SES Dolphin News

September 14, 2021

Dear Stafford Elementary Community,

First we want to thank everyone who attended our Back-to-School Nights earlier this month. We are so glad we had the opportunity to give you the chance to meet the fabulous teachers in person and hear what is happening in our classrooms. Always remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We are here to help and want to do all we can to help our children succeed.

I do need your help though. Unfortunately, over the past three weeks, we have been having numerous issues of vandalism happening in our second/third and fourth/fifth grade bathrooms. Students have been writing and/or scratching curse words on the walls of the stalls and into the brick walls. Large wads of paper towels have been shoved into the toilets and flushed so they overflow. Items hanging on in the hallways - clothespins, clips, etc. - have been shoved in the urinals, not to mention the amount of urine on the floors and walls of the bathrooms. Toilet paper strewn all around the bathroom and up over the stalls. We have talked to individual classrooms, we have talked to the children on the announcements and we have asked students to help us keep our school clean and safe.

Nothing is working and we now need your help. We are asking that you please speak to your children about keeping our school clean and safe. Please help remind them that they do not need to take any writing utensils into the bathroom with them and if they see something, they need to say something to their teacher. This is not being a tattle-tale, this is reporting unacceptable behavior. As we have said to the children, they would not want someone to come into their homes and do what is happening here. We need to stop it from happening. Please help us ensure our building gets back to be being clean and unvandalized. Every day we have to call the custodians to try to remove the words and markings from our bathrooms. This is unfair to her as she is working to keep our school clean too.

Thank you for your help. Together I am sure this vandalism will end. If you have any information that you can share after speaking with your children, please reach out to us.

Take care!

S. Sanders, Principal

K. Hardman, Assistant Principal

Car Arrival and Dismissal

Car rider doors open at 7:15 a.m. and close at 7:45 a.m.

We ask your help with the following pieces to help arrival and dismissal run more smoothly.

  • Please have the children ready to get out of the car at the car rider drop off lane. If they could have their masks on and backpacks in hand, it would significantly increase the speed of the children getting out of the cars.
  • Parents please stay in your car. Staff members will help children get out of the car if they cannot get out on their own.
  • Please make sure that the children are disembarking on the sidewalk (passenger) side of the car. With all the cars, we don’t want any child to be injured. Sidewalk side is always the safest.
  • If you are not at the sidewalk, please do not allow your children out of the car without an adult present at your car.
  • Requests from Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:
    • Please DO NOT park at the Dollar General and walk your children across Courthouse Rd. This slows down the traffic on Courthouse Road and our ability to move cars through the lanes. This is significant safety hazard due to the amount of traffic on Courthouse Road at that time of day.
    • Please be sure that your children are secured appropriately in any necessary car seats. We want everyone to be safe.
  • Finally, as always, please stay off your cell phones when driving on our school property.

For dismissal,

  • Please review your car rider number with your child until they know it when asked and can recognize it. When the car rider staff calls a number, the children need to recognize it so they can move forward and be ready to enter their car.
  • Remind the children to pay attention in class and when their car number is displayed to come directly to the car rider lane. This will keep our cars moving more smoothly.

For any dismissal changes, please send an email to your child's teacher and

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Mark Your Calendar

  • September 14 - Gr. 5 Reading Growth Assessment
  • September 15 - Gr. 4 Reading Growth Assessment
  • September 16 - Gr. 3 Reading Growth Assessment
  • September 17 - PTA Night at Brooke Point High School Football Game - Kickoff at 7 p.m.
  • September 20 - Gr. 3-5 Virtual Students Math Growth Assessment
  • September 21 - Gr. 5 Math Growth Assessment
  • September 22 - Gr. 4 Math Growth Assessment
  • September 23 - Gr. 3 Math Growth Assessment

Hispanic Heritage Art Contest

Congratulations, Jasmine!

Three cheers go to Jasmine in third grade for her fantastic artwork that she completed for the Hispanic Heritage Art Contest. We love your painting and wanted everyone to see it!
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SES Pizza Kits

Thank you to everyone who ordered the pizza kits from Zibibbo. We appreciate your support of the PTA and the support of a community restaurant We hope you and your family have or will soon enjoy making a pizza together!

SES Family Night at Brooke Point High School Football Game

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Below are some resources on how to access and use instructional programs utilized at Stafford Elementary.

Using a Chromebook at Home

(WiFi, logging in, Chromebook care, Clever)

Chromebook Troubleshooting

(Clear cookies and cache, update Chrome, and tech support hotline)

Family Canvas Information

(Canvas access, Canvas Observer, Canvas family and student support resources)

Monitoring Programs and Learning

(Chrome history, Dreambox, Lexia, and Canvas)

Google Meet Login Directions and Tips and Tricks

(How to login and tips/tricks)

Snap and Read

(read aloud access training)

If you need technical assistance, please call (540) 940-6915.

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SCPS is STILL Hiring Substitute Teachers and Paraprofessionals

Join the SCPS team! Visit today to learn more about our substitute teaching opportunities!

Click here to learn more about employment within Stafford County Public Schools.

SES is looking for great parents to join our school team! Specifically we are looking for paraprofessionals and substitutes. If you are interested, please apply and reach out to Mrs. Hardman or Mrs. Sanders at 540.658.6340.

School Mask Fundraiser

We continue to hold our SES Mask Fundraiser through Aloha Design & Tee. If you are interested, please go to their website to view and purchase the masks. The masks can be delivered to school with no charge and we will get them to your child.
Picture of three different masks, top picture blue mask with waves and school logo, bottom left is a grey mask with SES and school logo, bottom right is a black and white mask with Stafford Elementary School, Home of the Dolphins and our School Logo