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Reminders October 30th - Early Release

(no synchronous instruction after 1:35PM)

November 2nd (Student Holiday) November 3rd - Election Day (Student Holiday) School Spirit Week

Next week our school will hold their first Spirit Week of the year! While the themes are fun and enjoyable, we are sneaking some of our Positivity Characteristics into the week as well. We will be sending this out for this Thursday’s Panther Press. Please include in your class newsletters as well.

 

Monday, October 26 Matching Monday

Wear an outfit to match a friend or group of friends, teacher, family member, or even a favorite stuffed animal! Be sure to think about teamwork when working with others to plan this outfit.

  Tuesday, October 27 Color Team Tuesday

Wear the colors that represent your grade level or team! You may want to include accessories of your team’s color to really show your excitement. Think about how you work as a team with friends and teachers on your grade level. Remember that every person you see wearing a color today is your teammate and here to help you have the best time at Spring Hill.

 

Grade Level Colors are as follows:

6 – white

5 – orange

4 – yellow

3 – green

2 – blue

1 – purple

K – red

 

Staff members may join a team of their choosing OR wear as many colors of the rainbow as possible. We are ALL of the colors!

 

Wednesday, October 28 Stuffed Animal Wednesday

We all feel better with a buddy or teammate close by. While we can’t be at school working with our friends and classmates close by, we can invite a stuffed animal to join classes today! Be ready to share your stuffed animal in Morning Meeting so all your friends can meet them!

 

Thursday, October 29 Spooky Thursday

You may dress in attire that you feel is spooky – within reason. No masks, blood, or weapons will be permitted (fake or real). Remember spooky isn’t the same as scary, it may be as simple as something that gives you a creepy crawly feeling, like bugs, broccoli, or that sneaky feeling when a rain drop falls down the back of your shirt! Be creative with your outfit today.

 

Friday, October 30 Costume Friday

Wear your favorite creative costume for school today! Be ready to take a picture on your computer if you would like to share your costume OR you may share your picture on Twitter with the help or permission of your family. Be sure to use the hashtag #SpringHillFallFest and to tag our school accounts @LibrarySpring and @SpringHillFCPS so we can share your pictures with our community.

3rd Grade Recorder Purchasing & Pickup Information

The Fairfax County Program of Studies recommends introducing the soprano recorder at the third-grade level and continuing its use in the General Music program through the sixth-grade level.  The recorder is a genuine musical instrument capable of producing good tone quality.  Because it is relatively easy to play, each child has the opportunity to experience success.

Please CLICK HERE for more information about purchasing your child's recorder and our curbside recorder pickup on November 2nd.

Please order through “My School Bucks” by Thursday, October 28

The Liya Ensemble 

On Wednesday, October 14th, members of the Liya Ensemble met in the Fu’s back yard to perform a socially-distanced concert.  They were invited by the Virginia Music Educators Association to perform at their Virtual Conference from November 19th through 21st.  Mrs. Donahue is  thrilled that they’ll represent Spring Hill Elementary School.

 

 

Click Here to view a video of The Liya Ensemble Members playing the piece “Dragonhunter” by Richard Meyers!

Message from Spring Hill ES PTO

Please mark your calendars for our next PTO Meeting and Parent University on Tuesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm.

Ann Dolin will be returning with: Zoomed Out? 6 Strategies to Get Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated…Even the Reluctant Ones. 

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  Student Holidays November 2nd November 3rd                                          SR&R Updates and SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student. https://forms.gle/9eAU4UuBgeHLyrRbA

Hard copies of the Students Rights and Responsibilities are available. Please contact the front office if your family would prefer a hard copy.

Student Emergency Care Forms

Many of you have yet to access “We Care” to ensure we have the correct information on your Emergency Care form.  Please could you take a few minutes to go in and check/update your child’s form.  Once you do this we will have an electronic record we can print off for our files.  Even though we are virtual at the moment, it is still important we have your correct contact information. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on accessing and updating your child's Emergency Care information online.

Action Required: We Need Your Consent for Select Digital Resources

At Spring Hill ES, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://springhilles.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

 

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to Bill Mosher, School Based Technology Specialist, if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held prior to December 1st. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule them soon.

Student Materials from Last Spring 

Our front office has been contacting families regarding students’ items that were cleaned out of desks last Spring. If you still need to pick up your child’s personal items, please contact the front office. We will be disposing of all student materials on Friday, October 16th if they have not been claimed.

Attention 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Students!

Spring Hill is starting a virtual Student Advisory Panel for students to provide input and suggestions for the Spring Hill Community. Ms. Ciullo and Mrs. Briggs will host a discussion with students on how we can improve Spring Hill, what kind of virtual student-driven events we can promote, and provide students with an opportunity to share their ideas. Meetings will take place every 4-6 weeks on Mondays and are open to any student in grades 4, 5, or 6.

Our first Panel will be held on Monday, October 19 at 1pm. This month’s topic will be “How to Encourage Full School Involvement in Halloween”. Students can join the session by going to Blackboard 24/7 Learning and entering the Panther Portal Course. On the left tabs, select “BBCU – Specials”, and then scroll to the second page and select “Student Advisory Panel”. This virtual room will not open until October 19, the day of our first meeting.

Library Curbside Pickup

Next week is the next curbside pickup of library books. If your child would like books, please place holds on the Library Catalog or use the book request forms (Grades K-2 or Grades 3-6). You will receive an email next week to select a time to pickup the books. More information can be found on the Library button of the Panther Portal. Please direct all questions regarding curbside pickup to Miss Ciullo and Mrs. DeVylder at SpringHillLibrary@fcps.edu.

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Spring Hill Science Olympiad Update

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Science Olympiad  Update: Spring Hill Science Olympiad is for 5th and 6th grade students ONLY Spring Hill Science Olympiad Information Meeting 

If your child is interested in Science and Technology, please consider signing up to be a member of this year's Spring Hill Science Olympiad Team! Science Olympiad is a 15-member team competition focused on Science related themes and events. Last year Spring Hill SO team had a great experience and we hope to continue the trend. Ms. Papathanassiou has volunteered to be the school sponsor, but the main facilitators will be the head coach team from last year. They can be reached at springhillesso@gmail.com.

If you are interested in learning more, please attend an information session through an online meeting on Monday, October 12th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Also, please fill out the interest form at this link: https://forms.gle/fo5S8T6Y8CMk9WQZ6.

Join the meeting

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Note: If you don't have access to a computer and want to join with just the audio on your phone, this is what you need: Dial-in Number: (425) 436-6323 Access Code: 402206, followed by the # key

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REMINDER: Monday October 12,2020

Monday is a Student Holiday. Spring Hill ES students will not have school on Monday October 12th.

 

SR&R Updates and SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link we have provided.  The form must be filled out one time per student. https://forms.gle/9eAU4UuBgeHLyrRbA

Hard copies of the Students Rights and Responsibilities are available. Please contact the front office if your family would prefer a hard copy.

 

Attention 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Students!

Spring Hill is starting a virtual Student Advisory Panel for students to provide input and suggestions for the Spring Hill Community. Ms. Ciullo and Mrs. Briggs will host a discussion with students on how we can improve Spring Hill, what kind of virtual student-driven events we can promote, and provide students with an opportunity to share their ideas. Meetings will take place every 4-6 weeks on Mondays and are open to any student in grades 4, 5, or 6.

Our first Panel will be held on Monday, October 19 at 1pm. This month’s topic will be “How to Encourage Full School Involvement in Halloween”. Students can join the session by going to Blackboard 24/7 Learning and entering the Panther Portal Course. On the left tabs, select “BBCU – Specials”, and then scroll to the second page and select “Student Advisory Panel”. This virtual room will not open until October 19, the day of our first meeting.

 

Student Materials from last Spring 

Our front office has been contacting families regarding students’ items that were cleaned out of desks last Spring. If you still need to pick up your child’s personal items, please contact the front office as soon as possible. We will be disposing of all student materials by Friday, October 16th if they have not been claimed.

 

Specials on Mondays: 

Our extra specials’ offerings will continue until the end of the first quarter. Any changes to the specials’ schedule will be communicated by the start of Quarter 2.

 

Science Olympiad

Spring Hill Science Olympiad Information Meeting

If your child is interested in Science and Technology, please consider signing up to be a member of this year's Spring Hill Science Olympiad Team! Science Olympiad is a 15-member team competition focused on Science related themes and events. Last year Spring Hill SO team had a great experience and we hope to continue the trend. Ms. Papathanassiou has volunteered to be the school sponsor, but the main facilitators will be the head coach team from last year. They can be reached at springhillesso@gmail.com.

If you are interested in learning more, please attend an information session through an online meeting on Monday, October 12th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Also, please fill out the interest form at this link: https://forms.gle/fo5S8T6Y8CMk9WQZ6.

Join the meeting

https://join.freeconferencecall.com/syi2

You do not need to create an account with FreeConferenceCall to join the meeting – just ignore that box. Fill in your name and email. Click "join". That sets up your access for the screen sharing.

Note: If you don't have access to a computer and want to join with just the audio on your phone, this is what you need: Dial-in Number: (425) 436-6323 Access Code: 402206, followed by the # key

Spring Hill Library Announcements

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The Spring Hill Library has two very important announcements to make:

 

Curbside Checkout

We are excited to announce that Spring Hill Library is beginning curbside checkout this week! It will run every other week from now on. Students may put up to 5 books on hold or complete a book request form through Monday, Oct. 5 for this first round. Emails will be sent on Tuesday, Oct. 6 to confirm the request and ask that you select a pickup time on Thursday, Oct.8 or Friday, Oct. 9. Pickup will occur outside the main entrance of the school (door 1). When completed, books may be returned to the bins outside the front doors from 9-4 on school days. All books will be quarantined for 7 days upon return per FCPS policy. For more information regarding curbside checkout or to access the book request forms, please see the Library button on the Panther Portal or the Spring Hill Library Google Site (students will need to be logged into their fcpsschools.net account on Google for this website to open). Additional questions should be sent to our librarians, Miss Ciullo and Mrs. DeVylder, at SpringHillLibrary@fcps.edu

 

Fairfax County Public Library LEAP Program

As of October 1, 2020, Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) accounts were created for all students in Fairfax County Public Schools. These public library virtual accounts will allow students to check out up to three items at a time for six weeks each (no renewals). A student can have a LEAP account as well as a standard library account (application online and in library branches). Standard accounts allow users to place holds on materials and access FCPL’s digital resources such as eBooks and databases. For more information regarding this program, please see the Fairfax County Public Library website

 

Thank you,

 

Spring Hill Library

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Dear Spring Hill ES community:

 

We’ve been in school a month already! As we enter October, we are happy to report that the virtual learning is taking higher levels every day. You will notice that teachers have been using a lot of different programs to support students learning and assessments, including Imagine Learning and ST Math. Additionally, teachers have used iReady testing to assess student needs in reading and mathematics.  As we continue to plan for October, continue to communicate with the classroom teacher. I assure you, teachers want to hear good news about how your child is doing, as well as where they may need more support. Parents should work towards providing their child more independence with their learning, especially in the younger grades. It is amazing how quickly the young mind works and is able to control the mouse to get their information.

 

Please let us know how we’re doing and what information you would like for us to share in the newsletter. Together, we’ll continue to build our strong community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Rivera, Mrs. Briggs & Mr. Casey

 

Student Holiday:

October 12 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

 

Student Holiday:

Nov. 2-3 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

 

Thanksgiving:

SCHOOL CLOSED Nov. 25-27

 

PTO Virtual Book Fair:

Nov. 9-15

 

Winter Break:

SCHOOL CLOSED Dec. 21 – Jan 1

 

Spring Break:

 SCHOOL CLOSED Mar. 29 - Apr. 2

 

 

Grab & Go Meals for All FCPS Students

 

All students in FCPS are welcome to a free breakfast and lunch.

Please use this link for specific grab and go meals locations.

https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/return-school/food

The serving times will be 8:00am-12:30pm Monday through Friday.

 

Some buses are following routes to drop off meals. Please refer to the link bellow for specific information

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food/bus

Please note: The service times for buses are between 6:00am-8:30am depending on the schedule and stop; this is to ensure each family can get a breakfast and a lunch before they start classes.

The times for the bus serving our area have changed.  The new times are listed here.

The sites serving Spring Hill ES are:

 

Huntmaster Lane and Timberly Lane     --  From 6:49 AM to 6:59 AM

Spring Hill ES                                     --  From 7:04 to 7:14 AM

 

A new stop has been added:  

THE ROTUNDA & INTERNATIONAL DR - 7:25A.M - 7:45 A.M.

 

Also, If you would like to complete the FCPS form for Free and Reduced Lunch the link is attached below.

FCPS Food Services Free & Reduced Lunch Forms - More information is on the website, including forms to apply online for Free & Reduced Lunch

 

 

 

 From the AAP Office:

 

Spring Hill Families,

Below you will find links to county videos provided by the AAP office (PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE WATCHING VIDEOS).                         

  The AAP overview video explains each level of service in action, as well as information about middle and high school services.

The AAP Screening and Identification Video explains how to navigate through the screening process. *  

 

AAP Overview Video | La sinopsis de los servicios del Programa Académico Avanzado 

AAP Screening and Identification Video | Evaluación e identificación para los servicios AAP Nivel IV 

 

Spring Hill will be having two BBCU sessions on

October 5th and October 8th at 4:30 PM

 to answer any questions you have.  

 

Please Click on the link to join: BBCU with Ms. James - AART (Spring Hill ES)

  

 * Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are some adjustments to the Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)  Level IV screening processes for the 2020-21 school year:  

 

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) unfortunately will not be offered this school year. The CogAT test       requires multiple sessions and it is not possible to do safely. The one-time retest option for the  Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test will not be available this school year. School resources are limited and there is not capacity to offer retests safely. There will be a      process for students without an abilities test on file to take the NNAT in December 2020. Local schools will determine which students    require the NNAT and will reach out to families to schedule safe and socially distanced testing. 

 

Referrals for AAP level IV screening will be collected between September 8 through December 1, 2020. Referral forms are emailed to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) and principal at the local school. The email will count as a digital signature for the referral. Referrals will not be accepted past December 1, 2020. This is a hard deadline.

 

 

 

Hello Families,

Just a reminder please visit our PTO website (www.springhillpto.org) to sign up for our newsletter. This is the best way to stay up to date on information and upcoming events such as Parent Universities, Book Fair, etc.

 

Thank you,

Spring Hill PTO

 

 

Hello Parents,

  I am currently a senior at Langley High School. I went to Spring Hill from Kindergarten to the sixth grade!  I am reaching out today because, with Langley’s English Honor Society, I want to create a tutoring program partnering with Spring Hill Elementary’s ESOL program for your children. With online school being such a tough time for kids, I want to take this opportunity to make up for the lost time we have due to the pandemic. So far, we have around 100 kids in the honor society who excel in academics that can be great mentors.  The plan is to meet once a week for 30 minutes each semester. Each student will match with a tutor, and they will keep that tutor for a semester. If the child does not want to continue tutoring for the next semester, there is no obligation to continue. The student’s teacher will build lesson plans to help your student succeed with the curriculum! I forgot to mention the best part of this tutoring: it is absolutely free to join! All you have to do to start is fill out this google form (https://forms.gle/jRq7P5RWy5dVFAEGA), and we will contact you shortly! After graduating from Spring Hill, I want to give back to the community that gave me so much, and from my experience, a mentor helped me build a foundation that I carry with me to this day! If you have any questions, you can contact me at matthewchung2002@gmail.com or write your   concerns in the google form! 

Sincerely, 

Matthew Chung

 

 


 Hello!

 We are Troop 55 of Great Falls, VA. Our program is for boys AND girls, ages 11-18. Our focus is to provide youth with fun and adventure as well as to instill lifelong values in them. Our main attraction is our memorable outings once per month ranging from canoeing to hiking to rock climbing. Additionally, we have regular community service for those interested in invasive species removal, trash collection, and much more. We also conduct (online) meetings every week on Wednesdays where we discuss outdoor topics and plan for our outings. During this strange time, we have taken measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of our scouts and guests. We hope to see you soon!

 

Please go to www.bsa55.com for more information.

 

PTO Meeting and Parent University - 9/17/2020

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Virtual PTO Meeting / Parent University 

Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 pm 

Please join us for our first virtual PTO meeting and Parent University. The PTO business meeting will cover a brief agenda including the presentation of this year's budget.  

Immediately following the meeting will be a webinar conducted by Ann Dolin, M.Ed. This popular workshop, made available through the FCPS Parent Resource Center, has been fully booked in recent weeks so we're very excited the PTO has been able to secure Ms. Dolin and offer this presentation to the Spring Hill community.  

 

Survive and Thrive with Virtual Learning: Practical Strategies to Make At-home Learning Work for You 

Are you worried about managing your child’s virtual schooling this year? Do you hate becoming the “school police” when your child won’t focus? Do you have to balance your child’s schooling with your own remote workload? We hear you, and we’re here to help. 

You’ll learn how to avoid parent-child conflict around academics with practical tips for:

  • Establishing routines and expectations that really work
  • Creating ideal spaces for virtual learning
  • Keeping kids focused while learning online
  • Minimizing distractions from video games and other screens
  • Getting your own work done at the same time (Yes, it’s possible!)

Don’t tackle this unusual year without a plan. Instead, join us and feel more prepared and confident for the year ahead, with a toolbox full of practical strategies that actually work. We can’t wait to see you there!

The meeting and presentation will be hosted on BBCU.  Please remember to use the Chrome browser with this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/63c434e0712f4ae1bfbd9f9757a93a0e

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