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Thank you to all who joined us at the March PTA meeting where we shared information about what literacy looks like in education today.  UVA is working very closely with schools in the state of Virginia as we move forward with implementing the new literacy curriculum.  They have put together a fantastic website with resources for parents to access.

https://literacy.virginia.edu/resources-families

Dear OES Families,

We’re excited to announce our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair from April 17 -April 26. Hosted by our staff and PTA volunteers, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

Book Fair Preview- all classes will have the opportunity to preview the fair and create a wish list on either Wednesday, April 17, Thursday, April 18 or Friday, April 19.

Fair Shopping Hours- students will be allowed to visit the fair to make purchases during the school day April 22-26.  We will also be open for an evening family shopping night on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00-8:00.

Friendly Reminders- In order to help the fair run smoothly, please discuss book choices/purchases with your student to help eliminate returns.

Also note, students should only come to book fair one time so that they are not missing class instruction. New this year, book fair sales are not taxed.

Thank you and please feel free to contact us with questions or for volunteering opportunities,

Corin Harmon -  OES Librarian, [email protected]

Betsy Rice - PTA Book Fair Coordinator, [email protected]

OES CARES: AUTISM ACCEPTANCE WEEK!
April 22 - April 26, 2024


We are proud to announce that OES will be observing Autism Acceptance Week from April 22- 26! This annual event reminds us that all students play a vital role in our school’s community and should be appreciated and respected. We are excited to show our support, and THIS IS HOW!


With a Special Video Message from PawsCLICK HERE to see how our favorite panther is getting ready for this important week at OES!
On PTV – The Student Council Association will be sharing facts about autism and neurodiversity during Panther TV morning announcements to help educate and inform students.
In Morning Meetings – Classes will be holding discussions on the topic and completing fun art activities to help everyone learn more.
On Facebook – Stay tuned to our PTA's Facebook Page! We will be sharing various facts about autism and neurodiversity to help promote the acceptance, awareness and understanding of our students, as well as the tens of thousands of individuals living with an autism diagnosis each year.
By wearing our new PTA “Kindness” T-Shirts, or any blue shirt, for “Autism Acceptance Day” on April 24! – Students, teachers and staff will be wearing their shirts to show our support as a school!
With a Special Reading List – Our librarian has created a wonderful reading list of books around the topic of autism and neurodiversity. These books will be showcased in our library’s display case. It is our hope that students and families will read and reference them to learn more about what it's like for an individual to live with autism; and that such knowledge will foster acceptance, empathy and compassion. CLICK HERE to view our complete list of suggested readings and print a copy.
It's going to be a special week at our school as we all come together in support of this important cause.

Thank you, OES Community!
Questions? Please feel free to contact Andrea Zuppas and Maren Wood, PTA Special Education liaisons, at [email protected].

Upcoming dates for OES:

April 16 - Volunteer Appreciation Reception, 8:30AM - OES Lobby

April 16 - PTA Dining for $, 4:00-8:00PM - Chipotle

April 17 - Purple Up Day - Showing support for military children-Wear Purple!

April 17-26 - Book Fair

April 22 - Earth Day - Wear Green!

April 22-26 - Autism Acceptance Week

April 24 - Autism Acceptance Day-Wear Blue!

April 25 - Book Fair Family Night, 5:00-8:00PM - OES Library

April 26 - 6th Grade Basketball Games vs. Churchill Road ES, 6:00PM -Madison HS

April 30 - Band Concert, 6:30PM - OES Gym\

May 3 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

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Oakton is fortunate to have two fantastic assistant principals!  Thank you Mrs. Holzinger & Mr. Eck for all you do for our students, staff, and families!

Dear OES Families,

We’re excited to announce our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair from April 17 -April 26. Hosted by our staff and PTA volunteers, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.

Book Fair Preview- all classes will have the opportunity to preview the fair and create a wish list on either Wednesday, April 17, Thursday, April 18 or Friday, April 19.

Fair Shopping Hours- students will be allowed to visit the fair to make purchases during the school day April 22-26.  We will also be open for an evening family shopping night on Thursday, April 25 from 5:00-8:00.

Friendly Reminders- In order to help the fair run smoothly, please discuss book choices/purchases with your student to help eliminate returns.

Also note, students should only come to book fair one time so that they are not missing class instruction. New this year, book fair sales are not taxed.

Thank you and please feel free to contact us with questions or for volunteering opportunities,

Corin Harmon -  OES Librarian, [email protected]

Betsy Rice - PTA Book Fair Coordinator, [email protected]

SOL Schedule

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are approaching.

These assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The content tested varies by grade level. See below for the scheduled dates this Spring.

Grade 3:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 7
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 14

Grade 4:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 9
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 22

Grade 5:

  • Integrated Reading & Writing: Monday, April 15
    • ✨New this year: Students taking the Grade 5 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.
  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 8
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 15
  • 🔬 Science: Tuesday, May 21

Grade 6:

  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 6
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 16

☀️ Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is happening on Monday, April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. 

The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m., and ends around 4:32 p.m. OES will not be sending students outside to view the eclipse. Students and staff will be provided with the NASA livestream link as an option to safely observe the eclipse.

There will be some overlap of the expected window and our dismissal. Students will be reminded to not stare at the sun, and we ask that parents remind their children that it is not safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection for solar viewing (The NASA website has more information about eye safety.)

If you would like to take your child out of school early to observe the eclipse with you at home, please inform your child’s teacher.

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Lost and Found items from this week.

Upcoming dates for OES:

April 10 - No School - Eid al Fitr

April 16 - PTA Dining for $, 4:00-8:00PM - Chipotle

April 17 - Purple Up Day - Showing support for military children-Wear Purple!

April 17-26 - Book Fair

April 22-26 - Autism Acceptance Week

April 24 - Autism Acceptance Day

April 26 - 6th Grade Basketball Games vs. Churchill Road ES, 6:00PM-Madison HS

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Harper!

Therapy Dog Harper & Ms. Laura visited OES on Monday.  Harper enjoyed meeting some new friends, getting lots of pets, and hearing some great readers. 

We are looking forward to having him visit again in April.

🌷 March 25-29 is spring break. Schools and school offices will be closed. We wish our students and teachers a happy and restful Spring Break! See the complete school year calendar.

SOL Schedule

Our Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are approaching.

These assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards. The content tested varies by grade level. See below for the scheduled dates this Spring.

Grade 3:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 7
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 14

Grade 4:

  • 📖 Reading: Wednesday, May 9
  • 🧮 Math: Wednesday, May 22

Grade 5:

  • Integrated Reading & Writing: Monday, April 15
    • ✨New this year: Students taking the Grade 5 SOL Reading test will complete an integrated reading and writing (IRW) component. The IRW component has one non-fiction reading passage followed by 4-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items and an “invitation to write” based on the passage.
  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 8
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 15
  • 🔬 Science: Tuesday, May 21

Grade 6:

  • 📖 Reading: Tuesday, May 6
  • 🧮 Math: Tuesday, May 16

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8 

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 p.m.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Upcoming dates for OES:

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students - Office Closed

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

April 10 - No School - Eid al Fitr

April 16 - PTA Dining for $, 4:00-8:00PM - Chipotle

April 17 - Purple Up Day - Showing support for military children

April 17-26 - Book Fair

April 22-26 - Autism Acceptance Week

April 24 - Autism Acceptance Day

April 26 - 6th Grade Basketball Games vs. Churchill Road ES, 6:00PM-Madison HS

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OES 3rd grade students transformed the cafeteria into a Wax Museum this week.  Students, staff, and parents visited and learned about many important figures, such as King Tut, George Washington, David Beckham, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coco Chanel.  The students did a fantastic job of researching and presenting!

This morning, Region1 Assistant Superintendent, Douglas Tyson, and School Board member, Karl Frisch, announced that Mrs. Kastner, OES Family Liaison, has been selected as the Region's Outstanding Operational Employee!  We have always know that she is the best!  We are so appreciative of all she does for our students and families.  

Lost & Found

Please have your child claim their missing items from the lost and found ASAP.  All items remaining on Friday (3/22) will be donated.

On Monday, March 18, OES parents/guardians will be sent an email containing a link to complete the online FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form. This questionnaire is part of the VDOE-mandated Performance Evaluation Program for principals and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include how the principal demonstrates/impacts instructional leadership, school climate, management, communication and community relations, culturally responsive and equitable leadership, and professionalism within the school.

The questionnaire will be administered between March 18 and April 5. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Thank you!

Therapy Dog Visits

We have some exciting news to share with you!  A volunteer, certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), has generously offered to visit OES monthly with her dog, Harper, for the remainder of this school year. Harper's first visit will be on Monday, March 18. 

We are thrilled with the possibilities this experience will offer, including working with students in small groups, reading with children, and helping children to practice their fluency skills. Additionally, the simple presence of a dog at school can bring joy, provide support, and lower stress levels of children, which optimizes learning capacity. Any therapy dog visiting OES will have passed the requirements of ATD, is insured, and is up to date on all vaccinations. Learn more about the ATD.

If you do not want your child(ren) to interact with a therapy dog, fill out the form linked here as soon as possible. Unfortunately, not all students will have the opportunity to meet Harper this year. 

Spring Picture Day Tuesday, March 19

Order online or by returning the order form with cash or check on picture day (forms went home in Tuesday folders)

Once you receive your child’s photo packet you will also have a chance to order pictures online.

Parent Volunteers Needed for OES Scholastic Book Fair: April 17-26

Calling all book lovers!! The Scholastic Book Fair is back again and Mrs. Harmon, our fabulous school librarian, will need lots of extra hands during the school day to assist with set up, run the cash registers, help students select books, and pack up at the end of the fair. There are evening opportunities as well as shifts during the school day. No experience necessary! Volunteering at the book fair is a great chance to help directly with students in the school, and accompany your own children as they select books as well. Please take a look at your schedule and sign up ahead of time to volunteer here. 

If you have any questions, contact Betsy Rice at [email protected]. If you are only able to be there for a portion of a shift, just note that in your sign up comments. Thanks for your help making this fun event successful for everyone!

Oakton Pantry

The Oakton Pantry (located at Oakton High School) is available to any Oakton student or neighbor who is in need. They stock non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, and household supplies. 

For assistance: [email protected] 

Volunteer/Questions: [email protected]

Donate via PayPal

Most needed items: website

Amazon Wish List 

Important upcoming dates for OES:

TONIGHT - PTA Skate Night, 7:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

March 19 - Spring Pictures

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students - Office Closed

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

April 10 - No School - Eid al Fitr

April 17 - Purple Up Day - Showing support for military children

April 17-26 - Book Fair

April 22-26 - Autism Acceptance Week

April 24 - Autism Acceptance Day

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Thank you to our parent and staff volunteers for all of the work, love, and patience you put into this fantastic show! The performances were outstanding - we are so proud of all who participated.

Special thanks to:

Show Director - Kelly Hunt

All things backstage - Bethany Messer & Jessica Sereno

OES teachers - Sommer Conway, Robyn McManus, & Jo d'Eugenio

We enjoyed OES Camp-Read-Alot this week!  Today we held a schoolwide reading trail throughout the school.

Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

FCPS celebrates SEL day on March 8.

See information below from our counselors about what SEL is and how you can support your child(ren) at home.  Click on the FCPS SEL website to learn more.  VDOE defines SEL as “The process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” SEL is made up of 5 areas of knowledge and skill: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness.

What you can do at home to support SEL:

  • Emotions check in – make this a normalized thing
  • You can ask your child
    • how are you feeling right now? (Say the emotions out loud, on paper or draw it out)
    • Why are you feeling this way?
    • What might help you feel better? 
  • Mindful morning check in 
  • Take 5 slow, deep breaths 
  • List four things you can see around you
  • List three things you're grateful for
  • Say two positive statements about yourself
  • Name one thing you're looking forward to today
  • Create a gratitude list 
  • Ask about friendships/classmate encounters
  • Reflect on different perspectives

- Ms. Jun & Mrs. Theberge

Therapy Dog Visits

We have some exciting news to share with you!  A volunteer, certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), has generously offered to visit OES monthly with her dog, Harper, for the remainder of this school year. Harper's first visit will be on Monday, March 18. 

We are thrilled with the possibilities this experience will offer, including working with students in small groups, reading with children, and helping children to practice their fluency skills. Additionally, the simple presence of a dog at school can bring joy, provide support, and lower stress levels of children, which optimizes learning capacity. Any therapy dog visiting OES will have passed the requirements of ATD, is insured, and is up to date on all vaccinations. Learn more about the ATD.

If you do not want your child(ren) to interact with a therapy dog, fill out the form linked here as soon as possible. Unfortunately, not all students will have the opportunity to meet Harper this year. 

Spring Picture Day Tuesday, March19

Order online or by returning the order form with cash or check on picture day (forms will go home next week in Tuesday folders)

Once you receive your child’s photo packet you will also have a chance to order pictures online.

April is Autism Acceptance Month! We are proud to announce that OES will be celebrating Autism Acceptance Week April 22 - 26, 2024, with Wednesday April 24 dedicated as our schoolwide observance of Autism Awareness.  Students, families and staff can show their support by ordering this year's Autism Awareness shirt and wearing them on April 24 and throughout the year.  Shirts are available now thru March 15 and the PTA will help distribute the shirts when they arrive in April.  Link to order: bit.ly/OESSPIRITWEAR 

Parent Volunteers Needed for OES Scholastic Book Fair: April 17-26

Calling all book lovers!! The Scholastic Book Fair is back again and Mrs. Harmon, our fabulous school librarian, will need lots of extra hands during the school day to assist with set up, run the cash registers, help students select books, and pack up at the end of the fair. There are evening opportunities as well as shifts during the school day. No experience necessary! Volunteering at the book fair is a great chance to help directly with students in the school, and accompany your own children as they select books as well. Please take a look at your schedule and sign up ahead of time to volunteer here. 

If you have any questions, contact Betsy Rice at [email protected]. If you are only able to be there for a portion of a shift, just note that in your sign up comments. Thanks for your help making this fun event successful for everyone!

Important upcoming dates for OES:

March 15 - PTA Skate Night, 7:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

March 19 - Spring Pictures

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

April 10 - No School - Eid al Fitr

April 17 - Purple Up Day - Showing support for military children

April 17-26 - Book Fair

April 22-26 - Autism Acceptance Week

April 24 - Autism Acceptance Day

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Attendance

We are seeing a rise in students being absent from school for family travel. These absences are unexcused. 

Children who show up for school regularly develop fundamental reading and math skills while building a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. Research shows that children who were chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade.

Please partner with us to ensure that your child is getting the most of their education by having them at school every day and on time.  

Kindergarten Registration

We are looking forward to meeting our rising Kindergarteners!  To register your child for kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, they must be 5 years old, on or before September 30, 2024.  

Please complete the Survey of Preschool children with your rising kindergartener's information as soon as possible.  

Please share this information with friends/neighbors who have upcoming kindergarten children.  They may call the school at 703-937-6100 to share their information and receive a registration packet. 

NOTE NEW DATE:

Our Kindergarten Orientation will now be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 2:00-3:00PM.  It will be in-person and your rising kindergartener is encouraged to join us!

Thank you to OES' School Social Worker, Haley Narins!

March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Social workers are assigned to every school and center in the school division. Most social workers serve one to two sites. Learn more about the role of social workers in FCPS

April is Autism Acceptance Month! We are proud to announce that OES will be celebrating Autism Acceptance Week April 22 - 26, 2024, with Wednesday April 24 dedicated as our schoolwide observance of Autism Awareness.  Students, families and staff can show their support by ordering this year's Autism Awareness shirt and wearing them on April 24 and throughout the year.  Shirts are available now thru March 15 and the PTA will help distribute the shirts when they arrive in April.  Link to order: bit.ly/OESSPIRITWEAR 

Important upcoming dates for OES:

March 4-8 - Read Across America Week - OES Camp Read-Alot

          Monday - Wear something that represents a place you have traveled

          Wednesday - Wear OES colors!

          Thursday -  Wear PJs

          Friday - Wear camping attire 

March 5 - No School, School & Office closed

March 6 - Quarter 3 Interims go home

March 6 - PTA Dining for $, 11AM-7PM - The Sandwich Shop

March 7 & 8 - Variety Show, 7:00PM - OES Auditorium

March 8 - PTA Meeting, 8:30AM - OES Library

March 15 - PTA Skate Night, 7:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

March 19 - Spring Pictures

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 2 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

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SPELLING BEE

Congratulations to the following students:

1st place: Tanaz A., Grade 4

2nd place: Chava V-L, Grade 4

3rd place: Mohammad S., Grade 5

4th place (tie): Bodhi S. and Henry D., Grade 3

Tanaz will represent OES at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on Sunday, March 17th, and I know I speak for everyone when I say that we wish her well on her competition journey.  

Morning Arrival Reminders

Students are not permitted to be dropped off for school in the front parking lot.  This entrance is for buses only during arrival and dismissal times (8:50am-9:15am & 3:45pm-4:15pm).  If you are driving your child to school, you must use Kiss & Ride located on Miller Road.

Kindergarten Registration

We are looking forward to meeting our rising Kindergarteners!  To register your child for kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, they must be 5 years old, on or before September 30, 2024.  

Please complete the Survey of Preschool children with your rising kindergartener's information as soon as possible.  

Please share this information with friends/neighbors who have upcoming kindergarten children.  They may call the school at 703-937-6100 to share their information and receive a registration packet. 

Our Kindergarten Orientation is currently scheduled for Monday, April 1 from 2:00-3:00PM.  It will be in-person and your rising kindergartener is encouraged to join us!

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

April is Autism Acceptance Month! We are proud to announce that OES will be celebrating Autism Acceptance Week April 22 - 26, 2024, with Wednesday April 24 dedicated as our schoolwide observance of Autism Awareness.  Students, families and staff can show their support by ordering this year's Autism Awareness shirt and wearing them on April 24 and throughout the year.  Shirts are available now thru March 15 and the PTA will help distribute the shirts when they arrive in April.  Link to order: bit.ly/OESSPIRITWEAR 

Important upcoming dates for OES:

TONIGHT- Skate Night - 7:30-9:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

March 4-8 - Read Across America Week - OES Camp Read-Alot

March 5 - No School, School & Office closed

March 6 - Quarter 3 Interims go home

March 6 - PTA Dining for $, 11AM-7PM - The Sandwich Shop

March 7 & 8 - Variety Show, 7:00PM - OES Auditorium

March 8 - PTA Meeting, 8:30AM - OES Library

March 19 - Spring Pictures

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

April 1 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

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Congratulations to 6th grader, Anais! She participated in the NVMTA (Northern Virginia Music Teachers) Strings Concerto Competition. This is a very high level competition that brings strings students from Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland area.

Anais had a tremendous performance and we would like to recognize her for all of her hard work. We look forward to hearing her many wonderful performances ahead!

Scripps National Spelling Bee

We are proud of all OES students who participated in the PTA sponsored Spelling Bee! 

**We had a 5-way tie for first place, which will result in a tie-breaker written test to be held at a forthcoming date.

The first place finishers, with perfect scores of 40/40 are:

Tied for 1st place:

Bodhisattwa Sabud, Grade 3

Henry Deppisch, Grade 3

Tanaz Ahmed, Grade 4

Chava Vizcardo-Lichter, Grade 4

Mohammad Zaheer Sapan, Grade 5

Other scores that deserve an Honorable Mention:

Arav Nayak, Grade 6 (39/40)

Anagha Chodavarapu, Grade 3 (38/40)

Eva Strutt, Grade 4 (38/40)

Daniella Chung, Grade 5 (38/40)

Abigail Boylan, Grade 6 (38/40)

Arjun Vohra, Grade 6 (38/40)

Congratulations to all!

Kindergarten Registration

We are looking forward to meeting our rising Kindergarteners!  To register your child for kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, they must be 5 years old, on or before September 30, 2024.  

Please complete the Survey of Preschool children with your rising kindergartener's information as soon as possible.  

Please share this information with friends/neighbors who have upcoming kindergarten children.  They may call the school at 703-937-6100 to share their information and receive a registration packet. 

Our Kindergarten Orientation is currently scheduled for Monday, April 1 from 2:00-3:00PM.  It will be in-person and your rising kindergartener is encouraged to join us!

Eating Disorder Parent Information

In 2013, Virginia passed a law requiring every school system to provide information to parents annually about eating disorders with parents/guardians of students in the fifth through twelfth grades. 

According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA 2023),

Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In the United States, 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

There is no single cause of an eating disorder. Rather, it is a complex combination of biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors that converge and set off an individual’s predisposed genetic vulnerability.

In collaboration with the Fairfax County Health Department, FCPS has developed a web page with detailed information and resources about eating disorders.  To find out more, please visit the FCPS Eating Disorders website.

In addition to the information on the FCPS website, the National Eating Disorders Association has a toll free, confidential Helpline, 1-800-931-2237.

Lost & Found

Please have your child retrieve all items from our Lost & Found.  Any items remaining at Spring Break will be donated.

Help our school win a $1500 grant!  Students may submit entries through Feb 23, with a parent email address only! Students should write at least 3 sentences about WHY they love their school or their teacher. Submit entries using the link below.  Any class that has 100% participation will be entered to win a pizza party! Visit https://bit.ly/ILoveMySchool2024 to complete your entry! Must enter with a parent email address. The PTA will also raffle TWO i9 weeklong camps for all who enter.  

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Important upcoming dates for OES:

February 19 - No School - Presidents' Day

February 20 - PTA Dining for $ - Paisano's

February 23 - Skate Night - 7:30-9:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

March 5 - No School, School & Office closed

March 6 - Quarter 3 Interims go home

March 7 & 8 - Variety Show, 7:00PM - OES Auditorium

March 8 - PTA Meeting, 8:30AM - OES Library

March 25-29 - SPRING BREAK - School & Office Closed

April 1 - Teacher Workday - No School for Students

April 1 - Kindergarten Orientation, 2:00PM - OES Auditorium

April 2 - Staff Development - No School for Students

April 3 - 4th Quarter Begins

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Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school on Thursday!  Students counted to 100 in many different ways.  Some even dressed like they were 100 years old :)

Kindergarten Registration

We are looking forward to meeting our rising Kindergarteners!  To register your child for kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year, they must be 5 years old, on or before September 30, 2024.  

Please complete the Survey of Preschool children with your rising kindergartener's information as soon as possible.  

Please share this information with friends/neighbors who have upcoming kindergarten children.  They may call the school at 703-937-6100 to share their information and receive a registration packet. 

Our Kindergarten Orientation is currently scheduled for Monday, April 1 from 2:00-3:00PM.  It will be in-person and your rising kindergartener is encouraged to join us!

Elementary Webinars

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2/16 Proactive Strategies for Effective Communication 

Embark on a collaborative parenting journey while we guide you through practical tips that can be used in your home.

3/15 Taming Tantrums and More 

Parents, ever had a moment when things feel like a big puzzle and you just need the right pieces? We will share strategies to help when your child’s behavior feels like a rollercoaster. Learn how to turn meltdowns into moments that make you go 'ta-da!'

 Curious About Cancer |Thursdays @ 5:30pm – 6:30pm| Inova Loudoun Hospital

5-week series running from 2/15 to 3/14

This 5-week program is for kids ages 8-12 with a family member with cancer (parent, sibling, grandparent, etc). This group will provide kids with the opportunity to learn about cancer in an age appropriate way, learn and share coping skills, and be supported by peers with similar experiences. Families can register on our website.

Grief Circle for Kids | Tuesday, 3/5 from 3:00pm – 4:15pm| IN-PERSON AT THE LWC FAMILY CENTER

This grief workshop is for children 7-11 years old with a loved one who died from cancer in the last 4 years. The purpose of this activities-based group is to provide kids a safe-space to learn about grief, explore shared experiences, and talk about their loss in a peer-supportive environment. Families can register on our website.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month.

Important upcoming dates for OES:

February 14 - PTA Dining for $ - Nothing Bundt Cake

February 19 - No School - Presidents' Day

February 20 - PTA Dining for $ - Paisano's

February 23 - Skate Night - 7:30-9:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

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OES 6th Graders visited Thoreau Middle School this week.  They learned about the middle school schedule, electives, clubs, and expectations.   OES students are sharing their personal fitness success stories in PE. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  We are very fortunate to have fantastic school counselors at OES!  Thank you Mrs. Theberge and Miss Jun for all you do for our students, staff, and families. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

Important upcoming dates for OES:

TONIGHT - PTA International Night - 6:00-8:00PM, OES Cafeteria & Gym

February 6 - Progress Reports Go Home

February 14 - PTA Dining for $ - Nothing Bundt Cake

February 19 - No School - Presidents' Day

February 20 - PTA Dining for $ - Paisano's

February 23 - Skate Night - 7:30-9:30PM, SkateQuest Reston

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SCA Candygrams Sale extended to 1/30!

1 for $3.00 

2 for $5.00

3 for $8.00

4 for $10.00

5 for $12.00

Sales are in the lobby in the morning. Candygrams will be delivered on 2/14.

Important upcoming dates for OES:

February 2 - PTA International Night - 6:00-8:00PM, OES Cafeteria & Gym

February 6 - Progress Reports Go Home

February 19 - No School - Presidents' Day

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HAPPY SNOW DAY!

While it is scheduled to warm up next week, this is as good a time as any to review cold weather recess guidelines :)

OES Cold Weather Recess Guidelines

During typical winter days, students will go outside during the winter months.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately (coat, boots, gloves, and hats) for outdoor weather.  On PE days, students should have a pair of tennis shoes as well. Students may go outside if it is snowing.

How cold is too cold to allow students to play outside?

  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is 25 degrees or higher, teachers are advised to take their students outside for recess.  Teachers may adjust the time outside due to the conditions.
  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is between 20-25 degrees, teachers may use their professional judgment, based on students’ attire (jackets, snow pants, boots, gloves, and hats) and current weather conditions in determining if students will go outside for recess. 
  • When the wind chill/”feels like” temperature is below 20 degrees, or there is any rain/sleet, teachers are advised to keep their students inside for recess.

The Lost and Found is growing again!  Please encourage your children to claim any missing items.

Important upcoming dates for OES:

January 24 - PTA Dining for $ - 5:00-8:00PM, Chick-fil-A Vienna

January 25 - Early Dismissal - 2:00PM

January 26 - No School for Students - Teacher Workday

February 2 - PTA International Night - 6:00-8:00PM, OES Cafeteria & Gym

February 6 - Progress Reports Go Home

February 19 - No School - Presidents' Day

February 21 - PTA Meeting - 7:00PM, Virtual

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Kudos to our orchestra students who performed for parents last night! 

Martin Luther King Jr. 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.

Tutor.com Can Help With More Than Homework

Tutor.com offers more than help with homework! This on-demand tutoring service also provides a comprehensive range of resources including exam prep for AP, SAT, and ACT tests at no cost to families. 

Students can take practice quizzes at any time. If they struggle in particular areas, they can immediately connect to a live tutor for help through voice or chat options. Learn more on the FCPS Tutor.com webpage.

Important upcoming dates for OES:

January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 18 - STEM/Lego League Interest Night (Grs. 3-6 Families) - 6:00-7:00PM, OES Library

January 24 - PTA Dining for $ - 5:00-8:00PM, Chick-fil-A Vienna

January 25 - Early Dismissal - 2:00PM

January 26 - No School for Students - Teacher Workday

February 2 - PTA International Night - 6:00-8:00PM, OES Cafeteria & Gym

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Happy New Year!

We look forward to 2024 being a year of growth, learning, and positive experiences for each member of our school community. Together, let's embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.  

🗺️ Dual Language Immersion Program Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 22. Current pre-K students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2024-25 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. 

Parents/caregivers who are interested may want to attend an informational meeting. Meetings are held at the school site. Check the FCPS events calendar for the most current information. Meetings will begin on Tuesday, January 16

A virtual meeting hosted by the World Languages Office will include general program information. Access to this virtual meeting will be made available on the FCPS events calendar and the Dual Language Immersion registration site on the day of the meeting.

Get more information on the immersion program webpage and registration page.

Help FCPS Reach 1 Million Minutes of Math

FCPS Family Math Week starts on Monday, January 8! Participate in games and stories online. FCPS is working toward a total of 1 million minutes logged by families. The event is free, with activities from ST Math geared toward students in grades K-6 and their families. 

Math Week offers families an opportunity to experience math, literacy, history, and geography in a fun and positive way. All content will be available for families in English and Spanish beginning Monday, January 8. Visit the Math Week website

Important upcoming dates for OES:

Today-January 12 - PTA Spelling Bee Registration

TONIGHT - Skate Night - 7:30PM, SkateQuest of Reston

January 11 - Strings Concert - 7:00PM, OES Gym

January 12 - PTA Meeting - 8:30AM, OES Library

January 15 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 25 - Early Dismissal - 2:00PM

January 26 - No School for Students - Teacher Workday

February 2 - PTA International Night - 6:00-8:00PM, OES Cafeteria & Gym

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