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A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

       As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, I am overwhelmed with gratitude, both personally and professionally. I have my good health and the health of my family. I have the great pleasure of being part of this amazing school community filled with extraordinary people. Thank you for your support of our school.

      We want to encourage our entire community, students, and staff, to take next Wednesday through Sunday off and spend the holiday weekend resting and rejuvenating in your favorite ways this Thanksgiving holiday. In support of this, teachers will not assign homework, projects, or papers over breaks, and refrain from assigning any major assessments or project due dates on the first two days back.

      Have a wonderful weekend!


Holiday Toy Drive

Please help us support the Fairfax County Police Motor Squad in its annual Santa's Toy Ride. This drive is to collect new toys, books, and games for children in the area hospitals, specifically INOVA Children's Hospital, Child Life Unit and Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center’s Child Life Unit. We appreciate your efforts in helping us put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season. Please send your unwrapped gift item to the main office.

AAP Level IV Deadline

Any families interested in referring their child (Grades 2- 6) for full-time AAP (Level IV) services for the 2022-2023 school year, must submit a Level IV Referral form and parent questionnaire (optional), along with 2 pages of work samples (optional) to Danni James by no later than December 15, 2021. Please click AAP Forms to download the 2 forms. All forms should be submitted electronically to dfjames@fcps.edu by no later than Dec. 15.  

Family Life Education

Students in grades K-6 participate in Family Life Education (FLE) instruction through their classroom teacher. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 participate in an emotional and social health unit. 

Students in grades 4-6 will  receive instruction in a Human Growth and Development and emotional and social health. Human Growth & Development lessons will take place the week of December 13th.

For more information about the FCPS Family Life Education program, please see the detailed grade-level program descriptions here

In addition, grade level-specific curriculum lessons are available for review in multiple locations.

  • Online in Schoology - includes lessons and media titles that FCPS has streaming rights. Any additional media or book titles that are not streamed are available at your child’s school library.
  • Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.

You are invited to attend an evening opportunity to preview the Family Life Education media and lessons and to talk with school staff about the program. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 30th,  5:30-6:15pm on Zoom.   Click this link  to access the Zoom meeting.  Once on Zoom, the meeting code is 924 5476 3370.  All program materials and media for all grade levels will be available for your review at this time. 

Parents/guardians who do not wish to have their child participate in FLE instruction may choose to opt their child out of any or all of the lessons. If you would like to opt your child out of one or more lessons, please fill out the form provided to you in your child’s orientation packet at the beginning of the school year or you may access the opt out forms online here.  If you have already indicated your desire to opt your child out of FLE lessons by using the form provided earlier in the school year, you do not need to complete another form. Should you opt your child out and then later decide you want your child included in FLE instruction, you must notify the school in writing before instruction begins.

If you have any questions, please feel free to connect with Amy Briggs,  Assistant Principal at arbriggs@fcps.edu

Positivity Project

Next week, our students continue to learn about Gratitude. Having Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

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. 

Dining Assistant Needed

We are looking for a part-time person to serve as our dining assistant. This is an hourly position who would assist students during their lunch time, supervises student clean-up, keeps order and dismisses students to their teachers. This is a great opportunity for a parent who would like to see their child throughout their school day! Contact Amy Briggs at arbriggs@fcps.edu for more information.

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 our PTO

Bids for Kids and Fun Fair at risk of being CANCELLED

We are still looking for volunteers to help plan and run our Bids for Kids and Fun Fair fundraising events. Unfortunately, if we do not have enough volunteers to get started, we will not be able to bring these two beloved traditions back to Spring Hill. Not sure you have the knowledge or time to do it? There's no need to reinvent the wheel - we have loads of knowledge and planning documents available from years of experience. Never been to either event before? Pair up with someone who has - the experience is always more fun when you have someone to share it with. If you would like to be a part of the committee or even chair either Bids for Kids or Fun Fair, please submit our VOLUNTEER FORM. Questions? Email our PTO President, Jennifer McCarthy.


Winter Holiday Wreath Fundraiser - Ends December 3rd

There is still time to shop for beautiful wreaths and other holiday decor from Lynch Creek Farm. Spring Hill PTO will receive 15% of all sales, which will go directly back to the school in the form of programs, events, and appropriation purchases. Enjoy free shipping on all orders. Simply click HERE to order (Campaign ID:  280523).


Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch - December 8th

Calling all parents to show our warm appreciation and gratitude to the SHE staff by cooking up a crock pot of delicious chili and supplying all the "fixings". All varieties of chili - beef, turkey, vegetarian and vegan are welcome! We also need volunteers to bring in plasticware, paper goods, drinks and cookies. If you would like to help, please SIGN UP HERE!

Parent Resources

Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Have you been thinking about a new phone, laptop, or gaming system purchase this holiday season?

This session will help parents:

  • Understand developmental factors to consider
  • How to proactively prepare and establish boundaries with your child
  • How to respond to challenges when they arise

Presented by Tammi Sisk, FCPS Instructional Technology Specialist, and Bethany Deemers, FCPS Mental Health Specialist.

Friday December 10, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Buying A New Electronic Device for your Child? What Every Parent Needs to Know

Parent Resource Center Materials for Families: PRC Packs

The staff from the Parent Resource Center (PRC) has curated top resources from its library, webinars, and digital resources on some of its most requested topics into PRC Packs ready for checkout by families.   

What’s in a PRC Pack?

  • Two to three books for families.
  • One to two books for a child (perfect for a read-aloud or independent reading for an older child).
  • Resource guide with a list of eBooks, free webinars on YouTube, and other resources. 
  • Tote bag for easy return at any FCPS school or office.

Contact the PRC by email at prc@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-204-3941 to check out these materials.

Multilingual Parent Podcast: FCPS Advanced Academic Program Continuum of Services

In the latest multilingual podcast produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement, you can learn about the FCPS Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Continuum of Services and the different levels of services for elementary and secondary students. All K-12 students receive instruction to develop critical and creative thinking skills as part of AAP instruction. The goal is to build upon students’ individual talents and skills to maximize their academic potential as learners. Equity of access to the services is a priority within FCPS. For more information, visit the AAP website.

Listen and subscribe:

Important Dates

November 24-26 -  Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30th-Family Life Education (FLE) Parent Preview Night-5:30pm

December 20-31 - Winter Break (Classes resume January 3)

January 17 - Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday) 

January 20 - End of Quarter (2 hour early release)

January 21 - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)

January 24 - Student Holiday (Professional Development Day)