Shrevewood Wise Words 12/9/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Winter Spirit Week!

🌟 Winter VGA Schedule

🌟 Advanced Academics Full Time Screening - DEADLINE December 15

🌟 Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

🌟 Virtual Snow Days & MiFi Devices

🌟 Band & Chorus Concert

🌟 iReady Winter Testing

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS News

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

The cold weather is here, and the first official day of winter is approaching soon. Thank you parents in advance for ensuring students are dressed appropriately for the weather and outdoor recess. Please remember to stay tuned to inclement weather updates on the local news channels, Channel 21, or on the FCPS website.  If you haven’t already done so, this is a good time to update your child’s emergency care card and have an alternate plan in place if the weather causes school to open later, dismiss early, or close for the day.

As a reminder, all parent referrals for AAP Level IV are due by next Wednesday (12/15). No late referrals will be accepted.

We look forward to our SWES Spirit Week next week, our band and chorus concert, and closing out 2022 strong!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal 

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Winter Spirit Week!


Winter VGA Schedule

Shrevewood VGA Schedule





Tuesday, Jan. 10

Wednesday, Jan. 11


Tuesday, Jan. 10

Wednesday, Jan. 11


Tuesday, Jan. 17

Wednesday, Jan. 18


Tuesday, Jan. 17

Wednesday, Jan. 18


Friday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 20

To learn more information about the Virginia Growth Assessment, please visit this website. The parent notification of testing memo can be found here. If you have any questions about the VGA, please email Katie Vandawalker at

Advanced Academics Full Time Screening - DEADLINE December 15


AAP Referral and Parent Questionnaire links below:

Level IV Referral Form

Parent Questionnaire

Mental Health, Coping & Addiction

One in four Americans suffers from a mental illness. Almost 3 in 5 people with mental illness will receive no treatment or medication. In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care (Johns Hopkins). There are many reasons why a person may turn to drugs or alcohol initially, including using these mind-altering substances as a coping mechanism for stress, difficult emotions, physical ailments, and other issues. Drugs and alcohol can provide a temporary respite from reality and everyday life. They can enhance pleasure and decrease inhibitions and anxiety.  Drug use can be an unhealthy coping mechanism. Coping mechanisms are habits formed over time that serve to help a person manage situations or stress levels. Not all coping mechanisms are maladaptive or destructive; however, addiction is both.

Before using drugs as a coping strategy here are some recommendations for a healthier mindset. The goal is to identify the “void” or issue and work towards healing. In the meantime, experts recommend diet and exercise as great places to start. See your Primary Care Physician and a therapist if needed. Quality sleep is also a major factor in a healthy mind. Surround yourself with good people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270.


Substance Use Disorder info

FCPS Social Work

For further Information & support:

Ally Jacobi, MSW

Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist


Virtual Snow Days & MiFi Devices

FCPS has announced updates to its inclement weather procedures for the 2022-23 school year.

Like last year, the first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days.” These five days may occur consecutively due to a single weather event or may take place as several individual events.

Once these five days have been taken, FCPS will use the flexibility provided by the General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, wherever possible, to maintain continuity of learning.

During weather events, FCPS must consider power outages, technical connection issues, and whether students have access to devices that they may not have taken home the night before.

Allowing five days for inclement weather events allows time to plan ahead as best as possible to ensure everything needed to continue to serve our students and families is in place. This includes allowing for pick-up times for devices, clearing parking lots so those devices can be collected, as well as allowing teachers time to reformat their classes for a virtual format.

MiFi (Mobile Hotspot) Check-out

Schools have mobile hotspot devices (MiFi) for checkout to students who have no internet access at home. These MiFis are intended to support school-related activities only, and include internet filtering that prevents recreational uses, including Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services. If your student needs a MiFi device to complete school work at home, please fill out this Google Form. Our school team will be in touch regarding distribution of these devices.

Band & Chorus Concert

Our 6th grade Band and 5th and 6th grade Chorus will have their Winter concert on Tuesday, December 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Please join us for some music selections that the students have been working hard on to perform. If you have any other questions, please contact Mrs. Thomas, our band teacher, or Mrs. Anuszkiewicz, our Chorus director.

iReady Winter Testing

Students in grades 1-6 will participate in the math and reading iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) for the winter window next week (December 12 - December 16). More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.


Next week in our Positivity Project lessons in Morning Meeting, we will be focusing on the self-control character strength. Individuals with self-control have the ability to control their emotions and behaviors and think before they act.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • How do you define self-control?
  • What are some ways to demonstrate self-control?
  • Why is it important to have self-control?

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” -Marcus Aurelius


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

Student Birthdays

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.

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

⭐Winter Spirit Week

Monday, December 12 - Friday, December 16

⭐Band and Chorus Winter Concert

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 pm

⭐Winter Break

Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2 - No School

⭐VGA Testing

Tuesday, January 10 - Friday, January 20

⭐Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 16 - No School

End of the 2nd Quarter

Wednesday, January 25 - 2 hour early release

Teacher Workday

Thursday, January 26 & Friday, January 27 - No school for students