Spring Hill ES Panther Press


A Note from Principal Eck


Dear Spring Hill Families,    

   We had another great week of learning. Just a few reminders: 

  •  Schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 11, for the Indigenous Peoples’ (Columbus Day) Day holiday. October 11 is a professional development day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 12.
  • We are seeing many students with smart watches. Please remind your child that texting and calling are not allowed during the school day. If you need to get a hold of your child, please call the main office. Students texting or calling on smart devices will be asked to turn them off and place them in their backpack. 

      Have a wonderful three day weekend!


Fall Festival is Coming

We are excited to bring Fall Festival on Friday, October 29, 2021.  Students are invited to dress up like their favorite character. Dressing up is optional.  If you choose to do so, please adhere to the following so that our students have a safe and productive day.

  1. Costumes should not have words, graphics or toy weapons that are inappropriate for school
  2. No costume face masks - the only masks we are wearing are for COVID
  3. No painted faces

Social Emotional Screener Reminder

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 will take the Social Emotional Screener (SEL) the week of October 12th-October 15th. More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage. Please contact Mrs. Amy Briggs with questions.

 If you wish to opt your child out of participating in the SEL Screener, please email Amy Briggs at arbriggs@fcps.edu by October 11th, 2021. 


Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Integrity. Having integrity means you are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.. 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. 


Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

Beginning on October 13, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.

Returning this form is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's homeroom teacher. If sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the boxes in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are confidential

More information is available online.


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.


This Week in Pictures

walk to school

Walk to School - October 6th

McLean Art Fair

15th Annual MPA artfest - featured Spring Hill Elementary School artists

Kindergarten

This week Kindergarten practiced their fine motor skills and made some very SCARY monsters. 


FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees at Spring Hill.


A Message from PTO

Registration for Outside School Activities (OSA) is OPEN!

The PTO is proud to offer a variety of outside school enrichment programs taught by our talented Spring Hill teachers, held before and after school. Part of the proceeds from all OSAs come right back to Spring Hill Elementary to fund priority projects for our school! Fall/Winter 2021 registration for Teacher-Led OSA is open from Thursday, October 7th through Tuesday, October 19th. Don’t wait, register today! View a full list of activities, policies and registration fees on our website.

 

Please Update Your Online Directory Information

The Spring Hill PTO directory is a private, online directory for the exclusive use of Spring Hill students, parents and staff. The directory is to be used solely for school business (emailing teachers and other parents, contacting room parents, scheduling play dates, inviting students to birthday parties, etc.). The use of contact information for solicitation is prohibited. PLEASE NOTE: An updated directory site is here for the 2021-2022 school year. If you previously used the AtoZ app, you MUST download the NEW Membership Toolkit mobile app for directory access. Visit our SHE Directory page for step-by-step instructions.

 

Book Fair Returns to Spring Hill Elementary, October 18-22

The 2021 PTO Book Fair "Panthers on the Prowl for the Perfect Book" is just around the corner. The gym will be transformed with Panther pride and filled with books, critical thinking games and activities for the students to prowl through and explore! Volunteers - We need you to come prowl with us! Please consider volunteering as we support our school community, promote literacy, and raise money for our school.

 

PTO Meeting - Friday, October 15 at 9am

Please join us at our next PTO meeting on Friday, October 15th in the cafeteria, beginning at 9am. Vice-Principal Amy Briggs will join us to discuss the various standardized tests administered to our Spring Hill students - their purpose, scope and how the results are utilized in your students' learning profile.

After the meeting, we welcome volunteers to stay and help us transform the gym and set up for Book Fair. Many helping hands make everything more fun!

 

Science Olympiad

If you have a 5th or 6th grader interested in science, consider signing up to be a member of this year's Spring Hill Science Olympiad Team. Science Olympiad is a 15-member team competition focused on scientific themes and events. We hope to bring back this wonderful program and continue to build on prior year successes. If you are interested in learning more, please complete this interest form. Qualifying students and participating families must commit to coaching at least 2 subjects and pay all applicable fees.


FCPS PARENT RESOURCE CENTER


PRC WEBINARS FOR FAMILIES AND STAFF


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!


Camp Wise for 4th - 6th Graders

Langley High School’s Women in STEM group is so excited to be hosting a virtual, 3-week after school camp for elementary school students. The camp will include lessons about STEM subjects, fun games, and mentorship from our high school students. All students are welcome! If you are interested, please register by scanning the QR code on the flyer below with your cell phone to access our quick and simple registration form. Registered students/parents will receive information about the dates and times of camp sessions within the next few weeks. The camp will not be a large time commitment, and we hope to see many of you there for some educational fun! 

Camp Wise

Important Dates

October 11 – Student Holiday

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

October 29- Fall Festival - Two-hour early release

November 1 – Student Holiday

November 2 – Student Holiday