Wolf News November 11


Letters written to Veterans by students and pictures of some of our military families. Happy Veterans Day!

Family Choice Updates


Today is the last day of Family Choice for Kindergarten.  There will be no Family Choice  tomorrow because of a staff meeting.  The last day of Family Choice for grades 1-6 will be this Friday due to students returning to school.  We hope your child(ren) has/have enjoyed this time with the Oak Hill Specialists.  We will look into bringing these activities back in the future if our schedule allows.  

School Board Work Session Tomorrow Night


There will be a School Board Work Session  tomorrow night at 6pm.  Click here to attend the session virtually.   

Asynchronous Learning Days for Grades K-2


Please remember that FCPS has set November 12, 13, and 16 as asynchronous learning time for our Kindergarten students as the teachers prepare and plan to return to in-person learning on November 17. First and second grade students will have asynchronous learning time on November 16, 20, 23, 24 and 30 so teachers can prepare and plan to return to in-person learning on December 1. 

New to FCPS Student Speech, Voice, and Language Screenings: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Per Virginia Child Find Regulations (8 VAC 20-81-50), students newly enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by the assigned speech-language pathologist(s). Screenings may take place in-person or virtually. 

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who are currently enrolled will be initiated the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade who currently enrolled will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.  Students who enroll after their grade level returns to in-person instruction will be screened within 60 business days of enrollment. 

School Board Votes to Make Changes to 2020-21 Calendar

Calendar Reminder

The Fairfax County School Board has voted to make Inauguration Day—Wednesday, January 20, 2021—a holiday for Fairfax County Public Schools students and employees, and Juneteenth—June 19, 2021—a holiday for employees that will be observed on Friday, June 18, 2021.

On the 2020-21 school year calendar, January 20, 2021, had been listed as an instructional day for students and regular workday for all employees.

Previously, during every fourth year, Inauguration Day was designated as a holiday for students and employees. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently authorized its 2021 holiday schedule, which includes Inauguration Day as a holiday for Fairfax County employees. 

In an effort to further create an inclusive environment, Juneteenth was included as a holiday in 2020; it was recently included by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors as a holiday for county employees. Virginia has also passed legislation to observe Juneteenth as an official holiday for state employees.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar.

Concurrent Instruction at Brookfield Elementary School

Take another look into how concurrent instruction will look in FCPS. This time, check out a kindergarten classroom at Brookfield Elementary School. Watch the video

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.

Bus Boarding Procedures During COVID-19 Video

With many students now returning to in-person instruction, the procedures for boarding an FCPS bus have changed due to COVID-19. This video shows the precautions students, drivers, and bus attendants must take in order to keep everyone safe.

New FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard


FCPS has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to share weekly COVID-19 cases that have been self-reported to us. The FCPS COVID-19 dashboard will be disaggregated and will present case data by school and case type (student, staff, visitor) and data will be updated daily. 

This data should be interpreted with caution as it only reflects cases that have been shared with FCPS through self-reporting and may not be aligned to future epidemiological investigations. Case reports indicate the total number of COVID-19 cases self-reported to principals, administrators, and program managers. Reports were shared with the Fairfax County Health Department to initiate contact tracing.

Updated information is available on the FCPS website

Oak Hill Employee Awards


Attention all members of the Oak Hill Community!  Do you know an Oak Hill staff member that has gone above and beyond during distance learning?  Does your child have an exceptional teacher who highly motivates students, understands individual needs, and instills a love for learning? Then please take the time to nominate an Oak Hill staff member for an Outstanding Employee Award in the categories below. 


Outstanding Principal
Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
Outstanding Professional (speech, counselor, psychologist, instructional coach, social worker, OT/ PT)
Outstanding Teacher: classroom teacher (3+ years teaching altogether, could include being in different county/school), librarian, ESOL, Reading, Chinese, Art, Band, Strings, Music, PE, Chinese, AART, Sped teacher)
Outstanding New Teacher: (less than 3 years teaching)
Outstanding Operational: IA, cafeteria worker, custodian, parent liaison, etc.

To submit a nomination, please complete this Community Staff Award Form   no later than November 20th.

If you have questions, please contact Christy Ryder, CLRyder@fcps.edu or Pam Bennett, PSBennett@fcps.edu

Thank you in advance for taking the time to recognize an outstanding staff member!

Reminder for Parents/Guardians about SIS ParentVUE


A SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE account is where you can access information about your child's attendance, course history, grade book (for middle and high school), progress reports, and report cards. Customized for elementary, middle, and high school students, your SIS ParentVUE Account login credentials can also be used to access FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View.

If you have not yet created a PVUE account, please reach out to Katherine Dillard at kjdillard1@fcps.edu for an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using their activation code can be found by watching this video

Chipotle Fundraiser


Tired of Thanksgiving leftovers?  Stop by the Chipotle at 13354 Franklin Farm Rd. in Herndon on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th between 4:00 and 8:00 pm to get some delicious food and support Oak Hill at the same time!  Bring in this flyer, show it on your smart phone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Oak Hill Elementary! Online orders through chipotle.com or the app can be credited to our fundraiser by using the Promo Code J42RQ4M on the Chipotle app or website.  We will see you then!

Family Support Line Can Help Answer Parenting Questions


The Fairfax County Government Department of Family Services has a live family support line to help answer your parenting questions. The phone line support team is open to all parents and guardians from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 703-324-7720.

More information about the family support line is available online

Clinical Team Tip of the Week


Oak Hill students have been learning about three parts of the brain including the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala, and the hippocampus during Social Emotional Learning (SEL) small group time.  As children become more familiar with the brain, they begin to understand how their feelings arise and that they have the ability to change what they do in response.  Breathing is an important tool that can be used to calm and refocus our brains before reacting to challenging feelings.  A glitter jar that is shaken swirls all around and is a powerful visual that illustrates a brain that is stressed.  As we breathe, the glitter starts to settle as our thoughts and feelings start to settle.  Visit the Oak Hill Guidance Site to learn how to make a glitter jar at home and to practice breathing.  Remember your child must be logged into their fcpsschools.net account.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the Oak Hill clinical team if you have any questions or would like to learn more about different coping strategies including breathing.  We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. 

Kim Gallagher, School Counselor at  kagallagher1@fcps.edu
Cammy McCleskey, School Social Worker at clmccleskey@fcps.edu 
Ginny Phinney, School Psychologist at vgphinney@fcps.edu
Christy Ryder, School Counselor at clryder@fcps.edu

Reading Tip of the Week


Promoting a Love for Literacy at Home

Distance learning can be challenging for students across subject areas.  To help children stay motivated, it is important to instill a love for reading both on and off the screen.  Parents can support their children’s love for literacy by following these simple steps at home.  To learn more about how to raise a lifelong reader, please click here.

PTA News


Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family

Key Calendar Dates


November 11: Veterans Day, early close for students

November 17: Kindergarten students return to in-person learning

November 18: Meal Kit Distribution at Oak Hill, 8:00am-12:30pm

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

Ways to Stay Informed


Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

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