RAVENS' NEST 11/17/2021


Upcoming Events

Nov 22nd – Family Life Engagement Parent Preview Night – 5:00 pm, registration info below

Nov 23rd – PTA Spirit Night – McDonald’s, Kings Park, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Nov 24th – 26th – Thanksgiving Holiday

Nov 24th – SACC Open 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Nov 25th, 26th – SACC Closed

Nov 29th – Dec 3rd – Book Fair Open – School Library

  • After-school hours, 3:30 – 5:30 pm Nov 29th through Dec 2nd  

Nov 29th – Chanukah begins at sunset Nov 28th and continues through Dec 6th 

Dec 1st – Picture Retakes – 8:45 – 10:45, Library

Dec 8th – Cultural/Religious Observance – Bodhi Day

Dec 16th – PTA Spirit Day – Panera, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Dec 20th – 31st – Winter Break

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar


Tree Dedication Ceremony, November 19, 2021

During the past 18 months, two beloved staff members of our Ravensworth family have passed away. We mourn the losses of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.

We will gather as a community on Friday, November 19th at 3:45 p.m. on the front lawn of the school near the white gazebo to dedicate two trees to the memory of Ms. Fahima Muslim and Mr. Edward Shelesky.  Please join us for this Tree Dedication Ceremony.

Ms. Fahima Muslim was an instructional assistant working with English as a Second Language (ESL) staff and students. Ms. Muslim worked at Ravensworth Elementary from 2012 to 2019. She was dedicated to her students, community, and her family.

Mr. Edward Shelesky retired in 2019 after 40 years at FCPS. Mr. Shelesky taught 6th and 4th grades at Ravensworth Elementary from 2005 to 2019. Students fondly remember his read-alouds and his elaborate classroom models of Jamestown that he led his students in constructing every year.

Ms. Muslim and Mr. Shelesky positively influenced Ravens for many years. Please share news of this Tree Dedication Ceremony with the community.  All community members, staff members, and Scouts, who will plant the trees November 13th, are invited to the ceremony.  We hope to see you there.




Annual Thanksgiving Community Outreach Program

Grace Ministries is a community outreach program serving low-income families living in Northern Virginia.  Every November, for the past 12 years the ministry donates Thanksgiving Day meal items to families in need to prepare for their loved ones. 

We know there is much need this year, so we are continuing our long tradition and will be distributing food, diapers and food staples using a CONTACT FREE distribution. Please stay in line and stay in your car. Volunteers will place food in the TRUNK of your car.

The location will be St. Stephens United Methodist Church parking lot located at 9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015, 703-978-8724.  Hours are 7:00 – 9:00 am.  Please arrive between 6:00 & 8:00 am.  The parking lot opens at 6:30 am.  Free food includes turkey, potatoes, butter, side dishes and desserts. There will also be free diapers and free food staples.   

This year our distribution is on Saturday, November 20th beginning at 7AM.  Save the date for December 18, 2021 distribution.


Grace Ministries es un programa de alcance comunitario que sirve a familias de bajos ingresos que viven en el norte de Virginia. Cada noviembre, durante los últimos 12 años, el ministerio dona artículos para la comida del Día de Acción de Gracias a las familias y sus seres queridos.

Sabemos que hay mucha necesidad este año, por lo que continuamos con nuestra larga tradición y distribuiremos alimentos, pañales y alimentos básicos mediante una distribución GRATUITA Y LIBRE DE CONTACTO. Por favor, permanezca en la fila en su automóvil. Los voluntarios colocarán comida en el baúl de su automóvil.

La ubicación será el estacionamiento de la Iglesia Metodista Unida St. Stephens ubicado en 9203 Braddock Rd, Burke, VA 22015, 703-978-8724. El horario es de 7:00 a 9:00 a. M. Llegue entre las 6:00 y las 8:00 a. M. El estacionamiento abre a las 6:30 am. La comida gratuita incluye pavo, patatas, mantequilla, guarniciones y postres. También habrá pañales gratis y alimentos básicos gratis.

Este año nuestra distribución es el sábado 20 de noviembre a partir de las 7 am. Guarde la fecha para la distribución del 18 de diciembre de 2021.


Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night

On Monday, November 22nd, at 5:00 pm Ravensworth will be hosting a virtual Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night.  We will answer questions about the curriculum posted on Schoology. 

If you would like to attend, please complete this Google form and we will send you a Zoom link before the preview night  https://forms.gle/mUutABcDryaX3pHr9

Parents can access the FLE materials anytime by following the steps below.

  1. Login to Schoology with the same username and password as your parent SIS account
  2. Locate and click on the All Parent course tile under Course Dashboard
  3. Locate and click on the Parent Preview – FLE Instruction folder

If you need help activating your Parent SIS account, please call us at (703) 426-3600 and someone will assist you. 




Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a Ravensworth staff member in any of the following categories, please use this Nomination Link by Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

Please contact Rebecca Gibson at RLGibson@fcps.edu with any questions.




PTA Book Fair – Save the Dates!

The PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair at Ravensworth in the Library.  Online Fair dates are Nov 23rd – Dec 3rd.  In-Person Fair dates are Nov 29th – Dec 3rd.  The online book fair can be reached at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ravensworth.  You can setup your ewallet now.  This is a safe, cashless way to shop the fair.  The ewallet is easy to setup using this link eWallet.  Funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and online Book Fair.  Plus, family and friends can contribute too!  Create an ewallet account between Nov 2nd and Dec 3rd

There are limited after school hours:

Nov 29th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            Pre-K and Kindergartener Families

Nov 30th                       3:30 – 5:30 pm            1st and 2nd Grade Families

Dec 1st                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            3rd and 4th Grade Families

Dec 2nd                        3:30 – 5:30 pm            5th and 6th Grade and ALL Faculty/Staff Families


COVID-19 Screening Testing for Students

Voluntary COVID-19 screening of students starts this week.  We will have on site screening on Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 am only for students for whom we have received parent consent.  There is no need to let us know that you do not provide consent.  



Picture Retakes Scheduled for Wed, Dec 1st

Lifetouch picture retakes will be taken Wednesday, December 1st in the Library between 8:45 and 10:45 am.  If you would like your child’s pictures retaken or taken for the 1st time if your child was not in attendance on the original picture day, please reach out to your child’s teacher for a form to complete.  You can also go online to mylifetouch.com with the picture day ID# EVTWJ7MXI and order.  You must send the original pictures (if taken) back to school to be returned to the photographer. 




Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little-known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

Friday, December 3, 2021, 10:00-11:30 am

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family




39th Annual National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

The Virginia Department of State Police would like to announce our 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest.  This is a nationwide contest for 5th grade students that is designed to promote awareness among teachers, parents/guardians, and children and engage them in discussions about safety.  We are looking for your help and assistance in hopes that you will disseminate this contest information to all schools that have 5th grade students in your district. 

Attached you will find important information about the contest, including the application and consent and release forms.  Our deadline for submissions will be February 1, 2022 and can be mailed to our agency at: Virginia State Police, VCIN - Missing Children Clearinghouse, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235. The winning individual student at the state level will win a "Pizza Party" for his/her class and also have their poster entered into the National contest for a chance to win a trip to Washington, DC!  Additional details regarding the contest rules and awards are listed in the attached contest packet. 39th Annual National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest packet

*** Important:  Please note that contest rules require that our theme "Bringing Our Missing Children Home" must appear somewhere on the poster ***



SCA Food Drive

The SCA is facilitating a food drive throughout the month of November to practice the value of giving to others.  Please consider donating canned food or dry food this month.  You can place your donations in our collection box located in the front lobby.  Thank you for donating!





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

This week’s trait is Gratitude.  You are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. You are thankful, pleased and satisfied.  Be grateful even for challenging situations because they help us learn and grow

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




PTA News 

PTA Spirit Day

Tuesday, November 23rd:  McDonalds (Kings Park Shopping Center)

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!




Get Your Spirit Wear Today!

Check out the PTA MemberHub website at https://ravensworth.new.memberhub.store to purchase Spirit Wear items and/or join the PTA; youth and adult sizes are available for the items. Contact Dori Sophia at spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your Raven pride! 




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