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Upcoming Events



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

February 5th – 9th - No Name Calling Week

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 15th - Spanish Immersion Lottery closes at 4:00 pm

Feb 19th – President’s Day Holiday

March 5th - No school, Teacher Workday

March 25th - 29th - No School, Spring Break

April 1st -2nd- No school, Teacher Workday/Professional Development Day


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

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A Message from The Principal


Dear Ravensworth Families,

It is hard to believe that this week we started the third quarter.  We are kicking off No Name Calling Week on Monday, February 5th.  No Name-Calling Week is a nationwide effort to teach students about the harmful impacts of name-calling and provide positive community building opportunities to help prevent bullying.  Teachers will incorporate activities and discussions based on the daily theme in their morning meetings each day.  The them for Monday, February 5th, What’s In a Name?.  Over the weekend, please discuss with your child how they got their name and why it is special.  A flyer with more details will be coming home on Monday afternoon. 

On Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 pm we will be hosting a virtual family coffee.  Our topic is Empowering Parents to Navigate Challenges in the Digital Age.  Our session will focus on understanding and addressing the challenges of technology and impacts it can have on students academically and socially. Equip yourself with valuable insights and practical strategies to foster a safe and supportive environment for your child online. Let's collaborate to navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape together.  Registration is required for this event. Use this link to register https://forms.gle/9MFXoqXciT6WTqYV7 The deadline for registration is Feb 8th at 12 p.m.  A Zoom link will be sent on February 8th by 12:30 p.m.

We hope to see you virtually on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 pm for our family coffee.




Erika Aspuria



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.


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.


Lost and Found

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At the end of each quarter items from Ravensworth Lost and Found are donated to charity. Prior to donation, parents and guardians may check Lost and Found for items belonging to their children. This quarter’s Lost and Found items will be made available for parents and guardians (only) in the Lobby of the school from February 5th to February 9th. Items not claimed by March 31st will be sent to donation.


Positivity Project



This week our school community will be focusing on the Other People Mindset of Cheering Others’ Successes. This means when other people succeed, I am happy for them and cheer them on.

Being happy for other people when they succeed isn’t always everyone’s initial reaction. Often, it’s easy to become jealous or envious of others’ victories -- or even to experience schadenfreude, which is deriving pleasure from witnessing (or learning about) another person’s misfortune. People who have these reactions to the success or misfortune of others are colloquially known as “haters.” It’s important to note that these are natural emotions and in small doses can be helpful in allowing us to see what we care about -- and motivate us to pursue those goals.


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.  


Food Insecurity Resources





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