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November 22- 24 - No School (Office Closed) - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 12 - Diwali

November 16 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.

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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.

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

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

Energy Assistance – Fuel Assistance helps with home heating costs during the coldest months of the year.  Open application is October 10 – November 10th.  Crisis Assistance helps households that have no heat or are in imminent danger of being without heat.  Open application period is November 1 – March 15th for heating repair/purchase/maintenance and a one time only heat security deposit.  Please reach out for more information or view online at


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

Care Package Donations at H.E.S.

Nov. 15th -December 1st


H.E.S is collecting donated items to include in Care Packages for our Troops. The U.S.O. (United Service Organization) sends care packages to deployed service members all over the world year-round. All items collected will be given to the Fort Belvoir U.S.O. Please consider donating the following:


Requested Donation Items:

  • Healthy snacks: Jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Drink mix packets: Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and crystal light packets
  • Microwavable food: Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee, oatmeal and other snacks that come in their own bowl (dining ware is scarce in Afghanistan)
  • Non-perishable food: Tuna cans or packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods
  • Chocolate: Wait until the winter months to send chocolate, as it will melt in the mail if sent now
  • Toiletries: Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes and hand sanitizer (Please send these in separate boxes from food — no one likes shampoo-flavored oatmeal!)

Sending care packages to troops is a tangible way to let service members know that their friends, family, and the American people are thinking of them, even from thousands of miles away.


A collection box is located in the front lobby of the school next to the office.


In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month & Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day - FCPS

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) joins the nation on Veterans Day, November 11, to honor and express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have selflessly served and defended our country.  We recognize the challenges our service members have faced as they participate in shaping our nation’s history.


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.

The Office of Family and School Partnerships provides resources and support for military families transitioning to or exiting FCPS. Contact Meredith Ayala, family partnerships specialist and military liaison, for more information. Sign up for the military-connected families newsletter.  


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


Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884


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Dates to Remember:

 11/16 - PTA Meeting

11/17 - Fourth Fridays-Community Service

12/01 - Holiday Market

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