Panther Press: May 24, 2020

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Spring Hill Families,

As a reminder, there is no face to face instruction tomorrow, Monday, May 25th, in observance of Memorial Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

Included in this newsletter:

  1. Supporting Executive Functioning at Home: A Webinar for Families
  2. Student Item Retrieval Schedule
  3. Class Placement Parent Input Survey
  4. Kindergarten Virtual Orientation
  5. Parent Coffee
  6. Laptops for Students in Grades K-2
  7. FCPS Summer Programs
  8. Return to School Planning

 

Thank you,

Sarah C. Aiello

 

Supporting Executive Functioning at Home: A Webinar for Families

The FCPS Behavior Intervention Services team will provide resources to help families support the growth of student executive functioning skills during this time of distance learning and beyond.

May 26, 2020. 10:00 a.m.-noon

Register for Supporting Executive Functions at Home: A Webinar for Families 

 

Student Item Retrieval (all grades)

We will run curbside pick-up to distribute classroom materials and personal items.  We will use our Kiss & Ride Loop and Bus Loop. Vehicles will drive up, driver will open trunk/door, and staff will place bag in vehicle. Families are not permitted to exit their vehicle and staff will be wearing personal protective equipment.   Grade level/Homeroom classes have been assigned a date, time, and location. A follow-up email will be sent with map, directions, and procedures.  Please see schedule below:

                         

6th Grade   Fri, 5/29

Kiss/ Ride

5th Grade

Fri, 5/29

Bus Loop

3rd Grade

Mon, 6/1

Kiss /Ride

2nd Grade

Mon, 6/1

Bus Loop

4th Grade

Tues, 6/2

Kiss /Ride

1st Grade

Tues, 6/2

Bus Loop

Kindergarten:

Wed, 6/3

Kiss /Ride

Time Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher Homeroom Teacher

3:00PM

Bynum

Fitz

Boswell

Coleman

Goodman-Powery

DeOrnellas

Andriko

3:20 PM

Kenely

Gibbs

Chang

Hokama

Idol

Gerike

Burns

3:40 PM

Margeson

Munroe

Fishbone

Ledig

Kenney

Libuit

Cole

4:00 PM

Minutoli

Roman

Fisher

Strandlund

Lee

Peters

Momeni

4:20 PM

Papathanassiou

Segal

Michaels

Waters

Nordeman

Roellig

Zoldak

4:40 PM

Smith

Swiers

Nalley

 

Thompson

 

 

5:00 PM

 

 

 

 

Wells

 

 

                Class Placement Parent Input (all grades)  

Our staff will soon begin working collaboratively planning teacher and student assignments for next year. We would like you to assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child through our google form below.  Please complete the fill-able form and submit.  The information will go directly to Sarah Aiello and will be shared with teachers during the placement process. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nl54LJ0rCCWp2mU1JNg7xVDRDsEKHjOxjtgrgrTo3lU/edit

Please note:

  • All comments should be positive. These forms will be shared with all school staff as we work to create class groupings. 
  • Due to constant changes in personnel, we will not accept requests for specific teachers; this includes hints that reference specific teachers. 
  • While it’s helpful to share names of your child’s friends, remember that assigning a child to be with all of their friends cannot be our highest priority. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning abilities.
  • The deadline for any correspondence regarding the upcoming school year is Friday, May 29.

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in late August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 29. Due to the tight timeline before school is out, late submissions can not be considered.  

Thank you for your continued trust in our school and working together to create the most successful environment for your child(ren) at Spring Hill each year!

  Kindergarten Virtual Orientation Date

SAVE THE DATE!    We will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 9th at 4:30.  More information to come!

  Parent Coffee

Join us! Our time will be spent reconnecting as a community, sharing information, and answering questions.  Our coffees will be a space for positive exchange, reflection, and learning.

 

Families in Grades K-3

Friday, 5/29  12:00 PM

Families in Grades 4-6

Friday, 5/29  3:00 PM

 

How to Access

Please use this BBCU link https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/667171fad45948b28a7cdf7cab97493d

 

Laptops for Students in Grades K-2

We are happy to share that FCPS has now authorized schools to provide laptops and MiFi internet devices for students in grades K-2.  If your child need a device in order to effectively access our distance learning materials/resources, please e-mail Bill Mosher at wkmosher@fcps.edu with the number of devices you are requesting and your child(ren)'s given name(s), student ID#(s), grade level(s), and homeroom teacher(s). 

 

FCPS Summer Programs

Special Education Services – Virtual Extended School Year

FCPS will provide Extended School Year (ESY) to students, grades PreK thru 12, whose IEP team determines that the student qualifies for ESY due to significant regression and lack of recovery of skills that were gained during the regular school year prior to the shutdown. 

This summer, ESY services will be provided virtually to students June 29-July 24. The learning will  be provided through the continued Distance Learning model. The learning materials will be available online and in printed packets mailed to students.

Continuity of Learning (COL)

Elementary school students will have the opportunity to focus on math and literacy skill-building using self-directed print and digital materials. Each school will have teachers who will support students in their summer learning experiences from June 29 - July 31. Students will have the opportunity to connect with these teachers virtually during office hours for support. These programs are free to students and more information about continuity of learning resources will be provided before the end of the school year.  

 

School Year 2020-2021

Discussions began this week with the School Board about our Return to School plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

We are awaiting guidance from the state about the possible required conditions that will need to be met for schools to reopen.  We also plan to seek the input of all of our stakeholder groups – parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators – in developing our return to school plan. 

The considerations for return to school include the need to:

  • Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff
  • Provide options for students and staff that are unable to return to school/work
  • Comply with any social distancing requirements
  • Provide student access to technology devices and internet services at home
  • Provide staff with adequate time and training to prepare for the new school year
  • Make decisions as soon as possible for scheduling and communication with families

We are preparing for a variety of possible scenarios including:

  • Students will have a virtual start to the school year.
  • Students will return to school with social distancing in place.
  • School will open on time, but some students and/or staff may be unable to return and will participate through virtual learning.

The preliminary report presented to the School board is available here.

 

 

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Community Update - May 17, 2020

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Spring Hill Families,

Though we know distance learning cannot replace face-to-dace instruction, we hope that you are witnessing your child’s engagement and productivity as a testament to the academic progress that can be made, even while using a new and modified modality for instruction.

If you tuned into the School Board meeting Monday, you heard ideas that our county is considering for returning to school in the fall. As soon as we are aware of how these changes will impact our community, we will share these findings with you. 

Additionally, over these next couple of weeks we will be sharing how Spring Hill will be providing opportunities for you to pick-up medication, drop-off instruments/library books, and retrieve your children’s personal belongings.  We are streamlining a process that will be supportive of your needs and our staff (as they continue to instruct your children while these procedures are being implemented) while keeping in mind the health, safety and well-being of all parties involved.   

 

Included in this newsletter:

  1. Student Item Retrieval
  2. Class Placement Parent Input Survey
  3. Progress Reports
  4. Kindergarten Virtual Orientation
  5. Laptops for Students in Grades K-2
  6. FCPS Summer Programs
  7. Return to School Planning
  8. Bag Donation

 

Thank you,

Sarah C. Aiello

  Student Item Retrieval (all grades)

Our teachers will be packing up student items within their classrooms over the next few weeks. This could include, but wouldn't be limited to: student work, pencil pouches, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc. Teachers will be placing student items in a labeled bag for families to pick up at a later date.

We will also go through our Lost and Found items and add items with names to these bags as well.

If you would like to decline retrieval of your child’s items now (we will keep them in the building and  return in the fall ) or if you would like to donate your child’s items, please complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EBZbnqzlfkNsTyAKGaqO6jNZFbS18Giv5jXBGRpTMPk/edit

Only fill out this form if you are OPTING OUT OF retrieving your student's belongings now or would like to donate your child’s belongings. If we don't hear from you, we will assume you will pick up items; pick-up information will be communicated to you at a later date.

If you have more than one child please complete a separate form for EACH student. 

 

Class Placement Parent Input (all grades)  

Our staff will soon begin working collaboratively planning teacher and student assignments for next year. We would like you to assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child through our google form below.  Please complete the fill-able form and submit.  The information will go directly to Sarah Aiello and will be shared with teachers during the placement process. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nl54LJ0rCCWp2mU1JNg7xVDRDsEKHjOxjtgrgrTo3lU/edit

Please note:

  • All comments should be positive. These forms will be shared with all school staff as we work to create class groupings. 
  • Due to constant changes in personnel, we will not accept requests for specific teachers; this includes hints that reference specific teachers. 
  • While it’s helpful to share names of your child’s friends, remember that assigning a child to be with all of their friends cannot be our highest priority. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning abilities.
  • The deadline for any correspondence regarding the upcoming school year is Friday, May 29.

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in late August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 29. Due to the tight timeline before school is out, late submissions can not be considered.  

Thank you for your continued trust in our school and working together to create the most successful environment for your child(ren) at Spring Hill each year!

 

Progress Reports (all grades)

Third quarter progress reports are currently visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. 

The county anticipates the printed progress reports will be provided to the postal service by May 23rd. Actual delivery to homes will be dependent on the postal service. School addresses will be used as the return address on the report cards.   To gain access to student progress reports in a timely manner, ParentVUE and StudentVUE is recommended

 

Kindergarten Registration & Virtual Orientation Date

Children who are five by September 30, 2020 and eligible should register here:  https://springhilles.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-2020-21

Visit the Kindergarten Registration page on the FCPS Kindergarten Registration website for required registration packets.

SAVE THE DATE!  We are so excited to meet our newest Panther Cubs!  We will hold a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, June 9th at 4:30.  More information to come!

 

Laptops for Students in Grades K-2

We are happy to share that FCPS has now authorized schools to provide laptops and MiFi internet devices for students in grades K-2.  If your child need a device in order to effectively access our distance learning materials/resources, please e-mail Bill Mosher at wkmosher@fcps.edu with the number of devices you are requesting and your child(ren)'s given name(s), student ID#(s), grade level(s), and homeroom teacher(s).  All requests for devices must be received by 11:59PM on Tuesday, May 19.

 

FCPS Summer Programs

Special Education Services – Virtual Extended School Year

FCPS will provide Extended School Year (ESY) to students, grades PreK thru 12, whose IEP team determines that the student qualifies for ESY due to significant regression and lack of recovery of skills that were gained during the regular school year prior to the shutdown. 

This summer, ESY services will be provided virtually to students June 29-July 24. The learning will  be provided through the continued Distance Learning model. The learning materials will be available online and in printed packets mailed to students.

Continuity of Learning (COL)

Elementary school students will have the opportunity to focus on math and literacy skill-building using self-directed print and digital materials. Each school will have teachers who will support students in their summer learning experiences from June 29 - July 31. Students will have the opportunity to connect with these teachers virtually during office hours for support. These programs are free to students and more information about continuity of learning resources will be provided before the end of the school year.  

 

School Year 2020-2021

Discussions began this week with the School Board about our Return to School plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

We are awaiting guidance from the state about the possible required conditions that will need to be met for schools to reopen.  We also plan to seek the input of all of our stakeholder groups – parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators – in developing our return to school plan. 

The considerations for return to school include the need to:

  • Ensure safe learning and working environments for students and staff
  • Provide options for students and staff that are unable to return to school/work
  • Comply with any social distancing requirements
  • Provide student access to technology devices and internet services at home
  • Provide staff with adequate time and training to prepare for the new school year
  • Make decisions as soon as possible for scheduling and communication with families

We are preparing for a variety of possible scenarios including:

  • Students will have a virtual start to the school year.
  • Students will return to school with social distancing in place.
  • School will open on time, but some students and/or staff may be unable to return and will participate through virtual learning.

The preliminary report presented to the School board is available here.

 

Bag Donation:

As our teachers are preparing to return student belongings and pack up our classrooms, we are taking donations of boxes and/or brown bags (like the Trader Joe or Whole Food type) to support our packing efforts.  If you have brown paper bags, you’d be willing to donate to us, please feel free to drop them off at the large cardboard box at Door 1. 

Bags donated to school will need to be temporarily isolated for a minimum period of 72 hours.  After the 72-hour isolation period, we will distribute to classrooms.

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March 9th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families and Staff,

 

As COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is working with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) to implement sound public health recommendations and share updated information with the community, as it becomes available. We learned yesterday at the FCHD briefing that the risk to the general public remains low – even though we have two confirmed cases in the county.

Please continue to stay informed by accessing the following resources: FCPS coronavirus webpage. The page also contains fact sheets, videos, and other resources that you may find useful.  Additional information is available from the Fairfax County Health Department  and the CDC .

I want to assure you that we are putting measures in place to support our students and our staff. We will increase opportunities for students to wash hands, as this is the most effective way to prevent the spread of viruses and germs. As additional measures for Spring Hill, I will share with the staff and students the following safety protocols. I will go on the morning news to share these items with students that will be reinforced throughout the school day:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Our custodial team continues to use hospital grade disinfectant as part of their cleaning operations and will continue to do so.

The Fairfax County Health Department has not advised FCPS to cancel or reschedule community events or programs with large crowds. In preparation for our annual Fun Fair, we have a full team of custodial support ready to provide ongoing cleaning routines throughout the day as well as an extensive clean after our event before opening school on Monday. In addition, we will continue to reinforce the use of proper hygiene practices.

As you aware, things could change rapidly, and I will continue to communicate should changes be made.

In addition to talking with children about the importance of washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when they are sick, there are a number of resources to support families and staff in talking with children about COVID-19. Consider sharing resources with families and staff to support healthy discussion at home and in the classroom :

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/talking-children-about-coronavirus

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/coronavirus-resources

School nurses, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers can support these discussions and follow up with students who may need additional support.

Thank you for your continual support of our school community.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

 

In this issue:

Handwashing & Infectious Disease Prevention

Kindergarten Orientation

Lost & Found

Instruments on Buses

Parking Reminders

Family Engagement Policy Meeting

School Health Services Survey

Science Fair Winners

PTO Fun Fair

Quick Links

Calendar

Handwashing and Infectious Disease Prevention

FCPS is working closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to monitor the latest updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are reinforcing the importance of students following proper handwashing procedures and our outstanding custodial teams following standard cleaning protocols by using hospital-grade disinfectants on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, and handrails. We realize that time is a valuable commodity during the school day, and in today’s environment, hand washing should be a priority, so we are encouraging staff to provide ample time for students to wash their hands.

Here is additional information about flu virus prevention from the Fairfax County Health Department:

Hand hygiene saves lives! Did you know that proper hand hygiene may prevent up to 80 percent of infectious diseases? Germs get on your hands and on items you touch throughout the day.

Stop the spread: Without realizing it, people frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth AFTER touching contaminated objects, such as doorknobs, handrails, desks, and hand-held devices. 

What can you do? The first line of defense is handwashing which is easy, cheap, and effective in preventing the spread of germs. When done correctly, handwashing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. 

Simple steps to practice proper handwashing are:

  • Wet hands
  • Lather with soap
  • Scrub for 20 seconds (Have fun and sing a song)
  • Rinse 
  • Dry

Lead by example! Remember, children imitate what you do. Remind your kids to wash their hands:

  • Make it part of your routine prior to eating and after using the bathroom
  • Here’s a fun video featuring staff and students at Springfield Estates Elementary School: 

Baby Shark Handwashing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J54zD_nVZco

Kindergarten Orientation Date Change

The planning has begun to welcome the new class of 2033!  Pass along the word across our community that our Kindergarten Orientation will be held on April 13th 8:30-10:30 AM We invite students and parents in to experience kindergarten. More details to come!

Lost & Found

Please make sure to collect all your child’s lost & found by Friday, March 13th. All clothing that is not claimed will be donated.

Thank you,

Instruments on Buses

Carry-On Items Policy

Space on buses can be tight, with limited available seat width for students. Large instruments and projects are allowed on buses if they can be safely carried in the student’s lap. Otherwise, large items, which are extremely dangerous in the event of a crash or sudden stop, must be transported by the parent.

Lost items will be held on the bus or returned to the school office. Unclaimed and unlabeled items are donated to charity.

 

Thank you for your cooperation,

FCPS Transportation

Parking Reminders

As a reminder,

Do not block our neighbors’ driveways along Lewisville Road. The police will be called and cars will be towed and/or ticketed.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Attend a Family Engagement Policy Open Meeting

FCPS is hosting several open meetings to receive feedback on the draft version of our new Family Engagement Policy. We invite parents, staff, students, and community members to attend one of the meetings. The purpose of the Family Engagement Policy is to promote effective and meaningful family-school partnerships–inclusive of all families–as an essential element in supporting student success.

View the Family Engagement Policy meeting dates, times, and locations.

School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. This may include principals, school counselors, and main office staff members. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee.

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6 approval # 20217  

School Health Services Survey-Parents 2020 (Spanish): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7KGXTS

School Health Services Survey – STAFF 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDDYRW3 approval # 20216  

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information. Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.

Action required: To distribute the School Health Survey via electronic communication to school staff and community.

Deadline: 3/16/2020-3/27/2020

Science Fair Winners

We wanted to send out a huge congratulations to all the winners of the Science Fair! The judges were so impressed with all the projects including Bubbles, Birds, Surface Tension, Corona Virus, Archimedes’ Principle and so much more! See the list below for all the winners. Thank you to all the judges, parents, and most importantly the students who participated, and remember… Science is Fun!!

PTO Fun Fair Fun Fair Is This Weekend!
Saturday, March 14
 10:00am - 3:00pm

 

Don’t miss the fun!  We’ll see you on Saturday at Spring Hill's 54th Annual Fun Fair!

Visit springhillpto.org/fun-fair for everything you need to know about Fun Fair. There's information about tickets, games, activities, food, the Cake Decorating Contest and Cake Walk, the Prize Raffle, the Fun with Faculty Experience Raffle, and MORE!  

 

WE STILL NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS

We need to fill as many remaining volunteer slots as possible this week to ensure a fun and safe day for our kids! Please visit our signup genius and take a shift to help out.

 

TICKETS

Buy your tickets before Fun Fair! Early-bird pricing on tickets is still available.  $5 = 25 tickets! 

Monday, March 9th – Friday, March 13th:  8:30am – 9:00am / Front Lobby

Tuesday, March 10th – Thursday, March 12th: 3:30pm – 4:00pm / Back Door Pick Up Area (Weather Permitting)

*Tickets ordered online will be distributed to students this week. If you have any questions, please contact springhillptofunfair@gmail.com.

 

PRIZE RAFFLE AND ENTRY

The Fun Fair Raffle is the place to win prizes like an iPad, an Xbox, a Fit Bit, an American Girl doll, a free party at the Hamlet Pool, and more! Click here to check out this year's amazing prizes!

Enter the Prize Raffle early: some raffle boxes will be at the ticket sales tables this week. So buy some extra discounted tickets and enter the raffle early — you can participate even if you won’t be able to join us for Fun Fair day. 

 

FOOD

If having fun makes you hungry, stop in the cafeteria where pizza, chips, popcorn, cotton candy and beverages will be available for purchase. 

 

FREE FUN AT FUN FAIR

Visit the free activities offered this year.  Take a break in the Lego Build Area, or snap a picture with our Panther mascot at the selfie station! New this year -- Bach to Rock Herndon will entertain us with DJs and student performers in the cafeteria. You can even join in for a free Mini Jam Session on keys, guitar and drums (2nd graders and up). Younger fairgoers can check out their Early Childhood Area for some musical fun.

 

PARKING

There will be limited parking at the school and Spring Hill Rec Center. The Hamlet Pool has kindly offered additional parking.  Feel free to use the lots at these locations or consider walking, biking or carpooling. In the past, tickets have been given for parking in illegal, undesignated spots around the school and in subdivisions.

 

Cake Decorating Contest is this Friday, March 13!

All Grades Welcome

Calling all bakers in K-6!! The annual Cake Decorating Contest is Friday, March 13th!  The theme is “Candy Land Fun Fair.” Award winning bakers from this contest will each receive 25 tickets to Fun Fair! All entered cakes in the contest will be winning Cake Walk prizes in the Cake Walk at Fun Fair on Saturday, March 14th! 

***Once a cake is submitted to the contest, it is a prize for Cake Walk. You may not have your cake back and all bakers and their families will not be awarded their own cake back at Cake Walk.**** For more information, please click here!

 

It's Spirit Week! 

Join in the Fun Fair FUN and show your school spirit all week long! 

Monday 3/9 – Pajama Day

Tuesday 3/10 – Crazy Hat Day

Wednesday 3/11 – Sports Day

Thursday 3/12 – Wacky Hair Day

Friday 3/13 – Spring Hill Spirit Day – wear maroon, gold, your Fun Fair t-shirts, or anything candy-themed to show your school spirit!

Quick Links Calendar of Events

Week of March 9th:

Friday, March 13th: PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

Saturday, March 14th: Fun Fair, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

 

Week of March 16th:

Monday, March 16th: 3rd GR PI Day, Cafeteria, 2-3 pm

Thursday, March 19th: 5th & 6th GR Orchestra Concert, Gym, 7-8 pm

 

Week of March 22nd:

Tuesday, March 24th: 5th GR FT (All), Reston Bowtie Cinemas, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Friday, March 27th: 6th GR FT (All), Ethics Day, Holy Trinity Church,        9:45 am-1:00 pm

 

Full 2019-2020 calendar: click here:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/19-20-standard-school-year-calendar.pdf

 

This school newsletter will be issued every other Monday during the school year to your current email address on file.

 

Deadline for submissions are due on Thursdays by Noon. 

 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

 

 

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

February 24th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

February has been a busy month so far as we've celebrated our 100th day of school, Groundhog Day, Valentine's Day, and Presidents’ Day. I hope that your children shared some of the fun activities they participated in to further their learning during these fun holidays!  All are welcome to attend Spring Hill's 2nd Annual Science Fair Event on Thursday 2/27 from 6-7p in the large pod. Come see the exciting Science Projects and find out who the winners are! Bring the whole family to increase your chances to win a free raffle prize and watch a dance & demonstration by an award winning 5th grade girls VEX robotics team!

 

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

 

In this issue

AAP Parent Survey

Author Visit

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

Kindergarten Orientation

Red Cross Blood Drive

Orange Out

PTO Fun Fair

PTO Science Fair

Quick Links

Calendar

Parent Survey of Students Grades 3-8 About AAP Level IV (full-time) Services

Fairfax County Public Schools has engaged with external researchers to examine our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in grades 3-8, with a focus on Level IV services.  As one of several data collections in the review, researchers are seeking input from all parents of students in grades 3-8 through an online survey.  Individual survey responses will be anonymous, will go directly to the researchers, and will not be viewed by FCPS staff.  

Responses will be used by the researchers to craft recommendations for program improvements that will be shared with the FCPS School Board in late March.  Parents are asked to complete the survey only one time, even if they have multiple children in grades 3-8.  The survey is expected to start being sent directly to parent emails by mid-February and will close on February 28, 2020, in order to give researchers time to analyze results for their final report in March of 2020.  There will be a School Board work session on March 24, 2020 with the final report.  

Author Visit - Monday, March 2

On Monday, March 2, 2020 local author (and Spring Hill alum) Scott McBride will be visiting Spring Hill Elementary School. Scott McBride is the co-author of the award-winning children’s picture book series, The Adventures of Connor the Courageous Cutter (www.connorthecutter.com). If you are interested in purchasing any of Mr. McBride’s books, please see the order form coming home this Thursday or available on the Spring Hill website.

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from March 3, 2020 through March 30, 2020.  No late applications will be accepted.

Please click this link for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/elementary-magnet-school-lottery.

Kindergarten Orientation Date Change

The planning has begun to welcome the new class of 2033!  Pass along the word across our community that our Kindergarten Orientation will be held on April 13th 8:30-10:30 AM We invite students and parents in to experience kindergarten. More details to come!

Red Cross Blood Drive

Mr. Minutoli Pay It Forward Blood Drive-Adults Only

As many of you know, our beloved P.E. Teacher, Mr. Micky Minutoli, has been battling leukemia for a while. Here is a note from his wife, our sixth grade teacher Mrs. Angela Minutoli:

No one ever thinks that they might need blood one day.  As in Micky’s case, it came on suddenly and since his stem cell transplant last May, he has had over 20 lifesaving transfusions (40+ units of blood). Six units alone were in the past two weeks. You can’t imagine how grateful we are to those who have donated. Know that your donation will  have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. 

Red Cross is having a blood drive this Friday at Spring Hill, February 28, 2020. This is our 3rd consecutive year of Red Cross hosting a blood drive at Spring Hill! Please click here to sign up:

https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=spring%20hill%20es

Orange Out

We are inviting all students, staff, and community members to wear as much orange as possible on Friday, February 28 to show our love and support to Mr. Minutoli and his whole family.

PTO Fun Fair

Get ready for Fun Fair with these 3 easy steps:

  1. Mark your calendar for the 54th annual Fun Fair: Sat 3/14 from 10am-3pm!
  2. Volunteer - Fun Fair needs parent volunteers to run our games and activities.  Sign up for a volunteer shift on our parent volunteer sign-up genius
  1. Buy your Fun Fair Tickets!  Tickets are now available online on our PTO website.  Buy your tickets early and save with early-bird pricing! 

What's new for this year's 2020 Fun Fair? We have a brand new Fun Fair addition: Panther Hockey, a game where you shoot a beanie baby panther into a hockey goal to win tokens (and glory!) And back by popular demand -- Soccer Kick will be in the gym! Also coming to Fun Fair for the first time: Bach to Rock Herndon, check out their free sound stage in the cafeteria with their DJ and student performances , as well as mini jam sessions where you can learn to play a song on keys, guitar or drum -- no experience required! 

Again this year we will have a full 5 days of Spirit Week leading up to the Fun Fair.

Monday 3/18 – Pajama Day

Tuesday 3/19 – Super Hero Day

Wednesday 3/20 – Sports Day

Thursday 3/21 – Wacky Hair Day

Friday 3/22 – Panther Pride – wear maroon, gold and your Fun Fair t-shirts to show your school spirit!

For more information visit: springhillpto.org/fun-fair

 

Cake Decorating Contest For All Grades!

Cake Walk Cakes! Cake Walk Cakes! Cake Walk Cakes!

Calling all bakers in K-6!! The annual Cake Decorating Contest is Friday, March 13th!  The theme is “Candy Land Fun Fair.” Award winning bakers from this contest will receive 25 tickets each to Fun Fair! All entered cakes in the contest will be winning Cake Walk prizes in the Cake Walk at Fun Fair on Saturday, March 14th! 

For more information, please click here!

Science Fair

Science Fair week!!   Feb 24th

All are welcome to attend Spring Hill's 2nd Annual Science Fair Event on Thursday 2/27 from 6-7p in the large pod. Come see the exciting Science Projects and find out who the winners are! Bring the whole family to increase your chances to win a free raffle prize and watch a dance & demonstration by an award winning 5th grade girls VEX robotics team!

And a huge congratulations to all the students who turned in their Science Projects! Here is the judging schedule (for those who have already turned in their projects).

  • Kindergarten & 1st grade; 3:45-6p on Mon 2/24
  • 2nd - 3rd grade; 3:45-6p on Tues 2/25
  • 4th - 6th grade; 3:45-6p on Wed 2/26

Remember that this is not a drop off event, so parents must stay until their child has spoken with the judges, after which you're free to leave.

Good luck to everyone! And we'll see you on at the Science Fair Event on Thurs 2/27 from 6-7p.

Quick Links Calendar Corrections

Our Panther folders have some incorrect dates on the calendar that's on the back of the folder.

Please note the following correction:

Tuesday, March 3rd is the student holiday(School Planning Day), not Friday, March 13th.

Sorry for the confusion!

Calendar of Events

Week of Feb 24th:

Monday, Feb 24-Friday, Feb 28, Science Fair, Lg Pod

Friday, Feb 28: Red Cross Blood Drive, Parking Lot, 1-6 pm

 

Week of March 2nd:

Tuesday, March 3rd: Student Holiday, School Planning Day

 

Week of March 9th:

Friday, March 13th: PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

Saturday, March 14th: Fun Fair, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

 

Week of March 16th:

Monday, March 16th: 3rd GR PI Day, Cafeteria, 2-3 pm

Thursday, March 19th: 5th & 6th GR Orchestra Concert, Gym, 7-8 pm

 

Week of March 22nd:

Tuesday, March 24th: 5th GR FT (All), Reston Bowtie Cinemas, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Friday, March 27th: 6th GR FT (All), Ethics Day, Holy Trinity Church,        9:45 am-1:00 pm

 

Full 2019-2020 calendar: click here:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/19-20-standard-school-year-calendar.pdf

 

This school newsletter will be issued every other Monday during the school year to your current email address on file.

 

Deadline for submissions are due on Thursdays by Noon. 

 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

 

 

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