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Dear Stenwood Families,
Tomorrow is May and we are beyond excited to welcome in a new month of Spring! We kick off this month with Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week next week. There aren’t enough words to describe our appreciation for these incredible educators we have here on staff at Stenwood and hope that you and your children take some time to share your appreciation, too! Check out the section on FCPS CARES to see how you can go above and beyond to recognize members of our amazing staff!
May is one of our busiest times of year with lots of end of year assessments and activities. Please make sure you are paying close attention to your Friday Parent email this month for information and/or changes that might impact your child’s schedule or routine.
Our final PTA assembly of the year is coming up this Monday, May 3rd from 2:30 - 3:15pm and Mad Science is back with another virtual spectacular! The session is entitled “Marvels of Motion” and can be attended through the All Students Course in Schoology. Thank you to the PTA for organizing these great opportunities for our students this year!
Thank you to everyone who has already shared placement consideration for your child for next school year. If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement, please complete this OPTIONAL form online by Monday, May 3rd.
FCPS recently announced that all students will attend school virtually on June 8th due to polling. There will be no in-person activities on school grounds this day, but your child should plan to join class live for learning through their Schoology course link. Get more information about the primary elections.
In today’s newsletter:
- Class Placement Input for 2021-22 School Year (*DUE MONDAY 5/3*)
- Bike To School Week (*NEW*)
- FCPS CARES (*NEW*)
- Head Start Applications for 2021-22 School Year
- SOL Schedule
- Resources for Families
- Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
- Positivity Project: Leadership
- Summer Book Fair!
- Curbside Library Checkout
- Library Mystery Bags
- Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
- Moving Over the Summer?
- Grab and Go & Meal Kit Sites
We hope you have a great weekend.
Erica Riley, Principal
Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Class Placement Input for 2021-22 School Year
If your child is returning to Stenwood next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements. If you know that your family will not be joining us for the 2021-22 school year, please reach out to Mrs. Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-208-7600 to let us know.
Our staff will be working on tentative class groupings this spring, with classroom assignments finalized in late August. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests. Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.
If you have information that you believe is pertinent to your child’s placement for next year, please complete this OPTIONAL form online by Monday, May 3rd for it to be taken into consideration. There is no need to complete the form if you do not have any information you would like us to consider. Thank you.
Bike to School or Bike in Your
Neighborhood on May 5th
Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county here.
Wednesday, May 5th is the official Bike to School Day. You can register as a school, family, or neighborhood. Plan your ride whether you ride to school, to a park, or just within your neighborhood. Register for Bike to School Day.
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Is a Great Time to Recognize FCPS Employees Through FCPS CARES
FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, held May 3th-7th, is a great time to acknowledge someone who has worked with your child or family during this unpredictable year. Learn how you can acknowledge an FCPS employee for their great work
Head Start Applications for 2021-22 School Year
- FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22! Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK. To apply online: www.fcps.edu search: PreK Email: email@example.com
For more information call our English Line: 703-208-7900
- ¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ya está aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2021-22! Por favor mire este video para ver si su hijo de 3 o 4 años puede calificar para PreK. Para aplicar en línea: www.fcps.edu busque: PreK Correo electrónico: firstname.lastname@example.org
Para más información llame a la línea de español: 703-208-7901
SOL Schedule (3rd - 6th Grade Students)
All participating 3rd - 6th grade families should mark their calendars with the finalized SOL dates for the school year:
Resources for Families
Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!
FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!
Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!
Positivity Project: Leadership
This week, we are focusing on Leadership. You value each member of your group and inspire other people to do their best.
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and actions.”
~ Harold S. Geneen
Questions you might enjoy talking about:
Summer Book Fair!
- What are some of the characteristics of a good leader?
- Do you consider yourself a leader? If not, what are some characteristics that might make that more possible? If so, what are the characteristics of leadership you need to build on to make stronger?
- How does it make you feel to think about yourself as a leader?
Beginning April 28th and running through May 28th, our book fair vendor, Bookworm Central, will be opening its virtual warehouse doors for us to have a book fair!
Stock up now for summer reading options and educational games to keep your kids excited about reading, learning, and exploring. As a bonus, there is free shipping directly to your house on orders over $30! Don’t forget to check out the teacher wish lists. Go to Bookworm Central and feel free to shop! Let Mrs. Cole know what questions you have: email@example.com .
*Please note, Bookworm Central is a local vendor that is intent on helping connect your children with great books. Safety is paramount for their staff and for you. At the warehouse, your orders are packed by team members practicing social distancing, always wearing gloves and masks, and continually disinfecting surface areas.
Curbside Library Checkout
Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!
Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it! Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.
Click here for directions on how to put books on hold.
Need to return books? You may return library books on Mondays from 2:30-3:30PM. Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.
Library Mystery Bags
Need new books? Not sure what to search for in the catalog? Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue! Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.
(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)
Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"
Please fill out this form (Gr K-2) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library. The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole. It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.
Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"
If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.
Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library. The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.
Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)
WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD
TO PICK UP BOOKS.
If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder. Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software. If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.
Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!
While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them! You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.
If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out. As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.
Moving Over the Summer?
If your family is moving over the summer or will not be attending Stenwood next year, please contact our registrar, Sonja Hunt, at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know your plans. Thank you!
Grab and Go Sites
Please note that new Meal Kit distribution sites have recently been added, which allows families to pick up a week’s worth of food every Wednesday from 8:00am - 12:30pm (while supplies last), so check here for a meal kit location near you.
Here is our local Grab and Go food distribution bus route:
Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.
More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.
Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year. Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year. The application is available HERE.
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