Shrevewood Wise Words - 11/16/23

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Lost & Found

🌟 🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

🌟 PTA Shrevewood Spirit Wear Sale

🌟 PTA Holiday Drive

🌟 Girls on the Run Winter Gear Drive

🌟 Shrevewood Fall Book Fair! November 20-December 1

🌟 2023-24 Shrevewood Employee Awards

🌟 AAP Information & Referrals

🌟 The Positivity Project

🌟 Change in Transportation Protocol

🌟 Procedures when you come to join your children for lunch

🌟 🤒 When a Student Should Stay Home From School

🌟 Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

🌟 FCPS News

🌟 Save the Date

Principal's Message


Dear Shrevewood Families,

We have already had an incredible week at Shrevewood, and we still have our Mad Science Holidaze assembly to look forward to tomorrow! Thank you so much to all of the families and friends who joined us for our Thanksgiving lunch yesterday. It was heartwarming to see all of the smiles throughout the cafeteria. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who helped make the event a great one! And thank you to the kindergarten and 1st grade families for your patience and flexibility as we worked through the delay to the start of our event. We appreciate you all. We have much to be thankful for each and every day!

We will not send out a Wise Words newsletter next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday break. As a reminder, Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. We wish you and your family a joy filled time together!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Lost & Found

lost and found

Our lost and found collection is overflowing, and we need your help to make sure these items find their way home! Please stop by the cafeteria when you are here for the Book Fair to claim any items that might belong to you. All items not collected before Winter Break will be donated.

🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and follow recommendations for when to keep them home due to illness. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

PTA Shrevewood Spirit Wear Sale

Get your Shrevewood merch in time for the holidays! Our online spirit wear store is open until noon on 11/29 - order now!

spirit wear

PTA Holiday Drive

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:

Girls on the Run Winter Gear Drive


The Shrevewood based Girls on the Run (GOTR) team is collecting winter coats to support the Providence District Winter Gear Drive.  Please feel free to send in gently used coats/vests and have your student(s) place them in the blue and white box (with gold lettering) right inside the main doors of the school building.  We appreciate your support in helping keep our community warm this winter.  

A special good luck to all of our Girls running in the GOTR 5K this Sunday. Also, keep your eyes out for announcements regarding the GOTR spring season.  


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 this week.  

Contact Mrs. Adams in the library for more information:


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 (

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


With next week being a short week, we will continue to focus on the character strength of Gratitude. Gratitude means you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen.

Gratitude is the quality of 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.

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.

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.

🤒 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.

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:

  • Student Food Show
  • Veterans Day Celebrations
  • State Music Honors

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

Save the Date

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

⭐Winter Break (No School)

Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, January 9

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Holiday

(No School)

Monday, January 15

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar