WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

As we approach Thanksgiving I know I have been thinking about the many things I am grateful for. Despite recent hardships, this list of gifts in my life always outpaces the challenges. Our WFES community is consistently something for which I have immense gratitude.

I recently reread the book How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer and plan to share it with students on the morning news soon. In the book, the main character, Felix, has an imaginary bucket he carries around with him all day. The bucket is either filled or emptied based on the interactions he has with others. We are all “Felix’s:” the positive and negative interactions we have during the day influence us, as does the positive and negative energy we put out into the world. This book aligns well with our focus on the Other People Matter Mindset and mindfulness. Every kind gesture, word and interaction has a ripple effect of positively influencing others…thank you for being a part of the positive impact.     

We hope you and your families enjoy the Thanksgiving break. We are grateful for your trust in our school and the many ways you support the learning happening here every day.

 

With gratitude,

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Before/After School

 

We have been having more and more early birds arriving at school prior to 8:25 AM. Students should not arrive or be dropped off prior to 8:25 AM. There is no supervision available prior to 8:25 AM. Supervision is required before and after school on the school playground to ensure students are playing safely.

 

Window for AAP Level IV Referrals to Close December 15, 2021

 

Parents/guardians of students in Grades 2-7 who would like their student to be considered for full-time advanced academic programs (level IV AAP services) may submit the AAP Level IV Referral Form no later than December 15 to WFES Advanced Academics Resource Teacher Tony Gray at 

AWGray1@fcps.edu

The window to submit an AAP Level IV Referral Form is the first day of school through December 15, annually.  Forms for full-time and part-time referrals are available on the AAP Forms Page. No late referrals for Level IV services can be accepted. 

Submitting a referral form for AAP Level IV will initiate a process that begins at the local school and is then completed at the central office level. Our school will put together a portfolio that includes multiple data which are considered holistically. At the central office level, a committee of professionals from various schools review materials to determine eligibility for level IV placement.  Eligibility decisions are communicated by early April. Parents may request a copy of the portfolio that was submitted after they are submitted to the central selection committee by emailing Tony Gray at 

AWGray1@fcps.edu

Referrals for AAP Levels II-III (part-time services) are screened at the local school. 

For more information, there are parent presentations available on the FCPS AAP website (under “Presentations”) that contain information similar to our fall parent information meetings at Wakefield Forest Elementary School.

 

WFES Giving Tree Gift Card Drive

 

In the spirit of giving this season, Wakefield Forest will be hosting a gift card drive to support our families in need. This year we will be collecting gift cards for the upcoming holidays in November and December. Please donate and keep our tradition of giving to others in our community.

We will be accepting gift cards of any denomination from local grocery stores and retail establishments.  Giant, Safeway, Food Lion, Target, Walmart or other grocery stores are always great choices.

Gift cards can be dropped off at the front office until December 15.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

Picture Retake Day is Thursday, December 2

If your child was absent on the original Fall Portrait Day or if you would like to have your child's picture retaken, Strawbridge Studios will be at Wakefield Forest on Thursday, December 2 for retakes.  If you ordered pictures in October, your child will bring the packet home today: even if you didn't order photos, you will receive a "student id" card that shows you the photo that will appear in the WFES yearbook and tells you how you can order copies. If you would like to have the photos retaken, please have your child bring the packet of photos to school on December 2 to turn in to the photographers.  First time orders may be placed online at

www.strawbridge.net

Use the following code for our school: FM374513.

 

 

Do you recognize any of the items in this photo?  These are just some of the jackets and water bottles that have ended up in our Lost and Found.  We will be moving the Lost and Found to the front lobby of the school for the week of November 29 - December 3. You are welcome to come and look for your child's lost items any time between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.  Any items not retrieved before winter break will be donated.

 

Message to Sixth Grade Families from Frost MS

 

Rising 7th Grade Transition Activities at Frost Middle School

The Rising 7th Grade Orientation for current 6th grade students who will be attending Frost in the 22-23 school year will take place virtually on January 27 at 6:30 PM. We will also be having the Frost Family Festival (in-person) on February 16 beginning at 5:30 PM.  This is a great opportunity to have dinner, get a school tour, and visit elective classes to help confirm desired course selections.  Additional information will be sent out on both events next month, but please mark your calendars!

 

Counselor Check-In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, December 1 at 2:50 pm: Patrol Officer Meeting

Thursday, December 2 at 2:50 pm: SCA Officer Meeting

Thursday, December 2 - Picture Retake Day

Message from George Mason U

George Mason University is sponsoring a program to encourage kids to read! 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES CAFETERIA MONITOR POSITION

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Cafeteria Monitor Position

We are looking for another great cafeteria monitor to add to our WFES team along with Mrs. Funaro and Mrs. Ehrenreich.

  • Cafeteria monitors are paid hourly.

In search of a friendly person who:

  • loves children in grades K-6
  • can manage large groups of children
  • can maintain confidentiality
  • has effective communication
  • has availability between 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM daily

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your information to kmmongeon@fcps.edu

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We were so excited that our renovation passed on the recent bond. This means that things at WFES are going to start moving forward. The week of December 1 we expect that FCPS staff will begin building our six quads and bathroom trailer on the field. These will be used during the renovation. This will mean a lot of hustle and bustle out on our fields to get these delivered, assembled and fully functioning.

We anticipate the contract to be assigned to a builder in early May. We will host a family information session in May to explain the renovation process. Please know that anyone on site will have gone through a background check. A safety fence will be put up to ensure student safety. We will continue to use outdoor spaces for recess during this process but will keep students spaced away from construction.  

 

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

COVID-19 Screening at WFES 

 

Voluntary COVID-19 screening of students starts this week.  We will have on site screening on Thursdays from 12:30- 2:30 pm only for students for whom we have received parent consent. Parents have the option of allowing consent using this portal to register .  There is no need to let us know that you do not provide consent.  

 

SCA Spirit Day - Dress Like a Teacher - Tuesday, November 23

 

On Tuesday, November 23 we encourage students to participate in our second SCA Spirit Day: Dress Like a Teacher.  On this day, honor all teachers by dressing like your favorite subject, a teacher you admire, or what comes to mind when you think of "teacher."

WFES Giving Tree Gift Card Drive

 

In the spirit of giving this season, Wakefield Forest will be hosting a gift card drive to support our families in need. This year we will be collecting gift cards for the upcoming holidays in November and December. Please donate and keep our tradition of giving to others in our community.

We will be accepting gift cards of any denomination from local grocery stores and retail establishments.  Giant, Safeway, Food Lion, Target, Walmart or other grocery stores are always great choices.

Gift cards can be dropped off at the front office until December 15.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

Photo Retake Day is Thursday, December 2

If your child was absent for Fall Portraits in October, or if you would like your child's picture retaken, Strawbridge Studios will be here for photo retakes on Thursday, December 2.  Look out for more information as the date approaches!

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

 

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a WFES staff member in any of the following categories, please use this link

Please contact Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu with any questions. Nominations are due no later than this Friday, November 19.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

Counselor Check-In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 17 at 2:50 pm: General Patrol Meeting

Thursday, November 18 at 2:50 pm: SCA General Meeting

Friday, November 19 : Grades 5-6 Electives Session Two begins

Tuesday, November 23: SCA Spirit Day - Dress like a Teacher

Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

This week we will honor our veterans on Thursday, November 11. Teachers will be sharing about Veterans Day in class, and we will have a slideshow of some of our very own veterans on the morning news show. In the Prindle household we certainly take time to recognize the contributions of our family members who serve and have served, as well as the many others that serve our country. Our entire school community is grateful to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make to support our country near and far.

As we near Thanksgiving, we have much to be grateful for. We will be collecting gift cards to provide to our Wakefield Forest families in need this season. If you are able to donate, we will collect these in the school office and distribute them the week of November 22 through the school counselors and Parent Liaison. Gift cards to grocery stores, Target, Walmart, etc. are preferred to support critical needs.  

 

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Veterans Day -  Seeking Photos 

 

We would like to honor our veterans by showing the students a slideshow of WFES family members who served or are serving in the military.  The slideshow will appear on the morning news show on Veterans Day.

Please send digital photos to Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu

2 Hour Early Release on Thursday, November 11

 

On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, students will be dismissed 2 hours early, at 1:25 pm.

 

Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

 

Did you know military-connected students experience different “seasons” as they navigate their school years?

Using tools from her book, “Seasons of My Military Student,” Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman will offer relevant support for the start of the school year.

Highlights include:

  • Mental Health of Military-Connected Kids and Teens
  • Storms in Any Season- What parents need to know about
  • Deployments, Injuries, Separations, and Loss
  • Known and little known resources for military families to get you through storms and everyday life
  • How to Prepare for an Off-Cycle Move

Join Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for our second of a 4-part series supporting military-connected families.

December 3, 2021 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Preparing for the Unexpected: Challenges of the Military Family

COVID-19 Vaccine for children ages 5-11

 

This week we reached a milestone in our collective effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Children ages 5-11 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Local pediatricians joined us to answer some of the common questions families have about the vaccine. Community clinics and local pediatricians will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 very soon. Up-to-date information about vaccination opportunities will be available on our website

We asked local pediatricians to talk with us about some of the questions families have about the vaccine. In this short video  we learn how the vaccine works and its safety.

 Fall Book Fair, November 8 -12

 

Our WFES Fall Book Fair is currently underway in the library! Students are welcome to shop during school hours each day this week (please note that the book fair will close at 1:30pm on Thursday 11/11 in conjunction with the early release that afternoon). Families may send in cash, a check made out to the WFES PTA, or create an eWallet for their child that serves like an electronic gift card to spend at the book fair. For more information, to shop our online book fair, or to set up an eWallet, please visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wfes. Please contact our WFES librarian/book fair chairperson Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu with any questions.

 

Family Life Education Parent Preview Night is tomorrow, November 10

 

Parents have the right to review the complete family life curricula. This includes all supplemental materials used in any family life education program. Instructional materials may be viewed in:

  • Parent View in Schoology: lessons, slide presentations, and media (media on DVD is not available)
  • School library: lessons, slides presentations, and media
  • City of Fairfax Regional Library: lessons and slide presentations

Contact Sue Holmes at 703-503-2300 or  KSHolmes@fcps.edu for help setting up your ParentVue account in SIS if you don’t have one yet. The SIS ParentVue account allows you access to Schoology. You will need access to Schoology to view the lessons.

We will be hosting a virtual parent preview night on Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30 pm.  Please go to this link and sign in with your child’s name so that Ms. Williams will recognize you: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/97133953487

Ms. Williams will share information and then you will have time to transition over to your Schoology account to view the lessons.

Please email Ms. Williams with any questions at alwilliams1@fcps.edu

 

Outstanding Employee Award Nominations

Every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  If you are interested in nominating a WFES staff member in any of the following categories, please use this link

Please contact Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu with any questions.

  • Outstanding Teacher (includes Librarian)
  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

Spelling Bee (Virtual) on February 3, 2022

 

The WFES Spelling Bee is scheduled to be held virtually on Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 pm.  Following the bee rules provided by Scripps (www.spelling.com), the Spelling Bee is open to students in grades 3 through 6.  The WFES champion will go to the Fairfax County Spelling Bee in March 2022!  Please return the form sent in your child's Thursday folder OR complete the following online form:

https://forms.gle/WXGaiiMwbVuJBwiF8

Registrations are due by December 10, 2021.  

Questions? Email WFES Spelling Bee coordinator at nudratsalik@aol.com

School Bond Referendum

 

Thank You Fairfax County Voters for Supporting the 2021 School Bond Referendum!

Thank you to the voters of Fairfax County who approved the 2021 Bond Referendum for school renovations and improvements. More than 69.6% of those voting in the election on November 2 supported the $360 million bond referendum. We are grateful for the support shown for Fairfax County Public Schools and the 179,000 students who grow and thrive in our schools. 

These funds will enable FCPS to proceed with construction, renovations, enhancements, and planning for improvements to 14 schools, plus land acquisition for a future western county high school. Projects funded by the 2021 bond referendum will provide upgraded, current facilities for our students, staff members, and the tens of thousands of Fairfax County residents who use the schools for recreation, meetings, and community events.

FCPS plans to fund the following school projects with bond proceeds.

Counselor Check-In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12: Fall Book Fair

Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm FLE Parent Preview (virtual)

Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day, 2 hour early release

Wednesday, November 17 at 2:50 pm: General Patrol Meeting

Thursday, November 18 at 2:50 pm: SCA General Meeting

Friday, November 19 : Grades 5-6 Electives Session Two begins

Tuesday, November 23: SCA Spirit Day - Dress like a Teacher

Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday

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WFES Outstanding Staff Nominations

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Dear Wakefield Forest Community,

As you may know, every year Fairfax County Public Schools recognizes outstanding employees at all levels.  Once again this year, all schools in FCPS are encouraged to nominate an Outstanding Teacher (Librarian included), whose name will then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding Teacher will be selected. Each of the five Regions will select their Region Outstanding Teacher, who will serve as the finalists for the coveted Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Schools may also submit nominees for the other school-based award categories:

  • Outstanding New Teacher (a teacher within his or her first three years of teaching)
  • Outstanding Principal
  • Outstanding Leader (Assistant Principal)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee (School Counselor, School-Based Technology Specialist, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Technology Support Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee (Office Staff, Instructional Assistant (IA), Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, Parent Liaison)

We are asking you, the Wakefield Forest community, to help us gather names for this process.   If you would like to nominate a Wakefield Forest staff member for any of the above awards, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, November 19.  All responses will be kept confidential. 

We are excited that we can recognize so many outstanding employees.   If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu.  We would love to hear from you!

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We loved seeing all of our characters at school on Friday on our first SCA Spirit Day of the year. At the end of each quarter, we dance and celebrate our hard work. Friday was a wonderful end to our first quarter.

WFES has unfilled substitute vacancies almost every day. Vacancies mean our school resources are stretched, which impacts our staff and students. If you know someone who may be interested in serving as a substitute, please direct them here: https://www.fcps.edu/careers/career-opportunities/substitute-teaching-opportunities

Veteran’s Day is approaching on November 11.  This is another early release day for students.  We want to honor our Veterans on our morning news show.  If you have a veteran in your family, we’d love for you to send us a digital photo to share with students.  Please send your photos to jsruskin@fcps.edu.

If you are looking for a spot to donate your extra Halloween candy, we keep a staff candy drawer as a morale booster. We are always open to candy donations!

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

In-School COVID Screening Update

 

Optional COVID-19 screening testing for students will begin November 15, not November 8 as previously announced. The change aligns all student screening testing start dates, making it more convenient for families with students in different grade levels. Preregistration and consent information will be shared with families soon. For all the details about COVID-19 screening testing, visit our COVID-19 Screening Testing webpage.

Screening testing is an important layered prevention strategy that helps keep our school a safe place for all students to learn. I hope you will consider enrolling your child in screening testing until your child is eligible for vaccination.

 

Fall Book Fair is Coming November 8-12

 

The WFES Library is happy to announce that we will be holding an in-person fall book fair the week of 11/8-11/12! Students will have the opportunity to shop our large selection of books during the school hours each day. Keep an eye out for a detailed schedule of book fair hours and an overview of the offerings in Thursday folders on 10/28 and 11/4. Please note that we will NOT be hosting an evening event for this fair, and parents will not be permitted in the building during school hours for shopping.

Online shopping will be available starting 11/5 at the following: 

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wfes.

We are also looking for a limited number of volunteers to help set up, run, and pack up the fair. If you are interested in helping out, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cadaf2ea31-fall2 to sign up. All volunteers must be WFES parents and must wear a mask at all times while at the book fair and on school grounds. Please contact WFES librarian Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu for any questions.

 

FCPS School Bond on Today's Ballot

 

The FCPS school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot today, November 2.

If approved, the School Bond will fund projects at two high schools and 12 elementary schools, including Wakefield Forest ES:

  • Wakefield Forest Elementary
    • $30 million
    • Renovation including additions, totaling approximately 103,000 SF.  Additions include a library, classrooms, music room, administrative offices, cafeteria expansion, and site improvements.  

To read more about the WFES renovation in the Braddock Buzz, click here.

 

Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid due Friday, November 5

 

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid. 

If you have misplaced the form your student brought home and need another one, please contact Sue Holmes at 703-503-2300 or at ksholmes@fcps.edu

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's teacher.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 3 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12: Fall Book Fair

Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm FLE Parent Preview (virtual)

Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day, 2 hour early release

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WFES TWO HOUR EARLY DISMISSAL TODAY

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School dismisses at 1:25 pm today

We would like to remind Wakefield Forest families that students will be dismissed at 1:25 pm today.  Please call the office at 703-503-2300 with any questions.

Additionally, Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2 are student holidays.

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As befits the season, students get creative with fall leaves!

 

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

I hope you are enjoying the crisp air of fall. The girls and I enjoyed a camping adventure at Bull Run last weekend. As fall brings in cooler weather, we will still be eating outside as much as possible and students should dress appropriately with layers. Labeling these items will help us get them back to you if they are misplaced.  

Please remember that Monday and Tuesday, November 1 and 2, are teacher workdays. Teachers will be planning, finalizing progress reports, and holding teacher conferences. On November 2,  WFES will be used as a voting location. We are excited that our renovation will be on the election bond and certainly hope it passes so renovation can begin in the summer of 2022. Please see additional information below about the bond.

It’s exciting to see so many families walking and picking kids up at the end of the day. Please help us keep our spaces clean and safe by not sitting/standing on our outdoor tables and supervising children. We are unable to provide supervision before or after school.  

 

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

COVID Testing in Schools

 

In support of our commitment to safety, Wakefield Forest, along with all other FCPS schools, will begin optional COVID-19 screening testing students the week of November 8

Routine testing is a highly recommended strategy to reduce COVID-19 transmission and keep our schools safe. Following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 10% of students who are not fully vaccinated and have parent/guardian consent will be randomly selected for weekly testing. 

Parent/guardian consent is required for students to be part of the testing pool. We will share more information about how to submit your child(ren)’s vaccination status and opt-in to testing soon.

Test results will be kept confidential. Parents/guardians will be able to review results through the secure vendor portal. Families may select an option to share their child’s test results with FCPS. Sharing results with FCPS is optional. More information about COVID-19 testing in FCPS can be found on the FCPS website.

Dress as Your Favorite Character on Friday, 11/29

 

We can't wait for our first SCA Spirit Day this Friday, November 29.  We encourage students to dress as their favorite character from a book, movie, or TV show.  Please, no toy weapons or big props, and please make sure that your child's vision is not obstructed.  Face masks are still required.  Also, please make sure your child will be able to easily participate in PE and recess.

 

Mask Reminders

 

There are many types of masks you can use to protect yourself and others from getting and spreading COVID-19. When choosing a mask for your child, choose one that fits snugly. 

Cloth Masks can be made from a variety of fabrics, and many types of cloth masks are available. Look for multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric and nose wires. Masks should block light when held up to bright light source.

Students should NOT wear

  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents
  • Single layer or masks made of thin fabric that don’t block light 

Disposable face masks are widely available. Look for a description indicating multiple layers of non-woven material as well as a nose wire.

Students should NOT wear

  • Masks with gaps around the sides of the face or nose
  • If wet or dirty

KN95 Masks

Look for KN95 masks that meet requirements similar to those set by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for respirators.

Do NOT wear

  • Counterfeit (fake) KN95 masks
  • If hard to breathe
  • With other masks; wear KN95 alone only

BE AWARE: About 60% KN95 masks in the United States are counterfeit (fake) and DO NOT meet NIOSH requirements.

 

Fall Book Fair is Coming November 8-12

 

The WFES Library is happy to announce that we will be holding an in-person fall book fair the week of 11/8-11/12! Students will have the opportunity to shop our large selection of books during the school hours each day. Keep an eye out for a detailed schedule of book fair hours and an overview of the offerings in Thursday folders on 10/28 and 11/4. Please note that we will NOT be hosting an evening event for this fair, and parents will not be permitted in the building during school hours for shopping.

Online shopping will be available starting 11/5 at the following: 

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/wfes.

We are also looking for a limited number of volunteers to help set up, run, and pack up the fair. If you are interested in helping out, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cadaf2ea31-fall2 to sign up. All volunteers must be WFES parents and must wear a mask at all times while at the book fair and on school grounds. Please contact WFES librarian Amy Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu for any questions.

 

Please Label Jackets

 

With the cool weather in the mornings changing to warmer afternoons, many students are shedding their jackets at recess and then forgetting to retrieve them from the playground.  Those jackets are taken to our Lost and Found.  We encourage parents to label their children’s jackets with their names; even a first name and last initial would be helpful.

 

FCPS School Bond on November 2 Ballot

 

The FCPS school bond referendum will be on the general election ballot on Tuesday, November 2.

If approved, the School Bond will fund projects at two high schools and 12 elementary schools, including Wakefield Forest ES:

  • Wakefield Forest Elementary
    • $30 million
    • Renovation including additions, totaling approximately 103,000 SF.  Additions include a library, classrooms, music room, administrative offices, cafeteria expansion, and site improvements.  

To read more about the WFES renovation in the Braddock Buzz, click here.

Community Review of Elementary English Language Arts Basal Instruction

 

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new Elementary School Language Arts Basal Instructional Resources for school years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

Elementary English Language Arts basal instructional resources may be accessed in person and online October 26 through November 26, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/36853. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet at  https://forms.gle/VKxcfabLedjYAZpS8.

In addition, hard copies of instructional resources will be available in the lobby of Willow Oaks Administrative Center. Willow Oaks is open each business day from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm and extended hours will be provided until 7:45 pm on October 26 and November 3, 2021. All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. 

 

Community Review of K-8 Science Basal Instructional Resources

 

Fairfax County Public Schools will adopt new K – 8 Science Basal Instructional Resources for the 2022-2023 school year.  A review committee composed of community members, administrators, and teachers will meet in November and December to review the instructional materials under consideration and community feedback. Public review of the recommended materials is part of the process for selecting new resources.  

K - 8 basal instructional resources may be accessed online until November 14, 2021. Digital materials for public review and comment will be available at the following link https://www.fcps.edu/node/39027. People reviewing the material online may complete an electronic comment sheet https://forms.gle/g76TjGmewaN8Fgfb6.  All community feedback will be shared with School Board members before the vote at the School Board regular meeting. To ensure your community members are aware of the opportunity to review materials please share this opportunity by Friday, October 29, 2021.

 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

 

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 29: SCA Spirit Day - Character Day

Friday, October 29: 2 hour early release (at 1:25 pm)

Monday and Tuesday, November 1 and 2: Student Holidays - Teacher Workdays

Wednesday, November 3 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Monday, November 8 - Friday, November 12: Fall Book Fair

Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm FLE Parent Preview (virtual)

Wednesday, November 10 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, November 11: Veteran's Day, 2 hour early release

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It was exciting to see so many of our current and past families at the Woodson Homecoming Parade. It’s always a fun event.

We appreciate Boy Scout Dens 3 and 5 for assembling several more picnic tables for our outdoor eating. We will continue to eat outside as weather permits. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.

We want to take a moment to recognize the hard work and dedication our staff members put in each day. They have been working hard to connect with students, plan engaging lessons and collaborate with one another. If you would like to acknowledge a staff member, we invite you to submit your story through FCPS Cares.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Fall Portraits tomorrow, Wednesday, October 20

 

Strawbridge Studios will be taking individual school portraits at Wakefield Forest tomorrow, Wednesday, October 20.  Photography set up will follow social distance guidelines, and the photographers will be wearing masks the entire time as well as cleaning any touched surfaces and using hand sanitizer often. 

Sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, parents should be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.

An order form is available for download. You can order online at www.strawbridge.net using code: FM374512

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Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid

 

FCPS is asking all families to fill out a Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid.  The form went out in last week's Thursday folders.

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

For each school-aged child in your household, please complete, sign, date, and return the survey to your child's teacher.  All forms must be signed, dated, and returned by November 5. All results are CONFIDENTIAL.

Find out more here:  https://www.fcps.edu/impact

Federal Impact Aid Video

First SCA Spirit Day - Character Day, Oct. 29

 

On Friday, October 29, we'll be celebrating our favorite book, movie or TV characters on Character Dress Up Day. Please, no toy weapons or any costume elements that obscure vision (face masks still required).  Additionally, please make sure your student will be able to play comfortably at recess and in PE.  Questions? Email SCA sponsors:

Christine Rowader

clrowader@fcps.edu 

Jessica Yaman 

jyaman@fcps.edu

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

 

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

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Upcoming Dates

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 20: Fall Portraits

Wednesday, October 20 from 2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol General Meeting

Thursday, October 21 from 2:50 to 3:20 pm:  SCA General Meeting

 Friday, October 29: SCA Spirit Day - Character Day

 Friday, October 29:  2 hour early release (at 1:25 pm)

 

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WOODSON HOMECOMING PARADE TOMORROW, OCTOBER 15

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Woodson HS Homecoming Parade

All are invited to watch the Woodson Homecoming Parade tomorrow, Friday, October 15.  This annual parade will start at 4:30 pm from the Woodson parking lot and end at 5:30 pm at the Woodson Stadium (parade route below).  Starting at 5:30 on the outdoor basketball courts, there will be music, food trucks, and other fun activities, to be followed by a football game against Fairfax High School at 8:00 pm.

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We are enjoying the change of the leaves as we enter into fall. Please make sure your child dresses for the weather as we will eat outside and have outdoor recess when we are able to. We ask that you please check to ensure that you have extra masks for your children in their backpack as we are seeing more and more broken masks during the day.

Yesterday we honored Indigenous Peoples' Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. On October 8, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the holiday, by signing a presidential proclamation declaring October 11, 2021 to be a national holiday.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Fall Portraits - Wednesday, October 20

 

Strawbridge Studios will be taking individual school portraits at Wakefield Forest on Wednesday, October 20. Photography set up will follow social distance guidelines. The photographers will be wearing masks the entire time as well as cleaning any touched surfaces and using hand sanitizer often. 

Sign up to receive updates via email regarding your child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals, and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, parents should be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school.

An order form is available for download. You can order online at 

https://www.strawbridge.net/

 using code: FM374512

 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

 

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (Virtual)

Wednesday, October 20: Fall Portraits

Wednesday, October 20 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm: General Patrol Meeting

Thursday, October 21 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm: SCA General Meeting

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Let the innovating begin!

Kiss and Ride Reminders

 

We want to thank our families for following our Kiss and Ride guidelines.  Here they are in case you plan to go through Kiss and Ride in the future:

  • Families should remain in the car at all times.
  • Students should exit the vehicle wearing a mask.
  • Students must exit and enter the car from the school side (right side) of the vehicle.
  • If your child is unable to buckle or unbuckle their seatbelt independently, please pull into a parking space. Staff are unable to help with buckles.

Walker Pick Up Reminders

 

  • If you meet your child after school on foot, please be sure to stay in the area surrounding Door 7 (white tent/benches near the playground) until your child is dismissed. We have plenty of seating for you while you wait in that area.  Please do not wait near the outdoor classrooms (quads)
  • We have witnessed some parents parking halfway down Iva on the non-school side of the street and remaining in their cars while their students cross the street, weaving through the Kiss and Ride line. For safety purposes, students and adults may only cross Iva Lane at the crosswalk near Door 1 or at the bottom of the hill at Elizabeth Lane.  If you are not going to pick up your children in the Kiss and Ride line, please plan on parking and meeting them near Door 7.

Walk & Bike to School Day is tomorrow,

October 6

 

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6 is International Walk & Bike to School Day.  Weather permitting, we encourage all who can to enjoy walking or riding bikes to WFES!

 

Parent Resource Center Free Webinars

 

FCPS’ Parent Resource Center offers an array of free parenting webinars on a variety of topics, including Family Digital Wellness, Rewriting Your Parenting Story, and a Dyslexia Virtual Open House.  Please go to the link below to explore the options.

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement/parent-resource-center/register-free-workshops-parent-resource-center

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Counselor Check In

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6: International Walk/Bike to School Day

Thursday, October 7: SCA Reporter and Secretary election

Friday, October 8: SCA Vice President and President election

Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm: PTA Meeting (Virtual)

 

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We wanted to share additional information with you about Stream-In/Check-In.

STREAM-IN

  • If your child is home with COVID-like symptoms (runny nose, congestion, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, stomachache, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell) or is quarantined/isolated/paused based on medical advice, Health Department recommendation or FCPS requirement.
  • STREAMING is not available for doctor appointments, travel, elective quarantine prior to visiting family or non-COVID related situations.
  • Cameras are not set up in class each day. Streaming in the classroom adds additional work for our staff.  
  • Teachers are expected to have streaming available by the third day of absence. They will communicate with you directly about the schedule and login information.
  • Streaming is not concurrent. Stream-In will not look like virtual or concurrent learning from last year. The chat will not be monitored and your child will not be called on during lessons. Streaming is meant to be a view into class to keep your child on track with instruction.
  • Many activities cannot be completed at home, for example, discussion, paper/pencil or hands-on activities.
  • We will not be streaming specials classes (PE, Music, Art, STEAM, library).

CHECK-IN

  • Teachers will conduct a brief check in with your child every other day to see if they have questions about the work they are completing. This will mostly be done during instruction time, so we encourage your child to stream in for core content.
  • Other staff members will check in once a week if your child is expected to be out for an extended period of time to see if other resources or support are needed.

If your child will be home with COVID-like symptoms (runny nose, congestion, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, stomachache, diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell) or is quarantined/isolated/paused based on medical advice, Health Department recommendation or FCPS requirement for an extended period of time, please contact your classroom teacher and they will provide information when they are able.

Please be mindful that teachers have very little contract time in the morning before students arrive and are teaching your children most of the day; therefore, time will be needed to respond.  

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Wakefield Forest Elementary

sbprindle@fcps.edu

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

Last Friday we started Innovation Hour (K-4) and Electives (5-6). These special activities are unique to Wakefield Forest ES. As we balance our focus on student academic and social-emotional needs, these activities support our students' wellness. The excitement and energy on Friday afternoons is palpable. Be sure to ask your kiddo what they did on Friday and check for pictures on our twitter account.

We are continuing to have a number of students who haven’t been feeling well enough to attend school. Thank you so much for checking in with your children and keeping them home if they are exhibiting signs of illness. This caution is helping to keep all of our students and staff safe. If your child is home with any symptoms we have stream-in available. When your child is ill, please connect with your child’s classroom teacher to receive work for your child to complete at home and for information about streaming into the classroom.  

We are so grateful to the Sheckels family and the PTA for donating picnic tables to the school for our outdoor eating options. Thank you to our parents who put together these tables over the weekend and after school. This truly is the best community. Students eat outside when weather permits. When students do eat inside we have several pieces of plexiglass per table to ensure students are able to maintain social distance. Student safety in all weather conditions is a top priority.

While wearing a mask outside is not required, it is recommended. Students are expected to maintain social distance when masks are removed. If students are unable to maintain social distance, they will be asked to put their mask on. We appreciate your support in reminding your child about these safety precautions.

On September 16th, we had a special guest substitute, Kathleen Miller, FCPS Media Specialist and mom, as our substitute. Read this fun article and check out this video about her day substituting in Mrs. Jones’ class. FCPS and WFES are in need of substitutes to function effectively on a daily basis. If you are interested in joining the substitute ranks, check out information here.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Virginia Growth Assessment (Grades 3-6)

 

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For Fall 2021, VGA will address content that was taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall’s VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. 

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment. 

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school. 
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and supports.  

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October.

 

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Question and Answer Session tonight, September 28

 

Mr. Tony Gray, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), will host a virtual family question and answer session about Advanced Academics Program (AAP) services tonight, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  A copy of the presentation is available for you to preview. Click here to join the session.  For those unable to attend, a recording of this meeting, as well as additional information about applying for Level IV Advanced Academics, will be available on the WFES website. 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 - October 15. Ms. Prindle shared a video with students Monday about Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist with ancestry from Haiti and Puerto Rico.

 

Walk & Bike to School Day is October 6

 

Wednesday, October 6 is International Walk & Bike to School Day.  We encourage all who can to enjoy walking or riding bikes to WFES that day!

Student Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

 

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Tonight, September 28 at 7:00 pm: Virtual Q and A - Advanced Academics Program (AAP) (see above)

Thursday, September 30 : SCA officer candidates meet (Grade 5 from 9:50 - 10:20 am and Grades 4 and 6 from 2:50 - 3:20 pm)

Monday, October 4: SCA officer candidate speeches due

Wednesday, October 6: International Walk/Bike to School Day

Thursday, October 7: SCA Reporter and Secretary election

Friday, October 8: SCA Vice President and President election

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families, 

Our teachers are looking forward to welcoming you to Back to School Night (virtual) on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

A video welcome and safety video from me, as well as messages from the PTA and School Board members, can be found here.

Virtual Teacher Sessions, Wednesday, September 22:

6:30 PM          Session 1

7:10 PM          Session 2

Your classroom teacher will send you an invite to the virtual sessions.

Additionally, at 8:00 am on Friday, September 24, Ms. Williams and I will hold a virtual Question and Answer session. Please enter your first and last name to be let into the session. Join at this link if you are interested.

We hope you enjoy finding out more about your children's school day, curriculum, and classroom activities during these events.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Tik Tok Challenge

 

It has come to our attention that a current trend has emerged on the social media platform TikTok, calling for students to vandalize schools and/or steal school property, then promote the acts under the tag, "Devious Licks." Unfortunately, schools across FCPS are being impacted, including here at Wakefield Forest ES. Some examples of these acts include vandalism to toilets and sinks in student bathrooms. Students who vandalize school property are violating the FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities and will face disciplinary action.

Thank you for talking to your child(ren) at home to reinforce the message that this is inappropriate behavior with serious consequences. We appreciate your support and we believe that working together, we can stop these destructive actions. 

 

Updates to COVID 19 Reporting Guidelines

 

If a staff member or student tests positive for COVID 19 AND were on site within infectious period (48 hours of the onset of symptoms) notification will go out to the community each Friday. If there are no cases that meet this criteria, no notice will be sent.

If your child is identified as a close contact you will be notified as soon as possible. The close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

COVID 19 Case Reporting is updated on this site daily. https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/fcps-confirmed-covid-19-case-reporting

Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Question and Answer Session on September 28

 

Mr. Tony Gray, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), will host a virtual family question and answer session about Advanced Academics Program (AAP) services on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  A copy of the presentation is available for you to preview. Click here to join the session.  For those unable to attend, a recording of this meeting, as well as additional information about applying for Level IV Advanced Academics, will be available on the WFES website. 

 

Please Send Extra Masks with Students

 

Masks get dirty, ear elastic breaks: we understand that the mask a student wears to school in the morning may not last the whole day.  Please be sure to pack extra masks in your children's backpacks.  We do have extra child-size masks in the office but it saves time if students can simply replace a broken mask with one from their backpack.

 

Headphones Reminder

Please remember to send your child in with headphones if you have not already!

Water bottles, please!

 

Many students are continuing to forget to bring water bottles to school.  Please make sure there is a water bottle in your child's backpack every day!

 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

Counselor Check In

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Events

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22 - WFES Back to School Night (Virtual)

Friday, September 24, 8:00 am - Question and Answer with the Principals

Friday, September 24, 2:20 – 3:20 pm – Grades 5 and 6 Electives and Grades K-4 Innovation Hour begin

Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 pm – AAP Question and Answer

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES TODAY'S FIRE DRILL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

 

Today we had a fire drill that lasted much longer than expected. We encountered an electrical issue at our fire alarm pull station and we were unable to reset the alarm until staff from the Office of Safety and Security arrived. We apologize for the inconvenience and are grateful it was a beautiful weather day.

As a school we practice fire drills twice within the first 20 days of school and then monthly through the school year.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

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ACADEMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (AAP) INFORMATION

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Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Question and Answer Session on September 28

Mr. Tony Gray, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), will host a virtual family question and answer session about Advanced Academics Program (AAP) services on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  A copy of the presentation is available for you to preview. Click here to join the session.  For those unable to attend, a recording of this meeting, as well as additional information about applying for Level IV Advanced Academics, will be available on the WFES website. 

Information about FCPS AAP

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is committed to challenging all students through talent development and differentiated instruction to meet the needs of advanced learners. 

FCPS offers a continuum of advanced academic services for all students in Grades K-12. The continuum of services approach allows for a focus on matching services rather than labeling students. Students have:

  • Multiple entry points for deeper learning opportunities in specific areas of need as they develop.
  • A cluster group of students with similar academic needs to continue growing in their learning.

Teachers, administrators, and Advanced Academic Resource Teachers (AARTs) work together to provide the following levels of service at the elementary level: 

Tier 1 Access to AAP Curriculum and Strategies, Grades K-6 (Level I) 

All students have opportunities to think critically, reason, and problem-solve. 

  • All teachers use critical and creative thinking strategies in their lessons
  • Classroom teachers provide opportunities using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework a minimum of once per quarter.

Because Level I services are for all FCPS students, there is not a screening process.

Differentiated Lessons in Areas of Academic Strength, Grades K-6 (Level II) 

Some students are strong in one or more subject areas. Classroom teachers may adjust instruction for students in these areas by:

  • Providing different assignments and resources in those subjects
  • Grouping students by their strengths, interests, and readiness
  • Classroom teachers provide additional challenges using materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework.

Level II Services are re-evaluated each year.

Part-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-6 (Level III) 

Some students have advanced academic abilities in multiple subject areas. They need part-time AAP services. 

  • Students work with students that have similar academic needs through weekly pull-out classes or weekly co-taught lessons with the AART and classroom teacher.
  • Teachers provide frequent opportunities to use materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, social studies, and/or mathematics.

Level III services continue through Grade 6. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Full-Time Advanced Academic Programs, Grades 3-8 (Level IV) 

Some advanced learners need a full-time advanced academic program with differentiated instruction in all four core content areas (Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, and science). 

Students eligible for full-time AAP services are cluster grouped on a full-time basis and receive:

  • Full-time use of materials from the AAP Curriculum Framework in Language Arts, science, and social studies curriculum, and
  • Mathematics curriculum with depth and complexity that is at least one year above grade level.

Level IV services continue through Grade 8. Students do not need to be evaluated each year.

Screening for Levels II-IV

Multiple criteria are reviewed holistically to determine eligibility for all FCPS advanced academic services. Committees consider student work from opportunities with AAP lessons, examples of student reasoning or gifted behaviors from class discussions and activities, progress reports, achievement and ability scores, and parent input. Committees consider whether students have access to a group of students with similar academic needs to support academic conversations and growth in the classroom.

Eligibility decisions for Level II and Level III services are made by a committee at the local school

Screening for Level II and Level III services is ongoing throughout the school year. To refer for Level II or III services, submit the AAP School-Based Referral Form to the AART and the local school.

Eligibility decisions for full-time Level IV services are made by the countywide central selection committee.

Screening for Level IV services occurs during specific screening cycles:  

  • Fall screening is available for students who are new to FCPS since January.
    • Fall referrals are due October 7, 2021.
  • Spring screening is available for any Grade 2-7 FCPS-enrolled student 
    • The referral window is from the first day of school - December 15, 2021.

Referral forms for Levels II-IV are found at https://www.fcps.edu/node/38893

For more information, please visit the AAP website at: https://www.fcps.edu/registration/advanced-academics-identification-and-placement/current-fcps-students.  

Ability Testing

FCPS uses ability testing as one part of the holistic screening process for Levels II-IV services. Test scores are not weighted or prioritized in the holistic screening process.  

  • All students in Grade 1 take the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT).
  • All students in Grade 2 take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). 
  • NNAT and/or CogAT may be administered to students in Grades 3-6 who do not have an ability test score during the regularly scheduled testing windows.  

Parents or guardians may request a one-time retest in grades 3-6 during the fall testing windows. Please contact the school testing coordinator, Amy Williams alwilliams1@fcps.edu no later than September 24 to request the CogAT or October 15 for the NNAT.

Please do not wait for test scores before submitting a referral for your student in Grades 2-7 as there will be no referrals for Level IV screening accepted past the deadline.

Young Scholars

FCPS developed the Young Scholars Model to help identify students from historically underrepresented populations for AAP services. The model provides additional opportunity to nurture talent and build confidence so that students can meet their potential. 

Twice-Exceptional (2e)

Some gifted students also have learning disabilities. These twice-exceptional, or “2e” students need strengths-based instruction. Their learning challenges also must be supported. FCPS has created a 2e handbook to help schools and families understand how to identify and serve 2e students. You can find these resources by going to www.fcps.edu and searching “2e.”

Middle and High School AAP

Additional information about middle and high school services may be found on the Advanced Academic Programs web page. https://www.fcps.edu/academics/academic-overview/advanced-academic-programs

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We are excited to be in the fourth week of school. Thank you for your partnership each day in ensuring your child is feeling healthy prior to sending them to school for the day. Here is a health screening tool you can review each morning. https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/HealthScreeningQuestionnaire.pdf 

Please err on the side of keeping children home to limit the exposure to staff and students. Families being cautious are making a huge difference in keeping our school safe and healthy.

We are looking forward to our virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 22. Your child’s classroom teacher will send home information on joining them via Zoom that evening. Videos from me (including one on safety), information from the PTA and messages from the School Board will be posted on our school website by September 20.

As we’ve started the school year, teachers have been giving a variety of assessments to determine student academic levels following virtual learning. Teachers will be using this information to guide large and small group instruction. Students who are demonstrating significant weaknesses in literacy or math will be identified for additional interventions. There is no need to request interventions, as these will be determined based on data collected.

We are continuing to work on creative ideas to prioritize student and staff safety. Students have been eating outdoors whenever possible. We will continue to be creative as weather conditions shift this fall and indoor eating is required. Please know we have safe eating plans for inside and outside eating.

 

Thank you for your continued partnership.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Face Mask Guidelines

 

We are making use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible for lunch and recess. We have noted that a large percentage of students remove their masks while outside. Masks are not required outside, but they are strongly encouraged. We ask you to consider talking with your child about keeping their masks on when outside and gathering in larger groups if they can comfortably do so.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

 

The FCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities document explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable and supportive school environment. Parent/Guardians can acknowledge receipt of the SR&R in ParentVue in your child’s SIS account or sign the Parent Signature Sheet to acknowledge that you have received this document. If you have not done so already, please e-sign through ParentVue or return the signed signature sheet to your child's school by October 29, 2021.

 

Upcoming Student Council (SCA) Officer Election

 

Do you have a responsible, hardworking and confident 4th, 5th, or 6th grader who is looking to take on a leadership role in the WFES SCA? Officer elections are coming up soon!

Reporter = 4th grade student

Secretary = 5th grade student

Vice President = 5th or 6th grade student

President = 6th grade student

For more info and/or to apply please visit: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/wfes-sca-2020-21/home

Application Forms due: Monday, September 20

 

Woodson Football Feeder Night this Friday, September 17

 

All students from the Woodson Pyramid are invited to the Woodson football game on September 17 to participate in Feeder Night activities.  Students from feeder schools will be recognized before the game at 6:40 pm as they run across the field!  Meet at the goalpost at 6:30 pm.  WFES students will be admitted free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

 

Counselor Check In

 

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 15 - General Patrol Meeting at 2:50 pm

Friday, September 17 - Woodson Football Feeder Night (see above)

Wednesday, September 22 - WFES Back to School Night (Virtual)

Friday, September 24, 2:20 – 3:20 pm – Grades 5 and 6 Electives and Grades K-4 Innovation Hour begin

 

Community Organizations

 

These groups would normally set up information tables at Back to School Night.  In lieu of that, we are providing space for them in this News You Choose.

 

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.  We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with programs from coast to coast and across the globe.   Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. New troops are starting up!  Learn more at our Girl Scout Troop Formation Night tonight, Tuesday, September 14th at 7pm in the WFES Cafeteria.  Questions?  email: allisonhagner@gmail.com

 

Cub Scout Pack 1864

Boys and girls may join at any grade from Kindergarten to 5th Grade, whether or not they have been Scouts in the past. Pack 1864 is officially sponsored by the Truro Community and is part of the Patriot District of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Pack 1864 Cub Scouts have many opportunities to enjoy camping and the great outdoors. Our pack camps as a group every spring and the whole family is encouraged to participate. During the summer, day camp provides 5 days packed with fun-filled games, crafts, archery, and activities. For our older Scouts there is a full week of overnight camp complete with flag ceremonies, swimming, boating, nature, service projects, hiking, camp cooking, campfires, and much more.

First meeting : September 20, 7pm at Wakefield Chapel Pool. Please remember to wear a mask.

POC Elena Thompson  elena.jane@rocketmail.com

 

Turnpike Basketball helps elementary school kids gain athletic confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Turnpike offers fair teams, all practices and House League games within a 4-mile radius of WFES, and support from trained coaches and Board members with long histories in our community.  Boys and girls of all skill levels can register today at https://www.turnpikebasketball.org/registerhere for our Fall/Winter 2021-22 Season.

 

Andrew Gause's Martial Arts classes channel children's energy in a positive manner and the confidence they build enhance children's assertiveness. At the same time, our program teaches lifetime self-defense skills. Most important of all, it’s fun. https://www.rvtkd.com/childrens-taekwondo-program.html

In our After School Program (AMP) your child will get a daily Taekwondo class, snack and quiet/homework time.  

https://www.rvtkd.com/after-school-martial-arts-program.html

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Student Council (SCA) Officer Election coming up!

Do you have a responsible, hardworking and confident 4th, 5th, or 6th grader who is looking to take on a leadership role in the WFES SCA? Officer elections are coming up soon!

Reporter = 4th grade student

Secretary = 5th grade student

Vice President = 5th or 6th grade student

President = 6th grade student

For more info and/or to apply please visit: https://sites.google.com/fcpsschools.net/wfes-sca-2020-21/home

Application Forms due: 9/20

No Bus Passes this Year

Because of COVID protocols and crowded buses, we cannot allow students to ride any other bus than the one they have been assigned by Transportation.  Please do not ask for your child to ride home with another child on a bus that is not their regular bus.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Family Life Education (FLE) Preview

 

Families who wish to preview the Family Life Education curriculum may do so at the following link:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/announcements/parent-preview-family-life-education-lessons

Bike/Scooter Safety Reminders

Please remind your children to be safety-conscious if they ride bikes or scooters to and from school.  We are having incidents of bikes and scooters traveling too fast down Iva Lane in the afternoons.  For everyone's safety, it's recommended that students walk their bikes and scooters down the hill, especially during Kiss and Ride.

Welcome to Schoology

 

We are excited about Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/), FCPS' new learning management system. Schoology is a learning space that enhances communication, collaboration, and personalized learning for students, teachers, and families.

Through it families will have access to their student’s digital assignments and access to many of the virtual resources they will use. The following are some resources that will help you prepare to use Schoology this year:

Over the next few weeks your student’s homeroom teacher will begin posting information within Schoology. Stay tuned for updates!

Woodson Football Feeder Night - September 17

 

Come show your school spirit! All students from the Woodson Pyramid are invited to the Woodson football game on Friday, September 17 to participate in Feeder Night activities.  Students from feeder schools will be recognized before the game at 6:40 pm as they run across the field!  Wear your WFES gear or school colors.  Look in your child’s Thursday folder this week for a flyer (students accompanied by a paying adult are admitted into the game with the presentation of the flyer).

 

Counselor Check In

We would like to remind our families that we are here to support you and your students! If your child needs a check in with Nancy Garcia-Henderson or Chelsea Boateng, WFES counselors, please complete this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sN3uJzbb-O4cRpECBzHOD9ysu07rT8s_QhBrFIcUPlc/viewform?ts=6123e7df&edit_requested=true

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, September 8 - PTA Meeting at 7:30 pm (Virtual)

Wednesday, September 15 - General Patrol Meeting at 2:50 pm

Friday, September 17 - Woodson Football Feeder Night (see above)

Wednesday, September 22 - WFES Back to School Night (Virtual)

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