Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

Thank you for your continued support of Stenwood as FCPS navigates the phase in timeline changes due to changing health metrics in Fairfax County.  The school metrics from the Virginia Department of Health can be located here (make sure you change the locality to Fairfax).  This School Board Meeting slidedeck that we linked last week shows on slide 15 how FCPS is making decisions related to cohorts phasing in (and remaining) in person.  With the pause of phasing in our Kindergarten group, we will remain in our previous virtual schedule across all grade levels, including daily grade level lunch bunches, until the phase in of our Kindergarten students occurs. 

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule and Virtual Assembly
  • FCPS Family Guide for Return to School
  • Reminder: Stenwood ES Playground 
  • Reminder:  Referral Window for AAP Level IV Screening Consideration Ends 12/1 (Grades 2-6) 
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project:  Gratitude
  • Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day (*Sign Up TODAY - No Walk Up Appointments*)
  • Last Weekend for Book Fair!

  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books! - UPDATE
  • Technology Help for Families 
  • Grab and Go Sites - Updated Schedule

We hope you have a nice weekend.




Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1


Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Twitter @MereMitchellAP


Monday Enrichment Schedule and

Virtual Assembly

Sessions can be found in the All Students course in Schoology.  Once there, click the Collaborate Ultra tab to locate the live sessions.  

Monday Enrichment Schedule

Click here to view the schedule!


Please note the special enrichment activity posted in our All Students Schoology Course:

“Rethinking Thanksgiving: History, Holidays, and Gratitude”


Want to talk about it?  You can also join Ms. Herendeen and Ms. Cole for a discussion and view clips from authors Kate Messner and Traci McClellan-Sorell as they debunk traditional perceptions about Native Americans, Pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving.  Kate Messner is the author of “History Smashers: Mayflower” which deals with the real, documented history of that time period and Traci McClellan-Sorell is the author of “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” which shares and celebrates Cherokee traditions of gratitude. Join them as they provide a more inclusive view of the myth of the “First Thanksgiving.”  All are welcome, students didn’t have to watch the webinar last week to participate.


Join us LIVE on Monday for our second virtual assembly:

Virtual MadScience Assembly: Monday, Nov 23rd at 1:30pm

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.


For students who are returning for in-person learning, families must complete the Health Screening Commitment form prior to the first day of when your child will return. Please email the Health Commitment Form to  

Health Commitment Form- English

Health Commitment Form- Arabic

Health Commitment Form- Chinese

Health Commitment Form- Farsi

Health Commitment Form- Spanish

Health Commitment Form- Urdu

Stenwood ES Playground - Reminder 

We kindly ask that you do not bring your children to the Stenwood ES playground to play during school hours beginning as soon as KIndergarten phases in. 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

Reminder: Referral Window for AAP Level IV Full-Time Services Screening Consideration Ends 12/1  

Tuesday, December 1 is the close of the window (Sept 8-Dec 1) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-6 will need to submit the referral form via email to Mrs. Riley ( and Mrs. Herendeen ( by December 1, 2020.

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. For more information about AAP Level IV or the screening process, please visit

Optional documents that may also be submitted via email (PDF, JPG, PNG files work best) include:

  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire – include specific examples of behaviors at home
  • 1-4 pages, single-sided of work samples showing critical & creative thinking and/or advanced academic potential

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

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: Gratitude

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This week, we are focusing on Gratitude. You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”

                                         ~Robert Holden

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What are the easiest things to be grateful for? What are the most difficult?
  • What are some benefits of gratitude?
  • How does it make you feel to think that others are grateful for you?

Yearbook Information and Fall Picture Day Opportunity

Yearbook Photo

Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  Access Code: stenwood.


Victor O'Neill Studios

Also… Mark your calendars and SIGN UP TODAY!!! Stenwood will be offering an optional, socially distanced picture day opportunity on Monday, November 23rd and Monday, November 30th from 8am - 3pm.  


Photos will take place in the cafeteria, one child at a time.  Please wait in your car in the Stenwood front parking lot until your scheduled appointment time.  Students ONLY will enter the building and will wear their mask until in place for their picture.  A parent or guardian must complete a health screening form before children enter the building. 

Click HERE to create an account and sign up for a portrait time for each Stenwood child in your household.  Use this link to order your portraits!

*There will be NO walk up appointments, so please

make sure you sign up!*

Last Weekend for Book Fair!

Monday is the last day to order!

Don’t forget to stock up on books and educational games for winter break! Bookworm Central 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.

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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"

Question Mark on Book Cover

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.)

Mystery Bag Clipart




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.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!


Mrs. Cole will have a bin in the foyer for library books to be returned during picture day.

Library Book Return

While Mrs. Cole is happy that students are getting books during virtual education, she’s really happy when they come back so other students can enjoy them!  You can return books during curbside pickup when school is in session: Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30pm.



If your child doesn’t know what has been checked out, they can log into Destiny Discover and see what they have checked out.  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you have.

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

Here are the updated schedules for our food distribution routes:

New Lunch Schedule

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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