Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tonight Is Virtual BTSN

Back To School Night (BTSN) 

BTSN sessions will be held via Zoom this year. Classroom teachers have sent information out to parents about how to join this evenings meeting.  There will be NO sessions held at Bush Hill this year.

Panther PJ Day Friday

Join your Panthers for our first Spirit Day this Friday, September 23rd.  Wear your coziest pajama's to school.  Don't forget to wear/bring good shoes for running at recess and PE!

Student Holiday Monday, 9/26/22

There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, September 26th.  This is a Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah (Professional Workday).

Access the FCPS calendar here https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar

Picture Day Is Tuesday, 9/27/22


Interim Reports

In lieu of interim reports that are traditionally sent home to all students in the middle of the 1st quarter, classroom teachers will be meeting with the families of each student to discuss student progress. We believe that this will allow our school staff to prepare for more in-depth conversations about your child. Classroom teachers will share how you can sign-up to meet with them at Back to School Night as well as over the course of the next week. Should you need an interpreter to assist with your participation in a conversation with your child’s teacher, we can provide one – just let us know! We look forward to sharing more about your child’s progress with you over the coming weeks!

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have: 

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop. 
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning. 

Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:  

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)  

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.  

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by: 

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.  

Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)  

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.  

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.  

Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)  

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive: 

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. 

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30. The AART will provide information about levels of service, and answer questions about advanced academic services. Zoom Link will be sent out the day of, via eNotify.

Spotlight On Our Parent Liaison

Dear Families of Bush Hill ES,

My name is Salima Intidame, and I am your Family Liaison. I am very excited to begin this school year’s journey with you; working alongside you so that you may become a partner in your child’s academic process.  This is my second year in Bush Hill ES where I have had the opportunity to meet great individuals in our school community.  My purpose at the school is to assist you to have access to as much resources about our school and FCPS as possible to enhance your student’s success. I work with a wonderful supportive team who is gladly willing to answer questions for which I may not have answers and connect you with the right staff/faculty who can best help you.

The following is a list of ways I will be communicating with you so that you will be well informed of all the things happening in our school. Please know that we rely greatly on technology.

  • News You Choose (Weekly)
  • Tuesday Folder (please check your child’s backpack)
  • School Broadcast Messages
  • E-mail Correspondence

    My e-mail address is: sintidame@fcps.edu

  • Parent Surveys
  • Personal Phone Calls & Follow-Ups

Safety is our number 1 priority!  When coming into the building for any reason, please make sure you visit the main office.  They will provide you with a pass to the appropriate location and/or make an appointment for you. Also, please understand that if you wish to volunteer in a classroom you must go through the school process.  

With the support of our Administration, Staff, and school community we will collaborate to make this school year extremely productive.  

I look forward to communicating with you and it will be my pleasure serving all of you.

“Informed Parents are Involved Parents!”

Salima Intidame, M.Ed.

Bush Hill Elementary School

M-T-W 8am to 3pm


Office: (703) 924-5600

Fax (703) 924-5697

Resources From Our Parent Liaison

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (“HIPPY”)

HIPPY is a free home-based, early childhood education program that supports parents of children 2-4 years of age, while providing solutions that strengthen families. HIPPY’s goal is to help parents prepare their children to achieve long term academic success, as well as empower parents to guide their children’s educational experiences in the home.

Parents receive the tools, skills and confidence they need to successfully work with their children at home. Through role play, one hour per week, parents meet with a HIPPY trained instructor to learn and practice vital skills and tools needed to work with their children at home At home, parents engage their children in activities related to reading, writing language, mathematics, science, motor development. Instruction and materials are in English and in Spanish.  Contact: Elisabeth Bruzon at 703-204-4350

Early Literacy Programs

The Early Literacy program is a free, interactive parenting education program for parents and their children, 2-5 years of age. Parents are able to help their children develop essential early literacy skills at home and gain confidence in their own ability to become active partners in their children’s education. Classes meet 1-2 times per week and are taught in the parents’ home language by trained instructors, who teach from a curriculum that includes topics such as brain development, developmental stages, the importance of routines, effective discipline strategies, the importance of play and
movement and music. Instructors provide information, demonstrations, resources, and literacy support, as well as the opportunity for parents and children to engage in early literacy activities together.

Specialist, Hillary Press hdpress@fcps.edu (703-204-4330)

Coordinator: Dr. Renee LaHuffman-Jackson rlahuffmanja@fcps.edu (703) 204-4300


A few parent volunteers are needed to help with picture day.  If you are interested in volunteering on September 27th to please contact Lisa Dial @ ldial@fcps.edu or 703-924-5600.

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.


How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can 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: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.