Bush Hill Updates August 2, 2022

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School Tours Canceled for Today

Mrs. Duffy sent an email to all Bush Hill families last week to let everyone know that we need to cancel the building tours we had planned for today, August 8th. Here is a copy of the message that was sent: Our Bush Hill Custodial Team is very busy cleaning our building and preparing for the start of the school year. We are also in the middle of some capital improvement projects at our school - the carpet in our library and conference room is being replaced and our air conditioning control switches are being replaced throughout the building. This means we have no air conditioning in the building - - and we have furniture and book cases scattered throughout the hallways. Due to these projects not yet being complete (though they ARE in their final stages) - we will not be able to open the building next week (August 2) to tours for new families as we had originally planned. Therefore, we are canceling the tours for new families on August 2. 

We are still hopeful to be able to offer tours on August 8, and will update you next week on this. 

Meal Prices for 2022-23 School Year

This school year, students and staff will return to paying for breakfast and lunch meals at school. Breakfast will be $1.75. and lunch will be $3.25 for students at our school. Milk will be $0.60. Breakfast and lunch menus can be found here. There are also multiple ways to pay for your meal. More information can be found here.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced-Price Meal application numbers. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the main office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact Bush Hill’s Main Office.

Playdate Information

We look forward to welcoming new families to our playdate on the playground tomorrow, August 3, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rising Kindergarteners will have a playdate on Wednesday, August 10, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Bush Hill Summer Updates - Thursday, July 14, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Back to School Events

We hope that all of our Panthers are enjoying their summer vacation. At Bush Hill, we are busily preparing for the 2022-23 school year! We are currently finalizing our Back-to-School events and will be sharing those dates with families very soon.

School Supply Lists

Mr. Bhatti, our new School Based Technology Specialist, started working with us yesterday! Mr. Bhatti will be working to update the school supply lists on our website and we will send out an email as soon as it is ready to go.

Now Registering!

Ms. DePalma, our Registrar, is back from her summer vacation. She is ready to register new families and rising Kindergarteners! If you know of someone who has moved into our boundaries, please encourage them to call Ms. DePalma to make an appointment for registration right away. Early registration allows us to ensure our school is appropriately staffed for the start of the school year. Ms. DePalma can be reached at 703-924-5600 or via email at [email protected]. General registration forms and information needed to complete registration can be found here.

Job Opportunities with FCPS and Bush Hill

Classroom Monitors: Bush Hill is looking for several special people to serve as classroom monitors for the 2022-2023 school year!  Pay is $15.73/hour.  Monitors will work every day students attend throughout the 2022-2023 school year, and will directly support classrooms by providing teachers with additional planning time.  Monitors will be responsible for supervising students. Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students to complete.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support one school throughout the year, and monitors will experience all classroom environments (general education, special education, and specials classes such as art/music/PE).  Please apply here: 

https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25103&siteid=5042#jobDetails=1439810_5042

Substitute Teachers: FCPS and Bush Hill need substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Like many school districts across the region and country, FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher or a substitute instructional assistant, you are able to set parameters for the days you are available, the grade levels you would like to teach, or the schools where you want to assist!

If you would like to learn more about becoming a substitute teacher or instructional assistant, FCPS is offering virtual information sessions. Sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session.

  • Upcoming Information Sessions:
  • July 20, 27
  • August 10, 17, 24, 31

Sign up for the information session here.

Next Steps:

Be sure to share this opportunity with everyone you know! If you have any questions about either position, please call us for more information at 703-924-5600. If you have applied, please do let Mrs. Duffy know so we can be on the lookout for our application in our HR system!  She can be reached via email at [email protected]

 

 

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, June 7, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

We want to thank the following staff members for their contributions to Bush Hill and wish them well as they begin new adventures for the 2022-23 school year:

  • Ms. Goddin, 2nd Grade Teacher, is moving to Seattle, Washington
  • Ms. Dobbins, 4th Grade Teacher, will be teaching at West Springfield ES in FCPS
  • Ms. Oler, 4th Grade Teacher, is moving to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ms. Li, 5th Grade Teacher, will be teaching at Poplar Tree ES in FCPS
  • Ms. Swinton, 5th Grade Teacher, will be teaching in Washington, D.C.
  • Ms. Kapsak, 6th Grade AAP Teacher, has moved to Richmond, Virginia
  • Ms. Harding, Kindergarten IA, will be an ESOL Teacher in Prince William County
  • Ms. Sim, ESOL Teacher, will be moving to Colorado
  • Ms. deLorimier, Math Coach, will be moving to Richmond, Virginia
  • Ms. Linsley, Music Teacher, moving to Vermont
  • Ms. Cornell, Special Education Teacher, will be moving to Maryland
  • Ms. Cross, Special Education Teacher – will be teaching at Willow Springs ES in FCPS
  • Ms. Forsht, Special Education IA, will be an IA at Graham Road ES in FCPS
  • Ms. Utech, SBTS, will be staying home to care for her children
Preliminary SOL Scores

Preliminary SOL scores will be posted in ParentVUE Test History by Wednesday, June 8. Parents can access spring overall scores within their Test History tab by logging into ParentVUE through a web browser (not the app). Note: 9xx status scores and 0 scores from refusal/disruption/cheating are not in preliminary results; these will be part of official score report letters this summer. 

Panther Yearbook Sale

We will be selling the few remaining Bush Hill Yearbooks on Wednesday morning before school.  Please bring $15 cash (exact change) or check made payable to Bush Hill Elementary School.  First come, first serve.

PE News & Work Out Wednesday

This Wednesday June 8th is the last Workout Wednesday of the Year!!! Break out your work out clothes or sports jerseys!!! Look for some movement activities in your classroom.

THANK YOU TO ALL THE FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS!!

We really cannot thank you all enough for your help and support with Field Day.  It was amazing to see so many parent/ family faces  in-Person on our favorite day of the year.  We know it was super-hot and humid, so we extra appreciate your time and energy.  We hope you all enjoyed your day as much as we did!  We certainly could not have done it without ALL of you!  Have a great summer!  And we hope to see you next year!!

Ms. Mulcahy & Ms. Nolan

Tech Team News

Dear Bush Hill Families,

Media and technology use has increased over the years. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill. The tech team would like to share resources on Digital Citizenship. Digital Citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society. Students throughout the year receive Digital Citizenship lessons through their tech class or own classes. Students learn about online etiquette, personal data, learning to identify safe websites, password protection, promote media literacy, creative rights, digital footprints, and building healthy usage patterns. These lessons are from Common Sense Media.org. Please feel free to use these resources to continue the conversations at home. The resources are divided by grade level and are available in different languages.

Media Balance and Well being Toolkit

Common Sense Media Articles

Common Sense Media Family Tips

Best Regards,

Bush Hill Es Tech Team

Parking Lot Painting

This week, our parking lots will be getting a re-fresh and painted.  The painters will arrive after dismissal, at 4:15 PM.  Please be mindful of the parking lot closure.  As soon as we know what days will be impacted - we will share this with you.  This will impact SACC and evening community use.

PTA News - Please Consider A PTA Board Position

Panther Families,

The Bush Hill Elementary School PTA hopes you have had a wonderful school year and that you’re all geared up for summer break.

We have one last ask of you before we head into summer. To build on the wonderful work of our current PTA Board and to continue to build our sense of community and school spirit, we’re hoping to get our new PTA on board this summer.

We hope you’ll hear our call to action!

We are seeking nominations for the following positions:

President*

Vice President, Membership

Vice President, Fundraising

Treasurer*

Secretary

The two *starred* positions need to be filled in order for the PTA to remain in good standing.

Please consider nominating yourself or another PTA member to serve on the PTA Board. Nominations are due by Friday, June 10th and may be emailed to [email protected]

The PTA will present the nominations via email no later than June 11th and will give members one week to vote. Please note that due to the virtual nature of the election, we will hold the vote via exception, which means that if you vote NO, you need to email the President with your no vote by June 17th.

We know the end of the year is tough and that it’s been a long year, but we’re asking for your support in getting our new PTA Board up and running so they can start planning for an exciting 2022-2023 school year.

Thank you for your interest and willingness to serve our school community!

The Bush Hill PTA Nominating Committee

Last Chance LOST & FOUND

Please check the overflowing lost and found.  ALL items will be donated to a charitable organization next week.

Family Liaison

SNAP at FCPA Farmers Markets

Charge your EBT card at the SNAP Information Table for your desired amount 

  1. SWIPE

You will receive tokens worth DOUBLE the amount charged to your card. If you swipe for $20 you will receive $40 in tokens. SNAP tokens can be used to purchase SNAP-eligible items. 'Match' tokens can only be used for fruits & vegetables.

  1. DOUBLE

Use your tokens like cash. Vendors cannot give change, so try to make whole-dollar purchases. You can spend your tokens any time and they do not expire.

*You must use your tokens at the location they were purchased.*

  1. SHOP

We match SNAP benefits so you can purchase more fruits & veggies for less!

Locations:

Annandale ∙ Mason District Park│Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.│May 5 - November 3

Mount Vernon∙ Sherwood Regional Library│Wednesdays, 8 a.m.- 12 p.m.│April 20-December21

Reston ∙ Lake Anne Village Center│Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.│April 30 - December 3

Lorton ∙ VRE Parking Lot│Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.│May 1 - November 20

For Inclusion and ADA Support, call703-324-8563. TTY Va. Relay 711

Order Your 2022-2023 School Supplies Last Day of School! Bush Hill Early Dismissal Friday, June 10th @ 1:55 PM Calendar Reminder: Last Day of School Is June 10

As a reminder, the last day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 10, and students will be dismissed early. 

June 20 Is a Holiday for All Employees—Schools and Offices Closed

As a reminder, Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth observed), is a holiday for FCPS employees. Juneteenth celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  

See the complete 2021-22 FCPS School Year Calendar.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications Due This Summer

For the past two years, the federal government has provided no-cost meals to all public school students without the need to complete the annual Free and Reduced-Price Meal application. The extension of the no-cost meals benefit to all students is expected to expire at the end of this school year, meaning families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

Eligible families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application before the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.

Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 

Summer Meal Service

No-cost summer meals will be served at all FCPS summer school locations this year. Please visit our website for updated information during the summer. 

Bush Hill Elementary Summer Office Hours

The Bush Hill Elementary Main Office will be open Monday - Friday

9 AM to Noon

By appointment only

Please call 703-924-5600

Have a safe and wonderful summer break!

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

We have many events over the last 8 days of school where families will be coming to school to volunteer. We are once again utilizing our electronic check-in system. You will need to bring a driver’s license in order to check-in to our school. Please allow enough time to find parking and check-in to the main office prior to going to your volunteer location. Remember that parking onsite is extremely limited and you will not be able to park on Westchester in front of our school. We look forward to welcoming you during the last few days of the 2021-22 school year!

PTA Meeting Thursday

Hello Panthers!

The last PTA meeting of the school year is this Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm.  In addition to our standard items, we will also discuss the upcoming election of Officers for the 2022-2023 school year.  

The zoom link will be sent the day of the meeting.

Thank you,

Bush Hill PTA Board

Family Liaison News

Mount Vernon Woods Park  FREE Event

June 4th, 11am to 2pm | 4015 Fielding St, Alexandria, VA 22309

Parking available at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School

Rain Date: June 5th, 2pm to 5pm

Event Information

Join Fairfax NAACP and partners for a family-friendly day of fun at Mount

Vernon Woods Park on Saturday, June 4th from 11am – 2pm!

  • Public Transportation Updates
  • Meet your Fairfax Co. Supervisor
  • And more!

Activities & Games

  • Bring Your Own Picnic
  • Play Giant Jenga, Cornhole, & more
  • Color a Carnation
  • Sun Bleachers
  • Making Binoculars
  • Bird Walks
  • Caterpillar Counts
  • And more!
Medication Pick-Up

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school.  Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services.   A medication authorization form is required for any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, to be kept at school.  Please be sure medication orders are clear.  All information on the form must be completed.  Part I must be signed and dated by the parent or guardian.  Part II must be signed and dated by your physician.  Over-the-counter medication given for headache, muscle pain, orthodontic pain, or menstrual cramps and antibiotic or anti-viral medication do not need a physician signature.  More detailed information is available on the back of the medication authorization form.

Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled by the parent or guardian.  All prescription medication, including physician’s samples, must be labeled by the pharmacist or physician.  Please make sure that the label clearly states your student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, and the time interval for administration.

If your child will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, your existing long-term medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program.  Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Your cooperation will ensure that we can safely give your student his or her medication.  If you have any questions, please contact our public health nurse, Kamira Mollet at [email protected].

Thank you for your cooperation and have a good summer.

New Neighbors? Please Encourage Them To Register For School

Bush Hill Elementary School Registration is now open!  We look forward to welcoming our newest Panthers to Bush Hill ES for the 2022-2023 school year.   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

For incoming students in grades 1 – 6, please visit https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/general-registration-requirements

For incoming Grades 1-6, please provide proof of enrollment at the previous school.

It is important that you have filled out all 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)

For further information, the Fairfax County Public Schools website is www.fcps.edu and the Bush Hill Elementary website is https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/

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

Student Laptop Collection

Dear Bush Hill Families:


As the end of the school year approaches, we wanted to share with you the procedures related
to the FCPS laptop assigned to your student. We will be collecting all student laptops at the
end of this school year, so that we may complete our inventory and maintenance on our
laptop collection. Students will keep their laptops in school beginning June 1st.


You will have two options for returning the student laptop to the school.


1) Return the laptop at the end of the school year.
a) Students may bring in the laptop and charger in their classroom by June 1st.
b) Prepare your laptop by shutting down the laptop, unplug all mice, power cords,
and usb attachments (including wireless mouse connection)
c) Leave FCPS stickers (bottom or inside of laptops) and business card holders on
the laptop.
d) Remove personal labels/stickers and adhesive from labels/stickers.
e) Shut down the computer. Wipe the laptop down with a Clorox wipe.
f) Wrap your charger.


2) If your student is participating in FCPS Summer Learning programs, you may keep the
laptop and return it at the conclusion of the Summer Learning Session.
Parents/Guardians must fill out the Laptop Request form. Note if you borrowed a laptop
from BHES. It must be returned to BHES.


If your student will no longer be enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools, you must return the
FCPS laptop by June 10, 2022 per the instructions above.


Please note that we will re-distribute laptops to our students in the fall when our inventory and
maintenance is complete, so your student will be able to use an FCPS laptop again next
year.


Also, if your student currently has a MiFi device for home internet access, and you no longer
need the MiFi device, please return the device to your school. If your student continues to need
the MiFi device for internet access, make a note of this on the summer learning form.
If your laptop charger is lost. Fill out this form and return it to your teacher.
____________________________________________________________________________
A Summer Learning Intent Form
To help us plan our FCPS laptop collection, please complete the summer intent
form or fill out the form below. Turn in the form to your school.
Student Name________________________________________________
Id Number:_________________________
Teacher Name: ______________________________________________
Is returning to FCPS next year: ☐Yes ☐No
Will participate in summer learning: ☐Yes ☐No
Will return the FCPS laptop: On _______ In June return window or Last
day of Summer Learning]
Check the following:
☐ I agree to follow fcps guidelines in the use and care of fcps devices.
https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/IT-Device%20Parent%20Permi
ssion%20FormFILLABLE.pdf Laptops/devices will be returned on the last day of
your FCPS Summer Session.
Parent/Guardian Name:
______________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Contact Number:
_____________________________________________________

The Last Day Of School Is Friday, June 10th

Bush Hill Elementary will dismiss 2 hours early at 1:55 PM.  Report cards will be sent home. 

Looking for next school years calendar?  Please visit 

https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar/2022-23-school-year-calendar

First day of school in SY 22-23 is Monday, August 22, 2022!

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Girl Scout Bronze Award Projects

Bush Hill has several Junior Girl Scout Troops that are working towards their Bronze Awards and we are invited to help them!

Troop 53112 Sporting Equipment Collection

Troop 53112 is collecting gently used sporting equipment which they will donate to Afghan families that are moving into homes and out of homeless shelters. Bring your gently used sporting equipment to school between now and June 3 or email [email protected] to arrange a porch pick-up. 

 

Juliette Girl Scouts Clean-Up Day

A group of independent (Juliette) Girl Scouts is organizing an event to pick-up trash and clean up the flower-beds at Bush Hill. They will also be planting a few items. Bring your gardening tools and help us spruce up our grounds on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

 

End of Year Events

Pies!

Mrs. Duffy and Mrs. Collins will be pied in the face as a result of us meeting our PTA fundraising goals! We are tentatively planning this for Thursday, June 2 or Tuesday, June 7. Students should bring a towel or blanket to sit on as we will do this event outside. 

6th Grade Day

Our entire school will be invited to kick-off our annual 6th Grade Day celebration on Monday, June 6 during the staff versus 6th grade student volleyball game. Students should bring a towel or blanket to sit on as this will be held outside. 

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Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on May 30 for Memorial Day Holiday

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 31. See the complete 2021-22 school year calendar

Field Day 2022 is June 1st

Hi parents and families!  We are so excited that Field Day is finally making a comeback this year!  So many of you have offered to help in one way or another and we are continually grateful; thank you so much!  On Field Day (the best day of the year) your student(s) will go around to various activity stations with their class competing in different events.  It’s mostly spent outdoors so it’s important that your student(s) dress appropriately for the weather.  Sneakers are recommended as a lot of stations are relay races, and/ or tag games.  Sunscreen and a hat are always a great idea to prevent tears at bedtime from harsh sunburns.  It’s important your student stays hydrated, so please bring a water bottle with their name on it.  There are water activity stations, where students can choose whether they would like to get wet or not.  A change of clothes is recommended to prevent soggy shorts and socks for the remainder of their day in school.  As a reminder, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade will participate in Field Day from 9:20am- 12:20pm.  4th, 5th, and 6th grade will participate in Field Day from 1:00- 3:45pm.  Have any questions?  Feel free to reach out to us, Meaghn Mulcahy and Shannon Nolan at our emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Last Chance Lost & Found

Our Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING!  We have coats, sweaters, shirts, lunch boxes, water bottles, shoes, jewelry, glasses, books and other miscellaneous items.  Please claim these items before the last day of school.  All unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Twain MS Principal's Coffee

Parents and guardians of rising 7th grade students (current 6th grade students) are cordially invited to the Mark Twain Middle School Library on
Wednesday, June 1st from 9:30-10:30 AM.

The focus of this meeting will be to discuss your child’s transition to middle school as well as:


● Introduce our Administrative Team including a welcome from our
principal, Mr. Miller


● Discuss ParentVUE and how it will be an asset to you next year


● Talk about our Summer Orientation (Jump Start) and our
Pre-Back-to-School Event (Tiger Fest)


● Highlight our Student Services team and how they support your student


● Explain how you can become involved in our PTA


● Answer any questions you may have before the summer break begins


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Book Bus Returns June 6th Family Liaison Corner

SHERWOOD COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

June 11 from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2501 Sherwood Hall Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306

Sherwood Regional Library is hosting the fair and offering children’s activities outdoors in its parking lot.

The Friends of Sherwood Regional Library will be giving away books to children who visit the fair! Located at: 2501 Sherwood Hall Ln, Alexandria, VA 22306.

  • Get information about SNAP, Medicaid, the Medical Care for Children Partnership program (MCCP) and other services.
  • Have your child’s car seat checked for safety by the Fairfax County Police Department.
  • Get your blood pressure checked by the Fairfax County Fire Department.
  • Learn about WIC benefits, maternal health, school immunizations and more.
  • Get a DermaView facial screening from Inova Well to check for UV damage and learn healthy skin care techniques.

Stop by for more information from:

  • Fairfax Area Agency on Aging
  • Fairfax County Park Authority
  • Fairfax County Department of Family Services
  • Mt. Vernon @ Home
  • Mt. Vernon Farmer’s Market
  • Opportunity Neighborhood Mount Vernon

Need assistance due to a COVID-19 exposure or positive test?

The Fairfax County Health Department Community Health Worker Team is here to help!

We can provide assistance with:

  • Hygiene & Cleaning Supplies
  • Food & Groceries
  • Over-the-Counter Medication
  • Rent & Utilities

Information we request:

  • First & Last Name
  • Date of positive
  • test or last
  • exposure
  • Phone number
  • Street address
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Total number of
  • family members
  • Language spoken
  • Your family’s needs

Contact: (703) 267-3511 [email protected]

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Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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The Spring Concert Is On Again

The Bush Hill Music Department is gearing up for our Spring Concert. The Band, Orchestra and Chorus Spring Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 19th at 7 PM.  We will be outside on the blacktop.  Families should bring their own chairs/blankets to sit on.  

Students who are in band, orchestra, or chorus should dress up for the concert.  Students should wear white shirts and black (dark) pants or skirts.  We would prefer that the shirts have no writing on them.  Chorus will be standing on risers for their concert.  Please encourage your child to choose shoes which will allow them to stand comfortably. 

Please remember that all students must be accompanied to and from the performances by an adult. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Concert!  

News From The PTA

Readathon: Total Amount Raised and Pages Read

Hello Panthers!

The final counts are in!  WE RAISED $13,576.00 and the students READ OVER 89,000 pages!!

Prizes will be distributed next Wednesday, May 25, 2022We are in need of volunteers to help distribute prizes. If you are available to help, please sign up here: https://signup.com/go/XHgtduA

Thank you for making this event such a success and for your continued support!

Bush Hill PTA Board

Girls On The Run

This year we have 55 3rd-6th grade girls participating in Girls on the Run! They have worked hard all season to prepare for their 5k this Sunday. Throughout the season, they have learned about female empowerment, and various ways to be good friends, community members, and teammates. Each week, they have improved their stamina in preparation for the end of season 5k.

Come out to support our girls as they race in the GOTR 5k this Sunday, May 22 at 8am in Arlington at Wellburn Square.

The Reading Book Bus Is Coming

Thank you for the continued donations of books that have been pouring in! Keep them coming 😊

With the books donated, we will be hosting a Summer Reading Book Bus!! Come get books for summer and a popsicle Monday, May 23rd and June 6th 😊 See stops and dates below.

Bridge To Kindergarten

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Bush Hill Elementary School is pleased to inform you of a summer program, Bridge to Kindergarten, designed for students entering kindergarten this fall. The program will focus on daily kindergarten routines, math, and literacy experiences, and becoming familiar with the school environment. We believe your student would benefit from participation in this program.

The Bridge to Kindergarten program will begin on July 11th and end on July 29th and meet four hours daily, Monday through Friday from 9:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. There is no tuition or fee for this program and bus transportation will be available from within our school boundaries. Please complete the student registration packet if you are interested in enrolling your student in this exciting opportunity. The attached student information form will need to be completed and returned to Bush Hill Elementary School. 

If your student is not currently registered for kindergarten in the fall, you will need to contact our school and complete the necessary paperwork before registering for this program. 

We hope that your student will be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to attend Bridge to Kindergarten!  Space is limited, and registration is done on a first come first served basis.

Please contact the school {(703) 924-5600} for a registration form and return to the main office as soon as possible, but no later than May 20th, 2022. 

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Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Workout Wednesday

Workout Wednesdays are the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.

To celebrate and promote a healthy lifestyle teachers, staff and students can wear workout clothes or one of their favorite sports jerseys.  We share with classroom teachers some movement activities that they can use as movement breaks during the day to get the students moving!

Workout Wednesday is today, May 11th!

Save the date for the Last work out Wednesday of the year June 8th.

Join Us Thursday For Our Spring Concert

The Bush Hill Music Department is gearing up for our Spring Concert. The Band, Orchestra and Chorus Spring Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM outside Bush Hill Elementary.  Families should bring their own chairs/blankets to sit on.  The rain date will be the following Thursday: May 19th at 7 PM. 

Students who are in band, orchestra, or chorus should dress up for the concert.  Students should wear white shirts and black (dark) pants or skirts.  We would prefer that the shirts have no writing on them.  Chorus will be standing on risers for their concert.  Please encourage your child to choose shoes which will allow them to stand comfortably. 

Please remember that all students must be accompanied to and from the performances by an adult. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Concert!  

Family Liaison Corner

Girls Fire and Rescue Academy

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

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

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

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/girls-academy

 

 

June Webinars Preparing for a Military Move? What Every Military Family Needs to Know

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant tips and strategies for managing new challenges.

  • Registration and withdrawal process
  • How to use the Education Binder
  • Why goodbyes are important
  • Resources within FCPS for military families

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our fourth of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families

June 3, 2022 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Marvelous May Audit Awareness Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 Food Allergy Awareness Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 National Mental Health Awareness Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 Asian- and Pacific-American Heritage Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 Better Hearing and Speech Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month MAY 01, 2022 – MAY 31, 2022 School Nutrition Employee Week MAY 02, 2022 – MAY 06, 2022 Teacher Appreciation Week MAY 02, 2022 – MAY 06, 2022 School Nurse Day MAY 11, 2022 Memorial Day MAY 30, 2022 Bike To School Day May 4th

Hello Bush Hill Families!

Bush Hill is participating in Bike to School Day this Wednesday May 4th

Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling.

Why Walk, Bike or Roll?

It helps create  healthier habits – encouraging regular physical activity, helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints.

A cleaner environment – it helps reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles.

Promotes Safety – teaching children the importance of walking/traffic safety

Community Benefits – Less traffic congestion, stronger sense of community

So lace up your sneakers or strap on your helmets Panthers and get to school by foot or wheels instead of riding in a car this WEDNESDAY Mary 4th.

Congratulations Mrs. Goddin

Congratulations to Ambler Goddin, Second Grade Teacher at Bush Hill! We are honored to announce that she has been nominated for a 2021-2022 Fairfax County Special Education PTA Award recognizing outstanding achievement in supporting students with disabilities and learning differences in Fairfax County Public Schools. Ms. Goddin has been nominated for the following award category: Outstanding General Education Teacher- Elementary (includes PreK). SEPTA will hold a ceremony and announce the winners for their awards on May 21. We are so proud of you!

Spring Concert

The Bush Hill Music Department is gearing up for our Spring Concert. The Band, Orchestra and Chorus Spring Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM outside Bush Hill Elementary.  Families should bring their own chairs/blankets to sit on.  The rain date will be the following Thursday: May 19th at 7 PM. 

Students who are in band, orchestra, or chorus should dress up for the concert.  Students should wear white shirts and black (dark) pants or skirts.  We would prefer that the shirts have no writing on them.  Chorus will be standing on risers for their concert.  Please encourage your child to choose shoes which will allow them to stand comfortably. 

Please remember that all students must be accompanied to and from the performances by an adult. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Concert!  

Book Drive Donations

Bush Hill is hosting a book drive for our community! We are collecting lightly used or new books though June 6th. The books that we collect will be redistributed to families through our Book Bus on two Monday evening in May/June (dated to follow). We plan to drive the bus to various stops throughout the neighborhoods. They will be able to get a book or two and a popsicle to start off their summer reading 😊  There will be a bin in the front lobby for donations.

Volunteers Needed For Field Day

Hey Bush Hill Parents and Families!  Field day is finally making a comeback this year.  What’s field day you may ask?  It’s a day where your student(s) celebrates all the fun and exciting things they’ve learned in PE this year!  Field day is Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (Rain date Friday, June 3rd).  For Kindergarten-3rd grade it will take place: 9:20- 12:20, and 4th-6th grade: 1:00- 3:45 pm.  For this special day to be a continued success, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can assist with leading activity stations. If you’re not available the day of to volunteer, we are also hoping for donations of freeze pops and/ or to loan a pop-up/ canopy tent to provide some shade for students at stations.  If you’re interested in donating freeze pops or loaning a pop-up tent, please make sure to drop them off any time before the event (Tuesday, May 31 being the latest).  Feel free to sign up online using this link OR use the form that was sent home today in Tuesday folders.  Please sign up no later than May 13th for planning purposes, if you are interested in joining us for a fun filled day! If you have any questions, please give us a call or email.

Ms. Meaghn Mulcahy & Ms. Shannon Nolan

(703) 924 – 5600

[email protected]     [email protected]

Bridge To Kindergarten Summer 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

Bush Hill Elementary School is pleased to inform you of a summer program, Bridge to Kindergarten, designed for students entering kindergarten this fall. The program will focus on daily kindergarten routines, math, and literacy experiences, and becoming familiar with the school environment. We believe your student would benefit from participation in this program.

The Bridge to Kindergarten program will begin on July 11th and end on July 29th and meet four hours daily, Monday through Friday from 9:40 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. There is no tuition or fee for this program and bus transportation will be available from within our school boundaries. 

If your student is not currently registered for kindergarten in the fall, you will need to contact our school Registrar, Elizabeth DePalma, and complete the necessary paperwork before registering for this program. 

We hope that your student will be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to attend Bridge to Kindergarten!  Space is limited, and registration is done on a first come first served basis.

For additional information, please contact our Summer Site Director, Emily Ransom at [email protected].         

 

Immunization Requirement For Rising 7th Graders

Important Immunization Requirement: Do You Have a Student Entering Seventh Grade or Twelfth Grade This Fall?

If yes, your student may need one or more of the following immunizations:

7th Grade:

  • One dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) given at age 7 or older.
  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 10 or older.
  • Two doses of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 7th grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parents or guardians’ sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine. FCPS does not require opt-out documentation for the HPV vaccine.  

12th Grade:

  • One dose of Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY, Menactra, or Menveo) given at age 16 or older.

Effective July 1, 2021, these immunizations are required for all students entering seventh and twelfth grades. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines. 

Twelfth grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine.

Documentation must be provided to the student information assistant (SIA) or registrar at the school your student is currently attending or will be attending in the fall as soon as possible. 

Acceptable documentation can be one of the following:

  1. A copy of your student's immunization record showing the date the immunization was given.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the immunization was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption for a student who cannot receive the immunization due to medical reasons.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form which is available online at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/certificate_religious_exemption.pdf.

These immunizations are available from your student’s healthcare provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. Immunizations are also available at local pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, and urgent care centers, such as Patient First. 

The following clinics provide immunizations to low income families or those families with or without insurance:

More information about immunization requirements and exemptions can be found in the current version of FCPS Regulation 2101 and on the General Registration Immunization section of the FCPS website. 

The complete list of mandated vaccines can be found on the Virginia Department of Health-School and Day Care minimum immunization requirements

The following websites provide information and educational materials about the Tdap, Meningococcal, and HPV immunizations:

Rec Pac

Rec-PAC (Pretty Awesome Children), operated by Fairfax County Park Authority, is a six week structured recreation program with emphasis on leisure skills designed for elementary school children.

Participants will have an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as: fun and fitness, indoor and outdoor games, team sports, nature, crafts, storytelling, sports festivals, talent shows and supervised play sessions. Each location has a ratio of 1 staff person to 18 participants.

For more information, please visit

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec-pac

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Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Thank You Volunteers

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and parents who helped to support our spring book fair. We had a fantastic turn out and ended the week with another fantastic fundraiser for the library. I am incredibly grateful for our wonderful community at Bush Hill. An extra special thank you goes out to our amazing volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible. Your time and energy is so greatly appreciated!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian

PTA Read-A-Thon

This is the last week of Read-a thon! We hope your student had a great time reading last week and are excited about reaching their reading goals!

We've already raised over $4,000!! We're well on our way to our $10,000 goal! There is ONE MORE WEEK to collect your donations. Please help us reach our goal!

ALL DONATIONS WILL BE USED TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL!

This week:

  1. Please return reading logs, pledge sheets, and cash/check donations to your teacher no later than THIS FRIDAY, April 29th. Make checks payable to Bush Hill Elementary PTA. Pledges can also be dropped off to the Main Office.
  2. Donations can also be made through the online site: https://app.memberhub.gives/bhes-read-a-thon-22/Campaign/Details
  3. Track your progress online! You can view your pledges and donations, see your donation progress, and follow along with your class's progress! Don't forget to check out the student and class leaderboards.

***Prizes***

Every child gets a prize for reading.

TOP 15 OVERALL EARNERS get a HAMMOCK.

TOP EARNING CLASS in grades K-2 gets a PIZZA PARTY

TOP EARNING CLASS in grades 3-6 gets a PIZZA PARTY

SCHOOL-WIDE GOAL: When we achieve our $10,000 goal, Mrs. Duffy and Mrs. Collins will be pied in the face! The TOP 2 EARNERS and TOP 2 READERS in each grade level will be able to help pie our administrators at a school event.

Thank you for your support.

Bush Hill PTA Board

Field Day

FIELD DAY VOLUNTEERS WANTED!!

Hey Bush Hill Parents and Families!  Field day is finally making a comeback this year.  What’s field day you may ask?  It’s a day where your student(s) celebrates all the fun and exciting things they’ve learned in PE this year!  Field day is Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 (Rain date Friday, June 3rd).  For Kindergarten-3rd grade it will take place: 9:20- 12:20, and 4th-6th grade: 1:00- 3:45 pm.  For this special day to be a continued success, we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who can assist with leading activity stations. If you’re not available the day of to volunteer, we are also hoping for donations of freeze pops and/ or to loan a pop-up/ canopy tent to provide some shade for students at stations.  If you’re interested in donating freeze pops or loaning a pop-up tent, please make sure to drop them off any time before the event (Tuesday, May 31 being the latest).  Feel free to sign up online using this link OR use the form that was sent home today in Tuesday folders.  Please sign up no later than May 13th for planning purposes, if you are interested in joining us for a fun filled day! If you have any questions, please give us a call or email.

Ms. Meaghn Mulcahy & Ms. Shannon Nolan

(703) 924 – 5600

[email protected]     [email protected]

 

Spring Concert

The Bush Hill Music Department is gearing up for our Spring Concert. The Band, Orchestra and Chorus Spring Concert will be the evening of Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 PM outside Bush Hill Elementary.  Families should bring their own chairs/blankets to sit on.  The rain date will be the following Thursday: May 19th at 7 PM. 

Students who are in band, orchestra, or chorus should dress up for the concert.  Students should wear white shirts and black (dark) pants or skirts.  We would prefer that the shirts have no writing on them.  Chorus will be standing on risers for their concert.  Please encourage your child to choose shoes which will allow them to stand comfortably. 

Please remember that all students must be accompanied to and from the performances by an adult. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Concert!  

Order Your Yearbook Today

Last week to purchase Yearbooks – Deadline to order is May 1st  - ONLINE Orders Only

To pay by credit card, visit www.barksdalephoto.com

  • click “online orders”
  • click “continue”
  • enter 0036609YB as the password.

Para pagar con tarjeta de crédito, visite www.barksdalephoto.com, haga clic en “pedidos en línea”, haga clic en “continuar” e ingrese 0036609YB como contraseña

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