RAVENS' NEST 09/292023

Upcoming Events



Sep 29th ­– Signed SR&R’s Due

Sep 29th – LBSS 50th Celebration, LBSS, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Oct 2nd – Grades 3 & 4 Parent Information Night: Topic - eCubed Math Instruction, 6:00 pm, Cafeteria

Oct 2nd – PTA General Membership Meeting, 7:00 pm, Library

Oct 9th – Student Holiday, Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Staff Development Day

Oct 11th – Technology Information Session, Virtual Meeting, 7:00 pm

Oct 17th – Family Science Night, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Nov 3rd – 2 Hour Early Release, Dismissal at 1:20 pm

Nov 6th – 7th – Student Holidays, Teacher Workdays

Link to 2023-2024 School Year Calendar 2023-24 FCPS School Year Calendar

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Get Ready to Walk and Roll to School!

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Ravensworth will participate in International Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 4. The purpose is to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.  Students are encouraged to bike or walk to school on October 4, where it is safe to do so. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to accompany their children to school.


National Custodian Appreciation Day!



Monday, October 2nd, is National Custodian Appreciation Day. FCPS employs more than 1,300 custodians, field custodians, and building supervisors to maintain our more than 28 million square feet of infrastructure. Thanks to our colleagues on the custodial team, we all have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work.


Lake Braddock 50th Anniversary, save the date!

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Lake Braddock Secondary School invites the community to begin celebrating its 50th anniversary –

Friday, September 29, 5:30-7:30 pm – right before Friday football at the school.

Enjoy free admission to the carnival with inflatables, runway games, food trucks, snacks, face painting. There will be fun for the whole family! Cash sales, please.

Volunteers are needed to help staff booths. Add your name to the sign-up sheet here:


Festivities continue into the football game starting at 7pm.


Principal Coffee- Technology Resources for Families, Wed, Oct 11th, 7:00 pm

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Are you wondering how to access things like Talking Points, Ravens’ Nest, SIS Parent Vue, Schoology, Here Comes the Bus, Facebook and Instagram at Ravensworth ES?  If you are, please sign up at the following link Virtual Coffee Registration to join our School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS) Melissa Keller on Zoom. She will help you learn how you can access these items and use them to help your student at Ravensworth ES.

You will receive a Zoom link via your email 1-2 days prior to the virtual coffee.


Family Science Night, #ChildSci #FSN #FamilyFun

Family Science Night


The Children’s Science Center Lab is bringing its Family Science Night Program to Ravensworth Elementary School on Tuesday, October 17th!

Family Science Night offers a variety of engaging, hands-on science activities such as: Animal Adaptations: Science in Nature, Monster Math: Creating with Probability, Electric Piano: Making Music with Circuits, Ozobots: Colorful Coding, among many others. These experiments are specially designed to help encourage students to take interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, as well as to encourage students to develop curiosity in everyday life situations.

Volunteers are needed to help the Science Center Team! No science experience necessary. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0848AEAF2AAAFBC16-family


When a Student Should Stay Home from School

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Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss. Help your student succeed by encouraging them to attend as many days as possible, but do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. Visit FCPS’ website for information on when you should keep your child at home. If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify their teacher, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Please contact us as soon as you know your child will be absent. Read more about how families can help form good attendance habits.

Cuándo un Estudiante Debe Quedarse en Casa y No Ir a la Escuela

Tanto si los estudiantes faltan a clase por enfermedad como por cualquier otro motivo, faltar a clase conlleva una pérdida de aprendizaje. 

Ayude a su estudiante a tener éxito animándolo a asistir todos los días posibles, pero asegúrese de que su estudiante se quede en casa si está enfermo. Visite el sitio web de FCPS para obtener información sobre cuándo debe mantener a su hijo en casa. 

Si su hijo tiene una enfermedad crónica, asegúrese de notificar a su maestro, para que se le pueda proporcionar asistencia si es necesario. Por favor contáctenos tan pronto sepa que su hijo estará ausente. 

Lea más sobre cómo las familias pueden ayudar a formar buenos hábitos de asistencia.


Absences Add Up – Plan Ahead

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As we get closer to the start of school, please plan travel around the school calendar. Every day of school is important to overall academic, social and emotional progress.  

2023-24 FCPS School Year Calendar


Positivity Project

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This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Open-Mindedness.  Open-mindedness means you like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored opinions, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available. They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views. And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant.


Substitutes Needed at Ravensworth for 2023-24



We are always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home family members, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! Substitute instructional assistant pay will be $17.08 per hour and substitute teacher pay will be $19.05 per hour for the 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Erika Aspuria, Principal and apply on-line. Also, you can sign up for a virtual, one hour substitute information session here.  


Library support needed! 

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Our librarian, Mrs. Sloan, is looking for a couple of parents who can provide consistent weekly support in the library.  Days and times include Mondays from 9-12 and Wednesdays from 9-10:15. The highest priorities for support include checking out books to students as well as shelving books.  Additional needs include delivering holds to teacher mailboxes, book repair, processing new books, creating book displays, and cutting paper for student bookmarks.  Library experience is preferred. 

If you’re interested or have questions, you can contact Mrs. Sloan at jasloan@fcps.edu

Thank you for your consideration!





PTA is Seeking a New Treasurer

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The PTA is looking for someone willing to assume the role of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. Unfortunately, our current Treasurer, Lane, is unable to continue in the position. While we will miss her in that role, it opens up a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to get involved. The position includes:

  • Tracking and imputing incomes and expenses to QuickBooks
  • Creating Monthly Budget Reports and presenting them at Meetings
  • Writing checks and depositing payments received
  • Attending monthly meetings

The position demands anywhere between 2-5 hours of work per month. While an accounting background and QuickBooks experience is helpful, it is not necessary.

Anyone interested in the role can send an email to president@ravensworthpta.org. Further questions about the role may be sent to selemefamilia@gmail.org


Chess Club

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Chess Club will be held every Monday in the Cafeteria, starting September 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for days where school is closed or there is early release. We are able to offer this program through partnership with the U.S. Chess Center. Chess club is $130 per semester and includes a club t-shirt and snacks during the meet-ups. Registration can be done through the following link:   https://chessctr.org/ravensworth/

For more information contact Ravensworth club parent coordinators Michael Alt, alt_michael@hotmail.com  or Alexandra Parresol, alexandraparresol@yahoo.com  or the U.S. Chess Center, admin@chessctr.org


Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

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Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on social media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES