Ravens' Nest- January 16, 2020

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Upcoming Events

January 20

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday – School Holiday

January 21 – 23

  • PTA Spirit Day – Ledo Pizza – West Springfield; includes take-out

January 22

  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm - Immersion Information Meeting (Cafeteria)

January 27, 28

  • Student Holidays

 

Parent Coffee

On January 17th from 8:30-9:30 a.m., there will be a parent coffee in the Ravensworth library. During this time there will be a presentation regarding the implementation of the Positivity Project here at Ravensworth! Please enter through the front office and obtain a visitor’s badge before making your way to the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

A Note from the AART

Thank you to all the families who have submitted Level IV Referrals. In backpacks yesterday was a letter verifying receipt of the referral form. If you submitted a referral and did not receive a letter, please notify Mrs. Trumbull at astrumbull@fcps.edu.

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait Prudence. Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. Leveraging this strength helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. During the week of January 20th our students will focus on Perseverance. You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

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Upcoming Events

January 9

  • Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School cafeteria

January 15

  • Club and Candid Photographs

January 17

  • College Spirit Wear Day
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Parent Coffee in the library- Come learn more about The Positivity Project

 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Community,

What a difference 24-hours can make! Yesterday at this time children were playing in the snow and today the sun is out melting it all away. We had a very successful early dismissal thanks to your support by promptly picking up your children.

As we continue to experience winter weather conditions please make sure your child is aware of your plan if we have a 2-hour early release. Knowing that you have a plan in place eases your child’s concerns.

If you want to learn more about Fairfax County Public Schools’ Winter Cancellation Procedures use this link for more details. https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/weather-cancellation-procedures

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

AAP Level IV TImelines

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due to Ravensworth ES no later than January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

 

Author Visit for Grades 4-6 Students

On March 27th, author Kristen Ball will be visiting our 4th – 6th graders to share about her fictional book, A Calf Named Brian Higgins.  The book is inspired by Kristen’s real experiences from 2005, when after receiving a scholastic grant, she became the first Westerner to live in Sauri, Kenya!  Kristen has over 15 years of teaching and school administrative experience.  She spent 9 years teaching middle school where she pioneered a School-to-School program connecting her class with students in rural East Africa.  She loves traveling adventures.  Some of her favorites include hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal and canoeing along the Mekong River in Cambodia.

If you would like to purchase a copy of A Calf Named Brian Higgins for your child to read, and get signed by Kristen when she visits in March, you may do so using one of the following links.

Amazon 

https://www.amazon.com/Calf-Named-Brian-Higgins-Adventure/dp/1947159003/ref=sr_1_1?crid=26WZKH7F0W4SH&keywords=a+calf+named+brian+higgins&qid=1570503755&sprefix=a+calf%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1

 Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-calf-named-brian-higgins-kristen-ball/1127958832?ean=9781947159006

 Lerner Books

https://lernerbooks.com/shop/show/16510

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait Optimism/Hope. During the week of January 13th our students will focus on Prudence. You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

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Upcoming Events

December 20

  • Grade 6 Chorus to Leewood Nursing Home for Concert, 9:45 – 11:45 am

January 6

  • Students and Staff return from Winter Break

January 9

  • Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School cafeteria

January 15

  • Club and Candid Photographs

January 17

  • College Spirit Wear Day

 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Community,

Winter Break is upon us! I wish all of you the gift of health, happiness, and time with family and friends during this holiday season. I am thankful and honored to be working with dedicated educators, supportive parents and community members, and amazing students. Each of you help make Ravensworth such a wonderful place to learn and grow. Please take time to unplug, rejuvenate and rest over the two week break.

Take good care and Happy New Year! See you back at school on Monday, January 6, 2020.

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Attention Grade 6 Families

Student intent form for rising 7th graders are due by Friday, December 20, 2019 before winter break. Please contact Ms. Dunbar, our registrar, in the front office if you have further questions at 703-426-3600.

 

Please be respectful of our neighbors

If you are parking across the street from school to walk your child to school via a crosswalk, please do not block driveways. Fairfax County ordinance states that there must be a 10 feet clearance on either side of a driveway and a 15 feet clearance on either side of a fire hydrant. The safest method of dropping off and picking up students is to use our Kiss and Ride lane. Thank you for setting a good example for your children when driving them to school.

 

AAP Level IV TImelines

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due to Ravensworth ES no later than January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

 

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Andrea Trumbull, at any time up through January 9. On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Mrs. Trumbull will hold a drop-in referral open house where you can bring in your referral files with any supporting documentation and she can look over them with you to determine if everything is complete and formatted correctly before submitting everything the following day. Note: She cannot advise you on the content of what to include, just whether or not it is complete and meets all formatting requirements. 

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait self-control. During the week of January 6th our students will focus on Optimism/Hope. You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

 

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Letter from Mrs. Aspuria

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December 13, 2019

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

 

This letter is to inform you that we are aware of isolated cases of lice.   We are informing you of this so that you can monitor your own child.

 

Currently we are taking several measures:

  • Working with Denise Mizeski, Fairfax County Health Department School Public Health Nurse and monitoring the number of cases being reported
  • Nightly wiping down all surfaces in classrooms
  • Removing rugs from several classrooms
  • Students placing jackets in their backpacks

 

During Winter Break we plan to:

  • Lower the building temperature in an effort to kill any nits
  • Deep cleaning all classrooms

 

We are asking that you please continue to check your child’s head.  Head lice are small insects that are generally found close to the scalp and primarily around the back of the neck and ears, the adult louse resembles a sesame seed. Nits are the egg (or the empty casing), and are silver to tan in color. Because they are glued to the hair, nits must be removed manually, usually with a special comb. The number and location of nits on the hair follicle are useful in determining when live lice have been effectively eliminated.

 

There are several effective over-the-counter products and prescription products that kill lice on the head. Please be aware that some home remedies can be effective while others can be harmful. For eliminating lice in the home, denying lice their food source for two weeks (bagging up non-washable items or closing off rooms) is an essential component for success. Heat also kills lice on objects. Recently used items that can tolerate water can be cleared of lice by washing in hot water over 130˚F, placing them in a hot dryer for 20 minutes, dry cleaning, or ironing.   

 

A recent statement of the American Academy of Pediatricians said that mass screenings in schools are not performed.   Our health clinic aid is monitoring the number of cases reported to us.  If you have questions regarding these recommendations, please contact your physician or the Fairfax County Health Department School Public Health Nurse, Denise Mizeski at 703-426-3600. Our health clinic aid, Paula Condit can also be reached at the same number or email at PACondit@fcps.edu  More resources and information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services/lice-treatment-and-prevention

 

Thank you for working together with us.  If there are any changes we will share that information with you.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

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Upcoming Events

December 11

  • PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle on Rolling Road from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

December 13

  • Wacky Hair Day

December 18

  • Winter Band Concert, Grade 6, 6:30 pm - Gym

December 20

  • Grade 6 Chorus to Leewood Nursing Home for Concert, 9:45 – 11:45 am

January 6

  • Students and Staff return from Winter Break

January 9

  • Rising 7th Graders Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock SS and Course Selection 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School cafeteria

 

Attention Grade 6 Families

Student intent form for rising 7th graders are due by Friday, December 20, 2019 before winter break.  Please contact Ms. Dunbar, our registrar, in the front office if you have further questions at 703-426-3600.

 

AAP Level IV TImelines

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due to Ravensworth ES no later than January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

 

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Andrea Trumbull, at any time up through January 9.  On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Mrs. Trumbull will hold a drop-in referral open house where you can bring in your referral files with any supporting documentation and she can look over them with you to determine if everything is complete and formatted correctly before submitting everything the following day. Note: She cannot advise you on the content of what to include, just whether or not it is complete and meets all formatting requirements. 

Spring Author Visit

On March 27th, author Kristen Ball will be visiting our 4th – 6th graders to share about her fictional book, A Calf Named Brian Higgins.  The book is inspired by Kristen’s real experiences from 2005 when, after receiving a scholastic grant, she became the first Westerner to live in Sauri, Kenya!  Kristen has over 15 years of teaching and school administrative experience.  She spent 9 years teaching middle school where she pioneered a School-to-School program connecting her class with students in rural East Africa.  She loves traveling adventures.  Some of her favorites include hiking in the Himalayas in Nepal and canoeing along the Mekong River in Cambodia.

If you would like to purchase a copy of A Calf Named Brian Higgins for your child to read and get signed by Kristen when she visits in March, you may do so using one of the following links.

Amazon 

https://www.amazon.com/Calf-Named-Brian-Higgins-Adventure/dp/1947159003/ref=sr_1_1?crid=26WZKH7F0W4SH&keywords=a+calf+named+brian+higgins&qid=1570503755&sprefix=a+calf%2Caps%2C131&sr=8-1

 

Barnes and Noble

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-calf-named-brian-higgins-kristen-ball/1127958832?ean=9781947159006

Lerner Books

https://lernerbooks.com/shop/show/16510

 

Or you can purchase it at a local bookstore.

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait Humility.  Humble people have an accurate sense of their abilities and achievements.  They hold the capacity to acknowledge their mistakes and limitations and are open to advice and new ideas.  True humility is a sign of strength; it is a quiet confidence in who you are.  During the week of December 16th our students will focus on Self-control.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

After-School Pickup Changes

Any time there is a change in child pickup we must follow procedures to ensure the safety of your child.  You need to complete a Change of Transportation using the online form:   https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/transportation-form or send in a note. All change requests must be made by 2:00pm. If your child is going home with another student, we will need a matching note from that parent.

If your child is picked up after school by someone other than their regular caregiver (childcare provider, grandparent, etc.) please be sure that whoever picks up has an ID and is on the Emergency Care List.  We are not able to release a child to anyone who is not on the Emergency Care List. You must contact the office before dismissal with an email to confirm who will be picking up the child in the event of any change in pickup.

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Upcoming Events

 

 December 6

  • Grade 3 Snacks and Facts- Cafeteria

December 9

  • Grade 5 & 6 Strings & Chorus Concert- Strings Students report at 6:00 pm, Chorus Students report at 6:15 p.m., Concert to begin at 6:30 p.m.

December 11

  • PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle on Rolling Road from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

December 13

  • Wacky Hair Day

December 18

  • Winter Band Concert, Grade 6, 6:30 pm - Gym

 

Attention Grade 6 Families

Today in your child’s Wednesday Folder is a student intent form for rising 7th graders. They are due by December 20, 2019 before winter break.  Please contact Ms. Dunbar our registrar in the front office if you have further questions.

 

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is filling up with coats and jackets.  We plan to put the lost and found items out in the front lobby on the afternoon of Monday, December 9th.  Parents attending the concert on Monday night are welcome to look for lost items then or during arrival on Tuesday, December 10th.  Teachers will also take their students by the tables to look at the items on Tuesday.

 

AAP Level IV

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due to Ravensworth ES no later than January 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Andrea Trumbull, at any time up through January 9.  On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Mrs. Trumbull will hold a drop-in referral open house where you can bring in your referral files with any supporting documentation and she can look over them with you to determine if everything is complete and formatted correctly before submitting everything the following day. Note: She cannot advise you on the content of what to include, just whether or not it is complete and meets all formatting requirements. 

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait kindness.  Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people.  Kind people are selfless.  An individual with the strength of kindness helps others because it’s the right thing to do, not because they expect any reciprocal treatment or gain in reputation.  Last year our generous PTA purchased a Buddy Bench for our playground.  As part of the Positivity Project and our focus on kindness, we are sharing with students how they can show kindness by inviting students sitting on the buddy bench to play.  If you want to learn more about a Buddy Bench watch this clip from NBC Nightly News https://youtu.be/iVWp4j3f2UY  During the week of December 9th our students will focus on humility.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

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Upcoming Events

November 26

  • PTA Fundraiser at McDonald’s King Park Shopping Center from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

November 27-29

  • Thanksgiving Holiday- No School

December 4

  • Advanced Academics Program Information Meeting: Topic Level IV Referrals 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria

December 9

  • Strings and Chorus Concert 6:00 p.m. in the gym

December 11

  • PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle on Rolling Road from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Community,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  It is time to gather with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks.  Since a child my family has had the tradition of the Five Kernels of Corn.  Each person holds the five kernels of corn in their hand says five things they are thankful for, one for each kernel of corn. 

Ravensworth’s five kernels of corn are:

  1. We were among one of the FCPS schools to receive the 2019 Excellence in Equity Award for Closing the Gap and Raising the Bar.
  2. We have a wonderful staff who cares about our students, families, and each other.
  3. Teachers are implementing a variety of technology tools, Positivity Project activities, and Advanced Academic resources/materials into their lessons.
  4. Our families and community support our students’ success.
  5. We have a supportive Parent Teacher Association.

During this Thanksgiving season, it is my hope that you and your family will be able to spend quality time together.  Thanks for all you do to make our community such a special place.  I am thankful for you!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Positivity Project

This week and next week our students are learning about the trait gratitude.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of December 2nd our students will focus on kindness.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 14

  • Family Life Education Parent Preview Night in the computer lab from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Family Life Education Parent Preview Night

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the Ravensworth Computer Lab, room 135. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 https://fcps.blackboard.com/https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcps-24-7-learning Account information is available at your local school or online.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 13

  • Progress Reports to go home in Wednesday Folders
  • Individual Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 14

  • Family Life Education Parent Preview Night in library from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15

  • Superhero Day- wear your cape or superhero gear, please no masks or weapons
  • PTA Bingo Night- Pizza from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Pre-order your pizza by November 10th) Play bingo from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 19

  • PTA Choolaah Fundraiser, 2911 District Ave, St 100, Fairfax, from 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

 

Family Life Education Parent Preview Night

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on November 14th at 5:30 p.m. in the Ravensworth Computer Lab, room 135. All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time.

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights for. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians will need a SIS account to access FCPS 24-7 https://fcps.blackboard.com/https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcps-24-7-learning Account information is available at your local school or online.

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about knowing my words and actions affect others.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of November 18th our students will focus on gratitude.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

A Message from our PTA

This Friday, November 15th is Family Bingo Night.  The schedule for the evening will be:

Pizza 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Bingo 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Free popcorn

Pizza pre-order $10 pie by Nov 10th

Drinks, chips and other snacks available.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 11

  • Bravery Breakfast in cafeteria from 8:00-8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 12

  • Naglieri Testing- Grade 1 students

Wednesday, November 13

  • Progress Reports to go home in Wednesday Folders
  • Individual Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 14

  • Family Life Education Parent Preview Night in library from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 15

  • Superhero Day- wear your cape or superhero gear, please no masks or weapons
  • PTA Bingo Night- Pizza from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Pre-order your pizza by November 10th) Play bingo from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Bravery Breakfast

On November 11th from 8:00am to 8:30am, Ravensworth Elementary will be having a Bravery Breakfast to honor our veterans, active duty military, and reservists. We would love to proudly display the student-colored flags we sent home in the Wednesday folders that showcase our many connections to military families. When you sign up, please indicate how many children and adults are coming, including: students, siblings that may not attend Ravensworth, parents, and the service member. We will be serving a light breakfast.

Please RSVP here by November 4th! You can RSVP using this link https://qrgo.page.link/GsRZc

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about Creativity.  The Positivity Project defines creativity as – you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of November 4th our students will focus on Bravery.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

Cafeteria Reminder

We would like to remind you to not bring in outside food in outside food wrappings, including drink cups. We also request no carbonated drinks or drinks in glass bottles.

 

Square 1 Art

November 8th is the last day to order Square 1 Art.  Send in your orders to Mrs. Fortenberry as soon as possible.

 

Winter Food Drive

The SCA is looking to teach compassion to others by donating canned food or dry food to those in need throughout the month of November.  Please consider having your child bring canned food or dry food to school and placing those donations in our SCA box located in the front lobby (under the art display). 

 

A Message from our PTA

Pizza 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Bingo 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Free popcorn

Pizza pre-order $10 pie by Nov 10th

Drinks, chips and other snacks available

 

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A Message From The Principal

Dear Ravensworth,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Ravensworth parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Ravensworth staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Kelsey Green, our awards liaison, at kkgreen@fcps.edu no later than Thursday, November 14th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Ms. Green:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community • Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kelsey Green at kkgreen@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

Ravensworth Elementary

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Upcoming Events Upcoming Events

 

Wednesday, October 30 through Thursday, October 31

  • Book Fair in Library
    • Wednesday, Oct 30 – open 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Thursday, Oct 31- open 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 31

  • Book Character Day - students can dress up like their favorite book character. Please no masks, no scary costumes, no weapons, or face painting.

Monday, November 4

  • Student Holiday/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, November 5

  • Student Holiday/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 11

  • Bravery Breakfast in cafeteria from 8:00-8:30 a.m.
A Message From The Principal

Dear Ravensworth,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher, whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will then select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted FCPS Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools will also select an Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching) and have the option of submitting nominees for the other school-based award categories: Outstanding Principal, Outstanding Leader (e.g. Assistant Principal), Outstanding Professional Employee (e.g. School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist), and Outstanding Operational Employee (e.g. Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, and Food Service Staff).  Nominations for Bus Driver will be processed through the transportation department. 

We are asking you, the Ravensworth parent and guardian community, to help us gather names for this process. If you would like to nominate a Ravensworth staff member for any of the above awards, please send the name of your nominee and a short paragraph about him or her in an email to Kelsey Green, our awards liaison, at kkgreen@fcps.edu no later than Thursday, November 14th.  All responses will be kept confidential.  If you are nominating a staff member for the Outstanding Teacher or Outstanding New Teacher award, please address at least two of the following award criteria in your submission to Ms. Green:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents, and fosters their self-esteem • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students • Fosters cooperative relationships and engages with their colleagues and the community • Demonstrates outstanding leadership

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Kelsey Green at kkgreen@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

Ravensworth Elementary

  A Message from Ravensworth’s PTA

Don’t forget to stop by the Library this week to check out our Scholastic Book Fair!  We are open to the General Public on Wednesday (30-Oct) from 3pm-6pm and on Thursday (31-Oct) morning from 8am-9am!  If you cannot come shopping with your kids you can send them to school with an eWallet – click here for more details: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parent-how-it-works.html

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID

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

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are confidential.  Learn more about Impact Aid in this short video

  Book Character Day

We are looking forward to our Book Character Day on Thursday, October 31st.  Students can dress up like their favorite book character.  To ensure the safety of your child and others please no masks, no scary costumes, no weapons, or face painting.

 

Bravery Breakfast

On November 11th from 8:00am to 8:30am, Ravensworth Elementary will be having a Bravery Breakfast to honor our veterans, active duty military, and reservists. We would love to proudly display the student-colored flags we sent home in the Wednesday folders that showcase our many connections to military families. When you sign up, please indicate how many children and adults are coming, including: students, siblings that may not attend Ravensworth, parents, and the service member. We will be serving a light breakfast.

Please RSVP here by November 4th! You can RSVP using this link https://qrgo.page.link/GsRZc

  Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about Creativity.  The Positivity Project defines creativity as – you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of November 4th our students will focus on Bravery.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

Register Now for the New FCPS Teacher Workday-Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) during teacher workdays or student holidays when schools are closed? Check out this redesigned camp offered by FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE), bundled to give parents affordable, bilingual, camp options. You can drop off your child as early as 8 a.m., and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m.

In this camp, your child will be introduced to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new cultural and culinary experience. You can sign up for a single day online or two days and receive the third day for free by calling the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201. Camp dates: November 4, November 5, and December 23. Spaces are limited so register today.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

 

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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 25 through Thursday, October 31

  • Book Fair in Library
    • Friday, Oct 25 – open 5:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Monday, Oct 28 – open 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, Oct 30 – open 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Friday, October 25

  • PTA Movie Night/Book Fair (Pizza and drinks sold from 5:00-6:00 p.m.) Movie starts at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 31

  • Book Character Day - students can dress up like their favorite book character. Please no masks, no scary costumes, no weapons, or face painting.

Monday, November 4

  • Student Holiday

Tuesday, November 5

  • Student Holiday

 

Student Arrival Time

Just a reminder to please time your child’s arrival to 8:15 a.m.  We do not have adult supervision outside the front door until that time.  Patrols may report at 8:00 a.m.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID

In today’s Wednesday Folder is your child’s Federal Impact AID form.  Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return to Ravensworth ES. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.  See the video link for more information - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

Book Character Day

We are looking forward to our Book Character Day on Thursday, October 31st. Students can dress up like their favorite book character.  To ensure the safety of your child and others please no masks, no scary costumes, no weapons, or face painting.

Socktober

Keep those socks coming in.  Join Lake Braddock SS and its elementary feeder schools in collecting socks for those in need.   Please help us teach students the value of giving all this month by having your child donate new socks.  Please contact Mr. Austin, our school counselor, if you have any further questions.

Bravery Breakfast

On November 11th from 8:00-8:30 a.m., we will be hosting a Bravery Breakfast.  As part of our Positivity Project focus we want to honor our family members who are veterans, active duty military, and reservists.  Please RSVP by November 4th to https://qrgo.page.link/GsRZc

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about Perspective.  The Positivity Project defines perspective as - you appreciate when people see things in different ways.  You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of October 28 our students will focus on Creativity.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

A Message from the PTA

PTA Movie Night - Friday, October 25th

Please join us on Friday, October 25th for our PTA Movie Night and the opening of our annual Book Fair. We will have pizza available from 5-6 pm. YOU MUST PRE-ORDER your pizza as we order based on pizza orders placed.

Drinks and snacks will be available for sale at the event as well. Please click on the link below to pre-order your pizza.  

Pizza Orders: https://signup.com/go/rinRbqM   

The movie will start at 6pm and all students must be accompanied by their parent or guardian for the entire evening. Floor seating only on movie night so bring a blanket and/or pillow.   We are looking for volunteers to help make this a fun night for everyone. If you are available to help, please sign up here (https://signup.com/go/PryNHMi).

 

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Upcoming Events

Friday, October 18

  • Celebrate the end of Healthy Living Week – Wear red

Tuesday, October 22

  • G4 Field Trip to National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center leaving 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 23

  • Picture Day- Individual Photos

Friday, October 25 through Thursday, October 31

  • Book Fair in Library
    • Friday, Oct 25 – open 5:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Monday, Oct 28 – open 3:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Wednesday, Oct 30 – open 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Friday, October 25

  • PTA Movie Night/Book Fair (Pizza and drinks sold from 5:45-6:30 p.m.) Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31

  • Book Character Day - students can dress up like their favorite book character. Please no masks, no weapons, or face painting.
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID

Beginning on October 21, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by October 30. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.  See the video link for more information - https://youtu.be/uPqC3BLf3Ow

  Socktober

Join Lake Braddock SS and its elementary feeder schools in collecting socks for those in need.   Please help us teach students the value of giving all this month by having your child donate new socks.  Please contact Mr. Austin, our school counselor, if you have any further questions.

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about integrity.  The Positivity Project defines integrity as doing the right thing even when no one is watching.  They have the courage not to follow the crowd if it means going against their beliefs.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of October 21 our students will focus on Perspective.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

A Message from the PTA

PTA Movie Night - Friday, October 25th

Please join us on Friday, October 25th for our PTA Movie Night and the opening of our annual Book Fair. We will have pizza available from 5-6pm. YOU MUST PRE-ORDER your pizza as we order based on pizza orders placed. Drinks and snacks will be available for sale at the event as well. Please click on the link below to pre-order your pizza.   Pizza Orders: https://signup.com/go/rinRbqM    The movie will start at 6pm and all students must be accompanied by their parent or guardian for the entire evening. Floor seating only on movie night so bring a blanket and/or pillow.   We are looking for volunteers to help make this a fun night for everyone. If you are available to help, please sign up here (https://signup.com/go/PryNHMi).

  A Message from Dr. Smith- Principal at Lake Braddock SS

Lake Braddock Secondary School is anticipating a large crowd for Friday’s varsity home football game against the visiting Woodson Cavaliers. We wanted to take a moment to remind you that the following guidelines to ensure that all of our guests, students, and parents enjoy the true spirit of the event:

  • Lake Braddock Secondary School is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free zone. 

 

  • Guests will not be allowed to enter the stadium with containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, coolers, etc. 

 

  • Guests will not be allowed to enter the stadium with backpacks or large bags, or sporting equipment (footballs, soccer balls, etc.).

 

  • Once you leave the stadium, there is no re-entry to the event

 

  • Representatives from the Fairfax County Police Department, the Lake Braddock Administration, and the Lake Braddock Security Staff will be on hand to ensure a safe and secure environment for both Lake Braddock fans and for our visitors and guests.

 

  • Lake Braddock students and parents are asked to demonstrate good citizenship and spirited sportsmanship to our opponents and their fans. Let's show everyone why Bruin Nation is the class of the Region!

 

Thank you in advance for your adherence to these guidelines.

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Updates and Events

Thursday, October 10

  • Grade 6 Field Trip to Calleva leaving school at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, October 14

  • Student Holiday - No school

Wednesday, October 16

  • PTA Fundraiser at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Rolling Road, Springfield

Friday, October 18

  • Celebrate the end of Healthy Living Week – Wear red

Wednesday, October 23

  • Picture Day- Individual Photos

Friday, October 25

  • PTA Movie Night/ Book Fair (Pizza and drinks sold from 5:45-6:30 p.m.) Movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

 

Family Visitors- Lunch Payments

Our students enjoy having their family join them for lunch.  When buying lunch in the cafeteria please bring cash.  Due to federal guidelines family visitors cannot purchase their lunch using their child’s lunch account.  Please talk to our cafeteria manager, Ravinder Singh, if you have any further questions. 

  Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about being present and giving others my attention.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of October 14 our students will focus on Integrity.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

A Message from the PTA

PTA Movie Night - Friday, October 25th Please join us on Friday, October 25th at 6:30 pm for our PTA Movie Night and the opening of our annual Book Fair. We are looking for volunteers to help make this a fun night for everyone. If you are available to help, please sign up here: signup.com/go/PryNHMi Pizza and drinks will be sold from 5:45-6:30pm. Please pre-order pizza by October 21st. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during the movie. All students must be accompanied by their parent or guardian for the entire evening. Floor seating only on movie night so bring a blanket and/or pillow.  

 

 

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Thursday, October 10

  • Grade 6 Field Trip to Calleva leaving school at 9:45 a.m. Return time 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 14

  • Student Holiday - No school

Wednesday, October 16

  • PTA Fundraiser at Panera Bread from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Rolling Road, Springfield

Friday, October 18

  • Celebrate the end of Healthy Living Week - Wear Red

 

Interims

Today students in grades 1-6 received their interims.  Interim reports are meant to communicate your child’s academic and social/emotional progress so far this school year.  Please contact your child’s teacher if you wish to speak further regarding their progress.

 

Reporting Absences and/or Changes of Transportation

Do you need to report that your child is absent, or you need to change the way they are getting home?  You can submit this information by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/  Scroll to the bottom, click on Attendance or Transportation Forms to submit an Absence or Change in Transportation.  You may also email your teacher, so she is aware of any changes.  If you chose to email the teacher add sghall@fcps.edu, ksinha@fcps.edu, tldunbar1@fcps.edu and bbmorgan@fcps.edu.  This will notify the office staff and your child’s teacher of any changes in transportation or absences.

 

Positivity Project

This week our students are learning about the trait Open-mindedness.  The Positivity Project defines open-mindedness as the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals.  Our daily news show has featured videos and quotes to reflect on this trait.  During the week of October 7 our students will focus on Other People Matter 2: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention.  You can extend your child’s learning by going to the Ravensworth website at https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/about/positivity-project

 

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