Bee Hive, August 18, 2023

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Bee Hive

August 18, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

August 21: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.  Bell schedule 9:20am - 4:05pm

September 1-4: NO School for Labor Day Break.  School and Offices CLOSED

September 25: NO School for holiday.  School and Offices CLOSED

September 28: Herndon ES Family Science Night!  6-7:30pm, Gym

Herndon ES website   

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

Meet our HES Admin Team!


Meet our wonderful Herndon ES Admin team!  From top left: AP Elizabeth Baxter, Principal Candace Hunstad, and AP Greg Brotemarkle. From bottom left: AP Elizabeth Scheurer and AP Jennifer Skerker.

Administrator Avenue

Dear Bee Families,

We have had an amazing week welcoming staff and students back to the building. Thank you for participating in our Welcome Walk and Back to School Bash. There was so much joy and excitement in our school as students met their new teachers and visited classrooms yesterday!

We wanted to take the time out to thank our PTA for the pizza, water, popsicles, and deejay. A great time was had by all and the weather was perfect. We also want to Trinity Presbyterian Church for hosting three Bookmobile events in our community this summer. Many students and families walked away from these events with lots and new books and big smiles!

We continue to work hard on hiring for the school year and are still in need of classroom monitors. If you know of any possible candidates please encourage them to send their resumes to one of us.

We are incredibly excited about our upcoming building renovation, scheduled to begin late spring, 2024. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available!

We can’t wait to see all of our students back in school this Monday, August 21. You will be allowed to walk your student to class on the first 2 days of school. Please give them a quick hug and goodbye. Our teachers are ready to set their routines and procedures for the coming year. Please also make sure you have communicated with your child’s teacher how your student will be going home.

Do you think our staff is as great as we do? Give them some appreciation by submitting an FCPS Cares

As always, we are a team! Please reach out with any questions or compliments you would like to share.


Herndon ES Administrative Team

Welcome back to school


First Day of School Monday, August 21

We are looking forward to welcoming our students to HES on the first day of school which is Monday, August 21, 2023!  Our bell schedule is 9:20am - 4:05pm.

Our students will be greeted with cheers from staff and our local community such as our firefighters and police as they enter the school!

If your child rides the bus, FCPS transportation sent an eNotify with your child's bus information.  Parents are asked to review their ParentVue account for updates. 

Primer dia de escuela lunes, 21 de agosto

Esperamos dar la bienvenida a nuestros estudiantes a HES el primer día de clases, que es el lunes 2 de agosto de 2023. Nuestro horario de campana es de 9:20 am a 4:05 pm.

¡Nuestros estudiantes serán recibidos con mucha alegria por el personal y nuestra comunidad local, como nuestros bomberos y la policía!

Si su hijo viaja en el autobús, el transporte de FCPS ha enviado una notificación electrónica con la información del autobús de su hijo . Se les pide a los padres que revisen su cuenta de ParentVue para obtener actualizaciones.

Kiss & Ride, Bus Loop, and End of the Day Student Pickup Important Information

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Herndon ES takes the safety and security of all of our students, staff, families, bus drivers, and other Kiss and Ride drivers very seriously.  There is a specific system in place for Kiss & Ride that we all need to follow.

  • Always wait until a staff member is present and you are at the designated area to let your child out of the car.  
  • Do not attempt to pass another car or bus, enter the bus loop, or let your child out of the car at a different location during this time. 
  • The speed bumps were installed to slow us down.  We want everyone to enter and exit safely.
  • Need to check your child out at the end of the day?  If you know in advance, please send in a note so that the teacher is aware. Please come to the office no later than 3:30pm.    It is very busy in the classrooms as the teachers and students are closing out the end of the day.
  • Kiss & Ride, please use this link to request a placard for your car. When you get this card, please clearly display it on front window/dashboard to help staff  with process efficiency.

         Thank you!

Bus Delay Notification System


Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.  Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon.  Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.  

E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.  Need assistance or have questions?  Contact the Transportation office listed for your school.  For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

Safety Drill Message for Parents & Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The first month of school is full of learning and establishing community and routines. In addition, we are required to instruct students on emergency preparedness drills throughout the school year.

Every school in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has in place crisis management and emergency preparedness plans, designed with the help of the school system’s security planning staff, local law enforcement, and emergency management officials. Plans are regularly reviewed and updated. The plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, like fire and tornadoes, and we practice these drills regularly. 

These drills are short and precise so that our students and staff are familiar with the procedures in the event of an emergency. Below you will find a list of the safety routines that we practice throughout the year.

Type of Drill:  Required Frequency

Fire Safety Drills:

We will have 2 drills in the first 20 days of school. Then once a month from October-June.

Lockdown Drill:

One lockdown drill in the first 20 days of school One additional lockdown drill after the first 60 days of school

Tornado Drill

Once a year in March (second semester)

Bus Emergency Drill

One during the first 30 instructional days of the first semester and the other during the first 30 instructional days of the second semester.

Kindergarten and New Student Registration for the
2023-24 School Year

We're excited to welcome our newest Herndon ES Bees for next year!  A child may enter kindergarten for this coming school year if he or she turns five on or before September 30, 2023.   

If you have not registered your child, we are scheduling appointments for all rising kindergartners.  We have Spanish translators in the office and can arrange for other languages as well.  Please click here to begin the registration process now or contact Shermin Sirajudin, our Student Information Assistant, by email at or by phone at 703-326-3100.

Herndon ES Health Room Volunteers Needed

Our school health room is looking for volunteers.  Training will be provided.  Please contact our clinic aide Mercy Caloyannides at

herndon es is interviewing

Herndon Elementary, the Home of the BEES, is now interviewing!  Please email your resume to Candace Hunstad at

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HES Change in Transportation Form

Our Herndon Elementary website has a Change in Transportation form for your convenience!  The link  on the homepage. Click here for the form.Click to edit this placeholder text.

School Supply Lists

Grade level supply lists for the upcoming school year can be found on our website under each grade levels page.

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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!

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:

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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 2023-2024 school year is…

  • We will know all of our bees as scholars and as humans.
  • As a staff, we are a team and collectively responsible for all of our bees.
  • We will bring joy to our Bees' lives everyday and celebrate their successes throughout the school year.
  • All members of our Hive will know that belong here.
  • #ManyBeesOneHive

Important Contact Information

Herndon Elementary Phone Numbers:

  • Health Room 703-326-3110
  • Cafeteria 703-326-3121

Administration e-mail addresses: