WFES - News You Choose - Friday, February 23, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Feb 24:      POSTPONED - WFES Green Team Winter Clean Up @Truro 

Feb 26:      WFES Green Team Meeting

Feb 29:      Picture Day - Class Photos & Individuals

Feb 29:      NEW DATE!  WFES Family Culture Night (was 2/22)

March 5:    Student Holiday - elections in the building

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2/29 - Family Culture Night THIS Thursday!

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night next Thursday, February 29th from 6:00-8:00pm. Come learn about other cultures and countries through exhibitors, authentic food and dress, and more. 

If you can help set up on the day of the event from 4:30-5:00pm, please click the link below:

Volunteer for Family Culture Night Set-up

If you are bringing food, you can drop it off between 5:00-6:00pm at door #1, the main entrance.

Contribute to our Culture Night Display

As a part of our family culture night celebration we would like to represent students through a display. To participate, please cut out and decorate the person in a way that represents your culture. Your decorated person should be returned to Mr. Gray or Mrs.Rowader. You can find a copy of the template here on our website. A copy of the template can also be picked up in the front office.

2/29 Picture Day - Class Photos & Individual

Thursday, February 29th is Spring picture day! Photos of each class will be taken as well as individual student photos. You can order online today using the list below.

Orders must be placed before picture day. Only students who have purchased a Spring package prior to picture day will be photographed.

In spring of 2023, families were surveyed on their interests for family events and parenting sessions in the 2023-24 school year to develop our plan for the year.  

  • Positive Parenting - 
  • Equity work at WFES
Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook!

Don't wait...it is time to order your child's WFES 2023-24 yearbook. Deadline for yearbook ordering is 4/12.

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

Incoming WFES Students

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Or a neighbor with a student joining WFES? Early registration in all grades helps us to be fully staffed for school.  

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please complete the registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300.

For more information on registration requirements please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

General kindergarten information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/kindergarten

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 25, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

We can't wait to meet our newest WFES wolves!

WFES Green Team Events

The WFES Green Team event on February 24th supporting the Truro Parkland Committee with their winter clean up has been POSTPONED DUE TO COLD TEMPERATURES. Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Next event: February 26th 3:30-4:30  Green Team meeting @WFES  

3/4 - Understanding Anxiety - Empowering Resilient Families

On March 4th, 6:30-7:30pm a workshop will be held in the WFES library on understanding anxiety. Here are the workshop highlights:

 

🌿 Do you have questions about what could be causing anxiety and how you can best support your children?

🌿 Learn the ins and outs of anxiety – how it shows up and what we can do about it.

🌿 Discover practical, real-world strategies and resources for nurturing your child's mental health and fostering resilience.

🌿 Learn techniques for taming anxiety and promoting positivity in your home.

 

Click on the link below to submit questions ahead of time so that the workshop can be tailored for your family.

https://forms.gle/xCoHEXdAkSqj5ZnW6

 

Presenters – Megan Davis is a Licensed School Psychologist currently working privately in the Counseling and Assessment Practice of Fairfax. She has previously worked with various local public school systems (Arlington, Charles, and Fairfax Counties) for students at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. In addition to assessment and consultation services, Ms. Davis has also co-lead counseling groups and parent workshops, and conducted in-services for local schools and organizations on topics such as anxiety, dyslexia, positive behavior, and executive functioning.

 

Anna Bukont is currently working in Wakefield Forest Elementary School as a Licensed School Psychologist. She has previously conducted workshops on topics such as executive functioning, practical mindfulness, and handling homework.

3/7 - PTA Restaurant Night at RASA Spring SOL Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following SOL testing dates.

April 30   G4 Reading SOL

May 1     G5 Reading SOL

May 2     G6 Reading SOL

May 7     G3 Reading SOL

May 8     G5 Reading SOL

May 14   G4 Math SOL

May 15   G5 Math SOL (Advanced Math G6 SOL)

May 16   G6 Math SOL (Advanced Math G7 SOL)

May 21   G3 Math SOL

Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.  
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to Sue Holmes, SIA/Registrar at WFES.

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online at: https://bit.ly/VDOEReligiousExemptionForm

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources.

Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) Camp Registration

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary-aged students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theatre, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging.

Open to students grades 2-5.

For registration information click here.

Attendance Reminder - Travel is Unexcused Absence

Please keep in mind that days missed from school for travel, vacations, sporting events, etc. are considered unexcused absences. We understand that it is not always possible, but it is strongly recommended to take time off during FCPS holidays and breaks so that your child's learning is not interrupted. The Virginia Department of Education requires us to contact families and set up attendance plans for any students who have 5 or more unexcused absences for any reason. After 10, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss your child's attendance. Please keep this in mind as you plan for the rest of the school year. The 2024-25 calendar is already available on the FCPS web site if you want to start planning for next year.

Contact Us

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, February 16, 2024

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Presidents Day (Holiday) All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for the Presidents Day holiday. Learn more about Presidents Day in Britannica.com. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 20. See the complete school year calendar.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Feb 17:      Stringapalooza (Woodson HS)

Feb 21:      PTA Meeting (virtual)

Feb 22:      Frost Family Festival for rising 7th grade families @Frost

Feb 24:      WFES Green Team - Winter Clean Up @Truro Community

Feb 26:      WFES Green Team Meeting

Feb 29:      Picture Day - Class Photos & Individuals

Feb 29:      NEW DATE!  WFES Family Culture Night (was 2/22)

PTA Spelling Bee Winners

This year's WFES PTA Spelling Bee was a barn burner and lasted 3.5 hours! After fantastic efforts by all of our students, Jillian Sandridge from Ms. Risinger's 5th grade class came out on top. Runner up went to Grace Ceremuga from Ms. Yaman's 3rd grade class. Congrats to all students who participated on a job well done!  Thank you to Ms. Amy Rapuano for continuing to run a fantastic spelling bee each year, and to everyone who helped make the event possible.

Incoming WFES Students

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Or a neighbor with a student joining WFES? Early registration in all grades helps us to be fully staffed for school.  

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please complete the registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300.

For more information on registration requirements please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

General kindergarten information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/kindergarten

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 25, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

We can't wait to meet our newest WFES wolves!

2/22 - Frost Family Festival Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.  
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to Sue Holmes, SIA/Registrar at WFES.

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online at: https://bit.ly/VDOEReligiousExemptionForm

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources.

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on February 24th (rain date 25th) 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their winter clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers and gloves.  Help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

February 26th 3:30-4:30  Green Team meeting  

April 25th   3:30-5 Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 2nd    3:30-5 Pollinator Educational Event K-2

2/29 Picture Day - Class Photos & Individual

Thursday, February 29th is Spring picture day! Photos of each class will be taken as well as individual student photos. You can order online today using the list below.

Orders must be placed before picture day. Only students who have purchased a Spring package prior to picture day will be photographed.

2/29 - Family Culture Night - NEW DATE

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 29th from 6:00-8:00pm. Come learn about other cultures and countries through exhibitors, authentic food and dress, and more. 

Contribute to our Culture Night Display

As a part of our family culture night celebration we would like to represent students through a display. To participate, please cut out and decorate the person in a way that represents your culture. Your decorated person should be returned to Mr. Gray or Mrs.Rowader. You can find a copy of the template here on our website. A copy of the template can also be picked up in the front office.

3/4 - Understanding Anxiety - Empowering Resilient Families

On March 4th, 6:30-7:30pm a workshop will be held in the WFES library on understanding anxiety. Here are the workshop highlights:

 

🌿 Do you have questions about what could be causing anxiety and how you can best support your children?

🌿 Learn the ins and outs of anxiety – how it shows up and what we can do about it.

🌿 Discover practical, real-world strategies and resources for nurturing your child's mental health and fostering resilience.

🌿 Learn techniques for taming anxiety and promoting positivity in your home.

 

Click on the link below to submit questions ahead of time so that the workshop can be tailored for your family.

https://forms.gle/xCoHEXdAkSqj5ZnW6

 

Presenters – Megan Davis is a Licensed School Psychologist currently working privately in the Counseling and Assessment Practice of Fairfax. She has previously worked with various local public school systems (Arlington, Charles, and Fairfax Counties) for students at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. In addition to assessment and consultation services, Ms. Davis has also co-lead counseling groups and parent workshops, and conducted in-services for local schools and organizations on topics such as anxiety, dyslexia, positive behavior, and executive functioning.

 

Anna Bukont is currently working in Wakefield Forest Elementary School as a Licensed School Psychologist. She has previously conducted workshops on topics such as executive functioning, practical mindfulness, and handling homework.

3/7 - PTA Restaurant Night at RASA Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims worldwide beginning on March 10th until April 9th. Wakefield Forest ES is committed to supporting our students during this special time. Please take a moment to fill out our survey to gauge interest in providing a designated space for students who are fasting during lunchtime.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HGT7hkApIRZM-3cmfs4O1OVyVqp6wWAf8Hcesy252pA/edit

For questions please contact: Family Liaison, Hana Kim : [email protected]. Thank you.

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook!

Don't wait...it is time to order your child's WFES 2023-24 yearbook. Deadline for yearbook ordering is 4/12.

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA) Camp Registration

E-IFTA is a weekly arts camp for elementary-aged students who love to sing, dance, act, perform, make, and create. Students take part in four classes every day related to dance, music, theatre, and visual art. They work with FCPS fine arts teachers who create classes that are fun and engaging.

Open to students grades 2-5.

For registration information click here.

Attendance Reminder - Unexcused Absences

Please keep in mind that days missed from school for travel, vacations, sporting events, etc. are considered unexcused absences. We understand that it is not always possible, but it is strongly recommended to take time off during FCPS holidays and breaks so that your child's learning is not interrupted. The Virginia Department of Education requires us to contact families and set up attendance plans for any students who have 5 or more unexcused absences for any reason. After 10, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss your child's attendance. Please keep this in mind as you plan for the rest of the school year. The 2024-25 calendar is already available on the FCPS web site if you want to start planning vacations for next year.

Contact Us

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, February 9, 2024

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Celebrate Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 10th, as Asian cultures ring in the year of the dragon marking the beginning of the lunar calendar year. Similar to New Year's Day in January, Lunar New Year is a time of renewal and fresh beginnings for many Asian cultures. During this celebration, families gather to enjoy special foods, exchange gifts, and wish each other good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Happy Lunar New Year!

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Feb 12:       Little Heroes Valentine Crafts & Croissants (military families)

Feb 13:       PTA Spelling Bee 3:45 pm

Feb 17:       Stringapalooza (Woodson HS)

Feb 21:       PTA Meeting (virtual)

Feb 22:       Frost Family Festival for rising 7th grade families @Frost

Feb 24:       WFES Green Team - Winter Clean Up @Truro Community

Feb 26:       WFES Green Team Meeting

Feb 29:       NEW DATE!  WFES Family Culture Night (was 2/22)

Feb 29:       Picture Day - Class Photos

Attendance Reminders

Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

Did you know...

Daily attendance routines, created at home or in school, can reduce stress for students and families, and create a sense of safety and security.

Incoming Kindergarten Students

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Or a neighbor with a student ready for kindergarten? Early registration helps us to be fully staffed for school.  

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please complete the registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300.

For more information on registration requirements please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

General kindergarten information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/kindergarten

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 25, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

We can't wait to meet our newest WFES wolves!

Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirement

The Code of Virginia requires all students to be immunized against certain communicable diseases prior to entrance into Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).

All students entering 7th grade will be required to receive one dose of each of the following immunizations prior to the beginning of school: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis booster (Tdap), Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

  • To meet the Meningococcal (MenACWY) requirement, the vaccination must be administered at age 10 or older.  
  • As a parent/guardian, you may decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccination. The school does not require documentation if a parent/guardian elects for their student not to receive the HPV vaccination.

ACTION REQUESTED: Please provide one of the following immunization documents to Sue Holmes, SIA/Registrar at WFES.

  1. An immunization record showing that the child has received at least one dose of each of the required immunizations listed above.
  2. A note on a healthcare provider’s letterhead stating the date the vaccine(s) was given.
  3. A healthcare provider’s written statement of a permanent or temporary medical exemption.
  4. A notarized Religious Exemption Form, which is available online at: https://bit.ly/VDOEReligiousExemptionForm

Immunizations are available from your child’s healthcare provider, the Fairfax County Health Department, or other community resources.

3rd Grade Needs Bottles!

Third grade needs your help for their environmental engineering project!  The students are designing water filters to remove contaminants from local waterways, and they need empty 1-liter and 2-liter plastic bottles. Any clean bottles in those sizes will do the trick.  Please take off the labels before you send them in. You can send them with your child and the third grade teachers will coordinate the collection.  Thanks in advance for your help!

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on February 24th (rain date 25th) 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their winter clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers and gloves.  Help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

February 26th 3:30-4:30  Green Team meeting  

April 25th   3:30-5 Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 2nd    3:30-5 Pollinator Educational Event K-2

2/29 - Family Culture Night - NEW DATE

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A yellow flyer was sent home requesting volunteers, exhibitors, food to share from your culture/country and more. If you plan to attend and/or are looking to share your culture with our school community, please return the yellow form to school with your child by February 12th.

Contribute to our Culture Night Display

As a part of our family culture night celebration we would like to represent students through a display. To participate, please cut out and decorate the person in a way that represents your culture. Your decorated person should be returned to Mr. Gray or Mrs.Rowader. You can find a copy of the template here on our website. A copy of the template can also be picked up in the front office.

2/29 Picture Day - Class Photos & Individual

Thursday, February 29th is Spring picture day! Photos of each class will be taken as well as individual student photos. You can order online today using the information below.

3/4 - Understanding Anxiety - Empowering Resilient Families

On March 4th, 6:30-7:30pm a workshop will be held in the WFES library on understanding anxiety. Here are the workshop highlights:

 

🌿 Do you have questions about what could be causing anxiety and how you can best support your children?

🌿 Learn the ins and outs of anxiety – how it shows up and what we can do about it.

🌿 Discover practical, real-world strategies and resources for nurturing your child's mental health and fostering resilience.

🌿 Learn techniques for taming anxiety and promoting positivity in your home.

 

Click on the link below to submit questions ahead of time so that the workshop can be tailored for your family.

https://forms.gle/xCoHEXdAkSqj5ZnW6

 

Presenters – Megan Davis is a Licensed School Psychologist currently working privately in the Counseling and Assessment Practice of Fairfax. She has previously worked with various local public school systems (Arlington, Charles, and Fairfax Counties) for students at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. In addition to assessment and consultation services, Ms. Davis has also co-lead counseling groups and parent workshops, and conducted in-services for local schools and organizations on topics such as anxiety, dyslexia, positive behavior, and executive functioning.

 

Anna Bukont is currently working in Wakefield Forest Elementary School as a Licensed School Psychologist. She has previously conducted workshops on topics such as executive functioning, practical mindfulness, and handling homework.

3/7 - PTA Restaurant Night at RASA Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims worldwide beginning on March 10th until April 9th. Wakefield Forest ES is committed to supporting our students during this special time. Please take a moment to fill out our survey to gauge interest in providing a designated space for students who are fasting during lunchtime.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HGT7hkApIRZM-3cmfs4O1OVyVqp6wWAf8Hcesy252pA/edit

For questions please contact: Family Liaison, Hana Kim : [email protected]. Thank you.

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook!

Don't wait...it is time to order your child's WFES 2023-24 yearbook. Deadline for yearbook ordering is 4/12.

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

Contact Us

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

REMINDER - Join Us for Tonight's Virtual Positive Parenting Session @7:00 pm

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Positive Parenting Session Tonight

Please join Principal Prindle tonight, Wednesday, February 7th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, for our virtual Positive Parenting Session. 

We are partnering with Fairfax County Department of Family Services to offer a virtual session on positive discipline and handling anger. Please click this link to join us.

 

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, February 2, 2024

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Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Learn more about Black History month

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Feb 7:         Positive Parenting Session 7:00 pm (virtual)

Feb 12:       Little Heroes Valentine Crafts & Croissants (military families)

Feb 13:       PTA Spelling Bee 3:45 pm

Feb 17:       Stringapalooza (Woodson HS)

Feb 21:       PTA Meeting (virtual)

Feb 22:       Frost Family Festival for rising 7th grade families @Frost

Feb 24:       WFES Green Team - Winter Clean Up @Truro Community

Feb 26:       WFES Green Team Meeting

Feb 29:       NEW DATE!  WFES Family Culture Night (was 2/22)

Attendance Reminders

If you need to submit an absence of any kind, you can use one of the following three methods 24 hours a day.

Absences: If a child is not present, and the school has not received a call or email from the family reporting the absence, a “robocall” and email follow-up will be sent to confirm the absence.

Family Trips: We encourage family trips during scheduled school vacations.  We discourage such trips during the school year because these extended absences interrupt sequential learning in many subject areas.  Please note that we do not provide schoolwork in advance for students who will be away from school. It is critical to your child’s success that they are in school daily and on time.

Release of students during the day: Please alert your teacher and the front office if you will be picking up your child early.  We will not allow a student to walk home alone during the school day, nor will we release your child to anyone not on the emergency care card without an email.

Recurring Appointments – Recurring appointments should not be scheduled during the school day as this has an impact on student learning. Additional information about attendance can be found in the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) handbook.

Written Communication - We prefer electronic communications when possible.

2/7 - Positive Parenting Session

Based on parent request, we are partnering with Fairfax County Department of Family Services to offer a virtual session on positive discipline and handling anger. Please click this link to join us February, 7th at 7:00 pm. 

Incoming Kindergarten Students

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Or a neighbor with a student ready for kindergarten? Early registration helps us to be fully staffed for school.  

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please complete the registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300.

For more information on registration requirements please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

General kindergarten information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/kindergarten

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 25, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

We can't wait to meet our newest WFES wolves!

2/21 Special Ed. Transition Planning

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education

For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services. *English speakers of other languages: We have language support for you.*

Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, as well as learn about short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success.

February 21, 2024 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School

3020 Gallows Road Falls Church, Virginia 22042

This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.

Click below to register online:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQWtxbAXOV_5jixG7XD-nDsdpfGpd2ha1YacxoeUtpNPjwUg/viewform

FCPS educators may register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on February 24th (rain date 25th) 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their winter clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers and gloves.  Help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

February 26th Green Team meeting 3:30-4:30 

April 25th 3:30-5 Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 2nd 3:30-5 Pollinator Educational Event K-2

2/29 - Family Culture Night - NEW DATE

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A yellow flyer was sent home requesting volunteers, exhibitors, food to share from your culture/country and more. If you plan to attend and/or are looking to share your culture with our school community, please return the yellow form to school with your child by February 1st.

Parenting Education Programs

Interested in joining a parenting class? We invite you to join us at a meeting for our Parenting Education Program, tailored for children ages 5-11. For more information or to enroll in a class, please contact: [email protected] or call the Parent Support Line at 703-324-7720.

2/7–5/22

Wednesday 

6-8:00pm

5-11 Age Range

Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

This class will be held virtually

Sammy Zeballos

703-324-3532

2/19-5/20

Monday

5:30-8:00pm

5-11 Age Range

Nurturing Parenting Curriculum

Spanish

James Lee Community Center

Alba Quinones 

703-324-7310

3/7-6/20

Thursday

5:30-8:00pm

5-11 Age Range

Nurturing Parenting Curriculum 

Grace 

Presbyterian Church

Agustina Bravo

703-324-7196

 

Tierra Graham

571-407-6639

 

Contact Us

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 30:      Grade 6 visit to Frost MS (during the school day)

Feb 7:         Positive Parenting Session 7:00 pm (virtual)

Feb 12:       Little Heroes Valentine Crafts & Croissants (military families)

Feb 13:       PTA Spelling Bee 3:45 pm

Feb 17:       Stringapalooza (Woodson HS)

Feb 21:       PTA Meeting (virtual)

Feb 22:       Frost Family Festival for rising 7th grade families

Feb 29:       NEW DATE!  WFES Family Culture Night (was 2/22)

Positive Parenting Session - 2/7

Based on parent request, we are partnering with Fairfax County Department of Family Services to offer a virtual session on positive discipline and handling anger. Please join us February, 7th at 7:00 pm. 

Kiss-n-Ride - New Entry Point

With the opening of our new front entrance and lobby when we returned from winter break, we have changed where students will enter and leave the building for kiss-n-ride. They were using the cafeteria door to enter, but now are using Door #1, which is our beautiful new lobby entrance.

Incoming Kindergarten Students

Do you have a rising Kindergartner? Or a neighbor with a student ready for kindergarten? Early registration helps us to be fully staffed for school.  

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please complete the registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300.

For more information on registration requirements please visit https://www.fcps.edu/registration/kindergarten-registration

General kindergarten information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/kindergarten

Kindergarten Orientation is scheduled for April 25, 2024 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM.

We can't wait to meet our newest WFES wolves!

1/27 - Ice Skating - Woodson Relay for Life

PRINT THE FLYER BELOW AND BRING IT TO THE ICE RINK

2/21 Special Ed. Transition Planning

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services. *English speakers of other languages: We have language support for you.*


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, as well as learn about short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success.

February 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School

3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042


This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.

Click below to register online:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQWtxbAXOV_5jixG7XD-nDsdpfGpd2ha1YacxoeUtpNPjwUg/viewform

FCPS educators may register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event

Family Culture Night - NEW DATE 2/29

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A yellow flyer was sent home requesting volunteers, exhibitors, food to share from your culture/country and more. If you plan to attend and/or are looking to share your culture with our school community, please return the yellow form to school with your child by February 1st.

Internet Safety Presentation Resources

Thank you to those who attended our Internet Safety Presentation on Tuesday!

If you would like to watch a recording of the presentation or explore resources to help you keep your family safe online, check out our post on the Wakefield Forest Website.

WFES Food Sharing Program

Wakefield Forest Elementary School is making a meaningful impact on both food waste and food insecurity through its partnership with St. Matthew's food pantry program. The school's food-sharing program redirects surplus cafeteria food to those in need, contributing to the Get to Green program's commitment to reducing food waste.

By addressing food insecurity concerns, Wakefield Forest not only contributes to alleviating hunger but also cultivates a sense of community and shared responsibility among students.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

REMINDER - Join Us for Tonight's Virtual Internet Safety Presentation @7:00 pm

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Learn More About Internet Safety

Join us tonight, Tuesday, January 23rd from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, for our virtual Internet Safety Session. Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. This comprehensive presentation addresses the biggest concerns parents of elementary students face, such as managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyberbullying, social media, and more.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94532453169

To read this newsletter in other languages, please visit our website.

Para leer este boletín en otros idiomas, visite nuestro sitio web.

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4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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In this Issue...

WFES patrols want to be sure Wolfie is dressed warmly.

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 22:     WFES Green Team Meeting  3:30 pm

Jan. 23:     Internet Safety Night (virtual)  7:00 pm

Jan 25:      2 Hour Early Release

Jan. 26:     Teacher Workday - No School

Jan. 30:     Grade 6 visit to Frost MS (during the school day)

Snow Days

We hope you and your family enjoy the snow day! Our custodians work hard after each snowfall to clear the snow around the entire facility, including the stairs and ramps in the quad.

As you are clearing snow in your neighborhood, please consider clearing the sidewalks and areas around our bus stops so our students will have a safe start and end to their days. 

Winter Chorus Concert

We are grateful to our wonderful music teachers Mrs. Hibbitts and Ms. Callahan for their work with our 5th and 6th grade singers.  

Mindfulness at Wakefield Forest

As a part of our Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Wakefield Forest engages in teaching around mindfulness. Currently our mindfulness teacher, Cherisse Robinson, is providing instruction in all Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms. Look for more specific information on the skills being taught in your child's take home folder.

Kiss-n-Ride Reminders

Thank you for paying attention to patrols and staff when they direct you to move forward when picking up your student(s) by car. 

1. Remember...Kiss-n-Ride is a ONE WAY street. 

2. When to pass and when not to pass

AM - There is no passing during the morning Kiss and Ride as cars keep moving pretty often.

PM - We allow passing in the afternoon because students come out of the building at different times. We ask that you not do so until after you pass the handicapped parking spaces / the yellow curb.

3. Please be patient - many of our younger students require extra time getting out of their cars, vans and trucks with all of their gear.

1/22 - WFES Green Team Meeting

Our next Green Team meeting will be Monday, January 22nd at 3:30 pm in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore [email protected].

1/23 - Internet Safety Night

Join us on Zoom Tuesday, January 23rd from 7-8 pm for our Internet Safety Session. Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. This comprehensive presentation addresses the biggest concerns parents of elementary students face, such as managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyberbullying, social media, and more.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94532453169

1/25 - Early Release Day

A friendly reminder that Thursday, January 25th is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 1:25pm. There is no school on January 26th. It is a student holiday and a teacher workday.

2/21 - Transition Planning: The Younger Years

Future Planning for Elementary and Middle School Students in Special Education


For families, caregivers, and educators of students receiving special education services. *English speakers of other languages: We have language support for you.*


Join Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn about planning for life in and after high school! It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for your future. We want to help you start planning for a successful transition from school to life as a young adult.

Ensuring postsecondary success of our students with disabilities is dependent on what is known as transition planning. Please join CTS and other support service personnel for an evening focused on planning for the future.

You will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of representatives from CTS programs and services for students with disabilities, as well as learn about short and long-term postsecondary supports, employment and postsecondary education considerations, Supported Decision Making, and student self-determination as an evidence-based predictor of post school success.

February 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Luther Jackson Middle School

3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042


This event also includes a student/parent panel where members describe their firsthand experiences as they navigated Fairfax County Public Schools and planning for their child’s future. A questions/answer session will follow.

Click below to register online:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQWtxbAXOV_5jixG7XD-nDsdpfGpd2ha1YacxoeUtpNPjwUg/viewform

FCPS educators may register in MyPDE to receive 2 recertification points for attending the entire event

2/22 - Family Culture Night is Coming Soon!

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A yellow flyer was sent home requesting volunteers, exhibitors, food to share from your culture/country and more. If you plan to attend and/or are looking to share your culture with our school community, please return the yellow form to school with your child by February 1st.

Food Sharing Program

Wakefield Forest Elementary School is making a meaningful impact on both food waste and food insecurity through its partnership with St. Matthew's food pantry program. The school's food-sharing program redirects surplus cafeteria food to those in need, contributing to the Get to Green program's commitment to reducing food waste.

By addressing food insecurity concerns, Wakefield Forest not only contributes to alleviating hunger but also cultivates a sense of community and shared responsibility among students.

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
Support FCPS Relay for Life

Relay for Life – FCPS is an event that brings our community together to fight against cancer.

Relay for Life is a powerful initiative that unites schools, students, and communities in the shared goal of raising funds for cancer research, patient support, and advocacy. It's an opportunity for our schools to make a lasting impact and show solidarity in the face of this challenging disease.

Your generosity would not only contribute to the success of Relay for Life but also showcase the unity and compassion that define Fairfax County Public Schools. 

Thank you for considering this request, and we look forward to the possibility of joining forces to make Relay for Life - FCPS a memorable and impactful event. 

To sign up to participate, volunteer, etc., please go to our web site at: <https://relayforlife.org/fcps>

It will be held on May 18, 2024 at Woodson HS beginning at 2pm.

Snow Day Information

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

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In this Issue... Ms. Trones' Class Playing Math Games Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 17:     PTA Bingo Night   6:30 pm

Jan. 17:     Parent Orientation for rising 7th grade parents/guardians 6:30 pm

Jan. 18:     Winter Chorus Concert   7:00 pm

Jan. 22:     WFES Green Team Meeting  3:30 pm

Jan. 23:     Internet Safety Night (virtual)  7:00 pm

Jan. 30:     Grade 6 visit to Frost MS (during the school day)

Kiss-n-Ride Reminders

Thank you for paying attention to patrols and staff when they direct you to move forward when picking up your student(s) by car. 

When to pass and when not to pass

AM - There is no passing during the morning Kiss and Ride as cars keep moving pretty often.

PM - We allow passing in the afternoon because students come out of the building at different times. We ask that you not do so until after you pass the handicapped parking spaces / the yellow curb.

Please be patient - many of our younger students can barely get out of a car by themselves, let alone with a backpack that weighs as much as they do.

1/17 - PTA Bingo Night

The PTA's Bingo Night is next week - on Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00). 

The clock is ticking! Just a few more days to pre-order your bingo items and pizza: 

Bingo Night Pre-Orders on MemberHub

(Link: https://wakefieldforestes.memberhub.com/store?limit=21&live=true)

Online pre-orders will need to be completed online by Tuesday, January 16th before the end of the school day. Similarly, last week, paper forms allowing you to pre-order your bingo items were sent home. That form along with the cash payment needs to be submitted to school by Tuesday, January 16th as well.

Many thanks to the families and businesses who are also sponsoring prize baskets. Your generosity is so appreciated! 

  • The Maletz family is sponsoring a dice game prize basket
  • Anthony Themak and Pond Roofing is supporting a Snow Day survival kit basket
  • Sean Rotbart Real Estate with Samson Properties is behind the “Dreaming of Summer” basket
  • The Krepp family is sponsoring the WFES Spirit prize basket
  • The Tobin family contributed to the Sports prize basket
  • The Pham family is behind the Movie Night prize basket
  • Lisa Sheldon Headshot Photography is sponsoring the Puzzle and Logic prize basket
  • The Kelsey Lyle and Josh Johnson family are sponsoring the Arts and Crafts prize basket
  • The Roessler family will bring us the Word Game prize basket
  • Jamie Test/Realtor with Compass is sponsoring the Fire Pit Night prize basket

Get ready for some big raffle prizes contributed by:

  • The Swiss Bakery
  • University Mall Theaters
  • Jake’s Ice Cream
  • First Watch
  • Bicycle Pro Shop
  • Kokee Tea
  • Fairfax Ice Arena
  • GameStop
  • Sky Zone
  • Kilroy’s
  • Davis Career Center (Cookie Tray sponsored by the Flook family)
  • Washington Capitals (A signed Capitals Jersey (Tom Wilson!), as well as Capitals and Wizards tickets)
  • Monumental Sports and Entertainment
  • Audi of Arlington
  • Jamie Petrik and Debbie Dogrul Associates
  • And Ms. Prindle and Ms. Williams!

Pre-order your tickets now and we'll see you on January 17!

This event is sponsored by the WFES PTA.

1/17 - Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation at Frost MS

Please join us for our upcoming Rising 7th Grade Parent Orientation Night on Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30 PM at Frost Middle School.  At this event, parents and guardians who will have students at Frost during the 24-25 school year will hear specifics about Frost Middle School, the 7th grade curriculum options, and the course selection process.  Due to space restrictions, students will have a separate opportunity at each individual elementary school to hear this information and will also have a school visit to Frost!  A list of all upcoming events can be found here.  If you are unable to attend on the 17th, the materials for you to access will be placed there.

If you need language translation services for the 17th, please email Ms. Kim at [email protected]

If you have specific questions you are hoping will be addressed at the Parent Orientation, please submit those here

Magnet School Application and Lottery Information Magnet School Application and Lottery Information

The Magnet Program registration window will be open from Tuesday, March 5, through Friday, April 12, 2024.  No late applications are accepted.

To learn more about the programs and the registration process, families are encouraged to attend one of the Parent Information Nights:

  • Bailey’s Upper, February 6, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (Virtual only)
  • Hunters Woods Elementary, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 26, 2024 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Bailey’s Primary, February 13, 2024 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person)
    • Snow date: February 21, 2024 at 6:00 p.m.
1/22 - WFES Green Team Meeting

Our next Green Team meeting will be Monday, January 22nd at 3:30 pm in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

2/22 - Family Culture Night is Coming Soon!

We are excited to host our second Family Culture Night on Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. A yellow flyer was sent home in Thursday folders last week requesting volunteers, exhibitors, food to share from your culture/country and more. If you plan to attend and/or are looking to share your culture with our school community, please return the yellow form to school with your child by February 1st.

Food Insecurity Resources for Families

Food insecurity impacts more than 60,000 Fairfax County residents. There are many resources available to support those who need food assistance. Find out how to receive or offer support on the Fairfax County website, or view their Human Services Resource Guide for assistance with food, clothing, housing, and other services.

For additional community resources or information, please contact the school’s Family Liaison:

Hana Kim: [email protected]

Upcoming Special Education PTA Events

IEP University (IEPU) — Self-Paced Course

Sun. Jan. 8 to Mon. Jan 29, with access 24/7

Get accurate and useful information about IEP development and meetings including many practical strategies.

Register::  https://www.tickettailor.com/events/peatc/1082554

 

Chat with an Attorney about Special Education

January 24: 9:00 am-3:30 pm:  3060 Williams Dr. #300 Fairfax, VA

Free 45-minute appointments are available for parents to receive guidance from an attorney on special education topics.

Register:https://arcofnva.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/arcofnva/eventRegistration.jsp?event=8318

 

Parents of Challenging Children: Preschool through Early Adolescence

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am, Jan. 30 to Apr. 2,   $25-$350

This discussion course helps parents to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  Includes video course with >10 hours of content.

Information:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/

 

Parents of Challenging Children: Preschool through Early Adolescence

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Feb. 1 to Apr. 4,  4201 Albemarle St, NW, Washington DC   $200

This discussion course helps parents to identify the source of their child’s challenging behavior and learn what they can do about it.  Includes video course with >10 hours of content.

Information:  http://www.parentchildjourney.com/journey/

Snow Day Information

First grade working on math games in Mrs. Trone's class.

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 12:     SCA Spirit Day - Disney / Marvel Day

Jan. 17:     PTA Bingo Night   6:30 pm  

Jan. 18:     Winter Chorus Concert   7:00 pm

Jan. 22:     WFES Green Team Meeting  3:30 pm

Jan. 23:     Internet Safety Night (virtual)  7:00 pm

New Office and Main Entrance are Open

Happy New Year to all, and we hope you had a restful winter break. Our new entrance is open and our main office is back in its newly remodeled location. 

FCPS Math Week - January 8-12th

January 8-12 is FCPS Family Math Week! Experience math through fun family games and stories completely free on the math website starting January 8, 2024. Families can click on the day of the week and find their child’s grade and language to listen or play math games. F Our goal is for FCPS to experience 1 million minutes of math outside of the school day. Join us! Here’s the link again: Math Website

1/17 - PTA Bingo Night is Coming!

Bingo Night will be Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30 pm in the school gymnasium (doors open at 6:00).  It will be a fun night of bingo games, prizes, and raffles. This is not a drop-off. Students must attend with an adult.

You can now pre-order your bingo items and pizza! Your pre-order will help the organizers know how many people to expect, and it will streamline your check-in at Bingo Night. It will also be important to pre-order since we may need to cap attendance this year. Make sure you reserve your spot! 

Bingo Night Pre-Orders on MemberHub

Pre-orders will need to be completed on MemberHub by January 16th. 

This event is sponsored by the WFES PTA. If you have questions, reach out to Katie Roessler (organizing guru) and Jamie Petrik (amusement expert): [email protected] and [email protected].

1/22 - WFES Green Team Meeting

Our next Green Team meeting will be Monday, January 22nd at 3:30 pm in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

Frost MS Drama Presents PUFFS 1/11 - Turnpike Basketball Night @Woodson HS Snow Day Information

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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Letter from the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

As we enter winter break it's a great time to reflect on all we have accomplished this year. We had a beautiful assembly from our strings and band students, followed by a fun sing-a-long. 

This year has brought its share of challenges and triumphs. We faced them head-on, demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and a deep commitment to learning and growth. Whether it was mastering new concepts, participating in enriching activities, or forging strong bonds of friendship, our students have consistently impressed us.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our teachers, staff, and parents for playing such vital roles in shaping our school into such a positive place to work and learn. 

As we prepare for a well-deserved break, I encourage everyone to embrace the spirit of the season. Spend time with loved ones, recharge your batteries, and come back refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We will be encouraging our staff to do the same and are asking them to not check emails over the break.

When we return in January we will be in our new office space. The new space is beautiful, we're grateful for the support in making our move happen prior to winter break.

On behalf of the entire Wakefield Forest Elementary School community, we wish you a restful winter break and a Happy New Year!

 

With gratitude,

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

🎄 A very Merry Christmas to those in our community who celebrate! Christmas is an annual holiday on which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, and is celebrated in many unique ways across the U.S. and the world. #OurFCPS  Learn more about Christmas

In this Issue... Thank You for Your Generosity!

A heartfelt thank you for your incredible generosity during our holiday assistance drive. Your donations of gifts and gift cards brought immense joy to those in need. Your spirit of giving truly embodies the essence of community and the holiday season! Thank you Wakefield Forest ES for truly bringing the magic of the holidays.

Hana Kim, Family Liaison

New Office and Main Entrance Open on Jan. 2nd

When we come back in January, our brand new entrance will be open and our main office will be back in its original, but newly remodeled location. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024!

School Office Closed

The WFES School Office will be closed during winter break December 16, 2023 - January 1, 2024. 

Our Main Office will also be closed during the break. Should you need assistance with something that requires FCPS' immediate attention while school is closed, please contact FCPS Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Snow Day Information

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

MINDS, Inc Donation

MINDS, Inc has provided WFES with a second donation of $5,800, totaling the donations of $32,000. We will start our mindfulness programming in January 2024. This will focus attention on K and 1st, with refreshers in grades 2-6 and videos on morning news.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Dec. 9:        WFES Chorus Sings at City of Fairfax Holiday Market 12pm

Dec 11:       WFES Green Team Meeting

Dec. 14:      Winter Concert - Strings 6:30 pm / Band 7:30 pm

Dec. 15:      Full Time Level IV Referrals Due 

Dec 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024:      Winter Break

New Office and Main Entrance Open on Jan. 2nd

When we come back in January, our brand new entrance will be open and our main office will be back in its original, but newly remodeled location. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024!

SCA Winter Spirit Week Fun

Monday, Dec 11 - Holiday Best: Celebrate your culture by dressing in your winter holiday festive wear. Be sure that you can still fully participate in all areas of school including PE and recess.

Tuesday, Dec 12 - Ugly Sweater: Sparkles, pompoms, and ribbons galore! Show off your pre-made or homemade “ugly sweater” to celebrate the winter holidays. Please make sure all clothing are school appropriate.

Wednesday, Dec 13 - Plaid: Wear your plaid shirt with your plaid pants and plaid socks: plaid everything!

Thursday Dec 14 - Pajamas: Time to get cozy in your festive winter pajamas! Be sure that all clothing items are school appropriate. No slippers.

Friday Dec 15 - Stuffy Day: Cuddle up with special stuffed animal friend to welcome winter break. Make sure your stuffed animal can fit in your backpack and can sit on top of your desk without taking up all of your workspace.

This year's poster was created by our own Wakefield Forest President Zora Wheeler!

Community Donations Needed

Please consider donating a gift or gift cards for holiday assistance. Items may be dropped off at the front office or sent with your child to be given to their teacher. Please send wrapped gifts with a note of what the item is. Unwrapped gifts are welcomed too! We will wrap the gifts and deliver the magic for you! Items will be collected until December 11th.


For questions please contact Family Liaison: Hana Kim ([email protected])

Impact Aid Forms are Past Due

Impact Aid Forms are being delivered to the Impact Aid Office next week.  If you haven’t completed a form for each child you can still send it to school on Monday or fill it out electronically through your SIS ParentVUE account.  See guidelines below for submitting forms electronically.

Green Team Meeting Dec. 11th

Our next Green Team meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3:30 in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

  • Identify stress in children of all ages
  • Explain common sources of stress
  • Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

NEW DATE Part 2: 12/12/23 10-11:30 a.m Share this event with others.

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

AAP Referrals Due Dec. 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Tony Gray [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

School Office Closed

The WFES School Office will be closed during winter break December 16, 2023 - January 1, 2024.

Lost & Found Will Be Donated on Dec. 15th

Our lost and found is abundantly overflowing. We will be donating everything in the lost and found on December 15th.

Going forward, we will begin donating our lost and found items at the end of every quarter. These are the future dates:

January 25th, March 22nd and June 12th

Please talk with your children about the responsibility of keeping track of their coats, etc. Putting their name inside the coat is also helpful. If you believe your student is missing any items of clothing, water bottles, etc., please have them look in the lost and found regularly. Families can come in to school and check for items as well. Small items such as car fobs, earrings, medals, or items of value can be found in the front office.

SEPTA Jingle Jangle Ball on Dec. 9

Support SEPTA (Special Education PTA) with a family-friendly afternoon of holiday music and fun! SEPTA is hosting a fundraiser for programs and winter semester mini-grants on Saturday, December 9, at 2:00 pm at Brittany’s Restaurant & Sports Bar (12449 Dillingham Square, Lake Ridge VA). The event will feature holiday music performed by SPUR along with student and guest performers. 

Half of the proceeds from music sales (purchased through the QR code on the digital image), and 20% of food and drink sales at the event will benefit Fairfax County SEPTA. Please come out to support local musicians and SEPTA at this family-friendly event! 

There are many other events that SEPTA is hosting this month. Here are a few that are coming up. For the complete list of events and more information please go to this link, https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

12/10 International Spy Museum ACCESS TO SPY 8-10 am

12/12 FCCPTA General Membership Meeting 

12/13 Advisory Council for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) Meeting

Snow Days This Winter

For the current school year, FCPS will be returning to its previous procedure for snow days — there will be no virtual learning days when school is closed due to bad weather. 

During snow days, students may still access Tutor.com, complete any supplemental learning opportunities recommended by their teachers, and view educational programming (available virtually and on public access television channels):

Eleven snow days are built into the existing FCPS calendar. Eliminating virtual learning days will allow us to maximize students’ in-person learning and provide equitable access to instruction and student services.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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Body Safety Session for Parents, Thursday, Dec. 7th from 7-8pm

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held this Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

 

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Body Safety Session for Parents, Thursday, Dec. 7th from 7-8pm

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held this Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

An opt-out form was sent home in Thursday folders on November 16, 2023. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the form to the office or your child's teacher.

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Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Dec. 2:        G5 Strings Students Perform at The Gardens at Fair Oaks

Dec. 3:        Patrol Applications Due

Dec 7:         Body Safety Program - Virtual Parent Presentation 7:00 PM 

Dec. 9:        WFES Chorus Sings at City of Fairfax Holiday Market

Dec 11:       WFES Green Team Meeting

Dec. 14:      Strings / Band Concert

Dec. 15:      Full Time Level IV Referrals Due 

Dec 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024:      Winter Break

Chanukah, an 8-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple and the miracle of a small quantity of oil that lit the Temple’s menorah for 8 days. This year, Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7. That day will be a half-O day, and major events cannot be scheduled that evening. Learn more about Chanukah in National Geographic Kids. See the complete school year calendar.

Bodhi Day, Friday, December 8, is the Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment, also known as bodhi in Sanskrit and Pali. The school calendar recognizes many religious and cultural observances (O days) during the school year, including Bodhi Day. There is school on these days, however, the School Board has directed that tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events will not be held on these observance days.Learn more about Bodhi Day in this video from the Miami Children’s Museum. See the complete school year calendar.

Inclusive Schools Week Dec 4 - 8

We are excited to announce Inclusive Week at Wakefield Forest Elementary! During this special week, all students will be participating in a variety of activities during their specials. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in inclusive and diverse experiences that promote understanding and empathy. At Wakefield Forest Elementary, we believe in providing a well-rounded education that goes beyond academics. Our school offers a wide range of activities, including band, strings, chorus, and safety patrols, to enrich the students' learning experience. We look forward to a week filled with meaningful activities that celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity. Thank you for your continued support in making Wakefield Forest Elementary a welcoming and inclusive community for all our students

Attendance Matters

Kids keep missing school in Virginia. Leaders are looking to curb that. 

Virginia schools are looking for ways to combat chronic absenteeism as data shows the state struggles to get students back in the classroom after the pandemic.

Wakefield Forest Elementary currently has 5% of students considered chronically absent.

Childhelp - Speak Up Be Safe Lessons January 2024

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

An opt-out form will be in Thursday folders on November 16, 2023. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the form to the office or your child's teacher.

Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Join Dr. Erin Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for these important sessions to help children cope with anxiety, depression, and stress.

Part 2 Highlights:

  • Identify stress in children of all ages
  • Explain common sources of stress
  • Provide strategies for lowering stress levels so that all caregivers can benefit

NEW DATE Part 2: 12/12/23 10-11:30 a.m Share this event with others.

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress: A Two-Part Series

Be a Safety Patrol - 5th & 6th Grade

Students in grades 5th and 6th can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. 

Listed below are important Patrol application process dates for you to also be aware of to help guide your child through the process, we appreciate your support!

Sunday, December 3rd  – Applications are due. Late applications will not be accepted.

Monday, December 11th – Patrol selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

Questions: Contact Courtney Massimo [email protected] and Michelle Maxwell-Gold [email protected]

WFES Spelling Bee - Register by December 8th

The WFES 17th Annual Spelling Bee is coming soon!  This Spelling Bee is open to all students in grades 3rd through 6th.  It will be held in person after- school on February 13, 2024 and registration is due by December 8, 2023.  The WFES champion will go to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March 2024.  

REGISTER NOW using the following link 

https://forms.gle/YhYmQe7fNxn6htko9

Or return the registration flyer which will be sent in your students’ Thursday folders.  If you have questions about the Spelling Bee, please reach out to Allison Williams ([email protected]) or Nudrat Salik ([email protected]).

Airbrush Helper/Volunteer Needed

The Alternative Arts elective is looking for a volunteer and/or short-term donation of an airbrush machine with paints for airbrushing t-shirts. We have 1 student interested in exploring this art however, a total of 19 students in the class. We meet on Fridays from 2:20-3:20 in the art room (503) by the gym. If you think you could donate your time, knowledge and/or machine with paints please contact Christine Rowader [email protected].

Green Team Meeting Dec. 11th

Our next Green Team meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3:30 in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

AAP Referrals Due Dec. 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Tony Gray [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

Lost & Found Will Be Donated in December

Our lost and found is abundantly overflowing. We will be donating everything in the lost and found on December 15th.

Going forward, we will begin donating our lost and found items at the end of every quarter. These are the future dates:

January 25th, March 22nd and June 12th

Please talk with your children about the responsibility of keeping track of their coats, etc. Putting their name inside the coat is also helpful. If you believe your student is missing any items of clothing, water bottles, etc., please have them look in the lost and found regularly. Families can come in to school and check for items as well. Small items such as car fobs, earrings, medals, or items of value can be found in the front office.

Family Liaison Corner - Gift Cards Needed

As the holiday season approaches, we are challenging our school community to come together to create holiday magic for our families who may need magic assistance.

Please consider donating a gift or gift cards. Items may be dropped off at the front office or sent with your child to be given to their teacher. Please send wrapped gifts with a note of what the item is. Unwrapped gifts are welcomed too! We will wrap the gifts and deliver the magic for you! Items will be collected until December 11th.

For questions please contact: Hana Kim ([email protected])

New Entrance and Office Coming Soon!

The main office is expected to move on Friday, December 15, 2023. When we return from winter break, we will have a brand new door #1 and our new main office and health room will be ready for action.

Winter Wonderland Dec. 2nd

Come join us for a Winter Wonderland on December 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cav Hall! The entry fee is $10 per kid and the parent comes in free. Each kid gets a free slice of pizza, and extra slices are an additional $2. All the activities inside are free, so your kid will be occupied the whole time. There will be hot chocolate, crafts, pizza, face painting, and so much more!

SCA Winter Spirit Week Fun - Get Ready

Monday, Dec 11 - Holiday Best: Celebrate your culture by dressing in your winter holiday festive wear. Be sure that you can still fully participate in all areas of school including PE and recess.

Tuesday, Dec 12 - Ugly Sweater: Sparkles, pompoms, and ribbons galore! Show off your pre-made or homemade “ugly sweater” to celebrate the winter holidays. Please make sure all clothing are school appropriate.

Wednesday, Dec 13 - Plaid: Wear your plaid shirt with your plaid pants and plaid socks: plaid everything!

Thursday Dec 14 - Pajamas: Time to get cozy in your festive winter pajamas! Be sure that all clothing items are school appropriate. No slippers.

Friday Dec 15 - Stuffy Day: Cuddle up with special stuffed animal friend to welcome winter break. Make sure your stuffed animal can fit in your backpack and can sit on top of your desk without taking up all of your workspace.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

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In this Issue...

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Upcoming Dates

Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec. 2:        G5 Strings Students Perform at The Gardens at Fair Oaks

Dec. 3:        Patrol Applications Due

Dec 7:         Body Safety Program - Parent Presentation 

Dec. 9:        WFES Chorus Sings at City of Fairfax Holiday Market

Dec 11:       WFES Green Team Meeting

Dec. 14:      Strings / Band Concert

Dec 18, 2023 - January 1, 2024:      Winter Break

Dear Wakefield Forest Families, 

 

As we approach this season of gratitude, we want to express how very grateful we are for the support we have received this school year. 

 

We are thankful for the support of our amazing PTA, who provided pizza and bagels to keep us fueled through our big renovation move, as well as providing helping hands to lighten the load. We would like to thank Kia Real Estate and the Kia family, who donated two new refrigerators for our staff work rooms in the addition.  

 

In addition to our families and students, we are grateful for our staff. The staff is the heart of our school...a school is just a building without the people.   

 

Thank you for trusting us to care for your children each day. 

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe Lessons January 2024

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

An opt-out form will be in Thursday folders on November 16, 2023. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the form to the office or your child's teacher.

Be a Safety Patrol at WFES

Hi 5th and 6th Grade Parents!

Does your child want to become a WFES Safety Patrol/Officer?  If so, we are excited to announce that the Patrol Application Process will begin the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break.  Students in grades 5th and 6th can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. 

Listed below are important Patrol application process dates for you to also be aware of to help guide your child through the process, we appreciate your support!

Monday, November 27th – Patrol applications will be posted in their homeroom teachers Schoology sites. 

Sunday, December 3rd  – Applications are due.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Monday, December 11th – Patrol selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

Sincerely,

Ms. Massimo & Ms. Maxwell-Gold, Patrol Sponsors

WFES Spelling Bee - Register by December 8th

The WFES 17th Annual Spelling Bee is coming soon!  This Spelling Bee is open to all students in grades 3rd through 6th.  It will be held in person after- school on February 13, 2024 and registration is due by December 8, 2023.  The WFES champion will go to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March 2024.  

REGISTER NOW using the following link 

https://forms.gle/YhYmQe7fNxn6htko9

Or return the registration flyer which will be sent in your students’ Thursday folders.  If you have questions about the Spelling Bee, please reach out to Allison Williams ([email protected]) or Nudrat Salik ([email protected]).

Is Your Child Creative? Reflections Submissions Due December 1st

Reflections is a program run by the National PTA that provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8). Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. 

This year’s theme is “I am Hopeful Because…” Please contact Ashley Wane if your child would like to express why they are hopeful and participate at [email protected]. Submissions are due December 1, 2023. 

Airbrush Helper/Volunteer Needed

The Alternative Arts elective is looking for a volunteer and/or short-term donation of an airbrush machine with paints for airbrushing t-shirts. We have 1 student interested in exploring this art however, a total of 19 students in the class. We meet on Fridays from 2:20-3:20 in the art room (503) by the gym. If you think you could donate your time, knowledge and/or machine with paints please contact Christine Rowader [email protected].

WFES Green Team Meeting Dec. 11th

Thank you to the former and current students who met for our very first Green Team meeting!  Charlotte Fay, Evelyn Ely, Emily Fay, Amelia Ely, Henry Lang, Penelope Donohue and Toby Sotelo.  Shout out to their parents as well!  We discussed many great ideas and look forward to putting things into action.  Our next meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3:30 in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

Reminder: Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Tony Gray [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

Lost & Found to be Donated Dec 15th

Our lost and found is abundantly overflowing. We will be donating everything in the lost and found on December 15th.

Going forward, we will begin donating our lost and found items at the end of every quarter. These are the future dates:

January 25th, March 22nd and June 12th

Please talk with your children about the responsibility of keeping track of their coats, etc. Putting their name inside the coat is also helpful. If you believe your student is missing any items of clothing, water bottles, etc., please have them look in the lost and found regularly. Families can come in to school and check for items as well. Small items such as car fobs, earrings, medals, or items of value can be found in the front office.

Family Liaison Corner - Gift Cards Needed

As the festive season approaches, let's come together as a warm and caring community to spread joy and support those in need! This year, we're excited to invite you to be a part of our holiday magic by considering a heartwarming gesture – donating gift cards to Wakefield Forest ES families who could use a little extra assistance.

The holiday season is a time for giving, and your generosity can make a world of difference to families within our school community. Gift cards for groceries, clothing, or even a special treat can bring smiles and alleviate some of the seasonal stresses.

Please consider donating any amount. Gift cards can be sent to the front office.

For questions please contact: Hana Kim ([email protected])

Woodson HS Winter Wonderland Dec. 2nd

Come join us for a Winter Wonderland on December 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Cav Hall! The entry fee is $10 per kid and the parent comes in free. Each kid gets a free slice of pizza, and extra slices are an additional $2. All the activities inside are free, so your kid will be occupied the whole time. There will be hot chocolate, crafts, pizza, face painting, and so much more!

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, November 17, 2023

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In this Issue...

Both students and staff are excited about the move into the new building. 

Schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, November 22, through Friday, November 24. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27. Learn more about the first Thanksgiving. See the complete school year calendar.

Important Upcoming Dates

Nov. 18     G6 Strings Students Perform at The Gardens at Fair Oaks

Nov. 20:    Grade 3 Field Trip - US Capitol/Botanical Gardens (Sill/Maturan)

Nov. 21:    Grade 3 Field Trip - US Capitol/Botanical Gardens (Kellems/Yaman)

Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec. 2:       G5 Strings Students Perform at The Gardens at Fair Oaks

Dec. 3:        Patrol Applications Due

Dec. 9:        WFES Chorus Sings at City of Fairfax Holiday Market

Dec 11:       WFES Green Team Meeting 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

 

At the most recent school board meeting on November 9th, Dr. Reid discussed student attendance and engagement. Chronic absenteeism, which is defined as a student missing 10% or more of school for any reason, is a concern across Virginia school districts. Although FCPS continues to outperform the state average in attendance rates, as seen in the chart above, we are tracking chronic absenteeism closely and stressing the importance of attendance to students and parents while providing a multi-tiered system of intervention.

Data shows that:

  • Missing just 10% of school — just two days a month — negatively affects a student’s academic performance. 
  • Only 17% of students who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade were reading proficiently in third grade, compared to 64% of those with good attendance.
  • Students who fail to read at grade level by the end of third grade are four times more likely than students who achieve proficiency to drop out of high school.
  • By sixth grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

FCPS’ Multi-Tiered System of Support provides intervention strategies based on a student’s risk for negative educational outcomes based on their attendance. This includes partnering closely with students and families, and implementing individualized attendance success plans. 

As we start the second quarter of the school year, we will continue to stress the importance of strong attendance habits for all students.

Exciting News! - MindsInc. Makes Mindfulness Donation

Our long-term partner MindsInc. is closing it's doors this winter. Our school has benefited from this partnership for many years to build resiliency and coping strategies.

We are exceptionally grateful for their donation of $27,550 to the PTA to further our mindfulness work at WFES.

As a school we utilize innerExplorer a research-based mindfulness tool, and plan to continue to have a mindfulness instructor support our students as a part of our Social Emotional Learning (SEL).   

Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe Lessons January 2024

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

An opt-out form will be in Thursday folders on November 16, 2023. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the form to the office or your child's teacher.

Progress Reports and Grading

 

This week, families with be receiving first quarter report cards. (For first quarter kindergarten students only receive comments.) FCPS operates on a standards-based grading system. This means that students receive multiple grades in each subject based on the many, diverse standards for those subjects. For each standard, students will receive a grade of a 1, 2, 3, or 4. These grades do not correlate to the traditional letter grades that have been used in the past. You can find more specific information about the parameters of these grades by following this link to the FCPS Elementary Grading and Reporting Handbook for Parents. In addition to the numerical grades, you may also see grades of ‘nt’ and ‘na’. The indicator ‘nt’ stands for “not taught”. This means that this standard has not yet been taught this school year. The indicator ‘na’ means ‘not assessed’, which means the student has not yet been formally assessed on that standard. All standards will be taught, assessed, and graded by the end of the school year. To find more information on the content being taught and assessed for your child’s specific grade level, go to the Grade Level Information page on the FCPS website.

Federal Impact Aid Survey Due Today

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Federal Impact Aid Survey. The form is available online in SIS ParentVUE.  Please be sure to return paper forms by Friday, November 17. The electronic form will continue to be available in SIS ParentVUE until January 2024. 

Completing this form for each school-aged child in every household is important because information from this survey results in an additional $3 million in grants each year from the U.S. Department of Education. These funds are used to support all Fairfax County public schools and centers.

For more information, visit the Federal Impact Aid Survey page. 

Be a Safety Patrol at WFES

Hi 5th and 6th Grade Parents!

Does your child want to become a WFES Safety Patrol/Officer?  If so, we are excited to announce that the Patrol Application Process will begin the Monday we return from Thanksgiving break.  Students in grades 5th and 6th can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the remainder of the 2023-2024 school year. 

Listed below are important Patrol application process dates for you to also be aware of to help guide your child through the process, we appreciate your support!

Monday, November 27th – Patrol applications will be posted in their homeroom teachers Schoology sites. 

Sunday, December 3rd  – Applications are due.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Monday, December 11th – Patrol selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

Sincerely,

Ms. Massimo & Ms. Maxwell-Gold, Patrol Sponsors

WFES Spelling Bee - Register by December 8th

The WFES 17th Annual Spelling Bee is coming soon!  This Spelling Bee is open to all students in grades 3rd through 6th.  It will be held in person after- school on February 13, 2024 and registration is due by December 8, 2023.  The WFES champion will go to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March 2024.  

REGISTER NOW using the following link 

https://forms.gle/YhYmQe7fNxn6htko9

Or return the registration flyer which will be sent in your students’ Thursday folders.  If you have questions about the Spelling Bee, please reach out to Allison Williams ([email protected]) or Nudrat Salik ([email protected]).

Sixth Grade Talent Show Rocked!

In case you missed it or wanted to watch it again, here is the recording of this year's 6th grade talent show. It was one for the ages!

https://youtu.be/dYOee3RYTI0

Is Your Child Creative? Reflections Submissions Due December 1st

Reflections is a program run by the National PTA that provides opportunities for recognition and access to the arts which boost student confidence and success in the arts and in life.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50+ year-old program helps them explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. Students participate in the appropriate division for their grade: Primary (Pre-K - Grade 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8). Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts. 

This year’s theme is “I am Hopeful Because…” Please contact Ashley Wane if your child would like to express why they are hopeful and participate at [email protected]. Submissions are due December 1, 2023. 

WFES Green Team Meeting Dec. 11th

Thank you to the former and current students who met for our very first Green Team meeting!  Charlotte Fay, Evelyn Ely, Emily Fay, Amelia Ely, Henry Lang, Penelope Donohue and Toby Sotelo.  Shout out to their parents as well!  We discussed many great ideas and look forward to putting things into action.  Our next meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3:30 in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore  [email protected].

Reminder: Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15th

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to Tony Gray [email protected] no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April.

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

WFES Students Went on a Tasty Field Trip

Members of our Student Council Association (SCA) attended an extra special field trip on Monday, November 14, 2023 with Assistant Principal Williams. They joined Dr. Reid and 200 other students from all over the County for the opportunity to go to the Westfields Marriott to be a part of the first ever Future of FCPS Student Food Show, which is part of the FCPS plan to add healthier and more diverse foods to its breakfast and lunch cafeteria menus.

Check out the link below for a full article on the event, credit to WTOP News:

FCPS Food Field Trip - WTOP

Watch this video to see the reactions of some of our current and past Wakefield Forest students at the event.

Community Review of Elementary ELA Basal Instructional Resources

A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled for November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team. 

Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207
7510 Lisle Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22043  

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty. 

An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

Lost & Found to be Donated Dec 15th

Our lost and found is abundantly overflowing. We will be donating everything in the lost and found on December 15th.

Going forward, we will begin donating our lost and found items at the end of every quarter. These are the future dates:

January 25th, March 22nd and June 12th

Please talk with your children about the responsibility of keeping track of their coats, etc. Putting their name inside the coat is also helpful. If you believe your student is missing any items of clothing, water bottles, etc., please have them look in the lost and found regularly. Families can come in to school and check for items as well. Small items such as car fobs, earrings, medals, or items of value can be found in the front office.

Family Liaison Corner - Gift Cards Needed

As the festive season approaches, let's come together as a warm and caring community to spread joy and support those in need! This year, we're excited to invite you to be a part of our holiday magic by considering a heartwarming gesture – donating gift cards to Wakefield Forest ES families who could use a little extra assistance.

The holiday season is a time for giving, and your generosity can make a world of difference to families within our school community. Gift cards for groceries, clothing, or even a special treat can bring smiles and alleviate some of the seasonal stresses.

Please consider donating any amount. Gift cards can be sent to the front office.

For questions please contact: Hana Kim ([email protected])

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032 | Main Office: 703.503.2300

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, November 10, 2023

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Happy Diwali to all those who celebrate this day and the victory of light over darkness. This year's Diwali artwork was created by Chantilly High School student Rijuta D. as part of the FCPS Observance Design Challenge for Students.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

Nov. 13:      Principal Coffee: Equity

Nov. 13:       G2/3 After School Math Workshop

Nov. 14:      Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

Nov. 15:      PTA Meeting

Nov. 16:      Fall Picture Retakes & Progress Reports in Thursday Folders

Nov. 20/21: Grade 3 Field Trip - US Capitol & Botanical Gardens

Principal Coffee - Equity

Join Principal Prindle and the WFES Equity Lead on Monday, November 13th at 8:30 AM in the new library to talk about equity work across FCPS and at Wakefield Forest. 

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day - Nov. 14th

Families are encouraged to walk to school on November 14th. Principal Prindle will share with student about Ruby Bridges on the morning news. 

Veteran's Day - Thank You for Your Service !

We were excited to celebrate so many of our Veteran's this morning! 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe Lessons January 2024

WFES is partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Family Services to present the CHILDHELP Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for all K-6 students the week of January 2, 2024. This curriculum teaches children about personal safety. A trained facilitator will present research-based, age-appropriate lessons to help children learn the skills to prevent or interrupt cycles of neglect, bullying, and child abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. 

A virtual family information session on this topic will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023. 

An opt-out form will be in Thursday folders on November 16, 2023. If you do not want your child to participate, please return the form to the office or your child's teacher.

Join Your Child for Lunch

We would like to invite families to visit their student(s) during lunch starting November 20, 2023. This is a practice that we had before Covid and are excited to bring it back now that we have more room in the cafeteria. For equity purposes, please keep the following in mind.

  • Please check-in at the office as you normally would when visiting during the day and check out at the end of your lunch visit.
  • Please no outside food or drinks. This creates a disruption in the cafeteria.
  • We ask that you not bring toys, prizes, treats, etc. with you for the class. You are here to visit with your child, not give items to the class.
  • We ask that one adult per child come at a time as space is limited.
School Board Approves New Name for W.T. Woodson High School

The Fairfax County School Board unanimously approved a new name for W.T. Woodson High School on November 9. Starting school year 2024-25, the school will be known as Carter G. Woodson High School.

The School Board and FCPS staff thank the students, families, past and present employees, community members, and alumni for participating in the more than two month process. There is a depth of pride and caring within the Woodson Community that was evident throughout the ongoing discussions. 

Fairfax County Public Schools staff will now proceed with the logistical planning needed to initiate a name change. The school will officially become Carter G. Woodson High School at the start of the 2024-25 school year. 

Visit the Woodson High School Renaming web page to read the complete news story and for more information.

Social Media Handles Remember November is National Family Engagement Month

Challenge your family to complete one of the following activities for the upcoming week:

  • Visit a local park or attraction and talk about the experience.
  • Put a note into your child’s backpack or lunch box as a token of encouragement.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher about his/her progress in school.
  • Pick a home improvement project and work together.
  • Host a pretend TV or radio talk show and take turn “interviewing” each other.
Reminder: Window for Full-time AAP Referrals Closes on December 15, 2023

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs may submit the AAP Full-Time (Level IV) Referral Form to  <<fill in the name and email address of the AART or principal>> no later than December 15, 2023

The window for families to submit a referral for full-time AAP services is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Full-Time AAP services will be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for full-time AAP will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of six trained professionals from various schools and roles will review the portfolio materials to determine eligibility for full-time placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they have been turned in for central selection by emailing <<fill in the name and email address of the AART>>. 

Referrals for subject-specific and part-time AAP are screened at the local school. If you miss this deadline, your student can still be screened for subject-specific AAP or part-time AAP for the remainder of the year and submit a referral for full-time AAP next fall. 

For more information, please visit the Advanced Academic Programs website.

Community Review of Elementary ELA Basal Instructional Resources

A community review of the VDOE-approved Cycle II core instructional materials is scheduled for November 15, 2023, until noon on December 15, 2023. As part of the public review process, an open house has been scheduled during this period to allow community members to ask questions to members of the Elementary Language Arts team. 

Digital materials for public review and comment will be available on the Elementary Language Arts Basal Resource Review website.

Hard copies of instructional materials will be available for review at:

Pimmit Hills Center, Room 207
7510 Lisle Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22043  

Materials may be reviewed at Pimmit Hills Center Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors should enter through door #4 and check in at the main office or with the building coordinator on duty. 

An open house with representatives from the Elementary Language Arts team will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

All community feedback will be shared with the review committee and with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting.

WFES Green Team News

Thank you to the former and current students who met for our very first Green Team meeting!  Charlotte Fay, Evelyn Ely, Emily Fay, Amelia Ely, Henry Lang, Penelope Donohue and Toby Sotelo.  Shout out to their parents as well!  We discussed many great ideas and look forward to putting things into action. 

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3:30 in room 505.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Muratore at [email protected].

Lost and Found to be Donated Quarterly

Our lost and found is abundantly overflowing. We will be donating everything in the lost and found on December 15th.

Going forward, we cannot sustain the amount of items that accumulate in the lost and found. Therefore we will begin donating our lost and found items at the end of every quarter. These are the future dates:

January 25th, March 22nd and June 12th

Please talk with your children about the responsibility of keeping track of their coats, etc. Putting their name inside the coat is also helpful. If you believe your student is missing any items of clothing, water bottles, etc., please have them look in the lost and found regularly. Families can come in to school and check for items as well. Small items such as car fobs, earrings, medals, or items of value can be found in the front office.

Contacts

Attendance: 703-503-2323 or [email protected]

Health Room: 703-503-2310

Parent Information Phone Lines/Support for parents who do not speak English as their first language: Parent Information Phone Lines

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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