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What a great first week of school it has been! I am so proud of our returning students as they immediately transitioned into new classroom procedures and routines and oriented our new students to Oak Hill! Staff members were excited to greet their new students and get to know them a little more during morning meetings. Mr. Credle and I have enjoyed visiting classrooms and introducing ourselves to all of our new students. We had a successful Back to School/Open House format this year and saw almost all of our families! We welcome your feedback concerning our new format and any suggestions you would like us to consider as we plan for the 2020-2021 opening.
Please consider registering for Asha-Jyothi 5K/1K Fun Run to support our technology needs at Oak Hill. This organization has graciously pledged 100% of the registration fees to all schools. You will see many pyramid school attendees at this event. Save $10 on registrations with the coupon code below when you register NOW! Thank you for helping to fund new computers for our students!
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further support your child’s learning and experience at Oak Hill. My door is always open!
Holly DeVore, Principal
Long Labor Day Weekend
All FCPS schools will be closed on Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day weekend. The Oak Hill main office will be open on Friday from 8-12. Please enjoy the extra long weekend. See you on Tuesday, September 3. For the complete school calendar click here.
Asha-Jyothi 5K Race
Please join us as we celebrate health and wellness at the Asha-Jyothi 5K on September 15, 2019 at Fairfax Corner. Asha-Jyothi will donate all proceeds from Oak Hill ES registrants to our school. For more information and to register, scan the QR code below or visit the Asha-Jyothi website. Use the coupon code oakhillaj5k for a $10 discount. Online Registration closes on Friday, September 13th at 8 PM! In person registration can be done at packet pickup location and onsite at the race location from 6AM – 7:30AM on Sunday Sept 15th.
If you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
Please make sure to return your child’s signed emergency care card, health information form, and digital resources permission form on Tuesday if you have not already done so. These are all very important forms, especially in the case of an emergency.
Student Rights & Responsibilities Booklets
Student Rights & Responsibilities: A Guide For Families booklets were sent home in yesterday's Wednesday folder. Students and parents are asked to read and review this booklet. Please sign and date page one, and send it back to school by October 25, 2019. The booklet is yours to keep.
FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand and School Board Member Tom Wilson, who represents the Sully District, both recorded Back-to-School messages for students, parents, and staff. To watch Dr. Brabrand's message click here and to watch Mr. Wilson's message click here.
Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up.
Parents/Guardians, as we begin another school year, here are some important school attendance reminders:
- Learn the ways to alert your child’s school when your child will be absent.
- We do monitor your child’s attendance daily, and will reach you if your child does not arrive at school or class as expected.
- Please continue to contact the school via the online attendance form found on the webpage, via phone at 703-467-3535 or email at OakHillElem.Attendance@fcps.edu if your child will be absent.
- The calendar for the 2019-20 school year has been posted.
- More information about FCPS attendance expectations is located here.
Advanced Academic News
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are all looking forward to a great year of learning! Mrs. Wheeler, Oak Hill's Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will hold a parent information session on September 25, from 9:00-10:00 am in the cafeteria. At that meeting, she will share an overview of the four levels of service in FCPS and share general information about the screening process/timeline for this year. At the December 3 meeting, she will focus specifically on the referral/screening process. For more information about the Advanced Academics in FCPS, click here.
Here are some important dates to note for the year:
September 25, 2019 AAP Parent Information Meeting – 9:00-10:00 am in the school café
October 10, 2019 AAP Level IV referral forms due to Mrs. Wheeler (only for students new to FCPS as of January 1, 2019)
December 3, 2019 Parent Information meeting – referral/screening process information, 9:00 in the school café
January 9, 2020 AAP Level IV referral forms and optional materials due to Mrs. Wheeler at Oak Hill ES
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Wheeler, Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, at email@example.com.
It has been a great first week at Oak Hill.
New for 2019: FCPS Now Using the Here Comes the Bus Mobile App
To help you know when your child’s bus is approaching your stop, FCPS is now using the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.. Here Comes the Bus is a free school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping everybody get to the bus stop on time.
Here Comes the Bus® uses FCPS global positioning system (GPS) data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet, smartphone, or desktop computer.
Parents can download the app now for free from the App Store or Google Play. You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account (contact your child's school if you do not have an SIS Parent Account). Once signed in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.
Learn more about the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.
Band, Chorus and Strings Registration Forms
If your child is interested in playing a band or string instrument this year, please fill out the following forms by September 3rd. This is required information which assists staff with scheduling.
4th grade strings, click this link.
5th/6th grade band and strings, click this link.
5th grade chorus starts Tuesday, September 3rd. To sign up, click this link.
6th grade chorus starts Wednesday, September 4th. To sign up, click this link.
Strings: Alexandra Geers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Band: Teri Davis, email@example.com
5th grade Chorus: Kelly Hood, firstname.lastname@example.org,
6th grade Chorus: Wendy Peterson, email@example.com
Tip Sheet for Elementary Parents
The start of a new school year is exciting. But it usually means kids and parents need to make some adjustments to their schedules.
Plan now to get your family back into an effective school year routine. Here are some ways:
Define the basics. Make sure your child knows what you expect when school is in session. Set a specific time to do homework. Set limits on screen time. Set aside some time each day for reading.
Create a chart for the first few weeks of school—until your child's routines become habits. Give him a gold star on days when he does everything without being asked.
Manage correspondence.The start of the school year means a lot of paper going between home and school. Set up a place where your child can put all the paperwork from school. Sign it and put it back in his book bag to return to school the next day.
Keep track of schedules.Post a family calendar where everyone will see it. Then have everyone write down their assignments and activities as they are scheduled. This will help you plan ahead. If your child knows a book report is due the day after a late soccer practice, he or she will see that they need to finish the report early.
Copyright 2019, the Parent Institute. See more tip sheets for parents and other family engagement resources
Family Life Education Instructional Program Information
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve. Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.
Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms were included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) here. Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.
Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) . FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Account information is available at your local school or online here. Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.
Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers for both school sponsored and PTA sponsored activities are welcome and needed at Oak Hill. There are both at school and at home opportunities to volunteer with various time commitments. We would love to have you join us! Below are some important volunteer guidelines.
A volunteer does not discuss confidential information. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to: scholastic and health records, test scores and grade, discipline problems within a classroom or during an activity, and character traits of an individual child. A volunteer does not discuss such matters with friends, neighbors or other volunteers.
- A volunteer supports the staff by following school-wide or classroom regulations regarding student behavior.
- A volunteer must be dependable and consistent in order to provide the maximum benefit of such assistance. Phone the school well in advance to inform the staff member when you will not be able to assist at the assigned time. Phone the PTA committee chair well in advance when you will be unable to help with an assigned PTA function.
Girl Scout Troop Information
Girl Scout Troops are now forming at Oak Hill. For more information, come to the Troop Formation Night on Monday, September 16 at 7:00 pm in the Oak Hill library.
Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO)
Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) is a non-profit which seeks to engage and challenge students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through various levels of team-based competitive tournaments in Virginia. For more information, please visit their website at VASO Division A
Third to fourth grade students will be participating in Division A. Per the PTA membership promise, the registration is currently open for PTA members and will become available next week for everyone. The tournament will be held in Oct/Nov 2019. Please reach out to Sintha Viswanathan at email@example.com with any questions.
Join the PTA today.
The PTA works to directly benefit the students at OakHill Elementary, to provide educational enrichment programs, family fun events, after school activities, and much more! The membership pledge is $50/family. You can find more information here.
Work with the PTA.
The PTA is currently filling our Board to help support our school and a few key positions still need to be filled! Think you'd make a great addition to our leadership team? It's a great way to meet other parents and give back to our school! For more details click here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in working with the PTA.
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Key Calendar Dates
August 30 - September 2: Labor Day, School and Offices Closed
September 11: First day of Salad Bar
September 13: Online registration closes for Asha-Jyothi 5K Race
September 15: Asha-Jyothi 5K Race
September 19: Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins, 4-8pm
September 20: PTA Movie Night at Oak Hill, 6-8:30pm
September 25: AAP Parent Information Meeting, 9-10am
Ways to Stay Informed
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Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.
Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.
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Bus Delay Notification System
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