Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

Thank you to our amazing PTA for hosting such a wonderful event last Friday night!  It was so wonderful to see so many families out celebrating the new school year!

Today, we had an opportunity to meet with all of our new students at Stenwood (not kindergarteners) to welcome them to our school and for them to hear all about the wonderful activities they have to look forward to!  

Below you will find additional information about:

  • K Play-Based Choice - Supplies Requested - NEW
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month - NEW
  • Rosh Hashanah - Friday, September 15 - NEW
  • STEAM Supply Donations - Reminder
  • AAP Information Session Date and Recording - Reminder
  • Nutrislice Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Stenwood is Hiring! - Updated - New Position Advertised
  • Marshall Pyramid Collective Commitments

Have a great weekend!



Erica Riley, Principal 

Bryan Case, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Play-Based Choice Time

This year, FCPS added Play-Based Choice Time to the Kindergarten Curriculum. This is a time for Kindergarteners to develop their vocabulary, learn to read context clues, practice oral language skills, encounter different language structures, and so much more.

The Kindergarten team is looking for items to use during this new part of the day. If you have any of the following items, donations would be greatly appreciated: barbies, action figures, hot wheels, puppets, any building materials, play food, cash registers, costumes. 

Although we'd love to accept all donations, we are short on storage space and must be mindful about what we accept. If you are interested in donating, contact Miss Olson, one of our Kindergarten teachers ( Let her know what you have, and she will follow up about whether that item is still needed.

National Hispanic Heritage Month


From September 15th to October 15th, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories and cultures of the members of our community who trace their heritage to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Fairfax County's inaugural Hispanic Heritage Celebration, the Fairfax Fiesta, is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, from noon to 5 p.m., at the PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike). The free event, presented by the Fairfax County Government and Celebrate Fairfax!, aims to provide an extraordinary experience for all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about Fairfax Fiesta.

Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 15th, is a half-O day in recognition of Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.


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

Last week 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.  The 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

Passcode: Hbs3^14hC7

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!

Stenwood was just allocated an additional Instructional Assistant position.  If you know anyone who loves working with children and is looking for a full-time job at our amazing school, please have them reach out!

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 $16.85/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. 

Marshall Pyramid

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The Marshall Pyramid principals are committed to cultivating a culture of belonging in which all students are valued and their strengths and interests are developed to achieve academic excellence. We model what we ask our staff and students to do with each other as principals.

  • We collaborate and problem solve.
  • We focus on creating trusting partnerships.
  • We make connections and build relationships.

Each school in the Marshall Pyramid is actively committed to building a pre-K through 12th grade framework for our students that embodies educational excellence and a culture of belonging.  We look forward to continuing to partner with our students, staff, families, and community in this endeavor and wish everyone a continued safe and happy school year.

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PTA Ice Cream Social!

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Welcoming Our New Students!

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