WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

Thank you to those of you who were able to join me yesterday afternoon for the Principal Coffee. You certainly had the opportunity to see the challenges of working from home. We will post the slideshow to the school website soon. For your reference, we are including a link to the recording of yesterday’s virtual meeting.  As I shared yesterday, information is changing and evolving daily, so these answers are based on my knowledge as of July 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Sharyn_Prindle_Classroom - recording_18

FCPS staff is working to develop a protocol or regulation around the mask requirement. I know that this is a major concern for many of you, and I will share more information about that when it is available.  

Registration K - 6

We will begin accepting registration paperwork in person, by appointment only, beginning July 15, 2020. Ms. Sue Holmes, KSHolmes@fcps.edu is our school registrar. Please contact her by email to schedule a time to complete your school registration process. There will be specific safety protocols in place and Ms. Holmes will share this with you when you schedule your appointment. Anyone coming to Wakefield Forest ES for any purpose must wear a face mask and follow all stated safety protocols.  

Selecting Hybrid (2 days in person) or Virtual Deadline – Extended to July 15, 2020

The deadline to elect 4 days per week or in-person instruction 2 days per week has been extended to July 15, 2020. The default selection is in-person instruction 2 days per week.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below: • STEP 1: Access the online form at: : https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 . • STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS). • STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form. • STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired. • STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

If you have specific questions, please email me and I will do my best to answer them as quickly as possible.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Wakefield Forest Elementary

sbprindle@fcps.edu

 

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

Thank you for reaching out with your questions as you weigh your decision for school in the fall. As you may have heard, last night Dr. Brabrand extended the decision deadline to Wednesday, July 15, 2020. I will hold a Principal Coffee on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM. Please join me at: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c6eb13c163f94257988ff37ed4783154

Designations already made for the 2020-21 school year can be changed through July 15, 2020. After July 15, 2020 changes may not be made.

Spanish Language Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m.
A Spanish language virtual town hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., on the FCPS Spanish Facebook Page (Facebook en Espanol), featuring Superintendent Brabrand and other officials.

Additional Information


The deadline to elect 4 days per week or in-person instruction 2 days per week has been extended to July 15, 2020. The default selection is in-person instruction 2 days per week.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:
• STEP 1: Access the online form at: : https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .
• STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
• STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
• STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
• STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

If you have specific questions, please email me and I will do my best to answer them.

Thank you.
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

sbprindle@fcps.edu

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Message from the Principal

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

I hope you had a restful holiday weekend! I apologize that the document I sent Friday is having difficulty opening. Information from FCPS can be found at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and FCPS Plan for Return to School Link. Several parents have asked about recess; the plan would be for us to have recess, but we do not know how that will be structured at this time. Based on information available today, students will be limited to their classrooms for the majority of the day to limit transitions and interactions. We are working on the capacity limits of each classroom space and planning for room configurations to support maintaining distance in these spaces. Students are expected to wear masks to school daily; additional information will be provided on mask usage as it is available.

A virtual town hall with Superintendent Brabrand will be held tonight, July 6, at 6:30 p.m., to answer questions about FCPS’ Return to Learn options. The Town Hall will be available on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99, and will also be livestreamed on the FCPS website. Please send questions before or during the forum by emailing ReturntoSchool@fcps.edu. You can also call 1-800-231-6359 during the forum.

Spanish Language Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.
A Spanish language virtual town hall will be held on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., on the FCPS Spanish Facebook Page (Facebook en Espanol), featuring Superintendent Brabrand and other officials.

More information on Returning to School is available online


Additional Information:

The deadline to elect either virtual instruction 4 days per week or in-person instruction 2 days per week is July 10, 2020. The default selection is in-person instruction 2 days per week.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:

• STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .
• STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
• STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
• STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
• STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

If you have specific questions, please email me and I will do my best to answer them.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

sbprindle@fcps.edu

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Message from the Principal

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

I know that this has been a tough week for many of you, as you wrestle with the challenging decision for the next school year. Please know that whatever decision you make, we will support you and your children as best we can. As of this morning, we have heard about placement decisions for about 175 WFES students for the 2020-21 school year. The deadline to elect either virtual instruction 4 days per week or in-person instruction 2 days per week is July 10, 2020. The default selection is in-person instruction 2 days per week.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:

• STEP 1: Access the online form athttps://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020 .
• STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
• STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
• STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
• STEP 5: Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

This is a compilation of frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers at this time. I will work to keep this updated and highlight changes in yellow when I resend the link.

Dr. Brabrand will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 pm and will be prepared to answer as many questions as he can.

I wish you all a restful holiday weekend!

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Message from the Principal

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

As Dr. Brabrand communicated on Friday, June 26, 2020 families will have two options for instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Families need to designate their choice by July 10, 2020. If no response is received, the default is for students to participate in the in-person instruction. We will be working to schedule siblings who attend in person on the same days of the week to support family planning. I know that you are being faced with a difficult choice, and at the same time may still have many questions that we do not have the answers to right now. Please know that whatever you choose, we will work diligently to support you and your child.

As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, we would like to consider constructive feedback from our families on the distance learning implemented during spring 2020. Many changes are already planned for the fall, including smaller class sizes and increased direct instruction. Please complete the attached survey by July 17, 2020 if you would like to provide feedback.

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdD2EOXz59OsRFFahXLAMysdrRIfMcjangDWQur6rMdLVC5rQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

As more information becomes available about next school year, we will share that as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Wakefield Forest ES received the VDOE Continuous Improvement Award
Wakefield Forest ES was recognized for continuous improvement based on performance during the 2018-19 school year.

Mental Wellness Consultation 2020
The FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will continue to offer mental wellness consultations throughout the summer. If you have concerns about your child’s well-being or if your child would like to speak with a school psychologist or school social worker, please request a consultation. Our FCPS mental health providers are available to help families get needed support through a 45-minute phone consultation or through secure video conferencing. Appointments are open to all FCPS families.

Consultations are offered in two ways:
• Directly to parents of students in any grade level. This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social-emotional, behavioral, or academic functioning. Information about community resources will also be made available.

We encourage parents to take advantage of this service. Click here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 571-423-4276.

Registration
If you have a student to register for next year, or know someone who does, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Summer Reading
Be sure to check out and join the new WFES Summer Reading 2020 Google classroom! Not only does this site have word solving strategies, comprehension conversation starters and online reading sites, but it also has more than 10 virtual bookshelves where your child can click on picture book covers and chapter book covers to hear the author read the story aloud! You can also click on the Fairfax County Public Library poster in the virtual classroom to enroll in their free summer reading program. To join this Google classroom, go to Google, click on the classroom icon, click on the plus sign and enter the class code: btem2ke Questions? Contact our Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein at sprubinstein@fcps.edu

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Summer Continuity of Learning – For Currently Enrolled Students
This summer FCPS will be mailing math and literacy workbooks to your home to support your children’s continued learning. We will also have teachers available one hour per week for support. This one hour per week is intended to answer questions about the provided workbooks. The ESOL teacher will be in contact with families who will receive that support this summer.

If you are interested in accessing this opportunity this summer, please fill out this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnCj1VMvo1eLjY-Tzr_cZaUjfRfB-sWakuojP2cj8lQIMp3Q/viewform?usp=sf_link Please register your child for their current grade level. Those who respond to this survey will be sent a secure link to his/her child’s Gmail account in order to access the teacher support.

Grade Level - Teacher - Day - Time
Kindergarten - Ms. Zuschek - Tuesday - 11:00 AM
First Grade - Ms. Vu - Tuesday - 10:00 AM
Second Grade - Ms. Khasawinah - Wednesday - 2:00 PM
Third Grade - Ms. Marucchi - Tuesday - 9:00 AM
Fourth Grade - Ms. Karras - Wednesday - 11:00 AM
Fifth Grade - Ms. Brooks - Monday - 10:00 AM
Sixth Grade - Ms. Stahl - Monday -11:00 AM
Special Ed - Ms. Harrison - Tuesday - 1:30 PM

Registration
If you have a student to register for next year, or know someone who does, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Summer Reading
Be sure to check out and join the new WFES Summer Reading 2020 Google classroom! Not only does this site have word solving strategies, comprehension conversation starters and online reading sites, but it also has more than 10 virtual bookshelves where your child can click on picture book covers and chapter book covers to hear the author read the story aloud! You can also click on the Fairfax County Public Library poster in the virtual classroom to enroll in their free summer reading program. To join this Google classroom, go to Google, click on the classroom icon, click on the plus sign and enter the class code: btem2ke Questions? Contact our Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein at sprubinstein@fcps.edu

myOn Account
All currently enrolled K-12 students will continue to have access to myON over the summer through the start of the school year using their current school and FCPS username and password.

Final Yearbook Pick Up this Friday
You may pick up your previously ordered WFES yearbook this Friday, June 19 from 10 am to 12:00 pm. Feel free to send a friend/neighbor/relative to pick up your child’s yearbook if you are not able to do so personally. Please use the Kiss and Ride lane; you will not need to leave your vehicle. Questions can be directed to Mary Probst at meprobst@fcps.edu.

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WFES YEARBOOK PICK UP THIS FRIDAY

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Final Yearbook Pickup - Friday, 6/19

If you didn’t get a chance to do so last week, you may pick up your previously ordered yearbook this Friday, June 19 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. You may send a friend/neighbor/relative to pick up your child’s yearbook. Please use the Kiss and Ride lane; you will not need to leave your vehicle. Questions can be directed to Mary Probst at meprobst@fcps.edu.

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MESSAGE FROM WAKEFIELD FOREST ELEMENTARY

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,
Despite the ups and downs of the 2019-2020 school year, we have had a lot to celebrate this week. We had an amazing virtual promotion for our sixth graders on Thursday; it was truly heartwarming. We also had fun goodbyes for our kindergarten – fifth graders this morning. We will truly miss our students.

At this time we don’t yet know exactly what the 2020-21 school year will look like. Whatever is decided, we will be working hard throughout the summer to prepare so that we can ensure a successful start of the school year. We will communicate throughout the process to keep you informed. Any decisions made will take into account the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

We very much appreciate the family partnerships we experienced this school year. Thank you to our amazing PTA Board: Susan Johnson, Katina Scott, Jonathan Osten, Malena Barzilai, Caron Atiyeh, Kokeb Kassa and Katherine Ely. We are grateful for all of their contributions, as well as the many PTA chairpeople who organized and oversaw extracurricular enrichment programs, fun family activities, and successful fundraisers.

We would also like to sincerely thank our WFES families for everything they did to support their children’s distance learning experiences. It always takes a village to help our children/students. This rings true even more this year under these trying circumstances. We truly appreciate your support and encouraging messages.

If you would like to take advantage of the summer teacher office hours, please see the information below to register your child.

This summer, more than ever, we all need to take time to breathe, relax, and recoup. I know the Prindle clan is looking forward to a break. I hope you all find time for the same.

Best wishes,

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Summer Continuity of Learning – For Currently Enrolled Students
This summer FCPS will be mailing math and literacy workbooks to your home to support your children’s continued learning. We will also have teachers available one hour per week for support. This one hour per week is intended to answer questions about the provided workbooks. The ESOL teacher will be in contact with families who will receive that support this summer.

If you are interested in accessing this opportunity this summer, please fill out this link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnCj1VMvo1eLjY-Tzr_cZaUjfRfB-sWakuojP2cj8lQIMp3Q/viewform?usp=sf_link Please register your child for their current grade level. Those who respond to this survey will be sent a secure link to his/her child’s Gmail account in order to access the teacher support.

Grade Level - Teacher - Day - Time
Kindergarten - Ms. Zuschek - Tuesday - 11:00 AM
First Grade - Ms. Vu - Tuesday - 10:00 AM
Second Grade - Ms. Khasawinah - Wednesday - 2:00 PM
Third Grade - Ms. Marucchi - Tuesday - 9:00 AM
Fourth Grade - Ms. Karras - Wednesday - 11:00 AM
Fifth Grade - Ms. Brooks - Monday - 10:00 AM
Sixth Grade - Ms. Stahl - Monday -11:00 AM
Special Ed - Ms. Harrison - Tuesday - 1:30 PM

Important message from the Wakefield Forest Library

All parents of students that still have library books checked out received an email listing the books and their replacement costs on the evening of Monday, 6/8.

Please look for these books at home and return them to Wakefield Forest as soon as possible. Today, and during the week of June 15 - 19, there will be a box on one of the benches under the overhang at the main school entrance; you may drop off your books there at any time.

Please contact Wakefield Forest librarian Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu  if you have any questions.

WFES Summer Reading Classroom
Be sure to check out and join the new WFES Summer Reading 2020 Google classroom! Not only does this site have word-solving strategies and comprehension conversation starters, but it also has 4 virtual bookshelves where your child can click on book covers and hear the author read the story aloud! You can also click on the Fairfax County Public Library poster in the virtual classroom to enroll in their summer reading program. To join this Google classroom, go to Google, click on the classroom icon and enter the class code: btem2ke Questions? Contact our Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein at sprubinstein@fcps.edu

myOn Account
All currently enrolled K-12 students will continue to have access to myON over the summer through the start of the school year using their current school and FCPS username and password.

Registration
If you have a student to register for next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration.

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Laptops
All students who have borrowed a laptop from Wakefield Forest ES and are returning next year may keep the devices through the summer in order to support the Continuity of Learning. Sixth grade laptops will be collected in August. If you have borrowed a device and are moving, please contact alwilliams1@fcps.edu to schedule a drop off time.

Distance Learning Survey
Parents, be sure to watch your email for an important survey about distance learning and returning to school this fall. FCPS wants feedback on your distance learning experience this spring and your views about proposed return to school options. Your voice matters; please share your thoughts with us as we plan for fall 2020.

 

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Weekly Message

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

This has been a very difficult few weeks for our school, community and country. There is much work to be done to address the racism that continues to grip our nation. Racism and hate have no place in Wakefield Forest or Fairfax County Public Schools. Listed among the beliefs when you enter our school is - We believe in creating a safe, inclusive, and challenging environment where diversity is valued.

I have asked the grade level teams to share an age-appropriate lesson on the topic of racism. These lessons are just a step in what will be a journey as a school and division. Because school buildings remain closed through the month of July, I will offer virtual opportunities for families to connect with me on this topic over the summer. Until then, I will be listening, reading and reflecting.

As our school year comes to a close, we hope that you will join us to say goodbye on Thursday for our 6th graders and Friday for our Kindergarten – Fifth Graders. We will certainly miss our traditional farewell hugs and ceremonies that lead into summer break, but we hope this fun opportunity will provide our students and staff a sense of closure.

I am very proud to be the principal of Wakefield Forest Elementary, a school and community that shows how very much they care for students, families, and each other.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Yearbook Pick Up this Thursday, June 11, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm!
If you ordered a yearbook, you may pick it up from Wakefield Forest this Thursday, June 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please drive up to the front of the building in the Kiss and Ride line; you will not need to leave your car. Please direct questions to staff yearbook coordinator, Mary Probst, at meprobst@fcps.edu.


End of Year (EOY) Events This Week
We’d like to remind you about the upcoming special events marking the end of the school year. We encourage you to attend these virtual time-honored WFES traditions with your children. These will be held in the grade level classroom students attends during the week.

Thursday, June 11, from 9:00 – 10:30 am: Sixth Grade Promotion

Friday, June 12
9:00 – 9:20 am: Kindergarten EOY Ceremony
9:30 – 9:50 am: Grade 1 EOY Ceremony
10:00 – 10:20 am: Grade 2 EOY Ceremony
10:30 – 10:50 am: Grade 3 EOY Ceremony
11:00 – 11:20 am: Grade 4 EOY Ceremony
11:30 – 11:50 am: Grade 5 EOY Ceremony


Summer Continuity of Learning – For Currently Enrolled Students

This summer FCPS will be sending workbooks to your home to support your children’s continued learning. We will also have teachers available one hour per week for support this summer. This one hour per week is intended to answer questions about the workbooks. The ESOL teacher will be in contact with families who will receive that support this summer.

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity this summer, please fill out this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnCj1VMvo1eLjY-Tzr_cZaUjfRfB-sWakuojP2cj8lQIMp3Q/viewform?usp=sf_link Students who respond to this survey will be sent a secure link to his/her Gmail account in order to access the teacher support.

Grade Level - Teacher - Day - Time
Kindergarten - Ms. Zuschek - Tuesday - 11:00 AM
First Grade - Ms. Vu - Tuesday - 10:00 AM
Second Grade - Ms. Khasawinah - Wednesday - 2:00 PM
Third Grade -  Ms. Marucchi - Tuesday - 9:00 AM
Fourth Grade - Ms. Karras -  Wednesday - 11:00 AM
Fifth Grade  - Ms. Brooks -  Monday - 10:00 AM
Sixth Grade - Ms. Stahl - Monday -11:00 AM
Special Ed - Ms. Harrison - Tuesday - 1:30 PM

Important message from the Wakefield Forest Library
Thank you to everyone who returned library books during student material pickup on 6/1 and 6/2! After checking in all books that were dropped off, as well as all books returned from the classrooms and from SACC, we are still missing a little over 300 materials.

All parents of students that still have library books checked out received an email listing the books and their replacement costs on the evening of Monday, 6/8.

Please look for these books at home and make arrangements to return them to Wakefield Forest as soon as possible. Please contact the main office at 703-503-2300 to arrange a time to drop them off.

Please contact Wakefield Forest librarian Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Laptops
All students who have borrowed a laptop from Wakefield Forest ES and are returning next year may keep the devices through the summer in order to support the Continuity of Learning. Sixth grade laptops will be collected in August. If you have borrowed a device and are moving, please contact alwilliams1@fcps.edu to schedule a drop off time.

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Weekly Message

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

The news this past week has been incredibly heartbreaking. As a mom I have been having really tough conversations with my girls about racism, privilege, bias, fear and hate.  I believe these conversations have to happen, as a part of teaching our children that #OtherPeopleMatter. These can be very hard conversations to start, especially with children. There are many books that can help you, but a few I have read to my own girls are Rosa, The Day You Begin, The Day the Zebras Lost Their Stripes, Something Happened in Our Town and Skin Again. Readalouds of these books can be found on YouTube.

This is a list of additional books to support these conversations:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/26-childrens-books-to-support-conversations-on-race-racism-resistance

Here are some tips for having these conversations:

https://www.embracerace.org/resources/young-kids-racial-injustice

As a leader, I am constantly reading and challenging my own thinking to continue to improve. Some of the material that has sparked the most personal reflection on this topic are the books Biased, The Hate U Give and The Other Wes Moore,  "100 Humans," episode 4 – Are You Biased? (Netflix), FCPS Cultural Proficiency training and Harvard’s Project Implicit.

If you or your child needs support with this or any other concern, please reach out to us. We are here to support you.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal


Staff Farewells
Every year we sadly have members of our amazing staff head off on new adventures. This year we will be saying goodbye to the following folks:

• Jessica Clark is moving to Culpeper, Virginia.
• Kari Ann McDonald is moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado.
• Alisa Bedker is staying home with her sweet baby girl Emelia.
• Stacia Aman will be around for a little bit before her move to Florida.
• Tina Cannon is moving to West Virginia.
• Kelsey Dolinger will be moving to Richmond, Virginia.
• Amanda Dyson is switching fields to pursue something on the corporate side of the world.
• Vivian Choi will be switching to a school on the western side of the county.

We very much appreciate the contributions these individuals have made to Wakefield Forest and Fairfax County Public Schools. We wish them well.

Mental Health Support
We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out.
If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

Renovation News
During distance learning our renovation plans are continuing to progress. Meetings with our architect team are continuing in a virtual format. Information about the timeline for the Wakefield Forest Renovation can be found in the Capital Improvement Program. https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/facilities-planning-future/capital-improvement-program

Summer Continuity of Learning
This summer FCPS will be sending workbooks in the mail to support your children’s continued learning. We will also have a teacher available one hour per week for virtual office hours at each grade level. More information will be coming about this opportunity as it becomes available.

Laptops
All students who have borrowed a laptop from Wakefield Forest ES and are returning next year may keep the devices through the summer in order to support the Continuity of Learning. Sixth grade laptops will be collected in August. If you have borrowed a device and are moving, please contact alwilliams1@fcps.edu to schedule a drop off time.

Parent Input Forms
Parent Input Forms were due on May 19, 2020. We have begun the extensive process of preparing class groupings for the next school year and no further feedback will be able to be considered. Thank you for your understanding.

Fairfax County Summer Library Program
While WFES are not sponsoring a school-based summer reading program, the Fairfax County Public Library system is! You can see the details here on their website:

https://research.fairfaxcounty.gov/summer-reading

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Student Materials Pick Up next Monday and Tuesday, June 1 and 2

WFES staff have been working hard to pack up classrooms and to bag student items.  Please know that every student has a bag to be retrieved, with art projects, classroom work, belongings from his or her desk, etc. We will be distributing student materials on Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2. We have limited openings on Monday afternoon but have a number of open slots on Tuesday, June 2. Please sign up to collect your student materials using this link . When you come to collect student materials, please plan to bring library books, cleaned patrol belts, band/strings instruments borrowed from FCPS if in 6th grade and any other school materials.  

When you arrive at school, please pull up into the Kiss and Ride line in front of the school. You will not need to leave your car to pick up your child’s belongings.

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The Mystery Reader tradition continues in first grade!

 

Student Materials Pick Up

Staff have been working hard to pack up classrooms and to bag student items. We will do our very best to return all items that we are able to identify.  We will be distributing student materials on Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2.  Please sign up to collect your student materials using this link. When you come to collect student materials, please plan to bring library books, cleaned patrol belts (see below), band/strings instruments borrowed from FCPS if in 6th grade and any other school materials.

 

Medication Pick Up

If you have student medication in the WFES Health Room that needs to be retrieved, please contact our assistant principal, Ms. Williams, at alwilliams1@fcps.edu and the pick up will be coordinated with the retrieval of your student’s belongings.  Following Fairfax County Health Department regulations, we will dispose of all medication not picked up from WFES by June 12.

 

Patrol Belt/Badge Return

Before returning patrol equipment, please remove the badge from the patrol belt, hand wash the patrol belt with mild detergent, and air dry.  Please do not reattach badge, as badges and belts will be placed in separate boxes.

 

Mental Health Support

The Wakefield Forest mental health team will present strategies for wellness during COVID-19 on May 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Please join at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/97ba7d1107904d4fa3d4b1f61edc0240 through Chrome.

We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out. 

If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

 

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a student to register for kindergarten next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at  KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration.

 

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?

For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If you are returning, please do not worry about turning in the form.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

As the weather gets warmer we all start thinking about summer, although this summer will be very different for many of us. As you may have seen in the communication that came out Friday, FCPS will be providing some support throughout the summer. Elementary school students will have the opportunity to focus on math and literacy skill-building using self-directed print and digital materials. Each school will have teachers who will support students in their summer learning experiences from June 29 - July 31. As additional information is available about the support this summer, we will share that with you.

Meanwhile, staff have been working hard to pack up classrooms and to bag student items. We will do our very best to return all items that we are able to identify. Please sign up to collect your student materials using this link. When you come to collect student materials, please plan to bring library books, cleaned patrol belts (see below), band/strings instruments borrowed from FCPS if in 6th grade, and any other school materials. We will work to return student medication during your scheduled pick up.

We are busy planning for our sixth grade promotion ceremony, scheduled for June 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Sixth grade families will be getting more information about this soon. We are excited to get to see all of our sixth graders together virtually. Due to virtual capacity restrictions, this will be limited to sixth graders’ immediate family members and select staff. We will record this event to share with 6th grade families.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

 

Library Books
In the coming days you and your child will receive an email about WFES library books that are currently checked out to assist you in locating these at home. As we are cleaning classrooms, we are checking in any library books we have found. We will continue to search for books.

 

Patrol Belt/Badge Return
Before returning patrol equipment in early June, please remove the badge from the patrol belt, hand wash the patrol belt with mild detergent, and air dry. Please do not reattach badge, as badges and belts will be placed in separate boxes.

 

K-2 Laptop Distribution
We have now been given approval to expand our laptop distribution to K-2. Resources are limited, please only complete the survey if your child is in grades K-2 and you don’t have a device for him/her to use at home. Please complete this form if your child needs a laptop in order to access distance learning at home.

Please note: Families that respond that they need a laptop will need to answer mandatory Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) questions for screening individuals and there will be a health protocol implemented for the pickup. This is to ensure the safety of those individuals picking up and distributing devices. In addition, one parent and the student will need to come to school during their scheduled appointment time to get the laptop. The student is required to come, as they will log into the device. Please have the student wear a mask; the parent will remain in the car while the student logs in on the sidewalk. Additional information will be provided to the families during the scheduling process.

 

Mental Health Support

The Wakefield Forest mental health team will present strategies for wellness during COVID-19 on May 28, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Please join at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/97ba7d1107904d4fa3d4b1f61edc0240 through Chrome.

We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out.
If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: 

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

 

Kindergarten Registration
If you have a student to register for kindergarten next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration .

 

End of Year Virtual Activities Scheduled
Please see the schedule below for virtual End of Year (EOY) ceremonies. Links will be forwarded as the dates approach.

Thursday, June 11 9:00 – 10:00 am Virtual G6 Promotion Ceremony

Friday, June 12 9:00 – 9:20 am Kindergarten Virtual EOY Ceremony
9:30 – 9:50 am Grade 1 Virtual EOY Ceremony
10:00 – 10:20 am Grade 2 Virtual EOY Ceremony
10:30 – 10:50 am Grade 3 Virtual EOY Ceremony
11:00 – 11:20 am Grade 4 Virtual EOY Ceremony
11:30 – 11:50 am Grade 5 Virtual EOY Ceremony

 

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

 

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We have now been given approval to expand our laptop distribution to K-2. Resources are limited, please only complete the survey if your child is in grades K-2 and you don’t have a device for him/her to use at home. Please complete this form if your child needs a laptop in order to access distance learning at home.

Please note: Families that respond that they need a laptop will need to answer mandatory Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) questions for screening individuals and there will be a health protocol implemented for the pickup. This is to ensure the safety of those individuals picking up and distributing devices. In addition, one parent and the student will need to come to school during their scheduled appointment time to get the laptop. The student is required to come, as they will log into the device. Please have the student wear a mask; the parent will remain in the car while the student logs in on the sidewalk. Additional information will be provided to the families during the scheduling process.

As was shared earlier this week, student item pick up will be scheduled for the week of June 1-5, 2020. We will send out a signup genius for families to choose a slot to drive up and retrieve materials. Families will remain in cars and we will hand items or place them in the trunk of the car.

Kindergarten Orientation is today at 4:00 PM. We are looking forward to sharing about our amazing school. If you have a rising kindergarten student, please join us at this link through Chrome: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c6eb13c163f94257988ff37ed4783154

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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During distance learning, WFES students are showing creativity in many ways.

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that we only have 5 weeks of distance learning left. I have enjoyed watching and participating in classes. We have started coordinating for staff to pack up classrooms and student materials over the next several weeks. With the continued health department restrictions, this process will take a great deal of time. Pack up will not impact direct instruction but may impact email response time.

We will also be packing up student materials and coordinating for family pick up of classroom materials and medication the week of June 1, 2020. We will include a sign-up as the date approaches. If your family is moving and will be leaving the area prior to the end of the school year, please contact me at sbprindle@fcps.edu and we will coordinate an earlier pick up.

We are looking forward to celebrating all of our students through virtual formats in June.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

 

Parent Input for Class Placement for SY 2020-2021 due no later than Tuesday, May 19
We value and welcome your insights regarding your child’s learning needs. We will use this information in collaboration with staff input as we create class placements for the 2020-2021 school year. Many factors are considered in determining class placement. We have an amazing staff and ask respectfully that you do not indicate teacher names on this form. In order to be considered, this Google form must be submitted no later than next Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Please access the form here

 

New deadline for Yearbook orders – Friday, May 15
Yearbooks may now be ordered online through this Friday, May 15, 2020. Once completed, the yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we will determine a plan for distribution. If you would like to confirm that you did submit a check to WFES before March 13, please email Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu . Ms. Ruskin has a list of names that she took off orders that were sent from the office; she cannot confirm online orders.

Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com
Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks
Enter code:  FM111429

 

Kindergarten Orientation & Registration
We will host a virtual Kindergarten Orientation tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM. At this event, we will review information about our school and answer questions specific to kindergarten.

Families can join the virtual orientation by clicking this link and accessing through CHROME: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c6eb13c163f94257988ff37ed4783154

The orientation will be recorded and posted to our website afterward.
If you have a student to register for kindergarten next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu . Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration

 

End of Year Virtual Activities Scheduled
Please see the schedule below for virtual End of Year (EOY) ceremonies. Links will be forwarded in June.

Thursday, June 11           9:00 – 10:00 am             G6 Promotion Ceremony
                                                 
Friday, June 12                9:00 – 9:20 am               Kinder EOY Ceremony
                                         9:30 – 9:50 am              Gr 1  EOY Ceremony
                                        10:00 – 10:20 am           Gr 2  EOY Ceremony
                                        10:30 – 10:50 am           Gr 3  EOY Ceremony
                                        11:00 – 11:20 am            Gr 4  EOY Ceremony
                                        11:30 – 11:50 am            Gr 5  EOY Ceremony

 

Clarification: Specialists’ Office Hours
All specialists are available for 30 minutes per day Monday-Thursday according to the schedule below. All WFES students should have received a Blackboard Collaborate link to a course titled “Specialist Office Hours” in an email to their fcpsschools.net Gmail account. If your child did not receive the link, please contact Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu .

Specialist Office Hours Schedule (Monday-Thursday unless otherwise indicated):

Tina Cannon                  AART & STEAM               4:00 – 4:30 pm
Christine Rowader         Art                                     3:00 – 3:30 pm
Carmen Alvarez-Keefer Art                              10:30 – 11:00 am (W/Th)
Nancy Cradler                Band                                11:00 – 11:30 am
Chelsea Boateng           Counselor                         8:30 – 9:00 am
Nancy Garcia- Henderson Counselor                     2:00 – 2:30 pm
Mary Muratore               ESOL                                8:00 – 8:30 am
Amy Rapuano                Library                              12:30 – 1:00 pm
Alisa Waggoner             Music                                 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Courtney Massimo        PE                                     10:00 – 10:30 am
Suzanne Rubinstein      Reading                             3:30 – 4:00 pm
Carey Sleeman             Strings                               11:30 am – 12:00 pm

There will be no formal lessons taught during this time, and it is not necessary for your child to have something prepared to share that has to do with any of the specialist’s classes. If your child is missing seeing the specials teachers, this is a time when anyone from any grade level can come hang out and chat with each specialist.

In addition to office hours, each of the specialists also has optional lessons, activities, read alouds, and other resources available on the specialist tab on each grade level’s Blackboard 24/7courses. These resources will be updated weekly, so be sure to check them often! They can also be found by clicking on this link, which is also posted in each grade level’s Google Classroom (you must be logged in to your child’s fcpsschools.net account in order for the link to work):

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1q4a3iccSt8ypgE4hUFId0Jy--crqwRZ0GayFNUnx6EE/edit#slide=id.p

 

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If you are returning, please do not worry about turning in the form.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

 

Access to Non-essential Items
Wakefield Forest is closed based on the Governor’s Order and Health Department restrictions, with the exception of activities designated as essential. At this time FCPS is working to develop a plan for returning non-essential items to families. When more information is available, we will let you know. If there is an urgent need, please email me directly at sbprindle@fcps.edu.


Mental Health Support
We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out. 

If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage:

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

 

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WFES fifth grade student Natalie took advantage of a beautful day to practice on her driveway!

Dear Families,

We definitely felt the outpouring of appreciation last week. Thank you for making the teachers and staff feel appreciated.

We have now had several weeks of successful distance learning. Distance learning is made up of several components: the packets that arrive in the mail, teacher provided direct instruction, small group/office hours with teachers, and materials posted in Blackboard 24/7 and GoogleClassroom. All of these components are intended to engage students with learning and support them through the academic content. If you have questions about your child’s distance learning experience, please email your child’s classroom teacher. 

While we are not permitted to troubleshoot personal electronic devices, we do have a number of help documents that we can share that will help you troubleshoot those issues at home.  On Friday, May 8, Barbara Brand and Brian Hubler, the Wakefield Forest Tech Team, will hold a Distance Learning Help Session for WFES Parents.  Currently, the session is scheduled for 10 AM, but if there is sufficient enrollment, we will be able to have a second session at 1:00 PM.  Registration is required.  Please complete registration by noon on Thursday, May 7.  Register with this link to attend.

Remaining active is a critical component of wellness during quarantine. The specialists (Art, Library, Music, PE, STEAM) have posted fun activities on each grade level Blackboard site. These activities may help further engage your child’s creative and energetic side. We hope you will seek safe opportunities to be outside. We had fun just washing the car this weekend!

We miss you all. Stay well.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Parent Input for Class Placement Form
We value and welcome your insights regarding your child’s learning needs. We will use this information in collaboration with staff input as we create class placements for the 2020-2021 school year. Many factors are considered in determining class placement. We have an amazing staff and ask respectfully that you do not indicate teacher names on this form. In order to be considered, this Google form must be submitted no later than Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Please access the form here

New deadline for Yearbook orders – May 15
Yearbooks may now be ordered online through Friday, May 15, 2020. Once completed, the yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we will determine a plan for distribution. If you would like to confirm that you did submit a check to WFES before March 13, please email Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu . Ms. Ruskin has a list of names that she took off orders that were sent from the office; she cannot confirm online orders.
Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com
Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks
Enter code:  FM111429

Kindergarten Orientation & Registration
We will host a virtual Kindergarten Orientation on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM. At this event, we will review information about our school and answer questions specific to kindergarten.

Families can join the virtual orientation on CHROME by clicking this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c6eb13c163f94257988ff37ed4783154

The orientation will be recorded and posted to our website afterward. 

If you have a student to register for kindergarten next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at KSHolmes@fcps.edu . Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration .
 
Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please let Ms. Holmes know by emailing her directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu
 
Progress Reports
Third quarter grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9. Report card mailings will begin on May 12, 2020.

 

Announcement from the WFES Specialists
All WFES specialists will begin holding daily office hours the week of May 4. All WFES students should have received a Blackboard Collaborate link to a course titled “Specialist Office Hours” in an email to their fcpsschools.net Gmail account. Each of specialists can be seen by accessing that link according to the set schedule. The schedule can be found on the specialist tab on each grade level’s Blackboard 24/7 courses, or by clicking here (you must be logged in to your child’s fcpsschools.net account in order for the link to work):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZHtRl96nlwUGFosUpFciOj87nFEtjqF8zSOMDJNKVwE/edit#gid=634347005. If your child did not receive the link, please contact Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

Each of the specialists also has optional lessons, activities, read alouds, and other resources available on the specialist tab on each grade level’s Blackboard 24/7courses. These resources will be updated weekly, so be sure to check them often! They can also be found by clicking on this link, which is also posted in each grade level’s Google Classroom (you must be logged in to your child’s fcpsschools.net account in order for the link to work): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1q4a3iccSt8ypgE4hUFId0Jy--crqwRZ0GayFNUnx6EE/edit#slide=id.p 

Emails from Blackboard Collaborate
It is likely that many students have received several different emails on their fcpsschools.net Gmail account inviting them to various different class sessions, class meetings, and drop in hours with teachers and specialists. Gmail “stacks” multiple emails that come through from the same sender, which may make it difficult for students to see all of their different links. Please refer to the video below if you need help navigate this Gmail feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=830QSdI-kRs

Attendance
During the direct instruction sessions, WFES staff will be taking attendance and entering it into our online system. This is to allow us to know which students we need to follow up with. We do understand that not all families can attend the direct instruction sessions.

Access to Non-essential Items
Wakefield Forest is closed based on the Governor’s Order and Health Department restrictions, with the exception of activities designated as essential. At this time FCPS is working to develop a plan for returning non-essential items to families. When more information is available, we will let you know. If there is an urgent need, please email me directly at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

Mental Health Support
We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out.

If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

Additionally, the FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering a Wellness Webinar this Friday, May 8:
Maintaining our own mental health and wellness during this time can be challenging, let alone supporting our children and family members. The first step to taking care of our families, is to take care of ourselves.

Webinar Highlights:
• Strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family
• How to talk to my child about COVID-19
• Activities that will foster resilience during this time
• What does stress look like in children?
• Resources to support my child

Presented by Bethany Koszelak, Mental Wellness Specialist for FCPS.
Friday, May 8, 2020, 10 a.m.- noon. Register at link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSedQPwtGZdR_ki7FAHzz40iNRI0vqPWUaBQcVvD2VD7I5tqlw/viewform



 

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It was so exciting to have our first full week of direct instruction. We experienced excellent attendance. If staff did not see your child in the direct instruction, they will be reaching out. We want to make sure we are connecting with each of our students in one way or another. We truly miss all of our students.

I was able to see so many wonderful lessons across our school last week; it brought joy to my heart to see teachers doing what they were made to do. Our staff have accomplished so much in such a short time and instruction continues to improve every day. I am loving the collaboration across our teams, where they are learning from each other. We will continue to reflect on our distance learning plan throughout this process and use those reflections to improve.

Each of us is affected by COVID-19 in different ways, but we are all impacted. The Wakefield Forest staff has done an amazing job of jumping into distance learning during a time of national crisis. The staff have set up a space in their homes and welcomed your children. They have developed lessons based on what they have in their homes and what they can scour from the internet. They have put on a bright smile during the lessons, even when their own children, significant others, or pets needed their attention. They love your children. Thank you for expressing your appreciation for their dedication and compassion.

This is a video compilation created by third grade teacher, Kelsey Dolinger: https://youtu.be/JfXBkqeCsJM

Grab tissues before you watch; I know I needed them. 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Access to Non-essential Items

Wakefield Forest is closed based on the Governor’s Order and Health Department restrictions, with the exception of activities designated as essential. At this time FCPS has not yet developed a plan for returning non-essential items to families. When more information is available, we will let you know. If there is an urgent need, please email me directly at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

 

Attendance

During the direct instruction sessions, WFES staff will be taking attendance and entering it into our online system. This is to allow us to know which students we need to follow up with. We do understand that not all families can attend the direct instruction sessions. There is no need to email the WFES attendance line or your teacher if your child will not participate in the live session.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at  KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to Ms. Holmes.

 

"Intention for Next School Year" Forms

For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-21 school year.  If you are returning, please do not worry about turning in the form.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSHolmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

 

Distance Learning Materials

Parents can opt-out of receiving paper packets by clicking here. All packets will be available on  FCPS 24-7 Learning at least one week in advance of the next week's instruction.

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand.  To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe.  Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).  

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and is streaming at https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/cable-tv/cable-tv-guide.

 

Mental Health Support

If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out. 

Additionally, the FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering a Wellness Webinar Friday, May 8:

Maintaining our own mental health and wellness during this time can be challenging, let alone supporting our children and family members. The first step to taking care of our families, is to take care of ourselves.

Webinar Highlights:

  • Strategies for maintaining wellness for self and family
  • How to talk to my child about COVID-19
  • Activities that will foster resilience during this time
  • What does stress look like in children?
  • Resources to support my child 

Presented by Bethany Koszelak, Mental Wellness Specialist for FCPS.

Friday, May 8, 2020, 10 a.m.- noon.

Register for Maintaining Wellness and School Supports During COVID-19: A Webinar for Families

Progress Reports

Due to last week’s pause in teacher-led “live” instruction, the third quarter has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020. Students will work with their teachers to make up third quarter missing/incomplete assignments and complete reassessments by May 1, 2020. 

ParentVUE/StudentVUE access will be turned off to allow for teachers to enter grades from Thursday, April 23 through Friday, May 8. Grades will be available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE on Saturday, May 9.

Report card mailings to all parents/guardians who have not opted into electronic delivery will begin on May 12, 2020.

More information about grading and reporting for the remainder of the school year will be available later this week. 

 

Specialists

Our wonderful specialist team has been posting materials in the student Blackboard account under the specialist tab.

 

Library Books

Please enjoy your school library books at home. No books are overdue, and they can be returned when the school building re-opens. Happy Reading!

 

Yearbooks

Yearbooks can be ordered online through May 1, 2020. Once completed, the yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we will determine a plan for distribution. If you would like to confirm that you did submit a check to WFES before March 13, please email Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu . Ms. Ruskin has a list of names that she took off orders that were sent from the office; she cannot confirm online orders.

Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com

Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks

Enter code:  FM111429

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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WFES students engage with their classmates and teachers during the second week of distance learning.

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

I know that there has been an inordinate amount of communication from the district, me and your teachers. For this I truly apologize. I know that the messages from the district and our school have not always aligned; this is a part of the challenge of being in a school district of our size. Most schools were not ready to proceed with direct instruction today.  However, because we were ready, we proceeded. Rest assured that we are following all FCPS procedures and policies to ensure student safety. This process will take more time for our middle and high school colleagues, but direct instruction should be available for all students across FCPS soon.

My heart was full today seeing so many of our students in direct learning sessions and also seeing staff do what they love. I was able to see some fun, creative and interactive lessons happening at every grade level. Our staff is working so hard to make the time they have with students valuable for both relationships and instruction.  We will continue with direct instruction as scheduled.  If you have questions or concerns about instructions, the classroom teacher is the best first person to ask.

Thank you so much for your continued trust in us. We feel it and we appreciate your partnership throughout this journey.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Access to Non-essential Items

Wakefield Forest is closed based on the Governor’s Order and Health Department restrictions, with the exception of activities designated as essential. At this time FCPS has not yet developed a plan for returning non-essential items to families. When more information is available, we will let you know. If there is an urgent need, please email me directly at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

Attendance

During the direct instruction sessions, WFES staff will be taking attendance and entering it into our online system. This is to allow us to know which students we need to follow up with. We do understand that not all families can attend the direct instruction sessions. There is no need to email the WFES attendance line or your teacher if your child will not participate in the live session.

DreamBox Support

During distance learning, we have set up DreamBox for students through the end of June as an additional resource. You should have or will receive information from your classroom teacher about accessing this resource. Should you have an issue, these links are a good first step.

https://www.dreambox.com/educator-webinars

https://www.dreambox.com/parent-webinars

Need tech support? support@dreambox.com  

Kindergarten Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at  KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to Ms. Holmes.

"Intention for Next School Year" Forms

For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in August for the 20-20 school year.  If you are returning, please do not worry about turning in the form.  If your children (K-5) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at KSholme@fcps.edu and let her know.

Distance Learning Materials

Parents can opt-out of receiving paper packets by clicking here. All packets will be available on  FCPS 24-7 Learning at least one week in advance of the next week's instruction.

Math and Language Arts Distance Learning Lessons broadcast on Apple 21 can now be accessed by teachers and students on demand.  To view, go to Fairfax County Public Schools Distance Learning on YouTube and subscribe.  Playlists are arranged by grade level (for math) and content (for language arts).  

Content can also be accessed on the FCPS Apple 21 cable television channel and is streaming at https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/cable-tv/cable-tv-guide.

Mental Health Support

If you are seeking supports for working with your child during this time, there are some at this link towards the end of the webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/distance-learning/instruction/learning-at-home

We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out. 

Technology Support

What can I do if I cannot hear the teacher?

  • Make sure your computer volume is on. You can check this by clicking the “F1” button at the top of your keyboard. 
  • Make sure your speaker volume in BBCU is turned all the way up.  You can do this by:
  1. clicking on the purple tab with the “X” in it located at the bottom right of your screen. 
  2. then click on “My Settings” (the picture of the gear)
  3. drag your speaker volume (it’s purple) to 100%

What if the audio and/or picture quality is poor or goes in and out?

  • Move closer to your wireless source in your house.  Sometimes the farther you are from this source, the weaker the signal and that can translate to a poor audio and/or visual experience.

My audio, video and/or chat is not working.

  • Teachers will be turning the audio, video and/or chat features on and off during the session in order to manage the class. 

 My default browser is not Chrome.

    • Launch Chrome
    • Paste the following into the URL window chrome://settings/defaultBrowser
    • Click Make Default
    • If prompted to choose an app, click Google Chrome and close the window
    • Here is a video on how to make Chrome your default browser

 If none of these tips are helping to fix your issue, you may want to consider restarting your computer.  We ask that you do not note your issue in the chat section or ask the teacher to problem solve while they are teaching. If the above tips do not work, please email your classroom teacher after the session.

Here is information about accessing technical support during distance learning: Information on technical support is available online

Yearbooks

Yearbooks can be ordered online through May 1, 2020. Once completed, the yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we will determine a plan for distribution.

Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com

Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks

Enter code:  FM111429

 

From our WFES Business Partner

Andrew Gause’s Martial Arts has taken its Taekwondo instruction and is providing a distance learning course FREE to Fairfax County community members.

This 1-month course was designed to help children learn Taekwondo, a very popular Korean Martial Art, in the comfort of their own home.

You can register for this Free course at:

http://www.rvtkd.com/virtualclasses.html

You can also contact us at andrewgausesmartialarts@gmail.com if you have any additional questions.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WAKEFIELD FOREST ES

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

On Friday evening, you received a message from FCPS sharing that our plan is to move forward with synchronous (direct) instruction tomorrow, Monday, April 20, 2020.

We have worked on implementing increased security measures and now students will log in to their Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions (direct instruction) through Blackboard 24/7 https://fcps.blackboard.com/. To log-on to Blackboard 24/7, your child will need his or her student ID and password. If your child does not know this information, please contact your child’s teacher. They can help you reset the password if necessary. Please note that student sessions will NOT be accessible via Parent Vue. Here is a short video that demonstrates how to access a direct instruction session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF3K5ZCMnCc&feature=youtu.be

To access the direct instruction sessions or the office hours with teachers:

  • All students will need to log into their FCPS Blackboard 24/7 account with their student number and their FCPS password. https://fcps.blackboard.com/
  • Click on the grade level course.
  • Look for the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra tab on the left menu. Click on that tab.
  • Students will see the sessions they are enrolled in. 
  • Click on the session button to join the session. 
  • The student’s name will automatically show up.
  • Parents are NOT able to access this on their Blackboard Parent account. 
  • Students are permitted to log in 15 minutes early. 

As we are moving to a more secure Blackboard Collaborate Ultra process, it should be noted that students will automatically join the session with their SIS name of record. If you have concerns about this, please contact me immediately at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

Here are some troubleshooting tips:

What can I do if I cannot hear the teacher?

  • Make sure your computer volume is on. You can check this by clicking the “F1” button at the top of your keyboard. 
  • Make sure your speaker volume in BBCU is turned all the way up.  You can do this by:
    1. clicking on the purple tab with the “X” in it located at the bottom right of your screen. 
    2. then click on “My Settings” (the picture of the gear)
    3. drag your speaker volume (it’s purple) to 100%

What if the audio and/or picture quality is poor or goes in and out?

  • Move closer to your wireless source in your house.  Sometimes the farther you are from this source, the weaker the signal and that can translate to a poor audio and/or visual experience.

My audio, video and/or chat is not working.

  • Teachers will be turning the audio, video and/or chat features on and off during the session in order to manage the class. 

 My default browser is not Chrome.

    • Launch Chrome
    • Paste the following into the URL window chrome://settings/defaultBrowser
    • Click Make Default
    • If prompted to choose an app, click Google Chrome and close the window
    • Here is a video on how to make Chrome your default browser

 If none of these tips are helping to fix your issue, you may want to consider restarting your computer.  We ask that you do not note your issue in the chat section or ask the teacher to problem solve while they are teaching. If the above tips do not work, please email your classroom teacher after the session.

If it becomes clear that the upgrades did not fix the problem with Blackboard 24/7, teachers will send additional information.

The staff have worked diligently to plan engaging lessons and activities for our students. Nothing brings us more joy than spending time with the kids. We are excited about “seeing” everyone tomorrow and are hopeful that our virtual learning will proceed smoothly.

Thank you for your continued support of the Wakefield Forest Staff.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM WAKEFIELD FOREST

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first day of direct instruction was great. We had a few technology issues, but our teachers and families handled it with grace. Thank you so much for the overwhelming participation. Unfortunately, not all schools had the same positive experience, which was why changes to the log-in format needed to be made to ensure student safety. I know this was incredibly frustrating for many of you. You will be hearing directly from the classroom teacher about next steps.

We have a long-standing partnership with MindsInc. to support the wellness work at WFES. Ms. Mary Beth Quick shared these resources for our students and parents to use. This time is stressful for every single member of the household. We have to take care of ourselves to have the capacity to manage these constantly shifting waters. https://1drv.ms/f/s!At5OPVnQNCk2gr0qX40W09Y3eTrVFw

Thank you for the all positive vibes. I have seen countless encouraging messages from families and appreciate the continued support despite a number of bumps along the way.  Wakefield Forest is an incredible community, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Access to Non-essential Items

Wakefield Forest is closed, with the exception of activities designated as essential. At this time FCPS has not yet developed a plan for returning other items to families. When more information is available, we will let you know. If there is an urgent need, please email me directly at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

Attendance

During the direct instruction sessions, WFES staff will be taking attendance and entering it into our online system. This is to allow us to know which students we need to follow up with. We do understand that not all families can attend the direct instruction sessions. There is no need to email the WFES attendance line or your teacher if your child will not participate in the live session.

Here is information about accessing technical support during distance learning: Information on technical support is available online

DreamBox Support

During distance learning, we have set up DreamBox for students through the end of June as an additional resource. You should have or will receive information from your classroom teacher about accessing this resource. Should you have an issue, these links are a good first step.

https://www.dreambox.com/educator-webinars

https://www.dreambox.com/parent-webinars

Need tech support? support@dreambox.com  

Kindergarten Registration

Schools remain closed to families; however, if you have a student to register for next year, please scan a copy of all required documents to our School Registrar, Ms. Holmes, at  KSHolmes@fcps.edu. Original documents will need to be shown prior to the start of the school year, but we can begin processing this information from scanned documents. Early registration for next year is important as it supports the number of teachers for which we are staffed. Information on required registration documents can be found here: https://www.fcps.edu/registration . Please direct any questions about registration to Ms. Holmes.

Learning Packets for Distance Learning

Parents can opt-out of receiving paper packets by clicking here. All packets will be available on  FCPS 24-7 Learning at least one week in advance of the next week's instruction.

 Mental Health Support

We understand that this is a stressful time for students and families. If your child needs a check in from a member of our mental health team, please complete this survey and one of our staff will reach out. 

Yearbooks

Yearbooks can be ordered online through May 1, 2020. Once completed, the yearbooks will be delivered to the school and we will determine a plan for distribution.

Go to www.scherlingschoolpics.com

Click Order Pictures and Yearbooks

Enter code:  FM111429

 

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

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