RAVENS' NEST 05/11/2022

Upcoming Events



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 – PTA Movie Night at Ravensworth 7:00 pm

May 14th – Thomas Jefferson Techstravaganza

May 19th – Chorus Concert at Ravensworth Elementary's Gym 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.



Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our fourth of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families

June 3, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family


7th Grade Immunizations Due Now

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Dear Parent/Guardians of Sixth Graders,

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools. Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to August 22, 2022:  Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY). If you have not submitted your vaccination record for 7th grade to Teresa Dunbar, please submit documentation before June 10th, 2022. Lake Braddock Middle School prefers to have immunizations for 7th grade submitted to Ravensworth prior to leaving 6th grade. You can scan this documentation to tldunbar1@fcps.edu, or you can request your physician’s office to fax directly to the school at 703-426-3697.  If you have any further questions about this requirement, please reach out to Teresa Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu or at 703-426-3600.


Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1



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.

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:



Bruins Summer Sports Camp



The Bruins welcome athletes of all ability levels in our camps. Athletes will be grouped by age and skill in their respective sports. We offer a balanced program of instruction in fundamentals and game competition. Our camp staff is comprised of Lake Braddock Secondary staff, alumni, and current players.

LBSS Summer Sports Camp


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


Values in Prevention (VIP) Camp

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Registration for VIP Summer Camp is OPEN Now!

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 (flyer and application attached)

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! 


The Lost and Found is Quickly Filling Up!

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In the few short weeks since spring break, our Lost and Found is overflowing with jackets and hoodies.  Please remind your children to look in the Lost and Found if they are missing any clothes items, and please label their jackets, etc. with their names.  Once again, any items unclaimed by the end of the school year will be donated.  The Lost and Found is in the main lobby and you are welcome to look during our Family STEAM Night. 



Lake Braddock Middle School Jump Start Program

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Each year, Lake Braddock offers MS Jump Start as an orientation program to acclimate rising 7th grade students to their new school, as well as any rising 8th graders who are new to Lake Braddock.

This is a tremendous opportunity for new students to tour the school, meet some resourceful staff, gain some knowledge from past middle schoolers, and have fun while getting excited about the upcoming school year.

See attached for our information flyer & registration Q/R code.

Website: https://lakebraddockss.fcps.edu/ms_jumpstart_program


  • Jump Start 2022: Welcome to Bruin Nation!
  • When: August 8 – August 11, 2022 (9:00am – 2:00pm); students select one day!
  • Host site: Lake Braddock Secondary School
  • Registration Fee: $20.00 (scholarships available as needed); pay link will be active on 5/16/22 in MySchoolBucks
  • Register Here: https://forms.gle/a2uMgwL7nzryLoh99
  • Questions or concerns can be directed to: Jamaal Hines (jlhines@fcps.edu), After School Specialist and Building Use Coordinator

We look forward to welcoming your rising 7th grade students to Lake Braddock Secondary School. I hope you all have a nice summer break


Positivity Project

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Above are the five elements intended to help people understand ways to build positive relationships in their own lives: identifying and appreciating the good in others, knowing my words and actions affect others, supporting others when they struggle, cheering others’ successes, and being present and giving others my attention.


PTA News 


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

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Mark your calendars for Friday, May 13th at 7 pm Ravensworth PTA Presents “Encanto” Please join us for a fun family movie night! Pizza will be available for sale! Bring something comfortable to sit on, this will be outside on the blacktop! Outdoor movie fun for all ages! See you there!


Run 4 Ravensworth



Ravens - Thank you for the overwhelming support for the Run 4 Ravensworth - we are less than $1,500 away from our reach goal of $30,000! Just 3 more days to collect donations - the MemberHub website officially closes on Friday, May 13th! Many students are so close to being able to visit the Game Truck (Raise $350+) or attend the Ice Cream Party (Raise $200+), or to earn a chance to visit the Run 4 Ravensworth Treasure Chest (Raise $50+)!

The Class with the highest participation will get a Movie Party, the teacher of that class will get a Spartan’s gift card. Registering and donating any amount counts as participation. Encourage your friends to sign up so your class and teacher can win a prize. You can still collect a price just for registering, and a smencil if you collect $10. If you have not already register to participate in Run 4 Ravensworth and get those donations in for our school an earn prizes, please go to:



PTA Executive Board Needs a 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 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.

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