Bee Hive, August 25, 2023

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Bee Hive

August 25, 2023



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News from HES

Dates to Remember:

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

September 25: NO School for holiday. Offices CLOSED

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

Herndon ES website   

2023-24 FCPS School Calendar

1st day of school

It was a fantastic first day of school at Herndon Elementary!

Student Pickup and Transportation Change Procedures

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Creating a sense of calm and routine at the end of the day is very important for our students and teachers.  They are completing lessons and getting ready for dismissal. 

Here are procedures that we have in place that create the least amount of disruption to the classroom during the day.

  • Send a note in your child’s backpack, email the teacher, let the office know that your child will be dismissed early. 
  • Change of Transportation form on home page of website: all online requests must be made by 12:00 pm.  For any changes or emergencies after 12:00 pm, please contact the office at 703-326-3100.
  • All changes in transportation and student pick-ups must be made by 3:30pm.  We will not be able to honor any changes after that time unless it is a dire emergency.

Please let your child and the school know the plan that morning.  They will appreciate it and we will too!

Thank you for your cooperation.


Herndon ES Administration Team

Please Label your Child's Belongings

We have been back to school for less than a week and we already have a few items in lost and found.  These belongings do not have a name.  

Please label their belongings such as lunch box, backpack, water bottles, sweatshirts and jackets that they can take off when they get warm.

Until they get into the routine, please check when they get home from school if they have everything.  If not, please ask them to check lost and found or the office at school.

Labeling them is the best way to help us return them to your child!

Meet our Office Staff, Parent Liaison, and Clinic Aide 🐝

Office staff

Meet our Herndon ES Office Staff, Parent Liaisons, and Clinic Aide!  From top left: Laura Santini, SIA Shermin Sirajudin, and Carmen Arrieta.  From bottom left: Silvia Najarro, AA Jose Gonzalez Miranda, Parent Liaison Raquel Snyder, Yovanka Perez, and Clinic Aide Mercy Caloyannides.  Not shown: Parent Liaison Yessenia Mendoza and School Nurse Caroline Agyenim-Boateng.

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

HES Music Teacher, Cara Chaapel
FCPS Cares Recipient of the Month!

Cara Chaapel FCPS Cares

Congratulations to Herndon ES music teacher, Cara Chaapel, on her recognition as the May 2023 Region 1 FCPS Cares Recipient of the Month!

Read more here!

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 is interviewing

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


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. 

FCPS Family Facing Curriculum

Community News

Herndon Optimist Youth Activities Registration OPEN

HYO sports

Herndon Optimist Club youth activities such as basketball, cheer, lacrosse, flag football, baseball, and field hockey are now open for fall registration for all girls and boys K-12. 

Please visit our website to explore the possibilities and SIGN UP TODAY.  

Positivity Project

August 28-September 1

Weekly Character Strength: Curiosity

WHAT DOES Curiosity MEAN?  You like exploration and discovery. You ask lots of questions because you want to learn more about anything and everything.

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

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

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.

transport change

school supplies

School Supply Lists

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

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!


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 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: