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

Important Dates and Events

  • March 22, Friday - End of Third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday and Kindergarten Student Orientation
  • April 9, Tuesday - Kindergarten Family Orientation - Adults only

Get2Green - Tree Planting Project at SLES

Planting trees at SLES

A Message of Thanks from Mr. Morris:

What a green, special day we had this week at Stratford Landing. I wanted to extend a thanks to our partners at Casey Trees for leading and supporting the planting of 40 new trees around the grounds of Stratford Landing. A special shout out to Ms. Nguyen for her Get 2 Green leadership and stewardship for our school. Air high fives to our fourth grade students and teachers for demonstrating our Dolphin Decree and CARES, and supporting the planting of these new trees. Our fourth graders were joyful and cooperative during our day of tree planting. I saw lots of smiles and shovels! Our SLES students will be writing some thank you notes for our friends at Casey Trees.

Family Culture Night: a Great Step Forward in Celebrating our Students and Families

Culture Night Collage SLES

A Message of Thanks from Mr. Morris:

Special thanks to Mersal Shaker and Raina Roop for their leadership as we implemented our first annual SLES Family Culture Night. Every family has culture. Every family has identity. The cultures and identities of our families are deep and rich. This event was a great step forward in celebrating our students and families. Special thanks to SLES staff members that attended the event. Students and families were excited to see their teachers. I wanted to provide a special thanks to those SLES staff members that also contributed to the success of the event behind the scenes. I value our families that chose to share their cultures and traditions through food, drink, song, artifacts, clothing and stories.

Are you interested in serving on a committee of family volunteers to support our 2024-2025 Culture Night? Please reach out to if you’d like to be directly involved supporting this event next school year.

West Potomac Pyramid Student Art Show

Art Show at SLES

A message of thanks from Mr. Morris:

I wanted to extend a thank you and congratulations to all our students that were showcased at our West Potomac Pyramid art show. Our students’ talents were on display for all to see! We had a wonderful turn out of proud students and families. Special thanks for Mr. Terrone and Mr. McDaris for their efforts to nurture the talents of our dolphins and provide safe spaces for artistic expression. We appreciate all our families in attendance at the art show and their support of our art program.

For our SLES Military Connected Families

Purple up! April is the month of the military child and we want to celebrate with them. Please, if you are affiliated to the military take one minute to fill out this form. Thank you!

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

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

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

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SLES K Adults orientation Flyer

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.

The COVID-19 Isolation Period of 5 Days is No Longer Recommended

The new respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Students who have symptoms of, tested positive for, or have been diagnosed with, a respiratory virus e.g., COVID-19, influenza, RSV may return to school when: 

  • Student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 
  • Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities

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.

Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments

SLES SOL May tentative schedule

PTA News

Subs for the Family Volunteer Room

If you'd like to be a part of the Family Volunteer Room, but can’t commit weekly, we would love to have you on our "sub list" to fill in when people are sick. Email if you can help out. We could also use two more people to commit weekly for an hour on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays anytime between 10 and 2:30. Thank you!

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 through Monday, April 1st

SLES Yearbook Cover

Don't miss your chance -- the SLES 2023-2024 yearbook is on sale only through MONDAY, APRIL 1. 

Yearbooks are $25 each. Order online here today -- once the window closes, there will be no extensions. 

Seeking SEPTEMBER photos: Do you have photos taken at SLES in SEPTEMBER? If so, please consider uploading them here. Thanks in advance! 

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.)

Please send questions to -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address. Please send photos by Monday, April 1.  

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here:

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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!

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Techstrava 2024

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

Visit the Sherwood Regional Library during FCPS Spring Break for a week of exciting programs for all ages. Register now to join the fun!


American Doll Library Flyer

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

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.

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NCS Mystery Adv Spring Camp flyer Spanish

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March Madness West Po band Spanish.pdf

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

VIP 2024 Summer Flyer.pdf