Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

     We had a great start to our school year. Our students are developing relationships and establishing daily routines.

     We continue to fine-tune our transportation plan. Kiss and Ride is moving right along. Bus schedules are also improving. 

     We will kick off Positivity Project next week. The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. The vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. 

     We plan to focus on a character trait each week throughout the year. Next week, we will focus on the Other People Mindset. We encourage you to talk with your child about these character traits. For more information, click here. 

    As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our admin team if you have any questions or concerns. 

Health and Safety Overview

Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. Click FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard for more information. 

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. 

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Our first lockdown drill will be on September 9, 2021. 

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Testing Updates

I-Ready Testing

All students in grades 1-6  will participate in The iReady screening assessments for both Reading and Math. This testing will occur during the month of September. Your child's teacher will communicate the exact date of testing. More information regarding these assessments can be found at: https://www.fcps.edu/node/36613. Please contact Mrs. Amy Briggs arbriggs@fcps.edu (School Testing Coordinator/Assistant Principal) if you have any questions or concerns. 

More information regarding the various assessments throughout the year and dates will be coming in the next few weeks.

Cafeteria Hostess Needed!

Spring Hill is looking for a positive person to fill our open position of Cafeteria Hostess.  Duties would include, greeting and dismissing students as the enter the cafeteria, helping students open milk or other containers, light cleaning such as wiping tables.  This 3.5-hour job is wonderful for those looking to see their child every day during lunch.  Please contact Terry Restino at 703-506-3400 to set up an interview.  

A Message from PTO

Join the PTO today!

Welcome back families! If you are looking for a way to get involved in our wonderful school community, then look no further than our Spring Hill PTO! The PTO provides enrichment programs for our students, supports teachers and staff, and encourages community building by hosting events throughout the year. Membership includes access to our digital school directory and discounts on select events and after-school programs. Our first PTO meeting will be held on Friday, September 17th at 8:45 AM in the Large Pod.


Stay informed and get involved by joining the PTO today! www.springhillpto.org


Back-to-School Block Party returns!

We are pleased to announce that the annual Block Party is back! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 17th from 5:30-7:30 to kick off a great school year with an evening of food, music and fun. Tickets are on sale NOW and must be purchased in advance. Visit our website for more information and to buy your tickets today. 

FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts

The Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement are pleased to offer FCPS Multilingual Family Podcasts in Spanish, Arabic, and Korean. The podcasts bring families timely, important information related to school news. Administrators are encouraged to share the information below with their school communities in their newsletters and social media, where applicable. 

Listen and subscribe to a FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast to hear timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement. The goal of every podcast is to help families access key resources and understand how to best support their children’s education. 

Listen and Subscribe:

Spanish Podcast: https://anchor.fm/enpocaspalabrasfcps

Arabic Podcast:  https://anchor.fm/inafewwordsarabicfcps

Korean Podcast: https://anchor.fm/inafewwordskoreanfcps


PRC PACKS: Prepackaged Materials Ready for Checkout!

Our staff has curated top resources from our library, webinars, and digital resources on some of our most requested topics.

What’s in a PRC Pack?

  • 2-3 books for a caregiver or educator
  • 1-2 books for a child (perfect for a read-aloud or independent reading for an older child)
  • 1 resource guide with a list of eBooks, free webinars on YouTube, and other resources
  • Tote bag for easy return at any FCPS school

Supporting Children and Teens with Anxiety A PRC Pack of materials to support children and teens with Anxiety 


How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year

September 9, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 10, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments This School Year


Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar

September 17, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Military-Connected Students and School Transition: A Family Webinar


5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

September 23, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.

September 24, 2021 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for 5 Ways to Stop Anxiety, Power Struggles, & Behavior Issues: A Webinar for Families

Important Dates

August 23 - First Day of School

September 3 - 6 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

September 14 - Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)

September 17-Block Party-5:30-7:30pm