Bee Hive, February 24, 2023

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Bee Hive

February 24, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

March 2: Book Character Day

March 2: 2 HOUR early release at 2:05pm

March 3: NO SCHOOL for students, school planning day

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


Local Author Terry Catasús Jennings
Visits Herndon Elementary

Terry Jennings and children

Local author Terry Catasús Jennings visited grades K-6 at Herndon Elementary on Thursday and Friday.  She shared her latest book, The Little House of Hope! Students learned about the hardships that immigrant families can face and that kindness can go a long way to help everyone.  Click here for her books.

Thank you to our amazing PTA for making this visit possible.

Administrator Avenue

Dear Bee Families,

We have less than a 100 days left of school, can you believe it? We are so proud of our bees and how they have grown. We welcome parents/guardians to volunteer in their child’s classroom and dine with their children for lunch. FCPS policy requires all visitors to report to the office first, show a photo ID, check in, and wear a visitor’s badge while in the school building. If you are here for lunch, the cafeteria should be your only destination. If you wish to check your child out after lunch or volunteering, please come to the office so that we can contact the classroom teacher. Please note that visiting classrooms is not permitted. Thank you for your understanding and support so that we can minimize disruption to instructional time.

Thank you to our amazing PTA for sponsoring our Author Visit this week. Our bees loved this experience!

As always, we are a team. Please let us know what questions you may have.


Candace J. Hunstad           Elizabeth Baxter         Greg Brotemarkle

Proud Principal                   Assistant Principal       Assistant Principal   

2 Hour Early Release at 2:05
Thursday, March 2
Friday, March 3
NO School

Students have an early release from Herndon ES at 2:05pm on Thursday, March 2. There is no school for students on Friday, March 3, due to a school planning day. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Kindergarten Orientation

Friday, March 3

Join us this 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

Orientación de Kindergarten
Viernes 3 de marzo

Herndon ES dará la bienvenida a nuestras futuras abejitas de Kindergarten y su padres/apoderados a la Orientación el viernes, 3/3 de 9 a 11am.  ¿Preguntas? Contacte Sra. Perez

kindergarten orientation spanish

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.

Herndon ES Spanish Reading Club
Registration OPEN

TUESDAYS -- 8:10 - 9:10 am (7 weeks session)

March 7 – April 25 (no class April 4)

LIBRARY – students in grades 3-6 only

Tuition FREE - 20 students maximum

Sponsored by Sra. Pérez and Sra. Snyder

Click here for registration form

*The club is for children that know how to read in Spanish—not to learn how to read*

Club de Lectura en Español
El registro está abierto

MARTES de 8:10 a 9:10am (sesión de 7 semanas)

Del 7 MARZO al 25 de ABRIL (no clase 4 de Abril)                               

LIBRERÍA – alumnos en grados 3er a 6to solamente

El costo es GRATIS y se acepta 20 alumnos

pulse aquí para registrarse

Patrocinado por Sra. Pérez y Sra. Snyder

*El club es para niños que saben leer en español—no para aprender a leer*

Heritage night time and date

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.

heritage night spanish small

¡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 20-24, 2023


WHAT DOES Humility mean? You do not seek the spotlight. You let your actions speak for themselves.

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

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

PTA News

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


teacher and kids cleaning up the playground

Share Your Thoughts with Us!

What keeps you optimistic about FCPS? What are your concerns? Answer these and two other questions on our Strategic Plan Feedback Form, and help shape our school division’s future.

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 and in-person events in March:

Parental Notifications and Policy 3290: Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content

A Virginia law passed last spring requires schools to create a policy for parental notification of sexually explicit content/materials. In December 2022, the School Board adopted FCPS Policy 3290: Parental Notification Regarding Instructional Materials with Sexually Explicit Content

FCPS has had policies in place for many years regarding the review of instructional materials, communication with parents, and options for alternative instructional materials.

An expectation of this new policy is the 30-day parental notification requirement of sexually explicit content in instructional materials assigned or selected by teachers. After reviewing the notification letter, parents or caregivers who prefer to choose alternative instructional materials for their child must submit this form to the appropriate teacher within the 30-day notification window. View Policy 3290 for more information.

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

Shout out to Community Member

Herndon Elementary would like to give a shout out to community member, Mr. Fred Wilson of SWBC Mortgage in Reston for being a mentor to our students and donating coffee to our grateful staff for the past 6 years!

Herndon Reston Youth Lacrosse needs 8U and 12U Boys

Please click here for more information.

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

5th Grade Students Awarded for Academic and Leadership Efforts

teachers and students with awards

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: