Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We hope everyone has had a great start to the second quarter!  We have been working on our plans for the phase-in of our in person Kindergarteners beginning November 17th, as well as our 1st and 2nd graders beginning the week of November 30th.  We appreciate your collaboration and responses as we put these plans in motion.  We ask that you continue to read all information sent through e-Notify in a timely manner as we often need to use that system to send time sensitive information.     

When we phase-in our kindergarten students into in person learning and need additional staff coverage in the building, we will need to reduce the daily grade level lunch bunches to one per grade level each week.  Beginning the week of 11/17, we will start the following schedule for lunch bunches:


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As a reminder, Wednesday, November 11, is a two-hour early release day in honor of Veterans Day and will be a virtual (synchronous) learning day for all students.  Instruction will end at 1:20pm on this day.  We are sad to not be able to hold our annual in person celebration to honor our Veterans. Please know we are so grateful for the service of you and other family members and we hope to see you next year for breakfast!

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Stenwood ES Playground Update
  • AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2-6)
  • Employment Opportunity
  • Positivity Project:  Bravery
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity
  • Storybook Pumpkin Slideshow
  • Stenwood Online Book Fair!
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Curbside Library Checkout
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Have a great weekend enjoying the warm weather!




Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1


Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Monday Enrichment Schedule

To navigate to most of the sessions, students will use the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, if they click on the Collaborate Ultra tab they will see the live sessions.  

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Click here to view the schedule!

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being.

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

FCPS Family Guide for Return to School

Here is more information on how Concurrent Instruction will look in our Stenwood classrooms.

Stenwood ES Playground Update

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning Monday, November 16th. As we welcome more children and adults back to our buildings, they will utilize the outdoor spaces.

Mondays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tuesday - Friday: 8:20am - 3:40pm

AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Information (Grades 2 - 6)

If you would like to have your child screened for possible eligibility for AAP Level IV services, beginning in the 2021-22 school year, please email the following documents to Mrs. Riley ( and Mrs. Herendeen ( no later than December 1, 2020.

  • AAP Level IV Referral Form - required
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – optional
  • 1-4 pages of work samples – optional
    • Must be able to print onto 8.5x11” paper
    • Shows your child’s advanced academic abilities and/or creative & critical thinking
    • Include a short description of the work

Important message for families of students in 2nd grade – the FCPS AAP office has not yet released the benchmark score for the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) which means we do not yet have a 2nd grade screening pool. Please note, students in the screening pool will be automatically screened, but families should not wait for the pool list to submit the above documents. If you wish to have your child screened, please begin preparing the documents.

For more information regarding all AAP Levels of Service, you may reference the following: Recording from October 1st

For more information regarding AAP Level IV screening, you may reference the following: Recording and Slides from October 15th

Please contact Mrs. Herendeen with any specific questions you may have. Thank you!

Employment Opportunity

New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

            FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session, visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

Positivity Project: Bravery

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This week, we are focusing on Bravery. You act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”

                                         ~Mary Anne Radmacher

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are some situations that may call for bravery?
  • What are the differences between moral, mental, and physical bravery?
  • Why is it sometimes difficult to be brave?

Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity

Yearbook Photo

Yes, We Will Have A Yearbook!

Students and families may not have a connection to the physical brick and mortar school building yet, but we are still Stenwood Stingers just the same!

To capture this unusual year and to make our yearbook a reality, we need photos of our beautiful stingers in their individual learning hives.  Therefore, we are calling on our community for some help!

Each week, we will be asking for different photos to be uploaded to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.

We will also be asking to collect photos from you, we ask that they are either camera images or cell phone photos without the live feature attached. If you upload photos and the ending is .HEIC instead of .JPG, we are unable to use them in the yearbook.  We look forward to seeing everyone’s photo in the yearbook this year!

Feel free to send us any snapshots from the first day of school and beyond!

Say Cheese Picture

Also… Mark your calendars! Stenwood will be offering a socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th.  Be on the lookout for a sign up, ordering information, and details regarding our safety protocols and procedures.

Storybook Pumpkin Slideshow

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stenwood Annual Storybook Pumpkin Festival!  We loved seeing such creativity and are so glad to see that Stingers are Readers!  For a look at all of our participants, click here.  You can also see them in the Library course in Schoology. 

Stenwood Online Book Fair!

If it’s November, then it’s Book Fair time!  While we can’t be in person, we can still enjoy great books and educational games.  Stenwood has partnered with our local vendor, Bookworm Central, to provide more reading and learning opportunities for your child.

Bookworm Central Logio

The book fair will be open from November 9th through November 23rd and will offer free shipping on orders $30.00 and above.  The Stenwood library receives a portion of all proceeds to purchase more books for our library.  Please take time to explore our book fair and as always, please contact Mrs. Cole with any questions.

Library Mystery Bags

Need new books?  Not sure what to search for in the catalog?  Well, look no further – Mrs. Cole to the rescue!  Fill out the appropriate grade level form and she’ll put together a “Mystery Bag” for your child. It might be great, or maybe not – but trying new things is what education and reading are all about.

(Note: Separate forms for K-2 and Grades 3-6)


Grades K-2 "Library Mystery Bags"

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Please fill out this form (Gr K-2)  if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 5 books selected by Mrs. Cole.  It may include a combination of Picture books, "I Can Read" books, Quick Reads (early chapter books) and/or Nonfiction books.


Grades 3-6 "Library Mystery Bags"

If you need inspiration, you can look at the included pictures and/or access the Library/Materials Schoology course for a look at previous years’ pumpkins.  As always, please contact Mrs. Cole if you have any questions.


Please fill out this form (Gr 3-6) if you would like to request a "Mystery Bag" from the Stenwood Library.  The "Mystery Bag" will include 3 books selected by Mrs. Cole.

Remember, if you have a specific book you are looking for, please log into the Destiny Catalog to place a book on hold. (Directions are in your grade level folder here in the Library Course.)

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If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.

Curbside Library Checkout

Stingers can now go to Destiny Discover, the library catalog, and put books on hold!

Please note that the catalog may give you a pop-up message saying the book is ready – do not believe it!  Only come to the school AFTER you receive an email from us letting you know the items are ready and what time you’ll be able to pick them up.

If you have a Yahoo email account, please check your spam folder.  Yahoo is blocking emails automatically generated by the library software.  If you are concerned that you missed a pick up time, please contact Mrs. Cole.

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Be sure to mark your calendar because after one week, the books will be returned to the library so other students may enjoy them.

Click here for directions on how to put books on hold. 

Need to return books?  You may return library books on Mondays from 2:00-4:00PM and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30PM.  Drop off location will be in the Kiss-n-Ride loop in the back of the school. As always, please contact Mrs. Cole, our librarian, if you have any questions.


Technology Help for Families

There are a wealth of resources available on the Stenwood website to assist with technology questions, including: setting up your SIS Parent Account, logging into and navigating Schoology, and resetting student passwords. You can find all that information and more here:

Stenwood ES: Return to School 2020

You can also find tech help and tips on our YouTube Channel:

Return to School Resources - YouTube Playlist

Parent Technology Help Desk: 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) 

Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6.

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online here, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 20-21 school year.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new household application for each school year.  The application is available HERE

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