Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, March 14, 2023

A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Fairfax County Stormwater Management is providing a great opportunity for our school! Staff from the Fairfax County Watershed Education & Outreach Department will be helping us to plan and plant a garden with native plants which will help with erosion and protect our watershed! All of this will be FREE for our school - - and in the end we will have a beautiful pollinator garden! In order to prepare for this project, we need to begin working on killing the grass in the area where the garden will grow. Families can help us by sending in your old newspapers. We’ll be collecting them over the next few days in the main office and then we’ll begin laying them down outside. We can’t wait for our new garden!


Picture Day Is Friday

Volunteers Needed!

A few parent volunteers are needed to help with picture day.  If you are interested in volunteering on March 17th please contact Lisa Dial @ ldial@fcps.edu or 703-924-5600 to choose a time slot that works best for your schedule.  Thank you for your support!


PTA Spring Enrichment

The Bush Hill Elementary PTA is excited to provide students with a variety of enrichment opportunities this Spring. From coding to art, there is something for every student to enjoy. Course details for all classes can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/bhesenrichment2023.

Please note some courses are taught by Bush Hill teachers and parents, and some courses are taught by third party vendors. Please sign up by tomorrow, March 15th. All programs have an enrollment cap; if any specific course goes beyond the maximum capacity, participation will be decided by a lottery drawing. Those selected to participate will receive an email inviting them to register or to offer their spot to someone on the waitlist.

For courses being offered by third party vendors, families can register directly through those vendors here:

Electrical Engineering: Sr. Electrical Inventions - begins 3/22/23

Lego Structures: Jr. Structural Engineering - begins 3/23/23

Little Doctor School - begins 4/11/23, register by 4/4

Little Veterinarian School - begins 4/12/23, register by 4/4

Scholarships are available for families needing financial assistance. Please contact Ms. Duffy before the registration deadline.

In order to make these programs a success, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with logistics such as check-in, snack distribution, and dismissal. We are also looking for 2 or more volunteers to help support LEGO League. We have nearly 40 interseted students but only 16 spots. If you are interested in supporting Bush Hill's enrichment programs this spring, please sign up to volunteer using this link https://bit.ly/BHEnrichmentVolunteers23.  Your support is greatly appreciated!

For any questions related to courses, please contact the PTA at PTABushHillElementary@gmail.com.


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.

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).


Tutor.com Is Still Available; Free for All FCPS Students

Online tutoring through Tutor.com is available to ALL FCPS students as a resource for both support and enrichment. Tutor.com remains available to all FCPS students at no cost. Find out more about Tutor.com.

SoCo Summer Strings

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings (formally Stallion Summer Strings) is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 10th-21st from 8:30am-12:30pm, weekdays only. 

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1st-June 9th so sign up soon!

Rachel Plumer

Orchestra Director

South County MS & Laurel Hill ES

mrplumer@fcps.edu • 703-690-5563

Instagram: socomsorchestra

Parent Liaison News


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. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids. 

Bush Hill ES Muslim students and staff are given the opportunity to practice their faith in a safe and welcoming environment. Teachers and staff are aware that supporting students during this month helps build feeling of belonging, and therefore, school has already made plans for awareness and accommodations for practicing students; providing quiet areas to perform prayers, food-free spaces, flexible testing options and avoiding physical activities, if needed. Please let your child’s homeroom teacher know if they will be fasting or need other accommodations to support them during Ramadan.

Bush Hill ES honors cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion, and would like to hear from our school community how we can better support Muslim students during the month of Ramadan.

Feel free to send your thoughts and suggestions to Mrs. Intidame at: sintidame@fcps.edu

FCPS News on Ramadan

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.

A Pro Bono Legal Clinic is available on Tuesday, March 21 to assist families with civil matters, consumer issues, housing, immigration, public benefits, and family issues. Registration is required! 


Kindergarten Registration for SY 23-24 Now Open

We look forward to welcoming our newest Panthers to Bush Hill ES for the 2023-2024 school year.   Registration packets are available in the Bush Hill ES Main Office or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all of the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment.  All registrations are done by appointment only.

To keep in touch with our Bush Hill ES Panther Community, please consider signing up for News You Choose – our e-newsletter  https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/announcements/news-you-choose-bush-hill

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

~Elizabeth DePalma


Phone:  703-924-5600