October 20, 2023

October 20th 2023

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Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

I hope everyone has enjoyed the crisp autumn weather and the light crunch of the leaves on the ground. Autumn is bringing joy, laughter, incredible recess weather and  exciting upcoming school events. I am happy to share with you what we have in store this month both at school and in our community in the Important Calendar Dates section below. 

Additionally, Sleepy Hollow will be transitioning to Instagram from Twitter ("X"). I will share more information in the next News You Choose edition. I will continue to send messages here on News You Choose and on Talking Points and replace our social media choice to Instragram. 

Warmest regards, 

Mirnaly Vega and Tim Scesney

Principal and Assistant Principal


Important Calendar Dates - October/November

  • October 21 - Parent Coffee 10:00 a.m. at Willston Community Center
  • October 25 - Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day 
  • October 25 - PTA Trunk or Treat at SHES 6:30 - 7:30 Bus Transportation provided for all families. Come out for treats & see your teachers!
  • November 3 - 2 hour early release for students, 1:30 Dismissal Time
  • November 6th and November 7th - Parent & Teacher Conferences      (if you have not sign up for a conference, contact your child's teacher) 

Book Character

 SHES First Annual Trunk or Treat

Please join us on October 25th from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at SHES Parking Lot for a festive night of treats and seeing your teachers. Check out the details below. 

Bus Transportation Stops will be at starting at 6:00 p.m. and return trip at 7:30 p.m. 

2937 John Marshall Drive,

6134 Willston Drive

Patrick Henry and Willston Dr.

904 John Marshall Drive

Trunk or Treak

Trunk or Treat Spanish

MCCP HealthCare_English

MCCP Spanish

Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. Find out how to get technical support for ParentVUE.

Free COVID-19 Tests

Every U.S. household can place an order to receive four more free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home.

Review health and safety guidance for schools to stay up to date on the best ways to prevent the spread of disease, and for information on when students should stay home from school.

Parenting Programs and Workshops

A comprehensive calendar of events for Formed Families Forward can be found HERE.

The long-awaited Family Special Education Guide revision is now ready! The new Family's Guide overviews the special education process and focuses on what families need to know and be prepared to do as critical education partners. Find the new Guide HERE.

Calendar Update for March 5

Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days.

Newsletter for Military-Connected Families

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends a monthly newsletter for military-connected families? Subscribe today.

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.

Dyslexia Open House

Fairfax County Public Schools will be holding the Dyslexia Open House on October 26, 2023, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031. This event is open to staff members and families who would like to learn more about dyslexia and how Fairfax County Public Schools supports students with dyslexia.

From 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. participants have the opportunity to visit tables set up with information from a variety of departments in Fairfax including the Office of the Ombuds, Office of School Psychology and the Office of Special Education Instruction.  From 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. a variety of speakers will discuss the importance of dyslexia awareness and how to support your students with dyslexia. Feel free to share the invitation with staff, family and community members. Register using this link.


Melissa Bosman mnbosman@fcps.edu 571-423-4474

Carrie Leestma csleestma@fcps.edu 571-423-4118

November Events Hosted by the Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The FRC is hosting the following events in November:

Click the links above to register for the events. For more information, visit the Family Resource Center webpage.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention

The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.

The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

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