2022-23 Clubs and Activities

Willow Springs PTA supports a variety of before and after school clubs at our school or located off-site. The number and type of clubs vary from year to year due to the space limitations at school and volunteers willing to coordinate the activities.

In order for a club to be offered through the PTA, it must have a PTA member volunteer or school staff member willing to coordinate and receive PTA Board and school approval. If there is a club you want to see for your child, please consider volunteering to make it happen!

Have an idea for a club? Awesome! Contact @email.

The PTA is thankful for the volunteers offering the following clubs this year. Details on times, dates and ages served will be sent out through News You Choose as they become available. More information and club details can be found on the PTA website.

Chess Club

Offered to students in grades two to six interested in learning and playing chess. All levels are welcome! Beginners and advanced players! Players are grouped by ability, not age. Rules are taught to beginners and strategies to experienced players.

Chess teaches responsibility, discipline, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Chess players learn how to make the most of their opportunities and how to turn a bad situation to their advantage. They learn not to make excuses for their setbacks, and to win and lose graciously.

Membership in the club includes a weekly club meeting and the opportunity to participate in the Elementary Team League. Chess Club is offered through our partnership with the U.S. Chess Center https://chessctr.org. All instructors are nationally certified chess coaches.

The club meets on Thursdays from 4:15-5:30 p.m. starting September 22-January 19 for the fall semester.

Register  HERE.


Cub Scouts


Cub Scouts
Scouting gives parents and their children an opportunity to make memories together while helping kids develop skills and character traits that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Whether it’s serving as a den leader, going camping as a family, or celebrating the achievement of earning a new badge, parents can be as involved as they’d like.


Garden/Farm-to-Table Club

Who: PTA is sponsoring the club led by Karen and Doug Rice, Karen is a former Kindergarten Instructional Assistant.

The Garden/Farm-to-Table Club is open for third to sixth-graders and meets on Fridays from 4-5:30 p.m. at Willow Springs, starting  May 6--June 9. Club participants will learn how to plan, plant, and harvest a garden of native flowers and vegetables. They will also help with the Farmer's Market.

PTA is sponsoring the club led by STEAM Teacher, Carley Fisher-Maltese. Her email address is @email.

Registration for the Spring can be found HEREPayment link can be found HERE, please do not pay until you have confirmed in the group.

Garden/Farm-to-Table Club! 

Farmer's Market

Willow Springs is hosting a weekly fall farmer's market this year, it will be set up in front of the basketball blacktop from 4:00-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting August 24. Students in the Garden /Farm to Table club will run the event in conjunction with Piney Meadow Farm. The money the students raise through the produce sales will go towards the Garden Club and STEAM activities. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce. The market is open in the spring and fall.


Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can develop their leadership skills and discover their strengths. They determine their focus and rise to meet new challenges. Perhaps they want to work with an arborist or climb to the top of a tree, become the top student in their class, earn musician or athlete's badges, lace up their boots for a hike, advocate for climate justice, collect supplies for the local food bank, or make life-long best friends. Girls in each troop decide what they want to focus on during the year and how they can collaborate to accomplish their goals.

We have seven Girl Scout Troops with girls from kindergarten through sixth grade at Willow Springs. They usually meet twice a month and have activities they plan together. There are a few activities each year in which all troops participate.

  • The VIP Dance is where girls bring a special adult to enjoy an evening of games and music with a DJ.
  • World Thinking Day is where troops present information about countries around the world to their peers.
  • Juliette Gordon Low's Birthday Party is a dress-up dance party that takes place around Halloween to celebrate the Founder of Girl Scouts/Halloween/Day of the Dead. Food and Funds are collected for food banks and charities.
Girl Scouts

Good News Club

Good News Club (GNC) is an exciting, fun-filled weekly club for kids in which the Bible is clearly taught with songs, stories, and games. Boys and girls, kindergarten through sixth grade can attend and parents are welcome to participate with their children. The club is sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northern Virginia, they will meet on Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m., starting February 7 through April 25, 2023.

For more information contact the Team Leader, Eun Cho at @email or 703-474-6434.

Please open the link below to Register for the Club

Willow Springs GNC Permission form 2022-2023 (with COVID Release).pdf

Jump Rope Club

The Jump Rope Club is open to third through sixth graders and will meet once a week in the Gym. Fifth and sixth graders will meet on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. and the third and fourth graders will meet on Fridays from 4-5 p.m.

Registration opens on 9/20 at 8 a.m.

Contact: Elissa Shultz at @email

Jump Rope
Join the Jump Rope Club!


Math Counts Club

The Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Grade 5-6 Virtual MathCounts Team for the fall/early winter. Team Training is an advanced and challenging way to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics. The club will meet every Friday night from 7-8:30 p.m. starting on 10/14 to the end of the Virginia State MathCounts competition, except holidays and winter break. 

You may Register here.

Please contact Mr. Chenggui Chu at @email with any questions. 

Math Olympiad

WSES Math Club Flyer 2022-2023 (002).pdf

WSWS Math Club Flyer with slogans (3).pdf

Interest Form5th-6th Grade Mathematical Olympiad Club 2022-2023 

Open to fifth and sixth-grade students. Access information through the QR code below or open HERE.

 Please get in touch with Nunik Nishanian at [email protected] for more information.

Math Olympiad

Mindful Math Club


Mindful Math

The Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Mindful Math Club for current 4th graders who love challenging math, enjoy working on math puzzles, and find different solutions to given problems.

Club Activities: 

  • Mathematically designed games, stories, and puzzles.
  • Apply math theories to the real world.
  • Apply creative solutions to challenging math problems.
  • Discuss advanced concepts NOT in the current curriculum. 
  • No homework!
  • A maximum of 20 students are accepted.

Please contact Zenobia Geadah at [email protected] or 703-447-3713 with questions.


Rubik's Cube Club

Grades three-sixth students will learn how to solve Rubik's cubes simply and efficiently, promoting mathematical planning within a small amount of time as well as memorization skills. Open to advanced and beginner players.

Rubik's Cube Club
Rubik's Cube Club is open to advanced and beginner players!


RunFit Kidz Team


Runfitz Kidz

Are you ready to run? Learn about nutrition and proper running technique by joining the Willow Springs RunFit Kidz Team!

RunFit Kidz is the only running program in the area taught by certified fitness professionals. Our non-competitive program is a wonderful place where kids are encouraged to strive for their own personal goals, be active with friends, and build confidence.  Our spring program includes the following:

  • Open to boys and girls in grades two-sixth. (Have an interested 1st grader? -contact us at [email protected])
  • Games, activities, and drills to bring running concepts alive.
  • Registration Opens on February 13 at 8 a.m.
  • 8 weeks for 1hr 15min per session.We will offer one session:  NEW MORNING CLASS!! Wednesday’s BEFORE-SCHOOL starting March 22, 7:45 –9 a.m.
    • Note: No class during spring break   
  • 5K Celebration Run is Sunday, May 21st at Fairfax Corner.
  • $110 includes training with a nationally certified coach, entry into the chip-timed 5K, milestone tokens, commemorative RFK t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and post-5K festivities.
  • More information about the program, school-specific information and to register can be found at www.runfitkidz.com.
  • Register early and secure your roster spot. 
  • Certified Professional Coaching provided by Coach Vanessa @email

We look forward to running with you this spring! 


Science Olympiad

VASO FLyer for School - 2022-2023.pdf

The club is closed for third, fourth, and fifth-grade students.

VASO FLyer for School Div B - 2022-2023 (5).pdf

Division B is for sixth graders and is still open for registration.

Fill out Interest Form

Please get in touch with Nunik Nishanian at [email protected] for more information.

Science Olympiad

Willow Writer's Club

I am a writer
Willow Writers Club is taught by Angie Young, Music Teacher and Choral Director at Willow Springs.

Willow Writers Club

Willow Writers is a creative writing club open to WSES students in grades, 4,5, and 6. It is a space for students to write and share creatively, outside of school assignments, with a supportive group. It is not tied to the academic program and there is no fee to participate.

What will students do?

Alternate weeks between a focus lesson and an "open-write" session. Focus lessons will dive into an aspect of writing with related reading examples and exercises. During the open writing sessions, students will write to different prompts, have the opportunity to share their writing with others, and learn how to offer (and receive) feedback. They will explore different genres and styles of writing (poetry, scriptwriting, fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, blog, essay, memoir, dialogue, etc.).

What will students need?

A notebook and a pen or pencil, or they can bring their own device and type - their choice!

Our Inaugural Willow Writers Anthology was sent to Fox Printing Press at the end of the 2021-22 school year, and has officially been published! It is 58 pages of creative, thoughtful, inspiring writers from both sessions of the club that met in the winter and spring. There's humor, there's a mystery, there's poetry, there's fantasy, there's a memoir, there's everything! Students chose the title “That’s Write!” and submitted artwork/illustrations to go with some of the stories.  Students in the club received a hard copy of the book, and all are beyond excited to celebrate these published writers! 

Yearbook Club

Our first-ever student yearbook club has launched for the 2022-23 school year and will consist of students from our fifth-grade classes. They will be involved in the design process through the e-design website of our yearbook publisher.

Willow Writer's Club

Garden/Farm-to-Table Club

Music Program and School Day Activities

Willow Springs offers Band, Strings, and Chorus instruction for interested students during the school day. Our students also participate in Bus Patrols,  Library Helpers, Morning News Show, and our Student Council Association (SCA).


Band-Fifth and Sixth Grade

Band is a year-long graded course open to fifth and sixth graders.

Bus Patrols-Fifth and Sixth Grade

Our AAA School Safety Patrol Program consists of approximately 100  fifth and sixth-grade students. The program provides opportunities for our members to be leaders and role models for their peers and younger students.

There are two categories of Patrols; Bus Patrol and School Grounds Patrol.

  • Bus Patrols help load and unload students on the bus, and they are trained to help bus drivers in emergencies such as bus evacuations. They also help our kindergarten students to and from the bus in the morning and afternoon.
  • Grounds Patrols help in school hallways, Kiss & Ride, and the walking path. They also help raise and lower the American and Virginia Flags and track the arrival and dismissal of buses.

Chorus-Fifth and Sixth Grade

Chorus is an activity open to fifth and sixth graders during the school day, it is not a graded course.

Library Helpers

Sixth-grade students volunteer/help out in the morning by collecting and shelving library books in the library.

Strings-Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade

Strings is a year-long graded course open to fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders.

Student Council Association (SCA)

The Student Council Association is composed of students whose primary role is to serve and help make Willow Springs Elementary a better place for all students. The SCA builds character and develops leadership, confidence, responsibility, organization, and teamwork. All this takes is a student's time, energy, and willingness to work. SCA general meetings are held once a month during school hours. The Executive Board meetings (officers) meet about once a month during school.

There are four officer positions and two class representatives from grades three to six who make up the SCA. They are tasked with identifying school spirit day activities, making posters, and reporting back to their classrooms with events planned.

  • President-Sixth Grader
  • Vice President-Fifth Grader
  • Secretary-Sixth Grader
  • Treasurer-Sixth Grader


WSES Morning News Crew

WSES Morning News – Join our crew!

Our WSES Morning News is a student-produced live show that airs in all classrooms Monday-Friday from 9:17-9:22 a.m. and connects our school community by sharing important news, updates, and events around our school. Led by a team of enthusiastic and dedicated student anchors in grades 2-6, the News Crew is a fun and informative way to stay current at our school. Any interested student at WSES is eligible to join our crew, new students join throughout the year! We have more than 40 active crew members in grades two to six. We typically meet on Wednesdays during lunch, Fox Den, or recess. Please reach out to @email if you are a student at WSES, and you’re interested in joining our crew. We have behind-the-scenes and anchor positions available.

Our crew brings you the latest news and happenings each week, from upcoming events and special guests to student achievements and classroom highlights. They also feature interviews with teachers, staff, and students, giving us a glimpse into the daily life of our school community. In addition to being a great way to stay informed, the News Crew is also a fantastic learning opportunity for our student anchors. They learn valuable skills such as public speaking, teamwork, and critical thinking as they research and prepare their segments for the show.

But the WSES Morning News is more than just a show - it's a community. Our team works together to create a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and valued. They strive to represent our school community's diverse voices and perspectives and encourage all students to get involved and share their ideas. We are proud of our News Crew and their role in bringing our school community together. We hope you'll tune in and join us in celebrating the amazing things happening at our school!

Fifth grader, Natalie Axelrod, has been a true leader in the studio this year - she presented at the EXPO and is earning a girl scout badge teaching others about the studio and how it works.


WSES Morning News Crew in Action!