SLES News You Choose

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To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • June 5 - Wednesday - SLES Field Day
  • June 7 - Friday - SLES Senior Day!
  • June 11 - Tuesday - SLES Career Day
  • June 12 - Wednesday - Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)

*This is the last SLES Newsletter of the school year. Have a great summer!*

  • August 19 - Monday - First day of School Year 2024-2025
  • August 30 / September 2 - Friday and Monday - Labor Day Weekend Holiday - No school
End of Year Medication Pick-Up and Disposal Guidelines

Per FCPS Regulation 2102, all medications stored in the school health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school. Please contact Mrs. O’Hara, the School Health Aide, with any questions or concerns at (703) 619-3610.

There are new authorization forms for next school year. When you pick up your medication, you will be provided with any forms you will need to complete during the summer. The forms are also available at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

Career Day is Coming on 06/11

From our SLES Counselors, Ms. Shaker and Ms. Roop:

Hi SLES families!

It’s time for another fun event as we wind down the school year…Career Day!
And it can’t happen without parent & community volunteers…so we are on the hunt for speakers.

We would LOVE to have a diverse array of speakers and members of our community!

SLES would be SO grateful to have you come in as a SPEAKER and share with students/classes about your career, the path to get there, cool talking points, and the skills you utilize on the job or to be successful at it! Or…do you know someone personally, who would be a great fit? Send them our way!

If you’re interested or want more details, connect with Ms. Roop ASAP at [email protected] and we will make it happen.

More in formation on SLES webpage.

SLES Library Books - due by 05/29

Just a friendly reminder that all library books were due back on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Curious about what books your student currently has checked out? No problem! Simply visit this link and follow these steps:

  1. Click on "Login" in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Sign in using your student’s Google for Education login: student id @fcpsschools.net
  3. Enter the unique password assigned to your student.
  4. Navigate to "My Stuff" and click on "Check Outs" to view the list of borrowed books.

If you believe your student has already returned a book, please reach out to our librarian at [email protected]. She will be happy to perform a shelf check to ensure everything is accounted for.
Thank you for your cooperation. Happy reading!

End-of-Year Academic Screener Score Reporting for Families

Family score reports for most spring assessments will be available to families through SIS ParentVUE, with central mailing ongoing for Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments. Expected delivery timelines are as follows:

  • iReady Grade 1-3 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/3 (non-PVUE delivery by the end of this school year)
  • iReady Grade 4-6 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/24 (non-PVUE delivery before the start of next school year)
  • VKRP Grade PreK-K - expected central delivery via U.S. Mail the week of 7/8
Student Assessments Results 

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Ms. Rakes for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

School Business Boosters' Teacher Appreciation Portal

Please visit our School Business Boosters' Teacher Appreciation Portal to share a "thank you" with your favorite teacher.
https://www.KidBizInc.com?TeacherAppreciation=3629

Share your appreciation and get to know the amazing educators who support your children at Stratford Landing and the community each day.

Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance is important all year, up to the last day of school. Attendance affects student performance and school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

Pre-K Application Process

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying children with economic and educational risk factors ages 6 weeks to 4 years living in Fairfax County. 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools — Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however space is limited and provided based on need, not “first come, first serve.” 

Applications are accepted online, by email, or by mail or in person at our office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.  

If you a have question about the application process or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

For Incoming Sandburg Families

The Sandburg PTA Board Needs You!

Do you have a rising seventh grader? The Sandburg PTA is actively looking for candidates for president and treasurer for the 2024-25 school year. These positions are key to the organization and necessary for the middle school PTA to continue next year. Getting involved is a great way to get to know the CSMS community while ensuring our support programs continue for our students and staff. Contact [email protected] if you're interested in these positions - they are happy to answer any questions!

PTA News Volunteer at Field Day!

Join us on Wednesday, June 5th for Field Day! Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/3QQWqbE

Vote For 2024-2025 PTA Board

The following candidates are nominated to serve of Stratford Landing Elementary's PTA Board for the 2024-25 school year:

President - Anna McClure

President Elect - Adam Schildge

Treasurer - April Mittlefehldt

Secretary - Kristine Paschalis

VP, Teacher Appreciation - Kerri Hof

VP, Membership - Brianne Baxa

VP, Communications - Caitlin Mandel

VP, Volunteers - Bridget Eldridge

VP, Fundraising - Rima Fusisi

VP, Community Events - Cristina Dizon

VP, Student Enrichment - Stacey Pratt

VP, Website/IT - Francis Parra

VP, Clubs - Jen Hershberger

VP, Teacher Representative - Janel Barry

Please vote on this slate of candidates by July 16 by clicking here: https://forms.gle/U7sXyKCN9FRtrZMz7  

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

This is my last few days at SLES. I am sad to write that I will not be here for the next school year as I am moving out of town. It was a pleasure meeting so many wonderful families who form this great community at Stratford Landing! Thank you!

Keep in mind that you can always contact the next family liaison, to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community. Click on this link to learn more about the FCPS family liaisons.

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Deodorant Donations Needed

The weather is getting warmer now and some families and students could benefit from your donation of deodorant. Please, consider donating some to the school family resource room. We appreciate your kindness! 

Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages 

Líneas Telefónica de Información para Familia Disponible en Ocho Idiomas

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance! 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2022-23 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

The American Horticultural Society is launching a Children’s Nature Library and Reading Room at its River Farm headquarters tomorrow Saturday, June 1st. The library, centered on young children pre-K to 6th grade, will feature over 1,700 children’s books focused on nature and gardening, plus story time and fun educational activities. Just steps from the library, River Farm’s Children’s Garden enriches the experience with opportunities for children to explore gardening and nature in a hands-on setting.

RSVP for the grand opening on June 1st are not required but appreciated.

Free family friendly summer workshops will be held at the Fairfax County Public Library in Fairfax by the George Mason University Literacy Engagement Action Project. See the registration links below. 

June event

July event

August event

For additional questions, please contact Diana Corimski at [email protected] or call (703) 993 -7611.

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats.

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

Summer Learning Opportunity for rising 5th to 8th graders

Chantilly Academy will host an AFA CyberCamp from Monday, June 24, to Friday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This camp would be a great fit for rising fifth through eighth graders of all skill levels interested in learning more about the importance of cybersecurity and gaining skills to protect themselves and others from cyber threats. Discounts are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Visit the camp website for more information.

Registration is also still available for the Institute for the Arts (IFTA) and Elementary-IFTA (E-IFTA) arts camps, and Credit Recovery Academy.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

SoCo Summer Strings Camp

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, weekdays only.

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Last day to register for FCPS Summer Camps is June 7

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

GovDelivery3 weeks 1 day ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • May 28 to 30 - SOL retakes 
  • May 24 - Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
  • May 27 - Monday - Memorial Day - Holiday
  • June 5 - Wednesday - SLES Field Day
  • June 11 - Tuesday - SLES Career Day
  • June 12 - Wednesday - Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)
Career Day is Coming on 06/11

From our SLES Counselors, Ms. Shaker and Ms. Roop:

Hi SLES families!

It’s time for another fun event as we wind down the school year…Career Day!
And it can’t happen without parent & community volunteers…so we are on the hunt for speakers.

We would LOVE to have a diverse array of speakers and members of our community!

SLES would be SO grateful to have you come in as a SPEAKER and share with students/classes about your career, the path to get there, cool talking points, and the skills you utilize on the job or to be successful at it! Or…do you know someone personally, who would be a great fit? Send them our way!

If you’re interested or want more details, connect with Ms. Roop ASAP at [email protected] and we will make it happen.

More in formation on SLES webpage.

SLES Library Books are due by 05/29

Just a friendly reminder that all library books are due back by Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Curious about what books your student currently has checked out? No problem! Simply visit this link and follow these steps:

  1. Click on "Login" in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Sign in using your student’s Google for Education login: student id @fcpsschools.net
  3. Enter the unique password assigned to your student.
  4. Navigate to "My Stuff" and click on "Check Outs" to view the list of borrowed books.

If you believe your student has already returned a book, please reach out to our librarian at [email protected]. She will be happy to perform a shelf check to ensure everything is accounted for.
Thank you for your cooperation. Happy reading!

End-of-Year Academic Screener Score Reporting for Families

Family score reports for most spring assessments will be available to families through SIS ParentVUE, with central mailing ongoing for Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments. Expected delivery timelines are as follows:

  • iReady Grade 1-3 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/3 (non-PVUE delivery by the end of this school year)
  • iReady Grade 4-6 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/24 (non-PVUE delivery before the start of next school year)
  • VKRP Grade PreK-K - expected central delivery via U.S. Mail the week of 7/8
Student Assessments Results 

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Ms. Rakes for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

School Business Boosters' Teacher Appreciation Portal

Please visit our School Business Boosters' Teacher Appreciation Portal to share a "thank you" with your favorite teacher.
https://www.KidBizInc.com?TeacherAppreciation=3629

Share your appreciation and get to know the amazing educators who support your children at Stratford Landing and the community each day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Pre-K Application Process

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying children with economic and educational risk factors ages 6 weeks to 4 years living in Fairfax County. 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools — Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however space is limited and provided based on need, not “first come, first serve.” 

Applications are accepted online, by email, or by mail or in person at our office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.  

If you a have question about the application process or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Resources for Newly Registered Families

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible! 

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and returning (re-enrolling) FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

For Incoming Sandburg Families

The Sandburg PTA Board Needs You!

Do you have a rising seventh grader? The Sandburg PTA is actively looking for candidates for president and treasurer for the 2024-25 school year. These positions are key to the organization and necessary for the middle school PTA to continue next year. Getting involved is a great way to get to know the CSMS community while ensuring our support programs continue for our students and staff. Contact [email protected] if you're interested in these positions - they are happy to answer any questions!

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversation

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

Join Dr. Reid for the last Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to the last conversation of the school year:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. You can register here. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided based on staff availability. This is open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Volunteer at Field Day!

Join us on Wednesday, June 5th for Field Day! Sign up to volunteer here: https://bit.ly/3QQWqbE

Attention, Boys and Girls in Rising K through Rising 5th Grade... Cub Scout Pack 888 Invites you to Become a

 

Are you ready to have fun, make new friends, and learn new skills? 

We camp, go on field trips, race Pinewood Derby cars, and much more!

Who Can Join: All boys and girls from Kindergarten to 5th grade! Pack 888 has Scouts from several schools in the Mount Vernon area.

When We Meet: Dens (each grade level) usually meet once or twice a month. All the Dens in the Pack come together once a month for a pack meeting.

Why Join: Children and their families have awesome adventures in a program that builds character and instills values. Scouts learn how to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

How To Join: Email [email protected]

Or visit our website at www.alexandria888.mypack.us 

JOIN SCOUTING NIGHT!

To find out more, come out on Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. to Aldersgate United Methodist Church –1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, VA 22308. Parents/guardians and prospective scouts can attend to ask questions about Pack 888. Come to Door 7 on the left side of the playground on the back side of the building.

These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the superintendent, this school, or the Board of Education. 

Contact Colonial District Executive: Lindsay Kelly 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814 with questions.

Scan the QR code above to share your interest or click on this link.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Deodorant Donations Needed

The weather is getting warmer now and some families and students could benefit from your donation of deodorant. Please, consider donating some to the school family resource room. We appreciate your kindness! 

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats.

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s Lunch Balance! 

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2022-23 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

SoCo Summer Strings Camp

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, weekdays only.

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

GovDelivery4 weeks 1 day ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • May 21 to 30 - SOL make-ups and retakes 
  • May 20 - Monday - SLES Willy Wonka Kids Chorus Show and PTA Young Artists Night
  • May 24 - Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
  • May 27 - Monday - Memorial Day - Holiday
  • June 5 - Wednesday - SLES Field Day
  • June 11 - Tuesday - SLES Career Day
  • June 12 - Wednesday - Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)
Career Day is Coming on 06/11

From our SLES Counselors, Ms. Shaker and Ms. Roop:

Hi SLES families!

It’s time for another fun event as we wind down the school year…Career Day!
And it can’t happen without parent & community volunteers…so we are on the hunt for speakers.

We would LOVE to have a diverse array of speakers and members of our community!

SLES would be SO grateful to have you come in as a SPEAKER and share with students/classes about your career, the path to get there, cool talking points, and the skills you utilize on the job or to be successful at it! Or…do you know someone personally, who would be a great fit? Send them our way!

If you’re interested or want more details, connect with Ms. Roop ASAP at [email protected] and we will make it happen.

More in formation on SLES webpage.

End-of-Year Academic Screener Score Reporting for Families

Family score reports for most spring assessments will be available to families through SIS ParentVUE, with central mailing ongoing for Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) assessments. Expected delivery timelines are as follows:

  • iReady Grade 1-3 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/3 (non-PVUE delivery by the end of this school year)
  • iReady Grade 4-6 - expected in PVUE the week of 6/24 (non-PVUE delivery before the start of next school year)
  • VKRP Grade PreK-K - expected central delivery via U.S. Mail the week of 7/8
Stratford Landing Class Placement Family Input for the 2024-2025 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Pre-K Application Process

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying children with economic and educational risk factors ages 6 weeks to 4 years living in Fairfax County. 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools — Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however space is limited and provided based on need, not “first come, first serve.” 

Applications are accepted online, by email, or by mail or in person at our office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.  

If you a have question about the application process or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Resources for Newly Registered Families

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible! 

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and returning (re-enrolling) FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year.

Family Life Education Materials Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form

For Incoming Sandburg Families

The Sandburg PTA Board Needs You!

Do you have a rising seventh grader? The Sandburg PTA is actively looking for candidates for president and treasurer for the 2024-25 school year. These positions are key to the organization and necessary for the middle school PTA to continue next year. Getting involved is a great way to get to know the CSMS community while ensuring our support programs continue for our students and staff. Contact [email protected] if you're interested in these positions - they are happy to answer any questions!

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversation

Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

Join Dr. Reid for the last Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to the last conversation of the school year:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. You can register here. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided based on staff availability. This is open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News

Scan the QR code above to share your interest or click on this link.

 

📣👩‍🎨Young Artists Night Candy Pre-Sales! Secure your favorite candy bar before the Willy Wonka chorus production and other fun activities planned on, May 20th! Or buy at the door while supplies last. $2 for your favorite full-size bar. 🍫🍫🍫

Pre-orders available through midnight, Sunday, May 19th. Pick-up your pre-purchased treats at the door. Thanks in advance for your support!🎉🎉🎉

Click to purchase! https://bit.ly/44L7A7C

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Family Summit Resources Available Online

Did you miss the FCPS Family Summit in April? Videos of the welcome session, guest speakers, service awards, and online special education resource fair are now available. View our YouTube playlist to find helpful information on parenting, opioids, accommodations, special services, and other topics. Read about the speakers and sessions on the Family Summit webpage.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

SoCo Summer Strings Camp

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, weekdays only.

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • May 2 to 30 - SOL Assessments, make-ups and retakes (vide calendar at the end of this section)
  • May 20 - Monday - SLES Willy Wonka Kids Chorus Show and PTA Young Artists Night
  • May 24 - Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
  • May 27 - Monday - Memorial Day - Holiday
  • June 5 - Wednesday - SLES Field Day
  • June 12 - Wednesday - Last Day of School (Early Dismissal)
Zones of Regulation Celebration

We have some celebrations to share about the implementation of Zones of Regulation. In addition to our commitment to Responsive Classroom tenants and the great work our teachers do everyday building relationships and providing students social emotional tools for success, ZOR implementation has contributed to growth on our Social Emotional Learner Screener (SEL Screener). Families may view the FCPS SEL Screener results via ParentVue.

  • From fall to spring, our school grew the greatest in the subtopic of emotional regulation.
  • In the subtopic of supportive relationships, over 90% of our students responded favorably to feeling support through their relationships with friends, family, and adults at school.
  • In the subtopic of self-management and responsible decision making, we are seeing a growth trend from grade to grade with 5th grade being at 81% of students responded favorably to managing their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.

Based on our SIIP Goal: During the 2023-2024 school year, Stratford Landing Elementary School will utilize Zones of Regulation with 100% fidelity to support students' understanding of emotions and management of them, as measured by the 2023-2024 end of year SEL Screener domain of self-management (increase from 51% to 65%) as well as students' ability in grades K-6 to identify all four zones correctly and tell a story of a time they were in a Zone and were in control of their self-regulation.

We went from 51% (from 2023 end of school year data) to 77% (from 2024 end of year school year data) in the SEL domain of self-management and responsible decision making which addresses regulation of emotions and behaviors.

Learn more about Zones of Regulation and see what our teachers are saying about our school-wide implementation of Zones here. https://stratfordlandinges.fcps.edu/zones-regulation

Career Day is Coming on 06/11

From our SLES Counselors, Ms. Shaker and Ms. Roop:

Hi SLES families!

It’s time for another fun event as we wind down the school year…Career Day!
And it can’t happen without parent & community volunteers…so we are on the hunt for speakers.

We would LOVE to have a diverse array of speakers and members of our community!

SLES would be SO grateful to have you come in as a SPEAKER and share with students/classes about your career, the path to get there, cool talking points, and the skills you utilize on the job or to be successful at it! Or…do you know someone personally, who would be a great fit? Send them our way!

If you’re interested or want more details, connect with Ms. Roop ASAP at [email protected] and we will make it happen.

More in formation on SLES webpage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Let's Finish the School Year Strong! Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and school accreditation. See how to:
  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

Pre-K Application Process

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying children with economic and educational risk factors ages 6 weeks to 4 years living in Fairfax County. 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at three elementary schools — Clearview, Crestwood, and Dogwood — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however space is limited and provided based on need, not “first come, first serve.” 

Applications are accepted online, by email, or by mail or in person at our office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.  

If you a have question about the application process or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

Resources for Newly Registered Families

Being connected to your school community helps you stay informed and support your child’s success. Take some time to get familiar with the many resources and tools available to FCPS families, including:

There’s an easy to follow five-step process outlined for parents registering their children for kindergarten. Be sure to register your child as soon as possible! 

Register Your Children Online

Online registration is available for new and returning (re-enrolling) FCPS families! Apply today to help us plan for the 2024-25 school year.

April was the Month of the Military Child Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News

Scan the QR code above to share your interest or click on this link.

Interested in Girl Scouts?

Please join us to learn about how to join a troop for the 24-25 school year.
When: May 16 at 6:30pm
Where: Stratford Landing ES cafeteria
Questions? Email [email protected]

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Required Immunizations for Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

SoCo Summer Strings Camp

Exciting news! SoCo Summer Strings is returning this summer! The camp will be hosted at South County Middle School from July 8-19, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, weekdays only.

Camp is open to all rising 5th-9th grade students with at least one year of experience on the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will participate in two large ensemble rehearsals, an instrument-specific technique class, and a sectional each day.

You can find more information and registration for camp at www.schsorchestra.org/soco-summer-strings. Early registration is from March 1-June 9, so reserve your student’s spot soon!

Register Today for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration for FCPS Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps closes on Friday, June 7. Tuition is waived for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Bus transportation is available from select FCPS high schools and middle schools. Learn more about Summer Learning and Fun for Students

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

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Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • May 2, Thursday - SOL begins (vide calendar at the end of this section)
  • May 3, Friday - Orthodox Good Friday - Student Holiday
  • May 6 to 10 - SLES Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 24, Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
  • May 27 - Monday - Memorial Day - Holiday
Stratford Landing Class Placement Family Input for the 2024-2025 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s teacher or SLES counselors Mersal Shaker or Raina Roop.

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey - Last Day to Give Feedback

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until today Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

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

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

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

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News 🌸Spring Fling🌸

Spring Fling is May 2 from 6-8pm at Stratford Landing playground!

We will have a DJ, basket raffles, cake walk and more!

We will be selling tickets for the basket raffles for $.50 each and Cake Walk tickets will be $1 each. Please bring cash!

❗️Please consider volunteering your time that day:

https://signup.com/go/pciOJSK

❗️REMINDER: Pre-order your Chick-Fil-A by April 29th!!!!

Pre-order here.

The Little Well will also make an appearance to sell some delicious drinks and treats! They accept cash/credit/apple pay

Staff Appreciation Week

Volunteers, we need you! Please, sign-up here to help.

Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

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

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

Pre-order here.

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Interested in Girl Scouts?

Please join us to learn about how to join a troop for the 24-25 school year.
When: May 16 at 6:30pm
Where: Stratford Landing ES cafeteria
Questions? Email [email protected]

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

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

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. 

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

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To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • May 2, Thursday - SOL begins (vide calendar at the end of this section)
  • May 3, Friday - Orthodox Good Friday - Student Holiday
  • May 24, Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
Stratford Landing Class Placement Family Input for the 2024-2025 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s teacher or SLES counselors Mersal Shaker or Raina Roop.

School Health Services Satisfaction Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department and FCPS School Health Services invite parents/caregivers to participate in a survey on the level of satisfaction with support provided to your school community by School Health Services. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and is open until Friday, April 26. Your feedback can help to improve school health services.

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

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

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

April Is Month of the Military Child

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

To show our support for all our military-connected families, we invite students, families, school employees, and community members to “Purple Up!” for military children. Wear purple on Friday 26. Purple symbolizes all branches of the military as a combination of Army green; Marine Corps red; and Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Space Force blue

Honoring Military Kids

In this video, Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid and Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander Colonel Joseph Messina recognize and celebrate the resilience and sacrifices of military-connected children during the Month of the Military Child. FCPS shows our appreciation and gratitude to these remarkable young individuals who contribute so much to our community

For our SLES Military-Connected Families

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

Military-Connected Family Support

FCPS welcomes all of our new and returning military-connected families throughout the year! Whether your family is moving permanently to the school district or living here for a short time, our schools and support staff welcome you and will be able to assist with your transition into and/or out of our district. 

Visit our Military Families webpage and sign up to receive the Military Families newsletter. If you have any questions, please email our Family and School Partnerships team. 

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

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

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

Pre-order here.

🌸Spring Fling🌸Volunteers needed

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

https://bit.ly/4arsH0A

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

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

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

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

Pre-order here.

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

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

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

Sign up here!

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

May 6-10 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is just around the corner. Let’s help honor them and give back as much as we can during this special week. 

Please see the sign-up for items and volunteers needed: https://bit.ly/4b0zyy3

Want to know what we have planned that week?! Here are just some highlights — stay tuned for more details!
May 6- Waffle Bar Breakfast 
May 7- Snack/Drink Cart 
May 8- Potluck Lunch 
May 9- Relaxing Massages
May 10- The Little Well 

To make it even more fun we ask that students help in other ways by spreading cheer with a very special spirit week:
Monday: Bring a note sharing a favorite memory with a teacher/staff this school year
Tuesday: Draw/bring a flower picture for a teacher/staff 
Wednesday: Wear your teacher's/staff's favorite color or school spirit gear to celebrate! 
Thursday: Give thanks to a teacher/staff you see in the hallways all day long! 
Friday: High-five teachers/staff you see in the hallways all day long! 

Other ways to give? 

Check out the Blooming Boxes from The Little Well to show some love to the amazing teachers/staff at SLES. Pre-order soon (before they’re sold out!) Each delivery includes a petite bottle of blooms + a special treat or drink and a note to spread some joy this spring. Place orders here:  https://forms.gle/cC3fV8KVxkdwuWqq5

Have any questions? Please contact, Francis Parra at [email protected]

Interested in Girl Scouts?

Please join us to learn about how to join a troop for the 24-25 school year.
When: May 16 at 6:30pm
Where: Stratford Landing ES cafeteria
Questions? Email [email protected]

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Register here.

Clic aquí para registrarse. 

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

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

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

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Summer Arts Camp

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. 

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

GovDelivery2 months ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • April 17, Wednesday - Purple Up! Day
  • May 2, Thursday - SOL begins (vide calendar at the end of this section)
  • May 3, Friday - Orthodox Good Friday - Student Holiday
  • May 24, Friday - Closing of SLES Class Placement Family Input form
Stratford Landing Class Placement Family Input for the 2024-2025 School Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

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

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

April Is Month of the Military Child

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

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

For our SLES Military Connected Families

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

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

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

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

Give Your Feedback on the FCPS Budget

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

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

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

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

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

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

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

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

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

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

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

Pre-order here.

🌸Spring Fling🌸Volunteers needed

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

https://bit.ly/4arsH0A

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

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

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

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

Pre-order here.

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

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

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

Sign up here!

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Immigrant Family Reunification Class

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

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

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

GovDelivery2 months 1 week ago

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • April 8, Monday - Individual Spring Picture Day
  • April 9, Tuesday - Kindergarten Family Orientation - Adults only
  • April 10, Wednesday - Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) - Holiday
  • April 17, Wednesday - Purple Up! Day
  • May 3, Friday - Orthodox Good Friday - Student Holiday

Dear Stratford Landing Families,

As we know, a solar eclipse is happening this Monday, April 8, 2024. The timing starts around 2:04 pm, peaks about 3:20 pm and ends around 4:32 pm. It’s a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

As a school we are prioritizing student safety. Out of an abundance of caution, we will not be viewing the eclipse as a school community. I fully understand this may be disappointing news to hear for many of our students, staff and families.

Please review the following information carefully so you have an understanding about our school operations during the solar eclipse.

  • Beginning at 1:45 pm, we will not permit students to be outside for any reason.
  • We are encouraging our staff to provide instruction and activities for students related to the solar eclipse. FCPS has provided resources for schools and families here. This link includes a live view of the eclipse. We are encouraging our teachers to view the live stream together as a class.
  • Our school dismissal will proceed as usual. We will provide verbal reminders to students not to look directly at the sun and we strongly encourage families to have eclipse safety conversations at home. The NASA website has more information about eye safety. Don’t look at the sun without approved eyewear. Regular sunglasses are not approved eyewear. 

If you have questions or would like to speak further about our school operations during the solar eclipse, please reach out to me directly at [email protected].

Thank you,

Kevin Morris, Principal

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

April Is Month of the Military Child

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

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

For our SLES Military Connected Families

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

Online Registration for 2024-2025 School Year (SY)

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

To ensure parents receive this information, please add this link to your school's website:  Welcome to Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) Online Registration.  This will provide families with the information to utilize this convenient registration tool. Parents and guardians can still register students using the electronic bundle or choose to complete paper registration forms if they prefer.

Individual Spring Pictures

Attention, orders must be placed before picture day. Visit strawbridge.net to order online and enter the code FM427189. Only students who have purchased a Spring package prior April 8 will be photographed. See flyers below.

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

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

Nominations Open for the Bussey Memorial Equity Award

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

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

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18.

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

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Teacher Appreciation and Mother's Day

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

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

Pre-order her: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7VHol0bkkxUZ3ry-coyo0oo3BJaWh82VGbX7oxDd6-C7B_Q/viewform

Running Is Elementary Update!

Spots for practice filled quickly, but meet-only registration is still open through Friday April 5th. If your child(ren) were unable to snag a spot for practice (or had a conflict preventing them from doing so), they are welcome to register for the meet without practices. We'll help all of our SLES kids make it to the start line for their events!

Grade K-2 Meet: May 6, 2024, 4:30pm, West Potomac High School

Grade 3-6 Meet: May 9, 2024, 4:30pm, West Potomac High School

If interested, please register using our meet-only link: https://forms.gle/r8P2ACbBidGVZ3ht7

Questions can be sent to [email protected]

Spring Fling

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

https://bit.ly/4arsH0A

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

We are calling all singers, story-tellers, poets, magicians, comedians, gymnasts, rappers, dancers, athletes, and anyone with a unique talent to join us for this exciting show. Please sign up to "Show us your Act" on Monday, April 8th from 4-6 pm. Your act does not need to be final yet. Rehearsal dates will be announced once auditions are done.

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

Sign up here!

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Register Today for the Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet School Lottery

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools — Hunters Woods, Bailey’s Primary, and Bailey’s Upper — provide enhanced learning programs in science, technology, and performing arts. Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open through Friday, April 12. Learn more about the schools, their programs, and locations.

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

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To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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Important Dates and Events
  • March 22, Friday - End of Third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday and Kindergarten Student Orientation
  • April 8, Monday - Individual Spring Picture Day
  • April 9, Tuesday - Kindergarten Family Orientation - Adults only

A message from Mr. Morris:

On Saturday, March 16, Stratford Landing hosted our second annual Young Scholars Conference. Young Scholars, Wave of Wonder, Diving into Our Future was a theme decided by our student-led steering committee. What a special day it was for our students, our families, and our school. A special thanks to Mrs. McBee for her leadership in implementing the conference. Mrs. Ventimglia, Mrs. Leslie, and Mr. Magee also served as leaders for our conference implementation. In all, we had nearly 20 staff members involved in the planning and delivery of our Young Scholars Conference. It was a terrific morning of engaging learning for our students. Students and families attended learning and activity sessions and had an opportunity to connect with community resources. We had a wonderful keynote speaker who was a former FCPS Young Scholar now attending Harvard. Our school was full of life and learning on an otherwise quiet Saturday. It was a great day to be a dolphin!

Young Scholars is one of our many academic programs at Stratford Landing.   

For our SLES Military Connected Families

Purple up! April is the month of the military child and we want to celebrate with them. Please, if you are affiliated to the military take one minute to fill out this form. Thank you!

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. The survey is available in 10 languages. Please access the survey now. Your voice matters!

West Potomac Pyramid Student Art Show Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Today is the Last Day to Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Individual Spring Pictures

Attention, orders must be placed before picture day. Visit strawbridge.net to order online and enter the code FM427189. Only students who have purchased a Spring package prior April 8 will be photographed. See flyers below.

Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Subs for the Family Volunteer Room

If you'd like to be a part of the Family Volunteer Room, but can’t commit weekly, we would love to have you on our "sub list" to fill in when people are sick. Email [email protected] if you can help out. We could also use two more people to commit weekly for an hour on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays anytime between 10 and 2:30. Thank you!

Camp Invention - July 8th-12th

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Near SLES from 7/8 to 7/12, campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit invent.org/mylocalcamp to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/27 to save $25.

Military connected and need based scholarships are available, please contact Mrs. Moon at [email protected] for additional information. 

Tell Your Story: SLES 2023-2024 Yearbook on Sale Now through Monday, April 1st

Don't miss your chance -- the SLES 2023-2024 yearbook is on sale only through MONDAY, APRIL 1. 

Yearbooks are $25 each. Order online here today -- once the window closes, there will be no extensions. 

Seeking SEPTEMBER photos: Do you have photos taken at SLES in SEPTEMBER? If so, please consider uploading them here. Thanks in advance! 

If you are interested in donating a yearbook to SLES Care & Share, you can do so by using the "Donate-A-Book" option on the ordering website. (Note that there is no option this year for cash donations.)

Please send questions to [email protected] -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address. Please send photos by Monday, April 1.  

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Registration Ends Today Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Good Friday on 03/29 and Easter on 03/31

Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the day on which Christians annually observe the commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Good Friday is a day of mourning. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus's suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. Read more about Good Friday at Britannica.com. Read more about Easter here.

A joyful Easter to all in our community who celebrate!

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

Visit the Sherwood Regional Library during FCPS Spring Break for a week of exciting programs for all ages. Register now to join the fun!

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

Looking for a fun summer camp for your rising middle schooler? Check out VIP Camp, taking place July 1 through August 1 at five FCPS middle schools, and open to all FCPS middle school students. VIP Camp costs only $100 for the 5-week program!Find out more and register soon: bit.ly/VIPcamp2024

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

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Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • March 22, Friday - End of Third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday and Kindergarten Student Orientation
  • April 9, Tuesday - Kindergarten Family Orientation - Adults only
Get2Green - Tree Planting Project at SLES

A Message of Thanks from Mr. Morris:

What a green, special day we had this week at Stratford Landing. I wanted to extend a thanks to our partners at Casey Trees for leading and supporting the planting of 40 new trees around the grounds of Stratford Landing. A special shout out to Ms. Nguyen for her Get 2 Green leadership and stewardship for our school. Air high fives to our fourth grade students and teachers for demonstrating our Dolphin Decree and CARES, and supporting the planting of these new trees. Our fourth graders were joyful and cooperative during our day of tree planting. I saw lots of smiles and shovels! Our SLES students will be writing some thank you notes for our friends at Casey Trees.

Family Culture Night: a Great Step Forward in Celebrating our Students and Families

A Message of Thanks from Mr. Morris:

Special thanks to Mersal Shaker and Raina Roop for their leadership as we implemented our first annual SLES Family Culture Night. Every family has culture. Every family has identity. The cultures and identities of our families are deep and rich. This event was a great step forward in celebrating our students and families. Special thanks to SLES staff members that attended the event. Students and families were excited to see their teachers. I wanted to provide a special thanks to those SLES staff members that also contributed to the success of the event behind the scenes. I value our families that chose to share their cultures and traditions through food, drink, song, artifacts, clothing and stories.

Are you interested in serving on a committee of family volunteers to support our 2024-2025 Culture Night? Please reach out to [email protected] if you’d like to be directly involved supporting this event next school year.

West Potomac Pyramid Student Art Show

A message of thanks from Mr. Morris:

I wanted to extend a thank you and congratulations to all our students that were showcased at our West Potomac Pyramid art show. Our students’ talents were on display for all to see! We had a wonderful turn out of proud students and families. Special thanks for Mr. Terrone and Mr. McDaris for their efforts to nurture the talents of our dolphins and provide safe spaces for artistic expression. We appreciate all our families in attendance at the art show and their support of our art program.

For our SLES Military Connected Families

Purple up! April is the month of the military child and we want to celebrate with them. Please, if you are affiliated to the military take one minute to fill out this form. Thank you!

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

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

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

The COVID-19 Isolation Period of 5 Days is No Longer Recommended

The new respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Students who have symptoms of, tested positive for, or have been diagnosed with, a respiratory virus e.g., COVID-19, influenza, RSV may return to school when: 

  • Student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 
  • Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities
Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Measles Is Preventable

Measles is making headlines as the number of cases nationwide has topped 40, with three confirmed cases in people living in or traveling through the National Capital Region. 

The good news is that measles is preventable through vaccination! Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website to find out more about measles.

Extended Hours at Immunization Clinics

To help parents/caregivers obtain vaccinations for their children, the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) will offer immunization clinics with extended hours:

Parents/caregivers should make an appointment but a limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Please call 703-246-7100 to schedule an appointment.

Learn more about vaccinating your child and find community resources to support their health and well-being. 

Note: All students enrolling in public and private schools in Virginia are required to be adequately immunized per the Code of Virginia.

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Subs for the Family Volunteer Room

If you'd like to be a part of the Family Volunteer Room, but can’t commit weekly, we would love to have you on our "sub list" to fill in when people are sick. Email [email protected] if you can help out. We could also use two more people to commit weekly for an hour on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays anytime between 10 and 2:30. Thank you!

Camp Invention - July 8th-12th

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Near SLES from 7/8 to 7/12, campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit invent.org/mylocalcamp to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/27 to save $25.

Military connected and need based scholarships are available, please contact Mrs. Moon at [email protected] for additional information. 

Tell Your Story: SLES 2023-2024 Yearbook on Sale Now through Monday, April 1st

Don't miss your chance -- the SLES 2023-2024 yearbook is on sale only through MONDAY, APRIL 1. 

Yearbooks are $25 each. Order online here today -- once the window closes, there will be no extensions. 

Seeking SEPTEMBER photos: Do you have photos taken at SLES in SEPTEMBER? If so, please consider uploading them here. Thanks in advance! 

If you are interested in donating a yearbook to SLES Care & Share, you can do so by using the "Donate-A-Book" option on the ordering website. (Note that there is no option this year for cash donations.)

Please send questions to [email protected] -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address. Please send photos by Monday, April 1.  

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

Visit the Sherwood Regional Library during FCPS Spring Break for a week of exciting programs for all ages. Register now to join the fun!

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

8484 Riverside Road Alexandria, Virginia 22308 | Main Office: 703-619-3600
Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

SLES News You Choose

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Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

ይህንን ዜና መፅሄት በሌሎች ቋንቋዎች ለማንበብ፤ እባክዎን ድረ ገፃችንን ይጎብኙ

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

Important Dates and Events
  • March 8, Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - SLES Family Culture Night
  • March 22, Friday - End of Third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday and Kindergarten Student Orientation
  • April 9, Tuesday - Kindergarten Family Orientation - Adults only
A Message from Mr. Morris for our incoming Kindergarten Families

Our kinder orientation program is evolving at Stratford Landing, and I wanted to ensure our community was clear on our new changes and updates to how we welcome new kinder students to Stratford Landing. These changes are for the next year and school years to come. 

We will host four kinder specific events April through August. These events are in addition to your student registration appointment with Ms. Rakes.

Kindergarten Student Orientation

Formerly our summer “Kindergarten Jump Start”, this is an opportunity for your student to visit a kindergarten classroom. During this event, your child will participate in a morning meeting, complete a kindergarten activity and SLES teachers will check for student letter/sound and number recognition. This is a student only event, and families will drop their student off and pick them up. This student orientation will take place in the spring of the current school year. For this year, our new Kindergarten Student Orientation is scheduled for April 2, 2024. See the flyer below.

Kindergarten Family Orientation

Families of incoming kindergarten students may join for an orientation presentation from our kindergarten teachers. This event is for adults only. The family orientation will take place in the spring of the current school year.  For this year, our Kindergarten Family Orientation is scheduled for April 9, 2024. See the flyer below.

Kindergarten Playground Playdate

Stratford Landing Administration will organize a new kindergarten student playground playdate during the summer before the start of the new school year. Additionally, our SLES Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) may host events for families to attend in the summer.

Kindergarten “Early Access” for Stratford Landing’s Welcome Back to School Open House

Before the start of each school year, Stratford Landing hosts an open house for all students and families. This is always scheduled the week before the first day of the school year. Families and students visit the school, see their classrooms, meet their new teachers and visit former teachers and their friends. Our kindergarten families will have early access that will begin one hour prior to the start of the open house.

Student Registration Appointment

In addition to these changes, we are asking families bring their kindergarten student to their registration appointment with Ms. Rakes. While Ms. Rakes is working with the family, a SLES staff member will provide a brief letter/number assessment to help inform our class placements for incoming kinders. It is important to note, we do not build kindergarten classrooms based on abilities of students, meaning there is no such thing as a “high, medium or low” class at Stratford Landing. Instead, we use this assessment data to ensure we create balanced, equitable class groupings that set our little dolphins up for success.

If you have any questions on our new kindergarten orientation approach for students and families at Stratford Landing, please contact me directly at [email protected].

Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage. Your voice matters!

Family Culture Night is Tonight

It is tonight! We're so excited to celebrate our families, their traditions, and all of the things that make them unique!

New Regulation on Meditation and Reflection Spaces

FCPS has developed Regulation 1502 to ensure all students and staff have reasonable accommodation and access to meditation and silent reflection spaces within the school division. The regulation provides guidance for schools on how to manage requests for silent reflection during instructional and non-instructional time, and for students to leave school for religious activities.

These spaces are for individuals to engage in prayer, meditation, or silent reflection, inclusive of their religious or non-religious beliefs. Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for students requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. Families are encouraged to contact the principal or the family liaison regarding accommodations. View Regulation 1502. Visit FCPS' Guidelines for Religious Activities webpage for more information.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

National Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

Daylight Saving Begins (Spring Forward)

Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time begins. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead one hour!

As a result of the time change, many students will be walking to school or to bus stops in the dark. Help your child stay safe by having them wear reflective clothing and bright or light colors, or add reflective items to their backpacks or clothes. Also, encourage your child to be especially alert for cars that are turning or backing up and not to run into the street or cross between parked cars.

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. 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 principal or the school's family liaison regarding accommodations, including but not limited to those around lunch, prayer/meditation and silent reflection spaces and times, and instruction.

Lightspeed Classroom Management

As part of our commitment to creating a safe and focused learning environment for our students, our school is using a classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. We are continuing to expand our use over the coming weeks. This 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 note that student devices will not be monitored outside of school hours. The regular filters remain in place on school devices, but once they are home, teachers cannot monitor students. As parents, we would like to encourage you to sign up for your own Lightspeed reports, which will allow you to see how your child is spending time on the computer during and after school hours.

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News PTA Board Nominating Committee

We need three people to help us out with the Nominating Committee for the 2024-2025 PTA Board. There is a minimal time commitment. Email [email protected] if you're interested. Thank you so much!

Subs for the Family Volunteer Room

If you'd like to be a part of the Family Volunteer Room, but can’t commit weekly, we would love to have you on our "sub list" to fill in when people are sick. Email [email protected] if you can help out. We could also use two more people to commit weekly for an hour on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays anytime between 10 and 2:30. Thank you!

PTA Member Meeting with Financial Planning Specialist Cody Monarch 

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m. in the Stratford Landing Library for our next PTA Member meeting. In addition to our regular meeting, we have the pleasure of hearing from Cody Monarch - a financial planning specialist on a top 2% Morgan Stanley team. He is coming to speak about the importance of planning for children’s education financially and the benefits of utilizing 529 accounts. If you cannot make it in person, we plan to livestream the meeting. 

Camp Invention - July 8th-12th

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Near SLES from 7/8 to 7/12, campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit invent.org/mylocalcamp to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/27 to save $25.

Military connected and need based scholarships are available, please contact Mrs. Moon at [email protected] for additional information. 

Tell Your Story: SLES 2023-2024 Yearbook on Sale Now through Monday, April 1st

Don't miss your chance -- the SLES 2023-2024 yearbook is on sale only through MONDAY, APRIL 1. 

Yearbooks are $25 each. Order online here today -- once the window closes, there will be no extensions. 

Seeking SEPTEMBER photos: Do you have photos taken at SLES in SEPTEMBER? If so, please consider uploading them here. Thanks in advance! 

If you are interested in donating a yearbook to SLES Care & Share, you can do so by using the "Donate-A-Book" option on the ordering website. (Note that there is no option this year for cash donations.)

Please send questions to [email protected] -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address. Please send photos by Monday, April 1.  

Library Volunteers Needed

We need more people to help out in the beautiful library! You can sign up to help a K or 1st grade class check out books. You can also shelve books (timing is flexible, just let Mrs. Snow know when you will be in). Sign up here: https://signup.com/go/mziCJCY

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Summer Camps and Learning Programs

Have you made summer plans for your child yet? Are you looking for a summer camp for your child with special needs?

The Family Resource Center has compiled information on summer camps including local options, camps for students with special needs (sorted by need), and camps for students experiencing grief or who have parents in the military.

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

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Important Dates and Events
  • March 4 to March 8 - Read Across America week at SLES
  • March 5, Tuesday - Presidential Primary - Student Holiday
  • March 8, Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - SLES Family Culture Night
  • March 22, Friday - End of third Quarter
  • March 25 to March 29 - Spring Break
  • April 1, Monday - Student Holiday
  • April 2, Tuesday - Student Holiday
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!

Family Culture Night

Hi SLES Families! Stratford Landing is hosting its first-ever Family Culture  Night! Come join in on the fun on Friday, March 8th from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Fill out this google form if you: 

  • Plan on attending and notifying us how many people are in your party
  • Plan on attending AND would like to showcase a part of your family culture/identity

We're so excited to celebrate our families, their traditions, and all of the things that make them unique!

Share Your Thoughts on Schoology

FCPS will be conducting voluntary, anonymous surveys on the use of Schoology from Monday, March 11, to Friday, March 22. Surveys will be delivered to:

  • Elementary students (grades 3-6) through the Schoology App Center.
  • Secondary students via email from Naviance.

Student feedback will inform the school division’s use of Schoology and help improve its processes, communication, and professional learning for staff. FCPS’ Instructional Services Department will also be reaching out to families through focus groups. 

Please contact [email protected] if you have questions.

Tentative Schedule for SOL Assessments PTA News Running is Elementary is Back for the 2024 Season!

This annual West Potomac Pyramid Tradition provides a track team experience for students in grades K-6. RIE is coached by the student athletes from the West Potomac Track Team. The program concludes by bringing together students from other elementary schools within the WP pyramid for an actual track meet!

Before we can open registration, we need volunteers to commit to providing oversight during practices!

 Click HERE To Sign Up!

No track/field experience necessary! Volunteers will largely be responsible for getting kids checked in/out of practice, keeping eyes on their assigned group of kids, and assisting with simple non-coaching tasks as needed (such as bathroom runs).

Practices for all grades will take place after school at Stratford Landing on April 9th and 16th. Grades 3-6 will have an additional practice on April 23rd. Track meets will take place at West Potomac High School on April 22nd (K-2) and April 30th (3-6).

The number of registrants accepted for practices will be dependent on the number of volunteers we have. Children of volunteers will be guaranteed a spot at practice. Please keep an eye out for registration during the first week of March. There will be a $10 registration fee/participant, and all participants must purchase a team shirt (approximately $20).

Questions can be sent to Zack Hawkins and Rebecca Stites at [email protected]

PTA Member Meeting with Financial Planning Specialist Cody Monarch 

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th at 7 p.m. in the Stratford Landing Library for our next PTA Member meeting. In addition to our regular meeting, we have the pleasure of hearing from Cody Monarch - a financial planning specialist on a top 2% Morgan Stanley team. He is coming to speak about the importance of planning for children’s education financially and the benefits of utilizing 529 accounts. If you cannot make it in person, we plan to livestream the meeting. 

Camp Invention - July 8th-12th

Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity with our all-new Camp Invention® program, Illuminate! Near SLES from 7/8 to 7/12, campers in grades K-6 will collaborate with friends to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From designing a light-up ball game to tackling global water challenges to starring in a prototyping game show, each experience adds up to an imagination-stretching, confidence-boosting summer. Visit invent.org/mylocalcamp to secure your spot! Use promo code SUM25 by 3/27 to save $25.

Military connected and need based scholarships are available, please contact Mrs. Moon at [email protected] for additional information. 

Tell Your Story: SLES 2023-2024 Yearbook on Sale Now!

Don't miss the SLES yearbook’s EARLY BIRD SALE! We've already sold over 200 copies -- WOW!

Yearbooks are $20 from now until March 1, 2024. The price per yearbook increases to $25 after that. Order online here today.

MILITARY FAMILIES: The yearbook would love to feature photos of your journey. Please upload your candid photos directly to us right here: https://plicbooks.com/go/43H8HP -- and, as always, thank you for your service.

If you are interested in donating a yearbook to SLES Care & Share, you can do so by using the "Donate-A-Book" option on the ordering website. (Note that there is no option this year for cash donations.)

The final deadline to order is April 1, 2024. Please send questions to [email protected] -- we are also accepting candid photos from all SLES activities at this address (photo deadline TBA). 

Family Volunteer Workspace

We are opening a family volunteer workspace at Stratford Landing! We are looking for volunteers to assist teachers with photocopying, laminating, and other clerical work that's very time-consuming. If we can get this fully staffed, we could be a HUGE help to our amazing teachers! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.

Family Liaison Resources

by Inge Gatti

As your family liaison, my goal is to keep you informed about the valuable resources, events, and family engagement opportunities available through SLES, FCPS, and the community.

If you have questions about navigating the school, learning about FCPS resources, or getting your student set up for success, I'm glad to be here to help you and your kids. Please email, or call 703-619-3690 to set up an appointment. I am looking forward to meeting you!

Visit the SLES Family Liaison homepage for additional information and resources.

Gentle Used and Clean Pants Donations

SLES families, the Family Resource Center needs pants donations for our students. We have a large amount of donated clothes, including winter coats, but we are almost out of pants - which usually is what students need the most when accidents happen, especially playing outside and getting muddy. Please consider donating gently used and clean pants to our school when putting away clothes that you want to give away. You can drop them off in the red box by the entrance hallway. We appreciate your kindness!

Sherwood Regional Library Classes and Events

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

Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps 

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

For 6th Graders - VIP Summer Program

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Attendance: 703-619-3636 | Web | Twitter

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