Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

Tonight is the Ice Cream Social, we hope to see many of you tonight for yummy ice cream, dancing, and lots of fun.  

The PTA’s Help the Hive Drive kicked off this week!  This is the PTA’s primary fundraiser for the year and helps to fund most of our PTA activities.  The Ice Cream Social is one of the many things Help the Hive funds.  

Below you will find additional information about:

  • STEAM Supply Donations - NEW
  • AAP Information Session Date and Slidedeck from today - Updated
  • Kiss N Ride Reminders - NEW
  • Fence Reminders - NEW
  • Digital Consent - Reminder
  • Community Peers Preschool Program - Reminder
  • Nutrislice Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Stenwood is Hiring!
  • PTA

Have a great weekend!



Erica Riley, Principal 

Bryan Case, Assistant Principal

STEAM Supply Donations



We are so excited to be integrating our understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math this year in our STEAM classes! All grade levels and classes have STEAM weekly and we would greatly appreciate any donations of supplies/materials for our STEAM challenges.  Students will be using these materials as they engage in the Engineering Design Process and utilize their Portrait of a Graduate skills.  There is a collection box where your child may drop off donated supplies by the Kiss N Ride door/library.

Please check here for the list:

STEAM Supply Donations List

This page will be updated periodically as new needs arise.  Thank you for checking back throughout the year and if you would like to learn more, check out FCPS’ website on STEAM in our schools!

Advanced Academic Program (AAP)

Information Sessions

Today Mrs. Hartman, our AART, led the first of two information sessions, below is the link to the slidedeck and narration if you were unable to join us.  Today’s session focused on the Continuum of Service in FCPS.  This is a general overview of the Levels of Service available to students in K-6.  The next session will be focused on the Level IV (Full-Time) services and screening process.  Full-time AAP Services begin in 3rd grade, with the screening process happening in 2nd grade.  All families are welcome to attend, however the information is geared more towards families with students in 2nd grade and up.  The meeting will be held in the cafeteria.  Please feel free to join us.

Level IV Services/Screening - Friday, October 6th, 8:45 - 9:30

Continuum of Service - Narrated Slidedeck

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Kiss N’ Ride

Please remember that Kiss N’ Ride is offered as a courtesy to our parents, we ask that if you choose to use this, please follow these safety procedures (the first three have been the biggest issues so far this year):

  • Approach the back circle of the school by turning onto Carnegie Drive from Cottage Street. Enter the back circle on Citadel Place by turning right from Carnegie. Exit the circle by turning right on Carnegie, then proceed to Bucknell Dr. and back to Cottage. This one-way pattern will help reduce traffic congestion, the map is below to help illustrate the pattern.
  • Do not pass other cars that are loading or unloading.
  • Be considerate to our neighbors who live in our Kiss N’ Ride area.   When you are leaving the Kiss N’ Ride area, please remember that there are student pedestrians and the speed limit is 25 MPH.  
  • We have requested the FCPD to evaluate the need for a FCPD Crossing Guard at this intersection, however it was denied because it is our families creating the traffic and not external traffic. Please be cautious of our students as they cross.
  • Pull forward as far as possible before loading or unloading and drivers should remain in their car. 
  • If your child is still in a car seat or child restraint, please practice with your child so they can begin to become independent in getting out of their seat.
  • Load and unload from the passenger side of the car only.
  • Do not park in the Kiss N’ Ride lane and leave your car unattended.
  • Neighborhood parking is by permit only.  Carnegie Drive is very narrow and difficult to maintain two lanes if cars are parked on both sides.  If you have permit parking, please consider parking on Bucknell which is wider and walking.  
  • Exit the Kiss N’ Ride promptly after loading or unloading children.
  • Look carefully for students who may be crossing the street.
  • In the afternoon, do not park along Carnegie Drive and wait for your child. This adds to traffic congestion.

Fence Reminders

During the school day we have set clear expectations with students that students should not be climbing any fences.  Please set the same expectations when your children are playing on the playground and field before/after school and on weekends.  

Digital Consent

Parental Permission to Use Digital Resources

Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Parent Consent webpage. This page also includes directions for providing permission. 

Each digital resource used in FCPS has had an instructional and technical review. Information about the educational technology tools approved for use within FCPS can be found in the online Digital Ecosystem Library.

Parents can find more information about FCPS-approved digital resources on the Digital Resources in FCPS webpage.

Community Peers Preschool Program

Stenwood is pleased to announce that we will have community peers in our preschool program later this fall. The early childhood special education staff members have been investigating the possible opportunities for our students to participate in integration activities with typically developing peers. This will involve teaching preschoolers with delays and without delays in the same classroom. It can provide young children with a more stimulating environment, teach skills for coping with different situations, and provide the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills. 

Our program will invite a limited number of community preschoolers (2 per class), who are ages 3.5 (by September 30th) to 5 years, to participate in our daily preschool activities.

The children from the community will have the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with current early childhood special education students. Our students will, in turn, benefit from being with community peers who can model appropriate language, motor, and social skills.

All children learn through their play. Intellectual growth occurs in a social context, influenced strongly by the quality of social interactions. The goal of this program is to encourage active learning and promote social interaction and acceptance through shared experiences between the community children and our preschoolers with special needs.  Feel free to contact us for further explanation of our program.

If you are interested in having your child considered for this opportunity, please complete the Community Peers Preschool Program Interest and Information Form by Friday, September 15th.  Stenwood will host a playdate for interested students in early October.  The goal is to have the students start in the class by the end of October.  If you know of anyone who may be interested and does not receive the Stenwood Hive Happenings, feel free to forward them this information. 

Nutrislice Menu and Free/ Reduced Lunch Applications


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  

During the school year, you can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at  

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. 

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 2022-23 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

If you are 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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Preschool Fun in PE!

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Stringers Having Fun Through Learning!

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