WAKEFIELD FOREST ES - News You Choose - Friday, 9/23/22

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Upcoming Dates

September 23rd 6:30 PM - Woodson Football Feeder Night - TONIGHT!!!

September 26th Rosh Hashanah - Student Holiday

October 3rd 7:00 PM - AAP Family Information Session - Virtual

October 7th 4:30 PM - Woodson HS Homecoming Parade - See Principal Prindle in the Parade

October 10th - Indigenous People Day - Student Holiday

October 11th - Mod Pizza PTA Restaurant Night 5 - 9 PM

October 12th 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting

October 21st - PTA Sponsored FUN Run 

Letter From the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

 

We have had an exciting first few weeks of school. We have started the year off with many assessments. These data points will be looked at holistically to determine instructional planning steps, as well as supports and enrichment for students. Every family should have a parent/teacher conference this fall to review how your child is learning so far this year. 

 

As I shared at our recent PTA meeting, we are committed to providing a caring climate and culture where each and every student, staff member, and family is welcomed, respected, and valued. We are working with our school Equity Committee and our Family Engagement Committee this year on ways in which we can acknowledge, teach about and celebrate our diverse school community, to include our many cultures, military connected families, LGBTQ+ community, and special needs community. Building a welcoming community takes team work. If you are interested in engaging in this work, please email me. 

I hope to see you tonight at Football Feeder Night. My girls and I look forward to this fun family event every school year!

 

Thank you.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Woodson Pyramid Feeder Night TONIGHT

This Friday’s Woodson football game is “Feeder Night” and Hawaiian Out is the theme. Meet Ms. Prindle at the far side end zone at 6:30 PM. 

  • The game will start at 7:00pm.  Ticket gates open at 5:30pm for Feeder school students who get in free with a paying adult. Cost of tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the gate or ahead of time through this E-tix link.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with athletic equipment such as bats, balls, sticks, etc. 
  • Backpacks are not allowed.  Everyone entering the stadium is subject to search.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the stadium with outside food or containers such as water bottles, cups, cans, etc. 
  • Students must be supervised.  
Advanced Academics Family Information

Please review the information about the Advanced Academics Program on our school website prior to the meeting. Mr. Gray and Ms. Prindle will be available for question and answers about the Advanced Academics program Monday, October 3, 2022 from 7-8 PM. Join us virtually here.

Student Council Officer Applications Due Online 9/26

It’s election season here at WFES! Responsible fourth, fifth, and sixth graders who are looking to take on a leadership role in our school’s SCA are encouraged to apply to run for student council office. Homeroom teachers have posted the application/permission form and all additional SCA information on their homeroom Schoology. Applications are due on Monday, 9/26 by 4:00pm. All applications are accepted digitally. If your student has any questions please direct them to email Mrs. Rowader at [email protected].

PTA Volunteers Needed

Assemblies: Work closely with the front office to help to plan assemblies at the school - after two long years, they're back!

Odyssey of the Mind (co-chair): Let's help our kiddos think outside of the box to expand their problem-solving and group work skills! Erin Weber will be running OTM this school year (thank you, Erin!), but she'd love a co-chair to help her bring this enriching program to WFES this school year. https://www.odysseyofthemind.com/

Reflections (Chair/co-chairs): Reflections is an art program run by your local, state, and national PTA. This commitment occurs early in the year and will be completed by early November. 

Spelling Bee (Chair/co-chairs): The Spelling Bee is a winter/early spring event held at Wakefield Forest that gives a pedestal to some truly talented kiddos. Work with our wonderful librarians to make this year a success!

     

S.T.E.A.M. Fair (Chair/co-chairs): The S.T.E.A.M. Fair is back! If you have an interest in running an event at WFES that helps out kiddos to stretch their STEAM muscles, this might be the right job for you. 

 

FCPS Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

We are experiencing substitute shortages at Wakefield Forest. 

FCPS and WFES are seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of the Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Construction Corner
  • The expansion of the main office and cafeteria will begin soon. This expansion will not impact lunch in the cafeteria, but will impact our kiss and ride. We will let you know when we have a clearer timeline.
  • For picture updates of the renovation follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle.
WFES Spirit Wear Fall Sale

The PTA Fall Spirit Wear sale ENDS THIS FRIDAY! It's your last chance to get some new gear to show your school spirit. Check out the complete collection by visiting the PTA online store. Most items are available in both youth and adult sizes.

Place your order with a credit card online or submit an order form to pay by check.  Fall items are printed to order and are FINAL SALE. Items will be delivered to your student's classroom by the end of October. They make great holiday gifts, so plan ahead. Please contact Melissa Fabrizio if you have any questions.

Socktober is Near...

5th grade was inspired by a Positivity Project video and decided to take action and do a sock drive with happysocktober.com.

New Hope Housing in Alexandria serves 1500 adults every year and would love to get our help with keeping their people warm this winter.

Over the first two weeks of October, our 5th graders will be collecting new socks in the library and the front office.

Help us reach our goal of donating 500 pairs of new adult-size socks to people experiencing homelessness.

Testing Information

State assessments in grades 3-6 measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards and may also be used to measure growth in learning state standards. The format and timing of state assessments vary by grade level and content area, as noted in the table above. These include:

  • Fall and winter Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA) standardized tests in reading and mathematics. More information is available on the VGA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43932); 
  • Spring Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science. More  information is available on the SOL assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/35021);  
  • Ongoing local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction in science, writing, and social studies; More information is available on the LAA and PBA webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/45043).  

The Grade Level Tests webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/student-assessment/grade-level-tests) provides information by grade level about the general assessment schedule and reporting method for each required assessment type in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener Update - Grades K-2 will no longer participate in the SEL screener.

If you have questions about state assessments, contact your student’s teacher or the school test coordinator, Amy Williams [email protected]

Attendance Matters

Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! We All Belong Here

Each one of us is  unique. And every student matters. If a student is having a difficult time attending class, please tell a trusted adult at school. There are solutions.

Visit our Attendance webpage for resources on attendance.

¡Asiste a la escuela hoy; para tener éxito mañana! Todos Pertenecemos Aquí. 

Cada uno de nosotros es único. Y cada estudiante es importante. Si un alumno tiene dificultades para asistir a la escuela, por favor, dígaselo a un adulto de confianza en su escuela. Hay soluciones.

Visite nuestra página web de Asistencia para ver recursos sobre la asistencia. 

Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, [email protected]

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, [email protected]

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, [email protected]

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, [email protected]

Students Rights & Responsibilities

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document. Please take time to complete this if you haven’t had a chance to do it yet.

Contacts

Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: [email protected]

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

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

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams [email protected]

Follow Wakefield Forest on Twitter

Follow Principal Prindle on Twitter

WFES PTA homepage

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Wakefield Forest ES - News You Choose - Friday, 9/16/22

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Upcoming Dates

September 23rd 6:30 PM - Woodson Football Feeder Night

September 26th Rosh Hashanah - Student Holiday

October 3rd 7:00 PM - AAP Family Information Session - Virtual

October 7th 4:30 PM - Woodson HS Homecoming Parade - See Principal Prindle in the Parade

October 10th - Indigenous People Day - Student Holiday

October 12th 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting

October 21st - PTA Sponsored FUN Run 

FCPS Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

We are already experiencing substitute shortages at Wakefield Forest. 

FCPS and WFES are seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of the Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Vision and Hearing Volunteers Needed

Mrs. McNamara is getting ready for the vision and hearing screening process. In order to make this a smooth process she needs a few volunteers. If you are interested and available during the school day, please email her at [email protected] 

Construction Corner
  • Demolition on the former main office is in full effect. Much of the construction currently is inside the building and behind the temporary wall near the cafeteria.
  • For picture updates of the renovation follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle.
National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FaIrfax County Public Schools recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPSreconoce y celebra las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los miembros de nuestra comunidad cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, [email protected]

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, [email protected]

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, [email protected]

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, [email protected]

Join the PTA

Sign up today at our Member Hub where you can:

  • Join the PTA for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Purchase WFES Spirit Wear
  • Make a direct donation to our school
  • FUN Run October 21st
Contacts

Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: [email protected]

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

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

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams [email protected]

Follow Wakefield Forest on Twitter

Follow Principal Prindle on Twitter

WFES PTA homepage

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

Wakefield Forest ES

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Letter From the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

 

Thank you for attending our Back to School Night event this week. Mrs. Williams and I were excited to have so many families join our session. We will continue to offer opportunities to connect with us and ask questions. We are following up on the issues addressed in that session.

 

Volunteer Fairfax will be facilitating VolunteerFest 2022, a countywide day of service, on September 17. This is a great opportunity for students and families who want to engage with local nonprofits and volunteer. The event will officially kick-off on September 11, Patriot’s Day, with Volunteer Fairfax sharing donation needs and upcoming volunteer opportunities. More information about VolunteerFest 2022 can be found at Volunteer Fairfax’s website. Additional 9/11 Day of Service information can be found at 911Day.org. 

 

We appreciate your on going support. We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Upcoming Dates

September 14th 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting

September 23rd 6:30 PM - Woodson Football Feeder Night

September 26th Rosh Hashanah - Student Holiday

October 3rd 7:00 PM - AAP Family Information Session - Virtual

October 7th 4:30 PM - Woodson HS Homecoming Parade - See Principal Prindle in the Parade

October 10th - Indigenous People - Student Holiday

October 12th 7:00 PM - PTA Meeting

October 21st - PTA Sponsored FUN Run 

Vision and Hearing Volunteers Needed

Mrs. McNamara is getting ready for the vision and hearing screening process. In order to make this a smooth process she needs a few volunteers. If you are interested and available during the school day, please email her at [email protected] 

Laptops Grades 3-6

If you are looking for the paperwork to opt your child grades 3-6 from bringing the laptop back and forth, it can be found at this link. Despite what the form says, we will continue to provide access to a laptop at school and a conference with the principal is not required. Please send the form in to your child's teacher. 

https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcpson/fcpson-technology-support-fee

Construction Corner
  • Demolition on the former main office is in full effect. Much of the construction currently is inside the building and behind the temporary wall near the cafeteria.
  • The cameras on the quad are now fully operational. The live feed and recorded video can be monitored by on site staff as needed.
  • For picture updates of the renovation follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle
Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, [email protected]

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, [email protected]

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, [email protected]

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, [email protected]

FCPS Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of the Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Join the PTA

Sign up today at our Member Hub where you can:

  • Join the PTA for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Purchase WFES Spirit Wear
  • Make a direct donation to our school
Contacts

Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: [email protected]

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

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

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Principal: Sharyn Prindle [email protected]

Assistant Principal: Amy Williams [email protected]

Stay Connected

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

Attendance: 703.503.2323 or email | Web | Twitter

Wakefield Forest - Back to School Night

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Back to School Night - Virtual

Wakefield Forest will host a virtual Back to School Night tonight, Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Information from the admin team and our School Board Members is posted here on our website.

The administrative team will host a question and answer session from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Classroom teachers will hold two 30 minute sessions. Each session will contain the same information. Classroom teachers have sent the link to access their Zoom session.

6:00 PM – Q & A for Families with the Admin Team

7:00 PM – Session 1 Teacher Session

7:30 PM – Session 2 Teacher Session

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Wakefield Forest - Message From the Principal

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Letter from the Principal

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

We have received many questions about why Back to School Night is virtual this year. The renovation has created many unexpected challenges with cleaning and trash removal that our hardworking custodial team is working through, in addition to fixes that are occurring after students are on site in the evenings. This is why we are hosting Back to School Night virtually.

We will offer parent conferences in the fall. Families will have the option to choose in person or virtual for the conference format. Each classroom teacher will send out a schedule. 

We are also planning to offer many in person family events this year, including the Fun Run, concerts, Book Fair and Musical, among other events. Our events calendar will continue to be updated as event dates are finalized.

Decisions are always made by looking at the best interest of the whole school, students, staff and families.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate our renovation.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Back to School Night - Virtual

Wakefield Forest will host a virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Information from the administrative team, our PTA President and School Board Members will be posted for you to review ahead of time. The administrative team will host a question and answer session from 6:00 – 7:00 PM and classroom teachers will hold two 30 minute sessions. Each session will contain the same information. Classroom teachers will send the link to access their Zoom session.

6:00 PM – Q & A for Families with the Admin Team

7:00 PM – Session 1 Teacher Session

7:30 PM – Session 2 Teacher Session

The Wolf Den - Quads

Now that students have settled into routines, finding classrooms and navigating our new facilities, we ask that families please drop and meet students at the gate to the wolf den or other space outside of the quad area. This will support our school safety plan and the smooth start and end of the school day. Supervision for students begins at 8:25 AM.

Calendar Reminders

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate with family and friends.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Renovation Corner
  • The school playground opened for student use on Monday, August 29, 2022. Some of the equipment was unable to be moved and reinstalled. Additional equipment is on order and will be installed when it's available. 
  • The school office is moving today, September 1st. The new office is located near door 1 in the front of the building. Please plan to use the new door 1 starting Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The new door is further to the right from the original entrance along the fenced path. 
Safety Drills During the School Year

We had our first fire drill today. Our focus was on our evacuation from the main building. If there was a fire or fire drill in the main building, the quads are not required to evacuate, because they are already at a safe distance from the building. We will continue to have fire drills to practice evacuation from both the main building and the quads to be prepared for an emergency.   

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Wakefield Forest - Message From the Principal

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Back to School Night - Virtual

Wakefield Forest will host a virtual Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Information from the administrative team, our PTA President and School Board Members will be posted for you to review ahead of time. The administrative team will host a question and answer session from 6:00 – 7:00 PM and classroom teachers will hold two 30 minute sessions. Each session will contain the same information. Classroom teachers will send the link to access their Zoom session.

6:00 PM – Q & A for Families with the Admin Team

7:00 PM – Session 1 Teacher Session

7:30 PM – Session 2 Teacher Session

The Wolf Den - Quads

Now that students have settled into routines, finding classrooms and navigating our new facilities, we ask that families please drop and meet students at the gate to the wolf den or other space outside of the quad area. This will support our school safety plan and the smooth start and end of the school day.   

Water Bottles and Headphones - Needed Daily

All students should come to school with a water bottle daily. Each student K-6 should have headphones for use at school. Kindergarten students need headphones with a straight jack to accommodate the ipad they use in class. 

Calendar Reminders

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate with family and friends.

See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar

Renovation Corner
  • The school playground opened for student use on Monday, August 29, 2022. Some of the equipment was unable to be moved and reinstalled. Additional equipment is on order and will be installed when it's available. 
  • The school office is moving on Thursday, August 30th. The new office is located near door 1 in the front of the building. Please plan to use the new door 1 starting Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Reminder - Required Forms Due

We are still collecting forms for your students, which can be found online, filled out and printed and returned to us via your student. 

Required Forms:

Links to Forms:

Emergency Care Form

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se3.pdf

Health Information Form

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se71.pdf

Identification of Military Connected Students

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/media/forms/se329.pdf

Digital Consent Form

https://isweb.fcps.edu/iscontacts/techpermform.cfm?secure

All forms are accessible on the main FCPS website at Forms.  If you are able to, please fill out the forms online and print them at home. If you wish to Opt-Out of certain services, please see the Opt-Out options on the FCPS website.   The Emergency Care and Health Information forms can also be completed and submitted using your ParentVUE account through WeCare. More information and directions to use WeCare can be found here: How to access WeCare

The FCPS updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is now available online and in the ParentVue section of the Student Information System (SIS). The SR&R booklet explains expectations for student behavior, and adult responses to enhance school safety and to create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. 

Each year, we ask parents to review, sign, and return the SR&R to their child’s school. Log into ParentVue and you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/guardian with a ParentVUE account will see the SR&R upon login to ParentVUE until the SR&R acknowledgement has been completed.

Your name in the digital signature box must match the parent/guardian’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Opt-Out Handbook and Forms

Please review the possible opt-outs and if you feel compelled to complete one it is included in this handbook. Please print any opt-outs forms and return to school as soon as possible so your request can be honored.  

Opt-out Handbook

https://www.fcps.edu/registration/opt-out-forms

 

FLE Opt-Out Forms:

https://www.fcps.edu/node/31710

Woodson HS Football Feeder Night

Wear your Wakefield Forest ES gear and meet Ms. Prindle and Ms. Williams in the end zone no later than 6:30 PM. This is a fun family event! Members of our school chorus will be performing the National Anthem at 6:55 PM.

 

WOODSON HIGH SCHOOL

“FEEDER NIGHT” FOOTBALL GAME

September 23, 2022  7:00pm

 

WOODSON CAVALIERS

vs.

Lewis Lancers

  • All students from the Woodson pyramid are admitted into the game with the presentation of the flyer (sent home in Thursday folders September 8th) and when accompanied by a paying adult.
  • All feeder school students will be recognized before the game at 6:40pm. Please meet at the scoreboard @ 6:30pm.
  • Call the Activities Hotline for updates (703) 503-4683
Safety Drills During the School Year

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Schools are required to notify parents and guardians at least 24 hours before a school conducts a lockdown drill. However, schools are not required to give the specific date and time of the drill in advance. The first lockdown drill of the school year must take place within the first 20 days of school. Preschool and kindergarten students are exempt from practicing the first lockdown drill. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during the drill. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills. Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

COVID Updates

Last week, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review the Health and Safety Guidance on the FCPS website.

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First Week of School

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

 

Our first week of school has been great. We have been proud of the way staff, students and families have handled all of our construction and changes.

At this time we are unable to accommodate families coming to school for lunch. Should this change we will let you know. 

As we try new things we will continue to make tweaks to provide the best experience for our students. Those of our families who are walking to and from school can access the path around the field, which is crushed stone. 

If you are driving and dropping off at Forest St. or Norfolk Ave. please be mindful that those areas are not school property and staff cannot supervise. We want to keep all members of the Wolfpack safe.

 

Sharyn Prindle

Principal

Dr. Reid - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson

Please save the date for a very special event!

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Woodson HS on Wednesday, August 24th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as childcare. Please use this link to register for the event.

Por favor, reserven esta fecha para un evento muy especial.

La Dra. Michelle Reid, superintendenta de FCPS, tendrá una conversación con la comunidad de Woodson el miércoles, 24 de agosto, de 6:30 a 7:30 p.m. Este evento será una oportunidad especial para ayudar a la Dra. Reid a conocer nuestra comunidad escolar y para que ustedes sepan más sobre de la visión que ella tiene para nuestro distrito escolar. 

Habrá intérpretes de idiomas, según disponibilidad, así como cuidado de niños. El enlace para registrarse sera enviado muy pronto.

Advanced Math

Advanced Math is offered in grades 3-6. Math enrichment occurs in all classrooms grades K-6 for students demonstrating a need. Students in grades 3-6 are currently being assessed for advanced math placement for the 2022-23 school year. 

The Advanced Math Committee reviews the following data to make recommendations for advanced math: previous Math SOL scores, Math Grades, COGAT Quantitative Score, Beginning of Year Math Cumulative Assessment, and Math Behavior Rating Scale (MBRS) which is completed in the spring by the classroom teacher.

Families of selected students will be notified. 

Virginia Math Standards of Learning

Woodson Instrument Petting Zoo

All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are invited to attend a FREE “Instrument Petting Zoo” at Woodson High School on Saturday, August [email protected] At this event, students will get the chance to try out different instruments, meet music teachers, sign up for band or strings in person, and get instrument rental info. Parents and families are all welcome and encouraged to come with their child to explore the many instruments that are available for them to learn this school year.

Band and Strings Program

Students in grades 4-6 can elect to participate in strings or grades 5-6 band. These classes occur during the school day in the place of one music class. Students received information today. Sign up at the links below by August 31st.

Strings: Mrs. Lubinski Grades 4-6 [email protected]

Band: Mrs. Cradler Grades 5-6 [email protected]

4th grade Strings https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBHE2KeiFx1BtZdm_R293pdFk12OUMxsjljgcKszvP1id7UQ/viewform

5th and 6th Grade Band/Strings- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdL3YDfj5gL-ia5TXNN_occADgcwSaA3wEXQQ_UDDq5gFPl1w/viewform 

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

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

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms will be included in your child’s back-to-school/orientation packets and are available online for Elementary (K-6), Middle School (7-8), and High School (9-12).  Please fill in the opt-out form for each child and return it to your child’s school prior to Family Life Education instruction.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Elementary (K-6) , Middle School (7-8) , and High School (9-12). FLE grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in Schoology.  Parents/guardians login to Schoology using the same username and password as their Student Information System (SIS) Parent account.  Grade level-specific lessons are also available at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (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 or [email protected].

Speech and Language Services

Fairfax County Public Schools provides speech and language services during the school day when there is an education impact. Students new to FCPS in grade 1-3 and all kindergarteners are screened by our speech pathologist Aimee Jennings in the first weeks of school. If you have questions, please reach out to Ms. Jennings at [email protected]

2022-23 Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights

Fairfax County Public Schools wants all parents to understand its policies regarding surveys, records, curriculum, privacy, and related rights.

In its Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms (Annual Notice), FCPS provides explanations of the rights listed above as well as forms that may be used to exercise opt-out choices. Two versions of the Annual Notice are available—a grades K-8 version and a grades 9-12 version. Parents with children at different grade levels should read each applicable version of the Annual Notice because the notices and opt-out rights vary depending on the student’s grade level.

Get more information and view the 2022-23 Opt-Out Booklets.

Portrait of a Graduate

Students at all FCPS schools work on Portrait of a Graduate (PoG) skills while engaging in the curriculum. We will be sharing more about PoG as the year progresses. Learn more about PoG here:

https://www.fcps.edu/about-fcps/portrait-graduate/resources

Student Rights & Responsibilities

At the start of each school year, you are asked to sign to acknowledge your review of the Student Rights & Responsibilities (SR&R) document

The SR&R explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and create a fair, equitable, and supportive school environment. Read the Letter from the Superintendent on the 2022-23 Student Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Families. Key changes to the document for the 2022-23 school year include: 

  • Adding rights to protect citizenship and immigration status from unauthorized sharing.
  • Changes to FCPS’ Acceptable Use Policy Regulation for Technology.
  • A new section on cell phones.

The new section on cell phones prohibits cell phone use in classrooms. We recognize that this new policy will be a shift for many students and families this year, but research shows that managing phone use during class time will support students’ attention and ability to engage in their learning fully. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in elementary and middle schools must keep phones silenced and in backpacks for the duration of the school day unless there is a medical need or emergency or teachers have allowed the usage of cell phones for instructional activities. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school. 

If a parent or guardian believes their child requires access to a personally owned device(s) as an accommodation, they should contact the child’s school team—i.e., 504 Committee, Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, English Language Committee, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team—to schedule a meeting to have their request considered. 

Parents should talk to their child(ren) before the start of the school year about these expectations for this upcoming school year. Families may review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

Construction Corner
  • The playground is making progress. The pieces we were able to save have been installed and the mulch was added today. There are a few more details to finalize and a safety inspection will occur before we can use the playground. Additional equipment has been ordered and will be installed when it arrives.
  • In the space between the playground and building there will be a blacktop area  for additional play space. 
  • The office move is planned for sometime next week. Stay tuned.
Here Comes the Bus App

Welcome to Here Comes the Bus!  Know when your bus is approaching your stop.  Here Comes the Bus® app is a school bus tracking app that can simplify morning and afternoon routines for parents and students by giving them real-time bus location and text or email notification alerts, helping them get to the bus stop on time.  Here Comes the Bus® utilizes our GPS data and an easy-to-use customizable map that works on one or multiple devices, such as a tablet or smartphone.

How to Get Started:

Using the app is EASY!  You will need the FCPS school district code 28982 and a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.  

From a smartphone or tablet, download (for free) the Here Comes the Bus® app from the App Store or Google Play.

Click here for more information click here.

Important Dates
  • 2022-2023 School Year Calendar
  • Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, (School Closed)
  • Wednesday, September 7 - Back to School Night
  • Monday, September 26 – Rosh Hashanah (School Closed) - Professional Workday
Mental Health Resources

Our Mental Health Team is available if your child needs support.

Chelsea Boateng, Counselor, [email protected]

Nancy Garcia-Henderson, Counselor, [email protected]

Melinda Hill, Social Worker, [email protected]

Anna Bukont, Psychologist, [email protected]

FCPS Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Upcoming Sessions:  August 24 and 31

Contacts

Attendance Phone Line: 703-503-2323

Attendance Email: [email protected]

Heath Room: 703-503-2310

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

Parent and Student technology support: IT Support Portal

Sharyn Prindle, Principal, [email protected]

Amy Williams, Assistant Principal, [email protected]

Stay Connected

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Wakefield Forest Elementary

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Open House was a huge success. We enjoyed seeing everyone. We hope you have a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you Monday morning. 

First Day of School

Families are welcome to walk students to class on the first day of school. School opens at 8:25 AM and class begins at 8:40 AM. At 8:40 families need to depart the building and the area surrounding the quad.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival

Kiss and Ride

Kiss and Ride begins at 8:25 am.

  • K-2- will enter door 1 and go directly to class.
  • G3-6- will enter door 1, walk down the hall to exit out Door 4 and continue down the path to the Wolf Den (quads).

Walkers

  • K-2 families who are walking should bring their children to door 6 near the playground.
  • G 3-6 may come in from one of the side roads, across the recess fields from Iva Lane, or from the building if they eat breakfast.
  • For safety reasons please do not congregate in the fenced quad area.

Dismissal

Kiss and Ride

  • Students will wait in the cafeteria to be dismissed in the front from door 1.
  • Due to construction, we will have an outlined walking lane in front of the school instead of using the sidewalks.
  • Please do not use your phone and drive slowly.

Walkers

  • K-2- will exit door 6. Kindergarteners must be met by an adult or sibling in 7th grade or older.
  • G 3-6 – will be dismissed directly from the Wolf Den. 
  • Families should coordinate where to meet, if necessary. For safety reasons please do not congregate in the fenced quad area.
Bus Transportation - First Week of School

Please make sure your child arrives at the bus stop 5 minutes early and that you allow extra time for the bus to return to the stop in the afternoon.  Often the first week of transportation includes adjustments; thank you in advance for your patience!

Please remember that Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon must be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling.  Kindergarten students not met will be returned to school.

Woodson Pyramid Instrument Petting Zoo

WHAT: Come try out BAND and ORCHESTRA instruments!
Students will learn about various instruments, get to try them out (limited), and visit various vendors.


WHO: Hosted by the Woodson HS Music Department, any current 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grader is welcome to attend. FREE to Woodson Pyramid students and families; parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.


WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 2022 10AM - NOON


WHERE: Woodson HS Auditorium (Entrance 18)
9525 Main St. Fairfax, VA 22031

Family Engagement Committee

We are seeking members of our school community who would be interested in serving on a family engagement committee. The objective of this committee would be to gain a diverse perspective from families on topics impacting our school. Topics would change throughout the year, but we expect our initial focus to be mays in which we celebrate differences at our school. If you are interested please email [email protected]. Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom monthly.

Recognize Our Staff Who Go Above and Beyond

The FCPS CARES Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story, so we can all acknowledge the good work of FCPS employees. Our very own Jessica Yaman was recognized as the Region 5 winner for June 2022.

Construction Corner

Here are the most recent updates:

  • The playground installation is making progress. While it won't be ready for the first day of school, we're hopeful it will be soon.
  • The health room has moved and is now located in the main hallway. 

Are you curious about the ongoing construction? Follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle for the most up-to-date photos.

Tutor.com

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students will continue to access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided in the following instructional videos: 

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Wakefield Forest Elementary School

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Open House Information

Open House events will take place on Friday, August 19:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM     Families Last Name A - L
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Families Last Name M - Z

Due to construction we are making changes to the Open House plan. Parking at the school is very limited and we encourage families to walk if they can. Additional parking is available at St. Matthews Methodist Church.

Families may enter the building through Door 1 (front of school), Door 3 (bus door) or Door 4 (near the gym) or go directly to the Wolf Den (Outside Quads for grades 3-6.) Due to construction, access to the Wolf Den is best along the gym side of the building near door 4 or through the marked pubic access opening in the fence along Iva lane.

Staff members will be available to help students and families find the correct classroom(s).

If you have purchased school supplies, you are welcome to bring them to school and take them to the classroom during Open House. This will make the first day of school easier for your child.

  • Wakefield Forest Spirit Wear will be sold in the cafeteria. Other vendors, such as our business partner, Andrew Gause Martial Arts, will be available to families in the cafeteria.
  • The Patrol meeting will be at 10:30 AM in the gym with Mrs. Massimo [email protected] and Mrs. Maxwell-Gold [email protected].
First Day of School

Families may walk students to class on the first day of school. The building opens at 8:25 AM for arrival. With limited parking and additional challenges with navigation due to the renovation, we ask that only one family member accompany students. School begins at 8:40 AM and we ask families to depart at that time, so teachers can have a great start to the school day.

Dr. Reid - Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson

Please join us for a Superintendent Community Conversation at Woodson High School Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Learn more about Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, and help her get to know our school community. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mvetP78TaafNYl0Ax7uf4Xoz3yIRSpnQoHkL4UXJxY0/prefill

[SPANISH - AMHARIC - ARABIC - CHINESE - KOREAN - URDU - VIETNAMESE]

Bus Transportation - First Week of School

Families in the bus riding area received routes last week.  Please make sure your child arrives at the bus stop 5 minutes early and that you allow extra time for the bus to return to the stop in the afternoon.  Often the first week of transportation includes adjustments; thank you in advance for your patience!

Please remember that Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon must be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling.  Kindergarten students not met will be returned to school.

The Here Comes the Bus mobile app is a school bus tracking app that gives you real time bus locations.  Click here for more information about this useful app.

School Supply Lists and Orders

School supply lists are available here.

In addition to the listed school supplies, all students need headphones. Kindergarten will use ipads this year, therefore a headphone with a straight jack is required. Grades 1-6 will continue to use laptops.

If your family needs help with school supplies, please contact our school counselor, Nancy Garcia-Henderson, at [email protected] or call the school office at 703-503-2300 and speak with Mrs. Holmes, registrar.

For returning students and families - If you ordered your supplies through the PTA. The PTA will deliver the orders directly to students' classrooms.  

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The application is now available on the webpage. 

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.
Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Upcoming Sessions:  August 17, 24 and 31

Band and Strings Recruitment

Learn more about our band and strings programs for grades 4-6 here:

4th grade Strings- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBHE2KeiFx1BtZdm_R293pdFk12OUMxsjljgcKszvP1id7UQ/viewform

 

5th and 6th Grade Band/Strings- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdL3YDfj5gL-ia5TXNN_occADgcwSaA3wEXQQ_UDDq5gFPl1w/viewform 

 

Attendance Matters

DID YOU KNOW?

  •   Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  •   Missing 10 percent (or about 2 days per month) can make it harder to learn to read.
  •   Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day every few weeks.
  •   Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  •   Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  •   Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  •   Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  •   Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
  •   Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help her transition.
  •   Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  •   If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  •   Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  •   Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

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Wakefield Forest Summer Update

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Open House Information - CHANGE

Open House events will take place on Friday, August 19:

  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM     Families Last Name A - L
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Families Last Name M - Z

Due to construction we are making changes to the Open House plan. Parking at the school is very limited and we encourage families to walk if they can. Additional parking is available at St. Matthews Methodist Church. 

Based on the information we have today, students and families may enter the building through Door 1 (front of school), Door 3 (bus door) or Door 4 (near the gym) or go directly to the Wolf Den (Outside Quads for grades 3-6.) Due to construction, access to the Wolf Den is best along the gym side of the building near door 4 or through the marked access opening in the fence along Iva lane.

Staff members will be available to help students and families find the correct classroom(s).

If you have purchased school supplies, you are welcome to bring them to school and take them to the classroom during Open House. This will make the first day of school easier for your child.

  • Wakefield Forest Spirit Wear will be sold in the cafeteria. Other vendors, such as our business partner, Andrew Gause Martial Arts, will be available to families in the cafeteria.
  • The Patrol meeting will be at 10:30 AM in the gym with Mrs. Massimo [email protected] and Mrs. Maxwell-Gold [email protected].
Class Lists

Your child’s teacher assignment will be emailed to you on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Shifts to class assignments will continue to occur until that date. While families were provided with the opportunity to provide feedback, class assignments are determined by many factors including feedback from staff, families and services that students require. We respectfully ask that you do not request a change to class assignment. 

Family Engagement Committee

We are seeking members of our school community who would be interested in serving on a family engagement committee. The objective of this committee would be to gain a diverse perspective from families on topics impacting our school. Topics would change throughout the year, but we expect our initial focus to be mays in which we celebrate differences at our school. If you are interested please email [email protected]. Meetings will be held virtually on Zoom monthly.

Construction Corner

We continue to move forward with construction. Here are the most recent updates:

·       The concrete walkway from the building to the quads and to the temporary front entrance have been completed.

·       The next step for playground installation is to put in the drainage. At this time the playground will not be ready for the first day of school. Depending on weather, we hope it will be available following the Labor Day holiday.

Are you curious about the ongoing construction? Follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle for the most up-to-date photos.

Bus Transportation

Families in the bus riding area should receive routes August 12, 2022.  Please make sure your child arrives at the bus stop 5 minutes early and that you allow extra time for the bus to return to the stop in the afternoon.  Often the first week of transportation includes adjustments; thank you in advance for your patience!

Please remember that Kindergarten students who ride the bus in the afternoon must be met at the bus door and asked for by name by a parent, parent designee, guardian, or a responsible middle school age or higher sibling.  Kindergarten students not met will be returned to school.

School Supply Lists and Orders

School supply lists are available here.

In addition to the listed school supplies, all students need headphones. Kindergarten will use ipads this year, therefore a headphone with a straight jack is required. Grades 1-6 will continue to use laptops.

If your family needs help with school supplies, please contact our school counselor, Nancy Garcia-Henderson, at [email protected] or call the school office at 703-503-2300 and speak with Mrs. Holmes, registrar.

For returning students and families - If you ordered your supplies through the PTA. The PTA will deliver the orders directly to students' classrooms.  

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

UPDATE: The application is now available on the webpage. 

Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

  • Online applications are now available.
  • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
  • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 
  • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.
Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

Upcoming Sessions:  August 17, 24 and 31

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WFES - UPDATED Medication Procedures

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NEW Medication Protocols

Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

The safety of your child/children is a priority for us. This school year, we are changing some medication protocols to help ensure the safety of our medication administration management in Fairfax County Public Schools. These changes include:

  • Any time you drop off or pick up a medication in the health room, a Medication Delivery/Pick Up Form will be completed and signed by both the parent/guardian and the School Health Aide or FCPS staff member. This form will document that all required authorizations are complete, and the number of pills or amount of medication accepted/returned. A copy of the form will be given to the parent/guardian and school administrator.
  • Medications received will be verified to ensure the description of the medication on the container/packaging matches the medication in the container.
  • All medications must be in the original pharmacy container. Over the counter (OTC) medications must be in an unopened original container. It will no longer be acceptable for parents/guardians to bring in refills from home and place them into the container currently in the health room.
  • Only a 30-day supply of medications should be brought to school. No more than 100 tablets or pills of OTC medication should be brought to school.
  • The Health Room will be open to accept medications on the following dates:

Monday, August 15th 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM

Tuesday, August 16th 12:30 – 3:25 PM

Wednesday, August 17th 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM

Thursday, August 18th 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM

Friday, August 19th 8:30 AM – 3:25 PM

 All requirements outlined in FCPS Regulation 2102, First Aid, Emergency Treatment and Administration of Medication for Students, continue to apply.

We appreciate your support in implementing these new safety practices.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or the School Health Aide, Stephanie McNamara, at 703-503-2358.

 

Sincerely,

 

LaToya Goodman

Fairfax County Health Department, School Public Health Nurse

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 571-536-9774

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WAKEFIELD FOREST Important Message

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    Letter From the Principal

    Dear Wakefield Forest Families,

    We are getting closer to the start of school. There is a lot happening at Wakefield Forest with the renovation. As you come to the school you will likely be surprised to see that most of the trees on the property have been taken down, there is fencing up in many locations and there is equipment everywhere. Our new temporary main entrance is currently being built along the front of the school. Additional parking is being put in along the left side of the building because the front lot will be used for construction equipment.

    When you enter the school you will also notice differences. The ceiling tiles in the hallways have been removed so construction teams can access wiring and pipes. This will take some adjustments as it doesn’t look like a typical school environment.  

    The Wolf Den (Quads) on the field will house grades 3-6, as well as STEAM, strings and music. These are completed and once our teachers have put their special touches, they will be great learning spaces for students. These spaces will be equipped with SMARTBoards and laptops just like our indoor spaces and have a large restroom trailer for students and staff.

    We know that Wakefield Forest is going to look different during the construction process, but we remain committed to providing your children with an amazing learning experience. I firmly believe it is the people, not the building, that make a school and we have the very best staff.

    Renovation will result in unexpected changes, these will be communicated through News You Choose and eNotify. Please carefully read emails from the school. If you want to follow the renovation process, follow us on Twitter @wakefieldforest and @sbprindle.

    Thank you for your support as we navigate uncharted territory in building the Wakefield Forest Elementary of the future.

     

    Sharyn Prindle

    Principal

    Wakefield Forest ES

    https://wakefieldforestes.fcps.edu/

     

    Open House Information - CHANGE

    Open House events will take place on Friday, August 19:

    • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM     Families Last Name A - L
    • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM   Families Last Name M - Z

    Due to construction we are making changes to the Open House plan. Parking at the school is very limited and we encourage families to walk if they can do so. Additional parking is available at St. Matthews Methodist Church. 

    Based on the information we have today, students and families may enter the building through Door 1 (front of school), Door 3 (bus door) or Door 4 (near the gym) or go directly to the Wolf Den (Outside Quads for grades 3-6.) Due to construction, access to the Wolf Den is best through the building or outside along the building on the gym side near door 4.

    Staff members will be around the building to help students and families find the correct classroom(s).

    If you have purchased school supplies, you are welcome to bring them to school and take them to the classroom during Open House. This will make the first day of school easier for your child.

    Construction Corner
    • Meridian is our contractor for the renovation. All of their staff, as well as any subcontractors, must be background checked and cleared to be on site.
    • FCPS maintains an one site coordinator for the project at all times work is being completed, including weekend work.
    • Safety fencing will remain in place to separate students/staff from safety hazards.
    • We will have additional staff to support with arrival and dismissal.
    • Trailer doors will remain locked during the school day.
    • The trailer area will be secured in the evening. Trailers are connected to the overall school security system.
    • The current plan is for the school playground to be opened for the first day of school.
    • Our outdoor eating area from last school year will be relocated. The new space is smaller and we plan to do some indoor and outdoor eating based on logistics, safety and weather.
    School Supply Lists and Orders

    School supply lists are available here.

    In addition to the listed school supplies, all students need headphones. Kindergarten will use ipads this year, therefore a headphone with a straight jack is required. Grades 1-6 will continue to use laptops.

    If your family needs help with school supplies, please contact our school counselor, Nancy Garcia-Henderson, at [email protected] or call the school office at 703-503-2300 and speak with Mrs. Holmes, registrar.

    For returning students and families - If you ordered your supplies through the PTA. The PTA will deliver the orders directly to students' classrooms.  

    Free and Reduced-Price Meals

    UPDATE: The application is now available on the webpage. 

    Families will need to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, which they have not had to do since the onset of the pandemic in 2020. 

    • Online applications are now available.
    • Paper applications will be available at school at a date to be determined.
    • Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. 
    • Please know that we will not share your data or personal information with anyone else. See FCPS’ Trust Policy.
    Seeking Outstanding Substitutes

    Are you or somebody you know interested in working as a substitute with FCPS?  FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers, instructional assistants, public health training assistants, and public health attendants! You will find information about the application process here. You can also attend one of our Wednesday information sessions to learn more about the application and hiring process.

    To sign up for an information session, please visit our substitute information page here. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.

    Upcoming Sessions:  August 10, 17, 24 and 31

    FCPS Trust Policy

    FCPS is proud of its caring culture and strives to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all students and families. The Fairfax County School Board’s recently approved Trust Policy solidifies that commitment. It aligns with Fairfax County’s Public Trust and Confidentiality Policy to ensure that FCPS students and families can access FCPS benefits and services without fear that information will be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to federal immigration officials. 

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    WAKEFIELD FOREST Summer Updates

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    Registration

    We need all new families and kindergarten families to register as soon as possible. Complete registration is critical to our school being fully staffed. Additionally, as a part of renovation we are moving the office this summer, which will make late registrations more challenging. Find out more about registration here or contact Mrs. Holmes at [email protected]

    Staffing Opportunities

    Classroom Monitors: Wakefield Forest is looking for several classroom monitors for the 2022-2023 school year. Monitors will work Monday – Friday from 8:15 AM – 3:45 PM  on the days students are in school. Monitors will be responsible for supervising students in a variety of settings (classrooms, lunch, recess, specials). Teachers will provide directions/assignments for monitors and students. Please let me know if you’re interested in this opportunity and apply here: https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=25103&siteid=5042#jobDetails=1439810_5042

    Substitute Teachers: FCPS and Wakefield Forest will need substitute teachers and substitute instructional assistants this year. Substitute teaching is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents, retirees, college students, and anyone who wants a flexible work schedule. Like many school districts across the region and country, FCPS is looking for kind and caring substitute teachers to ensure our students continue to thrive when teachers need to be out of the building. If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher or a substitute instructional assistant, you are able to set parameters for the days you are available, the grade levels you would like to teach, or the schools where you want to assist!

    If you would like to learn more about becoming a substitute teacher or instructional assistant, FCPS is offering virtual information sessions. Sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. Candidates will receive an email link to the virtual information session the Monday before the session.

    • Upcoming Information Sessions:
    • July 27
    • August 10, 17, 24, 31

    Sign up for the information session here.

    School Supply Lists

    Our 2022-23 school supply lists can be found here. Kindergarteners will be utilizing ipads this year. Headphones purchased for kindergarteners should go over the student’s ears and should have a standard straight jack.

    Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications

    For the last two years free breakfast and lunch were provided for all interested families. This year families must submit an application and be approved to be eligible for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year.

     

    Interested families are encouraged to submit the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application ten days prior to the first day of the 2022-23 school year. The online application will be available later this summer and accessible via the FCPS homepage.  

     

    Students approved for Free and Reduced-Price Meals may qualify for additional benefits such as waived or reduced fees for instruments, uniforms, field trips, FCPS class fees, and Parktakes classes. Schools also benefit from funding opportunities based on Free and Reduced Price Meal application numbers. 

     

    Watch your email and our website for more information. Learn more about the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program online. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact [insert your school’s contact person and their information].

     

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    Renovation Update

    Our new quads for grades 3-6 and specials are complete and they look great. The older quads have been disassembled and are being removed this week. Most of the playground has been disassembled and work is started to build the temporary office.  

    Paperless Opt-Outs Available!

    As a part of our ongoing efforts to streamline paper processes, parents can now select a number of opt-out’s electronically via ParentVUE.  Once you have signed into your ParentVUE account, simply select the “Student Info” tab and click on “Edit Information.” You will find opt-out’s listed there.  Parents that do not yet have a ParentVUE account will still be able to use paper forms for notification. If you need to set up your ParentVUE account, you can create one online via the FCPS ParentVUE Registration page.

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    Principal Listening Sessions

     

    The 21-22 school year has come to a close. Due to COVID many school-related events and activities were modified or canceled. As we move into the 22-23 school year, we are seeking your feedback on things you would hope to see next year.

    If you are interested in providing feedback, please join me Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM or Thursday, June 23rd at 8:30 AM at this link: https://myfcpsk12.zoom.us/j/94532453169  or complete this brief survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfRj4B-EsgcbAu_HesWBLNiBxplWbXPRQHcPX6nX1fSzyM7TA/viewform?usp=sf_link.

    Student Items in WFES Office

     

    We have many bags containing student items for those who were not able to be at school last week. If your student was not here on the last day of school, please come by and pick up the items before June 30.    The office area is the first to be demolished for the upcoming renovation, and we will not have a suitable storage area for the bags.  We are open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  If these hours do not work for you, please call the office at 703-503-2300.

     

    WFES Office Summer Hours

     

    The WFES Office began summer hours this week.  We will be open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, through the end of July.

    The office will be closed Monday, June 20 for the Juneteenth holiday.

     

    Mental Wellness Consultations

     

    This summer, the FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention Services will offer virtual Mental Wellness Consultations from June 21, 2022 through August 5, 2022.  Parents and students will have an opportunity to schedule a 45-minute consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker by phone or videoconference. Consultations will be offered in two ways:

    1. Directly to parents of students in any grade level.  This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their child’s social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success.  Information about community resources will also be provided.
    2. Directly to students in middle or high school.  This consultation provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to receive guidance and support for concerns related to anxiety, mood, behavior, peer or family interactions, or school transitions and changes.  Strategies and tools can also be provided to address academic challenges such as organization and time-management.

    All parents and secondary students are encouraged to take advantage of this service by clicking here to request a consultation. You may also leave us a message at 703-503-2520.

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    WAKEFIELD FOREST ES FINAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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    Appreciation and Farewells

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful PTA President Donna Ebaugh and President Elect Lisa Verne for supporting our students and staff this year.  We appreciate the efforts of the entire PTA Board of officers:

    President - Donna Ebaugh

    President Elect - Lisa Verne

    Secretary - Sarah Girard

    Treasurer- Micah Ticatch

    VP of Fundraising- Katherine Ely

    VP of Volunteers- Hosh Ishikawa

    VP of Academics - Jeanelle Mehta

    VP of Legislative Affairs - Michelle Hebert-Giffen 

    Congratulations to the parents who will be serving on the PTA Board next year:

    President - Lisa Verne

    Secretary - Sarah Girard

    Treasurer- Micah Ticatch

    VP of Fundraising- Katherine Ely

    VP of Volunteers- Nudrat Salik

    VP of Academics - Jeannelle Mehta

    VP of Legislative Affairs - Kathleen Miller Flook

    Our Patrols and SCA had a very successful year.  We'd like to thank patrol officers for a job well done: Captain Hayden Neiberline, Lieutenant Olivia Atiyeh, and Sargeants Savannah Tobin and Mackenzie Tobin.

    SCA officers organized a food drive and school clean up, and created fun spirit days.  The officers are Rex Kady, President; Ethan McCabe, Vice-President; Ludie Stahl, Secretary; and Amelia Ely, Reporter.

    Finally,  two additional staff members will be leaving Wakefield Forest this year.  We wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors:

    • Kristen Mihalick will be transitioning to a counselor position at Canterbury Woods Elementary School.
    • Chelsea Kelly-Sipe has accepted a position at a school closer to her home.

    Early Release Today, June 10

     

    Please remember that today, Friday, June 10, the last day of school, is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 1:25 pm.

     

    Many thanks to Ms. Muratore and the families who assisted in the digging up and transplanting of plants.  We are happy to report that many of our native plants are being safely held in an alternate location until the completion of the school renovation.

     

    Yearbook Orders - updated link

     

    Unfortunately, we do not have extra yearbooks for sale.  If you did not order a yearbook but would like to, you may do so through Strawbridge Studios. The yearbook costs $13.00 with a shipping fee (to your home) of $10.00.  

    We had reports of the link that went home on Wednesday not working; please use this one instead.

    https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/clients/wakefield-forest-elementary-school/2021-2022-yearbook-136/access

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