Ravens' Nest- April 21, 2021

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Upcoming Events

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 – Read for Ravensworth

April 26 – READ Book Bus at Ravensworth, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, Bus Loop

May 3 – Grades 3-6 Virtual Students Hacky Sack Pick-up 3:00-5:00 pm

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,

The school team has been working very hard to bring all of our current in-person students in 4 days per week beginning Tuesday, April 27th. Here are some updates to keep in mind as we make this transition.

 Important Information:

  • The number of students using Kiss N Ride will increase.  We ask for your patience as we continue to ensure each child’s safety in the loading zone.
  • Students will bring their laptops to school on Tuesdays and they will bring them home on Fridays.
  • Students in grades K-4 will eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Grades 5 and 6 will eat in their classrooms.
  • Students are welcome to bring in towels to sit on for when their classes eat outside.
  • We will continue to serve Grab and Go lunches.

We appreciate your continued partnership during this unique school year.


Erika Aspuria



Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Schedule

May 3rd- Virtual students take Reading SOL

May 4th- In person students take Reading SOL

May 10th- Virtual students take Math SOL

May 11th- In person students take Math SOL

May 17th- Virtual Grade 5 Science SOL

May 18th- In person Grade 5 students take Science SOL


PreK and Early Head Start Accepting Applications for SY 2021-22

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2021-22!  Please watch this video to see if your 3 or 4 year old may qualify for PreK. To apply online: www.fcps.edu search: PreK Email: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

For more information call our English Line: 703-208-7900

¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ya está aceptando aplicaciones para el año escolar 2021-22!  Por favor mire este video para ver si su hijo de 3 o 4 años puede calificar para PreK.   Para aplicar en línea: www.fcps.edu busque: PreK Correo electrónico: fcpsprekoffice@fcps.edu

Para más información llame a la línea de español: 703-208-7901


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


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 -Doors will open 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.


Positivity Project

Positivity Project Trait for the Week of April 19: Appreciation of Beauty and Elegance

Appreciation of beauty and excellence means you value the world's beauty and people's skills. You don't take things for granted.

This is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty (e.g. a sunset, song, or building); an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness (e.g. a character strength). Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All of these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.

Next Week’s Character Strength: Purpose


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
  •   Dr. 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. 


PTA News


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


READ Book Bus at Ravensworth, Apr 26th

The READ Book Bus will be at Ravensworth Elementary on Monday, April 26th from 4:30-6:30pm to deliver books from the Virtual Book Fair. 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


Read for Ravensworth

Ravensworth Elementary School PTA is excited to invite you to participate in our first ever Read-A-Thon!  Monday, April 26th to Sunday, May 2nd, we will be Reading it Ravens Style with a full week of exciting, interactive reading and fun.

  • Mystery Monday: Mystery Reader Kick Off and Special Reading by Author Tracey West
  • Treats for Tuesday: Treat yourself to a great book and listen for the Scoops2U Ice Cream Truck.  Scoops2U will visit Signal Hill and Ravensworth Farm between 3pm and 8pm. 10% of all sales made during this time will be donated to the PTA!
  • Wacky Wednesday:  Show your reading spirit by dressing like your favorite book character.
  • Hide-A-Way Thursday:  Grab a book and find a cozy nook. Submit a photo of your favorite or most unique reading spot for a chance to win a great prize.
  • Popcorn and Book:  Grab a bowl of popcorn and cozy up for a great night of reading!
  • Someone Special Saturday:  Find or phone a friend and read-a-loud to brighten someone else's day!  
  • Sleep in Sunday:  Snuggle up in your PJs and enjoy reading on a lazy Sunday morning!

To get started:

  1. Visit our fundraising page at https://app.memberhub.gives/ravensread
  2. Register to participate by clicking "Readers Center" and then choosing "Sign Up"
  3. Complete the participant registration with your personal email address.  
  4. Customize  and share your personal fundraising page. 
  5. READ, READ, READ, and READ some more!
  6. Log and track your reading in the participant center.
  7. Win great prizes!

Remember to share photos of yourself participating with daily themes and nominate the most spirited teacher by sending a message to programs@ravensworthpta.org!


Online School Supply Kits

Ravensworth PTA would like to team up with Campus Survival Kits for another year of easy school supply shopping, but we need your HELP.  We are looking for a volunteer(s) to lead the school supply program for the 2021-2022 school year.  This fundraiser is a terrific way to give back to your school & make parents school supply shopping so much easier!  Ravensworth PTA will receive $5 for each kit ordered!  Please contact Megan at president@ravensworthpta.org if you are interested in helping PTA continue this program at Ravensworth.  


Hacky Sack Contest – Kickin’ It, Ravens Style

Attention ALL 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Graders!  We are KICKIN OFF a Hacky Sack Contest on Monday, May 3rd – May 28th.  All 3rd-6th grade students will be provided their own hacky sack!  Students can practice during recess and at home!  Learn and show off your newly acquired Hacky Sack Skills & Tricks by submitting a 30 second video of yourself "Kicking It, Raven's Style" to Flipgrid:  https://flipgrid.com/baf71a63   Video submissions due by Friday, May 28th.  Videos will be judged for 16 winners! 4 winners per grade will get a brand-new Raven designed T-shirt that defines you as a Ravensworth Rockstar!  

Teachers & Staff are welcome to participate & see if they’ve got what it takes to win a Ravensworth Rockstar T-shirt! 

Virtual Students:  Drive by Pick Up Hacky Sack Mon, May 3rd 3:00 – 5:00 pm, bus loop

In person Students:  Hacky Sacks will be distributed at school week of May 3rd.

"How To Hacky Sack" video is located on Flipgrid link. 

*Title your 30 second Flipgrid video "Student Name, Grade, T-shirt size (YM, YL, YXL)" example: Jane Smith, 5th, YL 


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