Sterling End of Year Updates

June 2021


Principal's Message

Dear Sterling Families,

It has been such a pleasure serving our community this school year. Our precious community bonded together to ensure tight home-school connections, support our families through community partnerships, and ensure our students still receive a high quality education despite the global pandemic. We appreciate your words of affirmation, love, and desire to push your students to reach their potential. As we move into the summer, our school is still here to support you as needs arise. You'll notice a few major construction projects will be underway once the students leave, but our office staff will continue to operate out of satellite offices in a different location in the building for the summer months. Signage will direct you to which door to use if you do need to come during the summer.

You can continue to assist your students in maintaining their skills throughout the summer months. Here are a few ideas that may help:

  • Have students read daily.
  • Students can practice their reading and writing daily through our Summer Reading and Writing Challenge. (See information below!)
  • Through early August, students can access the digital content (i.e. Dreambox, Reflex, Reading A-Z, etc.) they have been using all year. These offer differentiated practice opportunities for your students through their own personalized accounts.
  • Visit our local library on S. Sterling Boulevard.
  • Get outside! Students can learn so much from nature, and being outdoors in the sunshine is good for their mental health.
  • Facilitate conversations with your children about their day, what they're reading, who they're playing with, etc. Not only do you get to connect with your child, but they'll have practice in communication skills.

We are so happy we get to be a part of your child's development and education. Please call on us if we can assist you in any way!

As we prepare for next year, I'd like to share with you two important dates to mark on your calendars now:

  • Tuesday, August 24: 6:30 p.m. PreK through Grade 2 Back to School Night; 7:15 p.m. Grades 3-5 Back to School Night--parents/guardians attend
  • Wednesday, August 25: 1-2 p.m.: Open House (all grade levels)--students and families attend

We are hopeful to host these events in-person.


Jennifer Short, Principal

Our Health Clinic Specialist, Mrs. Horvath

Mrs. Horvath has been a staple of the Sterling Elementary community since her own children attended here. We have been blessed with her dedication, determination, strong work ethic, and ability to quickly problem solve as she has served faithfully as our Health Clinic Specialist. She goes above and beyond in every meaning of the phrase and has been such a gift to our community. In early April, the governor signed Senate Bill 1257 which included additional requirements for the school division. To abide by these, our interim superintendent requested from the School Board that all Title I schools have a registered school nurse serve at their school in lieu of the Health Clinic Specialist. With this opportunity, we are losing a dear friend, public servant, and colleague. Mrs. Horvath will continue to serve as a Health Clinic Specialist at Frederick Douglass Elementary School. We know she will continue to shine light on that community, but we will miss her so dearly. I wanted to share this news with you so you can wish her well as she moves on to her new school. Thank you, Mrs. Horvath!

Distance Learning Material Pick-Up Day

This message is for our distance learning families only.

Material pick-up day will be Monday, June 14, from 12-3 p.m. You do not need to call ahead of time to schedule your pickup; please just arrive during that window of time.

We encourage all families to wear a mask or cloth face covering while participating in the pick-up/drop-off event. We will use the kiss and ride parking lot only for all items. The kiss and ride is located on the side of the school by our gym. Please place a sign in the front window on the right hand-side of your car with the following information:

  • child’s first and last name
  • grade level
  • teacher’s name

Once you reach the front of the line, staff members may double check with you on your child’s name, and your child’s belongings will be brought from our storage area and placed in your car for you without any contact. It would possibly include the following items, depending on your child:

  • Yearbooks (if purchased)

If you have items to return, a staff member will come to your car window and ask you to drop them in a box to store them for return.

  • Library books– please make sure you have a slip of paper with student name and teacher name in each book.
  • Classroom books-- please make sure you have a slip of paper with student name and teacher name in each book.
  • Chromebooks- only if you aren’t returning to LCPS next year

After picking up your belongings, please turn right at the stop sign to exit the kiss and ride loop to follow traffic laws.

If you walk to the school to pick up your items, please proceed to the kiss and ride loop, using the sidewalk furthest from the building. You will be directed by a staff member to proceed to the entry of the crosswalk at the kiss and ride loop, but we will ask you don’t cross the crosswalk. Once you arrive at the crosswalk, please remain on the far side of the crosswalk opposite of the building and a staff member will support you.

We will work to make this a smooth process for you, but please understand our top priority is the safety of our families and staff.

Distance Learning Request for 2021-2022 School Year

Virtual Loudoun Distance Learning is a program that offers synchronous, daily instruction via Google Meet & Schoology.

Students enrolled in Virtual Loudoun Distance Learning will take all of their classes from a distance, without attending a brick and mortar school in person.

For school year 2021-22, Distance Learning is prioritized for students with health considerations.

Students must commit to distance learning for the full school year.

Steps to Request Distance Learning:

1. Discuss Distance Learning with the school counselor or school administrator at your student's school.

2. Have your student's medical provider fill out the medical form.

3. Access and complete the web application (which will be provided to you by Mrs. Short after discussing this need) between Monday, May 24, 2021, and Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Special Thanks for our Updated Staff Lounge!

Special thanks to our Sterling PTA, MaCaDi painters, Mammoth Office Furniture, and our Sterling Families for their donations and time spent re-modeling our staff lounge! We love it!

Summer Reading and Writing Challenge

Again this summer, students are invited to participate in the Summer Reading and Writing Challenge! We hope they participate and ask our families to encourage their students to read and write every day. Students will receive a hard copy of the challenge, but it can be accessed digitally here. Direct links will take them to online resources to access virtual reading opportunities as well as links in Google Drive for students to make their own digital copies of the challenge. Read, read, read, and write, write, write!!

Student Health Information

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AART Summer Classes

This summer, Sterling Elementary and Sugarland Elementary will host four free school readiness classes for rising kindergartners in partnership with All Ages Read Together (AART). AART has been offering school readiness opportunities for children in Loudoun County for 14 years and is one of Sterling Elementary's long-standing community partners. AART summer classes are for incoming 2021-2022 kindergartners with no preschool experience. AART provides an individualized program that addresses the early literacy, cognitive, fine motor, and social skills necessary for success in kindergarten. See flyer below for more information.
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Sterling Park Baptist Church Summer Community Center

Beginning July 10, Sterling Park Baptist Church will host a community center every Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m. Fresh produce from the food pantry, food delivery, clothes donations, children's books & life skill support will be available!