Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families,

We loved celebrating the last week of school with Bee Kind Week!  When Dr. Mitchell and I started in our current roles three years ago our motto for the year was Bee Kind.  We see kindness every day in our classrooms, in our building and in our community. It is one of many reasons we are proud of this school! Thank you for an amazing first quarter of the year.  Stenwood strives to live by this quote from Caroline Flack, “In a world you can be anything, be kind.”

There are student holidays on Monday, November 1st and Tuesday, November 2nd, while teachers are conducting parent teacher conferences.  We hope you have signed up for a time to connect and partner with your child’s teacher.

We are so excited that the PTA has met their fundraising efforts thanks to all your help!  We will soon celebrate with our students with a wacky principal stunt early in the second quarter.

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

  • Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return *REMINDER*
  • Make-Up Picture Day November 10th*NEW INFO*

  • Yearbook - Ordering Now Open *REMINDER*
  • FCPS is Hiring - Monitors, Subs, Bus Drivers *REMINDER*
  • Community Review of LA and Science Resources *NEW*
  • Daily Symptom Check *REMINDER*
  • Mask Reminders *REMINDER*
  • The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Was a Hit! *NEW*
  • Positivity Project: Perspective

  • Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account
  • Tech Resource: Stenwood Stingers YouTube Channel!
  • School Meals and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Have a wonderful weekend.




Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1


Meredith Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Twitter @MereMitchellAP

Federal Impact Aid Form - Please Return

Impact Aid Picture

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid by November 5. Returning this form is really important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all FCPS schools and centers—but only if you complete the form.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. 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

Make-Up Picture Day November 10th!

Make-Up Picture Day

This photo day is for students who were absent, new to the school, or who were not happy with their original photo package (students are required to return their original photo package to the photographer). Please review this list of additional eligibility criteria:


Feel free to direct questions regarding picture day or online ordering to our office using the following email:


Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using the link below!



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.

Community Review of Language Arts and Science Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts and Science Resources.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

K - 8 Science basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.  

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.  

The Storybook Pumpkin Festival Was a Hit!

Thank you to all the families who participated in this year’s Storybook Pumpkin Festival.  We had a record 133 pumpkins and we almost ran out of space to display them. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, don’t worry, we’ll do it again next year!  Happy Reading!

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Positivity Project: Perspective


This week, we are focusing on Perspective. You appreciate that people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.


“When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a field of weeds, or a field of wishes...”  



Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • Why is it important to look at things from a different point of view?
  • What are the benefits of looking at things from different perspectives?
  • Why is it important to have perspective in your relationships with others?

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!

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

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