Hybla Valley Happenings: February 27, 2024 Edition

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It's Family Game Night Tonight!

The Hybla Valley PTO is looking forward to our second Family Game Night of the 23-24 school year. We hope to see you in the cafeteria tonight at 5:30 PM! There will be a lot of different card games and board games to play and our Family Liaisons will be selling hot chocolate, chips, popcorn, and cookies to raise money for the Hybla Valley PTO. Stop by and have some fun!

Let's Celebrate! Attendance at Hybla Valley

We have been working on ensuring that all students are in the building ready to learn everyday. To motivate all Hybla Huskies, we have started a Principal's Attendance Challenge. Our first challenge took place on February 20th and our school attendance was at 94%. Amazing! To celebrate, we had a schoolwide pajama day on Friday, February 23rd. At the end of the day, we handed out popsicles while students enjoyed an animated educational cartoon about the rainforest, outer space, electricity, or coral reefs. Each class got to choose which episode they watched and students were so excited for their special treat! Our next Principal's Attendance Challenge will take place on Friday, March 22nd (the day before Spring Break) and Wednesday, April 3rd (the day we come back from Spring Break).

Check out the picture below of Assistant Principal, Karlie Hale and one of our Hybla Huskies enjoying pajama day!

Upcoming Field Trips Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C.

3rd Grade - Thursday, March 7th, 2024
In alignment with third grade science standards, students will explore the habitats, ecosystems, and adaptations of different animals.

1st Grade - Tuesday, March 12th, 2024
In alignment with first grade science standards, students will explore the habitats, classifications, and physical characteristics of different animals.

Kindergarten - Wednesday, March 13th, 2024
In alignment with kindergarten standards, students will investigate the basic needs and life processes of living organisms. 

Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA

2nd Grade - Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th, 2024
In alignment with second grade science standards, students will explore living and nonliving components of a habitat and how plants and animals are interdependent on these living and nonliving things.

The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

4th Grade - Tuesday, March 19, 2024
In alignment with fourth grade fine arts standards, students will analyze and evaluate music by identifying instruments from a variety of music ensembles both visually and aurally.  

2024-2025 PreK & Early Headstart Registration NOW OPEN

FCPS PreK and Early Head Start is now accepting applications for School Year 2024-25!

We are an income eligible program that prioritizes 4-year-old applicants but also accept applications for children 3- years-old by September 30th.

Apply for FCPS PreK and EHS Now

Email: [email protected]

Visit our PreK office at 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22042

For more information call our main line: 703-208-7900

 

¡FCPS PreK y Early Head Start ahora están aceptando solicitudes para el año escolar 2024-25!

  Somos un programa elegible de ingresos que prioriza a los solicitantes de 4 años, pero también acepta solicitudes para niños de 3 años antes del 30 de septiembre.

Apply for FCPS PreK and EHS Now

Correo electrónico: [email protected]

Visite nuestra oficina de PreK en 7423 Camp Alger Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22042

Para más información llame a nuestra línea en español : 703-208-7901

Calendar Reminders


Tuesday, March 5th, 2024
- Student Holiday - No School

Friday, March 22nd, 2024 - End of 3rd Grading Quarter

Monday, March 25th to Friday, March 29th, 2024 - Spring Break Student Holiday - No School

Monday, April 1st, 2024 - Student Holiday & School Planning Day - No School

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - Student Holiday & Teacher Workday - No School

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024 - Student Holiday (Eid al Fatir) - No School

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Hybla Happenings: January 29, 2024 Edition

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PTO Meeting

The Hybla Valley Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 5:00 PM in the cafeteria. Bingo Night will immediately follow the meeting at 5:30 PM.

Topics to be shared/discussed:
1) Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program  
2) Upcoming after school activities (Girl Scouts, Wellness Clubs, Soccer)
3) Volunteering at Hybla Valley
4) Magician, Joe Romano comes to Hybla Valley for an assembly on May 1st
5) Upcoming events sponsored by the Hybla Parent Teacher Organization
6) The next parent coffee event
7) Early Literacy Program; a free, interactive parent and child program

Bingo Night

On Tuesday, January 30th, the Hybla Valley Elementary PTO will be hosting Bingo Night at 5:30 PM in the cafeteria. There will be hot chocolate and cookies for sale. 1 Bingo card is $2, 2 Bingo cards is $3, and 3 Bingo cards are $5. This is a cash only event and all monetary proceeds will go to the Hybla Valley PTO. There are prizes to be won and fun to be had! We hope to see you there!

Calendar Reminder

Monday, February 19, 2024 - President's Day Holiday - No School

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Hybla Happenings: January 5, 2024 Edition

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Upcoming Events and Reminders

 

📆 Save the Date: 1st Grade Family Night! Thursday, January 11, 2024
5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

First grade students and their families are invited to enjoy a pizza dinner in the cafeteria while learning about the newly updated Student Website Resources section of our school website. After dinner, families will visit their child's first grade classroom to learn new ways to support reading and math skills at home.

Future Family Nights:
2nd Grade Family Night = Thursday, February 8, 2024
Kindergarten Family Night = Thursday, March 7, 2024
5th Grade Family Night = Thursday, April 4, 2024
4th Grade Family Night = Thursday, April 11, 2024


Virtual Math Week

Get ready for Virtual Math Week, Monday, January 8, through Friday, January 12, 2024. Save the date for a week filled with stories, games, and math activities, presented in English and Spanish for families with students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

This free experience is designed to make math fun for the whole family.

Learn more about FCPS Math Week

Martin Luther King Day (Holiday)

 

As a reminder, schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. See the complete school year calendar.

2 Hour Early Release & Student Holiday


Thursday, January 25th
is a two hour early release for students.
Student dismissal will begin at 2:05 P.M.

Friday, January 26th is a Teacher Workday and Student Holiday.
There will be no school.

Schools will reopen for students on Monday, January 29th.

The next student holiday will be Monday, February 19th.

In the Community January 2024 Webinars
Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can

Why are kids today struggling? And based on all that modern science has to offer, what are the most important things I can do in raising my kid? Learn from a child psychiatrist, a parent psychologist, and a child therapist, who have reinvented the parenting book. Organized in a novel “guidebook” style that’s illustrated, skimmable, and fun to read, it’s easy to find immediately useful strategies that you can apply to your specific kid. Usable at any stage in your child’s life, this book helps parents get right to the information they need, when they need it. It’s time to parent smarter, not harder!

These authors know what matters, they know what works, and they know how to explain it to parents. Their presentation will give you the confidence to tackle modern kid struggles, such as how to help a kid be independent and motivated, what helps (and what doesn’t!) when they are upset, how to approach technology, and how to prepare them to be flexible and roll with the punches in an uncertain future.

Join authors Catherine McCarthy, M.D.; Heather Tedesco, PhD.; & Jennifer Weaver, LCSW as they discuss their book and take your questions.

1/5/24 10-11:30 a.mAdd to Your Calendar.

Register for Meet the Author Series: Raising a Kid Who Can

 

SIBSHOPS: An Exciting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 

The Sibshop workshops are for children in grades 2-6 enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools who have siblings with special needs to:

  • Meet other siblings in a relaxed setting.
  • Celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of children with special needs.
  • Share sibling experiences and receive peer support.
  • Play games and have fun!

January 20, 2024, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. at Providence Community Center

Presented by FCPS School Social Work Services

View the individual event page if you would like to Add to Your Calendar.

Register for: SIBSHOPS: An Exicting, In-person Workshop for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs! 


Opioid Awareness and Community Conversation

Conversation to Raise Awareness of Fentanyl and Other Drugs In this video, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid interviews the Fosters, a family who tragically lost their son Cayden to a half pill of fentanyl mistaken for Percocet. This heart-wrenching yet eye-opening video of their experience is essential to raise awareness among parents/caregivers and students about the dangers of fake painkillers.

Please join Dr. Reid on Wednesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m., at Edison High School for a community conversation about opioid awareness. You may register to attend. However, registration is not required; it is simply for space considerations. 

The evening’s program is appropriate for parents/caregivers and students in grades 6-12. All attendees will receive free REVIVE! Narcan training during the event and learn about support services currently available within FCPS and Fairfax County.   

FCPS’ website also has resources to help you to start the conversation and additional support for families struggling with substance misuse.

WISH (Workforce Innovation Skills Hub) Workshop Schedule

The Workforce Innovation Skills Hub is a partnership provides services designed to help the community to develop its workforce, support business, and cultivate a thriving economy. WISH is a unique, first of its kind workforce and innovation center that helps community residents by equipping participants with job skills and supportive services that helps participants find jobs.

At the WISH Center, community members can obtain the skills and certifications for in-demand employment, connect directly to employers ready to hire, and become empowered to earn a living wage. 

Sign up HERE for the classes offered in the schedule below.

Resources
⛄Student and Family Resources

Fairfax County Public Schools has compiled a list of resources for students and families in case they need assistance while schools are closed for winter break. Please visit FCPS’ winter resources webpage for information on academic support, mental health support, and county resources related to food, clothing, housing, and other needs.

🍲 Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

😷 Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests 

Residential households are eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 test kits. If an order has not been placed for your address since the program reopened on September 25, you may place two orders now.


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Hybla Happenings: November 29, 2023 Edition

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Upcoming Events and Reminders   Advanced Academics Placement (AAP) Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting held on Thursday, November 30th in the Cafeteria from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM for parents and families who are interested in hearing more about Advanced Academic Programs in Fairfax County Public Schools and at Hybla Valley.

 

Book Fair Ending Soon!

The Scholastic Book Fair in the Hybla Valley Elementary Library will be ending Friday, December 1st. Please have your child stop by the Book Fair to purchase books before the end of the day on Friday, December 1st. This is a great opportunity for students to express interest and choice in what they are reading. Book Fair orders can also be purchased online through December 4th, 2023.

  6th Grade Field Trip

Our 6th grade students will be going to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on December 4th, 5th, and 6th. 

National Portrait Gallery Tour: Visual-EYES-ing a Portrait of a Graduate -- This program explores prominent Americans who embody communication, collaboration, resilience, creativity, and global citizenship, while investigating how these traits led to the individuals' significant contributions to American history and culture. Students will communicate, collaborate, and engage in critical thinking as they consider portraiture. The program strives to inspire, connect, and provide relevance to the students as they complete/grow into their own self-portrait as a graduate.

  Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) Testing

Students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will be taking the Reading and Math VGA (Virginia Growth Assessment) tests during the Winter testing window (December 5th to January 18th). This test is designed to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards.

  Family Life Education (FLE) Information Night

On Tuesday, December 5th there will be a Family Life Education Information Night held in the Hybla Valley Elementary Cafeteria from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

The elementary FLE program is taught by the regular classroom teacher. The early elementary program emphasizes the importance of families, distinction between good and bad touch, sources of help, and the importance of friendships. Human sexuality is first introduced in grade four. In the Human Growth and Development unit, students learn about the male and female reproductive systems. Students view age-appropriate videos and learn the maturational process, changes which occur during puberty, and prenatal development.  Students study the effects of peer pressure and begin to examine the influence of media on behavior and attitudes. Students begin an understanding of sexually transmitted infections in grade 5. The emotional and social health unit includes abuse prevention from good touch/bad touch in primary grades to types of abuse in upper elementary grades.  Instruction for abuse prevention includes resources for help. 

FLE Grade Level Program Descriptions

  Family Game Night

The Hybla Valley PTO will be hosting a Family Game Night on Thursday, December 7th in the Cafeteria from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Bring your friends and family to have some fun and play some of the most popular board games and card games. 

  5th Grade Field Trip

Our 5th grade students will be going to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, December 15th.

This location was chosen in connection with 2nd quarter 5th grade science standards of learning on landforms. Students are currently investigating and understanding that matter has properties and interactions and that Earth constantly changes. Students are also learning that changes on and within Earth happen both gradually and suddenly, impacting ecosystems by causing creating, destruction, or movement of land. They will learn that scientists use observations to classify, make inferences, draw conclusions, and predict changes in the future. Lastly, students will see that the surface of the Earth can be changed through human impact, and humans can respond, make decisions, and act in order to control negative changes.

 

Hybla Valley Spirit Week

December 11 to 15th is the last week of school in 2023. Let's celebrate and enjoy a weeklong school spirit celebration.

Monday, December 11
Team Jersey Day! - Wear your favorite team jersey or team colors!

Tuesday, December 12
Crazy Hat/Hair Day! - Wear your favorite crazy hat or hairstyle!

Wednesday, December 13
Mismatch Day! - Wear different patterns, colors, and mismatched socks!

Thursday, December 14
Husky Day! - Wear a Hybla school shirt or hoodie OR wear your favorite animal shirt!

Friday, December 15
Pajama Day! - Wear your favorite cozy and comfy school appropriate pajamas.


Winter Break

School will be closed and there will be no student classes from Monday, December 18th through Monday, January 1st. 

Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd. 

We hope that our students, families, and staff have an opportunity to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and enjoy this break. We send our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2024!

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