Sleepy Hollow Assistant Principal Announcement

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Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,

We are thrilled to announce that Kristin Growitz-Bermudez will be joining our Sleepy Hollow family as our new Assistant Principal, effective July 9th, 2024. Kristin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we are confident that she will contribute significantly to our school's continued success.

Please join us in welcoming Kristin Growitz-Bermudez. We look forward to the positive impact she will have on our students, staff, and community.

Warm regards,

Mirnaly Vega

Principal 

 

Bio for Kristin Growitz-Bermudez:

Ms. Kristin Growitz-Bermudez has 28 years of educational experience and has proudly served the Justice Pyramid community for the last 17 years. She brings a global perspective to her teaching, having experience in elementary schools across diverse locations like Tampico, Mexico; Cairo, Egypt; and Washington, D.C. Ms. Growitz-Bermudez taught middle and high school Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) in Plaistow, NH and Arlington, VA.  She played a key role in developing the FACS program at what is now South County High School.  After completing her masters, she moved into the role of ESOL teacher at Glasgow Middle School. Most recently, Ms. Growitz-Bermudez was the department chair of the ESOL/Special Education team where she has served a range of schools as an itinerant teacher. 

Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Keene State College. She completed her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Multilingual/Multicultural Education, at George Mason University. Recently, she completed her leadership certification through the University of Virginia and FCPS Accelerated Certificate Cohort for Leadership.

Her leadership skills in addition to her knowledge and passion regarding Multilingual Learners, special education, and restorative practices, have led her to this new and exciting role within our school.

Ms. Growitz-Bermudez looks forward to serving Sleepy Hollow’s amazing staff, students, and community.  

 

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June 10th, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

As we wrap up another incredible school year, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the students, parents, and staff for their hard work, dedication, and support. It has been a year full of growth, learning, and memorable experiences. I would also like to send a special THANK YOU to all the PTA families, the PTA Board members and everyone who supported in all the memorable family events we experienced this school year. Our students will keep these memories forever. 

Summer Tips

As we head into summer, we encourage all our students to continue learning and growing. Here are some tips for a safe and enjoyable summer:

  1. Stay Active: Participate in outdoor activities like biking, swimming, or playing sports to stay fit and healthy.
  2. Read Daily: Keep your mind sharp by reading books, magazines, or any material that interests you.
  3. Stay Safe: Remember to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and always be aware of your surroundings.

We wish all our families a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled summer. We look forward to seeing everyone back on August 19th, 2024 refreshed and ready for another fantastic school year.

Warmest regards, 

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

THANK YOU PTA! Important Upcoming Dates 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30 Dismissal 

Attendance Matters

We are thrilled to share some fantastic news with you. Thanks to your dedication and support, we have successfully reduced our chronic absenteeism rate down to 13.8% from 22.8% from the prior school year. Your efforts in ensuring that your children attend school regularly have made a significant difference.

Regular attendance is crucial for our students' academic success and overall well-being. Your commitment to prioritizing education and helping your children develop good attendance habits is deeply appreciated. Together, we are creating a brighter future for our students.

Thank you once again for your continued partnership and support. Let's keep up the great work in 2023-2024 school year!

📈 SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

INOVA Back to School Pediatric Health Fairs

Inova Cares Clinic (ICC) will provide children ages 5+ with free school entrance physicals and immunizations at summer health fairs for children on Medicaid or who are uninsured. The clinics will take place 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 29, at ICC for Children - Manassas
  • Saturday, July 20, at ICC for Children - Herndon
  • Saturday, August 17, at ICC for Children - Falls Church

Appointments are required. No walk-ins will be allowed. Call 703-698-2550 for an appointment.

Mental Wellness

Virtual Mental Wellness Consultations

This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from Monday, June 24, through Friday, August 2. Any FCPS parent or secondary student can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or social worker by phone or videoconference. 

Parents of students in any grade level can request a consultation to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

We encourage all families to take advantage of this service. Request a consultation or call and leave a message at 703-503-2520.

Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

PTA School Supplies!

Save time and money by purchasing your child's school supplies for next year (2024-2025) from the PTA! On sale now until June 14. Order online or return the form sent home in your child's Wednesday folder.  To order online go to: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/  and enter our school code: SLE009

Library News

Public library:  We had a great visit for all students by a librarian from the George Mason Regional Library.  He shared their summer reading program (found at https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/reading-challenges/summer-reading) and gave some great book talks.  Keep reading over the summer and visit ANY of the community and regional branches of the public library for free interactive programs for kids along with free access to computers, newspapers, magazines, videos, and books!

Barnes & Noble:  Take a look at the flyer recently sent home to find out how your child can get a free book by participating in Barnes & Noble's summer program (English: https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/bnstores/kids/misc/2024/KidsSummerReadingJournalEnglish_bn.com.pdf; Spanish: https://dispatch.barnesandnoble.com/content/dam/ccr/bnstores/kids/misc/2024/KidsSummerReadingJournalSpanish.pdf).  Books read for the public library challenge will also count for the BN program.  Listening to a book read aloud, audio books, books read on an e-reader, and physical books ALL count!  Books in any format count (Graphic novel, poetry, picture book, etc.) - all reading is valuable!

Book giveaway:  On Monday as part of Field Day, each student will get to select 2 gently-used books to keep!  Watch for these to come home and consider sharing them together with your child.

Returning school library books:  Thank you for encouraging your students to locate and return their library books!  We are aiming for 100% of checked-out books to be returned before 6/12; if you locate a library book over the summer, please hold onto it and return it in the fall.

Fun fact:  Our school library checked out a total of 24,701 books this school year!  Yay reading!!  Wow, our students love books, which warms our hearts!  Have a great summer of reading!

Family Information Phone Lines

 

☎️ Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight LanguagesParents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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

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June 2nd, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we approach the end of this school year, it's a wonderful time to reflect on the many opportunities for learning and social growth that our students have experienced. This year has been filled with numerous achievements, both in the classroom and beyond, and we are incredibly proud of the progress our students have made.

Throughout the year, our students have engaged in a variety of challenging and enriching academic activities. From science night, curriculum related field trips, author visit, battle of the books and history projects, each student has had the chance to explore and deepen their knowledge in diverse subjects. Their dedication and hard work have resulted in impressive accomplishments and personal growth.

One of the most important aspects of school life is the development of social skills and relationships. This year, our students have had many opportunities to collaborate, communicate, and form meaningful connections with their peers. Whether through group projects, school events, or everyday interactions, they have learned the importance of empathy, respect, and cooperation.

I am excited to continue building on the successes of this year in 2024-2025. We have many plans in place to further enhance our academic programs and provide even more opportunities for student engagement and growth.

We are grateful for the support and partnership of our parents and guardians throughout the year. Your involvement and encouragement have been crucial to our students' success, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration in the future.

Thank you for being an integral part of our school community. 

 

End-of-Year Important Events:

As the school year winds down, we have several important events and dates to mark on your calendars:

  • June 5th - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m.
  • June 10th Field Day - Get ready for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities and games for all students
  • June 11th 9:30 a.m. 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 
  • June 12th Last Day of School - Let's bid farewell to another fantastic school year with smiles and fond memories. 2 hour Early Release, 1:30 dismissal 

Warm regards, 

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

Important Upcoming Dates 

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30 Dismissal 

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance is important all year, up to the last day of school. Attendance affects student performance and school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

PTA School Supplies!

Save time and money by purchasing your child's school supplies for next year (2024-2025) from the PTA! On sale now until June 14. Order online or return the form sent home in your child's Wednesday folder.  To order online go to: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/  and enter our school code: SLE009

Library News

It's hard to believe but student checkout is finished for the year and all books are now past due; please help your student locate and return all their library books.  Our student news show is also finished; the 5th grade crews have been amazing as they helped keep our school informed of news all through the school year!  5th graders are also looking ahead to a zoom call with the Glasgow MS librarian; it's a great chance to glimpse the middle school library and get to know a friendly face at their new school.  And the visit by the public librarian for all grade levels is almost here!  If you have any questions about summer reading, please reach out to our librarian at [email protected].  Happy reading!

Family Information Phone Lines

 

☎️ Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight LanguagesParents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

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May 26, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

On Thursday May 23rd, Virginia Department of Education recognized Kathleen Fugle as the Computer Science Educator of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia! This is such a well-deserved honor! For years, Ms. Fugle has been advocating for and supporting expanded opportunities for ALL students to engage in Computer Science. Thank you for your leadership of Computer Science education at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School!

 

Monday May 27th, 2024 is Memorial Day and all FCPS schools will be closed. We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday May 28th, 2024. 

 

End-of-Year Important Events:

As the school year winds down, we have several important events and dates to mark on your calendars:

  • June 10th Field Day - Get ready for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities and games for all students
  • June 11th 9:30 a.m. 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 
  • June 12th Last Day of School - Let's bid farewell to another fantastic school year with smiles and fond memories. 2 hour Early Release, 1:30 dismissal 

Thank you for your continued support. 

 

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

Important Upcoming Dates 

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30 Dismissal 

FCPS Schools will be closed on Monday May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. 

Budget School Board Votes to Adopt Fiscal Year 2025 Approved Budget

The Fairfax County School Board to adopt Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Approved Budget at their board meeting last night. The FY 2025 Approved Budget totals $3.7 billion — a net increase of $233.2 million or 6.6% over the previous year. 

The FY 2025 Approved Budget focuses on providing educational excellence for all students and ensuring that employees’ hard work and dedication are acknowledged through competitive compensation. Both of these efforts fully align with the FCPS 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Nearly 86% of the Approved Budget is targeted at instruction. Key budget highlights include funding for a 4% compensation increase for all employees; maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students; and expanding athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.

Watch the School Board’s budget discussion. Visit FCPS’ Budget webpage.

Summer Extravaganza

☀️ Enjoy Fun and Resources at the Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

📝 Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 TestsVirginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Ms. Ana Maria Menendez, [email protected]  for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

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May 20th  2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we approach the end of the school year, please be on the lookout for important notices about upcoming events from your child's teacher. These notices will be sent via email or through Talking Points.

Additionally, we want to emphasize the importance of attendance. Every single day counts, right up until the last day of school. Let's work together to ensure a strong finish to the school year!

Thank you for your continued support.

 

End-of-Year Important Events:

As the school year winds down, we have several important events and dates to mark on your calendars:

  • June 10th Field Day - Get ready for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities and games for all students
  • June 11th 9:30 a.m. 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 
  • June 12th Last Day of School - Let's bid farewell to another fantastic school year with smiles and fond memories. 2 hour Early Release, 1:30 dismissal 

 

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

SOL Testing Schedule  Important Upcoming Dates 

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Graduation, 10:00 a.m.

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30 Dismissal 

May Heritage Celebrations Important Information from our Specialist Teachers 

From Mr. Zupan & Mr. Henry - Field Day Information 

Field Day Information

Date: June 10, 2024 Time: 9:30 am  2:10 am (this will also allow for classes to change out of wet clothes)

Event Sign Up:

  • Mr. Henry will post on Sign Up Genius by May 12 and send a flyer home in Wednesday folders for both Staff and PTA Volunteers with descriptions
  • We are seeking bilingual spanish speaking parent volunteers
  • A schedule that is by grade and by event will be sent out for families to meet up with their child's class
  • Parent Help:
    • Canopies and Coolers need names on them so we can make sure to return them properly.  They will be placed on the curb towards the end of the day. 
    • Games/Activities,
    • Canopy/Coolers with Ice drop off is at 9 by the SACC curb. 
    • 2:30 would love parent help to bring all equipment in (they most difficult are all the wet buckets/hoses to by place in the chemical shower located in gym offic
  • Front office will each get a master copy of each class location and a map

 

From Ms. Crocker

Spring Concert

Band, Chorus and Strings concert is Wednesday, June 5th! Strings students, arrive at 6:00pm to the gym, band at 6:30, chorus at 6:30 to the library.  This will be a wonderful celebration of everyone’s hard work! Attire: plain, white tops, black or dark bottoms.

 

From Ms. Oswalt

Library  News

  • Looking ahead, it’s hard to believe but the final date for students to check out from the school library is Friday 5/24 All student books are due back by 5/29; this date is set by the county.  After 5/29, student books are overdue.  Please help your student locate and return all their library books.
  • June 6th - Fairfax County Public Library will visit to discuss their summer reading program 
  • Battle of the Books Results - this was an amazing event!  9 teams competed to show their knowledge of 11 selected books; they deciphered clues, figured out puzzles, and worked together as a team – and had a great time! Congratulations  to our 5th grade winners and our two 4th grade runners up!   
⏰ Share Your Thoughts on Middle School Start Times

Attend a forum to hear about adolescent sleep research from an expert, learn about FCPS’ ongoing middle school start times study, and participate in small group discussions. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Breakout sessions will be held for middle school students to share their voices. Students are encouraged to attend! 

Register by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

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May 12th  2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

A paper copy of the Sleepy Hollow FLES Survey was distributed in Wednesday folders to all families. If you prefer to complete the survey online, please complete the form at the link below. Thank you for your participation. Every voice matters!

https://forms.gle/UBb9Q2k5KeVjKBko9

 

End-of-Year Important Events:

As the school year winds down, we have several important events and dates to mark on your calendars:

  • June 10th Field Day - Get ready for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities and games for all students
  • June 11th 9:30 a.m. 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 
  • June 12th Last Day of School - Let's bid farewell to another fantastic school year with smiles and fond memories. 2 hour Early Release, 1:30 dismissal 

 

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

Important Upcoming Dates 

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Moving Up Day

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release

SOL Testing Schedule  Welcome our New Sleepy Hollow Family Liason 

My name is Indira Mendez Flores.  I graduated as a teacher in my country in El Salvador in 1997. I studied at NOVA Community College in 2005 earning a Childrens Development Assistance certificate. Before working at FCPS as a parent liason, I worked as a Spanish teacher at Minnieland Day Care and prior to that I was a school bus driver with Prince WIlliams County for 17 years. In my free time, I love to spend time with my 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren and my cat, Rafi. 

I will be at Sleepy Hollow on Tuesdays and Thursdays till the end of this school year and then begin full time in August 2024. 

Register today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun

Important Information from our Specialist Teachers 

From Mr. Zupan & Mr. Henry - Field Day Information 

Field Day Information

Date: June 10, 2024 Time: 9:30 am  2:10 am (this will also allow for classes to change out of wet clothes)

Event Sign Up:

  • Mr. Henry will post on Sign Up Genius by May 12 and send a flyer home in Wednesday folders for both Staff and PTA Volunteers with descriptions
  • We are seeking bilingual spanish speaking parent volunteers
  • A schedule that is by grade and by event will be sent out for families to meet up with their child's class
  • Parent Help:
    • Canopies and Coolers need names on them so we can make sure to return them properly.  They will be placed on the curb towards the end of the day. 
    • Games/Activities,
    • Canopy/Coolers with Ice drop off is at 9 by the SACC curb. 
    • 2:30 would love parent help to bring all equipment in (they most difficult are all the wet buckets/hoses to by place in the chemical shower located in gym offic
  • Front office will each get a master copy of each class location and a map

 

From Ms. Crocker

Spring Concert

Band, Chorus and Strings concert is Wednesday, June 5th! Strings students, arrive at 6:00pm to the gym, band at 6:30, chorus at 6:30 to the library.  This will be a wonderful celebration of everyone’s hard work! Attire: plain, white tops, black or dark bottoms.

 

From Ms. Oswalt

Library  News

  • Looking ahead, it’s hard to believe but the final date for students to check out from the school library is Friday 5/24 All student books are due back by 5/29; this date is set by the county.  After 5/29, student books are overdue.  Please help your student locate and return all their library books.
  • June 6th - Fairfax County Public Library will visit to discuss their summer reading program 
  • Battle of the Books Results - this was an amazing event!  9 teams competed to show their knowledge of 11 selected books; they deciphered clues, figured out puzzles, and worked together as a team – and had a great time! Congratulations  to our 5th grade winners and our two 4th grade runners up!   
Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Sleepy Hollow staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

⏰ Share Your Thoughts on Middle School Start Times

Attend a forum to hear about adolescent sleep research from an expert, learn about FCPS’ ongoing middle school start times study, and participate in small group discussions. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Breakout sessions will be held for middle school students to share their voices. Students are encouraged to attend! 

Register by clicking on one of the following dates: 

While registration is not required, it does help with planning. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.

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May 6, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we near the end of another incredible school year, it's time to celebrate the hard work, dedication, and passion of our exceptional staff. This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, a special time where we express our gratitude for the tireless efforts our educators put forth each day to nurture, educate, and inspire our children.

Throughout this week, we invite you to join us in showing our appreciation to our teachers. Whether it's a heartfelt note, a small token of appreciation, or a simple "thank you," every gesture means the world to our devoted educators

End-of-Year Important Events:

As the school year winds down, we have several important events and dates to mark on your calendars:

  • June 10th Field Day - Get ready for a day of fun-filled outdoor activities and games for all students
  • June 11th 9:30 a.m. 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 
  • June 12th Last Day of School - Let's bid farewell to another fantastic school year with smiles and fond memories. 2 hour Early Release, 1:30 dismissal 

We look forward to celebrating these moments with you and your children as we close out the school year on a high note!

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

Important Upcoming Dates 

May 7 - 2nd Grade Field Trip Green Spring Gardens

May 10 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Library

May 11 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Willston Community Ctr

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - 5th Grade Moving Up Day

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release

SOL Testing Schedule  Assistant Principal Panel Interview

If you are interested in participating on the interview panel for a new Sleepy Hollow Assistant Principal, please contact me at [email protected]

I am looking for a parent to represent our community as we begin the search for an Assistant Principal. Thank you in advance.

Ms. Vega

 

Important Information from our Specialist Teachers 

From Mr. Zupan & Mr. Henry - Field Day Information 

Field Day Information

Date: June 10, 2024 Time: 9:30 am  2:10 am (this will also allow for classes to change out of wet clothes)

Event Sign Up:

  • Mr. Henry will post on Sign Up Genius by May 12 and send a flyer home in Wednesday folders for both Staff and PTA Volunteers with descriptions
  • We are seeking bilingual spanish speaking parent volunteers
  • A schedule that is by grade and by event will be sent out for families to meet up with their child's class
  • Parent Help:
    • Canopies and Coolers need names on them so we can make sure to return them properly.  They will be placed on the curb towards the end of the day. 
    • Games/Activities,
    • Canopy/Coolers with Ice drop off is at 9 by the SACC curb. 
    • 2:30 would love parent help to bring all equipment in (they most difficult are all the wet buckets/hoses to by place in the chemical shower located in gym offic
  • Front office will each get a master copy of each class location and a map

 

From Ms. Crocker

Spring Concert

Band, Chorus and Strings concert is Wednesday, June 5th! Strings students, arrive at 6:00pm to the gym, band at 6:30, chorus at 6:30 to the library.  This will be a wonderful celebration of everyone’s hard work! Attire: plain, white tops, black or dark bottoms.

 

From Ms. Oswalt

Library  News

  • Looking ahead, it’s hard to believe but the final date for students to check out from the school library is Friday 5/24 All student books are due back by 5/29; this date is set by the county.  After 5/29, student books are overdue.  Please help your student locate and return all their library books.
  • June 6th - Fairfax County Public Library will visit to discuss their summer reading program 
  • Battle of the Books Results - this was an amazing event!  9 teams competed to show their knowledge of 11 selected books; they deciphered clues, figured out puzzles, and worked together as a team – and had a great time! Congratulations  to our 5th grade winners and our two 4th grade runners up!   

 

Parent Input for Class Placement

As the 2023-2024 school year is coming to a close, your Sleepy Hollow staff is starting to prepare for the 2024-2025 school year. Class placement is one of the most important tasks that our staff engage in during the last weeks of school. When it comes to class placements, we consider many things, such as heterogeneous groupings, balancing academic abilities, and maximizing the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success, please complete this optional Parent Input Form by Friday, May 24th.

Your child’s current classroom teacher, specialists, counselors, and administrators will collaborate to make well-balanced classes. We value and consider your insight into your child’s learning needs. Please note that this system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. 

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I announce Mr. Tim Scesney leaving the Sleepy Hollow community. As you know, Mr. Scesney has been the steadfast leader of our school helping in making a smooth transition of my principalship. He will be begin his next assignment at Freedom Hill Elementary School as their new Assistant Principal effective July 9th, 2024. Mr. Scesney's impact to our school community has been significant. We wish him the best of luck in his new position but will always be part of our pod at Sleepy Hollow. 

I will be working with the region to select a new assistant principal who will be announced before the end of the school year. I look forward to receiving feedback, suggestions and input from you as your involvement is important to me. 

Warmly,

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

 

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we reflect on the past week, our school community has truly come together to celebrate some significant events and recognize the dedication of our staff members. It's been a time of reflection, appreciation, and awareness, and we're excited to share our highlights with you.

Earth Week: Our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship was on full display during Earth Week. From engaging classroom discussions to hands-on activities like cleaning up our school grounds, our students demonstrated their dedication to protecting our planet. Thank you for supporting our efforts to instill a love for the Earth in our future generations.

Autism Awareness Week: This week provided a valuable opportunity to raise awareness, promote understanding, and celebrate the unique abilities of individuals with autism. Through classroom discussions, awareness campaigns, and acts of kindness, our school community came together to create an inclusive environment where every individual is valued and supported. Thank you for joining us in fostering empathy, acceptance, and inclusion.

Administrator Assistants Day: On this special day, we took the time to recognize and celebrate the invaluable contributions of our front office staff; Karla Lobo, Ana Maria Menendez, Kecia Honesty and Lisbeth Coto. Whether it's greeting visitors with a warm smile, ensuring smooth daily operations, or offering a helping hand to students and parents, our administrative assistants play a crucial role in keeping our school running smoothly. Join us in expressing our gratitude for their hard work, dedication, and unwavering support the next time you stop into the front office

Teacher Appreciation Week: As we look ahead to Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 - May 10), we're gearing up to honor the incredible individuals who inspire, educate, and empower our students every day. From early mornings to late nights, our teachers go above and beyond to create engaging learning experiences, foster meaningful connections, and make a positive difference in the lives of our children. Let's come together as a community to show our appreciation and gratitude for their tireless dedication and unwavering commitment to excellence.

We encourage you to join us in celebrating these special occasions and expressing gratitude to all the dedicated individuals who make our school community so special. Together, we can continue to create a supportive and inclusive environment where every individual thrives.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

 

Important Upcoming Dates 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families,            6:00 p.m. Library

May 3 - Teacher Work Day, No school for students

May 7 - 2nd Grade Field Trip Green Spring Gardens

May 10 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Library

May 11 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Willston Community Ctr

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - Promotion Day

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release

SOL Testing Schedule  🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

🖍️ It’s Kindergarten Registration Time!

Attending kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn and practice the essential social, emotional, problem-solving, and self-regulation skills they will use throughout their lives. Eligible children can also be registered throughout the summer, but registering your child early helps us plan, so that we have the teachers and resources needed on the first day of school. 

We are happy to support families with registration and the transition to kindergarten. For more information in other languages, visit FCPS’ Kindergarten Registration webpage.

Middle School Start Time

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

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April 21st 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

What an amazing week it has been as we reflect on the unforgettable experiences our students had during our farm trip! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the chaperones and staff members who supported this exciting adventure, ensuring that every student had the opportunity to learn, explore, and connect with nature in meaningful ways.

A Day on the Farm Our students immersed themselves in the sights, sounds, and smells of farm life. It was a joy to witness their excitement and curiosity as they engaged in hands-on activities and discovered the wonders of the natural world. These experiences not only fostered a deeper appreciation for agriculture but also provided valuable lessons about sustainability, environmental stewardship, and the importance of connecting with our food sources.

Six Weeks of School Remaining As we enter the final stretch of the school year, let's keep the momentum going! Now is the perfect time to reinforce school expectations with your child, emphasizing the importance of making safe, respectful, and responsible choices each day. Remind them that every moment matters and that attending school regularly is key to their success.

Parent Partnership Your partnership in your child's education is invaluable, and we encourage you to continue supporting their learning journey at home. Take time to engage in conversations about their day at school, and provide encouragement and praise for their efforts and achievements. Together, we can ensure that every child reaches their full potential.

Upcoming Events As we look ahead, please be on the lookout for information about upcoming events and activities, including end-of-year celebrations. Your involvement and participation in these events are essential to creating a vibrant and supportive school community.

Thank you once again for your continued support and dedication to the success of our students. Let's make the most of the remaining weeks of the school year and finish strong!

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead filled with joy, learning, and cherished moments with your family.

Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Sleepy Hollow Principal 

 

Important Upcoming Dates 

April 22 - Battle of the Books 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families,            6:00 p.m. Cafeteria 

May 3 - Teacher Work Day, No school for students

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

May 7 - 2nd Grade Field Trip Green Spring Gardens

May 10 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Library

May 11 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega, Willston Community Ctr

May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed

June 5 - Spring Music Concert 7:00 p.m. 

June 10 - Field Day 

June 11 - Promotion Day

June 12 - Last Day of School 2 Hour Early Release

 

 

SOL Testing Schedule  SEL Screener Results

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact Dr. Cottle, school counselor [email protected] 

☀️🎨🎶 FCPS SUMMER ARTS CAMP

Sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create at the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) summer camp! Program is open to any student enrolled in grades 2-5 during the 2023-24 school year. Check out the class options, dates, and details: https://bit.ly/3JjeBm6

Equity Award

Nominate Someone Today for the Bussey Memorial   Equity Award

Do you know of an outstanding person or group that has worked for equity in an FCPS school? There’s still time to nominate a candidate for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.

This award recognizes staff, students, or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member may nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1. Full details are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Middle School Start Time

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

✅ School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

 

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April 14th 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the start of a warm spring week ahead. I wanted to take a moment to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible PTA for yet another fantastic event this past Friday.

The movie night was a resounding success, and it was truly heartwarming to witness families coming together to share in the joy of cinema and delicious popcorn. Your support and participation are what make these events so special, and we are immensely grateful for your enthusiasm and dedication.

As we look ahead to the coming days, we are excited that every grade level will have the opportunity to experience the Fryin' Pan Farm field trip. This promises to be an enriching and memorable outing for our students, and we can't wait to see the excitement on their faces as they learn and explore.

With only ten weeks left in the school year, we kindly ask for your continued assistance in reinforcing school behavior expectations with your children. Your partnership plays a crucial role in helping our students make positive choices each day, and we truly appreciate your ongoing support.

Thank you once again for your unwavering commitment to our school community. Together, we can continue to create meaningful experiences and opportunities for our children to thrive.

Staff Openings for 2023-2024'

  • Early Childhood Special Ed. Instructional Assistant (1)
  • Multiple Disabilities Teacher (1)
Important Upcoming Dates 

April 15 - Frying Pan Farm Trip for Kindergarten & 5th Graders

April 17 - Frying Pan Farm Trip for 1st & 4th Graders 

April 17 - Wear Purple #MonthofTheMilitaryChild

April 17 - Curriculum Night for students and families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Bus Transportation will be provided. 

April 19 - Frying Pan Farm Trip for 2nd & 3rd Graders 

April 22 - Battle of the Books 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

SOL Testing Schedule  💜 April is the Month of the Military Child! Wear PURPLE on Wednesday April 17th

FCPS is proud to have more than 14,000 military-connected students. Thank you to all our students & their families who serve. We are grateful for your contributions to our classrooms and our nation. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

In support of all military familes, wear PURPLE on Friday April 19th!

#MonthOfTheMilitaryChild #PurpleUpFCPS

Middle School Start Time

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Family Summit

Safe, Supported, Inclusive 

FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

✅ School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

 

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

 

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8th

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon and one that requires important safety reminders.

Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, we have been able to collect approved eyewear so that students can safely view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the glasses. This was a generous gift from the PTA and we are appreciative of their collaboration on this extraordinary event.

All students will be provided with a pair of ISO 12312-2 approved glasses at dismissal. Teachers will reinforce to students the importance of wearing the glasses.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.
  • https://www.fcps.edu/solar-eclipse

Staffing Updates: I am excited to share I have extended a request to hire for an ESOL teacher position and an early childhood special education instructional assistant

Staff Openings for 2023-2024'

  • Early Childhood Special Ed. Instructional Assistant (1)
  • Multiple Disabilities Teacher (2)
Important Upcoming Dates 

 

April 10th - Eid Al-Fitr Holiday, No School

April 12th - Parent Coffee at Sleepy Hollow Library 

April 13th - Parent Coffee at Willston Community Ctr

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

April 22 - Battle of the Books 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

SOL Testing Schedule 

An early Eid Mubarak to our families who will be ending the season of Ramadan this week. Please see below for more information about this cultural observance. School will be closed on Wednesday in observance of this holiday. 

FRYING PAN PARK SCHOOL FIELD TRIP!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce an upcoming educational field trip to a local farm! This trip will be an enriching opportunity for all our students to connect with nature, learn about agriculture, and gain hands-on experience in a real-life farm setting.

  1. Permission Slips: Please ensure that your child returns the permission slip by Friday April 12th. A link to the field trip form is below. Please complete the form, print and return to school on April 3rd. SHES_FryingPanParkFieldTripForm.pdf

  2. Attire: We recommend dressing your child in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Since we'll be outdoors for much of the day, hats, sunscreen, and reusable water bottles are also encouraged.

  3. Lunch and Snacks: Students will be provided a school bagged lunch and a healthy snack.
  4. Chaperones -  Every classroom is able to bring two adult chaperones on the school bus. Additional parents may attend the field trip and meet your student's class at the farm.
  • Grade Level Dates of Field Trip
    • Kindergarten & 5th Grade  Monday April 15th 
    • 1st Grade & 4th Grade   Wednesday April 17th 
    • 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Friday April 19th

We believe that this farm field trip will provide valuable learning opportunities for our students, fostering a deeper understanding of agriculture and environmental stewardship. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Mirnaly Vega

 

 

 

From Barksdale Yearbook Co.:

Student/Parent Information

Online ordering of your yearbooks has been activated. Your student families can now access www.barksdalephoto.com to place their order using the access code: 0038404YB

Middle School Start Time

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

🏫 Advertised Budget Focuses on Schools and Instruction

Investing in excellence means putting our dollars where it matters most — schools and instruction. Nearly 93% of FCPS full-time staff work directly in our schools. And nearly 86% of FCPS’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Advertised Budget is dedicated to instructional programs across all grade levels, including special education. 

Only 5% of the advertised budget is for general support and central administration. Central office administrators represent only 0.8% of total full-time positions.

For more details on FCPS’ advertised budget, view budget documents, including the FY 2025 Budget Book. 

Check out the Budget Calendar for important dates in the budget process as well as opportunities for the community to provide feedback

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Lexia Night

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Family Summit

Safe, Supported, Inclusive 

FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

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March 25, 2024 Sae the DATE! AAP Orientation for Families  Wednesday May 1, 2024

Join me and Sleepy Hollow AAP teachers this evening to share our AAP local level IV services at the 3rd-5th grade classrooms

Please contact me for any questions, Ms. Mirnaly Vega, Principal [email protected]

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AAP Newsletter

Families, please find attached the Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Spring Newsletter, with information about screening for Subject Specific (Level II), Part-Time (Level III), and Full-Time (Level IV) Services as well as an overview of the continuum of Advanced Academic services in FCPS. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tracy Haynes, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher.

 

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

Screening for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

Screening Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent or guardian input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Appeals Process for Subject Specific (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

If a parent or guardian wishes to appeal an ineligible decision, they may submit an appeal with new data for consideration by the local school screening committee. This new information should be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Mrs. Haynes.

Subject Specific and Part-Time Services in Elementary School

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

• Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.

• A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to support student learning and growth. Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of school-based services at the elementary level:

 

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)

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

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

Because Access to Rigor services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)

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

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

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

 

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

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

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

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Full-Time (Level IV) Services

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

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

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advancedacademics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

 

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

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March 22, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we approach the much-anticipated Spring Break, we wanted to take a moment to inform you of some important dates and reminders.

Spring Break will commence on Monday, March 25th, providing our students with a well-deserved opportunity to rest, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. During this time, there will be no classes or school-related activities taking place. Students will return to school on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024. We encourage you to ensure your child is prepared to resume their studies promptly on this date.

Upon their return, we will continue to uphold high expectations for our students both socially and academically. We encourage them to come back to school ready to learn every day, as we have exciting and engaging activities planned for the remainder of the academic year.

Should you have any questions or concerns during the break, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable, and rejuvenating Spring Break.

Warm regards,

Mirnaly Vega

Principal 

 

Staffing Updates: I am excited to share I have extended a request to hire for the fourth-grade position (currently held by Ms. Cheek, long-term substitute teacher) and a lower grade position (to accommodate our increasing enrollment). We have also extended a request to hire for two early childhood special education teachers and a multiple disabilities special education teacher.

Staff Openings for 2023-2024'

  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Ed. Instructional Assistant (2)
  • Multiple Disabilities Teacher (2)
Principal Evaluation Questionnaire

Sleepy Hollow parents/guardians should have received  an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be available until April 5. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback is important to me. 

Ms. Vega

April 3rd Spring Picture Day 

We're delighted to announce that Spring Picture Day is on the day students return from spring break! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to capture cherished memories and showcase their bright smiles as we welcome the season of new beginnings. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 24 - March 28 - Spring Break, No School 

April 1 - Teacher Planning Day, No School

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation for Rising Kindergarteners and Families, Time: 9:30 - 11:30. Bus Transportation will be provided. Please note there is no school on April 2nd. 

April 3 - Spring Picture Day

April 10th - Eid al Ftr Holiday, No School

April 12th - Parent Coffee at Sleepy Hollow Library 

April 13th - Parent Coffee at Willston Community Ctr

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

April 22 - Battle of the Books 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

FRYING PAN PARK SCHOOL FIELD TRIP!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce an upcoming educational field trip to a local farm! This trip will be an enriching opportunity for all our students to connect with nature, learn about agriculture, and gain hands-on experience in a real-life farm setting.

  1. Permission Slips: Please ensure that your child returns the permission slip by Friday April 12th. A link to the field trip form is below. Please complete the form, print and return to school on April 3rd. SHES_FryingPanParkFieldTripForm.pdf

  2. Attire: We recommend dressing your child in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Since we'll be outdoors for much of the day, hats, sunscreen, and reusable water bottles are also encouraged.

  3. Lunch and Snacks: Students will be provided a school bagged lunch and a healthy snack.
  4. Chaperones -  Every classroom is able to bring two adult chaperones on the school bus. Additional parents may attend the field trip and meet your student's class at the farm.
  • Grade Level Dates of Field Trip
    • Kindergarten & 5th Grade  Monday April 15th 
    • 1st Grade & 4th Grade   Wednesday April 17th 
    • 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Friday April 19th

We believe that this farm field trip will provide valuable learning opportunities for our students, fostering a deeper understanding of agriculture and environmental stewardship. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Mirnaly Vega

 

 

 

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Student/Parent Information

Online ordering of your yearbooks has been activated. Your student families can now access www.barksdalephoto.com to place their order using the access code: 0038404YB

Can My Child Go to School?

🤧 Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. Please review the attached link about whether your student can go to school.  If your student has a fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), vomiting or diarrhea, we ask that they stay home for 24 hours once symptoms have stopped without the use of medications. This helps to limit the transmission of illness from student to student and keep our school healthier.

Attendance: Can My Child Go to School? | Fairfax County Public Schools (fcps.edu)

Family Engagement Survey Online

The survey is open Sunday, March 3 - Friday, March 22. Parents/caregivers should have received an email invitation with a unique survey link from K12 Insight on March 3. The subject line was: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

A general survey link that families can use is also available on FCPS’ website.

Middle School Start Times

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Library News

You may already know that our library has over 700 books in Spanish as well as additional books in Vietnamese and other languages.  Did you know that all FCPS students have access to free online options for books in English plus several different world languages?  Tumblebooks has books read aloud in Spanish, French, and Arabic; MyOn also has read-alouds in Spanish.  And our online ebook reader, MackinVIA, has over 1,000 books that can be read online, with approximately 50 each in Spanish and in French.  Need help reaching any of these free resources?  Reach out to our librarian at [email protected].  Happy reading!

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Family Summit

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

VIP Camp

⛱️ Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!

Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

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March 18, 2024

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Exciting New Program for Next Year: Early Childhood Special Education Program

Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of a new program at Sleepy Hollow for the upcoming academic year: the Early Childhood Special Education Program. This program will cater to the needs of our three and four-year-old students and will provide invaluable support in their early developmental stages. The Early Childhood Class-based services will offer tailored instruction within a classroom setting, emphasizing crucial areas such as communication, early literacy, social development, and other skills outlined in each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). We are committed to fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child can thrive and reach their full potential. I am fortunate to announce that we have selected two early childhood special education teachers for the position of a.m. and p.m. teachers.

Staffing Updates: I am excited to share I have extended a request to hire for the fourth-grade position (currently held by Ms. Cheek, long-term substitute teacher) and a lower grade position (to accommodate our increasing enrollment).

FLES Language Change Discussion: During our recent PTA meeting, I had the opportunity to hear from families regarding the FLES Language change. We understand the importance of this matter and encourage further dialogue. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions by reaching out to me via email at [email protected]. Your input is invaluable as we consider the best path forward for our school community.

Exciting Partnership with Congressional School: We are thrilled to announce a partnership with Congressional School for the upcoming academic year. Together, we will co-host the National Celebration of Reading, marking the beginning of numerous collaborative opportunities to serve all students in our community. We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will bring.

Equitable Access to Literacy: Last week, principals had the opportunity to preview the new literacy curriculum that will be implemented in Fall 2024. The curriculum, provided by Benchmark, offers a comprehensive overview of K-6 literacy education. You can access a 30-minute video overview of the curriculum via the following link: Benchmark Advance - Virginia. We are excited about the possibilities this curriculum holds for enhancing literacy skills and ensuring equitable access to quality education for all students.

We are excited about the upcoming changes and opportunities at Sleepy Hollow and look forward to continuing to work together to create an enriching educational environment for all our students.

March 14th Pie Day - a resounding THANK YOU from all the staff who enjoyed slices of scrumptious pies on Thursday. We are truly blessed to have such a supportive community. 

 

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Principal Evaluation Questionnaire

On Monday, March 18, Sleepy Hollow parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback matters!

 

Important Upcoming Dates 

March 19 - 4th Grade Field Trip, Kennedy Center 

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 24 - March 28 - Spring Break, No School 

April 1 - Teacher Planning Day, No School

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation for Rising Kindergarteners and Families, Time: 9:30 - 11:30. Bus Transportation will be provided. Please note there is no school on April 2nd. 

April 10th - Eid al Ftr Holiday, No School

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact Ms. Vega, [email protected],  regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

Immunization Clinics

🩹 Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

 

 

 

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Student/Parent Information

Online ordering of your yearbooks has been activated. Your student families can now access www.barksdalephoto.com to place their order using the access code: 0038404YB

Library News

Have you heard the terms “windows” and “mirrors” for books?  A mirror book is one that reflects the reader’s own experiences, which can be reassuring and validating; a window book gives the reader a glimpse into experiences different from their own and builds empathy and understanding of others.  Both are valuable to the reader!  The stories in our library’s books reflect a wide variety of settings, characters, and events so that ALL readers can find both windows and mirrors.  Reading widely brings so many benefits!  Please reach out to our librarian, Mrs. Oswalt, if you want insights into our school's book collection – yay reading!

Budget 

Check out the FY 2025 Budget Toolkit for more content. #InvestInExcellence

#InvestInExcellence ✨ The average amount of funds transferred from Fairfax County to FCPS was 52.6% of county disbursements from Fiscal Years 2019-2023. It dipped to 51.6% in 2024. The county’s budget proposal for next year would transfer 51.4% of total disbursements. If the county returns to 52.6% for the upcoming year, that would be $63 million more as an investment in excellence for our schools.

We are in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback.

Give your feedback on the Fairfax County budget: https://engage.fairfaxcounty.gov/FY25Budget 

Contact your state and federal elected officials to provide feedback on funding for K-12 education: https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov 

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget: https://bit.ly/FCPS-AdvBudget-FY25

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March 13, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Family,

We are thrilled to share with you the resounding success of our recent PTA Sponsored  International Night event! It was an evening filled with vibrant student performances, exquisite food, and an abundance of joy for everyone involved.

The student performances showcased the diverse talents of our student body, with each act bringing its own unique flair to the stage. From traditional dances to musical performances, the energy and enthusiasm were palpable throughout the night.

Of course, no International Night would be complete without delicious food from around the world. Our culinary chefs and gracious local restaurants outdid themselves with a selection of dishes that tantalized the taste buds and transported us to far-off lands with every bite.

We are also excited to announce that our Student Council are organizing a food drive. We are already overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. Thanks to your donations, we have already filled many boxes with essential items that will support those in need.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making International Night such a memorable and successful event. It truly exemplifies the spirit of our school community coming together to celebrate diversity and unity.

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

March 19 - 4th Grade Field Trip, Kennedy Center 

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation for Rising Kindergarteners and Families, Time: TBD

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 24 - March 28 - Spring Break, No School 

April 1 - Teacher Planning Day, No School

April 2 - Staff Development Day, No School for Students

April 10th - Eid al Ftr Holiday (sundown 4/9 - sundown 4/10)

 

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact Ms. Vega, [email protected],  regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

 

 

 

From Barksdale Yearbook Co.:

Student/Parent Information

Online ordering of your yearbooks has been activated. Your student families can now access www.barksdalephoto.com to place their order using the access code: 0038404YB

Student and Family Surveys

 Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

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Sleepy Hollow FLES Program

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Community, 

 

Thank you for your engagement and interest in the Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) program at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School.  Due to the low number of responses on the community survey and varied interest of FLES languages, we will be pausing the process for a FLES language change.  FCPS is looking for division wide at the elementary World Languages program in order to determine future steps.  If you have questions regarding Sleepy Hollow ES programs, please contact me, Principal Vega at [email protected].  If you have questions regarding World Languages programs, please contact Christina Andros, World Languages Coordinator, at [email protected].  

 

Warm regards,

 

Mirnaly Vega

Principal 

 

 

 

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March 4, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Parents,

We hope this message finds you well. Please take note of the following announcements:

  1. No School Tomorrow: Just a friendly reminder that there will be no school tomorrow due to Election Day. Please plan accordingly.

  2. Exciting Events Ahead: Get ready for an exciting week ahead! We have some wonderful events lined up that we're sure you won't want to miss.

  3. Annual International Night: Our school's Annual International Night is right around the corner! Join us as we celebrate our diverse community. It's always a fantastic evening filled with cultural performances, delicious food, and fun activities for the whole family. More details below.

  4. PTA Plant Sale: The PTA's Plant Sale is now underway! They have a wide variety of plants and seeds available for purchase. Support our school and add some greenery to your home or garden. Don't miss out!

  5. Monthly Coffee: Don't forget to mark your calendars for our monthly coffee event. Join us either at the school library on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. or at the Willston Center on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. It's a great opportunity to meet other parents, and stay updated on school news.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events and continuing to build a strong and vibrant school community together.

 

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

March 5  Election Day - No School for students 

March 7 - International Night 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided 

March 13 - PTA Virtual Meeting 

March 19 - 4th Grade Field Trip, Kennedy Center 

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

March 24 - March 28 - Spring Break, No School 

April 1 - Teacher Planning Day, No School

April 2 - Staff Development Day, No School for Students

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation for Rising Kindergarteners and Families, Time: TBD

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

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Ramadan

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact Ms. Vega, [email protected],  regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

🧸 Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in. 

Student and Family Surveys

 Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

Opioid Conversation

🎤 Join a Community Conversation on

Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

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