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Mission Statement

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, in partnership with our families and community, educates and challenges every student to succeed and become a responsible and contributing member of the global community.

Primary Years Programme Authorized

In March of 2012 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School became authorized to implement the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB).


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TJ Science Olympians Score 23 Medals Print E-mail
Written by FCCPS Communications   
Sunday, 08 May 2016 06:21



Thomas Jefferson Elementary was well represented at the recent regional Division A Science Olympiad! We had 23 of our third, fourth and fifth grade students attend the tournament held at Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, VA, on Saturday, April 30, 2016. There were 16 schools participating. This is the fourth year that Thomas Jefferson has participated. Our students did outstandingly well, earning a total of 23 medals in 12 events. 
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2016 06:26
Paul Swanson, Next Thomas Jefferson Principal Print E-mail
Written by FCCPS Communications   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 06:15

Paul Swanson, an elementary principal in Indiana, has accepted the position as new principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.

Swanson has 23 years of educational experience, the last 7 as principal of West Elementary School in Mount Vernon, Indiana.

A community "Meet and Greet" will be hosted by the TJ Principal Search Committee once his schedule for transitioning to Falls Church has been determined.

Welcome Mr. Swanson!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:44
2016-2017 School Supplies Information Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:02

Our PTA has worked with EduKit again this year to provide one stop back-to-school shopping for your student's school supplies for next year.

The following lists were created by each grade level team and supplied to EduKit to create the supply kits.  Use these lists to shop for your school supplies or select here to order online at EduKit. 

We are sharing the list supplied to EduKit so that you can see which brands will be included in the kits, if you choose to purchase the same items.  You ARE NOT required to purchase these kits, nor purchase the exact brands; they are guidelines for your shopping trips.  You should plan on supplying all items on the list.

Required Classroom Supplies

Second Grade Supply List

Third Grade Supply List

Fourth Grade Supply List

Fifth Grade Supply List - Last Names A - L                 Summer Reading List

Fifth Grade Supply List - Last Names M - Z

Required Personal Supplies 
These supplies are required, but are NOT provided in the purchased kits.

  • Art Shirt or Smock (all grades)
  • Emergency change of clothes (Second, Third, and Fourth Grades)
  • Headphones (Second and Third Grade, if not purchased via EduKit)
  • Earbuds (Fourth and Fifth Grade, if not purchased via EduKit)
  • Backpack (no wheels, please).

Note:  All money for classroom parties will be collected by the room parents. 

To purchase the required supplies on your own, use the links above to print your shopping list.  

You may order the Required Classroom Supplies through the PTA to be delivered to your home before school starts.   This program is entirely OPTIONAL.  These kits will include all the required classroom supplies. Order by June 30th for best pricing.  Extended online ording is availble July 1 - August 10.  {Order online at EduKit here.} 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 13:41
NPR's 'History Of Children's Books' Opens at TJ Print E-mail
Written by John Wesley Brett   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 13:49


FCCPS Photo/John Wesley Brett

National Public Radio is working on a report about the history of children's books; specifically how they've been used in the classroom across time.

NPR Education reporter Byrd Pinkerton (above, right) visited Sarah Parrish's 2nd grade class yesterday to hear first hand what our students are reading and why they like it so much.

Their thoughts are expected to open the piece when it airs on a date to be determined.



Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 07:46
Food Drive for Ecuador - Updated Days Print E-mail
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:17


Thank you for your great response!

Many of our students have been requesting help to those in Ecuador, especially with our connection to 2 schools (in Pintag and Quito), through our Projekt Postcard program.

Therefore, we would like to have a canned goods or dried food items drive Wednesday and  Thursday, April 27th. and 28th.

This will be a one day collection and students may drop off items in boxes located outside the office. Items will be picked up by our Projekt Postcard liaison, Loli Lanas, and taken to the Ecuadorian Embassy on Friday, April 29th.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:05
Palermo Principal of the Year Nominee Print E-mail
Written by John Wesley Brett   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 21:31

palermoYesterday morning, TJ staff surprised Principal Bob Palermo with the news that he is a nominee for the Washington Post Principal of the Year award. Mr. Palermo has been a leader at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School for 13 years, serving seven years as Assistant Principal and the past six as Principal.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:52


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About TJ

School Hours

8:50 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
8:50 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
                Wed Only

Automated Phone

(703) 248-5661

Main Office  (1):

Attendance: (2)
(703) 992-0444

Health Room (3):
(703) 248-5664

Day Care (4):
(703) 248-5670

Directory (7)


(703) 248-5666


Robert Palermo

Assistant Principal:
Dr. Michele Harcarik

Assistant Principal:
Courtney Quinlan

Principal's Secretary
& Registrar:
Debra Newman

School Secretary:
Nancy Peacock


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Falls Church, VA 22046
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