Bee Hive, March 24, 2023

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Bee Hive

March 24, 2023



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🌷 Calendar Reminder: Spring Break

Schools and school offices will be closed Monday, April 3, to Friday, April 7. Students will return to school on Monday, April 10, 2023.

News from HES

Dates to Remember:

March 29: PTA Chipotle Spirit Night

March 30:  Major League Baseball Opening Day Spirit Day, wear favorite baseball cap

April 3-7: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL and Offices Closed

April 10: School Resumes at regular time

April 12: HES College Day: Wear favorite college gear

April 13: 2 HOUR EARLY RELEASE at 2:05pm, End of 3rd quarter

April 14: NO SCHOOL for students, teacher workday

April 19: 26th Annual Career Day: Dress in favorite career clothing or College Day gear

April 19: AAP Level IV orientation, 6pm

April 21: NO SCHOOL, Eid al Fitr

April 27: Quarter 3 report cards go home

April 27: Strings and Band Concert, 6:00 pm 

2022-23 FCPS School Calendar


Spring has Arrived!

girl with bean plant

We have the first bean in Mrs. Naux-McVicker's class!  Planting a seed and watching it grow into a lush and healthy plant is always one of the wondrous signs of spring!

Herndon ES Renovation Community Meeting Update and Feedback Form

Dear Herndon ES Staff, Families, and Community,

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for a community meeting on March 20, 2023, about Herndon Elementary School’s renovation. We learned about the proposed design and planning process, what to expect going forward, and had the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback. 

The Herndon Elementary School project webpage is continually updated with the latest information about our project, including presentations shared at the community meetings. Click here for the March 20th presentation.  We encourage you to check the webpage to learn more. While there, you can give feedback on a project feedback form that will be open for two weeks after our meeting date. You can also sign up to be on a project-specific mailing list, to receive updates directly to your inbox.

As we continue through this process, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. We are all excited about the benefits the renovation will provide for our students, staff, and community.

As always, we are a team. Please let us know what questions or concerns you might have. 


Candace J. Hunstad           Elizabeth Baxter              Greg Brotemarkle

Proud Principal                  Assistant Principal            Assistant Principal

Herndon Elementary School’s
Spring Family Field Trip

Family Field Trip English

Sign up today!  English or Spanish

Excursión familiar de primavera
de Herndon Elementary School 

Family Field Trip Spanish

¡Regístrate hoy!  English or Spanish

HES March Madness Spirit Day 

This is the last spirit day for March. Thursday, March 30th is Major League Baseball (MLB) opening day.  For a fun spirit day, students, staff, and parent volunteers may wear their favorite baseball gear including baseball caps to show spirit for Herndon ES!

student march madness calendar English

Parent Volunteers needed in Cafeteria

Herndon ES parents and guardians,

We have opened up our cafeteria to volunteers again!  Students love to see their parents come to school to volunteer.  Volunteering in the cafeteria is a wonderful opportunity see your child and their friends while helping others at the same time.  

Lunch is 11-2pm and the volunteers in the cafeteria assist with passing out utensils, helping open student's containers, and helping the dining room assistants out where needed

You may volunteer as much as you would like or even one day per week.  Feel free to encourage other parents to come, too!  Many hands make light work. 

Thank you! 

Please contact Assistant Principal Elizabeth Baxter at

Herndon ES Monitor Positions Available

Herndon Elementary has an opening for several monitor positions.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to work the same days as students at Herndon ES are in school.  

Monitors assist in supporting in the classrooms and other areas.  Please contact Assistant Principal Elizabeth Baxter at


PTA News...

HES PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle on March 29th!

Join us on Wednesday, March 29, 4-8 pm at Chipotle, 1144 Elden Street in Herndon for another HES PTA Spirit Night!  Mention Herndon Elementary School or show them this picture and Chipotle will donate 33% of the sales to the HES PTA.


Chipotle flyer in english

Chipotle Spa

Herndon PTA Clubs Open for Registration

PTA sponsored HES Theater Adventures Club, FREE, Registration deadline March 27, transportation provided if needed, (English and Spanish)

PTA Chess Club Registration is OPEN.

PTA Young Rembrandts is OPEN

Please contact the PTA at with any questions.

positivity project

Week of March 20-24, 2023


WHAT DOES Perspective mean? You appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view.

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

Click here for the full explanation of Perspective and what it means in terms of P2 in the classroom.

Herndon ES
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.


Update Your Emergency Care Information Via weCare@school

Fairfax County Public Schools provides weCare@school (weCare), an emergency care information system, to parents/caregivers who have registered for their own parent account. weCare helps manage emergency medical information by allowing parents/caregivers to enter and update their children’s medical data online at their convenience. That contact information automatically enrolls parents/caregivers to receive critical updates from the district and their child’s school through the eNotify system. FCPS uses eNotify to communicate emergency, transportation, attendance, weather closing and delay, and essential outreach messages. Messages are sent by email, text, and occasionally by phone. 

Learn more about updating your emergency care information.

Parent Information Phone Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. They can also get support with communicating with their child's school.

Community News

Summer Music Camp for Rising 5th-9th Graders

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!

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).

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

therapy dog visits 1st graders

Therapy dog, George, came for another visit!  This month he visited our 1st graders.   They learned George is 5 years old, works for the fire department and is from Puerto Rico.  We love our visits from George and his owner Kelly!

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

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.


FCPS Cares

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: