WAKEFIELD FOREST ES ADVANCED ACADEMIC PROGRAM (AAP) NEWS

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Advanced Academics Program (AAP)

Would you like to learn more about the services that are provided for Advanced Academic Learners?   Please review the following guided online presentations from 2019-2020:

We will be holding a parent Q & A (Question and Answer) Virtual Meeting on October 7 at 6:00 pm. The Advanced Academics Resource Teacher (AART), Mr. Gray, will be online to assist you with questions regarding levels of services and the screening process for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services.

Q & A Meeting Link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/6f0e2696c9aa43e2b8ea56745a5aaed3

Important AAP Dates:

Level IV Referral deadline (Grades 3-6) for students new to Fairfax County Public Schools - October 8, 2020 for services starting in second semester of 2020-2021 school year.

Level IV Referral deadline (Grades 2-6) for returning students – December 1, 2020 by 3:30 pm for services starting in September 2021.

The FCPS AAP website has a wealth of information regarding the levels of service for Advanced Academics.  Please take some time to peruse the site.

Mr. Gray can be contacted regarding these matters and other AAP related questions at Awgray1@fcps.edu.

 

Library Curbside Pick Up

We are excited to be offering curbside book pick up for all WFES students!

Our next day will be on Wednesday, September 30, from 1pm to 4pm. Here’s how it works.

  • Students may put up to 5 books on hold for pickup.
  • Students may also request additional books or fill out a form to request a “mystery bag” of books chosen for them by Mrs. Rapuano.
  • Please see this link for all the details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qpOs8zofqJXdalZIY-IAC3UeP4A6rMzP/view?usp=sharing (you must be logged in to your child’s FCPS Google apps account to access the link). This flyer is also available on all the specials Google Classrooms.
  • All holds and mystery bag requests must be entered by noon the day before a pickup day in order to be ready on that day. Any holds or forms received after that time will be ready on the following week’s pickup day.
  • Emails will be sent to parents/guardians and to student Gmail accounts when holds are ready to be picked up and the day/date of the next pickup day. Please wait for this email before coming to school for book pick up.

Returning books

  • Library books may be returned to WFES on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There will be marked bins outside the front door for books being returned.
  • Emails and printed notices were sent to the parents/guardians of all students who still have books checked out from last school year. If you received a notice, please return the books or pay the replacement costs ASAP.

If you have any questions about any library-related matters, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

As the school year progresses, we have already seen situations when a substitute would be required. FCPS central office is currently only funding substitutes when a staff member will be absent for more than two days. As a school we are working to cover all absences, but there are only so many available staff members to provide this coverage. In the case that we are unable to cover a class, work will be posted in GoogleClassroom and an email will be sent to families that morning. We apologize that this may be a reality for our students; please know we will do our best to provide continuous synchronous teaching.

WFES ESOL teacher Mary Muratore is hosting a virtual ESOL parent information session to help parents better understand how FCPS supports our families and students who speak a language in addition to English.  Please join her, using the link below, tonight, Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm.  The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend.

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/e1ac2ed56ff04841a25cd745620b65d2

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

@WakefieldForest

@sbprindle

 

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution at Wakefield Forest

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Food and Nutrition Services is offering healthy breakfast and lunches at locations throughout Fairfax County this school year under the USDA National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.   Through December 31, 2020 the grab and go meals will be provided at no cost for students at several sites throughout the county. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods.   All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to pick up at the same time.  Breakfasts and/or lunches are available at Wakefield Forest Elementary from 7:25 – 7:35 am Monday through Friday.  Please look for the school bus in the Kiss and Ride line.

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food.

For more information, go to the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

Exciting News from the Wakefield Forest Library

We are excited to be offering curbside book pick up for all WFES students!

Our first pick up day will be today, Tuesday, September 22, from 1pm to 4pm. Here’s how it works.

  • Students may put up to 5 books on hold for pickup.
  • Students may also request additional books or fill out a form to request a “mystery bag” of books chosen for them by Mrs. Rapuano.
  • Please see this link for all the details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qpOs8zofqJXdalZIY-IAC3UeP4A6rMzP/view?usp=sharing (you must be logged in to your child’s FCPS Google apps account to access the link). This flyer is also available on all the specials Google Classrooms.
  • Emails will be sent to parents/guardians and to student Gmail accounts when holds are ready to be picked up and the day/date of the next pick up day. Please wait for this email before coming to school for book pick up.

Returning books

  • Library books may be returned to WFES on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There will be marked bins outside the front door for books being returned.
  • Emails and printed notices were sent to the parents/guardians of all students who still have books checked out from last school year. If you received a notice, please return the books or pay the replacement costs ASAP.

If you have any questions about any library-related matters, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

 

Band/Strings/Music Exploration News

Students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 will receive their new specials schedules and Specialist BBCU links in class this week; and starting September 29, we will begin following these new specials schedules. Band and strings students should have their instruments and Music Exploration students should have their recorders ready.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Cradler (Band) nacradler@fcps.edu

Ms. Sleeman (Strings) csleeman@fcps.edu

Ms. Hibbitts (Music Exploration) ghibbitts@fcps.edu

 

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify where students are in reading and/or mathematics. This assessment will not be part of your student’s grades. Between September 11th and October 30th, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady Reading and Math assessments.  Students in Kindergarten will take the iReady Reading assessment only. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. There are short videos to explain your part and what to expect.  These videos are in multiple languages.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Mental Health Support

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

 

Mondays

On Mondays we will host grade level class meetings from 8:30 – 9:00 AM. Teachers have been assessing students individually. Based on the data collected, teachers will develop small groups Monday mornings and Tuesday – Friday afternoons. This information will be provided to you directly from the teachers. Small group instruction cannot be recorded and we ask that you have your child participate during the scheduled time. Teachers are communicating to families the work students should be completing on Mondays. We ask that you review the teachers’ communication in order to support the work that needs to be completed. Attendance is taken on Mondays.

 

Technical Tips 

 - If you have not yet set up account recovery info, please do so here:  https://itweb.fcps.edu/accountrecovery/index.cfm This will allow you to request a password reset anytime (K-12th grade) for your child, and the link to reset will go right to your email or smartphone.  If you have an FCPS laptop, you DO have to drive by the school and do a restart (can do in the kiss-n-ride loop) anytime you do a password reset.

 - If your child is having technical problems with their laptop (for ex, microphone not working, screen going dark, etc.), please go to this site:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

You will be able to reference troubleshooting videos or place an online request for assistance (you will need to scroll down to Parents and Families – Do you need Tech Support?).  Those requests go directly to WFES tech staff, who will respond as quickly as they are able.

 - Also, if you have an FCPS computer that says HP on the top, please keep those plugged in after use as they can have problems if the battery drains all the way.

 

Important Links to Stay Informed

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We were so glad to see so many families at our Back to School Night on Tuesday. Our staff was excited to get to share with you about virtual learning for this school year. If you weren’t able to join me, you can watch my message, along with messages from our School Board and PTA President here: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/BacktoSchoolNight2020

We will host a Principal Coffee on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM. You can join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

We’d love for you to share your #WFESSpiritDay Hero pictures with us on Twitter @wakefieldforest. We have a school full of heroes at Wakefield Forest.

Thank you for your partnership.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution at Wakefield Forest

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Food and Nutrition Services is offering healthy breakfast and lunches at locations throughout Fairfax County this school year under the USDA National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.   Through December 31, 2020 the grab and go meals will be provided at no cost for students at several sites throughout the county. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods.   All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to pick up at the same time.  Breakfasts and/or lunches are available at Wakefield Forest Elementary from 7:25 – 7:35 am Monday through Friday.  Please look for the school bus in the Kiss and Ride line.

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food.

For more information, go to the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

 

Exciting News from the Wakefield Forest Library

We are excited to be offering curbside book pick up for all WFES students!

Our first pick up day will be on Tuesday, September 22, from 1pm to 4pm. Here’s how it works.

  • Students may put up to 5 books on hold for pickup.
  • Students may also request additional books or fill out a form to request a “mystery bag” of books chosen for them by Mrs. Rapuano.
  • Please see this link for all the details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qpOs8zofqJXdalZIY-IAC3UeP4A6rMzP/view?usp=sharing (you must be logged in to your child’s FCPS Google apps account to access the link). This flyer is also available on all the specials Google Classrooms.
  • Emails will be sent to parents/guardians and to student Gmail accounts when holds are ready to be picked up and the day/date of the next pick up day. Please wait for this email before coming to school for book pick up.

 

Returning books

  • Library books may be returned to WFES on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm. There will be marked bins outside the front door for books being returned.
  • Emails and printed notices were sent to the parents/guardians of all students who still have books checked out from last school year. If you received a notice, please return the books or pay the replacement costs ASAP.

If you have any questions about any library-related matters, please contact Mrs. Rapuano at alrapuano@fcps.edu.

 

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify where students are in reading and/or mathematics. This assessment will not be part of your student’s grades. Between September 11th and October 30th, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady Reading and Math assessments.  Students in Kindergarten will take the iReady Reading assessment only. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. There are short videos to explain your part and what to expect.  These videos are in multiple languages.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Mental Health Support

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

 

Mondays

On Mondays we will host grade level class meetings from 8:30 – 9:00 AM. We will engage in a variety of activities across the grade and also mix students up so they get to know all of the students and staff. Teachers have already begun assessing students individually. Based on the data collected, teachers will develop small groups Monday mornings and Tuesday – Friday afternoons. This information will be provided to you directly from the teachers. Small group instruction cannot be recorded and we ask that you have your child participate during the scheduled time. Attendance is taken on Mondays.

 

Technical Support (FCPS Laptops only)

If your child is having technical problems with their laptop (for ex, microphone not working, screen going dark, etc.), please go to this site:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

You will be able to reference troubleshooting videos or place an online request for assistance (you will need to scroll down to Parents and Families – Do you need Tech Support?).  Those requests go directly to WFES tech staff, who will respond as quickly as they are able.

 

 

 

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WFES BEGINNING OF THE YEAR FORMS

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Beginning of the Year Forms

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us obtain vital information about our families at the start of our school year.

How to Submit Forms

Below you will find links for downloadable copies and some digital submission options for these important forms. If you are able, we encourage your family to complete and submit the forms digitally (when possible). 

If you're unable to submit the forms digitally, please feel free to drop them off at WFES during the hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm.  

Required Forms

The Emergency Care Information Form and the Health Information Form are available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module. For more information, please visit the FCPS weCare@school site. 

Emergency Care Card Form 

  • If possible, you make any changes using weCare@School via your FCPS 24/7 Parent View account. We must have an updated form for every student on file at the school. It is extremely important that we have the name and phone numbers of at least two people in the “Other Contact Information” section of the form. Please be sure to notify the school office of any changes in phone numbers or email addresses that occur during the school year by using weCare@School via your FCPS 24/7 Parent View account. 

Health Information Form (Grades 1 - 6 ONLY) 

  • This form needs to be completed annually to inform us about your student’s health condition that affects his or her school day. Please sign and date prior to returning. This form is available for electronic submission by parents via their FCPS 24/7 (Blackboard) accounts within the weCare@school (weCare) module.

 Students Rights & Responsibilities Acknowledgement Form

  • Please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr. After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using this link. The form must be filled out one time per student.

Parent/Guardian Consent for Select Digital Resources

  • At Wakefield Forest Elementary School, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used.
  • Please complete this form and indicate whether or not your student is allowed to use the WFES digital resources this year. This page also provides more information about how FCPS carefully reviews digital resources for approval and why we must request your consent before using certain tools. We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission. Please reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns about the digital resources we’ve chosen to use this year.
Optional Forms (Return ONLY if applicable

Survey of Homeless Students - This form should be returned to school only if applicable. 

Identification of Military Connected Students Local school divisions are required to identify students who have a parent in the United States uniformed services.

Optional Opt-Out Forms

Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy & Related Rights - Opt- Out Options (complete as applicable)

CPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms - This booklet provides you with detailed information about your opt-out choices. The form is due no later than the Friday of the 2nd week of school and includes:

  • Objection to Release of Directory Information to the Public
  • School Counseling Opt-Out Forms
  • Objection to Release of Information for Commercial Purposes

Family Life Education Opt Out Forms

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

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.

Your child will be included in all Family Life Education (FLE) instruction unless you request that he/she be opted out using the opt-out form. You do not need to return the form to the school if you wish for your child to participate in FLE instruction. Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of Family Life Education (FLE) instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form, which can be found online for Elementary (K-6) here .

Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu.

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We’re excited to be one week into the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for your grace and understanding as we navigate the start of school in a virtual format. Please know that the staff are working exceptionally hard each day to develop the best learning for our students. There will be bumps along the way and we will continue to improve over time.  

We look forward to seeing you virtually tonight for Back to School Night. Your classroom teachers should have reached out about joining them tonight. I will host an optional brief principal session at 6:30 PM https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439. This will be posted on the homepage of our website afterwards, along with the videos from our FCPS School Board Members.

On Mondays we will host grade level class meetings from 8:30 – 9:00 AM. We will engage in a variety of activities across the grade and also mix students up so they get to know all of the students and staff. Teachers have already begun assessing students individually. Based on the data collected, teachers will develop small groups Monday mornings and Tuesday – Friday afternoons. This information will be provided to you directly from the teachers. Small group instruction cannot be recorded and we ask that you have your child participate during the scheduled time. Attendance is taken on Mondays (please see Attendance section below).

This Friday, September 18, 2020 is a spirit day. These optional days are great ways for us to feel connected in our virtual world. This Friday we hope you will dress like your favorite hero – it can be a parent, teacher, health care worker, first responder, superhero, etc.  Tweet your photos! @wakefieldforest #WFESSpiritDay

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Virtual Back To School Night is tonight, September 15, 2020

We are excited to review information about learning this year at our Back to School Night tonight, Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Your classroom teacher will host two sessions, one 7:00 – 7:30 PM and one 7:40 -8:10 PM. These sessions will repeat the content. A brief principal session will be available at 6:30 PM https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439. Your classroom teacher will provide additional information on joining Back to School Night.

Attendance – Monday through Friday

  • If your child is not able to log in and attend class at all on a given day, or will be late, because of illness, appointment, trip, connectivity issues, etc., please make sure to notify not only your teacher but the attendance line as well. You may call 703-503-2323 and leave a message, email at WakefieldForestESAttendance@fcps.edu , or submit an online attendance form from the WFES website home page. Make sure you tell us if your child will be doing asynchronous work (for ex, watching the teacher’s recordings).  
  • You are always welcome to speak to the front office staff about your child’s attendance at 703-503-2300

 Mental Health Support

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

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

 

Assessments

In the next few weeks your child will be taking a variety of assessments across content areas. The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. To ensure equity, these assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.

Examples of How You Can Encourage Students During Test Taking

Please Avoid Using These Ideas While Students Take a Test

  • I noticed you are working hard on this question, keep it up
  • Go back and read the question carefully
  • Try your best
  • Take your time, if you need a break get up and stretch
  • Sound out the word, use the part you know
  • Reread, think about what makes sense
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question
  • Providing the answer
  • Giving the definition of a word
  • Sounding out a word with a student
  • Counting with a student
  • Process of elimination with the student
  • Pointing to a specific part of the question

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's learning. We look forward to a great school year!

 

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution at Wakefield Forest

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Food and Nutrition Services is offering healthy breakfast and lunches at locations throughout Fairfax County this school year under the USDA National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.   Through December 31, 2020 the grab and go meals will be provided at no cost for students at several sites throughout the county. FCPS students are welcome to come to any of the sites to pick up a meal during these time periods.   All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to pick up at the same time. Meals will be served at some school sites and on bus routes throughout the county.   Breakfasts and/or lunches are available at Wakefield Forest Elementary from 7:25 – 7:35 am Monday through Friday.  Please look for the school bus in the Kiss and Ride line.

As a reminder, it is important to follow social distancing guidelines. Be sure to stand a minimum of 6 feet apart from others and practice regular hand washing, including prior to leaving a residence to pick-up meals, upon returning home, and before consuming food.

For more information, go to the FCPS website: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify where students are in reading and/or mathematics. This assessment will not be part of your student’s grades. Between September 11th and October 30th, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady Reading and Math assessments.  Students in Kindergarten will take the iReady Reading assessment only. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. There are short videos to explain your part and what to expect.  These videos are in multiple languages.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Technical Support (FCPS Laptops only)

If your child is having technical problems with their laptop (for ex, microphone not working, screen going dark, etc.), please go to this site:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

You will be able to reference troubleshooting videos or place an online request for assistance (you will need to scroll down to Parents and Families – Do you need Tech Support?).  Those requests go directly to WFES tech staff, who will respond as quickly as they are able.

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It has been an amazing week! We have been so excited to see all of our students in class. Our teachers have been working hard to build relationships in our virtual format. We are so thankful that by the end of the week we had close to 100% attendance. We have been so impressed with the efforts of our teachers, staff and families to reach this milestone of a successful first week!

While each and every student, parent, guardian, teacher and staff member has contributed to our success, there are a few standouts that deserve additional recognition:

  • Brian Hubler, our TSSPEC, has reimaged and distributed over 400 laptops to ensure our students have access to virtual classes.   
  • Lucas Cook, our School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS), has provided countless trainings for staff on our new digital tools.
  • Samir Mehta and Mason Conner, two of our parents, built 4 desks for families in our community.
  • Our distribution team checked out hundreds of laptops, passed out materials for students and spread their positivity.
  • The office staff registered all of our students and supported in countless ways for the first day.

On behalf of the entire Wakefield Forest School staff, thank you for your many kind words over this week. I am continually grateful to be the principal of such an amazing school community.

We hope you have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week!

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Virtual Back to School Night - September 15

We are excited to review information about learning this year at our Open House on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Your classroom teacher will host two sessions, one 7:00 – 7:30 PM and one 7:40 -8:10 PM. These sessions will repeat the content. A brief principal session will be available at 6:30 PM https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439. Additional information will be posted on the school website. Your classroom teacher will provide additional information on joining Back to School Night.

Assessments Update

In the next few weeks your child will be taking a variety of assessments across content areas. The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. To ensure equity, these assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year. It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.

Examples of How You Can Encourage Students During Test Taking

Please Avoid Using These Ideas While Students Take a Test

  • I noticed you are working hard on this question, keep it up
  • Go back and read the question carefully
  • Try your best
  • Take your time, if you need a break get up and stretch
  • Sound out the word, use the part you know
  • Reread, think about what makes sense
  • Don’t spend too much time on any one question
  • Providing the answer
  • Giving the definition of a word
  • Sounding out a word with a student
  • Counting with a student
  • Process of elimination with the student
  • Pointing to a specific part of the question

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's learning. We look forward to a great school year!

 

iReady Assessment

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify where students are in reading and/or mathematics. This assessment will not be part of your student’s grades. Between September 11th and October 30th, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady Reading and Math assessments.  Students in Kindergarten will take the iReady Reading assessment only. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage

This fall, students will take iReady at home instead of at school. Teachers will discuss the assessment with students in advance, including how to log in and what to expect. Resources to help families administer the assessment at home can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener webpage. There are short videos to explain your part and what to expect.  These videos are in multiple languages.

For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

 Band, Strings, and Music Exploration

All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are required to choose an instrumental music class for the school year.

 4th Graders may choose either Strings or Music Exploration.

 5th and 6th Graders may choose either Band, Strings or Music Exploration. 

Please click on the link below to view video demonstrations of the instruments offered in band and strings.

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/2020-21-return-school/band-orchestra-registration-2020-21-now-open

Please click on the link below to access the Band/Strings and Music Exploration Registration Form. Please register by today, Friday, Sept. 11.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu1KmLO-K3yyGz7A2qUqVEyhxstpxlb2nNwYqs3utSm0dQsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

How to Get Technical Support (FCPS Laptops only)

If your child is having technical problems with their laptop (for ex, microphone not working, screen going dark, etc.), please go to this site:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

You will be able to reference troubleshooting videos or place an online request for assistance (you will need to scroll down to Parents and Families – Do you need Tech Support?).  Those requests go directly to WFES tech staff, who will respond as quickly as they are able.

 

Mental Health Support

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

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpT4xXw3YpvfX40m1oLoabNBS8YRH6Ansop01487sn6sXayA/viewform

 

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Please click for the current school year Calendar

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We hope you had a wonderful start to our 2020-21 school year today. We were so excited to see our students this morning. As we begin our learning journey, we know that we will be building stamina as the days and weeks progress. Our youngest learners are new to learning in this virtual format, and we understand it will take some adjusting for them to attend to instruction for longer periods of time. We’re here to partner with you to make virtual instruction as successful as possible.

We would love to see pictures from your first day of school. Tweet them to us @wakefieldforest #Firstdayfairfax.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Teacher Materials and School Supplies

If you have not yet picked up your child’s teacher materials and pre-ordered school supplies, you are welcome to come to the school any time between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm to retrieve them.  Please call the office when you are on your way (703-503-2300).  When you arrive at WFES, press the button outside the main doors and someone will bring you your child’s materials.

 

How to Get Technical Support (FCPS Laptops only)

If your child is having technical problems with their laptop (for ex, microphone not working, screen going dark, etc.), please go to this site:

https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/technology-support-families

You will be able to reference troubleshooting videos or place an online request for assistance.  Those requests go directly to WFES tech staff, who will respond as quickly as they are able.

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

Our staff has been so excited to get to meet you and our students virtually this week. We are super excited to see all of our students on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 8:30 AM for the first day of school. I still get butterflies the night before the first day. Whether it’s virtual or in person, we are so glad that you are a part of our school community. As we get ready to enter this new school year we will all be learning. It will take the collective efforts of all of us to make virtual learning a success. If you need help, the classroom teacher is a great first point of contact.

Every year on the first day I welcome our students back to school. I hope you’ll share this video with them since I don’t get to see them in person:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/announcements/principal-prindles-welcome-back-message

We will host a Back to School Night event on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:10 PM. During Back to School Night you will be able to learn more about the virtual classroom experience for this year.

We were very excited to unveil the renovation plans for Wakefield Forest on Wednesday morning. This will be posted on the school website.

We would love to see your first day of school photos next week. You can tweet them to us at @WakefieldForest. Our first WFES spirit day will be College/High School Day Friday, September 18, 2020.

Thank you for your collaboration and grace throughout the spring and summer. I am proud to lead in such an amazing community.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

Today, September 3, 2020 2:00 PM Student Session Virtual student session for any interested WFES students today at 2:00 pm. Join me here: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

September 3, 2020 – 3:00 PM Family Information Session At this virtual meeting, we will review any updates and answer questions. Join me here: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

September 8, 2020 – First Day of School – School starts at 8:30 AM for all students.

September 15, 2020 – Virtual Back to School Night, 7:00 - 8:10 PM – Teachers will host two virtual sessions. The first session will be longer to accommodate videos from the principal, PTA and school board. The sessions will be 7:00 – 7:30 PM and 7:40 – 8:10 PM.

Band/Strings/Music Exploration Registration for Grades 4-6

All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are required to choose an instrumental music class for the school year.

 4th Graders may choose either Strings or Music Exploration.

 5th and 6th Graders may choose either Band, Strings or Music Exploration. 

Please click on the link below to view video demonstrations of the instruments offered in band and strings.

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/2020-21-return-school/band-orchestra-registration-2020-21-now-open

Please click on the link below to access the Band/Strings and Music Exploration Registration Form. We have extended the deadline to register to Friday, Sept. 11.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu1KmLO-K3yyGz7A2qUqVEyhxstpxlb2nNwYqs3utSm0dQsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Attendance

Attendance will be recorded Monday – Friday. Attendance is expected during all synchronous instruction. However, if your child is not able to attend synchronously, please contact your teacher and the attendance line (see below) to indicate that your student is reviewing the videos and completing work asynchronously. If a student is not in attendance during the day and neither the teacher nor the front office has heard from the parents/guardians, the student will be marked “unverified” and the parent will receive an electronic message to that effect in the evening. If the parent does not contact the school office to update attendance, this will become an unexcused absence. If a student has 3 or more unexcused absences, families will be contacted by counselors or social worker. If a student cannot participate synchronously/asynchronously for the duration of a school day, families should contact the school by submitting the online attendance form on the home page of the WFES website or calling the 24-7 attendance line at 703-503-2323.

Mondays

Each classroom teacher will provide specific details about your child’s schedule. As a school we will host grade level class meetings on Mondays at 8:30 AM. This is an opportunity for students to be mixed up among smaller groups, so they get to know other teachers and students in the grade level. This will be a huge support as we look to transition some students into the school as the year progresses.

Your teacher will be reaching out to you to schedule a time to assess your child throughout the first few weeks of school. Our goal is to get a baseline of where students are performing. This information will be used to develop groups for Mondays and Tuesday – Friday afternoons.

Attendance will be taken on Mondays.

Contact Information

For parents to stay up to date on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because schools will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, your school team may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. 

Parents may update their information through Parent View.

Forms to Submit - Updated from last week

Some of the following forms must be completed and submitted prior to the start of school. You can turn in completed forms at laptop/supply pick up, mail to Wakefield Forest (4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032), or drop them off at school from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Monday – Friday (school closed on Friday, September 4), or scan and email them to ksholmes@fcps.edu. All forms must be signed and dated. The forms, listed below, can be found here:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/2020-21-school-forms

  • Digital Resources Parent Consent – required
  • Emergency Care Card – required
  • Family Life Education (FLE) Opt-Out – optional, complete and return only if you want to opt your child out of FLE (see below)
  • Health Information Form – required
  • Homeless Student Referral Form – optional
  • Military Connected Form – all new families, or only if there has been a change in your military status since last year (for returning families)
  • Physical and Immunization Form – required for all incoming kindergarten students, all students new to Fairfax County, or if your student has updated immunizations

Tech Support for Parents and Students

To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.

FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly.

 

 

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Important Upcoming Events

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 AM – Renovation Community Meeting
Our Wakefield Forest School renovation planning is continuing to progress. Our architect team have designed a beautiful plan for our expanding community. We will host an opportunity to hear about these plans on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Here is the link to the session:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c491ef26d26f4ef894128a911ad14a20

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Laptop Pickup
• Reminder: If you are picking up a laptop for your child on Wednesday morning, you must have your child with you. You and your child should have masks on when interacting with school staff. You must have already arranged this laptop pick up with WFES as we need lead time to prepare the computers.
• Families picking up laptops will receive their students’ school materials/supplies at this time.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 – 2:00 PM School Supply and Materials Pickup
Thursday, September 3, 8:00 – 10:00 am School Supply and Materials Pickup
Families will be able to pick up preordered school supplies, and grade level materials for the start of school. Every student has something to pick up. (Families who are checking out a laptop will be provided these materials during their laptop pick up.)
• You may come at any time during these periods. There is no Sign-up Genius for these events.
You do not have to bring your children. It will expedite the process if you can readily give your children’s teachers’ names to the staff member helping you in the drive-through line.
• If you personally cannot come on either day, you may have a friend or relative pick up your children’s supplies.
• If you are not able to pick up next week, please contact the office at 703-503-2300.

FCPS will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to facilitate the pickup of materials should contact Amy Williams at alwilliams1@fcps.edu as soon as possible.

PTA Fundraiser – Thursday, September 3
The PTA is sponsoring a Scoops2U fundraiser on Thursday, September 3 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The ice cream truck will be making the rounds of the Wakefield Forest district during those hours. Our school gets 10% of the proceeds!

September 8, 2020 – First Day of School – School starts at 8:30 AM for all students.

September 15, 2020 – Back to School Night – Save the Date

 

Additional Information

Band/Strings/Music Exploration Registration for grades 4-6
All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are required to choose an instrumental music class for the school year.
• 4th Graders may choose either Strings or Music Exploration.
• 5th and 6th Graders may choose either Band, Strings or Music Exploration.
Please click on the link below to view video demonstrations of the instruments offered in band and strings.

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/2020-21-return-school/band-orchestra-registration-2020-21-now-open


Please click on the link below to access the Band/Strings and Music Exploration Registration Form. We would like all registration forms submitted by Sept. 9.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu1KmLO-K3yyGz7A2qUqVEyhxstpxlb2nNwYqs3utSm0dQsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Forms to Submit
Some of the following forms must be completed and submitted prior to the start of school. You can turn in completed forms at laptop/supply pick up, mail to Wakefield Forest (4011 Iva Lane, Fairfax, VA 22032), or drop them off at school from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Monday – Friday (school closed on Friday, September 4), or scan and email them to ksholmes@fcps.edu. All forms must be signed and dated. The forms, listed below, can be found here:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/2020-21-school-forms

  • Digital Resources Parent Consent – required
  • Emergency Care Card – required
  • Family Life Education (FLE) Opt-Out – optional, complete and return only if you want to opt your child out of FLE (see below)
  • Health Information Form – required
  • Homeless Student Referral Form – optional
  • Military Connected Form – all new families, or only if there has been a change in your military status since last year (for returning families)
  • Physical and Immunization Form – required for all incoming kindergarten students, all students new to Fairfax County, or if your student has updated immunizations

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

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program. Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices. If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, please fill in the opt-out form and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction. Opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to school materials on our WFES website and are available online for Elementary (K-6). Click on the link below to review detailed grade-level program descriptions/materials or for the opt out form.

https://www.fcps.edu/academics/elementary-school-academics-k-6/elementary-family-life-education

FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 (Blackboard) Parent View information. Information can be found at https://fcps.blackboard.com/ . Account information is available at your local school or online at 

http://www.fcps.edu/is/instructionaltechnology/247help/parents.shtml

Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the Fairfax County Regional Library in the City of Fairfax (this location does not have media). Grade level-specific lessons and media that is not streamed online are available for review at your child’s school library. Due to copyright permissions, we are unable to stream all media online. Program questions may be addressed at your child’s school or by contacting Instructional Services at 571-423-4550.

Contact Information
For parents to stay up to date on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because schools will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, your school team may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. 

Parents may update their information through Parent View.

School Supplies
We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/node/2461 . If your family needs support with school supplies, please reach out to Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu, Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu or Miriam Pitchford MCPitchford@fcps.edu (Spanish).

Website
We have been working to keep our website updated with important information. We added a tab called Return to School 2020-21 

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/return-school-2020-21

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It was so great to see many families and students for our laptop distribution this week. We handed out more than 300 laptops. We’re very grateful for all of the support from our staff in getting these devices out to families. Our grade level teams have other materials for families to pick up as well. Please make sure to either next Wednesday, September 2 between 1:00 – 2:00 pm or Thursday, September 3 between 8:00 – 10:00 am to pick up materials to start the school year. Please find more information about these pick ups below.

We are hosting a Band/Strings/Music Exploration Virtual Family Session on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM. Please join the session to learn more about these programs. 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5b574c09be374c12ba3c70887d556257

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

August 31, 2020 7:00 PM – Band/Strings/Music Exploration Virtual Family Session

Parents/guardians and students of 4th, 5th and 6th graders, please join Ms. Cradler (Band), Ms. Sleeman (Strings) and Ms. Hibbitts (Music Exploration) for a live information session on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM. At that time they will discuss the virtual music programs, registration and answer questions. Here is the link to the session: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5b574c09be374c12ba3c70887d556257

Band/Strings/Music Exploration Registration Form (due no later than September 9)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScu1KmLO-K3yyGz7A2qUqVEyhxstpxlb2nNwYqs3utSm0dQsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

September 1, 2020 – Parent Training: Starting the School Year Virtually

The Region 5 Behavior Intervention Teachers will be hosting 3 elementary parent training opportunities on September 1st. Each training will be around 30-45 minutes and will address ways to begin the school year successfully online. Topics will include: priming, routines, learning environment, and reinforcement.

Session 1- 11:00 AM: 

us.bbcollab.com/guest/2803f5066efa448ea45ce3942cb59306 

Session 2- 2:00 PM:

us.bbcollab.com/guest/ca6c3977b137415e98d17e0f83d96695 

Session 3 - 7:00 PM:

us.bbcollab.com/guest/029998fb9ca94fdc82d5857f620347e9 

September 2, 2020 9:00 AM – Renovation Community Meeting
Our Wakefield Forest School renovation planning is continuing to progress. Our architect team have designed a beautiful plan for our expanding community. We will host an opportunity to hear about these plans on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM. 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c491ef26d26f4ef894128a911ad14a20


September 2, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM School Supply and Materials Pickup
September 3, 2020 8:00 – 10:00 AM School Supply and Materials Pickup
Families will be able to pick up pre-ordered school supplies and grade level materials for the start of school. Every student has something to pick up. Families who are checking out a laptop will be provided these materials during their laptop pick up.

• You may come at any time during the above time periods on September 2 and 3. There is no Sign-up Genius for these pick up events.
You do not have to bring your children. It will expedite the process if you can give your children’s teachers’ names to the staff member helping you in the drive-through line.
• If you cannot come on either day, you may have a friend pick up your children’s supplies during the designated times.
• If you are not able to pick up next week, please have contact the office at 703-503-2300.

September 3, 2020 2:00 PM Student Session
Virtual student session for any interested WFES students Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30 pm. Join me here: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

September 3, 2020 – 3:00 PM Family Information Session
At this virtual meeting, we will review any updates and answer questions. Join me here: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

September 8, 2020 – First Day of School – School starts at 8:30 AM for all students.

September 15, 2020 – Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Attendance
Attendance will be recorded Monday – Friday. Attendance is expected during all synchronous instruction. However, if your child is not able to attend synchronously, please contact your teacher and the attendance line (see below) to indicate that your student is reviewing the videos and completing work asynchronously. If a student is not in attendance during the day and neither the teacher nor the front office has heard from the parents/guardians, the student will be marked “unverified” and the parent will receive an electronic message to that effect in the evening. If the parent does not contact the school office to update attendance, this will become an unexcused absence. If a student has 3 or more unexcused absences, families will be contacted by counselors or social worker. If a student cannot participate synchronously/asynchronously for the duration of a school day, families should contact the school by submitting the online attendance form on the home page of the WFES website or calling the 24-7 attendance line at 703-503-2323.

Contact Information
For parents to stay up to date on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because schools will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, your school team may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. 

Parents may update their information through Parent View.

Positivity Project
We will continue to use the Positivity Project Curriculum this year. Students will learn about how they can develop an Other People Mindset, and learn about the 24 character strengths we all have.
Website Link:  https://posproject.org/  
How to locate the parent resources: https://youtu.be/A8sB35zbqKk Password: P2 (the password is case sensitive)

School Supplies
We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/node/2461

If your family needs support with school supplies, please reach out to Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu, Chelsea Boateng nagarciahend@fcps.edu or Miriam Pitchford MCPitchford@fcps.edu (Spanish).


Tech Support for Parents and Students
To support families who are working with their children during distance learning, FCPS has launched a new Parent Technology Help Desk, effective Monday, August 24. The help desk can be reached at 833-921-3277 (833-921-FCPS) and will be answered by staff members between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Parents or guardians can call this number for basic tech support with parent accounts, help with FCPS student devices and technical assistance with other FCPS applications. If help desk staff members are unable to solve the issue, they will enter a support ticket on behalf of the parent/guardian to escalate the issue to the appropriate FCPS team. Parents who need help in a language other than English can inform the help desk staff when they call of their preferred language, and an interpreter will join in on the call.

FCPS has also set up Parent and Student Technology Support portal at https://itweb.fcps.edu/itsupport/ to allow older students and parents/guardians to request technology help directly.

Website
We have been working to keep our website updated with important information. We added a tab called Return to School 2020-21:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/return-school-2020-21

 

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

All families should receive an email today from your classroom teacher; this will be the official welcome to the 2020-21 school year. We are excited to begin the relationship between our families and teachers. Please know that staffing can continue to shift, even after class assignments have been announced. Additionally, should we begin to transition students to the school building, shifts to classroom assignments may occur. We respectfully ask that you do not make any requests for a change to the teacher. Each grade level will host a full grade level meeting on Mondays from 8:30 – 9:00 AM and students will then have the opportunity to work with different teachers and students.

This year instead of hosting a large Open House event, each family will have a one-on-one family session with the teacher. This will be a brief opportunity for the student and parents/guardians to meet the teacher and ensure they can access the virtual classroom for the first day of school. Our virtual Back to School Night is scheduled for September 15, 2020 (time TBA).  On that night, teachers will go into detail about the curriculum, instructional tools and answer your questions.

We are looking forward to partnering with you to ensure virtual instruction is a success.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

 

August 26, 2020 9:00 AM - Family Information Session

At this virtual meeting, we will review any updates and answer questions. Join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

August 26, 2020 2:30 pm – Virtual Student Session

Virtual student session for any interested WFES students Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30 pm.  Join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

August 31, 2020 7:00 PMBand/Strings/Music Exploration Virtual Family Session Parents/guardians and students of 4th, 5th and 6th graders, please join Ms. Cradler (Band), Ms. Sleeman (Strings) and Ms. Hibbitts (Music Exploration) for a live information session on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM. At that time they will discuss the virtual music programs, registration and answer questions. Here is the link to the session: 

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/5b574c09be374c12ba3c70887d556257

 September 2, 2020 9:00 AM – Renovation Community Meeting

Our Wakefield Forest School renovation planning is continuing to progress. Our architect team have designed a beautiful plan for our expanding community. We will host an opportunity to hear about these plans on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM. https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/c491ef26d26f4ef894128a911ad14a20

September 2, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM School Supply and Materials Pickup

Families will be able to pick up pre-ordered school supplies, and grade level materials for the start of school. Every student has something to pick up. Families who are checking out a laptop will be provided these materials during their laptop pick up.

September 3, 2020 8:00 –10:00 AM School Supply and Materials Pickup  

Families will be able to pick up pre-ordered school supplies, and grade level materials for the start of school. Every student has something to pick up. Families who are checking out a laptop will be provided these materials during their laptop pick up.

September 8, 2020 – First Day of School – School starts at 8:30 AM for all students.

September 15, 2020 – Back to School Night – Save the Date

Attendance

Attendance will be recorded Monday – Friday. Attendance is expected during all synchronous instruction. However, if your child is not able to attend synchronously, please contact your teacher and the attendance line (see below) to indicate that your student is reviewing the videos and completing work asynchronously. If a student is not in attendance during the day and neither the teacher nor the front office has heard from the parents/guardians, the student will be marked “unverified” and the parent will receive an electronic message to that effect in the evening. If the parent does not contact the school office to update attendance, this will become an unexcused absence. If a student has 3 or more unexcused absences, families will be contacted by counselors or social worker. If a student cannot participate synchronously/asynchronously for the duration of a school day, families should contact the school by submitting the online attendance form on the home page of the WFES website or calling the 24-7 attendance line at 703-503-2323.

Contact Information

For parents to stay up to date on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because schools will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, your school team may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. Parents may update their information through Parent View.

Library – Public Library Equity Access Pass

As part of the One Fairfax initiative, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), and FCPS Library Information Services have partnered in the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) pilot program.

On October 1, 2020 the LEAP program will go division-wide, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card. Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download. Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides:

  • The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time. At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicated they are an FCPS student. A virtual account exists and identification is not required. • Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee. However, only three books can be on a virtual account at a time. • Checkouts are limited to physical books. eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account. Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.

School Supplies

We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/node/2461

If your family needs support with school supplies, please reach out to Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu, Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu or Miriam Pitchford MCPitchford@fcps.edu (Spanish).

Website

We have been working to keep our website updated with important information. We added a tab called Return to School 2020-21:

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/return-school-2020-21

 

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,
We were so excited to welcome our amazing staff back to school this week. We had a fun virtual kickoff. Later in the week, the PTA and parent community certainly made us feel special with the lovely signs and boxed lunches. Your positive messages were great fuel for the hard work happening to prepare for the start of school.

Many families and students have expressed that they are eager to find out who their teacher will be for this school year. Due to the impact of COVID19, our numbers have been declining, as families select to homeschool or attend private school. These changes can impact the number of teachers for which we qualify. Our plan is for your child’s classroom teacher to be shared via email as soon as possible. Please know that staffing can continue to shift even after class assignments have been announced. I will work to keep the staff and community as informed as possible about these possible changes. I have received countless requests for considerations in placement; unfortunately, these cannot all be honored. We have done our very best to create balanced classrooms and set students up for a successful virtual start. We respectfully ask that you do not make any requests for a change to the teacher. We plan to host whole grade level class meetings on Mondays from 8:30 – 9:00 AM and students will then have the opportunity to work with different teachers and students.

Our next family information session will be Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 9:00 AM. At this virtual meeting, we will review any updates and answer questions. Join me here:

 https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

I will be hosting another session with WFES students next Wednesday, August 26, at 2:30 pm.  Join me here:

 https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

Our Wakefield Forest School renovation planning is continuing to progress. Our architect team have designed a beautiful plan for our expanding community. We will host an opportunity to hear about these plans on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 9:00 AM. We will publish the link in an upcoming message.

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Attendance
Attendance will be recorded Monday – Friday. Attendance is expected during all synchronous instruction. However, if your child is not able to attend synchronously, please contact your teacher and the attendance line (see below) to indicate that your student is reviewing the videos and completing work asynchronously. If a student is not in attendance during the day and neither the teacher nor the front office has heard from the parents/guardians, the student will be marked “unverified” and the parent will receive an electronic message to that effect in the evening. If the parent does not contact the school office to update attendance, this will become an unexcused absence. If a student has 3 or more unexcused absences, families will be contacted by counselors or social worker. If a student cannot participate synchronously/asynchronously for the duration of a school day, families should contact the school by submitting the online attendance form on the home page of the WFES website or calling the 24-7 attendance line at 703-503-2323.

Band/Strings/Music Exploration (new)
Parents/guardians of 4th, 5th and 6th graders, please join Ms. Cradler (Band), Ms. Sleeman (Strings) and Ms. Hibbitts (Music Exploration) for a live information session on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 7:00 PM. At that time we will discuss our virtual music programs, registration and answer your questions. A link will be provided in future communication.

Contact Information
For parents to stay up to date on school news and plans, current contact information is essential. This is especially important because schools will need to regularly notify parents about program changes and opportunities, such as laptop distributions, school supply lists, and other essentials. Once school begins, your school team may need to reach parents about student absences and academic and other concerns. 

Parents may update their information through Parent View. http://www.fcps.edu/WakefieldForestES/

Internet
Cox Communication has announced that new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include:
• 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
• Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
• Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
• Free WiFi modem rental
• Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:
• Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
• Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing
Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting www.cox.com/c2c

Library – Public Library Equity Access Pass (new)
As part of the One Fairfax initiative, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL), and FCPS Library Information Services have partnered in the Library Equity Access Pass (LEAP) pilot program.

On October 1, 2020 the LEAP program will go division-wide, providing FCPS PreK-12 students with public library checkout privileges for books automatically, without the need to register for a physical library card. Student names and ID numbers will be provided to FCPL through an automated data download. Families who do not wish to participate shall select the opt-out for LEAP in the 2020-21 SR&R document.

Participating in the LEAP program provides:

• The ability to checkout up to three public library books at a time. At any FCPL library branch, students or parents simply share their name and indicated they are an FCPS student. A virtual account exists and identification is not required.
• Lost or overdue books will not be charged a fine or replacement fee. However, only three books can be on a virtual account at a time.
• Checkouts are limited to physical books. eBooks and public library digital resources cannot be accessed through this account. Students are welcome to establish a standard public library card for full access.

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in September for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-6) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at ksholmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

School Supplies
If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be delivered to the school and we will schedule an opportunity for you to pick them up. We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website on the homepage under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

We want all of our students to have access to what they need; if your family needs support in getting supplies, please reach out to our school counselors Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu or Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu

Website
We have been working to keep our website updated with important information. We added a tab called Return to School 2020-21 

https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/return-school-2020-21

 

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Weekly Message

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

Thank you to the families who have engaged in the family sessions offered. My plan will be to host these weekly until the start of school to ensure consistent communication between school and home. Our next family information session will be Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Join me here:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

Recordings from these sessions will be posted on the Wakefield Forest website: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/announcements/wfes-parentguardian-coffee-81220

I would also like an opportunity to connect with our incoming students. All WFES Wolves are welcome to join me Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM at this link:

 https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

If you have not yet joined Twitter, we hope you will do that. We will use Twitter as a way to connect our community during distance learning. You can follow us @wakefieldforest. Our hashtag for this year is #WFESTogetherWherever.

I sent this video clip to the staff last week, but it also very much applies to our amazing community. We are better together. This is Us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLFEvHWD_NE

Thank you for your partnership.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

 

Grade Level Virtual Schedules
We will begin our instructional day promptly at 8:30 AM daily. Students should plan to be in their learning spaces prior to 8:30 to ensure they are ready to begin on time. Based on the developmental needs of our students, we have included screen breaks throughout the day. We have also intentionally frontloaded the day and kept a consistent lunch/break time to support our families. Our drafted virtual schedules are posted on the home page of the school website under announcements:  https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

Internet
Cox Communication has announced that new customers that qualify will receive Connect2Compete, the company's low-cost internet, for two months at no cost. New customers must sign up between July 21 and September 30 for free service, which also includes free technical support.

A summary of enhancements and benefits of Cox's Connect2Compete program include:
• 2 months of free Connect2Compete service and remote desktop and phone support through Cox Complete Care for eligible new customers who apply between July 21 and September 30, $9.95/month thereafter
• Easy referral for discounted, refurbished equipment through PCs for People
• Student and family access to the Cox Digital Academy, which provides computer literacy training and educational resources for students
• Free WiFi modem rental
• Access to over 3M+ Cox Hotspots nationwide

The Cox Connect2Compete program is available to families who:
• Have at least one child that is a K-12 student at home
• Participate in one of these government subsidies programs: The National School Lunch Program, SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, or Public Housing

Families can qualify for Connect2Compete easily from anywhere whether on their mobile device or desktop by visiting www.cox.com/c2c

Learning Pods
As a school and PTA we are unable to support families in creating learning pods. We do understand that this is a challenging time to set up students for success. However, facilitating these groups is outside of our purview.

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in September for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-6) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at ksholmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Registration
We are continuing to register new families. Wakefield Forest is open by appointment only. Families can schedule a registration appointment by contacting ksholmes@fcps.edu.

School Supplies
If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be delivered to the school and we will schedule an opportunity for you to pick them up. We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website on the homepage under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

We want all of our students to have access to what they need; if your family needs support in getting supplies, please reach out to our school counselors Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu or Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu.

Special Education
Families who have a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan will be contacted by their assigned case manager in August and early September to discuss what updates may be needed to the IEP or 504 plan. Special education services and accommodations will be provided in our virtual format.

Technology
• Families who have a WFES laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning this week:
o Plug the device into an outlet.
o Turn the device on and let it boot up.
o Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
o Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.

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

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES WEEKLY MESSAGE

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

It’s starting to get really exciting here at WFES as our amazing staff returns to work this Friday. In addition to the folks who moved out of the area over the summer, Mrs. Stotka will be taking a Leave of Absence for this school year. She will, however, be remaining at WFES as a parent this year.

We are excited to welcome the following new staff for this school year:

Lucas Cook – School Based Technology Specialist (SBTS)
Tony Gray – Advanced Academics Resource Teacher/STEAM
Gina Hibbits – Part Time Music
Heather Jones – Upper Grade Teacher
Jennifer Kellams – Upper Grade Teacher
Chelsea Kelly-Sipe – Special Education
Juliana Teixeira – Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
Christine Vick – Primary Teacher

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me by email at sbprindle@fcps.edu.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Class Lists
Our class lists are still being revised based on a number of factors. We are weighing family designations for virtual versus in person, teacher input, parent input, as well as the programs that students are accessing during the school day.

Family Session - Virtual
We will host a virtual family session on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM. At this session, we will review recent updates and answer questions about the 2020-2021 school year. Please join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439.   The recording from yesterday’s family session is available here: https://us.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/playback (I'm still working on my video skills).

Grade Level Virtual Schedules
We will begin our instructional day promptly at 8:30 AM daily. Students should plan to be in their learning spaces prior to 8:30 to ensure they are ready to begin on time. Based on the developmental needs of our students, we have included screen breaks throughout the day. We have also intentionally frontloaded the day and kept a consistent lunch/break time to support our families. Our drafted virtual schedules are posted on the home page of the school website under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

Learning Pods
As a school and PTA we are unable to support families in creating learning pods. We do understand that this is a challenging time to set up students for success. However, facilitating these groups is outside of our purview.

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in September for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-6) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at ksholmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Registration
We are continuing to register new families. Wakefield Forest is open by appointment only. Families can schedule a registration appointment by contacting ksholmes@fcps.edu.

School Supplies
If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be delivered to the school and we will schedule an opportunity for you to pick them up. We have modified the school supplies list to include supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website on the homepage under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

We want all of our students to have access to what they need; if your family needs support in getting supplies, please reach out to our school counselors Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu  or Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu.

Special Education
Families who have a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan will be contacted by their assigned case manager in August and early September to discuss what updates may be needed to the IEP or 504 plan. Special education services and accommodations will be provided in our virtual format. Staff do not return to work until August 14, 2020.

Technology - Laptops
• Information on technology distribution will come out in August. In the survey FCPS sent out earlier this month, you were asked to indicate if your child had access to a computer and to wifi. We will have a laptop available for every student who requests one. Wifi will only be available to families who do not have access currently, as there are very limited devices. If you need to update this information, please email ksholmes@fcps.edu by August 13, 2020.

• Families who have a WFES laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning this week:
o Plug the device into an outlet.
o Turn the device on and let it boot up.
o Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
o Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.

Woodson Pyramid Equity Conversation
Wakefield Forest ES families are invited to participate in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in the Woodson pyramid tonight, August 11, at 7-8 pm. This town hall will be facilitated by Equity Leads and administrators from each school and will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools. Each school will hold a follow-up town hall at another time to share specific actions happening in each individual school to address Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness. Please join the Woodson Pyramid at this link: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/22dcdf9c16734f42a74596bd2324c5d4

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

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

This summer I have thought a great deal about our students and all of you. As a community we have been facing challenges since March that continue to shift and change daily. The uncertainty can create a great deal of anxiety for us as adults and for our kids as well. I keep coming back to this Mother Teresa quote – “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” I am certainly grateful to be leading in a community that values this ideal through our partnership.

We will host a virtual family session on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM. At these sessions, we will review recent updates and answer questions about the 2020-2021 school year. These sessions will cover the same information. Thank you for signing in with your first and last name; this helps me with follow-up. Please join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle
Principal

Family Session - Virtual
We will host a virtual family session on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:30 PM and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM. At these sessions, we will review recent updates and answer questions about the 2020-2021 school year. These will cover the same information. Please join me here: https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/f3a0b4d64aad4bb4a6a95aefc8276439

Grade Level Virtual Schedules
We will begin our instructional day promptly at 8:30 AM daily. Students should plan to be in their learning spaces prior to 8:30 to ensure they are ready to begin on time. Based on the developmental needs of our students, we have included screen breaks throughout the day. We have also intentionally frontloaded the day and kept a consistent lunch/break time to support our families. Our drafted virtual schedules are posted on the home page of the school website under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

Learning Pods
As a school and PTA we are unable to support families in creating learning pods. We do understand that this is a challenging time to set up students for success. However, facilitating these groups is outside of our purview.

Not returning to WFES for SY 20-21?
For membership and staffing purposes, we would like to hear from families who are not returning to Wakefield Forest in September for the 20-21 school year. If your children (K-6) will not be attending WFES in the fall, please email Ms. Holmes directly at ksholmes@fcps.edu and let her know.

Registration
We are continuing to register new families. Wakefield Forest is open by appointment only. Families can schedule a registration appointment by contacting ksholmes@fcps.edu.

School Supplies
If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be delivered to the school and we will schedule an opportunity for you to pick them up. We have modified the school supplies we think students will need in a virtual environment. These are posted on our school website on the homepage under announcements: https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

We want all of our students to have access to what they need; if your family needs support in getting supplies, please reach out to our school counselors Nancy Garcia-Henderson nagarciahend@fcps.edu or Chelsea Boateng cmboateng@fcps.edu.

Special Education
Families who have a student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan will be contacted by their assigned case manager in August and early September to discuss what updates may be needed to the IEP or 504 plan. Special education services and accommodations will be provided in our virtual format. Staff do not return to work until August 14, 2020.

Technology
• Information on technology distribution will come out in August. In the survey FCPS sent out earlier this month, you were asked to indicate if your child had access to a computer and to wifi. We will have a laptop available for every student who requests one. Wifi will only be available to families who do not have access currently, as there are very limited devices. If you need to update this information, please email ksholmes@fcps.edu by August 13, 2020.

• Families who have a WFES laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning this week:
o Plug the device into an outlet.
o Turn the device on and let it boot up.
o Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
o Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.

Woodson Pyramid Equity Conversation
Wakefield Forest ES families are invited to participate in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in the Woodson pyramid on August 11 at 7-8 pm. This town hall will be facilitated by Equity Leads and administrators from each school and will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools. Each school will hold a follow-up town hall at another time to share specific actions happening in each individual school to address Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness. A link to this conversation will be sent to families on Tuesday, August 11.

 

 

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES Message from the Principal

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

I know this has been a roller coaster of a summer. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the many changes.

Thank you for the feedback you provided on our spring virtual learning. Your feedback will help us provide the best possible virtual learning experience in September.

Here are a few key differences planned for virtual learning this fall:
• Smaller class sizes
• Laptop access for students K-6
• Grading and feedback on work
• Specials (Music, Physical Education, Art, etc.)
• Class meetings (daily Tuesday – Friday)

A few notes:
• We are working on making our specific grade level schedules and will provide that information to families as soon as possible, hopefully this week. We plan to begin all of our sessions at 8:30 AM.

• Information on technology distribution will come out in August. In the survey FCPS sent out earlier this month, you were asked to indicate if your child had access to a computer and to wifi. We will have a laptop available for every student who requests one. Wifi will only be available to families who do not have access currently, as there are very limited devices. If you need to update this information, please email ksholmes@fcps.edu by August 13, 2020.

• If you ordered school supplies through the PTA, they will be delivered to the school; we will schedule an opportunity for you to pick them up. We will be working to modify school supply lists to meet the needs for learning from home.

• Families who have a WFES laptop at home should do the following once per week beginning in August:
o Plug the device into an outlet.
o Turn the device on and let it boot up.
o Ensure it is connected to the internet at that location.
o Let the device sit for 30 minutes. No additional logins or activities are required.

• School offices remain closed except by appointment. Families can register students by contacting ksholmes@fcps.edu.

We are working hard to plan and prepare as we receive information and we will turn this around to the community as soon as possible.

Wakefield Forest ES families are invited to participate in a shared conversation around Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness in the Woodson pyramid on August 11 at 7-8 pm. This town hall will be facilitated by Equity Leads and administrators from each school and will allow schools to draw similarities for future work around equity and Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness throughout our pyramid schools. Each school will hold a follow-up town hall at another time to share specific actions happening in each individual school to address Cultural Proficiency/Cultural Responsiveness. A link to this conversation will be sent to families on Tuesday, August 11.  


Sharyn Prindle
Principal
Wakefield Forest Elementary

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,


As a school district we have recently been in the national news, shown in less than the best light. I do not believe that we were accurately or fairly displayed. It doesn’t reflect the hard work of Fairfax County Public Schools staff members and certainly not those at Wakefield Forest ES. Thank you for the many emails of support I have received; we really do have the best community. Despite the challenging situation we are in right now, I am confident that we will figure it out together.

The information sent from me will be very specific to Wakefield Forest students and families. In that vein, FCPS has communicated that assignments for in-person instruction will be based on the alphabet. This will be our start point for scheduling in-person instruction, but adjustments will need to be made. We are not going to be able to make the schedule work without making shifts, as our in-person families are very imbalanced based on the alphabet only. Additionally, in order to meet needs with a school-based AAP Program, ESOL and special education, we have to make scheduling changes. We are working on ensuring we have enough staff available to meet the virtual and in-person needs of our students, and at the same time we are working to regroup students as needed for class size. This will mean that many of the requests that were made previously for assignment in a typical school year format may not be able to be honored due to constraints of buses, programs and space. We so appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through these challenges. Our goal is to provide the best experience we can for our students in and outside of the physical building.

Wakefield Forest has a new start time for the 2020-21 school year. Our hours are scheduled to be 9:10 AM – 3:55 PM.

Additional information will continue to be released, and I will share that with you as it is available.

Thank you for your continued support.


Sharyn Prindle
Principal
Wakefield Forest Elementary

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WAKEFIELD FOREST ES MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

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

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

Registration K - 6

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you.

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Wakefield Forest Elementary

sbprindle@fcps.edu

 

 

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

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Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

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

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

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

Additional Information


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

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

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

Thank you.
Sharyn Prindle
Principal

sbprindle@fcps.edu

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

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