Upcoming Dates!!!

December 1 – Aldrin Literacy Night, 6:30-8:30 pm

December 5 - Sixth Grade Fundraiser at Chipotle, Reston Town Center 5-9 pm

December 6, 9 - Hour of Code at Aldrin

December 13 - Winter Concert, Dining for Dollars at Sweet Frog

December 19- January 2 - Winter Break

January 10 - General PTA Meeting, Cafeteria at 9:30 am

January 16 - MLK Birthday Holiday, Student Holiday

January 20 - Inauguration Day, Student Holiday

January 27 - Bingo Night at Aldrin


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Aldrin Literacy Night!!!

Aldrin Literacy Night is set for THIS Thursday, December 1from 6:30 to 8 pm. This will be a great evening to learn strategies to do at home to help your child make progress in reading. The evening will be for both lower and upper grades and all parents and children are welcome to attend and learn together. The evening will include sessions for Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, All Readers as well as Specialized Instructions. We will need a few parent volunteers that evening. If you are interested, please contact the PTA.

There will be a free book and snack for all participants. We hope you can join us.

Remember... Reading Rocks!


Dining for Dollars at Chipotle Monday December 5th at Reston Town Center!!!

Aldrin has a tradition of recognizing our 6th graders at the end of their final year at Aldrin with several activities. In order to do so, they conduct several fund raising activities. There will be a Dining for Dollars at Chipotle at the Reston Town Center Monday December 5th from 5 pm- 9 pm. Flyer can be found here.

Present this flyer by hand or just mention to the cashier that you are supporting Aldrin! 50% of the proceeds come directly to our school!

Thank you for supporting Aldrin's Awesome Sixth graders!

Questions? Contact Roxanne Shurtliff.


Let's Shoot For the Moon Together!!!

Thank you to those of you who have already contributed to Aldrin’s annual “Shoot for the Moon” program which combines PTA Membership with our Direct Contribution Campaign (DCC). We are making amazing progress and are near our goal! If you haven’t had a chance to contribute, please take advantage of our easy, pay online option this year.

You can join the PTA and make your contribution here. Please be sure to complete the form associated with the choice you select.

Questions? Contact Sharon Klein or Therese Grine .


Don’t Forget to Shop with a Smile! AmazonSmile!

Be sure to sign up for AmazonSmile and select Buzz Aldrin Elementary School PTA. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Aldrin PTA. Click here and just sign in with your regular Amazon password. Then all you have to do is shop!

If you have questions about AmazonSmile please contact Regina Sheehan.


SAVE THE DATE: December 9

Winter Before and After School Program Registration will open on Friday, December 9!

Current class and grade list includes:

Yoga (K-4):

Before and Intermediate Guitar (1-6)

Kodu Programming (K-3)

Chess (2-6)

Newspaper Writing (2-6)

Make a Mark Art (3-6)

Art Brains (K-2)

Basketball (K-4)

Volleyball (4-6)

Soccer (4-6)

Functional Fitness (1-3)

Ukulele (K-6)

Got questions? Please contact The Before and After School Team.


Season of Thanksgiving: FCPS Cares

Do you know about FCPS Cares? Is there a teacher or staff member that you would like to recognize? FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care.

During this season of Thanksgiving, we encourage you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of our teachers and staff Aldrin.

For more information visit this page.


Upcoming Wordmasters Study Groups

There will be 2 before-school study groups for kids participating in the 1st Wordmasters challenge Dec 1. The study groups use games and other fun activities to help kids learn the words.

▪ Wordmasters Study Group Tuesday Nov 29, 8AM, Aldrin Cafeteria

Hour of Code Coming to Aldrin!!!

Save the Date for Hour of Code at Aldrin!!!

What is Hour of Code? It is a global movement by the Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. No experience is needed and it is for ages 4 to 104!

As part of its STEAM initiative, Aldrin will participate in Hour of Code on Tuesday, Dec. 6th and Thursday, December 8th. Upper grades classes will have the opportunity to code on one of those days. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in being a volunteer that day, please send an email to info@aldrinpta.com.


Got Bikes???

The Herndon Middle School Bike Shop is looking for donations of used children’s* bikes for our after-school repair/recycle program. The students restore the bikes to like-new status so local community outreach programs can provide them to low-income kids who might not 
otherwise receive one during the holidays.

DONATION TIMES: Wednesdays, 2:40-4:30pm 
at Herndon Middle School Bike Shop Trailer 
(parking lot behind school).

*We will also accept adult bikes in good condition


Walk ‘N’ Wheels Wednesday is back!!!

Congrats to Aldrin on the first Fall Walk to School event last week. Aldrin students and families came out in full force for a tremendous turn out!

Join Aldrin students to walk or bike to school every Wednesday, starting this week! Walk n Wheels Wednesday is an effort to encourage a healthy lifestyle of walking and biking to school. Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity. In contrast, insufficient physical activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke. Lace up those sneakers and walk or bike to school at least one day a week!

The dates for Fall Walk ‘N’ Wheels Wednesday are listed below.

November 30 
December 7 
December 14


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