Shrevewood Wise Words 3/17/23

In This Week's Wise Words: 

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Spotlight on Advanced Academics

🌟 Salad Bar Returns to Shrevewood on March 14!

🌟 SOL Schedule

🌟 Celebration of Learning

🌟 Positivity Project

🌟 Kindergarten Orientation – Save the Date!

🌟 Kilmer MS Presents – Into the Woods Jr.

🌟 Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

🌟 Reminder about Cell Phone Use

🌟 FCPS This Week

🌟 Student Birthdays

🌟 Breakfast & Lunch Reminders

🌟 Attendance

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Hello Shrevewood Families,

We are very excited to have welcomed our new art teacher, Suzi Russell, to the Shrevewood Family this week! Ms. Russell recently moved back to the area and has an extensive experience teaching art and designing art curricula at the elementary school level.

To celebrate reaching our Dance-a-thon fundraising goal of $15,000, we will be having our school-wide celebration of pajama day + game day in the Cafeteria on March 31st! We look forward to kicking off Spring Break with this celebration! More details to come!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Spotlight on Advanced Academics



This year, the first full day of Ramadan is March 22. Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, who believe it was during this month that God revealed the first verses of the Quran, Islam's sacred text, to Mohammed, on a night known as "The Night of Power." During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline — of deep contemplation of one's relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids. This year, Ramadan begins with a half Observance Day on March 22, followed by an Observance 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-Observance 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.

SOL Schedule

sol schedule

Above is our SOL schedule for this Spring. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on a day when they are testing. If you have any questions about SOL testing, please contact Katie Vandawalker at

Celebration Of Learning



This week, teachers are going back and hitting lessons they may have missed or character strengths they feel their students really enjoyed discussing. The important thing to remember is that everyone has ALL 24 strengths within them, but some shine through more than others.

“Character, not circumstance, makes the person.”  

           ~Booker T. Washington

Questions you might enjoy talking about with your child:

  • When you think of character, what comes to mind?
  • Do you think character is just ONE thing, or multiple things?
  • Why do we need to continue educating ourselves about character?

Kindergarten Orientation - Save the Date!

We will host our Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, April 13th, from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. More details to come!

Use this Sign Up to schedule a registration appointment for your soon to be Wise Owl. If you have a neighbor or friend with a rising Kindergarten student, please pass along this information!

Kilmer MS Presents - Into the Woods Jr.

into the woods

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 Early registration is from March 1st-June 9th so sign up soon!

Reminder about Cell Phone Use

In elementary school, kindergarten-sixth grade students' phones must be silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day. Watches that serve a dual purpose (e.g., smart watch) may be worn; however, phone features (e.g., texting, Internet, calls, etc.) are to be off during the school day. Students are prohibited from using phones, smart watches, tablets, and other mobile devices in restrooms, the cafeteria, and at recess unless there is a true emergency.  The full SR&R can be accessed online at:

FCPS This Week

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • The Dangers of Fentanyl
  • Mental Health Therapy for High School Students
  • Proposed Updates to SR&R 

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

Student Birthdays

We will be recognizing and honoring our students' birthdays monthly. For the safety of all students and staff in our building and to limit the amount of classroom disruptions, please do not send in food or toys for your child's birthday.

Breakfast & Lunch Reminders


Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch are NO longer provided at no cost.  Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60. Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning the first day of school.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using  You can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals continued to receive these benefits through the end of September.  A new application must be filled out each new school year and forms are available online now:  Applications are accepted at any time. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.


As a reminder, school begins at 9:20 a.m. and ends at 4:05 p.m. Please notify us if your child will be absent or late to school.  We will have an automated “call-out” at approximately 11:00 a.m. for students who were absent without prior notification. If you receive that call, please contact our office the next day. 

Here is how you may report your child being absent or late to school:

Attendance Line | 703-645-6666

Main Office | 703-645-6600

Or the online attendance form:

Save the Date

⭐Spring Break

Monday, April 3 - Friday, April 7