Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

Read Across America Day is Thursday, March 2. We will have a wear red, white, and blue spirit day. Read Across America is a nationwide annual reading celebration to promote literacy and encourage a love of reading among children. Throughout the month of March, students and staff at Spring Hill, will celebrate reading with guest speakers, scavenger hunts and fun books. 

Just a reminder, Thursday, March 2nd is a two-hour early release for our Panthers. Students will be dismissed at 1:35 PM. Friday, March 3rd is a teacher workday. Students do not report to school. We will welcome our Panthers back on Monday, March 6th at 8:30 AM!

Have a great weekend!

Kindergarten Orientation


Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Every year, absences increase in the weeks before and after spring break. Please make sure your child is in school every day until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. Visit our website for more attendance resources

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Yearbook Sales

Don’t miss your opportunity to have your panther memories for years to come.  Please be aware we will not be ordering extra yearbooks, so if you want one, order now! 

Yearbook Ordering link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/

Yearbook ID Code: 12616523

Direct link: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/LookupJob?jobNumber=12616523


Lexia is Part of the Equitable Access to Literacy Plan

As part of the FCPS Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Adoption, Lexia Core5 and Lexia PowerUp will be used for the next 7 years in FCPS. Lexia is used as part of our literacy block during independent practice when teachers are doing skills based small group instruction.  Core 5 is the K-5 version of Lexia and Powerup is the 6-8 version of the program.

Here is why Lexia Units and Minutes Matter!

  • Lexia allows for students to practice skills they are learning! Lexia is computer adaptive and meets students where they are in their learning.
  • When students use Lexia for the required amount of time if students are stuck, answer incorrectly or are working slow it will flag students in the program. Teachers use these flags to provide small group instruction for students.
  • Time and unit goals reflect the time/practice needed to be on grade level across multiple areas. You can see your student’s information on their student dashboard (please see below) 
  • Students should always work independently on Lexia; this helps us provide instruction that is best for each student!

We encourage students to log into Lexia at home. This research-based program will help your child succeed. 


Kindergarten and New Student Registrations for 2023-24 Now Underway

We are now accepting kindergarten registrations! Students must be 5 years old by September 30th, 2023. 

If you know anyone who has a rising kindergartener (or 1st-6th student who will attend Spring Hill Elementary), please encourage them to begin registration as soon as possible. Notifying our office of your intent to register or complete registration helps our school secure staffing for the upcoming school year.

If you would like to register your child, begin your Kindergarten and New Student Registration today or contact our Student Information Assistant (SIA), Ms. Kim at 703-506-3400 to schedule an appointment.

Family Nutrition Tip of the Week: Meal Plan Ahead

When we don't plan ahead for meals, we're more likely to eat whatever is quickest and most convenient, and often not the healthiest. You can make eating healthy easier by taking a little time to prepare in advance.

  • Create a weekly lunch and dinner plan with a corresponding grocery list
  • Keep lists of your favorite healthy recipe sites and apps, and go-to healthy meals
  • Consider healthy meal delivery services, crockpot meals, and make-ahead freezer meals to save time
  • Keep your fridge stocked with plenty of fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits

A Message from Our Physical Education Teachers

We will be using balloons as part of our volleying unit in PE for grades K-2 for the next 3 weeks.  We have looked through the medical list and show no latex allergies, however we want to be sure everyone is safe.  If your child has a latex allergy and cannot use balloons, or if you have any questions, please email Ms. Barker as soon as possible at crbarker@fcps.edu.  Thank you!

A Message from PTO

Fun Fair is Saturday, March 18 @ 10 am to 2 pm

Are you a Fun Fair first timer? Learn everything you need to know about Fun Fair here! Over the next few weeks, we have a lot of exciting information you won't want to miss.

  • T-SHIRT SALES CLOSE MONDAY 2/27. Don't miss out! Buy them here
  • Volunteer for one (or more) shifts, with special incentive for those who sign up prior to March 4. Put the FUN in Fun Fair and sign up with a friend! Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE is needed. You will be given all instructions when you arrive.
  • Discounted tickets are on sale now. Buy early and save big!
  • Candy Clock, one of our most popular games, needs your help making candy wreaths and leis. Earn fun fair tickets in exchange for your donations! Learn all about it here.


Dine out for a good cause, Tuesday February 28th from 4-9pm at Basic Burger. The restaurant will donate 25% of sales (minus state and local sales tax) to Spring Hill Elementary! Online (enter code: Spring Hill) and Dine-in orders qualify. Tyson's West location only, located at 1495 Cornerstone Blvd, Vienna, VA 22182. Look for a flier in this week's Thursday folders. 

FCPS Parent Resource Center

Neurodiversity at Middle School

How can families partner with schools?

  • Strategies to set your child up for success
  • How to advocate for your child
  • Tools for collaborating with your child's school

March 10, 2023, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Presented by Kristen Haynor, FCPS Neurodiversity Specialist

Register for Neurdoversity at Middle Schools


Unlocking the Mysteries of Sleep and the Developing Brain

Scientists have long recognized that getting enough sleep during childhood can benefit developing brains. Join us for this series on the importance of sleep and the developing brain.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Define sleep and understand the importance of sleep for children’s healthy development
  • Provide an overview of the sleep and wake cycle
  • Identify common sleep concerns and sleep disorders in children and adolescents and how to approach them
  • Illustrate the consequences of insufficient sleep 
  • Recognize some developmental aspects affecting sleep in children and adolescents 

Part 1: March 14, 2023 10-11:30 a.m. 

Part 2: March 28, 2023 10-11:30 a.m, 

Presented by Dr. Shu Buckley, Director of the Sleep Disorders and Neurodevelopment Consult Service at National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Concepcion Zayas, child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Sleep Disorders and Neurodevelopment Consult Service at National Institute of Mental Health.

Register for Unlocking the Mysteries of Sleep and the Developing Brain

Important Dates

March 2 - Two-Hour Early Release

March 3 - Student Holiday/Professional Workday

March 18 - Fun Fair 

March 27 - K-3 Principal's Coffee (9-10:30 AM)

March 29 - 4th - 6th Principal's Coffee (9-10:30 AM)

March 30 - Staff Basketball Game

April 3-7 - Spring Break

April 13 - Kindergarten Registration (2:30-3:30 PM)

April 14 - Student Holiday