SLES News You Choose

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

اس نیوزلیٹر کو دوسری زبانوں میں پڑھنے کیلئے ، براہ مہربانی ہماری ویب سائیٹ ملاحظہ کیجیئے۔

Important Dates and Events

  • February 15, Thursday, 6 p.m. - PTA Spelling Bee at SLES cafeteria
  • February 19, Monday - George Washington's Birthday and President's Day, Student Holiday
  • February 29, Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - SLES Parent Workshop and Movie Night
  • March 5, Tuesday - Presidential Primary - Student Holiday
  • March 8, Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - SLES Family Culture Night

SLES Authors Night Collage

SLES Young Authors Night held on 02/08 was a big success!

SLES Parent Workshop and Movie Night Flyer

Family Culture Night

Hi SLES Families! Stratford Landing is hosting its first-ever Family Culture  Night! Come join in on the fun on Friday, March 8th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Fill out this google form if you: 

  • Plan on attending and notifying us how many people are in your party
  • Plan on attending AND would like to showcase a part of your family culture/identity

We're so excited to celebrate our families, their traditions, and all of the things that make them unique!

SLES Culture and Family Night flyer

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments

SLES SOL May tentative schedule Teacher-Referred Tutoring

Through Schoology®, all FCPS students have 24/7 access to no-cost, year-round, on-demand, 1-to-1 tutoring services through

A new Teacher-Referred Tutoring program feature provides targeted support and extends student learning. Teachers can now refer students for tutoring, with their specific needs already identified. Students can get extra support — on their own schedule — and reinforce their in-class learning.

Caregivers can guide students to access expert tutoring, homework help, and writing support by clicking on the icon in their Schoology portal—anytime, anywhere.

Plus, look for teachers’ tutoring session referrals on the homepage.

Magnet Schools

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools - Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Lexia Night

Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read - FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize. Attend an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

PTA News

PTA Member Meeting with Financial Planning Specialist Cody Monarch 

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m. in the Stratford Landing Library for our next PTA Member meeting. In addition to our regular meeting, we have the pleasure of hearing from Cody Monarch - a financial planning specialist on a top 2% Morgan Stanley team. He is coming to speak about the importance of planning for children’s education financially and the benefits of utilizing 529 accounts. If you cannot make it in person, we plan to livestream the meeting. 

Camp Invention - July 8th-12th

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Near SLES from 7/8 to 7/12, campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/27 to save $25.

Military connected and need based scholarships are available, please contact Mrs. Moon at for additional information. 

Tell Your Story: SLES 2023-2024 Yearbook on Sale Now!

SLES Yearbook Cover

Don't miss the SLES yearbook’s EARLY BIRD SALE! We've already sold over 200 copies -- WOW!

Yearbooks are $20 from now until March 1, 2024. The price per yearbook increases to $25 after that. Order online here today.

MILITARY FAMILIES: The yearbook would love to feature photos of your journey. Please upload your candid photos directly to us right here: -- and, as always, thank you for your service.

If you are interested in donating a yearbook to SLES Care & Share, you can do so by using the "Donate-A-Book" option on the ordering website. (Note that there is no option this year for cash donations.)

The final deadline to order is April 1, 2024. Please send questions to -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address (photo deadline TBA). 

Family Volunteer Workspace

We are opening a family volunteer workspace at Stratford Landing! We are looking for volunteers to assist teachers with photocopying, laminating, and other clerical work that's very time-consuming. If we can get this fully staffed, we could be a HUGE help to our amazing teachers! Please email if you are interested in helping out.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

Interested in some of the many activities happening at Sherwood Library? Click on this link to register to your favorite picks.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

AART free pre school classes flyer

AART free pre school classes flyer

Virtual Parent Cafés – A Community of Support for Parents

Fairfax County Parent Cafe flyer

Join a community of support among others handling similar parenting situations. Fairfax County Department of Family Services holds virtual Parent Cafés. They are free and meet monthly during the school year. They're a great way for parents or guardians of children 0-18 years old to learn from each other as they grow in their parenting skills. Join the Fairfax County Department of Family Services for a Virtual Parenting Cafe on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 6:30-8 p.m. to discuss Helping Children Manage Their Anger. This is an open forum discussion covering the importance of parents and caregivers modeling how to be angry, the three rules of anger, and other helpful tips and tools. Fairfax County parents or guardians with children ages 0-18 years old are welcome. Sign up for any Virtual Parent Café by sending an email or calling 703-324-7720 at least one business day before the Parent Café date listed. 

Hybla Valley Sneaker Ball Flyer

MLK Day of Service Family Activity Rescheduled for February 24

National Park Services logo

Due to weather conditions on January 15th, the National Park Service and Friends of Dyke Marsh rescheduled their MLK Day of Service event at the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve and Belle Haven Park to Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
They will be focusing on a vital trash cleanup effort, making Dyke Marsh and the Potomac River a brighter and healthier place for everyone. If you and your family would like to join you can register here. The registration form also provides more details about the event, including check-in location and contact information. 
Together we can make a difference, we can honor Dr. King's legacy of service and leave a positive impact on our community. 

Whitman Food Market Flyer