Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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September 26, 2022

Monday, Sept. 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. It is also Rosh Hashanah, the two-day celebration of the Jewish New Year. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

Willow Springs families,

Shanah tovah to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.

It was nice to have so many dads join us for our Watch D.O.G.S. meeting last week. Watch D.O.G.S. stands for Dads Of Great Students. WSES Watch D.O.G.S. is a group of men who volunteer at school and help the school as needed during their day. You can be a dad, stepdad, grandpa, or uncle. Here at Willow Springs, our dads spend their day volunteering in classrooms, as well as assisting with bus duty, Kiss-N-Ride, and lunchtime. Thanks again to all the WSES men that attended our informational meeting. For more information, or to sign up, visit our website.

It is a true gift to see students coming to school each day with smiles on their faces!  As we visit classrooms throughout the day, our students are eager to share with us what they are learning.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

Remember to keep up with the latest news and information in our News You ChooseWSES websiteand WSES Family Schoology course.

Happy Fall!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

We are grateful for our Mason Softball partnership! This week, more autographs were given, connections were made, and many hugs and high fives were shared!

WSES Positivity Project Rock Garden

This group of 6th graders cleaned up our P2 rock garden. This rainbow is shining brightly again! Each rock represents a character strength that our students connected with last school year. Excited to do this again!

Clubs and Activities at WSES

Willow Springs PTA supports a variety of before and after school clubs at our school. The PTA is thankful for the volunteers offering 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.

In addition to the current open clubs listed above, 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. Contact Rima Veslilind, Volunteer Troop Organizer, for more information or call 703-530-9161.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Parent Information Meeting and AAP Newsletter

Please click HERE to access information about our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in our WSES Family Information Schoology Course. All information is posted in Schoology and will be updated as necessary.

Mrs. Raymond, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will hold a virtual information meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will provide a general overview of the AAP Continuum of Services offered at Willow Springs. A separate parent meeting will be held later in the fall, focused on understanding the Level IV screening process. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs. Raymond at [email protected].

More information can be found on the Willow Springs Website Events Calendar and the Advanced Academic Program Page.

Click here to access the Zoom link for the September 28 AAP Information Session.

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is 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. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver 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/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-679-6000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

WSES Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on October 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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. 

  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • Farmer's Market - Join us every Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m. for fresh produce and fruit. It is located at the blacktop entrance. Click HERE to learn more.
Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
  • September 28 Virtual Overview of AAP Continuum of Services at 5:30 p.m.
  • September 30 Activate ParentVue and Sign SR&R
  • October 5 No School, Yom Kippur
  • October 10 No School for Students, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Staff Development Day
  • October 11 PTA Meeting, 7 pm, WSES Library or Virtual
  • October 12 Farm Animal Visit Day
  • October 14 School Portrait Day - new students only
  • October 17 Superintendent Community Conversations at Fairfax HS from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • October 21 PTA Family BINGO Night
  • October 24 No School, Diwali
  • October 28 Two-Hour Early Release (WSES dismissal 2 p.m.) 
  • October 31 No School for Students, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
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September 18, 2022

All smiles from our kindergarten foxes as they explore ST Math on their FCPS iPads.

Willow Springs families,

It has been a fantastic week with our foxes! We are thrilled to welcome back the student-athletes from the George Mason softball team. This adopt-a-school partnership began last year with limited interaction due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, we are excited to have the team visiting our students this year. This week, some of our foxes met two of the players, made strong connections, shared their writing, and played math games during their visit. We are excited to have more players visiting next week!

Thank you to all families participating in the Asha-Jyothi 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk. This morning's proceeds will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. 

Remember to keep up with the latest news and information in our News You ChooseWSES websiteand WSES Family Schoology course.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

Ms. Stough's 5th-grade students shared their writing with George Mason's softball player Zoe Vozick. Students had opportunities to make connections with Zoe during their time together.

GMU softball player Maggie Mrowka joined 5th-graders in Ms. Miskovich's class for some fun and engaging math games. A powerful partnership with the GMU Softball Team is happening at WSES.

Ms. Mukherjee's kindergarteners explored ST Math and shared their excitement. We are eager to see how else our youngest foxes will use their devices this year.

Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Parent Information Meeting and AAP Newsletter

Please click HERE to access information about our Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) in our WSES Family Information Schoology Course. All information is posted in Schoology and will be updated as necessary.

Mrs. Raymond, our Advanced Academics Resource Teacher, will hold a virtual information meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. This meeting will provide a general overview of the AAP Continuum of Services offered at Willow Springs. A separate parent meeting will be held later in the fall, focused on understanding the Level IV screening process. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Mrs. Raymond at [email protected].

More information can be found on the Willow Springs Website Events Calendar and the Advanced Academic Program Page.

Click here to access the Zoom link for the September 28 AAP Information Session.

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is 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. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver 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/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-679-6000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS 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.

Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, la FCPS reconoce 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.

Attendance Awareness Month

When Should My Child Stay Home?

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss.

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school.

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify the main office at 703-679-6000, so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school public health nurse, and call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why and for how long.

Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

WSES Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

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 can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology. Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

Superintendent Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on October 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 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. 

  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • Farmer's Market - Join us every Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m. for fresh produce and fruit. It is located at the blacktop entrance. Click HERE to learn more.
Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
  • September 28 Virtual Overview of AAP Continuum of Services at 5:30 p.m.
  • September 30 Activate ParentVue and Sign SR&R
  • October 5 No School, Yom Kippur
  • October 10 No School for Students, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Staff Development Day
  • October 17 Superintendent Community Conversations at Fairfax HS from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • October 24 No School, Diwali
  • October 28 Two-Hour Early Release (WSES dismissal 2 p.m.) 
  • October 31 No School for Students, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

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September 12, 2022

Willow Springs families,

We hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We are excited to kick off another wonderful week with our students and staff. Thank you to the families who volunteered their time today to make Picture Day such a success. We look forward to more opportunities to invite families into the building and volunteer.

Last week our students in grades 1-6 completed their first lockdown drill of the school year. An update was posted in our WSES Parent Guardian Schoology course immediately following the lockdown drill. Log in with your ParentVue username and password.

Tonight, we will host a 1/2 hour family session covering how to navigate Schoology at 5 p.m. Click here to access the link.

We hope to see our families at the Asha-Jyothi 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Click here to sign up for participating staff, students, and their families. Enter the code “AJ4schools” and select our school from the drop-down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

Have a wonderful week! 

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

1st and 3rd graders engage in several indoor recess options that provide opportunities for communication and collaboration.

Our WSES Garden Club is back and in action!

Family Sessions: Learn More About How to Navigate Schoology

We will host, 1/2 hour family sessions covering the same information - join the session that fits your schedule!

Monday, September 12, 5 p.m. - Zoom link to join 

Wednesday, September 14, 10 a.m. - Zoom link to join

Learn more about Schoology here!

SR&R Signature Sheet Due September 30

FCPS’ updated Student Rights & Responsibility booklet is 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. In ParentVue, you may now download and digitally sign the SR&R. Every parent/caregiver 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/caregiver’s first and last name in SIS exactly before the signature will be accepted.

Please take a moment to log into ParentVue in your child’s SIS account to access the SR&R. Signatures are due by September 30.

Visit the SIS Parentvue Account Overview page for help logging in to your account. Please contact us at 703-679-6000, if you are having difficulty accessing the booklet.

Attendance Matters!

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? Download this checklist in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them 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.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources

PickUp Patrol: Important Reminders

Willow Springs uses PickUp Patrol for parents to report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups.

WSES values PickUp Patrol as it ensures a safe dismissal for all students based on the child's default plan. Please use the link here. 

Numbers after WC are the bus#, 05 in this example: Bus Route WC05AMAOB.

To update your child's default plan to "bus rider", "kiss and ride", or "walker," simply log in and select a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it! Your child's teacher and the main office will be notified. Updating your child's default plan is a one-time action. Use PickUp Patrol regularly to report a plan change, absence, late arrival, or early pick-up. A default plan is NEEDED for all students.

ALL PLAN CHANGES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 1 P.M.

Please contact our main office if you do not have an active account and require a new welcome activation email.

Below are additional resources:

Parent Flyer

How to use the PickUp Patrol app

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

WSES Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • Farmer's Market - Join us every Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m. for fresh produce and fruit. It is located at the blacktop entrance. Click HERE to learn more.
Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • September 12 How to Navigate Schoology Session at 5 p.m. on Zoom
  • September 18 14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K at 8 a.m. at Fairfax Corner
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday
  • September 30 Activate ParentVue and Sign SR&R

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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September 1, 2022

Best friends and our FLES teachers were spotted twinning in our hallways and outside. These smiles certainly tell a story. #WillowPride

Willow Springs families,

It was another fantastic week at Willow Springs! Our students and staff are connecting and building relationships. We are seeing our students rehearse for Readers' Theatre, complete collaborative STEAM tasks, make inferences when examining primary sources, utilize math manipulatives, share their "Me Bag," and so much more!

As we enter this long holiday weekend, we encourage our students to get outside, play, read, and enjoy time with families and friends. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday morning.

Have a nice Labor Day Weekend!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

September 2 and 5 - Labor Day (Holiday)

Friday, Sept, 2, and Monday, Sept. 5, are Labor Day holidays for all FCPS employees and students. Virginia legislation requires that schools opening prior to Labor Day must be closed the Friday immediately preceding Labor Day. We hope everyone takes the long weekend to celebrate a strong start to the school year and enjoy time with family and friends. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

What's Happening at Willow Springs?

Principal Taylor joined 5th graders from the WSES rooftop, as they checked whether or not their group's egg survived the Egg Drop Challenge.

WSES safety patrols meet with patrol sponsors to review roles and duties for the 22-23 school year. Thank you to this group for helping to keep our students and school environment safe.

Picture Day is September 12

Mark your calendars! Picture Day is Monday, September 12.

Click HERE to pre-order photos.

We are looking for volunteers to ensure a fun and flawless Picture Day. Click HERE to sign up.

PickUp Patrol: Important Reminders

Willow Springs uses PickUp Patrol for parents to report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups.

WSES values PickUp Patrol as it ensures a safe dismissal for all students based on the child's default plan. Please use the link here. 

Numbers after WC are the bus#, 05 in this example: Bus Route WC05AMAOB.

To update your child's default plan to "bus rider", "kiss and ride", or "walker," simply log in and select a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it! Your child's teacher and the main office will be notified. Updating your child's default plan is a one-time action. Use PickUp Patrol regularly to report a plan change, absence, late arrival, or early pick-up. A default plan is NEEDED for all students.

ALL PLAN CHANGES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 1 P.M.

Please contact our main office if you do not have an active account and require a new welcome activation email.

Below are additional resources:

Parent Flyer

How to use the PickUp Patrol app

Safety Drills During the School Year:

WSES Upcoming Lockdown Drill

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. We have a crisis management and emergency preparedness plan for our school that is reviewed and updated regularly. Our plan includes procedures on how to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Students and staff regularly practice these drills every school year. We also practice lockdown drills.

A new Virginia Law (22.1-137.2) requires schools to notify parents at least 24 hours before a school practices a lockdown drill. However, we are not required to share the exact date and time of the drill. We are required to practice lockdown drills two times a year. FCPS lockdown drills do not include any type of active shooter scenario training, they are instruction and classroom based.

We will conduct a lockdown drill at our school next week. Our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are exempt from mandatory participation in lockdown drills during the first 60 days of the school year. They will participate in our second and final drill later this school year.

Additional information on our lockdown drill program to include parent tips and FAQs can be found on the Emergency Planning and Crisis Response web page. After reviewing this content, you should discuss the value of these safety drills with your child.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help to keep our school safe. 

WSES Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • PTA Meeting - Mark your calendars for the first PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 6, at 7 p.m. in the Willow Springs library. Click HERE to find meeting details.
  • Farmer's Market - Join us every Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m. for fresh produce and fruit. It is located at the blacktop entrance. Click HERE to learn more.
Community Activity: Fairfax Choral Society

Click on the image above to learn more and to register.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

Parent Information Line Available in 8 Languages

Parents who speak Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, or Vietnamese can call a telephone information line for general information about FCPS and to receive support if they are having difficulty communicating with their children's schools due to a language barrier.

Messages from Our School Board Representatives

Rachna Sizemore Heizer - Chair - Member-at-Large

Karen Keys-Gamarra - Member-at-Large

Megan McLaughlin - Braddock District Representative

Laura Jane Cohen - Springfield District Representative

Michele Togbe - Student Representative

Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

WSES PTA Facebook

WSES Twitter.

  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 6 PTA Meeting in the WSES library at 7 p.m.
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 18 14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

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August 26, 2022

WSES friends stand in front of student artwork during the first week of school. Students from all grade levels created their own unique portion of a flower. #WillowPride

Willow Springs families,

We had a fantastic first week back with our children! Our hallways are full of energy and excitement!

Teachers and staff have kicked off the school year with read-aloud stories, collaborative community builders, morning meetings, and more. Our Willow Family is together and stronger than ever, and we could not be more excited about what's to come.

We hope to see all of our families tonight at our first PTA-sponsored movie night. Hula lessons will begin at 6 p.m., and the movie will start at 7:30 p.m. This event will be the perfect way to end a fabulous first week of school.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend connecting with your children as they share all of their first-week experiences. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Tonight is PTA Movie Night

We look forward to seeing everyone at tonight's PTA-sponsored Movie Night. It will be held outside on the grassy lawn so bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. 

  • Hula lessons will start at 6 p.m.
  • Concessions will be open with all your favorite movie snacks and candy
  • The movie will begin approximately at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pizza Pre-orders can be made until NOON today! Place your orders now by clicking HERE.
First Day Photos

It was wonderful to see our students back in our hallways and classrooms!

Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established.

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

PickUp Patrol: Important Reminders

Willow Springs uses PickUp Patrol for parents to report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups.

WSES values PickUp Patrol as it ensures a safe dismissal for all students based on the child's default plan. Please use the link here. 

Numbers after WC are the bus#, 05 in this example: Bus Route WC05AMAOB.

To update your child's default plan to "virtual", "bus rider", "kiss and ride", or "walker," simply log in and select a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it! Your child's teacher and the main office will be notified. Updating your child's default plan is a one-time action. Use PickUp Patrol regularly to report a plan change, absence, late arrival, or early pick-up. A default plan is NEEDED for all students.

RETURNING PARENTS: Please enter and confirm your students default plan here: https://app.pickuppatrol.net/parents

NEW PARENTS: You will receive a registration email

Please contact our main office if you do not have an active account and require a new welcome activation email.

Below are additional resources:

Parent Flyer

How to use the PickUp Patrol app

Breakfast and Lunch $ Account

Have you deposited money in your child's meal account? Add money to your child's account using www.MySchoolBucks.com. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime. 

Student Monitor Opportunities

We are looking for energetic family, friends, grandparents, or older adult siblings, who may be looking for an opportunity to work, to come to join our Willow Springs Elementary staff. WSES is a positive work environment, and we are ready to fill the following opportunity with members of our community. Applicants must be 18 or older.

  Student Monitors

Hourly 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., approximately $16.00 per Hour

Description

Provides supervision of students throughout the school day, including but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience is equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed, and have general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

2022 Student Rights & Responsibilities Includes Cell Phone Usage Update

The Student Rights and Responsibilities document (SR&R) explains expectations for student behavior and adult responses to enhance school safety and to 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 fully engage in their learning. Schools are partnering with parents to have students understand the importance of putting their phones away to minimize distractions during class.

Students in K-8 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 where they are the most appropriate tool. Cell phones may only be used on campus before and after school.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

 

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

WSES PTA News and Information
  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
    • Girls Scouts - The Girl Scout Troops of Willow Springs will have a Troop Organization meeting for girls who wish to learn about or join troops on September 6 in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information. 
    • Cub Scouts - for boys and girls. Email [email protected] for more information.
    • RunFits Kidz - Running Club will take place on Wednesdays 4:05-5:20 p.m. starting September 21. Register now: Home (runfitkidz.com)
    • Math Olympiad (5-6th grades) & Science Olympiad (3rd-6th grades) - Interest Meeting on 8/22 @ 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. 
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • Movie Night is tonight, Friday, August 26 - Come hula dance at 6 p.m. Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs! The movie will start at 7:30 p.m., and we will be screening Moana. You can pre-order pizza by clicking HERE.
FCPS SUPERINTENDENT DR. REID TO VISIT FAIRFAX PYRAMID FOR A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Fairfax High School on October 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. If you plan to attend, please register today. We hope to see you there!

Event Registration Link: https://forms.gle/swrp6XYvhNYAe3yy8

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

Messages from Our School Board Representatives

Rachna Sizemore Heizer - Chair - Member-at-Large

Karen Keys-Gamarra - Member-at-Large

Megan McLaughlin - Braddock District Representative

Laura Jane Cohen - Springfield District Representative

Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

Facebook

Twitter

  • August 26 PTA Back to School Movie Night from 6-9 p.m.
  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 18 14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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August 21, 2022

It was wonderful to see families at our Willow Welcome!

Willow Springs families,

Our first day of school is tomorrow, Monday, August 22. We are excited to see all our foxes back at Willow Springs as we kick off the 22-23 school year. Seeing so many families at our Willow Welcome on Friday was so nice. If you could not join us, please do not worry; teachers will send home news and information often to keep you informed throughout the school year.

As we all prepare for our first day of school, here are some reminders:

  • Please be patient with our WSES and FCPS employees. Our bus drivers, teachers, and staff want to ensure a successful first day, week, and year for all our students and families.
  • Our doors will open at 9 a.m., and classes will begin at 9:15 a.m. Students will dismiss at 4 p.m.
  • Please follow staff directions during arrival as we want to ensure the safety of all students.
  • We encourage you to use the Here Comes the Bus App to track your child's bus.
  • If your child has medicine that they need to take during the school day, an adult must bring that into school and complete the appropriate forms. Medication cannot be sent to school in your child's backpack.

We also encourage families to view our WSES website as daily updates, reminders, and celebrations appear throughout the week.

We look forward to partnering with you this year. Please reach out with any questions. We are excited to welcome your children tomorrow morning!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Congratulations, Ms. Stavros!

Congratulations to Ms. Flori Stavros, who we recognized as a Region 5 FCPS CARES of the month recipient. We were thrilled to honor Ms. Stavros alongside our Region 5 Executive Principal, Dr. Terri Edmunds-Heard, and a representative from Human Resources. Click here to visit our website and learn more about her nomination.

Welcome, Kindergarteners!

We had an excellent turnout at our annual Popsicles on the Playground event as we welcomed our youngest Foxes. It was great connecting with so many children and families.

Willow Welcome Recap

Students, staff, and families connected and reconnected this past Friday during our Willow Welcome. 

Laughter and excitement filled our classrooms and hallways throughout the morning. Students met their teachers and had the opportunity to see classmates and friends.

Our teachers and staff shared their excitement, hopes, and dreams for the 22-23 school year and welcomed our families with smiles, hugs, and high-fives.

We are grateful to kick off the 22-23 school year with the most outstanding students and families!

Thank you to our families and community for sharing your children with us every day, and we look forward to partnering with you this school year.

#WillowPride

Student Safety

Our team at Willow Springs Elementary School is excited to welcome students back into the building for another year of learning and making new connections. We know that feeling safe at school is at the core of students being able to focus on learning and building relationships. FCPS is committed to the safety of your children, trusted to our care every day. Please reinforce that message with your child, as well. Any time they share a question or a concern, remember to listen calmly and reassuringly, and share a message that you are someone your child can talk to, even in challenging situations. Please also remind them to seek out any trusted adult at school who will be there to help and to hear their concerns. 

We also recognize that some of our students, families and staff may be feeling anxious about the new year. In addition to first day jitters, there may be heightened concerns around student safety and well-being in light of the information Superintendent Reid shared regarding the serious situation at Glasgow Middle School. We want to reassure you that all new staff will have completed a full background check before they enter any school or classroom.

At any time during the school year you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to to our administrators or call the school at 703-679-6000.

Buses and Delays

Please be aware that all of us are getting used to new routines at the start of the school year. Thank you for your patience as those routines are established.

If a student’s bus is delayed, parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System or use the Here Comes the Bus mobile app to receive the delayed bus report. E-Notify (School Messenger) email messages will also be sent to announce significant bus delays. Contact the Transportation Office at 703-249-7000. For any concerns after hours (after 5:30 p.m.), contact Safety and Security at 571-423-2000.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Kiss and Ride

  • Load and unload in the Kiss & Ride area only (drop-off is located in the main parking lot).
  • AM drop-off is 9 a.m.
  • PM pick-up begins at 4 p.m.
  • Pull forward as far as possible into the designated Kiss & Ride lane before loading or unloading.
  • In the Kiss & Ride line, stay in a single line (it is unsafe to pass other cars).
  • Children should enter and exit cars from the passenger side ONLY.
  • Parents, please stay in your car.
  • Please refrain from using cell phones in Kiss & Ride.
  • When pulling into and out of Kiss and Ride, please drive slowly.
  • When picking up from Kiss & Ride in the afternoon, please place the placard in the front window of your car that was given to you at Willow Welcome (if you missed Willow Welcome, it would go home with your child on the first day of school).

Walkers

  • Please use Door #1 in the morning. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
  • Students exit through the gym doors at dismissal and meet their parent/guardian on the blacktop.  
  • Students will dismiss at 4 p.m.

Bus Riders

  • All bus riders will enter and exit through Door #1 during arrival and dismissal.
  • Staff members will be present to assist students in finding their buses.
Band & Strings Registration

Registration for band and strings has now started! Band is offered to all 5th and 6th grade students. Strings is offered to all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. No previous experience is necessary. Students will learn about their instrument choices on the first day of school. To sign up, please fill out the registration form by Thursday, August 25.

Questions? Please contact:

Band: Ms. Kathy Van Horne ([email protected])

Strings: Ms. Eleanor Aban Plunkett ([email protected]) & Ms. Katie Venne ([email protected])

PickUp Patrol: Action Required

Willow Springs uses PickUp Patrol for parents to report absences, late arrivals, and early pick-ups.

WSES values PickUp Patrol as it ensures a safe dismissal for all students based on the child's default plan. Please use the link here. 

Numbers after WC are the bus#, 05 in this example: Bus Route WC05AMAOB.

To update your child's default plan to "virtual", "bus rider", "kiss and ride", or "walker," simply log in and select a dismissal option. Then hit submit and that’s it! Your child's teacher and the main office will be notified. Updating your child's default plan is a one-time action. Use PickUp Patrol regularly to report a plan change, absence, late arrival, or early pick-up. A default plan is NEEDED for all students.

RETURNING PARENTS: Please enter and confirm your students default plan here: https://app.pickuppatrol.net/parents

NEW PARENTS: You will receive a registration email

Please contact our main office if you do not have an active account and require a new welcome activation email.

Below are additional resources:

Parent Flyer

How to use the PickUp Patrol app

Breakfast and Lunch $ Account

Have you deposited money in your child's meal account? Add money to your child's account using www.MySchoolBucks.com. Once the account is open, parents can check the fund account at anytime. 

SOL Test Results

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has announced 2021-22 Standards of Learning (SOL) data for school divisions that shows Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has made steady progress towards a return to pre-pandemic levels.

FCPS annual pass rates for 2022 indicate that, while the road to recovery continues, FCPS students made promising gains in reading, mathematics, and science over the course of the 2022 school year. Read more about our plans for continued improvement of the SOL pass rates.

COVID Updates

Earlier this 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.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • 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 our Health and Safety Guidance on our website.

Text Messages for Parents

Parents can Receive Text Messages from FCPS for Emergencies and Essential Information

Make sure your cell phone numbers are listed in the parent/guardian contact information section on the emergency care information form for each of your children. Parents and guardians can view and update emergency contact information online using [email protected]

Text messages will be sent in the event of emergencies, delays or school closings, if buses are running more than 30 minutes late, if your student missed the morning attendance deadline, and for other important reminders. 

Standard message and data charges may apply for text messages depending on your cell phone service plan. More about text messages is available online.

Lightspeed Parent Report on Child’s Device Activity

FCPS has tools to help parents and guardians know more about their child’s activity on any FCPS device. These tools are provided by Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service, at no cost to families. You may sign up for a weekly Parent Report, which will provide a list of the top sites your child visited. If you want more detailed information, sign up for the Internet Use Parent portal and log-in anytime to see more detail about your child’s browsing and “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours. Find out more and sign up for these services on our website.

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.

Please look for an email that you should have received August 18 in which FCPS shared the 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. If you have children at different grade levels, please 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.

Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

 

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

WSES PTA News and Information
  • Join the PTA - Be empowered, be informed, and be responsible. It's a great way to connect with other Willow families while making visible and tangible differences at our school. Our PTA meetings will take place on the first Tuesdays of every month @ 7 p.m. Join now by clicking HERE.
  • Clubs & Activities - Visit our WSES website to stay updated on clubs and activities.
    • Girls Scouts - The Girl Scout Troops of Willow Springs will have a Troop Organization meeting for girls who wish to learn about or join troops on September 6 in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information. 
    • Cub Scouts - for boys and girls. Email [email protected] for more information.
    • RunFits Kidz - Running Club will take place on Wednesdays 4:05-5:20 p.m. starting September 21. Register now: Home (runfitkidz.com)
    • Math Olympiad (5-6th grades) & Science Olympiad (3rd-6th grades) - Interest Meeting on 8/22 @ 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. 
  • Spirit Wear Store - Check out our Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store. We have many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE. Purchase spirit wear before our first spirit day happens! Don't miss out! 
  • Movie Night is Friday, August 26 - Come hula dance at 6 p.m. Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs! The movie will start at 7:30 p.m., and we will be screening Moana. You can pre-order pizza by clicking HERE.
Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

Facebook

Twitter

  • August 22 First Day of School
  • August 26 PTA Back to School Movie Night from 6-9 p.m.
  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 18 14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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August 15, 2022

Willow Springs families,

We are days away from our Willow Welcome and only one week away from the first day of school! We look forward to welcoming our youngest foxes at our kindergarten popsicle event this week, on Wednesday, August 17, and we hope to see all of our families at our Willow Welcome on Friday, August 19.

Our teachers and staff are back in the building, setting up learning environments, collaborating, and preparing for an exciting school year. They are ready to have our students in classrooms and build an inclusive community.

Enjoy the last week of the summer! We are ready to welcome back our Willow Family!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground Wednesday, August 17 SAVE THE DATE: Willow Welcome Friday, August 19 Pre-orders are recommended for Hangry Panda: https://hangrypanda.square.site/s/order Student Monitor Opportunities

We are looking for energetic family, friends, grandparents, or older adult siblings, who may be looking for an opportunity to work, to come to join our Willow Springs Elementary staff. WSES is a positive work environment, and we are ready to fill the following opportunity with members of our community. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Student Monitors

Hourly 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., approximately $16.00 per Hour

Description

Provides supervision of students throughout the school day, including but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience is equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed, and have general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

Dining Room Assistant Opportunities

Willow Springs is currently seeking a dining room assistant. Dining Room Assistants support students during lunch time. They supervise student clean-up, assist students in the cafeteria, and dismiss students to their teacher.

Qualifications include, friendly, energetic, able to maintain expectations for cafeteria behavior, and loves working with children.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

WSES Bell Schedule

Starting Monday, August 22nd, Willow Springs ES bell schedule will be 9:15 a.m.- 4 p.m. Students can begin entering the building at 9 a.m.

SR&R: Cell Phone Use

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 to 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 fully engage in their learning. 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 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 also review the parental controls available for all iPhone and Android users. More information about the SR&R is available online.

14th Annual Asha-Jyothi 5K + 1K

 

We are pleased to share that we are partnering with a non-profit named Asha-Jyothi  (https://www.asha-jyothi.org/ ) to support their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 18th, at Fairfax Corner at 8 a.m. All proceeds that we raise will go towards STEAM resources and opportunities at WSES. Asha-Jyothi has generously agreed to donate back 100% of the registration money to each participating schools AND:

  • An additional $500 for 25+ registrations
  • An additional $1000 for 50+ registrations
  • An additional $2000 for 100+ registrations

To sign up, participating staff, students and/or their families visit the webpage: https://asha-jyothi.redpodium.com/2022fairfax5k. Simply enter the code “AJ4schools” and select your school from the drop down menu. A discounted price of $10 for the 5K will be given to all participants.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for 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. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the main office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact our main office at 703-679-6000. We are happy to help.

Fall School Supply Sale 

Hey parents! No matter how you’re enjoying your summer, why not mark “school supply shopping” off your list? Product shortages and price increases are going to be major factors this back-to-school season (have you noticed most stores don’t have their school supplies out yet?). 

Ordering your supplies from Campus Survival Kits means you don’t have to run around town searching for that ONE item, and your students’ teachers will get all of their supplies delivered directly to them for easy classroom storage. Campus Survival Kits are all teacher approved and curated with our teachers. They are our PTA partner this upcoming school year. 

Click here to view the website.

WSES Spirit Wear

The new Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store is live. Our new store is open 24-7 all year long. We have so many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE.

We are excited for our community to show their Willow Pride!

Funds for Foxes

Here are some of the easy ways you can help earn money for the Willow Springs Elementary PTA! Take a look at some of the partnerships we have.

Looking Ahead at WSES

Visit our WSES website

2022-23 Standard School Year Calendar

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  • August 17 Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • August 19 Willow Welcome (see above image for times)
  • August 22 First Day of School
  • August 26 PTA Back to School Movie Night from 6-9 p.m.
  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
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For a translated version of this newsletter, please visit the Willow Springs website.

August 2, 2022

We are excited to share our new WSES marquee!

Willow Springs families,

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer with family and friends. We are excited to see our new marquee shining brightly on Braddock Road! Make sure to drive by to see our latest updates, news, and information. Thank you again to our PTA, families, and community for your hard work in raising the money to purchase this beautiful addition to the entrance of our school.

We are thrilled that we are only weeks away from the first day of school. With the return of our children, families, and staff comes much life, laughter, and love. We are ready for our hallways and classrooms to be filled with positivity and learning!

We have a couple of summer events happening before the return of students. We look forward to welcoming our youngest foxes at our kindergarten popsicle event on Wednesday, August 17. We are excited to welcome all of our foxes back at our Willow Welcome on Friday, August 19. Please visit our WSES website for continuous announcements, highlights, and calendar updates.

As you may have seen from the superintendent's community message, FCPS is committed to ensuring that we have a licensed educator in every classroom for the first day of school. We want to assure you that we are almost fully staffed at Willow Springs as we head into the school year. Our teachers and staff are ready to kick off a fantastic year with our children!

We are eager to partner with our WSES family to make this year engaging and exciting! Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Please have a safe remainder of the summer, and we look forward to seeing everyone again soon!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground Wednesday, August 17 SAVE THE DATE: Willow Welcome Friday, August 19 Student Monitor Opportunities

We are looking for energetic family, friends, grandparents, or older adult siblings, who may be looking for an opportunity to work, to come to join our Willow Springs Elementary staff. WSES is a positive work environment, and we are ready to fill the following opportunity with members of our community. Applicants must be 18 or older.

Student Monitors

Hourly 8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., approximately $16.00 per Hour

Description

Provides supervision of students throughout the school day, including but not limited to the classroom, hallways, lunch, recess, specials, and at arrival/dismissal; helps maintain order and discipline and assists in managing the behavior of students; operates technology; performs administrative and non-instructional duties; ensures all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed; works with individual and small groups of students.

Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience is equivalent to graduation from high school. Must be comfortable managing student behaviors in large and small groups, ensuring all layered prevention/safety protocols and procedures are implemented and followed, and have general familiarity/skills with basic office technology in support of teachers, students, and the classroom.

Please pass this information along to anyone you may know. Interested applicants should send resumes to [email protected] or contact Willow Springs at 703-679-6000.

FCPS Summer Resources

FCPS continues to updates the FCPS Summer Resources webpage throughout the summer months. This website is provided to help students and families have a fun, safe, and healthy summer.

FCPS Trust Policy: Providing a Safe and Welcoming Space This School Year and Beyond

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. FCPS’ new Trust Policy webpage will be live soon, with the policy and other important information available in eight languages. Please keep an eye out for the link in an upcoming issue of FCPS This Week.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications are now available on the FCPS website. Interested families are encouraged to submit the application at least ten days before the first day of school. A new application must be submitted every school year.

In addition to qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals, approved students may qualify for 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. 

Paper copies of the application are available in the main office. If you have questions or need assistance with the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application, please contact our main office at 703-679-6000. We are happy to help.

Fall School Supply Sale 

Hey parents! No matter how you’re enjoying your summer, why not mark “school supply shopping” off your list? Product shortages and price increases are going to be major factors this back-to-school season (have you noticed most stores don’t have their school supplies out yet?). 

Ordering your supplies from Campus Survival Kits means you don’t have to run around town searching for that ONE item, and your students’ teachers will get all of their supplies delivered directly to them for easy classroom storage. Campus Survival Kits are all teacher approved and curated with our teachers. They are our PTA partner this upcoming school year. 

Click here to view the website.

Welcome, 22-23 WSES PTA Board! WSES Spirit Wear

The new Willow Springs PTA spirit wear store is live. Our new store is open 24-7 all year long. We have so many spring options from t-shirts to shorts and hats to protect your head by clicking HERE.

We are excited for our community to show their Willow Pride!

Funds for Foxes

Here are some of the easy ways you can help earn money for the Willow Springs Elementary PTA! Take a look at some of the partnerships we have.

Looking Ahead at WSES

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

Facebook

Twitter

  • August 17 Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • August 19 Willow Welcome (see above image for times)
  • August 22 First Day of School
  • August 26 PTA Back to School Movie Night from 6-9 p.m.
  • September 2-5 Holiday - Labor Day Break – All FCPS schools and offices closed
  • September 12 School Portraits
  • September 26 No School for Students, Rosh Hashanah, Teacher Workday

5400 Willow Springs School Road Fairfax, VA  22030 | Phone: 703.679.6000
Attendance: 703.679.6066 | Web | Twitter

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