SLES News You Choose

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

Important Dates and Events

  • February 29, Thursday, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - SLES Parent Workshop and Movie Night
  • March 4 to March 8 - Read Across America week at SLES
  • March 5, Tuesday - Presidential Primary - Student Holiday
  • March 8, Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - SLES Family Culture Night
  • March 22, Friday - End of third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

SLES Parent Workshop and Movie Night Flyer

SLES Read Across America week flyer

Girls on the Run - Last Day to Register is Feb. 27

Girls on the run 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

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact if you have questions.

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments

SLES SOL May tentative schedule

PTA News

Running is Elementary is Back for the 2024 Season!

This annual West Potomac Pyramid Tradition provides a track team experience for students in grades K-6. RIE is coached by the student athletes from the West Potomac Track Team. The program concludes by bringing together students from other elementary schools within the WP pyramid for an actual track meet!

Before we can open registration, we need volunteers to commit to providing oversight during practices!

 Click HERE To Sign Up!

No track/field experience necessary! Volunteers will largely be responsible for getting kids checked in/out of practice, keeping eyes on their assigned group of kids, and assisting with simple non-coaching tasks as needed (such as bathroom runs).

Practices for all grades will take place after school at Stratford Landing on April 9th and 16th. Grades 3-6 will have an additional practice on April 23rd. Track meets will take place at West Potomac High School on April 22nd (K-2) and April 30th (3-6).

The number of registrants accepted for practices will be dependent on the number of volunteers we have. Children of volunteers will be guaranteed a spot at practice. Please keep an eye out for registration during the first week of March. There will be a $10 registration fee/participant, and all participants must purchase a team shirt (approximately $20).

Questions can be sent to Zack Hawkins and Rebecca Stites at

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.

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Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Public Schools Week - Feb. 27 to March 3

Public Schools Week is an annual celebration that brings together school leaders, educators, parents & community leaders to recognize the importance of our nation’s public schools.

Feb 29 FCPS FRC Webinar flyer

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.

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. 

Black History Month Hybla Valley Event Flyer

Black History Month Hyble Valley Event Flyer Spanish

Gum Springs Event for Black History Month Flyer

Gum Spring Event for Black History Month Spanish Flyer

United Community's Free Morning Coffee Flyer

United Community's Free Morning Coffee Spanish Flyer