Laternenfest TOMORROW!!

11/9/2023 8:51 pm

We're absolutely thrilled for our enchanting Laternenfest tomorrow evening! Let's light up our community with beautiful lanterns and warm smiles. We can't wait to see the creativity and joy this event always brings.


But wait, there's more! 🌟 To sweeten the celebration, we're on the lookout for some generous families to contribute cookies or treats. If you've been gifted with baking skills or know where to find the yummiest goodies, please click here to share the love.


Let's make this Laternenfest a night to remember with laughter, light, and delicious bites. Your support means the world to us!


Thank you, and let the countdown to a fantastic Friday begin! 🌟

Spelling Bee

10/22/2023 7:42 pm

Attention young wordsmiths of Orange Hunt! 🐝✨ Are you ready to showcase your spelling prowess and dive deep into the world of words? The OHES PTA is thrilled to present the annual Spelling Bee, a stage where letters dance and champions emerge. Beyond the thrill of competition, this is a golden opportunity to broaden your vocabulary, embrace new challenges, and stand a chance to shine on bigger platforms. So, grab your dictionaries, ignite that passion for words, and step into the spotlight! We're buzzing with excitement to see who will represent our school at the county level and perhaps even make a mark nationally. Don't miss out; spots are filling fast! Scan the QR code or click here to register your Owl! Let the spelling adventure begin!

Parent Information Relating to Special Education

10/6/2023 8:26 pm

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  
Todos estos eventos son gratuitos excepto donde se indique.
In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.
When other events are announced they will be posted with these at:
Plan Ahead — Parents of Challenging Children: Preschool through Early Adolescence
10 Tuesdays  8-9 pm, Oct. 10 to Dec. 12    $25-$350
Includes video course with > 10 hours of content in 3-5 min. videos 
This discussion course helps parents to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  
Plan Ahead — Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Thu. Oct. 19, 9:00 am-4:30 pm,  $165-$225
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements, SMART IEPs; and effective advocacy.  Includes 4 books.
Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish
ADHD in Communities of Color: Scrutinizing Barriers to Health Equity, Diagnosis, & Treatment
Tue. Oct, 3, 1 pm, with replay link
Consider the factors that hamper proper diagnosis and treatment, and gain strategies for improving outcomes.
Restrained and Secluded: How a Change in Perspective for Students With Disabilities and Simple Science Can Change Everything
Tue. Oct. 3, 1 pm
A new lens on behavior can reduce and eliminate punitive practices and lead to endless potential.
Special Topics in Raising Your Challenging Child (Buffet)
One or more Wednesdays, Oct. 4 to Oct. 25, 9:30-10:30 am
Video course plus group discussion on neurodiversity, ADHD, autism, children’s violent play, and helping siblings get along.  $$ varies
Oct 4: Coexisting ADHD, Anxiety and Autism
Oct 11: Neurodiversity, Gender and Sexual Variation
Oct. 18: Children and Violent Play
Oct 25: Helping Siblings Get Along
Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Children, Teens, and Young Adults: What Parents and Educators Can Do
Wed. Oct. 4, 7 pm    Zoom
Fostering a healthy sense of control at home and in school will be emphasized, and multiple strategies will be covered.
Special Education Workshop Series
Wednesdays: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 6:30~7:45 pm
Learn about all the major features of the special education process in Virginia. Register for one or more presentations.
From Referral to Eligibility
Wed. May 4, 6:30-7:30 pm
Learn how to initiate a  a referral and about the other initial stages of special education in Virginia.
Special Education Formed Families: Making It Work
Wed. Oct. 4, 7-8 pm
Learn about specialized topics for foster, adoptive, and kinship families to be aware of regarding special education.
Meet the Tech for Independent Living Team
Thu. Oct. 5, noon-1 pm
Learn about a free service that creates custom apps to help your child with activities of daily living and safety.
Building Family and School Partnerships for Twice Exceptional (2e) Students K-12
Fri. Oct. 6, 10:00-11:30 am
Join the FCPS 2e Specialist for ways to work with school and outside staff to address your child’s learning, social, and emotional needs.
ADHD Resource Fair and Lecture
Sat. Oct. 7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 120 Cherry St. Vienna
Dr. Stixrud will speak (11:30 am-12:30 pm) on how to nurture a healthy sense of control in kids with ADHD to support their self-motivation. 
Sibshops— For Siblings (in Grades 2-6) of a Child with Special Needs
Mon. Oct. 9, 9 am-noon, Providence CC, 3001 Vaden Dr. Fairfax
Siblings share experiences and receive peer support in a relaxed setting with fun games and activities. 
When Lack of Motivation Runs in the Family:  Getting Kids with ADHD Organized & Focused for Learning
Tue. Oct. 10, 1 pm,
Consider effective strategies for helping parents with ADHD to guide the schoolwork of their children with ADHD.
Parents of Challenging Children: Preschool through Early Adolescence
Ten Tuesdays,  8-9 pm, Oct. 10 to Dec. 12,    $25-$350
Includes video course with > 10 hours of content in 3-5 min. videos 
This discussion course helps parents to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  
Neurodiversity, Gender and Sexual Variation
Wed. Oct 11, 9:30-10:30 am
Video course will be available with registration and the group discussion will be held on Oct. 11.  $$ varies
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Overview
Wed. Oct. 11, 10:00-11:30 am OR 7:00-8:30 pm
ABA  is used to study a student’s problematic behavior and then to shape their future behavior and teach skills.
Understanding Special Education
Wed. Oct.11, 6:30-7:30 pm
Learn the steps of the special education process and the importance of both high expectations and the role of parents in that process.
Communication, Collaboration, and What to Do When You Just Can’t Agree
Wed. Oct. 11, 7-8 pm
Learn the specifics about special education dispute resolution options for foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
From Referral to Eligibility — in Spanish
De la referencia a la eligibilidad
Jueves, 12 de octubre, 6:30~7:45 pm
Conozca las etapas iniciales de la educación especial en Virginia.
Morning at the Museum — National Air and Space Museum 
Sat. Oct. 14, 8:30-10:00 am, 6th St. & Independence Ave. Washington, DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory processing disabilities may explore the exhibits and sensory-friendly activities. 
Let’s Take a Hike 
Sat. Oct. 14, 10 am-noon, 14050 Dawson Beach Rd.  Woodbridge
Adoptive families with children under 12 are invited for a hike at Occoquan Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Morning at the Museum — U. S. Botanical Garden
Sun. Oct. 15, 8:30-10:00 am, 100 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC
Families with students with cognitive or sensory disabilities may come explore the garden and for sensory-friendly activities. 
Register:  email family name and number attending to
ADHD in the Workplace:  Finding the Fit, the Interface and How to Problem Solve
Tue. Oct. 17, 7:30-9:00 pm
A panel of adults with ADHD will share their experiences in the workplace.
Children and Violent Play
Wed. Oct 18, 9:30-10:30 am
Video course will be available with registration and group discussion will be held on Oct. 18.  $$ varies
Research Updates:  Nutrition and Autism 2023
Wed. Oct. 18, 1 pm
Learn about the recent research on nutrition and autism.
Anatomy of an IEP
Wed. Oct 18, 6:30-7:45 pm
Learn about the sequence and contents of the separate sections of an Individualized  Educational Plan  (IEP).
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Thu. Oct. 19, 9:00 am-4:30 pm,  $165-$225
Learn about special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements, SMART IEPs; and advocacy.  Includes 4 books.
Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish
RSD Toolkit: Strategies for Managing Your Sensitivities in Real Time
Thu. Oct 19, 1 pm with replay link
This webinar for adults with rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) may help you understand your child with ADHD.
Building a Growth Mindset for Math — for 4th & 5th graders
Sat. Oct. 21, 1:30-3:00 pm The StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
The focus will be on how to use a growth mindset to shift our goal from "get it done fast" to "honor the process". 
Register:   571-321-5800
Ins and Outs of IEP Meetings — In Spanish
Dentro y Fuera de las Reuniones del IEP
Lunes, 23 de octubre, 6:30~7:45 pm
Aprenda a planificar una reunión del IEP, qué esperar durante la reunión, cómo entablar relaciones allí y cómo defender a su hijo.
The Importance of Assessing and Treating Anxiety and Trauma in Understanding ADHD Symptoms
Tue. Oct. 24, 7:30-9:00 pm
Consider how ADHD symptoms can also reflect the impact of underlying anxiety.
Chat with an Attorney about Special Education
Wed.Oct. 25, 9:00-3:30 pm
Free 45-minute appointments with an attorney are available for parents to receive guidance on special education topics. 
Helping Siblings Get Along
Wed. Oct 25, 9:30-10:30 am
Video course will be available with registration, and group discussion will be held on Oct. 25.  $$ varies
Preparing for Emergencies for People with Disabilities
Wed. Oct. 25, 11 am-noon
Three agencies will together guide participants in how to create their own emergency plan and toolkit.
Autism and Anthropomorphism
Wed. Oct. 25, 1 pm
Consider recent findings suggesting that autistic individuals tend to anthropomorphize more than neurotypicals.
Suicide Prevention:  What Every Parent Needs to Know
Wed. Oct. 25, 6:30-8:00 pm, 21000 Educ. Ct, Ashburn
Youth Mental Health First Aid — Course for Adults
Thu. & Fri. Oct. 26 & 27, 9:00 am-12:30 pm,  $25
Learn the risk factors and warning signs of mental health challenges in youth, their potential impact, and how to respond.
Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress 
Fri. Oct. 27, 10:00-11:30 am, Part 1 of 2
Learn how to identify if a child has anxiety or depression, treatment options, and ways to support those children.
Service Dog Day at the Museum of the Army
Sat. Oct. 28 4-6 pm, 1775 Liberty Dr. Ft. Belvoir
A hands-on special educational program and docent led tours will be available in a sensory-friendly environment. 
Building a Growth Mindset for Math — for 4th & 5th graders
Sat. Oct. 21, 1:30-3:00 pm The StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200, McLean
The focus will be on how to use a growth mindset to shift the goal from "get it done fast" to "honor the process". 
Register:  571-321-5800

Ongoing and On Demand


ADHD @ School: Top 10 Hurdles to Learning with ADHD
This 10-part self-guided course equips caregivers and students with effective solutions to the specific academic and behavioral challenges associated with ADHD 
The Arc@School Advocacy Curriculum    $99 for 6 months



9/27/2023 2:46 pm

We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who came out to join us yesterday Tuesday, September 26th for Taco Tuesday at Taco Bamba. Your enthusiastic support helped us raise a remarkable sum of over $275 for our Orange Hunt Elementary School PTA—a substantial taco-boost for our initiatives!


Your generous contributions directly benefit our cherished Owls, enabling us to fund crucial programs that enhance their educational journey. We are deeply appreciative of your smiles, your energy, and the incredible sense of community you brought to the event. Let's maintain this wonderful momentum as we look forward to more exciting events in the future.


Thank you for making Taco Tuesday an evening to remember! Here's to more restaurant nights and making fun memories together 🎉🦉🌮


Pyramid Challenge 2023

9/24/2023 12:01 pm

We're thrilled to announce the return of the Pyramid Challenge on Saturday, November 11th. The challenge will be held at Irving Middle School! This year marks the 17th anniversary of this exhilarating race, designed to ignite a passion for cross country running among our K-6 students. The Pyramid Challenge isn't just about the race; it's about bringing our community together, showcasing the talents of our young runners, and fostering a spirit of healthy competition and camaraderie.


Registration closes on Sunday, October 15th. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity for your child to showcase their running prowess, make new friendships, and embody the spirit of Orange Hunt Elementary Home of the Owls.


We also need volunteers to make this event a success. Please click here to sign up and be a part of the action!


Stay tuned for more exciting details and information on how your child can get involved. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to experience the thrill of cross country running, make new friends, and represent Orange Hunt Elementary Home of the Owls with pride.

Let's lace up those running shoes and make this year's Pyramid Challenge the best one yet!

Hoot's Heroes - OHES PTA Fundraiser

9/20/2023 10:37 pm

Each year, we set out on a mission to enhance the experience of every child in our school, and this year is no different. Help us raise our goal of $7,000.


Why Hoot's Heroes?
Because it's simple, hassle-free, and doesn't require you to sell anything. Instead, it's a heartfelt gesture from our families to ensure that our programs, activities, and resources remain top-notch. It's the gentle wind beneath our owls' wings, ensuring they soar to their highest potential! When you contribute to Hoot's Heroes; you're investing in the future of our kids, enriching their school experience, and supporting a tradition of excellence at OHES.


🌟 Donate Now: 🌟


The best part? Every single dollar you contribute is tax-deductible! That's right, you get to support our school and enjoy some tax benefits too.


Let’s make this a hoot-tastic year for our children. Even if it's just a few dollars, every bit helps - the power of collective effort is astonishing! Thank you, amazing OHES families, for being the backbone of our school. Your continuous support and love never go unnoticed.

Fall Festival 2023

9/15/2023 4:37 pm

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and it's time for our much-anticipated Fall Festival! Mark your calendars for a night filled with fun, food, and festivities on Friday, October 13th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.


At our festival, attendees will delight in unlimited games, relish delicious offerings from hot dog & BBQ food trucks, savor the sweetness of cotton candy & popcorn, get creative with crafts, enjoy treats, and dance the night away with music and a silent auction.


Special Offer: Pre-order your tickets by September 29th and enjoy a discounted rate of $10/person (max $40/family). Latecomers will still be welcomed warmly at $15/person at the entrance (max $60/family).


Pre-order and Pay for Admission here or visit our website

select 'My Account' then 'My Forms and Paperwork'.


And there's more! We're inviting our wonderful community of parents to contribute to this event's success. If you can donate, lend items, or volunteer your time, your support will truly make a difference.

Sign Up Here


Let's unite to make this Fall Festival an unforgettable experience for our cherished owls. We encourage you to pre-order now and, if possible, consider volunteering or donating. Together, we'll make it a night to remember!


Please Note: For the safety and enjoyment of all, every student attending this year's Fall Festival must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Kinderchor 2023-2024

9/15/2023 3:21 pm

🎵 Join the German Kinderchor Magic at Orange Hunt Elementary! 🎵


Let's make some enchanting musical memories! Dive into the vibrant world of traditional German songs with our after-school German Kinderchor. Not just singing - it's a joyful journey into German culture, right here at Orange Hunt. Calling all 2nd-6th graders – no prior experience needed, just your zest to learn and perform!


📩 Reach out to Melissa Driggers at


Click here to signup!!


Be a part of our melodious journey!


Reflections Art Program

9/14/2023 3:56 pm

Calling all Orange Hunt Elementary Owls! Explore your creative wings and soar with the PTA Reflections Art Program!


This year's theme is "I am Hopeful Because..."


Whether your passion is dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, visual arts - every Owl's art has a place! No matter your skill level, we can't wait to see your unique expression. Join in, showcase your talent, and celebrate the arts with us!

For additional information or more details on how to enter, click here 

Or email

Download and complete this fillable Student Entry Form to register your little owl!!


Entries are due on October 25th, 2023


Spread your artistic wings and let's make this year's Reflections the most colorful yet!



Keiki Hawaiian Storytime

9/14/2023 3:39 pm

Exciting News, Orange Hunt Elementary Families! 

Get ready to embark on a melodious journey with UKES Springfield! 🎵 Gather your little ones for an enchanting hour filled with beloved sing-along tunes, an enchanting tale all the way from the beautiful shores of Hawai'i, and a delightful craft session to spark their creativity! 🌺✨


📅 When? Saturday, September 23rd
🕥  Time? 10:30 am - 11:30 am
📍Where? Richard Byrd Library, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2


Perfect for our young explorers aged 4-7. Let’s make memories, nurture imaginations, and come together as a community! Can't wait to see your shining faces there.


Mark your calendars and join the fun!