RAVENS' NEST 09/15/2021


Upcoming Events

Sept 16th – PTA Spirit Day – last day for Jersey Mike’s from 1:00 – 8:00 pm

Sept 16th – Yom Kippur – Religious or Cultural Observance Day

Sept 21st – Run Fit Kidz begins, 3:30 – 4:45 pm

Sept. 30th – Back to School Family Literacy Night, virtual, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Oct 11th – Indigenous Peoples’ Day/Student Holiday - School Planning Day 


A Message From Our Principal

Dear Ravensworth Families,

We are excited to be in the fourth week of school. Thank you for your partnership each day in ensuring your child is feeling healthy prior to sending them to school for the day. Here is a health screening tool you can review each morning. https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf 

Please err on the side of keeping children home to limit the exposure to staff and students. Families being cautious are making a huge difference in keeping our school safe and healthy.

We are looking forward to our virtual Back to School Literacy Night on Thursday, September 30. Your child’s classroom teacher will email information on joining them via Zoom that evening. Videos from me, information from the PTA and messages from the School Board will be posted on our school website by September 29.

As we’ve started the school year, teachers have been giving a variety of assessments to determine student academic levels following virtual learning. Teachers will be using this information to guide large and small group instruction. Students who are demonstrating significant weaknesses in literacy or math will be identified for additional interventions. There is no need to request interventions, as these will be determined based on data collected.

We are continuing to work on creative ideas to prioritize student and staff safety. Some of our students have been eating outdoors whenever possible. We will continue to be creative as weather conditions shift this fall and indoor eating is required. Please know we have safe eating plans for inside and outside eating. 

Thank you for your continued partnership.


Erika Aspuria




Health Information and Emergency Care Forms

The Health Information Form (HIF) (SS/SE -71) Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form (SS/SE-3) Emergency Care Information provide valuable information regarding student health conditions. These forms are critical in the early identification of students who may need healthcare support in the educational environment. Along with the development of Healthcare Plans (HCP) and Action Plans, the Public Health Nurses (PHNs) utilize the information contained in the HIF to develop teaching strategies for FCPS staff in order to meet the requirements of Regulation 2104 Health Services-School Health Related Needs.

For SY 21-22, these forms will be required for all students. Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the weCare@school (weCare) module; or through Back to School packets for those families without ParentVue accounts.



We are excited about Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/), FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families.

Through it families will have access to their student’s digital assignments and access to many of the virtual resources they will use. The following are some resources that will help you prepare to use Schoology this year:

Over the next few weeks your student’s homeroom teacher will begin posting information within Schoology. Stay tuned for updates!


FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!

Enjoy working with students?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors.  Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.


FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Student Monitors!

Enjoy working with students?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors.  Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and apply online. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.


PTA News 

PTA/SCA Collecting School Supplies for Afghan Refugees

The Ravensworth SCA (Student Council Association) and PTA are working to donate school supplies to Afghan Refugees in grades K-7 as an act of kindness and teaching kindness to others.  If your family would like to donate, please drop off any of the items listed below into one of our SCA boxes located in the front lobby.

Items for donation…dry erase markers, crayons, colored markers, playdoh, glue sticks, composition notebooks, tissues, pencil pouch, three prong folders, pencils, erasers, 1 box quart bags and/or gallon bags, scissors, highlighters, one inch binder, pink erasers, ruler, wide ruled notebook paper and/or loose-leaf paper, pocket folders, pencils, colored pencils, 3 x 5 index cards, scotch tape, pencil sharpener, three subject spiral notebook.




Ravensworth RunFit Kidz – Additional Spots are Now Available

The Ravensworth PTA is proud to bring back RunFit Kidz this fall. The first class filled up in just a couple days after registration started so we have added a second coach and additional spots are now available. Classes start September 21st so register as soon as possible if your student is interested.

RunFit Kidz is a non-competitive running program taught by fitness professionals where kids are encouraged to strive for their own personal goals, be active with friends and build confidence.  The fall program includes the following:

  • Open to boys and girls in grades 2nd – 6th. (Have an interested 1st grader? Contact us prior to registering corky@runfitkidz.com)
  • Games, activities and drills to bring running concepts alive.
  • Registration is on a First Come First Serve basis – so register early!
  • 7 weeks for 1hr 15min per session.
  • First session starts Tuesday, September 21st.  After-school 3:25 – 4:40PM.
  • 5K Celebration Run is Saturday, November 12th at Fairfax Corner.
  • $95 includes 7 weeks of coaching, commemorative RunFit Kidz t-shirt, milestone tokens, finisher’s medal, and post-5K festivities.
  • More information about the program, school specific information and to register can be found at www.runfitkidz.com.

Ravensworth Chess Club – Register by Sept 22nd

The Ravensworth Chess Club is back in person this year with new instructors, a new format, and more fun! The club will meet every Monday from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. in the cafeteria starting Sept. 27 and is open to grades 2-6. No chess experience necessary. Chess teaches valuable skills such as discipline, critical thinking and sportsmanship. Register by Sept. 22 at https://chessctr.org/ravensworth. Contact Laurie Vergott at laurievergott@yahoo.com if you have any questions.


Do you have a student interested in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, or Girl Scouts?

Both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts have a pack/troop at our school.

  • Girl Scouts - Interested in Girl Scouts at Ravensworth? Join them on 9/29 at 7 pm virtually to learn more about Girl Scouts at Ravensworth ES.  You can join the Zoom meeting through this link: https://zoom.us/j/96775617716  (Meeting ID: 967 7561 7716, Passcode: 984995). They have over 10 kindergarten families that would like to get a Daisy troop started at the school and they are looking for at least two adults to help co-lead the troop.  We hope to see you there with your questions and learn more about our wonderful program for girls. Please contact Michele Randall, mrandall@gscnc.org   or call/text: 703-372-4352 with any questions.
  • Cub Scout Pack 991 is open to rising Kindergartners through 5th Graders and their first meeting of the year will be on September 13th in the Ravensworth cafeteria. This pack is open to both boys and girls. The pack meets monthly on Monday nights at 6:30 PM and organizes two family campouts each year. Kids learn new skills and participate in fun activities like hiking, relay races, and designing their own cars in the annual Pinewood Derby race.  For more information, please contact them at cubpack991@gmail.com.
  • Boy Scout Troop 991 is open to boys 10-18 (6th grade and up). They typically meet most Wednesday evenings 7-8:30pm at the Community of Christ Church in Ravensworth (5610 Inverchapel Rd). We are a boy led, active troop that camps most months. For more information please contact Scoutmaster Bill Thewes at William.Thewes@gmail.com.

Cub Scout Pack 991 and Boy Scout Troop 991 are chartered by the Ravensworth PTA. Girl Scout Troops do not require a charter to operate.




New Spirit Wear Available

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store – you can join the PTA and purchase Spirit Wear all in one spot. We have exciting new Spirit Wear items (youth and adult sizes), with limited inventory of items from years past. Contact Dori Sophia at spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your school spirit today!  




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 https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES