WFES - News You Choose - Friday, June 14, 2024

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In the month of June, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically. We stand with those facing an ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice. This Pride Month, we reaffirm and uphold the dignity of LGBTQIA+ people. Each individual in our school community should feel valued for who they are. Visit our LGBTQIA+ Student Resources and Supports webpage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

July 1 - 5th:  WFES Office will be closed

August 19:   First Day of School 2024-25

Our 6th graders were promoted to 7th grade in a beautiful ceremony. Hats off to our 6th grade teachers!

WFES Summer Reading Program

Be on the lookout for WFES Summer Reading packets that went home in Thursday folders on June 6.  Summer reading logs, Barnes & Noble free book information, and a reading tracker from Nothing Bundt Cakes are just a few details included.  Students will also be automatically enrolled in our Wakefield Forest Summer Reading Program Schoology group.  Here students will have access to our FREE virtual bookroom, the FREE FCPS Public Library Summer Reading Program, Pizza Hut’s Book It, websites, parent resources, and so much more.  Questions?  Contact our WFES Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein: [email protected]

We had beautiful weather for all of our awesome end of year parties!

Summer Fun with Get2Green

Looking for a variety of fun summer activities to do with your kids? Try out this fun interactive bingo board with them and see how many of the activities you can complete.

Summer Fun with Get2Green.pdf - Google Drive

Need a 2023-24 Yearbook?

Anyone who missed out on ordering a 2023-24 yearbook can order one through Strawbridge starting July 1st. It will cost $14 plus $10 shipping. Use the link below starting July 1st to order.

https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/clients/wakefield-forest-elementary-school/2023-2024-yearbooks-340/access?clearSessionAuthentication=1&utm_campaign+=&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

6/15 - Fairfax County Hosting 1st Puzzle Hunt!

Launches on June 15, 2024

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work, creating an exhilarating adventure for puzzle solvers. We are thrilled to announce the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to  www.solvingfun.com/fairfax.

School Supplies Donation Drive

As we gear up for the 2024-25 school year, we want to ensure that every student at Wakefield Forest ES has the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're reaching out to our wonderful wolf pack community to ask for your support in our School Supplies Donation Drive.

To make donating even easier, we've partnered with Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) for our school supply needs this year. Please consider ordering an additional supply pack to donate to the school when you’re ordering for your child.

Here's how you can contribute:

Visit the EPI website: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/

Enter the School ID: WAK017 (3 letters, 3 numbers)

The deadline for ordering is June 25, 2024.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation or contribute supplies directly, please contact our Family Liaison, Hana Kim: [email protected]

Thank you for your generosity and support in ensuring that every student at WFES has the tools they need to thrive.

Lightspeed for Parents

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/lightspeed-parent-reports

There is a new online service that is free to FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s internet activity on an FCPS device. Parents can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, which will provide a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

Step 1 - Parents must make sure that they have two items before making a request - the enrolling parent email address on file in SIS and the student’s ID number. To protect the student data being shared with an unauthorized email, those two variables must match exactly what we have in the system to verify the parent’s association to the child. 

Step 2 - Parents can then go to the Technology Support for Families page and submit a ticket requesting to be added to the Lightspeed Weekly Parent Report, and should include the the enrolling parent email address on file in SIS and the student’s ID number. 

Once verified, the enrolling parent email will be added to the parent report recipient list, and the parent will start receiving the report for their child over the weekends.

Juneteenth - Freedom Day
  • Wednesday, June 19, is a holiday for FCPS employees. Schools and offices will be closed. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that word of the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, effectively marking the end of slavery in the United States. Learn more about Juneteenth.
Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Farewell Until August

We had a wonderful end of year assembly, and our staff waved goodbye to the students until next year. Have a wonderful summer!

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, June 7, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

June 10:    G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 AM

June 11:    G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 AM

June 12:    Last Day of School - 2 Hour Early Release

Message from Principal Prindle

Each year as we head into summer we have to say farewell to staff who are retiring or leaving for new opportunities. 

This June we will say goodbye to our three retirees Nina Rumohr, Kathleen Linehan and Carmen Alvarez-Keefer. We are also sending well wishes to Fara Klein, who will be pursing other opportunities and Jaime Singhal, who is shifting to preschool special education.

This week has been filled with fun activities, performances and celebrations. We're grateful to our staff for supporting our students in skills beyond typical academics. 

This summer will be busy as the construction team works to wrap up the renovation. The building will be a bustle of activity as the team works hard throughout the summer. We are still expecting to be able to move all students into the main building for the start of school.  

Honoring Our Retirees

Congratulations to Nina Rumohr, Kathleen Linehan and Carmen Alvarez-Keefer for their many years of dedicated service. We're grateful to the PTA, current and past students for celebrating these amazing women.  

Musical Theater Showcase

We were so impressed with our 5th/6th grade Musical Theater elective showcase. Thank you to Kendra Callahan, Gina Hibbitts and Michelle Brooks for their support of our students.

Class of 2024 - Graduation

Our students and staff were so excited to celebrate our graduating seniors. We love our tradition of them walking the halls, as well as Principal Prindle attending graduation. #AlwaysAPartofthePack

Band/Strings Concert

Our fourth, fifth and sixth graders stunned at the spring concert. It is always amazing to see how much they grow from winter to spring. We're grateful to Mrs. Cradler, Mrs. Lubinski and Ms. Riddle for their work with our students this year.

WFES Library Books - Please Return

Thank you for returning so many library books last week. We still need more to come back, so lists of overdue books are being emailed to families daily, and will also include the replacement cost of each one. If you are having difficulty locating a missing book and would like to replace it, please utilize one of the following options:

  1. Send in cash or a check made out to the Wakefield Forest Library. It is best if these payments are sent in with an envelope clearly indicating that the money is for a lost library book.
  2. Made a payment online via My School Bucks (the same system used to load money onto a cafeteria account) and choose “lost library book” as the reason for payment
  3. Purchase a new copy of the missing book from Amazon or the retailer of your choice and either send it directly to the school to the attention of the library (please include a note on your order indicating who it is from if you choose this option) or have your child deliver it directly to Mrs. Rapuano or Mrs. Grimsley in the library

We ask that all library obligations be satisfied ASAP, by Monday, June 10th. Thank you so much for your efforts to locate and return your books, we sincerely appreciate every single one!

Where is Ms. Prindle?

The end of the year is a time for extra fun! A cardboard Ms. Prindle has been making the rounds. Our students are enjoying searching for "Ms. Prindle" as she moves around the building for the last few weeks of school.

Safety Patrols

We are grateful for our outgoing and in coming patrol officers, as well as our Safety Patrol Sponsors, Courtney Massimo and Michelle Maxwell-Gold. Safety Patrol gives many of our 5th and 6th graders opportunities to shine as leaders. 

Crystal Needs a Summer Home

Dear Parents/Students,

As you know the STEAM room has an  Axolotl named Crystal ( we use to have a pair but unfortunately Rocky past away this spring). Crystal has just finished its second year of elementary school with us and would like to celebrate by going on a summer vacation somewhere nice in the Wakefield community. If your family would like to watch them for part of the summer or all of the summer please fill out form below.

We are looking for a family or two  to watch Crystal  in your very own AirBnB household.   The family must be willing to:

  1. Hand feed dried shrimp (with a tweezer) to Crystal  daily.  They are trained now so if you tap on glass and move the shrimp likes its moving they will track their prey and eat it.  They typically eat 3-5 shrimp at a time.  Please gently smoosh the shrimp so that it is softer when they eat it. 
  2. Monitor tank temperature (must be around 60 degrees and have a small fan that runs to keep it cool).
  3. Monitor to make sure fans and bubblers are operating correctly,
  4. Resist temptation to touch the Axolotl with bare hands (oil on our skin is very bad for Axolotls).  

Mr. Gray will give you the tank, water and all materials related to watching the Axolotls successfully.

If you are interested in hosting our Axolotls at your AirBNB please fill out information in the link below by next Friday 06/07/24,  I will contact you if your family is selected.  Don't fret as you will have another opportunity during future breaks during the school year. 

https://forms.gle/WXKArXtNHb93s85u5  

Thanks for your interest.

Last Day to Pick Up Meds

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30 PM. Medication left in the health room after Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30 PM will be destroyed. It is Health Department policy that medications be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. Please contact Stephanie McNamara in the health room @ 703-503-2310 if you have questions.

WFES Summer Reading Program

Be on the lookout for WFES Summer Reading packets that went home in Thursday folders on June 6.  Summer reading logs, Barnes & Noble free book information, and a reading tracker from Nothing Bundt Cakes are just a few details included.  Students will also be automatically enrolled in our Wakefield Forest Summer Reading Program Schoology group.  Here students will have access to our FREE virtual bookroom, the FREE FCPS Public Library Summer Reading Program, Pizza Hut’s Book It, websites, parent resources, and so much more.  Questions?  Contact our WFES Reading Specialist, Suzanne Rubinstein: [email protected]

6/15 - Fairfax County Hosting 1st Puzzle Hunt!

Launches on June 15, 2024

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work, creating an exhilarating adventure for puzzle solvers. We are thrilled to announce the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to  www.solvingfun.com/fairfax.

School Supplies Donation Drive

As we gear up for the 2024-25 school year, we want to ensure that every student at Wakefield Forest ES has the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're reaching out to our wonderful wolf pack community to ask for your support in our School Supplies Donation Drive.

To make donating even easier, we've partnered with Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) for our school supply needs this year. Please consider ordering an additional supply pack to donate to the school when you’re ordering for your child.

Here's how you can contribute:

Visit the EPI website: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/

Enter the School ID: WAK017 (3 letters, 3 numbers)

The deadline for ordering is June 25, 2024.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation or contribute supplies directly, please contact our Family Liaison, Hana Kim: [email protected]

Thank you for your generosity and support in ensuring that every student at WFES has the tools they need to thrive.

Check the Lost & Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. Please come take a look for any items your child may be missing. It is located outside of the cafeteria. Small items (jewelry, watches, ear buds, military medals, etc) can be found in the front office. All items remaining will be donated on June 13, 2024.

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, May 31, 2024

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Who knew it was "twins day?!" Love the smiling faces arriving to school today.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

June 5:      WFES Grad Walk - 2:30 PM

June 5:      Community Retirement Celebration - 4:00 PM

June 5:      Strings/Band Concert - 6:30 PM

June 10:    G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 AM

June 11:    G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 AM

June 12:    Last Day of School - Early Release

Retirements

Every year we have to say farewell to some of our amazing staff members. This year we have three teachers retiring after many years of committed service. We're sad to be saying good bye to Carmen Alvarez-Keefer, Nina Rumohr and Kathleen Linehan

Please help us celebrate these amazing ladies on Wednesday, June 5th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the cafeteria. 

Congrats to New Patrol Officers

Our new patrol officers for next year were announced today. Front row left to right: Brayden (Sergeant), Annette (Captain), Caroline (Lieutenant), Emma (Lieutenant). Our outgoing officers paved the way: Back row: Lily, Campbell, Violet, Lily and Emmett.

Celebrating Our Sixth Graders

We are so excited to celebrate the hard work of our 6th grade students. In the next few weeks we will have our student verse family kickball game for 6th grade, the class party and our promotion ceremony. 

Several of our awesome families delivered signs to our students to recognize their big accomplishments. Thank you to Michael Fay, Susie Kleiman, Jenny Otto, Sheryl Goncalves, Meg and Brad Simmons and Katie Kissal. 

WFES Library Books - Please Return

The shelves are filling up fast in the library! We are incredibly appreciative of the nearly 1,400 books that were returned this week, and have been locating more ourselves as we’re organizing the shelves for the summer and completing our yearly inventory. As of Friday 5/31, we do have about 1,100 more books that still need to be returned. Lists of overdue books are being emailed to families daily beginning on Friday 5/31, and will also include the replacement cost of each one. If you are having difficulty locating a missing book and would like to replace it, please utilize one of the following options:

  1. Send in cash or a check made out to the Wakefield Forest Library. It is best if these payments are sent in with an envelope clearly indicating that the money is for a lost library book.
  2. Made a payment online via My School Bucks (the same system used to load money onto a cafeteria account) and choose “lost library book” as the reason for payment
  3. Purchase a new copy of the missing book from Amazon or the retailer of your choice and either send it directly to the school to the attention of the library (please include a note on your order indicating who it is from if you choose this option) or have your child deliver it directly to Mrs. Rapuano or Mrs. Grimsley in the library

We ask that all library obligations be satisfied ASAP, but no later than Friday 6/7. Thank you so much for your efforts to locate and return your books, we sincerely appreciate every single one!

6/5 - Senior Grad Walk

We invite our former Wakefield Forest Wolves to the Senior Grad Walk on June 5, 2024 at 2:30 PM. Wear your cap and gown and be celebrated by our current Wakefield Forest crew. Please meet us in the new front lobby/main entrance at door #1. Parents are welcome to join us and watch their seniors parade through the school.

(Due to construction, parking can be challenging, so please plan ahead.)

Last Day to Pick Up Meds

The school health room is reminding parents and guardians that all medication stored in the health room must be picked up no later than Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30 PM. Medication left in the health room after Wednesday, June 12th at 1:30 PM will be destroyed. It is Health Department policy that medications be picked up by the parent or guardian. Medication cannot be sent home with your student. Please contact Stephanie McNamara in the health room @ 703-503-2310 if you have questions.

6/15 - Fairfax County Hosting 1st Puzzle Hunt!

Launches on June 15, 2024

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work, creating an exhilarating adventure for puzzle solvers. We are thrilled to announce the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to  www.solvingfun.com/fairfax.

School Supplies Donation Drive

As we gear up for the 2024-25 school year, we want to ensure that every student at Wakefield Forest ES has the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're reaching out to our wonderful wolf pack community to ask for your support in our School Supplies Donation Drive.

To make donating even easier, we've partnered with Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) for our school supply needs this year. Please consider ordering an additional supply pack to donate to the school when you’re ordering for your child.

Here's how you can contribute:

Visit the EPI website: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/

Enter the School ID: WAK017 (3 letters, 3 numbers)

The deadline for ordering is June 25, 2024.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation or contribute supplies directly, please contact our Family Liaison, Hana Kim: [email protected]

Thank you for your generosity and support in ensuring that every student at WFES has the tools they need to thrive.

Check the Lost & Found

Our lost and found is overflowing. Please come take a look for any items your child may be missing. It is located outside of the cafeteria. Small items (jewelry, watches, ear buds, military medals, etc) can be found in the front office. All items remaining will be donated at the end of the June 12, 2024.

Crystal Needs Summer Home

Dear Parents/Students,

As you know the STEAM room has an  Axolotl named Crystal ( we use to have a pair but unfortunately Rocky past away this spring). Crystal has just finished its second year of elementary school with us and would like to celebrate by going on a summer vacation somewhere nice in the Wakefield community. If your family would like to watch them for part of the summer or all of the summer please fill out form below.

We are looking for a family or two  to watch Crystal  in your very own AirBnB household.   The family must be willing to:

  1. Hand feed dried shrimp (with a tweezer) to Crystal  daily.  They are trained now so if you tap on glass and move the shrimp likes its moving they will track their prey and eat it.  They typically eat 3-5 shrimp at a time.  Please gently smoosh the shrimp so that it is softer when they eat it. 
  2. Monitor tank temperature (must be around 60 degrees and have a small fan that runs to keep it cool).
  3. Monitor to make sure fans and bubblers are operating correctly,
  4. Resist temptation to touch the Axolotl with bare hands (oil on our skin is very bad for Axolotls).  

Mr. Gray will give you the tank, water and all materials related to watching the Axolotls successfully.

If you are interested in hosting our Axolotls at your AirBNB please fill out information in the link below by next Friday 06/07/24,  I will contact you if your family is selected.  Don't fret as you will have another opportunity during future breaks during the school year. 

https://forms.gle/WXKArXtNHb93s85u5  

Thanks for your interest.

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, May 24, 2024

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All schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday. Learn about the history of Memorial Day.

See the complete school year calendar.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

May 27:     Memorial Day - School Holiday

May 31:     SCA Spirit Day - Harry Potter Day

June 5:      WFES Grad Walk - 2:30 PM

June 5:      Community Retirement Celebration - 4:00 PM

June 5:      Strings/Band Concert - 6:30 PM

June 10:    G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 AM

June 11:    G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 AM

June 12:    Last Day of School - Early Release

Girls on the Run Race

WFES Girls on the Run finished their season at the Girls on the Run race last weekend, with support from Mr. Gray and Ms. Callahan.

3rd Grade Soil Talks

Soil scientist Dan Schwartz visited from the NoVa Soil and Water Conservation District to talk to the third graders about the components of soil and the importance of protecting this natural resource.

Retirements

Every year we have to say farewell to some of our amazing staff members. This year we have three teachers retiring after many years of committed service. We're sad to be saying good bye to Carmen Alvarez-Keefer, Nina Rumohr and Kathleen Linehan

Please help us celebrate these amazing ladies Wednesday, June 5th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the cafeteria. 

5/28 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Dear Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final Community Conversation is below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for the last community conversation of the school year. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

         May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

         at Katherine Johnson Middle School,

REGISTER  HERE

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at the last Superintendent Community Conversations of the year.

5/30 - Power of Our Words Event Register Today!

To help us prepare, please fill out the GOOGLE FORM to show your intentions to attend and to submit questions/comments to be answered at the event. 

5/31 - WFES Library Books are DUE

Important news from the Wakefield Forest Library – all library books due Friday, 5/31!

Greetings from the WFES Library! We had an absolutely fabulous year in library land, with a little over 32,000 books checked out. We love how much our students love reading!

Student library book checkout ended for the year on Friday, 5/24. All families will receive a list via email of all books on their students’ library accounts on the afternoon of Tuesday, 5/28. This email will include ALL books currently checked out to EACH student, whether they are overdue or not. If you have more than one child who attends WFES, you will receive a separate email for each one. Please use this list as a guide and take some time during the coming week to gather up all books and send them back to school ASAP. Updated lists will be sent every few days after this and daily the last week of school so all obligations can be met prior to the last day of school. There will also be an option to pay for or replace missing books that have been lost. We greatly appreciate your assistance in helping us get our collection back to its full capacity before the summer so it can be enjoyed by the upcoming generation of readers next year!

6/1 - Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

6/5 - Senior Grad Walk

We invite our former Wakefield Forest Wolves to the Senior Grad Walk on June 5, 2024 at 2:30 PM. Wear your cap and gown and be celebrated by our current Wakefield Forest crew. Please meet us in the new front lobby/main entrance at door #1. Parents are welcome to join us and watch their seniors parade through the school.

(Due to construction, parking can be challenging, so please plan ahead.)

6/15 - Fairfax County Hosting 1st Puzzle Hunt!

Launches on June 15, 2024

The Solving Fun Puzzle Pals have been hard at work, creating an exhilarating adventure for puzzle solvers. We are thrilled to announce the Fairfax County Puzzle Hunt, a unique community event that will take you on a journey to the wonderful parks in Fairfax County. Starting this summer, solve one puzzle or do them all. Puzzles are filled with creative thinking, logic, and wordplay. They are designed to be challenging and accessible for all skill levels. Solve the puzzles and then find clues at the parks for a final meta-puzzle. Walk, bike, and roll at our wonderful local parks with friends and family. For more information go to  www.solvingfun.com/fairfax.

School Supplies Donation Drive

As we gear up for the 2024-25 school year, we want to ensure that every student at Wakefield Forest ES has the tools they need to succeed. That's why we're reaching out to our wonderful wolf pack community to ask for your support in our School Supplies Donation Drive.

To make donating even easier, we've partnered with Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) for our school supply needs this year. Please consider ordering an additional supply pack to donate to the school when you’re ordering for your child.

Here's how you can contribute:

Visit the EPI website: https://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks/

Enter the School ID: WAK017 (3 letters, 3 numbers)

The deadline for ordering is June 25, 2024.

If you prefer to make a monetary donation or contribute supplies directly, please contact our Family Liaison, Hana Kim: [email protected]

Thank you for your generosity and support in ensuring that every student at WFES has the tools they need to thrive.

Check the Lost & Found

Coming to an event at school? Please come check out our lost and found for any items your child may be missing. It can be found outside of the front office at the door #1 entrance. Small items (jewelry, watches, ear buds, military medals, etc) can be found in the front office. All items remaining will be donated at the end of the June 12, 2024.

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, May 17, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

May 20:       WFES Green Team Meeting

May 21:       G3 Math SOL

May 22:       G1 Field Trip to Huntley Meadows; Patrol Applications Due

May 27:       Memorial Day - School Holiday

May 31:       SCA Spirit Day - Harry Potter Day

June 5:       Community Retirement Celebration - 4:00 PM

June 5:       WFES Grad Walk - 2:30pm; Strings/Band Concert - 6:30 pm

June 10:      G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 am

June 11:      G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 am

June 12:      Last Day of School - Early Release

A flower for Ms. Dilldine...

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

People with ancestral roots in Asia and the islands of the Pacific have been integral to the story of America. In 1992, May was designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate their heritage and contributions. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is a national month of recognition of the history of Jewish contributions to American culture, acknowledging the diverse achievement of the Jewish community in the U.S. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

Retirements

Every year we have to say farewell to some of our amazing staff members. This year we have three teachers retiring after many years of committed service. We're sad to be saying good bye to Nina Rumohr, Kathleen Linehan and Carmen Alvarez-Keefer

Please help us celebrate these amazing ladies Wednesday, June 5th at 4:00 PM in the cafeteria. 

Volunteer Breakfast

We loved celebrating our amazing volunteers today! We are incredibly grateful to our many volunteers for their hours of work. 

5/20 - WFES Green Team Meeting

WFES is proud to have a Green Team committed to doing great work at the school and in the broader community. Our last meeting of the school year will be on Monday, May 20th. If you have any questions, contact Mary Muratore at [email protected].

FCPS Parent Orchestra Shines!

Congratulations to the FCPS Parent Orchestra on their fantastic Spring Concert performance from May 9th at Annandale HS auditorium!

Many of our own Wakefield Forest ES parents (Mrs. Barrows, Mrs. Borlinghaus, Mrs. Crowder, Mrs. Osten, Mrs. Pocock) participated and performed with the Parent Orchestra this year! 

We had over 200 parents sign up this year!

Parents in the Parent Orchestra learned how to play a string instrument or returned to their string instrument since childhood in the Parent Orchestra.  😊

Ms. Lubinski conducted the “Previous Experience” (Intermediate) group. 

Ms. Lubinski learned a great deal about and appreciates the support network of parents for their students who learn a string instrument.  😊

There will be a 2024-5 sign up at the start of the next school year. 

Congrats, again, to our parent orchestra parents!”

5/22 - Patrol Applications Due

Students in 4th and 5th grades can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the 2024-2025 school year.  Students that are in 5th grade, currently serving as a Safety Patrol, have an option to apply to be an Officer.  

Students already learned about the application process during PE Class. WFES Patrol Co-Sponsors, Ms. Massimo and Ms. Maxwell-Gold, explained the process, reviewed the qualifications and showed students how to apply.

Wednesday, May 22th – Applications are due. (Late applications will not be accepted.)

Friday, May 31st  – Patrol and Officer selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

5/28 - Community Conversation with Dr. Reid

Dear Families,

Dr. Michelle Reid has been hosting Community Conversations and Employee Conversations  throughout the division since the fall of this school year. She is committed to getting to know our school communities. 

The dates for the final Community Conversation is below. These events provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with Dr. Reid, share concerns and ideas. She is there to listen and answer your questions. Your voice is important.

We invite you to register for the last community conversation of the school year. Pre-registration is not required, but does help us plan.

         May 28, 2024 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

         at Katherine Johnson Middle School,

REGISTER  HERE

Childcare and language interpretation services will be provided.

For more information please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at the last Superintendent Community Conversations of the year.

5/30 - Power of Our Words Event Register Today!

To help us prepare, please fill out the GOOGLE FORM to show your intentions to attend and to submit questions/comments to be answered at the event. 

6/1 - Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

6/5 - Senior Grad Walk

We invite our former Wakefield Forest Wolves to the Senior Grad Walk on June 5, 2024 at 2:30 PM. Wear your cap and gown and be celebrated by our current Wakefield Forest crew. Please meet us in the new front lobby/main entrance at door #1. Parents are welcome to join us and watch their seniors parade through the school.

(Due to construction, parking can be challenging, so please plan ahead.)

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

May 14:       G4 Math SOL

May 15:       G5 Math SOL (Adv Math G6 SOL); G1 Musical Performance

May 16:       G6 Math SOL (Adv Math G7 SOL)

May 17:       Volunteer Thank You Breakfast - 8:00 am (Library)

May 21:       G3 Math SOL

May 22:       G1 Field Trip to Huntley Meadows; Patrol Applications Due

May 27:       Memorial Day - School Holiday

May 31:       SCA Spirit Day - Harry Potter Day

June 5:       WFES Grad Walk - 2:30pm; Strings/Band Concert - 6:30 pm

June 10:      G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 am

June 11:      G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 am

June 12:      Last Day of School - Early Release

Message from the Principal

The end of the school year brings much to celebrate. 

We are so grateful to the PTA and our families for celebrating our staff in April. We are continuing the celebration this week as we recognize the many ways our staff support our students and each other each day.  

This year we have two amazing teachers retiring, Mrs. Rumohr and Ms. Linehan, after serving FCPS and Wakefield Forest students for many years. 

Our staff actively seek ways to connect with families, building positive partnerships that help students thrive. We also appreciate the ways in which they create a welcoming environment, where parents feel involved in their child's education.

A big THANK YOU to all our amazing teachers and staff! Their hard work, dedication, and connection with your children are truly making a difference. 

WFES Band Students Excel at Solo Ensemble

Several of our Wakefield Forest band students performed on Saturday, April 27 at Liberty Middle School for the Solo and Ensemble Festival.  These band students performed prepared music selections for a musical judge and received Superior and Excellent ratings for their performance.  Please congratulate the following band students:

Sophia, Vivian, Charlie, Serenity, Natalie, Kat, Emma, Tristan, Maddy, Eleanor, Erika, Jaxson and Grant

5/17 - Volunteer Breakfast - Join Us!

Wakefield Forest wants to thank our volunteers for your time, hard work and support this school year. Invitations to our volunteers went home in Thursday folders. We hope you can join us May 17th at 8am in the Library so that we may express our gratitude in person!

Patrol Application Process

Students in 4th and 5th grades can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the 2024-2025 school year.  Students that are in 5th grade, currently serving as a Safety Patrol, have an option to apply to be an Officer.  

Students will learn about the application process during PE Class the week of May 6th-10th.  WFES Patrol Co-Sponsors, Ms. Massimo and Ms. Maxwell-Gold, will explain the process, review the qualifications and show students how to apply.

Thursday, May 16th – Patrol and Officer applications will be posted in homeroom teachers Schoology sites. 

Wednesday, May 22th – Applications are due. (Late applications will not be accepted.)

Friday, May 31st  – Patrol and Officer selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

5/17 - Family Input Deadline

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

5/20 - WFES Green Team Meeting

WFES is proud to have a Green Team committed to doing great work at the school and in the broader community. Our last meeting of the school year will be on May 20th. If you have any questions, contact Mary Muratore at [email protected].

5/30 - Power of Our Words Event 6/5 - Senior Grad Walk

We invite our former Wakefield Forest Wolves to the Senior Grad Walk on June 5, 2023 at 2:30 PM. Wear your cap and gown and be celebrated by our current Wakefield Forest crew. Please meet us in the new front lobby/main entrance at door #1. Parents are welcome to join us and watch their seniors parade through the school.

(Due to construction, parking can be challenging, so please plan ahead.)

WFES Students Biked, Rolled & Walk to School First Grade Music Performance 6/1 - Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow! Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology Support: Resources for Families Using FCPS Technology

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA Homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, May 3, 2024

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We appreciate our teachers!

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

May 7:         G3 Reading SOL

May 8:         G5 Science SOL; Bike and Walk to School Day

May 8&9:    GK Musical Performances

May 9:         WFES Parent Orchestra Performance @Annandale HS

May 14:       G4 Math SOL

May 15:       G5 Math SOL (Adv Math G6 SOL); G1 Musical Performance

May 16:       G6 Math SOL (Adv Math G7 SOL)

May 17:       Volunteer Thank You Breakfast - 8:00 am (Library)

May 17:       Family Input/Class Placement Submissions Due

May 20:       WFES Green Team Meeting

May 21:       G3 Math SOL

May 22:       G1 Field Trip to Huntley Meadows; Patrol Applications Due

May 27:       Memorial Day - School Holiday

May 31:       SCA Spirit Day - Harry Potter Day

June 5:       Strings/Band Concert - 6:30 pm

June 10:      G6 v Families Kickball Game - 9:00 am / SCA Hawaiian Day

June 11:      G6 Promotion Ceremony - 9:30 am

5/17 - Volunteer Breakfast - Join Us!

Wakefield Forest wants to thank you for your time, hard work and support this school year. Please join us on May 17th at 8am in the Library so that we may express our gratitude in person!

Patrol Application Process

Students in 4th and 5th grades can apply to be a WFES Safety Patrol for the 2024-2025 school year.  Students that are in 5th grade, currently serving as a Safety Patrol, have an option to apply to be an Officer.  

Students will learn about the application process during PE Class the week of May 6th-10th.  WFES Patrol Co-Sponsors, Ms. Massimo and Ms. Maxwell-Gold, will explain the process, review the qualifications and show students how to apply.

Thursday, May 16th – Patrol and Officer applications will be posted in homeroom teachers Schoology sites. 

Wednesday, May 22th – Applications are due. (Late applications will not be accepted.)

Friday, May 31st  – Patrol and Officer selections announced (letters will be given to students at the end of the school day).

Awesome Strings News!

Many of our 4th, 5th and 6th grade Wakefield Forest Strings students participated in the April 27th Solo and Ensemble Festival at Liberty Middle School. They played beautifully and played their solos, duets and trios in front of String judges. Congratulations to our Strings students! So proud of them.

Come see our FCPS Parent Orchestra perform on Thursday May 9th at 7pm at Annandale High School’s auditorium! We have several Wakefield Forest ES parents performing in the FCPS Parent Orchestra. Ms. Lubinski will be conducting the Previous Experience Orchestra!

💪 Let's Finish the School Year Strong!

Student attendance at school is important all year long, up to the last day of school. Attendance has an effect on student performance and on school accreditation. See how to:

  • Check your child’s attendance record.
  • Help your student stay engaged at school.
  • Report future absences.
  • Understand the FCPS school calendar.

Learn more about attendance resources.

Save the Date for FCPS’ Summer Extravaganza

Don’t miss a day of family fun and learning at the FCPS Summer Extravaganza! 

Stop by Woodson High School on Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., where students will be able to take part in engaging educational activities designed to spark curiosity and inspire growth. 

Representatives from local businesses, Fairfax County Public Library, and the Fairfax County Park Authority are participating in the Summer Extravaganza. Community organizations, such as Neighborhood Community Services, will be at the event as well. All will have learning activities, tips, and helpful information for families. Enjoy face painting, food, music, a moon bounce, a petting zoo, storytime, and student performances — all at no cost!

Visit the Summer Extravaganza webpage for more details and register to attend. Registration is not required, but it's helpful for planning purposes.

☀️🎭🎶 FCPS SUMMER ARTS CAMP

Don’t miss out on this summer’s most exciting arts enrichment program! At Elementary Institute for the Arts (E-IFTA), students take art, music, theater, and dance classes daily. E-IFTA is for current second through fifth grade students. Learn more on the E-IFTA webpage. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Spanish:Campamento Artístico de Verano¡No te pierdas el programa de enriquecimiento artístico más divertido de este verano!  En el Instituto Elemental para las Artes (E-IFTA), los estudiantes toman clases de arte, música, teatro y baile  todos los días. E-IFTA es para estudiantes de segundo a quinto grado. Más información en la página web de E-IFTA. Envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected] con cualquier pregunta.

Family Input for Class Placement

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

WFES Green Team Events

Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

May 8th                              Bike, Roll and Walk to school day

May 9th    3:30-5               Pollinator Educational Event  K-2

May 20th                           Green Team Meeting

5/8 - Bike, Roll & Walk to School Day

Leave the car at home and join us for "Bike, Roll and Walk" to school day. This is an annual event that promotes great ways for students to get more physical activity before and after school, reduce the number of cars using kiss and ride and build awareness for how walkable and bikeable the community is. Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling.
*If you are biking or rolling, please obey all traffic rules and wear a helmet.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Fairfax County Partakes Summer Class Registration is Open

Parktakes summer class registration is now OPEN! Families should register before May 3 to receive a discount on classes. 

5/14-15 Covid-19 Compensatory Services Partnership Between FCPS and Varsity Tutors

Join us for an information session about a new partnership between Fairfax County Schools (FCPS) and Varsity Tutors. This partnership will provide students with disabilities an additional opportunity to receive compensatory education as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic in accordance with their IEP.

Date(s): 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 10-11 a.m.  Add to Your Calendar OR

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7-8 p.m. Add to Your Calendar (choose one session)

Format: Virtual

Register for this event

 

The Fairfax County Health Department has shared a comprehensive document that provides several health care options for families. The Health Safety Net Services list has information from HealthWorks, Neighborhood Health, INOVA clinics, and others. Save this for future reference!

5/18 - STEM Activity for Everyone Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

X

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, April 26, 2024

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In this Issue...

First Grade helped cleanup the outside of our school today!

Important Upcoming Dates

April 27:     PTA Parents Night Out - 7:00 pm

April 30:     SOL testing begins

May 1&2:    G1 musical performances

May 2:         Green Team  Clean Energy Educational Event G3rd-6th 

May 3:        Student Holiday - Professional Workday

May 8&9:    GK musical performances

WFES Green Team Cleanup @Truro

The WFES Green Team helped tremendously with the Truro Parkland Cleanup.

🙋 Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

As we approach the end of the school year, it’s important for students to stay engaged, attend school, and finish strong! Visit our website for attendance resources.

PTA Board - Help Needed!

The PTA Nominating Committee has developed a slate of amazing individuals and we will vote on the 2024-25 board at the PTA meeting May 15th. Current PTA President Katie Abbott has agreed to remain in the role, if elected, as long as we have a candidate in the Vice President role.

Therefore, we are still seeking a Vice President who would shadow the current PTA President in 2024-25 to learn the role and step into the President position in 2025-26. Learn more about the role!

Family Input for Class Placement

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

Renovation Corner

The renovation of the existing building is continuing this spring. Here you can see where our old chimney was recently removed. 

 

The renovation is slated to be completed August 2024.

SACC Registration Open for 2024-25 School Year

SACC registration is now open for the 2024-25 school year and the Camp Fairfax summer program. 

Fairfax County Government’s School Age Child Care (SACC) program provides fun, safe, and educational care for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is available before school, after school, and during school breaks in select Fairfax County public elementary schools and community centers. 

3rd Grade Musical Performance was Spectacular 4/30 - Counseling Services Webinar WFES Green Team Events

Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

May 2nd    3:30-5               Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 8th                              Bike, Roll and Walk to school day

May 9th    3:30-5               Pollinator Educational Event K-2

5/8 - Bike, Roll & Walk to School Day

Leave the car at home and join us for "Bike, Roll and Walk" to school day. This is an annual event that promotes great ways for students to get more physical activity before and after school, reduce the number of cars using kiss and ride and build awareness for how walkable and bikeable the community is. Join children and adults around the world to celebrate the benefits of walking and bicycling.
*If you are biking or rolling, please obey all traffic rules and wear a helmet.

5/18 - STEM Activity for Everyone! ⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Fairfax County Partakes Summer Class Registration is Open

Parktakes summer class registration is now OPEN! Families should register before May 3 to receive a discount on classes. 

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

X

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

THIS WEEK - AAP Level IV and Kindergarten Orientation

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Wednesday Night - AAP Level IV Orientation 7-8pm

Wakefield Forest will host a Level IV Advanced Academics Program (AAP) Orientation on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00pm in the library. This orientation is designed for parents/guardians to learn about the school based level IV program at Wakefield Forest ES.  

All students at WFES have access to level I AAP services each week through STEAM lab. Classroom teachers also integrate AAP curriculum into their lessons throughout the year. 

WFES also offers level II and level III (grades 3-6) services to identified students. We screen all students at least one annually to determine whether or not they require level II services (provided by the classroom teacher in an identified academic area) or level III services (supported by the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher).

Thursday Afternoon - Kindergarten Orientation 4-6pm

We are so excited to be welcoming your child to Wakefield Forest for the 2024-25 school year! Please join us this Thursday for the following: 

 

April 25 4:00 - 6:00 PM      Kindergarten Registration - Cafeteria

April 25 4:15 – 5:00 PM     Kindergarten Assessment Clinic Session #1

April 25 5:15 – 6:00 PM     Kindergarten Assessment Clinic Session #2

 

If you haven't already, please sign up your child for one of these sessions at the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F49A9AA2FA3FE3-48538392-kindergarten

These clinics will help us get to know your child, learn more about their handwriting, literacy and math skills, which will support with class groupings for the fall.

Student Questionnaire: We want to learn more about your child. Please complete this questionnaire: 

https://forms.gle/Qq6U4k7TK3DxM8pJ7

 

Please be sure to bring any documentation/paperwork needed in order to register your child.

 

We look forward to meeting you and your child at our Kindergarten Orientation!

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, April 19, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

April 20:     Green Team Parkland Cleanup @Truro

April 24:     3rd Grade Music Performance - 11:00 am

April 24:     AAP Level IV Orientation Night - 7:00 pm

April 25:     Kindergarten Orientation - 4:00 - 6:00 pm

April 27:     PTA Parents Night Out - 7:00 pm

April 30:     SOL testing begins

May 1&2:   G1 musical performances

May 3:       Student Holiday - Professional Workday

May 8&9:   GK musical performances

2nd Grade BUGZ was Bugtastic! PTA Board - Help Needed

The PTA Nominating Committee has developed a slate of amazing individuals and we will vote on the 2024-25 board at the PTA meeting May 15th.

We are still seeking a Vice President who would shadow the current PTA President in 2024-25 to learn the role and step into the President position in 2025-26. The President elect would meet with the Principal monthly.

Family Input for Class Placement

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

Kindergarten Orientation is for families and incoming kindergarten students. During the parent orientation we will screen students early learning skills to create balanced classrooms for the school year. 

Information has been sent to families who have started the registration process. If you have questions, please contact Sue Holmes [email protected].

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on Saturday April 20th 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their Earth Day clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers, and gloves.  There will also be a guided parkland walk exploring the ecology, native plants and animals, and impact of the stream restoration at 9:00 am.  Learn about our parkland and help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

April 20th 9:00am–12pm   Truro Parkland Earth Day clean up

May 2nd    3:30-5               Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 8th                              Bike, Roll and Walk to school day

May 9th    3:30-5               Pollinator Educational Event K-2

4/27 - WFES Parents Night Out

Ticket sales have officially begun for the PTA's WFES Parents’ Night Out.

All parents, caregivers, teachers, and staff are invited to buy your passes via the WFES PTA online store by April 23rd to a “Party in the PTA” here, meal and one drink included. 

Join us at Shipgarten in Tysons starting at 7pm for a casual night of merriment and building community, all while having a great time supporting our school at this adults-only social gathering.

Ticket sales end after April 23; no tickets will be sold at the door.

Staff Appreciation Week - Thank You

Our WFES community made our staff feel special this week!

Social and Emotional Learning Screener Results Coming Soon

FCPS students in grades 3-12 took the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener during March, providing updated information on skills such as achieving goals, understanding and managing emotions, establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers, and making responsible decisions. The SEL Screener also helps students evaluate their school community’s efforts to make them feel valued, included, and supported. 

In late April, individual student SEL Screener results will be available for families in the Documents section of SIS ParentVUE. For families who do not have an active ParentVUE account, results will be sent via postal mail. 

Get more information about the screener on the Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener webpage. For support in understanding your individual student’s results or ideas on how to support them at home, please review the Family Guide or contact your student’s counselor. 

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

A virtual forum will be held on Monday, May 13, 6:30-8 p.m. That registration link will be available soon.

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

WFES 4th Grade Enjoys Jamestown

Our fourth graders had an exciting trip to Jamestown yesterday. Our students and staff handled the three hour delay getting back to school very well. Thank you to all of our chaperones, especially Mr. Levant, who saved the day by going out to get snacks for everyone!

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, April 12, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

April 15:         Purple Up Day - Wear Purple to Support Military Families

April 15-19:    Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

April 15-19:    Book Fair 

April 16:         Book Fair evening hours/PTA Ice Cream Social (6-8pm)

April 18:         G2 Musical Performance - 2:40 pm

April 18:         Grade 4 Field Trip to Jamestown

April 20:         Green Team Parkland Cleanup @Truro

April 24:         AAP Level IV Orientation Night

April 25:         Kindergarten Orientation

Reminder from the Principal - Family Input Requested

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Wakefield Forest ES

Check me out on Twitter

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

Book Fair Starts Next Week!

Calling all book fair lovers! Our spring book fair will take place in the new library next week. Mrs. Rapuano is looking for volunteers to assist with running the fair during school hours Monday-Friday and family shopping hours on Tuesday evening. Book fair volunteers typically assist with helping students make their wish lists on Monday and make their purchases the rest of the week, as well as running the registers. Volunteers are also needed to help pack up the fair after school on Friday. If you are available and interested in helping out, please visit our Book Fair sign up genius here.

Time for Teacher Appreciation Week!

From our PTA...

Families please mark your calendars because Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon and there are many ways your children can show their love and appreciation for their WFES teachers! Please see the daily activities below:

Sunday, April 14 - (weather dependent) Decorate the school sidewalks with positive messages from 4:30 - 5:00 pm. 

Monday, April 15 - Give your teachers thank you notes to express your appreciation! 

Tuesday, April 16 - Dress up in your favorite sports gear! 

Wednesday, April 17 - Bring in a single flower for your teachers! 

Thursday, April 18 - Bring a piece candy or sweet treat for your teachers!

Friday, April 19 - wear your WFES spirit wear! 

Please remember to include your child's hard-working specialists and assistants during this week's activities. Thanks for showing your appreciation of so much hard work!

*** If anyone has items to donate that we could raffle off to teachers  (gift baskets, gift certificates, unopened items) etc., we’d love to award a few bigger tokens of our affection! Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

April is School Library Month

See American Association of School Librarians. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning.

April - Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child! Every year we take the opportunity to recognize military-connected youth for their service and contribution to our community. Fairfax County Public Schools is proud to have over 14,000 military-connected youth as a part of our student body. We appreciate the varied life experiences they bring to our school community, and recognize their strength and resilience. Learn more about Month of the Military Child and FCPS’ resources for military families

☀️Solar Eclipse at WFES

We loved watching the eclipse together as a school!

STEAM FAIR Rocked!!! New K-6 Students Coming to WFES?

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

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please fill out this registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300. If you know a family with school-aged children who plan to come to our school, please share this information with them so they can register their children.

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

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

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

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

4/27 WFES Parents Night Out

Ticket sales have officially begun for the PTA's WFES Parents’ Night Out.

All parents, caregivers, teachers, and staff are invited to buy your passes via the WFES PTA online store by April 23rd to a “Party in the PTA” here, meal and one drink included. 

Join us at Shipgarten in Tysons starting at 7pm for a casual night of merriment and building community, all while having a great time supporting our school at this adults-only social gathering.

Ticket sales end after April 23; no tickets will be sold at the door.

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on Saturday April 20th 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their Earth Day clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers, and gloves.  There will also be a guided parkland walk exploring the ecology, native plants and animals, and impact of the stream restoration at 9:00 am.  Learn about our parkland and help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

April 20th 9:00am–12pm   Truro Parkland Earth Day clean up

May 2nd    3:30-5               Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 8th                              Bike, Roll and Walk to school day

May 9th    3:30-5               Pollinator Educational Event K-2

4/16 Woodson Pyramid Art Show Mastery: Elevate Independent Learning and SOL Prep

This informative session will highlight how students can use Mathspace to independently tackle math challenges, perfectly aligned with their grade-level course. We will demonstrate how to use this tool to prepare for the Math SOL assessment. 

Additionally, a new SOL task template will be auto-assigned for optional practice/study.

  • Presenter:Rhonda Davis, Mathspace, Head of Customer Success, North America and Jonathan Templin, Mathspace, Head of Sales, North America.
  • Date:April 16, 2024 Add to Your Calendar
  • Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Format: Virtual
  • REGISTER HERE
2024 Family Summit - Saturday, April 20 from 8:30am to 1:00pm

FCPS has collaborated with Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators, Black Women's Educational Alliance - DC Chapter, Asian Educators Association, and Hispanic Educators Association for this event. We aim to provide an in-person opportunity outside of the virtual Special Education Conference to engage diverse families in a learning opportunity together.

⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

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Instagram

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Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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FCPS is proud to celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month in April. This special month provides an opportunity to recognize the history and valuable contributions of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS.

In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

April 8:           WFES Green Team Meeting (3:30-4:30pm)

April 10:         Eid - School Holiday - School & Offices Closed

April 11:         STEAM Fair (6-8:00 pm)

April 12:         DEADLINE to order a yearbook 

April 15:         Purple Up Day - Wear Purple to Support Military Families

April 15-19:    Book Fair 

April 16:         Book Fair evening hours/PTA Ice Cream Social

April 18:         Grade 4 Field Trip to Jamestown

April 20:         Green Team Parkland Cleanup @Truro

April 25:         Kindergarten Orientation

Message from the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It is time to start planning for our next school year. Developing class assignments each year is a complex process. School administration, classroom teachers, counselors, special education staff and specialists all have the opportunity to provide feedback on class groupings. 

If you have feedback that you would like for us to consider, please add it to this Family Input Form no later than May 17, 2024. Late submissions will not be accepted. We will consider all feedback provided, but we are not always able to fulfill requests. 

We respectfully ask that you do not request particular teachers. It is unfair to give special consideration to some families when it would be impossible to grant requests from all families. Please be aware that grade level assignments for staff sometimes change, due to late enrollments or other changes.  Staff assignments are determined at the end of the summer.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Wakefield Forest ES

Check me out on Twitter

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

☀️ 4/8 Safely View the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is happening on April 8, 2024. It's a rare and exciting astronomical phenomenon, and one that requires important safety reminders. Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can permanently damage your eyes. At Wakefield Forest ES, we have been able to collect approved eyewear, thanks to our awesome PTA, so that students can safely view the eclipse ONLY while wearing the eyewear.  We are planning to provide an opportunity for students to be outside with approved eyewear to experience the solar eclipse. If your student has a specific need that you would like considered or you do not want your child to participate, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible so we can make alternate arrangements.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Don't look at the sun without approved eyewear. This applies to students and staff, and we encourage you to reinforce it at home. 
  • Regular sunglasses are not good enough. We will be providing eyewear that has been approved for viewing.
  • Eclipse timing: The eclipse starts around 2:04 p.m., peaks at 3:20 p.m. (which coincides with dismissal for some students), and ends around 4:32 p.m. 

For more details, visit the FCPS Solar Eclipse webpage.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! STEAM FAIR is BAAACK: April 11th

 

The WFES PTA is excited to host the STEAM FAIR on April 11th from 6pm to 8pm in the gym.

All WFES families are encouraged to attend this FREE, fun evening showcasing all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM)! STEAM volunteers from our local community will be inspiring our students with hands-on activities and educational demonstrations. 

Activities this year will include:

  • Robotics!
  • Beekeeping!
  • Lego Technology!
  • Stem Games!

It is sure to be a fabulous night of fun and learning.

PRE-ORDER PIZZA

Make it a family night out! Pizza dinners are available for pre-order, and will be served in the cafeteria:

https://wakefieldforestes.memberhub.com/store

(Be sure to scroll down for pizza options) Pizza pre-orders must be submitted by April 4th.

CAN YOU HELP?

We need your help to make this evening a success! Sign up for a volunteer slot on the STEAM Fair Signup Genius or email [email protected]. Middle School and High School students are welcome to volunteer. 

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook

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

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

New K-6 Students Coming to WFES?

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

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please fill out this registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300. If you know a family with school-aged children who plan to come to our school, please share this information with them so they can register their children.

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

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

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

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

String Students Shine on Mentor Night

Congrats to our WFES String students who worked hard and played beautifully at String Mentor Night on 4/4/24.  Elementary students practiced their class and Solo Fest songs with Frost Middle School string students.  The Frost MS string students gave a concert of their own music at the end of the evening to showcase what the elementary String students can do in Frost MS!  Ms. Lubinski and Ms. Patterson, Frost MS Orchestra teacher, were there, too.

The Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award

Nominations are open for the 2024 Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award.  The Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) sponsors this award to honor the legacy of Dr. Bussey, a founding member of the MSAOC and a longtime advocate for students and families.  

This award recognizes staff or community members who have demonstrated significant and impactful efforts to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students from groups who are marginalized or underserved.

Any FCPS employee, student, or community member can nominate an individual or group for the award. All nomination materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  The winner will be recognized at the FCPS Equity Symposium.

Full details and the nomination information form can be found at the Dr. Lawrence Bussey Memorial Equity Award website.

WFES Green Team Events

Join the WFES Green Team on Saturday April 20th 9-12 as they support the Truro Parkland Committee with their Earth Day clean up.  Meet at the clubhouse at 4146 Elizabeth Lane and bring water, clippers, and gloves.  There will also be a guided parkland walk exploring the ecology, native plants and animals, and impact of the stream restoration at 9:00 am.  Learn about our parkland and help keep our community clean!  Contact Mary Muratore- [email protected] or Julie Howard - [email protected] if you have any questions.

Save the dates:

April 8th  3:30-4:30            Green Team meeting  

April 20th 9:00am–12pm   Truro Parkland Earth Day clean up

May 2nd    3:30-5               Clean Energy Educational Event- 3rd-6th

May 8th                              Bike, Roll and Walk to school day

May 9th    3:30-5               Pollinator Educational Event K-2

4/16 Woodson Pyramid Art Show Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

4/20 Woodson Football Annual Mattress Sale ⏰ Community Forums on Middle School Start Times

Fairfax County Public Schools is exploring options for adjusting middle school start times and invites the public to be part of the process. Prismatic Services, Inc., an educational consulting firm, will lead the forums. All forums will deliver the same presentation and provide the same feedback opportunities. Please attend the event that works best for your schedule: 

Registration is not required but does help with planning. Click one of the dates above to register. Language interpretation and childcare will be provided. Learn more about the project exploring middle school start times

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

X

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, March 22, 2024

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

March 25-29: SPRING BREAK - Schools & School Offices are closed

April 1:           Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day

April 2:           Student Holiday - Professional Development Day

April 3:           PTA Meeting

April 4,5:        Grade 5 Field Trip to Green Spring Gardens 

April 10:         School Holiday - Eid

April 11:         STEAM Fair

April 12:         Deadline to order a yearbook 

April 15-19:    Book Fair   

Message from the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

 

Today we wrapped up the third quarter with an awesome Mad Science assembly and ended our day with our celebratory "Drop Everything and Dance" to Meghan Trainor's Better When I'm Dancing. We end each quarter by having the students dance out and celebrate all they have accomplished. This is a fun way for them to reflect and be joyful for all of their hard work.

This quarter we:

  • engaged our students in building resiliency through mindfulness
  • celebrated VA History in 4th grade
  • hosted the PTA Spelling Bee
  • celebrated our military connected students with a breakfast
  • learned at Family Culture Night
  • saw incredible gains in student learning

We are grateful to be part of a strong and engaged school community, with staff who care deeply about the work they do each day.

 

We wish you a restful Spring Break.  

 

Fondly, 

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

[email protected]

Mad Science Assembly Rocked!

Our PTA sponsored the "Mad Science" assembly today - ask your child what they learned!

VA History Day in 4th Grade

Our fourth graders did an excellent job of sharing all the learned during Virginia History Day! 

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

The Family Engagement Survey closes TODAY, FRIDAY, March 22nd! Please continue to support this important outreach however you can and encourage families to complete it. Every time you meet with a family ask if they have completed the survey and if they haven't help them do so. If you're able, take pictures of your outreach efforts and send them to Dr. Jackson to share with leadership at the completion of the survey period. If your families cannot find the email with their link, please share the public link with them:  https://bit.ly/FCPS2024FESurvey.

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 pm. 

The PTA generously purchased approved solar eclipse glasses for students and staff so we can participate in a viewing. Teachers will review information about the eclipse and safety prior to the viewing. If you do not want your child to participate, please email your child's teacher. 

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook

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

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

New K-6 Students Coming to WFES?

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

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please fill out this registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300. If you know a family with school-aged children who plan to come to our school, please share this information with them so they can register their children.

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

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

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

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

4/16 Woodson Pyramid Art Show Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

X

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

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In this Issue... Important Upcoming Dates

March 17:       Deadline to sign up for after school programs

March 18:       CANCELLED: Green Team Meeting

March 21:       G4 Virginia History Day

March 22:       SCA Spirit Day-Career Day

March 22:       Lost & Found items will be donated

March 22:       Deadline to complete Family Engagement Survey 

March 25-29: SPRING BREAK - Schools & School Offices are closed

April 1:           Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day

April 2:           Student Holiday - Professional Development Day 

April 12:         Deadline to order a yearbook     

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

PTA After School Enrichment Program

Our 2024 Spring After School Program Schedule is ready to go!

The session will run from April 3 - May 31, with the first week of June reserved for any make-up sessions. The PTA has partnered with Baroody, so registration for all programs will be done via the Baroody web site. Registration closes on Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 pm, so click here today to get started:

https://bc-ffx-wakefieldforest.jumbula.com 

Additional details about the registration site and process went home in Thursday folders, but you can sign your child up for programs in science, Legos, Chess, Spanish, Hip Hop Soccer, Musical Theater or Piano!

FCPS Family Engagement Survey

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) strongly believes family engagement is a shared responsibility between home and school. Together, we are the co-creators in preparing students for success.  

The FCPS Family Engagement Survey is available until Friday, March 22. Families are encouraged to complete the survey as it provides the opportunity to share family perspectives and offer feedback on their family’s engagement experience within FCPS. The survey results will help the school division better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in our school community.

Parents/caregivers should have received an email invitation with a unique survey link from K12 Insight on March 3. The subject line was: FCPS Family Engagement Survey.  Families may also access the survey through the FCPS website.  

☀️ Safely View the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8, and will be viewable, depending on weather, in Fairfax County. The eclipse will begin in our area around 2:04 p.m. and end around 4:32 p.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring around 3:20 pm.  

Because the timing overlaps with dismissal, it is crucial that students understand the importance of safe viewing practices. We encourage families to review these Solar Eclipse Resources, especially the eye safety information. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to learn more about this extraordinary natural phenomenon while prioritizing safe solar viewing.

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook

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

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

🏅 Nominations Open for First Class Award for Inclusion

The Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) is seeking nominations for the First Class Awards. The awards are presented annually to educators, administrators, and students who support, design, and/or implement inclusion activities that result in positive outcomes for students. The ACSD will recognize award winners at the Family Summit on Saturday, April 20

Nominate an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to inclusive practices in Fairfax County Public Schools by Friday, March 22. Email [email protected] with questions.

3/1-3/22 PTA Read-A-Thon

The WFES PTA is sponsoring participation in Read Across America March and will be helping your kids to “read across America” with a Read-A-Thon from March 1 to March 22.  Each page the students read will reflect 1 mile traveled, with the goal of reading enough pages to cover the distance from Annandale, VA to San Francisco, CA.  

Each week, you can submit the number of pages your child has read (or that you have read to your child) the prior week electronically using this form, or you can fill out a paper version of this form that was included in your child’s Thursday folder. Any paper forms completed must be submitted back to your child’s teacher no later than April 4.    

The child in each grade who has read the most pages (or has the most pages read to them) will win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, and each Read-A-Thon participant will receive a bookmark.  But the biggest prize, of course, will be the joy of reading and, hopefully, finding some great new books in the process.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to VP, Academics Erin Weber at [email protected].

3/11-3/22 SCA Hygiene Drive

LAST WEEK! Wakefield Forest’s Student Council is proudly running a Personal Hygiene product drive for the Lamb Center from March 11 – 22. Please use the list provided below to support our drive. If you are able to volunteer a pick-up and drop-off of items collected between the hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm, please contact Christine Rowader at [email protected].

3/22 SCA Spirit Day - Career Day

What would you like to be when you grow up? On Friday, March 22nd, piece together an outfit showcasing your dream career! 

New K-6 Students Coming to WFES?

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

If you have a child who will be five years old by September 30, 2024, please fill out this registration form or contact Sue Holmes, Registrar, at [email protected] or 703-503-2300. If you know a family with school-aged children who plan to come to our school, please share this information with them so they can register their children.

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

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

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

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

Spring SOL Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following SOL testing dates.

April 30   G4 Reading SOL

May 1     G5 Reading SOL

May 2     G6 Reading SOL

May 7     G3 Reading SOL

May 8     G5 Science SOL

May 14   G4 Math SOL

May 15   G5 Math SOL (Advanced Math G6 SOL)

May 16   G6 Math SOL (Advanced Math G7 SOL)

May 21   G3 Math SOL

3/22 Lost and Found Will Be Donated

Please be sure to have your children check the lost and found for coats/clothing, and the front office for smaller more valuable items. Lost and found items will be will be donated on 3/22. 

📣 Calling All Elementary and Middle School Band Students

Registration for the 30th Annual Central Fairfax Band Camp is OPEN!

Register now: https://www.robinsonband.org/centralfairfaxbandcamp June 20 - July 3, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Students in rising grades 5-9 are encouraged to join us for a fun half-day camp to gain new skills on their instruments. Our incredible staff of professional musicians teach students in full band class, sectionals class, and individual instrumental methods, and students perform in our End of Camp Concert on the last day of camp. Students will leave camp feeling more confident on your instrument and excited about band next year. Students from any school/homeschool and experience level are welcome to participate, even students who have never played before. Beginners don’t have to have any experience at all - they'll go from learning how to put your instrument together to playing a concert in just a few weeks!

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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WFES - News You Choose - Friday, March 8, 2024

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In this Issue... 🌟 March is Equity in Education Month

This is an opportunity for our school community to come together and play a critical role in fostering a culture and curriculum where every student feels seen, valued, and supported.

Take a moment each week to engage in learning about equity-focused principles and practices.

Check out this week’s resources:

Ted Talk: Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave?

Quick read and quiz: Test Yourself for Hidden Bias

Looking for a fun Spring Break camp? Enroll in a Mystery Adventure camp hosted by Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services. Click on the registration link for more information.

Spring Break Camps, Building a Mystery Adventure, March 25th – 29th

Hana Kim, Family Liaison

Wakefield Forest ES & Frost MS

571-495-0259

Important Upcoming Dates

March 13:       G2 Field trip to Frying Pan Farm Park

March 18:       Green Team Meeting

March 21:       G4 Virginia History Day

March 22:       Lost and Found items will be donated

March 25-29: SPRING BREAK - School & School Offices are closed

April 1:           Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day

April 2:           Student Holiday - Professional Development Day        

Strings Students Performance

Some of our 5th and 6th grade strings students performed at The Gardens at Fair Oaks last weekend. They played beautifully and residents enjoyed their performance.

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow!

This year, spring break is March 25-29. We will be eager to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday, April 3, after two teacher work days. Student attendance is very important. Every day, our teachers will be teaching, and students will be learning. Studies have shown that just two absences per month can cause students to fall behind. Let’s finish this school year strong. Visit FCPS’ website for attendance resources

4th Grade History Day - Music Auditions   Music of America Performance Auditions

4th grade students have been practicing xylophone parts in music class. They have the opportunity to audition to play this during our performance on VA History Day on March 21st. Below are the times that they can come to the music room to audition.

Thursday 3/14 8:25-8:35 am (before school begins)

Friday 3/15 from 8:25-8:35am (before school begins)

Friday 3/15 from 3:20 - 3:45 pm (after school)

Please use this link to sign up for a time to audition.

They may also audition during their recess time if they would like.

PTA Offering New After School Enrichment Program

Our 2024 Spring After School Program Schedule is ready to go!

The session will run from April 3 - May 31, with the first week of June reserved for any make-up sessions. The PTA has partnered with Baroody, so registration for all programs will be done via the Baroody web site. Registration opened today, Friday, March 8 at 9:00 am and will be available through Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 pm.

Additional details about the registration site and process went home in Thursday folders, but you can look forward to signing your child up for programs in science, Legos, Chess, Spanish, Hip Hop Soccer, Musical Theater or Piano!

Correction: 3rd Grade Learns from Our Construction Crew

Thanks to Ms. Yaman for arranging for our construction crew to do a presentation to the entire third grade to tie in our water unit. 

Ramadan Observance

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims worldwide beginning on March 10th until April 9th. Wakefield Forest ES is committed to supporting our students during this special time. Please take a moment to fill out our survey to gauge interest in providing a designated space for students who are fasting during lunchtime.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HGT7hkApIRZM-3cmfs4O1OVyVqp6wWAf8Hcesy252pA/edit

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

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

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Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook

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

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

3/1-3/22 PTA Read-A-Thon

The WFES PTA is sponsoring participation in Read Across America March and will be helping your kids to “read across America” with a Read-A-Thon from March 1 to March 22.  Each page the students read will reflect 1 mile traveled, with the goal of reading enough pages to cover the distance from Annandale, VA to San Francisco, CA.  

Each week, you can submit the number of pages your child has read (or that you have read to your child) the prior week electronically using this form, or you can fill out a paper version of this form that was included in your child’s Thursday folder. Any paper forms completed must be submitted back to your child’s teacher no later than April 4.    

The child in each grade who has read the most pages (or has the most pages read to them) will win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, and each Read-A-Thon participant will receive a bookmark.  But the biggest prize, of course, will be the joy of reading and, hopefully, finding some great new books in the process.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to VP, Academics Erin Weber at [email protected].

✅ Take the Family Engagement Survey!

FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey is now open. Survey partner K12 Insight emailed a link to families on March 3 and again on March 6. Please participate! Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve FCPS practices to best support our students.

The survey is available in 10 languages. Parents/caregivers may stop by the front office to fill out a paper survey or complete the survey online. Please check your email for the survey invitation or use this survey link. Get more information on the Family Engagement Survey webpage

3/11-3/22 SCA Hygiene Drive

Wakefield Forest’s Student Council is proudly running a Personal Hygiene product drive for the Lamb Center from March 11 – 22. Please use the list provided below to support our drive. If you are able to volunteer a pick-up and drop-off of items collected between the hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm, please contact Christine Rowader at [email protected].

Incoming WFES Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring SOL Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following SOL testing dates.

April 30   G4 Reading SOL

May 1     G5 Reading SOL

May 2     G6 Reading SOL

May 7     G3 Reading SOL

May 8     G5 Reading SOL

May 14   G4 Math SOL

May 15   G5 Math SOL (Advanced Math G6 SOL)

May 16   G6 Math SOL (Advanced Math G7 SOL)

May 21   G3 Math SOL

Attendance - 24/7 Access

If your child will be absent or late for any reason, there are three ways you can contact us: email, attendance phone line or online attendance form. When using email, please use the address below. This address goes to all of our office staff so you won't have to remember individual names/emails. Please also cc your child's teacher.

[email protected]       (email us 24/7)

Attendance Line: 703-503-2323                     (leave a message 24/7)

Report an Absence/Tardy/Early Dismissal   (fill out 24/7)

 

The 2024-25 calendar is already available on the FCPS web site if you want to start planning vacations for next year.

3/22 Lost and Found Will Be Donated

Please be sure to have your children check the lost and found for coats/clothing, and the front office for smaller more valuable items. Lost and found items will be will be donated on 3/22. 

📣 Calling All Elementary and Middle School Band Students

Registration for the 30th Annual Central Fairfax Band Camp is OPEN!

Register now: https://www.robinsonband.org/centralfairfaxbandcamp June 20 - July 3, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Students in rising grades 5-9 are encouraged to join us for a fun half-day camp to gain new skills on their instruments. Our incredible staff of professional musicians teach students in full band class, sectionals class, and individual instrumental methods, and students perform in our End of Camp Concert on the last day of camp. Students will leave camp feeling more confident on your instrument and excited about band next year. Students from any school/homeschool and experience level are welcome to participate, even students who have never played before. Beginners don’t have to have any experience at all - they'll go from learning how to put your instrument together to playing a concert in just a few weeks!

Elementary Institute for the Arts

Students in all FCPS schools can enroll in the Elementary Institute for the Arts. IFTA is a weekly Arts enrichment program for students in rising 3rd through 6th grades during the month of July. Students take classes in Art, Music, Theatre, and Dance every day. Transportation is provided from around the county. Tuition assistance is available for students who qualify. Check out the Elementary Institute for the Arts website for more information or email [email protected].

3/16 Relay for Life Activity Night Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

WFES PTA homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Facebook | InstagramTwitter

WFES - News You Choose - Friday, March 1, 2024

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WFES Weekly News & Notes...

 

 

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

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

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2nd Annual Family Culture Night

Our second Family Culture Night was a huge success! We are grateful to be part of such an amazingly diverse school community.

In this Issue... March is Women's History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month by presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s contributions in American history.Learn more about the heritage months, celebrations, and traditions celebrated in FCPS. Read more about Women’s History Month in National Geographic Kids.

Important Upcoming Dates

March 5:   Student Holiday - elections in the building

March 7:   G2 Field trip to Woodson HS

March 8:   New After School Enrichment Program Registration Opens!

March 13: G2 Field trip to Frying Pan Farm Park

March 18: Green Team Meeting

March 22: Lost and Found items will be donated

March 5 Presidential Primary

The Fairfax Board of Elections has requested that schools be closed on Tuesday, March 5, to accommodate the administration of the 2024 presidential primary election.

Therefore, March 5 will be a school holiday for students and a virtual School Planning Day. As outlined in Regulation 4421, School Planning Days are directed by school-based Administrators in order to devote time to school improvement efforts, including collaboration around data, common assessments, responsive instruction, etc. 

Central offices and school offices will remain open. SACC will remain open, as on other professional work days.

3/4 - Understanding Anxiety - Empowering Resilient Families

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

https://forms.gle/xCoHEXdAkSqj5ZnW6

 

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

 

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

Thank you, Substitute Teachers!

In the vast ecosystem of education, substitute teachers often play the role of unsung heroes. While their presence may seem short-term, their impact is anything but. Substitute teachers step into classrooms with enthusiasm, flexibility, and a dedication to ensuring that learning never stops, even in the absence of the regular teacher. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of substitute teachers and draw parallels to the mission of the Positivity Project organization.

At Wakefield Forest Elementary, substitute teachers support our school by helping to ensure the continuity of the learning process. When teachers are out, they are here in the classroom teaching and supporting students. Substitute teachers model adaptability to new environments, diverse populations, and teach a variety of subjects. They not only assist students but also support their fellow educators. By stepping in during times of need, they alleviate stress for teachers and ensure that instructional goals are met. Substitute teachers help create community with teachers, staff, and students through connection and familiarity.  

At WFES, the P2 Crew has been working hard to recognize our substitute teachers through gratitude and acts of kindness. Students have created thank you cards to give to substitutes and thank you posters to display in the teachers’ lounge and at the desk where they sign in each day. Our goal is to ensure substitute teachers at WFES feel appreciated and valued in our school community. Our hope is that substitute teachers enjoy their experience at WFES and become regulars at our school or long-term substitutes in our community. More importantly, we want our students to develop a sense of appreciation for others and develop their Other People Mindset.  

Pictured above are a few of our super substitutes of WFES: Mrs. Joslyn Osten, Mr. Tinklepaugh and Ms. Rule. Mrs. Osten is not only a substitute, but she is also a parent of 2 students in our community. Mr. Tinklepaugh is a familiar and favorite substitute teacher who students love to have in their classrooms. Ms. Rule is not only a substitute teacher, but she is also a parent and former WFES student! Not only that, but we often have former students who substitute teach or become members of our staff at WFES. Talk about community members of Wakefield Forest going full circle!

Health Reminder - When to Keep Your Child at Home

FCPS Guidelines for illness, please review this information. It provides a helpful overview of when a child should stay home from school due to specific health conditions.

This information provides helpful guidelines for determining when a child should stay home from school due to illness. 

Always keep your child home if they:

  • Have vomiting that continues for more than 24 hours.
  • Have diarrhea that doesn't stop for 24 hours, especially if accompanied by:
    • Fever
    • Acting ill
    • Bloody stool
    • Stomach pain
  • Have a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher and haven't been fever-free for 24 hours without medication. If your child wakes up with a fever, please keep them home from school.
  • Have a rash along with a fever, especially if the rash:
    • Spreads quickly
    • Doesn't improve
    • Has open wounds
  • Have strep throat and haven't completed at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment, are still experiencing fever, or symptoms haven't improved.
Ms. Sill's Class Learns from Our Construction Crew

The construction crew did a presentation to tie in our water unit. They taught us about erosion, runoff, and the storm water management system for filtering the water.

Ramadan Observance

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims worldwide beginning on March 10th until April 9th. Wakefield Forest ES is committed to supporting our students during this special time. Please take a moment to fill out our survey to gauge interest in providing a designated space for students who are fasting during lunchtime.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HGT7hkApIRZM-3cmfs4O1OVyVqp6wWAf8Hcesy252pA/edit

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

PTA Offering New After School Enrichment Program

Our 2024 Spring After School Program Schedule is ready to go!

The session will run from April 3 - May 31, with the first week of June reserved for any make-up sessions. The PTA has partnered with Baroody, so registration for all programs will be done via the Baroody web site. It will open on Friday, March 8 at 9:00 am and be available through Sunday, March 17 at 11:59 pm.

We’ll share additional details about the registration site and process next week via Thursday folders, but you can look forward to signing your child up for programs in science, Legos, Chess, Spanish, Hip Hop Soccer, Musical Theater or Piano!

Give Wakefield Forest a Follow!

Did you know we're on more than just Twitter now? Give us a follow to get the latest updates on meetings, events, fundraisers, and all the other fun things happening at Wakefield Forest! 

Find us here on:

Facebook

Instagram

X

Time to Order Your WFES Yearbook

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

Click on the link to order now:   Order a Yearbook

3/1-3/22 PTA Read-A-Thon

The WFES PTA is sponsoring participation in Read Across America March and will be helping your kids to “read across America” with a Read-A-Thon from March 1 to March 22.  Each page the students read will reflect 1 mile traveled, with the goal of reading enough pages to cover the distance from Annandale, VA to San Francisco, CA.  

Each week, you can submit the number of pages your child has read (or that you have read to your child) the prior week electronically using this form, or you can fill out a paper version of this form that will be included in your child’s Thursday folder next week. Any paper forms completed must be submitted back to your child’s teacher no later than April 4.    

Note that paper forms will be included in Thursday folders next week, but you can start counting pages read on Friday, March 1.

The child in each grade who has read the most pages (or has the most pages read to them) will win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, and each Read-A-Thon participant will receive a bookmark.  But the biggest prize, of course, will be the joy of reading and, hopefully, finding some great new books in the process.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to VP, Academics Erin Weber at [email protected].

3/3 - 3/22 Family Engagement Survey

FCPS is partnering with independent research firm K12 Insight to administer a Family Engagement Survey, which will be open from Sunday, March 3, to Friday, March 22. Your feedback is critical in helping FCPS to better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs throughout the district. Survey topics include:

  • Welcoming environment
  • Communication
  • Student success
  • Advocacy
  • Family and school partnerships
  • Community partnerships

The survey will be available in English, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Pashto, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. 

Parents/caregivers will receive the survey link via email from K12 Insight. A public link will also be posted on FCPS’ website.

3/7 - PTA Restaurant Night at RASA 3/11-3/22 SCA Hygiene Drive

Wakefield Forest’s Student Council is proudly running a Personal Hygiene product drive for the Lamb Center from March 11 – 22. Please use the list provided below to support our drive. If you are able to volunteer a pick-up and drop-off of items collected between the hours of Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm, please contact Christine Rowader at [email protected].

Incoming WFES Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring SOL Dates

Please mark your calendars for the following SOL testing dates.

April 30   G4 Reading SOL

May 1     G5 Reading SOL

May 2     G6 Reading SOL

May 7     G3 Reading SOL

May 8     G5 Reading SOL

May 14   G4 Math SOL

May 15   G5 Math SOL (Advanced Math G6 SOL)

May 16   G6 Math SOL (Advanced Math G7 SOL)

May 21   G3 Math SOL

Attendance - 24/7 Access

If your child will be absent or late for any reason, there are three ways you can contact us: email, attendance phone line or online attendance form. When using email, please use the address below. This address goes to all of our office staff so you won't have to remember individual names/emails. Please also cc your child's teacher.

[email protected]       (email us 24/7)

Attendance Line: 703-503-2323                     (leave a message 24/7)

Report an Absence/Tardy/Early Dismissal   (fill out 24/7)

 

The 2024-25 calendar is already available on the FCPS web site if you want to start planning vacations for next year.

📣 Calling All Elementary and Middle School Band Students

Registration for the 30th Annual Central Fairfax Band Camp is OPEN!

Register now: https://www.robinsonband.org/centralfairfaxbandcamp June 20 - July 3, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Students in rising grades 5-9 are encouraged to join us for a fun half-day camp to gain new skills on their instruments. Our incredible staff of professional musicians teach students in full band class, sectionals class, and individual instrumental methods, and students perform in our End of Camp Concert on the last day of camp. Students will leave camp feeling more confident on your instrument and excited about band next year. Students from any school/homeschool and experience level are welcome to participate, even students who have never played before. Beginners don’t have to have any experience at all - they'll go from learning how to put your instrument together to playing a concert in just a few weeks!

Contact Us

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

Health Room: 703-503-2310

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

Technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle   [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams   [email protected]

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

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