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  • November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!
  • November 6- No School- Student Holiday/ Teacher Planning Day - Office Hours 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • November 7 - Election Day No School- Student Holiday-  Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and a teacher work day. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections webpage.
  • November 10, HES Veterans Day Celebration at 8:45am: HES Veterans Day Celebration – November 10. Please register. RSVP Breakfast by Friday, November 3rd. Sign up Classroom Guest Speaker.
  • November 22- 24 - No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

See the complete school year calendar

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.

 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

Full-Time Services at Hayfield Elementary School

Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will be hosting family information sessions on November 6th to share more about the local full-time services Hayfield Elementary will offer starting next school year. This presentation will review the Advanced Academic Programs continuum of services, explain local full-time services, describe how local full-time services might look at Hayfield, and discuss a timeline for implementation. 

This information session will be held twice on November 6th so families can attend the session most convenient for their schedules. The first session will be held from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM and the second will be from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. Both sessions will cover the same information and will be held virtually. Join using this Google Meet Link: All families are welcome to attend!

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 


Outstanding Employee Nominations

Nominations will be/are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Hayfield Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link:  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)


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. 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); librarians are included in this category


Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least 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 and Associate 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 November 10, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Ergler at


Fall Food Drive

food drive

Hayfield Elementary is excited to kick off our Fall Food Drive to collect donations for food insecure families within our community. Our food drive will start on October 30th and run until November 17th. Each class will have a box in their classroom and should bring the items directly to the classroom. At the end of the three weeks, the classroom with the most individual food items donated will win a prize. We are so excited to encourage students to build community spirit while practicing empathy for those around us. We can’t wait to see the difference these Hawks make for families in our community.

Suggested items:Canned Vegetables (peas, corn, green beans),Canned Cranberry sauce, Mac and Cheese mix, Canned Fruit (Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, etc.),Rice, Stuffing Mix, Gravy, Mashed Potato Flakes/Mix, Corn Bread Mix, Salad Dressing, Canned Pasta Sauce, Boxed Pasta, Cake Mix/Dessert Mix, Dried Soup (Ramen, etc.), Coffee/Tea, Drink Mix (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc.)

News from Our Family Liaison

November is Family Engagement Month!  A calendar was sent home last week in Thursday Folders with ways you can support your child’s learning and healthy development.  Translated copies will be sent home this week.  The calendar is also available to print at home.  Go to the school website at and scroll down to the calendar.  If you would like additional print copies please email to request.


Thank you to families that registered and attended the Getting to Know Hayfield Elementary Orientation last week!  Stay tuned for upcoming Parent Coffees.  If you have ideas for what you would like presented please contact Marily Grotz, Family Liaison.


Fairfax County Public Schools is requesting parent/family input on the recent changes made to FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document.  Your insight will help identify any specific considerations that need to be addressed for the upcoming school year.  A listening session will take place on November 10, 2023, from 11:00AM-12:00 PM.  Register at:


Upcoming events from The Family Resource Center:

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: Part Two (Virtual), Friday, November 10, 10-11:30 a.m.

Funcionamiento Ejecutivo - Ayudando a tus hijos con la organización, la regulación emocional , y la flexibilidad (presentado en español), Friday, November 17, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for these free workshops and watch previous workshops and webinars here!


Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011


Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Hayfield Elementary Veterans Day Celebration

8:45-9:30 Breakfast in Cafeteria (Students & Families)

9:30-9:45 Flag Raising Ceremony (Front of School)

9:45-10:30 Military Guest Classroom Visits (Recorded Videos are Also Welcome)

RSVP Military Breakfast - RSVP by Friday, November 3rd

Sign up Classroom Guest Speaker

November is designated as National Military Family Appreciation Month.

Throughout November, military families are honored and recognized for their sacrifices, commitment, and contributions in support of our military and nation.


2023 Discounts for Military Family Appreciation Month

Businesses are saluting Military Family Appreciation Month with discounts for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. Get discounts from retailers, restaurants, and more.,as%20Military%20Family%20Appreciation%20Month

 STEM Book Family Festival

Free Book Giveaway for Military Families


Join First Book and Blue Star Families on Saturday, November 11 at Catholic University from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for a free book giveaway and STEM Book Family Festival for military families and Title 1 educators and the families they support! 

Don’t miss out on a fantastic day of fun activities and the opportunity to select from 35,000 free STEM books suitable for all ages. Register your family today! 

To receive updates and information on events and support for military families within your community, join Blue Star Families - National Capital Region Chapter

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

News from the PTA

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Dates to Remember:

 11/03 - Reflections Contest Deadline

11/03 - Spiritwear Deadline

11/07 - Restaurant Night: &Pizza Kingstowne

11/16 - PTA Meeting

11/17 - Fourth Fridays-Community Service

12/01 - Holiday Market

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