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mark your calendar
  • December 7 - 15 - Chanukah
  • December 13 - National Guard Birthday
  • December 18 - January 1 -  Winter Break (School/Office Closed)
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School/Office Closed)

See the complete school year calendar


Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

spirit week

December 11 - Wear Holiday Colors

December 12 - Holiday Hat or Headgear Day

December 13 - Pajama Day

December 14 - Bring a Stuffed Animal Day

December 15 - Holiday/Winter Sweater Day


Snow Day Procedures

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

lost and found

We still have many items in our lost and found that is located inside our front lobby. This Friday, December 15, is the last day to look through these items. All items will then be donated to a local charity.

Advanced Academic Program

Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Services at Hayfield – Community Survey

Hayfield will begin our local full-time AAP services in the 2024-2025 school year. The implementation of full-time AAP services will begin in Grade 3. As we create our local plan for full-time services, we are seeking community feedback. Please complete the Hayfield Elementary Local Full-Time AAP Services Community Feedback Google Form by December 8, 2023.  If you were unable to attend the information session on November 6th, you can find the presentation on the Hayfield Elementary AAP website. Please contact Lauren Keninitz ( with any questions you might have. 

Advanced Academics Programs – Full-Time Services (Level IV) Referral Deadline

The deadline for referring your student for full-time (Level IV) services this year is December 15, 2023. If you are interested in referring your student for full-time services, please submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form, found on the FCPS AAP Website to Lauren Keninitz ( This form is required to initiate the referral process. There are also optional items you may submit along with the referral form. Please review the Full-Time Services Checklist for Families found on the Hayfield Elementary Advanced Academics Website to see what other optional items you may include in your child’s referral packet. The referral packet should be submitted in one e-mail to Lauren Keninitz. If you prefer to submit a paper copy, you may place the referral packet one folder addressed to Lauren Keninitz in the front office.  Please note that December 15th is a county-wide deadline; No late submissions will be accepted. For any questions, please contact Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at 

Middle School Transition Information

 Hayfield Secondary School Tour for HES Students

January 5, 2024; 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.


Hayfield Secondary School Curriculum Night

January 11, 2024; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Welcome presentation for rising 7th grade families starts in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Course content tables (fair-style with teachers) is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Information about courses/content will be available during this event.


Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffees - Hayfield Secondary School

February 7 and March 21 - More information to come.




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 keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

News From Our Family Liaison

Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County

As we enter the season of giving, here are some ways to help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County. Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County | News Center


Pet Resource Center

Looking for cost-effective pet vaccinations, help with pet food or supplies, details about PetHaven Program, or tips on finding affordable veterinary care? Check out the flyer in both English and Spanish for more information about the Pet Resource Center.  Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s Pet Resource Center provides community- based resources and support anchored in keeping more pets with the families who love them. 


Franconia REC Center - Family Skate & Dance Night: This event is on Saturday, December 16th, from 6-9 pm. Additional details can be found on the flyer.

Family Resource Center Workshops

  • Meet The author Series - 1/5/24 10-11:30 am Register for Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can
  • Transition from ES to MS for Twice Exceptional Students - January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 am Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

🗺️ FCPS Facebook Pages in Spanish and Korean

¿Sabía usted que FCPS tiene Facebook en Español? Manténgase conectado con las últimas noticias o información importante. Síganos por Facebook Español.

페어팩스 카운티 공립학교가 지난해 한국어 페이스북 페이지를 개설했습니다.한국어 페이스북 페이지는 학교 관련 정보, 이벤트 및 교육 비디오를 한국어로 공유해 많은 한국인 학생 및 가족에게 FCPS의 소식을 전달하려 합니다. FCPS의 한국어 서비스를 받아보시려면 꼭 한국어 페이스북을 팔로우하여 주시기 바랍니다.

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): 

Thank you everyone for making our USO Care Package Donation Collection a success!

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT)                   

Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 



Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS)

 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email 


FCPS Military-Connected Families Newsletter

Sign up for the FCPS military-connected families newsletter to receive the news listed above as well as all Military Families announcements.

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:


Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)


SEPTA (Special Education PTA)


If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa:


Dates to Remember:

**No PTA meeting this month, have a great winter break!**

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