Shrevewood Wise Words - 1/18/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Family Science Night

🌟 Save the Date! Parent Coffee

🌟 Student Transfer Renewal Application Opens February 15

🌟 Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

🌟 The Positivity Project

🌟 Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

🌟 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

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Dear Shrevewood Families,

We have seen our first snowfall of 2024 (yay!) and even colder temperatures this past week. With the possibility of more winter weather ahead, please be sure to keep a close eye on the news and www.fcps.edu when snow is in the forecast for any school closures or delays.

As a reminder, next Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher workday.

Sincerely,

Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal


Family Science Night

Shrevewood and Children Family Science Lab are bringing you Family Science Night on Thursday, February 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, discovery, and science learning! You will get to try different hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math.

To make the night a success, we need YOU! Please consider volunteering at the event to help run one of the activities! Sign up 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.


Student Transfer Renewal Application Opens February 15

student transfer is valid for one year only. A parent or guardian must submit a renewal application each year for student transfer consideration. A renewal application may be submitted for students who continue to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer request. For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request must be submitted.

All students will be considered eligible for student transfer renewal unless the principal indicates a student is not eligible for renewal in the Online Student Transfer Application Admin View or the transfer type does not allow for renewal e.g. graduating, moving from one level to another, or family relocation. 

Letters from the principal will be automatically generated from the online student transfer application in February for students eligible and not eligible for renewal and sent to the enrolling parents primary email address. 

For detailed information regarding the renewal process, please visit the Online Student Transfer Application: Renewal Process webpage.


Elementary Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.

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Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Social Intelligence. Social intelligence means you are aware of other people’s thoughts and feelings. You understand why they do things.

Social intelligence refers to a person’s ability to understand and manage interpersonal relationships. It is distinct from a person’s IQ or “book smarts.” It includes an individual’s ability to understand, and act on, the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people. This type of intelligence can take place “in the moment” of face-to-face conversations but also appears during times of deliberate thinking. It involves emotional intelligence and self-awareness.

Social intelligence helps individuals build relationships -- and is important to numerous aspects of a person’s life. It allows an individual to form friendships and alliances. And it assists a person against being taken advantage of. People with social intelligence can “read” other people’s faces and know what motivates them. Social intelligence builds over time and as a person ages. In this sense, it is similar to the character strength of perspective.

To practice and encourage the character strength of social intelligence 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.


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 (hcolby@fcps.edu), 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.

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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 SWESOffice@fcps.edu. 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

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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 www.myschoolbucks.com.  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 https://fcps.nutrislice.com/menu/shrevewood-elementary

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: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/food-and-nutrition-programs/free-and-reduced-price-meals.  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.  


FCPS News

In case you missed it in FCPS This Week, the school division shared updates on the following topics:

  • FCPS Receives $16 Million to Buy More Electric Buses
  • Science Fair Judges Needed
  • How Families Can Help Fight Opioid Misuse

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

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 a.m.

Presidents' Day (No School)

Monday, February 19

Family Science Night

Thursday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

School Planning Day

Tuesday, March 5 - No school for students

Spring Break (No School)

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar