The Latest News: August 29, 2022

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

We hope your children are settling in and excited to be back at school. It is so nice to have our classrooms filled with children.

Building relationships is one of our priorities. Hutchison Elementary School follows the Responsive Classroom approach. Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social, and emotional learning approach to teaching. It is designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.

Morning Meetings are an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers will gather together for twenty to thirty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components: Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, and the Morning Message.

Similar to when we build relationships with students, we want to establish strong routines. During the first weeks of school, our teachers and students will walk through the different routines of learning for students. It will include helping students how to use school supplies, navigating different transitions, and developing skills to work independently.

We look forward to growing our partnership with you this year so that we can all be our best for your children.

Ms. Aiello


In this update you will find the following information:

  • Safety Drills During the School Year
  • Attendance Today, Achieve Tomorrow!
  • Superintendent Community Conversations- Save the Date
  • Back to School Night- Save the Date
  • Adult English Classes Registration
  • Parent Information Lines
  • I-Ready Testing Notification
  • COVID Updates
  • Talking Points

Sarah C. Aiello


No School: 9/2 & 9/5

Labor Day Holiday


Thursday, Sep. 15th, 6pm

13209 Parcher Avenue

Herndon, VA

Save the Date! Hutchison's Back to School Night

  • In-Person
  • 6-8 PM
  • Detailed Schedule will be shared next week
Classes at the Herndon Community Center

Classes in September and October

August Calendar

2022-23 Hutchison Community Calendar

Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance.

The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school.

Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Attendance Today & Achieve Tomorrow!

The beginning of the school year is the best time to develop strong attendance habits! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to perform well in reading and math, develop strong social and emotional skills, and graduate from high school on time. Help prepare your child for future success. Visit FCPS’ Attendance web page for tips and strategies.

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

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Talking Points

Be on the lookout for a message from your child's teacher! This app service is a great way to stay connected to school and classroom!
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I-Ready Testing Notification

I-Ready and Developmental Spelling Analysis, Grades 1-6

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) adopted iReady assessments as an academic universal screener for all elementary school students in grades 1-6. In addition to the iReady assessment, all elementary school students in grades 1-6 complete the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA).

The purpose of iReady assessments is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. iReady tests are also used to measure student progress in reading and mathematics skills. The purpose of the DSA is to measure the development of spelling skills.

The iReady assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. In grades 1-3, teachers also assess students’ oral reading fluency to fulfill state testing requirements. Based on test results, some students may require additional assessments to further diagnose specific skills that may need support.

All students complete iReady and DSA in fall and spring each year. Depending on fall performance, a student may take an assessment again in the winter. iReady and DSA are delivered within the classroom instructional block. Schools set the specific dates for testing in each class. Your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator will share the specific dates scheduled for testing. You can find information about general timing of iReady and DSA testing on the grade level tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests).

Additional information can be found at the iReady Universal Screener webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/us). If you have further questions about these assessments, please contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator, Wendy West wjwest@fcps.edu.

Adult English Classes! Registration Tuesday & Thursday

Adult ESOL Classes

Registration: Tuesday, August 30 and Thursday, September 1 7-9 PM Door 7

Beginning September 6th, classes will meet from 7:30 PM -9 PM on Tuesday and Thursday

Classes held at Hutchison Elementary, please enter using Door 7

Total Cost $50

For more information, call 703-793-0026

Beginning of Year Forms

Other Beginning of the Year Forms

You may drop off or send in Tuesday folder all other forms, including opt-out forms, in the school office, submit electronically, or send via email to Magda Calancha: mjcalanchava@fcps.edu

COVID Updates

Earlier this week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal.

Highlights from that guidance include:

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school.

  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.

  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry.

  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.

  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.

  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

Immunization Reminders

All students are required to be immunized against certain communicable diseases to attend school in the state of Virginia. It is important for all students to receive the required immunizations.

Please talk with your family health care provider about whether or not your children are up to date on their vaccines before the new school year begins. Submit updated immunization records to your school as soon as possible.

More information on immunization requirements and the necessary documentation is available online.

Point of Contact: Magda Calancha Vargas 703-925-8305 mjcalanchava@fcps.edu