Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,  

     Tuesday morning, we saw the first snowflakes of the season. While that event was quick and light, it’s a reminder to prepare for inclement weather. 

     Earlier this year, FCPS announced that snow days will stay in 2021-22. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional inclement weather days.

     There are several ways you can find out if inclement weather will affect the school day. The FCPS website is generally the first and fastest mode of communication during emergency weather closings.

    With the weather in mind, our building tends to run hot then cold, then hot, then cold again.  Having your child wear layers is a safe way to keep him/her comfortable at school.

      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.

Winter Spirit Days

December 6- Merry and Bright Monday! Wear bright colors to show off your holiday spirit.

December 7 - Twin Day! Find a friend and dress alike

December 8 - Make someone's Wednesday. Share a kind word with someone (fill out a mitten from the front office)

December 9 - Mistle Toes! Wear festive socks and make sure they show.

December 10 - Festive Friday- Dress to impress by wearing your favorite  outfit!

December 13 - Holiday Headwear - Wear your favorite winter headwear!

December 14 - Reindeer Day! Dress like a reindeer.

December 15 -  Workout Wednesday - Walking in our Workout Winter Wonderland!

December 16 - Sweater Weather - Wear your tackiest holiday sweater

December 17 - Cozy Up! Wear your favorite pajamas, cozy socks, and slippers!

Yearbook Cover Contest

Attention All Student Artists

Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2021-2022 Yearbook Cover Contest

The first-place winner will have their artwork featured on the front cover of the 2021-2022 Yearbook.

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on a 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Friday December 17, 2021, in the front office
  • We must have, Student’s Name, Grade and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

Spring Hill Staff will choose the first-place winner. Winner will be notified by email on January 11, 2022

If you have any questions, contact: Ms. Restino at tarestino@fcps.edu

Laptop Care- It's RESTARTING & CHARGING Time!

FCPS has been pushing many new updates and security patches to school laptops to ensure new policies, filtering and the most recent version of applications are in place. It’s important that students restart their laptops.  

A shutdown and then powering on is not the same as a restart.

A RESTART is done by selecting the (1) Windows logo, clicking the (2) power icon, and selecting (3) Restart from the window options.

As a reminder, students in grades 3-6 should take their laptops home in the evening and bring them back to school fully charged. All third through sixth grade students were given a charger at the beginning of the year to support this effort. We appreciate your assistance to ensure our devices are running efficiently! 

Library Books

Please look around your home and return any library books your child is no longer reading. Overdue notices will be sent home on Thursday, December 9 in an effort to get as many books as possible back on the shelves before Winter Break. No fines are charged for overdue books at the school library, we are just trying to make sure everyone has a chance to read them. Some of our most popular books have been checked out since the beginning of the school year. Please direct any questions to SpringHillLibrary@fcps.edu. Thank you in advance for your help in getting books returned!

Positivity Project

Next week, our students will learn about Kindness. Having Kindness means you are generous to others and you are never too busy to help out. You enjoy doing good deeds for other people.

To learn more about the Positivity Project click here.

Drive-Through COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing

Starting this week, students may obtain COVID-19 diagnostic testing at six drive-through sites in Fairfax County. Diagnostic testing is provided for anyone who has symptoms or is identified as a close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

COVID-19 testing helps us reduce the virus’ spread and keep our schools safe places for all students to learn. I encourage you to utilize our new diagnostic testing services as needed.

Appointments are not required for diagnostic testing but families must register in the secure online portal. When you register and provide consent for your child to be tested, they will also be added to [SCHOOL’S] screening testing pool. If you do not wish for them to be part of the weekly screening testing pool, simply log back into the online portal after your child’s test is complete and withdraw consent. 

More information about diagnostic and screening testing, including site locations and schedules, is available on our website

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. 

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

Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch - December 8th

There are still a few items needed for our upcoming Staff Appreciation Chili Lunch on December 8th. If you can help by volunteering your time or some items for the lunch, visit our signup list HERE. This is a fun and unique tradition at Spring Hill and a great way to show our staff how much we appreciate them before the holidays.


Wrap up some new Spring Hill spirit wear for the holidays!

Our new vendor is offering lots of fun options for showcasing your unique Spring Hill spirit. SHOP HERE for all of your SHE gear needs! Each order is fulfilled individually and shipped to the buyer’s home within 7 business days, and Spring Hill will receive 10% of all sales. If you have any questions, please email springhillptospiritwear@gmail.com

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

Important Dates

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)