Shrevewood Wise Words 12/16/22

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Office Hours for Winter Break

🌟 Winter VGA Schedule

🌟 Holiday Drive - Thank You!

🌟 COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

🌟 Family Math Week

🌟 Virtual Snow Days & MiFi Devices

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS News

🌟 Student Birthdays

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

This week was full of joy, spirit, and so much enthusiasm! We want to thank everyone who attended our Winter Band and Chorus concert. Kudos goes to Ms. Thomas, Mr. Dever, Ms. Anuszkiewicz, and Ms. Nowacek for preparing our students and organizing such a beautiful concert.

As we approach winter break, we hope that you are able to enjoy some down time and fulfilling time with friends and family. It sounds like there is a little chance that we might even enjoy some winter weather over the break.

If you’re traveling, may your travels be safe and smooth. If you’re staying home, may your time be happy and hopeful.

From the Shrevewood family to your family, we wish you the happiest of holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2023.

With kindness and appreciation and looking forward to a fresh new calendar year,

Joshua DeSmyter, Principal 

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Office Hours for Winter Break

Our offices will be closed during Winter Break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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

Holiday Drive - Thank You!


Thank you to all of those who donated to our Holiday Drive. Your generous gifts have made a huge impact in the lives of our students and their families and we are grateful for all of the donations that were made. Thank you to our PTA for organizing the Holiday Drive and a special thanks goes to Kate Coho and Darlene McNerney for their support! 

COVID Diagnostic Testing in January

Mark your calendars! COVID diagnostic testing will be available for FCPS teachers, staff, and students at five locations across the county January 3-5 from 5 to 8 p.m. This testing is for those who are either experiencing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID. Appointments are not required, but registration must be completed before testing. Visit the COVID Testing webpage for more information.

Family Math Week

ST Math is hosting family math week from January 9, 2023, until January 13, 2023. During the week of January 9, 2023, students will be encouraged to log onto the FCPS Family Math website to engage in math activities including stories that include mathematical concepts and a variety of different math games from around the world. All activities are available in English and Spanish. 

To learn more about ST Family Math Nights check out this video.


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.


When we return from Winter Break, our Positivity Project lessons in Morning Meeting will be focusing on the optimism character strength. Individuals with optimism expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • What is something in your life that could benefit from a more optimistic perspective?
  • How can it sometimes be difficult to have optimism?

Hope is being able to see that there is light

despite all of the darkness.“ -Desmond Tutu


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 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