Fort Hunt ES Weekly Newsletter - June 14, 2024

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Welcome to Our New Principal - Jean Consolla!
Pictured with School Board Member Mateo Dunne (left) and Assistant Superintendent Ray Lonnett (right)   From the Principal's Den

Dearest Fort Hunt Family,

I would like to take a moment to acknowledge our employees who were FCPS Employee Award Winners for Fort Hunt, those celebrating milestones of their time with FCPS and wish the best to our staff who are leaving FHES.

Have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in August!

All the best,
Mattie Fallen
Interim Principal

Outstanding Employee Award Winners:
FHES Outstanding Teacher – Kiani Marrero-Perez, 1st Grade
FHES Outstanding New Teacher – Tracy Harding, ESOL
FHES Outstanding Operational Employee – Will Lundregan, Instructional Assistant

Celebrating Their Milestone Years with FCPS:
5 Years – Stephanie Gabrielcik, Speech Teacher
10 Years – Kely Dobarco, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
25 Years – Luis Ventura (24 at FHES!), Food Service

Best wishes to our staff who are moving to other FCPS Schools:
Nicole Cancilla, 1st Grade
Kely Dobarco, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
Stacy Fairfax, 5th Grade
Emily Jones, Special Education Department Chair
Brandt Lapko, Multiple Disabilities Teacher
Kiani Marrero-Perez, 1st Grade
Ashley Paz, 1st Grade
Nick Pino, 5th Grade
Tonya Temple, Reading Resource and 1st Grade 
Jen Vieco, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

Congratulations to our staff who have been promoted and good luck and all the best to those who are retiring or moving out of the county:
Zola Ashenafi, PHTA – promoted to teacher
Stephanie Gabrielcik, Speech – moving
Matt Holland, 5th Grade – moving
Leslie Holt, 3rd Grade – retiring
Connor Maguder, Adaptive PE – moving
Ann McMichael, 4th Grade – retiring
Christine Schauss, Family Liaison - moving

Mark Your Calendar!

August 2024 

14 - Class Lists Posted
15 -
Open House and Family Picnic
19
- First Day of School - 2024-25 School Year

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Fun With Our Principal and Office Assistant for the Day!  From the Principal's Den

Dearest Fort Hunt Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. Please join me in welcoming our new principal, Jean Consolla, to the Fox Den! We are so excited that she will be leading the Fort Hunt Family.  In the words of Goldilocks, I believe she is “just right!”

The end of the school year is always bitter-sweet. After waving good-bye to our Little Foxes yesterday, we celebrated our staff for the amazing work they’ve done all year. We recognized those who were nominated for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards. We honored staff who have served 5 to 25 years of service.  We also said farewell to some of our Foxes who are leaving because they are being promoted, transferring to schools within and outside the district, or moving out of the state or country. We hope they know that wherever they go, they will forever be a beloved member of our Fox Family.

~How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~ Pooh Bear

Thanks for the awesome journey, Fox Family!

All the Best,

Mattie Fallen
Interim Principal

Beach Day Fun, Luis' 25 Years with FCPS (24 at FHES!) and the Last Day of School Talent Show - WOW, Our Little Foxes Have A Lot of Talent! 6th Grade Clap Out and Teacher Wave
Have a Great Summer Foxes!! Mark Your Calendar!

August 2024 

14 - Class Lists Posted
15 -
Open House and Family Picnic
19
- First Day of School - 2024-25 School Year

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Congratulations to our now Rising 7th Graders!  From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family!

I hope this week’s newsletter (the final one of this school year) finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.

Looking back on this year, I'm proud to note how far we have come as a family, celebrating our strong Fort Hunt history, and building an education fit for the future. Together, we have successfully completed another year filled with both challenges and triumphs. Let us embrace those challenges as the “grit” that builds character and makes us more resilient.  We should be proud of the growth that our students have made. Thanks for working collaboratively with our staff to prepare our Little Foxes for the future:  empowering our young learners to shape the world that they want to live in as responsible, respectful, and successful citizens.  As they continue to grow and glow, remind them that they are gifts to the world and have such much to offer.  Encourage them to have fun as they learn, grow, and contribute to our global environment. Remind them that our future looks brighter because they are in it! 

Thanks to ALL who helped make our 2024 Field Day/Picnic activities a huge success—WOW!

Finally, I’d like to thank EVERYONE who worked so diligently to help create a special place and space for our rising seventh graders! What an AMAZING Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony this morning. Congratulations Class of 2024 (Future High School Class of 2030)! 

Wishing you all an amazing summer filled with lots of fun, love, and HOPE!

~Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. ~ Emily Dickinson

~A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning ~ Brad Henry

All the Best,

Mattie Fallen
Interim Principal

Field Day and All Grade Picnic Success

Thank you to our Foxtastic PTA (especially Mrs. Cotter and Mrs. Chambers), PE Department (Mr. Michaels, Mr. Otero and Mr. Maguder) and volunteers (especially our grill team!) who made our Field Day and All Grade Picnic a HUGE success!! 

Early Dismissal on
Last Day of School - 1:40pm

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early at 1:40pm. If your student does not ride the bus, please make sure they are picked up on time.

Medication Pick Up Deadline - June 12th

The Fort Hunt ES health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the 1:40pm on June 12th.

Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. 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.

If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

Planning Ahead for Next Year?

We have an easy way to get all of your school supplies! The teachers have provided the PTA with the list of items our students will need for the 2024-2025 school year, and they are available for purchase with Sprout!

Order next year's school supplies here!

Enter our school code FHES002 and choose the list you will need for your students next year. Order by June 18th, and then sit back and relax for the summer!

SOL Scores Posted in SIS ParentVUE

Families can find Standards of Learning (SOL) reports for spring testing in the SIS ParentVUE Documents section on or before the last day of school. Log in to your ParentVUE account to access the following:

  • For all students, the official SOL Score Report with overall and reporting category performance for all spring tests.
  • For grade 3-8 students, the SOL Growth Parent Report shows performance over time for state reading and math tests completed this school year.

Visit the FCPS website for additional information about spring assessment reporting practices and timelines.

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video walks through the steps. Find out more about SIS ParentVUE.

Summer Fun for All! Summer Camps and Adapted Recreation

The Family Resource Center (FRC) has a list of dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. 

They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. 

Learn more by calling 703-204-3941, emailing [email protected], or visiting the FRC webpage.

Mark Your Calendar!

June 2024

12 - Talent Show
12 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Early Dismissal, 1:40p

August 2024 

19 - First Day of School - 2024-25 School Year

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Mrs. Settel and Her "Twins" on Twin Day  From the Principal's Den

We are pleased to announce that our SOL testing period has successfully concluded. Our 3rd-6th grade students have worked incredibly hard, showing resilience and dedication throughout the testing window. We are proud of their efforts and appreciate your support at home. Please note that when a student takes a SOL test, families will receive a custom score report within 2-4 weeks of the close of the window. Most families receive reports through the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE

As we prepare for the final stretch, we encourage all students to continue giving their best effort. We understand that everyone is beginning to feel a touch of summer fever. However, please help us by reminding our students that the expectation of kind words and positive behavior is still required. Let us finish the school year strong, embracing every learning opportunity and making lasting memories.

Please also note that daily attendance is counted until dismissal on the last day of school on June 12.  It is important that your child continues to show up each day. We only have 8 school days left to go but know that we are just as excited to see your child today as we were on the first day of school.

Thank you for your partnership in education!

Patty Settel
Assistant Principal

Field Day and All Grade Picnic Sign Up

We will need volunteers and a lot of support for this fantastic day! And guess what, you get to see all of your kids in one day! No need to worry about taking multiple days off, or rearranging your schedule. We are streamlining! 

2024 Field Day ~ Sign up to run a game!

2024 Picnic ~ Sign up to volunteer & donate!

Harvest Time! Second grade students collected produce from our school garden, tasted the lettuce and collected data about the class's favorite type of lettuce.  Clothing Donations Needed -
Yes, Even This Late in the Year

Our Family Liaison maintains a small inventory of clothing in all sizes for students who may need a replacement item during the school day.  We are currently in need of the following items:

  • Boys/unisex sizes 4-14: shorts and long pants with elastic waists.
  • Girls/unisex sizes 7-12: shorts and long pants with elastic waists

Please do not send jeans, tops, or adult-sized clothing. 

Contact Christina Schauss ([email protected]) with any questions. Thank you, we appreciate your contributions!

Ms. McCravy's Class Having Fun With Bubbles and
Making Their Own Play Doh PLEASE NOTE: FHES Parking Change for
June 6 and 7 Picnics and Field Day

Due to events at Fort Hunt Elementary on Thursday 6/6 and Friday 6/7 the parking lots and front bus loop access will be closed off from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm each day.

Parking will be on the street only.

Please be advised that if you are attending either or both events, please report to the main office to sign in before going to your assigned duty station.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we keep all our students safe while they enjoy their picnics and Field Day.

Lots of "Twins" at Fort Hunt for Twin Day! Planning ahead for next year?

We have an easy way to get all of your school supplies! The teachers have provided the PTA with the list of items our students will need for the 2024-2025 school year, and they are available for purchase with Sprout!

Order next year's school supplies here!

Enter our school code FHES002 and choose the list you will need for your students next year. Order by June 18th, and then sit back and relax for the summer!

Medication Pick Up Deadline - June 12th

The Fort Hunt ES health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than the 1:40pm on June 12th.

Medication left in the health room after that time will be destroyed. 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.

If your student will be enrolled in a summer program sponsored by Fairfax County Public Schools, the existing medication authorization form(s) may be used for the summer program, but you will need to pick up the medication on the last day of school and deliver the medication and completed forms to the summer learning site on the first day of the summer program. Please let the health room know if you would like a copy of the form(s).

☎️ Family Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages 

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

Early Dismissal on
Last Day of School - 1:40pm

The last day of the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, June 12, and students will be dismissed early at 1:40pm. If your student does not ride the bus, please make sure they are picked up on time.

Happenings All Around Fort Hunt

Recess, Mystery Reader, Geography Fun, 3rd Grade Gunston Hall Visit, Wanna' Be News Crew Practice and Garden Data Collection

Former Foxes Return to FHES

Former Foxes (and a friend) returned to Fort Hunt to earn their SHOUT week community hours by helping out around the school! Thank you to Olivia, Mercedes and Sydney for their terrific help!

Mark Your Calendar!

June 2024

5 - PTA June/July Birthday Books & Cupcakes
5 - Kindergarten Promotion and Picnic
5 - Walking Wednesday
6 -
6th Grade End of Year Celebration
6 - FHES Alumni Senior Walk and Kickball Game vs 6th Grade
7 - Field Day and All Grade Picnics (PTA Providing Lunch)

10 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
12 - Talent Show
12 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Early Dismissal, 1:40p

Quick Links

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Our clever Artie the Fox reading to his
West Potomac Pyramid mascot friends   From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family,

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your continued support and involvement in our school community. The last few months have proven to be fantabulous--filled with exciting events and activities that have truly enriched our students' learning experiences. As we draw closer to the end of the year, I am still so impressed by the hard work and dedication shown by our staff and students. I have no doubt that their efforts will pay off as we continue to strive for academic excellence together in a space and place where we work diligently to be Kind, Caring, Positive, and Honest. Thanks for all that you do to partner with us and share the journey in growing “our” kids together.  Wishing you an amazing week filled with Positivity and JOY!

~There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it. ~  Amanda Gorman

~We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. ~ Dr. Maya Angelou

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Field Day and All Grade Picnic Sign Up

We will need volunteers and a lot of support for this fantastic day! And guess what, you get to see all of your kids in one day! No need to worry about taking multiple days off, or rearranging your schedule. We are streamlining! 

2024 Field Day ~ Sign up to run a game!

2024 Picnic ~ Sign up to volunteer & donate!

Clothing Donations Needed -
Yes, Even This Late in the Year

Our Family Liaison maintains a small inventory of clothing in all sizes for students who may need a replacement item during the school day.  We are currently in need of the following items:

  • Boys/unisex sizes 4-14: shorts and long pants with elastic waists.
  • Girls/unisex sizes 7-12: shorts and long pants with elastic waists

Please do not send jeans, tops, or adult-sized clothing. 

Contact Christina Schauss ([email protected]) with any questions. Thank you, we appreciate your contributions!

PLEASE NOTE: FHES Parking Change for
June 6 and 7 Picnics and Field Day

Due to events at Fort Hunt Elementary on Thursday 6/6 and Friday 6/7 the parking lots and front bus loop access will be closed off from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm each day.

Parking will be on the street only.

Please be advised that if you are attending either or both events, please report to the main office to sign in before going to your assigned duty station.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we keep all our students safe while they enjoy their picnics and Field Day.

Planning ahead for next year?

We have an easy way to get all of your school supplies! The teachers have provided the PTA with the list of items our students will need for the 2024-2025 school year, and they are available for purchase with Sprout!

Order next year's school supplies here!

Enter our school code FHES002 and choose the list you will need for your students next year. Order by June 18th, and then sit back and relax for the summer!

🥗 Don’t Forget to Check Your Student’s
Lunch Balance

It’s a busy time of year, and we know there are many priorities on families’ plates. As we approach the end of the school year, it is important to remember to check your students’ MySchoolBucks account and pay any remaining school meal balance. 

Families that earn less than 185% of poverty level qualify for free and reduced-price meals. However, an application must be completed and submitted each school year to receive that benefit. The application for the 2024-25 school year will be available this summer. 

If families have a current balance and think they may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals, please fill out the FRM application for the 2023-24 school year. Get more information about free and reduced-price lunch.

☀️ Enjoy Fun and Resources at the
Summer Extravaganza

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moonbounce, alpaca petting, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost! Additional food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats. 

Families are invited to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and growth. Community organizations will be providing tips, resources, and helpful information. Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it’s helpful for planning purposes.

📝 Student Testing Results Coming Soon

Later this month, you will begin receiving your child’s spring assessment results. If you aren’t sure what assessments your child took this year, view this list of tests by grade level on FCPS’ website. 

How the results are delivered depends on the test. Scores will be posted in SIS ParentVUE, or sent by mail or from the school or testing organization. Learn what to expect regarding assessment reporting practices and timelines

Visit FCPS’ website for additional information about student assessments, including what each assessment is testing for and how to interpret the test results. Caregivers should contact their children’s teacher with any testing questions.

📈 New SOL Growth Reports for Grade 3-8 Tests - Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test results, along with other student data, help demonstrate in which subjects or topics students may need additional academic support.

In order to help interpret SOL results for parents, the Virginia Department of Education has released new Standards of Learning Growth Parent Reports for families of students who took grade 3-8 SOL math and reading tests this spring. 

The Growth Parent Report ties together scores from fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) with the student’s current spring SOL results to show their trend in academic progress this year. 

Learn how to understand your student’s grade 3-8 SOL results and find resources to support their ongoing learning.

Support Your Child’s Success in SIS ParentVUE

Signing up for a SIS ParentVUE account helps you to support your child’s academic success. Caregivers can view important information in ParentVUE such as attendance, grades, progress reports, and assessment scores. 

Once you have activated a ParentVUE account for an FCPS student, you will keep the same account until the student graduates. Information about students in the same family can be accessed through the same ParentVUE account. A SIS ParentVUE app is available for Apple and Android devices. 

Need help creating a SIS ParentVUE account? This video explains the steps. Find out more. To create a new account, please contact Rosa Dobarco for an activation letter. 

If you already have an account, be sure your contact information is up-to-date. Parents/guardians can update their phone numbers or email addresses in the Parent/Guardian section. View more information.

Mark Your Calendar!

May 2024

28-31 - SOL Retakes
29 - All Student Library Books Due
29 - Walking Wednesday

June 2024

5 - PTA June/July Birthday Books & Cupcakes
5 - Kindergarten Promotion and Picnic
5 - Walking Wednesday
6 -
6th Grade End of Year Celebration
6 - FHES Alumni Senior Walk and Kickball Game vs 6th Grade
7 - Field Day and All Class Picnics (PTA Providing Lunch)

10 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
12 - Talent Show
12 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Early Dismissal, 1:40p

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We're Looking Forward to Sunny Summer Days Ahead!  From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family,

I hope this week’s newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  It’s that time of the year when spring activities kick it up a notch and many parents/guardians come to the realization that they are unpaid Uber/taxi drivers. 😊 I used to tell my colleagues that I had to get to my second job and shared that I was a taxi driver—that was many years ago before Uber and Lyft. After a few more details, then they realized they had the same job transporting their kids, and often their kids' friends, to and from after school activities, practices, tournaments, competitions, dances, etc. However, looking back on it today, I’d do it all again. When you think of the big picture, these moments in the car give us time with the little ones that are times we will cherish for a lifetime. They will too!

WOW!!! A special thank you to ALL who organized, volunteered, and participated in making our PTA Spring Carnival and Silent Auction one of the best I’ve ever seen. It was AMAZING! 

Buckle up--this school year is quickly coming to an end—only 16 more school days. Please remember that Monday, May 27th, is a National/School Holiday (Memorial Day). Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country.

Wishing each of you a week and Memorial Day weekend filled with Amazing Grace, Peace, and Love. Next week's newsletter will come out on Tuesday, May 28th.

~Love is the purest form of a soul at peace. ~ Leah Hall

~Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction Fun Student Library Books
Due May 29th

Please have your students check under their beds, sofas, blankets, etc. for any library books they have borrowed from FHES. All books are due back by the end of the day on May 29th. Thank you!

Clothing Donations Needed

Our Family Liaison maintains a small inventory of clothing in all sizes for students who may need a replacement item during the school day.  We are currently in need of the following items:

  • Boys/unisex sizes 4-14: shorts and long pants with elastic waists.
  • Girls/unisex sizes 7-12: shorts and long pants with elastic waists

Please do not send jeans, tops, or adult-sized clothing. 

Contact Christina Schauss ([email protected]) with any questions. Thank you, we appreciate your contributions!

Family Life Education Materials
Available for Review

The recommended Family Life Education instructional materials are available for community review through Monday, June 10, at 4:30 p.m. View details and a feedback form.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow.
We All Belong Here!

In FCPS, we all belong. From the first day of school, to the last day of school, every child matters. If your student is having a hard time finishing the year strong and attending school, please contact a trusted adult at the school—a teacher, counselor, or administrator. Visit FCPS’ website for more attendance resources.

May Awareness Events

Memorial Day Holiday - All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

See the complete school year calendar.

Mark Your Calendar!

May 2024

20-24 - SOL Testing 
22 - Walking Wednesday

27 - School Closed - Memorial Day Holiday
28-31 - SOL Retakes
29 - All Student Library Books Due
29 - Walking Wednesday

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Bike/Roll/Walk to School Day Fun! Thank you to the officers from the FCPD Mount Vernon District for joining us!  From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family!

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.

I pray that all our mothers had an exceptional Mother’s Day and weekend.

Many thanks to our amazing PTA and volunteers for a wonderful 2024 Teacher Appreciation Week!  WOW!

We are excited about the week ahead. We are preparing for our PTA Carnival and Silent Auction this Friday, May 17th.  We are looking for extra volunteers to help us finish strong! Please find it in your heart to step up to support this event. Link to sign up is below. TEAM—Together Each Achieves More!  I look forward to seeing you ALL here Friday night.

Wishing each of you a week filled with Amazing Grace, peace, and JOY!

~"Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe." ~ Danielle LaPorte

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction is THIS FRIDAY

Our always popular Spring Carnival and Silent Auction will be this Friday, May 17th.Check out their website for more information for volunteering, donating baked goods, and more!

Then plan on going to the event to bid on great deals for teacher donations, restaurants, wine tastings, Six Flags, Nationals tickets, and so much more! All proceeds support the Care & Share Program, future Family Events, Teacher Appreciation, Curriculum Support and more!

Spring Carnival & Silent Auction Website

Thrilled to announce that the Fort Hunt Garden Club has made a green impact this Arbor Day! 🌱🌲 Together, we've planted trees to sow the seeds of a greener, brighter future. Let's continue to nurture and protect our environment, one tree at a time! 🌳💚 #ArborDay #GreenInitiative #FortHuntGardenClub #FCPSGet2Green #FortHuntElementarySchool #GreenSchools

K-2 Fleet Foxes Track Meet ☀️ Enjoy Learning, Fun, and Helpful Information at the Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! Families are invited to participate in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. In addition to learning activities, enjoy tips and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

May Awareness Events

Memorial Day Holiday - All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day. See the complete school year calendar.

Mark Your Calendar!

May 2024

13-17 - SOL Testing
15 - PTA Birthday Books & Cupcakes
15 - Walking Wednesday
15 - PTA Meeting
17 - PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

20-24 - SOL Testing 
22 - Walking Wednesday

27 - School Closed - Memorial Day Holiday
28-31 - SOL Retakes

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Kindergarteners Learning About Ants!  From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family!

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.

A special thank you to our PTA and staff members who showered me with beautiful gifts and well wishes for Principal Appreciation Day, May 1st.  ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Our Second Graders and Fourth Graders had an AMAZING time on their field trips to the National Mall in Washington, DC, and Jamestown/Yorktown, VA. I think our parent chaperones and teachers were more excited than the kids. Many thanks to all who made these field trips possible and memorable for our kids.

Thank you, PTA, for sponsoring our Professional Development last week, “Collaborative Problem Solving,” with Mrs. Carolyn Haydon (pic below). The training was well received and benefited all who attended!

Important School Safety and Procedures

  • School Visits - All parents, visitors, and volunteers are required to check in/out at our main office and enter/exit through Door 1. Please adhere to the guidelines below when visiting classrooms and offices throughout the school:
    • Scheduled Parent-Teacher conference: Teachers/Staff Members will greet you in the office or call the office to request that you proceed to scheduled appointment. Please wear printed visitor sticker/badge throughout your visit. After conference/meeting, please check out with the main office and exit building via Door 1.
    • Scheduled classroom observation: Email or call classroom teacher or administrator to schedule visit. Observation participants must be accompanied by an Administrator or Principal Designee.
    • School volunteers are to report to assignments as prearranged and agreed upon between teacher and volunteer or the teacher, volunteer, and administrator based on the assignment.
  • Disinfectants – Did you know those disinfecting wipes we use on a daily basis to clean are not good for kids? It has been brought to our attention that disinfecting wipes/sprays contain pesticides. Effective immediately for the safety of our children, students are NOT to use disinfecting wipes to sanitize or clean in the cafeteria, classroom, or throughout the school. We are now using soapy water (spray bottles) to wash tables and cleaning cloths to dry tables in our cafeteria.
    • Staff may clean surfaces, desks, etc. with disinfecting wipes/spray. However, never in the presence of kids. Staff are encouraged to handle disinfecting wipes /spray with care (gloves highly recommended). Allow time to dry before handling surfaces. Wash hands thoroughly after use.
    • Students should only use soapy water and paper towels when cleaning desktops, etc.
  • Arrival and Dismissal Traffic and Kiss- N-Ride Reminders - Please and Thank You! For the Safety of ALL . . .Adhere to speed limits on Linton Lane and in Kiss-N-Ride Line. Please slow down!
    • Follow all safety guidelines and pedestrian crossings rules.
    • Pay attention to the Crossing Guard—STOP when asked to do so.
    • Follow traffic patterns and directions of Kiss N- Ride Staff.

Please join me and Mrs. Settel in honoring our amazing staff for Teacher Appreciation Week!

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." ~ Henry Brooks Adams

"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart." ~ Unknown

Wishing you a glorious week filled with AMAZING Grace, Peace, JOY, and Kindness!

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Dr. Fallen and Carolyn Haydon


Bike to School Day is THIS Wednesday, May 8th

FHES will be celebrating National Bike & Roll to School Day on May 8th. Flyers went home in last week's Wednesday Folders. There is a map of our Meet Up locations where students and staff can walk/ride to school together. Our bus students will get to participate by walking to school from a different bus drop off location and our Kiss & Ride students will get to walk from 2 different drop off locations (there will be no one to meet students at the school Kiss & Ride area). End of the day dismissal will be normal routines.

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county online.

PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

Save the Date!  Our always popular Spring Carnival and Silent Auction will be on Friday, May 17th.Work has begun for our Spring Carnival and Silent Auction and the PTA needs your help! Check out their website for more information for volunteering, donating baked goods, and more!

Then plan on going to the event to bid on great deals for teacher donations, restaurants, wine tastings, Six Flags, Nationals tickets, and so much more! All proceeds support the Care & Share Program, future Family Events, Teacher Appreciation, Curriculum Support and more!

Spring Carnival & Silent Auction Website

Beautiful Days for the 2nd Grade Field Trip to the National Mall and the 4th Grade Field Trip to Jamestown and Yorktown 6th Grade Memory Book Shout Outs

Every year, parents and 6th grade teachers put together a Memory Book just for our 6th graders. Use this form to have a shout-out (like a yearbook ad) to your favorite 6th grader(s) included in the memory book! Please share with any relatives or friends who might want to submit one. Proceeds go towards printing costs for the books, and the end of the year party. 

Use this link for the order form to order a Shout Out.  Shout Outs are DUE BY: Monday, May 6th.

Hybla Valley Community Market

Get your fresh produce fix at Hybla Valley Community Market, offering herbs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables from Arcadia, along with eggs, meats, and honey sourced from Arcadia Veteran Farmers Program graduates. Visit Tuesdays 4-5:30pm and Saturdays 11am-1pm at Hybla Valley Community Center from May through August. Additionally, find them at Gum Springs Community Center on May 16th, June 13th, and July 11th from 12-2pm. 

SNAP/EBT is worth double at these markets! 

Hybla Valley Community Market - 7950 Audubon Avenue, Alexandria
Gum Springs Community Center - 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria

Fort Hunt and FCPS Get2Green Garden Harvest Success! 🩹 Required Immunizations for
Rising 7th and 12th Graders

Immunizations are required for all students entering 7th and 12th grades this fall. Visit the FCPS immunization webpage to learn about the required vaccines.  Caregivers should ask their private healthcare provider or the health department to review their student's immunization record to ensure that their student has received these required immunizations. 

It is important to schedule immunizations early in the summer, as seventh-grade students must submit documentation of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines before they begin school in August. Twelfth-grade students must submit documentation of the Meningococcal vaccine. Get more information on all student immunization requirements.

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong! Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources

Pre-K Application Process

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start programs provide a high-quality early learning experience for qualifying children with economic and educational risk factors ages 6 weeks to 4 years living in Fairfax County. 

  • Pre-K prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accepts applications for children 3 years old by September 30.
  • Early Head Start is located at Stratford Landing — and accepts applications from pregnancy to 2 years old.

Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however space is limited and provided based on need, not “first come, first serve.” 

Applications are accepted online, by email, or by mail or in person at our office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, Virginia 22042.  

If you a have question about the application process or status, please call 703-208-7900 (English) or 703-208-7901 (Spanish).

May Awareness Events

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month - May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Mark Your Calendar!

May 2024

6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
6-10 - SOL Testing 
6 - K-2 Fleet Foxes Track Meet
8 - Bike to School Day
8 - School Nurse Day - Thank You Ms. Irvings!
8 - Walking Wednesday
9 - 3-6 Grade Fleet Foxes Track Meet

13-17 - SOL Testing
15 - PTA Birthday Books & Cupcakes
15 - Walking Wednesday
15 - PTA Meeting
17 - PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

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6th Graders at Gettysburg  From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family!

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits. Wherever you were and whatever you did this past weekend, I hope you danced to the rhythm of the raindrops amongst the cool breeze on Saturday and enjoyed the warm summerlike Sunday rays. Wow! Just like that and in a blink of an eye April has come and almost gone, and May is waiting to burst on the scene. 

Thank you for showing such appreciation and kindness to our wonderful office staff for Professional Administrative Assistants’ Week! They were truly showered with many expressions of love.

We had a very eventful week--our Sixth Graders had an AWESOME time on their trip to Gettysburg (picture above), and we had a huge turnout for our Kindergarten Orientation last Thursday. Many excited parents and future Fur-Tastic Foxes attended the informational session. Last week, we also had an amazing time celebrating Earth Day and reflecting on all that we need to do to respect, preserve, and honor our beautiful planet.

This week we begin SOL assessments! We are excited for our students to show their thinking and learning. Second Graders are headed to the National Mall in Washington, DC, and our Fourth Graders are headed to Jamestown, VA.

Please remember that Friday, May 3rd is a Student Holiday! School will be closed for students in honor of Orthodox Good Friday.

“Many hands make the work light!” A special thanks to all who volunteer to help support our school community. Wishing you an amazing week filled with joy!

"~Misery might love company, but so does Joy. And Joy throws much better parties." ~ Billy Ivey

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Orthodox Good Friday
Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day. See the complete school year calendar.

PTA Spring Carnival & Silent Auction

Save the Date!  Our always popular Spring Carnival and Silent Auction will be on Friday, May 17th. The time to plan for our Spring Carnival and Silent Auction is now! The PTA needs your help. Check out their website for more information for volunteering, donating baked goods, and more!

Then plan on going to the event to bid on great deals for teacher donations, restaurants, wine tastings, Six Flags, Nationals tickets, and more! All proceeds support the Care & Share Program, future Family Events, Teacher Appreciation, Curriculum Support and more!

Spring Carnival & Silent Auction Website

Pictures from the 5th Grade Trip to the National Mall and
the 6th Grade Trip to Gettysburg 6th Grade Memory Book Shout Outs

Every year, parents and 6th grade teachers put together a Memory Book just for our 6th graders. Use this form to have a shout-out (like a yearbook ad) to your favorite 6th grader(s) included in the memory book! Please share with any relatives or friends who might want to submit one. Proceeds go towards printing costs for the books, and the end of the year party. 

Use this link for the order form to order a Shout Out.  Shout Outs are DUE BY: Monday, May 6th.

☎️ Parent Information Phone Lines Available in Eight Languages

Parents/caregivers who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese may call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS. View the list of phone numbers.

May Awareness Events

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month - People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month - May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.


Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8th

FHES will be celebrating National Bike & Roll to School Day on May 8th. Flyers will go home in this week's Wednesday Folders. There is a map of our Meet Up locations where students and staff can walk/ride to school together. Our bus students will get to participate by walking to school from a different bus drop off location and our Kiss & Ride students will get to walk from 2 different drop off locations (there will be no one to meet students at the school Kiss & Ride area). End of the day dismissal will be normal routines.

Bike Month has been celebrated since 1956 to showcase the many benefits of bicycling and encourage more people to give biking a try. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county online.

Mark Your Calendar!

April 2024

29 - SOL Testing Begins This Week

May 2024
1 - School Principal's Day -Thank You Dr. Fallen!
1 - Walking Wednesday
2 - School Lunch Hero Day (Observed) - Thank You to our Cafeteria Team!
3 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workday - Orthodox Good Friday

6-10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
6-10 - SOL Testing 
6 - K-2 Fleet Foxes Track Meet
8 - Bike to School Day
8 - School Nurse Day - Thank You Ms. Irvings!
8 - Walking Wednesday
9 - 3-6 Grade Fleet Foxes Track Meet

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 From the Principal's Den

My Dearest Fox Family!

I hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  Last week was busy and buzzing with excitement in regard to our Band, Chorus, and Strings Concerts!  Wow—what talented kids we have at Fort Hunt!  We also had an amazing time last Wednesday at our PTA meeting/STEM Night. Thanks to all staff, parents, and guest presenters who help make this event successful. This week we are gearing up to celebrate Mother Earth! Traditionally April 22nd is Earth Day, but we are engaging in many color schemes as a reminder of the importance of taking care of Mother Earth. Established in 1970, Earth Day offers an opportunity to highlight environmental issues and the work being done to protect the planet from pollution, disforestation, and other threats. The theme for 2024 is focused on the threat plastics pose to the environment. Let’s ALL do our part to make a difference. “The Earth has enough resources to meet the needs of all but not enough to satisfy the greed of even one person.” Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, April 24th, is National Administrative Professionals' Day, also known as Secretaries’ Day or Administrative Assistants’ Day.  This special day recognizes the professionals who keep an office running smoothly every day. We generally celebrate these professionals on the Wednesday of the last full week in April of each year. This special day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals. Central to any business, these professionals keep an office organized and efficient. Please join me in thanking our Administrative Professionals at Fort Hunt:

  • Debbie Trenchard – Administrative Assistant
  • Tracy Hutchison – Office Assistant
  • Rosa Dobarco – Student Information Assistant
  • Sarah Lee – Office Assistant/Receptionist

Have an AMAZING week filled with love, peace, and kindness.

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Honoring our Fort Hunt Military Children

During our Dress in Your Favorite Military Colors Day, some of our 2nd and 3rd graders embraced the day by hosting a little Boot Camp. Each group decided to do Basic Training with their "troops". 2nd grade played Navy Seals and 3rd grade played Army. 

Care and Share Thank Yous!

Thank you to the families of the Plymouth Haven Christian Preschool who hosted their annual food drive to support the distribution of Spring Break food packages for our Care & Share families. The Plymouth Haven families provided our Care & Share students with extra nourishment during our 7-day break.  Thank you for your continued support from year to year!

Thank you to the Iota Epsilon Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (pictured above) in Woodbridge who donated 150 Food 4 Thought packages to our Care & Share Program.  As a result of their generosity, we can add the families who expressed need in the Family Assistance Survey to the distribution for the remainder of the school year.  Thank you, Ladies, for your continued support of our students! 

Resources for Families

Bridge to Kindergarten (B2K) is designed to support preschool students with building executive functioning skills and routines to help them transition into kindergarten. Fairfax County Public Schools will be conducting this free 3-week program in the summer starting July 8th. Please see flyer below for additional information. Video: What is Bridge to Kindergarten?

The Community Services Board is hosting a Celebration of Acceptance event dedicated to children's mental health awareness and inclusion on May 3, 2024, from 12:00 to 3:00pm at James Lee Community Center. Let's foster acceptance and support for children's mental health journeys together. 

Come celebrate green living with Supervisor Stork's 6th Annual Environment Expo on Saturday, April 27. This eco-conscious event will be held from 11am to 3pm at Fort Hunt Park, Pavilion A in Alexandria. Enjoy live music, delicious food, wildlife showcases, electric vehicle demos, crafts, and activities for the whole family. 

Strings, Band and Chorus Spring Concerts 6th Grade Memory Book Shout Outs

Every year, parents and 6th grade teachers put together a Memory Book just for our 6th graders. Use this form to have a shout-out (like a yearbook ad) to your favorite 6th grader(s) included in the memory book! Please share with any relatives or friends who might want to submit one. Proceeds go towards printing costs for the books, and the end of the year party. 

Use this link for the order form to order a Shout Out.  Shout Outs are DUE BY: Monday, May 6th.

PTA Meeting and STEM Night - Thank you to our Chief of Schools, Dr. Ponce for joining us! April Awareness Events

Get2Green is hosting FCPS Earth Week April 22-26, 2024. The themes for Earth Week are:

Monday, April 22 - wear green for Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23 - wear blue for Watershed Day
Wednesday, April 24 - wear white for Zero Waste Day
Thursday, April 25 - wear red for Climate Change Day
Friday, April 26 - wear a nature print for Wildlife Day

Check the Get2Green Earth Week webpage for more information.

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.

Orthodox Good Friday/Teacher Work Day

Friday, May 3, is Orthodox Good Friday, and a teacher work day. Millions of Orthodox Christians commemorate Good Friday, also known as “Great Friday” to remember the events leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. There will be no school for students that day. See the complete school year calendar.

Mark Your Calendar!

April 2024

22-26 - Earth Week
22 - Earth Day - Wear Green
23 - Watershed Day - Wear Blue
24 - Zero Waste Day - Wear White
24 - Walking Wednesday
24 - Administrative Professionals Day
25 - Climate Change Day - Wear Red
25 - Kindergarten Orientation 
26 - Wildlife Day - Wear Animal Print

29 - SOL Testing Begins This Week

May 2024
1 - School Principal's Day
1 - Walking Wednesday
2 - School Lunch Hero Day (Observed)
3 - Student Holiday - Teacher Workday - Orthodox Good Friday

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 From the Principal's Den

Greetings Fort Hunt Family!

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  A special thanks to all of you who helped us find “Spring!” She has appeared in full effect, and we are enjoying her warm weather, sun, and beautiful blooms on our flowers and trees. Spring reminds us of hope and new life. Jim Carey said it best, “Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom.  They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.” May the beautiful blooms all around us remind us of the good things in life.

It’s Purple Up! month!  This week, we are celebrating our military children. Please join me in honoring all of our military families--and remember that our children serve too!  Thank you, military families—current and veterans for standing up for our freedoms both home and abroad, during war time and peace. We are grateful for your courage, your sacrifice, and your love.  

Wishing each of you an amazing and blessed week filled with joy, peace, and hope! 

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Purple Up! for Military Children

April is the Month of the Military Child, and this year Wednesday, April 17th, is Purple Up! Day. There are currently more than 14,000 military-connected students enrolled in Fairfax County schools. Here at Fort Hunt we have 121 military-connected students.  That’s almost 22% of our school!

This month-long celebration of our military-connected students raises awareness and thanks them for their service as part of a military family.

This week is FHES Purple Up! Spirit Week:

- Tuesday – Wear Red, White & Blue
- Wednesday – Purple Up! Day – Wear Purple & Military-Connected Students Only Recognition Breakfast
- Thursday – Wear your favorite military branch colors
- Friday – PJ Day

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) invites military-connected children to showcase their experiences, dreams, and challenges through art.

The MCEC Call for the Arts program provides military-connected students a platform to explain what being a military-connected child means to them through any medium such as writing, painting, and performance.   

Winners will receive an invitation to the MCEC Global Summit in Washington, DC, from July 29-31, 2024, along with an Amazon gift card and recognition on MCEC’s social media and website!  

The MCEC Call for the Arts is open to students in grades K-12.  All entries and release forms must be received by April 30, 2024.  For more information and to download the entry and release form, please visit MCEC The Call for the Arts.  

Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific school. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any enrichment opportunity they may use before participating.

 Community Forums on
Middle School Start Times

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

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

Fairfax County Health Dept. and FCPS School Health Services Survey

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Health Services invites parents/guardians of FCPS students to participate in a survey requesting feedback on the level of satisfaction with School Health services provided to the school community.

FCHD employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in FCPS. To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians who interact with the school health rooms. The survey will open on April 15, 2024 and will remain open until April 26, 2024. The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete.

Submit your survey using this link or use the QR code above. 

Family Summit Designed to Enhance Safety, Security, and Inclusion

The FCPS Family Summit will take place on Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Marshall High School. The conference will cover topics that are helpful for all families such as raising resilient, independent children; forming meaningful connections with children; addressing big emotions; and the dangers of opioids and fentanyl. Participants may also join online sessions, which will provide supports for students with disabilities and their families. 

Visit the Family Summit webpage to learn about the guest speakers and to register for the event. The theme — Safe, Supported, and Included — aligns with Goal 2 of FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan.

FHES Students Safely Watch the Eclipse April Awareness Events

Passover and Half-O Days - Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Passover, a recognition of the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Many Jewish families in the United States eat a ceremonial meal known as the Seder, which involves telling the story of the exodus from Egypt as well as eating various symbolic foods, such as meat of the paschal lamb and bitter herbs, recalling the harsh life of slavery. Learn more about Passover in NatGeo Kids

Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23, are designated half-O days in recognition of the first two days of Passover. Half-O days are full school days, but important events will not be held after school on those days. See the complete school year calendar.

Theravada New Year (O Day) - In countries where Theravada Buddhism is the most dominant religion, New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon in April. Theravada means “the teachings of the elders.” Celebrations begin with people attending the local temple in the morning for chanting and meditation. In the afternoon they have a water festival in which they meet the Buddha image and pay respect to the elderly by watering their hands together. Building sandcastles is also one of the most popular activities during this day of celebration. Wednesday, April 24, is designated as an O day for Theravada New Year. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year. There is school on these days, however tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days. See the complete school year calendar.

Administrative Professionals Day - Wednesday, April 24

Mark Your Calendar!

April 2024

15 - Purple Up! for Military Children Week
16 - Wear Red, White & Blue
16 - Strings Spring Concert
17 - PTA April Birthday Books & Cupcakes
17 - Purple Up! Day - Wear Purple & Military-Connected Students Only Recognition Breakfast
17 - Report Cards Go Home
17 - Walking Wednesday
18 - Wear Your Favorite Military Branch Colors
18 - Band/Chorus Spring Concert
19 - Pajama Day

22-26 - Earth Week
22 - Earth Day - Wear Green
23 - Watershed Day - Wear Blue
24 - Zero Waste Day - Wear White
24 - Walking Wednesday
24 - Administrative Professionals Day
25 - Climate Change Day - Wear Red
25 - Kindergarten Orientation 
26 - Wildlife Day - Wear Animal Print

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 From the Principal's Den

Greetings Fort Hunt Family!

We hope this newsletter finds you in the best of health and in great spirits.  Has anyone seen Spring 2024? Perhaps the anticipated total solar eclipse today will usher her in this evening. I welcome the warmer weather.

Last week was National Assistant Principals’ Appreciation Week. We had a great time showing Mrs. Patty Settel how much we appreciate the wonderful relationships she has built and the great job she is doing for our Fox Den.

With a heavy heart and supportive spirit, we bid farewell to our beloved Instructional Coach, Krystal Styles. Ms. Styles will be leaving us Friday, April 12, 2024. She has been promoted to Assistant Principal and will be joining the Haycock Elementary Family effective Monday, April 15, 2024.

With just 45 school days left this year, the staff and I are committed to the following: resetting our practices in order to address the important work that we do to support teaching and learning within a positive school culture; reflecting on our why as a reminder of the reason we chose to do this important work, and reaching for a strong finish for the 2023-24 year!  Together we are Fort Hunt Strong!

Wishing each of you an amazing and blessed week filled with joy, peace, and hope! 

All the best,
Mattie S. Fallen, Ed.D.
Interim Principal

Safely View Today's
Total Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will occur TODAY, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Calendar Reminder: Eid al-Fitr Holiday - April 10 -
School Closed

In Islam, Eid-al-Fitr is a three-day festival to mark the end of Ramadan. Tuesday, April 9, is an evening observance day. There is school on this day, but important events will not be held after school. Wednesday, April 10, is an FCPS holiday; all schools and offices will be closed. See the school year calendar.

Last Chance to Order Your Yearbook!

Mr. Green has been working hard on putting together a wonderful yearbook for Fort Hunt.

Order yours today! 

You can order online using the school yearbook ID code: 14445624. Yearbooks are $18 each. The deadline to order a yearbook is April 12th. 

FCPS T-Shirt/FHES T-Shirt Last Day to Order FHES Purple Up! T-Shirts is TOMORROW, April 9th 

FCPS and FHES are gearing up to honor and celebrate our military-connected youth in April, the Month of the Military Child and on Purple Up! Day! 

This is a time for our community to come together and wear purple as a visible gesture of support, gratitude, and appreciation for our military-connected youth and their families. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military. 

Fort Hunt ES PTA Purple Up! t-shirts are available for purchase now through Tuesday, April 9, 2024 here(Please Note: The FCPS T-shirt is no longer available for purchase.) 

You can wear your Purple Up! t-shirt or anything purple on Wednesday, April 17th for Purple Up! Day. 

Purple Up! for Military Children

April is the Month of the Military Child, and this year Wednesday, April 17th, is Purple Up! Day. There are currently more than 14,000 military-connected students enrolled in Fairfax County schools. Here at Fort Hunt we have 121 military-connected students.  That’s almost 22% of our school!

This month-long celebration of our military-connected students raises awareness and thanks them for their service as part of a military family.

The week of April 15 will be FHES Purple Up! Spirit Week:

- Tuesday – Wear Red, White & Blue
- Wednesday – Purple Up! Day – Wear Purple & Military-connected Students Recognition Breakfast
- Thursday – Wear your favorite military branch colors
- Friday – PJ Day

Stay tuned for announcements for activities and events to come throughout the month of April!

Lost and Found Items Will Be
Donated Next Week

Our Lost and Found area is very, very full of lost items. If your student is missing something, please come take a look. All items left by the end of the day on Friday, April 12th will be packed up and donated. 

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP)
Screening Services

FCPS is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. Students can be screened for subject specific and part time AAP services at any time during the school year. In the spring, schools review data on all students to determine services for the start of the next school year. 

For more information about the program, please visit the AAP website or email our Fort Hunt AART, Preshion Lynch at [email protected]

 Community Forums on
Middle School Start Times

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

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

Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award Nomination Window is Open

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium on Tuesday, June 18th.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website

📖 Lexia Parent Night: How We Help Your Child Learn to Read

Attend a virtual information night to learn about Lexia on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discover how FCPS is integrating this program into the classroom to support student literacy growth. Tips for supporting students at home will also be shared. Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and FCPS’ 2023-30 Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.

April Awareness Events

Month of the Military Child - April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families.

National Arab American Heritage Month - FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Muslim American Heritage Month - Muslim American Heritage Month is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, culture, and an enhanced understanding of the diverse population of Muslim Americans. View the Fairfax County School Board resolution honoring Muslim American Heritage Month.

School Library Month - In FCPS libraries, students develop knowledge and skills, experience a sense of belonging, find inspiration and support, and have the ability to freely pursue their personal interests and academic growth. Watch this video to learn how FCPS librarians make a difference.

Autism Acceptance Month - 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.

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month
National Poetry Month

Register Today for the FCPS Family Summit

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

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

Greater Mount Vernon Head Start

The Greater Mount Vernon Head Start program is looking to enroll students ages 3 and 4. They encourage families to visit their location at 8100 Fordson Road in Alexandria or contact Alexis Grant (ERSEA Manager) at 703-324-2467 for more information.

Mark Your Calendar!

April 2024

1-30 - Autism Awareness Month
1-30 -
Month of the Military Child
8 -
Solar Eclipse
8-12 - National Library Week
9 - Last Day to order FHES Purple Up! T-shirts
10
- Eid al Fitr - SCHOOL CLOSED
12 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks

15 - Purple Up! for Military Children Week
16 - Wear Red, White & Blue
16 - Strings Spring Concert
17 - PTA April Birthday Books & Cupcakes
17 - Purple Up! Day - Wear Purple
17 - Report Cards Go Home
17 - Walking Wednesday
18 - Wear Your Favorite Military Branch Colors
18 - Band/Chorus Spring Concert
19 - Pajama Day

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