Ravens' Nest- October 13, 2021

Calendar Reminder


Upcoming Events

Oct 19th & 20th – PTA Spirit Days – Spartan’s Family Restaurant, Curbside & Carryout all day

Oct 20th – School Picture Day, during school day

Oct 21st – Parent Coffee- Topic: Schoology – Virtual, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Oct 28th – Trunk or Treating at 5:30 pm & Movie Night at LBSS – Halloweentown, 6:30 pm

Oct 29th – Storybook Character Day

Oct 29th – End of 1st Quarter – 2 Hour Early Release; SR&R Signature page due

Nov 1st & 2nd – Teacher Workdays; Dia de los Muertos

Nov 4th – Religious Observance - Diwali

Nov 7th – Daylight Savings Time – Set Your Clocks Back 1 Hour!

Nov 11th – Veterans Day – 2-hour Early Release

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar


Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Beginning Thursday, October 14th students in grades 3-6 will participate in the SEL Screener.  If you wish to opt-out your child from this assessment please complete the form sent home and return it to the school and/or contact the front office.  


Updated FCPS Guidance for Students Sent Home with COVID-Like Illness

With cold and flu season upon us, your child may be sent home from the care room after presenting COVID-like symptoms. Monday, October 4th, the Return to School form was eliminated and the below guidelines were put in place. Students sent home from the clinic may now return to school when their symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free without fever-reducing medications for at least 24 hours, AND have at least one of the following:

Proof of a Negative COVID-19 Test:

  • PCR (test result from lab or physician)
  • Rapid (test result from lab or physician)
  • Home Test (picture of negative home test AND note from parent attesting the result is for the specific child and to the date the test was administered)



Physician’s Note

Note from a healthcare provider following a clinical evaluation stating the cause of symptoms is not COVID-19 and clearing the child to return to school.


Please note, if your child has been identified as a potential close contact or close contact to a positive case, your child will follow the guidance provided by the health department to be cleared to return to school.  If you have any questions about this new process, or how to navigate your child’s return to school, please contact the main office at 703-426-3600.


Coffee and Convos


Parent Coffee - Schoology

Schoology is the learning management system that is being used division-wide in the 2021-2022 school year. Join us to learn more about Schoology and how to join Schoology if you haven't already set up your parent account.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Oct 21, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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.


SR&R Reminder

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, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. There are two ways for parents to acknowledge that you have received the document:

  1. 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.  E-signing for one child will suffice for all siblings within the household. 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.
  2. Download and sign the Parent Signature Sheet and please return the signed signature sheet to your child's teacher.

Signatures are due by October 29, 2021


Opt Out of Parent Directory- Deadline October 15th

2021-22 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2021-22 Opt-Out Booklets.


Thank you

FCPS Cares

FCPS CARES is an opportunity for staff, parents, students, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others. Every month, a nominated employee from each region and Central Offices will be recognized as an FCPS CARES of the Month recipient. We’ll share their names in Employee News, and they will also have access to a new FCPS CARES banner for their profile photo in Outlook. Watch this video to learn more about FCPS CARES. We also encourage you to acknowledge a staff member who has gone above and beyond!  We love our Ravensworth staff members, let's tell them how we feel!

Positivity Project Logo


Positivity Project

This week’s trait is Integrity.  You are honest and speak the truth. You present yourself genuinely and sincerely.  You are honest, trustworthy, and real.  You do what you say you'll do.  You care more about being true to yourself than being popular

Parents can learn more about P2 https://posproject.org/p2-for-families/. Enjoy discussing this week's Character Strength with your children at home!


Storybook Character Day

To celebrate our school-wide love of reading and our curricular units on character, students are encouraged to dress up as a favorite character from a book on Friday, October 29th.

Students should bring a copy of a book that includes the character they are representing.  The book must be one that the child has wither read or listened to an adult read.  During the school day they will discuss the character they have chosen with their classmates, and they will describe how they are similar to and/or different from their book character.

Guidelines for Book Character Costumes:

  • Characters must be school appropriate and from elementary/age-appropriate books.
  • Costumes may not involve blood or other horror type elements.
  • No weapons or masks that cover the entire face.
  • Costume must allow students to take care of personal needs, sit in desks, and participate in school and classroom activities throughout the day, including shoes for PE/recess!!

Rule of thumb…if there is a question about appropriateness, it is probably best not to wear it.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Pyramid & Ravensworth Spirit Week

  • Monday, October 25th PJ Day
  • Tuesday, October 26th Dress like an athlete day
  • Wednesday, October 27th Ravensworth spirit wear or school colors
  • Thursday, October 28th Surf/Tropical outfits
  • Friday, October 29th Storybook Character Day


Ravensworth ES is working with Lake Braddock SS Athletic Leadership to donate brand new socks for the homeless from October 4th – 31st.  A box for your donations is in the lobby near the main entrance.


Trunk or Treating and Movie Night at LBSS

On Thursday, October 28th at 6:30 pm Lake Braddock SS is hosting a Movie Night.  The movie title is Halloweentown. Bring chairs and blankets and come enjoy this event during Homecoming week.  The cost will be $5.00 for each family.  Prior to the Movie Night students can participate in the Trunk or Treating event beginning at 5:30 pm.


Ecumenical Community Helping Others - ECHO

7205 Old Keene Mill Rd. 

Springfield, VA 22150 


M - F 9:30 - 12:30 pm; Tu and Th 7 - 9 pm 


ECHO is a community-based organization that provides assistance to Springfield/Burke area residents including all addresses in the following zip codes: 22151, 22152, 22153 and 22015, and some addresses in 22150 and 22312.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ECHO is currently providing the following:

  • Emergency Food   
  • Clothing for Adults and Children   
  • School Supplies
  • Baby Formula and Diapers    
  • Limited Emergency Financial Support for Rent, Utilities, and Medication   
  • Limited Financial Support for Car Repairs, ESL Classes

*NO WALK INS, you must make an appointment.

Clients may self-refer or please reach out to the Ravensworth school social worker, Amity Kim, at 703-426-3682 or ankim@fcps.edu


PTA News 

PTA Spirit Days at Spartans Family Restaurant

Tuesday, October 19th - Wednesday, October 20th: Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015)

If you’re not familiar with spirit days, they are a simple, fun, and delicious way to make money for the PTA. We partner with local restaurants and businesses to receive a portion of their sales on a given night or day. It costs you nothing more than the regular price of your meal, and the Ravensworth PTA can make hundreds of dollars for our programs!

Our next spirit night will be at the Spartans Family Restaurant (9542 Burke Road, Burke, Virginia 22015). They are generously sponsoring two spirit days for Ravensworth from October 19th through October 20th! See this flyer for more information: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/public/uploads/4fd7cb96-06fd-4ad1-8695-173140ce935b. 

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 notebooks.


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!


Join the PTA or Renew Your Membership

Now is the time to join the PTA or renew your membership!  Your annual membership fees directly support the programs at the school. You can join the PTA here https://ravensworth.memberhub.store/store?category=Memberships ($10 individual and $20 family).


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