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

Important Dates and Events

  • April 17, Wednesday - Purple Up! Day
  • May 2, Thursday - SOL begins (vide calendar at the end of this section)
  • May 3, Friday - Orthodox Good Friday - Student Holiday
  • May 24, Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form

Stratford Landing Class Placement Family Input for the 2024-2025 School Year

Many families value having a role in their child’s class placement. Parents and caregivers have the best overall knowledge of your child and her/his/their unique traits. The class placement process is approached very carefully and thoroughly at Stratford Landing and we consider the academic and social needs of each student. In order to provide the best environment for your child, we seek input from both staff and families.

We ask that you do not reach out directly to teachers to make requests for next school year. Parents and caregivers can provide their input through this process. Our teachers drive the class placement process, and we trust their judgment and expertise when creating class placements. When completing the form, please share the qualities of a teacher and classroom environment that would best meet your child’s needs.

Requests for specific teachers, or to be grouped with specific students, will not be honored. Instead, this is an opportunity for families to share information about their child that would support learning. To create equitable and dynamic class groupings, it is impossible to honor every request from a family to place a child in a specific classroom with specific students. Please be assured that with or without family input, each child's needs will be carefully considered to ensure the selection of a classroom in which your child will learn best.

Class assignments will not be finalized or communicated to families until close to the start of the 2024-2025 School Year.

Please share your thoughts on the needs of your child by answering the questions in this form.

The form will close on Friday, May 24, 2024.   

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Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

April Is Month of the Military Child

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The Month of the Military Child is a time to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have more than 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community and recognize their strength and resilience. 

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Wednesday, April 17 and on every Friday of April. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue

For our SLES Military Connected Families

We want to celebrate the month of the military child with them. Please, if you are affiliated to the military take one minute to fill out this form. Thank you!

Online Registration for the 2024-2025 School Year (SY)

Online Registration for the 2024-2025 school year opened on April 2, 2024. Both new and returning (re-enrolling) families can use our Online Registration (OLR) system to register students entering Kindergarten (00) through 12th grade for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This will provide families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Give Your Feedback on the FCPS Budget

We are now in the middle of the annual budget process, which includes opportunities for you to give feedback:

  • Tuesday, April 16, through Thursday, April 18: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors conducts public hearings on the county budget. Sign up to speak.  
  • Tuesday, May 7: The County Board of Supervisors adopts its budget, tax rates, and transfer amount to FCPS. 
  • Tuesday, May 14: The School Board holds a public hearing on the FCPS budget.
  • Thursday, May 23: The School Board adopts FCPS’ approved budget.

Learn more about the FCPS FY 2025 Advertised Budget and see the full Budget Development Calendar.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families. Read more about Dr. Bussey

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.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

Full details and the nomination information form are available on the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award webpage.

Schedule for SOL Assessments

SLES SOL Schedule

PTA News

Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

Happy Spring! 🌸 The Little Well is offering *limited* pre-orders for blooming boxes to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother’s Day in May! 

Each order will include a sweet bud vase of blooms with a special treat or drink delivered to local homes and schools the week of May 6-11, 2024! 

Pre-order here.

🌸Spring Fling🌸Volunteers needed

Spring Fling is Thursday, May 2nd 6-8 PM. We need your help to make it a success. So… Drum roll please! ….🥁🥁🥁 Sign up to volunteer! We need baked goods for the Cake Walk and parents to organize themed baskets from each classroom for the raffle fundraiser. Thank you!!

🌸Spring Fling🌸 is right around the corner on May 2 from 6-8pm

We are taking pre-orders for Chik-Fil-A sandwiches or the option of a sandwich with chips and drink (your choice of water or juice box)

Pre-orders must be in by April 29th!!

We will have it ready for you for pick up the day of the event 😊

Pre-order here.

The Dynamic, Diverse Dolphin (D3) Showcase is Back!

We are calling all singers, story-tellers, poets, magicians, comedians, gymnasts, rappers, dancers, athletes, and anyone with a unique talent to join us for this exciting show. If you were unable to "Show us your Act" on Monday, April 8th, you can still submit a video of your act through the the sign up! Your act does not need to be final yet. Rehearsal dates will be announced once auditions are done.

The D3 Showcase will be held in the Stratford Landing gym on Friday, April 19th at 6pm.

Sign up here!

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.

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

A class will be held online in Spanish for immigrant families looking to reunite during challenging transitions. Saturday classes will be available April 13, 20, or 27, from 9-11:30 a.m. Register online. For more information, please contact SLES family liaison Inge Gatti at or Sussy Tomer at

April Webinars FRC flyer

Environment Expo Flyer April 27 Fort Hunt Park

Resource Fair EC and Kinder flyer

Resource Fair EC and Kinder Spanish flyer

Carl Sandburg show flyer

For more information and/or to buy tickets you can also click here.



Whitman MS food market flyer

Techstrava Flyer Eng

Techstrava 2024

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

Interested in some of the many activities happening at Sherwood Library? Click on this link to register to your favorite picks.

Sherwood Library Paint for Polinators Flyer

Sherwood Library food drive 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.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

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:

VIP 2024 Summer Flyer.pdf