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Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year from Principal McMillian

August 11, 2023

Greetings North Forestville Elementary Parents and Students,

I trust this letter finds you and your loved ones well.  Additionally, I hope that you had a restful, enjoyable summer, and that you are looking forward to the upcoming school year!  I’m excited about seeing each of you at 7:30 a.m. on August 28, 2023!  We are looking forward to hearing about your summer, getting caught up with returning families, and meeting our newest FALCONS as we are Fearless Achievers Learning Conquering Onward Never Stopping!

Assistant Principal Richardson and  I are excited to welcome new teachers to help lead our charge of  providing Equity, Access, and Acceleration for All!  We have spent the summer preparing to motivate, educate, and celebrate YOU!  We are honored to share with you, and unite with you to fulfill our school’s vision of  all students achieving high academic standards and mastery at each grade level, becoming critical thinkers, life -long learners, and responsible and productive citizens.  Laughter, rigor, and learning will fill our school, creating an engaging environment that’s conducive for preparing world-class leaders.  At North Forestville, we want each and every person that comes onto our campus to know they are valued, and that they hold tremendous worth.  To this end, I’m excited to share that our school theme is “Equity Access and Acceleration for All!”  We want to teach our sweethearts about the importance of strong relationships.   We believe in fresh-starts and new beginnings.  We believe in growth and potential…and we believe in bringing everyone together to accomplish success. 

To our sensational sweethearts, I want you to know how much we truly love, and care about YOU at North Forestville.  YOU are the reason we come to work every day.  YOU matter to each and every one of us.   We hope that every day you leave our building knowing how special you are, and just how much potential you hold.  To our passionate parents and guardians, YOU are very important to us as well.  Without YOU, we will not reach our full potential as a school.  We value you and your opinions.  We look to you as a partner in your child’s education.  We know it will take an entire community coming together in order to maximize student achievement.  Our students’ success is the goal of every staff member here at North Forestville. 

We believe that with our dedication to high quality, research-based best practices, every sweetheart will learn to their full potential.  I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school every day, encouraging him/her to read for pleasure at least 20 minutes every night, monitoring homework and progress, and communicating with your child’s teacher.  Be sure to ask your child to share what they learned at school each day.  In addition, please be sure to check our school’s Class Dojo site, and our school’s website, accessible at for important updates and information.  Your child will receive numerous pieces of information during the first days of school.  Please make sure that you complete, and return these items as necessary ensuring that you provide us with your current contact information as soon as possible.  We’ll continue to improve our attendance, and positive behavior rates via our Positive Behavior Intervention System (P.B.I.S.) program. We need your support with these efforts, and we thank you in advance for partnering with us.

Parents, while we excitedly welcome you back to our building, please know that the following protocols are in place as we strive to better serve you:

  • Please keep your child at home and seek proper medical treatment if he or she is ill.
  • Appointments are mandatory if you want to or need to visit the school.
  • Parents are allowed to visit their child’s classroom for the first fifteen minutes on the first day of school. 
  • Check SchoolMax on a weekly basis to view your child’s attendance and grades.
  • Sign up for our school wide Class Dojo system by clicking on the link located here

In addition, please see the important upcoming events below

Remember to Save the Date for SNEAKER FEST on Saturday, August 19, 2023 from 12pm-3pm sponsored by the HEIGHTS church located at 7234 Lansdale Street, District Heights, MD 20747!! Students must be present to receive shoes, one pair per student.

The City of District Heights & NStylez present the Back to School Block Party on Sunday, August 20, 2023 from 1pm-5pm!! The location is Ritchie Station Market Place located at 1610 Ritchie Station Court - Capitol Heights, MD 20747. Click the link located here to register to receive a free backpack by August 18, 2023.

Immunization Clinics are scheduled for the time and places below:

Bladensburg High School in the School-Based Wellness Center

August 21 - August 25, 2023. It will be held daily Monday - Friday 9 am - 3 pm

Fairmont Heights High School in the School-Based Wellness Center

August 28 - September 8, 2023. It will be held daily Monday - Friday except for Labor Day 9 am - 3 pm.

Oxon Hill High School in the School-Based Wellness Center

August 28 - September 8, 2023. It will be held daily Monday - Friday except for Labor Day 9 am - 3 pm

August 25, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for our Family and New Student Orientation.  ALL families are welcome to attend!  Please bring a bag or container as we have books and other resources to give to YOU!

August 25, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Social and Popsicles with the Principal.

We remain a mandatory uniform school and we require all students (except for our pre-kindergarten children) to come to school everyday in uniform.  

Our uniform is as follows:

The colors are blue and white. 

Grades K-4:  Boys wear a white or light blue oxford or white or light blue polo shirt and navy blue pants. 

Grade 5 - Students wear a navy blue oxford or polo shirt and navy blue pants.   

Girls wear a white or light blue blouse or polo shirt and a navy blue skirt, jumper, skort, culottes or slacks.  Girls may wear navy blue or white socks/tights.

All students wear a solid black, brown, blue, gray,  or white shoe or sneaker. Neon colored shoes are not allowed.  Footwear should not have flashing lights or wheels. 

All shirts must be tucked in appropriately and students are encouraged to wear belts.

Students are NOT permitted to wear t-shirts, leggings, stretch pants, denim, cargo pants or jeans. 

Skirts, jumpers, skorts and shorts should be approximately six (6) inches below the buttocks or no shorter than fingertip level.  Any jewelry worn should be limited to: a watch and small hoop or stud earrings.

             Please stay tuned to our website and Class Dojo for our upcoming events and information!  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me at or 301-499-7098.  Thank you for your continued commitment to your child's education and unwavering dedication to North Forestville Elementary School! 

Educationally yours,

Falecia McMillian

Principal of the GREATEST school in the world   

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