Ravens' Nest- April 15, 2021

Upcoming Events

April 16 – Career Day – Dress for Success! What’s your future career?

April 16 – Last day to order Yearbook from PTA

April 17 – FCPS Special Education Conference, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

April 18 – 21 – Virtual Book Fair with READ – Sunday, April 18th to Wednesday, April 21

April 19- Grades K-2 April Birthday Lunch with Mrs. Aspuria, 12 noon

April 19 – PTA Mug & Mingle, 7:00 pm

April 21 – Purple Up Day (Month of the Military Child) – Wear Purple

April 22 PTA Spirit Night - Jersey Mike’s, 1:00 – 9:00 pm

April 26 – May 2 – Ravensworth Read a Thon

April 26 - Grades 3-6 April Birthday Lunch with Mrs. Aspuria, 12 noon

May 15 – Thomas Jefferson HS PTSA Diversity Committee STEM Provider Conference (Virtual), 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


A Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Families,

We recently announced that beginning April 27th all students currently attending in person will be expanded to 4 days of in person instruction.  We were able to accomplish this by designing and implementing a second cafeteria and additional eating locations to safely accommodate the eating of breakfast and lunch at the required 6 feet distance.  We also redesigned several classroom layouts to ensure students are socially distanced at 3 feet.

A big shout goes to our staff and custodial teams as they spend this next week and a half redesigning classrooms, learning spaces and instructional practices to safely accommodate the increased capacity. For our virtual students and families, you can continue to expect high levels of engagement and learning within your classroom community. 

This school year has been filled with many challenges and changes and through it all, we want to thank you for being our partners.

We are #RavensWorth!


Erika Aspuria



Meal Kit Sites Moving to Monday Distribution Starting April 19

Many FCPS Grab and Go food distribution sites have switched this month from daily food pickup to weekly Fairfax Meal Kit distribution. Fairfax Meal Kits contain seven days of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and supper items packed in bulk.

On Monday, April 19, all meal kit sites are permanently moving to a Monday distribution day. Hours remain 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted. Grab and Go locations and bus routes remain the same. Go to the food distribution webpage for more information.


Kiss and Ride

As a reminder, if you are using Kiss & Ride for arrival and/or departure of your child, please review the Kiss and Ride expectations below:

Ravensworth Kiss and Ride Procedures

  • Arrival – We will begin to let students out of their cars at 8:45 a.m.
  • Dismissal - Parents can begin entering the Kiss and Ride loop at 3:15 and students will be released at 3:30. 
  • Kiss and Ride moves in a clockwise pattern on the streets around Ravensworth ES.
  • Please approach Gosport Lane from Queensberry Avenue or Moultrie Road
  • Proceed on Nutting Drive, passing the bus lane/entrance, and drive to the Kiss & Ride entrance towards the end of the school
  • Drive through Kiss & Ride and exit only to the right onto Nutting Drive.
  • Once in the Kiss and Ride lane, please prominently display the placard with your child’s/children’s number. 
  • Placards will be provided to parents during the first week of in-person learning based on responses to the Kiss and Ride survey sent out through the Ravens’ Nest. 
  • Please do not exit your vehicle while in Kiss and Ride.
  • Please do not pass other cars in Kiss and Ride unless directed by a staff member.
  • If your child is not ready or has not arrived at Kiss and Ride. you may be asked to pull up to the front of the queue or go around
  • We hope to quicken your drop-off & pickup times and decrease the inconveniences to our neighbors on Nutting Drive.

Under no circumstance is a U-Turn permitted in the middle of the street on Nutting Drive in front of Ravensworth ES for the safety of all of our students.

Also, please use the crosswalks instead of walking in the middle of Nutting Drive. There are crosswalks at the corners of Nutting Drive/Gosport Lane and Nutting Drive/Ellet Road for you to safely use and show your children how to use.


March 9th Picture Day Pictures are here!

Pictures have arrived in the school office from Lifetouch photos taken on March 9th.  We also still have photos remaining from our earlier picture days.  Please stop by the office and ask for your child’s photos. 


Positivity Project Trait for the Week of April 12: Fairness

Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect. ​ ​​​Fairness combines both the head and the heart. It is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Justice reasoning emphasizes the use of reason and logic. In justice reasoning, fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society, or universal ethical principles. Care reasoning, by contrast, emphasizes care and compassion. This approach uses concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions.

Although the two approaches are different, most people use a blend of justice and care reasoning — a combination of their head and their heart — when making choices related to fairness.

Next Week’s Character Strength:  Appreciation of Beauty and Elegance


April Is Month of the Military Child; Purple Up Day Is April 21

April is the Month of the Military Child!  It’s the perfect time to recognize children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle.  Over 10% of our Ravens are Military Connected Youth.  Let’s celebrate them by wearing purple on Wednesday, April 21 for Purple Up Day!


Updated Sick Student Procedures

FCPS, under the guidance of the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD), has updated the procedures for students returning to school after an absence. These updates went into effect on Monday, April 5th:

When a student remains home from in-person instruction due to COVID-Like Illness (CLI), the parent/guardian will NO LONGER need to provide the Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form.

The Sick Student Notification and Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form will continue to be required for the following situations and must be completed prior to the students return to in-person instruction: 

  • Sent home due to COVID Like Illness (CLI)
  • Reports a positive COVID-19 test
  • Is instructed to quarantine by a medical provider or the FCHD

Additional acceptable documentation for student return to in-person following illness:

  • A health care practitioner note is also acceptable. The note is to be attached to the Return to School Form/Child Care and placed in the student’s cum folder.
  • If the student is returning from quarantine or isolation and has been under the advisement of the FCHD, a copy of the SARA alert form is also acceptable.

The forms and translations are located at http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/ssse/healthinfo/index.shtml under “Forms and Letters.”

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate these continually-changing guidelines. 


Now Accepting Kindergarten & New Student Enrollments for 2021-2022

Do you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2021?

Please fill in the New Student Registration page located on the Ravensworth website.  Your form will be submitted to our school Student Information Assistant, Teresa Dunbar, who will be able to assist you with the registration process.

To start the registration process, please complete and submit this form online: https://ravensworthes.fcps.edu/student-services/student-registration


TJ PTSA Diversity Committee STEM Provider Conference (Virtual) – May 15, 2021

The TJ PTSA Diversity Committee is pleased to announce it will be hosting a virtual event on 15 May 2021, an online virtual conference featuring several area STEM education providers, including those that offer free and reduced fee services for low-income households. The purpose of this event is to inform the community of those services available for aspiring TJ candidates currently in Elementary and Middle School.

Some of the key providers at this event include:

  • Black Student Fund
  • Girls Who Math
  • Junior Scholars
  • Humanitas4All
  • Huntington Learning Center
  • Eddie Neal
  • Cathy Colglazier
  • And more…….

Event Details

When: May 15, 2021 08:00 AM – 4:00PM EST

Register in advance for this meeting:



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Dr. Harry Jackson

TJ PTSA Diversity Committee




Who do I contact in the Ravensworth Office?

  • Sheryl Hall, Office Assistant at sghall@fcps.edu Questions related to transportation and attendance.
  • Betty Morgan, Administrative Assistant at bbmorgan@fcps.edu Questions related to school lunch.
  • Teresa Dunbar, Student Registrar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu Questions related to registration, student records, and all required Return-to-Learn forms for in-person students.
  • Ricardo Bermudez, Office Assistant at rjbermudez@fcps.edu Questions related to attendance/transportation/Spanish speaker.
  • Your child's teacher with specific questions related to Mondays and/or class schedules. 


FCPS Special Education Conference

The 16th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, April 17, 2021. The conference will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting our conference's theme: The time for inclusion is now.

Parents and community members will be able to register online. In addition, FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.

Conference Highlights:

  • Guest speakers and FCPS staff presentations
  • A Student Strands for youth ages 14-22
  • Sibshops for students in grades 7-12
  • An Exhibit Hall with FCPS and community resources
  • Inclusive Schools Presentations

Each year our conference draws an audience of parents, educators, administrators, preservice teachers, and community members eager to hear the latest research, strategies, and trends in the education of students with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Saturday, April 17, 2021 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Register for The Special Education Conference 2021 


PTA News

Mug & Mingle, Monday, April 19th, 7:00 pm

Fill up your Mug with your favorite beverage and log on to Mingle with your fellow Raven Parents & PTA Members!  Our next MUG & MINGLE will be Monday, April 19th 7:00-8:00 pm.  Log on for as much or as little as you are able.  


Must RSVP by clicking "save response" via this link:



Google Meet link will be emailed to RSVPs on the day of the Mingle.  If you have questions, email Michele: recordingsec@ravensworthpta.org


PTA Spirit Night – Jersey Mike’s

Our next spirit event of the year will be at Jersey Mike’s (Ravensworth Shopping Center, 5250-G Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151) on Thursday, April 22nd from 1pm-9pm. Jersey Mike’s will donate 15% of all Ravensworth sales. Please don’t forget to mention Ravensworth, or show your flyer, when placing your order. They prefer orders through their app or jerseymikes.com. Please be sure to put Ravensworth ES Fundraiser in the comments. If your order is by phone, don’t forget to mention Ravensworth. Over mentions are better than under mentions! 

A flyer for this spirit night is here: https://app.memberhub.com/download?r=212457;v=131sudoz36cz


Virtual Book Fair with READ – Sunday, April 18th to Wednesday, April 21st

The PTA is excited to partner with the Arlington nonprofit Read Early and Daily (READ) to host a virtual book fair from Sunday, April 18th - Wednesday, April 21st. This is a great way to get a new book for the Ravensworth Read-A-Thon and support the PTA. 

You can browse the books available here: https://www.readearlyanddaily.org/ravensworth-book-fair-opens-april-18.

Important Checkout Instructions

You can choose to have your books shipped directly to your house. However, if you want to pick up your books at Ravensworth on Monday, April 26th, you must inform READ that you are a Ravensworth Elementary family at checkout.


When paying with credit card or Paypal, at the last step of the checkout when reviewing your order, add a note that you are a Ravensworth Elementary family in “Note to Seller.”

When using another form of payment (such as Apple Pay or Google Pay), there’s not an option to add a note. Please send an email to Jennifer Sauter-Price at jsauterprice@readearlyanddaily.org and let her know your purchase is for Ravensworth Elementary.

The READ Book Bus will be at Ravensworth Elementary on Monday, April 26th from 4:30-6:30pm to deliver books. Families can pick up their book orders then. If you are unable to make it, please send a message to programs@ravensworthpta.org to make other arrangements or you can also choose to have your books mailed directly to you.

About READ

READ’s mission is to ensure that vulnerable young children in Arlington have new, quality, culturally relevant, and free books that are mirrors and windows into their everyday lives and communities. When you buy a book at the book fair, your purchase will directly support our school as well as our local community. You can learn more about READ here: https://www.readearlyanddaily.org/.


Thank you for taking the time to help!

Ravensworth PTA


Yearbook Orders

This has been a memorable school year to say the least.  Order a 2020-21 Ravensworth Yearbook as a memento of your child’s school year. 

Visit https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882621.  Ravensworth Yearbook ID Code:  4882621

Yearbooks purchased between March 13th – April 16th will be $20.


School Spirit Item

Check out the latest item added to the Spirit Wear Store - removable laptop stickers! There are three options to buy -

1- Purchase for $5 and pick up at a set spirit wear pickup date.

2- Purchase for $5.50 and have your sticker mailed to you.

3- Purchase for $2.50 and have a sticker given to a Ravensworth Staff member!

Visit https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store/store to purchase!


If You’ve Not Already Joined Memberhub, Check it Out Here Now!


You do not have to be a PTA member to join the free Everyone Hub or your classroom Hubs.  These hubs are for you to utilize to make connections & easily stay connected to your specific RES communities.  PTA uses the Everyone hub to help keep you up to date & reminded about PTA Happenings.  To Ensure you receive all PTA emails & have access to the RES Online Directory, purchase your PTA Membership ($10 Indiv/$20Family) here:  https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships


Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on Social Media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at


and the school’s accounts are

https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and