Hornet Happenings - August 30, 2019



August 30, 2019



It’s been an Awesome First Week of School!

Our Library is an amazing learning space for Halley Hornets!

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Welcome Message From

Superintendent Scott Brabrand


Please take a moment to view this welcome message to the 2019-2020 school year from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand:

English:  https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

Spanish  :https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8


School Board Members:


National Book Festival

Attention Halley Families!


Bring the whole family to the National Book Festival this Saturday, August 31st, 2019!

Held at the Washington Convention Center, 9:00 AM -8:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM).

Participate in super fun reading-related activities and listen to popular children’s authors read their books.

This is a great celebration of reading and it’s all free!

Follow this link to learn details:  


Follow this link to see the schedule for the Children’s Stages:   https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival/schedule/

See you there, Halley Readers!


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. 



Don't Be Alarmed

We are required to practice many different safety drills here at school. 

Fire Drill: every week until October and then once a month for the rest of the year 

Lock Down Drill: two in the first month of school, one in January and one in the spring 

Bus Safety Drills: two times a year, fall and spring

Tornado Drills: two times a year, fall and spring


South County Football Game


Family Life Education


Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml

Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at Halley or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu



Bus Route Information

(Sent previously from FCPS)

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 by logging into your FCPS 24-7 (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.  Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  


Here Comes the Bus® App

The Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Transportation Services is introducing a new school bus arrival app, Here Comes the Bus®, for the 2019-20 school year. The app is offered at no charge to parents. Read more information here.

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


Have you completed all school forms?

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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Upcoming Halley Events:

September 17 - Back to School Night K-6: 6pm – 8pm

September 25 - Principal Coffee (details to come) – 10am – 11am

September 27 - PTO Meeting and Family Bingo Night – 6:15pm


PTO in the Know




1) Please come join us at the PTO table on Back to School Night, September 17th from 6-8 PM!   Please join our PTO family in support of our wonderful children!

2) Family Bingo Night and brief PTO meeting (meet our new board members!) on Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

  1. Pizza served at 6:15 PM
  2. Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM
  3. Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!

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 in their folder 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 if you can help. Thank you!


Pep Rally – Monday, October 21, 2019

Boosterthon- Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

Get Excited! Mark your calendars, Boosterthon is coming! Kids will experience   Boosterthon’s pep rally during PE! This is our LARGEST fundraiser for the year. More info to come!




The Halley PTO is proud to bring back the Chess Club this year!! Last year was a true success. Our Halley students won at chess tournaments last year! Instructors from Snow’s Chess Academy teach chess to children as a means of improving both their academic and social skills.  


1.    Grades 1-6

2.    Professional chess coaches

3.    Teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

4.    Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions)

5.    Cost is $115

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 registration information below to:   Chess Club Information - Click this link



The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration Opens August 30th at 8:00AM



3) WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We are trying to bring in Life Champ Martial Arts for a 5 session program this fall! A parent volunteer is required to just sign the children in on these 5 dates. The parent who volunteers will receive 50% off of the cost. (Cost is $25 so parent volunteer will pay $12.50)

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Friday, October 11, 2019 at Life Champ Martial Arts @ 7:00pm

PLEASE CONTACT MASHA LEMPEL if you can help! secretary@halleypto.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