Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

As we conclude this school year, we want to thank you for your continued support of Stenwood.  While the school year may be over, we will continue to be there for you for whatever you may need.  This has been a school year like no other and we hope everyone stays healthy and safe throughout the summer.  Waving goodbye to students on the last day of school is a beloved Stenwood tradition and we couldn’t let this year pass without it, so here is our distance learning version that a few of our staff kindly put together.   

Earlier this week we sent out an eNotify with additional information regarding summer learning and our new tech survey; if you haven’t already, please take a moment to read it.  

This will be our last Hive Happenings this year, but we will send out information as needed through eNotify as plans for next year become more clear.  

We are so grateful for our amazing community! Congratulations to our sixth graders - enjoy the pictures of them below.  Have a great summer!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Antiracism Resources for Your Family

In addition to the resources we shared last week, here is a list of books that you might want to share with your child. These are books that are either in our school library or on order for our library.  Mrs. Cole curated this list specifically for parents, staff, and students to have conversations about race and culture. But please remember that not every book is appropriate for every reader. If you have any questions or want to discuss these books, please reach out to Mrs. Cole.  She is familiar with most of these books, but if not, she can reach out to her network of librarians to get their thoughts. This list is not meant to be definitive, just a starting point. Please jump in!

Summer Learning Opportunities

This summer there will be multiple ways to stay engaged in learning!  

 

1.     Stenwood Summer Learning: Learn online with some of our amazing Stenwood teachers!  Online learning will include 1-2 hours/week of synchronous time and run from June 30th - July 30th on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is free and open to all Stenwood students, but we request that you fill out this form by Monday, June 15th if you are interested in participating to assist with our teachers’ planning.  Specific grade level information was sent to parents through eNotify on Tuesday, June 9th and Wednesday, June 10th - make sure you enroll using the interest form above to continue getting communication related to summer learning!

  • Summer learning is completely OPTIONAL.  
  • The purpose of summer learning is to support review and practice of the essential standards and skills that were designated by our FCPS curriculum specialists.  These standards are reflected in the Essentials Summer Practice Books that the county has centrally developed.
  • Instructional time with the teacher each week will align to the concepts in the Essentials Summer Practice Books.  Instructional time will consist of a short review lesson of a language arts topic, a short review lesson of a mathematics topic, and a dedicated question and answer block where students may seek clarification for content in the lesson and/or the Essentials Summer Practice Books.
  • Summer Learning does not teach new content or preview next year’s material.
  • Summer Learning does not include additional assignments beyond the Essentials Summer Practice Books.
  • Interested families should enroll their child in the grade level session for their child’s current grade this school year (2019-2020).

This opportunity will best serve students who could benefit with additional practice and repetition of grade level content.  All are welcome, but please understand that our instructional focus will remain on the support of these essential standards.

 

2.     Math and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Books: FCPS will be mailing review work books out to families by the end of June.  Every student who is not opted out will receive two Essentials Summer Practice books: one for reading and one for math.  The Practice Books are not intended to teach new content; it is a review of key content from the 2019-2020 school year.  They will also be posted on FCPS 24/7 Learning Blackboard (Continuity of Learning Resources page- ES) as fillable PDF files on June 29th. If you would like to opt back in to receiving these, you will need to do so before June 10th, using this link.   

3.     iReady Learning Modules and                    Games: Access online learning modules and learning  games throughout June and July!  Students may log on using their FCPS credentials to the FCPS public Universal Screener website.  Check out this handout for more informationFCPS i-Ready Onboard Lesson.

 

4.     Stingers are Readers - Summer Reading! We want all of our Stenwood Stingers to READ, READ, READ!  To help us find new books to read, we invite all of our Stingers to share book recommendations on our Summer Reading Flipgrids.  After reading a book this summer, click on one of the links below, record a short Book Recommendation, including the title, author, and why you would recommend the book.  Check the Filpgrid often to see what books your friends and teachers are recommending: 

K-2 Flipgrid 

(For students who have completed Kindergarten through 2nd Grade)

3-6 Flipgrid 

(For students who have completed 3rd-6th Grade)

5.     Live Read Alouds with Mr. Fenton: Mr. Fenton, our IT specialist, likes to read with our Stenwood Stingers and would like to continue reading over the summer. Listen to exciting books about Llamas destroying the world, stories from Sideways School, Wizards of Once, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and many more!

Sessions will be held twice per week: Tuesdays @ 11am (K-3)  and Wednesdays @ 11am (4-6).  He (and some special guests!) will read a variety of books. Your student can listen and join discussion in one  or both sessions which will include students from both schools he supports: Freedom Hill and Stenwood. The sessions begin June 15th and 16th. 

If your student is interested, please fill out the Google form to be invited into the Blackboard Collaborate session. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Craig Fenton: craig.fenton@fcps.edu.

 

6.     Google Classroom: All Stenwood Google Classrooms will stay up through August 14.  Students will have access to all materials posted from Spring distance learning from their homeroom teacher and specialist teachers (excluding recorded sessions and read alouds per FCPS directive and copyright laws).  No new material will be posted after June 12.  Please contact Jackie Krum if you have any Google Classroom or Blackboard questions or concerns.

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

It is hard to believe that there is only one week left in this school year! It was nice to see so many families come through our student item pick up this week and we loved being able to wish everyone a happy end of the school year in person.  Thanks to our 6th grade parents and teachers who made pick up extra special for our 6th graders.  If you could not make it to Stenwood during your assigned pick up time, please plan on coming by Stenwood on Monday, June 8th between 8am - noon or between 2pm - 5pm.

Along with the joys of seeing our Stingers in person this week, we also experienced the heartache as our nation grappled with tragedy, anger, hate, and strife.  Stenwood stands with FCPS in denouncing racism and hate and we strive to make our school a welcome home to all of our students and their families, regardless of race, ethnicity, or background.  We are committed to continually bettering ourselves for the sake of our children and this community; we firmly believe our diversity is our strength.  Our hearts go out to all of those personally impacted by this week’s events.  We hope the resources offered below may prove useful to all those continuing to seek information about supporting their children through these difficult times:

It is also with a heavy heart that we share with you the staff members that will be leaving our Stenwood community next year:

  • Stephanie Ryan, 1st grade teacher, has accepted a job in Colorado, where her husband recently began a new job. 
  • Christina Wutzke, 4th grade teacher,  will be teaching in Nebraska next year, closer to her family.
  • Anne Regan, Art teacher, was offered a full time position at Terraset ES in FCPS, closer to home. 
  • Vicki Dols, Resource teacher, will be retiring this year after an extraordinary teaching career.  
  • Elma Price, our PHA, will be transitioning to Westlawn ES next year- also right here in FCPS.

We will miss all of these incredible educators and wish them the best in their new endeavors!

In anticipation of the possible scenarios for next year, we need to gather some additional information regarding technology in your home.  This survey is very similar to the one sent out in March.  At that time, FCPS was looking to ensure every family had at least one device students could access; at this point we want to make sure that students are 1 to 1 with a laptop in your home.  We know some students are sharing with siblings, using tablets, or are working with older personal laptops that are not fit to handle the learning platforms being used.  Please complete this survey by June 15th.  Stenwood staff will be following up with families who do not complete the survey.  

As our official school year comes to a close, please be aware of all the free summer learning opportunities available to you from both FCPS and from our very own Stenwood teachers!  The summer learning section below summarizes how you can keep your child engaged in learning.  While summer learning will be open to any Stenwood student, if you plan to participate in online sessions with our Stenwood teachers, we would appreciate a response on this form by Monday, June 15th to assist in our planning.

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Summer Learning Opportunities

This summer there will be multiple ways to stay engaged in learning!  

 

1.     Stenwood Summer Learning:  Learn online with some of our amazing Stenwood teachers!  Online learning will include 1-2 hours/week of synchronous time and run from June 30th - July 30th on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is free and open to all Stenwood students, but we request that you fill out this form by Monday, June 15th if you are interested in participating to assist with our teachers’ planning.  We will send an e-Notify email with more specifics and schedules for this opportunity.

 

2.     Math and Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Books: FCPS will be mailing review work books out to families by the end of June.  Every student who is not opted out will receive two Essentials Summer Practice books: one for reading and one for math.  The Practice Books are not intended to teach new content; it is a review of key content from the 2019-2020 school year.  They will also be posted on FCPS 24/7 Learning Blackboard (Continuity of Learning Resources page- ES) as fillable PDF files on June 29th. If you would like to opt back in to receiving these, you will need to do so before June 10th, using this link.

 

3.     iReady Learning Modules and                    Games:  Access online learning modules and learning  games throughout June and July!  Students may log on using their FCPS credentials to the FCPS public Universal Screener website.  Check out this handout for more information: FCPS i-Ready Onboard Lesson.

 

4.     Stingers are Readers - Summer Reading!  We want all of our Stenwood Stingers to READ, READ, READ!  To help us find new books to read, we invite all of our Stingers to share book recommendations on our Summer Reading Flipgrids.  After reading a book this summer, click on one of the links below, record a short Book Recommendation, including the title, author, and why you would recommend the book.  Check the Filpgrid often to see what books your friends and teachers are recommending: 

K-2 Flipgrid 

(For students who have completed Kindergarten through 2nd Grade)

3-6 Flipgrid 

(For students who have completed 3rd-6th Grade)

 

5.     Live Read Alouds with Mr. Fenton: Mr. Fenton, our IT specialist, likes to read with our Stenwood Stingers and would like to continue reading over the summer. Listen to exciting books about Llamas destroying the world, stories from Sideways School, Wizards of Once, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and many more!

Sessions will be held twice per week: Tuesdays @ 11am (K-3)  and Wednesdays @ 11am (4-6).  He (and some special guests!) will read a variety of books. Your student can listen and join discussion in one  or both sessions which will include students from both schools he supports: Freedom Hill and Stenwood. The sessions begin June 15th and 16th. 

If your student is interested, please fill out the Google form to be invited into the Blackboard Collaborate session. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Craig Fenton: craig.fenton@fcps.edu.

 

6.     Google Classroom:  All Stenwood Google Classrooms will stay up through August 14.  Students will have access to all materials posted from Spring distance learning from their homeroom teacher and specialist teachers.  No new material will be posted after June 12.  Please contact Jackie Krum if you have any Google Classroom or Blackboard questions or concerns.

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Essentials Summer Practice Books 

Many of you chose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies of the distance learning packet.  If you have opted out and would like to opt in to receive the Essentials Summer Practice Book, please follow the same link and sign in.  Click on “Restore Printed Copies” to resume mailings.

Every student who is not opted out will receive two Essentials Summer Practice books: one for reading and one for math.   Families that continue to opt out of paper mailings can access fillable PDF files of the Essentials Summer Practice Books on FCPS 24/7 Learning Blackboard (Continuity of Learning Resources page- ES) on June 29th.

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

Thanks to those of you who joined our Principal’s Coffee yesterday. Here is the presentation with notes from this session: Principal’s Coffee 5/28.   

For the past few weeks, we have shared information about the service activities and opportunities for our upper grade students through Hive Happenings, email, and directly with our students.  All remaining applications are due today.  Please make sure you have reviewed these options with your child and submitted your applications if your child is interested in participating next year.  You can apply for more than one as some you can participate in simultaneously. 

We are requesting a response from ALL rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families on the Band/Strings form, as your family’s selection impacts your child’s Specials schedule here at school. We hope to collect responses from all rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families by today, Friday, May 29th.  We will be following up with every student and family that we do not hear from.  

Please carefully review the section below on Student Item Pick Up/ Drop Off which is scheduled from Tuesday, June 2nd - Thursday, June 4th.  We are so looking forward to seeing you all during these days next week.  Many staff members have eagerly volunteered to come in to help on these days knowing that it will be a chance to see some smiling, familiar faces through the car windows.  

Have a great weekend and please give us a wave next week!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Student Item Pick Up/ Drop Off Information

Our teachers have packed up their classrooms, including all student items which have been separated into individual, labeled bags that are ready to be returned to your child.

Preparing for Pick-Up Day:

  1. Please create a sign with your child(ren)’s last name and first name(s) clearly visible from your vehicle’s dashboard. This will help our team quickly identify cars and deliver items.
  2. Please take a few minutes to look through the items here. There are numerous winter jackets and sweatshirts since the last date we were in the building was March 12th. If you find an item in the lost and found, please complete this form so we can place that item with your child’s other items for pick up on June 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.
  3. Bring any school items such as library books, classroom books, FCPS rented instruments (if you are not continuing the instrument next year or are in 6th grade), patrol belts, and recorders from Recorder Ensemble.

Arrival at your Pick Up Window:

  1. Enter Stenwood from Gallows Rd and use the bus lane.
  2. Remain in your vehicle. We will be wearing PPE to deliver items and collect any items you might have. Let staff members who are assisting know if you have medication to pick up.
  3. Follow the signs to control traffic flow.
  4. Arrive at your scheduled time:

               Tuesday, June 2nd:

                              8:30 - 10:00 Last Names starting with A

                              10:00 - 11:30 Last Names starting with B

                              11:30 - 1:00 Last Names starting with C

                              1:00 - 2:00 Last Names starting with D

                              2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with E, F

                              3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with G

               Wednesday, June 3rd:

                              8:30 - 9:30 Last Names starting with H

                              9:30 - 11:30 Last Names starting with I, J, K

                              11:30 - 12:30 Last Names starting with L

                              12:30 - 2:00 Last Names starting with M

                              2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with N, O

                              3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with P, Q

               Thursday. June 4th:

                              8:00 - 9:00 Last Names starting with R

                              9:30 - 12:00 6th Grade Pick-Up**

                              12:30 - 2:00 Last Names starting with S

                              2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with T, U, V

                              3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with W, Y, Z

               Monday, June 8th:

                              8:00 - 12:00 Make-Up Slots

                              2:00 - 5:00 Make-Up Slots

**6th Grade Families, please come during this slot with your 6th grader. The 6th Grade Parent Committee has a special pick-up planned for you so we can mark this important milestone as best we can. You will be able to pick up any siblings items, medications, and return items during this time. If your 6th grader cannot come during that time, please contact kate.fennell@yahoo.com.

Please let us know if for some reason you are unable to make any of the scheduled pick up times.

LAST DAY TO APPLY Applications for Service Activities and Electives

Parents of Current 3-5th Grade Students:  Please review the service activity opportunities with your child and take some time to understand the options, responsibilities, and application requirements.  Below is a list of programs, sponsor contact information, descriptions, application form links, and due dates for applications. Additionally, our sponsors have created this Flipgrid (log in using your students’ fcpsschools.net gmail account) to share information regarding the roles and responsibilities required of each activity.  Please pay close attention to the grade level requirements as these are for our rising upper grade students.  Grade level teachers will also be sharing these opportunities during their live instructional sessions to ensure students understand the opportunities available to them.  Thank you in advance for reviewing this information with your child  and making the decision to apply together as a family.

You CAN apply to more than one activity so make sure you check out all the opportunities available to you and apply today!

Service Activity Applications and Elective Forms for 2020-2021 School Year

*Please have your child log in using their fcpsschools.net credentials to access the application forms.

Name of Activity

Activity Sponsor(s)

Description/ Application Criteria 

Application Deadline

 

Patrols

Apply here!

 

Mrs. Udasco

lbudasco@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply for a safety patrol position.

Friday, May 29

 

WSES News Crew

Apply here!

Mrs. Cole

nhcole@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Roth

kbroth@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Opsahl

alopsahl@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

WSES News Crew members cannot have an AM Safety Patrol post other than bus duty. 

Friday, May 29

 

Media Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Krum

jekrum@fcps.edu

 

Mrs. McCall

ehmccall@fcps.edu 

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply.

 

The Media Crew covers all events, including those occurring during instructional time.

Friday, May 29

 

Sound Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Fucile

mlfucile@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

Sound Crew members need to occasionally be available before or after school.

Friday, May 29

 

Band

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Mr. Frederick

thfrederick@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Band next year.

 

Stay tuned for a video to learn more about Band at Stenwood!

DEADLINE for Band/ Strings forms:   Friday, May 29th

 

 

Strings

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Ms. Campbell

klcampbell@fcps.edu

Only rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Strings next year.

 

Stay tuned for a video to learn more about Strings at Stenwood!

DEADLINE TODAY Calling ALL Rising 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Families!

We need your child’s Band and/or Strings selection for next school year!  Your child’s choices will impact their Specials schedule, so even if your child chooses not to participate, we are requesting a response on the Band/ Strings Form by Friday, May 29th.

Staff Appreciation Week FlipGrid Videos

Our staff was overwhelmed with the heartfelt messages they received on their FlipGrids for Staff Appreciation Week! Thanks so much to our PTA for facilitating this special treat and keeping it a secret from our teachers- they were SO surprised!!!! Many have expressed interest in continuing to share the love, which is why we would like to share all of the links out the community.

Staff Appreciation FlipGrid Links

Flipgrid is a VERY easy recording platform. Once logged in, all you need to do is click on the link and press the GREEN plus sign.  The videos are limited to 2 minutes (your child does not need to record for two minutes!). The FlipGrid settings are such that only the staff member, Mrs. Riley, and Dr. Mitchell can view the video you upload.

How to Use FlipGrid:

To login you will click the link and  select “Log In with Google.” Your child will need to use their fcpsschools.net email and password to login. 

 

Then just click on the green plus and leave a video!

Library Book Return

Are you wondering what books your child has checked out and would like to return them next week at student pick up?  Well, wonder no more!  Here are the directions to see what is on your child’s account:

  1. First, to go to the library catalog, Destiny Discover, click on this link: Stenwood Library
  2. On the upper right-hand side, log in. (Use your FCPS network login information and login in the blue FCPS link). 
  3. In the upper left-hand corner, click on the three lines and scroll down to checkouts.  This will show you what your child currently has checked out. 

Please do not “renew” any of the books.  Return what you can find and just leave the other books on your child’s card.  We’ll take care of everything over the summer.  There are NO fines for overdue or lost books!

Any questions?  Contact Mrs. Cole at nhcole@fcps.edu

New Ebooks Available in the Stenwood Library!

79 new ebooks have been added to the Stenwood catalog.  These books are for Stenwood students only.  In order to share the limited resources, students will be limited to two checkouts at a time for 10 days.  They will be able to renew if the book is not on hold.  Yes, students can put ebooks on hold. 

You can even download the MackinVIA app to Kindle/Apple/Andriod devices for easier reading!

Please click here for directions on accessing ebooks.  Directions are also in the grade level Specials Google Classroom.  As always, let Mrs. Cole know what questions you might have:  nhcole@fcps.edu.

Specialists’ Office Hours

Our Specials teachers are live with Office Hours! The link to their virtual classroom can be located in your child’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please find their schedule below:

Specials

Office Hours

(Monday -Thursday)

Art (Devore)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Art (Regan)

1:00 - 2:00pm (W/Th)

AAP (Herendeen)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Band (Frederick)

10:30 -11:30am (Th)

Guidance (Hapangama)

9:00 - 10:00am

Library (Cole)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music (Fucile)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music/ Strings (Campbell)

10:30-11:30am (M/T/Th)

PE (Opsahl)

9:30 - 10:30am

PE (Udasco)

9:30 - 10:30am

 

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Carina at the Washington Monument. Thank you, Mr. Pousak for teaching us about these U.S. symbols!!!

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

As we head into this Memorial Day weekend, we want to take a moment to honor those who have lost their lives in their dedication to our country. FCPS will observe Monday as a holiday. We will be back with synchronous sessions on Tuesday.

We are still drafting the plans of what the optional summer learning will look like that Dr. Brabrand shared this last week. We will share our plans once they are finalized. One piece of information we are waiting on from the county is the number of hours per week of instruction we are able to offer students this summer.

We heard that the notes from our Principal’s Coffee were not accessible to you, our apologies. Here is the presentation with notes from this session. We will be hosting our next Principal’s Coffee next Thursday, May 28th at 8am. As we did for the last session, we will send out the link through eNotify the morning before. Have questions you would like addressed? Please let us know here.

If you missed last week’s Hive Happenings, see below for opportunities for our upper grade students for next year. SCA applications are now due Monday, May 25th. We are requesting a response from ALL rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families on the Band/Strings form, as your family’s selection impacts your child’s Specials schedule here at school. We hope to collect responses from all rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families by Friday, May 29th. We will be following up with every student that we do not hear from.

This week and next, our teachers have been packing up their classrooms, including all student items which have been separated into individual, labeled bags that are ready to be returned to your child. We will be holding the pick up of student items according to the following schedule:

 

Tuesday, June 2nd:

8:30 - 10:00 Last Names starting with A

10:00 - 11:30 Last Names starting with B

11:30 - 1:00 Last Names starting with C

1:00 - 2:00 Last Names starting with D

2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with E, F

3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with G

 

Wednesday, June 3rd:

8:30 - 9:30 Last Names starting with H

9:30 - 11:30 Last Names starting with I, J, K

11:30 - 12:30 Last Names starting with L

12:30 - 2:00 Last Names starting with M

2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with N, O

3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with P, Q

 

Thursday. June 4th:

8:00 - 9:00 Last Names starting with R

9:30 - 12:00 6th Grade Pick-Up

12:30 - 2:00 Last Names starting with S

2:00 - 3:00 Last Names starting with T, U, V

3:00 - 4:00 Last Names starting with W, Y, Z

 

Medication may also be picked up during this time. If you are unable to come at your scheduled time, we have scheduled make-up slots on Monday, June 8th from 8:00am - 12:00pm and 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Please let us know if for some reason you are unable to make any of the scheduled pick up times.

We are doing our best to collect items from throughout classrooms and the school building, if labeled.  We went through lost and found and contacted all families if items were labeled.  For the rest, we created a slideshow of items.  Please take a few minutes to look through the items here. There are numerous winter jackets and sweatshirts since the last date we were in the building was March 12th.  If you find an item in the lost and found, please complete this form so we can place that item with your child’s other items for pick up on June 2nd, 3rd, or 4th. 

During these pick up times, we will also be collecting any school items such as library books, classroom books, rented instruments (if you are not continuing the instrument next year or are in 6th grade), patrol belts, and recorders from Recorder Ensemble.

We will send this information out again, but we are asking that you create a sign with your child(ren)’s last name clearly visible from your vehicle’s dashboard. This will help our team quickly identify cars and deliver items. We ask that everyone remains in their vehicle. We will be wearing PPE to deliver items and collect any items you might have.

Have a restful holiday weekend!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Applications for Service Activities and Electives

Parents of Current 3-5th Grade Students:  Please review the service activity opportunities with your child and take some time to understand the options, responsibilities, and application requirements.  Below is a list of programs, sponsor contact information, descriptions, application form links, and due dates for applications. Additionally, our sponsors have created this Flipgrid (log in using your students’ fcpsschools.net gmail account) to share information regarding the roles and responsibilities required of each activity.  

Please pay close attention to the grade level requirements as these are for our rising upper grade students.  Grade level teachers will also be sharing these opportunities during their live instructional sessions to ensure students understand the opportunities available to them.  Thank you in advance for reviewing this information with your child  and making the decision to apply together as a family.

Service Activity Applications and Elective Forms for 2020-2021 School Year

*Please have your child log in using their fcpsschools.net credentials to access the application forms.

Name of Activity

Activity Sponsor(s)

Description/ Application Criteria 

Application Deadline

 

SCA 

Apply here!

Mrs. Shepherd

leshepherd@fcps.edu

 

Mrs. Walls

rlwalls1@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply to run for SCA offices.

Monday, May 25th   Extended Deadline- Apply Now!

 

Patrols

Apply here!

 

Mrs. Udasco

lbudasco@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply for a safety patrol position.

Friday, May 29

 

WSES News Crew

Apply here!

Mrs. Cole

nhcole@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Roth

kbroth@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Opsahl

alopsahl@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

WSES News Crew members cannot have an AM Safety Patrol post other than bus duty. 

Friday, May 29

 

Media Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Krum

jekrum@fcps.edu

 

Mrs. McCall

ehmccall@fcps.edu 

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply.

 

The Media Crew covers all events, including those occurring during instructional time.

Friday, May 29

 

Sound Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Fucile

mlfucile@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

Sound Crew members need to occasionally be available before or after school.

Friday, May 29

 

Band

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Mr. Frederick

thfrederick@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Band next year.

 

Stay tuned for a video to learn more about Band at Stenwood!

DEADLINE for Band/ Strings forms:   Friday, May 29th

 

 

Strings

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Ms. Campbell

klcampbell@fcps.edu

Only rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Strings next year.

 

Stay tuned for a video to learn more about Strings at Stenwood!

 

Calling ALL Rising 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Families!

We need your child’s Band and/or Strings selection for next school year!  Your child’s choices will impact their Specials schedule, so even if your child chooses not to participate, we are requesting a response on the Band/ Strings Form by Friday, May 29th.

Staff Appreciation Week FlipGrid Videos

Our staff was overwhelmed with the heartfelt messages they received on their FlipGrids for Staff Appreciation Week! Thanks so much to our PTA for facilitating this special treat and keeping it a secret from our teachers- they were SO surprised!!!! Many have expressed interest in continuing to share the love, which is why we would like to share all of the links out the community.

Staff Appreciation FlipGrid Links

Flipgrid is a VERY easy recording platform. Once logged in, all you need to do is click on the link and press the GREEN plus sign.  The videos are limited to 2 minutes (your child does not need to record for two minutes!). The FlipGrid settings are such that only the staff member, Mrs. Riley, and Dr. Mitchell can view the video you upload.

How to Use FlipGrid:

To login you will click the link and  select “Log In with Google.” Your child will need to use their fcpsschools.net email and password to login. 

 

Then just click on the green plus and leave a video!

Last Weekend For Our Online Book Fair!

Our virtual Book Fair is now open! Running through May 27th, you can purchase books and educational games from our regular, local vendor, Bookworm Central.  To see what’s available and what’s on a teacher’s wish list, go to www.bookwormcentral.com.  IMPORTANT: make sure you enter our school code “stenwood” in the organization code box at the top.  Don’t forget, there is free shipping on all order over $20.  Let Mrs.Cole know what questions you have:  nhcole@fcps.edu.

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.
  • Bookworm is only selling what is currently stocked in their warehouse, so please know titles may sell out.
Battle of the Books Is On for 5th & 6th Grade!

Even a pandemic can’t stop Stenwood readers!  This battle will look a little different than our usual set up, but we hope it will still be fun for everyone.  Instead of classroom teams, we will have 5th grade vs 6th grade!  The quiz to determine the teams will be available in Google Classroom on Tuesday, May 26th & Wednesday, May 27th. Once we determine who will be on the teams, we will hold a practice session some time during the first week of June.  The actual Battle of the Books will be Tuesday, June 9th at 1:00pm. 

Please let Mrs. Cole know what questions you have – nhcole@fpcs.edu

New Ebooks Available in the Stenwood Library!

79 new ebooks have been added to the Stenwood catalog.  These books are for Stenwood students only.  In order to share the limited resources, students will be limited to two checkouts at a time for 10 days.  They will be able to renew if the book is not on hold.  Yes, students can put ebooks on hold. 

Please click here for directions on accessing ebooks.  Directions are also in the grade level Specials Google Classroom.  As always, let Mrs. Cole know what questions you might have:  nhcole@fcps.edu.

Specialists’ Office Hours

Our Specials teachers are live with Office Hours! The link to their virtual classroom can be located in your child’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please find their schedule below:

Specials

Office Hours

(Monday -Thursday)

Art (Devore)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Art (Regan)

1:00 - 2:00pm (W/Th)

AAP (Herendeen)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Band (Frederick)

10:30 -11:30am (Th)

Guidance (Hapangama)

9:00 - 10:00am

Library (Cole)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music (Fucile)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music/ Strings (Campbell)

10:30-11:30am (M/T/Th)

PE (Opsahl)

9:30 - 10:30am

PE (Udasco)

9:30 - 10:30am

 

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

Thank you to all who were able to join our Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday!  We’ve missed our parents as much as our students, so it was a wonderful time to reconnect with our community.  The slide deck shared during this event (with annotation and responses to questions that were brought up during the session) is linked here for those who are interested.  Per a request from the session, we are also including the links to each of our staff members’ Appreciation Week FlipGrids below; you can continue to add your personalized videos and share your care for our wonderful staff! 

Normally at this time of year we would be working with the upper grade students to share exciting opportunities for the coming school year, including: SCA, Patrols, WSES News Crew, Media Crew, Sound Crew, and also our electives of Band and Strings.  Though the format to share these programs will look a little different, we are going to move forward with the application/decision process.  We decided to share all of these service activities  at the same time so your family can take some time to understand the options, responsibilities, and application requirements.  Below is a list of programs, sponsor contact information, descriptions, application form links, and due dates for applications. Additionally, our sponsors have created this Flipgrid (log in using your students’ fcpsschools.net gmail account) to share information regarding the roles and responsibilities required of each activity.  Please pay close attention to the grade level requirements as these are for our rising upper grade students.  Thank you in advance for reviewing this information with your child  and making the decision to apply together as a family.  We are requesting a response from ALL rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade families on the Band/Strings form, as your family’s selection impacts your child’s Specials schedule here at school.

This weekend is the final weekend to complete the optional form to share pertinent information for next year’s class placements, please see the class placement section below.

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

The Online Book Fair is Here!

Our virtual Book Fair is now open! Running through May 27th, you can purchase books and educational games from our regular, local vendor, Bookworm Central.  To see what’s available and what’s on a teacher’s wish list, go to www.bookwormcentral.com.  IMPORTANT: make sure you enter our school code “stenwood” in the organization code box at the top.  Don’t forget, there is free shipping on all order over $20.  Let Mrs.Cole know what questions you have:  nhcole@fcps.edu.

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.
  • Bookworm is only selling what is currently stocked in their warehouse, so please know titles may sell out.
Class Placements

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.

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 form online by Monday, May 18th for it to be taken into consideration. Thank you.

Applications for Service Activities and Electives

Parents of Current 3-5th Grade Students:  Please review the service activity opportunities with your child and take some time to understand the options, responsibilities, and application requirements.  Below is a list of programs, sponsor contact information, descriptions, application form links, and due dates for applications. Additionally, our sponsors have created this Flipgrid (log in using your students’ fcpsschools.net gmail account) to share information regarding the roles and responsibilities required of each activity.  

Please pay close attention to the grade level requirements as these are for our rising upper grade students.  Grade level teachers will also be sharing these opportunities during their live instructional sessions to ensure students understand the opportunities available to them.  Thank you in advance for reviewing this information with your child  and making the decision to apply together as a family.

Service Activity Applications and Elective Forms for 2020-2021 School Year

*Please have your child log in using their fcpsschools.net credentials to access the application forms.

Name of Activity

Activity Sponsor(s)

Description/ Application Criteria 

Application Deadline

 

SCA 

Apply here!

Mrs. Shepherd

leshepherd@fcps.edu

 

Mrs. Walls

rlwalls1@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply to run for SCA offices.

Friday, May 22

 

Patrols

Apply here!

 

Mrs. Udasco

lbudasco@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may apply for a safety patrol position.

Friday, May 29

 

WSES News Crew

Apply here!

Mrs. Cole

nhcole@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Roth

kbroth@fcps.edu

 

Ms. Opsahl

alopsahl@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

WSES News Crew members cannot have an AM Safety Patrol post other than bus duty. 

Friday, May 29

 

Media Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Krum

jekrum@fcps.edu

 

Mrs. McCall

ehmccall@fcps.edu 

ONLY rising 5th/ 6th graders may apply.

 

The Media Crew covers all events, including those occurring during instructional time.

Friday, May 29

 

Sound Crew

Apply here!

Ms. Fucile

mlfucile@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 6th graders may apply.

 

Sound Crew members need to occasionally be available before or after school.

Friday, May 29

 

Band

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Mr. Frederick

thfrederick@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 5th and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Band next year.

 

A LIVE information session will be held for all current 4th/5th Graders on: 

 

Thursday 5/21, 

10:45- 11:30am

 

This session will take place in the Specialists’ Office Hours classroom in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  All Stenwood students have received this link in their fcpsschools.net gmail accounts.

DEADLINE for Band/ Strings forms:

 

Friday, May 22

 

Band and Strings selections impact your child’s Specials schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Therefore,

ALL rising 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students’ families should submit their intentions via this form.

 

Strings

Submit your Band/ Strings Form here!

Ms. Campbell

klcampbell@fcps.edu

ONLY rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders may sign up to participate in Strings next year.

 

A LIVE information session will be held for all current 3rd/ 4th/5th graders on: 

 

Tuesday, 5/19 

10:45 - 11:30am

 

This session will take place in the Specialists’ Office Hours classroom in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  All Stenwood students have received this link in their fcpsschools.net gmail accounts.

 

Calling ALL Rising 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Families!

We need your child’s Band and/or Strings selection for next school year!  Your child’s choices will impact their Specials schedule, so even if your child chooses not to participate, we are requesting a response on the Band/ Strings Form by Friday, May 22nd.

Make sure your child checks out the live  information sessions on Tuesday and Thursday next week to learn more!

Staff Appreciation Week FlipGrid Videos

Our staff was overwhelmed with the heartfelt messages they received on their FlipGrids for Staff Appreciation Week! Thanks so much to our PTA for facilitating this special treat and keeping it a secret from our teachers- they were SO surprised!!!! Many have expressed interest in continuing to share the love, which is why we would like to share all of the links out the community.

Staff Appreciation FlipGrid Links

Flipgrid is a VERY easy recording platform. Once logged in, all you need to do is click on the link and press the GREEN plus sign.  The videos are limited to 2 minutes (your child does not need to record for two minutes!). The FlipGrid settings are such that only the staff member, Mrs. Riley, and Dr. Mitchell can view the video you upload.

How to Use FlipGrid:

To login you will click the link and  select “Log In with Google.” Your child will need to use their fcpsschools.net email and password to login. 

 

Then just click on the green plus and leave a video!

Third Quarter Grading Timeline
  • Grades are available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE for 3rd quarter.
  • Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will be mailed out centrally from FCPS
New Ebooks Available in the Stenwood Library!

79 new ebooks have been added to the Stenwood catalog.  These books are for Stenwood students only.  In order to share the limited resources, students will be limited to two checkouts at a time for 10 days.  They will be able to renew if the book is not on hold.  Yes, students can put ebooks on hold. 

Please click here for directions on accessing ebooks.  Directions are also in the grade level Specials Google Classroom.  As always, let Mrs. Cole know what questions you might have:  nhcole@fcps.edu.

Specialists’ Office Hours

Our Specials teachers are live with Office Hours! The link to their virtual classroom can be located in your child’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please find their schedule below:

Specials

Office Hours

(Monday -Thursday)

Art (Devore)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Art (Regan)

1:00 - 2:00pm (W/Th)

AAP (Herendeen)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Band (Frederick)

10:30 -11:30am (Th)

Guidance (Hapangama)

9:00 - 10:00am

Library (Cole)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music (Fucile)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music/ Strings (Campbell)

10:30-11:30am (M/T/Th)

PE (Opsahl)

9:30 - 10:30am

PE (Udasco)

9:30 - 10:30am

 

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

Positivity Project: #OtherPeopleMatter - Outro Week

This week, we were working on reviewing our year-long exploration of Character through the Positivity Project. During these last thirty-four weeks, we have learned that our character is a family of thoughts, feelings, and actions that are recognized and encouraged across our different cultures for the values they cultivate in people and society. Our character is complex. It is the combination of our thoughts, feelings and actions. Just like other things in our life, we have strengths and weaknesses of character as well.

 

Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”

                                                                         ~ Booker T. Washington

 

As you spend time together at home, now and throughout the summer, consider the following questions:

  • Why are our strengths important?
  • How can knowing are weaknesses in character help us grow?
  • How can you challenge yourself to be the best possible version of yourself?                      
We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

We really enjoyed celebrating all of our teachers and staff this week!  Thank you to the PTA for organizing  such a fun week!  We loved the chalk drawings, kind emails, gift cards from the Wheel of Appreciation, and the sweet videos.  Everyone feels so loved this week!

As we mentioned last week, we are beginning to plan for next year (though we are uncertain what that will look like).  Please see the class placement section below.

We will be hosting a virtual coffee this coming Wednesday, May 13th from 8 - 9am.  This will be an informal time to check in, hear updates, and spend time with adults!  If you have a question, please complete this quick form.  This will help us group questions together and make sure we address topics that are of most interest to you.  If you have questions/concerns that are specific to your child or situation, we would be happy to schedule a one on one phone call with you.  We will be sending an enotify message on Tuesday, March 12th at 8am to our parent community with the link to this session. 

We hope all of the Moms out there have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Stenwood next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

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 form online by Monday, May 18th for it to be taken into consideration. Thank you.

Virtual Coffee with Mrs. Riley and Dr. Mitchell

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 13th from 8:00 - 9:00am for an opportunity to check in, hear updates, and spend time with adults!  Hope to “see” you there!  If you have a question, please complete this quick form.  This will help us group questions together and make sure we address topics that are of most interest to you.  If you have questions/concerns that are specific to your child or situation, we would be happy to schedule a one on one phone call with you.  We will be sending an enotify message on Tuesday, March 12th at 8am to our parent community with the link to this session. 

Save the Date!  Online Book Fair Is Coming!

Starting May 11th and running through May 27th, our book fair vendor, Bookworm Central, will be opening its virtual warehouse doors for us to have a book fair.  If your children have read everything in your house and played every game you have, now is your chance to find great books and educational games to keep your kids excited about reading, learning and exploring (and with free shipping directly to your house on orders over $20).  Teachers will also be able to create a virtual wish list and purchased books will be delivered to the school in the fall.  Go to www.bookwormcentral.com and enter our organization code: stenwood at the top – then feel free to shop! Handy tip: If you want to purchase something off the teacher wish list, we ask that you complete your home order first, then come back and create a second order for the teachers. This way the teacher books will be shipped to the school. Let Mrs. Cole know what questions you have: nhcole@fcps.edu.

*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. 

Third Quarter Grading Timeline
  • ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.
  • Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will be mailed out.
Specialists’ Office Hours

Our Specials teachers are live with Office Hours! The link to their virtual classroom can be located in your child’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please find their schedule below:

Specials

Office Hours

(Monday -Thursday)

Art (Devore)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Art (Regan)

1:00 - 2:00pm (W/Th)

AAP (Herendeen)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Band (Frederick)

10:30 -11:30am (Th)

Guidance (Hapangama)

9:00 - 10:00am

Library (Cole)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music (Fucile)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music/ Strings (Campbell)

10:30-11:30am (M/T/Th)

PE (Opsahl)

9:30 - 10:30am

PE (Udasco)

9:30 - 10:30am

 

 

 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources

The Parent Resource Center has a Padlet website for “Emotional and Mental Wellness Resources for Families” which has some helpful information.  If you feel it would be worthwhile sharing with families, here’s the link: https://padlet.com/valrieeisele/emotions 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

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:

  • 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?
We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Be sure to stay tuned next week to see more of our AMAZING students and their artwork for Teacher Appreciation Week! We LOVE them! Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood families,

We are very excited for the great week of instruction and hope that you are beginning to settle into a routine that works for your family at home.  As we look forward to next week, we want to thank our amazing teachers, instructional assistants, support staff, and office staff for everything they do each and every day for our children!  We are so incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated and amazing staff.  The PTA is collaborating with us to make sure we have an awesome virtual appreciation week!  Please look for an email from your room parent for more information.  

With synchronous instruction in full swing, we are introducing specialists’ office hours daily on Monday - Thursday.  The specialists are hosting office hours through one Blackboard Collaborate Ultra link which has been sent (this week) to your child’s fcpsschools.net email address.  Please find the specialists’ office hours schedule below.  We hope you take a moment to check in with the specialists as they are eager to see your children's faces!

Although we all feel uncertainty as we consider what next year will look like, we do need to start planning for it.  As we do every year, we are asking for input you might have for your child’s class placement for next year.  Please see below for more information and a link to an optional form.  

We will be hosting a virtual coffee on Wednesday, May 13th from 8 - 9am.  This will be an informal time to check in, hear updates, and spend time with adults!  We will put more information out next week on how to join.  

Have a restful weekend!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Class Placements

If your child is definitely (or possibly!) returning to Stenwood next school year, we offer you the opportunity to share any comments you would like regarding class placements.

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 form online by Monday, May 18th for it to be taken into consideration. Thank you.

Virtual Coffee with Mrs. Riley and Dr. Mitchell

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 13th from 8:00 - 9:00am for an opportunity to check in, hear updates, and spend time with adults!  More information to come.  Hope to “see” you there!

Specialists’ Office Hours

Our Specials teachers are going live with Office Hours beginning next week!  The link to their virtual classroom can be located in your child’s fcpsschools.net email account.  Please find their schedule below:

Specials

Office Hours

(Monday -Thursday)

Art (Devore)

1:00 - 2:00pm

Art (Regan)

1:00 - 2:00pm (W/Th)

AAP (Herendeen)

1:30 - 2:30pm

Band (Frederick)

10:30 -11:30am (Th)

Guidance (Hapangama)

9:00 - 10:00am

Library (Cole)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music (Fucile)

2:00 - 3:00pm

Music/ Strings (Campbell)

10:30-11:30am (M/T/Th)

PE (Opsahl)

9:30 - 10:30am

PE (Udasco)

9:30 - 10:30am

 

 

Third Quarter Grading Timeline Update
  • Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 
  • ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.
  • Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will be mailed out.
 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Tips

Your child’s live session link for Blackboard Collaborate Ultra has been sent to students’ FCPS gmail accounts and this link is only retrievable by your child’s classroom teacher.  

We recommend that you:

  1. Keep this link in a safe place: “starring” it in your gmail account, copying the link over to an easily accessible word document or file on the desktop, or bookmarking it.  
  2. Refresh your web browser in order to enter the session
  3. Give yourself some buffer time to attempt entry prior to the start of instruction
Save the Date!  Online Book Fair Is Coming!

Starting May 11th and running through May 27th, our book fair vendor, Bookworm Central, will be opening its virtual warehouse doors for us to have a book fair.  If your children have read everything in your house and played every game you have, now is your chance to find great books and educational games to keep your kids excited about reading, learning and exploring (and with free shipping directly to your house on orders over $20).  Teachers will also be able to create a virtual wish list and purchased books will be delivered to the school in the fall.  Look for more information coming next week! Let Mrs. Cole know what questions you may have at: nhcole@fcps.edu

*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. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

How to Talk to your Child about COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19.

 

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

Cable Channels - Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. 

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

Streaming - https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Positivity Project: Purpose/Connection

This week we are focusing on Purpose/Connection. You have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself.

“Regardless of whatever I do, I know my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives.”

                                                                  ~Tim Tebow

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you ever wonder what your purpose is?
  • What kind of person do you want to be? What things could you be doing now to enhance the life of those around you?
  • What gifts, talents, and ideas do you have that you want to share?
We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Yearbook Purchase Deadline TODAY!

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Today is the Last Day to  Buy Your Yearbook!

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card or PayPal account.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.

DEADLINE IS TODAY, APRIL 30, 2020 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS

Simply go to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood families:

Wow, this week has been filled with highs and lows! Our staff is thrilled that the trial run for synchronous instruction worked out beautifully yesterday.  We saw many smiling faces online and look forward to establishing a consistent routine in the weeks to come.  We hope to continue to see many of you “live” during our synchronous learning times, but remember that all recorded sessions will be available asynchronously and provided to you by your child’s teacher if your family needs to access this instruction at a time that better suits your schedule.  We know so many of you, including ourselves and staff, are balancing work and home simultaneously right now and hope you will find the right timing and balance for engagement in the provided learning activities. 

You may have noticed that we have shifted from our usual Wednesday Hive Happenings to Friday.  Our goal is to provide some consistency with communication and also provide you time over the weekend to process any information as you prepare for the next week.  As long as information is not immediately time sensitive, we will communicate with you on Fridays and our teachers will post instruction by 7pm the night before, in order to support the needs of our families. 

While all of us continue adjusting to our new norm, thank you for keeping grace and understanding at the forefront.  Our Stenwood community is experiencing a full spectrum of needs right now, and know that we will do our best to support you all however we can.  In this line of thinking, there are some information and action items listed below as we look to the months ahead, but attend to what you can and are able to right now.  We will do our best to keep you aware of the most pertinent and urgent information.

Mrs. Hunt is already working on registrations for next year, so if you already know you will be moving over the summer or have neighbors with rising kindergartners, please have them reach out to her: snhunt@fcps.edu.  

Have a restful weekend!  We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

Third Quarter Grading Timeline Update
  • Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 
  • ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.
  • Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will be mailed out.
Deadline Approaching!!! Buy Your Yearbook Today!!!

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card or PayPal account.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2020 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS

Simply go to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

 

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open. Please keep them in a safe place! Happy reading!

 

How to Talk to your Child about COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19.

 

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

Cable Channels - Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. 

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

Streaming - https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Positivity Project: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

This week we are focusing on the Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. You notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. You don’t take things for granted.

“Better to be blind and see with your heart than to have two good eyes and see nothing.”

                                                                  ~Helen Keller

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What do you think it means to see with your heart?
  • Why do you think we fail to notice the beauty around us?
  • What can you do to start noticing that beauty?
 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 snhunt@fcps.edu. Thank you!

We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood families:

We know this has been a challenging transition for all of us- our teachers, our students and their families, as well as FCPS as a whole.  In these difficult times, we keep coming back to this fundamental value: we love your kids and want what is best for them.  In the midst of this pandemic, let’s keep the wellness and mental health of you, your family, and our staff at the forefront.  We have heard your feedback and appreciate those who have reached out to us.  With all of this in mind and extensive collaboration and decision-making with our staff, we would like to share a few updates with you:

  1. We know many of you want to have more individual time with your child’s specific class and homeroom teacher.  There was a lot that went into the decision to go with a grade level approach, and we know that the relationship your child has with their teacher and classmates is incomparable.  Starting next week, your child’s teacher will be hosting a morning meeting once a week with just their homeroom class.  Morning meeting is actually one of our favorite routines, so hopefully your child will be able to join. It is, of course, totally optional.
  2. We have made the decision to pause the synchronous grade level specials sessions (PE, Music, Art, Band, and Strings) until further notice.  These were not required by the county, however, we know that some of these classes are our students’ favorites.  The specialists will be posting two short videos weekly that students may view.  These will be posted in your child’s Specials Google Classroom.  This aligns with the model that FCPS expects for these classes.  We will revisit the structure when we have successfully launched our academic instruction.  

You will be receiving an updated schedule from your child’s homeroom teacher to reflect both of these changes.

We want to also encourage you to have your child utilize the office hours teachers have established.  In checking in with our teachers, many of them only had a few students come; some to ask questions, some to visit.  As we get into more new instruction and less review, these will serve as great opportunities to interact with their teachers on a more personal level.  

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about an assignment or if you need assistance with your child’s password or accessing any accounts.     

As we mentioned, please look for an email from your child’s teacher with an updated schedule and additional information you need for next week.  We are extremely cognizant of the volume of emails that you all are getting on a daily basis, so we are trying to get to the point where you will only receive one email weekly from your teacher and the Hive Happenings from us.  

Thank you for all of the encouragement you have given our teachers and staff throughout this week.  They have been working tirelessly throughout this time.  Know Dr. Mitchell and I are here to support you, answer your questions, and hear your concerns. We wish we could have ended this week celebrating our successes. We always strive for success, and it never feels good when we don’t achieve it.  Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. 

 

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
esriley@fcps.edu 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu

 

P.S.  We leave you with this final video from our staff that shares just how much we love and miss our Stingers!  Please share it with your children and let them know we miss seeing them!

YouTube


Mrs. Riley’s YouTube channel will continue to be updated. If you have topics you need tips on, let Mrs. Riley know. 

Food Resources

FCPS continues to expand the number of locations for food sites.  Please use this link as it will continue to be updated. If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

 

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue and they can be returned when school buildings re-open. Please keep them in a safe place! Happy reading!

 

How to Talk to your Child about COVID-19

It is important that you have conversations with your children about why they are out of school, and that everyone is doing their best to make sure that they are safe and healthy. As you begin to plan these conversations consider reading Talking to Children about COVID-19.

 

Distance Learning Packet Opt-Out

If you plan to access the learning packets online, you can choose to go paperless and opt out of receiving the mailed copies.

 

Cable Channels - Continuity of Learning

FCPS is currently creating instructional learning programs that will air on your local cable channel. 

Additional instructional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available.  Please check this week for programs that will benefit your children at home. 

COX

Channel 21/ 1021 (HD) is Elementary Programming

Channel 25/ 1025 (HD) is Middle School Programming

Channel 99/ 1099 (HD) is High School Programming

Streaming - https://www.fcps.edu/tv

Positivity Project: Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching pillars of the Positivity Project. Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others can sometimes be difficult to do if we are too focused on ourselves.

“It’s not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
~Confucius

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is expressing appreciation?
  • Why does it take COURAGE to express appreciation?
  • What are some ways you can show appreciation of others?
  • How does it make you feel when someone expresses appreciation?
Buy Your Yearbook Today!!!

Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card or PayPal account.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2020 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS

Simply go to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.

We'd Love More Photos!

If you have pictures of your children to share through our Hive Happenings, please send them directly to Brian Spector (bmspector@fcps.edu).

Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
Attendance EmailTransportation Email | Web | Twitter

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