Shrevewood Wise Words - 4/4/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟Advanced Academic News

🌟 Shrevewood Yearbook Orders

🌟 PTA Meeting

🌟 Spring Spirit Wear Sale

🌟 Rising Kindergarten Registration

🌟 Earth Month at Shrevewood

🌟 SOL Schedule

🌟 Month of the Military Child

🌟 The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

🌟 Updated COVID Recommendations

🌟 Staff Appreciation Week

🌟 Dining for Dollars – April 10

🌟 Prearranged Absences

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

🌟 April is Autism Acceptance Month

🌟 National Arab American Heritage Month

🌟 National Muslim American Heritage Month

🌟 The Positivity Project

🌟 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,

We trust you and your family enjoyed a rejuvenating Spring Break and are now ready for an exciting 4th quarter of school. A heartfelt thank you to all the families who joined us today for our Kindergarten Orientation event. If you were unable to attend, please refer to the newsletter for details on registering your child for the 2024-2025 school year.

With the weather warming up and summer approaching, we rely on your support to ensure all our Owls are present and engaged in learning every day. This quarter promises a wealth of exciting learning opportunities and events, and we want all our students to be part of these experiences. Let's make the most of this spring together!


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

Solar Eclipse at Shrevewood

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 2:04PM and end around 4:32PM, with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20PM.

While witnessing such a celestial event can be awe-inspiring and educational, it is crucial that we prioritize the safety and well-being of our students above all else. Shrevewood will not be sending students outside to view the eclipse. Instead of viewing the eclipse outside, students and staff will be provided with the NASA livestream link as an option to safely observe the eclipse.

There will be some overlap of the expected window and Shrevewood dismissal. Students will be reminded to not stare at the sun, and we ask that parents remind their children that it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing. 

FCPS has a page that shares information about Solar Eclipses at

Advanced Academic News

Please see the AAP Spring 2024 Newsletter linked below. The newsletter is in English and is also translated into Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, & Vietnamese.

Spring 2024 AAP Newsletter

Shrevewood Yearbook Orders


Our 2023-2024 Shrevewood yearbooks are for sale for $15! If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, use the link and user ID below.

User ID: 720126

PTA Meeting

Join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 pm. Our School Based Technology Specialist, Kaylin Daniels, will be presenting about instructional technology and our technology expectations here at Shrevewood. We will meet in the Shrevewood Library or you can join on Zoom:

Spring Spirit Wear Sale


The spring spirit wear sale is ON! This will be your last chance this school year to purchase awesome Shrevewood gear! Orders are due by noon on April 12th.

Rising Kindergarten Registration

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, please email

Earth Month at Shrevewood

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SOL Schedule

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are coming up in April and May.

These assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The content tested varies by grade level. See below for the scheduled dates this Spring.

Grade 3:

  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 7
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 14

Grade 4:

  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 7
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 14

Grade 5:

  • Integrated Reading & Writing: Tuesday, April 16
    • ✨New this year: Students taking the grade 5 or grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.
  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 8
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 15
  • 🔬 Science: Tuesday, May 21

 Grade 6:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 8
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 15


  • Students scoring 375-399 will be eligible for a retake May 28-31.

If you have any questions about SOL tests, please reach out to our School Testing Coordinator, Kaylin Daniels (

Month of the Military Child

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We invite the Shrevewood community to recognize the resilience of our military-connected children during April, the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take this opportunity to celebrate our military-connected children and thank them for their service as part of a military family.

Throughout April, FCPS schools will celebrate MOMC through various special events and activities to recognize military-connected youth. One of the most visible displays of support for military-connected youth occurs on Purple Up! Day, a day dedicated to showing appreciation by wearing purple – to represent the combined colors of branches of the military.  Please join FCPS for Purple Up! Day on April 17, 2024, as we proudly wear purple as a sign of our appreciation.  

The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

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. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Staff Appreciation Week

Staff Appreciation Week (SAW) is May 6th-10th and our PTA committee is hard at work arranging meals, games, raffle prizes, and more! Please visit the PTA Staff Appreciation Week website to see the different ways to support and sign up to help show our Shrevewood owl-stars how much we appreciate them and make the week a success!

Dining for Dollars - April 10


Prearranged Absences

Parents are encouraged to minimize student absences during school hours and to plan family trips and vacations during school holidays. If a student will be absent for more than one day, parents should submit a prearranged absence request, so teachers and administrators are alerted to the absence reasons and a plan to handle missed work is developed. Requests for prearranged absences for longer than one school day must be submitted to the school office within a reasonable time (three to five school days in advance) for the principal to review. Prearranged absence requests for periods longer than five school days must be reviewed to prevent student absences from becoming chronic and to avoid withdrawal from school. Student absences can have a significant impact on learning, and priority must be given to ensure that students attend school regularly. 

📖 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, 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.

April is Autism Acceptance Month

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This year, the National Institute of Mental Health is providing resources in honor of Autism Acceptance Month.  These resources highlight and focus on inclusivity and connectedness and honor the unique perspectives of people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. 

Autism Acceptance Month Resource List

Calendar of Self-Paced Learning Opportunities (from the Applied Behavior Analysis Team)

National Arab American Heritage Month

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FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the remarkable history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

National Muslim American Heritage Month

Muslim American Heritage Month graphic

Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

Techstravaganza 2024


Next week, our school community will be focusing on the character strength of Humor. Humor means you like to laugh and bring smiles to other people.

Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness. It is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people. A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things, bringing smiles and laughter to others, and identifying and communicating the absurdities in life. People with this strength don’t specifically need to be joke tellers, although many are.

Humor plays an important role in helping groups of people rise above difficult circumstances and boost morale. It removes us from our present difficulties by easing tension and making life more fun. This is why athletic teams often need a jokester to help them get through tough losses and early morning fitness sessions. On a larger societal level, humor often helps downtrodden groups to find cohesion and strength. This is why Simon Wiesenthal said, “Humor is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are oppressed smile at the situation that pains them.”

To practice and encourage the character strength of humor with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

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:

  • Month of the Military Child
  • Register for the FCPS Family Summit
  • Teaching Real-World Math Skills

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

Eid Holiday (No School)

Wednesday, April 10

Grade 5 Integrated Reading & Writing SOL

Tuesday, April 16

Purple Up Day

Wednesday, April 17

Celebration of Learning

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

6th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia

Friday, April 19

Grade 3 and 4 Reading SOL

Tuesday, May 7

Grade 5 and 6 Reading SOL

Wednesday, May 8

Grade 3 and 4 Math SOL

Tuesday, May 14

Grade 5 and 6 Math SOL

Wednesday, May 15

Grade 5 Science SOL

Tuesday, May 21

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar