Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

What a fabulous week at Spring Hill. We are moving through the new year with only two weeks left in the first semester.

We are so proud of our students for all their work so far raising money to help feed children throughout the world.  As of today, Spring Hill students raised a total of $1961 out of our goal of $5000.  To help the Langley Pyramid reach their goal of 83,000 meals, we need your continued support. We will accept in school donations until Friday, January 20. Students may bring in any donations to their classroom teachers. Online donations will be accepted until Friday, January 27.  You may make your tax-deductible donation to Rise Against Hunger by clicking here. Thank you for your continued support and for encouraging our students to raise money to help children and families in our collective effort to Rise Against Hunger.

Please remember that all FCPS schools and offices are closed on Monday (1/16) for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. 

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Spring Hill Artwork on Display

Spring Hill Art


Spring Hill students' artwork is now on display at Dulles Airport. You can visit the display in front of the West Side TSA Precheck Security Checkpoint on the ticketing/departure level.  

Congratulations to our Spring Hill artists and Ms. Gore for her work and dedication to our school.

SHES Parents/Principal Book Club

We would like to invite you to share in a book study on Strengths-Based Parenting: Developing Your Children's Innate Talents. Strengths-based parenting aims to help parents identify and understand what children are naturally good at and where they thrive. At the end of the book, a strengths assessment provides a stronger understanding of your students' talents.

Please read and complete the book before coming to the meeting on January 31st. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form.

I look forward to our engaging discussion after reading this book. Childcare will be provided if needed. 

Youth Substance Use Presentations

FCPS is dedicated to providing parents and community members with the most accurate and up-to-date information on youth substance use, prevention, addiction, interventions and available supports. Please join us and our partners from the Fairfax County Police Department and Community Services Board as we discuss these topics as well as the ongoing opioid crisis. Attendees will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioid.
  • List what you can do as a caregiver.
  • How to identify and connect with community resources.

The Langley Pyramid presentation will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm at Langley High School.   There will also be a virtual presentation in partnership with the Parent Resource Center on March 21.

Attention All Student Artists


Draw, Paint, or Sketch a piece of art for the 2022-2023 Yearbook Cover Contest

We are looking for two designs for the front and back cover of the 22-23 yearbook.  Students are asked to draw, paint or sketch a picture that captures the spirit of Spring Hill. 

  • This contest is open to ALL current Spring Hill ES Students
  • Artwork must be on a 8.5x11 piece of paper (copier or printer paper is acceptable, but cardstock is preferred)
  • Artwork must be positioned in portrait, not landscape format, to fit the yearbook cover.
  • All Artwork must be submitted by, Thursday, February 2, 2023, in the front office.
  • We must have, Student’s Name, Grade and Teacher on the back of the artwork.
  • Only one submission per student.

Great Falls Japanese Immersion Info Session


Family Nutrition Tip of the Week: Add Antioxidants

Antioxidants in foods help your body eliminate free radicals, which are toxic byproducts of bodily processes. If too many free radicals accumulate, oxidative stress can result and harm your body’s cells, which may lead to chronic diseases. Aim to add antioxidants to your diet with these tips in mind.

  • Many of the best sources are found in fruits and veggies like berries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and bell peppers
  • Other foods high in antioxidants include beans, nuts/seeds, herbs/spices, teas, red wine, coffee, and dark chocolate
  • Each type of antioxidant has a different function, so a varied, colorful diet is important 
  • Consume with some healthy fat for better absorption

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.

Parent University

Parent Univeristy

FCPS Parent Resource Center

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


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

January 23 - Substance Abuse Presentation - Langley HS - 6:00 PM

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

January 26 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

January 27 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

January 31 - Parents/Principal Book Club (6:30 PM)

February 4 - Rise Against Hunger Event

February 10 - Bingo Night

March 18 - Fun Fair 

March 30 - Staff Basketball Game