Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, September 26, 2023


Blue Star Welcome Week Sept. 25th-29th

Blue Star Welcome Week is a nationwide initiative to provide a warm welcome to the 600,000 active-duty and transitioning military families that move into new communities each year. It is the goal of Blue Star Families to proactively improve military families’ sense of belonging to their local communities by forging strong connections between our military family members and their local neighbors.  If you are a new military family, welcome to Bush Hill ES!  Please check out the FCPS military families Welcome Page  and the FCPS military families Resources Page.

A Community Conversation

  • 🎤 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Kick Off  

Join Superintendent Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation at Hayfield Secondary School on Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m., or at Whitman Middle School on Wednesday, September 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions. 

These events are part of a series of Community Conversations this fall and spring in each region. Days and times for the additional region events will be shared soon. Visit FCPS’ webpage to find out when and where you can engage with Dr. Reid.

Register to attend. Pre-registration is not required. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

  • Spanish:🎤 Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro: Inicio de las Conversaciones Comunitarias  Únase a la Superintendente Reid para Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro - Conversación Comunitaria en la Escuela Secundaria de Hayfield el Martes, 26 de Septiembre, 6:30-7:30 p.m., o en la Escuela Secundaria de Whitman el Miércoles, 27 de Septiembre, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Comparta sus pensamientos y preguntas sobre FCPS. 

Estos eventos son parte de una serie de Conversaciones Comunitarias este otoño y primavera en cada región. Los días y horas para los eventos de las regiones adicionales serán compartidos pronto. Visite la página web de FCPS para averiguar cuándo y dónde puede participar con Dr. Reid. 

Regístrese para asistir. No se requiere inscripción anticipada. Se proporcionará cuidado de niños y servicios de interpretación para todos los eventos según la disponibilidad del personal.

Advanced Academics - An Overview

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: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Time: 6:00-7:00

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

Panther PTA


🍽️🎉 Ready for a mouthwatering meal that supports a great cause? 🎉🍽️

Join us at TGI Fridays (6751-B Frontier Dr) on Thursday, September 28th between 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM and make a difference! With every order you place, 20% will be donated to Bush Hill Elementary School. 

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to dine in or to-go for a purpose! 

RSVP & details here: https://grouprai.se/s260476


The PTA needs your help making this year's Fall Festival a success! If you have ideas, are willing to volunteer, or want to join the committee, please email ptabushhillelementary@gmail.com

Panther Pact Celebrations

In our first six weeks of school, your students have been learning about the Panther Pact and how to live it each day!  To celebrate our learning, at the end of each week we have had really fun school-wide celebrations.  This week our focus lessons are around belonging, and our school wide celebration is a Bush Hill Blue spirit wear day!  Wear as much Bush Hill or blue clothing as possible!  Let’s celebrate how we all belong at Bush Hill!!  Don’t forget to wear your Bush Hill Blue spirit wear this Friday, September 29th!

Shannon Nolan, Health & PE Teacher

SR & R

✍️ Student Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement Due September 29

FCPS’ updated Student Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) booklet is available online and in SIS ParentVUE. The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents/caregivers to review and sign the SR&R. The SR&R will be visible upon logging in to SIS ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgment has been completed.

Signatures are due by Friday, September 29. Contact your school’s front office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. Visit the SIS ParentVUE Account Overview webpage for help logging in to your account.

Bike To School Day Is October 4th


Vision & Hearing Screening

Vision and hearing screening will be held on October 10-October 12 for all Kindergarten and 3rd graders and student who are new to Fairfax County.  If your child wears glasses, please be sure he/she has them at school on screening day. The purpose of screening is to identify students who need further evaluation because they have difficulty seeing the screening chart or hearing the screening tones.

Parents will be notified by letter if screening results indicate that further testing is needed. Vision and hearing difficulties can interfere with learning. Prompt follow-up of a referral is recommended.

Thank you!

Ca'Sandre Curry, School Health Aide

Health Department Employee Assigned to Bush Hill Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-5610

SibShops Coming October 9th

Our first Sibshops of the school year is coming up on Monday, October 9, 2023, a staff development day.  There are still a few openings so if you have a student who has a brother or sister with special needs and who could benefit from meeting peers who have similar experiences and engaging in fun recreational and discussion activities about being a sib, then please refer the parents to Sibshops.  Sibshops is for elementary school age students in grades 2-6.  This Sibshops will be held at Providence Community Center in Fairfax.

The FCPS Family Resource Center handles all registrations for Sibshops.  Please encourage parents to sign up to get News You Choose from the Parent Resource Center so they will receive alerts for the opening of Sibshops/SibTeen registration.  It is a first-come, first-served basis with 25 open slots for each workshop.  Here is the link to sign up: https://www.fcps.edu/node/47432

While Sibshops is free for all our students who participate, we do let parents know that we accept donations in order to help support future Sibshops.   The link and a QR code are listed on the Sibshops flier.