6/30/23 Happening at Hutchison

By S. Aiello
For Parents
July 18, 2023

Happy Summer Hutchison Families!

Our Main Office is open from 9:00 AM- 12:00 daily. Please call 703-925-8300 or stop by Door 1. Hutchison offers free summer meals daily: Breakfast 9-10 and lunch 12-1, please come to Door 8. Please continue to have a safe and happy summer!

Important Contact Information:

Sarah Aiello, Principal [email protected] 703-925-8306

Magda Calancha Vargas, School Registrar [email protected] 703-925-8305

Joanne Yi, Administrative Assistant [email protected] 703-925-8304

Maureen Griffin, Administrative Assistant [email protected] 703-925-3157

Mary Specht, Family Liaison 571-421-9965

Important Dates:

Week of August 7th: (Time TBD) Grade Level Playdates

Week of August 14th: (Time TBD) Getting Ready for School Parent Sessions

Tuesday, August 15th Notification of Teacher Assignments

Thursday, August 17th (PM) Welcome Back Bash & Open House

Monday, August 21st First Day of School

Wednesday, September 20th (PM) Pot Luck & Back to School Night (K-2)

Thursday, September 21st (PM) Pot Luck & Back to School Night (3-6)

Mental Wellness Summer Supports

The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations through August 4. Any FCPS parent or secondary student can schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

● Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, and academic success. Information about community resources will also be provided.

● Directly to students in middle or high school. This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes. Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time management.

All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service. Consultations can be requested online or by calling 703-503-2520 and leaving a message

School Board Adopts Equity Policy

The Fairfax County School Board has unanimously voted to adopt an Equity Policy to codify and elevate the educational equity beliefs held by Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). The Equity Policy defines and guides the work in schools and central offices to ensure alignment with our values, vision, and commitment to academic excellence, inclusion, and opportunities for all. This policy is an extension of the 2017 One Fairfax Policy and will be in alignment with and enacted through the FCPS Strategic Plan, other policies, and all actions under our purview. Read more about the policy here.

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center has recently published a list with dozens of summer camps including general camps, camps for students with a variety of needs, and camps for children of military personnel. They’ve also prepared a list of adapted resources, sorted by activity, that are inclusive for children and adults of various physical abilities. The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides resources and support for all families and school staff. They offer a free library, confidential consultations, and informational webinars. For more information, call 703-204-3941, email [email protected] or visit their website. Missed a webinar? View our latest webinars on YouTube. Kindergarten: What Every Family Needs to Know: Transition to kindergarten can be an exciting and stressful time for children and families. Learn how to make a smooth transition. ST Math Summer Learning for Elementary Students and Families: Learn about how ST Math teaches elementary math using visual models and engaging puzzles. Setting the Stage for Summer Success: Are you interested in maximizing the summer months with your kids and teens, while also maintaining your sanity? Join us for this session filled with summer tips and resources. Mathspace - A webinar for Secondary Families - Summer Learning Opportunities: Learn how to support your current secondary student in continuing their mathematical learning over the summer using MAthspace.

Making the Transition to Middle School/FCPS Multilingual Podcast

Making the move from elementary school to middle school can be an exciting and unsettling time for a parent and child. Listen to a recent episode of the FCPS multilingual podcast, En Pocas Palabras, to learn ways to ease the transition including:

● Understanding the developmental changes in your child.

● Getting to know middle school culture.

● Encouraging independence, but remaining available.

● Offering emotional support to your child.

● Reiterating your family values and expectations.

● Staying involved in your child’s school.

The most recent episode covers the transition to high school. When teenagers move from middle school to high school, a world of opportunities opens up. High school offers new courses, friends, activities, and responsibilities. Hear about these new opportunities in your teenager’s life and how parents can be supportive in the transition. En Pocas Palabras is available in Arabic, English, Korean, and Spanish. Listen and subscribe.

INOVA Free School Physicals and Immunizations

Inova Cares Clinic for Children (ICCC) and Inova Partnership for Healthier Communities (PHC) are now scheduling appointments in June, July, and August to provide children ages 5 and up with FREE school physicals and immunizations to begin the 2023-24 School Year. This will take place at the Inova Cares Clinic for Children in Herndon, Manassas, and Falls Church. PHC will be on site to screen and enroll qualifying families in Medicaid/FAMIS and connect them to an appropriate and affordable source of quality healthcare providers

2023-2024 SACC Registration

Registration for Fairfax County's School Age Child Care program for the 2024-25 school year will open on July 11, 2023. 2024-25 enrollment start dates are alphabetical by location. The SACC program, operated by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, offers before- and after-school care for children attending kindergarten through sixth grade in most Fairfax County public elementary schools and several community centers. Learn more about SACC and registration dates here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/office-for-children/sacc/school-year-prog…

Summer Reading Adventure

Our Summer Reading Adventure is for YOUTH and ADULTS and participating is as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Go to fairfaxcounty.beanstack.org and register for the Summer Reading Adventure appropriate for you or your children. 2. Depending on your age, earn ten or fifteen virtual badges by reading or listening to books, reading for 20 or 30 minutes, completing activities or a combination of all three. 3. Once you have earned your badges, visit your local library branch and receive prizes. Make sure to attend some of our youth summer reading events! Watch our Learn About Summer Reading Adventure: All Together Now video. Fairfaxcounty.beanstack.org

New Vestibule at Door 1

The result will be a second set of doors placed about 10-ft from the existing main front doors. Visitors to the school will be in this vestibule and await the main office to allow entry to the school via our usual procedures.

Thank you to our Custodians

Each day they work to ensure our building is a clean and safe learning environment for students!