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Hello Halley Families!

The Hornet Nation continues to thrive as a dynamic hub of learning. We are so proud of our school community!  April promises to be a bustling month filled with engaging activities. Your ongoing support and partnership are invaluable!  Please read on for some of the exciting details!

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman, Mrs. Hubbard, and Mrs. Johnson-Tyler

 

April 15th – April 19th - Halley’s Family Curriculum Week - PreK - 6th

April 22nd - Spring Picture Day

April 25th - Field Day  (April 29th – Rain date)

April 22nd – April 26th – Scholastic Book Fair (During School Hours)

April 22nd – April 26th – SOL Spirit Week

April 25th - Scholastic Book Fair (Evening Family Event) - 6:00 – 8:00

April 25th - Advanced Academics Orientation – 5:30-6:30

April 26th – SOL PEP Rally!

April 29th – Morning Program K-2

April 30th – SOLs Begin

May 6 – May 10 – Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

June 5th – STEP-UP Halley!

June 6th – Band and Strings Concert - 6:00pm

June 7th – Halley’s Got Talent (Tentative)

June 11 – 6th Grade Promotion (10:00am)

 

See the complete 2023-24 school year calendar

April 15th – April 19th Celebrating Our Superhero Teachers and Staff!

Our Halley teachers and staff are the true superheroes of our school community, making a difference every day. As we approach Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week May 6th – May 10th, we want to shower them with appreciation and love.  We are honored to have such a talented and fantastic team!

Join Us in Making Their Week Extra Special!

We are seeking gift card donations to surprise our teachers and staff with daily raffles and tokens of our gratitude throughout the week. Whether it's a small or large contribution, every gift card will make a difference.  Please submit all gift card donations by April 28th. 

How to Donate:

Submission Form: Gift Card Donation Form

Contact: For any queries or direct donations, please reach out to Mrs. Peerman at [email protected]

 

Thank you for your support in celebrating our incredible team of difference makers!

Celebrating our Military Families

April is the Month of the Military Child. Purple Up! Day is a day recognizing and appreciating military connected youth. Halley ES will recognize military connected families on Thursday, April 18. Please wear purple in honor of our military connected families!

Field Day Rescheduled Thursday, April 25th

Due to the forecasted rain for today, we've rescheduled our Field Day to Thursday, March 25th.  A massive thank you to everyone who has signed up to support! We hope you can still join us on the 25th for a fantastic day.

Please use the sign-up link below – it promises to be a fun-filled event!

K, 1, 2, 3 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

4, 5, 6 – 1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

NEW Field Day Sign-Up Genius: April 25th

Spring Picture Day is Coming Soon!!

To staff our Spring picture day, parents/caregivers are needed! For the 2023-24 school year, Staff and Students will be photographed for Individual and Class pictures on Monday, April 22, 2024. If you are available to assist our Lifetouch Photographers, please email Patrice Crusoe at [email protected].

Volunteers are needed from 9:15 – 12:30 and/or 12:30 – 4:00. Volunteers will be compensated for their time by receiving a single use coupon that will allow them to redeem a Free Basic Picture Package. 

Two Events!  One Night! Thursday, April 25th

Advanced Academics Orientation – 5:30 – 6:30

Scholastic Spring Book Fair – 6:00 – 8:00

Advanced Academic Program Spring Information AAP Spring Screening for Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

This spring, teachers and staff will screen students in grades K-5 for Advanced Academic Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation and Part-Time services. Our school-based committees will review data to determine services for the start of the next school year. Parents or guardians can submit the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form by April 15, 2024 as an email attachment to both Hannah Roukas, AART ([email protected]) and Kerry Peerman, Principal ([email protected]). Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by: • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects. • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness. • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework. Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas. • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher. • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics. Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Roukas at [email protected]

Coming Soon! SOL Spirit Week! SOL Testing Dates

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing is right around the corner. SOLs are an opportunity for students to show everything they've learned this school year. Please see our schedule below:

*Grade 5 Integrated Reading and Writing: April 19, 2024

New this year: Students taking the grade 5 or grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.

Safe, Supported, and Included: The FCPS Family Summit 2024

 

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit Registration is open for the FCPS Family Summit, which will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families, such as social-emotional resources, along with a specially curated online component to provide supports for students with disabilities and their families.

Some of the topics include raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

 Our Schools, Our Future: Community Conversations Continue

Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future – A Community Conversation. Your voice matters! Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to a conversation on:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help FCPS plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. Events are open to all. Learn about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid.

Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times.  

Order Yearbooks TODAY!

Order your 2023-24 Halley Yearbook online

Halley code is : 14455724

 

PTO Membership and Volunteer Opportunities:

Interested in joining the PTO, donating, or volunteer opportunities?  Visit the PTO website to sign up today! Click herePTBoard - Halley Elementary PTO

 

Halley Elementary Clubs:

The PTO is excited to partner with Overtime Athletics to offer Halley Elementary two after school clubs this spring,  'Fast Break Basketball'  and 'Shooting Stars Soccer'.  The PTO is also continuing its partnership with Magnus Chess Academy to bring a chess club to Halley Elementary this Spring as well.  

 

The PTO is looking for parent volunteers to support chess club. Click here to sign up today.

 

Earth Day Planning Committee:

Finally, for Earth Day (April 21 or 22nd) , the PTO is planning a fun activity for all to make our school more beautiful and honor mother nature.  Stay tuned for more details or join the planning committee to volunteer, click here! "

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Celebrating Our Superhero Teachers and Staff!

Our Halley teachers and staff are the true superheroes of our school community, making a difference every day. As we approach Teacher and Staff Celebration Week May 6th – May 10th, we want to shower them with appreciation and love.  We are honored to have such a talented and fantastic team!

Join Us in Making Their Week Extra Special!

We are seeking gift card donations to surprise our teachers and staff with daily raffles and tokens of our gratitude throughout the week. Whether it's a small or large contribution, every gift card will make a difference.  Please submit all gift card donations by April 28th. 

How to Donate:

Submission Form: Gift Card Donation Form

Contact: For any queries or direct donations, please reach out to Mrs. Peerman at [email protected]

 

Thank you for your support in celebrating our incredible team of difference makers!

Calendar Reminder - Save the Date 4/10/2024 - Student Holiday (No School)

There will be no school on Wednesday, April 10th as it is the Eid al Fitr holiday.

Solar Eclipse - April 8, 2024

Dear Halley Elementary families,

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024.  It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

Here's what you need to know:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce this at home.
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. The NASA website has more information about eye safety.  
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal), and ends around 4:32 p.m. Please remind your child to be especially vigilant about eye safety during dismissal. If you have concerns about your child walking or riding the bus home, please arrange for alternative transportation.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Estimadas familias de Halley,

El 8 de abril de 2024 se producirá un eclipse solar. Es un fenómeno astronómico raro y emocionante, y uno que requiere importantes recordatorios de seguridad. Mirar directamente al sol, incluso durante un eclipse, puede dañar permanentemente sus ojos. 

Esto es lo que debes saber:

  • No mires el sol sin lentes aprobados. Esto se aplica a estudiantes y personal, y les animamos a reforzarlo en casa.
  • Los lentes de sol normales no son suficientes. El sitio web de la NASA ofrece más información sobre la seguridad ocular.
  • Horario del eclipse: El eclipse comienza alrededor de las 2:04 p.m., alcanza su punto máximo a las 3:20 p.m. (que coincide con la salida para algunos estudiantes), y termina alrededor de las 4:32 p.m. Por favor, recuerde a su hijo ser especialmente vigilantes sobre la seguridad de los ojos durante la salida. Si le preocupa que su hijo vuelva a casa caminando o en autobús, por favor organice un transporte alternativo.

Para más detalles, visite la página web de FCPS Solar Eclipse.

National Library Week

Join us in recognizing Ms. Hall, our AMAZING librarian, as we celebrate National Library Week! We appreciate her commitment to making our library a warm and inviting space where students can enjoy their favorite books.

We see you, Ms. Hall! 

Each grade will offer a special time for parents and caregivers to visit to see your student and school in action!  We want you to visit for our grade level curriculum days! Teachers will communicate more specific information for their classroom and grade. Questions?  Please reach out to your child’s teacher. Dates and times are noted below!

To staff our Spring picture day, parents/caregivers are needed! For the 2023-24 school year, Staff and Students will be photographed for Individual and Class pictures on Monday, April 22, 2024. If you are available to assist our Lifetouch Photographers, please email Patrice Crusoe at [email protected].

Volunteers are needed from 9:15 – 12:30 and/or 12:30 – 4:00. Volunteers will be compensated for their time by receiving a single use coupon that will allow them to redeem a Free Basic Picture Package. 

Two Events!  One Night!

Thursday, April 25th

Advanced Academics Orientation – 5:30 – 6:30

Scholastic Spring Book Fair – 6:00 – 8:00

Advanced Academic Program Spring Information AAP Spring Screening for Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

This spring, teachers and staff will screen students in grades K-5 for Advanced Academic Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation and Part-Time services. Our school-based committees will review data to determine services for the start of the next school year. Parents or guardians can submit the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form by April 15, 2024 as an email attachment to both Hannah Roukas, AART ([email protected]) and Kerry Peerman, Principal ([email protected]). Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by: • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects. • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness. • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework. Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas. • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher. • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics. Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Roukas at [email protected]

SOL Testing Dates

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing is right around the corner. SOLs are an opportunity for students to show everything they've learned this school year. Please see our schedule below:

*Grade 5 Integrated Reading and Writing: April 19, 2024

New this year: Students taking the grade 5 or grade 8 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.

Techstravaganza 2024

Techstravaganza is a free, public, hands-on STEM activity fair for elementary and middle school students in Northern Virginia. In previous years, we've hosted more than 4,500 students and 70 labs presenting STEM activities.

Our exhibitors range from TJHSST clubs and our own TWIST volunteers to organizations like NASA SCaN, Art of Problem Solving, George Mason University, American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Air and Space Museum. This year, we will be holding the 20th annual Techstravaganza on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 AM to 4 PM at TJHSST.

Admission is free, food will be for sale, and we hope that you can spread the word in your school. Here is the registration link: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav24. More information about the event can be found on our website at tjtechstrav.org.

Order Yearbooks TODAY!

Order your 2023-24 Halley Yearbook online

Halley code is : 14455724

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Halley ES Closed for Spring Break

Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29 is spring break.

The Halley ES front office will be closed.

We wish our students, families, and staff a happy, beautiful, and restful spring break!

Following the break, due to teacher workdays on April 1st and 2nd, students will return to school on April 3rd.

Save the Date for Field Day

Friday, April 12, 2024

Remember, we need you for this fun day, so please consider signing up and hanging out with your favorite HORNETS!  On this day, we will have a modified lunch schedule to accommodate our field day activities. Students can either receive a bag lunch from school or pack a lunch from home. Please let your child’s teacher know if your student will bring a lunch from home, so we know how many bagged lunches to prepare at school. Thanks for your support on this!

Halley ES Field Day Volunteer Sign-Up Genius 2024

K – 2nd – 10:00 – 12:00

&

3rd – 6th – 1:00 – 3:00

April 2nd – 2:30pm

We are excited to welcome our rising Kindergarteners for the 2024-2025 school year. Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kindergarten students and their parents will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd at 2:30pm.

 

Details are in the works and more info to come. Please save the date and mark your calendars! If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 30, 2024, then it is time to register your child for the 2024-2025 school year. 

 

We request that you begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Registration information and forms are available online at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.

For questions, contact our Administrative Assistant, Nicole Kendall, at 703-551-5700.

Please Join Us!

April 15th – April 19th

 

Each grade will offer a special time for parents and caregivers to visit to see your student and school in action!  We want you to visit for our grade level curriculum days! Teachers will communicate more specific information for their classroom and grade. Questions?  Please reach out to your child’s teacher. Dates and times are noted below!

                                                                                              

Advanced Academic Program Spring Information AAP Spring Screening for Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation (Level II) and Part-Time (Level III) Services

This spring, teachers and staff will screen students in grades K-5 for Advanced Academic Subject-Specific Advanced Differentiation and Part-Time services. Our school-based committees will review data to determine services for the start of the next school year. Parents or guardians can submit the AAP School-Based Services (Level II-III) Referral Form by April 15, 2024 as an email attachment to both Hannah Roukas, AART ([email protected]) and Kerry Peerman, Principal ([email protected]). Parents or guardians who submit a referral will be notified by the local elementary school of their student’s eligibility status by early June.

 

Subject Specific Advanced Differentiation, Grades K-6 (Level II) Some students require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in at least one specific subject area. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by: • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects. • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness. • Providing additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework. Student needs for subject specific differentiation are re-evaluated each year at the local school.

 

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas and require differentiation beyond the needs of age-level peers in their class in multiple content areas. • Students work with other students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher. • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics. Part-time services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

 

If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Roukas at [email protected]

SOL Testing Dates for Halley

Each Spring, students in grades 3-6 take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in Reading and Math.  Students in Grade 5 also take an Integrated Reading and Writing SOL and a Science SOL.

Dates for this year’s SOL tests are listed below. Please work to avoid appointments on these days so that students can test on the same day as their peers.  The helps ensure students do their best.

Take the Family Engagement Survey Today!

 

If you haven’t already, please take FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey today! Survey results will help us to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy 
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships                                                                                                                    

The survey is available in 10 languages. Please check your email for a message from FCPS partner, K12 Insight, with a link to the survey or access the survey now. Your voice matters!

Updated COVID Recommendations

In accordance with the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) respiratory virus guidance, FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have updated school COVID-19 recommendations.

The COVID-19 isolation period of five days is no longer recommended

New respiratory virus guidance applies to respiratory viral illnesses, including COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Students who have symptoms of, test positive for, or have been diagnosed with a respiratory virus may return to school when the student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication; AND the student’s symptoms have improved or resolved. 

Students should follow additional precautions as outlined per the CDC upon resumption of normal activities. 

Should I Send My Child to School?

Please refer to the chart on this attendance webpage if your child is experiencing symptoms or illnesses, and you are unsure if they should go to school. 

Thank you for helping keep our students and staff healthy.

Lexia Parent Night:

How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

 

FCPS funds the use of Lexia for all elementary and middle schools as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with data to identify students who need additional support and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.

Attend a virtual information night on Tuesday, April 9, to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom to support student growth. Participants will also get tips for supporting their students at home. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade. 

The PTO wishes you and your family a relaxing and healthy spring break.

After School Clubs

The PTO is excited to partner with Overtime Athletics to offer two after school clubs this spring.  'Fast Break Basketball' on Tuesdays and 'Shooting Stars Soccer' on Thursdays, starting April 9th. Spots are filling up for grades K-6, so don’t miss out! Check out the details below and sign up today!!

 

Field Day

On April 12th, the PTO will set up a booth to hand out water and treats to students during field day.  Stop by our booth to say "hello" and grab a treat!                                                           

PTO Membership

Interested in joining the PTO or volunteer opportunities?  Visit the PTO website to sign up today!

PTBoard - Halley Elementary PTO

 

 

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Sending many “good luck” wishes to you… 

Now, go on and wow everyone!

Mrs. Gaul's and Ms. Remy's Kindergarten Class.

Getting Ready for Spring Break!

All students will have spring break beginning Monday, March 25 through Tuesday, April 2. Our doors will open back up on Wednesday, April 3 as we begin the fourth and final quarter of the year.

During the week of March 25, our offices at Halley will be closed. Teachers will respond to messages when they return on Monday, April 1st for planning and professional learning.

We hope everyone has made plans for getting outside, enjoying some time for reading & relaxing and have fun with family!! 

Halley’s Parent Engagement Session #2:

An Introduction to Executive Functioning

Thursday, March 21st from 7:00 – 7:45

 

An Introduction to Executive Function Skills and

Their Impact on School Success

“Pay attention!”

“Wait for your turn!”

“Do your homework!”

These commands may sound simple, but for children whose young brains are still developing, they may not be simple at all. In fact, completing each of these tasks requires a complex system of social, emotional, and biological abilities known as executive function skills that don’t fully develop until many years beyond elementary school.

Come to this virtual session presented by FCPS Family Engagement Region Representative Melanie Crosby Hardy to learn more, including how you can help build these important skills in your child!

Session 3: Understanding and Enhancing children’s Self-Esteem – April 25th

Save the Date for Field Day Friday, April 12, 2024 (Date Change)

We are trying something different this year by hosting field day a little earlier than usual!  Please sign-up and volunteer to support!

K – 2nd – 10:00 – 12:00

3rd – 6th – 1:00 – 3:00

Upcoming Events

March 21 – Parent Engagement Virtual Session

March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 5 – Field Day

April 15th – April 19th –

Halley’s Family Curriculum Week

Kindergarten Orientation, April 2nd

We are excited to welcome our rising Kindergarteners for the 2024-2025 school year. Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kindergarten students and their parents will be held on Wednesday, 2nd at 2:30pm.

Details are in the works and more info to come. Please save the date and mark your calendars! If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 30, 2024, then it is time to register your child for the 2024-2025 school year. 

We request that you begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Registration information and forms are available online at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.

For questions, contact our Administrative Assistant, Nicole Kendall, at 703-551-5700.

Please join us for Halley’s Family Curriculum Week!  April 15th – April 19th

Each grade will offer a special time for parents and caregivers to visit to see your student and school in action!  We want you to visit for our grade level curriculum days! Teachers will communicate more specific information for their classroom and grade. Questions?  Please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Dates and times are noted below!

SOL Testing Dates for Halley

Each Spring, students in grades 3-6 take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in Reading and Math.  Students in Grade 5 also take an Integrated Reading and Writing SOL and a Science SOL.

Dates for this year’s SOL tests are listed below. Please work to avoid appointments on these days so that students can test on the same day as their peers.  The helps ensure students do their best.

 

Boosterthon All School Prize

On Friday, March 15th, all students will be invited to wear their favorite PJs and for the final hour of the day, they will be able to play a variety of indoor games.  From classic board games to engaging math challenges, strategic gameplay, card games, and more – there will be something for everyone!

Thank you once again for making our fundraising efforts a success. We look forward to celebrating the collective achievements of our school community.

 

Halley Elementary Spirit Wear

The PTO is offering a second pop up spirit wear sale this Spring!   Click the link below before March 17th to purchase your Halley spirit wear.

Halley PTO Spiritwear | Booster Spirit Wear (itemorder.com)

 

Spring Clubs and Parent Volunteers

 The PTO is looking for parent volunteers to chaperone three clubs (soccer, basketball and chess) that will be offered beginning in April and parents from each grade level to support the PTOs connection to classrooms and planning for the upcoming school year. Your feedback, participation and engagement is vital to the continued enrichment of our school community.  Contact the PTO at [email protected]  or visit our social media sites to sign up and stay engaged.

 

Box Tops for Halley Elementary School

 

Remember to scan your grocery receipts for Box Tops for Education.  Use referal code GH77IGT and don't forget to share this information with family and friends who can donate from anywhere as long as they have Halley Elementary School selected as their donation choice."

 

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Schoolwide Boosterthon Reward!

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our entire school community for the incredible support you've shown during our PTO Boosterthon fundraiser. In collaboration with the AMAZING Halley PTO, we're excited to announce a special treat for our hardworking Hornets – a Pajama and Games Spirit Day!

On Friday, March 15th, all students will be invited to wear their favorite PJs and for the final hour of the day, they will be able to play a variety of indoor games.  From classic board games to engaging math challenges, strategic gameplay, card games, and more – there will be something for everyone!

Thank you once again for making our fundraising efforts a success. We look forward to celebrating the collective achievements of our school community on this spirited day.

Coming Soon: Friday, March 15th Schoolwide PJs & Games Spirit Day! Save the Date for Field Day Friday, April 5, 2024

We are trying something different this year by hosting field day a little earlier than usual!  Please sign-up and volunteer to support!

K – 2nd – 10:00 – 12:00

3rd – 6th – 1:00 – 3:00

Upcoming Events

March 15 – PJ and Games Spirt Day

March 21 – Parent Engagement Virtual Session

March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 5 – Field Day

April 15th – April 19th –

Halley’s Family Curriculum Week

This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let us know at the link below.

We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!

Ramadan Support

We would like to know if your student will participate in fasting and prayer during Ramadan.    Parents/caregivers must provide written permission for their student(s) if they are requesting to miss instructional time on a regular basis. 

Please complete this form by Friday, March 8, so we can make appropriate accommodations for them.  Thank you!

Ramadan Parent Permission Form 2024 - Halley ES

Our Halley Staff and Admin Team is excited to share some topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' well-being and experiences. These will be held virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view later if desired.

Parent Engagement Session #2:

An Introduction to Executive Functioning

Thursday, March 21st from 7:00 – 7:45

Session 3: Understanding and Enhancing children’s Self-Esteem – April 25th

Kindergarten Orientation, April 2nd

We are excited to welcome our rising Kindergarteners for the 2024-2025 school year. Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kindergarten students and their parents will be held on Tuesday, April, 2nd at 2:30pm.

Details are in the works and more info to come. Please save the date and mark your calendars! If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 30, 2024, then it is time to register your child for the 2024-2025 school year. 

We request that you begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Registration information and forms are available online at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.

For questions, contact our Administrative Assistant, Nicole Kendall, at 703-551-5700.

Look for the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. All responses are confidential. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Parents/guardians have a huge influence on students when it comes to attendance.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.

School Year Routines

  • Maintain regular bedtime and morning routines to help your child develop a habit of on-time attendance.  
  • Talk to your child about why going to school everyday is important unless they are sick.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him feel comfortable and excited about learning. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you are experiencing tough times such as unstable housing, transportation or health problems. 

Halley Elementary Spirit Wear

The PTO is offering a second pop up spirit wear sale this Spring!   Click the link below to visit our store between March 6th and 17th to purchase your Halley spirit wear.

Halley PTO Spiritwear | Booster Spirit Wear (itemorder.com)

 

Hornets Dine Out at Chipotle 

On March 9th the PTO will host another Hornets Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle.  Check out the details below. 33% of sales will be donated to the Halley Elementary School PTO.  Order online for pick up using code YCDK6J8 or show the flyer below in the restaurant

4pm -8pm

9447 Lorton Market 

Lorton, VA 22079

Spring Clubs and Parent Volunteers

The PTO is looking for parent volunteers to chaperone three clubs (soccer, basketball and chess) that will be offered beginning in April and parents from each grade level to support the PTOs connection to classrooms and planning for the upcoming school year. Your feedback, participation and engagement is vital to the continued enrichment of our school community.  Contact the PTO at [email protected]  or visit our social media site to sign up and stay engaged.

 

Box Tops for Halley Elementary School

Remember to scan your grocery receipts for Box Tops for Education.  Use referral code GH77IGT and don't forget to share this information with family and friends who can donate from anywhere as long as they have Halley Elementary School selected as their donation choice.

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Read Across America Week  March 4th – 8th

Please join us for Read Across America Spirit Week!  School spirit days serve to foster a sense of Hornet Nation community and pride within the school by bringing students and staff together through shared experiences, promoting a positive and vibrant school culture.

They also create opportunities for creativity, engagement, and celebration of achievements, contributing to a memorable and cohesive educational environment.  Participation in school spirit days is optional.  

Upcoming Events

March 4-8 - Read Across America Week

March 5 - Primary Voting (No School)

March 25-29 - Spring Break

April 1-2: Teacher Workday/Staff Development Day,

No School For Students

Kindergarten Orientation, April 2nd

We are excited to welcome our rising Kindergarteners for the 2024-2025 school year. Kindergarten Orientation for incoming kindergarten students and their parents will be held on Wednesday, 2nd at 2:30pm.

Details are in the works and more info to come. Please save the date and mark your calendars! If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before September 30, 2024, then it is time to register your child for the 2024-2025 school year. 

We request that you begin the registration process as soon as possible.

Registration information and forms are available online at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration.

For questions, contact our Administrative Assistant, Nicole Kendall, at 703-551-5700.

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional workdays.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Parents/guardians have a huge influence on students when it comes to attendance.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help students do well in high school, college, and at work.

School Year Routines

  • Maintain regular bedtime and morning routines to help your child develop a habit of on-time attendance.  
  • Talk to your child about why going to school everyday is important unless they are sick.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless they are truly sick.
  • If your child seems reluctant to go to school, find out why and talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him feel comfortable and excited about learning. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor if you are experiencing tough times such as unstable housing, transportation or health problems. 

Do You Know Where FCPS Funding Comes From?

The majority of FCPS funding is requested from the Fairfax County government, which generates its revenue from real estate and personal property taxes. The Commonwealth of Virginia provides the next largest source of revenue to FCPS through state aid and sales tax. The rest of the funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal aid and tuition for non-county residents. (The numbers above represent the FY 2025 proposed school operating fund in millions.)

FCPS does not have the authority to impose taxes and may only charge fees where the Commonwealth of Virginia has granted specific authority. Learn more about FCPS’ FY 2025 Advertised Budget.

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The bi-annual FCPS Family Engagement Survey! This is your chance to give feedback on your school's welcoming environment, communication, and other topics. Learn more on the FCPS website: 

https://bit.ly/FESURVEY2024

CPR Training Opportunity Narcan Training Opportunity

 

Halley Elementary Families!

Please hear us say a HUGE “Thank you!” to our students, staff, and donors for this incredible Halley Elementary Glow Run fundraiser.

Here are our final stats:

  • We raised $18,000 for SEL Incentives, Instructional materials, and Classroom Libraries. This will directly impact our students and staff!
  • Our students completed 12,180 laps combined to help our school!
  • We celebrated our community coming together and created unforgettable memories at our Halley Elementary Glow Run event.

Thank you for your support of our school. We’re grateful for our Halley Elementary community!

Box Tops for Halley Elementary School

  • The Halley PTO has reinstated the BoxTops Fundraiser! To participate in this easy, zero fee fundraiser simply download the Box Tops for Education app on your mobile device, search for and assign William Halley Elementary School as your school and scan your grocery receipts.

 

  • Use referal code GHC77IGT
  • Don't forget to share this information with family and friends who can donate from anywhere as long as they have Halley Elementary School selected as their school donation choice.

Contact the PTO at [email protected] with your questions and comments.  

Please also visit our website (PTBoard - Halley Elementary PTO)to sign up for volunteer opportunities, today.

 

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Congratulations Mrs. Johnson-Tyler!

We are thrilled to share that our very own Mrs. Johnson-Tyler has been named South County Pyramid’s Outstanding Leader. Mrs. Johnson-Tyler is now a finalist for the Region 4 award. All finalists will interview for the Leadership Team in the spring and division-wide winners will be announced at the FCPS Honors Gala on June 12, 2024. Congratulations, Mrs. Johnson-Tyler!

Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process for parents wanting to register their child for kindergarten:

  1. Determine eligibility. 
  2. Identify your local school. 
  3. Gather documents. 
  4. Fill out forms. 
  5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

💻 Try Online Registration

Parents may register their children online for kindergarten through 12th grade. Learn how to begin the online registration process

When registering, parents will create (or log in to an existing) SIS ParentVUE account. Please note that passwords should be more than 12 characters long. If you have an existing account and your password is shorter, please update it when you log in.

Halley’s Kindergarten Orientation

Our newest Hornets and their parents are invited to Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 2:30pm. 

Learn About Science, Technology, and Arts Magnet Schools

Three FCPS elementary magnet schools provide programs that enhance learning in science, technology, and performing arts. 

If you are interested in sending your student to an elementary magnet school program, consider attending a school-based information night at Hunters Woods Elementary School, Bailey’s Primary Elementary School, or Bailey’s Upper Elementary School

Information nights will provide an opportunity to learn about individual school programs, student eligibility, the lottery process, and transportation.

Registration for the 2024-25 elementary magnet lottery is open Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12. Get more information about the schools, their programs, and locations

Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at 10:45 am, at Hayfield Secondary School. The event features a public tasting of student dishes and demonstrations from two local celebrated chefs. 

The student challenge at the heart of this event is to create healthy, delicious, and culturally diverse school menu items that meet USDA guidelines. Entries will be judged by a panel including celebrity chefs, school food professionals, and local food producers. The public is invited to vote for their favorite dish. 

Chefs Najmieh Batmanglij and Chris Morgan of Joon will offer a demonstration at 11:15 am. Public tasting of student dishes will get underway at noon. 

Student-created dishes from this annual event have been featured on school menus throughout the Greater Washington Region. It is free to attend, but registration is required.

Summer Camps in FCPS

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!

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FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3rd, to Friday, March 22nd. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website. Paper surveys will be available in our front office. Please stay tuned for more information.

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March 25-29 - Spring Break

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  • Starting in preschool and kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10%, or about 2 days each month over the course of a school year, can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences and tardiness can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

 

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Eventually good attendance will be a skill that will help them succeed in high school, college, and beyond.

Please visit https://www.fcps.edu/attendance for more information about the importance of student attendance.

 

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

 

All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

Eating Disorder - Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

 

This year, Ramadan begins on Sunday, March 10th.  Ramadan is marked by personal and community prayer as well as fasting from dawn to sunset. If your child will be fasting, please let your child’s teacher know. We will be offering a space for students to go instead of the cafeteria if they plan to fast and want to be prepared. Thank you!

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 Summer Camps!

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

CTE programs are available for students currently in grades K-5 to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), culinary arts, health, trades, and business and marketing; and for students currently in grades 6-11 to explore CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration.

IFTA and E-IFTA are weekly arts camps for students in grades 2-11. E-IFTA is for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. IFTA allows older students to select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education, music, and theater. Visit the IFTA webpage or E-IFTA webpage to register.

Summer Learning

Programs are also available for high school students to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance course required for graduation, earn a high school course credit through the Online Campus Program, or recover one high school course credit in the Credit Recovery Academy

A free online class for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provides FCPS middle and high school English Learners the opportunity to continue developing their academic, reading, and writing skills in online discussions with an ESOL teacher. 

Find session dates, registration links, and registration deadlines on the FCPS summer programs webpage.

 

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center offers free, confidential consultations by videoconference and phone for families and FCPS staff. 

FRC professionals have extensive knowledge, training, and experience. They can brainstorm strategies and possible solutions to help you address your concerns. They can draw upon resources and support from FCPS, as well as community, state, and national centers.

They can help families and educators of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.  Contact them at 703-204-3941 or [email protected].

Free consultations are offered by FRC’s professionals.

Fairfax County - Coordinated Services Planning

Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) 703-222-0880. That's the number to call for assistance with any difficulties you are facing - including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, healthcare and more other needs.

Looking for a Sport League? 

Check out this GIANT list of all things sports in Fairfax County

Fairfax County’s Sport League Directory

Halley Families! 

It’s almost the weekend! 🥳 Quick update about the Halley Elementary Glow Run fundraiser: we have a BONUS PRIZE OPPORTUNITY for all students! It’s for this weekend only, so time is limited to earn this extra reward.

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Reminder: We’re raising $25,000 for classroom libraries, Math programming, and SEL incentives that will directly impact students and staff here at Halley Elementary. We can’t do this without your help!

Have a great weekend! We can’t wait for the Halley Glow Run happening on 02/21! "

 

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Dear Halley Families,

There are several wonderful events and achievements that we would like to celebrate together as a school community.  First and foremost, we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt appreciation for our dedicated school counselors, Mrs. Ascierto, Mrs. Concino and our guest counselor, Dr. Brom.  They play a crucial role in supporting our students' social and emotional well-being, guiding them through successes and challenges, and helping them navigate their academic journey.  They are everywhere and help students with everything!  Please join us, in taking a moment to thank our phenomenal counselors for their hard work, empathy, and commitment to our students' success. They are true DIFFERENCE MAKERS!

Can you believe it? We've reached the 100th day of school! It's a fantastic milestone that showcases the dedication and enthusiasm of our students, teachers, and staff. Each day contributes to the growth and development of our young learners. Here's to the next 80 days of curiosity, discovery, and collaboration!

 

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman,Ms. Hubbard and Mrs. Johnson-Tyler

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Sign Up for FCPS Summer Camps

Registration is now open for several summer camps and learning opportunities offered by Fairfax County Public Schools for all students.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts camps will be held in July at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bus transportation will be available from select FCPS middle and high schools. 

Tech Adventure Camp is available for current grade K-5 students to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Visit the E-IFTA webpage to register.

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  Boosterthon

Beginning Monday, the PTO will host its largest fundraiser of the year, Boosterthon, to raise funds to support social emotional learning (SEL) resources and classroom libraries.  This year's theme is "Change Maker Workshop". Each day between February 12th and 16th students will participate in programming that helps to build character. The final event, a glow run, will take place on February 21st in the gym. 

Register & Share your student's page today to help our school reach our goal of $25,000 for students & staff.

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Volunteer Opportunities:

Stay engaged with the PTO by signing up to volunteer for the following opportunities:

Box Tops for Halley Elementary School

To participate in this easy, zero fee fundraiser simply download the Box Tops for Education app on your mobile device, search for and assign William Halley Elementary School as your school and scan your grocery receipts. Use referal code GHC77IGT.  Don't forget to share this information with family and friends who can donate from anywhere as long as they have Halley Elementary School selected as their school donation choice.

 

Contact the PTO at [email protected] with your questions and comments.  

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Here Comes the Bus

Want to know if your child's bus is on schedule or where the bus is? Here Comes the Bus® is an easy-to-use website and app that enables parents to see the location of their child’s school bus — almost in real time — on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. 

Parents can track multiple buses if their children don’t all ride the same bus; know exactly when children arrive at school or the bus stop; and receive customized text and/or email notifications about bus locations, schedule changes, or delays.

To get started, download the app from the Apple iOS or Android app store. Check out the Here Comes the Bus and Frequently Asked Questions webpages for more information.  Already using the Here Comes the Bus app? Send your feedback to [email protected]

100th Day of School!

The 100th day of school will take place Thursday February 8th. Our countdown provides an incredible opportunity for many cross-curricular activities such as counting forward and counting down, ways to make 100 and using operations in base 10, creating list of 100 things, and sharing 100 reasons why we love being Hornets.

Students are encouraged to think of ways they can represent 100 - that could be in how you dress, bringing in a collection of 100 items, or being able to share or add to a 100 list. 

We can’t wait to celebrate the 100th day of school with our Hornets!

Stay Healthy & Learn More

Do what you can to keep your children healthy. Dress them warmly for the cold weather and make sure they’ve got hats and gloves. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly and send them to school with a bottle of hand sanitizer.

New Student Registration is Open for the 2024-2025 School Year!

Registration is available online or you can pick-up paperwork in our front office.

Required documents for registration:

  • Proof of residency: A deed, lease agreement
  • Proof of birth: Original birth certificate
  • Health documentation: A certificate of physical examination including required screenings completed within the last 12 months prior to starting school by a US licensed physician.

Please contact Nicole Kendall , our Acting Administrative Assistant and School Information Assistant (SIA), for more information. She can also be reached via phone at 703-551-5700. 

For support in Spanish, please contact Sandra Ramirez, 703-551-5700. 

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Coin Wars

Ladies and gentlemen, the winners of the 2024 Halley Elementary School's Coin Wars fundraiser are in! 

We have two winning classes who did an incredible job collecting coins! Our winners are:

Ms. Choi’s 2nd grade class and Ms. Albritton’s 1st grade class. Both classes each raised over $200 in coins! Those were heavy buckets!

Four classes are our awesome runners up for raising over $100 each:

  • Alford’s 2nd grade class
  • Anders’ 3rd grade class
  • Lias’ 3rd grade class
  • Lasky’s 6th grade class

And a special shout out to 6 classes who raised over $50 each:

  • Arrington’s 5th grade class
  • Cerami’s Kindergarten class
  • Norlin’s 6th grade class
  • Doyle’s 5th grade class
  • Hartmann’s 3rd grade class
  • Kwon’s 1st grade class

Congratulations to all participants for their outstanding efforts in supporting our school! Collectively just over $1500 was raised!

A big thank you to all students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff at Halley Elementary School for your enthusiastic participation in the Coin Wars fundraiser! Your dedication has made a positive impact, and we appreciate your commitment to supporting our school community. Great job, everyone

Boosterthon

You can now register for our Halley Elementary Glow Run! Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the goal is to raise $25,000 for social emotional learning (SEL) resources for our School and Classroom Libraries. This year's theme is "Change Maker Workshop". Each day between February 12th and 16th students will participate in programming that helps to build character. The final event, a glow run, will take place on February 21st in the gym. 

Registering is easy and free!

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Be sure to check out the easy sharing functions on MYBOOSTER.COMhttps://mybooster.com/v3 to let others know how they can help support our school.

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

Box Tops for Halley Elementary School

The Halley PTO has reinstated the BoxTops Fundraiser! To participate in this easy, zero fee fundraiser simply download the Box Tops for Education app on your mobile device, search for and assign William Halley Elementary School as your school and scan your grocery receipts. Use referal code GHC77IGT.  Don't forget to share this information with family and friends who can donate from anywhere as long as they have Halley Elementary School selected as their school donation choice.

Contact the PTO at williamhalleypto.com with your questions and comments.  

 

Please also visit our website  (PTBoard - Halley Elementary PTO) to sign up for volunteer opportunities, today.

 

Chess Club

 

The PTO is excited to partner with Magnus Chess Academy to bring a chess club to Halley Elementary. Beginning January 31st, students of all levels will do a fun but challenging lesson with one of Magnus' talented coaches. Click the link below for details about this eight-week club and learn how to sign up. 

 

Halley Elementary Chess Club Winter 2024 – Magnus Chess Academy   

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Setting academic and personal goals empowers children by fostering self-discipline, motivation, and a sense of purpose, laying the foundation for lifelong learning and personal growth.

Hello Halley Families,

As we near the midpoint of the school year, it’s an excellent time to celebrate your child's achievements and gear up for a strong finish to the quarter! It is also the perfect time to revisit academic and personal goals, too!

Progress reports will be distributed on February 6th. Citizenship, including effort grades, impacts academic gains over the year. Please consider your child's effort when considering their growth throughout the school year. The two are often linked.  

Let's continue to work together to make the rest of the school year a success!

 

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Hubbard, and Mrs. Johnson-Tyler

Our Halley Staff and Admin Team is excited to share some topics for our new Family Learning Series. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for parents / caregivers interested in a variety of topics related to our students' well-being and experiences. These will be held (mostly) virtually so that topics can be recorded for families to view at a later time if desired. Please email Mrs. Peerman if you are interested in specific topics!  [email protected]

Coming Soon:

Session 1:  This meeting will feature speaker Anthony Capizzi, a Crime Prevention Specialist with Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD). He will discuss online safety and social media concerns and will be available for questions following his presentation.

7:00 pm - February 1st – ZOOM (Link coming soon)

Later This Year:

Session 2:  Understanding and Enhancing children’s Self-Esteem – TBD

Session 3:  An Introduction to Executive Functioning – TBD

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New Student Registration is Open for the 2024-2025 School Year!

Registration is available online or you can pick-up paperwork in our front office.

Required documents for registration:

  • Proof of residency: A deed, lease agreement
  • Proof of birth: Original birth certificate
  • Health documentation: A certificate of physical examination including required screenings completed within the last 12 months prior to starting school by a US licensed physician.

Please contact Nicole Kendall , our Acting Administrative Assistant and School Information Assistant (SIA), for more information. She can also be reached via phone at 703-551-5700. 

For support in Spanish, please contact Sandra Ramirez, 703-551-5700. 

Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested schools to close on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

As a result, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, and responsive instruction. Central offices and school offices will remain open.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy

We’ve noticed a recent rise in cases of RSV, the flu, COVID, and other viruses among students and staff. To encourage a healthy learning environment for everyone, we kindly ask that you please monitor your child's health daily for any signs of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or fatigue. If they are experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them home from school and consult a healthcare professional. As a staff, we are also mindful of these same criteria for work attendance. In addition, we will continue to practice rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the school. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

 

Spanish: Mantenerse Saludable Durante la Temporada de Resfriados y Gripe Los casos de RSV, gripe y otros virus aumentan durante esta época del año. Es importante que los estudiantes se laven las manos con frecuencia y se cubran al toser y estornudar. Favor de monitorear la salud de sus hijos diariamente y mantenerlos en casa si están enfermos. Visite la página web de FCPS para Consejos sobre la Salud y Seguridad.

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Halley Elementary families!

Our Halley Elementary Glow Run fundraiser is kicking off soon! The purpose is to raise funds for social emotional learning resources (SEL) and classroom libraries at Halley Elementary School. Lookout for more information in the coming weeks. For now, mark your calendars with these key dates!

  • REGISTRATION OPENS - 01/29/2024

      Register on MYBOOSTER.COM

  • Halley Elementary Glow Run Kickoff - 02/12/2024
  • Event Day - 02/21/2024

Thanks for your support!

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

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🐝Hornet Happenings

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Hello Halley Families, 

It's been a short, snowy week! Students and staff were excited to welcome the first snow of the year and enjoyed sharing all their snow day stories. For information regarding weather cancellation procedures, please check here

As a reminder during these cold days, we are still seeing students coming to school and going to recess in shorts, sweatshirts instead of coats/jackets, and no winter gear (hats, gloves).  Please ensure your students are dressed for time outdoors.  If your family needs assistance with clothing or outerwear for the cold weather, contact our student services team at 703-551-5700.

As a reminder, Thursday, January 25, is a 2-Hour Early Release. Friday, January 26, is a student holiday and there will be no school. 

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman, Ms. Hubbard, and Mrs. Johnson-Tyler

Quarter End, Early Release, and Student Holiday

Thursday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Friday, January 26, for a teacher work day. See the complete school year calendar.

Fin de Trimestre, Salida Anticipada y Feriado Estudiantil

El Jueves, 25 de Enero, es el último día del trimestre y hay dos horas de salida temprana para los estudiantes. Las escuelas permanecerán cerradas para los estudiantes el Viernes, 26 de Enero, como día de trabajo para los maestros. Vea el calendario completo del año escolar.escolar 2022-23.

Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested schools to close on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

As a result, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, and responsive instruction. Central offices and school offices will remain open.

Keeping Our School Community Healthy

We’ve noticed a recent rise in cases of RSV, the flu, COVID, and other viruses among students and staff. To encourage a healthy learning environment for everyone, we kindly ask that you please monitor your child's health daily for any signs of illness such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or fatigue. If they are experiencing any of these symptoms, please keep them home from school and consult a healthcare professional. As a staff, we are also mindful of these same criteria for work attendance. In addition, we will continue to practice rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout the school. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.

 

Spanish: Mantenerse Saludable Durante la Temporada de Resfriados y Gripe Los casos de RSV, gripe y otros virus aumentan durante esta época del año. Es importante que los estudiantes se laven las manos con frecuencia y se cubran al toser y estornudar. Favor de monitorear la salud de sus hijos diariamente y mantenerlos en casa si están enfermos. Visite la página web de FCPS para Consejos sobre la Salud y Seguridad.

Student Transfer Renewal Applications Open February 15

FCPS accepts online student transfer applications for the upcoming school year from February 15 through June 1. 

A student transfer is valid for one year only.  FCPS notifies the enrolling parent by email in February if the student is eligible for student transfer renewal.  

After notification is received, if the student continues to meet the same student transfer criteria as indicated on the original student transfer application, the enrolling parent may submit an online student transfer renewal application, required documentation, and non-refundable application processing fee.

For students no longer meeting the same student transfer criteria, a new transfer request may be submitted beginning March 1.

What Families Can Do to Fight Drug Misuse

FCPS is committed to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with our educators, parents/caregivers, and students. Together, we can help ensure our students thrive.

What can families do?

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking and other drug misuse. More than 80% of young people ages 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision whether to drink. 
  • Show you care about your child’s health, wellness, and success. 
  • Show you are a good source of information about alcohol and other drugs. Find helpful resources on the FCPS Opioid Awareness webpage
  • Pay attention to your child and discourage risky behaviors. 
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding drinking and drug use. Talk with your child about what they would do if faced with a decision about alcohol and drugs, such as texting a code word to a family member or practicing how they will say, “No thanks.”

Visit the FCPS website for more information

Important Dates

January 24:  Virtual PTO Meeting – 7:00pm (Link will be provided)

January 25: FCPS 2-Hour Early Release Day

January 26: Student Holiday (FCPS Teacher Workday)

February 1:  FCPD Speaker about online safety – 6:30pm

February 19: FCPS Holiday (President's Day)

Thank you for participating in COIN WARS! We’ll announce the grade level winner soon!

*Please join us for our Virtual PTO Meeting on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00pm – A Link will be shared!

 

*The PTO is sponsoring a Halley Chess Club!!!  We are gearing up for an exciting season starting January 31st!  See flier below and Register now at the link:

https://chessacademy.com/products/halley-elementary-chess-club Let the games begin!

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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Hello Halley Families,

As we embark on the journey of 2024, the Halley staff extends our heartfelt gratitude for your continued collaboration.   This year, we will continue to provide students with rich academic experiences and the necessary social emotional skills to be successful in school and life. Additionally, we consider our students' well-being and support them with developing healthy peer relationships both within and beyond the school walls. 

In today's interconnected world, the influence of social media on our children's peer relationships and mental health is undeniable. As part of our commitment to their well-being, we are dedicated to providing students with the tools to navigate the digital landscape responsibly.  Children between the ages of 11 and 15 are actively engaging with social platforms, spending over two hours daily on average. As parents and caregivers, we all play a role in guiding our young hornets towards making positive choices for meaningful connections, both online and offline.

The social skills students bring to the digital world mirror those in real life and require support for students as they are learning to navigate relationships in all settings.  As children engage in social media experiences, they may encounter positive and negative experiences on social media and it’s important that students find supportive communities both online and offline. And it is important that we (Halley Staff and families) help students establish boundaries and limits on tech use to ensure a healthy balance. 

To support this learning, It’s important to:

  • Supervise students online activities just like we do play dates
  • Talk about responsible online behavior
  • Teach your children the basics of online safety, discussing the benefits, limits, and responsible usage
  • Walk through apps together, setting examples of safe practices and emphasizing what's not acceptable
  • Remind them that kindness matters—what they wouldn't say face-to-face, they shouldn't say online
  • Encourage them to think before they post, as everything they share can be seen by a broad, invisible audience.
  • Create a safe space for them to share their feelings and experiences, ensuring they know they can turn to you or a trusted adult if they ever feel uncomfortable or worried

Additionally, empower your children to report any misbehavior they may encounter. Be open to discussions about challenges they might face on social media, such as cyberbullying, unwanted contact, exposure to inappropriate dialogue, or social pressure. Thank you for your continued partnership in fostering a positive and supportive online environment for our young hornets.

Here’s to a fantastic second half of the school year, filled with love, learning, camaraderie, and the unwavering spirit of the Halley Hornets!

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman, Mrs. Hubbard, and Mrs. Johnson-Tyler

LightSpeed at Home  Free Access for Families

Lightspeed is also available for FCPS families at home. Interested families may also access the free Lightspeed service and receive a weekly report about your child’s internet activity on their FCPS device. Families can log in at any time to view details on their child’s internet activity and pause the internet on their FCPS device during hours outside of the school day. 

To take advantage of this online tool, see the Lightspeed page on the FCPS website for more details and a link to sign up. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

See the complete FCPS 2023-2024 school year calendar.

Picture Retake Day Wednesday, January 17th Dressing for Cold Weather

The temperature is dropping! We want all of our students to be comfortable and warm at recess. Please be sure to send students with the appropriate winter gear. 

If your family is in need of a warm, winter coat, please contact Halley’s Student Services Team at 703-551-5700. 

News for Parents of Halley 6th Grade Students: South County Middle School Curriculum Night JANUARY 23th - 6:00pm     Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

We often notice more empty seats in our classrooms during the winter months. This year, let's work together to nurture a rock-solid attendance habit. Every hour of every school day is a unique opportunity for students to learn, connect, and grow. Please ensure that your child comes to school every day unless an absence is necessary. 

If you or your child need support, please reach out to our school social worker or family liaison. If your child is not feeling well, please refer to the When Should I Keep My Child Home? webpage for guidance. 

 

Spanish:🙋️ ¡Asiste Hoy, Para Tener Éxito Mañana!Cuando se acercan las vacaciones de invierno, notamos que hay más asientos vacíos en los salones de clase. Este año, trabajemos juntos para fomentar un hábito de asistencia sólido como una roca. Cada hora de cada día escolar es una oportunidad única para que los estudiantes aprendan, se conecten y crezcan. 

Si usted o su hijo necesita apoyo, por favor, póngase en contacto con nuestra trabajadora social de la escuela o el enlace de la familia. Si su hijo no se siente bien, consulte la página web ¿Cuándo Debo Dejar a Mi Hijo en Casa? para obtener orientación. 

Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Safe Students, Safe Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that academic success is built on the foundation of a safe learning environment. This includes physical safety, and mental health and wellness. 

FCPS has a comprehensive approach to safety that involves physical security measures, online monitoring by security staff, and crisis intervention support. The division has created the Safe Students, Safe Schools Brochure (PDF) to enhance your awareness of potential hazards and to equip you with practical tips for how you can help. Visit the FCPS website for more information. 

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.

Two Announcements:

1. The PTO is sponsoring a Halley Chess Club!!!  We are gearing up for an exciting season starting January 31st!  See flier below and Register now at the link: https://chessacademy.com/products/halley-elementary-chess-club Let the games begin!

 

 

2. Join us for the COIN WARS!!  This is a wonderful opportunity to collect ALL your spare and loose change and bring it to school!!! 

Each classroom has their own personal coin jug, and each class has a chance to win an ice cream party!  Proceeds support field trips, and 10% goes to the 6th grade for their coin-counting efforts. 

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