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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).


Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Ms. Hamby, Beginning Teacher Award Winner Print E-mail
Monday, 01 May 2017 14:02


Falls Church City Public Schools is pleased to recognize the recipients the Apple Federal Credit Union Education Foundation Beginning Teacher Award. Teachers in their second or third year of teaching are eligible to apply for the award. Applicants reflected on their challenges and successes in the classroom. 
Alissa Hamby is a Fourth Grade Teacher, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School.
She is finishing their third year of teaching, having graduated from James Madison University with Bachelor of Science degrees in 2013 and M.Ed. in Teaching in 2014. Classmate Catherine Barr, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Jessie Thackrey Preschool, also received the award this year.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 13:58
Mrs. Potrykus, FCCPS Support Staff Employee of the Year Print E-mail
Monday, 01 May 2017 08:38

fourth Grade Team honors Mrs. Potrykus the FCCPS Support Staff Employee of the Year

Last week the fourth grade team and school administrators surprised paraprofessional Jan Potrykus with the news that she has been selected as the FCCPS Support Staff Employee of the Year. In their nomination letter, the TJ fourth grade team wrote this:

As a special education paraprofessional to students in fourth grade, Jan Potrykus works closely with students and teachers in general education and special education settings. Colleagues share a deep appreciation for her dependability, sincerity, resourcefulness, and positive energy. Students are naturally drawn to her, are comforted and encouraged by her, and are excited to share their success with her. Parents admire the compassion she shows toward their children and marvel at her ability to form connections that result in significant academic, social, and behavioral growth

Jan is one of six nominees for this award. All nominees will be recognized at the FCCPS Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, May 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School cafetorium.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 14:10
Ms. Allan, FCEF Teacher of the Year Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:11

Ms. Allan, FCEF Teacher of the Year

Hearty congratulations to the Falls Church Education Foundation Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lisa Allan, an exemplary fourth grade teacher at TJ since 1994. Students are grateful for the life-changing experience of being in her classroom. Colleagues look to her for leadership, compassion and guidance. Principal Paul Swanson noted that her "students are treated with dignity, warmth and goodness every single day."
Ms. Allan is an expert in Virginia history and geography, key components of the fourth grade curriculum. She brings history alive for her students, and models lifelong learning by participating in teacher institutes at Gunston Hall, Jamestown and Williamsburg and bringing those experiences to the classroom to benefit every student. According to parent Hannah Jordan, students "devour her social studies units like chocolate..."

Celebrate at the FCCPS Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, May 11 at MEHMS. Reception at 4:00 p.m. Ceremony at 4:45. Everyone is welcome!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:46
Wednesdays at TJ - Is it early release today?
Monday, 19 December 2016 00:00
During weeks when we have a full week of classes, Wednesday will be an Early Release Day. During weeks when we have a day off of school, Wednesday will be a Full Day.
The full schedule for early release days is available from the Calendar Menu > 2016-2017 FCCPS List option .  {Open the 2016-2017 FCCPS List Calendar (PDF) in a new window}.  You can also check the Calendar Menu > TJ Calendar to see the current week.  Wednesdays show "ER" for Early Release or "Full Day" for a full day of school.

The following dates will be full day Wednesdays: October 12, November 9, December 21, January 4 and 18, February 8 and 22, April 19, May 31.
Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 14:24
A New Lost and Found
Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Picture of the organized lost and found.  Clothes are hung on racks

Be sure to label your children's clothing and lunch boxes.  

Jackets that are needed in the morning are quickly shed during recess, and forgotten during line up. Remind your child to check the lost and found which is found in the hallway between the cafeteria and the gym.  Very few of these items have a name in them!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:03
Welcome to our 2016-2017 School Year!
Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

Tj Staff standing at the front door

Summer has zipped by and we are excited to finish our final preparations before opening the doors for the 2016-2017 school year. We welcome our new principal, Mr. Swanson, our new teachers and staff, and look forward to seeing our new and returning students on Tuesday, September 6th.  The doors will open at 8:35am and school starts at 8:50am.

Back To School informational fliers will be available for pick-up in the classrooms on "Meet the Teacher" day on Friday, September 2, from 9:00-10:00am.  Doors will open at 8:55.  Please exit promptly so we can continue our preparations for Tuesdays' first day of classes.   We will have over 800 students at TJ this year, and if you are able to walk, bicycle, or car pool for the event, it should reduce the parking crunch.

Student drop-of by vehicle will continue to be on the Seaton Lane side of the building, and Oak Street will be closed during arrival and dismissal for bus unloading and loading.  Walkers may enter from the Oak Street or Seaton Lane sides of the building.  Doors open at 8:35 and school starts at 8:50am.  Dismissal will be at 3:50pm and dismissal is at 1:15pm on early release days.  Please see the 2016-2017 List Calendar for the full day Wednesdays this year.

Back to School Night for grades 4 and 5 is Thursday, September 13th and on Thursday, September 15th for grades 2 and 3. More details to follow.  ESOL Back to School Nights for ESOL families begins at 6:30pm.

Forms to fill out, sign and return with your student on the first day of school are available as follows:

 Go TJ Tigers!

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 16:16


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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

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(703) 992-0444

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(703) 248-5664

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(703) 248-5670

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(703) 248-5666


Paul Swanson

Assistant Principal:
Rob Carey

Assistant Principal:
Amanda Davis

Principal's Secretary
& Registrar:
Debra Newman

School Secretary:
Nancy Peacock


601 South Oak Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
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