Hornet Happenings - September 6, 2019



September 6, 2019


SCHS Visit 1


Great Visit from South County

High School!


SCHS Visit 2


Cheerleaders, band members and a few players from the football team came during arrival to “drum-up” support for the evening football game tonight (see flyer below)!


SCHS Visit 3SCHS Visit 4SCHS Visit 5


Dear Halley Families,

What an amazing start to school we've had!  Students have come excited, ready to learn, and have quickly settled into new learning routines.  Halley Hornets are engaged in their classrooms, beginning each day with a Morning Meeting, practicing greeting each other, sharing, reading their Morning Message, and participating in a morning activity. If you would like to know more about our school-wide Responsive Classroom approach, please review the following site: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/.

We’re looking forward to our Back to School Night on September 17th. We look forward to families meeting with teachers to share hopes and goals for the 2019-2020 school year! 

Linked below, we are super excited to share our yearlong school calendar! It highlights activities and school events from September to June!   We want students and families to be in the loop and connected to all things Halley! We hope to see you at each occasion as we nurture a caring school culture! Events and Dates are subject to shift or change; so please stay tuned to the Hornet Happenings for updates. Hard copies of the Halley events calendar will be made available.

WHES 2019-2020  At A Glance Events Calendar


Back To School Night


Halley’s Back to School Night (Tuesday, September 17, 2019) is a time for parents to hear from teachers about the upcoming school year. We have lots of important information to share 😊 !

  • At the beginning of each session, there will be a short video featuring school administration sharing our vison and mission for the school year.
  • For parents of more than one student, we are offering two sessions, so parents may attend presentations for more than one grade level.
  • The PTO will be in the lobby to invite you to join. They will be on hand to help answer questions about the exciting events and opportunities for our families this year. Please consider joining the PTO!
  • We will have assistance in the library if families need help with their parent view account.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


Principal's Coffee


Please join us for our first Principal Coffee Talk of the 19-20 school year. This will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 in the Halley Library.

Jennifer Buchko, our School Based Technology Specialist, will share safety tips about Internet Safety and useful Apps. The administrators will be present for a meet and greet and a short general question/answer forum.

All are welcome !


Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.   


Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 at Carson Middle School

FCPS will host its 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference at Carson Middle School, on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The RATE Conference is an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS post-secondary student. He will share how assistive technology has impacted his life and school experiences.

Breakout sessions will focus on blended learning and FCPSOn supports, reading and writing strategies, assistive technology in the early childhood classroom, communication tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as other topics. All FCPS staff members and parents are invited to attend. Out-of-county teachers, support staff, and parents are also welcome. FCPS employees will receive five recertification points for attending the conference.

More information will be available on the conference webpage



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, once within first 30 instructional days of first semester and another within first 30 instructional days of second semester

Tornado Drills: two times a year, fall and spring




South County Football Game


Cafeteria Hostess Needed

We are looking for support during our lunch block. Please reach out to Dr. Pamela Simpkins at PMSimpkins@fcps.edu should you be interested in applying for the cafeteria hostess position. This is a paid position. 


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Upcoming Halley Events:

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

September 25 - Principal Coffee – 10am – 11am

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


PTO in the Know


Save the Date Events!

1) Back to School Night

September 17th from 6-8 PM!   Please come join us at the PTO table!

 2) Family Bingo Night

Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!

     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!



  1. CHESS CLUB Our registration and payment policies are below.Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with the registration information below to:      P.O. Box 489, Herndon, VA 20172-0489 Please remember the deadline is 9/21/19.
  2.      If paying by paypal, peter@snowschessacademy.com. Please fill out the information needed below and return it via email to peter@snowschessacademy.com
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Details: Grades 1-6; professional chess coaches; teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions) ;Cost is $115
  1. Student’s Name
  2. Grade
  3. Parent’s Name
  4. Parent’s email
  5. Daytime Phone #’s
  6. Any special needs for your student (Walker? SACC? Medical? Other)
  7. Emergency contact name and phone number


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 open now! Grades 2nd – 6th (Have an interested 1st grader? email corky@runfitkidz.com); Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K); Sept. 26th – Nov. 14th, 4:15 – 5:30PM (Thursdays- 8 classes)   Please visit www.runfitkidz.com to register!

3)Life Champ Martial Arts- $25 per child for 5 sessions

What is the Life Champ Martial Arts After School Character Enrichment Program all about? This unique course known as the ACE Program is a 5-session character development program that incorporates physical exercise with life skill lessons. This innovative series of classes is designed to not only introduce your child to basic martial arts but to also improve concentration, listening skills, cooperation and courtesy. It will benefit your child at home, at school and in team sports. The black belt instructors from Life Champ Martial Arts have volunteered their time to teach the program at dozens of area schools during the past several years. ALL PROCEEDS BACK TO THE SCHOOL!   REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE IN THE THURSDAY FOLDERS! Limit of 20 children so sign up soon!

Classes will be held after school on the following dates:

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



 Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping? Join Amazon Smile and see William Halley Elementary School get rewarded! Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile!

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!


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