The Latest News: March 22, 2023

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

Spring is finally here! (fingers crossed). We are enjoying two full weeks before Spring Break and great things are happening. Students have been immersed in many great learning experiences and opportunities to share their thinking with others. So many walls are filled with beautiful work as spring trips and grade level activities are being planned! Please review our updates! A video message will be shared next week.

Sarah C. Aiello


In this update, you will find the following information:

  • Community Connection: Social Media
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • Attendance
  • FCPS Strategic Planning
  • Dangers of Fentanyl
  • Updates to SR & R
  • Hutchison Parent Group Association (complete form)
  • Mental Health Support
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March/April Calendar

March 24th & 25th: All County Chorus

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

April 3rd - 6th: Spring Break

April 13th: 2-Hour Early Release

April 14th: Teacher Workday--no classes

April 21st: Eid School Holiday--no classes

April 24th: Community Connection: EOY Assessments

April 25th: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports in Tuesday Folder

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Learning Collage at Hutchison!

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Community Meeting on the Dangers of Fentanyl

Monday, March 13, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid and Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis hosted nearly 400 families, staff, and community members for a conversation on the dangers of fentanyl. During this impactful event, audience members heard testimonials from individuals affected by the opioid epidemic and learned facts from medical experts and law enforcement representatives.

The conversation will continue on Monday, April 24, with our next community meeting on the critical topic of fentanyl danger and opioid awareness. More information is coming soon. Visit our Opioid Awareness webpage for updates as they become available.

Visit the Fairfax County Government webpage on opioids for information on how you can take action and how to get help for yourself or loved ones.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is April 3-7. We will be eager to welcome your children back in school on Monday, April 10. Their attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources.

FCPS Strategic Planning

FCPS is hosting a virtual community forum to discuss the first draft of proposed goals for the new Strategic Plan. Forums are scheduled for:

  • Monday, April 10, at noon.

  • Tuesday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (in Spanish).

  • Monday, April 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Proposed Updates to Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Department of Special Services will be hosting two virtual meetings for the FCPS community regarding proposed updates to the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) Regulation. Please join one of the meetings below via Zoom (click the date to register):

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the suggested updates and ask questions via Zoom Chat. Language interpretation will be available in Spanish. A certified deaf interpreter will be available as well.

Beginning Monday, March 20, families and staff will also be able to provide feedback on proposed updates to the SR&R via a short survey. Please stay tuned for details. Visit FCPS’ website for more information

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.

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.

2022-2023 Hutchison Parent Group Association

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