Springfield Estates ES News You Choose - January 5, 2024

Happy 80th day of school!

Celebrating the 80th day of school in style! Have a Totally Tubular weekend!

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Date Reminders

  • January 15:  School Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday.  School closed for students and staff. 
  • January 18:  Summer Program Information Session.  9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Richard Byrd Library.  Stay tuned for details! 
  • January 22:  SEES Spirit Day - 90's Day for the 90th day of school!
  • January 24: Summer Program Information Session - Virtual.  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Details coming soon!
  • January 25:  End of 2nd Quarter/Two-Hour Early Release for Students. Students will be dismissed at 2:05 p.m. 
  • January 27:  Teacher Workday.  School is closed for students. 

Notes from the Nest

In our SEES school community, we S.O.A.R., meaning that we demonstrate: Support, Optimism, Acceptance, and Responsibility.

Dear SEES Families,

A warm welcome back to the nest after a much-needed winter break! I hope you all enjoyed the chance to recharge, reconnect, and create lasting memories with loved ones. As the new calendar year begins, I can't help but feel a surge of excitement for the remaining journey of our school year.

While the break offered a respite from the daily grind, I'm certain many of you, like myself, are buzzing with anticipation to dive back into the joy and routine of learning and community that thrives within these walls. We have exciting projects in store, challenging assignments, and thoughtful questions to ponder all waiting to unfold in the months ahead.

However, before we soar headlong into the whirlwind of academia, I want to offer a few tips for ensuring a successful and positive second half of the year:

Soaring High with Attendance:

  • Remember, attendance is the cornerstone of success. Every day you're present is a day you can participate, learn, and grow alongside your peers. Regular attendance isn't just a number; it's a commitment to yourself, your education, and our collective journey as a school family.
  • Prioritize sleep and healthy routines. A well-rested mind and body are crucial for optimal learning and focus. Make sure you're getting enough sleep and fueling your day with nutritious meals to keep your energy levels soaring.
  • Communicate openly. If you're facing any challenges, whether personal or academic, don't hesitate to reach out. We have a dedicated team of teachers, counselors, and support staff ready to help you navigate any bumps in the road.

Fostering a Positive Nest:

  • Embrace the power of kindness and respect. Let's treat each other with the same warmth and understanding we hope to receive. A smile, a helping hand, or a simple word of encouragement can make all the difference in someone's day.
  • Dive into the spirit of collaboration. Working together unlocks hidden potential and fosters a sense of belonging. Don't be afraid to share ideas, support your classmates, and celebrate each other's achievements.
  • Remember, learning is a journey, not a destination. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the breakthroughs, and never stop asking questions. Curiosity is the fuel that propels us forward, and our school is a haven for exploring and expanding our horizons.

Let's make the rest of this year one to remember! With dedication, positivity, and a dash of eagle spirit, we can soar to new heights together. Remember, the doors to our nest are always open, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

Onward and upward,

April Martin

Proud Principal

P.S. Don't forget to check out the upcoming events calendar for exciting activities and opportunities to connect with your fellow eagles!

Summer Camps and Spring Sports Information Event for Lewis Pyramid Schools

Please join us to learn about summer camps and spring recreation opportunities for students of all ages.  Learn about Fairfax County Park Authority summer and spring break camps and classes, FCPS summer programs, local sports clubs and more! Information about scholarships available for spring and summer programs will be provided. We will hold two sessions of this informational event. An in-person event will be held at the Richard Byrd Public Library (7250 Commerce St, Springfield, VA) on Thursday, January 18th from 9:30-10:30 am.  A virtual session will be held on Wednesday, January 24th from 6:00-7:00 pm. All Lewis Pyramid schools are invited to attend. Both sessions will be presented in English and Spanish. If FCPS schools are delayed or closed due to inclement weather on January 18th the in person session will be canceled. You must register in order to receive the Zoom link prior to the virtual session. Please register for one of the events here. Questions? Contact Amy Garcia, Springfield Estates ES Family Liaison at ajgarcia@fcps.edu or 703-921-2389. Thank you!

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting. Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information.