RAVENS' NEST 10/20/2023

Upcoming Events



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

Nov 9th – Curriculum Night, 6:00 – 7:30 pm, More information to follow

Nov 10th – Bravery Breakfast

Nov 13th – PTA Meeting, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Virtual

Nov 22nd, 23rd & 24th – Thanksgiving Holiday, No School


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

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Message from the Principal


Dear Ravensworth Families,


Thank you for attending to our Family Science Night this week.  We appreciate the Ravensworth PTA for sponsoring this event.  Students and families enjoyed the opportunity to engage in fun science activities.  We hope to see you at our next family event on Monday, October 30th.  Our PTA is sponsoring a Trunk or Trick event in the school parking lot from 6:00-7:00 pm. 

Thanks for your continued support and partnership.



Erika Aspuria



Sales Tax Holiday

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Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, October 20, and ends Sunday, October 22. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. View the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines for more information.

Feriado de Impuestos sobre las Ventas en Virginia

El feriado de tres días de impuestos sobre las ventas de Virginia comienza el viernes 20 de Octubre y termina el Domingo 22 de Octubre. Durante el feriado de impuestos sobre las ventas, puede comprar útiles escolares, ropa, calzado, artículos de preparación para emergencias y productos Energy Star™ y WaterSense™ que califiquen sin pagar impuestos sobre las ventas. Para obtener más información, consulte las Guías para el Feriado de Impuestos sobre las Ventas.


Bravery Breakfast

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Veterans and Military Families,

We're throwing a special event to celebrate your bravery and dedication, and we'd love for you to be there:

Bravery Breakfast at Ravensworth Elementary

Date: November 10th,

Time: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Location: Ravensworth Cafeteria

At Ravensworth, we believe in showing our gratitude in a fun and friendly way. Our Bravery Breakfast is all about coming together, sharing stories, and showing appreciation for our veterans and current service members.

In addition to the breakfast, we are looking for Veterans to come speak in our morning meetings after the breakfast. If you are interested, please fill out the following link: https://forms.gle/hE73ULtX8cjpiNtZ9

Thank you for your service and for inspiring our school community. We're excited to have you join us on November 10th. Let's celebrate your bravery and enjoy some good company.


Know Our Security Terms



FCPS uses specific terminology to specify the actions school staff and students should take to ensure safety in a variety of situations. It is important for staff, families, and students to understand what the different terms mean and how they impact school operations.

Watch this video to learn more about the definitions of the security terms: lockdown; secure the building; and stay put, stay tuned. If students, staff, or community members have a safety concern at school (that is not an immediate emergency), they should submit a tip to the FCPS Safety Tipline. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Conozca Nuestros Términos de Seguridad

FCPS usa terminología específica para especificar las acciones que el personal escolar y los estudiantes deben tomar para garantizar la seguridad en una variedad de situaciones. Es importante que el personal, las familias y los estudiantes entiendan lo que significan los diferentes términos y cómo afectan las operaciones escolares.

Vea este vídeo para obtener más información sobre las definiciones de los términos de seguridad: encierro; asegurar el edificio; y no moverse. 

Si los estudiantes, personal, o miembros de la comunidad tienen una preocupación de seguridad en la escuela (que no es una emergencia inmediata), deben enviar un aviso a la Línea de Seguridad de FCPS. En caso de emergencia, por favor llame al 9-1-1.


Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

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Each year, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is eligible to apply for Federal Impact Aid grant funds. Impact Aid is a federal formula grant program designed to assist local school districts that enroll Federally connected students. This year, FCPS is pleased to announce that the Federal Impact Aid Survey will be available electronically through your ParentVUE account.

Ravensworth need your assistance to complete the Federal forms by October 31, 2023. Please see attached instructions Parentvue Impact Aid Instructions on how to complete the survey online in ParentVUE.

For those parents/guardians that do not have a Parentvue account, an activation Key is being sent home next week.

If you should need assistance please contact the Impact Aid Coordinator, Teresa Dunbar in the office at 703-426-3600


Lifetouch Picture Retake - October 25th



See instructions below if you would like to order online:

Preorder at:


with Student ID or Picture Day ID:  EVTSWFBJG


Any questions please call Ravensworth ES Office (703) 426-3600


LBSS Socktober, October 13th – 31st



The Lake Braddock pyramid is participating in Socktober and will be collecting new socks October 13th -31st that will be donated to local homeless shelters.  Please consider donating new men’s, women’s, and/or youth socks!  There is a box in the Ravensworth ES lobby for socks. 


Positivity Project



This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Creativity. Creativity means you come up with new and original ways to think about and do things.

Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you share your original ideas with the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.


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.


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 9:00 -12:00 and Wednesdays from 9:00 -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 a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to get involved. The position includes:

  • Tracking and inputting 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 pm to 5:00 pm, 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