Stenwood Hive Happenings

Hive Happenings Newsletter

Dear Stenwood Families, 

We are in our final stretch before winter break!  It is hard to believe how quickly this year is flying by.  This week we had the beloved tradition of the Battle of the Books.  It is such a great opportunity for our 5th and 6th graders to be excited about reading!  Our next battle will be in June, here is the reveal of the next round of books.

This week our students also celebrated Computer Sciences Week by participating in the Hour of Code.  We know so many of our students really enjoy their STEAM special each week.  This special brings together so many important problem solving skills and allows our students to be creative.  

To all those who celebrate, Happy Chanukah!  To all those who celebrate, Happy Bohdi Day! 

Below you will find additional information about:

  • Updated Lunch Menu for Tuesday - NEW
  • Happy Chanukah - NEW
  • Bodhi Day - NEW
  • Makeup & Retake Images Are Now Online! - NEW
  • Lost and Found - Reminder
  • Go Club - Reminder
  • Parent Book Club - Reminder
  • Yearbook Ordering - Reminder
  • AAP Referral Date - Final 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

Updated Lunch Menu for Tuesday

Instead of the listed menu options, on Tuesday January 12th, the cafeteria will be serving Turkey Dinner.  

Happy Chanukah


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.

Bodhi Day


Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8th, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.

Makeup & Retake Images Are Now Online!


Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online.

Please visit:

Use your student ID when prompted for the online code.

For questions regarding school pictures please email:

Lost and Found

Stenwood's Lost and Found is growing! If your student is missing an item of clothing that you believe was left behind, please swing by and take a look. 

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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!

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! 

Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Referral Information - Final Reminder

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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Battle of the Books!

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Computer Science Education Week - Hour of Code!

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