Shrevewood Wise Words - 12/14/23

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Office Closed for Winter Break

🌟 December AAP Highlights

🌟 Baroody Winter Registration | 12/15

🌟 🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date

🌟 ⛄ No Virtual Learning on Snow Days This Winter

🌟 Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

🌟 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,

This week has been full of joy, spirit, and so much enthusiasm! We want to thank everyone who attended our Winter Band and Chorus concert earlier this week. Kudos goes to Ms. Thomas, Mr. Dever, Ms. Anuszkiewicz, and Ms. Nowacek for preparing our students and organizing such a beautiful concert.

As we prepare to embark on this well-deserved break, we encourage everyone to take this time to rest, rejuvenate, and spend quality moments with loved ones. We are asking our staff to disconnect from email over the Winter Break until we return on Tuesday, January 2nd.

Looking ahead to the new year, we will continue to foster an environment of kindness, understanding, and growth within our school community and will strive for excellence in all that we do.

Finally, on behalf of the entire Shrevewood family, we wish you a peaceful and joyful Winter Break. May it be filled with laughter, love, and moments that create lasting memories.


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Office Closed for Winter Break

Our offices will be closed during Winter Break and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd.

December AAP Highlights


skills and strategies from kindergarten to 6th grade!  Here are just a few photos that provide a glimpse of the kind of AAP resources, activities, and experiences our students are engaged in day in and day out. 

--Socratic Seminars – 6th graders discussing how the American space program has changed over time when reviewing past Presidential speeches using analysis wheels to prepare for the seminar.

--Strategy Lab – 3rd and 4th graders engaging in collaborative board games to develop strategy skills.

--Small Groups – 1st – 5th graders utilizing creative and critical thinking strategies to design original ideas with elaboration.

--STEAM with Dash Robots – Kindergarteners learning to code their robots to “run, run, as fast as they can…” to move the “Gingerbread Robot” past the obstacles.

Baroody Winter Registration | 12/15


Baroody Winter registration opens Friday, 12/15, at 4 p.m. and closes Sunday, 1/14, at 11:59 p.m. Programs will run from 1/22-3/15. Check out the schedule and register here.

🔢 Virtual Math Week: Save the Date


Get ready for Virtual Math Week, Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12, 2024. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, presented in English and Spanish for families with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. 

This free experience is designed to make math fun for the whole family. Learn more about FCPS Math Week.

⛄ No Virtual Learning on Snow Days This Winter

FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days for the 2023-24 school year. There will be no virtual learning 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 online and on public access television channels):

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

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.



When we return from Winter Break, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Optimism. Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

Optimism represents a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future-oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. Despite setbacks, they keep a positive attitude and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieving their goals.

Optimism is not about wearing rose-colored glasses and rolling over when the going gets tough. It’s about staying focused on the good in any situation -- allowing you to be aware of opportunities and accountable for your emotions. Optimists are strong leaders. They find meaning in hardship and can create a vision for the future. Optimists are inspiring; their example is contagious. And, by sharing and achieving their vision -- despite setbacks -- they help us all achieve more.

To practice and encourage the character strength of optimism 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:

  • Winter Resources for Families
  • Academy Open Houses
  • Virtual Math Week Coming Soon! 

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 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

End of the 2nd Quarter

Thursday, January 25 - 2 hour early release

Teacher Workday

Friday, January 26 - No school for students

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar