🐝Hornet Happenings

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Artwork by 3rd Grade Student

Hello Halley Families!

Happy Friday!!  We cannot believe that the fourth quarter has started!  As we begin this last quarter and prepare for end of year activities and assessments, it is important that students are coming to school well rested and ready for the day! 

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up!  Our teachers and staff are SUPER HEROS, and we want to celebrate them.  During the first week of May we want them to feel our love.  We are in awe and honored to have such a fantastic team of DIFFERENCE MAKERS!

For our Teacher and Staff Celebration Week, we are looking for gift-card donations to add for gifts and surprises throughout the week that teachers can win in raffles. We need your help please!  We would appreciate all gift card items by April 20th. Please use  THIS Halley Teacher Appreciation Form to submit gift card donations.  We will be grateful for any amount! You may also contact Mrs. Peerman at Klpeerman@fcps.edu. Thank you - we appreciate your assistance!

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, celebrations, or concerns. 

Blessings and Joy!  Mrs. Peerman, Mrs. Johnson-Tyler, and Mrs. Zamora

Career Day 2023

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We are hoping to organize an amazing Career Day for our Hornets!


When:  June 6, 2023

Time:  9:30 – 11:30 and 12- 2

Theme: “Your future is Bright!”

 Do you drive a truck, fly a plane, or sail a boat?

Do you work in a bank or a store or an office?

Can you build a house or fix a computer

Do you take care of other people?


Whatever your job, students at Halley would like to hear about it!


Come for an hour or two and tell our students about all about your job. Presenters will speak for about 20 minutes per class, visiting 2-4 classes. Tell us what your education or training is, and what skills you need to do well.  Share both what you like about your job and what is challenging or interesting about it.

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Assistant Principals, Mrs. Johnson-Tyler, and  Mrs. Zamora!

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Halley ES recognizes that students who celebrate Ramadan may need a quiet space for prayer or reflection during the school day.  We also know that some of our students who are fasting may also want an alternative to going into the cafeteria during lunch.  Please let your child’s teacher know if either of these options is something your child needs.

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.

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Yearbook ID: 14455723

Halley’s Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday, April 13th.

3:00 – 4:00pm

More details will be shared soon.

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Kindergarten Registration:

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process outlined for parents looking to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process

Spanish: Inscripción para el Kindergarten: Es tan fácil como 1-2-3... Los padres que deseen matricular a sus hijos al Kindergarten deben seguir un sencillo proceso de cinco pasos: 

  1. Determinar la elegibilidad. 
  2. Identifique su escuela local.  
  3. Reunir documentos.  
  4. Rellenar los formularios.  
  5. Programar una cita.

Después de la cita en la escuela (el estudiante y uno de los tutores deben estar presentes), el estudiante estará listo para la orientación, Bridge to Kindergarten, o cualquier otro evento introductorio que cada escuela pueda organizar. Más información sobre el proceso de inscripción.

Please contact with our registrar Nicole Kendall, with any inquiries: nbkendall@fcps.edu.

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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. 

Proposed Updates to Student Rights

and Responsibilities

The Department of Special Services will be hosting two virtual meetings for the FCPS community regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Regulation. Please join one of the meetings below via Zoom (click the date to register):

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the suggested updates and ask questions via Zoom Chat. Language interpretation will be available in Spanish. A certified deaf interpreter will be available as well. 

Beginning Monday, March 20, families and staff will also be able to provide feedback on proposed updates to the SR&R via a short survey. Please stay tuned for details. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.  

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FCPS Webinars

Have you checked out the hundreds of video FCPS Parent Resource Center offers?  Their webinars cover an arrange of topics! From managing home and life balance to special education. FCPS Parent Resource Center Webinars                                                                                

IEP Webinars

Register for IEP Updates: A Webinar for Families

Here are three additional IEP-related webinars available on the PRC YouTube channel:

The 2023 FCPS Special Education Conference will take place virtually on Saturday, April 29th. Please share the attached flyer with your families. More information is available at www.fcps.edu/Special-Education-Conference

For Military Families

There is a special FCPS Padlet for military families. Check out Military Families Padlet for a one stop location of resources.

FCPS Military Family Webinars

FCPS has a series of webinars covering frequent challenges of military families and how to support them at home through school transitions and more. FCPS Military Families Webinar

FCPS Purple UP T-shirts available to order!

April is the Month of the Military Child and Virginia’s Purple Up! Day is Wednesday, April 19. The FCPS Purple Up! t-shirt is available for order now through March 16th.  

Purple Up! FCPS!

Order Here!

Quick Links

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We are honored to work with you this year and will work every day to ensure a safe and positive learning environment for your child. We can't do it alone. Please contact us if there is anything we can do to further support your child's learning and experience at Halley. We are here to listen and partner with you to help your child have a successful school year! 

Your Halley Administrative Team,

Mrs. Peerman, Principal

Mrs. Johnson-Tyler, Assistant Principal

 Mrs. Zamora, Assistant Principal

Stay in touch!

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We are currently looking for anyone interested in being a part of the 2023-2024 Board next year!

Most of our board will be rotating off as our terms are up. Our Halley ES community needs a few people to step up and take the reins!

Without volunteers the PTO will not exist and all that PTO provides will not happen for our students. If you are even a little interested, we would love to begin a conversation with you.

Contact us anytime (williamhalleypto@gmail.com) if you would like to help!