Sleepy Hollow Updates

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February 16, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We certainly hope that you were able to enjoy your Valentine’s and Presidents’ Day weekend. Wishing you a week ahead filled with Amazing Grace, peace, joy, and lots of LAUGHTER.

~ The most wasted of a day is one without Laughter. ~ E. E. Cummings

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, February 16: Return to School – Group 3 (See below)
Wednesday, February 17: Sleepy Hollow Spirit Take-out Wednesday (11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 17: Return to School Parent Meeting (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, February 18: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions Parent Resource Webinar
Monday, February 22: Sleepy Hollow STEM Event: Invention Convention

Religious and Cultural Observances

Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 28 – Black History Month

Tuesday, February 16: Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday

Thursday/Friday, February 25-26: Purim

Return to School Dates
  • Group 3 (Enhanced Autism/Noncategorical/Select ELL) - February 16th
  • Group 5 (Kindergarten & Some of our Special Education Students) – February 23rd
  • Group 6 (Grades 1 & 2) – March 9th
  • Group 7 (Grades 3 – 5) – March 16th

Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

Sleepy Hollow Spirit Take-out Wednesday

 What: Take-out to Support SHES PTA

When: Wednesday, February 17 Times: 11am-8pm Where: Dogwood Tavern - Online ordering at  www.dogwoodtavern.com/order and pick-up at 132 West Broad St., Falls Church Order lunch or dinner for your family, a neighbor or coworkers on Wednesday, February 17, and a portion will be donated to Sleepy Hollow Elementary School's PTA

** Please add the "SHES SPIRIT NIGHT PROMOTION" item to your cart before checkout -- this will flag your order as being part of our special promotion **  Feel free to order anytime during the day and schedule your pickup for whenever is convenient for you. Questions?

Call Dogwood Tavern at 703-237-8333 

Sleepy Hollow Masks

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.
PTA News

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership

STEAM Event

February 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Virtual Event

(BBCU link to be shared closer to the date)

Sign up to participate here: https://forms.gle/og3HGzGR5pMyvcpN9

Or by emailing Ms. Collins - jacollins@fcps.edu

Is your child inquisitive, resourceful, imaginative, creative, or likes to ask “why”? Invention Convention is the perfect opportunity for learning and fun? We are pleased to announce the Sleepy Hollow Invention Convention will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

Library News

*Please be aware that starting on Wednesday 2/17, curbside pickup will shift to a new start time of 4:00 and end at 5:00 – thanks for your understanding as we keep out of the way of buses in the circle! *

We are so excited looking ahead to students checking books out when they return to the building in the coming weeks! We will STILL offer curbside and neighborhood checkout of library books following this schedule:

Mondays 10-12 at SHES Door #1 (call library at 703-237-7012 when you arrive in front of the school)

Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 at SHES Door #1 (librarian will be out front with books)

Fridays 11:45-12:00 at 2909 John Marshall Drive (next to FCPS food delivery school bus)

All students, whether in-person and online, can take advantage of curbside/neighborhood checkout! Please reach out to beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about putting books on hold, how our library works during remote learning, or the upcoming shift to in-person for some students – happy reading!

FCPS Updates

Message from Superintendent: FCPS is Safe; Steady, Ready

Across our community, there is anticipation, excitement, and anxiety about our return to school buildings. I want you to know that we are ready for this moment. We have worked hard on developing health and safety measures for students and staff in our buildings. Our approach to returning is steady and measured, giving us time to adjust and prepare for every new group of students and staff. I am looking forward to being out in schools on Tuesdays to welcome students and staff back. I promise to pop into some virtual rooms to say hello as well. I hope you’ll watch this short video as you prepare to finish this school year in the format that works best for your family.

Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School provides information on topics such as concurrent instruction, lunch and recess, the mandatory mask policy, laptops, and health protocols.

Meal Distribution Update: Many Grab and Go Sites Switching to Weekly Meal Kits

FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites are switching from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper (at certain sites) items packed in bulk. The meal kits will be available for pick up at SHES every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (New Time) or until supplies are exhausted. Bus route pickups remain unchanged.

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site is changing.

During January and February, these sites will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Families that pick up no-cost meals will also be provided a fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. The item will vary each week. This week’s item is available on February 17. 

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food. Please wear a mask when picking up the meal kits.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips, and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online.

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

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

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

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

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

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips, and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online.

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

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

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

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

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

FCPS – Family and School Partnerships Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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February 9, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We certainly hope that you were able to enjoy all the different weather that Mother Nature brought our way over the weekend. Embrace it--because she’s bringing more of the mix this week. Well, it may be cold outside, but we are looking forward to the love and warmth that Valentine’s will bring. Wishing you a week filled with Amazing Grace, peace, joy, and lots of LOVE! ❤

~ Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same. ∼ Helen Keller

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Sunday, February 14: Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, February 16: Return to School – Group 3 (See below)

Wednesday, February 17: Sleepy Hollow Spirit Take-out Wednesday (11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 17: Return to School Parent Meeting (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 18: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions Parent Resource Webinar

Monday, February 22: Sleepy Hollow STEM Event: Invention Convention

RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL OBSERVANCES

Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 28 – Black History Month

Friday, February 12: Lunar New Year

Monday, February 15: Nehan (Nirvana Day)

Tuesday, February 16: Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday

Thursday/Friday, February 25-26: Purim

RETURN TO SCHOOL DATES

  • Group 3 (Enhanced Autism/Noncategorical/Select ELL) - February 16th
  • Group 5 (Kindergarten) – February 23rd
  • Group 6 (Grades 1 & 2) – March 9th
  • Group 7 (Grades 3 – 5) – March 16th

Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

Sleepy Hollow Spirit Take-out Wednesday

 What: Take-out to Support SHES PTA

When: Wednesday, February 17 Times: 11am-8pm Where: Dogwood Tavern - Online ordering at  www.dogwoodtavern.com/order and pick-up at 132 West Broad St., Falls Church Order lunch or dinner for your family, a neighbor or coworkers on Wednesday, February 17, and a portion will be donated to Sleepy Hollow Elementary School's PTA

** Please add the "SHES SPIRIT NIGHT PROMOTION" item to your cart before checkout -- this will flag your order as being part of our special promotion **  Feel free to order anytime during the day and schedule your pickup for whenever is convenient for you. Questions?

Call Dogwood Tavern at 703-237-8333 

Sleepy Hollow Masks

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.
PTA News

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership

STEAM Event

February 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Virtual Event

(BBCU link to be shared closer to the date)

Sign up to participate here: https://forms.gle/og3HGzGR5pMyvcpN9

Or by emailing Ms. Collins - jacollins@fcps.edu

Is your child inquisitive, resourceful, imaginative, creative, or likes to ask “why”? Invention Convention is the perfect opportunity for learning and fun? We are pleased to announce the Sleepy Hollow Invention Convention will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

Library News

Did you know our school’s library has thousands and thousands of books for students to borrow? We have books in all sorts of formats including board books, easy readers, long chapter books, graphic novels . . . and of different genres such as mystery, science fiction, adventure . . . and true-fact non-fiction books on so many different topics and at different reading levels. We have books in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and more! We want ALL students to be library users and try to make it easy to access the collection even during remote learning. If you want to know more about how your child can borrow books from our library, please reach out to our librarian Barbara Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu. Happy reading!

FCPS Updates

Meal Distribution Update: Many Grab and Go Sites Switching to Weekly Meal Kits

FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites are switching from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper (at certain sites) items packed in bulk. The meal kits will be available for pick up at SHES every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (New Time) or until supplies are exhausted. Bus route pickups remain unchanged.

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site is changing.

During January and February, these sites will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Families that pick up no-cost meals will also be provided a fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. The item will vary each week, and will be available on the following dates: February 10 & 17

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food. Please wear a mask when picking up the meal kits.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips, and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online.

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

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

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

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Two time slots are available:  10 a.m. or 1 p.m.  Sessions run 1-1.5 hours

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

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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February 1, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We certainly hope that you enjoyed the gift that new fallen snow brings. Wishing you a fabulous first week of February filled with Amazing Grace, peace, joy, and LOVE! ❤

~I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, February 8: Diversity in STEMS Talk – Thomas Jefferson High School
Monday, February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School
Monday, February 22: Sleepy Hollow STEM Event: Invention Convention
 
RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL OBSERVANCES

Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 28 – Black History Month

Friday, February 12: Lunar New Year

Monday, February 15: Nehan (Nirvana Day)

Tuesday, February 16: Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday

Thursday/Friday, February 25-26: Purim


RETURN TO SCHOOL DATES

Group 3 (Enhanced Autism/Noncategorical/Select ELL) - Feb. 16th

Group 5 (Kindergarten) – February 23rd

Group 6 (Grades 1 & 2) – March 9th

Group 7 (Grades 3 – 5) – March 16th

These return to school dates are tentative and subject to change based on health metrics and operational requirements. Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

FCPS Fine Arts Office 13th Annual Artist Teacher Exhibition  

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Fine Arts Office held its 13th annual Artist Teacher Exhibition, an art exhibition recognizing the creativity and technical expertise of FCPS art teachers. Congratulations to our very own Mr. Christian Tribastone, Sleepy Hollow Elementary art teacher, for being recognized for his exceptional artwork.

PTA News

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership

Diversity in STEMS Talk – Thomas Jefferson High School STEAM Event

February 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Virtual Event

(BBCU link to be shared closer to the date)

Sign up to participate here: https://forms.gle/og3HGzGR5pMyvcpN9

Or by emailing Ms. Collins - jacollins@fcps.edu

Is your child inquisitive, resourceful, imaginative, creative, or likes to ask “why”? Invention Convention is the perfect opportunity for learning and fun? We are pleased to announce the Sleepy Hollow Invention Convention will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

Library News

We love for students to borrow books from the library – these “rotating” books help feed a child’s growing reading interests and abilities!  We also love to see students get books of their own to keep, whether as a gift, from school giveaways, or a book store – these books “to keep forever” provide an ongoing source of reading enjoyment!  The beauty of the library is that once books have been read and returned, there are THOUSANDS more still to be enjoyed!  Please help your children see themselves as library users; the school’s library books are ready to be enjoyed by ALL students.  Please reach out to beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how our library works during remote learning – happy reading!

FCPS Updates

FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites are switching from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution.

Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper (at certain sites) items packed in bulk. The meal kits will be available for pick up every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Bus route pickups remain unchanged.

Go to the Food Distribution website to see if your meal site is changing.

During January and February, these sites will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Families that pick up no-cost meals will also be provided a fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. The item will vary each week, and will be available on the following dates: February 3, 10, 17

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food. Please wear a mask when picking up the meal kits.

Special Education Parent Newsletter

The Department of Special Services (DSS) publishes a regular electronic newsletter for parents of special education students to provide updated DSS information, tips, and ideas to support you and your family during distance learning. The latest issue is available online.

Donate to the Stuff the Bus Food Drive

Help Fight Hunger in our Neighborhoods: Donate to the Stuff the Bus Food Drive on February 6

On Saturday, February 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., buses will be parked at locations throughout Fairfax County to collect nonperishable food donations for area food pantries as part of the Stuff the Bus Food Drive. Buses will be in less-frequented lots—including Board of Supervisors’ offices, schools, libraries, and the Pennino building—to allow donors to comply with social distancing recommendations.

For those who are unable to donate in person, monetary donations can be made by visiting the websites of the partner nonprofits serving our community.

See the complete list of food drop-off locations, what to put on your shopping list to donate, and tips for donating safely at Stuff the Bus.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

FCPS – Family and School Partnerships

FCPS – Family and School Partnerships

Music, Attention and Learning

  • Music’s beneficial effects on mental health are well known. Some sing the praises of music for its soothing nature. Sporting events provide music to stir enthusiasm. Children can use music, in part, to learn rhymes and poems or to help focus while studying. Pairing music with rhythm and pitch enhances learning and recall.
  • Music can also help children and adolescents with attention problems.
  • Music may enhance attention to tedious academic tasks such as memorization. Songs, rhythms, and dance or movement can enhance learning. Also, playing background music may help attention to the task.
  • Music can be used to take a break for desired behavior. For example, for paying attention to homework for 10 minutes, a child can be rewarded with the opportunity to listen to music for 5 minutes.
  • Musical cues can be used to help organize activities – one kind of music for one activity like studying, another kind of music for a different activity like dinner, and a third kind for bedtime.
  • Calming music can promote social behavior and decrease impulsive behavior.
  • Music can inspire a feeling of happiness and optimism. It can relax and calm.
Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

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Sleepy Hollow Updates

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January 25, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. This school week marks the end of one semester and the beginning of a new one. As I’m sure you may have learned by now, per Superintendent Brabrand, Return to School dates are as follows:

  • Group 3 (Enhanced Autism/Noncategorical/Select ELL) - February 16th
  • Group 5 (Kindergarten) – February 23rd
  • Group 6 (Grades 1 & 2) – March 9th
  • Group 7 (Grades 3 – 5) – March 16th

These dates are tentative and subject to change based on health metrics and operational requirements. Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

Wishing you a spectacular week filled with Amazing Grace, peace, and Joy!

~Hope begins in the dark; the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait, and watch, and work; you don’t give up. ~ Anne Lamott

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Saturday, January 30: Progress Reports in ParentVue

Monday, February 8: Diversity in STEMS Talk – Thomas Jefferson High School

Monday, February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Monday, February 22: Sleepy Hollow STEM Event: Invention Convention

 

Religious & Cultural Observances

Friday, February 12: Lunar New Year

Monday, February 15: Nehan (Nirvana Day)

Tuesday, February 16: Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday, February 17: Ash Wednesday

Thursday/Friday, February 25-26: Purim

Sleepy Hollow Outstanding Employee Awards  

We are excited to congratulate our amazing Sleepy Hollow staff members who were awarded an Outstanding Employee Award!

Diversity in STEMS Talk – Thomas Jefferson High School PTA News

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership

STEAM Event

February 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Virtual Event

(BBCU link to be shared closer to the date)

Sign up to participate here: https://forms.gle/og3HGzGR5pMyvcpN9

Or by emailing Ms. Collins - jacollins@fcps.edu

Is your child inquisitive, resourceful, imaginative, creative, or likes to ask “why”? Invention Convention is the perfect opportunity for learning and fun? We are pleased to announce the Sleepy Hollow Invention Convention will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News

We love checking books out to our students! Remember that ALL SHES STUDENTS can check books out from our school library! During library lessons, students have been shown how to place books on hold through the online catalog – but if that doesn’t work for your family or you have questions or concerns, please just reach out to our librarian Barbara Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu. We are happy to select books we think your child might like, talk to you about the process and curbside/delivery options, or work out a pickup time that works for you so that all students can have fresh library books to enjoy. Happy reading!

FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

FCPS – Family and School Partnerships

FCPS – Family and School Partnerships

Music, Attention and Learning

  • Music’s beneficial effects on mental health are well known. Some sing the praises of music for its soothing nature. Sporting events provide music to stir enthusiasm. Children can use music, in part, to learn rhymes and poems or to help focus while studying. Pairing music with rhythm and pitch enhances learning and recall.
  • Music can also help children and adolescents with attention problems.
  • Music may enhance attention to tedious academic tasks such as memorization. Songs, rhythms, and dance or movement can enhance learning. Also, playing background music may help attention to the task.
  • Music can be used to take a break for desired behavior. For example, for paying attention to homework for 10 minutes, a child can be rewarded with the opportunity to listen to music for 5 minutes.
  • Musical cues can be used to help organize activities – one kind of music for one activity like studying, another kind of music for a different activity like dinner, and a third kind for bedtime.
  • Calming music can promote social behavior and decrease impulsive behavior.
  • Music can inspire a feeling of happiness and optimism. It can relax and calm.
Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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January 18, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. This is a short school week, but as you know learning doesn’t stop when the bell rings and the school day ends--learning is continuous.

In today’s polarized society, let us focus our learning on one of Dr. Martin Luther King’s most famous quotes: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." Dr. King’s message teaches and reminds us to look to the light and to look to love when dealing with those with whom we disagree. What a great reminder and honor to his legacy and to humankind.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep the main thing, the main thing—our children. It is truly our parents, staff members, and community working together that allows us to maintain the successes we have achieved—especially during these unusual times.

As always, thanks for your grace and flexibility.

~Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain. ~

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – All Offices and Schools Closed

Wednesday, January 20: Inauguration Day Holiday – All Offices & Schools Closed

Thursday, January 21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors:

Parent Resource Center Webinar@ 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Friday, January 22: Two-Hour Early Release- Teacher Workday

Friday, January 22: Supporting Your Grade 3-6 Children in Math:

                       Parent Resource Center Webinar @ 10:00 – 11:30 only

Monday, January 25: Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Wednesday, January 27: Holmes MS – Virtual Curriculum Night – Rising 6th Graders

Saturday, January 30: Progress Reports in ParentVue

PTA News

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership

STEAM Event

February 22, 2021 @ 6pm

Virtual Event

(BBCU link to be shared closer to the date)

Sign up to participate here: https://forms.gle/og3HGzGR5pMyvcpN9

Or by emailing Ms. Collins - jacollins@fcps.edu

Is your child inquisitive, resourceful, imaginative, creative, or likes to ask “why”? Invention Convention is the perfect opportunity for learning and fun? We are pleased to announce the Sleepy Hollow Invention Convention will be held on Monday, February 22nd at 6:00 pm.

FCPS - Return to School Updates

FCPS Meal Distribution Plan - Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 18-26 where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place. Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.   It is important to follow safety guidelines when picking up meals. Please wear a mask, stand a minimum of six feet apart from others, and wash your hands before you arrive and when you return home.  Go to the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 


Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News

Please remember that with no school on Monday 1/18 or Wednesday 1/20, we will not have curbside checkout at SHES on those days; we will still have delivery of library books to the Willston neighborhood on Friday 1/22. If you were hoping to pick up on Monday or Wednesday, please just reach out to our librarian Barbara Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu to work out a pickup time. Happy reading!

Holmes Middle School Virtual Curriculum Night January 27– 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Attention Rising 6th grade parents and students, this curriculum night is open to all parents and students to learn about core course offerings, elective choices, and course sequencing for the 2021-2022 school year.

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Upcoming Events

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 20: Inauguration Day- No School

February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

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Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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January 11, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope that you had a wonderful and restful weekend. As, I’ve stated before, the world around us is moving a mile a minute. The demands on us are tremendous. Now, more so than ever, it is extremely important that you take time for self and relish your family. Stay encouraged, keep looking up, keep holding on, find balance, and look for the small wins and joyful moments in each day. As always, thank you for your continued flexibility and grace.

~Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, January 12: PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – All Offices and Schools Closed

Wednesday, January 20: Inauguration Day – All Offices & Schools Closed

Friday, January 22: Two-Hour Early Release- Teacher Workday

Monday, January 25: Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Religious Holidays-Observances

Orthodox New Year’s Day – January 14

PTA Meeting Link and Updates January 12, 7:00 PM

Google Meet link: https://meet.google.com/omc-eejv-fjdDial in:  +1 443-402-5057

PIN: ‪408 240 437#

Want to show your Dolphin Pride with a Sleepy Hollow mask? Visit our store to purchase child and adult masks:  https://sleepyhollow.memberhub.store/store?category=Face%20Masks

  • All purchases help support the SHES PTA!
  • Items will be available for contactless porch pickup near SHES.
  • Contact Kim Bailey at vicepresident@shespta.org with any questions or if payment by cash/check is preferred.
  • Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership
FCPS - Return to School Updates
  • Bell Schedule - Since FCPS will not be transporting students to school during the pause in the Return to School plan, the new bell schedule will not begin on January 12. FCPS will continue to use the current bell schedule until we have a revised Return to School schedule. Any future changes to the bell schedule will be communicated in advance.
  • FCPS Meal Distribution Plan - Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 18-26 where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place. Meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.   It is important to follow safety guidelines when picking up meals. Please wear a mask, stand a minimum of six feet apart from others, and wash your hands before you arrive and when you return home.  Go to the Return to School/Food page for more information or call the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800. 
    Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

    As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

    The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Calling All Rising Kindergarteners

Do you have a child or know of a child that will be turning 5 years of age by September 30, 2021?  If yes, they are the eligible age to attend kindergarten for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.  Please contact Sleepy Hollow Elementary School at 703-237-7000 so we can add you to a mailing list and later in the Spring send you information on how to register your child for school.  We can’t wait to see what new little dolphins will join our pod! Thank you, Heather Schwartz, Student Information Assistant (SIA).

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News

Thank you to EVERYONE who supported our amazing online book fair! In addition to book purchases and gifts to teachers, our school community enjoyed all the fun with authors and read-alouds by school staff members. Your support of the library program is amazing, thank you!

The link to our school page at bookwormcentral.com will remain up, so please be aware that our school will still benefit from any further purchases made at that link. Thanks for considering Bookworm Central for your book and educational game purchases ongoing!

Don’t forget – we offer 3 different pickup days/times/locations for students to check books out of the school library! Please contact Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you want to learn more – happy reading!

Library book checkout:

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval)

                                    Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Holmes Middle School Virtual Curriculum Night January 27– 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Attention Rising 6th grade parents and students, this curriculum night is open to all parents and students to learn about core course offerings, elective choices, and course sequencing for the 2021-2022 school year.

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Upcoming Events

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 20: Inauguration Day- No School

February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Date Corrections: Sleepy Hollow Updates

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January 4, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

Happy New Year! We welcome 2021 with a renewed spirit and a promise of hope. We wish you a new year filled with prosperity, peace, good health, happiness, peace, and JOY!

~Learn from yesterday; live for today; hope for tomorrow~ Albert Einstein

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, January 4: Staff Planning Day - Asynchronous (independent) work for students

Tuesday, January 5: Author Erin Teagan sharing microscope science @ 3:30 pm

Thursday, January 7: Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Fallen@ 7:30 PM

Monday, January 11: Asynchronous (independent) work for students

Tuesday, January 12: PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – All Offices and Schools Closed

Wednesday, January 20: Inauguration Day – All Offices & Schools Closed

Monday, January 25: Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Religious Holidays-Observances

Epiphany or Three Kings Day – January 6

Orthodox Christmas – January 7

Orthodox New Year’s Day – January 14

FCPS Return to School Updates

After Winter Break, all student groups will start school virtually the week of January 4-8.

Monday, January 4, and Monday, January 11, will be Staff Planning Days. No student interventions will be held. All instruction will be asynchronous (independent) with work assigned by teachers. Teachers will use this time to prepare for the return of additional groups of students to in-person instruction in the weeks ahead.

Dr. Brabrand presented the latest information and timelines for in-person return at the December 10 School Board Work Session. Watch the meeting here. The next update on Return to School will be at the January 5 School Board Work Session. The current DRAFT dates for return of in-person students are listed here. Please go here to see the FCPS COVID data and Fairfax County health metrics.

FCPS - New Bell Schedules Begin Tuesday, January 12

As more students return for in-person learning, it will be necessary to revise the bell schedule to accommodate more bus runs. The number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS must adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.  The school day will be reduced by 15 minutes due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs.

New Sleepy Hollow Bell Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m .

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News-

We have one more week of our online book fair and Dolphinpalooza events!  Please continue to share and shop at this link:  https://rb.gy/e02rr8 and make plans to join our two final events:

Author Erin Teagan sharing microscope science Tuesday 1/5 @ 3:30 pm

Bedtime Stories with Principal Mrs. Fallen Thursday 1/7 @ 7:30 pm

Details for both events can be found by clicking the link above and then clicking into the Dolphinpalooza events list. Thank you so much for everyone’s support of our book fair; it benefits our school library which, in turn, benefits all in our school community.  Please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu with any questions you may have about the fair.

Library book checkout:

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval)

            Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Sleepy Hollow PTA – It’s Not Too Late!

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Register Now for January Webinars Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Upcoming Events

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 20: Inauguration Day- No School

February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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January 4, 2021 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

Happy New Year! We welcome 2021 with a renewed spirit and a promise of hope. We wish you a new year filled with prosperity, peace, good health, happiness, peace, and JOY!

~Learn from yesterday; live for today; hope for tomorrow~ Albert Einstein

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Monday, January 4: Staff Planning Day - Asynchronous (independent) work for students

Tuesday, January 5: Author Erin Teagan sharing microscope science @ 3:30 pm

Thursday, January 7: Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Fallen@ 7:30 PM

Monday, January 11: Asynchronous (independent) work for students

Tuesday, January 12: PTA Meeting @ 7:00 PM

Monday, January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – All Offices and Schools Closed

Thursday, January 21: Inauguration Day – All Offices & Schools Closed

Monday, January 25: Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Religious Holidays-Observances

Epiphany or Three Kings Day – January 6

Orthodox Christmas – January 7

Orthodox New Year’s Day – January 14

FCPS Return to School Updates

After Winter Break, all student groups will start school virtually the week of January 4-8.

Monday, January 4, and Monday, January 11, will be Staff Planning Days. No student interventions will be held. All instruction will be asynchronous (independent) with work assigned by teachers. Teachers will use this time to prepare for the return of additional groups of students to in-person instruction in the weeks ahead.

Dr. Brabrand presented the latest information and timelines for in-person return at the December 10 School Board Work Session. Watch the meeting here. The next update on Return to School will be at the January 5 School Board Work Session. The current DRAFT dates for return of in-person students are listed here. Please go here to see the FCPS COVID data and Fairfax County health metrics.

FCPS - New Bell Schedules Begin Tuesday, January 12

As more students return for in-person learning, it will be necessary to revise the bell schedule to accommodate more bus runs. The number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS must adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.  The school day will be reduced by 15 minutes due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs.

New Sleepy Hollow Bell Schedule: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m .

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As students return to school, parents/caregivers will be asked to acknowledge a Health Screening Commitment form before their student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent/caregiver/guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their children home when they are ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact your child’s school to have a hard copy sent to you.

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News-

We have one more week of our online book fair and Dolphinpalooza events!  Please continue to share and shop at this link:  https://rb.gy/e02rr8 and make plans to join our two final events:

Author Erin Teagan sharing microscope science Tuesday 1/5 @ 3:30 pm

Bedtime Stories with Principal Mrs. Fallen Thursday 1/7 @ 7:30 pm

Details for both events can be found by clicking the link above and then clicking into the Dolphinpalooza events list. Thank you so much for everyone’s support of our book fair; it benefits our school library which, in turn, benefits all in our school community.  Please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu with any questions you may have about the fair.

Library book checkout:

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval)

            Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Sleepy Hollow PTA – It’s Not Too Late!

Please join the SHES PTA! Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Register Now for January Webinars Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started
  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction
  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)
  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves
  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m. January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

Community Resources

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Upcoming Events

January 18: Martin Luther King Holiday – No School

January 21: Inauguration Day- No School

February 15: Presidents’ Day Holiday – No School

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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December 14, 2020 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful and restful weekend. As I’m sure you may have learned by now, per Superintendent Brabrand, In-Person Learning for Group 3 (Enhanced Autism, Noncategorical Elementary & Recently Arrived English Learners in Grades 3-12) is currently paused until after the winter break. Specific groups will return to In-Person Learning beginning January 12th. These dates are tentative and subject to change based on health metrics and operational requirements. Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

(Enhanced Autism & Noncategorical Elementary) January 12

(Kindergarten) January 12

(Grades 1 & 2) January 19

(Grades 3 – 4) January 26

(Grade 5) – February 2

In addition to the new return dates, effective Tuesday, January 12th, Sleepy Hollow’s revised Bell Schedule will be from 9:10 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

As always, thank you for your support, flexibility, and grace.

From our home to yours, we wish you a heartfelt and amazing holiday season. Take time to reflect on the goodness in life. Make lifelong memories together with your loved ones. Wishing you all a magical holiday, filled with peace, happiness, and joy.

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Thursday, December 10- Friday, December 18: Chanukah

Thursday, December 17: Dolphinpalooza Bedtime Story@ 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 21Friday, January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

Friday, December 25: Christmas

Saturday, December 26: Kwanzaa

Friday, January 1: New Year's Day

Thursday, January 7: Dolphinpalooza Bedtime Story@ 7:30 p.m.                                                  

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

December 14 Update on FCPS Meals

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Friday, 12/18 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume
Health Room Updates-Medication Drop Off

If your child is returning to school in Cohort 5 or 6 and requires medication in the health room it will need to be dropped off with appropriate medication authorization. 

Please contact Ms. Galeano in the health room at (703) 237-7011 to schedule drop off. 

Sleepy Hollow PTA - Calling All Parents and SHES Staff!

Let’s go TEAM! Please join the SHES PTA. We need you to help PTA advocate for all kids, bring our community together, and make learning fun. Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Library News-Bus Delivery and Curbside Checkout

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval                                 

             Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Girl Scouts Virtual Camp Tagalong Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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December 8, 2020 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful and restful weekend. Bravo to our PTA Board and Ms. Jenna White. Ms. White is a former Sleepy Hollow Parent. Today she serves as the FCCPTA Representative to the Trauma Informed Community Network, and the Virginia PTA Health and Safety Chair. Ms. White did an outstanding job sharing her wealth of knowledge and information about how we as parents can support our kids during these very unusual times. Her presentation on Pandemic Parenting: Will the Kids Be Okay? How to Mitigate the Impact of COVID Childhood was exceptional.

The world around us is moving a mile a minute. The demands on us are tremendous. Now, more so than ever, it is extremely important that you take time for self and relish your family. Stay encourage, keep looking up, keep holding on, find balance, and always carry a pocketful of joy wherever you go.

All the best,

Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 8: Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Collins@ 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 10: Library Author Visit

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

Library News-Bus Delivery and Curbside Checkout

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval                                 

             Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Sleepy Hollow PTA - Calling All Parents and SHES Staff!

Join the SHES PTA! This year more than ever members are needed to help the PTA advocate for all kids, bring our community together, and make learning fun. Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Community Resource

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Upcoming Events  
  • December 10-18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18
  • December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School
  • December 25: Christmas
  • January 1: New Year's Day

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November 30, 2020 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Holiday. It’s remarkable how fast this year is flying by and that December is already upon us. We have three full weeks of school before winter break, so let’s work together to keep all our children focused and engaged in learning!

Wishing you a week filled with amazing grace and joy. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein

Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, December 1: AAP - Referral Deadline

Tuesday, December 1: Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Nelson

Thursday, December 3: PTA General Meeting/Guest Speaker

Advanced Academics Important Information

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.   

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Sleepy Hollow PTA

Join the SHES PTA! This year more than ever members are needed to help the PTA advocate for all kids, bring our community together, and make learning fun. Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Special Guest Speaker at the Next SHES PTA Meeting

  • When: Thursday, 12/3 - 7pm
  • Where: Google Meet -  meet.google.com/doh-ijgn-vgx    
  • Pandemic Parenting: Will the Kids Be Okay? How to Mitigate the Impact of a COVID Childhood
  • The stress and anxiety of child rearing and virtual learning are tremendous. We are all thinking about how this will affect our youth over the long term. You will learn the basics of trauma and what the research tells us about the impact of adverse experiences, including the good news -- that we can work in our families and communities to mitigate the impact. Learn practical tools for your family and approaches for your community. Presented by Jenna White, former SHES parent, FCCPTA Representative to the Trauma Informed Community Network, and Virginia PTA Health and Safety Chair.
News from our library!

Book fair:  Thank you SO MUCH to all who have supported the SHES online book fair so far! It continues through January 11 so please continue to use and share this link for personal and holiday book and game purchases: https://rb.gy/e02rr8. At this link you can also see the full schedule of Dolphinpalooza events – next up is Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Nelson on 12/1.

Library book checkout:  Starting Monday 11/30, here is our new schedule:

            Delivery: FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside: Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval)

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books.  Happy reading!

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Community Resource

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Upcoming Events  
  • December 10-18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18
  • December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School
  • December 25: Christmas

            2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

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Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

Sleepy Hollow Updates

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Sleepy Hollow News
November 23, 2020 Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful and restful weekend. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. During this special time of the year, I want to pause and take a moment to express how thankful and grateful I am. I am so grateful for my health, my family, and my friends. I am also grateful to have such a wonderful, loving, hardworking, and committed school community. Sleepy Hollow is truly a special place and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for your encouragement and praise for our entire Sleepy Hollow Staff. As many of you have said time and time again, “Our staff and faculty are some of the most devoted people!” I agree, for I’ve come to know that they all “keep the main thing the main thing—our children.” Wishing you a week filled with absolute joy, gratefulness, and inspiration.

From our home to yours be safe, be well, be blessed. Happy Thanksgiving!

Mattie Fallen, Principal

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 25: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday – No School

Friday, November 27: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 1: AAP - Referral Deadline

Thursday, December 3: PTA General Meeting/Guest Speaker

Advanced Academics Important Information

Reminder:  Referral Window for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Consideration Ends December 1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form by December 1.   

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Sleepy Hollow PTA

Join the SHES PTA! This year more than ever members are needed to help the PTA advocate for all kids, bring our community together, and make learning fun. Join here: shespta.org/membership  

Special Guest Speaker at the Next SHES PTA Meeting

  • When: Thursday, 12/3 - 7pm
  • Where: Google Meet -  meet.google.com/doh-ijgn-vgx    
  • Pandemic Parenting: Will the Kids Be Okay? How to Mitigate the Impact of a COVID Childhood
  • The stress and anxiety of child rearing and virtual learning are tremendous. We are all thinking about how this will affect our youth over the long term. You will learn the basics of trauma and what the research tells us about the impact of adverse experiences, including the good news -- that we can work in our families and communities to mitigate the impact. Learn practical tools for your family and approaches for your community. Presented by Jenna White, former SHES parent, FCCPTA Representative to the Trauma Informed Community Network, and Virginia PTA Health and Safety Chair.
News from our library!

Book fair:  Thank you SO MUCH to all who have supported the SHES online book fair so far! It continues through January 11 so please continue to use and share this link for personal and holiday book and game purchases: https://rb.gy/e02rr8. At this link you can also see the full schedule of Dolphinpalooza events – next up is Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Nelson on 12/2.

Library book checkout:  There is NO CURBSIDE PICKUP ON WEDNESDAY 11/25.  In addition, please be aware that we have changes to both curbside and bus delivery!  Starting Monday 11/30, here is our new schedule:

            Delivery: FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside: Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval)

Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at beoswalt@fcps.edu if you have any questions about how your student can get library books.  Happy reading!

Sleepy Hollow is Looking for Classroom Monitor Support & Substitute Teachers

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested. 

What are the job duties and minimum qualifications for a classroom monitor?

The classroom monitor position has been advertised with the following description:

Description: Provides in-person classroom assistance to a school or center assisting a virtual teacher with conducting classroom activities; works with individual and small groups of students; operates technology to include cameras, learning platforms, and learning tools; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; provides supervision throughout the school day including in the classroom, halls, lunch, recess, and specials; performs administrative and noninstructional duties, such as keeping daily attendance; and ensures all CDC/safety protocols and procedures (e.g., fire drills) are implemented and followed.

Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable with basic technology equipment/tools; knowledge of and ability to ensure all CDC/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and ability to interact effectively with assigned student population

Hourly Band 4:    $15.42

How do potential candidates apply?

Aligned with standard hiring practices all potential candidates must complete an online application. Candidates will be eligible to be hired once they apply and are screened by the HR team. If you are aware of potential applicants, direct them to use the following link to apply: http://careers.fcps.edu/gateway.htm?tg=supp&req=14097BR.

Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores
FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

Community Resource

Warmline Available to All Virginians Struggling to Cope

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused upheaval and unexpected stress in the lives of so many people. To support Virginians, the VA C.O.P.E.S. (compassionate, optimistic, person-centered, empowering support) warmline is available to offer support. The mental health tip line started in May 2020 and, thanks to new funding, the service will be extended through May 2021. 

Any Virginian can make a confidential call and speak to a crisis counselor about what's bothering them. The line is available Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and 5pm-9pm on the weekends by phone or text at 877-349-6428. Spanish counselors are also available.

The warmline is available to residents who may be struggling to cope with the effects of the pandemic including isolation, fear, grief, and anxiety. Not only will callers be provided a supportive compassionate ear, but they will also be provided additional information, resources, and referrals as needed.

Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online: https://bit.ly/3hahky7

Upcoming Events  
  • December 10-18: Chanukah (begins sunset 12/10) - 12/18
  • December 21 - January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School
  • December 25: Christmas

            2020-21 Standard School Year Calendar.

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

3333 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044 | Main Office: 703.237.7000
Attendance: 703.237.7097 | Web | Twitter

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