Shrevewood Wise Words - 2/23/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Spring Portraits

🌟 Kindergarten Registration

🌟 Save the Date: Spring Book Fair, March 4th - 8th

🌟 FCPS Purple Up!

🌟 Shrevewood PTA Bingo Night

🌟 FCPS Summer Camp 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 had a fantastic time last night at our Family Science Night event here at Shrevewood! A big thank you goes out to Mrs. Malave for organizing the event, the PTA for their support, and all of our amazing staff and community volunteers. It was truly inspiring to witness our students and families actively participating in hands-on activities and exploring the realms of science and engineering.

Additionally, I want to commend our students for their excellent performance during yesterday's bus evacuation drill. It's always reassuring to see them take these drills seriously and practice with diligence. While we hope they never have to use these skills in a real emergency, we take comfort in knowing that they are well-prepared if the need arises.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

Save the date for our Spring pictures on Tuesday, March 12th. More information about how to order pictures will be sent home in Thursday folders!


🧸 Kindergarten Registration Information🧸

It's hard to believe that we are already planning for next school year and welcoming our newest Wise Owls in Kindergarten. If you have a rising Kindergarten student, please fill out this new student intake form to begin the registration process. If you have a neighbor or friend with a child who will be turning five on or before September 30th, please pass along this information!

If you have any questions about the registration process, reach out to our Student Information Assistant, Sebastian Brennan, at

Save the Date: Spring Book Fair, March 4th - 8th


Our next Shrevewood Book Fair is fast approaching!

Students, families, and the community are invited to the Spring Book Fair on  March 4th - 8th in our library. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon! 

FCPS Purple Up! T-Shirts Available for Purchase

purple up

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is gearing up to honor and celebrate its military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This year, Virginia will celebrate Purple Up! Day on Wednesday, April 17. Purple Up! Day is a special day for communities to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

FCPS Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Friday, March 8, 2024 here. The shirts highlight our gratitude and appreciation for our 14,000 military-connected students and their families. #PurpleUpFCPS! 

For more information and/or to connect with FCPS resources, email us at

bingo night

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


Next week our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Love of Learning. Love of learning means you master new topics on your own or in school.

Those with a love of learning are intrinsically motivated and engaged in a topic regardless of achieving an external standard. They enjoy learning simply for the sake of learning. They don’t need a prize of a high grade as a reward. Their reward is the process of doing the work and improving.

Developing a love of learning is highly beneficial for an individual. It means that they are intrinsically motivated to deepen their existing skills and abilities, or learn something completely new. Since intrinsically motivated action is correlated with positive emotions, those who act on their love of learning may also have enhanced mental and physical health. Additionally, individuals who love learning have the desire and ability to overcome challenges, due to a sense of autonomy and control over their environment.

To practice and encourage the character strength of love of learning 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:

  • Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families
  • How Students Benefit from CTE Courses
  • Supreme Court Decision Regarding TJHSST

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

Spring Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, March 4 - Friday, March 8

School Planning Day

Tuesday, March 5 - No school for students

⭐Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

Tuesday, March 12

⭐PTA Bingo Night

Friday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Spring Break (No School)

Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar