Shrevewood Wise Words - 5/9/24

🌟 Principal's Message

🌟 PTA Meeting on 5/14  @ 7:00 p.m.

🌟 International Night – June 6th

🌟 Rising Kindergarten Summer Playdates

🌟 Health Room Notice

🌟 Parent Input re: Class Placement

🌟 Shrevewood Yearbook Orders

🌟 Rising Kindergarten Registration

🌟 SOL Schedule

🌟 The Positivity Project

🌟 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

🌟 Jewish American Heritage Month

🌟 Updated COVID Recommendations

🌟 Prearranged Absences

🌟 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,

As we approach the end of our Staff Appreciation Week, we're compelled to express our gratitude to our exceptional staff for their dedication to our students here at Shrevewood. Each day, they go above and beyond, leaving an indelible mark on our school and the lives of our students.

Additionally, we extend heartfelt appreciation to our incredibly generous PTA, parents, and community members. Your contributions, whether through donated goodies or volunteering precious time, have been instrumental in making this week truly special for our staff. Together, we celebrate and honor their invaluable efforts in shaping our school community.


Joshua DeSmyter, Principal

Katie Vandawalker, Assistant Principal

PTA Meeting on 5/14 @ 7:00 p.m.


Join us for our May PTA Meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Shrevewood Library or via Zoom:

International Night - June 6th

international night

Rising Kindergarten Summer Playdates


Health Room Notice

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than 2:00 pm, student dismissal time, on the last day of school, June 12. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.

Parent Input re: Class Placement

We know that a good teacher-student match and a productive mix of children are ingredients for success, and we carefully consider each child’s strengths and needs during the class creation process.  While we do not accept requests for individual teachers by name, we encourage parents to share information school staff should be aware of to aid in the process of creating classes for the 2024-2025 school year. Keep in mind parent input is one source of information used to create classes. Classes are not finalized until mid-August.

If you have multiple children at Shrevewood, please fill out a separate form for each child. Please submit your input by Friday, May 17, so your submission can be considered prior to conversations with school staff. Thank you!

Shrevewood ES Class Placement: Parent Input

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

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

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
  • 📖 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 (


Next week, our school community will focus on a review of the 24 character strengths and the Other People Mindset

Over the course of this year, we have gained an understanding and appreciation of the 24 character strengths that are in all of us. Every 1–2 weeks we learned about a different character strength or Other People Mindset element. This knowledge has helped us build strong relationships with other people and become our best selves. People who have strong positive relationships do five things consistently — these are the five practices of the Other People Mindset. 1. Recognize the good in other people, 2. Recognize that everything you say or do affects other people, 3. Support others when they struggle, 4. Cheer people on when they succeed, 5. Remain present when giving people your attention. People who have a strong Other People Mindset are able to build and maintain strong, positive relationships with others.

This year, our school community has deliberately and consistently taught students that relationships are important and that positive relationships are cultivated through character and the Other People Mindset. We have experienced firsthand how positive relationships help us become happier, healthier, and more resilient.

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

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. 

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.

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. 

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:

  • Celebrating Students, Teachers, and Nurses
  • Help Raise Awareness of Fentanyl
  • 2025 FCPS Budget

Read FCPS This Week to learn more about these topics. If you are not already receiving this weekly newsletter, please sign up today.

Save the Date

Grade 3 and 4 Math SOL

Tuesday, May 14

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, May 14 - 7:00 p.m. in Library or via Zoom

Grade 5 and 6 Math SOL

Wednesday, May 15

Grade 5 Science SOL

Tuesday, May 21

International Night

Thursday, June 6 - 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Field Day

Monday, June 10

6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Tuesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m.

Last Day of School

Wednesday, June 12 - 2 hour early release

Click here for the 2023-2024 FCPS School Calendar