Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Last Call To Purchase Inclusion Week T-Shirts




Hello everyone!

Today is the LAST day to place your order.  Shirts are only $13 each. It would be great if we could have close to everyone wear their shirt on Friday, December 9th to really show our school spirit!


Nominate an Outstanding Employee at Bush Hill

Is one of our Bush Hill staff members a rock star? Are they awesome at their job? Then nominate them for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Please submit the nomination through the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. 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. 

For information about each category and the list of Bush Hill staff, check out the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Awards Information slide deck. Below are the different award categories:

Outstanding Teacher - Outstanding New Teacher - Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee - Outstanding Operational Employee

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 22nd. Please contact Lina Kortsha at lkortsha@fcps.edu with any questions.

PTA Zoom Meeting Thursday, November 17th


This Thursday, November 17th we will have our next PTA meeting at 7 pm. A zoom link will be shared later this week.  

November is National Family Engagement Month

Families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

The updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships provide essential guidance for building strong partnerships between families, educators and schools to support student success. These standards include impactful edits to goals and indicators for the six key tenets: Welcome All Families, Communicate Effectively, Support Student Success, Speak Up for Every Child, Share Power, and Collaborate with Community. 

FCPS' Family and School Partnerships Office created a Family Engagement Month toolkit with ideas for schools and families to celebrate this month together. Please visit the Employee Hub to learn more about Family and School Partnerships and their programs for teachers, staff, and families.

Picture Day is on Monday, 11/21/22

picture day

Fall picture make up day will be January 12, 2023

Tech Team News

Our Tech Team has been working hard on creating a DonorsChoose to get a 3D printer for the school. Pass around the link if you or someone you know might be interested in making this dream a reality!


Mark Your Calendar

Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.


Lost & Found


Many thanks to Mr. Cruz for organizing our overflowing Lost & Found.  We have over 50 jackets, sweaters, and hoodies that have been turned in.  A friendly reminder label your items so if found, they can be returned!


Zoom Virtual Parent Presentation

Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 from 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom for a presentation given by Stefan Mascoll, coordinator for the office of Student Safety and Wellness at FCPS. Stefan will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention. Topics to be covered are the definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors, school bullying and harassment prevention and response, and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic! Zoom link to come.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Edison Academy Culinary Arts
5801 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
In room H-128
Gingerbread House Workshop
December 10, 2022  (Snow Date: Dec 17, 2022)
Session 1: 9:00 am-10:30 am  & Session 2: 10:30 am-12 noon

Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family with Gingerbread FUN! Let
us take care of all the mess and stress. Our talented culinary students will assist you in creating a truly unique house for display during the holiday season. The workshop includes all the ingredients to decorate a beautiful gingerbread house. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available after your decorating experience.

Pricing: $45 and a minimum of 4 canned goods per house (the canned
goods will be donated to the Koinonia Foundation food pantry). Due to limited space a maximum of three people per house, including parent and/or guardian. Recommended age: 5 years old and up. Participants 13 and under must have an adult chaperone. Registration and money payment is required by December 1st (limited to 24 paid participants). Please register for this event
with this link: https://goo.gl/forms/QgPPJ7Blwbnt8oZ42

Winter Book Fair

Calling all book fair lovers! We are in need of volunteers for our Winter Fair. The fair will take place Friday, December 9th – Friday, December 16th  with family nights Tuesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 15th. Any time you can offer is appreciated. Please sign up on here. If you are unable to help for a full time slot we would still love to have you! We are looking forward to another successful book fair!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian