Raven's Nest 05/12/2021


Upcoming Events

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 17 – K-3 May Birthday Lunch with Mrs. Aspuria, 12:00 – 12:30 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 24 – 4-6 May Birthday Lunch with Mrs. Aspuria, 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

May 28 – Last day to turn in 30 second Hacky Sack Flipgrid Video

May 31 – Memorial Day Holiday

June 3 – LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, BBCU link

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


A Message from the Principal


Dear Ravensworth Families,

Thank you so much for celebrating our wonderful Ravensworth staff last week. They loved the delicious luncheon and treats provided by the PTA and the sweet cards, letters, and gifts from the students.  It’s been an especially challenging school year, which made families’ appreciation even more special to our staff.  Thank you for being so supportive.


Erika Aspuria



Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Schedule


May 17th - Virtual Grade 5 Science SOL

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


LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night

The LBSS Rising 7th Grade Parent Information Night will be held Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  A Blackboard Collaborate link will be sent once you have registered (below).  Join us at this parent only event to learn about:

  • The differences between elementary school and middle school
  • Communicating with your child and your child’s teachers
  • Student attendance and check-in/out procedures
  • After-school activities
  • Developmental changes and needs of the middle school child

Use this link to register: Parent Night Google Sign-up


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


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.


American Academy of Pediatrics Endorses FCPS’ Five Days of In-Person Learning

Great news! Last week, the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed FCPS’ model of providing five days of in-person instruction for all children this fall. This endorsement by a highly respected group of pediatricians validates our belief that in-person learning is best for children. The AAP’s Virginia Chapter also believes that virtual instruction should be utilized only when necessary and in consultation with a child’s physician or medical team. 

This is incredible news for FCPS in support of our efforts to encourage all students to return for five days of in-person learning this fall. #FCPSReturningStrong



Immunization Requirement Updates

Effective July 1, 2021, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will require new school entry immunizations. All grade levels will be affected by these additional immunizations.

Required for School Entry:

  • A minimum of two doses of Hepatitis (A) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, Kindergarten students must have two doses of Hepatitis A.
  • A minimum of two doses of Meningococcal (MenACWY) vaccine are required: For SY 2021/2022, 7th grade students must have one dose and 12th grade students must have one dose. 
  • A minimum of one dose of Rotavirus (RV) vaccine is required: One dose is required for students less than eight months of age.

Kiss and Ride

As a reminder, the Kiss and Ride flow of traffic is to enter Nutting Drive from the south via Gosport Lane, turn right into the school’s parking lot, continue through the Kiss and Ride lane to drop off your student and to exit the school’s parking lot by turning right.  Please do not complete a U-Turn on Nutting Drive at any point.  This is an unsafe maneuver with students walking to school and cars waiting for drop off/pick up.  Thank you for your help with Kiss and Ride.




Summer Practice Books

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.


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!


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.


Hacky Sack Contest – Kickin’ It, Ravens Style

Attention ALL 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Graders!  We are KICKIN IT with our Hacky Sack Contest, Now – May 28th.  All 3rd-6th grade students should have received their own hacky sack! If not, please visit the Ravensworth office to pick yours up! 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! 

"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