November 10 - Family Newsletter
Rolling Valley Families,
Happy Veterans Day, a day early!
It’s been a short but very active week! We have our Book Fair Preview happening at the school, 1st Grade is on a field trip, we are celebrating Rolling Valley Veterans with our assembly this afternoon, and we have the Pyramid Challenge tomorrow.
Looking ahead we have our Thanksgiving lunch scheduled for Nov. 15. A flyer went home last Friday about lunchtimes and pre-paying for your ticket. We hope to see you!
Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing many of you at tomorrow’s Pyramid Challenge!
Veronica Del Bagno
Rolling Valley Elementary Principal
Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.
PYRAMID CHALLENGE - see the "Upcoming Events" section for important information!
SPIRITWEAR: Our brand new RVES spiritwear is now on sale - options include t-shirts, hoodies, PJ pants and a locally-made RVES ornament! Click here to order yours by November 15! CLICK HERE
Saturday, November 11; 10:00am-12:00pm; West Springfield Pyramid Challenge Fun Run @ Washington Irving Middle School: The West Springfield Pyramid Challenge is a FREE fun run that was started over a decade ago. Students from the 7 elementary schools in the West Springfield Pyramid will run a half-mile or one-mile course, depending on their grade level. This year's event will also include a unified heat with an accessible 200-meter course for students with physical and cognitive disabilities. Registration has ended, and we have 205 Rolling Valley students participating, with over 1100 students overall!
Please see below for some Pyramid Challenge needs!
Volunteers - we still need a few more volunteers, including parking guides! Please consider signing up - there are 2 shifts for your convenience, and we'll make sure youcan see your child(ren) run! Sign up here: CLICK HERE
Donations - we are seeking donations to help offset our Pyramid Challenge costs - if you'd like to donate, please do so here! CLICK HERE
Charity Partnership- in honor of Veterans' Day, we will be holding a Dollar Drive for Operation Purple Camp at the Pyramid Challenge. Bring a dollar(s) or make an online donation on the spot! Operation Purple Camp, hosted by the National Military Family Association, offers military kids a free week of camp where they connect with other kids just like them.
Also, if your child(ren) is/are participating in the Pyramid Challenge, please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to their race start time to pick up t-shirts and bibs. Be sure to allow extra time for parking! Below is the race schedule:
10:00 am - Kindergarten (Boys & Girls)
10:15 am - First Grade (Boys & Girls)
10:30 am - Second Grade (Boys & Girls)
10:45 am - Third Grade (Boys & Girls)
11:00 am - Unified Run (K-6 Boys & Girls; note that this race will have a different start location since it is a shorter course)
11:20 am - Mascots Race
11:40 am - Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade (Boys)
12:00 pm - Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade (Girls)
Monday, November 13; 7:00-8:00pm; PTA General Membership Meeting @ RVES: All RVES families are welcome at the November general membership meeting! You'll get the inside scoop on upcoming PTA activities and hear the principal's report from Ms. Del Bagno. Note that the meeting will take place in the cafeteria, and childcare will be provided.
Monday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 15; Spirit Events @ Rice & Spice: Enjoy delicious Thai food from Rice & Spice in Kingstowne (6466 Landsdowne Ctr. Drive, Alexandria) each evening and Rolling Valley will receive a % of the proceeds! Order online at: CLICK HERE
- From Monday, November 13 - Wednesday, November 15, dine in or get takeout from the restaurant. Be sure to mention the fundraiser or put the code "RVES" in the special instructions if youorder online.
- On Tuesday, November 14, youcan also pick up your order in the RVES parking lot at 7:00pm! For the parking lot pick-up option, you must place your order by 4:00pm that day. Be sure to put "delivery at RVES" in the special instructions if you choose this option!
SEPTA (FAIRFAX COUNTY SPECIAL EDUCATION PTA): SEPTA is a PTA organization affiliated with the state and national PTA but specifically established to address the unique needs of special education, special needs, and disabled students and families. For more information and details about upcoming events, please visit: CLICK HERE
As we enter mid-November and head into December, and families start looking to take vacations, please call the school and let us know if your child will be absent! This is helpful for our teachers and the front office.
November is National Family Engagement Month!
This month reminds us that families are children’s first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Over 35 years of research shows that the most effective way to increase student achievement is for families to be actively involved in the education of their children. The importance of family engagement will be highlighted during the month of November as we celebrate and strengthen family-school partnerships together. Click on the Family Engagement Calendar 2023 for ideas to implement more family engagement in your household.
Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.
The following sample communication is designed to be included in your school’s News You Choose/school email news to remind families of the December 15, 2023, deadline. This
RVES - Scholastic Book Fair!
The book fair opens for previews NEXT WEEK! Sales will begin November 11-November 17!
Preview Days During School (no sales): November 9 & 10
Family Day: Saturday, November 11th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Student Shopping Days During School: November 13-17 (Families welcome during Thanksgiving Lunch on 11/15, please check with your child’s teacher if you plan to take them with you.)
Our book fair offers a cash-free payment option called eWallet. Your child can shop at our fair without carrying around cash. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too! http://bit.ly/rvewallet2023.
You can shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair from November 9-22. All orders ship directly to your home! Visit www.scholastic.com/bf/rollingvalley.
If you would like to help purchase books for other Rolling Valley students, you may do so here: http://bit.ly/donaterv23.
We couldn’t set up and preview the book fair without YOUR help so we are looking for volunteers to help us do just that! Please visit https://bit.ly/RVbookfairvol2023 if you are willing to volunteer for a few hours to support Rolling Valley students and the book fair!
Community Review of Elementary ELA Basal Instructional Resources
A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled for November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team. Please share the information included in this communication with school staff and community by November 20, 2023.
Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.
Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:
Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207 7510 Lisle Avenue Falls Church, VA 22043
Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty.
An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.
SCA FOOD DRIVE!
The 6th grade SCA team has decided to do a food drive to benefit the ECHO food bank. We will be collecting non-perishable food items the week of November 13-17th. Students can bring them to school and put them in their grade level box in the front hallway. The most requested items are:
§ Protein Items (e.g. can chicken, Spam, sardines, chili, beef stew)
§ Spaghetti Sauce
§ Tea (green, herbal, black)
§ Milk products (canned, shelf stable, hot chocolate)
§ Macaroni and Cheese
§ Can Tomatoes
§ Healthy Snacks (nuts, raisins, dried fruit, granola bars etc.)
§ Masa (Corn) Flour
§ Box Potatoes
§ Instant Coffee
§ Canned fruit
§ Bagged beans (black, red, or garbanzo)
§ Bag Rice
§ Pancake Mix
§ Pancake Syrup
§ Spices (garlic, onion, cinnamon, salt, pepper)
§ Lemon/Lime Juice
§ Juice (Bottles or Box
§ Cooking Oil
§ Muffin/Cornbread Mix
§ Brown paper bags
§ Reusable grocery bags
We are excited that Thanksgiving is making its first debut since 2019! Mark your calendars, because Rolling Valley is holding Thanksgiving Lunch on Wednesday, November 15. A flyer and the lunch schedule went home. Please call the main office if you need additional information.
Our first chat is scheduled for Friday Nov. 17 at 9:15am! Our topic for the month of November is to provide information to New Rolling Valley families that have enrolled since school started!
Please come check-in at the main office.
We are excited to announce our series of Principal Chats! Please mark these on your calendar and we will be in touch as the sessions approach!
Testing Information: Winter Virginia Growth Assessment.
2023-2024 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!
2023-2024 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!
Nominations are now open for the 23-24 FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards!
To submit a nomination for a Rolling Valley Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this google link https://forms.gle/jj7b3jEN3oqQhAAY8. You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)
All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.
If you are filling out a google form, remember if more than 1 person is nominated for a category we will use the details and description you wrote on this form to help determine who should be our school finalist. Please add as much as you can in the few paragraphs!
Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category
Outstanding New Teacher
Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category
Outstanding New Principal
Eligibility: Be within their first three years as building principal
Outstanding Professional Employee
Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership
Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, School Counselor, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school
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 and hourly employees
Please email Anne Walker with any questions at [email protected]. The deadline to submit a nomination is November 16. Thank you!
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid
The Impact Aid Program is a federal grant program designed to directly compensate local school districts that have been financially impacted by federal activities. The program's mission is to reimburse local school districts for local revenues lost due to the presence of federally owned and therefore tax-exempt property. Your support in identifying students with federal connections will ensure that FCPS can obtain its fair share of grant funds from this program.
Paper copies of the survey were sent home in Friday Folders on November 3. Please be sure to complete and sign the survey and have your child return the original (fax or email copies may not be sent) to their teacher no later than Thursday, November 16th. If you cannot find your form, please call 703-923-2700 to request a new form.
You may still complete the survey online. If you are completing the survey online, it must be done by the enrolling parent. Please log into ParentVue. Once logged in, please select the Online Packets tab at the top, then select “Federal Impact Aid Survey” from the drop down menu. A form must be filled out for each student. You may complete the paper form or the online form – you do not have to do both!
For questions regarding the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid, please call 703-329-7750 or email [email protected] or visit https://www.fcps.edu/impact. Additional information about Impact Aid programs and grants is available on the U.S. Department of Education's website at DoED Impact Aid Programs.
Have a ParentVue account, but need assistance? Complete this Help Request Form: https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/parent/.
Calendar Update for March 5 Presidential Primary
The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested schools to close on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.
As a result, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, and responsive instruction. Central offices and school offices will remain open.
LOST & FOUND
Yay! Some jackets and sweaters have found there home. We still have more!
November 11 - Pyramid Challenge
November 11 - Family Book Fair Day (1-5pm)
November 13-17 - Book Fair - Student Shopping Days During School
November 13-17 - SCA Food Drive
November 15 - Thanksgiving Lunch at School
November 22-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
FCPS 2023-24 School Year Calendar
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