Wise Words 9/23/22

Principal's Message

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Math Website for Families

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 Shrevewood ES Spirit Wear

🌟 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


Dear Shrevewood Families,

It is hard to believe that we are finishing the fifth week of school and are almost to October! There are not enough words to share our gratitude for how hard the Shrevewood staff are working to provide meaningful learning opportunities for our students each day. The smiles on the faces of our students say it best!

Thank you to all of our parents who attended our PTA meeting and ESOL Parent Coffee this week. We value our parent partnerships and really enjoyed seeing you all at these events.

Please remember that Monday (9/26) is a student holiday/professional workday for teachers. Monday is also Rosh Hashanah, the second day of the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. For those celebrating Rosh Hashana, Shanah Tovah!

Have an amazing weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Math Website for Families

Here is a website Building on Math Strategies with Families that support math work at home. The site offers routines, tasks and games by standard. They are engaging and reinforce students’ strengths and understanding by having math conversations (math talks) while building fact fluency. Here are also some things to remember about math:

The Six DO’s for Families and Their Math Students

  1. Be positive
  2. Link mathematics with daily life
  3. Make mathematics fun
  4. Learn about mathematics-related careers
  5. Have high expectations for your students
  6. Support homework/practice — don’t do it!


Positivity Project


This past week, our school community focused in our Positivity Project morning meetings on Open-Mindedness. Open-Minded individuals like to consider new ideas and try new things. They examine things from all sides and don't jump to conclusions.

"A mind is like a paracute. It doesn't work if it is not open."

-Frank Zappa


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. 

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

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