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A Note from Principal Eck

SHES Class of 2016 is now the Proud Graduating Class of 2022

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Knowing that school safety is at the forefront of our minds and hearts, I want to remind our community of the safety measures that we have in place for our students. School safety protocols include the following:

  1. Classroom doors and exterior doors are kept locked at all times.
  2. When visitors to Spring Hill ring our front doorbell, our front office staff is able to see them on camera and ask their purpose for the visit.
  3. All visitors must have either an FCPS badge or a visitor sticker displayed.  In order to obtain a sticker, visitors must scan a form of identification, such as a valid driver’s license. A photo of the visitor is taken and displayed on the sticker.
  4. We conduct regular safety drills in accordance with FCPS and state mandates.
  5. More information can be found on the FCPS website here, including mental health resources.

FCPS has one of the most advanced school security systems in the nation, and we continue to assess our protocols to ensure the safest learning and working environment possible. We are partners in keeping our students safe in school, and we ask you to speak with your child and remind them that when they see or hear something concerning, to reach out to a trusted adult who can contact the authorities, or use our safety tip line. I also encourage you to be aware of your child’s online actions and to have an open conversation about making safe and smart choices online. 

If your child is experiencing anxiety or stress, our clinical team is here to help:

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kiss & Ride Changes June 8

On Wednesday, June 8th, Kiss and Ride will be adjusted and the back parking lot will be closed due to the 6th grade party. This means that only the Kiss and Ride small loop and front parking lot will be open for drop-off traffic.  Please plan on either dropping off your student a little earlier or parking at the Rec Center and walking your students across the street. For your convenience, we will open our doors at 8:15 AM and have students report to the cafeteria until the first bell rings. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Summer Program Opportunities for 4th and 5th Graders

We are now accepting applications for our Summer SOAR program. It is an opportunity for students to continue with their learning and prepare for the next school year. The program is from July 11 to July 29th (8:55-12:55 pm). Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided. The program will focus on Language Arts and Math. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or would like to apply. Space is limited but we welcome all applications. Thank you so much!

SOL and Other Scores/ParentVUE Accounts 

SOL scores for our 3rd-6th graders as well as iReady scores, grades K-6, will be available mid-July in ParentVue (ParentSIS). In mid-July, parents will also receive a mailing of the SEL screener results. All parents should have their ParentSIS account set up so they can receive important information on their students. The ParentSIS platform is how testing scores, including SOLs are communicated to parents. If you do not have an account, please visit here.  There are separate accounts available for each parent/guardian if you would like individual ones. 

Laptop Collection

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and power adapters need to be turned into your child's teacher by Friday, June 3rd. Students will not take laptops home over the last weekend of school. Students may keep their laptop cases to be used again next school year. Please note that items not returned or lost will be billed for the cost to replace them ($472 laptop / $28 power adapter).

Students attending ESY will be able to keep their laptops. If your child falls into this category, please reach out to our TSSPEC, Jose Heredia-Serrano ([email protected]), to make an appointment to return the laptop when ESY is finished. 

Order Your School Supplies

As a convenience, you may order your student's supply kit by no later than May 31st to be entered into a drawing to win your kit for free! Go to www.sproutsupplies.com and use the school code SHES002.        

Library Books

With 2 weeks left of school, it is time to return all library books. Please look around your home, backpack, and classroom for any library books and return them as soon as possible. A list of books checked out to each student will be emailed after school on Tuesday, May 31. A printed copy will be sent home on Thursday, June 2. Please email [email protected] with any questions. Thank you!

Summer Registration Updates

If you have student registration materials to submit, please contact Spring Hill Registrar, Young-Joo Kim at [email protected]or 703-506-3400 by June 1 to set up an appointment.  New student registration will be closed by FCPS after June 10.  Any new registrations received after June 10 will be processed after July 20.

If you are moving or transferring to another FCPS school, please complete this Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form.

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. 

A Message from PTO

Field Day Volunteers Needed - June 3rd

Our Spring Hill staff are organizing a Field Day full of outdoor fun on Friday, June 3rd, and we need parent volunteers to help oversee the various events. No experience necessary - game rules and instructions will be provided before the events start. To sign up to volunteer, please choose the morning or afternoon session based on your child's grade (and teacher for 3rd grade). Parent volunteers will remain at the same activity throughout the event while the different grades and classes rotate through each station. Morning Session, 9am - Noon: 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd (Chang & Nalley only): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EAEA722A0F8C25-morning Afternoon Session, 12:45-3:15: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd (Boswell, Michaels, Fishbone only): https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EAEA722A0F8C25-afternoon

Parent Resources Old Firehouse Open House-Rising 7th Graders

The Old Firehouse is opening its after-school program doors to rising 7th graders of all MCC tax district elementary schools! Join OFC now through Friday, June 10, from 4-7 p.m. to experience all of what the Old Firehouse has to offer—for free—for the remainder of the school year.  A registration form and the completion of the Old Firehouse Participant Contract is required and must be submitted prior to your child’s participation.

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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.

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Important Dates Memorial Day

Reminder that this coming Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day holiday. We will not have school that day. Enjoy the long weekend with your family. 

 

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 3- Field Day

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

We are starting to see some of the more summer-like weather as we move further into May with humidity, thunderstorms, and some warmer temperatures. SOL make-up testing continues, and we are planning our end-of-year celebrations and events. 

Today our third graders participated in Business Day. Students set up their businesses from which staff and guests were able to buy goods or services. Our young entrepreneurs learned all about economics, marketing, and money. We also enjoyed a live performance from our 3rd – 6th-grade orchestra. Our musicians sounded great. It was a busy and fun day at Spring Hill.

Have a wonderful weekend!

End of Year Student Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time (1:35 PM) on the last day of school June 10, 2022.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room. 

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Questions may be directed to the Spring Hill health room, 703-506-3410, or our PHN Lema Kayer at [email protected].

Laptop Collection

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and power adapters need to be turned into your child's teacher by Friday, June 3rd. Students will not take laptops home over the last weekend of school. Students may keep their laptop cases to be used again next school year. Please note that items not returned or lost will be billed for the cost to replace them ($472 laptop / $28 power adapter).

Students attending ESY will be able to keep their laptops. If your child falls into this category, please reach out to our TSSPEC, Jose Heredia-Serrano ([email protected]), to make an appointment to return the laptop when ESY is finished. 

Science Olympiad Information Night

Fourth and fifth-grade parents please join us on May 25th at 7 PM in the cafeteria to hear how your child can be part of this great opportunity. 

Summer Registration Updates

If you have student registration materials to submit, please contact Spring Hill Registrar, Young-Joo Kim at [email protected]or 703-506-3400 by June 1 to set up an appointment.  New student registration will be closed by FCPS after June 10.  Any new registrations received after June 10 will be processed after July 20.

If you are moving or transferring to another FCPS school, please complete this Student’s Intention for the Next School Year form.

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Old Firehouse Open House-Rising 7th Graders

The Old Firehouse is opening its after-school program doors to rising 7th graders of all MCC tax district elementary schools! Join OFC now through Friday, June 10, from 4-7 p.m. to experience all of what the Old Firehouse has to offer—for free—for the remainder of the school year. Transportation from Franklin Sherman, Chesterbrook and Churchill Road elementary schools, to the Old Firehouse will be provided via the Old Firehouse’s vans. All participants from other schools are welcome to attend but must be dropped off by a parent or guardian. A registration form and the completion of the Old Firehouse Participant Contract is required and must be submitted prior to your child’s participation.

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Important Dates

 

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 3- Field Day

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Another busy week with SOL testing. We send our appreciation to Ms. Briggs and Ms. Allen for the many hours of behind the scenes preparation that go into testing. Kudos to the teachers and students for all their hard work preparing for and participating in these assessments. 

Next week, third, fifth and sixth graders finish up their exams as well as make-ups and re-takes (schedule below). 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Laptop Collection

It's that time of year! Laptops need to be collected before the end of the school year. ALL laptops and power adapters need to be turned into your child's teacher by Friday, June 3rd. Students will not take laptops home over the last weekend of school. Students may keep their laptop cases to be used again next school year. Please note that items not returned or lost will be billed for the cost to replace them ($472 laptop / $28 power adapter).

Students attending ESY will be able to keep their laptops. If your child falls into this category, please reach out to our TSSPEC, Jose Heredia-Serrano ([email protected]), to make an appointment to return the laptop when ESY is finished. 

Science Olympiad Information Night

Fourth and fifth-grade parents please join us on May 25th at 7 PM in the cafeteria to hear how your child can be part of this great opportunity. 

Class Placement Input for 2022-2023 Due May 20

Every Spring, administration begins collaborating with classroom teachers to form next year's grade level classes. We would like you to assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child using this google form.  The information will go directly to our Administrators and will be shared with teachers during the placement process. 

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in early August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 20th.  

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

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Spring Health and Safety

FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and we understand families and staff have concerns and questions. Our commitment is to provide students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. 

Our layered prevention strategies have served us well throughout this school year, and are fully supported by the U.S. Department of Education and Northern Virginia Health Departments. 

Vaccinations are available for school-age children five and up and are proven to reduce the severity of illness. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated or boosted.

Currently, masks are optional for all students, staff, and visitors. We encourage families and staff to consider wearing a mask when reports of COVID cases are high or if they or a family member is at high risk. CDC advises individuals to wear a mask when there is a lot of COVID in your community. See a full list of masking recommendations on the CDC website.

 

The most up to date information is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document webpage

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 We’ve got some shoes to fill! Join the 2022-23 PTO Board

Spring Hill Elementary PTO would love to have you as a Parent Volunteer in the 2022-23 school year! We have a variety of opportunities to match your time and interests, from one-time events to continual commitments. Some of the key positions currently open include:

- President

- President-Elect

- VP of Communication

- Community Partnerships

- Directory Chair

- Event Chairs for Block Party, Fun Fair & Bids for Kids

Unfortunately, without your support, we will NOT be able to plan events like Fun Fair, Block Party, or BINGO Night, offer PTO sponsored programs like After-School Activities, or provide funding for field trips, technology enhancements and other learning resources for our students and families next year. 

Additional needs and more information is available on our website: springhillpto.org/volunteer. To volunteer for one of these positions or explore other opportunities to be involved, email: [email protected]

 

Parent Resources Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Important Dates

 

May 19-Orchestra Concert (7pm)

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 3- Field Day

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

SOL Schedule

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

We were overwhelmed by the love that families, led by the efforts of the PTO, showered upon our staff this week! We've enjoyed boxed lunches, food truck tacos, pastries, and afternoon tea and treats. Not to mention flowers and cards! Our staff works so hard every day and is grateful for the appreciation shown not only this week but all year round. Our hearts are full, and we thank you!

This week marked the beginning of SOL testing. These tests can be one of many important opportunities for students to demonstrate the learning they have done this school year. On days when your student is scheduled to take an SOL test, please ensure that they get a good night’s rest, eat breakfast and come to school ready to show what they know! You can find the schedule below.

Happy Mother's Day to all our Spring Hill Mothers and Grandmothers. Enjoy your weekend!

Science Olympiad Information Night

Fourth and fifth-grade parents please join us on May 25th at 7 PM in the cafeteria to hear how your child can be part of this great opportunity. 

Class Placement Input for 2022-2023 Due May 20

Every Spring, administration begins collaborating with classroom teachers to form next year's grade level classes. We would like you to assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child using this google form.  The information will go directly to our Administrators and will be shared with teachers during the placement process. 

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in early August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 20th.  

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

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall May 17

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her official start date on July 1.

Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall on May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity our school community will be focusing on a review of the 24 character strengths and the Other People Mindset

Over the course of this year, we have gained an understanding and appreciation of the 24 character strengths that are in all of us. Every 1-2 weeks we learned about a different character strength or Other People Mindset element. This knowledge has helped us build strong relationships with other people and become our best selves

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Stay Home When Sick

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.

However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks, and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Managing Fighting and Aggression: A Webinar for Families

Ever wonder how to manage difficult behavior like fighting and aggression between your children?

Join Karen Coad, LCSW,  local Clinical Social Worker and Therapist, for this important webinar as we discuss some of the reasons why children fight, and the skills that children need to cooperate and get along well with others.

May 13, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Managing Fighting and Aggression: A webinar for Families

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person 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

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9 a.m-noon in-person Providence Community Center.

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

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Important Dates

 

May 19-Orchestra Concert (7pm)

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 3- Field Day

June 8th - 6th Grade Party

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

SOL Schedule

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Next week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for all the hard work our staff does every day to make our school a great place to learn and work! PTO has a wonderful week planned for staff. Thank you to all our families.

Shout out to Mr. Freeman and our school band. Another outstanding concert at Spring Hill. Orchestra students we can't wait to hear and see you on May 19th. 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me or any member of our administrative team.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Class Placement Input for 2022-2023 Due May 20

Every Spring, administration begins collaborating with classroom teachers to form next year's grade level classes. We would like you to assist us in determining class placement by sharing your insights about your child using this google form.  The information will go directly to our Administrators and will be shared with teachers during the placement process. 

Our staff will use this information to work on tentative class groupings in June, with classroom assignments finalized in early August as the school year approaches. Please submit the electronic form no later than Friday, May 20th.  

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

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Meet the Incoming Superintendent

Our incoming superintendent, Dr. Michelle Reid, is visiting FCPS next week to learn more about our schools and community. During her visit, there will be a special, in-person event for staff, families, and students on Tuesday, May 3, starting at 7 p.m. More details, including how to register and submit questions, will be shared with you directly via email. 

On Tuesday, May 17, Dr. Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall, starting at 7 p.m. We will share details about this event in newsletters and directly via email.

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Leadership

Leadership means you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Science Olympiad

We are thrilled to be announcing the formal launch of the Science Olympiad (SO) at Spring Hill elementary school for next year. We had an amazing performance this year and have been an active participating member of the tournament. This year, we plan to start early so the students and teachers can invest more time running a highly successful and competitive program. 

For all those who are new to SO, Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of team events in each division (Division B is for 5th and 6th-grade students and middle school; Division C is for high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, school administrators, and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal.

If you and your child love science, it is best to start now and join our team. Participation in elementary school SO is critical for middle school selections.

The past and current students rave highly of their experience and learning from this competition. We are gearing up our efforts to offer a seamless and competitive process for our Spring Hill students to join the team for Division B (rising 5th graders and 6th graders) next year. 

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming information night (May 25th) and class visits during May to get more information. There will be a selection test in September for final selections. 

Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

Naglieri Testing Reports

Naglieri Score reports will be mailed home early next week for all students who participated in Naglieri testing this Spring.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 your 6th Grade Party ticket TODAY!

Today is the last day for 6th graders to purchase their tickets for the 6th Grade Party. Tickets cost $50 and will cover lunch, entertainment, “Class of 2022” t-shirts, games, and a truly fun celebration!   To register your child for this spectacular event, please complete the 6th Grade Party Checklist (STEPS 1 – 3) below by Friday, April 29th:

STEP 1: Purchase tickets in the PTO Shop (make sure to indicate your child’s t-shirt size)

STEP 2: Sign-up to volunteer

STEP 3: Upload photos for the Who’s Who? Baby Photo contest and for the Class of 2022 Slide Show. {Links to upload Baby & Slide Show Photos are on the Purchase Ticket page in the PTO Shop} 

 

Join a PTO Committee for the 2022-2023 School Year

We have had an INCREDIBLE year with the PTO, with so much energy and enthusiasm from families to support a return to normal programming and events. Block Party, Book Fair, BINGO Night, after-school programs, Fun Fair... They have all been wonderful experiences for our students and families.

If you would like to continue to see these types of events and programs next year, and even more, then consider joining a PTO committee or the executive board. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available to suit your schedule and area of interest. We hope you'll consider making a commitment to volunteer as part of our team for the next school year as we reinvigorate our Panther Pride and community spirit.

A complete list of open positions is available on the PTO website. Please contact the PTO President, Jennifer McCarthy, if you have any questions or would like more information.

Parent Resources Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Important Dates

 

May 19-Orchestra Concert (7pm)

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 3- Field Day

June 8th - 6th Grade Party

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

SOL Schedule

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

It was wonderful to have our first music concert of the school year. Our chorus teachers and students put together a wonderful performance. Next week, we look forward to seeing our families at the band concert. 

Third quarter progress reports were sent home this week via the Thursday folder. If you did not get your copy, please contact your child's teacher. You can also access the progress reports on Parent Vue. 

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to me or any member of our administrative team.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Longfellow Rising 7th Grade Open House

Longfellow is excited welcome our newest Lancers to our Rising 7th Grade Open House on May 19 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm!

Visitors will be able to walk the halls of Longfellow and see how our classrooms are set up, check out the cafeteria, hear from some of our student organizations and more! Longfellow administrators and counselors will be on hand to answer questions. There will not be a large-group presentation; this is an ‘Open House’ style event in which students may come with their family at any time during the evening.

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Madigan, Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Purpose.  

Purpose means you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Spring iReady Screener

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted iReady as an academic universal screener for use with all elementary school students in grades 1 through 6. The iReady assessment includes a reading assessment and a mathematics assessment. The purpose of this screener is to identify students who may have possible gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on iReady results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose any specific learning areas that may need support. An example of an additional diagnostic assessment is the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2). The iReady reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary grade students.

The Spring iReady dates are April 12 - June 9 for grades 3-6 and April 12 - May 20 for grades 1 and 2. Your child’s teacher will share the exact dates of testing with you

iReady Score Reports

 

A reminder that score report letters are centrally published in ParentVUE and can be found in the ParentVUE "Documents" tab. Additionally, historical test results are also available in the ParentVUE "Test History" tab. Please note: the Test History tab is currently only accessible via a web browser and not the mobile app

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Staff Appreciation Week is Coming!

We LOVE our SHE staff and want to show them our appreciation and support with an internationally-inspired Staff Appreciation week, May 2-6. The PTO is looking for parents who can devote some time and express their gratitude by helping with this year's week of events and special treats for the staff. Sign up here to get involved or contact Katie Colosi ([email protected]) if you have international decorations and ideas to share!

 

Join a PTO Committee or the Executive Board for 2022-23 

As the 4th quarter begins, it is time to start thinking about the next school year. Not just for students, but for the future of our PTO as well. Thanks to the wonderful support of so many volunteers, we were able to successfully bring back many traditional events and programs this year, including Block Party, BINGO Night, After-School Programs and Fun Fair. Would you like to see these and more in the 2022-23 school year? Then consider volunteering for a position on the PTO Executive Board or one of our committees. We are 100% volunteer-driven and welcome all members of the Spring Hill Community to play a part in shaping the agenda of our PTO for the next school year. A variety of opportunities exist for parents to suit your strengths, priorities and time commitments - there's something for everyone! Visit our PTO website to find the position that's right for YOU! Contact our president, Jennifer McCarthy, if you have questions or would like more information.

Parent Resources FCPS and Fairfax County Government Partnering to Provide Substance Abuse Webinars on April 20, 26, 28

Due to the rise in opioid overdoses in the Fairfax Health District (which is consistent with national and state trends), Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Fairfax County Government to provide educational webinars on youth substance use trends and supports. The free webinars are scheduled for April 26, and April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Each of the three webinars will provide the same information. 

The topics to be covered include:

  • Most commonly used substances.
  • In-depth opioid information.
  • Reasons why youth use substances.
  • Ways parents can support their children.
  • Available FCPS and Fairfax County Resources.
  • Ways students, parents, and community members can connect with support providers.

Registration for the webinars is available online.

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

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Important Dates

April 28 - Band Concert - 7PM

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 8th - 6th Grade Party

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

SOL Schedule

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

We welcomed our students back into the building this week after a relaxing spring break.  Our students and teachers are ready to tackle the 4th quarter and finish the school year off on a strong note. Today, we celebrated our first annual Autism Walk. It was a great way to end our week.

Last week, our custodial staff put together our new picnic tables under the tent – just in time to enjoy the great weather. We are looking forward to using our outdoor space.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to our administrative team. 

Unlimited Access to Tutor.com

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

This new service will help many of our students complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful.

Discontinuation of COVID Testing (Apr. 22)

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County is currently classified as low; this classification has continued for the past month. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine). More than 80% of residents have received one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Vaccination rates by age group indicates that more than 50% of students ages 5-11 and more than 90% of students ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.  COVID-19 Vaccinations  are free and available at various locations in our community.  

Based on these metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22, 2022: 

 If students or employees have symptoms and need to get tested, the following options are available:

  • COVID-19 Testing is available at various sites throughout Fairfax County and the state.
  • At-Home Test Kits - Students leaving the school CARE Room with symptoms of illness are provided an at-home test kit. 
  • Test-To-Stay Program - In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), FCPS is providing access to the Test-To-Stay program for students who have been identified as a close contact when an outbreak has been declared. This program is available to any student who meets eligibility criteria and whose parent/legal guardian has provided consent for their participation. 

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through the late stages of the pandemic together.

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence.  Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Join the 2022-23 PTO Executive Board

The PTO is seeking volunteers to lead our PTO in the next school year. Think you'd make a great addition to our leadership team? We're seeking energetic candidates for the following roles: - President - President Elect - Secretary - Jr. VP of Technology - VP of Fundraising - Bids for Kids Chair - Fun Fair Chair.

The PTO works to directly benefit the students at Spring Hill Elementary. Our parents and teachers work together to provide educational enrichment programs, family fun events, fundraising for school equipment & technology, faculty support, field trips, after school activities, and much more. If you'd like to join our team next year or find out more about these volunteer opportunities, please email our president, Jennifer McCarthy 

Parent Resources Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Important Dates

April 21 - Chorus Concert - 7PM

April 28 - Band Concert - 7PM

May 30 - Memorial Day (No School)

June 8th - 6th Grade Party

June 9th - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

June 10 - Last Day of School (early release)

SOL Schedule

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Our students and staff had so much fun with our Spring is Here door decorating contest. Thank you to our Principal for the Day Haylee. She created the idea and theme.

We had a huge turnout to our Kindergarten orientation program. If you did not have a chance to attend, feel free to reach out to Ms. Kim, our registrar, for more information about registration.

As a reminder, next week is Spring Break. Our offices will be closed. We look forward to seeing our staff and students back on April 11th.

If you have not yet competed the Family Engagement Survey, please access it here. Your voice matters! 

We encourage our families and students to disconnect from school and technology during spring break next week. As we have done with previous breaks, no work will be due, and no assessments will occur the first two full days back to school. We hope you are all able to take this time to connect as a family and are able to have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous Spring Break! 

Autism Awereness Week Join us in raising Autism Awareness the week of April 11-15th. Get Caught Reading! Spring Hill wants to catch students reading over Spring Break!


We want students to show us just how much they love to read by finding a creative place to read over Spring Break and having someone snap a picture.

Students will fill out the front of this form, glue their picture to it, and return it to school. All pictures will be posted for viewing around the school. All students who return this form by April 15th will receive a special prize!

Please direct any questions to Reading Teacher, Janis Lefcourt, or Librarian, Lindsey DeVylder.

Testing Updates Grades K-6

Spring SEL screener testing window (Grades K-6) will open on April 12th-May 6th. Click here for the notification of testing letter.

VDOE and FCPS require schools to deliver screening and progress monitoring assessments multiple times per year to evaluate school readiness, measure student growth, and inform student intervention/supports. A summary of spring expectations is provided here by grade range.

Kindergarten
  • The Virginia state government expects all schools to take part in the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP). The VKRP assesses literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The VKRP will be given between April 12th-May 20th.
  • Teachers assess students using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) for VKRP literacy. Teachers interview students using the Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) for VKRP mathematics. After observing the student 3-4 weeks, teachers complete the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) for VKRP self-regulation and social skills. Click here for the Parent Notification letter. 
Grades 1 & 2:
  • IReady (Reading/Math): April 12-May 20. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • DRA2/DRA2-PM (reading): April 12-May 20
Grades 3-6: 
  • IReady (Reading/Math):April 12-June 9. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • Spring SOL's (May 4 - May 18). Click here for more information.
  • Spring Hill will be administering the SOL's on the following below dates. Please note this is slightly different than the previously published schedule. We wanted to give our students a little extra time to continue to learn prior to these very important tests.

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 How should the PTO allocate funds for Spring Hill? Sure your thoughts NOW

Thanks to a successful year of fundraising and the generosity of our community, the PTO is putting out a call for appropriations requests. Spring Hill families and faculty are eligible to submit requests and ideas of how funds should be appropriated back to our school. 

In the past, appropriations have been issued for items such as new laptops, orchestra instruments, classroom rugs, interactive projectors, leveled text books, playground equipment, math manipulatives, and teacher planning guides, to name a few. Requests for this round of funding are due by April 10th.

If you have an idea you'd like to submit for consideration by our Appropriations Committee, or want to learn more about the appropriations process, please visit the Appropriations page of our PTO website or email our PTO Treasurer at [email protected].

Parent Resources Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Important Dates

 

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     We are quickly approaching the end of the 3rd quarter. The time has flown. Next Thursday is the end of the 3rd quarter and a two-hour early release day in FCPS. Spring Hill's dismissal will be at 1:35 PM on Thursday. There is no school for students on Friday, April 1 for a teacher workday. 

     Have a wonderful weekend!

Spring has Sprung and the Allergy Season is Upon Us!

As we enter the spring season, pollen counts are high. Many staff and students are experiencing watery eyes and stuffy noses. If your child is a sufferer of seasonal allergies, please let our clinic staff know so that we can update this information on our school's medical flag list.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jairica Johnson, RN, BSN CPN, School Public Health Nurse II, @ [email protected],  

Get Caught Reading! Spring Hill wants to catch students reading over Spring Break!


We want students to show us just how much they love to read by finding a creative place to read over Spring Break and having someone snap a picture.

Students will fill out the front of this form, glue their picture to it, and return it to school. All pictures will be posted for viewing around the school. All students who return this form by April 15th will receive a special prize!

Please direct any questions to Reading Teacher, Janis Lefcourt, or Librarian, Lindsey DeVylder.

PickUp Patrol

We are piloting a new home to school communication dismissal system this spring called Pickup Patrol. The system will allow for a one-stop shop for communication between the teacher and parent regarding changes to a student's dismissal. Click here to learn more about this system and learn how to register.

Please assist us with the setup of the system by filling out this questionnaire - SPRING HILL'S DISMISSALS . The form will ask you to tell us how your children are regularly dismissed from school each day. (For example Annie usually rides the bus M-F, or Jaime is a Walker on MTW and goes to aftercare on ThF.) This will help us to make the dismissal process as smooth as possible for you and your student(s). 

  • Submit one form for each student
  • Submit information by: Friday, April 1st

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Allen, School-Based Technology Specialist.

Testing Updates Grades K-6

Spring SEL screener testing window (Grades K-6) will open on April 12th-May 6th. Click here for the notification of testing letter.

VDOE and FCPS require schools to deliver screening and progress monitoring assessments multiple times per year to evaluate school readiness, measure student growth, and inform student intervention/supports. A summary of spring expectations is provided here by grade range.

Kindergarten
  • The Virginia state government expects all schools to take part in the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP). The VKRP assesses literacy, mathematics, self-regulation, and social skills for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. The VKRP will be given between April 12th-May 20th.
  • Teachers assess students using the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) for VKRP literacy. Teachers interview students using the Early Mathematics Assessment System (EMAS) for VKRP mathematics. After observing the student 3-4 weeks, teachers complete the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) for VKRP self-regulation and social skills. Click here for the Parent Notification letter. 
Grades 1 & 2:
  • IReady (Reading/Math): April 12-May 20. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • DRA2/DRA2-PM (reading): April 12-May 20
Grades 3-6: 
  • IReady (Reading/Math):April 12-June 9. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • Spring SOL's (April 26-May 17). Click here for more information.
  • Spring Hill will be administering the SOL's on the following dates:

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Academic Advising - Review Rising 7th Grade Course Requests – Longfellow Middle School

Now that academic advising season is over for the upcoming year, it is time to review your student's course requests on ParentVue. When you login to ParentVue on the left hand navigation menu you will see "course requests." Click on this and check to see if the courses are correct. Adjustments will be made to advanced math courses later in the spring. Please reach out to Katie Madigan, if you have any questions or need any courses adjusted. 

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff.

Registration Paperwork - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-506-3400.

Positivity Project

Week of March 28-March 31- Humor 

What does Humor mean? One likes to laugh and bring smiles to other people. Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. 

Why does it matter? For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost morale. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun. 

To review previous Positivity Traits, click here. 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

Screening for Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

School-Based Services in Elementary School

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services to students’ needs rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year and may change from year to year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening Timeline for Level IV

Screening for level IV AAP services happens at the district/central level rather than by local schools. For your planning for next school year, please know that screening for Level IV services occurs during two specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January. Fall referrals are due in early October.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, annually.

For more information, please visit the AAP website here.  

Every fall we hold AAP Parent/Guardian Information Sessions to provide families with information regarding Levels of Services and the Screening Process.  Look for information regarding fall sessions when we return to school next year.

If you have questions, please reach out to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART), Danni James @ [email protected]

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Call for PTO Appropriations Requests

Thanks to a successful year of fundraising and the generosity of our community, the PTO is putting out a call for appropriations requests. Spring Hill families and faculty are eligible to submit requests and ideas of how funds should be appropriated back to our school.

In the past, appropriations have been issued for items such as new laptops, orchestra instruments, classroom rugs, interactive projectors, leveled text books, playground equipment, math manipulatives, and teacher planning guides, to name a few. Requests for this round of funding are due by April 10th.

If you have an idea you'd like to submit for consideration by our Appropriations Committee, or want to learn more about the appropriations process, please visit the Appropriations page of our PTO website or email our PTO Treasurer at [email protected].

 

Farewell, Fun Fair!

Thank you to all of the families who came out on Saturday to enjoy a day of games, prizes, candy treats and lots of FUN! We hope you won some fabulous prizes and made great new memories with friends.

To the many volunteers who helped - families, school staff and administration, students - we couldn't have done it without you. We hope it was a great experience and that we'll see you again at future PTO events.

Parent Resources Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families
  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Flash Forward will provide students with IEPs and their families an introduction to options after high school.  Representatives from postsecondary and adult education, employment. community programs and services will be available.

Schedule:

6:30-7:30 p.m. Information Tables

7:30-7:45 p.m. Overview of Postsecondary options

7:45-8:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • College and Education Options: For students planning to continue their education in a two or four-year college
  • Alternatives to College, after High School: For students interested in employment and workforce development - highlights include military, apprenticeship, trade school, gap year, and employment.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, Woodson High School

Register for Flash Forward: Postsecondary Education and Employment Options for Students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and their Families

Important Dates

 

March 30 - Band Concert - 7PM

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

April 1 - No School-Teacher Workday

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     I am excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Spring Hill students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

     Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

     All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

     Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. Watch for an email soon that will include the online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

     For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website.  As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

     Have a wonderful weekend!

Spring Hill Website Community Feedback

Spring Hill is working on improving our website to better reflect our school and community goals and to better assist families with accessing important information.  We wanted to reach out to our community to provide feedback on the current website and any new suggestions for future improvements.  Please share your thoughts by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/SHESWebsiteSurvey.  We appreciate your input!

Library Books

Do you have a stack of library books sitting at home waiting to be returned? Please send them in this week so that other students have the opportunity to check them out for Spring Break. We will be sending overdue notices home on Thursday, March 24 to help with your search. Thank you in advance for helping us get more books into students' hands!

Spring Hill's Blog Page

Read about the latest events happening at Spring HIll. Check out our blog page to see pictures and videos.   

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff.

Registration Paperwork - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-506-3400.

Naglieri Testing (1st Grade Students)

The online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to all first graders on March 21st or March 22nd. The official testing letter was sent home in February.

Positivity Project

Next week is a make-up week. This means that your child’s teacher will be reflecting and remembering traits that we have covered so far this year.  These types of weeks give us time to reflect on what we have learned.  The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower us to build positive relationships by understand and appreciating the 24 character strengths in us all.  Taking time to let it soak in and then reflecting is an excellent way for kids and adults to really be able to start applying what they’ve learned into their lives.

To review previous Positivity Traits, 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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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

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Spring Hill's 54th Annual Fun Fair returns TOMORROW!

We are excited to welcome our students, families and the community back to Fun Fair tomorrow, March 19th. Here's what you need to know:

Hours - Doors open at 10am. No one will be admitted before then. Fun Fair will close promptly at 4pm.

Tickets - Didn't buy tickets in advance? No problem! Tickets will be available for sale all day in the front lobby.

Volunteers - If you have signed up to volunteer, please check in on time. Adult volunteer check-in is in the front office. Student volunteer check-in is located in the conference room before the cafeteria.

Parking - There is limited parking at school and Spring Hill Rec Center. Overflow parking will be available at Hamlet Swim & Tennis Club and Shiloh Baptist Church (kindly respect our neighbors' property). Or, consider walking, biking or carpooling.

 

Don't know where to start or which games to visit? Check out our Guide to Fun Fair page. And remember to invite your friends, family and neighbors - we welcome everyone at Fun Fair!

Parent Resources Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected] 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Assisting Children in Developing a Healthy Self-Esteem

Self-esteem and self-concept gradually develop over time, beginning at a very young age. As children grow and develop, they begin to examine their abilities, become more independent, and assimilate information and feedback from others. Self-esteem can be defined as the evaluation of self, and it includes feelings of overall happiness and satisfaction, as well as how important one feels. Support from others is deemed important in children's development of a healthy self-esteem. 

The Healthy Minds Blog has some tips and strategies that parents and teachers can implement to build self-esteem and prevent a low self-concept in children.

Prepare your Child for Kindergarten

Don’t miss out on a great educational opportunity!

Enroll in our program for parents of preschoolers; prepare your 2, 3 or 4 year old child for a successful experience in kindergarten and beyond.

Supplies, books, and curriculum activity packets are all FREE!

Last Call for Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your precious panther memories for years to come.  Hurry, so you don’t miss out.

Families may order online here:

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

Yearbook ID Code:  12616522

Direct link https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616522

Important Dates

March 19 - Fun Fair

March 30 - Band Concert - 7PM

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

April 1 - No School-Teacher Workday

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     Today, we had our American Heart Association Fun Run. Not only did we have fun, our students raised $12,485.65. Thank you to all our families.

     Our staff and students did a wonderful job with our annual tornado drill this week. Safety drills are important to help schools analyze their plans and ensure students and staff know what to do in an emergency situation.

      Our Family Engagement Survey is coming to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

     Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

      FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey, and it will be available in eight languages. For more information, please watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

     Have a wonderful weekend!

Albuterol Availability for K-12 Students

In accordance with the Code of Virginia 22.1-274.2 each school in FCPS will have stock albuterol inhalers and valved holding chambers available to be administered to K-12 students with no known history of asthma who are believed to be having a respiratory emergency.

Stock albuterol inhalers are not to be administered to the following:

  • Students below the age of four
  • Staff
  • Visitors

The stock albuterol inhalers will be administered by school board employees (to include local health department employees assigned to public schools) who have received training in the administration of albuterol inhalers.

Don’t Forget to Spring Forward!

This Sunday, March 13, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark.

Help your child stay safe by having him or her wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run or dart into the street or cross between parked cars.

Testing Updates SEL Screener (K-6 students)

The spring SEL screener testing window will open on April 12th and run through May 6th. If you prefer your child not participate in the SEL screener, please fill out the opt-out form located here(https://www.fcps.edu/node/43941).  Parents that already submitted an opt-out form do not need to submit a new opt-out form.

Teachers set the specific dates for testing in their classes. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form to your child’s teacher.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact Amy Briggs ([email protected]) , assistant principal, with any questions or concerns.

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Love of Learning.  Love of learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Are you ready for Fun Fair?

Fun Fair is just around the corner (March 19th!!) and we are SO excited! Now is the time to buy tickets, sign-up to volunteer and find out how you can create a Candy Clock creation.

Get your tickets!

Online ticket sales end March 11th, but students and parents can still buy discounted tickets next week, before and after school:

Before school: Front lobby, March 14-18

After school: Outside Door 7, March 14-17

Volunteer!

We still need adult/parent volunteers to help manage some of our favorite games. Games without parent volunteers may have to be shut down. Find a buddy and volunteer to work a shift together to maximize the fun! Not sure what to volunteer for? Visit our Guide to Fun Fair page.

New this year - Candy Clock!

Introducing Candy Clock! 12 dancers will stand on a “clock” on the floor and dance around the dial. When the music stops and a number is called, the dancer on the winning number chooses a candy wreath or necklace as a prize!

Earn 15 FREE Fun Fair tickets when you create and donate 2 or more candy creations. Visit our Candy Clock page to learn all about this fun and sweet new tradition!

Parent Resources Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected] 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Assisting Children in Developing a Healthy Self-Esteem

Self-esteem and self-concept gradually develop over time, beginning at a very young age. As children grow and develop, they begin to examine their abilities, become more independent, and assimilate information and feedback from others. Self-esteem can be defined as the evaluation of self, and it includes feelings of overall happiness and satisfaction, as well as how important one feels. Support from others is deemed important in children's development of a healthy self-esteem. 

The Healthy Minds Blog has some tips and strategies that parents and teachers can implement to build self-esteem and prevent a low self-concept in children.

Prepare your Child for Kindergarten

Don’t miss out on a great educational opportunity!

Enroll in our program for parents of preschoolers; prepare your 2, 3 or 4 year old child for a successful experience in kindergarten and beyond.

Supplies, books, and curriculum activity packets are all FREE!

Important Dates

March 19 - Fun Fair

March 30 - Band Concert - 7PM

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

April 1 - No School-Teacher Workday

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     This week, our students celebrated Read Across America Week with dedicated read-ins with their classmates and special guest readers,

     Today was a wonderful professional development day. Staff discussed and trained in Cultural Proficiency, focusing on various pieces of data used to make learning meaningful for students. Teachers also had time to meet and plan their next units of studies.

     As you know, last fall, FCPS received $188.8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) funding. These funds have helped us safely reopen our schools and keep them open. We have also been able to address the impacts of COVID-19 on students. Visit the ESSER III webpage for more information.

      Some of the ways that we have used the ESSER III funding provided to Spring Hill include the following:

  • Providing before and after school math, reading and SEL interventions 
  • Providing during the school day reading and math interventions for identified students
  • Providing during the day SEL opportunities
  • Providing school-based leadership training for team leads
  • Providing specialized reading instruction training for teachers
  • Providing MTSS training for staff
  • Purchasing research-based curriculum to support the social and emotional learning
  • Purchasing additional reading instructional supplies
  • Planning for professional development for teachers for the upcoming school year

     The staff at Spring Hill is committed to the success to every student. If you have questions regarding interventions, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher.

     Last, Spring Hill will participate in Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. Teachers will prepare their students ahead of time so they know what to expect.

     Have a wonderful weekend!

Kid's Heart Challenge Fun Run

This year we are inviting our Panther families to come and join us for an American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge Fun Run on March 11th.  As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will help raise funds for the health of all hearts and become a heart hero! On Friday, March 11th, for PE class, we will be taking he students outside for a lap challenge. Students that sign up will be challenged to run as many laps as they can around the track within the PE time allowed.

Parents, we are asking you to sponsor your child and make a donation amount per lap or a one-time donation. More importantly, we are asking the Spring Hill parents to come join us outside by the track in the back of the school and cheer on all the students participating in the KHC run! The schedule is as follows:

Grades 4-6: 11-12pm

Grades K-3: 2-3pm

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

We are looking forward to seeing our community come together for this event! Parents do not need to check in the main office if they are coming around the outside of the building.

You can click on this link to go directly to our schools Kids Heart Challenge page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/springhill

 

Testing Updates SEL Screener (K-6 students)

The spring SEL screener testing window will open on April 12th and run through May 6th. If you prefer your child not participate in the SEL screener, please fill out the opt-out form located here(https://www.fcps.edu/node/43941).  Parents that already submitted an opt-out form do not need to submit a new opt-out form.

Teachers set the specific dates for testing in their classes. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form to your child’s teacher.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43892). Please contact Amy Briggs ([email protected]) , assistant principal, with any questions or concerns.

 

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Social Intelligence.  People with Social Intelligence are able to understand and empathize with the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Volunteer for Fun Fair and get FREE tickets!

Fun Fair is just around the corner (March 19th!!) and we need your help! Every adult volunteer that signs up by end-of-day TODAY (March 4th) will receive 15 FREE Fun Fair tickets.  

Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts throughout the day to manage games, collect tickets and celebrate with our winners. Find a buddy, recruit family and friends, and volunteer to work a shift together to maximize the fun! Visit our Guide to Fun Fair page to learn more about the various games and activities.

Volunteering is not only critical to the success of the event, but a great way to get more involved and meet your fellow Spring Hill families. Please SIGN UP for a volunteer shift (or two!) and don't forget to PURCHASE TICKETS!

 

Middle and High School Volunteers are also a big part of Fun Fair. If you have a student who needs service hours, or just wants to come back to experience the FUN of Fun Fair, sign up to be a student volunteer.

  Over $25,000 raised through Bids for Kids!

THANK YOU to our Spring Hill community for your participation in and generous donations toward our annual Bids for Kids fundraiser. Through our online auction and Bingo night, we raised over $25,000!!! The proceeds will benefit Spring Hill Elementary through appropriations towards technology upgrades, educational enhancements, field trips, cultural arts events, teacher

Parent Resources Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected] 

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

Safe Community Coalition Book Talk

In anticipation of best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ April visit to McLean to present the talk, “Throw out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids,” McLean psychologists Heather Tedesco, PhD, and Melissa Sporn, PhD, will host a virtual parent book club on Julie’s most-acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult on Friday, March 18, at noon. Dr. Tedesco and Dr. Sporn will share their thoughts on the aspects of the book that are especially relevant to families in our area. 

Find the Zoom link on our website just prior to the event.

Important Dates

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

April 1 - No School-Teacher Workday

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

We are now at the last Friday in February and weather continues to be a mix of spring and winter. This is a good sign that we are heading into spring. 

Next week we celebrate Read Across America. We have a fun spirit week planned filled with activities. See below for details.

Please remember that next Thursday is a two-hour early release (3/3), and Friday there is no school for the Staff Development Day (3/4). Our staff will be participating in several professional development sessions.

Have a wonderful weekend!

     

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  

A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

SHES Science Olympiad Team Heading to State

Our team is headed to state competition. The team placed 4th in the regionals. Our 5th and 6th grade students did an incredible job at the Charlottesville Regional on February 19th. Congratulations and best wishes.

Kindergarten Orientation

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff.

Registration Paperwork - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-506-3400.

2022-2023 New Student Registration

We look forward to welcoming our new families and students in the coming school year. It is time to begin planning to welcome your children by completing their school registration and saving the date for our new kindergarten orientation.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, @ (703) 506-3400, with registration questions.

Kid's Heart Challenge Fun Run

This year we are inviting our Panther families to come and join us for an American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge Fun Run on March 11th.  As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will help raise funds for the health of all hearts and become a heart hero! On Friday, March 11th, for PE class, we will be taking he students outside for a lap challenge. Students that sign up will be challenged to run as many laps as they can around the track within the PE time allowed.

Parents, we are asking you to sponsor your child and make a donation amount per lap or a one-time donation. More importantly, we are asking the Spring Hill parents to come join us and cheer on all the students participating in the KHC run!

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

We are looking forward to seeing our community come together for this event!

You can aclick on this link to go directly to our schools Kids Heart Challenge page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/springhill

 

Testing Updates Naglieri Testing (1st Grade Students)

The online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to all first graders on March 21st or March 22nd. The official testing letter  was sent home in Thursday folders of this week.

 

Standards of Learning (SOL's)

Students in grades 3-6 in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) this Spring. 

Federal law requires schools to give SOL tests in reading, mathematics, and science. SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills detailed in state standards. Tests provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, division, and state. SOL scores are available for families before the next school year. Spring Hill will be administering the SOL's on the following dates:

Performance-Based Assessments Allow Students to Show What They Know

FCPS students in grades 3-8 will participate in performance-based assessments (PBAs) again this year in place of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to show what they know about their elementary and middle school course standards. PBAs are an innovative assessment practice tied to students’ development of Portrait of a Graduate skills

PBAs require students to perform a task that teachers score using a descriptive rubric. Examples include participating in a debate, creating a persuasive piece of media, or writing an essay. The following courses use at least one PBA each year as part of state expectations: grade 3 science, grades 3-8 social studies, grade 5 writing, and grade 8 writing. 

To learn more about PBAs in grades 3-8 and how you can support your student, visit the Local Alternative Assessment and PBA public webpage.

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Enthusiasm. Having Enthusiasm means you approach life with excitement and energy. You energize people around you.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Only two more days left to bid in the PTO's online auction

Would your child like to be the principal of Spring Hill Elementary for a day? Does your family enjoy scavenger hunts, or going to see their favorite professional Washington sports team? If you need ideas for summer camps, how about introducing your child to music, art, soccer or baseball? 

These items and MORE are available now in the Bids for Kids auction. Browse the full selection online and keep a close eye on your favorite items over the weekend before bidding closes at 10pm on Sunday night. Happy bidding!

 

Get ready for Fun Fair

Fun Fair is one of the most exciting days of the year at Spring Hill Elementary!  For one Saturday in Spring, our school building is transformed into a carnival with fun for all ages. This school tradition brings smiles to all faces with hours of games, raffles, prizes, and so much more! Get ready for Fun Fair with these 3 easy steps:

  1. Mark your calendar for the 54th annual Fun Fair: Saturday, March 19th from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM!
  2. VOLUNTEER! Fun Fair needs parent volunteers and students to run our games and activities. Our goal is to have one volunteer per family. Sign up for a volunteer shift on our parent volunteer sign-up page and look for special offers when signing up early!
  3. Buy your tickets! Tickets are now available online on the PTO website. Buy early and SAVE with early-bird pricing!

New to Spring Hill or wondering which games you'll want to play first? Visit the Fun Fair page on our PTO website to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about Fun Fair!

The Fun Fair Committee will be meeting next Wednesday, March 2, 8:45-10:00 AM in the school cafeteria. All committee members and any volunteers interested in helping with Fun Fair are welcome.

Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your precious panther memories for years to come.  Hurry, so you don’t miss out.

Families may order online here:

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

Yearbook ID Code:  12616522

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616522

Parent Resources SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and 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

Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

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

Safe Community Coalition Book Talk

In anticipation of best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims’ April visit to McLean to present the talk, “Throw out the Checklisted Childhood: Tips and Strategies for Raising Successful Kids,” McLean psychologists Heather Tedesco, PhD, and Melissa Sporn, PhD, will host a virtual parent book club on Julie’s most-acclaimed book, How to Raise an Adult on Friday, March 18, at noon. Dr. Tedesco and Dr. Sporn will share their thoughts on the aspects of the book that are especially relevant to families in our area. 

Find the Zoom link on our website just prior to the event.

Important Dates

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

April 1 - No School-Teacher Workday

April 4-8 - No School- Spring Break 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     It was great to see our students excited to spread happiness and kindness on a Monday. The creativity of our students’ Valentine boxes was amazing. In addition, our staff felt all the love our wonderful families sent our way. Thank you to PTO for our annual Valentine lunch. It was delicious!

   Next week is PTO Bingo Night. We hope to see you there. Please see below for more information.  

     Don't forget that school is closed on Monday, February 21st in celebration of President's Day. We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Tuesday, February 22nd. We hope everyone enjoys their three-day weekend!

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window will open Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  

A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

Spring Hill Ambassador Program

At Spring Hill we value inclusivity in our community. We have a team of ambassadors to help welcome new families from around the world, near and far. There are two types of ambassadors: language ambassadors and family ambassadors. In both roles, we ask that ambassadors encourage new families to get involved by attending the various events at Spring Hill. It is also great to invite families to join the PTO. To learn more about our Ambassador Program click here. 

Kindergarten Orientation - Correction on Save the Date

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff.

Registration Paperwork - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-506-3400.

2022-2023 New Student Registration

We look forward to welcoming our new families and students in the coming school year. It is time to begin planning to welcome your children by completing their school registration and saving the date for our new kindergarten orientation.

New Student Registration Info & Form

Use the link above for more information on registration and to complete the registration forms. You will need to scroll down to the registration paperwork. After you complete the paperwork, bring the signed paperwork and the following items to the school:

  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Enrolling Parent Photo ID
  • Proof of Residency (deed or lease)

Contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, @ (703) 506-3400, with registration questions.

Kid's Heart Challenge Fun Run

This year we are inviting our Panther families to come and join us for an American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge Fun Run on March 11th.  As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will help raise funds for the health of all hearts and become a heart hero! On Friday, March 11th, for PE class, we will be taking he students outside for a lap challenge. Students that sign up will be challenged to run as many laps as they can around the track within the PE time allowed.

Parents, we are asking you to sponsor your child and make a donation amount per lap or a one-time donation. More importantly, we are asking the Spring Hill parents to come join us and cheer on all the students participating in the KHC run!

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

We are looking forward to seeing our community come together for this event!

You can aclick on this link to go directly to our schools Kids Heart Challenge page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/springhill

 

Testing Updates Naglieri Testing (1st Grade Students)

The online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) will be administered to all first graders on March 21st or March 22nd. The official testing letter  was sent home in Thursday folders of this week.

 

Standards of Learning (SOL's)

Students in grades 3-6 in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) this Spring. 

Federal law requires schools to give SOL tests in reading, mathematics, and science. SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills detailed in state standards. Tests provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, division, and state. SOL scores are available for families before the next school year. Spring Hill will be administering the SOL's on the following dates:

Performance-Based Assessments Allow Students to Show What They Know

FCPS students in grades 3-8 will participate in performance-based assessments (PBAs) again this year in place of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to show what they know about their elementary and middle school course standards. PBAs are an innovative assessment practice tied to students’ development of Portrait of a Graduate skills

PBAs require students to perform a task that teachers score using a descriptive rubric. Examples include participating in a debate, creating a persuasive piece of media, or writing an essay. The following courses use at least one PBA each year as part of state expectations: grade 3 science, grades 3-8 social studies, grade 5 writing, and grade 8 writing. 

To learn more about PBAs in grades 3-8 and how you can support your student, visit the Local Alternative Assessment and PBA public webpage.

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Other People Mindset-Cheering Others' Success. This means that when other people succeed, we am happy for them and cheer them on.

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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 Hurry! Buy your BINGO tickets before they sell out!

Tickets for our Bids for Kids BINGO nights are selling fast. Buy your tickets now to secure your seat at this fantastic and fun evening for the whole family. Games, dancing, prizes - you don't want to miss it!

Friday, February 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria 

Tickets must be purchased online in advance and are limited. Tickets are $10 per person or child and include 1 BINGO game board. Want to increase your odds of winning? Extra game boards are available for $5 each or 3 for $10. Visit the BINGO NIGHT page on the PTO Website for more information.

 

Bids for Kids Online Auction Goes LIVE on Monday - Get ready to bid!

Have you seen the INCREDIBLE list of items available on this year's online auction? Visit our online auction site to view the full list of offerings and get ready to bid starting Monday, February 21st. Items include: - A chance to be Principal for a day!

- Tickets to see your favorite professional Washington sports teams - Gift Certificates for local restaurants including Clarity, Fish Taco and more! - Art, soccer, baseball and music programs for kids

- VIP Parking Spot at School

- A farm-to-table 6-course catered dinner and wine pairing for six at your home - Free real estate listing from FASS Results  - Trendy merchandise for you and your home, from brands like Nike, Sephora, and Nespresso

The Bids for Kids auction runs through Sunday, February 27th at 10:00pm. All proceeds benefit Spring Hill Elementary through appropriations towards technology upgrades, educational enhancements, field trips, cultural arts events, teacher/staff support, and facility improvements. Happy bidding!

 

Mark your calendars - Fun Fair returns on March 19, 2022

We are excited to bring back Spring Hill Elementary' s traditional Fun Fair on Saturday, March 19th. The entire school community, family and friends are all invited to come out and enjoy a day of fun for all ages, including games, prizes, raffles, and more!

Parent volunteers are a vital part of the success of Fun Fair. From helping with setup, leading games & security efforts on the day of, and helping to clean up, we need everyone to pitch in. Please sign up for a volunteer shift (or two), and feel free to recruit grandparents, aunts or family friends that may want to help. Every volunteer that signs up before March 1st will receive 15 FREE Fun Fair tickets. It really takes us all pulling together to make this day special for our children! More information can be found on the Fun Fair Volunteer page of our website.

  Show your Spring Hill spirit!

Go Panthers! The school is planning our next Spirit Week in anticipation of the return of Fun Fair. Friday, March 18th will be the next SHE Spirit Wear Day! Visit the SHE Spirit Wear Store to stock up on your Spring Hill gear. We suggest placing your order ASAP as we are still experiencing shipping delays. A percentage of each sale will benefit the Spring Hill PTO.

Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your precious panther memories for years to come.  Hurry, so you don’t miss out.

Families may order online here:

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

Yearbook ID Code:  12616522

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616522

Parent Resources SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and 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

Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

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

Important Dates

February 21 - Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

 

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Attendance: 703-506-3434 | Web

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

    It was another great week and we all enjoyed being outside a little bit more. 

    This week we celebrated our School Counselors, Judy Trigiani and Erin Rinker. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, was created to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success. We are so grateful for each of them and all they do for our students. 

     Have a great weekend

Kindergarten Orientation - Correction on Save the Date

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff.

Registration Paperwork - We encourage parents to complete registration paperwork prior to the event and bring it with them to drop off.  You are welcome to contact our registrar, Ms. Young-Joo Kim, with any questions prior to the event. You may also reach our wonderful front office staff at 703-506-3400.

Kid's Heart Challenge Fun Run

This year we are inviting our Panther families to come and join us for an American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge Fun Run on March 11th.  As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will help raise funds for the health of all hearts and become a heart hero! On Friday, March 11th, for PE class, we will be taking he students outside for a lap challenge. Students that sign up will be challenged to run as many laps as they can around the track within the PE time allowed.

Parents, we are asking you to sponsor your child and make a donation amount per lap or a one-time donation. More importantly, we are asking the Spring Hill parents to come join us and cheer on all the students participating in the KHC run!

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

We are looking forward to seeing our community come together for this event!

You can aclick on this link to go directly to our schools Kids Heart Challenge page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/springhill

 

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Love. The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have
close relationships.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Contact Tracing

The Virginia Department of Health recently announced that contract tracing in schools may be limited only to outbreaks. However, the CDC continues to recommend contact tracing, in combination with testing, wearing a well-fitting mask, and quarantine and isolation, as effective strategies to identify people with COVID-19 (cases) and to reduce transmission.

FCPS has and continues to implement CDC recommendations, to the greatest extent practicable, to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and to foster the continuation of in-person learning for students and staff. As a result, FCPS will continue contact tracing until further notice.

Effective this week: 

  • The FCPS Pause (Close Contact) Letter includes quarantine guidance and replaces the Fairfax County Health Department quarantine email to families.
  • The FCPS Student Quarantine Exemption and Attestation Form replaces the Fairfax County Health Department Vaccine Verification Survey.

Vaccinated, asymptomatic students may be exempt from quarantine following exposure by completing the FCPS Student Quarantine Exemption and Attestation Form. An automated email will be sent to the parent/guardian after completing the form which will serve as the student’s documentation of clearance to return to school. Hard copies of this form will be available in the main office if needed. 

Elementary Language Arts Resource Review

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment.  

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 17 and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review 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. 

Nominate a Spring Hill Staff Member for 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 BINGO Night! Friday, February 25th

The Spring Hill PTO is hosting an in-person BINGO NIGHT celebrating our Bids for Kids annual online auction.  Bingo games, dancing, prizes, and fun for the whole family!

WHEN: Friday, February 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm.

WHERE: Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria

WHO: This family-friendly FUNdraising event is open to the entire school community!

WHAT: BINGO!  Bingo is a simple and fun game for all ages.  Prizes will be awarded for each round.  Also, expect dancing and surprise guests!

HOW: Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets are $10 per person or child and include 1 BINGO game board.  Want to increase your odds of winning? Extra game boards are available for $5 each or 3 for $10.

Please visit the BINGO NIGHT page on the PTO Web site for more information and to purchase tickets to this fun event!

 

Bids for Kids Annual Fundraiser - February 21-27

Bids for Kids is the PTO’s annual online auction and community fundraiser. Our auction comes to life through generous donations of goods, services, gift cards, and much more by local businesses and Spring Hill parents. These items are then made available for our greater school community to bid on electronically from Monday, February 21st through Sunday, February 27th. 

Parents, do you own a business? Have a product or service you could share? Have access to a vacation home, season tickets, etc? If so, please consider supporting our auction. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact our VP of Fundraising, Leijla Huric, at [email protected]

 

Toys/Gifts Needed For Fun Fair Raffle

We are in need of new toy and gift donations so that we can create an amazing collection of prizes for the Fun Fair Raffle. All Fun Fair proceeds support our school! If you can gather any never-used, new toys or extra gifts from the holidays that would make a wonderful prize for one of our students, we would love to add them to our raffle prize list. There is a large box in the front office labeled Fun Fair Raffle Prizes where you can drop off your donations. If you have any questions, please contact our Fun Fair Raffle team at [email protected]

Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your precious panther memories for years to come.  Hurry, so you don’t miss out.

Families may order online here:

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

Yearbook ID Code:  12616522

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616522

Parent Resources SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-Person and 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

Friday, March 4, 2022. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

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

Important Dates

February 14th: Valentines Day and the 100th Day of School!

February 21 - Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

 

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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Families,

     Hard to believe that we are already into the month of February. It was a great start to get a full week of instruction to begin the month! We had a wonderful five days with your children. We continue to observe a high level of engagement and focus from all our students. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

     Have a great weekend

Kindergarten Orientation - Correction on Save the Date

Save the date! Our Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st from 2:00-3:00 p.m. It will take place in our cafeteria. The program will finish at 3:00 p.m. (At this time, we are anticipating that we will be able to have this event in-person. We will communicate further if there are any changes related.)

Please register by going to this link

At the beginning of the meeting, rising kindergarteners will be taken to a kindergarten classroom to do some activities with the kindergarten teachers. Parents will be staying in the cafeteria to continue the meeting with the principal and other Spring Hill staff

Kindergarten Registration for SY2022-23

We need your help in projecting the Kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year. Virginia Law, section 22.1-254, requires that children who will reach their fifth birthday on or before September 30, 2022, must be enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year unless the parent or guardian notifies the school in writing that they do not wish the child to attend school until the following year.

If you have a child who will be five years old on or before September 30, 2022, please complete this form and return it no later than March 1, 2022. If any of your neighbors have children who will be eligible for Kindergarten, please share this information with them, as we are especially interested in reaching those Spring Hill families who do not have children currently attending school.

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than March 1, 2022.

The form can be submitted to Rachel Cain via email at [email protected] or by dropping it off at the main office.

Kid's Heart Challenge Fun Run

This year we are inviting our Panther families to come and join us for an American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge Fun Run on March 11th.  As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will help raise funds for the health of all hearts and become a heart hero! On Friday, March 11th, for PE class, we will be taking he students outside for a lap challenge. Students that sign up will be challenged to run as many laps as they can around the track within the PE time allowed.

Parents, we are asking you to sponsor your child and make a donation amount per lap or a one-time donation. More importantly, we are asking the Spring Hill parents to come join us and cheer on all the students participating in the KHC run!

Join today! Not only will you be helping fight heart disease and stroke (the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide), but participants can earn fun thank-you gifts AND earn PE equipment for their school!

We are looking forward to seeing our community come together for this event!

You can aclick on this link to go directly to our schools Kids Heart Challenge page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/springhill

 

Positivity Project

Next Week’s Positivity Trait is Humility. Having humility is when you do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves. 

 

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Changes in Contact Tracing for COVID

While the Virginia Department of Health shifted the expectation for contact tracing in schools to only on outbreaks, the CDC continues to indicate that contact tracing, in combination with testing, wearing a well-fitting mask, and quarantine and isolation, are effective strategies to identify people with  COVID-19 (cases) and to reduce transmission. 

FCPS has and continues to implement CDC recommendations, to the greatest extent practicable, to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and to foster the continuation of in-person learning for students and staff. As a result, FCPS will continue contact tracing until further notice. 

The following changes are effective 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 4: 

  • FCPS Pause (Close Contact) Letter includes quarantine guidance and replaces the FCHD quarantine email to families 
  • FCPS Student Quarantine Exemption and Attestation Form replaces the FCHD Vaccine Verification Survey (Will be embedded in the FCPS Pause Letter and available on the FCPS webpage, physical copies will be available if needed) 

Monitoring COVID-19 cases is critical to maintaining a safe in-person learning environment for all students. Please continue to let us know if your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or may be a close contact. We will work with you through the process to return your child to the classroom as quickly as possible. 

Elementary Language Arts Resource Review

Parents, students, and community members have a unique opportunity to help FCPS select important learning resources. These reviews do not happen frequently, so selected resources will be in classrooms for years and are a significant financial investment.  

Resources for elementary language arts are being reviewed through February 28. Interested individuals can review and provide feedback on digital resources online. Physical texts can be reviewed at the Willow Oaks Administrative Center in the lobby. Please ask about the books at the reception desk from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. In-person review hours will be extended to 7 p.m. on February 3, 10, 17, and 24. You are encouraged to review both sets of resources for the full catalog of resources under review. Learn more about the elementary language arts resource review 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.

A Message from PTO Valentine's Day Staff Appreciation Lunch

This Valentine’s Day, give your teachers what they really want…a special treat from their sweet admirers! For $5, you can sponsor a SHE staff member and the Staff Appreciation Committee will use the funds to provide special treats for our beloved Spring Hill Staff on Valentine’s Day. Participating families will have their names written on a heart and displayed inside and around the teacher’s lounge. Our goal is to treat the entire staff! Visit the Valentine's Day Staff Appreciation page on the PTO website to treat your teachers or a SHE staff member. 

  Get ready for BINGO Night! Friday, February 25th

The Spring Hill PTO is hosting an in-person BINGO NIGHT celebrating our Bids for Kids annual online auction.  Bingo games, dancing, prizes, and fun for the whole family!

WHEN: Friday, February 25th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm.

WHERE: Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria

WHO: This family-friendly FUNdraising event is open to the entire school community!

WHAT: BINGO!  Bingo is a simple and fun game for all ages.  Prizes will be awarded for each round.  Also, expect dancing and surprise guests!

HOW: Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Tickets are $10 per person or child and include 1 BINGO game board.  Want to increase your odds of winning? Extra game boards are available for $5 each or 3 for $10.

Please visit the BINGO NIGHT page on the PTO Web site for more information and to purchase tickets to this fun event!

 

Bids for Kids Annual Fundraiser - February 21-27

Bids for Kids is the PTO’s annual online auction and community fundraiser. Our auction comes to life through generous donations of goods, services, gift cards, and much more by local businesses and Spring Hill parents. These items are then made available for our greater school community to bid on electronically from Monday, February 21st through Sunday, February 27th. 

Parents, do you own a business? Have a product or service you could share? Have access to a vacation home, season tickets, etc? If so, please consider supporting our auction. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact our VP of Fundraising, Leijla Huric, at [email protected]

 

Toys/Gifts Needed For Fun Fair Raffle

We are in need of new toy and gift donations so that we can create an amazing collection of prizes for the Fun Fair Raffle. All Fun Fair proceeds support our school! If you can gather any never-used, new toys or extra gifts from the holidays that would make a wonderful prize for one of our students, we would love to add them to our raffle prize list. There is a large box in the front office labeled Fun Fair Raffle Prizes where you can drop off your donations. If you have any questions, please contact our Fun Fair Raffle team at [email protected]

Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your precious panther memories for years to come.  Hurry, so you don’t miss out.

Families may order online here:

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

Yearbook ID Code:  12616522

Direct link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616522

Parent Resources Free At-Home COVID Test Now Available through USPS

Free Covid At Home Tests are now available free an delivered to homes by USPS. It’s incredibly easy to use and quick.

Free At Home Covid Test Limited to four per household.

 

Spring Break and Summer Camps Enrolling (Fairfax Park Authority)

We know it’s cold outside, but it’s already time to think about things to do over Spring Break and during the Summer months. Fairfax Park Authority has published their Spring Break and Camp Guide 2022.  You can read the guide online here.

  Important Dates

February 21 - Holiday (George Washington's Birthday and Presidents' Day)

March 3 - 2-hour Early Release

Kindergarten Orientation - 2:00 - 3:00 PM

March 4 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)

March 31 - End of Third Quarter - 2 hour Early Release

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