Sleepy Hollow Updates

December 14, 2020

Principal's Message

My Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

We hope you enjoyed a wonderful and restful weekend. As I’m sure you may have learned by now, per Superintendent Brabrand, In-Person Learning for Group 3 (Enhanced Autism, Noncategorical Elementary & Recently Arrived English Learners in Grades 3-12) is currently paused until after the winter break. Specific groups will return to In-Person Learning beginning January 12th. These dates are tentative and subject to change based on health metrics and operational requirements. Please know that we will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

(Enhanced Autism & Noncategorical Elementary) January 12

(Kindergarten) January 12

(Grades 1 & 2) January 19

(Grades 3 – 4) January 26

(Grade 5) – February 2

In addition to the new return dates, effective Tuesday, January 12th, Sleepy Hollow’s revised Bell Schedule will be from 9:10 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.

As always, thank you for your support, flexibility, and grace.

From our home to yours, we wish you a heartfelt and amazing holiday season. Take time to reflect on the goodness in life. Make lifelong memories together with your loved ones. Wishing you all a magical holiday, filled with peace, happiness, and joy.

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal


Important Dates

Thursday, December 10- Friday, December 18: Chanukah

Thursday, December 17: Dolphinpalooza Bedtime Story@ 7:30 p.m.

Monday, December 21Friday, January 1, 2021: Winter Break - No School

Friday, December 25: Christmas

Saturday, December 26: Kwanzaa

Friday, January 1: New Year's Day

Thursday, January 7: Dolphinpalooza Bedtime Story@ 7:30 p.m.                                                  

Walking Wednesday (Every Week) 

Bundle up, take a break, and take a walk with the family. Have fun! Don’t forget to send in a photo of you and your child/family walking.

December 14 Update on FCPS Meals

Below is an overview of the Winter Break meal service plans:

  • Friday, 12/18 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch
  • Monday, 12/21 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will not distribute any meals  
  • Tuesday, 12/22 -- Bus routes will offer 4 days of breakfast and lunch Grab & Go locations will offer 14-day meal kits  Meal Kits sites will offer 14-day meal kits
  • Wednesday, 12/23 through Friday, 1/1/21 -- No food service
  • Monday, 1/4/2021 -- Bus routes delivering breakfast and lunch will resume daily service
  • Tuesday, 1/5/2021 -- Grab & Go locations resume daily meal distribution
  • Wednesday, 1/6/2021 -- Sites that distribute 7-day meal kits resume


Health Room Updates-Medication Drop Off

If your child is returning to school in Cohort 5 or 6 and requires medication in the health room it will need to be dropped off with appropriate medication authorization. 

Please contact Ms. Galeano in the health room at (703) 237-7011 to schedule drop off. 

Sleepy Hollow PTA - Calling All Parents and SHES Staff!

Let’s go TEAM! Please join the SHES PTA. We need you to help PTA advocate for all kids, bring our community together, and make learning fun. Join here:  

Library News-Bus Delivery and Curbside Checkout

            Delivery:        FRIDAYS 11:45-12:00 @ 2909 John Marshall Drive (concurrent with FCPS food delivery) – NO MORE SCHOOL BUS LIBRARY BOOK DELIVERY ON MONDAYS – the Friday delivery replaces the previous Monday schedule

            Curbside:       Mondays 10-12 noon – Please phone the library @ 703-237-7012 when you arrive at school and Mrs. Kline will bring your student’s books to Door 1 (will no longer be sitting outside Door 1 during this interval                                 

             Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 – please note these are NEW HOURS of when library staff will be at Door 1

Checkout from the school library is for ALL our students – please reach out to Mrs. Oswalt at if you have any questions about how your student can get library books. Happy reading!

Girl Scouts Virtual Camp Tagalong

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Take Care of Your Health and Wellness

It is more important than ever to get your flu shot

  • Health Department Clinics in Mt. Vernon, Herndon, and Fairfax City (Willard) are providing flu shots for those on Medicaid, Medicare, and who are uninsured. Please call 703-246-7100 to make an appointment.
  • Senior Centers are making appointments for flu shots too. Call 703-246-6010 to make an appointment.
  • Neighborhood Health, primarily serving eastern Fairfax, will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-535-5568 to make an appointment
  • Healthworks primarily serving western Fairfax will provide flu shots to its patients (and will enroll new patients). Call 703-481-8160 to make an appointment

For those who are insured, please visit:

  • Your primary care physician
  • Just about any pharmacy
  • Grocery stores

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FCPS Technology Resources

FCPS has developed multiple resources that can help with basic technology issues to support learning at home:

  • The Parent Technology Help Desk (toll free) at 833-921-3277 is available for technical support questions about online parent accounts, your student’s FCPS laptop, or your student’s online applications.
  • If there is a problem with your Sleepy Hollow issued laptop, you may enter a support request ticket via Parent and Student IT Portal
  • FCPS' Parent Technology Resource page includes tip sheets in multiple languages that provide answers to basic questions about FCPS technologies.
  • Laptop/MiFi problems supported by our Sleepy Hollow Technology Team will be addressed by APPOINTMENTS Only. If responding to Request IT tickets via the Parent and Student IT Portal, a technology team member will contact you. Please, NO Walk-In support requests. Thank you for your understanding.
  • FCPS’ YouTube channel has videos on basic technology topics that highlight some of the key FCPS tools, such as Google and Blackboard. These videos are designed to provide solutions for quick, simple questions.

Other inquiries about FCPS programs or resources for families may be directed to the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941 or use one of our eight Parent Information Phone Lines for information in multiple languages.

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Parent Resource Center Webinars

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series

Thursdays September 2020 through April 2021
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

In collaboration with FCPS Behavior Intervention Services, the Parent Resource Center brings you Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series of Webinars. This series will provide families with strategies and positive supports to help encourage social, emotional, and behavioral growth. For more information about each session visit:

  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21: Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Register online:

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