Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

This has been an eventful week for the nation and we hope you had the opportunity to talk with your child about MLK Day and Inauguration Day.  In FCPS news, Dr. Brabrand shared an update last evening with the School Board on the phase in plans.  The important information to note is:

  • New proposed phase-in dates are shared in the chart below.
  • Stenwood’s new bell schedule, 9am - 3:30pm, is scheduled to take effect on February 16th.  Teachers will send home an individualized schedule prior to this time, so your child would follow this schedule virtually until their group’s phase in. 
New Draft Timeline


While these plans won’t be solidified until the February 2nd School Board Meeting, we wanted you to have this information on your radar.  We will communicate with grade level parents directly after timelines are confirmed, so please look for eNotify messages with invitations to grade level specific Parent Coffees and surveys.  We will continue to keep you informed as soon as we have information.

Please plan on making your way through the Kiss N Ride loop on Monday to pick up your child’s next packet of learning materials.  Monday is a student holiday, so we will have the opportunity to see you (and hopefully your child!) in the morning between 8:30 and 10:00am OR in the afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30pm.  More information below!

Also in today’s newsletter: 

  • January Schedule Impacts
  • Student Learning Materials Distribution - Monday, Jan 25th (*NEW*)
  • Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look!
  • Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS
  • Positivity Project: Supporting Others When They Struggle
  • Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp (*NEW*)
  • Curbside Library Checkout - (*ANNOUNCEMENT*)
  • Library Mystery Bags
  • Don't Forget to Return Your Library Books
  • Technology Help for Families (*NEW TIP FOR WINDOWS HELP MESSAGE*)
  • Grab and Go Sites




Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1


Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

January Schedule Impacts

  • Friday, Jan 22nd – 2 hour Early Release (Instruction ends at 1:20pm)
  • Monday, Jan 25th - Teacher Workday (No Morning Meeting/ No independent work/ Student Learning Materials Distribution Day)
  • Tues - Fri, Jan 26th - 29th - Regular School Days

Student Learning Materials Distribution

Monday, January 25th

We will be doing our next round of distribution on Monday, January 25th. We know there is the possibility of some inclement weather heading our way.  We will send out communication early Monday morning should we need to postpone distribution.  We will be distributing materials in two blocks:

Monday, Jan 25th from 8:30 - 10:00AM

Monday, Jan 25th from 3:00 - 4:30PM

During last distribution, we sent home signs with our In Person primary grade students to use for Kiss N Ride.  If you have one of those, please hold it up when you come through to help speed up the process.  We also will be trying a new system to hopefully help alleviate congestion on Carnegie, so please pay attention to any signs or directions from staff that you see.  

Mrs. Riley’s Read Alouds - New Look! 

Mrs. Riley has reorganized her read alouds on Schoology to hopefully make it easier for students to navigate.  There are tons of picture books if you are looking for a good read aloud.  They all can be found on the All Students Schoology site.  Mrs. Riley posts one new book each week (usually on Mondays).  She also has started the Battle Books Lions and Liars for upper grade students.  

Read Aloud Picture 1
Read Aloud Picture 2

Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS!

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: Supporting Others When They Struggle

PP Logo

This week, we are working on ONE of the FIVE overarching components of the Positivity Project. Supporting others when they struggle is an important test of our character every single day.

“We rise by lifting others.”

                                         ~Robert Ingersoll

When you put others first, you look to comfort people in the small, day-to day disappointments whether they are friends, classmates, acquaintances, family, even rivals.

Think of a time you went through something difficult and someone encouraged you. How can you pass on that act of kindness this week? 

Summer Enrichment: Tech Adventure Camp

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 2nd to 6th grade students, FCPS is offering Tech Adventure Camp. Please see the flyer below for details.

Tech Adventure Camp Flyer

Curbside Library Checkout

For this Monday ONLY, curbside pickup/drop off will be during Student Packet Pickup, 8:30-10:00am AND 3:00-4:30pm

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. 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 2:30-3:30PM and Thursdays from 3:45-4:30PM.  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.

Stack of Books Image
KNR Loop Image

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!

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. See information above.


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

Does your FCPS laptop say your Windows is expiring? 

Watch this video for help!


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

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

Stay Connected

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

WEBSITE: Stenwood ES
TWITTER: @StenwoodES