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October 4, 2021

Students use Portrait of Graduate skills to acquire knowledge and broaden their perspectives. Using these attributes allows students to use problem-solving strategies, express their thoughts and emotions meaningfully through thoughtful discussion, and accomplish complex tasks.

AAP Informational Meeting

Join us tomorrow for a virtual Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Overview of Services Information Meeting

Tuesday, October 5th

5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting

Please review the slide deck for the information session, and remember all interested K-6 families are welcome to join.

Picture Make-Up Day

Tuesday, October 5th

Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 6

Fairfax County Public Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.

Students and employees are encouraged to bike or walk to school and work where safe to do so on October 6. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children to school, and to work with their school and PTA or PTO to assemble bike trains or walking groups for the event. Schools are encouraged to register online with Walk and Bike to School.

Learn more about Walk to School Day

Positivity Project - Other People Mindset: Being Present and Giving Others My Attention

This week we're focusing on the Other People Mindset! Being Present and Giving Others My Attention means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention. Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. If we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members or close friends – we can’t build those relationships. It’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our work and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention. We look forward to learning about Integrity next week. 

To help extend classroom learning to our Willow homes, we encourage families to explore these grade-level appropriate conversation starters. 

NOTE: The password is: P2

PreK-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12

Encouraging Outdoor Mask Use

We are making use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible for [meals/recess/student breaks]. We have noted that a large percentage of students remove their masks while outside. Masks are not required outside, but they are strongly encouraged. We ask you to consider talking with your child about keeping their masks on when outside and gathering in larger groups if they can comfortably do so.

Cafeteria Hostess Needed

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria this week. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested in a paid position, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up.

Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

Fantastic Schoology Sites for Families

The following links are provided to parents to ensure families have an understanding around Schoology and how to access students' assignments, grades, and more:

Thank you, WSES!

Thank you so much to all of our families who have purchased books from Mrs. Hurley’s Library Wish List on Amazon!  We have received so many great new books and can’t wait to have students start checking them out! With over 5,500 books already checked out this month, students are eager for more.

Dismissal Reminders
  • Please remind your child how they are getting home each day.
  • Please update you child's PickUp Patrol.
  • Kiss and Ride Families - Please remain in your car. Staff members will use the card visible on your dashboard to call children outside.
  • If you do not have a Kiss and Ride card, please contact the main office at (703) 679-6000.
  • Walkers - All walkers will be dismissed through the gym. Please meet your child on the blacktop.
  • Bus Families – As the county has communicated, bus transportation may be delayed.  Please stay at the bus stop and wait for your students.
  • Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System to receive the delayed bus report.
WSES Weekly Farmer’s Market

The students in the Garden Club/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. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Friday. Families are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce.

PTA Membership Drive

The PTA has started the fall membership drive and is encouraging all families to sign up.  The PTA is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, which we do through a variety of activities including Staff Appreciation week, building upgrades, books and games to teachers, Read Across America activities, etc. Sign up at https://wses1.memberhub.com/store

Upcoming Clubs

WSES has several clubs that are currently recruiting new members! Interested families may sign up by clicking on any of the links below.

Good News Club is not endorsed by the school board, superintendent, or school.

Jump Rope Club 

Chess Club

Virtual Math Club Grades 5/6

Zumba

Science Olympiad

1-Day FHS Drama Camp on November 2

Glow Party

The PTA is planning the glow party for October 22nd.  We’ll have a black light dance party in the gym and fun glow activities in the cafeteria.  Do you have supplies we could borrow or donations for the event? Volunteers, click here!

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.

Health Guidance for Families

The health and safety of all students is paramount to everything we do. Here is some information from FCPS that gives tips on how to stop the spread, as well as explains the process we use when there is a positive case. 

FCPS Health and Safety Guidance Webpage

Our Health and Safety Guidance Webpage has the most current information about our layered prevention strategies, what happens if your child becomes ill at school, and the process when there is a pause in instruction or activities after a positive COVID case.

Flow Chart for Notification of a Positive Case

We know the pause process can be confusing for families. The flowchart below is posted to the FCPS website and explains the exact process Willow Springs, FCPS, and the Fairfax County Health Department use to identify and notify close contacts after a positive case.

Flowchart outlining process for students identified as a close contact

COVID Dashboard

All FCPS COVID-19 cases are reported via a dashboard posted to the FCPS website and updated daily. While this does not outline the number of students quarantining, it has tabs showing total number of cases, cases by school and cases by date.

FCPS Covid-19 Dashboard

Safety Tools & Scenarios

Since the beginning of August, the majority of COVID-19 cases have been acquired through community spread, outside of school buildings. 

FCPS’ layered prevention strategies are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. Pausing, quarantining, and isolating are tools we use to keep schools safe when a positive COVID-19 case is reported. Understanding the difference between the three scenarios can help families be prepared.

Pause

A pause to in-person instruction is a short-term safety measure used by FCPS and the health department to allow time to investigate and determine the safest way to address a positive case within the school community.

To learn more about pausing in-person instruction, watch this video.

Close Contact

A close contact is any person, regardless of vaccination status, who is within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) K-12 Exception indicates that students will not be identified as close contacts if they are at least 3 feet apart and are consistently wearing masks in the classroom setting. Adults are not included in this exception.

To learn more about close contacts, watch this video.

Quarantine

When a student is identified as a close contact, there are two things that may occur as a result:

  • Not fully vaccinated students who are identified as a close contact with someone with COVID-19 must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure. FCPS will notify a student of their return date.
  • Fully vaccinated students must remain home until their vaccination status is verified. Upon verification of vaccination status by the FCHD, and if the student/staff is asymptomatic, they may return to in-person learning and activities once notified by FCPS of their return date.

To learn more about quarantines, watch this video

Isolation

Isolation is the response when someone tests positive for COVID-19. Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

  • It has been at least ten (10) days since the student first had symptoms AND
  • The student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication AND
  • The student’s symptoms are getting better

To learn more about isolation, watch this video

Outbreak

It is important to note that more than one case reported by a student, staff, or visitor to a particular school or building does not always mean there is an outbreak. An outbreak is defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with onset within a 14-day period who are epidemiologically linked (a case in which the person has been exposed to a confirmed case in a way that a known transmission can occur), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in a setting outside of school during the health department investigation. 

FCPS’ goal is to keep students learning in-person all year. We are doing our part by implementing layered prevention strategies and working with FCHD to address positive cases and potential exposures. Every FCPS student and family can do their part by wearing masks, getting vaccinated when they are eligible, practicing healthy hygiene, and staying home when sick. 

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  • September 15 - October 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October 5 Picture Day Make-Up
  • October 5 AAP Informational Meeting for K-6 interested families, 5:30 p.m., Virtual meeting only - access here
  • October 6 International Walk to School Day
  • October 8 Farmer's Market weekly on Fridays, 4 p.m. WSES Basketball Court
  • October 8 SEL Screener Opt-out form due if applicable
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library and virtually on Zoom
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

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

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September 20, 2021

Restaurant Night Tonight Monday, September 20th On the Border Fair Oaks Mall

The first restaurant night of the school year will be on 9/20 at On the Border at Fair Oaks Mall. Restaurant Nights are a great way to see your friends, make new ones, and take a break from making dinner. They are also a vital fundraiser for the PTA, helping to pay for a variety of events for the school, such as staff appreciation week and field trips. We can’t wait to see you.

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria this week. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested in a paid position, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up. Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

Virginia Growth Assessments

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall's VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no "passing" or "failing" outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and offer information about areas of strength and development in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. Click here to access the Parent Notification Letter.

Farmer’s Market Every Friday at WSES

The Garden/Farm to Table Club students will run the event in conjunction with Piney Meadow Farm. The money students raise through produce sales will go towards the Garden Club and STEAM activities. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce.

Elementary Students Wanted for the Fairfax High School Lions Football High Five Tunnel

FHS is looking for elementary kids to participate in a “high five tunnel” as the players run out on the field! To sign up and for more information, please go to the City of Fairfax website at www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org. Sign up today as there are limited spots.

PTA Membership Drive

The PTA has started the fall membership drive and is encouraging all families to sign up. The PTA is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, which we do through a variety of activities including Staff Appreciation week, building upgrades, books and games to teachers, Read Across America activities, etc. Plus, the PTA has several specials for the summer and fall sign ups.  Sign up by 9/30 to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Sign up here

Upcoming Clubs

WSES has several clubs that are currently recruiting new members! Interested families may sign up by clicking on any of the links below.

Good News Club is not endorsed by the school board, superintendent, or school.

Jump Rope Club 

Virtual Math Club Grades 5/6

Zumba

Science Olympiad

Virtual Auction

The PTA has started planning for our virtual auction in November. We would like to reach out to the community for donations for the event. No donation is too small and all is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.  Companies that donate will be featured on our Facebook page and in PTA newsletters. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net for more information.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in participating more hands on with PTA? Whatever your passion and whatever your time availability, we have a place for you. Only with your support, the PTA can provide more opportunities for fun and learning for our children and maximize assistance to our teachers. Sign up here.

October Restaurant Night

In October, we’ll be hosting a restaurant night on 10/19 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fair Lakes Chick-Fil-A, 4516 Fair Knoll Dr. Fairfax, VA 22033. Back by popular demand, we’ll be having the 2021 Nugget Eating contest again. Show us that you can eat more chick’n!

November Restaurant Night

November is a good month for pizza. We’ll have a restaurant night with Fairfax Vocelli’s on 11/6 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Glow Party

The PTA is planning the glow party for 10/22. Do you have supplies we could borrow or donations for the event? We are looking for black lights, decorations, neon poster board, neon duct tape, lava lamps, and anything that glows, like glow necklaces, glow bracelets, blinky rings, etc. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net if you can help.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We need volunteers, sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

Harris Teeter Together in Education Sign Up

Super easy fundraising for PTA.  Link your VIC card to our school today with code 6390. Link online, through the HT app or in store at checkout. We currently have 2 people signed up (one being me/PTA President.) Sign up out of town family or friends! PTA earned $40 last year from the program, hoping to earn more this year!

Coke Gives

Super easy fundraising! Send in your Coke lids, cardboard carton codes and plastic wrapper codes to school. PTA can earn up to .38 per item! 

Looking Ahead at WSES

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  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • September 24 Farmer's Market 4-6 p.m. WSES Blacktop
  • October 8 SEL Screener Opt-out form due if applicable
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

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

Willow Springs Elementary School News & Updates

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September 16, 2021

Lockdown Drill Conducted Today

Every school in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has crisis management and emergency preparedness plan in place. Keeping students and staff safe is a priority. We practice many safety drills throughout the school year, including lockdown drills which help us know what to do if there is a potentially violent intruder inside the school or on school property.

Today, Willow Springs Elementary conducted a lockdown drill, and teachers talked to students to prepare them for the drill. As a part of our safety training, we showed students a video regarding lockdown drills, so they know what a lockdown looks like at WSES.

I am very proud of our students today. They listened to directions and participated in a calm and orderly fashion. Our students did a great job, and I encourage you to discuss the drill with them. Additional guidance on discussions with your child about lockdown drills can be found in the Parent/Guardian tip letter, as well as on the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

We develop our emergency preparedness plans in coordination with the FCPS Office of Safety and Security, local law enforcement, emergency management officials, and FCPS mental health professionals. The plans are regularly reviewed and updated and include procedures to respond to critical incidents such as fires, tornadoes, and other events. Students and staff regularly practice safety drills.

We will continue to keep you informed of safety and security measures in place at our school. If you have questions, please call or contact the school office. I appreciate your continued support in these matters.

Farmer’s Market Every Friday at WSES

The Garden/Farm to Table Club students will run the event in conjunction with Piney Meadow Farm. The money students raise through produce sales will go towards the Garden Club and STEAM activities. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce.

Virginia Growth Assessments

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics. 

For fall 2021, VGA will address content taught in the previous school year. The purpose of this fall's VGA is to identify potential learning gaps resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no "passing" or "failing" outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and offer information about areas of strength and development in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will take an assessment in both reading and mathematics. Click here to access the Parent Notification Letter.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9/27

4th Reading

9/28

3rd Reading

9/29

5th Reading

9/30

3rd Math

10/1

5th Math 

10/4

4th Math

10/5

6th Reading

10/6

 

10/7

6th Math

10/8

 

 

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria this week. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested in a paid position, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up. Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

PTA Membership Drive

The PTA has started the fall membership drive and is encouraging all families to sign up. The PTA is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, which we do through a variety of activities including Staff Appreciation week, building upgrades, books and games to teachers, Read Across America activities, etc. Plus, the PTA has several specials for the summer and fall sign ups.  Sign up by 9/30 to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Sign up here

Upcoming Clubs

WSES has several clubs that are currently recruiting new members! Interested families may sign up by clicking on any of the links below.

Jump Rope Club 

Virtual Math Club Grades 5/6

Zumba

Science Olympiad

Virtual Auction

The PTA has started planning for our virtual auction in November. We would like to reach out to the community for donations for the event. No donation is too small and all is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.  Companies that donate will be featured on our Facebook page and in PTA newsletters. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net for more information.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in participating more hands on with PTA? Whatever your passion and whatever your time availability, we have a place for you. Only with your support, the PTA can provide more opportunities for fun and learning for our children and maximize assistance to our teachers. Sign up here.

September Restaurant Night

The first restaurant night of the school year will be on 9/20 at On the Border at Fair Oaks Mall. Restaurant Nights are a great way to see your friends, make new ones, and take a break from making dinner. They are also a vital fundraiser for the PTA, helping to pay for a variety of events for the school, such as staff appreciation week and field trips. We can’t wait to see you there.

October Restaurant Night

In October, we’ll be hosting a restaurant night on 10/19 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fair Lakes Chick-Fil-A, 4516 Fair Knoll Dr. Fairfax, VA 22033. Back by popular demand, we’ll be having the 2021 Nugget Eating contest again. Show us that you can eat more chick’n!

November Restaurant Night

November is a good month for pizza. We’ll have a restaurant night with Fairfax Vocelli’s on 11/6 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Glow Party

The PTA is planning the glow party for 10/22. Do you have supplies we could borrow or donations for the event? We are looking for black lights, decorations, neon poster board, neon duct tape, lava lamps, and anything that glows, like glow necklaces, glow bracelets, blinky rings, etc. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net if you can help.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We need volunteers, sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

Harris Teeter Together in Education Sign Up

Super easy fundraising for PTA.  Link your VIC card to our school today with code 6390. Link online, through the HT app or in store at checkout. We currently have 2 people signed up (one being me/PTA President.) Sign up out of town family or friends! PTA earned $40 last year from the program, hoping to earn more this year!

Coke Gives

Super easy fundraising! Send in your Coke lids, cardboard carton codes and plastic wrapper codes to school. PTA can earn up to .38 per item! 

Looking Ahead at WSES

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

News You Choose

Visit our WSES PTA website 

Facebook

Twitter

 

  • September 16 Yom Kippur Observance
  • September 17 Farmer's Market 4-6 p.m. WSES Blacktop
  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • October 8 SEL Screener Opt-out form due if applicable
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

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 10, 2021

Thumbs up from our children, student artwork line our walls, and our staff come together for morning breakfast while sharing how #StoriesMatter. We are proud of the work of our Willow Family.

Dear WSES Families,

We had a wonderful week with our students, watching them learn, grow, and teach each other. Students are using their fox "EARS" (empathy, accountability, respect, and safety) throughout the school day, and we are proud of their accomplishments thus far.

Thank you to our families who attended our September PTA meeting this past Wednesday. We are excited about the upcoming events, and we appreciate the strong partnership we have with our PTA. Don't forget, tonight is our back-to-school outdoor movie night, sponsored by the PTA. The fields will open at 6:00 p.m., with games and spirit items available. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and chairs.

Please read all the notes below, as we have included additional and updated information that will support your understanding of handling our continued mitigation efforts at Willow Springs.

With the expansion of our eating spaces (cafeteria, outdoors, etc.), we need family volunteers to assist during the lunch block. If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up. Thank you to those who have supported our children during lunches the past couple of weeks; it is great seeing so many smiling eyes throughout our building. 

We hope to see you tonight on the fields. Enjoy the weather this weekend!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

WSES Weekly Farmer’s Market

Willow Springs will be hosting a weekly fall farmer's market starting 9/10. The students in the Garden Club/Farm to Table club will running 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. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce. Produce will also be available on outdoor movie night.

Tonight is our PTA Back to School Outdoor Movie Night

The PTA will be hosting a back to school outdoor movie night tonight, 9/10. The fields will open at 6:00 p.m. There will some outdoor games available and some spirit items available for sale as well.

COVID-19 Case Notification Update

We have heard from our Ombudsman that many families are finding it stressful and overwhelming to receive a new COVID notification email every time there is a positive case in their child’s school. We have updated our process to provide families some relief. 

UPDATE: Once a week, either on Friday or the last day of school for the week, school leadership will share an update if there were any COVID-19 positive cases confirmed in the school that week. 

Potential close contacts of the positive case that are paused from in-person instruction and activities will continue to receive real time notifications.

  • Outbreak letters will continue to be sent to staff and the community as they occur.
  • Staff will continue to receive notifications of any individual cases within 24 hours of notification of the positive case in accordance with the Department of Labor requirements.

The FCPS COVID-19 Health Metrics webpage will still be updated daily for families who wish to know about cases in real-time.

Encouraging Outdoor Mask Use

We are making use of our outdoor spaces as much as possible for [meals/recess/student breaks]. We have noted that a large percentage of students remove their masks while outside. Masks are not required outside, but they are strongly encouraged. We ask you to consider talking with your child about keeping their masks on when outside and gathering in larger groups if they can comfortably do so.

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 soon. 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. 

Positivity Project - Curiosity

This week our Willow Family kicked off with the Other People Mindset! We look forward to learning about curiosity next week. 

To help extend classroom learning to our Willow homes, we encourage families to explore these grade-level appropriate conversation starters. 

NOTE: The password is: P2

PreK-2 | 3-5 | 6-8 | 9-12

iReady Reading & Math Screener for Grades 1-6

The online iReady assessment (also known as the universal screener) provides an initial view of all students’ foundational skills to help teachers identify students who may have challenges in reading or mathematics. This fall, students in grades 1-6 will take the iReady reading and mathematics assessments. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Universal Screener Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Cafeteria Hostess Needed

Please consider working in our cafeteria this year. We are short a cafeteria hostess so the extra hands would be helpful. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up.

Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

Now Hiring: Student Monitors and Substitutes

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors! 

Enjoy working with students? FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors. Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside. If you're interested, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers! 

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes to FCPS!

Fantastic Schoology Sites for Families

The following links are provided to parents to ensure families have an understanding around Schoology and how to access students' assignments, grades, and more:

Dismissal Reminders
  • Please remind your child how they are getting home each day.
  • Please update you child's PickUp Patrol.
  • Kiss and Ride Families - Please remain in your car. Staff members will use the card visible on your dashboard to call children outside.
  • If you do not have a Kiss and Ride card, please contact the main office at (703) 679-6000.
  • Walkers - All walkers will be dismissed through the gym. Please meet your child on the blacktop.
  • Bus Families – As the county has communicated, bus transportation may be delayed.  Please stay at the bus stop and wait for your students.
  • Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System to receive the delayed bus report.
Calendar Reminder- Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. To mark this day, Thursday, September 16 is noted as a religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. We will also not schedule events on the evening of September 15.

The FCPS 2021-22 School Year Calendar ensures students do not have to make choices between honoring their cultural or religious beliefs and missing tests or school activities. Tests, quizzes, field trips, graduation, homecoming, or FCPS-scheduled athletic events cannot be scheduled on any religious and cultural observances. Tests and quizzes will be given prior to any of the 15 days so that students will not be expected to study on these days. Employees wishing to observe religious/cultural observances on these dates should request a religious accommodation as outlined in Regulation 4817 – Religious Accommodation for Employees. Employees will be permitted to make up 16 hours of any time missed for religious or cultural observances.

September Restaurant Night

The first restaurant night of the school year will be on 9/20 at On the Border at Fair Oaks Mall. Restaurant Nights are a great way to see your friends, make new ones, and take a break from making dinner. They are also a vital fundraiser for the PTA, helping to pay for a variety of events for the school, such as staff appreciation week and field trips. We can’t wait to see you there.

Stay Connected

Being connected to Willow Springs and FCPS is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Choose

WSES and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

Want to learn the latest about PTA up to the minute? The Willow Springs PTA Facebook is an excellent resource for learning about the Willow Springs community and hearing about other fun (mainly free) kid-centric ideas for activities around town. Recent posts include:

  • Updates for PTA and school events.
  • Postings on free cultural art activities at George Mason.

Visit our WSES PTA website and access important information on memberships, upcoming events and activities, and volunteer opportunities. Also, for the latest and greatest, up to date information find us on Facebook. Be sure to “like” the Willow Springs Elementary PTA page and follow us.

Follow WSES On Twitter @WSESfox For The Latest News And Updates

Click here to sign up for email updates from WSES

Looking Ahead at WSES
  • September 16 Yom Kippur Observance  

  • September 10 PTA Outdoor Movie Night
  • September 15 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

Visit the Willow Springs Elementary PTA website.

Coke Gives

Super easy fundraising! Send in your Coke lids, cardboard carton codes and plastic wrapper codes to school. PTA can earn up to .38 per item! 

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Willow Springs Elementary School PTA Meeting

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September 8, 2021

Join us Tonight for our WSES PTA Meeting

September 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Willow Springs Library and virtually on Zoom.  All are encouraged to attend. 

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

Please consider volunteering in our cafeteria this week. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested in a paid position, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up. Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

PTA Membership Drive

The PTA has started the fall membership drive and is encouraging all families to sign up. The PTA is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, which we do through a variety of activities including Staff Appreciation week, building upgrades, books and games to teachers, Read Across America activities, etc. Plus, the PTA has several specials for the summer and fall sign ups.  Sign up by 9/30 to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Sign up here

Virtual Auction

The PTA has started planning for our virtual auction in November. We would like to reach out to the community for donations for the event. No donation is too small and all is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.  Companies that donate will be featured on our Facebook page and in PTA newsletters. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net for more information.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in participating more hands on with PTA? Whatever your passion and whatever your time availability, we have a place for you. Only with your support, the PTA can provide more opportunities for fun and learning for our children and maximize assistance to our teachers. Sign up here.

Back to School Movie Night

The PTA will be hosting a back to school movie night on 9/10. The fields will open at 6:00 p.m. There will some outdoor games available and some spirit items available for sale as well. The PTA will be serving pizza. Pizza preorders are being accepted and highly recommended PREORDER BY 9/3- cheese or pepperoni.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We NEED volunteers for the event- sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

Girl Scout Troop Formation Meeting

Tuesday, September 14th, 6:30 p.m.

Cub Scout Meeting

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts? Pack 1858 is having the first fall meeting on 9/15 in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Cub Scouts is open to all students from K-6 is a great way to learn outdoor skills, volunteerism and have fun with friends. Fall registration will be available. Contact pack1858@gmail.com for more information.

September Restaurant Night

The first restaurant night of the school year will be on 9/20 at On the Border at Fair Oaks Mall. Restaurant Nights are a great way to see your friends, make new ones, and take a break from making dinner. They are also a vital fundraiser for the PTA, helping to pay for a variety of events for the school, such as staff appreciation week and field trips. We can’t wait to see you there.

Glow Party

The PTA is planning the glow party for 10/22. Do you have supplies we could borrow or donations for the event? We are looking for black lights, decorations, neon poster board, neon duct tape, lava lamps, and anything that glows, like glow necklaces, glow bracelets, blinky rings, etc. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net if you can help.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We need volunteers, sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

October Restaurant Night

In October, we’ll be hosting a restaurant night on 10/19 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fair Lakes Chick-Fil-A, 4516 Fair Knoll Dr. Fairfax, VA 22033. Back by popular demand, we’ll be having the 2021 Nugget Eating contest again. Show us that you can eat more chick’n!

November Restaurant Night

November is a good month for pizza. We’ll have a restaurant night with Fairfax Vocelli’s on 11/6 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3rd/4th Grade Math Club for Fall

Willow Springs will be having a Math Club for 3rd and 4th grade this fall. Please click the image to access information.

Virtual Math Club

Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Grade 5-6 Virtual Math Club for the fall/early winter. Our math club is an exciting and challenging way to promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics. The activities and problems of the Math Club are designed to meet students at the middle-school level, and to learn some mathematics that is beyond the standard curriculum to 5th and 6th graders. Registration will open in September and the link will be shared then. We will have a lottery among students who register, which may include consideration of a child’s Grade (5 or 6) at WSES. Due will be $15.  Email questions to qingyinglu@gmail.com.

Farmer’s Market

Willow Springs will be hosting a weekly fall farmer's market starting 9/10. The students in the Garden Club/Farm to Table club will running 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. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce. Produce will also be available on outdoor movie night.

Zumba

Zumba is returning. Zumba will be Fridays starting 9/24 until 12/10 (no class on 10/22, 10/29, 11/26). 

These high energy, kid friendly classes are available to students in grades K-6. Registration is available at www.novakidsinmotion.com

Harris Teeter Together in Education Sign Up

Super easy fundraising for PTA.  Link your VIC card to our school today with code 6390. Link online, through the HT app or in store at checkout. We currently have 2 people signed up (one being me/PTA President.) Sign up out of town family or friends! PTA earned $40 last year from the program, hoping to earn more this year!

Coke Gives

Super easy fundraising! Send in your Coke lids, cardboard carton codes and plastic wrapper codes to school. PTA can earn up to .38 per item! 

Looking Ahead at WSES

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

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  • September 8 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library or virtually on Zoom
  • September 9 Return Required Beginning of Year Forms
  • September 16 Yom Kippur Observance  

  • September 10 PTA Outdoor Movie Night
  • September 14 Girl Scout Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • September 15 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • October 8 SEL Screener Opt-out form due if applicable
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

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Willow Springs Elementary School News and Information

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September 9, 2021

Thanks to super Willow dads, Jason Schneider and Joe Harvey, for helping install outdoor whiteboards in our outdoor learning spaces!

Dear WSES Families,

As we enter week three of the school year, we want to thank our students, staff, and families for working with us and remaining flexible as we ensure safety across all areas, both in and out of our building.

We are working extremely hard to make sure lunch is a safe time for students this year. At Willow Springs, we have expanded our cafeteria space to our outdoor areas and larger indoor spaces. In doing this, our students can practice social distancing while facing the same direction when eating. We are still looking for volunteers to assist in the cafeteria and are in the process of hiring monitors and cafeteria hostesses. If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up. Please see below for information regarding monitors, hostesses, and additional opportunities at WSES.

Please make sure to check out the information below that includes important updates from our WSES PTA!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Important Health Updates

Safety is our number one priority, and as the number of cases increase around the county, we want to share some additional information about the COVID processes in place at WSES. 

Keep your child home from school with any symptoms that are COVID-like.

The most important way you can help as a parent is to keep your child(ren) home if they present with any illness or symptoms that are associated with COVID, i.e., runny nose, coughing, headache, stomach ache. If you keep your child home, and they are feeling better the next day, then they do not need documentation from a medical provider to return. However, if your child comes to school and presents with symptoms, they will be placed in the Care Room and will be sent home. Your child must then be seen by a medical provider in order to return to school. 

Parents, caregivers or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through a home-based symptom screening and students who are sick should not come to school. Please consider the questions in the Health Screening Questionnaire each morning before sending your child to school. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please keep your child home. 

Keep your child home if you suspect your child may have come in contact with someone who has COVID.

Please be overly cautious and keep your child home if you are awaiting COVID test results. 

Communicate quickly with us.

As soon as you have information that your child has COVID or likely has it, please let us know. We only reveal the name of a student to the health department. The sooner we have information, the sooner we can alert the health department to begin the contact tracing.

Send your child to school with a properly fitted mask.

Aligned with guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has established procedures for the use of face coverings/masks (cloth or disposable) for students, staff, and visitors designed to mitigate the spread of COVID. This document highlights the types of masks that are appropriate for students to wear to school. 

What will happen if there is a student who tests positive for COVID in my child’s class?

If a student tests positive and was at school during the infectious period (within 48 hours of onset of symptoms), we will alert the entire school community. The school reviews seating assignments throughout the school day and identifies potential close contacts to the student who has tested positive for Covid-19. If your child is considered a potential close contact, we will notify you immediately. If your child is currently at school, we will ask you to come pick your child up from school.  

What determines if a student is a potential close contact to a known positive case? 

The following are examples of individuals who would be considered a potential close contact: 

  • Students wearing masks who were less than 3 feet from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students not wearing masks who were 6 feet or less from a student case for 15 minutes or more in a school day
  • Students masked or unmasked who were within 6 feet or less of a staff case for 15 minutes or more in a school day 

What happens if my child is determined to be a potential close contact by FCPS staff?

Out of an abundance of caution, any student who is identified as a potential close contact by FCPS staff will have to stay home from school until the Health Department completes its contact tracing and closes the investigation. We have been told that this could be up to 72 hours. While your child is at home, your child’s teachers will provide assignments for them to access. If your child does not have their computer at home, we will work with you to pick it up at school. Please note that FCPS staff can only identify potential close contacts; we are not identifying students who have to quarantine. Only the Health Department can determine if your child needs to quarantine through their contact tracing investigation. 

Case Information

We cannot disclose details of the positive case to include the child's name,  grade, class or any additional information; or the staff member's name or assignment. The health department will contact you directly and will direct the appropriate students to quarantine. The school will notify the entire community when the contact tracing is complete. Once the Health Department has completed their investigation, we will also invite any student who was staying home per FCPS staff direction and who has not been required to quarantine per the Health Department to return to school.  

We recognize that the idea of your child being considered a potential close contact or having a classmate who tests positive for COVID can be upsetting. We also recognize that the current FCPS protocols will mean that families may be impacted unexpectedly because they have to be home with their child. Our hope is that sharing information about the current process will help alleviate some of the stress that is inherent in this situation. We also hope that if we all work together, we can minimize the number of positive cases at school, which will minimize the number of students who must remain at home. 

Again, thank you for your support, flexibility and patience. We appreciate your partnership to help stop the spread of COVID.

Required: Beginning of the Year Forms

There are many tasks and forms for parents/guardians to complete at the beginning of the year. We have organized the forms into those required and those that are optional. Please click here to access this important information. 

Please let us know if you have questions by calling 703-679-6000. Our wonderful front office staff will be happy to assist you with completing these beginning of year tasks if needed.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Screener

This year K-12 students in FCPS will participate in a Social-Emotional Learning Screener. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions (CASEL, 2020). You can find more information about the screener and the importance of social-emotional learning here. This screener will be a useful tool for us here at Willow Springs to learn how to best support our students and school community. An email will be sent to families this week with more information.

If you choose to opt your child out of the SEL Screener, please return the opt-out form no later than October 8th. The form only needs to be returned if you DO NOT want your child to participate in the SEL screener. If applicable, please print and return to school or send via email to rjclaudio1@fcps.edu.

Kicking off the Year with the Positivity Project!

WSES continues to be a partner school with the Positivity Project Movement for the 2021-2022 school year. The mission of the Positivity Project is to empower our students to build positive relationships –by understanding, appreciating, and living out 24 character strengths in us all. We will explore the 24 character strengths throughout the year, as well as learn more about the Other People Mindset. Each week we will highlight our P2 focus at school, so that you can also have conversations at home. The week of September 5-11 is the Other People Mindset Intro Week!  

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”  ~ Mother Theresa

Dismissal Reminders
  • Please remind your child how they are getting home each day.
  • Please update you child's PickUp Patrol.
  • Kiss and Ride Families - Please remain in your car. Staff members will use the card visible on your dashboard to call children outside.
  • If you do not have a Kiss and Ride card, please contact the main office at (703) 679-6000.
  • Walkers - All walkers will be dismissed through the gym. Please meet your child on the blacktop.
  • Bus Families – As the county has communicated, bus transportation may be delayed.  Please stay at the bus stop and wait for your students.
  • Parents may access the Bus Delay Notification System to receive the delayed bus report.
Cafeteria Hostess Needed

Please consider working in our cafeteria this year. We are short a cafeteria hostess so the extra hands would be helpful. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

If you are interested in volunteering this week, please click here to sign up.

Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

Now Hiring: Student Monitors and Substitutes

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors! 

Enjoy working with students? FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors. Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside. If you're interested, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers! 

Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes to FCPS!

Fantastic Schoology Sites for Families

The following links are provided to parents to ensure families have an understanding around Schoology and how to access students' assignments, grades, and more:

News from the WSES PTA

The PTA is already planning a variety of activities for the fall.  Please mark your calendars for the following events. Please click here to learn more about what our WSES PTA is doing, as well as our Funds for Foxes.

PTA Membership Drive

The PTA has started the fall membership drive and is encouraging all families to sign up. The PTA is an excellent way to support the students and teachers, which we do through a variety of activities including Staff Appreciation week, building upgrades, books and games to teachers, Read Across America activities, etc. Plus, the PTA has several specials for the summer and fall sign ups.  Sign up by 9/30 to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Sign up here

Virtual Auction

The PTA has started planning for our virtual auction in November. We would like to reach out to the community for donations for the event. No donation is too small and all is greatly appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.  Companies that donate will be featured on our Facebook page and in PTA newsletters. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net for more information.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in participating more hands on with PTA? Whatever your passion and whatever your time availability, we have a place for you. Only with your support, the PTA can provide more opportunities for fun and learning for our children and maximize assistance to our teachers. Sign up here.

Back to School Movie Night

The PTA will be hosting a back to school movie night on 9/10. The fields will open at 6:00 p.m. There will some outdoor games available and some spirit items available for sale as well. The PTA will be serving pizza. Pizza preorders are being accepted and highly recommended PREORDER BY 9/3- cheese or pepperoni.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We NEED volunteers for the event- sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

Fall PTA Meeting

The first fall PTA meeting will be on 9/8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Willow Springs Library.  All are encouraged to attend. PTA is also looking for a special someone for the Vice President position. No experience necessary, contact president for more information. 

Cub Scout Meeting

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts? Pack 1858 is having the first fall meeting on 9/15 in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. Cub Scouts is open to all students from K-6 is a great way to learn outdoor skills, volunteerism and have fun with friends. Fall registration will be available. Contact pack1858@gmail.com for more information.

September Restaurant Night

The first restaurant night of the school year will be on 9/20 at On the Border at Fair Oaks Mall. Restaurant Nights are a great way to see your friends, make new ones, and take a break from making dinner. They are also a vital fundraiser for the PTA, helping to pay for a variety of events for the school, such as staff appreciation week and field trips. We can’t wait to see you there.

Glow Party

The PTA is planning the glow party for 10/22. Do you have supplies we could borrow or donations for the event? We are looking for black lights, decorations, neon poster board, neon duct tape, lava lamps, and anything that glows, like glow necklaces, glow bracelets, blinky rings, etc. Please contact president@willowspringspta.net if you can help.

Know a student who needs volunteer hours? We need volunteers, sign up here. Volunteer service hours credit will be given.

October Restaurant Night

In October, we’ll be hosting a restaurant night on 10/19 from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fair Lakes Chick-Fil-A, 4516 Fair Knoll Dr. Fairfax, VA 22033. Back by popular demand, we’ll be having the 2021 Nugget Eating contest again. Show us that you can eat more chick’n!

November Restaurant Night

November is a good month for pizza. We’ll have a restaurant night with Fairfax Vocelli’s on 11/6 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3rd/4th Grade Math Club for Fall

Willow Springs will be having a Math Club for 3rd and 4th grade this fall. Please click the image to access information.

Virtual Math Club

Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the Grade 5-6 Virtual Math Club for the fall/early winter. Our math club is an exciting and challenging way to promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in mathematics. The activities and problems of the Math Club are designed to meet students at the middle-school level, and to learn some mathematics that is beyond the standard curriculum to 5th and 6th graders. Registration will open in September and the link will be shared then. We will have a lottery among students who register, which may include consideration of a child’s Grade (5 or 6) at WSES. Due will be $15.  Email questions to qingyinglu@gmail.com.

Farmer’s Market

Willow Springs will be hosting a weekly fall farmer's market starting 9/10. The students in the Garden Club/Farm to Table club will running 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. The market will be set up on the basketball blacktop from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Fridays. Parents are encouraged to park in the adjacent neighborhood and walk over to pick up produce. Produce will also be available on outdoor movie night.

Zumba

Zumba is returning. Zumba will be Fridays starting 9/24 until 12/10 (no class on 10/22, 10/29, 11/26). 

These high energy, kid friendly classes are available to students in grades K-6. Registration is available at www.novakidsinmotion.com

Harris Teeter Together in Education Sign Up

Super easy fundraising for PTA.  Link your VIC card to our school today with code 6390. Link online, through the HT app or in store at checkout. We currently have 2 people signed up (one being me/PTA President.) Sign up out of town family or friends! PTA earned $40 last year from the program, hoping to earn more this year!

Coke Gives

Super easy fundraising! Send in your Coke lids, cardboard carton codes and plastic wrapper codes to school. PTA can earn up to .38 per item! 

Stay Connected

Being connected to Willow Springs and FCPS is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Choose

WSES and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

Want to learn the latest about PTA up to the minute? The Willow Springs PTA Facebook is an excellent resource for learning about the Willow Springs community and hearing about other fun (mainly free) kid-centric ideas for activities around town. Recent posts include:

  • Updates for PTA and school events.
  • Postings on free cultural art activities at George Mason.

Visit our WSES PTA website and access important information on memberships, upcoming events and activities, and volunteer opportunities. Also, for the latest and greatest, up to date information find us on Facebook. Be sure to “like” the Willow Springs Elementary PTA page and follow us.

Follow WSES On Twitter @WSESfox For The Latest News And Updates

Click here to sign up for email updates from WSES

Looking Ahead at WSES
  • September 7 Rosh Hashanah Observance 

  • September 8 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library (virtual link coming soon)
  • September 16 Yom Kippur Observance  

  • September 10 PTA Outdoor Movie Night
  • September 15 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

  • October 12 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library
  • October 19 Fair Lakes Chick fil a Restaurant Night, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • October 20 Cub Scout Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria
  • October 22 Glow Party, 6:30 p.m. in the gym/cafeteria
  • November 6 Fairfax Vocelli Restaurant Night, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 9 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

Visit the Willow Springs Elementary PTA website.

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 29, 2021

We were so excited to welcome our Willow Family home.

Dear WSES Families,

What a wonderful first week we have had! It has been amazing to have our children back at Willow Springs. We have loved hearing the joy back in our classrooms and seeing all of our students' smiling eyes as they reconnect and engage in learning while building relationships. We are thrilled to have our Willow Family together again!

We are consistently revising our schedules and lunch locations to make sure that we are making your children as safe as possible. 

If your child is experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, please keep them home and update PickUp Patrol. If you or any household member is not feeling well and awaiting results from a test, please do not send your child to school. We need to minimize any potential contacts as we provide a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for your children.

Due to the shortage of bus drivers and increased numbers of kiss and ride families, we ask that everyone remain patient with our arrival and dismissal process for the first few weeks of school. Our staff is working hard to ensure all students get home safely and on time.

We are currently experiencing double to triple the amount of traffic coming through the line. There are a couple of things that could help the situation. If you have a younger child in a car seat, please work with them to buckle and unbuckle themselves. Parents should remain in the car during drop-off and pick-up to allow a quick and smooth process. Secondly, if your child can walk or ride a bike to school, that would be an excellent option. The process is improving daily, but it is taking longer than we have ever experienced with the number of cars.

Your support over the past 18 months has been incredible. Please know your children are important to every staff member, and we will work together as a team to do all we can to help them grow academically and socially. If you have a concern or want to share information to support your child, please reach out to your child's teacher.

We look forward to another great week at Willow Springs!

Sincerely,

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Required: Beginning of the Year Forms

There are many tasks and forms for parents/guardians to complete at the beginning of the year. We have organized the forms into those required and those that are optional. Please click here to access this important information. 

Please let us know if you have questions by calling 703-679-6000. Our wonderful front office staff will be happy to assist you with completing these beginning of year tasks if needed.

Update Your Child's Default Plan in PickUp Patrol

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 in-person learners 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.

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

Dismissal Reminders
  • Please remind your child how they are getting home each day.
  • Please update you child's PickUp Patrol.
  • Kiss and Ride Families - Please remain in your car. Staff members will use the card visible on your dashboard to call children outside.
    • If you do not have a Kiss and Ride card, please contact the main office at (703) 679-6000.
  • Walkers - All walkers will be dismissed through the gym. Please meet your child on the blacktop.
  • Bus Families – As the county has communicated, bus transportation may be delayed.  Please stay at the bus stop and wait for your students.
Cafeteria Hostess Needed

Please consider working in our cafeteria this year. We are short a cafeteria hostess so the extra hands would be helpful. No training required, we will give you a bucket with condiments, etc. to pass out as kids raise their hands for help. Monday-Friday, 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. If you're interested, please send your resume to Amanda McCabe at anmccabe@fcps.edu.

Hope to see you in the cafeteria! 

WSES 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

WSES will return to our regular bell schedule for the 21-22 school year:

  • WSES doors will open at 9:00 a.m.
  • The school day starts at 9:15 a.m.
  • The school day ends at 4:00 p.m.

 

2021-2022 WSES Supply List

 

Click here to find a list of our entire K-6 school supplies.

Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Schoology

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning this school year.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

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Lunch and Cafeteria Use

FCPS is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and students throughout the entire school day, including lunchtime, when students will not be able to wear masks while eating.

We know that the situation at lunchtime will look different when comparing schools, but we are committed to making sure the structure of lunchtime works at every school. 

  • Students will be required to wear masks in the cafeteria when not actively eating and drinking.
  • They will need to wear their masks while going through the serving line. 
  • Students will put their mask back on when they finish their meal. 
  • Cafeteria spaces will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned with a sanitizing solution. 
  • It is recommended that students wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after eating.
  • FCPS Food Nutrition Services works closely with the Fairfax County Health Department to ensure proper food safety and sanitation. 

All students will be offered no cost breakfast and lunch for the entire school year. 

WSES and FCPS Health Updates Willow Springs is Returning Strong

As we welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking in FCPS school buildings.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask.

  2. Get vaccinated.

  3. Stay connected.

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage 

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

Mask Guidance at WSES and in FCPS

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings.

Wearing a mask protects us all:

  • Children under 12 and the immunocompromised are not able to be vaccinated at this time. 
  • By wearing a mask, we all help create a safe environment for those who are unable to be vaccinated.
  • When recommended social distancing is a challenge, universal masking is an approved substitute - meaning more students can engage in learning in classrooms and other spaces within the school building.
  • Reducing the spread of COVID-19 also reduces student absences and missed extracurricular activities and athletic events.

Buses: The CDC federal order requiring masks be worn on public transportation remains in effect, and applies to buses and school transportation operated by Virginia public schools. 

Outdoors: Masks are not required when outside, including athletic activities.

Mealtimes: Masks may be removed while eating but should be reapplied as soon as you are finished with your meal.

Band: Band members will use covers/special masks inside the school.

Students with Disabilities: A small group of students with disabilities and staff who work with them will have access to clear masks (e.g. center-based students with hearing impairments, teachers of deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech-language pathologists, and some students receiving speech services as needed).

Student Exemptions: Students can request an exemption from this requirement through the process outlined in Regulation 2109.

Staff: All staff are to wear masks when indoors.

Visitors: All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in buildings.

Stay Connected

Being connected to Willow Springs and FCPS is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Choose

WSES and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

Want to learn the latest about PTA up to the minute? The Willow Springs PTA Facebook is an excellent resource for learning about the Willow Springs community and hearing about other fun (mainly free) kid-centric ideas for activities around town. Recent posts include:

  • Updates for PTA and school events.
  • Postings on free cultural art activities at George Mason.

Visit our WSES PTA website and access important information on memberships, upcoming events and activities, and volunteer opportunities. Also, for the latest and greatest, up to date information find us on Facebook. Be sure to “like” the Willow Springs Elementary PTA page and follow us.

School Board Back to School Videos

Karl Frisch

Rachna Sizemore Heizer

Elaine Tholen

Abrar Omeish

Ricardy Anderson

Tamara Derenak Kaufax

Karen Keys-Gamarra

Megan McLaughlin

Karen Corbett Sanders

Laura Jane Cohen

Melanie Meren

Follow WSES On Twitter @WSESfox For The Latest News And Updates

Click here to sign up for email updates from WSES

Looking Ahead at WSES

 

  • Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6 -  Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)
  • September 7 Rosh Hashanah Observance 

  • September 8 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the library (virtual link coming soon)
  • September 16 Yom Kippur Observance  

  • September 10 PTA Outdoor Movie Night
  • September 20 Fair Lakes on the Border Restaurant Night
  • October 11 No School - Staff Professional Development Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day 

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

Visit the Willow Springs Elementary PTA website.

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August 18, 2021

Dear WSES Families,

A few moments ago you should have received a welcome email from your child's homeroom teacher. We know how excited our children are to hear from their teachers and the anticipation of knowing who's in their class this year. Please take the time to watch the videos and view the presentations within these emails. This is an excellent opportunity to gather any questions and bring them with you on Friday when you meet your child's teacher at our Willow Welcome.

We look forward to seeing our Willow Family this Friday, August 20th, as we host our Willow Welcome! Families will have the opportunity to meet our teachers and walk through our WSES doors again.

We are so thrilled to kick off this 21-22 school year alongside all of you. Please reach out if you have any questions.

See you soon!

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Willow Welcome and Teacher Assignments

Please join us for our 21-22 Willow Welcome. Teacher assignments were communicated to families today, Wednesday, August 18th, at 4:00 p.m. This communication was sent via email from the child’s homeroom teacher.

Follow WSES On Twitter @WSESfox For The Latest News And Updates

Click here to sign up for email updates from WSES

Looking Ahead at WSES
  • Wednesday, August 18 - Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 20 - Willow Welcome
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School 2021-2022
  • Thursday, August 26 - Student Picture Day
  • Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6 -  Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

Visit the Willow Springs Elementary PTA website.

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August 6, 2021

Dear WSES Families,

We hope everyone is enjoying summer and finding time to fit in any final adventures as we look to the new 2021-2022 school year. Soon, our teachers and staff will be back in the building, planning and preparing to bring back our entire Willow Springs family. We have a fantastic team of teachers and staff who are ready and excited to welcome your children back for an amazing school year.

We recognize the challenges that families faced last year, and we know how important it is to continue the strong partnership between school and home to ensure a successful transition into a new school year.

As we prepare our learning spaces for our children, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. Below you will find information about upcoming events, health guidelines, and much more.

We are ready to reconnect as we return five days strong. We are confident that this will be a wonderful year for our children, families, and staff.

See you soon!

Dylan Taylor, Principal

Lesley Hassen, Assistant Principal

Ipsa Stringer, Assistant Principal

Willow Welcome and Teacher Assignments

Please join us for our 21-22 Willow Welcome. Teacher assignments will be communicated to families on Wednesday, August 18th, at 4:00 p.m. This communication will be sent via email from the child’s homeroom teacher.

Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground Look at What's New in Kindergarten

 

This school year Willow Springs will be implementing the Kindergarten Purposeful Placement Program (KP3). Instead of placing our kindergartners into a classroom before the school year beginning, the teachers will use the first week of school as an opportunity to get to know the students, and together with the instructional team, they will make the best placement decisions for our children.

This model provides the Kindergarten team the opportunity to get to know each child, their strengths, their needs, and how they engage with other students. To create the new classes, our Kindergarten teachers will consider every child. They will carefully select students, creating a balance of personalities and learning styles that will ensure a dynamic learning community in each classroom for the duration of the school year.

WSES 2021-2022 Bell Schedule

WSES will return to our regular bell schedule for the 21-22 school year:

  • WSES doors will open at 9:00 a.m.
  • The school day starts at 9:15 a.m.
  • The school day ends at 4:00 p.m.

 

SY21-22 Bus Ridership Intent Survey

If your child is eligible to ride a bus, please make sure to check your email from the Transportation Office (sent Friday, July 30) and complete the Ridership Intent Survey at your earliest convenience. 

Because of a serious shortage of school bus drivers, it is important that FCPS Office of Transportation Services plans the most efficient possible routes for the coming school year.

Eligible riders needing transportation may review student route assignment by accessing ParentVue any time after August 10th, or by contacting your transportation office.

If you have any questions please email eaflaherty@fcps.edu.

Please submit a ticket in the Parent/Student IT Support Portal if you need assistance activating your account.

WSES Summer 2021 Reading Challenge

It's not too late to participate in the WSES Summer Reading Challenge! Click here to access our challenge form. Our challenge will also be available on our website over the summer.

 You can also check out our video on how the program works. Summer Reading Challenge Video

Schoology

We are excited to share that students, families, and teachers throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system beginning this school year.

  • Schoology has a connected web conferencing tool, Zoom
  • Schoology works with Google Drive
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology
  • Click here to learn more about Schoology
  • Parent accounts will be available in mid-August
    • Information about how to login to parent accounts will be shared with you closer to the start of the school year
  • Students will have a Schoology account by August 18, 2021
    • Students will not see any classes until the grading period starts

Students use their FCPS student ID and password to login to Schoology. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the correct login page.

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SOL Information

We wanted to provide an update about when and how parents will be able to access the results from any SOL or VRSPT tests that the students took in May of the last school year.

  • SOL Scores – Preliminary SOL scores are posted in the “Test History” section of Parent SIS accounts.  In order to view the scaled score, you may need to click in the box with the SOL scores and use the scroll bar to view the right-most columns.  Full, official score report letters will be added to Parent SIS accounts later in the summer.  Parents can log into their Parent SIS accounts at https://sisparent.fcps.edu/
  • VRSPT - Results for non-SOL tests within the Virginia Assessment Program will be centrally mailed to families by the start of the 2021-22 school year. This includes the new Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT) for grades 3-8.
Free Meals

When we return strong this fall, FCPS’ Food and Nutrition Services staff will be ready to serve healthy meals to students and staff. This year, all students receive FREE breakfast and lunch!

Breakfast will be “grab & go” at kiosks so students are prepared to begin their day of learning.

Five days of hot lunches will be back for that mid-day refuel.

2021-22 Kindergarten and New Student Registration

We're SO excited to welcome our newest Foxes to Willow Springs Elementary School! Are you looking to register a new student with us? Begin the new student registration process!

Registration is now open for rising kindergarteners five years old on or before September 30, 2021, and students in all other grades.

To join us, visit the Willow Springs Website to see the forms and documents necessary for registration. Liz Flaherty, our school registrar, will contact you with the registration process after completing the new student registration form.

Student registrations directly impact teacher staffing, so the sooner registrations occur, the better able we are to staff accordingly. Please call 703-679-6071 or email Liz Flaherty with any questions.

WSES and FCPS Health Updates Willow Springs is Returning Strong

Willow Springs and FCPS are returning strong for a strong school year this fall. Students will engage in in-person learning five days a week in safe and supportive schools. 

As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, COVID-19 case numbers are increasing in Fairfax County, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. The key to maintaining a healthy environment for learning is a robust vaccination rate and layered prevention strategies, including universal masking in FCPS school buildings.

There are three things we can all do to start strong this fall:

  1. Wear a mask.

  2. Get vaccinated.

  3. Stay connected.

FCPS Resources:

Return to School Webpage

Return to School- Safety Webpage 

The Student Health and Safety Document is continually updated and provides detailed information on school policies and protocols related to COVID-19 such as adherence to layered prevention strategies. These guidance documents will continue to be updated to align with public health guidance.

VDOE Resource:

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Education launched the Healthy Back to School COVID-19 Website as a resource for schools and families.

Mask Guidance at WSES and in FCPS

Masks are an essential tool in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting those unable to be vaccinated. To ensure a safe start to the school year, masks will be required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside FCPS school buildings.

Wearing a mask protects us all:

  • Children under 12 and the immunocompromised are not able to be vaccinated at this time. 
  • By wearing a mask, we all help create a safe environment for those who are unable to be vaccinated.
  • When recommended social distancing is a challenge, universal masking is an approved substitute - meaning more students can engage in learning in classrooms and other spaces within the school building.
  • Reducing the spread of COVID-19 also reduces student absences and missed extracurricular activities and athletic events.

Buses: The CDC federal order requiring masks be worn on public transportation remains in effect, and applies to buses and school transportation operated by Virginia public schools. 

Outdoors: Masks are not required when outside, including athletic activities.

Mealtimes: Masks may be removed while eating but should be reapplied as soon as you are finished with your meal.

Band: Band members will use covers/special masks inside the school.

Students with Disabilities: A small group of students with disabilities and staff who work with them will have access to clear masks (e.g. center-based students with hearing impairments, teachers of deaf/hard-of-hearing, speech-language pathologists, and some students receiving speech services as needed).

Student Exemptions: Students can request an exemption from this requirement through the process outlined in Regulation 2109.

Staff: Vaccinated staff is not required to wear masks if they are not in the presence of students. Unvaccinated staff will wear masks at all times.

Visitors: All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in buildings.

Student Exemption For Close Contact Definition

The CDC issued a revised definition of close contact to include an exemption for K-12 students. 

  • A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 
  • In the K-12 classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3-6 feet of an infected student where:
  • Both students were engaged in the consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks; and
  • Other K-12 school prevention strategies (such as universal and correct mask use, physical distancing, increased ventilation) were in place in the school setting.

When students are wearing masks and layered prevention strategies are in place, students are not considered close contacts. Therefore, students will not miss in-person instruction or activities for quarantine after exposure.

Individuals who meet the K-12 definition of close contact will still need to quarantine.

Stay Connected

Being connected to Willow Springs and FCPS is important every year, and even more so now as we navigate our return to school. The best way to stay informed is to sign up for newsletters through News You Choose

WSES and FCPS have a variety of topics you can choose from, including:

  • School Newsletters- featuring everything you need to know about your child’s school
  • FCPS This Week- a weekly newsletter featuring news and happenings from across the division, published Wednesday mornings
  • School Board Meeting Update- a recap of important news coming out of school board meetings, published the Friday morning after the meeting
  • FCPS Employee News- weekly updates just for staff, published Tuesday mornings

Want to learn the latest about PTA up to the minute? The Willow Springs PTA Facebook is an excellent resource for learning about the Willow Springs community and hearing about other fun (mainly free) kid-centric ideas for activities around town. Recent posts include:

  • Updates for PTA and school events.
  • Postings on free cultural art activities at George Mason.

Visit our WSES PTA website and access important information on memberships, upcoming events and activities, and volunteer opportunities. Also, for the latest and greatest, up to date information find us on Facebook. Be sure to “like” the Willow Springs Elementary PTA page and follow us.

Follow WSES On Twitter @WSESfox For The Latest News And Updates

Click here to sign up for email updates from WSES

Looking Ahead at WSES
  • Wednesday, August 18 - Kindergarten Popsicles on the Playground from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 20 - Willow Welcome
  • Monday, August 23 - First Day of School 2021-2022
  • Thursday, August 26 - Student Picture Day
  • Friday, September 3 - Monday, September 6 -  Student Holiday (Labor Day Break)

2021-22 Standard School Year Calendar

Visit the Willow Springs Elementary PTA website.

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

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