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Principal's Coffee Rescheduled

The coffee chat scheduled  for this Wednesday has been rescheduled to  Tuesday, February 7 at 9:30 in the school cafeteria.

Join us for this event and informal Q&A/ discussion on on any topics of your choice.  

 

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

During the winter students will continue to go outside for recess, other activities and while waiting at dismissal in the kiss and ride.   Please ensure students are dressed appropriately (jackets, gloves, and hats) for the cold weather so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service's tips on staying safe during cold weather.

Weather is monitored daily, and outdoor activities will be limited during National Weather Service (NWS) issued Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings. During a NWS Wind Chill Advisory, there will be a limit of no more than fifteen (15) minutes for any outdoor activity. During a NWS Wind Chill Warning, there will not be any outdoor activity. 

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum!

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

Yearbooks for Sale

The 2022-23 yearbook is on sale now through April 17th for $16.  Order yours here.  Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.   

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Family Science Night Tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 24, 6-7:30pm

The PTA is excited to offer this FREE science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) event! Make sure to stop by the school gymnasium any time between 6 and 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 24, and enjoy hands-on, age-appropriate science exploration activities. All SVES students (K-6) and families are welcome. Huge THANKS to all who signed up to volunteer for this STEM event. 

Questions? Contact Rachael Stott.

This event is provided by the Children's Science Center Lab. This is not a drop off event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Calendar Reminders

Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students at 2:05 p.m.

Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day  and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday.

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar

Principal's Coffee

Join us on February 1 at 9:30 for this event.  Informal Q&A and discussion on on any topics of your choice.  

FCPS Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning is in process and will incorporate feedback from school staff, families, students, and community partners and organizations.

Register Now to Attend a Community Forum! 

Check out the schedule of Community Forums and register for the one that is most convenient for you. Community Forums will provide every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of FCPS’ Strategic Plan, prior to its completion and formal adoption by the School Board. Learn more about our strategic planning process.

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Calendar Reminders

Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students at 2:05 p.m.

Schools will be closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day  and Friday, January 27, for a teacher workday.

See the 2022-23 School Year Calendar

Yearbooks for Sale

The 2022-23 yearbook is on sale now through April 17th for $16.  Order yours here.  Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.   

Broadway Night 2023 at South Lakes High School

It's time for Broadway Night!!   5th and 6th graders from South Lakes pyramid schools are participating in this event.   Come and see over 30 of your friends from Sunrise Valley on stage at the South Lakes High School Little Theatre as they sing and dance to musical theatre selections.  They have been working very hard on putting together this production and can't wait for you to see it.  

Showtimes are:

Friday, Jan 20th at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 21st at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan 21st at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available here.

Mark Your Calendars for Family Science Night!

Tuesday, January 24, 6-7:30pm

The PTA is excited to offer this FREE science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) event! Make sure to stop by the school gymnasium any time between 6 and 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 24, and enjoy hands-on, age-appropriate science exploration activities. All SVES students (K-6) and families are welcome. Huge THANKS to all who signed up to volunteer for this STEM event. 

Questions? Contact Rachael Stott.

This event is provided by the Children's Science Center Lab. This is not a drop off event. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Take Part in the Spelling Bee!

Friday, February 10, 6-8pm

The PTA is bringing back the bee on Friday, February 10! By inspiring the exploration of words, the Scripps National Spelling Bee illuminates pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrates academic achievement, and enriches communities.

Student participation -- Do you have a child that would like to participate in the Spelling Bee? All SVES students (K-6) are welcome and must register by February 1. Register here!

Volunteers needed -- We're still looking for judges, pronouncers, and set up volunteers. Sign up here!

Questions? Contact Stephanie Kater or Megan Bailey.

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Calendar Reminders

 As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. 

Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.

Wednesday, January 25, is the last day of the quarter and a two-hour early release for students. Also, schools are closed for students on Thursday, January 26, for a staff development day and Friday, Jan. 27, for a teacher workday.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Message from the SVES PTA Board

The Sunrise Valley Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year! They're kicking off 2023 with multiple FREE student enrichment events (see below). All students and families are welcome. These events depend on parent volunteers. They need you to help make them a success! Currently, they're looking for up to 30 volunteers for Family Science Night (later this month). Check out the details below.

  • January 24 --  Family Science Night
  • February 10 -- Spelling Bee
  • March 10 -- Talent Show
  • March 29 -- Show What You Know
  • April 28 -- Basketball Challenge
SVES Family Science Night

Tuesday, January 24, 6-7:30pm

All SVES students are invited to a FREE evening of scientific exploration! Students will participate in hands-on experiments, specially designed to ignite interest and encourage engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects provided by the Children's Science Center Lab.

Volunteers needed -- Looking for 30 volunteers from 5:15-7:45pm to help put this event together, from setting up, assisting students with activities, and cleaning up. No experience is required and detailed instructions will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Sign up to volunteer by January 8. Grandparents, older siblings, all are welcome to volunteer! Questions? Contact Rachael Stott.

Join the first SVES PTA meeting of 2023

Wednesday, January 11, 9:30am They'll discuss upcoming enrichment events and volunteer opportunities as well as hear from PTA sponsor, Celebree, about their programs. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria. Sign up to receive the Zoom link and meeting documents. Questions? Contact Jennifer Glynn.

FCPS Family Math Week

Come together as a community for students in K-8 for 5 nights the week of January 9, 2023, with delightful math games and stories - all on your own time and from the comfort of your own home. All content will be available for free directly to all families in English and Spanish. 

Through rich story-based mathematics experiences, math week offers families  an opportunity to experience  math, literacy, history, and geography in a positive way. The games and stories feature several countries including Lesotho, Madagascar, Ghana, and China. 

All content will be available completely free on the website starting January 9, 2023. To access the games, families will be able to simply click on the day of the week and find their child's grade and language. View the website at anytime for explanations and videos.

Families can play for as little as 15 minutes or replay over and over lasting more than an hour on any given night. For families that want to reduce screen time, we will have physical print options for access to the content and games as well.

Use the games and stories on our website or dust off your favorite math game and play it as a family.

Any and ALL math experiences outside of a normal week count. Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1,000,000 minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us!

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Welcome to Our New Staff

We are very thankful  to our long term substitute  music teacher, Ms. Debroy.  She did an outstanding job and she will be missed by our students and staff!  We wish her the best as she pursues her performing career.  Ms. Zoe Susser will be our new music teacher starting on January 3.  

Ms. Garfield, part time art teacher, will be on maternity leave. Ms. Oksana Howard will be the long term substitute and will also be starting on January3.

A message from Ms. Susser

I am so excited to be joining your community. I was born in Illinois, but I moved to Northern Virginia when I was 8. I just graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey with a degree in Music Education. I was part of the Loudoun Youth Symphony Orchestra in high school. I was a member of my high school's band and orchestra programs, as well as the choir program in college.

I believe that music is a great way to connect to people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. I have been passionate about music for a long time, and I enjoy listening to and playing various genres in my spare time and in ensembles. My primary instrument is the violin, but I also love learning new instruments in my spare time. 

When I am not teaching, you can find me walking my dog, Lily, or watching Friends. I greatly look forward to learning more about my students and the Sunrise Valley community!"

A message from Ms. Howard

I feel privileged to be a part of the Sunrise Valley school community as a long-term substitute art teacher! I have many years of experience teaching art to students ranging from preschool to high school age. Before coming to Northern Virginia, I lived in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. This December I am graduating with a Master’s in Art Teaching degree from George Mason University. Prior to this, I earned a Graduate Certificate in Reggio Emilia
Approach from Antioch University.

I believe that young children are equal citizens of our society and are full of prior knowledge. The pedagogy of listening is the guiding light of my teaching
style. When I am not teaching or studying, I spend time knitting and sewing with my daughters, creating collages and sculptures with recycled materials, baking bread, and gardening. I look forward to working with the students and discovering their unique creative voices and talents through non-verbal art languages!

Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break (student holidays) will be held December 19 to January 2.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

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Deadline Thursday- Advanced Academics Program (AAP)- Referrals for Level IV Services for 22-23 School Year

If you would like your child in grades 2-6 screened for full-time, AAP Level IV services to begin at the start of the 23-24 school year, this year’s parent referral deadline is December 15th.

The following information should be submitted by this deadline:

  • Level IV Referral Form (mandatory)
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended). Please make sure to include specific examples to support each rating on the questionnaire.
  • 2 single-sided pages of work samples that demonstrate critical, creative, and/or advanced reasoning and problem-solving (optional). Samples should include a few sentences explaining how the work demonstrates advanced thinking.
  • Private ability testing done through George Mason University or a licensed psychologist (optional). More information on outside testing can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056

All items should be submitted together through one of the following methods:

  • Digitally- Please email all items you would like included in the application to Sara Balcanoff at [email protected]. All documents should be PDF or JPEG files and labeled with the student’s name.
  • Hard copy- If you would prefer to submit the application in hard copy, all items should be submitted together in an envelope or folder and clearly labeled with the student’s name and classroom teacher. Hard copy applications must be turned into the front office by December 15th at 4:10 pm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our AART, Sara Balcanoff, at [email protected].

Spirit Day- Friday, December 16

Friday will be pajamas day!  Please make sure  the pajamas are appropriate for school, outdoor recess  and any classes for the the day such as PE.

Winter Break

As a reminder, winter break (student holidays) will be held December 19 to January 2.

We look forward to welcoming students back in the new year. Classes resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

SVES Family Science Night

Tuesday, January 24, 6-7:30pm

Calling all science enthusiasts! The Children's Science Center Lab is coming to SVES. Students will participate in hands-on experiments, specially designed to ignite interest and encourage engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Activities include -- Stacking Currency: Financial Literacy, Magnets at Work: Everyday Uses, It’s All Relative: Exploring Gravity in Space, among others.

Volunteers needed -- Looking for up to 30 volunteers from 5:15-7:45pm to set up in the school's gymnasium, assist students with activities, and clean up. No experience is required and detailed instructions will be provided. Sign up to volunteer by January 6. Questions? Contact Rachael Stott.

Mark your calendars for this free SVES PTA-funded event!

SVES Spelling Bee

Friday, February 10, 6-8pm

The Bee is back! We're registered to hold a Spelling Bee competition on Friday, February 10 at SVES.

By inspiring the exploration of words, the Scripps National Spelling Bee illuminates pathways to lifelong curiosity, celebrates academic achievement, and enriches communities.

Volunteers needed -- Looking for 1-2 parents to lead (co-lead) this event (with guidance and support from last year’s coordinator), as well as judges, pronouncers, and set up volunteers. Sign up to help today! Student registration will open once we secure at least one parent coordinator for the event. Questions? Contact Jennifer Glynn.

Mark your calendars for this free SVES PTA-funded event!

Preparing for Winter Weather

Winter weather will be here before you know it! Watch this video to see how weather-related closing decisions are made

FCPS’ inclement weather procedures will remain the same as last year. The first five inclement weather days will be traditional “snow days” with no school activities. After those five days, we will use the flexibility provided by the Virginia General Assembly to have unscheduled virtual learning days, whenever possible, to maintain the continuity of learning. Virtual learning on these days will be synchronous/live instruction, following the inclement weather virtual learning day schedule (includes a two-hour delay).

FCPS’ website is generally the first mode of communication during emergency weather closings. Other communication channels will be used as quickly as possible including email, text, social media, and news stations. Learn more about how schedule changes are communicated

Be sure to plan ahead for the winter season. Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in [email protected], bookmark the FCPS website, plan for childcare, if appropriate, and know what items your child may need to take home before a weather event.

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School Pictures Update

Makeup/Retake Day images are now viewable online at vosphoto.com/uc.  (Online code = Student ID) 

For questions regarding school pictures, please email: [email protected]

Join the next SVES PTA meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 7pm (virtual, on Zoom)

The Sunrise Valley Parent-Teacher Association invites you to join their next meeting online. All are welcome! We'll discuss ideas for holiday-themed teacher appreciation and volunteer opportunities for upcoming events including the spelling bee, family science night, and more. This meeting will be held virtually. 

Sign up by Dec 6th to receive the Zoom link and meeting documents. 

Questions? Email Jennifer Glynn

Keep Your Child Warm During Outdoor Activities

During the winter students will continue to go outside for recess, other activities and while waiting at dismissal in the kiss and ride.   Please ensure students are dressed appropriately (jackets, gloves, and hats) for the cold weather so they can comfortably enjoy their time outdoors. See the National Weather Service's tips on staying safe during cold weather.

Weather is monitored daily, and outdoor activities will be limited during National Weather Service (NWS) issued Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings. During a NWS Wind Chill Advisory, there will be a limit of no more than fifteen (15) minutes for any outdoor activity. During a NWS Wind Chill Warning, there will not be any outdoor activity. 

If you need assistance supplying your child with cold-weather clothing, please call Fairfax County's Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703-222-0880. The multilingual staff can assist with any challenges you are facing, including food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, and healthcare.

Advanced Academics Program (AAP)- Referrals for Level IV Services for 22-23 School Year Due 12/15

If you would like your child in grades 2-6 screened for full-time, AAP Level IV services to begin at the start of the 23-24 school year, this year’s parent referral deadline is December 15th.

The following information should be submitted by this deadline:

  • Level IV Referral Form (mandatory)
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended). Please make sure to include specific examples to support each rating on the questionnaire.
  • 2 single-sided pages of work samples that demonstrate critical, creative, and/or advanced reasoning and problem-solving (optional). Samples should include a few sentences explaining how the work demonstrates advanced thinking.
  • Private ability testing done through George Mason University or a licensed psychologist (optional). More information on outside testing can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056

All items should be submitted together through one of the following methods:

  • Digitally- Please email all items you would like included in the application to Sara Balcanoff at [email protected]. All documents should be PDF or JPEG files and labeled with the student’s name.
  • Hard copy- If you would prefer to submit the application in hard copy, all items should be submitted together in an envelope or folder and clearly labeled with the student’s name and classroom teacher. Hard copy applications must be turned into the front office by December 15th at 4:10 pm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our AART, Sara Balcanoff, at [email protected].

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Advanced Academics Program (AAP)- Referrals for Level IV Services for 22-23 School Year Due 12/15

If you would like your child in grades 2-6 screened for full-time, AAP Level IV services to begin at the start of the 23-24 school year, this year’s parent referral deadline is December 15th.

The following information should be submitted by this deadline:

  • Level IV Referral Form (mandatory)
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (optional but highly recommended). Please make sure to include specific examples to support each rating on the questionnaire.
  • 2 single-sided pages of work samples that demonstrate critical, creative, and/or advanced reasoning and problem-solving (optional). Samples should include a few sentences explaining how the work demonstrates advanced thinking.
  • Private ability testing done through George Mason University or a licensed psychologist (optional). More information on outside testing can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37056

All items should be submitted together through one of the following methods:

  • Digitally- Please email all items you would like included in the application to Sara Balcanoff at [email protected]. All documents should be PDF or JPEG files and labeled with the student’s name.
  • Hard copy- If you would prefer to submit the application in hard copy, all items should be submitted together in an envelope or folder and clearly labeled with the student’s name and classroom teacher. Hard copy applications must be turned into the front office by December 15th at 4:10 pm.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our AART, Sara Balcanoff, at [email protected].

Share Your Feedback by 12/1- Recommended Changes to Family Life Education Curriculum

The public may review recommended changes to the Family Life Education (FLE) curriculum and share feedback through Thursday, December 1.

Recommended changes are based on leading education and child development research, and expert advice. The goal is to create a more inclusive learning environment, support higher academic achievement for students, and improve school climate. 

Please review the recommended changes on our website and complete the brief feedback form. Public feedback will be shared with the Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee and the School Board. FCPS staff and the Board will consider all feedback but are unable to provide replies to individuals. 

Calendar Survey: Make Your Voice Heard by 12/1!

FCPS parents/caregivers, employees, and students in grades 7-12 were emailed an invitation to take the 2023-24 School Year Calendar Survey. This survey is part of an annual process to gather input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year.

Please complete the survey by Thursday, December 1, and make your voice heard! 

For more information or help filling out the survey, please visit our website.

Tutor.com - Free Online Tutoring Services

Students have unlimited access to 24/7, on-demand, online tutoring support services through Tutor.com at no cost to families.

Did you know? Students who’ve used Tutor.com have provided positive feedback. Unless they’ve been opted out, students can access Tutor.com through Schoology. Every session is personalized to meet the needs of the student from remedial to advanced levels. Sessions focus on conceptual learning and critical thinking—not quick answers. Learn more at FCPS’ Tutor.com webpage

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Nominations Close Tomorrow- FCPS's Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Sunrise Valley Outstanding employee in one of the categories below, please click on the appropriate nomination link.

You may nominate more than one employee, or employees, across multiple categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement. Additional information regarding each of these awards, as well as the criteria and considerations, are included within each link.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – an Assistant principal

Outstanding Professional Employee- these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Olubukunmi Peters at [email protected]

Calendar Reminders

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

National Family Engagement Month

National Family Engagement Month reminds us that families are children's first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong parental and family support is vital to the well-being and success of students. FCPS has many resources for families designed to increase engagement and partnerships with families while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth. 

The following resources are available to all FCPS families. Visit the links below to learn more about workshops and classes for families, digital and printable resources for early childhood, mental health, military families, special education, multilingual and wellness topics.

Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

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Tomorrow-Fall Picture Make-ups and Retakes

Tuesday, November 15

  • This is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on School Picture Day, September 20, or are unhappy with their portrait and would like a retake.
  • Be sure to let your child’s teacher know if you would like a retake.

If you didn’t get a chance to order Fall pictures, there’s still time!  Visit vosphoto.com/uc (Online Code = Student ID)

For questions regarding school pictures, email Victor O’Neill Studios at [email protected]

Youth Substance Use: Education, Prevention and Intervention” Presentation

Tuesday, November 15th 7:00 pm, Langston Hughes Middle School Cafeteria

Monica Rogers, South Lakes Pyramid’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS), will provide a pyramid wide parent presentation titled “Youth Substance Use: Education, Prevention and Intervention”. In light of the current nationwide opioid crisis, the presentation will have an opioid focus. Representatives of the Fairfax County Police Department will also be in attendance to answer any related questions. Additional topics to be addressed include:

  • The most often used substances by youth
  • Reasons youth use substances   
  • What substance use education, prevention, and intervention measures are offered to students in FCPS
  • What parents can do support their children
  • How to connect with county wide resources and supports
Deadline Friday- Nominations Are Now Open for FCPS's Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Sunrise Valley Outstanding employee in one of the categories below, please click on the appropriate nomination link.

You may nominate more than one employee, or employees, across multiple categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement. Additional information regarding each of these awards, as well as the criteria and considerations, are included within each link.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – an Assistant principal

Outstanding Professional Employee- these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Olubukunmi Peters at [email protected]

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Veterans Day Assembly

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Veterans Day Assembly

Today we recognized and honored our Veterans in our Annual Veterans day assembly.  Thank you to our Veterans and families who joined us today, in-person and from home.  If you were unable to live stream with us, you may view today's assembly here.  

A special thank you to Ms. Smith and Ms. Debroy, our music teachers, for organizing this morning's assembly and leading our 5th and 6th grade chorus students; Mr. Stewart, for managing all the technical aspects of the live stream and recording sessions; Mr. Platts for DJ'ing our music; and Ms. Burton, our family liaison, in reaching out to our Veteran families and hosting our welcome reception. 

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Calendar Reminders

Friday, Nov. 11is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed November 23-25. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Classes will resume on Monday, November 28. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native Americans. It is also a time to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges they have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges

Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Veterans Day Assembly Livestreamed

On Thursday, November 10, our students will be participating in a Veterans Day Assembly.

Kindergarten and first grade will take place at 9:45 and second - fourth grade will take place at 10:30. Fifth and sixth grade will be participating in both assemblies.  

Please look for a school email this evening with the link to the livestream.  A previous link was shared in other communications  but is no longer valid.

Fall Picture Make-ups and Retakes: Tuesday, November 15
  • This is for students who were absent or not yet enrolled on School Picture Day, September 20, or are unhappy with their portrait and would like a retake.
  • Be sure to let your child’s teacher know if you would like a retake.

If you didn’t get a chance to order Fall pictures, there’s still time!  Visit vosphoto.com/uc (Online Code = Student ID)

For questions regarding school pictures, email Victor O’Neill Studios at [email protected]

Youth Substance Use: Education, Prevention and Intervention” Presentation

Tuesday, November 15th 7:00 pm, Langston Hughes Middle School Cafeteria

Monica Rogers, South Lakes Pyramid’s Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist (SAPS), will provide a pyramid wide parent presentation titled “Youth Substance Use: Education, Prevention and Intervention”. In light of the current nationwide opioid crisis, the presentation will have an opioid focus. Representatives of the Fairfax County Police Department will also be in attendance to answer any related questions. Additional topics to be addressed include:

  • The most often used substances by youth
  • Reasons youth use substances   
  • What substance use education, prevention, and intervention measures are offered to students in FCPS
  • What parents can do support their children
  • How to connect with county wide resources and supports
Donate Gently Used Spiritwear

Do you have Sunrise Valley spirit wear that you've outgrown? Bring it to the front office and donate it to the PTA's Spiritwear Drive. Adult and child sizes are welcome. All donated items will be re-distributed among Sunrise Valley families. Questions?  Email Deborah Nelson ([email protected]).  

Nominations Are Now Open for FCPS's Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Sunrise Valley Outstanding employee in one of the categories below, please click on the appropriate nomination link.

You may nominate more than one employee, or employees, across multiple categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement. Additional information regarding each of these awards, as well as the criteria and considerations, are included within each link.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – an Assistant principal

Outstanding Professional Employee- these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Olubukunmi Peters at [email protected]

How FCPS Develops Its School Year Calendar

In an annual planning process, Fairfax County Public Schools uses input from the community to help develop the school year calendar for the following year. Our framework for creating the calendar is available online to ensure transparency, as we work to build a calendar that is inclusive and equitable. Stay tuned for information about FCPS’ upcoming Calendar Survey. Parents/caregivers, students in grades 7-12, and employees will be invited to participate.

School Psychology Week

The theme of this year's National School Psychology Week from November 7-11, 2022 is “Together We Shine.” The theme’s concepts provide a framework for our schools to highlight both the importance of students’ and staff members’ individual strengths and attributes and the power of bringing together our ideas and actions as a school community. 

Read more about the theme at The Healthy Minds Blog.

Visit the National Association of School Psychologists website.

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Calendar Reminders

Monday, Oct. 31, schools are closed for students for a teacher workday.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, the day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers... Get out and Vote!

Friday, Nov. 11is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Nominations Are Now Open for FCPS's Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Sunrise Valley Outstanding employee in one of the categories below, please click on the appropriate nomination link.

You may nominate more than one employee, or employees, across multiple categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement. Additional information regarding each of these awards, as well as the criteria and considerations, are included within each link.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – an Assistant principal

Outstanding Professional Employee- these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Olubukunmi Peters at [email protected]

Sunrise Valley PTA Fall Festival TONIGHT!

The weather looks great for our outdoor festival and movie night tonight on the school playground. Come join over 200 students who have registered to attend!  Gates open at 5 pm; cost is $8/student (family members, younger siblings are free). 

  • Games, music played by DJ Mr. Platts, and a showing of The Addams Family 2 at 6:30 pm.
  • Popcorn, candy, beverages for sale.  Limited food also available for purchase.  
  • Visit the PTA Table to sign up for volunteer opportunities.  PTA Members, stop by to pick up your magnet! 
  • Bring chairs, blankets, and flashlights.  Dress warmly!
  • Children must be supervised; this is not a drop-off event.
  • Park in school parking lot, on adjacent streets or across the street in the Atlantic Bank parking lot.  Use care when crossing streets.     
  • No dogs allowed on school premises.    
  • Volunteer to help during the event!

Questions?  Contact Teresa Rios at [email protected].

Sunrise Valley Spirit Store POP UP SHOP - Today Only!

Join us tonight at the Fall Festival for a one night only Spirit Store POP UP SHOP. 

Purchase new designs for Adult and Youth T-shirts in yellow, white and blue, all $15/ea. 

Throwback shirts in various designs from years past available for $10/ea. 

The online Spirit Store has reopened for one night only tonight to order any items from the Fall store online, with delivery in about 2 weeks. 

Cash and PayPal accepted on site, or order online w card/Paypal.

See you tonight!

Questions?  Contact Bethann Brennan at [email protected].

Active Duty & Veterans are Invited!

On Thursday, November 10, our students will be participating in a Veterans Day Assembly.

Kindergarten and first grade will take place at 9:45 and second - fourth grade will take place at 10:30. Fifth and sixth grade will be participating in both assemblies.  

We are honoring Veterans and Active Duty service from  our SVES community during these assemblies and invite them to attend.  Please RSVP to Adrienne Burton.  

The assemblies will be livestreamed and recorded to be shared with all families.

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Calendar Reminders

Friday, Oct. 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students at 2:05 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 31, schools are closed for students for a teacher workday.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, the day will be observed as a holiday for students and teachers... Get out and Vote!

Friday, Nov. 11is a student holiday/school planning day for the Veterans Day holiday. Veterans Day provides a great reason to pause, reflect, and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices our Veterans and their families have made on our behalf, and we thank them for their service. 

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Nominations Are Now Open for FCPS's Outstanding Employee Awards!

To submit a nomination for a Sunrise Valley Outstanding employee in one of the categories below, please click on the appropriate nomination link. You may nominate more than one employee, or employees, across multiple categories. All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a brief statement. Additional information regarding each of these awards, as well as the criteria and considerations, are included within each link.

Outstanding Teacher – a teacher or librarian with 3 or more years of experience

Outstanding New Teacher - a teacher or librarian with less than 3 years of experience

Outstanding Leader – an Assistant principal

Outstanding Professional Employee- these positions could include School-Based Technology Specialists, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor

Outstanding Operational Employee – these positions could include administrative and office assistants, custodial staff, food service staff, Instructional Assistants, Public Health Assistants, Public Health Training Assistants

Note: The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 18, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Olubukunmi Peters at [email protected]

PTA Fall Festival This Friday - October 28

The PTA is pleased to bring you the annual Sunrise Valley Fall Festival this Friday, October 28th. 

Meet up on the school playground at 5pm for food, candy, games, and music DJed by SVES teacher Mr. Platts, followed by a showing of The Addams Family 2 movie on the big screen at 6:45pm.

Tickets available online or at the gate ($8/student).

Donate your gently used outgrown SVES spirit wear at the event for redistribution to other Sunrise Valley families.

For more information email Teresa at [email protected].  

This is a PTA-sponsored event.

Veterans Are Invited!

On Thursday, November 10, our students will be participating in a Veterans Day Assembly.

Kindergarten and first grade will take place at 9:45 and second - fourth grade will take place at 10:30. Fifth and sixth grade will be participating in both assemblies.  

We are honoring Veterans in our SVES community during these assemblies and invite them to attend.  Please RSVP to Adrienne Burton.  

The assemblies will be livestreamed and recorded to be shared with all families.

SLHS Winter Market 2022

The South Lakes High School Dance Team is excited to be hosting our first annual Winter Market this year!

The Winter Market will be held at South Lakes High School on December 11th from 11:00-3:00pm.

This will be a craft fair/farmer’s market style event with many local vendors and will be a great time for people to do their holiday shopping. There will be door prizes, a photo opportunity with our school mascot, a hot chocolate bar, and a kid’s craft area!

If you are interested, booth registration is $80 (this price will increase to $100 after November 27th). Upon registering, you will receive an email with an information form to fill out as well as further details about this event. 

Link to register: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/checkout/getproduct?clientKey=ZZI5ZQWBKS04NJ8&buttonID=bcc6f25a-0581-4896-95d7-b38a87f1721e 

Please email Catherine McDermott at [email protected] with any questions and feel free to send this information to any local vendors you may know!

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Calendar Reminders

Monday, Oct. 24, is a holiday for teachers and students.  Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness.

Friday, Oct. 28, is the last day of the first quarter, and a two-hour early release for students at 2:05 p.m..

Monday, Oct. 31, schools are closed for students for a teacher workday

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

School Pictures Update

Picture packets from our September 20th picture day will arrive at school the week of October 24th.  Be sure to check your child’s backpack! 

Student images are available online.  If you didn’t get a chance to order, there’s still time!  Visit vosphoto.com/uc (Online Code = Student ID)

For questions regarding school pictures, please email [email protected] 

Picture Make-ups are Wednesday, November 10.

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid is coming!

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.

FCPS produced two informative videos about Impact Aid:

Importance of the Impact Aid Survey 2022 and 2022 Impact Aid

The surveys will go home in Friday Folders on October 21st. 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 Friday, November 4th.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Pullella- [email protected]

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