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Message from the Principal
Our Howling Wolf Fun Run was so much fun! Our students had a great time running with their classmates. We are excited to announce that we exceeded our pledge goal of $20,000. The final amount will be shared by the PTA once it is available. We greatly appreciate our partnership with the PTA. Money earned from the Fun Run helps fund the PTA budget, which supports a number of WFES initiatives, such as upgrading our 1:1 technology and purchasing new curriculum materials. Thank you to Virginia Buch and Megan Powers for Co-Chairing the Fun Run. We appreciate the support of all of our volunteers and our families for helping their students engage in this Fundraiser. At Field Day, select students will have the opportunity to pop Ms. Prindle and Ms. Williams with color, while the whole school watches. 

We hosted our first Family Coffee of the year yesterday morning. We were excited to welcome so many parents and to share important information about the role the parent liaison, social worker and school counselors play at Wakefield Forest. These resources are available for all families. If you want more information about getting in touch with one of these staff members, please call WFES at 703-503-2300. Our Parent Liaison, Miriam Pitchford, will be at Wakefield Forest every Monday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  You may contact her at the number above, or at mcpitchford@fcps.edu.

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.

Literacy Information Sessions for Families
Wondering how children acquire skills that will support their reading development?  Looking for ways to support your child’s reading at home?  Consider attending one of the following parent information sessions in the WFES Library to learn more:

Tuesday, October 15:
6:00 – 6:45 pm for Grades K-2 parents
7:00 – 7:45 pm for Grades 3-6 parents

Wednesday, October 16
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades K-2 parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades 3-6 parents

Thursday, October 17
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades 3-6 parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades K-2 parents

Please RSVP to Suzanne Rubinstein at 703-503-2300 or to sprubinstein@fcps.edu.

Fall Book Fair is coming!
The WFES Fall Book Fair is coming soon! The book fair will take place during school hours the week of Monday 10/21 through Friday 10/25 with evening hours on Thursday 10/24. Any parents who are interested in volunteering to help at the fair are asked to sign up using the sign-up genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084cadaf2ea31-fall1 or to contact Staci Root at staci.root@gmail.com . The book fair will also run online from 10/17 through 10/28. Please see the coming Thursday folders for more information.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9
7:30 pm: PTA Meeting

Thursday, October 10
2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officers Meeting

Friday, October 11
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Electives/Innovation Hour

Monday, October 14 is a student holiday.  No school for students.

Tuesday, October 15
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Grades K-2 Literacy Information Session for parents
7:00 -7:45 pm: Grades 3-6 Literacy Information Session for parents

Wednesday, October 16
Fall Portraits
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades K-2 Literacy Information Session for parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades 3-6 Literacy Information Session for parents

Thursday, October 17
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades 3-6 Literacy Information Session for parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades K-2 Literacy Information Session for parents

Friday, October 18
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Electives/Innovation Hour

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Fourth grade students take turns practicing gesture drawing and modeling.

Message from the Principal
Last Friday was the first day for Innovation Hour and Electives for this school year.  I hope your children came home talking about engaging in something new.  Friday afternoons are filled with so much excitement!

This week will be extra active with Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday and the Fun Run on Friday.  The Fun Run is a wonderful event, and it’s a joy to see the kids so enthusiastic.  Thank you to all of our volunteers who will make this an awesome event.

Friday afternoon the WFES SCA representatives and I will be participating in the Woodson HS Homecoming Parade at 4:30 pm.  We hope to see you on the parade route. #onewoodson

Positivity Project – Open-Mindedness
People who are open-minded like to consider new ideas and try new things.  They examine the world from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

Walk/Ride to School tomorrow, October 2

Please use this opportunity to review safety rules with your children before they set off to school on their bikes or by foot.

• We encourage you to make sure your children wear helmets for their safety. Fairfax County Code Section 82-6-38.1 states the following:  Any person under the age of fifteen years of age shall wear a protective helmet that meets the standards promulgated by the American National Standards Institute or the Snell Memorial Foundation while riding or being carried on a bicycle on any highway, sidewalk, or public bicycle path.

• Additionally, we have had reports of students on bicycles who do not stop at the bottom of Iva Lane before turning right or left onto Elizabeth Lane, and who have endangered walking students by riding down the hill on the sidewalk carelessly. Please help us keep our students safe.

Volunteer Meeting – October 3
Room parents, volunteers, and potential volunteers: you are invited to the Volunteer and Room Parent Orientation on Thursday, October 3 from 9:00 – 10:00 am in the library.  Please call the office at 703-503-2300 for additional information.

Family Coffee – October 7
Wakefield Forest will host a Family Coffee on Monday, October 7 at 9:00 AM in the library. Our first Family Coffee will be focused on resources available to support families within FCPS. There will also be an opportunity for families to meet our new parent liaison, Miriam Pitchford.  Please RSVP to Julia Ruskin at jsruskin@fcps.edu or Miriam Pitchford at mcpitchford@fcps.edu.

Literacy Information Sessions for Families
Wondering how children acquire skills that will support their reading development?  Looking for ways to support your child’s reading at home?  Consider attending one of the following parent information sessions in the WFES Library to learn more:

Tuesday, October 15:
6:00 – 6:45 pm for Grades K-2 parents
7:00 – 7:45 pm for Grades 3-6 parents

Wednesday, October 16
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades K-2 parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades 3-6 parents

Thursday, October 17
8:50 – 9:35 am for Grades 3-6 parents
9:40 – 10:25 am for Grades K-2 parents

Please RSVP to Suzanne Rubinstein at 703-503-2300 or to sprubinstein@fcps.edu.

Grade Six Houses: Read All About It!
Read all about our new sixth grade initiative:
https://www.fcps.edu/blog/wakefield-forest-es-creates-house-system-students

Opt-out Forms
Family Life Education (FLE) opt-out forms are coming home in this week’s Thursday folders.

General opt-out forms and information can be found at https://www.fcps.edu/registration/opt-out-forms.

Hurricane Dorian Aid

All 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There are an estimated 18,000 children in crisis, and many children have lost everything they own. We are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.
Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause! 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 2 – National Walk to School Day
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Thursday, October 3
9:00 – 10:00 am: Parent Volunteer Meeting in the library (corrected time)

Friday, October 4
9:30 – 10:30 am: Howling Wolf Fun Run
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Electives/Innovation Hour
4:30 – 5:30 pm: Woodson HS Homecoming Parade

Wednesday, October 9
7:30 pm: PTA Meeting

Thursday, October 10
2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officers Meeting

Friday, October 11
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Electives/Innovation Hour

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

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Fifth graders enjoy the moon bounce as part of the Summer Reading Celebration last Friday.

Message from the Principal
Thank you to so many of you for attending Back to School Night last week. It is great to be part of such an involved community. The teachers love making connections and sharing about their classrooms. I’m truly proud of our faculty.

Our Woodson Football Feeder Night was a huge success, with a guest appearance by Superintendent Dr. Brabrand. We had so much fun running the field and seeing current and former Wakefield Forest ES students. Check our twitter feed @WakefieldForest for pictures from this annual event.

Positivity Project – Teamwork
Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. This strength is associated with naturally positive feelings that accompany being a member of a group: family, team, school, class, or “house” (as in the case of our sixth grade students!).

Upcoming Parent Coffee
Wakefield Forest will host a Family Coffee on Monday, October 7 at 9:00 AM in the library. Our first Family Coffee will be focused on resources available to support families within FCPS. There will also be an opportunity for families to meet our new parent liaison, Miriam Pitchford.

Hurricane Dorian Aid

All 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There are an estimated 18,000 children in crisis, and many children have lost everything they own. We are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.
Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause! 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Thursday, September 26
5:00 – 8:00 pm: PTA Restaurant Night at Silver Diner (Merrifield)

Friday, September 27
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Grade 5 and 6 Elective Session I begins
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Kindergarten through Grade 4 Innovation Hour begins

Wednesday, October 2 – National Walk to School Day
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Thursday, October 3
8:30 – 9:30 am: Parent Volunteer Meeting

Friday, October 4
9:30 – 10:30 am: Howling Wolf Fun Run
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Electives/Innovation Hour

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The beginning of the school year is an appropriate time to provide information to parents and guardians regarding head lice and its treatment.  Although lice do not spread disease, they can be a nuisance and cause great concern in the community.  Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have provided several resources for parents and guardians who are interested in learning more about lice.

These documents are available in English and several other languages at the following links:

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/schools
Lice: Treatment and Prevention | Fairfax County Public Schools

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These second graders are on a Monarch caterpillar hunt!

Positivity Project – Curiosity
A curious person likes exploration and discovery — and asks lots of questions because they want to learn more about anything and everything. Our innate urge for discovery and exploration is a key element of our human desire for wisdom and knowledge. It’s what keeps us intrigued in the plot lines of movies and books. It’s what pushes us to try new activities or travel to different places. It's a key to humankind's success.

Back to School Night is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18
We are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night tomorrow night.  The schedule is as follows:

6:30 – 7:00 pm: 

New: Band and Strings Overview on Stage
Special Education Open House in Library
Level II/III Advanced Academics Overview in the STEAM Lab (T-119 outside in quad)
ESOL Overview in the Art Room (503)
PTA Reception in the Cafeteria

7:05 – 7:50 pm: Session I in Classrooms

8:00 – 8:30 pm: Session II in Classrooms

Session 1 is 15 minutes longer to account for principal, PTA president, and School Board member messages.  Session II is a repeat of Session I, without the videos, in order to allow parents with more than one student at WFES to attend sessions with multiple teachers.

Additional parking is available in back of St. Matthew’s Church on Virginia Ave.

Please remember that Back to School Night is not designed for student attendance.

Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award
At the School Board meeting last week, Ms. Prindle proudly accepted the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award on behalf of Wakefield Forest Elementary.  This award is based on criteria and guidelines adopted by the Board of Education; those criteria include achievement in various curriculum content areas as well as meeting/exceeding state assessment goals.

Welcome to our New Parent Liaison
We’d like to welcome Ms. Miriam Pitchford, Wakefield Forest’s new Parent Liaison.  Parent liaisons work in the schools and community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success.  They help parents understand the school's culture, policies, procedures, and practices and can also help connect families to resources in the community.  Ms. Pitchford will be at Wakefield Forest on Mondays, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.  You may contact her at 703-503-2300 or at mcpitchford@fcps.edu.

Kiss and Ride Reminder
Please remember that there are only two ways to drop your children off in the morning (as car riders): through the Kiss n’ Ride line or by parking and escorting your children to the front door.  Parents who park on the school side of Iva Lane and drop off their children there are creating both a safety and traffic issue, as the children are navigating a busy parking lot on their own and cars coming up Iva Lane have to negotiate their way around the parked car, which can make two-way traffic dangerous. 

Drop off time is 8:25 am (8:20 am for Patrols).  No supervision of children is provided before that time.

Hurricane Dorian Aid

All 32 schools in Region 5 of Fairfax County Public Schools are uniting together to support the humanitarian crisis that has occurred in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. We have all witnessed the devastation from this deadly storm and we want to be able to help. There are an estimated 18,000 children in crisis, and many children have lost everything they own. We are calling each of our communities to action!

Over the next two weeks, we will be fundraising by using a GoFundMe page. The link is below which also includes a link to a video for more information. All proceeds will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Our funds will go to water, shelter, food, clothes, backpacks, books, and other school materials.

Please join Region 5 in making a difference. Any amount can be helpful! The fundraiser will run from Wednesday, September 18th to Friday, October 4th.
Please click this link to go to our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/sam3qu-hurricane-dorian-relief

Thank you for supporting this cause! 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18

2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Meeting

Back to School Night (please see times above)

Friday, September 20
Summer Reading Celebration

6:30 pm: Woodson High School Feeder Football Game – wear WFES or school colors, meet at the end zone and run across the field with the principals!  Please bring the half-sheet flyer that came home in the Thursday flyers last week; free admission for students accompanied by adults.

Thursday, September 26
5:00 – 8:00 pm: PTA Restaurant Night at Silver Diner (Merrifield)

Friday, September 27
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Grade 5 and 6 Elective Session I begins
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Kindergarten through Grade 4 Innovation Hour begins

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

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Dear Parents and Families,
 
Wakefield Forest Elementary School is committed to providing our students with a high quality education.  Academic success relies upon excellent school attendance.  Students who come to school on time every day are building critical life skills they will use the rest of their lives.  Like strengthening a muscle, building positive attendance habits early on makes a difference for our students today and for our adults of tomorrow.  Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school and themselves.   

Did you know?
• Even excused absences interfere with learning.
• A pattern of absences (whether unexcused or excused) is one of the main reasons for lower academic achievement.  
• Students who attend 90% or more of the school year are more likely to graduate from high school on time.
• Absences can mask deeper struggles, for example:  absences may be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with peer conflicts or facing a medical or mental health concern. 

Wakefield Forest staff is committed to supporting attendance.  Additional resources can be found online at http://www.fcps.edu/attendance.  We know that parents are the experts on their own child and our school team is here to partner and help problem solve attendance-related concerns.  The school counselors, school social worker, and school psychologist are available at 703-503-2300: 

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, school counselor          
Chelsea Boateng, school counselor
Melinda Hill, school social worker
Denise Wilson, school psychologist  

In order to be in compliance with Virginia state law, Wakefield Forest keeps an accurate attendance record and communicates it to our parents when appropriate.  As we continue into the school year, please remember that FCPS has a policy in place for how its schools are to document attendance in order to fulfill state requirements.  Wakefield Forest, as well as every other school in the Woodson Pyramid, will adhere to the FCPS attendance policy which requires schools to contact parents when there are five or more unexcused absences.  Additionally, if you know in advance that your student will miss one or more days of school, please contact the school by calling the attendance line at 703-503-2323 or sending an email to wakefieldforestes.attendance@fcps.edu

Per the Student Rights and Responsibilities, students are fully responsible for completing any missed assignments.  Teachers may assist the student and parent or guardian in identifying missed work, but are not obligated to provide make-up assignments for unexcused absences or trips.  The best way to keep your child up-to-date is through communication with your student’s teacher. 

Parents can log into the Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account to view your child's attendance.  For additional support with accessing and using the SIS Parent Account visit our SIS Parent Account overview page:
https://www.fcps.edu/index.php/resources/technology/student-information-system-sis-fcps/sis-parentaccount-overview  

Once again, please remember to call the WFES attendance line at 703-503-2323, or send an email to wakefieldforestes.attendance@fcps.edu to report all absences and tardies.  If the school is not notified of the reason for the absence within 48 hours, it will automatically be recorded as an unexcused absence.  When contacting the school, please include the child’s name, teacher, and specific reason for the absence.  

We appreciate your partnership in this effort and will be providing more helpful tips and information in the months to come.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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The ultimate practice in self-control…let a bubble float past without popping it! These first graders were up to the challenge.

The Positivity Project – our third year
Relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. The Positivity Project equips schools with the training, strategy, and resources to inspire students to build positive relationships.  Grounded in extensive research, this character education model is based on 24 character strengths -- ranging from bravery and forgiveness to integrity and gratitude -- that exist in every person.  Starting next week, we will be including a brief summary of each week’s strength in every Tuesday News You Choose.

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 18
We are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 18.  The schedule is as follows:
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Special Education Open House in Library
  Level II/III Advanced Academics Overview in the STEAM Lab (T-119)
  ESOL Overview in the Art Room (503)
  PTA Reception in the Cafeteria
7:05 – 7:50 pm: Session I in Classrooms
8:00 – 8:30 pm: Session II in Classrooms

Session 1 is 15 minutes longer to account for principal, PTA president, and School Board member video messages.  Session II is a repeat of Session I, without the videos, in order to allow parents with more than one student at WFES to attend sessions with multiple teachers.

Additional parking is available in back of St. Matthew’s Church on Virginia Ave.
Please remember that Back to School Night is not designed for student attendance.

Freedom Flag to fly from September 11-18
September 11, 2019 will mark the 18th anniversary of the attacks on American soil.  To commemorate this historic event, Section 1-510 of the Code of Virginia officially designates the Freedom Flag as the official Flag of Remembrance of September 11, 2001.  A Freedom Flag has been ordered for every school in FCPS.  Ours will fly from September 11 through September 18.
Designed by a Virginian, the Freedom Flag features ten elements in a red, white, and blue design commemorating all who lived and died on that tragic day.  More information about the flag is available from the Freedom Flag Foundation, a non-profit public charity created to oversee the distribution of the Freedom Flag to schools, colleges, and universities.

 

 

Two Weeks at a Glance

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11
2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officers Meeting

Friday, September 13
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Grades 5 and 6 Electives Assembly

Wednesday, September 18
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Meeting
Back to School Night (please see times above)

Friday, September 20
Summer Reading Celebration
6:30 pm: Woodson High School Feeder Football Game (please see flyers in Thursday folders this week!)

 

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

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Safety Drills at Wakefield Forest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

At Wakefield Forest, our number one responsibility is to ensure the safety of our students and staff at all times. We continually work with county leaders to ensure coordinated responses to potential safety concerns and we practice emergency drills on a regular basis throughout the school year.

Today, we conducted our first lockdown drill of the school year and we will have a minimum of three more. Additionally, we already conducted our first fire drills of the year. During the first month of the school year, fire drills will be conducted on a weekly basis and for the remainder of the year they will happen once a month. We will also conduct tornado drills and bus evacuation drills throughout the year.

The purpose of a lockdown is to protect against intruders in the school building. Prior to today, teachers talked to our students about the purpose and practiced the procedures to prepare them for our drill.

During a lockdown drill:
• Students stay in place with a teacher or staff member.
• Students and teachers remain in locked classrooms, unobservable from outside (lights off, window blinds closed, door windows obscured with paper).
• Students and staff members disregard fire alarms and school-wide announcements.
• No one enters or exits the school, except public safety personnel.

Our students and staff did a great job today! We are very proud of them.
 
Sincerely,
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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

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Dear Wakefield Forest Community,

We hosted a community meeting on May 20, 2019 to discuss our school’s current capacity challenges and potential next steps as we move toward our scheduled renovation.  At the meeting, we were joined by School Board Member Megan McLaughlin, Region 5 Assistant Superintendent Rebecca Baenig and Executive Principals, Eric McCann and Dave Jagels, as well as Facilities Management staff. We appreciate the many families and staff members who were able to attend and the thoughtful questions that were posed.  To review the questions and answers from the meeting, please click here: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/node/1583
 
During the meeting, several possible solutions outlined in the FY2020-24 Capital Improvement Program were discussed, including adding more instructional space to the existing building as well as a potential boundary adjustment.  However, at this time FCPS staff must first conduct a site analysis related to the upcoming renovation to determine if enlarging the building can sufficiently provide capacity relief.  Further information related to the site analysis and potential boundary adjustment will be shared with the community in early 2020.  Please be assured that any school boundary proposal will be done in a transparent manner that includes extensive community engagement, and any changes would not go into effect until Fall 2021.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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Lots of smiling faces on the first day of school!

Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 18
We are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 18.  The schedule is as follows:

6:30 – 7:00 pm: Special Education Open House in Library
  Level II/III Advanced Academics Overview in the STEAM Lab (T-119)
  ESOL Overview in the Art Room (503)
  PTA Reception in the Cafeteria
7:05 – 7:50 pm: Session I in Classrooms
8:00 – 8:30 pm: Session II in Classrooms

Session 1 is 15 minutes longer to account for principal, PTA president, and School Board member video messages.  Session II is a repeat of Session I, without the videos, in order to allow parents with more than one student at WFES to attend sessions with multiple teachers.

Additional parking is available in back of St. Matthew’s Church on Virginia Ave.
Please remember that Back to School Night is not designed for student attendance.

Here Comes the Bus Mobile App
As a result of the Transportation Services' strategic plan, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to pilot the Here Comes the Bus® mobile app at all FCPS locations.  Know when your bus is approaching your stop!  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time. Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy to use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

For more information, please go to the following:
https://www.fcps.edu/resources/safety-and-transportation/transportation-services/here-comes-bus-mobile-app

You will need a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account in order to use the app.  Please contact the WFES office at 703-503-2300 if you do not have an SIS Parent Account.  If you are having technical difficulties with the app once you are signed in, please contact the Facilities and Transportation (FTS) Customer Service Team at 571-423-2400; unfortunately, individual schools don’t have the capability to help you with the app.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms were included in your child’s back-to-school packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education , Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle, and High School (9-12) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/family-life-education-fle.  Please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s teacher or to the office prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/.  Account information is available at your local school or online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media).  Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library.  Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online.

Program questions may be directed to your child’s teacher or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Elizabeth Payne, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at etpayne@fcps.edu.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

Wednesday, September 11
2:50 – 3:20 pm: SCA Officers Meeting

Friday, September 13
2:20 – 3:20 pm: Grades 5 and 6 Electives Assembly

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Weekly Message

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We were excited to welcome all of our students back yesterday. It was so much fun to see everyone building relationships and getting into the routines of school. The school year is already off to a great start.

Wakefield Forest uses the weekly News You Choose as one of our primary means of communication. We normally send the News You Choose message every Tuesday at noon.   If you know of any Wakefield Forest parents who are not receiving these emails, please have them call the office at 703-503-2300.   Make sure to follow us on Twitter @Wakefield Forest ES to see snapshots from around Wakefield Forest.

A Fond Farewell
We are sad to announce that Ms. Wade, our wonderful health room aide, will be leaving to return to social work. She made our health room a warm place for our students when they were unwell. We will let you know when we have a new permanent health room aide. Meanwhile, we are lucky to have Ms. Wade in the health room this week only. 

Summer Reading Logs
Please remember that all student Summer Reading logs (grades 1-6) and student READ/WRITE grids (Kindergarten) are to be turned in to your classroom teacher no later than Friday, August 30.  Students who completed and return these forms will earn an invitation to our WFES Summer Reading celebration to be held on Friday, September 20.  Please contact our Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein  sprubinstein@fcps.edu if you have any questions.

Superintendent’s Welcome Back to School Videos
FCPS Superintendent Brabrand’s video message is available at the links below:
Spanish:
https://youtu.be/0wfkJITqNV8
English:
https://youtu.be/cdTHU4Cu0I4

Change in Lunch Schedule for Thursday, August 29
We are looking forward to the Woodson High School’s band visiting our fourth through sixth grades at an assembly this Thursday afternoon, August 29.  Because of the time of the band’s visit, we are changing the lunch times for third and sixth grades for that day only as listed below:

Grade 3 

Marucchi – 12:55 – 1:25 pm

Linke – 1:00 – 1:30 pm 

Dolinger - 1:05 – 1:35 pm

Yaman – 1:10 – 1:40 pm

Grade 6

Brooks/Friedsam - 12:35 -1:05 pm (in classrooms)

Impens/Stahl – 12:40 – 1:10 pm (in classrooms)

Community Flyer Dates
According to FCPS Regulation 1367.3, schools shall offer options to “nonprofit organizations that want to make their materials available to students and parents.”  At Wakefield Forest, we establish six dates during the school year on which we allow nonprofit organizations the chance to send flyers (subject to principal approval) home with students in Thursday folders.  The “Community Flyer” dates for 2019-2020 are as follows:

September 12, October 17, December 12, February 20, April 2, and May 28

Organizations interested in sending home flyers on the above dates should email a copy of the flyer and their request to Julia Ruskin in the main office (jsruskin@fcps.edu) at least 10 days before the Community Flyer date .  Flyers need to include the following disclaimer: "These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this school."

Save the Dates!

Wakefield Forest Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 18. 

Woodson High School Feeder Night is Friday, September 20.  This evening gives students from feeder schools a chance to run across the field before the football game. 

Look for more information about both of these evenings in your child's Thursday take home folder.

Every Day Counts! Absences Add Up
As we begin another school year, here are some important school attendance reminders:
• Learn the ways to alert your child’s school when your child will be absent.
• We do monitor your child’s attendance daily, and will reach you if your child does not arrive at school or class as expected.
• Please continue to contact the school via the attendance line or email if your child will be absent. The school attendance contact information can be found on each school’s web page.
• The calendar for the 2019-20 school year has been posted. Make plans to have your child back at school, ready to learn, starting on August 26!
• More information about FCPS attendance expectations is located here.

Two Weeks at a Glance

Thursday, August 29
1:15 – 1:45 pm: Grades 4-6, Woodson Band Visit

Friday, August 30
School Holiday – School closed

Monday, September 2
Labor Day Holiday – School closed

Wednesday, September 4
2:50 – 3:20 pm: Patrol Officers Meeting

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Open House Message

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

We loved welcoming many of our new students and families today at the newcomers events.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Open House on Friday! 

Open House Hours – Friday, August 23
8:30 – 9:30 am  Kindergarten
8:30 – 9:30 am  Grades 1 through 6  - New Student Orientation in the Library
9:00 – 10:00 am  Grades 1 through 6
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Patrol Training

• Overflow parking will be available at St. Matthew’s Church.
• If you ordered school supplies from the PTA, the supplies will be in your child’s classroom.
• Parents who will be picking up their children from Kiss n’ Ride during the school year may come to the main office for a car hang tag.  If your hang tag is still in good shape from last year, please keep using it!
• All class lists will be posted on the front lobby windows by 9:00 am on Thursday, August 22 and will remain posted until Monday, August 26.  You will also be able to view your child’s teacher in your Parent View account on the 22nd.  A great deal of time and work goes into creating classes.  Changes will not be made to class lists once posted.

Monday, August 26 is the first day of school.  Parents may walk students to class on the first day of school; however, teachers will not be available for consult at this time, as their focus will be on welcoming students. If you have important information to share about your child, please contact the teacher by email. (Email addresses are posted on our website www.fcps.edu/WakefieldForestES.) Following the first day of school, students will walk to class on their own.  Staff will be available to support and guide students.

If you have any questions about the above information, please call the office at 703-503-2300.  Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sincerely,
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Message from the Principal

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Dear Wakefield Forest ES Families,

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you back for the 2019-2020 school year.

Do you have a new neighbor with a school age child? Please let your neighbor know they should register at Wakefield Forest as soon as possible to ensure we are fully staffed and prepared to welcome all of our students. The first day of school is Monday, August 26, 2019. We can’t wait to have our students here.

The transportation department sent out communication earlier in August about bus routes. Another communication is expected to go out from the transportation department about bus routes by August 23, 2019. Should you have further questions about transportation for your child, please contact the main office at 703-503-2300.

Our newest quad has been progressing and should be ready this week. This quad will be used to house the Strings, Music, and STEAM specials this year.  We’re excited to be a part of a growing community.

See you soon.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

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