The Latest News: September 19, 2022

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

THANK you for coming out to Back-to-School Night! It was wonderful to see so many of you in our hallways and learning spaces. We are thankful for your support.

Kiss N' Ride Families: Please register your child through the google link in this newsletter! This will support a safer and expedient procedure this school year.

Ms. Aiello


In this update you will find the following information:

  • Superintendent Community Conversations- Register
  • Family Fun Night
  • Healthcare Enrollment
  • Attendance Matters
  • 2021-2022 Fairfax Youth Survey
  • Tutor.com
  • Invalid P-EBT Cards Issued
  • Providing a Safe and Welcoming Space This School Year and Beyond

Sarah C. Aiello


2022-23 Hutchison Community Calendar

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

Family Fun Night--Friday, September 23rd 6:00-7:00 PM

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Community Conversations with Dr. Reid- September 19th 6:30-7:30

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Herndon High School on September 19th , 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register here: https://forms.gle/S3dEuQ4uPZ4KvWVj6

Healthcare Enrollment--September 21 & 29

Healthcare Enrollment at Hutchison through Partnership for Healthier Communities

Wednesday, September 21st 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 29th 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Does your child or family need healthcare? Partnership for Healthier Kids will visit Hutchison Elementary to connect parents with affordable source of healthcare services through programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and local safety net providers. There are healthcare options available for most children, including those new to the country. Please contact Maria Michlik at 703-925-8329 or Mary Specht at 703-709-3159 for an appointment.

Good health, school attendance, and academic success are closely linked. Thank you for partnering with Hutchison Elementary for a successful school year.

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


FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.

Community Connection: Monday, September 19th 9:15 Cafeteria or 7:00PM Virtual

This month's topic will address school and student safety.

Message for Families from VDOE: Invalid P-EBT Cards Issued

Last week the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) discovered that due to a technical card processing glitch, 90,000 new cards that do not work were issued to households. New cards were ordered and, according to the vendor, will be put in the mail in the next few days. A public message was posted to the VDSS website.

If families have recently received a P-EBT card that is not working, a replacement card is already on the way. Do not contact the P-EBT Call Center or submit an Inquiry Form to order another card, as this may further delay the processing of their benefits.

Schools are not able to provide answers to your P-EBT questions. Please visit PEBTVA.com for the latest information and guidance concerning P-EBT. If a family is expecting benefits and has not received a new card or benefits by September 30, please contact the P-EBT Call Center at 1-866-513-1414

Picture Day--Tuesday, September 27th

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2021-2022 Youth Survey

The Fairfax County School Board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors work together to administer the Fairfax County Youth Survey. The county has posted the results for the 2021 survey.

The survey is given to all students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 each fall. It provides a wealth of information about a variety of topics related to our youth that influence their physical and mental well being, from sleep and nutritional habits to substance abuse behaviors to symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts.

The results provide a snapshot of our youth in Fairfax County but also serve as a barometer of our own effectiveness as a community in fostering healthy choices in our young people. Data from the Fairfax County Youth Survey is used as a measurement tool in the FCPS Strategic Plan Goal 2 - Caring Culture - Healthy Life Choices.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Visit our website for more information on the upcoming Fairfax County Youth Survey.

Providing a Safe and Welcoming Space This School Year and Beyond

FCPS is proud of its caring culture and strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all students and families. The Fairfax County School Board recently approved a Trust Policy that solidifies our commitment. It aligns with Fairfax County Goverment's Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy to ensure that FCPS students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials. Please visit our Trust Policy webpage to learn more about the policy and regulation in multiple languages.

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Attendance Today & Achieve Tomorrow!

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? View this morning checklist, available in English or Spanish.)

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

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