Hybla Valley Happenings: November 2 Issue

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National Family Engagement Month

November is National Family Engagement Month! This month reminds us that families are children’s first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Over 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in their children's education. The importance of family engagement will be highlighted during November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships. Strengthening relationships between parents, family members, schools, educators, and communities is critical to meeting our commitment to high expectations and excellence for all FCPS students.

Here are some ideas for you to celebrate this month.

  • Collaborate with your parent organization (PTA, PTO, Booster) to host an opportunity to network and learn more about partnering with the school.
  • Visit your local library or go online to get a library card for your child.
  • Practice digital safety and responsibility with your child. Ideas and tip sheets.
  • Commit to volunteer at your child’s school three times this school year.
  • Write letters to school staff for National Family Engagement Day on November 16, 2023.
  • Review your child's (grades 7 – 12) Academic Career Plan on Naviance and partner with their school counselor in developing goals.
  • Ask your child what they discuss in Morning Meetings and Advisory.
  • Discuss the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate skills with your child.
  • Post pictures on social media using #FCPSEngageFamilies or #FamilyEngagementMonth and tag @FSP_FCPS & @FRC_FCPS

Thank you for being our partners for student success and continuous improvement.

Hybla Valley PTO Trunk or Treat

On Thursday, October 26th, our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) hosted Trunk or Treat. Thank you to our staff, students, families, and community for making this such a successful event. We are also so appreciative of our partnership with neighborhood grocer, Wegmans Food Markets who donated candy and bananas to our event. Families, fun, and laughter filled the parking lot on this unseasonably warm day!

Trunk or Treater at Hybla Valley


Upcoming Hybla Valley PTO Events

  • November:
    Bingo Night - Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. in the cafeteria.
    1 Bingo Card - $1, 3 Bingo Cards - $5, Hot Cocoa - $1, 2 Cookies - $1
  • December: 
    Winter Game Night or Movie Night
    More details to come. Stay tuned!

Volunteers Needed!
If you'd like to volunteer at upcoming PTO events, please reach out to our Family Liaisons, Ana Amelunge and Beatriz Cueva at 703-718-7006.

Important Calendar Dates


  • Friday, November 3 
    End of 1st Grading Quarter.
    Two Hour Early Release. Students are dismissed at 2:05 PM.
  • Monday, November 6
    Student Holiday, No school.
  • Tuesday, November 7
    Student Holiday, No school.
    SACC is closed.
  • Thursday, November 9
    3rd Grade Family Night.
    6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. Enter through Door #1.
  • Wednesday, November 15th
    1st Quarter Grading Report Cards mailed home.
    Hybla Valley Thanksgiving Luncheon in the cafeteria.
    *More information about the Thanksgiving Luncheon (including pricing and a schedule) is being sent home soon.
  • Thursday, November 16th
    Parent Coffee from 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. 
    All parents/guardians are invited!
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, November 22-24 
    Thanksgiving Holiday, No School.


  • Monday, December 18th to Friday, December 29th
    Winter Break Holiday, No School.

Hybla Valley Library Book Fair

Book Fair Graphic

Scholastic Book Fair Information

It starts with a choice: What do I want to read? And since being empowered to choose their own books is a milestone opportunity to identify and express their own voice, kids also leave the Book Fair as bolder, prouder, and stronger individuals.

All purchases through the Book Fair benefit our school. Thanks for supporting our kids. Happy reading!

When and Where?
Online - Tuesday, November 21st to Friday, December 1st
Hybla Valley Library - Monday, November 27th to Friday, December 1st

How to purchase?
Online - Create a Scholastic account and set up an eWALLET.
Hybla Valley Library - We accept the following as payment: cash, credit cards, checks payable to Hybla Valley Elementary School.

Preview the books from the fair.

Lost and Found Items

Lost and Found Items in a Box


Hybla Valley Lost and Found

  • Any lost student items such as lunchboxes, water bottles, and articles of clothing will be placed on Lost and Found shelves in the cafeteria.
  • The Lost and Found shelves will be available to students twice a week.
  • At the end of the month any unclaimed items will be donated.
  • Please tell your student to check the Lost and Found if they are currently missing any items.

Federal Impact Aid Survey

Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students.

Impact Aid forms were sent home to families this week.
Please sign and return these forms to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible.
Parent access to the Online Federal Impact Aid Survey can be found at this link.

The federal presence in our area and the significant tax exemptions available to federally connected personnel, businesses, and agencies has qualified Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to be eligible for federal Impact Aid grants.

Impact Aid programs and grants are designed to assist local school districts that enroll federally connected students. The grants from these programs will become part of FCPS' general operating budget and are critical to ensuring that all children in FCPS receive an excellent education. FCPS anticipates receiving approximately $3,000,000 in Impact Aid funds.

FCPS uses the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid to identify federally connected students and to support our request for Impact Aid resources. In October, the survey will be made available to FCPS families online through ParentVue for two weeks. After that, families who have not completed the survey will have a printed copy sent home with each child. 

View the 2023 Federal Impact Aid Survey Video here.

In the Community

Capital Food Bank Logo

Arlington Community Marketplace 

Each month, our Community Marketplaces in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland set out thousands of pounds of fresh produce in high-density neighborhoods with high rates of food insecurity. For no cost, members of the community can select seasonal fruits and vegetables and find recipes for nutritious meals. Community Marketplaces are inspired by farmers markets and often feature cooking demonstrations and additional services such as housing and utility assistance, health screenings, and more, which are offered by partner organizations. Community Marketplaces are true community events and provide people with the food and resources they need to live better and healthier lives.

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S Dinwiddie St
Arlington, VA 22204

November 18, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
December 16, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Mobile Food Market

Rising Hope Methodist Mission Church
8220 Russel Road
Alexandria, VA 22309

2nd Tuesday of each month at 12:30 PM

*Be sure to bring your own grocery bags with you.

Capital Area Food Bank


Fairfax County Workforce Innovation and Skills Hub (WISH)

The WISH Mission is to provide Fairfax County residents:

  • A path to better-paying jobs through FREE training and access to certificate programs
  • Access to jobs that pay $20+ per hour
  • Access to jobs with building trades organizations in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
  • FREE services such as interview preparation, resume workshops, and support services
  • Exposure to emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, drones, robotics, and fabrication and prototyping
  • A pathway to high-paying tech or science-related careers

At the WISH Center in Fairfax County, Virginia (7950 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria, VA), you can:

  • Obtain the skills and certifications for in-demand employment
  • Connect directly to employers ready to hire
  • Become empowered to earn a living wage.

There are FREE classes and workshops each month to include:

  • Free Adult English Classes
  • Free Adult Computer Classes
  • Free Adult Technical and Vocational Classes

See the full calendar of classes.

Space is limited! Sign up today!

Sign up for workshops and classes.

For more information please call 571-347-7858 or email fairfaxwish@melwood.org 

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