Springfield Estates ES News You Choose - February 16, 2024

Valentines Day at SEES

Ms. Daly's class enjoyed celebrating Valentine's Day together.

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Date Reminders

  • February 19: School Holiday -  Washington’s Birthday and Presidents’ Day.  School closed for staff and students.
  • February 20: SEES Spelling Bee. 5 p.m., SEES Cafeteria (student participants arrive at 4:45 p.m.).
  • February 23: SEES Spirit Day - Fantasy Friday! Dress as your favorite fantasy character (queen, king, fairy, elf, wizard, etc.).
  • February 26 to March 1: Read Across America Spirit Week.  See below for details.
  • March 2: SEES Annual Book Fair.  See below for details!
  • March 5: Student Holiday/School Planning Day. Presidential Primary Day.
  • March 6: Family Coffee & Conversation: An Overview of Elementary Advanced Academic Programs. 5:15 p.m., SEES Cafeteria.

  • March 6: PTA Meeting.  6:00 p.m., SEES Cafeteria.
  • March 14: Math Night.  Details coming soon.
  • March 21: Spring Cardboard Challenge.  Details coming soon.
  • March 26 - 29: Spring Break for students and staff

Notes from the Nest

In our SEES school community, we S.O.A.R., meaning that we demonstrate: Support, Optimism, Acceptance, and Responsibility.

Attendance Awards

Dear SEES Community,

Celebrating Attendance Champions:

First and foremost, a huge round of applause to our Attendance All-Stars, students who have been present for at least 90% of school days! Your dedication to being in class, engaged in learning, and contributing to our school community is truly inspiring. You set a wonderful example for others.

Additionally, let's give a cheer to our Attendance Improvement Heroes! These students have shown remarkable progress by increasing their attendance by 10% compared to the first quarter. Every day you choose to be here makes a difference, and your commitment to growth is something to be proud of.

Attendance Awards

To all our students, whether you're on the leaderboard or working towards your own attendance goals, remember: consistency matters! Being present in class allows you to participate fully, build relationships with your classmates and teachers, and unlock your full potential.

To all our students, whether you're on the leaderboard or working towards your own attendance goals, remember: consistency matters! Being present in class allows you to participate fully, build relationships with your classmates and teachers, and unlock your full potential.

Soaring Eagle Awards

Celebrating Golden Eagles and Super SOARing Eagles:

We are also thrilled to recognize outstanding student achievement this week! Congratulations to all students who received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award for demonstrating excellence in all four FCPS School Board established goals for Life, Work, and Citizenship. Your commitment to academics, character development, and responsible citizenship sets a fantastic example for your peers.

Moreover, I'm truly honored to present the Super SOARing Eagle Award to three phenomenal students who have gone above and beyond in the 2nd quarter. These individuals exemplify the SOAR principles of Supportive, Optimistic, Accepting, and Responsible in what they do. Their dedication, leadership, and positive impact on our school community deserve special recognition.

Get Ready to Spell-ebrate!

Get ready to spellbound, buzz, and cheer as we head into next week's highly anticipated Yearly Spelling Bee! From grades 3-6, our top spellers will battle it out, putting their vocabulary and spelling prowess to the test. Who will emerge as the last Eagle standing, claiming the title of Springfield Estates 2024 Spelling Bee Champion? Join us on Tuesday, February 20th at 5:00 PM in the cafeteria to witness the magic of language unfold!

SOARing High,

April Martin
Proud Principal

SEES Book Fair

The SEES Book Fair is coming soon!  This year the book fair will run from Thursday, February 29-Wednesday, March 6.  Students will go to the library with their classes to browse, and purchases can be made beginning Saturday, March 2 from 9am-noon.  This is a great opportunity for the whole family to participate in literacy activities, enjoy read alouds from our Reading Specialist, and check out our great selection of books! 

We need volunteers during the school day to make the event successful!  Please sign up to help via Sign Up Genius HERE!  Our volunteers help students find books and keep the display tables organized.

The profits from this event support the SEES library through the purchase of books, supplies, and equipment we need to enhance the effectiveness of our program.  If you have any questions, please contact our Librarian, Michelle Berkoski, at maberkoski@fcps.edu and our Reading Specialist, Megan Heffron, at mmheffron@fcps.edu.

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Read Across America Spirit Week