Bee Hive, February 17, 2023

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Bee Hive

February 17, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

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

March 3: PTA Skate Night, 7:30-9:30pm, SkateQuest Reston

March 13-17: PTA Scholastic Book Fair

March 16: Heritage Night and Evening Book Fair Night

March 29: PTA Chipotle Spirit Night

April 3-7: Spring Break, NO School

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


2nd Grade Teacher Mr. Harris


Herndon Pyramid Schools

Mr Harris and students

Herndon ES 2nd and 3rd graders celebrate our own Matt Harris for being named Outstanding NEW Teacher 2023 for the Herndon school pyramid!  Mr. Harris is not only loved by students and staff but by our community as well.

president's day

Presidents' Day is Monday
NO School

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.

Save the Date!
Kindergarten Orientation

Join us on Friday, March 3, 9-11am to learn more about kindergarten at Herndon Elementary.  All parents and rising kindergartners are invited to attend this orientation to get ready for Kindergarten. 

If you have questions regarding kindergarten registration, please reach out to Mrs. Sirajudin at (703) 326-3100.

More information about registering your child can be found here.  

Kindergarten Registration 

We're excited to welcome our newest bees for next year!  A child may enter kindergarten for the upcoming school year if he or she turns 5 years old on or before September 30, 2023.

These are the 5 steps you need to take to register your child.

Please reach out to our registrar, Mrs. Sirajudin, at 703-326-3100 to schedule an appointment.

More information can be found on our Herndon ES website.

Save the Date!

heritage night

We would love for families to decorate a paper doll in their heritage to display at school for Heritage Night!  Paper dolls were sent home in students’ backpacks last Thursday, February 9th.

Please cut out the doll first. Next, complete the information on the back of the doll, this identifies the owner.  Now you are ready to start creating your doll.

You may use whatever you have available (cloth, ribbons, construction paper, markers and crayons, etc.) to create your special person. You can create the face by drawing and coloring it or by placing your child’s picture on it.

¡Recuerde esta fecha!

heritage night spanish

¡Nos encantaría que las familias decoren un muñeco de papel de su patrimonio cultural para exhibirlo en la escuela durante la Noche del Patrimonio Cultural! Los muñecos de papel fueron enviados a casa en la Carpeta de los Jueves con los alumnos el pasado jueves 9 de febrero.

Primero deben recortar el muñeco. A continuación, completen la información en la parte de atrás del muñeco, así sabemos a quién pertenece. Ahora ya están listos para empezar a crear su muñeco.

Para crear a su persona especial, usted puede utilizar lo que tenga disponible en la casa (tela, cintas, cartulina de colores, marcadores, crayolas, etc.) La carita, pueden crearla dibujando una cara y colorearla o poniendo la foto de su niño/a sobre ella.

positivity project

Week of February 13-17, 2023


WHAT DOES Love mean? You value close relationships with others and being close to people.

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

Click here for the full explanation of Love and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.

PTA News

PTA Receives Donation of School Supplies

Thank you to a parent

Local Author to Visit Herndon ES Students

Terry Jennings, local author


Local author, Terry Catasús Jennings, is a Cuban-American writer whose stories honor her heritage and highlight the importance of kindness and community. 

We are excited that she will be visiting with our students on February 23 and 24!

You may purchase signed books by the author here.

Herndon ES Skate Night is March 3

ice skates

Herndon Elementary 6th Grade Class invites ALL HES students, friends, and family to come ice skating on

Friday, March 3, 2023 


SkateQuest Reston 1800 Michael Faraday Ct, Reston, VA 20190

Admission and skate rental is $10 instead of $13!

Cash preferred, Square will be available.  Awesome music will be spinning while we skate under disco lights. Come and skate with your friends!

Look for the Herndon Elementary table at SkateQuest to purchase admission tickets for $10 (includes skate rental).  Parents can skate too!

Note: This is not a student drop-off eventParents/guardians must attend.

Café will be open for purchase of snacks.

Skate Night flyer English

Skate Night flyer Spanish


kids celebrating 100 days

Herndon ES students were featured in FCPS tweet for 100th Day of School celebration!

School Board Approves 2023-24 School Year Calendar

The Fairfax County School Board approved a calendar for the 2023-242024-25, and 2025-26 school years at their February 9 meeting. Learn more about the approved calendar

The first day of the 2023-24 school year will be Monday, August 21, and the last day will be Wednesday, June 12

Developing a school year calendar is a balancing act, involving multiple factors that must be considered. Community input is one of those factors, and we appreciate our community for being involved in the calendar development process.

How to Add Calendar Updates to Your Personal Calendar

Did you know you can subscribe to FCPS calendars so updates and new events will automatically be added to your Outlook or Google calendars? 

You can subscribe to “All Calendars” or specific types of events, including School Year or Employee holidays, featured FCPS events, School Board meetings, fine and performing arts, or religious and cultural observances. To subscribe to updates, visit the subscription webpage, and click on the calendar to which you would like to subscribe.

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: 

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.

Tutors Needed! Looking for a Flexible Position?

FCPS is now actively recruiting qualified tutors to provide in-person academic support to small groups of students. These new FCPS tutors will be paid an hourly rate of $47.17. The position is flexible, and the number of hours worked and location will be based on the tutor’s availability and qualifications, as well as the needs presented throughout FCPS. Apply now! Contact for more information. 

Tutors hired through this program will be strategically placed across the region where there is the most need for in-person tutoring. 

Note: Current FCPS staff can only apply to tutor outside of their contracted hours. Is Still Available; Free for All FCPS Students

Online tutoring through is available to ALL FCPS students as a resource for both support and enrichment. remains available to all FCPS students at no cost. Find out more about

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

Herndon Youth Sports Registration Open

Lots of local youth sports options are available for your child.  Please click here for more information.

Camp Fairfax Registration Opens February 21

Camp Fairfax, a full-day program run by Fairfax County for rising 1st through 7th graders, features exciting opportunities in outdoor adventures, performing arts, sports and recreation, visual arts, science, technology, engineering and math exploration, and much more. Registration opens Tuesday, February 21.

School-Zone Speed Camera Pilot Program Launched

Fairfax County has launched a speed camera pilot program targeting several school zones where speeding is common. Speed cameras have been installed in the following locations:

  • Chesterbrook Elementary School.
  • Irving Middle School.
  • Key Middle School.
  • London Towne Elementary School.
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School.
  • South County Middle School.
  • Terraset Elementary School.
  • West Springfield High School.

An additional school zone speed camera near Oakton High School is forthcoming. Thank you to Fairfax County for helping to keep us safe as we travel to and from school!

Teens and Substance Abuse: Panel with Local Schools

A virtual panel on teen substance abuse will be hosted on Wednesday, February 22, at 7 p.m., by Formed Families Forward and the Northern Virginia Family Network. The panel will feature representatives from Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Loudoun County, and Prince William County schools. Stefan Mascoll, coordinator of Student Safety and Wellness, will represent FCPS.  

Caregivers and community members can join to learn more about current challenges, how they are being addressed in schools, and how families can help. Please register in advance.

Community news is neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school.

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

elementary school

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:

teacher with two kids and donuts

2nd grade teacher, Ms. Pettey, was one of many grown-ups who enjoyed having donuts with children during our PTA sponsored Valentine's event Donuts with Grown-ups!

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: