11/16/23 Happening at Hutchison

By S. Aiello
For Parents
November 16, 2023

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Message from the Principal

As the season of gratitude approaches, I want to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation for the incredible community we share at Hutchison Elementary School. Every day, I am inspired by the kindness, compassion, and unwavering support that you demonstrate towards one another and towards our school.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that has the ability to transform our lives. When we cultivate a sense of gratitude, we open ourselves to a world of joy, resilience, and deeper connections.

In the context of our school, gratitude plays a pivotal role in fostering a positive and nurturing learning environment. It encourages us to appreciate the efforts of our teachers, the dedication of our staff, and the camaraderie among our students. Gratitude fosters a sense of unity, motivating us to support one another and work together towards shared goals.

Thank you for being an integral part of our school family. Your presence, your support, and your unwavering commitment to our shared values are truly appreciated. I wish you and your loved ones a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, laughter, and gratitude.

With warmest regards,

Sarah C. Aiello 


Sarah Aiello


Happening at Hutchison!

Herndon High JROTC visits Hutchison in honor of Veterans Day


Over 200 families joined us for lunch to create our Growing Gratitude Tree.


Community Calendar

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FCPS Calendar: 

Important Calendar Dates: 

  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday 11/22 - Friday 11/24
  • Winter Break: Monday 12/18 - Monday 1/1/24
  • First Day of school in 2024  Tuesday 1/2/24


Maureen Griffin

[email protected]

December Community Connection & Events

  • Friday, December 12/1/2023  Movie NIght 5:30 PM  Frozen
  • Thursday, December 14, 2023  K-6 Math Instruction



Sarah Aiello


Impact Aid–Forms due Friday, November 17

Impact Aid forms were sent home on Wednesday, November 8th.  If you have not returned the form, please return it tomorrow.  

The Impact Aid 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. Click here for more information:




Ana Ramos



Family Life Education Parent Preview Night–Monday 11/20 6-7 PM

Parents ONLY as the material is sensitive, Grade K-6

Family Life Education will be taught in your child’s classroom the week of December 11-15. 

K-3rd graders will have Emotional and Social Health lessons.  

4th-6th grades will have Human Growth and Development lessons.

Preview at home!  All of these lessons can be previewed in your parent schoology account.  If you are not able to preview these lessons at home, we will have computers available on Monday, November 20 from 6-7pm at Hutchison so you can view the lessons.  If you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, the opt out form can be found on schoology or at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedecG1ircI7zni7gWFMXtFI9-QmFxSSMcRrPmzo4LwndGw9w/viewform .  Please contact the front office if you have any questions or need help setting up a schoology account.



Steven Wilson





Lightspeed Classroom Management

Our school will be using a new classroom management tool that will help teachers better connect with student devices during classes. The new tool will provide teachers with a number of helpful features: 

  • Easily view student screens in real time from the teacher console to see which students may need guidance or support.
  • Focus student attention on a particular website on their device to minimize distractions.
  • Pause student access to the internet to focus on other classroom tasks.

We believe this classroom management tool will allow us to maximize class time to support your student’s learning while at school. Please let us know if you have any questions.  


Carly LeBlanc

How can I help my child read with an appropriate pace and expression?

  1. Learn about reading fluency and how to support your child at the National Center on Improving Literacy.  
  2. Read about Five Easy Ways Parents Can Increase Their Child’s Reading Fluency.
  3. Explore what fluency problems look like and how parents can help at the Reading Rockets Fluency page.


Amanda Salvo

[email protected]

🗓️ Attendance Tip: Scheduling Family Trips or Events

Good attendance is an important life skill that will help students succeed in school and beyond.

When scheduling trips or family events, try to use weekends and school holidays, and refer to the FCPS Calendar when planning. Every day of learning is a day toward success. Keep in mind that absences add up quickly. Students who are absent 10% of the school year (or just two days per month) are considered chronically absent.

When possible, schedule appointments for your child outside of school hours. If your child needs to miss school because of an illness or another reason, you must report the absence to their school. Most schools have links to their attendance email or notification systems on their homepages. If you are unsure how to report an absence, please call your school’s front office. 

Watch this video with tips on understanding our school calendar and visit our Attendance webpage for additional information. Attend today, achieve tomorrow!



 Hollie Daniel



NNAT3 Ability Testing for Some 2nd - 6th Grade Students

Letters went home on November 14, 2023 to parents whose child needs to take the NNAT3 Abilities test this fall window.  The testing will happen the week of November 29th - December 1st.  Your child's teacher will communicate the exact day of testing soon.. 

CogAT and NNAT3 Ability Testing Score Reports

Schools receive a shipment of fall CogAT and NNAT3 ability reports in December for distribution to parents before winter break In addition to the physical reports distributed by school staff, parents and guardians are able to access ability scores in SIS ParentVUE. 

Fall ability scores are available in ParentVUE by the end of January, and spring scores are available by mid-May.  


Wendy West



VGA Testing 3rd - 6th  Grade Students

The mid-year VGA Tests are coming up soon.  Here are the dates for each grade level test.  Please make sure students are rested and have a good breakfast before they come to school these days!!

  • 3rd Grade  Reading 12/6      Math 12/13
  • 4th Grade  Reading 12/6      Math 12/13
  • 5th Grade  Reading 12/5      Math 12/12
  • 6th Grade  Reading 12/5      Math 12/12


Wendy West



Staying Healthy This Cold/Flu Season

Cases of RSV, the flu, and other viruses often rise this time of year. It is important for students to wash their hands regularly and cover their coughs and sneezes. Please monitor your child’s health daily and keep them at home if they are sick. Visit FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance webpage for more tips.



 Hope Luong

 Public Health Nurse




Special Education Resources for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools has the following resources available to assist families of students with special needs: 

Additionally, the Virginia Department of Education has updated the Virginia Family's Guide to Special Education. This state guide was developed to help those involved in special education including families, teachers, school administrators, advocates, and students.


 Jenna Gallo

 Special Education 

Department Chair


Full-time AAP Referral Window Deadline

Parents/guardians who would like their student to be considered for full-time Advanced Academic services may submit the Full-Time Referral Form to the local school Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) or principal no later than December 15, 2023. No late forms will be accepted.  Please email Demi Scott or Caitlin Terry.

The following sample communication is designed to be included in your school’s News You Choose/school email news to remind families of the December 15, 2023, deadline. This communication should be shared with families prior to Friday, December 1, 2023.



Demi Scott



Caitlin Terry




Catherine Kirshner



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Updates from the County

FCPS Bus Drivers Needed

 Join the driving force in education, call 571-423-3023. FCPS bus driver pay starts at $24.55/hour

Thank You Voters!  2023 School Bond Referendum Passed

Thank you to the Fairfax citizens who supported the 2023 Bond Referendum. Roughly 67% of those voting in the 2023 election supported the $435 million bond referendum, continuing a long history of school bond approvals in Fairfax County. 

Stay engaged as we build our future. Keep up-to-date on construction and capital improvements across FCPS by visiting our Capital Improvement Project webpage.

Observance Graphics Created by Students in Design Challenge

In May, the FCPS Office of Communications called for entries for new graphics to help acknowledge the religious and cultural observances identified on the 2023-24 School Year Calendar. Eleven winning designs will be featured on FCPS and school social media platforms, and in newsletters leading up to the holidays starting with Diwali, which falls on Sunday, November 12. See the full list of winners


Community Review of ELA Basal

A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled for November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207
7510 Lisle Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22043  

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty. 

An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

🙋 Student Attendance and Engagement

During the Academic Matters segment of the November 9 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Attendance and absenteeism rates are one measure for Goal 2 of our 2023-30 Strategic Plan

Chronic absenteeism — which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason — is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely.

Data shows that:
Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 

  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance is critical for academic success!