Bush Hill Updates - Thursday, August 25th

A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Bush Hill Team:

  • Ms. Margaret Williams, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Hannah Franks, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Kristen Simczak, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Shannon Syznowski, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Catie Polis, 5th Grade Teacher
  • Mr. Joe Hurowitz, 6th Grade AAP Teacher
  • Mr. Jose Guzman, ESOL Teacher
  • Mr. Nate Sorenson, Band Teacher
  • Ms. Katie Breen, Elementary Math Resource Teacher
  • Mr. Kashif Bhatti, School Based Technology Specialist
  • Ms. Carmen Collazo, Music Teacher
  • Ms. Kelsey Schaefer, Art Teacher
  • Ms. Caryn Seiler, STEAM Teacher
  • Ms. Kristen Green, Counselor
  • Ms. Ashlee Collazo, Special Education Teacher
  • Mr. Antony Moses, Special Education Teacher
  • Ms. Lenore Butcher Kuch, Special Education Teacher
  • Ms. Amie Fofanah, Public Health Assistant
  • Ms. Crystal Syphrit, General Education Instructional Assistant
  • Mr. Jonathan Cruz, Office Assistant
  • Ms. Rebecca Kellerman, Student Monitor
  • Ms. Jeneal Johnson, Student Monitor
  • Mr. Jes Serl, Student Monitor

Counselor Corner

Welcome back Panthers!! Mrs. Madden and Ms. Green are your school counseling team this year. We can’t wait to work with all of you and have an awesome year. Here’s a little bit below about your school counselors!

Megan Madden

Hi Panthers! My name is Megan Madden (previously Fletcher 😊) and I am so excited to be starting my 4th year at Bush Hill! I love to read, practice yoga, enjoy the outdoors, and rewatch favorite movies. I was born and raised here in Virginia and went to James Madison University and University of Virginia for both of my degrees. I can’t wait to work with your students again this year! I will be primarily supporting Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade (Martin, Hurowitz) this year. Please reach out if I can help! mnfletcher@fcps.edu or 703-924-5630.

Kristen Green

Hello Panther families! I am Ms. Green, Bush Hill’s new part time School Counselor. I am from Cape Cod, MA and graduated from Boston College with my School Counseling degree this past Spring. I enjoy arts and crafts, reading (I’m a bit of a potter head!), and spending time with my two dogs Harley and Louie.  I am at Bush Hill on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Friday and will be supporting 1st, 2nd, 4th and half of the 6th graders (Anderson, Farrell). I’m so excited to be joining the Bush Hill team! kgreen@fcps.edu or 703-924-5663

PTA Panther Family Picnic Friday, August 26th

The PTA invites families to a Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 26th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic blanket and meal to enjoy on the Bush Hill Field!

PTA Membership Drive

Join the Bush Hill PTA!

We are so excited for the start of the new school year! Bush Hill’s PTA helps to support the students and staff at Bush Hill. The goal of the PTA is to increase family engagement and foster a sense of community. This year, we will have plenty of volunteer opportunities and we encourage your involvement.

Please consider joining the PTA! 

You can join online by going to the Bush Hill MemberHub website at: BushHill.memberhub.com OR you can pay by cash or check. If you pay by cash or check (payable to Bush Hill PTA), please provide the following information along with your dues to the front office: your name, your email address, and your phone number.

This year’s dues are 1) $20 for a family membership (2 adults) and $10 for a single membership (1 adult).

If you have questions, please email us at PTABushHillElementary@gmail.com


Digital Resources


At Bush Hill Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your permission before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Mr. Kashif Bhatti, School Based Technology Specialist

Students Rights and Responsibilities

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.


Breakfast & Lunch Prices SY 22-23

Meal Prices

(Effective July 1, 2022)



Milk (Sold Separately)

  • Students and adults—60¢

Find out what's on the menu at your school today.

Only one breakfast and one lunch per student per day qualify at the subsidized price. The cost of any additional lunch is at the adult price or a la carte price, whichever is less.


  1. On Line Using www.MySchoolBucks.com This user-friendly service is free, convenient, private and secure. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check Make checks payable to “Bush Hill Elementary School Food Services”.  The check can be provided to the food service manager or mailed to: Food and Nutrition Services, 6840 Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151.  A local address and phone number are required to be printed or handwritten on the check.  The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash Cash may be brought to the food service manager’s office for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis.

Opt-Outs Available In SIS ParentVue

As part of our ongoing effort to help schools with transitioning from paper to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE: 

  • Tutor.com Access (was available April 2022)
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian that is associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVUE account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the “Student Info” tab and clicking “Edit Information”. 

Further information can be found on:

Community Conversation with Superintendent Michelle Reid

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Thomas A. Edison High School on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please Register to Attend  [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]