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Principal's Welcome

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We are so excited to welcome our Sterling families to the 2022-2023 school year. As a new year begins, there is always a lot to do both at home and school, but we are excited you're on this journey with us!


At Sterling Elementary, we consider our students and their families to be our family. We are thankful you share your child(ren) with us every day and work hard to serve their individual needs. You'll see that in our instructional practices within our classrooms as our teachers differentiate instruction to meet the specific needs of each student. Most classrooms have two certified teachers working jointly to serve all learners. We also value the expertise our families bring to the team. You know your child(ren) best and look forward to learning from you as well.


Also within our school building, you'll notice many student teachers/interns. Our school was selected several years ago as the only school in Loudoun to serve as the partner for George Mason University's Clinical Site. Their university students learn from our teachers as they complete their internship in their path to becoming a certified teacher.


There are many things to look forward to as the school year quickly approaches. Many of those details are listed below, so please read through carefully. As of Monday, students will be able to see their classroom teacher in StudentVUE and LCPSGo, and parents can see them in ParentVUE. If you need help activating your ParentVUE account, please call our main office at 571-434-4580 for assistance. We are happy to help you. Family involvement activities begin before the school year starts. See more details below. We hope to see you here soon! Student after school activities will also start very soon. One of our groups is pictured below as well.


I am honored to serve our Sterling community for the 10th year as Sterling Elementary's principal. It is my privilege to walk alongside you as we support your child in their learning. You can reach me most easily via email at jennifer.meresshort@lcps.org or Class Dojo (your child's teacher will invite you prior to the start of the year). You can also call me at 571-434-4580. Follow us on Twitter too (see photo below).


Sincerely,

Jennifer Short, Principal

Back to School Updates

Back to School Event Details and School Start/End Times

*Back to School Night will be held Monday, August 22, for adult family members. The time of each session has been extended by 15 minutes at the recommendation of our School Advisory Council and teaching staff. Staff in grades K-2 will welcome families beginning at 6:30 p.m. Their session will conclude at 7:15 p.m. Staff in grades 3-5 will welcome families at 7:15 p.m. and conclude at 8. Interpreters will be provided.


*School staff will host a session for all interested parents just before Open House on Wednesday, August 24, at 12:30 p.m. focused on safe use of technology. We hope you will join us to learn more about apps students may ask to use (but are not age appropriate), setting parental controls, etc.


*Open House for students and their families will be held Wednesday, August 24, from 1-2 p.m. Students can meet their teachers and retrieve or drop off school supplies.


*LCPS has adjusted our school start and end times by pushing them back 10 minutes. Beginning this school year, school doors will open at 7:40 a.m., and school will start at 8 a.m. This means dismissal will begin at 2:45 p.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.


*The first day of school is Thursday, August 25, 2022.


*The school supply list is found on our school website: https://www.lcps.org/domain/30603 . If you need assistance with school supplies and/or backpacks, we can help. Please reach out to us in the office or send me a private message.


While students are at home these last weeks of summer, please encourage them to access Dreambox and/or Reflex daily as well as read and write daily. Participation in our Summer Reading and Writing Challenge is also encouraged!

Virtual First Day Packets Coming Monday

First Day Information Coming Soon

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 15, please sign into ParentVUE to complete the Online Verification process as part of Loudoun County Public Schools’ First Day of School Information initiative. This process is required for all families to review and update important information about their students as we begin the 2022-23 school year, and must be completed no later than Friday, September 23. Once completed, you will be able to view student schedules in ParentVUE.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account, please contact the main office to request an Activation Letter.

For more information about this Online Verification process, along with FAQs about the First Day of School, please visit: www.lcps.org/FirstDay.


Stopfinder

Here Comes the Bus will be replaced by Stopfinder. This information is being shared from LCPS:


Stopfinder is the easy-to-use, all-in-one parent engagement app designed by parents for parents. Stopfinder enables registered users to see their student's bus schedule in real-time.

If you would you like to sign up for Stopfinder, send us an email at StopfinderLoudoun@LCPS.org. We'll send you an invitation to join.