Shrevewood Wise Words - 2/8/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Trash or Treasure

🌟 Family Science Night

🌟 Lunch & Learn with Cultured Kids

🌟 FCPS Summer Camp Information

🌟 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


Dear Shrevewood Families,

We would like to thank all the families who were able to attend our Parent Coffee today. Your presence and engagement are truly appreciated.

The discussion on bullying and harassment was important, and we hope you found the information shared to be helpful and informative. We believe that fostering a safe and respectful environment for our students is vital, and your active participation is instrumental in achieving this goal.

For those who couldn't make it to the session, we encourage you to review the presentation materials provided below. Your awareness and understanding of these important issues are important to our partnership.

Bullying Awareness, Prevention, & Intervention Presentation

Thank you once again for your commitment to the Shrevewood community. Enjoy the warmer weather this weekend and we look forward to another successful week of school!


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 6:00 - 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.

Lunch & Learn with Cultured Kids

Enjoy community and a catered lunch with Culture Kids on February 17th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Cultured Kids is a nonprofit organization on a mission to unify elementary schools nationwide, starting with Fairfax County! Join founders Jonah and Michelle Goldshag, hear from educators partnered with Cultured Kids, learn more about the organization's history and vision, and be inspired to act alongside them. Register with the QR code to save your spot!

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FCPS Summer Camp Information

The FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning engaging summer enrichment programs for students!  For our current Kindergarten - 5th grade students, we have Tech Adventure Camp.  For our current 6th - 11th grade students, we have CTE Summer Academy.  Please see the links below for more information and how to register.

Tech Adventure Camp (Gr. K-5), July 8-22

CTE Summer Academy (Gr. 6-11), July 8-26

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.

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.


Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love. Love means you value close relationships with others and being close to people.

The character strength of love represents the way we think, feel, and behave towards the people with whom we have close relationships. When one person loves another person, that person: comforts and makes the other feel safe; sacrifices on the other’s behalf; supports the other during struggles; and places the others' needs ahead of their own. If you love a person, that person makes you feel safe and secure. You can be yourself with that person. You miss that person when they are not around.

On a group level, love is vital for the wellbeing of society. The world is endlessly interconnected. We are all dependent upon each other for survival and happiness. Love produces positive feelings, which help negate loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Without love, we cannot form strong relationships with our families, friends, or communities. A world without love is a dangerous world.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love 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 (, 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.


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 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


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  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

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:  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.  


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

  • Summer Camp and Learning Opportunities
  • Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools
  • Check Schoology for Teacher-Referred Tutoring

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

National School Counseling Week

& Spirit Week

Monday, February 5 - Friday, February 9

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