Raven's Nest 04/28/2021


Upcoming Events

April 26 – May 2 – Read for Ravensworth

April 26 – May 14 – PTA Disinfectant Wipes Drive

May 3- PTA Presents and Presence Table from 3:00-5:00 pm

May 10 – PTA Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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

May 18 – Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

May 18 – PTA Spirit Night, Chipotle on Rolling Road, 4:00- 8:00 pm

May 31 – Memorial Day Holiday


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?  Do you know a family who is new to our neighborhood?

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: Purpose

People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

Having a clear sense of purpose in life, and a belief that you’re connected to a larger meaning, gives individuals strength. It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances or lead with kindness and love even when it’s not reciprocated. Those with a sense of purpose have more meaning in their life – and are more fulfilled.

Next Week’s Character Strength:  Leadership


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




PTA News

PTA Needs Nominations for Treasurer & Secretary for SY 2021-2022

The PTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for positions on the PTA Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year.  The upcoming vacant positions are Treasurer and Secretary.  If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering for either of these open board positions, please contact Michele at recordingsec@ravensworthpta.org  by May 10th. Current Board Officers are happy to answer any questions & assist getting you started.  Elections for these positions will be held at our last PTA meeting of the school year on Mon, June 7th, 2021 at 7pm.  

 If you are interested in helping out in other ways or have new ideas for 2021-2022, please let us know. There are several beloved programs & projects that need volunteers and/or a chairperson.  Thank you for considering the gift of your time to keep our Ravensworth community strong! #RavensWorth.


Disinfectant Wipes Drive, April 26th – May 14th

PTA is collecting donations of Clorox and Lysol disinfectant wipes for Ravensworth. The less Ravensworth must spend on wipes, the more that can be spent on our students.  Please consider a donation of wipes. You may drop your wipes donation in the collection box in the Ravensworth lobby or send in with your student to give to their teacher.  There is also a drop off collection box in Signal Hill, at 5591 Marshall House Ct.  Thank you for your consideration & generosity! 


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.  


PTA Hacky Sack Pick Up, Presents & Presence Table; Monday, May 3rd, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Ravensworth Bus Loop

PTA has partnered with Ravensworth to Bring you a KICKIN Hacky Sack Contest!  PTA will be passing out Hacky Sacks to all 3rd – 6th grade Virtual Students on Mon, May 3rd, 3:00 – 5:00 pm that did not already receive theirs upon departure from SOL testing. Additionally, PTA will have PRESENTS for all students/parents who stop by -- PRESENTS of Ravensworth Zipper Tags & Ravensworth Magnets!  We will collect any PRESENTS of Clorox & Lysol Wipes you may have for donation!  PTA will also have Spirit Wear available to order & purchase that you could give to someone as a PRESENT!  PTA officers are recruiting for your PRESENT of PRESENCE in PTA!  Stop by to ask questions and let us know your ideas and how you'd like to make your PRESENCE in PTA for the SY2021-2022!   


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 12:00-12:30 pm (after taking the SOLs at school), Bus Loop/ Kiss n Ride

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 




Our next Spirit Night is at Chipotle!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm

6230 Rolling Rd, West Springfield, VA 22152-2307

When ordering online, please use our online ordering code 7YRZQTB

Chipotle will donate 33% of all Ravensworth sales to the PTA. Please do not forget to mention Ravensworth, or use our special code.


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


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


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