Important Announcement: Summer Learning

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  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 

 

 

 

Dear Halley Parents and Guardians, 

FCPS school buildings will remain closed through the end of July. Therefore, we will continue to provide recommended distance learning opportunities for students throughout the summer. Students currently in grades K-6 will receive both a Mathematics and a Language Arts Essentials Summer Practice Book in the mail by the end of June. Digital versions of the books will also be posted on the Continuity of Learning Blackboard page. These books will provide recommended practice activities for students to review essential content from the 2019-2020 school year; they are not intended to preview content from next year’s grade level but rather reinforce essential learning from this past year. 

As students access these activities from June 29 to July 31, they will have the opportunity to attend one virtual office hour each week with one of our own outstanding staff members. Students must be registered to receive the secure link to participate in office hours. The office hours schedule for each grade level by teacher is as follows:

  • Kindergarten, Sylvia Song:  Tuesdays -9:00am-10:00am
  • Grade 1, Cathy Mullins:  Mondays – 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Grade 2, Abby Demers:  Mondays - 11:00am -12:00pm
  • Grade 3, Laura Hernandez:  Tuesdays – 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Grade 4, Najma Khan:  Wednesdays – 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Grade 5, Kathy Duchaney:  - Thursdays- 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Grade 6, Debby Goldman:  Thursdays – 9:00am – 10:00am
  • Special Education, Linette Bryant:  Wednesdays – 10:00am –11:00am
  • English Language Development, Andrea Johnston: Tuesdays -11:00am-12:00pm

To register your student for summer office hours and receive a secure link, please complete the form located here:

https://forms.gle/HYgibu7SsYgETMNM9

Once registered, your child will receive log-in information via their FCPS Google email address prior to the first session.  

 

Other Information:

  • K-8 language arts and math workbooks will be mailed to families prior to Monday, June 29th.
  • The workbooks will be organized in "sections" so that teachers can communicate which pages/lessons might be focused on for that specific week's office hours.
  • Answer guides will also be posted digitally to support teachers and parents.
  • Both Math and LA will target essential skills and concepts that review 2019-2020 grade level curriculum and focus on independent student practice.
  • Supplemental ESOL workbooks will be developed for ELP levels 1 and 2 to focus on English language development.

 

 

Hey Parents! We know you’ve got a lot on our plate right now. Avoid the trips to multiple stores to get all the items on your school supply list. Order a pack online to get all the teacher approved items and brands for the 2020-21 school year. Your supplies will be shipped directly to your home mid August! Order now with our School ID of HAL054 at

https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/

School supply sale is sponsored by Halley ES PTO. The Halley ES school supply sale ends on 7/7/2020. Don't miss out!   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mayumi Whitley - mayumi.whitley@gmail.com.  

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South County Pyramid Principal Message - June 3, 2020

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SOUTH COUNTY PYRAMID PRINCIPAL MESSAGE June 3, 2020

 

Dear South County Pyramid Parents and Community,

 

We reach out to you today as a united group of educators to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country.  Racism and hate have no place in the South County Pyramid, rather our schools are places that strive towards inclusiveness and compassion for all while providing hope for the future. To our Black and African American families and community members, we echo the words of our Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand as he shared with FCPS staff, “we see you, we believe in you, and we stand with you.”

At each of our schools, we have made a commitment to bring awareness to social and emotional issues within our buildings through an equity lens.  Every school in the South County pyramid has an equity lead who partners with the Principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We have participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

During this time, we will not sit silently. We have all worked together to create places and spaces where all are welcome and seen. In our classrooms and within our school communities, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences while working to change the conditions that allow injustice. Please know that your schools are here for you and stand with our Black and African American community.   We stand with our entire community.  It is the diversity of our community members who make the South County pyramid a wonderfully unique place to live, work, learn and grow.  We recognize that everyone may be impacted by these recent events differently and we welcome you to reach out to your school’s Principal, school counselor, or clinical staff with any questions or concerns. 

For additional resources, please consider the following:

As a community, we stand together.  

Sincerely,

 

Janice Dalton- Laurel Hill Elementary School (jbedwardsdal@fcps.edu

Melaney Mackin- Silverbrook Elementary School (mjmackin@fcps.edu

Kerry Peerman- Halley Elementary School (klpeerman@fcps.edu

Angela Thompson- Newington Forest Elementary School (AMThompson@fcps.edu

Peter Kownacki- South County Middle School (pakownacki@fcps.edu

Gary Morris- South County High School(gmorris@fcps.edu)

 

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Halley ES Hornet Happenings - May 15, 2020

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS May 15, 2020

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

Happy Friday!  We are allowing our teachers to come to school in very small numbers to pack up student materials over the next two weeks. This process will take a much longer amount of time than it usually would, as we continue to follow the health department guidelines to ensure safety for all. 

We will also begin coordinating family pick up of classroom materials and medication with appointments in June.  We will communicate further information ASAP about the picking up of student items, which will be done through assigned times through a curbside pick-up process. All pick-ups will be in a socially distanced, drive-by setting following CDC and health department guidelines. We’ll also have instructions for how to drop off library books as well as musical instruments.  

In the meantime, please continue to join our teachers on-line. They are so happy to see your children and engage them in learning! When students are happy, teachers are happy. When they’re both happy, We’re happy 😉.

Blessings, Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Johnson and Dr. Simpkins

 

 

We are asking each Halley 6th grader to submit a photo (or two) for our End of Year Honor.  While we won’t be able to celebrate in the traditional way, we are working on something special!  Please upload your photos to the link below by Monday, May 25th.

https://forms.gle/ZqNxUmmbKVdY1HEBA

 

 

Registration Process 

 

Staffing for next school year is supported by early registration. This helps to keep class sizes at optimal numbers for the best learning environment for all students.

Registration is open for all grade levels for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. Currently, registration is occurring virtually with our registrar, Nicole Kendall.  She is conducting enrollment interviews over the phone or via e-mail. If you need to register your child for school, please reach out to Ms. Kendall at nbkendall@fcps.edu

Please note that once schools reopen to the public, parents will need to make an appointment to complete the registration and present all required original documentation (birth certificate, deed or lease, etc.).

Please share this information with friends or neighbors who also need to register!

 

 

Please contact our Halley Registrar, Nicole Kendall for more information and to register your child. You may reach her via email at nbkendall@fcps.edu

Enrollment forms can be found here

  Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

 

Next school year will be here before you know it. Please use the intent to return link below to indicate your student's intention for the next school year!

Please choose ONE way to Respond!

1.Complete the Form at this Link.  Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Halley Elementary School

OR

2.Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website.

 

 

 

Ms. Hall’s Library Tidbit for the Week of May 18

Reading aloud to your child and allowing them to read books of their choice are both important steps to building lifelong readers.  According to well-known author Jim Trelease in The Read-Aloud Handbook, “The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.  It is a practice that should continue throughout the grades” (2013). 

As children get older, do not hesitate to continue reading aloud to them.  Equally important is exposing children to a variety of genres and allowing them to choose the books they read.  “Student book choice is the first step in getting children hooked on reading. When students have ownership of their reading, successful, independent readers begin to bloom” (Starke).  

 

Take advantage of some of the Halley’s library resources:

  1. Encourage your child to participate in the weekly library lessons that relate to their LA content their teachers are using.  All lessons are listed by week in Google Classroom.  
  2. Join Ms. Hall on Tuesdays @ 1:30 for “Live” Story Time for K-2nd grade students.  Google Classroom code: papygy4  If your student is in grades 3-6, consider joining one of the two book clubs with Ms. Hall.  See information sent in the HH last week.
  3. Encourage your child to check out and read ebooks using MackinVIA app.  Click here to watch the video on how to access MackinVIA.
  4. Explore one of the many databases that the library has to offer.  Become an “expert” on a topic of choice!  For grades K-2, use Pebble Go: https://site.pebblego.com/modules (username: fcps password: fcps).  For grades 3-6, use World Book Student: https://worldbookonline.com/student-new/#/home (username: fairfax password: fairfax)
  5. Take advantage of the resources the Fairfax County Public Library has to offer as well.  Consider checking out an ebook and reading it with your child.  Click here for more information.  If you do not currently have a library card, not to worry - you can register and finalize your card later when libraries reopen!

Feel free to contact Halley’s librarian, Ms. Hall with any questions: cghall@fcps.edu.  Happy reading!

Starke, Kathryn. “Developing a Love of Reading in Students.” Edutopia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, 31 Jan. 2020, www.edutopia.org/article/developing-love-reading-students.  a. Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York, Penguin, 2006.

  Dreambox Math is back at Halley!

 

We are pleased and excited to offer Dreambox math available now

through June 30, 2020 for all Halley students.

Dreambox is a K-8 digital math program that independent studies have found to raise student achievement and better prepare children for future successes. If you have a home account, Dreambox does not have capacity to merge your home account with our school account. Use whichever account you desire. Through the school account, teachers may assign certain focus areas and lessons for students to use. These assignments will be not be available through a home paid subscription or free home trial. Please decide which account option is best for your family. We are pleased to be able to bring Dreambox to all our students!

LOGGING IN USING OUR SIGN-ON PORTAL (CLEVER) 

  1. Open an internet browser on your student's computer, laptop, or tablet. Chrome works best.
  2. Navigate to Halley's Student Links page on our website and click the DreamBox icon
  3. Log in using your student's regular school network account (Student ID and PW). The same login your child uses in order to access Blackboard or an FCPS laptop.
  4. The teachers have also added the Dreambox login portal to their Blackboard and/or Google Classroom courses. Find the Dreambox button inside the classroom course and login using this additional access point. Check with your child’s teacher if you cannot find the link in the blackboard course or Google Classroom.

LOGGING IN USING A SINGLE SIGN-ON PORTAL for iPad/Tablet.

  1. Make sure that the DreamBox Math app is downloaded.
  2. Open your browser app.
  3. Navigate to your school portal and log in using your Single Sign-On information either on the Halley website or through the Blackboard course access portal.
  4. Select the DreamBox Learning icon in order to launch the DreamBox app.
  5. The DreamBox Math app will open with the student automatically logged in. Note: You do NOT need the school code (qk88/d3pa) if you login correctly using the Halley website link, the Blackboard connected portal, or the link in your child’s Google Classroom. 

Support Options: DreamBox Learning is conducting live webinars: https://www.dreambox.com/parent-webinars

Other Support Resource Links:

How Students Log in on an iPad

How Students Log in on a Computer

DreamBox Resources for Home Learning

Please contact your child’s teacher directly for help regarding FCPS network login information and password resets.

 

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Hornet Happenings - May 9, 2020

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS May 9, 2020

 

Hello Halley Families! 

Thank you for all the kind messages and gestures of gratitude toward our staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. They love the work they do and strive to provide the best for all students.  Your messages warmed our hearts!   We also send a special thank you to our marvelous PTO.  The Amazon gift cards were very much appreciated by Halley teachers! 

Starting the week of May 11th, we will be offering “Office Hours” on Mondays from 9 – 11 and Wednesdays from 2 – 3.   If you have inquiries, or need support and want to touch base quickly, please call 703-551-5700 or email Mary King at MLKing@fcps.edu.  We will respond and follow-up as quickly as we can!

Blessings, Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Johnson and Dr. Simpkins

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to our Halley Moms 

 We wish you a lovely Mother's Day and hope your children will spoil you with the love, hugs and homemade cards you deserve. You have earned special recognition this year! 

  Dreambox Math is back at Halley!

 

We are pleased and excited to offer Dreambox math available now

through June 30, 2020 for all Halley students.

Dreambox is a K-8 digital math program that independent studies have found to raise student achievement and better prepare children for future successes. If you have a home account, Dreambox does not have capacity to merge your home account with our school account. Use whichever account you desire. Through the school account, teachers may assign certain focus areas and lessons for students to use. These assignments will be not be available through a home paid subscription or free home trial. Please decide which account option is best for your family. We are pleased to be able to bring Dreambox to all our students!

LOGGING IN USING OUR SIGN-ON PORTAL (CLEVER) 

  1. Open an internet browser on your student's computer, laptop, or tablet. Chrome works best.
  2. Navigate to Halley's Student Links page on our website and click the DreamBox icon
  3. Log in using your student's regular school network account (Student ID and PW). The same login your child uses in order to access Blackboard or an FCPS laptop.
  4. The teachers have also added the Dreambox login portal to their Blackboard and/or Google Classroom courses. Find the Dreambox button inside the classroom course and login using this additional access point. Check with your child’s teacher if you cannot find the link in the blackboard course or Google Classroom.

LOGGING IN USING A SINGLE SIGN-ON PORTAL for iPad/Tablet.

  1. Make sure that the DreamBox Math app is downloaded.
  2. Open your browser app.
  3. Navigate to your school portal and log in using your Single Sign-On information either on the Halley website or through the Blackboard course access portal.
  4. Select the DreamBox Learning icon in order to launch the DreamBox app.
  5. The DreamBox Math app will open with the student automatically logged in. Note: You do NOT need the school code (qk88/d3pa) if you login correctly using the Halley website link, the Blackboard connected portal, or the link in your child’s Google Classroom. 

Support Options: DreamBox Learning is conducting live webinars: https://www.dreambox.com/parent-webinars

Other Support Resource Links:

How Students Log in on an iPad

How Students Log in on a Computer

DreamBox Resources for Home Learning

Please contact your child’s teacher directly for help regarding FCPS network login information and password resets.

 

 

Mrs. Rzucidlo’s Math Tidbit for the week!

Halley’s marvelous mathematicians love math mysteries!

Try these activities with your mathematician this week.

Estimation is an important math skill. It helps mathematicians determine the reasonableness of their answer. Estimation empowers students to use mental math and is a skill used in the real-world every day. We estimate with money, time, distances, and even while we are cooking dinner. Enjoy these activities that build on the important estimation skill.

  1. Esti-Mysteries inspired by Steve Wyborney: You will need to use a google account to access the Google Form links below.
    1. Grades Prek- 2nd: https://forms.gle/oWkzQYC9RYbGGR2C6
    2. Grades 3rd-6th: https://forms.gle/A7mHb3NXGhomFy3i6
  2. 3-Act Task inspired by Graham Fletcher: The links below will take you to Mrs. R’s YouTube page.
    1. Grades Prek- 2nd: Bag-O-Chips
    2. Grades 3rd-6th: Deep Freeze

 

 

Calling all students in 4-6th grade!

 

The AART will be offering Genius Hour sessions once a week. This is a chance to pursue your interests and teach others about it. 

In the Genius Hour students will research independent topics of interest, learn how to find good sources, use research skills, and learn how to present to an audience using different formats.  This is open to all students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade.  To join Genius Hour use the Google Classroom code: bkyybx5. 

Sessions started Wednesday, May 6th at 2:30.  Mrs. Symionow looks forward to seeing you! Links to the live sessions will be posted in Google Classroom about 20 minutes before class starts.

 

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  This will allow us to consider staffing needs for our school.  For families NOT RETURNING to Halley Elementary School in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” at your earliest convenience.  Due date extended to Friday, May 15th, 2020

 

You have two options to complete this form.

Please choose ONE way to send the form!

 

1.Complete the Form at this Link.  Please note that an individual form should be completed for each student in your household that attends Halley Elementary School

                                                      OR

2.Complete the Intention Form on the FCPS Public website. A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email and send to nbkendall@fcps.edu

 

Third Quarter Progress Report

Third quarter grades will be available in ParentVUE on Saturday, May 9th.  Report cards will be printed and mailed directly from FCPS central offices to parent/guardians beginning on Tuesday, May 12th ad should arrive by May 23rd.

 

 

If you have a child or know a child who is coming to Halley for Kindergarten next year, please join us as we explain the kindergarten program at Halley and help parents with registration questions.  For now, we ask that you help spread the word in our community so that parents of our rising kindergartners can mark their calendars.

 

Join the Halley Team for a Virtual Kindergarten Orientation   Tuesday, May 12th 5:00 pm Register at the link below:

https://tinyurl.com/HalleyESKinder

 

Please contact our Halley Registrar, Nicole Kendall for more information and to register your child. You may reach her via email at nbkendall@fcps.edu

Enrollment forms can be found here

 

 

Has or Will Your Address Be Changing?

If you have moved or will be moving before the end of the school year, please be sure to contact Nicole Kendall at nbkendall@fcps.edu to let her know. This is to ensure that your family will get learning packets and other important information for the rest of the year. Please note that even if you have moved or do move out of the Halley boundary before the end of the school year, your child(ren) can continue to access Halley distance-learning resources through the last day of school.

 

The FCPS Parent Resource Center Is Ready to Serve You


During the covid-19 school closure, the FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators, and community members. The PRC provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. For example, the PRC can help you:
• Learn about the options, services, and resources available to help your child and family within FCPS and the community.
• Learn how to work collaboratively with your child’s school.
• Provide tools so that you may better advocate for your child.
More information about the Parent Resource Center is available online.

 

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