RAVENS' NEST 03/01/2024

Upcoming Events



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

March 4th – 8th – Read Across America

March 20th – Author Visit (Wendy Wan)

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 & Tour 3:00 pm

April 10th – School Holiday, Eid at Fitr

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

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A Message from The Principal


Hi Ravensworth Families,

We had another wonderful week of learning.  Today our students started their day with Chua Martial Arts as part of a cultural arts assembly arranged by the Ravensworth PTA.  Our students enjoyed a demonstration of the Lion Dance performance which included percussion, movement, and martial arts.  The Lion Dance is a ritual in Chinese tradition believed to bring good fortune and happiness.  To learn more, visit www.chuamartialarts.com or search for Chua Martial Arts on social media.  Thank you to the Ravensworth PTA for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity.

Next week we’re excited to celebrate Read Across America.  Check out the schedule below for more information regarding our theme for each day. 

Have a great weekend.



Erika Aspuria



Student and Family Surveys

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Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!


Este Domingo Busque la Encuesta de Compromiso Familiar de FCPS

Padres/cuidadores recibirán la Encuesta de Participación Familiar de FCPS el domingo, 3 de marzo, de parte de una firma de investigación independiente llamada K12 Insight. Por favor participe - su opinión es importante para ayudar a informar y mejorar las prácticas para ayudar y apoyar mejor a nuestros estudiantes.

Completar esta encuesta también ayudará a fortalecer la asociación entre su familia y nuestra escuela. Cuando esta asociación es sólida, los estudiantes pueden contar con una variedad de beneficios que incluyen una mejor preparación para la escuela, mayor rendimiento escolar, mejores habilidades sociales y conducta, y una mayor probabilidad de graduarse de la escuela secundaria. 

La encuesta durará entre 10 y 15 minutos para completar y estará disponible en 10 idiomas. Para más información, visite la página web de la Encuesta de Participación Familiar. ¡Su opinión es importante!


Opioid Conversation



Join a Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs

A community conversation addressing the opioid crisis within Northern Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools will be held Wednesday, March 18, 6:30-8 p.m., in the auditorium at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Please enter through Door #14. 

All attendees will receive a free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

This discussion will provide families, staff, and students with valuable knowledge about the dangers of drugs and deadly fentanyl. The material discussed is suitable for students in grades 6-12. Together as a community, we aim to explore collaborative strategies to minimize the impact of these harmful and too-often fatal substances.

Language interpretation services are available as well as American Sign Language accommodation. Childcare and transportation will also be provided, as needed. Learn more about the event and register online


Únase a la Conversación Comunitaria sobre el Fentanil y Otras Drogas

Una conversación comunitaria para tratar la crisis de los opioides en el Norte de Virginia y las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Fairfax se llevará a cabo el miércoles 18 de marzo, de 6:30 a 8 p.m., en el auditorio de la Escuela Secundaria Lake Braddock. Por favor entre por la puerta #14. 

¡Todos los participantes recibirán un curso gratuito de REVIVE! Narcan durante el evento y aprenderán sobre los servicios de apoyo actualmente disponibles dentro de FCPS y el Condado de Fairfax.   

Esta conversación les proporcionará a las familias, al personal y a los estudiantes valioso conocimiento sobre los peligros de las drogas y el mortal Fentanil. El material discutido es adecuado para estudiantes de 6º a 12º grado. Juntos, como comunidad, pretendemos explorar estrategias de colaboración para minimizar el impacto de estas sustancias nocivas y, con demasiada frecuencia, mortales.

Se ofrecerán servicios de interpretación y de Lenguaje de Signos Americano. También se proporcionarán servicios de cuidado de niños y transporte, según sea necesario. Aprenda más sobre el evento y regístrese en línea.


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. 


Lost and Found

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Speaking of the Lost and Found - All lost and found items will be in the lobby of the school from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, March 5th - March 8th. Please stop by and find your student’s missing items. Any items not picked up by March 8th will be collected and donated.


Purple Up - Month of the Military Child

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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!


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.


Spring Sport Kickoff at LBSS

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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.


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)

Participation in the fundraising portion of this event is optional and we hope that every student will participate by READING!



Ravensworth Yearbooks!



Want 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