RAVENS' NEST 01/26/2023

Upcoming Events



Feb 2nd– Spirit Day-Wear your College Shirt or School Colors

Feb 5th – PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 to 8:00 pm Cafeteria

Feb 7th – Progress Reports to go Home in Wednesday Folders

Feb 8th – Virtual Family Coffee at 6:30 pm, Empowering Parents to Navigate Challenges in the Digital Age (more details to come)

Feb 19th – President’s Day Holiday

Link to 2023-2024 School Year Calendar 2023-24 FCPS School Year Calendar

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Preparing for Winter Weather

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Winter weather is here! As temperatures drop, please be sure to send your children with coats and outerwear to keep them warm for outdoor activities.  Bringing these additional items to and from school means that the Lost & Found is growing!  Please be sure to label your child's items and encourage them to check the Lost & Found in cafeteria for any missing items.

Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.


Snow Days

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Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, 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. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

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.

No Habrá Aprendizaje Virtual en Días de Nieve Este Invierno

Para el año escolar actual, FCPS volverá a su procedimiento anterior para los días de nieve - no habrá días de aprendizaje virtual cuando la escuela esté cerrada debido al mal clima. Durante los días de nieve, los estudiantes todavía pueden tener acceso a Tutor.com, completar cualquier oportunidad de aprendizaje suplementaria recomendada por sus maestros, y ver programación educativa (disponible virtualmente y en canales de televisión de acceso público):

    • Instrucción para la Escuela Primaria: Red Apple 21.
    • Instrucción para la Escuela Intermedia: Canal 25.
    • Instrucción para la Escuela Secundaria: Canal 99.

Once días de nieve están incorporados en el calendario existente de FCPS. Eliminando los días de aprendizaje virtual nos permitirá maximizar el aprendizaje en persona de los estudiantes y proveer acceso equitativo a la instrucción y servicios estudiantiles.


FCPS Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

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The FCPS 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 and visit the FCPS Elementary Magnet School Lottery page for more information:

  • 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.


Kindergarten Registration is Open and It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

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There’s an easy five-step process outlined for parents looking to register your child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process

Inscripción para el Kindergarten: Es tan fácil como 1-2-3...

Los padres que deseen matricular a sus hijos al Kindergarten deben seguir un sencillo proceso de cinco pasos: 

  1. Determinar la elegibilidad. 
  2. Identifique su escuela local.  
  3. Reunir documentos.  
  4. Rellenar los formularios.  
  5. Programar una cita.

Después de la cita en la escuela (el estudiante y uno de los tutores deben estar presentes), el estudiante estará listo para la orientación, Bridge to Kindergarten, o cualquier otro evento introductorio que cada escuela pueda organizar. Más información sobre el proceso de inscripción.


Wellness Wednesdays


We know the winter months can be hard to get up and moving.  We are excited to launch Wellness Wednesdays from now until Spring Break.  During our news show on Wednesdays, students will have the opportunity to get moving in their classrooms.  Our teachers will be incorporating movement into their lessons through movement and brain breaks.  We are looking forward to seeing our Ravens moving this winter.


Family Resource Center

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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.

Recursos Gratuitos para las Familias

¿Sabía usted que las familias pueden tener acceso a seminarios en línea gratuitos, consultas confidenciales, una biblioteca de préstamos y recursos para ayudar a los adultos a apoyar el éxito de todos los estudiantes, incluyendo aquellos con problemas de aprendizaje, necesidades especiales y discapacidades? 

¡Aprenda más sobre el Centro de Recursos Familiares (FRC) de FCPS! 

Sea el primero en enterarse de los nuevos talleres inscribiéndose en el boletín del FRC.


Food Insecurity Resources

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Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Recursos de Inseguridad Alimentaria para Familias

La inseguridad de alimentos afecta a más de 60,000 residentes del Condado de Fairfax. Hay muchos recursos disponibles para apoyar a aquellos que necesitan asistencia alimentaria. Averigüe cómo recibir u ofrecer apoyo en el sitio web del Condado de Fairfax, o consulte con su Guía de Recursos de Servicios Humanos para obtener asistencia con los alimentos, ropa, vivienda y otros servicios.


Positivity Project



This week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Forgiveness.  Forgiveness means you forgive those who have done wrong, and you accept that people make mistakes.

Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured and allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. Many who forgive have the ability to consider things from another’s perspective.


Substitutes Needed at Ravensworth for 2023-24

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We are always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home family members, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! Substitute instructional assistant pay will be $17.08 per hour and substitute teacher pay will be $19.05 per hour for the 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Erika Aspuria, Principal and apply on-line. Also, you can sign up for a virtual, one hour substitute information session here.  





PTA Open Board Position

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The PTA is looking for someone willing to assume the role of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. Unfortunately, our current Treasurer, Lane, is unable to continue in the position. While we will miss her in that role, it opens a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to get involved. The position includes:

  • Tracking and inputting incomes and expenses to QuickBooks
  • Creating Monthly Budget Reports and presenting them at Meetings
  • Writing checks and depositing payments received
  • Attending monthly meetings

The position demands anywhere between 2-5 hours of work per month. While an accounting background and QuickBooks experience is helpful, it is not necessary.

Anyone interested in the role can send an email to president@ravensworthpta.org. Further questions about the role may be sent to selemefamilia@gmail.org


Ravensworth Yearbooks!



Want to have all the memories the school year brings?  The time has come to order your Ravensworth Elementary School Yearbooks. The price of the yearbook is $18.50.  Take advantage of the savings and order your yearbook today! 

Order site: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob

Yearbook ID Code: 4882624

School Name: Ravensworth Elementary School 

Don't delay and order your yearbook today!

Order deadline:  April 19, 2024


Chess Club

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Chess Club will be held every Monday in the Cafeteria, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except for days where school is closed or there is early release. We can offer this program through partnership with the U.S. Chess Center. Chess club is $130 per semester and includes a club t-shirt and snacks during the meet-ups. Registration can be done through the following link:   https://chessctr.org/ravensworth/

For more information contact Ravensworth club parent coordinators Michael Alt, alt_michael@hotmail.com  or Alexandra Parresol, alexandraparresol@yahoo.com  or the U.S. Chess Center, admin@chessctr.org


Get Your School Spirit Wear Today!

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Show your school spirit and support the Ravensworth PTA—purchase your spirit wear in the MemberHub store anytime: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store; youth and adult sizes available. Contact spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your pride for the Ravensworth Ravens all year long!


Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

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Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on social media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES