RAVENS' NEST 02/23/2024

Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

Feb 28th – March 24th – Ravensworth Online Read-A-Thon

March 5th - No school, Teacher Workday

March 25th - 29th - No School, Spring Break

April 1st -2nd - No school, Teacher Workday/Professional Development Day

April 2ndKindergarten Orientation, Check in 2:45 pm / Orientation and Tours  3:00 pm

Link to 2023-2024 School Year Calendar 2023-24 FCPS School Year Calendar

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Calendar Reminder - Student Holiday March 5

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Friendly reminder to families that earlier this school year, Tuesday, March 5 was changed to a student holiday and teacher workday. This is due to the large number of school locations used as polling locations for the Virginia primary. 


Purple Up - Month of the Military Child

Purple Up! Day - Month of the Military Child


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 militaryfamilies@fcps.edu.


Military and Family Support Centers

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Military and Family Support Centers provide information, education, and support programs to help balance the demands of military life. Offerings include:

  • Deployment support to assist you and your family during all phases of the deployment cycle. Learn more about deployment support.
  • Relocation assistance to help you prepare for an upcoming move and get settled into your new location. Learn more about the military Relocation Assistance Program.
  • Confidential non-medical clinical counseling provides support for a wide range of issues from marital conflicts and stress management to coping with grief and deployment adjustments Learn more about confidential non-medical counseling.
  • Personal and family life education assists with developing knowledge and skills to help you navigate your mobile military life.
  • Personal financial readiness assists you and your family in building and maintaining your financial readiness.
  • Employment assistance supports career exploration, education, training and licensing, career connections and employment readiness for military spouses, transitioning service members, and other family members. Learn more about the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO.
  • Information and referral can assist you in identifying and clarifying needs and locating and connecting to services and programs available both on and off your installation.
  • Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or MWR services provide lots of ways for you to connect with friends and others for entertainment, rest and relaxation — all at reduced or no cost. Learn more about MWR programs and services.
  • The Transition Assistance Program provides the information, skills, and knowledge necessary for a successful transition from military to civilian life. Learn more about transition assistance programs and resources.

Military and Family Support Centers may provide other programs such as the following:

Exceptional Family Member Program

Family Advocacy Program

New Parent Support Program


Kindergarten Registration is Open and It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

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There’s an easy five-step process outlined for parents looking to register your child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process

Inscripción para el Kindergarten: Es tan fácil como 1-2-3...

Los padres que deseen matricular a sus hijos al Kindergarten deben seguir un sencillo proceso de cinco pasos: 

  1. Determinar la elegibilidad. 
  2. Identifique su escuela local.  
  3. Reunir documentos.  
  4. Rellenar los formularios.  
  5. Programar una cita.

Después de la cita en la escuela (el estudiante y uno de los tutores deben estar presentes), el estudiante estará listo para la orientación, Bridge to Kindergarten, o cualquier otro evento introductorio que cada escuela pueda organizar. Más información sobre el proceso de inscripción.


Author Visiting our Ravens

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We’re excited to announce that award-winning author Wendy Wan-Long Shang  will be visiting our Ravens on Wednesday, March 20th!  Wendy has written a variety of books many of which are available for checkout in our library.

“As a child, books meant freedom. If you could read in my kindergarten class, you were allowed to go to the library by yourself, and libraries were the loveliest freedom I could imagine. If I had a book, I had a companion for a long dinner with grown-ups. I could learn about anything, go anywhere, pretend to be anyone.” (Wendy Wan-Long Shang)

Wendy lives in northern Virginia with her husband, children, a cat and a dog.

To learn more about Wendy Wan-Long Shang and her books, you can visit her webpage.  If you’re interested, there are signed copies of Wendy’s books available for purchase here.





This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!


Celebrating Achievements of African Americans

Black History Month


Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. FCPS Social Studies provides information and suggested activities and resources to support teaching and learning Black and African American history. This Black History 180 document supports the celebration of Black History Month in February, as well as every other school day. 

Black history is American history. Students deserve meaningful, sustained opportunities to learn about the experiences and contributions of Black and African American people year-round, and Black History Month is one opportunity to honor these diverse and important stories. 

Learn more about Black History Month. Get information about other heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.


Read Across America

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March 4th through March 8th is Read Across America Week - a national celebration of books and reading.  To recognize Read Across America, Ravensworth will be participating in reading theme days.

The theme days for March 4th through March 8th will be:

Monday - Hats off to reading!  Wear a hat.

Tuesday - No School/Student Holiday

Wednesday - Reading is active!  Wear your favorite activewear or sportswear. 

Thursday - Words are everywhere! Wear a readable shirt that has words on it.

Friday - Cozy up with a good book!  Wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal.


Tech Adventure Camp

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Registration is open from February 1st to June 7th, 2024. You can register online through The Tech Adventure Camp website.

There are limited number of seats for this camp, so register early to guarantee a spot.

For questions, please contact the CTE department, at fcpscte@fcps.edu.


CTE Summer Academy

CTA Summer Academy


Registration is open from February 1st to June 7th, 2024. You can register online through The CTE Summer Academy  website.

There are limited number of seats for this camp, so register early to guarantee a spot.

For questions, please contact the CTE department, at fcpscte@fcps.edu.


Positivity Project

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This 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.


Substitutes Needed at Ravensworth for 2023-24

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We are always looking for kind and caring substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers and instructional assistants need to be out of the classroom. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for future teachers, stay-at-home family members, retirees, college students, part-time employees, and anyone who wants to make a difference! Substitute instructional assistant pay will be $17.08 per hour and substitute teacher pay will be $19.05 per hour for the 2023-24 school year.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Erika Aspuria, Principal and apply on-line. Also, you can sign up for a virtual, one hour substitute information session here.  





PTA Open Board Position

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The PTA is looking for someone willing to assume the role of Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year. Unfortunately, our current Treasurer, Lane, is unable to continue in the position. While we will miss her in that role, it opens a wonderful opportunity for someone looking to get involved. The position includes:

  • Tracking and inputting incomes and expenses to QuickBooks
  • Creating Monthly Budget Reports and presenting them at Meetings
  • Writing checks and depositing payments received
  • Attending monthly meetings

The position demands anywhere between 2-5 hours of work per month. While an accounting background and QuickBooks experience is helpful, it is not necessary.

Anyone interested in the role can send an email to president@ravensworthpta.org. Further questions about the role may be sent to selemefamilia@gmail.org


Online Read-A-Thon

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Read for Ravensworth is like a jog-a-thon, except your child will be reading books instead of running laps, and earning pledges based on how much they read. Everything is tracked online, which makes inviting sponsors and logging reading much easier! 

You can find out more about Readafun by visiting: ReadaFun Long Explainer (youtube.com)

You will receive written instructions on how to access and authorize your child's private account on Wednesday, February 28th. Participation in the fundraising portion of this event is optional and we hope that every student will participate by READING!



Ravensworth Yearbooks!



ant to have all the memories the school year brings?  The time has come to order your Ravensworth Elementary School Yearbooks. The price of the yearbook is $18.50.  Take advantage of the savings and order your yearbook today! 

Order site: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob

Yearbook ID Code: 4882624

School Name: Ravensworth Elementary School 

Don't delay and order your yearbook today!

Order deadline:  April 19, 2024


Chess Club

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Chess Club will be held every Monday in the Cafeteria, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except for days where school is closed or there is early release. We can offer this program through partnership with the U.S. Chess Center. Chess club is $130 per semester and includes a club t-shirt and snacks during the meet-ups. Registration can be done through the following link:   https://chessctr.org/ravensworth/

For more information contact Ravensworth club parent coordinators Michael Alt, alt_michael@hotmail.com  or Alexandra Parresol, alexandraparresol@yahoo.com  or the U.S. Chess Center, admin@chessctr.org


Get Your School Spirit Wear Today!

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Show your school spirit and support the Ravensworth PTA—purchase your spirit wear in the MemberHub store anytime: https://ravensworth.memberhub.com/store; youth and adult sizes available. Contact spiritwear@ravensworthpta.org if you have any questions. Show your pride for the Ravensworth Ravens all year long!


Follow Ravensworth on Social Media

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Are you connected to Ravensworth Elementary School and the Ravensworth PTA on social media? The PTA’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ravensworthelementarypta and the school’s accounts are https://www.facebook.com/RavensworthElementary and https://twitter.com/RavensworthES