Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #53 - June 09, 2022

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Ms. Larson's class encouarges everyone to read this summer!

Date Reminders
  • June 10: Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM. Our offices will close at 2:30 PM to allow for a staff gathering.  Summer office hours will be 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 
  • June 30:  Deadline to pre-order school supply kits via the SEES PTA for next year.  Details below. 
  • July 22:  School Tours for New Students, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM; Popsicles on the Playground, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. 
  • August 5: School Tours for New Students, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM; Popsicles on the Playground, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.
  • August 18:  SEES Open House (details coming soon). 
  • August 22: First day of the 2022-2023 school year.  School hours at SEES next year will be 9:20 AM to 4:05 PM. 
From Our Principal

Dear SEES families,

As this school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for an amazing year.  It has been a delight watching all our students return to in-person learning, form new friendships, and grow in confidence and knowledge.  Our motto at SEES is 'Together We Soar' and that has certainly been true this year!

Be sure to encourage your children to read while they're on break.  Have a wonderful summer!

Eleanor Contreras
Principal

Access to Imagine and Pioneer Valley (ES)

Students will have access to Imagine Language & Literacy, Imagine Reading, and Pioneer Valley Literacy Footprints throughout the summer, with some scheduled outages related to Clever (to be announced). Access to Literacy Footprints will be available through August 15, 2022. Access to both Imagine Learning products will be available through August 31, 2022.

End of Year Assessment Results

End of Year Assessment Results for Standards of Learning Assessments (SOL), WIDA (assessments for English Language Proficiency growth), and iReady Screeners for reading and math will be available for parents in SIS ParentVUE in mid-July.  Any families without ParentVUE will have these scores mailed to them from the school. 

Kindergarten Readiness Program assessments VKRP results and SEL screener results will be mailed to families in July.  Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP) results will be mailed directly to families in mid-August. 

From Our Family Liaison

Summer Learning Path: This is an award-winning online PreK learning program that’s free for children to use the summer before kindergarten. Check it out at this link.

Free and Reduced Meals: The extension of the no-cost meals to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year. Families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year. The online Free and Reduced Meals application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

From the SEES PTA

PTA Board 2022-2023:  Elections were held this week for next year’s board.  The SEES PTA officers for 2022-2023 will be:  Ashely Doss – President, William Samuel - Vice-President, - Mike Buckner - Treasurer, and Megan Brooks – Secretary.  We are looking forward to another great year filled with PTA-sponsored activities!  As the PTA transitions to the new board, please feel free to contact Megan in the office at SEES ([email protected]) over the summer with any questions, ideas or suggestions!

School Supply Kits:  SEES school supply lists for next year have been posted on the school website.  Families can use these lists to purchase supplies on their own or order boxed supply kits online via the SEES PTA. 

To order online:  

You can order securely online now through June 30 and kits will be delivered directly to your home on or before August 12. 

  1. Go to educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
  2. Enter our school ID, SPR083 (3 letters/3 numbers)
  3. Follow the directions to complete your order
  4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt. Tax will be charged at checkout.

Please note that the supply kits are the same for all program in each grade, except for 3rd Grade which as a separate list for AAP classes.  For questions, please contact Tanya House at [email protected].

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #52 - June 3, 2022

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We had a wonderful visit with our former students who graduated this year!

Date Reminders
  • June 7: PTA meeting, 5:30 PM (virtual).
  • June 9: SEES Spirit Day: Wear Blue and Gold! 
  • June 9: 6th Grade Promotion Ceremonies.
  • June 10: Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM. 
  • June 30:  Deadline to pre-order school supply kits via the SEES PTA for next year.  Details below. 
  • July 22:  School Tours for New Students, 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM; Popsicles on the Playground, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM. 
  • August 5: School Tours for New Students, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM; Popsicles on the Playground, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM.
  • August 18:  SEES Open House (details coming soon). 
  • August 22: First day of the 2022-2023 school year.  School hours at SEES next year will be 9:20 AM to 4:05 PM. 
Yearbook Orders

Pre-paid yearbooks were distributed to students today.  Please make sure that your child’s name is in their yearbook if they will be bringing it to school during the week.  We have a few additional ones for sale; the cost is $17 (exact change only or checks made payable to SEES).  To reserve one, send an email to Megan Brooks at [email protected]  

Bus Transportation Requests for 2022-2023

If your child will be using a bus stop next year other than the one assigned by FCPS transportation, you MUST complete the Exception to Ride TR52 form (click here and scroll to the link for the TR52 form). This includes children who go to SACC programs at other schools or who are using a stop other than the one automatically assigned by FCPS (such as for child care). These requests DO NOT roll over from year to year and must be renewed at the start of each school year. Once the next school year starts, Exception to Ride requests are not considered until October so it is important to start this process now. If you complete the attached form and send it back to school by Wednesday, June 8, we will ensure that the forms gets to FCPS Transportation this summer for consideration for next school year. If your child will be using the stop assigned automatically by FCPS, you do not need to complete this form.

Medication Pickup

All medication stored in the health room must be picked up by a parent/guardian no later than 2:05pm on June 10. Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded. It is FCPS policy that medications must be picked up by an adult, preferably the parent or the guardian; it cannot be sent home with your student.

Student Placement for 2022-2023

As we work toward building classes for next year, we consider input from both staff and parents. If you would like to share information about the way your child learns or qualities in a teacher that you feel would help your student succeed, please complete this form by June 8, 2022. While we cannot honor requests for specific teachers, we do consider parents’ input about learning styles.

When completing the form, please follow these guidelines:

  • Share the qualities of a teacher and classroom environment that would best meet your child’s needs.
  • Let us know if you feel that your child should be separated from another student. We will take that request into consideration. Please remember that best friends do not necessarily belong in the same instructional group.
  • PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST A TEACHER BY NAME OR GENDER.

Please note: Because of enrollment changes over the summer, class assignments will not be finalized until mid-August.

Summer Reading Resources

FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Enjoy the 2022 “Summer Reading Adventure” at the Fairfax County Public Library. The program runs from June 10th to August 12th: https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/reading-challenges/SRA-2022

BARNES AND NOBLE: Students in grades 1-6 earn a free book through the “Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program.”  Students can read eight books and bring their completed journal to a Barnes and Noble store between July 1st and August 31st: https://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/our-stores-communities/summer-reading-program/

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL: Your child can go on a virtual summer road trip by reading books about the USA!  Activities, suggested titles, and other ideas for parents can be found here: https://www.rif.org/summer

These programs and our SEES Summer Reading Program will also be shared with students during library!  Happy reading!

From the SEES PTA

Last PTA Meeting Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 PM:

  • New Officer Elections.   The slate of officers for next year is: 
    • President – Ashley Doss (current Vice President)
    • Vice President – William Samuel (bio on MemberHub)
    • Treasurer – Mike Buckner (current Treasurer)
    • Secretary – Megan Brooks (SEES Staff) 
  • New Bylaws Vote (posted on MemberHub for review)
  • Farewell to Outgoing Officers

School Supply Kits:  Our school supply lists for next year have been posted on our website.  Families can use these lists to purchase supplies on their own or order boxed supply kits online via the SEES PTA. 

To order online:  

You can order securely online now through June 30 and kits will be delivered directly to your home on or before August 12. 

  1. Go to educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
  2. Enter our school ID, SPR083 (3 letters/3 numbers)
  3. Follow the directions to complete your order
  4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt. Tax will be charged at checkout.

Please note that the supply kits are the same for all program in each grade, except for 3rd Grade which as a separate list for AAP classes.  For questions, please contact Tanya House at [email protected].

Special Message from Outgoing President – Tanya Clay House:

SEES Parents and Staff – Thank you for the opportunity to serve SEES as the PTA President for the past 2 years.  We somehow managed to continue some of our work during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, still hosting meetings, staff appreciations for staff and bus drivers, Virtual Bingo nights, Virtual Black History programs, professional development for staff, and even in-person programs in 2022 with younger classrooms. We still continued to support our graduating 6 graders as well as providing a special treat for ALL students at the end of the year.  While this has been a challenging 2 years dealing with the pandemic, the PTA continues to be ready to support SEES parents, staff and students with the help of volunteers throughout the year.  I will continue to stay involved and hope others will as well.  Thank you all!

If you are interested in joining the PTA and/or volunteering please contact our Treasurer Mike Buckner at [email protected].  We could use your help to make sure we get to have fun activities for our students and to continue to support our SEES staff!

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #51 - May 27, 2022

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We enjoyed concerts from our talented band and strings students this week!

Date Reminders
  • May 30: Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 1: SCA Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day!
  • June 7: PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9: SEES Spirit Day: Wear Blue and Gold! 
  • June 9: 6th Grade Promotion Ceremonies.
  • June 10: Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
Student Placement for 2022-2023

As we work toward building classes for next year, we consider input from both staff and parents. If you would like to share information about the way your child learns or qualities in a teacher that you feel would help your student succeed, please complete this form by June 8, 2022. While we cannot honor requests for specific teachers, we do consider parents’ input about learning styles.

When completing the form, please follow these guidelines:

  • Share the qualities of a teacher and classroom environment that would best meet your child’s needs.
  • Let us know if you feel that your child should be separated from another student. We will take that request into consideration. Please remember that best friends do not necessarily belong in the same instructional group.
  • PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST A TEACHER BY NAME OR GENDER.

Please note: Because of enrollment changes over the summer, class assignments will not be finalized until mid-August.

Laptops for the Summer

Please complete this form by Tuesday June 7 to request to keep your SEES child's laptop for Summer Learning.

SEES Band & Strings 2022-2023

3rd – 5th grade registrations went home last week for next year regarding Band and Strings, this will affect your child’s specials schedule for next year.  It is important that all students are accounted for, so please submit your child’s choice and return by next Tuesday, May 31.  For your convenience, the registration can also be completed online.  

Questions regarding band: [email protected]  Band instrument demos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCTeSjpDsIs

Questions regarding strings: [email protected], string instrument demos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxFNHeXKmrY

From Our Parent Liaison

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WEBINAR - NAFSCE
Special Education and English Learners - Yes They Go Together! Webinar

There are so many challenges for families who are new to the country, new to school, trying to learn an additional language, and also have a child with a disability. How can this all work together? How can we support families? How should we support families that sets everyone up for success? Join us on June 9 at 3PM ET to find answers to all these questions! This webinar will highlight two parent organizations, from Georgia and Maryland, their successes and challenges. It is important to know that they are not alone in this work so come to learn and share! To register, click here.  

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #50 - May 20, 2022

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Ms. Daly's class enjoys reading in our outdoor classroom!

Date Reminders
  • May 25: Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30: Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 1: SCA Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day!
  • June 7: PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9: 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony.
  • June 10: Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
Lewis Lancers Sports Camp Week - July 11-15

To register: Click here.  

For online payment: Click here

For more information: Contact Matt MacDonald, Assistant Director of Student Activities at 703-924-8351 or [email protected] 

From Our Parent Liaison

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #49 - May 13, 2022

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Date Reminders
  • May 19: SCA Spirit Day: Sports Uniform Day!
  • May 20: SCA Spirit Day: Fun Hat Friday!
  • May 21: Beautification Day, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  To volunteer, please email Megan Brooks at [email protected].
  • May 25: Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30: Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 1: SCA Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day!
  • June 7: PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9: 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony (details coming soon).
  • June 10: Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
SEES Band & Strings 2022-2023

On Friday, May 20, there will be a demonstration assembly of band and strings instruments for rising 4-6th graders to consider for the next school year.  You may not be aware, but before COVID disrupted the usual school schedule, SEES had the largest and most recognized band and strings program in all of Fairfax County – almost all of our students grades 4-6 played an instrument!  We want to continue that tradition of excellence at SEES.

The day of the demonstration assembly, students will be given intention forms for the instrument they are interested in playing – ALL STUDENTS will need to return a form (whether they intend to play an instrument or not), as they are used to formulate next year’s specials schedule. We encourage ALL students to play an instrument in band or strings!

  • Students grades 4-6 can study a strings instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass).
  • Students grades 5-6 can study a band instrument (flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion).

Some instruments can be rented from the school, and there are reduced rental rates for lower income families.  If you have any questions prior to the instrument demonstration/enrollment period, please feel free to contact: 

From Our Family Liaison

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #48 - May 6, 2022

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Date Reminders
  • May 21:  Beautification Day, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  To volunteer, please email Megan Brooks at [email protected].
  • May 25:  Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 7:  PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony (details coming soon).
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
From Our Parent Liaison

BRITEPATHS - GET THAT JOB!  Free online series includes reading job descriptions, identifying transferable skills, and preparing and dressing for interviews.

REC-PAC Summer Camps:  June 28th to August 5th

Early registration and partial scholarship will end on June 11th.

For an affordable summer camp, sign up for the Rec-PAC to take advantage of the $12 per week partial scholarship. The list of 2022 Rec-PAC sites is on the NEW website: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac

From the SEES PTA

Happy Staff Appreciation Week to all SEES Staff! The PTA was happy to provide lunch (May 4), chips & salsa (May 5) and desserts (May 6). We encourage parents and students to continue to thank the SEES staff for all their dedication and support throughout this school year!

Last PTA Meeting - June 7 (virtual): Please join us to elect officers for next year, vote on the new PTA bylaws (currently posted on MemberHub for reference) and to say farewell to our outgoing officers.   

Officer Candidates for 2022-2023:  The slate of officers for next year is: 

  • President – Ashley Doss (current Vice President)
  • Vice President – William Samuel (bio on MemberHub)
  • Treasurer – Mike Buckner (current Treasurer)
  • Secretary – Megan Brooks (SEES Staff) 

Whoo’s Reading/Readathon Update:  This will be postponed until the fall of the 2022-23 school year.

School Supply Kits:  SEES PTA will be sponsoring School Kits again through EPI for the 2022-23 school year. More information to come.

If you are interested in joining the PTA and/or volunteering please contact our Treasurer Mike Buckner at [email protected].  We could use your help to make sure we get to have fun activities for our students and to continue to support our SEES staff!

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #47 - May 3, 2022

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Staff Appreciation Week

Thank you for all the wonderful notes and flowers that have come in to SEES this week! Please help us continue the celebration by writing a short note about our amazing staff here!

Date Reminders
  • May 2 to May 6:  Staff Appreciation Week. 
  • May 3:  PTA Meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual). 
  • May 4:  Partners in Print for PreK - 2nd grade, 6:00 PM.
  • May 21:  Beautification Day, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  To volunteer, please email Megan Brooks at [email protected].
  • May 25:  Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 7:  PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony (details coming soon).
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #46 - April 29, 2022

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Date Reminders
  • May 2 to May 6:  Staff Appreciation Week. We would like to celebrate our amazing Eagle Staff here at Springfield Estates. Please take a moment to write a short note here saying why our staff is the best staff in the world.  
  • May 3:  PTA Meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual). 
  • May 4:  Partners in Print for PreK - 2nd grade, 6:00 PM.
  • May 21:  Beautification Day, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  To volunteer, please email Megan Brooks at [email protected]
  • May 25:  Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 7:  PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 9:  6th Grade Promotion Ceremony (details coming soon).
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
From Our Parent Liaison

Military Family Resource:  Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel, and their dependents. Personalized help is available in more than 100 subjects for grades K-12 and college students, including math, writing, reading, ELL, science, English, social sciences, history, accounting, finance, nursing, world languages, computer science, study skills and test prep. Tutoring is available with bilingual Spanish-speaking tutors for math, science and social studies. With expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy: The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is excited to announce its Girls Fire and Rescue Academy summer camp, which will take place June 21 -24. The Academy is open to rising 7th through 12th grade female students for the upcoming 2022 - 2023 school year. Participants must be a Fairfax County resident.

The program is completely free of charge. The Academy will be limited to 24 applicants, so apply today! For more information and/or application packet, please click here

All applications must be received by close of business on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Region 3 Award Winners

Congratulations to our area's FCPS award winners:

  • Shelby Press, Second Grade Teacher at Riverside Elementary School, has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Elementary New Teacher for 2022.
  •  Madeline Bishop, English Teacher at Mount Vernon High School, has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Secondary New Teacher for 2022.

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #45 - April 22, 2022

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It was such a busy and fun week at SEES! On Tuesday, we had a breakfast for our military children (see above). On Wednesday, our Run Club celebrated their final run. Thursday brought the 1st Annual Cardboard Challenge. Yoga and biking skills class started this week as well.

Date Reminders
  • April 24: New deadline for yearbook orders! Click here to order - our school code is 5582422.
  • April 25-29:  Kindness Sprit Week (details below). 
  • May 3:  PTA Meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual). 
  • May 4:  Partners in Print, 6:00 PM (details coming soon). 
  • May 21:  Beautification Day (details below).
  • May 25:  Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students
  • June 7:  PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM
Bus Delay Resources

When an FCPS school bus is delayed for between 10 and 30 minutes, a notification is posted online.  For delays longer than 30 minutes, an E-notify message is sent out by Transportation to families.  Parents/guardians are also encouraged to use the Here Comes the Bus app to track their student's bus.

Kindness Spirit Week:  
  • Monday (4/25): Hats off to our school heroes -  teachers, office staff, custodians, cafeteria workers, and administrators! Students wear a hat as a symbol of thanks.
  • Tuesday (4/26): Let kindness shine! Wear sparkles, bright colors, and/or  sequins.
  • Wednesday (4/27): Being kind is no sweat! Wear workout clothes.
  • Thursday (4/28): Kindness is my super power! Wear superhero clothes.
  • Friday (4/29): Double the kindness!. Twin up with a classmate or staff member. 
Beautification Day Volunteers Needed

Do you like to garden!  We could use your help!  The SEES Beautification Day is Saturday, May 21 at SEES from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and we will need volunteers! We will be working on our outdoor garden areas by weeding mulching and planting.  If you're interested in helping, please email Megan Brooks at [email protected]  

Furniture Assembly Volunteers Needed 

We have received a number of standing desks that need to be put together.  If you have time to build even one of them, please contact Megan Brooks at [email protected]    

From Our PTA

Officer Candidates Urgently Needed for PTA!  We are looking for candidates for officer positions for the PTA Board for the 2022-2023 school year.  We must have officers in order for the PTA to move forward and continue helping SEES! All interested candidates can contact  Amy Sheldon at [email protected].

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #44 - April 19, 2022

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Progress Reports - Wednesday, April 20

3rd quarter Progress Reports are being sent home tomorrow (Wednesday, April 20).  Please take a moment to review this with your child and congratulate them on accomplishments.  If you have opted for a paperless report card, it can be accessed through your SIS ParentVUE account under ''documents''.

From Our PTA

Restaurant Night - Nando's Peri Peri - Wednesday, April 20

Please join us tomorrow for Restaurant Night at Nando's Peri Peri at  Springfield Mall from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  They will be giving back 40% of every meal to the SEES PTA!  

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #43 - April 15, 2022

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Our younger students enjoyed a Character Building assembly from the Virginia Reperatory Theatre Program.

International Night was amazing!  It was wonderful to see so many families from the 33 countries (and 36 languages) represented at SEES. Thank you to everyone who shared their culture in the form of artifacts, clothing and delicious food!

Date Reminders
  • April 18- 22: Spirit Days to celebrate Military Students (see below for details). 
  • April 21: Cardboard Challenge
  • April 24: New deadline for yearbook orders! Click here to order - our school code is 5582422.
  • April 29:  PTA Event - Movie Night (details coming soon).
  • May 3:  PTA Meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual). 
  • May 4:  Partners in Print, 6:00 PM (details coming soon). 
  • May 21:  Beautification Day (details coming soon).
  • May 25:  Band Concert, 7:00 PM. 
  • May 26: Strings Concert, 7:00 PM.
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students
  • June 7:  PTA meeting, 6:00 PM (virtual).
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #42 - March 31, 2022

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Kindergarteners join Ms. Gentner, one of our ESOL teachers, to plant! - what a perfect way to get ready for Spring Break! We hope all of our Eagles have a wonderful week!

Date Reminders
  • April 1:  Deadline for placing yearbook orders. To order, click here (our code is 5582422). 
  • April 4 - April 8: Spring Break. School (including our office) will be closed for staff and students. 
  • April 14: SEES International Night. 
  • April 15:  Fun Friday with Lewis HS at SEES. 
  • April 20: Wear PURPLE for Military Child Appreciation Day!
  • April 21: Cardboard Challenge (details coming soon).
  • April 29:  PTA Event - Movie Night (details coming soon).
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
Fun Friday in the SEES Gym

Join us on Friday, April 15 from 4:15 – 5:15 PM, to have fun with the Lewis High School Athletic Department and three of their coaches: Head Football Coach-Larry Choates, Head Wrestling Coach-Jason Planakis, and Head Field Hockey Coach-Christina Lugo.  Students will have an opportunity to meet the coaches, warm up, and rotate through three stations to participate in different sports.  No RSVP or sign up is needed for this event.  We hope to see you there! 

Take the Family Engagement Survey!

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Participate today by clicking on the QR code below or visit the survey website

From Our Family Liaison

Kids at Hope - Module 1 Workshop: Beyond all theory, research, evaluations, and practices on significant question remains: Why do some children succeed, and others fail? As importantly, what can we do about it?  Open to all who are interested in learning about the Kids at Hope cultural framework.

When: Friday, April 1st, 2022, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Cafeteria, Graham Road Community Building (3036 Graham Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042)

Register here: https://forms.gle/r8ZdpRSCq2PAuCEH7

Questions? Contact Claudia Thomas @571-421-9825

Library Day: On Friday, April 1, at 10 AM, Mount Vernon Woods ES will host their Little Free Library Inauguration. Free, food, resources and a lot of fun! 

Region 3’s Outstanding Employee Awards:

Congratulations to our Region's winners: 

  • Francoise Casablanca, Assistant Principal at Groveton Elementary School has been named the Region 3 Outstanding School-Based Leader for 2022
  • Carol Melim, Family Liaison from Garfield Elementary School has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Operational Employee for 2022
  • Kelly Daugherty, Third Grade Teacher from Gunston Elementary School has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Elementary Teacher for 2022
  • Shiho Thompson, ESOL Teacher from Key Middle School has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Secondary Teacher for 2022
  •  Ghil Hong, School Counselor from Hayfield Secondary School has been named the Region 3 Outstanding Professional Employee for 2022
Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window opened Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  

A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact Tamra Ferreira at [email protected] or 571-423-4532

From Our PTA: 
  • Volunteers needed ASAP for PTA Nominations Committee! As part of the election process for officers for 2022-2023, our bylaws require that a Nominating Committee by formed. You do not need to find the candidates yourself, but act as a conduit through which the names are submitted to the PTA membership for election; you’ll provide an email address through which people can contact you if they are interested in serving on the board.  If you can help by serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Tanya House at [email protected]
  • New Officer Candidates needed for PTA!  Currently, all officers except the Treasurer are term limited in their positions so new officers are needed. Any interested candidates, please contact Amy Sheldon at [email protected].
  • (UPCOMING) Whoo’s Reading/Readathon will be beginning in April! More information to come  – Fun online reading competition for students
  • April 20 - SEES Restaurant Night – Nando’s Peri Peri
  • April 29 – In-person Movie Night  - Volunteers needed.  Please contact Tanya House at [email protected] if interested in helping.  We need you!
  • May 2-6 – Staff Appreciation Week – PTA will provide lunch for staff
  • Glittle Minds - PTA is sponsoring Yoga & Mindfulness classes with Glittle Minds again this Spring! This before school program is outdoors and will give students an opportunity to learn about mindfulness, through yoga, directed meditation and breathing, and positive self-care strategies. Students will be led in exercises as well as fun activities and crafts, tailored to the young learner, to help them notice and manage their thoughts, feelings and behavior. K-2nd grades classes will be on Thursdays from 8-9am starting April 21, 2022. 3rd-6th grades classes will be on Wednesdays from 8-9am starting April 20, 2022. To sign up, click here. For more information, visit glittleminds.com.
  • Upcoming PTA Meetings: (All via zoom)
    • May 3, 2022 – 6pm – Nominations for PTA officers presented
    • June 7, 2022 – 6pm – Vote on New PTA Officers

If you are interested in joining the PTA and/or volunteering please contact our Treasurer Mike Buckner at [email protected].  We could use your help to make sure we get to have fun activities for our students and to continue to support our SEES staff!

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Our students have been working hard during their Read Live sessions!

Date Reminders
  • March 30: Spring Pictures
  • March 31: End of 3rd Quarter/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
  • March 31: Kindergarten Orientation for 2022-2023. 
  • April 1: Teacher Workday. School will be closed for students. Our office hours will be 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 
  • April 1:  Deadline for placing yearbook orders. To order, click here (our code is 5582422). 
  • April 4 - April 8: Spring Break. School (including our office) will be closed for staff and students. 
  • April 14: SEES International Night -see the flyer in today's Friday Folder for details (Lewis HS is also having an International Night on March 30 - see below for details for their event). 
  • April 20: Wear PURPLE for Military Child Appreciation Day!
  • April 21: Cardboard Challenge (details coming soon).
  • April 29:  PTA Event - Movie Night (details coming soon).
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
Literacy Grab Bags

Calling all families of SEES students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade!  Looking for resources to increase your child's literacy at home?  Introducing our newest Springfield Estates library program: Literacy Grab Bags!  

To participate, fill out the interest form here. Based on your selection(s), a themed bag will be delivered to your child on Thursdays.  Enjoy literacy activities as a family at home!  Then have your child return the bag to the library on the following Tuesday (classroom teachers can help facilitate this).  

  1. Bags consist of a picture book and two literacy-related activities that connect to the book.  This picture book is in addition to the book(s) your child checks out from the library each week.
  2. Books will be tailored based on your child's grade level.
  3. The form must be completed by Tuesday at 5pm to guarantee that the bag is delivered to your child that Thursday.  If you submit the form any later, you may have to wait until the following Thursday to receive the bag.
  4. Only ONE bag can be checked out at a time.  If you are interested in more than one bag, your next bag will be delivered to your child once your current bag has been returned.
  5. It is essential that bags are returned on time so that other students can enjoy them.

Literacy Grab Bags submissions will be accepted anytime between now and May 17, 2022!  Please contact Our librarian, Mrs. Berkoski, at [email protected] with any questions or to give feedback.  Happy reading!

WordMasters Accomplishments

Several teams representing Springfield Estates Elementary School achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The fourth grade team scored an impressive 192 points out of a possible 200 in the second of three meets this year, placing fourth in the nation. In addition, the third grade team scored 161 points, finishing seventh nationwide, and the fifth grade team earned a ninth place finish with 181 points.  Congratulations to all!

Resources from our Family Liaison

Register Now for the 2022 Special Education Conference on March 26

This year’s Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Click here for registration info

Parenting in A Digital Age

This playlist includes four videos (Common Sense- YouTube) addressing some of the topics related to Parenting in The Digital Age

  • What are ways I can set boundaries and support my kids in their tech lives?
  • How can we ensure our kids are having high quality experiences?
  • I don’t know anything about social media or the apps my kid is on. What do I need to know to keep them safe?
  • I’m worried that my kids will use social media inappropriately; and what are these “challenges"?
Advanced Academic Programs - Screening Services

Click here for the Spring AAP newsletter with information on screening for school-based (Level II-III) services (click here for the information in Spanish). 

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window opened Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  

A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact Tamra Ferreira at [email protected] or 571-423-4532

From Our PTA

THANK YOU to all the families that participated in our Spring Bingo!  We hope everyone enjoyed their time together and we truly appreciated all the support. Special thanks to all the teachers and staff that helped make this a success! 

We look forward to supporting our SEES community more in 2022, including more restaurant nights, movie nights, Staff Appreciation week, Whoos Reading and more.  Volunteers to help support these events are needed and welcome! 

In Search of Two People to Serve on the Nominating Committee

As part of the election process for officers for 2022-2023, our bylaws require that a Nominating Committee by formed. You do not need to find the candidates yourself, but act as a conduit through which the names are submitted to the PTA membership for election; you’ll provide an email address through which people can contact you if they are interested in serving on the board.  If you can help by serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Tanya House at [email protected] by March 28. 

UPCOMING:

  • Whoo’s Reading/Readathon will be beginning in April! More information to come  – Fun online reading competition for students
  • April 29th – In-person Movie Night
  • Glittle Minds - PTA is sponsoring Yoga & Mindfulness classes with Glittle Minds again this Spring! This before school program is outdoors and will give students an opportunity to learn about mindfulness, through yoga, directed meditation and breathing, and positive self-care strategies. Students will be led in exercises as well as fun activities and crafts, tailored to the young learner, to help them notice and manage their thoughts, feelings and behavior.
    • K-2nd grades classes will be on Thursdays from 8-9am starting April 21, 2022.
    • 3rd-6th grades classes will be on Wednesdays from 8-9am starting April 20, 2022.
    • To sign up, click here.
    • For more information, visit glittleminds.com
  • Upcoming PTA Meetings (all via Zoom):
    • May 3rd, 2022 – 6pm – Nominations for PTA officers presented
    • June 7, 2022 – 6pm – Vote on New PTA Officers

If you are interested in joining the PTA and/or volunteering please contact our Treasurer Mike Buckner at [email protected].  We could use your help to make sure we get to have fun activities for our students and to continue to support our SEES staff!

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Springfield Estates ES News You Choose #40 - March 18, 2022

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5th graders pose with our resident Leprechaun (aka Mr. Daniel) on St. Patrick's Day!

Date Reminders
  • March 30: Spring Pictures
  • March 31: End of 3rd Quarter/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
  • March 31: Kindergarten Orientation for 2022-2023. 
  • April 1: Teacher Workday. School will be closed for students.
  • April 1:  Deadline for placing yearbook orders. To order, click here (our code is 5582422). 
  • April 4 - April 8: Spring Break. School will be closed for staff and students. 
  • April 14: International Night (details coming soon).
  • April 20: Wear PURPLE for Military Child Appreciation Day!
  • April 21: Cardboard Challenge (details coming soon).
  • April 29:  PTA Event - Movie Night (details coming soon).
  • May 30:  Memorial Day Holiday.  School will be closed for staff and students.
  • June 10:  Last Day of School/Two-Hour Early Release. Students will be released at 2:05 PM.
Military Child Appreciation

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. The staff at SEES want to honor military children and invite them to a breakfast on the morning of April 20th. Please fill out the information here if you are a military family so we can be sure to include your child. 

SEES Street Traffic 

While the following guidance applies to all traffic near SEES, we are specifically concerned about the traffic violations happening near our playground on Meriwether Lane.

For the safety of our students:

  • Do not let children out of the car in the middle of the street. 
  • Do not double park or make multi-point turns in the roadway.
  • Do not block driveways. Parking is not allowed within 10 feet of driveways.
  • Do not block fire hydrants.  Parking is prohibited within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

Thank you for helping us to keep our students safe, reduce traffic congestion around our school, and be respectful of our neighborhood!

From our Family Liaison

The Family Engagement Survey was sent to your email the afternoon of Sunday, March 13. Please participate—your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.  If you need assistance filling out the form, please contact our family liaison, Salima Intidame, at [email protected] 

Elementary Magnet School Lottery

The Magnet Lottery registration window opened Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Families wanting to apply for the Magnet Lottery must have a SIS account.  If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school for the upcoming school year will be required.  

A separate application must be completed for each sibling applying.  Legacies also must apply to be eligible.  Acceptances into one of the magnet programs is not transferable into another program or school.

Registration for the elementary magnet school lottery closes on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  No late applications will be accepted.

For more information, contact Tamra Ferreira at [email protected] or 571-423-4532.

From Our PTA

In Search of Two People to Serve on the Nominating Committee

As part of the election process for officers for 2022-2023, our bylaws require that a Nominating Committee by formed. You do not need to find the candidates yourself, but act as a conduit through which the names are submitted to the PTA membership for election; you’ll provide an email address through which people can contact you if they are interested in serving on the board.  If you can help by serving on the Nominating Committee, please contact Tanya House at [email protected] by March 28. 

Art to Remember has been extended until March 25 - have your child’s artwork placed on gifts!

Flyers were sent home with special paper. However, if you need paper, you can get more at school or use a regular piece of printer paper.  Have your child create their own artwork and the PTA will have it put onto different items, mugs, special picture frames, oven mitts, etc. for you to purchase for Mother's Day or Father’s Day! A great gift for your loved ones. For any questions – contact PTA Vice President – Ashley Doss at [email protected].

Restaurant Night: Silver Diner in Springfield - Wednesday, March 23 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Families can place orders for pick-up online or dine-in at the Springfield location - either way 20% of proceeds will go to our PTA!  When placing the order, please make sure to mention you are there for Springfield Estates Restaurant Night. 

(UPCOMING) Whoo’s Reading – Fun online reading competition for students

(UPCOMING) In-person Movie Night - April 29

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Upcoming PTA Meetings (all via  Zoom):

  • May 3, 2022 – 6pm – Nominations for PTA officers presented
  • June 7, 2022 – 6pm – Vote on new PTA officers

If you are interested in joining the PTA and/or volunteering please contact our Treasurer Mike Buckner at [email protected].  We could use your help to make sure we get to have fun activities for our students and to continue to support our SEES staff!

6200 Charles C Goff Dr, Springfield, VA 22150  |  Main Office: 703.921.2300   Attendance: 703.921.2323 | Web | Twitter

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Event News from the PTA

Virtual Bingo Night - this Friday (March 18)!

There is still time to sign up! Join us for a night of fun and prizes, including a $100 gift card to Wegmans, many restaurant gift certificates, a family game night basket and Fire Captain for a Fire Drill! To participate, contact Amy Sheldon at [email protected] or send the registration flyer in to SEES by tomorrow morning.

Art to Remember – Deadline Extended to March 16!

This is a great way to commemorate your child’s art and support the PTA!  Have your child create their own artwork and the PTA will have it put onto different items, mugs, special picture frames, oven mitts, etc. for you to choose from to purchase – just in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day!  Additional paper is available at the school or you may use regular printer paper if necessary (be sure to put your child’s name and teacher on the back).   For more information, contact Ashley Doss at [email protected].

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