Shrevewood Wise Words 2/3/23

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Shrevewood Dance-a-Thon

🌟 Math at Home! Series #1

🌟 Lexia Parent and Family Information Sessions

🌟 Reminder about Cell Phone Use

🌟 Deadline Extended for Feedback on Draft School Year Calendars

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS This Week

🌟 Student Birthdays

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

We know you receive a great deal of communications from the various schools and groups to which your children belong. Our teachers work hard to create meaningful, yet short, newsletters to inform you of what is happening in your child’s classroom, as well as what he/she is learning. Teachers send these communications, so you can engage with your child concerning the specifics of his/her day. We hope you take a few minutes to read the newsletters from your child’s teacher.

We guarantee those few minutes and your investment in your child’s experience at school will be worth it…and no matter how your child responds, it will have a positive impact on him/her.

Here are a few fun and easy questions to ask to (hopefully) spark conversation each day:

  • Tell me about the best part of your day.
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • Did any of your classmates do anything funny?
  • Tell me about what you read in class.
  • Who did you play with today?

As a reminder, our school day begins at 9:20 am. If you drop your child off after that time, please escort them to the front office and sign them in.

As always, please reach out with any questions, concerns or celebrations. We appreciate your partnership.


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Shrevewood Dance-a-Thon


You can now register for our Shrevewood Dance-a-Thon! Our goal is to raise $17,000 for Blacktop Upgrades, Field Trips, Staff Appreciation Events, Collaboration Space Upgrades, and Positivity Project Training. Registering is easy and free!

⭐️ Register Now On MYBOOSTER.COM  ⭐️

Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COM to let others know how they can help support our school.

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

Math at Home! Series #1

Here at Shrevewood, we want to share and extend the things we are learning at school with fun activities at home. Over the next 5 weeks, we will share some sites/activities that FCPS has shared with the math department:

Math at Home!: The Math Learning Center

Inspire + Enable = Building student’s math confidence and ability.

“Schools may look different this year, but math learning continues! We are providing free math resources for educators, students, and families.”

Lexia Parent and Family Information Sessions

Lexia Core5 and Lexia PowerUp are research-based programs that provide equitable access to structured literacy for all students in grades K-6. Lexia is used across all tiers and with all students in grades K-6. Lexia student usage and students completing Lexia Skill Builders takes place as part of the literacy block during independent practice when teachers are doing intervention work/skills based small group instruction using the Lexia Lessons. For more information about this program, please see resources below:

Reminder about Cell Phone Use

In elementary school, kindergarten-sixth grade students' phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Watches that serve a dual purpose (e.g., smart watch) may be worn; however, phone features (e.g., texting, Internet, calls, etc.) are to be off during the school day. Students are prohibited from using phones, smart watches, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms, cafeteria, and recess unless there is a true emergency.  The full SR&R can be accessed online at:

National School Counseling Week


February 6-10 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Please send your thank you's and kudos to our fabulous counselors, Cameron Boster and Shari Winston!

Deadline Extended for Feedback on Draft School Year Calendars

FCPS Calendar Survey

Thank you to the approximately 27,000 families, staff, students, and community members who completed FCPS' Calendar Feedback Form!

The School Board discussed the feedback during their January 31 work session. If you haven't had a chance to share your thoughts about the draft school year calendar options, please participate today. The form will close on Monday, February 6, at noon. The School Board is scheduled to vote on a calendar on Thursday, February 9. 

Learn more about FCPS' calendar development process.


Next week, our Positivity Project lessons during Morning Meeting will be focusing on the Other People Mindset: Cheering Success. This means, when other people succeed, you are happy for them and cheer them on. Making a commitment towards cheering on other people’s successes can be a great way to improve our own health, happiness, and relationships.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • How do you feel when others cheer you on?
  • How do you feel when you cheer for others?
  • What can you do to find more opportunities to cheer for others

"The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves."

-Helen Keller

FCPS This Week

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

    • Draft Calendar Updates
    • Regional Science Fair
    • Scholastic Art Award Winners

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 continued 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 a.m. and ends at 4:05 p.m. Please notify us if your child will be absent or late to school.  We will have an automated “call-out” at approximately 11:00 a.m. 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

George Washington's Birthday and President's Day

Monday, February 20 - No School

2 Hour Early Release

Thursday, March 2 - 2 hour early release

Teacher Workday

Friday, March 3 - No school for students