Girls on the Run is back!!!!!

We believe that ALL GIRLS are born with power and purpose.

Using a fun, research-based curriculum that creatively integrates running, we inspire every girl to reach her limitless potential, not just for the length of our program, but for life. -from the GOTR website https://www.girlsontherun.org/.

Head over to the Girls on the Run website and register for the Floris site!  Registration closes February 25th!



Winter 2020 Enrichment!!!!

Registration Is Now Open!!!

Signup today HERE!


Floris Science Fair 2020

Floris PTA presents

Science Fair 2020..!

Registration Open starting January 7, 2020..! click here

Open to all students
(Grade K-6)
February 27, 2020
6:15 PM – 8:00 PM
snow date: March 5, 2020


Walk In My Shoes 2019

Walk In My Shoes – December 3rd & 4th

Walk In My Shoes is an interactive program for 3rd – 5th grade students, which fosters an environment where differences are respected by providing students with the opportunity to see the world from the viewpoints of others. The goal is for every child to feel welcome, safe and included in the Floris community. Read more about it on our website and please sign up here if you are interested in helping out. Thanks!

We welcome anyone who loves working with kids and wants to help make this world a more understanding place


Odyssey of the Mind 2019/20!

What:  Odyssey of the Mind, an International Creativity Competition. (www.odysseyofthemind.com)

Who:  Teams of 5-7 students (facilitated by teacher or parent coaches) decide upon a challenge problem to develop a long-term solution.  Some problems are theatrical, some are technical and some are both! Teams write their own plays, create their own scenery and props, and address the challenge as creatively as possible given a limited budget! On competition day, teams present their solution and also solve a spontaneous challenge. To check out amazing past-year performances, go to YouTube and search for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals! Check out this year’s problems at http://www.odysseyofthemind.com or www.novasouth.org click on Synopses.

When / Where:  Teams will meet at a time, day, and location that works for the team members. Generally, teams meet weekly in the beginning and perhaps twice a week as the regional competition approaches on 14th March, 2020 at Manassas Park HS.  Teams winning at regional competitions advance to the State tournament in April and possibly to the World Finals in May. 

Results: OOTM has been active in Floris ES for past few years with good results, we had 2 first place teams (i.e. won regionals) that went on to be placed 4th/8th in State finals. Simply put kids have fun, develop skills, work as a team and compete with other teams.

Video Intro: http://youtu.be/zcvHQ5xRpQs

Initial Registration October 30th through November 6th at florispta.org
Team Formation (by PTA) November 7th 
Coaches Training (novasouth.org) November 9th   
Tournament Date March 14th 2020

For more information, contact Floris OOTM via floris.ootm@gmail.com.

2019-2020 Problem Summaries

Problem 1: Longshot Solution

Divisions I, II & III

A group of “Longshots” believe a disastrous event that threatens the world is about to occur and must stop it. Because no one takes them seriously, it is up to the Longshots to solve the problem. To succeed they must send materials from all corners of the world using vehicles that overcome obstacles and travel simultaneously into and out of a Reaction Area. As time counts down the Longshots will use the components, including baking soda, to create a reaction that produces a very special effect and saves the day!


Problem 2: Net Working

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Computers, satellites, and servers work continuously to allow people from all over the world to network with each other. These networks give us access to information including communications, messages, and videos. In this problem, the networked devices are characters who work to keep the world connected. During the performance, an image, a text message, an email and other information will be transmitted between locations in a team-made system. Pop-up advertisements appear and a malware character will infect the network and take it offline. An anti-virus hero comes to the rescue and team-made instruments will be used to present an original song that explains their jobs.


Problem 3: Classics… The Effective Detective

Divisions I, II, III & IV

You will be introduced to one of the greatest detectives the world has ever known as they follow clues to uncover the truth behind some of history’s real-world mysteries. The detective will investigate different types of information, including a clue that is a “red herring” i.e. a distraction, and do intellectual battle with a supervillain who wants the detective to fail. Sounds will ring out and settings will creatively change to set the scene and highlight the action. The team will also be challenged to use the smallest space possible to store its solution.


Problem 4: Balsa Limbo 

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Teams will build balsa wood structures that are created by adjusting its interconnected parts. When the parts are not in the final form for weight testing, they must be able to pass under a limbo bar. Higher score will be awarded for how low the bar is when the structure passes under it. However, the bar is not allowed to be lower than ½”! The limbo bar test and maneuvering the structure for testing will take place during the performance time. Testing of the structure will take place during a performance with a theme about dancing and movement.


Problem 5: Gibberish or Not 

Divisions I, II, III & IV

Genius or not so smart, statements change from Gibberish at the start. Do the thoughts shine or miss the mark? Masses think they’re being led out of the dark. A Champion arranges meetings with those in power, and gibberish ideas bloom like a flower. The crowd replaces thoughts with wisdom, and a Child sees it is all just humdrum.  Misinterpreted over and again, twisted words fly in the end. Music blares and the celebration is wild, and misunderstanding is accepted by the child. The performance will explain why the child does not reveal the truth that what they believe is wisdom was really just gibberish.


Primary: The Fashion Bug

Grades K-2

The team’s problem is to create and present a humorous performance that includes a fashion show for insects. An up-and-coming designer will be highlighted as a narrator describes the odd and curious fashions as they are modeled. A team-created song, a commercial, and a critic who reviews the Fashion Show are all part of the performance.


All problems copyright Creative Competitions, Inc. – 201


Harvest Parade 2019

Another Awesome Celebration!!!


Dinner & A Movie!!!!!

The PTA invites you to join us for dinner and a movie on Friday, Oct. 4th. We will be showing two different movies, ​Toy Story 4​ and ​Aladdin​, in the cafeteria and the library.
Movie tickets: ​$6 per person​. Pizza: ​$2 per slice or $12 a pie!
The movies starts at 6:00 pm..
Bring the whole family along with your pillows and blankets! Wear your pajamas! Enjoy pizza, popcorn and other confections sold by the 6th grade. Both movies will be raffled off at the end of the night! Raffle tickets $1. Parents, please remember, you must accompany your child. This is NOT a drop off event.


VASO 2019


Register using this link starting 12 noon on Sept 17, 2019.

Virginia Science Olympiad Division A 2019

  • Do you like experimentation?
  • Are you curious about how things work?
  • Do you wonder what makes up things?
  • Are you often called, “a great builder?”
  • Do you love Science, Technology, Engineering & Math?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions AND you are in 3rd, 4th or 5th, then join a VASO team! Registration opens on September 17th at 12noon, and will stay open only until the maximum participants are met (45 slots)!   To find out more about this event and requirements CLICK HERE



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Registration for our enrichment programming is open! Sign your student up for one of our exciting classes this season here: Click Here!

Please Note:  The Girls on the Run program will be held during the spring.  This great program is a student favorite, however in the fall we run into quite a few problems with weather, so it is our hope that we eliminate this obstacle by running it later in the year.

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