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Dear Stenwood Families,

It was wonderful to see so many Stingers logged on for our first virtual inclement weather day of the school year.  Our SBTS, Jackie Krum, worked so hard with families and our teachers to make sure it was a successful day of learning.  Our TSSPC, Craig Fenton, pulled together the laptop chargers and mifis for families in need.  We are so grateful for our staff’s ability and efforts to adapt their instruction for the school day and thank you all for your patience with any technical bumps along the way.  Another big thank you goes to our custodial team who came in on Monday, the holiday, to clear sidewalks and ensure that school was able to open on Tuesday.  

As a reminder, Monday 1/25 is a teacher professional development day and holiday for students.  We will kick off the third quarter on Tuesday!

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

  • Kindergarten Registration for 2022-23 School Year Now Available *NEW*
  • Stenwood Counselors’ Parent Workshop Series *NEW*
  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *REMINDER*
  • Covid Testing Available at 6 FCPS Drive Thru Sites *REMINDER*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Supporting Others When They Struggle 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

2022 - 23 Kindergarten Registration

It is already that time of year to start planning for next year.  Our Kindergarten registration for rising kindergartners for the 2022-23 school year is now open.  Please use the online portal to submit your initial information and Mrs. Hunt will follow up with you.  

If you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th, please start your registration now.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well.  

Stenwood Counselors’ Parent Workshop Series

All parents are welcome to attend the Virtual Parent Workshop on Zoom with Stenwood School counselors, Ms. Hapangama and Ms. Berick.

This will take place on Friday, January 28th from 2:10-2:40 PM. We will send information on accessing the Zoom in next week’s Hive Happenings. The Zoom will be recorded and available to view later for those that cannot attend live. The topic for this month will be: “Helping your child self-regulate their feelings”. 

These Parent Workshops will take place regularly on the last Friday of each month till the end of the school year on zoom from 2:10-2:40, unless otherwise specified. We hope to see you there!

Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Currently, optional screening testing for Stenwood students takes place on Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30am at school. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Drive Thru Covid Testing - Six FCPS Sites

Starting back up next week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added toStenwood’s screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

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? 

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TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

With the end of the 2nd quarter this week, we have several schedule impacts that we wanted to remind families of:

  • Thursday 1/20 is a 2 hour early release, dismissal will begin at 1:20
  • Friday 1/21 and Monday 1/24 are Teacher Workdays and Student Holidays

We look forward to beginning Quarter 3 with you and your child on Tuesday, Jan 25!

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Stay Connected

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TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Today is the LAST DAY to order your child a yearbook!  Please see the ordering information below. 

Yesterday, FCPS shared that they have developed a plan for virtual instruction on any upcoming snow days when possible.  Below is an overview of the schedule for each grade level.  There may be slight adjustments to the schedule based on the day of the week and your teacher will provide more specific details and information on how to access Zoom through Schoology.  Students in K-2 will begin bringing home their laptops on Fridays and when there is any impending weather that may cause a snow day.  Third - sixth grade students have the opportunity to take their laptop home daily.  We will make sure they take them home on Fridays and if there is any impending weather.  If your child has any connectivity issues during the day, please let your teacher and the Stenwood attendance email know and it will be an excused absence.  

As a reminder, please help our Kiss N Ride staff by remembering to keep your child’s name card sign on your dashboard.  This greatly helps us expedite the process especially in the colder weather!  If you need a new sign or a replacement, please let our office know.  

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

  • Virtual Snow Day Schedule *NEW*
  • Yearbook Ordering Ends TODAY  *FINAL REMINDER*
  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *REMINDER*
  • Covid Testing Available at 6 FCPS Drive Thru Sites *REMINDER*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Virtual Snow Day Schedule Yearbook Ordering Ends TODAY

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS TODAY FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Stenwood students will take place on Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30am at school. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Drive Thru Covid Testing - Six FCPS Sites

Starting back up next week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added toStenwood’s screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

Positivity Project: Perseverance

This week, we are focusing on Perseverance. You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

 

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

                                                          ~Babe Ruth

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is involved in perseverance?
  • How is perseverance related to teamwork? Creativity? Optimism?
  • How can a growth-mindset help as you think about perseverance?
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TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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LAST DAY to Order a Stenwood Yearbook!

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TODAY is the LAST DAY to Order a Stenwood Yearbook!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS TODAY FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS. 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, 

Wow! What a week of snow! I hope the snow provided many opportunities to build snowmen, go sledding, or curl up with a book. We are looking forward to having everyone back on Monday. A huge thank you to our custodial team who worked to get the building cleared twice this week!

As we return from an extended winter break, please make sure you review the Daily Health Screening Questions. Please make sure to keep your child home if they are experiencing any Covid 19 symptoms. If your child tested positive over winter break, please reach out to me and cc the attendance line so we can provide you accurate information on what is needed to return. Please also reach out if your child is considered a close contact or if there is a member of your household who is covid positive.

With the recent surge, the Health Department has shifted some of the responsibilities to us to alleviate the delays in response and the strain on pediatricians' offices. For the most up to date information, please continue to visit FCPS’ Health and Safety Guidance Document. As procedures change and adapt, this document continues to include the most updated information. Please make sure your child is prepared with a well-fitting mask and extras in their backpack.

FCPS began offering surveillance Covid 19 testing. They also offer diagnostic testing for symptomatic students. More information on both of those programs can be found below.

Looking ahead to next week, we will continue to monitor our staffing daily and will adjust as needed to ensure our classrooms are covered. Over the next few weeks as we navigate the COVID surge, we may need to shift staff to cover classrooms, or combine classes to ensure coverage. Our goal is to maintain the current routines as best we can; however, there may be some instructional impacts due to the staffing challenges.

Finally, the Yearbook Order deadline is next Friday, 1/14. Make sure to order one this week if you would like your child to receive a yearbook this year.

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

  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *REMINDER*
  • Covid Testing Available at 6 FCPS Drive Thru Sites *REMINDER*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project

Sincerely,

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated
FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students.

Currently, optional screening testing for Stenwood students takes place on Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30am at school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child.

Drive Thru Covid Testing - Six FCPS Sites  

Starting back up next week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to [SCHOOL’S] screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11


The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Optimism

This week, we are focusing on Optimism. You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

 

“When the world says, ‘Give Up’, hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time’.”

                                                          ~Author Unknown

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • When were you optimistic in a situation? How could that situation have turned out differently if you weren’t optimistic?
  • Do you believe that hope and optimism are “contagious”?
  • What is your dream for your future self?  What will you have to do to achieve that goal?
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, 

We hope you all have a relaxing winter break.  As a reminder, winter break will be held December 20-31. Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Most of our staff is on leave during winter break.  Our office will be open by appointment only on December 20-22 and will be closed for the remainder of the winter break.  Our staff will be taking some much needed time to be with their families and friends and get some rest, and we hope you and your family have the opportunity to do the same.  If you need something over the break, feel free to send an email/call the office and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  

Lastly, don’t forget to pick up your Square 1 Art orders TODAY, Friday, Dec 17th from 4 - 5:30 pm from Stenwood Kiss & Ride. If you ordered from Square1 Art for school delivery, your child will not be bringing home the order in their backpack (we want to make sure all the orders stay safe!). Can't make it today? Pick Up Tuesday, Dec. 21st from 9-11 am from Stenwood Kiss & Ride.  All items not picked up in December will be held at the school until January.

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

  • Covid Testing Available at 6 FCPS Drive Thru Sites *Closed for Winter Break*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Optimism

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Drive Thru Covid Testing - Six FCPS Sites ***CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK***

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to [SCHOOL’S] screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Positivity Project: Optimism

This week, we are focusing on Optimism. You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

 

“When the world says, ‘Give Up’, hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time’.”

                                                          ~Author Unknown

 

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • When were you optimistic in a situation? How could that situation have turned out differently if you weren’t optimistic?
  • Do you believe that hope and optimism are “contagious”?
  • What is your dream for your future self?  What will you have to do to achieve that goal?
Stay Connected

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

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

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

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Dear Stenwood Families,

We were so excited to have one of our beloved Stenwood traditions this morning, the Battle of the Books!  A special thank you to Mrs. Cole as the master organizer, book selector, and Battle Question writer.  Mrs. Roth, the MC extraordinaire, and Mrs. Krum and her Photo Bees who pulled off all of the technical parts.  The recording can be found on our Stenwood Schoology site.  Congratulations to Mr. Zirkle’s Class, Mrs. Menon’s Class, and Mrs. Shepherd’s Class -  our THREE Battle winners! 

We are so pleased to introduce Maria Agha as our new Family Liaison at Stenwood. This is a new position for us at our school. Family liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. Family liaisons will welcome and orient families who are new to the school and community, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. 

They can also help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family involvement to help ensure their student's success.  Please feel free to reach out to Maria Agha for assistance ([email protected]). 

With the cold weather here, please let us know if your child is in need of a warm winter coat. Please reach out to the office or our school counselors, Anoma Hapangama ([email protected]) and Tammy Berick ([email protected]) with your needs, as we hope to assist you.

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

  • Advanced Academic Programs- Deadline 12/15 *DUE WEDNESDAY*
  • 4th-6th Grade FLE Lessons - Week of December 13 *REMINDER*
  • Test Scores Available in ParentVue *REMINDER*
  • Updated Quarantine Guidelines *NEW*
  • Covid Testing Available at 6 FCPS Drive Thru Sites *NEW*
  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *REMINDER*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Self-Control
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15  *DUE WEDNESDAY*

Level IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6 for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman [email protected], Erica Riley [email protected], and Meredith Mitchell [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Riley or Dr. Mitchell within 48 business hours. Contact us if you have not received a confirmation. No late referrals can be accepted.  

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.

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement. Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

4th-6th Grade FLE Lessons - Week of December 13th

At the beginning of the school year, our school community was informed about Family Life Education and families were given the opportunity to complete an opt out form.  During the week of December 13th, our 4th-6th grade classrooms will be conducting HGD lessons for all participating students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or our FLE coordinator, Meredith Mitchell ([email protected]), if you have any questions regarding instruction or if you would like to submit an opt out form.

Test Scores Available in ParentVue

This school year, test scores will be populated in ParentVue Accounts.  Log in here to access fall iReady scores for all students in grades 1-6.  Additional score reports will be accessible to you via ParentVue as soon as they are made available.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s scores, please contact your child’s teacher.

Most of our Stenwood families have already activated the SIS ParentVUE account.  If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here
Updated Quarantine Guidelines   Quarantine Following Exposure at School

If your child is quarantined due to exposure at school, please keep them at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met:

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the FCPS pause letter indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

The above options only apply to a student returning to in-person learning and school-sponsored activities. Other organizations, such as SACC, may have different requirements for return.

  Quarantine Following Exposure Outside of School

If your child is quarantined due to exposure outside of the school, please contact the school as soon as possible and you will receive a Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS. The timeline for quarantine return begins when you alert the school. Keep your child at home until one of the following quarantine periods is met

  • Seven days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide both: a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen or PCR) taken on day five of quarantine or later, as well as a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates; or
  • 10 days of quarantine, your child remains symptom-free AND you provide a copy of the Return Letter for Exposures Outside of FCPS indicating the return to school dates (you must contact your school to request the letter at the beginning of the quarantine period); or
  • 14 days of quarantine and you provide a copy of the clearance letter (SARA-Alert) from the health department. 

The above options only apply to a student returning to in-person learning and school-sponsored activities. Other organizations, such as SACC, may have different requirements for return.

Drive Thru Covid Testing - Six FCPS Sites

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. We encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to Stenwood's screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Stenwood students will take place on Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30am at school. 

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS Battle of the Books

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

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?
Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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 your family had a joyful and safe Thanksgiving.  We appreciated the time to connect and focus on loved ones, and we hope you did, too.  Before leaving on break, we had a special time celebrating the successful Help the Hive Drive with our wacky principal stunt!  We hope you appreciate the pictures included below and our highlight reel!

With the cold weather here, please let us know if your child is in need of a warm winter coat. Please reach out to the office or our school counselors, Anoma Hapangama ([email protected]) and Tammy Berick ([email protected]) with your needs, as we hope to assist you.

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

  • Advanced Academic Programs- Deadline 12/15 *DUE SOON/UPDATED*
  • 4th-6th Grade FLE Lessons - Week of December 13th *NEW*
  • Test Scores Available in ParentVue *NEW*
  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *UPDATED*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *UPDATED*
  • Book Fair Online – ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT! *NEW*

  • Battle of the Books *NEW*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6 for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman [email protected], Erica Riley [email protected], and Meredith Mitchell [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from Mrs. Riley or Dr. Mitchell within 48 business hours. Contact us if you have not received a confirmation. No late referrals can be accepted.  

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.

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement. Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

4th-6th Grade FLE Lessons - Week of December 13th

At the beginning of the school year, our school community was informed about Family Life Education and families were given the opportunity to complete an opt out form.  During the week of December 13th, our 4th-6th grade classrooms will be conducting HGD lessons for all participating students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher and/or our FLE coordinator, Meredith Mitchell ([email protected]), if you have any questions regarding instruction or if you would like to submit an opt out form.

Test Scores Available in ParentVue

This school year, test scores will be populated in ParentVue Accounts.  Log in here to access fall iReady scores for all students in grades 1-6.  Additional score reports will be accessible to you via ParentVue as soon as they are made available.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s scores, please contact your child’s teacher.

Most of our Stenwood families have already activated the SIS ParentVUE account.  If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here
Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Stenwood students will take place on Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30am at school. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

Book Fair Online – ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT!

Only one week left for the Stenwood Online Book Fair!  If you missed your opportunity in person or your book was sold out, now’s your chance to get some books.  Click here to visit our online fair – and feel free to send the link to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.  Orders $40 and over ship free, otherwise there will be a flat $4.99 shipping fee. The online fair will be open until December 10th, so don’t delay! 

By purchasing books in-person or at the online fair you are not only helping the library but you are also supporting a local business, Bookworm Central. As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you may have.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is Friday, December 10th at 9:00 am.  Join us to watch as the 5th and 6th grade teams  battle for the Stenie Cup!  Families can watch the event live on Zoom.  Similar to BTSN and conferences, all participants will join a waiting room and be admitted to the event by 8:55 am. 

Can’t watch it live?  No worries!  A recording of the Battle of the Books will be posted in the All Parents Stenwood Elementary Schoology course (login credentials are the same as SIS accounts) and sent out in next week’s Hive Happenings.

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

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?

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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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Reminder: AAP Level IV Referral Deadline 12/15

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Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6 for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15th, 2021. Referrals can be submitted to the office or electronically emailed to Kaleigh Hartman at [email protected], Meredith Mitchell [email protected], and Erica Riley [email protected] any time between now and December 15th. If submitted electronically, you will receive an email confirmation from within 48 business hours. Contact Meredith Mitchell and Erica Riley if you have not received a confirmation. No late referrals can be accepted.  

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.

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement. Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

For more information on AAP, please visit the FCPS website, 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 (PTA): StenwoodPTA

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A Message from Mrs. Riley

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A Message from Mrs. Riley

Dear Stenwood Families,

As we enter the holiday season and look ahead to the start of 2022, I wanted to take the opportunity to share the work that our school community is involved in as part of the Marshall Pyramid within Fairfax County Public Schools.  I meet regularly with nine other principals in the Marshall Pyramid to support the ongoing work of strengthening our community and increasing student achievement.  Our pyramid is very proud to share our new logo, which will serve as a framework for creating cultures of belonging and educational excellence in each of our schools.  I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you and your children after the break!

Erica Riley, Principal  

The Marshall Pyramid:  Educational Excellence, Culture of Belonging

The Marshall Pyramid principals are committed to cultivating a culture of belonging in which all students are valued and their strengths and interests are developed to achieve academic excellence. We model what we ask our staff and students to do with each other as principals.

  • We collaborate and problem solve.
  • We focus on creating trusting partnerships.
  • We make connections and build relationships.

Each school in the Marshall Pyramid is actively committed to building a pre-K through 12th grade framework for our students that embodies a culture of belonging and educational excellence.  We look forward to continuing to partner with our students, staff, families, and community in this endeavor and wish everyone a continued safe and happy school year.

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

 

“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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

Next week is Thanksgiving and know that we are so grateful for YOU!  We know this year began with some uncertainty, but we are amazed in the ways that our community, students, and staff have worked together to keep each other safe and continue learning and growing here at school. We wish everyone a wonderful break. We will be back with our next Hive Happenings on Friday, December 3rd.   

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 24-26. Classes will resume on Monday, November 29. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar.

For the families who signed up for Covid Screening Testing, there will be no on-site testing during the short week next week.

On Tuesday of next week we will be celebrating the successful Help the Hive Drive with our wacky principal stunt!  Don’t worry, we will be sending out lots of pictures! 

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

  • Reduction in Student Quarantine Period *NEW*
  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *UPDATED*
  • Advanced Academic Programs- Deadline 12/15 *REMINDER*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *UPDATED*
  • Book Fair News! *UPDATED*

  • Square 1 Art! *UPDATED*

  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Gratitude
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

We are also grateful for the extra helping hands we have had around Stenwood the last few weeks.  Your child may have mentioned some new faces around Stenwood, and below we’ve introduced our incredible new team members!

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Reduction in Student Quarantine Period

With the start of the national rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5-11 and a drop in the Fairfax County transmission rate from “substantial” to “moderate,” we are adjusting some of the layered prevention strategies that have helped keep the rate of in-school transmission of COVID-19 at just 0.02%.

  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting may quarantine for 10 days, instead of 14 days
  • Students will be notified of the day they may return to the classroom via the pause letter.
  • If you do not have a pause letter from your school, you will need to quarantine for 14 days, per the requirement of the Fairfax County Health Department.   

More information is available online.

Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Stenwood students will take place on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11am at school. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.  There will be no student COVID-19 screening testing the week of November 22 due to the Thanksgiving break.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

evel IV AAP Referrals for students in grades 2-6 for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. 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. No late referrals can be accepted.  

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.

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement. Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

The Fairfax Health District and Fairfax County Public Schools are hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at 10 schools for students 5-11 years of age. Children do not need to be an FCPS student to attend these clinics. Vaccines will not be available for those 12 years and older. Children must be accompanied by a parent or another responsible adult at all community vaccination sites.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has information about the clinics and resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

Book Fair News!

Thank you to everyone who supported book fair this week, it was a great success.  But don’t worry if you missed your opportunity or your book was sold out.  The online Stenwood Book Fair is now open!  Click here to visit our online fair – and feel free to send the link to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.  Orders $40 and over ship free, otherwise there will be a flat $4.99 shipping fee. The online fair will be open until December 10th, so don’t delay! 

By purchasing books in-person or at the online fair you are not only helping the library but you are also supporting a local business, Bookworm Central. As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you may have.

Square 1 Art!

 

A reminder that Square 1 Art paper orders are due on Monday, November 22nd. Online or phone orders can be submitted until Saturday, November 27th.

 

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

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?
Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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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Book Fair Update!

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Good news – there are still slots available for parents to come to the book fair!  We have slots open today between 3:30-4:30pm and tomorrow (Thursday) between 3:30-4:30pm.  However, you must sign up to visit the library.  Click here for the sign up genius.  Please note you will enter at the back of the school, Door 8, by Kiss-n-Ride.

Stay Connected

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TWITTER: @StenwoodES
FACEBOOK (PTA): StenwoodPTA

 

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                                                          ~Mary Anne Radmacher

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

We were honored to celebrate our community’s veterans on Thursday during our Veterans Day Drive Thru event.  See the pictures below of our wonderful SCA honoring their service! Please also check out the pictures from our second session of Raptor Assemblies - thank you to the PTA for providing this amazing enrichment experience for our students’ benefit.

There are a few sections in today’s newsletter that are important to note.  First, all families of non-vaccinated children were sent a link today to opt in to COVID screening testing that will take place weekly here at school.  If you do not want your child to participate, no action is needed as this is opt in only.  This service contracted by FCPS is intended to help keep our school community safe.  Secondly, a deadline is quickly approaching for Advanced Academic Program referrals for Level IV services.  Please see both sections below for further information.

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

  • Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated *NEW*
  • Advanced Academic Programs- Deadline 12/15 *NEW*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *REMINDER*
  • Notes About Book Fair Next Week (November 15th - 19th) *NEW*

  • PTA Meeting & Reflections Art Showcase *NEW*
  • Square 1 Art! *NEW*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open, Deadline 1/14/22  *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Gratitude
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

We’re excited to kick off our Book Fair next week AND our SCA will continue their generosity through their sponsorship of a Winter Mittens/Gloves/Hats Drive for our neighboring school, Graham Road Elementary School.  We hope to see you around Stenwood to purchase some books next week and that you’ll also consider helping our greater community through this drive.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Optional Screening Testing for Students Not Fully Vaccinated

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Stenwood students will take place on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11am at school. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during the timeframe they are scheduled to be at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student to be tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Stenwood safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Advanced Academic Programs - Deadline 12/15

Level IV AAP Referrals for placement in the 2022-2023 school year are due no later than December 15, 2021. 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.
Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 Where To Get a Pediatric Vaccine

FCPS is encouraging all parents whose children are eligible to get vaccinated. We know that vaccination is the way out of this pandemic and we are asking you to help us continue to make our schools as safe as they possibly can be.

The Fairfax County Health Department’s webpage has resources for finding and scheduling a vaccine appointment. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities is available on our website

We know you may have questions about the vaccine. Last week, we shared a video of local pediatricians explaining vaccine safety. This week, they offer tips for preparing your child for their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Notes About Book Fair Next Week (November 15th - 19th)

We are so excited that the book fair is back in person!  Seeing students excited about getting books is always the best.  And did you know that the book fair is a fundraiser for the library?  Mrs. Cole gets a portion of all sales which she uses to buy more books for the library – it’s a win-win for all.

  • Volunteers – we still need you, no experience necessary!  Please consider signing up to help, it’s always a good time.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044da8ac2da46-2021
  • Parent Purchase Time – we will have limited opportunities for parents to sign up to come into the library after school to purchase books for students.  You must sign up in advance. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044da8ac2da46-fall2
  • Back Orders – in the past, we’ve been able to place an order for books that have sold out.  Due to supply chain issues, that may not be possible this year.  If your student is purchasing books from the fair, please make sure they have alternate titles.
  • Schoology - information about the book fair and the student buying schedule can be found in the Library Schoology Course

As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have.

PTA Meeting & Reflections Art Showcase

We invite all our students, staff and their families to our Stinger Reflections Art Showcase after Tuesday's PTA meeting! Join us as our Stingers share their beautiful expressions and reflections on the theme "I Will Change the World By…" 

The PTA meeting begins at 7:00 pm and the presentation will begin around 7:30 pm.

Square 1 Art!

Look for your child's personalized Square 1 Art catalog coming home early next week! During art class, your child has designed their own masterpiece that you can order on mugs, bags, cards, and more -- each purchase supports the Stenwood Art Department. Paper orders are due by Monday, Nov 22nd (online or phone orders can be submitted through Saturday, Nov 27th). Purchases will be distributed in December (stay tuned for details from the PTA).

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

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?
Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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 Book Fair Info!

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Hive Happenings - Special Edition The Book Fair is Returning In Person!

We're so excited to be bringing the book fair back to the Stenwood library IN PERSON! There are two ways for parents to be involved.  

First, you can volunteer.  We need help setting up, assisting students in finding good books, cashiering, door monitoring, and then packing up at the end.  No experience is necessary, but a good time is guaranteed.  Please click here for the volunteer sign up genius.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044da8ac2da46-2021

The second way you can participate in the book fair is to visit in person.  Due to COVID restrictions, we will not have parents come to purchase during school hours.  However, we will be open for one hour after school on November 16-18.  You MUST sign up to come to book fair.  Please click here for the parent visit sign up genius.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044da8ac2da46-fall2

Thank you for supporting the book fair.  A portion of all sales goes directly to the library so Mrs. Cole can purchase more books for the students.

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

 

“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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Welcome to the second quarter! We are excited to be back with your children and are ready to keep learning and growing in quarter 2.  We hope you had a chance to connect with your child’s teacher about their progress during Monday and Tuesday’s conference days. Progress reports will be going home with every child next Wednesday in backpacks, so make sure you are checking on Wednesday, November 10th for this additional communication regarding your child’s progress. See the section below for more information.

Clocks turn back one hour this weekend, so make sure you are set for this end to Daylight Saving Time. Our Make-Up Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, so see the section below to ensure your child meets the criteria for a retake.  As an additional reminder, Thursday, November 11th, is a two-hour early release for students for the Veterans Day holiday.  We will dismiss at 1:20pm this day.  We are not hosting our traditional Veterans Day event inside this morning, but please see the invitation below to all the veterans in our community for how we would like to honor you this morning at Stenwood!  Our school welcomes everyone to wear red, white, and blue this day as well!

FCPS cafeterias will not be supplying the traditional Thanksgiving meal this school year and because of this and our restrictions on visitors, we will not be hosting our usual Thanksgiving Luncheon in the school building.  Please know we will be recognizing and addressing the important historical contexts and cultural importance of this holiday in our classroom settings.

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

  • Veterans Day Drive Thru Celebration *NEW*
  • Quarter 1 Progress Report Information *NEW*
  • Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11 *NEW*
  • Scoliosis Fact Sheet for Parents of 5th/6th Graders *NEW*
  • Make-Up Picture Day November 10th! *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Community Review of LA and Science Resources *NEW*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • The Book Fair is Returning In Person! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Bravery
  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Veterans Day Drive Thru Celebration

The staff and students at Stenwood would like to recognize the veterans in our community.  We invite any veteran parents or grandparents to drive through our bus loop between 9:30 and 9:45am on Thursday, November 11th. 

Members of our SCA will represent our student population with cheers, applause, and a gesture of thanks! With our entrance being affected by the Gallows Rd construction project, we encourage all families to make a right hand turn into Stenwood and a right hand turn on to Gallows when leaving. 

Quarter 1 Progress Report Information

Your child’s Quarter 1 progress report demonstrates achievement, effort and citizenship skills after the first 9 weeks of a return to in-person learning. The purpose of any system of reporting to families is to strengthen the home-school partnership and to inform families about student progress. This 1st quarter was unique and presented new opportunities for teachers to prioritize social-emotional health and wellness, as well as identify academic needs through a variety of assessments.  Getting to know each child is the best way to match  instructional programming to student needs. School staff continues to assess and monitor students’ strengths and areas for growth using a variety of assessments. Your child will continue to have opportunities to demonstrate mastery towards grade level standards throughout the school year and your child’s teacher will continue to communicate your child’s progress. 

 

For more information about elementary grading and reporting, please visit the FCPS website (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/elementary-school ) or refer to the information included on the progress report envelope.

Your child’s progress report will be coming home in their backpack on Wednesday, November 10th.

Vaccine Availability for Children Ages 5-11

Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu from the Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand shared the following message this week with families:

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) remain committed to utilizing all available public health interventions to create a safer school environment. We are pleased that the authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 provides our community another effective way to keep our children safe and further reduce the impact of the pandemic. 

Last evening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director endorsed CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation to adopt the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. This means that children ages 5-11 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine, which is about one-third the strength of the adult vaccine, has been studied in this age group and shown to be as safe and effective as it was for older children, and we encourage everyone 5 years of age and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. FCPS and the FCHD have worked collaboratively with the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Inova Children’s Hospital on planning to provide families broad access to vaccinations. 

The COVID-19 vaccine authorized for the 5-11 population will soon be widely available in the community. Many pediatricians and family practice offices stand ready to make appointments for families who prefer their child to receive the vaccine in their familiar “medical home.” Talk to your child’s healthcare provider if you have questions or need an appointment.

There are multiple opportunities to get a COVID-19 vaccine in the Fairfax Health District. Most sites will be providing vaccines by appointment only. These include:

 

Pediatric and Family Medicine Providers: call your doctor to make an appointment.

Pharmacies, grocery stores, and urgent care facilities: visit www.vaccines.gov (www.vacunas.gov) to search for a vaccine appointment.

Health Department Vaccination Centers: visit the website to make an appointment, or call 703-324-7404 if you need assistance.

Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, 22035

Mount Vernon District Office (Gerry Hyland Government Center), 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, 22309

Tysons Community Vaccination Center, 7950 Tysons Corner Center, Tysons: visit here to make an appointment or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 711). Appointment assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages.

 ●Inova Children’s Vaccination Clinic: visit here to make an appointment for their weekend clinics at the Inova Center for Personalized Health, 8100 Innovation Park Drive, Fairfax.

When looking for an appointment, be sure to search for Pfizer pediatric vaccine since it is the only vaccine currently available for use in children 5-11 years old. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or another adult at all community vaccination sites.

The health department is also working with FCPS on strategies to ensure equity in access to vaccination for families who have difficulty scheduling an appointment for their child or in getting to one of the other community options. Vaccine clinics will be offered in some schools and at community centers during off-school hours in the weeks ahead. Details will be shared as soon as possible.

If you have questions, talk to your child’s healthcare provider, or call the Health Department’s COVID-19 information line at 703-267-3511. There will be enough vaccines for every child who is eligible, however, it is possible that during the first week, certain locations may not have received their full allocation. Appointments should become available starting later this week.

We look forward to working with each of you to ensure the health and well-being of the FCPS community. Thank you for your patience and partnership in ensuring our children are protected from COVID-19 and other vaccine preventable diseases.  

Sincerely,                           

Gloria Addo-Ayensu, MD, MPH Director                            

Fairfax County Health Department   

 

Scott Brabrand, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Scoliosis Fact Sheet for Parents of 5th/6th Graders

Families of 5th and 6th grade students: Please check out the Scoliosis Fact Sheet 

Make-Up Picture Day November 10th!

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original photo package (students are required to return their original photo package to the photographer). Please review this list of additional eligibility criteria: www.vosphoto.com/retakes

 

Feel free to direct questions regarding picture day or online ordering 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/g1000882161

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

Community Review of Language Arts and Science Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts and Science Resources.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

K - 8 Science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.  

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

The Book Fair is Returning In Person!

We're so excited to be bringing the book fair back to the Stenwood library IN PERSON! In order for this to be a success, we need volunteers to help make this happen.  Consider signing up to help set up, assist students in finding books, be a cashier, and pack it all up. 

It is such a fun time in the library, you don’t want to miss out – plus, you get to see the titles first hand!  Check out the Sign Up Genius below to see if there are slots that work with your schedule.  As always, please let Mrs. Cole know what questions you have.

Here's the link to the sign up genius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044DA8AC2DA46-2021

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?
Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ([email protected] ) or Brian Spector ([email protected]).

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We loved celebrating the last week of school with Bee Kind Week!  When Dr. Mitchell and I started in our current roles three years ago our motto for the year was Bee Kind.  We see kindness every day in our classrooms, in our building and in our community. It is one of many reasons we are proud of this school! Thank you for an amazing first quarter of the year.  Stenwood strives to live by this quote from Caroline Flack, “In a world you can be anything, be kind.”

There are student holidays on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd, while teachers are conducting parent teacher conferences.  We hope you have signed up for a time to connect and partner with your child’s teacher.

We are so excited that the PTA has met their fundraising efforts thanks to all your help!  We will soon celebrate with our students with a wacky principal stunt early in the second quarter.

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

  • Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return *REMINDER*
  • Make-Up Picture Day November 10th! *NEW INFO*

  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Community Review of LA and Science Resources *NEW*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Was a Hit! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Perspective

  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

Make-Up Picture Day November 10th!

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original photo package (students are required to return their original photo package to the photographer). Please review this list of additional eligibility criteria: vosphoto.com/retakes.

 

Feel free to direct questions regarding picture day or online ordering 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/g1000882161

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

Community Review of Language Arts and Science Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts and Science Resources.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8. In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

K - 8 Science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.  

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Was a Hit!

Thank you to all the families who participated in this year’s Storybook Pumpkin Festival.  We had a record 133 pumpkins and we almost ran out of space to display them. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, don’t worry, we’ll do it again next year!  Happy Reading!

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?
Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ([email protected] ) or Brian Spector ([email protected]).

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

Believe it or not, next week is the last week of the quarter!  We are going to celebrate with Bee Kind Week.  We strive to create a culture of kindness and respect every day here at Stenwood, but this week is a special time to talk with your child about how we should treat one another.  Another amazing way for you and your Stinger to recognize this week is to donate to our canned food drive, which is organized by our SCA. See the sections below for more information and for the schedule of spirit days.

With the quarter ending on Friday, October 29th, there is also a 2 hour early release for all students.  Our dismissal time will be at 1:20pm on this day.  There are student holidays on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd, while teachers are conducting parent teacher conferences.  We hope you have signed up for a time to connect and partner with your child’s teacher.

This week, Superintendent Scott Brabrand presented the School Board with FCPS’ plans for the rollout of COVID-19 testing and vaccinations for our students aged 5-11. The combination of screening testing and the expansion of vaccination to elementary school students are both aimed at keeping schools and offices safe places to learn and work this year.  For more information on both practices, please read the attached School Board notes .  FCPS will continue to provide updates, so stay tuned to this communication.

We would also like to share a tremendous thank you to our PTA and you all for supporting the Help the Hive drive!  Our PTA is treating our students to a popsicle party on Tuesday, October 26th next week to celebrate how close we are to our final goal.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly with food or dietary restrictions before Tuesday.  We hope the success of the drive continues so that we might end our fundraising efforts with a wacky principal stunt!

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

  • Bee Kind Week *NEW*
  • Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return *NEW*
  • SCA Canned Food Drive *NEW*
  • Make-Up Picture Day November 10th! *NEW*

  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • Storybook Pumpkin Festival! *REMINDER*
  • Positivity Project: Creativity

  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Bee Kind Week

Thank you to our school counselors for organizing another Bee Kind Week!  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week are dress related spirit days so read below for how to show your spirit!

Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

SCA Canned Food Drive

Please help support Stenwood's SCA Canned Food Drive, now through October 29th. Bring in canned and packaged foods for those in need.

Items will be collected in the classroom, then brought down to the cafeteria where they will be boxed up and shared with a local food bank.  Our students are running this drive,  therefore, for their safety, we request that you not send in glass. 

Thank you for supporting our neighbors! Make-Up Picture Day November 10th! More information to come! BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

Now is the time for students to 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 18-29 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.  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.

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?
Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ([email protected] ) or Brian Spector ([email protected]).

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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

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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We had an amazing week of donations and have reached the $20,000 mark!  Thank you for all of your generous support to the PTA!  We are just a few thousand away from our goal of $25,750.  If we can get there, your child will get to see us do something wacky!

As many of you know, Gallows Rd in front of Stenwood is undergoing major renovations.  Yesterday, the new bridge span over I-66 opened for the northbound lanes and next week the southbound lanes will also be shifted.  Once all lanes are shifted, they will begin demolition of the old bridge.  This work will occur both during school hours and in the evening.  To stay up to date with the latest information, you can visit their website

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

  • Picture Day Pictures - In case you missed it *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • Storybook Pumpkin Festival! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Forgiveness

  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Picture Day - In Case You Missed It

If you forgot to pre order the pictures, you still have a chance, it’s not too late! 

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

Now is the time for students to 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 18-29 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.  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.

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?
Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ([email protected] ) or Brian Spector (bms[email protected]).

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

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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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We have had an awesome start to Help the Hive this week!  Thank you for all of your generous support to the PTA!  We are just under halfway to our goal, with a little over $11,000 of the $25,750 goal.    

As we approach the time of year when it is chilly in the morning and warmer in the day, our Lost and Found is growing.  Please make sure to label any outer layers and have your child check Lost and Found.  

We have decided to postpone our fall field day until the spring.  We hope by then community transmission will be lower and we will bring back some of our traditional games and activities. 

As of October 4th, FCPS has changed the policy for students to return to school after being sent home sick.  See below for the specific information regarding the change.

This coming Monday, October 11th is a student holiday, we look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday.  For longer range planning, Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd are also student holidays, along with a two hour early release on Friday, October 29th marking the end of the first quarter.

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

  • Return to School from Illness *NEW*
  • Outside Lunch Option *UPDATED INFORMATION*
  • Picture Day Pictures - In case you missed it *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *NEW*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • SR&R Acknowledgement and Digital Consent  *DUE NOW*
  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Storybook Pumpkin Festival! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Integrity

  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Stuff the Bus: October 9

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erica Riley, Principal
[email protected] 
Twitter @esriley1

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
[email protected]
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Return to School From Illness (Updated Guidance 10/4/21)

Students sent home from the Care Room may return to school when ALL of the following are met:

  • The student is fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours
  • The student’s symptoms are improving
  • One of the following:
    • Proof of a COVID-19 Test
    • Physician’s Note
      Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.
Outdoor Lunch Option

If you are interested in your child being outside (weather permitting), please send your child in with a towel in a cinch sack backpack so that they can easily carry their towel out to recess and through the lunch line.  Make sure to clearly label your child’s items with their name.

If your child has a food allergy and needs assistance, please ask your child to seek assistance from our staff member that is outside. 

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.  

  • Cafeteria and Outdoor Eating Updates - Please review the expectations for eating outdoors:
    • Once you pick a place to sit outside, you must stay seated for the rest of lunch in that spot
    • You must maintain 6 feet from other students
    • Clean up will happen at the end of lunch.  Please make sure to clean up all of your trash.
    • Raise your hand if you need something
    • Upper grade students 3-6: students should not need to go to the bathroom unless they have a medical plan that indicates they need unlimited access to the restroom
    • Use a reasonable volume talking to only those immediately around you
    • If a parent volunteer or staff ask you to go back inside, please do so without any disagreeing.  You will have another opportunity tomorrow.  
Picture Day - In Case You Missed It

If you forgot to pre order the pictures, you still have a chance, it’s not too late! 

BUY YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!!!

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

 

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

DEADLINE IS January 14th, 2022 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link: https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

SR&R Acknowledgement and Digital Consent Due

Student Rights and Responsibilities - Finalized SR&R documents are now posted here.  This handbook explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.   

Parent/Guardians please acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in your SIS ParentVue Account. If you are unable to do so, you can sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have reviewed this document and return the signed signature sheet to school.  These forms are past due, so please verify in your ParentVue account that you have completed this task to to save our office staff the time in following up with each family.

Digital Citizenship Skills- Our classrooms will be using a variety of resources that support your child’s learning, Portrait of a Graduate, and Digital Citizenship Skills. Listed on the Stenwood website are digital tools that we may use throughout the year. The Digital Permission Form asks for the required parental consent of specific apps and instructional software that may be used during instruction. Please complete the Digital Permission Form as soon as possible and contact our SBTS, Jackie Krum, if you have any questions.

Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (https://sisparent.fcps.edu):  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ([email protected] ) or Brian Spector ([email protected]).

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

Now is the time for students to 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 18-29 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.  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.

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?
Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!

The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

Stuff the Bus: October 9th

On Saturday, October 9, Stuff the Bus will be collecting non-perishable food donations at 21 locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.

Help fight hunger and feed hope in our community by donating. For updates, including donation locations, most requested food items and more, visit http://bit.ly/FfxStufftheBus.

Stay Connected

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

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

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