Bee Hive, January 20, 2023

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Bee Hive

January 20, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

January 25:  2 HOUR EARLY RELEASE at 2:05pm, 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


Happy Virginia School Principal Appreciation Week, Mrs. Hunstad!  

mrs. hunstad and class of children

Ms. Portugal's class is loving on Mrs. Hunstad for Principal Appreciation Week at Herndon Elementary! 

Calendar Reminder for Herndon ES End of 2nd Quarter

Wednesday, January 25: 2 HOUR EARLY Release at 2:05 

Thursday January 26: NO School for students, staff development

Friday, January 27: NO School for students, teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Herndon ES Principal Advocates on Behalf of Herndon ES Families

people in Richmond

This week, our principal, Mrs. Hunstad, went to Richmond to advocate for our families.

delegate Irene shin

With Delegate Irene Shin

Senator Jennifer Boysko

With Senator Jennifer Boysko

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.

salad bar

Herndon ES Salad Bar is Coming Back!

The Herndon Elementary salad bar is scheduled to open this Wednesday, January 25.  Click here to read how we are preparing our students.  

positivity project

Week of January 16-20 , 2023


WHAT DOES Perseverance mean?You complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

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

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

therapy dog

K-9 Caring Angels  Service and Therapy Dogs come for a visit.  Each month we have a visit from one of our furry friends.  This month, the dogs visited our second and third graders.  We had a great time meeting Sage!

PTA News

Clubs are returning, chess and young rembrandts

Register Today for our PTA Winter Clubs at Herndon ES!

HES PTA Young Rembrandts Drawing Club Registration Open English Spanish flyer


Does Your Child Refuse to Go to School? 

Each year, nearly 5% of youth experience school refusal. This refers to a child refusing to go to school on a regular basis or remain in school throughout the day due to significant emotional distress. School refusal includes kindergarten students with relatively mild separation anxiety and more severe cases where a student misses weeks or months of school because of debilitating anxiety or depression. See how to get your child back to school in the Healthy Minds Blog or learn more about attendance policies.

Instructional Job Fair on February 11

Interested in becoming a teacher? Fairfax County Public Schools wants you to be a part of our team! We are searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference. 

To meet hiring needs in instructional areas, we are hosting a job fair on Saturday, February 11. Networking and interviewing opportunities with representatives from various Fairfax County public schools will be available. The in-person fair will be held at Oakton High School from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A virtual option will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Get more details on the job fair. Find out how to Become a Teacher and read teachers’ stories.

School Board Reviews Draft School Year Calendar Options

At yesterday’s work session, the School Board discussed draft calendars that were created for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Draft calendars were developed using the following criteria as a framework:

  • Federal, state, and Virginia Department of Education guidance.
  • Superintendent’s priorities.
  • School Board input.
  • Student absentee data.
  • Staff absentee data.
  • Surrounding jurisdictions’ calendars.
  • Survey results.
  • Calendar Feedback Committee input.

You may view the draft calendars and other related documents in Boarddocs. The calendars will be presented as new business during the School Board meeting on Thursday, January 26. The Board is scheduled to vote on the calendars during their meeting on Thursday, February 9. 

Watch a recording of the work session. Get information on FCPS' calendar development process

Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Proposed Budget Highlights

At last Thursday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for FY 2024 that focuses on closing the achievement gap for all students which widened during the pandemic.

This budget also gives our youngest learners a strong start and includes investments for our special education students who were impacted during the pandemic, while continuing to attract and retain teachers and staff who are the backbone of our organization. 

The FY 2024 Proposed Budget totals $3.5 billion—a net increase of $249.6 million or 7.6% over the FY 2023 Approved Budget. The superintendent is requesting an additional $159.6 million, or a 7.0% increase, from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Nearly 86% of the budget is targeted at instruction.

The Proposed Budget focuses on several key areas:

  • Innovative investments that close the achievement gap for all students:
    • Equitable access to literacy.
    • Increased access to PreK programming.
    • Supports for students with special education needs. 
    • Funding for students in Advanced Academic Programs.
    • Changing student enrollment needs.
    • Increase in student and family supports, including access to middle school athletic opportunities that support student well-being. 
  • Continuation of green investments.
  • Increased security measures.
  • Proposed increases in employee compensation.

Watch Dr. Reid’s presentation to the School Board. Access the presentation slides on Boarddocs.

COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan Meeting 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. If you did not get a chance to participate in one of our earlier informational meetings for parents/guardians and other stakeholders, please join us on Wednesday, January 25, from 7-9 p.m. Access this Zoom link to participate. Language interpretation will be available in Amharic, Bengali, Chinese-Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, Tamil/Telegu, Turkish, and Twi. Learn more about the COVID-19 Compensatory Education Plan.

Academic Matters: Virginia Growth Assessments

During the Academic Matters section of the School Board meeting last week, Dr. Reid shared updates on the Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA). In 2021, legislation was passed in Virginia requiring schools to perform content standards testing in the fall and winter. Dr. Reid reflected that there are opportunities for improvement in the timeliness of the information being shared with schools between the two assessment windows. 

Families will receive fall and winter math and reading results together in the next eight weeks. FCPS’ fall results indicate that the school division is outperforming other Virginia districts in every area, in every grade level.

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.

Webinars in January for Parents/Caregivers

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

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

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Join the Boy Scouts!

Herndon Troop 157 will be having an information session on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:45pm at the Herndon United Methodist Church.  More information can be found here

Herndon Reston Youth Lacrosse Free Sessions

Registration is required.  Click here for more information.

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: