Shrevewood Wise Words - 12/7/23

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Winter Spirit Week

🌟 Winter Band and Chorus Concert

🌟 Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

🌟 Lost & Found

🌟 🧼 Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

🌟 Girls on the Run

🌟 PTA Holiday Drive

🌟 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,

It’s hard to believe that Winter Break is just over one week away. We will be busy here at Shrevewood with a good deal of fun packed into our school calendar over the next week. Please note that we made a slight adjustment to our Winter Spirit Week. The flyer below has the updated schedule.

Thank you for all that attended our Dining for Dollars event at Ledo Pizza last night! We appreciate the support!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Winter Spirit Week

spirit week

Winter Band and Chorus Concert

The Shrevewood Winter Band and Chorus Concert is on Tuesday, December 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kilmer Middle School gymnasium. If you plan to attend, please make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes early to find a parking spot near doors 2 and 3 or doors 15 and 16. The Shrevewood Music department is looking forward to seeing you there!

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

Per the weather reports, the cold winds of winter are blowing in this week. Throughout the winter weather, FCPS and Shrevewood monitor the weather for very low temperatures, wind chill advisories and warnings, and weather advisories which may prevent children from being outside. At this time, it is our intention to have outdoor recess opportunities this week. 

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately with a warm coat and/or other cold-weather clothing, so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service’s tips on staying safe during cold weather.

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing our Social Worker, Heather Colby (, can assist you. You can also call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.


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 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.

Girls on the Run

The Shrevewood based Girls on the Run (GOTR) team is collecting winter coats to support the Providence District Winter Gear Drive until winter break.  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. Thank you to those who already donated.


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:

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


This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Self-Control. Self-control means you can control your emotions and behaviors. You think before you act.

Self-control is the act of managing behavior in a way that positively influences goal attainment and living up to standards. Possessing this strength protects people from destabilizing emotional extremes. Those with self-control can limit impulsive behavior. They are able to experience and navigate difficulty while remaining poised. Self-control does not mean a lack of thoughts, feelings, or impulses; it just means you have command over them.

A group’s ability to demonstrate self-control often appears in the form of “self-monitoring.” This means the individuals demonstrate honesty with one another about successful group practices. When things are unsuccessful, group members can adjust roles in the interest of overall group success. 

To practice and encourage the character strength of self-control 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:

  • Snow Days
  • Winter Break Reminder
  • Food Insecurity Resources for Families

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

Winter Band and Chorus Concert

Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 PM

Kilmer Middle School Gymnasium

Grades 3 & 4 Math VGA

Tuesday, December 12

Grades 5 & 6 Math VGA

Wednesday, December 13

⭐Winter Spirit Week

Monday, December 11 - Friday, December 15

⭐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