Shrevewood Wise Words 10/21/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Digital Citizenship Spirit Week

🌟 Calling All Veterans

🌟 Picture Day – Make Up Nov. 4

🌟 Dyslexia Awareness Month

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 Math Website for Families

🌟 Red Ribbon Week & Counterfeit Pills

🌟 Shrevewood PTA's 2022 Armchair Fundraiser

🌟 Federal Impact Aid Form

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message

Hello Shrevewood Families,

We enjoyed a full week of learning this week, and it was great to see many of our families for our AAP family night last night.

In the coming weeks parents will have the opportunity to connect with their child's teacher for parent/teacher conferences. This is an opportunity for teachers to continue to work with parents as partners in their child's education and to discuss student progress during the first several weeks of school.

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.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal 

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Digital Citizenship Spirit Week

spirit week

Calling All Veterans

veterans day

Veterans Day is right around the corner, and we would love to welcome and celebrate our veterans that are connected to Shrevewood. If you have a veteran or active service member in your family, we want to welcome you to come and read to your child's classroom on Thursday, November 10th. Extended family veteran or active service members are also welcome! If you are interested in participating, please sign up using this Sign Up Genius link. Thank you for your service.

Picture Day - Makeup Nov. 4


Dyslexia Awareness Month

In recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Virginia Department of Education is offering an informational webinar designed for Virginia teachers, administrators, and parents. Presenters are experts in the fields of dyslexia and reading.

Families and Schools Partnering for Children’s Literacy Success

Date and time: October 26, 2022, 7–8 p.m.

This session will provide information to help families and schools work together to support children’s literacy success in and out of school. Participants will learn a) tips for starting or enhancing discussions about literacy instruction and intervention, b) ways to increase joint understanding of evidence-based literacy practices, and c) strategies for addressing concerns about children’s literacy development together. Free evidence-based resources to support family-school literacy partnerships from the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) will be overviewed.

Positivity Project




Next week, we are focusing on Creativity. You come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.


"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not." 

                    ~Pablo Picasso


Questions you might enjoy talking about:

  • What is one way you were creative today?
  • What is a new idea that you've had this week?
  • How can creativity change the world?

Math Website for Families

Here is a website Building on Math Strategies with Families that supports 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 DOs 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!

Red Ribbon Week & Counterfeit Pills

Not only is Halloween approaching, but October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month, and Red Ribbon Week is October 23- October 31. Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the DEA, is when young people pledge to live drug-free lives and show their commitment by wearing a red ribbon. Some of our very own elementary schools will be wearing red ribbons to show their respect for Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Mexican-American DEA agent, who was murdered while working to expose drug traffickers. 

Parents, you can help prevent substance use more than you know. The Fairfax County Youth Survey shows that students who say there are caring adults present in their lives are significantly less likely to engage in risky behaviors or report poor mental health conditions.


Now that Halloween is approaching, it’s time to remind your students that drugs are often made to entice young people to use (e.g. marijuana edibles, colorful packaging, rainbow fentanyl). The younger a person begins to use drugs, the more difficult it is for them to abstain later in life (NIH).


Sources & Resources:


DEA Fentanyl Gallery

Fairfax CSB Opioid Info

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses     

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Fairfax County Youth Survey

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

For further Information & support:

Ally Jacobi, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

Shrevewood PTA's 2022 Armchair Fundraiser

Sit back, relax, and donate to the Shrevewood PTA so your child can enter a raffle to win prizes including: seeing their name on the marquee, breakfast with the principal, and even race DINO DESMYTER!! That's right, Mr. Desmyter will dress up as a dinosaur to race raffle winners if we meet our goal!


This year's earnings will help fund class field trips, teacher training and flexible seating for ALL classrooms, plus Positivity Project training for staff members!

All donations are 100% tax deductible and will go directly to Shrevewood. Donate today at or send a check addressed to "Shrevewood PTA" in your child's Thursday folder.

Federal Impact Aid Form

Beginning on October 18th, 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 teacher by Friday, October 28. 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. All results are confidential.

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  You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at

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:  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


Monday, October 24 - No School

End of the 1st Quarter

Friday, October 28 - 2 hour early release

Teacher Workday

Monday, October 31 - No School for students

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8 - No School

Veterans Day/School Planning Day

Friday, November 11 - No School for students