Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We have had an awesome start to Help the Hive this week!  Thank you for all of your generous support to the PTA!  We are just under halfway to our goal, with a little over $11,000 of the $25,750 goal.    

As we approach the time of year when it is chilly in the morning and warmer in the day, our Lost and Found is growing.  Please make sure to label any outer layers and have your child check Lost and Found.  

We have decided to postpone our fall field day until the spring.  We hope by then community transmission will be lower and we will bring back some of our traditional games and activities. 

As of October 4th, FCPS has changed the policy for students to return to school after being sent home sick.  See below for the specific information regarding the change.

This coming Monday, October 11th is a student holiday, we look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday.  For longer range planning, Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd are also student holidays, along with a two hour early release on Friday, October 29th marking the end of the first quarter.

Here are some additional items included in today’s newsletter:

  • Return to School from Illness *NEW*
  • Outside Lunch Option *UPDATED INFORMATION*
  • Picture Day Pictures - In case you missed it *REMINDER*
  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *NEW*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • SR&R Acknowledgement and Digital Consent  *DUE NOW*
  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Storybook Pumpkin Festival! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Integrity

  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Stuff the Bus: October 9

Have a wonderful weekend.




Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1


Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Return to School From Illness

(Updated Guidance 10/4/21)

Students sent home from the Care Room may return to school when ALL of the following are met:

  • The student is fever-free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours
  • The student’s symptoms are improving
  • One of the following:
    • Proof of a COVID-19 Test
    • Physician’s Note
      Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the student to return to school.

Outdoor Lunch Option


If you are interested in your child being outside (weather permitting), please send your child in with a towel in a cinch sack backpack so that they can easily carry their towel out to recess and through the lunch line.  Make sure to clearly label your child’s items with their name.

If your child has a food allergy and needs assistance, please ask your child to seek assistance from our staff member that is outside. 

Please make sure you talk to your child about the expectations of this eating option.  Should your child be unable to follow these expectations,  they will need to return to the cafeteria.  

  • Cafeteria and Outdoor Eating Updates - Please review the expectations for eating outdoors:
    • Once you pick a place to sit outside, you must stay seated for the rest of lunch in that spot
    • You must maintain 6 feet from other students
    • Clean up will happen at the end of lunch.  Please make sure to clean up all of your trash.
    • Raise your hand if you need something
    • Upper grade students 3-6: students should not need to go to the bathroom unless they have a medical plan that indicates they need unlimited access to the restroom
    • Use a reasonable volume talking to only those immediately around you
    • If a parent volunteer or staff ask you to go back inside, please do so without any disagreeing.  You will have another opportunity tomorrow.  

Picture Day - In Case You Missed It

If you forgot to pre order the pictures, you still have a chance, it’s not too late! 




Yearbooks are sold ONLY online; they can be purchased for $16.25 using a credit card or PayPal account.  Yearbooks and order options will be delivered to the school at the end of the school year.


Simply go to and enter our school name.


Employment Opportunity: Work for FCPS

Employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools

FCPS schools and centers is hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person additional supervision to students both in the classroom and at lunch.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  Click here to apply. 

FPCS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS?  Visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!

FCPS is also still hiring bus drivers! 

Visit the Bus Driver information page for more information.

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. 

  • Feeling feverish and/or having chills – documented temperature of 100.4°F or higher? 
  • Has there been any use of fever reducing medication within the last 24 hours? 
  • A new cough that is not due to another health condition? 
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose?
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New chills that are not due to another health condition? 
  • A new sore throat that is not due to another health condition? 
  • New muscle aches that are not due to another health condition, or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)? 
  • Fatigue (more tired than usual)? 
  • Headache? 
  • A new loss of taste or smell? 
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting? 
  • New onset of poor appetite or poor feeding? 
  • Have you had a positive test for the virus that causes COVID-19 disease within the past 10 days?
  • Were you currently tested for COVID-19 because you were sick and are still waiting for the lab results?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact (within about 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? 

Persons who have been fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact to a COVID case do NOT need to quarantine if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Fully vaccinated 
  • ≥14 days since last dose 
  • Asymptomatic

You can view and print a hard copy of this screening at this link:

Mask Reminders

Please make sure you check the fit of your child’s mask, especially around your child’s nose.  If your child’s mask is not fitting tightly around their nose, please look for another mask that fits them more appropriately.  Here is FCPS guidance on masks: 

  • Approved types of masks:
    • Disposable masks, cloth mask coverings, gaiters, clear masks and cloth masks with clear plastic panel
  • All face coverings/masks must meet the following requirements:
    • Face coverings/masks that fit properly (snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face)
    • Face covering/mask with two (2) or more layers of non-woven material
  • Face coverings/Masks that are not recommended:
    • Face coverings/masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
    • Face coverings/masks or gaiters with one layer
    • Face coverings/masks with exhalation valves or vents

If your child is wearing a mask that does not fit well, they may be offered an alternative mask from a staff member.  

SR&R Acknowledgement and

Digital Consent Due

Student Rights and Responsibilities - Finalized SR&R documents are now posted here.  This handbook explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment.   

Parent/Guardians please acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in your SIS ParentVue Account. If you are unable to do so, you can sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have reviewed this document and return the signed signature sheet to school.  These forms are past due, so please verify in your ParentVue account that you have completed this task to to save our office staff the time in following up with each family.

Digital Citizenship Skills- Our classrooms will be using a variety of resources that support your child’s learning, Portrait of a Graduate, and Digital Citizenship Skills. Listed on the Stenwood website are digital tools that we may use throughout the year. The Digital Permission Form asks for the required parental consent of specific apps and instructional software that may be used during instruction. Please complete the Digital Permission Form as soon as possible and contact our SBTS, Jackie Krum, if you have any questions.

Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ( ) or Brian Spector (

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

Storybook Pumpkin Festival!


Now is the time for students to share their love of books by decorating a pumpkin as a favorite storybook character.  Students can decorate a pumpkin (one small enough for them to carry) and bring it to the library anytime between October 18-29 where it will be on display for all to see. 


Students should also include a “clue card” with 3 clues for everyone to guess the character.  On the reverse-side of the card should be the answer along with the student’s name. You can find the official guidelines and a slide show of previous years pumpkins in the Library Schoology Course. 



PS…please don’t carve the pumpkins!  As always, contact Mrs. Cole with any questions you might have.

Positivity Project: Integrity


This week, we are focusing on Integrity. You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.


“Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even if no one is doing it.”  



Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What does integrity mean to you?
  • When is it difficult to show integrity in your day-to-day life?
  • Why is it important to show integrity in your relationships with others?

Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!


The Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel is a great resource for all your tech questions!

School Meals and

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Each student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. Check out the  FCPS school meals menus.  If your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. An additional meal is $4.50.

The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, our front office staff can help.  

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications are available for those who qualify and wish to initiate or renew their applications for the 21-22 school year.  While a school breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost this school year, your family may benefit from keeping your application up to date. The application is available HERE

Stuff the Bus: October 9th


On Saturday, October 9, Stuff the Bus will be collecting non-perishable food donations at 21 locations throughout Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax.

Help fight hunger and feed hope in our community by donating. For updates, including donation locations, most requested food items and more, visit

Stuff the Bus

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