RAVENS' NEST 03/30/2022

Upcoming Events




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 20th – Purple Up Day

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

April 27th – Screen on The Green at Lake Braddock Secondary School

April 29th – Run 4 Ravensworth PTA Fundraiser

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

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Don’t Forget to Take the Family Engagement Survey!


Deadline Sunday, April 3

Family engagement is an essential part of building a caring culture that will foster student success. Your voice is a critical part of that effort.

Our Family Engagement Survey is a great opportunity for you to let us know how our schools can best serve your family.

Survey Participation (k12insight.com)

All responses are confidential. 


April is Month of the Military Child




Each year, our nation designates April as the Month of the Military Child to recognize and thank children from military families for the sacrifices they make living the military lifestyle.  The recognition is part of the legacy of former Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger who established the commemoration in 1986.  During the month, one day is selected as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military-connected youth (MCY).  Why purple?  Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue.  This year, Purple Up! Day is April 20.

FCPS and Ravensworth is proud to recognize all military-connected children this April during Month of the Military Child. Each year we join our country in celebrating the resiliency of military-connected children for their tremendous service and sacrifice at home in the U.S. and overseas.


Standards of Learning (SOL)


SOLs are coming soon (see schedule below). it is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time-period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

More Information about the SOLs can be found by following the link.  https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/sol-assessments

If you have questions about the SOLs please feel free to contact your children’s teacher or one of our Test Coordinators: Patrick Bourjaily and Melissa Keller.



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 Lost 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 on March 31st from 7:45 am to 1:30 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 should have received this information by mail.  Please submit an opt-out form via ParentVUE or return the hard copy opt-out forms to your child’s teacher by April 1st.


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.

An in-person Kindergarten Orientation will take place today in the cafeteria from 6:45 to 8:00pm.


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




Humor can have a dark side, depending on how it’s used. Some humor is mean-spirited and bullying. The strength of humor that the character strength focuses on is that which raises the spirits of other people.

For individuals, humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical. Humor stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert. Making people laugh also produces positive emotions and happiness for the initiator. And, when people are on the receiving end of humor, they also receive many benefits. Scientists have shown that laughter reduces stress, promotes connection with other people, and can even improve focus. Laughter is contagious and bonds us to other people.


PTA News 




Run 4 Ravensworth




Hi, Ravens! Run 4 Ravensworth is coming April 29, 2022!  Parents - we need your help! Do you own a small business? Work with a business that loves philanthropy and our community? Work for a company that matches donations? This year the Ravensworth PTA's R4R fundraising goal is $20,000 and we are looking for Corporate Sponsors! To find out more about corporate sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation please visit https://app.memberhub.gives/runravens/Campaign/Details Please feel free to share this with any companies that would be interested in providing support! 

The MemberHub website will go live for students on April 13, 2022 - more information to come soon! 

Interested in volunteering for Run Day on Friday, April 29?!? Sign up here! (Ravensworth Elementary School PTA: Run 4 Ravensworth Volunteers (signupgenius.com))

If you have any questions before the big day, please reach out to ravensrun@ravensworthpta.org! Go Ravens! 


Mah’Ki – FREE After School Energy Release with Music, Dance & Movement


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

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 Vibing Music, Dance & Movement created for kids yet encourages multigenerational participation!  RES PTA is proud to sponsor this FREE 7 week, fun High Vibing class!   You've GOT to Check THIS Out!  

Mah'Ki -- High Vibing Music, Dance & Movement class

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

FREE to ALL RES Students, Parents, Teachers & Staff

*Students must be registered by April 18: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090C4BACAB23A20-mahki1

*Student registration is currently limited to 50, no limit to adults

*We 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 & ear plugs if desired and Dress Comfy to MOVE 

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

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


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).


Get You School Spirit Wear Today!




Show your school spirit and support the Ravensworth PTA—purchase your spirit wear in the MemberHub store anytime: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store; youth and adult sizes available. Contact spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your pride for the Ravensworth Ravens all year long!  


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