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Principal Message

Dear Shrevewood Family,

Thank you to those of you who have reached out with your thoughts about Dr. Brabrand’s Return to School plans and trying to gain a better of understanding of what this school year would look like for your child.

Getting back to a sense of normalcy while remaining flexible and prioritizing health and safety is essential. This week, we collaborated as a community, had phone conversations, and a discussion through a Town Hall platform to better understand our options and the logistics to this date. Thank you to all the families and teachers who joined our Parent Coffee last night.

The bottom line is that our biggest concern is the health of our students, staff, and families. We are committed to creating the best possible environment for our Shrevewood students – no matter how we end up starting school this fall. 

As always, if you have any questions please reach out via email. Ms. Holley has some well-deserved time off until the middle of July and I will be taking some time away next week, but I will respond to emails when I get back Monday, July 13. Know that in the meantime, if there is new information shared with me, I will send you an update.

Dr. Brabrand will also be holding another Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. to share more information and answer questions. Visit the Return to School web page for more details on the plans and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the FCPS website.

Enjoy the Fourth of July Holiday and stay safe!

 

Sincerely,

Joshua DeSmyter

Principal

 

Summer School Office Hours

If your child has questions about the summer learning packets please reach out to our summer school staff to schedule an office hours appointment!

 

Summer Learning Staff Contact Information

Grade Level/Specialty

Teacher Name

Weekly Office Hours Day & 

Kindergarten

Candice Crow

ccrow@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

2:00-3:00 PM

1st Grade

Tyler Katocs

tmkatocs@fcps.edu

Thursday                  

10:00-11:00 AM

2nd Grade

Jessica Carroll

jrcarroll1@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

10:00-11:00 AM

3rd Grade

Sobeilly Guadalupe

sjguadalupe@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

10:00-11:00 AM

4th Grade

Shelby Aleksejczyk

slaleksejczyk@fcps.edu

Friday

10:00-11:00 AM

5th Grade

Katie Rush

kerush@fcps.edu

Wednesday              

10:00-11:00 AM

6th Grade

Dawn Barnes

dmbarnes1@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

11:00-12:00 Noon

ESOL

Kim Olsen 

kaolsen@fcps.edu

Wednesday            

11:00-12:00 Noon

Special Education 

Keena Anthony

khanthony@fcps.edu

Thursday 

1:00-2:00 PM

Registration is Underway

As decisions are being made regarding the fall, it is vital we have all kindergartners and new students registered.  Important information will be emailed/mailed to parents of registered students and fall schedules will be determined based on the specific students in each class.  If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Shrevewood ES, please start here

Kindergarten Information Sessions Reminder of School Supplies

Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2020-21 school year are available now! Go to www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter school code SES004.

What is your refund and return policy? We offer all customers a 100% hassle-free online cancellation and full refund until July 15, 2020 when orders begin to ship. Please contact customer service by email at help@sproutsupplies.com to request an order cancellation and refund.

To qualify for a refund after the online cancellation period, simply return the entire kit with all of its contents unopened within 30 days of delivery. Order retrieval and shipping to our warehouse facility is the responsibility of the customer.

Please contact help@sproutsupplies.com for instructions on how to return your order once shipped. For any defective products, we offer a 100% no charge replacement or refund on all defective products. Please provide photographic evidence to assist with your request.

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Principal's Coffee Link 7/2

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Principal's Coffee

Dear Shrevewood Families, 

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer break so far!

Over the last week, you have been asked to complete a survey about next school year.  I know that there is a lot of wonderings around what school will look like this coming year.  While there will not be any new information shared, I would like to extend an invitation to a Principal's Coffee this Thursday, July 2 from 5-6.  During this coffee, I hope that we will be able to hear from each other, connect about concerns and discuss what school options may look like.

Please use this guest link to access our Principal's Coffee on July 2 from 5-6 pm.  The link will be available to log in with starting at 4:50.

We look forward to seeing you on July 2! 

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Shrevewood Wise Words

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Dear Shrevewood Families,

By now, you have hopefully seen the letter emailed to you this week from Dr. Brabrand describing the choices in front of all us parents (and teachers too). My advice at this moment is to maybe speak to your health care professionals and listen to your heart and do what’s best for your family. Know that as a parent myself, I am doing the same.

If there’s one thing I can say about Shrevewood’s families, we have persevered through this challenging time and we will get through the next stage too. Whatever decision you make, there will be highs and lows. There will be huge successes and there will be hiccups. Keep in mind, our partnership is extremely strong and we will navigate all of it together.

Two commitments I have for you now: 

1) We will remain committed to working together as a Family. We will strive towards Excellence and forge Relationships so that all are included and welcome, whether face to face or virtually.

2) We will find joy and fun as we grow together and continue to build a strong community of collaboration and transparency through this unprecedented time.

Soon you will receive a survey from FCPS to respond to by July 10th. After we receive the results, your amazing and talented SWES staff will be at the ready to engage in community outreach, curriculum planning, and setting the stage for an extraordinary year. As we speak, different staff members are honing their skills in blended learning, collaborating as Tier 1 Behavior Wellness Team, learning through professional development and working to brighten our school environment.

Monday, you will receive updated information on optional summer Continual Learning opportunities via eNotify. In the meantime, we hope your children find time to just be kids and have fun for the summer!

Please reach out to me if you have any questions or thoughts. The only time I will not be available is July 6-10. I am taking some much-needed time to relax and recharge for the 2020-2021 school year with my family.

Once I get updated information about next steps, I will send out some communication to keep you in the loop. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will be in touch with you soon!

 

Sincerely,

Joshua DeSmyter

Principal

 

FAQ for Shrevewood for Reopening School or Virtual Learning

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/return-school-questions-and-answers

Updated Summer School Information

 

We hope you are having a great summer! Whether you are relaxing, going on vacation, or hanging out by the pool, we hope that all of our students are continuing to sharpen their skills by working on the summer learning packets.

We are beginning next week (June 30th) and continuing for five weeks. Shrevewood ES students will have access to one virtual hour each week with one of our own outstanding Shrevewood ES teachers. 

If your child has questions about the summer learning packets please reach out to our summer school staff to schedule an office hours appointment!

 

Summer Learning Staff Contact Information

Grade Level/Specialty

Teacher Name

Weekly Office Hours Day & 

Kindergarten

Candice Crow

ccrow@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

2:00-3:00 PM

1st Grade

Tyler Katocs

tmkatocs@fcps.edu

Thursday                  

10:00-11:00 AM

2nd Grade

Jessica Carroll

jrcarroll1@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

10:00-11:00 AM

3rd Grade

Sobeilly Guadalupe

sjguadalupe@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

10:00-11:00 AM

4th Grade

Shelby Aleksejczyk

slaleksejczyk@fcps.edu

Friday

10:00-11:00 AM

5th Grade

Katie Rush

kerush@fcps.edu

Wednesday              

10:00-11:00 AM

6th Grade

Dawn Barnes

dmbarnes1@fcps.edu

Wednesday             

11:00-12:00 Noon

ESOL

Kim Olsen 

kaolsen@fcps.edu

Wednesday            

11:00-12:00 Noon

Special Education 

Keena Anthony

khanthony@fcps.edu

Thursday 

1:00-2:00 PM

Registration is Underway

As decisions are being made regarding the fall, it is vital we have all kindergartners and new students registered.  Important information will be emailed/mailed to parents of registered students and fall schedules will be determined based on the specific students in each class.  If you, a neighbor, or friend have a child to register for Shrevewood ES, please start here

Kindergarten Information Sessions #PositivityinAction

Shrevewood ES blends the values of a Responsive Classroom Approaches school with the direct character education taught through the Positivity Project. Recently, the Positivity Project motto and hashtag was #OtherPeopleMatter. While the purpose was to teach our students to value the ideas, feelings, and perspectives of others, this caused conflict with the #BlackLivesMatter movement of which we support whole heartedly. Last week, The Positivity Project changed their motto and hashtag to not to detract from the Black Lives Matter movement.

The aim of the Positivity Project is to empower students to build positive relationships and become their best selves. With that focus, they have announced their new motto and hashtag to be #PositivityInAction.  We will promote this new motto as we continue to embed the explicitly taught character strengths of the Positivity Project as a part of our social curriculum at Shrevewood ES.

Reminder of School Supplies

Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2020-21 school year are available now! Go to www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter school code SES004.

What is your refund and return policy?
We offer all customers a 100% hassle-free online cancellation and full refund until July 15, 2020 when orders begin to ship. Please contact customer service by email at help@sproutsupplies.com to request an order cancellation and refund.

To qualify for a refund after the online cancellation period, simply return the entire kit with all of its contents unopened within 30 days of delivery. Order retrieval and shipping to our warehouse facility is the responsibility of the customer. Please contact help@sproutsupplies.com for instructions on how to return your order once shipped.

For any defective products, we offer a 100% no charge replacement or refund on all defective products. Please provide photographic evidence to assist with your request.

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Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

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Principal's Message & Bloopers SWES News Show SWES Yearbook

Yearbook Update!

COVID-19 has caused some delays in yearbook production.  We will keep you updated about distribution of yearbooks when they are available!  

Year of Accomplishments Summer School Information

To allow time for your child to maximize what they have learned throughout the school year, both face-to-face and throughout distance learning, we want to invite your child to participate in the FCPS Continuity of Learning for the summer. Here’s what to expect:

  • All students will receive two learning packets (1 for reading, 1 for math) from FCPS
    • Answer keys will be provided electronically for reading and in the packets for math
  • 1 teacher from each grade level will hold virtual office hours for one hour each day to support students as needed. Starting Monday, June 22, Each teacher will send a virtual meeting link to students who choose to sign up for office hours. 
  • There will be no live teaching sessions

Summer School Staff

Candice Crow

Kindergarten

Tyler Katocs

First

Jessica Carroll

Second

Sobeilly Guadalupe

Third

Shelby Aleksejczyk

Fourth

Katie Rush

Fifth

Dawn Barnes

Sixth

Keena Anthony

SPED

Kimberly Olsen                   

ESOL

Kindergarten Information Sessions Principal's Summer Coffee

Our next Virtual Principal's Coffee will take place on Tuesday, August 11th at 5:00.  

Please RSVP at this link to attend and add any questions you might want discussed in our session.

On Tuesday morning, we will send an email with the link to access the virtual Principal Coffee. 

Staffing Changes

New school year, new changes! 

Please welcome some staffing grade level changes for this upcoming school year!  We are excited to see what each one of these amazing teachers will do in their new grade levels!

K- Tyler Katocs

1- Katelyn Strickland

2- Becca Waldman

2- Gina Denny

2- Stacey Franzen

3- Linda Acar

4- Amy Criss

Class Placement

Thank you to all who sent in parent feedback for student placement for this upcoming school year.  The due date to submit this form was May 25.  At this time, we are not accepting any submission.  We want to make sure that we can create the best classes based off of our student's needs and your input.  Classes are currently being finalized and we cannot wait for the new year to start! 

School Supplies

Your student's exact teacher requested school supplies for the 2020-21 school year are available now! Go to www.sproutsupplies.com/supplykits and enter school code SES004.

What is your refund and return policy?
We offer all customers a 100% hassle-free online cancellation and full refund until July 15, 2020 when orders begin to ship. Please contact customer service by email at help@sproutsupplies.com to request an order cancellation and refund.

To qualify for a refund after the online cancellation period, simply return the entire kit with all of its contents unopened within 30 days of delivery. Order retrieval and shipping to our warehouse facility is the responsibility of the customer. Please contact help@sproutsupplies.com for instructions on how to return your order once shipped.

For any defective products, we offer a 100% no charge replacement or refund on all defective products. Please provide photographic evidence to assist with your request.

CulturedKids Mural

Thank you to Michelle Goldshlag and the rest of the staff and students working with CulturedKids.  They created a beautiful Shrevewood ES mural depicting our values of Family, Excellence and Relationships.  

Little Library Positivity Project- Creativity

So, why is being present important? 

Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. And, if we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships. On a group level, it is vital that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build those without attention. So, the answer is: we need to pay attention to people in our lives which is going to be good for individuals, small groups, and large societies.

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

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Principal's Message

Dear Shrevewood Families,

We are reaching out to our Shrevewood community to acknowledge the events that have transpired portraying the anger and hurt that exists in our country.  Racism and hate have no place in the world and no place in our community.  These times are when we need each other most.  While we are socially distanced, never forget that we are always here for each other.

We will continue to help our children embrace the Positivity Project’s  “Other People Matter” mindset by remembering that our words and actions affect others, that we can support others when they struggle, and that we should be present and give our full attention to others.  We continue to believe, now more than ever, in the importance of character strengths like perspective, integrity, kindness, humility, bravery, and love.  We know that what we teach our children – how you build relationships with them, empower them to build relationships with each other, and strengthen their resolve to work through difficult problems – has a lasting impact on creating the citizens and leaders our communities need. Citizens and leaders that can help to unite their communities in an increasingly uncertain and fast-paced future.

In our classrooms and within our school community, we will continue to learn about, value, and embrace each other’s differences with hopes to change the conditions that allow injustice.  Each school in FCPS has an Equity Lead who partners with the Principal to ensure staff have the tools to recognize and take action on inequities within our buildings. We, as a staff, have participated in professional learning on equitable and culturally responsive practices and are committed to furthering our learning in order to address the topics of racism and equity with our students and with each other.

We will face these difficult conversations with vulnerability, an open heart and the Other People Matter mindset.  We will not remain silent, as these events cannot be ignored.  We will work together to identify ways to continue important conversations as a community now and continuing next school year. Tylea and I know we speak for our entire staff when we say that at Shrevewood we are committed to continuing to promote inclusive, anti-racist school communities where diversity is valued.

As a community, we are here and we stand together.  

Sincerely,

Joshua DeSmyter and Tylea Holley

SWES News Show FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

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Student Material Pick Up

A reminder email will be sent out by June 1 with more specific information around safety and pick up. 

  • Monday, June 8:

    • Last Names A-G: 9:00-12:00

    • Last Names H-O: 12:00- 3:00

  • Tuesday, June 9:

    • Last Names P-Z: 9:00-12:00

    • Final Make Up Pick Ups: 12:00- 3:00

  • Material Pick Up Procedure

    • Parents enter at the bus loop front entrance

    • Parents drop off any library books and/or instruments under the front entrance

    • Proceed to the Kiss and Ride Line

    • Staff will be wearing masks and gloves. Parent pull up and we will hand them supplies once they are gathered.

Virtual Field Day

No school does not mean that we do not have FIELD DAY! Field Day is a Shrevewood tradition and we want to continue this tradition with our Shrevewood family. Everyone gets to learn with a “Family Field Day!” Field Day brings the best of teamwork, critical thinking, exercise and fun together. Let’s get up, get moving and develop a love for the outdoors.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11TH

WHERE: Inside OR Outside (whatever space you can use)

TIME: All Day (or however long you can last)

No “live” teaching will occur during Field Day. This day focuses on exercise, health, teamwork and FUN! The activities can be held indoors or outdoors. Participate in as many of the activities provided as you would like. Post videos (a Flipgrid will be provided) of you and your child(ren) participating in the games/activities. Most of all……..have fun!

Packets with activities and videos will be listed on the specialists’ choice boards.

Little Library Message from Our Reading Specialist Positivity Project- Creativity

So, why is creativity important? 

Creativity is associated with intrinsic motivation, meaning the process of creation is an end in itself. The work is not accomplished in order to receive an award. Creativity is also correlated with self-actualization, or fulfilling one’s talents and potential. Those with the strength of creativity have the urge to create, to build something new and original. The act of creation makes them happy.

On a group level, creativity is vital. It helps us solve seemingly impossible problems, create something we never knew we wanted, or simply see the world in a new way. Technological examples include the printing press, refrigeration, electricity, automobiles and the internet. And think of what we’d be missing without Renaissance art, Enlightenment thinking, Harlem Renaissance jazz, or hip-hop emerging from the South Bronx in the 1970s and 80s.

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

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Message from the Marshall Pyramid

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Dear Marshall Pyramid Parents and Community,

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

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

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

For additional resources, please consider the following:

As a community, we are here and we stand together.  

Sincerely,

Your Marshall Pyramid Principals:

Joshua DeSmyter, Shrevewood ES; Nicholas Zapadka, Freedom Hill ES; Ashley Castillo, Lemon Road ES; Erica Riley, Stenwood ES; Mary Tam, Westbriar ES; Hallie Demetriades, Westgate ES; Amy Miller, Kilmer MS; Jane Quenneville, Kilmer Center; Jeff Litz, Marshall HS; and Chad Clayton, Davis Center

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Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

Principal's Coffee Link 6/1

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Principal's Coffee

Please use this guest link to access our Principal's Coffee tonight from 5-6 pm.  The link will be available to log in with starting at 4:50.

 

Thank you to those who have submitted questions for tonight's discussion.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

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Principal's Message

Hello Shrevewood Family,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I will be hosting another virtual coffee to answer your questions on Monday, June 1 from 5-6pm. Please RSVP at this link to attend and add any questions you might want discussed in our session Monday.

On Monday morning, we will send an email with the link to access the virtual Principal Coffee. 

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Joshua DeSmyter Principal

SWES News Show FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

Please click here to review FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning.  

Student Material Pick Up

A reminder email will be sent out by June 1 with more specific information around safety and pick up. 

  • Monday, June 8:

    • Last Names A-G: 9:00-12:00

    • Last Names H-O: 12:00- 3:00

  • Tuesday, June 9:

    • Last Names P-Z: 9:00-12:00

    • Final Make Up Pick Ups: 12:00- 3:00

  • Material Pick Up Procedure

    • Parents enter at the bus loop front entrance

    • Parents drop off any library books and/or instruments under the front entrance

    • Proceed to the Kiss and Ride Line

    • Staff will be wearing masks and gloves. Parent pull up and we will hand them supplies once they are gathered.

Virtual Field Day

No school does not mean that we do not have FIELD DAY! Field Day is a Shrevewood tradition and we want to continue this tradition with our Shrevewood family. Everyone gets to learn with a “Family Field Day!” Field Day brings the best of teamwork, critical thinking, exercise and fun together. Let’s get up, get moving and develop a love for the outdoors.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11TH

WHERE: Inside OR Outside (whatever space you can use)

TIME: All Day (or however long you can last)

No “live” teaching will occur during Field Day. This day focuses on exercise, health, teamwork and FUN! The activities can be held indoors or outdoors. Participate in as many of the activities provided as you would like. Post videos (a Flipgrid will be provided) of you and your child(ren) participating in the games/activities. Most of all……..have fun!

Packets with activities and videos will be listed on the specialists’ choice boards.

Advanced Academics Updates Little Library Message from Our Reading Specialist Positivity Project- Perseverance

So, why is perseverance important? 

For individuals, persistence can be directly connected to an individual’s ability to be successful throughout their life. Those who persevere through setbacks often reap the benefits of the success gained by refusing to give up. Sometimes, this comes with the added benefit of increased knowledge and skill as a result of the work needed to achieve. Perseverance is also connected with bravery. Persisting in a task and failing, can result in depleted self-esteem. Therefore, it takes bravery to persist in a task despite the fear of failure.

On a group level, perseverance can be contagious. A single group member’s ability or willingness to persevere can have a substantial impact on those working with him/her and the team. Groups that show high levels of perseverance are able to achieve goals they may not have believed possible. The results benefit both individuals and the group. They will be more likely to: enjoy the victory; persist in the future when facing challenges; improve their skills and abilities; and have a greater belief in their capacity to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

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Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

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Principal's Message FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

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Parent Input Form

As mentioned in the video, the Shrevewood staff is beginning to discuss student placement for next year. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, social relationships, and parent input.  Please consider submitting information about your child using this form (one per child) by Monday, May 25. Thank you!

Student Material Pick Up

A reminder email will be sent out by June 1 with more specific information around safety and pick up. 

  • Monday, June 8:

    • Last Names A-G: 9:00-12:00

    • Last Names H-O: 12:00- 3:00

  • Tuesday, June 9:

    • Last Names P-Z: 9:00-12:00

    • Final Make Up Pick Ups: 12:00- 3:00

  • Material Pick Up Procedure

    • Parents enter at the bus loop front entrance

    • Parents drop off any library books and/or instruments under the front entrance

    • Proceed to the Kiss and Ride Line

    • Staff will be wearing masks and gloves. Parent pull up and we will hand them supplies once they are gathered.

Virtual Field Day

Shrevewood Virtual Field Day will take place on Thursday, June 11.  This event will be all day and there will be no live instructional sessions that day.  On June 5, please look out for an email from your grade level teacher with the specifics for Field Day! 

Executive Functions Webinar Little Library Message from Our Reading Specialist Positivity Project- Bravery So, why is bravery important?

Overcoming fears is critically important in individual development, as it allows the person to do more and become more. A person can be brave every single day. For example, some people with social anxiety are brave just by leaving their house and talking with people. On a physical level, bravery allows us to overcome fears, such as swimming or playing a sport. And, on a moral level, doing what we know to be right, despite the risks, gives us the sense that we are acting on behalf of a larger purpose.

On a group level, bravery is inspiring and contagious. Witnessing an individual’s brave act – whether a soldier in battle or standing up for a bullied student – is a form of leadership and often encourages others to take action. Communities and societies throughout time have held bravery in high esteem because they know its inherent importance. This is why Aristotle believed, “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.”

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

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Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

Principal's Coffee Link 5/18

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Principal's Coffee

Please use this guest link to access our Principal's Coffee tonight from 5-6 pm.  The link will be available to log in with starting at 4:50.

 

Thank you to those who have submitted questions for tonight's discussion.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

7525 Shreve Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Office: 703-645-6600
Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

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Principal's Message FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

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PTA Meeting

Please join us for our next Shrevewood PTA Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm. The meeting will be held via Blackboard Collaborate and the link will be emailed on Tuesday. During our meeting we will be voting on the new PTA Board for 2020-2021, hearing from Mr. DeSmyter and Ms. Holley, as well as, updating parents and staff on end of year PTA events. All are welcome! We look forward to seeing you! 

Parent Input Form

As mentioned in the video, the Shrevewood staff is beginning to discuss student placement for next year. As we make these placements, we consider many factors including individual student information, teacher input, social relationships, and parent input.  Please consider submitting information about your child using this form (one per child) by Monday, May 25. Thank you!

Spirit Week Positivity Project- Gratitude So, why does gratitude matter?

Out of all 24 character strengths, gratitude is the single best predictor of individual well-being. It is correlated with increased energy, empathy, happiness and optimism. And, the great thing about gratitude is that it can be intentionally cultivated. Numerous studies have concluded that gratitude is like a muscle. The more you practice it, the stronger it gets – and the more you’re able to reap its benefits.

 

On a group level, gratitude is associated with reciprocity and social stability. Grateful people are more likely than their counterparts to feel a commitment to others – and believe in an interconnectedness of the world and its people. When a person does a favor for you, you tend to feel thankful and be motivated return the favor. Groups that operate with gratitude, then, are usually more cohesive.

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

Week at a Glance

Monday, May 18

  • Principal's Coffee, 5-6 pm *Link will be emailed on Monday 
  • School Spirit Day

Tuesday, May 19

  • PTA Meeting, 7pm  *Link will be emailed on Tuesday 
  • Talent Tuesday

Wednesday, May 20

  • Work Out Wednesday 

Thursday, May 21 

  • Pajama Reading Day 

Friday, May 22 

  • P2 Super Hero Day  

 

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Virtual Principal Coffee Invitation

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Hello Shrevewood Family,


I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  I will be hosting another virtual coffee to answer your questions on Monday, May 18 from 5-6pm. Please RSVP at this link to attend and add any questions you might want discussed in our session Monday.

On Monday morning, we will send an email with the link to access the virtual Principal Coffee. 


I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!


Joshua DeSmyter
Principal

7525 Shreve Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Office: 703-645-6600
Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

Wise Words 5/8

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Principal's Message FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

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Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Kindergarten Registration

Registration is now open by appointment only.  Registering early helps the school make appropriate plans for the number of students, teachers, and classrooms that will be needed in the fall.  To provide each family with the time and attention necessary for registration schedule an appointment. 

  1. To make a registration appointment, please contact Jenny Buchanan at jlbuchanan1@fcps.edu (preferred) or Noelia Abanto at rnabanto@fcps.edu or call 703-645-6600.
  2. Prior to your appointment, please complete and print all FCPS registration forms.
  3. You will also need the following items to the appointment:
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Original deed or lease to your residence
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Proof of having had a physical within the last 12 months from August 25, 2020

FCPS Registration Site:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

Please check out the links below to view our Virtual Science and Engineering Fair at Shrevewood!  

Engineering Projects: https://flipgrid.com/788a8d17

Science Projects

Advanced Academics Positivity Project- Other People Matter So, why do other people matter? 

The Positivity Project’s mission is to empower America’s youth to build positive relationships. We believe this mission is critically important to the future of our country. That’s because our ability to build positive relationships is under assault, as seen through rates of loneliness and political polarization.

We know that positive relationships help people become happier, healthier, and more resilient — and we know that educators play a vital role in this endeavor. Our nation’s youth spends a large percentage of their time in school. By deliberately and consistently teaching students that relationships are important – and that positive relationships are cultivated through character strengths and the Other People Matter Mindset — educators can roll back these trends and cultivate strong citizens and leaders for our communities and country.

FCPS Family Support Resource

Wondering how to best support your learner?  Spend some time exploring the Family Resources FCPS website has put together!   

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Wise Words 5/1

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Principal's Message FAQ for Shrevewood Distance Learning

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FCPS Family Support Resource

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Next week is PTA’s annual Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week!  Over the last month, it has been even more evident how much our teachers are missed, and what an amazing job they do in teaching our children.  Join us in showing your teachers and the Shrevewood staff support and gratitude by participating in our virtual Staff Appreciation Week!  We encourage you to email your teachers directly throughout the week with photos or videos, and/or ShrevewoodSAW@gmail.com.  We will work to post a few photos each day to PTA Twitter & Facebook accounts.  Theme ideas for each day are shown below-these are just suggestions! Feel free to think outside the box and think BIG. Can you and your neighbors coordinate some large scale displays while maintaining social distancing? Get creative!  (Use this link to access the Specialist teacher's email address: https://sites.google.com/view/specialists-team-site/home.)

 

Additionally, the PTA will provide small gifts to all Shrevewood staff as a sign of our appreciation.  Some families have expressed interest in donating to this effort.  If you are interested, please send a donation to our PayPal account (ShrevewoodPTATreas@gmail.com) no later than May 4th.  Thank you.

 

Monday: April Showers bring May Flowers- Send a picture of a flower you drew, picked or found to your teacher!
Tuesday: Send a note or video to your teacher about a favorite classroom memory.
Wednesday: Send a note of thanks or a special talent via video to at least two specialists (PE, Chinese, Music, Art, Guidance, Library)
Thursday: Find an inspirational or fun quote to share with your teacher. Friday: Rainbow Connection- Draw or paint a rainbow picture to share with your teacher!

 

Stay safe and be well!

Shrevewood PTA

Virtual Kindergarten Orientation Kindergarten Registration

Registration is now open by appointment only.  Registering early helps the school make appropriate plans for the number of students, teachers, and classrooms that will be needed in the fall.  To provide each family with the time and attention necessary for registration schedule an appointment. 

  1. To make a registration appointment, please contact Jenny Buchanan at jlbuchanan1@fcps.edu (preferred) or Noelia Abanto at rnabanto@fcps.edu or call 703-645-6600.
  2. Prior to your appointment, please complete and print all FCPS registration forms.
  3. You will also need the following items to the appointment:
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Original deed or lease to your residence
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Proof of having had a physical within the last 12 months from August 25, 2020

FCPS Registration Site:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Little Libraries Positivity Project- Leadership So, why does leadership matter?

For individuals, leadership is a way to achieve what you know is important, as groups of people invariably achieve more than individuals. If you want to achieve your vision for the future, you need to inspire others to join you. As an individual’s ability to lead develops, so does that person’s confidence and sense of self-efficacy. However, common dangers to guard against are egotism and arrogance.

 

A group’s effectiveness and sense of inspiration are tied directly to the leader. Study after study shows that leaders (and managers) have the biggest influence on group success and morale. Leaders can be developed and it starts with character. As General Schwarzkopf said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."

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Virtual Principal Coffee Invitation

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Hello Shrevewood Family,


I hope that all of our families are having a wonderful week and that you are safe. Now that our live teaching is running smoothly, I would like to offer a virtual coffee to answer your questions on Monday, May 4 from 5-6pm. Please RSVP at this link to attend and add any questions you might want discussed in our session Monday.

On Monday morning, we will send an email with the link to access the virtual Principal Coffee. For those of you who cannot make it on Monday, we will also post frequently asked questions to our website and in our Wise Words weekly newsletter.


I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!


Joshua DeSmyter
Principal

7525 Shreve Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Office: 703-645-6600
Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

Wise Words 4/24

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Principal's Message FCPS Family Support Resource

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Shrevewood Distance Learning Schedule

Please click on the image below or access the Shrevewood Distance Learning Schedule here.  

Kindergarten Registration

Registration is now open by appointment only.  Registering early helps the school make appropriate plans for the number of students, teachers, and classrooms that will be needed in the fall.  To provide each family with the time and attention necessary for registration schedule an appointment. 

  1. To make a registration appointment, please contact Jenny Buchanan at jlbuchanan1@fcps.edu (preferred) or Noelia Abanto at rnabanto@fcps.edu or call 703-645-6600.
  2. Prior to your appointment, please complete and print all FCPS registration forms.
  3. You will also need the following items to the appointment:
  • Child’s original birth certificate
  • Original deed or lease to your residence
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Proof of having had a physical within the last 12 months from August 25, 2020

FCPS Registration Site:  https://www.fcps.edu/registration/general-registration-requirements

Advanced Academics Positivity Project-Purpose

Starting Monday, Partner Schools nationwide will begin learning about purpose and connection. This strength gives individuals the sense that they are connected with humanity or the universe. People who possess a sense of purpose believe that they were put on earth for a reason. That reason can have all kinds of variety. It could be to create a unique invention, to bring joy through art or music, or to raise their children to become good people. These people have a true calling.

One of the most insightful and impactful researchers of this strength was Viktor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl analyzed and wrote about his experiences in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Frankl’s experiences taught him that purpose provides strength and that “Those who have a ‘why’ to life, can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

This week’s example is Malala Yousafzai — the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. A native of Pakistan’s Swat Valley, she bravely stood up against the Taliban — and survived their vicious attack — for girls’ right to education. Her fight for children’s education worldwide exemplifies her sense of purpose. As she told the audience in her Nobel Lecture, “It is not time to tell the world leaders to realize how important education is – they already know it – their own children are in good schools. Now it is time to call them to take action for the rest of the world’s children.”

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Your feedback and communication

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Hello Shrevewood Community,

We care about your children and we want to make sure that each of our students knows that their teacher cares for their educational well-being. Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we figure out our next steps for distance learning. I have heard from many families and I appreciate your feedback and suggestions to help us make the necessary adjustments to the Shrevewood distance learning plan. I am working in collaboration with our team to make these adjustments happen quickly while FCPS is figuring out the live teaching platforms for us today.

While I am in trainings today and adjusting our plan with other members of our team, our teachers will be reaching out to their students in their homeroom either via Google Meet or by phone to check-in about the Choice Boards for this week, give feedback on assignments, and to say hello. Student relationships and connections are important to us as at Shrevewood and we want to make sure that these opportunities are happening for our students and staff each week.

I want to highlight these three main points:

  • I appreciate you all and thank you for the feedback.
  • At Shrevewood ES, we value relationships and connections with our students.
  • Our teachers will be reaching out to students either via Google Meet or by phone.

 

In closing, I know this has been a challenging time to say the least. I am confident that as Shrevewood community we will do what is best for our students and families.

 

Sincerely,

Joshua DeSmyter

Principal

7525 Shreve Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 | Main Office: 703-645-6600
Attendance: 703-645-6666 | Web | Twitter

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