Wise Words 9/9/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 ESOL Parent Coffee

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 AAP Parent Information Night

🌟 Before & After School Programs this Fall!

🌟 Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)

🌟 AAP Fall Newsletter

🌟 National Hispanic Heritage Month

🌟 SR&R Reminder – Due Date 9/30

🌟 Kiss & Ride Registration & Procedures

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Dates

Principal's Message


Dear Shrevewood Families,

We had a busy and successful week here! Students are learning and having rich conversations with their classmates, everyone was dressed to impress for Picture Day yesterday, and the hallways and classrooms were filled with all of our wonderful families for Back to School Night on Tuesday.

Next week, we are looking forward to seeing our families at our first PTA Meeting of the year on September 20th and at our ESOL Parent Coffee on September 23rd. Have a fantastic weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

ESOL Parent Coffee

esol parent coffee

Positivity Project


This past week, our school community focused in our Positivity Project morning meetings on Curiosity. Curiosity means you like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • How is curiosity the opposite of judgement?
  • How do you feel when you discover something new? Learn something new?
  • What are some things you fear? How can curiosity replace that fear?

AAP Parent Information Night

10.20 aap

Before and After School Programs this Fall!

The PTA is excited to offer before and after school programs through Baroody Camps again this Fall!  There are  sports programs, STEM programs, and even a cooking class!  Registration is currently open and is on a first come, first serve basis.  Registration will close on Sunday, October 2nd.  Please visit the program website for the schedule, program descriptions, and to register.

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA)

Students in 3rd and 4th grade will participate in the VGA on Tuesday and Thursday next week. Please remind your child to bring their laptop and charger to school on Monday so that we can prepare our classrooms for testing.

To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. The parent notification of testing memo can be found here. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Katie Vandawalker at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu.


Shrevewood VGA Schedule





Tuesday, Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 22


Tuesday, Sept. 20

Thursday, Sept. 22


Tuesday, Sept. 27

Thursday, Sept. 29


Tuesday, Sept. 27

Thursday, Sept. 29


Friday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 30


AAP Fall Newsletter

2022 Arabic AAP Newsletter

2022 Chinese AAP Newsletter

2022 English AAP Newsletter (includes updated dates)

2022 Korean AAP Newsletter

2022 Spanish AAP Newsletter

2022 Urdu AAP Newsletter

2022 Vietnamese AAP Newsletter

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

For more information on local celebrations, visit the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services website

SR&R Reminder - Due Date 9/30

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.

Once you log on, you will see the following message:


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.

Please email our Assistant Principal, Katie Vandawalker, at kmvandawalke@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Kiss & Ride Registration and Procedures


In order to streamline our Kiss and Ride process, you must register your child(ren) so that you are assigned a kiss and ride number.

Once you register, you will receive a laminated number to display in the front window of your car and your child(ren) will receive a number for their backpacks. We will use the numbers at dismissal in order for students to be dismissed when their ride arrives. Each family only needs to fill out the registration one time.

Thank you so much for your help in ensuring a safe, smooth, and speedy dismissal for all Shrevewood students!

Below are our general guidelines for entering Kiss & Ride safely and respectfully:

  1. Students need to be able to enter and exit the vehicle from the passenger side (right) of the vehicle.  It is not safe to have children walk around to the driver side. 
  2. Parents/Guardians are requested to remain in the vehicle as school staff will open doors. 
  3. Students cannot load or unload outside of the Kiss & Ride lane that is marked with orange cones. 
  4. Please be patient in the first few weeks, as logistics with student numbers may lend to longer wait times. 

Breakfast & Lunch Reminders


Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60. Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using www.myschoolbucks.com.  You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/shrevewood-elementary.

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.  A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available online now: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.


As a reminder, school begins at 9:20 am and ends at 4:05 pm. Please notify us if your child will be absent or late to school.  We will have an automated “call-out” at approximately 11 am. for students who were absent without prior notification. If you receive that call, please contact our office the next day. 

Here is how you may report your child being absent or late to school:

Attendance Line | 703-645-6666

Main Office | 703-645-6600


Or the online attendance form:


Save the Date

3rd & 4th Grade VGA

Tuesday, September 20 & Thursday, September 22

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

⭐ESOL Parent Coffee

Friday, September 23, 9:45 am - 11:00 am

5th & 6th Grade VGA

Tuesday, September 27 & Thursday, September 29

Rosh Hashanah Holiday

Monday, September 26 - No School for students, Teacher Workday

Yom Kippur Holiday

Wednesday, October 5 - No School

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 10 - No School for students, Teacher Workday


To find out more about this year's school calendar, visit the FCPS website