Wolf News May 27

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Students participating in distance learning in a variety of settings.

Stress Less, Laugh More Video

Oak Hill staff members showed off their dance moves as part of Stress Less, Laugh More week.  Click here to view the video.  Enjoy!

Essential Item Pickup and Dropoff Information Essential Item Pickup

Pickup of your child(ren)’s essential items will take place this Friday, May 29th.  This is only for families who responded to the google form sent last week.  The pickup schedule was emailed to those families yesterday by Jade Horne.  Please email her with questions at jahorne@fcps.edu.     

Instructions for pickup on May 29th are below:

     ∙ Please submit the health questionnaire before coming to school.  If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, do not come to pick up essential items.
We ask that you please wear a face mask when on school property.
     ∙ Parents will only be able to pick up essential items for their own child(ren).
     ∙ Drivers should enter the bus loop in front of the school.  Please make a sign with your child’s first and last name to display when you pull through the bus loop.  Staff members will be available to radio your name ahead to runners, who will gather your belongings.
     ∙ Once a staff member has taken your name, open the trunk of your vehicle so that we may put items in the trunk.  We ask that you remain in your vehicle at all times. Please arrive on Friday morning at the following time based on your last name:
     ∙  9:00am – 10:00am (Last Names A-H)
     10:00am – 11:00am (Last Names I-P)
     11:00am – Noon (Last Names Q-Z)

As a reminder, to promote healthy practices and social distancing, vehicle occupants must remain in their own cars

Student Items to Drop Off

If you have items (classroom supplies, library books, patrol belts, instruments, or laptops) to drop off, please do this on Friday.  Please label items with a post it note and place them in the trunk.  Sixth grade students will drop off their items when they pick up their certificate on June 11th.    

Moving or not returning to Oak Hill

If your family is moving or not returning to Oak Hill, we will be collecting items on Friday, June 12th from 9-11am.

Do I Have Library Books Checked Out?

Hello Oak Hill Families!  Please watch this video from our librarian, Ms. Henry, to find out what books your child has checked out from the Oak Hill library.  Then connect to the library catalog with this link

Please keep in mind that your child may have left their library books in their classroom at school. These books will make their way to the library as the classrooms are prepared for summer cleaning and will be checked in at a later date. 

If you’d like to return your child’s library books before summer begins, you have a few options.

  1. You may drop them off at your assigned time for essential items pick-up on Friday, May 29.
  2. If you are a 6th grader you may drop them off on June 11th when you pick up your certificate.
  3. You may drop them off on June 12th between 10:00-12:00.

You are also welcome to keep the books safe at home over the summer and return them when school reopens in the fall.  If you have any questions about your child’s account, please email Ms. Henry: jlhenry@fcps.edu.

Stay safe and happy reading! 

Ms. Henry

Band and Strings Information

Dear 4th,  5th and 6th grade Students and Parents,

Next year all 4th grade students will get the opportunity to play a string instrument and all 5th and 6th grade students have the choice between band and strings.  Students that choose to join the band or strings will participate in a 60-minute lesson once a week during normal school hours. Oak Hill uses a block schedule for band and strings, pairing instrument classes with general music, which means that students will not miss class to come to band or strings.  

Since we are still virtual, students will be getting the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Davis and Ms. Geers over the next few weeks during their virtual class time. They will get to see the instruments that are offered for band and strings (4th grade only for strings) and will have the opportunity to ask any questions they might have. All rental information will be provided at the beginning of the school year before classes take place.

Please register by June 12. You will hear from us when it gets closer to the next school year.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We are very much looking forward to being back in school and making music with your children!!

Oak Hill Band and Strings Registration Form
Army Band Video
Strings Intro Video  

Musically yours,

Mrs. Davis
Band Director
tadavis@fcps.edu

Ms. Geers
Strings Director
algeers@fcps.edu

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it ensures that we are appropriately staffed.  To begin the registration process please click here.

A Note from the Oak Hill Student Services Team

We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please visit the Oak Hill ES School Counseling website to access this comprehensive Parent Resource Guide.

If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, any FCPS parent can schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link. This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly  for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account.

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Wolf News May 20

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Oak Hill celebrated College Day virtually. Click the flipgrid to see staff members sharing their college experience.  

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Mr. Credle and I want to wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and hope the sunshine and slower pace will be just what we all need! We have some busy events coming up at Oak Hill, so I encourage you to read through the pickup and drop off instructions below. Staff have been getting inside the walls of Oak Hill to begin packing up their rooms. It is very surreal to see a school frozen in time, and I hope we never have to see this again.  I am so proud of our students and how they have been participating in Distance Learning! Thank you for encouraging them to log on and try their best. We know it doesn’t “just happen” without your support!

I hope you are finding ways to take care of yourself.  As parents, we are sometimes the last to acknowledge when we are on empty and need to take a break or be alone in order to refuel. I hope this weekend brings you a few moments to do just that.

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Pickup, Send Off and Dropoff Information

Oak Hill will be holding dates for pick up and drop off of items.  Additionally, we will be hosting a send off for our 6th graders.  Please carefully read the following information before arriving at school.

  • Drivers should enter the bus loop in front of the school.  Oak Hill staff members will be available to assist you.
  • Please make a sign with your child’s first and last name to display when you pull through the bus loop.
  • All of these events will be drive-through in-car only. Please do not walk to the school or send students alone to this event.
  • To promote healthy practices and social distancing, vehicle occupants must remain in their own cars.
  • Please note that you may not pick up or drop off items unless you have completed the Health Questionnaire (click here to complete the questionnaire). 

Student Medication Pickup

If your child(ren) had medication in the Health Room, you should have received an email from Mrs. Horne with an assigned time for this Friday, May 22nd. 

  • Please bring your own pen to sign for medication.  You will be asked to show photo ID.  Parents will only be able to pick up the medication for their own children.

Please reach out to Jade Horne (jahorne@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Laptop Pickup

If you requested a laptop for your grades K-2 child(ren), you will be able to pick it up this Friday, May 22nd.  An email was sent to you with a time.

Please reach out to Tammy Ofano (tlofano@fcps.edu) with any questions.

Essential Item Pickup

If you have essential items of your child(ren) that you want to pick up, this will take place on May 29th.  If you are requesting items, please fill out this form by 4pm today.

6th Grade Send Off

The 6th grade teachers will be having a "Send Off" on June 11th from 11:00-12:30pm  Students will also be able to return items this day as well.  The 6th grade teachers will be sending out more information about this event soon.   

Student Items to Drop Off

If your family is moving and not returning to Oak Hill or your family has items to be dropped off, we will be collecting them on June 12th from 9-11am.  Items to be returned include instruments, classroom books, Oak Hill library books, and patrol belts.   

Virtual Stress Less, Laugh More 2020

Oak Hill is celebrating our sixth annual Stress Less, Laugh More Week now.  This week we are highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-care especially during these everchanging, uncertain times.  This is a great week to promote stress management, positive relationships, and help-seeking for all of our students, staff, and families.  Please see the list below for the daily themes and spirit days and stay tuned for more information on the daily news show.  Please send your pictures to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 20th: "Laugh More."  Wear something that makes your smile or laugh!
Thursday, May 21st:  “Doodle and Destress.”  Wear your favorite color!
Friday, May 22nd: “Let’s Breathe.”  Wear comfy clothes and BREATHE!

For more information about mental wellness, please click here to visit the School Counseling page on the Oak Hill website.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Gallagher, Cammy McCleskey, Ginny Phinney, and Christy Ryder

Oak Hill’s Student Services Department

Congratulations Mrs. Wagner

Congratulations to 4th grade teacher Mrs. Jennifer Wagner!  Mrs. Wagner won the Cox Heroes of Distance Learning award.  There were more than 223 nominations for 156 teachers, and Mrs. Wagner was one of 11 teachers recognized for going above and beyond during distance learning. In addition to the title, she was awarded a $1,000 grant for a virtual classroom makeover.

Mrs. Wagner was selected because of her commitment to her students’ education and well-being.  She was also the most-nominated teacher in the state.  To read more about the 11 Heroes of Distance Learning click here.  Congratulations again Mrs. Wagner!

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it ensures that we are appropriately staffed.  To begin the registration process please click here.

A Note from the Oak Hill Student Services Team

We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please visit the Oak Hill ES School Counseling website to access this comprehensive Parent Resource Guide.

If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, any FCPS parent can schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link. This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly  for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account.

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2020-2021 Class Placement

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2020-2021 Class Placement

With the end of the school year approaching, it is time for the Oak Hill Staff to start preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.  Building a classroom of students is no easy task!  We must take many considerations into account such as heterogeneous groupings and balancing academic abilities.  We also consider how to maximize the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this Parent Input Form by tomorrow to ensure it is used for end of the year class placements. This system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Class assignments are created by a team. Your child’s current teacher, specialists, and administrators collaborate to make well balanced classes where students can succeed. Oak Hill embraces collective responsibility and all of our staff are equipped to meet individual student needs.

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Wolf News May 13

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Mrs. DeVore and Mr. Credle enjoyed delivering signs and bundt cakes to every staff member at Oak Hill. #OakHillStrong

Virtual College Day

The Chantilly Pyramid was not able to hold our annual College Day this year, but Oak Hill is still going to celebrate virtually!  Today staff members will wear clothing from their alma mater.  Your child is invited to wear clothing from a college of his or her choice or wear Oak Hill spirit wear.  The earlier a child knows and believes he or she can go to college, the more likely he or she will attend.  We look forward to continuing the college conversation with our students and families!  Thank you for your support!  Click here to watch a special College Day video from our staff!

Update Contact Information

Please update your phone numbers and email addresses if they have changed so that we have the correct contact information for you.  You may do this by logging into FCPS 24-7 Learning (with the same login and password as your Parent SIS account) and going to the weCare@school section.  Follow the directions and click on your child’s name to make changes.  No changes will be sent until you click the “Send the form” button.  Thank you for your help!

2020-2021 Class Placement

With the end of the school year approaching, it is time for the Oak Hill Staff to start preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.  Building a classroom of students is no easy task!  We must take many considerations into account such as heterogeneous groupings and balancing academic abilities.  We also consider how to maximize the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this Parent Input Form by Monday, May 18, 2020 to ensure it is used for end of the year class placements. This system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Class assignments are created by a team. Your child’s current teacher, specialists, and administrators collaborate to make well balanced classes where students can succeed. Oak Hill embraces collective responsibility and all of our staff are equipped to meet individual student needs.

Virtual Stress Less, Laugh More 2020

In collaboration with the specialist team, we are pleased to announce our sixth annual Stress Less, Laugh More Week starting on Monday, May 18th.  Although it will be a little different this year, we will still be highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle and self-care especially during these everchanging, uncertain times.  This is a great week to promote stress management, positive relationships, and help-seeking for all of our students, staff, and families.  Please see the list below for the daily themes and spirit days and stay tuned for more information on the daily news show.  We are looking forward to a great week!

Monday, May 18th:  “The Power of Music.”  Wear an Oak Hill music shirt or a music related shirt!
Tuesday, May 19th:  “Explore the Outdoors.”  Wear an Oak Hill Run Club, 5K Race, or Oak Hill t-shirt!
Wednesday, May 20th:  “Laugh More.”  Wear something that makes you smile or laugh!
Thursday, May 21st:  “Doodle and Destress.”  Wear your favorite color!
Friday, May 22nd: “Let’s Breathe.”  Wear comfy clothes and BREATHE!

For more information about mental wellness, please click here to visit the School Counseling page on the Oak Hill website.

Sincerely,

Kimberly Gallagher, Cammy McCleskey, Ginny Phinney, and Christy Ryder

Oak Hill’s Student Services Department

Last week students showed the Oak Hill staff appreciation in a variety of ways.

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it ensures that we are appropriately staffed.  To begin the registration process please click here.

A Note from the Oak Hill Student Services Team

We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please visit the Oak Hill ES School Counseling website to access this comprehensive Parent Resource Guide.

If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, any FCPS parent can schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link. This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly  for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account.

Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7: A Webinar for Families

In some cases, being home all the time is leading to more connection and positive memories... but in many cases it's leading to negative behavior that seems to stick around no matter what you try. Webinar Highlights:   

     ∙ Sibling relationships
     ∙ Resistance to schoolwork
     ∙ Helping around the house – chores

Presented by Parenting Specialist, Rachel Bailey, M.A., CPDPE.

Register for Motivating Responsible Behavior When Kids Are at Home 24/7: A Webinar for Families

Friday, May 15, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon

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2020-2021 Class Placement

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2020-2021 Class Placement

With the end of the school year approaching, it is time for the Oak Hill Staff to start preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.  Building a classroom of students is no easy task!  We must take many considerations into account such as heterogeneous groupings and balancing academic abilities.  We also consider how to maximize the support our resource teachers can provide students. 

If you feel that there is pertinent information to support your child’s success for the upcoming school year, please complete this Parent Input Form by Monday, May 18, 2020 to ensure it is used for end of the year class placements. This system is not intended for families to request specific teachers. Class assignments are created by a team. Your child’s current teacher, specialists, and administrators collaborate to make well balanced classes where students can succeed. Oak Hill embraces collective responsibility and all of our staff are equipped to meet individual student needs.

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Wolf News May 6

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

There has been no other time where the dedication of a staff has meant more than right now. Thank yous are in order to my steadfast staff at Oak Hill!  As you know, our teachers, specialists, instructional assistants, itinerants, assistant principal, custodians, food workers and office staff work hard every day to support the students at Oak Hill.  The last six weeks have truly been a testament to their dedication, swiftness and #allIN attitude! They have endured last minute training, endless PD, virtual meetings, re-starts, false starts, tears, requests, more training and collaboratively planning with their teams! And in the same breath, our teachers have held their heads high while missing their students tremendously. It would have been easy to not persevere. Did I mention that with all this going on they, too, were caregivers, homeschool moms and dads living with essential personnel or unemployed spouses? Our own Oak Hill family experienced Covid19 sickness and others had a loved one who has suffered from this wicked virus. But the only way to get through is to get through with the help of family.

So, I ask that you pause for a moment and let someone at Oak Hill know what it is that you have recognized and appreciated this school year.  One thank you goes a long way!  And finally thank you to all the parents who have joined us in the co-teacher role over the last six weeks. Together, we make an amazing team!  The Oak Hill staff and I are so appreciative of your partnership and support.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further support the Distance Learning experience at Oak Hill. What can I do for you? My door is always open!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it ensures that we are appropriately staffed.  To begin the registration process please click here.

A Note from the Oak Hill Student Services Team

We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please visit the Oak Hill ES School Counseling website to access this comprehensive Parent Resource Guide.

If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, any FCPS parent can schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link. This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly  for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account.

Oak Hill students completed a variety of science experiments.

Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19: A Webinar for Families

Maintaining our own mental health and wellness during this time can be challenging, let alone supporting our children and family members. The first step to taking care of our families, is to take care of ourselves.  Webinar Highlights:

     ∙ Strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family
     ∙ How to talk to my child about COVID-19
     ∙ Activities that will foster resilience during this time
     ∙ What does stress look like in children?
     ∙ Resources to support my child 

Presented by Bethany Koszelak, Mental Wellness Specialist for FCPS.

Friday, May 8, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon.

Register for Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19: A Webinar for Families

Save the Date: Virtual College Day

The Chantilly Pyramid's annual College Day will be held on Thursday, May 14th.  Please see next week's Wolf News for further details on how we will celebrate this day virtually.

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Wolf News April 29

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Oak Hill students and staff showed how math matters.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We have had three amazing days of learning at Oak Hill! Routines have begun, schedules are in place and most technology kinks have been worked out both by staff and students. If your child is still experiencing any technology issues, please send an email to his/her teacher this week.

Mr. Credle and I are so proud of the Oak Hill students and staff for their tenacity and perseverance. It has been amazing to see children excited and laughing and telling stories and jokes again. We couldn’t be prouder of our staff for their steadfast commitment to their students. I would give this week a thumb’s up, for sure!

How are you doing this week? Are you taking time as a family to unplug and go for a bike ride or play a board game? I can tell you that checkers is the hot game right now in the DeVore household. What a game filled with strategy and patience! Two skills we needed over the last six weeks, for sure. Don’t forget that completing every assignment at the same intensity as when we were in school is not our goal. Do what you can, when you can, and you have my permission to let some things go. Because, some days the unplanned plan is the best plan to have under these circumstances. We look forward to celebrating with the kids next week and honoring our fabulous staff! If you can take time to send them a note, I know how much it would be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Distance Learning

We know many parents are juggling work, limited devices, upset schedules and routines and possibly a loss of a job. We do not want to add any additional stress. Please decide what you and your child can complete. Do you want to complete the packets only and not participate in online learning? Does your child enjoy online learning but is being bogged down by the work? Whatever the case might be, you are the parent and you know best! We only ask that you communicate your plan to the classroom teacher. Many of them are calling and emailing in an effort to check in with you and we do that out of care and concern. We do not want to become a bother. And, please know the door is always open should your circumstance be more conducive to the online platform.

Students Returning to Oak Hill?

Please fill out this form to let us know whether or not your K-5 student will be returning to Oak Hill next year.  Please submit the form by today.   We need this information from every family to help us determine appropriate staffing levels for next year.  Thank you.

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it ensures that we are appropriately staffed.  

To register your child for school, please email jahorne@fcps.edu with “Registration” in the subject line.  If you are able to fill out the registration packet online, save it to your device, and attach it to the email to send back to us, that is the preferred option.  If you are not able to do that, please let us know when you might be available for a phone interview.  After we receive your email, we will reach out with any additional questions. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Mrs. Horne.

A Note from the Oak Hill Student Services Team

We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please visit the Oak Hill ES School Counseling website to access this comprehensive Parent Resource Guide.

If your child is experiencing mental health challenges, any FCPS parent can schedule a 30 minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link. This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly  for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account.

Specialists Office Hours

Along with providing students with activities to choose from every week, specialists will also be holding office hours to connect with students and answer any questions they might have about the choice board activities. To access the specialists office hours, students need to log on to Blackboard, find the Oak Hill Specialists course and click the "Collaborate Sessions link" on the left side of the page. From there students will find the link for the teacher they are looking for and they can join the session. Please be mindful that they will not have access to the teacher if they join before the session starts, so please make sure to check the time and the day. We hope that students take advantage of these office hours as our specialists miss teaching and interacting with your children!

Bilingual Online Student Learning and Technical Support

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers bilingual online learning and technical support for students.  The document includes tips for online success, student technology supports, and a student technology troubleshooting guide.  This information is translated into several languages.  Please click here to access the document.

Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for Parents

Transitioning to distance learning can be overwhelming.  Join us to learn important strategies to help support your child’s learning in elementary, middle, or high school. 

Webinar Highlights:

     ∙ Setting realistic expectations for this unique time period
     ∙ Setting new routines
     Designing organization systems for your home
     Building strategies to support everyone’s needs
     Preparing for and addressing challenges as they arise

Presented by Erika Deem and Valrie Eisele, FCPS Parent Resource Center Professionals.

Friday, May 1, 2020, 10 a.m.-noon. 

Register for Setting the Stage for Distance Learning Success: A Webinar for PARENTS

Students and staff using technology in a variety of ways.

Virtual Spirit Week

We have two more Spirit Days as part of our Virtual Spirt Week.  Please send your photos to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com

Talk About Reading Thursday: What are you reading right now?

Fun Friday: How are you having fun at home?

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Students Returning to Oak Hill?

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Students Returning to Oak Hill?

Please fill out this form to let us know whether or not your K-5 student will be returning to Oak Hill next year.  Please submit the form by tomorrow.  We need this information from every family to help us determine appropriate staffing levels for next year.  Thank you.

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Correction: Virtual Advanced Academic Q & A Cancelled

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Correction: Virtual Advanced Academic Q & A Cancelled

There will not be a virtual Advanced Academic Question and Answer session tomorrow.  If you have any questions about appeals, please email Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu. We apologize for this miscommunication.

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Wolf News April 22

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Oak Hill students celebrated Virtual Spirit Week by reading and wearing pajamas.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

How has your week been going? Except for Blackboard Learn (24-7), what successes are you feeling good about? What small wins are you celebrating with your family? The DeVore’s coded a robot, discussed fractions when tripling our waffle recipe, and are continuing to write handwritten letters to family members. My husband is learning a new skill. He is teaching my son about area, perimeter and sifting rocky soil in preparation for our new brick sidewalk! We got in some tractor rides, trampoline jumps and Zoom calls to Mema and Papa. A daily chore list has been established and my son is successfully unloading the dishwasher, taking care of all pet responsibilities and vacuuming the upstairs without being “nagged”. These are wins. Now, we could talk about the academic lessons that were challenging and the nagging or redirection that happened during these times of the day. Those I choose to forget! This is a new skill for me!

We have been working very hard behind the scenes so that we can continue synchronous (live) instruction on Monday. We know this is frustrating and confusing and I truly hope this is the last time we need to change the log-in procedure. This new procedure allows students to log on directly to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) without needing to go through Blackboard Learn (24-7). You child’s teacher will be sending detailed directions to you Thursday or Friday. We are here to help. We want this new platform to be successful. Let us know what you need once you have received the directions (video and written steps).

Our teachers have expressed over and over that they are SO READY to get this done right! They enjoy their synchronous time with your child. They are ready, we are ready and we hope you are ready Monday!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or students in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed.  

To register your child for school, please email jahorne@fcps.edu with “Registration” in the subject line.  If you are able to fill out the registration packet online, save it to your device, and attach it to the email to send back to us, that is the preferred option.  If you are not able to do that, please let us know when you might be available for a phone interview.  After we receive your email, we will reach out with any additional questions. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Mrs. Horne.

Advanced Academic News

The Advanced Academic office emailed Level IV eligibility letters on April 13 to families with students who went through screening. If your child went through the screening process and you did not receive notification, please email Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu.

Mrs. Wheeler will offer a virtual Question and Answer session tomorrow from 5:00 – 6:00 pm to help with questions about the Appeal process. If you receive notification that your student was found eligible, information regarding potential virtual orientation info sessions will be coming as soon as it is available.

To join the virtual Q/A session, please use this link. If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu.

A Note from the Oak Hill Specialists

Just as a reminder, the specialists have created a Blackboard site to provide ways to connect and communicate with specialists.  You will find information from each specialist including AART/STEAM, Art, Counseling, FLES (Chinese), Library, Music, and PE.  All our specialists are so excited to see your children and to engage with their students! 

Every week, you will find a new choice board with an array of activities from our specialist teachers. Students will need to be logged into their google accounts to access the choice board. This is another avenue for your child to connect with teachers at Oak Hill and to supplement their daily learning.  Specialists will continue to hold daily office hours that will be used for various activities and will also be responding to parent or student email throughout the day.

Please reach out to the specialists if you have any questions or if you are not sure how to visit during office hours! We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy and we are looking forward to connecting with your children!

Students Returning to Oak Hill?

Please fill out this form to let us know whether or not your K-5 student will be returning to Oak Hill next year.  Please submit the form by Wednesday, April 29, 2020.   We need this information from every family to help us determine appropriate staffing levels for next year.  Thank you.

Middle School Placement

In order to help the middle schools with appropriate staffing levels for next year, please fill out this google form to confirm which middle school your child will attend next year.  Please respond by Wednesday, April 29th.

Bilingual Online Student Learning and Technical Support

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) offers bilingual online learning and technical support for students.  The document includes tips for online success, student technology supports, and a student technology troubleshooting guide.  This information is translated into several languages.  Please click here to access the document.

Parent Resource Center Virtual Workshops How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for Parents

Whether your child struggles with executive functioning skills, has ADHD, or would simply rather be playing Fortnite than doing online schooling, this webinar is for you.  This will be presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  She is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc. Ann will share tips to help you dial back the drama, get your child to focus, and create realistic expectations that make the next few months manageable.  Webinar Highlights:

     ∙ The ‘Framework 5’ for setting a daily routine that can work for just about any kid
     How to create the ideal structure for a positive homeschool experience
     The cup system that can help you get your own work done without interruption
     ∙ Two ways to break up assignments to get more done
     ∙ Free software to teach your child so that you don’t have to be the ‘homeschool police’ and top apps that allow kids to better manage their own media use, increase focus, and decrease procrastination

The webinar will be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 10 a.m.-noon. 

Register for How to Keep Distracted Kids in “Study Mode” (Even if They Have ADHD): A Webinar for PARENTS

Virtual Spirit Week

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Yearbook Ordering Extension

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Yearbook Ordering Extension

Due to the difficulties with yearbook orders this past weekend, Lifetouch has extended our yearbook order deadline until 5:00pm tomorrow.  After that time, you will not be able to order a yearbook.  The website is ybpay.lifetouch.com and Oak Hill’s yearbook code is 13278320.

If you emailed Mrs. Russ to request a yearbook during the time when the online orders were closed, you need to go back to the Lifetouch website and place your order.  If you do not go in and place your order on the Lifetouch website, you will not get a yearbook.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Yearbook Ordering Extension

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Yearbook Ordering Extension

Due to the difficulties with yearbook orders this weekend, Lifetouch has extended our yearbook order deadline until 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 22nd.  After that time, you will not be able to order a yearbook.   The website is ybpay.lifetouch.com and Oak Hill’s yearbook code is 13278320.

If you emailed Mrs. Russ to request a yearbook during the time when the online orders were closed, you need to go back to the Lifetouch website and place your order.  If you do not go in and place your order on the Lifetouch website, you will not get a yearbook.  We appreciate your patience.

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Last Chance for Yearbooks

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Last Chance For Yearbooks

We understand the online site for ordering a yearbook is closed.  If you would like to order a yearbook please email Denise Russ at doruss@fcps.edu by noon tomorrow.  In the email please include your child's name and grade.  If you are ordering multiple yearbooks, please list the name and grade of each child.

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Yearbook Sales End Sunday

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Yearbook Sales End Sunday

Yearbook Sales are open online until this Sunday, April 19th.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please go to ybpay.lifetouch.com.  Oak Hill’s yearbook code is 13278320 and the price is $19.00.  Please note this year there will not be the option to buy extra yearbooks at the end of the year.  Yearbook distribution details are still being worked out.

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Wolf News April 15

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Oak Hill students were ready for the first day of Distance Learning.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

An Oak Hill parent reminded me today that, “We don't just teach the children resilience and perseverance, we live it in front of them every day.” I needed that reminder. I know many staff and parents hit that wall today and felt frustrated with technology, emails, reminders and changes in schedules. Many of us longed for a period of time when we were not ruled by a schedule, now we are yearning for one! Staff and parents are making difficult decisions every day. I can’t imagine what national leaders have on their minds.

I can say that our students were so excited to see their teachers yesterday and I know that will happen on a more consistent basis again. We are ready to give tomorrow a do over from today! Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you are unsure how to log in with the new Blackboard link. Our staff worked very hard today to learn new features and set permissions to ensure a safer, virtual environment.

At the end of an exhausting day I hope you will find joy in seeing our Oak Hill Staff Family showing you how they have made lemonade from the lemons we have been handed. Click here to see your Oak Hill Staff!  We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this crazy day. 😊

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Distance Learning Technical Support for Students

As we launch Distance Learning, we wanted to share some important information with you concerning technology support for students and parents.  There are self-help guides that have been posted in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard to help with quick troubleshooting. To access them please follow these steps:

          1. Navigate to the “My FCPS” tab at the top
          2. Under the Continuity of Learning panel in the upper left, select
              “Elementary Resources.” 
          3. On the next screen, you will see links in the left-hand side bar.  Scroll
              all the way down to “Support Resources” and select that link.
          4. The Support Resources screen provides several help guides for
              FCPS online resources.

If this is unsuccessful in resolving the issue, students should then work with their teacher when they experience technical difficulties.  The teacher will attempt to help and determine if it is a tech support issue and next steps.

Advanced Academic News

The Advanced Academic office emailed Level IV eligibility letters on April 13 to families with students who went through screening. If your child went through the screening process and you did not receive notification, please email Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu.

Mrs. Wheeler will offer a virtual Question and Answer session on Thursday, April 16 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm to help with questions about the Appeal process. If you receive notification that your student was found eligible, information regarding potential virtual orientation info sessions will be coming as soon as it is available.

To join the virtual Q/A session, please use this link

If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu.

FCPS 2020 Mental Wellness Consultation Service

With the governor’s order that Virginia schools remain closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FCPS is planning academic instruction and has mental health professionals available to respond to the social and emotional needs of students.  Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school.  Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time.  Information about community resources will also be made available.  To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click this link.  This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.

Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  If you know of any families that would be new to Oak Hill (that have rising kindergarteners or student in grades 1-6), please forward this information to them.  Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed.  

To register your child for school, please email jahorne@fcps.edu with “Registration” in the subject line.  If you are able to fill out the registration packet online, save it to your device, and attach it to the email to send back to us, that is the preferred option.  If you are not able to do that, please let us know when you might be available for a phone interview.  After we receive your email, we will reach out with any additional questions. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Mrs. Horne.

When the office re-opens, we will ask you to come to the school to present the necessary documentation for registration (child’s original birth certificate, physical and immunizations, enrolling parent’s ID, lease/deed to your home). This will finalize your child’s registration.

Yearbook Sales

Yearbook Sales are open online until this Friday, April 17th.  If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please click here.  Oak Hill’s yearbook code is 13278320 and the price is $19.00.  Please note this year there will not be the option to buy extra yearbooks at the end of the year.  Yearbook distribution details are still being worked out.

Congratulations Alaina Carnahan!

Congratulations to sixth grader Alaina Carnahan, who won the elementary school level Thank a Teacher Art Contest sponsored by the Virginia Lottery.  For her work Alaina will receive a $150 Visa gift card and several other prizes and Oak Hill will receive $1,000 from the Lottery and $1,000 in prizes from The Supply Room for our art department.  Alaina's winning design will be featured on thousands of notecards delivered as part of the fifth annual Thank a Teacher campaign.  

Thanking a teacher is as easy as visiting thankateacherva.com now through May 8 and sending a digital thank-you note right from the comfort of your home. Each digital note will randomly showcase one of the winning designs. 

Congratulations again Alaina!

Virtual Spirit Week

Don't forget we are are having another Virtual Spirit Week.  Please send your pictures to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing some great pictures!

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Distance Learning Cancelled Today

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Distance Learning Cancelled Today

Deer Parents,

We appreciate your patience and flexibility with the difficulties that have been occurring with virtual learning. Currently, Blackboard 24/7 is unfortunately down and accessing digital instruction is not available. 

Due to these technological issues outside of our control, all interactive teacher sessions will be cancelled for today. Our team is hard at work setting up new digital learning environments for our students to access. We are hopeful that we will return tomorrow, Thursday, April 16. 

Instructional materials that can be utilized today include the learning packets and materials posted on any of our digital platforms, including Google Classroom and Blackboard 24/7 (when accessible). 

We will communicate any further updates as needed. Thank you so much for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

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Two Hour Delay

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Two Hour Delay

Dear Parents,

Our first day of Distance Learning was a huge success at Oak Hill. We will send out our regular News You Choose later today. This announcement is to clarify the email you received late last night from FCPS. In order to put additional safety features in place for online learning, our classes will be on a two-hour delay.

Unfortunately, classes or virtual office hours are canceled today for grades who meet from 8:30-10:30. The only grades who will meet virtually in the morning time are 2nd, 5th and 6th grades. These teachers will be sending families a new Blackboard link to log in from. All virtual office hours will take place after 10:30 am.

We apologize for the late notice and inconvenience. Safety is always at the front of decision making and we know these additional measures are needed. For those students who will miss their virtual teaching hour, please continue to work on your learning packet activities or any previous work your teacher assigned.

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

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Wolf News April 13

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Student Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a rising kindergartener or other new student to register, we would like to do a preliminary registration now.  Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed.

To register your child for school, please email jahorne@fcps.edu with “Registration” in the subject line.  If you are able to fill out the registration packet online, save it to your device, and attach it to the email to send back to us, that is the preferred option.  If you are not able to do that, please let us know when you might be available for a phone interview.  After we receive your email, we will reach out with any additional questions. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please email Mrs. Horne.

When the office re-opens, we will ask you to come to the school to present the necessary documentation for registration (child’s original birth certificate, physical and immunizations, enrolling parent’s ID, lease/deed to your home). This will finalize your child’s registration.

A Note from the Oak Hill Specialists

Just like your child’s classroom teacher, the specialists have been busy planning for Distance Learning instruction. We have created a Blackboard site to provide ways to connect and communicate with specialists.  You will find information from each specialist including AART/STEAM, Art, Counseling, FLES (Chinese), Library, Music, and PE.  All our specialists are so excited to see your children and to engage with their students! 

Every week, you will find a new choice board with an array of activities from our specialist teachers. Students will need to be logged into their google accounts to access the choice board. This is another avenue for your child to connect with teachers at Oak Hill and to supplement their daily learning.  We will also look to add options and to make adjustments as we learn together during the last quarter of the school year.  Specialists will be holding daily office hours that will be used for various activities and will also be responding to parent or student email throughout the day.

Going forward, the choice boards will be sent home through classroom teachers weekly emails on Friday. Please reach out to specialists if you have any questions! We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy and we are looking forward to connecting with your children!

Virtual Spirit Week

To help kick off our first week of distance learning, we are having another Virtual Spirit Week.  Please send your pictures to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing some great pictures!

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