Shrevewood Wise Words 2/24/23

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Math at Home! Series #4

🌟 SOL Schedule

🌟 Celebration of Learning

🌟 Kindergarten Orientation – Save the Date!

🌟 Device Care

🌟 Baroody Feedback

🌟 TJ Techstravaganza

🌟 Picture Day – Monday, March 6

🌟 Girls on the Run – Registration Closes on February 28th at 9:00 PM

🌟 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,

It was another great week, and we heard a lot of positive comments about the beautiful weather that we were able to enjoy!

For the safety of all of our students, please do not drop off or pick up your child on Shreve Road. We have noticed an increase of students walking between buses to access vehicles on Shreve Road which is a safety concern. Please pick up your child through the Kiss and Ride line (see image below). Our staff works diligently to ensure a speedy pick up for all. In addition, remind your children if they are walking to use the crosswalks when crossing Shreve Road. We care about your children and appreciate your support with getting everyone to and from school safely!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal


Math at Home! Series #4

Math at Home!: Reflex & Frax Math - Building Fact Fluency

“Adaptive and individualized, Reflex is the most effective system for mastering basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for grades 2 and up. Frax math offers a simple, effective, and engaging way to have students practice fractions that gets them excited and confident about doing math in grades 3 and up.

These games are fun and engaging. Students love Reflex/Frax, because it takes students at every level and helps them quickly gain math fact and fraction fluency and confidence, and educators and parents love the powerful reporting that allows them to monitor progress and celebrate success.” – Reflex Math/Explore Learning

SOL Schedule

sol schedule

Above is our SOL schedule for this Spring. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on a day when they are testing. If you have any questions about SOL testing, please contact Katie Vandawalker at

Celebration Of Learning


Kindergarten Orientation - Save the Date!

We will host our Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, April 13th, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. More details to come!

Use this Sign Up to schedule a registration appointment for your soon to be Wise Owl. If you have a neighbor or friend with a rising Kindergarten student, please pass along this information!

Device Care

As we approach the midpoint of the academic year, we want to remind our students and families about the importance of taking good care of their laptops. Laptops are essential tools for students to complete their assignments, research, and communicate with their teachers and classmates.

We have noticed an increase in laptop damages, which can be costly to repair and interrupt our students' learning experience. We urge parents to remind their children of the value of their laptops and the importance of taking responsibility for them.

Simple measures such as avoiding placing laptops on uneven surfaces, not placing them on the floor, and keeping them away from liquids and extreme temperatures can help prevent damages.

We kindly ask for your support in reinforcing these messages at home, so our students can continue to use their laptops effectively and benefit from the educational opportunities they provide.

Baroody Feedback

The staff with the Baroody Enrichment program would love your feedback to ensure that more students have the opportunity to engage in before and after school programs here at Shrevewood. Please take a minute to fill out this short survey to provide feedback.

TJ Techstravaganza


Picture Day - Monday, March 6


Girls on the Run - Registration Closes on February 28th at 9:00PM

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 AM. 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 is open now at Registration will close on February 28th at 9:00PM.

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. Can't commit to coaching full-time, but would like to help out with practices on occasion? Register to be a practice partner. Contact Molly Sherlock with questions.

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, the cafeteria, and at 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 Love of Learning. Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard.

Questions that you can discuss with your child include:

  • Where have you seen a love of learning in your life?
  • Do you think a love of learning can be contagious? Why or why not?
  • What careers can you think of where it would be important to have a love of learning?

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.

-Anthony J. D'Angelo

FCPS This Week

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

    • 2023-24 School Year Calendar
    • School-Zone Speed Cameras Launched
    • Tutors Needed! 

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

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