Jan. 22nd - End of 2nd Quarter - 2-hour Early Release
Jan. 25th - Student Holiday (Teacher Workday)
Jan. 27th - Ledo Pizza Spirit Night PTA (details/link below)
Feb. 15th - Holiday (George Washington’s Birthday &
Mar. 5th - 2-hour Early Release
Mar. 8th - Student Holiday (Staff Development Day)
Mar. 26th - End of 3rd Quarter - 2-hour Early Release
Mar. 29th- Apr.5th - Holiday (Spring Break)
3rd Grade is having Material Pick Up on Monday, January 25th. There will be class materials for all subjects and Valentine’s Day Party activities.
Please come and get your packets, and say hello to the teachers! We will be at the cafeteria door, most likely under a tent if it is raining!
You will need to drive into the Hunt Valley Parking Lot, towards the Kiss N Ride area. Then pull up to Door 9 (Cafeteria area) and remain in your vehicle.
4:00pm-5:00pmDual Language Immersion (DLI) Registration Information - for Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Parents
Here is Information on the Fairfax County Public Schools registration procedures for parents who are interested in having their child participate in the Elementary Dual Language Immersion Program (DLI). The DLI online registration will open Jan. 25, 2021 at 9am.
Here is the link to the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program Registration site: Dual Language Immersion Registration
All parents will need their FCPS SIS account to register. If parents do not have a SIS account, they will be directed to contact the school for an activation code. Parents of students not yet attending an FCPS school are required to register their child at their base school to obtain a SIS account.Living With ADHD Support Group
Mrs. Berry and I are going to be holding a virtual meeting for the ADHD parenting group on Monday, Feb. 8th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. This meeting is open to all parents with students that have attention, hyperactivity, and or executive function issues. At this meeting will be discussing the chapter 4 of “Parenting ADHD Now” by Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Dian Dempster about how to manage Hyperactivity. Please join us even if haven’t had a chance to read or get the book the discussion could be beneficial to you.
We look forward to seeing you on February 8th. If you would like to join the meeting here is the https://meet.google.com/jkn-vpkt-fec ; If you have any questions please contact either Mrs. Mason firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Berry email@example.com.Message to 6th Grade Parents/Guardians:
Between March 1 and April 30, 2021, sixth-grade students at Hunt Valley Elementary School will receive two lessons on the topic of sexual harassment. These lessons seek to provide students with the necessary information, resources, and strategies to help prevent occurrences of sexual harassment as well as outline the steps to take if they feel they or their peers are targets of these behaviors. In addition, the lessons share how schools support targeted students so that they are able to continue to focus on learning in an environment that feels comfortable and secure. Parents/guardians may review the lessons through their ParentVue accounts, which may be activated at www.fcps.edu/it/MyParentAccount.
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of the two sixth-grade lessons on the topic of sexual harassment. An eNotify with a link, to the Google form that MUST be filled out for all 6th grade students, was sent on Jan. 19th, 2021 that provide more information on how to opt your sixth-grade child out of the lessons about sexual harassment. If you do not receive the email or have any additional questions, please contact Terri Mason, PhD School Counselor at Hunt Valley Elementary School at firstname.lastname@example.org.SCA Box Tops
Dear Hunt Valley Families and Staff,
There is a new digital way to turn in your Box Tops. First, you will have to download the Box Top app to your phone. Next, you will have to fill in the information requested. Lastly, you will have to scan your receipt for the box tops near the barcode. Simple enough you are all done. Detailed instructions are attached here at this link:
You are still allowed to turn the Box Tops in person if you prefer.
We also want to thank our Hunt Valley community for all the mask donations. We received 174 masks and are researching where we will donate them to.
Thank you for all your support.
The SCA TreasurerWest Springfield Little League
West Springfield Little League has extended registration for budding baseball players ages 5 - 8 until at least the end of January. WSLL welcomes both girls and boys to join the league and enjoy outdoor fun this spring. Space remains available in machine pitch and t-ball divisions of play. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the league has adopted several safety protocols to help minimize risks to players and families. You may register your child by visiting www.wsllbaseball.net. If you have any questions, you may reach out to league president (and Hunt Valley parent) Mike Warbel at email@example.com.Important Information about Grab and Go Meals
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) continues to update times and locations for grab and go meals posted on the website. Grab and go meals are available to ALL students. Food distribution locations and times are posted and updated frequently on the website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/foodCOWN-25001: Lake Braddock SS, West Springfield HS, Irving MS, Hunt Valley ES, Keene Mill ES, Orange Hunt ES, Sangster ES
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FCPS COVID-19 Health Metrics Dashboard
Here is the COVID-19 Case Data link: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reportingJanuary Substance Abuse Prevention Article
From Mr. Joyner, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist
Welcome to 2021 and a new year of possibilities. I hope you got some rest and are energized and hopeful of what this year can become for all of us. With all of the current discussion surrounding vaccines, I have a question to ask…
Can we develop a Vaccine for Substance Abuse?
Technically speaking, a vaccine is “a substance use to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases”. While we may not be able to create a shot to protect us from drug and alcohol abuse, what if we could create a “behavioral vaccine”? Could we “prevent” our children from using substances even when they are “exposed”? Can we teach them “behaviors” for dealing with the major causes of substance abuse?
According to the 2019-20 Fairfax County Youth Survey, depressive symptoms, vaping, healthy eating and screen time are among the issues that influenced the health and wellbeing of our youth in the 2019-20 school year. We also know that when students have three or more positive, protective factors in their lives, they are more likely to manage stress, make better choices and develop healthy habits.
Fairfax County has developed the “3 to Succeed” model. These are “Protective Factors” that refer to the supports, opportunities and relationships our youth need across all aspects of their lives to achieve their potential. These include:
- Having high personal integrity
- Having community adults to talk to
- Performing community service
- Participating in extracurricular activities
- Having teachers recognize good work
- Having parents available for help
While we may not be able to develop a “vaccine” like we can for certain illness and diseases, we can all work together to develop a “behavioral vaccine” for our students. With the protective factors listed above, we can help our students be prepared for anything that will challenge them and prepare them to make smart decisions. For more information on the 3 to Succeed Program, please click HERE.
Vape-Free Fairfax Text Message Support Program
DO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEED HELP TO STOP VAPING?
This is Quitting offers text messages for teens and young adults that provide support throughout the quit process. This is Quitting is easy to use, free and anonymous.
Here's how This is Quitting can help:
- Set a quit date and receive up to 12 weeks of tailored daily text messages.
- Get 24/7 on-demand support for cravings, stress, relapse, or requests for more messages.
Sign up now: Text VapeFreeFFX to 88709
Substance abuse can still happen during virtual learning. If you need support with your child please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss options that may be of help to you and your family. Additionally, the Community Services Board (CSB) is still providing general mental health and substance abuse services. Their information can be found by clicking HERE.
For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness: (571) 423-4270 or visit our website by clicking HERE.Return to In-person Learning
Please reference the FCPS Family Guide for Return to School:
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning.
Parent Health Screening Commitment Form
Parents of students returning to school (K-2nd) will need to complete the Health Screening Commitment Form in the ParentVue SIS account. When you log in to your account the form will be the very first thing you will see. You will need to open the document and accept it.Reminder for Parents/Guardians about SIS ParentVUE
This year more than ever, SIS ParentVUE (PVUE) is an essential tool for parents/guardians to keep up with their student’s attendance, progress report cards, and more. This will be the first quarter that we have offered a PDF version of the progress report and ES parents/guardians now have the option to “Go Paperless” for all report cards and progress reports. We want to start establishing the PVUE habit early with ES school parents/guardians. At the end of last school year, we reached a high of 80% of FCPS students with at least one parent/guardian with a PVUE account. We want to keep those account numbers and the usage going up so we can rely on it as a communication tool with parents/guardians.
Please access PVUE periodically to check in on your student(s) attendance and to view progress reports at the end of each quarter. If you have not yet created a PVUE account, please do so by reaching out to the school SIA to provide an activation code. Details on what can be found in PVUE and how to activate a new PVUE account using your activation code can be found here - Student Information System - SIS Parent Account Overview.Tech Support for Parents and Students
To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.
FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly. When a support request ticket is entered through the portal, it is auto-routed to the TSSpec at the appropriate site to expedite service.Library Overdue Books
Overdue book notices will be printed next week. Do you wonder if you have any books out? Log in to Destiny and click on the three lines in the upper left corner. Click Checkouts to see what is currently checked out to you.
Thanks to a gift from the Hunt Valley PTA, you may now return your books, day or night, to the Library Book Return bin located next to the front door of Hunt Valley.
Thank you for remembering that other readers matter!Curbside Checkout
- Pick book(s). If you know what you want, put the books on hold in Destiny (the library catalog). If you need some advice or aren’t quite sure the titles you’re wanting, use the Google Form to get assistance from the librarians.
- Pick time. Pick a time that works for your family on the SignUp Genius. If it’s after 3pm on Friday – pick a time on the FOLLOWING Monday.
- Pick up books at your time. Mondays, Hunt Valley ES, door 8 between 2pm and 6pm.
First Chapter Friday is Framed! A T.O.A.S.T Mystery, written by James Ponti.
Florian Bates invented T.O.A.S.T. (And not the kind that Mercy Watson loves to eat with butter!) “T.O.A.S.T. stands for the Theory of All Small Things…The idea is that if you add up a bunch of little details, it reveals the larger truth.” (page 23)
Florian and his new friend, Margaret, use T.O.A.S.T. to study people and places and use what they notice to put together the pieces to see a complete picture. But, what happens if the clues reveal a picture that involves priceless paintings, the National Gallery of Art, the FBI, and the Romanian Mafia!? GULP.PTA Ledo Pizza Spirit Night!
The Hunt Valley PTA is hosting its first Spirit Night of 2021 at Ledo Pizza (8324 Old Keene Mill Road, West Springfield, Virginia 22152) on Wednesday, January 27th from 5:00pm-9:00pm. The Hunt Valley PTA will receive 20% of all sales, including take-out! Please note: you must bring the flyer (http://www.huntvalleypta.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Hunt-Valley-Ledo-Spirit-Night-Flyer.pdf) with you in order for the school to get credit for your order. Thanks for supporting the PTA!Teacher appreciation forms updated on the PTA website
Do you know what sports team is your child's teacher's favorite? Do they prefer the symphony instead or have a favorite snack? Our HVES teachers have been asked to fill out a questionnaire about their favorite things. You can find your child's teacher's favorite form here: http://www.huntvalleypta.org/2020/06/teacher-appreciation-week-teachers-favorites/
Virtual After School Programs
Given school is starting virtually this year, there will be no in-person after school programs taking place at Hunt Valley in the fall. However, several of our trusted vendors are offering virtual after school programs! If you are looking for some extra activities for your children this fall, please check out the PTA website to see offerings from Acting for Young People, C3 Cyber Club, JST Athletics, Mad Science, Robot Works, and RunFit Kidz: https://www.huntvalleypta.org/after-school-programs/.
HVES PTA Cares About our Active Duty Families!
We would like to support our deployed service members by sending treats and goodies to our deployed family members. Please send an email with your contact information to email@example.com if you would like to add your deployed service member to our list.
Join the PTA!
Our membership is open (https://huntvalleypta.new.memberhub.store/store). Please consider joining.FCPS Cares
Do you know a Hunt Valley ES staff member who went beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit a brief description so we can all acknowledge the good work of Hunt Valley faculty and staff members!Have a great weekend everyone!
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