RAVENS' NEST 01/19/2022

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Upcoming Events

Jan 19th – Orthodox Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 19th – Immersion Informational Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Virtual Meeting

Jan 20th – End of Quarter

Jan 20th – Virtual Snow Day, 10:30 am – 1:15 pm

Jan 21st – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Jan 24th – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Jan 25th – PTA Spirit Day – BGR, 4:00 – 9:00 pm

Jan 28th – SCA Spirit Day – Wear Blue to support Recycling

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 20 will be a Virtual School Day

Dear Ravensworth Families,

Fairfax County Public Schools has announced a virtual day for tomorrow, January 20, 2022. We already had a planned two hour early release. All FCPS elementary schools will provide the same amount of instructional time; however, the schedules may look different school to school. Below is the schedule we will follow tomorrow.

Schoology

Your child’s teacher has shown them how to log into Schoology, but our younger students may need some support. Students will have access to Schoology on their FCPS laptop. Students should use their login information and will then be able to see their classroom courses. For specials, students may access the materials posted during the asynchronous time to complete. Special education staff will be supporting in classrooms and providing support to students.

 

Attendance

Attendance will be taken during Morning Meeting. If your child is having difficulty logging in please email your child’s teacher.  Students who are unable to connect will be marked as an excused absence and will be given the opportunity to make up work.  If your child is ill or unable to connect and will not be attending school, please email your child’s teacher AND notify the Main Office via our attendance email at [email protected]  

 

Technology Support

Additional resources to support staff, students, and families are available for your use:

 

To Prepare

  • Review the Student Technology Readiness Checklist with your child and complete all the at-home readiness steps. 
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. 
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.
  • Remind your child that the same rules that are in school apply to our virtual learning.

We appreciate your support and flexibility in making sure an inclement weather virtual learning day is a successful one for your child. 

Thank you,

 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

Ravensworth Elementary School

#RavensWorth

 

  SCA Spirit Day – Help us Support Recycling   

Please have your child wear blue on Thursday, January 28th to support recycling in our school.  We will be recycling lunch trays in the cafeteria and paper in the classrooms.

 

  New Guidance for Returning to School After Quarantine, Pause, or Isolation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for isolation and quarantine in late December, with multiple updates in January. This guidance reduces isolation and quarantine to five days. The VDH states that school districts may choose to continue more stringent isolation and quarantine requirements or may implement the new CDC guidance.

FCPS will adopt the new guidance with one exception:

  • FCPS will adopt CDC’s recommendation for a five-day period of quarantine for students and staff.
  • FCPS will adopt CDC’s recommendation for a five-day period of isolation for staff.
  • FCPS will NOT adopt CDC’s recommendation for isolation for students as we are unable to implement the required physical distancing protocols during meals.  FCPS students with COVID-19 will need to continue to complete a ten-day isolation period. 

Return Guidance for Students with COVID-19 Students who are COVID-19 positive are able to return to school when ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • Student completes at least 10 days of isolation from symptom onset for symptomatic students or 10 days since testing positive (day test administered) for COVID-19 for asymptomatic students; AND
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved; AND
  • Student submits the FCPS Isolation Letter with the return date to their attending school

Return Guidance for Students who are Close Contacts to School Related Exposures Asymptomatic students who are close contacts and required to quarantine are able to return to school when all the criteria for one of the two options below is met:

  • Option 1:
    • Student completes five days of quarantine; AND
    • Student is asymptomatic; AND
    • Student is able to wear a face mask at school- Day 6 thru 10; AND
    • Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
  • Option 2:
    • Student completes ten days of quarantine; AND
    • Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
    • Students with mask exemptions will need to utilize Option 2 to return from quarantine.

Some students and staff may be exempt from quarantine if they meet the CDC criteria, are able to wear a face mask, and are asymptomatic:

  • Students must complete the FCHD vaccination survey, and receive a clearance email from the FCHD prior to resuming in-person learning and activities.
  • Staff must complete the Fully Vaccinated Exemption Form

Return Guidance for Students who are Close Contacts to Community Related Exposures NEW!   FCPS will no longer require Return to School documentation for a student deemed a close contact in the community, outside of the school environment. FCPS recommends that families adhere to the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) quarantine guidance, as appropriate. If families have questions regarding COVID-19, they are encouraged to consult their physician or the Fairfax County Health Department

Updated Health and Safety Guidance Documents The best source of the most up-to-date information, including how students return to school after quarantine or isolation, is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document on the FCPS website.  

FCPS staff should refer to resources on the Employee Hub for updated guidelines to return to work.

 

  School Year 2022-2023 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Information

 

A Spanish Immersion Informational Meeting will be held virtually this evening at 7:00 pm.

Please click the following link https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration.  Scroll to Information by Language Offered and click on Spanish.  Scroll down to Ravensworth Virtual Information Meeting and click on the red link.  This will take you to the Zoom meeting. 

Many families will be trying to enter the meeting at the same time.  The probability is high that you may have try several times to gain entry to the meeting. 

 

NASA Dr. Swati Mohan STEM Session

Remember the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover mission back in February 2021?  "Touchdown confirmed" was announced by Dr. Swati Mohan.  I was able to reach out to Dr. Mohan and, after months of waiting for her availability, I am very excited to announce that Dr. Swati Mohan, the lead mission control of the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover mission is going to present a special session for FCPS students. Since it is such a special event, I would like this to be made available for all students Gr 3-6, not just our STEM club students.  This session will be a great motivation for many of our young minds. Please see the attached flyer. The session is scheduled for Jan 28, 2022, 4:15 - 5:15 pm. 

Signup link (also available in the flyer): https://forms.gle/cQDKhsabBhtSQd317

Meet link: Not available yet, will be sent to signed up students and also posted on the website (closer to the date): https://www.thefuturebrighter.org/news-events

Harrish Ganesh Founder The Future Brighter www.thefuturebrighter.org

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

You complete what you start despite obstacles.  You are hardworking, devoted and never give up.  You know hard work pays off, no growth is without pain and suffering and you believe you can overcome challenges.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

  2022 CTE Summer Camp Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students.  For current 2nd – 6th graders we have Tech Adventure Camp.  See below for information:

 

PTA News  BGR Spirit Night – Tuesday, January 25th 

Our next spirit night of the year will be at BGR in the Old Keene Mill Shopping Center (8420 Old Keane Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152) on Tuesday, January 25th from 4-9pm.  

A flyer for this spirit night is available here: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/public/uploads/ba61861d-2824-4358-919a-55f0ef465fcc 

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

Ravensworth Chess Club – Register for Spring Now

The Ravensworth Chess Club is now accepting registrations for the spring semester. The club will meet on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. in the cafeteria from Feb. 7 to June 6 and is open to grades 2-6. No chess experience necessary. Chess teaches valuable skills such as discipline, critical thinking and sportsmanship. Register at https://chessctr.org/ravensworth. Contact Laurie Vergott at [email protected] with any questions.

 

  Ravensworth Girl Scouts – Opening for K-2 Girls

Ravensworth is now home to three Girl Scout Troops (55054, 55095, and 55119). Two of these troops have openings for girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. For more information, please contact Michele Randall at [email protected] or call at 703-372-4352.

 

  PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Message to Ravensworth Families

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Ravensworth Families,

 

Thank you for helping us have a great week. As we prepare to observe the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 17, we are also watching for the potential of winter weather early in the week. We used all of our traditional snow days during last week’s snowstorm. Any future inclement weather days will include virtual learning whenever possible. 

 

We all need to prepare in order to have a successful inclement weather virtual learning day. Here at Ravensworth, teachers and staff will make sure students have the devices and accessories they need and will go over how to log in to their virtual learning tools. Teachers will let students know what to expect for their classes.

 

At home, we ask that you do a few simple things that will make an inclement weather virtual learning day run smoothly:

  • Make sure students bring their device home Friday and be sure the device is charged ahead of Tuesday. 
  • Review the Student Technology Readiness Checklist with your child and complete all the at-home readiness steps. 
  • Remind your child that the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule includes a two-hour delay so they can check their devices and make sure they are able to log in properly. 
  • Remind your child that attendance will be taken on inclement weather virtual learning days.

 

During weather events, FCPS must consider power outages, technical connection issues, and whether students have access to devices that they may not have taken home the night before. FCPS will announce a virtual learning day in the weather closure announcement on our website and social media channels and through email communications and local media. 

 

Thank you for your help in making sure an inclement weather virtual learning day is a successful one for your child. Enjoy the weekend and we look forward to engaging with our students on Tuesday.

 

Sincerely,

 

Erika Aspuria

Principal

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  Upcoming Events

Jan 13th - Course Selection Presentation for Rising 7th Graders, 8:45 – 9:45 am - Cafeteria

Jan 17th – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – School Holiday

Jan 18th – Performing Arts Open House, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, LBSS, for rising 7th – 11th graders & parents

Jan 19th – Orthodox Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 19th – LBSS Curriculum Night, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Last Names A-K, 6:30-7:30 pm,  Last Names L-Z, 7:30-8:30 pm

Jan 19th – Immersion Informational Meeting, 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Virtual Meeting

Jan 20th – End of Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release

Jan 21st – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Jan 24th – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Jan 25th – PTA Spirit Day – BGR, 4:00 – 9:00 pm

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

  New Guidance for Returning to School After Quarantine, Pause, or Isolation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for isolation and quarantine in late December, with multiple updates in January. This guidance reduces isolation and quarantine to five days. The VDH states that school districts may choose to continue more stringent isolation and quarantine requirements or may implement the new CDC guidance.

FCPS will adopt the new guidance with one exception:

  • FCPS will adopt CDC’s recommendation for a five-day period of quarantine for students and staff.
  • FCPS will adopt CDC’s recommendation for a five-day period of isolation for staff.
  • FCPS will NOT adopt CDC’s recommendation for isolation for students as we are unable to implement the required physical distancing protocols during meals.  FCPS students with COVID-19 will need to continue to complete a ten-day isolation period. 

Return Guidance for Students with COVID-19 Students who are COVID-19 positive are able to return to school when ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • Student completes at least 10 days of isolation from symptom onset for symptomatic students or 10 days since testing positive (day test administered) for COVID-19 for asymptomatic students; AND
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved; AND
  • Student submits the FCPS Isolation Letter with the return date to their attending school

Return Guidance for Students who are Close Contacts to School Related Exposures Asymptomatic students who are close contacts and required to quarantine are able to return to school when all the criteria for one of the two options below is met:

  • Option 1:
    • Student completes five days of quarantine; AND
    • Student is asymptomatic; AND
    • Student is able to wear a face mask at school- Day 6 thru 10; AND
    • Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
  • Option 2:
    • Student completes ten days of quarantine; AND
    • Student submits FCPS Pause Letter with the return date to their attending school
    • Students with mask exemptions will need to utilize Option 2 to return from quarantine.

Some students and staff may be exempt from quarantine if they meet the CDC criteria, are able to wear a face mask, and are asymptomatic:

  • Students must complete the FCHD vaccination survey, and receive a clearance email from the FCHD prior to resuming in-person learning and activities.
  • Staff must complete the Fully Vaccinated Exemption Form

Return Guidance for Students who are Close Contacts to Community Related Exposures NEW!   FCPS will no longer require Return to School documentation for a student deemed a close contact in the community, outside of the school environment. FCPS recommends that families adhere to the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) quarantine guidance, as appropriate. If families have questions regarding COVID-19, they are encouraged to consult their physician or the Fairfax County Health Department

Updated Health and Safety Guidance Documents The best source of the most up-to-date information, including how students return to school after quarantine or isolation, is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document on the FCPS website.  

FCPS staff should refer to resources on the Employee Hub for updated guidelines to return to work.

 

  Vaccination Records

Parents are encouraged to update their child's school vaccination record.  If your child has had recent vaccinations, please reach out to Teresa Dunbar, student information assistant, with a copy of your child's vaccination card.  Electronic copies are not acceptable.  You will need to submit a physical copy of the record for your child.  Her email is [email protected] or you can call her at 703-426-3600.

 

  New Technical Tools for Parents

 FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on the FCPS website.

 

  School Year 2022-2023 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Information

 

Each year, rising kindergarteners and first graders have the opportunity to participate in DLI programs available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish offered at Bailey’s ES, Fort Hunt ES, Fox Mill ES, Great Falls ES, Kent Gardens ES, Lake Anne ES, Laurel Ridge ES, London Towne ES, Orange Hunt ES, Powell ES, Ravensworth ES, and Rose Hill ES through a county-wide lottery process. Online registration for this lottery process opens on January 24, 2022. Registration is open to all rising kindergarteners and first graders living in Fairfax County. A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required. Please be aware that FCPS does not provide transportation for students who reside outside the attendance area of the DLI schools and a one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement (see Notice 5922). In the DLI Program, children spend half of the day learning content (math, science, health, and language arts of the partner language) in a partner language. The other half of the day is spent learning in English focusing on English language arts and social studies. The instructional program follows the Fairfax County Public Schools Program of Studies at each grade level. Students are able to connect the skills learned across both languages through the extensive use of manipulative and concrete hands-on activities. Program Sites and Informational Meetings The schools listed below offer county-wide DLI Program enrollment for SY 2022-2023. Parents are encouraged to attend one of the informational meetings. Please see the dates for all meetings below.

All meetings are held in accordance with FCPS health guidance. Information regarding virtual meeting access (if needed) will be made available on the Dual Language Immersion registration site by the day of the meeting at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration .

Enrollment criteria and procedures are available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration .

 

  NASA Dr. Swati Mohan STEM Session

Remember the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover mission back in February 2021?  "Touchdown confirmed" was announced by Dr. Swati Mohan.  I was able to reach out to Dr. Mohan and, after months of waiting for her availability, I am very excited to announce that Dr. Swati Mohan, the lead mission control of the NASA Perseverance Mars Rover mission is going to present a special session for FCPS students. Since it is such a special event, I would like this to be made available for all students Gr 3-6, not just our STEM club students.  This session will be a great motivation for many of our young minds. Please see the attached flyer. The session is scheduled for Jan 28, 2022, 4:15 - 5:15 pm. 

Signup link: https://forms.gle/cQDKhsabBhtSQd317

Meet link: Not available yet, will be sent to signed up students and also posted on the website (closer to the date): https://www.thefuturebrighter.org/news-events

Harrish Ganesh Founder The Future Brighter www.thefuturebrighter.org

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

You expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.  You are cheerful, positive, encouraging and goal setting.  You believe you will succeed.  You have a positive future.  Optimists are inspiring to others.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

2022 CTE Summer Camp Information

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students.  For current 2nd – 6th graders we have Tech Adventure Camp.  See below for information.

 

PTA News  PTA Meeting – Virtual

Virtual PTA Meeting – January 10th, 7:00 pm

 

  Ravensworth Girl Scouts – Opening for K-2 Girls

 

Ravensworth is now home to three Girl Scout Troops (55054, 55095, and 55119). Two of these troops have openings for girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. For more information, please contact Michele Randall at [email protected] or call at 703-372-4352.

 

  PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Jan 6th – Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 7th – Orthodox Christmas (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 10th PTA Meeting – Virtual

Jan 17th Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – School Holiday

Jan 19th Orthodox Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 19thSpanish Immersion Program Information Meeting for Parents of Rising First Graders, 7:00 PM- see below for details

Jan 20th End of Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release

Jan 21st Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Jan 24th Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

Jan 25th PTA Spirit Day – BGR, 4:00 – 9:00 pm

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

A Message from Mrs. Aspuria

 

Dear Ravensworth Families,

Hopefully you and your children have been enjoying the surprise winter storm over the last few days. My family and I were excited to hit the hills on our sleds. The storm brought considerable snow, damage and power outages to the area. Our school did not sustain damage, and we are thankful for the work of our custodial team to get our school ready to open.

I know that the recent increase in cases across Fairfax County have many of our staff and families worried. As a school we will do our part to keep students and staff safe by continuing to practice our mitigation strategies. Families can support by keeping children home if they have any sign of illness, they have been a close contact to someone with COVID or if a member of the household has suspected COVID. If your child tests positive for COVID, has COVID like symptoms or a household member tests positive, please email me as soon as possible at [email protected]

The increases in positive cases will have an impact on our available staff. When we are unable to secure FCPS substitutes for vacancies, we have to pull staff from their other duties. As a small school, this has a large impact. FCPS is still hiring substitutes; if you are interested, apply here.

When we do return to school, we will begin having our K-2 students bring their laptops home each evening. A charger will also come home. Families should ensure devices are charged and returned to school the following day.

Thank you for your continued support. #RavensWorth- Our Ravens Are Worth It!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Vaccination Records

Parents are encouraged to update their child's school vaccination record.  If your child has had recent vaccinations, please reach out to Teresa Dunbar, student information assistant, with a copy of your child's vaccination card. Electronic copies are not acceptable. You will need to submit a physical copy of the record for your child. Her email is [email protected] or you can call her at 703-426-3600.

 

 

New Technical Tools for Parents

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on the FCPS website.

 

LBSS Rising 7th Grader Information

Parents/guardians of rising 7th Graders, please take a moment and mark your calendars for the upcoming transition events for students attending Lake Braddock for the 2022-2023 school year: 

January 13th: Course Selection Presentation for Students

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the elementary school and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selections and enter courses in SIS.  This event will take place during the school day

 

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School Year 2022-2023 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Information

Each year, rising kindergarteners and first graders have the opportunity to participate in DLI programs available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish offered at Bailey’s ES, Fort Hunt ES, Fox Mill ES, Great Falls ES, Kent Gardens ES, Lake Anne ES, Laurel Ridge ES, London Towne ES, Orange Hunt ES, Powell ES, Ravensworth ES, and Rose Hill ES through a county-wide lottery process. Online registration for this lottery process opens on January 24, 2022. Registration is open to all rising kindergarteners and first graders living in Fairfax County. A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required. Please be aware that FCPS does not provide transportation for students who reside outside the attendance area of the DLI schools and a one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement (see Notice 5922). In the DLI Program, children spend half of the day learning content (math, science, health, and language arts of the partner language) in a partner language. The other half of the day is spent learning in English focusing on English language arts and social studies. The instructional program follows the Fairfax County Public Schools Program of Studies at each grade level. Students are able to connect the skills learned across both languages through the extensive use of manipulative and concrete hands-on activities. Program Sites and Informational Meetings The schools listed below offer county-wide DLI Program enrollment for SY 2022-2023. Ravensworth's Spanish Immersion Parent Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM. 

All meetings are held in accordance with FCPS health guidance. Information regarding virtual meeting access (if needed) will be made available on the Dual Language Immersion registration site by the day of the meeting at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration .

Enrollment criteria and procedures are available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration 

  PTA News  PTA Meeting – Virtual

Virtual PTA Meeting – January 10th, 7:00 pm

 

Ravensworth Girl Scouts – Opening for K-2 Girls

Ravensworth is now home to three Girl Scout Troops (55054, 55095, and 55119). Two of these troops have openings for girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. For more information, please contact Michele Randall at [email protected] or call at 703-372-4352.

 

PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 19th – Last day to order You’ve Been Flocked from PTA

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

Jan 3rd – Students Return to School

Jan 6th – Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 7th – Orthodox Christmas (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 10th – PTA Meeting – Virtual

Jan 17th – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – School Holiday

Jan 19th – Orthodox Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 20th – End of Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release

Jan 21st – Teacher Workday – Student Holiday

Jan 24th – Staff Development Day – Student Holiday

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

A Message from Mrs. Aspuria

Dear Ravensworth Families,

As we approach the end of 2021, we all have a lot to be thankful for…I am certainly grateful that our school has been open.  Ravensworth felt like it came back to life once it was filled with the many masked, but smiling, faces of our students. We hope that you and your family have a restful winter break.

Our front office will be closed during the winter break.  We look forward to seeing your children back on Monday, January 3, 2022.

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

  Vaccination Records

Parents are encouraged to update their child's school vaccination record.  If your child has had recent vaccinations, please reach out to Teresa Dunbar, student information assistant, with a copy of your child's vaccination card. Her email is [email protected] or you can call her at 703-426-3600.

 

  Winter Break is Monday, December 20 – Friday, December 31, 2021

The winter break holiday is December 20, 2021 – December 31, 2021. Ravensworth will be closed during this time. Staff will not be available by phone or email over break.  We look forward to seeing our students back at school on Monday, January 3, 2022.

 

  New Technical Tools for Parents

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on the FCPS website.

 

  Lost and Found

All Lost and Found items will all be moved outside by Door 1 during school hours starting Monday, December 13th through Thursday, December 16th.  You are encouraged to come look for lost items Monday through Thursday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Any items not claimed by the end of the day on Friday, December 17 will be donated.

 

  LBSS Rising 7th Grader Information

Dear parents/guardians of rising 7th Graders, please take a moment and mark your calendars for the upcoming transition events for students attending Lake Braddock for the 2022-2023 school year: 

January 13th: Course Selection Presentation for Students

This is the time middle school counselors will visit the elementary school and provide students with the information they will need to complete their course selections and enter courses in SIS.  This event will take place during the school day

Monday, January 3rd: LBSS Curriculum Fair Site

This site is designed to be accessed by both parents and students. A parent presentation will be linked that will cover:  academic advisement timeline, understanding course selections, tips for selecting and entering classes for your student, Lake Braddock schedules, routines and terms, Bruins Stay After Program and Lake Braddock counselor contact information. The site will be organized by department with materials and videos designed to aid in course selection. Each department will also have a Padlet linked for questions. The site will also include detailed instructions on how students and parents will enter their course selections.

*Course Requests tab becomes available in SIS for student course selection.

Wednesday, January 5th: Curriculum Night  (Lake Braddock MS Curriculum Night Flyer)

6:30-7:30 PM - Families with last names A-K*

7:30-8:30 PM - Families with last names L-Z*

*This alphabetical split is designed to limit the number of people in the building at one time and allow for social distancing.

This in-person event will allow families to visit Lake Braddock and speak with faculty members about course options. Bruin Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the building to guide visitors and also be available to offer building tours.

We are looking forward to working with you this year to help ensure your students have a smooth transition to middle school at Lake Braddock.

Respectfully,

Kristin Girardin

Middle School Director of Student Services

Lake Braddock Secondary School

 

School Year 2022-2023 Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Information

Each year, rising kindergarteners and first graders have the opportunity to participate in DLI programs available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish offered at Bailey’s ES, Fort Hunt ES, Fox Mill ES, Great Falls ES, Kent Gardens ES, Lake Anne ES, Laurel Ridge ES, London Towne ES, Orange Hunt ES, Powell ES, Ravensworth ES, and Rose Hill ES through a county-wide lottery process. Online registration for this lottery process opens on January 24, 2022. Registration is open to all rising kindergarteners and first graders living in Fairfax County. A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required. Please be aware that FCPS does not provide transportation for students who reside outside the attendance area of the DLI schools and a one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement (see Notice 5922). In the DLI Program, children spend half of the day learning content (math, science, health, and language arts of the partner language) in a partner language. The other half of the day is spent learning in English focusing on English language arts and social studies. The instructional program follows the Fairfax County Public Schools Program of Studies at each grade level. Students are able to connect the skills learned across both languages through the extensive use of manipulative and concrete hands-on activities. Program Sites and Informational Meetings The schools listed below offer county-wide DLI Program enrollment for SY 2022-2023. Parents are encouraged to attend one of the informational meetings. Please see the dates for all meetings below.

All meetings are held in accordance with FCPS health guidance. Information regarding virtual meeting access (if needed) will be made available on the Dual Language Immersion registration site by the day of the meeting at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration .

Enrollment criteria and procedures are available at:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/dual-language-immersion-programs-registration .

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Self-Control – You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors.  You think before you act.  You are disciplined, not impulsive.  You consider the situation before responding.  You know that actions have an impact on the future.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

PTA News  PTA Spirit Day, December 16th – Panera, 4:00-8:00 pm

You can help support Ravensworth Elementary PTA at Panera, 6230 W Rolling Road, West Springfield, VA 22152, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on December 16th.  Order online and enter code PRFUND at checkout.  You can also show the flyer previously sent home in Wednesday folders.

 

  You’ve Been Flocked – Sales end December 19th

Help support Ravensworth Elementary PTA this year while having a little pink flamingo fun! Make a donation of $20 to send a flock of pink flamingos to your friends', family members', or neighbors' front yard!  The recipient is not required to make a donation. The flock will be moved to the next house after 3 days.  Flocking locations are limited to the school district boundaries. You can place an order on Memberhub: https://app.memberhub.gives/flamingo2021, or request an order form. Email Andrea at [email protected] or send a text to 202-251-5497.

 

  Ravensworth Girl Scouts – Opening for K-2 Girls

Ravensworth is now home to three Girl Scout Troops (55054, 55095, and 55119). Two of these troops have openings for girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. For more information, please contact Michele Randall at [email protected] or call at 703-372-4352.

 

  PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Dec 8th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Bodhi Day

Dec 10th – SCA Spirit Day- Crazy Hair and Hat Day

Dec 11th – LBSS Children’s Holiday Concert & Open House, 11:00 am at LBSS

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 19th – Last day to order You’ve Been Flocked from PTA

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

Jan 3rd – Students Return to School

Jan 6th – Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Religious/Cultural Observance)

Jan 7th – Orthodox Christmas (Religious/Cultural Observance)

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

A Message from Mrs. Aspuria

Dear Ravensworth Families,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

 

Erika Aspuria

Prinicpal

 

Reminder: Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected], no later than December 15th

 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15th, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meeting.

 

  Lake Braddock Band Children’s Holiday Concert & Open House, Saturday, December 11th at 11:00 am

The Lake Braddock Band Program invites you to a special Holiday Music Open House designed for young band students!  Join the Bruin Symphonic Band as they play some festive holiday tunes, see the Marching Bruins 202 Halftime Show, and listen to various small instrumental ensembles including the Lake Braddock Jazz Band.  Children can explore the “Bandieland” trail through the music department wing, collect treats and stickers in the various stops and learn more about instrumental music programs along the way.  Cider and hot chocolate will end your tour!

  Lost and Found

All Lost and Found items will all be moved outside by Door 1 during school hours starting Monday, December 13th through Thursday, December 16th.  Over Winter Break, all unclaimed items will be donated or discarded. 

If your child is missing any items, please encourage your child to look for missing items or feel free to stop by!  Lost and Found items will be outside from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on these dates.

 

  Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 6:30-8:30 PM

Please join the Lake Braddock Middle School faculty on Wednesday, January 5th for an informative in-person event which will include opportunities to speak with teachers regarding courses, learn about elective classes, after-school programs and a tour of the building. Please note times below, based on last name.  (Lake Braddock MS Curriculum Night Flyer)

  • 6:30 - 7:30 PM (Last Names A-K)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 PM (Last Names L-Z)
  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Other People Matter – Knowing your words and actions affect others.  Everything that you do and say can affect people in a positive way.  People will always remember how you made them feel.  You admit when you are wrong, are honest and know that kind words can change someone’s day.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

  PTA News  PTA Spirit Day, December 16th – Panera, 4:00-8:00 pm

You can help support Ravensworth Elementary PTA at Panera, 6230 W Rolling Road, West Springfield, VA 22152, from 4:00 – 8:00 pm on December 16th.  Order online and enter code PRFUND at checkout.  You can also show the flyer previously sent home in Wednesday folders.

  You’ve Been Flocked – Sales end December 19th

Help support Ravensworth Elementary PTA this year while having a little pink flamingo fun! Make a donation of $20 to send a flock of pink flamingos to your friends', family members', or neighbors' front yard!  The recipient is not required to make a donation. The flock will be moved to the next house after 3 days.  Flocking locations are limited to the school district boundaries. You can place an order on Memberhub: https://app.memberhub.gives/flamingo2021, or request an order form. Email Andrea at [email protected] or send a text to 202-251-5497.

Ravensworth Girl Scouts – Opening for K-2 Girls

Ravensworth is now home to three Girl Scout Troops (55054, 55095, and 55119). Two of these troops have openings for girls in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. For more information, please contact Michele Randall at [email protected] or call at 703-372-4352.

 

  PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – Book Fair Open – School Library

  • After-school hours, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Nov 29th through Dec 2nd  

Nov 29th – Hanukkah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th 

Dec 8th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Bodhi Day

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

Jan 3rd – Students Return to School

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Reminder: Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected], no later than December 15th

 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15th, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meeting.

 

  PTA Book Fair

The PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair at Ravensworth in the Library.  Online Fair dates are Nov 23rd – Dec 3rd.  In-Person Fair dates are Nov 29th – Dec 3rd.  The online book fair can be reached at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ravensworth.  You can setup your ewallet now.  This is a safe, cashless way to shop the fair.  The ewallet is easy to setup using this link eWallet.  Funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and online Book Fair.  Plus, family and friends can contribute too!  Create an ewallet account before Dec 3rd. 

There are limited after school hours:

Nov 29th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            Pre-K and Kindergarten Families

Nov 30th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            1st and 2nd Grade Families

Dec 1st                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            3rd and 4th Grade Families

Dec 2nd                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            5th and 6th Grade and ALL Faculty/Staff Families

 

COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students

Voluntary COVID-19 screening of students will take place at Ravensworth on Mondays from 12:00-2:00 pm only for students for whom we have received parent consent.  This is a new day and time.  There is no need to let us know that you do not provide consent. 

 

  Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little-known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Kindness.  You are generous to others, and you are never too busy to help out.  You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.  Kind people think about the needs and feelings of other people, and then act to help those people.  Kind people are selfless.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

  PTA News  PTA Cyber Security Presentation

The PTA is hosting an internet safety presentation THIS FRIDAY, DEC 3rd at 7:00 pm. This will be a virtual event. We are happy to have our presenters, Stephanie Hampton and Erin Burke, give their time and knowledge to us, as they both work in the Cyber Crimes unit for the Department of Homeland Security. There will be pertinent information given and we all need to be well-informed when it comes to our children’s online safety!

 

Please be advised that this is recommended for adults only.

 

The Google meet link is https://meet.google.com/sji-ktve-dtu

 

We look forward to learning with you!

 

PTA School Supplies Program Provides Staff with Additional Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

The student School Supply program had extra credits and provided classroom staff with additional hand wipes and hand sanitizer.  Thanks PTA!!!

 

PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

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  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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  Upcoming Events

Nov 23rd – PTA Spirit Night – McDonald’s, Kings Park, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Nov 24th – 26th – Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 24th – SACC Open, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nov 25th, 26th – SACC Closed

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – Book Fair Open – School Library

  • After-school hours, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Nov 29th through Dec 2nd  

Nov 29th – Chanukah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th 

Dec 1st – Picture Retakes – 8:45 – 10:45, Room 172

Dec 8th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Bodhi Day

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Thanksgiving Messages From Mrs. Aspuria

Dear Ravensworth Families and Community,

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Personally, I continue to be very grateful to be a part of such a supportive and caring school community. I feel confident saying that your children truly bring joy to the staff and me every day! As I walk through the halls and interact with children and hear their enthusiastic voices, I am energized and filled with renewed purpose and goals. This year my family and I will be together at my house and although this gathering will be small, we are excited to be able to come together at this time to celebrate and reconnect with one another.  Quality time focusing on family is important during the holidays and I have asked all Ravensworth staff members to keep this in mind over the break as well.  Please know that our staff will not be answering emails during the Thanksgiving break so that they can use this time to relax and recharge.  We will be ready and eager to assist you once we return.  Whatever your plans are, home or away, please have a peaceful yet festive respite and make the time to focus on your family!

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

Reminder: Window for AAP Level IV (full-time) Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected], no later than December 15th

 

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15th, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Andrea Trumbull, AART, [email protected]. Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meeting.

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations- Due Today!

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a Ravensworth staff member in any of the following categories, please use this Nomination Link by Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

Please contact Rebecca Gibson at [email protected] with any questions.

 

  PTA Book Fair – Save the Dates!

The PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair at Ravensworth in the Library.  Online Fair dates are Nov 23rd – Dec 3rd.  In-Person Fair dates are Nov 29th – Dec 3rd.  The online book fair can be reached at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ravensworth.  You can setup your ewallet now.  This is a safe, cashless way to shop the fair.  The ewallet is easy to setup using this link eWallet.  Funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and online Book Fair.  Plus, family and friends can contribute too!  Create an ewallet account between Nov 2nd and Dec 3rd. 

There are limited after school hours:

Nov 29th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            Pre-K and Kindergartener Families

Nov 30th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            1st and 2nd Grade Families

Dec 1st                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            3rd and 4th Grade Families

Dec 2nd                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            5th and 6th Grade and ALL Faculty/Staff Families

 

COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students

Voluntary COVID-19 screening of students.  We will have on site screening on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 am only for students for whom we have received parent consent.  There is no need to let us know that you do not provide consent.  

 

Picture Retakes Scheduled for Wed, Dec 1st

Lifetouch picture retakes will be taken Wednesday, December 1st in the Library between 8:45 and 10:45 am.  If you would like your child’s pictures retaken or taken for the 1st time if your child was not in attendance on the original picture day, please reach out to your child’s teacher for a form to complete.  You can also go online to mylifetouch.com with the picture day ID# EVTWJ7MXI and order.  You must send the original pictures (if taken) back to school to be returned to the photographer. 

 

  Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little-known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

SCA Food Drive

The SCA is facilitating a food drive throughout the month of November to practice the value of giving to others.  Please consider donating canned food or dry food this month.  You can place your donations in our collection box located in the front lobby.  Thank you for donating!

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Gratitude.  You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. You are thankful, pleased and satisfied.  Be grateful even for challenging situations because they help us learn and grow

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

PTA News  PTA School Supplies Program Provides Staff with Additional Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

The student School Supply program had extra credits and provided classroom staff with additional hand wipes and hand sanitizer.  They are both in your mailboxes.  Thanks PTA!!!

 

PTA Yearbook

Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. On sale for only $18 until January 31st, 2022. (After that they go up to $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622

  PTA Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 23rd:  McDonalds (Kings Park Shopping Center)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Nov 22nd – Family Life Engagement Parent Preview Night – 5:00 pm, registration info below

Nov 23rd – PTA Spirit Night – McDonald’s, Kings Park, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Nov 24th – 26th – Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 24th – SACC Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nov 25th, 26th – SACC Closed

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – Book Fair Open – School Library

  • After-school hours, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Nov 29th through Dec 2nd  

Nov 29th – Chanukah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th 

Dec 1st – Picture Retakes – 8:45 – 10:45, Library

Dec 8th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Bodhi Day

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Tree Dedication Ceremony, November 19, 2021

During the past 18 months, two beloved staff members of our Ravensworth family have passed away. We mourn the losses of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.

We will gather as a community on Friday, November 19th at 3:45 p.m. on the front lawn of the school near the white gazebo to dedicate two trees to the memory of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.  Please join us for this Tree Dedication Ceremony.

Ms. Fahima Muslim was an instructional assistant working with English as a Second Language (ESL) staff and students. Ms. Muslim worked at Ravensworth Elementary from 2012 to 2019. She was dedicated to her students, community, and her family.

Mr. Edward Shelesky retired in 2019 after 40 years at FCPS. Mr. Shelesky taught 6th and 4th grades at Ravensworth Elementary from 2005 to 2019. Students fondly remember his read-alouds and his elaborate classroom models of Jamestown that he led his students in constructing every year.

Ms. Muslim and Mr. Shelesky positively influenced Ravens for many years. Please share news of this Tree Dedication Ceremony with the community.  All community members, staff members, and Scouts, who will plant the trees November 13th, are invited to the ceremony.  We hope to see you there.

 

  Annual Thanksgiving Community Outreach Program

Grace Ministries is a community outreach program serving low-income families living in Northern Virginia.  Every November, for the past 12 years the ministry donates Thanksgiving Day meal items to families in need to prepare for their loved ones. 

We know there is much need this year, so we are continuing our long tradition and will be distributing food, diapers and food staples using a CONTACT FREE distribution. Please stay in line and stay in your car. Volunteers will place food in the TRUNK of your car.

The location will be St. Stephens United Methodist Church parking lot located at 9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015, 703-978-8724.  Hours are 7:00 – 9:00 am.  Please arrive between 6:00 & 8:00 am.  The parking lot opens at 6:30 am.  Free food includes turkey, potatoes, butter, side dishes and desserts. There will also be free diapers and free food staples.   

This year our distribution is on Saturday, November 20th beginning at 7AM.  Save the date for December 18, 2021 distribution.

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Grace Ministries es un programa de alcance comunitario que sirve a familias de bajos ingresos que viven en el norte de Virginia. Cada noviembre, durante los últimos 12 años, el ministerio dona artículos para la comida del Día de Acción de Gracias a las familias y sus seres queridos.

Sabemos que hay mucha necesidad este año, por lo que continuamos con nuestra larga tradición y distribuiremos alimentos, pañales y alimentos básicos mediante una distribución GRATUITA Y LIBRE DE CONTACTO. Por favor, permanezca en la fila en su automóvil. Los voluntarios colocarán comida en el baúl de su automóvil.

La ubicación será el estacionamiento de la Iglesia Metodista Unida St. Stephens ubicado en 9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015, 703-978-8724. El horario es de 7:00 a 9:00 a. M. Llegue entre las 6:00 y las 8:00 a. M. El estacionamiento abre a las 6:30 am. La comida gratuita incluye pavo, patatas, mantequilla, guarniciones y postres. También habrá pañales gratis y alimentos básicos gratis.

Este año nuestra distribución es el sábado 20 de noviembre a partir de las 7 am. Guarde la fecha para la distribución del 18 de diciembre de 2021.

 

Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night

On Monday, November 22nd, at 5:00 pm Ravensworth will be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night.  We will answer questions about the curriculum posted on Schoology. 

If you would like to attend, please complete this Google form and we will send you a Zoom link before the preview night  https://forms.gle/mUutABcDryaX3pHr9

Parents can access the FLE materials anytime by following the steps below.

  1. Login to Schoology with the same username and password as your parent SIS account
  2. Locate and click on the All Parent course tile under Course Dashboard
  3. Locate and click on the Parent Preview – FLE Instruction folder

If you need help activating your Parent SIS account, please call us at (703) 426-3600 and someone will assist you. 

 

  Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a Ravensworth staff member in any of the following categories, please use this Nomination Link by Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

Please contact Rebecca Gibson at [email protected] with any questions.

 

  PTA Book Fair – Save the Dates!

The PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair at Ravensworth in the Library.  Online Fair dates are Nov 23rd – Dec 3rd.  In-Person Fair dates are Nov 29th – Dec 3rd.  The online book fair can be reached at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ravensworth.  You can setup your ewallet now.  This is a safe, cashless way to shop the fair.  The ewallet is easy to setup using this link eWallet.  Funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and online Book Fair.  Plus, family and friends can contribute too!  Create an ewallet account between Nov 2nd and Dec 3rd. 

There are limited after school hours:

Nov 29th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            Pre-K and Kindergartener Families

Nov 30th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            1st and 2nd Grade Families

Dec 1st                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            3rd and 4th Grade Families

Dec 2nd                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            5th and 6th Grade and ALL Faculty/Staff Families

 

COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students

Voluntary COVID-19 screening of students starts this week.  We will have on site screening on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 am only for students for whom we have received parent consent.  There is no need to let us know that you do not provide consent.  

 

Picture Retakes Scheduled for Wed, Dec 1st

Lifetouch picture retakes will be taken Wednesday, December 1st in the Library between 8:45 and 10:45 am.  If you would like your child’s pictures retaken or taken for the 1st time if your child was not in attendance on the original picture day, please reach out to your child’s teacher for a form to complete.  You can also go online to mylifetouch.com with the picture day ID# EVTWJ7MXI and order.  You must send the original pictures (if taken) back to school to be returned to the photographer. 

 

  Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little-known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

 

  39th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

The Virginia Department of State Police would like to announce our 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest.  This is a nationwide contest for 5th grade students that is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians, and children and engage them in discussions about safety.  We are looking for your help and assistance in hopes that you will disseminate this contest information to all schools that have 5th grade students in your district. 

Attached you will find important information about the contest, including the application and consent and release forms.  Our deadline for submissions will be February 1, 2022 and can be mailed to our agency at: Virginia State Police, VCIN - Missing Children Clearinghouse, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235. The winning individual student at the state level will win a "Pizza Party" for his/her class and also have their poster entered into the National contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC!  Additional details regarding the contest rules and awards are listed in the attached contest packet. 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest packet

*** Important:  Please note that contest rules require that our theme "Bringing Our Missing Children Home" must appear somewhere on the poster ***

 

SCA Food Drive

The SCA is facilitating a food drive throughout the month of November to practice the value of giving to others.  Please consider donating canned food or dry food this month.  You can place your donations in our collection box located in the front lobby.  Thank you for donating!

 

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Gratitude.  You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. You are thankful, pleased and satisfied.  Be grateful even for challenging situations because they help us learn and grow

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

  PTA News  PTA Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 23rd:  McDonalds (Kings Park Shopping Center)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Nov 23rd – PTA Spirit Night – McDonald’s, Kings Park, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Nov 24th – 26th – Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 24th – SACC Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nov 25th, 26th – SACC Closed

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – Book Fair Open – Library

Nov 29th – Chanukah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th 

Dec 1st – Picture Retakes – Library

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

COVID-19 Vaccination for children 5-11

Community clinics and local pediatricians are beginning to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities are available on the FCPS website

FCPS asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a Ravensworth staff member in any of the following categories, please use this Nomination Link by Friday, November19th.

Please contact Rebecca Gibson at [email protected] with any questions.

 

STEM Invitation Science Fair

Hello everyone!  We are the Investigational Science Outreach club (formerly Mythvestigations) at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We would like to invite any interested students at Ravensworth ES to participate in our ninth annual Invitational Science Fair.

Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 19, 2022.

We will hold information sessions throughout the year to provide students with guidance on how to create a research project, so we encourage all students to participate regardless of their experience.

Our first interest/brainstorming session is this Friday, November 12, 2021, at 6:00 pm. We will hold this session virtually. During this session we will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link https://tinyurl.com/ISFinterest2022

Attached above is a flyer showcasing our fair and where to find additional information about this event.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email us. Feel free to also check out our website at tjsciencefair.wordpress.com or email our sponsor at [email protected].

 

Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little-known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

  39th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

The Virginia Department of State Police would like to announce our 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest.  This is a nationwide contest for 5th grade students that is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians, and children and engage them in discussions about safety.  We are looking for your help and assistance in hopes that you will disseminate this contest information to all schools that have 5th grade students in your district. 

Attached you will find important information about the contest, including the application and consent and release forms.  Our deadline for submissions will be February 1, 2022 and can be mailed to our agency at: Virginia State Police, VCIN - Missing Children Clearinghouse, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235. The winning individual student at the state level will win a "Pizza Party" for his/her class and also have their poster entered into the National contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC!  Additional details regarding the contest rules and awards are listed in the attached contest packet. 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest packet

***  Important:  Please note that contest rules require that our theme "Bringing Our Missing Children Home" must appear somewhere on the poster ***

 

Tree Dedication Ceremony, November 19, 2021

During the past 18 months, two beloved staff members of our Ravensworth family have passed away. We mourn the losses of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.

We will gather as a community on Friday, November 19th at 3:45 p.m. on the front lawn of the school near the white gazebo to dedicate two trees to the memory of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.  Please join us for this Tree Dedication Ceremony.

Ms. Fahima Muslim was an instructional assistant working with English as a Second Language (ESL) staff and students. Ms. Muslim worked at Ravensworth Elementary from 2012 to 2019. She was dedicated to her students, community, and her family.

Mr. Edward Shelesky retired in 2019 after 40 years at FCPS. Mr. Shelesky taught 6th and 4th grades at Ravensworth Elementary from 2005 to 2019. Students fondly remember his read-alouds and his elaborate classroom models of Jamestown that he led his students in constructing every year.

Ms. Muslim and Mr. Shelesky positively influenced Ravens for many years. Please share news of this Tree Dedication Ceremony with the community.  All community members, staff members, and Scouts, who will plant the trees November 13th, are invited to the ceremony.  We hope to see you there.

 

Scouting for Food

Scouts from Ravensworth’s Pack and Troop 991 will be picking up food donations in Ravensworth Farm on Saturday, November 13th.  Please place your non-perishable food items outside before 8:30 am.  Thank you!

 

SCA Food Drive

The SCA is facilitating a food drive throughout the month of November to practice the value of giving to others.  Please consider donating canned food or dry food this month.  You can place your donations in our collection box located in the front lobby.  Thank you for donating!

 

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Bravery.  You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.  You are courageous, heroic, daring, overcoming fear, doing what's right no matter what.  It’s better to try and fail than never try.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

PTA News  PTA Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 23rd:  McDonalds (Kings Park Shopping Center)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Nov 4th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Diwali

Nov 5th – Federal Impact Aid form due today

Nov 7th – Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour! 

Nov 11th – Veterans Day (Wear your Red, White, and Blue) – 2-hour Early Release

Nov 23rd PTA Spirit Day at McDonalds (Kings Park)

Nov 24th 26th–Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 24th–SACC Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nov 25th, 26th– SACC Closed

Nov 29th Dec 3rd–Book Fair Open – Library

Nov 29th–Chanukah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th

Dec 1st– Picture Retakes - Library

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Message from the Principal

 

Ravensworth Families,

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. I hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.

 

Thank you,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

  Celebrating our Veterans

Ravensworth Elementary is proud to have over 10% of our student population with family members currently serving or retired from the military.   This year we would like to celebrate our school community veterans.  We will be collecting pictures of our military families for our virtual Veteran’s Day Celebration this year.  Please submit the photos using this link https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/get-involved/website-and-social-media-photos no later than Wednesday, November 3rd.  Please send us pictures of the service member in uniform from your immediate family, and/or any images that include Ravensworth student and families with the American flag. 

 

  SCA Spirit Day – Wear Red!

The SCA has been teaching mini lessons to teach our students about kindness to others.  We are asking students to wear RED this Friday, November 5th, to show they care about kindness to others.  Please consider wearing RED this Friday to show you care about being kind to others!

SCA Food Drive

The SCA is facilitating a food drive throughout the month of November to practice the value of giving to others.  Please consider donating canned food or dry food this month.  You can place your donations in our collection box located in the front lobby.  Thank you for donating!

 

  Lost and Found Items

Is your child missing a water bottle, jacket, or sweater?  Please have them check the Lost and Found on the Lobby of the School.  Clothing items not claimed by Friday, November 5th will be donated to ECHO.

 

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Sent Home – DUE Friday, Nov 5, 2021

Beginning on October 20, we started 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 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 homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5th.  All results are confidential

More information is available online.

 

  Kiss and Ride Update

During the first quarter we have worked to streamline our Kiss and Ride in the morning.  Beginning Wednesday, November 3rd all Kiss and Ride students should be dropped off by 8:35 AM (late bell).  Staff members and patrols will come into the building at this time.  If you arrive after 8:35 AM please park and walk your student(s) into the building to check them in with office staff.  There are several visitor parking spots at the front of the school.  Thank you for your support.

 

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

  Math Olympiad

Calling all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade mathematicians!

Ravensworth is participating in the Math Olympiad Contests once again! Please see the letter sent home in 4th– 6th Wednesday folders on 10/27/21 for more information. You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/STgUnXxBAFw2EHYg7. Direct any questions to Andrea Trumbull: [email protected].  

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Perspective.  You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand multiple points of view.  You are wise, observant, insightful, self-aware and consider all sides and opinions.  Perspective happens over time.  Perspective helps you make sense of the world.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

Ecumenical Community Helping Others - ECHO

7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. 

Springfield, VA 22150 

703-569-9160 

M - F 9:30 - 12:30 pm; Tu and Th 7 - 9 pm 

www.echo-inc.org 

 

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Springfield/Burke area residents including all addresses in the following zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153 and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ECHO is currently providing the following:

  • Emergency Food   
  • Clothing for Adults and Children   
  • School Supplies
  • Baby Formula and Diapers    
  • Limited Emergency Financial Support for Rent, Utilities, and Medication    
  • Limited Financial Support for Car Repairs, ESL Classes

 

*NO WALK INS, you must make an appointment.

Clients may self-refer or please reach out to the Ravensworth school social worker, Amity Kim, at 703-426-3682 or [email protected]

 

PTA News  PTA Spirit Days at McDonalds

Tuesday, November 23rd:  McDonalds (Kings Park Shopping Center)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

Our next spirit night will be at McDonalds (8976 Burke Lake Rd, Springfield, VA).

 

Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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RAVENS' NEST 10/27/2021

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 25th – Oct 29th – Ravensworth ES Spirit Week

                        Thurs, Oct. 28th –        Surf/Tropical theme

                        Fri, Oct. 29th –             Storybook Character Day

 

Oct. 28th – Trunk or Treating at 5:30 pm & Movie Night- Halloweentown, at LBSS, 6:30 pm

Oct. 29th – Storybook Character Day

Oct. 29th – End of 1st Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release; SR&R Signature page due

Nov. 1st & 2nd – Teacher Workdays; Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 4th – Religious Observance - Diwali

Nov. 7th – Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour!

Nov. 11th – Veterans Day (Wear your Red, White, and Blue) 2-hour Early Release

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Celebrating our Veterans

Ravensworth Elementary is proud to have over 10% of our student population with family members currently serving or retired from the military.   This year we would like to celebrate our school community veterans.  We will be collecting pictures of our military families for our virtual Veteran’s Day Celebration this year.  Please submit the photos using this link https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/get-involved/website-and-social-media-photos no later than Wednesday, November 3rd.  Please send us pictures of the service member in uniform from your immediate family, and/or any images that include Ravensworth student and families with the American flag. 

  SR&R Reminder – DUE Friday, October 29, 2021

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

  1. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.
  2. Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's teacher.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021

 

  Lost and Found Items

Is your child missing a water bottle, jacket, or sweater?  Please have them check the Lost and Found.  Families are welcome to stop by and look at the Lost and Found on Monday, November 1st from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM.  Clothing items not claimed by Friday, November 5th will be donated to ECHO.

 

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Sent Home – DUE Friday, Nov 5, 2021

Beginning on October 20, we 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 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 homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

 

Kiss and Ride Update

During the first quarter we have worked to streamline our Kiss and Ride in the morning.  Beginning Wednesday, November 3rd all Kiss and Ride students should be dropped off by 8:35 AM (late bell).  Staff members and patrols will come into the building at this time.  If you arrive after 8:35 AM please park and walk your student(s) into the building to check them in with office staff.  There are several visitor parking spots at the front of the school.  Thank you for your support.

 

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

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

 

  Math Olympiad

Calling all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade mathematicians!

Ravensworth is participating in the Math Olympiad Contests once again! Please see the letter sent home in 4th– 6th Wednesday folders on 10/27/21 for more information. You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/STgUnXxBAFw2EHYg7. Direct any questions to Andrea Trumbull: [email protected].  

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Creativity.  You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.  You are original, imaginative, innovative, artistic, doing things in new ways and help in solving challenging problems

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

Lake Braddock Secondary School and Ravensworth Spirit Week
  • Thursday, October 28th Surf/Tropical outfits
  • Friday, October 29th Storybook Character Day
  Storybook Character Day

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th.

Students should bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing.  The book must be one that the child has wither read or listened to an adult read.  During the school day they will discuss the character they have chosen with their classmates, and they will describe how they are similar to and/or different from their book character.

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face.
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/recess!!

Rule of thumb…if there is a question about appropriateness, it is probably best not to wear it.

 

  Socktober

Ravensworth ES is working with Lake Braddock SS Athletic Leadership to donate brand new socks for the homeless from October 4th – 31st.  A box for your donations is in the lobby near the main entrance.  Video Link:  https://youtu.be/bnNjUoRgmSE

 

Ecumenical Community Helping Others - ECHO

7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. 

Springfield, VA 22150 

703-569-9160 

M - F 9:30 - 12:30 pm; Tu and Th 7 - 9 pm 

www.echo-inc.org 

 

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Springfield/Burke area residents including all addresses in the following zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153 and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ECHO is currently providing the following:

  • Emergency Food   
  • Clothing for Adults and Children   
  • School Supplies
  • Baby Formula and Diapers    
  • Limited Emergency Financial Support for Rent, Utilities, and Medication    
  • Limited Financial Support for Car Repairs, ESL Classes

 

*NO WALK INS, you must make an appointment.

Clients may self-refer or please reach out to the Ravensworth school social worker, Amity Kim, at 703-426-3682 or [email protected]

 

PTA News  PTA/SCA Collecting School Supplies for Afghan Refugees- October 29th is the last day!

The Ravensworth SCA (Student Council Association) and PTA are working to donate school supplies to Afghan Refugees in grades K-7 as an act of kindness and teaching kindness to others.  If your family would like to donate, please drop off any of the items listed below into one of our SCA boxes located in the front lobby.

Items for donation…dry erase markers, crayons, colored markers, playdoh, glue sticks, composition notebooks, tissues, pencil pouch, three prong folders, pencils, erasers, 1 box quart bags and/or gallon bags, scissors, highlighters, one inch binder, pink erasers, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper and/or loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, 3 x 5 index cards, scotch tape, pencil sharpener, three subject spiral notebooks.

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Don't miss out on Spirit Days -- be sure to order your Ravensworth gear today and be ready for our next Spirit Day, Wed., Oct. 27! Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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RAVENS' NEST 10/20/2021

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Upcoming Events

Oct. 20th – PTA Spirit Days – Spartan’s Family Restaurant, Curbside & Carryout all day

Oct. 21st – Parent Schoology Coffee – Virtual, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Oct. 22nd – SCA Spirit Day- Wear Green and Wacky Socks (Support- Recycling and Socktober)

Oct. 25th – Oct 29th – Ravensworth ES Spirit Week

                        Mon, Oct. 25th –          PJ Day

                        Tue, Oct. 26th –           Dress like an athlete day

                        Wed, Oct. 27th –          Ravensworth spirit wear or school colors

                        Thurs, Oct. 28th –        Surf/Tropical outfits

                        Fri, Oct. 29th –             Storybook Character Day

 

Oct. 28th – Trunk or Treating at 5:30 pm & Movie Night at LBSS – Halloweentown, 6:30 pm

Oct. 29th – Storybook Character Day

Oct. 29th – End of 1st Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release; SR&R Signature page due

Nov. 1st & 2nd – Teacher Workdays; Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 4th – Religious Observance - Diwali

Nov. 7th – Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour!

Nov. 11th – Veterans Day – 2-hour Early Release

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

A Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Families,

 

In support of our commitment to safety, Ravensworth will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website. As always, I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Erika Aspuria

Principal

 

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid Sent Home Today!

Beginning on October 20, we 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 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 homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.

 

Updated FCPS Guidance for Students Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. Monday, October 4th, the Return to School form was eliminated and the below guidelines were put in place. Students sent home from the clinic may now return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)

 

OR

 

Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

 

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.  If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please contact the main office at 703-426-7000.

Parent Coffee - Schoology

Schoology is the learning management system that is being used division-wide in the 2021-2022 schoolyear. Join us to learn more about Schoology and how to join Schoology if you haven't already set up your parent account.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuce-prD4oGdD63Sin-MuqJlEjPRv6lDWg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

  1. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.
  2. Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's teacher.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021

 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 21-22, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back-to-School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.

 

  FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

 

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Forgiveness.  You forgive those who have done wrong. You accept that people make mistakes.  You are merciful, kind, understanding, don't hold grudges.  You have the ability to move forward even if the other person doesn't apologize.

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

Lake Braddock Secondary School and Ravensworth Spirit Week
  • Monday, October 25th PJ Day
  • Tuesday, October 26th Dress like an athlete day
  • Wednesday, October 27th Ravensworth spirit wear or school colors
  • Thursday, October 28th Surf/Tropical outfits
  • Friday, October 29th Storybook Character Day
  •  
  Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at LBSS

On Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm Lake Braddock SS is hosting a Movie Night.  The movie title is Halloweentown. Bring chairs and blankets and come enjoy this event during Homecoming week.  The cost will be $5.00 for each family.  Prior to the Movie Night students can participate in the Trunk or Treating event beginning at 5:30 pm.

  Storybook Character Day

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th.

Students should bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing.  The book must be one that the child has wither read or listened to an adult read.  During the school day they will discuss the character they have chosen with their classmates, and they will describe how they are similar to and/or different from their book character.

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face.
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/recess!!

Rule of thumb…if there is a question about appropriateness, it is probably best not to wear it.

 

  Socktober

Ravensworth ES is working with Lake Braddock SS Athletic Leadership to donate brand new socks for the homeless from October 4th – 31st.  A box for your donations is in the lobby near the main entrance.  Video Link:  https://youtu.be/bnNjUoRgmSE

 

Ecumenical Community Helping Others - ECHO

7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. 

Springfield, VA 22150 

703-569-9160 

M - F 9:30 - 12:30 pm; Tu and Th 7 - 9 pm 

www.echo-inc.org 

 

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Springfield/Burke area residents including all addresses in the following zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153 and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ECHO is currently providing the following:

  • Emergency Food   
  • Clothing for Adults and Children   
  • School Supplies
  • Baby Formula and Diapers    
  • Limited Emergency Financial Support for Rent, Utilities, and Medication    
  • Limited Financial Support for Car Repairs, ESL Classes

 

*NO WALK INS, you must make an appointment.

Clients may self-refer or please reach out to the Ravensworth school social worker, Amity Kim, at 703-426-3682 or [email protected]

 

PTA News  PTA Spirit Days at Spartans Family Restaurant

 

Wednesday, October 20th: Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

Our next spirit night will be at the Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015). They are generously sponsoring two spirit days for Ravensworth from October 19th through October 20th! See this flyer for more information: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/public/uploads/4fd7cb96-06fd-4ad1-8695-173140ce935b. 

 

PTA/SCA Collecting School Supplies for Afghan Refugees

The Ravensworth SCA (Student Council Association) and PTA are working to donate school supplies to Afghan Refugees in grades K-7 as an act of kindness and teaching kindness to others.  If your family would like to donate, please drop off any of the items listed below into one of our SCA boxes located in the front lobby.

Items for donation…dry erase markers, crayons, colored markers, playdoh, glue sticks, composition notebooks, tissues, pencil pouch, three prong folders, pencils, erasers, 1 box quart bags and/or gallon bags, scissors, highlighters, one inch binder, pink erasers, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper and/or loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, 3 x 5 index cards, scotch tape, pencil sharpener, three subject spiral notebooks.

 

  Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Don't miss out on Spirit Days -- be sure to order your Ravensworth gear today and be ready for our next Spirit Day, Wed., Oct. 27! Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 

 

  Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

  Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Oct 19th & 20th – PTA Spirit Days – Spartan’s Family Restaurant, Curbside & Carryout all day

Oct 20th – School Picture Day, during school day

Oct 21st – Parent Coffee- Topic: Schoology – Virtual, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Oct 28th – Trunk or Treating at 5:30 pm & Movie Night at LBSS – Halloweentown, 6:30 pm

Oct 29th – Storybook Character Day

Oct 29th – End of 1st Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release; SR&R Signature page due

Nov 1st & 2nd – Teacher Workdays; Dia de los Muertos

Nov 4th – Religious Observance - Diwali

Nov 7th – Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour!

Nov 11th – Veterans Day – 2-hour Early Release

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Beginning Thursday, October 14th students in grades 3-6 will participate in the SEL Screener.  If you wish to opt-out your child from this assessment please complete the form sent home and return it to the school and/or contact the front office.  

  Updated FCPS Guidance for Students Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. Monday, October 4th, the Return to School form was eliminated and the below guidelines were put in place. Students sent home from the clinic may now return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)

OR

 

Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.

 

Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.  If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please contact the main office at 703-426-3600.

 

 

Parent Coffee - Schoology

Schoology is the learning management system that is being used division-wide in the 2021-2022 school year. Join us to learn more about Schoology and how to join Schoology if you haven't already set up your parent account.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuce-prD4oGdD63Sin-MuqJlEjPRv6lDWg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 21-22, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back-to-School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.

SR&R Reminder

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

  1. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.
  2. Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's teacher.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021

 

Opt Out of Parent Directory- Deadline October 15th 2021-22 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2021-22 Opt-Out Booklets.

 

FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

  Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Integrity.  You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.  You are honest, trustworthy, and real.  You do what you say you'll do.  You care more about being true to yourself than being popular

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

Storybook Character Day

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th.

Students should bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing.  The book must be one that the child has wither read or listened to an adult read.  During the school day they will discuss the character they have chosen with their classmates, and they will describe how they are similar to and/or different from their book character.

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face.
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/recess!!

Rule of thumb…if there is a question about appropriateness, it is probably best not to wear it.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Pyramid & Ravensworth Spirit Week
  • Monday, October 25th PJ Day
  • Tuesday, October 26th Dress like an athlete day
  • Wednesday, October 27th Ravensworth spirit wear or school colors
  • Thursday, October 28th Surf/Tropical outfits
  • Friday, October 29th Storybook Character Day
Socktober

Ravensworth ES is working with Lake Braddock SS Athletic Leadership to donate brand new socks for the homeless from October 4th – 31st.  A box for your donations is in the lobby near the main entrance.

Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at LBSS

On Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm Lake Braddock SS is hosting a Movie Night.  The movie title is Halloweentown. Bring chairs and blankets and come enjoy this event during Homecoming week.  The cost will be $5.00 for each family.  Prior to the Movie Night students can participate in the Trunk or Treating event beginning at 5:30 pm.

 

Ecumenical Community Helping Others - ECHO

7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. 

Springfield, VA 22150 

703-569-9160 

M - F 9:30 - 12:30 pm; Tu and Th 7 - 9 pm 

www.echo-inc.org 

ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Springfield/Burke area residents including all addresses in the following zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153 and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ECHO is currently providing the following:

  • Emergency Food   
  • Clothing for Adults and Children   
  • School Supplies
  • Baby Formula and Diapers    
  • Limited Emergency Financial Support for Rent, Utilities, and Medication   
  • Limited Financial Support for Car Repairs, ESL Classes

*NO WALK INS, you must make an appointment.

Clients may self-refer or please reach out to the Ravensworth school social worker, Amity Kim, at 703-426-3682 or [email protected]

 

PTA News  PTA Spirit Days at Spartans Family Restaurant

Tuesday, October 19th - Wednesday, October 20th: Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

Our next spirit night will be at the Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015). They are generously sponsoring two spirit days for Ravensworth from October 19th through October 20th! See this flyer for more information: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/public/uploads/4fd7cb96-06fd-4ad1-8695-173140ce935b. 

PTA/SCA Collecting School Supplies for Afghan Refugees

The Ravensworth SCA (Student Council Association) and PTA are working to donate school supplies to Afghan Refugees in grades K-7 as an act of kindness and teaching kindness to others.  If your family would like to donate, please drop off any of the items listed below into one of our SCA boxes located in the front lobby.

Items for donation…dry erase markers, crayons, colored markers, playdoh, glue sticks, composition notebooks, tissues, pencil pouch, three prong folders, pencils, erasers, 1 box quart bags and/or gallon bags, scissors, highlighters, one inch binder, pink erasers, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper and/or loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, 3 x 5 index cards, scotch tape, pencil sharpener, three subject spiral notebooks.

 

New Spirit Wear Available

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store – you can join the PTA and purchase Spirit Wear all in one spot. We have exciting new Spirit Wear items (youth and adult sizes), with limited inventory of items from years past. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your school spirit today!

 

Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).

 

Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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Upcoming Events

Oct 11th – Indigenous Peoples’ Day - Student Holiday - School Planning Day 

Oct 19th & 20th – PTA Spirit Days – Spartan’s Family Restaurant, Curbside & Carryout all day

Oct 28th – Trunk or Treating at 5:30 pm & Movie Night at LBSS – Halloweentown, 6:30 pm

Oct 29th – End of 1st Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release; SR&R Signature page due

Nov 1st & 2nd – Teacher Workdays; Dia de los Muertos

Nov 4th – Religious Observance - Diwali

Nov 11th – 2 Hour Early Release

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – PTA Book Fair - Library

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

 

  FCPS Needs School Bus Drivers

New Incentive - New drivers will receive a $3,000 signing bonus - $1,500 after consecutive employment of 90 workdays, and $1,500 will be given after the first 180 working days (paid school days) if the driver receives a satisfactory yearly evaluation and is recommended for continued employment with FCPS Office of Transportation Services.

New Hourly Rate for School Bus Drivers - We are also excited to share that the hourly pay for bus drivers has increased to $22.91!

A $1,000 recruiting bonus is available for any FCPS or Fairfax County employee who recruits a school bus driver.  Certain conditions apply.  Applicants must be able to pass hiring and training standards and must drive for a minimum of 90 school days.  For more information, contact the Applicant Center - Connie Lovejoy at 571-423-3023.

 

Positivity Project

This week’s Other People Mindset trait is Being Present and Giving Others My Attention.  This element of the Other People Matter Mindset is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the dangerous capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people.  Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!

 

Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 21-22, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare) module; or through Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.

 

Please be Considerate of Our Neighbors and Buses

If you are parking on the streets adjacent to Ravensworth ES to walk and pick up your child, please be aware of and do not block the driveways of our surrounding homes.

Also, if you are in the Kiss and Ride line along Nutting Dr., please leave an opening at the Bus Loop exit so that buses can exit the Bus Loop in a timely manner.  Thank you for your patience and observance of these two requests.

 

  Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at LBSS

On Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm Lake Braddock SS is hosting a Movie Night.  The movie title is Halloweentown. Bring chairs and blankets and come enjoy this event during Homecoming week.  The cost will be $5.00 each family.  Prior to the Movie Night students can participate in the Trunk or Treating event beginning at 5:30 pm.

 

PTA News  PTA THANKS Patrols, Volunteers, BSA Troop 1965 and all Fun Havers!

THANK YOU EVERYONE for coming out & having fun last night at our Fall Family Fun Fest! What a turn out!   PTA extends a Special Thank You to our RES Safety Patrols & other student and parent volunteers who helped set up, lead games, ensure safety & s'more fun for everyone!  Thanks especially also, to Kiersten Schmitt of BSA troop 1965 for helping ensure fire safety at our fire pit!  Fall Fun Fest would not have been a success without ALL of YOU!  Thank you!!

CANDY JAR WINNERS: 

Because Curious Minds Need to Know ----- How Many Candies Were in Those Jars! 

Candy Corns = 200   

Reese's = 21   

Lollipops = 33 

Pumpkins = 52 

Corn/Pumpkin Mix = 60 

It was close!  A few even had exact guesses!  Some had multiple winning guesses that forced the winners to be put into a drawing to determine the candy prize winner!  Congratulations to all for some great estimations!  

 

Candy Corns Winners:           Kiki, Ms. Enrique's class and Myra, Ms. Green's class

Reese's Winner:                     Sydney, Ms. Morgan's class

Corn/Pumpkin Mix Winner:     Hadley, Mr. Kye's class

Lollipops Winner:                    Chloe, Ms. Scanlan's class

Pumpkins Winner:                   Liam, Ms. Enrique's class 

 

PTA/SCA Collecting School Supplies for Afghan Refugees

The Ravensworth SCA (Student Council Association) and PTA are working to donate school supplies to Afghan Refugees in grades K-7 as an act of kindness and teaching kindness to others.  If your family would like to donate, please drop off any of the items listed below into one of our SCA boxes located in the front lobby.

Items for donation…dry erase markers, crayons, colored markers, playdoh, glue sticks, composition notebooks, tissues, pencil pouch, three prong folders, pencils, erasers, 1 box quart bags and/or gallon bags, scissors, highlighters, one inch binder, pink erasers, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper and/or loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, 3 x 5 index cards, scotch tape, pencil sharpener, three subject spiral notebook.

 

  New Spirit Wear Available

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store – you can join the PTA and purchase Spirit Wear all in one spot. We have exciting new Spirit Wear items (youth and adult sizes), with limited inventory of items from years past. Contact Dori Sophia at [email protected] if you have any questions. Show your school spirit today!  

 

Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES

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