Shrevewood Wise Words - 1/11/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Baroody Winter Registration

🌟 Save the Date! Parent Coffee

🌟 🗓️ Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

🌟 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,

January can be a busy month, and we also know that Mother Nature can throw in some wintry weather as well in January. Many of the weather teams are predicting that we will see some wintery weather/snow/ice in January and February. 

A reminder that 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. FCPS explains that Weather Cancellation Procedures on the webpage. 

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.


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Baroody Winter Registration


Baroody Winter registration is currently open 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.

Save the Date! Parent Coffee

Save the Date for our 2nd parent coffee of the school year on Thursday, February 8th at 10:00 am in the Library. Our discussion will be focused on bullying awareness, prevention, and intervention.

🗓️ Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

Martin Luther King

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The holiday marks the birthday of King, who was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The movement protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer with Give Together FCPS students continue to find incredible ways to serve their community while building Portrait of a Graduate skills such as becoming an ethical and global citizen. The school division is excited to collaborate with Volunteer Fairfax for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Students and families can volunteer on Monday, January 15, at Volunteer Fairfax’s Give Together event. It is designed to engage families with children ages 5-12 in service learning. 

Students ages 13-18 are welcome to serve as teen event volunteers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Perseverance. Perseverance means you complete what you start despite obstacles. You never give up.

The concept of perseverance can most often be found in one’s active pursuit of overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is a uniquely human characteristic that identifies an individual’s ability to spend long periods of time devoted to a single goal or set of goals. People demonstrating high levels of perseverance can handle significant, sometimes repeated, setbacks in pursuit of goals.

Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can substantially impact those working with them and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance can achieve goals they may not have believed possible.

To practice and encourage the character strength of perseverance 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:

  • Helps with More Than Homework
  • Gap Year Fair
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

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

PTA Meeting

RESCHEDULED DATE: Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(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

Parent Coffee

Thursday, February 8, 10:00 am

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar