Hunters Woods ES NEWS & NOTES | September 8, 2022


Upcoming Dates

Thursday, September 8

(Virtual) Back to School Night
(See details below)

Sunday, September 11
Patriot Day

Wednesday, September 14
GR 3 Violin Program Parent Orientation
(See flyer in your student's Thursday folder today)
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Principal's Coffee
6:30 - 7:00 PM

HWES PTA Meeting
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20
AAP Parent Information Meeting
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(See details below)


(Virtual) Back to School Night

Tonight! Thursday, September 8

We look forward to seeing you (virtually) this evening at Back to School Night.

Back to School Night will be held virtually to provide grade-level curricular information and updates to all families. Classroom teachers will be sending Zoom Links and additional information directly to their students' families.

Thursday, September 8

Session 1  6:30 PM – 7:10 PM

Session 2:  7:20 PM – 8:00 PM

Classroom teachers will present the same information at Session 1 and 2. 

All sessions will be recorded and available for families who are unable to attend. 


Patriot Day

September 11, 2022

Today we remember and honor the victims, families, heroes, and survivors of 9/11, and the courage and determination of our nation's first responders. #NeverForgetVolunteer

Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17. This is a great opportunity for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website. Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at


Advanced Academic Program (AAP)

Elementary Parent Information Meeting
September 20

A parent information meeting will be held at Hunters Woods Elementary on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Mrs. Tompkins, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will provide information about levels of service and answer questions about advanced academic services. A separate parent session will be held November 3 to explain the screening processes. You may reach Mrs.Tompkins at

For more information and details, please see the AAP Fall Newsletter.



September is
Attendance Awareness Month

Importance of Strong Attendance Habits

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 


Testing Notification for State Assessments, Grades 3-8

State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table below. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (;  
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (; 
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (  

* VGA tests are not available for students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1.

The Grade Level Tests webpage ( provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). School staff will contact you with the specific dates your student is scheduled to take the standardized VGA and SOL assessments. If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or Sean McCartney, the School Test Coordinator.


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