November 7 News from Sleepy Hollow

November 7, 2022

Dearest Sleepy Hollow Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. We bid farewell to a fun-filled October! We welcome November with a heart of thankfulness. We pause and say thank you to our Military Veterans. We are so grateful to you and your family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Wishing everyone an amazing week filled with lots of love, light, kindness, and PEACE!

~ “There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” ~ Amanda Gorman

~ “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther  King, Jr.

All the best,
Mattie Fallen, Principal



PTA News and Announcements

Sleepy Hollow PTA Election Day Bake Sale: Tuesday, November 8. 

Please make or purchase baked goods to donate to the bake sale on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. 

Please bring your donations to the main office by Monday, November 7 or bring directly to the bake sale at school on Tuesday, November 8.

We need volunteers for this event! Childcare will be available from 8:00am-2:00pm for volunteers.Sign-up here: 


November Spirit Night: Pizzeria Orso

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022 4-9PM Pizzeria Orso 400 S Maple Ave, Falls Church Dine in only! Show the flyer that will be sent home in Wednesday folders, write "SHES" on your bill/receipt and/or tell your server you're there to support Sleepy Hollow Elementary School and your order will benefit the PTA.

Reservations recommended The patio will be open weather permitting Take-out orders are not included.


November PTA Meeting: Thursday, November 17th at the Willston Center

In-person only

At the Willston Center: 6131 Willston Dr, Falls Church

6:30PM - social time 7:00 - 8:00PM - meeting

Featuring a a special guest speaker: Sue Kohn from the Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation (MCCP)

Spanish interpreter Childcare on site Refreshments provided


Barnes and Noble Book Fair:  Friday, November 18th

Join us for a night of fun with books at our annual SHES Bookfair Friday, November 18, 2022 5:30-8:00pm Barnes & Noble, Seven Corners Center 

Sign-up to volunteer at the event:

  • Teacher Readings • Games & Prizes! • Each SHES student receives 1 free raffle ticket; come dressed as a book character and receive 2 tickets! Additional tickets available for purchase.

 A percentage of purchases (excludes gift cards) will benefit our school library!

Shop in-store at the event and on November 19---mention Sleepy Hollow Elementary at checkout Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support online from November 18 to November 22, 2022 Enter Bookfair ID 12637575 at checkout

National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. 

Sleepy Hollow Elementary School seeks to provide more opportunities for parents to learn about their children, their schooling, and how to support them at home.  The following brief survey is to find out what would be most helpful to you.

Barnes & Noble Night 

Our school's Barnes & Noble Night is coming up soon!  Join our school community at the Seven Corners location of B&N from 5:30-8:00 on Friday 11/18 for all the fun!  You'll see other students, families, and SHES teachers - there are even teachers doing read-alouds during the event!  There are games and prizes:  Each SHES student receives a free raffle ticket! Come dressed as a book character and get an extra free ticket!  There are drinks and desserts available for purchase at the 5th grade concession stand.  Plus you'll see teacher wish-list titles for their classroom libraries AND every purchase helps the Sleepy Hollow library add books to the collection for access by ALL students!  What a night of fun!  Want to help at the event?  Please take a look at this link to see what's needed:  See you at the book fair - happy reading!!

School Volunteers

Every day, volunteers change the lives of students across FCPS and we offer several ways for people in the community to get involved.

Examples of volunteer opportunities in FCPS include:

Business and Community Partnerships allow organizations to engage.  We encourage and support the development of partnerships that strengthen and enhance the quality of education and community connectedness.  Our Business and Community Partnerships team helps establish Ignite Partnerships, and we promote them so that there are some defined returns on your investment

Family Members Looking to Volunteer at their child’s school should call the school’s main office for information about their volunteer program. Please contact Karla Lobo, Administrative Assistant, if you are interested in volunteering at Sleepy Hollow. All volunteers are to be vetted through FCPS. This is simple process.

View procedures about Volunteer Procedures/Background Check Information.

Students in Grades 6-12 Looking to Volunteer in FCPS and elsewhere to meet the requirements of their service learning hours can find information on the Service Learning page.


      We are TJ Investigative Science Outreach, a student-led organization at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We will be hosting our 10th anniversary science fair on March 18th, 2023 and we would like to invite 5th-8th grade students from your school to participate. Admission to the science fair is completely free.

      Participants will complete a research project of their choice and present at the fair in-person on March 18, 2023. We help students prepare for this fair by holding multiple sessions to teach them important skills in STEM like brainstorming, presenting, writing an experiment summary, statistics, creating an experimental diagram, etc.

      Our first interest/brainstorming session is Friday November 4th, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will be holding this session both in-person and virtually. During this session we will go over the goals and guidelines of this fair and introduce students to a multitude of project ideas. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link:

      Attached below is a flyer showcasing our fair and where to find additional information about this event. We would greatly appreciate it if you could include this flyer on a weekly school newsletter or advertise the fair using some other means.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please email us back. Feel free to also check out our website at or email us Sincerely, TJ Investigative Science Outreach

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) ,. FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or

Parent Resource Center

Register Now for November Workshops

Moving On to Life in the Community:

Resource Fair

Once students with significant disabilities graduate, they may require additional, ongoing support in the areas of residential, leisure, recreation, independent living, advocacy and more.

This event will include:

  • various support programs in the community available to students.
  • A brief presentation about FCPS transition services and the bridge to adult services
  • An exhibitor/vendor fair.

Designed to assist parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. 

  • Thursday, November 10, 2022
  • Willow Oaks Administrative Center – Room 1000 A&B, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Register online for Moving On To Life in The Community: Resource Fair

Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Join us for this important webinar designed to inform and raise awareness about the dangers of children and adolescents using and overdosing on opioids. This webinar is for adults only due to the content.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How young people are getting drugs
  • Opioid risk, misuse, withdrawal, and overdose symptoms
  • The dangers of Fentanyl 
  • Naloxone and how it works

Presented by Tiffany Jones, FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist 

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Everything You Need to Know About Opioids

Bullying Prevention

FCPS is deeply committed to creating a safe and positive school environment where all students can learn. Through school-wide positive behavior approaches and participation in K-12 health and guidance lessons, students are taught to behave respectfully and to resolve conflicts in positive ways. 

The Bullying Prevention Webinar seeks to educate listeners on the following:

  • FCPS definition of bullying
  • Types of bullying
  • Differences between bullying and other forms of inappropriate behavior
  • How FCPS responds to allegations of bullying
  • How parents and schools can work together to prevent bullying


  • Stefan Mascoll: Coordinator Student Safety and Wellness, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Joan Lee: Educational Specialist, School Counseling Services, Fairfax County Public Schools

November 18 10:30 a.m. - noon

Register for Bullying Prevention

Register Now for December Webinars

Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

December 2, 2022 10-11 a.m.

Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stressors each day. Despite these pressures, it is still families who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

Join Dr. Chapman as he shares his insights and thoughts about loving our teens.

Register for Meet the Author Series: The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively by Dr. Gary Chapman

View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others

Veteran's Day 2022

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present. We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom. There's no way to thank our veterans for everything they sacrifice for our freedom, but on Veterans Day, we have to try. So thank you to all our service men and women, both past and present!

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