Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

      Our kids are finally settling into a new normal.  While some things may look and feel different, the enthusiasm of the students is like it was pre-pandemic.  There is a buzz around the school that has been missing the last year and a half.  

     Please remember school starts at 8:50 AM. Walkers/Kiss and Ride students should arrive no later than 8:45 AM. This will give students time to walk to class and be ready to start the day. Our Kiss and Ride/Walker entrance staff are also not available to support students arriving after 8:50AM. 

     This week we noticed a few dogs on school property. Please remember FCPS has a “No Dogs” policy on all school grounds. We appreciate your help in keeping our students safe. 

      Have a wonderful weekend!

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about open-mindedness.  Open-minded people do not jump to conclusions. Instead, they seek out and examine all of the available evidence before forming an opinion. To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

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

Students Keep Learning in Pause, Quarantine with StreamIN/CheckIN

FCPS students being paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19 will soon have a way to stay connected with their classes until they return to in-person learning.

StreamIN/CheckIN provides meaningful instructional support for students who are paused, quarantined, or isolated due to COVID-19. Participating in StreamIN/CheckIN offers these students the opportunity to stay engaged with their classes so when they return, they haven’t missed a beat. 

Learn more about StreamIN/CheckIN on our website.

Updated COVID-19 Response Flowchart for Families

When a positive COVID-19 case is reported in Spring Hill Elementary, a collaborative effort to investigate close contacts and determine the appropriate next steps for affected students begins. To help families know what to expect, the process is outlined on the FCPS website

Why does FCPS Use the 14-day Quarantine Period?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to recommend 14 days as the safest length for quarantine to decrease the risk of the spread of COVID-19 to others. (Overview of COVID-19 Quarantine for K-12 Schools | CDC). Based on local conditions and needs, local public health authorities may recommend shorter quarantines (after day 10 without testing, or after day 7 after receiving a negative test), but during this time of high community transmission, the Fairfax County Health Department continues to follow the 14-day recommended quarantine length. The CDC estimates an up to 12% risk of becoming positive for COVID-19 after these shortened quarantine periods. These recommendations may be subject to change based on public health guidance.

Health Department COVID-19 Testing Updates 

Health Department to Deploy Mobile COVID-19 Testing Lab - Fairfax County Emergency Information (wpcomstaging.com) - The Fairfax County Health Department is deploying its mobile laboratory to provide COVID-19 testing in several locations starting Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Recommended Masks

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. Research shows proper masking is the most effective mitigation strategy to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools where social distancing may not be possible and vaccination may not be available for all. Masking is adequate to prevent transmission in situations with less than three feet of social distance and on full-capacity buses.

Making sure your child's mask fits correctly and comfortably will help prevent them from fidgeting with it. A face mask should fit over your child's nose and mouth and be secured under their chin. Avoid any gaps on the sides by adjusting the mask's fit so it is snug. Always check that your child can breathe easily when wearing the mask.


AAP Information


Spring Hill offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-6. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART) work together to provide different levels of AAP services.  We will be offering a virtual Parent Information Meeting (Grades K-6)  and a virtual Screening and Identification Session (Grades 2-6) to discuss the continuum of AAP services and help parents navigate through the level III and IV screening process.

Our Parent Information Zoom Session will be held on September 27th at 4:30. During this time, we will provide information about the levels of AAP services at Spring Hill.  (Grades K-6)

Our Screening and Identification Zoom Session will be held on September 30th at 4:30. During this time, we will explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. (Grades 2-6).

You must register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Registration Link - Parent Information Zoom Session (September 27th)

Registration Link- Screening and Identification Zoom Session (September 30th)



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

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed, virtual setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services
Registration is free, however, donations are accepted to support the cost of future Sibshops: Donate Here

Monday, October 11, 2021, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. *School Planning Day – students are not attending school 

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, Virtual Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!


Dyslexia Virtual Open House

In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month, FCPS will like to host our annual Open House. We share exciting updates:

  • Overview of Dyslexia Supports in FCPS

  • Updates on the Equitable Access to Literacy Plans

  • Tips to Help your Child Thrive in School

Friday, October 8, 2021, 10 - 11:00 a.m.

Register for the Dyslexia Open House

Open House for Scouts BSA Troop 869

Back to school, but still looking for something exciting to do? Look no further! Adventure and excitement await your 6th, 7th or 8th grader or High School student – Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts of America)!

After a great summer of adventure:  camping, climbing, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, and orienteering, we are gearing up for an exciting Fall and Winter of activity with camping, service projects, ropes course, skiing, indoor rock climbing and learning scout skills.

Despite the continuing pandemic, Scouts continue to safely meet to acquire new skills, see their friends, challenge themselves and learn about leadership and service. No prior experience is necessary. If interested, email Scoutmaster Bob Steinrauf at Troop0869@gmail.com for more information and visit our Open House!

Troop 869’s Open House

Sunday, September 26th from 4-6 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd (Rt 123) in McLean


Regular meetings are Monday nights at Trinity UMC.  A world of opportunities and the payoff is fantastic! Scouts BSA is making it work!

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

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

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday