September 26th

September 26th, 2023

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Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

I hope this newsletter finds you having a wonderful week ahead and enjoying the first signs of Autumn.  The end is ahead of the beginning of school assessments as we will be finalizing all literacy and math assessments soon. We know this is a critical process in student learning as this information provides responsive instruction to our teachers. 

Last week our families and students enjoyed spending an evening at our Family Science Night. Students participated in hands-on activities demonstrating a variety of scientific principles and making STEM learning fun and accessible. 

As always, thank you for your support of all things Sleepy Hollow and I look forward to seeing many of you either at Sleepy Hollow or at the Willston Center on Saturday. These opportunities to meet families whether in the school or community is an exciting chance to remain connected, united, and partnered.

With appreciation for your partnership, 

Your Proud Admin Team, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal 


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Science Night

Important Dates

September 27th Kindergarten Parent Coffee    Willston Ctr                    2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
September 27th  AAP Information Meeting for Parents  Virtual Meeting              6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
September 28th  PTA Bingo Night                                       SHES 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Transportation provided 
September 30th  School Updates Meeting                                   Willston Ctr.                10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
October 6th  Fall Picture Day SHES - All Day 
October 9th  Staff Development Day    No school for students 



Importance of Strong Attendance Habits

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, achieve tomorrow! 

Substitute and Instructional Assistant Hiring


💲 Substitutes to Receive High-Volume Pay on High-Volume Days

The School Board has approved a list of 18 days for substitutes to receive high-volume pay. All teacher substitutes will receive their hourly pay plus an additional $80 for each high-volume day they work. See the list of high-volume days and more information. 

A bonus program for substitutes who accept more than the 10 required days has also been approved. Substitutes working 50 days within a school year, will earn a $200 bonus. Substitutes working 100 days within a school year, will earn a $300 bonus. Substitutes working 150 days within a school year, will earn a $400 bonus. Get more information on this sub bonus program

Make a SUBstantial Difference! 

FCPS is always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers. Weekly virtual substitute teacher information sessions are held each Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. Register for an upcoming session on Wednesday, September 27, and Wednesday, October 4

Community Conversations

  • 🎤 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, but it helps with planning. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability.


  • ✍️ Student Rights and Responsibilities Acknowledgement Due

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. Please contact our front office if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet. Visit the SIS ParentVUE Account Overview webpage for help logging in to your account. 

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