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Dear Stenwood Families,
Please remember to be sure to mark your calendar for April 3rd for our annual Curriculum Night when the entire Stenwood staff will be here to greet you (see information below), and while you are at it, be sure to mark your calendar for our Volunteer Breakfast on April 30th.
As mentioned in yesterday’s email message, please be on the lookout beginning today when all Stenwood parents will receive an email from FCPS Surveys inviting you to participate in a survey (please don’t inadvertently delete the email). The survey is a standard part of the principal evaluation process which occurs every three years, and you have the opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics to include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations, and professionalism. This is a standard part of the process, and your feedback is important to me; please know that I do value your input even though I am retiring this year! Please take a moment to offer your anonymous feedback using the link within the email. I appreciate your input, and I thank you for your time.
Thank you for your support of our Kids Heart Challenge. We raised a total of $15,048.00 for the American Heart Association. Thanks to Mrs. Udasco and Mrs. Opsahl for their coordination of this event.
And lastly, please join me in congratulating Mr. Vu, our Building Supervisor, on his promotion! Unfortunately, it means that Stenwood loses his services, but we are so happy for him for this well-deserved promotion.
Assistant Principal Riley
In Fairfax County Schools, county agencies and families are working together to create an environment where children and youth can safely learn, work, and play. Similar to our message containing information about the 13 Reasons Why NETFLIX program and the Blue Whale Challenge, we are sending this communication to alert you to a recent rise in new games and social media challenges that encourage young people to participate in harmful behavior.
One example of this is a potentially harmful game called the “Momo Challenge" that has reportedly been posted on different social media platforms to include WhatsApp and assigns players a series of progressively more intense tasks, to include self-harm. It is important to note that the Momo Challenge is a hoax that has received a significant amount of media attention.
This hoax has been seen across the United States in recent months, targeting primarily elementary aged children. Vigilant parents and guardians in Fairfax County have also reported seeing information about the Momo Challenge or similar games on their children's phones and have alerted school authorities.
Please talk to your child about this type of internet hoax, and check his or her phone or other device for signs of an app or communications with anyone telling them to do specific tasks. This provides an excellent opportunity to remind your child of best practices for internet safety and digital citizenship:
• Remind your child information shared on social media is not always true and how quickly misinformation can create a panic online.
• Children should never engage in conversations with strangers online.
• Be aware of the sites and apps your children are using and know their usernames and passwords.
• Turn off suggested autoplay on videos to stop children from viewing content they have not selected, and you have not approved.
• If appropriate, tell your children that Momo is not real and will not hurt them.
• Encourage open dialogue with them around any concerns.
FCPS has additional resources available on this website: https://www.fcps.edu/node/32086. If you have concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor. Please be aware that a number of mental health resources are available, including Fairfax County Public School resources: School Counseling Services at 571-423- 4420, School Psychology Services at 571-423-4250, and School Social Work Services at 571-423-4300 and Fairfax County resources: Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077, Merrifield Emergency Services 703-573-5679 (available 24/7) or Entry and Referral during business hours at 703-383-8500. The Fairfax County Police Department non-emergency number is 703-691-2131.
More information about the Momo Challenge and other internet challenges or hoaxes is available at these links:
• An article from the Ohio Department of Education contains talking points to use when speaking with your child: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Other-Resources/News/Know-Momo-and-her-Deadly-Challenge-to-our-Youth
• An article from Common Sense Media about online challenges: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/viral-youtube-challenges-internet-stunts-popular-with-kids
Book Fair- 6:00-7:45 p.m.
Kindergarten Musical- 6:30-7:00
Curriculum Night- 6:30-8:00 Stenwood Thinks Learning ROCKS!
Grab a passport and visit stations highlighting math, science, literacy, and fitness.
• Homemade harmonicas
• Make a Rockstar rocket
• Learn about ancient civilizations
• S.T.E.A.M. activity
• Heart healthy fun
• Electrical circuit creations
• And much, much more
The Sound of Music: The Musical Join the kindergarten classes in the gym for a heartwarming presentation of songs from the movie, The Sound of Music. Visit the Book Fair
Browse Day – Friday, March 29th
9:00 am to 3:10 pm
Browse Day – Monday, April 1st
9:00 am to 3:10 pm
Browse Day – Tuesday, April 2nd
9:00 am to 3:10 pm
Browse/Buy Day – Wednesday, April 3rd
9:00 am to 3:10 pm and 6:00 to 8:00
Buy Day – Thursday, April 4th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
We need volunteers to assist with Bookfair, please signup here for available times.
6th grade is collecting: empty paper tower and toilet paper rolls, empty tissue boxes, for Curriculum Night.
Please have your child bring to school and give to a 6th grade teacher.
Buy your yearbook today!
Simply go to yearbookforever.com and enter our school name.
Yearbooks are sold online this year; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. Yearbooks and ordered options will be delivered directly to the school. Deadline is May 25th, 2018.
Upcoming Events 03/15 - PTA Family Fun Night - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
03/29 - Cares Pizza
03/29 - 04/04 - Book Fair
04/01 - Snowdate / Picture Day (Class & Individuals)
04/01 - 04/12 - SCA School Supply Drive
04/03 - Curriculum Night, KG Musical & Grace Arts Show /
6:30pm - 8:00pm
04/05 - Teacher Workday / Student Holiday
04/12 - SCA Spirit Day / Backwards Day