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March 22, 2024

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Ms. Mirnaly Vega


Dear Sleepy Hollow Families,

As we approach the much-anticipated Spring Break, we wanted to take a moment to inform you of some important dates and reminders.

Spring Break will commence on Monday, March 25th, providing our students with a well-deserved opportunity to rest, recharge, and spend quality time with family and friends. During this time, there will be no classes or school-related activities taking place. Students will return to school on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024. We encourage you to ensure your child is prepared to resume their studies promptly on this date.

Upon their return, we will continue to uphold high expectations for our students both socially and academically. We encourage them to come back to school ready to learn every day, as we have exciting and engaging activities planned for the remainder of the academic year.

Should you have any questions or concerns during the break, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. We wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable, and rejuvenating Spring Break.

Warm regards,

Mirnaly Vega



Staffing Updates: I am excited to share I have extended a request to hire for the fourth-grade position (currently held by Ms. Cheek, long-term substitute teacher) and a lower grade position (to accommodate our increasing enrollment). We have also extended a request to hire for two early childhood special education teachers and a multiple disabilities special education teacher.

Staff Openings for 2023-2024'

  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Ed. Instructional Assistant (2)
  • Multiple Disabilities Teacher (2)

Principal Evaluation Questionnaire

Sleepy Hollow parents/guardians should have received  an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be available until April 5. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your feedback is important to me. 

Ms. Vega

April 3rd Spring Picture Day 

We're delighted to announce that Spring Picture Day is on the day students return from spring break! This is an exciting opportunity for our students to capture cherished memories and showcase their bright smiles as we welcome the season of new beginnings. 

Important Upcoming Dates 

March 22 - End of Quarter 3

March 24 - March 28 - Spring Break, No School 

April 1 - Teacher Planning Day, No School

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation for Rising Kindergarteners and Families, Time: 9:30 - 11:30. Bus Transportation will be provided. Please note there is no school on April 2nd. 

April 3 - Spring Picture Day

April 10th - Eid al Ftr Holiday, No School

April 12th - Parent Coffee at Sleepy Hollow Library 

April 13th - Parent Coffee at Willston Community Ctr

April 17 - Curriculum Night for Families, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Bus Transportation will be provided. 

April 22 - Battle of the Books 

May 1 - Sleepy Hollow AAP Orientation for Families

PTA Silent Auction - April 22 - April 28



Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to announce an upcoming educational field trip to a local farm! This trip will be an enriching opportunity for all our students to connect with nature, learn about agriculture, and gain hands-on experience in a real-life farm setting.

  1. Permission Slips: Please ensure that your child returns the permission slip by Friday April 12th. A link to the field trip form is below. Please complete the form, print and return to school on April 3rd. SHES_FryingPanParkFieldTripForm.pdf

  2. Attire: We recommend dressing your child in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and closed-toe shoes. Since we'll be outdoors for much of the day, hats, sunscreen, and reusable water bottles are also encouraged.

  3. Lunch and Snacks: Students will be provided a school bagged lunch and a healthy snack.
  4. Chaperones -  Every classroom is able to bring two adult chaperones on the school bus. Additional parents may attend the field trip and meet your student's class at the farm.
  • Grade Level Dates of Field Trip
    • Kindergarten & 5th Grade  Monday April 15th 
    • 1st Grade & 4th Grade   Wednesday April 17th 
    • 2nd Grade & 3rd Grade Friday April 19th

We believe that this farm field trip will provide valuable learning opportunities for our students, fostering a deeper understanding of agriculture and environmental stewardship. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Thank you for your support!


Mirnaly Vega





From Barksdale Yearbook Co.:

Student/Parent Information

Online ordering of your yearbooks has been activated. Your student families can now access to place their order using the access code: 0038404YB

Can My Child Go to School?

🤧 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. Please review the attached link about whether your student can go to school.  If your student has a fever (temperature of 100.4 or higher), vomiting or diarrhea, we ask that they stay home for 24 hours once symptoms have stopped without the use of medications. This helps to limit the transmission of illness from student to student and keep our school healthier.

Attendance: Can My Child Go to School? | Fairfax County Public Schools (

Family Engagement Survey Online

The survey is open Sunday, March 3 - Friday, March 22. Parents/caregivers should have received an email invitation with a unique survey link from K12 Insight on March 3. The subject line was: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.

A general survey link that families can use is also available on FCPS’ website.


Middle School Start Times

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Library News

You may already know that our library has over 700 books in Spanish as well as additional books in Vietnamese and other languages.  Did you know that all FCPS students have access to free online options for books in English plus several different world languages?  Tumblebooks has books read aloud in Spanish, French, and Arabic; MyOn also has read-alouds in Spanish.  And our online ebook reader, MackinVIA, has over 1,000 books that can be read online, with approximately 50 each in Spanish and in French.  Need help reaching any of these free resources?  Reach out to our librarian at  Happy reading!

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

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 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.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Family Summit

Safe, Supported, and Included — the FCPS Family Summit 2024

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The conference is being planned by several FCPS offices in collaboration with the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women’s Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Hispanic Educators Association, and Asian Educators Association. 

This year’s theme is Safe, Supported, and Included, which aligns with Goal 2 of the FCPS Strategic Plan. More details will be available after spring break. 

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m., to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

VIP Camp

⛱️ Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!

Find out more and register soon:

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