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A Note from Principal Eck

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Dear Spring Hill Families,

Today was such a fun day at Spring Hill! A leprechaun must have visited our school, as many classes, found some shenanigans in their classrooms. We also had an opportunity to do a school gallery walk to see all of the beautiful classroom doors celebrating Women’s History Month. What a joy it is to get to celebrate small moments of fun and joy amidst strong instruction and learning, today and every day!

It was with such pride seeing so many of our Spring Hill students represented last night at the Langley Pyramid Art Show! Thank you to our Art teachers, Ms. Gore and Ms. Farchtchi, who shared highlighted pieces.  It's not too late to see our students' artwork. See below for detailed information.

See you tomorrow at the fun fair and have a great weekend!

Langley Pyramid Art Show March 16-25, 2023

March is Youth Art Month! The Langley Pyramid Art Show features artwork by students at Langley High School, Cooper Middle School, and Colvin Run, Churchill Road, Forestville, Great Falls, and Spring Hill Elementary Schools. Visit the art show and view artwork by thirty-seven Spring Hill students now through March 25 at McLean Project for the Arts, located at McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean 22101. The gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 1-4pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm, with special evening hours until 7pm on Friday, March 24. Thank you to McLean Project for the Arts for once again providing a professional gallery space for our Langley Pyramid Art Show. 

Understanding Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Reports

Grade 3-8 students across Virginia took VGA tests in fall and winter of 2022-23. FCPS mailed score reports to families earlier this month that combine Fall and Winter results. When viewing students’ scores, it is important to keep in mind that there is no “passing” or “failing” for VGA tests and that each vertical scaled score reflects performance on a single day. VGA results should be used alongside other available data for a more complete picture of students’ academic progress. Also keep in mind that the VGA asks questions from the entire curriculum, including some standards that will not be taught until later in the school year.  

The FCPS VGA Score Reports webpage now includes a section on Understanding VGA Results, featuring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). This section will continue to be updated throughout the spring to address incoming questions and to reflect additional state guidance as it is released. 

March 17th Sing-Along


Thank you Ms. Rudd and Ms.Harwood for this morning's performance,

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


Family Nutrition Tip of the Week: Go for Greens

Many of you will be wearing green this month, and hopefully you'll be eating lots of them too. Leafy greens in particular are among the most nutrient-dense foods, which are loaded with disease-fighting nutrients and antioxidants. Read on to learn more about their benefits and ways to eat more of them.

  • Kale is rich in antioxidants and fiber, which can help prevent diabetes; make kale pesto, kale chips, or add to pastas, omelets and stir-fries
  • Spinach contains nutrients that may help protect the brain against Alzheimer's; use in salads, add to sandwiches and wraps, or add to smoothies
  • Collard greens are high in vitamins and folate which can reduce your risk of heart disease; use to wrap up your sandwich in place of bread
  • Swiss Chard is abundant in polyphenols which can inhibit cancer cell growth; sauté and add to soups, stews, casseroles, and frittatas


FCPS Parent Resource Center

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 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

Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs

What knowledge and information do you need to engage in meaningful conversations with your children about drugs?

Webinar Highlights:

  • Understand basic info about alcohol, nicotine, cannabis, and opioids
  • List what you can do as a caregiver
  • Identify & connect with community resources

Presented by: FCPS Student Safety & Wellness Office

Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing Families for Difficult Conversations about Alcohol & Drugs

Suicide Prevention: A School and Family Partnership

Recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of suicide in youth is the first step in preventing youth suicide. As a caregiver, you can serve as a trusted adult for your child and other young people. 

In this session, caregivers will learn about youth suicide and how to respond to youth who may be demonstrating warning signs of a mental health challenge or who are in crisis. 

Highlights of the webinar will include:

  • Understanding protective factors and their impact on mental health
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • How to have conversations with your children about youth suicide
  • Building strong school and family partnerships

Presented by Bethany Demers, FCPS Mental Wellness Specialist, and Kristen Biernesser, FCPS Counseling Resource Teacher.

March 24, 2023, 10-11:30 a.m

Register for Suicide Prevention: A School and Family Partnership

SOL Schedule

SOL Schedule 2023

Important Dates

March 18 - Fun Fair 

March 27 - K-3 Principal's Coffee (9-10:30 AM)

March 28 - 3rd Grade Music Showcase

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