Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

We promised that it would be a packed week in the hive and it was! We were buzzing with the Book Fair and our Bee Kind Spirit Week all week. Thank you for all of the donations to the SCA Winter Drive, we are grateful to be able to support the students at Graham Road Elementary School.  And many of you shared not one but two meals together on Wednesday with the return of the Thanksgiving Luncheon followed by the PTA Silver Diner Night on Wednesday.  It was so wonderful to see so many family members join us.  

As we enter the week of Thanksgiving, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you. Our school community, enriched by diverse backgrounds, thrives on the strength and unity you bring to it.  Your unwavering support, kindness, and active involvement have made our school an even more nurturing and vibrant environment. Each family contributes uniquely to the collaborative spirit that defines us.  We are grateful for our amazing Stenwood staff who fill our building with positivity and joy every day.  

After our short two-day school week next week, schools and offices will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 22nd-24th. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th

Below you will find additional information about:

  • Go Club - Reminder
  • Parent Book Club - REMINDER
  • Book Fair Recap - NEW
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • Retake & Make Up Picture Day! - Reminder

  • AAP Referral Date - Reminder
  • Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources - Reminder
  • Nutrislice Menu and Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
  • Stenwood is Hiring! - Reminder 

Have a great weekend!



Erica Riley, Principal 

Bryan Case, Assistant Principal

Stenwood Go Club

We are hoping to start a before-school Go Club for our Stenwood students. For those unfamiliar, Go is an abstract strategy board game invented in China more than 4,500 years ago and enjoyed by millions of players worldwide. 

Please contact Mr. Case if you are able to volunteer as a parent sponsor for this before-school club once a week. Experience and familiarity with the game is not necessary. 

Parent Book Club

For Quarter 2, we will be reading How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlich.  Books are selected based on your input and interest and are related to parenting skills and raising school-aged children. If you aren’t already on the email list, please fill out this form to express your interest and feedback and we will provide you with more details directly. The book club is facilitated by Tammy Berick, School Counselor and Catherine Wideman, Kindergarten Teacher and all parents who want to join!

Book Fair Recap


Thank you to all the families who supported the library through the book fair!  It was a huge success.  25% of all sales are returned to the library which Mrs. Cole then uses to buy more books for our collection. We also appreciate all the contributions to classroom libraries.  It’s a joy to see kids excited about books, crafts, and educational games. 

Make a reminder now that we’ll have a spring book fair in April where you can stock up on summer reading and activities.  Happy reading!

Yearbook Ordering


Help your child remember the moments that made this school year special by ordering your copy of the Stenwood Elementary School Yearbook NOW at

The yearbook will feature memories that you and your child will want to look back on for years to come.

The cutoff date to buy one is February 28th, 2024. BUY NOW! 

Retake & Make Up Picture Day!

Wednesday November 29th, 2023

Picture Day


Victor O’Neill Studios is coming back for portrait makeups/retakes!

On Wednesday November 29th, students who were absent for the original session, new/transfer students, and those who were unsatisfied with their original portrait will have the opportunity to make them up.

Students who previously purchased a photo package and would like to retake their photo MUST return their original photo package to the photographer in order to receive a new package.

No purchase is necessary to retake photos. The new portrait will replace their original yearbook portrait and then be available for purchase.

Anyone who has not ordered can still do so using this linkUse your student ID when prompted for the online code.

Feel free to contact Victor O’Neill Studios with any questions or concerns: | (703) 532-0013

Advanced Academic Program (AAP)

Referral Information

Level IV (Full-Time) Referral window is open now and closes December 15thAll forms and optional materials are due no later than December 15th at 11:59pmSince Winter Break will have has started Mrs. Hartman graciously requests that referrals and optional materials be sent to her by Wednesday, December 13th. This will provide her time to review the documents and notify parents of any additional information needed or errors found.   

If you missed the information sessions, the information can be found in our Stenwood Parent/Guardian Schoology Site.  

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-2025 school year. A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers met in August to review the state-approved Cycle I materials. The committee will re-convene in January to review the state-approved Cycle II instructional materials under consideration. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online from November 15th, 2023, until noon on December 15th, 2023. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the website during the review period.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207
7510 Lisle Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22043 

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty.

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Nutrislice Menu and 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  

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 and 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. 

Stenwood is Hiring!

We are looking to hire Classroom Monitors and Substitutes!  If you are interested in any of these positions, please reach out if you have any questions or if you want more information.  Here is a link to FCPS’ application portal.

Classroom Monitors: Monitors will work every day students attend throughout the 2023-24 school year, and will directly support classrooms by providing additional supervision to students during lunch or in the classroom. The pay is $16.85/hour.  Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  Please apply here and email me at so we can schedule a time to talk more. Please share this opportunity with others who might be interested. All FCPS schools are looking to hire for this position. 

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