School House News - February 16

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  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)
  • February 23 - PTA Spelling Bee; 6-8 p.m.; Cafeteria
  • March 5 - Presidential Primary (No school for students) - Office hours; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • March 8 - Military Families PTA Parent Coffee; 8:30 a.m.; Cafeteria
  • March 15 - PTA Bingo; 6 p.m.; HSS
  • March 21 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break (School/Office closed)

See the complete school year calendar

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

Kindergarten Registration

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

 

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Special AAP Message

Dear Hayfield Community,

We are writing to you today to address the upcoming departure of our amazing Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Lauren Keninitz. As you know, Mrs. Keninitz has been a dedicated and innovative part of our school community for the past two years, inspiring and nurturing our students. We are incredibly grateful for her contributions and wish her all the best in her new position as an Elementary School Science Educational Specialist.

We understand that Mrs. Keninitz's absence may raise concerns about the future of our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP). Unfortunately, we are not able to secure a full-time replacement at this time.

However, we want to assure you that we are committed to supporting our learners and are currently exploring alternative solutions to ensure their continued academic and social development. To facilitate a smooth transition, Mrs. Keninitz will continue to support at Hayfield multiple days per week for the next few weeks. We are working to secure a substitute teacher who will provide instruction for Mrs. Keninitz’s pull-out groups as well as push into classes to support Critical and Creative Thinking and AAP lessons in grades K - 2. Mrs. Keninitz will be providing the plans for this substitute to align with AAP program goals. While this is not a full-time AART replacement, it will offer continued support to our students. Mrs. Keninitz will also continue to support Hayfield with establishing our full-time AAP program and with screening for school-based services for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year.

Our classroom teachers have experience with AAP curricular resources and strategies and will continue to effectively differentiate their instruction for advanced learners within the classroom. We are confident that through collaborative efforts, we can continue to provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment for all our students, including our advanced learners.

We acknowledge that this is a challenging situation, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We value your feedback and are committed to working together to create the best possible learning experience for all our students.

Sincerely,

Jessica Lewis & Seamus O'Connor

April is College and Careers Month at Hayfield ES

To celebrate the careers in our community, our students would love to hear and learn some interesting facts about your job. Please use the following Flipgrid link to post a one-minute video highlighting your career. During the month of April, teachers will play these videos for their class. We want to know about what you do for a living. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of the counselors.

Flipgrid link:

https://flip.com/ae62a73a

 

Thank you for sharing about your job with us!!

Summer Programs

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.

Magnet Schools

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

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

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

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

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

News From Our Family Liaison

Report Cards

  • 2nd Quarter Interim Reports can be accessed through your SIS ParentVue Account.  Parent/Teacher Conferences can be requested any time of the school year by contacting your students teacher.
  • The Family Liaison is available to assist if you have questions about the process of conferences, questions related to SIS ParentVue access, or would like to schedule an interpreter for a conference.

 

Summer Camp Registration is Underway!

 

TAX Help

  • Fairfax County Public Library – our local library is Kingstowne located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/tax-help-library
  • Free tax preparation help is available for families through  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or 703-533-5702 (please leave a message) and AARP TaxAide by virtual or in-person appointment only. The deadline for filing taxes this year is Monday, April 15, 2024. VITA is for families with a combined household income of $64,000 or less. There is no age or income limit for AARP.

Marily Grotz
Family Liaison
Hayfield Elementary School
Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Mark Your Calendar – Upcoming Events & Dates

 

  • March 8 – Military Families PTA Parent Coffee:

      8:30 a.m. – HES Cafeteria

 

For Our Military Families: Military Matters:

Military Families Parent Coffee

Join Us for a Mix & Mingle Social

Whether you’re new to Hayfield or looking to reconnect with other parents, come join us. Feel free to ask questions and/or share resources. If you can stop by for a few minutes or stay for the hour, we’re excited to see you!

 

March 8th @ 8:30am

In the HES Cafeteria

Registration is encouraged but not required.

 

Contact Laura Blewett – HES PTA Purple Star Military Liaison, [email protected]

or

Shelly Oberst, HES Military & Family Life Counselor, [email protected]

 for more information.

https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=w.manageSignUp#/47934078

 

Operation Purple Camp https://www.militaryfamily.org/programs/operation-purple/operation-purple-camp/?2993

 

Operation Purple Camp

Operation Purple Camp offers military kids a free week of camp where they can enjoy a summer camp experience with other kids just like them.

www.militaryfamily.org

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q3X8KhgJvE&t=3s

Want to learn more?

  • Join us for an information session on March 5 at 7 PM ET to learn more about camp, the application process, and the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple programs. 

FCPS:  resources and support for military families 

 

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Career Night planning is underway and we need presenters from a variety of professions! Register here today: http://tinyurl.com/49p8h9n6

 

Dates to Remember:

 

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

February 18th: PTA 101 Webinar, RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/444ukptj

February 20th & 21st: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm) http://tinyurl.com/hesbee24

March 1st - 15th: Read-a-Thon

March 11th - 15th: Book Fair

March 15th: Bingo Night

March 21st: PTA Meeting

 

It’s not too late to join the PTA and get involved! Our school is better when we all work together! Sign-up here*: http://tinyurl.com/45w8r7vz 

 

*A PTBoard account must be created in order to access this page. PTBoard is a free service.

 

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Attendance: [email protected] | Web | Twitter

School House News - February 9

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  • February 15 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)
  • February 23 - PTA Spelling Bee; 6-8 p.m.
  • March 5 - Presidential Primary (No school for students) - Office hours; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • March 21 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • March 22 - End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break (School/Office closed)

See the complete school year calendar

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

April is College and Careers Month at Hayfield ES

To celebrate the careers in our community, our students would love to hear and learn some interesting facts about your job. Please use the following Flipgrid link to post a one-minute video highlighting your career. During the month of April, teachers will play these videos for their class. We want to know about what you do for a living. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of the counselors.

Flipgrid link:

https://flip.com/ae62a73a

 

Thank you for sharing about your job with us!!

Summer Programs

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.

Magnet Schools

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

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

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

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

The Lunar New Year is a holiday that marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar, which is the calendar traditionally used in many east Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Singapore, and South Korea. In these and other Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. The Lunar New Year is all about ushering in luck and prosperity with family.Read more about Lunar New Year and its animal symbols in National Geographic Kids.

Ash Wednesday is a holy day of prayer and fasting in many Western Christian denominations. It marks the beginning of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving leading up to Easter. Many Christians attend special Ash Wednesday church services, at which churchgoers receive ash on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday derives its name from this practice. Read more about Ash Wednesday in Britannica.com. 

News From Our Family Liaison

Teens In Action 2024 (TAC)

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Service offers Teen in Action program, March 25-29 for rising 7th- 12th graders. FLYER Featured

 

Summer Camp Registration is Underway!

The IFTA, E-IFTA, Career Technical Education Summer Academy and Tech Adventure Camp websites are updated with location, dates, and cost.  Further details for how to register by phone and mail are on the website.  These programs offer financial assistance.

 

Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration Open

Spring and Summer Camp Registration is open.  Spots fill up fast!  Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

 

TAX Help at Fairfax County Public Library – our local library is Kingstowne located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/tax-help-library

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

H.E.S. Military Families Facebook Page – Military Families Connect

HES Parent Laura Blewett ([email protected]), is our Purple Star Military Liaison. She has created a Facebook Group for our Hayfield Elementary Military Families community - connect with others & share resources. If you are part of this community, we invite you to join.

 

facebook.com/groups/hesmilitaryfamiliesconnect/

Ft. Belvoir MWR Events

Teen Activity Night

16 Feb. - 4-6 pm - Library

An evening of friends, books, games and general awesomeness—just for teens!

No Registration Required. Free Event.

https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar/event/teen-activity-night/6333211/86157

 

Dungeons and Dragons Adventure League

20 Feb. - 4-6 pm – Library

Join the party and get ready for adventure! Players are welcome to bring their own D&D supplies. Dice, character sheets, and guidebooks will be available.

Registration Required. Free Event.

https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar/event/dungeons-and-dragons-adventure-league/6325628/85752

Other Dates:

March 5th & 19th

April 2nd, 23rd, & 30th

May 14th & 28th

June 11th &25th 

Military One Source

 

Preparing to File

 

When it comes to filing taxes, it helps to be prepared. Here are some steps you can take to make tax season less taxing:

 

 

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

 

 

 

 

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Hawk Talk: January 2024

 

Career Night planning is underway and we need presenters from a variety of professions! Register here today:: http://tinyurl.com/49p8h9n6

 

Dates to Remember:

 

February 15th: PTA Meeting

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

February 18th: PTA 101 Webinar http://tinyurl.com/444ukptj

February 21st & 22nd: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm) http://tinyurl.com/hesbee24

March 1st: Read-a-Thon Kick-Off!

 

It’s not too late to join the PTA and get involved! Our school is better when we all work together! Sign-up here*: http://tinyurl.com/45w8r7vz 

 

*A PTBoard account must be created in order to access this page. PTBoard is a free service.

 

7633 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.4500

Attendance: [email protected] | Web | Twitter

School Counselor Appreciation

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This Week is National School Counseling Week! Thank You To Our Incredible Counselors, Ms. Brown & Ms. Smith

Our school counselors, Ms. Brown & Ms. Smith, work with students in various capacities, whether through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling.

Counselors help students build confidence, encourage strong study skills, and provide educational support to transition successfully to the next grade.  Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Please encourage your child(ren) to make them a card, write a thank you note, or just take a moment to let our school counselors know how much you appreciate them!

Quick Links

7633 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.4500

Attendance: [email protected] | Web | Twitter

School House News - February 2

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  • February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 9 - Spirit Day - Wear your favorite sports jersey!
  • February 15 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)
  • March 5 - Presidential Primary (No school for students) - Office hours; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

See the complete school year calendar

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

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

April is College and Careers Month at Hayfield ES

To celebrate the careers in our community, our students would love to hear and learn some interesting facts about your job. Please use the following Flipgrid link to post a one-minute video highlighting your career. During the month of April, teachers will play these videos for their class. We want to know about what you do for a living. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of the counselors.

Flipgrid link:

https://flip.com/ae62a73a

 

Thank you for sharing about your job with us!!

News From Our Family Liaison

Financial assistance available. Please contact Marily Grotz, Family Liaison, for help with filling out forms below.

 

Teens In Action 2024 (TAC)

Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Service offers Teen in Action program, March 25-29 for rising 7th- 12th graders. FLYER Featured Opportunities:

Eligibility, Fees & Scholarship Opportunities

  • Teens In Action is for youth ages 12 to 18 living in Fairfax County.
  • Admission to Teens In Action is FREE. Some activities and field trips will require a fee in order to participate.
  • Financial assistance is available - eligibility requirements apply.

 

Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration Open

Spring and Summer Camp Registration began Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Spots fill up fast!  Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

 

FCPS ACE Online STEM Courses

Fairfax County’s Adult and Communication (ACE) are offering K12 Enrichment classes starting this month. They are offering classes for grades 2-12. Learn more at ACE 4 KIDS or at the ACE K12 FCPS website.

 

TAX Help at Fairfax County Public Library – local library is Kingstowne located at 6500 Landsdowne Centre Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/tax-help-library

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Mark Your Calendar

Feb. 2024

Veterans History

African Americans serving in the military service throughout U.S. history have often fought on two fronts. Fighting the actual enemy and fighting a system of segregation and exclusion.

 

 

The 2024 MCEC Call for the Arts Contest is now open.

The MCEC Call for the Arts program invites military-connected children from all over the world, representing every branch of service, to share interpretations through art of what it means to be a military-connected child. Military-connected children are encouraged to share their experiences, dreams, & challenges through art.

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2024.

Download the Entry and Release Form

https://www.militarychild.org/programs/the-call-for-the-arts

 

Parent Webinars – Recordings on Demand

https://www.militarychild.org/webinars

 

Test Taking for Military-Connected Elementary School Students

 

 

Military-connected children will often face different types of tests as they transition from place to place. Let us help prepare you as parents to navigate waters by sharing tips on how to help your student have the best outcome on test day.

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KqSR212EQg2e2eBluafraA#/registration

 

Tackling Homework Help for Military Families

Let's kick off with tackling homework hassles. Join us as we discuss how homework is used in our military-connected children’s education. We will share tips and best practices related to topics of reading, math, and special projects for the success of our military kids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si8NxWLG10o&list=PLUzhGmwwoHKO3pnHjmiWKJZXycWSqhVPB&index=12

Homework Motivation and Strategies for Military Families

 

Getting homework completed can be a struggle. This webinar gives parents tips and strategies to help their children complete their at-home assignments in a timely manner as well as boost their motivation.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PEzeFFTQ4A&list=PLUzhGmwwoHKO3pnHjmiWKJZXycWSqhVPB&index=9

 

   

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School            

Cell: 571-386-7884    

[email protected]

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

Hawk Talk: January 2024

 

Dates to Remember:

February 7th: PTA 101 Webinar

February 15th: PTA Meeting

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

February 18th: PTA 101 Webinar

February 21st & 22nd: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm)

March 1st: Read-a-Thon Kick-Off!

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising/Business Partnerships

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffee

Wednesday February 7st 2024

6:00-7:30 pm

Hayfield Secondary School

Middle School Lecture Hall

 

Please join Director of Student Services

Tim Hopkins who will answer questions regarding the transition to middle school.

 

7633 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA 22315  |  Phone: 703.924.4500

Attendance: [email protected] | Web | Twitter

School House News - January 26

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  • January 26 - Professional Workday (No School for Students); Office hours are 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • February 2 - Chew & Chat with HES Admin; 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 15 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)

See the complete school year calendar

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

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Chew & Chat with HES Administrators

Please join Jessica Lewis, Principal, and Seamus O'Connor, Assistant Principal for the opportunity to have an open dialogue about all things HES. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP and add your questions/thoughts using this link no later than January 26. 

News From Our Family Liaison

Fairfax County Parks Spring and Summer Camp Registration Open

Spring and Summer Camp Registration began Tuesday, Jan. 23.  Spots fill up fast!  Learn more about the camps and how to register here.

 

FCPS ACE Online STEM Courses

Fairfax County’s Adult and Communication (ACE) are offering K12 Enrichment classes starting this month. They are offering classes for grades 2-12. Learn more at ACE 4 KIDS or at the ACE K12 FCPS website.

 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs is open. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Informational meetings will be help for Parents/caregivers who are interested. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. 

 

Virtual Immersion Informational Session- February 2

A virtual meeting, Feb. 2: 6- 7pm, hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

The 2024 MCEC Call for the Arts Contest is now open.

The MCEC Call for the Arts program invites military-connected children from all over the world, representing every branch of service, to share interpretations through art of what it means to be a military-connected child. Military-connected children are encouraged to share their experiences, dreams, & challenges through art.

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2024.

Download the Entry and Release Form

https://www.militarychild.org/programs/the-call-for-the-arts

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Mark Your Calendar:

Federal Interagency Military Spouse Career Expo Jan. 31, 2024

 

   

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School            

Cell: 571-386-7884    

[email protected]

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Hawk Talk: January 2024

 

Dates to Remember:

February 15th: PTA Meeting

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

Mid-February: PTA 101 Webinar (Date TBA)

February 21st & 22nd: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm)

February 29th: First day of the Read-a-Thon

 

Thanks and have a great weekend! -----------

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising/Business Partnerships

Membership

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

 

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

 

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SACC Pickup Update for Monday, 1/22

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Changes to SACC this afternoon

SACC families: Due to a heating issue in the SACC rooms, students will be in the gym and music room this afternoon. Pickup will be in the same location, but please be patient with our staff as they navigate this situation. Thank you!

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  • January 19 - Orthodox Epiphany
  • January 25 - 2-Hour Early Release and Spirit Day; End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 26 - Professional Workday (No School for Students)
  • February 2 - Chew & Chat with HES Admin; 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • February 5-9 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 19 - President's Day (School/Office closed)

See the complete school year calendar

To celebrate the end of the 2nd quarter, we will be having an HES Spirit Day on Thursday, January 25. Wear any of your favorite Hayfield/orange and blue outfits to show your school spirit!

Orthodox Epiphany

In the Orthodox church, Epiphany is celebrated on January 19 and commemorates the baptism of Jesus rather than the arrival of the Magi. It is believed that Christ's baptism by John the Forerunner (John the Baptist) in the River Jordan began Christ's ministry on earth and revealed the Holy Trinity of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit to mankind. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

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

National School Counseling Week

February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, and highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career.School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group sessions, or individual counseling. Learn more about the role of school counselors in FCPS.

Chew & Chat with HES Administrators

Please join Jessica Lewis, Principal, and Seamus O'Connor, Assistant Principal for the opportunity to have an open dialogue about all things HES. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP and add your questions/thoughts using this link no later than January 26. 

News From Our Family Liaison

English Empowerment Classes

Course Offerings for Beginning-level English, Family Learning, Skills-based Classes, and Destination Workforce® can be found at the above link.  Registration for February classes is open (including oral and/or written English proficiency tests) and required for all courses.

 

Family Resource Center – Registration open for February Workshops

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m.

Register Here

 

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary Families

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Register Here

 

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child’s School Performance and How to Help with Ann Dolin

February 23, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register Here

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

 

Camp Corral Summer Registration

The commitment to military-connected youth continues as Camp Corral provides opportunities and support for children who have a parent who is wounded, ill, or fallen as a result of serving our nation.  

Camp Corral recognizes the hardships these children may face, and their mission is to empower them with opportunities to build emotional resilience and skills needed to navigate their circumstances.  With no cost to the family, campers ages 8-15 may experience such recreational activities as horseback riding, swimming, arts and crafts, ropes courses, and campfires at a variety of camp locations across the country.    

For those wishing to learn more or to register for one of the camps, please visit Camp Corral.  Registration opens January 17, 2024.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

 

Military Organizations & Resources:

The Army Educational Outreach Program provides both students and teachers a collaborative, cohesive, portfolio of Army-sponsored STEM programs that effectively engage, inspire, and attract the next generation of STEM talent through K through college programs and expose them to DoD STEM careers. 

Thrive Online Program for Parents – Thrive in Your Military Parenting Role

DOD teamed up with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State to create a parenting education program. Thrive offers free online courses to help Military Parents manage stress, make healthy lifestyle choices and learn positive parenting strategies for every age and stage from birth to 18.

            

Time Management for Young Children – Weekly Webinars

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 | NOON (EST)

The concept of time can be a challenge for younger children to understand. Join us as we share helpful tips on how to teach your children about time, as well as managing and prioritizing school assignments and projects. Webinar Registration - Zoom

REGISTER NOW

 

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School            

Cell: 571-386-7884    

[email protected]

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

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facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Dates to Remember:

January 22nd: Winter Enrichment Classes Begin

February 15th: PTA Meeting

February 16th: Deadline to Register for the Spelling Bee

Mid-February: PTA 101 Webinar (Date TBA)

February 21st & 22nd: Restaurant Night-Hangry Burger

February 23rd: Fourth Fridays-Spelling Bee (6-8pm)

February 29th: First day of the Read-a-Thon

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising/Business Partnerships

Membership

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

 

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

 

 

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  • January 12 - PTA Game Night
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (School/Office Closed)
  • January 18 -  PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • January 25 - 2-Hour Early Release; End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 26 - Professional Workday (No School for Students)
  • February 2 - Chew & Chat with HES Admin; 9:00-10:00 a.m.

See the complete school year calendar

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

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

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

Chew & Chat with HES Administrators

Please join Jessica Lewis, Principal, and Seamus O'Connor, Assistant Principal for the opportunity to have an open dialogue about all things HES. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP and add your questions/thoughts using this link no later than January 26. 

News From Our Family Liaison

Please join other HES families at school tonight 7-8:30pm for a game night hosted by Hayfield Elementary PTA! This will be a casual night to enjoy games with friends and family as we finish up the celebration of FCPS Virtual Math Week.  All Math Week online content is available completely free on the website!  To access the games, you should click on the day of the week and find your child's grade and language.  View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

 

English Empowerment Classes

Course Offerings for Beginning-level English, Family Learning, Skills-based Classes, and Destination Workforce® can be found at the above link.  Registration for February classes is open (including oral and/or written English proficiency tests) and required for all courses.

 

Family Resource Center – Registration open for February Workshops

Meet the Author Series: Mind in The Making with Ellen Galinsky

February 2, 2024, 10-11 a.m. 

Register Here

 

Behavior Solution Series for Elementary Families

2/16 Proactive Strategies for Elective Communication

  • Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More

  • Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

Register Here

 

How to Handle Disappointing Grades: Ways to Uncover the Reasons Behind Your Child's School Performance and How to Help with Ann Dolin

February 23, 2024, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register Here

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

 

The USAG Fort Belvoir Youth Program caters to students grades 6-12 by offering a variety of affordable activities, trips, and programs to enrich the experiences and connections of our military-connected youth.  Programs range from leadership and workforce preparation opportunities to life skills and fitness programs.

Within the Fort Belvoir Youth Program, the Youth Center opens after school and provides access to a diverse range of facilities including a gym, game room, art room, and dance studio. The free Middle School Teen program offers a homework lab, computer lab, open recreation, and special interest activities.  For the high school students, the Youth Center offers a teen lounge as a place to watch movies, play games, or just hang out.  

To take advantage of the Youth Center and all it has to offer, attendees must register through CYS Parent Central Services.  For more information, visit the Fort Belvoir Youth Center.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected].

 

FCPS Newsletter for Military Families - News You Choose - Military Families

Did you know there is an FCPS newsletter dedicated specifically to Military Families? Update your selections on News You Choose to subscribe:

Check out what’s happening at the Fort Belvoir MWR:

https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar

Play Morning

Prepare to have a blast with Army Community Service (ACS) and other families during this fun learning experience.

 10 am - 12 pm, January 12th

Winter Reading Program

Get ready for excitement and fun as you earn prizes for your love of reading.

 January 15th - February 15th

Blue Star Families Events

 

When:  Jan 14, 2024 from 01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (ET)

  Join Nation Capital Region Chapter's weekend coffee connect! Join Monica for a cup of coffee and good conversation on the second Sunday of each month. Drinks are provided courtesy of our sponsor Houchin Homes. We can't wait to see you!

Where: Starbucks, Saratoga Shopping Center, 8098 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22153

** Second Sunday of Each Month

When:  Jan 17, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (ET)

  Join Blue Star Volunteers and Starbucks for a monthly Story & Craft Hour at our location in Springfield, VA. We will read a new story and do a craft at each session. Grab a cup of coffee and listen while Catriona reads from a variety of stories. Each child who attends will receive a free book from Blue Star Families

Where: Starbucks, Saratoga Shopping Center, 8098 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22153

** Third Wednesday of Every Month 

 

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

 

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Sign up for after-school enrichment classes by January 17th! Classes start on January 22nd. https://www.homeroom.com/sites/hayfield-elementary-alexandria/enrichment

 

Dates to Remember:

 

January 12th: Fourth Fridays-Game Night @ 7pm

January 16th: Restaurant Night-Chipotle

January 17th: Deadline to sign-up for Winter Enrichment

January 18th: PTA Meeting*

January 22nd: Winter Enrichment Classes Begin

 

*Join in-person or virtually as we will be recognizing the Reflections Contest participants and winners!

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

 

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

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  • January 12 - PTA Game Night
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (School/Office Closed)
  • January 18 -  PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.
  • January 25 - 2-Hour Early Release; End of 2nd Quarter
  • January 26 - Professional Workday (No School for Students)

See the complete school year calendar

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

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

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

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

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

Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

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

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

Imagine a world where young people feel empowered, encouraged, and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality by helping young people find and follow their passions, excel in school, and thrive wherever they are.Learn more about Mentoring Month.

Research has shown that young people with at least one trusted mentor are less likely to skip school, less likely to use illegal drugs or drink alcohol, and more prepared to enter college or the workforce. Yet one in three children lack a mentor.

All it takes is one person to serve as a trusted adult to help change a young person’s path in life. Mentors provide attention, support, and enrichment, and help connect their mentees to resources that may help them on their journey in life.

FCPS’ MentorWorks program matches mentors with students in schools near where they live or work. They meet for at least 30 minutes a week. Learn more about how to become a mentor for an FCPS student. Please contact Martha Macdonald, mentoring specialist, for additional information at [email protected].  

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

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

Three Kings Day (January 6), also known as the Epiphany, is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. This marks the official 12th day of Christmas. Learn more at National Geographic Kids

FCPS has designated Three Kings Day/Epiphany as a religious and cultural observance day (O day). There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that specific events that cannot be made up will not be held on these observance days. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Many Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the son of God. Learn more facts about Christmas from National Geographic Kids

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

 

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Dates to Remember:

 

January 4th: Enrollment for Winter After-School Enrichment Opens

January 12th: Fourth Fridays-Game Night

January 16th: Restaurant Night-Chipotle

January 18th: PTA Meeting*

January 22nd: Winter Enrichment Classes Begin

 

*Join in-person or virtually as we will be recognizing the Reflections Contest participants and winners!

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy winter break!

 

  • December 16 - Wreaths Across America Day
  • December 18 - January 1 -  Winter Break (School/Office Closed)
  • December 20 - Space Force Day
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School/Office Closed)

See the complete school year calendar

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

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

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

Middle School Transition Information

Hayfield Secondary School Curriculum Night

January 11, 2024; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Welcome presentation for rising 7th grade families starts in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Course content tables (fair-style with teachers) is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Information about courses will be available during this event.

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffees

February 7 and March 21 - More information to come.

  News From Our Family Liaison

We wish you an enjoyable winter break!  Here are some activities and resources that may be helpful to you over the school break.

 

Things to do in the Washington DC area

Zoo Lights at The National Zoo

Family Skate & Dance Night at Franconia Rec Center. Saturday, December 16th, from 6-9 pm. Additional details can be found here.

SACC's full-day winter camp is now open for registration. To sign up, please contact SACC registration office at (703) 449-8989 or visit Winter Program | Office for Children (fairfaxcounty.gov) for additional information.

 

Get help with heating English flyer / Spanish flyer

  • Crisis Assistance helps households that have no heat or are in imminent danger of being without heat. Open application period: November 1 through March 15 for heating equipment repair / purchase / maintenance and a one-time only heat security deposit.

 

Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County

As we enter the season of giving, here are some ways to help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County. Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County | News Center

 

Family Resource Center Workshops

  • Meet The author Series - 1/5/24 10-11:30 am Register for Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can
  • Transition from ES to MS for Twice Exceptional Students - January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 am Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students.
For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT)

Family Member Application

Application Deadline: Dec.15 The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

Fort Belvoir MWR – Calendar of Events

Brunch With Santa

Santa Claus is coming to Fort Belvoir! Get ready to indulge your taste buds and strike a pose with jolly old Saint Nick. 

DEC 16   10 am

Check out these fun events for kids over the winter break and ongoing.

Fort Belvoir Library:

Teen Activity Night - Dec. 15th, 4:00-6pm

Do you have teens in grades 7 - 12? Teen Night at the Library was designed with them in mind. Encourage your teen to join the Library staff for a relaxing and creative time. During this event, they will talk about books, play games, get crafty, watch movies, and simply have all-around fun! Offered every month.                                                      https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar/event/teen-activity-night/6097249/76148

 

Gaming Group (Dungeons & Dragons Adventure League), Book Club & Storytime.  https://belvoir.armymwr.com/programs/library

 

Library Storytime – In Person & Virtual  

In person – Tues., Wed. & Thur. @ 10:30am. Virtual Recordings available on demand.                      https://belvoir.armymwr.com/programs/library/virtual-storytimes

 

Intro. To Archery Class – Dec. 18, 5:30

Learn the basics of archery with outdoor recreation. Ages 6 and older.

https://belvoir.armymwr.com/calendar/event/intro-archery-class/5813017/74943

 

FCPS Newsletter for Military Families - News You Choose - Military Families

Did you know there is an FCPS newsletter dedicated specifically to Military Families? Update your selections on News You Choose to subscribe:

  • Under Subscription Topics, scroll down to “FAMILY ENGAGEMENT”
  • Select “MILITARY FAMILIES” from the menu.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “SUBMIT” to update your subscription preferences. 

The Office of Family and School Partnerships provides resources and support for military families transitioning to or exiting FCPS. Contact Meredith Ayala, family partnerships specialist and military liaison, for more information. Sign up for the military-connected families newsletter.  

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  • December 7 - 15 - Chanukah
  • December 13 - National Guard Birthday
  • December 18 - January 1 -  Winter Break (School/Office Closed)
  • January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School/Office Closed)

See the complete school year calendar

 

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

December 11 - Wear Holiday Colors

December 12 - Holiday Hat or Headgear Day

December 13 - Pajama Day

December 14 - Bring a Stuffed Animal Day

December 15 - Holiday/Winter Sweater Day

Snow Day Procedures

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

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

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

We still have many items in our lost and found that is located inside our front lobby. This Friday, December 15, is the last day to look through these items. All items will then be donated to a local charity.

Advanced Academic Program

Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Services at Hayfield – Community Survey

Hayfield will begin our local full-time AAP services in the 2024-2025 school year. The implementation of full-time AAP services will begin in Grade 3. As we create our local plan for full-time services, we are seeking community feedback. Please complete the Hayfield Elementary Local Full-Time AAP Services Community Feedback Google Form by December 8, 2023.  If you were unable to attend the information session on November 6th, you can find the presentation on the Hayfield Elementary AAP website. Please contact Lauren Keninitz ([email protected]) with any questions you might have. 

Advanced Academics Programs – Full-Time Services (Level IV) Referral Deadline

The deadline for referring your student for full-time (Level IV) services this year is December 15, 2023. If you are interested in referring your student for full-time services, please submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form, found on the FCPS AAP Website to Lauren Keninitz ([email protected]). This form is required to initiate the referral process. There are also optional items you may submit along with the referral form. Please review the Full-Time Services Checklist for Families found on the Hayfield Elementary Advanced Academics Website to see what other optional items you may include in your child’s referral packet. The referral packet should be submitted in one e-mail to Lauren Keninitz. If you prefer to submit a paper copy, you may place the referral packet one folder addressed to Lauren Keninitz in the front office.  Please note that December 15th is a county-wide deadline; No late submissions will be accepted. For any questions, please contact Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at [email protected]

Middle School Transition Information

 Hayfield Secondary School Tour for HES Students

January 5, 2024; 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

 

Hayfield Secondary School Curriculum Night

January 11, 2024; 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Welcome presentation for rising 7th grade families starts in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Course content tables (fair-style with teachers) is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

*Information about courses/content will be available during this event.

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffees - Hayfield Secondary School

February 7 and March 21 - More information to come.

 

 

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

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

News From Our Family Liaison

Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County

As we enter the season of giving, here are some ways to help those experiencing hunger and homelessness in Fairfax County. Ways You Can Help Fight Hunger and Homelessness in Fairfax County | News Center

 

Pet Resource Center

Looking for cost-effective pet vaccinations, help with pet food or supplies, details about PetHaven Program, or tips on finding affordable veterinary care? Check out the flyer in both English and Spanish for more information about the Pet Resource Center.  Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s Pet Resource Center provides community- based resources and support anchored in keeping more pets with the families who love them. 

 

Franconia REC Center - Family Skate & Dance Night: This event is on Saturday, December 16th, from 6-9 pm. Additional details can be found on the flyer.

Family Resource Center Workshops

  • Meet The author Series - 1/5/24 10-11:30 am Register for Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can
  • Transition from ES to MS for Twice Exceptional Students - January 12, 2024, 10-11:30 am Register for The Transition from Elementary to Middle School and from Middle School to High School for Twice Exceptional (2e) students

🗺️ FCPS Facebook Pages in Spanish and Korean

¿Sabía usted que FCPS tiene Facebook en Español? Manténgase conectado con las últimas noticias o información importante. Síganos por Facebook Español.

페어팩스 카운티 공립학교가 지난해 한국어 페이스북 페이지를 개설했습니다.한국어 페이스북 페이지는 학교 관련 정보, 이벤트 및 교육 비디오를 한국어로 공유해 많은 한국인 학생 및 가족에게 FCPS의 소식을 전달하려 합니다. FCPS의 한국어 서비스를 받아보시려면 꼭 한국어 페이스북을 팔로우하여 주시기 바랍니다.

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): 

Thank you everyone for making our USO Care Package Donation Collection a success!

Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team (MCY PAT)                   

Family Member Application

The charge of the Fairfax County Public Schools Military-Connected Youth Process Action Team is to identify the unique academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of military-connected youth and families and ensure faculty and staff are informed and prepared to meet the identified needs; partnering with stakeholders as appropriate.

The MCY PAT would like to include military-connected family members on our team. We encourage you to apply to be a part of our team by completing the application by Friday, December 15, 2023. 

The MCY PAT meets virtually once a month.

Questions? Contact: Meredith Ayala, Family Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. We look forward to partnering with you to support our military families! 

 

 

Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS)

 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) understands that our military families may need support beyond the classroom.  The unique challenges of military service, deployments and post traumatic stress also impact our military families.  

Operated by the Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) offers outreach, connection, and support to veterans and their families as they manage the challenges of military life.  The VVFS provides resources on a variety of topics such as mental health, leisure activities, healthcare, and military children.  Their calendar of events also offers information about upcoming opportunities to connect with community resources.  

For more information and to join the VVFS listserv, please visit the Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program.  To connect with FCPS resources, please email [email protected]

 

FCPS Military-Connected Families Newsletter

Sign up for the FCPS military-connected families newsletter to receive the news listed above as well as all Military Families announcements.

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

 

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

 

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

 

Dates to Remember:

**No PTA meeting this month, have a great winter break!**

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December 18 - January 1 -  Winter Break (School/Office Closed)

December 7 - 15 - Chanukah

December 8 - Bodhi Day

January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (School/Office Closed)

See the complete school year calendar

  • Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids.
  • Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum.
Advanced Academic Program

Full-Time Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Services at Hayfield – Community Survey

Hayfield will begin our local full-time AAP services in the 2024-2025 school year. The implementation of full-time AAP services will begin in Grade 3. As we create our local plan for full-time services, we are seeking community feedback. Please complete the Hayfield Elementary Local Full-Time AAP Services Community Feedback Google Form by December 8, 2023.  If you were unable to attend the information session on November 6th, you can find the presentation on the Hayfield Elementary AAP website. Please contact Lauren Keninitz ([email protected]) with any questions you might have.

 

Advanced Academics Programs – Full-Time Services (Level IV) Referral Deadline

The deadline for referring your student for full-time (Level IV) services this year is December 15, 2023. If you are interested in referring your student for full-time services, please submit an AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form, found on the FCPS AAP Website to Lauren Keninitz ([email protected]). This form is required to initiate the referral process. There are also optional items you may submit along with the referral form. Please review the Full-Time Services Checklist for Families found on the Hayfield Elementary Advanced Academics Website to see what other optional items you may include in your child’s referral packet. The referral packet should be submitted in one e-mail to Lauren Keninitz. If you prefer to submit a paper copy, you may place the referral packet one folder addressed to Lauren Keninitz in the front office.  Please note that December 15th is a county-wide deadline; No late submissions will be accepted. For any questions, please contact Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher at [email protected]

Middle School Transition Information

Hayfield Secondary Tour for HES Students

January 5, 2024; 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

 

Hayfield Secondary School Curriculum Night

January 11, 2024: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Welcome presentation for rising 7th graders in the auditorium begins at 6 p.m. Course content tables (fair-style with teachers) is 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

*Information about courses/content will be available during this event.

 

Rising 7th Grade Parent Coffees

Hayfield Secondary School

February 7 and March 21 - more information to come

Positive Behavior Approach

We continue to model and review our HAWKS pledge to ensure your child’s success both academically, as well as socially and emotionally. 

For the month of December and January, we will be revisiting the A in HAWKS; hawks work hard to achieve. As hawks, we embrace challenges as we work towards our goals.

Teachers will be utilizing a variety of resources to ensure student understanding; read alouds, videos, role playing, exit tickets, etc. At the end of the month, students and staff will celebrate their hard work and best efforts, ensuring that our school community is one filled with hawks that set goals and work hard to achieve them.

Thank you for your follow up and support at home as we journey together as ACHIEVING hawks! 

Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

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

Special Education Resources for Families

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

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

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

Elementary English Language Arts Basal Resources

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional resources for the 2024-2025 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new materials.

You may access the resources in person and online from Wednesday, November 15, until Friday, December 15, at noon. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review webpage. Those reviewing instructional materials may complete an electronic comment sheet that will be available on the webpage during the review period.

Visit FCPS' website for instructions on how to view hard copies of the instructional materials at Pimmit Hills Center. The Elementary Language Arts team will be there to answer questions Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and School Board.

News from Our Family Liaison

ttendance Information | Fairfax County Public Schools 

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade. Click the link above for more insight into how chronic absenteeism affects students academically.

 

Introducing Virginia’s Insurance Marketplace Do you need health insurance? The Marketplace is here to help. Coverage is available to you whether you’re unemployed, you’re self-employed, or your job doesn’t provide an affordable insurance option. The Marketplace was created for Virginia, by Virginians, and is the only place to get financial assistance to help lower the cost of coverage and care.

Free Translation Services Are Available. Call the Consumer Assistance Center at 1-888-687-1501 for assistance.

Hay servicios de traducción gratuitos disponibles. Llame al Centro de Asistencia al Consumidor al 1-888-687-1501 para obtener ayuda.

تتوفر خدمات الترجمة المجانية .اتصل بمركز مساعدة المستهلك على الرقم 1501-687-888-1 للحصول على المساعدة

 

How to Talk to Your Child About Body Safety Virtual Parent Cafe

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Presented by the Body Safety Program staff.  The Body Safety program focuses on enhancing the child’s overall sense of confidence with regard to safety and promotes respect for self and peers.  Parents and caregivers can help children learn how to prevent or interrupt abuse, empowering them to act if they are threatened or victimized. Flyer here.

 

SACC's full-day winter camp is now open for registration.

To sign up, please contact their registration office at (703) 449-8989 or visit Winter Program | Office for Children (fairfaxcounty.gov) for additional information.

Neighborhood & Community Services Open Hire is this Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm at the Gerry Hyland building. Positions open for Recreation Leaders and DayCare Teachers. 

For additional information, please see this flyer.

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Fort Belvoir MWR Events:

Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Kick off the winter season with holiday cheer, snowball fights, loveable characters, and a tree full of sparkles to carry you into the New Year!

DEC 2      1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

 

Come celebrate the holiday season with Fort Belvoir MWR at their annual Winterfest and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit with Santa and holiday characters for a fun photo op experience. Throughout this holiday celebration, you can enjoy train rides, s'mores by the fire pit, food, and beverages, and so much more. To culminate the festivities, join us as we light the 19-foot holiday tree. Click the link to see the full schedule of events.

 

Dates to Observe – Honoring Those Who Serve/Served

-      Dec. 1 - Civil Air Patrol Birthday

-  Dec. 7 - National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

 

Dec. 8. USO Fort Meade Coffee Connections: 6:00pm & 8:00pm. We host a small gathering for military spouses to connect with each other while enjoying a cup of coffee. This is a great way to network, share advice, discuss local events, and meet new friends! https://www.uso.org/programs/uso-coffee-connections Register to attend.

 

FCPS Steam Resources – Military-connected Students:

Second $2 Million Grant to Expand STEAM & Computer Science Awarded to FCPS

FCPS has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Military-Connected Local Educational Agencies for Academic and Support Programs (MCASP) to support the Code UP 2.0 project and build upon the Code UP project launched in 2022. 

Code UP 2.0 will directly support programming in 14 schools in Region 4, all of which have 10% or more military-connected students. Advancements in curriculum, teaching, and learning developed through this Code UP 2.0 project will benefit students division-wide. Read more about the grant and the schools it will directly support

 

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

 

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Call for Committee Chairs:

BINGO Night (co-chair position)

Fundraising

SEPTA (Special Education PTA)

 

If you are interested in leading any of these efforts email Lisa: [email protected]

 

Dates to Remember:

 

Dec. 1st: Holiday Market: Shopping, food and entertainment for the whole family!

Dec. 6th: Restaurant Night: Panera

**No PTA meeting this month**

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  • November 22- 24 - No School (Office Closed) - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 15 - December 1 - Care Package Donations at HES (Collection boxes will be located in the front lobby near the main office.)

See the complete school year calendar

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

News From Our Family Liaison

November 16th was National Family Engagement Day but it’s never too late to be involved in your student’s education to improve their overall achievement.  You may access eBooks from the FCPS Family Resource Center, watch previous workshops available on YouTube through the FCPS website, or ask your child what they discussed in Morning Meeting.

 

**Translated copies of the November Family Engagement Calendar were delayed but will be sent home this week.  The calendar is also available to view at home.  Go to the Hayfield Elementary website and scroll down to the school calendar.**

 

Upcoming events from The Family Resource Center:  Register for these free workshops and watch previous workshops and webinars here!

  • Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series.  Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress. Friday, December 12, 10-11:30 a.m

 

Stay tuned for upcoming Parent Coffees.  If you have ideas for what you would like presented please contact me.

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

 

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Care Package Donations at H.E.S.

Nov. 15th -December 1st

 

H.E.S is collecting donated items to include in Care Packages for our Troops. Sending care packages is a tangible way to let service members know that their friends, family, and the American people are thinking of them, even from thousands of miles away. Items will be given to the Fort Belvoir USO.

Requested Donation Items:

  • Healthy snacks: Jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Drink mix packets: Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and crystal light packets
  • Microwavable food: Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee, oatmeal and other snacks that come in their own bowl (dining ware is scarce in Afghanistan)
  • Non-perishable food: Tuna cans or packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods
  • Chocolate: Wait until the winter months to send chocolate, as it will melt in the mail if sent now
  • Toiletries: Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes and hand sanitizer (Please send these in separate boxes from food — no one likes shampoo-flavored oatmeal!)

A collection box is located in the front lobby of the school next to the office.

H.E.S. Military Families Facebook page – Military Families Connect

facebook.com/groups/hesmilitaryfamiliesconnect/

HES Parent Laura Blewett ([email protected]), the PTA's Purple Star Military Liaison, has created a Facebook Group for the Hayfield Elementary military family community! If you are part of this community, we invite you to join the group!

Parent Webinars for Veterans:

Supporting Young Children of Veterans

Military Child Education Coalition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZnNRQwW7pA&list=PLUzhGmwwoHKO3pnHjmiWKJZXycWSqhVPB&index=45

Supporting Middle and High School Youth of Veterans

Military Child Education Coalition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWSaENUqynE&list=PLUzhGmwwoHKO3pnHjmiWKJZXycWSqhVPB&index=43

 

November is designated as National Military Family Appreciation Month

Throughout November, military families are honored and recognized for their sacrifices, commitment, and contributions in support of our military and nation.

The Office of Family and School Partnerships provides resources and support for military families transitioning to or exiting FCPS. Contact Meredith Ayala, family partnerships specialist and military liaison, for more information. Sign up for the military-connected families newsletter.  

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

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Delay in Physical Report Card Delivery

Dear Hayfield Families,

We have unfortunately experienced two logistical issues that are preventing the distribution of physical report cards as planned today. We are working hard to resolve these issues and will send home physical report cards as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, you can see your child's first quarter report card through ParentVUE. The report cards are live now. Please login at https://sisparent.fcps.edu/ and select "Report Card" from the menu on the left side.

We are sorry for this delay. Thank you for your patience.

Jessica Lewis, Principal, & Seamus O'Connor, Asst. Principal

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November 22- 24 - No School (Office Closed) - Thanksgiving Holiday

November 12 - Diwali

November 16 - PTA Meeting; 7 p.m.

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

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

Hayfield Elementary is excited to kick off our Fall Food Drive to collect donations for food insecure families within our community. Our food drive will start on October 30th and run until November 17th. Each class will have a box in their classroom and should bring the items directly to the classroom. At the end of the three weeks, the classroom with the most individual food items donated will win a prize. We are so excited to encourage students to build community spirit while practicing empathy for those around us. We can’t wait to see the difference these Hawks make for families in our community.

Suggested items:Canned Vegetables (peas, corn, green beans),Canned Cranberry sauce, Mac and Cheese mix, Canned Fruit (Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, etc.),Rice, Stuffing Mix, Gravy, Mashed Potato Flakes/Mix, Corn Bread Mix, Salad Dressing, Canned Pasta Sauce, Boxed Pasta, Cake Mix/Dessert Mix, Dried Soup (Ramen, etc.), Coffee/Tea, Drink Mix (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc.)

News from Our Family Liaison

Energy Assistance – Fuel Assistance helps with home heating costs during the coldest months of the year.  Open application is October 10 – November 10th.  Crisis Assistance helps households that have no heat or are in imminent danger of being without heat.  Open application period is November 1 – March 15th for heating repair/purchase/maintenance and a one time only heat security deposit.  Please reach out for more information or view online at CommonHelp.Virginia.gov

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Care Package Donations at H.E.S.

Nov. 15th -December 1st

 

H.E.S is collecting donated items to include in Care Packages for our Troops. The U.S.O. (United Service Organization) sends care packages to deployed service members all over the world year-round. All items collected will be given to the Fort Belvoir U.S.O. Please consider donating the following:

 

Requested Donation Items:

  • Healthy snacks: Jerky, trail mixes, granola bars and fruit snacks
  • Drink mix packets: Gatorade, lemonade, iced tea and crystal light packets
  • Microwavable food: Easy Mac, popcorn, Cup O’Noodles, Chef Boyardee, oatmeal and other snacks that come in their own bowl (dining ware is scarce in Afghanistan)
  • Non-perishable food: Tuna cans or packets, fruit cups, peanut butter, Nutella, soups and other canned foods
  • Chocolate: Wait until the winter months to send chocolate, as it will melt in the mail if sent now
  • Toiletries: Travel-size shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, body wash, wet wipes and hand sanitizer (Please send these in separate boxes from food — no one likes shampoo-flavored oatmeal!)

Sending care packages to troops is a tangible way to let service members know that their friends, family, and the American people are thinking of them, even from thousands of miles away.

 

A collection box is located in the front lobby of the school next to the office.

 

In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month & Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day - FCPS

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) joins the nation on Veterans Day, November 11, to honor and express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have selflessly served and defended our country.  We recognize the challenges our service members have faced as they participate in shaping our nation’s history.

 

November is designated as National Military Family Appreciation Month.

 

Throughout November, military families are honored and recognized for their sacrifices, commitment, and contributions in support of our military and nation.

The Office of Family and School Partnerships provides resources and support for military families transitioning to or exiting FCPS. Contact Meredith Ayala, family partnerships specialist and military liaison, for more information. Sign up for the military-connected families newsletter.  

 

2023 Discounts for Military Family Appreciation Month

Businesses are saluting Military Family Appreciation Month with discounts for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. Get discounts from retailers, restaurants, and more.

https://www.military.com/military-family-appreciation-month/discounts-for-military-family-appreciation-month-and-beyond.html#:~:text=Businesses%20are%20appreciative%20of%20all,as%20Military%20Family%20Appreciation%20Month

 

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

 

News from the PTA

Stay informed with the latest PTA news here:

hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Dates to Remember:

 11/16 - PTA Meeting

11/17 - Fourth Fridays-Community Service

12/01 - Holiday Market

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  • November 5, at 2 a.m., daylight saving time ends. Don’t forget to move your clocks back one hour!
  • November 6- No School- Student Holiday/ Teacher Planning Day - Office Hours 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • November 7 - Election Day No School- Student Holiday-  Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and a teacher work day. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections webpage.
  • November 10, HES Veterans Day Celebration at 8:45am: HES Veterans Day Celebration – November 10. Please register. RSVP Breakfast by Friday, November 3rd. Sign up Classroom Guest Speaker.
  • November 22- 24 - No School- Thanksgiving Holiday

See the complete school year calendar

Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary

 The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.  March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days.

 Federal Impact Aid Survey: Now Online

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. To make it easier, the form is now available online in SIS ParentVUE

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers. 

Once logged in to SIS ParentVUE, click “Online Packets” in the top right corner. Then, select “Federal Impact Aid Survey.” Get more information.

Need to Register for ParentVUE? 

Learn how to activate your SISParentVUE account, so you can easily submit your survey. Find out how to get technical support for ParentVUE

Full-Time Services at Hayfield Elementary School

Lauren Keninitz, our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will be hosting family information sessions on November 6th to share more about the local full-time services Hayfield Elementary will offer starting next school year. This presentation will review the Advanced Academic Programs continuum of services, explain local full-time services, describe how local full-time services might look at Hayfield, and discuss a timeline for implementation. 

This information session will be held twice on November 6th so families can attend the session most convenient for their schedules. The first session will be held from 12:00PM – 1:00 PM and the second will be from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. Both sessions will cover the same information and will be held virtually. Join using this Google Meet Link: https://meet.google.com/mrc-wuov-ijq. All families are welcome to attend!

Native American Heritage Month

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

 

Outstanding Employee Nominations

Nominations will be/are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Hayfield Elementary School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link: https://forms.gle/xqhF32U1WEuJCGzy8  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

 

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

 

Outstanding Teacher 

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding New Teacher

Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

 

Outstanding Principal

Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)

                                            

 

Outstanding Leader 

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal):

Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

 

 

Outstanding Professional Employee 

Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership

Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

 

Outstanding Operational Employee

Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee

Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

 

The deadline to submit a nomination is November 10, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Ergler at [email protected].

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Fall Food Drive

Hayfield Elementary is excited to kick off our Fall Food Drive to collect donations for food insecure families within our community. Our food drive will start on October 30th and run until November 17th. Each class will have a box in their classroom and should bring the items directly to the classroom. At the end of the three weeks, the classroom with the most individual food items donated will win a prize. We are so excited to encourage students to build community spirit while practicing empathy for those around us. We can’t wait to see the difference these Hawks make for families in our community.

Suggested items:Canned Vegetables (peas, corn, green beans),Canned Cranberry sauce, Mac and Cheese mix, Canned Fruit (Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, etc.),Rice, Stuffing Mix, Gravy, Mashed Potato Flakes/Mix, Corn Bread Mix, Salad Dressing, Canned Pasta Sauce, Boxed Pasta, Cake Mix/Dessert Mix, Dried Soup (Ramen, etc.), Coffee/Tea, Drink Mix (Iced Tea, Lemonade, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc.)

News from Our Family Liaison

November is Family Engagement Month!  A calendar was sent home last week in Thursday Folders with ways you can support your child’s learning and healthy development.  Translated copies will be sent home this week.  The calendar is also available to print at home.  Go to the school website at hayfieldes.fcps.edu and scroll down to the calendar.  If you would like additional print copies please email [email protected] to request.

 

Thank you to families that registered and attended the Getting to Know Hayfield Elementary Orientation last week!  Stay tuned for upcoming Parent Coffees.  If you have ideas for what you would like presented please contact Marily Grotz, Family Liaison.

 

Fairfax County Public Schools is requesting parent/family input on the recent changes made to FCPS’ Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) document.  Your insight will help identify any specific considerations that need to be addressed for the upcoming school year.  A listening session will take place on November 10, 2023, from 11:00AM-12:00 PM.  Register at: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PmY1HlQcTi-OKkDqTZoRJg

 

Upcoming events from The Family Resource Center:

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: Part Two (Virtual), Friday, November 10, 10-11:30 a.m.

Funcionamiento Ejecutivo - Ayudando a tus hijos con la organización, la regulación emocional , y la flexibilidad (presentado en español), Friday, November 17, 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for these free workshops and watch previous workshops and webinars here!

 

Marily Grotz

Family Liaison

Hayfield Elementary School

Phone: 703-924-4553  Cell: 571-296-6011

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-3:30pm

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School Website:  hayfieldes.fcps.edu

For Our Military Families: Military Matters

Hayfield Elementary Veterans Day Celebration

8:45-9:30 Breakfast in Cafeteria (Students & Families)

9:30-9:45 Flag Raising Ceremony (Front of School)

9:45-10:30 Military Guest Classroom Visits (Recorded Videos are Also Welcome)

RSVP Military Breakfast - RSVP by Friday, November 3rd

Sign up Classroom Guest Speaker

November is designated as National Military Family Appreciation Month.

Throughout November, military families are honored and recognized for their sacrifices, commitment, and contributions in support of our military and nation.

 

2023 Discounts for Military Family Appreciation Month

Businesses are saluting Military Family Appreciation Month with discounts for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. Get discounts from retailers, restaurants, and more.

https://www.military.com/military-family-appreciation-month/discounts-for-military-family-appreciation-month-and-beyond.html#:~:text=Businesses%20are%20appreciative%20of%20all,as%20Military%20Family%20Appreciation%20Month

 STEM Book Family Festival

Free Book Giveaway for Military Families

 

Join First Book and Blue Star Families on Saturday, November 11 at Catholic University from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for a free book giveaway and STEM Book Family Festival for military families and Title 1 educators and the families they support! 

Don’t miss out on a fantastic day of fun activities and the opportunity to select from 35,000 free STEM books suitable for all ages. Register your family today! 

To receive updates and information on events and support for military families within your community, join Blue Star Families - National Capital Region Chapter

Shelly Oberst, LCSW

Military & Family Life Counselor

Hayfield Elementary School

Cell: 571-386-7884

[email protected]

News from the PTA

tay informed with the latest PTA news here:

 hayfieldespta.ptboard.com

facebook.com/HayfieldElementaryPTA

instagram.com/hayfieldespta

 

Dates to Remember:

 11/03 - Reflections Contest Deadline

11/03 - Spiritwear Deadline

11/07 - Restaurant Night: &Pizza Kingstowne

11/16 - PTA Meeting

11/17 - Fourth Fridays-Community Service

12/01 - Holiday Market

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