Winter Computer Club

STEM exCEL inspires kids to code in the same way you want to motivate them to learn musical instruments or try a new sport.  The computer club is returning this Winter 2017 to support our PTA’s enrichment program with Introduction to Computer Science & Coding and Python Programming.  See flyer for more information and register by going to:


New 10 week session of German and Spanish classes begin in January for Grades 1-3 and kindergarten. Early bird registration discount available beginning on December 8th. The GLOBAL Plus Program is an approach to language learning that allows students to develop communicative skills, using interactive SMART board technology and other fun activities. Please contact or see flyer for additional information.

German Game Day

The second German Game Day will be December 15th from 3:30-4:30 in the cafeteria. Have fun playing German board games while practicing German. Parent volunteers always welcome. Student RSVP required, please see flyer for more details. Questions? Contact

Orange Hunt Fencing Club

Improve agility, balance, and tactical thinking at the Orange Hunt Fencing Club! Also known as “physical chess,” fencing is growing in popularity in our area and nationwide. Classes are taught by Olympic fencer Jun Liang-Smith, who has developed a program for elementary school aged children. Have fun while participating in a really cool sport! Thursdays 6:30-7:20 p.m. in the Orange Hunt gym. The next session starts on January 12, 2017, and runs through March 16, 2017. See flyer to register.


We need your support for the armchair fundraiser. Our PTA is dedicated to providing activities and services to our school community without asking our students to sell things.  They are able to accomplish this through donations from our families. Please take a moment and donate today. We are excited to offer a whole school dance party when we reach our goal!  Help us put a little boogie in our step and DONATE TODAY:  Look for the flyer today in your child’s backpack.  Thank you for your continued support of our school-wide programs!

Box Top Challenge Results

Congratulations to Mrs. Saddler (1555), Mrs. Tessler, (1614)  and Mrs. Simmonsen’s (1189) classes for their collection of the MOST Box Tops for the fall challenge! Their classes will have a pizza and treat party next week.

Thank you to all who participated and helped raise $2,045.00 for OHES!  We would like to give a special shout out to Garrett Carter who extended the collection request to his neighbors and family as far as Minnesota who helped him collect over 1,100 box tops on his own.  Great job, Garrett!!

Please continue to collect tops for the Spring collection!

-Girl Scout Troop 2090

Vote YES on the Meals Tax!

The Orange Hunt PTA supports the proposed Fairfax County meals tax because the added revenue will directly benefit Fairfax County Public Schools, making it possible for FCPS to continue to raise teacher salaries to bring them in line with neighboring counties without having to cut any of the student programs that make FCPS the great school system it is.

If approved, the 4% tax on restaurant meals and certain prepared foods would generate $99 million in its first year (28% of which would be paid by non-Fairfax County residents), and 70% of the revenue would be dedicated to FCPS. This source of revenue would diversify Fairfax County’s tax base and take pressure off residential real estate taxes. A 4% meals tax would add 20 cents to a $5 fast food meal, 40 cents to a $10 fast casual meal, or $4 to a $100 restaurant meal. Virtually all neighboring jurisdictions have a meals tax – and we pay a tax to Alexandria, Arlington and DC whenever we go out to eat there. Why not keep some of that revenue here where it will benefit county residents, teachers and students? Please consider voting YES on the meals tax question when you fill out your ballot on November 8!

For more information, please see the pamphlet from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors or contact

Help Keep Our Kids Safe – Safety Chairperson Needed

The PTA recently added a Safety Chairperson position in response to concerns about safety at the crosswalk at Huntsman and Spellman and this position is currently vacant.  The families that use this crosswalk have made many attempts through the county, local police and school board to get better safety at the crosswalk due to several near misses and unsafe crossing conditions, but no solution has been found.  The chair would organize efforts to find a solution to this issue and address any future safety concerns that arise.

Everyone can help by using Kiss and Ride for drop offs, following the parking rules on Huntsman Road and obeying school speed limits when driving.  If you are interested in the safety chair position or would like to help out, please contact the PTA at


All OHES families are invited to Laternenfest on Friday, November 11th.  Please click here to RSVP and volunteer to ensure lantern making supplies and refreshments are available for all.  See flyer for additional details.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind (OotM) teaches creative problem-solving methods in a team based environment.  OotM appeals to boys and girls with a wide range of interests, and most have such a good time they return year after year. The kids use creativity to solve an open ended long-term problem. The teams learn to identify challenges and develop creative solutions. And the kids are even rewarded for thinking outside of the box. Along the way they develop the skills to solve problems — great and small — for a lifetime.  See flyer for more information.

Greetings Orange Hunt Art Lovers!

Please consider helping out our Art Department by signing up to hang our children’s art work!  We need your help!

Thank you.
Cherilyn McCall
PTA Art Chair


Have fun learning German with songs.  Kinderchor (children’s choir) is open to students in the 2nd – 6th grades.  Please see attached flyer to register.  For more information contact Melissa Klopcic

Panera Restaurant Night

Join us for Restaurant Night at Panera (6230 W Rolling Road) on Wednesday, October 19 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

The printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering.

PTA Directory Advertising

Need more reasons to join the PTA? Our OHES Directory will be published and distributed to all PTA members.  To help with cost of printing we are currently offering limited advertising space in the back of the directory.  Our directory is used by families throughout the year to contact other parents, write birthday invite, get help on homework and much more. If interested in reaching our community of consumers with your brand, purchase an ad.  Contact:


Fall Fest Postponed Indefinitely

We know the Fall Fest is a well-loved activity, but due to a lack of volunteers, it will not be held this Friday as originally scheduled.

We have made the decision to postpone it indefinitely. We would love to host a family event like Fall Fest for our OHES community this year – if you are interested in helping in any way (big or small) please let one of the PTA board members know.

Thank you.

2016-17 PTA Reflections—What is Your Story?

It’s time to tell your story with PTA Reflections, a National PTA program that encourages students to express themselves through original works of art. Judging is organized through the Orange Hunt PTA and every participating student is recognized at an awards reception in January.

Reflect on this year’s theme “What is Your Story?” to create an individual work of art in one or more of these six categories:  visual art, photography, music composition, literature, film production, or dance choreography.  Use your summer experiences or your hopes for the new school year as inspiration for your artwork. This program is FREE and open to students of all grade levels and abilities and includes a category for special needs students as well.

A drop box for entries is available in the school office.  We will be accepting entries through Friday, October 28th.

Please visit for details on how to participate.

If you’d like the chance to win $100, it’s also time to begin thinking about a suggested theme for the 2018-2019 Reflections program. Contact Jennifer Augusti at  for more information.

Hoot’s Heroes is back!

Since our armchair fundraiser was a big success last year, we are asking you again to simply make a donation to support our PTA.  There is no selling door-to-door or hitting up family, friends or co-workers to purchase items. Our GOAL is to raise $20,000 by October 14, 2016!  If each family donates between $50.00 and $75.00 we will reach our goal!  Please Donate online at

*** And remember – all donations are tax-deductible. ***

German Game Day

The first German Game Day will be Oct 13th from 3:30-4:30 in the cafeteria.  Have fun playing German board games while practicing German. RSVP required, please see flyer for more details.  Questions?  Contact

Box Tops

Hi Orange Hunt Families!boxtops

We are Girl Scout Troop 2090 and we are volunteering as chair “group” for the PTA Box Top position. We want to help raise money for Orange Hunt activities, fun programs, and materials for our wonderful students and teachers.

How can you help too? Cut Box Tops from participating packaging, check expiration date, put them in a baggie with teacher’s name, and send to school no later than October 21st.

Our goal is to collect $3000 in box tops (only 35 per student!). There is a pizza party for the 3 classes with the most Box Tops collected!

Then, keep saving them for another contest in the Spring!

Thank You!

Junior Girl Scout Troop 2090 (5th grade)



Online Spirit Wear Store is Open

Parents, the online spirit wear store is OPEN. This site will remain open until October 9th and it will not reopen again this year. This will be your only chance to order long sleeve tshirts, flannel pants, and hooded sweatshirts. T-shirts will still be offered at school events in limited sizes until supplies run out. Please be aware that all online items are offered in youth and adult sizes. Make sure you are selecting the correct type when placing your order because there are absolutely no refunds under any circumstances. Once the site closes on October 9th, the orders will take 2-3 weeks to process. Items will be picked up from the store and delivered to teacher’s mailboxes at school. If you have any questions, please contact the spirit wear coordinator, Keli Jacewitz, Online Orders:

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