Wolf News January 23

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Fourth graders creating a Solar system scale using a paper plate and toilet paper.

Principal Coffee

Have you heard of Growth Mindset?  Come learn what Growth Mindset is, how we use it in the classroom, and how you can use it with your kids at home.  Three Oak Hill teachers will present information at our next Principal Coffee on February 5th from 8:30-9:30am in the Oak Hill Library.  Parents will have the opportunity to visit classrooms to see Growth Mindset in action. 

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP here by Monday, February 3rd.  We will be capping this coffee at 25 participants in an effort to keep groups small as we are visiting classrooms.  If you have any specific questions regarding this coffee, please contact Katherine Andersen at keandersen@fcps.edu.   

Calendar Reminder: January 27-28

All FCPS schools will be closed for students on January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively.  January 24 is the last day of the second quarter.  We look forward to students returning to Oak Hill on Wednesday, January 29.  See the complete 2019-2020 school calendar.

Thank A Teacher

Oak Hill's Beat the Winter Blues School Spirit Days ends on Thursday, January 30th.  On this day everyone is asked to wear their favorite Oak Hill t-shirt.  We are asking students to show their appreciation for their teacher with a note, poem, or a picture.  Please have your son or daughter bring this to school on January 30th.

Tip of the Week

Math Tip

This year at Oak Hill we are focusing on the Portrait of a Graduate attribute- Goal Directed and Resilient.  In Math Workshop, we provide multiple opportunities for students to have productive struggle, meaning that they are able to stick with a difficult task and persevere through it.  We put the emphasis on the process rather than the answer.  Our work this year with supporting students to become goal directed and resilient aligns so well with the ideas around Growth Mindset.  Here is an article about how growth mindset and math are connected.  If you are interested in wanting more information about growth mindset, please consider attending the Principal’s Coffee February 5th at 8:30 am.   

Spirit Days

As you know Oak Hill is beating the "winter blues" by having Spirit Days.  Below is a schedule to help your son or daughter participate.  Have fun!

January 23: Tropical Thursday, wear your favorite spring color or Hawaiian shirt

January 29: We Beat the Winter Blues Wednesday, wear blue

January 30: Thank a Teacher Thursday, wear your favorite Oak Hill shirt

Chinese New Year Celebration

The 13th annual Chinese New Year Celebration event is scheduled to be held at Luther Jackson Middle School this Saturday, January 25.  A hands-on experience in learning Chinese traditions and folk customs, free teaching of Chinese traditional etiquette and speech for special occasions, as well as legendary stories from ancient Chinese history will be offered.  For more information about the event click here.

Second graders sharing what they visualize when reading a poem.

PTA News Membership Drive Month continues into 2020!

Dear all,

For the past few months, we have been asking you to consider a pledge to the Oak Hill Elementary School PTA and the idea behind it isn't just to ask for money but to ask for your support.  The OHES PTA depends on your contributions and it's how we can put on assemblies, provide classroom support and run all the family events like Movie Night and the Spring Carnival.  So if you can, please consider becoming a pledge member for a suggested $50 per family at oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  Use code: 8HSEEV.

Thank you,

OHES PTA

Contact membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Art Contest coming to a close soon

From January 2 – January 31, students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and $2000 for the Oak Hill art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  There is no limit to the number of entries each student may submit! For additional eligibility requirements click here.  Watch the video to see earlier entries and past winners and go here to enter.

Key Calendar Dates

January 24: End of Second Quarter

January 27 & 28: No school for students, teacher workday and staff development day

January 29: 6th Grade visits Franklin MS, 9:45-11:45am

February 4: 4th Grade (Horn, Wagner, & Wieder) Field Trip to the Planetarium, 9:30-12:15pm

February 5: Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, 6th Grade students visit Rachel Carson MS for Orientation, 9:30-11:30am

February 6: 4th Grade (Conlan & Djuric) Field Trip to Planetarium, 9:30-12:15pm

February 11: Franklin MS Counselor visits Oak Hill, 2:15pm

February 12: Class Candid's ad Clubs/Team photos

February 17: No school, Presidents' Day

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System.

Join the Oak Hill PTA.

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares.

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Wolf News January 16

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Congratulations to Oak Hill's Staff members who were nominated for FCPS awards.  Pam Bennett, Leasley Alvarado, Billy Germain, and Kim Gallagher (not pictured) will be moving forward to represent Oak Hill at the Pyramid level. 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We have had a great start to 2020!  Last Friday we recognized all of our FCPS Award Winners from Oak Hill! Many of our staff were nominated by parents. We thank you for taking the extra time to write such kind words of how our staff have made a difference in your child’s life! We celebrated with all of our staff with a breakfast and red carpet treatment!

We also celebrated Dr. Scott Brabrand's visit to Oak Hill in November.  Staff members shared how they incorporate Portrait of a Graduate attributes into their every day lessons and how they were able to close achievement gaps last year.  Dr. Brabrand was excited to hear about our new teacher mentoring program and targeted professional development.  Please watch this video to hear about the great things going on at Oak Hill! 

Our staff and students have had a fun month of January with our school-wide Spirit Days.  Please see below for the list of spirit days this week and next. 

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!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Award Nominees and Winners

Oak Hill would like to recognize the following staff members who were nominated for various FCPS awards.  Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners!  Thank you to all the parents who nominated staff members.  The following staff members were nominated for awards.

Ana Young, Katy Wright, Stacy Muscar, Sara Horn, Anne Wieder, Jennifer Wagner, Hadley Payne, Pam Bennett, Mary More, Kevin McGorty, Sherry Cosby, Jeanette O'Malley, Rachel Powell, Jenny Henry, Rachel Djuric, Leasley Alvarado, Christy Ryder, Kim Gallagher, Stacey Allman, Billy Germain, Holly Deschene, and Chuni Petros.

The following staff members were chosen as winners from Oak Hill and will be moving onto the Pyramid Level for further award consideration.  We wish them the best of luck!

Outstanding New Teacher: Leasley Alvarado
Outstanding Teacher: Pam Bennett
Outstanding Operational Employee: Billy Germain
Outstanding Professional Employee: Kim Gallagher 

Chick-fil-A Fundraiser Results

Oak Hill held a Spirit Night at the Chick-fil-A on Air and Space Parkway on Monday night.  There was a huge turnout and they had 183 transactions.  As a result $408.72 was raised for our Technology Fund.  Thank you for supporting Oak Hill! 

Principal Coffee

Have you heard of Growth Mindset?  Come learn what Growth Mindset is, how we use it in the classroom, and how you can use it with your kids at home.  Three Oak Hill teachers will present information at our next Principal Coffee on February 5th at 8:30 in the Oak Hill Library.  Parents will have the opportunity to visit classrooms to see Growth Mindset in action. 

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP here by Monday, February 3rd.  We will be capping this coffee at 25 participants in an effort to keep groups small as we are visiting classrooms.  If you have any specific questions regarding this coffee, please contact my Administrative Assistant, Katherine Andersen at keandersen@fcps.edu.   

Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 21. Also, schools will be closed for students January 27-28 for a teacher workday and staff development day, respectively. January 24 is the last day of the second quarter. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Tip of the Week

The Benefits of Informational Texts

Do you know that most of what we read is nonfiction?  That is why it’s important that students not only love fiction books, but also find the value and enjoyment of reading informational texts.  Informational texts can include newspapers, magazines, nonfiction articles, reference materials, how-to-texts, and instructional manuals.  By reading nonfiction, children heighten their curiosity and can connect to their real-life interests.  To learn more about the benefits of informational texts, please click here.

T-shirt Design Contest for Basketball Game

Would you like to design a t-shirt that will be worn by our 6th graders in this year's basketball game versus Lees Corner?  Students in all grades are eligible to enter!!

  • Entries should be on an 8.5”x 11” white paper. This should be original and created by you.  It can use up to THREE colors and it will be printed on a blue shirt.
  • Entries are due by 3:45 PM on January 17th.  They will be collected in an envelope in the front office. 
  • The winning design will be announced on WOAK on January 29th and the winner will receive a free shirt.
  • Please be sure to write your name, grade and teacher's name on the back of your design.
Spirit Days

As you know Oak Hill is beating the "winter blues" by having Spirit Days.  Below is a schedule to help your son or daughter participate.  Have fun!

January 21: Tie Dye Tuesday - wear a tie dye shirt

January 22: Wacky Wednesday - wear mismatched clothes

National Geography Bee Winners

Oak Hill wants to recognize Aryan Raj and Michaela Frey, who placed in this year's National Geography Bee.  Aryan placed 1st and Michaela placed 2nd.  They went through three rounds and impressed us with their knowledge of counties, capitals and world culture. Congratulations to both of them!

Free Online Scratch Programing Competition

Inspire Young is a nonprofit organization 501 (c)(3) that promotes STEAM education in young kids.  They will be having a free online Scratch  programming competition for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  Students will create themed stories, quizzes and games using Scratch and win fabulous prizes and gain recognition!  For more information click here.  Registration closes on January 30.  

Email inspireyoung.steam@gmail.com with questions.

PTA News Membership Drive Month continues into 2020!

We are still at 54% membership, therefore the membership drive continues.  Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships and we are 47 short.  With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

  • Extra Recess and Pajama Day for All Students

Help us fund our programs. Ask your families and friends to help us get the 47. Without your support we may need to defund some programs including Assemblies, Grace Arts (former name).  PLEDGE today!  

Join at oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Art Contest Now Open

From January 2 – January 31, students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and $2000 for the Oak Hill art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  There is no limit to the number of entries each student may submit! For additional eligibility requirements click here.  Watch the video to see earlier entries and past winners and go to http://www.thankateacherva.com to enter.

Movie Night

Bring your blankets, pillows and come in your PJs to watch the movie Aladdin, on Friday 01/17 from 6:30-8:30 PM, in Oak Hill cafeteria.  Entry is free and food and drinks will be on sale.  Please note, every child must be accompanied and supervised by a parent.

We need volunteers for the event. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.  This is a great opportunity to earn service hours for middle and high school students!

Key Calendar Dates

January 16: Rachel Carson MS Curriculum Night, 5:45pm at Carson MS

January 17: PTA Family Movie Night, 6:30-8:30pm

January 20: No school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 24: End of Second Quarter

January 27 & 28: No school for students, teacher workday and staff development day

February 4: 4th Grade (Horn, Wagner, & Wieder) Field Trip to the Planetarium, 9:30-12:15pm

February 5: Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, 6th Grade students visit Rachel Carson MS for Orientation, 9:30-11:30am

February 6: 4th Grade (Conlan & Djuric) Field Trip to Planetarium, 9:30-12:15pm

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Tonight

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Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night Tonight

Oak Hill is having a Spirit Night at the Chick-fil-A on Air and Space Parkway tonight from 5-8 pm. Please be sure to show your flyer or mention Oak Hill when you order. Mobile orders   included. Chick-fil-A will donate a portion of the proceeds to Oak Hill's Technology Fund.  Please come and support Oak Hill!  

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Wolf News January 8

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Third graders working in math stations as part of Math Workshop.

Inclement Weather Information

When FCPS cancels or delays the opening of school due to inclement weather or other emergencies, staff, students, and parents are notified in multiple ways as soon as the decision is made.

FCPS' official Twitter account, @fcpsnews (with the blue check mark), is where you'll first see closing or delay announcements. That's because we've found Twitter to be the fastest, most effective method of disseminating news. Additional communication channels used to announce a delayed opening or closure include FCPS’ public website, email, text, Facebook, local television and radio stations, and Channel 21. Subscribers to the Delayed Openings and School Closings email on News You Choose will also be notified.

Please keep in mind that there may be a delay from the time messages are transmitted to them being received by users. More than 588,000 emails and texts are being transmitted during every weather closure or delay. However, FCPS has no control over how long it takes cell and internet service providers to distribute emails and texts to customers.

Please view FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures page for more information on weather closings and delays.   

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings.

Referrals can be submitted to the Oak Hill ES Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jane Wheeler, at any time up through January 9. If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu

Tip of the Week

Math Tip

Happy New Year!  As we think of ways to support our children at home with math, we can find many ways to build on math concepts in our daily activities.  One way is to cook or bake with your child.  Measuring ingredients, doubling ingredients, reading directions and noticing fractions can all be related back to math.  Some connections you could make are adding (1 cup + 1 cup), fractions (1/2 cup, ¼ teaspoon), measurement (capacity, units of measure, etc.), following step by step directions, and multiplication/division (doubling or halving).  There is math all around us; it is just a matter of taking the time to make the conversation to connect your child’s learning.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night

The Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A will be hosting a Spirit Night for Oak Hill on Monday, January 13th from 5-8pm.  Come and support Oak Hill and a portion of the sales will be donated to our technology fund.  Mobile orders are included.  Please be sure to mention Oak Hill when ordering. 

Oak Hill vs Lees Corner Basketball Game

Oak Hill's annual basketball game versus Lees Corner will be held on Friday, March 13 at Chantilly HS.  Please see the information below about the cheer squad and playing.     

Calling all 5th graders!

Are you interested in joining the co-ed cheer squad for the 6th Grade Basketball Game?  All students who wish to be on the squad are required to submit the registration form in order to participate.  If you need another copy of the form please email at 6thgradebasketballgame2020@gmail.com. Forms are also available in the main office.

Reminders for 6th graders!

Registration forms for basketball players, cheer, and mascots are due on January 11th.  If you need another copy of the form please email at 6thgradebasketballgame2020@gmail.com. Forms are also available in the main office.

T-shirt Design Contest for Basketball Game

Would you like to design a t-shirt that will be worn by our 6th graders in this year's basketball game versus Lees Corner?  Students in all grades are eligible to enter!!

  • Entries should be on an 8.5”x 11” white paper. This should be original and created by you.  It can use up to THREE colors and it will be printed on a blue shirt.
  • Entries are due by 3:45 PM on January 17th.  They will be collected in an envelope in the front office. 
  • The winning design will be announces on WOAK on January 29th and the winner will receive a free shirt.
  • Please be sure to write your name, grade and teacher's name on the back of your design.
Spirit Days

As you know Oak Hill is beating the "winter blues" by having Spirit Days.  Below is a schedule to help your son or daughter participate.  Have fun!

January 9: Throwback to Your Favorite Decade Thursday: Wear clothes from any decade

January 14: Team Tuesday: Wear your pod color clothes

January 15: Workout Wednesday: Wear exercise gear

Students racing to complete the cup stacking relay.

PTA News Membership Drive Month continues into 2020!

We are still at 54% membership, therefore the membership drive continues.  Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships and we are 47 short.  With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

  • Extra Recess and Pajama Day for All Students

Help us fund our programs. Ask your families and friends to help us get the 47. Without your support we may need to defund some programs including Assemblies, Grace Arts (former name).  PLEDGE today!  

Join at oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Art Contest Now Open

From January 2 – January 31, students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and $2000 for the Oak Hill art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  On January 9th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Cafeteria, we will hold an informational session with an opportunity to draw with others and instructions on entering, as well as a  general PTA meeting.

Reflections Finalist

Outstanding Interpretation:

Music Composition Primary Oak Hill Elementary - Siddharth Prabhu

Honorable Mention:

Music Composition Intermediate Oak Hill ES - Saisha Pal

Visual Arts Intermediate Oak Hill ES - Madison Moon 

AMC 8 Top Scorers

AMC 8 is designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills for middle school kids. We would like to congratulate the kids who achieved the top 3 scores. 

First Place - Aryan Garg 

Second Place - Ronav Akella, Kyle Yang, and Michael Edwards

Third Place - Arjun Garg, Ishaan Mantrala.

Key Calendar Dates

January 9: All Level IV referral forms and support documentation due to Mrs. Wheeler - wear clothes from any decade.

January 9:  6-7:30 pm.  PTA meeting and Art contest information meeting

January 10: 4th Grade Strings Concert (Parents only), 9am

January 13: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night at Chantilly Air and Space Chick-fil-A, 5-8pm

January 16: IOWA test for certain students

January 16: Rachel Carson MS Curriculum Night, 5:45pm at Carson MS

January 17: PTA Family Movie Night, 6-8:30pm

January 20: No school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

3210 Kinross Circle Oak Hill, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-467-3500
Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Two-Hour Early Close Today

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Two-Hour Early Close Today

Due to the anticipated snow in the forecast this afternoon and evening, and the possibility of deteriorating travel conditions, all Fairfax County Public Schools will close two hours early. 

  • Oak Hill students will be dismissed at 1:30pm.
  • PAC students will be dismissed at 1:30pm.
  • Morning preschool (special education) classes will be dismissed at approximately 11:00 a.m.
  • Afternoon preschool (special education) classes are canceled.
  • All after school activities are canceled. 
  • SACC will stay open until 6:15 p.m. SACC Administration requests parents make every effort to pick up children earlier, if possible.

The Oak Hill Main Office will close at 2:30pm.

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Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

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Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs)

Referrals can be submitted to the Oak Hill ES Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jane Wheeler, at any time up through January 9. If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu

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Wolf News December 18

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Mrs. DeVore and Mr. Credle wish the staff, students, and parents a "Happy Winter Break."

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It was so wonderful to see many of you during the last couple of weeks for the Band, Chorus, and Strings Concerts as well as volunteering in classrooms with special events!  We appreciate all that you do to support our staff and student body.  I would like to invite your child to slide in to the New Year and beat those wintertime blues with some Oak Hill Spirit!  We had some much fun with this last year that we are doing it again!  We have fun and easy spirit days planned for the month of January to keep students and staff feeling positive, healthy and a part of a greater school community.  You can see the days listed below in the calendar portion of our news.  We look forward to the fun and thank you for your support!

From the entire Oak Hill Staff, we wish all of you a safe and joyous Winter Break with family and friends.  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!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Winter Break and Office Schedule

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  Oak Hill's Office will close at 4:30pm on Friday, December 20 and will reopen at 8am on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Award Nominees and Winners

Oak Hill would like to recognize the following staff members who were nominated for various FCPS awards.  Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners!  Thank you to all the parents who nominated staff members.

Outstanding Teacher Nominees: Ana Young, Katy Wright, Stacy Muscar, Sara Horn, Anne Wieder, Jennifer Wagner, Hadley Payne, Pam Bennett, Mary More, Kevin McGorty, Sherry Cosby, Jeanette O'Malley, Rachel Powell, Jenny Henry, and Rachel Djuric  
Outstanding New Teacher: Leasley Alvarado
Outstanding Professional Nominees: Christy Ryder, Kim Gallagher, and Stacey Allman
Outstanding Operational Employees: Billy Germain, Holly Deschene, and Chuni Petros.

The following staff members were chosen as winners from Oak Hill and will be moving onto the Pyramid Level for further award consideration.  We wish them the best of luck!

Outstanding New Teacher: Leasley Alvarado
Outstanding Teacher: Pam Bennett
Outstanding Operational Employee: Billy Germain
Outstanding Professional Employee: Kim Gallagher 

Tip of the Week

Benefits of Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are popular among children. Did you know graphic novels have been proven to heighten children’s motivation to read and can be less overwhelming to decode?  When reading these types of texts, students practice synthesizing information.  This genre provides children with opportunities to make inferences between dialogue frames, while at the same time, exposes them to more sophisticated vocabulary.  To learn more about the benefits of graphic novels, Click Here.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs)

Referrals can be submitted to the Oak Hill ES Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jane Wheeler, at any time up through January 9. If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu

Lost and Found

We have an abundance of jackets in our Lost and Found.  Please encourage your child to check if they are missing an item.  All items that are not claimed by Friday will be donated.  As a reminder, we do look for names in jackets before we donate.  We encourage you to label your child's clothing.

Fifth graders sharing their narrative non-fiction books with 2nd graders.

PTA News Afterschool Activities - Winter - Coming Soon!

The early access link has been sent to members for all activities except: Journalism, Geography Club. Mr. Herring's sports is open to all.  If you are a member and didn't receive the link, please email secondvp@oakhillpta.org (After School Activities, Mr. Herring's sports) firstvp@oakhillpta.org (Geography Club, Journalism) or membership@oakhillpta.org.  If you are not a pledge member consider joining as members receive early access to your student's favorite activity, some go fast.  

Membership Drive Month continues until the 2020!

We are still at 54% membership, therefore the membership drive continues.  Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships.  With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

  • Extra Recess and Pajama Day for All Students

Help us achieve our goals and fund our programs. Without your support we may need to defund some programs including Assemblies, Grace Arts (former name), Classroom Support, Field Trips.  PLEDGE today!  

Join at oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

International Academic Competitions

International Academic Competitions (National Geography Championships/Bee in all grades, (new) National History Bee in all grades and (new) National Science Bee in all grades), is now open here. It's FREE!   Form closes December 21.  Regional Finals (not free) for History, Academic and Science are held at Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria, VA Feb 22 or Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City, MD Mar 28 if your student qualifies. Contact membership@oakhillpta.org.

ART Contest Opening in January!

From January 2 – January 31, public school students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and money for the OHES art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  On January 9th we will hold an informational gathering with an opportunity to draw with others and enter the competition.

Need Volunteers!

FLL Jr. coordinator - Without an FLL Jr. Coordinator we cannot operate this program and it must be cancelled.  If you are interested, please reach out to the president at president@oakhillpta.org or firstvp at firstvp@oakhillpta.org 

Key Calendar Dates

December 23 - January 3: Winter Break: School and office closed.

January 6: First day of school after winter break- wear your PJ's or comfy clothes.

January 7: Rachel Carson MS Counselors visit Oak Hill- wear red and perform one act of kindness.

January 8: Wear white in hopes of a snow day.

January 9: All Level IV referral forms and support documentation due to Mrs. Wheele - wear clothes from any decade.

January 10: 4th Grade Strings Concert (Parents only), 9am

January 16: IOWA test for certain students

January 16: Rachel Carson Curriculum Night, 5:45pm at Carson MS

January 17: PTA Family Movie Night, 6-8:30pm

January 20: No school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

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Principal Coffee

On Monday we hosted a Principal Coffee for parents.  At this meeting we shared our school improvement goals and instructional practices.  Parents learned about the components of Morning Meeting and participated in one with Oak Hill staff members.  They were able to observe teachers' facilitating Morning Meetings and how it builds community in the classroom.  Parents also learned about ways they could support their child's learning at home.  We will be hosting additional Principal Coffees after the Winter Break and hope you can join us.

Pre-Arranged Absences

With winter break around the corner, we wanted to remind you of our attendance procedures for students who will be traveling.  Please fill out the pre-arranged absence form and return it to the office no later than December 16th. Please note that FCPS has new regulations that pertain to travel outside of the country for a period of four consecutive weeks or more. The pre-arranged absence form and regulations can be found here.  Please contact the office at 703-467-3500 if you need more information.

Winter Break and Office Schedule

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 23 and ends on January 3, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  Oak Hill's Office will close at 4:30pm on Friday, December 20 and will reopen at 8am on Monday, January 6, 2020. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Tip of the Week

Does your child love to play board games or use dice?  Playing board games and using dice can help to increase students’ understanding of number lines and number concepts.  With winter break coming up, this is a great opportunity to take some time as a family to play board games together and increase your child’s math skills.  Some of our favorites are Qwirkle (ages 5+), 24 (ages 9+), Set (ages 6+), Dara (ages 8+), and Ticket to Ride (ages 8+).  To read more about this idea, check out this blogpost here.

Deadline for AAP Level IV Referrals

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline for referring students in Grades 2-7 for AAP full-time Level IV consideration is due no later than January 9, 2020.  Parents are welcome to submit early, but no late referrals will be accepted.  We advise parents not to wait for pending abilities test scores if they would like their student screened. While the Grade 2 screening pool casts a starting point for screening some students, test scores are only one factor in the eligibility decision. 

If you would like more information about Level IV AAP services or the screening process for Level IV, there are two parent presentations available on the AAP public website  that have the same information that was shared at our local school information meetings. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs)

Referrals can be submitted to the Oak Hill ES Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Jane Wheeler, at any time up through January 9. If you have questions, please contact Jane Wheeler, AART, at jgwheeler@fcps.edu

Lost and Found

We have an abundance of jackets in our Lost and Found.  Please encourage your child to check if they are missing an item.  All items that are not claimed by December 20th will be donated.  As a reminder, we do look for names in jackets before we donate.  We encourage you to label your child's clothing.

Fourth grade students with Jamestown forts they designed.

PTA News Afterschool Activities - Winter - Coming Soon!

The early access link has been sent to members for all activities except: Journalism, Geography Club, Mr. Herring's sports. If you are a member and didn't receive the link, please email secondvp@oakhillpta.org or membership@oakhillpta.org.  If you are not a pledge member consider joining as members receive early access to your student's favorite activity, some go fast (Debate club 4-6 SOLD OUT, Electronic Circuitry 1 spot left, Coding Arcade action 1 spot left, Coding Mazes and Monsters 3 spots left, ).  

Membership Drive Month continues in November!

We are still at 52% membership, therefore the membership drive continues.  Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships.  With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

  • Extra Recess and Pajama Day for All Students

Help us achieve our goals and fund our programs. Without your support we may need to defund some programs including Assemblies, Grace Arts (former name), Classroom Support, Field Trips.  PLEDGE today!  

Join at oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

International Academic Competitions

International Academic Competitions (National Geography Championships/Bee in all grades, (new) National History Bee in all grades and (new) National Science Bee in all grades), is now open here. It's FREE! Participation information will be sent out twice, December 14 and December 21.  Form closes December 21.  Regional Finals (not free) for History, Academic and Science are held at Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria, VA Feb 22 or Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City, MD Mar 28 if your student qualifies. Contact membership@oakhillpta.org.

Geography Club and Journalism Club

Please be on the lookout for 

  • Geography Club - Explore the culture and landmarks of the world.  Travel the world from the convenience of home.
  • Journalism Club - Are you interested in learning more about how to write newspaper articles? Have you ever wondered what it is like to create and publish your own magazine article? Journalism Club is the place for you! By the end of our session we will write, edit, and publish our very own Oak Hill newsletter!
Family Dance Night

Join us on Dec 13th, 6pm-8pm in Oakhill elementary cafeteria for a fun filled evening. Our music will be Bach to Rock, don't miss this opportunity to rock out!! Pizza and water available for purchase. We need volunteers to help us out, if interested email events@oakhillpta.org.

ART Contest Opening in January!

From January 2 – January 31, public school students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and money for the OHES art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  On January 9th we will hold an informational with an opportunity to draw with others and enter.

Need Volunteers!

FLL Jr. coordinator - Without an FLL Jr. Coordinator we cannot operate this program and it must be cancelled.  If you are interested, please reach out to the president at president@oakhillpta.org or firstvp at firstvp@oakhillpta.org 

Key Calendar Dates

December 11: Interims sent home in Wednesday Folders

December 13: PTA Family Dance Night, 6-8pm

December 17: 5th & 6th Grade Strings Concert, 7pm

December 23 - January 3: Winter Break. School and office closed.

January 6: First day of school after winter break

January 9: All Level IV referral forms and support documentation due to Mrs. Wheeler

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

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Oak Hill welcomed FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand.

Superintendent's Visit

Last week Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand visited several classrooms at Oak Hill.  He spoke to students and asked questions about their learning.  Staff members shared how they incorporate Portrait of a Graduate attributes into their every day lessons and how they were able to close achievement gaps last year.  In addition to learning about our work with students, Dr. Brabrand was very impressed with Oak Hill's unique mentorship program for our new staff.  We can't wait to share the video of his visit!    

Inclusive Schools Week

Oak Hill is continuing to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week 2019 through Friday.  This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have at Oak Hill.  We also hope this week will encourage conversations about how we can be more accepting and appreciative of those who are different from us.  Each day of the Inclusion Week, students and staff are encouraged to wear the various colors listed below.  Each color represents a word that will be discussed and linked to inclusion at Oak Hill. The celebration of Inclusive Schools Week will create a fundamental commitment to relationships among staff, students and the community of Oak Hill. #ISW2019

Thursday: Wear Purple for Positivity

Friday: Wear Oak Hill Spirit Wear

Lunch Visitors

We welcome parents to eat lunch with their child in the cafeteria.  No advanced notice is needed; just check in at the office and meet your child's class in the cafeteria.

We ask that you not bring fast food with you.  Your presence is the special treat.

Tip of the Week How to Support Your Child’s Reading Development

Learning to read and establishing a love of reading can be challenging for some students.   It is important to understand that parents’ perspective toward reading can directly influence a child’s reading proficiency.  There are a variety of ways to help your child learn to read and enjoy the love of books. To learn about how to foster the joy of reading in your child and support your child’s literacy development, please click here.

Chantilly HS Parent Night Out 2020-2021 School Year Calendar

In case you missed it, the 2020-21 school year calendar has been announced. For planning purposes, notable dates include:

First day of school - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Labor Day Break - September 4-7, 2020

Thanksgiving Break - November 25-27, 2020

Winter Break - December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021

Spring Break – March 29, 2021- April 2, 2021 (Note: Monday, April 5, 2021, is a teacher workday and a holiday for students)

Last day of school for students - Friday, June 11, 2021.  See the complete 2020-2021 school year calendar.

Mrs. Davis and one of her students participated in the Alexandria Tuba Christmas performance last Sunday.

Parent Resource Center Workshops

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers many free workshops each month. Here is a list of the topics in December.  

  • Zones of Regulation
  • Raising Children with High Self-Esteem in a High Pressure Culture
  • Twice Exceptional Students: What Parents Need to Know

For more information about the Parent Resource Center and to register for a class click here.

Lost and Found

We have an abundance of jackets at our Lost and Found.  Please encourage your child to check if they are missing an item.  All items that are not claimed by December 20th will be donated.  As a reminder, we do look for names in jackets before we donate.  We encourage you to label your child's clothing.

One of Oak Hill's First Lego League Teams with their Innovation project prototype.  They qualified for the state tournament in Harrisonburg this weekend.  Best of luck!

PTA News Afterschool Activities - Winter - Coming Soon!

Don't miss out on the afterschool activities for the winter. Pledge members receive early access to your student's favorite activity, some go fast.  

Membership Drive continues in December!

We are still at 51% membership, therefore the membership drive continues. Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships. With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

  • Extra Recess and ·  Pajama Day for All Students

Already pledged?  Encourage friends or family to make a pledge donation.  Help us achieve our goals and fund our programs. Without your support we may need to DEFUND some programs.  PLEDGE today!  

Join at https:oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact  membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Geography Club - International Academic Competitions

Interest registration is now open for International Academic Competitions (National Geography Olympiad/Bee in all grades, (new) National History Bee in all grades and (new) National Science Bee in all grades), go here.  

Journalism Club 

Is your student interested in learning more about how to write newspaper articles?  Has your student ever wondered what it is like to create and publish their own magazine article? Journalism club is the place for your student.  By the end of the session they will write, edit, and publish their very own Oak Hill newsletter! Coming Soon!  For more information contact Ms. Focke (alfocke@fcps.edu) or Mrs. Rynecki (lhrynecki@fcps.edu). 

ART Contest Opening in January!

From January 2 – January 31, public school students can enter their original artwork online for a chance to win a $150 gift card and money for the OHES art department. One winner will be selected from each of the three levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school. The winning designs will be featured on thousands of thank-you notes being distributed across the state during National Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.  On January 9th we will hold an informational meeting with an opportunity to draw with others and enter.

Key Calendar Dates

December 4: 5th & 6th Grade Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 5: Inclusive Schools Week Celebration: Wear Purple for Positivity

December 6: Inclusive Schools Week Celebration: Wear Oak Hill Spirit Wear

December 6: 1st Grade Field Trip to Clemyjontri Park, 

December 6: 6th Grade Field Trip to Rachel Carson MS for concert

December 6: 6th Grade Chorus Concert at Reston Town Center, 7pm

December 9: Principal Coffee, 9am

December 10: 5th & 6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm

December 13: PTA Family Dance Night, 6-8pm

December 17: 5th & 6th Grade Strings Concert, 7pm

 

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

3210 Kinross Circle Oak Hill, VA 20171  | Main Office: 703-467-3500
Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

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Thanksgiving Message

Dear Parents,

I write to you today to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Mr. Credle and I wish you safe travels, stress free driving, moist turkeys and plenty of warm memories with those you cherish the most.

If you didn’t know, I was raised on a dairy farm in Western Pennsylvania. Many years ago, a tornado leveled an empty barn just feet from the house I grew up in. The Amish rebuilt the barn and for the last eleven years, my parents have welcomed friends and extended family to have a Thanksgiving meal in the new barn. Under the warmth of twinkle lights and gas heaters we come together to stop and look around the tables built from the rubbles of the fallen barn to remember our roots and be thankful of what is right in front of us. This year, while in Pennsylvania I also look forward to taking my son to the Christmas Tree Farm where for 31 years my family enjoyed finding that perfect tree to “saw” down and decorate. While we won’t be trudging through inches of snow this early in the season, it will be extra special to have my dad ride along with us to that same tree farm. This will be a memory savored for years to come.

Regardless of whether you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you have a warm place to be where the company that surrounds you is all you need to have a full heart. I am thankful for such caring families at Oak Hill, caring students and a staff who tirelessly cares for our kids. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

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Math Labsites

Members of Region 5 School Support visited Oak Hill the past two weeks to introduce math labsites to our students and teachers.  Math labsites give teachers the opportunity to collaboratively plan and implement lessons together in the classroom with their students.  Our teachers are diving into best practices around mathematics to benefit student achievement.  This was great professional development for our teachers and learning experience for our students.

Principal Coffee

As many of you heard at Back to School Night, instruction in public school has changed a lot over the last 15 years.  In an effort to inform and connect with our community, Oak Hill will be holding multiple Principal Coffees throughout the year to share with you our instructional practices and give you a chance to see some of them in action.

Next month, we will host our first coffee on Monday, December 9th from 9:00-10:00 in the Oak Hill Library.  Staff will share with you our school improvement goals and ways we will be working to achieve them.  We will conclude with a visit to see our Morning Meetings in action so that you can see how we build community within our classrooms.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP here by Monday, December 2.  We will be capping this coffee at 25 participants in an effort to keep groups small as we are visiting classrooms.  If you have any specific questions regarding this coffee, please contact Katherine Andersen at keandersen@fcps.edu.  

We look forward to this new format and can’t wait to share our best practices!

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually around the country. This year we will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week from December 2-6. This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have at Oak Hill. We also hope this week will encourage conversations about how we can be more accepting and appreciative of those who are different from us. The “Charting the Course” theme will reflect that we are making great strides in making positive changes in awareness of inclusion, but recognizing that we can continue to take steps towards reaching a goal of a fully inclusive school culture. Each day of the Inclusion Week, students and staff are encouraged to wear the various colors listed in the calendar section. Each color represents a word that will be discussed and linked to inclusion at Oak Hill. The celebration of Inclusive Schools Week will create a fundamental commitment to relationships among staff, students and the community of Oak Hill. #ISW2019

We are all part of the same team at Oak Hill! We are a diverse community and that makes our school absolutely wonderful and unique!  We work together to create a climate of inclusiveness and kindness. We are all linked together and connected in our purpose to make Oak Hill an amazing school!

Tip of the Week Fact Fluency

As students continue on their mathematics journey, memorizing facts is always a hot topic.  In past years, memorization of facts in isolation was highly valued and knowing these facts quickly determined whether you were a good math student or not.  Research now shows that this practice led to many students having anxiety over the memorization or poor thoughts of themselves as mathematicians.  

Recalling facts is an important building block of problem solving, however, our emphasis is on the strategy and number sense related to recalling facts.  In order for students to have the conceptual understanding of a mathematical task, they need to be able to reason and explain their thinking not just have the procedural context.  This article by Jo Boaler, a mathematics professor at Stanford, explains this understanding very well. Food for thought!

Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, all schools will be closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving break. Please note that like last year, Wednesday, November 27, is a holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Advanced Academic News

Mrs. Wheeler, Oak Hill’s Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, will hold a parent meeting on Tuesday, December 3, at 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  At this meeting, she will review the referral/screening process and provide information as to what parents and the school submit for a screening file.

Important Date:  January 9, 2020 – AAP Level IV Referral forms and optional materials due to Mrs. Wheeler at Oak Hill by COB. **For 2nd grade parents, CogAt scores may not be back by January 9.  If you would like your child screened for Level IV services, please do not wait for the scores or a potential letter about the second grade pool.  Go ahead and submit the referral form and any optional materials in order to meet the deadline.

This site will help answer questions about the timeline and screening files.  If you have further questions, please email Mrs. Wheeler at jgwheeler@fcps.edu.

Homework Free Breaks

We wanted to share that the Chantilly Pyramid principals have agreed to have “homework free breaks” during major FCPS student holidays.  Teachers are asked to not assign homework over Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break and not have any projects due or any assessments on the first two days after the holiday.  Everyone has worked hard and needs some time to relax and rejuvenate.

Lost and Found

We have an abundance of jackets at our Lost and Found.  Please encourage your child to check if they are missing an item.  All items that are not claimed by December 20th will be donated.  As a reminder, we do look for names in jackets before we donate.  We encourage you to label your child's clothing.

PTA News Math Kangaroo

Math Kangaroo is an international mathematical competition for students in grades 1 through 12. The competition consists of a single round. Any  student that is currently enrolled in grades 1 through 12 are eligible to participate.

Please note that this year Math Kangaroo will be conducted from 5.30 to 6.45pm at the Oak Hill elementary library. Also this is restricted to Oak Hill students only. Please do not share the code.

Oak Hill is a private center and parents have to use the Invitation code VAHERND0003307@20MK to register. Please login/Create a new account at this link . Instructions for parents How to register for a "private" center Location: Oak Hill Elementary School library Date/Time: Mar 19, 2020 from 05:30 PM to 06:45 PM Registration deadline December 15, 2019 . Registration fee is $21 Late registration : December 16 – December 31:with greater registration fee: $35 - subject to place availability. Practice Material can be found  here.  This link has additional information.

Odyssey of the Mind

Currently there are only enough coaches to support 37 students.  There are currently 67 students signed up.  Our organizers cannot form teams for more than 37 students given that there are not enough coaches to support the teams.  That means that currently if your student was not signed up by 10/20/2019, there will not be a coach to form the team.  Please support this wonderful program.  It is an incredible joy to coach these very bright students!  If you are a parent/guardian willing to coach, please send an e-mail to oakhill.odyssey@gmail.com and copy membership@oakhillpta.org.  

If you missed signing up, we are opening the form, again with the stipulation that we need volunteers.  So volunteer and sign up here.  The form will close on 11/23/2019 and teams will be formed by Thanksgiving.  Without volunteers can only do teams for those who signed up Oct 19 or before (first 37).  

Please send any questions to oakhill.odyssey@gmail.com.

Afterschool Activities - Winter - Coming Soon!

Don't miss out on the afterschool activities for the winter, they will be coming soon.  Pledge members receive early access to your student's favorite activity, some go fast.  In addition, pledge members save $25 per activity per student!  So if you haven't already, pledge during Membership Drive Month...

Geography Club - Winter

The National Geographic GeoBee (grades 4-6) interest form is out now.  This was previously an in-school competition and is now after-school, so if your student would like to participate sign up here

Be on the lookout for Geography Club - Winter announcement.  For more information, contact the Geography Club Director, Allen at allenpetrin@gmail.com

International Academic Competitions 

Coming soon, we will be looking for interest in the International Academic Competitions (National Geography Olympiad/Bee in all grades, (new) National History Bee in all grades and (new) National Science Bee in all grades).  

Join the PTA today - Building a Brighter Future Together!

Help support our students' bright future through the support of the PTA. The membership pledge is $50/family.  Some of the benefits include the following:

Free School Directory, Educational enrichment programs, family fun events, after school activities, and much more!  Early Bird Access Link & $25 discount on each Afterschool Activity.  Membership access to discounts (Office Depot, Hertz, Lifelock, Lenovo, Quicken, Relay, Great Wolf Lodge, Mount Vernon, etc.).  Membership raffle prizes to Mount Vernon (raffled), Dulles Golf & Sportsplex and Nanno! 

Join at https:oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact  membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Congratulations to the following teams!

Oak Hill has had several teams competing in various competitions.  Below are the teams and where they placed. 

At Chantilly High School our 4th grade team Super LEGO City Shapers (Aarav Banait, Amelle Ahmed, Ealbu Nithilaselvan, Gautham Agilan, Langlen Heisnam, Natalie Talberg , Rene Goswami, Soraya Shamal ) won the Championship award 2nd place (Division 1) and have qualified for the states. The state tournament will be on December  7-8 at Harrisonburg, VA. 

At Woodbridge Senior High School, our 5th grade team TechnoWolves (Arushi Das,Jiya Gunasekaran, Neha Ranjith, Rishan Desai, Rohan Jayakumar, Sahana Kumar, Sarvesh Palanivel, Surya Raj) won 1st place in Robot design and are advancing to state championship. The State tournament will be on December 7-8 at Harrisonburg, VA.  

Oak Hill team, Just Keep Building (Ritwik Sinha, Satvik Chandran, Salban Nithilaselvan, Karthik Jayaraj, Nikhil Dev, Samik Sidhu) won 1st place in Innovation project and 2nd place in Robot performance.

Congratulations to all of the students and teams on their accomplishments! 

Key Calendar Dates

November 21: Picture Make-up and Retakes

November 22: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

December 2-6: Inclusive Schools Week

December 2: Wear Red for Respect: We respect and support our fellow classmates and recognize that individual differences are what make us special.

December 3: Wear Green for Gifts: Friendship is a gift we give to one another. We all have gifts and special talents to share.

December 3: AAP Parent Meeting in Cafeteria, 9am.

December 4: Wear Blue for Belonging: Education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community.

December 5: Wear Purple for Positivity: At Oak Hill we notice and embrace each other's abilities. We create a joyful school when we are positive with one another.

December 6: Wear Oak Hill Spirit Wear

December 6: 1st Grade Field Trip to Clemyjontri Park, 6th Grade Chorus Concert at Reston Town Center, 7pm

December 9: Principal Coffee, 9am

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Principal Coffee

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Principal Coffee

Dear Parents,

As many of you heard at Back to School Night, instruction in public school has changed a lot over the last 15 years.  In an effort to inform and connect with our community, Oak Hill will be holding multiple Principal Coffees throughout the year to share with you our instructional practices and give you a chance to see some of them in action.

Next month, we will host our first coffee on Monday, December 9th from 9:00-10:00 in the Oak Hill Library.  Staff will share with you our school improvement goals and ways we will be working to achieve them.  We will conclude with a visit to see our Morning Meetings in action so that you can see how we build community within our classrooms.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP here by Monday, December 2.  We will be capping this coffee at 25 participants in an effort to keep groups small as we are visiting classrooms.  If you have any specific questions regarding this coffee, please contact my Administrative Assistant, Katherine Andersen at keandersen@fcps.edu.  

We look forward to this new format and can’t wait to share our best practices!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Inclusive Schools Week 2019

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Inclusive Schools Week 2019

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually around the country. This year we will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week from December 2-6. This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have at Oak Hill. We also hope this week will encourage conversations about how we can be more accepting and appreciative of those who are different from us. The “Charting the Course” theme will reflect that we are making great strides in making positive changes in awareness of inclusion, but recognizing that we can continue to take steps towards reaching a goal of a fully inclusive school culture. Each day of the Inclusion Week, students and staff are encouraged to wear the various colors listed below. Each color represents a word that will be discussed and linked to inclusion at Oak Hill. The celebration of Inclusive Schools Week will create a fundamental commitment to relationships among staff, students and the community of Oak Hill. #ISW2019.  

Monday: Wear Red for Respect: We respect and support our fellow classmates and recognize that individual differences are what make us special.

Tuesday: Wear Green for Gifts: Friendship is a gift we give to one another. We all have gifts and special talents to share.

Wednesday: Wear Blue for Belonging: Education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community.

Thursday: Wear Purple for Positivity: At Oak Hill we notice and embrace each other's abilities. We create a joyful school when we are positive with one another.

Friday: Wear Oak Hill Spirit Wear

While we may all have different OHES spirit wear, we are all part of the same team at Oak Hill! We are a diverse community and that makes our school absolutely wonderful and unique! We work together to create a climate of inclusiveness and kindness. We are all linked together and connected in our purpose to make Oak Hill an amazing school!

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Wolf News November 13

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Families enjoyed Oak Hill's Veterans Day program.

Progress Reports

Your child will bring home a paper copy of their Progress Reports today.  Please review the progress report, sign the progress report envelope on the 1st grading period line and have your child return the envelope to their teacher. Progress Reports can also be viewed through your Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE account.  You can login or create a new account by clicking SIS ParentVUE.    

Tip of the Week Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

While children are often proficient in answering literal comprehension questions, responding to inferential questions can be more difficult.  Inferential questions are frequently found on the SOL tests across subject areas. Children are often asked to make inferences about characters and to determine the main idea.  Inferential thinking requires children to “read between the lines” and is a skill that builds over time. By helping your child identify which information is implied vs. directly stated, you can support him/her with drawing conclusions or making inferences.  To learn more about how to help your child with inferential thinking, please click here.

Inclement Weather Information

When FCPS cancels or delays the opening of school due to inclement weather or other emergencies, staff, students, and parents are notified in multiple ways as soon as the decision is made.

FCPS' official Twitter account, @fcpsnews (with the blue check mark), is where you'll first see closing or delay announcements. That's because we've found Twitter to be the fastest, most effective method of disseminating news. Additional communication channels used to announce a delayed opening or closure include FCPS’ public website, email, text, Facebook, local television and radio stations, and Channel 21. Subscribers to the Delayed Openings and School Closings email on News You Choose will also be notified.

Please keep in mind that there may be a delay from the time messages are transmitted to them being received by users. More than 588,000 emails and texts are being transmitted during every weather closure or delay. However, FCPS has no control over how long it takes cell and internet service providers to distribute emails and texts to customers.

Please view FCPS' Weather Cancellation Procedures page for more information on weather closings and delays.   

Calling all Parent Volunteers for the 6th Grade Basketball Game

Come and Join the Volunteer Team to Plan the Details of the Event!

Tuesday, November 19th @7PM 

Piero's Corner Restaurant in Franklin Farm

RSVP to 6thgradebasketballgame2020@gmail.com to let us know you're coming.

Oak Hill Family Engagement Survey Results

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) conducted a division-wide Family Engagement Survey to all families with students in grades K-12. 

We are happy to report the following:

  • 96 percent feel their child is safe at school
  • 95 percent feel welcome at our school
  • 95 percent feel the school welcomes families of different background and cultures.
  • 95 percent feel the school is safe
  • 95 percent feel information provided is easy to understand. 

The complete survey results can be found on the Oak Hill website.  We will use this feedback to help us continue to strengthen family engagement and foster a Caring Culture.

Outstanding Employee Awards

Attention all members of the Oak Hill Community! Do you know an Oak Hill staff member that displays exceptional leadership and exceeds his/her responsibilities? Does your child have an exceptional teacher who highly motivates students, understands individual needs, and instills a love for learning? Then, please take the time to nominate an Oak Hill staff member in the categories below.  OHES Nomination Form. Nominations are due no later than November 22nd.

*Please note: If your candidate wins at the school level, as a nominator you will be asked to complete an additional nomination packet.

Outstanding Principal Eligibility: 3+ years as a building principal 

Outstanding Leader Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as a Schedule-B or Schedule-C employee (not a teacher or school principal): Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant and Associate Principals, DSA, DSS, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Professional Employee: at least 1 year as an employee (part- time or full) that is paid on a Schedule-B pay scale or other non-instructional specialty pay scale, includes: SBTS, TSS, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, or other employee paid as a Resource Teacher who serves in a non-instructional or administrative role in the school

Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher; librarians are included in this category  

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher; librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, all parent liaisons

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Cathy Lahr at cclahr1@fcps.edu.

Health Room Volunteers

Volunteers are needed in our school health room. Free training is provided by the Fairfax County Health Department at our Herndon/Reston District Office.  No registration is required.

Date: Thursday, November 14, 10am -12pm

Location: 1850 Cameron Glen Dr. (Room 600)                 Reston, VA 20190

For questions or concerns please feel free to contact our School Health Aide, Juliana Rampersad at 703-467-3510 or Public Health Nurse, Phoebe Zuo at 703-467-5820.

Second graders performing "The Leaf Man" in music.

PTA News Afterschool Activities - Winter - Coming Soon!

Don't miss out on the afterschool activities for the winter, they will be coming soon.  Pledge members receive early access to your student's favorite activity, some go fast.  In addition, pledge members save $25 per activity per student!  So if you haven't already, pledge during Membership Drive Month...

Membership Drive Month continues in November!

We are slowly increasing to 51% membership, therefore the membership drive continues.  Our first challenge is to get to 400 pledge memberships.  With 400 pledge memberships, the school will celebrate with:

·  Extra Recess  and ·  Pajama Day for All Students

Already pledged?  Encourage friends or family to make a pledge donation.  Help us achieve our goals and fund our programs (see more info here).  PLEDGE today and we can achieve them faster!  Directories are in the works so before they go to print become a member to get a free one!

Congratulations to the winner of the Multi-Cultural Night membership raffle!   Erin Hauswirth claimed her prize to George Washington's Mount Vernon.  Stay tuned for more winners soon! 

Geography Club - Winter

The National Geographic GeoBee (grades 4-6) interest form is out now.  This was previously an in-school competition and is now after-school, so if your student would like to participate sign up here.  Be on the lookout for Geography Club - Winter announcement.  For more information, contact the Geography Club Director, Allen at allenpetrin@gmail.com. 

International Academic Competitions 

Coming soon, we will be looking for interest in the International Academic Competitions (National Geography Olympiad/Bee in all grades, (new) National History Bee in all grades and (new) National Science Bee in all grades).  

Join the PTA today - Building a Brighter Future Together!

Help support our students' bright future through the support of the PTA. The membership pledge is $50/family.  Some of the benefits include the following:

  • Free School Directory 
  • Educational enrichment programs, family fun events, after school activities, and much more!
  • Early Bird Access Link & $25 discount on each Afterschool Activity
  • Membership access to discounts (Office Depot, Hertz, Lifelock, Lenovo, Quicken, Relay, Great Wolf Lodge, Mount Vernon, etc.)
  • Membership raffle prizes to Mount Vernon (raffled), Dulles Golf & Sportsplex and Nanno!

Join at https:oakhillpta.ptboard.com.  To join our school use code: 8HSEEV  Contact  membership@oakhillpta.org for questions.

Key Calendar Dates

November 15: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Maryland Science Center

November 21: Picture Make-up and Retakes

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, no school

December 2-6: Inclusive Schools Week

December 3: AAP Parent Meeting in Cafeteria, 9am

December 4: 5th & 6th Grade Chorus Concert, 7pm

December 6: 1st Grade Field Trip to Clemyjontri Park

December 6: 6th Grade Chorus Concert at Reston Town Center, 7pm

Ways to Stay Informed

Access and sign up for News You Choose.

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

School lunch menus are located here.

Bus Delay Notification System

Join the Oak Hill PTA

Recognize a FCPS Employee at FCPS Cares

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Oak Hill Veterans Day and Chantilly Thanks!

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Dear Parents,

We had over 100 attendees at our annual Veterans Day program!  Veterans and their families enjoyed breakfast, a performance by our fifth grade chorus, and placemats and cards made by many of our students.  We would like to thank everyone for attending.

Tomorrow night at 6pm the Chantilly High School Pyramid and iWitnessed --> iRemember would like to invite Veterans and Active Duty Service Personnel and their families to our Chantilly Thanks! performance and dessert reception at Chantilly High School.  We appreciate all of the sacrifices you and your family have made to protect our country, and we hope you can join us at this event.  Space is, unfortunately, limited, so please RSVP for you and your guests at this link. If you have any questions, please email iwitnessed.iremember@gmail.com

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!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

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Outstanding Employee Awards

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Outstanding Employee Awards

Attention all members of the Oak Hill Community! Do you know an Oak Hill staff member that displays exceptional leadership and exceeds his/her responsibilities? Does your child have an exceptional teacher who highly motivates students, understands individual needs, and instills a love for learning? Then, please take the time to nominate an Oak Hill staff member in the categories below. OHES Nomination Form

*Please note: If your candidate wins at the school level, as a nominator you will be asked to complete an additional nomination packet.

Outstanding Principal Eligibility: 3+ years as a building principal 

Outstanding Leader Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as a Schedule-B or Schedule-C employee (not a teacher or school principal): Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assistant and Associate Principals, DSA, DSS, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Professional Employee: at least 1 year as an employee (part- time or full) that is paid on a Schedule-B pay scale or other non-instructional specialty pay scale, includes: SBTS, TSS, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, or other employee paid as a Resource Teacher who serves in a non-instructional or administrative role in the school

Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher; librarians are included in this category  

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Within their first three years of being a teacher; librarians are included in this category

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, all parent liaisons

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Cathy Lahr at cclahr1@fcps.edu.

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

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