WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Weekly Message

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The cast of The Lion King takes a bow after three very successful performances.

Dear parents/guardians,

We are so excited to close out another successful school year!

I appreciate the dedicated teachers and staff that bring our building to life. Each day staff work beyond their contract hours to meet with parents, plan lessons, create assessments, etc. Just last week we had the opportunity to see many hours of additional work come together in an amazing production of The Lion King. I can’t tell you how much joy I got in seeing our fifth and sixth graders perform and to witness the amazing collaboration between Ms. Waggoner, Ms. Richards, Ms. Ely, Ms. Thomas, Ms. Ko, Ms. Kwon, and Ms. Rapuano. I am extremely proud to be the principal of a school where teachers care so deeply for their students and each other.

We see it as a great privilege to teach your children each day. Thank you for your trust and partnership this school year. We hope you have a wonderful summer.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Last Day of School
Thursday, June 13th -- 3 hour early dismissal @ 12:25 PM.  Please plan accordingly.  Thank you!

Lunch Schedule on Thursday, June 13
Because of the three-hour early dismissal, all students will be eating lunch at school on an earlier schedule this Thursday.  Lunches begin at 10:00 am.  For more information, please call the office at 703-503-2300.

End of Year Medication Disposal Guidelines

All medication stored in the school health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than the student dismissal time, 12:25 pm, on the last day of school, this Thursday, June 13, 2019. All medication not picked up will be discarded. For additional information, please call Health Room Aide Dana Wade at 703-503-2300.

Change in Tdap Requirement

Effective July 1, 2019, the Tdap booster will no longer be required for students entering sixth grade. Instead, the Tdap booster will be required for students entering seventh grade. Parents or guardians should ask their private healthcare provider, or the health department, to review their child’s immunization record if they are unsure if their child has received the Tdap booster. Students, including current sixth graders, who have received a Tdap at age seven or older will meet the school immunization requirement for Tdap and will not need another dose prior to entering seventh grade. Seventh grade students cannot begin school in August without documentation of the Tdap booster.

Outstanding Library Book Obligations

Emails went out on June 6 to parents of any students who still have library obligations. Please return the items or pay the replacement cost ASAP. All library obligations must be satisfied by tomorrow, Wednesday, June 12. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

Lost and Found

This is the last week to check Lost and Found.  Please encourage your students to look for sweatshirts, sweaters, water bottles, etc. that they have misplaced; all WFES students pass by the Lost and Found on their way to lunch!  Any items not claimed by Thursday, June 13 will be donated.

WFES Summer Hours

Beginning the week of June 17, the Wakefield Forest office summer hours will be 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and by appointment.  Please call the office at 703-503-2300 with any questions.

Patrol and SCA News

We would like to thank our 2018-2019 patrol force; they have had a busy year with patrol meetings, trainings, bus evacuation drills and daily patrol posts.  We would also like to thank our 2018-2019 patrol officers: Millie M., Captain; Sophie A., Lieutenant; and Logan M. and Alison B, Sergeants. They have done a fine job leading our patrol force and assisting the sponsors.  We would like to congratulate our 2019-2020 officers in training:  Delaney P., Captain; Keira A. and Vivian V., Lieutenants; Audrey S. and Sam W., Sergeants.

The SCA had a busy year with service drives and spirit days.  Thanks to the outgoing officers, Sid B., President; Brennan S., Vice-President; Olivia A., Secretary; and Colton M., Reporter. Congratulations to our officers for the 2019-2020 school year: Elsa B., President; Ben T., Vice-President; Ian F., Secretary; and Reagan A., Reporter.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, June 11
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Grade 1 End of Year Party

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Grade 4 End of Year Party

VA Primary Election held in Art Room

Public Library Book Talks by grade level

Wednesday, June 12
9:00 – 10:30 am: Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony, followed by reception in the library.  Please be aware that overflow parking will be available at St. Matthew's church.

12:45 – 2:15 pm: Grade 2 End of Year Party

Thursday, June 13 – Last Day of School/ 3-hour early release
9:00 – 10:30 am: End of Year Assembly

12:25 pm: Early Dismissal

Progress Reports home

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

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Yearbooks are here!
Every WFES student will be bringing home a yearbook today.  Please look for the separate order form; it includes instructions for payment.  The price of the yearbook is $12.00; you may pay by cash, check or online (checks made payable to Barksdale School Portraits).  Please note that online orders require an additional $1.50 processing fee.  We will not be able to accept cash or check payments in the school office after June 13.  If you do not wish to keep the yearbook, please return it by the last day of school, Thursday, June 13.

Outstanding Library Book Obligations
Emails went out yesterday, June 6, to parents of any students who still have library obligations.  Please return the items or pay the replacement cost as soon as possible.  All library obligations must be satisfied by next Wednesday, June 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

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Lion King Information

The Lion King performances are tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 at 7PM. Ticket pre-sales have ended, but you can still purchase tickets for $4 each at the door (doors open at 6:30 pm). The Thursday performance will have more seats available than the Wednesday performance.  If you ordered tickets last week or yesterday, your tickets will be in your child’s backpack today. If you have any questions regarding tickets, please contact kriskanderson@gmail.com

Hakuna Matata!

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Second grade students explored the ecosystem of a pond on their field trip to Hidden Pond last week.

Dear parents/guardians,

We would like to share with you some news about staff transitions.  We will miss the following valued members of our WFES community as they change life paths.

• Kelly Starinchak is heading back to a Title I school, where her heart lies. She’ll be joining the staff at Rose Hill ES.

• Iza Thomas has become a business woman and is happily diving right in as a business partner at artXplorations, LLC.

• Natalie Rocheh, after staying home after the birth of her child, will be working closer to home.

• Katy Blackburn is also joining the business world by focusing on the OrangeTheory she and her family opened, as well as enjoying extra mom time.

• Dominique Barnett will be working closer to home next year.

• Kristen Mihalick is taking a year off to welcome her second child, who is arriving this summer.

• Maimouna Toure is transitioning back to McLean HS as an instructional assistant, which will ease her daily commute.

• Lani Richards is going to be reducing her work schedule to help take care of her grandchild.

• Kaitlin Paglione secured a full time art position for next year at another FCPS school.

• Katie Stribling will hopefully be gracing our halls frequently as a super sub.

We wish the above staff members the best of luck.

Yesterday we had former Wakefield Forest ES students who are graduating from Woodson HS visit and walk the hallways. We’re so proud of all of our former students and the many new journeys they are beginning.

Sincerely,

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

End of Year Medication Disposal Guidelines
Per FCPS Regulation 2102, First Aid, Emergency Treatment, and Administration of Medication for Students, all medication stored in the school health room must be picked up by a parent or guardian no later than the student dismissal time on the last day of school, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Our School Health Aide has sent home letters to parents and guardians with instructions for end-of-year medicine disposal. 

WFES Yearbook Information
We would like to let families know how yearbook distribution and payment will work this year.  All WFES students will receive a yearbook along with pricing information.  If you would like to keep the yearbook, please submit payment.  If you do not want to keep the yearbook, please have your student return it to his or her teacher.

WFES Summer Hours
Beginning the week of June 17, the Wakefield Forest office summer hours will be 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and by appointment.

News from Woodson HS
PRECISIONETTE CAR WASH!

Come and support the Woodson Dance Team on Saturday, June 9 from 8:30am-1:30pm by getting your car washed.  We will be in front of the ROCK near the gym at Woodson High School.  $10 gets you a clean car and allows you to support our 2019-2020 club team with our expenses the coming year. 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, June 4
9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation

1:00 pm: Woodson High School Graduation

Wednesday, June 5
8:50 – 9:50 am: G6 Promotion Rehearsal – Bequeathals

9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation

2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA end of year party

7:00 pm: The Lion King performance

Thursday, June 6
8:50 – 9:50 am: G6 Promotion Rehearsal – Bequeaths

9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation

2:00 – 3:00 pm: G6 end of year party

7:00 pm: The Lion King performance

Friday, June 7

9:00 am: Musical Theater Assembly

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Kindergarten end of year party

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour

SCA Spirit Day – Hawaiian Day

Monday, June 10
9:00 – 10:00 am: Grade 5/6 Kickball Game

1:30 – 3:20 pm: Grade 5 End of Year Party

1:45 – 3:15 pm: Grade 3 End of Year Party

1:50 – 3:20 pm: Grade 6 Full Promotion Rehearsal with Music and Administration

Tuesday, June 11
1:00 – 3:00 pm: Grade 1 End of Year Party

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Grade 4 End of Year Party

Public Library Book Talks by grade level

VA Primary Election held in Art Room

Wednesday, June 12
9:00 – 10:30 am: Grade 6 Promotion Ceremony, followed by reception in the library

12:45 – 2:15 pm: Grade 2 End of Year Party

Thursday, June 13 – Last Day of School/ 3-hour early release
9:00 – 10:30 am: End of Year Assembly

12:25 pm: Early Dismissal

Progress Reports home

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Lion King Ticket Information

The last batch of Lion King ticket order forms are coming home in Thursday folders today. The deadline for ordering pre-sale tickets is Monday, June 3rd. All tickets ordered between tomorrow and June 3rd will be sent home with your child on Tuesday, June 4. If you do not pre-order tickets, we welcome you to purchase tickets at the door. We hope to see you and your family Wednesday or Thursday at 7PM for one of our Lion King performances!

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Releasing some energy during SOLs week!

WFES Yearbook Information
We would like to let families know how yearbook distribution and payment will work this year.  In the next two weeks, all WFES students will receive a yearbook along with pricing information.  If you would like to keep the yearbook, you will be asked to submit payment.  If you do not want to keep the yearbook, please have your student return it to his or her teacher.  Please direct any questions to the office at 703-503-2300.

Library Books Are Overdue!
Library book check out is over for the year. All library books are due back to the library on Monday, June 3. Please check your child’s folders for overdue notices, which will be coming home daily after this date. These notices list any outstanding books, along with the replacement cost if the books have been lost. All library obligations must be satisfied by the last day of school. Please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu with any questions.

Registering for 2019-2020 school year
Do you have a new neighbor with school-aged children? Make sure to tell them to register for the 2019-20 school year. In order for us to have all the staff we need for next year, early registration is key. Thanks for your help.

WFES Grad Walk next Monday, June 3 – please share with neighbors!
We invite all current high school seniors who attended Wakefield Forest ES to join their former classmates for our annual Grad Walk on Monday, June 3.  Seniors should plan on arriving in their caps and gowns at 2:30 pm.  Once assembled, they will walk through the entire school as our students and staff congratulate them and wish them well in all their future endeavors! 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, May 28
Grade 4 Virginia Studies SOL

8:50 – 9:50 am: Grade 6 Promotion Rehearsal with Ms. Waggoner

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Parent-sponsored sixth grade pool party at Truro Pool (Rain date is Monday, June 10)

Wednesday, May 29
Grade 5 Science SOL

8:50 – 9:50 am: Grade 6 Promotion Rehearsal

9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Grade 2 Field Trip to Hidden Pond

Thursday, May 30
SOL Make Ups

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

6:30 – 7:30 pm: School Garden meeting

Friday, May 31
SOL Make Ups

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Last day of Electives

3:30 – 6:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Monday, June 3
9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation (rising Kinder. students)

2:30 pm:  Senior Grad Walk

4:00 – 6:30 pm:  Musical Theater Tech Rehearsal

Tuesday, June 4
9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation (rising Kinder. students)

1:00 pm: Woodson High School Graduation

Wednesday, June 5
8:50 – 9:50 am: G6 Promotion Rehearsal – Bequeathals

9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation (rising Kinder. students)

2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA end of year party

7:00 pm: The Lion King performance

Thursday, June 6
8:50 – 9:50 am: G6 Promotion Rehearsal – Bequeathals

9:15 – 9:45 am: Kindergarten Visitation (rising Kinder. students)

2:00 – 3:00 pm: G6 end of year party

7:00 pm: The Lion King performance

Friday, June 7
9:00 am: Musical Theater Assembly

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Kindergarten end of year party

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour

SCA Spirit Day – Hawaiian Day (Please make sure your students wears appropriate footwear for PE and outdoor play.)

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Elective students have been preparing sets and backdrops for the upcoming production of The Lion King.

Thank you to so many of you for attending the information session on the growth and capacity challenges at WFES last night. We always appreciate the dedication our families show to supporting our school. We will keep you informed as more information becomes available concerning our renovation plan.

The Lion King
We are excited to see many pre-sale ticket orders coming in each week for The Lion King! Please check your child’s Thursday Folder the following week for an envelope holding your tickets. If you send your order in on a Wednesday, it may take two weeks. Should you have any questions regarding your tickets, please contact krisanderson@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you for our performance in June!

Last day for library book checkout is May 24
The last day students may check books out of the WFES library is Friday, May 24. All student library books must be returned and library obligations satisfied by Friday, May 31. Please continue to check your child’s Thursday folders for overdue notices each week. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu

WFES Edible School Garden Information Session and Tour: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm
Help Our Garden Grow!  Whether you like to get your hands dirty or simply want to support the continuation of this unique, hands-on, learning opportunity, we invite you to come learn more about the WFES Edible Garden and the program we are building around it.
 
Research has shown that school gardening has a positive impact on nutritional knowledge and behaviors, academic indicators, and community connectedness. The edible garden at WFES is growing, but we need your help to keep it going. No garden experience or lengthy time commitments are required - just a desire to make sure our kids and community have access to school gardening, and a willingness to pitch in as your schedule allows.
 
If you are interested in learning more about gardening, the benefits of this program, or to join our Garden Committee, meet us at the WFES edible garden (across from the playground) Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm for an information session and tour.  All kids and parents are welcome and healthy, delicious snacks will be provided! To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Melissa Aune (703)399-6088 or melissaaune@gmail.com.

WFES Grad Walk on June 3
We invite all current high school seniors who attended Wakefield Forest ES to join their former classmates for our annual Grad Walk on Monday, June 3.  Seniors should plan on arriving in their caps and gowns at 2:30 pm.  Once assembled, they will then walk through the entire school as our students and staff congratulate them and wish them well in all their future endeavors!  Please call the WFES office at 703-503-2300 with any questions.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, May 21
Grade 4 Math SOL, Day 2

9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Kindergarten (Cook and Doshi) Field Trip to Oxon Hill Farm

5:00 – 9:00 pm: PTA Restaurant Night at Silver Diner

Wednesday, May 22
Grade 6 Math SOL

Thursday, May 23
Grade 5 Math SOL, Day 1

2:50 – 3:20 pm:  Patrol Party

Friday, May 24
Grade 5 Math SOL, Day 2

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives

Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Holiday – School closed

Tuesday, May 28
Grade 4 Virginia Studies SOL

8:50 – 9:50 am: Grade 6 Promotion Rehearsal with Ms. Waggoner

5:00 – 7:00 pm: Parent sponsored sixth grade pool party at Truro Pool

Wednesday, May 29
Grade 5 Science SOL

8:50 – 9:50 am: Grade 6 Promotion Rehearsal

9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Grade 2 Field Trip to Hidden Pond

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Summer Reading Program parent meeting

Thursday, May 30
SOL Make Ups

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

6:30 – 7:30 pm: School Garden meeting

Friday, May 31
SOL Make Ups

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Last day of Electives

3:30 – 6:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

 

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Our students were excited to try the new salad bar last week!

Positivity Project:  Other People Matter Mindset
Positive relationships can help people become happier, healthier, and more resilient.  Relationships are important in today’s world– and positive relationships cultivated through character can help our children become strong citizens and leaders.

PTA Positions Open
The PTA is in search of someone to fill two board positions for next year. We are currently seeking interested people for the Fundraisers chair and Treasurer. Without a person in the Treasurer role by June, the PTA will be unable to continue its great work. The treasurer and president positions are both required in order to exist as a PTA. If you’re interested in either of these roles, please email Susan Johnson susanjohnson50@gmail.

Class Placement Input Letters due this Friday, May 17
Class placement input letters were sent home Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Thursday folders. 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. 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 form must be returned to the office no later than this Friday, May 17, 2019.
 
Community Meeting is next Monday, May 20
On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES will host a community meeting in the cafeteria to discuss our current capacity and next steps as we move toward scheduled renovation. At the meeting, we will have representation from Region 5 leadership, facilities management and the School Board available to speak to these topics and to answer your questions. We hope you will engage in this community meeting. 

Last day for library book checkout is May 24
The last day students may check books out of the WFES library is Friday, May 24. All student library books must be returned and library obligations satisfied by Friday, May 31. Please continue to check your child’s Thursday folders for overdue notices each week. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

WFES Edible School Garden Information Session and Tour: Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm
Help Our Garden Grow!  Whether you like to get your hands dirty or simply want to support the continuation of this unique, hands-on, learning opportunity, we invite you to come learn more about the WFES Edible Garden and the program we are building around it.
 
Research has shown that school gardening has a positive impact on nutritional knowledge and behaviors, academic indicators, and community connectedness. The edible garden at WFES is growing, but we need your help to keep it going. No garden experience or lengthy time commitments are required - just a desire to make sure our kids and community have access to school gardening, and a willingness to pitch in as your schedule allows.
 
If you are interested in learning more about gardening, the benefits of this program, or to join our Garden Committee, meet us at the WFES edible garden (across from the playground) Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 pm for an information session and tour.  All kids and parents are welcome and healthy, delicious snacks will be provided! To RSVP or ask questions, please contact Melissa Aune (703)399-6088 or melissaaune@gmail.com.

WFES Grad Walk on June 3
We invite all current high school seniors who attended Wakefield Forest ES to join their former classmates for our annual Grad Walk on Monday, June 3.  Seniors should plan on arriving in their caps and gowns at 2:30 pm.  Once assembled, they will then walk through the entire school as our students and staff congratulate them and wish them well in all their future endeavors!  Please call the WFES office at 703-503-2300 with any questions.

 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, May 14
Grade 4 Reading SOL, Day 2

Wednesday, May 15
SOL Make Ups
3:30 – 5:30 pm: Movie with the Principals (auction item)

Thursday, May 16
Grade 3 Math SOL, Day 1

Friday, May 17
Grade 3 Math SOL, Day 2
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
3:15 pm: Patrol officer candidates meet
3:30 – 5:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Monday, May 20
Grade 4 Math SOL, Day 1

6:30 pm: Community Meeting re: Capacity

Tuesday, May 21
Grade 4 Math SOL, Day 2

9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Kindergarten (Cook and Doshi) Field Trip to Oxon Hill Farm

Wednesday, May 22
Grade 6 Math SOL

Thursday, May 23
Grade 5 Math SOL, Day 1

2:50 – 3:20 pm:  Patrol Party

Friday, May 24
Grade 5 Math SOL, Day 2

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives

 

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The Wakefield Forest Band and Strings presented two wonderful concerts last week.

Positivity Project:  Leadership
Leadership means that you value each member of your group and inspire people to do their best.  Good leaders have the ability to understand others and inspire them toward a common goal, the capacity to mitigate conflict and mold consensus, and the desire to lead other people.

Help needed during SOLs
We are looking for volunteers to help maintain quiet in selected hallways during SOLs.  We’re also asking for volunteers who might be interested in helping out in the cafeteria while many of our cafeteria monitors are assisting with testing.  Please go to the link below to sign up:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4fafa82da1f94-hallway

Playground Rules
We understand there has been some discussion in the community regarding the rule about no running in the fenced playground area.  As always, safety is our number one concern; this rule was a recommendation from the FCPS playground safety expert. At times the playground can have more than 100 students on it.  It’s an exciting sight, as the students are truly loving the new equipment.  However, with students running in all different directions in a fairly small area, there is a high potential for accidental injuries.  We realize that running is important, and the students are always able to run and play on our extensive field area.

Tomorrow is Walk/Bike to School Day
Wakefield Forest is participating in the national Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.  We encourage students and families to use foot power to get to school that day if possible!

Salad Bar opens for business
We are happy to announce that our salad bar will begin tomorrow, May 8.  By the end of today, all students will have attended a brief introduction on how it will function.  A Food Services employee has been assigned to the salad bar to help the students.

Community Meeting is May 20
On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES will host a community meeting in the cafeteria to discuss our current capacity and next steps as we move toward scheduled renovation. At the meeting, we will have representation from Region 5 leadership, facilities management and the School Board available to speak to these topics and to answer your questions. We hope you will engage in this community meeting.  

Class Placement Input Letters
Class placement input letters were sent home Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Thursday folders. 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. 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 form must be returned to the office no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, May 7
Grade 5 Reading SOL, Day 2

Wednesday, May 8
Grade 3 Reading SOL, Day 1

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal
7:30 pm: PTA Meeting
Walk/Bike to School Day
Salad Bar Opens

Thursday, May 9
Grade 3 Reading SOL, Day 2

2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Assembly for grades 4 & 5

Friday, May 10
Grade 6 Reading SOL

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
3:30 – 5:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Kindergarten Movie Night (auction item)

Monday, May 13
Grade 4 Reading SOL, Day 1

Applications for patrols and officers due

Tuesday, May 14
Grade 4 Reading SOL, Day 2

Wednesday, May 15
SOL Make Ups

3:30 – 5:30 pm: Movie with the Principals (auction item)

Thursday, May 16
Grade 3 Math SOL, Day 1

3:30 - 5:30 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Friday, May 17
Grade 3 Math SOL, Day 2

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
3:15 pm: Patrol officer candidates meet
3:30 – 5:30 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

 

 

 

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Kindergarten students enjoyed a hayride during their field trip to Oxon Hill Farm last week.

Positivity Project:  Connection/Purpose
This strength means that you seek to be part of something greater than yourself.  Having a clear sense of purpose in life gives individuals strength.  It allows them to persevere and find courage in trying circumstances.  On a group level, the sense of connection between people further strengthens their individual resolve and focus, which fortifies the group.

Class Placement Input Letters
Class placement input letters were sent home Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Thursday folders. 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. 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 form must be returned to the office no later than Friday, May 17, 2019

Walk/Bike to School Day is May 8
Wakefield Forest is participating in the national Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8.  We encourage students and families to use foot power to get to school that day if possible!

 

Our new playground opened this Monday! Teachers reviewed safety rules for each piece of equipment before students enjoyed playing.

Two Weeks at a Glance

April 29 – May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

Today, Tuesday, April 30
SCA Speeches due by 9 am

Wednesday, May 1
SCA Speech Revisions due by 9 am

6:30 pm: Strings Concert

7:30 pm: Band Concert

Thursday, May 2
Meet SCA candidates on news: President and Vice-President
Class voting

9:30 – 10:30 am: Spring Concert Assembly

Friday, May 3
Meet SCA candidates on news: Secretary and Reporter
Class voting

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
2:45 – 3:15 pm: SCA Candidates meet

SCA Spirit Day – May the Fourth Be With You (Star Wars day)

Monday, May 6
Grade 5 SOL, Day 1

9:30 am – 12:20 pm: Grade 1 Field Trip to GMU

Tuesday, May 7
Grade 5 SOL, Day 2

Wednesday, May 8
Grade 3 Reading SOL, Day 1

3:30 - 5:15 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal
7:30 pm: PTA Meeting
Walk/Bike to School Day

Thursday, May 9
Grade 3 Reading SOL, Day 2

2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Assembly for grades 4 & 5

Friday, May 10
Grade 6 Reading SOL

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
3:30 – 5:00 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Kindergarten Movie Night (auction item)

 

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Along with many other WFES students, these first graders wore purple on April 10 to show support for children in military families.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break. I know that I had a great time relaxing with my family.

In these last eight weeks of school there will be many exciting opportunities to celebrate our students and staff. This week we will be recognizing our amazing operational support staff (custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, office staff, and health room), and next week we will be appreciating our instructional staff (teachers, assistants and specialists). Each person in our building contributes to the wonderful atmosphere and amazing learning our students experience each day. I hope you will join me in thanking all of these hard-working individuals for all they do each day.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Positivity Project:  Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
Appreciation of beauty and excellence is the ability to identify and enjoy that which is admirable in the world.  Appreciation of beauty can generate awe; appreciation of a skill can generate admiration; and appreciation of moral goodness can generate moral elevation.  Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around him/her.

School Cafeteria Account
Please remember to add money to your child’s school nutrition account.  All accounts must be brought current before the end of the school year in June.

Class Placement Input Letters
Class placement input letters were sent home Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the Thursday folders. 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. 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 form must be returned to the office no later than Friday, May 17, 2019.

Revised SOL Schedule
Please find below the revised SOL schedule for May (changes from previously published schedule in bold).

Grade 3
May 8 and 9: Reading
May 16 and 17: Math

Grade 4
May 13 and 14: Reading
May 20 and 21: Math
May 28: Virginia Studies

Grade 5
May 6 and 7: Reading
May 23 and 24: Math
May 29: Science

Grade 6
May 10: Reading
May 22: Math

 

Two Weeks at a Glance

April 22 – 26: Support Staff Appreciation Week

Today, Tuesday, April 23
9:30 am – 1:15 pm: Kindergarten Field Trip to Oxon Hill (Pekarik and Starinchak)

Wednesday, April 24
Spring Portraits/Class Pictures

3:00 – 3:20 pm: SCA Candidates Meeting

6:30 – 8:00 pm: AAP Orientation

Thursday, April 25
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Meeting

SCA Campaigning begins
Progress Reports home

Friday, April 26
Grades 4-6 Band and Strings Morning Rehearsals

9:30 am – 1:15 pm: Kindergarten Field Trip to Oxon Hill (Cook and Doshi)

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives

6:30 – 8:30 pm: PTA Movie Night

April 29 – May 3: Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, April 30
SCA Speeches due by 9 am

Wednesday, May 1
SCA Speech Revisions due by 9 am

6:30 pm: Strings Concert

7:30 pm: Band Concert

Thursday, May 2
Meet SCA candidates on news: President and Vice-President
Class voting

9:30 – 10:30 am: Spring Concert Assembly

Friday, May 3

Meet SCA candidates on news: Secretary and Reporter

Class voting

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives

2:45 – 3:15 pm: SCA Candidates meet

SCA Spirit Day – May the Fourth Be With You (Star Wars day)

 

 

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The second grade students did a wonderful job in last week's Three Piggy Opera!

Positivity Project:  Being present and giving others my attention
This element of the Other People Matter Mindset means that when we’re with other people, we are present and give them our full attention.  A deliberate focus on being present is so important today due to the increasing number of distractions vying for our time and attention.  Phone calls, text messages, emails, social media notifications all have the formidable capacity to pull us away from the present moment and what’s most important – our relationships with other people.

Save the Date – Community Meeting is May 20
On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm,  Wakefield Forest ES will host a community meeting in the cafeteria to discuss our current capacity and next steps as we move toward scheduled renovation. At the meeting, we will have representation from Region 5 leadership, facilities management and the School Board available to speak to these topics and to answer your questions. We hope you will engage in this community meeting.

Volunteer Luncheon is tomorrow, April 10
Please join us between 10:55 am and 1:50 pm for the Volunteer Luncheon in the WFES library. 

The Month Of The Military Child
April is when we celebrate children who are connected to the various branches of the armed forces.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10, we are encouraging everyone to wear PURPLE to celebrate and honor our military connected students.

Lost and Found
We will be donating all items that have not been claimed by April 12.  If you are missing your child’s coat, sweatshirt, lunch box, water bottle, or any other item, we strongly encourage you to come in this week and look in the cafeteria any time between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  In the future, please label your child’s outerwear and lunchbox, even if it is just with a first name and last name initial. We’ll figure it out!

April is Autism Awareness Month
http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/

Message from FCPS about Family Engagement Survey
On March 24, you received an FCPS Family Engagement Survey.  Please complete the survey letting us know how we are doing in the areas of communicating, providing you opportunities to partner, developing positive relationships, and ensuring student success and more. The information we learn from you will help us strengthen family engagement and continue fostering a Caring Culture throughout FCPS.

There are 3 ways you can complete the survey.
1. Check your email for an invitation sent with a survey link from Dr. Scott Brabrand, Superintendent with subject line: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.
2. Ask the front office staff for a paper survey. You can complete it right there on the spot.
3. Complete the online survey using one of the school iPads or computers. The office staff would be happy to show you an available computer for you to complete the survey electronically at the school.
For a direct link to the survey click HERE
We honor your opinion and commitment to your child and our schools.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Today, Tuesday, April 9
7:45 – 8:25 am: Muffins with Mom (Last name L-Z) Overflow parking will be available at St. Matthew’s.  Thank you for vacating their parking lot no later than 8:30 am so that it doesn’t impact their morning pre-school kiss and ride drop off.

7:30 pm: PTA Meeting

Wednesday, April 10
10:55 am – 1:50 pm: Volunteer Luncheon
Purple Up for the Military Child Day

Thursday, April 11
7:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Grade 4 Field Trip to Jamestown
10:15 am – 6:00 pm: Grade 6 Field Trip to Hemlock Overlook

Friday, April 12
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
SCA Spirit Day – Decades Day
SCA Officer Applications due by 4:00 pm

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19: Spring Break – No school for students. WFES Office is closed.

Tuesday, April 23
9:30 am – 1:15 pm: Kindergarten Field Trip to Oxon Hill (Pekarik and Starinchak)

Wednesday, April 24
Spring Portraits/Class Pictures

3:00 – 3:20 pm: SCA Candidates Meeting

6:30 – 8:00 pm: AAP Orientation

Thursday, April 25
SCA Campaigning begins
Progress Reports home
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Meeting

Friday, April 26
Grades 4-6 Band and Strings Morning Rehearsals

9:30 am – 1:15 pm: Kindergarten Field Trip to Oxon Hill (Cook and Doshi)

2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives

6:30 – 8:30 pm: PTA Movie Night

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I’m excited to share some fun news!

We have been slated for a playground renovation for several years. In September 2018 we were added to the list for renovation and found out this week that our renovation will begin on Monday, April 8, 2019. This will involve an expansive overhaul of the current equipment. The playground will be unavailable for use for 2-3 weeks (Spring Break being one). The project completion date will be dependent on the weather. The updated layout includes swings. The company that will be replacing the equipment will have a supervisor and each employee has gone through background checks.

Please remember that tomorrow, Friday, April 5 is a teacher workday and a school holiday for students.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely,

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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Students conducted buoyancy experiments at the WFES STEAM Fair last week.

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The STEAM Fair last Thursday night was a huge success. We had more than 650 people in attendance for this great event. Thank you to Melissa Fabrizio for organizing this stellar night for families. We appreciate all the teachers, parents and other volunteers for making this such a wonderful experience.

The All County Chorus performed on Saturday. We’re proud of the eight WFES 6th graders who participated in this musical event. Kudos to Ms. Waggoner and Ms. Richards for their support of our choral students.

Sincerely,
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Positivity Project:  Humor
Humor is a sense of playfulness and lightness and is a way of looking at and describing the world that brings laughter to people.  A person with the strength of humor is skilled at seeing the funny side of things and identifying and communicating the absurdities of life.  Humor has important health benefits, both mental and physical.  It stretches the mind to look at things from different perspectives, keeping people mentally agile and alert.  Laughing produces positive emotions and reduces stress.

Save the Date – Community Meeting is May 20
On Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm, Wakefield Forest ES will host a community meeting in the cafeteria to discuss our current capacity and next steps as we move toward scheduled renovation. At the meeting, we will have representation from Region 5 leadership, facilities management and the School Board available to speak to these topics and to answer your questions. We hope you will engage in this community meeting.  

Spring Book Fair is This Week
The WFES Spring Book Fair is happening this week, with evening hours tonight, Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. We are still in need of parents to assist and help pack up during the fair. If you are available to help, please visit the sign up genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cadaf2ea31-2019.  The book fair will also run online from 3/28 through 4/7.

Reminder about Bus Door in Afternoons
If you need to get your child off a bus at the last minute, please come to the office and do not go directly to the bus door. The office staff will call your child to the office via a walkie-talkie to the staff at the bus door.  Please understand that for safety reasons, WFES personnel supervising the bus door cannot release a student.

Patrol/SCA Timeline for Spring 2019
In order to help with planning, we are providing the timelines for both the upcoming SCA Officer election and the Patrol/Patrol Officer application process.

SCA Officer Election Timeline
Monday, April 8, 2:20 – 3:20 pm:  SCA Officer Interest Meeting, grades 3-5

Friday, April 12, by 4 pm: SCA Officer Application, signed by parent/guardian, due

Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24: Grade Level Primaries

Wednesday, April 24, 3:00 pm: Meeting for SCA Officer candidates

Thursday, April 25: SCA campaigning begins

Tuesday, April 30 by 9:00 am: SCA speeches due to Ms. Rapuano

Wednesday, May 1 by 9:00 am: SCA speech revisions due to Ms. Rapuano

Thursday, May 2: Meet SCA candidates on morning news – President and Vice-President.  Voting in grades 2-5 classrooms follows

Friday, May 3:  Meet SCA candidates on morning news – Secretary and Reporter.  Voting in grades 2-5 classrooms follows.

2:45 pm: SCA Candidates meet with sponsors.  Election results announced.

Patrol Application Timeline
Thursday, April 25: Application process discussed with current patrols at regular meeting.  Letter about process goes home in Thursday folder to grades 4 and 5.

Thursday, May 9, 2:50 – 3:20 pm: All grades 4 and 5 students meet for assembly to discuss patrol duties.  Patrol applications and officer applications distributed to interested students.

Monday, May 13, by 8:45 am: Applications for patrols and officers turned in to classroom teachers.

Friday, May 17: Patrol acceptance letters distributed to 2019-2020 patrols.  Officer candidates meet with Patrol sponsors at 3:15 pm to be personally informed of the patrol officers for 2019-2020.

Thursday, May 23, 2:50 pm: Patrol Party (New patrols attend, meet buddies and receive training handbooks.)  Training takes place from May 23-31.

Monday, June 3, 8:30 am: Patrol Test

Lost and Found
We are running out of space in our Lost and Found area in the corner of the WFES cafeteria, and so we will be donating all items unclaimed by April 12.  If you are missing your child’s coat, sweatshirt, lunch box, water bottle, or any other item, we strongly encourage you to come and look in the cafeteria any time between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Tonight’s evening book fair hours from 6:00 to 8:00 pm would be a perfect time to visit the Lost and Found, as would the G2 Opera performance and the Muffins with Mom events.  Please label your child’s outerwear and lunchbox, even if it is just with a first name and last name initial. We’ll figure it out! a

Two Weeks at a Glance

Monday, April 1 – Thursday, April 4: Spring Book Fair

Tonight, Tuesday, April 2
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Evening Book Fair hours

Wednesday, April 3
2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officers Meeting
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Kindergarten Orientation (adults only, please)

Thursday, April 4
2:35 – 3:10 pm: Grade 2 Opera
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Friday, April 5 – Teacher Workday: No School for Students

Monday, April 8

7:45 – 8:25 am: Muffins with Mom (Last name A-K) Overflow parking will be available at St. Matthew’s.  Thank you for vacating their parking lot no later than 8:30 am so that it doesn’t impact their morning pre-school kiss and ride drop off.

2:20 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officer Interest Meeting (grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 9
7:45 – 8:25 am: Muffins with Mom (Last name L-Z) Overflow parking will be available at St. Matthew’s.  Thank you for vacating their parking lot no later than 8:30 am so that it doesn’t impact their morning pre-school kiss and ride drop off.

7:30 pm: PTA Meeting

Wednesday, April 10
10:55 am – 1:50 pm: Volunteer Luncheon
Purple Up for the Military Child Day

Thursday, April 11
7:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Grade 4 Field Trip to Jamestown
10:15 am – 6:00 pm: Grade 6 Field Trip to Hemlock Overlook

Friday, April 12
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Innovation Hour/Electives
SCA Spirit Day – Decades Day
SCA Officer Applications due by 4:00 pm

 

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