Bee Hive, January 13, 2023

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Bee Hive

January 13, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

January 16: NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

January 18: HES Principal Coffee and PTA Meeting, 6:30pm, Cafeteria 

January 25:  2 HOUR EARLY RELEASE, End of 2nd Quarter

January 26 and 27: NO SCHOOL, Staff Development and Teacher Workdays

February 20: NO SCHOOL, President's Day

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


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Thank you to Mrs. Suzanne Davis, parent, one of our amazing subs, our PTA Treasurer, and her family for volunteering to change our sign for the year!

Administrator Avenue

Dear Bee Families,

Happy New Year! We have loved having our bees back in the building. We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. The 2nd quarter will end at the end of this month. We are proud of the progress our bees have shown. Look out for your child’s progress report to go home in February. 

With the tragic events in Newport News last week we know safety is at the forefront of all of our minds. We send our love to the Richneck Elementary community. The entire HES staff is committed to a safe environment for all students. We have had our yearly review of our emergency plan with the FCPS security team. We also have outdoor security cameras. Please remember to bring your driver's license when you come in to pick up your child or check into the building. Please remember we are a team in all aspects. Earlier this fall, fencing was installed around the perimeter of the playground area and outdoor classrooms. Next week, we begin securing some of the gates during school hours from 9:20 - 3:45. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we continue to prioritize the safety and wellness of our students and staff. Should you have any concerns please address them with the administrative team. 

We continue to be thankful for our generous PTA. We are looking forward to our Author’s visit sponsored by them in the near future. 

Lastly, we continue to be thankful for our amazing staff. Want to recognize a staff member? Fill out an FCPS Cares here.

As always, we are a team. Please let us know what questions or compliments you might have. 


Candace J. Hunstad           Elizabeth Baxter              Greg Brotemarkle

Proud Principal                  Assistant Principal            Assistant Principal

MLK Jr. day


FCPS schools and offices will be CLOSED this Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service Opportunities

FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. FCPS is excited to collaborate again with Volunteer Fairfax for the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend of Service, Saturday, January 14, to Monday, January 16. This service opportunity helps empower individuals and strengthens communities while honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer Fairfax will host several ways for the community to get involved including volunteer activities for students and adults of all ages. To learn more about the MLK Jr. Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website.

Herndon Middle School Curriculum Night for Rising 7th Graders

Herndon Middle School Curriculum Night for students and parents of rising 7th graders will be held at Herndon Middle School this Thursday, January 19, 5:30-7:30 in the Auditorium.  Snow date is February 2. Click here for more info. 

Herndon Middle Noche de Curriculum

Haga clic aquí para más información

Herndon ES is Hiring!

We are looking for Student Monitors!

This is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to work only when the students are in session. Training will be provided!


Provides supervision of students throughout the school day where needed to include but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order; has basic computer skills; ensures students follow safety protocols and procedures; and works with individual and small groups of students.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; and has general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

We are also looking for a 4th grade teacher!  

Come and join our fabulous 4th grade team!

Please contact Elizabeth Baxter at or 703-326-3100.

Meet our newest Bees 🐝

Wendy Bowen

positivity project

Week of January 9-13, 2023


WHAT DOES Prudence mean? You plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

We will continue to be a Positivity Project Partner School. Learn more about it here.

Click here for the full explanation of Prudence and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.

PTA News

Our PTA Meeting is this Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria and Library.  Families are invited to the Robotics demonstration!  Free pizza will be served in the cafeteria.

PTA meeting

Clubs are returning, chess and young rembrandts

Register Today for our PTA Winter Clubs at Herndon ES!

HES PTA Chess Registration Open English flyer

HES PTA Chess Registration Open Spanish flyer

HES PTA Young Rembrandts Drawing Club Registration Open English Spanish flyer

PTA Board Volunteers Needed

We're urgently searching for someone to fill the secretary role. We're also hoping one of you lovely, energetic people out there will come join us as President Elect. You will learn the ropes from our current (amazing) president, Sara, before she departs from the board this summer. If it's a position you've been thinking about, it is a great opportunity to get the feel of it now, while Sara prepares to step down.

Contact Sara at

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Herndon High School Presentation

Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 6-8pm in the Herndon HS Lecture Hall E120.

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Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs

The Office of Student Safety & Wellness has scheduled in-person Drug Education Nights for parents, guardians, and youth caregivers across the division. This is a pyramid level Tier 1 intervention designed to inform the audience of substance use trends, the opioid epidemic, and how to connect with resources. This not a school, pyramid, or division specific concern, but a national concern. It is helpful for all caregivers to be informed.

FCPS Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs, Tuesday, 1/17, 6-8pm, Herndon High School English Flyer

FCPS Cómo preparar a las familias para las conversaciones difíciles sobre el alcohol y las drogas, martes, 1/17, 6-8pm Herndon High School Spanish

Herndon High School will host one of these nights on Tuesday, January 17, 6-8pm at Herndon High school.  It will consist of a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist sharing information about drugs and how parents can support their children. School SROs/police detectives and Fairfax-Falls Church CSB managers will be present (at times a video may be shown in lieu of in-person CSB representation) to present relevant information and to answer questions. For those who are unable to attend in-person, a virtual option is scheduled through the Parent Resource Center for 3/21/2023 where more language options will be made available for live attendees.

salad bar

Salad Bars Returning to Elementary Schools

Herndon Elementary salad bar is scheduled to return on January 25th!

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services is excited to begin adding salad bars back to elementary schools as a part of lunch service this month. The goal is to reach all 142 elementary schools before June 2023. 

Salad bars encourage students to build nutritious and delicious meals each day. Students are able to select a salad bar lunch or fruit and vegetable sides paired with an entree. Salad bar offerings include student favorites such as: apple slices, baby carrots, bananas, hard boiled eggs, broccoli, corn, cucumber slices, grapes, orange slices, salad greens, shredded cheese, and lunch meats.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meetings for Families of Students with Disabilities

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to implementing a plan for COVID-19 compensatory education as part of its obligation to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities. Please join us at an informational meeting for parents/guardians and other stakeholders:

Visit our website to see what language interpretation services will be available at each meeting and to learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Planning process is well underway, with the Community Forums beginning in less than three weeks. But why do we need a new strategic plan? 

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. 

Please visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more information and stay tuned for details on how to register for a Community Forum.

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

The Parent Resource Center will present the following webinars in January:

Upcoming School Bus Driver Job Fairs

Join one of our school bus driver job fairs and learn how to become part of the FCPS team! The job fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on: 

In addition to a $3,000 signing bonus for all new drivers, FCPS also offers competitive pay, excellent retirement plans, health and dental plans, paid training, and other benefits.

Learn more about upcoming school bus driver job fairs. If you have questions, please call 571-423-3000 or email

Hiring Now! Food and Nutrition Services

From Food Services van drivers to managers-in-training, FCPS has many job opportunities related to food and nutrition. Benefits include paid training and school holidays off, and some positions offer full-time benefits for part-time work. See Food and Nutrition Services job opportunities to apply. Call 703-813-4800 with any questions. 

View all current job openings.

How to Partner or Volunteer with Schools

FCPS Business and Community Partnerships is happy to work with local businesses and organizations to help support our schools and students. Through its Ignite Partnerships, the team establishes valuable long-term relationships in the community. Please contact Jay Garant at 571-423-1225 or Kathy Ryan for information. Learn more about Business and Community Partnerships by subscribing to their monthly newsletter.

Support Financial Literacy

Junior Achievement of Greater Washington (JA) is a public/private nonprofit collaboration between FCPS, educators, businesses, and volunteer mentors who come together to inspire, guide, and teach students how to be financially capable and ready to take on their futures. 

Eighth graders at FCPS have an opportunity to build their financial literacy at JA Finance Park. Talk to your students’ social studies teacher to find out what day your student will be visiting. Parents can sign up online to volunteer

Business professionals are also encouraged to volunteer to work with students. If interested, please contact Caitlin Hennessy.

Opportunities for Volunteers 55+ Years Old

Ignite Partner GrandInvolve is recruiting older adult volunteers to provide classroom assistance with reading, event support, math, materials preparation, and other important tasks that a teacher might request. This all-volunteer led program facilitates volunteer opportunities in 25 of FCPS’ Title I elementary schools. If you or someone you know would like a rewarding experience with flexible hours and an engaging variety of responsibilities, consider volunteering with GrandInvolve. Learn more and complete their interest form.

FCPS Parent Resource Center

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.

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Community News

Community news is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

Herndon Reston Youth Baseball Registration is Open

Click here for the flyer in English

Click here for the flyer in Spanish

Herndon Optimist Youth Flag Football Registration is Open

Click here for the flyer in English and Spanish

Herndon Reston Youth Lacrosse Registration is Open

Click here for the flyer in English

Click here for the flyer in Spanish

Herndon ES Amazon Wish List

This wish list was created to help provide needed supplies and clothing for our students at Herndon ES.  Please feel free to share this link with friends and family who may want to support our amazing bees!

amazon wish list

FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Herndon Elementary employee who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to share with everyone.


The vision of Herndon Elementary School is to provide students with a safe, nurturing learning environment where all students will work to their full potential.

The mission of Herndon Elementary is to develop children to their full potential by ensuring a high level of success for all students. Teachers will work to differentiate instruction, provide a safe environment, and develop goals with students. Parents and teachers will work together as a community to prepare students to become productive citizens.

Our vision for the 2022-2023 school year is…

  • Strong relationships with each other and our bees will drive all that we do.
  • We will know our bees as scholars.
  • Every student will know #YouBeelonghere

Important Contact Information

Herndon Elementary Phone Numbers:

  • Health Room 703-326-3110
  • Cafeteria 703-326-3121

Administration e-mail addresses: