Shrevewood Wise Words 11/18/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Advanced Academics Full Time Screening

🌟 Substitute Bonus Incentive

🌟 Shrevewood Online Directory

🌟 Marshall HS Tree Sale

🌟 Pies for Teachers Sign Up

🌟 Story Time African Storytelling Re-Imagined

🌟 Alcohol & the Holidays

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 Shrevewood Fall Book Fair! November 28-December 2

🌟 FCPS News

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

This week truly was full of JOY! We had our first Positivity Project assembly focused on gratitude, winners of our Armchair fundraiser had breakfast and played BINGO with us and our whole school got to enjoy the Dino Race today. The smiles on our students' faces this week during these events really reminded us of our why and we are grateful for that.

Thank you to our PTA for their collaboration and presentation with Kaylin Daniels and Sarah Jones on the importance of building teacher and parent partnerships. We continue to strive towards open communication and building our partnerships with our families.

As a reminder, we will be recognizing and honoring our students' birthdays monthly. For the safety of all students and staff in our building and to limit the amount of classroom disruptions, please do not send in food or toys for your child's birthday.

Next week, all FCPS schools and offices are closed Wednesday-Friday (November 23-25) for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We have much to be thankful for each day.


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal 

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Advanced Academics Full Time Screening


AAP Referral and Parent Questionnaire links below:

Level IV Referral Form

Parent Questionnaire

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

Shrevewood Online Directory

Membership Toolkit (formerly AtoZ connect)

The Shrevewood PTA is happy to offer an online directory to families so we can all connect! It's time to verify your family's listing in Shrevewood's online directory!

If you have used this tool in the past, go to, log-in, and update your information! 

If you are new to this tool, please go to the website above and CREATE an account. If the email you use matches the one in the directory, you will be linked to our directory. If they don't’ match, you will need to email from the email address you used to create an account and our Directory Chair will grant access. 

After verifying your information, you can access the directory by visiting the website (listed above) or downloading the Membership Toolkit app to your Apple or Android devices.

The directory is password-protected and limited to Shrevewood families and staff. At any time you may hide part or all of your contact information from the directory and you control what emails you receive from the PTA.

Questions: Email Jeff Grana, Online Directory Chair at

Marshall HS Tree Sale



I would love to invite you to my African Storytelling Reimagined sessions at Nordstroms in Tysons corner on November 19. My name is Ada and I was inspired by my children to become a children's author. A Nigerian immigrant, I wanted them to enjoy the stories that I grew up on, so my books are retellings of some of the most cherished African folktales that have been passed down orally for generations and lost to centuries of migration.  

I am touring the country with Nordstrom and I would love to invite you to attend this reading and also drive awareness of my initiative.  Since I launched, I have had and had an amazing time presenting my program around the country. In addition to reading, my sessions include geography and cultural lessons, African dance, and touch/feel interactions with authentic African artifacts. I have been featured on numerous media outlets such as Fox5 and WPGC 95.5. 

We are living in a time where diversity is so encouraged and celebrated and I know that you would love not just the story behind my books, but the geography and culture inserts included. Storytelling is a way that African elders share moral lessons with young children, and it is a treat being able to share this bit of our culture to new audiences. Please check out this brief YouTube Video showcasing my book and its features and let me know your thoughts. 

Alcohol & the Holidays

Alcohol & The Holidays

The holidays usually involve family time, games, movies, food, and possibly drinks. The holidays may involve less family members this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean less alcohol for some. Alcohol consumption has increased during the pandemic and when ABC stores were deemed essential it didn’t help lower those rates (ABC News, September 29, 2020). Many people are still trying to figure out how to navigate our “new normal” since a global pandemic wasn’t on our to-do list in 2020, but we encourage you to consider a few things during these trying times. 

Questions to consider when drinking with your family:

  1. What message am I sending if I drink in excess around my underage child?
  2. Have I had conversations about responsible drinking with them?
  3. Are the conversations I have about alcohol realistic?
  4. Do my conversations with others reinforce alcohol use as a coping skill during stressful times?
  5. What messages am I sending my underage child if I allow them to drink with me or another adult in the house?

Info to consider:

“One-third of Fairfax County students (33.7%) reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime, ranging from 18.8% of eighth-grade students to half of twelfth-grade students (49.4%). One in seven students (15.2%) reported drinking alcohol in the past month, ranging from 4.5% of eighth-grade students to 27.7% of twelfth-grade students.” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020)

“Female students reported higher rates of alcohol use in their lifetime (36.1% compared to 31.2% of male students), in the past month (17.1% and 13.1%, respectively), and binge drinking in the past two weeks (7.3% and 6.5%, respectively)” (FCPS Youth Survey 2020).


Holiday Stress

Helpful Info to Quit Vaping

FCPS video on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 

Substance Abuse Prevention (Spanish)

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

Positivity Project


Next week in our Positivity Project lessons in Morning Meeting, we are continuing to focus on Gratitude. Individuals with this strength are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Questions that you can discuss with your child about gratitude:

  • What are you grateful for?
  • How does it feel when someone shows gratitude towards you?
  • What is one way you showed gratitude to another person today?

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy

Shrevewood Fall Book Fair! November 28-December 2

book fair

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

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


Parents - Set up your e-wallet to make purchasing easy! (Note: we will still take cash, checks, and credit cards.) 

1. Go to our Book Fair homepage:

2. Click on eWallet “GET STARTED” and then “CREATE eWALLET”

3. Sign in or create an account (if you do not already have one with Scholastic).


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:


In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • FCPS Calendar Survey
    • How to be involved in the Strategic Plan
    • Post-Thanksgiving COVID Testing
    • Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

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

⭐Book Fair

Monday, November 28 - Friday, December 2

⭐Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25 - No School