture my daughter’s attention in class,” helping the child reach her potential. Using Responsive Classroom as a model, Porfirio encourages students to demonstrate what they have learned during a personal history unit in a number of ways: by designing a poster with pictures and words, creating a board game or interactive SMART™ Board game, writing an autobiography, acting out key events in their life, or developing questions and answers for an interview. “These multiple opportunities that match learning styles increase overall engagement,” explains Porfirio.

Porfirio has taught at Crestwood since 2005 and received the school’s Human Relations Award in 2008.   She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America and her master’s degree in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from George Mason University. 

Debra Lindsay Nominated for 2014 Grammy Music Educator Award

Debra Kay Robinson Lindsay has been teaching elementary general music for 38 years in Fairfax County Public Schools.  She is the past president of the Virginia Elementary Music Educators Association, is the current Virginia chair of the Music in Our School’s  Month Campaign and is a National Board Certified Teacher in early and middle childhood music.  She serves as secretary on the board of directors for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. lindsay_opt

Ms. Lindsay was recently nominated for the 2014 Grammy First-Ever Music Educator Award.  She and her Crestwood After School Theater (CAST) students were featured in the April 2013 edition of NEA Today.  A 2010 Fairfax County Teacher of the Year finalist, 2009 and 2010 finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame, 2010 Horace Mann Fellow, Debra was also named the Virginia Outstanding Music Educator in 2003 and the 2007 Music Teacher of the Year by the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia. 

Ms. Lindsay was a contributing member of the 2007 Virginia Department of Education Music K-5 Standards of Learning Strategies Correlation Writing Project.  She is the author/composer of four series of lesson plans and arrangements for the Virginia Chamber Orchestra and is the author of numerous articles and books by MusicWorks, The Core Knowledge Foundation and NAFME/Rowman & Littlefield. Her publications are sold in book and music stores around the world.  She was a Fulbright Memorial Fellow in Japan, was a Virginia Department of Education Fellow in Russia, has served as an online mentor for the National Association for Music Education, taught beginning music educators in FCPS’s Great Beginnings/Continuing the Journey classes, and conducted several honors choruses in Virginia.  Her elementary groups have appeared at the International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Virginia, at embassies, national conventions and at The White House.

Ms. Lindsay enjoys experiencing international culture and is a frequent traveler and adventurer, traveling to all the continents except Antarctica. 




Crestwood Elementary School Update

Crestwood After School Theater

You are cordially invited to attend The Last Days of Pompeii


Drama and Music by Debra Kay Robinson Lindsay and performed by the Crestwood After School Theater. 

Wednesday March 20, at 7:00 pm. 




As we approach the mid-year point of the 2012-2013 school year, the Crestwood staff is working to insure that all of our students are meeting their target assessments academically.  We are reviewing all of our grade level curriculum goals and determining the needs for each student, so all will have a successful year at Crestwood. 

You will continue to see building improvements at Crestwood.  The county just completed a lighting study and determined that additional external lighting was necessary around the building for safety and security.  Our new sign on Hanover, gives us the ability to update our messages daily and to keep the community informed about Crestwood activities.  Since our construction is coming to a conclusion, the Springfield youth organizations will once again be using our fields for their spring sports. With all of the spring activities, students will once again be walking, biking, skateboarding in the community after school.  Please continue to use caution when driving in the neighborhood.  We continue to stress to our students to respect the neighborhood, to use the sidewalks, and use caution when crossing all streets.  Together we can make a very safe community for our students.

We appreciate all of the continued support the Crestwood community gives to our school. 

Timothy Kasik, Principal

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Special Program: Community Opportunities

SCA’s October 16th special presentation on community opportunities at Grace Presbyterian Church laid out a myriad of opportunities both for volunteering to help and for benefitting from the services offered by our local organizations. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together those organizations in our SCA area with our membership to explore ways in which we can support each other. Sixteen organizations shared their volunteer opportunities and services they offer with the audience of about 50.

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New Wing at Crestwood

Crestwood is anxiously awaiting the completion of our new addition and expanded classroom space. Our open space is also benefiting by the planting of new shrubs, trees and plants along our entire property. This will visually improve our landscape and help beautify the Crestwood neighborhood.

Along with our new construction, we will also be welcoming our youngest students. We are pleased to have been selected as an Early Head Start School, which will enable us to have an educational impact on our youngest community members.

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Leprechauns Run

There are many exciting things happening with the Leprechauns at Lynbrook Elementary School this school year, but for the month of October nothing was more exciting than the Healthy Kids Fun Run at the Pentagon held Saturday morning, October 27th. Many in Springfield may be unaware of the record setting participation that Lynbrook has in this 1-mile fun run each year, the day before the Marine Corps Marathon. For 11 years straight, YES THAT’S RIGHT, eleven years straight, Lynbrook Elementary School has had the largest number of students participating. Last year we had 300 runners, outdistancing the 2nd place finisher George Mason Elementary School from Alexandria which had 243 and James K. Polk of Alexandria which had 240. 

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Message from Lynbrook Elementary School

Greetings are extended to Springfield Civic Association members from Lynbrook Elementary School as we begin another fabulous year. Excitement is in the air as the students return on September 4 with one of the largest group of Kindergarten students ever. For the second year in a row Lynbrook has over 100 kindergarten students. As you may have noticed, construction has been occurring at Lynbrook with the addition of more classroom space. However, due to the increasing enrollments the last two years, even this expansion will cause Lynbrook to be short on space. But had we not received that expansion and support from the Board of Supervisors and the Springfield taxpayers for the bond referendum, severe overcrowding would be occurring. So a big THANK YOU to everyone.
You may have also noticed the addition of a habitat garden in the front of the school near Backlick Road. The 2nd grades each year study butterflies and especially the life of the Monarch. This natural habitat garden will enable first hand learning right outside the school windows, and all classes may use it for various subjects. Near the end of last school year Lynbrook was able to get some funding through Fairfax County Schools to purchase plants and supplies, and the PTA parents, teachers, and other staff spent a Saturday morning preparing and planting the garden. As happens, some plants died, but overall the garden is looking great given the hot and dry summer we had. We at Lynbrook view the garden as a “community garden” for all of Springfield to enjoy, so stop by to check it out sometime. This is our Phase I, while we dream of vegetables, herbs, and other plants in the near future. Gardening is a great activity for family involvement alongside teachers – working together. Family involvement is the PTA’s shared vision with Lynbrook’s administration consisting of Principal Mary McNamee and Assistant Principal Shirley Shannon.
As always it will be a busy and active year at Lynbrook. The PTA will be trying to raise funds again this year for many activities that could not occur without the generosity of the community. Along with various extra school activities and field trips, a significant fundraising event each year involves the 4th grade students’ trip to Jamestown. This is a fabulous learning experience for our students, many of whom are from immigrant families, as they learn about the founding and development of America. So watch for the bake sale on Election Day, and even if Lynbrook isn’t your polling place, stop by and try out some baked goods. If anyone has questions about Lynbrook, the PTA, or activities that may be going on please email Membership is open to everyone.

Crestwood Update

Crestwood PTA would appreciate any assistance in collecting Box Tops. They can be found on many everyday grocery store items. Please drop them in the container in the school front office or bring them to meetings.
It is also almost time to register your Giant cards for A+ bonus bucks! Crestwood's school number is 02068. Please assist us by registering your card to Crestwood. Every purchase at Giant will help us.