Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

Open House is one of our absolutely favorite days of the year.  We loved seeing so many of our families yesterday!  Those of you who were wrapping up vacations, we can’t wait to see you back Monday morning!   

We will be sending out a reminder email on Sunday afternoon that includes last minute reminders for arrival and dismissal.  We welcome you to walk your child to their classroom on their first day.  Please know this is a quick stop at the classroom door and a quick goodbye.  You may want to preview that goodbye with your child to help with any jitters.  If your child is a bus rider and you want to walk them to the classroom, please have them ride the bus that morning and meet them at school.  Starting on Tuesday, parents can say goodbye at the bus stop, at the car, or at the door.

We are looking forward to a wonderful start to the 2023-2024 school year and celebrating our 60th year of learning here at Stenwood!

Below you will find additional information about:

  • Partner Family - NEW
  • Parent Volunteer Survey - NEW
  • Back to School Night - Reminder
  • Parking at Stenwood - Reminder
  • SR&R e-signature in ParentVue - Reminder
  • Fall Picture Day - August 30th! - NEW
  • School Lunch and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications - Reminder
  • Special Transportation (Private After-School Activities) - Reminder
  • Emergency Care Information - Reminder
  • Activating your SIS ParentVue Account
  • What is Schoology
  • Stenwood is Hiring!
  • PTA

Enjoy the remaining days of summer and we look forward to seeing you all soon!


Erica Riley, Principal 
Twitter @esriley1

Bryan Case, Assistant Principal


Partner Families

We are always looking for families who speak other languages to support our families who may need help with understanding weekly communication from the school and classroom and to provide them a connection to another family.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please fill out this survey so we can work to connect you to a family.

Parent Volunteer Survey

If you are interested in volunteering throughout the year, please complete this survey.  It includes opportunities for class parent as well as in the library, clinic, and with the PTA.  

Back to School Night on 8/29/22

Back to School Night on Tuesday, 8/29 from 6:00 - 7:30pm

Please join your child’s teacher for Back to School Night. This session will focus on curriculum, specific grade level information, and Family Life Education information.

Here is the schedule for the evening:

Session 1: 

6:00 - 6:40pm


* Transition Time: 6:40 -  6:50pm *


Session 2 (repeat of Session 1): 

 6:50 - 7:30pm 

This is an adult-only event; we ask that you arrange childcare for your children so you can attend fully to the information being presented.

Parking at Stenwood

Parking at Stenwood is very limited during large school events.  On a daily basis, we ask families to park in our parking lot.  During large school/grade level events, we coordinate with Fairfax County Police Department to allow for parking on the neighborhood streets behind Stenwood.  Please be courteous to our neighbors, do not block driveways and please abide by all Fairfax County parking laws.  When advertising events, we will communicate if the parking in the neighborhood has been coordinated. 

Students Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R)

The SR&R for the 2023-24 school year has been approved, updated, and posted to the FCPS. You can review the materials and may also choose to watch a video detailing the SR&R.  When logging into ParenVUE, you will be prompted to provide an e-Signature to digitally sign the SR&R.

Students will have lessons reviewing the SR&R with their classroom teachers at school on Thursday, August 31st.

Fall Picture Day - August 30th!

Picture Day

School Picture Day is coming Wednesday, August 30th, 2023! Images will be available to view and purchase approximately two weeks following our school's picture day. Save time and Pre-order online.

We need 2 volunteers from the community to help navigate the flow. Would you like to volunteer? For more information or to sign up, please contact Nora Marrero in the Stenwood front office.

School Meals and

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

Starting the School Year

Breakfast will NOT be available on the first day of school.  Due to central facility issues there will be menu changes and the salad bar will not be available until further notice.  We will let you know in the Hive Happenings when the salad bar reopens.  

Outdoor Lunch

As we shared at the end of last school year, outdoor lunch will not be an option for the 23-24 school year.  


Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using  You can also write a check to Stenwood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager at Open House.   During the school year, you can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at (these menus do not appear to be available yet).  

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue 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, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  

Special Transportation

(Private After-School Activities)

If your child(ren) will be taking a van or bus after school for a private after-school activity, please let our office know now,

Emergency Care Card Form

Emergency Care Card Forms are important in helping us contact you in case of an emergency. Parents can help by assuring that the school has the most up-to-date information. 

Please update any information by using the ParentVue/Online Verification Update system.  To read more about the OVU, visit the OVU page on the FCPS site. To access your ParentVue to update/verify, visit the ParentVue Login page. 

Emergency Care updates are due the first day of school.

Activating Your SIS ParentVUE Account

The SIS (Student Information System) ParentVUE Account is an online tool parents can use to access information about their child’s attendance, report cards, discipline incidents, health information, and more. In ParentVUE, you can also view student progress reports/report cards and SOL scores.

Your secure SIS ParentVUE Account offers you the ability to use one username/password to login to both the SIS ParentVUE Account and Schoology.

Using the SIS ParentVUE account, parents will also be able to view school information, including teacher e-mail addresses, the FCPS calendar, and emergency contact information. Visit the FCPS website and use the search function and keywords “SIS Parent Overview” for more information.

Many of our Stenwood families have already activated your SIS ParentVUE account with the activation key. If you are unable to login to your account, you may need to reset your password on the SIS Parent Account login page (  

  • Select the “Forgot Password” button.  
  • Your username is the primary email address you have on file with us in our Student Information System.  
  • More information is available here.

Newly enrolled families should have received an activation key for your account.  If you have not yet activated your account, please reach out to Sonja Hunt ( ) or Brian Spector (

Please take action now to ensure your account is active, so that you won’t miss a beat!

What Is Schoology?


Stenwood is excited to continue in our second year with our new learning management system: Schoology.  Schoology is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning.  

Teachers can use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically. It helps students stay organized and it keeps the class connected.

Parent Accounts

A Schoology Parent Account gives you access to:

  • Your child’s classes.
  • Your child’s upcoming assignments.
  • School, class, and group announcements.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. 

More information on how to login and use Schoology is available online.

Stenwood is Hiring!

We are looking to hire Classroom Monitors and Substitutes!  If you are interested in any of these positions, please reach out if you have any questions or if you want more information.  Here is a link to FCPS’ application portal.

Classroom Monitors: Monitors will work every day students attend throughout the 2023-24 school year, and will directly support classrooms by providing additional supervision to students during lunch or in the classroom. The pay is $15.73/hour.  Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  Please apply here and email me at so we can schedule a time to talk more. Please share this opportunity with others who might be interested. All FCPS schools are looking to hire for this position. 

Stenwood Elementary PTA

Interested in volunteering to be a class parent, volunteering in our cafeteria or library, OR just looking to stay connected with the great work of our PTA? 

More information about the PTA is available on their website.

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