Hybla Happenings: November 29, 2023 Edition

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Upcoming Events and Reminders

Advanced Academics Program


Advanced Academics Placement (AAP) Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting held on Thursday, November 30th in the Cafeteria from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM for parents and families who are interested in hearing more about Advanced Academic Programs in Fairfax County Public Schools and at Hybla Valley.

Book Fair photo in Library


Book Fair Ending Soon!

The Scholastic Book Fair in the Hybla Valley Elementary Library will be ending Friday, December 1st. Please have your child stop by the Book Fair to purchase books before the end of the day on Friday, December 1st. This is a great opportunity for students to express interest and choice in what they are reading. Book Fair orders can also be purchased online through December 4th, 2023.

National Portrait Gallery Front


6th Grade Field Trip

Our 6th grade students will be going to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on December 4th, 5th, and 6th. 

National Portrait Gallery Tour: Visual-EYES-ing a Portrait of a Graduate -- This program explores prominent Americans who embody communication, collaboration, resilience, creativity, and global citizenship, while investigating how these traits led to the individuals' significant contributions to American history and culture. Students will communicate, collaborate, and engage in critical thinking as they consider portraiture. The program strives to inspire, connect, and provide relevance to the students as they complete/grow into their own self-portrait as a graduate.

VDOE State of Virginia and Person Testing Image


Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Testing

Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will be taking the Reading and Math VGA (Virginia Growth Assessment) tests during the Winter testing window (December 5th to January 18th). This test is designed to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards.

Family Life Education


Family Life Education (FLE) Information Night

On Tuesday, December 5th there will be a Family Life Education Information Night held in the Hybla Valley Elementary Cafeteria from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

The elementary FLE program is taught by the regular classroom teacher. The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, sources of help, and the importance of friendships. Human sexuality is first introduced in grade four. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems. Students view age-appropriate videos and learn the maturational process, changes which occur during puberty, and prenatal development.  Students study the effects of peer pressure and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes. Students begin an understanding of sexually transmitted infections in grade 5. The emotional and social health unit includes abuse prevention from good touch/bad touch in primary grades to types of abuse in upper elementary grades.  Instruction for abuse prevention includes resources for help. 

FLE Grade Level Program Descriptions

Family Game Night


Family Game Night

The Hybla Valley PTO will be hosting a Family Game Night on Thursday, December 7th in the Cafeteria from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Bring your friends and family to have some fun and play some of the most popular board games and card games. 

Interior of Natural History Museum in DC


5th Grade Field Trip

Our 5th grade students will be going to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 15th.

This location was chosen in connection with 2nd quarter 5th grade science standards of learning on landforms. Students are currently investigating and understanding that matter has properties and interactions and that Earth constantly changes. Students are also learning that changes on and within Earth happen both gradually and suddenly, impacting ecosystems by causing creating, destruction, or movement of land. They will learn that scientists use observations to classify, make inferences, draw conclusions, and predict changes in the future. Lastly, students will see that the surface of the Earth can be changed through human impact, and humans can respond, make decisions, and act in order to control negative changes.

Spirit Week December 2023


Hybla Valley Spirit Week

December 11 to 15th is the last week of school in 2023. Let's celebrate and enjoy a weeklong school spirit celebration.

Monday, December 11
Team Jersey Day! - Wear your favorite team jersey or team colors!

Tuesday, December 12
Crazy Hat/Hair Day! - Wear your favorite crazy hat or hairstyle!

Wednesday, December 13
Mismatch Day! - Wear different patterns, colors, and mismatched socks!

Thursday, December 14
Husky Day! - Wear a Hybla school shirt or hoodie OR wear your favorite animal shirt!

Friday, December 15
Pajama Day! - Wear your favorite cozy and comfy school appropriate pajamas.

Winter Break

Winter Break

School will be closed and there will be no student classes from Monday, December 18th through Monday, January 1st. 

Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd. 

We hope that our students, families, and staff have an opportunity to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and enjoy this break. We send our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2024!