Shrevewood Wise Words 10/28/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Substitute Bonus Incentive

🌟 Art Teacher Update

🌟 Calling All Veterans

🌟 Shrevewood PTA Meeting

🌟 Dining for Dollars

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards

🌟 The SWES Book Fair is Coming!

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

Thank you to all who have attended first quarter parent-teacher conferences. We so appreciate the partnership that this time creates. We also realize that lives are very busy. If you have not been able to connect with your child’s teacher yet, please don’t give up! Teachers are willing to be flexible – holding them in person, over the phone, or via Zoom. Since teachers also lead extremely hectic lives, we ask that you extend grace and compassion as you collaborate on schedules.

We enjoyed recognizing our students and staff who won the Student and Staff of the Month for the Positivity Project character traits of perspective, integrity, and creativity.

First quarter progress reports will be sent home next Thursday for students in grades 1-6. These can also be accessed in Parent Vue on Thursday.

Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. Next Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 


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.  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

Art Teacher Update

Ms. Moon has resigned for personal reasons. We are diligently working on filling the position with a long term sub and hope to hire a part time art teacher by Winter Break. 

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.


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 in our Positivity Project lessons in Morning Meeting, we are focusing on Bravery. A brave person acts with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary.

“I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela

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

The SWES Book Fair is Coming!


Students and families will be able to purchase books from our school book fair November 28-December 2. 

Students will browse the fair on November 21 & 22 with their class. 

Please sign up to volunteer at the fair. No experience is necessary and you can sign up for a one hour shift (or more)! Our fair will only be successful with your help!

Learn more at the book fair website.  

Contact Mrs. Adams in the library for more information.

By email: or phone: 703-645-6611   

Book Fair Website:

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. 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

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