Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck


Dear Spring Hill Families,

Another amazing week of learning at Spring Hill. It was so great to see so much school spirit and smiles everywhere.

Please remember next week's deadline for AAP referrals. All parent referrals for AAP Level IV are due by next Wednesday (12/15). No late referrals will be accepted.

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.

Last, our second-grade winter performance was amazing. This year, we are planning on several fun grade level music performances. Stay tuned for dates. A short video of today's performance will be uploaded to our features page next week. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

lost and found

Lost and Found--Last Chance!

The Lost and Found will be emptied and all items donated during Winter Break. Parents are welcome to come and look in Lost and Found, located in the cafeteria, any time school is open. Please encourage your students to look as well.

Spirit Weeks: Countdown to Winter Break!

Spirit Week

Game ideas

Looking for Gift Ideas: Try one of these strategy games!

Sequence Numbers: Practice number identification and more

Shut the Box: Practice combinations

Dominos: Practice subtilizing, counting, and combining

Clumsy Thief in the Candy Shop: Practice sums to 20

Clumsy Thief: Practice sums to 100

Clumsy Thief Junior: Practice sums to 10

Tiny Polka Dot: Practice subtilizing with dot images and frames

Sorry!: Practice counting, decomposing numbers, and learning 1-1 correspondence

Trouble: Practice counting, decomposing numbers, and learning 1-1 correspondence

SET and SET Junior: Practice finding similar attributes

Chutes and Ladders: Practice counting and number recognition

Hi Ho! Cherry O: Practice counting, addition and subtraction

Zingo 1-2-3: Practice counting and addition

Prime Climb: Practice multiplication, division, factorization and reasoning

Multiplication by Heart: Practice multiplication

Proof: Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

Coat Collection

Cub Scout Pack 1144 is hosting a Coat Collection from 12/5-12/16 to support Cornerstone Charity


Please bring in any new/gently used coats and put them in the collection box in the lobby. All sizes needed! 

Thanks for supporting the Wolf Den in their community service project!

Middle School Information

2023-2024 Cooper MS Rising 7th

For any families of students that will be attending Cooper MS, please see the schedule of registration events. More details will be emailed from Cooper directly to you in the upcoming weeks.

2023-24 Longfellow Middle School Rising 7th

Longfellow Middle School is excited to invite you to the Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night on Wednesday, January 11 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. This night will be full of information about Longfellow and the transition to middle school. Our core and elective teachers will highlight their exciting classes. There will be students and staff members to answer any questions you might have. The inclement weather date is Wednesday, January 18 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Celebrating Hanukkah

Do you and your family celebrate Hanukkah? If so, we'd love to learn more about your traditions and the special ways in which you honor the holiday. Please fill out this short Google Form for a chance to be featured on the Spring Hill website!

Family Nutrition Tip of the Week: Munch on Mushrooms

The mighty mushroom is low in fat and calories, but high in vitamins and minerals. This versatile fungi will add deep flavor and wholesome nutrition to your diet.

  • Mushrooms help protect your bones (vitamin D), gut (prebiotics), blood pressure (potassium), immune system (zinc, copper), heart (polyphenols), and brain (Ergothioneine); they also support energy production (B vitamins)
  • With 2,000 edible varieties, there are plenty to suit your taste buds like button, portobello, cremini, shiitake, oyster, or maitake, though all impart a savory, umami flavor
  • Try mushrooms grilled, sauteed or stuffed as side dish; add to pizza, omelets, stir fries, and pasta; substitute for meat in a portobello burger

Yearbook Picture Collection

Do you have SHES event pictures taking up space on your phone? Have you chaperoned a field trip or class party and don't know what to do with all of the pictures you took? We are starting to collect candid pictures for the yearbook and we would love for you to share them with us! There is no guarantee that pictures you submit will be included in the final yearbook, but we will do our best to include as many as we can.

To contribute pictures, please visit https://community.lifetouch.com/invite?code=SHES-YEARBOOK-23 and enter your email to begin uploading pictures. Please TAG your pictures with the tags provided. By tagging your pictures with your students' grade and teacher name, we can be sure that pictures end up on the correct final pages in the yearbook. Thank you in advance for your contributions! Please contact Kate Allen (ksallen@fcps.edu) if you have any questions.

A Message From PTO


Help Us Help Our School! 2022 Panther Fund Drive is Underway!

Thank you to the families who have donated to the Panther Fund this year! November has been a month of giving, and we are grateful for all your support. If you haven't yet had a chance to donate, it isn't too late!  The Panther Fund is Spring Hill PTO’s direct donation fundraiser that allows our community to sponsor programs and make investments that enhance our children’s educational experience. These are items and programs not funded by the county, but we believe are important benefits to the Spring Hill community. We've got BIG plans this year! We’ve set a goal to raise $90,000 to purchase NEW classroom furniture for Grades 4 and 5. How can you help? 1. Donate to the Panther Fund! All donations are 100% tax deductible. 2. Ask your company about Corporate Matching! Double your donation with an employer-matching gift benefit. 3. Become a PTO Corporate Sponsor! Elevate your business by taking advantage of the vast network that makes up our Spring Hill community.

(Our lucky little 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders will already be receiving new classroom furniture purchased earlier this year by the PTO. Delivery is expected in December.)


Fun Fair 2023 Planning has Begun! 

Save the date! On March 18, 2023, our school building will be transformed into a carnival, bringing our community together for games, raffles, face painting, prizes, and FUN, all to support the school!  We are currently seeking volunteers who are willing to help organize and prepare the activities and infrastructures that make this event possible. Please view the list of volunteer opportunities and sign up to be a part of the excitement!  Check YES for any activitiy that you would like to help plan. Even if you can't be at Fun Fair on the 18th, there is much work to be done beforehand. Thank you for your support!  Questions? Contact Beth Franker, Fun Fair Committee Chair. 

FCPS Parent Resource Center


Lasagna Love

Kindness is for everyone. No matter the reason for the need, your community wants to help. Let a neighbor deliver a home-cooked lasagna or main dish to your family one night.



SHARE of McLean

If you need assistance with food, clothing, linens, furniture or emergency funding, you may contact SHARE directly at (703) 229-1414.


Share's Holiday Celebration is our biggest event of the year.   Each family or individual who registers in time receives gift cards to enable them to choose what is most needed by the family. 




The purpose of Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO), Inc. is to assist people in need in our community, those who suffer the effects of long-term poverty as well as those who are experiencing an emergency financial need. We conduct a large holiday meal program for families and a Christmas gift program for children. 

A person seeking assistance should call 703-569-9160 between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm on a weekday (except federal holidays) or between 7:00 and 9:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?

All human beings are neurodiverse. There is infinite variation of thinking and experiencing the world due to our identities, experiences, and brain wiring that is a valuable form of human diversity (Büdy, 2021; Singer, 2019). This webinar examines the brilliance and advantages of neurodiversity and the different ways brains may function as it relates to neurodivergence or neurotypicality.

  • What is the relationship between neurodiversity and student relationships and engagement? 
  • How can we use asset-based language?
  • How can we reflect on individual mindsets towards inclusion for all students?

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist.

January 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

January 13, 2023 at 10 a.m:  View the individual event page if you would like to share this event with others.

Register online for Neurodiversity: What Do You Mean We are All Neurodiverse?


Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a child’s development. Social and emotional development includes the child’s experience, expression, and management of their emotions, and the ability to establish positive and rewarding relationships with others. Join us for this important webinar to
learn about the social-emotional developmental milestones in early childhood.

Webinar Highlights include:

  • Identify social-emotional skills that develop in early childhood
  • Discuss strategies to support children in their social-emotional development
  • Explore concepts of attachment, temperament, and self-regulation and their impact on social-emotional development

Presented by Naomi H. Grinney, LCSW, Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E® Clinical Supervisor/Behavioral Health Senior Clinician Infant-Toddler Connection of Fairfax – Falls Church

January 20, 2023 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Social-Emotional Milestones in Early Childhood.

Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Join us to hear about how teachers and school staff are building positive schoolwide and classroom communities through social and emotional learning. 

During this session, families will:

  • Learn about the evidence-based Responsive Classroom practices of Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting. 
  • Understand how teachers are using these practices to engage students in learning that is challenging, developmentally appropriate, and supportive of the whole child.
  • Learn new tips so you can continue these responsive practices at home.

The presenter is Ivette Robles,  FCPS Curriculum Resource Teacher, Office of School Improvement and Supports.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Morning Meeting and Responsive Advisory Meeting: Building Positive Classroom Communities through Social and Emotional Learning

Important Dates


December 12-16- Spirit Week 2

December 19-January 2 - Winter Break

January 16 - School Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday 

January 25 - End of Quarter - 2-hour early release

January 26 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

January 27 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday