The Latest News: October 3, 2022

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Message from Ms. Aiello

Dear Hutchison Families,

We had a wonderful Family Fun Night event! Almost 200 families connected, laughed, danced, and dined! Thank you Edwin the Eagle and all of our staff volunteers for supporting Friday's event. This Saturday is Herndon's Homecoming Parade! Come cheer Hutchison on.

Teachers are busy analyzing assessments that have been given, planning for instruction and many are working on the grade level big event plans for curriculum activities, field trips and other exciting learning experiences. It is so nice to be planning for so many engaging and enriching experiences for our students.

It is hard to believe that we have arrived in the month of October! October has a variety of student holidays, so make sure you mark your calendars! Community Connections will cover a wide variety of topics in October and November. I’m so excited for these opportunities to present to you what our teachers are working on in the classrooms. As always, please reach out if I can answer any questions.

Ms. Aiello


In this update, you will find the following information

  • October Community Connections
  • Social Emotional Screening & Information
  • Attendance Matters
  • CogAT
  • Tutor.com

Sarah C. Aiello


October Community Connection Topics

October 3rd: Advanced Academic Programming

October 13: Advanced Academic Referral Process

October 17th: Health & Wellness: Meet our Wellness Team!

9:15 Hutchison or 7:00 PM Virtual

Upcoming Student Holidays

Wednesday, October 5th -- Yom Kippur

Monday, October 10th --Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday, October 24th -- Diwali

Monday, October 31—Staff Workday

2022-23 Hutchison Community Calendar

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Social & Emotional Learning Activities and Screener

Students in grades K-2 will no longer participate in the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) screener. Instead, the Child Behavior Rating Scale administered in kindergarten, existing attendance, and behavior data will be used to determine necessary social emotional instruction and supports. School teams will use these measures alongside family input, as they develop their understanding of students’ needs and strategies to support them. Students in grades 3-6 will be able to participate in the SEL screener. School teams and families use this information to develop positive school cultures and support students academically and personally. This year, students will participate in the screener in the fall (October/November) and spring (March). Parents are able to opt their child out of taking the SEL screener. Read more about SEL and signature practices online.
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Hot Chip Challenge

Families, please be aware of this hot/one chip challenge that could be circulating in our community. Students should not bring these chips into school or distribute them to classmates. There are health risks if digested. Thank you for your support and keeping our students and community safe.


🚗 Do you drive your student to and from school? Please register for Kiss-and-Ride below!

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack

Here is the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable schedule for this week:

Monday, October 3rd: Baby Kale

Tuesday, October 4th: Gala Apples

Thursday, October 3rd: Rainbow Carrots

Friday, October 7th: Red Delicious Apples

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

Attendance Today & Achieve Tomorrow!

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include:

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? View this morning checklist, available in English or Spanish.)

  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

CogAT Testing for 2nd Grade--Week of October 11th

Second grade students will be taking the CogAT test the week of October 11th. Please be sure your second grade children get a good night's sleep and are on time each day.


FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to onlinetutoring@fcps.edu.

Parent-Child Playgroup--Wee Play


For children birth thru 5 years old

Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers are welcome!

Children play and have fun while learning school readiness skills

Play Games Read Books Sing Songs Parent Discussion Explore Toys

WHEN: Wednesday

TIME: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM OR 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

WHERE: Hutchison Elementary

Classes start October 12th

Registration forms available in the office or

contact Family Liaisons Maria Michlik (703-925-8329) or Mary Specht (703-709-3159)

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