Hornet Happenings

Hornet Happenings

Congratulations Ms. Johnson!

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We are pleased to announce our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Paula Johnson!  Ms. Johnson’s journey with FCPS began when she was a student at Lanier Middle school and then graduating from Fairfax High School.  She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Later, Ms. Johnson received her Administration and Supervision endorsement PK-12 through FCPS’ Accelerated Certification Cohort in conjunction with UVA’s Curry School of Education.

Ms. Johnson has been a member of the Hornet Nation family for 6 years.  She began her work with our community as a first grade teacher; and then transitioned into the role of Instructional Coach for the past four years.  Prior to coming to Halley, Ms. Johnson taught in FCPS as a general education classroom teacher for eight years! 

Ms. Johnson strongly believes it is the goal of all educators to help students see the great potential that lies within each of them in order to serve the greater good of our society.  She is ecstatic about the opportunity to continue serving the staff, students and families of Halley!   Please congratulate her when you see her.  We are excited and pleased to have her join the administrative team.

We had a very successful Open House! 

We loved seeing all our Halley

students and families!

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open house pictures
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open house pictures

Calendar Reminder: 2019-20 School Year to Start on Monday, August 26

The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year will be Monday, August 26, 2019; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

Calendar Reminder

New for 2019: FCPS Now Using the

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app, starting on August 26. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.

Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet, smartphone, or desktop computer.

Parents can download the app now for free from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account). Once signed in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.

Learn more about the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.  

School Closed:  Labor Day Break

August 30-September 2

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, August 30, is a holiday for students, in addition to the Labor Day holiday. 

Three Ways to Pay for Meals:

Online Payment, Check, or Cash; 2019-20 Meal Prices

Fairfax County Public Schools offers three ways to pay for school meals: online, check, or cash. This year's meal prices are also available

Want to know what’s for lunch? Check out the menu for your child’s school online. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year are now being accepted. Completing the application online results in faster processing time. Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic.
  • Chinese.
  • English.
  • Tagalog.
  • French.
  • Spanish.
  • Vietnamese.

Paper applications are still available to complete and submit. They are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings. Paper applications must be the original red print forms. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

Bus Route Information

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available now by logging into your FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).”

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information

Your Child’s Health

School health room services, including the administration of medication and modified first aid, are performed by the health room aide.  If a child’s condition requires more attention, we will contact you, or if we cannot reach you, those listed on your child’s Emergency Care Form will be called. View, update, and submit your child’s emergency care information via the FCPS 24/7 Learning weCare@school tab.  Learn how to create an account for the first time: https://www.fcps.edu/node/30943.

Prescription and most over-the-counter medications at school require strict adult supervision and should not be in the child’s possession. Forms to authorize staff to administer medication are available in the school office and at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

First Day/Week Forms

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

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1st day of kindergarten


1)  A “Boohoo/Yahoo breakfast,” sponsored by the Halley PTO will be held for Kindergarten parents in the Halley library at 9:30 AM on the first day of school!! We invite all Kindergarten parents to this opportunity to get to know each other better as you start your journey at Halley together! Our wonderful principal, Mrs. Peerman, will be joining us to welcome all of you.  Hope to see you there!

2)  PTO (brief) meeting and Family Bingo Night - Friday, September 27th, 6:15 PM-pizza served; 6:30PM-(brief) PTO meeting; 7:00 PM- Bingo begins!

Come one, come all to the Halley PTO Family Bingo Night! This is an excellent time to meet other Hornet families and win gift cards!  Pizza and drinks will  be available for purchase via order form which will be available in your child’s Thursday folder or on the PTO website. Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019!  Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event.  Contact PTO President Maida Piggee (president@halleypto.com) with any questions. Visit www.halleypto.com for the signup genius link.  We can't do this without YOU!


3) BOOSTERTHON Pep Rally – Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Get Excited! Mark your calendars, Boosterthon is coming!  Kids will experience   Boosterthon’s pep rally during PE! More information to come!



1)    CHESS CLUB  Fall Program Thursdays Grades 1-6  Room 253, 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Starting Thursday 9/26 thru 12/5 for a total of 10 Thursdays!

Instructors from Snow’s Chess Academy teach chess to children as a means of improving both their academic and social skills.  Chess teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Cost for the Chess Program Club is $115.00 for the 10 once-a- week sessions.  If your child would like to participate, keep reading!


Registration deadline is 9/21/19.  This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted.  Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class. 

Our registration and payment policies are below.

Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com

Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with


The Halley PTO is proud to bring back RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool from 4:15-5:30. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners and growing bodies. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early.

Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K)

Registration Includes: 8-weeks of professional coaching(once per wk), Tshirt, Mileage Tokens, Entry into the Celebration 5K, Finishers Medal and Post-Run Party.

For updates follow us on @Runfitkidz Registration opens Aug. 23rd - www.runfitkidz.com



Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping?  Join Amazon Smile and Giant’s A+ School Rewards and William Halley Elementary School gets rewarded!  Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile and Giant Food’s A+ School Rewards!

Amazon Smile

1.      Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/

2.      Log into your Amazon account or create an account

3.      You will be prompted to select a charitable organization

4.      Search for “William Halley PTO”


Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on Amazon Smile, and the Amazon Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase of eligible products to the PTO.  Be sure to use ID:  William Halley PTO.  Happy Shopping!

Giant Foods A+ School Reward

1.      Visit https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/

2.      Select “Log in to Get Started”

3.      Create new account or Log In

4.      Select A+ School Reward

5.      Halley’s ID is 03257


Have a question, suggestion or other information to share with the PTO Executive Board?  We’d LOVE to hear from you!

President:  Maida Piggee, president@halleyPTO.com

1st Vice President:  Steve Reggio, 1stVP@halleyPTO.com

2nd Vice President:  Elizabeth Cobb, 2ndVP@halleyPTO.com

Secretary:  Masha Lempel, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com