February 10th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

It was so nice to see so many of you at our BINGO Night event. Thank you to our PTO, staff volunteers, and all our families for your time to support our ongoing efforts to provide community-building activities for our school. 

 

In this issue

Foreign Language Community Meeting

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

Kindergarten Orientation

Coronavirus Update

Health Room Reminder

Candy Grams

Attendance

Red Cross Blood Drive

PTO Fun Fair

PTO Science Fair

Quick Links

Calendar

Foreign Language Community Meeting

Please join us on February 11th at 7:00 PM as we continue the discussion and planning to bring a Foreign Language Program to Spring Hill.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Students contribute to a quality learning experience by coming to class every day with a positive attitude, personal integrity, and a commitment to making good choices. During the next several weeks, Spring Hill Assistant Principals will provide an SR&R mid-year review for all students.

Parents are essential partners in helping their children learn how to exhibit self-control and respect, make ethical choices, and be accountable for their actions.

Family Guide: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/SRR1920.pdf

2019-2020 Parent Video: Dr. Braband: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/ips/equity/srr/

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

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 March 3rd 8:30-10:30 AM We invite students and parents in to experience kindergarten. More details to come!

Coronavirus Update

The FCHD is coordinating with federal, state and local public health and safety partners to take public health actions, as necessary, to keep the community safe. As the novel coronavirus situation continues to evolve, FCPS will continue to work with the FCHD to implement public health recommendations and share updates with the community.

Please click on this link for more information: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update

Health Room Reminder

This is an important reminder regarding the health protocol for students:

  • Students who exhibit flu-like symptoms will be sent to the health clinic for Ms. Larkin to contact parents or guardians.  Students with a fever and/or flu-like symptoms will not return to their classrooms, and parents will be required to pick up their child from school.    
  • Students must be fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication, before returning to school.  (i.e. If your child is sent home today, they are welcome back to school the day after tomorrow.  Children must be kept home for 24-hours if sent home.)  
  • If your child is not well, keep them home to rest and recover, so they can do their best learning when they return. 
  • If you have any questions regarding the health room guidelines, please contact Karen Larkin, Clinic Aide, at 703-506-3410
SCA Candy Grams Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross Blood Drive-Adults Only

 

Red Cross is having a Blood Drive this month at Spring Hill on Friday, February 28, 2020. Please click here to sign up:

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

PTO Fun Fair Save the Date for Fun Fair! Saturday, March 14  10:00am - 3:00pm

Fun Fair is one of the most exciting days of the year at Spring Hill Elementary School!  This year’s theme is CANDY LAND! For five hours, our school building is transformed into a carnival with fun for all ages that brings our community together to support Spring Hill’s PTO. Lots of the favorite games will be back, including Soda Toss, Zoo Dip and Lucky Ducky! There will be Laser Tag, Mr. Nalley's Barbershop, facepainting, the famous Cake Walk and of course the raffle! And lots of yummy food and snacks!  For more information visit: springhillpto.org/fun-fair

 

 

Get your Fun Fair Tickets and T-Shirt!

Fun Fair tickets can now be purchased online with early bird pricing: $5 for 25 tickets!  Online ticket sales will run now through Friday, March 6. Tickets purchased online will be distributed to students the week before Fun Fair. Discounted tickets will also be available for sale before and after school the week before Fun Fair, March 19-13! Fun Fair T-Shirts are only $7.50 this year! And new this year: Dri-fit fabric! Due to the generosity of our SHES PTO Sponsors, we’re able to offer discounted t-shirt pricing to our students! Our Sponsor logos will be on the shirt’s backside. T-Shirt orders will run online until Friday, February 21. T-shirts will be delivered to students the week before Fun Fair. No t-shirts will be sold at Fun Fair!  

 

 

Sign up by Friday, Feb 14 for Fun Fair and Get  Great Parent Volunteer Incentives

Fun Fair is 5 weeks away, and we need many more parent volunteers to it make a wonderful and safe day for our kids!  SHE Room Parents will be helping each homeroom solicit 10 volunteers. Early sign-ups from now through February 14th will be through your Room Parents and will make you eligible for our PARENT REWARDS! Sign up by February 14th: -10 free tickets to use at Fun Fair AND -Get early access to our Master Volunteer Signup Genius from 2/15-2/18. You’ll have first pick at which game or station you’d like to volunteer at, and can coordinate with friends! Sign up AFTER February 18th: -Sign up directly on our Master Volunteer Signup Genius (link coming in our 2/18 PTO Newsletter) to pick the time and station you’ll help with. Please Note: In order to receive your prizes, Parent Volunteers must Check In and Check Out with the Fun Fair Volunteer Coordinators in the SHE Front Office at Fun Fair. Keep an eye our for emails from your Room Parents about signing up!

Science Fair:Burning Questions Answered!

Science Fair week!!   Feb 24th

Register Now! @ https://spinghillpto.org/science-fair/ by Feb 21st

Last year's overwhelming participation has driven an expanded program.   Students are encouraged to bring any science related project on Monday    Feb 24th. Presentations are by grade on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Recognition and awards are presented on Thurs. evening.

Open to all Spring Hill students, Open to all topics and ideas.

Movie ticket awards for each grade.

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 10th:

Tuesday, Feb 11:  Foreign Language Community Meeting, Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

 

Week of Feb 17th:

Monday, Feb 17: President's Day Holiday: No School

Tuesday, Feb 18: 4th GR Orchestra Banjo Concert, Gym, 7:00 pm

Friday, Feb 21: PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9:00-10:00 am

 

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

Kindergarten Round up, Lg Pod, 8:30-10:30 am

 

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.

 

 

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

Bids for Kids BINGO Night is This Friday!!!

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

Please join us for the PTO's Bids for Kids' Bingo Night this Friday from 6-8pm in the school cafeteria.  Seating is limited and ticket sales end Wednesday.  Go to the PTO website https://springhillpto.org/bids-for-kids/bingo-night/ for more details on this fabulous FUNdraising event and to get your tickets today!  There will be games, prizes, food (cash only), and teachers as our bingo callers. 

Hope to see you there!

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

January 29 Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

Beginning Monday, February 10th the Panther Press will be distributed every other Monday. The Panther Press is where you will find important information about upcoming events, activities, and general school news. We are happy to provide you with all the information you will need to stay up to date with all of the wonderful activities and events that will be taking place at Spring Hill!

 

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

 

In this issue:

Lock Down Drill

Progress Reports

Students Rights & Responsibilities

Main Office Protocol

Foreign Language Community Meeting

Kindergarten Registration

Science Fair

FCPS Bus App

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Attendance

5th & 6th Grade Eating Disorder Information

Cooper & Longfellow MS Rising 7th Graders

Quick Links

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

Lock Down Safety Drill

Every school facility in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has in place crisis management and emergency preparedness plans, designed with the help of the school system’s security planning staff, local law enforcement, and emergency management officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, like fire and tornadoes, and we practice these drills regularly. Now, we, along with other Fairfax County schools, have formally added an additional drill, called a lockdown drill.

A lockdown is a well-established procedure designed to protect students and staff members in a case in which there might be threats of violence within a school. During a lockdown, students remain in their classrooms or are escorted to classrooms if they are in the halls, and all interior and exterior doors are closed and locked. Once the facility is rendered safe and students are accounted for, the school is returned to normal operation.  While we have no reason to believe that any threat of violence will arise, it is always best to be prepared. It is important to train students and staff members so that we can effectively implement a lockdown in the event one becomes necessary. Training helps ensure a calmer, more effective lockdown.

To implement this training, our school will conduct a lockdown drill this Wednesday, January 29, 2020 @ 2:45. This drill is generally short, typically lasting no longer than a fire drill. It will be conducted in collaboration with the FCPS Office of Safety and Security.  

Progress Reports

2nd Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home on Monday, February 3rd. Parents can access grades through ParentVue on Saturday, February 1st.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Students contribute to a quality learning experience by coming to class every day with a positive attitude, personal integrity, and a commitment to making good choices. During the next several weeks, Spring Hill Assistant Principals will provide an SR&R mid-year review for all students.

Parents are essential partners in helping their children learn how to exhibit self-control and respect, make ethical choices, and be accountable for their actions.

Family Guide: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/SRR1920.pdf

2019-2020 Parent Video: Dr. Braband: http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/ips/equity/srr/

Main Office Safety Protocol

We are always evaluating our practices to ensure the safety of students and staff. Beginning Wednesday, January 29th we are adding a layer of security procedures as you enter through Door 1.

When families/guest ring the bell/buzzer the following steps will take place:

  1. We will engage & welcome you to Spring Hill and ask how we may help you. This procedure is taking the place of just opening the door without any engagement.
  2. Once a guest has communicated their purpose for entering the building (picking-up child, conference, volunteering, etc) they will be welcomed into the building and reminded to check-in at the front office.
  3. Please proceed to the visitor check-in station.
Foreign Language Community Meeting

Please join us on February 11th at 7:00 PM as we continue the discussion and planning to bring a Foreign Language Program to Spring Hill.

Kindergarten Orientation

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 March 3rd 9:00-10:30 AM We invite students and parents in to experience kindergarten. More details to come!

Science Fair:Get Your Geek On!!

Science Fair week!!   Feb 24th

Register Now! @ https://spinghillpto.org/science-fair/ by Feb 21st

Last year's overwhelming participation has driven an expanded program.   Students are encouraged to bring any science related project on Monday    Feb 24th. Presentations are by grade on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. Recognition and awards are presented on Thurs. evening.

Open to all Spring Hill students, Open to all topics and ideas.

Movie ticket awards for each grade.

FCPS Using the Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.

Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Get detailed instructions on how to get started using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

5th & 6th Grade Families Eating Disorder Parent Letter and Fact Sheet

In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law requiring Virginia Public Schools to provide, on an annual basis, parent educational information regarding eating disorders for pupils in grades five through twelve. 

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed eating disorder documents with detailed information to be provided to parents and guardians of Fairfax County Public Schools. The letter and fact sheet will be sent home in Thursday Folders. 

Important Dates for Rising 7th Graders Cooper MS Rising 7th Graders Longfellow MS Rising 7th Graders

Longfellow Dates for 6th Graders

Dear parents of rising 7th Graders,

We are approaching that time of year where we begin the process of preparing our Chipmunks to become Lancers at Longfellow Middle School!

Please mark on your calendars for the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020: from 6-8PM, Longfellow Middle School will hold a Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night.
  • Friday, March 27, 2020: tentative date for our students to tour Longfellow Middle School (10-12:30). Please avoid any appointments for your student during this time so he/she may attend with their class.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 2020: tentative date for “How to Thrive at Longfellow Middle School”, from 6:30-7:30PM
  • August 4-7. 2020: tentative dates for Jump Start to Success Program, at Longfellow Middle School, from 8:30AM-12:30PM
  • August 18, 2020: tentative date for 7th Grade Open House at Longfellow Middle School, from 3:00PM-6:00PM
  • August 20, 2020: tentative date for 7th Grade Orientation at Longfellow Middle School, 9:00AM-11:00AM
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 3rd:

Monday, Feb 3: 1st GR FT (All), GM, Center for the Arts, 9:45-11:45 am

Wednesday, Feb 5:  Picture Day: Clubs, Groups and Candids, Lg Pod, 9am-3:15pm

Thursday, Feb 6: Band Winter Concert, Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

 

Week of Feb 10th:

Monday, Feb 10:  1st GR FT (All), GM Center for the Arts, 9:45-11:45 am

Tuesday, Feb 11:  Foreign Language Community Meeting, Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

 

Week of Feb 17th:

Monday, Feb 17: President's Day

Tuesday, Feb 18: 4th GR Orchestra Banjo Concert, Gym, 7:00 pm

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

Reminder: Rise Against Hunger Collection Ends Friday

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

The time has come again for the annual Rise Against Hunger Campaign. Every year Spring Hill works with local schools in the Langley Pyramid to raise money for the Rise Against Hunger Organization.  Rise Against Hunger's mission includes:

  • Nourishing Lives- ensuring the meals distributed by its partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor.
  • Responding to Emergencies- providing food distribution in response to crises–both natural and man-made.
  • Empowering Communities- bolstering agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access

Click Here to View Highlights of Rise Against Hunger’s Mission

 

This is a wonderful Langley Pyramid tradition, and we want to make sure all families have the opportunity to participate in this campaign. There are two main ways to help out.

  1. Help raise money for the event: Donations accepted through January 24th-In the coming days, your child will bring home a collection box in which they can start to save money to be donated. While every little bit helps the cause, we hope to use this experience to teach students ways that they can earn money that they would like to donate. FCPS believes in instilling a sense of global citizenship in our learners, and this campaign brings forth the idea that each individual can help.  “Learn to Earn” is the initiative we promote to encourage students to earn money they would like to donate by taking on additional chores, setting aside part of their allowance, helping shovel snow, or any other innovative ideas they may have. This initiative also provides learners the opportunity to make a choice; whether to keep that extra money, or to donate part or all of it towards a greater good.  Each meal packaged for the organization costs only 34 cents to make. For just $5, you can donate nearly 15 meals; $15 will make nearly 50 meals, and $50 will make nearly 150 meals. In order to reach our goal of 100,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $34,000. You can make your tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.stophungernow.org/LangleyPyramid2020.  If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation.

Volunteer at the Rise Against Hunger Event, Saturday, February 8 We encourage you and your family to volunteer for our annual Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger event! Each school has a unique sign-up page, so if you have children in multiple schools, please ensure you sign up under each child’s correct school. Volunteers must click here to register for the event and pick a time slot in which to volunteer. Enter "Quantity" as the number of volunteers attending.  If for any reason you need to cancel, please cancel through the Sign-up Genius to make those slots available to other Spring Hill Families. Being a popular Langley pyramid event, volunteer slots will fill up quickly. Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great event for the whole family!

On the day of the event, volunteers package meals based on the amount of money raised. Last year’s Rise Against Hunger event was a huge success and provided a wonderful service-learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages. Families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the elementary, middle and high schools in the Pyramid are coming together on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Colvin Run Elementary to prepare 100,000 meals for schools and orphanages around the world.

This is a wonderful event and campaign for the whole family! We look forward to working with you to achieve our goal and help families around the world! Please email LangleySHN@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

January 15th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

Welcome Back Panther Families! I wanted to send a sincere thank you to our incredible parents that organized classroom holiday parties before our break. It was a wonderful treat and greatly appreciated.

It has been great to have our staff and students back settling in to our school routines. While I love the time to work and catch up during the winter break, it quickly becomes too quiet and the sound of children learning and enjoying school is so much more exciting.

Please be sure to attend our Foreign Language community meeting on February 11th at 7PM. We are excited to offer our students this opportunity for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Wishing everyone a fantastic week

 

In this issue:

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

iReady Testing

Rise Against Hunger

WordMasters Challenge

PTO Scoop

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Attendance

MySchoolBucks

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

 

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival

  • Students may not enter the school any earlier than 8:25 am. We do not have staff to supervise students before 8:25.
  • If you walk your child to school in the morning, you may drop your child off at the front door (Door #1 or Door #7).  However, if you intend to enter the building you must enter through Door #1 and receive a badge in the main office. Adults may not enter any other entrance to gain access to the school but door #1.
  • All Kiss n’ Ride students and SACC students enter the school at DOOR #9.  
  • Before school SACC: Students are not to be dropped off at Kiss & Ride. You must walk your child into the SACC room. 
  • To keep children out of the path of moving buses, no vehicle should enter the main driveway, in front of the school, between the hours of 8:00-8:50 am and 3:00-4:00 pm because this area is used exclusively for buses.
  • As students arrive in the morning, they will be directed to one of three locations in the building until they are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:45 am.
    • Any student purchasing breakfast (in any grade) may head to the cafeteria.
    • Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will head to the large pod and line up by class.
    • Grade 2-4 students will proceed to the cafeteria.
    • Grade 5 and 6 students will proceed to the gym.
  • Our bell rings at 8:50am. Any student arriving after 8:50 must come to the front office and receive a tardy pass.

Dismissal

  • Dismissal begins at 3:35 pm. 
  • Afternoon Kiss & Ride, please remain in a single file line and do not pass other cars, even if you have your child in your car, unless you are given the direction to do so. Follow the directions of staff.  Please be patient – it typically takes 15 minutes to dismiss all Kiss-N-Ride students. 

Students who ride buses will be dismissed when their bus is called. They are to exit through Door 1 and proceed to their bus.

Walkers and Parent Pick- up:

  • Students in grades 2, 4, 3, 5 will exit through Door 6 to meet parents/guardians
  • Students in grade 6 will exit though Door 8
  • Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade will exit through door 7
  • Parents/Guardians should park at the Spring Hill Rec Center (where there is ample parking) and walk to meet their child.

 

All students who are not picked-up by 3:50 will report to the Main Office to be supervised until a parent/guardian arrives.

iReady Testing

In the next few weeks, identified students in Grades K-6 will participate in iReady testing.

The iReady universal screening tool is intended to identify students with potential gaps in foundational mathematics and/or literacy skills and to monitor progress in students found to be at risk. Midyear testing in primary grades allows any developing gaps to be caught early. In upper grades, testing for students who scored below or near the fall benchmark provides an additional data point to measure how they are progressing and whether they may need different or additional academic support. The window also offers an opportunity to screen any students who enrolled after the fall window.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Briggs our Testing Coordinator at arbriggs@fcps.edu

 

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger Fundraising

 

Again this year Spring Hill will be supporting Rise Against Hunger in partnership with other local schools. We have a goal to prepare 100,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world. Click here to learn more about Rise Against Hunger.

In the coming days, your child will bring home a collection box in which they can start to save money to be donated as part of our “Learn to Earn” fundraising efforts.  “Learn to Earn” is the initiative we promote to encourage students to earn money they would like to donate by taking on additional chores, setting aside part of their allowance, helping shovel snow, or any innovative way they can think. This initiative also provides learners the opportunity to make a choice; whether to keep that extra money or to donate part or all of it towards a greater good. 

Donations will be accepted at Spring Hill Elementary through Friday,     January 24.

WordMasters Challenge

A team representing Spring Hill Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 178 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing third in the nation.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Luke Chang and sixth grader Ayla Zhang each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 14 fourth graders and 26 sixth graders achieved this result. Other students from Spring Hill Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth graders Brooke Champoux and Wyatt Lilley, fifth graders Edward Guo and Shveta Sunkar, and sixth grader Megan Connery. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their Language Arts Teacher.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in New Jersey which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.

PTO Scoop

Please clink link below for this week's PTO Scoop.

https://springhillpto.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/The-Scoop-1-14-20.pdf

 

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

MySchoolBucks

Pay for Student Fees Online

 

Dear Parents,

Online payment for student fees and school store items is available through the MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You will be able to pay for a variety of school fees using credit/debit cards or electronic checks.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web
  • Efficiency - Eliminate the need to write checks and for students to bring money to school
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP 

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an account
  2. Add your students using the name of the school they are attending, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks
  5. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Customer Service:

 

Reimbursements or questions about cafeteria and/or lunches, please contact FCPS Food and Nutrition Services at link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

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 Jan 13th:

Tuesday, Dec 14:  5th & 6th Orchestra Concert, Gym, 7-8 pm

Friday, Dec 17:  PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

 

Week of Jan 20th:

Monday, Jan 20: MLK Holiday: No School

Wednesday, Jan 22:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Chang, Fisher & Fishbone), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Thursday, Jan 23:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Boswell, Michaels & Nalley), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Friday, Jan 24:  2nd Grading Period Ends                                      Geography Bee, Cafeteria, 2:00 pm

 

Week of Jan 27th:

Monday, Jan 27: Student Holiday: Teacher Workday

Tuesday, Jan 28: Student Holiday: Staff Development

 

Week of Feb 3rd:

Monday, Feb 3: 1st GR FT (All), GM   Center for the Arts, 9:45-11:45 am

Wednesday, Feb 5:  Picture Day: Clubs, Groups and Candids, Lg Pod, 9am-3:15pm

 

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 Wednesday during the school year to your current email address on file.

Deadline for submissions are Mondays by Noon. 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

January 15th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

We hope you have a wonderful winter break. In preparation for our return, please review our arrival and dismissal procedures to ensure a smooth and safe start to the new year.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival

  • Students may not enter the school any earlier than 8:25 am. We do not have staff to supervise students before 8:25.
  • If you walk your child to school in the morning, you may drop your child off at the front door (Door #1 or Door #7).  However, if you intend to enter the building you must enter through Door #1 and receive a badge in the main office. Adults may not enter any other entrance to gain access to the school but door #1.
  • All Kiss n’ Ride students and SACC students enter the school at DOOR #9.  
  • Before school SACC: Students are not to be dropped off at Kiss & Ride. You must walk your child into the SACC room. 
  • To keep children out of the path of moving buses, no vehicle should enter the main driveway, in front of the school, between the hours of 8:00-8:50 am and 3:00-4:00 pm because this area is used exclusively for buses.
  • As students arrive in the morning, they will be directed to one of three locations in the building until they are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:45 am.
    • Any student purchasing breakfast (in any grade) may head to the cafeteria.
    • Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will head to the large pod and line up by class.
    • Grade 2-4 students will proceed to the cafeteria.
    • Grade 5 and 6 students will proceed to the gym.
  • Our bell rings at 8:50am. Any student arriving after 8:50 must come to the front office and receive a tardy pass.

Dismissal

  • Dismissal begins at 3:35 pm. 
  • Afternoon Kiss & Ride, please remain in a single file line and do not pass other cars, even if you have your child in your car, unless you are given the direction to do so. Follow the directions of staff.  Please be patient – it typically takes 15 minutes to dismiss all Kiss-N-Ride students. 

Students who ride buses will be dismissed when their bus is called. They are to exit through Door 1 and proceed to their bus.

Walkers and Parent Pick- up:

  • Students in grades 2, 4, 3, 5 will exit through Door 6 to meet parents/guardians
  • Students in grade 6 will exit though Door 8
  • Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade will exit through door 7
  • Parents/Guardians should park at the Spring Hill Rec Center (where there is ample parking) and walk to meet their child.

 

All students who are not picked-up by 3:50 will report to the Main Office to be supervised until a parent/guardian arrives.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

In this issue:

 

iReady Testing

Rise Against Hunger

WordMasters Challenge

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Attendance

MySchoolBucks

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

 

 

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

iReady Testing

In the next few weeks, identified students in Grades K-6 will participate in iReady testing.

The iReady universal screening tool is intended to identify students with potential gaps in foundational mathematics and/or literacy skills and to monitor progress in students found to be at risk. Midyear testing in primary grades allows any developing gaps to be caught early. In upper grades, testing for students who scored below or near the fall benchmark provides an additional data point to measure how they are progressing and whether they may need different or additional academic support. The window also offers an opportunity to screen any students who enrolled after the fall window.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Briggs our Testing Coordinator at arbriggs@fcps.edu

 

Rise Against Hunger

Rise Against Hunger Fundraising

 

Again this year Spring Hill will be supporting Rise Against Hunger in partnership with other local schools. We have a goal to prepare 100,000 meal packages for schools and orphanages around the world. Click here to learn more about Rise Against Hunger.

In the coming days, your child will bring home a collection box in which they can start to save money to be donated as part of our “Learn to Earn” fundraising efforts.  “Learn to Earn” is the initiative we promote to encourage students to earn money they would like to donate by taking on additional chores, setting aside part of their allowance, helping shovel snow, or any innovative way they can think. This initiative also provides learners the opportunity to make a choice; whether to keep that extra money or to donate part or all of it towards a greater good. 

Donations will be accepted at Spring Hill Elementary through Friday,     January 24.

WordMasters Challenge

A team representing Spring Hill Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 178 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing third in the nation.

Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, fourth grader Luke Chang and sixth grader Ayla Zhang each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 14 fourth graders and 26 sixth graders achieved this result. Other students from Spring Hill Elementary School who achieved outstanding results in the meet include fourth graders Brooke Champoux and Wyatt Lilley, fifth graders Edward Guo and Shveta Sunkar, and sixth grader Megan Connery. The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their Language Arts Teacher.

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in New Jersey which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

MySchoolBucks

Pay for Student Fees Online

 

Dear Parents,

Online payment for student fees and school store items is available through the MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You will be able to pay for a variety of school fees using credit/debit cards or electronic checks.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web
  • Efficiency - Eliminate the need to write checks and for students to bring money to school
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP 

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an account
  2. Add your students using the name of the school they are attending, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks
  5. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Customer Service:

 

Reimbursements or questions about cafeteria and/or lunches, please contact FCPS Food and Nutrition Services at link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

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 Jan 13th:

Tuesday, Dec 14:  5th & 6th Orchestra Concert, Gym, 7-8 pm

Friday, Dec 17:  PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

 

Week of Jan 20th:

Monday, Jan 20: MLK Holiday: No School

Wednesday, Jan 22:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Chang, Fisher & Fishbone), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Thursday, Jan 23:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Boswell, Michaels & Nalley), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Friday, Jan 24:  2nd Grading Period Ends                                      Geography Bee, Cafeteria, 2:00 pm

 

Week of Jan 27th:

Monday, Jan 27: Student Holiday: Teacher Workday

Tuesday, Jan 28: Student Holiday: Staff Development

 

Week of Feb 3rd:

Monday, Feb 3: 1st GR FT (All), GM   Center for the Arts, 9:45-11:45 am

Wednesday, Feb 5:  Picture Day: Clubs, Groups and Candids, Lg Pod, 9am-3:15pm

 

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 Wednesday during the school year to your current email address on file.

Deadline for submissions are Mondays by Noon. 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

Rise Against Hunger

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

The time has come again for the annual Rise Against Hunger Campaign. Every year Spring Hill works with local schools in the Langley Pyramid to raise money for the Rise Against Hunger Organization.  Rise Against Hunger's mission includes:

  • Nourishing Lives- ensuring the meals distributed by its partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor.
  • Responding to Emergencies- providing food distribution in response to crises–both natural and man-made.
  • Empowering Communities- bolstering agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access

Click Here to View Highlights of Rise Against Hunger’s Mission

 

This is a wonderful Langley Pyramid tradition, and we want to make sure all families have the opportunity to participate in this campaign. There are two main ways to help out.

  1. Help raise money for the event: Donations accepted through January 24th-In the coming days, your child will bring home a collection box in which they can start to save money to be donated. While every little bit helps the cause, we hope to use this experience to teach students ways that they can earn money that they would like to donate. FCPS believes in instilling a sense of global citizenship in our learners, and this campaign brings forth the idea that each individual can help.  “Learn to Earn” is the initiative we promote to encourage students to earn money they would like to donate by taking on additional chores, setting aside part of their allowance, helping shovel snow, or any other innovative ideas they may have. This initiative also provides learners the opportunity to make a choice; whether to keep that extra money, or to donate part or all of it towards a greater good.  Each meal packaged for the organization costs only 34 cents to make. For just $5, you can donate nearly 15 meals; $15 will make nearly 50 meals, and $50 will make nearly 150 meals. In order to reach our goal of 100,000 meals, the Langley Pyramid needs to raise $34,000. You can make your tax-deductible donation today at: http://events.stophungernow.org/LangleyPyramid2020.  If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation.

Volunteer at the Rise Against Hunger Event, Saturday, February 8 We encourage you and your family to volunteer for our annual Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger event! Each school has a unique sign-up page, so if you have children in multiple schools, please ensure you sign up under each child’s correct school. Volunteers must click here to register for the event and pick a time slot in which to volunteer. Enter "Quantity" as the number of volunteers attending.  If for any reason you need to cancel, please cancel through the Sign-up Genius to make those slots available to other Spring Hill Families. Being a popular Langley pyramid event, volunteer slots will fill up quickly. Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a great event for the whole family!

On the day of the event, volunteers package meals based on the amount of money raised. Last year’s Rise Against Hunger event was a huge success and provided a wonderful service-learning opportunity for children and adults of all ages. Families in the Langley Pyramid are joining together to help children in need. In partnership with Rise Against Hunger, the elementary, middle and high schools in the Pyramid are coming together on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Colvin Run Elementary to prepare 100,000 meals for schools and orphanages around the world.

This is a wonderful event and campaign for the whole family! We look forward to working with you to achieve our goal and help families around the world! Please email LangleySHN@gmail.com if you have any questions.

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

December 18th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

 

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful winter break and holiday season. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, January 6, 2020!

TESTING RESULTS UPDATE:  CogAT and NNAT results have arrived and will be sent to those families via US mail. In addition, parents will receive notification if their child is in the Advanced Academic pool.  Please reach out to Ms. James with any questions.

AAP LEVEL IV REFERRAL: Parents of student in grades 2-7 may refer for full-time Level IV placement for the fall of 2020. As a reminder, the due date to refer your child is January 9. The completed packet must be submitted to the Spring Hill main office on or before this date.

WINTER BREAK: Our school office will be closed for winter break from December 23-January 3.

No homework or projects should be assigned to students over the holiday break to allow all our students an opportunity to enjoy time with family

 

In this issue:

Santa's Ride & The Donation Tree

Science Olympiad

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Attendance

MySchoolBucks

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

 

 

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

Santa's Ride & The Donation Tree

Thank you for all your generous donations. You helped make Santa's Ride & The Donation Tree a big success.

Science Olympiad

Our Spring Hill Science Olympiad Team traveled to Lake Braddock Secondary School last Saturday for our first tournament this year. The team did an unbelievably good job representing our school, winning 4th place as a school, showing the best elementary school among 24 elementary and middle schools.

This year’s team includes 15 core members: Ansh Chadalavada, Allison Cheng, Eesha Kaushik, Jooha Kim, Atul Kotamraju, Joshua Lee, Brendan Li, Sophie Li, Akaash Sachdeva, Artin Safaie, Carson Seo, Shveta Sunkar, Aliana Yee, Alicia Yee and Ayla Zhang. Our team alternates are Mukund Agrawal and Tabitha Perez. Our team sponsor is Ms. Fisher.

Spring Hill's success at the tournament was due to each and every one of team members. It was an amazing performance by the entire team. In addition to the overall team trophy, many of our individual event teams also won medals: 

Heredity: Joshua Lee and Ayla Zhang, 3rd place. 

Crime Busters: Ansh Chadalavada and Sophie Li, 4th place. 

Anatomy and Physiology: Joshua Lee and Artin Safaie, 5th place. 

Experiment design: Allison Cheng, Aliana Yee and Ayla Zhang, 5th place. 

Fossiles: Brendan Li and Ayla Zhang, 5th place. 

Road Scholar: Allison Cheng and Sophie Li, 5th place. 

Reach for the Stars: Sophie Li and Shveta Sunkar, 6th place.

The following teams deserve honorable mention for placing just out the medals:

Boomilever: Aliana Yee and Alicia Yee, 8th place. 

Mission Possible: Eesha Kaushik and Brendan Li, 10th place

 

About Science Olympiad:

Science Olympiad competitions consist of a series of 23 team events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Each event requires 2-3 team members, and every member attends 3-4 events. Our team prepared for two months leading up to this tournament. The goal is not to only win medals, but more importantly to gain an enthusiasm for science and engineering through commitment and dedication.  Congratulations to all our hard working students and mentors!

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

MySchoolBucks

Pay for Student Fees Online

 

Dear Parents,

Online payment for student fees and school store items is available through the MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You will be able to pay for a variety of school fees using credit/debit cards or electronic checks.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web
  • Efficiency - Eliminate the need to write checks and for students to bring money to school
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP 

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an account
  2. Add your students using the name of the school they are attending, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks
  5. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Customer Service:

 

Reimbursements or questions about cafeteria and/or lunches, please contact FCPS Food and Nutrition Services at link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

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 Dec 16th:

Friday Dec 20:

5th GR KIC Presentations, Cafeteria, 9:00-10:00 am

1st GR Candy House Making, Lg Pod, 12:00-2:00 pm

 

December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break: No School

 

Week of Jan 6th:

Friday Jan 10:  Groups, Clubs & Candid Photos, Lg Pod, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

 

Week of Jan 13th:

Tuesday, Dec 14:  5th & 6th Orchestra Concert, Gym, 7-8 pm

Friday, Dec 17:  PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

 

Week of Jan 20th:

Monday, Jan 20: MLK Holiday: No School

Wednesday, Jan 22:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Chang, Fisher & Fishbone), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Thursday, Jan 23:  3rd GR Egyptian Showcase (Boswell, Michaels & Nalley), Cafeteria, 9-10:30 am

Friday, Jan 24:  2nd Grading Period Ends

 

Week of Jan 27th:

Monday, Jan 27: Student Holiday: Teacher Workday

Tuesday, Jan 28: Student Holiday: Staff Development

 

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 Wednesday during the school year to your current email address on file.

Deadline for submissions are Mondays by Noon. 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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In this issue:

The Donation Tree

Santa's Ride

Geography Bee

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Attendance

Cooper MS Theatre Expo

MySchoolBucks

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

The Donation Tree Help Those In Need This Holiday Season

 

Every holiday season there are children who do not have the opportunity to experience the joy and magic of this time of the year because their families are struggling financially and cannot afford the expense.

We would like to continue our annual Donation Tree program here at Spring Hill to ensure that these children have a wonderful holiday season with their families. The last few years it has been extremely successful, and the families were overjoyed and beyond grateful.

The donation tree will be in the front lobby of the school starting Monday, December 9th. The tree will contain specific ideas of gifts and needs for students from Spring Hill. If you would like to donate, please feel free to choose a child from our tree! We ask that all gifts be returned to the front lobby by Tuesday, December 17th to ensure delivery before the winter break.

Once your gift is ready, please attach the tag from the tree to the gift and place it in the box that will be located next to the tree. If you chose a gift card, please drop them off with Ms. Hirji in the front office to ensure its safety.

Spring Hill is proud to support our community and the local families in need! Thank you for your continued support and generosity that makes Spring Hill so unique!

Samantha Fitzsimmons, 5th grade teacher

Judy Trigiani, Counselor

Dona Sasala, Counselor

Lindsay Pence, Counselor

Santa's Ride 2019 New Toys, Games, Books and Gift Collection

Presented by the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad with support of:

Virginia State Police,Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax City Police Department and Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police

Spring Hill Elementary School, (boxes in front office)

Groveton ES, Poplar Tree ES, Springfield Estates ES,Terraset ES, Holy Spirit School, Pender School, West Springfield ES and St. Ambrose School.

Please join us to donate NEW unwrapped toys, games, books, and gifts to be distributed to children at Fairfax Hospital, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center and to children in the community who might not otherwise have a cheerful holiday season!

We Need Your Help!

Please bring your items to any participating elementary school, Fairfax County Police Station, the lobby of Pennino Herrity Office Buildings, or the Government Center, no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019.

Thank you!

 

Geography Bee

Get Ready for the Geography Bee

Fall is here and that means it is National Geographic Geography Bee season!  Students in grades 4-6 will compete to be crowned Spring Hill Geography Champ and have a chance to qualify for the state-level Geography competition.  During December (exact date based on the teacher's discretion), students in grades 4, 5, and 6 will take an online geography quiz as the preliminary round of our school-level bee.  The quiz will consist of 25 multiple choice and short-answer questions covering national and world geography.  The top scorer from each homeroom will compete in our live Geography Bee sometime in January (exact date TBD).

The study toolkit linked below contains several maps and practice questions to help prepare interested students for the class- and school-level bees.  Please note that the topics covered in those competitions are not limited to the contents of this study guide.  The last page of the toolkit provides additional resources that students can use to practice and review.  Additional resources can be found on the Nat Geo Bee Study Corner.

Good luck to everyone!

Geography Bee Study Toolkit 2019-2020

 

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

Cooper MS Theatre Expo 2019

Dear Elementary School 5th & 6th Grade Students,

 

You are cordially invited to the Theatre Expo at Cooper Middle School on Saturday, December 14th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Theatre Expo is a fun-filled day of workshops so that you can experience what middle school theatre is like and to learn from theatre professionals and work with middle school theatre students!

The cost of the event is $10 per student. This price includes three workshops and pizza. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Cooper Middle School.

If you are interested, please register online and complete payment via Myschoolbucks no later than November 29th. There are a limited number of spaces for this workshop, so it’s first paid, first served! Online registration and the $10 registration fee are due to Cooper Middle School no later than November 29th. If you are paying by check, it should be made out to Cooper Middle School. Please note that the workshop registration fee is NONREFUNDABLE once paid.

Each class will be one hour long with five minutes of passing time between workshops. Students will be given a rotation schedule for the workshops when they arrive at Cooper for the expo. There will be a break with pizza for all between the second and third workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with Cooper Middle School theatre and choir students to learn about the programs available at Cooper.

Go to www.coopermstheatre.org for more information and to register.

We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!

Sincerely,

Meg Baber

Cooper Middle School

Theatre Arts Teacher

mababer@fcps.edu

MySchoolBucks

Pay for Student Fees Online

 

Dear Parents,

Online payment for student fees and school store items is available through the MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You will be able to pay for a variety of school fees using credit/debit cards or electronic checks.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web
  • Efficiency - Eliminate the need to write checks and for students to bring money to school
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP 

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an account
  2. Add your students using the name of the school they are attending, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks
  5. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Customer Service:

 

Reimbursements or questions about cafeteria and/or lunches, please contact FCPS Food and Nutrition Services at link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

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 Dec 9th:

Thursday, Dec 12th: 4th GR Orchestra Concert, Cafeteria, 7:00-8:00 pm

Friday, Dec 13th:  2nd GR Coffee, Lg Pod, 9:00-10:00 am

Band (4-6 GR), D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 9:45-11:45 am

 

Week of Dec 16th:

5th GR KIC Presentations, Cafeteria, 9:00-10:00 am

1st GR Candy House Making, Lg Pod, 12:00-2:00 pm

 

December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break: No School

 

 

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 Wednesday during the school year to your current email address on file.

Deadline for submissions are Mondays by Noon. 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

Reminder: Outstanding Employee Award Nominations Due 12/4

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Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!!! Teachers, staff, parents, & students are encouraged to nominate outstanding employees at Spring Hill Elementary School in one or more of the categories below using the Google form links.  

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

If you are not sure of the category for the employee, make your best guess and we’ll figure it out for you.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is December 4.

Point Of Contact: Amy Briggs (arbriggs@fcps.edu)

 

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

link: https://forms.gle/mQmmxp4u5fqpoJWE8  

 

Outstanding New Teacher – a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

link: https://forms.gle/TPd2TkEfD1RSwtHc9

 

Outstanding Leader – a US-20 or above school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, etc.

link: https://forms.gle/qqcxiWNp3pgFJt9q9

 

Outstanding Support Employee – a US-19 or below school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants, etc.

link: https://forms.gle/uGtb6BfdEJEQyYWg7

 

Outstanding Hourly Employee – an hourly paid employee with at least one year of experience working at least 10 hours a week at the same location – these positions could include parent liaisons, hourly office staff, or other unique hourly paid positions within the school.

link: https://forms.gle/ftF3xsBgVxznAn2o8

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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Santa's Ride 2019 New Toys, Games, Books, and Gift Collection

Presented by the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad with support of:

Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax City Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police, Spring Hill Elementary School, (boxes in front office), Groveton ES, Poplar Tree ES, Springfield Estates ES, Terraset ES, Holy Spirit School, Pender School, West Springfield ES, and St. Ambrose School.

Please join us to donate NEW unwrapped toys, games, books, and gifts to be distributed to children at Fairfax Hospital, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, and to children in the community who might not otherwise have a cheerful holiday season!

We Need Your Help!

Please bring your items to any participating elementary school, Fairfax County Police Station, the lobby of Pennino Herrity Office Buildings, or the Government Center, no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019.

Thank you!

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

Outstanding Employee Awards

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Outstanding Employee Awards

Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!!! Teachers, staff, parents, & students are encouraged to nominate outstanding employees at Spring Hill Elementary School in one or more of the categories below using the Google form links.  

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

If you are not sure of the category for the employee, make your best guess and we’ll figure it out for you.

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is December 4.

Point Of Contact: Amy Briggs (arbriggs@fcps.edu)

 

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

link: https://forms.gle/mQmmxp4u5fqpoJWE8  

 

Outstanding New Teacher – a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

link: https://forms.gle/TPd2TkEfD1RSwtHc9

 

Outstanding Leader – a US-20 or above school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, etc.

link: https://forms.gle/qqcxiWNp3pgFJt9q9

 

Outstanding Support Employee – a US-19 or below school-based employee with at least one year of experience in the position – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants, etc.

link: https://forms.gle/uGtb6BfdEJEQyYWg7

 

Outstanding Hourly Employee – an hourly paid employee with at least one year of experience working at least 10 hours a week at the same location – these positions could include parent liaisons, hourly office staff, or other unique hourly paid positions within the school.

link: https://forms.gle/ftF3xsBgVxznAn2o8

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

November 13th Panther Press

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

As an educator and school leader it is important to find time for continuous growth and reflection. The beginning of a new quarter allows all of us- students, teachers, and principals to reflect and reset. As I reflected, I feel a great sense of responsibility and gratitude. I am thankful for the entire Spring Hill community; we have great parents and amazing teachers. In addition, I love building relationships with your children. This has brought me the greatest joy. It is never lost on me how significant my job is and that your children are who I serve each and every day. 

Welcome to 2nd Quarter!

What are your hopes and dreams for the school year? This quarter, I’ll be asking this question to help students get excited about learning and make a personal connection to what they will learn in school. Inviting students to name learning goals shows them that school is a safe place, that they’re important members of the classroom/school, and they can look forward to an engaging, challenging, and fun year of learning. 

 

In this issue:

Honoring Veterans

Coat Drive

Santa's Ride

Weather Cancellation Procedures

Cooper MS Theatre Expo

Family Life Education

MySchoolBucks

Calendar Corrections

Calendar

 

Sincerely,

Sarah C. Aiello

Proud Principal

Spring Hill Elementary School

Honoring Veterans

Members of the armed forces spoke with Spring Hill students and were honored with a performance by the SHES band as part of our school's Veteran's Day celebrations. Thank you to all who serve and have served.

Hutchison Elementary Coat Drive

Jack Partridge and Liam Logan collected and donated over 80 coats, gloves and hats yesterday for Hutchinson Elementary School. A big thanks to our neighbors and Spring Hill community. 

Your generosity will keep a child warm this winter! 

Santa's Ride 2019 New Toys, Games, Books and Gift Collection

Presented by the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad with support of:

Virginia State Police,Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna Police Department, Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax City Police Department and Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority Police

Spring Hill Elementary School, (boxes in front office)

Groveton ES, Poplar Tree ES, Springfield Estates ES,Terraset ES, Holy Spirit School, Pender School, West Springfield ES and St. Ambrose School.

Please join us to donate NEW unwrapped toys, games, books, and gifts to be distributed to children at Fairfax Hospital, Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center and to children in the community who might not otherwise have a cheerful holiday season!

We Need Your Help!

Please bring your items to any participating elementary school, Fairfax County Police Station, the lobby of Pennino Herrity Office Buildings, or the Government Center, no later than 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2019.

Thank you!

 

Weather Cancellation Procedures

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Due to the speed of updating, the official @FCPSnews Twitter account (with blue checkmark) is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including email, text, website, other social media, and news stations. Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the FCPS Twitter alert and receipt of an email in your inbox.    

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information. This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook pages.
  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in weCare@school). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.
  • FCPS has a series of closing conditions to help explain how the weather has affected schools and activities.

For more information, click link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Attendance Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO?

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  • Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

 

For more on school readiness, visit attendanceworks.org and reachoutandread.org

Cooper MS Theatre Expo 2019

Dear Elementary School 5th & 6th Grade Students,

 

You are cordially invited to the Theatre Expo at Cooper Middle School on Saturday, December 14th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Theatre Expo is a fun-filled day of workshops so that you can experience what middle school theatre is like and to learn from theatre professionals and work with middle school theatre students!

The cost of the event is $10 per student. This price includes three workshops and pizza. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Cooper Middle School.

If you are interested, please register online and complete payment via Myschoolbucks no later than November 29th. There are a limited number of spaces for this workshop, so it’s first paid, first served! Online registration and the $10 registration fee are due to Cooper Middle School no later than November 29th. If you are paying by check, it should be made out to Cooper Middle School. Please note that the workshop registration fee is NONREFUNDABLE once paid.

Each class will be one hour long with five minutes of passing time between workshops. Students will be given a rotation schedule for the workshops when they arrive at Cooper for the expo. There will be a break with pizza for all between the second and third workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with Cooper Middle School theatre and choir students to learn about the programs available at Cooper.

Go to www.coopermstheatre.org for more information and to register.

We look forward to seeing you at the Expo!

Sincerely,

Meg Baber

Cooper Middle School

Theatre Arts Teacher

mababer@fcps.edu

Family Life Education

 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Family Life Parent Preview Session Friday, November 15th, 7:45 am-8:45 am, Computer Lab

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s teacher or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

MySchoolBucks

Pay for Student Fees Online

 

Dear Parents,

Online payment for student fees and school store items is available through the MySchoolBucks School Store. This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to pay for school-related purchases. You will be able to pay for a variety of school fees using credit/debit cards or electronic checks.

MySchoolBucks provides:

  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web
  • Efficiency - Eliminate the need to write checks and for students to bring money to school
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks
  • Security - MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP 

Enrollment is easy!

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com or, to the MySchoolBucks link located on your school’s homepage to establish an account
  2. Add your students using the name of the school they are attending, and either their student ID or birthdate
  3. You will receive a confirmation email that your account has been established
  4. Make purchases with your credit/debit card or electronic checks
  5. There are no convenience fees for using the online payment system

Customer Service:

 

Reimbursements or questions about cafeteria and/or lunches, please contact FCPS Food and Nutrition Services at link below:

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/prices-lunch-account-prepayments

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 Nov 11th:

Thursday, Nov. 14: AAP Screening & Identification Session, Cafeteria,      6:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 15: Family Life Preview Session, Computer Lab, 7:45-8:45 am PTO Meeting, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

  

Week of Nov 18th:

Monday, Nov. 18: 6th GR FT (Kenely, Minutoli & Smith), Inner Quest (Camp Crowell), 10:45 am-5:45 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 20: 4th GR Coffee, Lg Pod, 9-10 am

Friday, Nov. 22: 1st Gr Coffee, Lg Pod, 9-10 am                                           2nd GR Thanksgiving Play, Cafeteria, 9:15-10:15 am

 

Week of Nov 25th:

Monday, Nov. 25: 5th GR FT (All), Newseum, 9:30 am-1:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Performance, Cafeteria,     2:30-3:30 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 27-Friday, Nov. 29: Thanksgiving Break

 

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 Wednesday during the school year to your current email address on file.

Deadline for submissions are Mondays by Noon. 

Email nelda.hirji@fcps.edu 

Please include Panther Press in the subject.

 

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Veterans Day

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Dear Families,

Please review our plan for Veterans Day on Monday as we honor all those who have served and who currently serve our country.  We would like to extend an invitation to all families to join us on this special day.  Throughout the next few days, classrooms will engage in learning experiences to honor veterans and recognize the role of the military in American democracy.

 

Grades 1, 2, 3

Location: Cafeteria

2:00-2:20 Guest Speaker/Presentation

2:20-2:30 Band Concert

 

Grades 4, 5, 6

Location: Cafeteria

2:40-3:00  Guest Speaker/Presentation

3:00-3:10 Band Concert

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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