Join Us Celebrating Inclusion Week -- December 5-9, 2022

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We are looking forward to fun and meaningful Inclusion Week from December 5-9. Your child’s t-shirts will be sent home with your teacher before December 9th. Please have your child wear their Bush Hill OR a blue t-shirt on the 9th.

Throughout the week, teachers will be leading lessons on belonging, inclusion, and acceptance. On Monday, we will have a whole school morning meeting with Edison High School’s drumline! We are looking forward to a great week!

School-Wide Mural Project

"A unified community includes all members of the community and celebrates the many strengths we all have to offer.  Our mural represents how each individual comes together to build a bigger and better community for all.”

The Time for Inclusion is Today

Dear Bush Hill Families,

We invite you to join us to communicate the challenges of this time as we continue to address the needs of our children for schools where all kids belong, thrive, and are supported by their teachers, peers, and school community.

Children learn from our actions! Let’s teach them how to communicate, how to treat others, and how to work in harmony to address common needs.

Working together we stand stronger as we move closer to that vision of an inclusive world in 2022!

Feel free to send an e-mail to Mrs. Intidame at: [email protected] and share with us what “Inclusive” means to you and how you are celebrating it this week and everyday 😊

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 29, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Dear Bush Hill Families,

Bush Hill has an exciting opportunity to join us in making food donations for the Koinonia Foundation (http://www.koinoniacares.org/holiday-baskets.html) as part of their Holiday Baskets program for ministering to the need in the community.  Koinonia directly supports families who live in our area. 

This year they are creating holiday baskets to support the community.  Each basket includes all the items.  We are asking if you would like to donate to this cause please donate a basket in its entirety either as a single family or partner with another student’s family.  If you are unable to donate a completed basket, you are also welcome to contribute individual items on this list and we will provide to Koinonia so that they may compile baskets to distribute. We are thankful for the support and generosity you have shown towards our community in the past.

Below are the items to include in either a complete basket or as individual items. Donations are welcome December 5 until December 14 and may be dropped off outside of the Bush Hill Main Office.

2 Boxes of Stuffing

1 Can Cranberry Sauce

1 Bag of Rice (small)

2 Cans/Boxes/Packages of Turkey Gravy (No Glass)

2 Boxes of Potatoes

2 Cans of Peas

1 Can of Broth, 2 Cans of Green Beans

2 Cans of Corn

One Box of Dessert Mix (Brownies, Cake)

2 Cans of Fruit

$25 Grocery Store Gift Card to purchase choice of a protein or other items 

We are sincerely thankful in advance for your generosity and support in this effort. 

National Inclusive Schools Week Celebrating Inclusive Schools Week – December 5-9, 2022

Fairfax County Public Schools will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week during the week of December 5-9, 2022. This year’s theme is “Unity Within Our Community.” The 2022 theme for Inclusive Schools Week recognizes that united we are stronger and to focus on our common need: inclusive practices in our schools, in our communities, and around the world! 

Winter Book Fair

Our Winter Book Fair is almost here!

When: Our fair will take place from Friday, December 9th – Friday, December 16th. We will have 2 family nights this year on Tuesday, December 13th from dismissal – 6:30 PM and again Thursday, December 15th. December 15th we will be open until 6:30 PM then closing for the winter concert. Families will have the option to shop the fair after the concert for an hour but we will only be accepting credit card sales during that hour.

Students will have the opportunity to shop during the day at their teachers discretion. In School shopping will be open Tuesday Morning – Friday Morning.

How: We encourage families to create eWallets for students. This acts like a gift card and keeps students from having to bring cash to school. You can sign up for an eWallet on our Fair Homepage.  We will also accept cash, card, and checks made out to Bush Hill Elementary.

*Important Change This Year: Unfortunately Scholastic is being taxed differently this year and we are no longer able to offer tax free purchases. Please keep this in mind when students bring wish lists home. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Volunteers: We are also still looking for volunteers to help with our fair! If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here any bit of time helps make this even a success!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian

Join Us For PTA Restaurant Night

Nando's Peri Peri Restaurant Night - December 7

The Bush Hill Elementary PTA is pleased to partner with Nando's Peri Peri for a Restaurant Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, December 7, from 4pm-9pm. Bush Hill will receive 40% of the profits from funds raised on this night so come on out and meet us at Nando's at Springfield Mall for a delicious dinner. Families may dine in or order online for pick up but should state upon arrival that they are there for the Bush Hill Elementary Fundraiser. We hope to see you there!

Window for AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referrals Ends December 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form to Ms. Jen Spollen no later than December 15

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing Ms. Spollen  [email protected]

Family Life Education

The elementary FLE program is taught by the regular classroom teacher. The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, sources of help, and the importance of friendships. Human sexuality is first introduced in grade four. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems. Students view age-appropriate videos and learn the maturational process, changes which occur during puberty, and prenatal development.  Students study the effects of peer pressure and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes. Students begin an understanding of sexually transmitted infections in grade 5. The emotional and social health unit includes abuse prevention from good touch/bad touch in primary grades to types of abuse in upper elementary grades.  Instruction for abuse prevention includes resources for help. 

For more information or to Opt-Out - please visit 

www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education

Parent Advocacy Handbook

The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) has created a Parent Advocacy Handbook to provide information and support to families as they navigate the FCPS system for their children. It is designed to be particularly useful for families who may be less familiar with such a large school division and/or with schooling in the U.S.  

Bush Hill has a limited number of copies available.  Please contact the school if you are interested in receiving a hard copy.  The Handbook is also available on the web in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Korean at:  https://www.fcps.edu/parentadvocacyhandbook

Look At Our Lost & Found

Please remember to label your child's belongings with their name.  If you are missing a lunch box, water bottle, jacket or sweater, please visit our Lost & Found.  Unclaimed items will be donated.

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Bush Hill Updates - November 22, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Please welcome the newest Panthers to our Bush Hill Staff:

  • Mr. Eugene Aubee is our new Building Supervisor. Mr. Aubee will work the evening shift with our custodial team.
  • Ms. Maricela Chanta-Zelaya began yesterday as a new student monitor. She will be working in a variety of classrooms throughout the building to support students and provide planning time for teachers.
  • Ms. Sook Lee is a special education instructional assistant.
  • Ms. Samantha Mulvaney is a part-time resource teacher

Schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

 See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Outstanding Employee Awards

This is the last chance to nominate a Bush Hill staff member who is awesome at their job! Submit the nomination through the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Nomination Form

For information about each category and the list of Bush Hill staff, check out the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Awards Information slide deck. 

The deadline has been extended to Monday, November 28th so you can get those nominations in! Please contact Lina Kortsha at [email protected] with any questions.

Winter Book Fair

Calling all book fair lovers! We are in need of volunteers for our Winter Fair. The fair will take place Friday, December 9th – Friday, December 16th  with family nights Tuesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 15th. Any time you can offer is appreciated. Please sign up on here. If you are unable to help for a full time slot we would still love to have you! We are looking forward to another successful book fair!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian

Attendance Matters

Dear Families,

We are thankful for you!

As we prepare to take time off from school for the Thanksgiving break, we are grateful for everyone who has helped to restore a routine for showing up to school while supporting students and families. 

Daily routines are essential for reducing stress and creating a sense of security, especially after the chaotic transitions experienced over the last two years.  

As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session. Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as connect to peers and their teachers.

We thank:

  • Our students and their families who do their best to show up to class every day even when it isn’t easy.
  • Our teachers who have gone above and beyond to help make school a welcoming learning environment where students can thrive.
  • Our administrators who help us work together to ensure we are healthy and safe, feel a sense of community and experience the excitement of an engaging learning environment.
  • Our many, many healers and helpers - the support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.

May these days off be restful and healing. 

From Our Social Worker

T Mobile is providing free internet and hotspots to 10 million low income families who qualify.  Use this link to apply.   https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/project-10-million

Not sure if your child may have a mental health concern or where to get help.  If you are concerned your child may need mental health assistance use this link to set up an intake and appointment for therapy.  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/news/2020/child-mental-health-concern

Jennifer Cann, LCSW

School Social Worker

Bush Hill Elementary School (Monday/Tuesday, alternating Wednesday

(703)924-5691

Free & Reduced School Lunch – Please do not forget to apply if you think you qualify

https://www.fcps.edu/frm

If you or someone you care about needs help or is in crisis, TAKE ACTION! 

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about:

If you or someone you care about is in crisis:

  • Call the Crisis Link Hotline at 703-527-4077 or text NEEDHELP to 85511
  • Chat online with a specialist using the Lifeline Chat 
  • Call Children’s Regional Crisis Response (CR2) - 571-364-7390
  • Go to the nearest emergency room at your local hospital
  • Call or go to Fairfax County CSB Community Emergency/Crisis Services (703) 573-5679
    • For outpatient Walk-in assessments, please call ahead (703) 383-8500.  
  • Call 911
SIBSHOPS

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2022  9 a.m.- noon at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services. There is only an in-person option.

Register for SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs!

Parent Liason News

Dear Bush Hill Families,

Your contribution to Strategic Plan development is very important. Our hope is to bring voices that are “not always heard”. Please join us to this opportunity and complete the Nomination Form.

Family Team: Nomination Form

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is currently seeking nominations for parents, caregivers, and family members who are interested in contributing to Strategic Plan development as part of our Family Team.

The Family Team will represent the rich diversity of families who make up our FCPS community. Family Team members will focus on identifying the engagement and outreach practices that will improve our partnerships with families.

Family Team members should plan to attend the following meetings:

  • Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. - noon (in person) at Marshall High School
  • Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m. - noon (in person) at Marshall High School

  • Saturday, February 4, Noon - 3 p.m. (in person) at Marshall High School

  • Monday, February 13, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (virtual session)

Language interpretation services are available for all meetings. For in-person meetings, childcare and assistance with transportation will also be provided, as needed.

If you are nominating someone other than yourself for the Family Team, please respond to the questions as best as you can. Nominations are due by Tuesday, November 22. 

Please email [email protected] with questions. Visit our website to learn more about the strategic planning process. Thank you for your interest!

Virtual Parent Presentation: Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 from 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom for a presentation given by Stefan Mascoll, Coordinator for the Office of Student Safety and Wellness at FCPS. Stefan will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention. Topics to be covered are the definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors, school bullying and harassment prevention and response, and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic! Zoom link to come.

Holiday Resources & Donor Opportunities

HOLDIAY RESOURCES

Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church, 913-680-7968

Holiday Toy Giveaway

Register by calling and providing your child’s information by December 15.

Pick up gifts at 10:00 a.m. on December 17, 2022.

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, November 15, 2022

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Last Call To Purchase Inclusion Week T-Shirts

 

 

Hello everyone!

Today is the LAST day to place your order.  Shirts are only $13 each. It would be great if we could have close to everyone wear their shirt on Friday, December 9th to really show our school spirit!

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Nominate an Outstanding Employee at Bush Hill

Is one of our Bush Hill staff members a rock star? Are they awesome at their job? Then nominate them for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Please submit the nomination through the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

For information about each category and the list of Bush Hill staff, check out the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Awards Information slide deck. Below are the different award categories:

Outstanding Teacher - Outstanding New Teacher - Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee - Outstanding Operational Employee

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 22nd. Please contact Lina Kortsha at [email protected] with any questions.

PTA Zoom Meeting Thursday, November 17th

PTA MEETING THIS THURSDAY

This Thursday, November 17th we will have our next PTA meeting at 7 pm. A zoom link will be shared later this week.  

November is National Family Engagement Month

Families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. More than 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their child. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

The updated National Standards for Family-School Partnerships provide essential guidance for building strong partnerships between families, educators and schools to support student success. These standards include impactful edits to goals and indicators for the six key tenets: Welcome All Families, Communicate Effectively, Support Student Success, Speak Up for Every Child, Share Power, and Collaborate with Community. 

FCPS' Family and School Partnerships Office created a Family Engagement Month toolkit with ideas for schools and families to celebrate this month together. Please visit the Employee Hub to learn more about Family and School Partnerships and their programs for teachers, staff, and families.

Picture Day is on Monday, 11/21/22

Fall picture make up day will be January 12, 2023

Tech Team News

Our Tech Team has been working hard on creating a DonorsChoose to get a 3D printer for the school. Pass around the link if you or someone you know might be interested in making this dream a reality!

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/if-you-can-think-it-you-can-print-it/6900542/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=directlink&utm_campaign=teacherhub&utm_term=teacher_5470035&rf=directlink-dc-2022-11-teacherhub-teacher_5470035&challengeid=21201576

Mark Your Calendar Thanksgiving Holiday

Schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

 

Lost & Found

Many thanks to Mr. Cruz for organizing our overflowing Lost & Found.  We have over 50 jackets, sweaters, and hoodies that have been turned in.  A friendly reminder label your items so if found, they can be returned!

Zoom Virtual Parent Presentation

Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention

Join us on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 from 7:00-8:00pm via Zoom for a presentation given by Stefan Mascoll, coordinator for the office of Student Safety and Wellness at FCPS. Stefan will be giving a presentation for parents and guardians on Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Intervention. Topics to be covered are the definitions and examples of bullying, harassment, and other types of concerning behaviors, school bullying and harassment prevention and response, and tips and resources for parent prevention and response. We look forward to connecting with you on this important topic! Zoom link to come.

Gingerbread House Workshop

Edison Academy Culinary Arts
5801 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
In room H-128
Gingerbread House Workshop
December 10, 2022  (Snow Date: Dec 17, 2022)
Session 1: 9:00 am-10:30 am  & Session 2: 10:30 am-12 noon

Enjoy the holiday season with friends and family with Gingerbread FUN! Let
us take care of all the mess and stress. Our talented culinary students will assist you in creating a truly unique house for display during the holiday season. The workshop includes all the ingredients to decorate a beautiful gingerbread house. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available after your decorating experience.

Pricing: $45 and a minimum of 4 canned goods per house (the canned
goods will be donated to the Koinonia Foundation food pantry). Due to limited space a maximum of three people per house, including parent and/or guardian. Recommended age: 5 years old and up. Participants 13 and under must have an adult chaperone. Registration and money payment is required by December 1st (limited to 24 paid participants). Please register for this event
with this link: https://goo.gl/forms/QgPPJ7Blwbnt8oZ42

Winter Book Fair

Calling all book fair lovers! We are in need of volunteers for our Winter Fair. The fair will take place Friday, December 9th – Friday, December 16th  with family nights Tuesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 15th. Any time you can offer is appreciated. Please sign up on here. If you are unable to help for a full time slot we would still love to have you! We are looking forward to another successful book fair!

Hannah Woll

Bush Hill Librarian

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Bush Hill Updates - Monday, November 7, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

A huge thank you to the PTA Board and all of our volunteers who made our Fall Festival such a success! We had beautiful weather and a fabulous time. It was great to see so many families come out to spend time together and celebrate the fall season.

Calendar Reminder - No School For Students Tuesday & Friday School Is Closed on Tuesday, November 8th & on Friday, Veterans Day

As a reminder, Friday, November 11, is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day is a time to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our veterans and their families have made on our behalf. We thank them for their service. Learn about the history of Veterans Day

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Red, White & Blue Work Out Wednesday

To Coincide with our Veteran’s Day Breakfast the November’s Workout Wednesday ( November 9th) is to Honor our Veteran’s.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear workout gear to promote physical activity. You can wear clothing that represents the different military branches or Red, White and Blue!!!

Let’s Honor Our Veteran’s this Workout Wednesday!!!

FCPS Employee Awards

Nominate an Outstanding Employee at Bush Hill!

Can you think of Bush Hill staff members who are awesome at their job? Then nominate them for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination through the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

For information about each category and the list of Bush Hill staff, check out the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Awards Information slide deck. Below are the different award categories:

Outstanding Teacher - Outstanding New Teacher - Outstanding Principal

Outstanding Professional Employee - Outstanding Operational Employee

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 22nd. If you have any questions, please contact Lina Kortsha at [email protected].

Last Days To Order Your Inclusion Week T-Shirt

Hey everyone!

Just a reminder to order your t-shirt for Inclusion Week! Today is the LAST day to place your order.  They’re only $13! Order some for your kids, your partner, your grandma, whoever! It would be great if we could have close to everyone wear their shirt on that Friday, December 9th to really show our school spirit!

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Celebrating Ruby Bridges Day Strategic Plan Student Survey Is Open

We are excited to begin the process of developing FCPS’ new Strategic Plan! Starting today through Friday, November 18, students in grades 3-12 will have an opportunity to be a part of this work by taking the Strategic Plan Student Survey. The survey will allow students to share their thoughts about school and what's important to them. If you opted your child out of taking the survey, they will not be asked to participate. 

Schools will be showing a short video to help familiarize students with the concept of a Strategic Plan prior to administering the survey. Students in grades 3-6 will watch this video, and those in grades 7-12 will be shown this version. Visit the Strategic Plan Student Survey webpage for more information. 

Why Do We Need a Strategic Plan?

FCPS’ last strategic plan was developed in 2015. Since then, we experienced a pandemic that changed the way we think, a shift in technology that has seen eight new versions of the iPhone, and plans developed for the first manned mission to Mars. 

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future—and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Employees, parents/caregivers, students, and our FCPS community must share the same purpose in order to recognize how we can move forward together. 

We are all much more motivated, and successful, when we share clear end goals. Learn more on our Strategic Plan webpage

Parent Report From Lightspeed

FCPS Lightspeed Reports

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

There is a new online service that is free to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s internet activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

Additionally, if parents wish to get more detailed information, the weekly Parent Report offers parents the ability to self-sign-up to the free Internet Use Parent Portal. Parents who sign up for the Internet Use Parent Portal can log-in any time to see a little more detail about their child’s internet browsing. The portal also offers the parent added ability to “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours on the FCPS device. 

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

The Bush Hill staff has been working very hard to support our students this school year! Families often ask me how they can show appreciation to the staff members who are giving so much to their children. An easy way to show appreciation is to nominate a staff member for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! All staff members are eligible for at least one category. Please take a few minutes to nominate one (or more) for this award!

Nominate An Outstanding Employee At Bush Hill

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! Submit a nomination for a Bush Hill Outstanding Employee through this Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Nomination Form. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees.

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. 

For information about each category and the list of Bush Hill staff, check out the Bush Hill Outstanding Employee Awards Information slide deck. Below are the different award categories:

Outstanding Teacher  

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

Outstanding New Teacher

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

Outstanding Principal

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

Outstanding Professional Employee 

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

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

Outstanding Operational Employee

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

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

The deadline to submit a nomination is Tuesday, November 22nd.

If you have any questions, please contact Lina Kortsha at [email protected]

Fall Festival Saturday

BUSH HILL FALL FESTIVAL THIS SATURDAY - November 5th

The Bush Hill PTA is excited to bring back the Fall Festival this Saturday, November 5th from 3-5pm! During this FUNdraising event, outdoor games, crafts, hot cocoa, apple cider, Bush Hill swag, and more will be available for purchase. Prizes will be won for all ticketed games. Tickets can be purchased according to the following breakdown: 2 tickets for $1, 10 tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $10, and 40 tickets for $15.  A donation of 1 canned good is valid for 5 tickets; donation of more than one canned good is permitted but valid for 5 tickets only one time. Bring your left-over Halloween candy for a candy swap table and wear your (family friendly) Halloween costume one more time! A limited amount of free food is generously provided by Nando's Peri Peri of Springfield. 

We need volunteers and donations of cakes (for a cake walk) to make this event a success! Please sign up to volunteer or donate a cake below:

Fall Festival Volunteers: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba4ad2da0fcc07-fall

Cake Donations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4ba4ad2da0fcc07-fall1

A special thank you to our Fall Festival sponsors: Rose Hill Safeway, Ashley V. Davis Realtor - Pearson Smith Realty, and Nando's Peri Peri!

Parent Report From Lightspeed

FCPS Lightspeed Reports

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

There is a new online service that is free to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s internet activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

Additionally, if parents wish to get more detailed information, the weekly Parent Report offers parents the ability to self-sign-up to the free Internet Use Parent Portal. Parents who sign up for the Internet Use Parent Portal can log-in any time to see a little more detail about their child’s internet browsing. The portal also offers the parent added ability to “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours on the FCPS device. 

SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIALISTS

LIBRARY

This month in Library 5th graders are working on biography research and presentation skills by creating segments for our news show. 4th grade is creating book reviews for our school to share about a favorite book. 2nd and 3rd graders are working hard to build independent library skills by learning how books are shelved and searched for in the library. 1st graders and Kindergarten are practicing reading comprehension skills like predicting and retelling during their lessons. All students will also be using critical and creative thinking skills to discuss and learn about  the contributions of Native People throughout history 

PE

In grades 4-6 students have started and will be wrapping up fitness testing.  Students will also be creating a SMART goal for something they would like to improve in their fitness.  As we wrap up fitness testing, all students kindergarten through sixth grade will be jumping into a gymnastics unit!  Grades K-2 will be starting with animal walks, rolls and stationary balances and eventually move to gymnastics stations.  Students in grades 3-6 will start out in stations where they can experience a variety of gymnastics skills and then create a routine by themselves or in a small group to show off their abilities!  As we get closer to the end of November, all grade levels will also do a Bush Hill favorite- Turkey Ball.  It’s a fun teamwork and throwing activity to celebrate the short break!  As the cold weather approaches, we understand some students may want to wear boots to school.  Please have students pack sneakers for PE as well so everyone can stay safe in the gym!

ART

This month in the art room, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders will be exploring clay units and follow up with collage units.  We will be practicing cutting out and gluing skills to create well crafted collages.  3rd graders are also gearing up for their collage units by exploring abstract representations of celebrations.  4th, 5th and 6th graders are planning for their painting units covering topics of Virginia Landscapes, Natural/Manmade elements in a landscape painting and memories that convey emotions.  During our painting units artists are reminded to wear clothing that would be suitable for painting.  Painting smocks are also used as an added layer to protect our clothing.  

MUSIC

This month, students will be using fall themes to learn about pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and tempo. Towards the end of the month, we will be learning about music and dance styles from various indigenous cultures. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will be exploring various percussion instruments. Third, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders will be learning to play the recorder. If your child has not purchased a recorder, they need to do so as soon as possible. You can purchase a recorder on My School Bucks for $3.87. Alternatively, you could send your child with cash in an envelope or bag with their name written on it. All students grades 3-6 are expected to bring their recorder to every music class.  

STEAM

his month in STEAM, Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be working on a Motion, Movement & Patterns unit. This provides students with rigorous experiences that support Portrait of a Graduate skills and computational thinking. 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will also be making computational thinking connections that support students solving a problem and breaking down the problem into smaller logical steps. Students will act as programmers as they engage in computational thinking activities. 5th and 6th grade students will also develop their computational thinking skills through programming activities that encourage learning through practice, making mistakes, and learning from them.

AART

Plus, Minus, Interesting: The Plus, Minus, Interesting (PMI) strategy encourages students to develop the habit of looking beyond the polarity of “yes or no,” “wrong or right,” “my answer or your answer.” The goal of PMI is to develop independent thinkers who consider a range of ideas and/or possibilities and see beyond the obvious. The “interesting” category can also include questions.

Edison High School Fundraiser

All Night Grad Party Committee Poinsettia Fundraiser!

Great gifts for teachers, colleagues, friends and family

Questions? Email Lisa Staresina at [email protected]

Parent Resource Center November Parent Resource Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year, the PRC hosts family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include: 

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter

Schools Closed On Tuesday 11/8/22 Election Day

Don’t forget to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 8! The day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers. For more information, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website. 

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Thank you so much to all of the families who were able to make it to Community Night last Thursday! We loved coming together to celebrate the people who make Bush Hill such a special community to be part of! I loved trying all of the different foods that are special to our families. We literally were sharing food from around the world! A huge thank you to the staff who made this event a success – and to all of our families for supporting their efforts.

PTA News

Restaurant Fundraiser at Hangry Burger

Join fellow Panther families tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26th for delicious food from Hangry Burger in Springfield  (6699G Frontier Dr.).  20% of sales for the entire day will benefit the Bush Hill Elementary PTA. Hangry Burger is a locally owned small business with more than just burgers; vegetarian, gluten free, and halal options abound! Don't get hungry, get Hangry!

We hope to see you there.  https://www.hangry-burger.com/

OCTOBER PTA MEETING THIS THURSDAY

Join us for our October general body PTA meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link will be shared before the meeting.

BUSH HILL FALL FESTIVAL RETURNS - November 5th

The Bush Hill PTA is excited to bring back the Fall Festival this year--mark your calendars for November 5th from 3-5pm for lots of family friendly fun! During this FUNdraising event, outdoor games, crafts, hot cocoa, apple cider, Bush Hill swag, and more will be available for purchase. Prizes will be won for all ticketed games. Tickets can be purchased according to the following breakdown: 2 tickets for $1, 10 tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $10, and 40 tickets for $15.  A donation of 1 canned good is valid for 5 tickets; donation of more than one canned good is permitted but valid for 5 tickets only one time. Bring your left-over Halloween candy for a candy swap table and wear your (family friendly) Halloween costume one more time! A limited amount of free food is generously being provided by Nando's Peri Peri of Springfield. 

We need volunteers and donations of cakes (for a cake walk) to make this event a success! Please sign up to volunteer or donate a cake below:

Fall Festival Volunteers

Cake Donations

A special thank you to our Fall Festival sponsors thus far: Rose Hill Safeway, Ashley V. Davis Realtor - Pearson Smith Realty, and Nando's Peri Peri!

Wear Your Costume Friday 10/28/22

Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 28! Costumes should be school appropriate and meet the following guidelines: 

  • No masks
  • No weapons
  • No face paint

We need to be able to see student's faces and students should be able to run at recess and PE. 

1:55 PM Early Dismissal Friday Quarter End—Early Dismissal and Teacher Work Day

As a reminder, Friday, October 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Monday, October 31, for a teacher workday. See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

Please Turn In Your Impact Aid Form Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

FCPS is asking ALL families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. Returning this form 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. Watch this video to learn more

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential.

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

This morning’s arrival weather reminded us that winter is coming! Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate outdoor clothing (jackets/hats/gloves) each day. We will be going outside for recess in the winter most days.

We also want to take a moment to remind families of our safe arrival and dismissal routines for Kiss n Ride. If you are planning to drop off or pick up your child, please help us to keep everyone safe by utilizing the designated Kiss n Ride line. Alternatively, you may park in the neighborhood away from school and walk up to the building. Please do not park on Westchester directly across the street for pick-up or drop-off. Please do not drop your child off on the side of Westchester and allow them to walk up to the school on their own. Arrival and dismissal times are very busy and Westchester Street is full of traffic we want to be sure that everyone is able to arrive and depart school safely each day and we need your help to make this happen! If you have family members who are assisting you with drop-off/pick-up, please share with them the procedures we follow at our school.

Impact Aid

Beginning October 18, FCPS will be asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

Returning this form 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 each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's school. If Sections 1 and 2 of the survey do not apply to you, just check the box in Section 3. All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 4. All responses are confidential. 

Watch the video to learn more about this process.

AAP News

Did you miss the Bush Hill Level IV Information Meeting?  You may now listen to a recording of the October 13th meeting.  Please click below. 

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Join Us For Bush Hill Community Night

We are excited to be celebrating the identities that make up our Bush Hill Community. Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 for an evening of food, fun, and connections. Families are encouraged to wear clothing that represent them. We are still looking for volunteers who are able to bring a favorite family dish for our community to sample that evening. If you are able to help please email [email protected] or [email protected] We look forward to celebrating our community with you!

Bush Hill Families For Inclusion At the first PTA meeting, the Bush Hill Families For Inclusion was introduced as a new subcommittee focused on building community, creating opportunities for engagement and learning, and fostering a sense of belonging.  Please join us on Monday, October 24th at 6:30 pm at John Marshall Library, which is located at 6209 Rose Hill Drivefor a parent/guardian meeting. During this time, you'll get to meet the steering committee, learn about the committee's mission and goals, and share any ideas you may have for the school year. Please RSVP using this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeQC0-N0vFx5fsCL_hPDEr2coQRqFo-yZ3MUhimDp2cND3iRw/viewform We hope to see you there! Diwali Holiday Monday 10/24/22

Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. Monday, October 24, is a holiday for teachers and students. Learn more about Diwali. 

See the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar.

PTA Restaurant Night

Restaurant Fundraiser at Hangry Burger

Join fellow Panther families on October 26th for delicious food from Hangry Burger in Springfield  (6699G Frontier Dr.).  20% of sales for the entire day will benefit the Bush Hill Elementary PTA. Hangry Burger is a locally owned small business with more than just burgers; vegetarian, gluten free, and halal options abound! Don't get hungry, get Hangry!

We hope to see you there.  https://www.hangry-burger.com/

 

Breakfast Honoring Veterans

Dear Bush Hill Parents and Veterans,

Bush Hill Elementary School will be hosting a special breakfast to honor the Veterans in our community. We would love to have as many Veterans as possible at our informal morning gathering, so that they may be honored and recognized for their valued service to our country.

  • Who: Veterans and their families
  • When: Wednesday, November 9th 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Reception: hosted by Bush Hill ES staff in the school cafeteria

If you or someone you know is a Veteran and would like to attend, please RSVP to Mrs. Intidame at: [email protected] by Wednesday, November 2nd.

Please include the following information when emailing your RSVP:

  • Name of Veteran
  • Name of Bush Hill student or family member
  • Number of family members attending breakfast with Veteran
  • Branch and rank in military

We cannot wait to honor the many Veterans in our community!

Sincerely,

Salima Intidame, Family Liaison

Are You Military Connected?

Did you know that the Office of Family and School Partnerships sends out a newsletter around the 15th of each month for military-connected families? Sign up for that newsletter (under “Division Administration News and Updates” then “Professional Learning & Family Engagement”) or other topics on our website.

Sibshops

Sibshops Opportunity for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

The first Sibshops for this school year will be held at Providence Community Center on Monday, October 31st. Sibshops are workshops for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in FCPS and they provide an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed setting, celebrate the contributions made by their siblings, share experiences, and most importantly have fun! See fliers in the folder for registration information. This flier has been translated into multiple languages. We have a team of school social workers who plan and facilitate Sibshops. If you are interested in supporting these efforts, e-mail Laura Cook or Beth Holzman.

FCPS Artist Teacher Exhibition Food & Nutrition Services (FNS)

As you know, the annual Thanksgiving luncheon that included inviting elementary school parents and family members in years past has not been offered over the last few years due to covid.  This school year, FNS is excited to be able to provide a Thanksgiving lunch menu for students on Thursday, November 17, 2022.  Unfortunately, staffing and supply chain challenges continue to impact daily operations; and, as a result, the lunch will not be open to guests.  I share in your disappointment, as FNS always looks forward to this special event.

John Tupy 

Operations Specialist, Food and Nutrition Services FCPS 

Inclusion Week T-Shirt Sale

Each year Bush Hill celebrates Inclusive Schools Week, which is an annual event that celebrates the progress made in schools in providing a supportive and welcoming education to diverse student populations, including disability, cultural backgrounds, different socio-economic statuses, gender, etc. This year we will be celebrating Inclusive Schools Week during December 5-9. There will be dress up days, class lessons, and a big celebration at the end of the week! If you would like order a t-shirt for your child or family members, please use this link here: https://www.customink.com/g/zuw0-00cn-t4th. T-shirts will be around $13 and we will have everyone wear their shirts on that Friday. We are looking forward to a great week of celebrating!

 

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Bush Hill Updates & Community News - Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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Tomorrow Is Work Out Wednesday! Walk & Bike To School Day

Work Out Wednesday

Good Morning Everyone!!  Great news….. Workout Wednesday are back!!!

To promote movement and wellness we have Workout Wednesday’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  The first one is tomorrow, October 12th!!

On these days Staff and student can wear workout wear or a team jersey. We usually share some movement activities to do in the classroom.

And this year it could be a good time to incorporate Yoga for the Classroom.

Work it out Bush Hill!

Walk and Bike to School Day Wednesday October 12

Put on the walking shoes, get the bikes/helmets ready Panthers! We encourage students/families to walk to walk/roll to school. Please be sure to wear a helmet if your are riding your bike.

Why Walk, Bike or Roll?

It’s fun! Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time or walking or rolling to school on the first day? There’s a feeling of joy and independence—a sense of adventure—that doesn’t fade. Of course, there are many other benefits to walking, biking or rolling to school, too.

-Healthier Habits

-Cleaner Environment

-Promoting Safety

-Community Benefits

-Less Traffic

We hope to see you out there!!!

AAP Information Session

Advanced Academic Placement Level IV Referral Information Session

Please join us Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 pm via zoom to learn more about the level IV referral process. The link for the session will come out the day of via eNotify.

The deadline for level IV referral is December 15, 2022.

Superintendent Community Conversation for Military-Connected Families

October 13, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This hybrid event will be held in the 1st floor cafe at the FCPS Gatehouse Administration Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church VA 22042.  Free parking is available in the underground garage.  Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare and light refreshments. If you can attend, either in-person or virtually, please register here to attend.

Join Us For Bush Hill Community Night

We are excited to be celebrating the identities that make up our Bush Hill Community. Join us on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 – 7:30 for an evening of food, fun, and connections. Families are encouraged to wear clothing that represent them. We are still looking for volunteers who are able to bring a favorite family dish for our community to sample that evening. If you are able to help please email [email protected] or [email protected] We look forward to celebrating our community with you!

PTA Restaurant Night

Restaurant Fundraiser at Hangry Burger

Join fellow Panther families on October 26th for delicious food from Hangry Burger in Springfield (6699G Frontier Dr.). 20% of sales for the entire day will benefit the Bush Hill Elementary PTA. Hangry Burger is a locally owned small business with more than just burgers; vegetarian, gluten free, and halal options abound! Don't get hungry, get Hangry! We hope to see you there.

Breakfast Honoring Veterans

Dear Bush Hill Parents and Veterans,

Bush Hill Elementary School will be hosting a special breakfast to honor the Veterans in our community. We would love to have as many Veterans as possible at our informal morning gathering, so that they may be honored and recognized for their valued service to our country.

  • Who: Veterans and their families
  • When: Wednesday, November 9th 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Reception: hosted by Bush Hill ES staff in the school cafeteria

If you or someone you know is a Veteran and would like to attend, please RSVP to Mrs. Intidame at: [email protected] by Wednesday, November 2nd.

Please include the following information when emailing your RSVP:

  • Name of Veteran
  • Name of Bush Hill student or family member
  • Number of family members attending breakfast with Veteran
  • Branch and rank in military

We cannot wait to honor the many Veterans in our community!

Sincerely,

Salima Intidame, Family Liaison

Community News

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A Special Edition of Bush Hill Updates - TGIF - Friday, October 7th

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Student Holiday Monday Calendar Reminder: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10

Indigenous Peoples' Day honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native peoples, past and present. This year, Monday, October 10, is a student holiday (no school for students only) and staff development day.

Visit this site to learn more about the cultural heritage of Fairfax County. Read this story in Smithsonian Magazine for ideas on how to celebrate Indigenous People’s DaySee the complete 2022-23 School Year Calendar

Specialist News

Library: This month our kindergartners are working to learn about the different areas of the library and how to keep books organized on shelves. 2nd and 3rd grade are working to create displays for our library using creative thinking skills and collaboration. 4th grade is creating book talks for our morning news show and 5th grade is researching famous people to create Famous Friday’s to share out with our school on our morning news. 

PE: We are in our Throwing & Catching unit. Grades K-2 are continuing with underhand and overhand throwing. We are doing a fun activity called Volcano where the students will use the skills we have been working on to throw balls into the Bush Hill Volcano. Grade 3-4 will be working together on their  throwing/catching skills in Doom Domes and Jailbreak. Grades 5-6 will be jumping into Team Handball games.  Please be sure your child knows what day they have P.E. and to wear tennis shoes to class. Students can also bring water bottles if needed, but we do have a water fountain in the gym they can use.

Art: This month artists are exploring their first drawing units and experimenting with dry media techniques, practicing drawing skills and using good craftsmanship.  Kindergarten-4th Grade have been using shapes to draw human forms and utilizing math skills to explore proportions.  5th graders have been using their drawing skills to illustrate meaningful personal stories.  6th Grade is finishing up a foil repousse unit to create an identity mandala.  

Music: This month students will be singing, moving, and playing instruments during music class. Students in all grade levels will explore the difference between songs in a major key and songs in a minor key. Grades 3-6 will begin playing the recorder this month, all students in these grade levels are required to have their own recorder. 

STEAM: In STEAM we continue to revisit the Engineering Design Process. Through our challenges connected to grade level standards, students are understanding that engineers can use this process for many types of problems and that one can move in and out of steps, as needed, to support their ideas. The STEAM challenges students engage in provide rigorous experiences that support essential learning and develop Portrait of a Graduate skills. K-1 will continue working on making observations using their senses and paying attention to detail. Grades 2-4 will be experimenting with Engineering Design Challenges. Grade 5 will be experimenting with cars connecting to their Force, Motion and Energy unit. And Grade 6 will be hands-on with their solar system unit. If you’re looking for something to do at home that connects to STEAM learning, you might try: creating a new game with a deck of cards, creating 3 different types of paper airplanes, going outside to collect items from nature to make a fairy garden, creating something from an empty paper towel roll, or creating a chalk obstacle course outside.

Work Out Wednesdays

Students are invited to participate in Work Out Wednesdays by dressing up in their workout gear or sports themed clothing. Our first Work Out Wednesday is Wednesday, October 12. Work Out Wednesdays will occur the second Wednesday of each month. 

Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 12, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work, where safe to do so, on October 12. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school. 

Walk and Bike to School Day Wednesday October 12

Put on the walking shoes, get the bikes/helmets ready Panthers! We encourage students/families to walk to walk/roll to school. Please be sure to wear a helmet if your are riding your bike.

Why Walk, Bike or Roll?

It’s fun! Remember the thrill of riding a bike for the first time or walking or rolling to school on the first day? There’s a feeling of joy and independence—a sense of adventure—that doesn’t fade. Of course, there are many other benefits to walking, biking or rolling to school, too.

-Healthier Habits

-Cleaner Environment

-Promoting Safety

-Community Benefits

-Less Traffic

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, October 4, 2022

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Thank You, Custodians! 

Monday, October 2nd was Custodian Appreciation Day. Thanks to our custodians, we all have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work. Across the division, Fairfax County Public Schools employs more than 1,300 custodians, field custodians, and building supervisors. 

October Student Holidays

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Holiday - Yom Kippur - Wednesday, October 5th  NO SCHOOL

Staff Development/Student Holiday - Monday, October 10th  NO SCHOOL

Holiday - Indigenous Peoples' Day -- Monday, October 24th  NO SCHOOL

End of the First Quarter - Friday, October 28th -- 1:55 PM Early Dismissal

Teacher Workday / Student Holiday - Monday, October 31st  NO SCHOOL

AAP

Thank you to the families who were able to join us on Thursday for an overview of the AAP levels of service in Fairfax County Public Schools. For those of you who were unable to join the live video, we’d like to invite you to watch the recording. Information on accessing it can be found below. Additional information on the AAP levels of service in FCPS can be found here.

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Passcode: [email protected]#.M$2U

 

Celebrate Bush Hill Community Night

Join the Panther community for food, fellowship and fun!  Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 20th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Workout Wednesdays is Back!

Students are invited to participate in Work Out Wednesdays by dressing up in their workout gear or sports themed clothing. Our first Work Out Wednesday is Wednesday, October 12. Work Out Wednesdays will occur the second Wednesday of each month. 

Wear Your Costume On October 28th

Students are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 28! Costumes should be school appropriate and meet the following guidelines: 

  • No masks
  • No weapons
  • No face paint

We need to be able to see student's faces and students should be able to run at recess and PE. 

This is an early dismissal day - Bush Hill will dismiss at 1:55 PM on 10/28

BHES Yearbooks Now On Sale

Yearbook Presales are now available.  Yearbooks are $15.00 each -  Please go to www.barksdalephoto.com to place your yearbook order using the access code: 0036609YB

Low-Cost Internet for Free and Reduced-Price Eligible Students

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a new FCC program to lower internet costs for families with children who have been eligible for free or reduced-price meals within the last 12 months. A qualifying household will receive $30 per month toward internet services and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Families can check their eligibility and register atAffordableConnectivity.gov or by calling 877-384-2575.Visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meals website for more information on the criteria to be eligible and how to apply. 

Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance and Referral Program may be able to help with your child care expenses.  Applications received through June 30, 2024 are eligible for the following expanded eligibility criteria:

ƒ Families currently looking for work
ƒ Expanded Income
‚ For expanded state eligibility, families with at least one child under the age of five (kindergarten eligible age), are eligible with an income at or below the 85% of the state median.
‚ For County eligibility, families whose children are up to age 13 (under age 18 if the child has special needs) are eligible with an income at or below 350% FPL.

Families Co-payment fee will be waived for a limited time. Families must live in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax or City of Falls Church.  Additional eligibility requirements may apply.  Apply for assistance Online: www.commonhelp.virginia.gov  Email: [email protected]
Fax: 703-324-3917  Mail: Office for Children/CCAR 12011 Government Center Pkwy., 8th Floor Fairfax, VA 22035

For additional information
Visit: fairfaxcounty.gov/OFC (Search: CCAR)
Call: 703-449-8484 or
Email: [email protected]

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Dear Families,

We want your child to be successful in school and that means supporting and encouraging their whole development. While excelling in academic classes is important, children also need skills to take on learning challenges, make good decisions, manage strong emotions, and get along with others.

This week, we’ll begin Second Step® Elementary and Middle School, a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will be presented through the school year.

In Kindergarten through 5th Grade, students will learn:

  • Growth Mindset & Goal-Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
  • Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion management strategies—including stress management for older students—to calm strong feelings.
  • Empathy & Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.
  • Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process: S: Say the problem T: Think of solutions E: Explore the outcomes P: Pick a solution

In 6th Grade, students will learn:

  • Mindsets and Goals: Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
  • Recognizing Bullying and Harassment: Students learn how to recognize bullying and harassment, stand up safely to bullying, and respond appropriately to harassment.
  • Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn how to recognize strong emotions and unhelpful thoughts, and apply strategies to manage their emotions and reduce stress.
  • Managing Relationships and Social Conflict: Students learn strategies for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, perspective-taking, and dealing with conflict.

Throughout the year, you’ll receive communications from our school to help you reinforce Second Step language, skills, and goals at home. If you have any questions about Second Step Elementary or Middle School, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher for more information. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community.

AAP Information Session Thursday

Please join us on Thursday, September 29th from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. for an information session with our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Ms. Jen Spollen. Ms. Spollen will share an overview of the Advanced Academics Programming offered in FCPS. This meeting will take place via Zoom. The PTA meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., immediately following Ms. Spollen’s session. We will utilize the same Zoom link for both portions of our meeting. The Zoom link will be sent out to families on Thursday via email.

Join The Bush Hill PTA

FIRST PTA MEETING THIS THURSDAY

Join us for the first general body PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, Sept. 29th at 7 pm. This meeting will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link will be provided before the meeting.  All are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

PTA Membership Drive

When we work together, we make the Bush Hill Elementary School community stronger. Throughout the year, the PTA will call on you to contribute in ways that work for you; this may be a request of your time, your resources, or your talents with the ultimate goal of supporting our students and their teachers. One Team, One Dream!!

Let's kick off the year with a membership drive! We currently have less than 100 members of the PTA - can you help us get to at least 50% of the school population or 300+ members?

  • Already renewed? Thank you! Tell your neighbors who just started at Bush Hill that they should also join the PTA.
  • Not yet renewed? Remember, your membership is only valid for one year. If you purchased membership last year, it's likely time to renew.
  • Teacher? You too can join the PTA and request funding for supplies!
  • New community member? We need you!

Join the PTA now by visiting our website bushhill.memberhub.com

Got questions? Email us at [email protected].

Picture Day Rescheduled

Dear Bush Hill Families,

Due to the upcoming Religious and Cultural Observance day, we have rescheduled our Picture Day.  Our new Picture Day will be on Monday, November 21st.  Anyone who is not able to have their picture taken on 11/21, will have an opportunity to have it taken on our Absentee/Retake Picture Day on Thursday, January 12th.

Pictures that have been prepaid, will be held and honored on 11/21/22.

Thank you!

Student Holidays In October

Please plan accordingly

October 5 Student and Teacher Holiday - Yom Kippur  October 10 Student Holiday - Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Professional Workday)  October 24 Student and Teacher Holiday  October 28 End of First Quarter - 2-hour Early Release -- BHES 1:55 PM Dismissal October 31 Student Holiday (Professional Workday) Attendance

Please be sure to let Bush Hill ES know of any absence or tardy.  We account for every child, every day.  You may call the office, call the attendance line, send an attendance line email or use the attendance form below.

Submit an absence using our attendance form https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/attendance-form OR use one of these other two methods.   Welcoming Our New Strings Teacher

We welcome Ms. Sandra Ragusa, our new Strings Teacher who will be here Mondays working with Mr. Spencer Smith.

Parent Liaison Updates

Saturday, October 2nd 2-4 PM  An event for the community, by the community.  Healthy Together Fairfax is a fun (and FREE) interactive event for the community focused on healthy and active living. The event includes free health screenings, access to community services and resources, fitness classes, hands-on activities and workshops for all ages. Come explore the trails and playgrounds at Lee District Park and enjoy a ride on the carousel.

The Child Care Assistance and Referral Program may be able to help with your child care expenses.   Families must live in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax or City of Falls Church. Additional eligibility requirements may apply.
Apply for assistance Online: www.commonhelp.virginia.gov
Download: Child Care Service Application and Redetermination form at:
fairfaxcounty.gov/OFC (Search: CCAR)
Submit application and verification documents
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 703-324-3917
Mail: Office for Children/CCAR
12011 Government Center Pkwy., 8th Floor
Fairfax, VA 22035
For additional information Visit: fairfaxcounty.gov/OFC (Search: CCAR)
Call: 703-449-8484 or Email: [email protected]

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Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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Tonight Is Virtual BTSN

Back To School Night (BTSN) 

BTSN sessions will be held via Zoom this year. Classroom teachers have sent information out to parents about how to join this evenings meeting.  There will be NO sessions held at Bush Hill this year.

Panther PJ Day Friday

Join your Panthers for our first Spirit Day this Friday, September 23rd.  Wear your coziest pajama's to school.  Don't forget to wear/bring good shoes for running at recess and PE!

Student Holiday Monday, 9/26/22

There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, September 26th.  This is a Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah (Professional Workday).

Access the FCPS calendar here https://www.fcps.edu/calendars/standard-school-year-calendar

Picture Day Is Tuesday, 9/27/22 Interim Reports

In lieu of interim reports that are traditionally sent home to all students in the middle of the 1st quarter, classroom teachers will be meeting with the families of each student to discuss student progress. We believe that this will allow our school staff to prepare for more in-depth conversations about your child. Classroom teachers will share how you can sign-up to meet with them at Back to School Night as well as over the course of the next week. Should you need an interpreter to assist with your participation in a conversation with your child’s teacher, we can provide one – just let us know! We look forward to sharing more about your child’s progress with you over the coming weeks!

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have: 

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop. 
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning. 

Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:  

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)  

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.  

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by: 

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.  

Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)  

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.  

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.  

Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)  

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive: 

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. 

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, September 29th at 6:30. The AART will provide information about levels of service, and answer questions about advanced academic services. Zoom Link will be sent out the day of, via eNotify.

Spotlight On Our Parent Liaison

Dear Families of Bush Hill ES,

My name is Salima Intidame, and I am your Family Liaison. I am very excited to begin this school year’s journey with you; working alongside you so that you may become a partner in your child’s academic process.  This is my second year in Bush Hill ES where I have had the opportunity to meet great individuals in our school community.  My purpose at the school is to assist you to have access to as much resources about our school and FCPS as possible to enhance your student’s success. I work with a wonderful supportive team who is gladly willing to answer questions for which I may not have answers and connect you with the right staff/faculty who can best help you.

The following is a list of ways I will be communicating with you so that you will be well informed of all the things happening in our school. Please know that we rely greatly on technology.

  • News You Choose (Weekly)
  • Tuesday Folder (please check your child’s backpack)
  • School Broadcast Messages
  • E-mail Correspondence

    My e-mail address is: [email protected]

  • Parent Surveys
  • Personal Phone Calls & Follow-Ups

Safety is our number 1 priority!  When coming into the building for any reason, please make sure you visit the main office.  They will provide you with a pass to the appropriate location and/or make an appointment for you. Also, please understand that if you wish to volunteer in a classroom you must go through the school process.  

With the support of our Administration, Staff, and school community we will collaborate to make this school year extremely productive.  

I look forward to communicating with you and it will be my pleasure serving all of you.

“Informed Parents are Involved Parents!”

Salima Intidame, M.Ed.

Bush Hill Elementary School

M-T-W 8am to 3pm

https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/

Office: (703) 924-5600

Fax (703) 924-5697

Resources From Our Parent Liaison

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (“HIPPY”)

HIPPY is a free home-based, early childhood education program that supports parents of children 2-4 years of age, while providing solutions that strengthen families. HIPPY’s goal is to help parents prepare their children to achieve long term academic success, as well as empower parents to guide their children’s educational experiences in the home.

Parents receive the tools, skills and confidence they need to successfully work with their children at home. Through role play, one hour per week, parents meet with a HIPPY trained instructor to learn and practice vital skills and tools needed to work with their children at home At home, parents engage their children in activities related to reading, writing language, mathematics, science, motor development. Instruction and materials are in English and in Spanish.  Contact: Elisabeth Bruzon at 703-204-4350

Early Literacy Programs

The Early Literacy program is a free, interactive parenting education program for parents and their children, 2-5 years of age. Parents are able to help their children develop essential early literacy skills at home and gain confidence in their own ability to become active partners in their children’s education. Classes meet 1-2 times per week and are taught in the parents’ home language by trained instructors, who teach from a curriculum that includes topics such as brain development, developmental stages, the importance of routines, effective discipline strategies, the importance of play and
movement and music. Instructors provide information, demonstrations, resources, and literacy support, as well as the opportunity for parents and children to engage in early literacy activities together.

Specialist, Hillary Press [email protected] (703-204-4330)

Coordinator: Dr. Renee LaHuffman-Jackson [email protected] (703) 204-4300

www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/family-engagement-resources

A few parent volunteers are needed to help with picture day.  If you are interested in volunteering on September 27th to please contact Lisa Dial @ [email protected] or 703-924-5600.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

For more information on local celebrations, visit the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services website.

Tutor.Com How to Access Free Resources from Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, one-on-one online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 2022-23 school year. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

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Bush Hill Updates -- Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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Ice Cream Social

The BHES PTA is excited to have you join us for the return of our annual ice cream social this Friday, 9/16 at 6:30 pm (cash, CashApp, Venmo are all accepted).

We still need lots of volunteers to help serve ice cream and to help make this event a success. Please sign up here: https://bit.ly/IceCreamSocialPTA

We hope to see you all Friday!

VIRTUAL Back To School Night

Back To School Night (BTSN) 

BTSN sessions will be held via Zoom this year. Classroom teachers will be sending information out to parents about how to join their sessions prior to the 21st. There will be NO sessions held at Bush Hill this year.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Elementary Continuum of Services

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development efforts and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners.  

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach recognizes unique student needs and focuses on matching services, not labeling students. Through the continuum, students have: 

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop. 
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning. 

Teachers, Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs), and school administrators work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level:  

Access to Rigor, Grades K-6 (Level I)  

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve.  

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons.
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Access to Rigor is for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in a specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these area(s) by: 

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects,
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness, and
  • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.  

Part-Time Services, Grades 3-6 (Level III)  

Some students have advanced academic needs in multiple subject areas in addition to specific subject differentiation. They need part-time AAP services.  

  • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.  

Full-Time Services, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)  

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science).  

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive: 

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, and
  • Curriculum that is differentiated through acceleration, depth, and complexity of content. 

Full-time services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year. 

Screening for Advanced Academic Program Services 

Multiple data points are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom. No pieces of the data are weighted in the holistic screening process.   

Eligibility decisions for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services are made by a committee at the local school, and screening is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for subject-specific advanced differentiation and part-time services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART at the local school. 

Eligibility decisions for full-time services are made by the countywide central selection committee. 

Screening for full-time services occurs during specific screening cycles:   

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • The fall screening referral window is from the first day of school - October 15.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student. 
    • The spring screening referral window is from the first day of school - December 15.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7. Referrals submitted after the full-time services referral windows noted above will not be accepted.   

Referral forms for all advanced academic program services are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.   

Ability Testing 

FCPS uses ability testing as one consideration of the holistic screening process for advanced academic services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.   

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest of either the CogAT or the NNAT in grades 3-6. Requests must be made during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Ms. Jackie Welsh (AP), no later than September 15 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT. 

Elementary Parent Information Meeting 

A parent information meeting will be held at virtually through Bush Hill ES on September 29th 2 6:30 PM. Our AART, Jen Spollen, will provide information about levels of service, explain the screening processes, and answer questions about advanced academic services. 

Young Scholars 

The FCPS Young Scholars model seeks to identify and affirm, from an early age, students with high academic potential from groups historically underrepresented in advanced academic programming. The goal of the model is to eliminate barriers for Young Scholars’ access to and success in advanced academic opportunities in elementary, middle, and high school. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e) 

Some gifted students with advanced learning needs may also have a learning disability. Twice-exceptional (or “2e”) students need strengths-based instruction while receiving advanced programming. The FCPS continuum of AAP services provides multiple entry points to meet student needs while also supporting their learning challenges. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.” 

SR&R Sign and Return the Student Rights & Responsibilities Booklet

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted. Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Parent Liaison Corner

Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What Families and Schools Need to Know

Join Katie Maki as she shares her experiences highlighting the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of eating disorders and how they differ in age groups

  • Facts and myths about eating disorders 

  • How to avoid negative messaging on body image and food in education

  • What parents need from school staff to support families fighting eating disorders

September 16, 2022 10 -11:30 a.m.

Register for: Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders: What Families and Schools Need to Know

Early Literacy Program for African Heritage Families The Early Literacy Program is a free, interactive parent and child program. Parents learn school-readiness strategies to prepare their child for future school success.

www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/early-literacy-programs/early-literacy-program-african-heritage

 

Picture Day Is Tuesday 9/27/22 World Heritage Night

World Heritage Night is BACK at Bush Hill! Mark the date in your calendar for a fun evening of learning and sharing about our family heritage, culture and traditions. World Heritage Night will be Thursday, October 20th in the evening. We need volunteers to help with copies leading up to the event. Volunteers, the night of the event, for the fashion show, coordinate food tastings or bring in cultural food at night.  If you’re interested in volunteering please reach out to Mary Beth Parks. ([email protected])

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Parents and Families,

It’s time to start talking about the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener.  All schools in FCPS administer a screener assessment to measure SEL skills.  The screener provides FCPS with actionable data, allowing staff to partner with families to prioritize next steps in a student’s social-emotional learning needs.  The screener helps us measure and improve SEL in three domains: skills and competencies, supports and environments, and well-being.  A SEL Screener public webpage is available to assist with information regarding the assessment and reporting processes, as well as frequently asked questions.  A copy of the letter sent home in Tuesday folders, along with additional language options is available here.  If you wish to have your student opted out of the screener, please make sure to return the signed form to your student’s classroom teacher.  Additionally, FCPS has created a resource with how to talk to your student(s) about the SEL screener if needed, and is available here.  The screener window for the fall is October 17- November 4th.  Questions about this?  Email Shannon Nolan at [email protected]

 

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Bush Hill Updates - Wednesday, September 7, 2022

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Specialist Corner

Library: This month students will be reviewing how to find books in the library and learning and reviewing routines. We will be working on using shelf markers to help keep our books organized while we browse and will be practicing how to hold respectful conversations where we show listening skills. Upper grade students will also be exploring their Destiny Discover accounts on their computers and primary grades will be working on finding books independently using pictures and words to help guide them. We are so excited to have students back in the library. Each class will have a weekly checkout time. Please make sure you help your child find a safe spot at home to keep their books and get in the habit of bringing them back to school each week. Thank you for your help. 

Art: This month artists will be reviewing and practicing our art room routines and expectations. Each grade level will be exploring their different Big Idea for the year: K-Self, 1-Family, 2-Community, 3-Culture, 4-Time, 5-Globalization, 6-Identity.  September also marks the start of our Drawing Units where we will explore 2D concepts and experiment with crayon and colored pencil techniques to develop well crafted works.  K-4 artists will be reviewing shapes and how they can be used to create forms and practice drawing the human face and body with the correct proportions.  5-6 artists will be integrating symbolism in 2D works to represent ideas related to their big ideas.  

PE: In September, all students are reviewing and practicing routines and expectations.  Students in grades 3-6 have started some teamwork activities and cooperative games.  They are learning how to work together as a team and what makes a good teammate.  Students in grades K-2 are learning and reviewing how to move in general and personal space.  They are practicing their locomotor movements and learning how to use equipment safely in the gym.  As September progresses, all students will move into a throwing and catching unit.  Students in grades K-1 will be learning how to overhand and underhand throw and catch.  Students in grades 2-3 will be reviewing these skill cues and eventually get to some throwing and catching activities such as volcano and clean out your backyard.  Students in grades 4-6 will also be reviewing these skill cues, and progressing to throwing and catching games and sports such as team handball.

Music: This month all students will be reviewing and practicing classroom expectations. All grade levels will be working on singing on pitch and keeping a steady beat.

STEAM:

STEAM is a class where students have an opportunity to engage in hands-on activities connected to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Students learn by problem solving in teams and exploring new materials and designing their own solutions. Students collaborate in groups, ask questions, think critically, and learn to communicate their thinking.

As part of STEAM, we will use the Engineering Design Process to guide students' thinking and touch upon different careers and fields of work connected to STEAM content through open-ended challenges. 

Try some of these STEAM activities to continue the learning at home…

Meet Our Family Liaison

Dear Families of Bush Hill ES,

My name is Salima Intidame, and I am your Family Liaison. I am very excited to begin this school year’s journey with you; working alongside you so that you may become a partner in your child’s academic process.  This is my second year in Bush Hill ES where I have had the opportunity to meet great individuals in our school community.  My purpose at the school is to assist you to have access to as much resources about our school and FCPS as possible to enhance your student’s success. I work with a wonderful supportive team who is gladly willing to answer questions for which I may not have answers and connect you with the right staff/faculty who can best help you.

The following is a list of ways I will be communicating with you so that you will be well informed of all the things happening in our school. Please know that we rely greatly on technology.

  • News You Choose (Weekly)
  • Tuesday Folder (please check your child’s backpack)
  • School Broadcast Messages
  • E-mail Correspondence

    My e-mail address is: [email protected]

  • Parent Surveys
  • Personal Phone Calls & Follow-Ups

Safety is our number 1 priority!  When coming into the building for any reason, please make sure you visit the main office.  They will provide you with a pass to the appropriate location and/or make an appointment for you. Also, please understand that if you wish to volunteer in a classroom you must go through the school process.  

With the support of our Administration, Staff, and school community we will collaborate to make this school year extremely productive.  

I look forward to communicating with you and it will be my pleasure serving all of you.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November, unless otherwise noted below. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Schools will share registration information with families and employees. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations for more information

If you would like to share additional comments, please email Dr. Reid at [email protected]

All events will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

Mark Your Calendar

September 16th  PTA Ice Cream Social 6:30 - 8 PM (Rain date 9/30/22)

September 21st  Back To School Night 6 - 8 PM

September 26th  Student Holiday - Rosh Hashanah

Bush Hill Attendance Did you know you can submit an absence using our attendance email or phone #?

Please be specific about the reason why your child will not be attending school today.  Thank you! 

Rise & Shine & Be ON TIME!  Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

Pay Using MySchoolBucks

Instructions for Setting up payment using MySchoolBucks:

Dear Parents/Guardians:

You may pay for Instrument Rental Fees, Library dues, Recorder fees, Field Trips and open lunch accounts using My School Bucks starting August 31st.

My School Bucks (MSB) is a FCPS system for payments of student fees and activities. It is easy, secure, and there are no fees for parents. 

Follow these simple steps:

  • Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com,
  • Add a child by school & student ID or birthdate. You will receive a confirmation email.
  • You may now pay the your student fees using a credit or debit card, or e-check.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to your child’s teacher to let them know you’ve paid.

Thank you!

Picture Day is September 27, 2022

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Bush Hill Updates - Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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Colorful Kindergarten

We are starting colors this week in Kindergarten.  Here is the list of what colors we will be wearing each day.  Show your support and join us wearing the color of the day!

Monday- Red, Tuesday- Orange, Wednesday- Yellow and Thursday- Green.  There is no need to purchase new clothing for our color days. 

Stacie Becker

Kindergarten Teacher

Bush Hill ES

[email protected]

Band & Strings

Elementary Band and Strings Sign-ups

Please remember that Elementary Band and String sign-up forms for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades are due this coming Thursday, September 1st. If there are any questions, please feel free to email either our Strings Teacher, Mr. Smith ([email protected]) or our Band Teacher, Mr. Sorensen ([email protected]).”

Rise & Shine & Be On Time

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies

Reminder - Required Forms Due

We are still collecting forms for your students, which can be found online, filled out and printed and returned to us via your student. 

Required Forms:

Links to Forms:

Emergency Care Form

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3.pdf

Health Information Form

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71.pdf

Identification of Military Connected Students

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se329.pdf

Digital Consent Form

https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure

All forms are accessible on the main FCPS website at Forms.  If you are able to, please fill out the forms online and print them at home. If you wish to Opt-Out of certain services, please see the Opt-Out options on the FCPS website.   The Emergency Care and Health Information forms can also be completed and submitted using your ParentVUE account through WeCare. More information and directions to use WeCare can be found here: How to access WeCare

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. Log into ParentVue and you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Labor Day Holiday - Schools Closed Labor Day Holiday

Friday, September 2, and Monday, September 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

SR & R Cell Phone Usage Update Student Rights & Responsibilities

2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families. Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Community Conversations With The Superintendent

Dr. Michelle Reid is hosting Community Conversations across the division to get to know our communities. Events will be held at the high school in each pyramid through November, unless otherwise noted below. Each Community Conversation will be held in person, allowing Dr. Reid an opportunity to better connect with participants. If you are unable to attend your pyramid's event, please consider attending another one. Schools will share registration information with families and employees. We look forward to seeing you soon!

All events will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interpretation services, child care, and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information please visit https://www.fcps.edu/blog/superintendent-community-conversations

 

Save The Date!

Bush Hill PTA

Ice Cream Social

Friday, September 16, 2022

6:30 - 8 PM

Parent Information Line Available in Eight Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

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A Note From Mrs. Duffy

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Bush Hill Team:

  • Ms. Margaret Williams, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Hannah Franks, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Kristen Simczak, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Shannon Syznowski, 4th Grade Teacher
  • Ms. Catie Polis, 5th Grade Teacher
  • Mr. Joe Hurowitz, 6th Grade AAP Teacher
  • Mr. Jose Guzman, ESOL Teacher
  • Mr. Nate Sorenson, Band Teacher
  • Ms. Katie Breen, Elementary Math Resource Teacher
  • Mr. Kashif Bhatti, School Based Technology Specialist
  • Ms. Carmen Collazo, Music Teacher
  • Ms. Kelsey Schaefer, Art Teacher
  • Ms. Caryn Seiler, STEAM Teacher
  • Ms. Kristen Green, Counselor
  • Ms. Ashlee Collazo, Special Education Teacher
  • Mr. Antony Moses, Special Education Teacher
  • Ms. Lenore Butcher Kuch, Special Education Teacher
  • Ms. Amie Fofanah, Public Health Assistant
  • Ms. Crystal Syphrit, General Education Instructional Assistant
  • Mr. Jonathan Cruz, Office Assistant
  • Ms. Rebecca Kellerman, Student Monitor
  • Ms. Jeneal Johnson, Student Monitor
  • Mr. Jes Serl, Student Monitor
Counselor Corner

Welcome back Panthers!! Mrs. Madden and Ms. Green are your school counseling team this year. We can’t wait to work with all of you and have an awesome year. Here’s a little bit below about your school counselors!

Megan Madden

Hi Panthers! My name is Megan Madden (previously Fletcher 😊) and I am so excited to be starting my 4th year at Bush Hill! I love to read, practice yoga, enjoy the outdoors, and rewatch favorite movies. I was born and raised here in Virginia and went to James Madison University and University of Virginia for both of my degrees. I can’t wait to work with your students again this year! I will be primarily supporting Kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade (Martin, Hurowitz) this year. Please reach out if I can help! [email protected] or 703-924-5630.

Kristen Green

Hello Panther families! I am Ms. Green, Bush Hill’s new part time School Counselor. I am from Cape Cod, MA and graduated from Boston College with my School Counseling degree this past Spring. I enjoy arts and crafts, reading (I’m a bit of a potter head!), and spending time with my two dogs Harley and Louie.  I am at Bush Hill on Mondays, Tuesdays and every other Friday and will be supporting 1st, 2nd, 4th and half of the 6th graders (Anderson, Farrell). I’m so excited to be joining the Bush Hill team! [email protected] or 703-924-5663

PTA Panther Family Picnic Friday, August 26th

The PTA invites families to a Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 26th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own picnic blanket and meal to enjoy on the Bush Hill Field!

PTA Membership Drive

Join the Bush Hill PTA!

We are so excited for the start of the new school year! Bush Hill’s PTA helps to support the students and staff at Bush Hill. The goal of the PTA is to increase family engagement and foster a sense of community. This year, we will have plenty of volunteer opportunities and we encourage your involvement.

Please consider joining the PTA! 

You can join online by going to the Bush Hill MemberHub website at: BushHill.memberhub.com OR you can pay by cash or check. If you pay by cash or check (payable to Bush Hill PTA), please provide the following information along with your dues to the front office: your name, your email address, and your phone number.

This year’s dues are 1) $20 for a family membership (2 adults) and $10 for a single membership (1 adult).

If you have questions, please email us at [email protected]

 

Digital Resources

Families,

At Bush Hill Elementary, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your permission before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: https://bushhilles.fcps.edu/adopteddigitalresources

Included on this page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.

Mr. Kashif Bhatti, School Based Technology Specialist

Students Rights and Responsibilities

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30, 2022.

 

Breakfast & Lunch Prices SY 22-23 Meal Prices

(Effective July 1, 2022)

Breakfast Lunch Milk (Sold Separately)
  • Students and adults—60¢

Find out what's on the menu at your school today.

Only one breakfast and one lunch per student per day qualify at the subsidized price. The cost of any additional lunch is at the adult price or a la carte price, whichever is less.

THREE WAYS TO PURCHASE MEALS
  1. On Line Using www.MySchoolBucks.com This user-friendly service is free, convenient, private and secure. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime.
  2. Check Make checks payable to “Bush Hill Elementary School Food Services”.  The check can be provided to the food service manager or mailed to: Food and Nutrition Services, 6840 Industrial Road, Springfield, VA 22151.  A local address and phone number are required to be printed or handwritten on the check.  The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line.
  3. Cash Cash may be brought to the food service manager’s office for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis.
Opt-Outs Available In SIS ParentVue

As part of our ongoing effort to help schools with transitioning from paper to electronic forms, we are excited to announce that the following opt-outs will be available in SIS ParentVUE: 

  • Tutor.com Access (was available April 2022)
  • SEL Screener Participation
  • Counseling Opt Out
  • Transportation Intent
  • Accept FCPS Device
  • Home Internet Access

Any parent/guardian that is associated with a student, and has a SIS ParentVUE account, can update these opt-outs as needed by going to the “Student Info” tab and clicking “Edit Information”. 

Further information can be found on:

Community Conversation with Superintendent Michelle Reid

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Thomas A. Edison High School on Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district.

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please Register to Attend  [SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

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