Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.HORNET HAPPENINGS January 17, 2020
Our amazing "Bully Nots" entertain our K-2nd Graders at Morning Program!
Dear Halley Families:
As many of you are aware, we have had both students and staff get sick with the flu and our Fairfax County Health Department would like to remind us of recommendations to help protect us all from influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
- Vaccinate your child and yourself against influenza this year and every year. As long as influenza is circulating in our community it is not too late to get a vaccine.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Teach your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Be sure to set a good example by doing this yourself. If soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers may be used.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw tissues in the trash after use. If tissues are not available, cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with individuals who have influenza-like symptoms.
- Monitor your child for signs of influenza-like illness.
- Do not send any child experiencing influenza-like symptoms to school. If your child comes to school with the symptoms described above, he or she may be sent home. Keep your child home and away from others until the child has been symptom free and without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medication (i.e. he or she should not attend school, school functions, sporting or extracurricular activities, or leave the home except to seek medical care).
- Consult with your child’s health care provider regarding possible use of medication that treats influenza if your child has a chronic medical condition, an illness that weakens their immunity, or who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy.
The Office of Food and Nutrition Services is excited to announce the launch of a rotating Salad Bar Special Event: Parfait Day! Salad Bars will transform for the day into build-your-own Parfait Bars, where students can make yogurt and fruit parfaits as their choice of entree.
Our special day will be on February 6th!
Here are the details:
Make a Yogurt and Granola Parfait for lunch!
For one day, Halley’s Salad Bar will turn into a Parfait Bar where students can build their own yogurt and fruit parfaits as an entrée. A Parfait includes:
- Fat-free vanilla yogurt
- Whole grain granola
- Cinnamon-spiced apples and other fresh fruit
This weekend let us all remind our students how special and privileged they are! One wonderful quote of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education." Our hope is that our parent, school, and community partnership remain strong for years to come, as you raise such amazing, caring, critical thinkers. Be safe this weekend and enjoy this time of reflection.
As always, thank you for your trust. Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Peerman, Dr. Simpkins and Ms. Johnson
Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on January 20 for MLK Holiday, January 27-28 for Teacher Workday and Staff Development Day
As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 21. Also, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter.
Absences Add Up
As we begin to develop new routines and habits for 2020 we want to make regular school attendance one of them. With the winter weather, this is the time of year children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance and it’s important to get your child to school every day possible. Below are some resources and tips to help your child stay healthy and in school.
- If you are unsure whether to send your children to school, consult your doctor or this website for guidance: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/attendance-policies/attendance-when-should-i-send-my. Our school nurse is also a terrific resource for chronic health conditions.
- Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Help your child learn to persevere. Today, she/he learns to overcome a snowdrift. In the future, she/he will have the grit to triumph over even greater obstacles to his /her dreams.
- To learn more about the importance of attendance, please visit this FCPS site.https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/attendance-policies/absences-add/encouraging-school-0
When planning travel throughout the year we ask to plan and schedule trips when students are not in school. Below are links to calendars for the 2019-2020 school year and 2020-2021 school year. Thank you for your advance planning to keep your child in school.
We recognize there will be times your student will be out sick or have a need to miss school. If your Halley Hornet will be absent from school or will be arriving late, please be sure to leave a message on our attendance line at (703) 551 5757 or email HalleyElem.Attendance@fcps.edu
Fairfax County Park Authority Offering Snow Day Camp at Four Locations
The Fairfax County Park Authority is offering Snow Day Camp at Audrey Moore RECenter, Lee District RECenter, Oak Marr RECenter, and Spring Hill RECenter for children ages 6 to 10 when Fairfax County Public Schools are closed two or more school days in a row (limited to 30 children per site, first-come basis) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $65 per day, per child, non-refundable.
Note: Snow Day Camp will not operate for single-day FCPS school closures, late openings or early dismissals, on weekends, and will not be held when Fairfax County Government is closed or the Fairfax County Park Authority is closed.
Winter Coat Distribution
The Community Church of God Dunn Loring Women's Group is hosting a Winter Coat Distribution event on Saturday, January 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 2500 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. The group will offer complimentary lunch and will distribute coats, hats and gloves for adults and children. Please register online or by phone at (571) 572-2326.
Free School and Sports Physicals
George Mason University MAP Clinics are offering free school and sports physicals by appointment only.
- Who qualifies: Students not currently covered under an insurance plan
- Dates offered: January 27th and 28th from 7am to 2pm, and all TUESDAYS in January from 7am to 2pm *(must have an appointment)
- Location : The Population Health Center at 4410 Patriot Circle Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (GMU’s Fairfax campus)
To make an appointment, call : (703) 993 6485
All forms must be completed before arriving for appointment
For more information visit https://chhs.gmu.edu/mapclinics/locationsFollow us!
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Upcoming Halley Events:
January 20 - Martin Luther King Holiday
January 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip, National Museum of the American Indian
January 24 - End of Second Quarter
January 27 & 28 - Student Holidays
February 6 - Clubs & Candids Picture Day
February 11 - Band Concert, Gym, 7pm
February 13 - Strings & Chorus Concert, Gym, 7pm
PTO Membership Drive
Have you joined the Halley PTO yet? If not, it’s not too late! Please create an account on our Halley PTO site and pay online! Membership is only $15 per year! Visit www.halleypto.com Thank you so much for your support!!!
SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:
PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGES!!
RESTAURANT FUNDRAISER JAN 13
Thank you to everyone that came out to Chipotle for our restaurant fundraiser!! We raised $289.10, which is 33% of all sales!!
PTO MEETING JAN 22
Next PTO meeting is Jan 22! We will have Karen Corbett-Sanders, Fairfax county school representative, joining us to discuss county issues! DOORS OPEN AT 6:30! Feel free to bring your kiddos, however, no child care available. Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
Winter 2020 Enrichment Registration is OPEN at Halley Elementary!
We are proud to start this Winter 2020 season with Comic Book Illustration, 3D Printing & STEM exCEL Chess as our after school enrichment offerings! STEM exCEL would like to work with our Halley Elementary community to inspire kids to code in the same way you want to motivate them to learn musical instruments or try a new sport!
School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD
Course: STEM exCEL Comic Book Illustration
Weekday/Dates: TUESDAYS, February 4-March 17, 2020 (no class on Mar 3), 6 WEEKS (Jan 28 is an FCPS no class day)
Instruction Times: 4:15pm-5:15 pm
Grades: 1st-4th grades
School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD
Course: STEM exCEL 3D Printing
Weekday/Dates: THURSDAYS, January 30-March 19, 2020, 8 WEEKS
Instruction Times: 4:15 pm-5:15 pm
Grades: 3rd-6th grades
School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD
Course: STEM exCEL Chess
Weekday/Dates: FRIDAYS, January 31-March 20, 2020, 8 WEEKS
Instruction Times: 4:15pm-5:15pm
Grades: 1st-6th grades
Want your kiddo to have a chance at being a pizza party recipient in the Spring? Keep submitting those UNEXPIRED box tops and DON’T FORGET to label the bag or collection sheet with the teacher’s name! Don’t forget to hit up your friends, family members and neighbors, too!
BOXTOPS = $$$ for the PTO to continue enhancements to Halley ES!!
Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping? Join Amazon Smile and see William Halley Elementary School get rewarded! Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile!
- Visit https://smile.amazon.com/
- Log into your Amazon account or create an account
- You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
- Search for “William Halley PTO”
Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on Amazon Smile, and the Amazon Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase of eligible products to the PTO. Be sure to use ID: William Halley PTO. Happy Shopping!
Have a question, suggestion or other information to share with the PTO Board? We’d LOVE to hear from you!
President: Maida Piggee, president@halleyPTO.com
1st Vice President: Steve Reggio, 1stVP@halleyPTO.com
2nd Vice President: Elizabeth Cobb, 2ndVP@halleyPTO.com
Secretary: Masha Lempel, email@example.com
Treasurer: Aileen Truong, firstname.lastname@example.org
8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039 | Phone: 703-551-5700
Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance