RAVENS' NEST 04/20/2022

Upcoming Events



April 25th – Yearbook order deadline

April 26th – Grade 4 & 5 Reading SOL Day 1

April 27th – Grade 4 & 5 Reading SOL Day 2

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

                    5pm food trucks, 6pm movie begins

April 28th – Grade 6 Reading SOL

April 29th – Run 4 Ravensworth PTA Fundraiser

May 2nd & May 3rd – Eid al Fitr

May 4thth – Bike and Roll to School Day                  

FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

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A Message from Mrs. Aspuria


Dear Ravensworth Families,

We have a lot of exciting things going on at Ravensworth Elementary.

On Thursday, April 21 we will recognize our Military Connected Students during a ceremony being held at 8:00 AM at the outdoor classroom.  Families were contacted last week via email about the special event.

On Wednesday, April 27 we will have Spring Individual and Class Pictures.

On Friday, April 29 the PTA is hosting its largest fundraising event of the year with our Run for Ravensworth.  

We are looking forward to many more fun activities and events this spring.



Erika Aspuria






We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional, and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.

This new service will help many Ravensworth students complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful. 


Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times


Join us for this important webinar to help caregivers and families learn strategies to support children during tough times.

Topics include:

  • Science and biological roots of anxiety in children
    • Identifying an anxious child
    • Changing anxious thinking
    • Computer technology and the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy)
    • Different coping strategies needed for the current pandemic

Presented by Dr. Ramaris E. German, a clinical psychologist in the Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

May 6, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Worry and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Using Evidence-based Strategies to Help Kids and Caregivers Cope During Tough Times


Parents Volunteers needed




We are looking for parent volunteers to help support a temporary SOL schedule change.  Our volunteers would support our 3rd Grade classrooms for 30 minutes.  

We need 4 volunteers per day from 11:45-12:15 p.m..  Please check-in with the office 5 minutes before the scheduled time.

May 4th

May 5th

May 11th

May 12th

Sign-up using the link below.


We appreciate your support.


Ravensworth ES Volunteers



It’s important to take the time to say thank you to our school volunteers. Volunteers have only so much time to give and Ravensworth ES gladly accepts any help that you have been able to offer. Your contributions are important and your hard work matters.  “Thank you” doesn’t feel like enough, but it truly sums up how we feel about our volunteers!  Your support has added to Ravensworth ES in so many ways.  We are so very thankful for your time and energy!


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.



Screen on The Green at Lake Braddock Secondary School




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



Appreciation of beauty & excellence. This is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world. There are three types of goodness in which positive psychology focuses: physical beauty; an exceptional skill or talent; and moral goodness. Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation. All these feelings (awe, admiration, and moral elevation) help us forget ourselves and find increased joy and meaning in the world.


PTA News 



Last chance to order a 2021/2022 YEARBOOK is April 24th!!!!! 


The deadline for ordering a 2021/2022 Ravensworth Yearbook is on April 25th, 2022.  This deadline can not be extended.  If you would like a yearbook and have not yet ordered one, you can order by clicking on the following link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=4882622.

The Ravensworth ES ID code is 4882622. If you have any questions, please reach out to Karin Floyd at karin.b.floyd@gmail.com


Run 4 Ravensworth



Hi, Ravens! Have you signed up and started collecting donations for Run 4 Ravensworth? Sprint to create your profile at : https://app.memberhub.gives/c/runravens22  to join the fun! So many great prizes - and our first prize is a Nintendo Switch and Principal for a Day! Help us reach our school-wide goal of $20,000 - sign up and start raising money today! 

Interested in volunteering for Run Day on Friday, April 29?!? Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/.../10c0e4fa9a623a1fec52....

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! 

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


Volunteers Needed for Spring Picture Day!



We need 2 volunteers for Wednesday, April 27, 2022, for Class Group and Spring Individual Pictures. The volunteers will receive a $14.99 voucher for Lifetouch for half day, and (2) $14.99 vouchers for a full day. You would be helping to direct classes to cameras, check for students wearing jackets, students with crazy hair, etc. Please email president@ravensworthpta.org to volunteer. Thanks in advance for your help!


PTA Executive Board Needs a Secretary & Communications Director for 2022-2023


The PTA Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for positions on the PTA Executive Board for the 2022-2023 school year! We are in need of a secretary and a communications director or team. If you, or someone you know, are interested in volunteering for open board positions, please contact the nominations committee at nominationsravenspta@gmail.com

Current Board Officers are happy to answer any questions & assist getting you started. Our nomination committee will be present at the meeting on Monday, April 11 and we will be taking nominations until May.

Elections will take place at our June meeting. While all positions accept nominations each year per the PTA bylaws, we must have a nomination for secretary. As of right now, we do not have a secretary for next year and we must fill this position in order to have a PTA at Ravensworth.

The job of Secretary involves keeping records of the bylaws, attending monthly meetings, taking notes and minutes at meetings and uploading them to Memberhub, as well as any other tasks that are asked of you to help the board as a team. We work closely together and the work is always delegated evenly, if not done together. Lastly, helping organize events and attending events to help them run smoothly.

Communications Director is the person (or team of people) who put out our weekly PTA newsletter, post to our PTA social media and Memberhub.

If you are interested in helping out in other ways or have new ideas for 2022-2023, please let us know. There are several beloved programs & projects that need volunteers and/or a chairperson. Thank you for considering the gift of your time to keep our Ravensworth community strong! #RavensWorth.


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

Mah'Ki Needs 2 Parent Volunteers per week For This to Work Well :)  Thursdays, 4/21-6/2,  3:15pm -4:35pm


JUST SIGN UP & SHOW UP!  If you plan on participating anyway and/or are a parent of a kindergartener or 1st grader who *must* be participating alongside, please sign up in the volunteer space.  Volunteers will simply help with attendance check in & check out as well as being an adult presence to assist as needed.   An hour of your time means the world to our RES commUNITY!  


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