The Latest News: October 18, 2022

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

Family Movie Night was a huge success! Thank you to staff and families who helped make this event special and successful!

Dismissal: It is very challenging for our office and school staff to coordinate student pick-up during dismissal. Please come to school by 3:00 PM if you will pick your child up early.

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held through mid November. Please connect with your child's teacher for more details.

Sarah C. Aiello


In this update, you will find the following information:

  • November Community Connections
  • Social Emotional Health & Information
  • ESSER Funding Community Input (complete form)
  • Hutchison Parent Group Association (complete form)
  • Parent Resource Center Webinars

November Community Connection Topics

November 14th--SIIP & Title 1

9:15 Hutchison or 7:00 PM Virtual

Upcoming Student Holidays

Monday, October 24 -- Diwali

Friday, October 28--2 Hour Early Release

Monday, October 31—Staff Workday

Tuesday, November 8--Election Day

Friday, November 11--Veterans Day

2022-23 Hutchison Community Calendar

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Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Snack

Here is the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Snack schedule for this week:

Tuesday, October 18th: Empire Apples

Wednesday, October 19th: Fuji Apples

Thursday, October 20th: Pink Lady Apples

2022-2023 Hutchison Parent Group Association

ESSER Funding Community Survey

Please share your input on how we can utilize additional ESSER funds to address academic and wellness needs at Hutchison Elementary School

Parent Resource Center Webinars

The FCPS Parent Resource Center offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs, and disabilities.

Throughout the year it offers family and educator webinars. Upcoming sessions include:

To join the PRC email list and receive notices of upcoming webinars, sign up for their News You Choose newsletter.

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

Identifying whether your child’s behaviors are normal or a warning sign of a mental health concern can be difficult. Talk to your child and pay attention to their actions. Also, consider these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.

  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.

  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.

  • Lack of sleep, or too much sleep.

  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.

  • Alcohol or drug use.

  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family.

  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. All Fairfax County public schools have at least one school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker. Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. Call your school or visit their website for staff members’ contact information. Find additional information to support your child’s wellness on FCPS’ website.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis such as thoughts of harm to self or others, please take action:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the CrisisLink hotline or call them at 703-527-4077.

  • Chat online with a specialist.

  • Go to the nearest emergency room or contact the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.

  • Call 911.

FCPS Strategic Plan

Our Voices, Our Future
Fairfax County Public Schools is launching the engagement phase that will help us develop our brand new Strategic Plan.

During her Community Conversations listening tour in each high school pyramid, Superintendent Michelle Reid has heard from many of you about your hopes and aspirations for our students. That feedback will become part of our proactive strategic plan that will serve as our North Star—or guide—for the future.

Starting in October, we will be inviting the entire FCPS community to engage in building our shared future. This includes hearing from our parents and caregivers, students, and broader community, as well as surveying students in grades three and above. You will have an opportunity to have your voice heard in one of many sessions (both in-person and virtual) during November and December. We encourage you to join us in this journey by actively participating in the conversation.

For a more detailed overview, visit FCPS’ Strategic Planning webpage.

Turkey Trot 5K -- Saturday, November 19th at 4 PM

Herndon Turkey Trot is a cross country 5K scenic run around the Herndon Golf Course. This year includes a costume contest and door prizes. Register ends at 12:00pm on Friday, November 18.

Registration fee for students is $25 and adults is $40. A limited number of scholarships for students is available.

Register through WebTrac

Register through Active

Attendance: When Should I Keep My Child Home?

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy, or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school. Please click here for additional guidance: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/attendance-policies/attendance-when-should-i-keep-my?utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


🚗 Do you drive your student to and from school? Please register for Kiss-and-Ride below!

Office of the Ombudsman

Did you know that FCPS has an Office of the Ombuds that is available to support you? An ombuds is someone who helps resolve conflict by facilitating communications and sharing available resources. See the link above for more information about this available service. The Office of the Ombuds works as an independent confidential resource to help students, families, community members, and employees get questions answered, resolve concerns, and voice complaints regarding FCPS matters. They do not change or make decisions, policies, or regulations; take sides; or provide legal advice.

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