Hornet Happenings - August 13, 2019


August 13, 2019


Welcome Back to School


Principal’s Message


Dearest Halley Families,

We are brimming with excitement to begin the 2019-2020 school year!  We can't wait until the halls of the Hornet Nation are once again filled with the joyful energy of your wonderful children! We hope you have had a fun summer and that you are ready to once again be our partners in education that serves the unique needs of our students. Halley staff members are eagerly preparing to welcome everyone back! 

While you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, if you have not maintained your students' school routines, it's time to start getting back into those routines that allow for students' best learning!   Consider earlier bedtimes, less time with electronics, more time reading, and healthy eating.  Our teachers return next week, and we are all enthusiastically planning the best possible experience for all of our students during the upcoming school year!   Our doors are always open, so please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns as we near the start of the school year. Enjoy your last days of sun and bliss, and we will see you soon!

Halley Hornet with Book 1

In the HIVE we STRIVE to be amazing…DIFFERENCE MAKERS!

Blessings, Mrs. Peerman and Dr. Simpkins

Welcome New Staff to Halley!

We are thrilled to have recruited and hired terrific members to our Hornet Nation! We know they will make a great addition to our Hornet Nation!   Join us in giving a warm welcome to the following new Hornet Family members:

  • PAC Teacher: Kathleen Farmer
  • 3rd Grade Teacher: Adriana Vela
  • 3rd Grade Teacher: Gabriella Anders
  • 4th Grade Teacher: Najma Khan
  • Special Education Teacher: Kailah Nelson
  • Special Education Teacher: Jodi Marshall
  • Special Education IA: Erin Gibson
  • Special Education IA: Neha Verma
  • Art Teacher: Marie Sarmiento
  • General Music Teacher: Sabrina Gordon
  • Psychologist – Kathryn Casterline
  • Guidance Counselor - Taylor Butts
  • Advanced Academics - Katie Symionow
  • ESOL – Heather D. Atkinson
  • Behavior Intervention Teacher (BIT) - Rachel Perella
  • Preschool IA – Debbie Griscavage

We have some staff members who will be moving positions here at Halley:

  •  Christie Hall will move from Second Grade to Librarian
  • Linette Bryant will move from Special Education IA to Special Education Teacher
  • Bernie Norlin will move from STEAM to Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Alison Coveney will move from Fifth Grade to Second Grade
  • Anne Ormsby will move from a PHTA to Long Term Substitute PAC Teacher


Kindergarten Popsicle Party

Please join us!

August 22, 2019

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us for an informal and fun "getting to know you" play date for all incoming kindergarten students and their parents/guardians!

We will be on the Halley playground.

Other Back to School News!

Please review the dates listed below for important information and reminders.

  • New Kindergartners - Our new Kindergarten students have a playdate on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00pm.  Please meet new friends on the playground.
  • Open House – Please Come meet the Halley staff and classroom teachers! This will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Back to School Night - This will be held at the school on September 17th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Students, parents, and families are invited to see the school and visit classrooms, teachers, and staff members. More information to come!

First Day of School Dates: 

  1. August 26, 2019 - Halley students in grades K-6 and Pre-School              Autism Class (PAC) students begin.
  2. September 3, 2019 - Pre-School students begin.
  3. September 5, 2019 - Head Start students begin.

Supply Lists

Didn't go back to school supply shopping yet? There is still time! See the supply lists posted on our website. 

Boo Hoo Breakfast


Kindergarten Families,

Whether you’re shedding tears of sorrow or

tears of joy, be sure to join us for a

BOO HOO – YAHOO gathering!


First day of school!

August 26, 2019


In the Halley Library


Sponsored by the PTO

The PTO will be hosting any parents interested in stopping by the library;

meet other families and Halley staff members.


First Day Forms: Get Ahead of the Game!

For those of you that like to plan ahead, you may complete the following forms and send with your student on the first day! These forms will also be in the materials delivered during the first days of school.


Emergency Care Card:   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Health Form:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71_7.pdf

Military Info:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se329.pdf     

Opt-Out Info:  https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/opt-out-forms

Medication Authorization Forms:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services



Who Is My Child's Teacher 😊 ?

You will have multiple opportunities for learning about your child’s classroom placement:

  1. Soon, families will receive a Halley postcard in the mail (should arrive by early next week) with information regarding teacher assignments and bus/transportation information.  Our 2018-2019 Parent Handbook will be distributed on the first day of school and will also be available via the Halley website. It will be full of information about ALL things Halley!
  2. On THURSDAY AUGUST 22 at 6:00 AM, you can log into your SIS Parent Account and your child’s teacher will be listed there. Don't have a SIS account? Reach out to Student Information Assistant Nicole Kendall in the front office for a unique password to create one.
  3. On Thursday, August 22, beginning at 3:00pm, staff members will greet families with class placement information at the Open House Event and direct them to the appropriate classrooms.


Calendar Reminder


Calendar Reminder:

2019-2020 School Year to Start on Monday, August 26

It’s hot and the calendar just turned to August, but as a reminder the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Monday, August 26, 2019; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-2020 school year calendar


Summer FEEDS Program Continues Until August 23

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting “FEEDS” (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) cookout program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is free to all children 18 years and under and provides low-cost meals for adults.

There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome. Meal service will be provided until August 23, Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the summer FEEDS locations.


Showtime at the Library

Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure Continues

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access, and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Summer Reading Adventure runs now through August 31 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!”

To participate, register online or visit a branch.

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