Wise Words 9/30/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Math Website for Families

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 Substance Abuse Prevention (SAPS) Introduction

🌟 Social and Emotional Learning Screener Update

🌟 Schoology/Clever Tech Support at Home

🌟 AAP Parent Information Night

🌟 Harlem Wizards at Marshall HS

🌟 AAP Fall Newsletter

🌟 National Hispanic Heritage Month

🌟 Kiss & Ride Registration & Procedures

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Dates

Principal's Message


Dear Shrevewood Families,

We had a fabulous week here at Shrevewood with our students and staff and can't believe October starts tomorrow! Our learning and community continues to grow every single day and your children continue to do incredible things in their classrooms.

October is a month of awareness. LGBTQIA+ History Month is recognized in October nationwide. We acknowledge and celebrate that LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families are an integral component of our nation. October is also Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia. We honor those with disabilities and promote equal opportunities for all. 

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4. Tuesday is noted as a half-day religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar, Wednesday, October 5, is a holiday for teachers and students. Wishing all who observe the holiday a meaningful Yom Kippur.

We hope you stay dry and have a wonderful 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 the Other People Mindset. The Other People Mindset is when you are with other people, you are present and give them your full attention.

"Life is what happens when you put down your phone."

-Kid President

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) Introduction

Each school pyramid has a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS) assigned to provide substance abuse prevention, education, and intervention services. Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists are part of the FCPS Office of Student Safety and Wellness.

Key roles of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug education for students, parents, and the Fairfax County Community
  • Intervention services upon violation of the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook or suspected substance use involvement
  • Assessing a student’s level of substance use and, if appropriate, making referrals to the Fairfax Community Service Board for additional services or other community resources as appropriate
  • Group and individual prevention services for students, staff, parents, and the Fairfax County community
  • Most importantly, building positive relationships with students to provide support and encouragement


Free Virtual Parent Support Group

Free Online Narcan Training for Opioid Overdoses

Free Lock Boxes for Medications & Firearms

Spiritual Support by Phone for Adults

Spanish Podcast: Tips on How Parents Play an Important Role in Substance Abuse Prevention

Juvenile Court Parent Support Group 

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.


For further Information & support:

Ally Jacobi, MSW


Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS)

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Update

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them.

Students in grades 3-12 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). 

Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.

Schoology/Clever Tech Support at Home

Need to access Schoology or Clever at home? Follow these instructions. If you need help, reach out to Kaylin Daniels (KLDaniels@fcps.edu), our School Based Technology Specialist.

AAP Parent Information Night

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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

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

Yom Kippur Holiday

Wednesday, October 5 - No School

Indigenous Peoples' Day

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

⭐AAP Parent Information Night

Thursday, October 20 - 6:00 pm


Monday, October 24 - No School

⭐End of the 1st Quarter

Friday, October 28

⭐Teacher Workday

Monday, October 31 - No School for students


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