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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

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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.

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

 

 

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

 

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

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

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PLEASE READ AND SIGN UP - September 30, 2019

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  PLEASE READ AND SIGN UP September 30, 2019

 

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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Hornet Happenings - September 27, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS September 27, 2019

 

 

TONIGHT!!!!

Sponsored by the Halley PTO

 

Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM! Win gift cards!!

 

 

Advanced Academics Parent Meeting

 

A parent information meeting will be held at Halley Elementary on October 11th at 5 p.m. in the Library. The Advanced Academics Resource Teacher 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.

 

Ability Testing

In the fall, the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) is administered to all FCPS first grade students and the CogAT- Custom Form is administered to all FCPS second grade students. During the fall testing cycle, the NNAT and/or Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score.

Parents or guardians may exercise a one-time retest option during the fall testing cycle. Please contact the school testing coordinator Jennifer Buchko as soon as possible to request a one-time retest for either the NNAT or CogAT.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the January 9, 2020 deadline. If you are waiting for test scores and would like your student screened for Level IV, please submit the referral by the published deadline (even if you have not received the test scores for your student).

 

 

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 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.  

 

 

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.

 

Halley Safety Reminders Keeping Your Child Safe

 

All exterior doors are locked during school hours. To enter the building, go to Entrance #1, push the doorbell, and the front office will remotely unlock the door. Upon entering, please report to the office. To maintain the momentum of instruction, forgotten lunches and materials will be delivered by office staff, or students will be called down to the office to get their forgotten items. 

For any change in a child’s typical transportation arrangements, send a note to the teacher indicating the date of the change, the duration of the change, and the reason for the change.  Students may not ride a non-designated school bus home with a friend as these decisions must be approved with FCPS transportation. For safety, we also ask that students get off at their designated stop only.

If picking up a student before the end of school, provide notice to the teacher and school office whenever possible to avoid confusion for your child.  If a student must leave unexpectedly, please try to alert the office at least one hour ahead of time.  

During arrival and dismissal, please follow the established rules and travel routes for the safety of all.  Parents who wish to drop off or pick up their students will need to use the Kiss & Ride loop or park on the street and walk up to the building using the designated crosswalks.  For everyone’s safety, do not walk between cars in the Kiss & Ride loop. We ask that parents follow the established procedures for Kiss & Ride.  This will allow you to get your little Hornet as quickly and efficiently as possible and model safe procedures for our students.  Please follow the direction of staff at Kiss & Ride.   They will let you know what to do!

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

 

 

  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

 

 

PLEASE JOIN THE PTO TO HELP OUR KIDS!

Purchase your membership online for only $15!    

www.halleypto.com

Halley PTO Calendar

(Click to view)

Newly designed Spirit Wear available for purchase online at Spirit Wear Online Order Form

 

SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

  

   1) Family Bingo Night  

Hope to see you all tonight at 6:15! There will be a brief PTO meeting (meet our new board members!)

Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM! Win gift cards!!

   REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT! RAFFLE TICKETS FOR PRIZE BASKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! SEE YOU THERE!!!

 

   2) 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!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

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

CHESS CLUB

CLASS IS FULL. NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED. START DATE THURS, 9/26. STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION REGISTRATION

 

RUNFIT KIDZ

START DATE 9/26!!! 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 DUE TO UNFORESEEN DELAYS. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!

 

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

 

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 - September 20, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS September 20, 2019 Halley Families, Thank You for attending Back to School Night…We look forward to wonderful partnerships and an awesome school year!

 

4th Grade ROCKS! Learning in Action… Goal Directed! Critical Thinkers! Collaborators! Focused! Communicators! Resilient! Halley Hornets!

 

 

Please join us for our first Principal Coffee Talk of the 19-20 school year. This will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 in the Halley Library.

Jennifer Buchko, our School Based Technology Specialist, will share Internet safety tips. We will also have a meet and greet and a short general question/answer forum. All are welcomed to join us for an informal gathering with school leaders.

We hope you will come. Please sign-up HERE!

(Link has been fixed😊)

 

Halley Safety Reminders Keeping Your Child Safe

All exterior doors are locked during school hours. To enter the building, go to Entrance #1, push the doorbell, and the front office will remotely unlock the door. Upon entering, please report to the office. To maintain the momentum of instruction, forgotten lunches and materials will be delivered by office staff, or students will be called down to the office to get their forgotten items. 

For any change in a child’s typical transportation arrangements, send a note to the teacher indicating the date of the change, the duration of the change, and the reason for the change.  Students may not ride a non-designated school bus home with a friend as these decisions must be approved with FCPS transportation. For safety, we also ask that students get off at their designated stop only.

If picking up a student before the end of school, provide notice to the teacher and school office whenever possible to avoid confusion for your child.  If a student must leave unexpectedly, please try to alert the office at least one hour ahead of time.  

During arrival and dismissal, please follow the established rules and travel routes for the safety of all.  Parents who wish to drop off or pick up their students will need to use the Kiss & Ride loop or park on the street and walk up to the building using the designated crosswalks.  For everyone’s safety, do not walk between cars in the Kiss & Ride loop. We ask that parents follow the established procedures for Kiss & Ride.  This will allow you to get your little Hornet as quickly and efficiently as possible and model safe procedures for our students.  Please follow the direction of staff at Kiss & Ride.  They will let you know what to do!

 

 

2019-20 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2019-20 Opt-Out Booklets

 The 2019-20 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms flier is now online at http://fcpsnet.fcps.edu/cco/strategiccomm/pubs/optoutflier.pdf. Any parent or guardian who objects to his or her child’s participation in any or all of the described activities should complete and return the appropriate form(s) to your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

Universal Screener

 

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6. The universal screener assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. Students in kindergarten will receive screening for reading only. Students in grades 1-6 will receive screening for both mathematics and reading.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on universal screener results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. The universal screener reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary students.

The universal screener and any necessary follow-up assessments will be given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive screening again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. For the expected dates when your child will test, please contact your child’s teacher.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33718. If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

 

Upcoming Halley Events:

 

September 25 - Principal Coffee, 10–11am

September 27 - PTO Meeting and Family Bingo Night, 6:15pm

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

 

PLEASE JOIN THE PTO TO HELP OUR KIDS! Purchase your membership online for only $15!    

www.halleypto.com

Halley PTO Calendar

(Click to view)

 Newly designed Spirit Wear available for purchase online at

Spirit Wear Online Order Form

 

SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

 

Back to School Night,    

Thank you for visiting us at the PTO table! We loved meeting all of you and look forward to a wonderful year! Thanks to all that joined the PTO and purchased Spirit Wear!! For those that did not have a chance, order here!

Spirit Wear Online Order Form

 

Family Bingo Night  

There will be a brief PTO meeting (meet our new board members!) on Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

  • Pizza served at 6:15 PM
  • Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM
  • Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM! Win gift cards!!

Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child in their folder or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019! Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline. RAFFLE TICKETS FOR PRIZE BASKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!

Family Bingo Night Order Form

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event. Contact PTO President Maida Piggee president@halleypto.com with any questions or if you can help. Thank you!

 

 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!

  AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

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

 

CHESS CLUB

CLASS IS FULL. NO MORE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED. STAY TUNED FOR WINTER SESSION!

 

RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration open now! Grades 2nd – 6th (Have an interested 1st grader? email corky@runfitkidz.com); Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K); Sept. 26th – Nov. 14th, 4:15 – 5:30PM (Thursdays- 8 classes)   Please visit www.runfitkidz.com to register! ONLY 8 SPOTS LEFT! REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS SUNDAY 9/22!!

 

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 DUE TO UNFORESEEN DELAYS. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!

 

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

 

 

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

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

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Back To School Night

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Back to School Night (BTSN) at Halley Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

We are pleased to share that School Board Representative, Karen Corbett Sanders, will join us to meet and greet Halley families. 

She is looking forward to engaging with our community.

 

For parents of more than one student, we are offering two sessions, so parents may attend presentations for more than one grade level. BTSN schedule is noted below:

 

Specialists (Lower Lobby)

5:50pm – 6:15pm & 6:50pm – 7:10pm

 

General Session in Spanish

Little Theater

5:50pm – 6:15pm and 6:50pm – 7:10pm

 

1st Classroom Session PreK – 6:

6:15pm – 7:00pm

 

2nd Classroom Session PreK – 6:

7:10pm – 7:50pm

 

The PTO will be in the lobby to invite you to join. They will be on hand to help answer questions about the exciting events and opportunities for our families this year. Please consider joining the PTO!

PLEASE JOIN THE PTO TO HELP OUR KIDS!  Purchase your membership online for only $15!    www.halleypto.com

THEN return this form in your child’s backpack:  https://paperlesspto.keritech.net/pto/members/documents/membership%20form.pdf

          SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

 1) Back to School Night,     

September  17th from 6-8 PM!    Please come join us at the PTO table!  Newly designed Spirit Wear will be available to order and last year’s designs will be available for 50% off!!

 

 2) Family Bingo Night  

There will be a brief PTO meeting (meet our new board members!) on Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!  Win gift cards!!

      Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child in their folder or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019!  Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.  RAFFLE TICKETS FOR PRIZE BASKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event.  Contact PTO President Maida Piggee president@halleypto.com with any questions or if you can help. Thank you!

 

 3)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 for the year.  More info to come!

  AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

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

1) CHESS CLUB

Details:

  1. Grades 1-6
  2. Professional chess coaches
  3. Teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  4. Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions)
  5. Cost is $115

 

Registration deadline is 9/21/19.  This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted.  Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class. 

Our registration and payment policies are below.

Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com

 

Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with the registration information below to:  Chess Club Information - Click this link

 

 

2) RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration open now! Grades 2nd – 6th (Have an interested 1st grader? email corky@runfitkidz.com); Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K); Sept. 26th – Nov. 14th, 4:15 – 5:30PM (Thursdays- 8 classes)   Please visit www.runfitkidz.com to register!

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

What is the Life Champ Martial Arts After School Character Enrichment Program all about?

This unique course known as the ACE Program is a 5-session character development program that incorporates physical exercise with life skill lessons.  This innovative series of classes is designed to not only introduce your child to basic martial arts but to also improve concentration, listening skills, cooperation and courtesy.  It will benefit your child at home, at school and in team sports.  The black belt instructors from Life Champ Martial Arts have volunteered their time to teach the program at dozens of area schools during the past several years.  ALL PROCEEDS BACK TO THE SCHOOL!   REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE IN THE THURSDAY FOLDERS! Limit of 20 children so sign up soon!

https://hellokarate.com

Classes will be held after school on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Friday, October 11, 2019 at Life Champ Martial Arts @ 7:00pm

 

      ______________________________________________________________________________

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

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 - September 13, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS September 13, 2019

 

 

Halley’s Back to School Night (BTSN) is Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Please join us to hear more about our plans for the year and how we can partner to support your student.   We have lots of important information to share, so please come!  

We are pleased to share that Karen Corbett Sanders, Our School Board Representative, will join us to meet and greet Halley families. She is looking forward to engaging with our community.

 For parents of more than one student, we are offering two sessions, so parents may attend presentations for more than one grade level.

BTSN schedule is noted below:

Specialists (Lower Lobby)

5:50pm – 6:15pm & 6:50pm – 7:10pm

 

1st Classroom Session PreK – 6:

6:15pm – 7:00pm

 

2nd Classroom Session PreK – 6:

7:10pm – 7:50pm

 

The PTO will be in the lobby to invite you to join. They will be on hand to help answer questions about the exciting events and opportunities for our families this year. Please consider joining the PTO!

 

 

Halley's 2019-2020 Events Calendar – At A Glance

Linked below, we are super excited to share our yearlong school calendar! It highlights activities and school events from September to June!   We want students and families to be in the loop and connected to all things Halley! We hope to see you at each occasion as we nurture a caring school culture! Events and Dates are subject to shift or change; so please stay tuned to the Hornet Happenings for updates. Hard copies of the Halley Events Calendar will be made available.

 

WHES 2019-2020  At A Glance Events Calendar

 

 

Please join us for our first Principal Coffee Talk of the 19-20 school year. This will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 in the Halley Library.

Jennifer Buchko, our School Based Technology Specialist will share Internet safety tips. We will also have a meet and greet and a short general question/answer forum. All are welcomed to join us for an informal gathering with school leaders.

 

We hope you will come. Please sign-up HERE!

 

 

Birthday Celebration and Treat Policy

 

Halley Elementary School recognize that birthdays are a special day for our students. Additionally, our school recognizes the importance of wellness, good nutrition and an active lifestyle in the overall health of our students.

Due to parent feedback, a number of food allergies among our students, and to promote healthy lifestyle choices Parents should please use the following guidelines when providing birthday treats for classmates:

Each student may bring a treat to share with all classmates in celebration of his/her birthday once during the school year

1.    Treats MUST be store bought with ingredients labeled. No home baked goods will be permitted to be shared with other students. Please, no products containing nuts.

2.    Treats should be single small sized servings - please no colossal donuts or giant, large cupcakes.   No sugary drinks.

3.    Treats will be shared at lunch time in the cafeteria.

We have provided a list below of other choices for honoring your child on their special day:

  • Donate a book to the school library or classroom in honor of your child’s birthday with his/her name inside.
  • Donate a classroom gift to be enjoyed all year, such as: indoor games, pencils, erasers, etc.
  • Donate a ball or jump rope to the school playground for recess.
  • Provide each student in class with a colorful pencil or eraser to be distributed before the bell rings.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to reflect on how to provide all students with a healthy environment.

 

Beginning-of-the-Year Forms

If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete, sign and return your student's beginning-of-the year forms to Halley (Emergency Care, Health Information, Digital Citizenship, etc.). These were sent home in the back to school folder at the beginning of school.  Many thanks to those who have returned all forms!

 

 

Universal Screener in Elementary Schools

 

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6. The universal screener assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. Students in kindergarten will receive screening for reading only. Students in grades 1-6 will receive screening for both mathematics and reading.

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on universal screener results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. The universal screener reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary students.

The universal screener and any necessary follow-up assessments will be given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive screening again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. For the expected dates when your child will test, please contact your child’s teacher.

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at this webpage. If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact our school test coordinator, Jennifer Buchko.

 

 

Is it Challenging to pay for Child Care?

The Child Care Assistance Referral program may be able to help you with your child care expenses. If you live in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax or Falls Church and are working, attending school, attending training or participate in other Department of Family Services assistance programs, you may quality. For more information and to request an application, visit one of our locations. 

 

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage

 

 

Don't Be Alarmed

We are required to practice many different safety drills here at school. 

Fire Drill: every week until October and then once a month for the rest of the year

Lock Down Drill: two in the first month of school, one in January and one in the spring 

Bus Safety Drills: two times a year, once within first 30 instructional days of first semester and another within first 30 instructional days of second semester

Tornado Drills: two times a year, fall and spring

 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

 

 

Upcoming Halley Events:

September 17 - Back to School Night K-6 - 6pm – 8pm

September 25 - Principal Coffee – 10am – 11am

September 27 - PTO Meeting and Family Bingo Night – 6:15pm

 

 

Save the Date Events!

 

1) Back to School Night

September 17th from 6-8 PM!   Please come join us at the PTO table!

     2) Family Bingo Night

Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!

     Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child in their folder or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019! Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event. Contact PTO President Maida Piggee (president@halleypto.com) with any questions. Visit www.halleypto.com for the signup genius link if you can help. Thank you!

     3)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 for the year. More info to come!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:
  1. CHESS CLUB Our registration and payment policies are below.Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with the registration information below to:      P.O. Box 489, Herndon, VA 20172-0489 Please remember the deadline is 9/21/19.
  2.      If paying by paypal, peter@snowschessacademy.com. Please fill out the information needed below and return it via email to peter@snowschessacademy.com
  3. Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com
  4. Registration deadline is 9/21/19. This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted. Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class.
  5. Details: Grades 1-6; professional chess coaches; teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions) ;Cost is $115
  1. Student’s Name
  2. Grade
  3. Parent’s Name
  4. Parent’s email
  5. Daytime Phone #’s
  6. Any special needs for your student (Walker? SACC? Medical? Other)
  7. Emergency contact name and phone number

2) RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration open now! Grades 2nd – 6th (Have an interested 1st grader? email corky@runfitkidz.com); Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K); Sept. 26th – Nov. 14th, 4:15 – 5:30PM (Thursdays- 8 classes)   Please visit www.runfitkidz.com to register!

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

What is the Life Champ Martial Arts After School Character Enrichment Program all about? This unique course known as the ACE Program is a 5-session character development program that incorporates physical exercise with life skill lessons. This innovative series of classes is designed to not only introduce your child to basic martial arts but to also improve concentration, listening skills, cooperation and courtesy. It will benefit your child at home, at school and in team sports. The black belt instructors from Life Champ Martial Arts have volunteered their time to teach the program at dozens of area schools during the past several years. ALL PROCEEDS BACK TO THE SCHOOL!   REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE IN THE THURSDAY FOLDERS! Limit of 20 children so sign up soon!

Classes will be held after school on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Friday, October 11, 2019 at Life Champ Martial Arts @ 7:00pm

 

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!

 

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

 

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 - September 6, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS September 6, 2019

 

 

Great Visit from South County High School!

 

 

Cheerleaders, band members and a few players from the football team came during arrival to “drum-up” support for the evening football game tonight (see flyer below)!

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

What an amazing start to school we've had!  Students have come excited, ready to learn, and have quickly settled into new learning routines.  Halley Hornets are engaged in their classrooms, beginning each day with a Morning Meeting, practicing greeting each other, sharing, reading their Morning Message, and participating in a morning activity. If you would like to know more about our school-wide Responsive Classroom approach, please review the following site: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/.

We’re looking forward to our Back to School Night on September 17th. We look forward to families meeting with teachers to share hopes and goals for the 2019-2020 school year! 

Linked below, we are super excited to share our yearlong school calendar! It highlights activities and school events from September to June!   We want students and families to be in the loop and connected to all things Halley! We hope to see you at each occasion as we nurture a caring school culture! Events and Dates are subject to shift or change; so please stay tuned to the Hornet Happenings for updates. Hard copies of the Halley events calendar will be made available.

WHES 2019-2020  At A Glance Events Calendar

 

 

Halley’s Back to School Night (Tuesday, September 17, 2019) is a time for parents to hear from teachers about the upcoming school year. We have lots of important information to share 😊 !

  • At the beginning of each session, there will be a short video featuring school administration sharing our vison and mission for the school year.
  • For parents of more than one student, we are offering two sessions, so parents may attend presentations for more than one grade level.
  • The PTO will be in the lobby to invite you to join. They will be on hand to help answer questions about the exciting events and opportunities for our families this year. Please consider joining the PTO!
  • We will have assistance in the library if families need help with their parent view account.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

 

 

Please join us for our first Principal Coffee Talk of the 19-20 school year. This will take place on Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 in the Halley Library.

Jennifer Buchko, our School Based Technology Specialist, will share safety tips about Internet Safety and useful Apps. The administrators will be present for a meet and greet and a short general question/answer forum.

All are welcome !

 

Mental Health and Wellness Conference to Be Held October 5 at Fairfax High School

The sixth annual FCPS Mental Health and Wellness Conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at Fairfax High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, sponsored by Inova. The morning session will focus on social and emotional learning, with a keynote address given by Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. A special session for high school students, the Our Minds Matter Teen Summit, will take place in the morning as well.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for Inova’s Act on Addiction Summit, which will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. 

Participants in this conference will be able to choose from a wide variety of breakout sessions, and there will be many resource tables available, representing public and private offices and agencies providing services within our schools and community. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Inova.

More information is available at the Mental Health and Wellness Conference webpage.   

 

Save the Date: Real Assistive Technology for Everyone Conference to Be Held October 19 at Carson Middle School

FCPS will host its 2019 Real Assistive Technology for Everyone (RATE) Conference at Carson Middle School, on Saturday, October 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The RATE Conference is an educational technology conference focusing on the use of assistive technology to support all students, especially those with special needs. This year's keynote speaker is Fadel, an FCPS post-secondary student. He will share how assistive technology has impacted his life and school experiences.

Breakout sessions will focus on blended learning and FCPSOn supports, reading and writing strategies, assistive technology in the early childhood classroom, communication tools, Google Apps for Education, as well as other topics. All FCPS staff members and parents are invited to attend. Out-of-county teachers, support staff, and parents are also welcome. FCPS employees will receive five recertification points for attending the conference.

More information will be available on the conference webpage

 

Don't Be Alarmed

We are required to practice many different safety drills here at school. 

Fire Drill: every week until October and then once a month for the rest of the year 

Lock Down Drill: two in the first month of school, one in January and one in the spring 

Bus Safety Drills: two times a year, once within first 30 instructional days of first semester and another within first 30 instructional days of second semester

Tornado Drills: two times a year, fall and spring

  HAPPENING TONIGHT!

 

  Cafeteria Hostess Needed

We are looking for support during our lunch block. Please reach out to Dr. Pamela Simpkins at PMSimpkins@fcps.edu should you be interested in applying for the cafeteria hostess position. This is a paid position. 

 

Follow us!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

 

Upcoming Halley Events:

September 17 - Back to School Night K-6 - 6pm – 8pm

September 25 - Principal Coffee – 10am – 11am

September 27 - PTO Meeting and Family Bingo Night – 6:15pm

 

 

Save the Date Events!

1) Back to School Night

September 17th from 6-8 PM!   Please come join us at the PTO table!

 2) Family Bingo Night

Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

Pizza served at 6:15 PM

Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM

Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!

     Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child in their folder or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019! Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event. Contact PTO President Maida Piggee (president@halleypto.com) with any questions. Visit www.halleypto.com for the signup genius link if you can help. Thank you!

 3) 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 for the year. More info to come!

  AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:
  1. CHESS CLUB Our registration and payment policies are below.Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with the registration information below to:      P.O. Box 489, Herndon, VA 20172-0489 Please remember the deadline is 9/21/19.
  2.      If paying by paypal, peter@snowschessacademy.com. Please fill out the information needed below and return it via email to peter@snowschessacademy.com
  3.  
  4. Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com
  5. Registration deadline is 9/21/19. This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted. Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class.
  6. Details: Grades 1-6; professional chess coaches; teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions) ;Cost is $115
  1. Student’s Name
  2. Grade
  3. Parent’s Name
  4. Parent’s email
  5. Daytime Phone #’s
  6. Any special needs for your student (Walker? SACC? Medical? Other)
  7. Emergency contact name and phone number

2) RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration open now! Grades 2nd – 6th (Have an interested 1st grader? email corky@runfitkidz.com); Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K); Sept. 26th – Nov. 14th, 4:15 – 5:30PM (Thursdays- 8 classes)   Please visit www.runfitkidz.com to register!

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

What is the Life Champ Martial Arts After School Character Enrichment Program all about? This unique course known as the ACE Program is a 5-session character development program that incorporates physical exercise with life skill lessons. This innovative series of classes is designed to not only introduce your child to basic martial arts but to also improve concentration, listening skills, cooperation and courtesy. It will benefit your child at home, at school and in team sports. The black belt instructors from Life Champ Martial Arts have volunteered their time to teach the program at dozens of area schools during the past several years. ALL PROCEEDS BACK TO THE SCHOOL!   REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE IN THE THURSDAY FOLDERS! Limit of 20 children so sign up soon!

Classes will be held after school on the following dates:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Friday, October 11, 2019 at Life Champ Martial Arts @ 7:00pm

 

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!

 

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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Hornet Happenings - August 30, 2019

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  HORNET HAPPENINGS August 30, 2019

 

 

It’s been an Awesome First Week of School!

Our Library is an amazing learning space for Halley Hornets!

  Welcome Message From Superintendent Scott Brabrand

 

Please take a moment to view this welcome message to the 2019-2020 school year from Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Scott Brabrand:

English:  https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

Spanish  :https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8

 

School Board Members:

 

Attention Halley Families!

 

Bring the whole family to the National Book Festival this Saturday, August 31st, 2019!

Held at the Washington Convention Center, 9:00 AM -8:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30 AM).

Participate in super fun reading-related activities and listen to popular children’s authors read their books.

This is a great celebration of reading and it’s all free!

Follow this link to learn details:  

https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival

Follow this link to see the schedule for the Children’s Stages:   https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival/schedule/

See you there, Halley Readers!

  School Closed: Labor Day Break August 30-September 2

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, August 30, is a holiday for students, in addition to the Labor Day holiday. 

 

Don't Be Alarmed

We are required to practice many different safety drills here at school. 

Fire Drill: every week until October and then once a month for the rest of the year 

Lock Down Drill: two in the first month of school, one in January and one in the spring 

Bus Safety Drills: two times a year, fall and spring

Tornado Drills: two times a year, fall and spring

 

  Family Life Education

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml

Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be addressed at Halley or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu

 

 

Bus Route Information (Sent previously from FCPS)

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available by logging into your FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).”

  Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system.  This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information.  Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the FCPS Mobile App to receive the delayed bus report. Morning route information will be available until noon. Afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

  Here Comes the Bus® App

The Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Transportation Services is introducing a new school bus arrival app, Here Comes the Bus®, for the 2019-20 school year. The app is offered at no charge to parents. Read more information here.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information. 

 

Have you completed all school forms?

Emergency Care Card:   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Health Form:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71_7.pdf

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

Opt-Out Info:  https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/opt-out-forms

Medication Authorization Forms:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

 

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  Upcoming Halley Events:

September 17 - Back to School Night K-6: 6pm – 8pm

September 25 - Principal Coffee (details to come) – 10am – 11am

September 27 - PTO Meeting and Family Bingo Night – 6:15pm

 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE EVENTS:

1) Please come join us at the PTO table on Back to School Night, September 17th from 6-8 PM!   Please join our PTO family in support of our wonderful children!

2) Family Bingo Night and brief PTO meeting (meet our new board members!) on Friday, September 27th! Details as follows:

  1. Pizza served at 6:15 PM
  2. Brief PTO meeting at 6:30 PM
  3. Let’s play Bingo at 7 PM!

Come one, come all to the Halley PTO Family Bingo Night! This is an excellent time to meet other Hornet families and win gift cards! Pizza and drinks will be available for purchase via order form which will be available in your child’s Thursday folder or on the PTO website. Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child in their folder or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019! Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event. Contact PTO President Maida Piggee (president@halleypto.com) with any questions. Visit www.halleypto.com for the signup genius link if you can help. Thank you!

3)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 for the year. More info to come!

 

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES:

1)    CHESS CLUB

The Halley PTO is proud to bring back the Chess Club this year!! Last year was a true success. Our Halley students won at chess tournaments last year! Instructors from Snow’s Chess Academy teach chess to children as a means of improving both their academic and social skills.  

Details:

1.    Grades 1-6

2.    Professional chess coaches

3.    Teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

4.    Thursdays from 9/26-12/5 (10 sessions)

5.    Cost is $115

Registration deadline is 9/21/19. This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted.   Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class.

Our registration and payment policies are below.

Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com

Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with the registration information below to:   Chess Club Information - Click this link

 

2) RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to offer RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our certified professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early. Registration Opens August 30th at 8:00AM

Details HERE: RUNFIT KIDZ

 

3) WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We are trying to bring in Life Champ Martial Arts for a 5 session program this fall! A parent volunteer is required to just sign the children in on these 5 dates. The parent who volunteers will receive 50% off of the cost. (Cost is $25 so parent volunteer will pay $12.50)

The dates are as follows:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @ 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Friday, October 11, 2019 at Life Champ Martial Arts @ 7:00pm

PLEASE CONTACT MASHA LEMPEL if you can help! secretary@halleypto.com 

  FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping? Join Amazon Smile and Giant’s A+ School Rewards and William Halley Elementary School gets rewarded! Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile and Giant Food’s A+ School Rewards!

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!

 Giant Foods A+ School Reward

1.      Visit https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/

2.      Select “Log in to Get Started”

3.      Create new account or Log In

4.      Select A+ School Reward

5.      Halley’s ID is 03257

 

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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Thank you PTO

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We are so thankful for the support and generosity of our PTO!

This year they helped fund our teachers’ back to school efforts that go toward important Professional Development (Kagan Cooperative Training) and creating awesome learning environments for our students.

 

THANK YOU!  We have the BEST PTO!

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Hornet Happenings

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Hornet Happenings Congratulations Ms. Johnson!

We are pleased to announce our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Paula Johnson!  Ms. Johnson’s journey with FCPS began when she was a student at Lanier Middle school and then graduating from Fairfax High School.  She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Later, Ms. Johnson received her Administration and Supervision endorsement PK-12 through FCPS’ Accelerated Certification Cohort in conjunction with UVA’s Curry School of Education.

Ms. Johnson has been a member of the Hornet Nation family for 6 years.  She began her work with our community as a first grade teacher; and then transitioned into the role of Instructional Coach for the past four years.  Prior to coming to Halley, Ms. Johnson taught in FCPS as a general education classroom teacher for eight years! 

Ms. Johnson strongly believes it is the goal of all educators to help students see the great potential that lies within each of them in order to serve the greater good of our society.  She is ecstatic about the opportunity to continue serving the staff, students and families of Halley!   Please congratulate her when you see her.  We are excited and pleased to have her join the administrative team.

We had a very successful Open House!  We loved seeing all our Halley students and families! Calendar Reminder: 2019-20 School Year to Start on Monday, August 26

The first day of school for the 2019-20 school year will be Monday, August 26, 2019; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-20 school year calendar

New for 2019: FCPS Now Using the Here Comes the Bus Mobile App

To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app, starting on August 26. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.

Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet, smartphone, or desktop computer.

Parents can download the app now for free from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account). Once signed in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.

Learn more about the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.  

School Closed:  Labor Day Break August 30-September 2

New Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. As a result, Friday, August 30, is a holiday for students, in addition to the Labor Day holiday. 

Three Ways to Pay for Meals: Online Payment, Check, or Cash; 2019-20 Meal Prices

Fairfax County Public Schools offers three ways to pay for school meals: online, check, or cash. This year's meal prices are also available

Want to know what’s for lunch? Check out the menu for your child’s school online. 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Available Online

Online applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2019-20 school year are now being accepted. Completing the application online results in faster processing time. Electronic meal applications are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic.
  • Chinese.
  • English.
  • Tagalog.
  • French.
  • Spanish.
  • Vietnamese.

Paper applications are still available to complete and submit. They are available at school offices, school cafeterias, and other FCPS buildings. Paper applications must be the original red print forms. Copied application forms cannot be accepted.

Parents and guardians can now complete the free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share information in the same document.

More information is available on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals web page.

Bus Route Information

FCPS Transportation Services has sent detailed bus route information to parents by phone and email. If your child rides the bus, be sure to check your email or voice mail for a message. Bus route information for your child is also available now by logging into your FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View (Blackboard) account. To see it, click your child’s name in the module titled “Bus Stop Information (Parent).”

Bus Delay Notification System

Stay up-to-date on school bus arrivals with FCPS' bus delay notification system. This system provides parents with timely notification of late bus route information. Access it directly online. Morning bus route information will be available until noon. The afternoon bus route information will be available from 1 to 7 p.m.  

E-Notify email messages will also be sent to announce bus delays.

Need assistance or have questions? Visit the FCPS Transportation page for more information

Your Child’s Health

School health room services, including the administration of medication and modified first aid, are performed by the health room aide.  If a child’s condition requires more attention, we will contact you, or if we cannot reach you, those listed on your child’s Emergency Care Form will be called. View, update, and submit your child’s emergency care information via the FCPS 24/7 Learning weCare@school tab.  Learn how to create an account for the first time: https://www.fcps.edu/node/30943.

Prescription and most over-the-counter medications at school require strict adult supervision and should not be in the child’s possession. Forms to authorize staff to administer medication are available in the school office and at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

First Day/Week Forms

For those of you that like to plan ahead, you may complete the following forms and send with your student on the first day! These forms will also be in the materials delivered during the first days of school.

Emergency Care Card:   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Health Form:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71_7.pdf

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

Opt-Out Info:  https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/opt-out-forms

Medication Authorization Forms:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

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SAVE THE DATE EVENTS PLEASE JOIN US!!!!!!!            BOOHOO/YAHOO BREAKFAST

1)  A “Boohoo/Yahoo breakfast,” sponsored by the Halley PTO will be held for Kindergarten parents in the Halley library at 9:30 AM on the first day of school!! We invite all Kindergarten parents to this opportunity to get to know each other better as you start your journey at Halley together! Our wonderful principal, Mrs. Peerman, will be joining us to welcome all of you.  Hope to see you there!

2)  PTO (brief) meeting and Family Bingo Night - Friday, September 27th, 6:15 PM-pizza served; 6:30PM-(brief) PTO meeting; 7:00 PM- Bingo begins!

Come one, come all to the Halley PTO Family Bingo Night! This is an excellent time to meet other Hornet families and win gift cards!  Pizza and drinks will  be available for purchase via order form which will be available in your child’s Thursday folder or on the PTO website. Please return the form and payment (cash or check) with your child or place the form and payment in the PTO’s mailbox located in the main office by September 25, 2019!  Unfortunately, we cannot accept orders after the deadline.

Volunteers are always needed at this annual family event.  Contact PTO President Maida Piggee (president@halleypto.com) with any questions. Visit www.halleypto.com for the signup genius link.  We can't do this without YOU!

 

3) BOOSTERTHON Pep Rally – Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Get Excited! Mark your calendars, Boosterthon is coming!  Kids will experience   Boosterthon’s pep rally during PE! More information to come!

 

 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ACTIVITIES:

1)    CHESS CLUB  Fall Program Thursdays Grades 1-6  Room 253, 4:15pm – 5:15pm

Starting Thursday 9/26 thru 12/5 for a total of 10 Thursdays!

Instructors from Snow’s Chess Academy teach chess to children as a means of improving both their academic and social skills.  Chess teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Cost for the Chess Program Club is $115.00 for the 10 once-a- week sessions.  If your child would like to participate, keep reading!

 

Registration deadline is 9/21/19.  This deadline is firm, sorry no walk-ins accepted.  Do not wait until the last minute since we are accepting a maximum of just 20 students per class. 

Our registration and payment policies are below.

Payment of $115.00 per student will be due via paypal/credit card which can be used in paypal if not a member to peter@snowschessacademy.com

Or if you prefer, please mail your check for $115.00 payable to Snow’s Chess Academy with

2) RUNFIT KIDZ

The Halley PTO is proud to bring back RunFit Kidz this fall on THURSDAYS Afterschool from 4:15-5:30. RunFit Kidz is unlike any other running program as our professional coaches understand the unique needs of young runners and growing bodies. We believe an early foundation of fitness will lead to a lifetime of healthy habits. Class size is limited so register early.

Registration Fee: $95 per participant (this includes the 5K)

Registration Includes: 8-weeks of professional coaching(once per wk), Tshirt, Mileage Tokens, Entry into the Celebration 5K, Finishers Medal and Post-Run Party.

For updates follow us on @Runfitkidz Registration opens Aug. 23rd - www.runfitkidz.com

 

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES:

Did you know that you can help William Halley Elementary in your everyday shopping?  Join Amazon Smile and Giant’s A+ School Rewards and William Halley Elementary School gets rewarded!  Consider your elementary school when shopping at Amazon Smile and Giant Food’s A+ School Rewards!

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!

Giant Foods A+ School Reward

1.      Visit https://giantfood.com/school-rewards/

2.      Select “Log in to Get Started”

3.      Create new account or Log In

4.      Select A+ School Reward

5.      Halley’s ID is 03257

 

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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Hornet Happenings - August 13, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS August 13, 2019

 

 

Principal’s Message

 

Dearest Halley Families,

We are brimming with excitement to begin the 2019-2020 school year!  We can't wait until the halls of the Hornet Nation are once again filled with the joyful energy of your wonderful children! We hope you have had a fun summer and that you are ready to once again be our partners in education that serves the unique needs of our students. Halley staff members are eagerly preparing to welcome everyone back! 

While you enjoy the last few weeks of summer, if you have not maintained your students' school routines, it's time to start getting back into those routines that allow for students' best learning!   Consider earlier bedtimes, less time with electronics, more time reading, and healthy eating.  Our teachers return next week, and we are all enthusiastically planning the best possible experience for all of our students during the upcoming school year!   Our doors are always open, so please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns as we near the start of the school year. Enjoy your last days of sun and bliss, and we will see you soon!

In the HIVE we STRIVE to be amazing…DIFFERENCE MAKERS!

Blessings, Mrs. Peerman and Dr. Simpkins



Welcome New Staff to Halley!

We are thrilled to have recruited and hired terrific members to our Hornet Nation! We know they will make a great addition to our Hornet Nation!   Join us in giving a warm welcome to the following new Hornet Family members:

  • PAC Teacher: Kathleen Farmer
  • 3rd Grade Teacher: Adriana Vela
  • 3rd Grade Teacher: Gabriella Anders
  • 4th Grade Teacher: Najma Khan
  • Special Education Teacher: Kailah Nelson
  • Special Education Teacher: Jodi Marshall
  • Special Education IA: Erin Gibson
  • Special Education IA: Neha Verma
  • Art Teacher: Marie Sarmiento
  • General Music Teacher: Sabrina Gordon
  • Psychologist – Kathryn Casterline
  • Guidance Counselor - Taylor Butts
  • Advanced Academics - Katie Symionow
  • ESOL – Heather D. Atkinson
  • Behavior Intervention Teacher (BIT) - Rachel Perella
  • Preschool IA – Debbie Griscavage
We have some staff members who will be moving positions here at Halley:
  •  Christie Hall will move from Second Grade to Librarian
  • Linette Bryant will move from Special Education IA to Special Education Teacher
  • Bernie Norlin will move from STEAM to Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Alison Coveney will move from Fifth Grade to Second Grade
  • Anne Ormsby will move from a PHTA to Long Term Substitute PAC Teacher
Kindergarten Popsicle Party

Please join us!

August 22, 2019 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us for an informal and fun "getting to know you" play date for all incoming kindergarten students and their parents/guardians!

We will be on the Halley playground.

Other Back to School News!

Please review the dates listed below for important information and reminders.

  • New Kindergartners - Our new Kindergarten students have a playdate on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00pm.  Please meet new friends on the playground.
  • Open House – Please Come meet the Halley staff and classroom teachers! This will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.
  • Back to School Night - This will be held at the school on September 17th, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Students, parents, and families are invited to see the school and visit classrooms, teachers, and staff members. More information to come!

First Day of School Dates: 

  1. August 26, 2019 - Halley students in grades K-6 and Pre-School              Autism Class (PAC) students begin.
  2. September 3, 2019 - Pre-School students begin.
  3. September 5, 2019 - Head Start students begin.
Supply Lists

Didn't go back to school supply shopping yet? There is still time! See the supply lists posted on our website. 

 

Kindergarten Families,

Whether you’re shedding tears of sorrow or

tears of joy, be sure to join us for a

BOO HOO – YAHOO gathering!

 

First day of school!

August 26, 2019

9:30am

In the Halley Library

 

Sponsored by the PTO

The PTO will be hosting any parents interested in stopping by the library;

meet other families and Halley staff members.

 

First Day Forms: Get Ahead of the Game!

For those of you that like to plan ahead, you may complete the following forms and send with your student on the first day! These forms will also be in the materials delivered during the first days of school.

 

Emergency Care Card:   https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3_0.pdf

Health Form:  https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71_7.pdf

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

Opt-Out Info:  https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/registration/opt-out-forms

Medication Authorization Forms:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

 

  Who Is My Child's Teacher 😊 ?

You will have multiple opportunities for learning about your child’s classroom placement:

  1. Soon, families will receive a Halley postcard in the mail (should arrive by early next week) with information regarding teacher assignments and bus/transportation information.  Our 2018-2019 Parent Handbook will be distributed on the first day of school and will also be available via the Halley website. It will be full of information about ALL things Halley!
  2. On THURSDAY AUGUST 22 at 6:00 AM, you can log into your SIS Parent Account and your child’s teacher will be listed there. Don't have a SIS account? Reach out to Student Information Assistant Nicole Kendall in the front office for a unique password to create one.
  3. On Thursday, August 22, beginning at 3:00pm, staff members will greet families with class placement information at the Open House Event and direct them to the appropriate classrooms.

 

 

Calendar Reminder: 2019-2020 School Year to Start on Monday, August 26

It’s hot and the calendar just turned to August, but as a reminder the first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year will be Monday, August 26, 2019; the last day will be Friday, June 12, 2020. See the 2019-2020 school year calendar

 

Summer FEEDS Program Continues Until August 23

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do we! The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will be hosting “FEEDS” (Food for Every Child to Eat During Summer) cookout program at various locations across Fairfax County this summer. This USDA-funded program is free to all children 18 years and under and provides low-cost meals for adults.

There is no registration involved, and everyone is welcome. Meal service will be provided until August 23, Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the summer FEEDS locations.

 

Fairfax County Public Library’s Summer Reading Adventure Continues

Many studies have found that reading for pleasure is beneficial for kids in many ways including keeping up their reading skills over the summer and helping them succeed in school.

Fairfax County Public Library helps make reading fun by providing tools, access, and incentives during its Summer Reading Adventure. Held in cooperation with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Summer Reading Adventure runs now through August 31 and invites all children and teens—birth through high school—to read for fun over the summer. This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime at Your Library!”

To participate, register online or visit a branch.

 

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Halley ES Announcement - July 19, 2019

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HORNET HAPPENINGS July 19, 2019

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

We have bittersweet news to share with you.

Congratulations and best wishes for success are in order for our beloved Mr. Salerno.   We are excited to announce that he has accepted an Assistant Principal position at Camelot Elementary School, effective August 2nd,  and will continue his leadership journey doing what he does best by supporting students, teachers and families to be their best selves.  We know Mr. Salerno will tackle this new venture with the same passion and dedication he’s displayed as part of our Halley family and will quickly establish himself as a valued member in his new role.

Working alongside Mr. Salerno has been an honor and privilege for every member of our Halley school community.   He leaves a legacy of impeccable professionalism, humor and commitment.   His positive attitude, advocacy for kids and work ethic is second to none.  He has served Halley for almost ten years and has been an indispensable part of our team.   This is a bittersweet moment for us because although he will be missed, he is now at a school that is 10 minutes away from home…and this is a big plus for his family.  Blessings to Mr. Salerno!

Please be assured that FCPS Region 4 Leadership Team will work with us to find our next Assistant Principal.  Halley students and families deserve a phenomenal educational leader and talent…and that is what we will get.  We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

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