School House News - January 19

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  • January 19 - Orthodox Epiphany
  • January 25 - 2-Hour Early Release and Spirit Day; End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 26 - Professional Workday (No School for Students)
  • February 2 - Chew & Chat with HES Admin; 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)

See the complete school year calendar

spirit day

To celebrate the end of the 2nd quarter, we will be having an HES Spirit Day on Thursday, January 25. Wear any of your favorite Hayfield/orange and blue outfits to show your school spirit!

Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

Black history month graphic

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

you're invited

Chew & Chat with HES Administrators

Please join Jessica Lewis, Principal, and Seamus O'Connor, Assistant Principal for the opportunity to have an open dialogue about all things HES. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP and add your questions/thoughts using this link no later than January 26. 

News From Our Family Liaison

English Empowerment Classes

Course Offerings for Beginning-level English, Family Learning, Skills-based Classes, and Destination Workforce® can be found at the above link.  Registration for February classes is open (including oral and/or written English proficiency tests) and required for all courses.


Family Resource Center – Registration open for February Workshops

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m.

Register Here


Behavior Solution Series for Elementary Families

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Register Here


How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help with Ann Dolin

February 23, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register Here


Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011


Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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For Our Military Families: Military Matters

For Our Military Families: Military Matters


Camp Corral Summer Registration

The commitment to military-connected youth continues as Camp Corral provides opportunities and support for children who have a parent who is wounded, ill, or fallen as a result of serving our nation.  

Camp Corral recognizes the hardships these children may face, and their mission is to empower them with opportunities to build emotional resilience and skills needed to navigate their circumstances.  With no cost to the family, campers ages 8-15 may experience such recreational activities as horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, ropes courses, and campfires at a variety of camp locations across the country.    

For those wishing to learn more or to register for one of the camps, please visit Camp Corral.  Registration opens January 17, 2024.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email


Military Organizations & Resources:

The Army Educational Outreach Program provides both students and teachers a collaborative, cohesive, portfolio of Army-sponsored STEM programs that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent through K through college programs and expose them to DoD STEM careers. 

Thrive Online Program for Parents – Thrive in Your Military Parenting Role

DOD teamed up with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State to create a parenting education program. Thrive offers free online courses to help Military Parents manage stress, make healthy lifestyle choices and learn positive parenting strategies for every age and stage from birth to 18.


Time Management for Young Children – Weekly Webinars


The concept of time can be a challenge for younger children to understand. Join us as we share helpful tips on how to teach your children about time, as well as managing and prioritizing school assignments and projects. Webinar Registration - Zoom



Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School            

Cell: 571-386-7884

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:


Dates to Remember:

January 22nd: Winter Enrichment Classes Begin

February 15th: PTA Meeting

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

Mid-February: PTA 101 Webinar (Date TBA)

February 21st & 22nd: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm)

February 29th: First day of the Read-a-Thon


Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising/Business Partnerships


SEPTA (Special Education PTA)


If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa:


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