November 3, 2023

November 3, 2023

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Ms. Mirnaly Vega

Dear Sleepy Hollow Families, 

Outstanding Employee Awards - Link to Submit Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Sleepy Hollow ES Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through the Google form link:  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees.  All nominations are due by Tuesday, November 14th.

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher  

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category


Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); 


Outstanding New Principal

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)


Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):Common positions in this category: Assistant Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services


Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school. 


Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid)  

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 14th. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Scesney at 

Important Calendar Dates 

  • November 6th and November 7th - Parent & Teacher Conferences      (if you have not sign up for a conference, contact your child's teacher) 
  • November 7th - PTA Bake Sale, stop by to pick up a sweet treat!
  • November 8 -  PTA Virtual Meeting 7:00 p.m. 
  • November 10 - Principal's Coffee at SHES Library 9:00 a.m.
  • November 11 - Principal's Coffee at Willston Center 10:00 a.m.
  • November 13 - Title 1 Parent Meeting 6:30 - 7:45 Virtual Link to come
  • November 17 - 1st Grade Field Trip - Long Branch Nature Center 
  • November 21 -  Kindergarten Field Trip - Hidden Oaks Nature Center
  • November 21 -  2nd Grade Field Trip - Riverbend Park
  • November 22 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 29 - 3rd Grade Field Trip Smithsonian Natural History Museum 
  • November 30 - 4th Grade Field Trip - Gunston Hall
  • December 5 - Picture Day Make Up Date
  • December 6 - PTA Holiday Shop 
  • December 13 - Sleepy Hollow Winter Music Concert 
  • December 18 - January 1 - Winter Break, School resumes on January 2nd 




Daylight Saving Time Ends   (Fall Back)

On Sunday, November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!


Library News

Do you have any gently-used books no longer being used?  We are collecting donations of books for our fall book giveaway.  We welcome books in good used condition that are age-appropriate for our students, and especially appreciate books written in Spanish.  A box will be in the front hallway across from the main office for any donations.  Please reach out to our librarian at with any questions.  Thank you so much for considering – happy reading!


Return Your Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE. If you have not already filled out the form online, we will provide paper forms on Monday November 6th and Tuesday November 7th.. Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

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.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. 

Technical support for using ParentVUE or completing the survey online is available by submitting a Parent Support Request ticket. Select SISParent in the Application dropdown menu and enter Federal Impact Aid Survey under Issue Description. Or, call the Parent Technology Help Desk at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS).


SR&R Virtual Feedback Session 

Provide Input on FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R)

Please join FCPS’ Chief Equity Office for a virtual meeting regarding the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Regulation. The event will be held on Thursday, November 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. You may register at this link.

Your feedback will help ensure that FCPS policies align with the school division’s mission and values. It will also help identify any specific considerations that need to be addressed for the 2024-25 school year.

✅ Election Day Is Next Week. Vote!

November 7 will also be a teacher workday and a holiday for students. For more information on voting, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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