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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

     Tuesday morning, we saw the first snowflakes of the season. While that event was quick and light, it’s a reminder to prepare for inclement weather. 

     Earlier this year, FCPS announced that snow days will stay in 2021-22. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional inclement weather days.

     There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings.

    With the weather in mind, our building tends to run hot then cold, then hot, then cold again.  Having your child wear layers is a safe way to keep him/her comfortable at school.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Holiday Toy Drive

Please help us support the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad in its annual Santa's Toy Ride. This drive is to collect new toys, books, and games for children in the area hospitals, specifically INOVA Children's Hospital, Child Life Unit and Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center’s Child Life Unit. We appreciate your efforts in helping us put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season. Please send your unwrapped gift item to the main office.

Winter Spirit Days

December 6- Merry and Bright Monday! Wear bright colors to show off your holiday spirit.

December 7 - Twin Day! Find a friend and dress alike

December 8 - Make someone's Wednesday. Share a kind word with someone (fill out a mitten from the front office)

December 9 - Mistle Toes! Wear festive socks and make sure they show.

December 10 - Festive Friday- Dress to impress by wearing your favorite  outfit!

December 13 - Holiday Headwear - Wear your favorite winter headwear!

December 14 - Reindeer Day! Dress like a reindeer.

December 15 -  Workout Wednesday - Walking in our Workout Winter Wonderland!

December 16 - Sweater Weather - Wear your tackiest holiday sweater

December 17 - Cozy Up! Wear your favorite pajamas, cozy socks, and slippers!

Yearbook Cover Contest Attention All Student Artists Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2021-2022 Yearbook Cover Contest

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2021-2022 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on a 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, Friday December 17, 2021, in the front office
  • We must have, Student’s Name, Grade and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

Spring Hill Staff will choose the first-place winner. Winner will be notified by email on January 11, 2022

If you have any questions, contact: Ms. Restino at tarestino@fcps.edu

Laptop Care- It's RESTARTING & CHARGING Time!

FCPS has been pushing many new updates and security patches to school laptops to ensure new policies, filtering and the most recent version of applications are in place. It’s important that students restart their laptops.  

A shutdown and then powering on is not the same as a restart.

A RESTART is done by selecting the (1) Windows logo, clicking the (2) power icon, and selecting (3) Restart from the window options.

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 should take their laptops home in the evening and bring them back to school fully charged. All third through sixth grade students were given a charger at the beginning of the year to support this effort. We appreciate your assistance to ensure our devices are running efficiently! 

Library Books

Please look around your home and return any library books your child is no longer reading. Overdue notices will be sent home on Thursday, December 9 in an effort to get as many books as possible back on the shelves before Winter Break. No fines are charged for overdue books at the school library, we are just trying to make sure everyone has a chance to read them. Some of our most popular books have been checked out since the beginning of the school year. Please direct any questions to SpringHillLibrary@fcps.edu. Thank you in advance for your help in getting books returned!

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will learn about Kindness. Having Kindness means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to [SCHOOL’S] screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

A Message From our PTO

Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch - December 8th

There are still a few items needed for our upcoming Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch on December 8th. If you can help by volunteering your time or some items for the lunch, visit our signup list HERE. This is a fun and unique tradition at Spring Hill and a great way to show our staff how much we appreciate them before the holidays.

 

Wrap up some new Spring Hill spirit wear for the holidays!

Our new vendor is offering lots of fun options for showcasing your unique Spring Hill spirit. SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! Each order is fulfilled individually and shipped to the buyer’s home within 7 business days, and Spring Hill will receive 10% of all sales. If you have any questions, please email springhillptospiritwear@gmail.com

Parent Resources Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase this holiday season?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Important Dates

December 20-31 - Winter Break (Classes resume January 3)

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 20 - End of Quarter (2 hour early release)

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

       As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, I am overwhelmed with gratitude, both personally and professionally. I have my good health and the health of my family. I have the great pleasure of being part of this amazing school community filled with extraordinary people. Thank you for your support of our school.

      We want to encourage our entire community, students, and staff, to take next Wednesday through Sunday off and spend the holiday weekend resting and rejuvenating in your favorite ways this Thanksgiving holiday. In support of this, teachers will not assign homework, projects, or papers over breaks, and refrain from assigning any major assessments or project due dates on the first two days back.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Holiday Toy Drive

Please help us support the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad in its annual Santa's Toy Ride. This drive is to collect new toys, books, and games for children in the area hospitals, specifically INOVA Children's Hospital, Child Life Unit and Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center’s Child Life Unit. We appreciate your efforts in helping us put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season. Please send your unwrapped gift item to the main office.

AAP Level IV Deadline

Any families interested in referring their child (Grades 2- 6) for full-time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2022-2023 school year, must submit a Level IV Referral form and parent questionnaire (optional), along with 2 pages of work samples (optional) to Danni James by no later than December 15, 2021. Please click AAP Forms to download the 2 forms. All forms should be submitted electronically to dfjames@fcps.edu by no later than Dec. 15.  

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in an emotional and social health unit. 

Students in grades 4-6 will  receive instruction in a Human Growth and Development and emotional and social health. Human Growth & Development lessons will take place the week of December 13th.

For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30th,  5:30-6:15pm on Zoom.   Click this link  to access the Zoom meeting.  Once on Zoom, the meeting code is 924 5476 3370.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. 

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online here.  If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify the school in writing before instruction begins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Amy Briggs,  Assistant Principal at arbriggs@fcps.edu

Positivity Project

Next week, our students continue to learn about Gratitude. Having Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Dining Assistant Needed

We are looking for a part-time person to serve as our dining assistant. This is an hourly position who would assist students during their lunch time, supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers. This is a great opportunity for a parent who would like to see their child throughout their school day! Contact Amy Briggs at arbriggs@fcps.edu for more information.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

A Message From our PTO Bids for Kids and Fun Fair at risk of being CANCELLED

We are still looking for volunteers to help plan and run our Bids for Kids and Fun Fair fundraising events. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough volunteers to get started, we will not be able to bring these two beloved traditions back to Spring Hill. Not sure you have the knowledge or time to do it? There's no need to reinvent the wheel - we have loads of knowledge and planning documents available from years of experience. Never been to either event before? Pair up with someone who has - the experience is always more fun when you have someone to share it with. If you would like to be a part of the committee or even chair either Bids for Kids or Fun Fair, please submit our VOLUNTEER FORM. Questions? Email our PTO President, Jennifer McCarthy.

 

Winter Holiday Wreath Fundraiser - Ends December 3rd

There is still time to shop for beautiful wreaths and other holiday decor from Lynch Creek Farm. Spring Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales, which will go directly back to the school in the form of programs, events, and appropriation purchases. Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Simply click HERE to order (Campaign ID:  280523).

  Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch - December 8th

Calling all parents to show our warm appreciation and gratitude to the SHE staff by cooking up a crock pot of delicious chili and supplying all the "fixings". All varieties of chili - beef, turkey, vegetarian and vegan are welcome! We also need volunteers to bring in plasticware, paper goods, drinks and cookies. If you would like to help, please SIGN UP HERE!

Parent Resources Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase this holiday season?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Parent Resource Center Materials for Families: PRC Packs

The staff from the Parent Resource Center (PRC) has curated top resources from its library, webinars, and digital resources on some of its most requested topics into PRC Packs ready for checkout by families.   

What’s in a PRC Pack?

  • Two to three books for families.
  • One to two books for a child (perfect for a read-aloud or independent reading for an older child).
  • Resource guide with a list of eBooks, free webinars on YouTube, and other resources. 
  • Tote bag for easy return at any FCPS school or office.

Contact the PRC by email at prc@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-204-3941 to check out these materials.

Multilingual Parent Podcast: FCPS Advanced Academic Program Continuum of Services

In the latest multilingual podcast produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, you can learn about the FCPS Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Continuum of Services and the different levels of services for elementary and secondary students. All K-12 students receive instruction to develop critical and creative thinking skills as part of AAP instruction. The goal is to build upon students’ individual talents and skills to maximize their academic potential as learners. Equity of access to the services is a priority within FCPS. For more information, visit the AAP website.

Listen and subscribe:

Important Dates

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30th-Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night-5:30pm

December 20-31 - Winter Break (Classes resume January 3)

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 20 - End of Quarter (2 hour early release)

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

      We are off to a great start with Reflex Math. Please ask your child if he/she has access and can log in. You may click here to access individual accounts. As a reminder, this program is available to 2-6 grade students.

     Next week is Spirit Week. Please see below for Spirit Week day themes.

     Last, I would like to invite all of you to our November 19th PTO/parent university meeting. We will be discussing internet safety. Online safety is such an important topic in today's world, and it's constantly changing. Staying on top of it is crucial for our children's health and safety.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Optional COVID-19 Screening

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Spring Hill students will take place on Mondays from 9:00 – 11:30 AM at Spring Hill. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

If you have questions about how testing will be conducted here at Spring Hill please contact Miryam Mailk at (703) 506-3400 or mmalik@fcps.edu

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Spring Hill safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Students, Families Encouraged to Participate in Walking Wednesdays

Students and families are being encouraged to take part in monthly Walking Wednesdays during the 2021-22 school year to help promote mental and physical health. The Safe Routes to School office will be promoting Walking Wednesdays throughout the year, with a different theme each month.

Walking Wednesdays will provide a boost of energy for students and an opportunity for neighbors to greet each other and reconnect at a safe social distance along with physical benefits.  

Walking Wednesdays are a county-wide initiative in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaigns. Inova Fairfax and the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax also support the campaign. 

Dining Assistant Needed

We are looking for a part-time person to serve as our dining assistant. This is an hourly position who would assist students during their lunch time, supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers. This is a great opportunity for a parent who would like to see their child throughout their school day!

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in an emotional and social health unit. 

Students in grades 4-6 will  receive instruction in a Human Growth and Development and emotional and social health. Human Growth & Development lessons will take place the week of December 13th.

For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30th,  5:30-6:15pm on Zoom.   Click this link  to access the Zoom meeting.  Once on Zoom, the meeting code is 924 5476 3370.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. 

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online here.  If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify the school in writing before instruction begins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Amy Briggs,  Assistant Principal at arbriggs@fcps.edu

Testing Reminders

Grades 1-2 fall iReady scores are now available for families in SIS ParentVue. Results for grades 3-6 students will be published the week of November 29.

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Gratitude. Having Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we
have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

From our PTO Parent University - Friday, November 19th: How to navigate your kids safely through today's digital world

Please join us for our next PTO meeting and Parent University session focused on internet safety for our children. One of our very own parents and a specialist in this field, Mr. Abbas Valliani, will share his insights on content management techniques for kids, avoiding dangerous rabbit holes, and the mental health implications of social media. Our meeting will start at 9am in the cafeteria. We hope you will join us to learn more about this important subject.

Bids for Kids and Fun Fair returns??? Maybe... But we need your help!

We're grateful that our students and staff have been able to operate in a safe and healthy manner this school year. In light of this, and given the recent availability of vaccines for children, we've decided to move ahead with planning for our two biggest fundraisers - Bids for Kids (BFK) and Fun Fair! Bids for Kids is our annual auction event. And for one Saturday in March, Fun Fair transforms our school into a carnival that brings our community together with games, raffles, face painting, prizes, delicious food, the cake walk and so much more! We know that students are eager to see these traditions return. BUT, we cannot move ahead without people willing to share their time and talents to help run, plan and execute these two events. Not sure you have the knowledge or time to do it? There's no need to reinvent the wheel - we have loads of knowledge and planning documents available from years of experience. Never been to either event before? Pair up with someone who has - the experience is always more fun when you have someone to share it with. If you would like to be a part of the committee or even chair either Bids for Kids or Fun Fair, please submit our VOLUNTEER FORM. Questions? Email our PTO President, Jennifer McCarthy.

Winter Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Ready to start your holiday shopping and decorating? When you shop Lynch Creek Farm for wreaths and other holiday decor, Spring Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales, which will go directly back to the school in the form of programs, events, and appropriation purchases. Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Simply click HERE to order (Campaign ID:  280523).

Parent Resources Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families

Especially as the demands on parents are higher than ever during COVID, many of us can have become very reactive in our approach with our children -- addressing issues as they happen, wondering how to break out of negative cycles.

In this webinar, you'll learn proactive strategies that lead to more positive behavior outcomes AND will help you enjoy your children again.

Presented by Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE., Parenting Specialist

Friday November 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families

Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase this holiday season?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Important Dates

 

November 15-19-School Spirit Week

November 19th - PTO Meeting - 9AM 

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30th-Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night-5:30pm

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Updated PTO Links

Request for Round 1 Appropriations Would you like a say in how all of the funds raised by our PTO are spent? Appropriations is your opportunity to directly impact Spring Hill Elementary. Visit the Appropriations page of our website to view information about our Appropriations process and submit your ideas. Round 1 submissions are due November 5th.

 

Principal Coffee for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Families - November 12th

Do you want the chance to chat with other parents from your child's grade? Do you have questions about our school, the curriculum, FCPS, school events? Then join Principal Eck for coffee and informal conversation on Friday, November 12th from 8:45-9:30am in the cafeteria.

 

Get ready for the first Spirit Week of the school year! Show your school pride by ordering your Spring Hill gear for your kids to wear during the first school Spirit Week - November 15th! We have a brand new vendor this year with lots of options so that you can showcase your unique Spring Hill spirit! SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! We suggest ordering ASAP as shipping is taking longer than usual. 

 

Winter Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Ready to start your holiday shopping and decorating? When you shop Lynch Creek Farm for wreaths and other holiday decor, Spring Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales, which will go directly back to the school in the form of programs, events, and appropriation purchases. Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Simply click HERE to order (Campaign ID:  280523).

Important Dates

 

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

     It was a short, but busy week. We have started the second quarter and continue to see learning and joy throughout the school. 

     This upcoming Thursday we celebrate Veterans Day. We are thankful for our school community and family members who have served, or are currently serving, our country.

     Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday (11/7). Remember to turn back your clocks one hour before you go to bed on Saturday. Also, November 11th is a two-hour early release day. We will dismiss at 1:35 P.M. If your child will go home a different way than they normally do on this day, please make sure to communicate this plan to both your child and his/her classroom teacher.  

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in an emotional and social health unit. 

Students in grades 4-6 will  receive instruction in a Human Growth and Development and emotional and social health. Human Growth & Development lessons will take place the week of December 13th.

For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30th,  5:30-6:15pm on Zoom.   Click this link  to access the Zoom meeting.  Once on Zoom, the meeting code is 924 5476 3370.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. 

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online here.  If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify the school in writing before instruction begins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Amy Briggs,  Assistant Principal at arbriggs@fcps.edu

Student Council Applications

Election Season is here! Fifth & Sixth grade students interested in running for SCA office must fill out this application form by Monday, November 8th. If you have any questions regarding the SCA, please contact Ms. Kenney, spkenney1@fcps.edu, our teacher sponsor. 

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Bravery. Bravery means you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. This means doing the right thing, even if it’s hard to do.  Bravery can take many forms. Physical bravery involves overcoming fear of being hurt physically. Moral bravery occurs when an individual does what he/she believes is right in the face of social consequences. Mental bravery occurs when people overcome their everyday fears and anxieties. 

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Testing Updates

Fall iReady reports will be published to ParentVUE for viewing for grades 1-2 the week of November 8th & grades 3-6 the week of November 29th. 

U.S. Mailing: Parent score report letters will be centrally mailed to parents/guardians of students with fall assessment results listed below:

  • SEL Screener: Fall letters will be mailed by mid-December.
  • VGA (ES/MS): Fall letters will be mailed by mid-January. 
  • VKRP (ES): Fall letters for PreK and K CBRS, EMAS, and PALS results are in development and will be mailed by mid-January. s placeholder text.
Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

From our PTO Kindergarten and 1st Grade Playdate and Book Swap this Saturday

We hope to see many Kindergarten and 1st grade families at our Playground Book Swap this Saturday, November 6th from 10am to 12pm. Join us on the big playground located behind the school for a chance to meet new families and friends. Bring TWO books, one to swap and one to donate. To help by volunteering for this event, please visit our Signup Genius.

 

Request for Round 1 Appropriations

Would you like a say in how all of the funds raised by our PTO are spent? Appropriations is your opportunity to directly impact Spring Hill Elementary. Visit the Appropriations page of our website to view information about our Appropriations process and submit your ideas. Round 1 submissions are due November 5th.

 

Principal Coffee for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Families - November 12th

Do you want the chance to chat with other parents from your child's grade? Do you have questions about our school, the curriculum, FCPS, school events? Then join Principal Eck for coffee and informal conversation on Friday, November 12th from 8:45-9:30am in the cafeteria.

 

Get ready for the first Spirit Week of the school year!

Show your school pride by ordering your Spring Hill gear for your kids to wear during the first school Spirit Week - November 15th! We have a brand new vendor this year with lots of options so that you can showcase your unique Spring Hill spirit! SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! We suggest ordering ASAP as shipping is taking longer than usual. 

 

Winter Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

Ready to start your holiday shopping and decorating? When you shop Lynch Creek Farm for wreaths and other holiday decor, Spring Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales, which will go directly back to the school in the form of programs, events, and appropriation purchases. Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Simply click HERE to order (Campaign ID:  280523).

Parent Resources Scoliosis Fact Sheet What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. A spine affected by scoliosis has a sideways curve, making it appear more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. Untreated scoliosis can lead to limited motion, back pain, deformity, and in extreme cases, impaired function of the heart and lungs. Early detection and treatment may prevent scoliosis from progressing.

When should my child be screened for scoliosis?

Scoliosis most commonly occurs during the growing years, between age 10 and the time an adolescent is fully grown. Screenings should begin in early adolescence. Pediatricians should check for early signs during a routine physical exam.

What causes scoliosis?

The cause of scoliosis is unknown. Scoliosis is more common in females than males.

How is scoliosis treated?

In many cases, the curve is mild and does not require treatment. In some cases, treatment may involve bracing. Severe curves may require spinal surgery. The need for treatment is best determined by a trained medical professional.

What are the signs of scoliosis?
  • One shoulder may be higher than the other.
  • One shoulder blade may be higher or more prominent than the other.
  • One hip appears higher or more prominent than the other.
  • Unevenness of the waist.
  • The spine curves sideways.
  • The head is not centered over the pelvis.

If you have any concern that your child may have scoliosis, make sure that your child is screened by a health care provider. Our school's Public Health Nurse may provide screening for individual students at the request of the parent or guardian.

For more information see: https://www.srs.org or go to the FCPS Fact Sheet by clicking here.

Tips to Improve Your Parenting Long Game: A Webinar for Families

Especially as the demands on parents are higher than ever during COVID, many of us can have become very reactive in our approach with our children -- addressing issues as they happen, wondering how to break out of negative cycles.

In this webinar, you'll learn proactive strategies that lead to more positive behavior outcomes AND will help you enjoy your children again.

Presented by Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE., Parenting Specialist

Friday November 19, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase this holiday season?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Important Dates

 

November 6 - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Playdate and Book Swap 

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 12 - K-2 Principal/Parent Coffee

November 15-19-School Spirit Week (details coming soon!)

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30th-Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night-5:30pm

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

     We had a fun-filled day at Spring Hill. We kicked off our day with our annual Fall Festival. Later, our students had the opportunity to play games and just have fun with their classmates. Thank you to our amazing room parents who planned such a wonderful treat. 

     Our 2nd – 6th grade students now have access to Reflex Math. Reflex Math is an adaptive and individualized program designed to increase math fact fluency. All 2nd – 6th grade students have their own account. The program also allows teachers and parents to track student progress. If your child doesn’t have his/her login information, please reach out to his/her classroom teacher.  

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Hearing and Vision Screening: Third and Fourth Grade

FCPS conducts yearly vision and hearing screenings for selected grade level students. We will begin our vision and hearing screening on Friday, November 5th for students in third grade and fourth graders who were not screened last year.  The screenings will be performed in our clinic by our health aide. 

Picture Retake Day - November 4

Photographers from Life Touch will be at Spring Hill on the morning of Thursday, November 4th. They will take pictures of all students who were absent on or enrolled after Picture Day. Please see above for the order code. 

If your student had their picture taken on Picture Day and you would like to have the picture retaken, please let your student’s teacher know and return the original picture envelope to the teacher. You may send the original pictures to school with your student on November 4th or any time before then.

If you would like a new order form or have any questions, please contact Ms. Cain in the Spring Hill office @ rcain@fcps.edu or 703-506-3400.

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Perspective. You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand view.. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

A Message from FCPS - 2022-23 School Year Calendar

First, we would like to apologize for the problems many of you experienced as a result of FCPS’ 2022-23 School Year Calendar Survey being misdirected to your email spam folder. Additionally, some families were unable to access the survey even after moving it from spam to their inbox.

We have been working hard to find a solution. Our vendor K12 Insight collaborated with FCPS’ technology team and determined the new FCPS cybersecurity enhancements may have resulted in forwarding some of the vendor survey emails to your spam folders or created a Gmail “warning banner.” 

The vendor is implementing an update to their email system. The security changes can take up to 24 hours to update various internet email service providers. We will work with our vendor to perform additional testing tomorrow afternoon. With the fix in place over the weekend, we plan to resend the survey email Monday.

In the interim, if you do not see the survey in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If it is there, please mark the email as “Not Spam”, and it will move the survey email to your inbox. The survey email should look like the image below. It will also have an official stamp or seal at the bottom verifying that it has been vetted by FCPS:

If you are not able to activate the survey button or you never received a survey, please stay tuned for another email on Monday. 

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience. If you have any questions about the survey, please email fcpssurvey@fcps.edu.

Lastly, FCPS will host a virtual Calendar Development Webinar on Monday, November 8, via the Zoom platform. We are offering this as another opportunity for your voices to be heard on this important topic. Please stay tuned for details in the coming days. 

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm through November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Community Review of K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

The Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid were sent home earlier this week.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

Parent Resources SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, November 1, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Important Dates

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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Fall Festival Parade

Due to weather, we will canceling the outdoor portion of our Fall Festival parade this morning. Though we are sad that we will not be able to share our celebration with friends and families, our students will have an opportunity to parade inside the building with their classmates and teachers. 

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you Wednesday, November 3rd for a full day of learning. 

Important Dates

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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October 29th is a Two-Hour Early Release- Dismissal is 1:35 PM

As a reminder, Friday, October 29, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Our dismissal is at 1:35 PM. If your child is going home a different way than they normally do on this day, please make sure to communicate this plan to your child and his/her classroom teacher.  

Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, November 1, and Tuesday, November 2, for teacher workdays. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

As always, feel free to reach out to our main office if you have any questions or concerns. 

Fall Festival Parade Route

We are hopeful that we be able to hold our school wide Fall Festival Parade as planned at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, October 29th.  If there is inclement weather, we will send out a cancellation notice by 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning. Should it rain, students will parade around inside the building. However, no outside visitors will be able to join us.  We promise to take lots of pictures. 

Please see the map below, which shows where each grade level will start (weather permitting). Parents who wish to watch this parade should find a place to stand along the parade route. Please spread out as much as possible.  We ask that you please do not travel along with the classes.  

Thank you for your support in making this a fun and safe event for everyone.

Important Dates

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     Fall is finally here! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and having a good time with friends and family this weekend.

     I would like to acknowledge the wonderful faculty here at Spring Hill as they continue to deliver high quality instruction in a caring and kind environment. I now have had the opportunity to visit every classroom and I am so impressed with the intentionality and purpose that our teachers have when planning their lessons. 

      As always, we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher, counselor or administrator with questions or concerns.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

A Message from FCPS - COVID-19 Screening Testing

In support of our commitment to safety, FCPS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website

Picture Retake Day - November 4

Photographers from Life Touch will be at Spring Hill on the morning of Thursday, November 4th. They will take pictures of all students who were absent on or enrolled after Picture Day. Please see above for the order code. 

If your student had their picture taken on Picture Day and you would like to have the picture retaken, please let your student’s teacher know and return the original picture envelope to the teacher. You may send the original pictures to school with your student on November 4th or any time before then.

If you would like a new order form or have any questions, please contact Ms. Cain in the Spring Hill office @ rcain@fcps.edu or 703-506-3400.

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Creativity. Being Creative means that you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

The Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid were sent home earlier this week.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Fall Festival

We will host our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 29th. Students are invited to dress up as their favorite character and will walk in a parade in the field on the west side of school beginning at 9:10am. Parents are invited to watch from the sides of the field - please park at Spring Hill Rec Center. Later in the day, classes will be participating in grade-level celebrations. Only room parents or pre-assigned volunteers will be allowed into the building for celebrations. If you have questions about these celebrations, please reach out to your room parents or teacher.

Should it rain, the parade will be canceled. Thank you for your support in making this a fun and safe event for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at the parade.                           

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

A Message From PTO Get ready for the first Spirit Week of the school year!

Show your school pride by ordering your Spring Hill gear for your kids to wear during the first school Spirit Week - November 15th! We have a brand new vendor this year with lots of options so that you can showcase your unique Spring Hill spirit! SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! We suggest ordering ASAP as shipping is taking longer than usual.

 

WOW! Book Fair was PURRFECT!

Thank you to all of our amazing Spring Hill students, families, faculty and volunteers for making this week's Book Fair an incredible success. It was so wonderful seeing all of our panthers prowling for their purrfect book. Special thanks to Emalie Coen and Nikki Abramson for leading this event, and our supportive PE teachers, Mr. McCann and Mr. Van Ormer, for lending us the gym all week. We hope everyone enjoys their new books!

Remember that you can continue shopping online for books in support of Spring Hill and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Visit bookwormcentral.com, click on "Find Your School" and enter Spring Hill.

  Principal Coffees

Do you want the chance to chat with other parents from your child's grade? Do you have questions about our school, the curriculum, FCPS, school events? Then join Principal Eck for coffee and informal conversation.

Grades K-3: NEW DATE - Nov. 12th, 8:45-9:30am

Grades 4-6: Dec. 3rd, 8:45-9:30am

  Request for Round 1 Appropriations

Would you like a say in how all of the funds raised by our PTO are spent? Appropriations is your opportunity to directly impact Spring Hill Elementary. We are calling for ideas and suggestions on how to support the school with resources, programs, materials, and projects. Visit the Appropriations page of our website to view information about our Appropriations process and submit your ideas. Round 1 submissions are due November 5th.

 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Playground Book Swap

Families of Kindergarteners and 1st graders are invited to a Playground Book Swap hosted by the Spring Hill PTO on Saturday, November 6th from 10am to 12pm. Join us on the big playground located behind the school for a chance to meet new families and friends. Bring TWO books, one to swap and one to donate. All book donations will go to the Fairfax county Head Start program. To help by volunteering for this event, please visit our Signup Genius.  

Parent Resources Virginia Association of the Gifted Family Webinar

"What, Me Organized? Understanding Your Child's Style” Webinar for families.

Families can register via this link:  https://www.vagifted.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1565481&group=

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, November 1, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Important Dates

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

October 29- Fall Festival - Two-hour early release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     As we move into mid-October, we continue to build and adjust routines while learning and having fun. There are several exciting upcoming events at Spring Hill including Fall Book Fair and the Fall Festival Parade. It is so wonderful to be able to continue the joy of learning while maintaining safety protocols. 

     We know there is a large amount of information in this Friday Message. We appreciate you taking the time to read it and learn about all of the fabulous fall activities.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Book Fair Winners

We are very happy to announce the winners of the PTO Book Fair Poster Contest. 

Kindergarten - Vincent L.

First Grade - Haya A.

Second Grade - Stella L.

Third Grade - Serena L.

Fourth Grade - Mia Q.

Fifth Grade - Berk O.

Sixth Grade and Grand Prize Winner - Diane Y,

Congratulations!  There were so many wonderful entries, and it was such a joy to see the hard work the students put into their posters. Thank you for your support.

Late Arrivals/Early Dismissal Just a few reminders when arriving late or picking up early a student:
  • Masks are required in all FCPS buildings
  • Children that are arriving late need to be checked in by the parent/guardian
  • Anyone picking a child up from the school needs an ID and must be listed on the student's Emergency Care form. This form may be updated online. The directions are below:
  • Updating Emergency Care Information 
    • Login to SIS ParentVUE Account  
    • Click on FCPS Links button 
    • Click on the weCare @ school link    
    • A list of your child(ren) will appear 
    • Click on the child’s name and click continue on each page 
    • OR 
    • Click on the plus sign beside the child’s name to get a list of the forms 
    • After the form has been updated and saved, click Send the Form beside each child’s name where information has been updated

Thank you for your support. 

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Forgiveness. You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

The Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid will be sent home early next week.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Fall Festival

When: October 29, 9:10 - 10:10 AM

Where: Spring Hill P.E. Field

Students and parents will be outside, and students will parade by grade level. Our very own Spring Hill elementary band will be leading the parade!

Parking: Please be respectful of our community members and their private property when parking. Park across from the school in the Rec center parking lot.                                

This Week in Pictures

Book Reviews by 5th Grade

Ancient Civilizations, Self Portraits and Using the Fryer Model to describe a responsible student

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

A Message from PTO Find the Purrfect Book at the PTO Book Fair, October 18-22

The 2021 PTO Book Fair "Panthers on the Prowl for the Purrrfect Book" is NEXT WEEK, Monday, October 18 - Friday, October 22, in the SHE Gymnasium. Visit the Book Fair site for detailed information on the hours and weekly schedule, Family Shopping Night and other Book Fair FAQ's.

It's still not too late to volunteer. Visit the Book Fair Sign-Up Genius to sign up for a shift.

Registration for Outside School Activities (OSA's) is OPEN!

The PTO is proud to offer a variety of outside school enrichment programs taught by our talented Spring Hill teachers, held before and after school. Check out our Fall/Winter 2021 offerings and register today on our website. Registration ends Tuesday, October 19th.

PTO Directory - Your Online Source for Connecting with Our Spring Hill Students and Community

Are you looking to set up a playdate between your student and other kids in their class or grade? Do you need contact information for friends and classmates for an upcoming birthday party? The online Spring Hill PTO directory from AtoZ is the best place to find and connect with others in our Spring Hill Community. We need ALL families to verify and update their contact information to make the directory a reliable source of information.

So please take the time to log in, check your contact information, and verify your teacher assignments today. NOTE: The directory site is new this year. If you previously used the AtoZ app, you MUST download the NEW Membership Toolkit mobile app for directory access. Visit our SHE Directory page for step-by-step instructions.

The use of contact information for solicitation is strictly prohibited.

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

October 29- Fall Festival - Two-hour early release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

   We had another great week of learning. Just a few reminders: 

  •  Schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 11, for the Indigenous Peoples’ (Columbus Day) Day holiday. October 11 is a professional development day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12.
  • We are seeing many students with smart watches. Please remind your child that texting and calling are not allowed during the school day. If you need to get a hold of your child, please call the main office. Students texting or calling on smart devices will be asked to turn them off and place them in their backpack. 

      Have a wonderful three day weekend!

Fall Festival is Coming

We are excited to bring Fall Festival on Friday, October 29, 2021.  Students are invited to dress up like their favorite character. Dressing up is optional.  If you choose to do so, please adhere to the following so that our students have a safe and productive day.

  1. Costumes should not have words, graphics or toy weapons that are inappropriate for school
  2. No costume face masks - the only masks we are wearing are for COVID
  3. No painted faces
Social Emotional Screener Reminder

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 will take the Social Emotional Screener (SEL) the week of October 12th-October 15th. More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage. Please contact Mrs. Amy Briggs with questions.

 If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please email Amy Briggs at arbriggs@fcps.edu by October 11th, 2021. 

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Integrity. Having integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature Due October 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment.

Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

This Week in Pictures

Walk to School - October 6th

15th Annual MPA artfest - featured Spring Hill Elementary School artists

This week Kindergarten practiced their fine motor skills and made some very SCARY monsters. 

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

A Message from PTO Registration for Outside School Activities (OSA) is OPEN!

The PTO is proud to offer a variety of outside school enrichment programs taught by our talented Spring Hill teachers, held before and after school. Part of the proceeds from all OSAs come right back to Spring Hill Elementary to fund priority projects for our school! Fall/Winter 2021 registration for Teacher-Led OSA is open from Thursday, October 7th through Tuesday, October 19th. Don’t wait, register today! View a full list of activities, policies and registration fees on our website.

 

Please Update Your Online Directory Information

The Spring Hill PTO directory is a private, online directory for the exclusive use of Spring Hill students, parents and staff. The directory is to be used solely for school business (emailing teachers and other parents, contacting room parents, scheduling play dates, inviting students to birthday parties, etc.). The use of contact information for solicitation is prohibited. PLEASE NOTE: An updated directory site is here for the 2021-2022 school year. If you previously used the AtoZ app, you MUST download the NEW Membership Toolkit mobile app for directory access. Visit our SHE Directory page for step-by-step instructions.

 

Book Fair Returns to Spring Hill Elementary, October 18-22

The 2021 PTO Book Fair "Panthers on the Prowl for the Perfect Book" is just around the corner. The gym will be transformed with Panther pride and filled with books, critical thinking games and activities for the students to prowl through and explore! Volunteers - We need you to come prowl with us! Please consider volunteering as we support our school community, promote literacy, and raise money for our school.

 

PTO Meeting - Friday, October 15 at 9am

Please join us at our next PTO meeting on Friday, October 15th in the cafeteria, beginning at 9am. Vice-Principal Amy Briggs will join us to discuss the various standardized tests administered to our Spring Hill students - their purpose, scope and how the results are utilized in your students' learning profile.

After the meeting, we welcome volunteers to stay and help us transform the gym and set up for Book Fair. Many helping hands make everything more fun!

  Science Olympiad

If you have a 5th or 6th grader interested in science, 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 scientific themes and events. We hope to bring back this wonderful program and continue to build on prior year successes. If you are interested in learning more, please complete this interest form. Qualifying students and participating families must commit to coaching at least 2 subjects and pay all applicable fees.

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Camp Wise for 4th - 6th Graders

Langley High School’s Women in STEM group is so excited to be hosting a virtual, 3-week after school camp for elementary school students. The camp will include lessons about STEM subjects, fun games, and mentorship from our high school students. All students are welcome! If you are interested, please register by scanning the QR code on the flyer below with your cell phone to access our quick and simple registration form. Registered students/parents will receive information about the dates and times of camp sessions within the next few weeks. The camp will not be a large time commitment, and we hope to see many of you there for some educational fun! 

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

October 29- Fall Festival - Two-hour early release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. We all want them back in the classroom as soon as they are well. Starting Monday, October 4, the Return to School form is no longer needed, we will follow the following guidelines.

     Students may return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have not had a fever without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)
OR

Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

     

     Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a  positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.

     If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please feel free to reach out to any member of our admin team. 

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about OPM - Being present and giving others their attention . You give your full attention when you're with people. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Ability Testing

For the 2021-22 SY, all students in Grade 2 and Grade 3 will take the CogAT. 

  • CogAt Testing will be online this year!

    • October 12-14-Grade 2

    • October 19-21-Grade 3

    • October 21st-22nd (PM)-Make-Ups, Re-takes, and New students to FCPS

The one-time retest option for the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test (NNAT) or CogAT test is available this school year.

  • Parents/Guardians may request the one-time retest of either the CogAT or NNAT by contacting Danni James-Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) dfjames@fcps.edu.
    • CogAT Retest Deadline: October 8
    • NNAT Retest Deadline: October 15
Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

AAP Night Recordings

Thank you to those who were able to join Ms. James, our wonderful Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, for our virtual parent meeting this week. For those of you who were not able to attend, you may view the recording link. You can also click here to view the FCPS AAP overview presentation.

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact Spring Hill's Clinical Staff:

  • Steve Handwerger, psychologist
  • Erin McRae social worker
  • Dr. Judy Trigiani - K, 1. 3, and 5 grade counselor
  • Erin Rinker, K, 2, 4 and 6 grade counselor

They are available for consultation and support. Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child

A Message from PTO Panther Fund Drive

The PTO is excited to formally launch our annual Panther Fund Fall Fundraiser! The Panther Fund is Spring Hill PTO’s direct donation fundraiser that allows our community to sponsor programs, events, and enrichment opportunities to enhance our children’s educational experience. We are committed to maintaining our core PTO programs, and your generous support helps support the following:

Technology Investments – upgrades to ensure our students are operating with current technology; enabling online transactions and reservations for PTO programs

Educational Support – supplies to support classroom learning including library support, book enhancements and workbooks

Staff Support – classroom enhancements and supplies for teachers, professional development/training and staff appreciation events

Facility Improvements – school beautification projects

Community Support – Spring Hill Cares program and Parent Universities

How can you help?

  1. Donate to the Panther Fund!  We recommend $100 per student, which is in keeping with other schools in the area, but any and all donations are greatly appreciated. The Spring Hill PTO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity so your donation is 100% tax deductible. Donate online today! 2. Ask your company about Corporate Matching!  Employee matching gift programs are corporate giving programs in which a company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations.  Contact your HR/Benefits department or email springhillptofundraiser@gmail.com to see if your company participates in this amazing benefit!
Book Fair - "Panthers On the Prowl for the Purrfect Book" October 18-22

Our beloved Book Fair returns in person October 18-22. All students are invited to participate in our poster contest around this year's theme, "Panthers On the Prowl for the Purrfect Book". The winning poster will be featured around school and on bookmarks distributed to all students. Parent volunteers are needed throughout the week and welcome to come shop with their students during Family Shopping Night on October 20th.

Contest details, shopping schedules and volunteer information can all be found on our PTO website. We hope you'll support our school by shopping and volunteering at this year's purrfect Book Fair!

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF Dyslexia Virtual Open House

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will like to host our annual Open House. We share exciting updates:

  • Overview of Dyslexia Supports in FCPS

  • Updates on the Equitable Access to Literacy Plans

  • Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Register for the Dyslexia Open House

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

October 29- Fall Festival (more information to come next week)

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

      Our kids are finally settling into a new normal.  While some things may look and feel different, the enthusiasm of the students is like it was pre-pandemic.  There is a buzz around the school that has been missing the last year and a half.  

     Please remember school starts at 8:50 AM. Walkers/Kiss and Ride students should arrive no later than 8:45 AM. This will give students time to walk to class and be ready to start the day. Our Kiss and Ride/Walker entrance staff are also not available to support students arriving after 8:50AM. 

     This week we noticed a few dogs on school property. Please remember FCPS has a “No Dogs” policy on all school grounds. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe. 

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about open-mindedness.  Open-minded people do not jump to conclusions. Instead, they seek out and examine all of the available evidence before forming an opinion. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Health and Safety Overview Students Keep Learning in Pause, Quarantine with StreamIN/CheckIN

FCPS students being paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19 will soon have a way to stay connected with their classes until they return to in-person learning.

StreamIN/CheckIN provides meaningful instructional support for students who are paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19. Participating in StreamIN/CheckIN offers these students the opportunity to stay engaged with their classes so when they return, they haven’t missed a beat. 

Learn more about StreamIN/CheckIN on our website.

Updated COVID-19 Response Flowchart for Families

When a positive COVID-19 case is reported in Spring Hill Elementary, a collaborative effort to investigate close contacts and determine the appropriate next steps for affected students begins. To help families know what to expect, the process is outlined on the FCPS website

Why does FCPS Use the 14-day Quarantine Period?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend 14 days as the safest length for quarantine to decrease the risk of the spread of COVID-19 to others. (Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools | CDC). Based on local conditions and needs, local public health authorities may recommend shorter quarantines (after day 10 without testing, or after day 7 after receiving a negative test), but during this time of high community transmission, the Fairfax County Health Department continues to follow the 14-day recommended quarantine length. The CDC estimates an up to 12% risk of becoming positive for COVID-19 after these shortened quarantine periods. These recommendations may be subject to change based on public health guidance.

Health Department COVID-19 Testing Updates 

Health Department to Deploy Mobile COVID-19 Testing Lab - Fairfax County Emergency Information (wpcomstaging.com) - The Fairfax County Health Department is deploying its mobile laboratory to provide COVID-19 testing in several locations starting Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Recommended Masks

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. Research shows proper masking is the most effective mitigation strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools where social distancing may not be possible and vaccination may not be available for all. Masking is adequate to prevent transmission in situations with less than three feet of social distance and on full-capacity buses.

Making sure your child's mask fits correctly and comfortably will help prevent them from fidgeting with it. A face mask should fit over your child's nose and mouth and be secured under their chin. Avoid any gaps on the sides by adjusting the mask's fit so it is snug. Always check that your child can breathe easily when wearing the mask.

AAP Information ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Spring Hill offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-6. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) work together to provide different levels of AAP services.  We will be offering a virtual Parent Information Meeting (Grades K-6)  and a virtual Screening and Identification Session (Grades 2-6) to discuss the continuum of AAP services and help parents navigate through the level III and IV screening process.

Our Parent Information Zoom Session will be held on September 27th at 4:30. During this time, we will provide information about the levels of AAP services at Spring Hill.  (Grades K-6)

Our Screening and Identification Zoom Session will be held on September 30th at 4:30. During this time, we will explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. (Grades 2-6).

You must register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Link - Parent Information Zoom Session (September 27th)

Registration Link- Screening and Identification Zoom Session (September 30th)

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
 
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

  Dyslexia Virtual Open House

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will like to host our annual Open House. We share exciting updates:

  • Overview of Dyslexia Supports in FCPS

  • Updates on the Equitable Access to Literacy Plans

  • Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Register for the Dyslexia Open House

Open House for Scouts BSA Troop 869

Back to school, but still looking for something exciting to do? Look no further! Adventure and excitement await your 6th, 7th or 8th grader or High School student – Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America)!

After a great summer of adventure:  camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and orienteering, we are gearing up for an exciting Fall and Winter of activity with camping, service projects, ropes course, skiing, indoor rock climbing and learning scout skills.

Despite the continuing pandemic, Scouts continue to safely meet to acquire new skills, see their friends, challenge themselves and learn about leadership and service. No prior experience is necessary. If interested, email Scoutmaster Bob Steinrauf at Troop0869@gmail.com for more information and visit our Open House!

Troop 869’s Open House Sunday, September 26th from 4-6 pm Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd (Rt 123) in McLean

 

Regular meetings are Monday nights at Trinity UMC.  A world of opportunities and the payoff is fantastic! Scouts BSA is making it work!

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     Thank you for joining us for Back-to-School Night. We had a wonderful turn out Wednesday and are glad our virtual environment was able to support so many families safely. We hope that our virtual sessions met everyone's needs to learn a little more about instruction, structures and the support your child will have this school year. Education is a teamwork approach, and we look forward to partnering with you this school year to support your child(ren). If you did not get a chance to log in, please reach out to your classroom teacher. They are happy to call you and answer any questions.

     We continue to have some buses arriving and departing late from school. While we are seeing some improvements over the past few weeks, we still have room to improve. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with The Department of Facilities and Transportation Services to provide safe and reliable transportation.

     Kiss N Ride - As an important reminder, please do not get out of your car. Students should exit from the passenger side of the car. We are working as fast as we can to load and unload children and ask for your patience.

     We continue to work on classroom spacing during all aspects of instruction. The goal is to keep students at a 3' distance from peers. Keeping students at a distance will keep your child from becoming a close contact in case there is a positive student case. We know it can be hard, but our goal is to keep all children in school!

     We had a wonderful PTO meeting this morning. Thank you to our PTO Board, counselors and SBTS. Here is a link to the Schoology parent presentation from this morning. 

     I want to close this message with a shoutout to our lunch volunteers. We have a phenomenal and dedicated group of parent volunteers that have jumped right in to support the lunchroom.   Thank you parents! We can't do what we are doing without you.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

A Message from our Physical Education Department

All students should wear tennis shoes for their PE class. Please do not wear sandals, flip flops, crocs, or boots.  We appreciate your help.

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Positivity Project

Next week our students will be discussing Team Work. They will explore how to work well as a member of a group or team and discuss the characteristic of team members: loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

Picture Day

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 is Picture Day at Spring Hill E.S. You should have received a flyer in your child’s Thursday folder this week. You may place your picture orders online or use the paper form and return the form with your child on picture day. The instructions are in the flyer. If you need another flyer or assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Health and Safety Overview Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. Please review this link as you make decisions for school attendance.   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf  Please do not send your child to school if they have been identified as a close contact to COVID case.  Please do notify administration if your child is pausing at home due to an exposure. Important! A negative COVID test does not clear your child to return to school. A physician must complete return documentation when students receive the sick student notification form.

Sick Child at School ~ Guidance for Return to School

If your child is sent home from school with COVID like symptoms, parents must have a physician complete the Return to School form with appropriate documentation. Please do not return to school without the form completed by a care provider and appropriate documentation. 

Administrative Verification Process for Return to School After Sick Student Notification from the School

The Sick Student Notification is received by a parent when your child shows any symptoms while present at school. This form is required for return to school with physician completion. It must be returned directly to an administrator before your child can return to school. An email with a photo of the documentation or checking in the office with your child on the morning of return will meet this expectation. Students without the correct clearance will not be allowed to return to class.

Guidance for Families  ~ Pause, Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Guidance for families regarding pause, quarantine, contact tracing and close contacts and the meaning and impact of each of these, please see the following resource: Pause, Contact Tracing, Quarantining

COVID Notifications Update for FCPS

If there is a new COVID case within the school, we will send out a community notification on Friday or the last day of school for the week.

New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting COVID-19 Contact Interviews

The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

COVID-19 testing sites are available in Fairfax and the surrounding jurisdictions. Free testing is available at Fairfax County Health Department offices or at the Federally Qualified Heath Centers (FQHCs). Find a testing site in the Fairfax Health District via this document in English or Spanish or search for a testing site in Virginia near you. Note: this may not include every site currently offering testing in Fairfax Health District and testing may be offered for a cost. This is noted on the document.  

Testing Updates Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The testing will take place in March.
  • All students in Grade 2-3  take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Testing will occur the week of October 19th.
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows. Testing will take place the week of October 19th for the CogAt and NNAT in November.

 

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact Danni James -dfjames@fcps.eduno later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12

Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences.

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here: SEL Parent Notification Letter

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature Due October 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Digital Consent Form

At Spring Hill, 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: Digital Resources at Spring Hill . The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy at Digital Privacy in FCPS and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library which has links to the vendors’ privacy notices and other useful information.

Included on our digital 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. The form must be filled out electronically. No hard copy will be sent home.

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families 

Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Important Dates

September 21 - Picture Day

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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Dear Spring Hill Families:

As a reminder, we look forward to welcoming you to our Virtual Back-to-School Night today, September 14th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  We hope you’ll join us virtually to hear all about the school year ahead! Our schedule for the evening is as follows: 6:00 – 6:45PM/7:00-7:45PM for classroom teacher presentations.

 

Ms. Eck, Ms. Briggs and Mr. Casey will also be available from 6:30-7:30 PM in case you would like to drop in to ask questions or to seek clarification. You must register in advance to the meeting using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is not a presentation but rather an open room for questions and answers.

To virtually meet our Specialist Teachers, you may watch our SHES Specialists’ Meet the Teacher videos posted to Flipgrid. 

  1. Each of the hyperlinks below will take you to the department’s videos. 
    1. Admin Team
    2. Music
    3. Art
    4. PE
    5. Special Education
    6. Chinese
    7. Advanced Academics
    8. Library
    9. Counseling
    10. Speech & Language Services
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Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at Back-to-School Night!

Important Dates

September 14 - Virtual Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

September 17-Block Party-5:30-7:30pm

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

Each week keeps getting better and students are settling into routines and procedures.  Please read through the News You Choose carefully, as there are many important updates.  Just a reminder that we've moved our Back-to-School Night to a Virtual format, additional details can be found below and Zoom links will be emailed to families by classroom teachers by no later than Monday. 

Last week, I shared that cafeteria screens were being delivered and placed at all lunch tables. There has been a delay with our order. However, we continue to space students apart between 36-42 inches, use outside areas as much as possible, stagger our lunch schedule to minimize the number of students in one large space and use two alternate eating spaces (cafeteria and large pod). We also rearranged our classrooms for a little more space between students. As a staff, we continue to reflect on our practices and adjust as needed. 

If you have any questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to any member of our administrative team.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Positivity Project

The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. 

Next week, we will focus on Curiosity. We encourage you to talk with your child about these character traits. For more information, click here. 

Back to School Night

 

Back-To-School Night will be held virtually this year on Tuesday, September 14th. Classroom Teachers will be presenting two identical presentations at 6pm & 7pm. Classroom teachers will email their Zoom link by no later than Monday afternoon. Please make sure you click on the link at least 5-10 minutes prior to the session so you can be admitted to the meeting.

The BTSN presentation will contain information about grade level curriculum as well as classroom practices and expectations your child’s teacher will use to support your child and maintain an open line of communication with you.

In addition, if families have any health & safety questions, the Administrative Team will be holding virtual office hours from 6:30-7:30pm to answer any questions you may have. You must register in advance to the meeting using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This is not a presentation but rather an open room for questions and answers.

Picture Day

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 is Picture Day at Spring Hill E.S. You should have received a flyer in your child’s Thursday folder this week. You may place your picture orders online or use the paper form and return the form with your child on picture day. The instructions are in the flyer. If you need another flyer or assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.

Family Liaison

This year at Spring Hill we are fortunate to have a Family Liaison. Family liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. 

At Spring Hill our Family Liaison is Danielle Lasley. Ms. Lasley's office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:20 AM - 3:50 PM. Please email Ms. Lasley -  dnlasley@fcps.edu with questions or to set up an appointment. 

AAP Information AAP Newsletter

Click here to see the latest AAP information newsletter.

 

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Spring Hill offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-6. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) work together to provide different levels of AAP services.  We will be offering a virtual Parent Information Meeting (Grades K-6)  and a virtual Screening and Identification Session (Grades 2-6) to discuss the continuum of AAP services and help parents navigate through the level III and IV screening process.

Our Parent Information Zoom Session will be held on September 27th at 4:30. During this time, we will provide information about the levels of AAP services at Spring Hill.  (Grades K-6)

Our Screening and Identification Zoom Session will be held on September 30th at 4:30. During this time, we will explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. (Grades 2-6).

You must register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Link - Parent Information Zoom Session (September 27th)

Registration Link- Screening and Identification Zoom Session (September 30th)

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Health and Safety Overview COVID-19 Case Notification Update

Many families are finding it stressful and overwhelming to receive a new COVID notification email every time there is a positive case in their child’s school. We have updated our process to provide families some relief.

Once a week, either on Friday or the last day of school for the week, school leadership will share an update if there were any reported COVID-19 positive cases in the school that week. The FCPS COVID-19 Health Metrics webpage will still be updated daily for families who wish to know about cases in real time.

This week, SHES had no new cases. 

Testing Updates Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas.
FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12

Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences.

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here: SEL Parent Notification Letter

Virginia Growth Assessments

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. Here are the dates for the VGA assessments in Grades 3-6. Click here to access the Parent Notification Letter.

Grade

Subject Tested

Date

6

Reading

Math

September 21

September 29

5

Reading

Math

September 22

September 30

4

Reading

Math

September 23 

October 5

3

Reading

Math

September 28

October 6

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The testing will take place in March.
  • All students in Grade 2-3  take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Testing will occur the week of October 19th.
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows. Testing will take place the week of October 19th for the CogAt and NNAT in November.

 

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact Danni James -dfjames@fcps.eduno later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature Due October 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

A Message from PTO BLOCK PARTY

Don't miss the best back-to-school event of the season - the 6th annual Block Party! Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale NOW. Visit the PTO Shop to secure your spot.

Volunteers Needed for Block Party

None of our events are successful without the amazing support of our volunteers. Be a part of the success and meet other families by signing up to help with food, setup, check-in or clean up. CLICK HERE to volunteer for the Block Party.

PTO MEETING

We hope that many new and returning families will join us for our first PTO meeting of the school year on Friday, September 17 in the Large Pod. We will introduce PTO plans and volunteer opportunities for the year, learn about the new FCPS online collaboration tool, Schoology, and have a Q&A session with Principal Eck. Join us for coffee after student drop off at 8:45 with the formal meeting starting at 9:00AM.

UPDATE ON AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

We have heard from many families inquiring about after-school programming. In response, we have some wonderful volunteers and staff working to put together an exciting and diverse offering of activities this fall. We will communicate about these programs and the registration process as soon as they are formalized, and appreciate your patience as we work to ensure a safe and successful return of after-school programs.

 

Registration for our popular Chess Club program is already available on the PTO website. PTO Members receive a discount on Chess Club and priority for any other program offerings. Join the PTO today to earn these and other benefits.

 

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families 

Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Program

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. With HIPPY, parents build on their capacity to be their child’s first teacher and strengthen the parent-child relationship. For more information, please click here

Multilingual Parent Podcast: Fairfax Health Department Specialist Talks About COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS multilingual family podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for English as a Second Language (ESOL) Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.

In this week’s episode, meet Kirsten Buchner, a community health specialist at the Fairfax County Health Department. Buchner answers questions about wearing masks for COVID-19 safety protocols and COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information, the Fairfax Health Department COVID-19 phone line is 703-324-7404.

At the end of the podcast, the hosts offer families information on the FCPS Parent Resource Center’s newest resource, PRC Packs, which are pre-packaged tote bags with books for adults and children on important topics such as supporting children and teens with attention deficit disorder, anxiety, and motivation.

Listen and subscribe:

Important Dates

September 14 - Virtual Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

September 17-Block Party-5:30-7:30pm

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,     

Thank you all for your continued support. We are off and running. To ensure all of our students are safe, it’s important that everyone understands their responsibilities as well as what to expect in the event a member of our school community tests positive for COVID. 

What can parents do to help slow the spread of COVID?

Keep your child home from school with any symptoms that are COVID-like.

The most important way you can help as a parent is to keep your child(ren) home if they present with any illness or symptoms that are associated with COVID, i.e., runny nose, coughing, headache. If you keep your child home, and they are feeling better the next day, then they do not need documentation from a medical provider to return. However, if your child comes to school and presents with symptoms, they will be placed in the Care Room and will be sent home. Your child must then be seen by a medical provider to return to school. 

Parents, caregivers or guardians, are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening, and students who are sick should not attend in-person instruction. Please consider the questions in the Health Screening Questionnaire each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 

Keep your child home if you suspect your child may have come in contact with someone who has COVID.

We need you to be overly cautious and keep your child home, especially if you are awaiting COVID test results. 

Communicate quickly with us.

As soon as you have information that your child has COVID or likely has it, please let us know. We only reveal the name of a student to the health department. The sooner we have information, the sooner we can alert the health department to begin the contact tracing.

Send your child to school with a properly fitted mask.

Aligned with guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has established procedures for the use of face coverings/masks (cloth or disposable) for students, staff, and visitors designed to mitigate the spread of COVID. This document highlights the types of masks that are appropriate for students to wear to school. 

What will happen if there is a student/staff member who tests positive for COVID in my child’s class?

If a student, staff member, worker or visitor tests positive and was at school during the infectious period (within 48 hours of onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to a positive test if asymptomatic), we will alert the entire school community.  

If the individual is a student or teacher, the school reviews seating assignments throughout the school day and identifies potential close contacts to the person who has tested positive for COVID. If your child is considered a potential close contact, we will notify you immediately. If your child is at school when identified, we will ask you to come pick your child up from school.  Staff members are sent home.

What determines if a student is a possible close contact to a known positive case? 

The following individuals would be considered a possible close contact by FCPS staff: 

  • Students wearing masks who were less than 3 feet of a Student case for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students who were less than 6 feet of a Staff case for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Staff who were within 6 feet or less of a Staff case for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Staff who were within 6 feet or less of a Student case for a cumulative amount of 15 minutes or more in a school day

What happens if my child is determined to be a “close contact”? Can they come to school? 

Out of an abundance of caution, any student who is identified as a possible close contact will have to stay home from school until the health department completes its contact tracing and closes the investigation. We have been told that this could be 24-48 hours. Your child’s teachers will post assignments in Schoology to access. If your child does not have their computer at home, we will work with you to pick it up at school. Only the Health Department can determine if your child needs to quarantine through their contact tracing investigation. See flowchart below.

Case Information We cannot disclose details of the positive case to include the staff member’s name or work assignment, a child’s grade, class, or any additional information. The health department will contact you directly and will direct the appropriate students to quarantine. The school will notify the entire community when the contact tracing is complete.

Mitigation Strategies As we have shared with you prior to the start of the school year, we are following the Health and Safety Guidance practices found here. As any good educator does on a regular basis, we are reflecting on our practices from the first few days of school and looking for ways to refine and enhance them.

This upcoming week we are implementing a few more changes. We are creating additional space between students in classrooms by reworking open spaces. In addition, we currently have two cafeteria spaces. This allows us to space students from each other. We have purchased plexiglass that will be placed to divide cafeteria tables.  Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff so that our students can focus on learning. 

We recognize that the idea of your child being considered a possible close contact or having a classmate who tests positive for COVID can be upsetting. We also recognize that the current FCPS protocols will mean that parents who work outside the home may be impacted unexpectedly because they have to be home with their child. My hope in sharing information about what the process is will help alleviate some of the stress that is inherent in this current situation. We also hope that if we all work together we can minimize the number of positive cases at school, which will reduce the spread and minimize the number of students who must remain at home. 

Again, thank you for your support, flexibility and patience. We appreciate your partnership to help stop the spread of COVID. Please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our adminstrative team. 

FCPS COVID Notifcation Flowchart

Back to School Night

As we make changes to further ensure the health and safety of our staff and students, our Back-to-School night format will now be virtual. The time, date and number of sessions are the same; September 14th @ 6PM and 7PM. More information will be communicated next week. 

AAP Information ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Spring Hill offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-6. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) work together to provide different levels of AAP services.  We will be offering a virtual Parent Information Meeting (Grades K-6)  and a virtual Screening and Identification Session (Grades 2-6) to discuss the continuum of AAP services and help parents navigate through the level III and IV screening process.

Our Parent Information Zoom Session will be held on September 27th at 4:30. During this time, we will provide information about the levels of AAP services at Spring Hill.  (Grades K-6)

Our Screening and Identification Zoom Session will be held on September 30th at 4:30. During this time, we will explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. (Grades 2-6).

You must register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Link - Parent Information Zoom Session (September 27th)

Registration Link- Screening and Identification Zoom Session (September 30th)

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Health and Safety Overview Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. Click FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard for more information. 

Safety Drills During the School Year

Our first lockdown drill of the school year will be on September 9, 2021. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Testing Updates Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas.
FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12

Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences.

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here: SEL Parent Notification Letter

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature Due October 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

2021-22 Cultural Observances and Religious Holidays

The Fairfax County School Board approved a calendar for the 2021-22 school year that is designed to recognize, respect, and honor the plurality of religious and cultural observances in Fairfax County. The calendar ensures students will not have to make choices between honoring their cultural or religious beliefs and missing a test or school activity. 

On the 15 observance days listed below, schools will not schedule tests or quizzes. Tests and quizzes will be given before any of these days, so students are not expected to study on the observance day. 

In addition, schools will not schedule events including field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events on any of the 15 observance days. 

The calendar recognizes 15 diverse religious and cultural observances including:

  • Eid al-Adha.
  • Rosh Hashanah.
  • Yom Kippur.
  • Día de los Muertos.
  • Diwali.
  • Bodhi Day.
  • Three Kings Day/Epiphany.
  • Orthodox Christmas.
  • Orthodox Epiphany.
  • Lunar New Year.
  • Ramadan.
  • Good Friday.
  • Theravada.
  • Orthodox Good Friday/Last Night of Passover.
  • Eid al-Fitr. 

The 2021-22 calendar also separates spring break from any religious or cultural observances

A Message from PTO Back-to-School Block Party returns!

We are pleased to announce that the annual Block Party is back! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th from 5:30-7:30 to kick off a great school year with an evening of food, music and fun. Tickets are on sale NOW and must be purchased in advance. Visit our website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

September 9, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 10, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

 

Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

 

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

Important Dates

September 3 - 6 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

September 14 - Virtual Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

September 17-Block Party-5:30-7:30pm

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

     We had a great start to our school year. Our students are developing relationships and establishing daily routines.

     We continue to fine-tune our transportation plan. Kiss and Ride is moving right along. Bus schedules are also improving. 

     We will kick off Positivity Project next week. The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. 

     We plan to focus on a character trait each week throughout the year. Next week, we will focus on the Other People Mindset. We encourage you to talk with your child about these character traits. For more information, click here. 

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions or concerns. 

Health and Safety Overview Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. Click FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard for more information. 

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Our first lockdown drill will be on September 9, 2021. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Testing Updates I-Ready Testing

All students in grades 1-6  will participate in The iReady screening assessments for both Reading and Math. This testing will occur during the month of September. Your child's teacher will communicate the exact date of testing. More information regarding these assessments can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36613. Please contact Mrs. Amy Briggs arbriggs@fcps.edu (School Testing Coordinator/Assistant Principal) if you have any questions or concerns. 

More information regarding the various assessments throughout the year and dates will be coming in the next few weeks.

Cafeteria Hostess Needed!

Spring Hill is looking for a positive person to fill our open position of Cafeteria Hostess.  Duties would include, greeting and dismissing students as the enter the cafeteria, helping students open milk or other containers, light cleaning such as wiping tables.  This 3.5-hour job is wonderful for those looking to see their child every day during lunch.  Please contact Terry Restino at 703-506-3400 to set up an interview.  

A Message from PTO Join the PTO today!

Welcome back families! If you are looking for a way to get involved in our wonderful school community, then look no further than our Spring Hill PTO! The PTO provides enrichment programs for our students, supports teachers and staff, and encourages community building by hosting events throughout the year. Membership includes access to our digital school directory and discounts on select events and after-school programs. Our first PTO meeting will be held on Friday, September 17th at 8:45 AM in the Large Pod.

 

Stay informed and get involved by joining the PTO today! www.springhillpto.org

 

Back-to-School Block Party returns!

We are pleased to announce that the annual Block Party is back! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th from 5:30-7:30 to kick off a great school year with an evening of food, music and fun. Tickets are on sale NOW and must be purchased in advance. Visit our website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. The podcasts bring families timely, important information related to school news. Administrators are encouraged to share the information below with their school communities in their newsletters and social media, where applicable. 

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education. 

Listen and Subscribe:

Spanish Podcast: https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps

Arabic Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/inafewwordsarabicfcps

Korean Podcast: https://anchor.fm/inafewwordskoreanfcps

FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER PRC PACKS: Prepackaged Materials Ready for Checkout!

Our staff has curated top resources from our library, webinars, and digital resources on some of our most requested topics.

What’s in a PRC Pack?

  • 2-3 books for a caregiver or educator
  • 1-2 books for a child (perfect for a read-aloud or independent reading for an older child)
  • 1 resource guide with a list of eBooks, free webinars on YouTube, and other resources
  • Tote bag for easy return at any FCPS school

Supporting Children and Teens with Anxiety A PRC Pack of materials to support children and teens with Anxiety 

Arabic (العربية) Chinese (中文) Farsi (فارسی) Korean (한국어) Spanish (español) Urdu (اردو) Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)  PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

September 9, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 10, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

 

Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

 

5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

Important Dates

August 23 - First Day of School

September 3 - 6 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

September 14 - Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

September 17-Block Party-5:30-7:30pm

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

      It was wonderful to see so many of our Spring Hill families at Open House yesterday and can't wait to see our students on Monday for the first day of school. 

      Our doors will open on Monday at 8:35 am. School officially begins at 8:50 am, with dismissal at 3:35 pm. 

       Please be aware that we are unable to accommodate visitors for lunch at this time. We have set up the cafeteria for to maximize distancing and will have only students and staff during lunches as we start the school year. Please watch for details on when we are ready to accept volunteers and lunch visitors.  

     We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see our students on Monday!     

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

As we are planning for the first day of school we would like to make you aware of a change to our first day protocols.  As students enter the building, they will be directed and/or escorted by designated school staff to their classrooms.  In addition to our layered mitigation strategies, parents will no longer be walking students to their classrooms.  We thank you for your cooperation as we make this necessary change. 

Parents are invited to join the PTO and Administrators for a "boo-hoo" breakfast at 8:50 am in the cafeteria.  Please enter through door # 2.

Bring a water bottle.  Water fountains will not be available for students to drink from.  However, students may fill up their water bottles at classroom sinks or hydration stations. 

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

One of the most important things we do at Spring Hill is to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff during arrival and dismissal.  Below are the procedures for our school community. Please make sure to read them carefully and follow established routes for the safety of all!

During arrival and dismissal, the entrance to the bus lanes in the front of the school and the parking lot to the left of the school (by the stop light) are closed to ensure the safety of our students. 

It’s important to note that Kiss & Ride takes time. Plan thoughtfully and arrive in a timely manner to ensure your child arrives at school to begin his/her school day on time. The Kiss & Ride procedures are as follows:

Kiss and Ride arrival instructions

Enter the Kiss & Ride lane from Lewinsville Road. Loop around the school’s parking lot and follow the directions of staff. You will be directed to pull forward and a staff member will open the door for your child when it’s time to be released from the car. Your child should be seated on the passenger side of the car as they will exit from the right side only. Parents must stay in their vehicles at all times. Kiss & Ride cars will exit right onto Lewinsville Road.

Kiss and Ride dismissal instructions

Enter the Kiss & Ride lane from Lewinsville Road and loop around the school’s parking lot and follow the directions from staff. You will be directed to pull forward. Please have displayed your kiss and ride number on the passenger side front window. A staff member will call your child(ren). Students will then enter the vehicle from the passenger side of the car.

Kiss & Ride numbers are given to every family regardless of whether it is used or not. Numbers were given out during Open House and will be sent home to those families who were unable to attend. All teachers will have access to the numbers and can assist you if you don’t know your child’s number. 

Please remember to not pass cars in the Kiss & Ride lane.

Please refer to the Kiss & Ride map below:

Walkers

Walkers will enter Door 7 and exit the building using Doors 6, 7 & 8 at Spring HIll Elementary on the back of the building.  Kindergarten students will be dismissed from door 7 only, first grade will be released outside Door 8 and the remaining students will exit using door 6. These doors are all located in the same area.(see map). Parking is available at Spring Hill Rec center. All students must be escorted when crossing the street.

Bus Riders

Bus riders received route information directly from FCPS Transportation the week of August 16 via their Parent Vue accounts. During the first week of school, staff members will be posted in the hallways in the morning to direct students to their rooms and in the afternoon to help children find their buses at the end of the day. Please help us by ensuring that your child knows their bus number. 

Bus riders will enter and exit the building using door 1. Students will be dismissed from class upon bus arrival. 

Health and Safety Overview
  • Students and staff must wear masks indoors. Masking outdoors is not required. If you wish for your child to wear a mask outdoors, please communicate this expectation to your child and to your child’s teacher. 
  • Like last year, frequent hand sanitizing, handwashing, and surface cleaning; will be carried out.
  • We have redesigned the cafeteria and lunch plans for increased safety while students are unmasked. We have adjusted our table seating and will utilize social distancing to the extent possible. 
  • Students will be required to wear their masks as soon as they finish eating.
  • Seating charts will ensure students limit exposure to only a few classmates in class, in the cafeteria, and in specials, which will assist us in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • There will be a cafeteria peanut-free table set up this year -- please let your child's teacher know if you want your child to sit there.
  • Screen your child’s health daily.  Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending their student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  If your child exhibits any symptoms, please keep your child at home. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

    The daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

    For more information about FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance for 2021-2022, click here.
Bus Routes

As we prepare for children to come to school and go home on buses this fall, we ask you to be aware of possible adjustments to routes and scheduling. A national bus driver shortage is impacting FCPS and some routes may be longer or occasionally delayed as we work through the situation. Spring Hill will keep you informed of changes as soon as information is available. Your patience and understanding as we make adjustments is appreciated. Spring Hill and FCPS is working hard to address the need for drivers and plan for transportation in a way that has the least impact on students. 

You may consider driving, walking, or biking to school while we work through the driver shortage and adjust routes. Car pools or group walks and bikes are also encouraged for those who are able to help relieve pressure on buses. If you plan to walk or bike to school, watch this short video on pedestrian safety with your child.

Find out more about bus routes on our website and download the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.

No-Cost Breakfast/Lunch

Every student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. However, if your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, Spring Hill’s front office staff can help.

Setting up a MySchoolBucks account for your student is especially helpful during the current nationwide coin shortage. FCPS cash registers will have limited coins available at the start of the school year to provide change for cash purchases. Purchases made with MySchoolBucks also keeps lines moving quickly.

Your child may choose to bring their meals and snacks to school this year. Spring Hill encourages this practice for students who have specific dietary requirements or are particularly picky. Bringing food from home ensures your child will have the meals and snacks they enjoy to fuel their day of learning.

Student Laptops

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Students will be assigned a device that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.

Grades 3 - 6: Students will be issued an FCPS device for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day, and should come to school each day with their device fully charged.

Summer Reading

Panthers, have you been reading this summer? Don't forget to fill out your Summer Reading "Shelfie" and bring it to your teacher by Thursday, September 2. The library has some fun prizes for all who participate! More information and a digital copy of the form is available on the Summer Reading Website (students must be logged in to their fcpsschools.net account to view). Hard copies can be picked up during the first week of school. Please contact Mrs. DeVylder (lfdevylder@fcps.edu) with any questions. Happy reading!

Schoology

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

  • New to County Families should have received their ParentVUE activation code August 11th through the 13th.  If you do not receive the code by then please contact the main office.
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page.
Beginning of Year Forms

Our beginning of the year forms will be going home in our first-day folder. However, below are the links for your information.  You are welcome to bring hard copies to open house on 8/19, drop them off at the front office or send them to school during the first week.

Emergency Care Form 

Complete Emergency Care Card now Electronically in weCare

In ParentVUE, on August 19th, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information and health information.  Each school year parents need to verify the information in weCare for each student.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due the week of August 23, 2021.

ParentVUE Access for New Families: We will work with new families this week to ensure ParentVUE access.  Contact Asma Sarwary in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a ParentVUE account.

Other Beginning of the Year Forms 

If completing opt out forms, you may drop them off at the school or send via email to Asma Sarwary at asarwary@fcps.edu.

Digital Consent Form

At Spring Hill, 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: Digital Resources at Spring Hill . The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy at Digital Privacy in FCPS and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library which has links to the vendors’ privacy notices and other useful information.

Included on our digital 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 is form must be filled out electronically. No hard copy will be sent home.

Important Dates

August 23 - First Day of School

September 3 - 6 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

September 14 - Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

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

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