Oak Hill Elementary O A K H I L L E L E M E N TA RY S C H O O L
3210 Kinross Circle
Oak Hill, VA 20171
The Wolf Pack
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Phyllis Sledge &
by Dr. Amy Goodloe
Assistant Principals Spring has sprung! I hope that you all enjoyed a restful and refreshing spring break and
that the children are ready to jump into the last quarter of the school year. As we move
into the warmer months please remind your children to always wear appropriate clothing
for school and shoes for the playground and PE, no flip-flops please! We want everyone
Katie Rakestraw to be focused on learning and safe while at school.
Editor, The Wolf Pack
2008-2009 Enrollment: Your child should have brought home a form titled Student’s Inten-
Business Partners: tion for the Next School Year in the March 28 Friday Folder. This information is important
because staffing is based on enrollment, and state regulations require that we determine
the educational intentions of students leaving FCPS. Please complete and return the form to
Veronica Palacios your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Thank you for your prompt response.
Baja Fresh, Chantilly
Class Placement: This is the time of year when we begin preparing to place students in
Meghan Murphy classes for the fall. The teachers, counselors and administrators work collaboratively to
create balanced classes and match student needs with teacher strengths. Your input is ex-
tremely important, as you know your child best. Please look for a parent placement input
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A Note from the PTA President
by Erica Carter
Friday, April 4
End of third grading period Hello Oak Hill Families! that was an important fundraiser. All of
What’s Happening at Oak Hill in April?
Monday, April 7 those activities require countless volunteer
Happy Spring! I hope you did something fun
NO SCHOOL for students hours to run, and can end up costing you
Teacher Workday over the break. We did a little local sight-
much more than the $100 that we ask fami-
seeing. The new butterfly exhibit at the
Wednesday, April 9 lies to pledge.
10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Museum of Natural History is amazing!
Volunteer Luncheon PTA can only provide enrichment programs
It was great to see so many of you at Movie
(see page 3 for details) and activities with funding. Our funding has
Night – it’s so much fun to get comfy on the
Friday, April 11
dropped off this year. Our question to you
floor and watch movies with your friends.
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. is – would you rather see traditional fund-
Movie Night was free for pledge families,
BINGO & Ice Cream Social raising come back and give 50 percent to a
who make so much of what the PTA does
Friday, April 11 company? Let me know what you think. We
Plastic bag collection ends will be talking about the future of the
(see page 5 for details) Whenever I talk to people with kids at other pledge at the
Thursday, April 17 schools, they are quick to ask me about the May PTA FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE
7:00 p.m. pledge. They tell me how they would love to meeting. I Read it all online!
Kindergarten Orientation implement something like that at their look forward
Friday, April 18 school. We have become famous (or infa- to hearing
Upcoming Events ........... 3 & 5
SchoolKidz orders due mous) for our approach to fundraising. lots of sug- Volunteer Spotlight ...............4
Monday, April 21
gestions Class Notes..................... 6 & 7
If you haven’t been at Oak Hill long, you
Kindergarten registration about the Enrichment &
may not know that we used to use tradi-
begins best way to Activities............................8-11
tional fundraising methods to raise the
Saturday, April 26 raise the PTA Nominations..................9
money we need to operate. We sold gift
Oak Hill Run for FUNds wrap, pizzas, candy, cookie dough, gift (Continued on FCPS News .......................... 12
(see page 3 for details)
cards, and we had a big family fun night page 2)
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form coming home with all students April 11. KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION is new requirement before the end of
Please be sure to return this form to school by scheduled for Thursday, April 17 the school year.
May 2. Thank you! at 7:00 p.m. Please help us get the
If your child is 11 years old, he or
word out to neighbors whose chil-
The next time you are at school be sure to take she should get the Tdap immuniza-
dren will enter school in the fall.
a look at the beautiful new stage curtain that tion, and documentation should be
was installed over spring break. Thank you to Orientation gives parents the oppor- provided to the school immediately.
the PTA for the generous support that helped tunity to meet the staff, find out However, if your child is still 10
to make the purchase of the curtain possible. about our kindergarten program and years old, he or she may receive the
Please also be sure to mark your calendars for receive enrollment information and Tdap vaccine approved for 10-year-
the Beach Bingo and Ice Cream Social on April forms. olds or wait until the 11th birthday
11, 5K Run for FUNds for Technology on April to receive the vaccine approved for
Registration begins the week of April
26, Oak Hill/Lees Corner basketball game on 11-year-olds. If the student’s elev-
21. Children must be five years old
May 10, as well as all of the outstanding enth birthday is after the first day of
by September 30 to enter kindergar-
learning experiences our students encounter on school, s/he must have a medical
ten in 2008.
a daily basis. I look forward to seeing you at exemption from the doctor stating
Oak Hill soon! STUDENT CENSUS is still in pro- when he or she will receive the Tdap
gress. All families should have re- in order to attend school.
PTA President ceived their forms by mail. Please
respond to the census as soon as WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK it can
possible. It only takes a few seconds be difficult to decide if you should
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to sub- keep him or her home from school.
funds we need to provide the best possible Below is the school system’s general
school experience for your children! mit the
infor- recommended practice. Please help
We will also vote for next year’s PTA officers mation us stop the spread of communicable
at the May meeting. There are some new online illnesses by following these guidelines
faces on next year’s slate of officers. The at in making the determination about
slate and brief bios of the new candidates can www.fcps.edu/census. Each house- your student.
be found on page 9. The Financial Secretary hold also has the option of faxing or If a student has had a fever of
position is new – we voted to add that position mailing the form, or responding via 100 degrees or more, s/he
to the Board at our last meeting. We are so phone at 703.752.0950. should be fever free (without
fortunate to have such a great group of par- medication) for 24 hours before
For further information about the
ents! returning to school.
Census, please contact the Census
As always, please feel free to contact me with office at 703.329.7765 or If a student has vomited or had
any suggestions, questions or concerns that you Census2008@fcps.edu. All diarrhea, s/he should stay home
may have. responses are confidential and until 24 hours after the last epi-
translation assistance is available. sode.
SOL Testing VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: A
recent change to Virginia immuniza-
If a student has a rash that may
be disease-related or if you do
Calendar tion requirements means that a sec-
ond dose of varicella (chicken pox)
not know the cause, check with
your family physician before
vaccine and a second dose of mumps sending the student to school.
Third Grade Fifth Grade vaccine are required for entry into
kindergarten. If you have any questions about
Reading 5/21 & 22 Reading 5/28 these guidelines, please call the
Math 5/23 Math 5/29 Additionally, sixth school clinic or your family physician.
graders cannot begin
Science 6/5 Science 6/3 school in the fall without SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS are in short
documentation of having supply in Fairfax County. As a re-
Social Studies 6/6 sult, FCPS is offering a $1000 bonus
had the Tdap booster or
Fourth Grade Sixth Grade having had a tetanus-containing vac- to school PTAs for each driver refer-
cine within the past five years. Par- ral that results in a permanent hiring.
Reading 5/21 Reading 5/20
ents and guardians of current fifth All the potential driver needs to do
Math 5/30 Math 5/27 graders should check their children’s is tell FCPS that they were referred
immunization records and provide by the Oak Hill PTA when they ap-
VA History 6/4 U.S. History 6/3
the school with proof of meeting the ply, so get the word out!
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Fi stiv Tired of the cold already?
Think warmer weather… and mark
Oak Hill will hold its Fine Arts Festival April 15-17 6:00 -
your calendar for
Oak Hill PTA’s Ice Cream Social
Sixth grade art will be displayed in the lobby. Other and Beach BINGO Night!
works will be on display in the appropriate pods. GRACE
Art projects will be displayed in the cafeteria. Student
writing about some of the art will also be displayed.
Friday, April 11
Students will perform music solos in the lobby at 7:00 p.m.
each night according to the following schedule:
Sundae Shop 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 15 - choral solos
Wednesday, April 16 - string solos BINGO 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 17 - band solos
The fine arts teachers are enthusiastic about the level of Admission is $5 per person and includes one
creativity and craftsmanship reflected in the student art ice cream sundae ticket and six BINGO cards.
and performances. We hope you will plan to join us for at
least one of these nights.
Join Us for Oak Hill’s Second Annual
5k Run for FUNds and 1k Fun Run
Saturday, April 26
Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.
Pre-registration is in progress. Sleep in on race day…register today! Proceeds benefit the Oak Hill Technology Fund. For
more information, check your Friday Folder or go to www.fcps.edu/OakHillES/run4funds.htm .
Back by popular demand! Oak Hill Please join the Oak Hill staff in saying "Thank You"
PTA is again partnering with to all of the wonderful volunteers who help to make
SchoolKidz to offer back-to-school
our school such an outstanding place to learn at our
supply kits that ensure your children have the exact items
requested by the grade level teachers. This program was Annual Volunteer Luncheon
a hit with parents and teachers alike last year. Let us do
the shopping for you! Save on gas and save on supply Wednesday, April 9
costs! 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Look for order forms in today’s Friday Whether you have ever been able to volunteer or not,
Folder. We will be taking orders until you are cordially invited to join the staff in the Media
April 18. Kits will be delivered at the Center to enjoy a casual lunch together. Plan to at-
school open house in August.
tend at a time that your children eat lunch to enjoy
Simplify your back-to-school shopping meeting with your child's teacher and others in our
and save money with a SchoolKidz kit! school community.
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With Many Thanks...
Thank you to Lori Manik, Amy of our community who helped to set up, pop
Bevins and Cynthia Glakas, popcorn, sell concessions and clean up. Our
who formed the PTA Nominating school is such a great place thanks to all of
Committee and selected the slate you!
of candidates for the 2008 -
Spring pictures went smoothly with the help
2009 PTA offices.
of the many volunteers who chaperoned
Officer Allie Eggers gave an excellent and classes during lunch and acted as photogra-
The highest reward for a person's work is not what they get for it, but what they
informative presentation on Internet Safety phers’ assistants throughout the day. Special
at our last PTA meeting. Many thanks to thanks to those assistants: Jodie Chen, Mi-
her! chelle Doucette, Sarah Chichester, Patti
Damico Dowgiallo, Grace Yao, Debbie
Thanks to Carolgene Reardon for once
Woodson, Lynne Halladay, Carolina Mon-
again chairing a fun family Movie Night on
salve, Priya Singh, and Robin Moyher.
March 7. Thanks, too, to the many members
Sentries are needed for Oak Hill's 2nd WANTED
annual Run for FUNds! We are looking for
volunteers (age 11 - 100!) to be sentries at It’s not too early to begin thinking about next
intersections along the race course. You will year! The following chair positions are open.
be responsible for making sure the runners
become because of it. -- John Ruskin
don't take a wrong turn or a shortcut!
This job can be as fun as you make it - Spelling Blasters
bring a boom box to blast your favorite Oak Hill Spelling Bee
tunes for the runners, or bring crazy signs LEGO League
and costumes to attract attention! Or, enlist Safety Patrol
a friend or two (or 10), so you can have an Family Game Night
Most positions can be shared by two co-
Sign up your whole family or sign up with chairs. If you would like information about
a group of friends - this is a great oppor- any of these activities, please contact PTA
tunity for middle and high school students President Erica Carter at ericascar-
who need service hours! Adult volunteers email@example.com.
are welcome to bring younger children
along. The race is on Saturday, April 26th PTA Fall Festival Chair Scott Rakestraw is
at 8:00 a.m. Send an email to Mrs. Peter- looking to form a committee to plan next
son at firstname.lastname@example.org before year’s festival. The Fall Festival is the PTA’s
Friday, April 11th if you can help out with biggest event of the year, and we’d like to
the race! consider some fresh ideas. Please contact
Scott at email@example.com or
703.793.9051 if you’d like to lend a hand to
this fun event!
A couple of volunteers are needed to help
keep the marquee sign in front of the school
updated this year and next. The time
requirement is minimal and the schedule is
very flexible. For more information, contact
PTA Chair Diana Martin at
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Are you ready for the big game?
Mark your calendars and
save the date for the
Sixth Grade Basketball Game Third grade teacher Karen
Oak Hill vs. Lees Corner
Harms and Lt. John Arant were
Saturday May 10 married on March 15. The
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
at Chantilly High School couple got married at St. Francis
of Assisi in Apopka, Florida.
Come support the Class of 2008! They were then able to spend
several days celebrating their
Sixth Graders: Practice schedules will be sent home the first
week of April. marriage at Disney World! The
couple hopes to travel to Austria
Questions? Contact PTA Chair this summer for an official
Susan Messick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.481.0287 honeymoon.
The Oak Hill community wishes
Armchair Fundraising Mr. & Mrs. Arant
For information about these programs, please contact Barbara Philipps at a long and happy life together!
OFFER EXPIRES APRIL 11, 2008
Oak Hill is competing to win $500 and a Trex
bench for our outdoor classroom from Harris
Teeter and Trex!
All you need to do is bring in your plastic grocery
bags, dry cleaner bags, newspaper bags (dry), plastic wrap around
paper towels/toilet paper, etc. Look for the collection bin labeled
“plastic bags” in the school lobby.
This program ends on April 11, so there’s only one week left.
OFFER EXPIRES APRIL 30, 2008 About the Wolf Pack
Campbell’s has challenged Oak Hill to increase its label collections this If you have a question for the “Did You Know”
year. If we succeed, we will get 2,650 bonus points plus column, story ideas, photos or an article sub-
another 500 bonus points if we do it before May! So, mission, please contact editor Katie Rakestraw
bring in those UPCs today! at 703.793.9051 or email@example.com.
I am so proud of our students that I am increasing the To nominate a Volunteer of the Month, contact
number of popcorn parties for classes that bring in the Katie or any other Executive Committee mem-
most Box Tops, Campbell’s UPCS, Tyson’s Panels and Harris Teeter milk ber. The next issue of the Wolf Pack will be
caps. Instead of 3 parties, there will now be 9 top class winners! distributed on Friday, May 9. The submission
This contest ends April 30. deadline for the May issue of the Wolf Pack is
Winning classes will be announced on WOAK and in the Wolf Pack. Thursday, May 1.
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 8 PAGE 5
deep blue curtain that surrounds the back of
Greetings from the music room! After cele-
the stage and will provide a wonderful back-
brating March and Music in Our Schools
drop to all Oak Hill performances.
Month with some great concerts, we are
gearing up for the spring musicals. Sixth graders are already planning their mu-
sical futures! Chantilly High School's sym-
There are currently four productions in the
phonic chorale came and sang for the sixth
works. The second graders are almost ready
grade chorus this past month, and students
for “Goin' Buggy,” which will
have been given information about band,
take place April 14 at 8:30
chorus, and orchestra programs at Franklin
a.m. The first graders have
Middle School and Carson Middle School.
also begun working on the mu-
sic for their play, “Wackadoo In the music classroom, third graders continue
Zoo,” which will take place on to learn recorder. Fourth, fifth, and sixth
Specials & Grade Level Special Events
May 2 at 8:30 a.m. The fifth graders continue to play recorder and have
grade chorus is made their own arrangements of recorder
working on “No Strings At- pieces with four different parts! Kindergar-
tached,” which will take place ten had a very successful “Teddy Bear Picnic”
on May 13 and 14 at 7:00 and they continue to sing, move, and play
p.m., and the sixth grade cho- with lessons that coordinate with their class-
rus is rehearsing for room themes and activities.
“Seussical!,” which will take
We hope to see you at some of our shows this
place on June 4 and June 5 at 7:00p.m.
If you come to the shows, you may notice
something different about our stage: we have Wendy Peterson & Cristin Dimas
a curtain! It is a beautiful, very high quality Music Teachers
Just a thought...from the Counselors
April has been designated Child Abuse Awareness Month because of the increase in violence
against children. A problem of this magnitude can be solved only if everyone does something to
help. If you see or hear something suspicious, please take action. Child abuse is divided into
four categories - physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
The following strategies for protecting your child are offered by Child Help,
a national organization for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
1. Participate in your child's activities, and get to know your
2. Pay attention when someone shows greater than normal
interest in your child.
3. Teach your child the difference between "good touch" and
"bad touch". Listen when your child tells you he or she
does not want to be with someone. Ask, "Why ?"
4. Be aware of changes in your child's behavior or attitude.
5. Teach your child what to do if you and your child become separated
while away from home.
6. Never discipline children when your anger is out of control.
If you are concerned about a situation, please call Child Protective Services for Fairfax County
at 703.324.7400, or the Virginia Department of Social Services Hotline at
800.552.7096. Child Help also has a hotline number which is 1.800.4.A.CHILD and a web
page at childhelpva.org.
Dot Bennett, Christy Ryder & Tina Williams
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Second Graders Learn Media Matters
About Native Americans Virginia Readers’ Choice
The votes are in!! Oak Hill students have stated their
opinions and here are the results:
The second graders had a
great time learning about Receiving top votes at Oak Hill in the Primary Category-
the Woodland, Plains, and Mrs. Watson Wants your Teeth by Alison McGhee, Elemen-
Pueblo Indians this year! tary Category- Project Mulberry by Linda sue Park, Mid-
One of the activities in- dle School Category- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
cluded a buffalo box from Thank you to all students who voted for their favorite Vir-
the National Wildlife Fed- ginia Readers’ Choice title. Every vote counts! I have sent
eration in Oklahoma. The a record of each vote to FCPS’ Virginia Readers’ Choice
trunk is filled with actual Committee. All votes collected at the county level will be
parts of the buffalo such forwarded to the Virginia State Reading Association. Af-
as the hooves, horns, mane, fur, and even a dried stom- ter all votes have been collected the winning titles will be
ach! We appreciate the Oak Hill PTA supporting this announced in mid-May.
box with classroom support money! If you’d like to get your child started with next year’s
On Friday, March 14 reading list, you will soon find the new nominations for
we had our Indian Pow- school year 2008-2009 with this internet link: http://
wow which was a culmi- www.vsra.org/VRCindex.html
nating activity for our
Enjoy! Library Media Specialist
study of the Indians. Stu-
dents moved to each
classroom to complete an
Indian activity with the
aid of parent volunteers.
Ms. Murtha’s students show off Students made head-
their Indian attire and crafts!
bands and wore Indian
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PTA Reflections Oakie’s BB&T
First of all, thank you to the During the month of Feb-
Activities & Enrichment
wonderful volunteers who ruary, fifth graders par-
helped with our schoolwide ticipated in a contest to
Reflections ceremony: An- name our school bank
nette Anderson, Barbara and create a logo. Prin-
Clougherty, Tracey Webb, cipal Amy Goodloe se-
Jessica Wu and Sangeetha lected the winners from
Dorairajan. The reception would not have several entries.
been a success without their help. The winning school bank name is Oakie’s BB&T,
Council level winners are invited to a sepa- submitted by Pranav Baderdinni from Mrs.
rate reception to be held on Wednesday, Klopfenstein's class. The winning logo artist is
April 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Hayfield Secondary Briana Edwards from Ms. Wright's class. On
School. March 12, BB&T presented a $25 award to
each winner. CONGRATULATIONS PRANAV
It’s not too early to begin thinking about next AND BRIANA! Their work will be used on all of
year’s contest. The theme from the 2008- our school bank documents.
2009 school year is "WOW.”
Oakie’s BB&T is a partnership program be-
Remember that there are now SIX catego- tween Oak Hill Elementary and BB&T created
Your PTA at work!
ries: Visual Arts, Literature, Music Composi- to bring banking to our school. Students will act
tion, Photography, Dance Choreography as managers and bank
and Video/Film Production. tellers of the school bank.
If anyone interested in helping out with this Look for additional infor-
program next year, please contact PTA Re- mation about this exciting
flections chair Sara Balasubramanian at new program in April and
firstname.lastname@example.org or PTA President Erica May Friday Folders.
Carter at email@example.com.
Summer Book Exchange
Need help clearing out old book from your shelves?
Summer Book Exchange 2008 is just around the corner!
This summer, stay cool…read at the pool! Pick up some books for your sum-
mer reading at the Oak Hill PTA Book Exchange May 12 and 13.
Check your bookshelves at home for up to 15 gently used books that you’ve
already read and your family doesn’t mind giving away. Bring those books
to school, drop them in the box in the lobby, and fill out a receipt. Make
sure to keep that receipt. You will turn it in at the book exchange and select the same num-
ber of different books to take home.
You are encouraged to bring books that are around your reading level so you will find
books you like as well. Each class will be assigned a day and time to attend during May 12-
13. Book donations are always welcome. So, watch for the signs and the big white box in
If you are interested in helping or have any questions, please contact PTA chair Rhonda Blat-
man at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GRACE Art Goes Wild!
Jungle murals have emerged in the halls and classrooms of Oak Hill! During March, docents
and students had the opportunity to explore the paintings of French artist Henri Rousseau.
Mr. Rousseau combined his imagination with his knowledge of plants and animals to create
some very famous jungle scene paintings. Students were inspired to work together to create
a jungle mural for their classroom. Each student used construction paper and oil pastels to
create a plant and animal to add to the mural. When combined, the scenes were
Be sure to stop by the lobby to view the Faith Ringgold inspired quilt created by Ms. Cosgrove’s and Ms. Vollbrecht’s
third grade classes! We look forward to participating in the school wide art show (April 15, 16 & 17) which will
showcase much more of our students’ GRACE artwork.
April will be the final month of the GRACE art program for this year, and it promises to be very exciting. We are
pleased to present the work of pop culture artist Andy Warhol.
After implementing and running a successful GRACE art program for several years now, we have decided to “pass
the torch”, so to speak, to new coordinators. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact one of us.
Michelle Grudi Tracey Webb
2008 - 2009 PTA Board Nominations
For the 2008-2009 school year, the following PTA officers grader and another waiting to attend. She has volunteered
will continue in their current positions: as a classroom parent for six years and is presently a PTA
spirit co-chair. She is assistant leader of her daughter’s
President: Erica Carter
Girl Scout troop as well as a team mom and assistant to
Recording Secretary: Sue Hern
CYA soccer and baseball teams. In addition to
Corresponding Secretary: Katie Rakestraw
volunteering, Kathy works for a government contractor as
At the May 6 PTA general membership the Subcontract Manager.
meeting, we will vote to fill vacancies
Financial Secretary: Tracy Plummer
on the PTA Board for the upcoming
Tracy has been an active PTA member since her oldest
year. The following candidates have
child started at Oak Hill in 2001. She currently has three
children at Oak Hill in sixth, fifth and second grades. She
1st Vice President: Michelle Grudi has taught Hands on Science and GRACE Art, cooked for
Michelle started and chaired the GRACE Art in the Schools the staff and run booths at fun fairs. When at school, she
program at Oak Hill three years ago and has served as its works to enhance the educational experience for all grade
co-chair for the past two years. She has a fifth grader and level students. When not volunteering, Tracy works part
a third grader and has lived in Franklin Farm for 13 years. time as an RN at the Fairfax Heart Center.
Michelle also works part time as a fitness instructor and at
a local preschool.
2nd Vice President: Amy Bevins
Be sure to join us at the next PTA
Amy and her family have been a part of Oak Hill for
almost four years. She has a third grader and a seventh
General Membership Meeting at
grader. Amy chaired Staff Appreciation Week for two 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6.
years and has been co-chair of the Hospitality Committee
for the last three years. She also works as an editor for This is your opportunity to
Treasurer: Kathy Romance provide feedback about Oak Hill
Kathy has been a resident of the Oak Hill community for
11 years and has three children: a fifth grader, a second PTA’s Pledge program.
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Cultural Arts Assembly: Nada Brahma
On March 28, Oak Hill welcomed
Nada Brahma for a cultural arts event
sponsored by the Oak Hill PTA. Nada
Brahma's high-energy performance
provided an exciting introduction to
Students enjoyed a busy March filled
world cultures through music. In this
Everyone, including the lively interactive program, Tim Gregory
parent chaperones, was and Rachel Cross led an exploration of
with PTA sponsored programs!
involved in this high-energy the vital role that music plays in a vari-
show! Be sure to ask your ety of cultures from six different conti-
student what natural re-
sources were used to make nents. Students experienced unique
the instruments pictured. ethnic instruments including: steel drum
(Trinidad), didjeridoo (Australia), bam-
boo angklung (Southeast Asia), thumb
piano (Sub-Saharan Africa) and the
Native American flute, plus many oth-
ers. This assembly offered a wonderful
foundation for cross-curricular learning
and celebrates diversity.
Here’s what participants had to say The show was very interesting because we got to see
different instruments from around the world. We also
about Nada Brahma’s performance: got to learn songs and dances.
– Noelle H., Mrs. Crawford’s class
If you learn about different instruments around the
world you can learn about different cultures.” My favorite instrument was the Irish whistle because I
– Katie D., 3rd grade am part Irish. My friend and I also liked the thumb
piano it looked and sounded cool. This assembly was
Today at school we had an assembly. One instrument my favorite!
that was played was kind of weird. You had to blow – Jodi K., Mrs. Crawford’s class
into it with your nose!
– Isha M., Mrs. Crawford’s class We liked the assembly because we all got to learn
music from different countries. Did you know the same
I thought the assembly was exciting and fun. I wish I instrument can be made differently in different coun-
could play all the different instruments. I liked the tries? We also learned that music can help people
thumb piano. work! The assembly taught us that people all around
– Anjali R., Mrs. Crawford’s class the world like music. We learned how to play many
instruments, we learned new words and we learned
The theme of our assembly on Friday was
new songs. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!
“tupendane” (too-pen-dan-nay), which means to love
– Laurel B., David P. and Annalese D.,
and respect each other. There were a bunch of differ-
Ms. Murtha’s class
ent instruments. The people took us around the world.
I thought the man’s fake Australian accent was very We learned about different rhythms in songs from
good – Cameron E., Mrs. Crawford’s class around the world. We also learned that different
dances can tell you about different cultures. We
The assembly was very cool! I am glad that it was
thought the thumb piano was the most interesting
about music because I am really into music. I liked how
we got to see an ocarina. I have heard of that instru-
– Katelyn T. and Amiti J., Ms. Bullard’s class
ment and I was surprised that they showed it to us at
the assembly. Nada Brahma was awesome! They did such a fabulous
– Sarah M., Mrs. Crawford’s class job of celebrating diversity while demonstrating simi-
larities. They also made a point of illustrating how
I thought the assembly was fun because I got me inter-
people can use their natural and renewable resources
ested in instruments from around the world.
effectively. I’m so glad I was able to see this show!
– Jennifer C., Mrs. Crawford’s class
– Katie R., parent chaperone
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Odyssey of the Mind OM Coaches’
The Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament
was held on Saturday, March 15 at Falls Church The challenge for our team was to cre-
High School. Seven teams Oak Hill teams par- ate and present a humorous perform-
ticipated in two divisions: Division 1 (grades 3 - ance that includes a team-created the-
5) and Division 2 (grades 6 - 8). Teams were ory of what caused dinosaurs to be-
scored based on their performance on the long come extinct, a technical presentation
term problem, spontaneous competition and the of the extinction event, a dinosaur
style of their performances. Overall the teams character, a replica of the dinosaur
had fun and did very well. A special thanks to character, a surviving animal and a
all the coaches who took time from their busy scene from the Mesozoic era where
schedule to volunteer and give our children this the scenery changes through technical
opportunity! Be sure to read the two coaches’ means.
reports at right.
The team worked very hard for over 4
months and created an excellent story
line and impressive props. Their per-
Oak Hill Spellers I-N-S-P-I-R-E formance on stage left the judges and
the audience awe struck.
at County Bee The team consisted of the following
sixth graders: Nithin Bala, Evelyn
Oak Hill’s 2008 Spelling Bee Champion, Preethi Srikanthan, and second place Wang, Ashwin Basana, Christin Park,
winner, Christopher Yeung, made strong showings at the Fairfax County Spell- Karen Xia, Maran Ilanchezhian and
ing Bee on March 9, where they competed against 82 of the area’s top stu- Rohan Banerjee.
Christopher successfully spelled “biblical” and “discern” The Oak Hill Balsa Wolves partici-
before going out on “gazpacho.” Preethi hung in an- pated in the Tee Structure category.
other three rounds, spelling “tragic,” “rupee,” “tsunami,” The team did extremely well in the
“karaoke” and “virgule,” before finally succumbing to spontaneous contest. It was the team's
“innocuous.” first exposure to the tee structure
The three-hour long event ended with two home- problem and several participants' first
schooled students battling for the top spot. The prize exposure to the Odyssey of the Mind
ultimately went to McLean sixth grader Lance Hungar, program.
who now advances to the Scripps National Bee May Students also presented a skit in which
29-30 in Washington, D.C. Lance had to tackle words such as “apparatchik,” several woods compete on their
“wedel” and “osina” before taking the title with “taiga” and “fraulein.” weight bearing capacity. They got the
The National Bee airs live on ESPN and the final rounds can be viewed on ABC- opportunity to explore their creative
TV the night of May 30. You can track the progress of individual spellers on sides and learn a lot about weight
www.spellingbee.com. bearing structures, trusses and how to
construct structures using balsa and
If you enjoyed the excitement of this year’s school bee, consider helping to or- glue.
ganize this event in 2009! We are still looking for a chair for this program as
well as someone to run the school’s Spelling Blasters club next year. The jobs Most importantly, the team had a lot
may be split up (whoever runs the bee does not have to run the club) and can of fun and learned to work well to-
also be handled by co-chairs. If you are interested, email Laura McCafferty at gether while placing fifth among 12
email@example.com. Laura is stepping down from her Oak Hill chair posi- teams in the category. Once judges
tions to continue her work with the county bee, which has doubled in size in its called the performance “tree-ific!"
first two years! The team consisted of Sraavya Poonu-
Interested but uncertain how to do the job? No worries! The FCCPTA will be ganti, Nihar Gudiseva, Sujay Gar-
holding a bee coordinator’s training session (run by Laura) the evening of May lanka, Siddharth Anand, Leela Ekam-
29. Contact Laura for details. barapu, Ajay Iyer and Ashvin
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New Antivirus Software
Available for Home Use Energy Zone
FCPS recently adopted new software, ENERGY ZONE KIDS FITNESS CHALLENGE
McAfee VirusScan, to provide desktop
and laptop computers with antivirus Research shows children copy the behavior of adults in their
protection. As in the past, FCPS will life. If parents are physically active, the children will be ac-
offer the use of this product to em- tive too. Exercise burns calories, which assist in maintaining
ployees and students for their home ideal weight. Fit adults and children exercise 60 minutes
computers at no charge. Due to the per day.
licensing agreement with McAfee, all KEEP MOVING TO STAY IN SHAPE TIPS
copies need to be accounted for. A
student may check out a copy from his Plan daily family walks.
or her librarian. Limit television or computer time to 1 to 2 hours per day.
Questions about the process should be Make exercise fun.
directed to the IT Service Desk by e-
mail at ITServiceDesk@fcps.edu, or Encourage play outside with other children.
by phone at 703.503.1600. Assign chores that involve activity such as cleaning or
walking the dog.
Help your children find physical activities they enjoy.
FCPS Students Eligible for Remember, making a healthy change takes time. Don’t
Discounts on Select expect perfection.
Through a special agreement with Mi-
crosoft, Fairfax County Public Schools
(FCPS) students and staff members can
now purchase select Microsoft products Fairfax and Arlington county schools are challenging every student to re-
for home and personal use at great place just one incandescent bulb in his or her home with a compact fluores-
discounts. cent light bulb (CFL). That’s about 187,000 bulbs, which would reduce 150
million pounds of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere and result in $13
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