Shrevewood Wise Words - 11/9/23

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Armchair Fundraiser Ending!

🌟 PTA Holiday Drive

🌟 Shrevewood Fall Book Fair! November 20-December 1

🌟 Change in Transportation Protocol

🌟 Thanksgiving Lunch

🌟 2023-24 Shrevewood Employee Awards

🌟 Picture Retakes – November 13th

🌟 AAP Information & Referrals

🌟 Procedures when you come to join your children for lunch

🌟 Impact Aid

🌟 🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

🌟 The Positivity Project

🌟 Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

🌟 FCPS News

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Dear Shrevewood Families,

As we approach Veterans Day tomorrow, we want to take a moment to express our deep gratitude to the brave individuals who have served and continue to serve our country. Veterans Day is a time to honor the sacrifices made by these heroes and to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy because of their dedication and courage. To our Shrevewood families who have veterans among them, we extend a heartfelt thank you for the sacrifices you and your loved ones have made.

This week is National School Psychologists Week. Thank you to our amazing school psychologist, Betty Zemichael, for all she does to support our students and families. 

The 2nd quarter is off to a very strong start and we are looking forward to a full week of school with our students next week!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Armchair Fundraiser Ending!

The Armchair Fundraiser is coming to a close this week and we're 75% of our way to our goal! Please consider donating. Gifts will fund an additional assembly, field trips, staff appreciation events, and a Shrevewood t-shirt for every teacher!

Learn more and donate here:

PTA Holiday Drive

'Tis the season for giving, and what better way than to participate in the PTA Holiday Drive going on now through December 8th! There will be a bin in front of the school for donations. You also can donate via the Amazon wishlist:

holiday drive

Shrevewood Fall Book Fair! November 20-December 1


The Fall Book Fair is coming!  November 20 and 21 are browsing days for students only, and we will begin sales after the Thanksgiving Break from November 27-December 1.  Volunteers will be needed, and the link to sign up is here:   E-Wallets are the preferred method of payment.  More details will be coming home in students’ folders next week.  

Contact Mrs. Adams in the library for more information:

Change in Transportation Protocol

If playdates are planned, the Shrevewood office team must receive notifications from the parents of all students involved.  Playdate notifications may be made via the online Change in Transportation Form or via an email sent to For any changes in transportation, please make sure to contact the office no later 3:00 pm.

Thanksgiving Lunch


Student meals are $3.25, additional meals for any family members attending can be purchased for $4.75.

Student meals will be charged to student accounts. Please make sure your child has money on their MySchoolBucks lunch account. Families can pay for their meal ($4.75) with cash or check. We are not able to charge guest meals to the student account. Exact change or a check will be required for purchasing a family member meal.

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up using this link. 

Volunteers will be helping with visitor check-in and meal serving.  Do not sign up during your child’s lunch block. 


Each year FCPS strives to recognize outstanding staff throughout the county. This is an opportunity to recognize staff in any and all capacities. Both staff and community members can nominate Shrevewood Staff. You do not need to nominate for all categories. To submit a nomination for a Shrevewood Outstanding Employee please complete your nomination through this Google Form by November 17. You may nominate an employee in one or more categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category listed in the form.

If you have any questions, contact Kimberly Adams ( or Coreen Pinkerton (

Picture Retakes - November 13th

If your student was absent or if you purchased an original photo day package and want a retake, your student can retake their photo on Monday, November 13th. Students will need to return their package to the photographer during their session. Legacy will automatically order a package with their retake image.


AAP Information & Referrals

Thank you to the families who joined us for the AAP Parent Information Sessions on October 18.  If you were unable to come to one of the sessions, you may access the information presented in the slides linked here. Slides in Spanish are available in two parts. Spanish part 1 and Spanish part 2.

You may use this link to locate all AAP Forms, including translated referrals for Spanish, Farci, Korean, Chinese, Urdu, and Vietnamese. We have the English forms linked below for easy access.

Here is the AAP Full Time Services Referral Form. The Parent Questionnaire is only necessary when referring for Full Time Services.  Only students in 2nd-7th grade may be referred for full time services. AAP Full Time Services referrals are due to April Done no later than December 15th. 

Students in K-6th may be referred for Subject Specific Differentiated Services and Part Time Services designated referral form.   

Finally, you will also find the AAP Program of Services Chart.  This chart provides an overview of the services provided.

If you have further questions about any of this information, please contact April Done at

Procedures when you come to join your children for lunch:

  • Enter at Door 1 and report to the Main Office. 
  • Using a government issued photo ID, you must sign-in and receive a visitor sticker. 
  • Please ensure you are wearing the visitor sticker at all times. 
  • Report directly to the cafeteria. 
  • Enjoy lunch with your children. 
  • Return to the main office to check-out using your sticker. 
  • Lunch visitors should not go to the classroom or recess, so our daily schedule and routines can continue for our students. 
  • We ask that you not bring fast food for lunch. 
  • Please do NOT bring any food to share with other children, due to safety protocols and allergies.

Impact Aid

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

The survey will be made available to FCPS families online through Parent Vue beginning October 16, 2023.

After that, families who have not completed the survey will have a printed copy sent home with each child after October 31st and due back by November 17, 2023.

If you are in need of a Parent Vue account, please reach out to Sebastian Brennan,

🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

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, please notify his/her teacher, so 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.


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude is the quality of feelings and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness. A leading expert, Robert Emmons, calls gratitude a “relationship-strengthening emotion because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”

Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets -- and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

To practice and encourage the character strength of gratitude with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications


Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast will be $1.75.  Lunch will be $3.25, milk $0.60.  Money can be added to your child(ren)’s accounts using  You can also write a check to Shrevewood Food Services and deliver it to our Food Services Manager. During the school year, you can find the menu for breakfast and lunch at

Free and Reduced-Price Status

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will continue to receive these benefits through the end of September.   A new application must be filled out each new school year. Forms are available online now:  Applications are accepted at any time, but we encourage you to apply or renew your application before the end of September. Call (703) 813-4800 if you need help. This must be completed for eligible students to receive free meals.  


In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • 2023 School Bond Referendum Passed
  • Students Named National Merit Commended Scholars
  • SAT/PSAT School Day Scores

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving the weekly newsletter, sign up today

Save the Date

Picture Retakes

Monday, November 13

3rd Grade Field Trip

Tuesday, November 14

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, November 14

Thanksgiving Lunch

Wednesday, November 15

Mad Science Fall Assembly

Friday, November 17

⭐Book Fair

Monday, November 20 - Friday, December 1

⭐Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24


Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar