January 17, News from Sleepy Hollow

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January 17, 2023

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. I also hope that you all enjoyed a peaceful, safe, and joyous three-day weekend with family and friends. Yesterday marked the national holiday for Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many years ago, President Reagan said, “Martin Luther King, Jr. loved unconditionally. He was in constant pursuit of truth, and when he discovered it, he embraced it. His nonviolent campaigns brought about redemption, reconciliation, and justice. He taught us that only peaceful means can bring about peaceful ends, that our goal was to create a loving community.” Thank you, Sleepy Hollow Family, for exemplifying a welcoming, loving, and peaceful community. 

Wishing each of you an amazing and peaceful week filled with unconditional love!

~It isn’t enough to talk about peace.  One must believe in it.  And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Library News

Mark your calendars now – the date for our spring in-school book fair has been set!  Our Bookworm Central book fair will be held in the library the week of April 24-28!  Students will browse the fair with their class early in the week and then have an opportunity to make purchases later in the week.  We’ll have a late night on Tuesday 4/25 to welcome families in to the fair as we begin sales.  It’s always an exciting event at our school, so watch for more news as the date gets closer.  Happy reading!

Our Salad Bar is Coming Back!

FCPS salad bars are making a comeback in our elementary schools as part of lunch service in just a few weeks! Elementary schools that had a salad bar prior to the onset of the pandemic and have Title I designation will be prioritized. Sleepy Hollow’s salad bar will be re-introduced on Wednesday, January 25, 2023!

Resources Available for Possible Virtual Learning

In the event of a virtual learning day, the resources below would be helpful to communicate to your school community.

Understanding the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Screener Results

Recently, results from the SEL Screener were sent home. The screener is used to gather information about your student’s perceptions of their skills, relationships, mood, and the school environment. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2021). If you would like to understand your child's SEL Screener outcomes, click here for additional information.

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Tech Adventure Camp Summer 2023

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science.

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

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

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

Thursday, January 26, 2023  9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

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

Register for January Webinars Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register Now for February Webinars Meet the Author Series: All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

Cats take a playful look at the world of autism, and these fun feline friends will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Join Kathy Hoopmann as she celebrates the diversity within this neurodiverse community by reading from her book and answering audience questions.

Thursday, February 9, 2023, 7 - 8 p.m.

Register for Meet the Author Series All Cats are on the Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Neurodiversity at Elementary Schools

How can families partner with schools?

  • Strategies to set your child up for success
  • How to advocate for your child
  • Tools for collaborating with your child's school

February 10, 2023, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Register for Neurdoversity at Elementary Schools

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education: An In-Person Workshop

For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services.

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school!

It’s never too early or too late to prepare for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

  • Ensuring the postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, short- and long-term postsecondary supports, employment, and postsecondary education considerations, and Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post-school success.
  • This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.
  • FCPS Educators register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event

February 15, 2023 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School 3020 Gallows Road Falls Church, Virginia 22042

Snow Date: February 22, 2023

Register for Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Supporting Mental Health Through Play

Join us for a 2-part interactive session designed for parents, caregivers, and educators to discover how incorporating more unstructured play & sensory foundational activities to support all young children’s development, including children with special needs and mental health concerns. 

Session #1 Highlights: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

  • The power of unstructured play in creating opportunities to build executive functioning skills
  • Differences in play experiences over the past 30-40 years
  • Benefits and Ways of incorporating  unstructured play into a child’s day

Session #2 Highlights: View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

  • Angie Voss’ “power sensations” (movement & touch) 
  • Reflecting on our own temperaments, including sensory preferences, in order to provide a “goodness of fit” for our child or student
  • Creating an environment where all young children can thrive

This webinar is presented by Early Childhood Special Education Assistant Director, Amber Gant, with George Mason’s Training and Technical Assistance Center. 

Session 1: February 17, 2023, 10-11:30 a.m.

Session 2: February 24, 2023, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Mental Health Through Play

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January 9 News from Sleepy Hollow

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January 9, 2023

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We had a pretty amazing first week—2023! It was great being back home with our Dolphin staff and students. We kicked this week off with an assembly. Ms. Jenan A. Mahmood, Educational Program Officer, Sultan Oman-Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Washington, DC, introduced our 4th and 5th Grade students to the Omani culture through a variety of Arabic games. A special thanks to Mrs. Salih Zienab, Arabic Resource Teacher, for coordinating this learning opportunity for our students. 

As we move forward this week, we cordially invite you to attend our virtual PTA meeting on Thursday, January 12th, at 7:00 p.m. A Zoom link will be sent via eNotify prior to the meeting.

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

~A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together.~ Brene Brown

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Library News

Our school library has books in different genres, different languages, and different lengths.  Did you know we also have different formats?  The book’s format is the way the story or information is being presented.  An example is graphic or cartoon format – books in this format can be fact or fiction, long or short, in English or in Spanish . . . but the way it is presented is with panels and speech bubbles.  Another example of format is Verse Novel, which is a fiction chapter book told through poetry.  Stories told in Verse move quickly because of the sparse text, but still tell a fully-rounded story.  One last format to share with you is Choose Your Own Adventure.  These books can be in any genre such as Historical Fiction or Mystery, as well as have factual information, but the book’s format is set up to allow the reader to make a choice about which part of the book will be read next.  Talk with your student to see if they have a preference on the format of their books, and feel free to reach out to our librarian at [email protected] if you want to learn more – happy reading!

Our Salad Bar is Coming Back!

FCPS salad bars are making a comeback in our elementary schools as part of lunch service in just a few weeks! Elementary schools that had a salad bar prior to the onset of the pandemic and have Title I designation will be prioritized. Sleepy Hollow’s salad bar will be re-introduced on Wednesday, January 25, 2023!

Understanding the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Screener Results

Recently, results from the SEL Screener were sent home. The screener is used to gather information about your student’s perceptions of their skills, relationships, mood, and the school environment. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2021). If you would like to understand your child's SEL Screener outcomes, click here for additional information.

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Tech Adventure Camp Summer 2023

This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Education including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and computer science.

Virtual Math Week Coming Soon

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

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

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

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

Thursday, January 26, 2023  9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

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

Register for January Webinars Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others. January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

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January 3 News from Sleepy Hollow

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January 3, 2023

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. As we leave 2022 behind and embark on a new year and chapter in our lives, I hope that 2023 provides us many opportunities to work, learn, build, explore, and create new and wonderful things together. Happy New Year!

Wishing you a week filled with Amazing Grace, peace, joy and happiness!

~Joy is not in things; it’s in us.~ Unknown

~Make joy your compass today.~ Unknown

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

A special thanks to all staff members for being that Champion for Children. Please join me in congratulating and recognizing our Sleepy Hollow Outstanding Employees for 2022-2023!

Library News

Did you know our school library carries books in languages other than English?  In addition to some titles in Vietnamese and a few in Arabic, we have over 600 print books in Spanish (and more in eBook form)!  We have Spanish Non-fiction, Biography, Everybody, I Can Read, Fiction, and Graphic Novel.  Many of our English Language Learners also enjoy our Wordless books, in which the whole story is told through pictures and can be read and understood by readers of any language or level.  If you want to talk about what might be a good-fit book for your child, please reach out to our librarian, Mrs. Oswalt, who always welcomes discussions about books!  She can be reached at: [email protected].  Happy reading!

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Virtual Math Week Coming Soon

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

Register Now for January Webinars Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others. January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

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December 12 News from Sleepy Hollow

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December 12, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  A special thank you to our parents, staff, and community members who so graciously supported our Annual Holiday Shop. It was a huge success!

The end of 2022 is rapidly approaching us. As we round out the first half of this fruitful school year, we wish you an amazing and heartfelt holiday season!  We encourage each of you to take time to reflect on the small things and all the goodness in life. Yes, life is filled with ups and downs, disappointments, and challenges—many beyond our control.  Yet, let us embrace each day as a blessing—as a gift. Make lifelong memories together with your friends and family. Throughout this holiday season and every day of the coming year, we wish you peace, love, HOPE and JOY! 

~Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. ~ Desmond Tutu

~Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. ~ Robert Schuller

~Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. ~ Nhat Hanh

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Library News

Wow, thanks SO MUCH to all who were able to pass along some gently-used books for our book give-away!  Students will be coming home Tuesday 12/13 with a book to keep forever.  Reading together as a family or one-on-one with your child is an amazing way to build a love of reading for all.  Hopefully the winter break will provide your family with opportunities for some special reading moments to treasure – happy reading!

Reminder:  Window for AAP Full-Time (level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2022

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to [email protected] no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Diane Overton at [email protected]

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Sleepy Hollow Elementary.

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for January Webinars Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others. January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

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Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

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December 6 News from Sleepy Hollow

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December 6, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. December 5th-9th is Inclusive Schools Week across Fairfax County Public Schools. This year’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.”  We strongly believe that we when we are united, we can focus on our common need—inclusive practices in our schools, in our communities, and around the world.

Wishing you an amazing week filled with gratitude, peace, love, RESPECT, and KINDNESS.

~Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give. ~ Author unknown

~Diversity is having a seat at the table. Inclusion is having a voice. Belonging is having that voice heard.”  ~ Author unknown

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Library News

Do you have any gently-used books no longer being used?  Or perhaps doing some clearing out as winter holidays approach?  If so, please be aware that we are collecting donations of books for our book giveaway before winter break.  While we welcome any books in good used condition that are age-appropriate for our students, books written in Spanish are always extra-appreciated.  A box will be in the front hallway across from the main office for any donations.  Thank you for considering – happy reading!

Reminder:  Window for AAP Full-Time (level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2022

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to [email protected] no later than December 15. 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Diane Overton at [email protected]

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Sleepy Hollow Elementary.

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Participate in Computer Science (CS) Education Week December 5-9,2022

Did you know Computer Science is important for all students? Computer science skills are part of modern day careers that connect to a wide-range of student interests, such as music, film, art, forensics, health and medicine, government, international relations, automotive, fashion design, marketing and more.

Here are a few ways you and your child can participate in CS Week:

Recent examples: Children’s Science Center internships and Amazon Future Engineer internships and scholarships

Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school.

Register Now for January Webinars Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others. January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

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November 28 News from Sleepy Hollow

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November 28, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. It is our hope that you all enjoyed a peaceful, safe, and joyous Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. As one season ends another begins. Can you believe we have exactly 14 days before we begin our winter break? Before that happens though, we have a great deal of learning and fun-filled events planned over the next three weeks. We look forward to seeing you in school and around campus for our December events! Wishing you a week filled with Amazing Grace, LOVE, and light!

~Love is like the wind; you can’t see it, but you can feel it.~ Nicholas Sparks

~Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.~ Oliver Wendell

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

Picture Retakes December 6, 2022 Library News

What an amazing school community! We’re still feeling the love from the Barnes & Noble book fair!  Teachers have been enjoying books gifted to them, the order list for the library collection is ready, and students are still thinking back to the fun event.  Thank you for all the generosity shown through this event!  If you ever want to discuss books that might be of interest to your children, or those that you might enjoy reading together as a family, please reach out to our librarian, Mrs. Oswalt, at [email protected].  Happy reading!

National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. 

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School seeks to provide more opportunities for parents to learn about their children, their schooling, and how to support them at home.  The following brief survey is to find out what would be most helpful to you.  https://forms.gle/9ahRpvjxDNFPV9CQ8

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for December Webinars Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

December 2, 2022 10-11 a.m.

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stressors each day. Despite these pressures, it is still families who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

Join Dr. Chapman as he shares his insights and thoughts about loving our teens.

Register for Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others

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November 22 News from Sleepy Hollow

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November 22, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope his newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. Last week was busy and exciting. Many thanks to all who were able to attend the General PTA Meeting at The Willston Center on Thursday and for those who braved the cold to support the PTA Barnes and Noble Night last Friday!  It was truly a joyous event. A special thanks to all who supported the teachers’ wish lists, prepared baked goods, and volunteered at the various stations throughout the bookstore. As they say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

Remember this is a short week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is NO SCHOOL Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (November 23rd – 25th). From our home to yours, we wish you an amazing Thanksgiving Holiday. May your time with family and friends be that of renewed relationships, new memories, and gratefulness.

~Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance. ~ Eckhart Tolle

~The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time. ~ Douglas Wood

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. 

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School seeks to provide more opportunities for parents to learn about their children, their schooling, and how to support them at home.  The following brief survey is to find out what would be most helpful to you.  https://forms.gle/9ahRpvjxDNFPV9CQ8

Picture Retakes on December 6, 2022 Library News

Wow, Barnes & Noble night was so much fun!  Huge thanks to our AMAZING PTA for planning and running this community event – your efforts are very much appreciated!  And thank you to ALL in the community who attended, helped out, or made purchases – this event supports our school’s library and we can’t wait to add fresh new titles into our collection for ALL to enjoy.  An extra shout-out to all who supported the wish lists of the SHES teachers – we have amazingly generous families in our school community and we are so grateful to all the support!  Happy reading!!

Safety and the Holidays

The Office of Student Safety and Wellness has published an article of interest for our FCPS communities

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for December Webinars Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

December 2, 2022 10-11 a.m.

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stressors each day. Despite these pressures, it is still families who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

Join Dr. Chapman as he shares his insights and thoughts about loving our teens.

Register for Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others

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November 15 News from Sleepy Hollow

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November 15, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope his newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We are settling into fall and the weather is unpredictable. Please check the weather each day and have the kids layer their clothing and wear a coat/jacket so they are comfortable throughout the day.

Next week is a short week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. There is no school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (November 23rd – 25th). As we close out this week though, we hope you will join us for our monthly PTA Meeting on Thursday, November 17th.  This month’s meeting will be held at The Willston Center. In addition, we look forward to a fun-filled Barnes and Noble Night!  Hope to see you there!

Wishing you an amazing week filled with love, peace, joy, and GRATEFULNESS.

~Living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace. ~ Arianna Huffington

~Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist of merely words. Gratitude is shown in acts. ~ Henri F. Amiel

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

PTA News and Announcements November PTA Meeting: Thursday, November 17th at the Willston Center In-person only

At the Willston Center: 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church 6:30PM - social time 7:00 - 8:00PM - meeting

Featuring a a special guest speaker: Sue Kohn from the Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation (MCCP)

Spanish interpreter Childcare on site Refreshments provided

Barnes and Noble Book Fair:  This Friday, November 18th!

Join us for a night of fun with books at our annual SHES Bookfair Friday, November 18, 2022 5:30-8:00pm Barnes & Noble, Seven Corners Center 

Sign-up to volunteer at the event:

https://bit.ly/shesbnn

  • Teacher Readings • Games & Prizes! • Each SHES student receives 1 free raffle ticket; come dressed as a book character and receive 2 tickets! Additional tickets available for purchase.

A percentage of purchases (excludes gift cards) will benefit our school library!

Shop in-store at the event and on November 19---mention Sleepy Hollow Elementary at checkout Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support online from November 18 to November 22, 2022 Enter Bookfair ID 12637575 at checkout

National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. 

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School seeks to provide more opportunities for parents to learn about their children, their schooling, and how to support them at home.  The following brief survey is to find out what would be most helpful to you.  https://forms.gle/9ahRpvjxDNFPV9CQ8

Barnes & Noble Night: This Friday!!

Our school's Barnes & Noble Night is coming this week!  Join our school community at the Seven Corners location of B&N from 5:30-8:00 on Friday 11/18 for all the fun!  You'll see other students, families, and SHES teachers - there are even teachers doing read-alouds during the event!  There are games and prizes:  Each SHES student receives a free raffle ticket! Come dressed as a book character and get an extra free ticket!  There are drinks and desserts available for purchase at the 5th grade concession stand.  Plus you'll see teacher wish-list titles for their classroom libraries AND every purchase helps the Sleepy Hollow library add books to the collection for access by ALL students!  What a night of fun!  Want to help at the event?  Please take a look at this link to see what's needed:   https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EA9AC28A0FA7-2022  See you at the book fair - happy reading!!

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for November Workshops Bullying Prevention

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Presenters: 

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

November 18 10:30 a.m. - noon

Register for Bullying Prevention

Register Now for December Webinars Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

December 2, 2022 10-11 a.m.

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stressors each day. Despite these pressures, it is still families who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

Join Dr. Chapman as he shares his insights and thoughts about loving our teens.

Register for Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others

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November 7 News from Sleepy Hollow

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November 7, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We bid farewell to a fun-filled October! We welcome November with a heart of thankfulness. We pause and say thank you to our Military Veterans. We are so grateful to you and your family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Wishing everyone an amazing week filled with lots of love, light, kindness, and PEACE!

~ “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” ~ Amanda Gorman

~ “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther  King, Jr.

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal

PTA News and Announcements Sleepy Hollow PTA Election Day Bake Sale: Tuesday, November 8. 

Please make or purchase baked goods to donate to the bake sale on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. 

Please bring your donations to the main office by Monday, November 7 or bring directly to the bake sale at school on Tuesday, November 8.

We need volunteers for this event! Childcare will be available from 8:00am-2:00pm for volunteers.Sign-up here:

https://bit.ly/shesbakers 

 

November Spirit Night: Pizzeria Orso

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 4-9PM Pizzeria Orso 400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church Dine in only! Show the flyer that will be sent home in Wednesday folders, write "SHES" on your bill/receipt and/or tell your server you're there to support Sleepy Hollow Elementary School and your order will benefit the PTA.

Reservations recommended The patio will be open weather permitting Take-out orders are not included.

 

November PTA Meeting: Thursday, November 17th at the Willston Center In-person only

At the Willston Center: 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church

6:30PM - social time 7:00 - 8:00PM - meeting

Featuring a a special guest speaker: Sue Kohn from the Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation (MCCP)

Spanish interpreter Childcare on site Refreshments provided

 

Barnes and Noble Book Fair:  Friday, November 18th

Join us for a night of fun with books at our annual SHES Bookfair Friday, November 18, 2022 5:30-8:00pm Barnes & Noble, Seven Corners Center 

Sign-up to volunteer at the event:

https://bit.ly/shesbnn

  • Teacher Readings • Games & Prizes! • Each SHES student receives 1 free raffle ticket; come dressed as a book character and receive 2 tickets! Additional tickets available for purchase.

 A percentage of purchases (excludes gift cards) will benefit our school library!

Shop in-store at the event and on November 19---mention Sleepy Hollow Elementary at checkout Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support online from November 18 to November 22, 2022 Enter Bookfair ID 12637575 at checkout

National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. 

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School seeks to provide more opportunities for parents to learn about their children, their schooling, and how to support them at home.  The following brief survey is to find out what would be most helpful to you.  https://forms.gle/9ahRpvjxDNFPV9CQ8

Barnes & Noble Night 

Our school's Barnes & Noble Night is coming up soon!  Join our school community at the Seven Corners location of B&N from 5:30-8:00 on Friday 11/18 for all the fun!  You'll see other students, families, and SHES teachers - there are even teachers doing read-alouds during the event!  There are games and prizes:  Each SHES student receives a free raffle ticket! Come dressed as a book character and get an extra free ticket!  There are drinks and desserts available for purchase at the 5th grade concession stand.  Plus you'll see teacher wish-list titles for their classroom libraries AND every purchase helps the Sleepy Hollow library add books to the collection for access by ALL students!  What a night of fun!  Want to help at the event?  Please take a look at this link to see what's needed:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094EA9AC28A0FA7-2022  See you at the book fair - happy reading!!

School Volunteers

Every day, volunteers change the lives of students across FCPS and we offer several ways for people in the community to get involved.

Examples of volunteer opportunities in FCPS include:

Business and Community Partnerships allow organizations to engage.  We encourage and support the development of partnerships that strengthen and enhance the quality of education and community connectedness.  Our Business and Community Partnerships team helps establish Ignite Partnerships, and we promote them so that there are some defined returns on your investment

Family Members Looking to Volunteer at their child’s school should call the school’s main office for information about their volunteer program. Please contact Karla Lobo, Administrative Assistant, if you are interested in volunteering at Sleepy Hollow. All volunteers are to be vetted through FCPS. This is simple process.

View procedures about Volunteer Procedures/Background Check Information.

Students in Grades 6-12 Looking to Volunteer in FCPS and elsewhere to meet the requirements of their service learning hours can find information on the Service Learning page.

      We are TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We will be hosting our 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and we would like to invite 5th-8th grade students from your school to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free.

      Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. We help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc.

      Our first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will be holding this session both in-person and virtually. During this session we will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link: https://forms.gle/kDHmtqUefP2WdFey5

      Attached below is a flyer showcasing our fair and where to find additional information about this event. We would greatly appreciate it if you could include this flyer on a weekly school newsletter or advertise the fair using some other means.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please email us back. Feel free to also check out our website at tjsciencefair.wordpress.com or email us [email protected] Sincerely, TJ Investigative Science Outreach

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for November Workshops Moving On to Life in the Community: Resource Fair

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy and more.

This event will include:

  • various support programs in the community available to students.
  • A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
  • An exhibitor/vendor fair.

Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. 

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register online for Moving On To Life in The Community: Resource Fair

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How young people are getting drugs
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
  • The dangers of Fentanyl 
  • Naloxone and how it works

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Bullying Prevention

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Presenters: 

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

November 18 10:30 a.m. - noon

Register for Bullying Prevention

Register Now for December Webinars Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

December 2, 2022 10-11 a.m.

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stressors each day. Despite these pressures, it is still families who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

Join Dr. Chapman as he shares his insights and thoughts about loving our teens.

Register for Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others

Veteran's Day 2022

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom. There's no way to thank our veterans for everything they sacrifice for our freedom, but on Veterans Day, we have to try. So thank you to all our service men and women, both past and present!

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

October 31 News from Sleepy Hollow

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October 31, 2022

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. A special thanks to all who attended our Advanced Academics Information Night and Octoberfest-Bingoween Extravaganza. Staff and students enjoyed Book Character Day as well. In addition to the above events, Parent-Teacher Conferences were also a huge success. If by chance you were not able to connect with your child’s teacher, please reach out immediately. Home-school partnerships are vital to the success and well-being of our future leaders—our children.

We have a new staff member!  Please join us in welcoming Menbere Degefu, Enhanced Autism Classroom Teacher. Menbere is originally from Ethiopia. She has made Lorton, VA, her home since 2011. She loves reading and watching soccer. Menbere joins us from Falls Church as a head start program teacher, where she previously worked for eight years. Menbere is thrilled to join our Sleepy Hollow Family!

Wishing you a wonderful week filled with LOVE!

~The most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart. ~ Hellen Keller

~Love is a fruit in season at all times--and within reach of every hand. ~ Mother Teresa

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen
Principal

Get Involved…Join our Sleepy Hollow PTA!   School Volunteers

Every day, volunteers change the lives of students across FCPS and we offer several ways for people in the community to get involved.

Examples of volunteer opportunities in FCPS include:

Business and Community Partnerships allow organizations to engage.  We encourage and support the development of partnerships that strengthen and enhance the quality of education and community connectedness.  Our Business and Community Partnerships team helps establish Ignite Partnerships, and we promote them so that there are some defined returns on your investment

Family Members Looking to Volunteer at their child’s school should call the school’s main office for information about their volunteer program. Please contact Karla Lobo, Administrative Assistant, if you are interested in volunteering at Sleepy Hollow. All volunteers are to be vetted through FCPS. This is simple process.

View procedures about Volunteer Procedures/Background Check Information.

Students in Grades 6-12 Looking to Volunteer in FCPS and elsewhere to meet the requirements of their service learning hours can find information on the Service Learning page.

Parent Lunch with Students

Parents who wish to have lunch with their children. Please . . .

·       Notify the classroom teacher.

·       Let us know if you are purchasing lunch(es) in advance.

·       Report to door 1 and check in the front office.

      We are TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We will be hosting our 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and we would like to invite 5th-8th grade students from your school to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free.

      Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. We help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc.

      Our first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will be holding this session both in-person and virtually. During this session we will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link: https://forms.gle/kDHmtqUefP2WdFey5

      Attached below is a flyer showcasing our fair and where to find additional information about this event. We would greatly appreciate it if you could include this flyer on a weekly school newsletter or advertise the fair using some other means.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please email us back. Feel free to also check out our website at tjsciencefair.wordpress.com or email us [email protected] Sincerely, TJ Investigative Science Outreach

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 will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

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.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or [email protected].

Register Now for November Workshops Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families

Welcoming nontraditional families into authentic partnerships takes effort and can reap great rewards. Nontraditional families include those with parents, caregivers, or youth who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as those formed through foster care, adoption, and kinship care by grandparents, other relatives, or close family friends.

Join Dr. Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Formed Families Forward, for this important webinar.

Highlights include:

  • Identifying unique strengths and challenges faced by nontraditional families raising children and youth, including those with special needs.
  • Practicing effective communication strategies between families and school partners to increase comfort and inclusivity for students and families.
  • Collaboratively strategizing and planning supports for adults (families, caregivers, teachers, and support staff), while boosting personal resilience as they face stressful circumstances.

November 3, 2022, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Register for Nontraditional Families: Fostering Resilience and Inclusivity While Welcoming and Affirming All Families

Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, this presentation will provide information and guidance on how to support your children throughout the cancer journey. 

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to have open communication about cancer with your children
  • Strategies to use in the home to help your children adjust to changes
  • Activities that the entire family can use to support each other

Presented by Jemma Stratton, MSW Pediatric Oncology Clinical Therapist I, Supervisee of Social Work, Life with Cancer, Family Center

November 4, 2022, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Where to Start: Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has Cancer

Moving On to Life in the Community: Resource Fair

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy and more.

This event will include:

  • various support programs in the community available to students.
  • A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
  • An exhibitor/vendor fair.

Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. 

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register online for Moving On To Life in The Community: Resource Fair

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How young people are getting drugs
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
  • The dangers of Fentanyl 
  • Naloxone and how it works

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Bullying Prevention

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying

Presenters: 

  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

November 18 10:30 a.m. - noon

Register for Bullying Prevention

Monitor you student's academics with a SIS Parent Account

FCPS Calendars

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

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