Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

Seeing so many of you during student item pick up was definitely a highlight of the past week!  Our next distribution won’t be until January 25th, which is a student holiday and a teacher workday; we will have morning and afternoon pickup times for this distribution. We also enjoyed our first Battle of the Books this week; congrats to all our participants! Additionally, we’d like to thank our PTA for a delicious, drive through lunch this past week. Our staff was so touched by the gesture and many have mentioned that they look forward to eating there again soon!

We know some of you may have watched the School Board Meeting last night where updated timelines and information about the metrics were shared.  We will be holding a Principal’s Coffee next Tuesday, December 15th at 8:00 am to hopefully be able to unpack some of the information for you and answer some of your questions. Look for a reminder email with the link on Monday morning. The main highlights are: 1) the proposed updated dates for groups to return; 2) the addition of the mitigation metric; and 3) the change to the bell schedule which would take effect as soon as the first group (Kindergarten) returns. FCPS determined our new bell schedule time would be 9:10 - 3:55pm.  This would apply to both our in-person students as well as virtual students due to concurrent learning.  These proposed changes are subject to approval from the School Board on Tuesday, January 5th, but we wanted this information on your radar.  


Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • Monday Enrichment Schedule 
  • Winter Break Meal Distribution (*NEW*)
  • Reminder: Stenwood ES Playground 
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Self-Control
  • Order Your Yearbook Today! (*NEW*)
  • Book Fair Success!
  • Winter Break Library Checkout
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books!
  • 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

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!

Winter Break Meal Distribution 

Meal Service at Stenwood ES (12:13 - 12:23pm):

  • Friday 12/18: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday 12/21: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Tuesday 12/22: will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Wednesday 12/23  through Friday 1/1/21:  no meal service 
  • Monday 1/4/21: will resume regular daily breakfast and lunch delivery

See bus route webpage for more bus stop information.

Meal Sites Table

Cunningham ES

Graham Road ES

Graham Rd Community Building

Bailey's Upper ES


See full list of sites here: 

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

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: Self-Control

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This week, we are focusing on Self-Control. You have the ability to control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

“By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.”  

                                         ~Grenville Kleise

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Do you consider yourself to be a person who has self-control? What things do you do that indicate this?
  • Why is self-regulation important?
  • What happens when your emotions take over? How can you work on developing greater self-control?

Order Your Yearbook Today!

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Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card or PayPal account.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.


Simply go to and enter our school name.


Want photos in the yearbook?  Upload photos to Yearbook Snap.  

Access Code: stenwood.

Book Fair Success!

Thank you to everyone who purchased books during our virtual book fair. Not only do your kids benefit with new books and games, the library gets a portion of the proceeds which Mrs. Cole uses to buy more books to share. In addition, you’ve helped support a local company devoted to expanding the minds of our children.

Book Fair Picture

If you missed this book fair, do not worry, we’ll have another one in the spring so you can stock up for the summer.

Winter Break Library Checkout

Don’t forget to stock up on library books for winter break!

Have your students put books on hold or fill out Mystery Bags ASAP!  The last day for curbside pickup will be Thursday, December 17th between 3:45-4:30pm.  If you cannot pick up books by that time, please contact Mrs. Cole ( to arrange a different time.

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

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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"

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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.

Don’t Forget to Return Your Library Books!

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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Thank you to everyone for another great Battle of the Books!

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Stay Connected

Here are a few ways to stay connected with all the happenings at Stenwood ES

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES