Shrevewood Wise Words - 3/1/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

🌟 Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

🌟 🧸 Kindergarten Registration Information🧸

🌟 Spring Book Fair, March 4th - 8th

🌟 FCPS Purple Up! T-Shirts Available for Purchase

🌟 Shrevewood PTA Bingo Night

🌟 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,

As we get ready for another exciting week at Shrevewood, I wanted to share some important information and events happening in our community.

Next week, we celebrate National School Social Work Week and want to give a special shout out to our school social worker, Ms. Heather Colby. This week provides us with an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the invaluable contributions that Ms. Colby provides our students, staff, and community. She plays a crucial role in supporting the social, emotional, and academic well-being of our students. Thank you, Ms. Colby!

We also are looking forward to kicking off our Book Fair on Tuesday, March 5th! Since Tuesday is a School Planning Day for staff, we will have the Book Fair open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for the community. The Book Fair offers an exciting array of books for all ages and interests. Encourage your children to explore the wonders of reading and discover new stories to ignite their imaginations. Don't miss this opportunity to foster a love for reading within our school community. More information can be found about volunteer opportunities for the Book Fair in the newsletter.

In addition to these highlights, we have a busy week ahead filled with engaging learning opportunities and enriching activities. As always, we encourage our students to approach each day with curiosity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. We hope you have a great weekend!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Spring Portraits & Class Pictures

Spring pictures are on Tuesday, March 12th. Below is information on how to order photos.

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✅ Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Family Engagement Banner

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!

🧸 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

Spring Book Fair, March 4th - 8th


The Spring Book Fair will be at the Shrevewood Library from March 1 through March 8.

  • Friday and Monday March 1 & 4: Browsing ONLY during school day; NO SALES.
  • Tuesday, March 5: Open all day for sales to the community; 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 6 - Friday, March 8: Book Fair will be open for sales to students during school hours.

We Still Need Volunteers!

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Visit our Book Fair homepage: 

Go online to:

  • Volunteer to help
  • Create your eWallet
  • Access online shopping

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


Next week, our school community will be celebrating the Positivity Project in fun and different ways in their classrooms. The week is focused on engaging students and learning more about positive psychology and how it impacts their relationships with others.

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:

  • Where FCPS Funding Comes From
  • Community Conversation on Fentanyl and Other Drugs
  • FCPS Family Engagement Survey Opens 

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