RAVENS' NEST 05/05/2021


Upcoming Events

April 26 – May 14 – PTA Disinfectant Wipes Drive

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 17 – Read-A-Thon Drive Thru Party, Bus Loop, 5:00 – 6:00 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 28 – Deadline for Student Placement Input for 2021-2022

May 31 – Memorial Day Holiday

June 8 – Virtual School Day (Primary Election Day at FCPS Schools)

June 10 – 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony, LBSS Gym, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

June 11 – Last Day of School – 2 Hour Early Release


Message from the Principal

Dear Ravensworth Families,

May is upon us and we have six great weeks of learning and fun ahead of us. We are working on exciting plans to honor our sixth graders on the evening of Thursday, June 10, 2021. Information will be shared directly with these students/families.

Planning is also in the works for summer school at Ravensworth. We are working to try and staff as many classrooms as possible. As we secure a teacher, we will reach out to families to offer summer school based on student data. Summer Practice Books will be mailed home to FCPS students to provide suggested activities for students to support continued learning.  Families who have opted-out of paper mailings from the division will only receive digital copies of the Summer Practice Books.  Books will be mailed home to families in early June to arrive before the last day of school, June 11, 2021. Students enrolled in grades K-8 in 2020-21 will receive one Language Arts Practice Book and one Math Practice Book.  These books will include information about digital tools that can be accessed by students and families to support learning throughout the summer.

Should you have questions or concerns, please email me at elaspuria@fcps.edu

Thank you for your continued partnership!


Erika Aspuria



Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Schedule

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


Student Placements for 2021-2022

While it is still early to be thinking ahead to next year, we want to give you information about class placements for the 2021-2022 school-year ahead of time.  The staff at Ravensworth Elementary works hard to place students in an optimal learning situation each year.  If you have some information that would help us make those decisions, please send your comments in writing to Mrs. Aspuria by May 28th.  Please do not list teacher names.  Rather, describe the classroom academic learning environment in which your child learns best.


SCA News

The SCA would like for our students to wear RED to school this Friday to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  We thought red would represent an apple for the teacher as students are a wonderful gift to our staff.  Please consider wearing RED this Friday to show your teacher you appreciate all the great work they do for you. 

Thank you,



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 of your child, please do not let your child(ren) out of the car along Nutting Drive to walk in.  If you prefer your child to walk, please park your car and cross them safely at the crosswalks on the corner of Nutting Dr and Ellet Rd or at the corner of Nutting Dr and Gosport Ln.  This is for your child’s safety.


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Positivity Project Trait for the Week of May 3: Leadership

Leadership means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. This can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders, rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

Next Week’s Character Strength:  Other People Mindset


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 May 15, 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

Read-A-Thon Prize Party, May 17th

The PTA is excited to invite Mrs. Shurbutt, Ms. Scharpf, and Ms. Clark’s classes, the students who read the most, and the students who raised the most money to a drive thru party!  Join us in the bus loop between 5:00 and 6:00pm to celebrate, enjoy ice cream, and pick up your prizes!  We will also be inviting everyone who sent in the photos.  They were all so great it was too hard to pick a winner! Thank you to all the students who participated.  We are blown away by your spirit and amazed at your reading!! Other individual top prizes will be announced!


Read for Ravensworth

Thank you to everyone who participated in Read for Ravensworth!  The read-a-thon was a great success, raising over $7,500 and engaging 105 participants who logged over 45,000 Minutes of reading time!   


 The Classes that Read the Most

#1 Ms. Shurbutt, Grade 2 – 3,988 Minutes

#2 Ms. Scharpf, Grade 1 – 2,306 Minutes

#3 Ms. Morgan, Grade 3 – 1,802 Minutes


The Students Who Read the Most

School Wide Champion – Elise C. with 1796 Minutes


Ms. Kim

Bennett B.

260 Minutes

First Grade


Meena D.

810 Minutes

Second Grade


Brayden A. 

1,040 Minutes

Third Grade


Autumn B. 

942 Minutes

Fourth Grade

Ms. Correa

Sophia M.

982 Minutes

Fifth Grade


Micah V.

947 Minutes

Sixth Grade

Ms. Anjos

Jonah V.

1,324 Minutes


The Classes that Raised the Most Money

#1 Ms. Shurbutt

#2 Ms. Clark

#3 Ms. Correa


The Students Who Raised the Most Money

School Wide Champions – Juliana A. and Isabel H.


Anthony T.

Ms. Green


First Grade

Lily W.

Ms. Peterson


Second Grade

Juliana A.

Isabel H.

Ms. Shurbutt

Ms. Shurbutt



Third Grade

Kathryn Seidel

Ms. Morgan


Fourth Grade

Brady O

Ms. Clark


Fifth Grade

Madison Fargo

Ms. Llano


Sixth Grade

Lillian Seidel

Ms. Villafane



PTA Virtual General Meeting, Monday, May 10, 7:00 pm

Please log on to join us for this important meeting.  The PTA Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for positions on the PTA Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year, looking to establish an outdoor classroom committee, voting on a few expenses and projects and discussing some fun activities that are happening.  Please join us on Monday, May 10th at 7:00 pm.  Link will be emailed on the day of the meeting.

Also, 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.



Mug & Mingle, Monday, May 17th, 7:00 pm 

*IN PERSON - Ravensworth GAZEBO*


LIVE! IN PERSON: Our last Mug & Mingle of the school year is moving our meeting location to the Ravensworth GAZEBO!  Bring Your Own Mug with your favorite non-alcoholic beverage & chair to Mingle, socially distanced, with your fellow Raven Parents & PTA Members!  Our last MUG & MINGLE will be Monday, May 17th 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the RES Gazebo. Join us for as much or as little as you are able.  In case of bad weather, we will pivot to a virtual Google Meet. Link to be emailed to RSVPs on the day of the Mingle.  No RSVP needed for in person but needed to receive the Meet link. RSVP by clicking "save response" via this link:  https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/HSR42095I27981

Questions, email Michele: recordingsec@ravensworthpta.org




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.


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:  Mon, May 3rd after taking the SOL in-person.  If you don’t get one then you can also pick one up from the PTA on Mon., May 3rd between 3:00-5:00 pm.

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



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