Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     Thank you for joining us for Back-to-School Night. We had a wonderful turn out Wednesday and are glad our virtual environment was able to support so many families safely. We hope that our virtual sessions met everyone's needs to learn a little more about instruction, structures and the support your child will have this school year. Education is a teamwork approach, and we look forward to partnering with you this school year to support your child(ren). If you did not get a chance to log in, please reach out to your classroom teacher. They are happy to call you and answer any questions.

     We continue to have some buses arriving and departing late from school. While we are seeing some improvements over the past few weeks, we still have room to improve. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with The Department of Facilities and Transportation Services to provide safe and reliable transportation.

     Kiss N Ride - As an important reminder, please do not get out of your car. Students should exit from the passenger side of the car. We are working as fast as we can to load and unload children and ask for your patience.

     We continue to work on classroom spacing during all aspects of instruction. The goal is to keep students at a 3' distance from peers. Keeping students at a distance will keep your child from becoming a close contact in case there is a positive student case. We know it can be hard, but our goal is to keep all children in school!

     We had a wonderful PTO meeting this morning. Thank you to our PTO Board, counselors and SBTS. Here is a link to the Schoology parent presentation from this morning. 

     I want to close this message with a shoutout to our lunch volunteers. We have a phenomenal and dedicated group of parent volunteers that have jumped right in to support the lunchroom.   Thank you parents! We can't do what we are doing without you.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

A Message from our Physical Education Department


All students should wear tennis shoes for their PE class. Please do not wear sandals, flip flops, crocs, or boots.  We appreciate your help.


Positivity Project

Next week our students will be discussing Team Work. They will explore how to work well as a member of a group or team and discuss the characteristic of team members: loyal, reliable, and dedicated to helping your team achieve its goals.

Picture Day

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 is Picture Day at Spring Hill E.S. You should have received a flyer in your child’s Thursday folder this week. You may place your picture orders online or use the paper form and return the form with your child on picture day. The instructions are in the flyer. If you need another flyer or assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.

Cafeteria Volunteers (1st - 6th Grade Parents)

If you would like to volunteer during lunch, please use this link to sign up. We have 2 slots per lunch session. 

Health and Safety Overview

Daily Symptom Check

Parents are asked to screen their children every morning before sending them to school.  If you have any questions about whether your child is able to come to school based on symptoms or exposure, please call the office. Please review this link as you make decisions for school attendance.   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf  Please do not send your child to school if they have been identified as a close contact to COVID case.  Please do notify administration if your child is pausing at home due to an exposure. Important! A negative COVID test does not clear your child to return to school. A physician must complete return documentation when students receive the sick student notification form.

Sick Child at School ~ Guidance for Return to School

If your child is sent home from school with COVID like symptoms, parents must have a physician complete the Return to School form with appropriate documentation. Please do not return to school without the form completed by a care provider and appropriate documentation. 

Administrative Verification Process for Return to School After Sick Student Notification from the School

The Sick Student Notification is received by a parent when your child shows any symptoms while present at school. This form is required for return to school with physician completion. It must be returned directly to an administrator before your child can return to school. An email with a photo of the documentation or checking in the office with your child on the morning of return will meet this expectation. Students without the correct clearance will not be allowed to return to class.

Guidance for Families  ~ Pause, Contact Tracing and Quarantine

Guidance for families regarding pause, quarantine, contact tracing and close contacts and the meaning and impact of each of these, please see the following resource: Pause, Contact Tracing, Quarantining

COVID Notifications Update for FCPS

If there is a new COVID case within the school, we will send out a community notification on Friday or the last day of school for the week.

New Health Department Process to Expedite Communications for Students Awaiting COVID-19 Contact Interviews

The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. You may read about these changes on the FCHD website. You may also wish you review the FCHD FAQs for parents of school-aged children. We appreciate the continued partnership between FCPS and FCHD.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

COVID-19 testing sites are available in Fairfax and the surrounding jurisdictions. Free testing is available at Fairfax County Health Department offices or at the Federally Qualified Heath Centers (FQHCs). Find a testing site in the Fairfax Health District via this document in English or Spanish or search for a testing site in Virginia near you. Note: this may not include every site currently offering testing in Fairfax Health District and testing may be offered for a cost. This is noted on the document.  

Testing Updates

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT). The testing will take place in March.
  • All students in Grade 2-3  take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). Testing will occur the week of October 19th.
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows. Testing will take place the week of October 19th for the CogAt and NNAT in November.


Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact Danni James -dfjames@fcps.eduno later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Social Emotional Screener

The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12

Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences.

Parents have the right to opt their children out of taking this screener. For more information regarding this screener and access to the Opt-out form, click here: SEL Parent Notification Letter

Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) Family Signature Due October 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, parents/guardians must review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by October 29, 2021.

Please contact the school office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. 

Digital Consent Form

At Spring Hill, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at Spring Hill . The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy at Digital Privacy in FCPS and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library which has links to the vendors’ privacy notices and other useful information.

Included on our digital page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. The form must be filled out electronically. No hard copy will be sent home.



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 

Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Do you know a child, teen, or young adult in your life who is struggling with their media use? The Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) is here to help!

Webinar Highlights

  • Ages and Stages How Media and Technology affects your child at each stage of their development
  • Types of Media and Technology: Different Types of Devices, Apps, and platforms used by children and families
  • Health Effects: How your child's media use affects their wellbeing and development

The CIMAID team can help you address and reduce the negative consequences of Problematic Interactive Media Use (PIMU), while helping the children, adolescents, and young adults in your life adopt and sustain healthy lifestyles and behaviors.

Join Kristelle Lavallee Collins, MA, Senior Content Strategist from The Digital Wellness Lab.

Friday, October 1, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Family Digital Wellness: What is our Next Normal: A Webinar for Families

Important Dates

September 21 - Picture Day

October 11 – Student Holiday

October 29 – End of First Quarter – 2-hour Early Release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday