Important Picture Day Information

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Important Picture Day Information

We have scheduled two picture days with Lifetouch. The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook and you will also have the opportunity to order picture packages.  Our picture days are :

Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

Tuesday February 2nd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

  • Please make sure you pick the correct date when signing up.  Picture days will be by appointment only.  You may sign up here
  • Prior to coming to school please review the Health Screening Questions located here.  If you answer yes to any of the questions please do not come to school. 
  • Please make sure you arrive on time, as pictures will be taken in the SACC Room every 2 minutes.  Please drive up to the main entrance of the school in the bus lane.  Your child will be escorted into the SACC Room to have their picture taken and will then be escorted  back to the car.  Please stay in your car until your child is finished and please make sure your child is wearing a mask.  Only students will be allowed to come into the building.  Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code EVTVTZR76 at the Lifetouch website.

If you do not wish to bring your child to the school for a yearbook picture, you may submit a photo to oakhillyearbook21@gmail.com using the following guidelines.

  • Take a picture of your child with a solid color background (recommended grey or dark blue).
  • The photo should be from the waist up.
  • Photo should be in a jpeg format.
  • Photo should be vertical
  • Send picture as ”Actual Size”
  • In the subject of the email, write student’s full name as it should appear in the yearbook, grade, and teacher’s name.  For example: Barbie Jackson grade 3 Mrs. Wagner.

If you have questions, please call Michelle Coyne at 703-467-3591.

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Important Picture Day Information

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Important Picture Day Information

We have scheduled two picture days with Lifetouch. The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook and you will also have the opportunity to order picture packages.  Our picture days are :

Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

Tuesday February 2nd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. 

  • Please make sure you pick the correct date when signing up.  Picture days will be by appointment only.  You may sign up here
  • Prior to coming to school please review the Health Screening Questions located here.  If you answer yes to any of the questions please do not come to school. 
  • Please make sure you arrive on time, as pictures will be taken in the SACC Room every 2 minutes.  Please drive up to the main entrance of the school in the bus lane.  Your child will be escorted into the SACC Room to have their picture taken and will then be escorted  back to the car.  Please stay in your car until your child is finished and please make sure your child is wearing a mask.  Only students will be allowed to come into the building.  Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code 67RZTVTVE at the Lifetouch website.

If you do not wish to bring your child to the school for a yearbook picture, you may submit a photo to oakhillyearbook21@gmail.com using the following guidelines.

  • Take a picture of your child with a solid color background (recommended grey or dark blue).
  • The photo should be from the waist up.
  • Photo should be in a jpeg format.
  • Photo should be vertical
  • Send picture as ”Actual Size”
  • In the subject of the email, write student’s full name as it should appear in the yearbook, grade, and teacher’s name.  For example: Barbie Jackson grade 3 Mrs. Wagner.

If you have questions, please call Michelle Coyne at 703-467-3591.

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

Teacher Workday & Spirit Week

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Tomorrow is a Teacher Workday

As a reminder, tomorrow is a teacher work day and a student holiday. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

Our final Spirit Week of January begins on Tuesday.  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January.  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Wolf News January 21

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Throwback Tuesday pictures as part of Spirit Week.

Calendar Reminders

Tomorrow is the last day of the second quarter and is a two-hour early release day. Synchronous instruction will end at 12:15pm.  Monday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a student holidaySee the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Franklin MS Curriculum Night is Tonight

The virtual Franklin Middle School Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night will take place tonight at 6:00 PM.  Rising 7th Grade families will have the opportunity to learn more about the core classes and electives courses that Franklin has to offer. The format will include a synchronous meeting at 6:00 PM and numerous asynchronous resources that we will share throughout the event. The program will be recorded for those unable to attend the meeting.     

Please click here to join us at the Franklin MS Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night.

Additional course selection and transition information, including the course catalog and elective videos, can be found on the Franklin website.

School Board Meeting Tonight

The next regular (hybrid) School Board meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. The meeting will be televised on FCPS Cable TV channel 99 (Verizon channel 11) and will be livestreamed on the FCPS website

Mondays Clarification

There will not be school for students on January 25 because it is a Teacher Workday.  Beginning February 1, Mondays will return to how they looked in the fall.  Teachers will have Morning Meeting with their class, assign asynchronous activities, and meet with small groups of students.     

Laptop Swap for Fourth & Fifth Graders

Fourth and fifth grade students will receive new laptops on Monday January 25 at our drive-through distribution. If you did not register for a time to swap your current laptop and charger for the new laptop you can use the Sign Up Genius links below to make an appointment.

4th Grade Appointment Sign Up

5th Grade Appointment Sign Up

Stop the Spread: Protect Yourself and Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Your actions keep all of us healthy, and we need to keep it up and continue working together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. There are some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Testing, contact tracing, and staying home and away from others when sick or after contact with someone who is sick, are also critical to help “box in” COVID-19 and prevent it from spreading further in our community.

Picture Day

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer a Picture Day this Year!  The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook!  Our picture day will be held on Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  We have added a second day, Tuesday February 2nd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Please make sure you pick the correct date when signing up.  Picture days will be by appointment only.  We have included the Sign-up Genius link here.  Prior to coming to school please review the Health Screening Questions located here.  If you answer yes to any of the questions please do not come to school.  Please make sure you arrive on time, as pictures will be taken in the SACC Room every 2 minutes.  Please drive up to the main entrance of the school in the bus lane.  Please stay in your car until your child is finished and please make sure your child is wearing a mask.  Only students will be allowed to come into the building.  Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code 67RZTVTVE at the Lifetouch website.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As additional student groups return to school in person, parents and caregivers are asked to complete a Health Screening Commitment form before student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home should they become ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Katherine Dillard at kjdillard1@fcps.edu if you need a hard copy sent to you.

FCPS Announces Open Enrollment for Dual Language Immersion Programs

Fairfax County Public Schools’ online registration for the county-wide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 25. Current prekindergarten students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2021-22 school year. 

The kindergarten DLI programs are available in Korean and Spanish. Korean is available at Powell and Spanish is available at Bailey’s Elementary, Fort Hunt, Lake Anne, Laurel Ridge, London Towne, and Rose Hill Elementary Schools. First grade DLI programs are available at 12 elementary schools and are offered in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Information Meetings Ongoing

Parents who are interested in the DLI programs in FCPS are encouraged to attend an informational meeting. All meetings are held virtually. Information regarding virtual meeting access will be made available on the Dual Language Immersion registration site by the day of the meeting.

Get more information on Dual Language Immersion programs

Bus Route Meal Service and Meal Kit Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 18-26 where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place.  This week Food servies will offering Supper and Snack as well as Breakfast and Lunch Meal Kits.  FCPS buses continue to deliver grab and go meals at the Oak Hill bus loop from 11:42-11:52am Monday through Friday. 

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

Our final Spirt Week of January starts next Tuesday.  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

FCPS Parent Resource Center

FCPS' Parent Resource Center offers an engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. They provide access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities.  Below is a list of free future webinars.

  • Create Calm and Confidence in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty: A Webinar for Families
  • Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series
  • Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning at Home

To view all the webinars and/or to register please click here

Technology Tip of the Week Parent Tech Tip

Are you running out of ideas for socially distanced ways to keep your child entertained and connected to friends?  This article from Common Sense Media has some good ideas for online playdates, game nights, and other ways to socialize at a distance for preschoolers, tweens and everything in between. 

PTA News Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family.

Key Calendar Dates

January 21 & 22: Spirit Days

January 21: Franklin MS rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair, 6pm 

January 22: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release, synchronous instruction ends at 12:15pm

January 25: Teacher Workday, no school

January 25: 4th grade laptop swap: 8:30-10:40am, 5th grade laptop swap: 10:45-12:45pm 

January 25-29: Spirit Days

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

Access Oak Hill's News You Choose.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Spirit Week

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Schools and Offices Closed Tomorrow and January 20

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed tomorrow for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, and on Wednesday, January 20, for Inauguration Day.

See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an African American minister who advocated so that all people would be treated fairly.  He helped advanced civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.  King led and participated in marches and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to remember how he advocated to end racial segregation and promote racial equality.    

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

Week three of our Spirit Week begins on Tuesday.  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January.  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

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

Picture Day Information – UPDATED!

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Picture Day Information – UPDATED!

 

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer a Picture Day this Year!  The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook!  Our picture day will be held on Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  We have added a second day, Tuesday February 2nd from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Please make sure you pick the correct date when signing up.  Picture days will be by appointment only.  We have included the Sign-up Genius link here.  Prior to coming to school please review the Health Screening Questions located here.  If you answer yes to any of the questions please do not come to school.  Please make sure you arrive on time, as pictures will be taken in the SACC Room every 2 minutes.  Please drive up to the main entrance of the school in the bus lane.  Your child will have their temperature taken and be escorted into the SACC Room to have their picture taken and will then be escorted  back to the car.  Please stay in your car until your child is finished and please make sure your child is wearing a mask.  Only students will be allowed to come into the building.  Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code 67RZTVTVE at the Lifetouch website.

Additionally, if you do not wish to bring your child to the school for a yearbook picture, you may submit a photo to oakhillyearbook21@gmail.com using the following guidelines.

  • Take a picture of your child with a solid color background (recommended grey or dark blue).
  • The photo should be from the waist up.
  • Photo should be in a jpeg format.
  • Photo should be vertical.
  • Send picture in as "Actual Size"
  • In the subject of the email, write student’s full name as it should appear in the yearbook, grade, and teacher’s name.  For example: Barbie Jackson grade 3 Mrs. Wagner.

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

Wolf News January 13

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Oak Hill students and staff wearing their Tie-Dye as part of Spirit Week.

Mondays Clarification

There will not be school for students the next two Mondays due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on January 18 and a Teacher Workday on January 25.  Beginning February 1, Mondays will return to how they looked in the fall.  Teachers will have Morning Meeting with their class, assign asynchronous activities, and meet with small groups of students.     

Calendar Reminder: Schools and Offices Closed on January 18 and January 20

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, for the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, and on Wednesday, January 20, for Inauguration Day.

Friday, January 22, is the last day of the second quarter and is a two-hour early release day. Synchronous instruction will end at 12:15pm.  Monday, January 25, is a teacher work day and a student holidaySee the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Rising 7th Grade Information

Rachel Carson and Franklin Middle Schools will be having Virtual Curriculum Nights this year.  Please see below for further information.  Please have your child log into their FCPS account to access the links.

Rachel Carson Middle School: Thursday, January 14th at 6pm: Rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night (please click the link to register). Carson MS Presentation.

Franklin Middle School: Thursday, January 21st at 6pm: Rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair (more information coming soon). Franklin MS Presentation.

**Please note that if your child is a Level IV AAP student zoned for Franklin, they will automatically be designated to Franklin. If you would like your child to attend Carson instead, please complete and submit this form to the AAP Office by April 1, 2021. Please also inform Oak Hill’s Registrar, Katherine Dillard, at kjdillard1@fcps.edu. **

Using FCPS Service Learning to Honor the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Even during COVID-19, students are finding incredible ways to serve their communities either virtually or while practicing social distancing and following CDC guidelines. The upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend is a great opportunity to connect students with impactful service opportunities while also teaching students about the life and legacy of Dr. King.

In partnership with FCPS and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Volunteer Fairfax will begin offering virtual, family-friendly service learning activities on January 16. 

To learn more about the MLK, Jr., Weekend of Service and the specific service activities, visit Volunteer Fairfax’s website for more information.

Picture Day

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer a Picture Day this year!  The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook!   Our picture day will be held on Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Picture day will be by appointment only.  We have included the Sign-up Genius link here. Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code 67RZTVTVE at the Lifetouch website.

U.S. Department of Education Webinar: Learning in a Pandemic

Join the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday, January 14, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on the state of student learning during the pandemic and tools that families and teachers can use to support student learning now. 

Registration is available online. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email containing a personalized link to access the webinar.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As additional student groups return to school in person, parents and caregivers are asked to complete a Health Screening Commitment form before student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home should they become ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Katherine Dillard at kjdillard1@fcps.edu if you need a hard copy sent to you.

Bus Route Meal Service and Meal Kit Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools is committed to providing all students access to meals January 18-26 where there are two school holidays and one student holiday/teacher workday. The following plan will be in place.  This week Food servies will offering Supper and Snack as well as Breakfast and Lunch Meal Kits.  Next week Oak Hill will be distributing meals on Tuesday, January 19.  FCPS buses continue to deliver grab and go meals at the Oak Hill bus loop from 11:42-11:52am Monday through Friday. 

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

Week three of our Spirit Week begins next Tuesday.  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January.  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

Healthy Minds Podcast: New Year, New Outlook

As we turn the calendar onto a new year, Deborah Callsen, a physical education teacher from Haycock Elementary School, shares lessons of positivity and health boosters for all of us in the latest Healthy Minds podcast.

Callsen explains the health triangle of physical, mental, and social health along with concrete, creative, and actionable ways to meet (or surpass) these needs for students, staff, and all listeners.

Career and Technical Education Summer Enrichment

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) office is once again planning an engaging summer enrichment program for students! For our current 2nd to 6th grade students, we are offering Tech Adventure Camp.  This weekly summer program gives students the opportunity to explore the exciting pathways in Career and Technical Ed including STEAM, culinary, health, trades, business and marketing. For more information please click this website.

Reading Tip of the Week Mastering Sight Words

Reading is thinking, and children are called upon to use a variety of strategies to problem solve words. However, some words can’t be solved using conventional strategies and must be memorized. These words are called sight words. When learning sight words consider using a variety of media such as: playdough, wipe off boards/pens, magnetic letters, colored sand, paintbrush and water, and flour in a pan. In addition, it is important for children to locate a sight word immediately in a text after learning how to spell and read it in isolation. This is to ensure that students demonstrate reciprocity between reading and writing. To learn more fun ways to practice sight words with your child, click here.

PTA News Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family.

Key Calendar Dates

January 13-15: Spirit Week

January 14: Rachel Carson MS rising 7th grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair, 6pm

January 18-22: Spirit Week

January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, no school

January 19: Meal Kit Distribution, 8-12:30pm

January 20: Inauguration Day, no school

January 21: Franklin MS rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair, 6pm 

January 22: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release, synchronous instruction ends at 12:15pm

January 25: Teacher Workday, no school

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

Access Oak Hill's News You Choose.

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

Picture Day Information

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Picture Day Information

We are happy to announce that we are able to offer a Picture Day this year!  The pictures will be used for our 2020-21 Yearbook!   Our picture day will be held on Monday, February 1st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Picture day will be by appointment only.  We have included the Sign-up Genius link here. Prior to coming to school please review the Health Screening Questions located here.  If you answer yes to any of the questions please do not come to school.  Please make sure you arrive on time, as pictures will be taken in the SACC Room every 2 minutes.  Please drive up to the main entrance of the school in the bus lane.  Your child will have their temperature taken and be escorted into the SACC Room to have their picture taken and will then be escorted  back to the car.  Please stay in your car until your child is finished and please make sure your child is wearing a mask.  Only students will be allowed to come into the building.  Photo package details are located here and you may preorder pictures using the Oak Hill Picture Day ID code 67RZTVTVE at the Lifetouch website.

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Attendance: 703-467-3535 | Web | Twitter

Wolf News January 8

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Oak Hill's staff members wearing pajamas as part of Spirit Week.

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

The first week back to school is always tough for students and staff after Winter Break. The events that unfolded Wednesday in our capital made this week really hard! We welcomed our students with smiles and warm hearts and let them know they were safe. I am proud of our staff and the support they gave to each other and to our students. If you find your child needing more supports, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school clinical team. We are here for your family!

At the January 5 Fairfax County School Board Work Session, Dr. Brabrand provided an update on our plan to bring students and staff back for in-person instruction. He shared a proposed timeline for a return to in-person learning that would bring back those staff and students who were already in buildings first, followed by a phased and measured approach to bringing in new groups of students and staff in January and early February.

Current community transmission of COVID-19 in Fairfax County remains high. After discussing the plan with the School Board and hearing from many parents and staff, Dr. Brabrand and the School Board made the decision to pause the plan to bring students and staff back into school buildings.  Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on the Return to School plan to the School Board on Tuesday, February 2.

Please let me know how I can support your family.

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Clinical Team Support

Kim Gallagher, School Counselor at  kagallagher1@fcps.edu
Cammy McCleskey, School Social Worker at clmccleskey@fcps.edu 
Ginny Phinney, School Psychologist at vgphinney@fcps.edu
Christy Ryder, School Counselor at clryder@fcps.edu

New Bell Schedule Paused

Because the county is going to pause the plan to bring students and staff back into school, we will not be moving to the new bell schedule on January 12. We will continue to use the current bell schedule until we have a revised Return to School schedule.

Health Screening Commitment Form Required Prior to Student Return to School Buildings

As additional student groups return to school in person, parents and caregivers are asked to complete a Health Screening Commitment form before student(s) return to school buildings. This document confirms that a parent, caregiver, or guardian will complete a daily health screening and will keep their students home should they become ill.

The Health Commitment form can be submitted electronically through in ParentVUE (PVUE) beginning January 4, or via hard copy. Please contact Katherine Dillard at kjdillard1@fcps.edu if you need a hard copy sent to you.

Rising 7th Grade Information

Rachel Carson and Franklin Middle Schools will be having Virtual Curriculum Nights this year.  Please see below for further information.  Please have your child log into their FCPS account to access the links.

Rachel Carson Middle School: Thursday, January 14th at 6pm: Rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night (please click the link to register). Carson MS Presentation.

Franklin Middle School: Thursday, January 21st at 6pm: Rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair (more information coming soon). Franklin MS Presentation.

**Please note that if your child is a Level IV AAP student zoned for Franklin, they will automatically be designated to Franklin. If you would like your child to attend Carson instead, please complete and submit this form to the AAP Office by April 1, 2021. Please also inform Oak Hill’s Registrar, Katherine Dillard, at kjdillard1@fcps.edu. **

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

We are ready for our second Spirit Week of January.  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January.  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Monday, January 18 is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  To honor him, there will be no school that day.  Who was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?  Martin Luther King, Jr. was an African American minister who advocated so that all people would be treated fairly. He led peaceful marches (a gathering of people who walk together to bring attention to something important) and gave speeches. He was an important leader in the Civil Rights Movement who fought to end racial segregation. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to remember how he advocated to end racial segregation and promote racial equality.

When and How to Get Help When Your Child Has a Mental Health Concern

Parenting can be difficult, even under the best of circumstances. Now the coronavirus pandemic has brought major changes to every aspect of our lives – how we live, work, teach, and play – making parenting more stressful. Many of us are worried about how our children are handling the social isolation of distance learning, alongside the usual trials and challenges of growing up.

"Just as you are looking out for your child’s physical health during the pandemic, keep an eye on their mental health too," recommends James M. Gillespie, Healthy Minds Fairfax Director and CSB Youth and Family Services Director. He adds, "Having less contact with friends and family and not being able to do enjoyable activities can increase stress and lead to emotional or mental health concerns in children."

If you’re worried about your child, have a talk with them to find out how they are doing. Give them your full attention. Listen carefully, repeat what you heard and ask if you got it right. When they feel heard and understood, they’re more likely to share with you. Learn more here.

Diversity Talk Series

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is launching a series of Diversity Talks webinars in January!  This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. Join us to hear from people working in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. What sparked their interest in STEM? What did they study in school? What kinds of jobs do they do? What else would you like to know? 

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 11, at 6 p.m. to hear the first speakers of our Diversity Talk series.  The speakers will be Suresh Shenoy, Neena Shenoy and Nikhil Shenoy. For more information click here

Parents, register at this Zoom link: https://bit.ly/TJDiversityTalk1

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

Free Meals and Fresh, Local Fruits and Vegetables Offered in January and February

The Office of Food and Nutrition Services will also be distributing fresh, local fruits and vegetables at the bulk meal kit sites throughout January and February. Families that pick up no-cost meals from these sites will also be provided a whole, fresh fruit or vegetable sourced from a local farm for each child, along with an activity sheet and recipe for that item. This item will vary each week, and will be available on the following dates: 1/13, 1/19 (please note that distribution will be on Tuesday 1/19 as Wednesday 1/20 is a school holiday), 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, and 2/17.

For a full list of bulk sites where these fresh fruits and vegetables will be served, please visit here.

New Employment Opportunity

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. You may also call Oak Hill at 703.467.3500 and speak to Administrative Assistant, Katherine Andersen to voice your interest for this position at Oak Hill. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS! If you have an interest in subbing at Oak Hill, please call the Oak Hill office at 703.467.3500 and ask to speak to Denise Russ.

Picture Day

While this school year might look different, we still want to help you celebrate your child’s most important milestones, including school picture day!  These pictures will go in our 2020-2021 yearbook. Picture days will be held on February 1st, 2nd, and 4th.  A sign-up genius for time slots will be provided later in January.  An Electronic Flyer (PDF) will be provided in the weeks to come and all orders should be placed online.  Rest assured that we at Oak Hill and the staff from our photography company are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of your student and your families!  More details will be provided closer to the picture dates. 

Math Tip of the Week

As adults we have learned during our own schooling that in Math it is important to be speedy and get to the right answer.  As mathematicians have learned more over time, they have noticed that speed isn’t what helps us get to the correct answer and mistakes are a powerful tool for helping us to learn.  At Oak Hill, we are teaching our students to embrace a growth mindset and to keep persevering when tasks are hard.  Here are a series of videos from Jo Boaler at Stanford University that you can watch together as a family to help build your growth mindset in math.

Brains grow and change
Mistakes are powerful
Believing in yourself
Speed is not important 

PTA News Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family.

Key Calendar Dates

January 11: Asynchronous (independent) day

January 11: IOWA Testing for certain students

January 11: Library Curbside Pickup, 1:30-4:30pm

January 11: Diversity Talk Webinar, 6pm

January 12-15: Spirit Week

January 14: Rachel Carson MS rising 7th grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair, 6pm

January 18:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, no school

January 20: Inauguration Day, no school

January 21: Franklin MS rising 7th Grade Virtual Curriculum Night and Electives Fair, 6pm 

January 22: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release

January 25: Teacher Workday, no school

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

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Tonight's Town Hall Meeting is Postponed

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Tonight's Town Hall Meeting is Postponed

Due to unprecedented events taking place at the U.S. Capitol today, the FCPS Town Hall meeting with Superintendent Brabrand scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. has been postponed.  The meeting has been rescheduled for January 11 at 6PM.

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tonight

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tonight

Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will host a virtual Town Hall tonight at 6 p.m. Dr. Brabrand and guests will answer questions regarding returning to in-person instruction. Please submit your questions in advance by email to returntoschool@fcps.edu or call 1-800-231-6359 during the Town Hall. You may watch the meeting on FCPS Cable Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) or on FCPS' website

 

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Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back!

Happy 2021!  We hope everyone had a safe and happy Winter Break.  Tomorrow, January 4 is an asynchronous day for students.  We are going to slide into this year with Spirit!  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January starting this Tuesday!  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

Draft of In-Person Return Timeline

Below are the DRAFT dates for return of in-person students that were shared at the December School Board Meeting.  There will be another School Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 5, where these in-person dates may be readjusted or confirmed.   

Group 5 PreK & Kindergarten   Proposed Return Date               January 12

Group 6 Grades 1 & 2               Proposed Return Date               January 19

Group 7 Grades 3 & 4               Proposed Return Date              January 26

Group 7 Grades 5 & 6               Proposed Return Date              February 2

Beginning Tuesday, January 12, Oak Hill's bell schedule will be adjusted for both virtual and in-person learners. The new schedule is 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Key Calendar Dates

January 4: Asynchronous (independent) day

January 5-8: Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

January 11: IOWA Testing for certain students

January 11: Asynchronous (independent) day

January 12: New Bell Schedule Starts, 9:00am - 3:30pm

January 12: PreK & Kindergarten proposed return to school date

January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, no school

January 19: Grades 1 & 2 proposed return to school date

January 20: Inauguration Day, no school

January 22: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release

January 25: Teacher Workday, no school

January 26: Grades 3 & 4 proposed return to school date

February 2: Grades 5 & 6 proposed return to school date

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Return to School Information and Staff Awards

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Pictures from Oak Hill's SCA Spirit Week.

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Each year, the Office of Transportation Services reviews the bell schedules for all Fairfax County Public Schools and makes minor adjustments as necessary to improve on-time arrivals. Developing this school year’s bell schedule has been extremely challenging for the transportation department due to the pandemic. Earlier this year I advertised an updated bell schedule to reflect these changes. However, given the all-virtual start to the school year, we had not needed to implement the new bell schedule.

At the School Board Work session on December 10, Superintendent Brabrand presented a revised phased in plan to return all students who have selected the in-person option starting in January 2021. The following bell schedule will be in place effective January 12, 2021 for both virtual and in-person instruction.

Oak Hill's Bell Schedule will be 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. Thank you for advocating for an earlier dismissal time. We know this will be better for our students!

The fifteen (15) minute reduction in the school day is due to the increased cleaning time required between bus runs. Additionally, as more students return to school, the number of students allowed on each bus will be reduced substantially to meet social distancing requirements. With fewer students able to ride a bus at the same time, FCPS has no choice but to adjust the times that our buses are transporting students.

Additionally, Dr. Brabrand has determined that January 4, 2021 will be asynchronous for kindergarten – sixth grade. Work will be posted for students to complete asynchronously. Please also see the communication that your child’s teacher has sent out about these days.

We apologize for the hardship this will present to some of our families and staff. However, it is the only way we can return all of our grade levels to in-person learning, while keeping our students and staff safe.

We hope our community is safe over the break and practices healthy habits that keep COVID-19 from spreading among us. Thank you for your continued support and appreciation of our wonderful staff!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

Draft of In-Person Return Timeline

Below are the DRAFT dates for return of in-person students: 

Group 5 PreK & Kindergarten   Proposed Return Date               January 12

Group 6 Grades 1 & 2               Proposed Return Date               January 19

Group 7 Grades 3 & 4 only        Proposed Return Date              January 26

Group 7 Grades 5 & 6 only        Proposed Return Date              February 2

Beginning Tuesday, January 12, Oak Hill's bell schedule will be adjusted for both virtual and in-person learners. The new schedule is 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Outstanding Oak Hill Staff Awards

We want to thank all of the teachers and members of the community for taking time to nominate and recognize our outstanding staff.  We are pleased to announce our finalists for the following categories. These finalists will be moving onto the next level.

Outstanding Principal: Holly DeVore

Outstanding Professional: MaryBeth Anderson

Outstanding Teacher: Kathy Rock

Outstanding New Teacher: Lily Parshenov

Outstanding Operational: Lorraine Colavito

Oak Hill would also like to congratulate all of our nominees in each of the categories!

Outstanding Teacher: Corrine Elgert, Mollie O’Donnell, Anne Weider, Sara Horne, Pam Bennett, Rebecca Fredericks, Erica Giovanini, Laura Rynecki

Outstanding Operational: Holly Deschene

Thank you again for recognizing all of the hard work, time, and dedication these staff members have put forth during distance learning.  Congratulations to all of our finalists and nominees!

Calendar Reminder

As a reminder, this year winter break starts on December 21 and ends on January 1, 2021. All students will resume classes virtually on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Monday, January 4, 2021, is an asynchronous (independent) day.  See the complete 2020-21 school year calendarThe Oak Hill Office will be closed for Winter break at 4:30pm on Friday, December 18, 2020.  The office will re-open at 8:00 am on Monday, January 4, 2021.  We wish your family a happy and relaxing break.

Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

Slide into 2021 with Spirit!  Take our spirit day challenge with a different theme for every day in January!  We encourage you to take pictures of your students participating in the fun challenges throughout the month and send them to oakhillesmedia@gmail.com.  Have a blast! Go Wolves!

Picture Day

While this school year might look different, we still want to help you celebrate your child’s most important milestones, including school picture day!  These pictures will go in our 2020-2021 yearbook. The picture date for virtual students is Monday, February 1st.  A sign-up genius for time slots will be provided later in January.  The picture dates for in-person students are Tuesday, February 2nd and Thursday February 4th.  An Electronic Flyer (PDF) will be provided in the weeks to come and all orders should be placed online.  Rest assured that we at Oak Hill and the staff from our photography company are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of your student and your families!  More details will be provided closer to the picture dates and we will update you on any changes that might take place based on the return to school timeline. 

New Employment Opportunity

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. You may also call Oak Hill at 703.467.3500 and speak to Administrative Assistant, Katherine Andersen to voice your interest for this position at Oak Hill. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS! If you have an interest in subbing at Oak Hill, please call the Oak Hill office at 703.467.3500 and ask to speak to Denise Russ.

Grab and Go Meals for Winter Break

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing all students access to meals during the FCPS Winter Break. The following plan will be in place from Friday, December 18 through Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is an annual weeklong celebration of African American culture which is held each year from December 26th to January 1st.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili and was introduced as a festival by Dr Maulunga Karenga in 1966 as a ritual to welcome the first harvests to home.  Additionally, it was created as a response to the commercialism of Christmas and thus the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) reflect that mindset.  Those Principles are Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba and Imani. Those that participate in Kwanzaa celebrate with feasts (karamu), music, dance, poetry, narratives and time dedicated to reflection and a recommitment to the Seven Principles and other central cultural values.

In the words of Dr Karenga, “Kwanzaa…is a time of serious and sustained remembrance, reflection and recommitment…it calls us to sit down and to meditate deeply on the awesome meaning and responsibility of being African in our community, society and the world…And it requires us to remember…that we are heirs and custodians of a great legacy and we must bear the glory, beauty and burden of that legacy with strength, dignity and determination”.

Technology and Winter Break

During Winter Break, student laptops will likely be used less often.  To prepare for school after Winter break on January 4th, please power on your student laptop for awhile and restart it twice so that any updates there might be can be pushed down at that time instead of at the beginning of the school day on Monday, January 4th.  

If you have technical issues during break, you can contact the FCPS Technology Help Desk (833-921-3277 between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.(information below) or submit a ticket.  Tickets will be reviewed by our technology team upon return after break on January 4th.  

Clinical Tip of the Week

Going on a Safari

As the students continue to learn about the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behavior during their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) time, you can reinforce some of that learning by engaging in activities with them at home, such as “Going on a Safari,” as outlined in “5 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children” by Alexandra Eidens.  

“Going on a Safari” is a great activity that helps redirect a child’s focus away from stress and anxiety.  It might be helpful to try after a long day of virtual school or during the lunch hour, as it gives them a mental break. 

You can go on an exciting adventure on your next walk.  As you walk, put all of your senses to work by paying close attention to your environment.  Notice the feel of the air on your skin; notice the sound of the ground as you walk and pay attention to all of the little movements and sensations that you experience.  

As you walk, you can also try picking up a small rock, or touching a plant or flower.  Notice the bugs or the birds.  Take a moment to kneel down and touch the ground.   Walk mindfully, paying close attention to everything.  Make sure you walk in silence because you want to notice all those little details.  

Walking is a wonderful stress-relieving activity because it helps clear the mind and sparks creative ideas.  Try going on a safari the next time your child gets frustrated.  You might be surprised at how well this works!  

We hope you have a wonderful winter break!

Kim Gallagher, School Counselor at kagallagher1@fcps.edu
Cammy McCleskey, School Social Worker at clmcCleskey@fcps.edu 
Ginny Phinney, School Psychologist at vgphinney@fcps.edu
Christy Ryder, School Counselor at clryder@fcps.edu

Reading Tip of the Week Engaging in Conversations about Books

Dialogic reading, also known as Interactive Read Alouds, provide opportunities for parents to have  meaningful conversations about books with their child.  Dialogic reading can be used on narrative and nonfiction texts.  By reading aloud, parents can not only model fluency and vocabulary, but they can open the doors for children to think critically about texts.  To learn more about how to promote different levels of thinking with your child, please click here.

Oak Hill's new Library Book Drop which was funded by our PTA.

PTA News Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family.

Key Calendar Dates

December 21-January 3: Winter Break, school closed

January 4: Asynchronous (independent) day

January 5-8: Slide into 2021 Spirit Week

January 11: IOWA Testing for certain students

January 11: Asynchronous (independent) day

January 12: New Bell Schedule Starts

January 12: PreK & Kindergarten proposed return to school date

January 18: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, no school

January 19: Grades 1 & 2 proposed return to school date

January 20: Inauguration Day, no school

January 22: End of Quarter, 2-hour early release

January 25: Teacher Workday, no school

January 26: Grades 3 & 4 only proposed return to school date

February 2: Grades 5 & 6 only proposed return to school date

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

Access Oak Hill's News You Choose.

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Family Choice Cancelled Today

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Family Choice Cancelled Today

With snow in the forecast, we have decided to cancel Family Choice with specialists this afternoon. We hope that students can use this extra time in the afternoon to go outside to play in the snow. The first snowfall of the year is so special and we want students to have plenty of time to enjoy it. We will be having our last Family Choice with specialists tomorrow, December 17th. Thank you!

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Meal Distribution is TOMORROW

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Meal Distribution is TOMORROW

Due to the inclement weather predicted for Wednesday, meal distribution will take place TOMORROW, Tuesday, December 15.  Kits will be available for pick up from 8:00 - 12:30 p.m. or until they run out.  Meal kits will be available to All FCPS students and children 18 years of age and under at no cost.  Each meal kit will contain breakfast and lunch for one person for a week.  Parents and caregivers may pick up one meal kit for each child.  Adults may purchase meal kits for $28.  Instructions on how to store the food and prepare it will be provided in the package.

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Updated Bell Schedule

Earlier this year FCPS implemented a new bell schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.  However, this was postponed once the start of school became virtual.  When implemented, Oak Hill's new bell schedule will be from 10:05am to 4:50pm.  While we do not have the exact information regarding when this updated bell schedule will go into effect, we want to inform families of this information for their planning purposes.   

School Board Work Session is Tonight at 6pm

At the Fairfax County School Board's work session scheduled for tonight at 6 pm, Dr. Brabrand will provide an update on his plans for future groups of students and staff to return to in-person instruction. Watch the meeting on FCPS' website or on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11).

Hanukkah

Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins this evening and ends on Friday, December 18th.  Hanukkah commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after a small group called the Maccabees defeated the Greek Syrian army.  Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.  Happy Hanukkah!

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Wolf News December 9

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I would like to thank our PTA for helping us fund our new Library Book Drop! Our students have been reading so much, and we know how active you all are in the community. So next time you go for a bike ride or walk, swing by and drop off your library books! When we thank the PTA, we are thanking all of YOU for supporting the PTA. It is not too late to join the PTA. You will find membership information at the end of this Wolf News.

We are grateful for your ongoing support and engagement and welcome your suggestions and questions.  Please consider completing this parent/guardian feedback form as we continue into the second half of the second quarter of school. 

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore, Principal

School Board Work Session is Tomorrow

The FCPS School Board work session scheduled for tomorrow at 6 p.m. will focus on Return to School. Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand will provide an update on his plans for future groups of students to return to in-person instruction. The meeting will be televised on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 (Verizon Channel 11) and will also be available on the FCPS website.

Safety Teams Deployed to Monitor COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies at FCPS Schools

Fairfax County Public Schools has implemented new Safety Teams to help the school district monitor each schools’ adherence to five mitigation strategies for COVID-19. These teams, consisting of FCPS staff members and retirees, will conduct random onsite spot checks, deliver education and resources, and report data back to administrators. 

The five mitigation strategies are set forth in the Centers for Disease Control’s Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-making guide, and include proper use of masks or face coverings; social distancing; hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and disinfection; and contact tracing in collaboration with the health department.

More information on FCPS Safety Teams is available online.

Oak Hill Staff Members wearing red as part of Inclusive Schools Week.

Inclusive Schools Week

We are currently celebrating Inclusive Schools Week.  This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have here at Oak Hill.  The “Time for Inclusion is NOW” 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 and community 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 by adding another vehicle for learning, growing and recognizing that “The Time for Inclusion is NOW!” #ISW2020 #allinOHES

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! 

Hour of Code Week

Code.org’s Hour of Code is currently taking place through Friday.  The goal is to get as many people as possible to commit to an hour of coding to show students that anyone can code. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in over 180 countries! We are encouraging every Oak Hill student to participate in at least one Hour of Code tutorial. You can support your child by reminding them to be persistent, goal-directed, and to remember the important patterning skills they learned in kindergarten. There will be trial and error, and that’s a good way to learn!  Encourage them to persevere all the way to the end of one tutorial before moving on to another.  We can do hard things when we are goal-directed and resilient!

Holiday Toy Drive Family Choice

The Oak Hill Specialists have planned another fun couple of days of activities planned.  Click here to access this week's Family Choice activities.  Students will access these activities by logging onto Blackboard and finding the Oak Hill Specialists course. From there they will click on the BBCU sessions tab, and find our classroom.  There will be no Family Choice tomorrow due to a Staff Meeting.    

Grab and Go Meals and Meal Kit Distribution Available to All Students

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021.  The bus will stop at the Oak Hill bus loop from 11:42-11:52am Monday through Friday. Meal Kit Distribution continues to take place every  Wednesday from 8:00am-12:30pm. More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Clinical Team Tip of the Week Tense and Release Exercise

Oak Hill students have been continuing their learning about the relationships between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors during Social Emotional Learning (SEL) small group time.  Another activity that you could try at home is the tense and release exercise, outlined in “5 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children” by Alexandra Eidens. 

The tense and release muscle relaxation is an exercise that relaxes the mind and body by progressively tensing and releasing those large muscle groups. In this activity, you will gently tense and then release each large muscle group without straining too hard. Try to tense each muscle for approximately 5 seconds for the best results. This activity is perfect prior to going to sleep because it helps the body release tension

Have your child try this activity lying down after they get into bed for the night. Starting at the feet, gently squeeze the muscles in the feet by tightening them, then slowly releasing. You can also point the toes up and then back down for a gentle release. Next, squeeze the large muscles in the calves for 5 seconds, then gently release. Working your way up the body, squeeze the thigh muscles for 5 seconds then gently release. Notice how much calmer you feel already. Next tense and release the hips. You can also do this by straightening the legs and then releasing the tension. Squeeze the abdomen and chest next and gently release. Notice the wave of relaxation moving through you. Now slowly draw both hands into fists and squeeze tightly for about 5 seconds then release. Point your arms and hands out straight while squeezing tightly then releasing next. 

Finally, shift your attention to your neck and shoulders. Raise your shoulders up towards your ears and squeeze for 5 seconds then release. Do this a couple more times and feel the gentle release. Gently move your head from side to side 2-3 times and then relax. If you would like to, you can continue this activity back down the body for more relaxation.

The tensing and relaxing of the muscles of the body helps release the strain and stress of the day helping your child get a wonderful night's rest.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the Oak Hill clinical team if you have any questions or would like to learn more about different coping strategies. We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families.

Kim Gallagher, School Counselor at  kagallagher1@fcps.edu
Cammy McCleskey, School Social Worker at clmccleskey@fcps.edu 
Ginny Phinney, School Psychologist at vgphinney@fcps.edu
Christy Ryder, School Counselor at clryder@fcps.edu

Math 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.

PTA News Join the PTA

Oak Hill Elementary School PTA membership dues support your child by funding essential educational and curriculum needs.  Don't miss out on early access to PTA clubs.  Please be on the lookout for announcements and if you are not a member, please consider supporting our students.  To get information and join our PTA, click here and use the code 8HSEEV.  The pledge membership is $30 per family.

Key Calendar Dates

December 7-11: Inclusive Schools Week

December 7-11: Hour of Code Week

December 8 & 9: Family Choice

December 9: Meal Kit Distribution at Oak Hill, 8:00am-12:30pm

December 12: Holiday Toy Drive, 9am-1pm

December 14: Library Curbside Pickup, 1:30-4:30pm

December 15: Rachel Carson counselor will virtually visit Oak Hill to discuss and review 7th grade course offerings with students.  

December 15-17: Family Choice

December 16: Meal Kit Distribution at Oak Hill, 8:00am-12:30pm

December 17: Franklin MS counselor will virtually visit Oak Hill to discuss and review 7th grade course offerings with students. 

December 21-January 3: Winter Break, school closed

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

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Employment Opportunities at Oak Hill

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New Employment Opportunity

FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual.  If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. You may also call Oak Hill at 703.467.3500 and speak to Administrative Assistant, Katherine Anderson to voice your interest for this position at Oak Hill. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

FCPS is Seeking Individuals to Serve as Substitute Teachers

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here.  Say Yes 2 FCPS! If you have an interest in subbing at Oak Hill, please call the Oak Hill office at 703.467.3500 and ask to speak to Denise Russ.

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Wolf News December 3

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Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for supporting our fundraiser this past week at Chipotle! We were able to raise over $300 due to your generosity as well as the Franklin Farm Chipotle! We will continue to have spirit nights at local businesses to support Oak Hill and our local businesses. We are looking forward to celebrating Inclusive Schools Week next week and have many activities planned along with special dress spirit days. We are a community of learners who are diverse in our backgrounds and talents, but who come together to learn and lean on each another to become a better version of ourselves. I would encourage you and your family to have discussions about how each one of us is unique and how the road we travel can be a bumpy one when obstacles are put in front of us. Together, we can help each other through those obstacles.

In the next few weeks ahead, I wish a smooth road for all our Oak Hill families!

Sincerely,

Holly DeVore

FCPS Continues to Monitor Health Data for COVID-19

FCPS is monitoring COVID-19 health data every day to make decisions on when students and staff can return for in-person learning. The school division posts the regional health data collected by the Virginia Department of Health on the COVID-19 Health Metrics web page and monitors two core indicators related to coronavirus infections: the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and the percentage of people who test positive for COVID-19. Both indicators are increasing in Northern Virginia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has set thresholds to help school communities understand the risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools. View thresholds for Groups 1-6.

Yesterday's health data showed 381.6 cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days and 8.2 percent positive test cases in the past 14 days.  FCPS will continue to monitor community health data closely, and open schools for in-person instruction as soon as we are able to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and other staff.

Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually around the country. This year we will be participating in Inclusive Schools Week from December 7-11. This entire week is to celebrate and promote acceptance and inclusion of the diverse population we have here 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. As this year has progressed, we have an unusual vantage point for understanding an even broader meaning of inclusion.  Across the world, we are experiencing a new form of isolation that is required in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The “Time for Inclusion is NOW” 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 and community 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 by adding another vehicle for learning, growing and recognizing that “The Time for Inclusion is NOW!” #ISW2020 #allinOHES

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! 

Hour of Code Week

Code.org’s Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, which this year is December 7-11. The goal is to get as many people as possible to commit to an hour of coding to show students that anyone can code. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching over 100 million students in over 180 countries! We are encouraging every Oak Hill student to participate in at least one Hour of Code tutorial. You can support your child by reminding them to be persistent, goal-directed, and to remember the important patterning skills they learned in kindergarten. There will be trial and error, and that’s a good way to learn!  Encourage them to persevere all the way to the end of one tutorial before moving on to another.  We can do hard things when we are goal-directed and resilient!

Family Choice Returns

Family Choice activities are returning each Tuesday  through Thursday.  The Oak Hill Specialists have another fun week of activities planned.  Click here to access them.  Students will access these activities by logging onto Blackboard and finding the Oak Hill Specialists course. From there they will click on the BBCU sessions tab, and find our classroom.  There will be no Family Choice on Thursday, December 10 due to a Staff Meeting.    

Bus Route Meal Service and Meal Kit Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals at the Oak Hill bus loop from 11:42-11:52am Monday through Friday. Meal Kit Distribution continues to take place every Wednesday from 8:00am-12:30pm.

Playground and Fields Closed

The playground and fields are closed to the public Tuesdays-Fridays between 8:30 and 4:00pm because we have students in the building. 

Visitor Policy

Oak Hill's office is open daily, but by direction from FCPS, visitors to the school must be scheduled by appointment only.  No walk-in visitors are permitted. If you would like an appointment, please contact the school at 703-467-3500 or email Michelle Coyne at mkcoyne@fcps.edu and we will be happy to schedule one.  

Clinical Team Tip of the Week Gratitude

Did you know that November was National Gratitude Month?  Increasing the amount of gratitude in our daily lives is a wonderful way to improve our mental and physical health and overall happiness.  Research has linked gratitude with a wide range of benefits including strengthening our immune systems and improving sleep patterns, experiencing more joy, and feeling less lonely and isolated.  We are happy because we are grateful, not the other way around.  Watch this video: The Science of Happiness An Experiment in Gratitude 

Try to come up with a way you can intentionally incorporate gratitude into your daily routine. Consider keeping a gratitude journal to write down one thing you are grateful for each day.  Perhaps you can make it a point to always call or text someone a message of gratitude while eating dinner or starting your bedtime routine. Whatever you plan, make sure your idea is practical and manageable for your family. When we make the expression of gratitude a regular practice, we train our brains to maintain a healthier, more optimistic perspective.  

We are focusing on gratitude during December’s guidance lessons.  Children who practice grateful thinking not only have a more positive attitude towards school, their brains are more ready to learn.  Here are some gratitude activities you can do at home.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the Oak Hill clinical team if you’d like more ideas.  We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families.

Kim Gallagher, School Counselor at  kagallagher1@fcps.edu
Cammy McCleskey, School Social Worker at clmccleskey@fcps.edu 
Ginny Phinney, School Psychologist at vgphinney@fcps.edu
Christy Ryder, School Counselor at clryder@fcps.edu

ESOL Tip of the Week Boost Your Child’s Skills at Home!

Practicing Compare and Contrast

A skill that will help students at every level is comparing (naming how things are similar) and contrasting (naming how things are different from each other).  Students compare and contrast in reading, science, social studies, math, the arts... really in all subject areas.  This way of thinking helps students to better understand what they are hearing or reading and be able to communicate about it by speaking or writing.  

Primary Grades - Compare and Contrast

Go outside and notice how the trees are changing.  Talk about what they looked like this summer and compare that to what they look like now.  This is a good way to talk about seasonal changes and the cycle of the seasons.  Collect leaves and compare one leaf to another.  Compare size, shape, and color.  

Sort groups of objects in your home.  You can do this with laundry, toys, food containers, anything that comes in groups.  Talk about how you sorted the objects then see how many different ways you can come up with to sort those same objects.

Upper Grades - Compare and Contrast

Play a compare and contrast game.  Choose two different things and take turns naming how they are similar and different.   For example, how are a pencil and a pen similar and different?  They are both used to write but one writes with graphite and one writes with ink.  See how many ways you can list that they are alike and different.   Then, to add challenge, choose two things that seem to not be alike and see if you can find ways to relate them to each other.  For example, how are a pencil and a book alike?  They both have to do with people writing things down. What else can you think of? 

Compare characters in books, movies, tv shows  to each other.  Compare them to characters in other things too.  

Compare and contrast restaurants, places you go for fun, family traditions, varieties or brands of food and things in everyday life to begin to notice how things are alike and different around you.  Being able to do this at home will help students to be able to do this at school.

Key Calendar Dates

December 3: Family Choice

December 7: Library Curbside Pickup, 1:30-4:30pm

December 7-11: Inclusive Schools Week

December 7-11: Hour of Code Week

December 8 & 9: Family Choice

December 9: Meal Kit Distribution at Oak Hill, 8:00am-12:30pm

December 14: Library Curbside Pickup, 1:30-4:30pm

December 15-17: Family Choice

December 16: Meal Kit Distribution at Oak Hill, 8:00am-12:30pm

December 21-January 3: Winter Break, school closed

Ways to Stay Informed

Visit the Oak Hill website and FCPS website for updates.

Follow Oak Hill on Twitter @OakHillES.

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