RAVENS' NEST 03/22/2024

Upcoming Events


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

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

April 17th - Spring Picture Day


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

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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 workdays. 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.


Rising 7th grade students - Immunizations Notice



7th Grade Immunizations are now due and should be submitted to Teresa Dunbar no later than June 1st. All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Immunization records can be scanned directly to Ms. Dunbar at tldunbar1@fcps.edu


Updated Covid Recommendations



In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school.


Advanced Academics Information



You can find the Spring Advanced Academics Newsletter, including translations, posted on Schoology.  Included is an overview of services and the process for submitting referrals for school-based services to begin in the 2024-25 school year. The last day to submit referrals this year is April 15th. 

Any questions, please reach out to Andrea Trumbull, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at astrumbull@fcps.edu.


Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

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FCPS continues to encourage indirect viewing of the solar eclipse through solar projectors, pinhole projectors, and watching the NASA livestream.  Direct viewing with ISO 12312-2 approved glasses is also a safe option.  It is important that any glasses used have this specific label on them. The use of sunglasses or other dark eye coverings are not approved.

We continue to encourage you to learn more about proper eye safety during the eclipse. Please see references on the Solar Eclipse Resources FCPS website link.


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. 

At Ravensworth, we would like to honor our military-connected-students by highlighting them on the digital slideshow in our lobby. If you are a military-connected family, please send in a picture or two of you and your child/children that showcases their life as a military kid. It does not need to be a recent photo, but we would love to see you in uniform with your child or see a photo of your family that showcases your child’s military travels.  Please email your photos to Annie Bowen ambowen1@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.


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



The week from April 1st to April 5th our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Fairness. Fairness means you believe that all people have value. You approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.

Fairness is the product of moral judgement — the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.




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


RunFit Kidz

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Are you ready to run? Are you ready to learn about nutrition and proper running technique? Then join the Ravensworth RunFit Kidz Spring Team! RunFit Kidz is the only running program in the area taught by certified fitness professionals. Our non-competitive program is a wonderful place where kids are encouraged to strive for their own personal goals, be active with friends, and build confidence. Our spring program includes the following:

  • Open to boys and girls in grades 1st – 6th .
  • Games, activities, and drills to bring running concepts alive.
  • Registration is now open
  • 7 weeks for 1hr 15min per session.
  • Thursday’s AFTER-SCHOOL starts Thursday, April 4th from 3:30 – 4:45PM.
  • 5K Celebration Run is Sunday, May 19th at Fairfax Corner.
  • $115 includes training with a nationally certified coach, entry into the chip-timed 5K, milestone tokens, commemorative RFK t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and post-5K festivities.
  • More information about the program, school-specific information and to register can be found at www.runfitkidz.com.
  • Register early and secure your roster spot.

For updates follow us on Twitter or Instagram @Runfitkidz

When registering, everyone is initially placed on the waitlist prior to being admitted to the program; however, space is limited.  We look forward to running with you this spring!


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