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Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

This has been an eventful week for the nation and we hope you had the opportunity to talk with your child about MLK Day and Inauguration Day.  In FCPS news, Dr. Brabrand shared an update last evening with the School Board on the phase in plans.  The important information to note is:

  • New proposed phase-in dates are shared in the chart below.
  • Stenwood’s new bell schedule, 9am - 3:30pm, is scheduled to take effect on February 16th.  Teachers will send home an individualized schedule prior to this time, so your child would follow this schedule virtually until their group’s phase in. 

 

While these plans won’t be solidified until the February 2nd School Board Meeting, we wanted you to have this information on your radar.  We will communicate with grade level parents directly after timelines are confirmed, so please look for eNotify messages with invitations to grade level specific Parent Coffees and surveys.  We will continue to keep you informed as soon as we have information.

Please plan on making your way through the Kiss N Ride loop on Monday to pick up your child’s next packet of learning materials.  Monday is a student holiday, so we will have the opportunity to see you (and hopefully your child!) in the morning between 8:30 and 10:00am OR in the afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  More information below!

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • January Schedule Impacts
  • Student Learning Materials Distribution - Monday, Jan 25th (*NEW*)
  • Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look!
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Supporting Others When They Struggle
  • Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp (*NEW*)
  • Curbside Library Checkout - (*ANNOUNCEMENT*)
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families (*NEW TIP FOR WINDOWS HELP MESSAGE*)
  • Grab and Go Sites

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

January Schedule Impacts
  • Friday, Jan 22nd – 2 hour Early Release (Instruction ends at 1:20pm)
  • Monday, Jan 25th - Teacher Workday (No Morning Meeting/ No independent work/ Student Learning Materials Distribution Day)
  • Tues - Fri, Jan 26th - 29th - Regular School Days
Student Learning Materials Distribution Monday, January 25th

We will be doing our next round of distribution on Monday, January 25th. We know there is the possibility of some inclement weather heading our way.  We will send out communication early Monday morning should we need to postpone distribution.  We will be distributing materials in two blocks:

Monday, Jan 25th from 8:30 - 10:00AM

Monday, Jan 25th from 3:00 - 4:30PM

During last distribution, we sent home signs with our In Person primary grade students to use for Kiss N Ride.  If you have one of those, please hold it up when you come through to help speed up the process.  We also will be trying a new system to hopefully help alleviate congestion on Carnegie, so please pay attention to any signs or directions from staff that you see.  

Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look! 

Mrs. Riley has reorganized her read alouds on Schoology to hopefully make it easier for students to navigate.  There are tons of picture books if you are looking for a good read aloud.  They all can be found on the All Students Schoology site.  Mrs. Riley posts one new book each week (usually on Mondays).  She also has started the Battle Books Lions and Liars for upper grade students.  

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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, 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? 

Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 2nd to 6th grade students, FCPS is offering Tech Adventure Camp. Please see the flyer below for details.

Tech Adventure Camp Flyer

Curbside Library Checkout For this Monday ONLY, curbside pickup/drop off will be during Student Packet Pickup, 8:30-10:00am AND 3:00-4:30pm

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:30-3:30PM and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families Does your FCPS laptop say your Windows is expiring? 

Watch this video for help!

 

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

As we had shared last week, January is full of holidays and workdays, so please take a look at the section below that summarizes the impact on the school schedule. 

We’d like to thank everyone who has submitted their Intention Form already.  The deadline for this form is TODAY, Friday, January 15th, and your response now will save our office staff countless hours of follow up.  While we are looking for a response from every parent on this item, there are two additional items with deadlines today:  1) Yearbook Orders and 2) FCPS’ Schoology Survey.  This is the LAST CHANCE for a yearbook order for this school year, so please make sure to take care of that item as our vendor will not honor late requests.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • January Schedule Impacts (*NEW*)
  • Student Learning Materials Distribution - Monday, Jan 25th (*NEW*)
  • Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021 - 2022 (*DUE TODAY*)
  • Order Your Yearbook Today (*DUE TODAY*)
  • Schoology Survey (*DUE TODAY*)
  • 7th Grade Transition Plans
  • Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look!
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Perseverance
  • Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp (*NEW*)
  • Curbside Library Checkout - (*Announcement*)
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites

Mark your calendars for the next student learning materials distribution which will take place in a morning and afternoon block on Monday, January 25th.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

January Schedule Impacts
  • Monday, Jan 18th – School Holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan 19th – Regular School Day
  • Wednesday, Jan 20th – School Holiday
  • Thursday, Jan 21st – Regular School Day
  • Friday, Jan 22nd – 2 hour Early Release (Instruction ends at 1:20PM)
  • Monday, Jan 25th - Teacher Workday (No Morning Meeting/ No independent work/ Student Learning Materials Distribution Day)
  • Tues - Fri, Jan 26th - 29th - Regular School Days
Student Learning Materials Distribution Monday, January 25th

We will be doing our next round of distribution on Monday, January 25th. We will be distributing materials in two blocks:

Monday, Jan 25th from 8:30 - 10:00AM

Monday, Jan 25th from 3:00 - 4:30PM

During last distribution, we sent home signs with our In Person primary grade students to use for Kiss N Ride.  If you have one of those, please hold it up when you come through to help speed up the process.  We also will be trying a new system to hopefully help alleviate congestion on Carnegie, so please pay attention to any signs or directions from staff that you see.  

Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021-22 DUE TODAY!

To ensure adequate staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, we are asking all Stenwood families to fill out this Student Intention Survey.  We request this form be completed by all families by Friday, January 15th, 2021.

STUDENT INTENTION SURVEY FORM FOR ALL STENWOOD FAMILIES

Also included in this survey is a question regarding any preschool children you may have who will be attending Kindergarten at Stenwood in 2021-2022.  If you have any neighbors with preschoolers who have no other children attending our school, please share this form for them to complete and return to our school by January 15th, 2021.  The preschool children survey forms can be submitted via email to Sonja Hunt, snhunt@fcps.edu

Our Kindergarten Parent/Student Orientation meeting will be held on Monday, March 15th, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00AM.  We will be sending information about this meeting to those who complete the Intention Form or who call the school indicating interest in our 2021-2022 kindergarten program.

Order Your Yearbook Today! DUE 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS!!!

We need your help filling up the yearbook with photos from this year!  We are looking for photos showing:

  • Fall Festivities
  • Winter Photos
  • Virtual Work Space
  • Winter Break Photos
  • Ringing in the New Year.
  • And anything else you want!

You can upload the photos to   Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Schoology Survey DUE TODAY!

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. FCPS would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help FCPS make any necessary improvements as we prepare all schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, January 15th, 2021.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

7th Grade Transition Plans

Dear Parents and Guardians of Rising 7th Graders,

It’s that time of year where your children start the transition process for Middle School! You may have received the following information via post mail or e-notify from Kilmer and Thoreau too, but just in case we are putting it in Hive Happenings for your convenience. Below are the Rising 7th grade events that are happening at Kilmer and Thoreau soon.

Note: Parents of students eligible for Level IV services:  If you are living in the Thoreau boundaries, your child is eligible to attend Kilmer as their assigned center school.  You may also send your child to Thoreau for Local Level IV services. You may want to attend the Kilmer and Thoreau events as you make your decision. They are all virtual so hopefully this will provide some flexibility. They will provide information on this process.

Should you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Ms. Hapangama at ashapangama@fcps.edu

 

Kilmer MS Rising 7th Grade Spring Transition Plan 

 

 

KMS Rising 7th grade Curriculum Night for Parents & Students

Thursday, Feb 4th, 2021 Parent and Student session from 6:00 PM, BBCU link

     *Additional sessions for AAP level IV program, ESOL, and Special Education (TBD)

This virtual event will provide both students and parents the opportunity to learn about Kilmer Middle School and the curricular options for the 2021-2022 school year. The event will begin with a live presentation via BBCU (Blackboard Collaborate Ultra) for parents and students. After the presentation, parents and students will be encouraged to explore our virtual curriculum night resources on the Kilmer website including the 2021-2022 course catalogue and curriculum videos created by our Kilmer teachers. Additional information will be shared leading up to this event including the BBCU presentation link, our virtual curriculum night website, and a course selection sheet listing course options for seventh grade.

 

6th Grade Course Registration Lessons

Feb. 8th - 29th, 2021

     *Stay Tuned for specific date for when Kilmer Counselors will visit STENWOOD

  • Kilmer Middle School counselors will be scheduling a virtual visit to each feeder elementary school to complete the course registration process with 6th grade students and provide the opportunity for students to ask questions about their upcoming transition to middle school
  • Kilmer School Counselors will meet with 6th grade students to facilitate the SIS StudentVUE Online Course Selection sign up. Prior to this lesson, community messages will be sent to encourage students and parents to select course options and communicate with 6th grade teachers regarding recommendations.

If you have further questions about the course registration process and curriculum event, please contact Sarah Groh, Director of Student Services at sfgroh@fcps.edu.

 

Thoreau MS Rising 7th Grade Spring Transition Plan 

 

 

Community Based Level IV Advanced Academic Programs Information Session (Virtual)

Thursday February 11th, 2021 5:30-6:15 PM.

     *Link will be advertised closer to the date.

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Information session with Thoreau Administration and Counseling Team (Virtual)

Thursday February 11th, 2021 5:30-6:15 PM.

     *Link will be advertised closer to the date.

*Note same date!

 

Core Curriculum Elective Offerings and Specialized Programs Google Site

Week of February 8th, 2021

     *Google Site will go live. Link will be advertised closer to the date.

 

Elementary School Visits

February 8th - 26th, 2021

     *Stay Tuned for specific date for when Thoreau Counselors will visit STENWOOD. Link will be advertised closer to the date.

If you have further questions about the course registration process and events, please contact Rebecca Aguilar, Director of Student Services at RJAguilar1@fcps.edu

Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look! 

Mrs. Riley has reorganized her read alouds on Schoology to hopefully make it easier for students to navigate.  There are tons of picture books if you are looking for a good read aloud.  They all can be found on the All Students Schoology site.  Mrs. Riley posts one new book each week (usually on Mondays).  She also has started the Battle Book Lions and Liars for upper grade students.  

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

If you are interested in supporting Stenwood ES as classroom monitor during in person learning two days per week, please reach out to us directly, as well!

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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 growth-mindset hep as you think about perseverance?
Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 2nd to 6th grade students, FCPS is offering Tech Adventure Camp. Please see the flyer below for details.

Tech Adventure Camp Flyer

Curbside Library Checkout NO Curbside Pickup/Drop off on Monday, January 18th.  We will resume on Thursday, January 21st

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:30-3:30PM and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Our staff were excited to see your children again after the winter break and we are hopeful 2021 will be a great year.  FCPS and Stenwood have sent out messaging this week with updates from the January 5th School Board Meeting. Please be reminded that the Board has officially paused phase-in plans and all students will be participating in school virtually until further notice.  Additionally, the bell schedule change is on pause and we will resume with our regular instructional schedule.

Monday, January 11th is still designated as an asynchronous school day for students as teachers receive additional planning time and training for phase-in.  Morning Meeting will take place this day at 8:40am and the rest of the day is designated for your child’s independent learning activities.  Some students will be participating in our winter iReady assessment window this day; your child’s teacher will be helping these students get started at the conclusion of Morning Meeting.  Families whose children are participating received an eNotify message on January 5th.

January is filled with lots of days that are impacted with holidays and workdays, hopefully this will help your planning.  The additional planning days to transition to in person instruction are on pause. 

  • 11th - planning day - Morning Meeting and independent work for students/iReady for select students
  • 12th – 15th  - regular school days
  • 18th – holiday
  • 19th – regular school day
  • 20th – holiday
  • 21st – regular school day
  • 22nd – 2 hour early release, instruction ends at 1:20pm
  • 25th - teacher workday - no Morning meeting, no independent work
  • 26th - 29th - regular school days

As we kick off the New Year, we hope you can help us by checking off three important and upcoming deadlines for us: 

  1. Complete our Intention Form to help us plan for next school year; 
  2. Complete the Health Commitment Form if your child is returning in person. Submit to snhunt@fcps.edu, if you haven’t already.  You can also access this from your SIS ParentVue Account.
  3. Order your yearbook this week, if you intend on purchasing one for your child this school year.  Orders close next Friday, January 15th and there will not be an additional ordering opportunity.

Finally, as we all process the events of this week, please remember that you can always reach out to our counselors Anoma Hapangama ashapangama@fcps.edu or Lynee Alston laalston@fcps.edu for support or for resources to help have a conversation with your child.  We as adults must remember that our children are listening and taking cues from the adults in their life and may need us to help process things they may have seen or heard.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021 - 2022 (*UPCOMING DUE DATE*)
  • Order Your Yearbook Today (*UPCOMING DUE DATE*)
  • Schoology Survey (*New*)
  • TJ Diversity Talks Webinar (*New*)
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project:  Prudence
  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021-22

To ensure adequate staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, we are asking all Stenwood families to fill out this Student Intention Survey.  We request this form be completed by all families by Friday, January 15, 2021.

STUDENT INTENTION SURVEY FORM FOR ALL STENWOOD FAMILIES

Also included in this survey is a question regarding any preschool children you may have who will be attending Kindergarten at Stenwood in 2021-2022.  If you have any neighbors with preschoolers who have no other children attending our school, please share this form for them to complete and return to our school by January 15th, 2021.  The preschool children survey forms can be submitted via email to Sonja Hunt, snhunt@fcps.edu

Our Kindergarten Parent/Student Orientation meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  We will be sending information about this meeting to those who complete the Intention Form or who call the school indicating interest in our 2021-2022 kindergarten program.

Order 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

We need your help filling up the yearbook with photos from this year!  We are looking for photos showing:

  • Fall Festivities
  • Winter Photos
  • Virtual Work Space
  • Winter Break Photos
  • Ringing in the New Year.
  • And anything else you want!

You can upload the photos to   Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Schoology Survey

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. FCPS would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help FCPS make any necessary improvements as we prepare all schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, January 15.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

TJ Diversity Talks Webinar

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series: Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. Suresh Shenoy, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, is a business leader and philanthropist who has contributed deeply to many aspects of the northern Virginia community. He was executive vice president at Alyx Technologies Inc., a Virginia-based consulting and technology services company. Mr. Shenoy was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. Neena Shenoy is a Mechanical Engineer (Tufts University 1981 and MIT 1985) and founder of Technology & Engineering providing engineering services. She was involved in designing aircraft engines for GE and worked on the Space Shuttle program for NASA designing and installing Special Payloads. She has also provided program management in start up businesses here and in India. Nikhil Shenoy graduated from TJHSST in 2002, MIT in 2006 and the University of Chicago in 2014. After working at Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble, and Kastle Systems, he is now CEO of Colvin Run Networks, a company that he started in northern Virginia to offer artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions to governments.  

 

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

 

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: Prudence

This week, we are focusing on Prudence. You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“When you make the right decision, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does making good decisions have to do with prudence?
  • Is it hard to make decisions in certain situations? If yes, which situations?
  • Do you find it becoming harder or easier to make good decisions as you get older?
Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Our staff were excited to see your children again after the winter break and we are hopeful 2021 will be a great year.  FCPS and Stenwood have sent out messaging this week with updates from the January 5th School Board Meeting. Please be reminded that the Board has officially paused phase-in plans and all students will be participating in school virtually until further notice.  Additionally, the bell schedule change is on pause and we will resume with our regular instructional schedule.

Monday, January 11th is still designated as an asynchronous school day for students as teachers receive additional planning time and training for phase-in.  Morning Meeting will take place this day at 8:40am and the rest of the day is designated for your child’s independent learning activities.  Some students will be participating in our winter iReady assessment window this day; your child’s teacher will be helping these students get started at the conclusion of Morning Meeting.  Families whose children are participating received an eNotify message on January 5th.

As we kick off the New Year, we hope you can help us by checking off three important and upcoming deadlines for us: 

  1. Complete our Intention Form to help us plan for next school year; 
  2. Complete the Health Commitment Form if your child is returning in person. Submit to snhunt@fcps.edu, if you haven’t already.  You can also access this from your SIS ParentVue Account.
  3. Order your yearbook this week, if you intend on purchasing one for your child this school year.  Orders close next Friday, January 15th and there will not be an additional ordering opportunity.

Finally, as we all process the events of this week, please remember that you can always reach out to our counselors Anoma Hapangama ashapangama@fcps.edu or Lynee Alston laalston@fcps.edu for support or for resources to help have a conversation with your child.  We as adults must remember that our children are listening and taking cues from the adults in their life and may need us to help process things they may have seen or heard.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021 - 2022 (*UPCOMING DUE DATE*)
  • Order Your Yearbook Today (*UPCOMING DUE DATE*)
  • Schoology Survey (*New*)
  • TJ Diversity Talks Webinar (*New*)
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project:  Prudence
  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021-22

To ensure adequate staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, we are asking all Stenwood families to fill out this Student Intention Survey.  We request this form be completed by all families by Friday, January 15, 2021.

STUDENT INTENTION SURVEY FORM FOR ALL STENWOOD FAMILIES

Also included in this survey is a question regarding any preschool children you may have who will be attending Kindergarten at Stenwood in 2021-2022.  If you have any neighbors with preschoolers who have no other children attending our school, please share this form for them to complete and return to our school by January 15th, 2021.  The preschool children survey forms can be submitted via email to Sonja Hunt, snhunt@fcps.edu

Our Kindergarten Parent/Student Orientation meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  We will be sending information about this meeting to those who complete the Intention Form or who call the school indicating interest in our 2021-2022 kindergarten program.

Order 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

We need your help filling up the yearbook with photos from this year!  We are looking for photos showing:

  • Fall Festivities
  • Winter Photos
  • Virtual Work Space
  • Winter Break Photos
  • Ringing in the New Year.
  • And anything else you want!

You can upload the photos to   Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Schoology Survey

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. FCPS would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help FCPS make any necessary improvements as we prepare all schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, January 15.

Survey link: Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Thank you for your valuable time and important ideas.

TJ Diversity Talks Webinar

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series: Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. Suresh Shenoy, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, is a business leader and philanthropist who has contributed deeply to many aspects of the northern Virginia community. He was executive vice president at Alyx Technologies Inc., a Virginia-based consulting and technology services company. Mr. Shenoy was a founding member of the Thomas Jefferson Partnership Fund and served on its board until 2002. Neena Shenoy is a Mechanical Engineer (Tufts University 1981 and MIT 1985) and founder of Technology & Engineering providing engineering services. She was involved in designing aircraft engines for GE and worked on the Space Shuttle program for NASA designing and installing Special Payloads. She has also provided program management in start up businesses here and in India. Nikhil Shenoy graduated from TJHSST in 2002, MIT in 2006 and the University of Chicago in 2014. After working at Goldman Sachs, Proctor and Gamble, and Kastle Systems, he is now CEO of Colvin Run Networks, a company that he started in northern Virginia to offer artificial intelligence and blockchain solutions to governments.  

 

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

 

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: Prudence

This week, we are focusing on Prudence. You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

“When you make the right decision, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.”

                                         ~Caroline Kennedy

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does making good decisions have to do with prudence?
  • Is it hard to make decisions in certain situations? If yes, which situations?
  • Do you find it becoming harder or easier to make good decisions as you get older?
Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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 hope you all have a relaxing winter break.  Most of our staff is on leave during winter break and Ms. Marrero and I will be working from home during most of this time.  Our staff will be taking some much needed time for rest after a challenging year, 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.  The office is completely closed on 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, and 1/1 as those are designated holidays by FCPS. 

It was great to see many of you at our Principal’s Coffee where we discussed the latest information from FCPS and the School Board on Return to School Plans.  Attached below you will find the recording from this session and a summary of the impact on Stenwood’s schedule.  We were notified yesterday that our eNotify vendor had issues with the transmission of emails to some gmail users.  If your child is in Grades 3-6 and you did not receive an eNotify from us, please let me know.

Also in today’s newsletter is a link to our Intention Form for next school year.  We need a response from every Stenwood family, so please take a quick moment to complete this survey so that we can ensure we have the staffing we need for next school year.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Return to School Highlights (*New*)
  • Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021 - 2022 (*New*)
  • Monday Enrichment Schedule 
  • Winter Break Meal Distribution
  • Thank You Letters and Cards for Deployed Service Members and Veterans (*New*)
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project:  Optimism
  • Yearbook Updates (*Updated*)
  • Curbside Library Checkout (*Updated*)
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

We hope you have a great break and see you in 2021!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Return to School Highlights

Here are the recording and slides from Tuesday’s Principal’s Coffee. *Note: our bell schedule has changed since the Principal’s Coffee was held. See below.

Summary of Changes: 

  • All FCPS students will be virtual the week of January 4th.
  • Stenwood’s bell schedule will be changing effective January 12th to 9:00am - 3:30pmThis is a change to the tentative time that we communicated early this week and what was shared at the Principal’s Coffee.  This bell schedule WILL begin on January 12th regardless of the phasing in timeline. Prior to this occurring, we will send out new schedules to all Stenwood families.
  • The School Board will vote on January 5th about the addition of a new mitigation metric which will change the decision-making process for the conditions required for groups to phase in.
  • The proposed phase in timeline is summarized in the chart below:
Response Needed: Intention Form for SY2021-22

To ensure adequate staffing for the 2021-2022 school year, we are asking all Stenwood families to fill out this Student Intention Survey.  We request this form be completed by all families by Friday, January 15, 2021.

STUDENT INTENTION SURVEY FORM FOR ALL STENWOOD FAMILIES

Also included in this survey is a question regarding any preschool children you may have who will be attending Kindergarten at Stenwood in 2021-2022.  If you have any neighbors with preschoolers who have no other children attending our school, please share this form for them to complete and return to our school by January 15th, 2021.  The preschool children survey forms can be submitted via email to Sonja Hunt, snhunt@fcps.edu

Our Kindergarten Parent/Student Orientation meeting will be held on Monday, March 15, 2021 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  We will be sending information about this meeting to those who complete the Intention Form or who call the school indicating interest in our 2021-2022 kindergarten program.

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

Winter Break Meal Distribution 

Meal Service at Stenwood ES (12:13 - 12:23pm):

  • Friday 12/18: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday 12/21: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday 12/22: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Wednesday 12/23  through Friday 1/1/21:  no meal service 
  • Monday 1/4/21: will resume regular daily breakfast and lunch delivery

See bus route webpage for more bus stop information.

   

Cunningham ES

Graham Road ES

Graham Rd Community Building

Bailey's Upper ES

 

See full list of sites here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/42545 

Thank You Cards and Letters for Deployed Service Members and Veterans

America’s Adopt a Soldier® program is celebrating the 10th year of its National Care Letter Campaign to honor deployed service members and veterans in state homes and hospitals. Writing letters of appreciation would be a great activity for students and families to engage in during the winter break. Now more than ever, veterans in veterans’ homes and hospitals are feeling isolated. Many have no family or family nearby and eagerly await visits from volunteers. However, these visits have not been possible due to health and safety restrictions resulting from the pandemic.  

Cards and letters will be accepted through Tuesday, December 29, and should be mailed to:

America’s Adopt a Soldier

5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org or call 703-278-3718.

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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?
Order 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

We need your help filling up the yearbook with photos from this year!  We are looking for photos showing:

  • Fall Festivities
  • Winter Photos
  • Virtual Work Space
  • Winter Break Photos
  • Ringing in the New Year.
  • And anything else you want!

You can upload the photos to   Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Curbside Library Checkout We will NOT be having curbside pickup on Monday, January 4th.  We will resume on Thursday January 7th between 3:45-4:30pm.

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup. See information above.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Seeing so many of you during student item pick up was definitely a highlight of the past week!  Our next distribution won’t be until January 25th, which is a student holiday and a teacher workday; we will have morning and afternoon pickup times for this distribution. We also enjoyed our first Battle of the Books this week; congrats to all our participants! Additionally, we’d like to thank our PTA for a delicious, drive through lunch this past week. Our staff was so touched by the gesture and many have mentioned that they look forward to eating there again soon!

We know some of you may have watched the School Board Meeting last night where updated timelines and information about the metrics were shared.  We will be holding a Principal’s Coffee next Tuesday, December 15th at 8:00 am to hopefully be able to unpack some of the information for you and answer some of your questions. Look for a reminder email with the link on Monday morning. The main highlights are: 1) the proposed updated dates for groups to return; 2) the addition of the mitigation metric; and 3) the change to the bell schedule which would take effect as soon as the first group (Kindergarten) returns. FCPS determined our new bell schedule time would be 9:10 - 3:55pm.  This would apply to both our in-person students as well as virtual students due to concurrent learning.  These proposed changes are subject to approval from the School Board on Tuesday, January 5th, but we wanted this information on your radar.  

 

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule 
  • Winter Break Meal Distribution (*NEW*)
  • Reminder: Stenwood ES Playground 
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Self-Control
  • Order Your Yearbook Today! (*NEW*)
  • Book Fair Success!
  • Winter Break Library Checkout
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books!
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

We hope you have a nice weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

Winter Break Meal Distribution 

Meal Service at Stenwood ES (12:13 - 12:23pm):

  • Friday 12/18: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday 12/21: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday 12/22: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Wednesday 12/23  through Friday 1/1/21:  no meal service 
  • Monday 1/4/21: will resume regular daily breakfast and lunch delivery

See bus route webpage for more bus stop information.

   

Cunningham ES

Graham Road ES

Graham Rd Community Building

Bailey's Upper ES

 

See full list of sites here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/42545 

Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder 

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning as soon as Kindergarten phases in. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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?
Order 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Want photos in the yearbook?  Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  

Access Code: stenwood.

Book Fair Success!

Thank you to everyone who purchased books during our virtual book fair. Not only do your kids benefit with new books and games, the library gets a portion of the proceeds which Mrs. Cole uses to buy more books to share. In addition, you’ve helped support a local company devoted to expanding the minds of our children.

If you missed this book fair, do not worry, we’ll have another one in the spring so you can stock up for the summer.

Winter Break Library Checkout Don’t forget to stock up on library books for winter break!

Have your students put books on hold or fill out Mystery Bags ASAP!  The last day for curbside pickup will be Thursday, December 17th between 3:45-4:30pm.  If you cannot pick up books by that time, please contact Mrs. Cole (nhcole@fcps.edu) to arrange a different time.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup when school is in session: Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30pm.

 

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Thank you to everyone for another great Battle of the Books! 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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Dear Stenwood Families,

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great week back.  It was wonderful to see so many of you at our student learning materials pick up on Thursday, and we hope to see the rest of you on Monday (details below).  It may be getting colder, but it warms our hearts to see our Stingers riding along and giving us friendly waves from the backseat throughout pick up!  

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Learning Materials Pick Up - Monday 12/7 from 2-4pm (*NEW*)
  • Monday Enrichment Schedule 
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Reminder: Stenwood ES Playground 
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Knowing My Words and Actions Affect Others
  • Order Your Yearbook Today! (*NEW*)
  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books!
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Have a great weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Learning Materials Pick Up Monday 12/7 from 2-4pm

It was great to see many of you on Thursday for the packet pick up! If you did not come on Thursday to retrieve your child’s learning materials for the next few weeks, please plan on swinging by the Kiss and Ride Loop on Monday, December 7th between 2:00 - 4:00pm for pick up!  Please also plan on returning any overdue library books when you drive through.  Please find the map of our Kiss N Ride loop below!

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there,click  the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being.

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Here is more information on how Concurrent Instruction will look in our Stenwood classrooms.

 

For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your child will return. Please email the Health Commitment Form to snhunt@fcps.edu.  

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder 

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning as soon as Kindergarten phases in. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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?

Order 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 15th, 2021 FOR ALL YEARBOOK ORDERS.

Want photos in the yearbook?  Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  

Access Code: stenwood.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup when school is in session: Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30pm.

 

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

2620 Gallows Road Vienna, VA 22180 |  Main Office: 703.208.7600
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Hive Happenings Newsletter Special Edition!

 

Dear Stenwood Families,

We hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving with your family!

We wanted to let you know we will be doing Student Item Distribution this Thursday, 12/3 from 3:30 - 4:30pm and Monday, 12/7 from 2:00 - 4:00pm.   Just like past distributions, we will be in the Kiss N Ride loop off of Carnegie.   If you have library books that you need to return, please bring them with you to the distribution. Mrs. Cole will be sending out overdue notices through email to let you know if your child has items that need to be returned.

We look forward to seeing your smiling faces!  

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

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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Dear Stenwood Families,

This Thanksgiving we are SO grateful for our amazing students, staff, and community.  We know this has been a challenging year for all, but we continue to be inspired by the acts of kindness and giving we see within our community.  We have been talking a lot about gratitude with the Positivity Project. If you or your child has some down time this week, sending a thank you note to their teacher would fill their buckets. There is not much new information to share since our last newsletter, but we do hope today to convey our most sincere gratitude for each and every one of you.  Of special note in today’s Hive Happenings is information regarding food accessibility during the holiday weekend - please see the first section bulleted below.  

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Thanksgiving Week Food Resources (*NEW*)
  • Monday Enrichment Schedule
  • Reminder:  Referral Window for AAP Level IV Screening Consideration Ends 12/1 (Grades 2-6) 
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day (*Sign Up TODAY - No Walk Up Appointments*)

We hope you and your child get some rest and relaxation during Thanksgiving break.  We are encouraging our staff to do the same and focus on their own self-care and care of their families this weekend.  We hope to see everyone back at Morning Meeting on Monday, November 30th, recharged and refreshed.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Thanksgiving Week Food Resources

All school sites and bus routes will serve additional meals on Tuesday, November 24, as there will be no meal service between November 25 – 27, 2020.  Stenwood’s distribution time is 12:13 - 12:23pm.

Additional school site Information available here.

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click  the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

Reminder: Referral Window for AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Consideration Ends 12/1

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form via email to Mrs. Riley (esriley@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Herendeen (ppherendeen@fcps.edu) by December 1, 2020.

 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Optional documents that may also be submitted via email (PDF, JPG, PNG files work best) include:

  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – include specific examples of behaviors at home
  • 1-4 pages, single-sided of work samples showing critical & creative thinking and/or advanced academic potential
Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity

 

Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

 

Also… Mark your calendars and SIGN UP TODAY!!! Stenwood will be offering ONE MORE optional, socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 30th from 8am - 3pm.  

 

Photos will take place in the cafeteria, one child at a time.  Please wait in your car in the Stenwood front parking lot until your scheduled appointment time.  Students ONLY will enter the building and will wear their mask until in place for their picture.  A parent or guardian must complete a health screening form before children enter the building. 

Click HERE to create an account and sign up for a portrait time for each Stenwood child in your household.  Use this link to order your portraits!

*There will be NO walk up appointments, so please make sure you sign up!* 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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Dear Stenwood Families,

Thank you for your continued support of Stenwood as FCPS navigates the phase in timeline changes due to changing health metrics in Fairfax County.  The school metrics from the Virginia Department of Health can be located here (make sure you change the locality to Fairfax).  This School Board Meeting slidedeck that we linked last week shows on slide 15 how FCPS is making decisions related to cohorts phasing in (and remaining) in person.  With the pause of phasing in our Kindergarten group, we will remain in our previous virtual schedule across all grade levels, including daily grade level lunch bunches, until the phase in of our Kindergarten students occurs. 

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Reminder: Stenwood ES Playground 
  • Reminder:  Referral Window for AAP Level IV Screening Consideration Ends 12/1 (Grades 2-6) 
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project:  Gratitude
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day (*Sign Up TODAY - No Walk Up Appointments*)
  • Last Weekend for Book Fair!

  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books! - UPDATE
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

We hope you have a nice weekend.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

 

Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

 

Please note the special enrichment activity posted in our All Students Schoology Course:

“Rethinking Thanksgiving: History, Holidays, and Gratitude”

 

Want to talk about it?  You can also join Ms. Herendeen and Ms. Cole for a discussion and view clips from authors Kate Messner and Traci McClellan-Sorell as they debunk traditional perceptions about Native Americans, Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving.  Kate Messner is the author of “History Smashers: Mayflower” which deals with the real, documented history of that time period and Traci McClellan-Sorell is the author of “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” which shares and celebrates Cherokee traditions of gratitude. Join them as they provide a more inclusive view of the myth of the “First Thanksgiving.”  All are welcome, students didn’t have to watch the webinar last week to participate.

 

Join us LIVE on Monday for our second virtual assembly:

Virtual MadScience Assembly: Monday, Nov 23rd at 1:30pm

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being.

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Here is more information on how Concurrent Instruction will look in our Stenwood classrooms.

 

For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your child will return. Please email the Health Commitment Form to snhunt@fcps.edu.  

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder 

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning as soon as KIndergarten phases in. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

Reminder: Referral Window for AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Consideration Ends 12/1  

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-6 will need to submit the referral form via email to Mrs. Riley (esriley@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Herendeen (ppherendeen@fcps.edu) by December 1, 2020.

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs.

Optional documents that may also be submitted via email (PDF, JPG, PNG files work best) include:

  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – include specific examples of behaviors at home
  • 1-4 pages, single-sided of work samples showing critical & creative thinking and/or advanced academic potential
Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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?
Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity

Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

 

Also… Mark your calendars and SIGN UP TODAY!!! Stenwood will be offering an optional, socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th from 8am - 3pm.  

 

Photos will take place in the cafeteria, one child at a time.  Please wait in your car in the Stenwood front parking lot until your scheduled appointment time.  Students ONLY will enter the building and will wear their mask until in place for their picture.  A parent or guardian must complete a health screening form before children enter the building. 

Click HERE to create an account and sign up for a portrait time for each Stenwood child in your household.  Use this link to order your portraits!

*There will be NO walk up appointments, so please make sure you sign up!* Last Weekend for Book Fair! Monday is the last day to order!

Don’t forget to stock up on books and educational games for winter break! Bookworm Central will offer free shipping on orders $30.00 and above.  The Stenwood library receives a portion of all proceeds to purchase more books for our library.  Please take time to explore our book fair and as always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books! UPDATE

Mrs. Cole will have a bin in the foyer for library books to be returned during picture day.

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup when school is in session: Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30pm.

 

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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 are excited to welcome our in-person Kindergarteners next week and are so grateful for our staff and community who have worked together to make this transition possible.  As a reminder, the phase-in of student groups will necessitate some schedule changes, including a change next week to the grade level lunch bunches which will now be held once a week instead of daily:

 

 

At last night’s School Board meeting, Dr. Brabrand shared updated timelines for the return of Cohort 6 (1st and 2nd grade) and Cohort 7 (3rd - 6th grade).  Cohort 6 is now scheduled to return the week of 12/7.  Cohort 7 has a scheduled return date of 1/11.  These dates continue to be tentative based on health and staffing metrics.  Please review the School Board Meeting slidedeck for additional information about the plan for Return to School.

We are communicating directly with parents of students who are in grade levels that are phasing-in, so please be mindful of eNotify messages you receive from our school, as they contain important planning information and often require your response to help us plan for a smooth transition. 

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder
  • AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2-6)
  • Positivity Project: Gratitude
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity
  • Stenwood Online Book Fair is Now Open for Business!!!
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books!
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

 

Please note the special asynchronous enrichment that will also be posted in the All Students Course on Monday!

 

“Rethinking Thanksgiving: History, Holidays, and Gratitude”

Watch a webinar with authors Kate Messner and Traci McClellan-Sorell as they debunk traditional perceptions about Native Americans, Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving.  Kate Messner is the author of “History Smashers: Mayflower” which deals with the real, documented history of that time period and Traci McClellan-Sorell is the author of “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” which shares and celebrates Cherokee traditions of gratitude. Join them as they provide a more inclusive view of the myth of the “First Thanksgiving.”

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Virtual MadScience Assembly: Monday, Nov 23rd at 1:30pm

Reactions in Action:

A perfect blend of chemistry and physics, with a focus on things that light up and glow. Children will enjoy reactions that produce light including the world of ultraviolet light. They will watch in amazement as real money disappears in a flash. Finally, we conclude with a grand finale fitting for the occasion - our indoor fireworks show!

 

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being.

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

 

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Here is more information on how Concurrent Instruction will look in our Stenwood classrooms.

 

For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your child will return. Please email the Health Commitment Form to snhunt@fcps.edu.  

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2 - 6)

If you would like to have your child screened for possible eligibility for AAP Level IV services, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, please email the following documents to Mrs. Riley (esriley@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Herendeen (ppherendeen@fcps.edu) no later than December 1, 2020.

  • AAP Level IV Referral Form - required
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – optional
  • 1-4 pages of work samples – optional
    • Must be able to print onto 8.5x11” paper
    • Shows your child’s advanced academic abilities and/or creative & critical thinking
    • Include a short description of the work

Important message for families of students in 2nd grade – the FCPS AAP office has not yet released the benchmark score for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) which means we do not yet have a 2nd grade screening pool. Please note, students in the screening pool will be automatically screened, but families should not wait for the pool list to submit the above documents. If you wish to have your child screened, please begin preparing the documents.

For more information regarding all AAP Levels of Service, you may reference the following: Recording  from October 1st

For more information regarding AAP Level IV screening, you may reference the following: Recording and Slides from October 15th

Please contact Mrs. Herendeen with any specific questions you may have. Thank you!

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?
Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity Yes, We Will Have A Yearbook!

Students and families may not have a connection to the physical brick and mortar school building yet, but we are still Stenwood Stingers just the same!

To capture this unusual year and to make our yearbook a reality, we need photos of our beautiful stingers in their individual learning hives.  Therefore, we are calling on our community for some help!

Each week, we will be asking for different photos to be uploaded to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Feel free to send us any snapshots from the first day of school and beyond!

Also… Mark your calendars and SIGN UP TODAY!!! Stenwood will be offering an optional, socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th from 8am - 3pm.  

Photos will take place in the cafeteria, one child at a time.  Please wait in your car in the Stenwood front parking lot until your scheduled appointment time.  Students ONLY will enter the building and will wear their mask until in place for their picture.  A parent or guardian must complete a health screening form before children enter the building. 

Click HERE to create an account and sign up for a portrait time for each Stenwood child in your household.

Use this link to order your portraits!

Stenwood Online Book Fair is Now Open for Business!!!

If it’s November, then it’s Book Fair time!  While we can’t be in person, we can still enjoy great books and educational games.  Stenwood has partnered with our local vendor, Bookworm Central, to provide more reading and learning opportunities for your child.

The book fair will be open from November 9th through November 23rd and will offer free shipping on orders $30.00 and above.  The Stenwood library receives a portion of all proceeds to purchase more books for our library.  Please take time to explore our book fair and as always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup when school is in session: Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30pm.

 

If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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 hope everyone has had a great start to the second quarter!  We have been working on our plans for the phase-in of our in person Kindergarteners beginning November 17th, as well as our 1st and 2nd graders beginning the week of November 30th.  We appreciate your collaboration and responses as we put these plans in motion.  We ask that you continue to read all information sent through e-Notify in a timely manner as we often need to use that system to send time sensitive information.     

When we phase-in our kindergarten students into in person learning and need additional staff coverage in the building, we will need to reduce the daily grade level lunch bunches to one per grade level each week.  Beginning the week of 11/17, we will start the following schedule for lunch bunches:

 

 

As a reminder, Wednesday, November 11, is a two-hour early release day in honor of Veterans Day and will be a virtual (synchronous) learning day for all students.  Instruction will end at 1:20pm on this day.  We are sad to not be able to hold our annual in person celebration to honor our Veterans. Please know we are so grateful for the service of you and other family members and we hope to see you next year for breakfast!

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Stenwood ES Playground Update
  • AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2-6)
  • Employment Opportunity
  • Positivity Project:  Bravery
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity
  • Storybook Pumpkin Slideshow
  • Stenwood Online Book Fair!
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Have a great weekend enjoying the warm weather!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Monday Enrichment Schedule

To navigate to most of the sessions, students will use the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, if they click on the Collaborate Ultra tab they will see the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being.

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Here is more information on how Concurrent Instruction will look in our Stenwood classrooms.

Stenwood ES Playground Update

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2 - 6)

If you would like to have your child screened for possible eligibility for AAP Level IV services, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, please email the following documents to Mrs. Riley (esriley@fcps.edu) and Mrs. Herendeen (ppherendeen@fcps.edu) no later than December 1, 2020.

  • AAP Level IV Referral Form - required
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – optional
  • 1-4 pages of work samples – optional
    • Must be able to print onto 8.5x11” paper
    • Shows your child’s advanced academic abilities and/or creative & critical thinking
    • Include a short description of the work

Important message for families of students in 2nd grade – the FCPS AAP office has not yet released the benchmark score for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) which means we do not yet have a 2nd grade screening pool. Please note, students in the screening pool will be automatically screened, but families should not wait for the pool list to submit the above documents. If you wish to have your child screened, please begin preparing the documents.

For more information regarding all AAP Levels of Service, you may reference the following: Recording from October 1st

For more information regarding AAP Level IV screening, you may reference the following: Recording and Slides from October 15th

Please contact Mrs. Herendeen with any specific questions you may have. Thank you!

Employment Opportunity

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: 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?
Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity Yes, We Will Have A Yearbook!

Students and families may not have a connection to the physical brick and mortar school building yet, but we are still Stenwood Stingers just the same!

To capture this unusual year and to make our yearbook a reality, we need photos of our beautiful stingers in their individual learning hives.  Therefore, we are calling on our community for some help!

Each week, we will be asking for different photos to be uploaded to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Feel free to send us any snapshots from the first day of school and beyond!

Also… Mark your calendars! Stenwood will be offering a socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th.  Be on the lookout for a sign up, ordering information, and details regarding our safety protocols and procedures.

Storybook Pumpkin Slideshow

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stenwood Annual Storybook Pumpkin Festival!  We loved seeing such creativity and are so glad to see that Stingers are Readers!  For a look at all of our participants, click here.  You can also see them in the Library course in Schoology. 

Stenwood Online Book Fair!

If it’s November, then it’s Book Fair time!  While we can’t be in person, we can still enjoy great books and educational games.  Stenwood has partnered with our local vendor, Bookworm Central, to provide more reading and learning opportunities for your child.

The book fair will be open from November 9th through November 23rd and will offer free shipping on orders $30.00 and above.  The Stenwood library receives a portion of all proceeds to purchase more books for our library.  Please take time to explore our book fair and as always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Dear Stenwood Families,

This week we welcomed back our English Learner Newcomers in grades 3-6 on Monday morning.  Currently, these students and our preschoolers are the only cohorts of students who have phased back into the building, but we shared on Tuesday at our Principal’s Coffee the latest information on FCPS’ phase in plans.  Here is the recording and the slide deck from this presentation, in case you were unable to attend and missed our eNotify message.  Today is the final day to make any changes to your In Person or Virtual Learning selection for your child for the school year; please make any updates in ParentVue or let us know your preferences via this Google Form before 11:59pm tonight.  We will send out one final confirmation email over the weekend so you can be assured that your choice has been received.    

As a reminder, today’s instruction will end at 1:20pm for all of our classes.  Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 are teacher workdays and student holidays, so there will be no live instruction and no independent work assigned by teachers.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Stenwood ES Playground Update
  • Positivity Project: Perspective
  • Yearbook Information
  • “Go Paperless” Progress Reports

  • Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival - FINAL DAY TO SUBMIT PICTURES!

  • LIBRARY MYSTERY BAGS!

  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Schoology Quick Tips
  • Grab and Go at Stenwood Daily - 7:25 - 7:35

Thank you for a great first quarter and we hope your family enjoys the long weekend together.

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Stenwood ES Playground Update

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

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...”  

                                              ~Julie Israel

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?
Yearbook Information Yes, We Will Have A Yearbook!

Students and families may not have a connection to the physical brick and mortar school building yet, but we are still Stenwood Stingers just the same!

To capture this unusual year and to make our yearbook a reality, we need photos of our beautiful stingers in their individual learning hives.  Therefore, we are calling on our community for some help!

Each week, we will be asking for different photos to be uploaded to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We are looking at setting up a safe, scheduled, socially distant, optional picture day with our vendor.  We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

This week, we are looking for Back to School, Pumpkin Patrol, and Virtual Learning Pictures. Feel free to send us any snapshots from the first day of school and beyond!

More information about pre-ordering a yearbook will be included next week!

“Go Paperless” Progress Reports

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all ES parents to allow them to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of SY 20/21. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for ES students and report cards. To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless"

All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any ES siblings as well.

It’s Time for the Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival! ***TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY TO SUBMIT PICTURES!***

Even though we can’t have pumpkins in the library, we can still celebrate good books and creativity!  Students should pick a favorite storybook character and decorate a pumpkin.  

Instead of giving clues about the character, make a sign saying who the pumpkin is and which book it is from, then take a picture. 

Send the picture to Mrs. Cole by THIS AFTERNOON for inclusion in a school-wide slide show.  The slide show will be in the Library Schoology course.  

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

NEW - LIBRARY MYSTERY BAGS!

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD TO PICK UP BOOKS.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Schoology Quick Tips

The Schoology Calendar is an important, organizational element for student courses and groups. It keeps events and due dates organized and easily accessible. When you are in the Student View, you can access your student’s Schoology Calendar by clicking on the Calendar icon in the top menu bar. This will allow you to view events and due dates by the month, week, or day. Each item is color-coded depending on the courses, groups, school, or personal events. Due dates for assignments, assessments and important course related events are automatically added to your student’s calendar and managed by the instructor. (Your student can add their own items, appointments, and reminders to the calendar.)  Learn more: http://bit.ly/schoologycalendar

The Upcoming Item List shows work that is due in the future. Even if your child already completed it, the item will show as a reminder. To see what work has been turned in, check the Grades area in Schoology. If the work has been graded, you will see that noted. If not, click on the assignment to see your child’s submission.

Grab and Go Sites Updates

In addition to the Grab and Go Site at Cunningham Park, we have a “bus stop” Grab and Go at the front entrance to Stenwood from 7:25 - 7:35 in the morning.  You are able to pick up both breakfast and lunch during that time frame.  Here are some other stops that may be closer to your house.  All FCPS students are eligible to receive a free lunch if you need the nostalgia of the milk carton, string cheese or square pizza!

If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Stenwood Hive Happenings

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Dear Stenwood Families,

Thank you to the overwhelming number of families that came yesterday for item distribution, we estimate that about 70% of families came during the one hour block!  Sorry for those of you that had to wait a few minutes.  Seeing the smiling faces of our students was definitely the highlight for many of us!  If you were unable to join us yesterday, please plan on coming between 2:00 and 4:00pm on Monday.

This week we welcomed back our first cohort of students to phase-in.  Our preschoolers started back on Tuesday!  Next week, we will welcome back our English Learner Newcomers in grades 3-6, they will join us on Monday mornings.  

We shared that we will be holding a Principal’s Coffee on Tuesday at 8am to hopefully answer some of your questions and help inform you to be able to make your updated choice for In Person or Virtual learning.  We will send out a link on Monday.  

Finally, next Friday is the end of the quarter and a 2-hour early release to provide teachers time to work on progress reports.  Our instructional day will end at 1:20 for all of our classes.  Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3 are teacher workdays and student holidays, there will be no live instruction and no independent work assigned by teachers.

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule 
  • Positivity Project Creativity
  • Yearbook Information
  • BEE Kind Week
  • NEW - LIBRARY MYSTERY BAGS!

  • Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go at Stenwood Daily - 7:25 - 7:35

It is with a heavy heart that we also want to share about the passing of one of our longtime, beloved substitute teachers and honorary staff member - Adrienne McCormick.  If your family has been at Stenwood awhile, there is a very good chance that your child has known and loved Mrs. McCormick.  Here is a link to the Adrienne McCormick Memorial Fund created by her family to benefit Stenwood students who are in need.

We hope you are able to spend quality time with your family this weekend.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Monday Enrichment Schedule

To navigate to most of the sessions, students will use the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, if they click on the Collaborate Ultra tab they will see the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

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?
Yearbook Information Yes, We Will Have A Yearbook!

Students and families may not have a connection to the physical brick and mortar school building yet, but we are still Stenwood Stingers just the same!  We are looking at setting up a safe, scheduled, socially distant, optional picture day with our vendor. 

To capture this unusual year and to make our yearbook a reality, we also need photos of our beautiful stingers in their individual learning hives.  Therefore, we are calling on our community for some help!

Each week, we will be asking for different photos to be uploaded to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

This week, we are looking for Back to School, Pumpkin Patrol, and Virtual Learning Pictures. Feel free to send us any snapshots from the first day of school and beyond!

More information about pre-ordering a yearbook will be included next week!

BEE Kind Week

Next week is BEE Kind Week!  Check out this flyer for more information and the Bee Kind Week Bingo Board!

 

Monday, 10/26 “Random Acts of Kindness” Bingo Card

Complete 5 acts of kindness in a row by the end of the week!

 

Tuesday, 10/27 “Team Up Against Bullying”

Wear any sport team jersey or spirit wear of your choice!

 

Wednesday, 10/28 “Wacky Wednesday”

Wear your wackiest/tackiest outfit!

 

Thursday, 10/29 “Block Out Bullying with a Book”

Listen to an anti-bullying or kindness book in class.

 

Friday, 10/30 “Stenwood is a BEE Kind School”

Wear your Stenwood Stinger wear!

NEW - LIBRARY MYSTERY BAGS!

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)

 

Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.

 

Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

 

Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

 

WAIT FOR AN EMAIL BEFORE COMING TO STENWOOD

TO PICK UP BOOKS.

 

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

It’s Time for the Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

Even though we can’t have pumpkins in the library, we can still celebrate good books and creativity!  Students should pick a favorite storybook character and decorate a pumpkin.  

Instead of giving clues about the character, make a sign saying who the pumpkin is and which book it is from, then take a picture. 

Send the picture to Mrs. Cole for inclusion in a school-wide slide show.  The slide show will be in the Library Schoology course.  Pictures may be submitted between October 19th and October 30th.  

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS)

Grab and Go Sites Updates

In addition to the Grab and Go Site at Cunningham Park, we have a “bus stop” Grab and Go at the front entrance to Stenwood from 7:25 - 7:35 in the morning.  You are able to pick up both breakfast and lunch during that time frame.  Here are some other stops that may be closer to your house.  All FCPS students are eligible to receive a free lunch if you need the nostalgia of the milk carton, string cheese or square pizza!

If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

A very special thank you to the PTA for our our first virtual assembly with Mad Science!

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,

Last evening at the FCPS School Board meeting, FCPS shared its plan for bringing back larger cohorts of students for in person learning two days per week.  They have prioritized bringing our youngest learners back in the building first, and offered a timeline and plan for the return of students.  While some decisions were made, many things are yet to be decided.  The School Board and FCPS Leadership Team will continue to develop plans for the remaining cohorts.  As decisions are made, we will send out additional communication.  We anticipate that next week we will be sending out communication to confirm your selection for in-person or virtual learning.  

In the meantime, our teachers will continue to diligently plan high quality online learning experiences for our students and appreciate your ongoing support of your child and our school.  Our teachers are also working to provide some hands on learning materials for another pick up session starting next week, please see the section below for details.  Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Learning Materials Pick Up - Thurs, 10/22 & Mon, 10/26
  • Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly
  • Positivity Project Forgiveness
  • Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival

  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • AAP Information Session Recordings
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go at Stenwood Daily - 7:25 - 7:35

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Learning Materials Pick Up - Thurs, 10/22 & Mon 10/26

Please plan on driving through Stenwood’s Kiss N Ride loop on Thursday, 10/22 between 3:30 - 4:30pm OR Monday, 10/26 between 2:00 - 4:00pm to pick up additional learning materials prepared for your child by their teachers. Students in 1st- 6th grade who have completed their iReady assessments will also have an iReady score report included in their individual envelope, please keep this in mind if you are asking another family to pick up your child’s envelope or if you do not want your child to view the report.

We ask that you make a clearly printed sign for your car’s dashboard that contains the following:

 

Student Last Name, 

Student First Name

(Teacher Name/ Grade Level)

 

This will help our team move efficiently in bringing your child’s materials to your car window.  Please see the curbside library section for a map of our pick up area (Kiss N Ride loop).

Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly

To navigate to most of the sessions, students will use the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, if they click on the Collaborate Ultra tab they will see the live sessions.  

Click here to view the schedule!

 

Please also mark your calendars for Monday, October 19th at 1:00pm-1:45pm for a SPECIAL Monday enrichment opportunity: a virtual Mad Science assembly thanks to our awesome PTA!

Mad Science: Things That Go Boom

October 19th, 1:00pm - 1:45pm in the All Students Schoology Course

Our most popular, and all about chemical reactions. Learn the four signs of a chemical reaction through foaming and color changing experiments, balloon inflation, and of course, some explosions! Conclude with our Mad Science Bubbling potions, where you'll get to learn about dry ice and even see the creation of real clouds!

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?
It’s Time for the Stenwood Library Storybook Pumpkin Festival!

Even though we can’t have pumpkins in the library, we can still celebrate good books and creativity!  Students should pick a favorite storybook character and decorate a pumpkin.  

Instead of giving clues about the character, make a sign saying who the pumpkin is and which book it is from, then take a picture. 

Send the picture to Mrs. Cole for inclusion in a school-wide slide show.  The slide show will be in the Library Schoology course.  Pictures may be submitted between October 19th and October 30th.  

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

AAP Information Session Recordings

We had a great meeting on Thursday, 10/1 on the Advanced Academics program at Stenwood ES.  Here is a link to the recording if you were unable to attend. 

On Thursday, 10/15, we shared more about the AAP Level IV Screening Process.  Here is the link to the recording of that session.  Additionally, you can review the slide deck shared during this presentation.

Questions? Please reach out to our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Payal Herendeen: ppherendeen@fcps.edu .

Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS)

Grab and Go Sites Updates

In addition to the Grab and Go Site at Cunningham Park, we have a “bus stop” Grab and Go at the front entrance to Stenwood from 7:25 - 7:35 in the morning.  You are able to pick up both breakfast and lunch during that time frame.  Here are some other stops that may be closer to your house.  

If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Stay Connected

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

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

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Dear Stenwood Families,

On Monday, 10/12 FCPS is observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Student Holiday.  We hope you and your children enjoy some of these book recommendations from the American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) to learn more!

With Monday being a Student Holiday, there will be no Morning Meeting, Enrichment, or Curbside Library Checkout this day. Please still check out the Monday Enrichment section of today’s Hive Happenings to make sure you are marking your calendar for a fun opportunity on Monday, October 19th: our first virtual assembly thanks to our amazing PTA!!!  Parents of 1st - 6th graders, please do make sure your child has submitted their iReady Reading AND Math assessments before Monday as well, as your child’s teacher will be using this assessment information to guide their instruction. In today’s Hive Happenings we have included: 

  • Monday Enrichment : Updates for 10/12 and 10/19
  • Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • AAP Information Sessions 
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go at Stenwood Daily - 7:25 - 7:35
  • Walking Wednesdays

Have a great long weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

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

 

Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
mamitchell@fcps.edu
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Monday Enrichment: Updates for 10/12 and 10/19

There will be NO Monday Enrichment on Monday, 10/12 due to the Student Holiday.  Our Enrichment opportunities will continue on Monday, 10/19.

Please also mark your calendars for Monday, October 19th at 1:00pm - 1:45pm for a SPECIAL Monday enrichment opportunity: a virtual Mad Science assembly thanks to our awesome PTA!

Mad Science: Things That Go Boom

October 19th, 1:00pm - 1:45pm in the All Students Schoology Course

Our most popular, and all about chemical reactions. Learn the four signs of a chemical reaction through foaming and color changing experiments, balloon inflation, and of course, some explosions! Conclude with our Mad Science Bubbling potions, where you'll get to learn about dry ice and even see the creation of real clouds!

Positivity Project: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

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

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

                                              ~Stephen Covey

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does it mean to be present and give other people my attention?
  • How might being present and giving others my attention be important to building healthy relationships?
  • Why do we need relationships?
Curbside Library Checkout

BECAUSE OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAY, THERE WILL NOT BE CURBSIDE PICKUP/DROP OFF ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up. Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

AAP Information Sessions

We had a great meeting on Thursday, 10/1 on the Advanced Academics program at Stenwood ES.  Here is a link to the recording if you were unable to attend. 

We have one additional Advanced Academics Information meeting scheduled for those interested in the Level IV screening process.

 

Thursday, October 15th @ 8:00am:

AAP Level IV Screening Information Session

(Specific to the Level IV Screening Process)

 

Please check your email for the 9/23 eNotify message which contains the link for this session and more detailed information!

Technology Help for Families

We have all learned a lot these first few days of school!  Here are some quick pointers we have been sharing with students that you might also like to know!

Having trouble getting into the optional lunch bunches?  

Read these tips about Meet and Schoology!

Having trouble accessing Google assignments through Schoology? 

Check out this tip sheet!

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Additionally, to support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS  is launching a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. Parents or guardians who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call, and an interpreter will join them live on the call. More info available here.

Grab and Go Sites Updates

In addition to the Grab and Go Site at Cunningham Park, we have a “bus stop” Grab and Go at the front entrance to Stenwood from 7:25 - 7:35 in the morning.  You are able to pick up both breakfast and lunch during that time frame.  Here are some other stops that may be closer to your house.  

If you need additional support, please contact Mrs. Hapangama or Mrs. Appleton.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

Walking Wednesdays

Walking Wednesdays is a county-wide community program designed to promote physical and mental health. FCPS Safe Routes to School in collaboration with Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaign encourages students and parents/guardians to take time each Wednesday to walk and connect with friends, neighbors and classmates before the school day and workday begins.  Whether your walk takes you around the block, to the bus stop, or to your school, we hope you will find others out walking and can greet one another from a distance.

Walking Wednesdays began this week on International Walk to School Day.  Coming in November will be Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020.  More information about Walking Wednesdays can be found 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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