10-19-23 Happening at Hutchison

For Parents
October 19, 2023

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Dear Hutchison Families,

During the Academic Matters and strategic plan update segments of Thursday’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid presented on the division-wide target to have students reading by third grade.  I should add that our goal is to have all of our students reach grade level benchmark.

FCPS has continued to improve its approach to reading over the last several years through our Equitable Access to Literacy (EAL) plan. Reading by third grade is also one of the measures of Goal 3: Academic Growth and Excellence in our 2023-30 strategic plan

By focusing on foundational skills for our young readers and literacy intervention for upper grades, FCPS has made significant progress toward narrowing the achievement gaps in this critical skill. Visit the Strategic Plan webpage for more information.

Hutchison continues to make great strides as we align our literacy practices with the Science of Reading. Please plan to attend next week’s Community Connection to learn more about our literacy block including:  Phonics, Language Comprehension, Skill-based Small Groups, Writing, Independent Reading, Lexia and more!   We will also take a trip to see some classrooms to see this practice in action.

With excitement and anticipation,

Sarah C. Aiello 


Sarah Aiello


Herndon Homecoming Parade


                            Field Day                                                       Food Truck


Community Calendar

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Maureen Griffin


Fall Conferences


Families- our teachers are reaching out to schedule fall/first quarter conferences.  Please plan to coordinate with your child’s teacher. A strong school/home partnership is critical to our students' success!


Classroom Teacher

Family Science Night–Tuesday, October 24  6:00 - 7:30 PM

Bring the whole family for an evening of fun, discovery, and science learning!

Try different hands-on activities related to science, technology, engineering, and math!



Katy Curran


Community Connection & Principal Coffee Schedule & Topic

  1. First Thursday: Happening at Hutchison Newsletter
  2. Second Thursday: 9:30am In-Person Community Connection 9:30 AM & 7:00 PM
  3. Third Thursday: Happening at Hutchison Newsletter
  4. Fourth Thursday: Message from the Principal Video & Community Connection 9:30 AM & 7:00 PM


Sarah Aiello


ParentVue, Schoology, and Talking Points

Would you like help setting up your accounts? ParentVue allows you to view your elementary through high school student’s attendance and grades and complete required forms. Your ParentVue login can also be used to log into Schoology - where students' online work is posted by teachers. 

Come by Hutchison 8am-4pm and ask for Carly Le Blanc, our technology coach, for help. She’d love to help you! You are also welcome to call 703-925-8300 8am-4:00pm or text through Talking Points for help.



Carly Le Blanc

[email protected]

Fun, Easy Ways to Play with Math at Home- Part 1

Do Puzzles. Playing with puzzles helps children think about spatial relationships, identify shapes, look for patterns, and find solutions.

Build together. Building with materials like blocks, cardboard boxes, Legos, K’nex, Magna Tiles etc helps children develop strong spatial skills.

Play board games. While playing games like Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, children move a game piece one space at a time while counting the number of spaces (an important math skill). Your child will also practice recognizing the numbers of dots showing on the dice without counting them. 

Click for full article from naeyc.org 


Abbey Falkey

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CogAT - NEW Dates for Testing

Due to cogAT assessment platform technical issues, we had to reschedule the testing days.  All 2nd grade students will be assessed and only those that received parent notification letters in grades 3-6 will be assessed.


Testing will be in the morning on the following days:

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade 

  • October 30th, November 8th and 9th 

4th -6th Grade 

  • November 10th, 13, and 14th


Wendy West


Student Testing Results - UPDATED

  • i-Ready/Universal Screener (Grades 1-6) student scores will be  posted in SIS ParentVUE late October.  You can find more information around i-Ready/Universal scores HERE. Results will also be shared at fall conferences, or sent home in Tuesday Folders.
  • Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA Grades 3-6) reports will be sent via U.S. Mail by the end of November
  • VKRP (PreK and Kindergarten) will be sent via the U.S. Mail in early December.


Wendy West


Get Your Child’s Immunizations Up-to Date


Open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, new to the country, or those that just need a follow up to be up to date.

Fairfax County Health Department

Herndon-Reston District Office

1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Suite 100

Reston, VA  20190-3310

Call to Make an Appointment  703-246-7100



Additional Hours:  October 25  4:30 PM - 8 PM


Magda Calancha Vargas


Advanced Academics Community Connection-Thursday 11/9

AAP Information will be shared on  Thursday  November 9th - 9:30 a.m. in person / 7:00 p.m. Virtual.  The virtual link will be sent on Thursday at 6:45 PM.


Come learn about  Advanced Academics Programming in FCPS and Hutchison!


Any questions please email

Demi Scott: @email

Caitlin Terry: @email


Demi Scott


Caitlin Terry 


Impact Aid

It’s that time of year—Impact Aid.  Impact Aid is a federal program designed to directly compensate local schools for tax revenue lost due to the presence of federally owned buildings in your area.  Please help your child’s school by completing the Impact Aid.

This year,  parents/guardians may complete the Impact Aid form via ParentVue or paper form.

The electronic link in ParentVue will be available on October 23rd.  Please use this link to complete a form for each child in Fairfax County Public Schools.   https://www.fcps.edu/node/49068  We encourage all families to complete the Impact Aid Survey online with ParentVue. 

If you do not have an active Parent Vue account we encourage you to open an account.  With your ParentVue account you may access information about your child’s attendance, class performance, demographic data, and more.  Here is the link: https://www.fcps.edu/family-resources/technology/student-information-system-sis/sis-parentvue/sis-parent-account

For those who do not complete the form online paper copies will be sent home via Tuesday folders on October 31st.  Please complete, sign, and return to school the next day.  The due date for the return of the Impact Aid form is Friday, November 17th.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Ana Ramos


How can I help my child learn new vocabulary? 


1.The Meadows Center has a video on building vocabulary and comprehension through read alouds.  


2. The IES Regional Educational Laboratory Program has parent videos to show how you can build vocabulary during every day activities.  


3. Learn an easy strategy to teach your child new vocabulary while reading aloud. 


4. This video, offered through the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, helps families identify which vocabulary words to preteach to their child before reading


5. Reading Rockets offers a list of vocabulary-building activities for Pre-K students through 2nd grade with videos included at each grade level.


6. What is academic vocabulary? The Meadows Center of Preventing Educational Risk explains and shares a routine for families to use with kids to develop academic vocabulary


Amanda Salvo

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Follow Hutchison ES on Social Media! 


Updates from the County


New School Lunch Menu Options

FCPS' Food and Nutrition Services team will be rolling out improvements to the menu that better reflect the diversity of our student body and focus on fresh, healthy food. Learn about FCPS’ new menu options.

March 5 Calendar Update: Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.


March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as it does on other professional work days.

Sales Tax Holiday

Virginia’s three-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, October 20, and ends Sunday, October 22. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. View the Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines for more information.

Know Our Security Terms


FCPS uses specific terminology to specify the actions school staff and students should take to ensure safety in a variety of situations. It is important for staff, families, and students to understand what the different terms mean and how they impact school operations.


Watch this video to learn more about the definitions of the security terms: lockdown; secure the building; and stay put, stay tuned.

If students, staff, or community members have a safety concern at school (that is not an immediate emergency), they should submit a tip to the FCPS Safety Tipline. In an emergency, please call 9-1-1.  

Our Schools, Our Future: Community Converations with Dr. Reid


Join Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid for Our Schools, Our Future: A Community Conversation. Share your thoughts about FCPS and bring your questions to:

Pre-registration for a Community Conversation is not required but will help us plan. Childcare and interpretation services will be provided for all events based on staff availability. 

Events are open to all. Find out about other opportunities to connect with Dr. Reid. Your voice matters! 

Dyslexia Open House

FCPS will host a Dyslexia Open House on Thursday, October 26, 4-6 p.m., at 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia. This event is open to families and staff members who would like to learn more about dyslexia and how FCPS supports students with dyslexia.

For the first hour, participants will have the opportunity to visit tables set up with information from a variety of FCPS offices including the Office of the Ombuds, Office of School Psychology, and the Office of Special Education Instruction. During the second hour, speakers will address the importance of dyslexia awareness and how you can support your student with dyslexia. Please register in advance.

How School Building Projects are Selected


Each year, the Fairfax County School Board and FCPS staff members work with the community to develop an updated five-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for school building and renovation projects. To develop the CIP, the school system assesses changes in expected enrollments, academic programs, and facility conditions to determine priorities for new construction, renovations, and other capital facility projects. The School Board then evaluates the affordability of these school needs against other countywide requirements to determine the bond proposal. 


The School Board is committed to protecting the community’s investment in schools and other buildings, which have a combined present value approaching $6.5 billion. Not only do these facilities wear out over time, but they also become outdated, both technologically and instructionally. FCPS renovates its schools to ensure that students countywide have effective and efficient learning environments.

The 2023 Bond Referendum will be on the ballot in November. Vote on Tuesday, November 7. Learn more about registering to vote.

Lexia Parent Night: Learn About Literacy Support

FCPS funds Lexia for all elementary and middle schools to use as part of their literacy instruction. Lexia is a computer-based program that supplements classroom instruction to help students develop literacy skills. It also provides teachers with the data to identify students who need additional support, and the ability to know which specific concepts and skills to prioritize.

Attend an information night to learn more about Lexia and how FCPS is integrating it into the classroom. Parents/caregivers will also get tips for supporting their students at home. 


Information nights will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, October 19, at Edison High School (Auditorium).

Register to attend or submit a question in advance


Integrating Lexia into the literacy curriculum aligns with the Virginia Literacy Act, FCPS’ Equitable Access to Literacy, and Strategic Plan Goal 3, which aims to have all students reading on level by the end of third grade.  

How to Prevent Substance Misuse

It’s true, teens are more likely to listen to peers rather than their parents, it is part of this stage in development. When a baby is born, the brain’s sole responsibility is focused on keeping them alive. As they grow into adolescence, finding their tribe becomes important. Think about your top three happiest memories up to this point in life. What were you doing? How did you feel? Who was there? Each of these memories was likely a shared experience with others. Likely you were laughing and smiling with loved ones, maybe food was involved. Now shift to think about your three worst memories. What was going on? How did you feel? Who was there? In each of these memories, you likely were alone or felt alone. 

Substance use becomes a problem for some because they either are or feel alone. Connection is an important aspect in our everyday lives. Fairfax County’s “Three to Succeed” describes protective factors to help youth achieve their higher selves. If a child has at least three of these protective factors, they are more likely to succeed in life. They include: having high personal integrity, trusted adults to talk to, performing community service, participating in extracurricular activities, teacher recognition of effort and good work, and parents availability for help. What is noticed is that five of the six protective factors involve connection with someone else, and the first protective factor describes connection with self.

Helpful Resources:

Knowing the Signs: Substance Abuse & Today’s Youth

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Substance Use Prevention & Encouraging Healthy Brain Development

REVIVE Training for Opioid Overdoses

FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program

For general questions about the FCPS Substance Abuse Prevention Program, please contact the Office of Student Safety & Wellness at: (571) 423-4270 and be sure to follow us on Twitter at @FCPSSAPS.

The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Saves Lives

Information was recently posted to the Healthy Minds Blog on the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and other resources for suicide prevention


The Healthy Minds Blog shares information related to youth mental health and wellness. Articles include tips and strategies for increasing wellness and resiliency, as well as fostering success at home, at school, and in the community.


The Healthy Minds Blog is a collaborative project between Fairfax County Public Schools and the Prevention Unit of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services. Subscribe to Healthy Minds and receive a quarterly digest of articles.

November Events Hosted by the Family Resource Center


November Events Hosted by the Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free webinars, confidential consultations, a lending library, and resources to help adults support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities. The FRC is hosting the following events in November:


Click the links above to register for the events. For more information, visit the Family Resource Center webpage.