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Dear Stenwood Families,
We hope you had a wonderful Spring Break. Our staff enjoyed their much deserved time away and we have now hit the ground running with our logistical planning for upcoming assessments here at school and in determining the feasibility for our in-person students to possibly transition to 4 days/week in-person learning. There is an extraordinary volume of details to work through in our planning, so the best ways you can help are to carefully read all communication from Stenwood and to promptly reply to any emails that require a response.
If you are the parent of a 3rd-6th grade student, please carefully attend to the eNotify message you received about our upcoming SOL tests. For any 3rd-6th grade child that is participating fully virtually this school year, your response is needed on this Stenwood SOL Intent Form by Monday, April 12th. When we have all intentions from our virtual families and have finalized our plans for returning in-person students to 4 days/week of in-person instruction, we can work to confirm SOL testing dates and times and will share this information with families. For now, here are the projected timelines:
Week of May 10th: 3rd-6th Grade READING SOLs
Week of May 17th: 3rd-6th Grade MATH SOLs
Week of May 24th: 5th Grade SCIENCE SOLs
(Virtual students will test on the Monday of each testing week; please complete the form by Monday, April 12th so that we can plan for your child’s participation.)
Stenwood’s PTA deserves a tremendous shout out for their help and we thank them and those of you who have funded our requests for tables to help us work through some of the logistical challenges in planning for 4 days. This morning we received a GIANT shipment of tables! We know some of you also are hoping to be able to donate needed items, and we are working on a few more ideas and will update the wishlist once we finalize a list. We are grateful for the many ways you have shown your support and are thankful for such a generous community. We would also like to thank the PTA for another assembly coming up this Monday, April 12th at 1:30pm: Mad Science will be presenting “Fire & Ice” and the link can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.
We hope to be able to communicate our plan Monday or Tuesday of next week, so please pay close attention to your email.
In today’s newsletter:
- Resources for Families
- Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
- Positivity Project: Fairness
- Curbside Library Checkout
- Library Mystery Bags
- Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
- Grab and Go & Meal Kit Sites
Have a nice weekend,
Erica Riley, Principal
Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
- Does your FCPS laptop say your Windows is expiring? Watch this video for help!
- Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020
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- Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS)
New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools
FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.
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: Fairness
This week, we are focusing on Fairness. You believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.
“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”
Questions you might enjoy talking about:
- Do you consider yourself a fair person?
- Would you say that fairness is important to you?
- What would you do if you saw someone being unfair?
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.
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.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.Stay Connected
Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES