SES Dolphin News

August 22, 2023

School Hours

School Hours for the 2023-24 School Year

8:25 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.


Doors will open to students at 7:55 a.m.

All students must be in their seats at 8:25 a.m., or they will be marked tardy.

Any students arriving at 8:25 a.m. or later must be escorted into the office and be signed in by a parent/guardian with government issued photo ID.


Dismissal will begin promptly at 2:55 p.m.

Dear Stafford Elementary Community,

We have been having a wonderful start to the school year! Seeing the students coming to school, enjoying being in their classrooms, and leaving with smiles on their faces has been a delight. Thank you for helping us have a strong start to the year.

Car Rider Line Up

Please remember that car riders cannot start lining up unitl 2:30 p.m. Having lines of cars throughout the day impedes our staff and county workers, blocks our fire and rescue lanes, and increases our safety concerns. Please do not start lining up until 2:30 p.m. We appreciate your support and understanding.


After a bumpy start to the school year, it seems that transportation has smoothed out! We have been sending texts to families as the buses leave our bus loop to help with the uncertainty of the buses. However, starting in September, we will only send those texts out when we know buses will be late.

To be able to track your student's bus location, please use this link to open Versatrans. Use your student's ID and birthdate to login. This program allows you to view your child's bus route and if you use the mobile App (MyStop) you can watch the bus move through its route.

Another important link is the link for Issuetrak. This link will allow you to tell transportation about any issues you are having with transportation.

NWEA MAP Testing

The students in grades 2-5 are taking the MAP tests this week. Grades 4-5 will be taking the Reading test, and grades 2-5 will be taking the Math test. These tests are required by the Division and they inform our teachers where the students need extra support and increased instruction. The children do not need to do anything to prepare for these tests other than get a good night sleep and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.

The Reading test was on Monday, August 21 and the Math tests are Wednesday, August 23.

SOL Growth Assessment Tests Are Coming

The Growth Assessment Tests are required by the Virginia Department of Education for students in grades 3-5 of elementary school. Our students will take the tests beginning in September. Students in grades 3-5 will take a math and a reading assessment. Again there is nothing for the students to do to prepare for these assessments. They just need to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and try their best on the tests. The schedule of testing dates are below in the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter.

Stafford Schools Restaurant Week

The Stafford County School Board is sponsoring a Stafford Schools Restaurant Week. If you visit one of the location listed below on their day, approximately 15% of the combined proceeds will be given back to SCPS to help offset student meal debt! See the flyer below to see what restaurants are participating on which days this week.

Calling all Teachers

We continue to look for staff to meet the needs of an ever growing student population and we are still very much in need of teaching staff. We still need teachers and a School Safety Monitor who will also help in the cafeteria. If any of these positions are of interest to you, please reach out to us at 540.658.6340 or email We are more than happy to speak with you and help guide you through the application process.

SMILE Mobile Dentist

Thank you to everyone who completed the form for the SMILE Mobile Dentist who will be coming to Stafford Elementary on Tuesday, August 29. This program was a great success last year and we are proud to be able to offer it again this year.

Thank you for all your patience and understanding as we began this school year. Things have seemed to smooth out and we look forward to a wonderful September!

S. Sanders, Principal

J. Rojohn, Assistant Principal

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  • August 21 - Grades 4-5 MAP Reading Test
  • August 23 - Grades 2-5 MAP Math Test; PTA Spirit Night at Panda Express Online Orders Only (Nationwide) use code 916419 in the fundraising box
  • August 29 - SMILE Mobile Dentis; PTA Food Truck and Outdoor Fun at the Playgrounds
  • September 1 & 4 - No School - Labor Day Break
  • September 5 - Gr. 5 - SOL Growth Assessment Reading
  • September 6 - Gr. 4 - SOL Growth Assessment Reading
  • September 7 - Gr. 3 - SOL Growth Assessment Reading
  • September 12 - Gr. 5 - SOL Growth Assessment Math
  • September 13- Gr. 4 - SOL Growth Assessment Math
  • September 14 - Gr. 3 - SOL Growth Assessment Math
  • September 15 - PTA - BPSH Football Game and Tailgate @ 5:30 p.m.
  • September 22 - Fall Picture Day
  • September 20 - PTA Spirit Night at Chipotle
  • September 26 - PTA Boosterthon Begins; K-2 Back to School Night - Shift 1 @ 5:30-6:10 p.m.; Shift 2 @ 6:20-7 p.m.
  • September 27 - Grs. 3-5 Back to School Night - Shift 1 @ 5:30-6:10 p.m.; Shift 2 @ 6:20-7 p.m.
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Car Rider Arrival and Dismissal

Car Rider Drop Off will begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 8:25 a.m.

Car rider staff open the doors at 7:55 a.m.

Children are required to be in their seats at 8:25 a.m. to start instruction.

If you arrive at 8:25 a.m. or later, you will be motioned to park your car and

to walk your students to the front office and sign them in. If there are no staff members directing traffic, this is another sign to park and bring your children into the building.

Please help us by doing the following to keep the car rider line running smoothly:

  • Please follow all staff members' directions.
  • Please DO NOT let the children out of the car before the staff is outside.
  • Have the children ready with their backpacks on when you pull up to the sidewalk.
  • Have the children get out of the car on the passenger side only.

For dismissal:

  • Please do not start the car line up before 2:30 p.m. Starting earlier than this time causes a line of cars that can impede our daily routines.
  • Please help your child learn their car rider number.
  • Remind children to pay attention when they are waiting to be dismissed.

If you need to change your child's dismissal routine for any reason please send an email to your child's teacher and Please do this BEFORE 2 p.m.

Lost & Found

Can you believe we have only been in school 9 days and we have already started a pile of lost and found items? Please check the pictures below to see if any of the items belong to your child/ren. If so, please send them to collect their items. We will be donating all items to charity at the end of the day on September 1.

Please help us help you by putting your child's name in their items. This will help us get them back to their rightful owners before they are donated to a needy charity.

Thank you in advance!

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In Need of a Little Help?

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Thank You

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! From our first Spirit Night at Abner Bs, to the Dolphin Social at the YMCA, we cannot thank you enough for your support!

We love being able to put on great events and are appreciative to all the volunteers we have had , but we can always use more help!

If you have not signed up to be part of the PTA please consider doing so. You can go to MemberHub and sign in to join the PTA or purchase Spirit Wear.

We would love to see you at all our events. Please come to the PTA table and introduce yourself. The more the merrier in the SES PTA.

Spirit Day at Panda Express

Our next PTA Spirit Day is at all Panda Express' nationwide! If you place your order for pickup or delivery on Wednesday, August 23 via www.pandaexpress or through the App, and enter code 916419 in the Fundraise Code box our school will receive 28% of all sales.

So please reach out to friends and family nationwide and ask them to join us on Wednesday, August 23 for our fundraiser at Panda Express. All money raised wll go to support Grade Level Enrichment Activities.

Thank you for helping support our PTA and school!

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PTA Food Truck & Outdoor Fun

We are excited to hold our first Food Truck and Outdoor Fun day on August 29 from 5-7pm on the playground behind the school.

Bring your appetite for food and your excitment for fun next Tuesday.

We hope to see you there!

Amazon Smile & Publix Partners

Did you know that you can help earn funds for Stafford Elementary's PTA everytime you shop with Amazon Smile? Well it is true! If go to and search for Stafford Elementary School, you can add us to your settings. Each time you make a purchase through Amazon Smile a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the PTA.

You can also become a Publix Partner to earn funds for Stafford Elementary's PTA. If you have or are willing to create a Publix account, you can add Stafford Elementary as a Publix Partner in your profile. Then Publix will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to Stafford Elementary School's PTA.

These are just two simple ways to help effortlessly fundraise for Stafford Elementary School. See the flyer below for more information on how to set you your accounts.

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