Bee Hive, March 10, 2023

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Bee Hive

March 10, 2023



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daylight savings time begins

Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour! 

As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

News from HES

Dates to Remember:

March 13-17: PTA Scholastic Book Fair

March 16: Heritage Night and Evening Book Fair Night, 6:00pm

March 20: Herndon ES Renovation Community Meeting, 6:30-7:30pm

March 29: PTA Chipotle Spirit Night

April 3-7: Spring Break, NO School

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


Social Worker Awareness Week

our school social worker ana coreas

Happy National School Social Worker Week to our very own AMAZING Ana Coreas!  Thank your for all you do to support our students, families, and staff.

Herndon ES Walk or Bike to School Day!

mother and two kids who walked to school

Teacher, Mrs. Davis, and her kids took advantage of the gorgeous weather to walk to school during Herndon ES Walk or Bike to School Day on March 8!  Thank you to PE teacher, Ms. Pualoa, who created this event to promote safety, and active and green alternative transportation to school.

Herndon ES Renovation
Community Meeting, March 20

picture of renovated herndon es


Save the Date! All are invited to the Herndon ES Renovation Community Meeting on MARCH 20, HES cafeteria, 6:30 - 7:30pm. Learn more about the project, design process, & share your views.  More information can be found here.   

Herndon ES Heritage Night and Book Fair Evening
Thursday, March 16, 6:00-7:45pm

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Dear Herndon ES Families!

You're cordially invited to our Herndon ES Heritage Night (formerly International Night) and PTA Book Fair Shopping Evening Thursday, March 16, 6:00-7:45pm.

Teachers, staff, parents, families, and students have been hard at work preparing for this special event. Take a stroll down artifact alley, taste food from different cultures all brought in by families to share, participate in cultural crafts and see families share cultural talents, watch students in performances, and wrap up with our international parade.

Families are still encouraged to share specialties of food, talents, artifacts, and costumes of their heritage!  Please contact  Yovanka Perez at 

Then, stop by the library for an evening of shopping at the PTA sponsored Book Fair.  The vendor is Book Worm and they have a fantastic selection of books available.  

See you there!

Herndon ES Noche del Patrimonio y Noche de la Feria del Libro
Jueves, 16 de marzo, 6:00-7:45pm

¡Estimadas familias de Herndon ES!

Ustedes están cordialmente invitadas a nuestra Noche de Patrimonio Cultural de Herndon ES (anteriormente Noche Internacional) y la Noche de Feria del Libro de PTA, el jueves 16 de marzo, de 6:00 a 7:45 p. m.

Los maestros, el personal, los padres, las familias y los estudiantes han trabajado arduamente preparándose para este evento especial. Dé un paseo por el callejón de artefactos, pruebe comida de diferentes culturas, todas traídas por familias para compartir, participe en manualidades culturales y vea a las familias compartir talentos culturales, observe a los estudiantes en presentaciones y termine con nuestro desfile internacional.

¡Todavía les alentamos a donar comida típica, sus talentos, artefactos de su país y trajes típicos de su herencia! Comuníquense con Yovanka Pérez en

Luego, pase por la biblioteca para una noche de compras en la Feria del Libro patrocinada por la PTA. El vendedor es Book Worm y tienen una fantástica selección de libros disponibles.

¡Te veo allí!

bookworm central logo

PTA Book Fair 

We are trying Book Worm Central, a local vendor, for this fair (NOT Scholastic) which means new book options for this fair along with some old favorites (DogMan anyone?)   We need YOUR help to make the book fair a success!   

100% of proceeds go to the field trip fund and new books for HES.

Bookworm has a year-round online store. Proceeds from online purchases go to our school: 

Click here to view sign up dates/time: 

Contact book fair chair, Bryn Caraway ( with any questions!

**Don't forget that Thursday evening, March 16 is Book Fair night & Heritage Night!

Feria del Libro de la PTA

Estamos probando Book Worm Central, un proveedor local, para esta feria (NO Scholastic), lo que significa nuevas opciones de libros para esta feria junto con algunos viejos favoritos (¿DogMan alguien?) ¡Necesitamos SU ayuda para que la feria del libro sea un éxito!

El 100% de los ingresos se destinan al fondo de excursiones y libros nuevos para HES.

Bookworm tiene una tienda en línea abierta todo el año. Los ingresos de las compras en línea van a nuestra escuela:

Comuníquese con nuestro Presidente de la Feria del Libro, Bryn Caraway (, si tiene alguna pregunta.

** ¡No olvide que el jueves 16 de marzo es la noche de la Feria del Libro y la Noche del Patrimonio!

Career path

Herndon ES is looking for Presenters for our 26th Annual Student Career Day

The planning has begun for our 26th annual CAREER DAY!  We are currently looking for presenters to share their careers.

The date this year is Wednesday, April 19th and we have 2 sessions: 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.  This day is full of information and excitement for our school community – with special visitors and interactions with a variety of careers for our students. 

Please contact counselor, Tiffany Bryant, at

HES March Madness for Students

student march madness calendar English

Locura de marzo de HES
para Estudiantes

Student March Madness calendar 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.

positivity project



Week of March 6-10, 2023

Spirit Week

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



Upcoming Webinars for Parents

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center (PRC) is dedicated to helping adults support the success of all students. Upcoming PRC webinars include:

  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Sleep and the Developing Brain: Tuesday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. Presented by experts at the National Institute of Mental Health, this two-part webinar will provide an overview of the sleep and wake cycle, illustrate the consequences of insufficient sleep, and other information.
  • Manejando el estrés serie de 3 partes: Friday, March 17, at 10 a.m.  Este seminario web les ofrecerá a los padres consejos sobre cómo reparar la relación con su hijo, apoyarle en momentos de estrés y fomentar la resiliencia.

Click on the titles above to register.

Opioid Awareness Meeting: The Dangers of Fentanyl in Our Community

Substance abuse and related behavioral health problems can have a major impact on students, families, and communities. These impacts have become even more serious because of the increasing prevalence of fentanyl in drugs and other substances. Fentanyl is an incredibly powerful and dangerous opioid. Small amounts of fentanyl can easily lead to life-threatening overdoses. In 2021, fentanyl was identified in 77.14% of U.S. adolescent overdose deaths.

There is nothing more important to us than the safety and wellbeing of our students, families, and communities.

FCPS Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid invites you to join her for a community meeting on opioid awareness, Monday, March 13, 6:30-8 p.m., at Fairfax High School. 

Dr. Reid will be joined by Chief Kevin Davis of the Fairfax County Police Department in welcoming the community to engage in this important conversation. Major Thea Pirnat of the Fairfax County Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau will share information about drug trends in Fairfax County.

The Overdose Prevention Initiative: Outreach on Invisible Dangers, led by the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Virginia in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will present testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic, medical experts, and law enforcement representatives.  

Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about how Fairfax County agencies are working together to address these opioid issues in our community.

Watch the video and learn more on our website. Register for the March 13 event.

Spring Break and Teacher Work Day Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is offering camps during spring break (April 3-7) and FCPS teacher workdays (April 14 and April 21)! FCPA camps are held in recreation centers, parks, schools, and virtually. Categories include: Sports, performing arts, STEM, music, and others. Kids can explore a special interest or learn something new while making new friends. Register today.

Check out the Camps website for a complete list of options or browse the FCPA Spring and Summer Camp 2023 Guide (PDF).

Review Draft Goals for the New Strategic Plan


Please take a moment to share your perspectives on the draft work-to-date related to the development of FCPS’ new Strategic Plan. Your input is important to this work that will help ensure a thriving future for each and every FCPS student.

Parents and caregivers of current FCPS students, please check your email for a message from FCPS dated Monday, March 6. For community members who do not currently have a student enrolled in FCPS, please use this link to participate. 

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Chinese, Urdu, and Vietnamese. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Information from the survey will be shared with and analyzed by Performance Fact, Inc. (PFI), the company FCPS hired to help create our Strategic Plan. Visit our Strategic Planning webpage for more details.


This year, the first day of Ramadan is Wednesday, March 22. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year, a time for spiritual discipline for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran to Mohammed. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids. 

Ramadan begins with a half “O Day” on March 22, followed by an O Day on March 23. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Judges Needed for Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held March 17-19, is a competition for students attending high schools in Fairfax County. Students may earn honorable entry to the regional competition through a science fair held at their local public or private school.

Each year 250 judges are required to evaluate science fair projects in a wide variety of categories ranging from plant sciences to robotics. Ideally, those volunteering to serve as category judges would hold an advanced degree or possess extensive academic and/or professional experience in their selected STEM category. 

Learn more about the science fair and how to become a judge.

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

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

School-Aged Child Care Registration Begins March 9 

Registration for Fairfax County’s School Aged Child Care (SACC) program—which offers before- and after-school care for children attending kindergarten through grade 6—will begin Wednesday, March 9. Enrollment dates are set alphabetically by the elementary school your student will attend. Visit the SACC School Year Program | Office for Children ( for more information.

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

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:

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: