The Latest News: February 28, 2023

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

This week we have a 2-hr Early Release on Thursday and School Planning Day Friday ( no school for students).

We hope you are enjoying the weekly newsletters our teachers are sending home. Our after-school program began yesterday. It was a great success.


Sarah C. Aiello


In this update, you will find the following information:

  • March Community Connection
  • 2023-24 Approved Calendar
  • Read Across America Week
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Summer Camps Registration is Opening Soon!
  • Hutchison Parent Group Association (complete form)

March Community Connections Topics

March 6th: Talking Points: A Communication Tool

March 13th: Portrait of A Graduate

March 27th: Social Media: What Every Parent Needs to Know

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March Calendar

March 2--2-Hour Early Release

March 3-School Planning Day--No Classes for Students

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Learning Collage at Hutchison!

Spring Picture Day--Thursday, March 16

Spring Picture Day

Thursday, March 16

Check your child's Tuesday folder, 3/7, for the flyer and payment instructions.

Opportunity for Students to Attend TJ Techstravaganza

TJ Techstravaganza is a free STEM activity fair that provides fun, hands-on labs and demonstrations for K-8 students. The 19th annual Techstravaganza will be held on May 13, 2023 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA. Hutchison students have been invited to attend.

Admission is free and there will be food will be for sale

Please register to sign up for this event: https://tinyurl.com/techstrav2023tix. More information about the event can be found on our website at tjtechstrav.org.

Tutor.com - Extra Help for Students at No Cost to Families

With Tutor.com through Schoology, FCPS students are able to get learning help at any time, even from bilingual tutors! Students in FCPS meet with tutors thousands of times each week to practice reading, prepare for an upcoming test or to get feedback on a writing assignment–all at no cost to their families! If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take just a few minutes to connect with a tutor with your child. More info about Tutor.com in FCPS is available here

Student Collaborator of the Month of January

Here is the list of students who earned "Student Collaborator for January."

Krish Khadka, Fredy Gomez Perez, Eithan Sorto Godines, Mateo Mauricio Lopez, Marco Lemus Rodriguez, Dariel Guillen Ayala, Jacob Baide Serrano, Alexa Aguirre Reyes, Katlyn Novoa Hernandez, Leslie Mendez Rivera, Andrew Nolasco Orellana, El-Bethel Biazen, Natalia Navarro, Jacqueline Morales Salas, Genesis Portales Castillo, Jostin Chacon Vigil, Risab Nepal, Diego Espinoza Santos, Elsi Portillo Sosa, Aiden Cornwell, Angel Ayala Maradiaga, Theodoren Kyereh, Hanna Calix Molina, Jayden Chen, Alexys Lopez Ayala, Justin Aguirre Reyes, Lucia Maradiaga Acevedo, Andy Zepeda Monge, Noe Sura Sanchez, Anderson Viera Vallecillo, Ashley Ventura Calles, Camila Flores, Ailyn Murillo Escobar, Jaime Palma Deras, Gabriel Arnez, Anyelin Martinez Alvarenga, Entisar Hamza. Loza Solomon, Sayra Alvarado Alvarado, William Romero Turcios

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School Board Approves 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

The Fairfax County School Board approved a calendar for the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years at their February 9 meeting. Learn more about the approved calendar.

The first day of the 2023-24 school year will be Monday, August 21, and the last day will be Wednesday, June 12.

Developing a school year calendar is a balancing act, involving multiple factors that must be considered. Community input is one of those factors, and we appreciate our community for being involved in the calendar development process.

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FCPS Strategic Planning

What keeps you optimistic about FCPS? What are your concerns? Answer these and two other questions on our Strategic Plan Feedback Form, and help shape our school division’s future.

Lost & Found

Has your child lost a jacket, sweater, or hat? Hutchison's Lost & Found has a large collection. Please come to school to look for any of your child's lost items. All items remaining on March 2nd will be donated to Goodwill.

Kindergarten and PreK Registration

It's that time of year! Please register your child for Kindergarten or our Pre-K program!

Kindergarten Registration: It’s as Easy as 1-2-3…

There’s an easy five-step process outlined for parents looking to register their child for kindergarten:

1. Determine eligibility.

2. Identify your local school.

3. Gather documents.

4. Fill out forms.

5. Schedule an appointment.

After the appointment at the school (the student and one caregiver must be present), the student will be ready for orientation, Bridge to Kindergarten, or any other introductory events each school may host. Read more about the registration process.

Text to Speech Available on FCPS Website

  • FCPS is introducing an innovative way to address the diverse needs of the community. A new text-to-speech feature, available on the FCPS website and each school website, will read the words aloud from webpages.

The feature will help those with accessibility needs, such as visual impairments, dyslexia, or other difficulty reading large amounts of online text. The text-to-speech feature is available for English, Spanish, and Korean. Learn more and try out the new feature.

Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test -- Grade 1

All 1st-grade students at Hutchison will be taking the online version of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test Third Edition (NNAT3) and will be administered to your child on Tuesday, March 7th at 9:30 a.m. It is important that your child attend school on this day. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on this day. It is also important that your child has had a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

Supporting Your Child's Mental Health

Identifying whether your child’s behaviors are normal or a warning sign of a mental health concern can be difficult. Talk to your child and pay attention to their actions. Also, consider these warning signs:

  • Increased irritability, hyperactivity, energy, and/or aggressive behavior.

  • Excessive sadness, hopelessness, or worries.

  • Loss of appetite, or significant weight gain or loss.

  • Lack of sleep, or too much sleep.

  • A decline in grades, school avoidance, or attendance concerns.

  • Alcohol or drug use.

  • Withdrawal from activities and/or friends and family.

  • Thoughts of harming themselves or others.

If you notice any of these warning signs or feel your child may be experiencing a mental health challenge, help is available. All Fairfax County public schools have at least one school counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker. Please reach out to one of these staff members to discuss your concerns and identify resources. Call your school or visit their website for staff members’ contact information. Find additional information to support your child’s wellness on FCPS’ website.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis such as thoughts of harm to self or others, please take action:

  • Text NEEDHELP to 85511 for the CrisisLink hotline or call them at 703-527-4077.

  • Chat online with a specialist.

  • Go to the nearest emergency room or contact the Sharon Bulova Center for Community Health Emergency Services at 703-573-5679.

  • Call 911.

Dual Language Enrollment Registration

Registration for the countywide lottery for Dual Language Immersion (DLI) programs will open on Monday, January 23. Current pre-k students may apply for the kindergarten immersion program, and current kindergarten students may apply for the first grade immersion programs for the 2023-24 school year. Programs are available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

Visit the DLI registration page for more information on where the programs are offered.

Summer Learning Programs Registration: Opening Soon!

FCPS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) camps and Institute for the Arts (IFTA/E-IFTA) camps will open for registration on Wednesday, February 1.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Tech Adventure Camp (TAC) is a week-long exploratory camp designed to give current K-6 students an opportunity to explore STEAM, culinary, health, trades, and business and marketing areas. Visit the TAC webpage for more information.

CTE Summer Academy (CSA) is a week-long enrichment program that allows students in grades 7-11 to dive deeper into CTE program areas, develop skills, and begin career exploration. Visit the CSA website for more information and registration.

Institute for the Arts Camps (IFTA)

IFTA is a two- or four-week summer enrichment program for students currently in grades 6-11. Students select from nearly 90 classes in art, dance, health and physical education 9, music, self-directed economics and personal finance, and theater. Visit the IFTA website for more information and registration.

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for students in grades 2-5 who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theater, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging. Visit the E-IFTA website for more information and registration.

2022-2023 Hutchison Parent Group Association

Attendance: When Should I Keep My Child Home?

When students miss too many days of school, they fall behind and struggle to keep up with their classmates. Whether the days missed are due to illness, truancy, or for any other reason, the end result for the student is the same — learning time is lost. Children and adolescents will get sick at times and may need to stay at home, but we want to work with you to help minimize the number of days your student misses school. Please click here for additional guidance: https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/policies-regulations-and-notices/attendance-policies/attendance-when-should-i-keep-my?utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
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