Halley ES Hornet Happenings - June 13, 2022

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HORNET HAPPENINGS June 13, 2022

 

 

Dear Halley Family,

It is difficult to believe this school year is coming to an end!  Despite all the challenges, twists and turns, we are proud of the resiliency of our students and staff, and enjoyed celebrating the achievements of this year. The Hornet Nation has worked together in remarkable ways to bring a joyous end of year experience to our kids. The community has remained steady and risen with us to keep kindness, hope, and empathy as models of support for all our students.

We'd like to take a moment to appreciate many of those involved this year:

  • Thank you to our wonderful staff, who have overcome so much uncertainty this year, from viruses, a lack of substitutes, new assessments, and more - you are what makes "the magic happen" each day for our students!
  • Thank you to our parents and guardians. Whether we saw you this year in the building or not, it is so clear to us that our students are well supported and ready to learn at school each day. Thank you! 
  • Thank you to our PTO, who do so many big and little things to enhance our school culture, to bring us together, to provide needed resources, and to help us celebrate our successes!
  • Any finally, thank you to our students! You inspire us each and every day with your love for learning, your resilience, and the way you make us smile. Thank you for your hard work this year. Rest up this summer and don't forget to read a few good books! Please see the suggestions from our Halley staff here: 2022 Summer Book Suggestions from Halley Staff!!

We have some other staff members leaving due to moving out of state, changes in school districts, changes in careers, and other life transitions. These staff members are:

  • Ms. Bailey, PS Early Childhood Inclusion Teacher
  • Ms. Gibson, Instructional Assistant
  • Ms. Matthews, 5th Grade
  • Ms. Song, Kindergarten
  • Ms. Chery, 5th Grade
  • Ms. Zanger, 2nd Grade
  • Ms. Sanderson, 1st Grade
  • Ms. O’Boyle, 6th Grade
  • Ms. Harmer, Psychologist
  • Ms. Kidd-Himes, Instructional Assistant - Retiring
  • Ms. McGregor, Instructional Assistant – Retiring

We wish these staff members the best on the next steps in their careers. We appreciate them sharing their gifts and talents with our school.  They will be missed at Halley.

Have a beautiful and restorative summer. We can’t wait for next fall!

Blessings and Joy,

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

 

 

Summer Office Hours at Halley

Monday – Thursday

9:00am – 12:00pm

Please call for an appointment at 703-551-5700.

 

 

Save the Date!  Thursday, August 18, 2022

 

Halley ES will have a combined Open House and

Back to School Night Extravaganza.

 

*Details and Time will be shared at a later date.

 

 

SOL Spring Score Preview

Want to know how your student did on their spring SOL tests before the official report? Starting today, families can see SOL scores in the Test History section of SIS ParentVUE. To access Test History, log into your ParentVUE account using a web browser (not the app).

You will see spring SOL test subjects, performance levels, and overall scores. Families will also receive an official SOL score report letter with more details by the end of July. 

Additional information about SOL assessments is available online. You can also learn more about SIS ParentVUE and how to activate your account.

 

 

FYI - School Supplies

2022-2023 School Supply Lists

 

Halley’s Summer Reading and Math Challenges!

 

We are encouraging all rising 1st -6th grade students to participate in Halley’s Summer Reading and Math Challenges!

 

K-2 grade students are encouraged to read 10 books and complete a book recommendation.

3-5 grade students are encouraged to read 5 books and complete a book recommendation (books are typically longer).

  • If you are in grades 2-6, reading logs/book recommendation form will be linked to Schoology and Thursday folder.  Grades K-1 will receive a copy in Thursday folder only.
  • Please return the reading log and book recommendation the first week of school.  Last day to turn in logs will be August 26th.  If you return your completed log, you will receive a POPSICLE (date TBD)!

Enjoy and Keep Reading!

 

Rising 1st-2nd Graders: 

  • ST Math 1 hour per week. Log on your ST Math Tracker. 
  • Practice counting to 100. Challenge yourself by starting at any number and going past 100. 
  • Practice counting backwards from any number 1-120. 
  • Practice skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s. Make it challenging and start a random number between 1-120. 
  • Practice counting coins and identifying their value. 

Rising 3rd-6th Graders: 

  • ST Math 1 hour per week. Log on your ST Math Tracker. 
  • Master Multiplication! 
  •  Please return the ST Math Tracker the first week of school.  
  • Last day to turn in logs will be August 26th.  If you return your completed log, you will receive a “Jiji” surprise! 

 

Other Summer Reading Resources:

 

Please encourage your student to read this summer!

Encourage your child to read whatever they want, whatever interests them, whatever they love!  Want some help with book recommendations?   Check out Find Your Next Book through the Fairfax County Public Library. 

FAIRFAX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Enjoy the 2022 “Summer Reading Adventure” at the Fairfax County Public Library. The program runs from June 10th to August 12th.  Click here for more information.  

BARNES AND NOBLE: Students in grades 1-6 earn a free book through the “Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program.”  Students can read eight books and bring their completed journal to a Barnes and Noble store between July 1st and August 31st. Click here for more information.  

READING IS FUNDAMENTAL: Your child can go on a virtual summer road trip by reading books about the USA!  Activities, suggested titles, and other ideas for parents can be found here.  Click here for more information.

 

 

Summer Programs SAVE THE DATE!

 

July 11-29th - 9:40am to 1:40pm 

Young Scholars

SOAR

Bridge to K

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Monday, 07/11 - Friday, 07/29: Summer Programs (Young Scholars, SOAR, Bridge to K)

Thursday, 08/18: Combined Open House and Back To School Night Extravaganza; Details to follow

Monday, 08/22: First Day of School 2022/2023 School Year

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

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

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

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Halley ES Hornet Happenings - June 3, 2022

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HORNET HAPPENINGS June 3, 2022

 

 

Halley 2022 Field Day Fun!

 

Thank You…

 

To all our family and parent volunteers!

 

You made all the difference. We appreciate you!

 

Student Laptop Collection

All Halley ES student laptops must be collected prior to the end of the school year.

We are collecting laptops on June 6th for 6th graders and June 8th for K – 6.

Students will also need to bring back their power cord and the computer sleeve/case if they were issued one.  The cost of a lost power cord replacement is $23.  Please expect to reimburse the school through My School Bucks rather than buy your own replacement for safety reasons.  You can access that resource at this link:

  https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home.

Students attending FCPS Summer Programs also need to be sure their laptops are at school by June 1 so they can receive any necessary updates or replacements. They will be expected to return their laptops and power cords to Halley Elementary School when their program ends. 

Email Jennifer Buchko [email protected] for any additional information or with questions.

 

 

Parents are reminded that all medications need to be picked up no later than dismissal on the last day of school (June 10th).  Medication not picked-up will be discarded.

 

 

Families Will Receive Reports Throughout the Summer for Spring Assessments

 

Spring assessments help teachers and schools check on students’ learning and skill development. Families will access results from end-of-year assessments in different ways. For most assessments, FCPS provides custom reports to share scores with families.

Look in SIS ParentVUE for these reports by the end of July:

Watch the mail for these reports by the end of the indicated month:

Other scores come from the school or testing organization. These include Advanced Placement (AP) scores accessed through students’ College Board accounts.

Go online for additional information about FCPS assessments. You can also learn how to activate a SIS ParentVUE account to access scores.

 

 

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

FCPS is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the 2021-22 school year has gone for students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31. Parents and caregivers will receive an email with the survey link.

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division. 

We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

 

 

7th Grade Immunizations Requirement Notice

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already provided us with proof of your child’s Tdap and MenACWY immunizations, please send them in ASAP.

Please email our Registrar, Nicole Kendall at [email protected]  or call 703-551-5700.  Thank you!

 

 

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Although this school year breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students, we encourage families who believe their children might qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to apply for this program. Qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals has many added benefits, beyond the free meals. For elementary students, these include:

  • Reduced or waived musical instrument rental fee
  • Information about holiday assistance
  • Information about non-FCPS scholarships, classes and other non-FCPS educational related services
  • Pupil placement fees

There are also many other benefits and fee waivers that apply to students in middle school and high school (see this earlier letter from Dr. Brabrand).

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please go to this website.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Thursday, 06/09: Grade 6 Promotion; 10:00am; Admission Tickets required at the Gym Entrance

Friday, 06/10: All medications must be picked up from the Health Room

Friday, 06/10: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS; Two Hour Early Release at 2:05pm

Monday, 08/22: First Day of School 2022/2023 School Year

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

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

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

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Halley ES Hornet Happenings - May 27, 2022

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HORNET HAPPENNINGS May 27, 2022

 

Dear Halley Families,

At about 11:45 am, we received an alert that our area was under a Tornado Warning. We moved into Tornado Protocols at that time. 

After we received clearance that the warning was lifted, we returned to normal school operations. 

We are very proud of our students and staff members for the excellent way in which they handled this situation. As always, the students' safety is our most important responsibility.  Please understand that during a Tornado Protocol, we are not able to safely manage visitors or access the doors to allow for entry.  We encourage all families to shelter and stay safe rather than come to the school.

Thank you for your support and assistance. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 703-551-5700 if you have any questions or concerns.

Have a wonderful extended holiday weekend!

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

 

Student Laptop Collection

All Halley ES student laptops must be collected prior to the end of the school year.

We are collecting laptops on June 6th for 6th graders and June 8th for K – 6.

Students will also need to bring back their power cord and the computer sleeve/case if they were issued one.  The cost of a lost power cord replacement is $23.  Please expect to reimburse the school through My School Bucks rather than buy your own replacement for safety reasons.  You can access that resource at this link:

  https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/getmain?requestAction=home.

Students attending FCPS Summer Programs also need to be sure their laptops are at school by June 1 so they can receive any necessary updates or replacements. They will be expected to return their laptops and power cords to Halley Elementary School when their program ends. 

Email Jennifer Buchko [email protected] for any additional information or with questions.

 

 

All FCPS schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.

 

Calling for all library books!  All library books are due Friday, May 27. 

We have over 450 books currently overdue from the library, so please check with your student and ask them to return any overdue books they may have out. 

All hornets can log in here to check their accounts.  Simply click “login” at the top right hand corner of the screen, then click “My Stuff,” then “Checkouts” to see what is on your account.  See attached picture for guidance. 

If you are unable to locate the book, please consider replacing it using the attached PDF options.  Questions or need some help? Contact Ms. Hall [email protected]

 

 

School-Required Immunizations

New students, transfer students, kindergartners, 7th graders, and 12th graders need vaccinations for school.  The Fairfax County Health Department offers school-required immunizations for free.  Please view this flyer for more details.

 

 

6th Grade Promotion

Please join us in celebrating as we send our 6th graders off to middle school!

Each 6th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony, which will be distributed to each sixth grader on Monday, June 6th. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 6th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.  Tickets will be required for guest admittance. 

 

After the grade level promotion ceremony, each classroom will present awards.

We are excited and look forward to this event!

 

 

Tutor.com - Online Tutoring Services Summer 2022 Access

FCPS students will continue to have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com during the summer of 2022.  Students are able to use Tutor.com during the summer to review and/or practice in subject areas of interest or need.

Students may also choose to access other tools/services such as practice quizzes in a variety of subject areas, as well as self-paced study courses for SAT/ACT preparation.

 

 

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has new tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited.

If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

 

 

FCPS School Board Approves SY 22-23 Calendar

The 2022-23 school year calendar was approved at the January 27 School Board Meeting. This calendar focuses on instruction, and student and operational needs. The calendar is aligned with neighboring school districts and adds additional key observance days.

Most importantly, this calendar was developed with significant input from the FCPS community. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process through surveys, webinars, and participation in the feedback committee. This effort reflects the best effort of everyone the school calendar touches.

To find out more about next year’s school calendar, visit the FCPS website.

 

 

FCPS' Family Return to School Survey Is Coming Soon

Now that FCPS has transitioned back to a more typical school experience, the school division is interested in hearing from parents/caregivers about how the school year has gone for their students. You will have an opportunity to provide your feedback on our Family Return to School Survey which will open Tuesday, May 31, and close Friday, June 10. 

The survey is being administered by the FCPS Office of Research and Strategic Improvement, which provides objective research and data-based information back to the school division’s leadership. The survey is part of the office’s continuing evaluation of the pandemic’s impact on our school division.

We encourage all FCPS parents/caregivers to respond to the survey and share their experiences whether positive or negative. The information you and other families provide will be used, along with other data, to inform FCPS leadership about the return to five days a week of in-person instruction, and support FCPS’ efforts to make improvements that support schools, students, and staff. It will also be included in ESSER III reporting.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Today, Friday, 05/27: All Library Books are due 

Monday, 05/30: Memorial Day Holiday; Schools and offices closed

Wednesday, 06/01: Band Concert 6:00-6:30pm; Chorus & Strings Concert 6:45-7:30pm; Gym

Friday, 06/03: Field Day: Grades K,1,2 from 10:00am-12:00Noon; Grades 3,4,5,6 from 1:00-3:00pm

Friday, 06/03: Last Day for Preschool

Thursday, 06/09: Grade 6 Promotion; 10:00am; Admission Tickets required at the Gym Entrance

Friday, 06/10: All medications must be picked up from the Health Room

Friday, 06/10: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS; Two Hour Early Release at 2:05pm

Monday, 08/22: First Day of School 2022/2023 School Year

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

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

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Halley ES Hornet Happenings - May 20, 2022

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HORNET HAPPENINGS May 20, 2022

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

FCPS has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases recently as the county has transitioned to the medium community level. Schools continue to apply layered prevention strategies to maintain a healthy work and learning environment. However, each of us has a responsibility to do our part to help keep ourselves, our students, and our colleagues safe. As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we must stay vigilant so we can all enjoy the events and milestones ahead and be ready for a relaxing and healthy summer.

Easy ways to “Do Your Part” include: staying up to date on vaccinations and boosters, considering when and where to choose to mask up, practicing good hygiene, and monitoring symptoms daily. 

It is increasingly important to stay home if you feel unwell and testing is a critical strategy to slow transmission. Visit the Fairfax County Health Department website for information about COVID testing and testing sites. At-home testing is also a good option. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID tests; visit COVID.gov for details. 

Blessings, Mrs. Peerman, Mrs. Johnson-Tyler, and Mrs. Zamora

 

 

Mental Health Acceptance Month and Day of Action

 

May is Mental Health Acceptance Month. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of children in Virginia as young people continue to face physical isolation, ongoing uncertainty, fear, and grief,” says the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (VA-AAP). “Even before the pandemic, mental health challenges facing children were of great concern, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated them.” 

Between March and October 2020, the percentage of emergency department visits for children with mental health emergencies rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 and 31% for children ages 12-17. There was also a more than 50% increase in suspected suicide attempt emergency department visits among girls ages 12-17 in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. Read more in this news release from the VA-AAP. 

Mental wellness is key to student success and the pandemic has added to mental health challenges facing children of all ages. We are joining the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and pediatricians across the Commonwealth in calling attention to this issue by participating in “Wear Green Day of Action” for mental health on Friday, May 20

Join us in “Wear Green Day of Action” this Friday to call attention to this important issue. For resources to support the students in your life, visit our website

 

 

Library News

Calling for all library books!  All library books are due Friday, May 27. 

We have 531 books currently overdue from the library, so please check with your student and ask them to return any overdue books they may have out. 

All hornets can log in here to check their accounts.  Simply click “login” at the top right hand corner of the screen, then click “My Stuff,” then “Checkouts” to see what is on your account.  See attached picture for guidance. 

If you are unable to locate the book, please consider replacing it using the attached PDF options.  Questions or need some help? Contact Ms. Hall [email protected]

 

 

Come join us for our live performances! 

Wednesday, June 1st

Band Concert

6:00-6:30pm

 Chorus and Strings Concert

6:45-7:30pm

Halley Elementary Gym

Call times:

5:30pm- Band students to gym

6:15pm- Strings students to cafeteria

6:15pm- Chorus students to Mrs. Poblete’s room

Dress code: Students should wear a white top, black pants or skirt and black shoes. 

Questions? 

Chorus:

Mrs. Poblete [email protected]  or Mrs. Gordon  [email protected] 

Strings:  Mr. Johnson      [email protected] 

Band:     Ms. Hinkle  [email protected]

 

Our South County Pyramid Art Show is finally here!

The show will be open for visits on May 25-June 4!

This show exhibits 20-25 masterpieces per school in our pyramid! Come support our talented students by visiting The Workhouse in Lorton!  We will have the artwork of several Halley students featured! 

Thank you Mrs. Willis!

 

Attention Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

Please join us in celebrating as we send our 6th graders off to middle school!

Each 6th grader has been issued 2 tickets for the ceremony, which will be distributed to each sixth grader on Monday, June 6th. To maintain social distancing during the event, families are limited to 2 guests per 6th grader. There will be no exceptions to this limit.  Tickets will be required for guest admittance. 

 

After the grade level promotion ceremony, each classroom will present awards.

We are excited and look forward to this event!

 

 

Field Day Volunteers Needed!

On Friday, June 3rd, Halley ES will celebrate FIELD DAY!  To make this amazing event successful, we need parent volunteers.

Please consider signing up to support our Field Day on June 3rd, by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4BA8A62EA7FD0-halley1. You can sign up for one session or for the full day.

Grades K, 1, & 2 from 10:00 – 12:00

Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 from 1:00-3:00  

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

 

 

Sing, Dance, and Design with FCPS Summer Programs

 

All students with an interest in continuing to explore the arts are eligible for two summer enrichment programs. Registration is now open for the Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) and Institute for the Arts (IFTA) Summer enrichment programs. 

Elementary Institute for the Arts (for rising 3rd through 6th graders) and Institute for the Arts (for rising 7th through 12th graders) will be held July 5-29 at Lake Braddock Secondary School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Classes are offered every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. Both programs have fees. Waivers are available for students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  

For more information or to register, visit the Summer Learning webpage.

 

 

Medication Pickup

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school June 10, 2022

Medication left in the health room after that time will be discarded.  It is school policy that medications must be picked up by the parent or guardian.  Medication cannot be sent home with your student.  However, with parent or guardian permission, a high school student may transport over-the-counter medications to and from the school health room.

Medication authorization forms for next school year may be obtained from the school or online at https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-health-services

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Monday, 05/30: Memorial Day Holiday; Schools and offices closed

Wednesday, 06/01: Band Concert 6:00-6:30pm; Chorus & Strings Concert 6:45-7:30pm; Gym

Friday, 06/03: Field Day: Grades K,1,2 from 10:00am-12:00Noon; Grades 3,4,5,6 from 1:00-3:00pm

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

Twitter

Halley Website

 

 

Save the Date!

Last PTO Meeting of the Year:

Thursday, May 26th 

6:30 – 7:30

This meeting will be held virtually (link will be shared).  If you have any proposed items you would like to be added to the agenda, please share here!

Seeking Board members for Next Year:  If you wish to sign up for a position but a name is listed, please email [email protected] There will be a vote if more than one person wishes to be in one position.

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Hornet Happenings

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Hornet Happenings    Dr. Reid Virtual Town Hall May 17

 

Save the Date: Meet the Incoming Superintendent at a Virtual Town Hall!

On Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m., incoming superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid will join staff, families, and students for a multilingual virtual town hall. Watch your email and upcoming issues of FCPS This Week for more details, including how to register. Dr. Reid will be hosting additional engagement sessions throughout the county after her

official start date on July 1.  Dr. Reid held an in-person town hall May 3 that can be viewed on the FCPS YouTube Channel. 

 

 

  Please Stay Home When Sick

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continues to monitor cases and report COVID-19 outbreaks, as outlined by the Virginia Department of Health. Currently, Fairfax County's Community Level remains low as determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our layered prevention strategies are being implemented based on our COVID-19 Community Level, as recommended by the CDC.  However, FCPS has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks and parents/legal guardians are reminded of the daily health screening requirement to check their students for mild, cold-like symptoms each day, such as fever, runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath. Parents and guardians are advised to keep their students home if sick and get them tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

VaxUp

We continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination keeps children safely in school and childcare settings, and also while participating in sports, playdates, extracurricular activities, and other group activities. Strong community vaccination rates help keep our schools safe for in-person learning. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, or to find a vaccine provider, visit the Fairfax County Health Department website.

Masking

As a reminder, students may return to school after five days of isolation if they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) individuals should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the five day isolation period. If individuals are unable to wear a mask when around others, they should continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home. While not required, wearing a mask while indoors is still considered an important way to protect yourself and others. Families are encouraged to discuss mask wearing as an additional layered prevention strategy.

Additional recommendations to prevent COVID-19 are available online

  Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing Schedule

 

 

FCPS Parent Resource Center

Free Family Webinars

The Parent Resource Center is offering free family and educator webinars to learn about the latest information to help children succeed.  They host several different webinars each month, on topics like Siblings of Students with Disabilities, Supporting Early Learners, Career and Transition Services, and more.  Previous workshops and webinars are available on YouTube.  If you’re interested in this virtual, free resource, visit the Parent Resource Center for Family Engagement at this link.

 

Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar Series for PreK-2 Families

  • 5/20/22: Growing through Tough Moments in Early Learners

There are so many ways children learn and develop throughout early childhood. Relationships, habits, and even challenges can become rich opportunities to teach and foster lifelong learning and skills for our children. Learn more about how self-regulation, executive functioning, and routines can help your children learn and develop.

  • Laura Thieman, LCSW, MPH, RPT- FCPS Social Worker Supervisor, Region 3
  • Amy Sheldon, MEd, MSW, LCSW - FCPS Preschool Mental Health Clinician, Early Childhood Assessment Team
  • Lori Kraden, FCPS Educational Specialist, Behavior Intervention Services

Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for Supporting Early Learners: Growing the Caregiver’s Toolbox: A Webinar for PreK-2 Families

 

Attention Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

 

We are pleased to return to some of our traditional celebrations!  We invite you to our live and in-person 6th grade promotion!  Please save the date - Thursday, June 6th at 10:00am! 

Safety Protocols:  To remain conscious of social distaining, an allotment of two (2) tickets will be distributed to each student for guests.  We will not be able to accommodate additional people.    Tickets will be required for guest admittance. 

After the grade level promotion ceremony, each classroom will present awards.

We are excited and look forward to this event!

 

  Field Day Volunteers Needed!

 

On Friday, June 3rd, Halley ES will celebrate FIELD DAY!  To make this amazing event successful, we need parent volunteers.

Please consider signing up to support our Field Day on June 3rd, by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4BA8A62EA7FD0-halley1. You can sign up for one session or for the full day.

 

Grades K, 1, & 2 from 10:00 – 12:00

Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 from 1:00-3:00  

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

 

  MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MAY:  SOL Testing

Monday, 05/30: Memorial Day Holiday; Schools and offices closed

Friday, June 3 – Field Day

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School

 

 

Hello Halley Families:

Last PTO Meeting of the Year: Can you believe the end of school year is upcoming? We’ve had a great year getting back to school with teachers, students and all of you!   Let’s end the school year with one final meeting to discuss how the school year has gone and where we’re going from here. The meeting will be held virtually, and a date will be shared ASAP!  If you have any proposed agenda items you would like to be added to the agenda, please share here!

Seeking Board members for Next Year

With the end of another school year comes some opportunities to join the Halley PTO Board. It has been a rewarding experience that we hope you will consider. If you’re interested, please navigate to Signup Genius, where you can submit your name for any position. If you wish to sign up for a position but a name is listed, please email [email protected] There will be a vote if more than one person wishes to be in one position.

 

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Teacher and Staff Appreciation week was marvelous!

 

Thank you for joining us in the celebration. Each year we marvel at our teachers and their capacity to care for our students and families. And then, during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week especially, we marvel at our students and families and their capacity to care for our teachers.  We appreciated the kind words, letters of gratitude, flowers, treats, drawings, and artwork.  We believe everyone at Halley felt the love!

We send a special THANK YOU to all the individuals and families that sent gift cards!  Our teachers and staff had a spectacular time having fun with raffles and give-a-ways.  We appreciate you!  Our Halley families and community are the Best ever!!

 

Blessings and Joy,

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

 

  Updated Isolation Procedures for Students Effective May 1

Since the start of the pandemic, Fairfax County Public Schools has regularly reviewed and adjusted our health and safety guidance in alignment with recommendations from local, state and national health experts.

As a result, FCPS will be changing current isolation procedures for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Beginning May 1, 2022, your child may return to in-person instruction and activities, including athletics, when your child has met the following criteria:

  • Student has completed at least five days of isolation; AND 
  • Student is fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; AND
  • Student’s symptoms have improved or resolved
  • Student wears a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days (day six through day 10) after the end of the 5-day isolation period, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance

If students are unable to wear a mask when around others, they are to continue to isolate for a full 10 days at home.

Children who are in isolation will continue to have access to our StreamIn/CheckIn during this time. 

The new procedure aligns with the timeline recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). It also follows improving vaccination rates in the Fairfax Health District, as well as a continued community level of low in Fairfax County.

We continue to balance the need for students to have a high-quality in-person learning experience with student and staff safety. By adhering to our layered prevention strategies and increasing vaccination rates, we are all doing our part to keep schools safe.

 

 

Attention Parents of Current 6th Grade Students

We are pleased to return to some of our traditional celebrations!  We invite you to our live and in-person 6th grade promotion!  Please save the date - Thursday, June 6th at 10:00am! 

Safety Protocols:  To remain conscious of social distaining, an allotment of two (2) tickets will be distributed to each student for guests.  We will not be able to accommodate additional people.    Tickets will be required for guest admittance. 

After the grade level promotion ceremony, each classroom will present awards.

We are excited and look forward to this event!

 

Field Day Volunteers Needed!

 

Please consider signing up to support our Field Day on June 3rd, by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B4BA8A62EA7FD0-halley1. You can sign up for one session or for the full day.

 

Grades K, 1, & 2 from 10:00 – 12:00

Grades 3, 4, 5, & 6 from 1:00-3:00  

 

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

 

  Optional Parent Class Placement Input for 2022-2023

Our teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, specialists, and administrators collaborate to form the best possible class placement for each student every year. Halley families have an option to send in a letter to assist in class placements for the 2022-2023 school year by providing insights about their child(ren).  Please submit all feedback by May 13th. 

 If you choose to provide feedback, please follow these instructions:

  • Provide information pertinent to his/her learning style and the type of environment that he/she learns best in.
  • You can mention the teaching style that would be a good match for your child, but please do not name a specific teacher that you would like. We consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, and social relationships. Every class will have a blend of children with diverse needs, personalities, and learning interests.  Due to the many factors we must consider in creating classroom placements, including the reassignment of some teachers to a different grade level and the hiring of new teachers, requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored.  Therefore, we cannot accept a letter that has a specific teacher listed as a request for next school year.
  • We cannot honor requests to place your child with friends. We defer to the placement team on assignments and cannot guarantee friend requests.
  • If you would like to share more information about your child's needs for the upcoming school year, please enter here.

 

 

Community Forums on Proposed Updates to Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulation

 

The Department of Special Services will be hosting two virtual meetings for FCPS families, employees, and community members regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Regulation (SR&R, R2601). Please join us via the Zoom platform virtually at either of the meetings below:

Language interpretation will be available in Spanish. A certified deaf interpreter will be available as well. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about suggested updates to the SR&R and ask questions via Zoom Chat. An online feedback form will be posted to the FCPS website later this week. 

We hope you will be able to attend a meeting – your voice matters! Please visit FCPS’ website for more information.   

 

FCPA Summer Camps

Fairfax County Park Authority offers many summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-17, including sports, chess, science, nature, technology, performing arts, swimming, adventure, cooking, and more!

Full-day and half-day programs are available, and extended care is available at some locations.

For more information, see the flyer here or see the camp guide here. To register, go to the FCPA website here.

 

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application

Although this school year breakfast and lunch meals are free to all students, we encourage families who believe their children might qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to apply for this program. Qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals has many added benefits, beyond the free meals. For elementary students, these include:

  • Reduced or waived musical instrument rental fee
  • Information about holiday assistance
  • Information about non-FCPS scholarships, classes and other non-FCPS educational related services
  • Pupil placement fees

There are also many other benefits and fee waivers that apply to students in middle school and high school (see this earlier letter from Dr. Brabrand).

To apply for free and reduced-price meals, please go to this website.

We are here to support you. If you need help completing this application, please call the school.  We can help you over the phone or schedule a time for you to come to school and complete the application.  Thank you for considering this important matter.

 

 

  MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MAY:  SOL Testing

Thursday, 05/12: Interims Go Home

Monday, 05/30: Memorial Day Holiday; Schools and offices closed

 

  Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Hello Halley Families:

Last PTO Meeting of the Year: Can you believe the end of school year is upcoming? We’ve had a great year getting back to school with teachers, students and all of you!   Let’s end the school year with one final meeting to discuss how the school year has gone and where we’re going from here. The meeting will be held virtually May 19th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Seeking Board members for Next Year (This is for anyone who would like to pass along their position for next year.  We know that the Secretary position will be open)

With the end of another school year comes some opportunities to join the Halley PTO Board. It has been a rewarding experience that we hope you will consider. If you’re interested, please navigate to Signup Genius, where you can submit your name for any position. If you wish to sign up for a position but a name is listed, please email [email protected] There will be a vote if more than one person wishes to be in one position.

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

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Hornet Happenings April 22,2022

 

A Day in the Life of ...

 

 

First Grade!

 

 

Halley Elementary invites families to support Autism Acceptance month by having students wear red and/or blue for the remainder the month of April.

One in 44 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in the United States, according to the CDC.

Our schools and staff play a vital role in creating and ensuring inclusive environments that accommodate and affirm autistic students.

 

 

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up!  Our teachers and staff are total ROCK STARS and we want to roll out the red carpet for them.  They deserve it and during the first week of May we want them to feel our love. This has been quite a year and is definitely one to show our staff our appreciation for all they do for Halley students!  We are in awe and honored to have such a fantastic team.

For our Teacher and Staff Celebration Week, we are looking for gift-card donations to add for gifts throughout the week that teachers can win in raffles. We need your help please!  We would appreciate all gift card items by April 30th. Please use  THIS FORM to submit donations. 

You may also contact Mrs. Johnson-Tyler at [email protected]  and/or Mrs. Zamora at [email protected].  Thank you - we appreciate your help and look forward to a wonderful week!

 

Incoming FCPS Superintendent    Dr. Michelle Reid

At last Thursday's regular meeting, the Fairfax County School Board voted to appoint Michelle Reid, Ed.D. as the next superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools.

On Friday, Dr. Reid toured several of our schools and shared more about her background, her passion for education, and what she thinks makes FCPS a world-class school division.

 

 

 

Watch this short video to get to know Dr. Reid.

 

 

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair was a success!  Thank you for supporting our school and fostering the love of reading by providing book choice. 

Online ordering is available through April 28 and our school will continue to get credit using this link:  https://www.scholastic.com/bf/halley 

 

 

Tutor.com

We are pleased to announce that students now have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families. Tutor.com is available 24/7, through online voice or text chat, and in your student’s preferred language. Student participation is optional, and parents/guardians can opt their students out of accessing the service. You can learn more about Tutor.com on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will be able to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following instructional videos: 

elementary video and secondary video. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

This new service will help many Halley Elementary students complete assignments, better understand classroom lessons, and be successful. 

 

 

 

Standards of Learning (SOL)  Testing Schedule

 

 

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Fairfax County Park Authority Rec-PAC Summer Program

Registration is now open for the Fairfax County Park Authority Rec-PAC summer program. Rec-PAC is an affordable six-week recreation summer program for Fairfax County students who have completed kindergarten through those entering 7th grade. The summer camps run from June 27th - August 4th from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and are offered at various locations. Access the Park Authority Rec-PAC 2022 website for additional information.

Fairfax County 4-H Summer Camp

Fairfax County 4-H camp is an overnight camp for campers ages 9-13 held during the week of June 19 – 23. The camp is held at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center in Front Royal, Virginia. Access the Fairfax County 4-H Camp website for more information.

 

Free School Physicals for Uninsured Children

Inova is offering free school physicals for students age 4-18 between April and August 2022 at the Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 8051 Sudley Road, Manassas VA 20109.

For an appointment, call 703-698-2550. Parents should take a copy of their child's vaccination record with them to the clinic.

 

  Register for Kindergarten Now!

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway.  If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 30, 2022, they will be eligible for Kindergarten this fall! 

If you have a child who will attend kindergarten at Halley Elementary next school year, and you have not already been in contact with our registrar Nicole Kendall, please complete this survey and return it to the school via email to:  [email protected]

See more information here:

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

 

Screening for AAP Levels II-III

Students can be screened for school-based (level II-III) AAP services at any time in the school year. In the spring, local schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year.

  7th Grade Immunizations Requirement Notice

Effective July 1, 2021 all students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), and Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY).     

Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without proper Tdap and Meningococcal documentation.

If you have not already provided us with proof of your child’s Tdap and MenACWY immunizations, please send them in ASAP.

Please email our Registrar, Nicole Kendall at [email protected] or call 703-551-5700.  Thank you!

 

 

FCPS COVID-19 Testing Ends April 22

 

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and to keep schools open safely, Fairfax County Public Schools has been providing a COVID-19 screening and diagnostic testing program to students and staff as part of its layered prevention strategies

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the community level for Fairfax County is currently classified as low; this classification has continued for the past month. In addition, Fairfax Health District COVID-19 Vaccination Status indicates that more than 70% of all Fairfax Health Districts residents have been fully vaccinated (defined by receiving two of a two-dose vaccine or one of a single-dose vaccine) and more than 80% have received one dose. Vaccination rates by age group indicate that more than 50% of students ages 5-11 and more than 90% of students ages 12-17 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations are free and available at various locations in our community.  

Based on these metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will discontinue the following prevention strategies on April 22:

If students have symptoms and need to get tested, COVID-19 Testing is available at various sites throughout Fairfax County and the state.

While we are encouraged by the continued decline in COVID-19 cases in our community, we are also committed to keeping our schools safe for all to learn and work in person. Please continue to do your part to maintain a healthy learning environment by using layered prevention strategies including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, monitoring for illness, and staying home when sick. 

 

South County Middle has invited Halley Students to a Musical!

Our Halley PTO Board is Amazing!

Thank you for all that you do for our school and community

We appreciate you!

 

Alicia Doe – President

Allison Viescas – Vice President

Michelle Kochosky – Treasurer

Shannon Adams – Secretary

 

Interested in joining or assisting the board for SY 2022-2023?

please email williamhalley[email protected]

 

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HORNET HAPPENINGS April 1, 2022

 

 

Today marks the beginning of the month of April and of spring break. Whether you have plans for a quiet week at home or some time away, we hope your children enjoy family time and return to school refreshed and renewed for the final quarter of the school year.   We also encourage our hornets to read a little over break.  This can take on many different forms, including reading alone, reading with a partner, being read to, taking turns reading, and reading to someone. The goal is to enjoy the experience and to nurture a love for reading. Thank you for your support.

For your planning purposes, please keep in mind our office will be closed next week. Our next issue of Hornet Happenings will be sent on April 15th. 

Blessings and Joy!

Mrs. Peerman, Principal

Mrs. Johnson-Tyler & Mrs. Zamora, Assistant Principals

 

 

SOL Testing Schedule

 

Preparations for the 2022-23 School Year 

Current Families of Halley Elementary School

Please complete the Student’s Intention Form and return it to Halley Elementary by email: [email protected] or have your student bring it to the main office. An individual form must be completed for each student in your household attending.  Student Intention forms were also sent home in Thursday folders.

 

 

This year, the first full day of Ramadan is April 3.

During the entire month of Ramadan, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset. It is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline—of deep contemplation of one's relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and intense study of the Quran. This year, the first full day of Ramadan begins when school is not in session. It will last for 30 days. Please send a note to your child’s teacher to let us know if your child is participating in fasting or forgoing P.E.

 

“Purple Up” Day for Military Kids Day – Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Each year “Purple Up” is a day for schools and communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Fairfax County Public Schools will celebrate “Purple Up” Day on April 20, 2022.

 

April is the Month of the Military Child!

 

Calling for all library books!

We have 472 books currently overdue from the library!

Please check with your student and ask them to return any overdue books they may have out.  All hornets can log in here to check their accounts.  Simply click “login” at the top right hand corner of the screen, then click “My Stuff,” then “Checkouts” to see what is on your account.  See picture below for guidance.  Questions or need some help? Contact Ms. Hall [email protected]

  The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming to Halley!

It will be Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22.

 

Book Fair Family Night and Mini Art Show:

Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30 – 8:30

 

If you are interested in volunteering to support the Book Fair, please email Ms. Hall [email protected]

 

Thursday, April 14th 10:00am

A Link will be shared soon!

Thank you to all that attended our in-person orientation! 

We loved meeting all our new and returning families.

 

 

Spring Picture Day Thursday, April 14th

Picture ID – EVTSHP748

 

Family Engagement Survey

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey was emailed to all parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. If you haven’t taken the survey, please participate today! The survey closes April 10. Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS’ practices to best support our students. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, and Vietnamese. Take the survey now by clicking on the QR code below. Visit FCPS’ website for more information.Click to edit this placeholder text.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Monday, 04/04 - Friday, 04/08: Spring Break; No school for students; The School Office will be closed.

Thursday, 04/14: Spring Picture Day

Thursday, 04/14: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation, 10:00am

Monday, 04/18 - Friday, 04/22: Scholastic Spring Bookfair

Wednesday, 04/20: Book Fair Family Night & Mini Art Show, 5:30pm-8:30pm

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Free Online Tutoring

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Halley ES students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request

Online Tutoring Services Notice & Opt-Out Forms must be returned by April 11 to opt-out.

Here is the digital link which goes directly to SIS

Program details  For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website.  As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

 

 

Order your yearbook today!

 

Order Deadline:  April 28, 2022

Yearbook ID:  14455722

 

The cost is only $20.00 for a full-color book!

 

Visit ybpay.com to buy online!

 

The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming to Halley! Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22

The Book Fair Family Night and Mini Art Show will be:

Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm

If you are interested in volunteering to support the Book Fair, please email Ms. Hall [email protected]

 

April is the Month of the Military Child!

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year, we take this opportunity to celebrate our military-connected children and thank them for their service as part of a military family.  Also, see below for our Month of the Military Child Spirit Week:

 

District-wide

  • FCPS is hosting a series of events during the week of April 18-22 including school board recognition April 20, mini documentaries of military kids in the district, and district wide spirit week.
  • FCPS has designed shirts for teachers, staff, parents and students can purchase from Custom Ink.  FCPS Purple UP T-shirt

 

 

Advanced Academics News

Please read the attached Advanced Academics Spring Newsletter - English or Advanced Academics Spring Newsletter - Spanish  to learn more about screening for school-based (levels II-III) services, screening for full-time (level IV) services, and an overview of school-based services.

You can reach out to Laura McCarty, Advanced Academics Resource Teacher ([email protected]), with any questions that you have.  You can also visit Advanced Academic Programs | Halley Elementary School (fcps.edu).

 

 

Student Dress Code Reminder

As it looks like the weather is warming up, we want to remind our Halley families to ensure your students are wearing school appropriate clothing. Shirts with sleeves are recommended. Halter, tank, crop tops, and thin-strapped tops are not permitted. Sleeveless athletic jerseys without a t-shirt underneath are not permitted. Pants and shorts need to fit snuggly at the waist. Mid-thigh length or longer shorts and skirts are appropriate for school.

If clothes are in violation of the dress code, parents will be notified and students will be asked to change their clothes. Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised. Hats, caps, hoods, and other headwear may not be worn during the school day.

Students need to be aware of shoes on their feet as well. Due to safety reasons, flip flops are not appropriate for students to wear to school.  It is encouraged that students wear shoes they can run and play in safely.  Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students safe!

 

 

Join Us!! Halley’s In-Person Kindergarten Orientation: March 31st from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

 

Kindergarten Registration:  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30th? Please start your registration now. If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. These are the 5 steps you need to take to register your child. If you have questions regarding kindergarten registration, please reach out to our registrar Nicole Kendall at [email protected].

 

 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) invites all students in FCPS to submit one or more designs to fill the, Big Blue Box on the Schoology login page.

Theme
  • How does Schoology help you learn?
  • What does Schoology do for you?
Submission Requirements More Questions:

 

 

Spring has arrived!

Check out these sunny, springy, great reads!

Click on the links to read more or put these books on hold.  You can always email Christie - she’s more than happy to deliver books!

 

 

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Lisa Cullins, A Conversation About Compassion Fatigue.
  • Marlo Keller, Exceptional Family Member Program Pathways: Navigating the Halls of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) School Move.
  • Ann Dolin, Less Policing, More Parenting: How to Improve Your Child’s Executive Functioning Skills Without All the Arguments.
  • Dr. Lisa Bateman, Reducing the Stigma Around Mental Health Challenges and How to Support Children in Asking for Help.

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Thursday, 03/31: End of Third Quarter; Two Hour Early Release for Students

Thursday, 03/31: Kindergarten Orientation, In-Person, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, 04/01: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday; The School Office will be open.

Monday, 04/04 - Friday, 04/08: Spring Break; No school for students; The School Office will be closed.

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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HORNET HAPPENINGS March 18, 2022

 

 

Dear Halley Families,

We are excited to share a new resource that will soon be available to all Halley students to support learning. All FCPS students will have unlimited access to online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost.

Students can connect online any time, and in most subjects for as long as they need. Tutoring is focused instruction provided to students in a one-on-one format through voice or text chat. Tutors will focus on developing students’ strengths and capabilities in reading, mathematics, or other specified subjects. Tutoring services may be accessed before, during, or after school hours and/or on weekends through a link in Schoology. 

All tutors must pass a rigorous application process including an extensive background check. No personal information is shared between a student and tutor. All sessions are recorded and transcripts are available for review by teachers and parents/guardians. 

Students will automatically have access to the Tutor.com tutoring service unless a parent/guardian submits an opt-out request. Watch for an email soon that will include the online tutoring services notice and opt-out information. Additionally, a hard copy form will be sent home with every student. 

For additional information, visit our online tutoring services website. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byN81NObfzI 

We hope everyone has a wonderful and sunny weekend! 

 

Blessings and Joy,

Mrs. Peerman

Mrs. Johnson-Tyler 

Mrs. Zamora

 

 

The Family Engagement Survey Is Open

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer its second Family Engagement Survey to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school communities. The survey was emailed to FCPS parents and caregivers on Sunday, March 13. Topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Collaboration with the community to see if FCPS is meeting its goals at the school, region, and division levels.

Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division. The survey will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, and Amharic. For more information, watch this short video from Superintendent Brabrand and visit the Family Engagement Survey webpage.

 

Student Holiday and Spring Break

The third grading period ends on Thursday, March 31. Students will be dismissed at 2:05pm.  Please make arrangements for your children to arrive home early.

There will be no school on Friday, April 1, 2022. The school office will be open. 

Spring Break is April 4-8, 2022. There will be no school for students. The school office will be closed. 

 

Join Us!! Halley’s In-Person Kindergarten Orientation: March 31st from 3:00pm – 4:00pm.

*We will also share information about a virtual kindergarten orientation option soon.

We are starting to prepare for the 2022-23 academic year. Children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2022 are eligible to attend kindergarten next fall.

Feel free to spread the word if you have neighbors with rising kindergarteners to call the office at 703-551-5700 to be added to our kindergarten mailing list.

For more information regarding kindergarten registration, you may visit the Fairfax County Public Schools’ website at

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements.

You can also contact our registrar Nicole Kendall at [email protected]

 

 

Principal Evaluation Feedback Due Today!

All Halley parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. The questionnaire will be collected online until today, March 18th. Please find your email from FCPS Surveys and please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

 

 

The Spring Book Fair and Mini Art Showcase is coming to Halley!

It will be Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22. 

If you are interested in volunteering to support the Book Fair,

please email Ms. Hall at [email protected].

 

 

Looking for something new to read?  Check out these new additions to the Halley library!  Click on the links to read a selection or put these books on hold.  You can always email our librarian, Christie Hall at [email protected].  

Mrs. Hall is more than happy to assist!

Click the links to read the books below!

 

 

Register Now for the FCPS Virtual Special Education Conference on March 26

FCPS’s 17th Annual Special Education Conference will be held virtually on Saturday, March 26, with a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) sessions supporting the conference's theme: Bringing our Inclusive Community Together: Affirming, Assessing, Advancing. Welcoming ceremonies, guest speakers, FCPS presentations, and an exhibit hall are included. Registration for this free conference is now open online.

  • Parents and community members will be able to register online.
  • FCPS educators, administrators, and preservice teachers will be able to register online and earn recertification points for attending the conference.
  • Individuals needing foreign language interpretation (Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Korean), American Sign Language (ASL), or Cued Language Transliterator (CLT) interpreters for the live sessions may request this on the registration form. 

For questions please contact [email protected]

Visit the Special Education Conference webpage for more information and to register

 

 

FCPA Upcoming Camps 

Please click here to see the Spring and Summer camps offered from Fairfax County Park Authority, for ages 3 to 16.  

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

Thursday, 03/31: End of Third Quarter; Two Hour Early Release for Students

Thursday, 03/31: Kindergarten Orientation, In-Person, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Friday, 04/01: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday; The School Office will be open

Monday, 04/04 - Friday, 04/08: Spring Break; No school for students; The School Office will be closed.

 

 

Stay in touch!

Make sure to join us on Social Media!

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Halley Website

 

 

Congratulations to the classes of Ms. Khan, Ms. Song, and Ms. Sanderson for having the most students register for the Boosterthon! You have won the pizza party!!!

Cheese pizza will be delivered to these classes during their designated lunch period on Monday, March 21st. Great job!

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