RAVENS' NEST 03/08/2024

Upcoming Events



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

Mar 15th  – PTA Spirit Night, Jersey Mike’s, Port Royal Rd., 4:00 – 9:00

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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Calendar Reminder: Daylight Saving Time Begins

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Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., when daylight saving time begins!


Student and Family Surveys

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FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open for all parents/caregivers. Emails were sent to families on Sunday, March 3, by our independent partner, K12 Insight. 

Families are encouraged to participate. Feedback will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division to support student success.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by schools to fill out a paper survey or for support with completing the survey online. A link to the survey and additional information are available on the Family Engagement Survey webpage.


Encuesta para los Estudiantes y la Familia

La Encuesta de participación familiar de FCPS ya está abierta para todos los padres/cuidadores. Nuestro socio independiente, “K12 Insight”, envió correos electrónicos a las familias el domingo 3 de marzo.

Se les invita a las familias a participar. Sus comentarios se utilizarán para desarrollar un plan para mejorar las asociaciones entre familias y escuelas en toda la división para apoyar el éxito de los estudiantes.

La encuesta está disponible en 10 idiomas. Los padres/cuidadores pueden pasar por las escuelas para completar una encuesta en papel o para recibir ayuda para completar la encuesta en línea. Un enlace a la encuesta e información adicional están disponibles en la página web de la encuesta de participación familiar.


Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!



This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.


¡Asiste a Clases Hoy Para Tener Éxito Mañana!

Este año, las vacaciones de primavera son del 25 al 29 de marzo. Estaremos impacientes por dar la bienvenida a sus hijos a la escuela miércoles el 3 de abril. Su asistencia es muy importante. Cada día, nuestros profesores estarán enseñando, y los estudiantes estarán aprendiendo. Los estudios han demostrado que sólo dos ausencias al mes pueden causar que los estudiantes se atrasen. Terminemos este año escolar fuerte. Visite el sitio web de FCPS para recursos de asistencia.


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 Fentanilo 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.





This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity, and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March 11 is a religious and cultural observance day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances during the school year. There is school on observance days, however, tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be scheduled. See the school year calendar.


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.


Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

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A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with our school’s dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.


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.


Elementary Institute for the Arts

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Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email eifta@fcps.edu.


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

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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 Other People Mindset of Identifying and Appreciating the Good in Others. It’s important to deliberately work to identify and appreciate others’ character strengths.

Identifying and appreciating the good in others is a core tenet of the Other People Mindset. This isn’t always what comes naturally. Often, it’s easier to blame others for our problems or find flaws in others to use as excuses for our own jealousy, bitterness, or resentment. The problem is that this negativity usually leads to problems -- for ourselves, for the other person, and for our relationships.


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


PTA Spirit Night at Jersey Mike’s

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Mention Ravensworth ES, at the time of purchase (either in person or online in the comments), or over the phone.  The flyer is not needed for the discount.


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