Springfield Estates ES News You Choose - January 12, 2024

Ms. Martin reads to class

Ms. Martin read aloud with Ms. Hardek's class this week. We hope you and your family take some time to read together over the long weekend!

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Date Reminders

  • January 15:  School Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday.  School closed for students and staff. 
  • January 17: SEES Spirit Day - Wacky Wednesday! Wear wacky clothes, wacky hair, or both!
  • January 17: PTA Restaurant Night: Tropical Smoothie.  4:00 to 8:00 p.m., 6424 Landsdowne Center, Alexandria.  
  • January 18:  Summer Camp & Spring Sports 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 Camp & Spring Sports 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. 
  • February 2:  SEES Spirit Day - Groundhog Prediction Day!  Wear what you predict will happen with the groundhog.  If you think he will see his shadow, wear your winter clothes.  If you think he will NOT see his shadow, wear spring clothes or colors.
  • February 14:  SEES Spirit Day - Valentines Day!  Wear pink, red, purple, or hearts
  • February 23: SEES Spirit Day - Fantasy Friday! Dress as your favorite fantasy character (queen, king, fairy, elf, wizard, etc.)

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,

Welcome back to another week of learning and growing at Springfield Estates! This week, our Nest is buzzing with excitement, and I'm thrilled to share some of our upcoming events and important reminders.

Buzzing with Spelling Bee Excitement:  Get ready to cheer for our brightest minds as the annual Spelling Bee takes center stage on Tuesday, February 20, at 5 PM! Students from across grade levels will put their spelling prowess to the test, battling it out for the coveted champion title. Come join us in the cafeteria at 5PM to witness this intellectual showdown and support our spelling superstars!

ST Math Minutes: A Challenge Worth Taking:  This week marks the launch of the exciting ST Math Minutes Challenge! Throughout the week, students will strive to log 60,000 minutes of practice on the engaging ST Math platform. This challenge isn't just about racking up points; it's about building critical thinking skills, fostering problem-solving abilities, and mastering essential mathematical concepts in a fun and interactive way. Let's encourage our young mathematicians to embrace this challenge and unlock their full potential!

SOARing with Great Attendance:  Speaking of reaching new heights, we're excited to announce our "SOARing with Great Attendance" poster contest, sponsored by our local Wendy's! Students are invited to unleash their creativity and design posters that celebrate the importance of regular attendance. Why is good attendance so crucial? It's the foundation for academic success, fostering consistent learning and engagement. So, grab an entry paper, your art supplies, let your imagination take flight, and show us why being present in the Nest matters! Remember, all participants will receive a freebie coupon from Wendy's, just for joining in the fun. The deadline for submissions is January 31st, and the winning posters will be proudly displayed throughout the school.

End-of-Quarter Check-In:  As the first quarter draws to a close, we encourage families to take some time to review their student's progress. Check for missing or incomplete assignments, and work together to ensure all outstanding tasks are completed before the end of the quarter. Remember, strong communication and collaboration between families and teachers are essential for student success.

I'm incredibly proud of the positive energy and dedication that fills our Nest every day. Thank you for your continued support, and let's keep SOARing towards a successful and rewarding school year!


April Martin
Proud Principal

Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families.  

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC). Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

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