Shrevewood Wise Words 2/17/23

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Math at Home! Series #3

🌟 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,

Wow! What a week! There was lots to celebrate this week with the 100th day of school, Valentine's Day, and Dance-A-Thon! Thank you to everyone for your donations as we have surpassed our goal and have raised over $22,000 for our playground and community learning space upgrades! Thank you to all of the class parents and families that helped to organize our fun Valentine's celebrations on Tuesday.

Monday is Presidents' Day, a holiday during which all FCPS Schools and Offices are closed. We will see everyone on Tuesday. 


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Math at Home! Series #3

Math at Home!: Math Board Games

FCPS AVMR Resources: Supporting Families

“Math communication is essential! Consider some of these math board game suggestions to practice talking about and doing mathematics at home.”

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 Humility. A person with humility does not seek the spotlight. They let their actions speak for themselves.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • How is being honest with yourself related to humility?
  • Would you be a good teacher of humility?
  • Why is humility important to lead others and to make a positive impact?

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.”

-Rick Warren

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