October 1, 2023

October 1, 2023

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Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

I am excited to share we have just finished six weeks of school. Wow, how the time has passed quickly!  All our classrooms are buzzing with learning and the week ahead is our first week of October. October brings the autumn weather with the cooler weather. As a reminder, please remember to send your child in with a jacket and include their name so if it becomes lost, we can return it to the student quickly.

This coming Friday, October 6th is Picture Day. Remind your child to come to school with a big smile.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to all the families who came out last Thursday for Bingo Night and the families who came today to the Willston Center.  My family at home and my family at Sleepy Hollow are important to me and I look forward to continuing to meet every family of Sleepy Hollow.

With gratitude,

Your Proud Admin Team, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal 

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Important Dates

October 3rd Advance Academics Parent Information

Virtual Meeting Link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/95807945318

Meeting ID: 958 0794 5318

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October 6th  Picture Day SHES - All Day
October 9th  Staff Development Day    No school for students 



After School Program

Starting on Monday, our school via the PTA will sponsor an after-school Camp. The table above are the classes they will provide with the date of the week.  Here is additional information:

  • All students will meet in the cafeteria at dismissal at the same time as Kiss and Ride. Parents should provide a snack for students.
  • The school will not provide transportation.
  • All dismissal will be done via door 2 by Baroody Camp at end of class.
  • Any requests for class changes must be handled by Baroody Camp

  • 🗓️ Attendance Tip: Scheduling Family Trips or Events

Good attendance is an important life skill that will help students succeed in school and beyond.

When scheduling trips or family events, try to use weekends and school holidays, and refer to the FCPS Calendar when planning. Every day of learning is a day toward success. Keep in mind that absences add up quickly. Students who are absent 10% of the school year (or just two days per month) are considered chronically absent.

When possible, schedule appointments for your child outside of school hours. If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or another reason, you must report the absence to their school. Most schools have links to their attendance email or notification systems on their homepages. If you are unsure how to report an absence, please call your school’s front office.

Watch this video with tips on understanding our school calendar and visit our Attendance webpage for additional information. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!

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

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future: A Community Conversation. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

Events are open to all. Find out about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid. Your voice matters! 

  • Social and Emotional Learning Screener Offered in October

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.  

The screener is offered to all students in grades 3-12 in October and again in February or March. It addresses skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful. Key updates to the screener this year include:

  • Different versions for students in grades 3-5 and 6-12. 
  • Fewer topics with more questions to provide schools and families with more data to support planning. 
  • Additional questions aligned with FCPS’ commitment to educational equity.  

SEL Screener results are sent to families via postal mail. Families who wish to opt their child out should complete the opt-out form in the Annual Notice packet or in SIS ParentVUE. 

  • Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health

Children go through a lot of changes, and it can be hard to tell if their behavior is developmentally appropriate or if they could benefit from mental health support. It’s important to talk to your child and pay attention to their actions, especially these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.
  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.
  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.
  • Lack of sleep or too much sleep.
  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.
  • Alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family. 
  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. All Fairfax County public schools have at least one school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker.

Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. Call your school or visit their website for staff members’ contact information. Find additional information to support your child’s wellness

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis such as thoughts of harming themselves or others, please take action right away. Call 988, go to the nearest emergency room, or contact the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.

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