Hornet Happenings - January 17, 2020

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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.

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

 

 

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.

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.

Learn more about Snow Day Camp

 

 

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/locations 

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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!!!

Halley PTO Calendar

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Winter 2020 Enrichment Registration is OPEN at Halley Elementary!

stemexcel.org/halley

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!    

Winter 2020

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

Price: $105

6 WEEKS

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

Price: $140

8 WEEKS

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

Price: $96

8 WEEKS

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

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!

 Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - January 10, 2020

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HORNET HAPPENINGS January 10, 2020

 

 

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing winter break.  As we embark on a new year, we are looking forward to many exciting school activities planned for our Hornets in 2020!  

Also, the new year is always an opportunity to pause and reflect on goals that students have set for themselves.  Take a moment as a family to discuss progress towards their goals and strategies they may want to implement to reach them.  At Halley, we will continue our work on becoming goal-directed and resilient learners into the new year. As always, thank you for your trust. Please reach out if you ever have questions or concerns.

Fondly,

Mrs. Peerman, Dr. Simpkins and Ms. Johnson

 

“What the new year brings to you will depend a whole lot on what you bring to the new year.”

-Vern McLellan

 

 

Back to learning, writing and reading in Kindergarten😊!

 

 

Cafeteria News - Straws

As part of the FCPS "Save a Straw, Save a Life" initiative through Food and Nutrition Services, the WHES cafeteria will no longer be providing plastic straws once our current supply has been depleted. 

 

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.

See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

 

 

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans

 

When Fairfax County Public Schools have a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways:

  1. Posted on fcps.edu.
  2. Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook
  3. Email and text messages sent to parents and employees.
  4. Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  5. Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  6. Area radio and television stations.
  7. REMEMBER, Halley is a Fairfax County Public School.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be at home.

Halley Regular School Hours

Monday - Friday

Doors open at 9:10am

K – 6: 9:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

FECEP Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Morning Preschool: 9:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Afternoon Preschool: 12:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. 

 

Two Hour Late Opening

Monday – Friday, 11:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

When the decision is made that schools will open two hours late, the announcement will be made by 5:00 a.m. Breakfast will be cancelled.  SACC centers will open at 8:00 a.m. Buses will pick up all children two hours later than regular pick up time.

 

Two Hour Early Closing

Monday – Friday, 9:20 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Buses will drop off all children two hours earlier than regular time. Afternoon or evening after school activities might be cancelled.  The announcement will be made by 10:30 a.m. SACC centers will stay open until 6:15 p.m. SACC administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children earlier, if possible.

 

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.

Learn more about Snow Day Camp

 

FCPS Adult and Community Education Offering New Year, New You Classes; Discount Available for Two or More Classes

FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) is running a special New Year, New You promotion to help you reach your 2020 goals! Whether your resolution is to eat healthier, get control of your finances, or pick up a new hobby, ACE has a class for it! Check out the special New Year, New You classes and register online today. Use code NYNY2020 to save $20.20 when you register for two or more classes. *

If the New Year, New You classes aren’t what you’re looking for, ACE offers over 4,000 different classes on topics from Accounting to Zoology and everything in between. Take a look at the offerings and make 2020 your best year yet.

* Restrictions apply. Discount only available to New Year, New You classes.

 

 

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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

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a school fundraiser to support Halley Elementary PTO. Come in to Chipotle at 9447 Lorton Market St in Lorton on Monday, January 13th between 4:00 and 8:00 PM and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Halley Elementary PTO! Please bring in the flyer provided in your Thursday folders!

PTO MEETING JAN 22

Next PTO meeting will be changed to Jan 22 due to schedule conflicts with the County representative. 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!!!

 Halley PTO Calendar

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

 Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

 AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Winter 2020 Enrichment Registration is OPEN at Halley Elementary! stemexcel.org/halley

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!    

Winter 2020

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

Price: $105

6 WEEKS

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

Price: $140

8 WEEKS

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

Price: $96

8 WEEKS

 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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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2 Hour Early Release

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HALLEY ES 2-Hour Early Release at 2:05 PM

Good Morning,

Fairfax County Public Schools has announced a 2-Hour Early Release today due to the anticipated snow and possible hazardous driving conditions later today. Because of this early release, Halley ES will dismiss at 2:05 PM this afternoon. More information about the early release procedures including details about SACC and after-school activities can be found here.

Please anticipate that your students will be walking home or arriving at their bus stop two hours earlier than the regular schedule.  All other regular dismissal procedures will remain in place at Halley ES.

Our staff will be working hard this afternoon to ensure a safe trip home from school for all of our students. We will reach out to you throughout the day if there are any additional updates. 

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

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - December 20, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS December 20, 2019

 

 

 

Enjoy your Winter Break Halley Hornets… We’ll see you in 2020!

 

 

Please note that Halley’s office will be closed December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020.

We assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as we return to the office.

Thank you for a wonderful 2019 year!

  We wish you all the warmest of holiday cheer!

Family Literacy and Online Reading Resources

 

Gather books for Winter Break by visiting your local public library: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/

Also, eBooks and online databases are available for FCPS students to access from home:

You can also login to Blackboard http://fcps.blackboard.com to access the following online reading sites and their Fairfax County usernames and passwords.

Please note: Not all resources are interesting or appropriate for all students.  As with any online resource, parents should monitor what their children are viewing and assist them in choosing the best resources for their needs.  Please do not share the passwords with anyone outside of FCPS. 

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Upcoming Halley Events:

 

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - WINTER BREAK

January 6, 2020 - Classes Resume

January 8 - Principal Coffee

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

 

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

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a school fundraiser to support Halley Elementary PTO. Come in to Chipotle at 9447 Lorton Market St in Lorton on Monday, January 13th between 4:00 and 8:00 PM and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Halley Elementary PTO! Please stay tuned for flyers in your Thursday folders!!

PTO MEETING JAN 22

Next PTO meeting will be changed to Jan 22 due to schedule conflicts with the County representative. We will have Karen Corbett-Sanders, Fairfax county school representative, joining us! We can all thank Mrs. Corbett-Sanders for advocating for OUR school and helping to bring our STEAM program back this past summer!

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

Halley PTO Calendar

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

 Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Winter 2020 Enrichment Registration is OPEN at Halley Elementary! stemexcel.org/halley

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!  

Winter 2020

1.  Course: STEM exCEL Comic Book Illustration

School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD

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

Price: $105

6 WEEKS

2.  Course: STEM exCEL 3D Printing

School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD

Weekday/Dates: THURSDAYS, January 30-March 19, 2020, 8 WEEKS

Instruction Times: 4:15 pm-5:15 pm

Grades: 3rd-6th grades

Price: $140

8 WEEKS

 3.  Course: STEM exCEL Chess

School/location: Halley Elementary, Classroom TBD

Weekday/Dates: FRIDAYS, January 31-March 20, 2020, 8 WEEKS

Instruction Times: 4:15pm-5:15pm

Grades: 1st-6th grades

Price: $96

8 WEEKS

**WE NEED A PARENT VOLUNTEER FOR 3D PRINTING.

PLEASE CONTACT mlmlempel@gmail.com IF YOU CAN HELP! STEM EXCEL WILL PROVIDE A 100% SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUR CHILD!!!!    

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com 

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings

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  From Your Principals

It is hard to believe that we have only 5 more school days before Winter break!  We’ll keep up the energy and good instruction until the end!  We are very proud of how hard our Halley Hornets are working.  We are also proud of and thankful for the dedicated professionals we work with every day at Halley.  Our staff work together collaboratively to teach the whole child. They are experienced in planning and providing for academic, social, and emotional growth and we have seen the positive results from their commitment. They make it look so easy, but we assure you that what they do takes constant planning and reflection.  We truly appreciate their steadfast commitment to our Hornets!

For those of you who have 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, we’d like to take a moment to remind you that online division assessment students took in language Arts and math last week are not for a grade. This data is only used to inform instruction. Many of the newly created division assessments are trying to replicate the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments. We are not looking at the score as a whole because some students may have been confused by the online tool for highlighting or the “hotspots” where they get to “click” on the response.  We look at common trends along each standard and then plan for reteaching where appropriate and plan ahead for possible misconceptions based on any information that was assessed prior to the unit being taught.

Teachers engage in data dialogues and planning for instruction on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during grade level planning time. This important and necessary work is why Halley is thriving!  In the Hive, we strive to be difference makers!  As always, thank you for your trust. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

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

 

 

Congratulations to our SCA officers!  President: Arianna Piggee, Vice President: Diego Ramos, Secretary: Selina Zibung and Historian/Reporter Na’yema Maloney

 

 

Please note that Halley’s office will be closed December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020. We assure you that all your emails will be answered as soon as we return to the office. Thank you for a wonderful 2019 year!  We wish you all the warmest of holiday cheer!

 

From Our Health Room

Our school clinic has important information to share with parents during this winter season. Please take some time to review this Health Flyer for Parents, and contact our school health aide  with any questions.

 

News from FCPS Parent Resource Center

We would like to highlight the following free workshops being offered by the FCPS Parent Resource Center in January:

  • Portrait of an ADHD Graduate Overcoming Obstacles While Optimizing Strengths: This session focuses on ways parents can prepare students diagnosed with ADHD to be successful in the 21st Century workforce.
  • Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviors: Parenting can be difficult, but it is even more stressful when children refuse to follow directions, throw tantrums, and are continuously disruptive. Sometimes parents find themselves at a loss for successful strategies.
  • Mind in the Making Series: At this workshop you will learn the research behind the Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Learn strategies for improving these skills, the importance of them in children’s lives, and activities to promote these evidence-based executive functioning skills.
  • Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Assessment, Treatment, and Research Update: Join Dr. Lisa M. Cullins, attending physician in the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health for this highly informative workshop.  

Details for each of these sessions can be found on the FCPS website.

 

Do you want to Code? 

Come join us for an exciting evening of games and puzzles on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30-7:30.  Halley is hosting its first Family Hour of Code where we will introduce your child to games to teach them basic coding skills. 

 

If you are interested please click on the link and register today. 

Spots are limited to the first 30 students to sign up. 

 We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Attendance and Holiday Vacation

We are quickly approaching holiday vacations.  Please remember that an extended vacation is an unexcused absence.  Also, please remember that if a student is absent for more than 15 consecutive days they must be withdrawn from school.  This is a required law in the state of Virginia.  When parents know that their students must be out for a specific period (more than a day), they can access and submit a prearranged absence form. This must be done at least three to five days in advance of the absence. This gives administrators and teachers time to consider the work, tests, and projects the student may need to turn in on the student’s return to school. Parents should avoid end-of-semester or end-of-course exam periods; state testing periods; etc., when making plans. Please make every effort to arrange travel during school breaks.

 

   Our Winter Break is.... December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Winter break can be stressful if your children are out of school but you have to work.

If you have to work, sometimes it can be difficult to find a place for your children to go while you are at work. The County of Fairfax has options for you.

Neighborhood and Community Services offers a variety of out-of-school time programs to keep Fairfax County kids and teens engaged outside of school hours.  They provide a safe, structured environment for promoting social connections, commitment to learning, health, wellness, and individual growth.

Whether it's on a school day or during summer, spring or winter break, our Out-of-School Time Programs are designed to support the ongoing and well-rounded learning, development of Fairfax County kids and teens.  For more information click here.

 

6th Grade Families - SAVE THE DATE!

South County Middle School Curriculum Night/Electives Fair is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 (Snow date – January 16, 2020).

 

Parents/guardians of rising 7th graders and students are invited to join SCMS staff to hear about Middle School Curriculum and Elective Course Offerings from 6:30pm-8:00pm at SCMS.

Opening Session:  6:30pm-7:00pm – Cafeteria

Electives Fair:  7:00pm-8:00pm – Gym

 

**Advanced Academics and Honors Program Sessions

AAP Center Session – 6:00pm-6:30pm – Lecture Hall

AAP Honors Session – 6:00pm-6:30pm – Cafeteria

 

Call 703-690-5603 for additional information. 

SCMS Student Services Department

 

 

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

 

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision.

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website in both English and Spanish that have the same information that was be shared at our Halley AAP meeting.

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at any time up through January 9. You can reach out to Katie Symionow at (703) 551-5700 with any questions that you have.

 

 

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

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a school fundraiser to support Halley Elementary PTO. Come in to Chipotle at 9447 Lorton Market St in Lorton on Monday, January 13th between 4:00 and 8:00 PM and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Halley Elementary PTO! Please stay tuned for flyers in your Thursday folders!!

 

PTO MEETING JAN 22

Next PTO meeting will be changed to Jan 22 due to schedule conflicts with the county representative. We will have Karen Corbett-Sanders, Fairfax County school representative, joining us!  We can all thank Mrs. Corbett-Sanders for advocating for OUR school and helping to bring our STEAM program back this past summer! Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

 Halley PTO Calendar

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

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!

 

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

 AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

Winter 2020 Enrichment Registration is OPEN at Halley Elementary!  stemexcel.org/halley

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!

WE NEED A PARENT VOLUNTEER FOR 3D PRINTING. PLEASE CONTACT mlmlempel@gmail.com IF YOU CAN HELP!  STEM EXCEL WILL PROVIDE A 100% SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUR CHILD!!!!     

Winter 2020

  1. 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

Price: $105

6 WEEKS

 

  1. 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

Price: $140

8 WEEKS

 

  1. 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

Price: $96

8 WEEKS

  

 

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

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Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - December 6, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS December 6, 2019

 

 

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair and Art Show!

 

 

Do you want to Code?

Come join us for an exciting evening of games and puzzles on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30-7:30.  Halley is hosting its first Family Hour of Code where we will introduce your child to games to teach them basic coding skills. 

 

If you are interested please click on the link and register today. 

Spots are limited to the first 30 students to sign up. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Winter Break is.... December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

Winter break can be stressful if your children are out of school but you have to work.

If you have to work, sometimes it can be difficult to find a place for your children to go while you are at work. The County of Fairfax has options for you.

Neighborhood and Community Services offers a variety of out-of-school time programs to keep Fairfax County kids and teens engaged outside of school hours.  They provide a safe, structured environment for promoting social connections, commitment to learning, health, wellness, and individual growth.

Whether it's on a school day or during summer, spring or winter break, our Out-of-School Time Programs are designed to support the ongoing and well-rounded learning, development of Fairfax County kids and teens.  For more information click here.

6th Grade Families - SAVE THE DATE!

 

South County Middle School Curriculum Night/Electives Fair is scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2020 (Snow date – January 16, 2020).

Parents/guardians of rising 7th graders and students are invited to join SCMS staff to hear about Middle School Curriculum and Elective Course Offerings from 6:30pm-8:00pm at SCMS.

Opening Session: 6:30pm-7:00pm – Cafeteria

Electives Fair: 7:00pm-8:00pm – Gym

 

**Advanced Academics and Honors Program Sessions

AAP Center Session – 6:00pm-6:30pm – Lecture Hall

AAP Honors Session – 6:00pm-6:30pm – Cafeteria

 

Call 703-690-5603 for additional information.

SCMS Student Services Department

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

 

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision.

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV. there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website in both English and Spanish that have the same information that was be shared at our Halley AAP meeting.

Referrals can be submitted to the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Katie at any time up through January 9. You can reach out to Katie Symionow at (703) 551-5782 or (703) 551-5700 with any questions that you have.

Attendance and Holiday Vacation

 

We are quickly approaching holiday vacations.  Please remember that an extended vacation is an unexcused absence.  Also, please remember that if a student is absent for more than 15 consecutive days they must be withdrawn from school.  This is a required law in the state of Virginia.  Also, if a child visits a high risk country, they must have a negative TB test before they can return to school.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at 703-551-5700.

 

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Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

 

 

  Upcoming Halley Events:

 

December 18 - Hour of Code (STEAM Event), 6pm-8pm

December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020 - WINTER BREAK

January 6, 2020 - Classes Resume

 

 

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

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a school fundraiser to support Halley Elementary PTO. Come in to Chipotle at 9447 Lorton Market St in Lorton on Monday, January 13th between 4:00 and 8:00 PM and 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Halley Elementary PTO! Please stay tuned for flyers in your Thursday folders!!

 

PTO MEETING JAN 22

Next PTO meeting will be changed to Jan 22 due to schedule conflicts with the County representative. We will have Karen Corbett-Sanders, Fairfax county school representative, joining us! We can all thank Mrs. Corbett-Sanders for advocating for OUR school and helping to bring our STEAM program back this past summer! Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

Halley PTO Calendar

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

 

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

 

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Special Announcements - December 2, 2019

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS December 2, 2019   Hello Hornet Families! We have two special announcements…   #1 – It’s Inclusive Schools Week at Halley!

 

Help us bring awareness to all the differences that make a very special school community!  Below is a summary of all the ways we will celebrate Inclusive School's Week at Halley!  December 2nd - 6th. 

We are a diverse community that makes our school wonderful and unique! We work together to create a climate of inclusiveness and kindness. We are all linked together and connected in our purpose to make Halley ES an amazing school!

  • Monday 12/2 -wear colorful socks 
  • Tuesday 12/3 - wear something that represents your culture or interests
  • Wednesday 12/4 -Wear exercise/athletic wear 
  • Thursday 12/5 - wear college or career attire 
  • Friday 12/6 -wear your school spirit wear or school colors     

 

#2 – Our Book Fair is Here!!!

 

 

Our evening book fair event and Art show will be Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.    We will have a special art activity for families to enjoy and you can shop ‘till you drop for books galore! Hope to see you there!

 

Click here to sign up to volunteer during the Book Fair!

See below for the browsing schedule if you’d like to come when your child’s class is coming to browse.

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Thanksgiving Holiday starts tomorrow, Wednesday, November 27th

Thanksgiving is a time to share our gratitude and to acknowledge all of the wonderful things around us.   We would like to take a moment to extend our thanks and appreciation for the wonderful school year that is underway. Each child's success is due to the committed collaboration and partnership between home and school. Thank you for working with us to support each and every Halley Hornet! 

While there is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, know we are wishing you and your entire family a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving! 

 

With Gratitude,

Ms. Johnson, Dr. Simpkins and Mrs. Peerman

Attitude of Gratitude Here are some ideas for how families can foster an attitude of gratitude in their children:
  • Model practicing gratitude. Ensure that your children see you acting gratefully.
  • Teach an attitude of gratitude. Talk to your children about the importance of gratitude. They should not simply know to say thank you, but also "why" they should say thank you.
  • Highlight the positives.  Help your children see the many positive aspects of their lives, especially in comparison to others who may be less fortunate. Help them be mindful of people, events, activities, and things they should be grateful for. Tell your children what you are thankful for in your life. Consider having your family participate in volunteer opportunities to help others in need.
  • Encourage gratitude thinking. Help your children identify all those individuals who help them along the way. Have your children say “thank you” in person or by writing a note to someone such as a teacher, counselor, or coach who has made a particular difference.
  • Share gratitude daily.  Make time in the morning or at dinner for the family to share at least one thing for which each person is grateful
  • Recognize grateful behavior.  Specifically identify and recognize grateful behavior or language in your children. This helps to reinforce its continued use. For example, “That was thoughtful of you to thank your friend for helping you complete your homework. Way to go. I am sure it made him feel good and made your friendship stronger.”
  • Use visual reminders.Put notes on the refrigerator, bedroom door, or in the lunchbox to share something for which you are grateful or to offer a reminder to your children to be thankful for good health, family, friends, and more.

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Hornet Happenings - November 22, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS November 22, 2019

 

 

Recess Fun in 4th grade…Brrrrr!

The weather is changing rapidly! Sometimes within the same day. Students go out for recess every single day except in cases of extreme heat or cold.  Please monitor the news or a weather app to determine what the weather will be for the day and dress your child accordingly😊.

 

Hello Halley Families!

The nights are getting cooler and the sun is setting earlier.  Great times for snuggling up with your child(ren) and a good book!  Have your children read to you, you can read to them, or you can take turns!  Not only is it good for your child's academic development, but it makes for meaningful quality time, too! 20-30 minutes depending on age is all you need to start. The more your child reads, the better reader he or she will be.  Additionally, the gains are further reaching than just reading, but also extend in to better performance in other areas as well. This is another reason to support the upcoming Halley Book Fair…Keep Reading!

 

Your Principals,

Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Johnson and Dr. Simpkins

 

Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure, Snow Much to Read.

A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Want to know what we will have at the Book Fair? 

Would you like to volunteer?  Click HERE!

 

Our evening book fair event will be

Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29

SACC will be open regular hours on Wednesday but closed on Thursday and Friday.

 

 

Visitor Check-In Reminder

We require all visitors to Halley Elementary School to sign-in and show identification.  Please be sure that you bring your driver’s license or identification card in order to sign into the school. Safety regulations prohibit us from allowing access without identification.

 

Advanced Academic Programs Screening Procedures

The screening of elementary and middle school students for eligibility in Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) may be ongoing throughout the year for Levels II-III and has specific deadlines for Level IV.   Notice 2401, Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Testing, Screening, and Identification for Elementary and Middle School Students 2019-20, provides a detailed timeline for the AAP screening processes.

Additional details can be found on the FCPS website, including overview of services K-12, referral forms and surveys, and screening procedures.

Below, please see the PowerPoint and information presented at Halley’s AAP workshop on Tuesday!

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

If you have questions, please email our Advanced Academics teacher Katie Symionow at kksymionow@fcps.edu. This year’s Level IV parent referral deadline is January 9, 2020.

  Opportunity at South County High School!

South County High School has two great winter camp opportunities for your children to advance their skill levels in Softball and Baseball. If you are interested, please clink the link below to find out more information!

Softball: https://www.stallionssoftball.com/

Baseball: https://www.stallionsbaseballcamps.com/index.cfm

 

School Calendar 2020-21

In case you missed it over the summer, the 2020-21 school year calendar has been announced. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

 

 

Free Workshop! FCPS Parent Resource Center 

 

 Details for all sessions can be found on the FCPS website

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

 

 

 

Upcoming Halley Events:

 

November 25- Turkey Run, 3-4pm, Fields; Rain Date: November 26

November 26 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Luncheon, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Cafeteria

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 2-6 - Winter Scholastic Book Fair

December 4 - Evening Book Fair & Art Showcase, 6pm-8pm

December 5 - Fall Picture Make Up Day

December 18 - Hour of Code (STEAM Event), 6pm-8pm

 

 

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:

Halley PTO Calendar   (Click to view)

 

BOOSTERTHON  

Thank you to all that donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year! All of you made it a very successful event!! The PLEDGE PROFIT for this event was $16,554!!!   That is incredible!! Of course, we still have to get all of those pledges collected!! The goal is to collect 100% of all pledges made.

IF YOU HAVEN’T COLLECTED ALL OF YOUR PLEDGES, PLEASE DO SO ASAP AND BRING THEM TO THE OFFICE AND PLACE IN THE PTO BOX. THANK YOU!!

 

Next PTO meeting will be held on 12/18/19!! We will have a visiting county representative joining us- looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

BOX TOPS CHALLENGE!

BIG Congratulations to Ms. Reyes and her class! They are the winners of a pizza party as they collected the most BOX TOPS for the Fall challenge.

 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!

 Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

  1. CHESS CLUB- STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!
  2. RUNFIT KIDZ- STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!!
  3. Life Champ Martial Arts- STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

 

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Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - November 15, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS November 15, 2019

 

 

What a wonderful time we had on Monday honoring our Veterans with our annual Veterans Day Program and Thanksgiving Luncheon!

Thanks to those of you who shared your stories and experiences with our students, and to those of you who came to share in the celebration!

 

 

Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure, Snow Much to Read.

A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Want to know what we will have at the Book Fair? 

Would you like to volunteer?  Click here !

 

Our evening book fair event will be

Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 Free Workshops in December FCPS Parent Resource Center 
  • Zones of Regulation: Zones of Regulation is a framework that uses four colors to help students identify their feelings and level of alertness and provides strategies to support emotional regulation. By understanding how to notice their body’s signals, detect triggers, read social context, and consider how their behaviors impact those around them, students learn improved emotional control, sensory regulation, self-awareness, and problem-solving skills.
  • Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture: We all want our children to feel good about themselves and meet their full potential. But how can we raise children with healthy self-esteem when they compare themselves to others and believe they aren't doing or being enough… no matter how successful they are?
  • Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know: Twice-exceptional (2e) learners have exceptional strengths and exceptional learning challenges. Please join us to learn what FCPS is doing to provide schools and families with insight and guidance to support the identification, instruction, and social-emotional wellness of 2e students.

Details for each of these sessions can be found on the FCPS website

 

  Dress for the Weather

The weather this time of year can be unpredictable, with temperatures sometimes changing quickly throughout the day. Dressing in layers is often helpful. Please make sure your students are coming to school with coats, hats and gloves, if appropriate, as they still go outside for recess whenever possible.

 

 

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closing Plans; Please Make Arrangements Now in Case of an Unforeseen Schedule Change

 

When Fairfax County Public Schools have a schedule change (closing or delay) due to inclement weather or other emergencies, the information is communicated as soon as the decision is made in these ways:

  1. Posted on fcps.edu.
  2. Posted to the FCPS Twitter and Facebook
  3. Email and text messages sent to parents and employees.
  4. Email sent to News You Choose subscribers of Delayed Openings and School Closings.
  5. Posted on FCPS cable Channel 21 (Cox Communications, Reston Comcast, and Verizon cable customers only).
  6. Area radio and television stations.
  7. REMEMBER, Halley is a Fairfax County Public School.

Parents are urged to make arrangements now for the care of their children when schedule changes are made (and to provide for the rare situation when it is necessary to close an individual school because of a power failure or other circumstances). Children should know where to go or what to do if a parent will not be at home.

 

Halley Regular School Hours

Monday - Friday

Doors open at 9:10am

K – 6: 9:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

FECEP Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

Morning Preschool: 9:20 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Afternoon Preschool: 12:40 a.m. - 4:05 p.m. 

  Two Hour Late Opening

Monday – Friday, 11:20 a.m. - 4:05 p.m.

When the decision is made that schools will open two hours late, the announcement will be made by 5:00 a.m. Breakfast will be cancelled.  SACC centers will open at 8:00 a.m. Buses will pick up all children two hours later than regular pick up time.

 

Two Hour Early Closing

Monday – Friday, 9:20 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Buses will drop off all children two hours earlier than regular time. Afternoon or evening after school activities might be cancelled.  The announcement will be made by 10:30 a.m. SACC centers will stay open until 6:15 p.m. SACC administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children earlier, if possible.

 

 

Holiday Assistance from LCAC

Please note the following application deadlines for holiday assistance through Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC).

Christmas:  November 29th (Distribution:  December 15th, 5:00pm -7:00pm)

Coat Outreach:  December 8th - 3:00pm-5:00pm

For more information or to apply for assistance please contact Lorton Community Action Center directly at 703-339-5161.  Families must be registered with LCAC.

Registration Hours:

Mondays   1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tuesdays   5:30pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday through Friday     9:00am – 11:00 am

Documents needed for registration:

  • Photo ID for yourself
  • Birth certificates for all children
  • Proof of income
  • Current proof of address

 

 

Calendar Reminder: November 27-29

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students and teachers from Wednesday, November 27 through Friday, November 29, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Enjoy this time with your family. We will see you on Monday, December 2. See the complete 2019-20 school calendar

 

 

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Upcoming Halley Events:

 

November 19 - Level IV AAP Parent Information Meeting, 5:30pm-6:30pm

November 25- Turkey Run, 3-4pm, Fields; Rain Date: November 26

November 26 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Luncheon, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Cafeteria

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 2-6 - Winter Scholastic Book Fair

December 4 - Evening Book Fair & Art Showcase, 6pm-8pm

December 5 - Fall Picture Make Up Day

December 18 - Hour of Code (STEAM Event), 6pm-8pm

 

 

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!!!

 

Halley PTO Calendar

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BOOSTERTHON

 

Thank you to all that donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year! All of you made it a very successful event!! The PLEDGE PROFIT for this event was $16,554!!!   That is incredible!! Of course, we still have to get all of those pledges collected!! The goal is to collect 100% of all pledges made. Please make sure you collect your donations so that you can turn it into school as soon as possible-thank you!!

A huge thank you to all of our awesome volunteers as well!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!! Lastly, thank you to Steven Wesley for taking amazing pictures of the event as always!   https://www.stevewesleyphotos.com/

 

Veteran’s Day Celebration

Thank you to all that donated breakfast items for our Veteran’s Day PTO Breakfast. It was much appreciated! Also, thank you to Steven Wesley for taking pictures of the event as always! We appreciate you! https://www.stevewesleyphotos.com/

 

Next PTO meeting will be held on 12/18/19!! We will have a visiting county representative joining us- looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

CHESS CLUB- STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!

RUNFIT KIDZ- STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!! 

Life Champ Martial Arts- STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - November 8, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS November 8, 2019

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

We can hardly believe that we’ve come to the end of a quarter.   It was wonderful to see all our parents and families during conference time. We love and appreciate partnering with you!   Students have worked hard and on Thursday, 11/14/19, everyone in Grades 1st – 6th will receive their first progress report for the year.  We encourage you to celebrate the accomplishments of your children and help them set goals for continued improvement. As you reflect with your child(ren) on the progress they’ve made thus far, we offer the following questions connected to the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate skill, “Goal-Directed and Resilient Learner” to start your conversations:

  • How were you goal-directed and resilient this quarter?
  • From the mistake____, what did you learn?
  • How did you keep trying when _____ was hard?
  • If you want to ___, what’s a goal that you might make? What could be your plan to meet the goal?

We always want to encourage reflection and goal-setting with our children. Thank you for taking the time to have these important conversations! Kind regards.

 

Your Principals,

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

 

 

Our Book Fair theme for Fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure, Snow Much to Read.

A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Want to know what we will have at the Book Fair? 

Would you like to volunteer? 

Click here to view the interactive book flyer and to sign up to help! 

Our evening book fair event will be

Wednesday, December 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Halley’s Veterans' Day Celebration

 

We are busy preparing for our Veterans' Day Celebration on Monday, November 11th from 9:45am - 10:30am to honor our many military families - currently active as well as veterans. To honor and thank them for their sacrifice and service, we have planned a very special celebration!

Please join us!

 

 

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Lunch will be on Monday, November 11th.

Please see the flyer HERE

Tickets will be sold at the door. Cash only please.

 

  Holiday Assistance from LCAC

Please note the following application deadlines for holiday assistance through Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC).

Christmas:  November 29th (Distribution:  December 15th, 5:00pm -7:00pm)

Coat Outreach:  December 8th - 3:00pm-5:00pm

For more information or to apply for assistance, please contact Lorton Community Action Center directly at 703-339-5161.  Families must be registered with LCAC.

Registration Hours:

Mondays   1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tuesdays   5:30pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday through Friday     9:00am – 11:00 am

Documents needed for registration:

  • Photo ID for yourself
  • Birth certificates for all children
  • Proof of income
  • Current proof of address

 

The Importance of Sleep for Kids

 

 

Research has shown that children who regularly get enough sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health.  Children’s brains need sleep so they can remember what they learn, pay attention and concentrate, solve problems, and think of new ideas. Their bodies need sleep to allow muscles, bones, and skin to grow, fix injuries, stay healthy, and fight illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 10-13 hours of sleep for children age 3-5 and 9-12 hours for children 6-12. If you find your child having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep try the following suggestions:

  • Stop the use of electronics/screens at least an hour before bed
  • Limit caffeine (e.g., sodas) in the afternoon and at night.
  • Exercise during the day: running and playing at least 3 hours before bed helps the body get ready for sleep.
  • Avoid big meals before bedtime.
  • Create a bedtime routine: do some relaxing things before bed each night, like taking a warm shower, reading, or listening to quiet music.
  • Stick with the same bedtimes and awake times.
  • Create a good environment for sleeping (dark or as dim as possible, quiet, and cool)
  • Take a warm bath
  • Do a quiet family activity such as reading a short book

 

  Advanced Academics 2019-2020 Important Information

 

 

Where can you find AAP information on the FCPS website?

 

Go to: www.fcps.edu, click on “academics: click on “Elementary Schools (K-6)”, click on “Advanced Academics”

  • Explore the different levels of service
  • Dates and timelines for identification
  • Forms for referrals
  • Parent Questionnaire

 When is the AAP Level IV Referral Form due?

 

*For Spring Screening (2nd – 6th graders) AAP referral and supplemental materials are due to the school on January 9, 2020 for fall placement in 2020.

 

Please do not wait until the due date if possible! The county is strict; no exceptions or extensions!

 Who should you contact if you have additional questions?

 

Katie Symionow – Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at Halley Elementary School: kksymionow@fcps.edu

 

Where and when can I hear more about the AAP program level IV screening process in FCPS?

 

Halley’s parent information meeting will be held on November 19th from 5:30-6:30. We will share information regarding the screening process for level IV AAP services.

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

 

 

  Upcoming Halley Events:

 

November 11 - Veteran's Day Celebration 9:45am, Gym; Thanksgiving Luncheon during Lunch Times, Cafeteria

November 19 - Level IV AAP Parent Information Meeting, 5:30pm-6:30pm

November 26 - Kindergarten Thanksgiving Luncheon, 2:30pm-3:30pm, Cafeteria

November 26 - Turkey Run

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Holidays

December 2-6 - Winter Scholastic Book Fair

December 4 - Evening Book Fair & Art Showcase, 6pm-8pm

December 5 - Fall Picture Make Up Day

 

 

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:

Halley PTO Calendar

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Have a question, suggestion or other information to share with the PTO Board? We’d LOVE to hear from you!

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:

Halley PTO Calendar

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BOOSTERTHON  

Thank you to all that donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year! All of you made it a very successful event!! The PLEDGE PROFIT for this event was $16,554!!!   That is incredible!! Of course, we still have to get all of those pledges collected!! The goal is to collect 100% of all pledges made. Please make sure you collect your donations so that you can turn it into school as soon as possible-thank you!!

A huge thank you to all of our awesome volunteers as well!! We couldn’t have done it without you!!! Lastly, thank you to Steven Wesley for taking amazing pictures of the event as always!   https://www.stevewesleyphotos.com/

 

Veteran’s Day Celebration

On Monday, November 11, 2019, the PTO will host the Veteran’s Day reception for ALL MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS from 9:10-9:40 in the library (prior to the school's celebration program). The menu is a light continental breakfast with coffee and juice. Please contribute to this event by signing up to donate breakfast items. Please sign up via the SignupGenius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAC2CA0FC1-veterans3

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Cobb at 2ndVP@halleypto.com

 

Next PTO meeting will be held on 12/18/19!! We will have a visiting county representative joining us- looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

1)CHESS CLUB- STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!

 2) RUNFIT KIDZ- STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!!

 3) Life Champ Martial Arts- STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings November 1,2019

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Hornet Happenings Boosterthon was a success!!!

Thank you to all that donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year!  We met and exceeded our goal of $13,000!!! 

More support for our students and school.

  Calendar Reminder: November 4 and 5 Are Holidays for Students; SIS Gradebook Module Closed November 1-9

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 4, for a school planning day and Tuesday, November 5, for a teacher work day. Friday, November 1, is the last day of the first quarter. Classes will resume on Wednesday, November 6. See the complete 2019-20 school calendar

Also, the Student Information System (SIS) Gradebook and Report Card modules will be closed starting at 4 p.m. today (November 1), through 6 a.m. on November 9 while teachers complete report cards.

 

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday

Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday, November 3, at 2 a.m., for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

 

Highlighting Halley’s Student Services Team!

 

Taylor Butts is our new Full-Time School Counselor here at Halley by way of Chesapeake, VA. She works closely with grades K, 1, 3, and 4, but supports the entire student population. She has an MEd in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland and has special interest in trauma informed care as well as mindfulness techniques. Taylor is excited to work with the unique population in Fairfax County and to get to know the students, families, and community at Halley Elementary School. Taylor can be reached via email at tsbutts@fcps.edu or by phone at 703-551-5711.

 

Margie Ascierto:   She’s been fortunate to be a school counselor for 24 years at the high, middle and elementary school levels.  Her background includes social work and counseling therapy, in addition to school counseling. She has worked in California and Virginia public schools, as well as for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) on military bases overseas.  She embraces a team approach, working with teachers, staff, students and families to support children in their academic and social emotional development. She believes all students can achieve when they feel safe, are connected to their educational environment and are given opportunities for learning that reflects their unique needs and circumstances.  She can be reached at (703) 551-5709 or maascierto@fcps.edu   She works closely with 2nd, 5th and 6th grades and is at Halley on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

 Liz Devoll - Liz is so happy be back at Halley for her 9th year as the school social worker.  Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an undergraduate degree in psychology from UVA and an MSW from Catholic University.  One of her main roles as the school worker is to support students and families by helping to address social, emotional, and behavioral factors that are impacting student learning.  Liz is part of the school mental health team and provides consultation regarding mental health issues, helps plan student behavioral supports and provides direct student services in some cases such as individual and group counseling.  She helps connect families with resources in the community such as basic needs (glasses, clothing, food, etc.) and health/mental health care.  She serves as the homebound coordinator for students who may need to be out of school for prolonged periods of time for medical reasons.   Liz is at Halley on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and can be contacted by phone at 703-551-5789 or by email:  ejdevoll@fcps.edu.

 

Kathryn Casterline:  Ms. Casterline is our new school psychologist!  She is starting her 10th year as a school psychologist, and her 4th year in FCPS. Previously, she was a school psych in Loudoun County Schools where she worked at two elementary schools and a middle school each year for 6 years. In Fairfax, she has worked at Liberty Middle School, Cardinal Forest, and Cherry Run. School psychologists in schools are a part of the mental health team, supporting student’s academic, behavioral, social, and emotional growth for all students, at all levels. Professionally, Ms. Casterline is interested in assessment processes, identifying a student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as championing for equitable educational practices. This school year, Ms. Casterline is at Halley three days a week, in addition to supporting the school psychology department. Ms. Casterline can be reached at kbcasterline@fcps.edu or at 703-551-5759.

 

Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed your way this fall, venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!

Want to know what we will have at the Book Fair? 

Would you like to volunteer? 

Click here to view the interactive book flyer and to sign up to help! 

Our evening book fair event will be

Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Hope to see you there!

 

Halley’s Veterans' Day Celebration

We are busy preparing for our Veterans' Day Celebration on Monday, November 11th from 9:45am - 10:30am to honor our many military families - currently active as well as veterans.To honor them and thank them for their sacrifice and service, we have planned a very special celebration!  Please join us!

 

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Lunch will be on Monday, November 11th.  Please see the flyer HERE

 

Advanced Academics

2019-2020 Important Information

Where can you find AAP information on the FCPS website?

 Go to: www.fcps.edu, click on “academics: click on “Elementary Schools (K-6)”, click on “Advanced Academics”

  • Explore the different levels of service
  • Dates and timelines for identification
  • Forms for referrals
  • Parent Questionnaire

When is the AAP Level IV Referral Form due?

 

*For Spring Screening (2nd – 6th graders) AAP referral and supplemental materials are due to the school on January 9, 2020 for fall placement in 2020.

 

Please do not wait until the due date if possible!  The county is strict; no exceptions or extensions!

Who should you contact if you have additional questions?

 

Katie Symionow – Advanced Academic Resource Teacher at Halley Elementary School:  kksymionow@fcps.edu

 

 

Where and when can I hear more about the AAP program level IV screening process in FCPS?

 

Halley’s parent information meeting will be held on November 19th from 5:30-6:30. We will share information regarding the screening process for level IV AAP services.

Grade K – 6 Critical and Creative Thinking Skills How can parents/guardians help?

 

Questioning- Active learners are always questioning. Students who take responsibility for asking their own questions become more productive and engaged in their learning processes. Metacognition, or thinking about thinking, involves questioning our individual learning processes.

Such questioning helps us solve problems by developing, implementing, and evaluating plans of action. Guiding the development of thinking skills in all students empowers them, increases their independence, and helps them develop to their maximum potential. Children always have a wealth of questions – encourage questioning in your child and work with them to find answers.                                 

 

  Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Halley Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. All this is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. To nominate more than one person, please complete the form again.

*outstanding teacher

*outstanding new teacher

*outstanding principal

*outstanding leader

*outstanding professional employee

*outstanding operational employee

NOTE: The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 4th.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Lou Villacrusis at 551-5700

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations - Complete Form Here

 

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:  

Halley PTO Calendar

(Click to view)

 

BOOSTERTHON   

Thank you to all that donated to our biggest fundraiser of the year!  All of you made it a very successful event!!  We met and exceeded our goal of $13,000!!!  Also, a huge thank you to all of our awesome volunteers!!  We couldn’t have done it without you!!! Lastly, thank you to Steven Wesley for taking amazing pictures of the event as always!   https://www.stevewesleyphotos.com/

 

Veteran’s Day Celebration

 

On Monday, November 11, 2019, the PTO will host the Veteran’s Day reception for ALL MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS from 9:10-9:40 in the library (prior to the school's celebration program). The menu is a light continental breakfast with coffee and juice. Please contribute to this event by signing up to donate breakfast items. Please sign up via the Signup Genius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAC2CA0FC1-veterans3 Questions? Contact Elizabeth Cobb at 2ndVP@halleypto.com.

 

Next PTO meeting will be held on 12/18/19!! We will have a visiting county representative joining us- looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

   AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

  1. CHESS CLUB- STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!

 

  1. RUNFIT KIDZ- STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!!

 

  1. Life Champ Martial Arts- STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

 

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - October 25, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS October 25, 2019

 

Mrs. Anderson’s 5th Grade Students

participating in a Math Escape Room…so engaging!

 

 

BOOSTERTHON at Halley!

BOOSTERTHON Fun Run is in SIX DAYS!  The countdown is on! Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons! 

WE NEED SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS!  If you are able to check off laps for kids or serve water, please sign up HERE .  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!

Our goal is to raise $13,000 and we need your help! Here is the video! https://vimeo.com/342370835/049c46d2de  Remember that you can support Halley by:

  1. Registering your student(s) on https://funrun.boosterthon.com. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star video to share on social media.
  2. Try to reach out to at least five (5) sponsors. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page.
  3. Attend the Fun Run on October 30, 2019 and cheer for your kids!

 

Halley’s Veterans' Day Celebration

We are busy preparing for our Veterans' Day Celebration on Monday, November 11th to honor our many military families - currently active as well as veterans.  To honor and thank them for their sacrifice and service, we have planned a very special celebration! 

Mark your calendars for a special program starting at 9:45am.

More details will be shared soon!

 

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Lunch will be on Monday, November 11th.  

Please see the flyer HERE

 

Kindness and empathy are essential character traits and go hand in hand with our Halley caring community efforts. In order to highlight the importance of these qualities we will be collecting canned food to donate to Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) to support their efforts to help families in need, particularly as we approach the holiday season. 

LCAC is our wonderful community partner and helps to fund our Hornet Academy!  We want to do whatever we can to support them!  Below is a list of suggested food items that are currently in short supply and have been specifically requested by LCAC. 

 **Please do not donate food in glass containers or food that requires refrigeration. Thank you for your support!

List of Requested Food Items:

  • Breakfast cereals      
  • Canned Beans          
  • Spaghetti
  • Oatmeal                         
  • Canned Fruit           
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Kids Snacks                   
  • Canned Tuna

 

New App - "Here Comes the Bus"

 

 

Over this past school year, the Office of Transportation Services has been working to integrate multiple electronic systems, such as student information data, routing data, and GPS data from school buses into the Here Comes the Bus application. Here Comes the Bus application was piloted during summer school in anticipation of the roll out for the 2019-20 school year.

Get more information about Here Comes the Bus

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 grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support FCPS schools and centers. [https://www.fcps.edu/impact]

Students have started to bring home Impact Aid Student-Parent Surveys. Please complete and return the form to Halley by October 30.

 

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

 

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Halley Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. 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. To nominate more than one person, please complete the form again.

*outstanding teacher

*outstanding new teacher

*outstanding principal

*outstanding leader

*outstanding professional employee

*outstanding operational employee

 

NOTE: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 1.

 

If you have any questions,

please contact Jennifer Buchko or Mary Lou Villacrusis at 551-5700.

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations - Complete Form Here

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

Upcoming Halley Events:

 

October 30 - Boosterthon Fun Run 10:45am Grades K-3 & 2pm Grades 4-6

October 31 - Annual Preschool Costume Parade: 10:30am AM Preschool/FECEP/ECIP & 2pm PM Preschool/PAC

November 1 - End of First Quarter

November 3 - Fall Back (Daylight Savings Time Ends)

November 4-5 - Student Holidays/Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 - Veteran's Day Celebration 9:45am, Gym; Thanksgiving Luncheon during Lunch Times, Cafeteria

 

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:  

Halley PTO Calendar  (Click to view)

 

BOOSTERTHON   

WE NEED SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS!  If you are able to check off laps for kids or serve water, please sign up HERE (click on link to view). THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!

BOOSTERTHON Fun Run is in SIX DAYS!  The countdown is on! Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons!  This year’s theme is MINDSPARK: WILD WEST, combining S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While your students team up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, they will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Our goal is to raise $13,000 and we need your help!  Here is the video! https://vimeo.com/342370835/049c46d2de  Remember that you can support Halley by:

  1. Registering your student(s) on https://funrun.boosterthon.com. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star video to share on social media.
  2. Try to reach out to at least five (5) sponsors. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page.
  3. Attend the Pep Rally on October 21, 2019 and Fun Run on October 30, 2019 and cheer for your kids!

Remember that all funds raised will directly support STEAM initiatives! 

 Let the FUN begin!

 

Veteran’s Day Celebration

On Monday, November 11, 2019, the PTO will host the Veteran’s Day reception for ALL MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS at 9:00 AM in the library (prior to the school's celebration program). The menu is a light continental breakfast with coffee and juice. Please contribute to this event by signing up to donate breakfast items. Please sign up via the SignupGenius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAC2CA0FC1-veterans3 Questions? Contact Elizabeth Cobb at 2ndVP@halleypto.com

Next PTO meeting will be held on 12/18/19!!  Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

BOX TOPS! BOX TOPS! BOX TOPS!

Fall Box Tops Challenge

Through October 27, 2019

 

Help Halley earn FREE MONEY!!!  Your Box Tops donations last year raised over $1,000 for Halley!!

The program is going electronic but, in the meantime, PLEASE continue to submit any unexpired box tops via the mailbox in the school lobby.  The class that submits the most is rewarded with a pizza party and cupcakes so please label your submission with the name of your child’s teacher!

Submission deadline is Oct. 27 so be sure to collect from other family members, neighbors and friends as the money collected from the program benefits our school.  To start collecting the electronic Boxtops, visit www.boxtops4education.com to learn more or just download the BoxTops app on to your phone or electronic device.  Once you sign up on the app, select Halley Elementary as your school and scan the receipt within 14 days to ensure our school gets credit.  Please visit the website above for more information. You can find the Box Top Form in your Thursday folders!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

1) CHESS CLUB

         STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!

 2) RUNFIT KIDZ

          STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!!

 3) Life Champ Martial Arts

          STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

 

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, secretary@halleypto.com

 Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

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Boosterthon Day 1

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Parents,

Our Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run kicked off today with an exciting Pep Rally, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! We’ve asked the fundraising experts at Booster to power our two-week Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run program, making our fundraising simpler, more profitable, and more FUN. Our Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness event that focuses on character while helping our school raise much-needed funds. 

 

This year, our entire school is raising funds for New S.T.E.A.M Initiatives and School Programs. Our goal is to raise $13,000, and we need YOUR help!

 

Here’s how you can support Halley Elementary School:

  • Register your student on funrun.com by searching “Halley Elementary School.” Once you do, your student will receive a FREE GIFT just for being registered. Then, use funrun.com to log pledges for your child.
  • Reach out to sponsors. Every student’s goal is to connect with 10 sponsors. And with funrun.com’s smart sharing tools, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star Video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family. As you gather pledges, be sure to record each sponsor’s e-mail address so they have the opportunity to easily pay for your student’s pledge online via credit card.
  • Ask your child about the MindSpark: Wild West Character Lesson of the Day! This year’s theme combines S.T.E.A.M skills with character-building. In this thrilling Sci-Fi-Western theme, your students and the MindSpark kids must compete in six “Character Duels” to rescue Dr. Shock. Along the way, they’ll learn about Honesty, Gratitude, Generosity, Kindness, and Humility. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your child on funrun.com.
  • Come to the Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run on October 30, 2019! All students are included in the Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run, regardless of financial participation. Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and we would love for you to come out and cheer!

Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to see you next week at the Halley Hornets Boosterthon Fun Run!

Sincerely,

Halley Elementary School PTO

 

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Hornet Happenings - October 18, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS October 18, 2019

 

 

Our Cardboard Challenge Family Night was a Success!!!

 

Thank you to all Halley families that participated!

 

Our first ever Family Cardboard Challenge was so much fun!!! Halley families worked as collaborators, communicators and critical thinkers…our evening was filled with amazing energy, lots of family engagement, creativity, and out of the “box” thinking. Since 2012, in the fall of each year, kids everywhere take part in the Cardboard Challenge. It all began following the overwhelming success of the short film, 'Caine's Arcade’, the story of a 9-year old boy and his elaborate cardboard arcade.  Halley’s Cardboard Challenge was inspired by that history and our commitment to continuously nurturing a caring culture.  We learned that there is a lot of wonderful things one can do with cardboard, 1 roll of tape and a boxcutter!

 

 

Veterans' Day Celebration at Halley

 

We are busy preparing for our Veterans' Day Celebration on Monday, November 11th to honor our many military families - currently active as well as veterans.

To honor and thank them for their sacrifice and service, we have planned a very special celebration! 

Mark your calendars for a special program starting at 9:45am.

More details will be shared soon!

 

  Thanksgiving Lunch

 

Our annual Thanksgiving Day Lunch will be on Monday, November 11th.

Please see the flyer HERE

  Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact AID Coming Soon!

 

 

Beginning on October 21, 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 anticipated $3 million dollars in grant funds 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 October 30.

All results are CONFIDENTIAL.   

Impact Aid Programs Video

 

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Halley Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link. 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. To nominate more than one person, please complete the form again.

*outstanding teacher

*outstanding new teacher

*outstanding principal

*outstanding leader

*outstanding professional employee

*outstanding operational employee

 

NOTE: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 1.

 

If you have any questions,

please contact Jennifer Buchko or Mary Lou Villacrusis at 551-5700.

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations - Complete Form Here

 

  Community Peers in our Special Education Preschool Program

 

William Halley Elementary School is pleased to announce that we will continue to have community peers in our special education preschool program. These community peers offer opportunities for our students to participate in integration activities with typically developing peers. This involves teaching preschoolers with and without delays in the same classroom. It provides young children with a more stimulating environment, teaches skills for coping with different situations, and provides the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills.

All children learn through their play. Intellectual growth occurs in a social context, influenced strongly by the quality of social interactions. The goal of this program is to encourage active learning and promote social interaction and acceptance through shared experiences between the community peers and our preschoolers with special needs.

Our program will invite a limited number of community peers, who are age 3-5 years, to join our classrooms and participate in our daily preschool activities. The children from the community will have the opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with current early childhood special education students. Our students will, in turn, benefit from being with community peers who can model appropriate language, motor, and social skills.

Our interest meeting will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 10:00am in room 116. Please bring your child.

Please contact Ms. Linda Lovitt Roberts, Preschool Teacher, if you have more questions.

Please complete interest form at this link: Preschool Community Peers Interest Form

 

 

Halley Elementary Celebrates Digital Citizenship Week October 21-25   Media Balance and Well Being : Developing A Healthy Relationship With Your Technology

 

FCPS is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week from October 21-25, 2019! This year’s theme is Media Balance and Well-Being: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Your Technology. Our school is celebrating Digital Citizenship Week with spirit days and activities focused on developing healthy habits around technology use.

Below you’ll find the schedule of spirit days along with resources and suggested activities to help support healthy habits at home too. 

 

Spirit Days for the Week

  • Monday: Hat Day - Put on your thinking cap and reflect on your media use and habits.
  • Tuesday: Active Wear - Exercise your healthy tech habits.
  • Wednesday: Dress as your Muse - Dress up as your favorite artist, musician, author, inventor, actor/actress, scientist, etc. and focus on how you can use technology to create original works.
  • Thursday: Dress in Your Best - Wear your best or most professional clothing and focus on using high-quality media.
  • Friday: “Lei” Off the Tech - wear Hawaiian clothing and take a break from screens to connect more in person

Resources and Suggested Activities for Each Day’s Theme

 

Monday: Families are encouraged to reflect on their own relationship with technology, their media habits, and begin to think of ways to make some healthy adjustments. 

Tuesday: Students and families are encouraged to exercise healthy tech practices such as managing notification settings and turning off screens an hour before bedtime. Try some of these ideas:

  • Consider making phone-free zones in your home.
  • Promote better sleep by disconnecting from screens at least one hour before bedtime and charging your phone outside of the bedroom.
  • Change your phone’s notification settings to minimize distractions or try some of these suggestions.
  • Visit Google’s Focus Your Time page for suggestions to track usage and manage your time on Android apps as well as time management suggestions for Youtube and Gmail.
  • Try some family mindfulness activities with GoNoodle’s Flow channel.

Wednesday: On this day, students and families are encouraged to think about how technology can be used to create original works.  Encourage students to favor the active use of technology for creation over passive consumption. Try some of these ideas:

  • Use Common Sense Media’s App Reviews to learn about your child’s favorite games and apps and what you might need to teach them in order to use it safely.
  • As an FCPS student, your child has access to a number of digital tools that promote creativity including Wixie (elementary only), Voicethread, and G Suite including Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, and more. These tools are available for students to create outside of school too!
  • Students are also encouraged to experiment with computer coding at home. Code.org has activities that teach students to use coding to design games, apps, drawings, and websites.

Thursday: Students and families are encouraged to think critically about the media they consume and actively evaluate and select high quality, age-appropriate media. Try some of these ideas:

  • Help your child become a critical consumer of media by discussing these 5 questions with them when you consume media together such as books, movies, and news articles.
  • Consider Common Sense Media’s reviews of movies, apps, TV shows, video games, websites, and music for information that can help you decide if the media your child is consuming is appropriate for them.
  • Check out this tip sheet with your child and emphasize the importance of choosing quality resources.
  • Try these additional tips on how to establish expectations at home around media use.

Friday: Students and families are encouraged to practice media balance by taking a break from screens to engage in real-world experiences and quality time with their friends and family. Try some of these ideas:

  • Have a device-free dinner and focus on connecting as a family.
  • Take on a Phone-Free Day challenge as a family and commit to leaving the phone at home when family members go to school or work.  Notice how your day changes and discuss the benefits and challenges together.
  • Have a family board game night instead of playing video games or watching TV.
  • Make a phone call or write a letter to a family member or friend instead of sending a text or email.
  • Spend time outside as a family and leave the phone behind. Thank you for participating in Digital Citizenship Week!  Take good care of your body, mind and your relationships and enjoy the benefits of using technology in a healthy and balanced way. 

 

 

ACSD Meet and Greet

The FCPS Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is holding a Meet and Greet for families, staff, and community members to learn how we advise the school board and superintendent about needs for special education in FCPS. The Meet and Greet will be held on Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9 pm at Luther Jackson MS in Falls Church. Staff from the FCPS Office of Special Services will be present to introduce themselves as well. All families, staff, and community members are welcome. We are looking forward to meeting you! 

 

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October 21-25 - Digital Citizenship Week

October 21 - Boosterthon Pep Rally, 2pm Grades K-3 & 3pm Grades 4-6

October 23 - Preschool/PAC/ECIP Field Trip, Burke Nursery Pumpkin Patch

October 24 - Fall Picture Day

October 30 - Boosterthon Fun Run 10:45am Grades K-3 & 2pm Grades 4-6

November 4-5 - Student Holidays             Parent-Teacher Conferences

 

 

 

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:

Halley PTO Calendar (Click to view)

 

 

BOOSTERTHON

BOOSTERTHON Fun Run is in TWELVE DAYS! The countdown is on! Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons! Our goal is to raise $13,000 and we need your help! Here is the video! https://vimeo.com/342370835/049c46d2de Remember that you can support Halley by:

  1. Registering your student(s) on https://funrun.boosterthon.com. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star video to share on social media.
  2. Try to reach out to at least ten (10) sponsors. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page.
  3. Attend the Pep Rally on October 21, 2019 and Fun Run on October 30, 2019!
  4. WE NEED SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS! If you are able to check off laps for kids or serve water, please sign up HERE.

Remember that all funds raised will directly support

STEAM initiatives! Let the FUN begin!

 

Veteran’s Day Celebration

On Monday, November 11, 2019, the PTO will host the Veteran’s Day reception for ALL MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS at 9:00 AM in the library (prior to the school's celebration program). The menu is a light continental breakfast with coffee and juice. Please contribute to this event by signing up to donate breakfast items. Please sign up via the SignupGenius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAC2CA0FC1-veterans3 Questions? Contact Elizabeth Cobb at 2ndVP@halleypto.com

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

Fall Box Tops Challenge

Through October 27, 2019

Help Halley earn FREE MONEY!!! Your Box Tops donations last year raised over $1,000 for Halley!!

The program is going electronic but in the meantime, PLEASE continue to submit any unexpired box tops via the mailbox in the school lobby. The class that submits the most is rewarded with a pizza party and cupcakes so please label your submission with the name of your child’s teacher! Submission deadline is Oct. 27 so be sure to collect from other family members, neighbors and friends as the money collected from the program benefits our school. To start collecting the electronic Boxtops, visit www.boxtops4education.com to learn more or just download the BoxTops app on to your phone or electronic device. Once you sign up on the app, select Halley Elementary as your school and scan the receipt within 14 days to ensure our school gets credit. Please visit the website above for more information. You can find the Box Top Form in your Thursday folders!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

ALL REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON www.halleypto.com UNDER PROGRAMS TAB

  • CHESS CLUB - STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!
  • RUNFIT KIDZ - STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!! 
  • Life Champ Martial Arts - STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - October 11, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS October 11, 2019

 

 

Be awesome, be amazing, be you.

 

Dear Halley Families,

We are pleased to share that all students in grades K-6 have received an Interim Report yesterday in their Thursday Folders. These reports include information such as the student’s strengths and needs, work habits, teacher comments, student goals, citizenship, and strategies to work on at home.  The goal of sending Interim Reports is to strengthen communication between the school and families and to identify academic and social emotional skills that students need to work on to be successful.  Interims also tells you how your child is performing in school at this half-way point of the quarter.  If there’s an area needing improvement, there’s still time to make changes before quarter one progress reports (“report cards”) come home in November.  Please sign the interim and send it back with Thursday Folders so that the teacher knows that you’ve seen it.

Lastly, if you still do not have a parent-teacher conference scheduled for this quarter, please contact your teacher ASAP.  Most conferences are held on the teacher workday on November 5th, but many teachers have other times available.  We want to meet with all parents around the end of the quarter so that we provide you with detailed information on your child’s progress. We value your partnership!

 

Your Principals,

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

 

Advanced Academics Parent Meeting TONIGHT…

A parent information meeting will be held at Halley ES, October 11th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Library. Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Katie Symionow, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Halley, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

 

 

TONIGHT  You’re invited to Halley’s first… When:   Friday, October 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm Where:   Halley Cafeteria

 

*If you have any boxes you wish to donate or use please feel free to bring them on the night of the cardboard Challenge!

 

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on October 14 for Columbus Day Holiday

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Monday, October 14, for the Columbus Day holiday. October 14 is a school planning day for staff members. SACC will be open. Classes will resume on Tuesday, October 15. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Student safety is of the utmost importance to us at Halley.

We would like to take a moment to review safety procedures that we follow:

  1. When visitors ring the bell to enter the school (Entrance 1), office staff will ask the purpose of the visit prior to buzzing the person into the building.
  2. All visitors must check in using the Visitor Management System which requires a photo ID.
  3. When a visitor comes to the school to volunteer in a classroom or meet with a staff member, the office staff will call the staff member to confirm the meeting and let him/her know the visitor has arrived.
  4. All visitors must have a visitor’s sticker issued by the Visitor Management System or an FCPS issued badge.

 

KISS & RIDE SAFETY REMINDERS
  • Arrival
    • Students enter the building at 9:10 am. For your child’s safety do not leave them unattended in the Kiss and Ride loop. Your child should stay in the car until a staff member is on duty.
    • The staff member and patrols will arrive on duty at 9:07 am. At this time you may release your child from the car.
    • For students' safety, please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.
  • Dismissal
    • Remain in your car as you pull up to retrieve your child.
    • Please do not park in the fire lanes where cones are placed (Front Kiss and Ride)
    • For your child’s safety, students should enter the car from the passengers’ side.
    • For students’ safety please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.

 

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following these procedures.

 

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October 14 - School Planning Day/Student Holiday (No School for Students)

October 16 - Preschool, PAC, ECIP & Kindergarten Field Trip, Burke Nursery Pumpkin Patch

October 21 - Boosterthon Pep Rally

October 24 - Fall Picture Day

 

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! Visit   www.halleypto.com Thank you so much for your support!!!

 

SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

Halley PTO Calendar (Click to view)

 

 

BOOSTERTHON

 

www.funrun.com

Pledging Opens- Monday, October 14, 2019

Pep Rally- Monday, October 21, 2019

Boosterthon- Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halley Elementary has a goal to raise $13,000 for STEAM initiatives and exciting new programs for our students!! Our school is hosting a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where students (and families) will help raise funds while also learning important character lessons. Help us reach our goal!!!!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

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 Fall Box Tops Challenge

Through October 21, 2019

Help Halley earn FREE MONEY!!! Your Box Tops donations last year raised over $1,000 for Halley!!

The program is going electronic but in the meantime, PLEASE continue to submit any unexpired box tops via the mailbox in the school lobby. The class that submits the most is rewarded with a pizza party and cupcakes so please label your submission with the name of your child’s teacher! Submission deadline is Oct. 21 so be sure to collect from other family members, neighbors and friends as the money collected from the program benefits our school. To start collecting the electronic Boxtops, visit www.boxtops4education.com to learn more or just download the BoxTops app on to your phone or electronic device. Once you sign up on the app, select Halley Elementary as your school and scan the receipt within 14 days to ensure our school gets credit. Please visit the website above for more information.

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

ALL REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON www.halleypto.com UNDER PROGRAMS TAB

  • CHESS CLUB - STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!
  • RUNFIT KIDZ - STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!! 
  • Life Champ Martial Arts- $25 per child for 5 sessions - STAY TUNED FOR POSSIBLE WINTER OR SPRING SESSION!!

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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Hornet Happenings - October 4, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS October 4, 2019

 

  You’re invited to Halley’s first…

 

What?

The Cardboard Challenge is an event to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. The Halley Cardboard Challenge is inspired by the Global Cardboard Challenge, which is a year-round campaign where kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

Who?

Groups of 4 or less (can be friends, family or a mix of both!) will work together to build whatever they wish out of cardboard. Teams have 65 minutes, one box cutter, one roll of duct tape, and lots of cardboard to make their design come to life. Each team must have at least one adult participant!

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity!

*For safety, only the adult participant may handle the box cutter.

 

When: Friday, October 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm Where: Halley Cafeteria

 

If you wish to join, complete the registration below and return it to Mrs. Symionow by Monday, October 7th.  Registrants will be notified of participation by October 8th. Space is limited to 20 groups so register today at this link!

*If you have any boxes you wish to donate or use, please feel free to bring them on the night of the Cardboard Challenge or drop them off at Room 211 any day before then.  

 

  School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day

 

Monday, October 14th, is a School Planning Day/Teacher Work Day. Students do not report to school that day. SACC and the office will be open regular hours. Please make sure this schedule change is on your calendar. For more upcoming work days and schedule changes, see the FCPS 2019-2020 school calendar.

 

Student safety is of the utmost importance to us at Halley.

We would like to take a moment to review safety procedures that we follow:

  1. When visitors ring the bell to enter the school (Entrance 1), office staff will ask the purpose of the visit prior to buzzing the person into the building.
  2. All visitors must check in using the Visitor Management System which requires a photo ID.
  3. When a visitor comes to the school to volunteer in a classroom or meet with a staff member, the office staff will call the staff member to confirm the meeting and let him/her know the visitor has arrived.
  4. All visitors must have a visitor’s sticker issued by the Visitor Management System or an FCPS issued badge. 
  KISS & RIDE SAFETY REMINDERS
  • Arrival
    • Students enter the building at 9:10 am. For your child’s safety do not leave them unattended in the Kiss and Ride loop. Your child should stay in the car until a staff member is on duty.
    • The staff member and patrols will arrive on duty at 9:07 am. At this time you may release your child from the car.
    • For students' safety, please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.
  • Dismissal
    • Remain in your car as you pull up to retrieve your child.
    • Please do not park in the fire lanes where cones are placed (Front Kiss and Ride)
    • For your child’s safety, students should enter the car from the passengers’ side.
    • For students’ safety please refrain from passing cars in the Kiss and Ride loop and follow the directions of the staff member on duty.

 

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in following these procedures.

 

  Advanced Academics Parent Meeting

 

A parent information meeting will be held at Halley Elementary on October 11th at 5:00 p.m. in the Library. Our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, Mrs. Katie Symionow, will provide information about levels of service and examples at Halley, as well as explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

 

ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (AAP) ELEMENTARY CONTINUUM OF SERVICES

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-8. Learning experiences are designed to develop higher-level thinking through enrichment, acceleration, and extension of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of services. A video showing each level of service in action, as well as information about middle and high school services, are available at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics.

  • Critical and Creative Thinking Lessons, Grades K-6 (Level I)

Level I services are provided to all students in Kindergarten through Grade 6. Level I services includes teaching students to use critical and creative thinking skills to process content. It also includes periodic opportunities to use advanced academic curriculum throughout the year. Student responses to these lessons are used as part of the identification process for Levels II-IV. Parents may practice the nine strategies during family conversations and activities. Descriptions and videos of the nine critical and creative thinking strategies can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/advanced-academics/critical-and-creative-thinking.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process. 

  • Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II)

Level II services are available for students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 for students with strength in a specific subject area. The AART collaborates with classroom teachers to provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV to extend and enrich in the subject area strength. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year. Multiple criteria are used to screen for this level of service and decisions are made at the local school level.

To have your student screened for Level II services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form available at https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/AAPSchoolBasedServicesReferralForm_0.pdf.

  • Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III)

Level III services are available for students in Grades 3-6 who are eligible for part-time direct services from the AART. Students are identified by a screening committee at the local school.  The AART uses materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV in the four core subject areas through either pull-out classes or weekly co-teaching model with the classroom teacher. Screening for this level of service is ongoing throughout the school year.  Multiple criteria are used to screen for this level of service and decisions are made at the local school level.

To have your student screened for Level III services, complete the AAP School-Based Referral Form available on the Forms page: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

  • Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV)

Level IV services are available for students in Grades 3-8 who are found eligible through a central selection process.  Eligible students use curriculum from the AAP Curriculum Framework for Levels II-IV in the four academic subject areas on a full-time basis.

Multiple criteria are reviewed to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. The countywide central selection committee determines eligibility for full-time AAP Level IV placement.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles: 

  • Fall screening is held for students who are new to FCPS and have been referred
  • Spring screening is held for any FCPS-enrolled student who has been referred

Due to the volume of files screened centrally for Level IV services, deadlines are strictly held. 

  • A referral form may be turned in from the first day of school until the published deadline. 
  • The referral deadline is October 10, 2019 for students who are new to FCPS and January 9, 2020 for students who are not new to FCPS this school year.
  • The referral form is available on the Forms page: https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

Additional information about the holistic screening process and information used for screening can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students

 

 

Getting to Know Fairfax County Public Schools: A Free Orientation Session for Parents

The session is facilitated by FCPS staff. It is available in English, Arabic, Korean, Spanish and Urdu.

This interactive seminar provides information about the school system, the benefits of parent engagement in children’s education, and when appropriate a cultural component to help with acculturating to the United States.

Come to a scheduled orientation or call to schedule an orientation at a time convenient for you.

  Three locations - Call for days and times:

 

South County Student Registration Center

(in Arabic, English, Spanish and Urdu)

8333 Richmond Highway Alexandria, Virginia 22309

703-742-4902-English Spanish

Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services

(in Arabic, English, Korean and Spanish)

2334 Gallows Road Dunn Loring Virginia 22027

703-204-4316 - English, Spanish

703-204-4317 - Korean

703-204-4315 - Arabic

Lake Anne–Reston

(in Arabic, English, Spanish and Urdu)

11484 Washington Plaza West Reston, Virginia 20190

703-668-0583

 

New This Year: FCPS Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday Camps

Need something fun, engaging, and academic for your child (grades 3-8) to do during teacher workdays? FCPS Adult and Community Education (ACE) has the solution, with a full-day, affordable camp. Introduce your child to a foreign language and related cultural culinary activities taught by enthusiastic and experienced instructors. Each day is a new adventure!

Camp dates: October 14, November 4-5, and December 23. Camps start at 9 a.m. with before-care starting at 7:30 a.m., and after-care from 3:30-6 p.m. Sign up for all four days and receive a discount. To apply this bundle discount, call the ACE registration office at 703-658-1201.

Camp offerings and prices may be viewed on the ACE website by clicking on K-12 Classes and Camps. Registration may be completed online, by phone at 703-658-1201, by mail, or in person.

 

 

Attendance Talk:

  •   If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or appointment, you must report the absence to the school. You may submit information to: HalleyElem.Attendance@fcps.edu or 703-551-5757. We appreciate your collaboration in scheduling appointments outside of school hours, when possible.
  •  If you know in advance that your child will miss school, please complete and submit the Prearranged Absence Form https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se291.pdf . Forms must be submitted in advance to allow adequate time for administrative review. When planning trips, please keep in mind that absences add up quickly, and students who are absent 10 percent of the school year, or just two days per month, are considered “chronically absent.”

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. Students should miss no more than nine days of school each year to stay engaged, successful, and on track to graduation.
  2. Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully, or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
  3. By 6th grade, absenteeism (defined as missing 18 days per school year) is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
  4. By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
  5. Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
  6. Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
  7. Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.

 

 

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Upcoming Halley Events:

 

October 11 - The Cardboard Family Challenge (Art & STEAM Night) & AAP Presentation, 6-8pm

October 14 - School Planning Day/Student Holiday (No School for Students)

October 21 - Boosterthon Pep Rally

 

 

THANK YOU HALLEY HORNETS!!

Many thanks to all parents, teachers and students who were able to attend the first PTO fundraiser of the year! This fun-filled family event was a huge success as we raised $1,131.73! Remember that all fundraising activities will support the PTO’s initiatives to support teacher training, classroom libraries and resources. It was great seeing the winners of the beautiful raffle baskets (donated by our grade levels and students) and gift cards! Thanks to all the teen volunteers and parents who volunteered! Thanks to photographer Steven Wesley for taking photographs of the event. See you at our next Halley PTO event!

 

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! Visit   www.halleypto.com Thank you so much for your support!!!

 

SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

  Halley PTO Calendar

  (Click to view)

 

BOOSTERTHON  

Pep Rally – Monday, October 21, 2019

Boosterthon- Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

Get Excited! Mark your calendars, Boosterthon is coming! Kids will experience Boosterthon’s pep rally during PE! This is our LARGEST fundraiser of the year. More info to come!

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 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!

Amazon Smile

  1. Visit  https://smile.amazon.com/
  2. Log into your Amazon account or create an account
  3. You will be prompted to select a charitable organization
  4. 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!

 

Fall Box Tops Challenge

Through October 21, 2019

Help Halley earn FREE MONEY!!! Your Box Tops donations last year raised over $1,000 for Halley!!

The program is going electronic but in the meantime, PLEASE continue to submit any unexpired box tops via the mailbox in the school lobby. The class that submits the most is rewarded with a pizza party and cupcakes so please label your submission with the name of your child’s teacher! Submission deadline is Oct. 21 so be sure to collect from other family members, neighbors and friends as the money collected from the program benefits our school. To start collecting the electronic Boxtops, visit www.boxtops4education.com to learn more or just download the BoxTops app on to your phone or electronic device. Once you sign up on the app, select Halley Elementary as your school and scan the receipt within 14 days to ensure our school gets credit. Please visit the website above for more information.

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

ALL REGISTRATION FORMS AVAILABLE ON www.halleypto.com UNDER PROGRAMS TAB

 

CHESS CLUB

STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION!

 

RUNFIT KIDZ

 STAY TUNED FOR SPRING SESSION REGISTRATION!!!

 

 Life Champ Martial Arts- $25 per child for 5 sessions

CLASS IS FULL NO MORE REGISTRATIONS CAN BE ACCEPTED. FOR THOSE WHO REGISTERED, CLASSES WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 1ST.

 

Have a question, suggestion or other information to share with the PTO Executive 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, secretary@halleypto.com

Treasurer: Aileen Truong, treasurer@halleypto.com

 

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Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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Fall Hornet Academy

Halley Elementary’s After-School Program

Sponsored by: The Lorton Community Action Center

  What is Fall Hornet Academy?

Halley Elementary in partnership with the Lorton Community Action Center coordinates an after-school program for Halley students in grades 1st-6th. The Fall program will run for six consecutive weeks. immediately after school on Tuesdays from 4:05-5:20. FCPS bus transportation is available for students who need to utilize this resource in order to get home. Snack will be provided for each student who registers for Hornet Academy. The program will begin on Tuesday, October 15th, and end Tuesday, November 19th.   Due to a limited number of spots for each club, admittance into Hornet Academy is on a first-come, first-served basis.

We offer a variety of highly engaging teacher-facilitated clubs for students in grades 1st-6th. This Fall, Hornet Academy will offer the following clubs:

 

Club

Description

Lego Mania

Grades 1-3

Do you love Legos? If so, register for this fun yet intriguing club where students will work collaboratively to build LEGO creations according to a weekly theme (i.e. ecosystems, fairy tales, astronomy, etc.).

Cooking with Class

Grades 2-6

Foodies of all ages will enjoy a cooking class where simple kid-friendly recipes will fill the air with flavorful aromas and their tummies with yummy tastings.

Fun and Games

Grades 1 - 3

Our youngest Hornets have a club dedicated to fair play and kid-friendly games. Come and play some of the classic board games in addition to some newer games specific to primary grade students. Students will have a blast while practicing the skills of taking turns, and engaging in productive conversations with peers.

Girls Empowerment

Grades 4-6

This is a one of a kind club geared toward our upper grade girls who will engage in a service learning project, build friendships with peers, meet professional women in the workplace, and participate in fine arts activities.

Character Counts: Boys Fitness & Character Building

Grades 4-5

Upper grade boys can join the club! Come and participate in high-energy athletic activities while learning about the importance of teamwork, respect and resiliency.

Artful Expressions

Grades 3-6

Do you have a love for art? If so, register for this dynamic club which will allow students to engage in artful expression through various mediums.

  Registration Form

Please use the link below to register for Hornet Academy. Registration is limited and is a First Come, First Served Free Sign-up. Submission for registration must be received by Monday, October 7th.

You can register for Hornet Academy via the link below or through submission of the registration form that will be placed in your student’s take home folder this week.

Hornet Academy Registration Form (click here)

 

 

You’re invited to Halley’s first…

 

What?

The Cardboard Challenge is a national event to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. The Global Cardboard Challenge is a year-round campaign where kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

Who?

Groups of 4 or less (can be friends, family or a mix of both!) will work together to build whatever they wish out of cardboard. Teams have 65 minutes, one box cutter, one roll of duct tape, and lots cardboard to make their design come to life. Each team must have at least one adult participant!

Why Participate?

The Global Cardboard Challenge gives children an opportunity to collaborate, learn, and build the things they imagine through a simple process called Creative Play. The Challenge lets children explore their interests and passions; teaches critical thinking, resourcefulness, perseverance, teamwork and other 21st century skills; and brings communities together to foster and celebrate child creativity!

*For safety, only the adult participant may handle the box cutter.

 

When: Friday, October 11 from 6:00-7:30 pm Where: Halley Cafeteria

 

If you wish to join, complete the registration below and return it to Mrs. Symionow by Friday, October 4th.  Registrants will be notified of participation by October 8th. Space is limited to 20 groups so register today at this link!

*If you have any boxes you wish to donate or use please feel free to bring them on the night of the cardboard Challenge or drop them off at Room 211 any day before then.  

 

8850 Cross Chase Circle, Fairfax Station 22039  |  Phone: 703-551-5700

Attendance: 703-551-5757 or email HalleyES.Attendance

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