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Dear Halley Families, 

As we began May this week, we are in full swing of our Spring end of year assessments including SOLs, as well as planning celebrations for the end of the year. This is the time of year when we can reflect on the amount of progress our students have made in all areas! Testing will continue through the month of May.  Please encourage your student to rest well and eat a good breakfast before test day. 

THANK YOU for showing and sharing the LOVE for our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week!  We were able to present gift cards and surprises through raffles and games.  It was a lot of fun and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!  Our community of parents and families helped us bring so much JOY to our AMAZING staff.  On Wednesday, they enjoyed the tasty treats of Captain Cookie and the Milkman!  Said one teacher, "This is the best gift ever!"   We’re looking forward to our PTO luncheon coming next week!!!  THANK YOU again for your love, donations, and gift cards!   

halley staff and captain cookie
halley staff with ice cream

Optional Family Input wanted for

Class Placements 2022-2023

Creating class assignments for next year requires careful consideration and the involvement of many staff members.  We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success.  Please Use this form/ usa este formulario to share information about your child that the school staff should know, particularly regarding friendships or neighborhood factors, by Friday, May 12, 2023.  Our teachers and staff use this information to create preliminary class groupings in the end of May.   

We also ask that you do not request specific teachers.  Due to the many factors, we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.  Therefore, we cannot accept a letter that has a specific teacher listed as a request for next school year.  It is far more valuable to share particular academic or behavioral needs or concerns.  Also, we cannot honor requests to place your child with friends. We defer to the placement team on assignments and cannot guarantee friend requests.

Be assured that with or without a parent letter, your child’s strengths and needs are considered in this lengthy and complex process.

Thank you for sharing this important information with us so we can best meet your child’s needs next year! 

Information For 6th Grade Families

We’re taking a 6th panoramic photo on May 22nd!

All 6th graders and teachers will be photographed together.  All orders must be placed online. The Link for ordering with be shared soon.  The photographers will not accept payments at the camera.  Also…

Save the Date:  Thursday, June 15 – 6th Grade Promotion

Social Emotional Screener Reports

Twice a year, students in grades 3-12 share their perspectives on how well their school and community help them develop skills they need to succeed through the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. These skills include achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. Students also share how successful their school and community are at making them feel valued, included, and supported. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success. 

Spring 2023 SEL Screener results will be mailed to families in mid-May. The Social Emotional Learning Screener Parent/Guardian Report and Guide has been updated to better reflect how SEL Screener results are used to support school and districtwide planning, in addition to supports for individual students. Visit the FCPS SEL Screener webpage for information in multiple languages, including tips for talking with your student about the report and strategies for strengthening SEL at home

Community Conversation

School Safety and Security

FCPS will host a community conversation to discuss our approach to safety and security, and the work we do every day to keep our schools safe. Join us Monday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at South Lakes High School. Registration information will be available soon. 

FCPS staff and experts will review our risk assessment processes, the physical measures we already have in place to protect our students and staff, pilot programs to detect vaping, and how we communicate and collaborate with our partners when there is an incident at our schools. 

Make Sure Your Child Is

Up-to-Date on Vaccines

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations.

Please talk with your family healthcare provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible. Get more information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation.

Elementary Institute for The Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts (EIFTA). EIFTA is a weekly arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades and will be held during the month of July.  Students take classes in art, music, theatre, and dance every day.   

Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the website for more information or email eifta@fcps.edu.


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

  • Mental Health Care for High Schoolers
  • Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps
  • Student Bus Passes


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


Office of the Ombuds:

At Your Service!

Do you have questions or concerns about Fairfax County Public Schools? If so, reach out to the Office of the Ombuds, an independent, impartial, informal, and confidential resource for employees, parents/caregivers, students, and the community. Ombuds staff members are eager to listen and assist with navigating the school division. They will also offer options and resources to help resolve challenges.

Contact the Office of the Ombuds at 571-423-4014, at ombuds@fcps.edu, or via the “Submit a Question” button on their webpage. The team looks forward to serving you!

SOL Testing Calendar 2023

SOL testing will be taking place in the month of May this year for students in grades 3-6. The SOL assessments are content assessments that measure a student’s growth in Mathematics, Reading, and Science (5th grade only).

These tests will be conducted during the dates listed in the table below. It is important that your child attend school on the dates designated for them to test.  Please ensure your child gets plenty of rest the night prior. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Buchko, our school testing coordinator at jmbuchko@fcps.edu.

Halley SOL calendar

halley PTO logo


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

2023 - 2024   PTO Board 

Open Positions

Looking for ways to become more active in our school community?  Join the PTO Board!  We will be electing a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary to serve for the July 2023-June 2024 term.  Reach out to Klpeerman@fcps.edu to express your interest and find out more about what is involved in each role!  


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 have you part of the team.

special education conference

Watch this short video to learn more about the event, including guest speakers. We encourage registrants who need language assistance to call the Parent Information Phone Lines.

career day

When:  June 6, 2023

Time:  9:30 – 11:30 and 12- 2

Theme: “Your future is Bright!”

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


Come for an hour or two and tell us 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!

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

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