Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Start Your Day In A Positive Way

rise and shine

Thank you for coming to school on-time and ready to learn!  Doors open at 8:50 AM.  Students should be in their classrooms when the bell rings at 9:10 AM.

Rise & Shine & Be On-Time!


Presidents Day Holiday

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 21. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Panther PTA News



In last week's News You Choose, the Bush Hill PTA announced that Joan Trumpauer Mulholland will share her story with students during two student assemblies in the morning of February 15, one at 9:30 am and the other at 10:45 am.

We hope you can join us! We have 30 spots available for parents/guardians to come hear Joan share her experiences as an "ordinary hero" on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement. We will also learn more about her ongoing work as an advocate for justice and equity, especially for Black Americans.

Please use this sign up genius link to sign up for this upcoming event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D4CA5A82EA6F85-speaker

PTA Meeting This Week

Join the PTA Meeting this Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. for updates from the Board on fundraising, membership, and other initiatives. A Zoom link will be sent to your email on Thursday to join the meeting.

Two-Day Restaurant Fundraiser: Uno's Pizzeria February 22 & 23

Raise some "dough" for Bush Hill Elementary at Uno's Pizzeria in Kingstowne on two days, February 22nd & 23rd from 11a.m. to 10p.m.. You can dine-in or order to go and Uno's Kingstowne will donate up to 20% of sales to the PTA. Be sure to bring the flier with you or show it on your phone at the restaurant - you can find a copy on the Bush Hill PTA Facebook page here.

Bush Hill Silent Auction - Calling All Donations

Planning for the Bush Hill Silent Auction, March 4-8, and Bingo Night, March 10, are in full swing. The PTA is seeking donations of goods and services that would be of interest to Bush Hill Families for bidding. Please click here for more information  https://forms.gle/mWi4XyUHUWVjWXvx5

and to indicate any items you wish to donate no later than March 1. More details about what we're looking for are in the google form. Once you enter your pledge, the PTA will follow up with you to finalize the details.

Parent Liaison Corner


  • Tax Prep - Back in Person

Free tax preparation help is available for families through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or 703-533-5702 (please leave a message) and AARP TaxAide by virtual or in-person appointment only. The deadline for filing taxes this year is Tuesday, April 18, 2023. VITA is for families with a combined household income of $60,000 or less. There is no age or income limit for AARP.


Historical Marker Update

In 2022, area students submitted historical marker proposals to highlight the contributions of Black Americans in our communities. Six markers were chosen to be installed over the next year, and a committee is currently working on refining the language for the markers. 

The six markers to be installed will recognize:

  • Louise Archer, an educator, who supported numerous students over her time.
  • Lillian Blackwell, who sued successfully to ban segregation of public accommodations.
  • Annie Harper, who challenged the constitutionality of Virginia’s poll tax.
  • Gunnell’s Chapel, which was built on land donated by once enslaved Robert Gunnell. The chapel was also used as a school house.
  • Colin Powell, a long-time county resident, four-star General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, founder of organization America’s Promise, and the first African American Secretary of State. There is an elementary school named after him in Centreville.
  • The West Springfield 16, who were enslaved persons who labored and lived where West Springfield High School is located today.

The historical marker project was a joint effort between the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax County History Commission, and Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services.

What Is A Magnet School?

Magnet School Information Nights

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

Parents/caregivers interested in sending their students to an elementary magnet school program are encouraged to attend school-based information nights on Monday, February 13, at Hunters Woods Elementary School; Wednesday, February 15, at Bailey’s Primary School; and Thursday, February 16, at Bailey’s Upper Elementary School. Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

FCPS will be accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs on Wednesday, March 1, through Wednesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Get more information about parent information nights and the magnet school lottery, or on the schools, their programs, and locations.


Tutor.com Is Still Available and Free for All FCPS Students

Online tutoring through Tutor.com is available to all FCPS students as a resource for support and enrichment. As of January 2023, approximately 8,000 students have participated in approximately 34,000 tutoring sessions. Tutor.com remains available to all FCPS students at no cost. Find out more about Tutor.com.

Summer Fun & Learning

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps are now open for registrationVisit the websites below for more information on schedules and fees. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. 

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 science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (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 arts. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create fun and engaging classes. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.