Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 29, 2022

A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Dear Bush Hill Families,

Bush Hill has an exciting opportunity to join us in making food donations for the Koinonia Foundation (http://www.koinoniacares.org/holiday-baskets.html) as part of their Holiday Baskets program for ministering to the need in the community.  Koinonia directly supports families who live in our area. 

This year they are creating holiday baskets to support the community.  Each basket includes all the items.  We are asking if you would like to donate to this cause please donate a basket in its entirety either as a single family or partner with another student’s family.  If you are unable to donate a completed basket, you are also welcome to contribute individual items on this list and we will provide to Koinonia so that they may compile baskets to distribute. We are thankful for the support and generosity you have shown towards our community in the past.

Below are the items to include in either a complete basket or as individual items. Donations are welcome December 5 until December 14 and may be dropped off outside of the Bush Hill Main Office.

2 Boxes of Stuffing

1 Can Cranberry Sauce

1 Bag of Rice (small)

2 Cans/Boxes/Packages of Turkey Gravy (No Glass)

2 Boxes of Potatoes

2 Cans of Peas

1 Can of Broth, 2 Cans of Green Beans

2 Cans of Corn

One Box of Dessert Mix (Brownies, Cake)

2 Cans of Fruit

$25 Grocery Store Gift Card to purchase choice of a protein or other items 

We are sincerely thankful in advance for your generosity and support in this effort. 

National Inclusive Schools Week

Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week – December 5-9, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week during the week of December 5-9, 2022. This year’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.” The 2022 theme for Inclusive Schools Week recognizes that united we are stronger and to focus on our common need: inclusive practices in our schools, in our communities, and around the world! 

Winter Book Fair

Our Winter Book Fair is almost here!

When: Our fair will take place from Friday, December 9th – Friday, December 16th. We will have 2 family nights this year on Tuesday, December 13th from dismissal – 6:30 PM and again Thursday, December 15th. December 15th we will be open until 6:30 PM then closing for the winter concert. Families will have the option to shop the fair after the concert for an hour but we will only be accepting credit card sales during that hour.

Students will have the opportunity to shop during the day at their teachers discretion. In School shopping will be open Tuesday Morning – Friday Morning.

How: We encourage families to create eWallets for students. This acts like a gift card and keeps students from having to bring cash to school. You can sign up for an eWallet on our Fair Homepage.  We will also accept cash, card, and checks made out to Bush Hill Elementary.

*Important Change This Year: Unfortunately Scholastic is being taxed differently this year and we are no longer able to offer tax free purchases. Please keep this in mind when students bring wish lists home. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Volunteers: We are also still looking for volunteers to help with our fair! If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here any bit of time helps make this even a success!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian

Join Us For PTA Restaurant Night

Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant Night - December 7

The Bush Hill Elementary PTA is pleased to partner with Nando's Peri Peri for a Restaurant Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 7, from 4pm-9pm. Bush Hill will receive 40% of the profits from funds raised on this night so come on out and meet us at Nando's at Springfield Mall for a delicious dinner. Families may dine in or order online for pick up but should state upon arrival that they are there for the Bush Hill Elementary Fundraiser. We hope to see you there!

Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Ms. Jen Spollen no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Ms. Spollen  jlspollen@fcps.edu

Family Life Education

The elementary FLE program is taught by the regular classroom teacher. The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, sources of help, and the importance of friendships. Human sexuality is first introduced in grade four. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems. Students view age-appropriate videos and learn the maturational process, changes which occur during puberty, and prenatal development.  Students study the effects of peer pressure and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes. Students begin an understanding of sexually transmitted infections in grade 5. The emotional and social health unit includes abuse prevention from good touch/bad touch in primary grades to types of abuse in upper elementary grades.  Instruction for abuse prevention includes resources for help. 

For more information or to Opt-Out - please visit 



Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S.  

Bush Hill has a limited number of copies available.  Please contact the school if you are interested in receiving a hard copy.  The Handbook is also available on the web in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean at:  https://www.fcps.edu/parentadvocacyhandbook

Look At Our Lost & Found


Please remember to label your child's belongings with their name.  If you are missing a lunch box, water bottle, jacket or sweater, please visit our Lost & Found.  Unclaimed items will be donated.