Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

This week, our students celebrated Read Across America Week with their classmates and special guest readers. Today was a wonderful professional development day. Staff discussed and trained in Cultural Proficiency, focusing on various pieces of data used to make learning meaningful for students. Teachers also had time to meet and plan their next units of studies.

Interim progress reports will be sent home on Thursday, March 9th for all students. Please keep an eye out for it. 

Our salad bar opens on March 15th (see brochure below). We look forward to having this additional option in the café to encourage nutritional eating options for students. 

Have a great weekend!

Kindergarten Orientation


principal coffee

How to Talk to Your Child About Their Mental Health

Talking with your child about emotional topics, such as their mental health, can feel uncomfortable. This can be due to the stigma involved, lack of information or even fears of possible blame. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers helpful tips on reducing the stigma and how to have a healthy dialog on mental health.

Testing Updates

Grades K 3-6

Spring SEL screener testing window (Grades 3-6) is now open through March 24th Click here for the notification of testing letter.

VDOE and FCPS require schools to deliver screening and progress monitoring assessments multiple times per year to evaluate school readiness, measure student growth, and inform student intervention/supports. A summary of spring expectations is provided here by grade range.

Grades 1:

Ability Testing

All first grade students will participate in Naglieri testing March 7th-March 9th. Please contact your child's teacher for exact dates. Here is more information regarding the Naglieri testing.

Grades 3-6: 

  • IReady (Reading/Math):April 11-May 19. Click here for more information regarding the iReady.
  • Spring SOL's (May 1 - May 26). Click here for more information.
  • Spring Hill will be administering the SOL's on the following below dates. Please note this is slightly different than the previously published schedule. We wanted to give our students a little extra time to continue to learn prior to these very important tests.

SOL Schedule 2023

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


Salad Bar is Back - March 15

Salad Bar

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: Choose Good Carbs

Carbohydrates are important because they provide your body with energy for bodily functions and physical activity. However, refined carbs have been processed to remove most of their fiber, vitamins and minerals, and can do us more harm than good. These pointers can help you choose quality carbohydrates so you can get the most out of them.

  • Keep in mind that fruits, vegetables, and beans/legumes are high-quality, nourishing sources of carbohydrates
  • Choose the whole grain forms of bread, pasta, and rice, which contain more fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer
  • Avoid refined carbs like cookies, crackers, and chips which are empty calories, and can lead to weight gain
  • Limit added sugars which cause blood sugar spikes that can lead to heart disease and diabetes over time

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.

Staff Basketball Game - March 30th!

Mark your calendars for a night of family fun as your favorite SHES staff take on Forestville Elementary in a Staff Basketball Game showdown.

Now is a great time to update your Spirit WearOrder today to have a fresh look while you cheer on the Panthers!

Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. As a special incentive, anyone who volunteers for Fun Fair, receives one free ticket (eligible for adult volunteers only).

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 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