Military Families

Welcome Military and Government Service Families! We are so glad you’re here! For district-wide enrollment information, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Our Stratford Landing Military Support Group provides military and government service families a place to connect and offers support to new families entering SLES. We are an all-inclusive group for active, retired, reserve, and deceased military families or anyone who has an interest in the purpose of our group. We work to help ease the stress that transition and deployment have on military children and their families.

Stratford Landing is recognized as a Purple Star School. The Virginia Purple Star Designation is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. This commitment is evident as we strengthen relationships through our quarterly coffee meetups, military lunch bunches, and after-school activities. Activities surrounding Veterans Day in November and Month of the Military Child in April are two ways military students are recognized by the entire school.

Purple Star

Stratford Landing Important Contacts

Family Liaison - Inge Gatti

Student Information Assistant - Kristine Rakes

Principal - Kevin Morris

Assistant Principal - John Grey

Assistant Principal - Rose Stephens

Counselor - Mersal Shaker

Counselor - Raina Roop

School Psychologist - Allison Krusinski

Special Education Dept Chair - Nevine Youssef

The best way to stay up-to-date on all military-related school activities is to join our SLES PTA Military Support Group email distribution list. Join this list by emailing our group coordinators Jess Abbott and Becky Hyatt at @email. Our team always welcomes input and ideas on how we can best meet the ever-changing needs of our military families. We also have several volunteer opportunities available. We look forward to hearing from you.

Student Ambassador Program

We are excited to launch our Military Student Ambassadors Program this fall. The Student Ambassador Programs are school-based student leadership programs that bring together military and civilian peers to support all students' transition to school, helping create an accepting school culture and welcoming environment. At SLES, a Student Ambassador is a student (4th-6th grade) from a military family. A Student Ambassador is a peer leader who shows a commitment to helping and serving others.

Student Ambassadors should exemplify:

  • Leadership skills
  • Positive personality
  • Ability to lead and follow
  • Clear communication skills
  • Professionalism


SLES Student Ambassadors will:

  • Provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the new student
  • Meet and greet new students
  • Conduct school tours to new military families and students during visits to the school
  • Frequent check in with new students to ensure they are adjusting well


Military Family Support Group Resources

Fort Belvoir School Liaison Office (serves our local military community)
9800 Belvoir Road
Building 200
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

Ft. Belvoir Family & MWR -

Ft. Meyer Family & MWR -

JBAB Outdoor Recreation Center -

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Region:
The USO for the Washington Region is located close by on Fort Belvoir. Check out all the wonderful programs they offer for our active duty, spouses & families at the link above.

USO Pathfinder Program:
The USO Pathfinder program is a great resource for those looking to find a new job or start a new career. They can assist with resume reviews and guide you through all the resources available in the area to assist you toward the next step on your career path.

USO Ticketline:
Interested in receiving free tickets to local events? Sign up for USO ticketline email notifications. USO-Metro connects community organizations, companies and individuals who would like to donate tickets to the local military population, who can register to receive them for free.

Vet Tix:
Register to receive notifications about free and discounted concerts, sporting events and more!

Kennedy Center MyTix:
Go online, signup, discounted tickets

Blue Star Families - National Capital Region:
Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support.

Military Child Education Coalition:
Their mission is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation. Visit the website for numerous resources, programs and training tools for parents and students.

FCPS Resources

The FCPS website includes a valuable list of resources for military families.

  • Plan your FCPS arrival here
  • Plan your FCPS departure here
  • Find info on Academic Planning here
  • Find additional resources for military families here

Special Education Information & Links

SLES Special Education Dept Chair - Nevine Youssef - @email


FCPS Military Family Support