RAVENS' NEST 03/23/2022

Upcoming Events




March 23rd – Parent Seminar: What is ESSER Funding?  Learn about Ravensworth’s School Improvement and Innovation Plan from 7:00-8:00 PM in cafeteria

March 25th – Spring Spirit Wear Day 

March 26th – FCPS Special Education Conference (see below)

March 29th – Kindergarten Orientation virtual option 7:00 to 8:00pm (Zoom)

March 30th – Kindergarten Orientation in person option 6:45 to 8:00pm (Cafeteria)

March 31st – 2 Hour Early Release (Students Dismiss at 1:20 pm)

April 1st  – Teacher workday (Student Holiday)

April 4th- 8th – Spring Break

April 21st – June 2nd  – Mah'Ki - High Vibin Music, Dance & Movement class

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar


A Message from Mrs. Aspuria


Dear Ravensworth Families,

I am excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Ravensworth students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. An email including the online tutoring services notice and opt-out information was sent on March 22nd. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home by mail. 

For additional information, see below or visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.




Erika Aspuria



Arrival and Dismissal


Several of our neighbors have reached out about our families blocking their driveways with their cars during arrival and dismissal.  Please be mindful of where you park when coming to the school.  The safest way to drop off and pick up your child from school is through our Kiss and Ride.  Thank you for your support.


Lost and Found




At the end of each quarter items from Ravensworth Los and Found are donated to charity. Prior to donation, parents and guardians may check Lost and Found for items belonging to their children. This quarter’s Lost and Found items will be made available for parents and guardians (only) in front of the school during the week of March 28 from 7:45 am and 4:30 pm. Items not claimed by March 31st will be sent to donation.


Online Tutoring Services Notice & Opt-Out Form




By mid-April, FCPS students will have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com. Student participation in online (voice and/or text chat) tutoring services is optional. Students will have access to Tutor.com unless parents submit an opt-out form request via ParentVUE or a hard copy signed and returned to schools. You will receive this information in your child’s Wednesday folder.  Please submit an opt-out form via ParentVUE or return hard copy opt-out forms to your child’s teacher by April 1st.


FCPS Special Education Conference




Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions, please contact specialedconf@fcps.edu

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register


Kindergarten Registration for SY2022-23




We are starting to prepare for the 2022-23 academic year. Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2022, are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall. If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at Ravensworth next school year, and you have not already been in contact with our registrar, Teresa Dunbar, please complete this survey and return it to the school via email to: tldunbar1@fcps.edu

Please spread the word to your neighbors who don’t already have a child at Ravensworth. Feel free to pass this form along or have neighbors with rising kindergarteners call the office at 703-426-3600 to be added to our kindergarten mailing list. Registration information will be provided to all families who complete and return this survey. If preferred, you may request a mailed packet of registration forms by calling the office or emailing our registrar.

A child’s record of immunization, physical examination (within 12 months prior to entering kindergarten), proof of residency, and original birth certificate must be submitted when registering the child.  For more information regarding kindergarten registration, you may visit the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

The information on this survey will help the school plan for adequate facilities and personnel for the 2022-2023 school year. We thank you in advance for returning the form no later than March 31, 2022.

A virtual Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for March 29th from 7:00 to 8:00pm on Zoom. On March 30th, an in person option will take place in the cafeteria from 6:45 to 8:00pm. Both presentations will be the same.


Spring Screening for School-Based AAP Services for 2022-23




Please read the Spring AAP Newsletter at the following link Spring Screening for School-Based AAP for information regarding Spring Screening for School-Based (Levels II-III) AAP Services for school year 2022-23.


Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar Series for PreK-2 Families




  • 4/22/22: Supporting Healthy Habits & Routines in Early Learners
  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families


Positivity Project




Prudence means that you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices. Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. It’s a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. It is cognitive – more a strength of the head than of the heart.

Prudence is not simply being excessively cautious or self-restrained. And, while it is often exemplified through individual financial savings, prudence applies to all parts of life. Philosophers have discussed the strength for millennia. Aristotle wrote about phronesis or “practical wisdom” which allows us to properly use other character strengths. And, according to Dr. Chris Peterson, the Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas “named prudence as the principle wisdom, with bravery subordinate to it. It is prudence that provides the wisdom to assess danger; bravery then allows reason to prevail despite fear.”


PTA News 




Run 4 Ravensworth




Hi, Ravens! Are you ready for Run 4 Ravensworth? It’s coming on Friday, April 29th, and we are getting excited!  Similar to the Read-a-thon, we are using MemberHub and YOU can have your VERY OWN web page to share with friends and family for donations and to track your donation raising progress! Get a fun prize just for signing up online! We have some great prizes up for grabs for the top fundraisers, including a Nintendo Switch and Amazon gift cards. You can come to an ice cream party and raffle if you raise $175 or more, and play in a video game truck if you raise at least $300.  MemberHub will be accessible starting April 13 and you have until May 13 to turn in donations if you want to be eligible for prizes. Reach out to ravensrun@ravensworthpta.org with any questions before the big day! Go Ravens! 


PTA Yearbook




Want to capture those memories? Childhood doesn't last forever!  Celebrate this year at Ravensworth Elementary School by ordering your 2021-2022 Ravensworth Yearbook. (Price is $20).  You can order by clicking on the following link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622


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.com/store ($10 individual and $20 family).


Mah'Ki !!!    (What?!?!??)  


PTA is super excited to bring to RES After School: Mah'Ki -- a new High Energy Outlet for the entire RES Community! Mah'Ki's Instructor (Asuka Bom of Kazaxe) leads High Vibin' Music, Dance & Movement geared to kids while encouraging multigenerational participation!  RES PTA is proud to sponsor this FREE 7 week, fun High Vibin' class!   You've GOT to Check THIS Out!  *stay tuned for registration info!  

Thursdays,   April 21  - June 2,   3:25 -- 4:25 pm

FREE to ALL RES Students, Parents, Teachers & Staff

*Need 2 PTA volunteers each week: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BACAB23A20-mahki

*If student is Kindergarten or 1st grade: parent/guardian must participate alongside

*Bring full water bottle, Dress Comfy to MOVE & Ear plugs if desired

*Students must be registered (stay tuned!)

*Check In: Gym    Pick Up: Blacktop/gym door near playground

*Parents, Teachers, Staff may drop & join the fun any Thursday


Show Your School Spirit on March 25th!




Let’s kick off Spring by showing our school spirit – wear your Spirit Wear on Friday, March 25th! Place your order by March 22nd to get your items in time for Spirit Wear Day: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store (youth and adult sizes available). Contact Dori Sophia at spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. 


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