Shrevewood Wise Words 2/10/23

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Math at Home! Series #2

🌟 Lexia Parent and Family Information Sessions

🌟 Picture Day – Monday, March 6

🌟 Girls on the Run – Registration Open

🌟 Reminder about Cell Phone Use

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 FCPS This Week

🌟 Student Birthdays

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

We have had a great start to our Dance-A-Thon fundraising goals! So far, our community has raised over $13,000 for our playground and community learning space upgrades. When we reach our final goal of $17,000, all students will participate in a school wide pajama day and board game day in the cafeteria. The top donating grade level will win an ice cream party in the cafeteria with music. The top two students with the most donations will compete against Mrs. Vandawalker and I in a livestream dance competition. Each student that registers will be entered into a class raffle to receive a book fair gift card (one winner from each class). Thank you for your support this year!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Math at Home! Series #2

Math at Home!: Math Recovery Community Resources

Look at the site or the Resources for Parents Tab (on the left):

“The US Math Recovery Council (AVMR)has  been compiling a library of free, public resources for educators focused on mathematics and digital teaching/learning, along with resources for teachers to send to parents.”

The presence of something on this list is not necessarily an endorsement of the items on this list by Math Recovery.

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:

Picture Day - Monday, March 6


Girls on the Run - Registration Open

Girls on the Run is coming back to Shrevewood this spring! GOTR is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-6th grade. 

Starting the week of March 6, the team will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 9:00. The program culminates in a celebratory 5K at the end of the season (May 20 or 21). The standard program fee for participants is $185. Financial assistance is available. Registration begins on February 6th at

Please note that registration does not guarantee program participation. If registration exceeds the numbers that can be supported by volunteer coaches participation will be determined by lottery. We are working with GOTR NOVA to recruit additional volunteers. Interested in coaching? Sign up here or contact Molly Sherlock.

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:


Next week, our Positivity Project lessons during Morning Meeting will be focusing on the character strength of LoveIf love is one of your top character strengths, you value close relationships with others and being close to people. Love is imperative to an individual's happiness and fulfillment in life.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • What examples of love have you experienced in your life?
  • Why is love important?
  • What are some ways that you can show love to yourself and why is this important?

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

-Maya Angelou

FCPS This Week

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

    • FCPS Summer Camp Registration
    • Magnet School Information Nights
    • Strategic Planning Feedback Wanted!

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

Picture Day

Monday, March 6