Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Work Out Wednesday Tomorrow


Wear your sports jersey's OR workout clothing

Let's get moving Panthers!

Spotlight On Specialist

Specialist Night:

Please join us Monday, March 13th for our first Specialist Night. We will be showcasing some of the things students have been learning this year during their specials block. We ask that you arrive at 6:00pm and plan to spend the full time with us so you can experience each station. The evening will conclude at 7:00pm.

We are seeking donations of recyclables in general such as small boxes, plastic eggs, cardboard tubes, tin cans, string/rubber bands, plastic containers, tape, beads or dried beans for shakers, etc. for our instrument making station. Donations can be brought to Ms. Carbone or Mrs. Collazo. We hope to see you and your family there!


This month primary students will be reading, discussing, and reflecting on this year’s Virginia Reads books. This is an annual selection of books picked through the Virginia Association of School Librarians to provide families and schools with a list of quality, inclusive books for children. Later this spring students will get to vote for their favorite from the list and we will send our school winner into VAASL to be counted along with schools from all over the state. Upper grades will be digging into Women’s History Month throughout March to practice research skills and learn about some of the many amazing accomplishments of women around the world. 


This month Kindergarten artists will be exploring a variety of mediums including collage, clay and painting.  1st and 2nd grade artists will be starting their painting units exploring different painting techniques and following the 3 step painting process.  2nd grade painters will be planning for local landscape paintings while 1st grade painters will be creating their own journey maps.  3rd grade artists will be finishing up clay and printmaking units and starting their painting units. We will be exploring portraits that show emotion and expressive color schemes. 4th grade students are finishing up their clay coil units and will be glazing their work.  We will be exploring abstract weather prints in our printmaking unit next.  5th grade artists are glazing their clay gargoyle bobble heads and then will be starting our collage units.  6th grade artists are working on food truck designs and clay units. 


This month, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be exploring identifying high and low notes with their voices. Students will be learning how to sight-sing a two note melody. 1st graders will also continue to practice reading rhythms with quarter notes, quarter rests, and eighth notes. 2nd grade students will be continuing their unit on instrument families. This month, 2nd grade will also be exploring the musical story of Peter and the Wolf. Students will be identifying which instrument represents each character in the story and will participate in creative movement exercises as we explore each character. 3rd-6th graders will be learning how to sight-read music on their recorders. Students will be learning the 4 steps for sight reading and practicing these skills throughout our classes. We will also be discussing how these skills can be transferred to other instruments. 3rd grade sight reading will focus on the notes, B, A, and G. 4th grade will focus on B, A, G, and E. 5th and 6th grade students will be focusing on the notes, B, A, G, high C, and high D.


This month in STEAM students will engage in the Engineering Design Process. Students will learn about tension and compression forces, measuring weight, balance and stability. Students will make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Students will reason abstractly and quantitatively and use various materials to construct and improve prototypes. Students will focus on Portrait of a Graduate attributes including being a Creative and Critical Thinker and a Collaborator. Students will have opportunities to reflect on their work and determine real life connections.


This month all students will begin a unit on striking.  We will all start with volleying skills, with primary grades focusing on keeping a ball in the air with their hands/ arms.  Upper-grade students will combine and demonstrate volleying skills during game play.  This is always an exciting unit for the 6th graders, as they compete in a staff versus students volleyball game at the end of the year!  Later in the month, all grades will again shift to a striking with implements unit.  Primary grade students will do stations where they have the opportunity to strike a ball off a tee, strike a balloon to a partner, and strike a ball over/ under a net.  Upper-grade students will learn badminton skills and activities and have the opportunity to compete in small-sided games.

Parent/Guardian Questionnaire

Your Views and Opinions Are Important to Us!

On Monday, March 13, Bush Hill Elementary parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, management (human resources and organizational), communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism.

The questionnaire will be collected online between March 13 and March 24. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

Panther PTA


The Bush Hill PTA is thrilled to announce that we will be offering nine after-school enrichment activities for our students this spring! Many of these programs will be provided by our very own Bush Hill parents and teachers, as well as a few from 3rd party vendors. After a long hiatus since 2019, we are excited to provide our students with a variety of engaging and enriching opportunities to explore their interests and learn new skills. From coding to art, there is something for every student to enjoy. To sign up, use this link: https://bit.ly/BHESEnrichment2023 Please register by March 15th. You can read more about each program using the registration link and we're also sending hard copies of the offerings in your child's Tuesday folder. Please note that some programs have a cap. If a specific course goes beyond the maximum capacity, we will randomly draw and notify each family of their child's status after the registration deadline.

For any questions related to courses, please contact the PTA Enrichment Coordinator, Jen Olin (jenniferbynes@gmail.com)


We are excited to offer a variety of after-school enrichment activities for our students this spring! In order to make these programs a success, we are looking for volunteers to help with logistics such as check-in, snack distribution, and dismissal. We will also need some volunteers for one of the programs. If you are interested in supporting Bush Hill's enrichment program this spring, please sign up to volunteer using the link provided. Your support is greatly appreciated! Sign up to volunteer: https://bit.ly/BHEnrichmentVolunteers23


In case you missed it, the Bush Hill Silent Auction is live now through Wednesday at 10p.m. Any member of the community can bid on our many wonderful items from special experiences and lunches with Bush Hill teachers and staff to specialty items like abstract art, yoga and barre classes, tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters, and more. Bid now before the auction closes tomorrow: https://bit.ly/bhesauction23


Bush Hill Bingo night is this Friday at 6:30p.m. All tickets must be purchased through our member hub site here: https://app.memberhub.gives/bhesbingo2023/Campaign/Details. Kid-friendly prizes will be available for the winner of each round. The PTA will also be selling spirit wear and refreshments at Bingo night. We need a few volunteers to sign up for set up, break down, and bingo card checking on Friday, please take a look here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4ca5a82ea6f85-bingo#/

Bush Hill Garden


We’re partnering with the Fairfax County Watershed Outreach Department to build a garden at Bush Hill that will support our eco-system and be a great place for our students to learn! We will be planting the garden in the spring. To prepare for the installation of the garden, we need to get rid of some grass. To do this, we plan to put down a lot of newspaper. We will be collecting newspaper this next week – if you have any, please send it to school!

Coming Soon!


Spring Picture Day Is March 17th


Support The Junior Class at Edison


COVID-19 Update

StreamIn/CheckIn Instructional Support Ended on March 1, 2023. As Fairfax County ended the COVID-19 Local Emergency Declaration on March 1, 2023, FCPS will no longer be offering StreamIn/CheckIn for students who are absent due to COVID illness. FCPS continues to require a five-day isolation period for students who report testing positive for COVID-19.

News From The Parent Liaison

WIC Program:

Beginning March 3, the Fairfax County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will transition to one phone number:  703-246-5599. The centralized number will allow them to better serve their clients and community.

WIC information can be found here: Women, Infants and Children web page


Did You Know?

Improved Access to Language Translation on FCPS Websites

In a continued effort to prioritize access for our diverse communities, FCPS is launching a language translation feature that will be available on every division and school webpage. The feature has been added to the header at the top of the page and will scroll with the user as they navigate the page. Learn more about our new translation feature.

FCPS Early Childhood and PreK Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools offers programs for the youngest learners:

  • PreK is for students 3-4 years old whose parents meet income requirements. Space is limited, and priority is given to 4-year-olds to help them prepare for kindergarten. 
  • Early Head Start is for infants, toddlers, and expectant mothers who meet income requirements. 
  • Early Literacy Programs and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) work with parents to help prepare their children for school. 

Community liaisons are available to assist families with the registration process and answer questions. For more information, visit the Early Childhood Registration webpage

Magnet School Applications Are Open  

Fairfax County Public Schools is accepting applications for its elementary magnet school programs. Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Wednesday, April 12, at 4 p.m. Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. Get more information about the magnet school lottery.

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