Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,    

     Fall is finally here! I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather and having a good time with friends and family this weekend.

     I would like to acknowledge the wonderful faculty here at Spring Hill as they continue to deliver high quality instruction in a caring and kind environment. I now have had the opportunity to visit every classroom and I am so impressed with the intentionality and purpose that our teachers have when planning their lessons. 

      As always, we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher, counselor or administrator with questions or concerns.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

A Message from FCPS - COVID-19 Screening Testing

In support of our commitment to safety, FCPS will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake Day - November 4

Photographers from Life Touch will be at Spring Hill on the morning of Thursday, November 4th. They will take pictures of all students who were absent on or enrolled after Picture Day. Please see above for the order code. 

If your student had their picture taken on Picture Day and you would like to have the picture retaken, please let your student’s teacher know and return the original picture envelope to the teacher. You may send the original pictures to school with your student on November 4th or any time before then.

If you would like a new order form or have any questions, please contact Ms. Cain in the Spring Hill office @ rcain@fcps.edu or 703-506-3400.

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will be learning about Creativity. Being Creative means that you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things. 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

The Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid were sent home earlier this week.

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.

Fall Festival Parade

Fall Festival

We will host our annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 29th. Students are invited to dress up as their favorite character and will walk in a parade in the field on the west side of school beginning at 9:10am. Parents are invited to watch from the sides of the field - please park at Spring Hill Rec Center. Later in the day, classes will be participating in grade-level celebrations. Only room parents or pre-assigned volunteers will be allowed into the building for celebrations. If you have questions about these celebrations, please reach out to your room parents or teacher.

Should it rain, the parade will be canceled. Thank you for your support in making this a fun and safe event for everyone. We look forward to seeing you at the parade.                           

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

Get ready for the first Spirit Week of the school year!

Show your school pride by ordering your Spring Hill gear for your kids to wear during the first school Spirit Week - November 15th! We have a brand new vendor this year with lots of options so that you can showcase your unique Spring Hill spirit! SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! We suggest ordering ASAP as shipping is taking longer than usual.


WOW! Book Fair was PURRFECT!

Thank you to all of our amazing Spring Hill students, families, faculty and volunteers for making this week's Book Fair an incredible success. It was so wonderful seeing all of our panthers prowling for their purrfect book. Special thanks to Emalie Coen and Nikki Abramson for leading this event, and our supportive PE teachers, Mr. McCann and Mr. Van Ormer, for lending us the gym all week. We hope everyone enjoys their new books!

Remember that you can continue shopping online for books in support of Spring Hill and get a head start on your holiday shopping. Visit bookwormcentral.com, click on "Find Your School" and enter Spring Hill.


Principal Coffees

Do you want the chance to chat with other parents from your child's grade? Do you have questions about our school, the curriculum, FCPS, school events? Then join Principal Eck for coffee and informal conversation.

Grades K-3: NEW DATE - Nov. 12th, 8:45-9:30am

Grades 4-6: Dec. 3rd, 8:45-9:30am


Request for Round 1 Appropriations

Would you like a say in how all of the funds raised by our PTO are spent? Appropriations is your opportunity to directly impact Spring Hill Elementary. We are calling for ideas and suggestions on how to support the school with resources, programs, materials, and projects. Visit the Appropriations page of our website to view information about our Appropriations process and submit your ideas. Round 1 submissions are due November 5th.


Kindergarten and 1st Grade Playground Book Swap

Families of Kindergarteners and 1st graders are invited to a Playground Book Swap hosted by the Spring Hill PTO on Saturday, November 6th from 10am to 12pm. Join us on the big playground located behind the school for a chance to meet new families and friends. Bring TWO books, one to swap and one to donate. All book donations will go to the Fairfax county Head Start program. To help by volunteering for this event, please visit our Signup Genius.  

Parent Resources

Virginia Association of the Gifted Family Webinar

"What, Me Organized? Understanding Your Child's Style” Webinar for families.

Families can register via this link:  https://www.vagifted.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1565481&group=

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, November 1, 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!

Important Dates

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

November 11 - Two-Hour Early Release

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday