Bee Hive, January 27, 2023

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Bee Hive

January 27, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

February: Black History Month

February 2:  PTA Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese, 4-9pm 

February 6-10: School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 14: PTA Donut with a Grown-up, 8:30-9:10am, Cafeteria

February 20: NO SCHOOL, President's Day

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


Herndon Elementary Young Scholars present their amazing projects!

kids presenting a project

Our cafeteria was buzzing with excitement as our Young Scholars presented their amazing and creative inventions to our students and staff!

Led by Herndon ES advanced resource teacher, Katie Anderson, Young Scholars were tasked with envisioning ways of improving Herndon Elementary as we think about our upcoming remodel. They were asked to create an improvement that was automated in some way using motion that could be coded. Some examples of what they created was a water fountain with different temperatures of water, a motion sensor doorbell and automatic door, as well as several robots that cleaned or moved things throughout the school.

children in cafeteria

positivity project

Week of January 23-27, 2023

Social Intelligence

WHAT DOES Social Intelligence mean? You are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things

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

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

Herndon ES Salad Bar is Back!

children at salad bar

Trays were piled high with so many delicious fruits & veggies on Wednesday! The return of the salad bar was a big hit with students and staff alike! Nothing but smiles from our BEES!

Herndon ES Renovation Progress

Herndon Elementary is in the beginning stages of being renovated.  The renovation progress can be located on the FCPS website.  Here is the link:

PTA News

PTA presents Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night!

Everyone is invited to our Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Night, Thursday, February 2, 4-9pm to help raise money for Herndon Elementary. Show this flyer for coupons and for Herndon ES to receive up to 20% of sales!

The location is 2465 Centreville Road in Herndon.  See you then!

Valentine's Donut with a Grown-up

Join us for a sweet start to your and your students' Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, 8:30-9:10am, in the cafeteria!  HES PTA is sponsoring a free donut for any HES student and a grown up of their choosing. Grandparents, Mom, Dad, Cousin, neighbor, teacher, mentor, etc.!  

Donuts with a Grown-up


We Want Your Feedback! Draft 2023-24 School Year Calendar Options

Your feedback is important! FCPS is seeking community input on the draft calendar options for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. Please share your thoughts with us by filling out this form before Tuesday, January 31, 1 p.m. The form will be available in other languages soon.

February Webinars and Events for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. The PRC will present the following webinars in February. Click on the title to register: 

Cats take a playful look at the world of autism, and these fun feline friends will strike a chord with all who are familiar with children on the Autism Spectrum. Join Kathy Hoopmann as she celebrates the diversity within this neurodiverse community by reading from her book and answering audience questions.

How can families partner with schools? Kristen Haynor, FCPS neurodiversity specialist, will discuss strategies to set your child up for success, how to advocate for your child, and tools for collaborating with your child's school.

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school. Parents will be able to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs about services for students with disabilities. A student/parent panel is also part of the event.

This webinar is a two-part interactive session designed for parents, caregivers, and educators to discover how to incorporate more unstructured play and sensory foundational activities to support all young children’s development, including children with special needs and mental health concerns.

Summer Learning Programs Registration: Opening Soon!

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1.

Career and Technical Education

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage to register. 

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA webpage to register.

Institute for the Arts Camps

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage to register. 

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

Text-to-Speech Available on FCPS Websites

FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.  

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

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.

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.

Reston Summer Camp Expo

Saturday, January 28, 9am-12pm

Reston Community Center

Reston summer camp expo

Dranesville Strategic Planning Community Forum- February 4

Please join school board representative, Elaine Tholen, for the Dranesville District in-person Strategic Planning Community Forum. Help shape the division’s future for the next few years!

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, from 9- 10:30a.m.

WHERE: Spring Hill Elementary School Cafeteria

* Adults only-childcare provided with registration

More information and registration can be found here.

Herndon Reston Youth Softball Registration is Open!

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: