RAVENS' NEST 12/15/2023

Upcoming Events



Dec 18th – Jan 1st – Winter Break

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A Message From The Principal


Dear Ravensworth Families,

winter break is here!  On behalf of all the staff at Ravensworth, I want to extend our best wishes for a joyful and relaxing winter break. May your break be filled with making great memories with your families and friends.

In order for our staff to rejuvenate and spend quality time with their families, I am asking them to disconnect from email over the Winter Break. Our front office will also be closed during the winter break.  Our staff will be back online on January 2, 2024.  Wishing you a safe and happy break and we look forward to welcoming your children back in the new year!




Erika Aspuria



Snow Days This Winter

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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 Tutor.com, 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.


No Habrá Aprendizaje Virtuales en Días de Nieve Este Invierno

Para el año escolar actual, FCPS volverá a su procedimiento anterior para los días de nieve - no habrá días de aprendizaje virtual cuando la escuela esté cerrada debido al mal clima. Durante los días de nieve, los estudiantes todavía pueden tener acceso a Tutor.com, completar cualquier oportunidad de aprendizaje suplementaria recomendada por sus maestros, y ver programación educativa (disponible virtualmente y en canales de televisión de acceso público):

    • Instrucción para la Escuela Primaria: Red Apple 21.
    • Instrucción para la Escuela Intermedia: Canal 25.
    • Instrucción para la Escuela Secundaria: Canal 99.

Once días de nieve están incorporados en el calendario existente de FCPS. Eliminando los días de aprendizaje virtual nos permitirá maximizar el aprendizaje en persona de los estudiantes y proveer acceso equitativo a la instrucción y servicios estudiantiles.


Food Insecurity Resources

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Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Recursos de Inseguridad Alimentaria para Familias

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios.


Kiss and Ride Reminders

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We recently have noticed more families dropping off their children in the Kiss and Ride loop.  To ensure the safety of your child and others, please drop your child off between 8:20- 8:35 am.  Those students who arrive after 8:35 am must be walked into the building by the adult bringing them.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Winter Break Enrichment Opportunity

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We have an exciting Winter break learning opportunity for FCPS students.  ACE has launched a new STEM kit program for students (grades 3-5) focused on extending learning when students are out of school.  ACE is offering a comprehensive STEM kit that includes five exciting projects and fifteen learning activities. And better yet, all materials are included!  ACE STEM Kits will surely stimulate curiosity and engage students in the rapidly growing area of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Order now at:  https://bit.ly/FCPSACE_STEM_Kits


Positivity Project



On the first week of 2024, 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.


LBMS Curriculum Night at Lake Braddock

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LBSS Knockout Night

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Substitutes Needed at Ravensworth for 2023-24

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We are always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home family members, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! Substitute instructional assistant pay will be $17.08 per hour and substitute teacher pay will be $19.05 per hour for the 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Erika Aspuria, Principal and apply on-line. Also, you can sign up for a virtual, one hour substitute information session here.  






PTA Open Board Position

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The PTA is looking for someone willing to assume the role of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. Unfortunately, our current Treasurer, Lane, is unable to continue in the position. While we will miss her in that role, it opens a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to get involved. The position includes:

  • Tracking and inputting incomes and expenses to QuickBooks
  • Creating Monthly Budget Reports and presenting them at Meetings
  • Writing checks and depositing payments received
  • Attending monthly meetings

The position demands anywhere between 2-5 hours of work per month. While an accounting background and QuickBooks experience is helpful, it is not necessary.

Anyone interested in the role can send an email to president@ravensworthpta.org. Further questions about the role may be sent to selemefamilia@gmail.org


Chess Club

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Chess Club will be held every Monday in the Cafeteria, starting September 18th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except for days where school is closed or there is early release. We are able to offer this program through partnership with the U.S. Chess Center. Chess club is $130 per semester and includes a club t-shirt and snacks during the meet-ups. Registration can be done through the following link:   https://chessctr.org/ravensworth/

For more information contact Ravensworth club parent coordinators Michael Alt, alt_michael@hotmail.com  or Alexandra Parresol, alexandraparresol@yahoo.com  or the U.S. Chess Center, admin@chessctr.org


Get Your School Spirit Wear Today!

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Show your school spirit and support the Ravensworth PTA—purchase your spirit wear in the MemberHub store anytime: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store; youth and adult sizes available. Contact spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your pride for the Ravensworth Ravens all year long!


Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

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Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on social media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES