RAVENS ' NEST 10/06/2023

Upcoming Events



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

Oct 11th – Technology Information Session, Virtual Meeting, 7:00 pm, (Must sign up to get the link to the meeting. See below for more information)

Oct 13th – PTA Spirit Night, Panera, West Springfield, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Oct 17th – Family Science Night, Gym, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Oct 25th – Fall Picture Retakes, Lobby, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Oct 30th – PTA Trunk or Treat, Ravensworth Parking Lot, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Oct 31st – Storybook Character Day

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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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.


STEM Mentorship for Grade 6 Students



Paradigm EXPO, a student-led organization led by seniors at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology are inviting our grade 6 students to this opportunity.  Their purpose is to provide students with opportunities to learn STEM skills and technical applications by pairing them with a qualified high school mentor and use those skills to prepare a project for the end-of-year Paradigm EXPO. 

The annual Paradigm EXPO is in early 2024 (date TBA). Admission to the Paradigm Expo and participation in the program is completely free

They are kicking off their mentorship program this year with a virtual interest meeting on October 8, 2023, at 7:00 pm. During this session they will introduce students and parents to the goals and guidelines of this program. All interested students should sign up using the form at the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfkr2Ep-ycjgaN7rZsLukkhEwALlpp_Pcktgg37kUlT2H_EtA/viewform

If you have any questions or concerns, please email them at paradigmEXPO@gmail.com. Feel free to also check out their website at https://paradigmexpo.wixsite.com/paradigm-expo


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


Solar Eclipse Resources for Families

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Resources for families to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipses (October 14, 2023 and April 8, 2024) have been compiled, including safe viewing practices. Please go to this FCPS website link to access these resources that are applicable to students of all ages. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon.


Sweet Treat with Lunch

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The Office of Food and Nutrition Services is now offering a “Sweet Treat with Lunch” this school year to thank students and staff for enjoying school lunch with us. The “Sweet Treat with Lunch” will be implemented at all school levels.  The treat for October is a chocolate chip cookie.  This chocolate chip cookie is a smaller version of the same whole grain, reduced sugar chocolate chip cookie provided to schools through our a la carte option. This cookie meets USDA Smart Snack requirements.

The following dates have been determined for the monthly “Sweet Treat with Lunch.”

October 2, 2023 / November 8, 2023 / December 4, 2023 / January 8, 2024


February 5, 2024 / March 4, 2024 / April 3, 2024 / May 6, 2024 / June 3, 2024


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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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 Other People Mindset of Being Present and Giving Others My Attention. This means when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention.

This element of the Other People Mindset is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention. Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the dangerous capacity to pull us away from the present moment and, what’s most important -- our relationships with other people.


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


Get Your School Spirit Wear Today!

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Show your school spirit and support the Ravensworth PTA—purchase your spirit wear in the MemberHub store anytime: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store; youth and adult sizes available. Contact spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your pride for the Ravensworth Ravens all year long!


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