Shrevewood Wise Words 10/28/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Substitute Bonus Incentive

🌟 Dunn Loring Community Meeting

🌟 AAP Overview Slides

🌟 Calling All Veterans

🌟 Picture Day – Make Up Nov. 4

🌟 Dinning Dollars

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

🌟 Shrevewood Book Fair

🌟 Conversing With Your Teen About Drug Use

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

It was so wonderful to see the school spirit this week! There were so many smiles and cheers from students, staff, and parents. 

As a reminder, today is the last day of the first quarter. Schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. 

Dia de los Muertos is an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of departed loved ones. Tuesday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 2, are observance days in the FCPS calendar this year. Shrevewood hopes everyone who celebrates finds peace and happiness.

Have a fabulous weekend and a safe and fun Halloween if you celebrate! We will see our students on Tuesday!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal 

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Substitute Bonus and Incentive Program

Work More-Earn a Bonus!!

FCPS has developed a bonus program for substitutes who accept more than the 10 required jobs.  For each millstone you will earn a bonus.  If you meet all 3 milestones, your total bonus will be $900.00.  Bonuses will be paid quarterly.

If you work 50 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $200.00 bonus

If you work 100 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $300.00 bonus

If you work 150 substitute jobs within a school year, you will earn a $400.00 bonus

Work on a High-Volume Day and You will receive Premium Pay!!

FCPS has identified high-volume days.  When you work on a high-volume day, your hourly pay will increase to 1.5 times your regular hourly pay.  Our first high-volume day is Friday, October 7 (next Friday).  All you need to do is accept a job in SmartFind Express and your pay rate will be adjusted for that day. 

High Volume Days

Friday, October 7

Friday, November 18

Friday, December 2

Friday, December 9

Friday, January 13

Friday, February 17

Friday, February 24

Friday, March 10

Friday, March 17

Friday, March 24

Friday, March 31

Friday, April 21

Friday, April 28

Friday, May 5

Friday, May 12

Friday, May 19

Friday, May 26

Friday, June 2

Dunn Loring Community Meeting

Join us Thursday, November 10, for a community meeting to learn more about the Dunn Loring repurposing project, a Fairfax County Public Schools capital project funded by a voter-approved bond referendum. During this meeting, you will learn more about the project and design process to date and have an opportunity to share your views on the project and design process. Public feedback will be shared with the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, School Board, and FCPS staff on the community’s view of the project and design process to date. Please be aware, at this stage in the design and construction process, no major changes may be made but small adjustments may be considered. 

The November 10 community meeting will be a hybrid event, allowing participants to choose to attend in person at the Gatehouse Administrative Center (8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church) or virtually via Zoom. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided based on the availability of interpretation staff.

Please be aware, the November 10 meeting will focus on the proposed design and future construction. Boundary discussions will begin at the start of construction, which may be as early as spring 2024. We will share future engagement opportunities with the community as they are scheduled.

Register for the November 10 community meeting

Learn more about the Dunn Loring project (and sign up for email updates)

About the project

The Dunn Loring Administrative Center was originally built to address the needs of a rapidly growing population. Additions were needed throughout the 1940s and 50s as the Baby Boom generation entered elementary school in this thriving community. Needs changed and by 1978, the school was repurposed, eventually serving FCPS staff as an administrative center. As our community grows in a new era, we have the opportunity to return the building to its original purpose and support the needs of students in the surrounding community. 

The repurposing of the Dunn Loring Administrative Center will provide approximately 900 students with an elementary school rooted in history and poised to provide 21st-century learning, preparing young children for bright futures. Through this single project, FCPS supports quality education in ten other schools by relieving the pressures of increasing enrollment growth. 

AAP Overview Slides

Thank you to our families who attended our Advanced Academics Programs Overview at Shrevewood. Here are a copy of the slides for your reference.

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


Dining for Dollars - November 15


Join us in Dining for Dollars on

Monday, November 14 & Tuesday, November 15, from 4-9pm each night. Ledo's is located at 7510 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA.

Take the night off from cooking and grab dinner at Ledo Pizza. You can eat in or take out. Make things easy on yourself before attending Tuesday's PTA meeting!

Mention Shrevewood at pick up and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Shrevewood PTA.

Thank you for your support

Positivity Project




Next week, we are focusing on Other People Mindset.

Knowing my words and actions affect others.


“The right word spoken at the right time can make all the difference in building people up. Choose well.” -Michael Hyatt

Remember, a person can demonstrate the Other People Mindset every single day! As you go through your day, be sure to look for opportunities where you can demonstrate that you know that your words and actions affect others.

FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards


Nominations are NOW open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Shrevewood Elementary Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The Google form has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category


Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district)


Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)


Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services


Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school


Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 


The deadline to submit a nomination is midnight on November 18.

If you have any questions, please contact Coreen Pinkerton at or Kimberly Adams at

Shrevewood Book Fair Save the Date

book fair

Conversing with Your Teen about Drug Use

For some reason, as a culture we avoid talking about things that can be both lifesaving and life changing, such as finances, drugs, and other topics that make us uncomfortable. What do you wish you knew when you were younger that can be shared with your teenager now? Here’s a few tips for talking about drugs with your teenager. 

What to Avoid

  • Overgeneralizations/horror stories

Ex: “People who use drugs go to jail and end up homeless.” -That’s not true for most people.

  • Sharing about how you used to do drugs

Ex: “I smoked in high school, so I understand wanting to experiment.” -THC content is much higher than when you may have used marijuana. 

  • Having loose boundaries

Ex: “It’s okay if you do it at home, but not anywhere else.” -Too much room for grey area. 

What to Do

  • Have a united front

Both parents need to communicate the same message. No good cop, bad cop.

  • Recognize addiction in your family

Speak the unspoken. Share information that could help your teen make an informed decision about “playing with fire” since they’re genetically predisposed. 

  • Set a desired outcome for the conversation

What do you want your teen to understand before you get into the heavy convo?

  • Focus on health, not behavior

Avoid finger pointing, literally and figuratively.

  • Set firm expectations & boundaries

Clearly explain what is and isn’t acceptable for your household and the associated consequences. 

  • Keep a “cool head”
  • Withhold judgment
  • Be direct
  • Be prepared for your teen’s reaction.



Helpful Info to Quit Vaping:

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: 

Knowing the signs of Substance Abuse:  


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

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

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

⭐Book Fair

Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2