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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

Throughout the month of February, we continue to honor the achievements and contributions of Black Americans within our curriculum and recognize their central role in U.S. history.

Our FCPS elementary curriculum provides teachers with instructional resources to deliver meaningful opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of Black and African American people year-round and specifically during Black History Month. Some of this learning is embedded in the social studies curriculum, and additional resources and activities are provided to teachers in February.

Our student leadership team has been recognizing the contributions of Black Americans on our Morning News Show throughout each week.  These segments highlight notable examples of Black culture and excellence in history and today.

Today, we were fortunate to have Mr. Rock Steady, a Congo Percussionist  share his culture and history of Gogo music with our students. This was a wonderful event as we continue to celebrate Black History Month!

We ended our week with our first SHES Spelling Bee. Congratulations to all of our class winners and school winners. We are so proud of you!

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • February 1-29   Black History Month
  • February 17      Bids for Kids
  • March 5            Student Holiday (Teacher workday)
  • March 6-8         Read Across America Spirit Days
  • March 7            Guest Author Stuart Gibbs
  • March17           Fun Fair

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

A Message from PTO BIDS FOR KIDS – THANK YOU!!!

The Spring Hill PTO is so excited to announce that we've met and EXCEEDED our fundraising goal of $20,000! With YOUR HELP, this year's BIDS FOR KIDS auction has raised a total of...$27,947!! Thank you so much for supporting our Spring Hill Panthers!!!

 

A special thank you goes out to our Bids for Kids co-chairs Anna Engle and Marcy Borger! Thank you to all of our go-getter volunteers, our outstanding supporters, our awesome SHES family and community, our teachers and administrators, all of our sponsors and everyone who has been involved in Bids for Kids! 

Fun Fair 2024 – Check it out!

WHEN: Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM

WHERE: Spring Hill Elementary School

WHAT: Fun Fair is one of the most exciting days of the year at Spring Hill Elementary School, when we transform our school building into a carnival. Every area of the school becomes part of the fun and games! This beloved Spring Hill tradition brings smiles to everyone's faces with hours of games, raffles, prizes and so much more!

For more information, visit the Fun Fair Web site by clicking here. 

All games and the raffle require tickets to playpurchase your tickets by clicking here!

Want to get in on the fun by volunteering!  Get your preferred volunteer slot PLUS 15 FREE TICKETS when you sign up by MARCH 2nd to help with a Fun Fair game or activity. Click here to volunteer!

LOOKING FOR LOST & FOUND ITEMS?

Welcome to Spring Hill’s new Lost & Found Web site!

We’re excited to provide parents and guardians with a way of finding a child’s lost items without having to trek all the way to school to wade through a potential mess of items in the cafeteria. Our wonderful Lost & Found Team has put together PDF images of all lost-and-found items! Please take a few moments to scroll through the PDFs – which will be updated periodically with new lost items.  You never know when you might find something you didn’t even realize was missing – so please check back in regularly

Author Visit-Stuart Gibbs

Nationally-Published author Stuart Gibbs is coming to our school to speak to 3rd-6th graders!

If you would like to own an autographed copy of Mr. Gibbs’ book, please go to myschoolbucks.com to order.  THEN fill out this form and return it to school. All forms must be received by February 27, 2024.

 

LightSpeed Technology

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for your children, we are excited to introduce a new tool that our teachers now have access to. 

Lightspeed Software is designed to empower both teachers and students in the digital learning landscape. One of its key features is the ability for teachers to actively monitor student activity on laptops from their computer screens, fostering an environment that encourages focus and on-task behavior while teachers work with students in small groups.

We understand the importance of balancing technology in education with maintaining a focused and secure learning environment. Lightspeed Software is designed with these considerations in mind, and it will contribute significantly to the overall success of our students.

We also want to inform you that students will only be monitored during school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor your child’s activity. As parents, you are welcome to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer.

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary is open for new student. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Orders must be received by March 22, 2024.   We will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Student and Family Surveys
    • Career and Technical Education
    • FAFSA Updates
    • NOVA Virtual Sessions
    • Fairfax County Teen Job Fair
    • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

This week was filled with love, kindness, and service learning! I am so proud of our students who decided to spread joy through helping others! Our 6th graders made Valentine's cards for children in hospitals, our first graders put together care packages for young people experiencing homelessness, and some of our 5th graders made cards and delivered them to seniors at Sunrise Living. I truly believe kindness is contagious and hope to build our community service projects so that all students are involved!

A big thank you goes out to our amazing PTO. Our staff felt the love and enjoyed a delicious pizza lunch and heart messages from our families.

I look forward to our annual Bids-for-Kids auction tomorrow night and hope you all have a wonderful long weekend.

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • February 1-29   Black History Month
  • February 17      Bids for Kids
  • February 19      President's Day (no school)
  • February 22      Spelling Bee (4-6) 2:30 pm, cafeteria
  • March 5            Student Holiday (Teacher workday)
  • March 7            Guest Author Stuart Gibbs
  • March17           Fun Fair

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

A Message from PTO

LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!  Bids for Kids 2024!

Bidding in the Online Auction ENDS Saturday, February 17th at 8 PM!

Check out the Online Auction Catalog.  New items have been added!  Highlights include:

  • Bass, Cello, Viola or Violin lessons with Spring Hill’s own Ms. Mezvinsky
  • $1000 off orthodontic care from Stang Orthodontics
  • Spa gift cards, including Aura, En Sante, and HairSocial+MedSpa
  • Fender acoustic guitar from Foxes Music Company
  • Overnight stay at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville

Click to bid online now!  Don’t miss out!

Online Silent Auction – February 10th – 17th, 2024: You get to bid from the comfort of your home! Preview the online auction catalog by clicking here!


Looking to volunteer? Click here to join the Bids for Kids cast and crew!

 

Fun Fair 2024 – Help Put the FUN in the FAIR!

Fun Fair 2024 – Help Put the FUN in the FAIR!

WHEN: Saturday, March 16th

WHERE: Spring Hill Elementary School

 

Coming Soon! Stay tuned for Adult Volunteer Signups for Fun Fair---Get your preferred volunteer slot PLUS 15 FREE TICKETS when you sign up by MARCH 2nd to help with a Fun Fair game or activity. 

 

We're still looking for committee help organizing and planning Fun Fair! If you have a few hours to volunteer, please click here or email Beth Franker at [email protected]

Author Visit-Stuart Gibbs

Nationally-Published author Stuart Gibbs is coming to our school to speak to 4th-6th graders!

If you would like to own an autographed copy of Mr. Gibbs’ book, please go to myschoolbucks.com to order.  THEN fill out this form and return it to school. All forms must be received by February 27, 2024.

 

Eating Disorder Information for parents

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Got Men's shirts?

Our art teachers could use additional men's button down shirts for painting. If you have any old shirts to donate, please send them in to Mrs. Lasley and Mrs. Gore.

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary is open for new student. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Orders must be received by March 22, 2024.   We will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Academic Matters
  • FY 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
  • FY 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Community Conversations
  • Science Fair
  • Registration
  • Instructional Job Fair
  • Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

8201 Lewinsville Road McLean, VA 22102 | Main Office: 703-506-3400
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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

This afternoon, we had a special treat where our after school Dragon Dance club paraded around the school and shared the Dragon that they constructed. This was a wonderful way to celebrate Chinese New Year!

We have more exciting events coming up the next couple of weeks. We look forward to celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week along with a 'love-themed' spirit week. We will end next week with our annual Bids for Kids. This auction is a great way to enjoy a night out with Panther parents and also put a bid in for a fabulous auction item. We hope to see you there!

As always, thank you for your continued support of Spring Hill ES. 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Spring Hill Panthers will be celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week beginning February 12th through February 16th.   Random Acts of Kindness Week was initiated by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.  Their mission is to make kindness the norm.  Students and staff have fun activities too look forward to during Kindness Week.

 

  • Students and staff can show off their kind spirit with themed spirit days next week.
  • Students and staff will be given a “# Choose Kindness” pencil to use as a reminder to be kind at home, school, and in the community. 
  • Students have the chance to receive a kindness theme friendship bracelet made by a member of the Kindness Club.  Bracelets will be given to students caught doing a random act of kindness by a member of the Kindness Club. 
  • Students can be the “I” in kind by standing in place of the letter “I” in front of a banner that will be hung in the main lobby.

 

To learn more about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and ways to promote kindness at home, visit www.randomactsofkindness.org.

Upcoming Dates
  • February 1-29   Black History Month
  • February 10      Chinese New Year
  • February 12-16 Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • February 17-     Bids for Kids
  • February 19-     President's Day (no school)
  • February 22 -    Spelling Bee (4-6) 2:30 pm, cafeteria
  • March 5-           Student Holiday (Teacher workday)
  • March17-          Fun Fair

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, I wanted to review our school safety guidelines regarding celebrations/activities.  Each grade level is permitted three themed celebrations per year, (Fall Festival, Winter and End of Year).  Grade levels are permitted to have a small Valentine activity in honor of this holiday.  However, as was shared earlier in the year, there will be no balloons or food (of any kind) permitted. 

A Message from PTO Bids For Kids 2024 – Lights, Camera, Auction!

With all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, we are rolling out the red carpet to help support Spring Hill during our Bids for Kids Lights, Camera, Auction silent and live auctions!

ADULTS-ONLY LIVE AUCTION PARTY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH, 2024
WHAT: Dress to impress and join us to celebrate our Spring Hill Community at our adults-only LIVE AUCTION party
WHEN: Saturday, February 17th, from 6 pm to 10 pm
WHERE: McLean Community Center

Raising a paddle not your thing? That’s OK - join us anyway for nibbles, cocktails, DJ’d dancing, a 360° photo booth, LIVE AUCTION and more! A great night out with friends new and old. This event is not limited to Spring Hill parents – invite your crew to buy tickets to join you for a fun night out supporting a great cause!

Live Auction highlights include:

  • a VIP Parking Spot at school
  • Spring Hill Principal for a Day
  • Ride in a Fire Truck to School, including a meet-and-greet with firefighters for your child’s class!
  • Monumental Sports DC Sports Experience
  • Barrel and Oak Winery Tour with Chariots for Hire transportation for 8!

Click here to purchase your tickets for the adults-only LIVE AUCTION party on Saturday, February 17th!
 


Online Silent Auction – February 10th – 17th, 2024: You get to bid from the comfort of your home! Preview the online auction catalog by clicking here!


Looking to volunteer? Click here to join the Bids for Kids cast and crew!

Grateful Hearts – Put Your Heart on Display and Treat Our Staff on Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day, let’s blanket Spring Hill with hearts of gratitude to show our amazing teachers and staff how much we care! For $5, the Spring Hill PTO Staff Appreciation Committee will handwrite your message on a heart-shaped note for the teacher(s)/staff member(s) of your choice and provide them with a delicious Valentine’s Day treat!   Handwritten hearts go on sale Wednesday, January 24!  Don’t delay…get your hearts today!

 

Fun Fair 2024 – Help Put the FUN in the FAIR!


Mark your calendar for March 16, 2024 when our school building will be transformed into a carnival, bringing our community together to support the school. This tradition includes games, raffles, face painting, prizes, cotton candy and so much more!



Get involved in this highly anticipated annual event! We need help organizing and preparing the activities and infrastructure that make this event so terrific. Click the button below to view the list of volunteer opportunities and sign up to be part of the FUN! There's lots you can do to help - before, during and after Fun Fair on March 16th! 

Click here to help put the FUN in Fun Fair!

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Orders must be received by March 22, 2024.   We will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Summer Programs
    • Tutor.com Dashboard
    • Magnet Schools
    • Lexia Parent Night
    • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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

Spring Hill events

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This week is National School Counseling Week!

Join us as we highlight school counselors' tremendous impact in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.

School counselors work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS

Our school counselors, Dr. Trigiani and Ms. Rinker  work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling.

Please encourage your child(ren) to make them a card, write a thank you note, or just take a moment to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

Spirit Week! Save the Date! Kindness Spirit Week - February 12-16

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

It is hard to believe that February is upon us.  We ended the first semester with a fun-filled  pep rally. We celebrated the first half of the year, reviewed expectations, and had students speak to their Portrait of a Graduate Skill that they have focused on this year.

I am so proud of how many students participated in our Rise Against Hunger fundraiser.  Almost 60% of our students participated and we raised over $8749, which provides over 19,000 meals!  I look forward to seeing many of you at the meal packing event tomorrow. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of Spring Hill ES. 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Panthers are Punctual

We realize the  scramble to get to school on time can be stressful.  However,  students who do not ride the bus  and arrive after the bell will be marked tardy. Please remember our bell rings at 8:50 am.  Students miss important morning announcements and community building when they arrive late.  

Student Safety Corner

Keeping our students safe is our number # 1 priority.  Please adhere to the following:

  • Kiss & Ride is only from 8:30-8:50am. After 8:50am you must park your car in a parking spot and walk your child to the front office. 
  • The Hamlet is not a designated Kiss and Ride drop-off/pick- up location.
  • The front driveway is for Buses only. 

Thank you for your cooperation.  

Upcoming Dates
  • February 1-29  Black History Month
  • February 9-      General PTO Meeting
  • February 10-    Chinese New Year
  • February 17-    Bids for Kids
  • February 19-    President's Day (no school)
  • February 22 -   Spelling Bee (4-6) 2:30 pm, cafeteria

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, I wanted to review our school safety guidelines regarding celebrations/activities.  Each grade level is permitted three themed celebrations per year, (Fall Festival, Winter and End of Year).  Grade levels are permitted to have a small Valentine activity in honor of this holiday.  However, as was shared earlier in the year, there will be no balloons or food (of any kind) permitted. 

A Message from PTO Grateful Hearts – Put Your Heart on Display and Treat Our Staff on Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day, let’s blanket Spring Hill with hearts of gratitude to show our amazing teachers and staff how much we care! For $5, the Spring Hill PTO Staff Appreciation Committee will handwrite your message on a heart-shaped note for the teacher(s)/staff member(s) of your choice and provide them with a delicious Valentine’s Day treat!   Handwritten hearts go on sale Wednesday, January 24!  Don’t delay…get your hearts today!

 

Bids For Kids 2024 – Lights, Camera, Auction!

With all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, we are rolling out the red carpet to help support Spring Hill during our Bids for Kids Lights, Camera, Auction silent and live auctions!

Adults-only LIVE AUCTION Party – February 17th, 2024: Dress to impress and celebrate our Spring Hill community at our adults-only glitz and glam-themed LIVE AUCTION party on Saturday, February 17th, from 6 pm to 10 pm at the McLean Community Center. Raising a paddle not your thing? That’s OK - join us anyway for nibbles, cocktails, DJ’d dancing, a 360° photo booth, LIVE AUCTION and more! A great night out with friends new and old. This event is not limited to Spring Hill parents – invite your crew to buy tickets to join you for a fun night out supporting a great cause!

Click here to purchase your tickets for the adults-only LIVE AUCTION party on Saturday, February 17th!
 


Online Silent Auction – February 10th – 17th, 2024: You get to bid from the comfort of your home! Preview the online auction catalog by clicking here!


Looking to volunteer? Click here to join the Bids for Kids cast and crew!

Fun Fair 2024 – Help Put the FUN in the FAIR!


Mark your calendar for March 16, 2024 when our school building will be transformed into a carnival, bringing our community together to support the school. This tradition includes games, raffles, face painting, prizes, cotton candy and so much more!

Get involved in this highly anticipated annual event! We need help organizing and preparing the activities and infrastructure that make this event so terrific. Click the button below to view the list of volunteer opportunities and sign up to be part of the FUN! There's lots you can do to help - before, during and after Fun Fair on March 16th! 

Click here to help put the FUN in Fun Fair!

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Orders must be received by March 22, 2024.   We will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FY 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Here Comes the Bus
  • Instruction 2 Industry Career Events
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders
  • News Tips Needed: Black History Month

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

We have had a music filled week with our 4th grade orchestra concert and 3rd grade musical performance.  It is wonderful to see so many talented musicians. 

We are looking forward to our mid-year pep rally tomorrow to celebrate the end of the first semester and kick -off the new year.  Please have your student wear their grade level t-shirts tomorrow.

As a reminder, there is a two-hour early release tomorrow,Thursday, January 25 at 1:35 p.m. and no school on Friday, January 26.  

As always, thank you for your continued support of Spring Hill ES. 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day is approaching, I wanted to review our school safety guidelines regarding celebrations/activities.  Each grade level is permitted three themed celebrations per year, (Fall Festival, Winter and End of Year).  Grade levels are permitted to have a small Valentine activity in honor of this holiday.  However, as was shared earlier in the year, there will be no balloons or food (of any kind) permitted. 

Rise Against Hunger

We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Rise Against Hunger service learning initiative so far. Many of our students report taking the time they spent at home last week to do chores around the house, shovel driveways, and walk pets to earn money to donate toward feeding underprivileged families. Students have until Monday, Jan. 30 to contribute.  Here are links for additional ways to support:

  • Rise Against Hunger is a Tax-deductible organization, and any funding families/businesses donate online towards our goal is tax-deductible. You may make your tax-deductible donation today at Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024
  • If your company makes matching contributions, please consider having them join you in making a tax-deductible donation today at Langley Pyramid Rise Against Hunger 2024 and help us Rise Against Hunger. 
Upcoming Dates
  • January 25-   Pep Rally (wear grade level t-shirts)
                          End of 2nd Quarter-2HR early release
  • January 26-   Teacher Workday (No school for students)
  • February 9 -  General PTO Meeting
  • February 22 - Spelling Bee (4-6) 2:30 pm, cafeteria

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

A Message from PTO

Grateful Hearts – Put Your Heart on Display and Treat Our Staff on Valentine’s Day!

This Valentine’s Day, let’s blanket Spring Hill with hearts of gratitude to show our amazing teachers and staff how much we care! For $5, the Spring Hill PTO Staff Appreciation Committee will handwrite your message on a heart-shaped note for the teacher(s)/staff member(s) of your choice and provide them with a delicious Valentine’s Day treat!   Handwritten hearts go on sale Wednesday, January 24!  Don’t delay…get your hearts today!

 

Bids For Kids 2024 – Lights, Camera, Auction!

With all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, we are rolling out the red carpet to help support Spring Hill during our Bids for Kids Lights, Camera, Auction silent and live auctions!

Online Silent Auction – February 10th – 17th, 2024: You get to bid from the comfort of your home!    Adults-only LIVE AUCTION Party – February 17th, 2024: Dress to impress and celebrate our Spring Hill community at our adults-only glitz and glam-themed LIVE AUCTION party on Saturday, February 17th, from 6 pm to 10 pm at the McLean Community Center. Join us for nibbles, cocktails, DJ’d dancing, a 360° photo booth, and more…plus a Wine Pull, Giving Tree, and, of course, the LIVE AUCTION!   SEEKING WINE ENTHUSIASTS!  What is a Wine Pull? Purchase a wine pull ticket and select your prize from our collection of wrapped bottles – open it up to see what you get to enjoy!   We're looking for help. We welcome donations of any bottle of wine priced at $20 or more.  We can assist with the logistics of getting your wine before the event…and if you are short on bottles or time, that’s OK – we'll shop for you.  Just donate $20+, and we will use your donation to purchase a bottle.  Send your donation to Agnese Banerjee on Venmo (@agneselo) and please mention "Wine Pull" in the notes. Questions? Please email Agnese Banerjee at [email protected]. BEHIND THE SCENES! We are still seeking volunteers to help fill various auction roles and duties. Please visit our Sign Up Genius, or email Anna Engel at [email protected].

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Orders must be received by March 22, 2024.   We will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

Attention All Student Artists

Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest.

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on an 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in the front office.
  • We must have the student’s Name, Grade, and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

 

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Restino at [email protected] or Ms. Ackourey at [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

Talking Points

  • FY 2025-29 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • Opioid Awareness
  • Academic Advising and Course Selection
  • FAFSA Help
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders
  • News Tips Needed: Black History Month
  • FCPS in the News

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

I hope you have enjoyed another beautiful winter snow!

We had a fabulous fun-filled Bingo night last evening.  It was wonderful to see all of our families gathering together for food, fun and games.  Our community is what makes our school so special!

On Wednesday evening, I had the privilege of going to the Langley Pyramid winter themed Chorus Concert. They did a great job and it was a pleasure to see some of former students performing. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

Winter Weather Reminders In the event of a two – hour delay:

We will open doors for students starting at 10:30 a.m. with the late bell ringing at 10:50 a.m.  Please do not drop off your students prior to 10:30 a.m.

 

Cold Weather Recess Guidelines (All Grades)

During typical winter days, students will go outside during the winter months.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (coat, boots, gloves, and hats) for outdoor weather.  Outdoor recess may be adjusted or cancelled depending on weather conditions. 

How Cold is Too Cold to allow students to Play Outdoors?

  •         When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is 25 degrees or higher, teachers are advised to take their students outside for recess.  Teachers of younger grades may make adjustments to this  based on student attire and current weather conditions.
  •         When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is between 20-25 degrees, teachers may use their professional judgment, based on students’ attire (jackets, snow pants, boots, gloves, and hats) and current weather conditions in determining if students will go outside for recess.
  •         When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is below 20 degrees, or there is any rain/sleet, teachers are advised to keep their students inside for recess.

 

Upcoming Dates
  • January 23-   4th Grade Orchestra Concert (6:30 pm, Cafeteria)
  • January 24-   3rd Grade performance (9:15 am, Cafeteria)
  • January 25-   Pep Rally (wear grade level t-shirts)
                          End of 2nd Quarter-2HR early release
  • January 26-   Teacher Workday (No school for students)
  • February 9 -  General PTO Meeting

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

KEEP IN MIND! (fingers crossed?) SNOW DAYS: For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels): Elementary school instruction: Red Apple 21. Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

A Message from PTO Winter and Spring OSA Registration IS OPEN!

The Spring Hill PTO OSA committee has been hard at work and is proud to offer a variety of outside school enrichment classes (held before or after school) taught by our talented Spring Hill teachers or external vendors. All proceeds from OSAs help fund priority PTO Projects to benefit Spring Hill Elementary School!Registration for Winter and Spring OSAs is currently open and closes Friday, January 19 at 9 PM. REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME. For a class schedule, click here   For course descriptions, click here  You may note that there are some schedule and course changes that have occurred as a result of the class confirmation and scheduling process. A Winter Art class, a Spring Art class and a Spring 1st and 2nd grade soccer course have been added.

Don't wait - registertoday! Class size is limited. For more information, class descriptions, etc., please click here to visit the PTO OSA Web. Please make sure to read the OSA Policies carefully before registration. ***N.B.: Helpful tip for the PTO Website - when purchasing your course selections - make sure you are logged in and that you have clicked the box to accept the terms and conditions BEFORE clicking log in!***Once registration closes, a lottery occurs for any class where the number of registered students exceeds the capacity. If a student is not selected through the lottery, the student will be sequentially waitlisted. Refunds will be issued for students not selected via the lottery. Registration is open to all students, with priority given to active PTO members (2023-24 dues paid). Active PTO members receive a $15 discount on course fees.  Families can join the PTO by paying $20 annual dues, which applies to all programs for the year. Join the PTO before registering! Any questions regarding registrations should be directed [email protected]. We kindly ask that you not call the SHES school office or teachers regarding these PTO-sponsored programs.

Bids For Kids 2024

We need you! We are currently seeking donations for our Bids for Kids auction! Do you frequent a favorite spa? Consider asking them for a gift card! Are you a shop owner? We would love a sampling of your store to auction! Do you own a vacation home? Consider auctioning with us and we will work with you on parameters you are comfortable with. We are looking to add to our catalog for the best auction experience, and we are so appreciative of your help and giving nature!  If you have any ideas, suggestions, questions or donations, please email [email protected]

Attention Rising Longfellow Students

Future Lancers,

 

It was so nice meeting many of our rising 7th graders, parents, & guardians during curriculum night!  We hope that you were able to learn about the curriculum, course offerings, and connect with staff & students. If you were unable to attend, no worries!  You can access all our presentations on the LMS Academic Advising website!

 

Please be on the lookout for future programs and activities to ensure a smooth transition for all rising 7th grade students!

Thank you and we look forward to fostering healthy partnerships with every one of you.

 

LMS Academic Advising website

 

Deonte Young

Director of Student Services

Rise Against Hunger

We have started collecting for our annual Rise Against Hunger Service Learning project on Monday, January 8 and will be collecting donations in school and online through January 31. All students are encouraged to earn some extra money at home through doing chores, saving, or set aside a portion of any allowance to donate to our Rise Against Hunger initiative.

Families may also donate online. NOTE: If you donate online, please have your child inform us of that in the front office so we can count their participation! More information about the actual event will be sent out next week!

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining at Colvin Run Elementary School to help needy families. Register to volunteer for the event at:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-spring#/

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Please be aware that students who did not get their picture taken in November or on Jan. 18 (retakes), they will not be featured in their class page in the yearbook. We also will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

Attention All Student Artists

Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest.

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on an 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in the front office.
  • We must have the student’s Name, Grade, and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

 

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Restino at [email protected] or Ms. Ackourey at [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

Talking Points

  • FY 2025-29 Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • Opioid Awareness
  • Academic Advising and Course Selection
  • FAFSA Help
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders
  • News Tips Needed: Black History Month
  • FCPS in the News

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Panther Families,

Thank you to all of you who joined our PTO meeting this morning. We had a wonderful morning of learning at our Parent University. 'Raising a Kid Who Can' was the topic and provided parents with simple strategies for parents to raise adaptable and resilient children. We appreciate Dr. Tedesco, former Spring Hill parent and co-author for sharing her book and expertise with us.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

Amy Briggs

 

Kiss & Ride Safety

Please note that our Kiss & Ride is open from 8:30am-8:50am. Our school bell rings promptly at 8:50am and that starts our school day. Please plan accordingly. This area is not monitored by staff before 8:30am or after 8:50am  If you are running late, we kindly ask that you park your vehicle in a parking spot (either in our front lot to the right of the school or across the street) and escort your student to the front office. 

The Front entrance is for buses only. Please do not try to drop your child off or temporarily park in the fire lanes. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Upcoming Dates
  • January 15-   No School-Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • January 17-   Langley Pyramid Concert, Langley HS 
  • January 18-   Picture Re-takes
                          Bingo Night 5:30-7:30pm
  • January 25-   End of 2nd Quarter-2HR early release
  • January 26-   Teacher Workday (No school for students)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

KEEP IN MIND! (fingers crossed?) SNOW DAYS: For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels): Elementary school instruction: Red Apple 21. Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

A Message from PTO Winter and Spring OSA Registration IS OPEN!

The Spring Hill PTO OSA committee has been hard at work and is proud to offer a variety of outside school enrichment classes (held before or after school) taught by our talented Spring Hill teachers or external vendors. All proceeds from OSAs help fund priority PTO Projects to benefit Spring Hill Elementary School!Registration for Winter and Spring OSAs is currently open and closes Friday, January 19 at 9 PM. REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME. For a class schedule, click here   For course descriptions, click here  You may note that there are some schedule and course changes that have occurred as a result of the class confirmation and scheduling process. A Winter Art class, a Spring Art class and a Spring 1st and 2nd grade soccer course have been added.

Don't wait - registertoday! Class size is limited. For more information, class descriptions, etc., please click here to visit the PTO OSA Web. Please make sure to read the OSA Policies carefully before registration. ***N.B.: Helpful tip for the PTO Website - when purchasing your course selections - make sure you are logged in and that you have clicked the box to accept the terms and conditions BEFORE clicking log in!***Once registration closes, a lottery occurs for any class where the number of registered students exceeds the capacity. If a student is not selected through the lottery, the student will be sequentially waitlisted. Refunds will be issued for students not selected via the lottery. Registration is open to all students, with priority given to active PTO members (2023-24 dues paid). Active PTO members receive a $15 discount on course fees.  Families can join the PTO by paying $20 annual dues, which applies to all programs for the year. Join the PTO before registering! Any questions regarding registrations should be directed [email protected]. We kindly ask that you not call the SHES school office or teachers regarding these PTO-sponsored programs.

Bingo Night 2024

Join us for the Spring Hill PTO’s Annual Bingo Night  on Thursday January 18th 5:30-7:30pm for an evening of laughter, friendly competition, music, dancing, and prizes! Whether you’re a seasoned Bingo player or a novice, mark your calendars and get ready to yell “Bingo!”

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Looking for a way to volunteer while having a blast? From decorating and checking in, to helping distribute dinners, checking Bingo cards and more, Bingo Night volunteering is a lor of fun! Volunteer windows are short so you can still enjoy the evening with you family!  Please visit the Bingo Night Signup Genius  to view available slots. Due to event capacity limits, you MUST purchase a ticket in order to volunteer!

Don't delay, purchase your tickets today! Due to capacity limits, only 300 tickets will be sold for this event! All tickets MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE 

Questions? Email [email protected].

Bids For Kids 2024

We need you! We are currently seeking donations for our Bids for Kids auction! Do you frequent a favorite spa? Consider asking them for a gift card! Are you a shop owner? We would love a sampling of your store to auction! Do you own a vacation home? Consider auctioning with us and we will work with you on parameters you are comfortable with. We are looking to add to our catalog for the best auction experience, and we are so appreciative of your help and giving nature!  If you have any ideas, suggestions, questions or donations, please email [email protected]

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Rise Against Hunger

We have started collecting for our annual Rise Against Hunger Service Learning project on Monday, January 8 and will be collecting donations in school and online through January 31. All students are encouraged to earn some extra money at home through doing chores, saving, or set aside a portion of any allowance to donate to our Rise Against Hunger initiative.

Families may also donate online. NOTE: If you donate online, please have your child inform us of that in the front office so we can count their participation! More information about the actual event will be sent out next week!

On Saturday, February 3, 2024, families in the Langley Pyramid are joining at Colvin Run Elementary School to help needy families. Register to volunteer for the event at:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C45ABA62FA1FC1-spring#/

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Please be aware that students who did not get their picture taken in November or on Jan. 18 (retakes), they will not be featured in their class page in the yearbook. We also will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

Attention All Student Artists

Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest.

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on an 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in the front office.
  • We must have the student’s Name, Grade, and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

 

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Restino at [email protected] or Ms. Ackourey at [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Tutor.com
  • Family Resource Center
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders
  • News Tips Needed:
    • Black History Month Stories
    • New Teacher Induction Support
    • Career Switchers with Cool Backgrounds

 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form with your student(s) to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Happy New Year!

We will be starting our annual Rise Against Hunger Service Learning project on Monday, January 8 and will be collecting donations in school and online through January 31. All students are encouraged to earn some extra money at home through doing chores, saving, or set aside a portion of any allowance to donate to our Rise Against Hunger initiative. Our school goal is to collect $4,000, which is approximately $5 per child, however we welcome any donation amount. Regardless of how much your child donates, we encourage all children to donate some amount of money towards helping us reach our goal to support an organization with a goal to end world hunger. 

As a Langley pyramid, the goal is to raise $35,000, to purchase 75,000 meals which will be given to families in need around the world. If it is $.50, $2.00, or $20.00, we want our students to know that they are never too young to make a difference, and we appreciate your support in sending this message as well. 

We will be tracking the percentage of participation. We hope 100% of our students will participate by donating any amount of money they can.Every $.46 purchases a meal which feeds 5-6 people. 

Families may also donate online. NOTE: If you donate online, please have your child inform us of that in the front office so we can count their participation! More information about the actual event will be sent out next week!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • January 9-     4th Grade Orchestra Concert (6:30pm, cafeteria)
  • January 12-   PTO Meeting & Parent University (9am, cafeteria)
  • January 15-   No School-Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • January 17-   Langley Pyramid Concert, Langley HS 
  • January 18-   Picture Re-takes
                          Bingo Night 5:30-7:30pm
  • January 25-   End of 2nd Quarter-2HR early release
  • January 26-   Teacher Workday (No school for students)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

KEEP IN MIND! (fingers crossed?) SNOW DAYS: For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels): Elementary school instruction: Red Apple 21. Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

A Message from PTO

Happy New Year!  Welcome back!  We are excited for all of the fun events and activities that the PTO is planning for 2024!   

First PTO Meeting of 2024 January 12 at 9 AM in the cafeteria

Grab a nibble and a cup of coffee and find out more about Bids for Kids, Bingo Night, and some of our other exciting events coming up in the spring!  Immediately following the PTO meeting, join us for the next Parent University presentation - "Raising a Kid Who Can.”  Dr. Heather Tedesco, former Spring Hill parent and co-author of Raising A Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength, will discuss strategies for raising resilient kids.  The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

Bingo Night 2024

Join us for the Spring Hill PTO’s Annual Bingo Night  on Thursday January 18th 5:30-7:30pm for an evening of laughter, friendly competition, music, dancing, and prizes! Whether you’re a seasoned Bingo player or a novice, mark your calendars and get ready to yell “Bingo!”

Don't delay, purchase your tickets today! Due to capacity limits, only 300 tickets will be sold for this event! All tickets MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE 

Volunteers Needed!
Looking for a way to volunteer while having a blast? 
If you’re available to help before, during or after Bingo Night, please visit the Bingo Night Signup Genius  to view available slots. Due to event capacity limits, you MUST purchase a ticket in order to volunteer!

Questions? Email Maggie Kuchner at [email protected]!

 

Winter and Spring OSA Registration Coming Soon

The PTO OSA Committee has been hard at work putting together a fun and enriching roster of Outside School Activity classes.  Registration for both the Winter and Spring sessions will open on Wednesday, January 10th!

Bids For Kids 2024

Lights, Camera, Auction! Bids for Kids is rolling out the red carpet in support of Spring Hill’s PTO! This year's auction funds will go directly back to Spring Hill to furnish our Kindergarten and 6th grade classrooms with new student and teacher furniture!  

This year’s silent auction will be held online from Febuary 10 – February 17! And plan ahead for our adults-only Live Auction Party, which will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 6-10pm at the McLean Community Center!

Interested in being part of the planning? We’d love your help! Please email [email protected] or click here to sign up!

 

Parent University: A KID WHO CAN

Raising kids isn’t a walk in the park. Every age comes with its own challenges that parents have to face and work through to help their child in the best way they can. Experts in the field are calling Raising A Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength the "parenting playbook" that we all should have on hand to help us raise adaptable, resilient kids. It is written by a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist who have spent years distilling the latest parenting science and best practices to answer complex questions such as: Based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I should try to do in raising my kid? How do we ensure that the next generation can roll with the inevitable punches of daily life?

Join us at our next Parent University on January 12th at 9am, for a presentation and Q&A with co-author of Raising a Kid Who Can and former Spring Hill parent Dr. Heather Tedesco.

2024-2025 New Student Registration

School Year  24-25 registration at Spring Hill Elementary will be open for new students on Wednesday, Jan. 17. If your student is applying for Dual Language Immersion lottery or Magnet school lottery, please let registrar know. You can start registration process by entering student’s information in New student Registration Intake Form. 

Order your Yearbook Now!

Spring Hill Yearbooks are on sale now.  The cost for a yearbook is $ 25.00 payable online only to Lifetouch.  Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Please be aware that students who did not get their picture taken in November or on Jan. 18 (retakes), they will not be featured in their class page in the yearbook. We also will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616524

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616524

Attention All Student Artists

Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2023-2024 Yearbook Cover Contest.

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2023-2024 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on an 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in the front office.
  • We must have the student’s Name, Grade, and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

 

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Restino at [email protected] or Ms. Ackourey at [email protected]

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Opioid Awareness and Community Conversation (Please share widely.)
  • Immersion Registration
  • Teacher Shortage Letter
  • Safety Information
  • Math Week
  • Academy Open Houses
  • FAFSA Form
  • Early Online Courses at NOVA

Informational Content

  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders
  • News Tips Needed:
    • New Teacher Induction
    • Career Switchers with Cool Backgrounds

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form to share your culture with us!

Join Our Team

We are looking for one additional person to serve our school community. 

We are looking for a Dining Assistant and Kindergarten Assistant for the rest of the 2024 school year.  

 Please contact Boutia Pourhashemi at [email protected] if you are interested.

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Another week filled with musical celebrations and spirit! Our wonderful 5th & 6th grade orchestra students performed their first performance this week and truly put us in the holiday spirit! Our primary students also enjoyed in some holiday fun with our band performance and special guest performers! 

As we head into winter break, we want to make sure you are aware of our no-homework policy over break. While teachers may have long-term assignments that span over the course of a break, I have shared with the faculty to not assign homework, projects, essays, etc., to be specifically done over the break. This break, all of us should have the opportunity to spend time with family & friends. 

We continue to be thankful for all of the hard work from our amazing staff and students. Thank you to all of you who came this week to support and facilitate our celebrations.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and winter break!

 

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • December 15th- Deadline for parents/guardians to submit referral packages for Full-Time AAP services (Grades 2-6). More information on the screening process and forms here. Contact Erin O’Connor ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • December 18 - Jan 1 - Holiday Break-School & Office is Closed 
  • January 2-First day back from winter break
  • January 25-End of 2nd Quarter-2HR early release
  • January 26-Teacher Workday (No school for students)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Full-Time AAP Referral Window Reminder for Parents

Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.

 

Deadline Date

Friday, December 15, 2023

 We recommend that you submit your referrals by December 1, 2023 to ensure that all materials are in place. 

Contact

Erin O’Connor

[email protected] 

703-506-3400

A Message from PTO Bingo Night 2024

Join us at the Spring Hill PTO’s Annual Bingo Night on Thursday January 18th 5:30-7:30pm for an unforgettable evening filled with laughter, friendly competition, music, dancing, and the chance to win prizes!  So, whether you are a seasoned Bingo player or a novice, mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and get ready to yell “Bingo!” Reserve your tickets today

Bids For Kids 2024

Lights, Camera, Auction! Bids for Kids is rolling out the red carpet in support of Spring Hill’s PTO! This year's auction funds will go directly back to Spring Hill to furnish our Kindergarten and 6th grade classrooms with new student and teacher furniture!  

This year’s silent auction will be held online from Febuary 10 – February 17! And plan ahead for our adults-only Live Auction Party, which will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 6-10pm at the McLean Community Center!

Interested in being part of the planning? We’d love your help! Please email [email protected] or click here to sign up!

Fun Fair 2024 Planning Has Begun!

Mark your calendar for March 16, 2024 when our school building will be transformed into a carnival, complete with games, raffles, face painting, prizes, cotton candy, and so much more! Sign up to be part of the FUN!  Please check out this google form for a list of volunteer opportunities – simply check YES for any activity that you would like to learn more about.

Questions? Contact our Fun Fair Committee Chair, Beth Franker at [email protected].

VERIFY/UPDATE/CREATE Your On-line School Directory Account TODAY!

The PTO-sponsored Spring Hill Online Directory is a great way to connect with other Spring Hill families!

ALL families must verify/update/create their online directory account ! For more detailed instructions and information, please take a few minutes to visit the SHE Directory page 

Stay Informed-Join the PTO/Subscribe to Scoop?

Stay informed and don’t miss out on the fun activities that we have planned this year!  Join the PTO  and make sure to subscribe to the scoop email newsletter.

Parent University: A KID WHO CAN

Raising kids isn’t a walk in the park. Every age comes with its own challenges that parents have to face and work through to help their child in the best way they can. Experts in the field are calling Raising A Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength the "parenting playbook" that we all should have on hand to help us raise adaptable, resilient kids. It is written by a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist who have spent years distilling the latest parenting science and best practices to answer complex questions such as: Based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I should try to do in raising my kid? How do we ensure that the next generation can roll with the inevitable punches of daily life?

Join us at our next Parent University on January 12th at 9am, for a presentation and Q&A with co-author of Raising a Kid Who Can and former Spring Hill parent Dr. Heather Tedesco.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

Talking Points

  • FERPA Disclosure
  • Grade 3 VGA Score Report (Updated)

Copy/Paste Content

  • Winter Resources
  • SIS ParentVUE and StudentVUE Downtime
  • Free COVID Tests
  • Math Week
  • Academy Open Houses

Informational Content

  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • Calendar Reminders

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form to share your culture with us!

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

This week has been full of wonderful musical talent and spirit! On Monday, I was fortunate enough to watch our fabulous select band perform for the school board. It was wonderful! In addition, our incredible chorus performed their winter concert for students on Wednesday. I am so proud of the talent we have at Spring Hill. Performances can be found on the Features section at the bottom of the Spring Hill homepage.

This morning, our Dad's initiative kicked off their first meeting. The purpose of this group is for dad's to have a positive impact at Spring Hill by supporting Spring Hill's mission and the PTO's various events. If you are interested in being part of this group and becoming more involved, please email Dr. Walter Bowman at [email protected].

 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Spirit Weeks 12/4-12/15 Upcoming Dates
  • December 4th - December 15th-VGA testing (Grades 3-6). 

  • December 11th - December 15th- 5th and 6th Grade FLE Human Growth and Development . Click here for how to preview the FLE curriculum)
  • December 13th-5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert (6:30pm, gym)
  • December 15th- Deadline for parents/guardians to submit referral packages for Full-Time AAP services (Grades 2-6). More information on the screening process and forms here. Contact Erin O’Connor ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • December 18 - Jan 2 - Holiday Break-School Closed 

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Full-Time AAP Referral Window Reminder for Parents

Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.

 

Deadline Date

Friday, December 15, 2023

 We recommend that you submit your referrals by December 1, 2023 to ensure that all materials are in place. 

Contact

Erin O’Connor

[email protected] 

703-506-3400

VGA Testing

Students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

The focus for VGA test content depends on the testing window:

-          Fall VGA tests primarily address content standards from the students' reading and mathematics courses last year.

-         Winter VGA tests primarily assess content standards for the reading and mathematics courses the student is taking this year.

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board. 

A Message from PTO Bingo Night 2024

Looking to volunteer?  Want to get your feet wet running a PTO-sponsored event?  We have just the event for you!  BINGO NIGHT – a night of family, friends, food, fun competition, and dancing!     Ask a friend to join you!  It's EASY and REWARDING!  Most of the infrastructure already exists.  Your main responsibility would be running things on the day of the event.   Questions? Please don’t hesitate to email Maggie Kuchner at [email protected]

Bids For Kids 2024

Lights, Camera, Auction! Bids for Kids is rolling out the red carpet in support of Spring Hill’s PTO! This year's auction funds will go directly back to Spring Hill to furnish our Kindergarten and 6th grade classrooms with new student and teacher furniture!  

This year’s silent auction will be held online from Febuary 10 – February 17! And plan ahead for our adults-only Live Auction Party, which will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 6-10pm at the McLean Community Center!

Interested in being part of the planning? We’d love your help! Please email [email protected] or click here to sign up!

Fun Fair 2024 Planning Has Begun!

Mark your calendar for March 16, 2024 when our school building will be transformed into a carnival, complete with games, raffles, face painting, prizes, cotton candy, and so much more! Sign up to be part of the FUN!  Please check out this google form for a list of volunteer opportunities – simply check YES for any activity that you would like to learn more about.

Questions? Contact our Fun Fair Committee Chair, Beth Franker at [email protected].

VERIFY/UPDATE/CREATE Your On-line School Directory Account TODAY!

The PTO-sponsored Spring Hill Online Directory is a great way to connect with other Spring Hill families!

Looking to set up a playdate for your child?  Wanted to send out invitations for a birthday party?  Trying to get ahead on Holiday card mailings?

Help us help you!  Our Spring Hill Online Directory can only be a reliable source, if ALL families verify/update/create their online directory account ! For more detailed instructions and information, please take a few minutes to visit the SHE Directory page 

Stay Informed-Join the PTO/Subscribe to Scoop?

Stay informed and don’t miss out on the fun activities that we have planned this year!  Join the PTO  and make sure to subscribe to the scoop email newsletter.

Congratulations Spring Hill Outstanding Employees!

We are excited to announce the Spring Hill Outstanding Employee Awards for 2024:

  • New Teacher – Stephanie Habasinski
  • Operational Employee – Huan Tran
  • Teacher – Emily Scannell

Congratulations, and good luck to these three as they move to the pyramid level!

We also would like to acknowledge all nominees. Congrats to Chris VanOrmer, Anthony Nalley, Lindsay Andriko, Marilyn Harwood, Illy Perotti, Jordyn Carkhuff, Kim Roman, and Sosan Rohmani!

Parent University: A KID WHO CAN

Raising kids isn’t a walk in the park. Every age comes with its own challenges that parents have to face and work through to help their child in the best way they can. Experts in the field are calling Raising A Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength the "parenting playbook" that we all should have on hand to help us raise adaptable, resilient kids. It is written by a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist who have spent years distilling the latest parenting science and best practices to answer complex questions such as: Based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I should try to do in raising my kid? How do we ensure that the next generation can roll with the inevitable punches of daily life?

Join us at our next Parent University on January 12th at 9am, for a presentation and Q&A with co-author of Raising a Kid Who Can and former Spring Hill parent Dr. Heather Tedesco.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Snow Days
  • Attendance
  • Tutor.com
  • Food Insecurity Resources
  • Mental Health Teletherapy

Informational Content

  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • News Tips Needed: Strategic Plan Goal 5 - Leading for Tomorrow’s Innovation
  • Calendar Reminders

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form to share your culture with us!

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

It is hard to believe that we have started the month of December! This year, our grade level teams have selected Portrait of a Graduate attributes and mottos to help students grow into productive and successful citizens in a global community. All students received grade level t-shirts with their team motto to wear during spirit days, assemblies, field trips, and school events. It was great to see so many students wearing their t-shirts today!

Our students will each have a portfolio with work samples to demonstrate their evidence of growth. In January, I will be holding parent coffees for each grade level so that you can understand what a Portrait of a Graduate looks like and how you can support your students at home. I look forward to sharing our work with you all after the break.

Next week, we kick off our spirit weeks! Please see the calendar below.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Spirit Weeks 12/4-12/15 Upcoming Dates
  • December 4th - December 15th-VGA testing (Grades 3-6). 

  • December 6th-Winter chorus concert (2:30pm, cafeteria)
  • December 11th - December 15th- 5th and 6th Grade FLE Human Growth and Development . Click here for how to preview the FLE curriculum)

  • December 13th-5th & 6th Grade Orchestra Concert (6:30pm, gym)
  • December 15th- Deadline for parents/guardians to submit referral packages for Full-Time AAP services (Grades 2-6). More information on the screening process and forms here. Contact Erin O’Connor ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • December 18 - Jan 2 - Holiday Break-School Closed 

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Full-Time AAP Referral Window Reminder for Parents

Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.

 

Deadline Date

Friday, December 15, 2023

 We recommend that you submit your referrals by December 1, 2023 to ensure that all materials are in place. 

Contact

Erin O’Connor

[email protected] 

703-506-3400

THE DAD INITIATIVE

Calling all Spring Hill dads to come in to brainstorm and come up with new ideas on how to help facilitate activities at Spring Hill. There will be a meet and greet on December 8th, at 9am in the library. Your input is greatly appreciated. All willing to participate are welcome. There will be coffee and snacks.

VGA Testing

Students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

The focus for VGA test content depends on the testing window:

-          Fall VGA tests primarily address content standards from the students' reading and mathematics courses last year.

-         Winter VGA tests primarily assess content standards for the reading and mathematics courses the student is taking this year.

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board. 

A Message from PTO

 

VERIFY/UPDATE/CREATE Your On-line School Directory Account TODAY!

The PTO-sponsored Spring Hill Online Directory is a great way to connect with other Spring Hill families!

Looking to set up a playdate for your child?  Wanted to send out invitations for a birthday party?  Trying to get ahead on Holiday card mailings?

Help us help you!  Our Spring Hill Online Directory can only be a reliable source, if ALL families verify/update/create their online directory account ! For more detailed instructions and information, please take a few minutes to visit the SHE Directory page 

Stay Informed-Join the PTO/Subscribe to Scoop?

Stay informed and don’t miss out on the fun activities that we have planned this year!  Join the PTO  and make sure to subscribe to the scoop email newsletter.

Parent University: A KID WHO CAN

Raising kids isn’t a walk in the park. Every age comes with its own challenges that parents have to face and work through to help their child in the best way they can. Experts in the field are calling Raising A Kid Who Can: Simple Strategies to Build a Lifetime of Adaptability and Emotional Strength the "parenting playbook" that we all should have on hand to help us raise adaptable, resilient kids. It is written by a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist who have spent years distilling the latest parenting science and best practices to answer complex questions such as: Based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I should try to do in raising my kid? How do we ensure that the next generation can roll with the inevitable punches of daily life?

Join us at our next Parent University on January 12th at 9am, for a presentation and Q&A with co-author of Raising a Kid Who Can and former Spring Hill parent Dr. Heather Tedesco.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • SEL Screener Results
  • How FCPS Announces School Closures
  • Gap Year Fair
  • World Languages Survey for Elementary Schools
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • New Resources to Help Schools Amplify Their Stories
  • News Tips Needed: Strategic Plan Goal 5 - Leading for Tomorrow’s Innovation
  • News Tips Needed: Seasonal Classroom Lessons
  • Calendar Reminders
  • FCPS in the News

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Celebrating Cultures at SHES

We are so fortunate to have so many students from all different backgrounds at Spring Hill. We would love if you and your child could share more about your heritage with us. Our goal is to have your child share this information on our live morning news show for students and teachers to view. Please fill out this brief form to share your culture with us!

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

Family Resource Center

This month is Family Engagement Month! Here is a calendar of activities for you and your family!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Last weekend, I had the honor of attending the awards ceremony at Langley High School for our very own Science Olympiad teams. SHES Team Mavericks won 14 medals and are the team with the highest number of wins/medals in the state of VA for the VASO Div A competitions held on November 11. SHES Team Wizards won 11 medals and had the third highest number of wins/medals in the state of VA for the VASO competitions held on November 11. It was wonderful being able to celebrate their hard work!

On Friday, we had our school-based technology specialist, Morgan Ackourey present valuable information regarding internet safety. She provided resources and information as to how best to navigate these issues. We also had the privilege of hearing from one of our former SHES student, Aahil Valliani.  Mr. Valliani and his two sons, Aahil and Vohran  founded an AI engine that will help block inappropriate content and help educate our students on online safety. I am so proud of Aahil and Vohran. They exemplify the kind of global citizens that we are trying to foster in all of our students!

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of our parents for your continued support. We are so blessed to have such an involved parent community and partners in educating your students. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27

 

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • November 22nd-24th-Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • December 4th - December 15th-VGA testing (Grades 3-6). 

  • December 11th - December 15th- 5th and 6th Grade FLE Human Growth and Development . Click here for how to preview the FLE curriculum)

  • December 15th- Deadline for parents/guardians to submit referral packages for Full-Time AAP services (Grades 2-6). More information on the screening process and forms here. Contact Erin O’Connor ([email protected]) with any questions.
  • December 18 - Jan 2 - Holiday Break

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

Full-Time AAP Referral Window Reminder for Parents

Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.

The following sample communication is designed to be included in your school’s News You Choose/school email news to remind families of the December 15, 2023, deadline. This communication should be shared with families prior to Friday, December 1, 2023.

Action Required

Use the sample communication in your local school News You Choose to remind families of the AAP Full-Time (level IV) Referral window.

Deadline Date

Friday, December 15, 2023

 We recommend that you submit your referrals by December 1, 2023 to ensure that all materials are in place. 

Contact

Erin O’Connor

[email protected] 

703-506-3400

Spring Hill Leadership community service

The leadership club supporting the food drive for Share of McLean! Spring Hill Panthers collected over 50 boxes. We are so proud of their community service!

VGA testing

Students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

The focus for VGA test content depends on the testing window:

-          Fall VGA tests primarily address content standards from the students' reading and mathematics courses last year.

-         Winter VGA tests primarily assess content standards for the reading and mathematics courses the student is taking this year.

📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board. 

A Message from PTO

 

VERIFY/UPDATE/CREATE Your On-line School Directory Account TODAY!

The PTO-sponsored Spring Hill Online Directory is a great way to connect with other Spring Hill families!

Looking to set up a playdate for your child?  Wanted to send out invitations for a birthday party?  Trying to get ahead on Holiday card mailings?

Help us help you!  Our Spring Hill Online Directory can only be a reliable source, if ALL families verify/update/create their online directory account ! For more detailed instructions and information, please take a few minutes to visit the SHE Directory page 

Stay Informed-Join the PTO/Subscribe to Scoop?

Stay informed and don’t miss out on the fun activities that we have planned this year!  Join the PTO  and make sure to subscribe to the scoop email newsletter.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season
  • Attendance
  • Special Education Resources for Families
  • Elementary English Language Arts Basal Resources
  • State Music Ensembles
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • News Tips Needed: Seasonal Classroom Lessons
  • Calendar Reminders
  • FCPS in the News

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

Family Resource Center

This month is Family Engagement Month! Here is a calendar of activities for you and your family!

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A Note from Principal Briggs

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Today, we honored our veteran's with a musical tribute performed by our select band members. Our students in grades K-3 had the opportunity to hear from two members of the U.S. Navy.  Students in grades 4-6 were able to hear from Mrs. Roman's father and grandfather via Zoom from Colorado. They served in the Army & Airforce. Students learned about their jobs and why they entered the military. Students also learned how to stand at attention and how important it is to show our military members respect and to thank them for their service. We are so thankful for all who have served and continue to serve in our Military!

Second grade also kicked off our first grade level performance this year! Each class sang a song related to Fall and the entire grade level sang together and enriched us even more with a song in Chinese!

Lastly, I included safety reminders for arrival & dismissal last week. I must remind everyone that safety is our top priority. Please do not try to go around cars at kiss & ride and/or try to take a left onto Lewinsville road from the kiss & ride exit. Please also have your child exit the car when the line is stopped and a staff member motions for your child to exit. We appreciate everyone putting safety first!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Amy Briggs

Upcoming Dates
  • November 13-World Kindness Day-Information can be found here
  • November 15-Fall Picture Day
  • November 17-PTO Meeting & Parent University (Internet Safety)
  • November 22nd-24th-Thanksgiving Break (No School)

FCPS School Year Calendar for 2023-24

After School Activities Pick-Up

Parents,

Please do NOT park or wait in your car along the fire lanes in front of the school. Last week, we had over 20 cars lined up agains the fire lane. We must keep these lanes free in case of an emergency. Please park in our designated parking spots when picking up your child.

A Message from PTO PTO MEETING – Friday, November 17 at

9 AM in the cafeteria

Please join us for our next PTO meeting on Friday, November 17, at 9 AM in the Spring Hill Cafeteria. Grab a nibble and a cup of coffee and learn more about our fundraising focus for the rest of this year!  We will also be talking about our larger events, including Fun Fair and Bids for Kids that are right around the corner in early 2024!  Then stay after for our first Parent University presentation of the year!

FIRST PARENT UNIVERSITY OF THE YEAR!

TOPIC: INTERNET SAFETY AT SPRING HILL

We are very excited to announce our first Parent University presentation of the year!  Please join us to learn about the importance of internet safety and digital citizenship within our school community. Spring Hill's very own Morgan Ackourey, Instructional Teaching Coach (a.k.a. School Based Technology Specialist) will share information, resources, and guides to support families in this evolving and critical conversation.  The presentation will start after the PTO meeting on Friday, November 17, 2023 in the cafeteria to learn more about this very timely topic!

VERIFY/UPDATE/CREATE Your On-line School Directory Account TODAY!

The PTO-sponsored Spring Hill Online Directory is a great way to connect with other Spring Hill families!

Looking to set up a playdate for your child?  Wanted to send out invitations for a birthday party?  Trying to get ahead on Holiday card mailings?

Help us help you!  Our Spring Hill Online Directory can only be a reliable source, if ALL families verify/update/create their online directory account ! For more detailed instructions and information, please take a few minutes to visit the SHE Directory page 

Stay Informed-Join the PTO/Subscribe to Scoop?

Stay informed and don’t miss out on the fun activities that we have planned this year!  Join the PTO  and make sure to subscribe to the scoop email newsletter.

FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • Bond Referendum
  • New Student-Designed Observance Graphics
  • SAT/PSAT Scores
  • District News/In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)
  • News Tips Needed - Thanksgiving
  • Images in GovDelivery
  • Calendar Reminders

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today.  

Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up

We welcome parents to come volunteer in the cafeteria to support our students! If you would like to volunteer, please  Sign-up  so we can plan on your help! Thank you to all who help us!

Family Resource Center

This month is Family Engagement Month! Here is a calendar of activities for you and your family!

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

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