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Dear Stenwood Families, 

 

Today was an exciting day for our 5th and 6th grade students - the Battle of the Books!  We are so proud of all our classes for their hard work and teamwork, and a special congratulations to Mrs. Shepherd’s class who claimed the Stennie as their prize! 

We look forward to one more week of learning with your child prior to the winter break!  If your travel plans require that your family head out early, please make sure to let the office know ahead of time through this attendance email:  [email protected] or submitting it online, https://stenwoodes.fcps.edu/attendance-form. We hope to see your child all week, as our teachers have lots of fun learning activities planned to close out 2022.

Additionally, parents of 4th-6th grade students, please be aware that FLE instruction will also take place next week.  See the first section below for some reminders.

See below for more information about: 

  • Grades 4-6 FLE Dates and Resources - Reminder
  • Alcohol and Drug Parent Information at Marshall - NEW
  • Parent Advocacy Handbook - Reminder
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • AAP Level IV Referrals - Due 12/15 - FINAL REMINDER
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder
  • Battle of the Books Recording - NEW

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Grades 4-6 FLE Dates and Resource Reminder

Students in Grades 4-6 will participate in Human Growth and Development lessons that will be taking place the week of December 12-16.  The FLE Parent Resources continue to be available on Schoology for parents to preview, including specific lesson plans and media that will be used with students.

In order to access the material, please log into Schoology using your SIS username and password. From there, navigate to the FLE parent preview through the All Parent Page.

FLE Opt Out forms were collected at the beginning of the school year. Please contact Meredith Mitchell, [email protected], should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Alcohol and Drug Parent Information Session at Marshall

Presentation from the the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness: Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

FCPS has published a newly revised Parent Advocacy Handbook for parents and guardians. The handbook contains answers to many questions parents have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student during various stages of their school experience. The handbook is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish. A limited number of hard copies of the handbook (in English and Spanish) are available in the front office or you can request a copy by emailing Karina Ocampo (Family Liaison) at [email protected].

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15 FINAL REMINDER

Level IV AAP Referrals (students in grades 2-6) for placement in the 2023-2024 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2022. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Hartman within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not received a confirmation.

Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

  • Parents may submit up to 2 – 8.5 x 11 single sided pages of work samples. It is recommended that parents write a brief description on the sample.

Mrs. Hartman held a parent information session on Level IV services and the referral process on September 16th.  If you were unable to join us, here is the slidedeck.

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Self Control

This week, we are focusing on Self-Control. You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

 

“By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.”

                    ~Grenville Kleise

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you consider yourself to be a person who has self-control? What things do you do that indicate this?
  • Why is self-regulation important?
  • What happens when your emotions take over? How can you work on developing greater self-control?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Battle of the Books

What an amazing morning we had with all of our students in 5th and 6th grade. Congratulations to Mrs. Shepherd's class for winning the Stenny!

If you missed the Battle of the Books, below is the recording.  Make sure you use the password to be able to view it.  We missed recording the beginning part.  Please excuse any audio and video issues, sound is difficult with this event.  Thank you to our fabulous A/V Bee Club for recording, it was their first big event and rotated through roles.

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/share/7u88N0YzIyeQQLMKR5iOmCWJ3y0GYEaMmsMUaBjGGsAO_39RR5sZxSdJbFQQfsNJ.kXtaq1WDJVjNjn2p

Passcode: Battle2022!

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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, 

Our building was buzzing with learning this week!  It is hard to believe that it is just two more weeks until winter break.  

In the past two weeks Dr. Mitchell and I had the opportunity to chat with several student representatives in grades 3-6 as part of FCPS’ Strategic Plan work.  It was a wonderful opportunity to hear student voices share what is going well at Stenwood and in FCPS and what we can do to make it even better.  Many students shared how wonderful our teachers are and what a great community we are in, and we couldn’t agree more!  

We know that tis the season for viruses.  Please remember to keep your child home if they are not feeling well.  If your child stays home, please let the office through this attendance email:  [email protected] or submitting it online, https://stenwoodes.fcps.edu/attendance-form.  Please always include symptoms so that our office staff do not need to follow up.    

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Grades 4-6 FLE Dates and Resources Reminder - NEW
  • Parent Advocacy Handbook - NEW
  • AAP Level IV Referrals - Due 12/15 - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Makeup & Retake School Photos Are Now Online! - NEW
  • Sign Up to be an FCPS Science Fair Judge - NEW
  • Positivity Project: Supporting Others When They Struggle
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Grades 4-6 FLE Dates and Resource Reminder

Students in Grades 4-6 will participate in Human Growth and Development lessons that will be taking place the week of December 12-16.  The FLE Parent Resources continue to be available on Schoology for parents to preview, including specific lesson plans and media that will be used with students.

In order to access the material, please log into Schoology using your SIS username and password. From there, navigate to the FLE parent preview through the All Parent Page.

FLE Opt Out forms were collected at the beginning of the school year. Please contact Meredith Mitchell, [email protected], should you have any additional questions or concerns.

Parent Advocacy Handbook

FCPS has published a newly revised Parent Advocacy Handbook for parents and guardians. The handbook contains answers to many questions parents have about the school system and how they can best advocate for their student during various stages of their school experience. The handbook is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, and Spanish. A limited number of hard copies of the handbook (in English and Spanish) are available in the front office or you can request a copy by emailing Karina Ocampo (Family Liaison) at [email protected].

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals (students in grades 2-6) for placement in the 2023-2024 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2022. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Hartman within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not received a confirmation.

Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

  • Parents may submit up to 2 – 8.5 x 11 single sided pages of work samples. It is recommended that parents write a brief description on the sample.

Mrs. Hartman held a parent information session on Level IV services and the referral process on September 16th.  If you were unable to join us, here is the slidedeck.

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Makeup & Retake School Photos Are Now Online!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc and use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

 

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Sign Up to be an FCPS Science Fair Judge Positivity Project: Supporting Others When They Struggle

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Supporting others when they struggle is an important test of our character every single day.

 

“We rise by lifting others.”

                    ~Robert Ingersoll

 

When you put others first, you look to comfort people in the small, day-to-day disappointments, whether they are friends, classmates, acquaintances, family, and even rivals.

Think of a time you went through something difficult and someone encouraged you. How can you pass on that act of kindness this week? 

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Purple Star Recognition Award! Learning! Fun at Lunch! Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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 hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.  We are so grateful for all of our wonderful students, amazing staff, and terrific community.  Make sure to spend some of the break sharing with your child about all the things you are grateful for.  We will see you back on Monday!  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Assessment Reporting Information - Reminder
  • AAP Level IV Referrals - Due 12/15 - Reminder
  • FCPS Strategic Plan Participation - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Kindness
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Assessment Reporting Information

We hope you have enjoyed learning about your child’s progress during conference times.  Your child’s teacher shared a variety of assessment information that will also be available to you for your personal records:

  • VRKP results for grade K will be sent via U.S. Mail before winter break
  • iReady grades 1-3 will be sent via U.S. Mail before Thanksgiving
  • iReady grades 4-6 will be posted via SIS ParentVUE before winter break 
  • VGA results for grades 3-6 will be shared before winter break, pending score interpretation guidance from the Virginia Department of Education

At Stenwood, we believe our children are more than any given test score.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher with questions regarding academic progress throughout the school year.  You can find more information on assessments here, or by contacting our School Test Coordinator, Meredith Mitchell.

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals (students in grades 2-6) for placement in the 2023-2024 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2022. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Hartman within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not received a confirmation.

Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

  • Parents may submit up to 2 – 8.5 x 11 single sided pages of work samples. It is recommended that parents write a brief description on the sample.

Mrs. Hartman held a parent information session on Level IV services and the referral process on September 16th.  If you were unable to join us, here is the slidedeck.

FCPS Strategic Plan Participation

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process
FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:


Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22nd. 


Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28th.

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Kindness

This week, we are focusing on Kindness. You are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

 

"There is nothing so rewarding as to make people realize that they are worthwhile in this world.”  

                       ~Bob Anderson

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can you bring more kindness to our school?
  • How is kindness related to other character strengths?
  • Why is kindness such an important character strength?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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, 

This week we spent time with our favorite hive phrase, Bee Kind.  Hopefully your child brought home their Bee Kind Bingo board.  This is a great activity that your family can do together and talk about all the random acts of kindness you can do to help spread joy in our community.  

This week was also filled with celebration and adventure.  At Monday night’s School Board Meeting, Mrs. Fucile and I joined one of our military connected students to receive recognition of the Purple Star Award.  The Commander’s words that our military families often leave their community a little better than when they arrived rings so true for our Stenwood community.  We are so thankful for all of our military connected families and their impact for the year, or years, that they are at Stenwood.

Our 2nd, 4th, and 5th graders all enjoyed adventures this week on their field trips!  We are so fortunate to live in an area where we can so easily connect our learning to real world experiences outside of our school walls.  

A few Kiss N’ Ride reminders as we have received an uptick in parent complaints. 8:20 is the earliest drop off time in the morning.  Prior to that, we do not have patrols or adult supervision.  For both arrival and dismissal, please also remember to stay in your cars and please do not pass cars in the loop unless there is a staff member directing you to do so.  If parking in the neighborhood before or after school, please remember that Carneigie is a permitted parking area and please make sure to park legally (not blocking driveways, crosswalks, and being a legal distance from intersections - 20ft).  Thank you for helping to provide accessibility to our Kiss N Ride loop for all and being respectful of our neighbors.  Finally, please remember that if you have concerns with another driver to be respectful.  There are students always in earshot and we need to model respectful behavior.  

As the weather gets colder, please make sure your child has a jacket to be ready for outdoor recess and PE.  Also, a jacket will be required to participate in outdoor lunch. Next week is a short week.  If you know that your child will not be here on Monday or Tuesday, please let the office through this attendance email:  [email protected].  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Assessment Reporting Information - Reminder
  • AAP Level IV Referrals - Due 12/15 - Reminder
  • FCPS Strategic Plan Participation - NEW
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Gratitude
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Assessment Reporting Information

We hope you have enjoyed learning about your child’s progress during conference times.  Your child’s teacher shared a variety of assessment information that will also be available to you for your personal records:

  • VRKP results for grade K will be sent via U.S. Mail before winter break
  • iReady grades 1-3 will be sent via U.S. Mail before Thanksgiving
  • iReady grades 4-6 will be posted via SIS ParentVUE before winter break 
  • VGA results for grades 3-6 will be shared before winter break, pending score interpretation guidance from the Virginia Department of Education

At Stenwood, we believe our children are more than any given test score.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher with questions regarding academic progress throughout the school year.  You can find more information on assessments here, or by contacting our School Test Coordinator, Meredith Mitchell.

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals (students in grades 2-6) for placement in the 2023-2024 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2022. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Hartman within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not received a confirmation.

Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

  • Parents may submit up to 2 – 8.5 x 11 single sided pages of work samples. It is recommended that parents write a brief description on the sample.

Mrs. Hartman held a parent information session on Level IV services and the referral process on September 16th.  If you were unable to join us, here is the slidedeck.

FCPS Strategic Plan Participation

Opportunities to Participate in the Strategic Planning Process
FCPS is offering a number of opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in the Strategic Planning process! Check out two immediate options below:


Nominate Yourself or Someone Else for the Family Team 

We are currently seeking nominations for parents/caregivers who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of the Family Team. This team will represent the rich diversity of families that make up FCPS’ community, and will focus on identifying engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

If you are interested in being part of the Family Team or would like to nominate someone else, please fill out this form by Tuesday, November 22nd. 


Be a Key Communicator!

If you are a member of a community organization or group, consider signing up to be a key communicator during the strategic planning process. FCPS key communicators are active members of the community who people turn to for information, and have an interest in sharing information about the school division and encouraging involvement. If this describes you or someone you know, please get the details and complete this form by Monday, November 28th.

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Gratitude

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

 

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”  

                    ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Jamestown! Udvar-Hazy! Fun in AAP! Spirit Day! Book Fair! Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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, 

A huge Stenwood THANK YOU to all the veterans in our community!  We thank you for your service and have spent time this week honoring your sacrifice and service.  Please enjoy this video montage from our Stingers sharing our appreciation. 

This week is National School Psychologists Week, thank you to our amazing school psychologist, Stephanie Barnes for all she does to support our students and families. 

Next week, we’re excited to kick off our Book Fair, Bee Kind Week, and the SCA’s Winter Accessories Drive.  We hope to see you around Stenwood to purchase some books at the fair, and perhaps share some kindness for the community by donating new mittens, gloves, and hats for our neighbors at Graham Road ES.

Our office will be closing at 3pm today.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Book Fair Next Week! - NEW INFORMATION
  • Bee Kind Week - 11/14- 11/18- Reminder
  • Assessment Reporting Information - NEW
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • SCA Winter Clothing Drive 11/14 - 11/18 - NEW
  • AAP Level IV Referrals - Due 12/15 - NEW
  • Eating Lunch With Your Child - NEW
  • Square 1 Art Catalogs Sent Home! - NEW
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Gratitude
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

The Stenwood Book Fair is Next Week!

The Stenwood Library is holding its Fall Book Fair next week.  Students will be able to browse the fair and make a wish list on Monday and Tuesday, then be able to buy books on Wednesday through Friday.  NEW THIS YEAR:  we are required to charge 6% sales tax on all purchases, so please make sure you add that to your totals.  There is a helpful sales tax chart and sales tax calculator in the Library Schoology course.

Also, parents (and their students) are invited to shop in person after school.  The book fair will be open after school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 - 5:00pm.

Please note:  You will need to enter the library from door 8 on the playground and come directly into the library from the back.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have. 

If you would like to volunteer at book fair, please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044da8ac2da46-20222

Bee Kind Week! November 14th - November 18th is Bee Kind Week at Stenwood!

Monday November 14th: “BEE KIND BINGO CARDS”

Students will receive a Bingo Card where they will try to complete 5 random acts of kindness in a row by the end of the week (November 18th). BONUS: If a student completes ALL the Random Acts of Kindness by November 30th, they will receive a special prize! Parents must sign the bottom, and children can turn it into the school counselor to receive their prize.

Tuesday November 15th: “THANK YOU DAY!” 

Students will write a letter to an adult at Stenwood that has made a difference in their life personally or a difference benefiting the whole school.

Wednesday November 16th: “Be “YOU-NIQUE” DaY”

Don't be afraid to be Unique! Dress wacky and fun! Mis-matched socks are acceptable! Be yourself! Just remember to follow appropriate attire according to the SR&R.

Thursday November 17th: “COMFY COZY DAY”

Be kind to yourself. Make sure you get a good night’s rest and feel free to wear your comfiest clothes or coziest pajamas to school on Thursday. Just remember to follow appropriate attire according to the SR&R.

  Friday November 18th: “show your spirit against Bullying Day”

      Students will wear Stenwood Spirit wear or their school colors (Blue and Yellow) to show their support against Bullying and promise to promote kindness

Assessment Reporting Information

We hope you have enjoyed learning about your child’s progress during conference times.  Your child’s teacher shared a variety of assessment information that will also be available to you for your personal records:

  • VRKP results for grade K will be sent via U.S. Mail before winter break
  • iReady grades 1-3 will be sent via U.S. Mail before Thanksgiving
  • iReady grades 4-6 will be posted via SIS ParentVUE before winter break 
  • VGA results for grades 3-6 will be shared before winter break, pending score interpretation guidance from the Virginia Department of Education

At Stenwood, we believe our children are more than any given test score.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher with questions regarding academic progress throughout the school year.  You can find more information on assessments here, or by contacting our School Test Coordinator, Meredith Mitchell.

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Week 9: Resources to Support Your Child’s Reading

FCPS provides access to a variety of digital resources to support your child’s reading. All of these resources can be accessed from any device connected to the internet or by using data. Many resources provide access to online books across all reading levels. 

Lexia provides instruction at your child’s reading level.  If your child is using Lexia outside of school, the best way to support their learning is to allow them to work through the program independently.

Below is the log in information for each resource:

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or our SBTS, Ms. Krum, if your child needs support logging into any of these resources.

SCA Winter Clothing Drive

SCA’s winter clothing drive runs from Monday, November 14th - Friday, November 18th. We are collecting new clothing items for cold weather including coats, gloves, hats, winter socks, and scarves. Please only donate wearable items- items like blankets should not be included. 

All donations will support families in need at our partner school, Graham Road Elementary.

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals (students in grades 2-6) for placement in the 2023-2024 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2022. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Hartman within 48 business hours. Contact her if you have not received a confirmation.

Level IV Referral Form and Parent/Guardian Questionnaire can be found here.

  • Parents may submit up to 2 – 8.5 x 11 single sided pages of work samples. It is recommended that parents write a brief description on the sample.

Mrs. Hartman held a parent information session on Level IV services and the referral process on September 16th.  If you were unable to join us, here is the slidedeck.

Eating Lunch With Your Child 

Starting Monday, if you would like to join your child in the cafeteria during their lunch, you can sign in in the front office.  If you would like to purchase lunch, an adult meal is $4.50.  Visitors typically either purchase lunch from the cafeteria or bring a bag lunch from home. It is nice for the students to see that grownups also eat nutritious lunches. We ask that you do not bring in soft drinks or “fast-food” lunches for yourself or your child. 

Square 1 Art Catalogs Sent Home! Orders Due by November 24th

Look for your child's custom Square 1 Art catalog (and stickers) that came home yesterday! During Art Class, your child designed their own masterpiece that you can order on mugs, bags, pillows, ornaments, and other fun products.

You can browse and order even without the catalog. Simply search for your child's art using Art Search, and enter Virginia, Stenwood, and your student's name. Your student's art and code will appear, and you may order. 

Want to choose your own design? You can also upload additional art if you'd like using Art Upload!

Order by November 24th.  All products will be delivered directly to your home (or preferred shipping address).  There will be no product distribution at school this year.

Please contact Theresa Beatty with any questions.

Thank you for supporting our art department!  All proceeds from our annual Square 1 Arts program directly support the purchase of supplies for the Art department at Stenwood. 

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Gratitude

This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

 

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”  

                    ~Robert Holden

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Special Edition Hive Happenings: Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

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Hive Happenings Newsletter Book Fair Volunteers Needed!

 

Book Fair is next week and Mrs. Cole needs more volunteers!  If you are able to help out, even for a partial shift, please consider signing up!  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have about book fair.

 

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Stay Connected

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WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Dear Stenwood Families, 

We absolutely loved learning about so many traditions and experiences from our families at our first “This is Us” night last night.  Thank you to our PTA and all the families who volunteered to share with us!  

Our 4th graders and 5th graders really enjoyed sharing their learning with their families today.  Our 4th graders have been working very hard in their groups to create their National Museum of the American Indian.  Our 5th graders did a wonderful job sharing their culture artifacts in their museum.   

Last week we were notified that we are being recognized as a Purple Star School!  The Purple Star designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated their commitment to meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families. Thanks to Mrs. Fucile who helped coordinate Stenwood’s programs.  

First quarter progress reports will be coming home on Wednesday for 1st -6th graders.  Please make sure to check your child’s backpack.

Finally, as a reminder, we do not have school on Tuesday, 11/8 for election day and Friday 11/11 for Veteran’s Day.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Book Fair Coming Soon! - NEW
  • Bee Kind Week - 11/14- 11/18- NEW
  • Dunn Loring Site Community Meeting 11/10 - Reminder
  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/9 - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Bravery
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

The Fall Book Fair is Coming! 

This fundraiser for the library will be November 14th -18th.  Students will be able to browse the book fair, make wish lists, and then purchase books for themselves and/or their teachers.  

But before all this can happen - we need volunteers to help out!  Please consider signing up for a slot or two. The book fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents, get a sneak peek at the books, and just have an all-around good time.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have.

Sign up to volunteer here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044DA8AC2DA46-20222

Bee Kind Week! November 14th - November 18th is Bee Kind Week at Stenwood!

Monday November 14th: “BEE KIND BINGO CARDS”

Students will receive a Bingo Card where they will try to complete 5 random acts of kindness in a row by the end of the week (November 18th). BONUS: If a student completes ALL the Random Acts of Kindness by November 30th, they will receive a special prize! Parents must sign the bottom, and children can turn it into the school counselor to receive their prize.

Tuesday November 15th: “THANK YOU DAY!” 

Students will write a letter to an adult at Stenwood that has made a difference in their life personally or a difference benefiting the whole school.

Wednesday November 16th: “Be “YOU-NIQUE” DaY”

Don't be afraid to be Unique! Dress wacky and fun! Mis-matched socks are acceptable! Be yourself! Just remember to follow appropriate attire according to the SR&R.

Thursday November 17th: “COMFY COZY DAY”

Be kind to yourself. Make sure you get a good night’s rest and feel free to wear your comfiest clothes or coziest pajamas to school on Thursday. Just remember to follow appropriate attire according to the SR&R.

  Friday November 18th: “show your spirit against Bullying Day”

      Students will wear Stenwood Spirit wear or their school colors (Blue and Yellow) to show their support against Bullying and promise to promote kindness

Dunn Loring Repurposing Project Community Meeting

Join us on November 10th, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a hybrid community meeting to learn more about the Dunn Loring repurposing project and share your views on the project and design process to date. This voter-funded renovation project will provide approximately 900 students with an elementary school rooted in history and poised to provide 21st-century learning, preparing young children for bright futures. Your voice matters and we would like to hear from you. 

You may attend the event in person at the Gatehouse Administrative Center (8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church) or virtually via Zoom. Language interpretation will be provided based on the availability of interpretation staff.

Please be aware, the November 10th meeting will focus on the proposed design and future construction. Boundary discussions will begin at the start of construction, which may be as early as spring 2024. We will share future engagement opportunities with the community as they are scheduled.

Register for the November 10 community meeting

Learn more about the Dunn Loring project

School Picture Make Up Day 11/9

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

 

In an effort to minimize unnecessary student absence from class, we have a list of criteria for underclass makeup day to reference here: vosphoto.com/retakes.

Please feel free to direct your questions to Victor O'Neill using the following email: [email protected]

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000947301

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Bravery

This week, we are focusing on Bravery. You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

 

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

                    ~Mary Anne Radmacher

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some situations that may call for bravery?
  • What are the differences between moral, mental, and physical bravery?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to be brave?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Dear Stenwood Families, 

It was wonderful to have so many families join us in the classroom for our family invite events! Our 1st graders shared about their family traditions, our 3rd graders taught us about ladybugs, our 5th graders got us outside hunting for artifacts in The Dig, and both our kindergarteners and preschoolers celebrated the fall season with some themed crafts and activities.  We hope you had as much fun as we did watching your children take pride in their learning.

Today is the end of the quarter and Monday, October 31st is a student holiday that will allow for our teachers to wrap up the quarter and meet with parents/guardians for conferences.  We hope you take advantage of the opportunity to discuss your child with their teacher and sign up to attend a conference.

We look forward to starting our 2nd quarter with a new PTA event on Thursday, November 3rd - “This Is Us”.  We can’t wait to see you there!

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Federal Impact Aid Form Due Now - Reminder
  • Dunn Loring Site Community Meeting - 11/10
  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/9 - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Supporting Your Child With Common FCPS Digital Tools

Week 8: Student Links Page

Did you know if your child is using a non-FCPS laptop or if Schoology is down they can still access many instructional digital resources from our student links page? Families can use our Digital Refrigerator Card to help their child log in.

Note: Starfall and SOLPass have their own log in.  Please reach out to our SBTS, Ms. Krum or your child’s teacher for access.

Federal Impact Aid Form Due Now - Reminder

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return to Stenwood ASAP. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned. All results are confidential. If you have not completed it, please do so this weekend and send it in on Tuesday.

Dunn Loring Repurposing Project Community Meeting

Join us on November 10, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for a hybrid community meeting to learn more about the Dunn Loring repurposing project and share your views on the project and design process to date. This voter-funded renovation project will provide approximately 900 students with an elementary school rooted in history and poised to provide 21st-century learning, preparing young children for bright futures. Your voice matters and we would like to hear from you. 

You may attend the event in person at the Gatehouse Administrative Center (8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church) or virtually via Zoom. Language interpretation will be provided based on the availability of interpretation staff.

Please be aware, the November 10 meeting will focus on the proposed design and future construction. Boundary discussions will begin at the start of construction, which may be as early as spring 2024. We will share future engagement opportunities with the community as they are scheduled.

Register for the November 10 community meeting

Learn more about the Dunn Loring project

School Picture Make Up Day 11/9

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

 

In an effort to minimize unnecessary student absence from class, we have a list of criteria for underclass makeup day to reference here: vosphoto.com/retakes.

Please feel free to direct Parent/ Guardian questions to our office, using the following email: [email protected]

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000947301

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Knowing that everything you do and say can affect others-and your relationships with them.

 

“Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.”  

                    ~Myles Munroe

Often times, knowing something and acting like you know it doesn’t line up with each other. For example, you know that your words and actions impact other people, but your behavior doesn’t always show that understanding.

What does it look like to KNOW that your words and actions impact others?

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Kindergarten Parent Invite -  Fall-Themed Crafts and Activities! 1st Grade Parent Invite -  Family Traditions! 3rd Grade Parent Invite -  Ladybugs! 5th Grade Parent Invite -  Artifact Dig! Fun in AAP! Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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, 

What a fun week!  From start to finish, we had fun all around!  A HUGE thank you to our PE teachers, Mrs. Udasco and Mrs. Opsahl for organizing such a fun day and a HUGE thanks to the PTA and all of our field day volunteers who made our field day a great success!  Stenwood has the most amazing and supportive families.  We are truly grateful and humbled by the amount of support we had for our special day.  Mrs. Brown Rice and I honored our promise and did our wacky principal stunt by dressing up in our bee costumes and participating in the field day activities.  If you need a laugh, feel free to watch our montage, we know that other parents also captured some great video of our attempts.  Feel free to connect with our Jackie Krum, [email protected] so we can add to the fun.  

The wildlife assemblies sponsored by PTA were a hit!  The misfits came out over the course of three days so that each grade level had an opportunity to learn about them and ask questions.  If you haven’t had a chance, make sure to ask your children about the four misfits that came to visit (and luckily went back with their caretakers).  

Today our building was filled with some amazing book characters!  We loved seeing students be able to quickly identify so many characters, it shows how much we love reading here at Stenwood.

We are very excited to welcome back Dr. Mitchell from maternity leave next Tuesday and sad to say goodbye to Mrs. Brown Rice.  We are so appreciative to her and Timber Lane for allowing us to borrow her for the last couple of months.  She will be here for her final day on Tuesday.  

A reminder that Monday is a holiday in observance of Diwali.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Federal Impact Aid Form Due Now - Reminder
  • The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Is Coming! - Reminder

  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/9 - Reminder

  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Creativity
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Supporting Your Child With Common FCPS Digital Tools

Week 7: Schoology

FCPS has entered its second year (third year for Stenwood, we were part of the pilot program!) using Schoology as its Learning Management System.  Schoology allows parents to view their child’s courses, see school updates, upcoming assignments and tests, assignments graded within Schoology and your child’s activity.

Note, some assignments may utilize Google Workspace, if so, parents are able to view assignment directions and due dates, but not the item itself (think Google Slides, Docs, Sheets, etc.). If you would like to view these items, your child will need to sign into their FCPS Google Account

Parents use their SIS login credentials to access Schoology.  Don’t have a SIS account? Contact our registrar, Mrs. Hunt to activate your account.

To learn more about Schoology, visit the Welcome FCPS Parents and Guardians to Schoology page.  Have questions about how to use Schoology? Reach out to our SBTS, Ms. Krum.

Please note, official grade records are kept in SIS.  Grades within Schoology will not reflect your child’s final grades.

Federal Impact Aid Form Due Now - Reminder

FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. We will be sending home our forms on 10/19.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your Stenwood by Friday, 10/21. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned. All results are confidential. If you have not completed it, please do so this weekend and send it in on Tuesday.

The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Is Coming!

It’s that time of year again, where students can share their love of books by decorating a pumpkin as a favorite storybook character.  Students can decorate a pumpkin (one small enough for them to carry) and bring it to the library anytime between October 17th-28th where it will be on display for all to see.

 

Students should also include a “clue card” with 3 clues for everyone to guess the character and book.  On the reverse side of the card should be the answer along with the student’s name.  You can find the official guidelines and a slide show of previous years’ pumpkins in the Library Schoology Course.

 

PS…please don’t carve the pumpkins!  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have.

School Picture Make Up Day 11/9

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

 

In an effort to minimize unnecessary student absence from class, we have a list of criteria for underclass makeup day to reference here: vosphoto.com/retakes.

Please feel free to direct Parent/ Guardian questions to our office, using the following email: [email protected]

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000947301

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Creativity

This week, we are focusing on Creativity. You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

 

“Creative people do not see things merely for what they are; they see them for what they can be.”  

                    ~Julie Israel

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How can creativity benefit your relationships with others?
  • What is a way you can improve your ability to be more creative?
  • How can you practice creativity every day?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Field Day! Blue Ridge Wildlife Assembly!  Dress As Your Favorite Book Character Day! Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

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 have an exciting week ahead of us!  Next week is Digital Citizenship Week.  It is a great opportunity for us to be reminded on how to practice elements of being a good responsible user of technology.  We know that we did not grow up surrounded by the technology our children have access to today.  So, as parents and teachers we need to help our children navigate using technology safely and learn while we are doing it.  Mrs. Krum, our amazing SBTS has been including resources and information in the last several Hive Happenings.  

Next Tuesday, we will have our annual field day!  The weather looks chilly, but at least dry!  Mrs. Brown Rice and I will be honoring our promise for the wacky principal stunt and will be participating in some of the fun in our bee costumes!  We promise to take lots of pictures and videos so you can enjoy the fun too!

Finally, our PTA has also arranged for another round of wildlife assemblies.  These were a huge hit last year with our students and staff.  Your child will get to enjoy an assembly one afternoon next week.  

If your family uses Kiss N’ Ride, please review the reminders we included below.

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Attendance Reminders - NEW
  • Reminders for Kiss N’ Ride - NEW
  • Digital Citizenship Week - NEW
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Federal Impact Aid Form - Coming home Wednesday, 10/19 - NEW
  • The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Is Coming! - NEW

  • School Picture Make Up Day 11/9 - NEW

  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Integrity
  • Reid Q & A for Students - Reminder
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Attendance Reminders

If you need to report your child being absent, there 3 easy ways (these all can also be found at the bottom of our Stenwood homepage for easy future use):

When reporting your child(ren)’s absence, please make sure to give specific symptoms if your child is ill.  We are required to report these to the clinic, so this will save you time so we don’t have to call you back.  

Kiss N’ Ride Reminders

Some reminders from our Parent Handbook regarding student drop off and using Kiss N’ Ride.  These are in place for safety reasons.  We respectfully ask that you follow these if choosing to use Kiss N’ Ride. 

  • Pull forward as far as possible before loading or unloading and drivers should remain in their car. 
  • If your child is still in a car seat or child restraint, please practice with your child so they can begin to become independent in getting out of their seat.
  • Load and unload from the passenger side of the car only.
  • Do not pass other cars that are loading or unloading.
  • Do not park in the Kiss N’ Ride lane and leave your car unattended.
  • Do not park on the other side of the street and call to children.
  • Exit the Kiss N’ Ride promptly after loading or unloading children.
  • Look carefully for students who may be crossing the street.
  • Be considerate to our neighbors who live in our Kiss N’ Ride area. 
  • In the afternoon, do not park along Carnegie Drive and wait for your child. This adds to traffic congestion.

Car riders must use the Kiss N’ Ride area on Citadel Place behind the school. For safety reasons, the front driveway is restricted to bus traffic in the morning and afternoon. Parents are not permitted to drop students off or use the circular driveway in front of the school.

If you arrive to Kiss N’ Ride after 8:38, you will need to drive around to the front of the school, park, and sign your child in.  

Digital Citizenship Week

Digital Citizenship Week is next week (October 17th-21st).  Ten years ago, Common Sense Education started Digital Citizenship Week to highlight the importance of helping kids, families, and teachers navigate our 24/7 digital world. Over those 10 years, media and technology have changed dramatically. There have also been big shifts in the ways we teach and learn in today's classrooms.  Next week, we will have Spirit Days, each day has a  theme aligned with Digital Citizenship.

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Supporting Your Child With Common FCPS Digital Tools

Week 6: FCPS Tech Support

Sometimes technology doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to, creating challenges or frustration for the user.  Whether your child uses their FCPS device or uses a personal device at home for school work, they may need technical support. Families can visit the FCPS Tech Support page for help with:

▪️  Zoom  ▪️  Passwords  ▪️  Sound/Camera  ▪️  Schoology  ▪️  Tutor.com  ▪️ Computer Microphone

Parents can also call the FCPS Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277.  Phones are answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Federal Impact Aid Form - Coming Home Wednesday 10/19

Beginning on October 18th, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. We will be sending home our forms on 10/19.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your Stenwood by Friday, 10/21. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned. All results are confidential.

The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Is Coming!

It’s that time of year again, where students can share their love of books by decorating a pumpkin as a favorite storybook character.  Students can decorate a pumpkin (one small enough for them to carry) and bring it to the library anytime between October 17th-28th where it will be on display for all to see.

 

Students should also include a “clue card” with 3 clues for everyone to guess the character and book.  On the reverse side of the card should be the answer along with the student’s name.  You can find the official guidelines and a slide show of previous years’ pumpkins in the Library Schoology Course.

 

PS…please don’t carve the pumpkins!  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have.

School Picture Make Up Day 11/9

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original package (students are required to return their original package to the photographer).

 

In an effort to minimize unnecessary student absence from class, we have a list of criteria for underclass makeup day to reference here: vosphoto.com/retakes.

Please feel free to direct Parent/ Guardian questions to our office, using the following email: [email protected]

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below :

https://vando.imagequix.com/g1000947301

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Integrity

This week, we are focusing on Integrity. You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.

 

“Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.”  

                    ~Unknown

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does integrity mean to you?
  • When is it difficult to show integrity in your day-to-day life?
  • Why is it important to show integrity in your relationships with others?
Dr. Reid Q & A for Students

On October 19th at 6:00 PM at the McLean Community Center (MCC) 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA, Dr. Reid will be answering the questions and concerns from STUDENTS.  We encourage all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.  

The agenda

  • Dr. Reid Introduction
  • Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
  • Open forum for questions from students
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Special Edition Hive Happenings: AAP Elementary Continuum of Services

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Hive Happenings Newsletter Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.

Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:

 

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

  Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.


Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-outclasses or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.


Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content.

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services

Multiple data points are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.

Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time services are made by the countywide central selection committee.

Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • The fall screening referral window is from the first day of school - October 15.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student.
    • The spring screening referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after the full-time services referral windows noted above will not be accepted.

Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893.

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.

 

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT).
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have anability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator Tracey Brown Rice, [email protected], no later than October 15 for the NNAT. The CogAT retake request deadline has passed.

 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting

A parent information meeting was held virtually for Stenwood on September 9. The AART provided information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services.

 

Young Scholars

The FCPS Young Scholars model seeks to identify and affirm, from an early age, students with high academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in advanced academic programming. The goal of the model is to eliminate barriers for Young Scholars’ access to and success in advanced academic opportunities in elementary, middle, and high school.

 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students with advanced learning needs may also have a learning disability. Twice-exceptional (or “2e”) students need strengths-based instruction while receiving advanced programming. The FCPS continuum of AAP services provides multiple entry points to meet student needs while also supporting their learning challenges. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Advanced Academic Programs in Middle and High School Middle School AAP

Advanced coursework at the middle school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course each school year in an area of strength and/or interest.

Students eligible for the full-time services have the option to attend the middle school center assigned to their address or enroll in Honors courses in the four core content areas at their base school.

High School AAP

Advanced coursework at the high school level is open enrollment. All students are encouraged to enroll in at least one Honors course beginning in Grade 9. Each high school in FCPS offers AP, IB or Dual Enrollment courses which begin in Grade 10 or 11, depending on the program and the school.

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES

TWITTER: @StenwoodES

FACEBOOK: Stenwood Elementary

FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

We have had quite a busy week here in the Hive!  Most importantly we celebrated our amazing custodians for Custodian Appreciation Week!  We kicked off the week with our first family invite of the year with our 2nd graders.  We had over 80 family members come to play math games!  Tuesday we enjoyed our popsicle party!  Thank you so much to the parents who volunteered to cut all of the popsicles open and distribute them.  Our 1st graders went on a field trip to Cox Farms yesterday and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Our news crew went live for the first time yesterday.  Last night we enjoyed seeing so many Stenwood families at Silver Diner for the Dine Out.  And, tonight… it is not too late to watch two of our own Stenwood Stingers play against the Harlem Wizards at Marshall High School.   

In between all of that fun, our students did a lot of amazing learning!  Believe it or not, we are just a few short weeks away from the end of the 1st quarter!  Please make sure to look for the conference sign up that your teacher will send out.  It is a great opportunity to hear about your child’s progress and how they are doing in the classroom. 

Next week our SCA will kick off our Canned Food Drive, it will run from Tuesday 10/11 through 10/21. Thank you for sending in food donations to support food insecure families in our area.  

As a reminder, Monday, 10/10 is also a student holiday for the observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Yearbook Ordering - NEW
  • Positivity Project: Wildcard Week
  • Harlem Wizards - Marshall Fundraiser - Reminder
  • Reid Q & A for Students - Reminder
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Setting Media & Device Boundaries with Your Child

Week 5: Common Sense Media

New apps, movies, video games, shows and podcasts are released everyday and can quickly become overwhelming to learn the positives and negatives of each and if they are appropriate.  Questions arise such as: Why is a video game rated T (teen) and not E10+ (Everyone 10+)? How secure is an app?  Is our data protected?

Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource to visit to help parents make decisions best for their family.  Common Sense Media provides their own reviews and ratings for media and technology to help guide families on their suitability for children.  Search for a specific movie, TV show, app, book, podcast or game you’re curious about or your child is asking about, or view their “Best ___ List” for a quick rundown of their top recommendations.

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Wildcard Week

This week, teachers are going back and hitting lessons they may have missed or character strengths they feel their students really enjoyed discussing. Over the last six weeks, we have learned about Curiosity, Teamwork, Open-Mindedness, Perspective, and Forgiveness. The important thing to remember is that everyone has ALL 24 strengths within them, but some shine through more than others.

 

“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”

                    ~Booker T. Washington

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • When you think of character, what comes to mind?
  • Do you think character is just ONE thing, or multiple things?
  • Why do we need to continue educating ourselves about character?
Harlem Wizards - Friday, October 7th at Marshall HS

Don’t miss this fun-filled, high-flying, and interactive community event featuring the world-famous Harlem Wizards basketball team as they take on the Statesmen Stars, a team of teachers and principals from Vienna and Falls Church schools. Learn more about the Wizards at www.harlemwizards.com. Come cheer Mr. Saruul (YES! Mr. Saruul!!) and Miss McCall of Stenwood ES as they match their skills against the Wizards!

Date: Friday, October 7th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm (Doors open @ 6:00pm)      

VENUE: Marshall HS Main Gym

Fundraiser for: 2023 All Night Grad Celebration

Proudly Sponsored by: Marshall PTSA & ANGC

For every ticket sold to a student or parent of Stenwood Elementary, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Stenwood PTA.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Visit www.harlemwizards.com and click “Tickets

Dr. Reid Q & A for Students

On October 19th at 6:00 PM at the McLean Community Center (MCC) 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA, Dr. Reid will be answering the questions and concerns from STUDENTS.  We encourage all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.  

The agenda

  • Dr. Reid Introduction
  • Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
  • Open forum for questions from students
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Enjoying the Beautiful Weather! Silver Diner Dine Out! Popsicle Party! 2nd Grade Parent Invite! This Just In: Our News is Live! Thank you to our wonderful PTA for acknowledging our teachers, staff and custodial team! 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, 

This morning was an exciting one in the hive!  Our Help the Hive thermometers made it all the way to $25,000, we just have a final $2,000 to make the goal.  Mrs. Brown Rice and I will keep up our end of the bargain and we will be participating in field day activities in our BEE costumes!  It is sure to bring some laughs and extra motivation for parents to volunteer!  Our kindergarteners also embarked on their first field trip!  They had so much fun at Cox Farms.  Thank you to all of our parent chaperones!

We know that we have several grade levels that have Family Invite Activities in the next couple of months.  These are great opportunities to come and see your child while they engage in learning or share something they have been working on.  Since a lot of you have joined our Stenwood community during the Covid era, many of you have never registered for the Visitor Management System in our building.  If you find yourself at Stenwood to pick up your child or a late drop off, feel free to pop into the office and ask if it would be a good time to register in the VMS system.  You need a valid driver’s license or DMV identification card.  This will save you time in the future when you come in for events or to volunteer.  

If you have any planned absences around the upcoming holiday weekend, please send an email to [email protected] ahead of time to help our office.  

As a reminder, Wednesday is a student holiday for the observation of Yom Kippur.  Monday, 10/10 is also a student holiday for the observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • AAP Reminder - CogAT Retake Request Due Today
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Ordering Pictures - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - NEW
  • Positivity Project: Forgiveness
  • Harlem Wizards - Marshall Fundraiser - NEW
  • Reid Q & A for Students - NEW
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

AAP Reminder - CogAT Retake Request Due Today

As a one-time retest option, Parents/Guardians may request the one-time retest of either the NNAT or CogAT by contacting school testing coordinator Tracey Brown Rice at [email protected] and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected].

  • CogAT Retest Request Deadline: September 30th
  • NNAT Retest Request Deadline: October 15th
Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Setting Media & Device Boundaries with Your Child

Week 4: Parental Controls

There are a variety of products and services that offer parental controls. Parents and families who would like to limit access to individual websites should consult their internet provider and/or visit the FCPS Parental Control section to learn more about parental controls offered by various products.

Parents can also get information about their child’s activity on FCPS laptops by signing up for weekly Lightspeed Parent Reports.

School Pictures Are Now Online!

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Yearbook Ordering

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.

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 20th, 2023 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Forgiveness

This week, we are focusing on Forgiveness. You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.

 

“Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.”

                    ~Marianne Williamson

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why is forgiveness so hard to give sometimes?
  • Why is there “no peace” without forgiveness?
  • What happens to YOU when you forgive someone who has done you wrong?
Harlem Wizards - Friday, October 7th at Marshall HS

Don’t miss this fun-filled, high-flying, and interactive community event featuring the world-famous Harlem Wizards basketball team as they take on the Statesmen Stars, a team of teachers and principals from Vienna and Falls Church schools. Learn more about the Wizards at www.harlemwizards.com. Come cheer Mr. Saruul (YES! Mr. Saruul!!) and Miss McCall of Stenwood ES as they match their skills against the Wizards!

Date: Friday, October 7th, 2022

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm (Doors open @ 6:00pm)      

VENUE: Marshall HS Main Gym

Fundraiser for: 2023 All Night Grad Celebration

Proudly Sponsored by: Marshall PTSA & ANGC

For every ticket sold to a student or parent of Stenwood Elementary, a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to the Stenwood PTA.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Visit www.harlemwizards.com and click “Tickets

Dr. Reid Q & A for Students

On October 19th at 6:00 PM at the McLean Community Center (MCC) 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean, VA, Dr. Reid will be answering the questions and concerns from STUDENTS.  We encourage all students from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to bring their questions or simply come to meet and listen to our new FCPS Superintendent.  The Superintendent oversees almost 200 schools and centers in a county serving approximately 180,000 students.  This event will be focused on questions and concerns from students attending elementary, middle, and high school students with the McLean, Langley, and Marshall Pyramids.  

The agenda

  • Dr. Reid Introduction
  • Dr. Reid Opening Remarks
  • Open forum for questions from students
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Kindergarten's Cox Farm Field Trip! Hard at Work at Stenwood! 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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Family Liaison Newsletter

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Family Liaison Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We have several new flyers, events, and opportunities to look at in this newsletter. Be mindful of dates, as programs fill up fast! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Karina Ocampo, Family Liaison
[email protected]

Please see this flyer for more information!

Early Literacy Programs! A FREE, interactive parent and child program.

You are invited to participate in a FREE parenting program for parents and children between the ages of 2 years and 5 years! Limited spots are available so sign up early! Most classes begin in October.

Topics include:

  • Brain development and stages of academic development
  • The role of reading, music, culture, and language in learning
  • Positive discipline and effective communication
  • The impact of health and nutrition on learning

View the Specific Programs!

African Heritage Early Literacy Program

Spanish Early Literacy Program

Arabic Early Literacy Program

Korean Early Literacy Program

SNAP Benefits Matched at Famer's Market

Please see more information in the following flyers:

English/Korean and English/Spanish

Temporary Expanded Child Care Eligibility

The Child Care Assistance and Referral Program may be able to help with your child care expenses.

For more information, please see this flyer available in English and Spanish.

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Get direct access to financial education and guidance at no cost.

  Prepare to Start Your Career by Gaining Skills for Today’s Labor Market Demands in Healthcare, IT, or Construction & Related Trades!

Avenues to Career Training: Learning to Launch

 

Stay Connected

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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families, 

In the last week, we have had so many opportunities to see our families and it has been so great to see so many of you!  Thanks to our amazing PTA for the Ice Cream Social!  So many families joined us for lots of dancing, hula hooping, and of course ice cream!  Amazing events like those are funded by our PTA and their primary fundraiser is Help the Hive. If you have not had an opportunity to donate and have the means to do so, please get your donations in by the end of next week.  

Believe it or not, we are halfway through the 1st Quarter!  In the next few weeks, teachers will be sending out conference sign ups.  This is a great way to connect with your child’s teacher and hear about their progress, make sure to look for it and sign up.

As a reminder, Monday is a student holiday for the observation of Yom Kippur.  

 

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • School Pictures Are Now Online! - NEW
  • Positivity Project: Perspective
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World Setting Media & Device Boundaries with Your Child

Week 3: Establish Expectations At Home

It’s recommended to establish expectations at home.  Establishing expectations can begin as a family conversation about device and media use. Conversations can cover technology consequences (good & bad), what is age appropriate, how parental controls will be used and why, what will happen if rules are broken. etc. 

It is recommended to be transparent, consistent and predictable.  Families can visit the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Establishing Expectation at Home webpage and the Family Engagement Toolkit from Common Sense Media for additional resources.

School Pictures Are Now Online!

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Positivity Project: Perspective

This week, we are focusing on Perspective. You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

 

“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a field of weeds, or a field of wishes...”  

                    ~Unknown

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why is it important to look at things from a different point of view?
  • What are the benefits of looking at things from different perspectives?
  • Why is it important to have perspective in your relationships with others?
School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

It's a Beautiful Day For Outdoor Lunch! Fun During Indoor Lunch! Let's Learn Together! 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 hope to see many of you tonight at our PTA’s Annual Ice Cream Social!  It looks like the weather will be perfect!  Please remember this is not a drop off event.  Parents or guardians are required to attend.  We are just over halfway to the PTA’s Help the Hive fundraising goal!  Tonight we get to celebrate!  

Over the last week, we have had three different parent sessions, two for AAP and one for our literacy instruction.  If you were not able to attend, the recordings and slidedecks are included below.  

It appears that some road work will be done on Carnegie over the next several weeks.  I have made attempts to connect with the project manager to share our schedule for Kiss N Ride.  We are not sure exactly what the work will look like, but I have been assured from the general information about the project that one lane of the road will remain open at all times.  Please add an extra dose of patience over the next few weeks if you use Kiss N Ride.  

 

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Recording and Slidedeck from our Virtual Parent Coffee on Shifts in Reading Instruction and Assessment - NEW
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • School Pictures Are Now Online! - NEW
  • Recording and Slidedecks from AAP Levels of Service Information and today’s Level IV Information Session
  • Positivity Project
  • Superintendent Community Conversation: Marshall Pyramid - September 22 - Updated - Time Change
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Virtual Parent Coffee: Shifts in Literacy Instruction and Assessment Recording and Slidedeck

On Tuesday, Mrs. Workman, our reading specialist, shared the shifts FCPS is making in our literacy instruction and assessments.  If you were unable to join us, here is the link to the recording as well as the slidedeck:

Recording: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/play/K74umzJ46C806WhyNO38id2fCiU8LsnxNrhHon0WGV1yroWTMcMOIV6wjP6mvjy5l5dOWFjTLvav600x.o2kCPUvPUhzZIMF0

Passcode: %JB*5Aw95x

If the link is not working when you click on it directly, copy and paste it into your browser.

Slidedeck - Literacy

The final slides include the open ended Q & A from the end of the session.  

We did not watch the video together, but here is a link to a video from FCPS sharing Equitable Access to Literacy in Action, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhCUVGw4oRY 

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding literacy, please reach out to Beth Workman, our reading specialist, [email protected].  Tracey Brown Rice is our current testing coordinator and will do her best to answer any testing questions, [email protected]

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World September: Digital Citizenship

Week: 2: Why digital citizenship is important

Just as we teach our children and students what it means to and how to be a good citizen, we must do the same for technology.  Children are living in a digital world that is ever changing and need guidance for how to safely navigate and use technology. 

There are many resources available to families to support building digital citizenship and navigating technology use, including the FCPS Digital Citizenship: Families webpage and Common Sense Media.  Your child can learn digital citizenship skills playing Digital Passport (Grades 3-5) or Digital Compass (Grades 6-8).

School Pictures Are Now Online!

Any student who has not had a chance to order, it’s not too late!

Please visit: vosphoto.com/uc

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email: [email protected]

Advanced Academics Parent Information Meetings

Last week, Mrs. Hartman shared Advanced Academics Overview and Curriculum – It provided an overview about the levels of service and curriculum in grades K-6.  If you missed it, here are the links to the slidedeck and recording.  

Today, Mrs. Hartman dove deeper into the Level IV Referral and Screening Process –  this was geared for parents of students in grades 2-6 interested in referring their child for Level IV services. If you missed it, here are the links to the slidedeck and recording.  

Referrals for Level IV Screening are due December 15, 2022.  For more information including the forms, please visit : https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

As a one-time rest option, Parents/Guardians may request the one-time retest of either the NNAT or CogAT by contacting school testing coordinator Tracey Brown Rice at [email protected] and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected].

  • CogAT Retest Request Deadline: September 30
  • NNAT Retest Request Deadline: October 15
Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Being present and giving others my attention is an important component of building strong relationships.

 

“The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.”  

                    ~Stephen Covey

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does it mean to be present and give other people my attention?
  • How might being present and giving others my attention be important to building healthy relationships?
  • Why do we need relationships?
Superintendent Community Conversations: Marshall Pyramid: September 22nd *Time Change*

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Marshall High School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m (this is the new time). This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our pyramid community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend.  You may enter Marshall through Door 1.

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

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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Family Liaison Newsletter

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Family Liaison Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

My name is Karina Ocampo and I am the Family Liaison at Stenwood Elementary. This newsletter is an extension of our Hive Happening that informs you of upcoming events happening in Fairfax County as well as some resources that may be helpful to you. I hope you enjoy your read! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Karina Ocampo, Family Liaison
[email protected]

Eating Disorders Webinar Multicultural Celebration & Health Fair African Heritage Early Literacy Program A free, interactive parent and child program. October 11th - December 12th, 2022

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Spanish Early Literacy Program A free, interactive parent and child program. Programa de alfabetización temprana para padres hispanos

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Arabic Early Literacy Program A free, interactive parent and child program. هذا برنامج مجانى لأولياء الأمور و الأطفال معا

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Korean Early Literacy Program A free, interactive parent and child program. 자녀와 함께하는 무료 프로그램

Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Gang Prevention: A Webinar for Families and Community Members Presented in Spanish   PUT YOURSELF IN CHARGE!


Get direct access to financial education and guidance at no cost.

 

¡Tome control de su dinero
y gane confianza!

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TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families, 

We have had an awesome third week of school!  Students are quickly settling into routines and our classrooms are full of learning, laughter, and joy!  

Last Thursday our PTA kicked off their annual Help the Hive fundraiser, thank you to all who have already donated.  This is the PTA’s major fundraiser for the year and the funds help Stenwood offer many fun activities to our students families.  One of the awesome events is the Ice Cream Social!  We hope to see many of our families next Friday at the Ice Cream Social.  If you have not had a chance to RSVP, please see the Wednesday Mail from the PTA.  

In case you missed it, on Tuesday we sent out a special welcome to Tracey Brown Rice, she is a current assistant principal on loan to us from Timber Lane and will be here until late October when Dr. Mitchell returns.  

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Virtual Parent Coffee 9/13 at 9:30am – Shifts in Reading Instruction and Assessment - Reminder
  • Supporting Your Child In A Digital World - NEW
  • Parent Volunteer Survey - Reminder
  • AAP Levels of Service Information Session 9/9 - Recording and Slidedeck and Level IV Information Session 9/16 - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Open-Mindedness
  • Superintendent Community Conversation: Marshall Pyramid - September 22nd - Reminder
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

Virtual Parent Coffee Shifts in Reading Instruction and Assessment

Join us for a Virtual Parent Coffee at 9:30am on September 13th, our Reading Specialist will share the shifts in Reading instruction in FCPS.  She will also share updates regarding the new assessments that will be used in alignment with the shifts.  Many of you are familiar with the DRA2 levels, that assessment has been replaced with a variety of assessment tools to measure literacy performance.  A Zoom link will be sent out the day before, we will record the session for anyone who is not able to attend. 

Supporting Your Child in a Digital World September: Digital Citizenship

Week 1: What is Digital Citizenship?

Digital Citizenship is using technology responsibly, appropriately and making good choices when using it.  There are 6 components: Media Balance & Well-Being, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Digital Drama & Hate Speech and News & Media Literacy.  

Every week, we’ll have a Supporting Your Child in a Digital World section with information, tips and resources to support families. Learn more about how FCPS implements Digital Citizenship and supports for families and students on the FCPS Digital Citizenship web page.

Parent Volunteer Survey

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year, please complete this survey.  It includes opportunities for class parent as well as in the library, clinic, and with the PTA.  

Advanced Academics Parent Information Meetings

Today Mrs. Hartman shared Advanced Academics Overview and Curriculum – It provided an overview about the levels of service and curriculum in grades K-6.  If you missed it, here are the links to the slidedeck and recording.  

Next week, Mrs. Hartman will dive deeper into the Level IV Referral and Screening Process – Geared for parents of students in grades 2-6 interested in referring their child for Level IV services. The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend.  The link will be sent out the day before through eNotfiy.  

Referrals for Level IV Screening are due December 15th, 2022.  For more information including the forms, please visit : https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

As a one-time rest option, Parents/Guardians may request the one-time retest of either the NNAT or CogAT by contacting school testing coordinator Tracey Brown Rice at [email protected] and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected].

  • CogAT Retest Request Deadline: September 30th
  • NNAT Retest Request Deadline: October 15th
Positivity Project: Open-Mindedness

This week, we are focusing on Open-Mindedness. You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

 

“Progress is impossible without change; those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”  

                    ~George Bernard Shaw

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does your attitude have to do with being open-minded?
  • How is jumping to conclusions being closed-minded? Why might that be a negative in building relationships?
  • How open-minded do you think you are?
Superintendent Community Conversations: Marshall Pyramid: September 22nd

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Marshall High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our pyramid community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

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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Special Edition Hive Happenings - Welcome Tracey Brown Rice

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Today we welcomed Mrs. Tracey Brown Rice as our new Acting Assistant Principal!  Mrs. Brown Rice is an experienced Assistant Principal and is on loan to us from Timber Lane and will be with us until Dr. Mitchell returns.  

If you see her or have an opportunity to speak to on the phone, please make sure to give her a warm welcome.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Tracey Brown Rice, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]

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 so happy that so many families joined us last night for our virtual Back to School Night!  If you were unable to attend either session your teacher will be sending out the recording.  

I also want to thank Dr. Herr who joined us as Acting Assistant Principal to kick off the school year.  Today is her last day, on Tuesday she will start her new role as an Assistant Principal at Glasgow Middle School.  On Tuesday morning we will send out a special edition Hive Happenings announcing our new Acting Assistant Principal who will be with us until Dr. Mitchell returns in late October.  

We hope you have a wonderful extra long weekend!  We will see you back on Tuesday!

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Virtual Parent Coffee – Shifts in Reading Instruction and Assessment - NEW

  • Outdoor Lunch Option - Reminder
  • Parent Volunteer Survey - Reminder
  • SR&R Acknowledgement - Reminder
  • AAP Levels of Service Information Session 9/9 and Level IV Information Session 9/16 - Reminder
  • Positivity Project: Teamwork
  • Superintendent Community Conversation: Marshall Pyramid - September 22nd - NEW
  • School Meals/Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder
  • Stenwood is Hiring! – Reminder
  • Stenwood Elementary PTA – Reminder
  • Health and Safety – Reminder

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Lauren Herr, Acting Assistant Principal 
[email protected] 

Virtual Parent Coffee Shifts in Reading Instruction and Assessment

Join us for a Virtual Parent Coffee where our Reading Specialist will share the shifts in Reading instruction in FCPS.  She will also share updates regarding the new assessments that will be used in alignment with the shifts.  Many of you are familiar with the DRA2 levels, that assessment has been replaced with a variety of assessment tools to measure literacy performance.  A Zoom link will be sent out the day before, we will record the session for anyone who is not able to attend. 

Outdoor Lunch Option

For those of you new to Stenwood, in coordination with the PTA we offer outdoor lunch for any students who would like to eat outside.  There are stools and benches for students to use, or they may choose to eat on the sidewalk.  Please communicate with your child what your preference is.  

There are some procedures/rules to outside lunch that any students choosing to eat outside must follow: 

Students will be exiting the cafeteria through the side cafeteria door and placed in a sectioned off area outside designated for their grade level.  The parent volunteers and one staff member will be outside to ensure they stay in the sectioned off area.  Students will need to remain outside for the duration of the lunch block and will need to remain seated. At the end of lunch students will be lined up by grade level and return inside to the cafeteria to be picked up by their homeroom teacher.  If for some reason a child drops or spill their lunch during the transition outside, they will be able to return to the lunch line to retrieve a new meal.  Please make sure you talk to your child about the expectations of this eating option.  Should your child be unable to follow these expectations,  they will need to return to the cafeteria.  We do have a Stop sign that we hang up to indicate that outdoor lunch is not available.  This happens when weather does not allow or we do not have sufficient parent volunteers. 

If you would like to volunteer for outdoor lunch please respond here, Outdoor Lunch Volunteer Survey

Parent Volunteer Survey

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year, please complete this survey.  It includes opportunities for class parent as well as in the library, clinic, and with the PTA.  

SR&R Acknowledgement

While use of ParentVUE to digitally sign the SR&R acknowledgement is preferred, parents/guardians may elect to download and print the SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet   from the FCPS public website.  If a parent/guardian needs assistance accessing the signature sheet, they may contact their child’s school and ask that the school provide the form.  The SR&R Parent/Guardian Signature Sheet is due September 30th, 2022.  

AAP Levels of Service Information Session 9/9 and Level IV Information Session 9/16

Consider joining the Stenwood administration and Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Kaleigh Hartman to learn more about FCPS and Stenwood’s Advanced Academics Program. Both meetings will be held virtually.  The sessions be recorded if you are unable to attend.  

  • Advanced Academics Overview and Curriculum – Learn about the levels of service and curriculum in grades K-6.
    • Friday, September 9 at 9:15am
  • Level IV Referral and Screening Process – Geared for parents of students in grades 2-6 interested in referring their child for Level IV services.
    • Friday, September 16 at 9:15am

Links will be sent out the day before through eNotfiy.  

Referrals for Level IV Screening are due December 15th, 2022.  For more information including the forms, please visit : https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

Positivity Project: Teamwork

This week, we are focusing on Teamwork. You like exploration and discovery. You work well as a member of a group or team. You are loyal and sacrifice your individual desires for the greater good.

 

“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”

                    ~Helen Keller

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How are citizenship and teamwork similar?
  • Think about a time you were part of a successful team? How did that feel?
  • Have you ever been a part of an unsuccessful team? How did THAT feel?
  • What actions can you take to be a positive team member?
Superintendent Community Conversations: Marshall Pyramid: September 22nd

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Marshall High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our pyramid community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here to attend. 

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/stenwood-elementary.  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available  online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Stenwood is Hiring!

We are looking to hire an Instructional Assistant, Classroom Monitors, and Substitutes!  If you are interested in any of these positions, please reach out if you have any questions or if you want more information.  Here is a link to FCPS’ application portal.

Classroom Monitors:

Monitors will work every day students attend throughout the 2022-23 school year, and will directly support classrooms by providing additional supervision to students during lunch or in the classroom. The pay is $15.73/hour.  Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  Please apply here:Please apply here and email me at [email protected] so we can schedule a time to talk more. Please share this opportunity with others who might be interested. All FCPS schools are looking to hire for this position. 

Stenwood Elementary PTA 

Interested in volunteering to be a class parent, volunteering in our cafeteria or library, OR just looking to stay connected with the great work of our PTA? 

More information about the PTA is available on their website

Health and Safety

With the help of the PTA we are still working to see if we can make optional outdoor lunch a possibility for the upcoming school year.  The PTA needs parent volunteers and grade level coordinators to make it happen.  Regardless of outdoor lunch, we will still continue to have about a dozen tray tables set up at 6 ft apart if you would prefer your child to be distanced during lunch.  

Additional Covid Safety updates will continue to be published to the FCPS website.

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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