SHMS Weekly Info

March 16th to 20th

Good Evening Stone Hill Students, Parents, and Staff,


Wow, what a difference a week makes! We truly miss having our Stingrays at school, but we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy. As shared in the latest email from LCPS the closure period will be from Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th, at a minimum.


At this time, all directions as to school procedures, distance learning, and reopening information will come of the LCPS Central Office. Please visit the LCPS COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS website for the most up to date information. If you have additional questions about LCPS operations, please review our responses to FAQs, submit your questions on our COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS webpage or, beginning at 1 p.m. on March 16, through our hotline at 571-252-6499.


LCPS will continue to provide student meals during the week (March 16th to 20th and March 23rd to 27th). Our cafeteria staff will be in the Kiss-and-Ride area with a grab-and-go option from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. daily. Students can receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously. Students can receive the meals at the school of their choice, not just at the school they attend.


Students still have access to educational online resources during this time through their LCPS GO accounts. Please encourage your students to continue reading daily. Books are available online under the Library Resource App in LCPS GO.


If you or your family are in need of anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our community is here to support anyone in need during this challenging and unusual time. Please see information below from our Parent Liaison on how you can donate and help support families in need.

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Parent Liaison Information

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and as well as can be expected in these uncharted times. I am writing to you with an update on what we are doing at Stone Hill to help our families in need. Additionally, I want to share with you some of the amazing resources in our community that need assistance to continue doing what they do for our families, as well as the greater Loudoun County community.


First, each week we work directly with the Dulles South Food Pantry (DSFP) located at 24757 Arcola Mills Dr, (formerly known as Evergreen Mills Rd), located just 3 miles from our school building. Each week throughout the entire school year they provide us with “Backpack Buddies” which are bags of food to send home with families that are food insecure over the weekend. The bags usually go home with students on Fridays, and obviously that couldn’t happen as usual this week. We were able to deliver bags to the homes of most families on Friday.


DSFP is extending its hours of collecting donations and will be open to collect donations on Monday 3/16 from 10:00AM - 11:30AM and again from 7:00PM - 8:00PM, and on Tuesday 3/17 from 10:00AM - 1:00PM. Their greatest needs are for the following items:

Cereal, Oatmeal, Bagged white rice, Canned fruit, Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti/pasta, Pasta sauce, Peanut butter and jelly, Fruit cups, Tuna, Canned Peas, Canned Mixed vegetables, Canned spinach, Ramen, Dried beans, and Lentils

To learn more about helping Dulles South Food Pantry with either food or money donations, please use the following links, donate financially to https://www.dsfp.org/donate-money/, donate food by clicking here, https://www.dsfp.org/donate-food/ or to find out more about this organization please go to https://www.dsfp.org.


Next is Mobile Hope, whose mission is to improve the lives of young people, 24 years of age or younger, who are precariously housed or homeless in Loudoun County. Mobile Hope will continue to focus on collecting food and hygiene products and distributing them into neighborhoods starting Monday, March 16. Their bus will pull into the neighborhoods, and honk its horn, signaling to students that breakfast and lunch items are available. The project name is Listen For the Honk. Mobile Hope is committed to this program throughout the duration of the school closure. The need for food donations remains great, as this project will run at least through March 27 based on the latest announcement. If you would like to donate food, you may bring it to their facility at 741 Miller Drive in Leesburg, or send it through their Amazon wishlist. If you would like to donate financially, you may donate through Facebook or their website, www.mobilehopeloudoun.org.


Loudoun Hunger Relief is the third organization and they provide fresh groceries for the whole family, plus they can help find further assistance to meet other needs through their network of partners. They will continue their regular hours for distribution, and add more hours as well as a mobile market to reach out into the community and be more accessible. Please go to https://www.loudounhunger.org to find out how you can donate or help.


Finally, if you would prefer to donate a grocery or Walmart gift card directly to the school for use with our families please contact me (cristin.miller@lcps.org) and we will work out a way to get that from you. Thank you for always stepping up when asked and for being such a "Ray of Light" in our school community. Please reach out with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to answer them for you. Until then, be well, and wash those hands!


Sincerely,

Crissie Miller

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