Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Join Us For Back To School Night On Thursday

Back-to-School Night will be an in-person event this year. It will take place on Thursday, September 14th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. There will be two sessions for families to attend in each classroom during the night, with teachers repeating the same information for both sessions.  We encourage you to participate in this valuable opportunity and learn important information about your child's classroom experience.

BTSN Schedule:

6:00 - 6:30 - Specialists and community groups host tables with information about their area in the cafeteria.

6:30 - 6:55 - First Session in classrooms

7:00 - 7:25 - Second Session in classrooms

Have You Completed These Important Forms? 

During the first weeks of the year, caregivers receive many forms to complete. Several of the most important ones are below:

  1. Digital Resources Consent: Some FCPS-approved digital resources require parent/caregiver consent before they can be used by students. Find the list of resources which require consent on the Digital Resources - Parent Consent page. This page also includes directions on how to provide permission.
  2. Student Rights and Responsibilities: This document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses. Parents using SIS ParentVUE will be prompted to sign the document when they log in to that platform. A printable version of the document with a signature sheet is available on the SR&R webpage.
  3. Opt-Outs: The Opt-Out Booklet is online or available from your child’s school. It contains information on: 
    1. Parents’ rights to inspect and consent or opt out before their child participates in certain surveys.
    2. Parents’ rights to inspect instructional materials.
    3. Rules regarding student records and disclosure of student information (including photo/video of students) and the right to opt out.
    4. Parents’ rights to opt out of the Social Emotional Learning Screener, physical exams not required by state law, career or social emotional counseling, Library Equity Access Pass Project, and/or Tutor.com.
    5. The process by which complaints may be filed if parents or students believe their rights have been violated.

Paper forms can be signed and returned to school.  Please contact the Main Office if a paper form is needed.

Work Out Wednesdays

Great news Panthers….. Workout Wednesday are back!!!

What is Workout Wednesday you ask??

To promote movement and wellness we have Workout Wednesday’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The first one is tomorrow, Wednesday September 13th!

It is done school wide for staff and students. Participation is not mandatory but encouraged. 😉

On these days Staff and student can wear workout wear or a team jersey.

Throughout the day classes are encouraged to have movement breaks or incorporate Yoga 4 Classrooms

Please talk it up with your students!! Work it out Bush Hill!

Here are the dates for the Year!!!

October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 13

April 17 ( 3rd Wednesday), May 8, & June 12

Panther PTA



Your Support Is Needed

Please join the Bush Hill PTA today!


We are pleased to announce our first meeting on Thursday September 21st @ 7:00 pm. Details for this virtual meeting will be sent out soon but please save the date on your calendar.

We also want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude for your invaluable support in making the Ice Cream Social a tremendous success. The Ice Cream Social was an incredible event that brought together our school community and provided an opportunity for families to bond, students to enjoy a delightful treat, and for friendships to be strengthened. It was also a successful fundraising event which will enable us to continue our efforts to support students, faculty, staff, and the entire Bush Hill community.

A special thank you goes to all the volunteers who contributed their time, energy, and resources to make this event happen. It is through volunteer support that we can continue to create such positive experiences for our students and families.

We look forward to more collaborations and events in the future that will continue to enhance our school experience.

AAP News

Advanced Academics Program

Bush Hill believes in developing the strengths and talents of all students. Every student needs to be challenged and engaged in exciting learning experiences.

Bush Hill’s AAP offers a continuum of advanced academic services to meet a broad range of student needs. We take a holistic approach that uses a variety of assessments to determine the level of service to match the child’s current needs.

Bush Hill will be hosting an Parent Information Session to share an Overview of Available Advanced Academic Elementary Services

Date: September 28, 2023

Time: 6:00-7:00

Location: Virtual (Link will be sent vie eNotify on 9/28)

Seeking Library Volunteers

Calling all superhero parents, grandparents, and caregivers of Bush Hill Elementary School!

Do you have a love for books and a passion for shaping young minds? Our elementary library needs YOUR superpowers! 

We're on the hunt for volunteers to help create a magical reading haven for our little bookworms. Whether you're a literary wizard, a book-binging champion, or just looking to be part of your child's reading journey, we welcome you with open arms!  

What can you do? Be a Library Organizer:  Assist with shelving and keeping our library shipshape. Or be a Reading Sidekick:  Share the joy of reading by helping students pick out the perfect book.

Please review click here to check out the available slots and choose times that work best for you. Thank you!

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

Our Student Are Learning Every Day!  Rise & Shine & Be On-Time!

As you plan upcoming trips and other family events, please remember the importance of sending your child to school every day. Review the FCPS School Year Calendar and try to plan any time away during long breaks from school.

  • Ensure that any trips that you have planned for the school year are on weekends and school holidays.  Every day of learning is a day toward success.
  • If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or appointment, you must report the absence to the school.  You may submit information via email BushHillElem.Attendance@fcps.edu or by calling 703-924-5656.  We appreciate your collaboration in scheduling appointments outside of school hours, when possible.
  • If parents are aware of a future absence, such as a full day absence for a civic engagement activity (middle or high school) or cultural observance, they may contact the school to report the absence and related date. Extended absences, typically for hardship reasons, must be documented and submitted to the school principal at least three to five school days in advance for review and action.
    Elementary Prearranged Absence Form 


  • Preliminary data from a California study found that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade. 
  • Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even PreK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year.
  • Students should miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful, and on track to graduation.
  • Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  • By 6th grade, absenteeism (defined as missing 18 days per school year) is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  • Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  • Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent (missing 18 days or more) in kindergarten and first grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of third grade.

Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits

Back-To-School Preventative Health Practices

Flu season is quickly approaching, and communicable diseases continue to be present in our schools. We are committed to providing students with the education and support to help them succeed while maintaining a safe environment for in-person learning. Families and staff are encouraged to engage in the following health practices to prevent the spread of illnesses. 

  • Make an appointment to get a flu vaccine as soon as possible. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine (with rare exceptions). Flu vaccines are widely available at doctors’ and pediatricians’ offices, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not done so already. An updated COVID booster for the 2023-2024 season should be released in the coming weeks and will more effectively target the current circulating strains of the virus. Find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster in your community by visiting: vaccinate.virginia.gov or call (877) VAX-IN-VA or (877) 829-4682.
  • Check with your students’ healthcare providers to make sure they are up to date on their required school entrance immunizations. Immunization records can now be updated online in SIS ParentVUE through the Online Verification Update form.
  • Check for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents/caregivers are advised to keep their children home if sick and get them tested for COVID-19 to stop further spread from occurring. Employees are also advised to stay home and get tested when feeling sick.
  • Don’t forget to wash hands regularly, avoid touching the face with unwashed hands, cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and limit the time children spend in large group settings with contagious individuals whenever possible.

The most up to date information regarding COVID-19 school health practices is available on the Health and Safety Guidance Document webpage.

Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our schools safe and healthy.