Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, October 18, 2022

A Note From Mrs. Duffy

This morning’s arrival weather reminded us that winter is coming! Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate outdoor clothing (jackets/hats/gloves) each day. We will be going outside for recess in the winter most days.

We also want to take a moment to remind families of our safe arrival and dismissal routines for Kiss n Ride. If you are planning to drop off or pick up your child, please help us to keep everyone safe by utilizing the designated Kiss n Ride line. Alternatively, you may park in the neighborhood away from school and walk up to the building. Please do not park on Westchester directly across the street for pick-up or drop-off. Please do not drop your child off on the side of Westchester and allow them to walk up to the school on their own. Arrival and dismissal times are very busy and Westchester Street is full of traffic we want to be sure that everyone is able to arrive and depart school safely each day and we need your help to make this happen! If you have family members who are assisting you with drop-off/pick-up, please share with them the procedures we follow at our school.

Impact Aid

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form is important, because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

AAP News

Did you miss the Bush Hill Level IV Information Meeting?  You may now listen to a recording of the October 13th meeting.  Please click below. 

https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/rec/share/skZxJyEwa3uTQGEuSFHZaX3nmE0Ezc7kfktcT2Lq9HUmp8bbDYYUPUAhufGKCOuV.0JWVoehD_VtBsTKy Passcode: U!Jq5Uf29i

Join Us For Bush Hill Community Night

We are excited to be celebrating the identities that make up our Bush Hill Community. Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 for an evening of food, fun, and connections. Families are encouraged to wear clothing that represent them. We are still looking for volunteers who are able to bring a favorite family dish for our community to sample that evening. If you are able to help please email mklynch1@fcps.edu or jeguzman1@fcps.edu We look forward to celebrating our community with you!

Bush Hill Families For Inclusion

At the first PTA meeting, the Bush Hill Families For Inclusion was introduced as a new subcommittee focused on building community, creating opportunities for engagement and learning, and fostering a sense of belonging. 
Please join us on Monday, October 24th at 6:30 pm at John Marshall Library, which is located at 6209 Rose Hill Drivefor a parent/guardian meeting. During this time, you'll get to meet the steering committee, learn about the committee's mission and goals, and share any ideas you may have for the school year. Please RSVP using this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQC0-N0vFx5fsCL_hPDEr2coQRqFo-yZ3MUhimDp2cND3iRw/viewform
We hope to see you there!

Diwali Holiday Monday 10/24/22

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24, is a holiday for teachers and students. Learn more about Diwali. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

PTA Restaurant Night

Restaurant Fundraiser at Hangry Burger

Join fellow Panther families on October 26th for delicious food from Hangry Burger in Springfield  (6699G Frontier Dr.).  20% of sales for the entire day will benefit the Bush Hill Elementary PTA. Hangry Burger is a locally owned small business with more than just burgers; vegetarian, gluten free, and halal options abound! Don't get hungry, get Hangry!

We hope to see you there.  https://www.hangry-burger.com/


Breakfast Honoring Veterans

Dear Bush Hill Parents and Veterans,

Bush Hill Elementary School will be hosting a special breakfast to honor the Veterans in our community. We would love to have as many Veterans as possible at our informal morning gathering, so that they may be honored and recognized for their valued service to our country.

  • Who: Veterans and their families
  • When: Wednesday, November 9th 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Reception: hosted by Bush Hill ES staff in the school cafeteria

If you or someone you know is a Veteran and would like to attend, please RSVP to Mrs. Intidame at: sintidame@fcps.edu by Wednesday, November 2nd.

Please include the following information when emailing your RSVP:

  • Name of Veteran
  • Name of Bush Hill student or family member
  • Number of family members attending breakfast with Veteran
  • Branch and rank in military

We cannot wait to honor the many Veterans in our community!


Salima Intidame, Family Liaison

Are You Military Connected?

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends out a newsletter around the 15th of each month for military-connected families? Sign up for that newsletter (under “Division Administration News and Updates” then “Professional Learning & Family Engagement”) or other topics on our website.


Sibshops Opportunity for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

The first Sibshops for this school year will be held at Providence Community Center on Monday, October 31st. Sibshops are workshops for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in FCPS and they provide an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed setting, celebrate the contributions made by their siblings, share experiences, and most importantly have fun! See fliers in the folder for registration information. This flier has been translated into multiple languages. We have a team of school social workers who plan and facilitate Sibshops. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, e-mail Laura Cook or Beth Holzman.

FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition


Food & Nutrition Services (FNS)

As you know, the annual Thanksgiving luncheon that included inviting elementary school parents and family members in years past has not been offered over the last few years due to covid.  This school year, FNS is excited to be able to provide a Thanksgiving lunch menu for students on Thursday, November 17, 2022.  Unfortunately, staffing and supply chain challenges continue to impact daily operations; and, as a result, the lunch will not be open to guests.  I share in your disappointment, as FNS always looks forward to this special event.

John Tupy 

Operations Specialist, Food and Nutrition Services FCPS 

Inclusion Week T-Shirt Sale

Each year Bush Hill celebrates Inclusive Schools Week, which is an annual event that celebrates the progress made in schools in providing a supportive and welcoming education to diverse student populations, including disability, cultural backgrounds, different socio-economic statuses, gender, etc. This year we will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week during December 5-9. There will be dress up days, class lessons, and a big celebration at the end of the week! If you would like order a t-shirt for your child or family members, please use this link here: https://www.customink.com/g/zuw0-00cn-t4th. T-shirts will be around $13 and we will have everyone wear their shirts on that Friday. We are looking forward to a great week of celebrating!