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Ms. Allan, FCEF Teacher of the Year PDF 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
Thomas Jefferson Attendance Policy PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:19

If your student will be ABSENT or TARDY, please contact TJ Attendance at 703.248.5661; enter 2 on your phone or dial directly to 703.992.0444.

{Pre-Arranged Absence Request Form} | {School Board Policy}

Excused Absence

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be excused:

  • Illness verified by parent/guardian or doctor.  If the absence is longer than three days, a doctor's note is required to be turned in to the attendance office.
  • Pre-arranged absence consistent with the regulation issued by Superintendent
  • Death in the family
  • Observance of a religious holiday
  • Doctor or dental appointment
  • Extreme family emergency
  • Suspension

Unexcused Absences

Absence and tardy for the following reasons will be unexcused:

  • Oversleeping
  • Missing the bus
  • Transportation problems
  • Absence with parent/guardian permission but for reasons not on the excused list
  • Non-school related activities
  • Working
  • Unapproved trips
  • Child care situations
  • Shopping

How to Pre-Arrange an Absence

Pre-arranged absences are consistent with the regulation issued by the Superintendent.

  • Absences of ONE or TWO consecutive days require at least 2 days advance notice to the attendance office.  The note must state the reason(s) for absence.
  • Absences of THREE consecutive days or more require administrative approval.  A parent/guardian needs to submit a pre-arranged absence form {available here} to the attendance office as far in advance as possible, but NO LESS THAN THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABSENCES.

Make-Up Work

Make-up work cannot substitute for missed classroom experience.

  • If a student is absent for one day, he/she should get their assignments from another student.
  • If a student is absent for three or more days, assignments can be requested through the attendance office.
  • Work assigned/given prior to a pre-arranged absence is due the day the student returns.

Early Pick-Up

For early pick-up, an adult must come to the office to sign out the student.  If the adult is not a parent, guardian, or emergency contact, prior notification to the office is required.  The adult will also need to provide picture identification to the office staff.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 16:09

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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

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


Paul Swanson

Assistant Principal:
Dr. Michele Harcarik

Administrative Intern:
Rob Carey

Principal's Secretary
& Registrar:
Debra Newman

School Secretary:
Nancy Peacock


601 South Oak Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
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