Bee Hive, February 3, 2023

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Bee Hive

February 3, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

February: Black History Month

February 6-10: School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 9: Quarter 2 Report Cards go Home

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

February 20: NO SCHOOL, President's Day

March 2: Book Character Day

March 2: 2 HOUR early release at 2:05pm

March 3: NO SCHOOL for students

March 3: Kindergarten Orientation, 9-11am

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


February is Black History Month

black history month

"I can change the world with my words" black history bulletin board by Herndon ES 2nd Grade.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History Month.

positivity project

Week of January 30-February 3, 2023


WHAT DOES Forgiveness mean? You forgive those who have done wrong.  You accept that people make mistakes.

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

Clickhere for the full explanation of Forgiveness and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.

PTA News

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


Last Chance for Feedback on Draft School Year Calendars

Thank you to the more than 27,000 families, staff, students, and community members who have completed FCPS' Calendar Feedback Form.

If you have not had an opportunity to participate, please complete the form by Monday, February 6, at noon. We hope to hear from you!

Thank you in advance for your time. Learn more about FCPS’ Calendar Development Process

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Herndon ES 3rd grade teacher working closely with one of her students.

Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

Do you think teaching might be fulfilling? We are searching for educators with a strong academic background and a passion to make a difference. Consider attending our job fair on Saturday, February 11, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Oakton High School. A virtual option will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Get more information on the job fair. Find out how to become a teacher.

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.

Federal Grant Will Support School-Based Mental Health Staff

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the first year of a five-year grant to Fairfax County Public Schools for $13.5 million, to support a School-Based Mental Health Services Grant project. The goal of the grant program is to increase the number of credentialed mental health service providers delivering school-based mental health services to students with demonstrated need. With the funding, FCPS will focus on enhancing the division’s recruitment and retention practices for mental health professionals, including school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers.

Filling Your Child’s Emotional Bank Account

Read the latest Healthy Minds blog to understand why relationships are like savings accounts, and how you can help build trust and security with your children.

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a new Federal Communications Commission program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register at or by calling 877-384-2575.

Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage for more information.

Office of the Ombuds: At Your Service!

Do you have questions or concerns about Fairfax County Public Schools? If so, reach out to the Office of the Ombuds, an independent, impartial, informal, and confidential resource for employees, parents/caregivers, students, and the community. Ombuds staff members are eager to listen and assist with navigating the school division. They will also offer options and resources to help resolve challenges.

Contact the Office of the Ombuds at 571-423-4014,, or via the “Submit a Question” button on their webpage. The team looks forward to serving you! 

Find Free COVID-19 Testing in Your Community

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a COVID-19 Testing Locator website, which allows consumers to search for free testing sites near them. Testing is available at pharmacies, commercial laboratory sites, community sites, and retail locations. Results are typically provided within 24-48 hours.

Judges Needed for Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a competition for students attending high schools in Fairfax County. The event will be held March 17-19. Students may earn honorable entry to the regional competition through a science fair at their local public or private school.

Each year 250 judges are required to evaluate science fair projects in a wide variety of categories, ranging from plant sciences to robotics. It is preferred that volunteers serving as category judges hold an advanced degree or have extensive academic and/or professional experience in their selected science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) category.

Learn more about the science fair and how to become a judge.

Academic Matters: Literacy

At last week’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid highlighted the Equitable Access to Literacy plan and major milestones that have been made since 2021. Watch her presentation.

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.

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 Youth Soccer 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

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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:

snow on ramp

First snow of 2023 during the early hours at Herndon Elementary!  This photo was take by our morning custodian on Wednesday.  

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: