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February 25th, 2024

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🎉 Leap Into Learning: Celebrating the Last Week of February! 🐸

Dear Sleepy Hollow Parents,

As we leap into the final week of February, we're excited to celebrate this special time, made even more extraordinary by the occurrence of Leap Year! This additional day gives us an extra opportunity to reflect on the amazing progress and achievements of our students.

Fifth Grade Elective Selections This week, our fifth graders embarked on an important milestone in their academic journey by meeting with Glasgow counselors to select their course electives for the upcoming school year. It's an exciting time as they begin to explore new interests and envision their path to middle school. We're confident that they will make thoughtful choices that will empower them to excel and thrive in the years ahead.

Kindergarten Narratives In kindergarten, our young learners have been busy polishing their personal narratives. Through storytelling, they are learning to give voice and rich details to important moments in their lives. It's inspiring to see their creativity and imagination come to life as they develop their writing skills. These early experiences lay the foundation for future literacy success.

Embracing Next Steps Across all grade levels, students are embracing the next steps in their academic journey with enthusiasm and determination. Whether it's mastering new concepts in math, conducting experiments in science, or expressing themselves through art and music, our students are eager to learn and grow. We're incredibly proud of their resilience, curiosity, and dedication to success.

Parent-Teacher Collaboration As partners in your child's education, we encourage you to continue fostering a supportive learning environment at home. Take time to celebrate your child's achievements, engage in meaningful conversations about their learning experiences, and reinforce the importance of perseverance and hard work. Together, we can empower our students to reach their full potential.

As we leap forward into March, let's continue to inspire, motivate, and celebrate the incredible achievements of our Sleepy Hollow students. Thank you for your ongoing support and dedication to our school community.

Wishing you a fantastic week ahead filled with joy, learning, and memorable moments!

 

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

🧸 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.

Library News

Our library's Battle of the Books teams are doing a great job reading the 11 selected books!  We have 49 4th and 5th grade students participating - our highest number ever!  At meetings, the teams practice different challenge formats (word scramble, logic puzzle, cypher, etc.) that they'll see in the event this spring; they're also practicing communication and problem-solving skills along with enjoyment of reading.  Hooray for books!

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February 20th, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

Sleepy Hollow had a fantastic week filled with positivity and growth! It's wonderful to hear about the emphasis on kindness, strong student attendance, and the warm welcome extended to new students. Creating a supportive and inclusive school community is crucial for fostering a conducive learning environment.

Acknowledging the role of families in supporting the school's efforts is important too; collaboration between educators and families is key to student success. It's evident that the collective effort of everyone involved is making a difference in shaping a vibrant and nurturing educational experience at Sleepy Hollow.

May this momentum continue, and may each week bring even more opportunities for learning, growth, and community building. 

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

February 22 - Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

Save the Dates

International Night - Thursday March 7, 2024

Curriculum Night -  Wednesday April 17, 2024

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

🧸 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. 

♥ Kindness, Gratitude, and Perseverance ♥

Virginia Kindness Week

Last week, our students demonstrated kindness, gratitude and perseverance. We enjoyed tokens of sweetness from students and staff. Ms. Lobo checked in on classrooms for students earning prizes by showing kindness and our multilingual students continue to showcase their talents in reading, writing, listening and speaking English through the WIDA assessments. Our learners have an opportunity to demonstrate their learning through these four domains over the course of January to March. We are appreciative of our ESOL teachers who plan, organize, and administer over 1,000 assessments! Thank you!

🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.Click to edit this placeholder text.

'2025 Proposed Budget

At the last board meeting, Dr. Reid presented a proposed FCPS budget for the 2024-25 school year. Highlights include:

✅ Competitive compensation: 6% compensation adjustment

✅ Support for all students: Maintaining class sizes, additional support for students eligible for free/reduced price meals, special ed, and ESOL

✅ Expanding athletics (HS boys volleyball & girls wrestling) and fine/performing arts stipends

✅ Continuing multiyear initiatives: Inclusive preschool, environmental initiatives & modernized HR system. See the details and watch her presentation:

https://bit.ly/49uV9hrSee the Budget Development Calendar: https://bit.ly/3ODUSkn

Library News

Wow, thank you so much to all who so generously supported the book fair!  From those who helped with set-up or take-down, those who helped students with their selections, and everyone who shopped for themselves, their family, or for students, you ALL made the fair a success!!  HUGE thanks to our fabulous PTA - with their support, we were able to ensure that every student selected a book from the fair - so amazing!  With much appreciation, we thank you for making it a wonderful school community event!

 

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February 11th, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you well and excited for the many milestones and opportunities that lie ahead as we journey through the academic year. We're thrilled to share some highlights and updates from our school community as we mark the 100th day of school and look forward to the promising signs of spring.

Celebrating 100 Days of Learning: February 9th  marked a significant milestone in our academic calendar – the 100th day of school! We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all our students for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance over the past several months. From those first tentative steps into the classroom to the confident strides they're making now, we're incredibly proud of each and every one of them. Throughout the day, our teachers prepared special activities and lessons to celebrate this momentous occasion, reinforcing the importance of every day in the journey of learning.

Full Day of Planning for Teachers: In our commitment to delivering the best possible education for our students, all classroom teachers collaborated as a grade level and received a full day of planning for the third quarter. This dedicated time allows our educators to reflect on their teaching practices, collaborate with colleagues, and design engaging lessons tailored to the needs and interests of our students. We're grateful for their unwavering dedication and the effort they put into continuously improving their craft to benefit our school community.

Spring is on the Horizon: As we reach the midpoint of the academic year, we can't help but feel a sense of anticipation for the season ahead. With spring just around the corner, we're excited for the opportunities it brings for outdoor activities, exploration, and renewed energy. Our school is buzzing with plans for upcoming events, projects, and initiatives that will enrich the learning experience and foster a sense of belonging and community among our students.

Thank You Families: We want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all our families for your unwavering support of our school. Your partnership, involvement, and encouragement play a vital role in creating a positive and nurturing environment where our students can thrive. Whether it's volunteering in the classroom, attending school events, or simply being present and engaged in your child's education, your support is invaluable and deeply appreciated.

As we celebrate the 100th day of school and look ahead to the exciting opportunities that await us, let's continue to work together to inspire, challenge, and empower our students to reach their fullest potential.

Thank you for being a part of our school community!

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

February 12 - February 16 Book Fair

February 19 - President's Day - No School 

February 22 - Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

Save the Dates

International Night - Thursday March 7, 2024

Curriculum Night -  Wednesday April 17, 2024

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

♥ Kindness Week Opportunities ♥

Virginia Kindness Week begins on February 12th. The purpose is to recognize that simple day-to-day acts of kindness enable our schools, communities, and state to be a kinder, safer, healthier, and more inclusive place to live, work, learn, and play. At Sleepy Hollow, we will celebrate kindness to one another from February 12th - February 20th. 

To encourage kindness within the school for, we will have a Kindness Opportunities Board for EVERYONE to complete. The rules are simple. Students participating will come up with seven acts of kindness they plan to complete during the week and record them on their board daily. We have included in this newsletter, a Kindness Board Ideas (English and Spanish) for families to support their child in selecting acts of kindness. Once a student has completed ALL seven acts of kindness, they will receive a prize. Students can come in the morning to the office to choose their prize. The Kindness Board Opportunities Board allows students to win as often as they reach seven acts of kindness. Their is no limit on acts of kindness!

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use 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 an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

😎 Dive into summer fun with FCPS!

is now open for FCPS summer camps and learning opportunities. Sign your child up for a summer program for a fun-filled experience that will enhance your child academically. Don't miss out on the chance to learn and have a blast. Secure your child’s spot today! https://bit.ly/3OBMlyj

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

 

Magnet Schools

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Tutor.com Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through Tutor.com.

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the Tutor.com icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the Tutor.com homepage.

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February 4, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

We hope you had a great weekend! We are coming off of an exciting week at Sleepy Hollow. Our students in various grade levels learned about Groundhogs Day including some 4th graders met and virtually interviewed Punxsutawney Phil. We completed our required safety drill of a Lockdown Drill. Some classrooms made beautifully decorated cards for Valentine's for Vets. Lastly, we ended the week with Wacky Hair Day on Friday and the highlight for many students was duct tape your Principal and Assistant Principal to the wall!  Thank you PTA for donating the numerous rolls of duct tape. 

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

February 7 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 9 - Asst Principal Coffee with parents, Library 9:00am

February 12 - February 16 Book Fair

February 19 - President's Day - No School 

Save the Dates

International Night - Thursday March 7, 2024

Curriculum Night -  Wednesday April 17, 2024

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

LIBRARY NEWS

It's almost time for the SHES book fair!  The biggest change for this year is that students will visit the fair and make their purchase on the day of their visit.  If you want your child to make a purchase, they should bring money on the day their classroom makes their visit to the fair.  Book sales begin this Friday February 9th.  The Bookworm Central flyer will be sent home in the Wednesday folder with additional details including the schedule of which day each class will attend the book fair.  If you would like the opportunity to select a book with your child, join us on Tuesday February 13th  from 3:30 -  6:30 pm.  Questions?  Interested in helping at the fair?  Please reach out to our librarian at [email protected].  Thanks for your support of our book fair!

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

Black History Month           Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

February 5th - 9th is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. Our school counselor, Dr. Cottle works with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS

100th Day of School

*Note - With 2 snow days, the 100th day of school has moved to February 8

🚍 Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

Note: eNotify text messaging will continue to be used for reporting bus delays and bus incidents.

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January 29, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

What a difference a week makes--it's hard to believe we had inches of snow this time last week and today it feels like springtime!

We have made it to the end of the 2nd quarter and halfway through the 2023-2024 school year! We are excited to see all our students back on Monday for the beginning of the 3rd quarter. We hope that everyone enjoys the weekend! 

 

Warm regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

February 2 - Principal & Asst Principal Duct Tape Celebration 

February 7 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 9 - Asst Principal Coffee with parents, Library 9:00am

February 12 - February 16 Book Fair

February 19 - President's Day - No School 

Save the Dates

International Night - Thursday March 7, 2024

Curriculum Night -  Wednesday April 17, 2024

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

LIBRARY NEWS

Our Bookworm Central book fair is coming up soon!  It will be held in the library the week of February 12-16!  We’ll have a late night for sales on Tuesday 2/13 from dismissal until 6:30 p.m.  Please reach out to our librarian at [email protected] if you'd like to be one of the first to open the boxes and see the amazing new books as we set up on Friday February 9.  No experience necessary!  We also welcome parent assistance through the week when students visit the fair, plus packing up the fair on Friday 2/16.  We can't wait for this fun school event - see you there and happy reading!

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January 21, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

We hadn’t seen snow for two years, but we sure made up for it last week!  Snowfall causes a number of challenges for schools - most importantly student safety.  Sidewalks and entrances need to be cleared quickly and effectively before students arrive, and we are fortunate to have a top tier Custodial Team to ensure our building is ready for our students and staff tomorrow.  We thank Ms. Abena Kyerewa, Ms. Teresa Hernandez, Ms. Delmy Martinez and Mr. Thuan Tran for their dedication and commitment to the Sleepy Hollow community.  The team was at school Saturday morning to clear and de-ice sidewalks in preparation for school on Monday. We are excited to welcome our students back!

This Thursday marks the end of the second grading period.  We remind families that Thursday is a two-hour early dismissal and Friday there is no school for students, as teachers take time to complete progress reports for all students.  

The next Parent Coffee will be held February 9th at Sleepy Hollow Library at 9:00 a.m. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I will not be able to meet families on February 10th at the Willston Center. A new date is being arranged. 

Warmest regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

January 22 - Winter Session Dolphin Fun Zone begins

January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30pm dismissal 

January 26 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students

February 2 - Principal & Asst Principal Duct Tape Celebration 

February 7 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

February 12 - February 16 Book Fair

February 19 - President's Day - No School 

Save the Dates

International Night - Thursday March 7, 2024

Curriculum Night -  Wednesday April 17, 2024

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28

LIBRARY NEWS

Did you know our library’s fiction (chapter books) section is organized by genre?  In this way, books of similar type are grouped together (by genre) on the shelves so students can easily find something they like.  For instance, all the mystery books are together on one shelf, all the science fiction books are together on a different shelf, etc.  Talk with your child about their favorite types of books and encourage them to ask for help if they need finding something on our shelves.  Parents are also welcome to reach out to our librarian at [email protected] to chat about books or ask questions.  Happy reading!

Opioid Awareness 

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

 

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January 14, 2024

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January 14, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

Last week at school, we enjoyed several Read-A-Thon celebrations. Throughout the week, we announced grade level winner on our morning news.  On Wednesday, all students had an opportunity to meet an author. Erin Teagan, a former research scientist and the author of several novels for kids including Survivor Girl and the American Girl Luciana books met with 2nd - 5th graders who listened to her life experiences and then observed soil using microscopes in a hands-on activity. Patricia Tanumihardja, author of Ramen for Everyone, Jimmy's Shoes, and Sugar Plum Bakers shared her background and writing inspirations to our kindergarteners and 1st graders before reading one of her books with the group.

Wednesday evening, students, families and staff enjoyed our Read-A-Thon celebration visiting reading activities stations, signing up for a Fairfax County library card and the highlight of the evening, "Guess the Masked Reader." Later this month, the students will have the much anticipated, "Tape the Principal and Assistant Principal to the Wall."  Thank you PTA for your collaboration in increasing student reading and celebrating our students success with fun and engaging activities. Our partnership has been invaluable.

Warmest regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates 

January 17 - Virtual PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m. Guest Speakers: SHES Mental Health Team - Addressing Childhood Anxiety

January 19 - Parent Coffee with Ms. Vega 9:00 a.m. Library

January 20 - Parent Coffee with Sra. Vega 10:00 a.m. Willston

January 22 - Winter Session Dolphin Fun Zone begins

January 25 - End of 2nd Quarter, 2 Hour Early Release, 1:30pm dismissal 

January 26 - Teacher Work Day - No School for Students

February 12 - February 16 Book Fair

February 19 - President's Day - No School 

Save the Dates

International Night - March 7, more information to come

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wishing you a meaningful Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we honor his legacy of equality and justice for all. It's important to approach the day with respect and reflection on the impact of Dr. King's work.

School Crossing Guard

Fairfax County Police Department annually review all crossing guard positions throughout the county. Sleepy Hollow Elementary School no longer meets the criteria to maintain a crossing guard. Our school, along with other FCPS schools will lose our crossing guard beginning on January 16th. 

Lunch with Your Child and Birthday Celebrations

This is a reminder that families are not permitted to bring any outside food (ex. McDonalds, Chic fil- A, other fast food) to the cafeteria when they are having lunch with their child. Parents can purchase lunch at the adult price .

Additionally, birthday celebrations should not include any food items. Parents can bring items such as pencils, stickers or any other small item for the classmates of the birthday student. We have many classrooms with known food allergies and students with an unknown allergy may require immediate medical care. Thank you for your understanding. 

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January 8, 2024

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January 8, 2024

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

Happy New Year! The first week back was exciting, rejoiceful and cheerful from all staff and students. We ended the week with a thrilling assembly that Mr. Scesney likes to call the AttenDANCE Pep Rally. Each day we stopped by classrooms that had perfect attendance. By the end of the week, we handed out over 11 certificates to various classrooms and I'm proud to share that the first grade classrooms ALL had perfect attendance for the entire week! The competition is in the air and students were reminded at the pep rally the importance of good attendance and ways to stay healthy and safe. As the title suggests, there was plenty of dancing and celebrating as all grades wiggled, smiled, and performed the macarena. We ended the pep rally with a reminder to students of Sleepy Hollow behavior expectations focusing on the 3 daily intentions; Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. 

In other news, we will be celebrating our superb results of the Read-A-Thon on Wednesday January 10th at 6:30 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing many families come out to engage with your children with a full range of fun literacy activities at Sleepy Hollow. More details below.

Warmest regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Read - A - Thon Celebration

Bus Stops beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Patrick Henry Drive & Willston Drive

6134 Willston Drive

2937 John Marshall Drive

3056 Patrick Henry Drive 

We will need parent volunteers for this event, please consider signing up here: https://bit.ly/shescelebratereading

Winners by grade:

Kindergarten: Ms Vu's class read a total of 21,982 minutes

First grade: Ms. Abogado's class read a total of 8,430 minutes

Second grade: Ms. Cay's class read a total of 22,980 minutes

Third grade: Ms. Harris' class read a total of 10,803 minutes

Fourth grade: Ms. Sroufe's class read a total of 30,539 minutes 

Fifth grade: Ms. Revere's class read a total of 16,733 minutes 

Multi-Age: Ms. Butt's class read a total of 5,100 minutes

On behalf of the PTA, the winning class for each grade will choose either a pizza or donut party. 

🗺️Dual Language Immersion Program

Registration - Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website

 

Library News

Did you know that the Fairfax County Public Library loans out more than just books?  They also have specialized tools available to borrow for free from their “Library of Things.”  Laser thermometers, battery testers, and air quality monitors are just a few examples.  Dozens of other helpful items are also available to check out at no cost with your library card such as artwork, binoculars, games, Connect Chromebook Kits, Conserve Energy Kits, early literacy Launchpad tablets, nature backpacks, and thermal cameras.  Our local library system is an AMAZING resource for everyone in our community.  Visit your local Fairfax County Public Library branch or their Library of Things webpage:  https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/lot?utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Barbara Oswalt

Librarian, Sleepy Hollow Elementary School (106)

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

As we say goodbye to 2023, and say hello to 2024, I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy winter break ahead.  As always, thank you for your continued support of all things Sleepy Hollow, and we look forward to seeing our students back at school on January 2.  

All my best, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Sleepy Hollow Office Closed

The Sleepy Hollow front office will be closed during the winter break and reopen on Tuesday January 2nd 2024. 

Winter Resources
  • ⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

School’s Closed, Learning Can Continue! 

FCPS encourages students to take advantage of fun learning opportunities during winter break and snow days. Consider these winter activities to blend education and play for your students during winter break or weather-related school closures. 

Promoting Mental Wellness During Winter BreakAlthough mental health indicators have improved over the past year, Fairfax County Youth Survey (FCYS) data suggest that more than 25% of students in 8th to 12th grade feel sad or hopeless every day for two weeks or more in a row. The holidays can be a time to reduce stress, but they can also contribute to it. Here are some tips for making winter break a positive time for the young people in your life.

Free COVID Tests
  • 😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

Library News

We're looking forward to our two authors visiting on 1/10!  Books pre-purchased by the deadlines at the following links will be ready and waiting to be signed by the author at the visit - then your student can take the book home.  The books by Pat Tanumihardja (presenting to K and 1st grade) can be pre-ordered at this link by January 2:  https://bardsalley.square.site/school-visits.  The books by Erin Teagan (presenting to 2nd-5th grades) can be pre-ordered at this link by 12/21:  https://www.authorvisitcentral.com/book-sales/sh24.  Your student can also bring along their own copy of the author's books to be signed the day of their visit.  Whether your family purchases a book or not, the visits should be fun and engaging for all!!  If you have any questions, please reach out to our librarian at [email protected]

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

This is our last week of 2023 of school! We are all excited to end the week with much excitement, fun activities, our amazing Winter Concert and continue the pace of reading in our Read-A-Thon. 

Spirit Days for the Last Week of Cheer!

Monday - Wear the colors of your FLAG

Tuesday - Funny Hat Day

Wednesday - Concert Attire for All, White top, Black bottoms

Thursday - Sports Team Day

Friday - Pajama Day for students/Ugly Sweater for Staff

Lastly, a tremendous THANK YOU to all the families and staff who contributed to the Holiday Shop last Thursday. Whether you volunteered to help that day or donated items for the event, I thank you for your generosity of time and items.

From our heart, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT DATES
  • December 13 - Sleepy Hollow Winter Music Concert   9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and evening concert, 7:00 p.m. 
  • December 15 - Referral deadline for full-time AAP Services
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break, School resumes on January 2nd 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to announce that laptops for students in grades 3-5 will be going home during Winter Break. This is designed to improve learning opportunities and provide students with access to educational resources while they are home.

Students will bring home a laptop and a charger on December 15, 2023, and will need to returned these two items to school on January 2nd, 2024. To ensure the health of the laptops, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Carry the laptop in its designated carrying case when transporting.
  • Keep the laptop charging.
  • Do not eat or drink around the laptop.
  • Use the “Restart” icon on the desktop daily to keep the computer up to date.

We believe that providing students with access to laptops will significantly enhance their learning experience and prepare them for the future

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Read-a-Thon 2023

December 1, 2023 - January 3, 2024

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!

CONGRATULATIONS! We started off the Read-A-Thon with a stellar 41,716 minutes of reading. This is an amazing start. Leading Classrooms are: 

1st Grade Ms. Cay - 6,872 minutes

5th Grade Ms. Williams - 5,201 minutes

Kindergarten Ms. Vu - 5,200 minutes

Let's keep it going!

Advanced Academics Information  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-5th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow items to Principal Vega by December 15th:

AAP Newsletter

Please email Ms. Vega ([email protected]) with any questions, I'm happy to help!

Family Life Education Instruction

This week, students in 4th grade will receive one lesson in Family Life Education (FLE). Students in 5th grade will receive five days of lessons.  Grades K-5 FLE topics can be found here, https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary/family-life-education. Parents can view the grade level lessons for their child in Schoology. Should you have any questions, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher. 

Girls on the Run

Attention Parents!  We are looking for volunteers to coach Girls on the Run (GOTR) in the spring.  We need a head coach and assistant coaches (at least 1, but the more coaches, the more girls can join Girls on the Run).  GOTR coaches lead a team of participants through a 10-week program of lessons and activities (that are provided through GOTR) and some running in preparation for a 5k.  What would it require from you?

  • A background check through Girls on the Run
  • One in-person training
  • Committing to 10 weeks of Tuesday and Thursday practices

If you have any interest, or POSSIBLE interest, please reach out to our School Social Worker, Emily Jackson- [email protected].  

Library News

Sleepy Hollow is hosting two authors on Wednesday January 10!  If your student would like to have a book signed by the author, they may bring in their own copy and the books will be signed at the author visit.  You will also have the chance to purchase  books online prior to their visits; links will be provided soon and those books will be at the school waiting for your student on the day of the visits.  Grades K and 1 will see Pat Tanumihardja and hear one of her books titled Ramen for Everyone.  Grades 2-5 will see Erin Teagan and do STEM activities.  Huge thanks to our PTA for supporting these visits - it will be great to have students meet these authors!  If you have any questions, please reach out to our librarian at [email protected].

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

🙋‍♂️ Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms as winter break approaches. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. 

A big thank you to:

  • 🌟 Students who show up every day and the parents/caregivers supporting them.
  • 👩‍🏫 Teachers who create a welcoming environment for learning.
  • 👨‍💼 Administrators providing a safe and engaging place to grow.
  • 👏 Bus drivers, support staff, and volunteers lending a helping hand to all our learners.

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance.

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

Thank you to all of the chaperones who joined our 3rd graders to the Smithsonian  Museum of Natural History and our 4th graders to Gunston Hall!  We are so grateful for so many families that want to participate in our activities.  November was Family Engagement Month and we know many of you were here multiple times, so thank you for partnering with us.  As you know, we value family engagement more than just in the month of November, so please continue to look for opportunities to come in for the grade-level Family Invite Events, Field Trips, and other volunteer opportunities.  Have you considered coming to your child's classroom to read a book? If you are interested, reach out to your classroom teacher. We are also seeking many volunteers for the annual Holiday Shop. Your support is greatly appreciated in any capacity you are available on Friday December 8th. 

 

With kindness, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT DATES
  • December 5 -  Family Life Education FLE Parent Preview Virtual Presentation Zoom Link  https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/s/97322359814
  • December 6 - PTA Spirit Night at Red Robin's 6:30 p.m.
  • December 7 - PTA Holiday Shop - schedule for classes below
  • December 8 - Assistant Principal's Coffee, SHES Library 9:00 a.m.
  • December 9 - Saturday Café Principal Vega, Willston Center, 10:00 a.m.
  • December 13 - Sleepy Hollow Winter Music Concert 7:00 p.m.
  • December 15 - Referral deadline for full-time AAP Services
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break, School resumes on January 2nd 
Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Read-a-Thon 2023

December 4, 2023 - January 4, 2024

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!

We all know the importance that reading plays in our children's lives, enhancing their ability to learn and grow into thoughtful, critical-thinking, and creative citizens! This is why the Sleepy Hollow Elementary School PTA is hosting our first annual SHES Read-A-Thon! Support our Sleepy Hollow Dolphins as the strive to reach their reading goals each week. Donations accepted as a flat amount directly to a specific class or based on the number of minutes read by a class. We appreciate your support! Stay tuned for more details!

Share Your Thoughts about World Languages 

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Please take our survey to let us know your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. This means FCPS cannot connect your response to you or your students. 

The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8. Thank you for your time.

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Advanced Academics Information  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-5th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow items to Principal Vega by December 15th:

AAP Newsletter

Please email Ms. Vega ([email protected]) with any questions, I'm happy to help!

Weather Closure

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

SEL Screener Results Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms  are available online for Elementary (K-6),  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child's teacher prior to Family Life Education instruction. Sleepy Hollow will be instructing the Human Growth and Development lessons for grades 4 and 5 during the week of December 11

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) . FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. Sleepy Hollow will host a FLE information night on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00 PM via ZOOM. Program questions may be addressed to Dr. Tatyana Cottle, [email protected]

Library News

Thank you for all the book donations - such amazing titles and selection have been shared and we are so thankful!  The December 4th giveaway kicks off our first-ever Read-a-Thon and students are so excited to get a book to keep and start reading!  Did you know that in the library, students have free choice of the books they select; the giveaway is another opportunity for making their own selection of what they want to read.  Self-choice is really important for getting kids interested in reading and it is amazing that they will all start the Read-a-Thon by picking a book they like.  If you find more books at home that you'd like to donate, please keep sending them in and we will happily store them for the next giveaway later in the year - thank you so much for your generosity!

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

We hope that all enjoyed the Thanksgiving break!  We all have so much to be thankful for - we are looking forward to the next few weeks as we approach the next holiday break in December.  It will fly by quickly! See the complete school year calendar.

Note the upcoming calendar events as detailed below.. The last month of the calendar year is always a busy one at Sleepy Hollow. Please keep your eye on our upcoming events (through this newsletter and from your classroom teacher) for ways to be involved during this exciting time. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at school tomorrow!

From our heart, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

IMPORTANT DATES
  • November 29 - Sleepy Hollow Foreign Language in Elementary Schools, FLES Virtual Presentation, Virtual Link to come
  • December  1- Last date to make donations for the Holiday Shop
  • December 6 - PTA Holiday Shop 
  • December 6 - PTA Spirit Night at Red Robin's
  • December 8 - Principal's Coffee, SHES Library 9:00 a.m.
  • December 9 - Saturday Principal Vega Café,  Willston Center, 10:00 a.m. Willston Ctr. 
  • December 13 - Sleepy Hollow Winter Music Concert 
  • December 15 - Referral deadline for full-time AAP Services
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break, School resumes on January 2nd 
Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Read-a-Thon 2023

December 1, 2023 - January 3, 2024

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!

We all know the importance that reading plays in our children's lives, enhancing their ability to learn and grow into thoughtful, critical-thinking, and creative citizens! This is why the Sleepy Hollow Elementary School PTA is hosting our first annual SHES Read-A-Thon! Support our Sleepy Hollow Dolphins as the strive to reach their reading goals each week. Donations accepted as a flat amount directly to a specific class or based on the number of minutes read by a class. We appreciate your support! Stay tuned for more details!

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms  are available online for Elementary (K-6),  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child's teacher prior to Family Life Education instruction. Sleepy Hollow will be instructing the Human Growth and Development lessons for grades 4 and 5 during the week of December 11

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) . FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. Sleepy Hollow will host a FLE information night on Tuesday, December 5th at 5:00 PM via ZOOM. Program questions may be addressed to Dr. Tatyana Cottle, [email protected]

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Advanced Academics Information  

If you are a parent of a 2nd-5th grader, and are interested in referring your child to be screened for full time AAP services, you will need to submit the follow items to Principal Vega by December 15th:

AAP Newsletter

Please email Ms. Vega ([email protected]) with any questions, I'm happy to help!

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Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday break, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude for the wonderful community we have here at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School.  This time of year is a special opportunity for us to come together, reflect on our blessings, and spend quality time with our loved ones.  We are especially thankful for all the family and friends who joined us for our Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday!  The day was filled with smiles and joy! 

Please remember that we have school on November 20th and 21st.  Our Thanksgiving Break begins on November 22nd.  Students will return to school on Monday, November 27th.

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our school.  We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

With gratitude, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal

Important Calendar Dates 
  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29 - Sleepy Hollow Foreign Language in Elementary Schools, FLES Virtual Presentation, Virtual Link to come
  • December 5 - Picture Day Make Up Date
  • December 6 - PTA Holiday Shop 
  • December 6 - PTA Spirit Night at Red Robin's
  • December 8 - Principal's Coffee at SHES Library 9:00 a.m.
  • December 9 - Saturday Principal Coffee at Willston Center 10:00 a.m.
  • December 13 - Sleepy Hollow Winter Music Concert 
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break, School resumes on January 2nd 
Sleepy Hollow Elementary School Read-a-Thon 2023

December 4, 2023 - January 4, 2024

Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!

We all know the importance that reading plays in our children's lives, enhancing their ability to learn and grow into thoughtful, critical-thinking, and creative citizens! This is why the Sleepy Hollow Elementary School PTA is hosting our first annual SHES Read-A-Thon! Support our Sleepy Hollow Dolphins as the strive to reach their reading goals each week. Donations accepted as a flat amount directly to a specific class or based on the number of minutes read by a class. We appreciate your support! 

Attendance

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]
Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students. Elementary English Language Arts Basal Resources 📚 Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period. 

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board. 

Library News

Did you know our library’s fiction (chapter books) section is generified?  In this way, books of similar type are grouped together (by genre) on the shelves so students can easily find something they like.  For instance, all the mystery books are together on one shelf, all the science fiction books are together on a different shelf, etc.  Talk with your child about their favorite types of books and encourage them to ask for help if they need finding something on our shelves.  Parents are also welcome to reach out to our librarian at [email protected] to chat about books or ask questions.  Happy reading!

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