Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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TODAY, Tuesday February 27th, Is The Last Day to Register for GOTR Panther PTA Panther PTA

Read-A-Thon was a huge success! Not only did we reach our $10,000 goal, but we surpassed it! Thank you to all of the amazing students who dedicated their time to reading, and to the family members who supported their students as they worked to reach their goals. Way to go Panthers!

Bingo Night & Silent Auction THIS FRIDAY, March 1st

  • The online portion of the Silent Auction goes through Thursday, February 29th at midnight! Browse and bid on online items and pre-order Bingo cards and food for Bingo Night here: https://app.memberhub.gives/bushhillauction2024/Campaign/Details
  • Bingo Night doors open 6:00pm on Friday, March 1st. Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Avoid long lines by coming early! Grab some food (pizza, popcorn & water), check out our spirit wear, and bid on exclusive live auction items (themed baskets, teacher lunches, student art pieces & more)!!
  • We need lots of volunteers to help to make this fun night successful!Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA4AD2DA0FCC07-47333775-silent#/

Let Me Run Coaches Needed!

The PTA is looking to put together a boy's running club this spring! We need coaches to help make this program a success or we cannot offer it this spring! Want to help? Email us [email protected].

Staff Appreciation Week

Planning for Staff Appreciation Week is underway! If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, please email us at [email protected].

Dropoff and Pickup Assistance

The PTA is looking to assist our school by increasing adult presence during morning dropoff and afternoon pickup from the campus.  We will potentially model our efforts after the national program Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students), but adapted for our community. 

Anyone interested in and available for this effort, please email [email protected].

Become a PTA Member Today!

It's easy! Click here: Join_PTA 

  • Why join? Membership helps support our students and staff! The PTA helps plan fun activities for our school community (for staff and students), plans fundraisers, and supports the purchase of new materials and items for school improvements.

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

P.E. News

In March, our P.E. classes will be focusing on bike safety. Some students will have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike, while others will learn about important bike safety practices while building on their bike riding skills.  If students ride their bikes to and from school, they can use their own bikes for this unit.  Students are encouraged to bring in their own bike helmets, if they have them, to use on their designated P.E. days. This will ensure a comfortable and properly fitted helmet.  For students borrowing a helmet from the school, they will need to wear the required hair caps during the unit to maintain hygiene standards. Don't worry! Our helmets will be cleaned after each use.  If preferred, students may bring in a baseball hat or bandana from home to wear under the borrowed helmet instead of a hair cap.  Students must wear close-toed shoes to participate in the bike unit.  No crocs or sandals are allowed.  This unit will take place outside and students will be going out unless it is raining.  The morning classes could get chilly, please dress appropriately!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!  Thank you for your partnership!

Shannon Nolan, [email protected] & Meaghn Mulcahy, [email protected]

Family Engagement Survey Opens March 3

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer our third Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Our families' feedback is critical in helping us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our schools. Topics include:

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

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

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight on March 3. A public link will be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will also be available at each school. Please stay tuned for more information.

Celebrating Read Across America Student Holiday March 5th 📅 Calendar Reminder: March 5 Presidential Primary — Student Holiday/School Planning Day

The Fairfax Board of Elections requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the safe and efficient administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

March 5 will be a holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day for teachers. 

As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based administrators to devote time to school improvement efforts, such as collaboration around data, common assessments, and responsive instruction. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it is on other professional work days.

See the complete school year calendar. See the employee calendar.

Spring is nearly here and so is the Edison High School All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Mulch Sale! 

The ANGP has been a long standing tradition and your support keeps it going each year.  Your purchase helps us provide a safe and incredibly fun night for our graduating seniors. 

Order online at edisonangp.com/mulch-sale Delivery is available with the purchase of 20+ bags.

Thank you and happy gardening!

Every year, absences increase in the weeks before and after spring break. Make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning. Visit our website for more attendance resources

New Date! April 11, 2024 Order Your Panther Yearbook

The order deadline is April 15th.  Late orders might not be accommodated.  Order TODAY !

Kindergarten Registration Is Now Open For SY 24-25

We look forward to welcoming our newest Panthers to Bush Hill Elementary for School Year 2024-25.   Registration packets are available in the Bush Hill ES Main Office, or you may download the forms using the links below.

The registration requirements are as follows:

For incoming Kindergarten students – please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

It is important that you have filled out all the paperwork, and bring with you the following:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Original Birth Certificate
  3. Proof of Residency (Deed or Lease to your home)
  4. Virginia Physical and Immunization Record (due prior to school starting in August)

When you are ready, and have gathered most of your documentation, please contact me to set up your registration appointment.  All registrations are done by appointment only.

I look forward to meeting with you!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Elizabeth Fallowfield DePalma, Registrar/SIA

Bush Hill Elementary School

PHONE 703-924-5600     FAX 703-924-5697     EMAIL [email protected]

 

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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For Parents Only Parent Presentation on Trends in the Drug Culture; February 29, 2024 

Many challenges and responsibilities come with being a parent, and having to address a difficult topic with your child, such as drug culture, trends and identifying signs of substance use, can be stressful. Drugs and drug paraphernalia is now being disguised as common everyday items out in plain sight, to go unrecognized by parents or other adults.  Substance Abuse Prevention Program want to provide you with information so you will be able to recognize drugs and drug paraphernalia and also the signs of drug use to equip you to have real and meaningful dialog with your child concerning these issues. 

Join us on February 29th, 2024 @ 6:00pm at Edison High School where we will be hosting a parent presentation to provide information on the trends in drug culture. After the presentation there will be time to ask questions or to receive more information. The trends in drug culture have created innovative ways to hook your child and we are here to arm you by providing information concerning these topics that will assist in effective communication with your child.  Also, a Narcan Training with be provided by a member of the Community Services Board.

Shawn Elliott, BS, QMHP-C Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist                 [email protected]

 

Panther PTA

Last Day of Read-A-Thon!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN IN YOUR READING LOGS, PLEDGE SHEETS & DONATIONS. Finish gathering donations and submit here: http://app.memberhub.gives/bhes2024go-read.

Bingo Night & Silent Auction March 1st

  • The online portion of the Silent Auction starts THIS Friday, February 23rd and goes through Thursday, February 29th at midnight! Browse and bid on online items and pre-order Bingo cards and food for Bingo Night here: https://app.memberhub.gives/bushhillauction2024/Campaign/Details
  • Bingo Night doors open 6:00pm on Friday, March 1st. Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Avoid long lines by coming early! Grab some food, check out our spirit wear, and bid on exclusive live auction items (themed baskets, teacher lunches, student art pieces & more)!!
  • If you signed up to donate an item for a grade basket, please deliver them to your student's classroom or the front office by TOMORROW 2/21. Thank you!
  • We need lots of volunteers to help to make this fun night successful!  Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA4AD2DA0FCC07-47333775-silent#/

Staff Appreciation Week

Planning for Staff Appreciation Week is underway! If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, please email us at [email protected].

Become a PTA Member Today!

It's easy! Click here: Join_PTA  We'd love to see if we can reach our goal of 250 members by the end of the month!

  • Why join? Membership helps support our students and staff! The PTA helps plan fun activities for our school community (for staff and students), plans fundraisers, and supports the purchase of new materials and items for school improvements.

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

P.E. News -- Bike Safety

In March, our P.E. classes will be focusing on bike safety. Some students will have the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike, while others will learn about important bike safety practices while building on their bike riding skills.  If students ride their bikes to and from school, they can use their own bikes for this unit.  Students are encouraged to bring in their own bike helmets, if they have them, to use on their designated P.E. days. This will ensure a comfortable and properly fitted helmet.  For students borrowing a helmet from the school, they will need to wear the required hair caps during the unit to maintain hygiene standards. Don't worry! Our helmets will be cleaned after each use.  If preferred, students may bring in a baseball hat or bandana from home to wear under the borrowed helmet instead of a hair cap.  Students must wear close-toed shoes to participate in the bike unit.  No crocs or sandals are allowed.  This unit will take place outside and students will be going out unless it is raining.  The morning classes could get chilly, please dress appropriately!

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!  Thank you for your partnership!

Shannon Nolan, [email protected] & Meaghn Mulcahy, [email protected]

Girls On The Run Student Holiday - March 5, 2024

Please mark your calendars......

Tuesday, March 5 - Student Holiday, No School (Primary Presidential Election Day).

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 10:45 a.m., at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 a.m. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

FROM FCPS Save the Date: Employee Conversations With Dr. Reid

Your voice matters, and Dr. Reid wants to hear from you! A series of Employee Conversations with the superintendent will be held this spring across the school division. Events are planned for the following dates:

Click on the location above to register. These events are an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions. Reach out to Dr. Reid at any time by submitting a question via the superintendent’s webpage or emailing [email protected].

❄️ Make Sure You Receive Emergency/Weather Text Messages

If you are not currently receiving text messages from FCPS regarding weather delays and other critical operational messages, please follow the process below: 

  1. Log in to UConnect.
  2. Click Bookmarks > Employee Self Service > Personal Information > Contact Numbers.
  3. Click Add.
  4. On the Detail section, click Contact Type, then select Cell Phone.
  5. Enter your cell phone number in the Phone Number field.
  6. Enter the Start Date or leave on the default date (today’s date).
  7. Click Update.

Note: In addition to email and text messages, FCPS weather delays and closings are posted on Twitter, Facebook, FCPS.edu, and school websites, and announced on local media broadcasts.

 

Spring is nearly here and so is the Edison High School All Night Grad Party (ANGP) Mulch Sale! 

The ANGP has been a long standing tradition and your support keeps it going each year.  Your purchase helps us provide a safe and incredibly fun night for our graduating seniors. 

Order online at edisonangp.com/mulch-sale.  Delivery is available with the purchase of 20+ bags.

Thank you and happy gardening!

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Attendance: 703-924-5656 | Web | Twitter

Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Taking Pride in Black History Month

The Stomping Eagles of Edison High School take extreme pride in not only their step routines but also in being the best representation of the students of Fairfax County Public Schools. This video of their routine, filmed last year for Black History Month, has quickly climbed the ranks to become FCPS’ most-liked video on YouTube! 

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

Black History Month Celebration

Fairfax County’s Black History Month Celebration will be held on Friday, February 23, at 5:30 p.m., at the Government Center. This year’s theme is The Value of Telling Our Stories. It will include performances, activities, discussion, and light refreshments. Visit the county’s website for details.

Throughout the month, Fairfax County Public Libraries will host several events celebrating Black history including movie screenings, lectures, and musical performances in-person and online.

Raise Some Dough TONIGHT Work Out Wednesday Is Tomorrow

Wednesday February 14th is Workout Wednesday

To support Heart Month, wear Sports jerseys/ work out gear that has Red/Pink or hearts on them.

Show your school spirit, get Fit and Build a Healthy Heart Panthers!!!

Love The Bus Month

February is Love the Bus Month! On Friday, February 9, FCPS employees and students were encouraged to wear yellow in recognition of our drivers, attendants, and all transportation staff.  Mrs. Mulcahy passed out goodies to all our wonderful drivers.  Thank you for keeping our students SAFE each and every day!

Panther PTA

LAST WEEK OF READ-A-THON!!!

We need your help to achieve our $10,000 goal by THIS FRIDAY, February 16, 2024!!

Finish gathering donations and submit here: http://app.memberhub.gives/bhes2024go-read or bring your student’s donation envelopes in along with their reading logs. ALL reading logs and donations must be returned to classrooms by the end of the school day on Friday! Thank you!

Every student gets a prize! Top 15 readers earn a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and a BHES water bottle. Pizza parties will also be given to top overall earners and top earning class K-2 & 3-6. When we achieve our $10,000 goal, Mrs. Duffy has something awesome in store! &Pizza Restaurant Night TONIGHT!

Come join us at &Pizza tonight! Order online or in-shop (Kingstowne) from 4:00pm-8:00pm using code: BHPTA! The PTA will earn 25% of your order total! Bingo Night & Silent Auction March 1st

Doors open 6:00pm, Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Avoid long lines by coming early! Grab some food, check out our spirit wear, and bid on auction items!!

  • Each grade has been assigned a basket theme- if you would like to donate an item for a basket, please see the attached flyer (scan the QR code below to donate). All donations must be delivered by THIS Friday to their classrooms or the front office. Thank you!
  • We are still accepting auction items through Friday! Email us if you would like to donate a service or item to the auction!  [email protected]
  • We need your help to make this fun night successful! Scan the QR code below to sign up!

Winter Enrichment Volunteers Needed!

We are desperately looking for PTA volunteers to help make sure kids are accounted for! These classes cannot run without parent help! You can sign up for one day or multiple days here: Volunteer_Signup Thank you!!! Spring Enrichment

The PTA is looking for parent input! We want to know what you and your children are interested in for Spring Enrichment. Email us at [email protected]

We are looking to put together a Let Me Run team and are looking for coaches/volunteers. See attached flyer for more info! General Body Meeting 2/15

The next General Body PTA Meeting will be held virtually this Thursday, February 15th at 7:00pm. A link will be sent via Givebacks. Become a PTA Member Today!

February 17th is National PTA Day! Want to join? It's easy! Click here: Join_PTA  We'd love to see if we can reach our goal of 250 members by the end of the month!

  • Why join? Membership helps support our students and staff! The PTA helps plan fun activities for our school community (for staff and students), plans fundraisers, and supports the purchase of new materials and items for school improvements.https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers!

Bush Hill Community Night

To participate in our Community Night - please click on the link below

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kec9cMBPtTSmpeVlFxxxGTWFal4NG6tsC4sjZpCs8zU/edit

FCPS Magnet School Programs Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

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

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

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

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

FCPS Summer Camps & Learning Opportunities

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 (IFTA) 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. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

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

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course required for graduation, earn a high school course credit through the Online Campus Program, or recover one high school course credit in the Credit Recovery Academy

A free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on the FCPS summer programs webpage.

 

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.

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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Fantastic February
  • Black History Month
  • Love the Bus Month
  • 100th Day of School - New date due to snow days!
  • National School Counseling Week
  • Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  • Lunar New Year
  • Ash Wednesday
National School Counseling Week

This week we celebrate National School Counseling Week! School Counselors are professionally certified individuals in K-12 schools and work to support the social-emotional development, academic, and career growth of all students so they can reach their highest potential and become responsible citizens. Counselors are advocates for mental health and are trained to support and offer assistance in times of transition or heightened stress. Our counselors work closely with school staff to support student success through classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, brief individual counseling as needed, consultation, referral, and crisis response.  Ms. Hana El-Baba and Ms. Mackenzie Cate are our Bush Hill Counselors. 

Thank you Bush Hill Community and Families, for your partnership!

Thursday, February 8th is Decade's Day Panther PTA

We would like to thank everyone for your participation in the drive for Poverty Awareness Month! All donations supported Alexandria Community Shelter. Read-A-Thon now though February 16th!

We need your help to achieve our $10,000 goal!! All proceeds will be used toward purchasing books and literacy supplies for our Book Room and classroom libraries, field trips, a new school sign, and to support BHES community activities! Your student has received a Read-A-Thon packet in their Tuesday folder that has instructions, reading log, pledge sheet, and an envelope to hold cash/check donations. You can also register them on http://app.memberhub.gives/bhes2024go-read Here's how it works:

  • Jan 30-Feb 2 Students set reading goals and secure sponsors.
  • Feb 3-16 Students read!
  • Feb 12-16 Students return reading logs/pledge sheets and collect donations.

Every student gets a prize! Top 15 readers earn a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and a BHES water bottle. Pizza parties will also be given to top overall earners and top earning class K-2 & 3-6. When we achieve our $10,000 goal, Mrs. Duffy has something awesome in store! &Pizza Restaurant Night February 13th Order online or in-shop (Kingstowne) from 4:00pm-8:00pm using code: BHPTA! The PTA will earn 25% of your order total! Bingo Night & Silent Auction March 1st Doors open 6:00pm, Bingo starts promptly at 6:30pm. Avoid long lines by coming early! Grab some food, check out our spirit wear, and bid on auction items!!

  • We are still accepting auction items (scan the QR code below to donate).
  • Each grade has been assigned a basket theme- if you would like to donate an item for a basket, please look for more information from your student's teacher this week!
  • We need your help to make this fun night successful! Volunteer by emailing [email protected]

Winter Enrichment Volunteers Needed! We are desperately looking for PTA volunteers to help make sure kids are accounted for! These classes cannot run without parent help! You can sign up for one day or multiple days here: Volunteer_Signup Thank you!!! Spring Enrichment The PTA is looking for parent input! We want to know what you and your children are interested in for Spring Enrichment. Email us at [email protected] General Body Meeting 2/15 The next General Body PTA Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, February 15th at 7:00pm. A link will be sent via Givebacks. Become a PTA Member Today! It's easy! Click here: Join_PTA  We'd love to see if we can reach our goal of 250 members by the end of the month!

  • Why join? Membership helps support our students and staff! The PTA helps plan fun activities for our school community (for staff and students), plans fundraisers, and supports the purchase of new materials and items for school improvements.

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Equity Focus Group

Our staff is interested in learning how our community believes we are meeting our school's mission and vision connected with the FCPS Equity Policy. We are looking for family members of our students who are interested in sharing their input as a part of this focus group. We would like to include a diverse array of people who represent Bush Hill community.  Please submit this form by Friday 2/16. We will be in contact shortly after this about the meeting time.  Please reach out to Shannon Nolan ([email protected]) or Alison Bieber ([email protected]) with any questions!

Shannon Nolan, Health & PE Teacher, Bush Hill Elementary School

FY 2025 Proposed Budget
  • Superintendent to Present FY 2025 Proposed Budget

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

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

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

Family Resource Center Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for February:

  • Functional Behavior Assessment/Behavior Intervention Plan (FBA/BIP) Essentials for Families Does your child have concerning behaviors at school? Did you know that there is a process to identify and support them? Learn about the FBA and BIP process and how it is used in FCPS to support any student who experiences behavioral challenges. This webinar is presented by staff from the Office of Special Education Instruction, Office of Intervention and Prevention Services, and Office of Special Education Procedural Support. Thursday, February 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. or Friday, March 1, 10-11 a.m.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.  
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to Ms. Elizabeth DePalma, SIA/Registrar.

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  1. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online at: https://bit.ly/VDOEReligiousExemptionForm

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources.

Girls On The Run (GOTR)

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Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, January 30, 2024

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Band News

Congratulations to the the 6th grade Band members for representing Bush Hill Elementary at the first ever Edison Pyramid Band Concert on Thursday, January 25th! The students came to Edison High School on the early release day to learn a song that they played with the pyramid elementary schools, Twain Middle School, and Edison High School.

Nathaniel Sorenson

Band Teacher

Unified Basketball

Bush Hill's Unified Basketball team has their first tournament of the year  coming up on February 11th at Annandale High School (4700 Medford Dr, Annandale, VA 22003). As soon as we get game times, we will let teachers and students know. We hope to see you there to cheer on our team!

Girls On The Run Panther PTA Read-A-Thon Celebrate the 100th Day of School Panther PTA

Read-A-Thon!

January 30-February 16. We need your help to achieve our $10,000 goal!! All proceeds will be used toward purchasing books and literacy supplies for our Book Room  and classroom libraries, field trips, a new school sign, and to support BHES community activities!

Your student will receive a Read-A-Thon packet in their Tuesday folder that has instructions, reading log, pledge sheet, and an envelope to hold cash/check donations.  You can also register them on memberhub http://app.memberhub.gives/bhes2024go-read

Here's how it works:

  • Jan 30-Feb 2 Students set reading goals and secure sponsors.
  • Feb 3-16 Students read!
  • Feb 12-16 Students return reading logs/pledge sheets and collect donations.

Every student gets a prize! Top 15 readers earn a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and a BHES water bottle. Pizza parties will also be given to top overall earners and top earning class K-2 & 3-6. When we achieve our $10,000 goal, Mrs. Duffy has something awesome in store!

National Poverty In America Awareness Month

Please help us support this worthy cause. Non-perishable food items and toiletries are needed!

Please place these items in the collection boxes located near the Main Office & Door 3

Donations are being collected now thru this Friday (2/2). All donations will benefit the Alexandria Community Shelter.

Winter Enrichment Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for PTA volunteers to help make sure kids are accounted for. You can sign up for one day or multiple days here: Volunteer_Signup Thank you!!!

Coming Soon!

  • &Pizza Restaurant Night - February 13th - Come eat and support our school!
  • Silent Auction/Bingo Night - March 1st - Do you have a business, can you offer an auction item, or do you have an idea of a business we can contact? Let us know by emailing [email protected]
  • Spring Enrichment - The PTA is looking for parent input! We want to know what you and your children are interested in for Spring Enrichment. Email us at [email protected]

Become a PTA Member Today!

It's easy! Click here: Join_PTA 

We'd love to see if we can reach our goal of 250 members by the end of the month!

Why join? Membership helps support our students and staff! The PTA helps plan fun activities for our school community (for staff and students), plans fundraisers, and supports the purchase of new materials and items for school improvements.

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

SEL Screener

Fairfax County Public Schools believes in supporting social and emotional learning (SEL) for all students. SEL helps students develop the necessary skills to succeed in various aspects of life. In FCPS, students use a tool called a "screener" to think about their own SEL skills and experiences at school. This screener helps them evaluate how well their school community makes them feel valued, included, and supported.

The screener works by asking questions or presenting statements that students can think about and respond to. Want to learn more about the screener? This webpage includes information about what the screener is, how it benefits our students, and how screener results are used to create a positive and inclusive learning environment. Learn more about SEL in FCPS.

https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/social-emotional-screener

FCPS Safety Tipline Keep your school safe! Tipline communication is confidential and anonymous. If An Emergency

If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

As part of Fairfax County Public Schools' continuing efforts to maintain safe schools, a confidential and anonymous Tipline is available to students, parents, staff, and other members of the FCPS community.

School administrators encourage students, staff, and community members to report school safety issues, such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft,  gang activity, the existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Tipline users may identify themselves or remain anonymous.

Tip Line

For more information https://www.fcps.edu/tipline

 

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, January 23, 2024

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End Of The 2nd Quarter - Thursday, Early Release & Friday, Student Holiday

Thursday, 1/25/24 is an Early Dismissal Day. All students will be dismissed 2 hours early at 1:55 PM.

Friday is a Professional Workday / Student Holiday.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday, January 29th. 

Panther PTA

Winter Enrichment Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for PTA volunteers to help make sure kids are accounted for. You can sign up for one day or multiple days here: Volunteer_Signup Thank you!!!

National Poverty In America Awareness Month

Please help us support this worthy cause

Non-perishable food items and toiletries are needed

Please place these items in the collection boxes located near the Main Office & Door 3

Donations are being collected now until February 2nd

All donations will benefit the Alexandria Community Shelter

Coming Soon!

  • Read-a-thon
  • Silent Auction/Bingo Night (Do you have a business, can you offer an auction item, or do you have an idea of a business we can contact? Let us know by emailing[email protected])
  • Continuing restaurant nights each month
Pastries With Panthers

Hey Panther families! The family engagement committee has planned an event for our staff and families to get together and enjoy pastries together at our school. Our first ever Pastries with Panthers events will be Tuesday January 30th (last names A-F) and Thursday February 1st (last names G-O), and Tuesday 2/6 (last names P-Z). Families should use this link to RSVP for the event by Wednesday 1/24. We are also in need of donations from family members of breakfast items for these events. Sign up here to make a donation if you are able! Thanks for considering and we hope to see you there!

Please Check Our Lost & Found

LAST CHANCE LOST & FOUND

 

All items will be donated this weekend!

 

7th Grade Immunization Requirement Notice

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

●     To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.      

●     As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to the Student Information Assistant (SIA) or Registrar at your child’s school as soon as possible:

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.

4.    A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online at: https://bit.ly/VDOEReligiousExemptionForm

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources. 

Fairfax County Health Department 

https://bit.ly/FairfaxCountyHealthDepartment

Low Cost Healthcare Resources

https://bit.ly/LowCostHealthcareResources

Health and Community Resources

https://bit.ly/HealthAndCommunityResources

Please contact Ms. DePalma, SIA/Registrar @ 703-924-5600 if you have any questions.

Thank you

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Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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Bush Hill 2 Hour Delay Schedule

Doors open at 10:50 AM

Busses will come 2 hours later that the normal stop time

School begins promptly at 11:10 AM

Breakfast is NOT served

Lunch & Special Schedule

2 Hour Delay

Grade

Specials Time

Lunch Time

2nd Grade/ ID

11:10-11:50

12:55 - 1:25

Kindergarten

11:50-12:30

1:10 - 1:40

1st Grade

11:50-12:30

1:00- 1:30

3rd Grade

1:00-1:40

12:05- 12:35

6th Grade/ Class 5C

1:40-2:20

11:20-11:50

4th Grade/ Class 6C

2:20-3:00

11:55- 12:25

5th Grade/ Classes 2A, 4E, 1E

3:00-3:40

12:25- 12:55

Specialist Lunch 12:30 - 1:00

         

Dismissal is at regular time of 3:55 PM

2-Hour Delay for all FCPS Schools

All Fairfax County public schools and school offices will open two hours late on Wednesday, January 17. Central Office employees may report two hours later than their regular scheduled time, but no later than 10 a.m.  

The unscheduled leave policy is in effect for all employees. In accordance with Regulation 4417, telework-eligible employees may telework or take unscheduled leave. Please check in with your program manager or supervisor to report your status.  

Central offices will open to the public at 10 a.m. 

  • Morning preschool (special education) classes are canceled. 
  • Afternoon preschool classes start on their regular schedule.
  • Full-day preschool (special education) and Family and Early Childhood Education Program/Head Start classes start two hours later than the regular schedule.
  • Morning field trips are canceled.
  • Morning transportation for high school academy classes is canceled. Transportation for afternoon academy classes will be provided.
  • Adult High School and GED courses will start two hours late.
  • Adult and Community Education (ACE) classes will start on time. ​​​​​​​
  • Homebound and home-based instruction will begin at 10 a.m.
  • School-age child care (SACC) centers will open at 8 a.m.
Cafe News

Dear Bush Hill Community,

Happy New Year! As we set resolutions and self-reflect, we’ve been thinking about ways to make our school even better. One of the first areas our data indicated we should focus on is our Cafe. To ensure this is a pleasant environment to enjoy lunch, we will be specifically focusing on re-establishing expectations and routines. Additionally, we have implemented some new systems that we believe will help this space run more efficiently. While we will be reviewing these expectations with your student here at school, we know we are a team and invite you to review and practice them at home as well. We’ve included a picture of our expectations for your review. 

To honor all their hard work, we will be positively reinforcing the classes’ behavior by awarding compliments when they demonstrate the expectations. This will mirror what we are doing in other areas of the school. These compliments will lead to classwide celebrations.

Additionally, there will be consistent logical consequences to address behaviors in the cafeteria. Your student’s teacher will communicate with you as necessary about your student’s behavior. 

Thank you for your partnership as we kick off the new year here at Bush Hill, where we “Appreciate, Include, Empathize…We All Belong!”

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher. 

Jaclyn Welsh

Assistant Principal

Last Chance Lost & Found

So many coats, hats, gloves, lunch boxes and water bottles!   All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the Month.  Please remember to label your child's items so they can be returned to them if found.  Thank you!

Tutor.com

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

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

Family Resource Center -- Free Resources for Families

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

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

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

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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Family Math Week
  • 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

Community Conversation With Dr. Reid at Edison HS

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

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

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

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

Panther PTA

Restaurant Night, Wed Jan 10 @ Chipotle

🌯 Come support this fundraiser at the Kingstowne location from 4-8pm and don’t worry about cooking dinner! See flyer below for full details.

Winter Enrichment Signups, going on now!:

See flyers below for full details.

Your Best Chess: Does your child want to learn how to play chess? Sign up for Wednesday mornings starting this week, running for 8 weeks!

Kidcreate: Is your child interested in art? Sign up now for Thursday after school starting this week, running for 7 weeks!

🚨 We are looking for PTA volunteers to help make sure kids are accounted for. You can sign up for one day or multiple days here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4BA4AD2DA0FCC07-47107640-bhes

Volunteer Judges Needed! 

Odyssey of the Mind Program is looking for individuals to serve as volunteer judges for the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament on 3/9/24 at Wakefield High School in Arlington.  Anyone 18 years old and older can serve as a judge. This requires a half day training on 2/24/24 from 8am-1:15pm at St. Louis Catholic school on Popkins Lane (off route 1). Our teams cannot register for the tournament without finding 4 more volunteer judges. Please contact the Bush PTA by January 10th to volunteer. Thank you very much for your consideration!

Stay tuned for some upcoming events

  • Read-a-thon
  • Silent Auction/Bingo Night (Do you have a business, can you offer an auction item, or do you have an idea of a business we can contact? Let us know by emailing[email protected])
  • Continuing restaurant nights each month

PTA Meeting January:

The next PTA General Membership Meeting will be held online January 18th @ 7:00pm. A link to the meeting will be sent via Givebacks.

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! Look for flyers in Tuesday folders from us!  https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Email us anytime at: [email protected]

Holiday - Schools Closed Calendar Reminder: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

FCPS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr

Dual Language Immersion Programs

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 updated information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

One 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.

Family Resource Center Upcoming Webinars and Events for Families

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled for January:

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles above.

Snow Day? 2-Hour Delay?

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for FCPS to cancel, delay, or close schools early. Parents and students should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations. Children need to know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be home.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and school personnel also go out and inspect the conditions of roads, sidewalks, and FCPS parking lots and bus lanes.

Where to Find Weather-Related Information

In the case of emergency for a weather-related closing, delay, or early dismissal, the FCPS website will be updated first, and will automatically include an alert at the top of each page with the appropriate information (see sample alert below). This information will remain posted until normal operations have resumed, or you click "Close This Alert" to remove it. If you have closed the alert, a red exclamation mark will remain (highlighted by red circle below) to indicate that the alert is still active. 

FCPS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. In that case, the superintendent makes the decision of whether to delay or close schools by approximately 4:30 a.m.

FCPS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:

  • Posted to www.fcps.edu.
  • Posted to the FCPS Twitter and FCPS Facebook pages.
  • Email and text messages sent to parents (using the parent contact information listed in the SIS parent record). 
  • Email sent to employees (using the employee's FCPS email address).
  • Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  • Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon (channel 11) cable customers only).
  • Area radio and television stations.

Please be aware, due to the large volume of emails sent there will likely be a lag between the website, social media and news station updates and the receipt of an email in your inbox.    

Please Check Lost & Found

Unclaimed items will be DONATED!

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Happy New Year!! Bush Hill Updates - January 3, 2024

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Outstanding Employee Nominees

Outstanding Employee Nominees for Bush Hill Elementary

This morning, our staff met to recognize all of our school's nominees for FCPS' Outstanding Employee Awards. We are so grateful to our community members who took the time to submit nominations to honor the work of our many wonderful employees! Please join us in congratulating the following staff members: 

Outstanding Teacher: 

  • Thea Steventon, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Lalin Courtney, Special Education Teacher
  • Suzy Ghosh, Second Grade Teacher
  • Natalie Montero, Special Education Teacher
  • Theresia Anderson, Sixth Grade Teacher
  • Stacie Becker, Kindergarten Teacher
  • PJ McCarthy, Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Chris Poulson, Preschool Teacher
  • Melissa Kirchmier, Third Grade Teacher
  • Robyn Laha, Third Grade Teacher
  • Tadhg Dowd, Fifth Grade Teacher

Outstanding New Teacher: 

  • Anna Huffman, Second Grade Teacher
  • Amaria Hall, First Grade Teacher
  • Renee Rose-Grandison, Second Grade Teacher
  • Mandy McGroddy, Special Education Teacher

Outstanding Operational Employee:

  • Cephas Appiah, Custodian
  • Katelyn Henry, Instructional Assistant
  • Crystal Syphrit, Instructional Assistant
  • Crystal Saunders, Site Based Substitute 

Outstanding Professional Employee: 

  • Alison Bieber, School Based Technology Specialist 

Outstanding Principal:

  • Mary Duffy

A committee of staff members reviewed the nominations for each category and selected one candidate to represent Bush Hill as nominees for the Edison Pyramid level of the awards program. The following staff members will now be considered for the Edison Pyramid level in their respective categories, which will be announced soon: 

  • Stacie Becker, Outstanding Teacher
  • Mandy McGroddy, Outstanding New Teacher
  • Crystal Syphrit, Outstanding Operational Employee
  • Alison Bieber, Outstanding Professional Employee
  • Mary Duffy, Outstanding Principal 
SY 24-25 Dual Language Immersion Program

All rising kindergarten and first grade students who live in Fairfax County may enter a lottery to participate in Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs. In DLI programs, students are learning elementary content in two languages with students spending half of the day learning in either language. English Language Arts and Social Studies are taught in English. Math, Science, Health, and Target Language Arts are taught in another language.
FCPS offers DLI programs in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. Online lottery application begins on January 22nd (9 a.m.). A SIS account is required to complete the application. If a student is not currently enrolled in FCPS, registration at the base school is required. FCPS does not
provide transportation for students who live outside the attendance area of the DLI school. A one-time fee of $100 must be paid upon acceptance of an out-of-boundary placement (see Notice 5922).


Program Sites and Informational Meetings

The schools listed below offer county-wide DLI Program enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year.  Parents are encouraged to attend one of the informational meetings. The dates for all meetings are listed below. Meetings will be held at the elementary school listed except for the virtual event.


LANGUAGE GRADES LOCATION* DATE TIME SNOW DATE TIME
French 1 Kent Gardens January 18 5:30 p.m. January 29 5:30 p.m.
German 1 Orange Hunt January 24 6:00 p.m. February 1 6:00 p.m.
Japanese 1 Fox Mill January 17 7:00 p.m. January 24 7:00 p.m.
Japanese 1 Great Falls January 30 5:00 p.m. January 31 5:00 p.m.
Korean K & 1 Colin Powell January 17 6:30 p.m. January 31 6:30 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 Bailey’s Primary January 25 7:00 p.m. January 30 7:00 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 Fort Hunt January 16 6:30 p.m. January 24 6:30 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 Lake Anne January 16 6:30 p.m. January 25 6:30 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 Laurel Ridge January 23 6:00 p.m. January 24 6:00 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 London Towne January 22 7:00 p.m. January 29 7:00 p.m.
Spanish 1 Ravensworth January 24 6:30 p.m. January 31 6:30 p.m.
Spanish K & 1 Rose Hill January 23 6:00 p.m. February 1 6:00 p.m.
All Languages K & 1 Virtual** February 1 6:00 p.m. 

*FCPS offers additional school based Spanish DLI programs at Braddock, Groveton, Herndon, and Washington Mill.

Please contact the school for more information.

** Meetings at the school site are hosted by the principal in partnership with the world languages office. The virtual meeting is hosted by the world languages office and includes all general program information.

Panther PTA

Happy New Year from your PTA! We look forward to some fun for our students and staff in 2024! 

Restaurant Night, Jan 10 @ Chipotle

Come support this fundraiser at the Kingstowne location from 4-8pm and don’t worry about cooking dinner! See flyer attached for full details.

Winter Enrichment Signups, going on now!:

We need to fill these classes! Inquire with Principal Duffy if need financial assistance. See flyers for full details.

• Your Best Chess: Does your child want to learn how to play chess? Sign up for Tuesday after school or Wednesday mornings starting second week of January running for 8 weeks!

• Kidcreate: Is your child interested in art? Sign up now for Thursday after school starting second week of January running for 7 weeks! 

Volunteer Judges Needed! 

Odyssey of the Mind Program is looking for individuals to serve as volunteer judges for the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament on 3/9/24 at Wakefield High School in Arlington.  Anyone 18 years old and older can serve as a judge. This requires a half day training on 2/24/24 from 8am-1:15pm at St. Louis Catholic school on Popkins Lane (off route 1). Our teams cannot register for the tournament without finding a volunteer judge. Please contact the Bush PTA by January 10th to volunteer. Thank you very much for your consideration!

Stay tuned for some upcoming events

• Read-a-thon

  • Silent Auction/Bingo Night (have a business, can offer an auction item, or have an idea of a business we can contact)

• Spring Enrichment program

• Continuing restaurant nights each month

• We will continue to update the event calendar in Givebacks

Ideas, thoughts, questions; want to volunteer or assist? We take donations via Givebacks and always need help from volunteers! Look for flyers in Tuesday folders from us! 

https://bushhill.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true

Email us anytime at: ptabushhillelementary@gmail.com

Girls On The Run (GOTR)

“Girls on the Run is SO MUCH FUN!”  

  • Spring Season starts the week of March 5, 2024. Bush Hill’s team meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a 1-hour practice after school. There are 20 practices a season. The Celebration 5k weekend is May 18-19, 2024.  

Bush Hill’s GOTR needs coaches and volunteers:  

  • Coaches must complete background checks and GOTR training.  
  • Coaches lead at least one practice lesson a season.  
  • During practice, volunteers help manage the participants, as well as warm-up, run, and cool down with them.  

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to run to coach or volunteer. Your presence is most important!!   

Coach registration is OPEN. Whether you’re returning or new, please visit this link (https://www.gotrnova.org/coach#signup_anchor) to register. 

To learn more, please visit the Girls on the Run Northern Virginia website: www.gotrnova.org or email me at [email protected]

Thank you so much for your consideration! 

Jen Steiner

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Dear Bush Hill Elementary Community,

As we approach winter break, I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the incredible journey we've shared as a school community this school year. From the vibrant classrooms filled with eager learners to the dedicated staff who support them every step of the way, I am filled with immense pride in all we have accomplished together.

This year has brought its share of challenges and triumphs. We faced them head-on, demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and a deep commitment to learning and growth. Whether it was mastering new concepts, participating in enriching activities, or forging strong bonds of friendship, our students have consistently impressed me with their enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our teachers, staff, and parents for playing such vital roles in shaping this positive learning environment. Your unwavering support, dedication, and collaborative spirit are the driving forces behind our success.

As we prepare for a well-deserved break, I encourage everyone to embrace the spirit of the season. Spend time with loved ones, recharge your batteries, and come back refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We will be encouraging our staff to do the same and are asking them to not check emails over the break. Our Main Office will also be closed during the break. Should you need assistance with something that requires FCPS' immediate attention while school is closed, please contact FCPS Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

  • Important dates:
    • Winter break begins at 4:30 PM on Friday, December 15 and ends on January 1, 2024.
    • School resumes on January 2, 2024.

On behalf of the entire school community, I wish you a joyous and restful winter break. May the season be filled with laughter, love, and memories that will last a lifetime.

With warm regards,

Mary E. Duffy, Principal

Work Out Wednesday

This Wednesday, December 13th - Rock your work out wear or support your favorite sports team! 

Join Us For Our Winter Concerts & Book Fair Evening Hours

Strings concert this evening, Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 PM

Band and Chorus concert Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 PM

Panther PTA

As the year comes to a close, we want to extend warm wishes for a safe, joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year to each and every member of our wonderful school community. Reflecting on the successes we've achieved together in 2023 fills us with pride and gratitude. Together, we have coordinated multiple fundraisers, planned and supported events that helped bring our community together, and supported the enrichment of our students through various programs. Let's carry the spirit of collaboration and determination into the coming year, continuing to inspire and support one another on this journey. Here's to a bright and successful 2024 for the Bush Hill Elementary School community!

SPIRIT WEAR & MORE!

PTA will be selling some new cozy BHES Spirit Wear and refreshments at the Winter Concerts on December 12th and 14th. Come stock up on some new gear and enjoy the wonderful programs!

RESTAURANT NIGHT

Restaurant Night is this Wednesday, December 13th at Hangry Burger! Come eat and support our school!

WINTER ENRICHMENT

We are excited to announce some Winter Enrichment opportunities for our students coming soon! Your Best Chess, will provide 8-weeks of intensive Chess training for our students, beginning January 9th. Kidcreate will be providing after school arts and crafts beginning on January 11th. Full details will be included in this week’s Tuesday Folder. The time to sign up is now!

BINGO NIGHT & SILENT AUCTION

Bingo Night/Silent Auction will be held on Friday March 1, 2024. This event is a huge fundraiser that increases our ability to support our school community. Those interested in assisting or providing auction donations, please email [email protected] ASAP!

COMMUNITY NIGHT

The PTA will be supporting the BHES Equity Committee planning of Community Night held on March 21, 2024. The PTA members interested in assisting, please email [email protected].

CARDS FOR CAUSE FUNDRAISER UPDATE

Congratulations to Ms. Hamilton’s 4th grade class and Mrs. Steventon’s Kindergarten class; these classes tied for the most sales during the Cards for Cause Fundraiser and will be awarded a pizza party sponsored by the PTA!! 🍕

DONATE TODAY!

Check out the GiveBacks store for an easy way to donate to various school projects and events. We appreciate your help and support! https://bushhill.memberhub.com/users/sign_in?&to=%2Fevents%2F6f2e17c8-d8ea-4e57-ac44-8e7315154558%2Fview

Our normal PTA Body meeting for December will be held electronically. We will distribute updates from the PTA board and our subcommittee via GiveBacks on December 21, 2023.

Question, comments, or great ideas? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BushHillES/

SEL Screener

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

One of the ways FCPS supports the mental wellness of all students is the SEL Screener.

Students in grades 3-12 took the SEL Screener during the month of October, providing information on their skills like achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. 

The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. Screener data is used to create the learning, experiences, and environments students need to be successful.

The week of December 11th, individual student SEL Screener results will be available to families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail.

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

FCPS Winter Break

There will be no school from Monday, December 18, to Monday, January 1, 2024, for winter break. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2The Bush Hill Main Office will be CLOSED during the Winter Break.

Keep Learning Over Winter Break

Does your child need help getting up to speed in high school math, science, or English? Tutor.com offers diagnostic quizzes to help students test their knowledge and find areas where they may need help. Quizzes can be taken anytime, and students can connect immediately to a tutor. 

Test prep is also available for students preparing for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT. 

FCPS students have unlimited access, 24/7, to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Students can connect online any time, any place, and in most K-12 subjects for however long they need. 

Girls On The Run (GOTR)

“Girls on the Run is SO MUCH FUN!”  

Coach registration is OPEN. Whether you’re returning or new, please visit this link (https://www.gotrnova.org/coach#signup_anchor) to register. 

Spring Season starts the week of March 5, 2024. Bush Hill’s team meets twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a 1-hour practice after school. There are 20 practices a season. The Celebration 5k weekend is May 18-19, 2024.  

Bush Hill’s GOTR needs coaches and volunteers:  

  • Coach registration opens December 1, 2023. 
  • Coaches must complete background checks and GOTR training.  
  • Coaches lead at least one practice lesson a season.  
  • During practice, volunteers help manage the girls, as well as warm-up, run, and cool down with them.  

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to run to coach or volunteer. Your presence is most important!!   

To learn more, please visit the Girls on the Run Northern Virginia website: www.gotrnova.org or email me at [email protected]

Thank you so much for your consideration! 

Jen Steiner 

Safety First

Once you have committed to our Kiss N Ride line - please DO NOT let your children jump out of the car early.  Please continue to the appointment drop off zone for the safety of all.  Thank you.

FCPS Snow Days

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.

Order Your Panther Yearbook Today Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

Holiday Resources

Northern Virginia Family Service 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, Virginia 22124. Telephone number is (571)748-2500 Both Thanksgiving and Christmas programs are administered by the charity / non-profit organization. They are involved in collecting food, toys, clothing, vouchers and more from the region. Those items are then passed out to qualified low-income families, with a focus on children and the elderly. The toys are free to those that qualify.

Britepaths (formerly Our Daily Bread) Location is 3959 Pender Dr #200, Fairfax, VA 22030. Main phone number is (703)537-0643 A referral is needed in order to get assistance to their holiday programs. The Fairfax County Public School or the government can provide this if needed. The Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs they administer are a last resort. Applicants can’t be participating in any other services from another local church or charity. More information on Britepaths programs.

Annandale Christian Community For Action, or ACCA Inc. Main address is 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. Call the non-profit at (703)222-0880 for information Free gift baskets, food, Turkeys, and meals are offered at both Thanksgiving and Christmas time. There may be free books, clothes, Christmas stocking stuffers, matchbox or hot wheels cars, sporting goods and other presents for kids at Christmas.

Angel Tree and Adopt a Family from Salvation Army Fairfax Corps Businesses and others from the community donate toys, clothing, games, shoes and other items. There are multiple Salvation Army centers in northern VA, as noted below. The goods are then provided for free to those that are less fortunate. The national non-profit matches low-income children, infants, and families with donors to assist them in receiving free holiday assistance, such as toys clothing, gift certificates, and food vouchers. They operate Angel Tree and give out free Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets from a pantry.

  • Another Salvation Army center is in Alexandria. The corps office is at 1804 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301. For applications, dial (703)836-2427
  • The main holiday services are at the center address is 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Main phone number is (703)385-8700
  • There are other resources too. More on assistance from Fairfax County VA Salvation Army.

Ecumenical Community Helping Others-ECHO Main location is 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150. Call the agency at (703)569-9160 This organization, supported by local faith congregations, distributes new games, clothing, toys and other goods at Christmas for client families with young children.  ECHO, on its own or through local individuals or congregations, provides the groceries for families to make a festive holiday meal at Thanksgiving or Christmas.  ECHO serves a specific geographic area but does not discriminate on any basis except for residency within the service area.

Toys for Tots Fairfax County There are several places to donate, or to apply to pick up, free Christmas toys. They will be unwrapped. Games, books, electronics, Legos, sporting goods, clothes, tablets, and other presents are offered. This is a US Marine Corp assistance programs that helps the low income, immigrants, and military families/veterans among others. To learn more, or apply, try this.  https://quantico-va.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx?nPageID=100&nPreviewInd=200&nRedirectInd=3.

Toys for Tots Locations:

The Koinonia Foundation 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22310. Telephone: (703)971-1991 The non-profit organization may have free Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas gifts, meals, small gifts and food.

United Community Ministries

7511 Fordson Rd.

Alexandra, Virginia, 22306

Call (703) 768-7106

The Living Word, Inc.

7406 Alban Station Ct.

Springfield, Virginia, 22153

Call 703-866-4140

Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Dia - Alexandria Spanish Seventh Day Adventist

2812 Franklin Street

Alexandria, Virginia, 22306

Dial 703-314-9188 or (571) 305-2085

Casa de Alabanza

7406 Alban Station Ct.

Springfield, Virginia, 22153

Main number is 571-502-0006 or (703) 866-4140

 

DONOR OPPORTUNITIES

Salvation Army

1804 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301. For applications, dial (703)836-2427

Fairfax County Adopt a Family

[email protected]

Send an email and include your name, organization/company name, email, phone number and mailing address.  Indicate the number of children you would like to support in your adopt-a-family (plan to purchase about four to five gifts per child in addition to winter clothing). You can also buy something for parent(s)/caregiver(s) (a gift card to a big box store is recommended).

Ecumenical Community Helping Others-ECHO Main location is 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150. Call the agency at (703)569-9160.

The Koinonia Foundation 6037 Franconia Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22310. Telephone: (703)971-1991

***You can contact individual resources listed above and inquire to their ability to accept donations.

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, December 5, 2023

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Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Panther PTA

Time flies when you’re having fun; and we’ve got more fun planned to close out the calendar year and start 2024 right.

  • The Book Fair will run from December 8th through December 15th. Volunteers are still needed!!  Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA8AF2FAA8-46148902-scholastic?utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery#/
  • PTA will be selling merchandise, hot chocolate, and popcorn at the winter concerts on 12 and 14Dec. Volunteers are needed for this fundraising opportunity. 
  • December 13th is our next Restaurant Night at Hangry Burger.  Dine-in or Carry-Out…support our BHES PTA!
  • Also recently added to the schedule we will be sponsoring a holiday sendoff breakfast for faculty and staff on Friday December 15th. 
  • We are excited to announce some Winter Enrichment opportunities for our students (Chess, Arts/Crafts) coming soon.
  • We are also preparing for Bingo Night/Silent Auction which will be held on Friday March 1, 2024 and collaborating with the BHES Equity Committee on Community Night scheduled for March 21, 2024.
  • Not into fundraising? Just prefer to donate?  Check out the GiveBacks Store for some options to donate to various school projects and events. We appreciate all your help and support!

Be on the lookout for emails soliciting for your input, time, and talent. You are needed to make these efforts a success!

Our normal PTA Body meeting for December will be held electronically. We will package updates from the PTA board and our subcommittee and distribute via GiveBacks on December 21, 2023.

That’s all for now.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us @ [email protected]  or via Facebook if there are questions, concerns, or ideas.  

Have a great day.

Join Us At The Book Fair

We’d love your help with the book fair!  You can sign up here.  😊

 

Full Time Level IV Referrals

Dear Bush Hill Families,

I will be out on leave until January and will not have access to email.

For questions about Full Time Referrals please view the information on our Bush Hill Website under Academics-Advanced Academics! There document "Full Time Referral Document" that has a quick snap shot of what is needed from parents and what is provided by the school.

Here is a direct link to our Bush Hill AAP Page: https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/academics/advanced-academic-programs

Any other information can be found on the FCPS AAP Page

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

All referrals submitted to my email [email protected] before Friday, December 15th @4:30pm are considered received.

Referral may also be dropped off the main office.

Enjoy the winter holidays!

Jen Spollen (AART)

Snow Day?

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

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. It is followed by email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated.

Update your contact information in UConnect https://www.fcps.edu/departments-and-offices/department-human-resources/uconnect

to receive text messages regarding weather closings from FCPS. When a weather event is in the forecast, be sure to plan for childcare, if needed.

FCPS Family Resource Center Free Webinars and Events for Families This Winter

The Family Resource Center offers free webinars for adults to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The following events are currently scheduled.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the linked titles.

Winter Holiday

The Winter Break is quickly approaching. Schools will be closed from December 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024.  Schools will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2024.  The Bush Hill Main Office will be closed during the holiday.

Lost & Found

Our lost & found is OVERFLOWING w/ coats, hoodies, sweaters, water bottles, lunch boxes, hats, gloves, etc.  Please be sure to check our Lost & Found before items are donated.

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 28, 2023

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Bush Hill Main Office Closing Early on Friday

Bush Hill's Main Office will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1 so that all staff may attend the Viewing for our staff member, Crystal Syphrit. Thank you for your support. 

Panther PE

Season’s Greetings from the Bush Hill PE Department

We want to give a huge shout out to all the classes for participating in the 2023 Turkey Trot! We were so impressed with your dedication, determination and energy you ALL put in to all the laps you did for your class.

As an entire school we ran 6,640 laps, which is a total of 664 miles!!!! That’s Awesome!!!

The classes with the most laps were:

In grades K-2 – Ms. Ghosh’s 2nd grade class

In grades 3-4 – Ms. Hamilton’s 4th grade class

In grades 5-6 – Mrs. Farrell – Team 5

The classes will have a Pie party soon!

PE reminder: with the cold weather coming we have seen a lot of boots, please be sure your child has tennis shoes on PE days.

Merry Fitness and a Happy New You!

From: Ms. Mulcahy & Ms. Nolan

Bush Hill P.E. Teachers

Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week Come To The Book Fair

We’d love your help with the book fair!  You can sign up here!

Allison Porta-Sheridan

Librarian | Bush Hill ES

phone:  703.924.5600

email:  [email protected]

find your next book:  Bush Hill Library Catalog

Winter VGA

Dear Families,

In the coming weeks, students in grades 3-6 will take the winter Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA). I’ve included some frequently asked questions about this testing below. I hope this helps answer questions you might have and supports your family’s conversations around these tests.

What are these tests?

These tests measure how well students understand grade level content.  Students in grades 3-6 will take the VGA in the Fall and Winter, and the SOL in the Spring.  Students in grades 3, 4, and 6 take these assessments in Reading and Math.  Students in grade 5 will take these assessments in Reading, Math, and Science.  

You can find more information about the VGA assessment on the FCPS VGA page.  More information about the SOL can be found on the FCPS SOL page.

When will my child take these tests?

Testing dates for the winter and spring are still being planned.  Students will take the Fall VGA tests on the following days: 

  • Monday, December 4th – 6th Grade Reading
  • Tuesday, December 5th – 5th Grade Reading
  • Wednesday, December 6th – 4th and 3rd Grade Reading
  • Monday, December 11th – 5th Grade Math  
  • Tuesday, December 12th – 6th Grade Math
  • Wednesday, December 13th – 4th and 3rd Grade Math
  • Thursday, December 14th to Friday, January 18th --- Make-ups

How will the scores be used?

Teachers will use the information from the VGA to help make decisions about instruction throughout the year.  Students' scores on the SOL are used to help us make school-wide decisions as we plan for the next school year. 

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) compares students’ growth over the year to determine if the school has met standards for accreditation from the state.

How will I find out my child’s scores?

FCPS will provide parents scores after the testing window either in ParentVUE or by US Mail.  SOL scores are posted to ParentVUE/Parent SIS in the summer.  Letters with scores will be mailed to parents who did not have a ParentVUE/Parent SIS account.

What happens if my child doesn’t pass these tests?

The VGA test does not report a pass/fail.  It only provides information about how well students have learned content.  The SOL does report a fail, pass proficient, or pass advanced score. Regardless of how your child scores, they will progress to the next grade.  There is no penalty for children for not passing these tests. 

If a child does not pass the SOL with a score between 375-399, they are eligible to retake the test.  Parents must provide consent for retakes

I have more questions. What should I do?

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me at [email protected] or at (703)924-5600.

Jaclyn Welsh

Assistant Principal

Full Time Level IV Referrals

Dear Bush Hill Families,

I will be out on leave until January and will not have access to email.

For questions about Full Time Referrals please view the information on our Bush Hill Website under Academics-Advanced Academics! There document "Full Time Referral Document" that has a quick snap shot of what is needed from parents and what is provided by the school.

Here is a direct link to our Bush Hill AAP Page: https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/academics/advanced-academic-programs

Any other information can be found on the FCPS AAP Page

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

All referrals submitted to my email [email protected] before Friday, December 15th @4:30pm are considered received.

Referral may also be dropped off the main office.

Enjoy the winter holidays!

Jen Spollen (AART)

Panther PTA
  • Bush Hill Spirit Wear is now available! 👕 🐾 Show your school pride and support by dressing in our stylish and comfortable Spirit Wear! Spirit Wear is currently only available at the PTA Pop Up Store. Your next opportunity to purchase gear is at the Winter Concerts held on December 12th and 14th❄️ 🎼
  • Restaurant Night is December 13th at Hangry Burger. 🍔 Bring your friends and family for some seriously delicious food! 20% of your total will be donated to Bush Hill PTA. The proceeds will directly benefit our school, enabling us to fund important projects, activities, and resources that enhance the learning experience for our children.
  • BHES Winter Book Fair will be December 8th – 15th!! 📚 Book Fair Preview CLICK HERE: https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/homepages/flyer_custom/flyer_custom.html#p=1 Volunteers are needed to make this a success!!  Want to help with the book fair? Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA8AF2FAA8-46148902-scholastic Have questions? Please reach out to the BHES Librarian, Allison Porta-Sheridan, [email protected]

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Bush Hill parents for their incredible support throughout the November PTA events. Your enthusiasm, participation, and dedication made these events truly special and impactful to our school community. There are plenty more opportunities to bring your talents to a PTA event or effort! Please join if you have not done so already; please serve as your availability and desires allow. Questions? Email us @ [email protected]

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Dear Bush Hill Community, 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to each and every member of our school community.

I am thankful for our dedicated teachers and staff who work tirelessly to create a nurturing and supportive learning environment for our students. Their passion for education and their commitment to excellence are truly inspiring.

I am thankful for our parents and guardians who play a vital role in their children's education. Your involvement and support are essential to our school's success.

And most importantly, I am thankful for our students, whose curiosity, enthusiasm, and resilience make our school such a vibrant and dynamic place to be.

As we gather with our loved ones this Thanksgiving, let us take time to reflect on the many things we have to be grateful for. May this season of giving and thanks be filled with joy, peace, and happiness.

On behalf of the entire Bush Hill Elementary School Community, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Mary Duffy, Principal

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Winter Book Fair

Hello BHES!

Our winter book fair will be December 8th – 15th!!

Book Fair Preview Click Here! https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/homepages/flyer_custom/flyer_custom.html#p=1

Visit our Book Fair Homepage to set up your eWallet!

Volunteers are needed to make this a success!! Any questions reach out to the BHES Librarian, Allison Porta-Sheridan. Thank you!  Would you like to help with the book fair?  Sign up here!

Allison Porta-Sheridan

Librarian | Bush Hill ES

phone:  703.924.5600

email:  [email protected]

find your next book:  Bush Hill Library Catalog

Panther PTA

On behalf of the Bush Hill PTA, It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest condolences to the family, co-workers and students of Mrs. Crystal Syphrit.  Mrs. Syphrit’s passing is a loss for the entire Bush Hill community.  We pray that the memories of her kindness and commitment provide solace at this time.

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We are in the final stretch of our Cards for Cause Fundraiser. Your support is crucial in helping us reach our fundraising goals, which directly benefits our students and enhances their school experience. The deadline for participation is this Friday November 24.  The class that sells the most boxes of cards will receive a PTA sponsored Pizza Party.  Don't miss this opportunity to make a positive impact.

The fall line of Bush Hill Spirit Wear is now available! Show your school pride and support by dressing in our stylish and comfortable Spirit Wear. Spirit Wear is currently only available at the PTA Pop Up store.  Your next opportunity to purchase is at the Winter Concerts on December 12th and 14th.

Our Next Restaurant Night is December 13th at Hangry Burger. Bring your friends and family as we come together to share good food, laughter, and create lasting memories.  20% of your total will be donated to Bush Hill PTA. 

The BHES Winter Book Fair will be December 8th – 15th!! Book Fair Preview Click Here! https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/homepages/flyer_custom/flyer_custom.html#p=1

Volunteers are needed to make this a success!!  Want to help with the book fair? Sign up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054EA8AF2FAA8-46148902-scholastic

Any questions reach out to the BHES Librarian, Allison Porta-Sheridan, [email protected]  Thank you!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Bush Hill parents for their incredible support throughout the November PTA events. Your enthusiasm, participation, and dedication made these events truly special and impactful to our school community. There are plenty more opportunities to bring your talents to a PTA event or effort.  Please join if you have not done so already; please serve as your availability and desires allow.  Thank you in advance!!

Lastly, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season! May this special time be filled with joy, laughter, and cherished moments. Whether you're celebrating with family, friends, or taking some well-deserved time for yourself, may the holidays bring warmth and happiness to your heart. Remember to Stay Safe and Take Care of One Another. Here's to creating beautiful memories and embracing the spirit of the season. Happy holidays!

Attendance Matters

Missing School Over the Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, please speak with your child’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work. However, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom.

Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

Student Attendance and Engagement

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

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

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

Attendance is critical for academic success!

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.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources 

FCPS will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for the 2024-25 school year. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources. 

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. 

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Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, November 14th

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1st Quarter Report Cards Go Home Today

Progress Reports and Grading

This week, families with students in grades 1-6 will be receiving first quarter report cards. FCPS operates on a standards-based grading system. This means that students receive multiple grades in each subject based on the many, diverse standards for those subjects. For each standard, students will receive a grade of a 1, 2, 3, or 4. These grades do not correlate to the traditional letter grades that have been used in the past. You can find more specific information about the parameters of these grades by following this link to the FCPS Elementary Grading and Reporting Handbook for Parents. In addition to the numerical grades, you may also see grades of ‘nt’ and ‘na’. The indicator ‘nt’ stands for “not taught”. This means that this standard has not yet been taught this school year. The indicator ‘na’ means ‘not assessed’, which means the student has not yet been formally assessed on that standard. All standards will be taught, assessed, and graded by the end of the school year. To find more information on the content being taught and assessed for your child’s specific grade level, go to the Grade Level Information page on the FCPS website.

Celebrating Ruby Bridges Day Join Us Tonight Panther Thanksgiving Luncheon

 

 

Come & EnjoyThanksgiving Luncheon

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Student Tickets: $3.25

Guest Tickets:  $4.75

(includes adults & non school-age children)

Students may pay for their lunch by using their lunch account, bringing cash or by check.

Students may also bring lunch from home.

Students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive lunch at no cost.

Tickets will be sold at the door.   Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your child’s lunch time.

Payment by check?  Please make checks payable to “Bush Hill Food Services”

Payment in cash?  Please remit $4.75 exact amount only (anything over will be considered a donation – thank you!)

Luncheon Schedule

Teacher

Lunch Time

Lunch Location

Moya Williams - 6th Grade

10:30 - 11:10

Cafeteria

Farrell - 6th Grade

10:35 - 11:15

Cafeteria

Anderson - 6th Grade

10:40 - 11:20

Cafeteria

Martin - 6th Grade

10:45 - 11:25

Cafeteria

 

 

 

Zimmerman - 4th Grade

10:50 - 11:30

Gym

Sable - 4th Grade

10:55 - 11:35

Gym

Hamilton - 4th Grade

11:00 - 11:40

Gym

Squires - 4th Grade

11:05 - 11:45

Gym

Samuels - 4th Grade

11:10 - 11:50

Gym

McCarthy - 4th Grade

11:15 - 11:55

Gym

Break

11:20 - 11:35

 

Kirchmier - 3rd Grade

11:35 - 12:15

Cafeteria

Laha - 3rd Grade

11:40 - 12:20

Cafeteria

Wake - 3rd Grade

11:45 - 12:25

Cafeteria

Williams - 3rd Grade

11:50 - 12:30

Cafeteria

 

 

 

K. Purcell - 5th Grade

11:55 - 12:35

Gym

Johnson - 5th Grade

12:00 - 12:40

Gym

Polis - 5th Grade

12:05 - 12:45

Gym

Fleshman - 5th Grade

12:10 - 12:50

Gym

Dowd - 5th Grade

12:15 - 12:55

Gym

Break

12:20 - 12:35

 

Gross - 1st Grade

12:35 - 1:15

Cafeteria

Thomas - 1st Grade

12:40 - 1:20

Cafeteria

Hall - 1st Grade

12:45 - 1:25

Cafeteria

 

 

 

Huffman - 2nd Grade

12:50 - 1:30

Gym

Ghosh - 2nd Grade

12:55 - 1:35

Gym

Estrada - 2nd Grade

1:00 - 1:40

Gym

Rose-Grandison - 2nd Grade

1:05 - 1:45

Gym

 

 

 

Becker - Kindergarten

1:10 - 1:50

Cafeteria

Gallego - Kindergarten

1:15 - 1:55

Cafeteria

Steventon - Kindergarten

1:20 - 2:00

Cafeteria

Turkey Trot

Get ready to ruffle some feathers parents and families!  Our Bush Hill PE department is hosting a Turkey Trot the week of November 13th!  This will take place either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, to ensure all classes get a chance to participate during their PE class.  Students will run as many laps as they can for their classroom.  Winners will receive bragging rights (obviously 😉) and a prize to be determined!  Please be sure to dress appropriately, including sneakers.  Gobble, Gobble Panthers!

November Is Military Family Appreciation Month

Veterans, thank you for your service to our country, and for continuing to serve our local community and our children!

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.

Federal Impact Aid Survey

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE.  Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

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.

For more information, watch this video and visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page. 

Library Updates

We would love your help at the Book Fair!  Sign up here!

Panther PTA

CARDS FOR CAUSE FUNDRAISER

Check out these amazing boxes of cards for sale $30 each box, BHES gets $12 per box that is sold. This fundraiser started October 30th and ends on November 24th with boxes estimated to be delivered the week of December 11th. The classroom that sells the most boxes will get a pizza party from the PTA the week before winter break!! 

PATHER SPIRITWEAR SALE

The PTA will have spiritwear available for purchase this week during both Science Night and at the Thanksgiving lunch. 

For upcoming events and other ways to donate or support various events throughout the year bookmark our calendar on Givebacks and check out our store to donate!  https://bushhill.memberhub.com/users/sign_in?&to=%2Fevents%2F6f2e17c8-d8ea-4e57-ac44-8e7315154558%2Fview

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Bush Hill Elementary School PTA

Thanksgiving Holiday - Schools Closed

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

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