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The PALS dogs will be outside of door seven during recess for students who would like to visit them one last time this year, tomorrow May 29 from 11:00-12:30 p.m.

SOL Testing Results

At this time, we are halfway through the SOL window. Makeups and retakes will continue through June 7. Once all students have had the opportunity to complete their assessments, unofficial score report letters will be sent home in the US mail directed to parents. You can expect these results to arrive near the last day of school. We feel that it's important to send these results through the mail because we know that students are anxious about their scores and  believe it's important for parents to decide whether or not students will see their score. The official score reports are sent home from the state, sometime near the end of August.


Student Dress Code Reminder         

Now that the weather is warmer, we want to remind our families to ensure your students are wearing school appropriate clothing. Shirts with sleeves are recommended. Halter, tank, and thin-strapped tops are not permitted. Sleeveless athletic jerseys without a t-shirt underneath are not permitted. Pants and shorts need to fit snuggly at the waist. Mid-thigh length or longer shorts and skirts are appropriate for school. 

If clothes are in violation of the dress code, parents will be notified and students will be asked to change their clothes. Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised. Hats, caps, hoods, and other headwear may not be worn during the school day. 

Students need to be aware of shoes on their feet as well. Due to safety reasons, flip flops are not appropriate for students to wear to school.  It is encouraged that students wear shoes they can run and play in safely.  Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students safe!

Digital Citizenship Resources

As we move closer to summer, students may be changing their routines and using technology differently than during the school year. It's important for families to help their child become safe, ethical, responsible and respectful digital citizens alongside support from their teachers and school community.

Please click here to access FCPS Digital Citizenship Resources to support family learning and conversations. On this site, you will find resources to help establish digital expectations at home, device contracts and media agreements, tools to select age appropriate content, and much more.

Thank you for your support at home as we work together to support our student's digital citizenship!

Kiss and Ride Reminders

We know there is a lot going on at this time of year and people are in a hurry.  We are noticing some unsafe practices mostly in the afternoons. Please read the reminders below so we can keep everyone safe!

Morning Reminder:

In the morning, it is important that you arrive before the side doors close at 8:45am.  Our staff has to report to their next assignment to work with our students.  If you arrive after 8:45am you will need to park and walk your child into the building.  It is important for your child to start their day on time.  Many students feel unsettled and stressed if they are walking into their classrooms after the bell has rung and their class is already engaged in learning.

Afternoon Reminder:

We have a very busy afternoon at dismissal.  We have adults and students not crossing at the crosswalks.  This is very unsafe and we do not want anyone to be injured or seriously hurt.  We expect families to use the official Kiss and Ride to pick up your child.

Below are the guidelines we ask you to follow to keep everyone safe at arrival and dismissal.

(8:20-8:45am & 3:35pm)

  • Drop your child off only in the Kiss and Ride traffic pattern. Do not drop your child off on Sydenstricker Rd. or other areas around the school/neighborhood.
  • Pull your car forward as far as possible in the line.
  • Make sure that your child exits your car on the building side only.
  • Do not pass other cars in line.
  • Go directly to Sydenstricker Rd; do not use the bus access lane in front of the school.

SOL Testing Calendar

Students in grades 3-6 in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests between May 13, 2019 and May 31, 2019. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

 If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s teacher as soon as possible.


Grade Level & Content Area

Wednesday, May 29

Grade 5 Math Days 2 (test split over 2 days)

Thursday, May 30

Grade 4 Math Day 1 (test split over 2 days)

Friday, May 31

Grade 4 Math Day 2 (test split over 2 days)

spirit day

Upcoming Spirit Days


Fridays: Wear orange and blue

Summer Camp Information

FCPS ACE Summer Camps

Grades: 1st through 5th

Location: Fairfax High School from 2:30 to 5:30pm.

Register at  or call 703-658-1201, (10% discount for two students in the same family).

Foreign Language Experience Camp (FLEX), German is a world language introduction/enrichment camp for current grades 1 to 5. Through stories, games, activities, food, crafts, and music, children start to experience a world language and its cultures. Students will learn basic vocabulary and phrases and will gain an understanding of other cultures and countries.  The theme is "Exploring Germany."

Course SC13081 Section 1300 - German FLEX

Dates: Monday July 22nd through Friday July 26th


German Immersion camp can improve a child’s language skills as campers absorb the culture of the country by participating in language learning group activities, playing favorite games and sports, and learning about dances, songs and cooking. These language camps operate on the principle of total immersion (German spoken throughout class), which allows the campers to hear German at all times. PARTICIPANTS SHOULD ALREADY HAVE BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF GERMAN.   The theme is "Traveling through German speaking countries".

Course SC33081 Section 1200 - German Immersion

Dates: Monday, July 15th through Friday, July 19th

Camps are also available in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese and American Sign Language.  For more information go to or call 703-658-1201.

Get a “Jump Start” into Middle School at Irving Academy - Registration due this Friday, May 31

Attention to all rising 7th grade families!

Each year Irving Middle School sponsors a week-long orientation for rising 7th grade students to help with the transition to middle school. We call this event “Irving Academy” and are excited to extend this invitation to you!  

Date: August 12-16th

Time: Morning: 8:30-11:30 AM or 12:30-3:30 PM (you can select a preference when registering)

Place: Irving Middle School

Cost: $25

For more details, and to register your  child, please visit our online registration form.

Registration and payments are due by May 31, 2019.  If you have questions, please contact Brooke Kirtner at  We look forward to welcoming you next year!

Tuesday Folder Flyers

Chipotle Spirit Night Flier

WOH News Application and Permission Slip

Uncle Slam's Reading Program

Summer Band Camp Flyer

KAST Camp Flier

Upcoming Events

June 5: Band concert at WSHS 7-8:30pm

June 6: Barnes and Noble Book Fair, Springfield location

June 13: Last day of school for students, 3 hour early release

Want To Be Involved?

Visit the Orange Hunt PTA website for all sponsored events and activities.

Your Partners In Education

We are in this together!!  We are thankful to have the opportunity to work with your family this year and will work everyday to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for your child. Please contact us when there is a question or concern.  Thank you for your support and being part of our team!

Your Partner Principals,

Karen Tuttle           

Kate Austin            

Megan Tempel-Milner