Ravens' Nest- July 31, 2020

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Upcoming Events
  •  Tuesday, September 8th- First Day of School
  Message from our Principal

August 14th will be my first anniversary at Ravensworth Elementary School. When I walked through our front door that day, I would have never imagined what we would experience as a school community. We know the next six months may be just as unpredictable.  As difficult and uncertain as this time has been, we are thankful to be on this journey with you.  As announced last week, all students will begin the school year virtually on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. We will need until later in August to share a firm plan with you.

To ensure all students have the necessary tools for virtual learning, FCPS will be providing laptops for all PreK-6 students. Ravensworth is already diligently preparing them for distribution, which will occur in a similar format to our student item pick-up in May/June.

A laptop distribution schedule will be coming out with specific information in the next few weeks. We hope to begin the distribution the week of August 24th. Although families are not required to take an FCPS device and can opt-out, we strongly recommend you accept an FCPS device for the ease of use it will provide your child and the access to programs that will not be available on personal devices. The laptops are owned by FCPS and are being loaned to students.  Before your child receives their computer, please take some time to discuss with them the importance of keeping their machine clean and usable and adhering to FCPS digital citizenship principles.  You will be receiving a link to the computer loaner acceptance form in coming weeks that each family will need to sign.  In addition, on this form there will be some guidance for parents regarding the responsibilities that goes with using the device.

The number of devices on your home internet during this time might impact the speed of your internet connection and therefore your child’s ability to smoothly participate in classes.  Please contact your providers to work with you regarding this issue.  While the county has purchased more MIFI devices, the priority will be given to families without any internet access.  Please contact Mr. Bourjaily at PJBourjaily@fcps.edu if you do not have internet access and need a MIFI device.  We have not been promised by FCPS any MIFIs for families that already have internet access.

After your child picks up their laptop, we will be setting up times, before the school year begins, for your child to test their machine and ensure that they are connecting to the platforms that we will be using for distance learning. We will be sharing more details in the weeks to come.

While we recognize this is not the start of the school year we had hoped for back in June, we want you to know we are committed to making your student’s online learning experience successful and are doing everything we can on our part to prepare for this and support you in the future.  More information forthcoming in future weeks.  Stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo

Ravensworth encourages all Ravens to enjoy reading and practice real-world math skills over the summer. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in both the Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Ravensworth Summer Math Bingo. Students who return their completed cards at the beginning of the new school year will receive recognition and have the opportunity to win a prize. Our Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo cards are posted on our Ravensworth website https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/

  Bell Schedule for 2020-21

Since we are beginning the school year 100% virtually, all FCPS elementary school’s bell schedules will be the same as our pre-COVID bell schedule:  8:35 a.m.- 3:20 p.m.  

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

 Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

 

A Message from Lake Braddock Middle School for our Rising 7th Graders

Dear Parents/Guardians of a Rising 7th Grader,

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement (Coming Soon!).

Be sure to check back in August as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  Make sure you are registered to receive our News You Choose so you will know when these opportunities become available.

As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

Sincerely,

​​​​​​​Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D. Principal, Lake Braddock Secondary School 

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Ravens' Nest- July 24, 2020

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

As you have already heard, Tuesday night the Fairfax County School Board supported Superintendent Brabrand’s recommendation to begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students.  The online school year will begin as scheduled on September 8, 2020.  Our first priority is the health and safety of our students and staff.

Schools are in the process of developing plans.  Many of you have emailed questions about bell schedules, teaching schedules, online resources, laptop distribution, and much more.  As soon as this information is available, we will continue to send information to the Ravensworth community.

Below is a little bit of information about what to expect:

  • On-line learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • Elementary students will receive real-time, interactive instruction each day. 
  • The elementary day will also consist of additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students. 
  • Student work will be graded and attendance is required. 
  • Mondays will remain a teacher planning day

Ravensworth is dedicated to spending the weeks before September 8 preparing for the fall.  We will provide additional training for our teachers to better meet the needs of our students.  We will also provide distance learning supports and guidance for our families later in August.  Our staff is deeply committed and incredibly eager to get started with your children for the school year. Thank you for trusting us.

As additional information becomes available, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible. We understand this is a difficult time and families may be feeling a variety of emotions around this change. Take good care and stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Mental Wellness Consultation 2020

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation.  Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families. 

Consultations are offered in two ways:

  • Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.
  • Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions; as well as academic challenges such as organization, time-management, or adjusting to a new school.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

 

Information for current Rising LBSS 7th graders (Ravensworth’s 6th graders last school year)

Dear Parents/Guardians of a Rising 7th Grader,

We are happy to share that our Jump Start site is now up and running!  Since we cannot all be together this summer for our traditional Jump Start Program, we wanted to create a virtual opportunity for students to explore more about Lake Braddock and receive some helpful tips for a successful middle school experience.  To access the Jump Start site, CLICK HERE, or visit the main page of the Lake Braddock website and look for the Jump Start announcement (Coming Soon!).

Be sure to check back in August as we will be offering virtual opportunities for students to connect!  Make sure you are registered to receive our News You Choose so you will know when these opportunities become available.

As we learn more about the opening of school this year, we will continue to update our Jump Start site as needed.   

Sincerely,

​​​​​​​Daniel W. Smith, Ed.D. Principal, Lake Braddock Secondary School 

  

Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo

Ravensworth encourages all Ravens to enjoy reading and practice real-world math skills over the summer. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in both the Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Ravensworth Summer Math Bingo. Students who return their completed cards at the beginning of the new school year will receive recognition and have the opportunity to win a prize. Our Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo cards are posted on our Ravensworth website https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/

 

Other Summer Learning Resources (available on the Ravensworth website):

Math

  • Dreambox
  • Origo Slate

Reading

  • MyOn
  • MackinVIA
  • TumbleBooks
  • PebbleGo
  Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for this year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

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A Message from the Principal- Bell Schedule

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A Message from the Principal

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

FCPS has posted our bell schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Our school hours will be from 9:10 a.m.- 3:55 p.m. It is our understanding that students attending in-person or online will begin instruction at the same time.

I am committed to keeping you updated and informed as more details about the Return to School Plan become available.  

Stay Ravensworth Strong!

 

Sincerely, 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

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Final Hours to Submit Your Student Enrollment for 2020-21

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Dear Ravensworth Families,

 

Please remember today, July 15, is the due date to submit your student enrollment form for the coming school year or to change your selection.  

Remember, if no response is received, your child will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Submit Enrollment Option

If you want to change your selection, you can simply go back to the enrollment link and re-enter your choice.

The forms will stay open to accept your selection or changes 11:59 p.m.

 

Here is some information that was published yesterday that could also help guide your decision:

 

Bell Schedules:

Middle Schools (virtual and in person)                 

7:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

High Schools (virtual and in person)                      

8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

 

Secondary Schools (virtual and in person)           

8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

 

Elementary Schools (virtual and in person)         

9:10 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.  OR   10:05 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.  

(Ravensworth’s bell schedule has NOT been confirmed.)

 

Cohort In-Person Days:

Students will be divided across the county by their last names.  The schedule is the following:

  • Students whose last names start with the letters A-K will attend in-person school Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Students whose last names start with the letters L-Z will attend in-person school Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Related Information:   Return to School: Frequently Asked Questions for Families

 

First Day of School for Students is September 8, 2020

At their July 9 business meeting, the FCPS School Board approved delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year to provide staff members additional time to plan instruction and schedules, provide professional staff development, and finalize transportation and other operational details.  The revised calendar delays the first instructional day for students by two weeks, from Tuesday, August 25, to Tuesday, September 8. Other employee work schedules will remain unchanged and the revised calendar provides adjustments for additional staff development and planning time.

The revised 2020-21 school year calendar is available online.

 

Masks:

Masks will be required for students and staff throughout the day. 

 

No visitors or volunteers:

Visitors will only be permitted in the building with very limited exceptions to reduce the risk of exposure.

 

Please be sure to review the FCPS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as FCPS is updating them often along with details about the options .   We will continue to keep you updated and informed as more details about the Return to School Plan become available.   As you work to make the best decision for your family, I hope that this information is helpful.  Take good care and stay healthy.

 

Sincerely, 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

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Return to School Choice Due July 15, 2020

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In Monday’s Town Hall with our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand, we learned that staff and families will have until Wednesday, July 15 to make their preference known for next school year regarding the in-person or virtual school options.  This provides you with five additional days to submit a decision.  All families should have received an email with information about how to submit your selection and additional details can be found at the bottom of this message.

I know that you still have many questions about the Return to School options and I encourage you to consult some of the following resources:

 

Return to School

FCPS Return to School Frequently Asked Questions

Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (July 6)--recording 

FCPS Town Hall with Dr. Brabrand (en Español) 

 

I am committed to keeping you updated and informed as more details about the Return to School Plan become available.   As you work to make the best decision for your family, I hope that this information is helpful.  Take good care.

 

Sincerely, 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

 

How to Make Your Choice by July 15

 

To select the option that works best for your child(ren), please follow the steps below:

 

STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .

 

STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID* and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS). 

 

STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.

 

STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.

 

STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

 

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Message from the Principal and Ravens' Nest- June 2, 2020

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A Message from the Principal

 

Dear Ravensworth Families, 

Over the past few days, I have received many emails and communications with respect to the upcoming school year and parent choices/decisions that will be made for the 2020-21 school year. I have linked Dr. Brabrand’s letter and plan from last week describing school choices for the 2020-21 school year. I acknowledge that you still have questions regarding the options and also acknowledge that at the school level, we do not have all of the answers yet. We are all working collectively to support you, and your child(ren)’s learning going forward regardless of the option that you choose. 

Many of you have asked what school will look like with face-to-face instruction and virtual settings. At this point, we encourage you to make your decision based on what ‘feels’ right for your family. The final decision has not been made for the virtual schedule, but the decision has been made to ensure that there will be more live, teacher-directed hours than offered in May and June. Distance Learning will include both whole group and small group learning opportunities for students. In both settings, we are working with teachers to ensure that there is meaningful direct instruction. We will incorporate structures to ensure the individual needs of your child are supported. As indicated in the plan, the face to face instruction will include two days of instruction with asynchronous learning for 3 days. Technology will be used in both settings to support instruction.

It is our intent to continue the Spanish Immersion program in both formats, in-person and online, whenever possible utilizing the existing partial-Immersion (50/50 target language/English language) instructional delivery model established in FCPS.  This means that 50% of instructional time spent in either in-person or online formats is delivered in the target language.  We will be able to make more programmatic considerations for Immersion programming after July 10, 2020 once parental decisions regarding in-person or online formats have been submitted.  FCPS will utilized flexible Immersion delivery models to meet the needs of varying in-person and online instruction scenarios.

Families wishing to withdraw from the Spanish Immersion for this school year must notify the school and register their child at their base school. Families opting to withdrawal from the Spanish Immersion program or from FCPS for the upcoming school year will relinquish their lottery spot or seat in the Immersion program. Re-admission to the Immersion program the following school year is governed by Regulation 3312 and is not guaranteed.

This past week, we have been working to understand our capacity numbers for face-to-face instruction. The number of students in each class will depend on the physical size of the classroom and our social distance (currently 6 feet) based on the Fairfax County Health Department and CDC guidance. We will employ the whole building and get creative with our space usage to ensure that we meet the guidelines. It has been suggested that student schedules be assigned alphabetically to support families with students in multiple grades. We understand childcare might be a concern and know that many of you are making plans now. 

Thank you for your feedback about last spring's Distance Learning. We are continuing to reflect on our technology usage and we will build our knowledge and resources to support the utilization of technology in a blended learning classroom. We will also continue to develop our tools and resources to support students’ socio-emotional needs as they return to school. Our entire staff wants to be ready to support your child during the 2020-21 school year.

To better inform your decision, Dr. Brabrand is also having a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. to answer additional questions that arise from his communication. In addition, Visit the Return to School web page for more details on the plans. 

These links explain in greater detail the two return to school options:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the FCPS website 

I will continue to respond to your emails and communicate what I know. I may not have all the answers, but I will respond as honestly as I can! We are here to support all of the students and families! Thanks as always for your support and patience! 

 

Sincerely,

 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo

Ravensworth encourages all Ravens to enjoy reading and practice real-world math skills over the summer. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in both the Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Ravensworth Summer Math Bingo. Students who return their completed cards at the beginning of the new school year will receive recognition and have the opportunity to win a prize. Our Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo cards are posted on our Ravensworth website https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/

 

Last Call for Yearbooks

There are a few Ravensworth Yearbooks still available for sale. They are on a first come first serve basis.  Yearbooks will no longer be available for purchase as of July 3rd.  If interested please contact Karin Floyd at correspondsec@ravensworthpta.org

 

Order School Supply Kits for the 2020-2021 School Year

Get a head start on the 2020-21 school year by pre-purchasing your child’s school supplies! Ravensworth Elementary School Supply Kits — Campus Survival Kits

Your child’s teacher has identified the personal and community school supplies needed for a successful year.  In cooperation with the Ravensworth PTA, Campus Survival Kits has assembled a Kit of all necessary supplies for one low price! 

Your child’s personal supplies will be delivered in a custom Ravensworth Elementary drawstring backpack.  Delivery will be made to the school in August.  Pickup arrangements will be made for students participating in distance learning.

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FCPS Summer Learning Opportunities

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FCPS Summer Learning Opportunities

As schools remain closed throughout the summer, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for the students at Ravensworth.

The following summer learning opportunities will be available to currently enrolled Ravensworth students from June 29 – July 31:

  • Ravensworth students will have access to skill practice through the i-Ready digital lessons through the FCPS Public Universal Screener Website.  Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources.
  • Each elementary student will receive mathematics and language arts centrally created workbooks for the summer. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page.  These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level.  As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the optional opportunity to attend up to one hour of Office Hours each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows:

Ravensworth Summer Office Hours

Monday, June 29 - Friday, July 31

 

 

All students are registered for office hours.  Please have your child accept the Google Classroom invitation.  If you have any further questions please contact the teacher who is supporting your child’s grade level.  

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Ravens' Nest- June 17, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 18th- Student Item Pick-up from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 18th- Yearbook Pick-up in the bus loop from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Message from our Principal

Dear Ravensworth Families,

As we wrap up this unprecedented, memorable, and challenging school year, Mr. Bourjaily and I want to thank you for your patience, your persistence, and your compassion as we all navigated these unchartered waters together.  Our staff completely redesigned the way they teach in a very short amount of time. They have worked tirelessly and passionately to continue the learning for your children in the best way possible. For their efforts, Mr. Bourjaily and I are grateful. 

Last March seems like a long time ago, and yet it has only been nine weeks.  We have come face-to-face with COVID-19 and have dramatically changed our way of living.  This virus has impacted people in our own community with their jobs, health, food and in many other ways. The Ravensworth Community was not immune to the impact of this global health pandemic. One thing that continues to ring true in our community, though, is that despite these challenges our community shows tremendous support of one another. Helping each other navigate the new online systems, supplying food to families in need, sending notes of encouragement to each other, and reaching out to see in what ways you could help are just some of the ways Mr. Bourjaily and I watched our Ravensworth Family stay connected.

I also want to acknowledge the pain that exists in our nation and in our community.  Systematic racism and oppression will not be ignored.  Our students, families, and staff members have experienced it.  Schools are a microcosm of society.  As a school community, we must speak up when we see injustice and we will not tolerate racist acts. Every child at Ravensworth is special. We value the diversity and experiences of every student and family in the Ravensworth community, and we will ensure safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments for everyone. We will continue to explore opportunities for growth as a staff and community in order to be able to meet the needs of every student and family we serve.  

Leaving for summer with so many unknowns for the fall is difficult for Mr. Bourjaily and me. We like to always provide you with a clear plan going forward. Governor Northam provided guidance for the state of Virginia last week.  Our FCPS School Board held a work session on June 15 and another will be held on June 23 about possible scenarios for reopening schools in the fall.  We expect that our school division will make a decision about the reopening of schools at the end of June.  Schools will then need time to plan and will not have answers the next day.  As soon as we have information and a plan, we will continue to communicate with you through News You Choose and our eNotify alerts. We are hopeful that more information will be forthcoming in July and August.  

To our friends, family, and staff who plan to travel and move to new places this summer, thank you for your years at Ravensworth ES!  A piece of your heart will remain with us.  Mr. Bourjaily and I wish you and your family a wonderful, healthy, and peaceful summer with many hours of rejuvenation.  For those of you returning to Ravensworth, we will see you in August in some new way and form.  We are all looking forward to a wonderful 2020-21 school year.  We are Ravens Strong!  

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria, Principal

 

Student Item Pick-Up

You can still pick up your child(ren)’s items on Thursday, June 18th between 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please drive up through the bus loop. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. Thank you!

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe, contactless pick-up of your child’s materials:

  1. Staff will be at the school rain or shine.  You may only pick-up materials belonging to your child/children.  Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  2. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to staff (passenger side of car). 
  3. All student materials will be picked-up in the bus loop.  Adhere to the directions of staff members.
  4. Staff will place student materials in your car.   
  • Please have all teacher materials and/or patrol belts sealed in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the teacher’s name, the student’s name, and grade level.

Materials not picked up by June 18 will be donated or disposed of. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Aspuria, Principal at ELAspuria@fcps.edu.

 

Yearbook Update

Yearbook Distribution will be Thursday, June 18th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Ravensworth bus loop. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the name(s) of your child/children. This sign should be visible (passenger side of car).  We ask that adults wear masks as volunteers will be wearing them too. There are a few extra copies of the yearbook for purchase. If you would like to buy a copy or if you are moving away, please let Karin Floyd know and she can mail you your yearbook.  You can reach her at correspondsec@ravensworthpta.org.  

 

Ravensworth Distance Learning Feedback

FCPS presented a “return to learn” plan for the fall to the School Board this week. While we are all waiting and wondering what the fall semester will look like, Ravensworth would like to collect feedback regarding the experiences you and your child(ren) have had during distance learning. This will enable us to build upon our current practices if we need to continue with distance learning in the fall. Please share your feedback via this Google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdDIHZScgOas9s56Ny1u2kjaQxHSTJ1K1GftwDMQBOC7_C3GQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo

Ravensworth encourages all Ravens to enjoy reading and practice real-world math skills over the summer. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in both the Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Ravensworth Summer Math Bingo. Students who return their completed cards at the beginning of the new school year will receive recognition and have the opportunity to win a prize. Our Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo cards are posted on our Ravensworth website https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/

 

Other Summer Learning Resources (available on the Ravensworth website):

Math

·         Dreambox

·         Origo Slate

Reading

·         MyOn

·         MackinVIA

·         TumbleBooks

·         PebbleGo

 

Kindergarten and New Student Registration for School Year 2020-21

 Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu

 

Message from our Business Partner

Andrew Gause's Martial Arts is back open (with all of the safety precautions you would expect).  Sign up for our weekly full day summer camp (8am - 6pm) (kids ages 5 -12 years old, no martial arts experience necessary).  

And check out our very popular transported After School Program (we were full last school year).  More information about both programs (as well as our traditional afternoon/evening classes) can be found at www.RVTKD.com

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Ravens' Nest- June 11, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 11th- Student Item Pick-up from 4:00-6:30 p.m. More information below!

Thursday, June 11th- Sixth Grade Promotion 1:00 p.m., via Blackboard Collaborate Link- sent to   Grade 6 student fcspschools.net Google Mail account

Friday, June 12th- Sixth Grade Certificate/Awards Pick-up 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Ravensworth Bus Loop

Thursday, June 18th- Yearbook pick-up 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Ravensworth Bus Loop

 

Student Item Pick Up- Today is the last day!

Today is the last day you can pick up your child(ren)’s items between 4:00-6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please drive up through the bus loop and stop at the door leading to the cafeteria. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th-grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those students not participating next school year.  Thank you!

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe, contactless pick-up of your child’s materials:

  1. Staff will be at the school rain or shine.  You may only pick-up materials belonging to your child/children.  Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  2. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to staff (passenger side of car). 
  3. All student materials will be picked-up in the bus loop (near the door leading to the cafeteria).  Adhere to the directions of staff members and/or signs there to assist you.  There will be staff members asking you to pull your car up, as we do not want traffic backing-up onto Nutting Drive.  In order to assist with the traffic flow please enter Nutting Drive via Gosport Lane.
  4. Staff will place student materials in your car.  Sorry – we will not have time to chat or answer questions at this time.  😊
  5. We will have several labeled boxes along the entrance of the bus loop.  If you have Ravensworth materials you need to return such as library books, patrol belts, instruments, or items belonging to teachers, please pull-up to this area so that a staff member can assist you.  Again, we ask that you remain in your car and open your trunk or back door so we can collect these items from you.  To help us expediate this in a safe manner for all.
  • Please have all teacher materials and/or patrol belts sealed in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the teacher’s name, the student’s name, and grade level.
  • If you are returning an instrument, please make sure your child’s name and grade is clearly marked (and secured with tape or another method) for easy identification later.

Materials not picked up by June 12 will be donated or disposed of. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Aspuria, Principal at ELAspuria@fcps.edu.

 

Yearbook Are Here

Yearbook Distribution will be Thursday, June 18th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Ravensworth bus loop. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children. This sign should be visible (passenger side of car).  We ask that adults wear masks as volunteers will be wearing them too. If you are moving away, please let Karin Floyd know and she can mail you your yearbook.  You can reach her at correspondsec@ravensworthpta.org.  

 

Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo

Ravensworth encourages all Ravens to enjoy reading and practice real-world math skills over the summer. Please encourage your child(ren) to participate in both the Ravensworth Summer Reading Challenge and Ravensworth Summer Math Bingo. Students who return their completed cards at the beginning of the new school year will receive recognition and have the opportunity to win a prize. Our Summer Reading Challenge and Math Bingo cards are posted on our Ravensworth website https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/

 

Other Summer Learning Resources (available on the Ravensworth website):

Math

·         Dreambox

·         Origo Slate

Reading

·         MyOn

·         MckinVIA

·         TumbleBooks

·         PebbleGo

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

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Ravensworth's Summer Continuity of Learning Information

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Dear Ravensworth Families, 

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Your students will have access to skill practice through the iReady digital lessons through the FCPS public Universal Screener website. Students will need to enter their FCPS login credentials to access these resources. These digital activities will be available until Friday, July 31st. 

Additionally, students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. The schedule is as follows: 

 

 

All students are registered for office hours.  Please have your child accept the Google Classroom invitation.  If you have any further questions please contact the teacher who is supporting your child’s grade level.  

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Ravens' Nest- June 3, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 4th - Student Item Pick-up from 4:00-6:30 p.m. More information below!

Thursday, June 11th- Student Item Pick-up from 4:00-6:30 p.m. More information below!

Thursday, June 11th- Sixth Grade Promotion 1:00 p.m., via Blackboard Collaborate Link- sent to   Grade 6 student fcspschools.net Google Mail account

Friday, June 12th- Sixth Grade Certificate/Awards Pick-up 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Ravensworth Bus Loop

 

Student Item Pick-Up

It is not too late for families to pick up student belongings. You can pick up your child(ren)’s items on Thursday, June 4th between 4:00-6:30 p.m. or Thursday, June 11th between 4:00-6:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Please drive up through the bus loop and stop at the door leading to the cafeteria. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th-grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those students not participating next school year.  Thank you!

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe, contactless pick-up of your child’s materials:

  1. Staff will be at the school rain or shine.  You may only pick-up materials belonging to your child/children.  Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  2. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to staff (passenger side of car). 
  3. All student materials will be picked-up in the bus loop (near the door leading to the cafeteria).  Adhere to the directions of staff members and/or signs there to assist you.  There will be staff members asking you to pull your car up, as we do not want traffic backing-up onto Nutting Drive.  In order to assist with the traffic flow please enter Nutting Drive via Gosport Lane.
  4. Staff will place student materials in your car.  Sorry – we will not have time to chat or answer questions at this time.  😊
  5. We will have several labeled boxes along the entrance of the bus loop.  If you have Ravensworth materials you need to return such as library books, patrol belts, instruments, or items belonging to teachers, please pull-up to this area so that a staff member can assist you.  Again, we ask that you remain in your car and open your trunk or back door so we can collect these items from you.  To help us expediate this in a safe manner for all.
  • Please have all teacher materials and/or patrol belts sealed in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the teacher’s name, the student’s name, and grade level.
  • If you are returning an instrument, please make sure your child’s name and grade is clearly marked (and secured with tape or another method) for easy identification later.

Materials not picked up by June 12 will be donated or disposed of. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Aspuria, Principal at ELAspuria@fcps.edu.

 

Dreambox Subscription Offered to All Students During Summer

Did you know that all Ravensworth Students will have access to Dreambox throughout the summer?  What is DreamBox? DreamBox is a digital math program for grades K-8 that combines a fun and engaging math learning environment with a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. DreamBox lessons are interactive experiences that promote active learning and independent critical thinking and respond to each student’s strategies and decisions in the moment. This enables DreamBox to individually tailor the instructional experience for each student based on the strategies they use when working through lessons. Because DreamBox dynamically adapts lessons and learning paths based on the needs of each learner, students always have just the right level of support when and where they need it.

Dreambox works best if students log in and play with consistency.  Dreambox researchers have found that students that play five or more lessons per week achieve significantly more growth on average when compared to students who play fewer lessons or less frequently. Since DreamBox is personalized to each learner based on their strategies and understanding, it’s important to let your child work through lessons within their own account. Children should finish every lesson and persevere.  Encourage your child to use in-lesson feedback and support for help.

Students will use their computer login and password to access Dreambox. They can find Dreambox by locating the Ravensworth website and selecting Student Learning Websites page.  Ask your child's teacher if you have further questions.

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

 

Local Resources for Food and Other Assistance

Echo

703-569-9160 or www.echo-inc.org

Please call for an appointment.

Food for Others

703-207-9173 or www.foodforothers.org

Open for food pick up Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm.

For ongoing food pick up a referral is needed.

If you need assistance with rent, mortgage, or utilities please contact Fairfax County Coordinated Services at (703) 222-0880.

Please reach out to our school social worker, Amity Kim, for a confidential food referral or further questions regarding assistance at ankim@fcps.edu or (703) 426-3682.

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A Message from the Principal

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Dear Ravensworth Families,

The news this past week has been incredibly heartbreaking. As a mom I have been having really tough conversations with my girls about racism, privilege, bias, fear and hate.  I believe these conversations have to happen, as a part of teaching our children that #OtherPeopleMatter. These can be very hard conversations to start, especially with children. There are many books that can help you, but a few I have read to my own girls are Rosa, The Day You Begin, and Skin Again. Read alouds of these books can be found on YouTube.

This is a list of additional books to support these conversations:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

Here are some tips for having these conversations:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/young-kids-racial-injustice

As a leader, I am constantly reading and challenging my own thinking to continue to improve. Some of the material that has sparked the most personal reflection on this topic are the book The Other Wes Moore, FCPS Cultural Proficiency training, and Harvard’s Project Implicit.

If you or your child needs support with this or any other concern, please reach out to us. We are here to support you.

 

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

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Student Belonging Pickup

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Student Belonging Pick Up  

Families,

Ravensworth ES is opening up our pick-up times for student belongings. Anyone can drop by tomorrow during 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.. 

Drive up to Door 1 through the bus loop.  Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th-grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those students not participating next school year.   Thank you!

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Ravens' Nest- May 28, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 28th- Student Item Pick-up by appointment from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29th- Student Item Pick-up by appointment from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

 

Student Item Pick-Up

It is not too late for families to sign-up to pick up student belongings. Please select one time slot for you to drive up to Door 1 through the bus loop. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time, as the schedule is very tight. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th-grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those students not participating next school year.  Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4ea8a72aa46-student

Please follow the protocols listed below to ensure a safe, contactless pick-up of your child’s materials:

  1. This is a rain or shine event.  You may only pick-up materials belonging to your child/children.  Remain in your car at all times.  All staff and parents must wear a mask.
  2. Prior to arriving, please make a sign (written in marker) with the names of your child/children and homeroom teacher/s.  This sign should be visible to staff (passenger side of car). 
  3. All student materials will be picked-up in the bus loop (near the main entrance).  Adhere to the directions of staff members and/or signs there to assist you.  There will be staff members asking you to pull your car up, as we do not want traffic backing-up onto Nutting Drive.  In order to assist with the traffic flow please enter Nutting Drive via Gosport Lane.
  4. Staff will place student materials in your car.  Sorry – we will not have time to chat or answer questions at this time.  😊
  5. No Walkers at Pick-Up - For the safety of all of our Ravensworth staff and parents, this is a drive-through pick-up only.  Even if you live within walking distance of the school, we ask that you drive through the bus loop.  Don't forget to make a sign with your child's name.
  6. We will have several labeled boxes along the entrance of the bus loop.  If you have Ravensworth materials you need to return such as library books, patrol belts, instruments, or items belonging to teachers, please pull-up to this area so that a staff member can assist you.  Again, we ask that you remain in your car and open your trunk or back door so we can collect these items from you.  To help us expediate this in a safe manner for all.
  • Please have all teacher materials and/or patrol belts sealed in a Ziploc bag, labeled with the teacher’s name, the student’s name, and grade level.
  • If you are returning an instrument, please make sure your child’s name and grade is clearly marked (and secured with tape or another method) for easy identification later.

After student pick-up concludes on Friday, May 29, we will communicate an alternate date/time for those of you unable to attend any of the scheduled times.  Materials not picked up after June 15 will be donated or disposed of. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Erika Aspuria, Prinicpal at ELAspuria@fcps.edu.

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 schoolyear ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

 Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

 

Requesting a refund for your student's meal account

Meal account refunds can be requested by e-mailing the following information to mealaccountrefund@fcps.edu

  1. Student Name
  2. Student ID # (listed on the student's schedule)
  3. School Name
  4. Parent Name
  5. Street Address
  6. City, State and Zip code
  7. Phone #

On June 30 of each year, balances for all graduating seniors will no longer report in MySchoolBucks.  Food and Nutrition Services will have access to balance files and if parents have not requested a transfer or refund by this date, they may still do so up to one year (to June 30 of the following year) using the above methods.

Parents are required to log into www.MySchoolBucks.com and from the homepage dashboard, click “Remove Student." Click the box under “Remove?” for the graduating student’s name.

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Student Item Pick Up

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Student Item Pick-Up

Ravensworth ES is coordinating times for families to pick up student belongings. Please select one time slot for you to drive up to Door 1 through the bus loop. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time, as the schedule is very tight. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student's name and bring your materials to your car. Library books and other books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th-grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those students not participating next school year.  Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4ea8a72aa46-student

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Ravens' Nest- May 21, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 20th- Rising 7th Grade Virtual Meeting with LBSS (see below) at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 21- Medication Pick-up in bus loop by appointment from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22nd- Medication Pick-up in bus loop by appointment from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 27th- Student Item Pick-up by appointment from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 28th- Student Item Pick-up by appointment from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29th- Student Item Pick-up by appointment from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

 

Student Medication Pick-Up

The parents of children who have medicine in the clinic should have received an email from Mr. Bourjaily last week. On Thursday, May 21st and Friday, May 22nd we will be returning medications to parents. On that day during your scheduled time, you will drive through the Ravensworth bus loop and park in front of door one where a staff member will bring your child’s medication. The parent will stay in the car and then sign off that they have received the medication. Please make sure you bring your picture ID. Only parents or guardians may pick up medication. Please use the Google form below to sign up for a time slot on May 21st from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. or May 22nd from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   If possible, please use Chrome for best results. https://forms.gle/CT6QLRku9PFeb9B97 Please email Patrick Bourjaily at pjbourjaily@fcps.edu if you have a questions or concerns about this. 

 

Now Open Sign-up for Student Item Pick-Up

Families can now sign-up to pick-up their students’ belongings. Please select one time slot for your family on either May 27th, May 28th, or May 29th. On the day of your appointment you will drive up to Door 1 through the bus loop. Please do not arrive before your scheduled time, as the schedule is very tight. Please remain in your car. A staff member will approach your car to obtain the student’s name(s) and we’ll bring your materials to your car. Library books and other Ravensworth books will also be collected during this time. We will also be collecting instruments from 6th grade students, students leaving Ravensworth, and those not participating next school year. Use this Sign-up Genius to sign-up for your time slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/studentpickup

 

Rising 7th Grade Virtual Meeting with LBSS

Lake Braddock Secondary School is continuing to engage the rising 7th grade parents and students.  This week they will host a virtual parent meeting for those families on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30pm.  The link for these meetings were sent in an email to those families Friday, May 15th.

 

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to welcome our rising Kindergartners for the 2020-2021 school year. While we are unable to gather face to face for Kindergarten Orientation, that won’t stop us from connecting. We have created a virtual orientation. Click on the link to learn more about Ravensworth ES https://flipgrid.com/+keller5032

 

Ravensworth School Wellness Team

The Ravensworth School Wellness Team (School Counselors, Psychologist, and Social Worker) recently held a parent wellness coffee chat.  In order for us to understand parent interest and the topics you would like for us to discuss going forward, please take some time to fill out this survey form located at the link below.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Link to Survey form https://forms.gle/W4MUfTiC7Vfk4wG17

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school year ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

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Ravens' Nest- May 14, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 18th PTA Fundraiser at West Springfield Ledo Pizza

Tuesday, May 19th PTA Fundraiser at West Springfield Ledo Pizza

Flyer is located at the end of the Ravens' Nest.

 

Student Item Pick-Up

We have started coordinating with our staff to pack up student materials over the next several weeks. With the continued health department restrictions, this process will take a great deal of time. Pack up will not impact direct instruction, but it may impact email response time.

We will also begin coordinating family pick-up of classroom materials the week of May 25, 2020. We will provide more information as the date approaches. If your family is moving and will be leaving the area prior to the end of the school year, please contact Erika Aspuria at elaspuria@fcps.edu and we will coordinate an earlier pick up.

 

Ravensworth School Wellness Team

The Ravensworth School Wellness Team (School Counselors, Psychologist, and Social Worker) recently held a parent wellness coffee chat.  In order for us to understand parent interest and the topics you would like for us to discuss going forward, please take some time to fill out this survey form located at the link below.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Link to Survey form https://forms.gle/W4MUfTiC7Vfk4wG17

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

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Ravens' Nest- May 6, 2020

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at Ravensworth Elementary. Thank you to our teachers and staff for making Ravensworth such a special place. We appreciate your passion and joy for teaching our learners.  Our celebration may look different due to social distancing this year, but you are welcome to reach out and thank your child(ren)’s teacher(s) via email.

  Ravensworth's News Show is back!

Look for the Ravensworth morning news show that will come out each Friday beginning this week. We will be highlighting the Positivity Project for the upcoming week, announcing student birthdays and other special features from our Specialists.  An announcement will be posted on the Specialist Blackboard 24/7 site about how to view the Ravensworth morning news.

 

Specials Google Classroom- PE, Music, and Art

Have you enrolled in the Specials Google Classroom? Every child was sent an invitation to their school Gmail account. If your child has not received an invitation, please reach out to osdowd@fcps.edu for assistance.

 

Student's Intention for 2020-2021 School Year

(Parents of Rising 7th Graders that will be attending another FCPS school do not need to respond)

If your child will not be returning to Ravensworth next school year, please email our registrar Teresa Dunbar at tlbunbar1@fcps.edu with your intentions. Please include the following information:

Student Name:

Grade Level:

Name and address of New School:

If you previously advised the office that your child will not be returning to Ravensworth and your plans have changed, please let us know.

This information is important for staffing based on enrollment and state regulations require that we determine the educational intentions of students leaving.  

 

Student Placements for 2020-2021

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2020-2021 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by June 1stPlease do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

  Fairfax County Library- Children’s Book Week 2020

The Fairfax County Library is celebrating Children’s Book Week with many virtual events and activities. Check out their online calendar https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/

 

Soap for Hope, a Fundraising Campaign

My name is Katherine Halick, and I attended Ravensworth Elementary School. I am currently an eighth grader at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Within the past couple of weeks my science teacher Mr. David Kelly invited his classes to participate in "Soap for Hope," a fundraising campaign to help those who have lost their jobs and need financial help because of the Covid 19 pandemic. My classmates and I have been pitching in by making soap and writing encouraging letters to people who have donated 10 dollars or more to Go Fund Me (Soap for Hope). 

Our goal is to raise $15,000. If you would like to donate, see a video, or get more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/27skc-soap-for-hope. If you have suggestions of others in our community (individuals, businesses, media, local government, etc.) who might like to know about our service/fundraising campaign, please feel free to forward this information to them. Or, send me their contact information, and we will follow up.

Thank you for your time and stay safe!

All the best,

Katherine Halick

1560179@fcpsschools.net

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Ravens' Nest- Aprill 30, 2020

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Message from the Principal

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

We are all in this together!  The new distance learning journey is in place because the health and safety of you and your family during this pandemic is a priority.  We hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

It was exciting to have our first full week of face-to-face instruction.  If the staff did not see your child(ren), they will be reaching out to you.  We want to make sure we are connecting with each of our students every week.  We miss our students!

Mr. Bourjaily and I were able to see so many thoughtful and engaging lessons.  The staff is working hard to provide opportunities for your child(ren)’s continuity of learning.  Our collaborative teaching teams continue to reflect on distance learning plans and are using those reflections for constant adjustment.  Our distance learning goal is to continue to inspire a love of learning in our students and to continue to foster the growth and progress towards our standards of learning.  

We want you as a family to make decisions about what works for your family.  Many of you are managing and juggling your family systems, work schedules and health issues during this stressful time.  We encourage you to communicate with teachers, support staff, and administration whenever needed so we can support each other in this process.  There are many points of access for our continuity of learning including daily instructional time and office hours with teachers, centrally mailed learning packets, and continuous lessons on the cable channels.

District Level and School level resources for continuity of learning: https://fcps.blackboard.com/webapps/login/

FCPS cable channels with learning activities are available:

  • Channel 21 includes elementary school programming
  • Channel 25 includes middle school programming
  • Channel 99 includes high school programming

The Ravensworth staff is working and collaborating each day during this global crisis.  They put on bright smiles during the lessons, even when their own children and families are struggling.  They love and miss your children!  Next week is teacher appreciation week.  THANK YOU to our staff for all you have done and continue to do to help finish the school year strong and connect with students.

To all Ravensworth families – THANK YOU for all you are doing to help your children stay focused and calm during this challenging time.  We will get through this together.  Stay in touch.  Take good care.  Ravensworth Strong!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Kindergarten and Student Registration for School Year 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

 

From the Library: eBooks available online

There are now several hundred new popular ebooks available to students through MackinVia.  MackinVIA is the FCPS ebook and audiobook platform. You can access these books by going to the FCPS Library Catalog at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/library choose Ravensworth on Destiny, scrolling down to the bottom where the “Learning Links” are located and then clicking on MackinVia app shortcut with other online resources.  Or you can get to the site with this link:  fairfax.mackinvia.com Either way, bookmark this page.  Be sure to log in to the FCPS blue bar on the left side of the page. Use your FCPS network username (student number) and password to get in, NOT the Follett prompt. When you log in, you should automatically see all ebooks. They are limited to single-user licenses by publishers. That means that if a copy of a book is checked out, other users can make a request to place it on hold, but only one person may access the book at a time. Here is a four minute video demonstrating the features of MackinVia.

 How to Access via an app

You can also download the MackinVIA app from the iOS and android app stores to read or listen on your personal mobile devices!

Let Ms. Boyd know if she can help you find these resources. RLBoyd@fcps.edu

 

Music, Art, PE Choice Board Available

Your Music, Art, and Physical Education Specialists have put together a totally optional Choice Board for you. Each activity has been designed to take about a half an hour and will include content from the different specialty areas. If you choose, you can complete one a day. You can access this choice board by visiting the specialist blackboard site or their newly created Google Classroom.

K-2 Choice Board:

https://fcps.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-7454839-dt-announcement-rid-44215520_2/xid-44215520_2

3-6 Choice Board:

https://fcps.blackboard.com/bbcswebdav/pid-7454839-dt-announcement-rid-44215521_2/xid-44215521_2

 

Positivity Project- Week of May 4

This week’s character strength is Leadership. You show this when you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders, rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

We will review all 25 character strengths over the remaining weeks of school.

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Ravens' Nest- April 23, 2020

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A Message from the Principal

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

First and foremost, we miss seeing you in person and hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this time.Thank you for your patience and support.   We understand the difficulties of distance learning in your homes.  Our staff shares your frustration with the constant changes and disruptions that have occurred over the past few weeks.  Our Ravensworth teachers want nothing more than to be with your children learning. 

A top priority at Ravensworth and of FCPS is to ensure that our students are safe when they are under our care. As you know the biggest area of concern that emerged across the Division was the ability to keep each virtual classroom independently secure. This week, our school staff was trained on the Google Meet tool within Google Classroom.  Your child(ren)’s teacher will be in touch with you before Monday with directions how to access their virtual classroom.   We remain hopeful that the necessary changes have been made to help us smoothly move forward with synchronous instruction.

My heart is full after seeing so many creative, interactive and successful lessons happening at every grade level.    Many aspects of our distance learning plan were positive and well-executed, including how quickly our students have adapted.  Our staff is working hard to make the time they have with students valuable for both relationships and instruction.   We are here for you and are in this together.  Thank you for your continued trust is us.  We appreciate your partnership throughout this journey.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to our teachers, counselors, and other staff. 

 

Take good care.  Ravensworth Strong!

 

Sincerely,

 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Updated Third Quarter Grading Timeline

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020. 

More information about grading and reporting for the remainder of the school year will be available later this week.

 

Parent Coffee Chat

The Wellness Team at Ravensworth Elementary School would like to invite you to a coffee chat for Thursday, April 30th, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss tips for helping your child cope through this time at home to include your school counselors, school psychologist, and school social worker.  If you would like to be a part of this coffee chat, please go to the counseling Blackboard 24/7 site for the link under "collaborate ultra."  The link is or will be labeled "coffee chat."  If you have any questions, please email Todd Austin at wtaustin@fcps.edu or Dana Smith at dmsmith@fcps.edu.

 

Mental Health Resources

Numerous resources have been developed to support families, including the Healthy Minds Blog, Student Voice videos, and a Learning from Home webpage for families. These links are captured in one page that also includes language to share with your families regarding school-based social emotional learning and wellness resources during distance learning and is available at the following link: Social-Emotional and Wellness Resources for Families.

 

A Message from our Business Partner

Looking for a constructive activity while you are practicing social distancing?

Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts has taken its Taekwondo instruction virtual and is providing a distance learning course FREE to Fairfax County community members.

This 1-month course was designed to help children learn Taekwondo, a very popular Korean Martial Art, in the comfort of their own home.

You can register for this Free course at:

http://www.rvtkd.com/virtualclasses.html

You can also contact us at andrewgausesmartialarts@gmail.com if you have any additional questions.

Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts Team

 

Kindergarten and New Student Registration for 2020-2021

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please go to https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/new-student-registration-kindergarten-orientation-2020-21 Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to our School Registrar, Ms. Dunbar, at tldunbar1@fcps.edu.

 

Positivity Project- Week of April 27

This week’s character strength is Connection/Purpose. You demonstrate this strength when you have beliefs about the meaning of life and your life’s purpose. You seek to be part of something greater than yourself. Having a clear sense of purpose in life, and a belief that you’re connected to a larger meaning, gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances, or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life – and are more fulfilled.

Next Week’s Character Strength: Leadership

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