Messages From Mr. Wolfe


May 3, 2022 | Aldrin Newsletter

Dear Aldrin Families,

We have just over one month remaining in the school year. Let’s finish strong! 

Click here for the current newsletter.

Highlights include:


  • Parent Workshop: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety (All Grades)
  • Online Tutoring is Now Available (All Grades)
  • SOL Testing: April 27- May 27, 2022 (Grades 3-6)
  • Important Immunization Requirement: Rising Seventh Graders (Grade 6)
  • Please Keep Trading Cards at Home (All Grades)
  • Kindergarten Registration (2022-2023 Kindergarten families)
  • National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week (All Grades)
  • Walk, Bike and Roll to School (All Grades)
  • Thank you for Supporting the Book Fair (All Grades)
  • Thank you for Supporting the Sixth Grade Service Project: Helping Hungry Kids (All Grades)


Shane, Barbara, and Katie

Trading Cards - Please Keep at Home

Dear Aldrin Families,

We need your support to help us avoid some classroom conflicts. Several students bring Pokémon cards (or similar trading cards) to school with them each day. Sometimes students trade these cards and then immediately regret their decision, leading to hurt feelings and interruptions to the academic day. Moving forward we ask that children not bring these cards to Aldrin each day. We appreciate you checking backpacks and reminding your child to not bring Pokémon cards to school. They should not be on the bus, playground, or in the classroom.

Thank you for your support!


Katie Friedman

Assistant Principal


August 19, 2021 Kiss and Ride Safety & Registration Contract

Kiss and Ride Safety & Registration Contract - Printable Version

2021 -2022 School Year

Below is the contract for participation in Kiss and Ride at Aldrin. Upon receipt of this signed contract, you will be issued a printed Kiss and Ride card with your child’s last name in large, bold print.  Display this card on your dashboard prior to pulling into the school driveway and the Kiss and Ride area.  Please read the following rules and procedures for Kiss and Ride, sign this form and return it to school.  Together we can ensure a safe and efficient procedure when dropping off/picking up your child in Kiss and Ride each day.


It is only necessary to complete one form per family.

  • I understand that I need to display the Aldrin Kiss & Ride card on the dashboard of my car prior to pulling into the school driveway and the Kiss and Ride area.  Upon seeing my card displayed, a staff member will alert my child(ren) that I have arrived.  Another staff member, with the assistance of a safety patrol, will do his or her best to have my child(ren) at curbside soon after my arrival. 
  • I understand that children are to enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side only.
  • I understand that my child will be dismissed from the gym by name based on the order of arrival of the cars.
  • I understand that I may not leave my car unattended in the Kiss and Ride area, since it is in a Fire Lane.
  • I understand that children may be dropped off no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and picked up beginning at 4:05 p.m.
  • I understand that once in the Kiss and Ride area, I may not attempt to pass other cars.

By signing this form, I agree to the above procedures.


Child’s Name

Child 1

Child 2

Child 3



Teacher 1

Teacher 2

Teacher 3






Parent #





Signature:      _________________________         Date:__________________________


Please return this contract to James Chrisman or Stephanie Naski in the main office or email to: @email

August 13, 2021

August 13, 2021

Dear Aldrin Families,

We are getting very excited about the 2021-2022 school year and hope you are too! We cannot wait to be returning 5 days a week in-person with our Aldrin kiddos. We are busy cleaning the school, planning new programs, registering our new Aldrin Eagles, and planning for an exciting return for teachers and students. We want to say hello, let you know about some changes, and encourage you to prioritize communicating with the school, using the many tools we have.

As many of you know, Ms. Rachel Charlton, Assistant Principal, left Aldrin to become the Acting Principal at Dogwood Elementary School last year. She led Dogwood through some of the toughest times of the pandemic and kept the school moving forward, with student safety and success as her focus. This year, Ms. Charlton’s experience and expertise has been tapped to support the students and staff at Clearview Elementary School.  We are proud of Ms. Charlton and all that she did to support student academic success at Aldrin. She leaves behind a strong legacy of putting kids first and a commitment to best practice staff development for all of us. We also applaud Ms. Charlton for ensuring equity was at the center of all we do at Aldrin. Her commitment to the development of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and her strong support of our many Special Education Programs at Aldrin, has made a meaningful impact on our school community. 

We are excited to announce Mrs. Katie Friedman will continue to support the Aldrin Elementary School Community as our Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs. Friedman, one of our former music teachers, has been in this role since January of 2021, and has done an outstanding job supporting the mission and goals of our school, during some of the toughest times we’ve ever experienced in education. Mrs. Gist and I are thrilled that she has agreed to continue in this role and can’t wait to see all the exciting things to come from her leadership. We are proud of her commitment to our students, staff, and the success of our entire school community. Please join me in welcoming her back to the role of Assistant Principal as we open this exciting school year. 

We hope you will all join us for the Community Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 19th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the blacktop. 

Our mission and vision continue to be aligned with what we believe and practice each day—Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes. 

Below are some of the back to school updates for this year. 

Welcome to our New Staff:

New Office Assistants:  Mr. James Chrisman and Mrs. Stephanie Naski

Part Time Art Teacher:  Mr. Thomas Baybrook (W, Th, F)

Public Health Nurse (PHN):  Mrs. Jeanne Frost, R.N.

Custodians:  Ms. Kim Tran and Mr. Vu Phan

Social Worker:  Ms. Rebecca Hollow (T, W, Th)

TSPEC: (Network Support W, F) Mr. Philip Magill

School Health Aide (SHA):  TBD

Teacher Grade Level Changes:

Ms. Megan Walters from Preschool Autism Teacher to Preschool Teacher

Mrs. Karen Patel from Grade 5 Teacher to ESOL Teacher

Ms. Jennifer Bullen from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Dawn Edwards from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Mr. Raju Tiwana from Grade 2 Teacher to Grade 3 Teacher

Ms. Kat Hughes from Grade 3 Teacher to Grade 2 Teacher

Mrs. Latoya Wilson from Grade 3 Teacher to Grade 2 Teacher

Mr. Craig Coraggio from Grade 5 Teacher to Grade 4 Teacher

Ms. Amy Schehl from Grade 4 Teacher to Grade 5 Teacher

Mrs. Theresa Reedy from STEAM Teacher to Grade 5 Teacher

Aldrin Web: 

Visit our “Best of the Web,” FCPS-award winning Aldrin home page ! We keep it updated with lots of great information for families. 

News You Choose:

News You Choose is a service that allows subscribers to receive email notifications and updates from Aldrin.  

If you haven’t signed up, we encourage you to do so today!!

Twitter: @AldrinEagles

Follow us on Twitter for pictures and events at the school throughout the year. This is an excellent way to keep in touch with all the special moments at Aldrin. 

Please click on the following link for important return to school information. Return to School 2021-2022 Important Information


Your Principals,

Shane, Barbara, and Katie

Every Student.  Every Day.  Whatever It Takes.




Open House – Friday, August 20, 2021

  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.                         PAC, Preschool, Enhanced Autism, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon                          Kindergarten Tours
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.                         PTA Sponsored “Popsicles on the Playground” (PAC, PS, K & 1st)
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m.                         New to Aldrin Tours (Grades 1 through 6)
  • 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.                              Open House (Grades 2 through 6)
  • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.                              PTA-Sponsored “Popsicles on the Playground” (2 through 6)

During our “Open Houses” we will have several staff members located in the lobby to help you and your child find their classroom.  Masks are required for all visitors while inside the building. There will also be staff available to assist with information about buses, forms from the school clinic and other school information.  Please remember that Open House is a time for the teacher and students to meet and is not intended as a time for a Parent Teacher Conference.   If you want to meet with your child’s teacher, please set up a time outside of Open House and Back to School Night by calling or e-mailing them for a designated time.  This ensures teachers get a chance to meet  the children and parents who have been waiting for this very exciting time.

The Aldrin Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will host a special tour of the building for Kindergarten and new Aldrin families.  Kindergarten families are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and should meet in the lobby at 11:30 a.m.  “New to Aldrin” families are scheduled for noon.

Tours give families a chance to see the entire school, including the gym, the cafeteria, the library, etc.  Families will see their child’s classroom and meet their teachers at the same time as other Aldrin students during the “Open House.” 

Parking for Open House: 

Limited parking is available in our front parking lot.  Additional parking can be found along the street in legally marked spaces and at the Baron Cameron Park located behind the school.  Please do not park in the marked turning lanes on Center Harbor Road.   Carpooling or walking is suggested on this day to avoid parking lot congestion and delays.

Popsicles on the Playground: 

Mark your calendars……Another great opportunity to re-connect and meet new families is at our annual Popsicles on the Playground, sponsored by the PTA.  Popsicles on the Playground times are listed above. This event is so much fun for everyone!     

The biggest question of the summer is:  Who is my Child’s Teacher? 

Please know the staff take the placement of your kiddos very seriously and have made every effort to place them with the teacher we feel will be the best fit for each individual child.  We appreciate you trusting and believing in us.    All families will find student classroom teacher placements in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVue Account under the student’s Schedule tab on Wednesday, August 18th.

First Day of Day of School is Monday, August 23rd: 

(We are so excited!!)  Your child will bring home some VERY important forms for you to read, sign and return to school the next day.  After the first day, Thursday Recorder envelopes are sent home each Thursday. (Please return the envelope each Friday.)  Helpful Hint: Your child’s FCPS identification number is included at the top of the Thursday Recorder envelope for any forms requiring this information.

Friday, September 3rd and Monday, September 6th are Student/Staff Holidays.

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 8th.  

Back to School Night (BTSN) is an opportunity for teachers to meet you, share information about their instructional programs, and learn more about their students.  Look for a separate detailed flyer in your child’s Thursday folder prior to BTSN.  We anticipate some changes to our regular format.

The PTA will also vote on their budget and have information on membership and volunteer opportunities. 

Safety Protocols:

The State Health Commissioner’s Public Health Order expired on July 25, 2021, giving school divisions the ability to implement local mask policies based on community level conditions and public health recommendations. 

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings. This includes:

  • All staff and students inside the school building.
  • Anyone riding school buses or school transportation.
  • Community members who are visiting a school building.
  • Band members will use covers/special masks (inside the school building).
  • A small group of students with disabilities, and staff who work with them, will have access to clear masks (e.g. center-based students with hearing impairments, teachers of deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech language pathologists, and some students receiving speech services as needed).

Student Devices:

All students should be assigned a computer the first week of school.

PreK:  The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) device issued to your child is meant to stay home for your child’s school-related use. You should not send the device to school with your child each day.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Students will be assigned a device that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.

Grades 3 through 6: Students will be issued an FCPS device for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day and should come to school each day with their device fully charged.


Not Sure How to Access Your SIS Parent Account?  It’s EASY!  New to FCPS?  FCPS mailed (via US Postal Service) every new parent/guardian to FCPS a letter providing a web address, activation key, and directions on registering for a SIS Parent Account.  FCPS provides electronic access to attendance, grades, and other information related to students via its SIS Parent Account system.  **It is very important that you take time to register for your account today.  Not new to FCPS?   If you have not received or misplaced your SIS Parent Account activation letter,  please e-mail Linda Adgate at @email and she will be happy to e-mail you a new activation letter. 

If you have forgotten your SIS Parent Account login or password, go to and click “More Options.”   

Emergency Care Updates Now in ParentVUE:

Parents can update their student’s emergency care information online using [email protected] (weCare) which is now linked within SIS ParentVUE.  Learn more about weCare and ParentVUE here

Schoology Learning Management System  **VERY IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION**

The FCPS contract with Blackboard ended on June 30, 2021. The new learning management system is Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/). Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families. Schoology is now being used division-wide.  Schoology was chosen to: 

  • Support and implement instructional practices aligned to our learning model.  
  • Help students reach the Portrait of a Graduate goals.
  • Provide all students with equitable access to meaningful learning experiences.
  • Offer anytime access to their virtual learning space.

Students had a Schoology account set up by June 18.

  • Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology.
  • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts.

As a parent or guardian, you will be able to use Schoology to view:

  • Your child’s class. 
  • Your child’s assignments and participation.
  • Your child’s calendar.
  • Teacher comments, scores, and feedback.

Parent accounts will be available in mid-August. To access Schoology, parents will need to have an active SIS/ParentVUE account. Please take a moment to get to know a little more about Schoology.  LINK

Bus Transportation Information:

Bus routes are finalized by FCPS Transportation Department.   Please log in to your ParentVue Account to find your child’s bus route:

Supply Lists and Pre-Ordered Supplies through the PTA:

The student supply list can be found on the Aldrin website at .  Pre-ordered supply packages, ordered through the PTA, will be available for pick-up during our Open House in the Little Theater.  If your child is unable to attend the Open House, their packages will be delivered to their classroom before the first day of school.  

Health Room Information

Jeanne Frost, Public Health Nurse (PHN) and a new (to be hired School Health Aide), will take care of the students’ needs this year.    Ms. Frost will be in the School Health Room to accept medications.  James Chrisman, our former SHA  is now an Office Assistant will also be in the Main Office during the Open House to answer your questions. 

First Week of School

Due to Safety Protocols, this year we will ask that you say good-bye to your child at the entrance to the school.  It isn’t safe to have so many people in the building and would be impossible to contact trace.

Many staff members will be located throughout our school during arrival and dismissal times to assist all children the first day of school and throughout the first week.  They will help children learn their way around the school and make sure that all riders board the correct bus each afternoon.  Walkers dismiss through exit 5, and students using the Kiss and Ride will go to the gym for dismissal.   **Please be sure your child knows how they are getting home from school each day. If a change occurs, please call the Main Office so a note can be sent to your child’s teacher prior to dismissal.

Staff members are assigned to the lobby daily from 8:55 to 9:15 am.  Students should not arrive at school prior to 8:55 am.  At 8:55 a.m. children may enter the building and wait in the Gym (Grades 3 through 6) and Cafeteria (Grades K through 2) until they are dismissed to their classrooms.  Breakfast bags will be offered to each student as they arrive.  Students are marked tardy if they are not in their classroom, and ready to learn by 9:20 a.m.

Distribution of Information

Efforts to conserve paper will continue to be made this year by reducing the printed materials that are sent home and by posting handbook information, newsletters, notices, PTA fliers, and other information on the Aldrin website. 

Also, when possible, we will send information home in e-mail format through the e-Notify or News You Choose system, so please be sure we have your correct e-mail address on file.    Paper copies will be available to anyone on request, without internet access. 

School Hours:

Classroom Hours:                       9:20 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Main Office Hours:                     8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers:                                                       

Main Office:.............................   703-904-3800

FAX .........................................   703-904-3897

Health Room ...........................   703-904-3815

Attendance Line Recorder ……….  703-904-3818

(Available 24 hours a day)

Cafeteria ..................................... 703-904-3821

Fairfax County SACC ..................... 703-449-8989

Reminder about the FCPS Student Dress Regulation

FCPS Regulation 2613 outlines the expectations for student dress.  At Aldrin Elementary, we encourage students to wear sneakers or soft-soled shoes daily since they are usually comfortable and are safer when students are at recess and on stairs.  Sandals that have ankle straps and do not have a wedge or high heel may be worn.  Rubber/plastic beach/pool flip flops are not allowed for safety reasons.  Students must wear sneakers to be able to participate in physical education. 

Aldrin ES Birthday Treat Policy: 

At Aldrin ES, like many other schools, we have quite a few students who suffer from life-threatening allergies.  As a school community, we must do all we can to reduce the chances of an allergic incident happening and must work diligently to keep our students safe.  We also have a continuing concern over childhood obesity and concern for families that can’t afford to purchase treats /items for an entire class.  So, based on feedback and collaboration from parents, students, teachers, and administrators, we have determined that we will limit student birthday celebrations to a birthday pencil and a birthday card from the Principal and Assistant Principals.  No treats or gifts should be sent in to be shared with the class for birthday celebrations.

Volunteers are Welcome at Aldrin!

Aldrin Elementary School is excited to welcome volunteers back into our building this year! Volunteers must submit a completed Volunteer Application Form to the school and be fingerprinted at the Gatehouse Administration Center. Read more about the application and background check process.  Volunteers must arrange the days and times they plan to volunteer with their child’s classroom teacher or the main office.  

All volunteers must also adhere to FCPS’ layered prevention strategies, including universal indoor masking.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your child’s teacher or Assistant Principal, Barbara Gist, at 703-904-3800.   We look forward to welcoming you to our school!

Early Pick-Up:

If you need to pick up your child early for an appointment, please arrive at Door #1.  When the office staff answers the bell, please tell them who you are there for.  Be sure to bring a State-Issued Photo ID whenever you want to visit or pick up children from Aldrin.  Someone from the office will call your child down and bring them to you.  To make the process easier, please send a note in with your child to their teacher.  You may also leave a message on the attendance line at 703-904-3818 or email: @email

Thanks so much for your support in ensuring the safety and well-being of our children. 


Great News!!  ALL students will receive free breakfast and lunch this year.


● Menus, allergens, nutrition information are all available online at


● Aldrin will serve Grab & Go breakfast at the school entrances for students to take meals directly to the classroom upon arrival.


● Lunch will be served in the cafeteria serving lines.  We will not have Salad Bars at this time.

Where will students eat lunch this year?

Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria with their classmates.  We will continue maximizing physical distance as much as possible and require frequent hand washing/sanitizing.  Students will wash their hands before and after lunch each day.  Student lunch times will be spread out to minimize the numbers of students in the cafeteria at the same time.   Masks will be required to be worn by all students and staff members except when they are consuming their lunch.   Once students finish their lunch, they will need to put their mask back on.  Staff members will be in the cafeteria to remind students about mask wearing.   No sharing of food is allowed.

A La Carte Items:

● A la carte offerings for sale at the beginning of the school year will be limited to milk, bottled water, entrees, fruits, and vegetables.

Special Diet Requests:

  • The PHN and the FCPS FNS Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) coordinate all special dietary requests by following the FCPS Allergy Handbook.
  • Written documentation signed by a recognized medical authority must be provided to the RDN for each student requesting a special diet before any substitutions or accommodations may be provided.  The medical documentation must include the student’s name, an identification of the medical or other special dietary condition that restricts the child’s diet, and the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet. 
  • The RDN evaluates the medical documentation and contacts the school food service manager and supervisor to discuss the special dietary requests, substitutions, and/or accommodations.  The RDN reviews any new procedures with the food service manage.

Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

Using the app is EASY!  From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  Once signed-in, you can customize or edit features, including how the app will communicate with you, and the size and location of the notification radius around your child's bus stop.


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October 20, 2021 - Aldrin Elementary School will begin optional COVID-19 testing for students the week of November 8. 

October 20, 2021

Aldrin Elementary School Families,

In support of our commitment to safety, Aldrin Elementary School will begin optional COVID-19 testing for students the week of November 8

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe.  Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool.  We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential.  Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal.  Parents/guardians may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS.  Sharing results with FCPS is optional.

More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website.  As always, I encourage you to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,


Shane Wolfe


October 12, 2021

Dear Aldrin Families,

We’ve had a tremendous start to the school year, due in great part to all of you supporting teachers and staff as we transition back to a what many are calling a new normal.   The good news for us is students are learning and are happy to be back at school with their teachers and friends.   Our team has been working hard—harder than ever, and it shows.  I’m extremely proud of our staff, students and our parents.  Working together, we make a great community!  #OneAldrin  

We have also been quite fortunate when it comes to the overall numbers of students impacted by COVID since we started school in August.   However, if you were one of the unlucky COVID positive impacted families, or close contacts of a COVID positive person, you and your children were impacted greatly, and we are so sorry.  We learned from our original set of impacted families and made many improvements to our internal process along the way. 

I’m happy to report we currently have no students on pause for close contact or COVID positive results.   Masks, handwashing and social distancing is working pretty well.   Once we get vaccines for elementary age students, things will improve even more.  There is a light at the end of this long tunnel.   Thank you for your support and for helping us ensure our students know how to wear their masks and make good choices at school. 

We have a few reminders we’d like to pass along:  

No Food Deliveries for Students:

This is a friendly notice that students are not permitted to have food delivered from restaurants, via any delivery service, to Aldrin during school hours. Effective, Monday, October 18, 2021,  the Aldrin Main Office Staff will no longer accept food delivered from restaurants via any delivery service during school hours. Food delivered to Aldrin for a student will be sent back to the restaurant with the delivery person.  If you are using a delivery service for your child’s lunch, please transition to packing their lunch or having them pick up lunch from the Cafeteria—it’s free this year.  (Breakfast is free too!)  

Fast Food for Lunch:

As we try to provide all students with a healthy eating environment, we are asking our families only send in healthy foods for the school day. We are asking that you not send in, or deliver fast food items, for student lunches.  Our Cafeteria has healthy, fresh food options for our children.  Thank you. 

Reminder--Soft Drinks are not allowed at School, per FCPS Regulation:

Water, juice and milk are great options for students during school hours.  Please do not pack or deliver soft drinks / sodas in your child’s lunch.  This includes caffeinated or decaffeinated sodas.

Re-Fillable Water Bottles:

We’d like to continue to encourage families to label and send their child to school with a re-usable water bottle.  We have given out nearly 500 bottles and would love to see the students using them, or their favorite water bottle at the designated filling areas throughout the day. Three new state-of-the-art water filling stations, funded in-part by the PTA, will be installed in November. 

Teachers are not able to read their e-mail during the school day—Please call the Main Office.

If you make a change in how your child is getting home or need to get a message to your child, during school hours, please don’t send an e-mail to your child’s teacher; please call the Main Office.  Teachers rarely have time to check and respond to e-mail while children are in the building.   Please be sure you call 703-904-3800and a member of our Main Office Team will be happy to assist you.  If you e-mail the teacher, they may not see it until dismissal is over and the child has already left the building. 

Forget Something and Need Us to give it to your child?

We understand that things happen when families are rushing around in the morning and leave items at home.  (We’ve all done it.)  When this happens, we are happy to deliver it to your child during the school day, if your kiddo needs it to have a successful day.  Just give us a call to let us know you are dropping it off and we will make arrangements to have it delivered.   We do ask that you please not send in items to be held in the Main Office as children move from one parent’s home to another.  (i.e.: luggage / overnight bags)  Please make arrangements, between parents, to have personal items passed along from one household to another. 

Again, on behalf of the entire Aldrin Team, my personal thanks for your support in helping to make our school run safety and smoothly. 

Don’t forget—Movie Night is this Friday (October 15th) at 6pm.  This event is free thanks to our PTA and our Moive Night Sponsor, Proud Moments ABA. 



Shane Wolfe Principal

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) commits to supporting all students’ mental wellness and social and emotional learning (SEL). The School Board has approved a screener to review students’ skills and experiences in these areas. FCPS staff will use the screener to identify strengths and needs for students in grades K-12. The screener provides information regarding students’ experiences and how staff can support their needs.

SEL skills include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. The screener will review these skills, as well as students’ relationships, feelings of belonging, feelings about their school environment, and mood. These factors are critical to positive academic, social, and emotional success.

Students in grades K-2 will be screened in the winter and spring. In these grade levels, teachers will complete a survey on their observations of students' skills and experiences. Students in grades 3-12 will be screened in the fall, winter, and spring. In these grade levels, students will reflect and report on their own skills and experiences. Screener data will only be accessible to teachers, administrators, and staff with legitimate educational interests. Results will be maintained in secure files and databases accessible only to these individuals. Screener results will be used with other data to inform practices for SEL skill development and mental wellness. Screener data will also help staff plan interventions for students with identified needs. Parents and guardians will receive an individualized report regarding their student’s screener results following each assessment window. School staff will be available to discuss results with families on planned support.

Schools will set specific dates for testing in each class. If you do not want your student to take part in the SEL screener, please return the opt-out form below to the school.

More information, including a short video about the SEL screener in FCPS and the screener questions, can be found on the SEL Screener webpage ( If you have further questions, please contact our school counselors, Casey Salerno or Stephanie Williams, at 703-904-3800.


Shane Wolfe


For a translation of this document, please visit the webpage at or contact your student’s school.

Thursday Folder Volunteers Needed

A Call For Thursday Folder Volunteers

Starting the week of October 11th

In the coming days, some of our teachers will be sending out a request for Thursday Folder Volunteers. Please only consider volunteering if you are vaccinated, to keep our Aldrin community as safe as possible.  We won’t ask you for proof of vaccination, but we do want to do everything we can to keep our children and staff as safe as possible—vaccines are a major way to do this!! Thank you for considering this opportunity and please know that your child’s teacher will reach out to you if they choose to have a parent volunteer assist them with the Thursday Folder “stuffing” process. (Not all teachers need a volunteer—it’s a class job or they prefer to do it themselves.)  All Volunteers coming in to support the Thursday Folder must be pre-arranged with the teacher.    

To keep our school as safe as possible, please follow the guidance below:

  • All Volunteers must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.  It must remain on during the entire time you are in the school. 
  • Hand sanitizer should be used as soon as you enter the building.  We have it readily available for you in the entryway of the school.
  • Parent Volunteers will enter through Door Number One (1),  report to the main office, and sign in using the Visitor Check In System (bring an ID with you, please). Volunteers will wear the printed badge at all times while at Aldrin.
  • Volunteers go directly to the classroom they are supporting, gather the Thursday folders, and any papers being included from the teachers.
  • Sort the papers into the folders and return the folders to the teacher, once completed. 
  • Sign out in the main office.
  • Exit the building. 

The role of Thursday Folder Volunteer includes:

  • Sorting the general fliers and putting them in each child’s folders.
  • Assessments or Graded Projects will not be part of the “sorting”. (Not all student work is graded, so you may see some of the children’s school work, but it isn’t included as part of their specific academic grades.)
  • Student privacy is paramount.

THANK YOU!  We appreciate your assistance and can’t wait to see you. 




Shane Wolfe



Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

Dear Aldrin families,

As you may know, Ruby Bridges was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis on November 14, 1960.  This year, some schools will be honoring Ruby’s legacy by hosting a Walk to School Day. 

At Aldrin, we work every day to end racism and all forms of bullying and while we will not be hosting a walk, we will take the opportunity to have grade-level appropriate discussions in classrooms about promoting equality and treating everyone with dignity and respect. 

You can learn more about Ruby Bridges and her legacy by visiting:

After graduating from a desegregated high school, Ruby worked as a travel agent for 15 years and later became a full-time parent. She is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, which she formed in 1999 to promote "the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences".

We honor her work and strive to install the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences at Aldrin – every day.



Aldrin Elementary School

Visits from Nike an Alliance of Therapy Dog (ATD)

Dear Aldrin Families,   

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you!  

Several volunteers certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD) have generously offered to visit Aldrin Elementary with their certified therapy dogs at some point during this school year. The first dog volunteer, Nike the Havapoo, will begin visits on November 11th.   

We are thrilled with all the possibilities that having trained therapy dogs at school will offer, including working with students in small groups, reading with children, and helping children to practice their fluency skills. Additionally, the simple presence of a therapy dog at school can bring joy, provide non-judgmental support, and lower the stress levels of children, which optimizes learning capacity. Every therapy dog that plans to visit Aldrin has passed all the requirements of ATD, is insured, and is up to date on vaccinations. You can learn more about the Alliance of Therapy Dogs at  

If a therapy dog is going to be visiting your child’s class, you will be notified individually. This is simply a notice that your children may occasionally see some of our therapy dogs in the halls. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or myself at @email.  


Casey Salerno 

School Counselor 


Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15

Aldrin Families,

Optional COVID-19 screening testing will begin the week of November 15 for students who are not fully vaccinated. FCPS is partnering with LongView International Technology Solutions, Inc. (LTS) to provide testing services for students. 

Optional screening testing for Aldrin students will take place on Thursdays from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at Aldrin. Staff at our school will work with all students to ensure they are scheduled to access COVID testing with LTS during their scheduled time at our school.

One-time parent/legal guardian consent is required to begin COVID screening testing for a student tested at school. You may withdraw your consent for testing at any time. If you want your child to begin participating in COVID-19 screening testing, you must pre-register your child(ren) and provide consent using the LTS secure online portal. If you do not want your child to participate in COVID-19 screening testing, no action is required. You will have the option each week to update your child’s vaccination and consent for testing.

For all the details about optional COVID-19 screening testing, visit the FCPS website and review the FCPS COVID-19 Screening Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

If you have questions about how testing will be conducted here at Aldrin please contact James Chrisman (703)904-3800.

Screening testing is a recommended layered prevention strategy that keeps Aldrin safe for in-person learning. Thank you for considering enrolling your child. 

Shane Wolfe


Response to Intervention - November 10

November 10, 2021


Dear Aldrin Families,

Recent legislation passed by the Virginia Assembly requires that you receive a notification when your child:

  • Receives literacy and Response to Intervention screening and services or
  • Does not meet the benchmark on any assessment used to determine at-risk learners in PreK-12.  The notification shall include all assessment scores and sub-scores and any intervention plan that results from the assessment scores.

This applies to all children who fall below the designated benchmark on a district-administered screener (i.e., PALS-K, iReady, Math Inventories, Reading Inventories, etc.)

Additionally, the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 1865, which requires reading intervention services for students in K-3 who demonstrate deficiencies based on their performance on the Standards of Learning reading test or any reading diagnostic test that meets criteria established by the VDOE. 

The reading intervention services shall be evidence-based, including services that are grounded in the science of reading, and include:

  • The components of effective reading instruction; and
  • Explicit, systematic, sequential, and cumulative instruction to include phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and text comprehension as appropriate – based on the student’s demonstrated reading needs.

The legislation requires the family of each student in K-3 who receives reading intervention services to be notified before the services begin and the progress of each student will be monitored throughout the provision of the services.  The best practice is to notify the family of ANY student in PreK-12 who receives intervention for academics, behavior, and/or wellness. 

Your child’s teacher will let you know if your child will be receiving services.  This type of notification is something we already do at Aldrin; this letter will just look a bit more formal to align with the new legislative requirement.  


Shane Wolfe





Many of our families have questions about how the Governor’s Executive Order regarding masking will impact FCPS. Please join us on Zoom for a virtual town hall tomorrow--Monday, January 24, from 7:00-8:00 pm for a conversation on this important topic.

Superintendent Scott Brabrand; Dr. Michelle Boyd, Assistant Superintendent, FCPS Special Services; and a guest from the medical community will answer questions and share information. The event will also be streamed on Facebook Live (Facebook Live). Language interpretation services will be available in Arabic, Korean, Spanish, and American Sign Language. We hope you will be able to attend. Please register to attend.

A Spanish Language Town Hall will be held on Tuesday, January 25, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.


Please take the Superintendent Search Survey if you haven’t already. FCPS parents/guardians, staff, and high school students were sent their own survey link via an email from “FCPS and GR Recruiting.”


January 26

PTA General Meeting @ 7:00 pm (Link to come.)




Black History Month

February 3

Virtual Family Math Night @ 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Link to come.)

February 21

President’s Day—Holiday for All




Women’s History Month

March 3

2-Hour Early Release for students.

March 4

Holiday for students (Professional Development for Staff)

March 31

End of 3rd Quarter—2-Hour Early Release for students


Updated Mask Guidance | February 28, 2022

February 28, 2022

Aldrin Families,

As you know we are entering a new phase of the pandemic that will bring about changes to our health and safety measures. First of all, know that the health and safety of you and our students is our highest priority.

State law now allows parents/guardians to elect for their children to not wear masks at school starting March 1, regardless of health metrics in our community. We highly recommend students participate in universal masking for the protection of students and staff who have health concerns. 

In addition, late Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated health guidance that included new metrics for determining COVID-19 community levels. Based on this new guidance, Fairfax County’s current COVID-19 community level is low. 

Based on these new metrics and CDC guidance, FCPS will now adjust our roll-back plan and allow everyone - staff and parents/guardians of FCPS students - to make a choice whether or not they will wear a mask starting Tuesday, March 1. 

Here at Aldrin, all students will be treated the same regardless of their masking choice. Students will not be asked to separate based on who is wearing a mask or not. Our interactions with all students will be based on care and respect. Remember, our students look to us as examples of how to treat each other and how to work through these situations. 

Families of children who may need additional consideration for health reasons should work with their IEP or 504 teams.

I assure all students and families that Aldrin will remain a caring and supportive place to learn. As always, please reach out to me or one of the assistant principals if you have any questions or concerns. 


Thank you,


Shane Wolfe


Fairfax County Health Department Special Back to School Immunization Clinic

Fairfax County Health Department Special Back to School Immunization Clinic

The Fairfax County Health Department will be offering a special Immunization Clinic for Fairfax County students

to complete their school vaccine requirements.

You will need to call for an appointment.

Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Joseph Willard Health Center

3750 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

To make an appointment please call

 Fairfax County Health Department Clinic Service’s Appointment Line: 703-246-7100



Clínica especial del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Fairfax de vacunas requeridas por las escuelas

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Fairfax ofrecerá una clínica especial dedicada a completar las vacunas requeridas para los estudiantes del Condado de Fairfax.

Llame para obtener una cita.

Sabado, 5 de Febrero del 2022, 8:00 am a 12:00 pm

Joseph Willard Health Center

3750 Old Lee Highway

Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Para hacer una cita, por favor llame al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Fairfax:  703-246-7100


March 29, 2022 | Aldrin Newsletter

Dear Aldrin Families,

We are excited to share a new format of our Aldrin Newsletter with you! We anticipate the newsletter to be distributed biweekly. We will highlight the information that will be shared with you will initially be communicated through News You Choose and the newsletter itself will be linked. The newsletter will contain school-specific information first followed by PTA information and organized by grade level. You will therefore be able to easily access the information that is applicable to your family. 

Click here for the first issue of the newsletter. Remember, this Thursday, March 31st  is a 2-hour early release. School will end at 2:05 pm.

Highlights include:


  • Family Engagement Survey (All Grades)
  • Online Tutoring Coming to FCPS Soon (All Grades)
  • SY 2022-2023  Calendar Approved (All Grades)
  • SOL Testing: April 27- May 27, 2022 (Grades 3-6)
  • Counselor Newsletter (All Grades)
  • Kindergarten Registration (2022-2023 Kindergarten families)
  • Dance-A-Thon Success (All Grades)
  • Culture and Heritage Night (All Grades)

We hope you have a relaxing, fun, and safe Spring Break!


Take care,

Shane, Barbara, and Katie

March 25, 2022 | We Exceeded Our Dance-A-Thon Goal!

 Happy Friday Aldrin Families,

What a great Friday it is!  I am happy to announce that the Aldrin Dance-A-Thon fundraiser, with the help of the PTA, has met its goal of $20,000!   We will celebrate the achievement with our Dance-A-Thon Dance Party at 3:15 pm today.   All students will be participating. 

What does that mean to the Aldrin community?  It means we can contribute a huge amount of funds towards replacing/extending our playground starting later this year. 

It also means we will be bringing some fun times and memories for our kiddos, including

  • Having the Assistant Principals wear Bunny Onesie costumes ALL Day one day very soon.
  • Having yours truly be slimed—Date:  TBD

Thank you to the Aldrin students, families, and PTA for your hard work in working together to reach our mutual goal!  A big thank you should be given to Mrs. Anne Das who has worked day and night to make the fundraising fun as well as successful. 


Thank you,


playground image of equipment

Mr. Wolfe with ShaneAPs in Bunny Onesies

Aldrin-specific Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III

 Dear Aldrin Families,

Interested in learning more about Aldrin-specific Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funding?  

Take a look at our goals, budget, and plan.  There is also more information about FCPS Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) - School Plans ESSER III School Plans on the FCPS main website.

We are proud to say 100% of the funding directly impacts student learning and wellness. 


Shane Wolfe, Principal

Tina Simons and Rosemary Walsh, ESSER Leads

students at computerThree students on the playground posing for photo


April 19, 2022 | Aldrin Newsletter

Dear Aldrin Families,

We hope you had a restful Spring Break! Please click below for current events and activities happening in the 4th quarter.

Click here for the current newsletter.

Highlights include:


  • Principal’s Town Hall (All Grades)
  • Online Tutoring is Now Available (All Grades)
  • SOL Testing: April 27- May 27, 2022 (Grades 3-6)
  • 6th Grade Food Drive (All Grades)
  • Get2Green Earth Week (All Grades)
  • March Happenings (All Grades)
  • Kindergarten Registration (2022-2023 Kindergarten families)
  • Book Fair (All Grades)
  • Culture and Heritage Night: Postponed (All Grades)


Shane, Barbara, and Katie

April 14, 2022 | Tutoring On-Demand

Beginning today (4/14/2022) all FCPS students will have unlimited access to online, on-demand tutoring support through at no cost to families.  Detailed information and FAQs are available here: Online Tutoring Services website

Students will be able to access via a link in Schoology for any school subject.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: