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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

Last night, the PTA hosted our school spelling bee. It was wonderful to see over 25 of our students take on this challenge with bravery and grace. We acknowledge how difficult it is to stand up in a room full of people and spell words that you are unfamiliar with or may have never heard. We celebrate all our spellers for their dedication and resiliency!

A huge thanks to our fabulous PTA, judges and volunteers that helped to make this event a success! A special thank you to Mrs. Trull for bringing the Spelling Bee back to Hunt Valley. 

We congratulate our winners: 1st place--Saifan; 2nd place--Joon; and 3rd place--Abby. Saifan will compete in the County-Wide Spelling Bee on March 17th!

As a reminder, the Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional workdays. 

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

Ramadan

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is Monday, March 11. In Islam, Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year. During this month Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset each day while striving to increase their spirituality, through prayers, charity and good deeds. Read more about Ramadan in National Geographic Kids.

March 11 is an O day. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Throughout the year, as we celebrate and recognize various cultural holidays and observances, families are encouraged to contact their student’s teacher regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction. 

Look for the FCPS Family Engagement Survey This Sunday

Parents/caregivers will receive the FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey Sunday, March 3, from independent research firm K12 Insight. Please participate — your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve practices to best support our students.Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and our school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, better social skills and behavior, and an increased likelihood of graduating high school. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete and will be available in 10 languages. Please visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information. Your voice matters!

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

Materials Needed!

The SCA and Green Club are gearing up for Hunt Valley’s 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20th and they are looking for some recyclable materials for their activities that day.  If you have the following items available around the house please bring them in and place them in the bin outside of Mrs. Garretson’s room, Room 209:

  • Wrapping paper rolls
  • Paper Towel rolls
  • Clean paper bags with handles
  • Paper based/cardboard based egg cartons

In addition to these items, they are also looking for one large scrap piece of plywood 5 x 5 ft and several smaller pieces.  So, if you happen to have recently finished some house renovations, or work in construction, please contact Mrs. Garretson at vcdeparisgar@fcpsedu for her to arrange a time and place to drop off the plywood or for her to pick it up.  Thank you very much for your support of this great event!

  PYRAMID CHALLENGE: NEW DATE AND REGISTRATION

** RESCHEDULED from November **

All runners must register/re-register by MARCH 18 West Springfield Pyramid Challenge: Sunday, April 28, 2:00-4:30 PM at Irving Middle School

The rescheduled West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is a FREE fun run event, but students wanting to participate need to RE-REGISTER for it. Your registration for the postponed run in November will NOT be carried over. 

If you were unable to make the November date but want to participate on April 28, you are also welcome to register for this fun community event! Everyone who wants to participate must sign up by March 18: https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Springfield/2023PyramidChallenge

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

Important Updates:

  • Current 6th graders (rising 7th graders) are eligible for CTE Summer Academy.
  • Some of the bus stops have changed from last summer. I’m attaching our tentative bus schedule for this upcoming summer.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st FOR ALL OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS!

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Elementary Institute for the Arts

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

March 5--No School for Students

March 11-March 15--Book Fair

March 12--Spring Picture Day

March 25-April 2--No School for Students Spring Break/Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day

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Ice + families equals fun!

On Feb. 10, the HVES PTA hosted our first-ever ice skating family fun event at the Fairfax Ice Arena. We were thrilled to see so many people in attendance and can’t wait for next year’s event! Thank you to Nina Landes for helping organize it.

Wellness corner

The Pyramid Run Challenge has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28 from 2-4:30 p.m. Updated information will come out soon.

Save the date for this year’s Wellness Fair which will be Thursday, April 11.

February PTA membership meeting minutes

Thank you to everyone who made it out to last week’s meeting.

Below is a quick recap of what we discussed.

  • Budget: The budget is in good standing and no significant funds have been spent throughout the last 2 months.
  • Principal’s report. Principal Hightower again mentioned that the school continues to have growth in student population. The school will undergo a review and analysis of space for future planning, but this does not mean that our school will be undergoing renovations anytime soon. Parents volunteered to research bonds and the possibility of creating a petition.

The principal also discussed parent’s concerns over student’s not being allowed to play tag of any kind during recess. This is not a new rule. This has been a long-standing rule at the school – at least 15 years according to one teacher. Students are given the reminder at the beginning of the school year with a reminder mid-year during a review of the Student Rights and Responsibilities.

  • Vice-principal’s report. VP Gibbs mentioned that more information will be shared in the spring on SOL timeline and additional upcoming testing in the coming months.
  • President’s report. Discussed upcoming events and deadlines

Due to the book fair, the next PTA membership meeting – currently scheduled for Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. – may be rescheduled. Please lookout for more details coming soon.

Support our spellers in the first HVES spelling bee!

Do you love words? Are you a fan of competition? Today, Thursday, Feb. 29, is the first Hunt Valley Spelling Bee!

Come out to support our students. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The final student standing gets to represent HVES in the county-wide bee, but all competitors will leave with new knowledge, confidence, and a prize.

Spring Activities

Spring activities are just around the corner! We have a lot of fun classes planned, including Run Fit Kidz. Sign up at http://www.runfitkidz.com/registration.html.

 

Anyone up for some pickleball, tennis, golf?  The PTA is conducting a poll to gauge interest in a new afterschool program.

Please complete the survey — https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FDCLQRN — by Feb. 29. Complete one survey per child.

Upcoming Events

March 5 |  Student Holiday

March 11-15  |  Spring Book Fair

Connect with us!

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

There has been a ton of great learning that has taken place this week at Hunt Valley, particularly during specials.

General music students in 6th grade building literacy through composition by using a portion of a poem from A Popcorn Song by Nancy Byrd Turner to compose a layered composition. The students made musical decisions based on the words of the poem as well as the process of making and enjoying popcorn. They chose instruments based on their unique sounds (timbre) until they were satisfied with their collaborative composition. The lesson concluded with a review of the Elements of Music and how they utilized them in the composition process.

We were able to join some of our 4th graders during PE while they worked on their dance unit. It was wonderful see our students learning some of the dances that we are also familiar with from our youth!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Yearbook Information Coming Soon...

 

Family Engagement Survey to Open March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

School Board Adopted Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

At last week’s regular business meeting, the School Board voted to adopt the Fiscal Year 2025 Advertised Budget

The Advertised Budget is a needs-based budget that represents the funding needed to 

support schools in the upcoming year. It focuses on educational excellence for each and every student and competitive compensation for our hard-working, dedicated, and results-driven staff.

The budget is closely aligned with FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan, which seeks a strong academic start for our youngest students and prepares our graduates for a thriving future. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction.

Learn more about the budget and stay up-to-date by following the budget development calendar.

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

Important Updates:

  • Current 6th graders (rising 7th graders) are eligible for CTE Summer Academy.
  • Some of the bus stops have changed from last summer. I’m attaching our tentative bus schedule for this upcoming summer.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st FOR ALL OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS!

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Elementary Institute for the Arts

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

March 5--No School for Students

March 11-March 15--Book Fair

March 12--Spring Picture Day

March 13--PTA Meeting 

March 25-April 2--No School for Students Spring Break/Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day

7107 Sydenstricker Rd., Springfield, VA 22152  |  Phone: 703.913.8800

Attendance: 703.913.8820 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

We have had a wonderful week here, celebrating Kindness Week and Valentine's Day. Thank you to all of our volunteers that came in this week to support our staff and students. We appreciate you taking the time to plan, decorate and lead activities in our classrooms. 

We hope that everyone enjoys the long weekend! 

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

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Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget Focused on Educational Excellence and Competitive Compensation 

At the last School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid proposed a budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 that focuses on excellence and providing students an equitable education in an inclusive and respectful environment, where access, opportunity, and achievement are available to all. 

The budget also prioritizes competitive compensation to attract and retain a world-class workforce. 

The FY 2025 Proposed Budget totals $3.8 billion, an increase of $301.8 million, or 8.6%, over the FY 2024 Approved Budget. Nearly 86% of the budget is focused on instruction. Key highlights include:

  • Supporting students academically by maintaining existing class size formulas and providing necessary support to all students. 
  • Retaining and attracting world-class educators with a 6% market scale adjustment.
  • Strengthening student well-being outside of the classroom with expanded athletics offerings, additional athletic trainers, and enhanced stipends for fine and performing arts.
  • Continuing initiatives including expansion of inclusive preschool, adoption of green initiatives, and funding assistant director of student activities positions previously funded with ESSER III

Special education daily contract extensions, funding for the safety and security screening program, and late buses to support academics and activities at middle schools are several of the priorities to be addressed at the end of FY 2024. 

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the Advertised Budget on Thursday, February 22. Read more about the proposed budget. Keep up with FCPS’ budget development process

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

Important Updates:

  • Current 6th graders (rising 7th graders) are eligible for CTE Summer Academy.
  • Some of the bus stops have changed from last summer. I’m attaching our tentative bus schedule for this upcoming summer.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st FOR ALL OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS!

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Elementary Institute for the Arts

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

February 19--President's Day Holiday--building closed

February 21--PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm

March 5--No School for Students

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Wear Red on Wednesday to demonstrate kindness! Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations.

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

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use 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 an information night on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., at Thoreau Middle School. Parents/caregivers will learn more about Lexia, and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom and supporting student growth in reading. Attendees will also get tips for supporting their students at home.

Register to attend or submit a question in advance. Unable to attend in person? Join on Zoom

Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

Important Updates:

  • Current 6th graders (rising 7th graders) are eligible for CTE Summer Academy.
  • Some of the bus stops have changed from last summer. I’m attaching our tentative bus schedule for this upcoming summer.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st FOR ALL OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS!

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

Elementary Institute for the Arts

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

February 19--President's Day Holiday--building closed

February 21--PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm

March 5--No School for Students

7107 Sydenstricker Rd., Springfield, VA 22152  |  Phone: 703.913.8800

Attendance: 703.913.8820 | Web | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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Thank you

Thank you to all our awesome volunteers who made this week’s Book Swap a huge success!

Where is the cold weather?

I know Puxatany Phil forecasted an early spring, but it’s only February and we’ve got 60 degree weather!

If you are missing the cold air, consider coming out this weekend for a family fun night of ice skating put on by the Hunt Valley PTA Sunshine Community.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 10 from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. (arrive by 6:15 p.m. to get your tickets and check-in)

WHERE: Fairfax Ice Arena, 3779 Pickett Rd.

This is a private event open only to Hunt Valley students and their families.

There is a discounted rate of $5.50/person to attend and an additional $4/person for skate rentals. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served!

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/hves

Sign up for our first HVES spelling bee!

Do you love words? Are you a fan of competition? Sign up to compete in the first Hunt Valley Spelling Bee on Thursday Feb. 29 @ 5pm! You’ll have the chance to shine as you spell. The last kid standing wins and gets to represent HVES in the county-wide bee. All competitors will leave with new knowledge, confidence, and a prize.

Sign-up soon to receive further info and the sample word list. Registration will close Feb. 15 or when we have 40 spellers.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 19 |  Student Holiday [President’s Day]

Feb. 21  | PTA meeting [6:30 p.m. in the school library]

Connect with us!

7107 Sydenstricker Rd., Springfield, VA 22152  |  Phone: 703.913.8800

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will present the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Proposed Budget at the School Board meeting on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Reid’s presentation, as well as other budget documents, will be available after she presents to the board. 

View the meeting on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11), the FCPS YouTube Channel, or the FCPS website. To watch School Board meetings dubbed in Spanish, please visit the FCPS en Español YouTube channel.

If you would like language interpretation or American Sign Language support for any School Board meeting, please contact the board clerk. Find your School Board member and how to contact them on the School Board Members webpage.

Here comes the bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.

Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected].  

We’ve got an engaging summer planned for your students!

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office will offer two enrichment camps this summer - Tech Adventure Camp and CTE Summer Academy. For details on the activities we have planned, please read below.

All information can be found on our websites! For Tech Adventure Camp go to bit.ly/FCPS_TAC. For CTE Summer Academy go to bit.ly/FCPS_CSA.

Important Updates:

  • Current 6th graders (rising 7th graders) are eligible for CTE Summer Academy.
  • Some of the bus stops have changed from last summer. I’m attaching our tentative bus schedule for this upcoming summer.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1st FOR ALL OUR ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS!

GET READY TO REGISTER! USE THE LINKS BELOW 😊

Tech Adventure Camp | CTE Summer Academy

A special reminder about the tuition waiver. Fairfax County Public School students receiving Free and Reduced Meals, there are a select number of tuition waivers available. To receive the waiver, students must have a Consent to Share form on file with FCPS. Parents can find the Consent to Share forms on the FCPS Food and Nutrition website (https://www.fcps.edu/frm). Parents can also share the benefits during the online application process.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

2024 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

With more than 42 camp sessions to choose from, Little Theatre of Alexandria, (LTA) Summer Camps offer a wide range of fun and educational experiences for your child. Visit our registration page today!   Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Catalog

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

February 19--President's Day Holiday--building closed

February 21--PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

What a difference a week makes--it's hard to believe we had freezing cold temperatures this time last week with a bunch of snow and today it feels like springtime outside!

We have made it to the end of the 2nd quarter and halfway through the 2023-2024 school year! We are excited to see all our students back on Monday for the beginning of the 3rd quarter. We are also hopeful that our students can have outdoor recess next week. With the fluctuations in the temperature please encourage your child(ren) to dress in layers so they can be comfortable throughout the building and outside. It is also a good idea to label your child's belongings (i.e., coats, sweatshirts, water bottles, lunchboxes, etc.). as we anticipate our lost and found will continue to grow.

We hope that everyone enjoys the weekend! 

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

2024 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

With more than 42 camp sessions to choose from, Little Theatre of Alexandria, (LTA) Summer Camps offer a wide range of fun and educational experiences for your child. Visit our registration page today!   Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Catalog

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

February 19--President's Day Holiday--building closed

February 21--PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

We hope that everyone has been able to enjoy some extra time at home this week! These two rounds of measurable snow brought us snow days and a two-hour delay. For snow lovers--it has been a wonderful week! For those that don't enjoy the snow and cold temperatures it looks like next week will bring with it some warmer temperatures but with some rain. 

Next Thursday, January 25th is the end of the 2nd quarter and students will be dismissed at 2:05 pm. School will be closed on Friday, January 26th for a teacher workday. 

We hope that everyone enjoys the weekend! 

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

2024 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

With more than 42 camp session to choose from, Little Theatre of Alexandria, (LTA) Summer Camps offer a wide range of fun and educational experiences for your child. Visit our registration page today!   Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Catalog

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

January 25--End of 2nd quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

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Book Swap coming soon

Each student is invited to bring in school-aged books in good condition to donate from Jan. 22 to 31. Students will be able to take a book or two home on Feb. 6.

Bins will be placed outside the school doors for all donations.

Please note that all donations must be appropriate for students in grades K to 6.

Books should be in good condition. Please DO NOT donate dictionaries, old college school books, encyclopedias, religious materials, or other inappropriately aged materials.

January PTA membership meeting minutes

Thank you to everyone who made it out to last week’s meeting. It was great seeing familiar faces and some new ones too!

Below is a quick recap of what we discussed.

  • Budget: After doing a mid-year review, a budget adjustment was suggested and approved by our membership to add funds for helping pay for field trip buses, increasing the teacher appreciation and movie nights.
  • Principal’s report. Principal Hightower gave praise for the SCA’s cultural event and discussed the growth of Hunt Valley, including the fact that this is the highest ever population for the school and it continues to grow. If you have ideas about how school leadership can navigate that growth with more resources and space, please reach out.
  • Vice-principal’s report. VP Gibbs mentioned that more information will be shared in the spring on SOL timeline and that a second lock down drill will be done sometime in January.
  • Committee report.
    • After school activities chair. Winter activities are kicking off now.
    • Wellness chair. Pyramid Run has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Students who signed up DO NOT need to sign up again.
    • Book Swap chair. Scheduled for Jan. 6. Only age-appropriate books should be donated starting Monday, Jan. 22.
    • Book Fair chair. Date is confirmed for the week of March 11.
  • President’s report. Informed membership that Iris Stoyanov would be running for the VP position. Discussed upcoming events and deadlines [Jan 25 - end of quarter teacher treat; Feb 10 - ice skating at Fairfax Ice Arena; Feb 14 - Crossing Guard Appreciation Day; Feb 22 - Bus Driver Appreciation Day]

Other topics of discussion were related to fundraising opportunities for the school.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunt Valley library.

Thank you and congrats!

Thank you to Iris Stoyanov for stepping forward to run as PTA vice president.  She was successfully elected to this position. Welcome to the team!

Sign up for our first HVES spelling bee!

Do you love words? Are you a fan of competition? Sign up to compete in the first Hunt Valley Spelling Bee on Thursday Feb. 29 @ 5pm! You’ll have the chance to shine as you spell. The last kid standing wins and gets to represent HVES in the county-wide bee. All competitors will leave with new knowledge, confidence, and a prize.

Sign-up soon to receive further info and the sample word list. Registration will close Feb. 15 or when we have 40 spellers.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 25 |  2-hour early release

Jan. 26  |  Student holiday

Connect with us!

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Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

It was wonderful to see so many students and their families celebrating Multicultural Night with us last Friday! Thank you to all the families that hosted a booth and brought food/drinks, artifacts and shared stories and information about their heritage. This event would not have been possible without our SCA officers and representatives or our fabulous SCA sponsors, Mrs. Garretson, and Ms. Hunt! 

We were excited to welcome, Dr. Ponce, Chief of Schools for FCPS to our Multicultural Night. He enjoyed walking around and talking with students, families, and staff. It was a great opportunity for FCPS Leadership to see our Hunt Valley Community in action!

We hope to see more families tonight at our Winter Movie Night. Have a wonderful three-day weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday.

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

📝 Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

Free Resources for Families

Did you know that caregivers can access free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities? 

Learn more about FCPS’ Family Resource Center (FRC).

Be the first to learn about new workshops by signing up for the FRC newsletter

2024 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

With more than 42 camp session to choose from, Little Theatre of Alexandria, (LTA) Summer Camps offer a wide range of fun and educational experiences for your child. Visit our registration page today!   Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Catalog

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

January 12--Movie Night

January 15--Martin Luther King Holiday-NO SCHOOL

January 25--End of 2nd quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

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And the winners are….everyone!

Hunt Valley has some amazing artists! 

Thank you to everyone who contributed artwork to the PTA-sponsored “Be Kind” art contest for Inclusive Schools Week. The judges had a tough time deciding, but below are the winners for this year’s contest.

1st place: Tristan (Kindergarten - Ms. Tashima) will receive a $50 gift card

2nd place: Alexandra (3rd grade - Ms. Dwyer) will receive a $30 gift card

3rd place: Henry (2nd grade - Ms. Green) will receive a $20 gift card

Congratulations to all our artists!

Sign up for our first HVES spelling bee!

Do you love words? Are you a fan of competition? Sign up to compete in the first Hunt Valley Spelling Bee on Thursday Feb. 29 @ 5pm! You’ll have the chance to shine as you spell. The last kid standing wins and gets to represent HVES in the county-wide bee. All competitors will leave with new knowledge, confidence, and a prize.

Sign-up soon to receive further info and the sample word list. Registration will close Feb. 15 or when we have 40 spellers.

Movie Night is Tomorrow!

On Friday, Jan. 12, the PTA will be hosting its second movie night of the school year. We will be showing ‘The Bad Guys.’ Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Just a couple quick notes:

1. This is not a drop off event; parents MUST stay with their students. And while tickets are not necessary, we ask that families please sign up here: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DABA72FAAFCC07-47037601-family?useFullSite=true

2. Volunteers are needed to make all aspects of movie night happen. If you can help before, during or after, please sign up here: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DABA72FAAFCC07-47037287-family#/

Look forward to seeing everyone!

Sign up today for after school activities

Registration is NOW open for winter activities! Check out the great variety of classes we have and sign up today!

Monday

Legos https://play-well-registration.com/registration/new/104745

Tuesday

Pottery https://www.6crickets.com/.../a6a61d628.../vrf5-zssn-ik99... (https://www.6crickets.com/.../a6a61d628.../vrf5-zssn-ik99...)

Wednesday

Dance https://www.novakidsinmotion.com/registration/

Art: https://www.youngrembrandts.com/loudounfairfax-va/ (https://www.youngrembrandts.com/loudounfairfax-va/)

Thursday

Chess https://chessacademy.com/.../hunt-valley-elementary-chess...

Friday

Sports k-3 https://www.novakidsinmotion.com/registration/

Upcoming Events

Jan. 12  |  Family Movie Night - The Bad Guys

Jan. 15  |  Student Holiday {Martin Luther King Jr. Day]

Jan. 25 |  2-hour early release

Jan. 26  |  Student holiday

Connect with us!

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the break and had time to spend with family and friends. We were excited to welcome back our students to school this week and look forward to finishing the 2nd quarter strong! 

Please join us tonight from 6:00-8:00 for our Multicultural Night. We have families that will share information, artifacts and/or food from their culture in the cafeteria. We also have students that will show off their cultural heritage through dance, story telling, music, etc. in the gym. We hope that you can attend!

Please see the information below for school and county updates. 

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Prinicipal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

🔢 Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page. 

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs

In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse. 

Free tickets to George Mason Basketball Games:

The George Mason University Men's Basketball Team would like to celebrate FCPS and is offering 2 complimentary tickets when you scan the QR code on the attached flyer or click this LINK.  Tickets are available for games on Sat. 1/6 and Tues. 1/9.

2024 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

With more than 42 camp session to choose from, Little Theatre of Alexandria, (LTA) Summer Camps offer a wide range of fun and educational experiences for your child. Visit our registration page today!   Visit our 2024 Summer Camp Catalog

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

January 10--PTA meeting @ 6:30 pm

January 15--Martin Luther King Holiday-NO SCHOOL

January 25--End of 2nd quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

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A Message from Administration

Happy Friday Hunt Valley Community!

As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to everyone. The winter break is upon us, and it is a time to celebrate, reflect, and cherish the moments spent with loved ones. This has been an exceptional first half of the school year, filled with many celebrations, fun filled family activities, and student accomplishments. We want to express our sincere gratitude to our students, families, and staff for their unwavering commitment to learning and growth.

As we take this time to unplug and relax for break, we encourage everyone to take this time to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the holiday season. Whether you are spending time with family, enjoying the winter festivities, or simply taking a well-deserved break, we hope you are able to unplug and spend this time making memories that will last a lifetime. As you enjoy this time with your loved ones, unplugging, and recharging, our staff will be doing the same. We have encouraged them to take this time to disconnect from work, unplug from emails, and spend some much needed and well-deserved time with their loved ones this holiday season.

We thank our families and school community for your continued support. Your partnership is invaluable, and together, we will continue to provide a foundation for our students to experience success and growth. As we look ahead to the new year, we are confident that our shared commitment to education will lead to even greater accomplishments.

Please keep in mind that the school building and office will be closed during winter break. We will return on January 2, 20224 to welcome everyone back for an exciting second half of the school year.

We wish you and your friends and families a joyous winter break and a happy, health, and safe New Year.

Warm regards,

Keieownna Hightower, Prinicpal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

Around Hunt Valley:

This week, our 5th and 6th grade chorus students and our 6th grade strings students performed for all of the classes on Thursday afternoon. The music was wonderful! A huge thank you to Mrs. Shumaker, Mrs. Iooss, and Mrs. Chappell for making this happen again for the students!


The chorus welcomed staff and students this morning with a holiday sing-along!


Mrs. Rafle's class completed a PBL (Project Based Learning) on squirrel habitats.

Food Drive Was A HUGE Success! 

The PTA wants to express our deepest gratitude for your generous contributions to our recent food drive. Thank you all that have donated food, gift cards, time, and supplies towards this successful opportunity to assist our neighbors in need during the holiday season. In the short span of less than two weeks, our Hunt Valley Community, in collaboration with Cub Scout Pack 684, rallied together to make this initiative a resounding success. Thanks to your generosity, we successfully organized and delivered aid to 17 local families, ensuring they have nourishing meals during the two week holiday break. 

Your kindness and generosity have not gone unnoticed and have brought hope and comfort to many.  Please know that your contribution has made a significant impact and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you once again for your compassion and generosity. 

We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season, filled with peace and happiness. May the new year bring you continued joy and prosperity! 

Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit our winter resources webpage for links to academic support; mental health support; and food, clothing, housing, and other county resources.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

December 18-January 1--Winter Break

January 15--Martin Luther King Holiday-NO SCHOOL

January 25--End of 2nd quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

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A Message from Administration

Good evening Hunt Valley Families,

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Take care,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

  Around Hunt Valley:

This week, our 5th and 6th grade chours students and our 6th grade strings students performed at the Winter Concert. The music was wonderful! A huge thank you to Mrs. Shumaker, Mrs. Iooss, and Mrs. Chappell for making this happen!

Laura Jane Cohen, FCPS School Board Member and Delegate-elect, visited with our first grade students to talk about the election process after the students had completed their own classroom elections.

Thank you to everyone who has donated toys for the SCA Toy Drive. Your generosity is appreciated!

 

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

 

Happy Bodhi Day to those in our community who celebrate! This year's Bodhi Day artwork was created by Longfellow Middle School student Mina L. Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that recognizes the day that Buddha achieved enlightenment through meditation under the Bodhi tree. #OurFCPSMina’s artwork was designed as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students. Learn more about the challenge: https://bit.ly/47oHw2j  

Assessments

Students in grades 3-6 will take the Virginia Growth Assessment starting next week (see the schedule below). Please make sure that your child is present and on-time for the day of the assessment. If your student is late they may not be able to join their class for testing and will need to make-up the assessment on another day. 

                          

Math         

Grade 3

12/12

Grade 4

12/12

Grade 5

12/13

Grade 6

12/13

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is quite full! If you come by the school to drop off/pick up your child(ren), please check to see if any of the items below belong to your child(ren). Any unclaimed items will be donated on December 15th.

 

Hunt Valley Community Food Drive  

The PTA is sponsoring a food drive to collect food donations and gift cards to provide meals for the Hunt Valley community experiencing food insecurities over the winter holiday break. With your support, we are hoping to put together food gift baskets so no family goes hungry over the holidays!

If you don't mind donating to a family in need, please review the list of requested items and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for ensuring all of our fellow Hunt Valley neighbors have meals over the holidays!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49A5AD2DA4F58-46468273-holiday#/

If you have any questions please reach out to Iris Stoyanov ([email protected]).

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Advanced Academics Reminder: Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of HVES students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Full-Time Referral Form to Ashley Huntley, [email protected] no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Full-Time services (Level IV) will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Ashley Huntley in mid/late February.

For more information, parents may review Testing and Identification information on the AAP office website, as well as information about Level IV (full-time) AAP services. Please reach out to Ashley Huntley via email at [email protected] with any further questions.

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school. 

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

December 18-January 1--Winter Break

January 15--Martin Luther King Holiday-NO SCHOOL

January 25--End of 2nd quarter; 2-hour early release

January 26--Teacher Workday--NO SCHOOL

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Stuff a bin this holiday season

Exciting update: Immense gratitude to everyone who has already donated to our cause! Your generosity is making a significant difference, but we still have essential needs to meet for the Hunt Valley community families

The PTA is spearheading a vital food drive to support the Hunt Valley community this winter holiday. We are gathering food donations and gift cards to create food baskets, ensuring no family goes hungry. Your help is crucial.

Please consider donating the items listed and click the link to join our efforts. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49A5AD2DA4F58-46468273-holiday

Remember, the deadline for donations is December 13.

Together, we can ensure a joyful and nourishing holiday for all our neighbors. Thanks you for your unwavering support!

The collection bin is located outside the school’s main entrance for drop offs.

Please help spread the word. Below is a QR code for easy sharing with friends and family who might also wish to contribute. Let’s amplify our impact together!

If you have any questions please reach out to Iris Stoyanov ([email protected]).

Something sweet for the sweetest staff

On Dec. 11, the HVES PTA will sponsor a Holiday Sweet Shoppe for the teachers as part of the school’s 15 Days of Cheer.

The Sweet Shoppe is similar to a cookie exchange. We need only 2 volunteers to bake from each class. Although, if you are excited to bake and you don't see any slots for your classroom, please feel free to sign up under any open slot.

Unfortunately, this event is at risk due to low participation. I would hate to cancel this event for the teachers as they LOVED it last year, but as of this newsletter, we still need 31 bakers (or donors) to make this event happen.

Please consider baking up some yummy goodies for our teachers and staff to take home and share with their families. We will have a volunteer available on the morning of the 11th, starting at 9 am, to collect goodies during Kiss and Ride. You can sign up here: HVES Executive Board: Holiday Sweet Shoppe (signupgenius.com)

Inclusive Schools Week

Celebrated the first full week in December, this annual event highlights the progress schools have made in implementing inclusive practices for diverse student bodies including those with disabilities or those “marginalized due to their gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors.”

Hunt Valley will participate in the week in two special ways.

  1. Donations for Special Ed Appreciation Day

On Thurs. Dec. 7, the Hunt Valley ES PTA will recognize the school's special education educators and support staff with an appreciation day. We will provide these caring and wonderful providers with items from their "favorite things" list.

   2. Be Kind PTA art contest

The Hunt Valley ES PTA will be hosting the “Be Kind” art contest beginning the first full week of December as part of Inclusive Schools Week, which recognizes all students are welcomed members of the school community.

The PTA invites educators and guardians to have their students create & submit artwork to be displayed at school and entered into the PTA’s Art Contest.

Prizes: First - $50 gift card; Second - $30 gift card; Third - $20 gift card.

Submissions accepted: Dec. 4 – Dec. 15. Winners announced: Dec. 21.

If you have any questions contact: Daphne Huber, PTA Special Education Liaison, at [email protected].

Next PTA meeting

There is no PTA meeting on December 13. The next PTA meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2024 in the Hunt Valley library. We hope to see you all there.

Upcoming Events  

Dec. 11  |  PTA-sponsored Holiday Sweet Shoppe for staff

Dec. 13  |  Donations due for community food drive

Dec. 18 - Jan. 1  |  Winter Break

Jan. 5  |  SCA-sponsored  Multicultural Night  | 6-8 p.m.

Jan. 10  |  PTA meeting  | 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 15  | Holiday [Martin Luther King Jr. Day]

Jan. 25  | End of Second Quarter [2-hour early release day]

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A Message from Administration

Good evening Hunt Valley Families,

We hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving break! It is hard to believe that we only have two more weeks of school until winter break! There is a lot going on between now and then including VGA testing, our winter concert, end of unit assessments and of course, holiday parties. We look forward to seeing many parents/families in and around the school during this time. If you are coming into volunteer, please remember to sign-in at the computer in the office. 

The weather has turned a bit colder, but the heat is working well in many rooms throughout the building so please remind your child(ren) to dress in layers, so they are comfortable during the day. 

Here at Hunt Valley we are in the midst of our "15 Days of Cheer" for our staff. We wanted to thank our PTA for organizing and all of our parents for providing yummy treats for yesterday's staff luncheon! Everything was delicious!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Take care,

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

Assessments

Students in grades 3-6 will take the Virginia Growth Assessment starting next week (see the schedule below). Please make sure that your child is present and on-time for the day of the assessment. If your student is late they may not be able to join their class for testing and will need to make-up the assessment on another day. 

                          

Reading          

Math         

Grade 3

12/6

12/12

Grade 4

12/6

12/12

Grade 5

12/5

12/13

Grade 6

12/5

12/13

 

Winter Concert

Please join us for our winter concert on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm. Our 5th and 6th grade chorus students and 6th grade strings students will perform a variety of songs! 

Performers will enter door #6 at 5:45, audience will enter door #8 (doors will open at 6:20 pm).

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is quite full! If you come by the school to drop off/pick up your child(ren), please check to see if any of the items below belong to your child(ren). Any unclaimed items will be donated on December 15th.

 

Hunt Valley Community Food Drive  

The PTA is sponsoring a food drive to collect food donations and gift cards to provide meals for the Hunt Valley community experiencing food insecurities over the winter holiday break. With your support, we are hoping to put together food gift baskets so no family goes hungry over the holidays!

If you don't mind donating to a family in need, please review the list of requested items and click on the button to sign up. Thank you for ensuring all of our fellow Hunt Valley neighbors have meals over the holidays!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F49A5AD2DA4F58-46468273-holiday#/

If you have any questions please reach out to Iris Stoyanov ([email protected]).

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Advanced Academics Reminder: Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of HVES students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Full-Time Referral Form to Ashley Huntley, [email protected] no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Full-Time services (Level IV) will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Ashley Huntley in mid/late February.

For more information, parents may review Testing and Identification information on the AAP office website, as well as information about Level IV (full-time) AAP services. Please reach out to Ashley Huntley via email at [email protected] with any further questions.

National Special Education Day

National Special Education Day is recognized each year on Dec. 2 and commemorates President Gerald Ford’s signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1975. We celebrate our teachers and staff who serve and support our students with special needs, as well as our families who are partners in the education and support of those students! 

Learn more about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

❄️ Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made.

FCPS’ website is generally the first place where we will post an emergency weather closing. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in SIS ParentVUE, bookmark the FCPS website, and plan for childcare if appropriate.

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is through the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener. In October, students in grades 3-12 took this screener in October, which gives information about their skills such as achieving goals, handling emotions, building relationships with adults and peers, and making good choices. 

The screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create learning, experiences, and environments for students to succeed.

In early December, families will be able to view student SEL Screener results in SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent by mail.

For more information about the screener please visit the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For help understanding your child’s results or ideas to support them at home, review the Family Guide or contact your child’s school. 

Lightspeed--Classroom Management Tool

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please let us know if you have any questions.  

🌏 World Languages Offerings in Elementary Schools Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools is considering expansion of our Dual Language Immersion programs to include new languages and school sites, as well as an expansion of new languages for our Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools program.

Parents/caregivers, please share your thoughts about expanding World Languages elementary program offerings. An FCPS survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Urdu, and Vietnamese. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and all responses are anonymous. The survey is optional and will close on Friday, December 8.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

Mark you calendars

December 6--Winter Concert 6:30-7:30

December 18-January 1--Winter Break

 

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Dear Hunt Valley Community,

As we bring today to a close and look toward the holiday weekend, we would like to express our gratitude to our incredible school community. We are filled with appreciation and warmth for the incredible community we have here at Hunt Valley. This is a time to reflect on the many things we are all thankful for, and we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.

We are thankful for the dedication of our teachers who inspire and guide our students every day, the hard work of our support staff who ensure the smooth running of our school, and the enthusiasm of our students who bring life and energy to the classrooms. We are thankful for our families and the collaborative relationship we share, for your support, and involvement in helping to make Hunt Valley a truly special place.

This is also a time where we are thankful for our loved ones, a time for family and friends to come together, connect, and make special memories. We want our families and students to disconnect from school and enjoy a well-deserved break; relaxing, laughing, or spending quality with loved ones. As we encourage all our families and students to enjoy the holiday break, we ask the same of our staff. We recommend they, too, take this time to disconnect from work, rest, relax, and spend quality time with friends and family.

This time of year, we reflect and give thanks. We want to thank you for being a warm, nurturing, and supportive school community. We could not do this work without your partnership. Whether you spend time this weekend sharing a meal, playing games, watching a good movie, or simply enjoying each other's company; we wish you a wonderful, restful, and relaxing holiday!

Keieownna Hightower, Principal

Chrissy Gibbs, Assistant Principal

Around Hunt Valley

Last week, we had several events that brought our school community together. On Monday, we celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony. Our Scouts led and supported the raising of the flags and our chorus performed the National Anthem. We had students share their writing about a family member's experience in the military with students, staff, and guests.

Our fourth-grade students participated in a Poetry Cafe where they shared their poems with their peers and received feedback on their writing.

On Friday, our Kindergarten students celebrated Thanksgiving with a performance that included several fall-themed songs.

Thank you to all our teachers and staff members that supported our students and helped to plan and organize these events at Hunt Valley!

 

 

November 22-24--Thanksgiving Break (Offices Closed)

December 6--Winter Concert 6:30-7:30

December 18-January 1--Winter Break

 

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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. 

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!

Assessments

Students in grades 3-6 will take the Virginia Growth Assessment starting the week of December 4th (see the schedule below). Please make sure that your child is present and on-time for the day of the assessment. If your student is late they may not be able to join their class for testing and will need to make-up the assessment on another day. 

                          

Reading          

Math         

Grade 3

12/6

12/12

Grade 4

12/6

12/12

Grade 5

12/5

12/13

Grade 6

12/5

12/13

 

Advanced Academics Reminder: Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of HVES students in Grades 2-6 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (Level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Full-Time Referral Form to Ashley Huntley, [email protected] no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Full-Time services (Level IV) will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Ashley Huntley in mid/late February.

For more information, parents may review Testing and Identification information on the AAP office website, as well as information about Level IV (full-time) AAP services. Please reach out to Ashley Huntley via email at [email protected] with any further questions.

National Family Engagement Month

This month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family support is vital to student well-being and success. 

FCPS has many resources designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

Additionally, every school has a family liaison who will welcome and orient families, and help them understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices. They can help connect families to resources in the community. Family liaisons might also assist a family in transitioning to a new school and encourage family-school partnerships to help ensure their student's success and healthy development.

If you have questions or would like more information, ask your school office to connect you with your family liaison or visit FCPS’ website for a list of region representatives

Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

  • The Office of Special Education Procedural Support helps staff, families, and students with the implementation of and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended. 
  • Kathy Murphy, the assistant ombuds for special education, provides information and support to caregivers and students regarding special education and Section 504 services. Contact the Ombuds Office by submitting a question, calling 571-423-4014, or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and  students.

Winter Concert

Please join us for our winter concert on Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 pm. Our 5th and 6th grade chorus students and 6th grade strings students will perform a variety of songs! 

Performers will enter door #6 at 5:45, audience will enter door #8 (doors will open at 6:20 pm).

Lightspeed--Classroom Management Tool

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Lost and Found

Our lost and found is quite full! If you come by the school to drop off/pick up your child(ren), please check to see if any of the items below belong to your child(ren). Any unclaimed items will be donated on December 15th.

 

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for several volunteers to help in the cafeteria. Please use this link to sign up!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA5AF2EA6FECF8-volunteer

 

November 22-24--Thanksgiving Break (Offices Closed)

December 6--Winter Concert 6:30-7:30

December 18-January 1--Winter Break

 

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15 Days of Cheer

The holidays are upon us. As part of the Hunt Valley 15 Days of Cheer, the PTA will participate in both a potluck luncheon and holiday sweet shoppe for teachers and staff.

The luncheon will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 and we are asking for some home-cooked goodies (store bought works well too though)! Consider signing up at HVES Executive Board: Teacher Luncheon & Decoration (signupgenius.com)

The holiday sweet shoppe will be held on Monday, Dec. 11 and we are looking for two parents from each class to bake two dozen cookies a piece. Detail can be found at HVES Executive Board: Holiday Sweet Shoppe (signupgenius.com) days of cheer.

Parents’ Night Off

On Dec. 1, the Hunt Valley PTA, in partnership with Himchari Martial Arts is hosting a Parents’ Night Off. Sign up at https://sparkpages.io/?i=_Chab.

Stock the Teacher’s Lounge

The PTA is once again looking for donations to keep the teacher’s lounge stocked with yummy treats and other requested items. We will keep this link updated throughout the year so make sure to come back to it often – and don’t be afraid to buy more of something if it’s already been purchased, especially snacks because they go fast!

Donations can be dropped off anytime and left in the teacher donation box by the main entrance.

Looking for a tutor?

Marwa Faryadi and Lily Brody are 11th grade honor roll students at West Springfield High School and Lake Braddock Secondary School and they have an online tutoring service called Two Girls Tutoring! They have been providing online tutoring to local K-9th grade students for more than three years and are looking for opportunities to offer tutoring services to Hunt Valley students. 

You can learn more at www.twogirlstutoring.com.

Please note that this is not a school-sponsored or sanctioned activity. Two Girls Tutoring reached out to the Hunt Valley PTA and we are providing this as information for those interested in a great opportunity to get additional support for their student(s).

Upcoming Events  

Nov. 22 - 24  |  Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30  |  PTA-sponsored potluck luncheon for staff

Dec. 6  |  Chorus and 6th grade strings winter concert

Dec. 11  |  PTA-sponsored Holiday Sweet Shoppe for staff

Dec. 18 - Jan. 1  |  Winter Break

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