RAVENS' NEST 05/04/2022

Upcoming Events



May 9th – Rising 7th Grade Parent and Student Night at Lake Braddock SS from 6:30 – 7:00 pm

May 9th – PTA Meeting, Cafeteria, 7:00 pm

May 9th – PTA Spirit Night, Ledo Pizza, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

May 11th – Family STEAM Night at Ravensworth for Last Names A-K, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

May 12th – Family STEAM Night at Ravensworth for Last Names L-Z, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

May 13th – Save the Date – PTA Movie Night at Ravensworth

May 14th – Thomas Jefferson Techstravaganza

May 19th – Chorus Concert at Lake Braddock SS Theater at 6:30 pm

May 24th – Family Engagement Night – Listening to and Learning from your stories – More details to come

May 26th – Band Concert at Ravensworth gym at 6:30 pm

May 26th – Strings Concert at Ravensworth gym at 7:30 pm

June 2nd – Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony at Lake Braddock SS Gym 6:00 pm


FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar

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Family Input Form for Student Placements SY 2022-2023

We value and welcome your insights regarding your child's learning needs, as well as peer considerations.  Please fill out the below Google form so that we can use this information along with staff input as we create the class placements for the 2022-2023 school year.



Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1st


Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.


Rising 7th Grade Parent & Student Night at Lake Braddock SS, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Lake Braddock Middle School will be hosting an event for our rising 7th grade families on Monday, May 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm. This event will include a parent information session, and a separate student presentation, followed by self-guided tours of the building with Bruin Ambassador assistance.



Family STEAM Night, Wed, May 11th for last name letters A-K and May 12th for last name letters L-Z, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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Join us for Family Steam Night in the Art Studio, Art Room Courtyard and Kindergarten Hallway for:

  • Pendulum Painting
  • Art Bot Demonstrations
  • Giant Bubbles
  • Paper Airplane Runway

If you would like to volunteer, please click the link below for Sign-up Genius:



Thomas Jefferson HS Techstravaganza, May 14th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


On Saturday, May 14th, Thomas Jefferson HS is hosting its annual Techstravaganza.  This is a FREE interactive STEM event for students of all ages.  Below you will find flyers with more details and registration information.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Andrea Trumbull our AART, at ASTrumbull@fcps.edu.


Thank you,

Ravensworth ES Administrative Team

(English) Techstrav Flyer.pdf

(Spanish) Techstrav Flyer.pdf





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


Values in Prevention (VIP) Camp

What is your middle school child doing this summer? Like you, we believe your child is a very important person and deserves a summer experience that is safe and full of fitness, friends, fun and enrichment.  FCPS and the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (DNCS) have teamed up to offer a 5 week camp for rising 7th, 8th & 9th graders attending Frost, Irving, Lake Braddock, Robinson, and South County Middle Schools. There is a $50 camp supply fee. Scholarships are available upon request, please reach out to your After-School Specialist if financial assistance is needed. Breakfast & lunch will be served each day.  Campers will have a great time playing sports, games, doing arts and crafts and cooking. We will have fun in-house field trips activities on Fridays.  The staff is comprised of FCPS teachers and support staff, After School Program Specialists, and trained DNCS staff. Transportation is provided to and from each middle school to South County Middle School.

Camp Details (See flyer below)

Dates: Monday, June 28, 2021 - Thursday, July 29, 2021 (students are encouraged to attend all 5 weeks)

Hours: 9:00am-3:00pm (8-9 is drop off, camp begins at 9am)

Location: South County Middle School 8700 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton, VA 22079

Transportation:  FCPS bus pick-up and drop-off available at Lake Braddock Secondary School

Registration Procedure:  Use the registration link provided here: https://forms.gle/1zwrQAynAVHK9aN69

Registration Fee:  $50 – pay information in on the registration application – Camp will fill up fast!

Refund Policy:  To request a refund of the Camp Supply Fee, contact Chris Woodby, After-School Specialist at South County MS, by emailing cwwoodby@fcps.edu prior to the cutoff date of Friday, June 25, 2021.  Refund requests submitted after the cutoff date will not be considered. Refunds will be in the form of a check. Please allow 3-4 weeks for processing

Questions? Please contact Jamaal Hines at jlhines@fcps.edu




Book Swap- Books Needed!


Does your child have a pile of paperback books sitting in their room that they have already read? Do you wish you had the opportunity to exchange them for new reading materials?  Beginning Friday, May 6th, your child can bring their gently used books to the donation box in the front lobby.  Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

  • Books must be appropriate for grades PreK-6 only
  • Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges
  • Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted
  • Coloring books, activity books, and sticker books will not be accepted
  • Please no board books

Please have your child(ren) bring their donated books by Friday, June 3rd.  We are looking forward to hosting the book swap the last week of school.  Thanks for your support! 


Positivity Project



This strength means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best. Leadership can be both formal and informal. It is concerned with getting others to do what needs to be done while maintaining group morale to ensure readiness to act in the future. This character strength’s focus is on the personal qualities of leaders, rather than the practice of leadership. These qualities include the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.


PTA News 


PTA Meeting, Monday, May 9th, IN SCHOOL at 7:00 pm

Come join us to catch up on all things PTA! We will have a raffle for a prize for all in attendance!

This meeting will also take submissions for 2022-2023 PTA officers, so don’t forget to nominate yourself or someone you know!!!

We can’t wait to see you all there! Ravensworth PTA Movie Night is coming soon!!! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 13th for our outdoor movie night! More information coming soon! Pizza and fun on a Friday night! We look forward to seeing all the Ravensworth families and enjoying the time together!


PTA Spirit Night – Ledo Pizza, 5:00 – 9:00 pm



Our next spirit night of the year will be at Ledo Pizza (8324 Old Keene Mill Road, West Springfield, VA 22152) on Tuesday, May 9th. They are generously offering 20% of sales to support our PTA. Takeout orders are included as well. Call ahead for takeout and mention Ravensworth PTA.


PTA Movie Night – Friday, May 13th – Save the Date!

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Ravensworth PTA Movie Night is coming soon!!! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 13th for our outdoor movie night! More information coming soon! Pizza and fun on Friday night! We look forward to seeing all the Ravensworth families and enjoying the time together!


Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd – 6th



Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon and we need your help to make it happen!!

Monday – Motivation Monday

Tuesday – Taco Tuesday

Wednesday – Winning Wednesday

Thursday – Thank You Thursday

Friday – Flower Friday

We have a Sign-up Genius below and all donations will be collected at 5591 Marshall House Ct in the Signal Hill neighborhood and 5616 Rathbone Pl in the Ravensworth Farm neighborhood! Let’s show our teachers some love!!!


for donations until Friday, May 13th, so remind your family and friends to send in their donations! 


Run 4 Ravensworth



Ravens - what a fantastic Run 4 Ravensworth on Friday! We ran SO many laps - our team is currently hard at work counting up the lap totals! We have raised almost $25,000 for our school ... and there is still time to raise money and qualify to win amazing prizes - Register to participate in Run 4 Ravensworth! | MemberHub NOW to join the fun! MemberHub will be open


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

Mah'Ki has opened up 15 more slots for student participants!

Thursdays, 4/28 - 6/2,  3:25 - 4:25pm, K-6 grade welcome, FREE

*Kinders & 1st graders must have a parent participate alongside

Ignite & Amplify your energy to high vibing music, dance & movement!  This isn't your typical dance class!  Come VIBE with us!   Meet after school in the Gym with your full water bottle.  Parents- pick up at the Gym door near the playground. 

SIGN UP by 9pm Wed, May 4th


Mah'Ki Needs Parent Volunteers For This to Work Well  

Thursdays, 4/28 - 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/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

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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 Your 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

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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