Welcome to the Aldrin PTA...proudly supporting the Aldrin Elementary School community.

Upcoming dates of importance:

April 30 - Aldrin Read-In, 6:30-8 pm

May 4-8 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 6 - Bike/Walk to School Day

May 7 - Kindergarten Registration Meet and Greet, 4:30-6:30 pm

May 13 - Strings, Band and Chorus Concerts, 7 pm

May 14 - Aldrin Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:30 am Cafeteria

May 21 - Aldrin Night at the Potomac Nationals Baseball, 7:05 pm

May 25 - Memorial Day, Holiday


THANK YOU EVERYONE for your support in our PTA Dining For Dollars nights.  Please CLICK HERE to see where our Buzz Aldrin Eagle has landed most recently!  

Glory Days presented Reston’s Aldrin Elementary PTA a check for $1,506.25 from its Feb. 10, 2015 Aldrin @ Glory Days Night fundraiser.

Kelly Haywood, PTA representative, accepted the check alongside Barbara Gist, Assistant Principal, and the Aldrin Eagle mascot.


A Note from Barbara Gist on Upcoming SOL Testing

Dear Parents,

I want to give you an update on the changes that are occurring with SOL’s this year. As you may have heard, the Virginia Board of Education adopted a new resolution indicating that during the 2014-2015 school year, local school divisions may offer expedited retakes of the SOL reading, math, science, and history tests to students in grades three through eight who fail the SOL test by a narrow margin. The “narrow margin” criteria is defined as a scaled score of 375-399 (this usually means three to four questions.) A score of 400 is passing (children who score 400 or above are not eligible to retake the test).

This spring FCPS will take advantage of the opportunity for expected retakes in grades three through eight. As you can imagine, this is causing us to revise our Aldrin SOL testing schedules somewhat. The updated Aldrin testing schedule follows this message.

The letter that is usually sent to parents about the SOLs around this time, is also being revised to include guidelines for the expedited retake opportunity. As soon as the revised letter is approved by FCPS, I will forward it to you. The idea here is that the child will take the test, we will get the results back (usually within 48 hours), there will be some targeted intervention in those areas the student didn’t understand, and then the student may take the test again (if you request it.) The expedited window ends on June 12th.

So—what does this mean to you and your children? Your child will have the opportunity to retake one or more of the SOL tests if they meet the criteria (see above); the decision not to retake any or all of the tests won’t impact your child’s grade or academic record. Your approval will be required prior to any additional testing.

I hope that this advance notice of the new process will give you some time to think about what decision you’ll make, keeping in mind all the factors that may affect your child in retaking one or more tests. You may want to collaborate with your child’s teacher prior to the SOL window.

Our staff will be working hard to cover the logistics of this new process and we appreciate your patience as we all make our way through delivering the new option.

Thank you!
Barbara Gist
Assistant Principal

Please see the following flyer with SOL dates by grade and subject.


Aldrin Walk N Wheels Wednesdays!!!
Walk ‘N’ Wheels Wednesday is back! Walk n Wheels is an effort to encourage the healthy lifestyle of walking and biking to school. The dates for Walk ‘N’ Wheels Wednesday are listed below.  Please Note: We will continue to have a crossing guard at Center Harbor. We will not have a crossing guard at Center Harbor and Wiehle. Be sure to use the cross walks and buttons and be mindful of those cars turning onto Wiehle from Center Harbor.
April 22,29
May 6,13,20,27
June 3,10,17


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